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VICKI AZNARAN AFFIDAVIT
CD - 15
26 August 1994
Copyright (C) 1994 Vicki Aznaran
Redistribution rights granted for non commercial purposes.
Below is the Vicki Aznaran decalration from the CSI vs. Steven
Fishma case, which was dropped by the church. I understand that Vicki
is now contesting some of this declaration as being altered.
GRAHAM E. BERRY, State Bar No. 128503
GORDON J. CALHOUN, State Bar No. 84509
LEWIS, D'AMATO, BRISBOIS & BISGAARD
221 N. Figueroa Street, Suite 1200
Los Angeles, California 90012
Telephone: (213) 250-1800
Attorneys for Defendants
UWE GEERTZ, PH.D.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY No. CV 91-6426 HLH (Tx)
DECLARATION OF VICKI AZNARAN
Plaintiff, RE: MOTION FOR COSTS
VS. Date: APRIL 4, 1994
Time: 10:00 a.m.
STEVEN FISHMAN and UWE GEERTZ, Courtroom: 7
I, Vicki Aznaran, declare and say:
1. I am over the age of eighteen and a resident of Texas. I have
personal knowledge of the matters set forth in this declaration and if
called upon to do so, I could and would competently testify thereto.
2. Attached hereto as Exhibit A is a true and correct copy of a
declaration I executed July 18, 1990 for use in the case United States
of America v. Steven Fishman, Case No. XR-88-0616-DLT.The contents of
that declaration (Exhibit A) were true and correct when executed and
they remain true and correct as of the date of execution of this
declaration. The contents of Exhibit A are expressly incorporated
herein and made a part hereof.
MY BACKGROUND IN SCIENTOLOGY
3. I joined the Church of Scientology in 1972. In 1978, after
approximately four years as staff members, my husband and I joined the
Sea Organization. From 1978 to early 1987, my husband and I worked most
of our waking hours, with very few days off, at our various assignments
within Scientology.I eventually became President of Religious Technology
Center and, supposedly, the top "ecclesiastical" authority within
Scientology. Richard was a high-level security officer. During this
period my husband and I became intimately familiar with the structure
and activities of various Scientology organizations. Among other
things, I was briefed on and was sometimes a participant in meetings
involving litigation tactics and various means used to attack and fight
"enemies" of Scientology.
In numerous instances I was in the chain of command for approval
for such activities. From 1984 to 1987, I held the office of Inspector
General one of the highest worldwide offices in the organization and so
was privy to the most arcane practices of the group.
4. Between its incorporation in 1982 and 1987 when I left
Scientology, I was on the staff of the Religious Technology Center,
(RTC). I held the position that is now being held by David Miscavige.
Since 1978, I was a high ranking member of the Sea Organization, an
elite organization within Scientology. At the time I left Scientology I
was highly trained as a technical expert (Class 9 auditor) and an
administrator (Data Series evaluator course and organization executive
course). To complete the Organization Executive Course, one must study
all policy letters written by Hubbard which comprise a-large hardbound
VAUGHN AND STACY YOUNG'S BACKGROUND IN SCIENTOLOGY
5. During my tenure as Inspector General of RTC, I knew both
Vaughn and Stacy Young well. They were well known to me because of
their Scientology staff positions. Vaughn Young was posted as L. Ron
Hubbard's personal public relations officer in Special Project which
later became ASI (Author Services, Inc.) Special Project as well as ASI
were headed by David Miscavige and Norman Starkey. LRH's personal
public relations officer has traditionally been a high ranking position
in Scientology. Vaughn Young was also charged with writing Hubbard's
biography after Gerald Armstrong (Sea Organization staff member who was
working on the biography along with author Omar Garrison) left
Scientology. This was during the period that Vaughn worked as Hubbard's
PR. Vaughn Young worked as Hubbard's PR after Hubbard's death as well.
Vaughn Young was summoned to Hubbard's ranch after his death, just as
Miscavige was. Miscavige was not summoned prior to Hubbard's death.
Hubbard only summoned Ray Mithoff just prior to his death, and of
course, Annie and Pat Brocker, who lived with Hubbard exclusively during
his last six years. In fact, Miscavige, and a host of other staff
members, myself and Vaughn Young included, who were summoned to the
ranch by the Brockers, were not those that Hubbard wished to see before
he died, as he summoned the only ones that he wished to see. Miscavige
was quite deflated over it. It is apparent from Miscavige's declaration
that he took it to mean Vaughn Young and the others who came after
Hubbard was gone, were not of any significance.
6. In the early 1980's, Stacy Young was posted in Special Project
as the organizing officer. Special Project was headed by David
Miscavige. It had about 15 staff members total. Organizing Officer is
a high ranking post in any Scientology Organization. It is a member of
the executive council. Stacy Young was later posted at various posts in
OSA doing work as a PR. ASI was not a large organization, about 15
staff. At the time I was in RTC, ASI was a very high level
organization, placed above RTC in the chain of command. The staff of
ASI received their orders from L. Ron Hubbard, and his aide who lived
with him, Pat Brocker. When I was a staff member of a Scientology
mission from 1973 to 1978, I knew of Vaughn Young because he was a very
high profile spokesman for Scientology and the Guardian's Office.
SCIENTOLOGY OFFICIALS AVOIDING SERVICE OF PROCESS
7. It is routine policy for the upper executives of Scientology to
avoid service of process. This is why mere mid level executives, such
as the Reverend Heber Jentzsch, are appointed to corporate posts such as
President of Church of Scientology International. Corporate posts have
nothing to do with either power or the command chart in Scientology.
This policy was in place throughout my tenure in the Commodore's
Messenger Organization (from 1978 until 1987). This policy is designed
to keep those who knew Scientology's secrets from being in a position
where the secrets might be revealed. Hubbard went into seclusion for
his last years allowing only Pat and Annie Brocker access to him, just
for the purpose of avoiding service in lawsuits and subpoenas in
criminal matters. All security personnel are trained to keep any and
all process servers away from Scientology executives. When David
Miscavige was one of the targets of an IRS CID investigation (there were
several individuals targeted), he expressed great concern over having to
go to jail. Due to his diminutive size, he was very concerned that he
would be sexually harassed while in a jail with common criminals." At
this time he devised several schemes to flee the country should the IRS
decide to make arrests. Avoiding service of process is a tactic that
Miscavige is well acquainted with. (See Attached Exhibit D). I
recognize Exhibit B as being a copy of the Scientology internal document
Project Quaker with which I was familiar whilst serving in various
MISCAVIGE AS READ OF SCIENTOLOGY AND MANAGING AGENT OF THE VARIOUS
SCIENTOLOGY CORPORATIONS INCLUDING CSI.
8. David Miscavige was the Chairman of the Board of Author
Services, Inc., ("ASI") in 1984 and 1985. ASI was incorporated to be
the funnel through which profits from Scientology were channelled to L.
Ron Hubbard and, therefore, it was very important within Scientology.
Miscavige represented Hubbard in all aspects of controlling Scientology.
He attended regular meetings with myself and other top officials of
Scientology organizations to review the status of all Scientology's
activities, including its litigation and dirty tricks campaigns against
9. During the time I held the post of Chairman of the Board of
RTC, David Miscavige held the post of Chairman of the Board of ASI.
During this time, he maintained control of the executives at the top of
Scientology's command channels, Marc Yager, CO CMO Int and head of the
Watchdog Committee, Guillaume Lesevre, ED International, Ray Mithoff,
Senior C/S International, myself as Inspector General and COB of RTC.
Miscavige became head of RTC in March of 1987, at this point he moved
Marc Yager and Ray Mithoff from their positions in CSI into RTC. He
also moved Mark Rathbun, LRH Legal IC or Special Project L, and Greg
Wilhere from their positions in ASI into RTC. I now see from the
declarations of Marc Yager and Ray Mithoff, that Miscavige has now
placed them back into CSI. This is but one small illustration of his
ongoing control over the CSI corporation.
10. Miscavige has, since 1981, been the decision maker over what
lawsuits are filed by Scientology and how any lawsuits Scientology is
engaged in are to be litigated. He does this without regard to the
particular Scientology corporate entity (s) involved in the litigation.
Miscavige has never allowed anyone else to make the final decisions
concerning such matters. During my tenure as Inspector General of RTC,
as well as the head of the 040 mission which took over the US Guardian's
Office, as outlined in Miscavige's declaration, I attended many meetings
and saw countless orders from Miscavige concerning Scientology's
litigation. During all trials, Miscavige receives daily transcripts and
issues orders directly to the attorneys, no matter which particular
Scientology corporate entity has been chosen to bring the litigation or
which entity has been sued. The heads of CSI would never be allowed to
independently bring or initiate a lawsuit. During my tenure in RTC,
Miscavige received a "legal daily report", of which I received a copy.
This report contained summaries of everything that occurred on any of
Scientology's lawsuits. Miscavige would issue orders and call meetings
concerning these matters on a regular basis. Litigation is very costly
and can result in severely adverse PR. Therefore, Miscavige was never
willing for the decisions concerning it to be turned over to anyone
THE DEATH OF FLO BARNETT
11. Flo Barnett's suicide was a scandal within the inner circles
of Scientology. This was not due to the fact that she supposedly
committed suicide, but due to the f act that she had become a member of
a declared. enemy group, David Mayo's Advanced Ability Center. She was
receiving auditing and assistance from this group and at the time of her
death, possessed a pack of the NED for OTS (secret upper level auditing
procedures) which were believed to have come from David Mayo's group.
Flo Barnett's membership in this group made her a suppressive person as
she was actively "squirreling" and a member of a suppressive group. The
fact that David Miscavige was linked to her by familial ties was
extremely repugnant to him and to his wife, Michelle Miscavige. David
Miscavige's comment upon her death was that "the bitch got what she
deserved." His wife Shelly, did not appear to feel any different about
it than David. I asked Shelly if she was doing alright since receiving
this bad news. She said that personally she was doing just fine and
that this was an excellent opportunity to find out where the NED for OTs
materials had come from and to use it as leverage against Mayo. She
also stated that it was not surprising that this happened to her mother
since she had been "squirelling". The circumstances of the deaths of
both Flo Barnett and Yvonne Jentzsch are very relevant to the issues in
this case, as I understand them to be. THE PURPORTED PURGE OF THE
SCIENTOLOGY CRIMINALS 12. Hendrick Moxon, currently an attorney for
Scientology in this very case, and a member of the Sea Organization, was
a prominent participant in the criminal activities of the Guardian's
Office. Prior to becoming an attorney at Scientology's expense, he was
a Guardian's Office staff member in Washington, D.C. Moxon was involved
in the Scientology conspiracy to infiltrate the U.S. government. This
conspiracy was uncovered by the F.B.I. in 1977. Scientology then
stipulated to their crimes which included Moxon's involvement in those
crimes. Nine senior Scientologists, including Hubbards, wife, went to
jail as a result of these criminal activities conducted by, and on
behalf of, the Church of Scientology. I became familiar with certain
documents, which are attached hereto, while being in charge of the
1981/82 040 mission to take over the USGO. Moxon was involved in the
criminal activity, attempted cover-ups and obstruction of justice. The
US government subsequently prosecuted 11 top officials of Scientology
and named Moxon as an unindicted co-conspirator. (See Exhibit C, pages
212-214). This is but one small example to illustrate that Miscavige
has not and will never offload the criminal element from Scientology's
ranks. Miscavige is well aware of Moxon's status and maintains him as a
high level legal staff in the Sea Organization.
As a practicing Scientologist and in-house Scientology lawyer,
Kendrick Moxon's first duty is to protect Miscavige and Scientology.
This duty is paramount to any duty he might otherwise owe the Court or
13. Scientology was created by L. Ron Hubbard in the 1950's. The
policies and beliefs of Scientology were established by L. Ron Hubbard.
L. Ron Hubbard created the Guardian's office based on his beliefs and
ideals. The Guardian's Office was headed by his wife, Mary Sue Hubbard.
During the late 1960's and the 1970's, many, many crimes were committed
internationally by the Guardian's Office. Hubbard was well aware of the
Guardian's Office activities and this is apparent from the reams of
paper containing his various orders to the Guardian's Office.
The policies and beliefs and ideals that established Scientology
and the Guardian's Office are still in place today, just as they were in
the 1950's, 1960's, 1970's and 1980's. These have not changed as it is
against the very heart of Scientology to change or alter any of
Hubbard's teachings and belief. The activities of the Guardian's Office
have not disappeared any more than Scientology's "enemies" have. These
activities are carried on by the staff of the Office of Special Affairs
("OSA") and their hired private investigators who ostensibly work for
Scientology lawyers, and are thus protected by the attorney work product
Scientology learned the hard way to keep its criminal activities at
arm's length. An example of this is private investigator, Eugene
Ingram, who was hired by Miscavige, to get the evidence on adverse
attorney, Michael Flynn, for supposedly forging a check on L. R.
Hubbard's account. Ingram paid money to Ala Tamimi, a criminal in jail,
for a statement saying he was hired to forge the check by Michael Flynn.
I was then informed by Mark Rathbun, then Miscavige's legal executive in
ASI, that Ingram bribed Tamimi in order to get Michael Flynn charged
criminally. After this incident failed, I learned that Ingram was
spending quite some time living in Mexico in order to avoid the
authorities investigating the matter.
MISCAVIGE STRIKING SCIENTOLOGY STAFFERS
14. Contrary to the claims in his February 4, 1994, declaration
Miscavige has struck staff members when they do things he dislikes.
In 1981, I witnessed him hitting John Axel, a Sea Org member in the
mouth in 1982. Miscavige had two other tall male staff members to back
him up when he hit John Axel. This despite the fact that John Axel is a
fairly small and very mild-mannered individual. Miscavige also does
such things as set up photos of staff members who have fallen into
disregard and use them as targets for pistol shooting.
I witnessed him doing this with the Golden Era Musicians, Of which
Fernando Gamboa was one of his targets.
THE DEATH OF HUBBARD
15. When I arrived at Hubbard's ranch, in San Luis Obispo,
following his death, I was informed by Miscavige that Hubbard was dead
and that he did not want to see "any grief bullshit about it."
Earl Cooley, Esq. and others convinced the San Luis Obispo coroner
not to do an autopsy on Hubbard's body which was cremated approximately
24 hours after death. Miscavige then announced to the Scientology world
that Hubbard had "dropped the body" and would continue his work
elsewhere. Scientologists believe that upon death the person drops the
body, picks up another body and continues to serve Scientology. This is
how the billion year Sea Organization employment contract is performed.
16. I was aware just before Hubbard's death, that certain IRS
indictments were about to be handed down against Hubbard. Miscavige
reportedly said that "the only way to stop it now is if the old man
17. I was one of the small group summoned to the Hubbard ranch
after he died. Vaughn Young and David Miscavige were also summoned to
THE DEATH OF MIKE HINDER'S BABY
18. Mike Rinder, a member of the CMO International and his wife,
Kathy, had a newborn baby in Clearwater, Florida in the early eighties.
Mike Rinder was in Gilman Hot Springs, California at the time. This
baby died when only a few days old. The baby had received Hubbard's
baby care technology. After the baby died, Rinder asked to receive some
time off to go to be with his wife and family.
When Miscavige was told of this, he responded that time off was
"bullshit" and Rinder did not need time off, he just needed to work as
his stats ("statistics") were down. Besides the baby would get another
body and there was nothing to be so upset about.
END OF CYCLE PROCESSING
19. The term "End of Cycle" does exist in Scientology. it means
to terminatedly end something. There are many Scientology processes and
routines that incorporate this concept. The idea that someone ends
cycle when they die is a Scientology concept and is expressed in
Hubbard's writings. (See attached Exhibit D)
THE TIME MAGAZINE ARTICLE WAS NOT OF AND CONCERNING CSI
20. I have read the Time Magazine article entitled "Scientology
Thriving Cult of Greed and Power" published on May 6, 1991. In
particular, I have read two paragraphs of that article concerning
comments allegedly attributed to Steven Fishman and Dr. Uwe Geertz.
There are references to "Scientology" and "the church" in these two
paragraphs. I have also been advised by Graham E. Berry, Esq., that
the Church of Scientology International alleges that the words
"Scientology" and "the Church" were "of and concerning" Church of
Scientology International ("CSI"). This allegation is absurd and false.
CSI is a management church only. It has no members. In essence, it is
a trademark/copyright licensing vehicle and a financial conduit.
Moreover, the corporations of Scientology are a carefully contrived sham
and shell structure intended to confuse and divert litigants, the courts
and the I.R.S. Indeed, Mission Corporate category sort out ("MCCS"), of
which the MCCS tapes were a part, (see the Zolin case) was part of the
creation of this corporate shell game.
21. Accordingly, it is absurd to allege that the words
"Scientology" and "the church", as used in the relevant sections of the
Time Magazine article, refer to anything other than Scientology or the
Church generally and/or generically. Certainly, they are not of and
SUPPRESSIVE PERSONS AND FAIR GAME
22. The legal strategy of Scientology and the existence of
numerous potential legal problems, some of which are set forth below,
were known to me when I was a staff member in Scientology.. Enemies of
Scientology are deemed to be "suppressive persons" ("SPs"). One becomes
a "suppressive person" by doing a suppressive act, such as suing
Scientology as a litigant or lawyer. In the jargon of Scientology, when
one is "declared" this means that one has been declared a "suppressive
person" and, therefore, may be harassed, hurt, damaged or destroyed
without regard to truth, honesty or legal rights. It is considered
acceptable within Scientology to lie, cheat, steal and commit illegal
acts in the name of dealing with a "suppressive person."
23. This practice or policy is sometimes referred to as the policy
of "fair game." In the jargon of Scientology, a person who is declared
is understood to be a suppressive person ("SP") . This means that the
person is "fair game." The fair game policy was issued in the 1960s. It
was never canceled. A document was issued for public relations reasons
that purportedly canceled "fair game"; however, that document stated
that it did not change the manner of handling persons declared "SP." In
reality, the purported cancellation of fair game is at most a matter of
semantics. Enemies of Scientology are treated as fair game.
24. Because of my position and the regular reports that came
across my desk I know that throughout my presidency of RTC, fair game
actions against enemies were commonplace. In addition to the litigation
tactics described below, fair game activities included burglaries,
assaults, disruptions of enemies' businesses, spying, harassive
investigations, abuse of confidential communications in parishioner
files and so on. I specifically recall seeing one report regarding
attacks against Bent Corydon after Scientology became aware that he was
writing a book against Hubbard.
FRIVOLOUS SCIENTOLOGY LITIGATION
25. Other Hubbard writings encourage Scientologists to pursue
litigation purely for harassment without regard to the merits of a claim
to cause enemies to fold. Hubbard's writings state: "The purpose of the
suit is to harass and discourage rather than to win ... The law can be
used very easily to harass and ... Will generally be sufficient to
cause (the enemy's) professional decease. If possible, of course ruin
him utterly." (Hubbard, "Magazine articles on Level 0 Checksheet"
American Saint Hill Organization 1968.)
26. As President of RTC and a Sea Organization member, I attended
meetings concerning the numerous legal actions involving Scientology
organizations. During this time period, I had personal access to all
legal documents having to do with RTC. I received a report every day on
my computer that included a synopsis of each on-going legal case
involving Scientology. I received, or so I was told, copies of every
major motion filed in cases involving Scientology was on the "approval
lines" for legal documents dealing with RTC.
During this time period, I had the option of attending legal
meetings, although some were mandatory. I attended many litigation
meetings and became generally aware of Scientology's dirty tricks and
legal maneuvers. On specifics, I frequently deferred to in-house and
outside counsel; however, at least in theory, I was the head of RTC and
had access to any business or litigation "secrets" of Scientology.
27. It is the stated policy and practice of Scientology to use the
legal system to abuse and harass its enemies. This crude, fundamental
directive of Scientology is no secret. The policy is to do anything and
everything possible to harass the opposing litigant without regard to
whether any particular motion or maneuver is appropriate or warranted by
the facts of applicable law. That policy was followed in every legal
case I was involved with or learned about while a member of the Sea
Organization. The management of Scientology consistently expressed and
demonstrated a complete disdain for the court system, viewing it as
nothing more than a method to harass enemies. Some examples of this are
set forth below.
SCIENTOLOGY DESTROYS EVIDENCE AND REWRITES HISTORY
28. During litigation between Gerald Armstrong and Scientology,
which was before Judge Breckenridge of Superior Court for Los Angeles
County, the court ordered the production of Armstrong's preclear ("PC")
folders - These are files maintained by Scientology on those who submit
to interrogation sessions in a process called auditing.
During the course of that litigation I was ordered to go through
Armstrong's folders and destroy or conceal anything that might support
Armstrong's claim against Scientology. This practice is known within
Scientology as "culling PC folders" and is a common litigation tactic
employed by Scientology.
29. During other-litigation in Los Angeles known to me as the
Wollersheim case, I was told that the judge had ordered the production
of Wollersheim's folders. As ordered, I "culled" these files. In other
words, I removed contents that might have been damaging to Scientology
or might have supported Wollersheim's claims against Scientology. For
example, I removed evidence of events involving his family, the anguish
this caused him, evidence of disconnection from family and evidence of
30. I was involved in numerous meetings concerning what is known
to me as the Christofferson case in Portland, Oregon. This case was
tried twice. In the first case, a Scientology witness by the name of
Martin Samuels was coached and drilled for hours on how to lie
convincingly or avoid telling the truth. Before or during the second
trial, he admitted to this course of conduct. In this litigation, a
Scientologist by the name of Joan Shriver produced responsive documents
that may have been incriminating. This was a serious breach of policy
for which she was punished. These documents were ordered produced on
such a short notice that apparently files were not thoroughly "culled".
In another case, an attorney was severely criticized and almost fired
for failing to properly coach and feed the desired answers to Heber
Jentzsch. Mr. Jentzsch was, for public relations reasons, the
purported head of the Church of Scientology International. During his
deposition, Mr. Jentzsch was unable to answer fundamental questions
concerning the management of Church of Scientology International.
31. While involved in Scientology I became aware of various
operations directed against an author who had written a negative book
about Scientology. The author, Paulette Cooper, was subjected to
various forms of harassment. One operation included an attempt to frame
her. A false bomb threat was written on her stationery. Ms. Cooper
was subjected to an investigation and was not cleared until an FBI raid
resulted in the seizure of Scientology documents that exposed the
operation as a frame-up. There was at least one other operation
directed against Ms. Cooper. The substance of it was to plant a
boyfriend to reinforce and play upon her suicidal tendencies in the
hopes that she would commit suicide.
32. In 1976 and 1977, the then Mayor of Clearwater, Florida, Gabe
Cazares, was involved with litigation against Scientology. Arrangements
were made to have an attorney by the name of Merrit Vanniere, a
Scientologist, represent Mr. Cazares and sabotage his case. This plot
was also exposed by documents obtained in an FBI raid of a Scientology
facility. Also, in response to Mr. Cazares' litigation against
Scientology, an attempt was made to implicate Mr. Cazares in a staged
hit and run accident.
33. In later 1979 and early 1980, there was a massive document
destruction program undertaken to destroy any evidence showing that L.
Ron Hubbard ("LRH") controlled Scientology. I participated in this
activity in Clearwater, Florida and am informed that there was also
intensive document destruction at facilities in Gilman Hot Springs,
California. From at least that point onward there was a continuous
effort to hide or destroy any evidence of Hubbard's control. For
example, during an IRS investigation in 1984 and 1985, while in bed with
pneumonia, I was ordered out of bed by Norman Starkey, who told me that
they had received a tip from a Los Angeles police officer advising them
of a pending IRS raid in Los Angeles.
Mr. Starkey ordered me to go to a computer facility and insure
that all information on the computers in Los Angeles that might show
Hubbard's involvement and control of Scientology's money was destroyed
except for one copy of each document. These copies were to be saved on
computer disks which were to be hidden in secure storage places. At the
time I was also instructed to destroy anything that would show the
control of Mr. Starkey or Mr. Miscavige over Scientology.
SCIENTOLOGY INFILTRATES THE U.S. GOVERNMENT
34. In or about 1981, while working in a Scientology organization
known as the Guardian's Office, I had access to and observed various
written and oral communication pertaining to illegitimate activities
participated in by the Guardian's Office. The Guardian's Office
attempted to infiltrate both governmental and private agencies including
the IRS, the Department of Justice, the American Medical Association and
the National Institute of Mental Health. The purpose of this was to
steal documents pursuant to Hubbard's "Snow White" program. The goal of
this program was to eliminate any negative reports about Hubbard and
Scientology that may have been held by these various agencies.
FISHMAN ALLEGATIONS ARE CREDIBLE
35. I have examined certain documents regarding Steven Fishman's
experience with Scientology, have had conversations with Mr. Fishman's
counsel, in his criminal prosecution and I have reviewed the 1151-page
autobiographical account of Mr. Fishman's Scientology experience
entitled "The Lonesome Squirrel." Based on my years experience in
Scientology and my review of the Fishman materials, I offer the
following opinions and conclusions.
A. I believe Mr. Fishman's assertions that he was a member since
1979 and that he was actively involved as he states.This belief is based
on my experience that only a committed member of long standing would
know the details of the inner workings of the group; Mr- Fishman has
such knowledge. Awareness of certain confidential projects could be
achieved only by a member who was trusted by the hierarchy; Mr. Fishman
had such awareness. Involvement in a group that thrives on secrecy and
excludes most members from participation in high level projects means
that any member who exceeds a certain level of involvement enjoys the
trust of the leadership such trust would be earned only by extended
membership. Mr. Fishman apparently enjoyed that trust. His accounts
of meetings with high level officials and his knowledge of the
operations and functions of the hierarchy are so detailed and accurate
that they couldn't have been gained except through direct personal
B. Refutation by Scientology officials of Mr. Fishman's
membership prior to February 8, 1986 and their disclaimer of his
involvement and their lack of any records pertaining to such membership
is perfectly consistent with their standard procedure in protecting
themselves. As noted above, I was personally involved in the
destruction of records when it suited their purpose. Scientology
propounds the belief that any action whatever taken to protect the
organization is justified, as the group takes precedence over the
individual. Any member performing criminal acts for the benefit of the
group was kept at arm's length; if apprehended, the member was disavowed
by Scientology. This procedure was used even on the wife of the founder
of Scientology. Given the serious potential threat that Mr. Fishman's
defense posed to the group, I find Mr. Fishman's account of certain
members of Scientology's involvement in the plan to fabricate the
threats against Mr. Fishman and his counsel and to thereby undermine
Mr. Fishman's credibility and render him useless as a witness against
Scientology is consistent with their modus operandi.
I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United
States of America that the foregoing is true and correct.
Executed this 7th day of March, 1994 at Dallas, Tx.
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