A default has been entered against
Church of Spiritual Technology. See the Documents.
WE HAVE THE SUPPORTING
Read and download all the most vital
documents in this case, including the plaintiffs' individual statements
of demands for damages, an affidavit regarding the California Constitution,
notice of Status Conference, and more!
McDonald Papers" are 38 separate documents that form an amazing paper
trail of events foreshadowing this libel suit. Although not a party to
the suit, Randall McDonald is one of the people named along with the plaintiffs
in "Public Warning"--which is the instrument of the alleged libel. This
set of documents lays the groundwork for the real issues behind the story,
and it's one (among several) of our primary sources for researching our
up-coming "Backstory." We think it's vital informaton that you should have
available to you now.
Mailings , Hollywood Scandals, Scummy Gumshoe Private Investigators, a
Challenge to the California Constitution, Allegations of Multi-Million-Dollar
Fraud, Forgery, Mail Tampering, Sexy Starlets, National Politics, Even
IRS as Villains of the Piece--This Case Seems to Have it All.
David Miscavige, the Napoleonic pope
of Religious Technology Center (RTC), has been named as a defendant in
a massive libel suit that promises to set far-reaching precedent.
Verified Complaint, filed in superior court
for Los Angeles county, tells the short story: Miscavige and a lesser-light--Mike
Rinder, who heads up Office of Special Affairs (OSA) for Church of Scientology
International (CSI)--are alleged to have been the approving authorities
for a brochure called "Public Warning." Published by OSA, the brochure
contains trademarks ostensibly owned by RTC, used with RTC's permission.
"Public Warning" also contains a measure of unflattering allegations against
the plaintiffs--about $190 million worth, according to them.(We'd love
to show more of "Public Warning" to you, but it's copyrighted by CSI.)
The brochure is a scathing attack
on four Scientologists: Stephen Mitchell, Lisa Precious, Kathleen Carey,
and Randall McDonald. The first three, Californians all, are the plaintiffs
in the libel suit. (McDonald lives roughly 2,000 miles away from the others,
in Tennessee, and is not a party to this suit. More on him in the backstory--coming
The lurid language of the brochure
paints the four as irredeemable creatures: "suppressive persons," "criminals,"
even "insane." The justification provided for the scurrilous portrayal
of these people is OSA's unsubstantiated allegation that they are "tax
protesters" (you know, like that nasty Thomas Jefferson and his gang of
thugs). "Public Warning" offers no evidence of any wrongdoing, but still
tries desperately, transparently, and hopelessly to equate Mitchell, Precious,
Carey, and McDonald with convicted felons--managing somehow to studiously
ignore the simple and indisputable fact that none of the four has ever
even been charged with, much less been convicted of, any crime.
Employing cloying and puerile prose,
the brochure is pitiably biased, a childish, churlish tribute to the soul
of McCarthyism, a thing normally to be dismissed out of hand. But it is
the very transparency, the very viciousness of the attack that makes a
rational person pause and wonder: why?
If Miscavige did allow such an indefensible
document to be sent far and wide, clearly bearing trademarks under his
control, why? What could have driven him to such a rash, foolish, and potentially
disastrous act? What made these four people so important that they became
the targets of a character assassination smear campaign?
It was "Public Warning" itself, oddly
enough, that provided a clue to the answers: the brochure refers several
times to mysterious "anonymous mailings."
We became interested in these anonymous
mailings. Were the mailings about "tax schemes," as "Public Warning" would
lead a reader to believe? Were they seditious attempts to involve Scientologists
in illegal acts, as "Public Warning" implied? Did they come from Mitchell,
Precious, Carey, and McDonald, as "Public Warning" slyly suggested? We
wanted to know! So...
[The Anonymous Mailings]