> Tom Klemesrud <tomklem@WCTAtel.net> wrote:
> I hate thinking back on this; and worse, I hate knowing that many people
> I respect here still don't believe what I said about this.
Tom, I was inclined to believe your story based on your direct account of the events. After all, the cult was out to squelch both you and Dennis, and they made no secret about that. They were quite fanatical and unequivocal.
The methods used against Tom, however bizarre and strange, would fit in perfectly with the manipulative types of Scientology Black Ops described by Mike McCloughry in his XenuTV interview video, (which can be viewed at http://www.xenutv.com/trust/mike.htm ) For those who weren't aware of the story, Tom Klemesrud's BBS was the upstream provider of Dennis Erlich's a.r.s internet feed back in 1994-95. If you aren't aware of who Dennis Erlich is, then just realize that back in 1995, he was the cult's enemy #1, just as Bob Minton is today.
One day, early in 95, Erlich had replied via the BBS feed, to an anonymously posted a.r.s message containing copyrighted OT materials.
Erlich quoted the message and said simply, "it looks like the actual OT material to me" (may not be the exact quote, it something very akin to that). For this awful and terrible and criminal breach (that's a joke), the RTC actually raided and sued Dennis, while at the same time, they tried to pressure Tom Klemesrud to cut off Dennis' internet access. Tom refused, and said that he'd need the RTC to show him proof of copyright ownership before he would do that. They refused to show him proof, and instead sued Tom for "contributory infringement."
Sometime later, Tom's liability insurance carrier force Tom to settle with the cult.
But some time after this all began, Tom got a bit drunk at a bar with a woman who claimed to be an FBI agent. From Tom's account, it appeared that she chatting him up and flirting with him. She claimed to want to see Tom's computer setup. Tom agreed, probably thinking he might be getting lucky.
So they both went to Tom's apartment (taking a cab, which I found very commendable, as both were somewhat inebriated). Up to this point, there doesn't appear to be any disagreement. But from here on out, there are two, wildly different accounts of what happened. According to Tom, once in his apartment, things turned ugly. The woman went into his bathroom, removed her jeans, and he says she took a plastic tube containing some blood-red goo from between her legs, and began flinging it around, splashing it on the walls of his apartment.
According to Tom, she told him that she represented Scientology and if he knew what was good for him, he'd better start doing what Scientology demanded.
Tom then claimed that he dialed 911 and took a shotgun out of his closet to protect himself, in case the woman attempted to do anything even crazier. The cops came. Tom told his version of the story, which sounds pretty unbelievable. She told the cops her hemorrhoids had been bleeding and that he had threatened her with the gun. If I recall correctly, the cops then arrested Tom.
On a.r.s, the Scientology sock puppets sprang into action, bringing all sorts of DA materials out about Tom and alternative theories about what happened. They accused him of being not credible, of being violent, unstable, a drunk, etc. All in all, not unlike the stupid lies they were recently saying about Mark Bunker following his bogus arrest in Chicago.
The clambot party line was that the woman in Tom's apartment, whoever she might be, had nothing whatsoever to do with Scientology, and that Tom was either hallucinating or simply making up his story about her claiming to intimidate him in the name of Scientology. They claimed that he was in a cynical and malicious way, trying to unfairly malign Scientology for something that involved just him and some drunk "lady."
By virtue of the sock puppets intense sneering and smearing of both Tom and Dennis, I was somewhat convinced that Tom's story was probably the truth.
Tom later posted a transcript of a part of the 911 tape (it was only a partial, because the LAPD couldn't find the remaining portions of the recording). The part that was transcribed fit almost exactly with Tom's earlier recollection of the 911 call, and verified at least that part of his account. It also made it pretty clear that the name Scientology had been used in his apartment by his "guest." From the tape, it was clear that as the blood smearing was happening, Tom honestly believed an OSA agent was threatening him. He was clearly not making up a story in a calculated, devious, intentional way. His somewhat inebriated state also ruled out every possibility except three. Either he was telling the truth, or else he was an accomplished actor with a completely devious mind, or he was capable of creating an elaborate ruse instantly, while under the influence, and under the stress of having a strange and naked FBI agent woman, bleeding badly from her butt, in his apartment.
After that, there would have been very little that could have shaken my confidence in Tom's version of the story.
But then, the cult's version of events were further discredited. In direct contradiction of the shore stories being fed to the newsgroup by the clambots, Helena Kobrin took an affidavit from one Linda Woolard to the L.A. police. Woolard's affidavit claimed that it was she who was with Tom that night, and it was she who had bloodied Tom's apartment walls with blood from her hemorrhoids, which she claimed had erupted and began spurting only after Tom had spontaneously threatened her with a shotgun.
The affidavit's hemorrhoid story was ludicrous on its face. Moreover, if Linda Woolard had nothing to do with Scientology, why did she give her sworn affidavit to Moxon and Kobrin? And how would she even know about them? How would they know about her?
One of the sock puppets, I believe it was Andrew Milne, weakly claimed on the newsgroup, that because Scientology was being seen as unbelievable by a.r.s critics, the cult had decided to seek out the Woolard woman to find out the truth. But then, how did they find her?
No one knew her real name, as she had given Tom a false name and falsely claimed to be an FBI agent. How did Scientology find out her identity if, as Andrew Milne had claimed, she had nothing at all to do with Scientology?
Milne later floated out a second theory that she must have contacted Scientology's lawyers after reading all the stories about herself on the internet. He was pressed on his claim. Did he know if she had done this, or was this just his acceptable truth shore story? Milne simply wouldn't say.
The questions arose that if Woolard thought she needed a lawyer, why would she contact Scientology's lawyers? Why would she not contact a lawyer out of the yellow pages? Why would she even think she needed to contact a lawyer at all? After all, she was in no legal trouble, as far as anyone could tell. No cops appeared to think she needed arresting for bloodying Tom's walls. No feds appeared to want to question her for impersonating an FBI agent. Woolard to the best of anyone's knowledge, had never posted to the newsgroup. If she really had seen the newsgroup, and wanted to correct false statements, she could have done so directly, without hiring a lawyer.
Also, contrary to the sock puppet shore story, Kobrin never posted the affidavit to a.r.s or anywhere else where it would quell criticism.
No, she took the affidavit to the LAPD, probably so she could then use it as some sort of alleged "police" evidence that she could subsequently introduce into the civil action they were mounting against Tom.
I think there is only one conclusion. Quite simply, Scientology tried to terrorize Tom in order to shut him up, and to coerce his participation in the silencing of Dennis Erlich.
As unbelievable as all this sounds, the edict to Scientologists to act this way is right in the LRH policies. Critics were being shown in a quite literal way, the Scientology policy that says bring actual blood sex crime evidence to bear against enemies. We were being shown that Scientology would even stage terrorist acts to manufacture such evidence.
Needless to say, you stupid OSA culties, it didn't work. And it's still not working. It's not likely ever to work. Why don't you try a new tack, like listening, and making reasonable accommodation to the critics? Nah, what am I saying. The brainwashed will never accept such woggish 1.1 suggestion as mine, to be kind to people, even those people they would like to label as enemies.
Oh, BTW, later, an offloaded ex-Scientologist who still was in thrall to Scientology (Keith Little, posting as 'Whippersnapper') argued strenuously for the plausibility of Woolard's affidavit, and even went searching for medical support for the theory that someone's asshole might actually spurt blood with enough force to have blood hitting the walls.
He was informed by at least one physician that if someone was bleeding like that, it would mean ruptured arteries, and the afflicted person would be in very immediate danger of dying from loss of blood. But did Linda Woolard's affidavit mention needing medical help? Did she get weak from loss of blood? No, quite the contrary. According to all accounts, including her affidavit, she refused medical treatment when asked by the cops at Tom's apartment. She just waltzed out into the Los Angeles night, as fit as a fiddle.
I don't know how Whippersnapper ultimately munged that information around in his mind to exonerated Scientology, but somehow, he seemed to do it.
So that's the basic story of Miss Bloodybutt. And in 1995, these are the events that led to Scientology becoming known as the Cult of the bloody spurtin' hemorrhoid.
As far as I'm concerned, that's a label that still fits today. It will continue to fit, until those responsible, Mike Rinder, David (*) Miscavige, Gene Engram (er, I mean Ingram), Helena "Hi HO" Kobrin and Kendrick Mor^Hxon, not to mention Woolard and Cory Brennan and Andy Milne, admit to their lies and apologize to Tom Klemesrud for trying to terrorize him, and until they make some appropriate restitution.
Of course we know that would be more difficult for them than giving a refund.