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Reference materials The Truth Rundown (St. Petersburg Times' special report)
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Dec 31, 2009
Three of Scientology's elite parishioners keep faith, but leave the church — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
More: Recent high-profile defectors, Climbing The Bridge: A journey to "Operating Thetan'', Scientology's response
Nov 22, 2009
Celebrities lead charge against Scientology — The Observer (London, UK)
Type: Press
Author(s): Peter Beaumont, Toni O'Loughlin
Source: The Observer (London, UK)
Hollywood figures quit 'rip-off' church as Australian prime minister threatens parliamentary inquiry into its activities The security at the red-brick and glass-walled horseshoe of the John Joseph Moakley courthouse on Boston's waterfront was unusually tight. Anybody who was not a member of the city's bar association was swept with a search wand. Photo IDs were checked. Mobile phones were taken from guests, who included the Hollywood star Tom Cruise. The occasion was a memorial service for Scientology's top legal adviser for ...
Nov 22, 2009
Concern at Governing magazine over its sale to Scientologists — New York Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Tim Arango
Source: New York Times
Over the last several months, The St. Petersburg Times published a series of scathing articles on the Church of Scientology under the rubric “The Truth Rundown.” In 1980, the newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for an investigation of the church’s inner workings. Coverage of Scientology has long been an important story for The St. Petersburg Times, given that the church’s spiritual headquarters is located in nearby Clearwater, Fla. So it came as a bit of a shock when, on Friday, the ...
Nov 20, 2009
St. Petersburg Times sells magazine to Scientology publisher — The Hollywood Reporter
Nov 14, 2009
Caught between Scientology and her husband, Annie Tidman chose the church — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Nov 12, 2009
For Times, an obsession trumps facts — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Pat Harney
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
The American Heritage Dictionary (4th ed., 2009) defines "obsession" as "(a) compulsive, often unreasonable idea or emotion." There could be no better example to illustrate this definition than the Times' ongoing coverage of the Church of Scientology. Once again, the Times turns a deaf ear to any voices save those of a handful of disaffected former Scientologists — people who have admitted lying, suborning perjury and obstructing justice — because their falsehoods support the Times' compulsive and unreasonable views ...
Nov 10, 2009
Wanna be an investigative reporter? Scientology wants YOU!
Type: Blog
Author(s): Matt Stroud
[Picture of Tom Cruise / Caption: Would you like having this guy as your news editor?] You may think it’s extremely tough to find well-paying, longform investigative writing work these days, but maybe you’re not looking in the right places. Maybe you’re not looking toward Scientology. Freedom Magazine, the official investigative reporting arm of the Church of Scientology, is looking for sleuths: Company: 'Freedom Magazine Position: INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER NEEDED Location: Clearwater, Florida Job Status: Freelance Salary: Negotiable Description: Freedom Magazine ...
Nov 8, 2009
A Times Editorial / Investigation overdue — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Nov 8, 2009
I know the dark side of Scientology...I almost lost my friend to it — The Herald
More: heraldscotland.com
Type: Press
Author(s): Jonny Jacobsen
Source: The Herald
I knew Scientology was in trouble when the media moved on from the usual silly gossip about its celebrity members to much darker, disturbing issues at the heart of the movement. After a Paris court last month convicted several Scientologists and two organisations associated with the movement in France of organised fraud, and amid other investigations in France looking at a suicide and an alleged abduction, Oscar-winning film-maker Paul Haggis, a long-time member, quit Scientology. Haggis, who wrote and directed Crash, ...
Nov 7, 2009
Letters to the Editor // Stories reveal the inner workings of Scientology — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Nov 4, 2009
'Tom Cruise told me to talk to a bottle': Life at Scientology's secret headquarters — Village Voice
Nov 3, 2009
Don Jason's route out of Scientology — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Nov 3, 2009
Man overboard: To leave Scientology, Don Jason had to jump off a ship — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Nov 3, 2009
The Scientology response [re. Mat Pesch, Don Jason] — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Nov 2, 2009
Ex-officer says Scientology policy didn't match directive — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Joe Childs, Thomas C. Tobin
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Marty Rathbun said he participated in a criminal act to protect the church against a possible security breach. Longtime executive Terri Gamboa and her husband, Fernando, abandoned their posts in January 1990, setting off what Rathbun called a "seven-alert fire.'' Terri Gamboa was executive director of Author Services Inc., the independent corporation set up by founder L. Ron Hubbard to control rights to his intellectual properties. David Miscavige, the leader of the church, wanted to know if she had access to ...
Nov 2, 2009
How Scientology got to Bob Minton — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Thomas C. Tobin, Joe Childs
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Robert S. Minton seemed to surface out of nowhere in late 1997. • A retired investment banker and millionaire from New England, he began to show up at anti-Scientology demonstrations in Boston and Clearwater. He gave millions to groups critical of the church. • He became the money man behind a wrongful death lawsuit by the family of Lisa McPherson, whose unexplained death at Scientology's Clearwater mecca threw the church into crisis. • Minton quickly became the Church of Scientology's No. ...
Nov 2, 2009
The Scientology response [re. Mark Fisher] — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
The church said its leader, David Miscavige, and other church officials did not hire private investigators, church attorneys did. The church directs that its attorneys and their agents follow all laws and regulations and adhere to the highest ethical standards. "If Rathbun and Rinder used PIs to 'abuse poor innocent people,' they are the only ones to blame," spokesman Tommy Davis said. The Times submitted written questions to the church about David Lubow and Ferris Khan's involvement with former church staff ...
Nov 2, 2009
What happened in Vegas — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Joe Childs, Thomas C. Tobin
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
They squeezed into a two bedroom apartment, all they could afford. Two couples and a single guy had left the Church of Scientology and joined up in Las Vegas, starting a mortgage business near the Palace Station Casino. They were faces in the crowd. Except that the two wives were important in Scientology history, sisters Terri and Janis Gillham. They were two of the original four "messengers" for L. Ron Hubbard. The founder ran his church from his ship, the Apollo, ...
Nov 2, 2009
Who's who in this installment — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
THE LAS VEGAS GROUP Five Scientology defectors started new lives together in Las Vegas. MARK FISHER, 51 Joined Scientology: at 14, in 1973 in Washington, D.C. Joined Sea Org in 1976. Left Sea Org: September 1990 Career highlights: Statistics analyst, trained evaluators. Became corporate liaison to Miscavige, supervising his household, carrying out special assignments. Now: Divorced his wife, a Sea Org member, after he left. A loan officer, lives in Las Vegas. On Lubow: "He was hustling, trying to get loans ...
Nov 1, 2009
"I just want to get on with my life" after Scientology — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Joe Childs, Thomas C. Tobin
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Sixteen years later, Betsy Perkins is sobbing as she talks about the day she ran away from Scientology. "I thought I was handing in my ticket to eternity," she says. Now 56, a graphic artist in Dallas, she says she is going public to offer her own "first-hand account of what happened to a person who was in there." She spent 17 years in Scientology's work force, the Sea Org, moved by the church's mantra that Scientologists held the future of ...
Nov 1, 2009
Defections, court fights test Scientology — Seattle Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Eric Gorski
Source: Seattle Times
The Church of Scientology is going through a difficult season. Over the course of two days last week, a French court convicted the church of fraud and Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis' resignation from the church over a litany of concerns was aired publicly. On one hand, it was just another bad press week for the embattled institution founded in 1953 by the late science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. But for former Scientologists and scholars of the movement, the setbacks pose ...
Nov 1, 2009
From Scientology's files — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
[Picture / Caption: Responding to written questions, church spokesman Tommy Davis sent a binder addressing issues with individual sources.] The church said the Times is relying on sources who, before they left Scientology, admitted in sworn declarations, affidavits and confessions that all responsibility was theirs and they held the church blameless. For every person but one (Sinar Parman), Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis provided documents from church files, including confessions, ethics orders and Suppressive Person declarations. SINAR PARMAN AND JACKIE WOLFF ====FROM ...
Nov 1, 2009
L. Ron Hubbard on 'Leaving and leaves' — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
[Picture / Caption: The green volumes: L. Ron Hubbard’s writings on administration of the church are in books referred to as the green volumes. He detailed Scientology religious practices in the red volumes.] LEAVING AND LEAVES In the mid 1970s, L. Ron Hubbard ran his church from aboard his ship, the Apollo, sailing from port to port. He handwrote his notes, in red ink for a bulletin, in green ink for a policy letter. He said two things about those who ...
Nov 1, 2009
Scientology's response — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Church spokesman Tommy Davis says the Times' sources admitted they left Scientology because they could not meet the church's strict ethical standards. Now they are lying, he says, and the Times is helping advance their agenda. Here is the Church of Scientology's response to their allegations, submitted as a 10-page letter: + + + CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY INTERNATIONAL 15 October 2009 VIA HAND DELIVERY Mr. Joe Childs Mr. Tom Tobin St. Petersburg Times 490 First Avenue South St. Petersburg, Florida 33701 ...
Nov 1, 2009
The Truth Rundown: Jackie Wolff — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Nov 1, 2009
The Truth Rundown: Mark Fisher — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Nov 1, 2009
Who's who in this installment — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
David Miscavige, 49 Born: Suburban Philadelphia Joined Scientology: As a child, with his parents; joined Sea Org at age 16. Family status: Married to Sea Org member Michelle Miscavige. They have no children. Career highlights: The ecclesiastical leader of Scientology since 1987, when he became chairman of the board of the Religious Technology Center. The RTC is responsible for preserving, maintaining and protecting Scientology and ensuring that its practices hold true to the original "technology" set out by founder L. Ron ...
Oct 31, 2009
Chased by their church: When you try to leave Scientology, they try to bring you back — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Joe Childs, Thomas C. Tobin
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
For years, the Church of Scientology chased down and brought back staff members who tried to leave. Ex-staffers describe being pursued by their church and detained, cut off from family and friends and subjected to months of interrogation, humiliation and manual labor. One said he was locked in a room and guarded around the clock. Some who did leave said the church spied on them for years. Others said that, as a condition for leaving, the church cowed them into signing ...
Oct 30, 2009
Liddy Show: Exposing Scientology
Oct 28, 2009
Today Show: 'Crash' director splits with Scientology — MSNBC
More: Youtube
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