Did the Headleys And Their Lawsuit Torpedo the FBI Investigation of Scientology? - 2013-01-13

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F347.png Did the Headleys And Their Lawsuit Torpedo the FBI Investigation of Scientology? January 13, 2013, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

The Headleys The second half of the series in the Tampa Bay Times about the 2010 FBI investigation of Scientology landed on the Internet tonight, and we've given it a good look.

Joe Childs and Tom Tobin have done another fine job amassing new details about the FBI's probe of human trafficking allegations at Scientology's facilities, where workers, some of them children, toil long hours for little pay. As in our own story about the FBI giving up, the Times reporters found that at one point the federal investigators were taking seriously the idea of raiding Scientology's international base east of Los Angeles.

Childs and Tobin advance the story in a major way by consulting experts who explain how the FBI — and the prosecutors it would turn over its evidence to — were confronted with a difficult proposition. Even with evidence that some workers were treated appallingly, Scientology had strong protection in the First Amendment, which keeps courts from meddling in church affairs.


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Did the Headleys And Their Lawsuit Torpedo the FBI Investigation of Scientology? | url = https://tonyortega.org/2013/01/13/did-the-headleys-and-their-lawsuit-torpedo-the-fbi-investigation-of-scientology/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = January 13, 2013 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}