1. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    This particular piece of bunk even gets a mention in Wikipedia:
    with references
    Sounds impressively documented, but where do these references actually go? References [44] and [45] simply repeats the claim with no sources, reference [43] for Rouge State goes to this:
    Where the reference (#15 of chapter 15) is:
    Which leads us to this UPI story:
    So the entire story seems to be based on a a propaganda campaign by the Church of Scientology. They did not even claim to have any direct evidence that anything was spray, simply some accounts of an unknown quantity of bacteria, and a bunch of unrelated things like animal cages. They noticed this was a year when the whooping cough cases were higher than the last year, so they tried to paint a picture.

    So there's no really evidence of what did, or did not happen. But it's nowhere near as clear cut as the Wikipedia references claim.
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  2. Joeybegood

    Joeybegood New Member

    You missed the part that states that the US govt. convicted the church of scientology for stealing documents. That suggests that the scientology claim has some merit. At the very least, this cannot reasonably be debunked out of hand.
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  3. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Why? If they stole documents it says nothing at all about what was in those documents. They could have been anything.
  4. MikeG

    MikeG Senior Member

    From what I understand, the Church of Scientology's main goal was to steal documents about itself. Are there any existing lists of the actual documents taken?
  5. MikeC

    MikeC Closed Account

    The statement by the church itself says there is no direct link between the documents and the allegation - just supposition and suspicion.
  6. Pete Tar

    Pete Tar Moderator Staff Member

    Is the claim currently being circulated or was the post addressing an old claim (such as the wikipedia reference)?
  7. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Well, I wrote it three years ago. I suspect I was just addressing the Wikipedia claim at the time.
  8. Pete Tar

    Pete Tar Moderator Staff Member

    Woah, you did too. I thought this was a new thread, my mistake.
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  9. Santa's sidekick

    Santa's sidekick Active Member

    If every source comes back to the Scientology article's unsubstantiated claim, it's safe to categorise the story as untrue.
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