Church of Spiritual Technology



Creation of the Church of Spiritual Technology As part of LRH's estate  planning, CST was founded in 1982 by Lyman Spurlock, *720 Meade Emory, Esq.,  Leon Misterek, Esq., and Sherman Lenske, Esq. CST was incorporated as a  non-profit corporation under California law, and subsequently sought tax-exempt  status under the Internal Revenue Code.
CST's Articles of Incorporation describe the purpose of the organization as  follows: "The corporation shall espouse, present, propagate, practice,  ensure and maintain the purity and integrity of the religion of  Scientology...." Article III, By-laws of Church of Spiritual  Technology. 
One of CST's specific duties, unique among Scientology churches, is to create  and maintain an archive of scriptures for future generations. It is important to  Scientology that its scriptures be preserved for at least the next billion  years, in order that future generations have available to them the words of  LRH. 
The other stated purpose behind CST was to provide LRH, then still living,  with a depository for the bulk of his testamentary estate, as explained above.  CST's founders wanted to accomplish "the creation of an organization to  which Mr. Hubbard would be willing to (and did) bequeath the bulk of his estate,  and most importantly his copyrights and patents (which include copyrights to  scriptures of the religion and patents on the E-Meter)." [FN20] (Court  Cases)


CST's operating funds thus far have come exclusively from other Scientology  management churches. In 1983, CST received what was described as a  "one-time start-up grant" of $17,959,745 from the Church of  Scientology Flag Service Organization. In addition, CST has received annual  unrestricted grants from RTC ranging from $623,000 to $2.8 million. (Court  Cases)

1993, 29.11.

On 29 November 1993, less than two months  after the Church of Spiritual Technology (CST) was granted tax exemption by IRS,  Starkey transferred all the L. Ron Hubbard copyrights to CST, as is illustrated below. (NOTE: The "License Agreements" illustrated between Starkey and  the Religious Technology Center (RTC) did not transfer actual ownership. (Veritas)

Special Directors

General Directors

From Veritas Web Site

powermedIt is indisputable that the Church of Spiritual Technology, doing business as  the L. Ron Hubbard Library, is the seat of power in Scientology. They own ALL  the copyrights. (See "How CST Grabbed the  Copyrights.") They have the right to seize control of ALL trademarks,  and to seize control of ALL the "Advanced Technology" at any time, at  their "sole discretion."  (See "What's  Behind the L. Ron Hubbard Library?") 

But WHO are the shadowy figures in control of the Church of Spiritual  Technology (CST)?  

If you take a look at the SECRET CHART OF POWER,  you'll see that, whoever they are, they rule over all of Scientology. We've  reproduced just a section of that chart at right to show the structure at the  top of CST. The Trustees have the power to elect and remove the Directors, and  the Directors have the power to elect and remove the Officers. 

CST is unique, in that it is the only Scientology corporation known to have  "Special Directors." Their exact role is unknown, but they seem to  wield quite a lot of power. 

So who ARE these secretive people in power? 

The short answer is: nobody knows--at least, nobody outside the small circle  of those who are in control. 

The reason why nobody knows involves California corporate law and IRS Codes.  In California, only MEMBERS of a religious corporation can have access to the  corporate records that name the Trustees, Directors, Special Directors, and  Officers. And the Church of Spiritual Technology was set up specifically to have  NO MEMBERS. So it was the FOUNDERS of CST who made sure that the identities of  the people running it would be forever protected. 


There are four co-founders:

 Of the four, only  Lyman Spurlock even claims to be a Scientologist. He is also a CPA. The other  three are tax and probate attorneys. 

Although the four are named as co-founders in a 1992  United States Claims Court ruling, Sherman Lenske is named as "sole  incorporator" in the Articles of Incorporation. 


Why would NONE of the founders of CST respond to simple questions about the  current leadership of the corporation? Why did they set up CST so that members  of the public couldn't find out who the leaders were? Why would they not return  phone calls? We don't know. 

It's almost certain that the IRS knows who the current leaders are; they  granted CST tax exemption, and the formerly-secret IRS Closing Agreement  requires certain annual reports to be submitted to IRS on all  Scientology-related entities. It is virtually certain that the leadership of CST  is part of what must be reported. 

So why the super-secrecy? 

These men are supposedly religious leaders, pillars of society, who have set  up a corporation organized strictly in the public interest for religious,  charitable purposes--with the blessings of IRS. So what possible reason could  they have for keeping the identities of the leadership of their church such a  closely guarded secret? 

We don't know yet. The story is still unfolding. Is it because of the strange  case of the Library of Congress records? (See "A  New Slant on Fraud?") Is there something more behind Meade Emory's IRS  connections, something hidden back in the years of 1975-1977? Is it all tied to  L. Ron Hubbard's mysterious disappearance? 

Whatever the cause, the question will not go away, and sooner or later the  answer must out. But for now the question rings and echoes: WHY the  secrecy? 

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