A new piece of the Hamburg Symposium on Scientology has just been put up on YouTube in which Jesse answers a question from the audience about Marty’s blog and his independent Scientologist movement. Continue reading “Jesse Prince on Marty Rathbun”
German government official Ursula Caberta made a visit to Clearwater, Florida in July of 2000. This was her first trip to Scientology’s Mecca and she was in for a shock. From her arrival at the airport to her hasty departure, Scientology made her life difficult.
It started when she landed at the Tampa airport. I went along with Bob Minton, Stacy Brooks and our attorney John Merritt to greet Ursula and bring her back to her hotel. When we arrived at the airport, we discovered that Scientology’s PR man, Al Buttnor, had assembled a team of Scientologists to be there when Ursula arrived. They were grouped together, getting briefed by Buttnor when we arrived but scattered when they saw us appear.
We knew there was going to be some action on Scientology’s part. Stacy talked to the airport police to warn them that things might get wacky. In my video, you can see Buttnor stepping in to assure the police that there would be no problem. However, when the plane landed, the Scientologists leaped into action and started shouting slurs at Ursula. The police escorted us out of the airport safely although some of the Scientologists trailed us all along the way.
How did Scientology know when Ursula was arriving? They have Scientologists working at the airlines and can call and find out our every move. They also knew where Ursula was staying. I drove Ursula to the hotel that night because Bob and Stacy needed to get back and be with Tory Christman who had just left Scientology days before and had turned to the LMT for help. So they went back to Tory and I drove Ursula to the hotel on Clearwater Beach.
We arrived at the hotel to discover Scientology had called the hotel and canceled her room. The place was sold out and there was no other room to be had. Ursula had just flown in from Germany, it was after midnight and suddenly she had no place to stay. Needless to say, she understandably wasn’t very happy. I called Bob and Stacy and they found her a room at another hotel in town and we eventually got her settled in for her stay.
But it wasn’t over. Scientology took the opportunity to sue Ursula and drag her into deposition. She was forced to answer questions about her work overseeing Scientology in Hamburg. This, along with all the insanity that was going on on the streets of Clearwater cut her stay short. She did a press conference at the LMT, did some media and then returned home. The German press covered her trip pretty extensively as you can see below.
A vacation to Florida turns into a horror trip for a Scientology critic
“Nazi go home”, shout Scientologists
By Hugo Stamm
August 11, 2000
Ursula Caberta, Director of the Hamburg Agencies’ Work Group on Scientology, did not believe her eyes and ears when she arrived at the airport in Tampa, Florida. About 50 Scientologists were shouting “Nazi go home” at her, as proved by video tape recordings. The Hubbard adherents were also holding up signs in the air which said the same thing. “How the Scientologists learned of my arrival in Florida is a mystery to me.” Florida is the location of an international Scientology headquarters.
The psycho-terrorism continued at her hotel. “They followed every move I made,” said Caberta of the Hamburg SPD administration, who is involved with Scientology as a result of her office. Nevertheless she still met with American Scientology critics. The Scientologists’ attorneys took their revenge with an operation of a curious kind. They shoved a court summons under her hotel door. The attorneys had managed to motivate a judge to order an immediate deposition. “It was a five-hour hearing like the Stasi used to have,” stated Caberta. A German Scientology attorney had traveled from Munich for the occasion.
Lawsuit for Damages
The operation was rounded out with a lawsuit for damages from a Scientology-affiliated businessman who demanded 75,000 dollars. The businessman claimed Caberta ruined a major contract for him with her information work. “It has become painfully clear to me why the Scientologists are able to operate unhindered in the USA,” said Caberta, “They can take care of any critic they want by using these court and legal proceedings.”
The German Consul General urged Caberta to depart ahead of schedule because he was concerned about further actions from the Scientologists. Caberta didn’t have to think it over long: “Unbelievable what they can do in the USA with tourists,” she said. “And of all countries, this is the one which regularly accuses Germany of violating human rights because we dare to talk about Scientologists.” She lost her faith in the American legal system.
Juerg Stettler, spokesman from Scientology, defended Scientology’s action by saying that Caberta held a press conference and wanted to organize a demonstration in front of the Scientology buildings. He said that Caberta had provoked the reaction, the more so since various Scientologists had taken refuge from her in the USA. Those people, he said, were allergic to Caberta and would consider her now becoming active there as impudence.
US – Scientologists with Caberta – Hatred and Insults
One week in Clearwater (Florida) – Ursula Caberta, head of the Scientology Task Force of the Ministry of the Interior, will not forget it soon.
The reason is obvious: Clearwater is one of the headquarters of this controversial Psychosect, and Caberta visited there to support opponents of the organization and to inform about her work in Germany. Resistance was to be expected. But that it would turn out so bad, was not even expected by this trouble-seasoned lady from Hamburg.
Her arrival at the airport of Tampa in Florida was already impressive. Around 50 Scientologists expected Caberta screaming “Go back to Germany” and “Nazi go home.” A German-speaking Scientologist shouted “You are a Murderer!” Only under the protection of police escort and through a back door could Caberta leave the airport.
Even the former Scientologist Stacy Brooks and US businessman Bob Minton, who had invited Caberta, declared not to have yet witnessed such outbreak of hatred. Both are used to a variety of threats and pressures from the so-called Scientology Secret Service OSA which has its central headquarters in Clearwater.
Millionaire Minton not only supports the family of the ex-scientologist Lisa McPherson in their investigations on her mysterious death, his Lisa-McPherson-Trust already represents a sort of “institutionalized opposition” which to-date has been unknown in the United States.
Caberta also was unexpectedly confronted with an incredible interrogation by three Scientology-lawyers to which she was called by means of legal documents shoved under her hotel room door. Although she could not contribute anything to the McPherson case, she was interrogated for five hours. While keeping details confidential, she regards this as a “demonstration of power to put her down.”
Only the former Mayor of Clearwater, Mr. Gabriel Cazares, had embraced her and symbolically handed her the golden keys of the city of Clearwater with the words: “Most people are glad you are here.” Then he apologized for the molestations.
Following the advice of the German Consul, Caberta left Clearwater one day earlier than planned: you might not know what else could happen…
Horror Trip to Florida
August 7, 2000
Ursula Caberta, Director of the Work Group on Scientology in the Hamburg Interior Agency, had to leave the USA in a hurry. Caberta had wanted to spend a one-week vacation in Florida during which time she met with Scientology opponents Stacy Brooks and Bob Minton and took part in a press conference on the practices of the psycho-concern. Then she unexpectedly left the country one day earlier than planned.
The journey to the Sunshine State had turned out to be a horror trip: Caberta had no sooner landed at the airport in Tampa than she was received by Scientologists screaming “Nazi go home”; she was subsequently followed at every turn.
Then German software businessman Hubert Heller, who lives in the USA, sued Caberta for 75,000 dollars in damages. Allegedly a major contract from German company POS Partner Gmbh had slipped through his fingers after the company had presented him with a so-called “sect filter” – a “security statement” (Caberta) in which the signer asserts that he does not operate according to the “technology” of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
The German consul general in Florida urged that she leave: Caberta had had a summons to a deposition by Scientology attorneys shoved under her hotel room door. It said she would have to sit through a five-hour hearing in the business’s center in Clearwater.
It had to do with the case of Lisa McPherson, who died under unexplained circumstances in the USA, to which Caberta said she could not make a statement. She left the country in secret “before anything worse happened.” Caberta lost her belief in the American legal system. She had never experienced anything like that before. “One hears about that only in dictatorships.”
Originally Presented in 2000 by Stacy Brooks for the LMT
As many of you may already know, Greg and Debra Barnes were recently declared Suppressive by the Church of Scientology. RTC apparently views it as a high crime for someone on OT 7 to object to being security checked every six months, even though these “six-month checks” (as they are fondly referred to by the 7s) violate an LRH technical bulletin. Could it be that the $20,000 or more that each OT is required to pay every six months for their sec check is more important to RTC than technical purity?
After they were declared, the Barnes wrote a letter to the IAS, which is the International Association of Scientologists, asking for their money back. They had both paid for lifetime memberships, a total of more than $40,000.
For those of you who are not familiar with the history of the IAS, let me fill you in. Back in the late 1970s, Mary Sue Hubbard, Henning Heldt, Duke Snider, and several other high-level Guardian’s Office execs were indicted for stealing government documents and a list of other dirty tricks. To raise money for their defense, the Guardian’s Office created a new organization called the Safe Environment Fund, or SEF. Everyone was told that the purpose of SEF was to create a War Chest to fight Scientology’s enemies.
There were big SEF briefings and all the public Scientologists had to donate tremendous amounts of money to defend the GO execs. At that time the people in charge of the global conspiracy to destroy Scientology were not Bob Minton, the German government and the LMT. Back then the U.S. government — particularly the FBI — was in charge of it. (That was before the IRS rolled over and gave Scientology its tax exemption and the U.S. government became Scientology’s most ardent defender.)
The money collected by SEF was used to cover the costs of all the dirty tricks Scientology carried out to try (unsuccessfully) to derail the criminal case against Mary Sue et al. A private investigator named Dick Bast, for example, was hired to set up the judge in the case, Judge Ritchey, with a prostitute to destroy his career. The set-up worked beautifully, and Judge Ritchey had to remove himself from the case. An article ran in one of Scientology’s internal publications proclaiming what a big win this was for Scientology’s expansion on the planet.
When DM took over Scientology in 1982 he changed the name of the Guardian’s Office to the Office of Special Affairs, and he changed the name of the Safe Environment Fund to the International Association of Scientologists. Today, it is the IAS, not SEF, that collects millions of dollars in donations from Scientologists all over the world. The money is still used for the same purpose — to protect Scientology from its enemies. Only now its enemies are Bob Minton, Ursula Caberta, the LMT, etc. It is IAS monies that are being used to harass and try to destroy these “enemies.”
So Scientology does not want a spotlight on IAS, because IAS is the Achilles heel of their precious U.S. tax exemption. This is undoubtedly why the Barnes’ request to IAS for a refund received such prompt attention.
First Greg and Debra wrote a simple refund request without any elaboration.
Scientology’s Letter in Response
Greg and Debra Barnes
Clearwater, FL 33756
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Barnes:
We are in receipt of your request of a return of your donations to the IAS.
The rules of the IAS clearly state that contributions are not refundable. This rule is set forth on the IAS membership and donation forms. You acknowledged your understanding of this policy when you signed these forms.
Please advise if you have further informationregarding this matter you would like me to consider.
Legal Affairs Director
IAS Administrations on behalf of the IAS
Well, it seems that Greg and Debra did, indeed, have some further information they wanted Lise to consider, so they wrote her back the following letter:
From Greg and Debra Barnes
June 5, 2000
We certainly do have further information for you to consider it is where to start, is the problem.
First of all the IAS is an enforced membership that if anyone is to do services as long as we did and went as “OT” as we did you have to become members. The additional donations are harassed out of you with alarming tales of the tech being “attacked” or needed “publications” to alert the populace of the dangers of what ever the flavor of the month dangerous environment you guys dream up is.
We gave to your organization based upon the false reports by your representatives of the German Scientologists being persecuted by ex-Nazi Psychiatrists, when in actuality according to all the German Scientologists I spoke with at the Sand Castle, it was the financial irregularities and out 2-D activities of org executives in Germany as well as poor results, that created the attacks, which your representatives failed to mention conveniently.
We gave to your organization without knowing that RTC was rewriting LRH technical bulletins and his basic books which lower ones ability to obtain power and the results LRH speaks of. I gave to your organization without knowing of the criminal actions being perpetrated on Scientologists and ex not to mention the general public in which millions were spent, and are still being spent, defending your criminal actions in which you lose the cases. (specifically Mr. Hill in Canada and Bonnie Woods in England to name a few)
We gave to your organization without knowing of Fair Game still being practiced by the GO…oops we meant OSA. We gave to your organization without knowing that Mike Rinder’s opinion of spiritual sustenance was holding my friend down and forcing a concoction of illegally obtained drugs down her throat. Evidently you guys found some other lost tech that we did not know about.
We gave to your organization and attended the Patron Balls because we believed in your stated goals of “support and protect the Scientology religion and Scientologists in all Parts of the world so as to achieve the Aims of Scientology as originated by L. Ron Hubbard”.
Never in our wildest dreams did we ever think that we would be on the receiving end of your “Fair Game” and “Black PR” tactics. Never did we think or even vaguely consider that you would hold me against my will at the Sandcastle whilst one of your “Golden Age of Tech” auditor of the year award winning auditors would perform squirrel processes in an attempt to create a psychotic break and when that failed your organization turned on its “Fair Game” machine. Did I fail to mention the C/S was the deputy Senior C/S FSO. We did not see the “support and protect Scientologists” hat being worn here.
The fact that orgs in Germany, France, Russia and Spain are on life support and the fact that the “Church of Scientology” is on the way out in Europe is evidence of your hat not being worn regarding protecting Scientology. Some how I do not think that LRH envisioned your actions or inaction as the ” Aims of Scientology” he was talking about… I could be wrong there though. Oh, did I forget about you being kicked out of Greece and your charitable status being laughed out of England, in other words denied.
Regarding the Scientologists in France, Germany and Italy who went to jail for fraud and other interesting crimes did you protect them by bribing the prison guards to give them extra rations of cigarettes or was the CSW for a grant to help them denied because the funds were needed for attorneys else where.
Need we go one with the total disdain and contempt that we have for the despicable con job you are perpetrating on the Scientology public? I think maybe you got our point but if not please do not hesitate to write back and I will give you more.
J would think that an organization of such an “ethical purity” with such a crusade for “Total Freedom” would be insulted to want to keep the money of such people who think of you as we do. I would think that you would be glad to be free of the funds we gave you and wash your pure hands of our despicable association.
Well we think that we have given you enough to consider and we do hope that you will be sickened by the thought of holding onto dirty money such as ours.
Oh we will give you back the Patron Pin and Plaques upon receipt of our funds but the photos that were taken of us at the “Balls” we will keep.
Greg and Debra Barnes
P.S. I do not think that Loretta Miscavige had to write to you when you gave back her $40,OOO…oops…I guess no one was suppose to know that… well that is the story we were told.
This communication did seem to have an effect. This is the letter Greg and Debra received in response:
3 July 2000
Greg and Debra Barnes
Clearwater, FL 33756
Dear Mr & Mrs Barnes:
We are in receipt of your letter of June 13th, 2000. We find your allegations to be totally unfounded, nonetheless, and while under no legal obligation to make any refund of your donations, the IAS has decided, upon review of your letter and your clear indication that you no longer desire to be a member of the IAS, to return to you the donations you made.
Please find enclosed a Release and Waiver for your signatures. The Association will, upon receipt of the executed Release and Waiver, forward to you a cashier’s check in the amount of $40,660 being equal to all the donations you made to the IAS, and will cancel your memberships in the Association.
Legal Affairs Director IAS Administrations on behalf of the IAS
The Barnes sent their release and waiver in and in return they received the following letter with a check for $40,660 enclosed:
26 July 2000
Greg & Debra Barnes
Clearwater, FL 33756
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Barnes,
Find enclosed a check in the amount of $40,660 being the return of all the donations you made to the International Association of Scientologists in your name and on behalf of your family.
Legal Affairs Director IAS Administrations on behalf of the IAS
Release and Waiver
We, GREG and DEBRA BARNES herewith declare the following:
That we have made non-refundable donations to the International Association of Scientologists (“IAS”) in the amount of US$ 40,660. With the receipt of a return of that amount, being all funds ever donated by us to the IAS on our behalf and on behalf of our children, we waive all claims and rights against the IAS. All our claims against the IAS are settled for any legal reason with the receipt of the above sum.
That we, our heirs, our successors, representatives, agents, employees, attorneys and assigns release and forever discharge the International Association of Scientologists, IAS Administrations, and their respective successors, agents, officers, directors, divisions, shareholders, trustees, fundraisers and employees from any and all claims, damages, causes of action of any kind which we now have or may hereafter have, from the beginning of time, to and including the effective date of this release.
That we understand that the term “any and all claims” as used above, means and includes, but is not limited to, all claims of any kind, whether known or unknown, anticipated or unanticipated, past or present, contingent or fixed. We agree that the term “any and all claims” shall be interpreted liberally and as sufficiently comprehensive so that this agreement precludes any and all disputes, litigation or controversy brought by the undersigned.
That we have resigned our memberships and those of our children in the IAS.
That we are signing this Release and Waiver on our own free will and decision.
That we have read this Release and Waiver and understand completely each of its conditions and stipulations.
Clearwater, FL 33756
Clearwater, FL 33756
Afterword from Stacy Brooks:
I guess this successful correspondence shows that the old Scientology maxim, “When in doubt, communicate,” is still effective, at least in certain parts of the organization.
Clearwater police officers accepted off-duty jobs from Scientology in 2000-2001, accepting a total of $176,000 a year from Scientology. They were called by some “Scientology’s police force.”
Scientology snuck into Clearwater, Florida in 1978 under the assumed name of United Churches. Since then they have come to dominate the small town.
I lived in Clearwater for two years, working with a group called the Lisa McPherson Trust which was helping people defrauded and abused by Scientology. I documented the police officer’s bias during that time.
VIDEO PRODUCED IN SEPTEMBER 2000
Continue reading “Scientology and the Clearwater Police”
VIDEOTAPED November 11, 2000
Jamie Kennedy (not the actor) is a slam poet who also is the great-grandson of Scientology’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard. In 2000, Jamie Kennedy traveled to Clearwater, Florida to host a benefit concert for a group which was helping people who were defrauded or abused by Scientology. Jamie’s grandfather was L. Ron Hubbard Jr. who worked alongside his dad during the formative years of Scientology. Hubbard Jr. later testified in court against his dad.
Years later I interviewed Jamie for my movie Knowledge Report.
Continue reading “Hubbard's Great-Grandson”
Taped on January 6, 2001
The Lisa McPherson Trust opened in Clearwater Florida in 2000. We set up shop in the heart of Scientology’s “mecca” to help those abused and defrauded by Scientology. Unfortunately the LMT closed within two years after undergoing countless court battles with Scientology.
This video was taped on our one year anniversary. Unfortunately, we never made it to a second.
Joe Cisar posted this nice salute to me after the hammer attack incident:
From: German_Scn_News (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: KUDOS for Mark Bunker, Lisa McPherson Trust
I am a veteran of war. As a result of serving in times of crisis overseas, I have received personal awards, citations, campaign ribbons and personal commendations. By studying past accomplishment, I have come to learn to recognize personal bravery when I see it.
Mark Bunker is a brave person. He has proved this repeatedly. He deserves recognition for personal integrity, persistence and the ability to get a job done.
What has Mark Bunker done that is worthy of consideration? Saying that Mark took a few pictures is like saying Michaelangelo painted a ceiling. Taking pictures, however, is not what made Mark special. It was his courage in the face of the enemy which was so remarkable. That is where he has distinguished himself.
With a peace of mind and an outward calm that defy description, Mark has contributed to the exposure of a secret war. For decades, campaigns, one after another, have been lauched upon civilized society by an artificially created disease of the mind called the “Church of Scientology.” The mere fact that these campaigns exist is the target of a long-term, concentrated attack by Scientology’s thought police, called “Office of Special Affairs.” Mark has recognized the existence of this dangerous combination of events. Mark also recognized its inherent weakness – public exposure.
For me, Mark Bunker is living proof that the human race, for all its faults and shortcomings, is capable, on occasion, of surpassing anything we could have imagined in our fondest hopes, dreams and desires.
Mark, you have my heartfelt congratulations on a job well done. Thank you. And repeated thank yous to your excellent team at the Lisa McPherson Trust, and anybody else, Scientologists included, who has supported your worthy cause.
On this 3rd day of February, in the year 2000, Mark Bunker is hereby commended for exceptional bravery in the face of adverse and hostile action, and he is awarded utmost respect from someone who recognizes and values human courage.
German Scientology News
Unofficial translations from German-speaking countries
Index/link to over 800 articles – http://cisar.org/trnmenu.htm
Informational publications – http://members.tripod.com/German_Scn_News
Written August 18th, 2000
This afternoon, I made a quick run into the bank and spotted my friend Hans. Hans is one of the German Scientologists in Clearwater who has been picketing the LMT since Ursula’s trip. This is the second time I’ve run into Hans and we have always been cordial.
I was waiting for the teller when I spotted him and shouted “Hans!” He looked around and, spotting me, he smiled. We shook hands and I told him it was nice seeing him at the City Council Meeting last night. He said, “We should talk,” so I waited for him to finish his business.
When he was done we wandered outside and had a conversation for ten minutes or so. I started by saying perhaps Mary and he should have mentioned that the Religious Freedom Foundation they spoke of at last night’s meeting was a Scientology group. He said “Yes, Mary discussed doing that. She must have just forgot.”
I suggested that by not saying up front that it is a Scientology group, some might believe it was a case of fraud. Hans could see how that might be true. He was unaware that Scientology came to Clearwater under the phony name of United Churches. This deception angered a lot of citizens of Clearwater and caused much of the distrust of Scientology ever since.
Hans told me that Scientology is well thought of in Clearwater. I asked if he knew about Operation Normandy and he told me he was aware of it. “It’s ancient history,” he said. That seems to be the party line as I hear that a lot around here. “Scientology doesn’t do that anymore.” I brought up the 1997 Canadian criminal charge and he refused to believe it was true.
Nor would he believe that Scientology tried to destroy Gabe Cazares. I offered the full story of how Gabe’s attorney turned out to be a Scientologist who was later disbarred and he called these lies. I offered to have him come with me to the trust and I would show him ALL the documentation but he refused to come.
Hans wanted to tell me about Ursula and what a fascist and nazi she is…how Ursula has destroyed many lives. Hans says he lost everything after a newspaper story mentioned he was a Scientologist. He told me how he was a journalist who covered the refugees coming from East Germany. I’ve heard stories about his status as a journalist but I didn’t mention them to him because I have not seen the evidence yet. I like to know both sides of any story.
He said Ursula is tapping phones of Scientologists and having them followed. I asked him how he and the other Scientologists knew what flight Ursula was on when they met her at the airport? Didn’t they tap a phone or get that info in some other illegal manner? This set him back a moment.
“We just knew,” he said.
“How? How did you just know which flight at what time?”
“Well, it was on the internet,” he explained.
“The fact that she was speaking on Tuesday was on the net but not when she was arriving and on what flight.” I explained how Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs does all the things he’s accusing Ursula of but he wouldn’t listen to it. He refused to believe Scientology would do anything illegal because they have policy against that. “The only criminal around here is Minton who is a money launderer,” he told me.
I went through the whole Nigeria deal and how David Lebow/David Lee/Robert Clark is the Scientologist PI behind the whole Nigerian scandal and how the Nigerian Senate cleared Bob and how Bob attended the debate but Fashanu and David Lee didn’t show up. Again, he claimed I was lying.
In fact, Hans wouldn’t even believe that Jeff wrote his own speech last night. He was convinced Jeff was paid to get up there and spout the words of someone else. Who, Hans didn’t say but he was convinced Jeff was just a puppet and wasn’t behind that speech.
He came back to Ursula and how I brought this woman to Clearwater. I asked him if Ursula was behind the troubles Scientology was having in Belgium or Spain or in France where they are calling for the dissolution of Scientology altogether. He had no answer for this.
I told him that we are not against his religious rights but that Scientology has to start behaving like a church and not like the Mafia…then they’d have no problems at all. He continued to doubt my facts and I offered again to have him come to the Trust and look at all the documents but he wouldn’t. He got in his car and left.
What is so wrong with looking at both sides? Why not check out the facts for yourself? Knowing the truth will not affect your wins. In fact, getting Scientology to reform and behave like a real church will do what a sham front group like the Religious Freedom Foundation will never be able to do…gain your group some respect.
I urge anyone who wishes total freedom to seek out the truth. There is no bridge to truth. There is only a roadblock. You create that roadblock yourself when you refuse to look and listen and think. True freedom is the willingness to look at both sides and then choose.
Anyone who wishes to view the documentation of the cases I’ve cited is welcome to come by the Trust.
P.S. Hans told me that Mary DeMoss feels that I am harassing her. I apologize if this is the case.