From STUS@delphi.com Sat May 7 14:29 MES 1994
Date: Sat, 07 May 1994 08:26:53 -0400 (EDT)
A briefing from OSA INT (Elain Siegel)
Yesterday OSA int called me and said they were sending a message to all known scientologists on the 'net.
I have just built a mailing database of my own, and decided that I would simply mail this to all of you, as IT IS EXTREMELY EXCITING NEWS !!!!!
it follows here:
Subj: Briefing from CSI to Scientologists
BRIEFING TO ALL SCIENTOLOGISTS ON THE INTERNET
DATE: 11.05.1994 02:59
FROM THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY INTERNATIONAL
(NOTE: If you know any other Scientologists on Internet or America Online, please e-mail this briefing to them).
As you know, there has been quite a bit of false and derogatory information going out over the Internet by a few detractors, squirrels etc.
The Church fired a project to collect up all this information, and we have been in comm with some of you already. We have obtained legal input on some of the messages that individuals have posted that could be libelous or in violation of copyright laws.
We have a plan of action that we are taking, to simply outcreate the entheta on these newsgroups (alt.religion.scientology and alt.clearing.technology), and get positive information to the general public on what Scientology is, our activities around the world, successes stories and LRH writings. There will also be some legal actions, which you will be further briefed on. Basically, as a group we will NO longer put up with our religion being criticized, harrassed and denigrated on the Internet.
As a first step, I want to thank those who have posted positive material and handled some of the entheta that has been posted. This is very much appreciated!
Secondly, I would like to ask your assistance in getting each one of you to post positive messages on the Internet (at least once a week, more if you like), about Scientology.
We want to make these messages "high ground". In other words, don't get tempted into a two way comm with some l.1 jerk on the Internet. Ack him and continue to post POSITIVE and HIGH TONED messages that really explain what Scientology IS doing, how it helped you or a friend, community activities of the Church, Church expansion. It is easy to get into an opp term situation with the detractors over this system, but this doesn't necessarily communicate very well to the broad public who may read this.
There is an excellent issue by LRH which is PR Series 27, THE ENEMY LINE. In here, LRH says that you never forward an enemy line, nor do you get into just attacking. YOU COME UP WITH A BETTER CAMPAIGN OF YOUR OWN.
This should be applied whenever you post a message on Scientology, as we want to keep this on a theta, dissemination comm line to the broad public.
The Church of Scientology International is getting our own site onto Internet, and we'll also be posting messages regularly in there, so if you feel you are getting attacked by some detractor or jerk, let us know right away, and we can get you material to counter whatever is being said.
If you imagine 40-50 Scientologists posting on the Internet every few days, we'll just run the SP's right off the system. It will be quite simple, actually.
CSI will be e-mailing around various briefings and good news messages to individuals for posting also, so that you are getting new material to post. If you need material or want to get your material cross-checked with us for content, e-mail it (to this address for now, until CSI gets our own), and we'll get you the material you need.
The two newsgroups on the Internet are "alt.religion.scientology", and also "alt.clearing.technology" (which was set up by Homer Smith, a squirrel and declared SP). We need to fill up both of these newsgroups with positive information on the Church.
For those of you with access to America Online, you know there is a similar situation with Scientology being attacked on that system. So this would apply to this newsgroup as well (posting positive messages on Scientology).
The Planetary Dissemination Org (PDO) will be getting their own site onto Internet, which will be for the dissemination of LRH's works, WIS book, and other materials and campaigns. We intend to put these works onto laser discs, and utilize all the tools of the Internet to disseminate Scientology internationally.
This is very exciting, and will be a new era for computer users as regards the subject of Scientology.
Look for CSI's first posting very shortly. We WILL outcreate anything that is on there.
I would like to hear from you on your ideas to make the Internet a safe space for Scientology to expand into.
Elaine Siegel Office of Special Affairs International
I am so excited about this new development !!!
Much love, Stu