GA letter to Mark Rathbun about the IRS deal, Monique Yingling and villainy (June 8, 2015)

8 June 2015

Dear Mark:

As you well know, I have beseeched you fairly determinedly for several years to step up and tell what you know from your time in the Sea Org about fair gaming me, and people close to me, particularly Michael Flynn. Where your actions and information are extremely important is in the matter of what was done that violated public policy to obtain Scientology’s IRS tax exemption. This undeserved exemption has allowed the Scientologists to further violate public policy, and good people’s rights, with virtual impunity.

As you know, I have shown over and over that your failure to tell the truth about fair game actions against me and others and the false statements in the submissions to the IRS serves David Miscavige’s antisocial purposes, to the detriment of good people everywhere. If you are for real, and not a covert agent for Miscavige, which is not beyond the Scientologists’ desires or capability, then your failure to tell the truth about fair gaming me and others and about the IRS deal is also to your detriment, and your wife’s detriment.

Alex Gibney has taken up the call to get the IRS to revoke the Scientologists’ undeserved tax exemption, and I am grateful for what he is doing. He did not, however, really address the public policy violations, in which you participated to get the tax exemption, and I wrote to him, as you also know, to urge you to address and tell the truth about this issue. I have now posted that letter:

I have read the attacks on Gibney, on his Going Clear documentary, and on his sources, by the Scientologists and Scientology’s lawyers — Monique Yingling, Eric Lieberman and William Walsh – all of whom participated in the public policy violations that netted the undeserved 1993 tax exemption.

Eerily reminiscent of your years of black PR on me, that in the SO I was but a clerk and drove a car, Yingling writes about you in her February 27, 2015 letter to HBO’s attorney Jay Ward Brown:

Gibney’s crediting his sleazy source, Marty Rathbun, with a major role in the negotiations with the IRS is misplaced: I personally attended every one of the dozens of meetings; Rathbun was little more than a bag carrier, and a poor one at that.

In your interview in 2009 with the Tampa Bay Times, you said that you were tasked with implementing strategies to try to overwhelm the IRS and “very much involved in coordinating and coming up with strategies and then executing a lot of that between the late ’80s and the early ’90s” to obtain tax exemption. You said that you and primarily Miscavige “were literally commuting to Washington D.C. almost every week,” you would “see the IRS, present the answers to [the IRS’s] set of questions, get another set of questions, go back to L.A., get the information together [ ] for two years.”

In Going Clear, you say about the actions to obtain the tax exemption:

Being Miscavige’s right hand man, I was in charge of all those efforts. We were not only suing them in every possible jurisdiction there was. We were investigating the IRS for crimes generally, or things that would offend the public.

I am accepting that your duties and actions were not just being Yingling or Miscavige’s bag carrier, and that she is lying. I know she lies about other things concerning the 1993 IRS, and I assume that, although she does not use my name, she is lying about me when she writes in the same February 27 letter:

An IRS criminal agent was caught on tape conspiring with apostate Scientologists to use the powers of the IRS to help them plant false documents in the Church to overthrow legitimate Church management.

You are very familiar with such lies and black PR about me, because for years you manufactured and disseminated them and made others disseminate them. You included similar or slightly differently twisted black PR and lies about me in the answers to the IRS’s questions that you carried to Washington on your weekly trips from LA.

For more than twenty years while inside the cult, you hated me and sought to destroy me. You made others hate and seek to destroy me, and spent millions of dollars of Scientologists’ money on attorneys, PIs and programs to destroy me. You did all this evil for no legitimate reason. You invented reasons, and made others accept your reasons. Clearly you carried that hatred and desire to destroy me with you when you supposedly left the cult. You carried that hatred and evil purpose into your Memoirs of a Scientology Warrior, and past the point when you claimed you had jettisoned your allegiance to L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology.

You can go right on hating me as irrationally and baselessly as you want, and I can do nothing about it. Obviously you hate my appeals to your reason, humanity or conscience. But your refusal to tell the truth about fair gaming me and others, and your refusal to tell the truth about the crimes you committed and the lies you told to obtain undeserved tax exemption for the Scientology cult prejudices and hurts many people beyond me. A reading of the attacks on Gibney by the Scientologists and their attorneys shows that you are prejudicing and hurting him as well, if he is for real.

Suing the IRS, even 2400 lawsuits, is not unlawful. Investigating the IRS for their crimes is not unlawful. Even vilifying or black PRing IRS agents is not unlawful. But framing Michael Flynn was unlawful, and framing me was unlawful. Lying in your submissions to the IRS was unlawful. The IRS’s requiring these lies, which IRS and DOJ officials knew were lies, in your submissions to justify granting tax exemption to have the lawsuits end and to have the Scientologists’ investigating and vilifying of US officials end, was unlawful. It was also cowardly and disgraceful. Actual crimes against wogs and against society are what you have not talked about, which is also cowardly and disgraceful.

Accepting the possibility that you are not simply executing Miscavige’s orders or command intention, and it is a psychological issue that prevents you from correcting the evils you perpetrated against me and others, which you could correct by communicating with me and telling the truth, consider taking to heart this message about true contrition by George Simon, PhD.

As you know, I have defended myself over the years by telling the truth, including telling it publicly. In fact, my telling the truth is the real reason you and your fellow Scientologists have hated me and sought to destroy me for decades. People telling the truth, of course, is an illegitimate reason for hating and destroying them. People telling the truth motivates criminals to hate and seek to destroy them. Telling the truth is what defines a Suppressive Person to Scientologists.

I will hold off on posting this publicly for the moment to give you another golden opportunity — to do what Simon says, not shed a tear, not mouth words, but make amends, repair the damage inflicted on the lives of others, initiate a plan of action to accomplish these ends, start to do things differently. Maybe your prideful ego will be literally crushed and torn asunder by the weight of your guilt and shame. So be it. That’s a blessing from God that not every irresponsible person accepts, or even understands. You owe it to everyone, including yourself.


Gerry Armstrong

GA letter to Mark Rathbun: Help on Black PR (August 18, 2009)

Dear Mark:

I’m writing to you about black PR as a key Scientology scriptural policy and practice because of my earlier requests to you to help correct and end the black PR on me that for many years you had helped generate and disseminate.

The following is an excerpt from HCOPL 11 May 1971 “Black PR,” which I used to support my paper “Scientology, the Dangerous Environment Racket.” (Note # 52)

About the most involved employment of PR is its covert use in destroying the repute of individuals and groups.

More correctly this is technically called BLACK PROPAGANDA.

Basically it is an intelligence technique.


Black propaganda is, in its technical accuracy, a covert operation where unknown authors publicly effect a derogatory reaction and then remain unknown.


The ability of the public to stand around and look stupidly at a dripping-handed murderer without doing a thing about it is a symptom of our civilization. They ought to act. They don’t. You can form an opinion amongst them but governing bodies won’t consult it.

Exposure is not an effective road to action. It can be to opinion. It is slow.

Then what is effective?


By definition intelligence is covert. Under cover. If it is kept so all the way, it is effective.

When intelligence surfaces, it becomes very ineffective.


Exposure is the basic threat of intelligence.

PR is the willful broadcast of information.

The two don’t mix well.


Possibly used since the morning pale of history, black propaganda was developed by the British and German services in World War I into a fine art.

The word “propaganda” means putting out slanted information to populations.

One propagandizes the enemy population or one’s own or neutrals.

In popular interpretation it is a parade of lies or half-truths or exaggerations.

PR and advertising technology and mass news media are employed as well as word of mouth and posters.

The trouble with it is that it can often be disproven, discrediting the utterers of it.

It may serve the moment but after a war it leaves a very bad taste.

If one is engaging on a campaign of this nature, its success depends on sticking to the truth and being able to document it.


So black propaganda is not a certain-result technology. It is costly. It makes fantastic trouble.

Essentially it is NOT a PR campaign. It is a cross between PR and intelligence.

The technique is

A hidden source injects lies and derogatory data into public view.

Since it is a hidden source, it requires an intelligence approach to successfully end it.

In the meanwhile the “dead agent caper” is the best tool to counter it.

Legal action can restrain such a campaign but is chancy unless one knows the source or at least has counterdocuments. It is risky solely because “law” is unpredictable. However, legal action has a definite role in restraining, not in ending, such a campaign.

A good policy when faced with a black propaganda campaign is to defend as best you can (dead agent and legal restraints) while you find out (intelligence) WHO is doing it. Then, confrontation can occur. Finding and suing false whos can make things much more involved.

Black propaganda countercampaigns are inevitable. One engages upon them whether he would or not. These are engaged on while one narrows down the area to an exact WHO. For instance, one knows the whatsits are attacking one. Thus he can counterattack the whatsits. But what are the whatsits exactly, and to whom are they connected, and exactly WHO (an individual always) is keeping it going? These last three have to be answered eventually. And that requires an intelligence-type search.


So there is where intelligence and PR cross.

When PR goes into black propaganda (hidden source using lies and defamation to destroy) it has crossed intelligence with publicity. They don’t mix well.

The action is risky to engage upon as it may run into an ex-intelligence officer or trained intelligence personnel. It may also run into a dead agent caper or legal restraint. Anyone engaging in black propaganda is either using a wrong way to right a wrong or confessing he can’t make it in open competition.

The “dead agent caper” has been going on probably as long as there have been lies that could be disproved, somewhere around the start of recorded history. Hubbard then didn’t discover dead agenting, any more than Sun Tzu discovered it. It’s wog tech, which Hubbard certainly makes scriptural and mandatory, and consequently Scientology tech, or to be correct, Scientology admin tech.

Black PR is more than a lie, being a tech and a program or campaign in which lies can be used. The statement that Scientology and Scientologists truly believed I was psychotic (uniquely among all other victim claimants) is a lie in the black PR package to the IRS, which was one operation in the 27+ year, and ever expanding, black PR campaign against me.

This particular black PR is particularly unconscionable and cruel because Scientology and Scientologists were at that very time seeking to deny me the right, and consequently the opportunity, to correct any lie or black PR about me anywhere, including with the IRS. This black PR was kept secret from me, even when over several years of litigation Scientology should have, by law and court order, produced it to me in discovery. Scientology and Scientologists and their attorneys effected the derogatory reaction they sought: the IRS accepted their black PR, didn’t even bother to check the facts, got rid of the Service’s personnel who knew the cult and cultists were lying about me and other victims, and granted the cult tax exemption.

Scientologists, virtually universally, would deny that Hubbard made black PR scriptural, and would insist that they and their religion only DA the black PR that is spread about them. Yet Hubbard clearly used Scientology scripture to black PR his imagined enemies – critics, journalists, psychiatrists, SPs, etc. – and even to black PR the whole human race. That Hubbard black PRed these groups and individuals in scripture and in his orders relating to them, is beyond dispute, as is his reason: to keep his underlings keeping his Scientology working. His black PR locked in his malignant narcissism. He didn’t withhold his malignity from Scientologists, of course, black PRing them all the way from raw meat to ethics bait to robots to PTSes to clay pigeons to squirrels to Type 3’s to DBs to SPs.

Hubbard actually green lights, and arguably compels black PR campaigns as Scientology tech when he says they’re inevitable and will be engaged upon whether Scientologists would or not. In HCO PL 16 February 1969 “Battle Tactics” he orders that Scientologists are to “degrade the image of the enemy to beast level,” which is the most beastly statement and goal imaginable for any organization’s black PR tech.

The “enemy” Hubbard wants black PRed are actually good, conscienceful human beings who dare to stand up to his and his troops lying, bullying and fair gaming.

When I was faced with Scientology’s and Scientologists’ black propaganda over many years, including, vitally, to the IRS, my policy has been to defend as best I could, by dead agenting Scientology’s and Scientologists’ lies, while I found out WHO was doing it. To DA their lie that I’m psychotic, I’ve, of course, had to speak and write a great deal in order to leave absolutely no doubt as to who’s lying. I’ve also, naturally, had to violate the Marin Superior Court injunction in which virtually every Scientologist is a beneficiary. That hasn’t been an ethical problem for me, despite Scientology’s and Scientologists’ threats and efforts to enforce the injunction, because its prohibitions that I violate are unlawful.

Since I first discovered it, I’ve had a pretty good idea of WHO originated the black PR to the IRS. It was clear that Miscavige was ultimately behind it, because he’s ultimately behind all Scientology black PR, all its fair game and all its crimes. But your admission to the SP Times that YOU and Miscavige prepared Scientology’s answers to the IRS’s questions, which answers contained the black PR on me, was a bolt of intel from the blue. As Hubbard wrote in “Black PR,” now confrontation can occur.

An article “Inside Scientology Compilations” on also says that as Inspector General for Ethics you were responsible for authorizing “OSA submissions,” which would have included the reissuance of “Battle Tactics.” That reissuance, of course, necessarily entailed the reapproval of beastifying and obliterating the good people who comprise Scientology’s victims.

You would also have been Issue Authority for the 1991 OSA Investigations Officer Checksheet, which includes “Battle Tactics” as a starrate item, plus this demo:

DEMO: 5 examples of the following stable datum:

“We must ourselves fight on the basis of total attrition of the enemy. So never get reasonable about him. Just go all the way in and obliterate him.”

I haven’t seen the OSA Black PR Officer Checksheet, but I imagine they cross a lot despite not mixing well.

Having been a black PR manager and agent for many years for Miscavige and Scientology, you are very aware that in addition to what damage it does by itself, black PR is also used to justify all the other forms of fair game. Hubbard ordered that SPs’ images be degraded to beast level, so that fair gaming them, in fact obliterating them, became laudatory. That’s his infamous double curve tech, which is mandated in Scientology scripture. He never says, “Don’t double curve…” If you and the other “Loyalist” think-tankers deposed Miscavige and installed another leader and regime, would you retain Hubbard’s double curve policy and practice? Or would you confront the subject’s and organization’s evils that Hubbard used double curving to avoid confronting?

It is apparent to me that for you the black PR on me that you have originated, received or forwarded justifies your refusal to correct the lies or to help me end the injustices and other fair game that Scientology and Scientologists have perpetrated and continue to perpetrate against me. I don’t think you’d say to your posse or associates that you don’t help me because you’re afraid. Pretty well everyone’s afraid. I’m afraid that you, or Miscavige, or some Scientologist or Scientology op, agent, cutout or Marcabian candidate, will act to have me killed. I still send this letter, however, because, in this matter, I’m not a coward, nor am I paranoid. I don’t think you’d tell anyone who dared engage you on the Gerry Armstrong matter that you don’t do anything because you’re a coward. It would have to be because I’m such a bad person, I’m so evil, I’m such an SP, I’m so prolix, I’m such a Hubbard hater, I’m so truly psychotic, etc.

Yet the black PR on me in reality is useless. It wouldn’t matter if I was, as Scientologists from DM down, or up, postulate, the most evil person on the planet, you still cannot lawfully prevent me from talking about Hubbard, Scientology and Scientologists. It demonstrates the subject’s and organization’s sociopathy and its manufacture of sociopathy, plus demonstrates its failure. You Scientologists inside and outside of the cult have had 27+ years to DA me, to disprove what, also throughout that time, I was saying. You failed. You carried out a global black PR campaign against me, and did your dedicated OT best to degrade my image to beast level and get others to degrade my image to beast level. That campaign has not ended, although so far it too, like your DA efforts, has failed.

Now is the time to accept failure so we can all move on. Don’t buy or pretend to buy Scientology’s black PR that I need to get a life. I have one. I just don’t need eight million, or fifty thousand or even one Scientologist applying the SP doctrine to me, when it’s so clear that in the Scientology v. Armstrong war all of that application has only yielded loss, threat of loss, and terribly bad PR. Yes, I know that you got some court orders against me and unconscionable money judgments, you’ve been able to print black PR on tons of paper and send it around the world, and you’ve been able to keep threatening and posturing. But these are just Scientology and Scientologists committing more crimes for which they can also lose, and in the war of truths have already lost.

Everybody knows Scientology and Scientologists do what bullies do. When they lose, they always act the part of poor losers. They’re always hoping that one more piece of black PR believed by one more fooled person about the guy who successfully stood up to them will make their losing disappear. And it’s true; for a second it can seem to work. If black PR is dragged through time to keep it working, of course, it becomes sociopathy.

Poor losers also hope and pray for something evil to befall the person who stood up to them, which, in their minds, in many instances, is all it takes to win against them. That is why, since Scientologists universally sense that more black PR won’t work, 27+ years of black PR having failed (except notably with the IRS, of course), and since they refuse to dump poor loser tech, the threat of assassination has never been higher. There are some awfully gargantuan illusions on the line here. It would be beneficial to Scientologists and to their wog targets that they be taught and learn to be something different from poor losers, especially with all the losing they’re facing in their future..

Accepting that people’s evilness can be quantified, you cannot lawfully in the US silence someone about his religious beliefs about a religion if he was the most evil person on the planet. The evil I do, of course is to criticize the evil that falsely declares me and my class evil. I have long since proven that I am not evil. All the black PR Scientology and Scientologists and all their attorneys, agents and volunteers can mock up and spread around will never change this truth. Their black PR needs to be dealt with conscientiously, not as poor losers.

Hubbard and his underlings, and Miscavige and his underlings, and pretty well anyone who engaged upon these years of black PR actions against me, knew the risk, but weren’t allowed to acknowledge Hubbard’s warning. Even he didn’t heed his own warning. You all ran into an ex-intelligence officer that you knew was ex-intel from your own organization. Your black PR campaign ran into 27+ years of my DA capers, and is still running into them. This letter helps DA black PR on me. I’ve also actually restrained Scientology and Scientologists legally, even though, as I said, you’ve “won” an unlawful judgment, injunction and contempt orders against me. Scientology and Scientologists have been restrained into “Ignore Tech,” also known as “Ostrich Tech” or “Not-Is Tech,” which Hubbard never would have permitted.

He wasn’t lying, by the way, when he stated that anyone engaging in black propaganda is either using a wrong way to right a wrong or confessing he can’t make it in open competition. Hubbard and Scientology and Scientologists have never engaged in their black PR campaigns on me to wrongly right any real wrong. Therefore Scientology and Scientologists all confess that they can’t make it in open competition. If they would take that one Hubbard datum to heart it would be a very good start. Scientologists must teach and learn something different from poor loserism, and if it can’t be applied in Scientology they should become wogs.

It is clear that you don’t do anything about the black PR you manufactured on me because you are still invested in obtaining the result it brings, including the result achieved with the IRS. I think it would be good to honestly review your investment in Hubbard, in Scientology and in the results of your application of Scientology to SPs like me. In fact I think if any Scientologist and anyone else involved in the Scientology conflict would honestly review their investments in the same things, a great good could now occur.

GA letter to Mark Rathbun Re Black PR to the IRS (August 14, 2009)

Dear Mark:

I’m writing you politely to request your help to correct the black PR on me included in Scientology’s submissions or other statements to the IRS. The IRS’s grant of tax exemption to Scientology and its separate pieces is based in clear part on that black PR.

The specific black PR on me that I’m asking for your help with is contained in a set of Scientology’s answers to the IRS’s questions in the period before it granted tax exemption. In your video with the SP Times, you confirmed your involvement in events with the IRS before these answers were prepared and in writing and presenting the answers:

Rathbun: […] I mean we were literally commuting to Washington D.C. almost every week. It was Monday, or Sunday out to D.C., see the IRS, present the answers to their, their set of questions, get another set of questions, go back to L.A., get the information together, get the, you know, some would entail audits of certain units, or this sort of thing, you know, you have to account for different things, [Scratching left ear] in, in operations, in finances, and that sort of thing. Boom! Next Sunday, back on a plane, back to D.C., another meeting with– That went on for two years.

Reporter: And this process is, is it, is it you and Mr. Miscavige primarily?

Rathbun. Primarily.

(A transcript of the IRS part of your interview on the SP Times site is about 2/3 down the first page of the thread.)

Why I’ve said some of what I’ve said in my communications to you so far has been because of the need for other people to understand where we’re coming from. You know all about the black PR on me that you and Miscavige submitted to the IRS, and all about all the other black PR and all the fair game attacks on me, but other people won’t necessarily know. Other people will undoubtedly see this letter because I’ll also post it publicly, and I’ll make it public and available to everyone for optimum transparency and to make the best possible record. Otherwise, thinking courteously of course, people might get the mistaken idea that I didn’t send it. I just believe it’s most considerate to eliminate such a possibility and excuse as early as sensible. So, please understand why I am, as considerately as possible, stating facts that in most instances you already know.

I actually left the US in 1997 when I discovered online part of this black PR in sections of Scientology’s answers on someone’s web site. I’ve provided the facts concerning these events in a number of sworn declarations, documents filed in Scientology’s legal proceedings against me, and in many public statements. This is from a 2006 declaration I wrote to support Keith Henson in his defense against the cult:

6. In January 1997, while living in San Anselmo, California, I obtained an Internet account and discovered for the first time a section of Scientology’s IRS Form 1023 responses that included several pages of Black Propaganda on me. Scientology had obtained its tax exemption, and consequently “full religious status,” in October 1993 on the basis of this 1023 submission. “Black Propaganda” or “Black PR” is Hubbard’s and Scientology’s term for the organization’s practice of covertly and overtly, widely and relentlessly, defaming and defiling their targets to destroy their reputations, credibility, relationships, livelihoods and lives. Black PR is a key channel in the Fair Game campaigns Scientology wages against SPs such as Caroline, Mr. Henson and me. The Black PR Scientology and its agents have generated and used against Mr. Henson over the past decade is in fact a confirmation of his classification as an SP. Scientology only Black PRs or otherwise Fair Games people whom organization leaders identify as SPs.

7. Scientology is a “religion” and its Suppressive Person doctrine, Fair Game and Black PR policies and practices are laid down in “religious scripture.” SPs comprise a religious class, established by the religious dogma and religious hierarchy of the Scientology religion, and are portrayed and viewed within the SP doctrine as roughly equivalent to “demons,” “devils” or “bogeymen” in some other religions. Hubbard and Scientology teach that SPs comprise two and a half percent of the planetary population and are totally evil, totally destructive, totally criminal and totally insane. Hubbard and Scientology teach that SPs are the cause of all illness, accidents and bad conditions and should be given no civil rights. Hubbard and Scientology impute to SPs the characteristics given in psychiatric texts for “antisocial personality disorder” or “sociopathy,” and in fact Scientology scripture also refers to SPs as “Antisocial Personalities.”

8. Hubbard and Scientology teach that Scientologists will lose all their “gains;” which are the “wins,” abilities or awarenesses the Scientologists had “gained” by doing Scientology; just by being connected to a Suppressive Person. Hubbard and Scientology also teach that SPs are unsalvageable, cannot be reasoned with, and may not be listened to. These teachings justify an organization-wide practice called “Disconnection” that prohibits Scientologists from communicating with or even “granting credence” to SPs, on penalty of the Scientologists themselves being declared SPs. The only Scientologists or organization agents that the leaders permit to have any contact with SPs are those persons whose specific duties are to Fair Game the SPs. Disconnection justifies and mandates even the breaking up of families if Scientology’s leaders declare a family member an SP.

9. In truth, what makes an individual an SP and Fair Game is standing up to Scientology by communicating about its evil, dangerous and religious doctrines, policies and practices, such as Suppressive Person, Fair Game, Black PR and Disconnection, and its organized deprivation of property and rights, lies, trickery, barratry, injury and destruction. In 2001, when Caroline communicated some of her criticisms of certain Scientology doctrines, policies and practices, organization leaders made her daughter Ann disconnect from her, and Caroline has not heard from Ann since. To be an SP and Fair Game, a person must have knowledge of Scientology’s doctrines, policies and practices, must have the calling, ability, courage or other qualities necessary to communicate these things, and must stand up and communicate. The only response that Scientology scriptures permit, and what has been Scientology’s practice throughout its history, when confronted with criticism of its doctrines, policies and practices, is to attack the SPs communicating. Many people with the requisite knowledge are afraid to stand up to Scientology and Fair Game, and some people who are perhaps not afraid have little knowledge and no desire or calling to acquire more knowledge to communicate. Mr. Henson has stood up to Scientology and communicated his criticism of its doctrines, policies and practices for many years, and he has continued to acquire more knowledge of these things. Scientology has forced the SPs, such as Caroline, Mr. Henson and me, to find out ever more about this religion and to communicate that knowledge ever more widely and effectively to everyone reachable and teachable with it. The only safe place to head for is everyone understanding and communicating freely about Scientology’s antisocial doctrines, policies and practices so that there will be too many SPs for Scientology to ever Fair Game or destroy us all.

10. Following Scientology founder Hubbard’s death in 1986, enforcement of the SP doctrine, the identification of SPs to target, and Fair Game activities against SPs, have been directed by David Miscavige. Mr. Miscavige exercises control over the whole Scientology enterprise as head or “Captain” of the Sea Organization, or “SO,” Scientology’s pseudo-military core “elite;” and as head or “Chairman of the Board” of the corporation Religious Technology Center (“RTC”), which claims to own the Scientology trademarks and service marks and to control Hubbard and Scientology copyrights. RTC operates as Scientology’s religious police, and Mr. Miscavige is its “ecclesiastical head,” enforcing the orthodoxy and exact application of Scientology scriptures such as the Suppressive Person doctrine, Fair Game, Black PR and Disconnection.

11. The Black PR on me in Scientology’s submission to the IRS that, as mentioned above, I discovered in January 1997, was particularly alarming because, even by Scientology’s admission, there was a billion dollar tax liability or windfall involved; because the organization had withheld this material from me in the cases it was then prosecuting against me in Marin County Superior Court; because I had already been Fair Game for fifteen years, including being physically assaulted and threatened with assassination; and because the IRS had accepted this Black PR and granted the global Scientology enterprise tax exemption. I almost immediately decided to leave California and to move to Canada, where I had grown up, where I am a citizen, and where I believed I would be able to speak out to correct Scientology’s Black PR on me and to defend against Fair Game’s other forms.

Please let me very politely tell you, Mark, that this black PR on me, which was submitted to who knows how many US Federal Government agencies and personnel, during a time when you all were trying to silence me, judicially and otherwise, so that I could never respond to your black PR, was shocking and life-altering. If Miscavige, you and Scientology’s signing-off lawyers would do that to me to obtain Scientology’s undeserved tax exemption unlawfully, what would you all do to me to make your black PR be “true,” or to protect the unlawful tax exemption you’d black PRed me to get? Anything. Would you now do anything to correct the wrong done?

It is shocking and life-altering to have a cult full of people led by, and executing the command intention of, a clear, violent sociopath, who want me obliterated. Some wogs said that you probably don’t help people like me that you’ve helped victimize for decades unless they’re extremely polite to you, which is why I’m being perhaps overly polite. If I am being overly polite, please accept my apologies in advance.

The black PR on me in Scientology’s answers to the IRS that I discovered while living in California is included in these excerpts:

These are items on my “Scientology Lies To the IRS” page on my site:

A few years later, someone sent me more materials Scientology filed with the IRS that contained even more black PR on me, including this statement:

Our consistent view has been that the civil litigants are solely motivated by greed. The exception is Armstrong who we truly believe to be psychotic.

Scientology agents have repeated this black PR attack line on me around the world endlessly and have done nothing to correct it. If no Scientologists can assimilate the data needed to know that I am not psychotic, when so much is easily available, you prove that Scientology makes you universally hopelessly ignorant. If Scientologists, from Miscavige on down, or up, have all the data needed and know that I am not psychotic, yet disseminate the black PR that I’m psychotic, and treat me as a psychotic to make the black PR “real,” you prove that Scientology makes you universally criminal.

I do understand, just so you understand, that there is a third possibility, which is that Scientology (being a Scientologist and applying Scientology) makes Scientologists both woefully ignorant and criminal. This seems, however, unlikely, because pretended ignorance is so prevalent in Scientologists it is a virtually universal condition. If Scientologists were honestly ignorant of all the things they say or imply they’re ignorant of when they’re Scientologists – such as, and clearly importantly, Gerry Armstrong isn’t psychotic –  they wouldn’t, when they become wogs, suddenly lose that ignorance.Yet universally, wogs, and even those who had recently been utterly indoctrinated or completely devoted Scientologists, when given the same evidence as is available to the Scientologists, say that I’m something different from psychotic.

It is true that there is a set of wogs who are motivated, some even paid, to execute Scientology cult head Miscavige’s command intention to have me black PRed as psychotic. Certainly Scientology’s attorneys in the campaign to get tax exemption fit into that set. The vast majority of earth’s 6.7 billion wogs, however, when they become aware of my communications and documented history, which all Scientologists have freely available to them, recognize the clear and simple truth that I am not psychotic. The only reasonable conclusion then is that Scientologists also universally know that I am not psychotic but they universally lie because Scientology (being a Scientologist and applying Scientology) makes them criminal.

In addition to Scientologists’ willful dissemination of the black PR on me that I’m psychotic, their responses and non-responses to my many requests to correct this black PR also supports the conclusion that Scientology is a philosophy that when applied makes its appliers dishonest, unethical and criminal. Happily, since Scientologists know they’re lying and are only pretending to be ignorant to tell those lies, it’s very easy for them to become honest, ethical and uncriminal. Just tell the truth. If it’s necessary for Scientologists to become wogs in order to tell the truth, the Scientologists should be grateful they have such an opportunity. With all due respect, and unbridled solicitousness, may I suggest that you give it a try.

Given your collaboration in black PRing me to the IRS as psychotic, and undoubtedly your involvement in the dissemination of the same psychotic black PR to other government agencies, governments or individuals, I know that most people would see great irony in official cult spokesperson Tommy Davis’ rant that the SP Times recorded.

And the thing that is so SICK about this is is that Marty KNOWS we can’t talk about them. And he knows we won’t. But they get, they cut right to the core of exactly why he was UNCEREMONIOUSLY removed.

Because let me tell you I’ve dealt with THAT GUY. And when you, when you talk to him again, you tell him that Tommy Davis said he is an outright coward. And that he made him out, himself out like a tough guy and he’s a bastard and a coward. And a PSYCHOTIC. PSYCHOTIC! That he would do this to his friends? The people that he worked with?

Joe, look at me when I’m talking to you!

The people that he worked with? Like US? His friends? Who trusted him? Who thought that he had our backs? In the clutches? When people were trying to destroy us? And he does THIS?

He has no credibility. He’s a bad man and he’s PSYCHOTIC. And you make sure that you tell him that I said that he’s PSYCHOTIC. Because he is. Only a PSYCHOTIC would do what he’s doing.

I realize that you could say that because Scientology’s PR is so terrible, having its spokespersons call you psychotic is an honor. You could even say that because Scientology’s PR was just as abysmal in the early 1990’s, I should be honored by your black PRing me as psychotic. But that’s like saying the Jews should be honored that it was Nazis who black PRed them as vermin, or even honored that it was Nazis who rounded them up and fair gamed them to death.

Scientologists’ organized black PRing of good people isn’t just to make them feel it’s an honor or fun because it’s coming from a cult and its cultists with terrible reputations. It’s to do as much evil as the Scientologists can get away with, including inciting other Scientologists to hate, fair game and even obliterate these people. These people, of course, that Scientology has Scientologists black PR are, of course, already Scientology’s victims. Remember too, that it is Scientologists who publicly and officially proclaim that they have the best, in fact only workable mental science. They claim that they have the tech to identify, and to cure, psychosis. I would kindly point out that you’re still doing that.

I’m not. When I read the black PR in 1997, Scientology’s reputation with me, by which I mean my understanding of its nature, intentions, personnel and actions, was virtually the same as it is now. Hubbard’s reputation with me was essentially identical in 1997 to what it is now. I’ve continue to study Hubbard’s, Scientology’s and Scientologists’ writings and other materials and expanded my understanding of their natures, intentions, actions, etc., but I’d say they’ve had terrible reputations with me since the early 1980’s. And they should have had from the first day I read about them in 1969. But, God even uses ignorance to teach people, although I don’t think that pretended ignorance could be His, because it’s, of course, a lie.

In any case, it’s Scientology’s Suppressive Person doctrine, not Miscavige, that ensures the cult or religion will always enjoy a terrible reputation. The apparent increasing terribleness of Scientology’s and Hubbard’s reputations parallels the increasing number of wogs who are becoming conscious of this evil and stupid doctrine. Yet Scientologists cling to it like it’s their only hope. If you bumped DM off his post, Scientology’s terrible reputation will only continue to spread, and Hubbard’s terrible reputation will as well. The SP doctrine has to be confronted and rejected, and that can only be done by communicating honestly about it. And that, apparently, can only be done by becoming a wog. I would be very happy to help you, having been a successful wog for over 27 years, and also knowing the doctrine inside and out.

Immediately, and regardless of your becoming a wog or not, however, I’m asking most politely for your help to correct the black PR on me, which you know to be black PR in Scientology’s submissions to the IRS. That can be started, as a Scientologist who knows what evidence, facts and black PR are, although I’d admit that you could be even more honest and consequently more helpful as a wog. If you don’t know what to do, please contact me and I’ll tell you. If you do know what to do, then there’s the matter of you doing it, and I would remind you courteously that you haven’t. A key lie to me, and possibly to you Scientologists as well, and perhaps the easiest lie to correct, and the stupidest not to correct, is the lie that I’m psychotic. Please tell the truth.

Yours sincerely,

Gerry Armstrong

Scientology v. Armstrong: Reporter’s Transcript of Proceedings (August 2, 1984)






NO. C 420153

August 2, 19841


For the Plaintiff and Intervenor: LITT & STORMER
3550 Wilshire Blvd. , Suite 1200
Los Angeles, California 90010
For Plaintiff Only: PETERSON & BRYNAN
8530 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 407
Beverly Hills, California 90211
For the Defendant: CONTOS & BUNCH
5855 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Suite 400
Woodland Hills, California 91367
Official Reporter
Certificate No. 644


[THE COURT:] Again, I can’t say the action was brought in bad faith or for any kind of improper purpose as such. It is a mixed bag. Some of the things they did were wrong. Some of the things they did they had a right to do, and I cannot under those circumstances find that the defendant is entitled to attorneys’ fees on that theory.

So, the nuts and bolts of this is that I have to deny this motion. I do it with a certain amount of reluctance because I feel that the defendant’s counsel have served long and hard and put a lot of time in here and effort to be of assistance to their client. They have served their client well. There is no immediate reward for them in this case in the sense of even compensating them for their time.

They have labored against tremendous odds, against tremendous financial resources. The financial resources on the other side are overwhelming, but I don’t feel I can in any legal basis grant the motion.

There is one last thing I want to mention, and that has to do with the declaration of John G. Peterson on this opposition to motion for attorneys’ fees.2

As Mr. Peterson has indicated, he has become emotionally involved in this case, and it is rather abundantly clear. So some of his comments which have been reported in the newspapers — he can make whatever comments he wants to about the case or the court or anybody else. It doesn’t bother me, but when he puts in a declaration what really is just an argument as to why the motion should not be granted, it seems to me that it is totally unprofessional.

I have to contrast it with the response from Mary Sue Hubbard which I thought was a very professional response, obviously by people who are disappointed in the outcome of the litigation, but at the same time they proceed in a lawyer-like fashion.

This attaching of these exhibits relating to Mr. Flynn, to me, is the worst kind of tactic. It is an effort to smear Mr. Flynn. For what purpose I don’t really know, gratuitous insults to inject into the file of this case some dirt, I suppose, for the obvious purpose of prejudicing Mr. Flynn or any court or any person who might review the record.

Now, obviously if there is any substance to these allegations, they should have been presented to law enforcement authorities.

MR. PETERSON: They have been.

THE COURT: If they conduct investigation and find any merit, I am sure they will do whatever they feel is appropriate.

At the same time, I have been around criminal defendants, both as a defense lawyer and a judge, for many, many years, and I tend to be very skeptical about what any person in prison is likely to say, either about his former lawyer or associate of a former lawyer or upon anything which might provide him with some secondary gain. I can’t help but approach this with a great of skepticism and cynicism.

I read some of the exhibits dealing with Black Propaganda.

I got a letter from some woman about dead agenting. Said I was probably the subject of now being a dead agent myself, and I really couldn’t care less. But I think it is unfortunate that the flle has to be cluttered up with, I am going to say it right here, garbage of this type. I don’t think this should be a part of the public record.

I am going to order that the documents which purport to be exhibit B through F be separated from this declaration, be enclosed in a sealed envelope, and be ordered sealed and not to be opened except upon further order of any court that wants to review this matter. Nothing to do with this lawsuit. Nothing to do with these motions, and I think it is offensive and I am quite surprised.

End of that.



  1. Retrieved from Armstrong 1.
  2. See Declaration of John G. Peterson (July 30, 1984).