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The Guardian’s Office Part II

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“what’s past is prologue”

William Shakespeare

The Tempest

The Stipulation of “Evidence” represents a plea bargain between the Assistant US Attorney and the Defense counsel representing nine Scientologist from Scientology’s Guardians Office described by the late Omar Garrison as follows:

After conducting closed hearings for a week on the issue, Judge Richey ruled that there had been an agreement and that the Government was obliged to honor it.

U.S. Attorneys then prepared a 282-page stipulated record of evidence against the defendants. Under terms of the procedure, the defendants agreed to be found guilty without challenging the Government’s evidence, but also without agreeing to its accuracy. “We don’t agree to one fact, as stated by the Government,” declared defense counsel. “We only agree that this is the Government’s evidence, and we rest without putting on any evidence of our own.”

By means of this unusual legal maneuver, the Scientologists were able to avoid a lengthy and costly trial, and at the same time retain their rights to appeal their convictions to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which they would ask to overturn the verdict on grounds that the FBI raids had been illegal.

The stipulation of record prepared by the prosecution reduced the 28 counts in the original indictment to a single count of conspiracy.

Defense lawyers at first balked at signing the stipulation because they found that the narrative was filled with the Government’s usual weasel wording. Throughout the stipulation, AUSA Banoun and his fellow prosecutors had used adjectives and legally conclusory terms such as “stole,” “burglarized,” and “illegally entered;” and at several points, had used the term, “pursuant to a lawful search,” or “to a lawfully executed search.”

That phrase, Dudley argued, would undercut his clients’ chance to appeal. “They present us a document that we have to sign, they want our signature on, that says it is a lawful search. Why would they want us to sign a document that says it is a lawful search, unless we are going to meet that document coming back some place else, some other day?”

Dudley told the court that inclusion of the term was a complete violation of the defense-prosecution agreement.

“I don’t agree with that,” said Judge Richey. “I think it is the prosecutors’ right to choose the terminology they wish, just like they have the right to choose the terminology in drawing an indictment.”

Back in the days of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany they used to call them “confessions” instead of “indictments” but as Shakespeare once said “a rose is but a rose”.

Even so. It seems like criminals who tend to leave clues at the scene of a crime. Governments tend to as well. For instance within its mind numbing , stilted, turgid, torpid, and at times redundantly purple prose that it could be more accurately called the Stultification or Stupification of “Evidence”. One can like being at a crime scene will occasionally find actual evidence that the perpetrator never knowingly intended to leave.

Clues cluelessly left behind for whatever reason.

One clue for example came more recently then the Stipulation itself and was one left by the Guardian’s Office’s main adversary at the time the Internal Revenue Service in what was formerly known as the “Secret Closing Agreement” between them and the Church of Scientology and that is a line that seems to preclude “any claims of continued conspiracy having its genesis prior to the date of this Agreement”.

If there was no conspiracy then why bother mentioning one and then demand that it never be mentioned again as part of the “Agreement”?

Yet as we know there was indeed a conspiracy. Not merely a theory of one but one that was carefully documented. Again according to Omar Garrison:

The evidentiary record of the U.S. Government’s conspiracy against the Church of Scientology – extending, as it does, over more than two decades – has no parallel in American legal history.

There have been previous cases of official persecution of new religious sects (that of the Mormons, for example), but never before have so many agencies of the federal government joined forces in a dedicated – yes, a fanatical – scheme to destroy a legally constituted religious community.

That destruction of the church was the ultimate objective of the cabal there can be no doubt. The internal memoranda passed among the various agencies and departments involved, say so, clearly and emphatically.

After analyzing hundreds of governmental documents relating to the Scientology case, Rodney A. Austin, an expert on Constitutional and Administrative law, affirmed unequivocally that the U.S. Justice Department had directed “an all-agency effort to malign, oppress, criminally prosecute and ultimately end the practice of Scientology.”

I reached a similar conclusion in my earlier work, already alluded to, which also carefully examines the role of such vested interests as the American Medical Association, World Federation of Mental Health, Better Business Bureaus, and others, in initiating the government’s offensive against the church throughout the world.

At that time, I did not have available to me the copious documentation which has recently been obtained by using the Freedom of Information Act. The church has been able thus far to acquire or to gain access to a mind-boggling 100,000 pages through administrative action, and another 100,000 pages through costly litigation.

Well-informed sources estimate that the various federal agencies and government departments are still withholding another hundred thousand documents pertaining to the church, its founder and/or its members. The Internal Revenue Service alone is said to have 33 linear feet of files, most of which that agency has refused to disclose, employing various obstructive tactics to avoid compliance with the law.”

Then of course there were those actions taken against the Church of Scientology that the Guardian’s Office managed to gain access to even after their most senior officers were convicted of “Conspiracy”:

In 1957, the Central Intelligence Agency issued its first report on the Church of Scientology. Since that time, the members of our sister churches in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, England, Canada, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Spain, and Greece were subjected to an intelligence operation which had as its purpose the annihilation of an American-founded religious movement.

We have been accused of almost everything from gun-running, drug trafficking, white slave trafficking, sex perversion, hypnotism, brainwashing, currency smuggling to Communist countries, to even killing. They are tired old lies we have long since been able to prove are false.

In 1973, we discovered, by accident in Germany, evidence of the international circulation of false reports and immediately began utilization of the Freedom of Information Act. By 1978, more than 200,000 documents had been collected, cross indexed, filed, and analyzed. Hundreds of FOI requests were made and lawsuits filed against agencies withholding documents. Thousands of man hours were consumed in this massive project. We had to study intelligence tactics to understand what had happened.

What we found was a systematic campaign of “well poisoning” which followed the expansion of Scientology abroad in more than 14 countries from Australia in the early l960’s to France in 1978. In every instance where our Church was attacked, we have documents which prove that malicious false reports, rumors, unproven allegations of crimes and other dirt were disseminated broad by American agencies to foreign governments prior to any action taken against the Church.

For a long 21 years, we have not only endured this deliberate and cold-blooded inquisition, we have continued to expand and prosper. We have been no threat to national security, we have no history of criminal activity, and there has been no evidence to support the outrageous lies spread by the CIA, FBI, IRS and others involved.

Maybe some would consider the Government accusing the Guardian’s Office of “Conspiracy”. One of those cases of the pot accusing the kettle of being black.

Unfortunately in most cases the Government is never indicted for the crimes it commits against its own citizens. For instance despite the Church Committee and the Rockefeller Commission reports which exposed criminal actions carried out by Government Agencies and their Agents and Officers. No indictments were ever handed down.

Even today despite the NSA’s blatant disregard for the Fourth Amendment fully exposed. There wasn’t even a Commission or even a Congressional Committee formed. In fact laws were written that retroactively granted immunity to corporations who actively participated in circumventing the Bill of Rights.

But I digress.

Since this is an article about the Guardian’s Office. The office of the Church of Scientology that for a short time actually turned the tables on the US Government and spied on them for a change.

In many ways they should have been hailed as heroes by the Church or at least martyrs but instead it seems they have been shoved down a memory hole by some Winston Smith in the Church’s current PR Department or maybe more accurately “Ministry of Truth”. Not even mentioned in the current edition of What is Scientology along with any traces of their existence wiped from their scriptures and the once able Mary Sue Hubbard former Commodore Staff Guardian and one time wife of L Ron Hubbard now an almost forgotten “unperson”.

That said the facts are that the Guardian’s Office Snow White Program began to pursue the disinformation, misinformation and false reports generated by Governments initially by legal means using the FOIA yet at some point as I wrote earlier they crossed the Rubicon.

Again at what point that was is very evident in the so called Stipulation of Evidence and that was exactly when Michael Meisner assumed the position of Assistant Guardian for Information.

Less like Caesar and more like Charcot the boatman on the Styx. He took the Guardian’s Office across to Hades

The Stipulation of “Evidence”

“Circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing. It may seem to point very straight to one thing,

but if you shift your own point of view a little,

you may find it pointing in an equally uncompromising manner to something entirely different”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The “Stipulation of Evidence” as it is called contains what would be considered evidence that is circumstantial in many ways since there are no actual eye witnesses to the crimes allegedly committed except for one who’s reliability is somewhat questionable. Also many of the so called “crimes” that the Scientologist are accused of are merely by their accusation in many ways violations of the law themselves. For example accusing a Scientologist who is an American Citizen that accepts a position in the US Government of “infiltration” directly goes against the  Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Eleventh Constitutional Amendment. Yet the Stipulation is littered with such accusations which in themselves are possibly illegal.

Also the Conspiracy Theory used by the AUSA is in many ways based the Conspiracy Theory that anyone who may have merely had guilty knowledge of the criminal actions perpetrated by others is somehow “evidence” of a “conspiracy”. A novel legal concept that one would have thought had vanished with the Alien and Sedition act of 1798.

Other features are actions that would normally be considered larceny such as “using United States Government property equipment, and supplies” to copy files taken from unsecured offices “without permission”in other words unlawful entry resulting again in the larcenous theft of photocopy paper are elevated to the level of “burglary”.

And where the intentional ransacking of Churches in what looks like an open ended search for “evidence” is according to AUSA “the lawful execution of United States Magistrate search warrants”.

In other words an alternative legal universe of some kind where misdemeanors are transmuted into crimes and the law and the Constitution are completely disregarded or in some cases violated in order to make a case against the nine defendants.

Also aside from evidence of crimes if one shifts one’s parallax there is also evidence of provocation or inducement to commit such crimes by possible agent provocateurs.

The Agents Provocateur

“You give yourself for an ‘agent provocateur.’  The proper business of an ‘agent provocateur’ is to provoke.”

The Secret Agent

Joseph Conrad

According to the Merriam-Webster the first use of the term Agent Provocateur was 1877 and it was probably the Czarist Government Secret Police who refined the technique into virtual art form. Unfortunately such actions eventually brought unexpected blow back such as the Russian Revolution.

Despite the potential dangers involved in the use of agent provocateurs euphemistically labeled as “confidential informants” in the Bureau’s bureaucratic doublespeak. The FBI adapted their use in what was known at the time as CoIntelPro for Counter Intelligence Program which originally was directed against Communist infiltration but later was expanded to include any organization or individual that was considered “subversive” by J Edgar Hoover. Many as in most if not all who had no connection to Communism at all such as the Civil Rights movement and what was known as the “New Left” which was based on the Free Speech movement started in Berkley California.

In fact much of the radicalism and turmoil of “60’s” can attributed to the efforts of the FBI who sought the provoke internecine warfare between various groups or to provoke them into committing criminal actions or even acts of terrorism.

The program remained relatively secret until the early 1970’s  when a group of individuals calling themselves the “Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI” broke into the FBI’s Field Office in Media Pennsylvania and stole their files.

What occurred after the break-in according to an article published in the LA Times in 2008:

Within a few weeks, the documents began to show up — mailed anonymously in manila envelopes with no return address — in the newsrooms of major American newspapers. When the Washington Post received copies, Atty. Gen. John N. Mitchell asked Executive Editor Ben Bradlee not to publish them because disclosure, he said, could “endanger the lives” of people involved in investigations on behalf of the United States.

Nevertheless, the Post broke the first story on March 24, 1971, after receiving an envelope with 14 FBI documents detailing how the bureau had enlisted a local police chief, letter carriers and a switchboard operator at Swarthmore College to spy on campus and black activist groups in the Philadelphia area.

More documents went to other reporters — Tom Wicker received copies at his New York Times office; so did reporters at the Los Angeles Times — and to politicians including Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota and Rep. Parren J. Mitchell of Maryland.

What did these pilfered files reveal? Again according to Omar Garrison:

Caught in the glare of publicity, the FBI announced that for “security reasons” it was terminating the Program as of April 27, 1971. The action came a decade and a half too late. Documents pried loose from the Bureau in freedom-of-information suits disclosed what the Washington Post accurately described as “an incredible pattern of abuse,” extending back over a period of 15 years.

The FBI’s covert action – i.e., “dirty tricks” – programmes against American citizens were, in fact, vigilante operations using techniques adopted outright from wartime counterintelligence capers directed against enemy agents and saboteurs. Hence the misnomer given the project.

Describing the kind of operations which had been used against foreign intelligence agents, and later transferred to domestic targets, former assistant FBI Director William C. Sullivan told the Senate Select Committee:

“This is a rough, tough, dirty business, and dangerous … No holds were barred.”

The “dirty business” included unauthorized bugging and wiretapping;  mail opening; warrantless break-ins (“black bag jobs”); anonymously mailing reprints of newspaper and magazine articles (some of them planted in the press by the Bureau itself); disseminating defamatory  information regarding individuals, much of it false; encouraging street warfare between violence-prone groups; contacting an employee with derogatory information about a person to get the target fired; using the IRS to harass individuals an d organizations by audit; and so on.

As one newspaper writer put it, “almost nothing – beyond lack of imagination – appears to have limited the range of dirty tricks’ used by the FBI . . .”

The explanation offered by the Bureau for its illegal acts was that the agency found them to be necessary to protect national security (a catch-all pleading invoked by all federal agencies to justify theirlawless conduct); and to prevent violence.

That too facile a rationale runs aground, however, on two facts: the FBI targeted groups and individuals which did not remotely pose a threat to national security; and many of the Cointelpro victims were non-violent in both word and deed.

In the programme’s later phases, it became clear that it was being used against persons and organizations whose beliefs were repugnant to the Bureau. In short, Cointelpro was J. Edgar Hoover’s secret war against what he considered “dangerous” ideas, or sometimes against individuals who were unpopular with his friends and supporters.

What conceivable threat to national security or potential for violence, for instance, was involved in the Cointelpro operation in which the Bureau wrote an anonymous letter to the parents of a Michigan State University co-ed, telling them that their daughter  had  “a serious infection,” implying that she had contracted a venereal disease?

Or, the instance in which FBI agents in Madison, Wisconsin “fingered” for Dane County police a co-ed who danced nude in a production of Peter Pan, because they didn’t like her political views? (The memorandum covering the op notes with satisfaction: “Local charges were brought against her.”)

Of the 2,370 approved COINTELPRO programs that have been disclosed so far, perhaps the saddest and most disgraceful of all was the operation against the film actress Jean Seberg.

Documents obtained from the FBI under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that in 1970, agents in the Bureau’s Los Angeles Division, with the approval of Washington headquarters, concocted a scheme to ruin her reputation by spreading a rumor that she was pregnant by a Black Panther leader.

At the time, Seberg was married to French Diplomat Romain Gary. The plot was initiated by the Special Agent in charge of the FBI Los Angeles office with a request, dated April 27,1970 and submitted to the Director in Washington. It read:

“Bureau permission is requested to publicize the pregnancy of Jean Seberg, well-known movie actress by (name deleted) Black Panther (BPP) (deleted) by advising Hollywood “Gossip-Columnists” in the Los Angeles area of the situation. It is felt that the possible publication of Seberg’s plight could cause her embarrassment and serve to cheapen her image with the general public.

” ‘It is proposed that the following letter from a fictitious person be sent to local columnists:

“I was just thinking about you and remembered I still owe you a favor. So —- I was in Paris last week and ran into Jean Seberg, who was heavy with baby. I thought she and Romaine [sic] had gotten together again, but she confided the child belonged to (deleted) of the Black  Panthers, one (deleted). The dear girl is getting around!

” ‘Anyway, I thought you might get a scoop on the others. Be good and  I’ll see you soon.


 ” ‘Sol.,

“Usual precautions would be taken by the Los Angeles Division to  preclude identification of the Bureau as the source of the letter if approval is granted.”

 The agent making this proposal signed the document with his initials, RWH. It was approved by his superiors, WGG and RMB. While the FBI has refused to identify these agents, according to a source close to the activity, the originator of the memorandum was R Richard Wallace Held, later promoted to the job of Inspector with the Bureau in Washington.

The same informant identified the special agent in charge as Wesley G. Grapp, now retired; and RMB as Richard M. Bloesser, also retired, but  then a supervisor over S quad #2 in the Los Angeles office.

On information and belief (as the lawyers say) the Black Panther leader named in the proposition was Raymond (Masia) Hewit. In a separate op, the FBI falsely identified him as an undercover informant for the agency. The official letter was planted in his car with the expectation that one of his fellow Panthers would find it and assault him.

Days later, approval for the project came from the FBI headquarters in Washington. The memorandum contained a note of caution.

“To protect the sensitive source of information from possible compromise and to insure the success of your plan, Bureau feels it would be better to wait approximately two additional months until Seberg’s pregnancy would be obvious to everyone.”

The headquarters memorandum also added this note:

“Jean Seberg has been a financial supporter of the BBP and should be neutralized. Her current pregnancy by (name deleted) while stillmarried affords an opportunity for such effort. ”

In terms of circulation, the FBI’s black propaganda effort met with notable success. On May 19, 1970, Los Angeles Times keyhole columnist Joyce Haber included the defamatory tidbit in her day’s reportage. Haber’s effusion was thereafter picked up and reprinted by Newsweek  magazine, the American Weekly, and a French publication called Minute.

The actress’ French husband said that soon after reading the false stories, his wife, who was then in the seventh month of her pregnancy’; had to be hospitalized. Three days later, she went into labor and gave birth to a stillborn child, a white female.

The infant was placed in an open casket so that those who may have believed the cruel canard could view the truth in its most tragic setting.

Romain Gary affirmed that he was the child’s father, and said that the shock of losing the child made the actress become psychotic. Every year, on the anniversary of the incident, she attempted suicide.

Finally, on September 10, 1979, the denouement of the harrowing events set in motion by the FBI, occurred. Jean Seberg died in the back seat of her car in Paris, of an overdose of barbituates.

Gary tersely delivered the last summary of the case:

“Jean Seberg was destroyed by the FBI.”

In a face-saving editorial, the Los Angeles Times deeply regretted that that newspaper had carried the calumny, but took consolation in a statement issued by FBI Director William H. Webster, to wit:

“The days when the FBI used derogatory information to combat advocates of unpopular causes have long since passed. We are out of that business forever.”

No such consolation is to be found, however, in the final report of the Senate Select Committee which investigated the Cointel operations.

The committee concluded:

“Cointelpro activities may continue today under the rubric of ‘investigation.’

Of course after the shocking revelation the FBI had assured congress that CoIntelPro was discontinued when in fact it had metastasized into various programs involving state, county and local law enforcement.

Part of the modus operandi of CoIntelPro was what is known as “sting operations” which in many cases involved the use of “confidential informants” who in many cases acted as agent provocateurs. Again in many cases inducing and assisting the target to commit criminal acts so that they could be arrested which is the basic definition of Agent Provocateur.

Whether the Guardian’s Office was a target of what is known as a “sting operation” often a euphemism for blatant entrapment is not known except for some obvious clues.

First according to the Stipulation the Guardian’s Office’s crime spree didn’t really begin until after their star witness Michael Meisner assumed the position of Assistant Guardian for information and introduced his program for cracking the IRS known as GO for Guardian’s Order 1361 which included “infiltrating” (a word that the prosecution would use to its gleeful advantage in the Stipulation) an agent into the Internal Revenue Service and have him “get the files”.

To “get the files”  itself doesn’t really have any criminal intent connected to it unless the manner in which they are gotten is illegal. For example one could get the files by personally requesting them or be placed in a position where one has personal access to such files. Yet instead Meisner like the Artful Dodger influences his agent in the direction of criminality by teaching him that “get” really means steal and has him “using United States Government property equipment, and supplies” to make the pilfered copies.

Personally as a writer having researched what former Director of Central Intelligence Allen Dulles called the “Craft of Intelligence” I’ve always wondered if Meisner was merely ignorant of basic tradecraft by having his agents photocopy the files on as they say “United States Government property equipment” using their “supplies” which are both monitored by said Government and can be modified to keep track of what has been copied or if he actually intended for his agents to be burned eventually.

Traditionally spies have used spy cameras even after the invention of the Xerox machine which are small, portable and therefore can be easily smuggled in and used to surreptitiously to photograph files without the danger of being traced back to “using United States Government property equipment, and supplies” which at some point would become noticeable.

Yet it seems Meisner throws caution to the wind by having his agents photocopy the purloined files that in many cases can be measured in stacks fifteen feet in height.

Also it is Meisner who not only plays a pivotal role in inducing the Guardian’s Office into committing acts of espionage directly by his actions but also is the fulcrum which lifts them to the level of perpetrating a cover up and subsequent efforts to obstruct justice.

Of course their is no conclusive evidence that he is acting as an Agent Provocateur on any one else’s behalf. Save points I’ll address later which makes him highly suspect as a double agent

Then there is also another qualified candidate and that is the mysterious Don Alverzo who also may Joe Lisa both who seem to hold the same position in the US Guardian’s Office who mysteriously escapes the long arm of the law even though they are inextricably involved in the illegal acts perpetrated. For instance according to the Stipulation:

A few days before November 1, 1974, Don Alverzo, who held the position of Deputy Information Branch I Director US telephoned Mr. Meisner from Los Angeles, California, to inform him that he was coming to the District of Columbia to place an electronic bugging device in the Chief Counsel’s conference room at the Internal Revenue Service where a major meeting concerning Scientology was to be held.

On October 30, 1974, Mr. Meisner met Mr. Alverzo at the Guardian’s Office located at 2125 S Street, Northwest, in the District of Columbia. Also present at this meeting were the defendants Mitchell Hermann and Bruce Ullman who held the position of Information Branch II Director in the District of Columbia. Alverzo showed Meisner the bugging device which he had brought with him from Los Angeles. One of the items Alverzo had was a multiple electric outlet containing a transmitting device. In the late afternoon of October 30 Mr. Meisner and the defendant Mitchell Hermann entered the main IRS building located at 1111 Constitution Avenue, northwest, for the purpose of locating the conference room of the Chief Counsel’s office where the meeting was to be held on November 1, 1974 .

[The Guardian’s Office had received notification that such a meeting was to be held through attorneys who represented the Church of Scientology in their pending lawsuit regarding the tax exempt status of some churches of Scientology.]

On November 1, 1974, because of other pressing business Mr. Meisner did not accompany Mr. Alverzo during the IRS bugging. However, on the evening of November 1, 1974 subsequent to the IRS conference, Meisner met with the defendant Mitchell Hermann who described to him what had taken place. The defendant Hermann told Mr. Meisner that he had entered the main IRS building on the morning of November 1, 1974, gone to the conference room, where the meeting was to be held and placed the bugging device in a wall socket in that room. The room was located on the fourth floor of the Internal Revenue Service main building in Washington D.C. and faced the driveway of the Smithsonian Institution Museum of History and Technology on Constitution Avenue Northwest. [In fact, that conference room was actually located there on November 1, 1974.]

Thereafter, Hermann left the building and waited in a car in the driveway of the museum with Don Alverzo and Carla Moxon (the Assistant Guardian Communicator (Secretary) in the District of Columbia) and overheard and taped the entire meeting over the FM radio of the car. Following the conclusion of the meeting, the defendant Hermann reentered the IRS building, removed the bugging equipment from the conference room and took various papers, including the agenda for the meeting, which had been left by the participants. He showed these items to Mr. Meisner. Soon afterwards Alverzo returned to Los Angeles. He took with him the bugging device, and the tape recording of the meeting.

During the lawful execution of United States Magistrate search warrants upon premises of the Church of Scientology of California known as the Cedars Complex on July 8, 1977 Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Eusebic Benavidez seized a black suitcase containing electronic bugging devices from the office of the defendant Gregory Willardson. These included Exhibits 190 to 194. See photograph marked Government Exhibit No. 217 appended hereto.

In other words he not only breaks into a secure Government Office but also plants listening devices which is a felony he then carelessly leaves the tools of his trade such as the black bag used in the operation for the FBI to just happen to find “(d)uring the lawful execution of United States Magistrate search warrants upon premises of the Church of Scientology of California known as the Cedars Complex on July 8, 1977” which according to the Stipulation can be traced directly back to him but is never indicted.

Similar to Meisner who later in the Stipulation receives a communication from one of his agents which clearly says “CONFIDENTIAL -SHRED WHEN FINISHED” that is incautiously left for the hoards of FBI to find as they say “(d)uring the lawful execution of United States Magistrate search warrants”.

No definitive proof of course that both Meisner and Alverzo are working for the FBI or some other agency connected to the Government. Just tell tale signs and red flags that indicate the definite possibility.

Even stranger then any of those actions noted. Something that would practically verge on the the Paranormal is their agent code named “Silver” who’s real name is Gerald Wolfe being hired by the IRS during a Federal hiring freeze.

Gerald Wolfe

Code Named “Silver”

The Unlikely Spy

It is said that men condemned to death are subject to sudden moments of elation;

as if, like moths in the fire, their destruction were coincidental with attainment.”

John le Carre’

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

It seems the Stipulation moves sonorously, stentoriously  and laconically forward as if failing to notice the large pachyderm that has entered the narrative even though it is mentioned several times as a definite concern of the Guardian’s Office. Almost if  hoping that no one notices the high strangeness and incongruity of Wolfe being hired by the IRS as an entry level clerk over an executive order mandating a Federal hiring freeze. As if this would be consider a “normal” sequence of events.

Again when we look back at the the CoIntelPro we find that the FBI had no problem in eliciting the aid of other departments,  agencies and services in their program to eradicate radicals thus keeping the world safe it seems for some kind of Fascist Police State where good citizens don’t ask too many questions about their Government if they know what’s good for them.

Like the FBI the IRS to a greater or lesser degree has been used as a tool of political and in this case religious repression. There have been many non profits and religious organizations other then Scientology who have had their tax exempt status yanked for holding dissident views of one kind or another. Not only that but various individuals who tended to be too vocal in their dissent have found themselves the target of a tax audit.

To quote the late great American humorist Will Rogers:

“The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has.”

It seems that nothing stirs more terror in the heart of the average American then a letter from the Internal Revenue Service telling them that they are being audited.

For whatever reason the IRS may have had their own personal reasons for cooperating in what could be a spy trap. Most likely was the fact that the Church of Scientology wouldn’t accept the revocation of their Tax Exempt Status under IRC 501Ciii and suspected a nefarious plot behind it. Like the FDA before them they were now involved in a lengthy appeal involving litigation over the issue.

The Church after years of battling the Food and Drug Agency regarding their use of a harmless galvanometer known as Electropsychometer or E-meter as part of their religious counseling had eventually prevailed after a costly court battle by agreeing to have their e-meter labeled for religious use only.

What seemed strange about the whole affair is that the FDA would object to the use of such a harmless toy which sent a current of less then half a volt through anyone holding its “electrodes” that in most cases were basically tin plated stainless steel soup cans while on the other hand approving the use of electro shock machines which in most cases used 1000 times the voltage and were capable of causing grievous irreparable physical injury.

Now like the FDA the IRS found themselves in the sights of the Scientologist who wouldn’t take “no tax exemption” as an answer.

Even so Project Hunter which was part of the original Snow White Program did not specifically target the IRS. Its targets were the Treasury Department which included the Secret Service and the FBI’s liaison to InterPol. Thus it was Meisner who after assuming the position of Assistant Guardian for Information in Washington who would propose GO 1361 which would directly target the IRS by “infiltrating” an agent to “get the files.”

From a tactical point of view what appears to be a diversion. True the IRS revoked the Church’s Tax Exempt status but it seems likely this decision was based on faulty intelligence promoted by other agencies.

The agent chosen for the operation was an “FSM” by the name of Gerald Wolfe who obviously had no prior experience as an Intelligence Asset which according to the stipulation is the Guardian’s Office’s term for “covert operative”. An evident effort by the authors of the Stipulation to incriminate by the misdefining the abbreviation for Field Staff Member that has no such meaning since the term only means someone actively proselytizing Scientology outside the Church or in the “Field”.

Also according to the Stipulation he has other agents already in place in the Coast Guard and DEA. Yet the evidence suggests that prior to this point they were merely Government employees that happened to be Scientologists who had been recruited by Meisner to act as “agents in place” as part of GO 1361.

Meisner seems to violate the basic rules of tradecraft for even though he has a cut out or go between he many times violates operational security by directly contacting his agents. Worse as mentioned earlier he has them use the Government’s own Xerox machine to copy the files gotten. A completely insecure method that not only can be monitored but leaves an obvious paper trail.

What is truly amazing is that Meisner’s Scientology Spy Ring despite its lack of actual tradecraft survives for over a year photocopying thousands of documents. A take so prodigious that any evaluation and analysis is extremely backlogged in fact according to the Stipulation “some ‘15000’ documents”  forming stacks “ten feet in height”. Yet we are asked to suspend our disbelief and believe that this extensive use of “United States Government property equipment”and the subsequent hemorrhage of “supplies” is going unnoticed.

What’s interesting though is that his key agent one could say his 007 is Gerald Wolfe. Who it seems has no previous experience as a spy and thus can be easily manipulated into taking unwise risks such as cobbling shoes, false flags or more commonly forging Government IDs for both him and Meisner even though he himself has a valid IRS ID which will eventually expose their operation or so it seems.

To quote Phaedrus:

Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden.

The Trap is Set

Klebb: But what makes you think that M will oblige you by falling in with your plan?

Kronsteen: For the simple reason that this is so obviously a trap.

My reading of the British mentality is that they always treat a trap as a challenge.

And they couldn’t possibly pass up the chance of getting the Lektor decoder.

The Movie “From Russia with Love”

It seems so obvious that Wolfe’s “infiltration” was just too serendipitous. Even so it looks like not everyone in the Guardian’s Office is blinded by their success in “infiltrating” an agent into hostile and denied territory. As there are proposals for a back up plan in case their agents are “blown” and to be “prudent”. Suggestions that Spy Master Meisner seems to ignore as he has his spies imprudently “using United States Government property equipment, and supplies” to copy literally mountains of files.

According to the Stipulation their op sec is a joke with open text messages allegedly going back and forth regarding their concerns of the legality of the actively yet contradictory orders for further collection that contradict the Stipulation’s allegation that tape recordings of the bugged IRS Counsel’s meeting were transcribed in a complex digital code known as “Jade” which along with tapes just happened to be found next to Alverzo’s black bag suspiciously “(d)uring the lawful execution of United States Magistrate search warrants”.

Bringing up the obvious questions. Why if the tapes had already been transcribed in “Jade” they weren’t burn bagged? And also why if such a code existed why wasn’t used for other sensitive communications?

Despite all this with the alleged discovery of the blag back and incriminating tapes. There is almost a reverse symmetry to an earlier incident in American history that brought down a president.

Scientology-gate (Part I)

The Break Ins.

It sounded preposterous. Cubans in surgical gloves bugging the

DNC! I dismissed it as some sort of prank . . . The whole thing

made so little sense. Why, I wondered. Why then? Why in such a

blundering way . . . Anyone who knew anything about politics

would know that a national committee headquarters was a useless

place to go for inside information on a presidential campaign. The

whole thing was so senseless and bungled that it almost looked

like some kind of a setup.

Richard M Nixon from his Memoirs

Some years back when I was researching the demise of the Guardian’s Office. A researcher made the comparison to what become known as Watergate. The famous scandal named after the complex in Washington by the same name and the Snow White Affair. I never gave it much thought until I began writing this article at which point the parallels became obvious.

They both began with a break in of some kind to plant bugs followed by an effort to cover up criminal connections which becomes a conspiracy to obstruct justice. Not only that but they both have incriminating tapes.

Also as alluded earlier there seems to be an unseen conspiracy which exists outside the one which eventually becomes the Government approved and endorsed version of “the conspiracy”.

“Watergate” included two break-ins which were later linked back to the Nixon Whitehouse that were carried out by SIU or the Security and Intelligence Unit better known as the “Plumbers”. The first one was the office of Dr Fielding, Daniel Ellsberg’s Psychiatrist in Beverly Hills California after Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers followed by the most infamous break in in history carried out at the Democratic National Committee Offices located in the Watergate Complex at 700 New Hampshire Ave NW in Washington DC.

Several years later the Stipulation of Evidence is written and after a preamble begins with a break in and bugging but this time it is the IRS’ Counsels Room located in the IRS building on 1111 Constitution Avenue NW which just happens to be a few blocks from the Watergate Complex.

Almost as if the AUSA has incorporated the same plot in his case against the Church of Scientology’s Guardian’s Office with a few variations to the actual story line of Watergate. It seems strange but Nixon and the Guardian’s Office may have had the same enemy. One who was capable of laying a complex Rube Goldberg like mouse trap to eventually ensnare them both.

Let’s take a look back at Watergate again. Actually there seems to more to the story then mainstream historians have led us to believe and that Nixon’s fall seems to be directly linked to his obsession with what he called “the Bay of Pigs thing”. A touchy subject. One that when mentioned caused the usually urbane and unflappable DCI Richard Helms to become unusually flappable, very un-urbane and extremely upset. In fact shouting at his commander and chief:

“This has nothing to do with the Bay of Pigs!”

Of course the “Bay of Pigs” was not simply about CIA’s failed invasion of Cuba but also included the subsequent assassination Nixon’s penultimate predecessor John F Kennedy. It seems likely that Helms was in on the secrets behind Kennedy’s assassination that till this day haven’t come to light. It is also interesting that many of the Watergate burglars were Cubans who were connected to CIA and can be linked back to the failed Cuban Invasion followed by subsequent failed efforts to assassinate Castro and who would be suspected for their involvement in the the Kennedy assassination. Not to mention the mysterious reappearance of H Howard Hunt who himself was to a degree involved in the whole “bay of pigs thing”.

Then again it could probably just be a coincidence that these professionals were all caught In flagrante delicto trying to break in and bug the Democratic National Headquarters so easily by an eagle eyed Security Guard who happened to spot a strip of duct tape so obviously placed horizontally across the door latch. As they say wonders never cease. Not only that but the break in would cause the eventual domino effect that would become known as the “Watergate Scandal”.

Also it is probably just another happy happenstance that the man who replaced Nixon. One Gerald Ford just happened to be on the Warren Commission.

Yes wonders never cease.

Pardon my digression. Back to what I call Scientology-gate with some variables pretty much plays out the same way. Actually instead of just two break-ins there are a whole series of actual professionally conducted break-ins led by the mysterious Don Alverzo in most cases assisted by Michael Meisner with the exception of the first one which involved the bugging of the IRS’ Chief Counsel’s Office because we are told Meisner had “other pressing business”.

What that “other pressing business” was we are never told. But if one had a suspicious mind and were disposed to “Conspiracy Theories” and such one could speculate that if Meisner was a “confidential informant” or double agent that exposing him to such a hazardous operation with the extreme chances of being apprehended along with Alverzo could blow the entire operation.

True purely speculation but according to the evidence presented by the AUSA in the Stipulation the fact that Meisner didn’t shred a note from one of his agents that clearly said “CONFIDENTIAL -SHRED WHEN FINISHED” for the FBI to find clearly makes his actual allegiances somewhat questionable. Just as Alverzo’s who just happened to leave “a black suitcase containing electronic bugging devices” for them when as they say “(d)uring the lawful execution of United States Magistrate search warrants upon premises of the Church of Scientology of California known as the Cedars Complex on July 8, 1977” for the forces of “law and order” to stumble upon.

Again wonders never cease.

Again back to the parallels between Scientology-gate and Watergate. Since both have a Cover-up which eventually leads to an effort to “obstruct justice”. Though in the latter case one one wonders how justice was obstructed since justice doesn’t seem too involved or interested at least according to the Stipulation of Evidence until Meisner makes that fateful call to the FBI and becomes Scientology-gate’s version of John Dean.

Scientology-gate (Part II)

The Cover up

When you look for a conspiracy.

Look for the violation of Standard Operating Procedure.

Fletcher Prouty

Seems if you wanted a good cover-up followed by an obstruction of justice all you’ve got to do is make sure there is a Security Guard available to call the cops or in this case the FBI which is exactly what happens as if on script. In this case the Guardian’s Office has expanded their operations to include US Attorney’s Office which just happens to be the Office prosecuting the case. Seems to be a symmetry involved here.

According to the Stipulation this is exactly where both Meisner and Wolfe are caught making photocopies of various documents “using United States Government property equipment, and supplies” .

This doesn’t play out exactly like Watergate as the Security Guard for some reason having spotted them on Friday doesn’t bother informing anyone until the following Monday. Possibly having the idea that spies take the weekend off. Again like Alverzo’s magical appearance earlier we are treated to another non-explanation that the guard for some reason didn’t feel compelled to report this breech until after the weekend.

In general the Stipulation of Evidence in many ways causes one to ask more questions then it answers as to what really happened?

Such as did it really happen this way due the FBI’s and AUSA’s complete lack of originality or is there some other cosmic reason that the following scenario is almost  a slow motion replay of the famous Watergate break-in?

First we have the trusty security guard who spots the culprits In flagrante delicto . This time instead of having broken into and now in the process of bugging the Democratic National HQ (though a similar scene is incorporated later in the script with the discovery of the black bag and incriminating tapes) are with malice and forethought “using United States Government property equipment, and supplies” yet unlike Watergate this security guard instead waits the whole weekend before reporting the incident to the Night Librarian who in turn reports the incident to the AUSA who tells to them to report the two miscreants the next time they’re spotted to the FBI both who like the Watergate burglars conveniently have incriminating evidence in their possession leading to a broader “conspiracy”. In this case two recently forged IDs.

A strange twist on Watergate with the FBI despite the fact that there is no evidence that a federal crime had been committed at this point is called in instead of the police or the Federal Security Service the agency responsible for Federal building security. A twist in the same plot which basically has the same result of provoking a cover-up and obstruction of justice but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.

As we can see by the Stipulation when the two photocopy thieves return instead of being arrested on the spot by the G-men or more accurately a G-man and woman who I’ll call Mulder and Scully in keeping with the high strangeness of what happens which should be in an X-File are only questioned (without reading them their Miranda rights of course) and then cut loose.

Even though both of them have evidence in their possession that they have violated Federal Statutes. In other words two false IDs which the penalty for is fatuously noted in the Stipulation and additionally in Meisner’s case he has committed the crime of impersonating a Federal Agent and was therefore in violation of the following:

US Code Title 18 Part 1 Chapter 43

Whoever falsely assumes or pretends to be an officer or employee acting under the authority of the United States or any department, agency or officer thereof, and acts as such, or in such pretended character demands or obtains any money, paper, document, or thing of value, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

Which mysteriously is never mentioned in the so called “Stipulation of ‘Evidence’”.

Why the ASUA decides to call for a Grand Jury instead of having the two summarily arrested according to standard police procedure since there is prima faca evidence that both of them have committed federal crimes is another mystery. Unless it was never the ASUA’s intention to enforce the laws of the United States to begin with but intentionally create a broader conspiracy which is exactly what happens when Meisner decides go on the lam leaving Wolfe his agent twisting in the wind to face the music all by himself.

So just as we’ve seen Meisner earlier inciting the Guardian’s Office into committing illegal acts of espionage we now see him in the starring role of if not as an actual agent provocateur at least a catalyst in the cover up and subsequent obstruction justice of justice played out on his behalf now in the role of Federal Fugitive.

Meisner’s too modest at this point by giving others credit for his flight from justice. Yet it is easy to see by reading the Stipulation that he is mainly calling the shots on providing the financial means meaning the funding for the whole operation according to the Stipulation.

From there he manages to stay off the Fed’s radar somehow for almost a year even though there should be a Federal Bench Warrant with his name on it for his failure to appear before a Grand Jury. Therefore should have his photograph with his description issued to the US Marshal Service for his arrest as a Federal Fugitive.  A BOLO alert to all local and state police agencies. Not to mention his portrait suitable for framing in all Post Offices around the country.

Yet whatever steps were taken to apprehend him are never mentioned in the Stipulation. Instead we are told how he has been transferred to various safe houses while the Guardian’s Office is trying to figure out what to do with him during which time according to the Stipulation he is virtually being held captive yet contradictorily is able to elude his captors at least once by hopping a cab then changing his mind for some reason never explained and returning for more “restraint”.

One get’s the impression that the Stipulation is trying to create the legend of Meisner becoming “disillusioned” after being held on ice for just so long and then deciding to turn himself in which he eventually does.

Like a scene from some cheap B-grade crime movie. Meisner who has once again managed to elude his “captors” makes a call from a phone booth in a nondescript Bowling Alley instead of the usual crappy diner or seedy bar dialing up the FBI using his former agent’s name because he’s afraid that the phone is being tapped by the Guardian’s Office.

Or this is what we’re told in the Stipulation. The only question is how did Meisner happen to know the number for the FBI off the top of his head? True its in the Phone Book but there is no mention of him consulting one first before making the call. Also his misplaced paranoia about the Guardian’s Office monitoring his call is over the top. Almost like some low budget badly written Film Noir. The kind Hoover used to promote to his friends in Hollywood.

Besides if the Guardian’s Office had the same capabilities as the NSA as the over paranoid Meisner seems to imply wouldn’t the mention of “Gerald Wolfe” the agent that he burned tip them off?

On one hand through Meisner’s testimony they try to present the image of the Guardian’s Office’s omnipotence while telling us with almost unbridled triumphalism that they are totally unaware that Meisner has turned as if the Stipulation at this point is almost schizophrenic.

What seems even more contrived is the agent receiving the call is immediately familiar with the name “Gerald Wolfe”. As if it is the only thing on this agent’s mind despite dealing with maybe dozens of open cases. Either that or the FBI is so obsessed with the Guardian’s Office and Scientology that they dedicated a special task force to take it on.

However one’s suspension of disbelief is stretched to the limits when they dispatch not one, not two but three G-men almost immediately to pick Meisner up. As if the Guardian’s Office is planning an armed assault on the bowling alley.

In Three Days of the Condor Robert Redford as Joe Turner has to wait two hours to resurface before CIA attempt to bring him in after his whole office has been hit. Yet Meisner cries “Wolfe” and practically gets an FBI Welcome Wagon who whisk him away probably in a private jet to a Virginia safe house were now as their star witness he can burn down the Guardian’s Office after personally lighting the fire.

As they say fact is sometimes stranger then fiction but in this case what is stated as “fact” by our Government at times makes actual fiction seem more believable.

Stay tuned for the third and final installment on the Guardian’s Office.


Written by remoteviewed

April 28, 2015 at 9:22 pm

Posted in CIA and Religion

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