To whom it may concern:
"Tex" is actually a regular over at the usenet group about Landmark
He attacks those that criticize Landmark.
Disgruntled Landmark Education (LE) "fans" often like to spam personal
attacks at discussion groups like this one against their perceived
LE and its fans are not happy that the Ross Institute of New Jersey
(RI), which is a registered nonprofit recognized by the IRS as a tax-
exempted charity, remains one of the most visible archives about
controversial groups and movements, some called "cults" accessible
through the Internet.
The RI database includes previously published media reports, court
documents, research and critical comments from past participants
concerning LE, formerly known as Erhard Seminar Training (EST) that
features a large group awareness training (LGAT) seminar called the
And also http://www.rickross.com/groups/forum.html
Clinical psychologist Philip Cushman researched the apparent inherent
problems that LGATs most often possess, which has led to numerous
complaints and at times personal injury lawsuits, he wrote a paper
about what he called "mass marathon training."
To better understand why LGAT programs are frequently compared to
coercive persuasion the following paper prepared by sociologist and
Stanford University professor Richard Ofshe may be helpful.
Right now anyone can see how abusive, controlling and destructive
Landmark can be by watching a Forum filmed in Paris by hidden camera
for French television.
After this report was broadcast nationally, Landmark packed up and
Landmark's efforts to silence its critics have attracted the
Electronic Frontier Foundation and recently that organization has
joined the fray concerning Landmark's misuse of the Digital Millennium
RI has hundreds of group/topic subsections, but the LE subsection
remains consistently one of the most popular and visited within its
It should be noted that many of the other groups listed are much
larger and generally have a greater impact in society than Landmark,
but do not generate the same interest.
For example, the RI database contains a subsection about Clergy Abuse,
which includes the prosecution and convictions of Roman Catholic
priests. There are also major religious groupings with subsections and
information regarding controversies linked to them such as Christian
Fundamentalists, Islamic Fundamentalists and Ultra-Orthodox Jewish
However, none of these subsections linked to religious groupings that
include millions of people generate the same continuing and consistent
interest, as does Landmark Education.
Interest in Landmark also consistently exceeds many of the less
established religious organizations such as the Unification Church of
Rev. Moon, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, Christian Science, and the
United Pentecostal Church International.
All of the above religious organizations far surpass Landmark
Education, both in their size and general impact, but not as a focus
of interest within the RI database.
With the exception of Scientology, Landmark Education ranks
consistently as one of the most visited subsections for information,
most often exceeding all of the above religious organizations or
Apparently in response to this during 2004 LE filed a lawsuit in New
Jersey federal court against both me personally and RI claiming
Through that lawsuit LE had the opportunity to prove in court that the
information archived within the RI database was somehow either false
However, rather than proceed and prove that point in its litigation LE
chose instead to dismiss its own lawsuit in 2005.
Landmark Education has a history of what can be seen as harassment
lawsuits seemingly filed to suppress criticism of its programs.
Attorneys at the New Jersey law firm of Lowenstein Sandler have
prepared an introduction and overview of that litigation complete with
links to supporting documents.
RI also maintains an active message board that includes thousands of
posts from people affected by controversial groups and movements, some
called "cults" and various related topics.
LE and other LGATs are perhaps the most popular single category for
discussion at the message board.
At times LE fans have posted at the RI message board under various
aliases in an apparent attempt to subvert the board and/or harass
those posting there.
The board is moderated and has posted rules, which must be agreed upon
first by any potential participant.
LE fans have at times violated these rules and subsequently been
banned from the RI message board, such violations have included
posting under more than one name and harassing members with unwanted
spam through the board member's private messaging system.
Some of those banned have then subsequently posted personal attacks
here against me and/or at other discussion groups that often ignore
pertinent facts and/or historical context in an apparent effort to
mislead the public.
Many of these attacks rely primarily upon material posted publicly
through the Internet by a Church of Scientology-run Web site called
"Religious Freedom Watch."
My published response to this Scientology sponsored attack has been
publicly accessible through the Internet since 1998 and periodically
updated in response to other claims that have been added.
If you read through this response with attached supporting documents,
you can see how Landmark fans frequently and deliberately distort or
completely ignore crucial and/or relevant facts regarding my personal/
professional history in an attempt to mislead the public.
For additional information about LE available through the Internet see
For information about LGATs like LE more generally see the following:
Please excuse the possible repetition of this posted response at
various threads within this discussion group, but it is important to
set the record straight when people posting comments here deliberately
attempt to malign me through misinformation in an effort to mislead
Rick A. Ross