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WARNING! Retract your name from CAN!!!!! [23 Jun 1996]


Path: szdc!zdc!zdc-e!uunet!in2.uu.net!newsfeed.internetmci.com!act.news.telstra.net!vic.news.telstra.net!news.mira.net.au!news.mel.connect.com.au!munnari.OZ.AU!bunyip.cc.uq.oz.au!student.uq.edu.au!py101663 From: py101663@student.uq.edu.au (Jan Groenveld) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: WARNING! Retract your name from CAN!!!!! Date: 23 Jun 1996 04:19:54 GMT Organization: University of Queensland Lines: 51 Message-ID: <4qigla$oin@hobyah.cc.uq.oz.au> NNTP-Posting-Host: student.uq.edu.au X-Newsreader: NN version 6.5.0 #3 (NOV) Subject: If you've ever had contact with CAN, write the Trustee! -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- With regards to CAN going into Chapter 7... I talked to Cynthia Kisser today. She urges *anyone* who has ever had contact with Cult Awareness Network, given money to CAN, or been on their mailing list to contact the trustee: Mr. Bruce deMedici 834 North Forest Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302 FAX (708) 848-0061 This is critical as the files and records of CAN will now be up for sale to the highest bidder. These files could be sold to the Church of $cientology and the names therein could be used for harassment by this most barratrous of cults. This, by the way, is not a far-fetched conclusion as the attorney enforcing the judgment that sent CAN into Chapter 7 is Kendrick Moxon of Moxon and Bowles, the in-house law firm for the Co$. The Co$ has wanted to shut down CAN for years, and now it looks like they might have the ability to do so. Deny them total victory...if you've ever had any contact with CAN, no matter how small, please write the Trustee soon. It's extremely important. Unless Mr. deMedici knows that *you* don't want your name handed out, it will happen. So please write! Thanks, Deana Holmes mirele@xmission.com -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: 2.6.2 iQCVAwUBMcyd+r8lRu3Q59udAQF/awP9EQonwSnKUOa3vANJUwHLpHdIdjjKZKyj Fn4bgMTC9Kq1Vbv2xjuVhL+aOPF6ANmLOkb//vl062uMKU94gi3ECjr7JuLP64s2 isKYZRDzTXtc7OhexoLjYpLZFJ6aRbkJoRw7gUlLfTktAVgqE7g7BJzoMx2QAuCg y/zp0X6IH5A= =QmUF -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- -- ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ _--_|\ Jan Groenveld Internet: py101663@student.uq.edu.au / OZ \<--- Brisbane, Oz HomePage: http://student.uq.edu.au/~py101663 \_.--._/THE MOST DANGEROUS LIE IS THAT WHICH MOST CLOSELY RESEMBLES THE TRUTH

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If CAN dies, is the world better off? [Jeff Jacobsen, 25 Jun 1996]

Path: szdc!zdc!zdc-e!newsfeed.internetmci.com!in2.uu.net!nntp.primenet.com!news.primenet.com!cultxpt From: Jeff Jacobsen Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology,alt.support.ex-cult Subject: If CAN dies, is the world better off? Date: 25 Jun 1996 10:31:01 -0700 Organization: Primenet (602)416-7000 Lines: 36 Message-ID: <4qp7ol$6bi@nnrp1.news.primenet.com> X-Posted-By: cultxpt@usr2.primenet.com Xref: szdc alt.religion.scientology:89851 alt.support.ex-cult:4834 The Cult Awareness Network's goal in life is to educate the public about cults and provide information on this subject (I think I have grounds to say this - I've been a contact person for CAN for about 4 years and have attended the last 6 conferences). If CAN disappears, the result will be that the public has lost a great resource on dangerous groups. I just finished reading The Cult at the End of the World by David E. Kaplan and Andrew Marshall (Crown Press), about Aum Shinrikyo in Japan. One amazing part of this story is that the Japanese police had many reasons to investigate and scrutinize Aum long before the subway gas attack, yet they basically kept a hands-off approach. Partially, this was because Aum was considered a religion, and partially because the church was very aggressive in suing anyone who spoke or did anything against them. There was one lawyer who was quite aggressive in trying to expose the evils of Aum, but he and his family were murdered by Aum. Here in the US, "The CIA, which boasts a forty-five-year presence in Japan, never saw the cult coming, despite Aum's rampant anti-Americanism, nerve-gas attacks, arms shopping, and threats against President Clinton." (p.293) When asked why the CIA missed this group, the reply was "They simply were not on anybody's radar screen." (ibid) well, actually, CAN knew some about them. But CAN was kinda busy with about 50 lawsuits filed by Scientologists. Now CAN appears to be in its last breath. Is the world better off if CAN disappears? I think not. I'm not saying CAN would have saved the day against AUM, I'm just using this as an example. Isn't it a good idea for someone to be keeping an eye on wacky religious groups that may one day decide to blow up the White House, or gas your subway? If something like this happens in your neighborhood, will you be the first to say "Why didn't someone warn us about this group?" -- Next International Picket of Scientology Sept. 7 and/or 8, 1996: see http://www.primenet.com/~cultxpt/demo.htm Why does Dianetics get *religious* tax exemption? Jeff Jacobsen cultxpt@primenet.com PO Box 3541 Scottsdale AZ 85271 USA

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Re: If CAN dies, is the world better off? [Dennis Erlich, 25 Jun 1996]


Path: szdc!zdc!zdc-e!uunet!inXS.uu.net!nntp.primenet.com!news.primenet.com!news.primenet.com!not-for-mail From: inForm@primenet.com (Rev. Dennis L Erlich) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology,alt.support.ex-cult Subject: Re: If CAN dies, is the world better off? Date: 25 Jun 1996 10:56:01 -0700 Organization: inFormer Ministry Lines: 29 Message-ID: <31d023ec.11955854@204.245.3.50> References: <4qp7ol$6bi@nnrp1.news.primenet.com> X-Posted-By: ip074.lax.primenet.com X-Newsreader: Forte Agent .99e/16.227 Xref: szdc alt.religion.scientology:89857 alt.support.ex-cult:4835 Responding to Jeff Jacobsen : > The Cult Awareness Network's goal in life is to educate the public >about cults and provide information on this subject (I think I have >grounds to say this - I've been a contact person for CAN for about >4 years and have attended the last 6 conferences). If CAN disappears, >the result will be that the public has lost a great resource on dangerous >groups. CAN is the group to which desperate people are referred for support and information on literally hundreds of Community Crisis Hotlines across the US. Here's a frigid little factoid which will shirley shrivel your scrote: The scienos have declared that the name Cult Awareness Network, CAN's call-in logs, their files, mailing lists, donation lists, and, yes, even CAN's telephone numbers are all assets. They are demanding that CAN turn ownership over to them as part of the bankruptcy settlement. This means that when Podunk Community Crisis Hotline refers someone to CAN for cult info, s/he will be connected to an Office of Special Affairs operative for handling. Now, isn't that special? [p/m] Rev. Dennis L Erlich * * the inFormer * * <dennis.l.erlich@support.com> <inForm@primenet.com>
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Re: If CAN dies, is the world better off? [Monica Pignotti, 26 Jun 1996]

Path: szdc!zdc!zdc-e!newsfeed.internetmci.com!vixen.cso.uiuc.edu!howland.reston.ans.net!news-e2a.gnn.com!newstf01.news.aol.com!newsbf02.news.aol.com!not-for-mail From: gemmamp1@aol.com (GEMMAMP1) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: Re: If CAN dies, is the world better off? Date: 26 Jun 1996 18:52:27 -0400 Organization: America Online, Inc. (1-800-827-6364) Lines: 37 Sender: root@newsbf02.news.aol.com Message-ID: <4qsevb$3hl@newsbf02.news.aol.com> References: <31d023ec.11955854@204.245.3.50> Reply-To: gemmamp1@aol.com (GEMMAMP1) NNTP-Posting-Host: newsbf02.mail.aol.com Dennis Erlich wrote: < CAN is the group to which desperate people are referred for support <and information on literally hundreds of Community Crisis Hotlines <across the US. Here's a frigid little factoid which will shirley <shrivel your scrote: < The scienos have declared that the name Cult Awareness Network, <CAN's call-in logs, their files, mailing lists, donation lists, and, <yes, even CAN's telephone numbers are all assets. They are demanding <that CAN turn ownership over to them as part of the bankruptcy <settlement. < This means that when Podunk Community Crisis Hotline refers someone <to CAN for cult info, s/he will be connected to an Office of Special <Affairs operative for handling. It hasn't happened yet. There is something that people can do to combat this. If your name is on CAN's mailing list you can write to the Chapter 7 trustee and state that your name was given with the understanding that your name and address would be kept confidential and demand that your name be removed from the list. If your name is not removed you can take legal action. The address of the Chapter 7 trustee is: Bruce DeMedici Chapter 7 Trustee for Debtor Cult Awareness Network, Inc. 834 N. Forest Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302 Fax: 708-848-0061 You do have a right to not have your name sold or to have it removed from any mailing list that you request. Pass this address on to others who need it. P.S. CAN might be destroyed but the PEOPLE are not. Monica Pignotti

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CAN closes doors [Don Krieger, 26 Jun 1996]


Path: szdc!zdc!zdc-e!uunet!inXS.uu.net!salliemae!newsfeed.internetmci.com!news.ac.net!news.cais.net!news.sprintlink.net!news-dc-2.sprintlink.net!news.lightlink.com!light!dkrieger From: dkrieger@light.lightlink.com (Don Krieger) Newsgroups: sci.skeptic,alt.religion.scientology Subject: CAN closes doors Date: 26 Jun 1996 12:42:23 GMT Organization: I SPEAK ONLY FOR MYSELF Lines: 126 Message-ID: <4qrb7f$akb@majesty.lightlink.com> NNTP-Posting-Host: light.lightlink.com X-Newsreader: TIN [version 1.2 PL2] Xref: szdc sci.skeptic:36955 alt.religion.scientology:89980 This is a message recently posted to the trancenet listserv. Please repost to any newsgroup where you think there would be interest. DK ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ On June 21, CAN officially closed its office in Chicago after declaring Chapter 7 bankruptcy. If anyone was on the mailing list, you should know that this list can now be sold or given away to the highest bidder. If this concerns you, I suggest you write to the Chapter 7 trustee and state in the letter that when you gave your name and address to CAN it was with the understanding that it would be kept strictly confidential. Indicate that if you find that your name and address have been sold you will take legal action. If the Trustee gets enough mail of this kind, it is possible that the decision will be made not to sell or give away the mailing list. The address of the Trustee is: Bruce De'Medici Chapter 7 Trustee for Debtor Cult Awareness Network, Inc. 834 N. Forest Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302 Here is the press release which explains what occurred in more detail: _____________________________________________________________________ Date: June 21, 1996 For Immediate Release Cult Awareness Network Files Chapter Seven Bankruptcy/Ceases Operations The Cult Awareness Network, an internationally recognized non-profit which has provided information to the public on the cult problem, filed a motion earlier this week to begin Chapter Seven Bankruptcy proceedings. The motion, which was approved by Judge Barliett of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, begins a process, under the court's protection, of divesting CAN of its assets. CAN had originally entered a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy last October, hoping to develop a reorganization plan that would permit it to continue to operate in the face of a crippling damage award assessed against it in civil litigation brought in a federal case in the state of Washington by plaintiff Jason Scott. CAN filed its reorganization plan, but in the face of vigorous opposition to the plan raised by Scott's attorney, the plan was not approved by the Bankruptcy Court, clearing the way for Scott to begin collection proceedings unless CAN entered the Chapter Seven. The Scott case is on appeal in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. CAN's attorney, Paul Lawrence of the Seattle firm of Preston, Gates and Ellis, expects the appellate brief for CAN to be filed by late August. Lawrence is the President of the Washington State American Civil Liberties Union. Preston, Gates and Ellis is representing CAN pro bono. Ironically, CAN has also filed a petition to the Illinois Supreme Court asking the high court to review a case dismissed by the Circuit Court of Cook County which names Scott's attorney, Kendrick Moxon, his partner Timothy Bowles, and the Church of Scientology International as defendants for bringing multiple cases in an attempt to destroy CAN financially with litigation. The Chicago firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt are representing CAN pro bono in that matter. The Chapter Seven bankruptcy halts two other cases against CAN, one in Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles brought by Scientologist Robert Lippman, and the other brought by Landmark Education Corporation in the Circuit Court of Illinois. Landmark, a for-profit organization, has sued CAN, its president, William Rehling, and Cynthia Kisser, its executive director. The Landmark cases continue against Rehling and Kisser. Court-ordered arbitration in the Lippman case has determined Lippman's claim as meritless. In the Landmark case, Landmark has refused to file a proof of cost establishing it has actually suffered any damages because of CAN, Rehling or Kisser's actions, publications or statements concerning the controversial organization's reputation and activities. As part of the Chapter Seven proceedings CAN will recommend to the Chapter 7 Trustee that it offer for sale the right to collect judgments for tens of thousands of dollars in costs awarded to CAN against several Scientologists in past cases terminated in CAN's favor in California and Illinois. Persons interested in details about such a sale should contact the Chapter 7 Trustee, whose name is available through CAN's bankruptcy attorney Benjamin Hyink of Hyink & Scannichio, Chtd. in Chicago at 312-782-8274 or Cynthia Kisser. Of particular concern to CAN is what will happen to its archives of information on the cult issue and its confidential records of callers and donors. Without the resources to address constitutional and public interest issues to safeguard these documents, CAN is concerned its critics will try to acquire and destroy the archives and subject the donors to harassment or intimidation. At this point public interest organizations will need to contact the Chapter 7 Trustee to have these issues addressed because CAN has no resources to present these issues. CAN is hopeful that it will not be forced to close permanently before its appeal on the Scott case is heard, but is realistic that the appeal may not be ruled upon in time to prevent its demise. CAN suspended daily operations operations today. "We've been backed into this corner," said Kisser, "simply because of the massive amount of litigation we have had to face in the approximately 50 cases brought by Scientologists against us since 1991. If you get sued 50 times over four years the odds are that you're going to suffer losses at some point. What has happened is wrong. The record is clear on this for anyone who takes the time to review what's been laid down in the courts." ________________________________________________________________ End of Press Release ________________________________________________________________ -- Don Krieger dkrieger@lightlink.com http://www.lightlink.com/dkrieger/ For flameless discussion of Transcendental Meditation join the trancenet listserv at majordomo@lightlink.com with message: subscribe trancenet Take an independent look at TM at http://www.trancenet.org/

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Moxon press release on CAN bankruptcy [Ron Newman, 26 Jun 1996]


Path: szdc!zdc!zdc-e!uunet!inXS.uu.net!in2.uu.net!news.cybercom.net!shell1.cybercom.net!not-for-mail From: rnewman@shell1.cybercom.net (Ron Newman) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology,alt.support.ex-cult Subject: Moxon press release on CAN bankruptcy Date: 26 Jun 1996 16:56:09 -0400 Organization: Cyber Access Internet Communications, Inc. Lines: 89 Message-ID: <4qs859$6uf@shell1.cybercom.net> NNTP-Posting-Host: shell1.cybercom.net Xref: szdc alt.religion.scientology:90093 alt.support.ex-cult:4861 I found the following press release from the Scientology-affiliated law firm of Moxon & Bartilson, which apparently financed the litigation which has closed down CAN. For some reason, this was anonymously posted to talk.politics.guns, of all places, but not to either a.r.s. or alt.support.ex-cult. So here it is: --------------------- Message-ID: <011332Z25061996@anon.penet.fi> Newsgroups: talk.politics.guns From: an543762@anon.penet.fi Date: Tue, 25 Jun 1996 01:10:53 UTC Subject: Federal Judge closes Anti-Religion, Hate group, 'CAN' FOR MORE INFORMATION FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: June 20, 1996 Laurie Bartilson or Kendrick Moxon, Esq. (213)960-1936 ANTI-RELIGION GROUP CULT AWARENESS NETWORK CLOSES DOWN CHICAGO -- The United States Bankruptcy Court in Chicago ruled today that the Cult Awareness Network (CAN) must be liquidated under the Chapter 7 bankruptcy statute. CAN sought to reorganize under Chapter 11, but this request was denied by Judge Ronald Barliant who stated there is no viable hope for CAN to reorganize and pay its debts. The civil rights attorney who filed the motion to dismiss CAN's attempt to protect its assets in the bankruptcy court, Kendrick Moxon, said "CAN's sole purpose now is to start paying off its victims and the people it has hurt" referring to the $4.9 million judgement against CAN and three others in the kidnapping of a Seattle area man who belonged to a Pentecostal church. That 1994 civil rights case was brought under the federal statute commonly known as the Ku Klux Klan Act and was the largest civil damages award rendered against CAN or any deprogrammer in U.S. history. CAN tried to avoid paying the punitive and actual damages assessed against it by declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy late last year. In 1993, CAN's security chief, Galen Kelly, pled guilty to kidnapping related charges and served a year in prison. CAN had a long-term history of kidnapping-for-hire schemes and was involved in the seizure of persons of many faiths, including Catholics sects, Baptists, Mormons, Episcopalians, Sufi Muslims and a number of minority religions. Executive Director of the CAN National Office, Cynthia Kisser, also labelled the Catholic Church and the Democratic Party as "cults", although she later retracted her statement about the Democratic Party. The founder of CAN's predecessor group, Ted Patrick, was also involved in the kidnapping for hire business and went to prison three times for his abduction of religious adherents. CAN's former President, Mike Rokos, resigned after he was arrested for soliciting lewdness when he solicited an undercover policeman who was posing as a male prostitute. The National Council of Churches of Christ, New York City issued a resolution on deprogramming which states, "Kidnapping for ransom is heinous indeed, but kidnapping to compel religious de-conversion is equally criminal. It violates not only the letter and spirit of state and federal statutes but the world's standard set by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights." Moxon, who has fought for civil and religious rights for decades, added, "CAN was a hate group that promoted religious intolerance, broke up families and incited hatred. It had a long history of criminal acts and kidnapping activities. Religious freedom is a little more free now." --****ATTENTION****--****ATTENTION****--****ATTENTION****--***ATTENTION*** Your e-mail reply to this message WILL be *automatically* ANONYMIZED. Please, report inappropriate use to abuse@anon.penet.fi For information (incl. non-anon reply) write to help@anon.penet.fi If you have any problems, address them to admin@anon.penet.fi -- Ron Newman rnewman@cybercom.net Web: http://www.cybercom.net/~rnewman/home.html

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