When a family member who was never a Scientologist attempted to conduct a welfare check on her uncle former scientology President, Heber Jentzsch, who reports say is sick, being tortured and not seen in public for over 10 years, she immediately became the target of Fair Game. She tells the story to Leah and Mike.
When this welfare check happened in 2018, the Church of Scientology sent a private investigator to our home. Scientology's Office of Special Affairs was investigating the welfare check of Heber Jentzsch that was initiated by Heber's niece Tammy.
Karen de la Carriere had been married to Heber Jentzsch and so she was on OSA's radar. PI Rebecca Dobkin claimed to us that Heber had been placed into the back of a Sheriff's police car during the welfare check. As a consequence of this alleged act by Sheriff's deputies, Heber was contemplating a lawsuit for harassment. This made no sense to us. We didn't believe Dobkin at all. Sheriff's Deputies would not place an 82 year old man into the back of a squad car during an adult welfare check.
In November 2018, your proprietor got to see an episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath that ended up never airing. And the hell of it is, it was maybe the best episode Leah and Mike had ever done.
It was thrilling. And scary. And infuriating. And it had its start here at the Underground Bunker, actually.
Back in May 2018, we shared with you a letter that Tammy Clark received from her uncle, Heber Jentzsch.
At one time, Heber was one of the most recognizable faces in Scientology. In the 1980s and into the 1990s, he was more than just a spokesman for Scientology, he was an ambassador for it, and he developed real relationships with journalists, some of whom still, to this day, tell us they miss interacting with him.
Thomas Ryan Rousseau, the founder and leader of the white nationalist group Patriot Front, was arrested along with two other men on Saturday in Weatherford, Texas, The Informant has confirmed.
Deputies with the Parker County Sheriff's Office arrested the three on minor charges. Each was accused of criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, for allegedly putting up stickers on county property.
One of the arrest reports described the stickers as displaying the words "Reject Poison" along with "images of various drugs." Patriot Front has been known to use similar stickers in acts of vandalism across the nation.
Religious litigants were successful this Supreme Court Term wielding their religious identity as both a shield and a sword. The Roberts Court delivered just what they ordered: ever more expansive rights to government funding, based on their right not to be discriminated against, and mounting immunity from the employment discrimination laws. Thanks to President Trump, the Court now has a conservative, religious majority—which is composed of four Catholic men (Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Brett Kavanaugh) and Justice Neil Gorsuch, who is apparently Episcopalian. They were a well-oiled machine delivering for religious believers with nary a concern about who might be harmed.
As religious litigants succeed in expanding their opportunities for government-sourced income streams, and eschew the legal obligations on everyone else, they also persist in their expectations of no public accountability about their finances. Unlike other nonprofits, they maintain their tax-exempt status without having to truthfully disclose their actual finances, donors, or lobbying activity. The result is a greater capacity to pursue government funds under cover, e.g., the PPP loans through which the Catholic dioceses and parishes raked in $1.4 billion, and an ever-increasing power to impose their beliefs on their employees, whether co-believers or not.
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All roads lead to Las Vegas in the 2020 presidential campaign, so it makes sense that Students for Trump would want to hold its kickoff here.
Who doesn't want to party in Las Vegas, right? The controversy-courting college campus activist group will surely be doing some of that on Aug. 23 when it converges on the Palms Casino and Resort.
It's another reminder of the outsized political importance of Nevada, competitive turf that Hillary Clinton won by just 2.4 percent in 2016. The Strip is an essential ATM stop for candidates, and the Silver State is "first in the West" for caucusing Democrats.
2019-08-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
These guys are thinking big... At least 10X expansion across their zone (whatever that may be).
Not content with merely Clearing Ireland, they are taking on the whole Continent. Why someone from Sweden would be in Dublin is anyone's guess — there IS an ideal org in Malmo. And in Copenhagen. Amsterdam. Brussels. A couple in England. And a few in Germany, Switzerland and Italy that are all closer.
Unless they just can't find anyone in Ireland who wants to go Clear so that have to reach outside their island and try to persuade a bunch of foreigners to make the trip?
A 58-year-old man committed suicide while seeking treatment for a prescription drug addiction. His family says that two rehab centers should have been able to prevent this death, and a jury agreed, awarding his surviving family members $11 million.
The rehab centers followed the program Narconon, which has ties to Scientology.
This video features attorney Brian Chase, managing partner and senior trial attorney with Bisnar Chase.
The Conscience Coalition is continuing to organize against SB 276, a bill that would require California health officials to monitor doctors and schools that have more than usual rates of medical exemptions from required childhood vaccines. Members are being asked to contact or visit their legislators to oppose the bill.
The Coalition is led by Scientologists Greg Mitchell, Renee Bessone and non-Scientologist Jonathan Lockwood. Its other members appear to all be Scientologists. They have announced two priorities — opposing childhood vaccination and promoting religious freedom.
This week the group created a website and issued a "Study Assignment" demanding that legislators read a series of documents that are completely unrelated to the bill. They include the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, the 2011 Supreme Court decision in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth which is a case upholding the act, the Hippocratic Oath, and the Nuremberg Code, which are ethical guidelines written to oppose medical experimentation by the Nazis during World War II. None of which has anything to do with California looking more closely at medical exemptions to see if they are based on science or on parental fears.
Aunque para el comité de aplausos y condecoraciones, que tiene agentes en todo el mundo incluyendo a Colombia, la cienciología es una iglesia, en ella no hay figura sagrada, ni milita ningún científico, su vocación explícita es la de limpiar a la humanidad de parásitos extraterrestres y la implícita es conseguir el poder político, económico y militar para sus "purificados".
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2018-08-04, Adrian O’Hanlon, McAlester News-Capital
The Oklahoma Department of Labor is investigating wage claims against a Church of Scientology-backed drug rehab center in Pittsburg County, a department representative confirmed.
Oklahoma Department of Labor General Counsel Don Schooler said the department has two wage claims on file against Narconon Arrowhead. Schooler said the department's Employment Standards Division's Wage and Hour Unit will conduct investigations to determine whether the wages were due to the individuals making the claims.
Jamie Adams, 32, of McAlester, said she is a former security worker for the facility and she told the News-Capital that she filed a wage claim against Narconon Arrowhead after allegedly being refused payment from her former employer.
We have another treat for you in our 'Scientology Lit' series. Ron Miscavige has generously allowed us to post an entire chapter from his book Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me, which he wrote with Dan Koon. Ron sent us the key chapter when he and his wife, Becky Bigelow, finally made their escape from Scientology's Int Base which was run by Ron's son, Scientology supreme leader David Miscavige…
When I reflect on it, the watershed moment occurred back on that August 1990 afternoon when the rain poured down and mud slid off the mountain across State Route 79 and onto base property. People busted their butts in their summer uniforms, which were all white, mind you, to protect the property from water and mudslide damage. By dinnertime, there was no one in Gold whose uniform was not soiled with mud.
Because Gold was responsible for the physical base itself, David pinned the blame for the event squarely on the shoulders of every staff member at Gold. And people bought it. Maybe some did not, and maybe some thought that what he was raving about was crazy but realized it would be prudent to act on his demands.
Retired Colombian Police General Carlos Ramiro Mena Bravo presented an unauthorized medal to David Miscavige. Outrage has ensued in Colombia over giving an American cult leader an undeserved and unauthorized medal. An investigation of this insult to Colombia in underway by the authorities.
Tom Cruise recently took late night show host James Corden skydiving. The two men skydived to promote Cruise's monster box office film Mission Impossible - Fallout. In the video, Cruise showcased his expert skydiving skills while Corden nervously fumbled his way through his first jump in which he was attached to a master skydiver with 7,000 jumps. Cruise's landing was picture perfect as he glided effortlessly to the ground. James Corden, on the other hand, skidded to a rather abrupt stop and then did a face plant.
If anyone could use Tom Cruise's help with a parachute right now it is Scientology leader David Miscavige, a man who finds himself in a sudden, calamitous, and unexpected free fall in the Colombian media. Miscavige appears to be headed straight down for a face plant in Colombia.
We want to thank the tipster who took the time to send us some scans from the new issue of Scientology's Source magazine, which features the "Perceptics" area on the fifth floor of the Flag Building in Clearwater, Florida, better known as the Super Power Building.
Way back in 2012, we published a massive set of blueprints of this building as it was being completed (part 1, part 2, part 3), and the most interest was always generated by the Star Trek coolness of the fifth floor and its Super Power gadgets. The building was finally opened in November 2013, some 20 years after construction first started, and now wealthy Scientologists pay tens of thousands of dollars to go through the various "rundowns" that make up the Super Power experience.
The futuristic fifth floor is set up to test and improve a Scientologist's "perceptics." These are 57 senses that Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard proposed were abilities that the immortal thetan — your true inner self or soul — had once possessed but need to be regained as part of a Scientologist's exploration of his or her past lives. As you go back millions of years to find out what happened to you on other planets in the galaxy, you should re-experience it with superhuman sense abilities, which the Super Power fifth floor can help you hone.
In this video series, I'm taking on Scientology academic apologists by deconstructing the book Scientology by James R. Lewis, chapter by chapter. In this video, I look at Chapter 1, written by J. Gordon Melton and titled "The Birth of a Religion."
2016-08-04, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
This video continues my critical analysis of the book Scientology, edited by James R. Lewis with chapters contributed by various religious scholars, psychologists, sociologists and the like. If you haven't yet watched my first video in this series, I recommend you do, so you get the context of what this is all about. There is a link in the notes section below to that first part. I am not making any claims in this video to be unbiased or objective in my views on Scientology.
Here we will be taking up Chapter One of this book, written by J. Gordon Melton, currently a researcher with the Department of Religious Studies at UC Santa Barbara. He's also an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church and the Church of Scientology has recommended him as an excellent source for information on religions and cults through their Cult Awareness Network website.
He founded and is chairman of the Institute for the Study of American Religion and is the chairman of the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR) which is an organization famous as the world's foremost cult apologist organization. Melton has been doing cult apologetic work since the 1970s for many other groups besides Scientology.
You may have seen the short clip put out yesterday by the Associated Press which features voice actress Nancy Cartwright — who plays Bart on The Simpsons — talking about her unhappiness with Lawrence Wright's 2013 book Going Clear and the 2015 documentary that filmmaker Alex Gibney made from it.
We looked around, but we couldn't find any evidence of whether this was just an advance look at a larger piece by the AP about her, or about Scientology. It's just a short thing, and it's not clear why Cartwright is being asked now about a film that's been out for more than a year and that garnered three Emmy awards, including the year's best television feature documentary.
And as for her specific complaints about the book and film, well, they really aren't very specific. Here's the entirety of what she says in the clip...
Not everyone gets so close up to Big Ben you get this perspective.
But we had a special tour of the United Kingdom's Houses of Parliament yesterday, thanks to a member of the government who happens to be an ardent Underground Bunker reader. Our new friend gave us a special tour, and we got to stand in some locations where most public don't go — like slam up against Big Ben. But also in the more touristy sections, like in Westminster Hall, where you can see this plaque in the floor...
Or as in this hallway connecting the House of Commons with the House of Lords...
Rumors about the Smiths and the church first surfaced in 2007, when Will told Access Hollywood that super-Scientologist Tom Cruise had introduced him to the religion. Then in 2008, he and his wife donated $70,000 to Scientology causes, according to tax documents for their Will Smith Foundation, and dumped a whopping $1.2 million into the Scientology-centered New Village Leadership Academy in 2011.
Tax documents obtained by Radar show that in 2010, the Smiths' WJS Trust donated $1,235,000 to the NVLA. Though not a strictly Scientologist project, the school used Scientology teachings in its curriculum and was run by individuals with ties to the church.
The school closed in 2013, but according to tax records obtained by Radar, the Smiths weren't left hanging. NVLA's 2013 tax return shows that the full $1,235,000 was refunded to the WJS trust.
2015-08-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
These ideal org promotional pieces are getting crazier and crazier.
I wasnt sure there was anywhere to descend to, but this one really goes beyond bizarre.
1.2 million miles flown in honor of ideal orgs? WTF does that mean? Flown by whom? Why?
Once it was obvious he wasn't coming back, Lee says he was visited by a couple of Scientology masters-at-arms who demanded he turn over his E-meter. Later, he received notice that he's been declared a "suppressive person" - Scientology's version of excommunication. Now that Lee's an SP, other Scientologists have to cut off all ties with him.
Apparently, Lee's status didn't get communicated to the folks at the International Association of Scientologists, who recently sent Lee a letter asking him to pay a "balance" he owed of $12,293.
Ah, it's Sunday, time to go through our mailbag and see what items our great tipsters have sent us during the week. We love to post the wacky mailers and fliers that Scientology sends out to its members, and we have a nice collection this time. But we wanted to start with this photo sent to us by Amber, the young woman who posed for this shot in front of the "Ideal Org" in Florence, Kentucky. Nice T-shirt!
This next one is yet another mailer from the San Fernando Valley folks who are working so feverishly to raise money for their "Ideal Org."
One of our tipsters tells us he recently received nineteen e-mailed appeals for the Valley Org in a single day.
2013-08-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Here is the report from last night's "graduation"....
He is turning these into mini "Int events" where He covers every possible piece of information that will keep the local sheeple convinced that all is well inside the sandcastle. He knows that this public, through the PR and goodwill of "Flag" and the "OT Committee" spreads the word far and wide about how spectacular everything is in the world of Scientology under His leadership "following in the footsteps of our Founder, L. Ron Hubbard."
So, its a hodge-podge of random stuff that makes it sound like everything is hunky dory.
2011-08-04, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
The liar is inevitably a coward and the coward inevitably a liar.
- L Ron Hubbard
A tremendous amount of International Association of Scientologists fees are being expended daily to run a black PR operation against me personally as well as a 110 day operation designed to impede me directly and make the lives of Mosey and I a living hell. Miscavige is enforcing the OSA bible Public Relations Series 18 to the tee. Except, as in all things Miscavige touches, he is doing so in the reverse. Hubbard explains the intention of the Black Propagandist in PR Series 18 as follows:
Yvonne Jentzsch was not so lucky. Hubbard sacked her as head of the Celebrity Centre she had founded, even though the organization literally put Scientology on the map with the Hollywood community. She'd gotten people like John Travolta involved, and John adored her. The problem was, Yvonne had lived for years on two to three hours sleep a night and had developed a brain tumor. Hubbard probably didn't want to foot the medical bills. He announced he was "promoting" her to create and run the "Public Relations Organization" which would promote Scientology all over the world. What he didn't announce was that he didn't fund her, and Yvonne was put in the embarrassing position of literally begging for donations to survive.
Scientology calls itself a religion and claims to offer purpose and meaning to its members. Yet for some who worked in the church's militaristic Sea Organization, Scientology provided something different: physical punishment, humiliation, beatings, sleep deprivation, and long and ruinous separation from loved ones.
The stories of 11 former staffers, reported in a St. Petersburg Times special report Sunday, are told with such detail and emotional heft that the church's official denials of abuse ring hollow
2009-08-04, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology
If you want to see the perfect representation of David Miscavige's Brave New World of Scientology, then have a look at the full color, glossy, 80-page Freedom Magazine that was just produced and mailed out to every household in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillborough Counties, at a likely cost of over a million dollars – paid for, of course, by Scientologists' donations.
Apparently the last three weeks have been a scramble, with reges squeezing every penny they could out of wealthy Scientologists "to defend the Church" and PR and Marketing staff up day and night to write and lay out this massive PR piece.
And what did you get for all that money and effort? A huge vanity piece for David Miscavige. That's right. Article after article about Miscavige. Fifteen glossy color photos of David Miscavige. And how many pictures of LRH? None. That's right, zip.
The Anonymous group is calling for disillusioned former members to return to the fold ahead of a new phase in its battle against the Church of Scientology.
A video posted on YouTube on Friday said it was time for the original founders of the protest movement to return in time for a "shift to more subtle and shocking tactics".
A particular standout is the essay crafted by Mike Pride, a well-regarded, recently-retired editor of the Concord Monitor, who worked at the Sun through the '60s and '70s. He writes that the newspaper didn't learn for years that the reason Scientologists seemed to know so much about their efforts to investigate them, is because a clerk at the paper was a spy for the church.
At other times, he could appear broken, a shell of a man himself. In his home on the cliffs of Bundeena one day he suddenly turned and, using the plaintive voice of a young boy, said: "I can transform DNA through what I do in Kenja. You know that means we could change the evolutionary process. If only, if only, I can convince the world. But they hate me." In 1982, at the age of 60, Dyers set up Kenja Communications with Jan Hamilton, a sometime actress who taught classes in the art of clowning. Dyers claimed special gifts, insisting he could turn lost and fumbling souls into confident, beautiful leaders of men. Together, the couple began teaching what they called "energy conversion".
The Kenja website describes this meditation as a "way to permanently eliminate the suppressed emotion, thought or energy that can divert us from what we want to achieve". Today there are Kenja centres in Melbourne, Canberra, and its headquarters in Surry Hills. Kenja has about 250 members. In the years before he established Kenja, Dyers studied Scientology. In 2005 when asked about this foray into L. Ron Hubbard's "religion", he angrily said: "I've moved way beyond that."
He said a group of scientists had come to study his methods. "They said: 'You're doing quantum physics." Laughing derisively, Dyers said: "I told them: 'Bullshit, I'm so far beyond quantum physics you wouldn't have a clue'." Among his other claims, Dyers said he was a troubleshooter for Sir Frank Packer - "I worked with Clyde, not his brother" - and had been trained by the world's top samurai teacher.
Jodi Bettis of New Bern is one of tens of thousand of people who were exposed to the toxic air of lower Manhattan after the attack on the World Trade Center.
She was a volunteer for many days at the site and lived near one of the fallen towers.
She became very sick, her sweat was blue and so was she.
She got her breath back from the treatment from the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, now she wants others to have a chance to change their lives.
The source, who until recently worked at the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification program on Fulton Street, said he witnessed "strange practices" at the tax-funded center, which was co-founded by Tom Cruise.
These include: treating ill World Trade Center rescue workers without doctors present, strictly following Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's medical techniques even when patients were in distress, and a reluctance to call 911 for help.
"Somebody's going to get hurt from this," the former employee said. "There was no responsibility on the medical side of the project."
Florida's Board of Medicine has sternly sanctioned Clearwater physician David I. Minkoff, finding he improperly prescribed medicine for a patient he had never seen -- Scientologist Lisa McPherson.
Minkoff, also a Scientologist, prescribed Valium and the muscle relaxant chloral hydrate at the behest of unlicensed Church of Scientology staffers who were trying to nurse McPherson, 36, through a severe mental breakdown.
When they failed after 17 days of isolating her, Minkoff was recruited again. This time, he pronounced McPherson dead.
William S Burroughs, who has died aged 83, was the hard man of Hip. His aims as a writer were traditional, to entertain and instruct, but the means he chose to express them were unclassifiable, sometimes indescribable, occasionally unspeakable.
The case involves claims by the Church of Scientology that a former church official turned critic used a bulletin board service and Netcom to post material on the Internet that infringed its copyrights.
Specifically, Religious Technology Center and Bridge Publications hold copyrights in the unpublished and published works of L. Ron Hubbard, the late founder of the Church of Scientology.
Co-defendant Dennis Erlich is a former minister of Scientology who became a vocal critic, with a Usenet newsgroup as his pulpit. Erlich's posting were made through a BBS, which was connected to the Internet through Netcom.
Lisa Marie Presley, the King's only daughter and heir, has been a Scientologist since childhood; her mother, Priscilla, is said to have joined the church about a year after Elvis' death. Lisa Marie was married to a prominent Scientologist, Danny Keough, but quickly and quietly dissolved that union to marry Jackson in the Dominican Republic in May. Keough's younger brother, Thomas - also a Scientologist - was an official witness of the Jackson-Presley nuptials. The Church of Scientology International issued a statement this week wishing the newlyweds "the very best for a joyful future."