2018-09-29, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
A new article in US Magazine that previews an upcoming interview with Leah elicited an amazing response from David Miscavige through his ventriloquist dummy Karin Pouw.
Failing to address any of the substantive things talked about, it is a typical scientology "attack the attacker" response:
The Church of Scientology's spokesperson Karin Pouw responded to Remini's allegations in a statement to Us. "While we would prefer to ignore yet another of Leah Remini's over-the-top rants aimed at getting attention, she unfortunately continues to incite waves of anti-religious hate crimes. Ms. Remini's incessant hate speech has required increased security and law enforcement resources spent to protect lives she puts at risk," the statement read. "Ms. Remini's ridiculous rants are unending and the myths and tales she and her coproducer spread are grown more bizarre by the day … They hire producers to rehash tired, preposterous myths invented and spread by the same handful of former Scientologists motivated by greed and anger."
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We told you a couple of weeks ago how much we enjoyed Jesse Prince's book The Expert Witness: My Life At The Top Of Scientology, and now it's your turn to get a glimpse of it for yourself. Our thanks to Jesse for allowing us to reproduce this excerpt. It takes place a couple of years after Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard had gone into permanent seclusion in February 1980. After that, as Jesse explains in his book, Scientology was run by Hubbard through "advices" he sent out from his hiding place to his lieutenants Pat Broeker and David Miscavige, who were gaining power because of their control of information.
I had been David Miscavige's Auditor for most of 1982. We established that relationship at the behest of Annie Broeker, presumably by order of L Ron. We had gone out and accomplished a mission together that was an instant financial success. This was accomplished by summoning all Scientology and DianeticsMission Holders doing business on the US west coast to a meeting at an expensive hotel located in downtown San Francisco. They were told to make sure they traveled with their main business bank account checkbooks. These were people of means and had made a successful career of getting new people into Scientology and extracting their money for Scientology courses and auditing.
Instead of appreciating the work these Mission Holders were doing and the money they were sending to our reserves, we robbed them on sight, and that's a fact. We even videotaped our gangster activity as proof to show L Ron we did as he instructed. We brought L Ron's lawyer Larry Heller to scare the crap out of the Mission Holders to make them think they were going to jail for criminal negligence of our trademarks! We robbed the Mission Holders using our E-meters instead of guns.
L. Ron Hubbard's Flagship Apollo
(This article by Jeffrey Augustine was first published on The Underground Bunker. It is republished here with added content and archival material.)
L. Ron Hubbard's original flagship, the Apollo, met a freak ending when it was hit and destroyed by a 3,750,000 pound freight train. This is somewhat ironic when you remember Hubbard's 1963 claim…
Paulette Cooper was one of the most publicised cases of "Fair Game" executed by the Office Of Special Affairs (Then called The Gaurdian's Office) in the 1970s. This just years after LRH declared Fair Game over. This was not under David Miscavige but under L Ron Hubbard's orders. She was threatened, defamed, tricked and ultimately framed for making bomb threats to Scientology buildings. In Part 1 we speak about her surviving the Holocaust, Her Writing and investigating a weekend course that would shock her! Why was Paulette interested in the goings on in Scientology? Does Scientology photoshop crowds at Org openings? Why was she such a focus? The answers to these questions and more can be found right here in this edition of Come Get Sum Extra!! http://paulettecooper.com/
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"Tax evasion is not the point of an offshore account," says? Bruce Wiseman, who was photographed July? 7 at Wiseman & Burke's office in Glendale.
Photographed By Damon Casarez
We're super excited and proud to feature a new writer for us here at the Bunker today. It's Chris Owen, already well known in the Scientology Watching community for his important work, Ron, The "War Hero." He has a very timely piece for us today about L. Ron Hubbard and of all things, hurricanes.
As Puerto Rico attempts to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, another disastrous hurricane that hit the island 85 years ago this week led to none other than L. Ron Hubbard arriving there to help with the relief effort. At least, that was the intention. In reality, he ended up doing something quite different and motivated by personal gain rather than any desire to help others.
Scientology biographies claim that Hubbard's trip to Puerto Rico was a key event in his life. His book Mission into Time (1973) puts it this way: "Then in 1932, the true mark of an exceptional explorer was demonstrated. In that year L. Ron Hubbard, aged 21, achieved an ambitious 'first.' Conducting the West Indies Minerals Survey, he made the first complete mineralogical survey of Puerto Rico. This was pioneer exploration in the great tradition, opening up a predictable, accurate body of data for the benefit of others."
2016-09-29, Meera Jagannathan, New York Daily News
The timing of this tender smooch could be the kiss of death for a bombshell lawsuit.
Snapshots of Jim Carrey and his late ex-girlfriend Cathriona White locking lips and celebrating Valentine's Day2013 suggest that her marriage to Mark Burton — currently suing Carrey for her wrongful death — one month earlier was all for a green card, the actor's lawyer told TMZ.
The photos, allegedly taken Feb. 14, 2013, show Carrey and White — who dated on and off from 2012 until her September 2015 suicide by overdose — enjoying a romantic, rose petal-strewn dinner.
2016-09-29, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
Scientology has been a lot of things to a lot of people, some claiming it did them a lot of good while others, not so much. One thing for sure is that Scientology is much more than simply some books that L. Ron Hubbard wrote or a New Age mix of feel good literature and plagiarized psychotherapy. Over the years since L. Ron Hubbard first unleashed Dianetics upon the world in 1950, he gathered a small but intensely loyal core of followers and created a sort of alternate reality, a bubble world of belief in both him and his outlandish mythology.
At first that mythology consisted simply of promising to make people think better and faster and to achieve a state he called Clear, unimpeded by the stresses and trauma of past times. But before long, Hubbard claimed that we were all actually immortal spiritual beings called thetans who were trapped in an endless cycle of life and death and that Scientology was the only answer out of that trap. Scientologists believed him and felt that the subjective experiences they had in Scientology's therapy, called auditing, lent proof to his claims. If they could remember even one event from a past life, no matter how far fetched or unproven or unlikely that event might be, they convinced themselves that Hubbard was on to something amazing and they would then believe almost everything he had to say.
Throughout the 1950s and 60s, Hubbard claimed he had continued research into our spiritual history in this physical universe. He declared that we have all lived for trillions upon trillions of years, taking part in intergalactic civilizations and space opera long before we were trapped here on Earth in our current sad state. He said that there were new levels of awareness and ability far above the state of Clear. Called Operating Thetan or OT levels, these were kept strictly confidential and the information in them only parsed out to those who had dedicated the necessary time and money to earn them. Hubbard described them in lofty terms that promise personal spiritual immortality and a state of total cause over matter, energy, space and time.
(The lovely Paulette Cooper joins us at Reddit today to answer your questions)
One of the reasons this website exists is to support our project, started four years ago, to learn everything we could about the incredible adventures of Paulette Cooper, one of the first journalists who exposed the abuses of the Church of Scientology and who nearly paid for it with her life. For decades, Scientology's shadowy spy corps, which referred to Paulette by the code name "Miss Lovely," tried to destroy her career, her family, and her sanity with multiple elaborate operations, and by making her the target of 19 separate lawsuits. She survived it all.
Although Paulette's name was already well known to anyone who paid even a casual interest to Scientology, we learned a lot of startling and edifying things about Paulette's life that had never been told before, resulting in our 2015 book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, which was published by Humfrey Hunter and Silvertail Books in London.
2016-09-29, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The HUGE clan gathering, including the entirety of the Flag Italian OT Committee (?) and Greg (Mc) Winteregg, his wife and other fundraising imports from England finally happened. From the photo, looks to be about 30 people including children. Does not appear Scotland is in imminent danger of being overrun by scientologists.
Church. What church?
The death of Jim Carrey's on-and-off girlfriend Cathriona White by apparent suicide has come as a shock to those who knew her.
"Cat was a very nice, sweet, cheerful person to work with," Brie Childers, a photographer who recently worked with the makeup artist tells PEOPLE. "She would do make up on celebrities and they would enjoy having her on set with them, and they would look beautiful when she was done."
"She was someone who I would look forward to seeing on my shoots," added Childers. "She left a trail behind of smiles, and I hope she will find some peace now."
Cathriona White, Jim Carrey's on-and-off girlfriend, has died in an apparent suicide at a Los Angeles home.
On Tuesday, Carrey issued an emotional note saying he's "deeply saddened by the passing of my sweet Cathriona" - and also honored the woman he's been linked to for the past three years.
"She was a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled," Carrey said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. "My heart goes out to her family and friends and to everyone who loved and cared about her."
Cathriona White, who dated Jim Carrey on and off since 2012, was found dead Monday of an apparent suicide at a home in the Los Angeles area.
"I am shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of my sweet Cathriona," Carrey said in a statement, adding that White, who was 30, "was a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled."
But who was the brunette beauty who had been linked to the actor over the course of three years?
When asked about her home, the gardener described her bedroom which was kept in an impeccable state, as he said: "Beautiful! You can see it's like nobody lived there."
He also added: "Last week I saw the living room, the same thing."
Frank went on to describe meat and pizza on the patio outside as he arrived to work at 7.30 in the morning on Tuesday, which he collected and put in the bin after police discovered Cathriona on Monday night.
Today will mark our second incursion into Canada on our book tour, and our first return to Vancouver BC in many years. We hope you'll join us at Seven Dining Lounge at 53 West Broadway starting at 7 pm. The event is free, so come on down and let's talk Scientology and have a drink or two.
Last night we were in Seattle, and what a stellar group of people came out to see us. Seattle Skeptics and Seattle Atheists teamed up to host the event at Razzi's Pizzeria on the north side of town. The room they booked held 70 people, but an overflow room held about another 30. It was another full venue on our tour. "This place is packed like a Scientology org in 1972," we quipped.
Just a partial list of some of the former Scientologists who came out to see us: Amy Scobee and Mat Pesch, and Amy's stepfather Mark Elliot. Gary "Jackson" Morehead. Rachel Denk. Camilla Andersson. And one of the real stars of Going Clear, Tom DeVocht.
2015-09-29, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Because these things are sent to me and accumulate for a while and every now and then I like to make them publicly available.
They contain a lot of insight into what is really going on inside these orgs. Remember this is THE most important soon to be ideal org on earth, right in the middle of the "largest concentration of scientologists on the planet."
Just think if this is what it's like in the Valley, what must be going on in Edmonton, or St Etienne or Canberra?
Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than a year on Saturdays he helped us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet. He was kind enough to send us a new post.
Jon, tell us about your recent trip to Russia.
JON: I was in St Petersburg, last week, as a guest of the Irenaeus Centre for Religious Studies, which hosted a conference for priests and bishops from the Orthodox Church and various other interested individuals and organizations. The conference was largely dedicated to Scientology, and I had the privilege of being the keynote speaker.
Police on Thursday searched the premises of the St. Petersburg Church of Scientology as part of an investigation into suspected large-scale fraud by the chief executive of a construction company, the police authority for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region said.
The searches resulted in "evidence confirming the existence of financial relations" between the suspect and the Scientologist church, the authority said in a statement.
Investigators claim that the chief executive handed over to the church about 9 million rubles that were allegedly investments from customers.
2014-09-29, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
In the topsy-turvy Newspeak world of scientology, add to the classic phrases from Orwell's 1984 a fourth: CONTRACTION IS EXPANSION.
As long as the news is preceded with some modifiers "greatest expansion ever" or "exciting news of our accomplishments" or something similar, ANYTHING can be presented as "proof" that the 47X straight up and vertical expansion is continuing unchecked. Even the eradication ("combining") of a Sea Org org.
Closing an SO Org has got to take the cake as far as pigs ear catastrophes presented as silk purse accomplishments. It has never happened before in the history of scientology. Even the anachronistic St Hill Fdn has been kept on artificial respiration for decades (though I assume once Dear Leader gets to the UK for the IAS event the plug will be pulled and that too will be a goner).
2013-09-29, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Henry David Thoreau's description of mid-nineteenth century American culture could serve as a fairly accurate description of Scientology culture today, in my opinion.
It is remarkable that the highest intellectual mood which the world tolerates is the perception of the truth of the most ancient revelations, now in some respects out of date; but any direct revelation, any original thoughts, it hates like virtue. The fathers and mothers of the town would rather hear the young man or young woman at their tables express reverence for some old statement of the truth than utter a direct revelation themselves. They don't want to have any prophets born into their families, - damn them! So far as thinking is concerned, surely original thinking is the divinest thing. Rather we should reverently watch for the least motions, the least scintillations, of thought in this sluggish world, and men should run to and fro on the occasion more than at an earthquake. We check and repress the divinity that stirs within us, to fall down and worship the divinity that is dead without us. I go to see many a good man or good woman, so called, and utter freely that thought which alone it was given me to utter; but there was a man who lived a long, long time ago, and his name was Moses, and another whose name was Christ, and if your thought does not, or does not appear to, coincide with what they said, the good man or the good woman has no ears to hear you. They think they love God! It is only his old clothes, of which they make scarecrows for their children. Where will they come nearer to God that in those very children?
It's time for another round of Sunday Funnies, as we take a look at the Scientology mailers and fliers that our tipsters have forwarded to us during the week.
We'll start with an interesting tip we received yesterday. One of our Clearwater readers reports seeing activity Friday night at the Fort Harrison Hotel and the Super Power Building. We're thinking that the Executive Director's Conference which has brought in ED's from around the world had a bit of a party Friday night, perhaps coinciding with a graduation, and they were taken over to the SP edifice for a tour. If you've heard something different, please let us know in the comments. The SP Building has been ready for occupancy since the spring of 2011, and perhaps Scientology leader David Miscavige can't resist showing it off, even if its official grand opening has been put off indefinitely.
Our first flier reminded us that incredibly, the rapidly shrinking Church of Scientology is still launching new construction projects for buildings it doesn't need. In Clearwater and Los Angeles, the church is planning large exhibit halls. The one in LA is to be the Pacific Events Center, and we think it will be located where there is parking today on the Sunset Boulevard side of the Big Blue complex. This party starts this evening, and we'd love some photos of Scientologists dressed as superheroes. The lack of self-awareness is always stunning with these folks who chase super powers ten thousand dollars at a time with their endless levels of spiritual training. And now, they have another unneeded building to pay for. We can only marvel (so to speak).
2013-09-29, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The torturing of LRH quotes has reached its nadir.
Is this guy really using this quote about "contributors in terms of thought and effort" to justify asking for money and getting it for "Ideal Orgs"?
Yes, he is.
HOLLYWOOD, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- The relationship between U.S. actor Tom Cruise and Scientology leader David Miscavige is so close the lines between them are blurred, an ex-Scientologist said.
Former Scientologist Steve Hall, who headed the church's marketing division for 20 years, said Cruise could have been seen as a victim of charismatic leader Miscavige when he became a Scientologist, but not anymore.
"There's a point of no return, and I think Tom has crossed it," Hall told The Hollywood Reporter. "The time for him to leave was a long time ago. The lines between him and Miscavige are so blurred now."
We can only hope that Michael Lewis — Operating Thetan Level Eight and Homo Novis Übermensch — will see fit to cancel his appearance at a scheduled "Admin Scale Workshop" that is scheduled for Scientologists at the Advanced OrgLos Angeles tonight at 6 pm.
Lewis is a gung-ho Hubbard enthusiast, and helps run a Valley mission. But we're feeling very sympathetic for what he's gone through this week after his son, Sons of Anarchy actor Johnny Lewis, apparently ran amok, killed his landlady, and ripped apart her cat. The 28-year-old then leapt or fell off his landlady's roof and the impact killed him.
As we pointed out yesterday, Johnny was born into Scientology, and his parents are both OT 8's — which means they each spent about $300,000 to $400,000 over many years in order to reach Scientology's highest level of spiritual attainment, and reportedly gained such abilities as clairvoyance, imperviousness to disease, and the skill to leave their bodies and affect simple matter.
In a three-hour interview with the Tampa Bay Times in the office of their Texas lawyer, Ray Jeffrey, the investigators shared details of their top-secret work. They told a rollicking tale of espionage and described the expense to which Scientology went to gather intelligence on real and perceived enemies.
The investigators' lawyer says the church paid them between $10 million and $12 million. In addition to Broeker, they followed several other church targets, including a drug company executive who now is governor of Indiana - Mitch Daniels.
Here's a promotional video for Delphian School, an expensive ($42,000 a year!) prep school located in rural Oregon. One thing they fail to mention: "A good majority" of its staff consists of Scientologists, and "the structure of the school, its ethical code and its language all reflect the influence and precepts of Scientology."
Delphian, which is K-12 and has about 250 students, was founded by Scientologists in the 70s. It's not actually accredited (it's in the "final stages" of the process), but costs more than $42,000 between tuition, room and board. And what do you get for your money? The Daily's Ben Carlson interviewed several former students and came away with a nice portrait of the school's... intriguing education philosophy:
A new promotional video for a private boarding school in rural Oregon called the "Delphian School" popped up online recently. The Daily - a newspaper for the iPad only - calls it a "real-world Hogwarts."
The 800-acre "castle" on a hill costs $42,000 a year.
The school's promotional video goes on to talk about student life and extracurricular activities.
But The Daily points out the ad forgets to mention one thing. Scientology's founder L. Ron Hubbard came up with the teaching methodology and ethics code, and some former students say their experience was bizarre.
2011-09-29, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
This was actually an excellent week for journalistic exposes of Scientology, and we're having a hard time deciding which one to highlight first. I'd have to say the one that impressed me the most was a two-part investigation of Delphian, Scientology's elite high school in Oregon, by The Daily's Benjamin Carlson.
Regardless of the merits of Scientology, such a model can no longer be sustained. Their sacred and confidential texts are freely available on Wikileaks. Critics of Scientology commonly exchange views and information on Twitter and elsewhere. The Church of Scientology simply does not appear as imposing as it once did.
A federal judge has ordered a Pinellas judge and the Church of Scientology to halt their efforts to severely punish Ken Dandar, a Tampa lawyer who is taking the church to court for the second time in his career.
The action Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday involves Pinellas Judge Robert Beach, who has said he intends to impose a $130,000 fine on Dandar and possibly suspend his license to practice law.
The Church is not classed as a religion under Charity Law by the UK Charity Commission.
In 1999, the Commission ruled that it did not pass the "public benefit" test required for advancing religion as a charitable purpose.
But Westminster City Council classes the Church as a "non-registered charity" as it is "beneficial to the community."
It gives the church mandatory 80% rates relief on its London Celebrity Centre on Leinster Gardens, saving the church £165,303 over the past 10 years.
In a rare clash between courts, a federal judge on Tuesday said he will order a state judge not to interfere with a lawyer's handling of a federal case involving the Church of Scientology.
Visibly irritated, U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday granted a motion by Kennan Dandar, who is representing the estate of Kyle Thomas Brennan in a wrongful death suit against the church.
2009-09-29, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology
The latest series of posts on Marty Rathbun's blog reveals that David Miscavige may well have sent his own wife off to a "re-education" program at a confidential location, meanwhile carrying on an illicit affair with his "Communicator," Laurisse Henley-Smith (formerly Stuckenbrock).
Sure, maybe if Miscavige were a Washington politician or a corporate CEO, we could dismiss such peccadilloes as "human nature." But it's much more serious than that. Let's put it in context.
When a group of former Int Base staff recently spoke out against Miscavige's violence and abuse in a series of articles in the St. Petersburg Times, the Church's response was to attack and vilify those former staffers. One in particular they branded 'The Adultress," stating that she had repeated extramarital affairs.
MENTAL health experts and the State Opposition have called for a rethink of Victoria's public land management with the revelation that a Scientologist-linked drug treatment group has exclusive, rent-free control of one of the state's grand historic properties.
Narconon, a drug treatment program based on teachings of Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, operates a secretive and secluded rehabilitation centre at O'Shannassy Lodge, east of Warburton in the Yarra Ranges.
The Church of Scientology is in announcement mode again, this time saying it will spend $20-million on a major upgrade of its iconic Fort Harrison Hotel.
But what church officials aren't saying is exactly when the work will start.
So, expect some eye rolls.
Outside the 2,000-bed temporary shelter in Baton Rouge's River Center, a Church of Scientology band is performing a version of Bill Withers's classic Use Me - a refreshingly honest choice. "If it feels this good getting used," the Scientology singer belts out, "just keep on using me until you use me up." Ten-year-old Nyler, lying face down on a massage table, has pretty much the same attitude. She's not quite sure why the nice lady in the yellow Scientology Volunteer Minister T-shirt wants to rub her back, but "it feels so good," she tells me, so who really cares?
A church group is recruiting members in a downtown park, but some are concerned about the religious tent being set up on city property.
The Church of Scientology has placed a large, yellow tent at Beaver Hills Park, blocking most of the Jasper Street entrance. There are no signs alerting people to what the tent is for until they get inside.