CCHR Jan Eastgate charged: Perverting the course of justice

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CCHR Jan Eastgate charged: Perverting the course of justice

Post by Sponge » Mon May 30, 2011 11:48 pm

[Previous thread from May 2010 with backstory on this: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=32479 ]
June 16th 2011 Court appearance: jump to viewtopic.php?p=400108#p400108
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Top Scientologist accused of perverting course of justice
ABC News 31st May 2011
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011 ... 231251.htm (article includes ABC Lateline video link on page).
Alternative Youtube link for video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Goh0oTC7SyA
http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/australian ... g-justice/
One of the Church of Scientology's most senior figures, Jan Eastgate, has been arrested and charged in Sydney.

She has been charged with perverting the course of justice in relation to allegations she coached an 11-year-old girl to lie to police and community services about the sexual abuse she suffered from her stepfather who was a member of the Church of Scientology.

Eastgate is the international president of the Citizen's Commission on Human Rights, an organisation founded by the Church of Scientology that campaigns against psychiatry.

She was awarded the church's freedom medal for promoting human rights in 1988.

Police allege Eastgate threatened and intimidated Carmen Rainer when she was 11 into providing false statements to police about the sexual abuse she suffered from her stepfather.

Ms Rainer outlined these allegations for the first time on Lateline last year.

"She (Eastgate) kept repeating that: 'Just remember you can't tell them. Don't say yes because otherwise you will be taken away from your parents and you will never see your family again'," Ms Rainer told Lateline.

Ms Rainer's story was backed up by her mother, Phoebe.

"Jan Eastgate coached both of us, actually," Phoebe Rainer said.

"She came to us with DOCS - they weren't called DOCS back then - but she came with us to the interview and she basically told me what to say and Carmen what to say.

"She also told Carmen to lie to the police and I lied to the police as well because of that."

Carmel Underwood, who was at the time a senior figure in Scientology, says she witnessed these events.

"I knew that Carmen was being coached on what to say to the Department of Community Services and to the police," she said.

"So I challenged them on that and we had a bit of an argument and I was told it was none of my business and to get out of there.

"I didn't want to get out of there because I wanted to stop what was going on but I was escorted out of there."

Eastgate declined to be interviewed at the time the allegations first aired on Lateline.

In an email to Lateline last year she described the allegations by Carmen and Phoebe Rainer as "egregiously false".

She did not respond to an email sent by Lateline.

Eastgate has been granted conditional bail and asked to surrender her passport.

She is due to appear in Downing Centre Court on June 16
Scientologist charged for 'intimidating' alleged sex abuse victim
The Australian 31st May 2011
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/na ... 6066045613

Church of Scientology in damage control
7News, Today Tonight. with Byan Seymour 30th May 2011
Video: http://au.todaytonight.yahoo.com/articl ... ge-control
Alternative Youtube version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEohygNzJbk
Also available with Spanish subtitles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxoQlGbmUL0
7News Article, by Bryan Seymour, 31st May 2011
http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/australian ... f-justice/


Senior Scientologist Jan Eastgate arrested, charged in Sydney (nothing new, just a shit ton more outlets).
Various sources news.com.au 31st May 2011
http://www.news.com.au/national/senior- ... 6066162169
Updated: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/se ... 6066186126
From that feed it starts to hit all the national newsprint outlets (same article)...
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaki ... 6066186126
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/nati ... 6066162169
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/senior- ... 6066180641
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/brea ... 6066186126
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/br ... 6066186126

....and so on.


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Other discussion forum threads/blogs etc on this topic:
Ex-Scientologists Messageboard: http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.p ... -exclusive
WhyWeProtest.net: http://forums.whyweprotest.net/threads/ ... ted.89073/
OCMB Opinions & Debate: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=35543
Scientology-Cult.com: http://www.scientology-cult.com/miscavi ... ested.html
XenuTV: http://www.xenutv.com/blog/?p=5214
Tory "Magoo" Christman comments on her youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBBJfxBBMtc
Mike Gormez's page (was part of the expired taxexemptchildabuse.com) with past related accounts:
http://members.chello.nl/mgormez/childa ... ester.html
Free Katie forums: http://freekatie.yuku.com/topic/10882
Topix: http://www.topix.com/religion/scientolo ... g-up-abuse
Eastgate is suitably honoured on RegliousDouchebags.com http://www.religiousdouchebags.com/2011 ... ating.html
....and Freedumbwatch too... http://freedumbwatch.com/?p=395
Examiner (self-published "news"/comment): http://www.examiner.com/pop-culture-in- ... se-charges
MeddlingKids.org ("skeptical humanist" blog): http://www.meddlingkids.org/2011/05/lyi ... ientology/
EducaSectas: http://www.educasectas.org/scientology-4/
AnonIreland: http://anonireland.com/blog/2011/05/top ... f-justice/
ReligionNewsBlog: http://www.religionnewsblog.com/26000/s ... use-victim
Melbanon.com: http://www.melbanon.com/archives/270-ja ... e-arrested
Skeptic North. An article debunking claims in a CCHR advert, with an update on Jan Eastgate at the bottom: http://www.skepticnorth.com/2011/06/fro ... 5-minutes/

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Re: CCHR Jan Eastgate charged: Perverting the course of just

Post by Sponge » Tue May 31, 2011 3:56 am

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Scientology Scandal
Scientology Leader Arrested. Accused of Covering Up Child Abuse
7News Sunrise 31st May 2011
Video: http://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/-/ ... y-scandal/
Alternative YouTube verision: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epossjCSGnc [edit: better quality version here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyPozDgUSF8 ]
Interview with Bryan Seymour, who also appears on The Morning Show....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58lkZZF9LpY

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Re: CCHR Jan Eastgate charged: Perverting the course of just

Post by I'mglib » Tue May 31, 2011 7:37 am

Harpoon launch in progress...
"A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he cannot sit on it." -William Ralph Inge

Watch the Los Angeles press conference here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/ScilonTV#p/

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Re: CCHR Jan Eastgate charged: Perverting the course of just

Post by Sponge » Tue May 31, 2011 6:52 pm

I'mglib wrote:Harpoon launch in progress...
Ta m'luv.

It's slowly finding its way across the ocean.
It wouldn't surprise me if media lawyers in the USA and UK etc are being asked by their bosses to give this the once,twice and thrice-over before they print anything.

Radar Online appears to be the first outlet outside Australia to weigh in on this today....

Top Scientology Leader Arrested In Australia For Covering Up Child Sex Abuse
http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2 ... -sex-abuse

From the headline, people will think it is Miscavige. Lulz.
I'd love to be an omnipresent fly on the wall in scienoland watching the flap and the midget rage.

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Re: CCHR Jan Eastgate charged: Perverting the course of just

Post by sekh » Tue May 31, 2011 7:52 pm

It's a start....
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Re: CCHR Jan Eastgate charged: Perverting the course of just

Post by brownjedi » Tue May 31, 2011 8:23 pm

Its a start that is for sure. I hope that they throw the book at her and that she sings...you know somebody told her to handle this situation. I would be willing to bet that there is a written memo somewhere that directs her to handle this. I hope the press runs with this

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Post by Sponge » Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:07 am

Comment from Paul Schofield....
http://forums.whyweprotest.net/threads/ ... st-1765003
Couple of facts for you folk to consider:

Jan Eastgate was head of CCHR for ANZO (Australia, New Zealand and Oceania) or just head of CCHR Sydney at the time of the alledged offence. Her office was a desk IN the DSA office in Sydney org.

Jan was used by OSA/DSA to "help" with PR. She was part of briefing staff when Hubbard died. There was a briefing of all Sydney staff that day (at 6pm) and Jan spoke extensively to ALL staff about it. She spoke more than anybody else ( I think the other speaker was an exec - I remember Vicky Dunstan being there with Jan but I don't remember if Vicky spoke) Jan often helped with DSA/OSA stuff and was basically taking orders from OSA on what to do IMO. I'd say she was used to do this in the case of Phoebe and carmen - IMO as I wasn't privy to the actual info at that time.

Jan was well-known for her work on exposing the horrors of Chelmsford "Hospital" and actually had a lot of sympathetic contacts in the media then. She was an "OL" (opinion leader) for Oz scilons and still is - I believe her latest visit here (which didn't work out so well for her) was to appear at "fund-raisers" and beat the "evil psychs are taking over and you have to help by giving us your money" drum which she's done so well in the past. Cue the closed doors, staff all with IAS invoice books and financial rape of those held captive.

Jan isn't someone the cult can easily throw under the bus - she's too well known and liked. They'll have to defend her to the last e-meter. And I'd say right now the "special briefings" for Jan's defence are going on with how the psychs have gotten to Phoebe and Carmen Rainer and how good legal defence must be mounted against the psychs and their "stooges" to stop this "perversion of Justice" from occurring - hand over your wallets now.

Jan would take the fall for the cult if she were asked to. But I somehow doubt the cult will do that. There are plenty of other cover-ups of pedobears in the cult (I detailed some of them in my letter that Nic Xenophon tabled in the Senate and I've since learnt of lots of others) and the relevant police here in Oz are well aware of them. I'm hoping that some of the other victims will now find the courage to come forward and speak up but I totally understand if they remain quiet.

tl;dr - IMO cult will spend lots scilon money fighting this through the court system until the absolute end.
She's a money spinner for DM. No-one else who's been charged with crimes has been. Not to this extent.

Jan is worth a lot of money as she's the CCHR figurehead and she's the one who "educated" TC remember? She's been used extensively for public (and I dare say private) briefings to get the IAS coffers filled to "handle" the "psych threat." She's an ex psych case who's gotten a Freedum Medal for her work and is known by EVERY scilon as a "Human Rights Champion." We just don't know how much she's used to brief the "celeb" strata to keep them donating but I reckon she is used extensively for "individual briefings" of TC, JT and the rest.

Without her, the whole "psychs are the ultimate evil" looks a bit thin, even to the most blinkered cultie. Why turn over your hard-earned if your cult is covering up child abuse and the person doing it is a "hero?"

It's ultimately all about the money. She was part of the crew sent to ambush Marty and JB when JB blew from Hemet. Along with other money-spinners like Micheal Roberts, who seems to make his $s from IAS briefings too. She's a trusty because of her ability to bring in the $s. Bryan Seymour was spot-on when he said that she's part of the inner sanctum. I don't believe DM can afford to waste her, she's just worth too much $s for Him to lose.

It doesn't matter if the orgs look crap and no-one goes into them. If they look good when DM visits them or announces them at events, that's when the cash-cows see them. If He can get $10 million from Nancy Cartwright in one hit, why spend a lot of time and effort on orgs that, combined, wouldn't bring that in in several years?

As someone wiser in these things than me said - "follow the money."

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Post by Sponge » Wed Jun 01, 2011 12:43 pm

Digg ("Top news in all topics" list):
http://digg.com/news/world_news/top_sci ... _sex_abuse

CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY SENIOR OFFICIAL ARRESTED IN CHILD SEX ABUSE CASE
Sky Valley Chronicle (Munroe, Washington) 1st June 2011
http://www.skyvalleychronicle.com/BREAK ... ASE-677012

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Post by sekh » Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:23 pm

The on-line media situation in Europe:

Up to now also just one real on-line newspaper article. Unfortunately it's in Czech. http://www.dnevnik.si/novice/kronika/1042449031 For those who can read it... :? I can't, but Kudos for the Czechs anyway. :D

I did notice a lot of attention in blogs in French and German, and not just from critics sources. The news trickles in overthere, but France and Germany have always had a strong anti-scientology stance. :)
Also found some stuff in Italian and Spanish, with quite a lot of on-line publicity from Argentina. That surprised me, I didn't expect so much interest from South-America.

Sadly, the news of the arrest is strikingly absent from Dutch sources. However, lots and lots of CCHR BS-articles about the evil psychs can easily be found in my language by entering "Jan Eastgate" in Google. This makes me want to cover my head in deep shame :oops:; usually the news-media in the Netherlands can't wait to print abuse-allegations about more or less famous persons, wether guilty or not.
Afraid of Co$ litigation? Probably. :furious: Bunch of pathetic cowards in this case, where the question of guilt is totally clear. :shakeheadroll:
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Post by Sponge » Fri Jun 03, 2011 5:11 am

Comment from Jonathan Turley, legal scholar...

Senior Scientology Figure Criminally Charged After Allegedly Telling Minor To Lie About Abuse
jonathanturley.org 1st June 2011
http://jonathanturley.org/2011/06/01/se ... out-abuse/

snippet...
The allegations against Eastgate have been cited by critics of the Church as a byproduct of the Church’s elevation of its own laws over those of society

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Post by Sponge » Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:27 pm

Jan Eastgate, Scientology Official, Arrested in Australia For Covering Up Sexual Abuse Claims
by Tony Ortega, Village Voice 3rd June 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... stgate.php

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Jan Eastgate, clearing the planet
of civil rights, one little girl at a time


[...]

Well, naturally, the most surprising element of this story is that the Australian government is actually doing something about Scientology's uninterrupted record of unethical underhandedness and perversion of justice.

What a breath of fresh air.

...more in article link....

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Post by sekh » Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:17 pm

Great thing that Tony Ortega has picked up this story. :D
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Post by Sponge » Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:44 am

Jonny Jacobsen's report at his Infinite Complaceny blog...

Australian Police Charge Top Scientologist
One of Scientology’s most high-profile executives is due in an Australian court
next week to answer a charge of having covered up a case of child abuse inside the movement.

http://infinitecomplacency.blogspot.com ... e-top.html

Nice one. Thanks Jonny.

Police media release:
Police charge woman with perverting the cause of justice - Sydney
New South Wales Police Force 26 May 2011
http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news/media ... YWxsPTE%3D
Media Release Archive
Police charge woman with perverting the cause of justice - Sydney
Thursday, 26 May 2011 09:22pm


Police have charged a woman with perverting the cause of justice at a Sydney police station this afternoon.

About 2.30pm (26 May), a woman entered the Sydney Police Station in Surry Hills and was arrested by police.

It is the result of an investigation by Leichhardt Detectives into the sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl in 1985.

Police will allege the woman threatened and intimidated the 11-year-old into providing false statements to police to change the focus of an investigation.

A 57-year-old North Sydney woman was charged with perverting the cause of justice.

She was granted bail to appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday 16 June.

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Post by Sponge » Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:57 am

Here's the link for the court list search page.
http://searchcourtlists.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/scm/search

Date: 16 Jun
Time: 09:30
Listing type: Mention (Police)
Juristiction: Criminal
Court: Local
Presiding Officer: Unassigned
Location: Downing Centre
Court Room: Crt. 4.4 Downing Ctr
Case Title: R v JANICE MEYER
Case Number: 2011 / 00178789

(Meyer is her married name, Eastgate is her maiden name. In full it is: Janice Wendy Eastgate Meyer )

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Re: CCHR Jan Eastgate charged: Perverting the course of just

Post by Sponge » Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:03 pm

Interesting related post from this thread: viewtopic.php?p=399904#p399904
Kookaburra wrote:I thought this thread was deserving of this little gem of a leak. This was a text sent out after the Ideal Org fundraiser about three weeks ago. Bolding is mine.
"Hi Syd team. We had a great event highest turnout and a good kick off on donations. Jan Eastgate's briefing woke us up on the fact that our children are being targeted. Most of the public come to the party on seeing how important it is to have Syd open and why it's so important to get Syd Ideal Org opened. So now that the ball is rolling let's take it over the line this week by everybody doing their part and moving on to their next status or donating towards it. What can you do my friend ML Jack?"

"What can you do my friend? ML Jack"
This was the day before Jan Eastgate was arrested for perverting the course of justice for coaching an 11 year old girl to lie to the police about her Scilon pedo stepfather.

Scilons are not bothering with footbullets any more. They are sticking to grenades. :lol:

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