The Fishman Papers: Sub-Figura vel Liber Babalon
Church of Scientology International v. Fishman and Geertz
Read This First:
- Who is Steven Fishman?
- Richard Behar’s article in TIME led to the lawsuit that is the subject of this web site.
- Behar’s earlier article in Forbes revealed many of Scientology’s bizarre practices.
- What happened to Richard Behar and other reporters?
- Where did the Fishman documents come from?
- Scientology’s lawsuit against TIME is dismissed!
- What’s new at this site?
New Page: Secrets of Scientology
The infamous “Fishman Declaration”, containing (as exhibits) the secret scriptures of Scientology: the OT materials. OT I through OT VII are once again included, via links to a Karin Spaink’s site in Amsterdam. Also on this page are links to some of the affidavits filed in the Fishman case.
Unseal Fishman: Write to the Judge
Now that the trade secret status of the OT materials has been lost (decisions of federal judges Kane and Brinkema in the Wollersheim and Lerma cases), there is no reason for the Fishman Declaration to remain sealed. Write an amicus curiae (friend of the court) letter to Judge Hupp and ask him to unseal the court file:Judge Harry L. Hupp United States District Court Central District of California 312 North Spring Street Los Angeles, California 90012 Re: Church of Scientology v. Steven Fishman and Uwe Geertz Case Number 91-6426-HLH(Tx)
Welcome to the Clam Bed. This is a page of links to other sites where the OT materials may be found. Over 100 at present. Also contains a “morgue”: links that were killed by the Church.
The Fishman and Anti-Fishman Home Pages
- The Real Steven Fishman Home Page at XS4ALL in Amsterdam.
- Scientology’s anti-Fishman page, a hilarious attempt by the Church to distance itself from Fishman while simultaneously smearing him. (Tough to do, since he’s openly confessed his crimes.) By the way, “intraoceanic biodegradable foodstuffs” are fish!
- Fishman’s demands from Scientology
Scientology price list reveal true cost of the Fishman documents. The Ninth Circuit Court’s 1994 order remanding the decision on whether to seal the Fishman declaration back to the lower court. An order form to obtain a copy of the Fishman OT filings by mail for $36.50. The lower court’s temporary seal order for the Fishman file, issued August 15 1995, and Church lawyer Helena Kobrin’s announcement about it. A lawsuit announced against the Washington Post for obtaining and quoting from the Fishman declaration.
Arnie Lerma posted the Fishman Declaration to alt.religion.scientology. For his troubles, his house was raided by agents of the Church of Scientology, accompanied by US marshals. The following week, Larry Wollersheim and Bob Penny, the individuals behind FACTNet , were raided.
Attacks on This Web Site
- Article in FOCUS on the Fishman web site at Carnegie Mellon and alt.religion.scientology
- Email message from Church lawyer Helena Kobrin threatening legal action
- Announcement that OT materials have been removed from this site, and why
- The original web site announcements
- Forged cancels for the web site announcements
- Forged cancel for a message quoting the URL of the web site
- Another email message from Helena Kobrin, which was ignored.
- Attempt to intimidate me “under color of law” with a specious reference to a temporary restraining order obtained against Grady Ward. This message was also ignored.
- The Church tries to investigate me by demanding that Grady Ward turn over copies of all correspondence between him and me.
Humor. Mischief. Theological analysis. And the OT III quiz, levels 1 and 2.
The Two Documents Most Lethal to the Church
These two items are far more damaging than the Fishman Declaration. Read them and you’ll know precisely how the Church works. Wakefield’s book is touching. Penny’s is downright dangerous.
- Margery Wakefield’s The Road to Xenu, now in improved HTML format, is a powerfully moving story of one woman’s initiation into the cult’s practices and spiritual secrets. This semi-fictionalized account is based on Wakefield’s actual experience and that of others she knew in the cult. It gives a comprehensive look at Scientology’s training regimen and life inside the elite inner circle, the Sea Org. When Wakefield finally learned the OT III story of Xenu and the body thetans, she realized that Scientology was nonsense. Postscript version here.
- Bob Penny’s Social Control in Scientology, now in improved HTML format, explains with great clarity how the cult’s subtle, progressive brainwashing techniques operate. Normal intelligent people are not immune. Do not step foot in a Scientology org until you have read this book; it’s the best protection there is. Postscript version here.
Best Sources of Additional Information
- Ron Newman’s The Church of Scientology vs. the Net and Jim Lippard and Jeff Jacobsen’s Scientology v. the Internet both cover the war between the Church and the Internet. Includes forged cancels, lawsuits against ISPs, the raids against Dennis Erlich, Arnie Lerma, and FACTNet, and more.
- Jon Atack’s The Total Freedom Trap is a good overview of the shady history of Hubbard, Dianetics, and Scientology. And here are more writings by Jon Atack.
- CNN web pages on Scientology legal actions contain pictures of some of the players and pointers to Lexis-Nexis article database.
- Maureen Garde’s Judicial Opinions page contains court decisions concerning several fights over the OT materials.
- Tilman Hausherr’s Testimonies of Scientologists and Critics offers telling personal stories from former cult members.
- The Electronic Frontier Foundation: CoS_v_the_Net has the legal documents in the CoS v. Dennnis Erlich case.
- The Scandal of Scientology by Paulette Cooper — a book the Church tried desperately to suppress.
- Newsgroup alt.religion.scientology — Entheta? You’re soaking in it.
Groups That Combat Religious Cults
The American Family Foundation (AFF) currently operates the best web site on cult-related topics. FACTNet (Fight Against Coercive Tactics Network) was raided by the Church in August, 1995; all its files and computers were seized. They are back on the air now, preparing their defense. FACTNet maintains a huge electronic library of cult documents. These were archived at other sites in anticipation of the raid. CAN (the Cult Awareness Network) has also played an important role in combatting the Church, and has been repeatedly attacked by it. It was finally driven into bankruptcy in 1996.
- American Family Foundation
- FACTNet Home Page. History of their battle with Scientology. How to join their mailing list. How to contribute to the defense fund. And more.
Church of Scientology’s Web Sites
David S. Touretzky Computer Science Department & Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890 email@example.com
V.H. Fra. B.R.H., B:.B:. (n.d. ). Liber Babalon Liber VI Publication in Class B An Holy Observer of the Babalon Bunch©. www.brotherblue.org. Retrieved 8 July 2010 from http://web.archive.org/web/19981205032706/www.cs.cmu.edu/People/dst/Fishman/