Once again, the enterprising Erin Hodges Plumb of Hemet, California, was on the scene for a Scientology Watching adventure, and we have her report.
Erin is the former middle school special-needs teacher who burst on the scene recently when she managed to get invited to a mixer at Scientology's secretive "Int Base" and brought with her a copy of Karen Pressley's new book, Escaping Scientology. She even managed to get a photograph of the book being handled by Karen's ex-husband, musician and Scientology lifer Peter Schless. After that escapade, Erin attended a seminar at Scientology's Pasadena org with Marcy Sergeant, the woman who today runs the Mace-Kingsley Family Center in Clearwater, Florida, where Scientology processes are run on young children. And most recently, Erin visited Scientology's HollywoodCelebrity Centre (2nd item) for a little fun with a security guard there.
Now, she's back again, and she sent us an account of what she got up to last night. Here's her dispatch...
2017-11-08, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
True to form, scientology had their brilliant "response" to tonight's episode up before it aired.
Snatching the "high ground" their big takedown of Ramina is "we threw her out in 2016" and she is a "Total Fraud" because she "manufactured an exit from the Church."
ST. PETERSBURG Charlie Crist revived his political career Tuesday by winning a Pinellas County congressional seat that was held by Republicans for more than 60 years.
Crist, a former Republican governor running as a Democrat, beat incumbent Republican David Jolly by a relatively slim 52 percent to 48 percent margin in the 13th Congressional District, according to preliminary returns.
St. Petersburg's Crist won the new parts of the district, added in a court-ordered redraw last year, and also managed to cut enough into Jolly's Clearwater base to prevail in one of the most closely watched congressional races in the nation.
Our many international readers no doubt understand what an exhausting election season this has been. For nearly two years, the presidential election has torn us apart in ways we've never experienced before. The carnage on Facebook alone has been pestilential. We've never seen so much end-of-the-world prophesying and cutthroat denunciations, and that's between friends.
Anyway, we hope our American readers all go out and vote today, however you plan to cast your ballot, and tonight we'll do our best to bring you the results in a businesslike way with some live-blogging in the comments section. We hope you can hang out with us.
In the meantime, we wanted to distract you from all of the political hair-pulling with something sent in by one of our great tipsters. It's an article in the new Italian language edition of Freewinds magazine, and it features Chick Corea's success story about OT 8.
2016-11-08, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
I published an essay by Lois Reisdorf ("Fleecing the Sheeple") and promised that she would be providing us with more information from her considerable experience as the daughter of scientology aristocracy in South Africa, her subsequent experiences as one of the first Commodore's Messengers working with L. Ron Hubbard on the Apollo and interaction with David Miscavige rising. It is a fascinating story. Here is the first installment.
MAKING OF A CHILD SCIENTOLOGIST AND SEA ORG MEMBER
I am starting from the beginning of my life and the making of me into a Scientologist and child Sea Org member .
Lucky Los Feliz/Hollywood residents were allowed into the inner sanctum of the massive Scientology Church building on Sunset Boulevard without even having to take a stress test, as long as they were there to cast their ballots. But our photographer? Not so much.
When our intrepid photographer arrived this afternoon, he was firmly rebuffed from entering. Team Scientology also sent a "minder" out to babysit him, ask him a bunch of questions, and stay with him until he left. Ah well, at least they didn't kill our dog. We will have to wait until the results roll in to see if anyone wrote in "Xenu."
2015-11-08, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
The weekly show where I answer viewer's questions. This week, the questions I answer are:
(1) You mentioned that you were very disappointed and pissed about the OT material when you read about it on the internet. Do you think you would have reacted differently if you were still in the CoS and maybe bought into it like the rest of the stuff you "learned" all the years before? And another thing I'm curious about is, why did you not do the OT stuff during your time at CoS. It seems like it is not very common that people "study" OT.
(2) A Scientologist claimed that Dianetics had cured her mother-in-law's arthritis in 1950. What is your response to claims that Scientology benefits some people who have "wins"?
2015-11-08, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
What can Miscavige do to respond to Hurricane Leah? She is blowing his house down and it is a storm that comes on top of severe damage already inflicted on the once apparently impregnable fortress of scientology.
It has been building throughout the year Going Clear at Sundance got the ball rolling.
Followed by the revelations from the PI's tailing his father which thrust scientology back into the headlines. Losing tax exemption in the Netherlands. Tony Ortega's Unbreakable Miss Lovely, a never ending stream of Narconon bad news. And much more.
The Bernie Madoff of the Drug rehab industry Per Wickstrom is trying to get Tanquility Detox, aka Narconon, open in South Bend, IN. Please help spread the word to the good people of South Bend. The city of South Bend should not allow this deadly program to be issued a permit. Scientology is trying to enter South Bend, please dont let this happen.
Former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder has a great new post at his blog this morning, and in it he predicts what Scientology leader David Miscavige may do in response to "Hurricane Leah," the media storm that is still raging after Leah Remini's book Troublemaker was published on Tuesday.
Rinder reasons that Miscavige really has only one move at this point to have Tom Cruise pretend to do a "no holds barred" interview to address Remini's allegations which will, in actuality, be highly controlled.
It may even have the trappings of being a "real" interview and be presented as something "unscripted" and "off-the-cuff." Unless the really important questions are asked you will know that it is totally controlled and completely scripted. It will be the Scientology party line lifted out of the Miscavige letters to the media dressed up as a "candid" conversation with Tom Cruise.
2014-11-08, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Crazy Lady Lundeen has just announced there are now 6615 "on or through" Solo NOTs.
An earlier post containing an email from Clive Rabies dated 1 February 2014 listed the figure at 6433.
That is an increase of 182.
A couple of weeks ago, we looked at a 1949 letter written by L. Ron Hubbard which hasn't received a lot of attention before. Russell Miller paraphrased the letter in his 1987 book Bare-Faced Messiah, but the full text of the letter has never been published in a book or news article, as far as we know.
In it, Hubbard wrote to his friend Forrest Ackerman about the work he was doing on what would become Dianetics, the 1950 book that would change Hubbard's fortunes and eventually lead him to create Scientology.
But Hubbard sounded far from a man about to become "mankind's best friend" and a great humanitarian who was setting out to improve the human race.
City officials said the church must meet the conditions as soon as possible.
Hanging in the balance are two major upcoming church events: an international gathering of Scientologists the weekend after Thanksgiving and an anticipated New Year's Eve celebration.
City Manager Bill Horne has been clear: If the church doesn't comply with all the conditions for the Flag Building dedication, the other two events won't receive city approval.
2013-11-08, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The Tampa Bay Times is reporting the latest tent problems today, as church spokespuppets Mansell and Heller try to shift the blame to "out-of-town workers" who "don't know the rules."
And City Manager Bill Horne says the church is complaining that they don't like the way they are being portrayed....
Oh, let the persecution bleats begin. All the nasty SPs are mischaracterizing their wonderful efforts to spruce up downtown with a huge flappy tent with a big sign on it.
2013-11-08, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
SadStateofAffairs made a comment about the Jobur Jackboots that was a blast from the past when he mentioned the "Latam Strategy."
The comment was right on. The Jobur Command Team is exactly following the Latam Strategy. For most of you, this is meaningless, so I will provide a little background that is necessarily abbreviated. The topic is instructive to the current scene.
In the early 80's there was considerable concern by LRH (who was in seclusion) that he and management had lost control of Scientology. There is a LOT of LRH traffic about the "Mission Holder Mutiny" and the Guardian's Office and moonlighting and "org ripoffs" and "external influences." LRH sent some very harsh direction to "quell the revolt" and be ruthless with "the SP's, GO crims and squirrels."
Gill said he "firmly believes" that Shelly Miscavige has been living at Twin Peaks since she was last seen in public in 2006.
Although "King of Queens" actress Leah Remini recently filed a missing-person report on her, Gill said it was "all in vain" as she would be "happy" at the base carrying out her archiving duties for the rest of her life.
Hundreds of pages of court documents in Tom Cruise's $50 million lawsuit against Bauer Media, publishers of In Touch and Life & Style magazines, were put into a public court file recently, and yesterday, RadarOnline pounced on a short excerpt from a deposition given by Cruise.
We have more pages from Cruise's deposition than Radar posted, as well as hundreds more documents which Cruise's lawyers were able to pry out of Bauer including internal e-mails between employees at the magazines as they were putting together the stories that Cruise found so offensive. In all, there's some pretty fascinating material here beyond the revelations that became public yesterday. You've probably already heard that Cruise admitted to being separated from his daughter for more than three months after his divorce, and that he also admitted, somewhat vaguely, that Scientology was one "aspect" to the reason he and Katie Holmes split up.
Cruise is suing family-owned Germany-based Bauer Media for two headlines. On July 30, 2012, Life & Style Weekly put the words "Suri In Tears: Abandoned By Her Dad" on its cover, and on October 1, 2012, In Touch Weekly had the headline "Abandoned By Daddy" on its front page.
"Listen, I find that question offensive," he told lawyers when asked about assertions that Holmes left Cruise to protect daughter Suri from Scientology. "I find it, those statements offensive. Like with any relationship, there are many different levels to it. You know I, I find it very offensive. There is no need to protect my daughter from my religion."
In a September deposition obtained by TMZ.com, Cruise compared shooting on location to serving a tour in Afghanistan. "That's what it feels like. And certainly on this last movie, it was brutal. It was brutal." The 51-year-old movie star then went on to claim that the physical training he does for his films are harder than training for the Olympics. "There is difficult physical stamina and preparation. Sometimes I've spent months, a year, and sometimes two years preparing for a single film," he said. "A sprinter for the Olympics, they only have to run two races a day. When I'm shooting, I could potentially have to run 30, 40 races a day, day after day."
To Tom Cruise, being away from his daughter while shooting a big-budget action movie "feels like" serving in Afghanistan.
The "Top Gun" actor was responding to a lawyer's question comparing the extended time away from Suri while filming a movie to a soldier's tour in Afghanistan, according to legal papers obtained by the Daily News.
DeKalb County State Court Judge Stacey Hydrick issued sanctions against Narconon of Georgia, finding the program's director lied under oath and hid evidence.
"There's really nothing else that a judge can do that's stronger than what the judge has done here," said attorney Jeff Harris.
Harris is representing the family of Patrick Desmond, who died in 2008 after trying heroin for the first time.
2012-11-08, Christian Boone, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
In a rare move, a DeKalb County state judge has withdrawn a Norcross drug treatment facility's response to allegations in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by a former patient's parents.
Judge Stacey K. Hydrick said in a court order Nov. 5 that Narconon of Georgia "intentionally, willfully and repeatedly provided false and misleading responses to plaintiff's discovery requests regarding issues relevant to the resolution of this case."
We want to thank Robert Berrington, a South African reader, who sent us some rare documents records of his own Scientology excommunication.
Berrington learned that at the end of last year he was "declared a suppressive person" by the church in other words, he'd been kicked out, and all church members who want to remain in good standing will be forced to now "disconnect" from him or risk being declared themselves.
We have copies of Berrington's "declare," his responses to its charges, and also a letter from the church he recently received when he asked for a refund of money that he had on account for services that he cannot now use.
2010-11-08, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
For the past several years LRH PPRO UK, one Bob Keenan, has been doing nothing but running intelligence operations directly for David Miscavige, beating and hazing Int staff in the UK directly for David Miscavige, or doing incredibly criminal regging for Idle Orgs directly for David Miscavige. That is how Miscavige deploys his favorite L Ron Hubbard Personal Public Relations Officer. This is an example of how David Miscavige covertly black P.R.s the Founder in a more effective way than all Scientology haters combined can do.
Miscavige started bypassing OSA on operations of a very sensitive nature several years ago. They were too incriminating and too illegal for OSA to be trusted with keeping them from winding Miscavige up in the news or jail. Keenan fancied himself a Cugine (a young ambitious gangster who will do anything to climb the ranks in the mafia). Keenan funded such operations by approaching former GO/OSA public (such as David Gaiman and Andy Hutton) for cash donations. Keenan would then give the cash to "media/invest professionals (MIPs)"(his operatives) so nothing about their dirty deeds would appear on church books. MIPs are generally alcoholic ex-Fleet Street tabloid reports who will do anything against a former colleague for a little drinking money. Keenan had a whole stable of them.
An MIP with Mike Rinder and Bob "Babbo" Keenan
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 17, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 51
Scientology: The Now Religion By Donald M. Kaplan
The true measures of the false prophet are an unrelenting certainty and a staggering income. The immediate impression of L. Ron Hubbard, the prophet of Scientology, which emerges from George Malko's "Scientology: The Now Religion," is of a windbag hustler. There is not a single question Hubbard cannot answer easily and definitively. This and the fact that Hubbard personally has been making something around $140,000 a week from Scientology (that is, as Malko tells is, week in and week out) I would submit as evidence prima facie of an intellectual crookedness that pervades Scientology from the bottom up. One need go no further. But if we must, as we shall, the impression worsens.
The family of Winston Churchill has asked the Church of Scientology to stop using images of the former prime minister in its recruitment literature.
The controversial religious organisation has been circulating promotional material to recruit staff in the UK which includes photographs of Churchill along with quotes from some of his most famous speeches.
When workers for the Church of Scientology sign a contract agreeing to serve in the church's Sea Organization for "the next billion years," the church can twist that agreement into a license to harass its workers, track them down if they leave and pressure them to return. What true church, what caring employer, would trample on the dignity and free choices of its own members in such a way? And what are authorities going to do about it?
Call is one of eight retired and current Utah police officers undergoing - at taxpayer expense - an Orem clinic's detoxification treatment, which is based on Scientology teachings.
Its medical director, Gerald H. Ross, acknowledges no studies have been conducted to show whether the program helps people exposed to meth.
Experts are skeptical. But Call and other officers are convinced the treatments work, and Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff argues they are a worthwhile expense.
The treatment is expensive, $7,000 per officer, and Shurtleff would like the public to chip in. Shurtleff has already given a $50,000 grant from his office to pay for treatment of officers, but according to initial estimates, at least 20 more need crucial treatment and more than 100 others qualify.
"The good news is we didn't have to start from scratch and build a new facility," Shurtleff said Wednesday at the Biocleansing Center of America in Orem.
The Bio-Cleansing Centers of America's facility in Orem was, until a few months ago, a drug treatment center. The Utah Attorney General's Office paid $50,000 to send a group of officers through the detox clinic. Because studies are still under way to determine if meth exposure is the root cause of the sicknesses, worker's compensation isn't covering these expenses.
Investors filed a lawsuit against three groups affiliated with the Church of Scientology over a pyramid scheme operated by Reed Slatkin, the co-founder of EarthLink. The lawsuit claimed Slatkin used money from new investors to pay off earlier investors. Slatkin raised nearly $600 million and ultimately swindled investors out of about $240 million. Narconon International, the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International and the Church of Scientology Western United States were named as defendants. The three groups have agreed to return $3.5 million they received from a pyramid scheme.
The settlement, approved Tuesday by a federal bankruptcy judge, is part of final efforts to recover funds for the victims of [Reed Slatkin], who is serving a 14-year sentence for fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. Authorities say Slatkin led a long-running Ponzi scheme in which money from some investors was used to pay off others.
Millions of dollars more in tainted funds were funneled through other investors to Scientology-affiliated groups, including Narconon International, the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International and the Church of Scientology Western United States, the filings said.
After a tough year of negative media exposure, Tom Cruise has dumped his sister as his main publicity representative.
In her place, Cruise, 43, has hired veteran Hollywood publicist Paul Bloch to promote him and his production company, Cruise-Wagner Productions, according to Hollywood trade paper Daily Variety. Bloch is also co-chair of publicity firm Rogers & Cowan.
Lee Anne DeVette, the actor's sister, took over from his longtime representative Pat Kingsley in March 2004. According to a statement from Cruise, DeVette will now be responsible for representing his charity work.
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Author and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's most translated author.
Guinness verified Hubbard's works in 65 languages, beating the previous record of 51 languages set by U.S. author Sidney Sheldon, Hubbard's literary agent, Author Services of Los Angeles, said in a news release Tuesday.
In announcing the record in Los Angeles, London Book Fair Director Alistair Burtenshaw called Hubbard a "powerful force whose works encompass many fields and genres from 'Dianetics,' his all time bestseller on the mind, to his epic science fiction triumph 'Battlefield Earth.'"
A California accountant who sends his children to Orthodox Jewish schools is to appear in federal court this morning to attempt to force the Internal Revenue Service to grant him the same tax deduction for religious instruction that it accords to members of the Church of Scientology.
A Federal immigration court judge has granted asylum to a German member of the Church of Scientology who claimed that she would be subjected to religious persecution had she been required to return to her homeland, the woman's lawyer and a Scientology official said today.
While few details of the case were available, it is believed to be the first time the United States has given asylum protection to a Scientologist. The Church of Scientology has been waging a highly public international campaign against what it considers discrimination against its members by the German Government.
The lawsuit, filed jointly by Narconon and the Tonkawa Indian tribe, names the state Department Mental Health and the state Health Department as defendants. It challenges the state's power to regulate on Indian land.
Smith said Narconon will continue with the certification process, "but we will not stand by and allow the state's willful intrusion into the affairs of the Native Americans and into a highly successful drug-free rehabilitation center."
Smith said a letter discovered at the Department of Mental Health proves a conspiracy is working to keep the program from being certified. The letter, dated Nov. 12 and addressed to him, stated the center's application for certification had been denied Nov. 8.