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Fight Against Coercive Tactics Network


Fight Against Coercive Tactics Network

Fight Against Coercive Tactics Network (FACTNet)
Motto We are to destructive cults, fundamentalism, mind control, and mental coercion/torture what Amnesty International is to physical torture.
Formation 1993
Type 501(c)(3) non-profit
Headquarters Colorado,
United States
Official language
Key people
Lawrence Wollersheim,
Robert Penny
Website Official site

Fight Against Coercive Tactics Network, also known as FACTNet, co-founded by Robert Penny and mind control". Coercive tactics, or "coercive psychological systems", are defined on their website as "unethical mind control such as brainwashing, thought reform, destructive persuasion and coercive persuasion".[1]


  • Conflict with Church of Scientology 1
  • Internet law 2
  • Resource 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • Further reading 6
  • External links 7

Conflict with Church of Scientology

In 1995 FACTNet was featured in the news due to a lawsuit regarding the seizure of FACTNet servers and files by the

  • FACTNet Official website
  • EFF Electronic Frontier Foundation "Legal Cases - Church of Scientology" Archive

External links

  • Booker, Ellis (1995-02-27). "Church files lawsuit to keep teachings off-line".  
  • Guardian Staff (2000-03-27). "Travolta and Will Smith caught in religious rows".  
  • Kennedy, Dan (1996-04-19). "Earle Cooley is chairman of BU's board of trustees. He's also made a career out of keeping L. Ron Hubbard's secrets.". BU's Scientology Connection. Boston Phoenix. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  • Prendergast, Alan (1997-03-06). "Nightmare on the Net".  
  • Morgan, Lucy (1999-03-28). "Hardball Series: Special Report".  
  • Morgan, Lucy (1999-03-28). "Scientology: 'We like to make peace' Series: Special Report".  

Further reading

  1. ^ Garcia, Wayne (1994-08-03). "Network gives voice to former Scientologists".  
  2. ^ "Church of Scientology protects secrets on the Internet".  
  3. ^ a b Wendy M. Grossman (December 1995). "alt.scientology.war". Wired magazine 3.12 ( 
  4. ^ Grossman, Wendy (October 1997). "Copyright Terrorists". Chapter 6 - Copyright Terrorists. New York: New York University Press. pp. 8, 9.  
  5. ^ a b c d Brooke, James (1995-09-14). "Scientologists Lose a Battle on the Internet".  
  6. ^ Borland, John (1998-11-09). "Scientology loses copyright round".  
  7. ^ "Scientologists lose a round in copyright fight".  
  8. ^ Macavinta, Courtney (1999-03-30). "Scientologists settle legal battle".  
  9. ^ Staff (2000-05-12). "The Battle for "Earth"". Daily News of Los Angeles. 
  10. ^ a b Campbell, Duncan (2000-05-31). "Cult classic".  
  11. ^ a b Lyman (2000-05-11). "Film Dogged by Links To Scientology Founder".  
  12. ^ Leiby, Richard (2002-05-10). "Ex-Scientologist Collects $8.7 Million In 22-Year-Old Case".  
  13. ^ Staff (2005-11-20). " Names South Park TV Show Staff FACTNet Person(s) of the Year for 2005 for their Recent Scientology Tom Cruise John Travolta Episode". Fight Against Coercive Tactics Network (F.A.C.T.Net, Inc.). Retrieved 2007-11-01. 
  14. ^ a b Staff (2006-10-28). "Scientology - A Question of Faith: Did A Mother's Faith Contribute To Her Murder?".  
  15. ^ a b Stuckey, Kent D. (1996). Internet and Online Law. Law Journal Press. pp. 6–35, 6.06[1].  
  16. ^ a b  
  17. ^ Phillips, Peter (2003). Project Censored Guide to Independent Media and Activism. Seven Stories Press. p. 89.  
  18. ^  
  19. ^ Schulte-Peevers, Andrea (2006). California. Lonely Planet. p. 42.  
  20. ^ Times staff writer (1999-03-29). "Scientology on the World Wide Web".  
  21. ^ Staff (1994-08-11). "Baring It on the Nude Net".  
  22. ^ Staff (1999-05-30). "Preaching and Praying on the Web".  
  23. ^ Beam, Alex (1998-11-06). "A Harvard Forum For Self-Promotion?".  


See also

The FACTNet newsletter is described in the book Project Censored Guide to Independent Media and Activism as: "the oldest and largest cult and mind control resource on the internet."[17] The organization is also cited as a resource by [23]


Legal cases involving the organization and the [16]

Internet law

FACTNet has maintained a relatively low news profile since 1999, occasionally cited for speaking out against topics they consider important. The 2000 film Battlefield Earth starring John Travolta stirred up controversy because it was based on a book by L. R. Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology, and Travolta was a well-known Scientologist.[9][10] The Guardian reported on FACTnet's claims that the film was a proselytism piece for Scientology, noting: "FACTnet suggested that subliminal messages had been cunningly inserted by Scientologists to win over new converts to join the church."[10] The makers of the film asserted that it had nothing to do with the Church of Scientology, but The New York Times reported on FACTnet's assertions that: "..the film was secretly financed by Scientology, and that Scientology plans recruiting efforts to coincide with the movie's release."[11] Sociology professor James Richardson did not agree with FACTnet's claims, stating: "I seriously doubt that someone is going to go out and join Scientology just because they see this movie."[11] In 2002, after Lawrence Wollersheim won an USD$8.7 million judgement against the Church of Scientology, FACTnet posted a statement from him on the site, quoting: "The cult that vowed it would never pay me one thin dime has now paid over 86 million thin dimes."[12] FACTNet spoke out in support of an episode of the TV show South Park, awarding their staff the "FACTNet Person(s) of the Year for 2005" for the satirical episode on Scientology, "Trapped in the Closet".[13] In 2006, FACTnet director Wollersheim was consulted for the 48 Hours story on the death of Scientologist Elli Perkins, "Scientology - A Question of Faith."[14] Wollersheim was quoted in the piece, stating: "Scientology. They are the worst example of mind control in a religious setting that has ever existed". The program also noted that the Church of Scientology characterizes him as a "liar and a fraud," and asserts that most of its members live happy and fulfilled lives.[14]

In a series of cases, Scientology (through subsidiary Bridge Publications) sued FACTNet for claimed copyright violations. In 1998, federal judge John Kane denied Scientology's request for summary judgment because FACTNet challenged Scientology's ownership of the copyrights of the documents.[6][7] A settlement was later reached in 1999, whose terms were that if FACTNet is ever found guilty of violations of church copyrights, they are permanently enjoined to pay the church $1 million.[8]

FACTNet filed a lawsuit, and on September 14, 1995 a Federal judge ruled the seizure illegal because it violated FACTNet's right to free speech on the internet, and ordered the RTC to return all computers and files that were seized.[3] In his ruling in United States District Court, Judge John Kane stated: "The public interest is best served by the free exchange of ideas."[5] Nevertheless, FACTNet states that it has incurred irreparable damage, as the secrecy of its documents had been violated by the RTC. An attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation approved of the Judge's decision in the matter, stating: "They certainly do not have the right to seize everything and to fish around. There seems to be this thought that things that are contained on a computer aren't subject to the same protections. I think the law is catching up."[5] Helena K. Kobrin a Church of Scientology attorney with the firm Moxon & Kobrin, defended the seizures of the computers, saying after the judge's decision: "The decision yesterday was a very sad day for intellectual property owners and a very sad day for the Internet."[5]

[5] holding signs that read: "Hands Off the Internet" and "Scientology Harasses Critics," while counterprotesters at the Boulder County Courthouse carried signs such as: "Only criminals spread lawlessness on the Internet."Denver, Colorado The raids provoked debate both on the internet and in the university setting, with university protesters in [4][3] Witnesses of the searches testified that the marshals allowed the RTC representatives to go far beyond the scope of the order in their search for information. The marshals also failed to search the representatives before or after the search, making it possible for them to carry off disks and other documents containing critical information. FACTNet immediately accused the Church of Scientology of attempting to silence their voice by stealing and contaminating information vital to their continued attacks and lawsuits against the Church.[2]

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