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Meet Ed and Tera Hattaway

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Tera Hattaway dicusses the Orweilian nature in which Scientology's children are raised and the importance given to families within the cult.
April 17, 2001
Tera Hattaway became involved with Scientology shortly after graduating from high school. As an impressionable and idealistic young woman, she joined the Sea Org in the hopes of making the world a better place. For some time, Tera worked with the "Cadet Org" -- the division in Scientology's Sea Organization where children are kept.
In her declaration , Tera discusses how, as a staff member, she was pressured to have an abortion and she shares what she observed in regard to the importance Scientology gives to families. Perhaps the most disheartenting part of Tera's declaration, however,  is where Tera discusses how Sea Org children are actually raised.


Ed Hattaway's life destroyed by WISE and Scientology
March 3, 2001

Ed Hattaway, chiropractor in the Atlanta area, recently contacted the Lisa

McPherson Trust and asked us to post a video of the experience he and his wife
had in Scientology. You can see that video by clicking on the link below.

Ed has also written a declaration about his experiences and has given it to the
LMT to publish. He and his wife Tera hope to help others avoid being defrauded
as they were by Scientology and, as Ed put it, "the single most lucrative
dissemination line for the cult: WISE."

For those who don't know, WISE is the World Institute for Scientology
Enterprises. Most of the businesses run by Scientologists are members of WISE.
Many WISE companies are "management consultant" firms that hold seminars for
dentists, veterinarians, chiropractors, and other professionals, promising to
help them "boom" their businesses with a spectacular management technology.
Although they don't say so at the outset, of course, they mean Hubbard
management tech.

These consulting firms go into a business, put Scientologists in administrative
positions in the company, and then try to convince the owners and staff that
the only way they will ever really be successful is by handling their own
personal problems that are holding them back. How to handle these personal
problems? By getting auditing at the nearest Scientology org, of course.

This is what happened to the Hattaways. Thousands of people have been
victimized by the fraudulent WISE front groups -- not only in the United States
but also in Germany, France, Italy, and many other countries.

It is what happened to two dentists in Chicago, the Zizics. You can see the
Zizics also testified at Mark Bunker's bogus criminal trial in Chicago, making
it clear to the jury that Scientology orchestrated Mark's arrest to keep him
from recording the outrageous story of fraud the Zizics had to tell. You can

For us, the most chilling part of Ed's declaration is point #8: "The trap I
fell into personally, professionally and financially, was not set by some
wide-eyed cult follower with a message about zenu the intergalactic warlord. I
stepped into the mess by following doctors who I saw as successful and as
leaders in the field of chiropractic, dentistry and business management!"

The people who are being defrauded by Scientology are not uneducated, ignorant
or unintelligent. Many of Scientology's victims are just the opposite. In fact,
Scientology specifically targets intelligent, productive people who want to be
successful -- like the Hattaways.

Ed is now trying to get his money back from Scientology. He has written three
letters, so far without any success.

Read Ed Hattaway's 3-30-01 letter to Scientology's Glen Stilo requesting a refund.

Ed and Tera wrote a letter to someone who has been a good friend of theirs for many years. The friend is a Scientologist who had written to the Hattaways to find out why they are now publicly speaking critically about Scientology. The Hattaways have given their permission to post the text of the letter on our website.


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The Lisa McPherson Trust documents cases of deception, abuse and fraud in Scientology. Our documentation is sometimes requested by government agencies involved in investigations into the cult. If you would like to send us a copy of a letter you've written to Scientology or to a government agency for our records, would like help with locating agencies that address and take action against specific types of abuse or fraud, or know of a story that we should have in our records,  please contact Teresa Summers. Any contact is kept in strict confidence and the LMT will not make public any stories or documents without your permission.

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