chronicle herald ~ An assault against a masked demonstrator protesting against the Church of Scientology has landed a Halifax woman in legal trouble.Nicole Cassandra Andersen, a 40-year-old personal-care worker, pleaded guilty in Halifax on Tuesday to assault for punching the protester in the face near the Scientology Life Improvement Center on Dutch Village Road on Sept. 19. [YouTube video of incident]
Chronicle Herald Parrots Scientology's Spin
A spokeswoman for the Church of Scientology said Wednesday that Andersen is not a member of the church in Halifax and does not have any affiliation with it.
"The answer is no," said Pat Felske, a Church of Scientology spokeswoman in Toronto, "As a matter of fact, when the incident occurred, no one was at the church at all".
In the United States [notice no mention of Canada], there have been several convictions of Anonymous members for cyber attacks and harassment of members of the Church of Scientology, Felske said, adding,"We don’t believe in violence. Our creed [more on this later] is a civilization without insanity, without criminality and without war."
Paper Disappoints Protester
Seems our young protester/victim is none to happy with the way his local paper handled the story, as we can see by his email reply [posted on WWP links added by ODIT]:
Hi Clare,Did You Order The Code-Red?
I have to say I'm a bit disappointed in your article.
I can't really believe you'd allow an organization convicted of infiltrating the Canadian government to make a statement like that without clarifying for your readers that Scientology has a long criminal history in this country... especially when no members of Anonymous have been convicted of any wrong doing in Canada and that we have a great relationship with law enforcement.
Also, I believe I was fairly clear in why I am revealing my name now, and that is because I am being harassed by the Church of Scientology over this incident, as I said to you on the phone "I feel i have to roll with it now". They did not have my name until I was punched and then followed home.
I feel I'm going to have to write a response. I wanted to give you a heads up before I did. I do appreciate your interest in this story, but I can't believe you'd allow Scientology (just recently convicted of fraud as an organization in France over their 'religious' practices) to make an unqualified statement like that.
I'm sorry but I think it's irresponsible journalism, and I plan on saying so.
Now, back to that statement about about Scientology's creed, as brought up in this post at WWP,
‘We don’t believe in violence. Our creed is a civilization without insanity, without criminality and without war.’~ Pat Felske-Spokeswoman, Church of Scientology.Red Flags and that Fishy Smell
But, seems they also have a conflicting Code of Honor, in it which states:
• 12) Never fear to hurt another in a just cause.
And as for Pat Felske's statement on whether or not Andersen is member of their group, well red flags are 'a fly'n all over at WWP's many think tanks (along with a strange fishy odor).
Yes, our paperwork sleuths are chomping at their shovel handles, because Nicole Andersen's courtroom appearance seems to have raised some questions:
eg:Not to worry, though. There are plenty of anons over there to keep the facts straight, and not let the conversations get lost in conjecture. But we'll be keeping an eye on it, and report back anything interesting.
• Did her lawyer mean that she has just Now, suddenly, become a caregiver to a disabled person? That would be a little too convenient (sympathy bid).
• Did you see anything in writing that she actually signed or that lawyer said she actually agreed to see a psychiatrist?
• But if she is actually now by law assigned to see a psychiatrist, wait. Would not that disqualify her from being a caregiver to severely disabled?
• And ex-scientologists chiming in how this is all to familiar as to how some go off the deep end.