of Scientology's Harassment of Robert S. Minton and Colleagues
3, 1998: An
OSA operative called Mr. Minton's father for the purpose of
further alienating him from his son. He played
a recording of a segment of Mr. Minton's appearance on
the television program "Public
Eye," in which Mr. Minton had discussed the abuse
to which he and his mother had been subjected when he was
6, 1998: Mr. Minton's Beacon Hill neighborhood was leafleted
with a flier that featured a large photo of Mr. Minton and
the title, "Hatred Hidden
Behind Free Speech." The following is the text of
face of religious bigotry: Your neighbor, Robert Minton
of 39 West Cedar Street, is not all that he seems. He
is leading a KKK-style attack against peaceful members
of a religion. When he is not stirring up hatred in the
streets, Minton is poisoning the Internet by filling it
full of religious bigotry and intolerance. Minton's hatred
puts families at risk."
bottom of the flier was a copyright notice by the Church of
Scientology of Boston. This was one
of many fliers designed to characterize Mr. Minton's outspoken
criticism of Scientology's fraud and abuse of its adherents
as "religious bigotry and intolerance."
7, 1998: Long-time Scientology private investigator Eugene
Ingram began contacting Mr. Minton's former business associates
in New York and Boston, saying he was investigating Mr. Minton
for "conspiracy to commit extortion." Calls to these
people continued for months and resulted in many of Mr. Minton's
associates severing their ties with him.
8, 1998: Scientology private investigator David Lee, who
had previously been in Seattle heading up an intense harassment
campaign against the Youngs, visited
and interviewed Mr. Minton's mother, father, two brothers,
an aunt and his uncle in Nashville, Tennessee, over the course
of a week.
8, 1998: Boston area Scientologists distributed a
new leaflet in Mr. Minton's Beacon Hill neighborhood with
a photo of Mr. Minton attached. The title of the flier was
"Neighbor Pays to Create Hatred Against Religious Group."
The flier accused Mr. Minton of paying:
$1.25 million to individuals who are engaged in a campaign
to create hatred against members of the Church of Scientology,"
went on to explain that
sponsors many successful tutoring, drug
rehabilitation and criminal reform projects and is active
in the community to better the lives of all citizens
flier ended with a plea to Mr. Minton's neighbors to "join
us in condemning the bigots for hire scheme of Mr. Minton."
At the bottom of the flier was the following statement: "This
is written as a public service of STAND (Scientologists Taking
Action for Non-Discrimination)."
23, 1998: Scientology private investigators and OSA operatives
launched a campaign to harass and intimidate Mr. Minton's
friends and former business associates not only in the United
States but also in England, Turkey, Brazil, Nigeria, Switzerland,
South Africa and Hong Kong. This campaign would continue over
the next three years and would result in further isolating
Mr. Minton from his friends and associates.
26, 1998: Scientologists handed
out fliers in Mr. Minton's neighborhood in Boston and
around his country home in Sandown, New Hampshire, claiming,
among other things, that Mr. Minton "has a history of
psychiatric problems." The fliers were again signed by
STAND (Scientologists Taking Action for Non-Discrimination).
The flier distributed to
Mr. Minton's neighbors in New Hampshire stated:
Minton, of 137 Fremont Road, Sandown, NH has given $1.25
million to complete strangers to destroy a religion while
his mother lives on social security. He even put a lien
on her house and charged her 10% interest as the price
of the loan. Why is he so mean and cheap to his own family
while showering riches on religious bigots to fund their
on to say:
many hate mongers, he has a history of psychiatric problems.
But a troubled past is no excuse for leading KKK-style
rallies and spreading poison on the internet about a peaceful
religion known for its helpful literacy and drug rehabilitation
programs. What's your game, Robert Minton?"
bottom of the flier, again, was the following: "This
is written as a public service of STAND (Scientologists Taking
Action for Non-Discrimination)."
27, 1998: Mr. Minton met with the United Nations Human
Rights and Religious Freedom Chief about Scientology's abuse
of its adherents and intimidation of critics. He spoke to
the U.N. official about Scientology's strategy to throw a
smokescreen over its illegal activities in France and Germany
by accusing the governments of those countries of religious
discrimination. Scientology found out about the meeting and
launched a campaign to discredit Mr. Minton with the United
Nations. However, Mr. Minton's meeting was successful in educating
the U.N. official about Scientology's criminal activities.
In the U.N.'s June 1998 report on Religious Freedom, Scientology's
attempts to portray their troubles in Germany as religious
persecution were described as hysteria.
- April 1998: For a period of four months, Scientology
private investigators repeatedly visited Mr. Minton's former
banking associates in England, showing a detailed "psychiatric
evaluation" of Mr. Minton that concluded he was likely
to burst into a Scientology organization and "kill twenty-five
9, 1998: A Scientology operative dressed as a minister
distributed fliers on Beacon
Hill attacking Mr. Minton
as a religious bigot. Others held up a banner calling Mr.
Minton a religious bigot.
25, 1998: Mr. Minton was featured in The Daily Free Press,
an independent newspaper at Boston University. The article
was entitled "Activist
speaks against Church of Scientology."
1998: A new flier was
handed out in Mr. Minton's neighborhood in Boston. It featured
a photograph of Mr. Minton and several others peacefully protesting
Scientology in Clearwater, Florida. Under the photo was the
caption: "Mr. Minton associating with an accused child
molester." The text of the flier was clearly intended
to upset Mr. Minton's family and turn his neighbors against
him. Under the heading "Facts about Robert Minton"
were the following libelous statements:
Minton vacations in luxury while charging his mother (who
lives on social security) interest on a loan when he has
millions of dollars at his disposal; Mr. Minton exploited
the people of third world countries, manipulating their
debt to make millions for himself and the rulers in power;
Mr. Minton refuses to help his own son with a loan to
purchase a house, yet forked over $1.5 million to fund
the members of a known hate group in a campaign to create
intolerance and hatred; Mr. Minton acts like a bully to
anyone he can manipulate with his money. His second wife
left him rather than put up with his brutal beatings;
Mr. Minton buys people with his money and is financially
supporting a ring which includes wife beaters, child molesters
and a pornography editor."
Scientology was publishing outrageous lies about Mr. Minton,
apparently in an attempt to goad him into filing suit against
them. However, several experienced attorneys advised Mr. Minton
not to sue as Scientology would use the litigation to further
harass him and exhaust his financial resources, ultimately
forcing him to cease his outspoken criticism of them.
1998: While Mr. Minton was vacationing with his family
on the French Caribbean island of St. Bart's, Scientology
operatives flew to the island and passed out fliers in the
town and on the beach where Mr. Minton and his family were
relaxing. The flier contained a number of scurrilous charges,
including a claim that Mr. Minton associated with "accused
1998: Scientology operatives followed Mr. Minton throughout
Clearwater, Florida, while he was with a film crew shooting
a documentary about his activism against Scientology for SAT-1
1998: Mr. Minton drove to Connecticut to assist Stacy
Brooks, who was helping Leslie White, a young woman who had
been driven to the brink of a nervous breakdown by her experience
in Scientology. A Scientology operative tried to change the
woman's mind about leaving Scientology, telling her that both
Stacy Brooks and Robert Minton had been sent from another
planet to destroy Scientology. As ludicrous as this statement
was, it soon became clear that Scientologists were being seriously
indoctrinated to believe it. Word came back from several sources
that Scientologists now believed that they were "off-planet
people" sent to Earth to eradicate Scientology.
14, 1998: While Mr. Minton was in Los Angeles for a peaceful
protest of Scientology headquarters, Boston Scientologists
distributed libelous fliers about him throughout Beacon Hill.
It was the largest number of fliers they had ever handed out
16, 1998: Scientology private investigator David Lee visited
Mr. Minton's father-in-law in England to "ask
some questions" about his son-in-law.
16, 1998: A Scientology private investigator spoke by
telephone to a friend of Mr. Minton's family in England, explaining
that Mr. Minton was being investigated because of his "psychological
19, 1998: Mr. Minton delivered a speech to the Cult Information
Service (CIS) Conference in Newark, New Jersey, in which he
detailed the harassment he had been subjected to by Scientology
in their efforts to silence him and frighten him away. The
title of the speech was "Battling
Scientology's attack on free speech."
19, 1998: 12 million Germans watched the SAT-1
documentary about Mr. Minton's commitment to stopping
Scientology's criminal activities.
3, 1998: Scientology private investigator David Lee, operating
in Toronto under the pseudonym Ron Christopher, contacted
a number of Mr. Minton's former business associates. He claimed
to be working for a non-existent company called "Financial
Researchers," conducting a fraud investigation of Mr.
Minton. He offered to pay
one of Mr. Minton's former employees USD $35,000 if he would
sign a false statement that Mr. Minton had committed criminal
fraud. This was the third such offer; the first two were made
by another Scientology private investigator, Peter Franks,
in England. Franks was apparently working with Lee on Lee's
assignment to destroy Mr. Minton.
1998: A family asked Stacy Brooks to fly to New Orleans
to talk to their daughter
about her experiences in Scientology. After hearing about
Stacy's experiences, the young woman decided to leave Scientology.
She informed her superior in New York that she did not intend
to return. That night, New Orleans police surrounded the family's
house, responding to an anonymous report that a young woman
had been kidnapped. The young woman explained to the police
that she had made her own decision to leave Scientology, but
that Scientology did not want her to leave. The young woman
was very happy to return to her family and her old life. Stacy
then flew to Washington, D.C., for an interview about Scientology
with a Swedish television director. When she arrived in D.C.,
long-time OSA operative Sylvia Stannard was at the gate to
meet her. She accused Stacy of kidnapping and "forcibly
deprogramming" the young woman in New Orleans. Stannard
told Stacy, "I'm not going to let you kidnap anyone in
my town." Stacy asked Stannard how she knew what flight
she was arriving on, but Stannard refused to answer.
arrived in D.C. the next day, and for the next several days
Mr. Minton and Stacy were followed wherever they went in Washington.
One night while they were having dinner in a restaurant with
another friend, OSA operative Matt Braschi suddenly appeared
at their table with a camera, taking photos of the three of
them and being extremely offensive. One afternoon while Stacy
was having lunch with the Swedish television crew, several
OSA operatives surrounded their table and became so loud and
threatening that Stacy had to have the hotel security personnel
escort the Scientologists out of the building.
1998 - December 1999: Beginning with Ms. Brooks' arrival
in D.C. in May 1998, Scientology began meeting both Mr. Minton
and Ms. Brooks at the airport wherever they traveled. Sometimes
the Scientologists would appear with picket signs, such as
in the Columbus, Ohio, airport and the Denver, Colorado, airport,
meeting Mr. Minton and Ms. Brooks at their gates and following
them through the airport with picket signs. This continued
until the end of 1999, when Mr. Minton and Ms. Brooks began
to call the airport security to alert them of their arrival,
so that security personnel could keep the Scientologists away
from them. Although the harassment has stopped, Scientology
still keeps them under surveillance and knows when and where
they are traveling at all times.
- July 1998: Mr. Minton had a series of three meetings,
totaling 15 hours, with two of the top leaders of Scientology.
He hoped to enter into a dialogue about ending Scientology's
criminal conduct, including fraud, practicing medicine without
a license, child abuse, and human rights violations. He met
with Mike Rinder, the head of OSA International, and Marty
Rathbun, head of the Religious Technology Center (RTC) and
second in command of Scientology under its dictator, David
Miscavige. Unfortunately, the Scientologists had no interest
in discussing their criminal conduct. Their interest was solely
to convince Mr. Minton to stop providing funds to Scientology
critics. They told Mr. Minton point blank that if he would
quit giving financial support to critics, Scientology would
stop harassing and intimidating Mr. Minton and his friends
and family. At the end of the third meeting, Mr. Minton made
it clear that he would not stop his financial support until
Scientology ceased destroying people's lives through fraud
and criminal abuse. In response, the Scientologists intensified
their campaign against him.
16, 1998: Dateline NBC aired a 35-minute segment on Mr.
Minton and his work to expose Scientology's abuse and deception
called "The Crusader."
Scientology tried to stop the show by presenting Dateline
executives with information intended to discredit Mr. Minton,
but they were unsuccessful.
9, 1998: The Boston Globe published a large article titled
Improbable Crusade of Robert Minton," which included
information about the harassment he was being subjected to.
18, 1998: Former Scientologist Jesse
Prince contacted Mr. Minton via email at his FACTNet address
after hearing about the Dateline show. Stacy Brooks, also
a board member of FACTNet, saw the email and contacted Mr.
Prince imMediately. She and Mr. Prince had known each other
in Scientology for many years but had not had any contact
since they had left nearly a decade earlier. Mr. Prince met
her in Columbus, Ohio, and they discussed the work she and
Mr. Minton were doing to bring an end to Scientology's criminal
activities. Mr. Prince had been a high-level executive in
Scientology and had extensive information about Scientology's
criminal conduct. He offered to assist them in their work.
19, 1998: The next day, Mike
Rinder called Mr. Minton in New Hampshire and asked him
if Jesse Prince was on Mr. Minton's payroll. Coming as it
did imMediately after Mr. Prince's initial meeting with Ms.
Brooks, Mr. Rinder's telephone call was clearly intended to
let Mr. Minton know Scientology had them under surveillance.
24, 1998: Jesse Prince received a letter
from Scientology attorney Elliot Abelson threatening legal
action against him if he provided any "information respecting
alleged events that came to your attention in your capacity
as an employee of a Church of Scientology" to "attorneys
who are in litigation against the Church of Scientology entities."
25, 1998: Several Scientologists trespassed on Mr. Minton's
property in New Hampshire as he and Ms. Brooks were swimming
in the pool. The Scientologists loudly hurled profanities
down the hill at Ms. Brooks and were extremely threatening.
Mr. Minton ordered them off his property. They got in their
car and left, but then almost imMediately drove back onto
his property, got out and began to approach him again. Mr.
Minton fired two shots over their heads with his shotgun to
let them know he was serious about ordering them off his property.
This did cause the Scientologists to leave imMediately. Scientology
would later falsely claim that Mr. Minton aimed the gun at
them and attempted to shoot them, citing this as "proof"
of Mr. Minton's "violent nature." However, although
the Scientologists attempted to have Mr. Minton arrested for
this incident, the police determined that he
had done nothing wrong in firing the shotgun as a warning
to the trespassers.
July 26, 1998: While Mr. Minton's wife Therese was
vacationing in England with the Mintons' two daughters, a
Mike Rinder was hand-delivered to her. The letter attempted
to elicit her help in convincing Mr. Minton to stop his work
to end Scientology's criminal activities. Rinder wrote,
am certain you are unaware of the real activities and
nature of the people Mr. Minton is involved with, and
I do not believe you would want your family engaged in
these matters if you knew the character of these people
or their agenda with respect to the 'Minton money.'
on to say,
Mr. Minton claims that [Scientology] has sought to upset
his family, in truth it is his activities that are the
source of the turmoil that now surrounds his life and
yours. It comes about as a result of his relationship
with a group of morally bankrupt individuals who are taking
money from him while they are engaged in unethical and
even criminal activities."
to get Therese to persuade Mr. Minton to meet with the Scientologists,
Rinder concluded by saying,
have found several of this group of low-lifes [sic] guilty
of violating [Scientology's] rights and yet Mr. Minton
gives them money to continue. A couple of them are wife
abusers and child molesters. None are fit to be in the
presence of you or your children, yet Mr. Minton is playing
Santa Claus to them with your money. Mr. Minton's irresponsible,
if not outright malicious acts, are damaging my church
[sic] and individual Scientologists are well as you and
your children. I believe a face-to-face meeting between
us would be helpful. This is a serious matter. What is
occurring is causing a great deal of damage. If you were
aware of all the facts, I am sure you would not support
what is happening. You can contact me at 213-960-3500
or 213-960-3508 (fax). I look forward to hearing from
letter was upsetting to Mrs. Minton and had the effect of
alienating her from Mr. Minton.
28, 1998: An article appeared in the local New Hampshire
newspaper, the Union Leader Correspondent, entitled "Sandown
Police: Shots Fired in Spat with Protesters." This
article focused on the July 25 trespassing incident at Mr.
Minton's house. Scientology operatives Gerard Renna and Kevin
Hall were both quoted. Renna said he was "tired of Minton
going on Dateline
and spreading lies," that he was "fed up" with
it. Hall lied about the trespassing incident, claiming that
on Minton's door to tell him they were protesting, Minton
told them to leave; they did, and he then allegedly fired
the shots into the air."
30, 1998: Scientology began distributing fliers about
Mr. Minton three to four times a week during public meetings
at the town hall in Sandown, New Hampshire. This continued
for several weeks.
30, 1998: Fliers were distributed at a local supermarket
1998: Scientology continued to monitor the travel of the
Minton family and photograph Mr. Minton's wife and children
in England during their summer vacation.
30, 1998: Mike Rinder sent Therese Minton a second
letter discussing the shotgun incident and asking to have
a face-to-face meeting.
31, 1998: Mr. Minton was interviewed for an article in
the Rockingham, New Hampshire News entitled "Local
man helps many leave Scientology; Church says he distorts
the Truth" by Lara Bricker. Referring to Boston Scientology
spokesman Kevin Hall, the article said:
wants to know why the Sandown summer resident is on a
crusade to reform the church and why he is 'spreading
lies'" and "trying to destroy the church."
1998: Mr. Minton was on a radio show on Boston's WRKO.
Before the show Scientologists entered the station's offices
to protest their exclusion from the broadcast. The producer
later said the Scientologists' behavior was extremely inappropriate,
aggressively demanding to be put on the air.
1998: The Scientologists informed Mr. Minton that they
knew his wife and children had flown from England to Spain
in early August 1998. This was clearly done to let him know
that they were being followed.
1998: Five Scientologists picketed the home of Jesse Prince's
father in Memphis, Tennessee. They held picket signs that
said, "Tell your son to leave my church alone."
Mr. Prince's father also received a number of telephone calls
from Scientology private investigators telling him his son
was a criminal.
3, 1998: The St. Petersburg Times, which is the paper
that is distributed in Clearwater, ran an article entitled
bizarre feud with Scientology escalates" which reported
on the trespassing incident in New Hampshire. It was later
learned that OSA had fed the newspaper a false version of
what had happened; this seemed to account for the biased headline.
8, 1998: The St. Petersburg Times ran a more in-depth
article about the trespassing case entitled "Millionaire
not charged in Scientology case." The article said
in Sandown, N.H., have concluded that millionaire Robert
S. Minton was not firing at four Scientologists at who
picketed his house July 25, and will not file charges
would later learn that Scientologists had pressured the Massachusetts
state attorney's office to prosecute Mr. Minton for the incident,
but they were not successful. The article quoted the Sandown
police chief confirmed that no charges would be filed.
gone through everything and from where the Scientologist
were when the shots were fired, Minton was firing in the
opposite direction, " Police Chief Scott Currier
said Friday. "He was not shooting at them."
went on to say:
also confirmed that Minton was using bird shot that would
not have penetrated the vehicle the Scientologists were
in, Currier said. Minton said he fired warning shots after
the Scientologists trespassed at his 200-acre estate and
yelled obscenities at a guest in his pool."
says he has spent more then $2-million to help finance
opposition to Scientology, providing shelter and money
for some former members. He also is helping finance lawsuits,
including one filed on behalf of Lisa McPherson, a Scientologist
who died in Clearwater under mysterious circumstances."
14, 1998: The Rockingham, New Hampshire News published
to the editor from Boston Scientology OSA operative Frank
Ofman in which he accused Mr. Minton of being mentally unstable.
Ofman twisted the facts not only of the trespassing incident
but also of Mr. Minton's personal history to paint a picture
of Mr. Minton as irrational and dangerous, in an obvious effort
to discredit him. He wrote:
Minton of Sandown apparently shot at peaceful Church of
Scientology parishioners without rational reasons - he
claims he has been emotionally damaged by his brutal involuntarily
incarceration into a psychiatric institution at the age
of 16. What led to Minton's involuntary commitment is
not commonly known, but the residual hostility within
him is very evident
Minton stated on several occasions
the irreparable damage psychiatry has had on his youth
and his overall depression in life. Perhaps this is a
similar story to that of the recent Capitol Hill gunman,
Russell Eugene Weston Jr., who also had a long history
of emotional problems before his frenzied shooting. Who
can tell what really set Minton off to fire a shotgun
at peaceful Church parishioners who were merely asserting
their freedom of speech? Did he just take on the colors
of the psychiatric enemies he was trying to fight? It
was fortunate that the skilled police officers of Sandown
arrived early enough on the scene to handcuff Mr. Minton
and protect him against himself and others
later learned that the newspaper published the letter only
after intense pressure from Scientology, including threats
to sue over its previous news report on Mr. Minton.
August 24, 1998: Scientologists picketed the Turan
Corporation in Boston. Robert Smith, the head of Turan, was
Mr. Minton's former business associate and had been quoted
in the New York Times in December 1997 saying, "He's
a man of principle and a very tenacious person."
became a target himself for his support of Mr. Minton. Scientologists
passed out fliers headlined
"Turan Corp. Connection to the Religious Bigotry of Robert
S. Minton," in which they sought to smear Smith by linking
him to Mr. Minton. The flier stated:
Minton, a man with links to Turan Corporation's Robert
Smith, has blatantly lied to the American public and Media
about our church, its members, its goals and actions.
We refuse to allow our religion to be smeared and maligned
any longer. Minton has held himself out on national television
and to the press to be an upstanding citizen, but he is
using his many millions of dollars to force his bigoted
views onto our church and its parishioners to 'reform
He promotes an agenda of bigotry."
of the first indications that Scientology was investigating
Mr. Minton's work in Nigeria, the flier stated:
and Smith did business in Nigeria. Minton made a lot of
his money, he says, by helping the country's dictatorial
leadership to successfully default on multi-million dollar
loans. Everyone with the inside knowledge benefited but
as events and statistics show, the people suffered. While
millions were siphoned off in 'commissions,' and lenders
had to write off huge losses, the leaders of the country
completely ignored the human suffering and misery of its
citizens. Is this how a man of principal acts?"
flier was signed: "By the Free Speech & Religious
Freedom Committee of the Parishioners of the Church of Scientology
26, 1998: Therese Minton received her third
letter from Rinder, saying he wanted to speak with her
about Mr. Minton. Still hoping to convince her to meet with
him, he wrote,
imagine that by this time you have probably become aware
that some of the things I said in my earlier letters have
now proven true. As a matter of fact, I can show you a
great deal of information supporting the statements in
those letters. I believe there is much more information
that you do not have concerning the activities of Mr.
Minton and the people he has gotten hooked up with. Clearly,
Mr. Minton's involvement with Stacy Young and others has
not had a positive effect on your family. While I am sure
you have been told various lies about me and the Church
of Scientology, you have no downside in hearing what information
I have to offer. I would like the opportunity to speak
with you face to face. You can call (213 960?3500) or
fax me (213 960?3508)."
30, 1998: Scientology picketed and passed out fliers in
front of Mr. Minton's home on Beacon Hill in Boston. Scientologists
carried picket signs clearly intended for Therese and the
children to see. Mr. Minton and Therese had separated, and
he had been seeing Stacy Brooks. Some of the signs described
Ms. Brooks as a vamp destroying the Minton family by breaking
up their marriage, and another sign implored Mr. Minton not
to destroy the lives of his children. The fliers were passed
out to friends, neighbors, and parents of the Minton children's
31, 1998: Scientologists again picketed Mr. Minton's home
in Boston, and passed out fliers referring to Mr. Minton and
Ms. Brooks as adulterers. The Scientologists also picketed
Mr. Minton's home in New Hampshire, where his daughters were
staying with him. They held up signs that were obviously intended
to upset Mr. Minton's daughters.
2, 1998: Eight Scientologists greeted Mr. Minton and Jesse
Prince at their gate as they arrived at the Boston
airport. The Scientologists created such a disturbance
at baggage claim that four state troopers were required to
restore order. After both sides were questioned the troopers
told the Scientologists that had they known that they were
demonstrating in the airport they would have been arrested,
since FAA regulations prohibit such unlawful assembly at the
1998: Mr. Minton and Stacy were stalked through Chinatown
in San Francisco by OSA operatives who videotaped them as
they walked. They called the police, but when the officer
heard that Scientology was involved he called his superior,
who came to the scene and apologized, saying there was nothing
he could do because the San Francisco Police Department could
not afford a lawsuit from Scientology.
5, 1998: A large group of Scientologists picketed
Therese Minton and the Mintons' two daughters in front of
their house in Boston.
6, 1998: Two Scientologists, Maureen O'Keefe and Joe Stover,
picketed Mr. Minton's house
in New Hampshire. The Sandown police arrived and ordered the
Scientologists to leave, telling them they were creating a
hazard on the road.
7, 1998: Scientologists picketed
Mr. Minton's home in New Hampshire again, but it was done
in a car, with the picket signs held out of the car windows.
8, 1998: Scientologists again picketed
the Minton house in Boston. Several friends of the Mintons'
daughters were given fliers about Mr. Minton.
10, 1998: Scientologists came up to Mr. Minton's house
in New Hampshire again to hold picket signs out
of the car windows as they drove back and forth past the
10, 1998: Mr. Minton drove Jesse Prince down to Boston
from New Hampshire to take him to the airport. They stopped
at the Boston Scientology center to picket, and two Boston
Scientologists, Frank Ofman and Kevin Hall, began assaulting
Mr. Minton both verbally and physically. Frank Ofman in particular
was screaming at Mr. Minton and pushing
him repeatedly. Finally Ofman grabbed Mr. Minton's picket
sign and broke the stick. Mr. Minton tossed the broken end
of the stick at Ofman in disgust and then called the police.
But when the police came the Scientologists showed them a
video in which
Ofman's assault of Mr. Minton was missing and the only thing
on the tape was Mr. Minton tossing the broken piece at Ofman.
Under pressure from the Scientologists, the police then handcuffed
Mr. Minton and arrested
him for battery. Scientology imMediately posted the arrest
photos on the Internet and announced that Mr. Minton was a
criminal. However, on December 16, the judge dismissed
the charges, directing Mr. Minton to fax a notice to the
Boston Scientology center before he picketed for the next
three months. Although the charges were dismissed, Scientology
continued to portray Mr. Minton as a criminal who had been
"arrested for assault."
10, 1998: One aspect of Kevin Hall's verbal assault of
Mr. Minton in front of the Boston Scientology center was particularly
disturbing. At the time, Mr. Minton had had several sessions
with a Cambridge psychologist named Terry Real. Dr. Real was
counseling both Mr. Minton and his wife Therese, who were
separating. Kevin Hall repeated statements that Mr. Minton
had made to his therapist and to no one else. The only conclusion
that Mr. Minton could draw was that Scientology had put pressure
on Dr. Real to reveal confidential information from his sessions.
Within days of that incident, Dr. Real called Therese Minton
and abruptly informed her that he would no longer see either
her or Mr. Minton. He refused to give a reason and hung up
quickly. Kevin Hall also verbally assaulted Jesse Prince with
information from his auditing sessions in Scientology. Scientology
claims that this information is kept confidential; however,
when someone leaves Scientology their auditing files are culled
for embarrassing and upsetting information so that it can
be used to harass the person. Mr. Prince's auditing files
were last known to be in Gilman Hot Springs, California.
12, 1998: Several Scientologist met Mr. Prince with picket
signs at his gate at the Minneapolis airport. As he walked
through the airport the Scientologists shouted obscenities
12, 1998: Atlanta Scientology OSA operative Diane Stein
called Stacy Brooks' mother
in Atlanta. She told her that her daughter was part of a "hate
group" and that she was involved in illegal activities.
15, 1998: A group of Scientologists went to the office
of Dr. Abernathy, a psychiatrist Mr. Minton had been seeing
at Massachusetts General Hospital. They confronted Dr. Abernathy
and demanded to speak to him about Mr. Minton.
23, 1998: Four Scientology operatives picketed Mr. Minton
and Ms. Brooks in the Columbus,
Ohio, airport as they went to their gate. Mr. Minton called
airport security and informed them of the FAA regulation against
unlawful assembly in
an airport, and the picketers were escorted out.
23, 1998: When Stacy Brooks arrived at her home in Seattle
she was greeted by three Scientologists picketing
her home. One of the signs read:
Minton was arrested for assault on September 10 in Boston."
28, 1998: Peter Franks, a British private investigator
hired by Scientology, spread the word to many of Therese Minton's
friends in England and to Mr. Minton's former business partner,
Jeff Schmidt, that Therese, the Mintons' two daughters, and
Mr. Schmidt were going to
be followed in order to bring pressure on Mr. Minton to
stop his activities concerning Scientology.
office had been picketed and leafleted at this point for several
weeks, as had his home, while his wife and children were there.
Franks threatened to go after Mr. Schmidt's clients, one of
which was the Nigerian government. Franks said they would
arrange picketing of the Nigerian delegation to the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting in Washington, D. C., which was
set for October 4-8 the next month. Franks promised that Mr.
Schmidt would be caught in a web of an IRS tax investigation
of Mr. Minton and in his own problems with the Inland Revenue
Service, England's equivalent of the IRS. Franks said that
unless Mr. Schmidt did something to help Scientology go after
Mr. Minton, he would have serious trouble on his hands, since
the seven-year statute of limitations had not yet run out
on the activities he and Mr. Minton were engaged in together
(their partnership ended in 1993.)
also said that all of Therese's neighbors would be visited
in Boston, and the "whole ugly scene" would be laid
out for all to hear. The children's schools would be targeted
for the same campaign, which would include teachers, administrators
and parents, to paint Mr. Minton as a pariah. He let it be
known that he expected Therese and Jeff to pressure Mr. Minton
into quitting the work he was doing concerning Scientology.
28, 1998: Two New Hampshire newspapers contacted Mr. Minton
to ask him about a flier
that had been distributed to every resident in Sandown over
the previous few days. The title of the flier was "The
Truth About Robert Minton, Leader of an Anti-Religious Hate
Group." The flier characterized Mr. Minton as irrational,
unstable and violent, deliberately twisting the facts of the
trespassing incident and of the incident that led to Mr. Minton's
arrest in Boston, charges that were later dismissed after
Mr. Minton's attorney made it clear to the judge that Scientology
had set him up for a false arrest.
intended to isolate Mr. Minton from his neighbors in Sandown
by frightening them, the flier stated:
his hatemongering against our parishioners was give prominence
in the Boston Media, our church was repeatedly vandalized.
We said then that he was a trigger's width from an outburst
of psychotic violence. His violence struck recently."
then gave an outrageously false and exaggerated account of
the incident that had led to Mr. Minton's false arrest in
of alcohol, Minton turned up outside a Church of Scientology
on 10/9/98 carrying picket signs and started abusing staff
and parishioners. When two Scientologists tried to stop
him, he thrust his sign into the face of one, knocking
off his glasses. He finally smashed a stick over the head
of the second, who was taken to the hospital."
ended by saying
Minton has paid to create an atmosphere of intolerance
against our religion. His religious bigotry, hatred and
violence must stop."
signed by "Free Speech and Religious Freedom Committee
of the Parishioners of the Church of Scientology."
29, 1998: Scientology private investigator Peter Franks
told Jeff Schmidt that Scientology would take care of all
divorce matters between Therese and Mr. Minton.
1998: Two of Stacy Brooks' sisters were picketed at their
homes, one in Atlanta and one in Duluth, Minnesota. Fliers
about her were handed out in both neighborhoods. One flier
tell Stacy to tell Mr. Minton that he should stop spending
his money to hurt the Church of Scientology."
couldn't get a single person to take one of their fliers other
then the copy Stacy's sister took to send to Stacy.
1998: A flier was pushed through the mail slot at Stacy
Brooks' mother's house in Atlanta. The title was "Robert
S. Minton & Stacy Brooks Young -- The truth behind the
lies." The flier said, in part:
Minton and Stacy Young have blatantly lied to the American
public and Media about our Church, its members, its goals
and actions. We refuse to allow our religion to be smeared
and maligned any longer
. Minton made a lot of his
money, he says, by helping Nigeria and other third world
country's dictatorial leadership to successfully default
on multimillion-dollar loans. Everyone with the inside
knowledge benefited but, as events and statistics show,
while millions are siphoned off in "commissions"
and lenders had to write off huge losses, the leaders
of Nigeria completely ignored the human suffering and
misery of its citizens. Is this how men of principle act?"
flier was signed "Free Speech & Religious Freedom
Committee of the Parishioners of the Church of Scientology
1998: Virtually the same flier was distributed in San
Francisco, signed "Free Speech & Religious Freedom
Committee of the Parishioners of the Church of Scientology
of San Francisco."
2, 1998: Maureen O'Keefe, then head of OSA in Boston,
wrote Therese Minton a letter
in an attempt to befriend her and gain her trust so that she
would turn against Mr. Minton. In the letter O'Keefe denied
that the Minton children had been followed or harassed in
any way and described a meeting between Mr. Minton and her
that was a complete fabrication, saying,
August 13, 1998, your husband tried to force his way into
the Church of Scientology in Boston. I stopped him. He
told me, with more hate than I hope your children ever
experience, that he intended to destroy Scientology. At
that moment, I decided that I would no longer sit back
and listen to his vicious lies about my religion and my
friends and I were going to do everything I legally could
to stop him from interfering with my Constitutional Right
to practice the religion of my choice. I made this very
clear to him that day. It is a promise I intend to keep."
5, 1998: Peter Franks, Scientology's British private investigator,
had a letter
hand-delivered to Mr. Minton's former business partner Jeff
Schmidt while Mr. Scmidt was attending the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) meeting in Washington, D.C. The letter was obviously
sent in an attempt to convince Mr. Schmidt to turn against
Mr. Minton and work with Franks. Mr. Schmidt did not reply.
3, 1998: Jesse Prince and Stacy Brooks were on their way
to New Hampshire to help Mr. Minton celebrate his birthday.
They were standing in line at their gate at the Seattle, Washington,
airport, when two DEA agents pulled them out of the line and
began to search their carry-on bags. Another agent with a
German shepherd that appeared to be a drug dog stood nearby.
One of the agents opened Ms. Brooks' computer case and discovered
a draft of an affidavit she had brought with her to review
on the airplane. When he saw it, the agent suddenly looked
at her and asked, "Are you an attorney?" Ms. Brooks
replied that she was a consultant to several attorneys on
the subject of Scientology, and that the kind of harassment
that she and Mr. Prince were being subjected to by the two
DEA agents at that moment was part of a pattern of harassment
to which she had been subjected for the past five years. When
she said this, the two agents suddenly closed the bags they
had been searching, stood up, apologized for having bothered
them, and quickly left the terminal.
9, 1998: Peter Franks sent a flier to a New Hampshire
company in which Mr. Minton and Jeff Schmidt had substantial
investments. The title of the flier was "What
is Jeffrey Schmidt's connection to the religious bigotry of
Robert S. Minton?" It then went on to repeat many
of the same lies of previous fliers, except this one was tailor-made
to target Mr. Schmidt. It stated,
Minton, a wealthy American with past business ties to
Jeffrey Schmidt of Hillsleigh International Ltd., has
blatantly lied to the public and Media about our Church,
the Church of Scientology, its members, its goals and
. Minton and Jeffrey Schmidt made a lot of
money through Mr. Schmidt's contacts, by helping the dictatorial
leadership of Nigeria and other third world countries
to successfully default on multimillion pound loans. Those
who had the inside knowledge benefited in the debt trading
business but, as events and statistics show, while millions
of pounds were siphoned off in "commissions"
and lenders had to write off huge losses, the leaders
of Nigeria ignored the human suffering and misery of its
citizens. Is this how men of principle act?"
signed "Free Speech & Religious Freedom Committee
of the Parishioners of the Church of Scientology." The
owners were so upset by the flier that they called Jeff Schmidt
to tell him he must find a way to buy out Mr. Minton's interest
in the company.
9, 1998: British private investigator Peter Franks had
a fourteen-page package of scurrilous material delivered to
the Nigerian Minister of Finance while the minister was attending
the IMF conference in Washington D.C. A copy
of the package was also delivered
to Jeff Schmidt at the conference. The theme of the material
was that Mr. Minton, Jeff and their other partner, Selwyn
Lewis, had profited from the economic woes of Nigeria. The
intent of the material was clearly to discourage the Nigerian
government from doing business with Mr. Schmidt. It was also
clear that Franks was sending Mr. Schmidt a message about
what would happen to him if he continued to support Mr. Minton.
12, 1998: Jesse Prince and Stacy Brooks were met by two
OSA operatives, Gerard Renna and Maureen O' Keefe, as they
arrived at their gate at the Boston airport. The Scientologists
said they wanted to engage in some "real communication"
to try to "resolve our differences." However, the
presence of the two operatives made it clear that Mr. Prince
and Ms. Brooks were under
1998: Fliers were distributed
about Mr. Minton calling him the leader of an anti-religious
hate group. Titled "The Truth
about Robert S. Minton, Leader of an Anti-Religious Hate Group,"
the flier portrayed Mr. Minton as a man of violence with a
history of psychiatric instability. The shotgun incident was
now described as "violence" aganst "Scientologists
engaged in a peaceful demonstration." The incident in
Boston was described in grossly exaggerated terms to characterize
Mr. Minton as dangerous.
ended by saying,
Minton of Sandown, New Hampshire has paid to create an
atmosphere of intolerance against our religion. His religious
bigotry, hatred and violence must stop."
signed by the "Free Speech & Religious Freedom Committee
of the Parishioners of the Church of Scientology."
3, 1998: Stacy Brooks arrived at her home on Vashon Island
after a trip to find six Scientologists waiting
for her with picket signs. They blocked her from going
down her driveway, screaming obscenities at her and lunging
at her car in a threatening way. She remained quiet and did
not react, and after several minutes they backed away so that
she could get home.
8, 1998: As Ms. Brooks drove out of her driveway on Vashon
Island to run an errand, she encountered several Scientology
picketers waiting for her on the side of the road. One of
the picketers ran over to Stacy's van and thrust a flier
at the window. The title was "Creating Hatred and Bigotry
- Would you give your money to someone who is
and it then went on to list several unsavory types of people,
including "an accused child molester
a former pornography
a member of an anti-Semitic group run by the
most influential neo-Nazi in the world
a group which
has been involved in kidnapping for hire and which went bankrupt
following a multimillion dollar verdict for civil rights violations
under the anti-KKK laws."
of the fliers was to characterize Scientology critics as criminals
and perverts, and to identify Mr. Minton as the kind of person
who would support that kind of individual. The flier accused
him of launching a "$2 million-plus anti-religious hate
campaign against members of the Church of Scientology."
It then repeated the "evidence" of Mr. Minton's
violent nature, distorting both incidents beyond recognition:
July 1998, Minton fired a shotgun at several Scientologists
who had been protesting on public property against his
September, Minton violently struck a Scientologist with
a stick outside the Church of Scientology in Boston
and was arrested. He is currently facing felony charges
for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon over
statements were flagrant lies. The flier was signed "Free
Speech & Religious Freedom Committee of the Church of
Scientology of Washington State."
14, 1998: Multiple felony charges were filed against the
Flag Service Organization of the Church of Scientology in
Clearwater. This case was State of Florida v. FSO regarding
Lisa McPherson's death at
the hands of Scientology. The Scientology leadership considered
Mr. Minton responsible for much of the attention that had
been brought to Lisa McPherson's death.
16, 1998: Boston Scientology operative Gerard Renna met
Mr. Minton and Jesse at their gate at the Boston airport as
they prepared to leave for England to meet with Jeff Schmidt,
Mr. Minton's former partner. Again, the message was: "We
know where you are all the time."
27, 1998: Mr. Minton received an email
newsletter from the "Friends of Religious Liberty."
Again the trespassing incident was recounted, but now the
story was unrecognizable from the original, with the Scientologists
playing the role of innocent victims:
July 1998, Mr. Minton fired a shotgun at three Scientologists
who were on the road in front of his house (in a peaceful
demonstration protesting his hate campaign)."
in front of the Boston Scientology center was also repeated,
and that story was also unrecognizable from the truth. Now
Mr. Minton was depicted as a raging monster, with the poor
Scientologists the innocent victims of his violence:
following day, reeking of alcohol, Minton and Prince turned
up outside the Church of Scientology in Boston carrying
picket signs and started harassing staff and parishioners.
When two Scientologists tried to stop him, Minton thrust
his sign into the face of one, knocking his glasses off.
He finally smashed a stick over the head of the second,
who was taken to the hospital. Minton was arrested and
arraigned on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous
weapon in Boston and is currently facing trial."
were new lies too; Stacy Brooks was reported to have received
"scream therapy" at the "Wellspring deprogramming/brainwashing
center in Ohio."
3, 1998: Stacy Brooks and Jesse Prince were guests on
radio, the public radio station in Clearwater, Florida,
during Lisa McPherson Memorial Week. They talked about their
own experiences while in Scientology at the highest levels
of management, including being incarcerated in Scientology's
political prison camp, known as the Rehabilitation Project
14, 1998: Mr. Minton's attorney Stephen Jonas made it
clear to Boston Municipal Judge Hershfang that it was Scientology
that had been at fault rather than Mr. Minton in the September
10 incident with Frank Ofman involving the broken picket sign.
The judge dismissed
the charges against Mr. Minton. Under pressure from the
Scientologists, however, the court made a provision that Mr.
Minton must notify Scientology
an hour before picketing in front of the Scientology center
in Boston. By 4:45pm that same afternoon, Scientology officials
were already in touch with Boston police, falsely alleging
that Mr. Minton had picketed the Scientology center unannounced.
14, 1998: Mr. Minton appeared on Arts and Entertainment
Channel (A&E) Investigative Reports, on a program entitled
Mike Rinder from OSA was the spokesman for Scientology.
16, 1998: Frank Ofman sent
a letter to the Massachusetts district attorney's office
with an ex-parte copy to Judge Hershfang. The letter complained
that Mr. Minton had already violated the dismissal agreement
by dropping off his "agents" to picket the Scientology
center in Boston. Since the judge received a copy of this
letter, he summoned the district attorney and Mr. Minton's
attorney Stephen Jonas to his office, where he learned that
Mr. Minton had not violated the dismissal agreement at all.
Afterwards the district attorney berated the Scientologists
for their "provocative acts." After the hearing,
Scientologists picketed Therese Minton at her home on Beacon
Hill with signs announcing Mr. Minton's relationship with
Stacy Brooks. The picket was timed to coincide with the Minton
girls' arrival home from school.
17, 1998: The same two Scientology operatives, Frank Ofman
and Kevin Hall, videotaped Mr. Minton as he picketed the Scientology
center in Boston, both trying to provoke Mr. Minton into saying
that he hit Frank Ofman first during the September 10 incident.
Both Ofman and Hall said the same thing repeatedly to Mr.
Minton. Hall would say, "Come on Bob, why won't you just
admit that you hit Frank first?" Mr. Minton would laugh
and say, "I can't admit to something that never happened."
Then Hall would say, "Come on, Bob, you should apologize
to Frank for hitting him and then lying about it." Their
attempt to put an "admission" on videotape was unsuccessful,
20, 1998: Scientologists led by Maureen O'Keefe had a
truckload of food delivered to the Sandown Food Pantry. This
was done after the Scientologists found out that their fliers
about Mr. Minton had turned many of the people in town against
21, 1998: In a move designed purely for harassment, Kevin
Hall and three other Scientologists, including Mary Frances
Newey with a video camera, drove up to Mr. Minton's house
in New Hampshire and waited until he and Ms. Brooks came out
the front door. Then they drove by, yelling, "Merry Christmas,
Bob and Stacy!" with Mary Frances videotaping them in
21, 1998: KFI radio
in LA did a live show with Mr. Minton and Ms. Brooks about
22, 1998: While walking back to the house after some shopping,
Therese Minton noticed that there were fliers
on cars and doorsteps all over Beacon Hill. Upon arriving
at her house with the girls, She found a handful of fliers
on her doorstep that were clearly aimed at Therese and the
children, their friends, neighbors and acquaintances in Boston.
The flier had a photograph of Mr. Minton and Ms. Brooks and
was titled "We Call It Adultery."
has spent over $2 million of his family's wealth creating
hatred and bigotry towards members of our religion. Minton's
behavior is socially obnoxious and morally impaired."
was signed: "Friends of Religious Freedom."
23, 1998: Mr. Minton was a guest on the Los Angeles public
radio station KFI on "The
John and Ken Show." Scientologist John Carmichael
was the other guest.
24, 1998: At 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, several Boston
Scientologists, including Kevin Hall, drove by Mr. Minton's
house in New Hampshire shouting "Merry Christmas!"
at the top of their lungs. The Scientologists folded some
of their fliers into paper airplanes and threw them at Mr.
26, 1998: All the residents of Sandown, New Hampshire
received an "Open Letter
to Sandown Residents" from Maureen O'Keefe of the
Boston Scientology center. With a large American flag at the
top of the page, the letter purported to be from the "Committee
on Constitutional Rights." The letter was full of lies
and innuendo about Mr. Minton and was clearly calculated to
turn the town of Sandown against him. The letter is a good
example of how Scientology accuses a critic of spreading lies
and hatred simply because the critic is exposing Scientology's
illegal activities and its violations of civil and human rights.
Anything critical of Scientology is denounced as lies and
hate-mongering. As explained in the introduction, a critic
must be identified as a criminal. If he or she does not already
have a criminal record, then a criminal record must be created
or invented. O'Keefe slipped a veiled threat into the closing
of her letter when she said, "Our message to him is quite
simple: 'You leave us alone. We'll leave you alone.'"
This overt reference to one of Scientology's infamous "Fair
Game" policies was clearly intended to warn Mr. Minton
to back off. Attached to O'Keefe's open letter was a "fact
sheet" consisting of a by-now familiar litany of lies
about several critics of Scientology. Also included in the
"fact sheet" were repetitions of the same two incidents
involving Mr. Minton. Rather than trespassing, the Scientologists
had now been on "public property":
July 1998, Minton fired a shotgun at several Scientologists
who had been protesting on public property against his
September 1998, Minton violently struck a Scientologist
with a stick outside of the Church of Scientology in
Boston and was arrested for assault and battery with
a dangerous weapon."
was no mention that the charges were dismissed, and no mention
that the violence was committed by a Scientologist who broke
Mr. Minton's picket sign, not by Mr. Minton. In a typical
example of Scientology's deliberate role reversal, O'Keefe
ended her letter by saying,
support religious freedom and tolerance and call for an
end to the lies and hate."
27, 1998: Mr. Minton was a guest on KFUO
Radio, part of the nationwide Christian Radio Jubilee
Network in Detroit. Don Matzat, host of Issues, Etc, interviewed
him. The title of the program was "Scientology - Religious
28, 1998: While Mr. Prince was visiting Ms. Brooks at
her home on Vashon Island, Scientologists distributed a flier
about Mr. Prince in Ms. Brooks' neighborhood. The flier
featured a photograph of Mr. Prince and was titled, "The
Face of Religious Bigotry." It accused Mr. Prince of
buying drugs and being paid "thousands of dollars"
to attack Scientology. Mr. Prince had recently visited Mr.
Minton in New Hampshire. After a day of clearing underbrush
in Mr. Minton's 200 acres of woods, Mr. Minton and Mr. Prince
were on their way back to the house carrying axes when a group
of Scientologists drove by Mr. Minton's house with picket
signs. This incident had now been transformed in the flier
into another example of Mr. Minton's violence. The flier was
signed, "From the Free Speech & Religious Freedom
Committee Church of Scientology, Seattle."