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The 1982 Clearwater Hearings

April 2, 2009 by  
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Introduction

When the FBI raided Scientology’s headquarters in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, they uncovered boxes and boxes of damning evidence clearly showing how the management of Scientology was breaking the law on a daily basis.

Included in those documents was “Operation Normandy” which was the blue-print for the cult’s take-over of the city of Clearwater.

The Clearwater City Commission invited attorney Michael Flynn to come before the city to present witnesses and evidence about the criminal nature of this destructive group.

Scientology was to be given equal time to respond to the charges.

For one full week, the citizens of Clearwater watched the hearings live on the local cable system. The entire hearing is now online.

Day 1 – May 5, 1982

Opening Statements

The hearings begin with an opening statement from attorney Michael Flynn. Drama is added to the moment as Scientology’s Attorney Paul Johnson rises in the auditorium, demanding to be heard.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6019263755723080232

Edward Walters

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Day 1 – May 5, 1982

As the first witness, Walters covers a lot of ground, giving an overview of the corruption that the city council will hear about for several days. Following Walters testimony in part two, Flynn explains Scientology documents as he enters them into evidence.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4360120848116300447 http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6617080528814922592

Ron DeWolf

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Day 1 – May 5, 1982

Ron DeWolf (L. Ron Hubbard Jr.) was the son of Hubbard and worked very closely with his father during the growth of Scientology in the 1950′s. He had a very rocky relationship with his dad and ultimately wound up testifying against him in court.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8483274877301869869

Day 2 – May 6, 1982

Day Two of DeWolf’s Testimony

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5853651368828305811

Transcript at Lermanet

Lori Taverna

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Day 2 – May 6, 1982

Lori Tells the council about the many abuses she witnessed in Scientology including medical neglect of staff members and their children.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7003544074470758383

Lori’s video testimony is incomplete but the missing segments can be read in the transcripts at Lermanet.

Casey Kelly

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Day 2 – May 6, 1982

During the three years, Kelly spent at FLAG, he handled Scientology’s finances and recruitment.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8186279418567448370

Rosie Pace

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Day 3 – May 7, 1982

Rosie is the sister of Lori Taverna. She spent eight months at FLAG and tells about her experiences in Clearwater.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3078405949083253219

David Ray

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Day 3 – May 7, 1982

David gives a blow by blow account of what is was like to join the Sea Org and discover the harsh realities of life among the “elite crew” of Scientology.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-49975803945649198

Ernest and Adelle Hartwell

March 31, 2009 by  
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Day 3 – May 7, 1982

The Hartwells were not Scientologists yet they wound up working alongside L. Ron Hubbard at Golden Era Studios. They were witness to the insanity that came with the Sea Org but without the indoctrination.

These two ballroom dancers thought they were coming to Clearwater to be with their daughter but instead found themselves in a hidden, desert compound.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3455661280887631239

Read more about the Hartwells in “Bare-Faced Messiah.”

Transcript at Lermanet.

George Meister

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Day 3 – May 7, 1982

George Meister was told his daughter Susan committed suicide while a member of the Sea Org onboard the ship, The Apollo. When the grieving father asked questions he was shocked by Scientology’s actions.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4919841130302623334

Read about Susan Meister in “A Piece of Blue Sky” and in “Bare-Faced Messiah.”

Transcript on Lermanet

Lavenda Van Schaick

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Day 4 – May 8, 1982

Lavenda testifies about the living conditions of children and contends that hepatitis swept through the Clearwater base in 1977.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2454957098272143897

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