Portrait of Paulette Cooper
|Born||July 26, 1942|
|Occupation||Author and journalist|
Paulette Marcia Cooper (born July 26, 1942) is an American author who is best known for her activism against the Church of Scientology and the subsequent harassment she suffered from the Church of Scientology's intelligence agency at the time, the Guardian's Office. Cooper's books have sold close to half a million copies.
Cooper was born in Belgium to parents who died at Auschwitz concentration camp. After the war, she spent years in various orphanages in Belgium, until she was adopted by the Cooper family and moved to the United States at age 6. She became an American citizen when she was 8.
She began her freelance writing career in 1968, after completing a master's degree in psychology. As a result of her earlier study of comparative religion at Harvard University for a summer, she became interested in new religious movements and began studying the Church of Scientology in 1968 in order to write about it.
Cooper has written a total of 20 books on a variety of subjects.
Conflict with Scientology
Cooper's Scientology harassment began in 1970 when the Church filed suit against her in a British court for a critical article she wrote that was published in London's Queen magazine. Her 1971 book, The Scandal of Scientology, was an expansion of the work she had begun with the article. The Church had sought to prevent its publication through legal and other threats.
The book earned her much negative attention from Scientology agents operating under the direction of Church founder L. Ron Hubbard. That same year the Church filed a second lawsuit against her in Los Angeles Superior Court. In the years to come, Scientology instituted a total of nineteen lawsuits against Cooper from all over the world; she counter-sued them three times.
As she continued to investigate Scientology over the years, Cooper became the target of severe harassment campaigns, including a Scientology campaign known as Operation Freakout, the goal of which was to deter Cooper from criticizing Scientology by having her "incarcerated in a mental institution or jail or at least to hit her so hard that she drops her attacks." In an earlier campaign titled "Operation Dynamite," the Church of Scientology sent itself forged bomb threats, purportedly from Cooper, using her stationery with her fingerprints on it; it also planned to send bomb threats to Henry Kissinger, among others. Spies were sent to infiltrate her apartment building, one of them even becoming her roommate. The campaign was discovered when the FBI raided Scientology offices in 1977 and recovered documents relating to the operation. Sometime in 1977, Cooper's assassination was possibly planned, along with another murder, but it is unknown whether or not this operation was attempted.
The Church of Scientology finally agreed to an out-of-court settlement with Cooper in 1985. The terms were kept confidential.
In 1992, the American Society of Journalists and Authors awarded her their highest honor, the prestigious Conscience-in-Media Award. She has also won five other writing awards for her other books and numerous articles on a variety of subjects unrelated to cults.
- The Scandal of Scientology. Tower Publications, 1971. OCLC 921001
- Growing up Puerto Rican. Signet, 1973. ISBN 0-451-61233-7
- The Medical Detectives. D. McKay Co., 1973. ISBN 0-679-50382-X
- Let's Find Out About Halloween. Reader's Digest Services, 1977.
- Reward! (co-written by Paul Noble). Pocket Books, 1994. ISBN 0-671-87020-3
- The 100 Top Psychics in America (co-written by Paul Noble). Pocket Books, 1996. ISBN 0-671-53401-7
- 277 Secrets Your Cat Wants You to Know (co-written by Paul Noble). Ten Speed Press, 1997. ISBN 0-89815-952-0
- 277 Secrets Your Dog Wants You to Know (co-written by Paul Noble). Ten Speed Press, 1998. ISBN 1-58008-014-6
- 277 Secrets Your Snake and Lizard Wants You to Know. Ten Speed Press, 1999. ISBN 1-58008-035-9
- The Most Romantic Resorts for Destination Weddings, Marriage Renewals & Honeymoons (co-written by Paul Noble). S.P.I. Books, 2002. ISBN 1-56171-914-5
- Cooper, Paulette (1999). 277 Secrets Your Snake and Lizard Wants You to Know. Ten Speed Press. p. 175. ISBN 1-58008-035-9.
- Paulette Cooper harassment diary, part 1
- Church of Scientology of California vs. Paulette Cooper, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court, Docket No. C18558
- "How the Church of Scientology tried to bring down journalist Paulette Cooper, aka Miss Lovely". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 17 July 2015.
- Text of Operation Freakout document
- Scandal, PauletteCooper.com
- Marshall, John (1980-01-24). "Hubbard still gave orders, records show". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2006-09-14.
- Margery Wakefield (April 13, 1990). "Affidavit of Margery Wakefield". Retrieved 2013-03-25.
- The Scandal of Scientology
- Joshua Farrington (January 16, 2015). "Scientology account to Silvertail". thebookseller.com. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
- Joe Pompeo (9 August 2013). "Catching up with former Village Voice editor Tony Ortega". Capital New York. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
- Christopher Zara (14 September 2012). "Village Voice Editor Tony Ortega Is Leaving To Write A Scientology Book". International Business Times. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
- Paul Noble website
- Scientology documents about Paulette Cooper seized by the FBI.
- Paulette Cooper homepage
- Paulette Cooper's description of her frame-up
- The Scandal of Scientology by Paulette Cooper
- The 1982 Clearwater Hearings, Day 4 - May 8, 1982