This page created by Ron Newman.
This page contains log entries too old to keep on the
What's new page. I make no guarantees
about the continued existence or validity of any of the links on
this page, but I hope that it still serves a useful purpose for
December 30, 1995
- Added lots of information to the Dennis Erlich page
about events between August 1994 and the February 1995 raid.
- Small changes to the henry and
anon.penet.fi pages, after I received
e-mail from some of the parties involved.
- A few December articles about Judge Whyte's decision in the Netcom case:
December 27, 1995
Added a few more details to the anon.penet.fi page,
including the posting by
apparently motivated the Church to carry out the raid.
Also added to the same page a brief
allusion to the related "Miss Blood" incident, and a couple of pointers
to more information about that:
and Jeff Jacobsen's June 1995 Skeptic magazine article, and
as Jon Noring's
compilation of messages about
-AB- and the anon.penet.fi raid.
December 23, 1995
December 22, 1995
- Updated my page about the raid on anon.penet.fi
with a statement from a Helsinki police officer, plus official Finnish police documents
in both Finnish and English translation.
- Updated my FACTnet page with Judge Kane's
and December 12, plus a couple
more Rocky Mountain News articles from October
- Added American Jurist, November 1995,
cover story entitled "Silencing the Opposition:
The Church of Scientology's Holy War Against Critics". The American Jurist
is the student magazine of the Washington College of Law at American University in
December 21, 1995
At long last, the story of how `henry' lost his job after Eugene Ingram
visited his town. I've created a whole page
on this subject.
December 19, 1995
Added information on Rogue Agent losing
his account as a result of a covert private investigation instigated
by Scientology. The full story is in the latest issue of Shelley Thomson's
**Biased Journalism** #6, published on
December 16, 1995
Split the main page up into 11 separate pieces.
December 13, 1995
December 12, 1995
Scientology has dropped their lawsuit against Dutch writer Karin Spaink and
five Dutch Internet service providers. See
this link for the (still-sketchy) details. You can now read Karin Spaink's
legal defense in both
the original Dutch and
December 5, 1995
- A second San Jose Mercury article, published
11/29/95, on Judge Whyte's decision in RTC vs. Netcom. This article finds
that the decision is mostly favorable to Netcom, despite previous reports
(including the Mercury's own article
of two days earlier) to the contrary.
Money Daily, 11/30.95. Article entitled "A threat to free
speech online?" by Peter Keating. Money Daily is an online publication produced
by Money magazine. The article concerns the potential liabiilty of
online services for libels and copyright violations posted by users,
and cites RTC vs. Netcom specifically. It says that such liability
could well put online services out of businesses.
- Suck magazine, 10/30/95.
Suck is an online daily publication started by some folks at Wired magazine,
but now off on its own. What would you pay to own the domain name "Dianetics.com"?
December 1, 1995
November 30, 1995
November 27, 1995
Skeptic magazine published a
November 1995 update
June 1995 article
on Scientology vs. the Net.
November 25, 1995
Scientology has sued four Internet Service Providers
in the Netherlands, as well as writer Karin Spaink. Read
Karin's web page
for up-to-date information.
November 24, 1995
Here are a number of newspaper and magazine articles from
the past two months:
- Internet World pubished two relevant articles in the December 1995 issue:
Scientology's Secrets, by Mark Fearer, is a general summary
of the current controversies between Scientology and the Net.
Surfboard column mentions the September street
protests against Scientology, which "appears to be the first case
of a real-life protest originating from the Internet."
- Westword, a weekly in Denver, Colorado, published a long article
entitled Showdown in Cyberspace,
about all of the CoS-vs-the-Net litigation, with a special focus
on the Colorado-based FACTnet cases. They also printed a
sidebar entitled Hunting Rabbits,
Serving Spam: The Net Under Siege, concerning the mysterious
"Cancelbunny" and the ad-hoc group of Netizens known as the
"Rabbit Hunters" who sought to catch him.
- Chris Bucholtz of Edittech International wrote a long article
titled "Scientology attacks Net freedom to hush critics", which
appeared in the November 7, 1995 issue of
the national newspaper The Australian.
A slightly different version of this article appeared
in the November 11 edition of
MicroTimes, a California computer magazine.
- L'Express, the French newsweekly, published an article entitled
"Scientologie: la battaile d'Internet" in the issue dated 21 Septembre 1995.
Here's the article in the original French, and
an English translation
- Los Angeles Times, 10/23/95:
Are searches in civil cases also violating rights? by Adam Bauman
- Newsday (Long Island, New York), 10/10/95:
Good summary of Lerma and Erlich cases, and legal issues raised
- Associated Press (many added; follow link
for a list of all AP stories on this site)
- Reuters (many added; follow link
for a list of all Reuters stories on this site)
- Rocky Mountain News: added stories
from October 3 and 4 regarding Judge Kane's decisions
- The Advertiser, Adelaide, Australia:
10/7/95: Inside the Cult, by Alison Braund, a reporter for the British
TV newsmagazine "Twenty Twenty". Braund describes her experience
infiltrating and taking secret films inside a Scientology organization in England
- Willamette Week, 9/27/95:
Stolen issues of Exotic Magazine mysteriously returned to the publisher
in plain brown wrappers
Also added some older, non-Internet-related articles on Scientology:
October 2, 1995
September 26, 1995
September 22, 1995
September 19, 1995
- Washington Post, 9/16/95 on Judge Brinkema's
ruling ordering Scientology to return seized disks to Arnie Lerma
- **Biased Journalism** report on Lerma's
hearing before Judge Brinkema
- Court of Appeals declines to extend its stay of Judge Kane's ruling
that Scientology must return all seized items to the FACTnet defendants
- New Scientist, 9/2/95 on
the continuing battle and the Web pages
September 16, 1995
September 14, 1995
September 13, 1995
- Added preliminary report of court victory in FACTnet case, and
Denver Post and
Rocky Mountain News
on that victory. Also added earlier Rocky Mountain News articles on the
court hearings, 9/9/95
September 12, 1995
- Added latest Cancelbunny incidents
(email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Boulder Weekly, August 10-16, 1995,
interview with Larry Wollersheim, where Wollersheim actually invited
Scientology to sue him.
- Exotic Magazine,
a publication distributed primarily in topless bars in Portland, Oregon,
ran an article entitled "Scientology: Threat or Menace?" -- and got
about 1000 copies stolen, according to its editor.
- Added Isaac Hayes sidebar to
Memphis Commercial Appeal, 9/3/95 article;
also editorial two days later
- Independent (London), 9/4/95::
article entitled "Warning: Prince Xenu could destroy the Net"
- Sally Jesse Raphael TV show transcript,
7/9/91, "Scientology Ruined My Life"
September 8. 1995
Added pointer to XS4ALL's own web
page about Scientology's `visit' to its offices. This page contains
many articles from the Dutch press, both in the original Dutch and
in English translation.
September 6, 1995
September 4, 1995
September 1, 1995
August 31, 1995
August 30, 1995
FACTnet has moved to
August 29, 1995
- Expanded descriptions of other people's web pages,
and added a plug for several long essays on one of the pages
- Another update to the FACTnet saga
- Descriptions of Denver TV & radio
coverage, and KTLK talk-radio show
- Statements from Digital Gateway Systems,
the Internet service provider who was sued along with Arnie Lerma
- More newspaper articles from AP,
Rocky Mountain News (August 25,26,27),
and Seattle Times (featuring
former Church public relations directory Robert Vaughn Young)
- First hearing in CoS suit against Arnie Lerma and Washington Post, covered
by **Biased Journalism**. The editor
of **Biased Journalism** also reported receiving an official
legal threat from a lawyer
representing Scientology, dated August 21.
- Helena Kobrin threatens Chinese
FTP server administrator
- added my response to the
lying, defamatory Church
press release about the FACTnet raids
August 25, 1995
August 24, 1995
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