January 26, 1996
The Honorable Senator Judd Gregg
393 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Gregg,

The Constitution of our country is repeatedly under attack by a Section 501 (3) (c) U. S. taxpayer supported entity which has a 40 year history of criminal behavior in the United States and the world.

Actions that I have witnessed vicariously through the Washington Post, New York Times, L.A. Times and on the intemet in the last year by the Church of Scientology compel me to ask something of you. Why is Scientology allowed to flagrantly abuse the First and Fourth Amendments to our Constitution; specifically, Scientology's abuse of ex parte searches and seizures with expedited discovery in copyright related civil court procedures?

These ex pane searches essentially allow private citizens to conduct searches of other private citizens with little, and, in some cases almost no, oversight by courts or law enforcement authorities. Ex parte searches without supervision effectively legalize Scientology’s previously documented criminal practices of burglary and theft. If you ever have trouble sleeping, try reading the almost 300 pages of Stipulations of Evidence in the United States of America v. Mary Sue Hubbard, et al (the others being 10 more top Scientology officials). Read how this now 501 (3) (c) corporation infiltrated and burglarized the IRS, the Justice Department and the Attorney General's office. Scientology says it has changed since 1974 but every day on the intemet I see these people doing the same thing they have done for over forty years-LIE. Scientology, semper idem.

I am asking you as one my State Senators to find out if indeed you and the Attorney General's Office shares my belief that the Church of Scientology makes it a practice to abuse the laws of the United States of America and to harass citizens of this country who dare to exercise their rights to criticize Scientology. I'll share a few quotes with you from the November 1995, VOL., 9.NO 2. issue of The American Jurist, Washington College of Law cover story: Dangerous Science: The Church of Scientology’s Holy War against Critics:

Some critics claim that Scientology is far too great a force for just private attorneys and citizens to deal with. They ask that the federal government take major steps to crack down on the church illegal activities (as the governments of Germany and other European countries have been doing).”

“Federal agents complain that tha Justice.Department is unwilling to spend the money needed to endure a drawn out war with Scientology or to fend off the cult s notorious jihads against agents.”

“Ignorance about Scientology-and its evils are widespread, both here and abroad.”

Senator Gregg, I firmly believe that the Constitutional rights of private citizens in New Hampshire and every state should be free of ex parte search and seizure tyranny! My understanding of this issue is that Congress authorized ex pane searches in 1984 to stop counterfeit Disney t-shirts, Gucci bags, Rolex watches and the like. Now these searches are increasingly being used in civil copyright infringement cases. Little if any proof of infringement seems required to obtain a court order allowing for another private citizen to search my home. Almost no court or police supervision of those doing the searching is required and, worse yet, the materials seized have been allowed under the control and possession of the party doing the search; in the cases I’m talking about, the Church of Scientology.

Litigious entities like Scientology have found a way around our Constitutional ban on prior restraint, and that in itself makes this a dangerous practice. Who is defending my rights under the First Amendment? I would have far more rights under the Fourth Amendment, as compared to an ex parte civil search, if I were being searched with a valid criminal search warrant issued by a judge with probable cause and executed by officers of the court. This just really makes no sense to me!

Please tell me your position and what more I can do to help stop these practices. In the process, do not hesitate to use my taxdollars to stop Scientology from undermining the U. S. Constitution, our legal system and the rights of all of our citizens.

Very best wishes and thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely yours,

Robert S. Minton

P.S. I may take the liberty of posting a copy of this letter on the intemet newsgroup alt.religion.scientology to encourage others to write their elected officials. Your response to this letter may, unless I am requested not to and I agree to respect such a request, be posted on the same intemet newsgroup.