High Ranking Scientologist chastises Frank Report: ‘Rick Ross is an authority on his own crimes not anyone else’s’

Mr. Parlato;

I read your recent article lauding Rick Ross as an authority and forwarding the “Cult Awareness Network, or CAN, was sued into bankruptcy by Scientology” misinformation.

The truth is that Ross, Cult Awareness Network and their co-conspirators were found guilty by a District Court jury of conducting involuntary deprogramming.

Involuntary deprogramming was CAN’s undoing. In January of 1994, Jason Scott filed suit against the Cult Awareness Network (CAN), deprogrammer Rick Ross and others as a result of their forcible abduction and attempted involuntary deprogramming of Scott from his religion, the Pentecostal Church.

The case was tried in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle. The jury found in favor of Scott and awarded him compensatory damages of $875,000, punitive damages of $1,000,000 against CAN, and punitive damages of $2,500,000 against Ross and the other deprogrammers. CAN and Ross sought a new trial. In denying the motions for a new trial on November 29, 1995, Judge John C. Coughenour wrote the following concerning practice of CAN representatives of referring people to deprogrammers:

“[T]estimony also established that Ms. Landa, acting in accordance with CAN’s practices, disseminated inflammatory information on cults and referred Ms. Tonkin to a known “involuntary deprogrammer.”

Rick Ross

On April 8, 1998, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a jury’s decision inScott v. CAN. The Court specifically held the following:

”The evidence indicates that it was CAN’s practice to refer people to deprogrammers, including Rick Ross, and that Ross was known to engage in involuntary deprogramming.”

Ross obviously tries to spin the facts to conceal his guilt, but it was his own acts of forcibly trying to deprogram (brainwash) another that led to CAN’s ultimate demise.

It is important that you have the facts so that you can correct your article and cease disseminating false information in the future.



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  • Hi Ed,

    Over 20 years ago Robert Minton lived around the block from me on Beacon Hill I bet you remember him. I can still remember your Scientology freaks standing outside Minton’s brownstone on Cedar Street trying in vain to scare him. When the police would come the Scientology harassment hit squad would run off to Charles Street and blend in with the tourists. Wonderful people you Scientologists.

    Oh wait maybe I am confused those people probably had nothing to do with Scientology.

    By the way where is Shelly Miscavige?

  • I’m not sure what this guy is trying to say. To my knowledge, Ross admits to all of this, i.e., getting in trouble with the law for involuntary deprogramming so he no longer does it.

    This is just the U.S. courts upholding the principle of “individual rights”. It doesn’t mean that Scientology isn’t a cult, nor that it doesn’t teach a lot of utter garbage.

    Scientologists really should change their name to something that doesn’t contain a variation of the word “science” because a lot of its practices aren’t scientific at all. Something like Hubbardolgy would be more apt.

    “You don’t get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion.”

  • Ironic how for « involuntary deprogramming » to take place one must have been programmed in the first place.
    What a twat to acknowledge their guilt by trying to sling mud.
    Everyone in scientology public relations seems incapable of opening their mouth without making their organisation look worse and worse.

  • Frank, you just entered the big leagues, getting Scientology’s attention. Nice word salad, Ed. Scientology lecturing others about brainwashing, now that’s rich. Raniere would be proud of your article, except he can’t read it from the jail cell he’s been in for almost a year. Everybody should watch the Leah Remini’s series about Scientology, which can be viewed on, there are 3 seasons available. However, I agree with Ed about deprogramming:

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