Forced abortions, beatings, and sleep deprivation: The FBI on Scientology's Sea Org - 2017-05-04

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F347.png Forced abortions, beatings, and sleep deprivation: The FBI on Scientology's Sea Org May 4, 2017, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Yesterday, we heard from several of the former Scientologists who spoke to the FBI for its 2009/2010 human trafficking investigation of the Church of Scientology. The probe was stopped in 2010 without charges being filed, but now, some seven years later, the FBI has released a 300-page file of documents describing the investigation to Melissa Cronin of RadarOnline.

Marc Headley, Lori Hodgson, Mat Pesch, and Jefferson Hawkins told us what it was like to speak to the FBI in 2009, and what it felt like now to finally speak about it openly. Headley told us he's still uncomfortable talking about it on the record.

But Cronin is releasing more allegations from the documents today, and she's been sharing them with us as we also make our way through the file. As we pointed out yesterday, the FBI classified this as a Sensitive Investigative Matter, and took pains to protect the identities of the people they were talking to.


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Forced abortions, beatings, and sleep deprivation: The FBI on Scientology's Sea Org | url = https://tonyortega.org/2017/05/04/forced-abortions-beatings-and-sleep-deprivation-the-fbi-on-scientologys-sea-org/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = May 4, 2017 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}