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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, July 19, 2010
Source: Pasadena Star-News
Author: Janette Williams

The imposing four-story, 50,800-square-foot building at 35 S. Raymond Ave. will serve around 10,000 Scientologists from the San Gabriel Valley to the Inland Empire, said Eden Stein, president of the Pasadena Church. "We're very pleased," Stein said Monday, a day after about 4,200 Scientologists celebrated at a street party on Raymond attended by church leader David Miscavige. "We'll be shopping here, eating in restaurants," she said. "We're looking forward to doing our share in contributing to the economic vitality of Old ...

Tags: Braley Building @ 35 South Raymond Avenue Pasadena CA United StatesCaliforniaDavid MiscavigeEden SteinJanette WilliamsPasadena Star-NewsReal estateTommy Davis

Type: Blog
Date: Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Scientology cult loudly boasts that after 9/11, its "Volunteer Ministers" were awarded the Fire Department of New York's highest honor, the "Medal of Valor." This is not only a lie, but an insult to the memory all the brave firefighters who died in the line of duty and were awarded this Medal posthumously. Dozens of Scientology web site and blogs brazenly make this claim, in a continuing effort to legitimize their cult. Scientology's "Volunteer Ministers," or more accurately, "Vulture Ministers," ...

Tags: Fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationNarconon (aka Scientology drug rehab)New YorkStephan HittmannVolunteer Ministers

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, July 19, 2008
Source: Pacific Magazine
Author: Ulamila Wragg
More: pacificmagazine.net

The Cook Islands High Court will hear an application today (Friday local time) for the demolition of a tent set up by the Church of Scientology in the middle of the capital, Avarua. The writ was filed in court by Reverend Alfred Morris, who leads a local Apostolic church in Rarotonga. Last week the Cook Islands government gave the green light to visiting Church of Scientology representatives Mathew Andrews and Winnie Lawrence to put up posters. However, they were advised the ...

Tags: Cook IslandsLegalMathew AndrewsPacific MagazineUlamila WraggWinnie Lawrence

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, July 19, 2008
Source: Pacific Magazine
Author: Ulamila Wragg
More: pacificmagazine.net, rickross.com

A rival church’s petition against the Church of Scientology was dismissed by the Cook Islands High Court this afternoon after Scientology officials removed a display tent that was the focus of the court action. Local church leader Reverend Alfred Morris applied to the court this week for the removal of a display tent erected by the Church of Scientology in the capital Avarua. Morris said that apart from having no approval under the Religious Organisations Restrictions Act 1975, the Scientologists were ...

Tags: Cook IslandsLegalMathew AndrewsPacific MagazineUlamila Wragg

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2007
Source: CNN
Author: Anderson Cooper

[...] RANDI KAYE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): He's played a top gun and secret agent. But it's his latest role, anti-Nazi war hero that's landed Tom Cruise in hot water. Germany is boiling over his religion. Filming began outside Berlin today, for a movie starring Cruise, as Count Klaus von Stauffenberg, a famed colonel who tried to kill Hitler. Back in 1944, Stauffenberg and his coconspirators were executed here at the defense ministry building. Cruise was planning to shoot scenes at the ...

Tags: Anderson CooperCNNGermanyTom CruiseValkyrie (movie)

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2007
Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
More: news.com.au

A SYDNEY woman allegedly stabbed by her daughter in an attack that killed two other family members has been released from hospital. The 52-year-old mother of six, who cannot be named, has been recovering in hospital since the deadly attack at the family home in Revesby, in Sydney's south-west, on July 6. A St George Hospital spokeswoman said the woman was discharged yesterday. The woman's 25-year-old daughter is accused of fatally stabbing her 53-year-old father and 15-year-old sister and injuring her ...

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

2004
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Four key Scientologists

Type: Press
Date: Monday, July 19, 2004
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)

Ben Shaw, 53, is the church's lead spokesman in Clearwater. The son of a career Army officer, Shaw graduated from high school in India, where he played in a rock band and studied Indian religions. After reading Dianetics while working on a shrimp boat in Key West in 1971, he joined the church staff. He became a minister in 1978 and has held church positions throughout Europe and in Miami, Boston and Los Angeles. He has directed external affairs in Clearwater ...

Tags: Ben ShawBennetta SlaughterElias JafifMary StorySt. Petersburg Times (Florida)

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

Type: Press
Date: Monday, July 19, 2004
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Authors: Robert Farley, Jennifer Farrell

A local lawyer and political consultant are hired to help break down barriers for Scientology. It was a sticky decision and everyone in the room knew it. Bennetta Slaughter, the charismatic businesswoman whose tireless committee work had impressed so many, was being nominated to the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce board of directors. "Do we really want one on the board?" several asked. By "one" they meant: a Scientologist. Board members worried that the chamber's rank and file might quit in ...

Tags: Aaron McGlonBen ShawBennetta SlaughterBill HorneBrian AungstClearwaterDennis JonesEd ArmstrongFrank HibbardGus BilirakisHoyt Hamilton Jim Coats Joanie SigalJudge Linda BabbJudge Linda R. AllanMary RepperMike FasanoMike MeidelNarconon (aka Scientology drug rehab)Rita GarveyRobert "Bob" DillingerRobert FarleySt. Petersburg Times (Florida)Susan Latvala

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

2004
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
St. Petersburg Times: Photo gallery

Type: Press
Date: Monday, July 19, 2004
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)

[Picture / Caption: After Alicia and Jason Regensburg married, the location of their first home was a no-brainer: Clearwater. Alicia grew up in Clearwater’s Scientology circles. Now, the second-generation church member likes living close to the church's spiritual headquarters downtown, where she takes Scientology courses “pretty much constantly.” Also nearby is Clearwater Academy International, the Hubbard-flavored school where the couple’s 3-year-old son, Hudson, is in pre-school.] [Picture / Caption: The Church of Scientology gets credit for bringing Starbucks downtown. Church officials ...

Tags: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

2002
Battle Creek Enquirer
Rehab center nears opening

Type: Press
Date: Friday, July 19, 2002
Source: Battle Creek Enquirer

Renovation efforts are in full swing at Narconon Stone Hawk, a drug rehabilitation center on St. Mary's Lake, after its owners overcame community objections and satisfied zoning requirements. The residential treatment center was expected to open in August, but owners Kate and Per Wickstrom moved the opening date to mid-September to accommodate further renovation. "We've got a lot of things to do and we want to make sure there aren't any distractions when the students arrive," said Kate Wickstrom, executive director. ...

Tags: Battle Creek EnquirerKathleen J. WisckstromMichiganNarconon (aka Scientology drug rehab)Narconon Freedom Center (formerly, Narconon Stone Hawk)Per A. Wickstrom

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

1991
Tampa Tribune (Florida)
Former member of sect is suing

Type: Press
Date: Friday, July 19, 1991
Source: Tampa Tribune (Florida)
Author: Kevin Shinkle
More: link (78 KiB)

CLEARWATER — The Church of Scientology is facing another lawsuit in the midst of an expensive nationwide campaign to bolster its image. The sect, which maintains its spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, has spent millions of dollars in recent weeks for advertising in the newspaper USA Today. In the lawsuit, a former sect member claims the church is a fraud; owes him money for counseling services he never used; and has cut him off from his two daughters, who still follow Scientology. ...

Tags: Children, youthDisconnectionFraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationHard sellKenneth WassermanKevin ShinkleLawsuitRichard A. HaworthScientology: The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power (article)SettlementSuper Power/Flag building (formerly, Gray Moss Inn) @ 215 South Fort Harrison Avenue Clearwater FL United StatesTampa Tribune (Florida)TIME MagazineUSA Today

1987
Los Angeles Times (California)
Scientologists lose court ruling on tax deductions for donations (1.02 MiB)

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, July 19, 1987
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Author: Kim Murphy

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Tags: AuditingInternal Revenue Service (IRS)Kim MurphyLegalLos Angeles Times (California)Tax matter

1973
New Scientist
Review
The soul washers

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, July 19, 1973
Source: New Scientist
Author: Donald Gould
More: books.google.com

Inside Scientology by Robert Kaufman Olympia Press, pp 279, £2.25 An American musician called Robert Kaufman spent several years dallying with Scientology, finally submitting himself to a period of full time indoctrination at this strange cult's international headquarters at Saint Hill Manor, Sussex, before recovering from the experience in an American psychiatric hospital. Now he has written a book telling of his experiences. Inside Scientology, or How I Joined Scientology and Became Superhuman, describes in a lambent fashion the basic metaphysics ...

Tags: Copyright, trademark, patentDonald GouldEngramLawsuitNew ScientistRobert KaufmanSilencing criticism, censorship

1969
The Herald (Australia)
RYLAH ORDERS PROBE INTO SCIENTOLOGY

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, July 19, 1969
Source: The Herald (Australia)

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Tags: Anderson Report (Australia)Arthur G. RylahAustraliaIan Kenneth TampionPsychological Practices ActReg JacksonThe Herald (Australia)[needtotag]

Zhent (Anonymous) contributed to this entry

1969
The Age (Australia)
Scientology back again

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, July 19, 1969
Source: The Age (Australia)
Author: RON HOLDSWORTH

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Tags: Anderson Report (Australia)AustraliaE-MeterIan Kenneth TampionPsychological Practices ActRON HOLDSWORTHThe Age (Australia)[needtotag]

Zhent (Anonymous) contributed to this entry