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Disbarred lawyer defends Hubbard blames CIA

Discussion in 'Tony Ortega' started by Veda, Mar 2, 2015.

  1. Veda

    Veda Sponsor

    New book by former Scientology dirty trickster Merrel Vannier blames FBI and CIA.


    From Tony Ortega's Bunker:

    Amongst its claims is that former Clearwater Mayor Gabe Cazares was an FBI operative.

    This book will be loved by the outside of Scientology Inc. Hubbardites.
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2015
  2. Veda

    Veda Sponsor

    That's what you get from Tony Ortega's article?

  3. Veda

    Veda Sponsor

    More content re. Merrell Vannier book:

    Last edited: Mar 3, 2015
  4. Thank you Veda for sharing that! :happydance:

    I'm quoting myself again below only because I edited in more content to that above post. Here is the complete post from another thread, where I was making a point about the nature of COS as an organization:

    "Here is a prime example of the infiltration activity and subversion of the law employed by COS as a terroristic organization that regularly engages in criminal activity, along with some history of LRH/COS activities that our Lurkers and Newbies may not know:

    This is written by Tony Ortega in his review of a new book published by the criminal perpetrator, "notorious Scientology spy", "the disbarred and disgraced former attorney and Guardian’s Office spy", Merrell Vannier, titled ARROWS IN THE DARK, subtitled "A True Story of Intrigue and Espionage From the Church of Scientology's #1 Spy".

    Please read Tony Ortega's very interesting entire review giving additional Scientology history at The Bunker website found here:

    Fair use quote:
    "It was the GO’s job to hunt down threats to L. Ron Hubbard and his wife, Mary Sue, and neutralize them. And in 1973, Hubbard gave the GO a whopper of a new assignment. While away from the Apollo for ten months, hiding out in Queens from French agents who were searching for him in Portugal and Morocco (long story), Hubbard wrote up a scheme he called the Snow White Program. With it, he wanted his agents to hunt down — legally and otherwise — documents about him on file in countries around the world. By the next year, 1974, after Hubbard had returned to the Apollo and it was getting turned away from more and more ports in the Mediterranean and Atlantic because of its bad reputation, GO operatives were honing their skills for infiltrating offices and securing documents with numerous forms of espionage.

    Hubbard tried to return to land in the United States in 1974, but was tipped that federal agents were waiting for him in Charleston, South Carolina, so the Apollo spent an additional year bouncing around in the Caribbean before the commodore finally tired of his private navy and set anchor for good in the Bahamas. He had come up with another plot — to invade Florida. After setting up in a hotel in Daytona, he launched a scheme to take over the Gulf Coast town of Clearwater. Hiding behind the name “United Churches of Florida,” his agents purchased the iconic Fort Harrison Hotel downtown, as well as the nearby Clearwater Bank building to become the first parts of a new command center for Scientology, the “Flag Land Base.”

    The mayor of Clearwater, Gabe Cazares, was notified that such important downtown locations had changed hands, and then he noticed something strange — the “United Churches of Florida” were guarding their new properties with men carrying night sticks and cans of mace. When he asked them about it, they said they had “to protect themselves.” It seemed bizarre for a sleepy vacation beach town.

    Eventually, later in 1975, Cazares was tipped to the truth: His town was under invasion by the Church of Scientology. He made a stink about it on a local radio show, and in turn the Guardian’s Office swung into action, creating the “Mayor Cazares Handling Project.” Scientology called a press conference for January 30, 1976, and put out a “fact sheet” on the mayor, following Hubbard’s dictum that it was always better to attack than to defend. “The sheet challenged Cazares’ statements on his place of birth and educational background, questioned the mayor’s involvement in Clearwater land deals and said he had violated city law by not filing a financial disclosure form,” the St. Petersburg Times reported.

    The next month, the church filed a $1 million defamation suit against Cazares, but he and his wife filed their own libel and slander suits against Scientology for the distorted contents of the “fact sheet.” They chose a local attorney named Pat Doherty to represent them. (Documents also show that Cazares, that March, spoke with the FBI about Scientology’s invasion, which, at least from where we sit, seems pretty understandable.)

    Also in March, a Missouri man named Merrell Vannier came to town, looking for work as a lawyer while his acceptance to the Florida Bar was pending. What none of the places he applied to realized was that for at least two years, he’d been a secret volunteer for the Guardian’s Office. And, according to the Florida Bar, the GO did what it could to protect anyone from knowing who Merrell really was. From the Bar’s findings…

    To protect Vannier’s identity as he collected information, he was assigned the code name “Ritz.” To ensure Vannier’s “cover,” the Guardian Organization designed an elaborate project to cover up his membership and participation in Scientology activities. Demonstrative of the insidiousness of this activity, part of the project included the infiltration of the Tallahassee office of The Florida Bar to remove and delete incriminating portions of his Bar application and replace it with an altered application.

    With his true identity protected, Vannier sought a job with the State Attorney’s Office in St. Petersburg, even offering to work for free. He got in, worked there for two months, and in the meantime, as part of the Mayor Cazares Handling Project, his wife Fran got a job working as a volunteer for Gabe’s campaign that fall for Congress. Fran’s involvement put Vannier in proximity to the mayor.

    After being let go by the State Attorney’s Office, Vannier then found work with a firm that had represented Cazares in the past. According to the Bar findings, Vannier then began asking Cazares about his representation in the libel suit against Scientology. In December, Cazares was dropped by Doherty, and Cazares then hired Vannier to be his attorney.

    For the Florida Bar, there was nothing equivocal about it — for most of a year, Merrell Vannier, hiding his real identity, and with the help of his wife, had maneuvered so that he could become the attorney of record for the mayor of Clearwater in his lawsuit against the Church of Scientology, without notifying Cazares or his wife that he was, in fact, a secret agent for the church.

    Vannier then used that position to gain access to other legal matters — he convinced the attorney for former Scientologist Nan McLean*, for example, to give him access to a huge collection of legal documents in her case, which subsequently and mysteriously disappeared.

    “During his representation of Mr. and Mrs. Cazares, using the code name ‘Ritz,’ Vannier secretly channelled confidential information concerning the Cazares and their litigation back to the Guardian Organization and was credited by the organization as obtaining ‘excellent results’,” the Bar found.

    Then, in July 1977, the FBI raided Scientology in Los Angeles and Washington after Michael Meisner, one of the Snow White burglars, had given himself up and turned state’s evidence. Vannier subsequently vanished, but it was some time before the documents in the raid were sifted through and references to “Ritz” turned up and the truth about Merrell Vannier emerged.

    Vannier and his wife faced possible jail terms when they each refused to cooperate with a subsequent grand jury investigation of Guardian’s Office activities in Tampa. Ultimately, neither was jailed for not cooperating, and neither was charged with any crimes. But the Florida Bar came down on Vannier with its heaviest possible penalty: permanent disbarment…"

    *Nan McLean had information on an alleged COS/GO Scientology backed homicide.

    Her testimony to Australian Senator Zenaphon during his Scientology abuse investigation, given may years after the above alleged theft of legal documents, as shared on youtube:"

    ATTA GIRL, NAN!!! :clap:

    Sorry folks, Veda is much speedier than I am! I know I should do all my edits in draft, rather than in real time, but I am a low-tech being...just bear with me! :biggrin:
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  5. Leland

    Leland Crusader

    I thought there were laws....about "cashing in" on criminal activity.

    Haven't followed everything....but if the Lawyer, for the Mayor of Clearwater, was in fact an agent for the Cult.....

    I would imagine he was dis-barred for that activity....and or sued.

    To turn around a write a book about his "getting monetary gain, from criminal activity..."

    Which is against the law....???
  6. Terril park

    Terril park Sponsor

    That the GO infiltrates organizations is not new. That the US's
    premier law enforcement agency acts as agent provocateur
    re espionage in this case is new to me. I'm inclined not to believe this is true.

    FBI did entrap De Lorean but he was not convicted.

    "DeLorean was found not guilty at trial by a Federal judge after successfully arguing police entrapment,"
  7. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter


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  8. JustSheila

    JustSheila Crusader

    Gabe Cazares really suffered from the horrible actions against him in Clearwater.

    I first learned about it while an SO Member, from writer Piers Anthony, who once lived in Clearwater. For years, he personally answered letters to him (he might still do so). It was the first time I'd really been confronted with the crimes of COS and it shook me to the core and I decided I wanted to leave. (Thank you, Piers Anthony). :thumbsup:

    Piers Anthony was friends with Gabe and witnessed some horrible things done to him by the Church of Scientology when it took over Clearwater. Gabe is a good man and was a good mayor.

    Although it's horrible that the very person that betrayed Gabe Cezares is the one writing the expose, still, it's so heartening to see an expose of the intimidation and underhanded, abusive tactics that the cult used in Clearwater. I hope Gabe Cezares and the other people COS trampled get justice from this - and I hope the townspeople of Clearwater take their town back from that evil cult once and for all.
  9. CommunicatorIC

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  10. JustSheila

    JustSheila Crusader

    Now that I've read Tony's review, I see this crazy disbarred lawyer tries to discredit Cezares with crazy claims that Gabe Cezares was a member of the FBI?!?! :wtf:

    Hoo boy. I hope Gabe Cezares' long-term friends and relatives come forward in interviews, and I hope they win a BIG lawsuit for any proceeds from this book.
  11. Veda

    Veda Sponsor

    "The policy of disconnection was initially instituted by L. Ron Hubbard as a common sense expression of a person's right to be rid of someone in their circle who was causing distress or holding them down. In 1968, Hubbard cancelled the policy...

    "The tenets of the religion of Scientology... teach effective communication, honesty, tolerance, and strong family values..."

    Jeez, this guy, Merrell Vannier, is full of horsesh#t. Oy vey!


    The 1968 HCOPL that announced the cancellation of Disconnection is an example of "Policy" being used as PR to mislead - in essence fake or display policy - much like the sham "Cancellation" of Fair Game which occurred at the same time.

    From Tony Ortega's blog chat from a few years ago:

    Xenu in reply to Sketto:

    Since I worked for HCO [Hubbard Communications Office] during the 1970s, I'd thought I'd chime in with what I personally witnessed during those years.

    Hubbard actually did cancel disconnection, after Australia had cracked down, and New Zealand was on the verge of outlawing the cult. Not only did he cancel disconnection, but he also banned Fair Game, sec checks, and the recording of what went on in auditing sessions. Way cool, huh?

    The only problem was that the policy letter cancelling those things was only issued to the New Zealand government commission that was considering the banning of Scientology.
    [note: It was also mentioned in a few other places, such a PR book written for Scientology, and, and there was a show made of displaying Hubbard's 1968 faux "Reform Code" for "wogs" and "raw meat."]

    I oversaw a ton of disconnection during the 1970s, and had to disconnect from a couple of people myself. I personally saw that they continued to happen at major Class IV [now called Class V] and SO [Sea Org] orgs just as they always had. Nothing changed... Sec checks and Fair Game continued, despite the wholly disingenuous sham of policy change.

    Andre Tabayoyon, and various other poster here, who were in HCO in the '70s, can easily vouch for me on this

    Here's some more from Xenu over at Tony O's at the Village Voice:

    ...Hubbard was getting a lot of PR flack over disconnection, so he wrote a policy which would help PR a lot without changing anything significant. I'm sure it was meant to be misunderstood by outsiders...

    The policy did NOT cancel disconnection, rather it said that 'disconnection as a condition' was cancelled. Now, one might well ask, WTF is 'disconnection as a condition'?

    If you dig through some ancient ethics folders, you would find that they would often explicitly state that the subject of the ethics order was to disconnect from one or more other parties who would be named in the ethics order, and that reinstatement to good standing would not happen until that had been done. THAT was disconnection as a condition.

    So we stopped naming names of people to be disconnected from in ethics orders. Instead, Type A PTS would be told that they had to handle or disconnect, and if handling was impossible, well, too bad! And people still had to disconnect from SPs... the Nov '68 policy had no real impact other than PR.


    From Volume One of the OEC Course, HCO Division, a.k.a. a Green Volume, from 1974, HCOPL dated 23 December 1965, 'Suppressive Acts, Suppression of Scientology and Scientologists', and on page two of that HCOPL there is a list of suppressive acts over forty lines long - most of the page.

    "Suppressive acts are defined as actions or omissions undertaken to knowingly suppress, reduce, or impede Scientology or Scientologists...

    "[Such suppressive acts include] public disavowal of Scientology... public statements against Scientology.

    "[Suppressive acts also include] continued membership in a divergent group; continued adherence to a Suppressive Person or group pronounced a Suppressive Person or group by HCO; failure to handle or disavow or disconnect from a person demonstrably guilty of suppressive acts; being at the hire of anti-Scientology groups or persons...

    Disconnection was standard Scientology policy and practice in the 1970s.

    When Hubbard's 1968 sham cancellation of Disconnection was seen to have created some amount of confusion, during a period of schism in the early 1980s, a decision was made to issue a reinstatement of Disconnection, but anyone seriously involved with Scientology in the 1970s knows that disconnection was never discontinued. "Handle or disconnect" was always standard practice, no matter how it was disguised or named.

    Even Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder have confirmed that it was Hubbard who instructed Miscavige to have the Policy Letter, re-affirming the practice of Disconnection, issued, and that, in reality, Disconnection had never really been discontinued anyway.
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2015
  12. CommunicatorIC

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  13. JBWriter

    JBWriter Happy Sapien

    If, in the very near future, TeamScio does not file suit against Mr. Vannier to enforce the terms of a confidentiality agreement, then it's reasonable to conclude no such confidentiality agreement was ever executed between the parties.

    Guess we'll see soon enough.

  14. cakemaker

    cakemaker Patron Meritorious

    Chances are that if he did sign anything regarding his GO activities, it was between him and the C of S of California which no longer exists.
  15. JustSheila

    JustSheila Crusader

    It's a shame that he went off on his own personal tangent of an FBI/CIA conspiracy spree, because otherwise, I am sure there are a number of useable facts in the book. Unfortunately, the FBI/CIA spin (which according to Tony Ortega, is devoid of dox or other facts to support it) is so much fabrication that it will tarnish the validity of the rest of the book.

    Gabe Cezares did not work for the FBI. People knew him intimately and personally and knew his family. He was as local as local gets and badly abused for standing up against the Church of Scientology cult.
  16. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

    The mere action of writing the words "Fair use quote" before copy/pasting a big chunk of text from someone else does not make it so.

    Tony has commented here on someone doing it to an entire story:

    What is fair use? seems comprehensive, and quoting a few lines from that isn't going to do the subject justice, so I won't.

  17. Udarnik

    Udarnik Gold Meritorious Patron

    And the CIA is not allowed, by law, to operate inside the US. If any of this was grounded in reality, Vannier would either have been stopped from publishing, or have evidence that they tried to stop him.

    One of my dad's friends in the 70s was an ex-Air America pilot who was involved in some seriously shady stuff. He was no longer with the Agency, but some nameless, Agency-less Fed came around his neighborhood every week and stuck out like a sore thumb on purpose. They said it was for his "protection", but in reality, it was just a reminder to keep his mouth shut.

    I'm not buying that this guy worked with the Agency and is now thumbing his nose at them with no repercussions.

    Like I said in another post, I've been on the very, very, very edge of the periphery of this kind of shit in the USSR, and wankers like this lying SOB would shit their pants if they saw even the tiny bit I've seen.
  18. JustSheila

    JustSheila Crusader

    Thanks, Udarnik. I didn't know the CIA was not allowed to operate in the US. That makes sense.

    And his mentor was Tom Martiniano? :eyeroll: That figures. I wonder if adding the FBI and CIA garbage was Tom's suggestion?

    The shame of it is, the expose part about his involvement with stealing dox and working against Gabe Cezares and the City of Clearwater in opposition to his hired position as representative and attorney probably contains a lot of good information.

    Maybe this is his way of justifying what he did - who knows.

    But I tell ya, Udarnik, this is my last post of the day, because I've seen so much stupid, ugly, ridiculous conspiracy stuff in the last 48 hrs, I'm ready to puke :puke2: Must recharge.

    Do not need. People should stay with facts.
  19. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

    In a jury trial, the jury determines "the facts" from whatever is (allowed to be) presented by both sides. It is not the same as "the truth."

    It is not that genuine facts concerning events don't exist: it is that they are rarely clear except for trivial matters within one's immediate purview. When fact-reporters are invested in spinning the facts to their advantage, this further obfuscates matters.

    I certainly agree that people should stay with facts. The trouble is, the truth is sometimes hard to discern. People who assert they know beyond doubt "the facts" in large theatres (not the play kind) are idiots.

  20. Udarnik

    Udarnik Gold Meritorious Patron

    See here.

    He should not have opened up about that last paragraph. That's a big violation of OPSEC. :angry:

    And here.