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As we get closer to October 23, when Luis and Rocio Garcia are slated to start their experience as guinea pigs for Scientology's never-before-attempted "internal arbitration" over their fraud claims, the Church of Scientology has responded to the Garcias' latest motion for relief.
If you remember, we told you recently that the Garcias had asked Tampa Federal Judge James Whittemore to require the Scientology arbitrators he had personally selected to submit sworn statements that they had not violated his rules by running to the church to discuss the upcoming arbitration with them. The Garcias also wanted the judge to order that a court reporter record sessions of the arbitration, so that there will be a transcript for the judge to review later.
While we wait for the judge to rule on that motion, Scientology has submitted its response. And no surprise, the church wants the judge to deny those requests on "religious" grounds. Although the judge stepped in and selected the arbitrators, the church still insists that Judge Whittemore can't interfere with the arbitration itself because to do so would violate Scientology's First Amendment rights of religious expression.
2017-10-07, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The Committee of Evidence—Comm Ev for short—is one of the chief instruments the Church of Scientology uses to administer justice. Over the years, this court-martial-like hearing has changed from a method of gathering facts and evidence to something more sinister. Nine times out of time, the outcome is a foregone conclusion, played out for show rather than in the interest of fairness and justice.
For many church members, there is little more frightening than being called before a Committee of Evidence. As every Scientologist knows, the Comm Ev is the first step toward being declared a Suppressive Person. And being disconnected from all of one's family and friends.
I attended the first Comm Ev called on me. I blew off the second, choosing not to participate in the farcical dog and pony show they'd become (if they'd ever been anything else).
The collision between the Church of Scientology and Louis Theroux's trademark faux-naivety was always likely to be a hoot, and so it proves, especially when, entirely po-faced, he films them filming him filming them.
Theroux (pictured), as always at least twice as guileful as his politely respectful demeanour suggests, finds out far more about this deeply strange organisation, founded by the man they all call 'Ellaraitch' (sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard), than more pugnacious documentary-makers ever could.
His uneasy ally is Marty Rathbun, who was once the Scientologists' 'Inspector-General' but has since turned his back on the whole crazy business. Substitute 'witchfinder' for 'Inspector' and you wouldn't be far wrong; Rathbun was a kind of enforcer, in thrall like everyone else to the sect's charismatic leader, David Miscavige.
It's the kind of nightmare courtroom scenario that keeps all but a few lawyers from going near litigation with the Church of Scientology.
On August 26, a woman who for two years has been suing numerous Scientology-connected people and entities was ordered by a federal district court to turn over the entire contents of her personal laptop hard drive to the people she was suing.
Everything on her hard drive. Her personal emails with her own attorneys. Emails to her family members. Her personal photographs. Her personal medical records. Even photographs of her breasts that she had taken to document her fight against breast cancer.
The gathering featured a giant poster of a black and white headshot of the 30-year-old woman whose face has become so familiar. Memorial brochures were printed up, but they were careful not to mention the location. Guests were asked to rsvp, but weren't told where to go until the last minute.
As much secrecy as possible was maintained so that only a vetted guest list of people were invited to last night's secret Scientology wake held for Cathriona White at the eccentric and legendary Zorthian Ranch in Altadena, California.
Jenny Burpee was there. And Tiber McCormick and his sister, Tama Leia Stewart. So was Cyril Helnwein and others in the social group of young Scientologists we told you about on Sunday, who had befriended Cathriona White after she emigrated from Ireland to California in 2009 and then encouraged her to begin taking Scientology courses at the HollywoodCelebrity Centre.
2015-10-07, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Not the current cover, just one of the weirdest... L. Ron Hubbard as Buddha with a golden aura (era?)
Hot off the press. A Special Correspondent sent me some shots of the new Advance Mag that arrived in his/her mailbox.
It is an epic and monumental edition with news that of vital importance to every scientologist.
2015-10-07, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
An article in THR today:
As usual, Scientology is shooting itself in the foot.
They send goons to screenings and have Freedom "reporters" doing clumsy, noisy investigations.
Contacting Academy Members to try and influence them not to vote for Going Clear is such typical ham-fisted Miscavige "PR".
Jim Carrey's tragic ex-girlfriend Cathriona White reportedly tried to kill herself THREE years ago it has been claimed.
The Irish beauty, who is believed to have committed suicide last month, was struggling with depression after her father Pat died from cancer and attempted to end her life, according to TMZ.
Cathriona, 30, died on the third anniversary of her dad's death on September 28 and reportedly left a suicide note mentioning her recent split from Hollywood actor Carrey.
Before Cathriona White was pronounced dead on Sept. 28 of an apparent suicide, Jim Carrey's on-off girlfriend reportedly attempted to take her own life in 2012.
White, 30, attempted suicide shortly after her father, Pat White, died on Sept. 26, 2012, according to TMZ.
White was found dead in her Los Angeles home only two days after the third anniversary of her father's death.
Jim Carrey's late girlfriend, Cathriona White, married her husband, Mark Burton, in a Las Vegas wedding chapel in 2013.
The marriage license, obtained by PEOPLE, reveals that the Irish native married Burton at the "Heavenly Bliss Wedding Chapel" in Jan. 2013. White was 27 at the time, while Burton was 35. The license lists one witness to the marriage.
Both Burton and White worked in the entertainment industry, crossing paths on several projects. In 2010, Burton worked as a cameraman on a YouTube series titled The Online Gamer - Black Ops - Part 1, on which White worked as a makeup artist and an extra.
The marriage certificate of Jim Carrey's ex has been revealed, along with the details of a past suicide attempt.
The certificate states that Cathriona White married Mark Burton on January 15, 2013 at the Heavenly Bliss Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.
It also revealed that Burton is 48-years-old and from McMinnville, Oregon.
Oscar voters tell THR they have been targeted by the church as screenings prompt fights and police probe the mysterious apparent suicide of Jim Carrey's girlfriend.
The Church of Scientology really doesn't want Alex Gibney to win an Oscar for his documentary Going Clear.
Since the film — a scathing critique of the controversial church and its celebrity adherents, including Tom Cruise and John Travolta, based on Lawrence Wright's best-selling book — won three Emmys in September, the filmmaker says he has been the subject of an increasingly hostile harassment campaign that has included a Scientology-backed "documentary" and outreach to members of the Academy's doc branch, the group that selects the Oscar contenders.
On Sunday, our old friend Mark Ebner began tweeting about something he'd spotted on Facebook. On Saturday night, a stand-up showcase featuring women had been scheduled to take place at Scientology's HollywoodCelebrity Centre, and it called itself the "Los Angeles Women in Comedy Festival 2014."
By the time Ebner began remarking on it, the event had already happened. But what struck him was the photo that the event had used since September 19 to advertise itself (see above). And here was the flier with details...
Ebner suspected that the famous comedians had no idea their images were being used to pimp a gig at Scientology's French Villa on Franklin Avenue. So he took to Twitter...
2014-10-07, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
I have been otherwise engaged for a few days and am catching up on the emails and messages that have been sent in since Friday.
Trying to get up to date on everything and I will attempt to respond to everyone as quickly as I can and post the information of interest.
The goings-on at the Ideal Pacifica Bridge are generating considerable buzz. And not of the good variety.
France's top court will next week rule whether the appeal court's fraud convictions against Scientology should stand. Here is how we got here .
France's top court will hand down its ruling on Scientology's appeals against convictions for organised fraud later this month, having heard their lawyers accuse the appeal court of having refused them a fair hearing .
The movement's lawyers said that the defendants and their legal team had walked out of their 2011 trial on appeal because, once the court had dismissed every legal objection they had lodged, their position had become untenable.
2013-10-07, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The IAS seems to be worried they are going to get shafted yet again. Remember Maiden Voyage sinking without sound — one of their two big events each year? So, they are apparently taking matters into their own hands.
Holding individual "events" to celebrate reg for their anniversary. How uncoordinated have things become...
If they DO hold a tent revival in Clearwater sometime, are they going to have the public show up for a second time to celebrate be regged?
2013-10-07, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
L. Ron Hubbard devised methods using Aristotelian and Newtonian two-value logic constructs that can and do sometimes create peak experiences of a non-dual, infinity-logic consciousness nature. However, Hubbard also constructed a philosophy that is simultaneously inculcated into adherents that anchors them into two-valued logic thinking and living. The philosophy includes as a senior element, an utilitarian ethics system. The ethics system is made senior and precedent to the peak experience therapy techniques that otherwise could give glimpses of intuitive non-duality. The utilitarianism of the ethics system is only apparent. Its representation that it is based upon infinity-logic is false in practice. It is corrupted by creating a central 'utilitarian' equation that always has what is good for the group (the Scientologists) weighing senior to all other considerations and thus is always considered what is best for all. That fact makes the system, in fact and in practice, a two-value logic system. What redounds to the benefit of the group is good; what does not benefit the group is evil.
The net result of Hubbard's system was that he could create adherents who were given a taste of infinity-logic, non-dual reality, but were prohibited by his group 'philosophy' and 'ethics' from exercising or sustaining such reality. The former serves as the glue that holds adherents to the latter. The adherents could appreciate the possibility of intuition. However, in practice only Ron Hubbard could exercise it consistently. Against those constrictions of the Scientologists' adopted philosophy and ethics, an inescapable result manifested. To adherents Ron Hubbard was considered a special being from a higher universe as only he could naturally and consistently demonstrate intuitive powers. Scientologist were reduced to aspiring to be like Ron. Ultimately that was an unattainable goal, when adherents were anchored to an ethics and philosophical system of thought predicated upon two-valued logic.
In effect, Scientologists who rise to the highest levels or otherwise adopt Scientology's dictate that it is the only path to salvation, not only for the adherent but for all others, are trapped in a rather debilitating cognitive dissonance (the persistent attempt to hold two conflicting ideas in harmony). On the one hand, they are thoroughly convinced that they are following a scientifically proven, utilitarian path that leads to transcendent consciousness. On the other hand, in practice, they are prohibited from exercising transcendent, intuitive consciousness by their philosophy and ethics which are firmly grounded in two-valued logic.
For decades, former Scientologist Leah Remini has kept quiet about what she witnessed as a member of the controversial church. But just as she was about to tell all in a court-ordered deposition, Scientology lawyers have gone to court to force her to keep her mouth shut.
Scientology former insider Tory Christman tells all about celebrities, slaves in the sea org, forced abortions, David Miscavige and L. Ron Hubbard in this shocking interview spanning her 30 year commitment to the church. From brainwashing, silencing free speech and using the mob to strong arm their message on the internet, we learn the lengths Scientology goes to preserve their image and their wealth, and why they continue to lose members on this Media Mayhem interview.
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied the Church of Scientology's final appeal that would have kept Laura DeCrescenzo (pictured at right) from using evidence from her employment files in her lawsuit against the church that alleges disturbing abuse, including forcing her to have an abortion at 17.
Scientology had wanted the Supreme Court to review the constitutionality of California's clergy-penitent privilege statute, under which the church was forced to turn over 18,000 pages of documents from Laura's files compiled during the years she worked for the church.
The church's petition was not among the small number selected by the Court from approximately 900 petitions that had been submitted for its October term. And so with the final appeal cleared away, DeCrescenzo can now make use of the evidence the church turned over earlier this year. But now she faces another daunting challenge in her four-year legal odyssey: the church's motion for summary judgment, scheduled to be heard in Los Angeles Superior Court on October 23.
Scientology's drug rehab program, Narconon, is now being sued by a whole bunch of folks because, well, people keep dropping dead at its clinics.
We figure Narconon could use some help paying for all that legal cheddar they're going to have to fork out. But then we found out that there's a really fun way to raise money for its coffers, and it's coming up in a couple of months.
Turns out there's a very popular couple of races in December, and there's plenty of time for you to register. On December 2 in the Los Angeles area there's the Say No To Drugs Race Holiday Classic, and a couple of weeks later, on December 15, in Clearwater, Florida there's the Say No To Drugs Holiday Classic.
Last week, WSB's Pete Combs led a team of journalists from our partners at Channel 2 Action News and the AJC on an investigation into a drug and alcohol rehab facility called Narconon of Georgia. Billing itself as an alternative to traditional treatments, Narconon is based on teachings from the Church of Scientology and has been in trouble already with state regulators. In fact, based on our reporting, the Department of Community Health reopened its investigation of Narconon. This morning, Pete wraps up his look at Narconon of Georgia by taking a much closer look at its ties with the Church of Scientology, ties that until now, Narconon has denied.
2012-10-07, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
references: Busted! Scientology Spies in South Texas and The Rest of the Story - Scientology Spies in Texas
If you really want to understand what it is like defying Scientology Inc. oppression, you need to reach back in history for data of comparable magnitude. That is because there is no other organization in the age of information that acts quite like Scientology Inc. The institution is an anachronism. You would need to look for examples from Cold War CIA, KGB, and STASI (East German state security intelligence agency) to really get the picture. In the past I have recommended an award-winning movie to people who really want to understand and get a feel for the experience. It is called The Lives of Others. You can order the movie through netflix. Given current events, it is more relevant than ever. Here is a trailer:
Compare the trailer, and the movie when you get the chance, to recent events posted on this blog. To make the parallel even more fitting, one should consider what I am consistently doing between sessions, blogging, dealing with incoming harassment and running an underground railroad. That is, that which David Miscavige is attempting to derail more than any of that. I am writing books about Scientology. During the entire spy catching incident playing out in my sleepy town over the past two weeks, I was reviewing proofs of a new book I am publishing in the next week. The book may be the definitive piece on 'What Your Donations to Scientology Inc Buy'. What those fees buy couldn't be more at odds with what Scientologists are led to believe that they buy. Recent events speak to the credibility of what you will read when the book is available. The magnitude of efforts to silence me speak to the importance of the information I am working on conveying in a meaningful and long lasting context.
2012-10-07, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
reference: Busted! Scientology Spies in South Texas
In the third week of September a documentary film crew arrived at our home for a ten day stint. The crew wanted to know all about Operations of David Miscavige's Scientology Inc. carried out against Monique and me. I told them there had been no overt harassment to speak of going on around here since Nov 2, 2011 when the Miscavige Squirrels left town. There was only a deep-cover, constant surveillance operation.
They pressed for particulars on the surveillance apparatus. I told them I assumed there were at least three safe houses in our town that were devoted to surveillance. I described how they would situate them so that they could alert tails in such a fashion that we could never spot a tail. They asked whether I had any suspicions about any of the houses involved. I casually pointed to a green house situated catty-corner to ours, 201 Bayshore Drive, apparently abandoned for the two years we've lived in our current locale. I noted small slits cut in the upstairs bedroom window blinds facing our home. I told them that if I had the time I could likely blow the whole thing wide open, but with all the other forms of resistance that gets thrown our way, and the importance of our activity, I don't have the time to investigate it. So, we live with it. I told them I wasn't too interested in fooling with it because it was David Miscavige's intent to distract me from the more important work we do day in and day out; that the intent of Miscavige's productions was to get into the target's head; and that the way to get into Miscavige's head is not let him get into yours, or as Jason Beghe says "the way to handle bullying is to not be bullied."
Brad Sherman is engaged in a political battle to the death with fellow Congressman Howard Berman. But over the last month, he's also been waging an epic struggle against some anonymous guy on Wikipedia.
On Sept. 15, Mr. Anonymous changed Sherman's religion from Jewish to Scientologist. The new version also claimed that Sherman and his wife had left Valley Beth Shalom, their synagogue in Encino.
2010-10-07, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
L. Ron Hubbard wrote the following words in Science of Survival:
To raise a person on this Tone Scale, it is only necessary to recover or convert theta from entheta — remove, in other words, the stores of turbulence from a person's life or render them unrestimulated.
An auditor is not trying to cure anything. He is simply raising tone. Incidental to raising tone, psychosomatic ills commonly vanish and aberrations disappear. But this incidental. The task is to make human beings happier, more effective, better able to accept responsibility and aid his fellow man. That the person processed gets "well" in that period and stays "well" is a bonus.
2010-10-07, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
And now it's down. Well, we learn once again that Wikipedia is afraid of McMahan (which is fine, we don't expect others to take on these kinds of stories), but that they will continue to slime the Voice as their reason for taking down information about him.
For the benefit of Wikipedia editors, who still may not understand this situation, the Voice is doing things the old-fashioned way here. We are reporting what court documents revealed about a relationship between a very notable super-rich old guy who abused his grown daughter for years. Those facts are contained in court documents which are available here and elsewhere. Normally, that is the bedrock of what Wikipedia considers legitimate sourcing. In this case, however, McMahan's money talks.
2009-10-07, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology
Just heard from an OT, currently on VII, who has quit Miscavige's church. Same story - more and more demands for money, no attention on any real gains. And then he found about about the abuse at the highest levels of the Church.
Following that first beating of Heather Spencer, George Bell III spent roughly three months in a Narconon facility in Arrowhead, Okla., as a voluntary "student," dealing with his drug problem.
The controversial Narconon program-which includes extensive sauna sessions, massage, and heavy doses of vitamin and mineral supplements-uses the rehabilitation concepts of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, who was not an addiction specialist. Its addiction cure-rate claims and its methodology have come under professional, media and legal scrutiny in the United States and internationally, and many locales have decided against using Narconon as government-recommended or sponsored rehabilitation providers.
2009-10-07, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology
This quote was posted in the comments section of Geir Isene's blog, but it deserves wider distribution. It's from HCO PL 24 February 1964, "Urgent, Org Programming":
"If the Org slumps: Don't engage in 'fund raising' or 'selling postcards' or borrowing money. Just make more income with Scientology. It's a sign of very poor management to seek extraordinary solutions for finance outside Scientology. It has always failed. For Orgs as for pcs 'Solve it With Scientology.' Every time I myself have sought to solve finance or personnel in other ways than Scientology I have lost out. So I can tell you from experience that Org solvency lies in More Scientology, not patented combs or fund raising Barbecues." L. Ron Hubbard
To be clear, "make more income with Scientology" means selling training and processing. That's what Orgs are supposed to be doing. That is what Management is supposed to be pushing. Mainline Bridge services – not fundraising.
The validity of the program should be verified by an independent, disinterested party, Brick adds. "As a scientist, I like to see data. To the best of my knowledge, no one has clearly demonstrated a causal relationship between the treatment and the outcome."
The mainstream medical establishment looks askance at the Hubbard detox program. Over the years, some doctors and scientists have denounced it as unsound and dangerous. Critics say the program is based on physiological fallacies and is unsubstantiated by science and credible studies.
"There is a very genuine concern about the value or even perhaps the harmful consequences of the techniques which they are employing or in which they are training people. The psychotherapeutic techniques employed by scientologists are not highly regarded outside scientology."
Dr Gregory Dawes says some groups are known to use charitable work to secure converts.
The damage to the footage is the latest in a series of mishaps that have been associated with the shooting of the movie. At first the German authorities refused to permit Tom Cruise to film at a historic site which currently serves as a memorial site for the anti-Nazi underground, because of Cruise's involvement in scientology.
Reader's Digest, defying a Swiss court order, mailed out more than 320,000 copies of a Swiss edition containing an article critical of the Church of Scientology.
Managing Editor Hans Bosshard said Oct. 1 the decision to ignore the order blocking distribution of the October issue was made because it was a "violation of press freedom." The magazine refused to "withhold the truth about the sect," he said.
The October issue contained a condensation of a Time magazine article published in May. It is carried in most of the 40 editions of Reader's Digest published worldwide in 16 languages.