I do believe ET, though maybe I'm just a hopeful person. ET could be putting in some red herrings, but I don't think ET is a troll.
It's fine to be hopeful, but not so much that you let your guard down. Alot of people fell for my BS and supported me as an ex-People Temple member, while I was perpetrating an OSA black op. There have been others.
Laura Terepin was a young woman who talked her way into the good graces of Graham Berry & CAN, volunteering many hours doing filing and making contacts in their offices. I spoke to Bob Minton & Stacy on frequent occasions about Laura being as OSA operative, and no one listened until something happened that led Bob to pay a PI to investigate her. Even Cythia Kisser, the National Director of CAN, believed in Laura.
"In January 1999, Bob Minton, posted a message to the newsgroup alt.religion.scientology accusing a woman called Laura Terepin of being a spy for Scientology. Laura Terepin had been working as a volunteer for CAN (Cult Awareness Network) for quite some time. Cynthia Kisser, who was the president of CAN before they were sued out of existence, publicly expressed serious doubts about Bob Minton's allegations."
Long story short... the beloved volunteer was proven to be a close friend of a Scilon in Wisconsin named Jolie Steckart, who had stolen a classmate's identity, and posed as Laura, with the aid of the Chicago-OSA staff. The PI located the real Laura who had no knowledge that her identity had been stolen. After she was exposed as a fraud, critics wanted to talk with Jolie to her to get her side. Her response was to quietly disappear.http://www.solitarytrees.net/racism/lauras.htm
Black ops have been a favorite tool of the cult. ET may be the real thing, but the fact that the comm lines are one-way, and ET has the distinction of being able to contact the SF Weekly, but won't provide the means to contact ET and confirm his/her identity & establish his/her legitimacy, remains very fishy. Approach with caution...
I agree. $cientology just loves to infiltrate groups, organizations, businesses, government, and so on. I didn't pick up on it at the time but after I got out and thought about it I concluded that the place where I was working had been infiltrated by three individuals that I know were spies/operatives for $cientology and another individual that I suspect but have not confirmed.
They start out all friendly, helpful and supportive. Then they start to snoop, gather information, find out what they've been sent to find out. After that they'll do things to disrupt.
Has ET provided anything that was real information of a specific nature or actually useful? I'm hopeful they're for real as much as you are, skeptic2girl, but keep your guard up.
There is a confidence trick where the con-person gives something of little, no or false value in order to get something back that has real value. In other words, "I gave you inside information, now you give me your information." That could be ET's game. Stay vigilant.