and the Legal System
L. Ron Hubbard,
founder of Dianetics and Scientology, had specific views of the
taught that "The law can be used very easily to harass,
and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin
will generally be sufficient to cause
his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him
Magazine Articles on Level 0 Checksheet, "Dissemination
of Material" page 55
suit filed is not a completed cycle of action," said
Hubbard. "A suit ended is a completed cycle of action
only when we will never hear of it again. An opponent whipped
or arrested is a completed cycle of action."
HCOPL of 25 Feb. 1968, "Legal Statistic"
stated that those who were declared enemies of Scientology
were "fair game" and could be "tricked, sued,
or lied to or destroyed" [HCOPL of 18 October 1967,
Issue IV "Penalties for Lower Conditions"]
taught that bringing someone into court is one of the pivotal
tools of these attacks.
has consistently followed Hubbard's secret directives as
those just mentioned.
instance, Paulette Cooper wrote a book, "The Scandal
of Scientology," and was attacked.
filed 18 lawsuits against her, according to Cooper, and
"Operation Freakout" was applied to her to get
after an FBI raid of Scientology in 1977 revealed this operation
was Cooper finally exonerated of the false charges.
When L. Gene
Allard left Scientology and went to the authorities with information
he believed showed illegality on the part of Scientology, the
organization accused him of theft of money from a safe and Allard
was arrested and held 21 days before being released with no charges
filed. Allard sued Scientology for malicious prosecution and won.
Angeles Times, "Scientology critics Assail Belligerence"
August 28, 1978
in a coordinated effort, filed dozens of lawsuits against the
Cult Awareness Network, claiming discrimination. These suits dried
up CAN's insurance, when a final suit managed by Scientologist
attorney Kendrick Moxon hit the final blow, and CAN had to file
forced to bankruptcy while seeking reversal of civil case",
Awareness Network newsletter, October 1995
in the 1990s the homes of Dennis
Erlich and Arnie
Lerma were separately raided by Scientology utilizing
copyright laws and many documents, hard drives, and other
items were taken.
raids were later ruled unlawful and were overturned, with
Scientology ordered to return the seized items.
given Scientology an earful for such tactics. For instance, in
Religious Technology Center - a Scientology corporation - vs.
Robin Scott, the court stated that the RTC has a "documented
history of vexatious behavior" and abuses "the federal
court system by using it, inter alia, to destroy their opponents,
rather than to resolve an actual dispute over trademark law or
any other legal matter."
vs Scott, Nos. 94-55781 & No. 94-55920; 1996 U.S. App. LEXIS
8954 (9th Cir. 1996)
have abused the federal court system by using it, inter alia, to
destroy their opponents, rather than to resolve an actual dispute
over trademark law or any other legal matter. This constitutes 'extraordinary,
malicious, wanton and oppressive conduct.' As such, this case qualifies
as an 'exceptional case' and fees should be awarded pursuant to
the Lanham Act... It is abundantly clear that plaintiffs sought
to harass the individual defendants and destroy the church defendants
through massive over-litigation and other highly questionable litigation
tactics. The Special Master has never seen a more glaring example
of bad faith litigation than this."
v. Robin Scott, U. S. District Court, Central District of California,
No. 85-711-JMI (Bx) 85-7197-JMI (Bx), January 20, 1993, Memorandum
Scientology maintains and follows the secret directives of L. Ron
Hubbard that order the organization to utilize the court system
as a tool against its enemies. Not only is the public not aware
of these directives, but also the majority of Scientologists have
no idea that they exist.