|Birthname||Gary Lynn Scarff|
|born on||17 August 1956 at 00:09 (= 12:09 AM )|
|Place||Fort Madison, Iowa, 40n38, 91w19|
|Timezone||CST h6w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||24°18' 07°35 Asc. 18°51'|
American critic of Scientology, who has said that he was once an operative in The Office of Special Affairs, a department of the Church of Scientology International that observers outside the Church have characterized as an intelligence agency, comparing it variously to the CIA or the KGB. According to the Church, the OSA is responsible for directing legal affairs, public relations, pursuing investigations, publicizing the Church's "social betterment works," and "oversee[ing its] social reform programs".
Scarff has made a number of statements about the inner workings of OSA, many of which are disputed by the Church. In a sworn deposition taken between July and August 1993 and submitted in Church of Scientology International vs. Steven Fishman and Uwe Geertz, Scarff testified, "...I was directed, one, to go to Chicago, Illinois and to murder Cynthia Kisser, Cynthia Kisser being the Executive Director of the Cult Awareness Network, by a staged car accident." Kisser was not killed, and Scarff said: "I could not bring myself to harm or kill anybody."
The Scientology-sponsored website, religiousfreedomwatch.org, features him on its list of so-called "anti-religious extremists," most of them also critics of Scientology.
Ashish Seth forwarded a link to a document purported to be Scarff's birth certificate as found on the religiousfreedomwatch.org website . The document is part of an article criticising Scarff , it has no given source, and has not been verified.
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