I just got this very disturbing email from Arel. Please do what you can to help.
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From: Arel Lucas
Date: Feb 3, 2007 1:47 AM
Subject: Keith Taken into Custody
Writing to myself and bc'ing you all so as not to compromise anybody's
address. Don't think I've written any of you yet.
Amost too tired to type. Running as fast as I can since around 3 or
3:30 this afternoon when Keith was arrested in Prescott, AZ,
supposedly on the bench warrant issued by the judge in 2001 in
I can barely think. I gave a nurse his blood pressure meds but
haven't heard anything except that the desk clerk told me he had been
booked and was in a single cell this evening. So I hope he's safe.
The death threats continued unabated, and his last safe house had been
visited by police, so we were seeking lawyers and talking about where
to go when. They stopped the car of the 2 I own that he usually
drives (he's still bankrupt and owns nothing).
I'm running on rage. I have nothing else to give me energy. With
grief or fear I'd break down. So I choose rage. Damned thing they
call a democracy here in this damned country, where he was arrested,
convicted and sentenced for picketing. Damned law enforcement that
lies, has no brains, will do $cientology's bidding. I may have made
some connections that will help him refuse extradition and have his
case in California reviewed here in Arizona. The police told me that
he can't have a lawyer at the hearing Monday morning, and I can't be
there. I was told by a couple of people that it's no good fighting
extradition, but when it's a matter of going into a
$cientology-controlled jail so they can fulfill their death threats,
I'll fight what I can.
The damned $cientologists have carried out *every other threat they've
made* against him *and* me. So I believe the death threats. Why
wouldn't I? I did an oral history with someone in Canada in which she
tells me of their murder of a friend of hers. I've seen the look on
their smug faces. I've been snarled at by Elliot Abelson, the garbage
Mafia lawyer who ran the trial in Hemet.
I can use all the advice and help I can get. I will follow him to
Riverside as soon as I have any clue he's on his way there. I will
make as big a stink as I can. I'm trying to reach press, have given
out my phone numbers to anyone who wants details. Please get press
involved. If my employers can't take the heat, they'll either fire me
or make me resign. The hell with them. I'll have reached the 2nd
tier of social security sometime in July. If I can hold out till then
I'll get a little more of a pittance.
So if you talk to me and I'm mad, well, yes I am. I hate this country
that arrests people for picketing and lets the terrorist
$cientologists run wild. If I can get him out of jail we'll leave
it--for good, if possible. I've lost faith in pretty much everyone
and everything--certainly democracy, justice, law enforcement--but
that was a long time ago. I'm used to it now. But I'm still mad.
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