Quadro, cults, news....

James Randi --- Wizard (randi-hotline@ssr.com)
Sun, 8 Dec 1996 00:35:51 -0500

I just learned that the executives of Quadro Corporation are due to be tried on
criminal charges January 21. This should be very interesting. No amount of
scientific testimony will ever answer the most important question about this
case: how is it that so many police departments, school boards, scientists, and
engineers, fell for the claims Quadro made? And, more importantly, why do these
people CONTINUE to believe, even after all the evidence is in?

Meanwhile, this just came to my attention:

There's a lengthy article beginning on the front page of the
Washington Post for Sunday, Dec. 1, about how the Cult Awareness
Network has been forced into bankruptcy, due to 45 lawsuits filed by
the Scientologists. A judge went for one of them and entered a $1.8
million judgement against the CAN.

The CAN's assets were put up for auction. Their name, logo, P.O. Box
and phone number--their identity--were sold to the highest bidder, who
turned out to be a Scientologist. He intends to keep the organization
going, but utilizing it for his own purposes. Thus, people who find
CAN's 20-year-old phone number & call, worried about a son who just
became a Hubbardite, will be talking to a Scientologist unknowingly!
CAN said that throughout their career, "aside from Satanic groups,
more callers asked about Scientology than any other group."

There's more: Pending is a sale of 600 feet of files on cults
accumulated over the years. The Church of Sci wants these bad. Not
only to finger people who have blown the whistle on their own
activities, but to get dirt on rival cults.

"Scientology will pay anything to get their hands on those files,"
said Robert Young, a former Scientologist spokesman who quit and
became a major critic, "We always figured CAN was the nexus for all
the rest of the problems Scientology had. So the idea of getting the
files is similar to the KGB being able to buy the files of the CIA."
A judge is thinking this over right now.

James Randi.

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