How The Church of Scientology Has Used, AND Still Uses The American Legal System To Destroy Critics

Recently, the Canadian magazine Maisonneuve published an article on long time Scientology critic Gerry Armstrong, detailing the enduring harassment campaign against him. The author of the article goes so far as to call him Scientology’s Salman Rushdie, because of the severity of the Church of Scientology’s harassment of him.

Armstrong was once in the close inner circle of Scientology’s founder L. Ron Hubbard, and was asked to help author Omar Garrison to compile a biography of Hubbard. When he found out much of Hubbard’s life story had so many discrepancies, to put it lightly, he couldn’t work on the biography project anymore. When he left the cult in 1981, Gerry had boxes of material on L. Ron Hubbard that were embarrassing for the founder and his “Church”, and so began the harassment campaign against Armstrong.

In 1986, Armstrong signed a gag agreement with the Church of Scientology, yet he over time, he found the agreement so restrictive of his basic human rights, he could NOT remain silent. (Listen to Glosslip’s incredible interview with Gerry Armstrong for more on this epic case).

Because Armstrong had broken the agreement, the cult has sued him many times in the state of California and tried to put him in jail. He fled to his hometown of Chilliwack, Canada but even there, Gerry Armstrong gets no rest.

The “lawfare” waged against Gerry Armstrong by the Church of Scientology epitomizes this new form of harassment and torment of an individual by a much larger more dangerous adversary. The Church of Scientology breathes down Armstrong neck at all times, and thusly, Gerry has NOT been able to find a job, and every job he has had in the past he was forced to leave. That is lawfare. Destroying the enemy by any means possible so that he or she cannot have a life. Although the Church of Scientology has another name for lawfare: fair game.