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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: Monday, August 20, 2007
Source: The Guardian (UK)
Author: James Silver

His rant at a Scientology spokesman was a ratings winner, but the Panorama reporter insists there's more to him than just a loud voice Panorama reporters are not supposed to "lose it". Not on camera, anyway. So no wonder that John Sweeney's spectacular cartoonish strop with Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis three months ago - in which he resembled an incandescent frog, eyes bulging, voice croaking with rage - became one of those water-cooler TV moments, making headlines and propelling him to ...

Tags: BBC PanoramaBritish Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)James SilverJohn SweeneyShawn LonsdaleThe Guardian (UK)Tommy DavisYouTube

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

Type: Press
Date: Monday, August 20, 2007
Source: Mother Jones
Author: Maia Szalavitz

The idea that punishment can be therapeutic is not unique to the Rotenberg Center. In fact, this notion is widespread among the hundreds of "emotional growth boarding schools," wilderness camps, and "tough love" antidrug programs that make up the billion-dollar teen residential treatment industry. This harsh approach to helping troubled teens has a long and disturbing history. No fewer than 50 programs (though not the Rotenberg Center) can trace their treatment philosophy, directly or indirectly, to an antidrug cult called Synanon. ...

Tags: Maia SzalavitzMother JonesSynanon

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

2003
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Scientology seeks millions as punishment

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2003
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Author: Robert Farley

A lawyer involved in a wrongful death suit should pay more than $2-million, the church contends. CLEARWATER — Large and imposing, Church of Scientology attorney Samuel Rosen stood before a Pinellas County jury Tuesday, arms waving, voice booming. Pointing at Tampa lawyer Ken Dandar, he growled to jurors that Dandar had taken a "garden variety" wrongful death lawsuit and allowed a church critic to turn it into "a frontal attack on an entire religion." Now, Rosen said, Dandar must be punished. ...

Tags: David MiscavigeJudge W. Douglas BairdKennan G. "Ken" DandarLawsuitLisa McPhersonLuke Charles LirotRobert FarleyRobert S. "Bob" MintonSamuel D. "Sandy" RosenSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

1999
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Scientology expansion raises parking question

Type: Press
Date: Friday, August 20, 1999
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Author: Thomas C. Tobin

One Clearwater official says the church need not provide parking until its building is nearly complete, but others disagree. CLEARWATER — The foundation has been poured and two towering white cranes reach into the downtown sky. Construction is well under way on a 370,000-square-foot Church of Scientology building that will take two years to build. When it opens, Scientology expects to have doubled its uniformed staff to 2,000. It also projects that the number of Scientology parishioners visiting Clearwater will increase ...

Tags: CostFloridaFort Harrison Hotel (also, Flag Land Base) @ 210 South Fort Harrison Avenue Clearwater FL United StatesMark C. "Marty" RathbunMike RobertoReal estateSandcastle Motel @ 200 North Osceola Avenue Clearwater FL United StatesSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)Super Power/Flag building (formerly, Gray Moss Inn) @ 215 South Fort Harrison Avenue Clearwater FL United StatesTax matterThomas C. Tobin

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, August 20, 1995
Source: New York Times
Author: Mike Allen
More: link (197 KiB)

To reach what the Church of Scientology calls the seventh level of spirituality, the church's scriptures instruct followers to go to zoos and parks to communicate with plants and animals and go to train stations to put thoughts in the minds of strangers. Advice like that doesn't come cheap. Scientologists pay tens of thousands of dollars for such spiritual teachings. Now, to the church's dismay, they're free with an Internet account. The scriptures had been entered as an affidavit in a ...

Tags: Arnaldo P. "Arnie" LermaCopyright, trademark, patentLawsuitMike AllenNew York TimesSupernatural abilities (aka OT powers)

1993
East Grinstead Courier (UK)
Letters to the Editor
The Scientology debate

Type: Press
Date: Friday, August 20, 1993
Source: East Grinstead Courier (UK)
More: link (114 KiB)

The Courier has received a number of letters this week which are not being published because they are considered to be defamatory. —– Misdirected energy AS SPOKESMAN for the Church of Scientology I have only one thing to say to Mike Ricks (Letters, August 13), and that is that if he had spent as much time on improving conditions in town as he did in persecuting a religion, East Grinstead would be an even more pleasant environment to live and ...

Tags: ChristianityEast Grinstead Courier (UK)Graham ThrefallJohn AblettMike RicksPeter MansellXenu (Operating Thetan level 3, OT 3, Wall of Fire)

1992
Los Angeles Times (California)
IRS must pay Scientologists $16,881

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, August 20, 1992
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
More: link (30 KiB)

A federal judge in Los Angeles has ordered the Internal Revenue Service to pay the Church of Scientology $16,881 for legal fees it incurred during a two-year battle over records requested under the Freedom of Information Act. In 1989, the Scientologists filed a request for any government files indicating that the church had been designated a "tax protester." The IRS refused to turn over that information, and the Scientologists filed suit to force its release. Eventually, the IRS turned over a ...

Tags: Beth HrabaFreedom of Information Act (FOIA)Internal Revenue Service (IRS)LawsuitLos Angeles Times (California)Tax matter

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, August 20, 1991
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Author: Bruce Horovitz
More: link (357 KiB)

Public relations superstar Frank Mankiewicz is only too happy to rattle off the rather murky international clients that his giant PR firm has received inquiries from—and rejected. "We turned down the government of Libya. We turned down the Contras. We turned down the government of Colombia," said Mankiewicz, now vice president at the Washington office of Hill & Knowlton and one-time architect of Sen. George McGovern's unsuccessful presidential campaign. "With international clients, we always look to see if their interests are ...

Tags: Bain & LichtensteinBruce HorovitzHill & KnowltonLos Angeles Times (California)

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, August 20, 1980
Source: Calgary Sun
Author: Bill Hart
More: link (236 KiB)

Brendon Moore was yesterday piecing his life back together — after. being cleared by a court of defaming the Church of Scientology. The case, which has lasted four years, was thrown out of Court of Queen's Bench in Edmonton Monday when the church failed to post a $45,000 bond to cover future court costs. But Moore says the scars from his association with Scientology have yet to heal. The Scientologists sued eight ex-members in September, 1976 for allegedly defaming the church ...

Tags: AlbertaBill HartBrendon MooreCalgary SunCanadaDavid WallaceElizabeth "Betty" McCoyLawsuitLes JackmanLorna LevettNeil TaylorSilencing criticism, censorshipWilliam ReidXenu (Operating Thetan level 3, OT 3, Wall of Fire)

1980
Calgary Herald (Canada)
Lawsuit against Albertans fizzles out

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, August 20, 1980
Source: Calgary Herald (Canada)
Author: Gordon Lee
More: link (236 KiB)

The Church of Scientology's four-year-old defamation lawsuit against seven Albertans has fizzled out on the eve of trial. The Scientology organization was required to deposit $45,000 by Monday at the Court of Queen's Bench in Edmonton. But Calgary lawyer Ken Staroszik, who represents the seven defendants, said the court clerk's office confirmed Tuesday that the money has not been received. At a Queen's Bench hearing June 18 in Edmonton, Justice Arthur Crossley ordered the organization to post the money as security ...

Tags: AlbertaCalgary Herald (Canada)CanadaGordon LeeKenneth E. StaroszikLawsuitSilencing criticism, censorship

1977
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
FBI infiltrated by church, government attorneys say

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, August 20, 1977
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)

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Tags: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)InfiltrationLegalOperation Snow WhiteRobert Vaughn YoungSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, August 20, 1977
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)

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Tags: Arthur J. MarenLegalNational Council of ChurchesOperation Snow WhitePrisonSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)