Scientology protesters had recently been false arrested by the Hemet
CA deputies. They got bad press and would not show up to protect us
from cultists. So I was forced to engage in civil disobedience to make
them show up and babysit us. This led to a months long legal dispute
involving false evidence. Riverside county supervisor Jeff Stone and
bail bondsman Fausto Atilano also ended up in the mix.
Ex-Cultist Chuck Beattie: The guy who comes out to banter with you at
the beginning of the video is Kevin Caetano, long time security guard,
married to Kirsten Caetano, who you filmed early on in one of your old
original HGB Maxim magazine protest you did last summer was it, at the
HGB in LA remember, the lady who you followed walking into the Ivar entrance,
and you bantered intelligently and wittily with, on one of your first
videos! You have a knack of hitting the jackpot when it comes to tripping
over Scientology's top of the line external facing "handlers." On Kirsten
and Kevin, it is amazing and interesting how some upper ranks Sea Org
elite staffer couples, like Kevin and Kirsten, stay together, even though
other couples fall apart.
I think there is an agreed upon exception,
that OSA Int staff (Kirsten is the Intell Covert Ops flap handler international
for Scientology, based in LA though), and Kevin is Gold org staff, at
Hemet, they normally would have been encouraged to divorce, since normally
working at different echelons is grounds for encouraging the staff couples
to divorce, but OSA Int staff married to Gold staff, at least this relationship,
between Kirsten and Kevin, is allowed. Ask him if he and Kirsten "have
a 2D room at the base or in LA?" It would be interesting to know where
their little home is. Scientology upper ranks marriages are very unique.
Their marriage has lasted, and it's interesting, both Kevin and Kirsten
are both external facing staffers, having to face guys like you guys,
the dreaded "SPs"!
Sheesh. You hit the jackpot, you have a knack
for it. Kirsten is a real talkative smoothie, she just smoothly dominated
all my conversations, when I was being "handled" by her, during my routing
out transition out of the Sea Org when she was assigned to my "case",
Dec 2002 until I left the Sea Org in late March 2003. Kirsten used to
be my second wife's boss, my second wife was the "Invest Files In Charge
OSA Int". Long range marriages of top ranked Sea Org members are the exception,
and Kevin and Kirsten I believe have managed to be an exception. Good
for them, really, despite all the Hubbard crap.
5, 2010 Murrieta Courthouse, Riverside CA -
I showed up in court today
with my super-helpful lawyer
almost a year after being charged with misdemeanor pansy stomping
vandalism under $400. The DA had previously offered to end this and I wouldn't
have to pay the full amount of damages but I refused. So this time they made
a better offer. If I would cop a plea to stay away from Gold Base for two years
and pay a $205 fine all charges would be dropped. My lawyer and I felt this
was an acceptable offer so I took it. This had been a very productive and fruitful
enterprise so far but the only thing I would have gained had I stuck with the
case (and won) would be getting Catherine Fraser in trouble with the law.
The officer who issued me the pansy
stomping citation noted the damaged plants were worth less than $400. This
is important because if it was more than $400 it is a more serious crime. Because
they had me on camera the Scientologists thought I would plead guilty. They
decided to concoct a fake flower invoice of almost $3,000 and say it was from
a local grower called "The Color Connection." The charge was changed to vandalism
OVER $400. They wanted me in bigger trouble and they wanted me to pay a lot
more money in restitution.
Unfortunately for them I pled "not guilty"
and a trial had to be arranged. I did not believe for a minute that I had done
almost $3,000 worth of damage. So I requested my own invoice from The Color
Connection, the only grower in the area that had such flowers available. It
showed:1. The Color Connection doesn't do installations even though the cult's
invoice said they do. They just grow the plants. I was told the brother of
the owner should be contacted if I wanted to talk about planting the flowers.
The brother said this would cost less than $200.2. Plants aren't available
for purchase in the quantities mentioned on the cult invoice3. The cult invoice
looks nothing like their invoices4. The "real" invoice shows each plant
worth about .75 cents. The cult invoice says each installed plant is worth
over $9, a 1240% markup!When Catherine Harrison, the woman from the Color Connection,
was questioned she said she knew nothing about the Scientology invoice, that
there was no record of it in their system, that the prices were much too high
and it didn't look like their invoices.
The next time I went to court
Catherine Fraser looked very meek because they knew we had talked to the Color
Connection. But the cultists didn't tell their own District Attorney Steve
Allen about the fake invoice. He was very puzzled as to what was going on and
why we were going to bring in a surprise rebuttal witness. "What is to rebut?"
the DA thought, "we've got him on video doing it."Things were looking very
good for getting Catherine Fraser nailed for falsifying evidence. The case
might even get thrown out because of this so we were careful not to mention
it to anybody. My lawyer Graham Berry wanted to wait until we were in court
on the stand and someone mentioned the price of the flowers. Then he could
wave the second, nonfiction invoice, and say AHA! Liars!
CHANGES HIS STORY
Then the cultists leaned on Bill Shinkle the flower
farmer. They probably told him they would never buy flowers from him again
if he didn't do what they wanted. Right when he business is at it's worst thanks
to the economy. Suddenly his girlfriend Catherine Harrison said she didn't
know what she was talking about. Bill Shinkle said the invoices look different
because he changed computers and systems (quickbooks). Suddenly the flowers
that were on the original phony cult invoice weren't good enough and there
was stupid debate about 4" vs. 6" plants and other nonsense. He became
a hostile witness. "I only supply and plant the flowers" Shinkle said. "I don't
know what they do there and I do not want to know what they do there."Fortunately
the invoice claimed a preposterous $4.64 planting fee per plant. We still had
great evidence that their invoice was from the moon but the witness would have
to be cross examined harshly. Treating a local man badly could have affected
the jury and we were concerned.
Today when the DA
offered a plea bargain in which I didn't have to pay anything back to the Scientologists
I decided to finally take them up on their offer. Since I have not been to
Gold Base in almost a year it was not a big deal to be barred from going there.
I will be on probation for two years but after about half that time, if I have
engaged in good behavior, I can petition to be allowed back to Gold base to
protest. After two years my record will be expunged.
What started out
as an attempt to get the Hemet police to show up and do their duty turned into
a very useful exercise. It allowed my lawyer to meet and learn about the DAs
and judges at the Murietta Justice Center. Because Anonorange and I were there
on Pansygate business we caught Riverside Super Jeff Stone as an alleged accessory
to kidnapping. The Scientologists were forced to waste time dealing with me
and paying their super-expensive lawyer Elliot Abelson. He even had to rent
a room in Murrieta last night to be ready for today. His hotel room probably
cost more than the $205 in fines I paid to the state, not the cult. In return
I got out of Scientology's Hemet CA hair for a while. Of course at the last
minute their lawyer Elliott Abelson tried to have me drug tested and HIV tested
to harass me. He knows my HIV status! They told the Hemet police and
the LA Times last year! This went nowhere and just left the commissioner
Although I was disappointed not to catch Catherine Fraser
behaving badly it was a good deal for everyone except my lawyer. "I really
wanted to try this case!" he complained. But he did a great job and a
big thanks to Graham Berry
To see the numbers behind the nonsense invoice
. A few days after
the trial I received a $35 check from the Superior Court of CA Riverside Bail
Trust labelled "Exoneration." I don't know why but I guess that means I only
paid $170 to drop this matter.
Meanwhile on many fronts my lawyer remarked
that Scientology is very quiet right now. We suspect it is because their numbers
are way down and they are infighting. Much like the LA based protesters!
|SCIENTOLOGY SECURITY CAM OUTPUT - PANSYGATE
who has protested at Gold Base, the Scientology
compound in Hemet, CA knows there are cameras and microphones everywhere.
But nobody knew of their power until, in the discovery process of my alleged
stomping, my lawyer obtained this footage of me stomping pansies.
It goes on for over forty five minutes but we were only given a five minute
highlight reel from which the above stills were taken. It's easy to see
that their pole mounted camera can view the entire entranceway. Note the
water on the ground from the sprinklers they turned on to try to make
us walk in the street, soil our camera lenses and make my sign run. They
can also zoom in all the way to see which brand of shoes I was wearing.
Also on the video is the heading and pitch of the camera, the time of
day and two different calendars. One of them is off by a month! Clods.
Fortunately for me the issue before the jury is not "did I stomp pansies"
but "am I on cult property". I am not, as the the property line is at
the fence. Otherwise the cult would have charged me with trespassing.
Or tried. As they sometimes do. Even though it has never stuck.
And I got great photos!