Vigorous investigation of Scientology needed - 2011-02-10
There is plenty for the FBI to investigate. A Times' 2009 investigative series revealed the accounts of former members of the Sea Org, Scientology's labor force. They lifted the veil of secrecy and detailed how they were required to work extraordinary hours, deprived of sleep and punished if they did not meet expectations. If they attempted to leave without permission, they often were pursued by church officials. If they returned, they often were punished and forced to endure lengthy stints of manual labor, limited food and enforced silence under heavy security.