Pete Griffiths brought our attention to something interesting yesterday. He noted that Scientology, as usual, posted numerous pretty photos from its most recent big event at its various websites. In this case, we're talking about the annual gala for the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) held in a giant tent at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, England over the weekend.
Pete has been watching these events very closely for many years, and he remarked that the crowd seemed distinctly smaller than in past years. We noted that even Scientology's own (always bogus) estimate had gone down. This year, they're claiming an attendance of 5,500 members under the big tent, but just a couple of years ago they claimed 7,500.
And looking at images of the event, we have to agree with Pete that those figures do seem pretty high for the actual number of people in the snapshots.
After being mocked at the White House Correspondents' dinner in April, for instance, conservative activist Matt Schlapp and his wife Mercedes walked out. The National Review compared those who protested Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to a "mob", while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused Hillary Clinton of "unhinged tactics" after she said that "you cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for."
So, naturally, it would make sense for the civility-loving Metropolitan Republican Club of New York City to invite Gavin McInnes, who founded a far-right group which regularly engages in street brawls and violence, to join them at a lecture Friday evening, where he'll "discuss historical context and offer perspective on the environment that surrounded Otoya Yamaguchi in 1960's Japan."
The following is a severe violation of human rights: the boot camp story of Attila Sonkoly in Clearwater, Florida.
I got into Scientology at age 15. My mom died and I had a hard time processing the world. I attended a free Dianetics lecture, shortly after I signed up for more Scientology and Dianetic s courses.
There was something about the Scientology courses I liked - I decided to become a course supervisor - the person who supervises Scientologists using study technology in a course room, where they go to to learn different aspects of Scientology. Soon I was supervising life improvement courses in my local Scientology mission in Szeged, Hungary . After a Sea Org recruiter came I signed up for the Sea Org - with the intention to become a supervisor.
One of the most rewarding experiences we ever had as a Scientology watcher started out in a Manhattan eatery and a simple question.
We were having breakfast with Paulette Cooper in our first ever meeting with her in December 2011. We had just recently written a story for the Village Voice summarizing some of the amazing things that she was famous for, namely that Scientology tried to destroy her because she wrote one of the earliest books about the church, 1971's The Scandal of Scientology.
Paulette lives down in Florida, but we got together when she happened to be in town. And that's when we asked our fateful little question: What had brought her to New York?
2017-10-12, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Somewhat abbreviated Thursday Funnies...
They're Bringing In The Big Guns...
Well, on second thought. Sylvia Stanard is the best they could do? Wow, they're really scraping the barrel. A total rimless zero.
And here we are, at the end of our weekly series of dramatic footage shot by an anonymous drone pilot, who has flown over Scientology's most secret compounds.
Five weeks ago, we started this series with a view of Scientology's secretive international management base ("Int Base"). Four weeks ago our pilot flew us over the even more secret "CST" headquarters compound in the mountains above Los Angeles, where we believe Scientology leader David Miscavige stashed away his wife Shelly eleven years ago. Three weeks ago we got an unprecedented look at the ranch in San Luis Obispo County where Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard died in 1986. Two weeks ago, he took us over Scientology's vault location in the Sierra foothills of California, the Lady Washington Mine. And last week, we got a look at another secretive "CST" underground vault site owned by the church, one which is located in California's far northern coast, near the town of Petrolia.
For his final act, our anonymous pilot this week has taken us over perhaps that most iconic of CST vault locations, the secret complex in New Mexico near the town of Trementina.
Today we are joined once again by Jeffrey Augustine of The Scientology Money Project and Surviving Scientology Radio. Jeffrey and I begin by discussing the actual intake process an individual goes through when first introduced into Scientology. Jeffrey breaks down this process from being approached by a "body-router" on the street, to your first auditing session and beyond. Jeffrey details the way Scientology uses four important and legally binding contracts to ensnare a new recruit. These contracts make it extremely difficult to sue Scientology, and essentially signify you giving up all rights to the cult. Jeffrey also explains the legal complexities of how Scientology operates as a franchised business. We talk about the legal definition of what a Scientologist is, and how the organization is structured, and why this is so important to them.
Later we look at how Scientology is evolving as a cult and the steps it is now taking to ensure its survival. We talk about how Scientology is desperately trying to portray itself as a humanitarian group through the use of various front groups. Jeffrey talk about how the group has begun to cozy up more and more to police departments through the use of their anti-drug groups. We discuss how this is all a cynical PR attempt to make Scientology look like a benevolent group while they continue to employ the destructive teachings of L. Ron Hubbard.
For show notes and Mp3 download please visit: https://porkinspolicyreview.com/2016/...
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This is the first drone flight over the secret Scientology base near Trementina, NM. This base has a large vault containing all the works of L. Ron Hubbard etched onto steel plates. It is part of a series covering all of the major Scientology bases in the Western USA. This video was created for use in documentaries and may be used by anyone without credit or restrictions.
For more information about this video, please visit Tony Ortega's Underground Bunker:
This is the second drone flight over the secret Scientology base near Trementina, NM. This base has a large vault containing all the works of L. Ron Hubbard etched onto steel plates. It is part of a series covering all of the major Scientology bases in the Western USA. This video was created for use in documentaries and may be used by anyone without credit or restrictions.
2015-10-12, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
What could be more exciting than hearing you have to start Solo NOTs all over again because you didn't have "all the tech, just like LRH wanted you to have..."????
This invitation arrived first...
Come one, come all on Saturday the 17th in the FH Ballroom (must be REALLY important — in the Ballroom? With the "Senior CS" not even the "RTC Rep" let alone Dear Leader...)
TV actress and former star of King of Queens, Leah Remini, still reeling from the nightmarish repercussions of severing her ties with the church of Scientology in 2013, is about to be in the crosshairs again.
Daily Mail Online has learned that Remini anticipates even more blow back from her expose of the corrupt inner workings of the covert organization in her explosive memoir
Daily Mail Online has learned that Remini, 45, anticipates even more blow back and possible lawsuits with her expose of the corrupt inner workings of the covert organization in her explosive memoir, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology.
So much has happened since we returned from the last leg of our book tour that we've hardly had a chance to look back on the really remarkable things that took place during our trip to places like Minneapolis and Vancouver, BC.
In Seattle, we had a real treat meeting Gary Morehead for the first time. Known under his code name "Jackson" during his Scientology days, Gary was the chief of security at the Gold Base for nearly all of the period between 1982 and 1997, and he has told some amazing tales of those days. But he saved a really wild one for us when we sat down with him for a meal before our talk at Razzi's Pizzeria on September 28.
It involved, of all things, Steve Wozniak's "US Festival," the massive outdoor music party the Apple inventor threw for himself in Southern California over the Labor Day weekend in 1982.
The Free Press got Sasse'd.
Karsten Sasse, who hails from the German town of Winsen in Lower Saxony, has been at this for a while.
He wrote a 120-page letter dated March 29, 1999 to the U.N. Commission for Human Rights in New York City. It's printed on double-sided paper, single-spaced, and entirely auf Deutsch.
The introductory letter addressed to The Free Press — and dated Jan. 30, 2008, though it arrived last week — reads, "Dear ladies and gentlemen, I am sending you a few documents and facts about the Church of Scientology and other organizations to hold or that may be and could be of interest."
2014-10-12, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
A Special Correspondent sent this to me. I felt it worth reprinting. Especially in light of the recent revelations about the new scientology push: "Voice For Humanity."
It is an article in the UKDaily Mail about slavery/human trafficking.
The Correspondent noted the following, comparing the Sea Org to what is discussed in the article.
We sure do love Sunday Funnies. They give us an opportunity, each week, to check in on what Scientology is telling its members in the form of fundraising fliers. Over the years, our readers have picked out many significant clues about what's ailing the church. it's become a really substantial history of an organization in trouble.
We can't wait to see what you make of today's items, which we've sifted from many mailers and messages sent to us by our great tipsters.
Let's start with a couple of after-party reports, which we always get a kick out of. You probably won't be surprised to see that they come from the San Fernando and Silicon Valleys, where Scientology is working particularly hard to raise money for new "Ideal Orgs."
2014-10-12, International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA), YouTube
By Margaret Thaler Singer, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and emeritus adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who counseled and interviewed more than 3,000 current and former cult members, relatives and friends. What is a Cult and How Does it Work? What are cults? How do cults operate? ow many people are involved in cults? What are cult leaders' goals and methods? How do cults recruit? What is thought reform? Inside the group. Development of a cult. Pseudoidentity. Returning to the outside world.
2013-10-12, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
From some recent visitors:
Thank you both so much for having and sharing your beautiful space with me. The environment here is really perfect for working on spiritual advancement.
This visit has been exactly what I need to sort out 'confusions' that lingered – some I didn't even know were there.
2013-10-12, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
I have a bit of a backlog of material that has been sent in by our Special Correspondents. Thanks to everyone who sends in reports and information, if I don't always get to it, please don't stop sending it. I believe it is valuable for the internal activities of the RCS to be made public, and to some extent their fear of people knowing what they are doing is causing them to withdraw even further. ID cards for events. Clampdowns on emails. Worry about who sees what on Facebook. Hardly the program that is going to get new people interested. So, some are being saved from the bankruptcy and abuse by reason of the RCS cutting its own reach out of fear of exposure. It's a losing game.
This email is most interesting because of the first line. It asserts both that building "an auditorium" in PAC is "as LRH intended" (a completely made up concept) and that this is "a super-high-priority project which is being monitored by the top of the org board." Top of the org board of course is He Who Cannot Be Named. It is increasingly the mantra of the sheeple to do/give/think because its "what COB wants." David Wilson made it clear. Now Andrea Kluge is doing the same thing.
And it is very interesting that this auditorium for the largest Sea Org Base on earth is in the hands of the "OT Committee" which is further evidence that Voldemort's hand selected troops these days are composed of PUBLIC Scientologists like David Wilson, Andrea Kluge, John Allender, Ed Bryan etc etc. He gives them their marching orders and like wind-up dolls, away they go.
One of the highlights of this eventful year was our August night in the Village to see the TomKat Project with a group of Bunker regulars.
We'd been looking forward to seeing Brandon Ogborn's play about celebrity and Scientology since it opened in Chicago for a very successful run. And after we got to see the hilarious comedy, we heard from a lot of readers who wanted to know — when is the show coming to Los Angeles?
It's a natural for LA, which is all about both celebrity and L. Ron Hubbard's cabal. And now, you can help send Brandon and his troupe to the iO West Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, just steps from one of Scientology's most important landmarks — the Hollywood Guaranty Building!
We've been away from the bunker this week, and we apologize that we don't have this week's installment of Scientology on the High Seas. We will make it up to our readers later. In the meantime, we'll follow up yesterday's amazing output by our commenting community by posing what we hope will be a provocative and productive question...
How does a thetan pick up a new meat body, really?
Now, we're being serious and we want some actual help on this. We assume that we just haven't read the right chapters or policy letters that spell this out, and we're hoping that one of our many readers intimate with the tech will help us out.
2011-10-12, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Haydn James just wrote the following to me after he read one of the books from the recommended reading section of this blog, A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. I'm posting Haydn's communication to suggest other people read that book as well as consider reading some of the other books there too.
I am sometimes slow on the uptake but I get there eventually. For some years now you have recommended reading the account by Fredrick
2011-10-12, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
There are countless examples of "Fair Game," Scientology's notorious policy of retaliation against perceived enemies, and I've written about many of them over the years. But what's happening in Florida right now with a man named Robert Almblad appears to be some of the worst, most vicious, and most reprehensible activity by the church since the 1970s, when it actually tried to get people killed and imprisoned.
And this does affect you. Or anyone you know in a hospital who wants to go home without a life-threatening infection.
2010-10-12, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
The following is an excerpt from a mid-2007 despatch dictated by David Miscavige.
In the last few weeks, it has not been nice. Do you know that pimple you saw? Well, I popped it. We're talking two guys buying X-rated movies and masturbating simultaneously in the same room with one being the husband and one being the wife, going through Dean and Deluca (a gourmet mail order catalog) catalogs as husband and wife and the bald-headed guy buying the other one cheese as a favor. We're talking about the guy who was on the finance lines and refused to get you the finance issues, waiting for R to come back so he can be permanently appointed for the rest of the universe as the International Finance Dictator. We're talking about me finding out exactly what Mike was doing in 1982. We're talking about Marc's op. We're talking about me knowing exactly what MR has been doing on his sympathizing for all the SPs who got nothing done.
Translation: The bald-headed fellow is Marc Yager, WDC Chairman and CO CMO INT. The cheese-eater is Guillaume Lesevre, ED International. You've heard Mike, Tom, Steve, Dan, Amy and I talk or write about Miscavige's constant accusations that Yager and Guillaume were homosexual lovers. Well, here it is in writing. This is after Debbie Cook's experience in the Hole wherein Miscavige threatened all of Int that if they didn't get a homosexual confession out of Marc and Guillaume, he would send Tom Cruise down to beat the hell out of them. Debbie reported that Marc and Guillaume did not confess despite brutal beatings. Debbie was then ordered to stand in a garbage can with a sign "lesbian" around her neck to be physically and orally assaulted for the next day. For those unfamiliar with this history please see, https://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2010/02/02/45-days-in-the-hole-final-purges-part-4/
June 15: The prosecutors' closing arguments created a sensation at the trial: they called for the dissolution of the two organisations charged and convictions for the individual defendants.
After the lawyers for the plaintiffs had spoken, it was the turn of the prosecutors. It was most likely the prospect of their closing presentation that had attracted most of the observers to the court that day.
During the investigation of the case, the prosecutor's office had taken the view that there was no case to answer: fortunately for the plaintiffs, investigating magistrate Jean-Christophe Hullin had taken a different view and sent the case to trial.
The Church of Scientology has lost a legal battle with an advertising recruitment agency over whether it owns trademark rights to the word "Prosperity" in Ireland.
Prosperity Recruitment's battle against Scientoloy started, according to Irish tech news site ENN, when the agency tried to register "Prosperity" as one of its trademarks.
2009-10-12, Paul Barry, Four Corners, ABC News (Australia)
PAUL BARRY: James's marriage to Jodhi Meares broke up. He came close to a breakdown and sought solace in Scientology, a strange space age religion which judges down the years have condemned as a cult. His friend Tom Cruise introduced him. And when Cruise received Scientology's top award in 2004, James was there applauding.
DANIEL PETRE: Scientology helped James. There's no question it helped him find a sense of strength and a sense of understanding that helped him.
PAUL BARRY: It's fairly crazy ah...
No, Mayor Tom Leppert hasn't made the leap from public servant to spiritual healer.
And despite the claims of a booklet that landed on his desk at City Hall this week, he isn't endorsing The Way to Happiness.
The booklet, so titled and featuring the writings of Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, was sent to the mayor's office complete with the city of Dallas seal and a ringing endorsement purportedly from Mr. Leppert.
In it he chronicles many of the latest scandals, like the Hugh Grant affair, the O.J. Simpson trial and the influence of Scientology on some of the industry's biggest stars.
"The Scientology people are very litigious," he says. "They're bulldogs who bite your ankle and won't give up, harassing people to death with lawsuits that go on and on. A friend of mine who said something true but injudicious about them got a live rattlesnake put in his mailbox."
Some local authorities and private firms in Germany use "sect filters" focused on the U.S.-based Church of Scientology in hiring and contracting, the annual report from the U.S. State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom said.