March 13, 1999 - Gregg Hagglund
First Picket of the Season - Co$ Restrained by Bad PR .
Todays Picket Captain was Wulfen, outed
by the Co$, as Chris Wood.
Finally we get a community liason Police
Officer assigned to our events.
After stiff incamera warnings from various levels
and agencies of gov't TO Org Staff drop bull baiting.
(At least for the day.)
Co$ tactic of the day was "calm conversation tech".
Poorly dressed Co$ staff turns blue with cold.
AM: Wulfen (PC), Artemis, GypsyBlue, Android Cat,
David Palter, Gregg Hagglund
P.M Wulfen (PC), Artemis, GypsyBlue, MysteryChik,
David Palter, Gregg Hagglund and DeepWog.
Flyer Count: RXSpecials, Mirele/LISAs and other
sundry entheta, including copies of the
Globe and Mail piece on the Fair Gaming
and Harassment of my family and Parents
exceeded 1000 (minimum)
YHN was laid up for the month of January so the
local ARSCC (wdne) ILK stepped in and organised
the March Picket(s)
Chris Wood, recently outed by the Co$, did his
initial stint as Picket Captain and on site Official
SP spokes person with the local Constabulary.
Chris did a terrific job as Chief ILK and
we all apreciated his 'virgin' efforts.
Others have posted different details but I wish
to add my personal observations:
After repeated enquiries and communications
with the Metro police: a community Officer,
Peter Thompson Badge #1846, has been assigned
to be a more or less regular "sherriff" for the
Pickets. He promised a consistent set of acceptable
limits and immediate consequences should anyone
breach the peace or act incitefully. Since we have
never acted out of line in the two years we have
been actively Demonstrating, we can only hope the
Co$ staff will learn to adhere to wog law.
Officer Thompson will be recommending to
the Co$ they should be hiring Off Duty Police
Officer(s) for our Pickets as he will not be posted
on site but will pay regular visits as well as define
the 'rules' for the Off Duty Officer(s) to enforce.
We will not be asked to provide any funding
for OffDuty Officer(s) for our regular activities,
as our history is unblemished while the Co$,
a Criminally Convicted Corporation in Canada,
has a litany of major and minor offenses to
their discredit, and therefore: 'dirty hands'.
I was happy to play 'second fiddle' to Chris,
as it let me concentrate solely on my communications
with the public.
I was also happy to sponsor Mr. David Palter,
ex Toronto Staffer to our Picket. His presence
made Andy Hill ( and others) visibly upset.
Too bad Andy.
We got to hear some interesting stories, which will
bear repeating later.<grin>
Local GypsyBlue did her first stint on a
picket and had a great time. I am glad recent events
and the pressures of various levels of Gov't and
legal advisors apparently kept the Co$ staff constrained
to "make nice" talk and no camera aggression
to speak of, thus Gypsyblues first outing
was a pleasant one.
Veteran critic and Picketer Mysterychik
also joined us and after speaking with Officer
Thompson, happily spread flyer entheta well
beyond the boundaries of our Picket Site Permit.
This annoyed the heck out of the Org staff too.
Nicely done MysteryChik!
The weather was sunny but brisk to freezing at times
and the Toronto Org Staff visibly suffered for it.
Andy Hill, blue in the ears and wearing summer
pants, was verbally envious of my SnowMobile
suit which kept me comfortable and toasty all day.
The Org Staff were very civil and tried to
handle us with calm conversation, mostly to
appear as rational to the new Police Oficiers
on site and to the public. They appeared
chastened by the extreme negative public reaction
to the nefarious act of Al Buttnor's harrassment
of my parents as recently nationaly publicised.
I allowed one staffer to engage me for the full
max of the twenty minutes I will grant for
reasonable debate. He apologised for any upset
he may have caused my wife, my children and
my neighborhood by the 'revenge' pickets,
which he was apparently part of organising.
However, civil or not, nothing has changed
amongst the remaining dwindling experienced
staff of the Org. They still defend Fair Game,
ignore the tragedy of Lisa MacPherson,
defend the policy of deceiving the general
public about the Xenu Story etc. and still adhere to
and are mindlessly obedient to, the anti-social
and anti-democratic, religiously intolerant
Policies dictated by Hubbard which are still
enforced/practiced by the Co$ today.
Officer Thompson and I had several interesting
conversations, some of them actually about
the Co$. He liked our picketers
advisory and remarked our record
indicated we adhered to our stated peaceful
Officer Thompson agreed with me that
use of the megaphone to offset the Orgs
playing of raucous sound bites last year was
justified and that it was good for control
and organisation of our picketers when our
numbers exceed 10 on site. We did discuss
the use of the megaphone in the vicinity
of a 'house of worship' and the interruption
of religious services by noise, which can
be a violation of the criminal code. I offered
I would like the opportunity in court to
prove the Co$ is nothing more than a
business enterprise, as is the majority view
of the Industrialised nations and of the
Co$ itself in places like Mexico and
Greece.(The latter only until recently.<grin>.)
Officer Thompson noted he did not
want to be involved in precedent setting
court cases because it would tie him
up off the street for protracted periods
Andy Hill would desperately try
to eavesdrop on these tete a tetes.
Doubtless Andy is envious of my
ease and instant rapport with
peace officers. (It *is* tough
being on staff in an internationally infamous
criminally convicted 'cult'/business I suppose.)
Hate Crimes Unit Detective Kijewsky
dropped by, off duty, to offer his commiserations
on the harassment I and other critics have endured.
Another off duty Officer, who has actually done
Co$ paid on site service last year, also came by
and expressed his confidence we would continue
to be the non aggressors at these Demonstartions.
It was a pleasant 'at cause' day. Why even
my little lady obnoxious offered to fetch me a
Honest factual criticism, delivered dispassionately,
does not incite hatred, except in the hearts of
those who find themselves defending the indefensible.
It is, I feel, a truthful observation the critics do not
hate, but are hated. The picketers in particular are
hated by Org Staff for the staff must endure
the near universal scorn heaped by the general
populace upon them and witness the near
universal praise appreciation and encouragement
offered to the Picketers. This staff hatred, reenforced
by Hubbardian anti-social policies, puts
the desperate Org Staff at a disadvantage morally
and will, I fear, bring upon them legal
consequences to some overt act against
critics and Picketers in the future.
And for Andy Hill: You have shown you
are a poor source of factual information
on the Net. I for one do not believe you
have an University Professor, Air Canada
Pilot or Professional plumber on lines
at the Toronto Org. simply base on your claim.
Unless and until they care to name themselves,
their professions and openly declare their affiliation
with the Co$, then I may fairly conclude either
they are ashamed of being linked to
Scientology or you are lieing once again.
And Andy, until the Co$ stops persecuting
the Freezoners, your Religious Intolerance
will continue to make your claims of being
a 'victim' not only hollow ones, but ludicrous
ones as well. Just how long will you tolerate
being a highly visible tool and fool for the Huborg?