'Always Attack,' the fifth episode of 'Scientology Black Ops,' a special 7NEWS Australia investigation that was cancelled by the network in July, has been leaked to the Internet.
Ten episodes were scheduled to be published to the 7NEWS website on July 14 when the network changed its mind, cancelled the program, and also pulled down a trailer it had made for the series. On August 31, we found that the first episode in the series had been leaked, and we embedded it along with a transcript we prepared. We also did the same for the second episode, 'Witness X,' on Sept 4, the third episode, 'Taken,' on Sept 11, and the fourth episode, 'The Star,' on Monday.
We've done the same for the fifth episode, in which 7NEWS reporter Bryan Seymour examines Scientology's mandate that it subject its perceived enemies to vicious attacks, in the case of Paul Haggis posting videos of his own sister denouncing him even more than a year after she had died of cancer. Seymour also dives into Scientology's long history of elaborate attacks on the government and former members, including a recent escapee, Valerie Haney, who had to hide in the trunk of a car to escape one of the church's secretive compounds.
Scientology donor and Miami chiropractor Dennis Nobbe, 63, learned on Monday that the US district court had decided to revoke his bond and put him in custody while awaiting trial on Medicare fraud and PPP loan abuse. He immediately called his attorney to tell him the news, and while on the phone, dropped dead.
That's the account that attorney H. Dohn Williams Jr. told the court this week in a court filing. And so ends the life of Nobbe, who we had known for years as a major Scientology donor who had run into trouble repeatedly for trying to force Scientology on his employees.
We were stunned when Nobbe was arrested and charged in July for defrauding Medicare and for misusing money he had obtained from the Small Business Administration for COVID relief. He bonded out of custody for $200,000 and hired Williams to represent him.
Forced sterilization of poor women of color is an American tradition. Rightful public fury has followed allegations this week that hysterectomies were performed on numerous women imprisoned at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Irwin County Detention Center. According to a whistleblower, a nurse at the facility, the women "reacted confused" when they learned what had been done to their bodies. The allegations produced a flood of commentary. Some drew comparisons to Nazi Germany's eugenic sterilization programs. These commentators, however, did not need to reach so far across the globe: Some of the most extreme allegations echo a long and disgraceful history right here in America.
If the whistleblower claims are true, they would be extensions of — not aberrations from — a wholly American practice of sterilizing populations deemed "undesirable."
The accounts of ongoing brutalities at ICE concentration camps may be a direct consequence of fascistic Trumpian excess, but, if the whistleblower claims are proven true, they would be extensions of — not aberrations from — a wholly American practice of sterilizing populations deemed "undesirable." President Donald Trump's administration did not bring white supremacist eugenic practices to U.S. soil: They have always been inherent to a country fixated on its "borders" and locking certain people away. It does an injustice to centuries of victims of sterilization to pretend otherwise. Like almost every report on detainee treatment at ICE concentration camps, the whistleblower complaint filed this week makes accusations of routine dehumanization. Dawn Wooten, a licensed practical nurse at a Georgia-based detention center, filed a whistleblower complaint to the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General that a doctor contracted to treat detained women had performed a seemingly high rate of hysterectomies. Wooten and one of the groups representing her, Project South, raised issues about the women giving what the complaint called a lack of "proper informed consent" before procedures. The Intercept was able to gather independent allegations from detainees and lawyers that were consistent with Project South's complaints.
2019-09-17, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
It is sometimes quite astonishing the things scientology promotes.
Here is another "success story" from an OT VIII. They are proud of this, and want the world to know. I read it and think to myself how crazy and deluded they sound. Yet they think this is the most incredible recommendation possible.
I have bolded some sections to make them stand out and added a few comments in red.
The Church of Scientology is presently trying to make news by having its ambulance-chasing and photo-op-opportunists — a/k/a the Volunteer Ministers — rush emergency supplies to The Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. In one photo not intended for publication, we see a smiling young man posing casually in a VM T-shirt posing on the deck of a yacht:
In this next official Scientology PR photo we see two young women posing on the same yacht with a look of grim determination. Scientology TV scriptwriters will spin the video something like this, "When every second counted, Scientology's Volunteer Ministers rushed desperately needed supplies to The Bahamas!"
The yacht used by the VMs to haul supplies for the photo shoot appears to be in the 75-foot class. The shortest sea route would be from Fort Lauderdale to Freeport. This is about 50 miles and the scheduled fast ferry makes the run in about 2.5 hours. Here is another PR photo of VMs unloading supplies from the stern of the vessel:
2018-09-17, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Hold the phone. Breaking news.
The IAS proclaims over and over that the "wins" of CCHR are "thanks to your support of the IAS."
Anyone who has been around CCHR or the IAS internally knows that is an absolute lie. But the public facade continues. Yet, it's hard to keep things like this totally secret. And here is more evidence.
And how about this statement: There are currently 3 non-SO staff…
The Trump administration has slammed the brakes on bringing refugees to the US. At the end of its first full fiscal year, new government data shows, the administration is falling way short of the expectations it set for resettling refugees — which were, themselves, way lower than the levels set by President Barack Obama and his predecessors.
While refugee arrivals from other parts of the world are down as much as 90 percent from Obama-era levels, resettlements from Europe — specifically, the former Soviet Union — have taken only a modest hit. In the rest of the world, the Trump administration isn't going to come anywhere close to the "ceilings" it set for the fiscal year ending September 30. Resettlements from Africa are less than half of the "ceiling." In the Near East and South Asia, the administration set a fiscal year 2018 ceiling of 17,500 — as of the end of August, with one month of the fiscal year left, it had resettled 3,642.
Refugee arrivals from Europe, however, haven't suffered. In fact, they smashed through their regional "ceiling" months ago, and haven't slowed down since.
What a treat we have for you today. Over in London last night, the UK Auxiliary Unit of the Underground Bunker — our clever correspondents Pete Griffiths and Andrea Garner — were showing around Beth Pearson on a visit from the U.S. when they came by the Scientology Ideal Org on Queen Victoria Street.
Certified as "Ideal" at its grand opening on October 22, 2006, the London facility shows off all of the fancy displays that Scientology leader David Miscavige thinks is the best way to present Scientology to the unwashed masses. But as you'll see, in the following videos that Andrea recorded, Scientology always comes back to its people.
As much as Miscavige might want his permanent trade show displays to tell Scientology's story, it's Richard, the staffer working late, who provides a wonderful running commentary that manages to present the lion's share of Scientology's quaint myths about itself.
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2017-09-17, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
The weekly show where I answer viewer questions left in the comments sections of my Q&A videos or sent to me by email to AskChrisShelton@gmail.com. This week, the questions I answer are:
(1) Hi Chris! I've been following you since day-1. My friends think it's really strange that I'm so into Scientology news. I wish I had an outlet or someone to talk to about it with. Due to your recent podcast with the Scientology-watcher who hosts the podcast "Come Get Sum", journalists like Tony Ortega, and the new Leah Remini show, I'm realizing it's not that strange that I'm a Scientology-watcher. I live in the San Diego area now and I'm wondering if people ever meet up to chat about it—outside of the internet. Do you know of any resources like that? I've heard of Howdy-con and I'd love to go to that if it ends up near me this year or my resources are right to travel to it. Thanks a lot for your thoughtful and articulate responses to everybody's questions!
(2) I wonder if you have noticed the anti-Leah Remini and her show attack ads on Youtube. I seem to get them when I'm watching videos by ex-Scientologists, as well as with some other videos. I have to admit that I haven't actually watched any of them because I skip them after 5 seconds. Is the church responsible for these ads? I noticed one of them involves her dad talking, I assume about what a bad daughter she was. Is this video taken directly from her hate site?
Rod Keller keeps an eye on Scientology's "Ideal Org" program for us, and he reminds us today of just how much empty real estate the church has lined up so David Miscavige can hold grand openings for years to come...
Scientology has opened four "Ideal Orgs" this year - Auckland, (San Fernando) Valley, Miami, and Copenhagen - but they are in no danger of running out of real estate. The church owns unused property on every continent, and some that we once thought were lost causes are now being renovated. The plan is to recast every Scientology org as an Ideal Org, along with a host of Ideal Advanced orgs and Continental Narconon drug rehab facilities. Here's a look at Scientology's unused properties.
[Chicago Ideal Org Renovations]
2017-09-17, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
They closed up shop well before Irma arrived.
The mighty Volunteer Ministers of the Church of Scientology swung into immediate video action in downtown Clearwater following Hurricane Irma.
One of our local Special Correspondents has been documenting their activities. Photos of the photo ops...
"My Name Is Earl" star Jason Lee has quietly exited Scientology. Lee has followed a bunch of celebrities out the door including Leah Remini, Paul Haggis, Lisa Marie Presley, and Jason Beghe. The news comes from an interview with a Denton, Texas blog that was picked up by and elaborated on by Tony Ortega.
In the Denton interview, Lee is asked whether in his family's move to Texas if he planned on buying commercial property. Lee says: "And being that we don't practice Scientology, and that we aren't particularly interested in opening religious centers in general, we have no plans to open a Scientology center. Quite a few rumors about me/us floating around but none of it's true."
Lee leaving Scientology is a big deal. He's been in the cult since he started as an actor. He was brought in by his friend Giovanni Ribisi, whose family have been members for years. Recently, however, Ortega reports, Ribisi's 18 year old daughter has left the group, too. (Ribisi's sister, also an actress, is married to rock star Beck; the Ribisi's dragged him in, too.)
2016-09-17, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Below is a recent email from one of the unfortunate SO members in PAC.
The delusion is amazing — promoting an entirely new era of EXPANSION and WINS at a whole new order of magnitude.
And for this reason, they are re-showing the 1993 IAS event. That makes a lot of sense.
(A man and his film camera)
Well, we told you this was probably the case. Jason Lee confirmed yesterday to a Denton, Texas blog that he and his wife "don't practice Scientology" and aren't interested in opening any Scientology centers in their new adopted hometown.
In other words, Jason Lee is out, joining Leah Remini, Lisa Marie Presley, Paul Haggis, and Jason Beghe in the growing tide of celebrities ditching the celebrity-obsessed organization.
2015-09-17, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
In order to provide more points of view and experience on my channel, I'm interviewing people involved in Scientology and other destructive cults and getting their stories.
In this episode, we talk about her time at the LRH Life Exhibition and what it was like to promote the nonsense story the Church tells about Hubbard's life, who actually bothers to come see this exhibit and where all those awards Hubbard gets actually come from. We then get into how she was transferred to work in Scientology's monolithic management bureaucracy, the insanity of life as a local org staff member and the unexpected twists and turns her life took as a result.
Last December, we brought you some pretty bizarre footage. It was shot by Marc Headley, who was visiting Scientology's secretive Int Base near Hemet, California with a Danish film crew making a documentary about a Danish former Scientologist, Robert Dam.
Dam had spent 20 years in Scientology before leaving in 2004. Headley himself grew up in Scientology and worked at Int Base as a Sea Org worker before he made a dramatic escape in 2005, which is described vividly in his excellent 2009 book, Blown for Good.
Marc told us that their plan in December was to approach the compound's front gate, and if any Scientologists came out to confront him, Robert would get a chance to ask them questions. Instead what happened was that several Sea Org officials came out and began berating Headley, aiming cameras at him, and Marc captured some of it on his smartphone for us.
2015-09-17, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
CF has its own newsletter!
It's taken on a life of its own... But OMG, after all this time they have done 2500 out of 65,000. At this rate it's at least another 10 years of work. Luckily they are not generating much new filing to be done so perhaps they may eventually catch up.
2014-09-17, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Imagine having this poor woman's job...
But as a public service to readers here who may receive unwanted mail or email from scientology, she is offering her phone number so you can call "between 10 and 11:30 am California Timezone."
It might strike you as a little strange for an organization that claims more than 10 million members to assign a single person one and a half hours per day to keeping their lists up to date, but this is apparently how easy it is "applying LRH tech."
Sometimes it's important to remember that Scientologists believe that not only had L. Ron Hubbard discovered, for the first time, the actual nature of the human mind — a breakthrough on par with the discovery of fire — but that he had found a way to improve human beings and make them 'homo novi,' an entirely new race.
Scientologists take pity on us mere wogs, who are stuck on this prison planet, blinded by our reactive minds. If only we could be like the superhumans who are using Ron's technology to take over the galaxy.
Keep that superior attitude in mind as you watch this new batch of videos that we just received. Especially this first one, which celebrates the efforts of folks on Long Island as they try to raise money for an "Ideal Org" out there.
2013-09-17, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
My mother, Barbara, disconnected from me after I spoke out about Miscavige's abuses to the Tampa Bay Times.
Prior to that, even though I had escaped from the Sea Org (not as the church now likes to claim "that I was removed from all positions of authority") she maintained a mother/son relationship with me, corresponding back and forth about things that had nothing to do with Scientology. Her dogs, garden, grandchildren and great grandchildren, the weather, anything but Scientology. She told me I was her firstborn and that would always trump anything else, no matter what decisions I made in my life. I was careful to keep the communication light and unrelated to Scientology — sort of a reverse "good roads/good weather" PTS handling to ensure she was not upset. I knew it would break her (transplanted) heart to be forced to disconnect from me. Due to her age and physical condition (she had a heart transplant and two very serious car accidents that had nearly killed her) she lived with my brother and sister-in-law (until they moved her into an assisted living facility).
In fact, because of this, when I was first approached by Joe Childs and Tom Tobin for their Truth Rundown series, I informed them I was unwilling to be on the record because I was afraid of the consequences it would have on my mother.
When Jenna and Dallas were in New York in February, we got to see the whole family The paperback version of Jenna Miscavige Hill's memoir comes out today, so we thought we'd give her a call to talk about several different things.
Back in February, when her book, Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology And My Harrowing Escape, first came out, we called it "one of the most complete and compelling narratives of how someone grows up in, and falls under the spell of, this organization which wields so much power over its members through interrogation, intimidation, and control."
At the time, Jenna was just beginning an extensive publicity campaign that has hardly let up in the seven months since. We asked her about that, and about some recent news stories that she says were exaggerations of what she told reporters.
Opposition to the proposal has grown over the past two months, with some residents who attended a consultation meeting between ABLE and objectors on 22 August saying their concerns around risk management increased rather than decreased following the meeting.
"They don't seem to be accountable to anyone, either as a health or education provider," said group member Nicole who claimed representatives of Narconon who spoke at the meeting were 'evasive' and unable to provide their policy on aspects of their operation such as the ratio of staff to residents.
2012-09-17, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
The following doubt announcements were sent to me by the, until very recently, Course Supervisor of the church of Scientology Mission of Anchorage, Alaska, and her Class VIII husband. These are important documents, on the order of potential impact as A Letter from Garcia and Class XII Karen De La Carriere's independence announcement. Please carefully read them and do everything you can to give them the furthest possible dissemination among Scientologists. Their data is fresh, and their research is remarkable. What a couple of magnificent thetans!
Forrest & Susan Crane on Kenai Penisula
Doubt Announcement 9/16/2012 by Susan Crane
A local business owner wants to make clear first he is a devoted Southern Baptist.
Too many people come into Travis Wilkinson's business, Berry Beautiful Salon and Spa, assuming he is a member of the Church of Scientology because of the shop's proximity to downtown Clearwater.
"And as a devoted Southern Baptist, for people to think I'm a Scientologist is very hurtful to me personally," Wilkinson said.
2011-09-17, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
This kangaroo is volunteering its time and no contract is implied Every Saturday, we say "what a week." But this time -- What a week! Right? With Scientology news breaking Down Under, and the countdown getting to single digits, and wacky stuff leaking in the UK -- the underground bunker was ringing with alarm bells all week long.
We started things Monday with #9 in our countdown, actor Jason Beghe, whose 2008 video denouncing the church is still a remarkable declaration of independence.
On Tuesday, a draft copy of a labor agency's report in Australia became news in that country, and we updated our earlier post about this investigation as, at this point, many of us watching these developments expected that the agency was about to lower the boom on Scientology's Down Under operations.
THE celebrity-studded Church of Scientology in Australia wants negative media reports about the controversial religion outlawed.
Scientology, which boasts members including Tom Cruise, said it wanted a law "to prevent the dissemination of anti-religious propaganda in the media, which is based on unfounded hearsay and either known or reasonably known to be untruthful".
2009-09-17, April Hunt , Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Church of Scientology should not move to Sandy Springs, the city's Planning Commission decided Thursday night.
In a 3-2 vote, the commission denied the church's request to rezone a former office building at Roswell Road and Glenridge Drive into its Georgia headquarters. Members David Rubenstein and Donald Boyken dissented.
We've had a lot of posts at Runnin' Scared about Anonymous, the guerilla group dedicated to exposing Scientology. So we were surprised -- in a way -- when, after an Anon allegedly hacked Sarah Palin's email, conservative websites started calling Anonymous a bunch of liberals.
"Left Wing Group Hacks Palin's Email," writes Caleb Howe of Political Machine. First acknowledging that Anonymous is "famous both for their campaign against Scientology and their strange protest activities" -- linking to masked Anons dancing to Rick Astley with American flags, a dove, and an Anonymous MN banner during the Republican Convention -- Howe goes on to assert that "Anonymous may be anonymous, but their tactics are as plain as day. It's Obama Supporter 101."
Big-time rightblogger Michelle Malkin takes his word for it, saying that "The group taking responsibility certainly has a history of partisan attacks," citing only the dance performance.
The flap erupted in June, after the Defense Ministry announced that it was going to bar filming at the Bendler Block. A key reason behind the decision, according to officials at the time, was Cruise's affiliation with Scientology. In Germany, where the government provides assistance to organized religions, a 1995 court ruling determined that Scientology was a cult "masquerading as a religion to make money." Moreover, the film's subject is close to the hearts of many in the German military. Cruise is playing Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, a square-jawed young Prussian colonel who tried to assassinate Hitler on July 20, 1944, but who was executed after his plot failed. Von Stauffenberg was resurrected as a resistance hero to many who rejected the war and its legacy.
A Scientologist was charged recently with assaulting him though the charges were later dropped. Lonsdale shrugs. More good footage for the documentary.
In Lonsdale, the Church of Scientology has encountered a confusing and difficult nemesis. Unlike most ardent Scientology critics, Lonsdale was never a member. And unlike other critics, Lonsdale has proved difficult to squash.
The National Mental Health Association (NMHA) today is warning the public and media to beware of representatives of the Church of Scientology who are claiming to be mental health professionals assisting individuals in New York City.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has refused to reconsider the convictions of Elizabeth Eagleton Weigand and her attorney, Stephen E. Poludniak, on charges of trying to extort $220,000 from Senator Thomas F. Eagleton, Democrat of Missouri, who is Mrs. Weigand's uncle.