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bankruptcy • cost • cult awareness network (can) (earlier form, citizen's freedom foundation) • cynthia kisser • david miscavige • deprogramming • fair game • fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentation • heber c. jentzsch • internal revenue service (irs) • jason scott • kendrick l. moxon • lawsuit • moonies • office of special affairs (osa) (formerly, guardian's office) • operation snow white • priscilla coates • private investigator(s) • religious technology center (rtc) • richard behar • rick ross • scientology: the thriving cult of greed and power (article) • sea organization (sea org, so) • time magazine • xenu (operating thetan level 3, ot 3, wall of fire)
Reference materials Cult Awareness Network (CAN) (earlier form, Citizen's Freedom Foundation)
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Sep 7, 2008
Graham Berry speaks in Germany — XenuTV
Jan 19, 2008
Confusion over Scientology — Financial Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Christopher Caldwell
Source: Financial Times
In a four-year-old video that was much watched on the internet this week, the actor Tom Cruise mentioned various leaders he had met around the world. "They want help," he said, "and they are depending on people who know, and who can be effective and do it, and that's us." The "us" in question is the Church of Scientology, the newfangled faith founded by the late American science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard in 1953. A recent biography by Andrew Morton asserts ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Aug 29, 2007
The Invasion Begins: Scientology's Plan To Conquer Cleveland — Cleveland Free Times
Type: Press
Author(s): James Renner
Source: Cleveland Free Times
The optometrist wants to hear about my most painful memories. This is an auditing session, an important component of a religion called Scientology. The optometrist is the auditor. His name is Steve Sasala. He is skinny. And tall. His face is long and narrow. I can make out the shape of his skull. We sit across from each other, on opposite sides of a tiny desk inside a claustrophobic room at the back of some historic building in Parma Heights. The ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Apr 18, 2006
The secrets of Scientology — The Independent (UK)
Type: Press
Author(s): Sara Lawrence
Source: The Independent (UK)
Tom Cruise says Katie Holmes is now a fully-fledged follower of L Ron Hubbard. So what is it about the sci-fi writer's 'religion' that exerts such a hold? Sara Lawrence goes undercover to find out Sitting on a red velvet chair in the middle of a majestic, oak-panelled hall in East Grinstead, I have rarely felt more fearful for my sanity. On the wall in front of me, a creepy, larger-than-life-sized portrait of an old man seems to be staring straight ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Nov 1, 2005
The Strange Case of Garry Scarff — Jonestown Report
Type: Press
Author(s): Rebecca Moore
Source: Jonestown Report
In 1989, Fielding McGehee and I published The Need for a Second Look at Jonestown, a collection of essays written by those who had been involved with Peoples Temple. In this retrospective volume, people reflected on their experiences of the previous decade, as well as on their understanding of the Temple. Contributors included former members, relatives, and others who had had connections with the Temple, such as news reporters and social activists. Shortly after the book appeared, Chris Hatcher, the psychologist ...
Aug 5, 2005
Debunking a movement / Scientollywood — Pasadena Weekly
Type: Press
Author(s): Carl Kozlowski
Source: Pasadena Weekly
Exposing some of the unsavory claims that Tom Cruise, John Travolta and other celebrities would rather you didn't know about Scientology For nearly 20 years, Tom Cruise has been Hollywood's Golden Boy. The star of Top Gun," "Risky Business" and, most recently, "The War of the Worlds," Cruise has attributed his vast success to being a follower of Scientology, a self-help movement-turned-religion which claims the ability to "clear" its followers from all their problems. It seemed like the perfect match: the ...
Tag(s): 1326 L. Ron Hubbard Way Los Angeles CA United States1339 North Catalina Street Los Angeles CA United States1715 Ivar Avenue Los Angeles CA United States1825 North Bronson Avenue Los Angeles CA United States1827 North Bronson Avenue Los Angeles CA United States1830 North Bronson Avenue Los Angeles CA United States4734 Fountain Avenue Los Angeles CA United States4820 Fountain Avenue Los Angeles CA United States5165 Fountain Avenue Los Angeles CA United StatesArnaldo P. "Arnie" LermaBankruptcyBuilding Management Services (BMS)Carl KozlowskiCelebrity CentreChurch of Scientology Celebrity Centre International @ 5930 Franklin Avenue Los Angeles CA United StatesCult Awareness Network (CAN) (earlier form, Citizen's Freedom Foundation)Fair gameGraham E. BerryHollywood Guaranty Building (HGB) @ 6331 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles CA United StatesHollywood Inn Hotel @ 6724 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles CA United StatesJohn Whiteside "Jack" ParsonsMain Building (old Cedars-Sinai Hospital) @ 4833 Fountain Avenue Los Angeles CA United StatesMichelle "Chel" StithOffice of Special Affairs (OSA) (formerly, Guardian's Office)Operating Thetan (OT)Pasadena WeeklyReal estateRichard LeibyRobert Vaughn YoungSea Organization (Sea Org, SO)Steven FishmanTimothy MillerTom CruiseTory "Magoo" ChristmanUwe GeertzVistarilXenu (Operating Thetan level 3, OT 3, Wall of Fire)
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jul 31, 2005
PostScript: When scientologists aren't so clear — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Type: Press
Author(s): Virginia Linn
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Leaders of the Church of Scientology have long had the reputation of being uncooperative with the media. Still, we were surprised at their tenaciousness in trying to control our stories. Whenever reporters delve into a topic that is even the least bit controversial, we take extra care in making sure we've pulled together as balanced a report as possible. Such was the case on a package of stories published last Sunday on the Church of Scientology, one of the most unusual ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jul 24, 2005
Scientology comes to town // New religion in Pittsburgh brings controversy, high hopes — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Type: Press
Author(s): Virginia Linn
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In the 1900 block of East Carson Street on the South Side, there's an unassuming storefront that marked its first anniversary last month. It's the Pittsburgh office of the Church of Scientology, the controversial religious movement that recently captured international headlines when celebrity disciple Tom Cruise became increasingly public and, at times, combative, about his beliefs. Although the office opened here with little fanfare, Scientologists have high hopes for its growth as they try to regain a foothold in the region ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 30, 2005
The press vs. Scientology — Salon
Type: Press
Author(s): Joe Strupp
Source: Salon
After years of conflict, the church and the media seem to have reached a truce. Is it because Scientology has become less confrontational — or because the press is scared? For anyone interested in the Church of Scientology, the May 6, 1991, issue of Time magazine remains a milestone in news coverage. For those who back the church, it ran an outrageously biased account that eventually led to a libel suit by the church — later dismissed — and prompted Scientology ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Feb 1, 2005
Helping spread the word — Buffalo News
Jan 30, 2005
Englightenment's Dark Side — Buffalo News
Sep 1, 2003
Scientology and the European Human Rights debate: A reply to Leisa Goodman, J. Gordon Melton, and the European Rehabilitation Project Force study — Marburg Journal of Religion
Type: Press
Author(s): Stephen A. Kent
Source: Marburg Journal of Religion
Tag(s): Anderson Report (Australia)Aum ShinrikyoBankruptcyBrainwashingBrigette SchoenChild laborChildren, youthChurch of Scientology International (CSI)Church of Scientology of TorontoChurch of Spiritual Technology (CST) (dba, L. Ron Hubbard Library)Colonia DignitadConfidential preclear (PC) folderConvictionCult Awareness Network (CAN) (earlier form, Citizen's Freedom Foundation)Cynthia KisserDead agenting (Black PR, smear campaign)DeprogrammingDouglas FrantzElliot J. AbelsonEric RubioEthics (Scientology)Fair gameFalse imprisonmentFalse Purpose RundownFrank K. FlinnFranz StoecklFreeloader's debtGaetane AsselinGerald "Gerry" ArmstrongGermanyHeber C. JentzschHernandez v. CommissionerImpact MagazineIna BrockmannInternal Revenue Service (IRS)International Scientology News (magazine)J. Gordon MeltonJason ScottJugen F. K. RedhardtJuha PentikainenKendrick L. MoxonKurt WeilandLarry BluntLawrence "Larry" WollersheimLawsuitLeisa Collins (aka Leisa Goodman)Lorne DawsonMarburg Journal of ReligionMichael and Marla SklarMichael YorkNarconon (aka Scientology drug rehab)Narconon Chilocco New Life CenterNew York TimesOffice of Special Affairs (OSA) (formerly, Guardian's Office)Operation FreakoutPaulette CooperPeter ReicheltPierre CollignonPotential Trouble Source (PTS)Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF)Religion (journal)Rick RossRobert J. LiftonRobert S. "Bob" MintonRoy WallisSalarySea Organization (Sea Org, SO)Security check ("sec check")Shirley LandaStephen A. KentSuppressive person (SP)Susanne SchernekauSynanonThe Family (formerly, Children of God)Tilman HausherrUrsula CabertaVivien Krogmann Lutz
Mar 3, 2003
Big Brother and your browser — CNET
Type: Press
Author(s): Declan McCullagh
Source: CNET
WASHINGTON–The U.S. Justice Department is experimenting with an Internet crime-fighting technique that raises novel legal, technical and privacy concerns. The tactic: domain name forfeiture. In two separate cases last week, the Justice Department seized domains for Web sites that it claimed were engaging in illegal activity. The first set of domains were allegedly used to sell drug paraphernalia such as bongs and marijuana cigarette holders. Now visitors to,, and are greeted by this hair-raising alert: "By application ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Aug 16, 2002
Death of a Scientologist — Chicago Reader
Type: Press
Author(s): Tori Marlan
Source: Chicago Reader
Greg Bashaw's father respected him and trusted him to make wise choices. Even after he chose to devote his life to Scientology. While the shock and grief of his son's suicide were still fresh, Bob Bashaw read back through their decades-long correspondence, looking in particular for references to Scientology. "I wanted to see what there was here I missed," he says. His son Greg had been a member of the Church of Scientology for more than 20 years. During that time ...
Tag(s): American Psychological Association (APA)Anti-psychiatryAuditingBlackmailBody thetans (BTs)Chicago ReaderChurch of Scientology Flag Service Organization (CSFSO)Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)Communications CourseConfidential preclear (PC) folderCostCult Awareness Network (CAN) (earlier form, Citizen's Freedom Foundation)Cynthia KisserDead agenting (Black PR, smear campaign)DeathDeprogrammingDisconnectionDivorceE-MeterEngramErich FrommFACTNetFair gameFalse imprisonmentFreedom (Scientology magazine)Greg BarnesGreg BashawInternal Revenue Service (IRS)International Association of Scientologists (IAS)Introspection Rundown (also, "Baby watch")Jason ScottJim BeebeLawrence "Larry" WollersheimLawsuitLisa McPhersonLisa McPherson TrustMargaret Thaler SingerMary Anne AhmadMental illnessNazi labellingNoah LottickOperating Thetan (OT)Operation Snow WhitePhilip GalePotential Trouble Source (PTS)Protest, picketQuentin Geoffrey MaCauley HubbardReader's DigestReg AlevRehabilitation Project Force (RPF)Release contract, form, waiverReligious Technology Center (RTC)Scientology's "Clear" stateScientology: The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power (article)Sea Organization (Sea Org, SO)Security check ("sec check")Silencing criticism, censorshipSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)Steven HassanSue StrozewskiSuicideSupernatural abilities (aka OT powers)Suppressive person (SP)Tax matterTori MarlanWeddingXenu (Operating Thetan level 3, OT 3, Wall of Fire)
Jul 31, 2002
Letters // Church of Scientology a front-runner in fight on drugs — The Times (Gary, Indiana)
Type: Press
Source: The Times (Gary, Indiana)
The July 28 letter from Jim Beebe is the trademark of someone who lives his life filled with hatred. He is an authority in hatred. This same man worked for the now-defunct, anti-religious group called the Cult Awareness Network until its bankruptcy filing in 1996. A Seattle Christian was awarded a large sum of money as punitive damages from CAN for the organization's participation in his kidnapping and holding him against his will. Beebe has now made a career of denigrating ...
May 30, 2001
'Destroy him utterly' — Hour Magazine (Canada)
Type: Press
Author(s): M-J Milloy
Source: Hour Magazine (Canada)
Keith Henson, American activist on the run in Canada, thinks the controversial Church of Scientology has made him fair game for dirty tricks Looking back, maybe the joke about the "Tom Cruise Missile" wasn't such a good idea. That online jest, made last year by Keith Henson, a peaceful if persistent critic of the controversial Church of Scientology, has led to his being found guilty of "intimidating a religion," and now on the run from the U.S., hiding out in plain ...
Dec 21, 2000
Brained — New Times Los Angeles
May 1, 2000
Combatants in Cult War Attempt Reconciliation / Peacemaking conference is held near Seattle — San Francisco Chronicle (California)
Type: Press
Author(s): Don Lattin
Source: San Francisco Chronicle (California)
(05-01) 04:00 PDT Seattle — They're calling it the "Camp David of the cult wars." Leaders from both factions in the decades-long dispute over danger posed by new religious movements came together over the weekend at a woodsy retreat center on the shores of Puget Sound. There were a few screaming matches, and a bit of the old backbiting and rumormongering, but it was a largely peaceful gathering of defectors, devotees, heartbroken families and assorted cult experts. "We've reached the point ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Mar 23, 2000
The gospel of the web / Nick Ryan on the holy wars fought in cyberspace between religious movements and their critics — The Guardian (UK)
Type: Press
Author(s): Nick Ryan
Source: The Guardian (UK)
Nick Ryan on the holy wars fought in cyberspace between religious movements and their critics Religion in the UK: special report August 12 1995 was a Saturday much like any other in the urban sprawl of Arlington, Virginia. Except that an alert went out over email and on Usenet groups to say that 10 people - including two federal marshals, two computer technicians, one a former FBI agent, and several attorneys - were raiding the home of former Scientologist Arnaldo Lerma. ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Dec 23, 1999
Double Crossed — Phoenix New Times
Oct 14, 1999
The Finger: HOLY HUBBARDITE! — New Times Los Angeles
Sep 9, 1999
Scientology's revenge — New Times Los Angeles
Apr 15, 1999
Anti-cultists fear Scientology bid — NOW Magazine
Type: Press
Author(s): Enzo Di Matteo
Source: NOW Magazine
Toronto — If you've ever called or written to the Chicago-based Cult Awareness Network (CAN) for help, or subscribed to the group's newsletter, a dirty little secret or two of yours may soon be in the hot little hands of the notorious Church of Scientology. CAN was sued out of existence and taken over by Scientology after the church launched 53 lawsuits against the cult information network. Files belonging to the original board of CAN have been in legal limbo since. ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Mar 23, 1999
Anti-Cult Group Must Pay Award — Seattle Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Janet Burkitt
Source: Seattle Times
Yesterday's Supreme Court ruling upholding a more than $1 million award against a national anti-cult group would seem a straightforward victory for a onetime local man. Jason Scott was 18 in 1991 when he was taken from his mother's Bellevue home to an isolated beach house on the Washington coast for five days of religious "deprogramming." He sued the Cult Awareness Network (CAN), and the Supreme Court has now agreed that it must pay up. But in the case of Cult ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Mar 22, 1999
Supreme court rules against anti-cult network — Seattle Times
Type: Press
Source: Seattle Times
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court today left intact a $1.08 million award against the Cult Awareness Network over the 1991 abduction and attempted deprogramming of a young Kirkland man. The justices, without comment, rejected an appeal that challenged the award as illegal and unconstitutional. Lawyers for the now-defunct, Chicago-based network said that holding the nonprofit group legally accountable for the act of one unpaid volunteer was "unprecedented and unsupportable." The appeal said the award threatens other advocacy groups "across ...
Jan 1, 1999
"When Scholars Know Sin" forum debate / Clarifying contentious issues / A rejoinder to Melton, Shupe, and Lewis / Stephen A. Kent and Theresa Krebs — Skeptic magazine
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Jan 1, 1999
"When Scholars Know Sin" forum debate / Kent and Krebs' skepticism crosses the line / Anson Shupe responds — Skeptic magazine
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Jan 1, 1999
"When Scholars Know Sin" forum debate / Mea Culpa! Mea Culpa! / J. Gordon Melton responds — Skeptic magazine
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Dec 14, 1998
Investigative Reports: Inside Scientology [Part 8 of 10] — Arts and Entertainment Channel
Type: TV
Source: Arts and Entertainment Channel
Clearwater picket 1997–Xenu picketing with sign saying “L. Ron Hubbard: Psychotic CON MAN”, other picketers with signs saying “” “Xenu Crossing (inside a yellow sign on picket sign)”; Deana Holmes with sign saying “Did Standard Tech kill Lisa?”; lecture at Scientology church VO: While church administration is busy dealing with a steady stream of conflict, individual Scientologists are out among the people, spreading Hubbard’s word at every opportunity. MIKE RINDER: Well, you know, the aims of Scientology are a civilization without ...
Dec 13, 1998
High profile couple never pairs church and state — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Mary Jacoby
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
ASHINGTON – Cable News Network legal analyst Greta Van Susteren and her wealthy trial-lawyer husband, John Coale, are a Beltway power couple. She is the co-host of CNN's top-rated Burden of Proof. He is a mover behind the multi-billion-dollar anti-tobacco lawsuits. Both have dined at the White House. And what about the fact they belong to a religion that teaches of Xenu, evil head of the Galactic Confederation? Who flew people to Teegeeack (Earth) 75-million years ago in space ships, chained ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
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