Open Letter to Farmington Hills, Michigan Authorities From Anon, Re: Scientology Protests
A Farmington Hills, Michigan based Anonymous protester of the Cult of Scientology has asked me to post his letter to the City Manager, City Council and Chief of Police of Farmington Hills, respectively. In this letter, the protester describes what appears to be a taking of sides on the part of the local police in the supervision of the protest. In particular, the protester claims that the local police have been setting up on CoS private property (which Anons cannot enter onto as such would be trespassing), have been readily fraternizing with the Scientologists, and have been remarkably inaccessible to Anonymous protesters.
The what is now an open letter is presented below.
May 13, 2008
City Manager Farmington Hills, City Council Farmington Hills, Chief of police Farmington Hills
I wish to draw your attention to a serious problem but I encountered while exercising my constitutional right to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly at the demonstration against the so-called “Church” of Scientology on May 10, 2008.
As background, you should know that this demonstration was the fourth such demonstration and part of the global movement to expose the abuses and criminal activities of the so-called “Church” of Scientology. These demonstrations have and will be occurring on a monthly basis in every country on earth where the cult operates. Each of the monthly demonstrations has focused on a different abuse of the cult, such as its fraudulently obtained tax exemption, its policy of forcing its members to disconnect from their friends and family, and other abuses. The issue to be highlighted on this past May 10 was its policy of attacking, harassing and destroying anyone who dares to criticize it. This policy is known as “Fair Game”.
The demonstrations in Farmington Hills have, as the hundreds of demonstrations around the world, been orderly, peaceful, and lawful. We have taken the position that we will cooperate with the police and comply with their suggestions and directions, even when, as happened here in February we were told by the Farmington Hills police to remove our masks at the request of the so-called “Church” of Scientology, even though the wearing of masks is legal under the circumstances.
Ironically enough, the wearing of masks is in part due to the so-called “Church” of Scientology’s policy of “fair game”.
On May 10, 2008 a Farmington Hills police vehicle was once again parked in the parking lot of the so-called “Church” of Scientology. At the very least this gives the impression that the department has taken sides on the issue, and at worst, makes it appear as if the department is acting as an agent for the so-called “Church” of Scientology. If this is the result of claims by the so-called “Church” of Scientology that they are threatened, then the department should do its own investigation into whether these claims have any validity. Their national spokesman appeared on CNN on May 8, 2008 and claimed that the demonstrators have made threats, but it was pointed out that the FBI has found no basis for this allegation.
Research and investigation will easily show that the threat is from the so-called “Church” of Scientology. One needs only to “Google” the terms “operation snow white”, “Paulette Cooper”, and “scientology fair game policy” to verify the systematic attacks on any one who exercises their first amendment rights to criticize it. Indeed, Time magazine in 1991 published a cover story entitled “Scientology: Cult of Greed and Power”, and spent the next 10 years and millions of dollars to ultimately vindicate itself by proving that the story is true. You will find that the so-called “Church” of Scientology’s “operation snow white” involved breaking into 136 government agencies and resulted in the criminal convictions of 11 top scientologists, including the wife of its founder L. Ron Hubbard. See also an ABC news report verifying the ”fair game” policy and its secret police squad (OSA):
My particular concern on May 10, 2008 was that on two occasions I attempted to summon the police officers so that I could discuss certain concerns, and otherwise engage in a dialog and solicit any suggestions that they may have. On both occasions the officers refused to merely drive the vehicle less than 100 feet to determine why I was summoning them. On one of the occasions, since they had refused to drive across Middle Belt, I walked across the street and as close as I could to where they were parked without stepping on the so-called “Church” of Scientology’s property. Again the officers refused to drive their vehicle approximately 50 feet to determine why I was summoning them. They would not have even needed to leave their vehicle to find out. For gosh sakes I could’ve been having a heart attack or other medical problem.
During this time the police officers were readily accessible to people affiliated with the so-called “Church” of Scientology, and talked to them on a number of occasions. Thus I was treated differently for exercising my first amendment rights.
The individuals who have been demonstrating since the bitter cold days of February, have gone out of their way to keep the department informed of their activities, cooperated with them, and have in fact, invited the department to operate in close proximity to them for their own protection, and that of the officers of the department. Indeed if the police officers location was based on actual threat it would make sense to be close to the demonstrators.
Although many wear of masks for their own protection (I was not wearing a mask on May 10, 2008), the actions and plans of this movement against the so-called “Church” of Scientology are no secret and can be viewed by any one at Enturbulation.org. The United States Supreme Court has indicated that United States citizens have the right to express themselves anonymously. The actions of the Farmington Hills police department on May 10, 2008 do not reflect well on its impartiality, professionalism, or its commitment to the constitution and the protection of the constitutional right to freedom of speech.
As a courtesy I’m advising you of the circumstances in hopes that these problems can be corrected internally rather than by higher authorities.
Because of my reasonable concerns of retaliation by the so-called “Church” of Scientology, and in light of my constitutional right to do so, I wish at this time not to disclose my identity. Indeed, a citizen’s treatment by government should not depend on who they are.
You may however contact me by way of e-mail at: XXXXXXXXXXXXX.
I would appreciate your response.
I also urge all of you to do simple research into the so-called “Church” of Scientology. I believe that you will find that not only were the actions of the department unprofessional, but will ultimately prove to be a major embarrassment for appearing to be the agents of a corrupt organization.
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