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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! 

"The 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.

Will David Miscavige Look Good in a $190,000,000 Libel Suit?

Mysterious Anonymous 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.

The 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 up.) 

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... 

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