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February 5th, 2007

IF THE SHOE FITS - ANOTHER BRANCH OF THE ROTTED TREE



"Thereafter, he was fascinated by Crowley's "Magick," and Crowley became a

mentor for Hubbard, a relationship that would last until Crowley's death in

1947. In one of his later lectures, Hubbard would refer to Crowley as "my good

friend." Bent Corydon

 "I've made the Magick really work," L. Ron Hubbard told his eldest son, Ron

Jr., by the latter's own account. "No more foolish rituals. I've stripped the

Magick to basics -- access without liability."  
  
 "Sex by will," he says. "Love by will -- no caring and no sharing -- no

feelings. None. Love reversed. Love isn't sex. Love is no good; puts you at

effect. Sex is the route to power. Scarlet women! They are the secret to the

doorway. Use and consume. Feast. Drink the power through them. Waste and discard

them." Quoted in Corydon & Hubbard "The Doorway of Plenty. The Great Door of the Great Beast."


   

    “Scientology Fugitive” Arrested
By RU Sirius
February 4th, 2007

Keith Henson

On Friday, Arizona police arrested a 64-year-old man — a fugitive since 2001 in

a bizarre war that mixes free speech, copyright law, and the Church of

Scientology.

Keith Henson’s journey began seven years ago while innocuously watching another

critic mock the group on an internet newsgroup. In a gonzo discussion about

procuring a “Tom Cruise missile,” they’d joked about working with “Secret Agent

99, wearing a stunning black leather biker outfit.” Other posters joined in the

internet discussion, asking whether Tom Cruise missiles are affected by wind.”No

way,” Keith joked. “Modern weapons are accurate to a matter of a few tens of

yards.”

The police were informed of his “threatening” posts, and Henson was arrested.

The police tipsters were the Scientologists themselves, who had already been the

targets of an annoying picketing campaign by Henson over the death of a woman

near their complex. Besides Henson’s inability to acquire long-range missiles,

his wife notes bitterly that it would be impossible for any church members in

the complex to feel threatened by the internet posts, since they aren’t even

allowed to access the internet. Scientology officials have also claimed Henson

followed their employees home — though Henson counters that “the same people who

claimed to have been ‘terrorized’ by the picketers offered to take them to lunch

on June 25, 2000, evidently to distract them from the death scene being cleaned

up.”

Though Henson was found innocent of long-range missile terrorism, for his

activities he was convicted of interfering with a church — a California hate

crime for which he received a six-month misdemeanor prison sentence. But Henson

said he feared his life would be in danger from Scientologists if he were

imprisoned - and he fled to Canada in 2001.

He was already bankrupt from an earlier ruling that he’d infringed on

Scientology copyrights. But Henson continued picketing Scientologists in

Toronto, and they apparently retaliated by informing Canadian police of his

presence. (Henson believes the Scientologists told police he was a terrorist and

bomb maker.) L.A. Weekly reported two unmarked vans pulled up and “a handful of

emergency-services task-force officers — Canada’s version of a police SWAT team

— spilled out, wearing body armor and carrying submachine guns.” Describing the

event, the EFF reported Henson was “arrested in a shopping mall parking lot, by

a heavily armed paramilitary unit.”

EFF Executive Director Shari Steele argued that Free speech was at stake in his

case: “This trial seems intended to punish Mr. Henson for his opposition to a

powerful organization using the barest thread of legal justification to do so.”

His wife added in an interview with a Canadian newsweekly that “It’s horrifying

to me and to his friends how they’ve managed to twist his words.”

Henson was ultimately released from a Canadian jail after filing an application

for political asylum — reportedly the first ever accepted for review by the

Canadian government, and for the next three years he lived as an expatriate in

Canada, awaiting their decision.

When asked to describe life in Canada, he replied “colder.” As the years rolled

by, Henson explained his picketing strategy evolved out of a desire to have a

real impact. In a 2005 interview he argued that heavy-handed legal tactics

intimidated police from acting against the organization, and “Starving

Scientology of new members is perhaps the best we can do.”

But when Canadian officials reached a decision in 2005, Henson was suddenly

filled with concern. The hearing could result in his deportation back to the

prison where he feared for his life. He reportedly said, “I’m not going to be

shoved across the border into the hands of Scientologists,” Henson slipped out

of Canada, returning to fugitive status, and joked that he was hiding in the

Mortmain Mountains — the treachorous range in Lemony Snicket books.

For 17 months he lived on the lam. Yesterday, in the small town of Prescott,

Arizona — the law finally caught up with him. Henson had been driving his wife’s

car, and when stopped by police, was soon informed of the outstanding warrant

for his arrest. He was taken into custody, and faces extradition back to the

California prison he’s feared for the last six years. Saturday morning Henson’s

wife, identifying herself as a “soon to be widow,” issued a plea asking the

public for legal help, publicity — “anything but the usual Scientology private

eyes who have harassed her for years.”

Henson has a long history of activity within tech culture. He was one of the

founders and leaders of the [1] L5 Space Colony movement in the 1970s.

(California’s new Attorney General, Jerry Brown, was also in the L5 orbit when

he was Governor of that state.) He was a close associate of K. Eric Drexler

while Drexler was conceiving nanotechnology. He has also been active in the

digital encryption movement, and has been associated with the Transhumanist

movement — particularly Extropy Institute.

Former Extropy Institute members and other well wishers have already created a

[2] “Free Keith Henson” blog where people can keep track of new developments.

Henson has many friends and late Friday night one supporter even called the

jail, according to a Usenet post, and spoke to a prison staffer.

“I asked if he’d tell Keith that Tory sent her love. And I asked him to please

watch after Keith.”

See also:
[3] California Cults
[4] Adopt an African Hottie’s Clitoris
[5] Crooks of the World Hurt Free Speech

Article printed from 10 Zen Monkeys (a webzine): http://www.10zenmonkeys.com

URL to article: http://www.10zenmonkeys.com/2007/02/04/scientology-fugitive-

arrested/

URLs in this post:
[1] L5 Space Colony: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L5_Society
[2] “Free Keith Henson” blog: http://freekeithhenson.blogspot.com/2007/02/anti-

scientology-activist-keith-henson.html
[3] California Cults: http://www.10zenmonkeys.com/2006/09/27/california-cults-

2006/
[4] Adopt an African Hottie’s Clitoris:

http://www.10zenmonkeys.com/2006/09/29/adopt-an-african-hotties-clitoris/
[5] Crooks of the World Hurt Free Speech:

http://www.10zenmonkeys.com/2006/12/10/crook-copyright-dmca-bailey/

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