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How did you find A.R.S.?

Arnie Lerma, 10 Sep 1998


From: Arnie Lerma
Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology
Subject: Re: How did you find A.R.S. ?
Date: 10 Sep 1998 07:45:06 -0700
Message-ID: <6t8oli$5me@edrn.newsguy.com>

Scientology consumed ten years of my life, 7 years in the sea organization. I got out at 27 years of age, and kept my head down, while Henning Heldt [I deal with him in LA] and others were sent to prison in US vs Mary Sue Hubbard et al...

For nearly 20 years I walked about carrying a tightly sealed gunny sack filled with Hubbardian dogma.

In 1994 I purchased a copy of the Internet Directory by Eric Braun ISBN 0-449-90898-4-2500

In it I found alt.religion.scientology with the descriptor "He's dead, Jim"

at alt.clearing.technology "renegades from the church of scientology"

I posted from my old aol account as soon as AOL opened up its internet gateway in the spring of 1994 ... as diconnectd@aol.com and then as patbroeker@aol.com ...

Joe Harrington remembered me from 25 years previously.

And I was stunned to get an email from him.

When I found that the incidents that happened to me in Scientology --

Being locked up in the basement of the Hollywood Inn ...

Being placed under house arrest at Ft Harrison, and given a choice of trying to consummate a marriage with Suzette Hubbard [we already had our blood tests and license to get married and were waiting the 24 or 48 hours mandated by Florida law] or safe passage out of Florida with all body parts intact ...

Rice and beans, $10 a week, etc.

-- were MILD compared to what had happened to David Mayo, Andre Tabayoyon, Gerry Armstrong --

I began soliciting and scanning and ocr'ing affidavits and court records.

Scientology was not pleased with this influx of information onto the net.

And in November 1994 sent two men in black to my door.

A story about this ran on Christmas Day 1994 in the Washington Post

http://www.lermanet.com/cos/lerma.html

1 year later, one of the documents I OCR'd and posted was the Fishman affidavit...

My home was raided and I was sued ... the lawsuit was amended to include The Washington Post for its article at:

http://www.lermanet.com/cos/wpost.html

My motion for reconsideration where I tell all about the raid is at

http://www.lermanet.com/cos/motion22.html

Pictures of the RAID are at lermanet.com/cos/raid.html

It's been a long road ...

Arnie Lerma
6045 N 26th Rd
Arlington VA 22207

Secrets are the mortar binding bricks as lies together into prisons for the mind.
I'd prefer to die speaking my mind than live fearing to speak.
The only thing that always works in scientology are its lawyers
The internet is the liberty tree of the '90s
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