Rod Keller gives us a detailed look at how one Scientology front is having its sneaky ways exposed by a determined activist.
Scientology maintains several front groups - organizations that pretend to be independent from Scientology, but are really under the direct control of the Office of Special Affairs (OSA), which is the public relations, investigations and dirty tricks department. Youth for Human Rights is one of these, and their mission is to educate the public on the United NationsUniversal Declaration of Human Rights. When there are not enough youth involved, they sometimes go by the name United for Human Rights. Scientology orgs sponsor events to bring in non-Scientologists under a policy by L. Ron Hubbard known as "safepointing."
Mark Lawson (not his real name) is part of a growing movement in Ontario, Canada to protest the deceptions and abuses of Scientology. Organizers come together on the Facebook group Ontario Against Scientology to share information. Protests have recently been held at the new Continental Liaison Office in Guelph, the CambridgeIdeal Org, and a Drug-Free Marshals event featuring a number of Toronto police officers. Lawson recently spotted a poster for a Youth for Human Rights event at the Ontario Science Center in Toronto and decided to investigate.
2017-12-10, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
The weekly show where I answer viewer questions left in the comments sections of my Q&A videos or sent to me by email to AskChrisShelton@gmail.com. This week, the questions I answer are:
(1) If Scientologists don't want anything to do with, say, schizophrenics, because they are there to help the "able be more able," and they discourage drugs for mental problems, and they don't like people going to therapists, then what do Scientologists think someone in that situation should do?
(2) Over the past year or so, I have read comments on various sites that say or imply that the highest level of training that is currently available is as a Class 5 auditor. Since the Golden Age of Tech II in 2013, the Saint Hill Special Briefing Course is no longer offered and by extension Class 8 and 9 would not be either. I know Classes 10-12 were only offered to Sea Org and not public, so would not expect them to be offered. The question is this: Are Class 6 and up available at all to anyone? How are the L's and OT levels being delivered with so many of the higher trained auditors having died or left the church?
2016-12-10, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Scientology's Only Hope…maybe
Scientology orgs and missions have occasional good weeks where they can afford to pay the staff and stock the bathrooms, but per every conventional criterion for financial success, not one has ever been solvent. If not for free labor, advance donations by dedicated whales, and a blind staff, they all would have had to shutter their doors years ago. And yet, the mother church perpetuates an unworkable system without acknowledging decades of mismanagement and insolvency.
The grand experiment that LRH envisioned has failed.
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 three years he's been helping 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.
It took me a while to decompress from Scientology. After all, in nine years, I had never doubted. I wasn't too scared to look under the cover of a hostile book: I read The Mind Benders and Cults of Unreason, heck, I even skimmed Roy Wallis's sociological examination of the subject – The Road to Total Freedom – but I was not impressed.
I used traditional methods of skepticism throughout. For instance, Evans claimed that Hubbard had become disinterested in Scientology during his time in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). It was easy to disprove this assertion, all I had to do was look at my next door neighbour's brand new (and vastly overpriced) Technical Volumes and into the OEC Policy Volumes to find that Hubbard had churned out issues at his usual hypergraphic pace.
2015-12-10, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
Rachel Bernstein is a family and individual counselor and a cult specialist in Encino, California. She has helped over 1,000 people recover from participation in destructive cults. In this video, we talk about the control methods destructive cults use including the power of group agreement and the use of language to shape thought patterns.
Rachel can be reached at 818-907-0036
Rachel's email is firstname.lastname@example.org
The WISE logo We have the legal complaint and some more details about the story that broke out of Pasadena, California yesterday: A woman named Annie R. Lee is suing a company after she refused to take Scientology classes she says were forced on her by her employers, resulting in her being terminated and replaced by members of the Church of Scientology.
This isn't the first time a legal action has resulted after employers have tried to force Scientology on their workers.
There's an entire wing of Scientology, known as the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE) that targets employers, trying to convince them that Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard not only discovered the secrets of the human mind and the true nature of the universe, but also that he was a genius in business matters.
Note: This article first appeared on Tony Ortega's Underground Bunker and is posted here for archival reasons.
As a dishonest, misleading, and predatory organization, the Church of Scientology operates successfully only because it has manipulated Western legal systems and contract law in order to gain unfair advantages for itself.
These unfair advantages serve to harm Scientologists through legal, financial, and spiritual means. In this article, we explore the efforts of L. Ron Hubbard and the church to acquire and maintain these unfair advantages. To do so, we examine the crucial 1966-1967 period in Scientology.
2015-12-10, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Hilarious video with Billy Eichner and Rachel Dratch that sets the tone for this week's funnies. Watch it here
It's the Season of Giving — to us.
Hey, I thought it was scientology that was supposed to be changing communities?
Yesterday, we brought you the news of the latest bizarre Scientology ambush - in this case, by a group of "Sea Org" workers swarming former church member Marc Headley, who was at Scientology's International Base with a Danish television crew.
We had a feeling the story might have legs because just a few weeks earlier, a similar ambush - of Marty Rathbun at an LAX terminal - had produced a video that was widely picked up by the media.
The three short videos Marc gave us that we published on our YouTube channel featured wild-eyed Scientologists making bizarre arguments in an aggressive style - just like in the Rathbun video. Marc also sent us a lengthy narrative about what had happened leading up to the videos and who was in them.
2014-12-10, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The Scientology PR machine is rolling... Like a runaway train on a toboggan ride down the Matterhorn (to steal some shermanspeak).
They not only have the international news of the announcement of Alex Gibney's scientology film premiering at Sundance next month, (and a tongue in cheek statement from HBO about having 160 lawyers being picked up internationally to set the mood and get a LOT of people wanting to watch it to see what the noise is all about), now they have a new video of bizarre bubble behavior leaking out into the real world with Cathy Fraser and Co "confronting and shattering" Marc Headley as he accompanied a Danish film crew to the Int Base — see Tony Ortega's article from yesterday. The main person they put out front was one of the Stepford Wives who became so infamous on AC 360 for their drone-like recounting of rehearsed "lines" completely inappropriate to the circumstances.
And this follows on the heels of the now infamous viral video of Jenny Linson and Mutt and Jeff "confronting and shattering" Marty Rathbun at LAX.
2013-12-10, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
Critical thinking is not difficult. Like any other subject, there are certain basics to it, fundamentals upon which the rest of the subject is based. If you know these fundamentals, the rest comes a lot easier. So the first thing we'll go over are three basic facts about critical thinking that you should know.
Critical Thinking is Based on Science
Critical thinking is based on logic and science. For many people, the word "science" is unpleasant because it brings to mind hard-to-understand classes at school with a lot of weird symbols and calculations and experiments that didn't really make a lot of sense or have much use. Certainly not enough to try to remember them all now.
Well, the Heartland Institute is at it again. This fossil fuel–funded (and tobacco company–funded) group has made quite the name for itself in the climate change denial game, from trumpeting the false controversy over Climategate to comparing climate scientists to mass murders to misrepresenting the actions of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (which was so egregious the CAS issued a statement against Heartland that used the word false four times).
Heartland's latest salvo involves an email they sent out about meteorologists and climate change. A paper (a legitimate one, I'll note) was recently published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society called "Meteorologists' Views About Global Warming: A Survey of American Meteorological Society Professional Members." The paper's conclusions show that AMS members who study the climate overwhelmingly support the idea that global warming is real and humans have at least contributed to it.
They're pretty clear about it, too: The very first paragraph of the discussion section of the paper states (emphasis mine):
2013-12-10, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
The following is from Office of Special Affairs (OSA, dirty tricks and propaganda arm of Scientology) training manuals. It is from Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Thus, OSA folks follow it without alteration or deviation for fear of being branded a 'squirrel' (someone who alters Scientology 'technology') by the guarantor of Scientology 'orthodoxy' David Miscavige. It is published here to give folks a heads up on how the Scientology organized crime syndicate operates against dissenters.
INTELLIGENCE ACTIONS , COVERT INTELLIGENCE , DATA COLLECTION
by L. Ron Hubbard, 2 December 1969
Claire Headley is taking us on our journey to train as Scientologists. She and her husband Marc were Sea Org workers who escaped from Scientology's International Base in 2005. She spent years working with Scientology's "tech," and was trusted to oversee the auditing of Tom Cruise. Go here to see the first part in this series.
And now, it's time for the big reveal. We have a lot of ground to cover. Thankfully we have Claire and Bruce Hines to help us understand this stuff.
So after several years of devotion and a couple of hundred thousand dollars in fees (not to mention additional donations and other costs), it's finally time for us on our trip up the "Bridge to Total Freedom" to see what's kept in that locked briefcase they open up for you on Operating Thetan Level III. What you're shown is some handwritten pages which L. Ron Hubbard scribbled in 1968.
Tom Cruise's Ex-Girlfriend and Other Former Scientologists Lash Out In Never-Before-Heard Anti-Scientology Rap.
See full story here: http://gawker.com/5967150/tom-cruises...
Filmed by Tony Ortega: http://tonyortega.org/2012/12/10/naza...
Alexander Jentzsch, a "Middle Eastern" man?
That's one of the odd things we found in the autopsy report of the son of Church of Scientology President Heber Jentzsch, who was found dead on July 3 at the home of his in-laws.
We reported earlier what the Los Angeles Department of Coroner told us, that Jentzsch died because he took Methadone while he was suffering from a serious case of pneumonia. The Coroner ruled it an accident.
Well, we've been looking forward to bringing you this for some time now, and thanks to the folks over at Gawker, it's now live, for all the world to see.
The too-cool-for-school commenters over there will crap all over the video of course, which is as predictable as the sun rising in the morning.
But we trust our readers will see the value in this unique video.
2012-12-10, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
We have all heard of the justification couched as the 'why' opening the door for the New Order's new direction for the once workable methods of Scientology: the blind are leading the blind. I have given this some thought while working on the history of Scientology. First, for those unfamiliar with formal evaluation technology a 'why' is technically not a why if it does not open the door to a doable handling. The only door that 'the blind are leading the blind' opens is one into a brick wall.
To get to a real why let's clear some words.
2011-12-10, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
by Mike Rinder
Some of you may recall the Taiwan "Ideal Org" building, purchased by the IAS in 2005 accompanied by much fanfare and hoopla from POB himself about this being the first org in China. You may recall the CGI fly-through showing the grand lobby and the courserooms and auditing rooms. 100% smoke and mirrors.
Below are some shots taken within the last month of that building.
2011-12-10, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
Another Saturday morning here in the underground bunker finds us once again picking up the pieces after another hectic week. Let's review, shall we?
After starting off the week with another edition of Sunday Funnies, that evening we published our lengthy interview with Ramana Dienes-Browning, a former Sea Org executive who corroborated the claims of Valeska Paris, and described her own harrowing adventures aboard the Freewinds.
Mr Schaeuble and the country's 16 state interior ministers have declared Scientology unconstitutional.
And in a newspaper interview, he said: "Scientology is working in Germany to secure political power and influence. Fundamental rights, including human rights like the right to equal treatment, are limited or abrogated. The democratic system is rejected."
Germany's domestic intelligence agencies are warning that an effort by the country's interior ministers to ban Scientology could fail. They say the group has failed to gain a foothold in German society and that there isn't enough evidence to support freezing its activities.
The controversial Church of Scientology has been granted a subsidy of more than £270,000 a year in public money, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.
Scientology's lawyers used European rulings and Government equality regulations to force the City of London corporation to grant an 80 per cent rates discount for its new centre near St Paul's Cathedral. The "church", it is believed, is now pressing to pay nothing at all.
Ability is one of four private schools in the country that use Hubbard's Study Technology, or "study tech," a back-to-basics method of learning that emphasizes dictionary use and "clearing" the meanings of words.
Books with titles like Learning How To Learn and Study Skills For Life are part of the curricula. But some of the other titles stacked on glass shelves nearby seem to go beyond the three Rs that are the focus here. Among them, Hubbard's The Way To Happiness and Clear Body, Clear Mind.
For the seventh year in a row, the Church of Scientology has sued Pinellas County Property Appraiser Ronald J. Schultz over his assessments of church-owned property.
In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court, the church contends that "Scientology is a bona fide religion" and should therefore be granted tax-exempt status.
Heber Jentzsch, 53, president of the Church of Scientology International, was imprisoned in Madrid Nov. 20 during a raid on Scientology centers throughout Spain. Judge Jose Maria Vazquez Honrubia initially jailed 71 church members but later released 60 after questioning. The remaining 11, including Jentzsch, of Los Angeles, were ordered held without bail pending an investigation into illicit association, tax evasion, fraud and fiscal charges.