Brad Balentine

Brad Balentine

Reporter’s Daily Transcript: Scientology v. Armstrong (excerpt) (May 21, 1984)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA; MONDAY, MAY 21, 1984; 1:33 P.M.1

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THE COURT: All right. We are back in session.

Mr. Armstrong, would you retake the stand.

GERALD ARMSTRONG,

having been previously duly sworn, resumed the stand and testified further as follows:

THE COURT: Just state your name again for the record, sir. You are still under oath.

THE WITNESS: Gerald Armstrong.

THE COURT: You may continue, Counsel.

MR. HARRIS: Thank you, Your Honor.

CROSS-EXAMINATION (Resumed)

[…]

Q Mr. Armstrong, at the time that you left the organization did you have in mind that you were not going to be declared a suppressive person? Yes or no.

A Did I have in mind that I was not going to be?

Q That is correct.

A I think I have explained that I —

Q Yes or no, Mr. Armstrong?

A I hoped that I would not be.

Q You hoped that you would not be, but you didn’t know?

A I still don’t know what the organization will do.

Q And your photo incident is what convinced you that this secret definition of enemy was being applied to you; is that correct?

A That was a big piece of it.

Q It wasn’t the declare alone that caused you to believe this; correct?

A I knew that I was under investigation by a B-1 operative by the name of Brad Ballentine [Balentine].

I knew that the organization had, first of all, declared me; that the declare itself was Black Propaganda.

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Once the photos were taken, I made a demand for their return. They refused.

At that point I felt indebted to the people whose photos had been stolen.

I was scared for my life. I was scared for my wife’s life. I knew what the organization was capable of.

I saw that they viewed me as an enemy and that the weight of the intelligence machinery of the organization would be brought against my wife and myself.

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Assistant Guardian Intelligence GLA Daily Report to PAC Mgmt Chief (March 18, 1982)

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March 18, 1982

DAILY REPORT

DR (March 18, 1982)

DR (March 18, 1982)

RE: Gerry Armstrong and Alan Walter

Dear Roberta,

There is not anything new about these guys today. We are still following up the lead on GA that a GAS of ours may know where he is. Nothing new on ACW.

Love, Debbie

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  1. AGI GLA: Brad Balentine

Assistant Guardian Intelligence GLA Daily Report to PAC Mgmt Chief (March 17, 1982)

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Re Gerry Armstrong

DR (March 17, 1982)

DR (March 17, 1982)

Dear Roberta,

There is no new data on this. We are going to start the stakeout again soon.

Love, Debbie

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  1. AGI GLA: Brad Balentine

Assistant Guardian Intelligence GLA Daily Report to PAC Mgmt Chief (March 16, 1982)

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[Handwritten] March 16, 1982

DR March 16, 1982

DR (March 16, 1982)

Re Gerry Armstrong

Dear Roberta,

          The data is the same, that we are going to resume the stakeout in the next day or so. We hope someone will be back at OVG’s by then. As you know, not even OVG has been there in the past week. The apt is unoccupied.

Love, Debbie

[Handwritten]
P.S. I just got word we got a lead on where GA may be. A GAS
2called Brad saying he had an address for GA It is just a lead – we don’t know
that this will be the current address or not but it could be.

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  1. AGI GLA: Brad Balentine
  2. GAS: Guardian Activities Scientologist

Assistant Guardian Intelligence GLA Daily Report to PAC Mgmt Chief (March 15, 1982)

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[Handwritten] Re: Gerry Armstrong

DR (March 15, 1982)

DR (March 15, 1982)

Dear Roberta,

As I have been reporting, there hasn’t been anyone home at all at OVG’s house (apt.) so it appears they are temporarily out of town. We are going to pick the stakeout back up on Wed. or so, it will be better to use our resources when it is likely to pay off than to continue now when no one at all is at OVGs. By Wed or so maybe they will be back, so we will resume the stakeout in a couple of days.

Love, Debbie

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Assistant Guardian Intelligence GLA Daily Report to PAC Mgmt Chief (March 12, 1982)

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Re: Gerry Armstrong

DR (March 12, 1982)

DR (March 12, 1982)

Dear Roberta,

The stakeout continued today but still nobody is at the apartment and no cars in the appropriate carport. We will continue. GA may show up soon.

Love, Debbie

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  1. AGI GLA: Brad Balentine

Assistant Guardian Intelligence GLA Daily Report to PAC Mgmt Chief (March 11, 1982)

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March 11, 1982

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Re: Gerry Armstrong

DR (March 11, 1982)

DR (March 11, 1982)

Dear Roberta,

We have a stakeout going on at OVG’s to determine if GA is there. So far he hasn’t been seen but we are continuing the stakeout. I will let you know as soon as he is seen, if he is.

Love, Debbie

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  1. AGI GLA: Brad Balentine

Assistant Guardian Intelligence GLA Daily Report to PAC Mgmt Chief (March 10, 1982)

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DR (March 10, 1982)

Re: Gerry Armstrong

Dear Roberta,

We have a surveillance going today on OVG’s place to see if GA is there. We have not heard yet as of this minute. We could get a call at any time with some news and will let you know right away it something is learned.

Love, Debbie

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  1. AGI GLA: Brad Balentine

Assistant Guardian Intelligence GLA Daily Report to PAC Mgmt Chief (March 9, 1982)

PAC Mgmt Chief US
cc: AG GLA


Br 10B Dir for
AGI GLA1

CONFIDENTIAL

cc: PES US
cc: DGI US
cc: Org P & E Info USMarch 10, 1982

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Re: Gerry Armstrong

DR (March 10, 1982)

DR (March 10, 1982)

Dear Roberta,

This is the report for March 9th. Yesterday was very busy with no minutes to spare so this daily report is being done this morning. There is progress on this cycle however. Yesterday Brad briefed the person who is to do the surveillance and today he is actually doing it. So we should soon know if GA is really at OVG’s. I’ll report later today what has turned up so far on this.

Love, Debbie

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  1. AGI GLA: Brad Balentine