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Cathy Norman

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Cathy Norman

Cathy Norman

Director of Special Affairs (Church of Scientology, Office of Special Affairs)


Cathy Norman is a member of Scientology's OSA department. Her title is Director of Special Affairs (DSA), Austin (Texas).

Interfaith and Infiltration

It is thought that one of Norman's task is infiltration of Christian apologetics- and countercult organizations, interfaith organizations, etcetera.

She claims to have a personal interest in interfaith dialogue, and she actively participates in interfaith activities.

Norman also subscribes to the AR-talk mailing list and to its companion list, AR-forum - where she has shown herself unwilling to address critical concerns regarding the beliefs and practices of the Church of Scientology, other than by resorting to PR and delay tactics. Though at her level of Scientology, Ms. Norman is expected to have power over MEST (Matter, Energy, Space, and Time), she frequently cites lack of time as one reason for not answering questions.

She prefers to contact people (or to have people contact her) privately, apparently in a bid to influence them away from the scrutiny of those who show skepticism regarding the reasons for her claimed interest in Christian- and countercult perspectives.


If and when they interact with Ms. Norman, Christians and non-Christians alike should consider the fact that she works for Scientology's Department of Special Affairs (OSA) as a strong warning signal.

The Office of Special Affairs is Scientology's Secret Service. OSA is officially the Church's ''terminal'' [communications point] for non-Scientologists, including government, the media, and the general public. Internally known as "Department 20", OSA is charged with favorable Public Relations (PR), investigating threats to Scientology, and then ''handling'' [neutralizing] those threats.
Source: Ex-Scientologist, Perry Scott: OSA Network Orders

OSA, Office of special affairs. The "dirty work" department, the cult's KGB. Took over from the GO, Guardian's Office, when the GO's leaders went to jail for infiltrating government offices, stealing and altering official files that put the cult in a bad light. "OSA Int - Office of Special Affairs International - Oversees DSA (Director of Special Affairs) network as well as handling international external threats against the Church of Scientology and international legal matters". - Jonathon Barbera.

Cathy Normon on 'hate' and 'indifference

Among other things, OSA is involved is dead agenting and fair gaming - unethical behavior endorsed in Scientology's scriptures. It appears that Ms. Norman to some extend acknowledges that such behavior is wrong:

''Hate'' actively seeks harm for its object. ''Indifference'' stands by while harm is done and doesn't care or act. Neither is very loving.
Source: Cathy Norman (OSA), in a message to the AR-vent mailing list, Apr. 3, 2001.

Nevertheless, Norman was sued by former Scientologist Gary Armstrong for her part in an alleged "black PR" campaign :

Former Scientologist Gerry Armstrong (who used to be L. Ron Hubbard's personal archivist) has filed a suit for libel against David Miscavige, Cathy Norman and the Church of Scientology International. The suit was filed in Nevada. Gerry is involved in a case of breach of contract in California for speaking out against Scientology.

''Plaintiff, as claims for relief, alleges entitlement to damages caused by defendants' malicious publication and dissemination of false and defamatory statements, as well as claiming damages for defendants' intentional infliction of emotional distress upon him.

''In 1981 Armstrong became disillusioned because his duties led him to archived papers disclosing critical personal frauds and organization deceptions perpetrated by other Hubbard intimates and by Hubbard himself during his years heading up Scientology. During his archiving activities Armstrong observed that over Hubbard's adult life he used a philosophy of 'opportunistic hatred' and the 'acts which flow therefrom (lying, cheating, stealing, compromising, entrapping, obstructing, bullying, blackmailing, destroying) as the solution to his problems.'

''The grim truth however -- and notwithstanding the repeated public Miscavige statements, as demonstrated infra -- is that defendants herein have designated Armstrong an 'enemy' and have from the time he left Scientology and up to the present subjected him to fair game and a massive international black PR campaign. The document which gives rise to this complaint was created and disseminated by defendant components of the Scientology enterprise pursuant to fair game, and is black propaganda.

''Triggering this complaint: on October 21, 1996 one Cathy Norman caused transmission and publication of a one page letter on the letterhead of the Church of Scientology of Texas, Austin, to Craig Branch, Watchman Fellowship, P.O. Box 530842, Birmingham, Alabama, 35253.

See also this declaration by Armstrong.

Norman's Snapshots

Mark Plummer, a Scientology critic describes his encounter with Ms. Norman.

One of Ms. Norman's duties is to take pictures of Scientology critics who, in turn, take pictures of her.

In a reply to a question posted in the alt.religion.scientology Usenet group, Plummer explains:

At that time (September 20, 2001) Cathy Norman was the Director of Special Affairs for Scientology Texas. As the local OSA representative, part of her "hat duties" include taking pictures and making daily/weekly reports "uplines" to OSA LA and Int. The photos are intended as documentary information whichis shared across the OSA Network. The information is stored in a computer.

Cathy Norman becomes unhappy when one or more persons carrying signs which say "Who is Xenu? See www.xenu.net" on one side, and "Scientology lies! See www.scientology-lies.com" on the other side, because it is considered to be an "attack upon Scientology" according to Hubbard's and OSA's policies.

And, accordingly, an "attack" results in her "stats" going down. She is required to do the things she does, i.e., to take pictures, to report the "incident" to her seniors in LA and Int, and to write reports to her seniors with things she has done or is doing to "handle" such a "situation".

To sum it all up, she took pictures of me because she is required by policy to do so. Failure to take pictures of me would be seen as "not wearing" her "hat" (not doing her job duties as required), which is an "ethics offense" in Scientology, punishable by a "treason assignment", at least.

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First posted: Aug. 17, 2001
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