From: (Robert S. Minton)
Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology
Subject: Senate Judiciary Hearing-Co$ & Ex-parte Abuse?? Help Needed
Date: Tue, 19 Mar 1996 172459 GMT
Organization: Citizen Against Scientology Harassment

The following paragraph is quoted from a letter dated February 28, 1996 from Senator Bob Smith of NH that I received upon my return from Clearwater last night:


I have forwarded a copy of your original letters to my colleague, Senator Hatch, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. I have asked Senator Hatch and his staff to investigate the issue you raise to determine whether the Judiciary Committee should hold an oversight hearing to explore charges that the Church of Scientology is abusing the ex parte search provisions contained in the 1984 copyright law.

This could of course be standard constituent gobbledegook. However, there is enough encouragement contained in the letter that, IMHO, those concerned with Scientology harassing its’ critics should take some action.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has a www page at

Check it out. Some information on the page is listed below:

Their address is:

Committee on the Judiciary
224 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20510-6275

Republican Members

Orrin G. Hatch, Utah, Chairman
Strom Thurmond, South Carolina
Alan K. Simpson, Wyoming
Charles E. Grassley, Iowa
Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania
Hank Brown, Coiorado
Fred Thompson, Tennessee
Jon Kyl, Arizona
Mike DeWrne, Ohio
Spencer Abraham, Michigan
Demomt Members
Joseph R.Biden, Jr., Delaware
Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts
Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont
Howell Hefkn, Alabama
Paul Simon, Illinois
Herb Kohl, Wisconsin
Dianne Feinstein, California
Russell D. Feingold, Wisconsin

E-mail and snailmail addresses are on the wwtv page.

Write as many of these members as you can to express your concerns about how Scientology abuses the laws of this country but at the least include some focus on the first and fourth amendment constitutional issues that have been discussed on ars concerning ex-parte search abuse under copyright law.

Try to write, at minimum, Senator Hatch and your local Senator on the committee.

Just think, we might even get to see a few scienos explain their “Fair Game” policies on C-Span under the glare of camera lights. I wonder if the uniformed guards and leather trench-coated OSA operatives so visible in Cleatwater would show up in the Senate?

Let’s try to make this a tiny win for the critics.

Bob Minton