It was quite obvious to us that Scientology's most recent shameless legal gambit — suing the woman in federal court who is already suing the church in a forced-abortion abuse case in state court — was simply an outrageous waste of time as the trial in Laura DeCrescenzo's nine-year legal odyssey finally draws nearer.
And now, a federal judge has agreed. Yesterday in Los Angeles, Judge George H. Wu granted Laura's motion to dismiss the federal lawsuit Scientology filed in December, ending it outright.
Laura filed her lawsuit against the church way back in 2009, alleging that after she signed a billion-year contract to become a Sea Org worker at the age of 12, she was subjected to years of abuse, including being coerced into have an abortion at 17 while she was still technically a child herself. Characteristically, Scientology has pursued its usual "scorched-earth" legal tactics, trying numerous schemes to get her case thrown out of court. But Laura's case has survived two motions for summary judgment, and successfully pried thousands of pages of her own personal records out of the church after Scientology went all the way to the US Supreme Court trying to stop her. After numerous judge changes and other holdups, she finally has a trial date in August 2018 at the Los Angeles Superior Court.
There is no possible way to normalize Scientology. Illustration from a 1984 Scientology book on the Cult's brainwashing and mind control procedures.
The Cult of Scientology has been asynchronous with, and hostile to, Western Culture since Dianetics was released on May 9, 1950. Scientology has always been at odds with the world and has never been mainstream. And yet what Scientology so desperately craves is legitimacy and acceptance. According to the latest Scientology propaganda in social media, Scientology TV is a spectacular success. This tweet was featured today on Tony Ortega's blog:
The emphasis of Scientologist's Joachim von Neuhaus tweet is contained in this section:
Why do intelligent and once caring people get trapped in supporting an organization which breaks families apart, encourages members to attack and destroy members who decide to leave? Why would these people accept directions by their "church" to do all they can to destroy anyone who points out their fraudulent statements and false promises for which they have been found guilty again and again in courts throughout the world?
This was the question I asked and feel it has never been fully answered as to why, until now! This video may shock you to think these completely crazy made up science fiction fantasies are in fact the hidden doctrine of Scientology and you may be stunned to learn what the "advanced" OT Scientologists go through in their Don Quixote quest to become a super human with god like spiritual powers. Sadly, will learn, how in fact the opposite happens and the mind control techniques Scientology uses creates dis-associative personalities, bi-polar disorders, schizophrenia, paranoia and delusions of grandiosity!
And while you digest all that you hear and see I would like you to ask yourself a couple of question; should a group like this be allowed to create these brainwashing conditions with their members while being supported with our tax dollars? should any group like this not be held responsible for the continue violation of members and non- members constitutional rights causing enormous suffering and damages ?
This week, I am joined by Dr. Jeff Wasel and John P Capitalist to take a deep look into L. Ron Hubbard's disastrous brainchild, the Snow White Program, an effort on the part of Scientology to get false reports removed from government files but which ended up leading to eleven Scientologists going to jail, including Hubbard's wife, Mary Sue.
Link to Snow White program: http://www.wiseoldgoat.com/papers-sci...
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2017-05-04, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
Hello everyone. Today we're going to talk about social media engagement with Scientologists. All of this information would apply to engaging in real life too, of course, and earlier videos I've made about how to talk to people who are in destructive cults are still totally valid. I just thought it would be useful to talk specifically about social media, especially since we often find ourselves engaging with total strangers online, which is a very different thing than talking to family members or friends we have known for years. I'll be talking about Scientologists but all of this really applies to members of any destructive cult or cohersive group.
I got some help from my girl friend, Melissa, ("Hello") who will help define some of the terms I'm using and demonstrate some of the points I'm making.
Many times I have seen on Twitter, Facebook and even Instragram and Pinterest, people engage with existing Scientologists in an effort to change their mind or get them to "wake up" about the realities of Scientology as a destructive cult. It's a valiant effort but unless you happen to be talking to someone who is in the last stages of already questioning their faith, so to speak, it would be a miracle if you were actually to succeed in changing their mind or even get them to respond positively to what you are telling them.
What is the best way to change hearts and minds online when talking to Scientologists or people in other destructive cults? What's the best strategy? What should you do and what shouldn't you do? I go over this in some detail here, with some help from my girlfriend, Melissa.
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Yesterday, we heard from several of the former Scientologists who spoke to the FBI for its 2009/2010 human trafficking investigation of the Church of Scientology. The probe was stopped in 2010 without charges being filed, but now, some seven years later, the FBI has released a 300-page file of documents describing the investigation to Melissa Cronin of RadarOnline.
Marc Headley, Lori Hodgson, Mat Pesch, and Jefferson Hawkins told us what it was like to speak to the FBI in 2009, and what it felt like now to finally speak about it openly. Headley told us he's still uncomfortable talking about it on the record.
But Cronin is releasing more allegations from the documents today, and she's been sharing them with us as we also make our way through the file. As we pointed out yesterday, the FBI classified this as a Sensitive Investigative Matter, and took pains to protect the identities of the people they were talking to.
Melissa Cronin of Radar Online obtained a confidential 300 page report on the FBI's 2009 investigation of the Church of Scientology. The FBI investigated Scientology for, among other things, human trafficking.
The FBI document obtained by Cronin is the smoking gun, the irrefutable evidence that confirms the existence of the 2009 FBI investigation into the Church of Scientology as reported by Tony Ortega. Joe Childs and Tom Tobin of the Tampa Bay Times also reported on the 2009 investigation in 2013, but the Church hotly denied that any investigation had ever taken place.
In her reply to the Tampa Bay Times, Church spokesperson Karin Pouw was emphatic in her denial that any FBI investigation had taken place. Thanks to Cronin's work we now know Pouw was lying when she wrote the following:
Police discovered the facilities, which were no more than tiny cabins and one double-wide trailer, concealed in the wilderness and heavily secured. They described the scene as "a gated, makeshift paddock secured externally with a steel latch."
The authorities found out about the cabins when a man inside managed to call 911, and when police arrived the man was "looking out through a Plexiglas window."
The unidentified man told police that he had been held in the facility against his will for nine months, and had been treated with unknown medications. According to officers who witnessed the scene, it was impossible for the man to leave the cabin, and all he was provided was a single bed with a single sheet and a tiny bathroom, which was the "only room with a light."
A series of psychiatric facilities run by the Church of Scientology in Cannon County, Tenn. has been closed after police found that patients there were being held against their will.
Via Tony Ortega, the Cannon Courier reports that several facilities in the county were shut down after police received a 911 call from someone within one of the facilities, whom they found locked inside a cabin with no way to get out.
The man then told officers that he had been held at the facility for the past nine months, during which he had been treated with unknown drugs.
The Church of Scientology say it "hopes" to start work on restoring a historic building in Plymouth soon - six years after the organisation purchased it.
The Royal Fleet Club was snapped up by the Church in June 2010 for about £1million, with plans in place to spend a further £2.5million on renovating it.
Fast forward six years and the historic building is still yet to be developed, with Plymouth scientologists unable to explain the delay or say when work will begin.
According to the Texas Supreme Court's online docket, the Church of Scientology has confirmed that it is unopposed to the motion filed last week by Monique Rathbun, who has asked for a stay in her case so she can dismiss her lawsuit outright.
Meanwhile, at his blog, Monique's husband, Mark "Marty" Rathbun, announced Monday that "there was no settlement" to end the case.
Our Texas legal expert, an attorney who has handled appellate matters there and goes by the handle "TexasLawyer," had told us that it appeared to him the case was ending without a settlement, even though many of our readers have assumed that the Rathbuns must have worked out some kind of financial agreement with Scientology after news broke in February that Monique had fired her entire legal team in the three-year lawsuit.
A Catholic woman fired from her job at a bottled water company led by a Nevada lawmaker has filed a federal lawsuit against the business, saying she was pressured to watch videos on Scientology and was denied pay raises because of her religious beliefs.
Grecia Echevarria-Hernandez filed a discrimination lawsuit April 26 against Las Vegas-based AffinityLifestyles.com, also known as Real Alkalized Water. Republican Assemblyman Brent Jones is president of the company. His son, Blain Jones, is executive vice president of the company and is running for a Nevada Assembly seat.
'I have not seen the legal documents at this time, so I cannot comment on the alleged claims,' Jones said in a statement Tuesday.
Recently Louis Theroux revealed that the Church of Scientology is looking to neutralise his forthcoming documentary about them by producing their very own film about him. In the US there's a saying that "the best defence is a good offence" and L Ron Hubbard, the founder of the religion, was a believer: "Don't ever defend, always attack," he once instructed his followers.
It's not surprising then, that such "counter-documentaries" are a staple of the Church. They've done one on John Sweeney, the Panorama presenter who memorably lost his cool while interviewing Scientology's then chief spokesman; they've done one on CNN's Anderson Cooper and they're likely to do one on any public figure who comes even remotely close to criticising them in broad daylight.
Former Scientology Sea Org worker Chris Shelton is helping us decode a remarkable audio recording, secretly made, which captures a man named Andres Rodriguez (pictured) giving a briefing to an audience of Scientology non-staff "publics."
Rodriguez carries the title of Senior Case Supervisor of the Western United States (Snr C/S WUS), and he's also notable because at one time he was married to the "handler" of actress Katie Holmes, a woman named Jessica Feshbach. (Feshbach is today married to former Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis, and they are both out of the Sea Org.)
In this third portion of the audio recording (Go here for Part One and Part Two), we hear more jargon from Rodriguez as he explains to his audience at an org somewhere in the US that he has complaints about the way they've been doing things. Shelton, and our oldtimers in the commenting community, tell us they're pretty surprised by what Rodriguez has been saying — the Scientology he's describing is very different than what they experienced in past years.
CLEARWATER — Several critics of the Church of Scientology, including the great-grandson of church founder L. Ron Hubbard, are scheduled to speak this week at a local conference organizers say will draw attention to "human rights abuses" within the Scientology community.
Called "Flag Down 2014," the conference is a series of presentations planned today through Friday at various mid and North Pinellas venues. On Saturday, organizers plan a public protest of Scientology in downtown Clearwater.
But the church already has taken steps to at least partially restrict the protestors.
On Sundays, we share with you the latest fundraising mailers Scientology has sent out to its beleaguered members, who have been subjected to constant appeals and are generally exhausted.
How do you convince people to keep coming out for events where they'll be under intense pressure to turn over thousands of dollars they can't afford to give? In recent years, we've seen Scientology organizations get increasingly creative (and cheesy), hoping that a party with a pirate or superhero theme will somehow convince church members to come down for a another fleecing.
And now, the folks at the Mountain View org — who are trying to raise millions for a new "Silicon Valley Ideal Org" — have really outdone themselves. Last night, they held a very special party for fundraising, and we think you're going to enjoy the teaser video they put together to encourage attendance...
2014-05-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The cliches just keep rolling out.
And apparently the meaningless drivel is accepted by the sheeple as somehow coherent and believable. These sort of emails and promotional pitches offer an interesting insight into the warped world inside the bubble.
If you read Shaked's latest missive just as it is written, you will see there is not a single specific about anything, just sweeping generalities about final rewards and walking free.
2013-05-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Miscavige and his corporate Scientology vultures have apparently taken lessons from Slumdog Millionaire on how to use children to raise money.
This may be hard to believe, but I assure you this is 100% true.
First, here is an excerpt of a Hat Write sent in by one of our Swiss correspondents. It explains how to raise funds using children.
2013-05-04, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Please read about and see the New GermanyIndependent Scientology Center (click link)- translation of text below:
On April 27 our opening party was an overwhelming success. 36 guests filled our new courseroom with a tremendous amount of theta, much more than I have ever witnessed during a comparable event. Scientologists - some had not met in 15 years - were in a real extasy of communication.
We had guests from one half of Germany. A few friends from Ron's Org attended, too. Although we are completely separate groups we were not at all competition minded. Our center delivers auditing up to Clear and auditor training including the solo course. We use course materials produced before the alleged "golden age of tech".
2013-05-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Corporate Scientology has mastered the art of speaking out of both side of its mouth and keeping a straight face at the same time.
See Tony Ortega's article about the Laura DeCrescenzo case this morning. While pleading that the CHURCH is being "discriminated" against (they have also mastered the art of playing victims — everyone including the courts, psychiatrists, governments, SPs, media, the internet, drug companies, cyberterrorists, anyone who dies in their care and the martians are out to "get" them) and how turning over Laura's pc folders will prejudice "other religions," they don't mention that they hang onto these folders so they can comb through them to use against "critics", or that they have admitted that more than 200 people have had access to her pc folders (and that doesnt include those they have NOT admitted to, including the fact that sessions are video'd). Nor do they mention the simple fact that she isnt asking for someone else's folders or "privileged" information. She is asking only for her own files — THEIR record of HER statements. The church is NOT protecting her from the disclosure of her confessionals to a hostile source, they are ONLY seeking to protect themselves by hiding their records of what she said because they will SUPPORT her claims. Such amazing hypocrisy under the guise of sanctimonious "religious beliefs." The only religious belief at issue here is the belief that they must protect themselves from the outside world at all costs....
But then here comes another doozie. This time from nominal "spokesperson" Karin Pouw STILL responding to Larry Wright's book. Karin has not actually SPOKEN in a few years now. She is simply the name affixed to victim letters sent out by the church to the media. She does not write the letters.
Earlier this week we told you that Laura DeCrescenzo's forced-abortion lawsuit against the Church of Scientology had reached a crucial stage, and that the church is scrambling to prevent a release of thousands of pages of documents that could bolster DeCrescenzo's case.
The documents come from Laura's "pc folders," which were compiled as she spent years undergoing brutal interrogations as a member of the church's "Sea Org." Unlike in a Catholic confessional, DeCrescenzo's auditing sessions were not only recorded by auditors, but those notes were reviewed and shared by case supervisors and other church employees — the church itself admits that some 250 officials compiled or reviewed these notes, which contain intimate secrets about DeCrescenzo's private life. When she demanded the documents — which fill about 140 folders and were compiled over a decade — the church tried to keep them secret under California law that protects priest-penitent confessions (even though it was the penitent — DeCrescenzo — who wanted the material). The superior court in Los Angeles ruled that because Laura's notes were shared by so many church employees, that law didn't apply, and the church has already lost an appeal of that decision.
So now the church has petitioned the state's supreme court, arguing that the law itself is unconstitutional because it discriminates against Scientology's concept of confessional confidentiality. We now have the church's petition, and we're sharing it with our readers.
2012-05-04, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
Kate Bornstein and the Voice cover take a star turn at Dixon Place Tuesday night, we were invited to play a small part in Kate Bornstein's book party at the experimental theater Dixon Place, to celebrate the release of her memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger.
Earlier that day, our cover story about Kate had popped up on the website, and the print version of this week's Voice had also started showing up around town.
Kate is not only a well-known performance artist, she's also a familiar face among the many commenters at this blog, and we've enjoyed learning about her experiences as a Scientologist on the Apollo with L. Ron Hubbard back in the early 1970s.
2012-05-04, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Haydn James submitted an article published below that draws many parallels between media king Rupert Murdoch and squirrel king David Miscavige.
Here are a few things to take into consideration when reading Haydn's piece.
Rupert Murdoch cut his teeth on bashing L Ron Hubbard and Scientology during the sixties in Australia.
Mike McCoy, a police community services specialist with the Santa Ana Police Department, confirmed that it is "90 percent" certain that the organization will open that day at Sycamore and Fifth streets at the former Santa Ana Performing Arts and Event Center.
Apparently, the group has failed to launch a couple times over the past few months. McCoy said they've nixed previous opening days.
2010-05-04, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology
Even the most dedicated Scientologist can see the disparity between the stated goal of "Clearing the Planet" and the fact of the Church's high "donation rates." At Flag, the cost of a single intensive of auditing, 12 ½ hours, is $6,800. You can get a used car for that. Scientologists can and do spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to reach Clear and OT. Add to that the donations to the IAS, Ideal Orgs and Superpower – those donations you'd better make if you want to keep your OT Eligibility, and it puts Scientology completely out of reach for at least 95% of the planet. Consider that only 6% of Americans make over $100,000 a year, and only 3% make over $125,000, or $250,000 household income.
And what about the rest of the planet? What about countries where the average per capita income is $20,000, $10,000, $5,000 or even less?
What happened to Clearing the Planet? How's that supposed to work?
Mr Hamilton-Smith asked questions in parliament last Tuesday about documents allegedly linking Mr Rann to a $20,000 donation from a business linked to the Scientologists. The documents - seeming to be invoices from the ALP and emails between Labor Party figures - had been denounced as forgeries by the following morning.
Mr Hamilton-Smith continued to insist outside parliament the documents were real until he was forced to apologise late on Wednesday.
EAST HOLLYWOOD: For the longest time, reps from the church have said that repairs to their Fountain Avenue building, which was damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, have been going on, but here's the first time that we've seen any actual progress on that tower. Immediately after taking these photos, the black-clad Scientology guards on bikes started circling, asking why we were taking photos.
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This video contains epic enturbulation, including police dox-dropping, aggressive scientology camera women, EDMUND YEE body-checking myself and spacko and overall excellent enturbulating of the Toronto org.
With the price of gas going sky high, a new product has hit the market. It's called BioPerformance Fuel, but most people just called it "the little green pill." It claims to save you big bucks on gas.
The gas pill almost seems to have a cult following, WESH 2 News reported.
But just calling one's organization religious does not make its expenses altruistic. The Church of Scientology claims religiosity and exemption from paying local property taxes. But it charges for its services like any other business, and some of its leaders have been convicted of federal crimes. The IRS and local tax collectors have pursued it into courts, which have held the government to be justified in collecting taxes from Scientology.