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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

On this day
2009
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Scientology (Chapter 1 of 3): The Truth Rundown

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, June 21, 2009
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Authors: Joe Childs, Thomas C. Tobin
More: A letter from David Miscavige, David Miscavige bio, and bios of Scientology officials who defected

Part ONE of THREE The leader of the Church of Scientology strode into the room with a boom box and an announcement: Time for a game of musical chairs. David Miscavige had kept more than 30 members of his church's executive staff cooped up for weeks in a small office building outside Los Angeles, not letting them leave except to grab a shower. They slept on the floor, their food carted in. Their assignment was to develop strategic plans for the ...

Tags: Amy ScobeeAnnie M. Tidman (aka Annie Broeker aka Annie Logan aka Lisa Mitchell)Apollo (formerly, "Royal Scot Man"; often misspelled "Royal Scotman", "Royal Scotsman")Church of Scientology of California (CSC)Clearwater Sun (Florida)Commodore's Messenger Organization (CMO)Confidential preclear (PC) folderDavid MiscavigeDavid Miscavige: physical violenceDestroying/hiding/falsifying evidencesEarle C. CooleyFair gameFederal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)Fort Harrison Hotel (also, Flag Land Base) @ 210 South Fort Harrison Avenue Clearwater FL United StatesFred T. Goldberg Jr.Gabriel "Gabe" CazaresGerald Bennett WolfeGuillaume LesevreInternal Revenue Service (IRS)Joe ChildsL. Ron Hubbard's deathLawsuitLisa McPhersonMarc YagerMark C. "Marty" RathbunMary Sue (Whipp) HubbardMichael J. "Mike" RinderMichelle "Shelly" Miscavige (né Barnett)Monique E. YinglingNational Coalition of IRS WhistleblowersNelson PoynterNorman F. StarkeyOffice of Special Affairs (OSA) (formerly, Guardian's Office)Operation Snow WhitePatrick D. "Pat" Broeker (aka Mike Mitchell)Raymond "Ray" MithoffReligious Technology Center (RTC)Sea Organization (Sea Org, SO)Security check ("sec check")Southern Land Development and Leasing Corporation (SLDLC)St. Petersburg Times (Florida)Suppressive person (SP)The Truth Rundown (St. Petersburg Times' special report)Thomas C. TobinTom De VochtTommy DavisU.S. Department of JusticeUnited Churches of FloridaWilliam C. "Bill" Walsh

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, June 21, 2009
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Authors: Joe Childs, Thomas C. Tobin

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Tags: Amy ScobeeDavid MiscavigeDavid Miscavige: physical violenceInternal Revenue Service (IRS)Joe ChildsLisa McPhersonMark C. "Marty" RathbunMichael J. "Mike" RinderSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)The Truth Rundown (St. Petersburg Times' special report)Thomas C. TobinTom De Vocht

2009
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
The Truth Rundown: Amy Scobee

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, June 21, 2009
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)

Amy Scobee Born: Washington state Age: 45 Joined Scientology: at age 14, 1978 Left Scientology: 2005 Family status: Married to former Sea Org member Matt Pesch. They left the church together in 2005. They have no children. Career highlights: Oversaw several operations sectors during 20 years as manager at the church's international base in California. Built the network of Scientology Celebrity Centres, assembling and training staff to match four-star service levels. Oversaw church's film and taping facilities. As teenager, managed kitchen, ...

Tags: Amy ScobeeAssociation for Better Living and Education (ABLE) (formerly, "Social Coordination" or SOCO)Catherine "Cathy" Bernardini (aka Cathy Rinder)Cause Resurgence Rundown aka "Running Program"Celebrity CentreChild laborCommodore's Messenger Organization (CMO)David MiscavigeDavid Miscavige: physical violenceDisconnectionE-MeterGuillaume LesevreJeff HawkinsMarc YagerMark IngberMembershipMichael J. "Mike" RinderMichelle "Shelly" Miscavige (né Barnett)Raymond "Ray" MithoffRehabilitation Project Force (RPF)Religious Technology Center (RTC)Ron MiscavigeScientology Missions International (SMI)Sea Organization (Sea Org, SO)Security check ("sec check")Slave laborSquirrelsSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)Suppressive person (SP)The Truth Rundown (St. Petersburg Times' special report)Tom CruiseWatchdog Committee (WDC)Wendell Reynolds

2009
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
The Truth Rundown: Marty Rathbun

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, June 21, 2009
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Authors: Joe Childs, Thomas C. Tobin

Marty Rathbun Born: California Age: 52 Joined Scientology: at age 20, in 1977 Left Scientology: 2004 Family status: Divorced from Sea Org member Anne Rathbun. They had no children. Career highlights: A top lieutenant to Miscavige. Key player in legal affairs unit. Miscavige's "detail guy" during lengthy negotiations with IRS; among those who signed settlement agreement. Inspector general and board member of Religious Technology Center, church's top ecclesiastical authority. Known for his auditing skills. Audited Tom Cruise. Coached auditors working with ...

Tags: Anne Joasem (aka Anne Rathbun)Annie M. Tidman (aka Annie Broeker aka Annie Logan aka Lisa Mitchell)David MiscavigeDavid Miscavige: physical violenceJoe ChildsLisa McPhersonMark C. "Marty" RathbunMark FisherMV Freewinds (formerly, La Bohème)Patrick D. "Pat" Broeker (aka Mike Mitchell)Religious Technology Center (RTC)Sea Organization (Sea Org, SO)St. Petersburg Times (Florida)The Truth Rundown (St. Petersburg Times' special report)Thomas C. TobinTom Cruise[needtotag]

2007
Finance and Commerce Daily (Minnesota)
Scientologists find home at former science museum in St. Paul

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, June 21, 2007
Source: Finance and Commerce Daily (Minnesota)
Author: Burl Gilyard

The building at 505 N. Wabasha St. in downtown St. Paul isn't your average piece of property. Most buildings don't come complete with a 300-seat theater – the former Omni Theater, a forerunner of today's IMAX theaters. When it opened in 1977, the building was the new home of the Science Museum of Minnesota. After the Science Museum moved to its new home along Kellogg Boulevard in 1999, the Minnesota Business Academy took up residence in the building. The academy closed ...

Tags: 505 North Wabasha Street St. Paul MN United StatesBurl GilyardFinance and Commerce Daily (Minnesota)MinnesotaReal estate[needtoread][needtotag]

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Source: Radar Online

Tom Cruise wasn’t always so cool. In fact, it’s taken him years (and tens of millions of dollars, we hear) to achieve the special brand of inner bliss that allows him to shrug off getting squirted in the face with water on the red carpet. How’d Cruise do it? With help fromthe Church of Scientology’s “SEC WHOLE TRACK” questionnaire,that’s how. The internal church document was developed by Scientology founder and onetime science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard for use during "auditing" ...

Tags: Radar OnlineSecurity check ("sec check")

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

1998
Sun Herald (Australia)
Censorship won't stop slaughter

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, June 21, 1998
Source: Sun Herald (Australia)

AFTER reading so many news articles of violent deaths and murders in the past few weeks I am sure I am not alone in wanting a solution to the problems that cause such occurrences. Frustrated politicians and social commentators tell us that we have to stop the killing, and the primary solutions offered are more police, tighter gun controls, "intervention" with enforced mental health "treatment" and tougher prison sentences. And while it is obviously true we have to do something about ...

Tags: Anti-psychiatryJohn McGuinnessLetterSun Herald (Australia)

Zhent (Anonymous) contributed to this entry

Type: Press
Date: Friday, June 21, 1991
Source: Advertising Age
Author: Gary Levin
More: link (94 KiB)

NEW YORK—WPP Group's Hill & Knowlton, the giannt public relations agency charged with generating favorable images for clients, is having public relations problems of its own. The latest controversy surfaced last month, when the agency was forced to resign the $2 million Church of Scientology International account a week after a May 6 Time cover story labeled the church a "cult of greed" that had bilked its followers of millions of dollars. The church quickly began an ad campaign in ''USA ...

Tags: Advertising AgeChurch of Scientology International (CSI)Eli LillyGary LevinHill & KnowltonJ. Walter ThompsonMartin SorrellProzac (fluoxetine hydrochloride)Scientology: The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power (article)TIME MagazineUSA TodayWPP Group

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, June 21, 1987
Source: Orlando Sentinel
Author: Joe Kilsheimer

The late L. Ron Hubbard was a respectable science fiction writer in the 1940s and '50s. He published a number of stories in Astounding Stories, the magazine in which some of SF's leading lights, such as Frank Herbert, Issac Asimov and Robert Heinlein, published their early works. In the mid-1950s, however, Hubbard turned his mind in on itself and developed the self-help doctrine of Dianetics, which later developed into the cult religion Scientology. After more than two decades out of science ...

Tags: Battlefield EarthJoe KilsheimerL. Ron Hubbard's credentialsMission Earth (decalogy)Orlando Sentinel

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, June 21, 1983
Source: Orlando Sentinel
Author: Maya Bell
More: link (70 KiB)

DAYTONA BEACH — The former mayor of Clearwater and his wife cannot drop just a part of a lawsuit they filed against the Church of Scientology, a Volusia County circuit judge ruled Monday. Citing case law, Judge Robert Durden said Gabriel Cazares and his wife Margaret must drop all or none of the three-count suit filed in circuit court against the controversial church. Arguing against partial dismissal of the suit, church lawyers accused the Cazares' attorneys of trying to drop the ...

Tags: Francine VannierGabriel "Gabe" CazaresJudge Robert DurdenLawsuitMaya BellMerrell G. VannierOrlando Sentinel

1966
Advertiser (Australia)
ADS7 looks at scientology

Type: Promotion
Date: Tuesday, June 21, 1966
Source: Advertiser (Australia)

The controversial cult of scientology, which has been banned in Victoria, will be discussed in ADS7's public affairs programme This Week at 10.5 tonight. Brian Taylor will interview Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Mainsbridge, of Tusmore, who gave evidence before the Royal Commission into scientology in Victoria. Mr. Mansbridge is a senior lecturer at the SA Institute of Technology and his wife is a primary school teacher. At the enquiry the couple gave evidence in support of the cult, but in ...

Tags: ADS7Advertiser (Australia)AustraliaBrian TaylorH. E. Mainsbridge

Zhent (Anonymous) contributed to this entry

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, June 21, 1951
Source: Elizabeth Daily Journal
More: link (82 KiB)

ELIZABETH — Barton Press, Inc., of Newark held a new writ of attachment today against the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation after being edged out recently by other legal claims on the foundation's property. Matthew Grayson, attorney here for the Newark firm, said the new writ was against $5,000 cash security left by the foundation for lease of several offices here when it moved to Wichita, Kan., in May. The newly discovered funds, Grayson said, are being held by the Caldwell Place ...

Tags: Elizabeth Daily JournalHubbard Dianetics Research Foundation (HDRF)L. Ron Hubbard's credentialsLegal