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Type: Blog
Date: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Source: Village Voice
Author: Tony Ortega

A week ago, we reported that a former "employee" at Scientology's flagship drug treatment center in Oklahoma – Narconon Arrowhead – told us that the controversial center was delivering Scientology training rather than drug education, and that its officials have been concerned for years that its state certification was "extremely vulnerable." (The center is currently under investigation by local and state agencies for four deaths that have occurred there, three since last October.) We didn't name that source, but now, he's ...

Tags: Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE) (formerly, "Social Coordination" or SOCO)DeathFraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationLucas A. CattonNarconon (aka Scientology drug rehab)Narconon of Oklahoma, Inc. (Arrowhead)Rena WeinbergTony OrtegaVillage Voice

Type: Book
Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Source: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Author: Janet Reitman

Product Description Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world’s fastest growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of “volunteer ministers” offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels ...

Tags: Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion (book)Houghton Mifflin HarcourtJanet Reitman[needtoread][needtotag]

Jun 17, 2011
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Scientologist accused of pressuring sex abuse victim

Type: Press
Date: Friday, June 17, 2011
Source: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Author: Paul Bibby Courts

IT was a rare and at times dramatic public appearance by one of the most senior members of a global religious organisation that shrouds itself in secrecy. Surrounded by supporters, senior Scientologist Janice Meyer arrived at the Downing Centre Local Court yesterday, accused of pressuring an 11-year-old girl to lie about sex abuse within the church. Ms Meyer, who also goes by the name Jan Eastgate, left with relaxed bail restrictions that will allow her to travel to and from her ...

Tags: AustraliaChildren, youthCitizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)Fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationJanice "Jan" Eastgate MeyerLegalPaul Bibby CourtsSydney Morning Herald (Australia)

Jun 16, 2011
The Age (Australia)
Scientologist appears in Sydney court

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, June 16, 2011
Source: The Age (Australia)
Author: Margaret Scheikowski

A senior member of the Church of Scientology accused of coaching a child to lie about sex abuse has had her bail relaxed so she can travel to California. Janice Meyer, 57, was surrounded by supporters on Thursday as she made her first court appearance in Sydney's Downing Centre Local court. She is charged with doing an act intending to pervert the course of justice in 1985 in Sydney. Advertisement: Story continues below The allegation involves threatening and intimidating an 11-year-old ...

Tags: AustraliaChildren, youthCitizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)Fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationJanice "Jan" Eastgate MeyerLegalMargaret ScheikowskiThe Age (Australia)

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Source: The Guardian (UK)
Author: Alison Rourke

A senior member of the Church of Scientology is due to appear in court in Australia on Thursday charged with perverting the course of justice. It is alleged that Jan Eastgate, 57, threatened and intimidated an 11-year-old girl into providing false statements to police. The case relates to an investigation into the alleged sexual assault of the girl in 1985 by her stepfather, a church member. The girl – who cannot be named for legal reasons – said on Australian television ...

Tags: Alison RourkeAustraliaChildren, youthCitizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)Fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationJanice "Jan" Eastgate MeyerLegalNick XenophonThe Guardian (UK)

Type: Blog
Date: Monday, June 13, 2011
Source: Village Voice
Author: Tony Ortega

Next month, Janet Reitman's book Inside Scientology will hit bookshelves, and the world of Scientology-watching, and for Scientology itself, will never be the same. Subtitled The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion, Reitman's book delivers all it promises, and it promises a lot. "It has been my goal to write the first objective modern history of the Church of Scientology," Reitman proclaims in her introduction. "It is the goal of Inside Scientology to translate [L. Ron Hubbard's arcane] language and separate ...

Tags: Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion (book)Claire HeadleyDavid MiscavigeJanet ReitmanJason BegheJeff HawkinsLisa McPhersonMarc HeadleyMichelle "Shelly" Miscavige (né Barnett)Natalie WaletRehabilitation Project Force (RPF)Stefan CastleTanja CastleTom CruiseTony OrtegaVillage Voice

Type: Press
Date: Monday, June 13, 2011
Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Author: Nate Carlisle

A Las Vegas fundraiser earned $500,000 for soldiers and emergency responders who say chemicals sickened them and earned Utah’s attorney general coveted photographs posing with celebrities. Sandra Lucas, a Salt Lake City resident who recently became president of the nationwide Heroes Health Fund, said she and a board must decide how to split the proceeds, but Utah residents will see a share. Actor John Travolta was the headline speaker at the fundraiser Saturday at the Wynn Las Vegas. Utah Attorney General ...

Tags: Heroes Health Fund - Ocala Detoxification ProjectJohn TravoltaMark ShurtleffNate CarlislePurification Rundown ("Purif")Salt Lake TribuneSandra LucasUtah Meth Cops Project

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, June 11, 2011
Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Author: Nate Carlisle

Utah’s attorney general and a federal agent who busted drug labs in Utah County will be among the guests Saturday at a Las Vegas fundraiser with actor John Travolta. Travolta is helping generate money for what’s called the Heroes Health Fund, a nationwide program which provides treatment to soldiers and emergency responders who believe they were sickened by exposure to chemicals. The treatment — consisting largely of exercise, time in a sauna and a diet of antioxidants — has its roots ...

Tags: Heroes Health Fund - Ocala Detoxification ProjectJohn TravoltaMark ShurtleffNate CarlislePurification Rundown ("Purif")Salt Lake TribuneTim ChardUtah Meth Cops Project

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, June 2, 2011
Source: Pasadena Weekly
Author: André Coleman

Hours after an article appeared about a claim for damages filed against the city by the Church of Scientology over a sewage spill in the church’s building in Old Pasadena, a church official acknowledged that mistakes were made in the filing of the document. The church is listed as the claimant, not subrogate Lexington Insurance Co. Further, the name of the lawyer who filed the claim on behalf of the insurance company is not listed on the document. Making matters even ...

Tags: André ColemanBraley Building @ 35 South Raymond Avenue Pasadena CA United StatesCaliforniaLexington Insurance Co.Pasadena WeeklyReal estateRobert B. "Bob" Adams

May 31, 2011
Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News
Top Scientologist charged with perverting course of justice

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Source: Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News
Author: Steve Cannane

One of the Church of Scientology's most senior figures, Jan Eastgate, has been arrested and charged in Sydney. She has been charged with perverting the course of justice in relation to allegations she coached an 11-year-old girl to lie to police and community services about the sexual abuse she suffered from her stepfather who was a member of the Church of Scientology. Eastgate is the international president of the Citizens' Commission on Human Rights, an organisation founded by the Church of ...

Tags: AustraliaAustralia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) NewsCarmen RainerChildren, youthCitizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)Fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationJanice "Jan" Eastgate MeyerLegalPhoebe RainerSteve Cannane

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2011
Source: Pasadena Weekly
Author: André Coleman

Two days before the Church of Scientology was presented with an award for preserving the 115-year-old Braley Building on South Raymond Avenue, church officials filed a claim against the city for damages incurred after the historic structure was flooded with raw sewage in November. “In the early morning of Nov. 23, water backed up through the toilets and sinks [in] the basement,” the claim states. “When personnel came in, they found four inches of raw sewage covering the entire basement area.” ...

Tags: André ColemanBraley Building @ 35 South Raymond Avenue Pasadena CA United StatesCaliforniaPasadena WeeklyReal estate

May 18, 2011
Courier Mail (Australia)
Fire at Church of Scientology in Annerley

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Source: Courier Mail (Australia)
Author: Anna Chisholm

A FIRE broke out at The Church of Scientology of Brisbane at Annerley overnight. Emergency services said material in a courtyard caught fire and affected a couple of air-conditioning units. The flames started just before 2am on the corner of Dudley and Hastings streets. QFRS Brisbane Duty Manager of Operations Phil Klemm said the fire was not suspicious. "From our perspective there was nothing suspicious - the courtyard was open to the street," Mr Klemm said. "We're unsure of the cause ...

Tags: Anna ChisholmAustraliaCourier Mail (Australia)

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Source: Haaretz
Author: Yaniv Kubovich

Attorney Gur Finkelstein, who represents the Scientology Center in Israel, was detained several weeks for allegedly hiring this gang to help him with his own criminal endeavors. Israel Police forces have uncovered a Jaffa-based gang allegedly behind a series of attacks and attempted assassinations in the Tel Aviv area, including a plot to kill a senior sheikh of a local mosque, it was revealed after a gag order was lifted on Tuesday. Those mobsters are suspected of plotting to plant an ...

Tags: Gur FinkelsteinHaaretzIsraelWeaponsYaniv Kubovich

May 16, 2011
Brisbane Times
Soldier death to remain a mystery

Type: Press
Date: Monday, May 16, 2011
Source: Brisbane Times

AAP – The mysterious death of a young soldier was likely to remain a mystery until the Church of Scientology chooses to release its file on its extended dealings with him, a defence commission of inquiry has found. There's no dispute that Private Edward McBride, 30, took his own life in Brisbane on February 7, 2007. A trained electrical fitter before joining the army, he climbed into an electrical sub-station and deliberately contacted a 110,000 volt power line. Just why he ...

Tags: AustraliaBrisbane TimesDeathEdward Alexander McBrideSuicide

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2011
Source: Clearwater Patch
Author: Aiyana Baida

Clearwater Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at 531 Franklin Street, owned by the Church of Scientology, at 3:28 a.m. Saturday. An electrical fire caused $700,000 in damages to a building owned by the Church of Scientology, city officials said. Clearwater Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at 531 Franklin Street at 3:28 a.m. Saturday. To put out the blaze the department needed 35 personnel, five engines, two trucks and two rescues. It took firefighters about an ...

Tags: 531 Franklin Street Clearwater FL United StatesAiyana BaidaClearwater PatchReal estate

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2011
Orangeville Citizen (Ontario, Canada)
Says sect drags out projects

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011
Source: Orangeville Citizen (Ontario, Canada)

In regard to your article, “Scientologists appear before Mono council,” (April 14): I would like to point out that Scientology has a long history of dragging out construction programs. For example, their Super Power building in Clearwater Florida had its groundbreaking in 1998, yet the building has never yet been completed. The church made continuous statements that the project would be done “by the end of the year” and such, but it has never been completed. You can see more such ...

Tags: 3rd Line East Mono ON CanadaJeff JacobsenLetterOrangeville Citizen (Ontario, Canada)Super Power/Flag building (formerly, Gray Moss Inn) @ 215 South Fort Harrison Avenue Clearwater FL United States

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011
Source: The Daily iPad
Author: Richard Johnson
More: blogs.villagevoice.com

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Tags: Isabella CruiseMark C. "Marty" RathbunMichael J. "Mike" RinderNicole KidmanRichard JohnsonThe Daily iPadTom Cruise

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Source: Herald Sun (Australia)

RUSSIA is set to ban dozens of texts and recordings by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. "Materials on Scientology by Ron Hubbard have been found extremist and will be banned from distribution in Russia," the Russian prosecutor general's office said in a statement. The ban relates to 28 books and audio-video discs containing lectures by Hubbard, a US science fiction author who founded Scientology in 1954. The ruling was the latest blow to the Church of Scientology, an organisation that some ...

Tags: Herald Sun (Australia)RussiaSilencing criticism, censorshipYury Maksimov

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Source: Interfax

Moscow, April 21, Interfax — On the initiative of the Surgut Transport Prosecutor's Office, materials by scientology founder Ron Hubbard were recognized as extremist and banned in Russia, the Prosecutor General's Office reports. In compliance with the legislation, they will be included in the Russian federal list of the extremist materials. The Surgut Transport Prosecutor's Office and the Khanty-Mansiysk customs held a joint check to find out that various recipients in Surgut received international mail deliveries from the USA with literature, ...

Tags: InterfaxRussia

Type: Press
Date: Monday, April 21, 2008
Source: Village Voice
Author: Tony Ortega

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Tags: Jason BegheMark BunkerTony OrtegaVillage VoiceYouTube

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Type: Blog
Date: Monday, April 21, 2008
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Author: David Sarno

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Tags: Dagbladet (Norway)David SarnoInga Marte ThorkildsenJason BegheKaja BalloLos Angeles Times (California)Mark BunkerThe Colbert ReportYouTube

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2007
Source: New York Post
Author: David Seifman

Two City Council members who attended Tom Cruise's fund-raiser for a controversial 9/11 "detoxification project" didn't pay the $6,250-a-ticket entry fee, but officials said they acted within the ethics rules. City Council members Joe Addabbo (D-Queens) and Hiram Monserrate (D-Queens) both turned up at the glitzy Manhattan affair Thursday night for the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, co-founded by Cruise and linked to Scientology. Addabbo is chairman of the council's Civil Service and Labor Committee. Emergency responders who underwent the ...

Tags: 9/11David SeifmanDetoxHiram MonserrateJoseph AddabboNew York PostNew York Rescue Workers Detoxification ProgramTom Cruise

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

1994
Chichester Observer (UK)
Cash needed to pay HQ rent

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, April 21, 1994
Source: Chichester Observer (UK)
Author: Brian Warren
More: link (141 KiB)

Curiousity about a leaflet handed out at The Cross cost a Chichester man more than £6,000. Now Roger Phillips, aged 25, is warning people to stay away from the 'church' of Scientology. And he is furious that credit card companies allow payments of thousands of pounds to the cult. Mr Phillips, a computer programmer, nearly quit his well-paid job to earn £3,000 a year as a full-time Scientologist. He revealed the cult had needed his final payment of £3,200 to pay ...

Tags: Brian WarrenChichester Observer (UK)Gill LonhurstMartin FrancisOxford Capacity Analysis (aka, "free Scientology personality test" aka "U-Test" aka "Pape Test")RecruitmentRefundsRoger KayeRoger PhillipsSalaryUnited Kingdom (UK)

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, April 21, 1994
Source: Daily Journal (Los Angeles, California)
Author: Steven Pressman
More: link (541 KiB)

[Picture / Caption: RESOLUTION — "I think the judge just wanted to bring an end to this case," says Graham E. Berry, right, with Gordon J. Calhoun.] For years, the Church of Scientology has been synonymous with bitter litigation battles. But the 40-year-old religious organization, long known for its aggressive legal tactics, threw in the towel recently on a federal lawsuit in Los Angeles that it had been waging against two critics. Besides serving as a legal setback, the action in ...

Tags: Bowles & MoxonChurch of Scientology International (CSI)Church of Scientology International v. Steven FishmanDaily Journal (Los Angeles, California)Fair gameFraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationGordon J. CalhounGraham E. BerryHarassmentInternal Revenue Service (IRS)Isaac HayesJonathan W. LubellJudge Harold "Harry" L. HuppJudge Paul G. Breckenridge Jr.Juliette LewisKelly PrestonKendrick L. MoxonLawsuitMaxine NightingaleMurderPrivate investigator(s)Scientology: The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power (article)Steven FishmanSteven PressmanSuicideTIME MagazineUwe Geertz

1994
Chichester Observer (UK)
Humans are 'thetans'

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, April 21, 1994
Source: Chichester Observer (UK)
More: link (95 KiB)

[Picture / Caption: The founder: L Ron Hubbard.] Scientologists have been active in Chichester for at least 10 years and their English base is in East Grinstead. They stepped up their role in the city after their Portsmouth offices closed a few years ago. The cult was founded in 1950 by American science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, who had been involved in black magic. Its main beliefs is that humans are 'thetans', clusters of spirits who were banished to Earth ...

Tags: AuditingBeverley RyallChichester Observer (UK)ChristianityCostFraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationHypnosisOccultUnited Kingdom (UK)Xenu (Operating Thetan level 3, OT 3, Wall of Fire)

1994
Chichester Observer (UK)
Members 'are all helped'

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, April 21, 1994
Source: Chichester Observer (UK)
More: link (95 KiB)

A Scientology spokesman said it was a "ridiculous exaggeration" to say Mr Phillips had been phoned up to five times a day. Peter Mansell was given full details of the interview with Mr Phillips and his reply was: "The point is for every Roger Phillips or Martin Francis there are literally thousands of people who are more than happy in Scientology. "Scientology has been recognized as a religion by courts and religious scholars all over the world. Just last October the ...

Tags: Chichester Observer (UK)Internal Revenue Service (IRS)Martin FrancisPeter MansellRoger PhillipsUnited Kingdom (UK)

1991
Daily Yomiuri (Japan)
Letters to the Editor
For shame!

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, April 21, 1991
Source: Daily Yomiuri (Japan)
More: link (61 KiB)

I was surprised by the emotional tone of Mark Wilkinson's review (April 14 P7) of the book by L. Ron Hubbard titled "Clear Body, Clear Mind." Mr. Wilkinson made his feelings about Mr. Hubbard very clear in his "review" but in the process of giving vent to these in a sarcastic diatribe of transparent intent, Wilkinson violated the cardinal principle of the journalistic profession, which is to maintain objectivity. To completely omit major sections of what is probably the most significant ...

Tags: Clear Body, Clear Mind (book)Daily Yomiuri (Japan)Henry BartnikMark WilkinsonMedical claimsPurification Rundown ("Purif")

1987
Los Angeles Herald Examiner (California)
Scientologists must post $60 million bond

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 1987
Source: Los Angeles Herald Examiner (California)
Author: Deborah Hastings
More: link (65 KiB)

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday refused to exempt the Church of Scientology of California from posting a bond of up to $60 million while the church appeals a Los Angeles jury award. The organization contends the bond payment will drive it into bankruptcy. Without comment, the high court rejected the Scientology case, which sought to void state law requiring the church to post bond while it appeals a $30 million damages award to former Scientologist Larry Wollersheim, who claimed the church ...

Tags: BankruptcyChurch of Scientology of California (CSC)Deborah HastingsJudge Ronald E. SwearingerKathleen ThornLawrence "Larry" WollersheimLawsuitLos Angeles Herald Examiner (California)

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 1987
Source: Daily News
More: link (58 KiB)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court let stand Monday a ruling that could force the Church Scientology of California to post a $60 million bond — an amount the church said would bankrupt it — to appeal a judgment against it. The court refused to hear arguments in the case, brought by the church seeking review of a California appeals court ruling. "We feel it's a grave injustice,” said Kathleen Thorn, president of the Church of Scientology of California. She refused to ...

Tags: AuditingBankruptcyChurch of Scientology of California (CSC)Daily NewsFraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationJudge Ronald E. SwearingerKathleen ThornLawrence "Larry" WollersheimLawsuit

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 1987
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Authors: David G. Savage, Joel Sappell
More: scientology-lies.com, link (351 KiB)

The Supreme Court on Monday rebuffed pleas by the Church of Scientology of California for relief from having to post a bond of up to $60 million to guard its assets against seizure while it appeals a huge Los Angeles jury award. Scientology lawyers have argued that payment of the bond would plunge the church into bankruptcy. But the state court judge who presided over the jury trial contends that the controversial organization's claims of poverty are untrue. The Supreme Court's ...

Tags: AuditingBankruptcyChurch of Scientology of California (CSC)David G. SavageJoel SappellJudge Ronald E. SwearingerLawrence "Larry" WollersheimLawsuitLeonard B. BoudinLos Angeles Times (California)Mental illnessProtest, picket

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, April 21, 1984
Source: Birmingham News
Author: Kenneth Shorey
More: link (70 KiB)

[Picture / Caption: Jeff Pomerantz and Justine Seymour pretend to battle creature that will appear in film version of Battlefield Earth] Ken Annakin has been named director of two forthcoming multimillion-dollar motion pictures based on L. Ron Hubbard's bestselling science fiction saga Battlefield Earth at a party last month in his honor given by Bridge Publications, publishers of the book. The party, held at Oscar's on the famed Sunset Strip, coincided with the official publication of the 1,066-page mass paperback edition ...

Tags: Battlefield EarthBirmingham NewsBridge Publications, Inc. (BPI)Chick CoreaKen AnnakinKenneth ShoreyWilliam "Bill" J. Immerman

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 1981
Source: National Enquirer
Author: David McCrindell
More: scientology-lies.com, link (233 KiB)

Some of Hollywood's biggest stars have been duped into endorsing a controversial drug rehabilitation program called Narconon, which is actually operated by the bizarre brainwashing cult, the Church of Scientology. More than 170 celebrities' names have been used as "Friends of Narconon." I Although a few are Scientologists — such as Cathy Lee Crosby, Priscilla Presley and Karen Black — others were shocked to learn Narconon was an offshoot of the weird cult. [Picture / Caption: "NARCONON ALL STARS" Gregory Harrison ...

Tags: BrainwashingCathy Lee CrosbyCostDavid McCrindellDetoxDr. Forest S. Tennant Jr.Fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationFriends of Narconon, InternationalKaren BlackMario DavisNarconon (aka Scientology drug rehab)National EnquirerPriscilla Presley

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 1981
Source: Daily News

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Tags: Daily NewsEugene M. Ingram

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 1981
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)

A 13-year veteran Los Angeles police officer was fired from the force for protecting drug dealers and helping run a house of prostitution. Sgt. Eugene M. Ingram, 35, was found guilty of seven of 15 misconduct charges by a departmental board of rights which recommended [...]

Tags: Eugene M. IngramLos Angeles Times (California)