|Declaration: Gerry Armstrong 18 Dec 1983|
|Global Protection Racket|
Declaration of Gerry Armstrong 18 December 1983
Re Scientology abuse of the priest penitent privilege to control their members.
DECLARATION OF GERALD ARMSTRONG
1. I am the defendant and cross-complainant in the case of
Church of Scientology of California v. Armstrong, Case No.
2. I am making this Declaration to support a motion to have
plaintiff deliver to me my "auditing" and "ethics" files, now in
its or a connected organization's possession.
3. During the process of "auditing" in Scientology, a
person being "audited," hereafter referred to as "penitent, "
communicates to the clergyman, counselor, or therapist,
hereafter referred to as "auditor," his innermost thoughts and
relates incidents from his life which are emotionally charged,
embarrassing or for which he could be blackmailed. The auditor
writes down what the penitent says in "auditing reports." The
auditor demands and records details such as time and place when
an incident occurred, who was present, who knew about the
incident, their relationship to the penitent and their address or
general location. These "auditing reports" form, along with the
auditor's notes and instructions made after the auditing
sessions, the penitent's auditing files. My auditing files are
from approximately one thousand hours of auditing and total over
two feet in height. These are the files, along with my "ethics"
files, and any copies, notes or excerpts from these files, that I
seek to have delivered to me.
4. When I became involved with Scientology, and when I
joined the Sea Organization, I did so in part because of the
promises made to me that auditing reports and statements made
during auditing were to be absolutely confidential between
auditor and penitent. I was told that these statements were
treated like the confessions of Catholics to their priests, that
they would never be passed on to others and would not be used
against the penitent. I was never told of use of auditing
information by the hierarchy of Scientology against penitents
, nor of the fact that the hierarchy and the intelligence bureau
personnel of Scientology had complete access to auditing files.
My learning of the actual use to which auditing information is
put was a major factor in my leaving the organization. The fact
that the organization refuses to turn over my personal records
by claiming they are "protected" by the "clergyman-penitent
privilege" which they have for decades ignored and abused, is a
situation designed by Scientology to bring about my emotional
5. I seek the delivery to me of my personal auditing and
ethics files for a number of reasons. They are my property
because they are my statements made as a penitent. As such, they
are protected by the "clergyman-penitent privilege." Yet, I
cannot exert the privilege, and stop the organization's use of
these files as long as they remain in Scientology's possession.
I seek an understanding from these records of what happened to me
during my thirteen years of involvement with Scientology. There
are aspects of the mind control by Hubbard and the organization
which as yet elude me. I worked over eleven years, virtually
without pay and doing things as directed by Hubbard and the
organization that no sane person would do. I feel that my
auditing records will shed a great deal of light on this
subject. My emotional stability I feel was damaged by
Scientology, both while inside and by the attacks on me after
leaving, and the continued possession of my personal auditing
records and violation of my rights does not allow any emotional
healing. The organization or Hubbard and his agents will use the
information from my personal auditing files against me, both in
and out of the legal arena. I seek to prevent Hubbard and the
organization from this abusive action. Hubbard and the
organization have labelled me their "enemy" and a "suppressive
person" (or one of the 2 1/2 percent most evil people in the
world). They do not consider me a friend, and their motivation
for retaining my personal auditing files is not friendship or
interest in my welfare. They actively seek my destruction.
6. During my years of involvement with Hubbard and
Scientology I learned by direct observation how the organization
uses penitents' "confidential" auditing information.. While
working in the Guardian's Office and L. Ron Hubbard's
Communications Bureau, I coded and decoded telexes which
contained such information gleaned from auditing files. The
information came from the Guardian's Office (or Intelligence
Bureau), and without the knowledge of the penitents. The
transmitted information dealt mainly with the penitents' sexual
activities, their family, drug use, criminal activity in their
past, " buttons" (things which could be used to exert control over
the penitents), and things for which the penitents could be
blackmailed. In 1980 and 1981 I learned from Guardian's Office
operatives that because of its social unacceptability and legal
problems they could no longer use auditing information directly.
Instead, they gleaned the information from auditing files then
sought out "third parties" or created "third parties" who could
provide the same information. Since the auditing reports
contained the time and place where incidents occurred, and who
was present or knew about the incident, this was relatively easy
to do. In 1980 I was asked by a GO operative to "verify"
information taken from the auditing files of Tonja Burden, a
young girl then considered an "enemy" of Scientology. The
operative knew details from Ms. Burden's "confidential" files and
related these to me to see if I could be the "third party" to
"provide" the information in a declaration or as a witness.
7. A number of times during my involvement with
Scientology I was ordered, either by Intelligence Bureau
personnel or Hubbard's personal agents, to cull usable
information from penitents' auditing files. The information
culled was written or typed into lists and kept by the GO or
Hubbard's agents separate from the auditing files. This was
standard practice with anyone who requested to leave or did leave
the organization or was considered in any way a "threat."
Undoubtedly it has already occurred with my "confidential" files.
The classes of information I was ordered to extract from auditing
reports were: anything concerning the penitents' sexual
activities, including time, place, form, event and names and
addresses of all sexual partners; any involvement with drugs,
including time, place, form, event and names of anyone else
involved; any criminal activities with complete details; anything
for which the penitents could be blackmailed; any information on
family members, friends, associates, connections. In short, the
information sought by the GO and Hubbard's personal agents was
intelligence data exactly like that sought and used by the KGB or
8. Only in 1982, after leaving Hubbard's personal staff
and the Sea Organization did I find that the practices regarding
the use of "confidential" auditing files for intelligence
purposes existed as written policy long before I joined the Sea
Organization. In a Guardian's Order dated December 16, 1969,
entitled PROGRAMME: INTELLIGENCE: INTERNAL SECURITY, Mary Sue
Hubbard, then directly responsible to L. Ron Hubbard, wrote:
1. This Programme is to be done by the Asst.
Guardian or the D/A/Guardian for Intelligence,
if this post is held separately.
2. To establish intelligence files on all
such persons found to be infiltrators, double
agents, and disaffected staff members, Scien-
tologists and relatives of Scientologists.
1. To make full use of all files on the
organization to effect your major target.
These include personnel files, Ethics files,
Dead files, Central files, training files,
processing files and requests for refunds.
2. To assemble full data by investigation of
each person located for possible use in case
of attack or for use in preventing any attack
and to keep files of such." (GO 121689 MSH,
attached hereto as Attachment 1.)
If I had known of this policy and practice in 1969 I would never
have become involved with Scientology.
9. The public statement by Hubbard and the Scientology
organizations is that the purpose of auditing is to free
individuals. Yet the real use to which auditing is put is to
entrap and control individuals. Many of the people in
Scientology are Hubbard's unwitting dupes; they believe that, to
some degree at least, their participation in the covert and
illegal use of confidential auditing files has something to do
with freeing individuals. Hubbard's personal writings during
the period of his creation of Dianetics and Scientology, however,
reveal a completely different and very non-altruistic motivation.
In these writings, now under seal in the Court, Hubbard wrote
that he would control this sector of the Universe, that all men
will bow down to his will, and that he has the right to use
men's minds. There are approximately two hundred pages of such
writings presently under seal. These reveal Hubbard's intent to
control people, his utter disregard for individuals' rights and
his meglomania. The illegal use to which he and his organization
have put and do put penitents' statements, made in confidence,
fit with the pattern of Hubbard's life and his mental state as
shown in the sealed documents.
10. Hubbard's and Scientology's attorneys are knowing or
unknowing participants in the illegal use of "confidential"
penitents' files. Plaintiff's attorney, Karl Kohlweck, in
refusing to produce my "ethics" file stated:
". . . 'ethics' files of parishioners of the
Church of Scientology contain information
derived from confidential communications
between the parishioners and ministers of the
Church. Plaintiff Church of Scientology of
California asserts the priest-penitent
privilege with respect to the contents of such
files." (Response to Defendant's First Request
for Production of Documents attached hereto as
Besides being ludicrous--the "Church" asserting the privilege for
the penitent when the penitent himself is requesting the files--
it is a clear example of obstruction of justice and abuse of the
justice system. In my deposition of August 18, 1982, Mr.
Kohlweck asked a series of questions which began:
"Q Mr. Armstrong, isn't it a fact that
during December of 1977 there was dispatch
concerning you, that you were approved for
duty at the S. U. or Special Unit, provided you
were not ever to be on C.M.O. or Commodore
Staff Guardian lines nor at any time on G.O.
lines, Guardian's Office lines, or any
position senior to Messenger? Are you aware
of such a dispatch?" (Deposition of Gerald
Armstrong taken August 18, 1982, p.208,
attached hereto as Attachment 3.)
The " dispatch" Mr. Kohlweck appears to know in such detail I know
to be from my "ethics" file. From not only this instance, but
from a very long experience with Scientology, it is clear to me
that the priest-penitent privilege means nothing to Hubbard or
the Scientologists he controls, other than as a vehicle to
prevent the penitent from exerting his privilege, and at the same
time selectively using the information from the files not
relinquished to the penitent because they are "privileged." It
is the penitent's privilege; it most certainly is not the
organization's. It is just this sort of convoluted perversion of
the law and the individual's rights which has been Hubbard's
modus operandi for more than thirty years.
11. My attorney has written CSC, requesting delivery to me
of my " auditing" files and "ethics" files. The organization has
not even responded, yet they have claimed these files are
protected by the priest-penitent privilege.
Evidence Code Section 1033 states:
Privilege of Penitent: "Subject to Section 912, a
penitent, whether or not a party, has a privilege
to refuse to disclose, and to prevent another from
disclosing, a penitential communication if he
claims the privilege."
Section 912 deals with waiver of privilege.
I do not waive the privilege, and in fact insist upon it. The
only way I can exert the privilege and prevent CSC or Hubbard
from disclosing my "penitential communications" is to have the
"auditing" and "ethics" files, and all copies delivered to me.
Yet CSC and Hubbard refuse, claiming "priest-penitent" privilege,
which is my privilege, not theirs.
12. Hubbard has set the organization's policy regarding
"The law can be used very easily to harass,
and enough harassment on somebody who is
simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing
that he is not authorized, will generally be
sufficient to cause his professional decease.
If possible, of course, ruin him utterly."
(Level " 0" Checksheet by L. Ron Hubbard,
attached hereto as Attachment 4.)
It is very clear that the refusal to deliver to me my "auditing"
and " ethics" files, which have no possible legal use to Hubbard
or the organization, is simply harassment. Hubbard's directed
harassment of me has put me "on the thin edge" as he intended. I
am deeply disturbed by the abuses and harassment by Hubbard and
the people he controls and their desire to ruin me utterly.
I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is
true and correct.
Executed this 18th day of December 1983 at Costa Mesa,
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