Look out for Scientology Spies
From: email@example.com (Paulettec)
Subject: My 2 cents (and I should know)
Date: 26 Jan 1999 11:59:47 GMT
Unfortunately for me, of all the people in this newsgroup, I
have had more Scientology spies on me for longer periods of
time than anyone else. (I even lived with one for several
months, as most of you know.) I would therefore like to offer
some tips in spotting spies that I wish I had known during the
15 years I almost always had an FSM on me. (And they're still
contacting me, as recently as this week.)
I am not going to address the Laura situation directly, because
I've only read a few (critical) posts, but maybe the following
will help you make up your mind about her.
I only wish I had followed that, and never confided to anyone
(except Nan McLean) anything I'd rather Scientology not have
know. My life would have been very different --- indeed the
history of Scientology would have been very different --- if I
had stopped trusting people so much, and had instead learned to
keep my eyes open and my mouth shut.
- Always assume there's a Scientology spy close to the people
active in fighting them. And don't assume because there's one,
that they haven't planted several in groups like CAN or Factnet.
- If their cover is blown, the spy will blow. Immediately.
Jerry Levin, Paula Tyler, Margie Shepherd, Dick Bast, and all
the other spies on me, when they knew I suspected them, were
pulled out fast.
BTW, I don't think this is normal behavior of a true friend. If
I had done a lot for someone, and really been their friend, and
they turned on me, I would hang around and try to persuade them
that they were wrong about me.
But once someone is suspected of being a Scientology spy, their
ability to function is diminished and they're pulled out
pronto, while Scientology lets their other operatives continue
--- and looks for openings to send in reinforcements, i.e.,
- If a person you're wondering about has friends / roommates who
are Scientologists, they're Scientologists. For example, while
Jerry lived with me, I suspected that his close friend and
former roommate Paula Tyler (Lowe) who introduced Jerry to me
was a Scientologist.
I only wish I had realized then that Jerry was lying when he
feigned surprised, disbelief, and indignation toward Paula when
I told him of my suspicions about his close friend. (By the
way, their spies are often terrific actors / actresses, even when
- Just because they speak out or work against Scientology,
thereby hurting them, don't assume they're not working for
Scientology. Dick Bast, their PI who set me, Judge Richey, and
others up, spent a lot of (Scientology) money paying for me to
get their internal Washington documents which I then
disseminated, and which were later widely used against them.
Indeed, since I couldn't have afforded to stay in Washington
for 4 months and photocopy documents on my own, etc., their
dirty trick op ultimately did them far more damage than it did
me (This is one of my few sources of satisfaction today when I
think about all this. Which I'd rather not.)
- If the suspected spy says anything positive about
Scientology, especially using their terminology, they're
Scientologists. I found out years later that on at least one
occasion, when Jerry went up to the roof to call in his reports
about me to Scientology, that he told a tenant in my building
that Scientology was good and they should look into it.
- Don't assume that because they've been close to us and see
the good that we've done, and some of the bad things that
Scientology has done, that they'll turn. Or that because they
hurt us, they'll feel bad and confess. They won't.
They hate us because they think we're hurting mankind by
stopping Scientology's expansion, and therefore anything they
do to us is justified. (I'm still waiting for some of my
Scientology spies from the past to apologize for the hurt they
caused me to this day.)
- Don't think you can test them by feeding them false
information and seeing if it comes back. They're usually too
sophisticated for that. Scientology sits on the stuff for years
before revealing it. Jerry was gone for about 5 years before
pages of my teenage diary he had photocopied started being sent
anonymously to others.
- If you don't tell anybody anything about what is going on,
and you don't give them access to sensitive material, you can't
hurt yourself and inadvertently help Scientology.