An escape for the ages

It was thirty-five years ago today, I blew the cult and there was hell to pay. I was thirty-five. Now over half my life I’ve been fair game. I wrote this “official note of resignation” to Barbara DeCelle, my org board senior, knowing she would get it to “the proper person:” http://gerryarmstrong.ca/ga/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Letter-from-GA-to-Barbara-1981-12-12.pdf The handwritten words […]

No, do it Mike Rinder. Tell the truth.

10th December 2016, 05:20 AM #41 CommunicatorIC Re: Mike Rinder posted something important today Originally Posted by programmer_guy Mike made a general apology. Gerry wants Mike (and others) to admit to specific details that can stand up in a court of law. Which Mike cannot do without potentially exposing himself to civil and criminal liability — […]

Reaching Mike Rinder

This brief email exchange I had with Mike Rinder in April 2014 is helpful for understanding the history and current state of our relationship. On April 4, 2014, I emailed Mike Rinder: Dear Mike: You doubtlessly already know all this, and for repeating myself I apologize. Graham Berry posted on Facebook about you and Marty […]

Goodbugger

Jon Atack asked if I would write down something about the name “Jonnie Goodbugger” that Omar Garrison came up with for L. Ron Hubbard. Atack spelled it Johnny Goodbugger, but I believe it should be Jonnie, after Jonnie Goodboy Tyler. In October 1980, right after Garrison signed his contract to write the LRH biography, I […]

Speaking up about Fair Game

The day after emailing my comments and corrigenda (below) to HarperCollins and Steve Cannane, I emailed him again because I had just received the paper edition he had sent me: Dear Steve: Fair Game has arrived. Thanks very much. Further to my fact correction of the book, please also see this recent correction of Jon […]

Journalists and Me; Tony Ortega, May 2013

On May 29, 2013, Tony Ortega published a review of Marty Rathbun’s book Memoirs of a Scientology Warrior.1Ortega had by then left The Village Voice and started his own blog dedicated to Scientology news and history. From 1982 to 2004, Rathbun had been, according to his own sworn statements, David Miscavige’s second in command and […]

Journalists and Me; Tony Ortega, Village Voice, July 2012

On July 28, 2012, Tony Ortega published an article in The Village Voice about John Brousseau, whom I had known in the Sea Org. Brousseau apparently mentioned me in an interview with Ortega, who added an aside about the L. Ron Hubbard biography project. Knowing Hubbard’s track record for veracity, however, Brousseau still has fond […]

Journalists and Me; Tony Ortega, Village Voice, April 2012

On April 20, 2012, Tony Ortega posted an article on the Village Voice site about David Love, “I Think I Have Scientology By The Balls,” which contains this bit about me: Over the next several months, as he saw patients taken in under false pretenses, and saw some harmed, Love says he became determined to […]

Pretended Idiot’s Guide to Allegations

felix  > TheMirrorThetan • 3 hours ago D. You don’t need a goddamn diatribe, just allege. Danny Oates, a newly minted member of the ATOC, attributes to Gerry Armstrong, without quotes or citation, the statement “You don’t have to prove a god damn thing! You just allege…” From Black’s Law Dictionary: Allegation: The assertion, claim, […]

Sounding the Sheep Dip for Bubbles

I cannot find where anyone at Tony Ortega’s blog has spoken up to correct inaccuracies in Jon Atack’s September 10, 2016 article about Scientology cult collaborator L. Fletcher Prouty, so I am doing my best now. The article and the inaccuracies I’m correcting also concern testimony in the 1984 trial in the case the Scientologists […]