Chris Owen once again dives into Scientology history and comes up with new evidence and new perspectives…
L. Ron Hubbard's Snow White Program (often referred to as "Operation Snow White") has earned deserved infamy since it was exposed by the FBI in 1977. It involved a massive campaign of espionage, eavesdropping and theft against US and Canadian federal and state governments, law enforcement agencies and many other organisations. At least 18 countries were targeted. It had disastrous consequences for Scientology, leading to the jailing of Hubbard's wife Mary Sue, his own naming as an "unindicted co-conspirator" and the Church of Scientology itself being convicted for crimes in Canada. But what prompted Hubbard to take such a drastic step as to start systematically targeting governments worldwide?
That's a key question that I've been tackling in my current project — a new book exploring Scientology's relationship with its adversaries around the world from 1950 to the present day. Recent releases of documents in government archives, many of which have never been reported on previously, have enabled such questions to be explored in greater depth than ever before. Those archives reveal that the Snow White Program had its roots in the unlikely surrounds of the southern English market town of Guildford, following a crucial event that happened there exactly 51 years ago today.
2019-03-19, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
So, the IAS constantly claims that donations made to it "support our 4th dynamic initiatives" — very much including the Foundation for a Drug Free World.
The IAS takes credit for the "accomplishments" of the DFW if there is ever anything to be crowed about. Recently the IAS proudly announced the "distribution" of half a million booklets at the Super Bowl. They routinely claim they are literally saving the world and eradicating the scourges of drugs, crime, immorality and illiteracy.
This is asking for $50,000. Assuming the IAS has accumulated $1.5 billion by now (it was more than a billion back in the early 2000's), this is chicken feed. About 0.003% of their total funds. But rather than the IAS doing this, they are trying to crowdfund to show their PSAs in LOS ANGELES! This is not darkest Africa or some other remote location...
An undercover investigation by Channel 4 News reveals how Cambridge Analytica secretly campaigns in elections across the world. Bosses were filmed talking about using bribes, ex-spies, fake IDs and sex workers.
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Scientology has sent out another precious mailer to its members that includes an amazing L. Ron Hubbard quote, and we thank our tipster who sent it in. Once again, Scientologists are privately getting sent wacky Hubbard material that you aren't going to see on the new Scientology television network.
The quote is from a lecture titled "Obnosis," from the "16th Advanced Clinical Courses" which took place in WashingtonDC in 1957, and here's what was pulled from it for this flier...
We took a look at the lecture, and of course the original is even better. Before he goes into the fortune telling anecdote, Hubbard boasts about telepathically reading off every card in a 52-card deck with flawless accuracy.
2018-03-19, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The saga of the Cult Shopping Network continues.
What we are NOT seeing is shouting from the rooftops about the incredible results of this venture. So far we have been regaled with the amazing feat of one woman starting an extension course after being told her illness was psychosomatic and could be cured.
It's been on the air for a week now. If the hype was true, we would be seeing pictures of Introductory Courses full of people and Facebook would be filled with local scientologists boasting about how many people are in their org. Nothing in sight.
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2017-03-19, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
For the special 100th episode, I did a YouTube live stream and answered questions from viewers asked in a chat window. The questions are not listed here but are said out loud during the episode. To ask me any new questions, leave them in the comments section of my Q&A videos or email them to me at AskChrisShelton@gmail.com.
2017-03-19, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
In HCOB, 16 April 1982, More on PTS Handling, LRH famously wrote, "The bulk of your PTSness may very well be PTS to a class, the middle class, of which their particular SP is simply a member."
SP stands for Suppressive Person. I mentioned their characteristics several weeks ago here at Mike's. Basically, SPs are extremely bad people whose whole purpose is to do others harm. PTS stands for Potential Trouble Source and is someone connected to an SP. This connection can be with a present time SP—a boss, friend or parent, anyone—or this connection can be with someone in the past who's been restimulated by someone with similar characteristics to the actual SP. According to LRH, all sick people are PTS. All accidents are the result of PTSness. Pretty much all bad conditions in life are caused by a connection to an SP.
Rod Keller continues to do get us crucial information on Scientology's latest takeover attempt in Clearwater, Florida. Once again, he's worn away some shoeleather for us...
This week Scientology leader David Miscavige met separately with members of Clearwater's City Council to discuss his plan for a business district in the downtown area. We have notes made by the officials, and they clear up some misconceptions about the project. A report in the Tampa Bay Times that all property owners in the four by four block area would be required to sell to the church or a group of wealthy members is largely false, and Miscavige angrily denied that he wants full control over the area to the council members. "Mr. Miscavige reported that he did not have intent to control or exercise oversight of Downtown Clearwater as had been reported in the press," says councilman Bill Jonson.
"Mr. Miscavige spoke first of his frustration of not being able to roll out his ideas to the public on a timetable he had wanted to, because of the newspaper stories that he said were largely inaccurate," says councilman Bob Cundiff. Press reports that private owners to have to sell would require "eminent domain" by the city, which would be hugely unpopular in Clearwater if it benefited Scientology. The city, county, state and federal buildings in the district are not for sale, and we haven't found any business owners who have been approached to sell. David Miscavige did not ask any of the council members for a mandate to sell properties in the district to the church.
Skip Young's involvement in the Church of Scientology's notorious "Snow White Program" was only a footnote, but it was a memorable one. It was the summer of 1976, and Scientology's chief WashingtonDC spy, Michael Meisner, was in hiding after he'd been discovered that June using a fake IRS badge to gain access to a US Attorney's office while on a mission to pilfer government documents about Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard.
Hubbard's wife, Mary Sue, who was actively running the operation, hoped that the FBI wouldn't discover the connection between Meisner and Scientology while she kept him out of sight in Los Angeles. In the meantime, she wanted to know what charges he might be facing. So she turned to Skip Young.
Young was a Scientologist, but he also happened to be a San Diego police lieutenant who had been covertly running operations for the church in his free time. And he didn't hesitate to carry out his latest mission: He checked on Meisner's charges through a request with the National Crime Information Center in Washington. But Young had made a huge mistake. The FBI was actively looking for Meisner, and Young's request at the NCIC was flagged by the agency. FBI agents showed up the next day, expecting that Young had checked the NCIC database because he actually had Meisner in custody. Young lied, making up a story that the day before he'd stopped Meisner for jaywalking, but then had let him go.
Thanks to a find by Sharone Stainforth at apollo blogspot, here's some amazing footage of L. Ron Hubbard when he isn't being a "scientologist" - a rare glimpse into the real man who was a long-time intelligence agent.
Footage is a clip courtesy of Lance Aston's video called: South Africa1960 pt 2, section where Hubbard was visiting British comedian Frank Howerd.
2016-03-19, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Miscavige announcing the "imminent" opening of KCET.
You got it right. Things have gotten so bad that he is AGAIN announcing the imminent opening of KCET. It's already been shown and endlessly pitched and the "Big News" for the March 13th event was something that is "going to be" done.
Having already stirred up a hornet's nest after its premiere last January at the Sundance Film Festival and a brief theatrical run, Oscar winner Alex Gibney's new documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is about to take the sins of Scientology and turn them into Sunday-night appointment viewing. Debuting on HBO on March 29th, the documentarian's adaptation of Lawrence Wright's Pulitzer-winning 2013 book systematically makes its case against the religion. Delving into accusations of emotional and physical abuse perpetrated by its founder L. Ron Hubbard and Chairman of the BoardDavid Miscavige, as well as the organization's harassment of critics and alleged dirty-ops blackmailing of celebrities, Going Clear assembles its argument from interviews with former members and hard-to-obtain documents and footage from within the Church itself. It's everything you didn't see in Scientology's Super Bowl ads.
A Roaring Fork Valley man with a recent spate of local arrests has settled a lawsuit with a Fort Collins rehab facility that he claims held him prisoner and subjected him to the practice of Scientology.
Ben Levy, 28, sued A Life Worth Saving, which is part of the California-based Narconon International, last June. Narconon has no connection to Narcotics Anonymous or other 12-step programs.
An order entered by U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty said that a settlement has been reached on all of Levy's claims for negligence, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and battery. Levy's suit sought at least $75,000.
Randolph "Randy" Jackson, 28, was arrested on a felony complaint filed Feb. 13 charging him with a total of 20 counts of various sex crimes.
Jackson is suspected of molesting five boys between the ages of 13 and 17 at various locations in Los Angeles, the prosecutor said. The complaint alleges the incidents occurred between November 2010 and January 2015.
Jackson took the helm of the Einstein Academy basketball program in 2014, after he was named Coach of the Year for the Omega League by his fellow coaches while he was at Delphi Academy in Lake View Terrace.
2015-03-19, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Do It For Ron
The Birthday Event hype is in full swing. Here is a favorite. "The best gift we can give him is the gift of expansion" so.... Give us £104 for "SMP". Makes total sense.
And you will get a "special" "104" commendation to file in the round file of useless pieces of paper — you only have "ethics protection" based on your NEXT "donation."
2014-03-19, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
Originally published February 23, 2014 on Mike Rinder's blog (here).
I spent my entire adult life as a professional Scientology staff member. I started taking classes when I was 15 and joined staff at the age of 17. I joined the Sea Organization when I was 25 and stayed in until I was 43.
I trained as a Pro Course Supervisor and Word Clearer, Class 0 Auditor and Purification Rundown In-Charge. I also trained as a Data Series Evaluator and Org Manager, amongst many other things. I completed all of The Basics books and lectures after they were released in 2006, as well as the LRH Congresses and a panoply of other lectures and materials (including many issues that public may never see as they were "confidential Sea Org references" concerning management and administration). When it comes to Scientology and Sea Organization policy and tech, I can unequivocally state that I am an expert.
Claire Headley and Bruce Hines are taking us on our journey to train as Scientologists. Claire spent years working with Scientology's "tech," and was trusted to oversee the auditing of Tom Cruise. Bruce was in Scientology for 31 years and spent about half that time as a senior case supervisor. Go here to see the first part in this series.
Wow, we're really getting near the top of the bridge. This week, Bruce Hines gives us some amazing insights about New OT 7. But first, let's take a look at the materials we have on it, which are quite brief.
What we have from L. Ron Hubbard all fits on just one page. (And yet, we hear this is the level so many people get stuck on for the longest — for several years in many cases.)
2014-03-19, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
Originally posted December 26, 2013 on Mike Rinder's blog (here), under the pseudonym "Galactic Patrol".
The two greatest crimes that can be committed with Scientology technology are the two "shuns" – evaluation and invalidation. In numerous references, LRH explicitly details the destructive effects of evaluating for a person (telling him what to think about his case) or invalidating a person's case or gains.
In fact, invalidation is so powerful that in HCO PL 25 June 72, RECOVERING STUDENTS AND PCs, LRH states that "invalidation of case or gains" is one of only four things that will cause a preclear to blow Scientology entirely. I am quite sure that if you are reading this, you have witnessed at least one example of someone leaving Scientology over this kind of invalidation.
2014-03-19, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Attempting to remedy Scientology instilled ignorance is a hazardous venture. It can result in losing your job and having your family and friends harassed into abandoning you, and worse. The resistance to truth can be so intense that in most cases the proponent of light is reduced to adopting the Scientology constructs of opponents, enemies, battle, and war. Before long the seeker of truth becomes a mere 'attacker', over time becoming more and more like that which is attacking him and which seemingly by necessity he must attack in order to survive.
Scientologists - even many independent ones - have a habit of collapsing the ideas of a) exposing corruption and lies to the light with b) attacking. There is a reason for this. Scientologists have been indoctrinated with the false idea that a=b when it comes to Scientology. That then justifies the application of Hubbard's hundreds of pages of war-upon-'attackers' technology. Debate, even discussion, becomes impossible. Scientologists are taught that argument is best performed by destroying the messenger of the idea (or truth) they oppose. That is the 'dead agent caper' technology where the Scientologist becomes a one trick pony performing only 'gotcha' - that is, falsus in unum falsus in omnibus becomes the end all. When 'successful' it justifies and perpetuates all manner of falsehood and rotten corruption and abuse.
Part of overcoming the implantation of these falsehoods and the vow to fight to the death to protect the most astounding abuses is some honest contemplation of why such indoctrination is so intense and effective in Scientology. Why was such false indoctrination introduced in the first place? Why does it intensify over time, and intensify exponentially in the face of the most truthful, cathartic whistleblowing? I think such contemplation will lead you to some answers you may at first find uncomfortable but ultimately will find liberating.
2014-03-19, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
Originally published February 2, 2014 on Scientologists Getting Back In Comm blog (here) under the pseudonym "Galactic Patrol".
Note: This article is specifically addressed to those of you who are still actively "on lines" in or around the Scientology orgs. I want everyone to read this and hopefully make use of it in some way, but my message of action is directed to those still in.
Bringing in the New Year is always cause for reflection of things past, and a time when we resolve to do better, to take charge of our lives and make decisions about where we are going into the future. In light of recent events, I felt it important that we take a moment to consider what is happening in Scientology now and your role in that.
2014-03-19, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
Originally published March 9, 2014 on Mike Rinder's blog (here).
"There are those who could be called 'merchants of chaos.' These are people who want an environment to look very, very disturbing. These are people who gain some sort of advantage, they feel, if the environment is made to look more threatening." – Scientology Handbook
The Sea Org does not hire people. It recruits them. I spent a year doing Sea Org recruitment and worked with a couple of the most successful SO recruiters on the planet. During that time, I learned a few things that you should know.
2014-03-19, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This is truly one of the most bizarre emails anyone has ever forwarded me. Perfect evidence for an entry in an encyclopedia under "mindless robots."
Ignore the fact it is from WISE, pitching a church event. If anyone ever sues WISE and claims they are part of the church the denials will come thick and fast...
Focus on the fact they found people to write "wins" (maybe they are RPFers trying to earn brownie points for graduation?) who rave on about the amazing expansion and how magnificent COB is? Can these people REALLY be this stupid?
2014-03-19, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
Originally posted on December 16, 2013 on Mike Rinder's blog (here), written under the pseudonym "Galactic Patrol".
This article is being written specifically for those of you who are still "in" Scientology, still actively "on lines" or around in the orgs (although, of course, I want everyone to read it).
I know there are many of you "still ins" who read this blog, probably many more than any of you actually realize. I have been exactly where you are right now. And I wanted to share some things that helped me get to a much better place across all my dynamics.
Ah, the good old days... Claire Headley has started us on our journey to train as Scientologists. In 2005, Claire and her husband Marc escaped from Scientology's International Base after many years as "Sea Org" workers. She spent years working with Scientology's "tech," and was trusted to oversee the auditing of Tom Cruise. Go here to see the first part in this series.
Claire, after the introductory Communication Course, there are apparently a number of different paths that a beginning Scientologist can take as they begin a trip up the Bridge to Total Freedom. For you, the next step was a course called "Overcoming the Ups and Downs of Life," and you estimate its price at between $100 to $200. Can you set the scene for us? How did "Ups and Downs" unfold for you?
CLAIRE: At this point we're still in the introductory course room with a course pack, checksheet, and your study materials. During the course you learn the meanings of basic Scientology terms, do drills, and write essays to apply the materials you are reading to your life.
2013-03-19, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The continued descent of the Church of Scientology from theta into MEST is well illustrated by the Great Ideal Orgs Scam.
You may recall earlier posts describing the beginning of the incident of this 3rd dynamic engram – Buffalo org the subject of an eminent domain action and Tampa org in a strip mall and an embarrassment to Dear Leader who was in Clearwater to ensure his role as executive C/S of Lisa McPherson didn't surface in the legal proceedings following her death.
David Miscavige Ideal Money Making Strategy
2012-03-19, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
In February 2011, the New Yorker published Lawrence Wright's superb 24,000-word piece about director Paul Haggis and the Church of Scientology, "The Apostate."
One of the most interesting things in the story was a revelation that made news all on its own: Wright reported that the FBI was investigating Scientology for human trafficking abuses.
More than a year later, the Voice has learned stunning new details about the FBI's investigation -- that by around June, 2010, the agency was preparing to raid Scientology's California international headquarters using high resolution footage shot from drone aircraft, and had also recorded the tail numbers on airplanes owned by Tom Cruise in case Scientology leader David Miscavige should try to abscond from the scene.
2012-03-19, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Tony Ortega at the Village Voice published an interesting story on the spiking of the FBI investigation into David Miscavige, supreme leader of Scientology Inc's human trafficking operation.
If someone wants to really understand how Scientology Inc is able to manipulate the highest levels of America's most powerful law enforcement agency they should read the two references I suggested Tony read.
First, read Matt Taibbi's epic story in Rolling Stone magazine, Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail? Taibbi's expose of corporate corruption at the top of the US federal government is very accurate. It has been going on for decades, and over three decades under the direction of David Miscavige I helped Scientology Inc perfect how to capitalize on that filth bucket.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is still cold on the idea of a Senate probe into the Church of Scientology, but has left the door open for possible support for another kind of inquiry.
Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has vowed to make a third push for a Senate inquiry into the Church after last year airing allegations made by ex-members of coerced abortions, criminal activity and abuse.
Yes, the husband of a Fox News anchor is advising and assisting Sarah Palin. But it's not like he's getting paid. The elite Scientologist just likes helping the ladies.
Out of the goodness of his superhuman, OT VII heart, Greta Van Susteren's husband John Coale has "helped" everyone from Hillary Clinton to Nancy Pelosi to, yes, Palin, Susteren wrote in a post to her Fox blog "GretaWire."
Hawkins explained the Scientology faithful, "It's a combination of fear and faith. Because anybody who is in Scientology is there because they believe. It's a very fundamentalist sort of cult. They believe the teachings of Scientology are the only way to spiritual salvation. So they feel they need to tow the line or they will not be saved spiritually."
But if things are so bad inside church headquarters, why don't people just leave?
"Technically, they can get up and they can leave and nobody can legally stop them, but you don't know that. And you are kept under watch by security people 24 hours a day. The entrances are all guarded. Nobody is allowed to leave," said Hawkins.
It was more than twenty years ago that Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up first topped the charts. "Never gonna say goodbye," he crooned in his surprisingly basso voice - and who knew how right he was.
Today we're in a different century, a different millennium, a very different era than the one that first offered up twerpy, earnest, high-waistbanded Astley. But his song, and its video in particular, have found new life in the time of YouTube. Never Gonna Give You Up is at the centre of one of the internet's hottest memes - and if you haven't already fallen victim, it's only a matter of time.
It's called the "rick-roll". You're innocently browsing an apparently useful website and see a link to something else that might be of interest, but when you click through to that destination you instead find yourself confronted with Astley's boyish smile, his manly croon, his awkward 1987 dance-moves.
McALESTER A man wanted for allegedly trafficking drugs was arrested while trying to sign himself up for a drug treatment program at Narconon Arrowhead.
A bench warrant was issued for Johnny Michael Brown's arrest after he failed to show up for a preliminary hearing in Thursday Pittsburg County District Court.
The hearing was to determine whether there is enough evidence to try Brown on seven felony charges and one misdemeanor count.
Benjamin "the binman" Pell, known for rifling through celebrities' rubbish, has won a court victory against a man who promised to make a film of his life.
He will now get £77,500 back from businessman John Mappin, who told Mr Pell he could turn his story into a Hollywood blockbuster.
The federal government is examining whether a Windows 2000 utility developed by a Scientologist would prohibit public agencies from installing the new operating system released last month. German law bars state and federal governments from doing business with a member of the Church of Scientology.
The Federal Office of Security in Information Technology (BSI) is also looking into whether the tool in question -- DisKeeper, a disk fragmentation technology created by Glendale, California-based Executive Software -- poses a security threat to users.
1998-03-19, Jim MacLaughlin, Inside the Church of Scientology, Boston Herald
The Church of Scientology, stung by a five-part series in the Boston Herald that raised questions about its practices, has hired a private investigator to delve into the Herald reporter's private life.
The Rev. Heber Jentzsch, president of the Church of Scientology International, confirmed that the church's Los Angeles law firm hired the private investigative firm to look into the personal life of reporter Joseph Mallia, who wrote the series.
COLOGNE, GERMANY COLOGNE, Germany (AP) _ Germany will identify companies owned by Scientologists with an "S" in employment office data banks, saying job-seekers have a right to such information.
Federal Labor Minister Norbert Bluem defended the plan Tuesday, saying federal employment offices will only pass on such information when they are "absolutely certain" it is correct.
"That's part of the educational duties of the office," Bluem told the private television network RTL.
1997-03-19, Elliot Abelson, Letters, St. Petersburg Times
A great deal of false information has been circulated by the media concerning the Lisa McPherson case, the most recent of which appeared in the Times with quotes from medical experts purportedly in support of the allegations made by the Pinellas/Pasco medical examiner, Dr. Joan Wood. But as with much else in this case, the truth was not made known, and a false picture was painted to fool the readers of the Times.
The Church of Scientology has denied that its leader and another official had an unscheduled meeting in October 1991 with Fred T. Goldberg Jr., then the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.
A statement released by the church, which was sharply critical of an article on March 9 in The New York Times, said that its leader, David Miscavige, had not had an impromptu meeting with Mr. Goldberg and that all meetings between church representatives and I.R.S. officials had been attended by many people and had been scheduled. Scientology makes this and other arguments in a full-page advertisement that appears today in The New York Times on page A17.