Archive Message - 1995

Since some of the materials which describe the $cientology cult could be considered to be copywritten materials, I have censored myself and The Skeptic Tank by deleting any and all possible text files which describes the cult's hidden mythologies. I have elected to quote just a bit of the questionable text according to the "Fair Use" legal findings afforded to those who report. - Fredric L. Rice, The Skeptic Tank, 09/Sep/95 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- From!!!! Mon Jul 17 09:51:22 1995 Message-ID: <> Path:!!!! Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology,uk.misc From: X-Anonymously-To: alt.religion.scientology,uk.misc Organization: Anonymous forwarding service Reply-To: Date: Sun, 16 Jul 1995 15:22:05 UTC Subject: UK Observer Article Lines: 90 Xref: alt.religion.scientology:76000 uk.misc:51029 This article is posted in the public interest. If you have any information which you believe could assist the police in their enquiries, contact your local police station - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - "The Observer" 16th July 1995 page 26 Headline: Vandals target Scientology TV film team Staff at a television company embroiled in a legal battle with the Church of Scientology have had cars vandalised and a mobile phone 'cloned' and used to run up a huge bill. Staff at Twenty Twenty, an independent production company, believe they are being harassed by Scientologists over their investigation into the church's activities, broadcast on Carlton TV's The Big Story last Thursday. Unknown attackers smashed windscreens and lights of three cars belonging to Twenty Twenty employees shortly before the programme was broadcast. A fourth car, which did not belong to a Twenty Twenty employee, was also vandalised. The vehicles were parked near the company's offices in Camden, north London. 'It looked like a baseball bat job' said Claudia Milne, the programme's executive producer. The 'cloned' mobile phone belonged to Alison Braund, the reporter in the programme, who attended a course at the church's headquarters at East Grinstead, West Sussex, last month. Police are investigating and have not ruled out a connection with the Church of Scientology. The church has issued writs against Twenty Twenty, Carlton, producer Simon Berthon, Ms Milne and Ms Braund. It alleges they tried to obtain services by deception, an offence under the Theft Act. Lawyers for Carlton are attempting to have the summonses, due to be heard on 28 July, overturned. The church said Ms Braund attended the East Grinstead course under false pretences, claiming she was there solely for religious and spiritual purposes. Twenty Twenty says Ms Braund - who had a camera concealed in her glasses - did not breach Independent Televison Commission guidelines. These state that undercover work is acceptable if the story is in the public interest, if information cannot be obtained in any other way, and if the evidence gathered is essential to the story's credibility. During the course Ms Braund was asked to list all her previous sexual partners and describe her sexual activities. When her large glasses and pouch-bag aroused the Scientologists' suspicions, she was interviewed and filmed secretly. The church alleges she was caught on film taking documents from the interviewer's desk after he left the room. Police were called and Ms Braund was arrested, but released without charge. The church may prosecute privately. Margaret Reese, the church's director of public affairs, said suggestions that scientologists were behind the car attacks and the phone cloning were ridiculous. She said the Twenty Twenty film was disgusting. 'It was not a fair, unbiased programme. They took everything out of context.' The reporter could have filmed openly, Ms Reese said. 'We would have allowed her everywhere. We have nothing to hide.' She said questions about sexual history were given to those who expressed an interest in joining the church's staff. 'We don't want any perverts. We are very ethical.' Clambuster (UK) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- To find out more about the anon service, send mail to If you reply to this message, your message WILL be *automatically* anonymized and you are allocated an anon id. Read the help file to prevent this. Please report any problems, inappropriate use etc. to


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