2018-05-14, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This is an important survey put together by Jeffrey Augustine and first published on his blog.
I am republishing it here for anyone who may have missed it there.When someone gives money to scientology, they are led to believe that should they be dissatisfied all they need to do is ask and their money will be cheerfully refunded with the only condition being that they are no longer able to participate in scientology services. Of course, those who want their money back don't really want to continue participating, so this is never a big deal when they hand over their cash. What they don't know is that when the time comes to collect on that promise, it's no dice.
Scientology has misrepresented it's "policy" on return of "donations" to those who have given money, but also to the IRS in order to gain tax exempt status.
Tammy Clark tells us she sent a letter to her uncle, Heber Jentzsch, in November, hoping to find out how he's doing as he turned 82. This week, she received a reply.
But she's suspicious about it.
Heber Jentzsch is a major name in Scientology. In the 1980s, church leader David Miscavige named Jentzsch to the post of "president" of the Church of Scientology International. It was largely a ceremonial position Miscavige maintains absolute rule of the entire Scientology movement and all of its many entities through his position as Chairman of the Board of the Religious Technology Center and captain of the Sea Organization but Jentzsch became a well-known figure largely because he was so accessible to the press.
2017-05-14, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
The weekly show where I answer questions from viewers left in the comments section of my Q&A videos or sent to me by email at AskChrisShelton@gmail.com. This week, the questions I answer are listed below.
Link to Scn Organizational Madness video
Link to Scientology and Mental Illness video
2017-05-14, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This is an essay submitted by another of our long term commenters, Brian Lambert.
Hypnotism "reduces self-determinism by interposing the commands of another below the analytical level of an individual's mind ... It is the sort of control mechanism in which an authoritarian individual, cult, or ideology delight." L Ron Hubbard SOS p.220; see also p225
I read the Hubbard writing Altitude Instruction a few years ago for the first time since I left in 82. It hit me like a freight train, that what we are reading in Altitude Instruction IS the essence of how Ron pulled off Scientology. How he could get normally intelligent people to agree with all manner of lies, delusions and irrationalities.
Scientology's "Advanced Org" project in Mexico City was shut down by local politicians when neighbors complained. Rod Keller has been keeping an eye on developments for us there...
Scientology took a break this week from trying to renovate the future Advanced Org in Palmas del Olivo, a neighborhood of Mexico City, without proper permits. Instead they are working to "safepoint" the city and the neighborhoods around the vacant facility.
Scientology spokesperson Jonathan Rico organized Scientologists to join the neighborhood association De La Mano Hacemos Más, or "United We Do More" in a trash removal and beautification day yesterday. The Las Palmas neighborhood is over 10 Km from the nearest Scientology mission in the city. De La Mano Hacemos Más is not associated with Scientology, but there's no reason they should refuse volunteers who want to pick up trash.
Your proprietor left his underground lair recently to make a kitty litter run, and found himself in one of those cavernous wholesale warehouses where you have to buy everything in bulk. And while passing by pallets of industrial-sized boxes of breakfast cereal and five-gallon drums of peanut butter, we saw it. On a table overladen with self-help volumes and coloring books, there was a stack of Ron Miscavige's Ruthless about 20 copies high.
Scientology is so screwed.
You probably already heard the news. Like Leah Remini's book Troublemaker before it, Ron Miscavige's Scientology memoir has rocketed to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. It's the most popular non-fiction ebook in the land, and, combined with its hardback sales, it's the #7 most popular book overall.
Last week went so well, we have another list put together by Underground Bunker contributor Jeffrey Augustine. This time, he takes a look at Scientology's propaganda magazine, Freedom, which has gone under a transformation lately.
For several years, Freedom only came out every year or so, whenever Scientology leader David Miscavige had another target that needed tarring, whether it was the St. Petersburg Times, Anderson Cooper, or the New Yorker.
Comical in their vitriol, these issues backfired badly on the church we've talked to many former members who said reading one of these clownish publications was so startling and the magazine was so obviously filled with falsehoods, it made them begin to look for the first time for the real story outside Scientology and helped them begin their journeys back into the modern world.
2015-05-14, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Flag Scraping The Barrel
Somehow this image is just perfect. What assholes.
Go scrape up some "unreported" stats so we can "present them to COB" for Maiden Voyage. They must "downstat" so it's time to "get creative."
The daughter of the legendary radio host says her father disappeared May 7, a day after she visited him in a care facility. Kerri Kasem is now preparing to file a missing persons report, her rep tells PEOPLE.
The report will allow the FBI and local police agencies to get involved in the search for Kasem, 82, who suffers from advanced Parkinson's disease and can no longer speak. A judge also has ordered an investigation into Kasem's whereabouts.
2014-05-14, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Well, isn't that strange?
How many events (and Impact mags) have you seen that have crowed about the "success" of Criminon and how it is all attributable to "your support of the IAS."
Who has not been "pitched" by an IAS Vulture to "support our 4th dynamic activities, we are salvaging criminals from a life of crime."
Evgeny Zharkin, who also went by "Gene." On January 28, a man named Evgeny Zharkin died after falling from a building in Clearwater, Florida.
Clearwater is the spiritual worldwide headquarters of the Church of Scientology, and Zharkin was a Scientologist. Also, Zharkin was a Russian national, and increasingly, many of the Scientologists in Florida are from that country.
Did Zharkin's death implicate Scientology in some way? Did he commit suicide? Was he thrown from the building? Those of us who watch the church couldn't help being curious about Zharkin's death, and there's been a lot of speculation about it online.
Ishmael Bey is a community activist and an investigative researcher. Ishmael spent over a decade within the Nation of Islam moving up to the officer ranks to Assistant Minister. He was the first to bring national attention to the recent Church of Scientology's recent assimilation of the Nation of Islam.
Ishmael's work has been highlighted in national magazines along with his DVDs and radio interviews. Ishmael runs the "Scientology Invasion of The Black Community" Facebook group, and is also working on a documentary concerning Scientology's relationship with African-Americans.
Recorded at Flag Down 2014 - Exposing the fraud and abuse of the Scientology cult
ITV has sparked outrage among viewers for airing an advert for the Church of Scientology in a prime-time slot.
The broadcaster was accused of allowing the controversial group which has been branded a 'cult' to target vulnerable people after it showed its advert following its hit soap Coronation Street.
It sparked complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which assessed whether they were serious enough to launch an investigation into banning the commercial from air.
Russell Miller is an award-winning journalist based in Britain whose work has appeared throughout the world. He is the author of 15 acclaimed books, including "Bare-faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard". He has only been sued once -- by the Church of Scientology. While researching the book in the United States, Miller was spied upon. His friends and business associates also received visits from Scientologists and private detectives. Attempts were made to frame him for the murder of a London private detective, the murder of American singer Dean Reed in East Berlin and a fire in an aircraft factory.
2014-05-14, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Take a look at the posting on the African blog here.
Clumsy would be a kind description of the buffoonery. These fools make the Three Stooges look like James Bond.
Here are my thoughts (because I am featured in their footbullet).
2013-05-14, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This is bizarre on so many levels...
For anyone who doesnt know, Madrid is like Buffalo. One of the very first "Ideal Orgs" (and a very high priority for Miscavige at the time as Tom Cruise was dating Penelope Cruz and her family were being coaxed into the church Penelope's sister is a very well known TV presenter in Spain), they have had a second "Grand Opening" and now they doing their "Non E Campaign" (10 years later).
And apparently the "hey-you" isnt just across the US for Portland, Europe was in on it too because they say "after having finished the funding for Portland" we are now "all on fire" to get "Madrid completed this week."
Will you be inspired?
[After our commenters showed up at the ABC site in force, the network has now taken down the video!]
Last Thursday, we told you about an interesting new federal lawsuit against a Miami chiropractor who allegedly forced his employees to take Scientology courses. Since then, other news organizations have pointed out the fun parts of the really remarkable press release that the EEOC put together...
MIAMI, May 14 (UPI) -- A Miami medical and chiropractic business is accused of forcing employees to practice Scientology or face possible termination, federal officials say.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges Dynamic Medical Services forced at least four of its employees to participate in Scientology religious practices and fired two for refusing to participate, ABC News reported Tuesday.
Dynamic Medical Services, in a statement faxed to ABC News, denied it did anything improper or unlawful.
A Florida business forced its employees to take Scientology classes that involved 'screaming at ashtrays or staring at someone for eight hours without moving,' according to a federal investigation.
Dynamic Medical Services in Miami allegedly made Norma Rodriguez, Maykel Ruz, Rommy Sanchez, Yanileydis Capote and other employees spend at least half their work days in Scientology courses and fired two staffers who refused.
According to an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint, filed May 8, Dynamic Medical, which provides medical and chiropractic treatment, required one employee, Sanchez, to undergo an 'audit' by connecting herself to an 'E-Meter' - a religious artifact in Scientology.
2013-05-14, Wendy Culverwell, Portland Business Journal
It took two moves, but the Portland branch of the Church of Scientology is finally at home.
The church completed its move into the historic Sherlock building Sunday following a top-to-bottom renovation that turned one of Oregon's oldest office buildings into a center for the church's followers in the Willamette Valley.
The court upheld a complaint by the founder and CEO of a company that sells nutritional supplements and cosmetics on the Internet, who was only identified as R.S. in a news release.
In 2010, the complainant noted that when he searched for his full name on Google.de the autocomplete functionality suggested search terms where his full name was combined with "Scientology" and with the German word for fraud, the court said. By showing these results, the plaintiff felt his personal rights and business reputation were violated because he is not in any way related to Scientology and the search accuses him of fraud, while no connection between the plaintiff and Scientology or fraud can be seen, the court said.
Claire Headley is taking us on our journey to train as Scientologists. She and her husband Marc were Sea Org workers who escaped from Scientology's International Base in 2005. 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, last time you got us through Method One Word Clearing. And now we're moving on to something really fascinating the PTS/SP course?
CLAIRE: That's right. I did PTS/SP course in 1989 at the Beverly Hills mission.
Powerful OT8 John Allender tried everything he could think of to try to prevent me from shooting video of Scientology's tiny dictator Slappy Miscavige at the opening of Portland's Ideal Org including lying to the police. When all else failed, he attempted to push past me to grab my camera which could have caused it to fall from a great height and be destroyed.
2013-05-14, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The history of the International Association of Scientologists is worth knowing.
Its initial value (in 1984) as a repository of funds outside the reach of the IRS in 1984 may be debated. It seemed like a good way of protecting money.
The IAS had nothing to do with the "Portland Crusade" though David Miscavige has made it part of his history now. (As a note, the "winning tradition" born in Portland is another sleight of hand the losing tradition of a $39 million judgment was born in Portland and then carried on in Los Angeles with another judgment for Wollersheim that was NOT vacated in spite of the same candlelight vigils and marches around the courthouse....) The story goes on from there, with numerous accomplishments credited to the IAS that they never in fact funded. And in many cases, there was NO accomplishment at all (see recent posts IAS Applied Scholastics Programs Fact Check and IAS Human Rights Claims Fact Check). But, it became a VERY important cash cow and Dear Leader became its controller, carnival barker and poster boy.
The plaintiffs argued that when their names were entered into Google's German-language search engine, it suggested links to fraud and Scientology. Google's autocomplete function uses software that takes into account keyword connections that have been entered frequently by other users.
Google will not have to alter its software, however. The court said that tech giant must instead remove defamatory autocomplete results when notified.
The Higher Regional Court of Cologne had previously ruled in favor of Google, saying the terms "Scientology" and "fraud" were not damaging enough to infringe on personal privacy. But on Tuesday, the Karlsruhe court overturned that ruling.
2012-05-14, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
After the jump: Less than 30 minutes after we pointed out one last CCHR mention on her website, Lisa Marie scrubbed it!
Yesterday, the Voice revealed the lyrics to the song "So Long" on Lisa Marie Presley's new album, Storm and Grace, which seem to confirm what she was saying in her advance single, "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" -- that Lisa Marie has very much "blown" the Church of Scientology.
Some of our readers, however, noted yesterday that there were still links all over Lisa Marie's official website to Scientology entities, such as the notorious anti-psychiatry front group, Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR). As of this morning, those links are gone, and if you try to go to a gallery of Lisa Marie at a CCHR event which previously appeared on her site, you get the screen above.
2012-05-14, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Some who have not experienced it may have trouble believing it, but I am sure those who have experienced it will confirm my interpretation of what follows. Here's an order from David Miscavige's office to ED Int (Executive Director International) and Exec Ints (whatever members of ED Int's team who had the misfortune of listening to the rant live). The order is excerpted, as is Miscavige's standard operating procedure, from an audio tape that records every insanity that issues from his mouth morning, noon and night while he stomps around the International headquarters of Scientology Inc. ED Int and his Exec Ints then must report written compliance, with evidence, to the order so issued. On average, ED Int receives dozens of such orders on any given day - as do many others. When Miscavige refers to the ED Int thinking 'And then it becomes, "oh, you're stopping it"' Miscavige - the perceptive one he is - is accurately reporting on exactly what ED INT and the Exec Ints were thinking at that very moment. He knows that because it is a daily recurring thought of all members of Scientology Inc international management. They think it because this order here represents Miscavige's daily op. He bats back violently at anything that is originated to him - including compliance to the insane orders he issues and even the programs that attempt to execute his dictates.
The net result is, everything he tells anyone to do never gets done because Miscavige won't ever approve the program that is proposed to get done what he has ordered to get done. It is a vicious cycle. It is like the movie Groundhogs Day played over and over and over, day in and day out, year after year at Miscavige's cult camp. Except his version of Groundhogs Day is not a comedy, it is the most gruesome horror picture imaginable. Miscavige very often tells International staff members and execs "oh, and you are thinking COB is stopping this" (after he sits on a submission for several months,then verbally lambasts the submitter with some incomprehensible cross order of himself) I suppose in order to make the person feel guilty and wrong and ultimately stupid for perceiving the truth. More accurately, the op Miscavige runs day in an day out is making people believe they are incapable of understanding that which is incomprehensible (his orders) in the first place. L. Ron Hubbard described the op in the lecture The Freedoms of Clear, 4 July, 1958:
"You know how people convince people they're ignorant? They take something which cannot be understood and they say, 'You stupid jerk. Why don't you understand this...'
David Mayo was the man Hubbard entrusted to carry on LRH's spiritual technology legacy. Mayo in this informal talk to ex official Scientologists in Santa Barbara, weekly graduation awards. Scientology, David Mayo. Circa late 1984.
2011-05-14, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
I noticed by a number of indicators that apparently the past few days of posts on the subject of Scientology spying have created some fear within the ranks of Independents and others who frequent this blog. I can tell by the comments, numbers, back channel email and phone comm.
I noticed some people playing the old "ignore" the black panther card. It goes, "I have nothing to hide, I am a friend with everybody, and I'll just charm them right on up the tone scale." For those who don't care much about the future of Scientology, and thus don't make it their business to do much about it, that is perfectly workable. However, for those dedicating some time to salvaging the subject from the jaws of Miscavige defeat, I am afraid that that philosophy just does not work. The former are not targets for hard ball, the latter are. Hard core anti-Scientologists are not even targets for hard ball. Anti-Scientology activity warrants you kid glove treatment by Miscavige. Corporate Scientology Public Enemies worthy of hard core operations are Independents doing something effective about the continued and future use of the subject Scientology. By comparison, Anti Scientologists are friends of Dave. That is why it takes a lot more courage to do something about the state of Scientology than to contribute to its demise. For more on that subject, see https://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2009/11/12/the-great-middle-path-redux/
There are two other problems with the "ignore" rationale.
2010-05-14, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology
I just finished Amy's book, Abuse at the Top. A must-read. Of course, there was not a lot totally new to me, as I lived it along with Amy. But I was vividly reminded of the poisonous atmosphere at the Int Base, and the insanity that surrounds David Miscavige.
I was also reminded of a phrase I had mercifully forgotten: "too gruesome." It's a noun. It's used like this: "give him a 'too gruesome'."
It comes from HCO Policy Letter of 5 January 1968, "Overfilled In-Basket, Bad News." LRH says:
About three dozen downtown business owners are upset with a group of anti-Scientology protesters and want the City Council to do something about them.
But city leaders Tuesday said there's little they can do.
"Suspending the First Amendment is something we shouldn't spend a whole lot of time on," Councilman Paul Gibson said.
Google has murdered the AdSense account run by one of the web's most influential anti-Scientology sites.
Yesterday, the search giant cut off all ads served to Enturbulation, a fledgling site dedicated to promoting activism against the Church of Scientology and all its related organizations. This could have something do with the nature of the ads Google was serving. Many of the Google-driven ads funding the anti-Scientology site were paid for by the Church of Scientology.
"While going through our records recently, we found that your AdSense account has posed a significant risk to our AdWords advertisers," read Google's letter to Enturbulation, a kind of home base for the now famous Anonymous movement. "Since keeping your account in our publisher network may financially damage our advertisers in the future, we've decided to disable your account."
2008-05-14, Tony Ortega , Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
"I felt sorry for Tommy. If he's reading this, I want to tell him: you're losing your soul. Look in the mirror. You look like a liar. And remember what happened to Mike Rinder. You're starting to look like that," Beghe adds, referring to a former high-level official who recently "blew," or left the organization. "They used Rinder as a spokesman, when he was the kind of person you'd cast in a movie as the villain. It was chilling. And Tommy is getting that look."
2008-05-14, Justin Anjuli K. Vestil, Cebu Daily News
CEBU CITY, Philippines - The Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7) has tied up with the Asian Ministers of the Church of Scientology in launching a program that aims to help Cebuanos on how to handle poverty and disasters.
Today Sandy Smith, the Panorama editor, hit back at claims that the BBC had orchestrated a demonstration against the Scientologists while filming the documentary.
He said: "Their DVD contains two grossly defamatory claims about us - one, that we staged a demonstration against Scientology and two, that a terrorist death threat was made.
"It is absolutely outrageous to suggest that the BBC would organise a demonstration - why would we?"
He claimed that the Scientologists wrote the script for the DVD in a "curious way" but that it "clearly implied that a terrorist death threat was made".
2007-05-14, Anderson Cooper, Anderson Cooper 360°, CNN
COOPER: We pick up now where we left off before the break, the latest controversy to hit the Church of Scientology. A BBC reporter -- you just saw him there -- losing his cool during an interview while the church's cameras were rolling.
The tape showing his melt-down ended up on YouTube. And now the reporter's accusing Scientology of playing hardball to try to discredit him to his investigation of the church will come under suspicion. The BBC reporter says he was followed as part of a church campaign against him.
That's where we pick up my interview with Mike Rinder, director of the Church of Scientology International. [Transcript]
The Panorama editor, Sandy Smith, has defended tonight's controversial John Sweeney investigation into the Church of Scientology.
Mr Smith said tonight's Panorama would feature the YouTube clip of Sweeney losing his temper and shouting at Scientology representative Tommy Davis after he accused the BBC reporter of giving a critic of the faith an easy ride in an interview.
Footage of the scene, which was filmed by the Scientologists, was posted on YouTube last week and Sweeney has apologised for the outburst.
Scientology has two faces - nice and smiley, and sinister and dark. If you do not believe me, go and see their exhibition in Los Angeles, Psychiatry: Industry of Death. You enter through a door that is a mock-up of a torture chamber.
Scientologists want "the global obliteration" of psychiatrists, who they say were to blame for the rise of Nazi Germany.
Scientology and Me was a television documentary broadcast 14 May 2007 as part of the BBC's Panorama series. Reporter John Sweeney visited the United States to investigate whether the Church of Scientology was becoming more mainstream. The program gained particular controversy before and during filming due to unresolved differences on content and approach between Sweeney's production team and Scientology members, who did not want detractors or perceived enemies of the church to be interviewed or included in the documentary.
The religion has been under increasing scrutiny, especially since actor Tom Cruise ranted against psychiatry on N-B-C's "Today" show and criticized Brooke Shields' use of antidepressants for postpartum depression. Scientology is Cruise's religion of choice.
The church sent 800 volunteer ministers to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and New Orleans area to counsel hurricane victims.
Some 20,000 Canadians named Jedi -- made famous by Star Wars -- as their religion, according to census data.
This echoes a result of the 2001 British census where 390,000 residents claimed to follow the Jedi faith after a massive Internet campaign.
Those who worshipped at less conventional altars included 9,575 who cited Wicca as their religion; 1,135 Rastafarians; and 1,525 who follow Scientology, made famous by celebrities like Tom Cruise and John Travolta. Meanwhile, 4.8 million Canadians, including 770,850 Torontonians, claimed to follow no religion in 2001, compared with 3.3 million a decade earlier.
NEWKIRK Backers of a drug rehabilitation center scheduled to open later this year on the Chilocco Indian School grounds north of here say the facility has the potential to be the biggest of its kind in the world. However, residents in this northern Oklahoma town eight miles from the Kansas border are concerned Narconon International is a front for the Church of Scientology, and, instead of rehabilitating alcohol and drug addicts, it will recruit new members and raise money for the controversial group.
A judge has dismissed two key charges in a $25 million fraud suit brought by Larry Wollersheim, a former Scientologist who asserted the church wrecked him emotionally and financially with lies and harassment.