appointment tape fraud

May 28th, 1977 "appointment tape" fraud
Verified by National Audio Video Forensic Laboratory

The Governing Body Commission [GBC] of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness [ISKCON] has, since December 1977, falsely claimed that eleven leaders had been "appointed as gurus" on May 28th, 1977, and that this was supposedly confirmed on an audio tape [commonly referred to as the "appointment tape"].

However, the "National Audio Video Forensic Laboratory" in Los Angeles says:


"In conclusion, the recording exhibits strong signs suggestive of falsification."

The GBC's audio tape "evidence": the so-called May 28th "guru appointment tape" is an "edited" mish-mash, "strongly suggestive of falsification," and is "consistent with EDITING procedures wherein WORDS are ELIMINATED or REARRANGED to CHANGE the context of what is said." read: criminal fraud.

This lab does work for big law firms and he agrees: This tape has been edited and it would never be accepted as evidence in a court of law. The GBC may have the original, we are told, but why was an edited tape forwarded and not the original--in the first place? Why are there many missing tapes from this period of time also? Why was the poison tape hidden, and a bogus appointment tape forwarded? Why are there tapes talking about putting in sewer pipes on a land project, they are preserved, but what the GBC alleges is the instruction how to run ISKCON for the next ten thousand years, is an unacceptable "edited" tape? Who edited this tape? Why are tapes missing? We shall be discussing this more, but just wanted you to know, the authority for leaders to become gurus in ISKCON is based on a falsified piece of evidence. In sum, it's a lie. Why do they say that liars--are gurus? [PADA]


National Audio Video Forensic Laobratory
Norman I. Perle, B.C.F.E., F.A.C.F.E.
8357 Shirley Avenue - Northeidge, Ca., 91324-4146
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- Board Certified Forensic Examiner: American Board Of Recorded Evidence,
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- Recorded Evidence Forensic Laboratory.

September 22, 1997

Attention: to Harvey Mechanic Esq.


On August 26, 1997 I received a standard analog tape recording from your office for examination. On the label of the cassete I affixed a tamper proof Security Seal Number 16959 for identification.

My assignment was to review and analyze the recording in order to determine if the content appears to be authentic, in that the words spoken are in context and appear to be all the words spoken at the moment of time the recorded event occured. Additionally, there should be no signs of inappropriate stopping and re-starting of the recorder as well as the other classifications of signs suggestive of falsification.

The analysis procedure included computer waveform analysis, spectrographic chart analysis, FFT spectrum frequency analysis and a critical aural review of the audio.


[PADA note: attached exhibits not included in this e-mail as they are photographs. We'll send you by post at your request].

The attached exhibits are the results of Waveform and Spectrogram Analysis. The upper window is a Waveform of the acquired audio. This pattern represents audio relative to time and amplitiude (volume). The large lower window is a Spectrogram.

The Spectrogram represents audio relative to:
1) Time--as shown on the bottom scale, horizontil axis.
2) Amplitude--as shown as the varying shades of pattern, vertical axis.
3) Frequency--as shown in the horizontal axis.

Each exhibit is annotated with an explanation as to the area of audio acqusitition, and that is located in the "Title Bar" on top of the Waveform. A more detailed explanation of the spectogram patterns is located in the "Title Bar" above each window.


EXHIBIT no.1 It is a display of how the sound starts on this recording. Absent is the Recorder Start Signature. Examples of what a Start Signature looks like can be seen on EXHIBIT no. 3, no. 4, and no. 5. This is consistent with a recording made from an EDITED master recording.

EXHIBIT no. 2 Is a display of the audio located approximately ten seconds into the recording. The deficiencies revealed are audible, and are consistent with EDITING procedures wherein WORDS are ELIMINATED or REARRANGED to CHANGE the context of what is said.

EXHIBIT no. 3 is a display of the audio located appoximately eleven minutes, thiry four seconds into the recording. The deficiences are auible are are significvantly similay to what one would exprect ot hear and see should the Master recirdng be an editd version.

EXHIBIT no. 4 is a display of the audio located approximately eleven minutes thirty seven seconds into the recording. This segment is located just after the area shown in exhibit number three. This deficiency is audible and is significantly similar to what one would expect to hear and see should the Master recording be an EDITED version.

EXHIBIT no. 5 is a dispaly of the audio located approximately twenty two minutes, thirty three seconds into the recording. This is the end of the segment(s). One can hear, as well as see on the chart, representation strikingly similar to STOP/RE-STARTS(s) signatures. There is a remanent of audio after these patterns.

EXHIBIT no. 6 is a diplay of the audio located at the end of sound on this recording. Similar to the beginning (Exhibit #1) there is an absence of the anticipated stop signature.


In conclusion, this recording exhibits strong signs suggestive of FALSIFICATION.
I do not believe that these deficiencies might possibly the the product of some mechanical process or problem within the recording or duplication process, and I beleive that they exist at what is considered to be a high degree than that of a coincidence.

I strongly recommend that an independent Forensic Analysis be conducted on the Master recoring in order to determine the authenticity an originality of the evidence. This analysis requires what is represented as the original recording and the original tape- recorder upon which this recording was represented to be be made. The forensic instrumental tests include computer analysis, FFT spectral analysis, spectrogram chart anaylysis, and microscopic photograhy of the magnetic field on the original recording. Additionally, the recordings will be compared for dissimilarities as a critical listening procedure is performed.

These tests are directed to discover (1) if the recording has been edited in any mnner so as to effect the context of the words, (i.e. erasures, inappropriate starting and re-stating of the recorder), (2) If in fact the audio material is an original source recording and not a re-recorded version. The testing would determine the cause of any deficiency within the audio track and is focused on establishing an opinion as to the integrity and authenticity of the evidence.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me.

Norman I. Perle
National Audio Video Forensic Laobratory (Ca., USA)