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The Scientology response

The church said its leader, David Miscavige, and other church officials did not hire private investigators, church attorneys did. The church directs that its attorneys and their agents follow all laws and regulations and adhere to the highest ethical standards. "If Rathbun and Rinder used PIs to 'abuse poor innocent people,' they are the only ones to blame,'' spokesman Tommy Davis said. The Times submitted written questions to the church about David Lubow and Ferris Khan's involvement with former church staff in Las Vegas. The church responded by discussing church practices but made no mention of Lubow or Khan.

MARK FISHER

FROM SCIENTOLOGY FILES:

The church says Fisher cannot be believed, describing him as a "virulent anti-Scientologist'' and "an admitted sexual tourist'' who has had sex with prostitutes in Thailand.

The church provided an "Ethics Order'' from June 1990 that said of Fisher: "He has shown that he is a fake and a totally irresponsible one at that. ... He has demonstrated his hands are dirty and that he cannot keep them clean himself. … He is also demoted in rank to swamper as that is what he is.''

He was expelled from Scientology in November 1990. In the years since, he has picketed with Anonymous, which the church characterizes as a "hate group.''

The church provided a copy of Fisher's Web site, bachelorfreedomtravel.com, in which he offers tips on how to navigate the sex scene in Thailand, including:

"Once you finish a short time with a girl, you are free to go back to another bar and pick out someone else for another short time session! You can do this as much as you want!!! The answer will never be NO!!!''

WHAT FISHER SAYS NOW:

His girlfriend lives in Thailand, and he travels there as often as he can. He said he did not have sex with prostitutes. He started the Web site in 2007, hoping to attract advertisers, got none and took the site down in mid-2008. Posting the Internet pages was "stupid'' and "an embarrassment.''

Fisher participated in marches staged by Anonymous, in March and April 2008, but he rejected the church's characterization of him as a "virulent'' church opponent.

"I'm not a happy person with regards to the way David Miscavige treats his staff. And the way that they practice disconnection, they basically have ripped my family apart for the last 15 years as well. My sister is still in there and tried to disconnect from me and my mom," who is not a Scientologist. Fisher's father, who introduced him and his sister to Scientology, is dead.

The Scientology response 11/01/09 [Last modified: Monday, November 2, 2009 11:36am]
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