Of the Tom Cruise Video, Lerma says "Scientology is the World's Largest Global Scam"
Arnie Lerma of Lermanet.com discusses "the video the Church of Scientology did not want you to see".
Here he's interviewed on January 16, 2008, by SKY tv UK, a UK Satellite TV broadcaster run by Rupert Murdoch, from the DC Fox News affiliate station about the bizzare claims Tom Cruise made in the video.
He says " Scientology is the World's Largest Global Scam. " " It's based on hypnosis and the propaganda techniques that built the Third Reich."
I was unable to catch the anchor's name but he's with Sky's 24 hour MOR news channel. This and other interviews about the Tom Cruise video played every 20 minutes round the clock, I suppose much to the dismay of the Church of Scientology:
Arnie Lerma has the distinct unofficial title of being Scientology's most persistent and effective ex-member critic on the internet and in the history of the church. No matter what the church has done to him to try and stop his efforts to inform the world about the 'con game' he calls Scientology, he's never given up.
He has helped thousands and thousands of people by helping make the internet a viable and accessable place to get the critical facts and information people need in order to know and understand the Church of Scientology.
Back in 1995 Scientology sued Lerma, his ISP: Digital Gateway, The Washington Post, and investigative journalists Richard Leiby and Marc Fisher. The lawsuit was filed against Lerma and his Internet service provider by the church's Religious Technology Center, (RTC), claiming copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation. " In that case the "The Washington Post, et al were released from the suit when USDJ Leonie Brinkema ruled in a memorandum on Nov 28, 1995:
"When the RTC first approached the Court with its ex parte request for the seizure warrant and temporary restraining order, the dispute was presented as a straight-forward one under copyright and trade secret law. However, the Court is now convinced that the primary motivation of RTC in suing Lerma, DGS and The Post is to stifle criticism of Scientology in general and to harass its critics. As the increasingly vitriolic rhetoric of its briefs and oral argument now demonstrates, the RTC appears far more concerned about criticism of Scientology than vindication of its secrets."
(Memorandum Opinion of November 28, 1995, by U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema; Religious Technology Center v. Arnaldo Lerma, Washington Post, Mark Fisher, and Richard Leiby)
The Memorandum Opinion acknowledges what critics believe Scientology practices to this day: the "Fair Game" policy, a written directive by L. Ron Hubbard that encourages harassment of anyone who speaks out against the church.
In conclusion, the court awarded RTC the statutory minimum of $2,500 for five instances of non-willful copyright violation."
Lerma has researched Scientology for many years to determine how it was that he gave the organization 10 uears of his life, as so many others have in the promised hopes of becoming happy and godlike. You can find much of his research at Lermanet.com
Grateful thanks to youtube's quentinkrisp for getting the interviews up on the internet:
Tom Cruise & Scientology: Career Death 1of4
Tom Cruise & Scientology: Career Death 2of4
Tom Cruise & Scientology: Career Death 3of4
Tom Cruise & Scientology: Career Death 4of4
* quentinkrisp Note to YouTube Legal:
These fair use reportage clips are owned by my friend Rupert. They are not the property of the so called "Church" of Scientology or the hetrosexual actor Tom Cruise. If you actually bother to watch the clip then you'll see that any tiny percentage of non-rupert footage clearly passes the legal test of News Reportage with respect to copyright claims on the whole clip.