Scientology Criticism

Information that Scientology does not want you to read

A Statement by Gerald Armstrong

From Thu Apr  6 14:01:21 BST 1995

This text is by Gerald Armstrong.
This introduction is by Bob Penny.

The attention of many people has been captured recently by the 
obvious injustice of Scientology's actions toward Dennis Erlich 
and Netcom, by the cult's attempt to suppress free speech on 
the Internet.  I'm afraid some people consider this extraordinary 
and worthy of special concern, a special threat to our First 
Amendment freedoms.  It is not.  Dennis' case just shows, yet 
again, what Scientology is really all about.  If anything is 
surprising or extraordinary, it is the moral cowardice of so 
many people, which has created an environment in which Scientology 
expects to get away with such things and much, much more.

And the situation is much worse.  Anyone can understand an attempt 
to suppress free speech.  Anyone can understand fraud and a 
Mafia-like criminal organization.  Those are the LEAST of the 
dangers of Scientology.  The real danger is represented by the 
"Free Zone," by cowardly "New Age" refusal to grow up and face 
facts.  Scientology is not good tech misused by a bad organization. 
It is no "tech" at all.  It is people compromising their integrity 
in favor of wishful thinking.  It is, like the "psychic friends 
network" and other nonsense (for entertainment purposes only, 
must by 18 years of age), a deliberate attempt to obscure the 
difference between sense and nonsense whether for financial 
gain or merely in support of one's pet ideas or friends.

Many of us have kids.  It MATTERS whether drugs are "just another 
lifestyle choice." It MATTERS whether skinheads and neo-Nazis 
are "just another lifestyle choice." It MATTERS whether safe 
sex and AIDS are "just another lifestyle choice." It MATTERS 
whether cults are "just another lifestyle choice." The difference 
between sense and nonsense MATTERS.  It is vitally important 
that we teach our kids.

This is the real meaning of Dennis Erlich's inFormer headline:  

Now I will shut up and present Gerry Armstrong's text which 
was the inspiration for what I just wrote.  He said he didn't 
mind if I did an introduction, "after all, I'm fair game." But 
obviously, he is not responsible for my tirade.

April 4, 1995

To good hearts everywhere:

Re: Scientology v. Gerald Armstrong
Marin County Superior Court
Case No. 157680

Dear Friend:

Thank you for this opportunity to tell you about my case.

I am sending versions of this letter to my friends around the 
world and other people to whom I've been led who may have an 
interest or be able to help.

I do not have a lawyer, I'm not a lawyer, not trained, unfinanced, 
and have a May 18, 1995 trial date. I have immediate costs in 
the case which I am unable to bear myself. I am hoping that 
there are people of good will who see value and probity in my 
case and are in a position to help, I am a Christian. I believe 
my litigation is ultimately between the light and freedom of 
God and the dark nature of the spiritually enslaved.

The litigation story is long and much more complex and convoluted 
than what I will provide at this point. I have well-organized 
case files and documentation if an attorney or law firm has 
an interest in becoming further involved. I refer in this letter 
to a number of documents, (A) through (Q), which I am not sending 
with this letter, but which I will forward to anyone interested 
upon request.

I was inside Scientology from 1969 through 1981, worked most 
of those years with its leader L.  Ron Hubbard, held positions 
in the organization's intelligence, legal and public relations 
bureaus, and during the last two years did the research for 
a biography of Hubbard. I left the organization at the end of 
1981 with a knowledge of massive fraud, of its antisocial core 
nature, its criminal intelligence operations against labeled 
enemies, and its victimization of its own members.

I had the good fortune to be deprogrammed while still inside 
Scientology by my study of its own documents and Hubbard's personal 
archive. It has come to me gradually, but clearly that I was 
guided throughout my Scientology experience and life by God, 
and that, although it is not understandable to some people and 
often viewed as corny, I have been given a purpose by Him for 
His glory.

After I left, and because of the threat it considered my knowledge, 
Scientology declared me "fair game," and has harassed me pursuant 
to its fair game policy ever since, Hubbard's "fair game" policy 
calls for people targeted as "enemies" to be "deprived of property 
or injured by any means by any Scientologist .... tricked, sued 
or lied to or destroyed."

The organization sued me in 1982 (Scientology v. Armstrong, 
Los Angeles Superior Court No. C 420158), and I filed a cross-complaint 
for fraud and intentional infliction of emotional distress.  
Scientology's suit against me, in which I was represented by 
another major target of fair game, Boston attorney Michael Flynn, 
went to trial in 1984 and resulted in the famous and internationally 
cited decision of Judge Paul G.  Breckenridge, Jr. (A)

Scientology continued its fair game operations against Flynn 
and me until December, 1988 when he and the organization arranged 
a "global settlement," which included the settling of the lawsuits 
of his approximately fifteen anti-Scientology litigant clients, 
payments to several witnesses without lawsuits, and settling 
of his own cases against Scientology.

The "agreements" each of the "settling" people signed contained 
clauses requiring silence concerning their experiences in and 
knowledge of Scientology and a $50,000 "liquidated damages" 
penalty for any statement made about such experiences or knowledge. 
Flynn and the other lawyers involved also signed "agreements" 
to not represent or assist anyone, including their own settling 
clients, in future litigation involving Scientology.

Before I saw or knew of the "settlement agreement" I was to 
sign I had agreed to a monetary figure for the dismissal of 
my cross-complaint. And although I was shocked and heartsick 
when I read the "settlement agreement" Flynn presented to me 
for signing, I did sign it for these reasons:

1.	I was positioned in the global settlement as a deal-breaker, 
on whom all the other settling people depended to have Scientology 
cease its fair game attacks and threats on them.

2.	Flynn claimed that Scientology had tried to assassinate 
him, had ruined his marriage, sued him thirteen or more times, 
threatened his family and career; and he was desperate to get 
out of the litigation. I had worked with him in Boston in 1985 
and 1986 and was personally aware of fair game attacks on him.

S.	Flynn stated to me that the non-disclosure conditions, 
which I protested as being impossible to perform since they 
covered then 17 years of my life, were "not worth the paper 
they're printed on;" that I couldn't "contract away my Constitutional 

4.	Flynn said that "global settlement" and the "agreements" 
were necessary to give Scientology the opportunity it said it 
wanted to clean up its bad acts and cease fair game. I understood 
forgiveness and wanted to forgive everyone involved.

5.	I felt abandoned by Flynn, who had been my attorney, employer 
and good friend; I was isolated and heartbroken. Flynn had lost 

6.	I was already beginning to sense that my life was guided 
by God, and I accepted the fact that if I was later attacked 
by Scientology, or in all things, I would try to do what I was 
called to do. I had a glimpse at the time of the settlement 
that some time in the future I might be alone but for Him.

The "agreement" I signed (B) also allowed Scientology to maintain 
its appeal from the Breckenridge decision, required that I not 
oppose the appeal or any subsequent appeals, and required my 
delivery to Scientology o[ all evidence or Scientology-related 
materials assembled in my case.

There is no doubt that I had been profoundly affected by my 
years in Scientology and my years under attack after I left. 
Nevertheless, following the settlement I got on with my life, 
wrote, drew, took up running and took care of my deteriorated 
health. Scientology, however, could not leave me alone, but 
took the opportunity to continue its fair game, publishing attacks 
on my character, filing false affidavits about me in court, 
and threatening me with lawsuits if I responded. The organization, 
through the silencing of knowledgeable witnesses, and the intimidation 
and silencing of knowledgeable attorneys, was attempting to 
rewrite the Breckenridge decision, and history, both its and 

Although saddened by the attacks and threats I did nothing until 
the fall of 1989 when, following a series of threatening calls 
from a Scientology lawyer, it became clear to me that my silence 
was being used to obstruct justice and hurt other victims of 
the organization. After researching my rights and responsibilities, 
the first action I took was to file a petition in the Court 
of Appeal for permission to respond in the appeal from the Breckenridge 
decision. My petition was granted, I filed a respondent's brief, 
and the decision was affirmed in 1991. Scientology v. Armstrong 
(1991) 232 Cal.App.3d 1060, 289 Cal.Rptr.917. (C)

I wrote two declarations, executed March 15, 1990 and December 
25, 1990 detailing Scientology's post-settlement acts, and 
filed them in the Court of Appeal in the organization's appeal 
from the Breckenridge decision. (D and E)

In August, 1990, at the time of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and 
the US buildup in Desert Shield, I prayed to God for guidance 
in the distress I felt in these events and the general human 
condition.  The answer I received was to give away my worldly 
wealth and take only what I needed. After pondering this message 
I conveyed my interest in a house I owned at the time and forgave 
all debts owed to me.

My description of these events and my spiritual understanding 
and development at the time are contained in a declaration I 
executed in 1994. (F) I wrote this declaration to be filed in 
a "fraudulent conveyance" lawsuit Scientology filed against 
me in 1993 (Marin Superior Court No.  157680) in which the organization 
claimed that my renunciation was for the purpose of rendering 
myself judgment-proof.

Following my renunciation it came to me that I would go wherever 
in life my help was asked for, and I have tried to do that, 
under God's guidance, ever since. While in Canada in June, 1991 
I received a call from a man in South Africa who was involved 
in litigation with Scientology and who said that he had not 
found anyone else in the world willing to testify about the 
organization's nature and practices. I did go to South Africa, 
but did not testify because the trial was postponed.

In the same period I received another call for help from a former 
Scientology attorney, Joseph Yanny of Los Angeles, who had left 
the organization's employ and become a target of its "fair game." 
(F contains this history in detail)

When I returned to the US in August, 1991 I was asked for help 
by attorney Ford Greene of San Anselmo who was involved in Scientology 
litigation and desperately needed the kind of help I could give 
to survive. I've worked as his sole office support ever since. 
I have also since then been the target of Scientology's litigation 
machine and a massive campaign of what it calls "black propaganda" 
to destroy my credibility.

Scientology brought a motion to enforce the settlement agreement 
in October, 1991 in LA Superior Court, which was denied. In 
February, 1992 it then filed a breach of contract lawsuit in 
Marin Superior Court, Scientology v. Armstrong, No. 152229. 
This case was transferred to Los Angeles and given number BC 
052395. (G is Scientology's second amended complaint; H is my