Monday, June 29, 2009

Scientology Tax Fraud, Racketeering

On June 29th in Scientology history

Neither Side Blinks in a Lengthy Feud
June 29, 1990, Robert W. Welkos, Los Angeles Times,0,4270196.story

Over the past three decades, the IRS has revoked the tax-exempt status of various Scientology organizations, accusing them of operating in a commercial manner and of financially benefiting private individuals. From the late 1960s through mid-1970s, IRS agents classified Scientology as a "tax resister" and "subversive," a characterization later deemed improper by a judge.

In 1984, the IRS's Los Angeles office launched a far-ranging criminal investigation into allegations by high-level Scientology defectors that the movement's founder, L. Ron Hubbard, had skimmed millions of dollars from the church.

Tags: Coalition of IRS Whistle-blowers, Fred Goldberg, IRS, L. Ron Hubbard,
Lisa Lashaway, Paul DesFosses


On the Offensive Against an Array of Suspected Foes
June 29, 1990, Robert W. Welkos, Los Angeles Times,0,138179,full.story

Ministers mingle with private detectives. "Sacred scriptures" counsel the virtues of combativeness. Parishioners double as paralegals for litigious church attorneys.

Consider the passage that a prominent Scientology minister selected from the religion's scriptures, authored by the late L. Ron Hubbard, to inspire the faithful during a gala church event.

"People attack Scientology," the minister quoted Hubbard as saying. "I never forget it; always even the score."

The crowd cheered.

Tags: Al Bei, Charles O'Reilly, Charles Stapleton, David Mayo, Earle Cooley,
Eugene Ingram, Fair Game, Foster Report, Guardian Office, Joseph Yanny, Judge
Richey, Justice Johnson, Lawrence Wollersheim, Leta Schlosser, Louis Jolyon
West, Narconon, Office of Special Affairs, Philip Rodriguez, Richard Bast,
Russell Miller, Spain


Suits, Protests Fuel a Campaign Against Psychiatry
June 29, 1990, Joel Sappell, Los Angeles Times,0,601509,full.story

The uproar over Ritalin was triggered almost single-handedly by the Scientology movement.

Tags: CCHR, FDA, Ritalin


When the Doctrine Leaves the Church
June 29, 1990, Robert W. Welkos, Los Angeles Times,0,4204659.story

The Church of Scientology hates "squirrels."

That is the scornful word L. Ron Hubbard used to describe non-church members who offer his teachings, sometimes at cut-rate prices. Most are ex-Scientologists who say they believe in Hubbard's gospel but left the church because its hierarchy was too oppressive.

"We call them squirrels," Hubbard once wrote, "because they are so nutty."

Tags: CADA, Fair Game, Squirrels


Inside Scientology
June 29, 2005, Anderson Cooper, Anderson Cooper 3600, CNN

And in this half-hour, we're trying to get at the facts about Scientologist's critique of psychiatry and antidepressant medication.

Joining me from Los Angeles, in a 360 exclusive interview, is Bruce Wiseman, a 35-year member of Scientology and U.S. national president of its Citizen Commission on Human Rights, a Scientologist group dedicating to fighting, what it calls, psychiatric violations of human rights. [Transcript]

Tags: APA, Bruce Wiseman, CCHR, Detox, Ed Parkin, Jessica Rodriguez, John
Travolta, Katie Holmes, Matt Lauer, Pat Kingsley, Purif, Rick Ross, Tom Cruise


Shrinks fight back against Cruise missile
June 29, 2005, Reuters, New Zealand Herald

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has sharply criticised actor Tom Cruise for televised remarks in which he called psychiatry a "pseudo science" and disputed the value of anti-depressant drugs.

"It is irresponsible for Mr Cruise to use his movie publicity tour to promote his own ideological views and deter people with mental illness from getting the care they need," APA President Dr Steven Sharfstein said in a statement.

Tags: American Psychiatric Association, Brooke Shields, Matt Lauer, Tom Cruise


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