Saturday, June 23, 2007


Fresh Intelligence: Radar Online


Writer: I Was Stalked by Scientologists

Scientology can seem more silly than scary, with its zany mythology, made-up lingo, and Tom Cruise. But it was no joke when the group's leaders set out to destroy investigative journalist Paulette Cooper's life.
In the new issue of Byline magazine, a publication of the New York Press Club , Cooper for the first time tells the full story of her 17-year battle against the followers of L. Ron Hubbard.

It began in 1968 when she wrote a story, "The Scandal of Scientology," for Queen, a British magazine. Despite receiving a death threat, Cooper decided to write a book on the topic. "I was naive and had no idea of the horrors that lay in store for me," she writes.

A series of lawsuits by the Church of Scientology convinced the publisher of Cooper's book to issue an apology and a recall, but the forces she had unleashed were not satisfied. First, Cooper discovered her phone was being tapped. Then, her cousin was assaulted by a man who, posing as a flower-deliveryman, gained entrance to her apartment and pulled a pistol on her. (The gun jammed.) When Cooper moved to a more secure building, someone sent 300 of her neighbors an anonymous letter claiming she was a prostitute and had molested a child.

It got worse.

Cooper was arrested and charged with mailing an anonymous bomb threat to a Scientology spokesman. In front of a grand jury, the prosecutor revealed that her fingerprints were on the letter. Certain she was going to prison for a crime she hadn't committed, Cooper contemplated suicide. Her fiancĂ©e left her. She hired a private investigator—none other than wiretapping suspect Anthony Pellicano—who proved useless. Her weight dwindled to 83 pounds.

Her luck finally turned after a Scottish professor who was writing a book on Scientology provided prosecutors with information about "fair game"—the Church doctrine that encourages Scientologists to attack their enemies by any means. Cooper also persuaded a neurologist to inject her with truth serum and interrogate her to prove she was telling the truth. The government dropped its case.

In 1977, an FBI raid on Scientology offices revealed the truth: Cooper was the target of something code-named "Operation Freakout," a scheme intended to land her in jail or in a mental ward. She concluded that a man who had stayed in her apartment prior to her arrest had been a Scientologist who had stolen paper with her fingerprints on it to forge the bomb threat.

"I sometimes get discouraged because Scientology gets so much assistance and publicist from people like Tom Cruise and John Travolta, she writes. "As for me, I often wish I had never even heard the word 'Scientology.' But given the same situation, I would still do it all over again. I would not have been capable of remaining quiet, because I learned too many scary things and talked to too many people who were being hurt."

By Jeff Bercovici 06/22/07 8:00 AM

Some Comments

who dis?
Posted by: crazy alice | June 22, 2007 07:54 AM

They do waaaaaay more harm than good. People, do your research!
Posted by: Jade | June 22, 2007 09:35 AM

What they did to her was sick. It was also normal for them and they still do it now. Google "scientology and fair game" While James L. or Greg or Terry will be here soon to tell you its not going on and to list their many, many scientology links the facts are clear. This cult follows the writings of hubbard to the letter even to this day. They don't care who they destory. Google Keith Henson and see his story also. Then check out and to see the very dark side of scientology.
Posted by: JeraldR | June 22, 2007 09:53 AM

Is there any way you can read the whole article? If you go to the Press Club website there is no link available. I would love to read the whole article.
Posted by: kcnewport | June 22, 2007 02:25 PM

longer version of this story I wrote the article about what the Scientologists did to me,(the first critic of them), for other writers and somehow it was picked up by Radaronline. The New York Press Club doesn't put their stories on line, but below is my (secondary) e-mail address and the person who posted here that they wanted to read the whole story can write me and I'll e-mail it to them.
Posted by: PauletteCooper | June 22, 2007 09:25 PM

Thanks for speaking up, Paulette! :) For the general reader: Paulette Cooper is a real hero to many, myself included, so I really appreciate this article. She is a true survivor in many ways and her story about how Scientology stalked and harassed her is a must-read. I am very glad to see her speak out fully about what the 'church of scientology' did to her and others in her life. You can read about that and Paulette at wiki You can also read her book,The Scandal of Scientology, for free online. Just visit her website for the link:

Paulette is a writer of other genres. Her 'pet secrets' books are very popular. There is much on the internet about her, including scientology's attack on her. Here's a google search link for more information.
Mary McConnell
Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it. -Emily Dickinson
Posted by: JustCallMeMary | June 23, 2007 01:05 AM

Later after the Scandal of Scientology was published, Paulette Cooper co-authored many of her books with her hubbie, Paul Noble. Here is they're other website


Anonymous said...

Too bad the full article by Ms Cooper is not available in the online edition. I would love to read it. I hope someone posts it on the internet soon.

Scientology 'Fair Game' policy is still a standard tool in operation.
I hope they don't go after her again like they did with Henson, Lerma etc.

multitudinal said...

I believe that to tackle scientology we need to understand it's fairgame policy. I doubt very much that Hubbards viciousness is inherent in their beliefs and actions.
My theory is that they believe that to hate something as 'pure' as scientology you cannot yourself be pure. This makes them angry at critics of scientology because they believe them to be hypocrites, so they try to 'bring justice' by trying to expose critics with character attacking evidence that they believe just has to be there. This mirrors a problem inherent with the right of all religions; they all believe they are entitled to special treatment because of what their teachings say.

Formerly Fooled said...

Anonymous, The full article by Paulette Cooper is now online and you won't want to miss reading it.

Looking over my shoulder,
The Inside Account of the Story That Almost Killed Me
Saturday, June 23, 2007

Formerly Fooled said...

manyverse, scientologists don't use the word 'pure' Perhaps you have it mixed up with another cult.

Scientologists are indoctrinated to believe every word L. Ron Hubbard wrote. Disagreements with what Hubbard wrote are treated as though the person disagreeing has a 'misunderstood word' requiring requiring the person find and 'wordclear'the words in the article or book that contain the information until the person agrees with Hubbard.

As new scientologists progress in their studies & counceling, they are expected to defend Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard and his words and image. One is ostracized and often disconnected from the group if one is found to repeatedly disagree.

Scientologists are afraid to discern what Hubbard says. They are taught to accept all he says rotely. Check out the recent article on Training Routines and Hypnosis.

The TR's are demonstrated and viewers are shown how agreement is gotten in about just about anything.

Make no mistake about it. Scientology is L. Ron Hubbard's scam and sadly there are many members who are afraid to leavee.