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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, May 24, 2010
Source: Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — A Nebraska man has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for his role in a cyber attack on the Church of Scientology's websites two years ago. Brian Thomas Mettenbrink, of Grand Island, Neb., was also ordered Monday to pay $20,000 in restitution and serve a year on supervised release after he gets out of prison. The cyber attack was orchestrated by an underground group that calls itself "Anonymous" and protests the Church of Scientology, accusing it ...

Tags: Anonymous (group)Associated PressBrian Thomas MettenbrinkJudge Gary FeessLegal

Type: Commentary
Date: Saturday, May 24, 2008
Source: The Guardian (UK)
Author: Marina Hyde

Anyone who thinks the police aren't interested in diversity will be amazed by the links they have built with Scientology Once again our great nation has entertained the world, putting on two stunning exhibition matches this week. First was the Champions League final, between the clubs who finished first and second in our very own Premier League. The second - and whether the parties were quite as closely matched as Manchester United and Chelsea will be for you to decide - ...

Tags: InfiltrationKen StewartLondonMarina HydeMembershipNarconon (aka Scientology drug rehab)PoliceThe Guardian (UK)United Kingdom (UK)Xenu (Operating Thetan level 3, OT 3, Wall of Fire)

Orangeville Citizen (Ontario, Canada)
After eight years, Hockley Highlands closes its doors

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2007
Source: Orangeville Citizen (Ontario, Canada)
Author: Mandi Hargrave

After eight years of financial struggle, not once turning a profit or breaking even, Toronto businessman Murray Goldman has closed the doors to the Hockley Highlands Inn and Conference Centre. The announcement was made on Friday, the same day employees learned they no longer had a job. A former employee said although there was no advance notice of the closure given to employees they have had ample warnings over the last four years, as business continually declined and the inn lost ...

Tags: 3rd Line East Mono ON CanadaCanadaMandi HargraveOrangeville Citizen (Ontario, Canada)Real estate

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2007
Source: Austin American Statesman
Author: Steven Kreytak

Should someone go to prison for stabbing a dog 27 times? That's been the topic of discussion within the Travis County district attorney's office in the case of Joanne Lee Hinojosa, 33, accused of seriously injuring her estranged husband's dog during an argument between the couple last year. The dog, a 20-pound mixed-breed named Marti, was later euthanized because of her serious internal injuries, a police affidavit said. Hinojosa's lawyer, Rip Collins, says she was suffering mental stress from the breakup ...

Tags: Austin American StatesmanJoanne Lee HinojosaLegalSteven Kreytak

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2007
Source: The Argus (UK)
Author: Paul Bracchi

BBC reporter John Sweeney was last week seen losing his temper at the end of a sixmonth investigation into scientology. In 1994, The Argus published a damning exposé of the East Grinsteadbased "religion". Former chief reporter Paul Bracchi, who secretly infiltrated the cult, remembers how its followers relentlessly threatened and pursued him in revenge for criticising their deceptive and manipulative methods. Here Mr Bracchi, who now lives in London, tells the chilling story of how he was stalked and intimidated ...

Tags: CostEugene M. IngramFair gameFraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationIan LuderKevin HurleyNarconon (aka Scientology drug rehab)Office of Special Affairs (OSA) (formerly, Guardian's Office)Paul BracchiPolicePrivate investigator(s)Sebastien SainsburySuppressive person (SP)Tax matterThe Argus (UK)Threat of physical harmUnited Kingdom (UK)

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Source: MSNBC

Actor says study technique helped him deal with dyslexia Tom Cruise is a founding board member of the Hollywood Education Literacy Project, known as H.E.L.P., a community-based literacy and mentoring project providing one-on-one tutoring for students and their families at no cost. The cause is dear to Tom because he was once diagnosed as dyslexic, a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin and characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. ...

Tags: Hollywood Education and Literacy Project (HELP)Mental illnessMSNBCStudy technology (Study tech)Tom Cruise

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, May 24, 2003
Source: Badische Neueste Nachrichten

Controversial organization uses any means to get "apostate" Karlsruhe. Gerry Armstrong has not lost hope. His will to survive has not given out on him either – amazing, with several lawsuits, imminent threats from the antagonistic lawyers at his throat, Gerry is impressed, but he has a clear message, "From Germany I will and must convince the authorities in my Canadian homeland and also in the USA, that Scientology is neither a religion nor even a church, and certainly not a ...

Tags: Apollo (formerly, "Royal Scot Man"; often misspelled "Royal Scotman", "Royal Scotsman")Badische Neueste NachrichtenBundesverfassungsschutzDead agenting (Black PR, smear campaign)Fair gameFraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationGerald "Gerry" ArmstrongGermanyL. Ron Hubbard's credentialsLawsuitOffice of Special Affairs (OSA) (formerly, Guardian's Office)Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF)Sea Organization (Sea Org, SO)Threat

St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Scientology is a key player in marijuana case

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2001
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Author: Deborah O'Neil

The defense is bringing the church into the case, saying that the arrest was tied to the church's relentless surveillance of a critic, the defendant. LARGO — Five lawyers helped fill the courtroom Wednesday in a misdemeanor trial that included poster-board-size charts, a video recording, expert scientific testimony, five other witnesses and repeated references to the Church of Scientology. After five hours of courtroom proceedings, the marijuana possession case against strident Scientology critic Jesse Prince still was not over at the ...

Tags: Brian RafteryDeborah O'NeilDenis deVlamingFair gameJesse PrinceLawsuitLegalPrivate investigator(s)St. Petersburg Times (Florida)

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

Type: Press
Date: Friday, May 24, 1991
Source: Jerusalem Post
Author: Bernard Levine
More: link (127 KiB)

Have you ever been stopped on Dizengoff by a friendly, earnest young person inviting you to take a free personality lest? Did he or she mention the possibility of learning more about yourself at a special "college?" If the answer is yes, you may well have been stopped by one of Israel's Scientologists. "Osnat" and "Yaron" (not their real names) are two youngsters who did decide to take the test. Osnat, the daughter of an observant Jewish family, was 17 when ...

Tags: Bernard LevineBlackmailBrainwashingCostDisconnectionHard sellIsraelJerusalem PostJustice Latey, Sir JohnMembershipOxford Capacity Analysis (aka, "free Scientology personality test" aka "U-Test" aka "Pape Test")RecruitmentScientology: The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power (article)

Type: Press
Date: Friday, May 24, 1991
Source: L.A. Weekly (California)
Author: Ralph Rugoff
More: link (244 KiB)

I ARRIVED FOR MY APPOINTMENT AT THE L. RON Hubbard Life Exhibition Hall a few minutes early. Unlike in other commemorative mausoleums, such as the Nixon Library and Birthplace, you're not allowed to walk around the Hubbard by yourself. Instead, you must sign up for an hour-and-a-half guided tour. Possibly they don't trust the unassisted viewer to fully reap the museum's rewards, though it might also be a matter of security. The presence of a young guard dressed in the Church ...

Tags: Blackfoot IndiansE-MeterHollywood Guaranty Building (HGB) @ 6331 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles CA United StatesJohn TravoltaL. Ron Hubbard's credentialsL.A. Weekly (California)Ralph RugoffSonny BonoThe Way to Happiness (TWTH)Tom Cruise

Newkirk Herald Journal (Oklahoma)
Harold's Journal: New law will help...

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, May 24, 1990
Source: Newkirk Herald Journal (Oklahoma)
Author: Robert W. Lobsinger
More: link (176 KiB)

Thanks to your enduring help, the Oklahoma State Legislature has passed (91 to 0 in the House and similar in the Senate), and Governor Henry Bellmon has signed a law which should insure that Oklahoma will certify only legitimate, medically safe drug and alcohol treatment facilities for operation in our state. Practitioners of Body Thetan exorcism and other hocus pocus won't cut it. The law requires that drug abuse treatment providers be accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare ...

Tags: "Safe pointing"Narconon (aka Scientology drug rehab)Narconon Chilocco New Life CenterNewkirk Herald Journal (Oklahoma)OklahomaOklahoma Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse ServicesRobert W. Lobsinger

Newkirk Herald Journal (Oklahoma)
The little paper that could... Did!

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, May 24, 1990
Source: Newkirk Herald Journal (Oklahoma)
More: link (79 KiB)

We believe that a community newspaper should do more than entertain and make money. A community newspaper has an obligation to inform, warn, preach, and plead for what is good for the town it serves. Sometimes the stories are tough to cover. Sometimes even frightening. Sometimes they make people angry. Sometimes they are dull. Sometimes it means exposing the warts on our community nose. And, of course, once in awhile the stories we run happen to be fun and entertaining. But ...

Tags: Narconon (aka Scientology drug rehab)Newkirk Herald Journal (Oklahoma)Robert W. "Bob" Lobsinger

Type: Press
Date: Friday, May 24, 1985
Source: The Oregonian (Portland)
Author: Sura Rubenstein
More: link (94 KiB)

A gathering billed as a news conference turned into a rally Wednesday as several hundred Scientologists shouted fervent "amens" to religious spokesmen decrying a $39 million judgment against the Church of Scientology awarded by a Multnomah County jury last week. "I heard a fight was going on in Oregon, and I wanted to get in on it," said the Rev. Everett Sileven, a Baptist minister from Louisville, Neb., who served 157 days in jail because he refused to permit state certification ...

Tags: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)Fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationJohn CarmichaelJulie Christofferson TitchbourneLawsuitMembershipSura RubensteinThe Oregonian (Portland)

The Oregonian (Portland)
Scientology verdict not threat to religion

Type: Press
Date: Friday, May 24, 1985
Source: The Oregonian (Portland)
More: link (102 KiB)

The Church of Scientology's lofty claim to be the last outpost between the fragile frontier of religious freedom and the barren wasteland of religious oppression has significantly failed to rally other allegedly threatened religions to defend the embattled stockade. To the claim by Ken Hoden, president of the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles, that "If we, one minority, one religion, are attacked, then all religions are attacked," Rodney Page, who represents 13 Christian denominations as executive director of Ecumenical Ministries ...

Tags: Big League Sales Closing Techniques (book)Fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationJulie Christofferson TitchbourneKen HodenLawsuitThe Oregonian (Portland)

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, May 24, 1984
More: link (76 KiB)

Former assistant to L. Ron Hubbard testifies in suit to recover documents. LOS ANGELES — A former publicist for Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard testified Friday that she left the church in November 1981 because she had become "a target" of hostility by church members. Ex-publicist Laurel Sullivan, 34, was cross-examined by church attorney Robert Harris in a lawsuit brought by the church and Mary Sue Hubbard, the founder's wife, seeking to recover allegedly stolen documents from former ...

Tags: Destroying/hiding/falsifying evidencesFair gameGerald "Gerry" ArmstrongLaurel J. Sullivan (née Watson)LawsuitLos Angeles Times (California)Mary Sue (Whipp) HubbardOmar V. Garrison

Los Angeles Times (California)
Hubbard records shredded

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, May 24, 1984
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
More: link (24 KiB)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman who worked as a publicist for Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard testified Thursday that orders were given in February 1980 to shred documents indicating bard was in control of church management. Laurel Sullivan, 34, said the orders for the massive shredding came as church personnel feared a raid by federal agents. Such raids previously took place in Los Angeles, Boston and Washington in July 1979. Sullivan testified before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge ...

Tags: Destroying/hiding/falsifying evidencesJudge Paul G. Breckenridge Jr.Laurel J. Sullivan (née Watson)LawsuitLos Angeles Times (California)

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, May 24, 1984
Source: Clearwater Sun (Florida)
Author: Howard French
More: link (80 KiB)

Church of Scientology spokesman Richard Haworth said Wednesday he is pleased that a second restraining order was issued recently against the city's revised charitable solicitation law. "Once again we have been joined by a coalition of religious groups" in the fight against the ordinance, be said, "and we are pleased they are in the (action) with us." Only a week old, the ordinance became the target of a second restraining order from a federal judge Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge William ...

Tags: City of Clearwater 1982 HearingsClearwater Sun (Florida)Howard FrenchJudge Elizabeth KovachevichJudge Hodges, William T.LawsuitRichard A. Haworth