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An exchange of letters: Liberty Lobby and the CoS (1995)

Church of Scientology International
Office of Public Affairs

June 28, 1995

Willis Carto
The Spotlight
300 Independence Ave., S.E.
Washington, DC 20003

Dear Mr. Carto:

Would you be so kind as to provide me with the documents or evidence to support the following:

The implication in the July 3, 1995, issue of The Spotlight that Scientology parishioner Tom Marcellus has lied on his tax returns. The claim, in the June 26, 1995, issue of The Spotlight, that It is well known that Raven, a close friend of Marcellus for 12 years, is a secret agent of Scientology.

Your prompt handling of this matter would be greatly appreciated.


Alexander R. Jones

PHONE: 202 LIBERTY 6-5611

July 7, 1995

Mr. Alexander R. Jones
Church of Scientology International
2125 S Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008

Dear Mr. Jones:

I will reply to yours of June 28 although such a courtesy is more than I received when I wrote to your superiors.

As for Treacherous Tom’s Tall Tax Tales, that matter is fully documented and if it becomes necessary to prove that this highly ethical clear has been less than candid with the IRS we’ll be happy to do so.

As for Raven, The SPOTLIGHT will print a notarized affidavit from Mr. Miscavage that Raven is not and has never been connected with Scientology or any of its subsidiaries and has never made any secret deals with Scientology under any auspices, paid or unpaid. Better yet, we would like to take Mr. Miscavage’s sworn deposition on this subject if you can tell me how I can serve him with a subpoena.


Willis A. Carto, Treasurer

1701 20th St. N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20009
Tel (202) 797-9826

April 8, 1997

Mike Piper
The Spotlight
300 Independence Ave., S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003

Dear Mike,

I knew I was right.

Your publisher will not permit the running of any letters which are contrary to his officially issued black propaganda line on the Church (see attached article and letter-to-the-editor.)

Your articles keep making a big deal about our tax exempt status, quoting experts like Dan Pilla. I don’t suppose anyone at your publication bothered to read the attached article that recently ran in Tax Notes (attached), the publication that started the controversy over the IRS decision to grant us our tax exempt status.

NO, of course not. That would be too much like being professional, or accurate, or fair. In other words, The Spotlight willfully prints lies and distortions on a weekly basis and I know you and others there know this.

Your paper has been reduced to a pathetic, impotent soap box much to the detriment of the integrity of the paper and those who work there. And by the way, you would dramatically improve the public’s perception of your collective IQ if you dropped the moronic statistical analysis used to justify the lies you have been printing about the IHR and Scientology. To what am I referring? And I quote (from the attached article):

On October 1, 1993, both things happened: The IRS granted the exemption and there was a takeover of the IHR involving treacherous Scientologists who were employed by the IHR. (The chances against any two unrelated events taking place on the same day of a given year are 133,225 to 1.)

Wow. Brilliant. Let me try my hand at using this concept:

On January 3, 1956, Willis Carto gets an idea. Three hundred miles away, an earthquake levels a small town. Coincidence? We think not! Carto’s cognitive power triggered an electromagnetic response, stimulating a subterranean fault exactly where he stood, the shock of which passed across miles of land like a ripple through a placid lake resulting in the leveling of the hapless town. (The chances against any two unrelated events taking place on the same day of a given year are 133,225 to 1.)

Here’s another one:

Willis Carto visits Francis Yockey in jail. The next day, Yockey is dead. Coincidence? We think not! Carto — in league with subterranean elements of U.S. society plotted to kill the unsuspecting iconoclast — so that he, and no other, could write the foreword to Imperium. (The chances against any two unrelated events taking place on the same day of a given year are 133,225 to 1.)

Boy! this really makes proving a connection between unrelated events really easy. Nothing like professional journalism and sound statistical analysis.

Keep up the good work!


Alex Jones

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cc: Willis Carto, Paul Croke, Andrew Allen