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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: Sunday, December 7, 2008
Source: Le Journal de Québec
Author: Marc-André Séguin
More: link (263 KiB)

Le gérant du Zellers des Galeries de la Capitale, Gaëtan Verrette, sent qu’il s’est fait « jouer » par des représentants de l’Église de la scientologie qui n’ont pas dévoilé leur identité pour obtenir un stand dans son magasin, hier, provoquant le mécontentement de certains clients. M. Verrette a affirmé qu’un représentant de l’Église l’avait contacté, la semaine dernière, pour louer un stand dans son établissement, mais qu’il n’avait pas dévoilé son appartenance à la scientologie, approche que le gérant a ...

Tags: Centre de dianétique HubbardFraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationLe Journal de QuébecMarc-André SéguinStress test

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, December 7, 2008
Source: Las Cruces Sun News (New Mexico)
Author: Ashley Meeks

LAS CRUCES — The city is immediately ending an anti-drug program aimed at third-graders after it was revealed it was created and bankrolled by the Church of Scientology. The "Drug-Free Marshal" program, started in late November, had only been presented to five schools but was intended to be promoted eventually among all third-graders in the Las Cruces Public Schools. Mayor Ken Miyagishima apologized Saturday and said it was not his intention to promote the religion. The mayor said he was approached ...

Tags: Anti-psychiatryAshley MeeksAssociation for Better Living and Education (ABLE) (formerly, "Social Coordination" or SOCO)Children, youthDrug Free MarshalsFoundation for a Drug-Free WorldFraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationLas Cruces Sun News (New Mexico)Narconon (aka Scientology drug rehab)New MexicoRichard HenleyRitalinSchoolsTexas

Type: Press
Date: Friday, December 7, 2007
Source: Memphis Flyer

DECEMBER 7, 2007 - 11:11 AM Here's a real bargain for those of you looking for a nice homey place in Central Gardens: The Church of Scientology is offering to sell its Memphis headquarters at 1440 Central for a mere $895,000. Sure, it may sound a little pricey, but the amenities are pretty sweet: There are 17 rooms, including six bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, a game room, a 750-sq. ft. den, three fireplaces, and a "finished" basement. And that basement, by ...

Tags: MemphisMemphis FlyerReal estateTennessee

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

Type: Press
Date: Friday, December 7, 2007
Source: Washington Post
Author: Louis Charbonneau

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Tags: GermanyLouis CharbonneauWashington Post

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

Type: Press
Date: Friday, December 7, 2007
Source: Globe and Mail (Canada)

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Tags: GermanyGlobe and Mail (Canada)Sabine Weber

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

Type: Press
Date: Friday, December 7, 2007
Source: CNN

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Tags: CNNGermanySabine Weber

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Type: Press
Date: Friday, December 7, 2007
Source: Spiegel

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Type: Press
Date: Friday, December 7, 2007
Source: Monsters and Critics

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Tags: GermanyMonsters and Critics

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

Type: Press
Date: Friday, December 7, 2007
Source: Deutsche Welle

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Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

Type: Press
Date: Friday, December 7, 2007
Source: CNN

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Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2005
Source: Riverfront Times
Author: Kristen Hinman

Every year in St. Louis County, on the fourth Monday in August, more than one thousand properties are placed on the auction block. County revenue officials and eager bidders converge on council chambers to divvy up land on which owners have not paid property taxes for three years. The tax-delinquent citizenry are warned in advance that their real estate will go to the highest bidder if they haven't paid at least one year's worth of back taxes. The deadline is auction ...

Tags: 11755 Riverview Drive Saint Louis MO United StatesApplied ScholasticsKristen HinmanMary AdamsMissouriReal estateRiverfront TimesSt. LouisTax matterVillage Voice Media

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, December 7, 2003
Source: New York Times
Author: Anahad O'Connor

Dr. Margaret Singer, a leading expert on brainwashing who testified in several high-profile cases contending that various groups inappropriately manipulated their members to control their behavior, died on Nov. 23 in Berkeley, Calif. She was 82. The cause was respiratory failure, said her son, Sam. In her long career, Dr. Singer investigated and testified about techniques used by North Koreans against American soldiers in wartime and the Symbionese Liberation Army's influence over the kidnapped heiress Patricia Hearst. In the 1950's, Dr. ...

Tags: Anahad O'ConnorBrainwashingBranch DavidiansMargaret Thaler SingerMooniesNew York TimesPeople's TempleRichard Ofshe

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

1999
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Belief called irrelevant in death

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, December 7, 1999
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Author: Thomas C. Tobin

The Church of Scientology in Clearwater cannot rely on religious grounds to escape prosecution in the death of one of its members, Pinellas-Pasco prosecutors argued in a strongly worded document filed Monday. The document referred to the church's Clearwater entity as "a multifaceted non-profit corporation" that "engages in extensive revenue sharing activity" and generates "tremendous cash flow." The wording aims to undercut an argument by church lawyers that Scientology staffers were giving "spiritual assistance" to parishioner Lisa McPherson when she died ...

Tags: Bernie McCabeChurch of Scientology Flag Service Organization (CSFSO)Eric M. LiebermanJudge Susan F. SchaefferLisa McPhersonSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)Thomas C. Tobin

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

1997
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
A belief in reincarnation

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, December 7, 1997
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
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Tags: David MiscavigeDeathHeber C. JentzschL. Ron Hubbard's deathRobert Vaughn YoungSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)Supernatural abilities (aka OT powers)

1997
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Church says "nothing mysterious" about deaths

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, December 7, 1997
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
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Tags: Ben ShawBrian AndersonDeathEric M. LiebermanSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)Suicide

1997
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
For some Scientologists, pilgrimage has been fatal

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, December 7, 1997
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Author: Lucy Morgan
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Tags: Andreas OstertagAnti-psychiatryArthur OrwatBen ShawBernie McCabeCarrie SlaughterbeckDeathDetoxErnst WinkelmannHard sellHeribert PfaffJoachim BenderJoan WoodJosephus A. HavenithLisa McPhersonLucy MorganMargaret Thaler SingerMargarit WinkelmannMedical claimsPeter Ernst FreiPurification Rundown ("Purif")Roger NindSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)Suicide

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

1997
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
McPherson investigation should be finished soon

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, December 7, 1997
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
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Tags: AMC PublishingAnti-psychiatryBernie McCabeDeathFort Harrison Hotel (also, Flag Land Base) @ 210 South Fort Harrison Avenue Clearwater FL United StatesJoan WoodLawsuitLisa McPhersonSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)

1989
Newkirk Herald Journal (Oklahoma)
Editorial comment: The components of mind control... (772 KiB)

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, December 7, 1989
Source: Newkirk Herald Journal (Oklahoma)
Author: Robert W. Lobsinger

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Tags: Combatting Cult, Mind Control (book)Front groupsNewkirk Herald Journal (Oklahoma)RecruitmentRehabilitation Project Force (RPF)Robert W. "Bob" LobsingerSteven Hassan

1979
Clearwater Sun (Florida)
Commission adopts anti-cult measures (2.2 MiB)

Type: Press
Date: Friday, December 7, 1979
Source: Clearwater Sun (Florida)
Author: David Bralow

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Tags: Clearwater Sun (Florida)David BralowKenneth J. WhitmanMilton WolfeRichard TenneyRonald J. SchultzTax matter

1979
Clearwater Times (Florida)
Commission plans action against Scientologists (2.2 MiB)

Type: Press
Date: Friday, December 7, 1979
Source: Clearwater Times (Florida)
Author: Deborah Blum

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Tags: Charles LeCherClearwater Times (Florida)Deborah BlumLawsuitReal estateRichard TenneyRonald J. SchultzTax matter

1976
Los Angeles Times (California)
Libel Settlement Reached With Scientology Church

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, December 7, 1976
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Author: Myrna Oliver

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Tags: LawsuitLos Angeles Times (California)Myrna OliverPaulette CooperSettlementThe Scandal of Scientology (book)

Type: Press
Date: Friday, December 7, 1973
Source: The Age (Australia)

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Tags: Anderson Report (Australia)AustraliaGordon JustIan Kenneth TampionJustice Kevin Victor AndersonThe Age (Australia)[needtotag]

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1967
East Grinstead Courier (UK)
Scientology -- Town's biggest business (324 KiB)

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, December 7, 1967
Source: East Grinstead Courier (UK)

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Tags: Church of Scientology of California (CSC)DisconnectionEast Grinstead Courier (UK)Hubbard College of ScientologyJane KemberSaint Hill Manor @ East Grinstead (UK)Tax matterUnited Kingdom (UK)