We want to thank our tipster who sent us images from the new issue of "International Scientology News," one of the church's slick publications intended to convince its members that it is not a failing organization in a full-on crisis.
This edition, issue 70, was dedicated to the happenings at the recent Maiden Voyage celebrations on board the Freewinds, Scientology's private cruise ship, which plies the Caribbean. The Freewinds is the only place where wealthy Scientologists can experience "OT 8," the highest auditing level on the "Bridge to Total Freedom." But the ship is also used for other seminars and for the annual Maiden Voyage festivities each June, commemorating the ship's first voyage under Scientology's ownership in 1988.
During the weeklong celebration, Scientology leader David Miscavige gives a select number of top donors some sneak peeks at upcoming initiatives, and he also drones on for hours about all the ways Scientology is the most happening thing ever. Now it's ISN's job to turn that into print propaganda for the dwindling membership to eat up. Let's take a look.
2017-07-10, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Some recent notes from the Valley Ideal OrgOT Committee. A few things of note (and there is a lot more to be gleaned from these notes):
They have stopped including stats
They have the same old same old people attending their meetings it would appear the opening of the new "ideal org" changed nothing.
2016-07-10, 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 by email to AskChrisShelton@gmail.com This week, the questions I answer are:
(1) What do you make of the current beef between Tony Ortega/The Underground Bunker and Mark Rathbun? The way I see it as an objective observer is that Tony Ortega is simply acting as a journalist reporting the facts of the current developments in the Rathbun lawsuit against the church, and attempting to fill the vacuum/lack of firsthand information from the Rathbuns by consulting TxLawyer, who seems to be a highly knowledgeable observer of the proceedings. Mark Rathbun seems to have really thin skin (surprisingly so given his background and personality) and has taken offense to pretty much anything Tony has reported or the commenters on The Underground Bunker have commented on. Granted some of the comments that Mark Rathbun has recently re-posted on his blog from The Underground Bunker are pretty inflammatory toward the Rathbuns, but still, it's internet commenting, you pretty much have to take everything said with a huge grain of salt. I'm more surprised by the fact that the Rathbuns seem to think that Tony Ortega is slandering them, which I have seen zero evidence of. It's also interesting to note that Tony has yet to comment on the fact the beef exists. Probably he doesn't want to make himself the story as a journalist? What is your take on the whole thing? I thought the Scientology Watcher/Ex-Scientology community was pretty unified, but maybe not?
(2) What do you think of philosophy? Also what do you think of Stefan Molynuex? Some say Moly is a cult leader. How many cults and cult leaders are there actually?
2016-07-10, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
He Who Shall Not Be Named made a stealth appearance at Flag Graduation. He took the stage basking in the glory of his "victory tour" of the City of Clearwater to con them into handing over yet more of downtown Clearwater to the first scientology city (at least by square feet of tax exempted property).
What is most interesting about the Graduation pitches is that there is no record of them. So, he cannot be held to his promises as they disappear into the ether as soon as the clapping and cheering has died down.
But we are fortunate to have a first hand report from one of our Special Correspondents about what he told the assembled sheeple. It's pretty much same old, same old, but there are a few interesting tidbits.
It's time again for Rod Keller's Scientology Social Media Review. He's made a specialty of hunting down the odd and wonderful things Scientologists post to the 'net. He's a chronicler who piece by piece builds a highly detailed assessment of what Scientology is doing around the world, and this is what he found for us this week…
Scientology has released a print of the Frank Frazetta painting used on the new edition of the L. Ron Hubbard book Battlefield Earth. The price is $10,000. Scientologists are being urged to buy 20 copies of the book to push it on the New York Times bestseller list. In some missions, if you buy 25 copies, you get this t-shirt.
Scientology will hold a briefing in the Ballroom of the Fort Harrison Hotel on July 13 with guests from the City of Clearwater on making the city safer, and effects of Scientology's social betterment programs.
Tom Cruise leaving Scientology? Not on your life. But someone is orchestrating a media campaign to make people think the "Mission Impossible" star is bravely choosing his 9 year old daughter Suri over the group depicted as crazy and creepy in the HBO doc "Going Clear."
The doc was so damaging in portraying Cruise as a nutty robot who ordered the bugging of Nicole Kidman that again someone– Cruise himself, his reps– is trying to change the conversation.
It started with supermarket tabloid The Star. Strangely, both Esquire and Redbook– Hearst magazine websites– then quoted The Star. The lemming like Hollywood Reporter turned it into a video report. The gist? That Cruise, who hasn't seen Suri in almost two years, will leave Scientology because the cult won't let Cruise be involved with her.
Ellen was driving back from an outing in San Diego with her daughter when she got the call. ["Ellen" is not her real name, but this account is exactly how she told it to us.]
It was Julian, an ethics officer at Scientology's "org" in Los Angeles. Julian was one of the young "masters at arms" who enforce Scientology's myriad rules and regulations. If you heard from him, it usually meant you were in some kind of trouble, Ellen knew.
"I need to see you right away," he told her.
2014-07-10, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This one is another perfect seminar designed for Dear Leader.
And it's not just any old seminar, it's good old Arte Maren of Guardian's Office infamy and he is delivering it at the "Community Learning Center"? I really dont think the community needs a center to train people on how to take someone's money under the guise of helping them succeed.
I note there is another upcoming special Miscavige seminar too — the Do's And Don'ts Of Social Media. I wonder is that includes tips about keeping your convicted child sex offender felons off your facebook pages?
Tommy Davis fled the Sea Org on the famous "Medical" excuse. He works in Austin for a financial firm. World acknowledged as a "Baghdad Bob" liar, Tommy fervently denied the church had a policy of disconnection and that the sociopathic leader Miscavige "never" beat anyone.
Tommy was not even located at INT Base so he was not in a position to witness or not witness the beatings, but listen to his hysterical lunacy. The former Church Spokesman !
THE Church of Scientology is thought to be close to buying the National Acoustic Laboratory site on Sydney's north shore for about $35 million.
The property, at 126 Greville Street in Chatswood, is owned by a syndicate associated with Greg Shand's Barana Group.
Ryan Hamilton gets some blowback! We have some legal updates, and they involve several different filings from attorneys for Scientology's drug rehab network, Narconon, as it begins to hit back at the 16 federal lawsuits filed by Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton.
Hamilton's strategy has been consistent and simple: His lawsuits allege that Narconon's business model is essentially deceptive in nature. Prospective patients and their families are told that they'll receive drug counseling delivered in a safe setting with medical professionals, and that Narconon's sauna-and-vitamins regimen is safe, effective (with 76 percent and higher success rates), and based on scientific purposes.
In fact, none of that is true. Patients are given Scientology training, not drug counseling, the facilities are staffed by recent "graduates," not medical personnel, and even one of Narconon's own experts admitted that there was no science behind the "detoxification" claims of the risky sauna program.
2013-07-10, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
A couple of desperate pleas indicate the Flag ship is taking on water despite the incredible (literally?) news being presented by Him at the Friday Nite Kumbaya Circle.
Who ever heard of free food and babysitting being offered to try to entice people to come and see Him speak? Well, it is a rerun of a rerun of a rerun, BUT people should be falling all over themselves to attend, because it IS Him speaking.... Looks like things aren't shaping up too well if they are stooping to giveaways.
I remember repeated requests for babysitting services to be provided for events and the public being told it was not the org's responsibility, parents needed to arrange their own sitters. AND show up for the event.
In January 2012, we spilled Scientology's "Super Power" secrets — hundreds of never-before-published renderings of what the church's monster new building in Clearwater, Florida was going to look like, from its basement to its executive offices on the seventh floor. Of particular interest were outlandish contraptions like the Smell Wall, Oiliness Table, Pain Station and other oddities on the building's space-age fifth floor, where the "perceptics" of Scientologists would be tested.
But seeing all that strange equipment made us wonder: what was the "Super Power Rundown" itself, the special processing that needed a city-block sized, $100-million-dollar edifice that has been under construction for 15 years? What unutterable secrets would be going on in that building? Fortunately for us, a man named Dan Koon gave us a glimpse of some of those secrets.
And now, more than a year later, Dan Koon is spilling the rest of those secrets for the public's consumption.
2013-07-10, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Taking Scientology as the literal package that it insists that it be taken as in the Keeping Scientology Working (KSW) series, makes a died-in-the-wool KSW Scientology group an inevitable plum for the sociopath's picking. Witness Scientology Inc., and Scientology Inc. Ltd.
I made a recommendation originally two years ago, several times since, and will make it again now. If you want to fully understand where I am coming from with this sociopath analysis, and have not already done so, please read The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout.
The following two facts have been repeatedly demonstrated and tested – not simply dreamed up and expressed by some authority:
Scott Campbell's compelling story. After months of sleep deprivation and other abuse, Scott had a mental breakdown on the "Church of Scientology" prison ship called "Freewinds". He was covertly given a combo of valium and chloral hydrate for months. This combo can give brain damage. The Doctor that "administered" this was *FAKE* doctor.
After a while, he was considered a "security risk" and sent to Los Angeles. This video tells what happened next.
2012-07-10, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Thanks to Tom Cruise and David Miscavige and their antics vis a vis Katie Holmes, ABC Los Angeles has finally grown bold enough to run a story church pressure has kept suppressed for more than a year. They have finally run the remarkable story of Tanja and Stefan Castle. Tanja served many years as a secretary for Miscavige. Here is the story of the Great Escape of Tanja Castle. Here is a written summary of the story, Tanja and Stefan Castle.
2012-07-10, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
On Sunday, we talked to former Scientology executiveMarty Rathbun and agreed with his predictions for how the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce would go. The next day, the former couple announced that they had reached a settlement. So how did we do?
Prediction 1: Katie would get sole custody of Suri, and Tom gets visitation rights. Result: All indications are that this is the case.
Prediction 2: Katie and Tom would say publicly, however, that they are sharing custody to hide the actual situation. Result: Their statement does hide the actual situation by essentially saying nothing, but this isn't really what we predicted.
When I went to wars as a reporter, I was gassed, shot at, shelled, bombed and had two sticks of dynamite shoved up my nose. But never did I feel such fear for my grip on reality as I did investigating the Church of Scientology for the BBC's Panorama.
Five years ago, I spent weeks at the centre of the church's attention. Private investigators who, I believe, were working for the church chased me around the streets of Los Angeles, invaded my hotel at midnight and put me under surveillance. Strangers spied on my wedding and knocked on the doors of my neighbours.
In the end, I lost it on camera, doing a good impression of an exploding tomato.
2012-07-10, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
If Tom Cruise is such a loyal Scientologist, why does he get to ignore the rules? Fans of Katie Holmes are celebrating that she seemed to get just about everything she wanted in her divorce settlement with Tom Cruise -- reportedly, she's getting primary custody of Suri, and Tom will get visitation rights. And with Katie registering with a Catholic Church in Manhattan, it's a good bet that Suri will be shielded from her father's controversial religion, Scientology.
So if Katie seems to have won, and in the process brought Scientology unprecedented bad publicity, why are some Ex-Scientologists greeting news of the divorce settlement with derision?
Because of its hypocrisy, they tell me.
LOS ANGELES Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise and actress Katie Holmes settled their divorce on Monday, taking less than two weeks to end a nearly six-year marriage that captivated the world and prompted questions about raising their daughter in the Church of Scientology.
"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise, 50, married Holmes, 33, who first gained fame on television drama "Dawson's Creek," in a glamorous wedding in an Italian castle in November 2006. Suri was born about six months earlier.
The couple and their young daughter became a favorite of celebrity magazines and seemed happy until late last month when Holmes filed for a divorce in New York. Her move surprised fans and even Cruise, who was in Iceland shooting a movie.
The legal threat from the US-based religion accuses the group, Cult Information and Family Support, of religious vilification over statements made in a brochure advertising their conference later this year.
But the volunteer organisation has refused to bow to the demands of the Scientologists, saying instead that they will continue their "humanitarian support work".
The brochure advertising the support group's national conference in Brisbane next month quotes one of their speakers, independent MP Nick Xenophon, from a Senate speech in 2009, in which he labelled Scientology a criminal organisation.
2011-07-10, Michael Bachelard, Sydney Morning Herald
THE Church of Scientology is threatening to sue a volunteer organisation for publishing a brochure it claims labels the religion a "cult".
But the Cult Information and Family Support (CIFS) group, which helps victims of cults and their families, refuses to bow to the demands of the Scientologists, saying they will continue their "humanitarian support work".
2011-07-10, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Miscavige's cult got caught in a rare triple play today. Score it Corpus ChristiTexas to San Antonio Texas to New York City. Or if you are from Canada, you can call it the Hat Trick. Whatever you call it, recognize Miscavige's stats of number of citizens sickened by his cult's antics are straight-up and vertical. Anyone want to bet whether he'll change a blessed thing after stormy Sunday?
Corpus Christi Caller Times Sunday edition, Church of Scientology Magazine Seeks to Hire in South Texas:
Questioned closely by the judge about the substantial amounts of money taken from clients, the former executive director of the Celebrity Centre protested, insisting that Scientology was about "ethics, honesty, respect".
Now Judge asked Rosenberg about Aude-Claire Malton, who by quitting her job to come and work for the centre would have become eligible for free courses.
"What happens to all the money that she had put aside for the future?" the judge asked. Malton had paid in advance for Scientology training to the tune of 110,000 francs (16,700 euros).
Day 5 (June 3): Between tears and anger, the former president of Scientology's ParisCelebrity Centre denounced what she called the persecution of her church - and her own harassment by critics of the movement.
The day after Alain Rosenberg had spent several hours on the stand, Judge Château called Sabine Jacquart to testify.
Jacquart, 44, had been president of the Celebrity Centre between September 1997 and October 1999. She faced charges of organised fraud and the illegal exercise of pharmacy.
After a highly unconventional childhood in Children of God, a cult that mixed religion with sex, filmmaker Noah Thomson escaped to begin a normal life. But after experiencing years of sexual abuse and neglect, Thomson and other former members of the organization may never know what "normal" is. The documentary follows Thomson as he searches for others who have tried to start a new life outside the cult - and searches for answers about his own lost childhood.
Children of God (now known as The Family) started in 1968 in California. It was part of the Jesus movement of the late 1960s, and many early converts were hippies. In 1974, The Family began a method of evangelism called "flirty fishing" - using sex to show God's love and win converts. Flirty fishing has been compared by some to religious prostitution, and was discontinued in 1987. David Berg, the founder and prophetic leader of the cult, communicated with his followers via "Mo Letters" - letters of instruction and counsel on a myriad of spiritual and practical subjects. Following Berg's death in late 1994, his wife, Karen Zerby, became leader of The Family.
In CHILDREN OF GOD: LOST AND FOUND, Noah Thomson sets out to interview other ex-Children of God, discovering that these young, second-generation members have often failed to thrive in the outside world, turning to drugs, crime and suicide, unable to adjust to a society indifferent to their abuse as children. Surprisingly, a few still find value in the Children of God, bowing to the organization's request that they not give interviews, or telling Thomson they see nothing wrong with their upbringing. Thomson also reaches out to his mother several times in the film, asking her to be interviewed and defend the family she has chosen in place of her actual family.
2008-07-10, Thomas Francis, New Times Broward-Palm Beach
The company was Goroway's creation, but it owed a debt to Dr. David Singer, a chiropractor who had long run his own seminar series. Goroway became a client of Singer's around 1991. He paid careful attention not just to the business concepts Singer preached but to Singer's delivery, his magnetic presence.
Those seminars, it turned out, had also become a kind of recruiting tool for Singer, a devotee of the Church of Scientology, the controversial self-help system maligned as a cult by critics. Boulis was enamored of Singer too and followed him into Scientology. Goroway would later note that Boulis "chipped away" at him until finally, around 1999, as he was getting Practice Mechanix off the ground, he joined the church.
By 2001, Practice Mechanix was using telemarketers and junk faxes to reach chiropractors. At its peak, Goroway claimed the company had 125 employees, a 34-seat telemarketing house in Pittsburgh, and $650,000 in operating expenses per month. Much of its success came from concepts of business organization that Goroway learned through Scientology, he would later say.
The religious organisation is regularly in the news for its beliefs and high-profile celebrity spokespeople such as Tom Cruise, as well as its fundraising activities.
Dr Lomax-Smith tells protesters: "They should be taxed, the bastards. They shouldn't be tax-free, we're subsidising them."
She then says: "I like your masks."
In an emailed statement issued today, Dr Lomax-Smith said: "It was a private conversation and I was expressing a personal view. There's nothing more to add."
Jane Lomax-Smith made the comments in May when she encountered demonstrators from a group that calls itself Anonymous outside the Church of Scientology headquarters in Adelaide, The Australian reports. Lomax-Smith asked the masked protesters if they were related to people who had been "sucked in" by Scientology.
"They should be taxed, the bastards," she added. "They shouldn't be tax-free; we're subsidizing them. I like your masks."
2008-07-10, Paul Peters, Missoula Independent, SL Weekly
Running Crane isn't the only one forming a connection to Scientology. Emissaries connected to the religion and to Narconon, a nonprofit drug treatment and education program affiliated with Scientology, have been making inroads on the reservation throughout the past year. Scientologists have offered free seminars and all-expenses-paid retreats at a luxurious Scientology center near Los Angeles. They've also sent boxes of Hubbard's books to several tribal members working at Crystal Creek Lodge, the only drug-treatment center on the reservation. The center uses 12-step programs common to Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Al-Anon. (Narconon, despite its similar name, is not connected with any 12-step program.)
An Anonymous member sent over an explanatory video on Scientology's anti-gay agenda and some footage from the pride battles, including when Scientological leader Yvette Shank telling the activists "we can find out where you live." Eeks!
THE Church of Scientology last night denied the Sydney man who was allegedly stabbed to death by his psychotic daughter after refusing her psychiatric drugs was a top recruiter for the church.
A man with the same name as the dead father is listed on the Church of Scientology's "Honour Roll" in the 2002 Impact magazine which glorifies members worldwide for their efforts in "signing more than 20 members to the church" or for donating $US20,000 ($23,200) or more.
Mr Brooks went on to argue that modern psychiatry used many methods that were largely "unproven" and psychiatric assumptions - such as chemical imbalances in the brain - simply did not exist.
Almost immediately after Mr Brooks finished his interview, Sydney University psychiatrist Chris Tennant phoned ABC Radio to reject the Scientologist's beliefs.
Saying it was "so sad to hear the flat-earthers getting on the radio", Professor Tennant denied modern psychiatry was largely "unproven", stating the amount of research on mental illness was "as strong" as that for cancer and heart disease.
"It's a tragedy to hear this mumbo jumbo being proselytised by this group," he said.
"The sad thing about this sounds to be that this girl may well have been prescribed some psychiatric treatment but living in a family which had the Scientology attitude there is no way there would have been what we term compliance."
2007-07-10, David Braithwaite, Sydney Morning Herald
They denied her the treatment she wanted, then dosed the 25-year-old with their own medicine, specially imported from the US. Finally, as her mental health worsened three weeks ago, they crumbled and let her take anti-psychotic drugs she had been prescribed.
But it was too late. The unfolding tragedy came to its bloody head at Revesby last Thursday. After an argument with her mother, the young woman was found that afternoon confused and wandering the street with a knife. Inside the family home her father and teenage sister lay dead. On the driveway outside, her mother moaned for help as she bled from stab wounds.
That night in hospital, with her wrists in bandages, the young woman screamed: "I just want a knife. I want more killing. More, I need more. I'm wanting more killing."
This account of the woman's mental disintegration was revealed in court documents in Bankstown Local Court yesterday.
THE Church of Scientology last night denied the Sydney man who was allegedly stabbed to death by his psychotic daughter after refusing her psychiatric drugs was a top recruiter for the church.
A man with the same name as the dead father is listed on the Church of Scientology's "Honor Roll" in the 2002 Impact magazine which glorifies members worldwide for their efforts in "signing more than 20 members to the church" or for donating $US20,000 or more.
The man's daughter, 25, faced Bankstown Local Court yesterday charged with fatally stabbing her father and sister at their Revesby home last Thursday. She is also charged with stabbing her mother, 52.
Holmes was chaperoned throughout, as she has been almost constantly since she met Cruise six weeks before he proposed to her at the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Jessica Rodriguez, 29, a senior member of L Ron Hubbard's Church of Scientology, denied that she was "working" with Holmes. "Oh no, we're just best friends. . . Well, Katie has a lot of friends." And how long have you been friends? "Oh, a while," Rodriguez said. "I don't know."
The tot's father is a truck driver who was on the road when the accident occurred, said sources, who added that the mother was out of the country.
The seven-story, single-room occupancy building is the temporary headquarters for the Church of Scientology, which was holding a gathering in a first-floor meeting room when the boy came crashing down.
The church members were forced to stay in the building as detectives conducted their investigation.
The Tonkawas recently granted their own temporary licensing and certification to the center. The state Supreme Court has prevented the state from closing the center while Narconon and the Tonkawas appeal.
The Kaw Nation council has responded with a resolution that objects to the Tonkawa action and states the Kaws will accept only state licensing of Narconon.
Bilger said he had been so optimistic about the promise of a revitalized Chilocco that last December he wrote Oklahoma health officials supporting Narconon.
But the mayor said his winter hope turned to disillusionment by spring when he learned of Narconon's history, and he came to believe he had been misled when Narconon held an emotional ceremony April 8 in which the Association for Better Living and Education presented a glowing study of Narconon and the $200,000 check.
Later Bilger learned that ABLE shared a street address in Los Angeles with Narconon, and is identified in a Scientology magazine as part of Narconon.
"They totally misrepresented what was going on," Bilger said.
Another Narconon attempt at persuasion provoked an angry response.
In a letter printed May 18 on the front page of the weekly Newkirk Herald Journal, Narconon president John Duff wrote:
"There will be those that will not want Narconon to succeed at Chilocco because they are for drugs and are on the other side in the battle against drugs."
Jones, the Baptist minister, responded the following week, writing that he "resented the implication, or more accurately the accusation, that was made by Narconon's Mr. Duff. He accused me of supporting illegal drug use in our area if I did not swallow his program hook, line and sinker."
By yesterday afternoon Washington scientologists had cleared away the residue of Friday's FBI raid, and the wide brick building at 2125 S Street NW was bustling with its usual weekend crowd - parishioners and communicators, clears and preclears, visitors and auditors.
There were angry words for the FBI, which had conducted joint raids on Church of Scientology offices here and in Los Angeles to recover masses of documents that the government alleges were stolen by scientology spies. While federal officials exulted over the operation - "a jackpot," one said yesterday, "extraordinarily successful" - the scientologists were sweeping away the residue from the buzz saws they claim agents used to break in.
The church has been monitored for years by the federal government, both to investigate allegations that it practices "mind control" on its converts, and to determine whether the group is a bona fide religion qualifying for tax-exempt status. Federal officials maintain that church members have stolen thousands of files containing information on scientologists, while Freedom of Information Act suits to release the information are pending. According to government affidanits, it was those files that FBI agents sought during the raids Friday.