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Earliest ⇓ Dec 30, 1996 Unamailer explains bombings — CNET
Dec 27, 1996 Letters / Net Scape — L.A. Weekly (California)
Dec 23, 1996 Bankrupt anti-cult group gets reprieve — Los Angeles Times (California) More:
link Dec 23, 1996 New Twist In Anti-Cult Saga: Foe Is Now Ally -- Bellevue Man Who Put Group Into Bankruptcy Fires Scientology Lawyer — Seattle Times
Dec 22, 1996 Scientologist's death / A family searches for answers — Tampa Tribune (Florida) More:
link Dec 22, 1996 Scientology and Germany: Falling back into the past — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Dec 21, 1996 Testimony / The Autobiography of Margery Wakefield (book)
Dec 21, 1996 Testimony / The Autobiography of Margery Wakefield (book): Chapter 11 - Offloaded
Dec 19, 1996 Group that once criticized Scientologists now owned by one — CNN
From Correspondent Dan Knapp
SAN FRANCISCO (CNN) – At one time, the Cult Awareness Network took as many as 16,000 telephone calls a year in an effort to help anxious families worried about sons or daughters involved with unconventional religions.
But last month, after 20 years of operation, the Cult Awareness Network closed its doors, forced into bankruptcy after losing a costly lawsuit to the church of Scientology.
Now the phones are ringing again – but this time there's a good ...
Dec 19, 1996 What's $2.995 Million Between Former Enemies? — Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times
In 1995, a jury awarded Jason Scott $5 million, ruling that his civil rights had been violated during an involuntary "deprogramming" by Rick Ross, a Phoenix resident and well-known cult expert. That judgment eventually forced Ross into bankruptcy court, put an anticult group out of business and made national news.
Last week, however, the case made a sudden and surprising about-face.
Scott and Ross reached a settlement that requires the deprogrammer to pay Scott not $3 million–his share of the judgment–but ...
Dec 15, 1996 Mystery surrounds Scientologist's death — Tampa Tribune (Florida) More: scientology-lies.com, rickross.com, link
Tampa Tribune (Florida)
CLEARWATER — After spending half her life as a member of the Church of Scientology, Lisa McPherson told friends she was ready to get out. At 36, she yearned to reunite with her mom and old friends and start a new life in Dallas. She hoped to visit them at Thanksgiving and vowed to be home for good by last Christmas. "She said she couldn't get into it over the phone but she said she had a lot to talk about," ...
Dec 13, 1996 Close to the machine / The DAT, the net and the dead — L.A. Weekly (California)
Dec 13, 1996 [Advertisement] When teachers become "unfit" / Germany — New York Times
Dec 6, 1996 [Advertisement] Practicing artistic discrimination / Germany — New York Times
Dec 1, 1996 It's a hostile takeover of a nonprofit — Seattle Times
BARRINGTON, Ill. - Hostile takeovers are nothing new in the corporate world, but what happened to the Cult Awareness Network (CAN) is an exceptional tale of the hostile takeover of a nonprofit organization. The anti-cult advocacy group is being dismembered and absorbed by its adversaries, who attorneys say have deftly outmaneuvered CAN in the courts. CAN's fate highlights the crippled state of what was once a prominent movement that for years kept America's unorthodox religious groups on the defensive. The modern ...
Dec 1, 1996 Scientologist Buys Bankrupt Cult-Fighting Organization — Seattle Times
BARRINGTON, Ill. - For 20 years, the Cult Awareness Network ran the nation's best-known hotline for parents who grew distraught when unconventional religious groups they neither trusted nor understood suddenly won the allegiance of their children. From its offices in a Chicago suburb, the network (known as CAN) answered more than 350 telephone inquiries a week, counseled relatives at conferences attended by thousands and gave news interviews to everyone from small-town daily newspapers to "Nightline." As CAN's influence rose, so did ...
Nov 29, 1996 [Advertisement] Subverting education with "enlightenment" / Germany — New York Times
Nov 28, 1996 The Big Story: The S-Files — ITV More: transcript, partial transcript
Title "The S Files" [S as in Scientology Logo] [Presenter Dermot Murnaghan (DM henceforth) no relation to any other DM] Tonight we're going to expose serious financial crime in one of the Scientology cult's most successful operations in Britain. We show how they cooked the books, made false statements to obtain bank loans, and changed invoices to fiddle their VAT. [Extract from "Trust" ad] This advert for the Church of Scientology was recently shown on cable TV. It was a major ...
Nov 23, 1996 French Scientologist sentenced after church member's suicide — New York Times
Craig R. Whitney
New York Times
The founder and former head of the Church of Scientology in Lyons was convicted of fraud and involuntary homicide today in the death of a church member who committed suicide after going heavily into debt to pay the sect for counseling sessions.
A French tribunal sentenced the defendant, Jean-Jacques Mazier, to serve 18 months in prison, with an additional 18 months suspended, and fined him $100,000.
The eight-day trial, in the first week of October, also examined charges of fraud, attempted ...
Nov 22, 1996 [Advertisement] Practicing religious persecution / Germany — New York Times
Nov 17, 1996 Landmark Riverside building could become community asset — Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California) More: link
Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California)
The onetime building of the Riverside Young Men's Christian Association, a Cultural Heritage Landmark designated as Italian Renaissance in style, is trying to develop an active community status. It faces University Avenue at Lemon Street. It has an auditorium, which combines earlier smaller rooms, available for conventions and other meetings. Its newest portion, the gymnasium built in 1951, has been decorated with murals designed by artist Sam Huang. Among its uses are programs called quincineras, a coming-of-age celebration for Hispanic girls. ...
Nov 15, 1996 [Advertisement] Practicing economic ostracism / Germany — New York Times
Nov 8, 1996 [Advertisement] Practicing hate propaganda / Germany — New York Times
Nov 6, 1996 Piracy campaign revamped — CNET
Nov 3, 1996 The evil web of the cults — Sunday Mail (UK)
Sunday Mail (UK)
One of the Church's most powerful groups is waging a holy war on the evil tide of brainwashing religious cults sweeping Scotland. Woman's Guild bosses are to hold a special summit aimed at stamping out the growing menace of the fanatics. Today, we reveal how many young Scots have fallen under the spell of these maniacs. The Guild plans two days of talks at Carberry Tower, near Edinburgh. Experts, victims and religious leaders from all Churches will debate the menace of ...
Nov 1, 1996 Time magazine to settle Church of Scientology suit — Orlando Sentinel
NEW YORK — Time magazine has agreed to settle a lawsuit by a member of the Church of Scientology who accused the magazine of libeling him in a 1991 article about the controversial church's activities. Under the settlement reached this week, the magazine agreed to publish a statement in next week's issue indicating it did not intend to suggest that Michael Baybak, the church member who brought the suit, had violated any law or regulation.
Nov 1, 1996 [Advertisement] Practicing social ostracism // Germany — New York Times
Oct 25, 1996 [Advertisement] Inciting religious paranoia // Germany — New York Times
Oct 21, 1996 Letter to the editor — Courier Mail (Australia)
Oct 17, 1996 The following is the text of the ad placed by the Scientologists in The New York Times — CNN
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