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On this date

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

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2010
Source: Crikey (Australia)
Author: Bernard Keane

Last week, the Senate Privileges Committee permitted the Church of Scientology to respond in Hansard to issues raised by Senator Nick Xenophon in November last year. The Scientologists promptly issued a press release declaring they had responded to Xenophon “in Parliament”, as if they had some sort of elected status. In allowing the Scientologist response into Hansard, the Privileges Committee has allowed itself to be made party to an attack on individuals who were brave enough to raise their treatment at ...

Tags: Aaron Saxton (aka Aaron Tweddell)AbortionAstra WoodcraftAustraliaBernard KeaneCarmel UnderwoodClaire HeadleyCrikey (Australia)David MiscavigeDavid Miscavige: physical violenceFraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationGeorge BrandisJacinta CollinsJesse PrinceJohn SweeneyLaura Ann Dieckman (formerly, DeCrescenzo)LawsuitLonnie D. KlieverMark C. "Marty" RathbunMary TabayoyonMichael J. "Mike" RinderNick XenophonReligious Technology Center (RTC)Sea Organization (Sea Org, SO)Tera HattawayThe Truth Rundown (St. Petersburg Times' special report)[needtotag]

2009
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Police report found no Scientology role in suicide

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Author: Jonathan Abel

CLEARWATER — Police investigated the role Scientology played in the suicide of a troubled young man two years ago, but did not conclude church members forced him off his antidepressant medication or contributed to his death. Last week, the mother of Kyle Brennan filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Scientology's Clearwater-based Flag Service Organization and three Scientologists, claiming they took away Brennan's medication. The suit names the boy's father, Thomas Brennan, as a defendant; along with Denise Gentile, who is the ...

Tags: Anti-psychiatryChurch of Scientology Flag Service Organization (CSFSO)DeathDenise Miscavige Gentile (formerly Covington, Licciardi)Gerald "Jerry" GentileJonathan AbelKennan G. "Ken" DandarKyle Thomas BrennanLawsuitMental illnessSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)SuicideThomas BrennanTommy DavisWeapons

2009
Green River Star (Wyoming)
Work in Sweeney canyon stopped

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Source: Green River Star (Wyoming)
Author: Jami Ford

Work in Sweeney canyon stopped By JAMI FORD Staff Writer Published: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 2:59 PM MST Work being done in Sweeney Canyon south of Rock Springs has come to a standstill, according to Sweetwater County Attorney Brett Johnson. County residents had expressed concerns over IGSS building something unknown in Sweeney Canyon in 2008. Rumors flew as suspicions surfaced about possible links between IGSS and the church of scientology, and people started to make formal complaints. As concerns rose, multiple ...

Tags: Brett JohnsonGreen River Star (Wyoming)International Ground Support Systems (IGSS)Jami FordVaultWyoming

2008
Los Angeles Times (California)
A leap beyond faith

Type: Press
Date: Monday, February 18, 2008
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Author: Michael Shermer

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Tags: Anonymous (group)Los Angeles Times (California)Michael ShermerProtest, picket

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

Type: Press
Date: Monday, February 18, 2008
Source: Herald Sun (Australia)

A Sydney woman will stand trial on charges of murdering her Scientologist father and teenage sister. The 25-year-old, who cannot be named, is facing two counts of murder and a third of maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent to murder over a frenzied stabbing at her southwestern Sydney home in July last year. It is alleged that the woman, who has been diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder, fatally stabbed her 53-year-old father and 15-year-old sister in a psychotic rage at the ...

Tags: Anti-psychiatryAustraliaAustralia (July 2007): Scientology link to murdersDeathHerald SunMental illness

2006
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Scientology awards reach out to black community

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2006
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Author: Robert Farley

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Tags: Alfreddie JohnsonAmanda AmbroseCharles L. KennedyCleo Glenn Johnson-McLaughlinEbony Awakening, Inc.James McLaughlinJohnny Ray YoungbloodLouis FarrakhanNarconon (aka Scientology drug rehab)Nation of IslamPat HarneyRobert FarleySt. Petersburg Times (Florida)Stephanie HamiltonStudy technology (Study tech)Tony MuhammadWorld Literacy Crusade

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2003
Source: KRNV

Nevada Assemblywoman Sharron Angle says she's ending efforts to have women prisoners enter a drug rehabilitation program devised by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. The Reno Republican said introducing a bill to try the program in Nevada would be useless because of Democratic opposition. Democrats hold 23 of the 42 seats in the Assembly. Angle says she'll cancel a March first trip by legislators to an Ensenada, Mexico, prison to look at the Second Chance Program. Randall Suggs, an Arizona businessman ...

Tags: KRNVNevadaRandall "Randy" SuggsSecond Chance (related, Criminon)Sharron Angle

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

1998
New York Times
Clinton's Travolta fever

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, February 18, 1998
Source: New York Times
Author: Frank Rich
More: link (783 KiB)

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Tags: Bill ClintonFrank RichGeorge (magazine)John TravoltaNew York Times

1997
Los Angeles Times (California)
Albright plays down dispute over Scientology

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 1997
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Author: Tyler Marshall
More: link (663 KiB)

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Tags: Dustin HoffmanFranceGermanyHelmut KohlLos Angeles Times (California)Madeleine AlbrightNazi labellingOliver StoneSpainTom CruiseTyler Marshall

1997
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
In brief / Scientology disagreement downplayed

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 1997
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)

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Tags: GermanyNazi labellingSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 1986
Author: Earl Golz
More: link (1.05 MiB)

Mystery death of Scientology founder leaves his son fuming MILLIONS AT STAKE IN BATTLE OVER LAST-MINUTE WILL [Picture / Caption: When L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, visited his staff in Rhodesia in 1966, all was well among his 6 million converts in 35 countries. In 1980, Hubbard disappeared from view.] TENS of millions of dollars are at stake in a battle over the will of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, whose recent death has proven as big a mystery as ...

Tags: Al JarreauChick CoreaEarl GolzEarle C. CooleyEugene "Gene" DenkGeorge S. WhitingHubbard's ranch (where he died) @ Iron Spring Roads Creston CA United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS)John TravoltaKen HodenL. Ron Hubbard's deathLawsuitOperation Snow WhiteProtest, picketRonald "Nibs" Edward DeWolf (L. Ron Hubbard, Jr.)

1981
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Scientology spokesman faces 40 days in jail

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, February 18, 1981
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)

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Tags: LegalMilton WolfeSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)

1968
Sunday Mirror (Australia)
"Perverted" cult thriving in Sydney

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, February 18, 1968
Source: Sunday Mirror (Australia)

Push for recruits L. Ron Hubbard, chief of the discredited Scientology cult, is pushing as hard as ever for recruits in Sydney. So far, no action has been taken to suppress the cult's activities in New South Wales. Scientology was banned in Victoria in 1965 after a royal commissioner reported that its practice was a medical, moral and social threat to the community. The inquiry, which lasted 17 months, found the techniques and principles of Scientology "perverted, debased and harmful." It ...

Tags: Anderson Report (Australia)AustraliaJohn McMasterL. Ron HubbardMedical Journal of AustraliaRecruitmentSunday Mirror (Australia)Xenu (Operating Thetan level 3, OT 3, Wall of Fire)

Zhent (Anonymous) contributed to this entry