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Date: Friday, November 21, 2014
Source: radaronline.com (Yahoo! News)

Tom Cruise gets all the spotlight for being a superstar celebrity Scientologist, but RadarOnline.com has learned that he has some competition for the title of David Miscavige ?s prize pupil:? READ ON

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Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
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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, November 21, 2010
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Authors: Joe Childs, Thomas C. Tobin
More: Church of Scientology's comment

MIAMI — Rosa Hernandez remembers this about her dentist: He sure could close a deal. She and her husband, Mauricio, had gone to Dr. Rene Piedra with a host of concerns. She had sensitive gums and a paralyzing fear of dentists. He needed bonding. Piedra, dressed in a business suit instead of a dental coat, showed them computerized models of how he would fix their teeth. He offered them a discount because they came in together, and helped them with a ...

Tags: Anita PandeyBankruptcyBarry E. MukamalChurch of Scientology Religious Trust (CSRT)CostFraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationGregory A. WintereggHard sellIncomeIndira BlyskalInternal Revenue Service (IRS)International Association of Scientologists (IAS)Joe ChildsLawsuitLuis A. ColonMGE Management Experts, Inc. (dba Marcus Group Enterprises, Inc.)MV Freewinds (formerly, La Bohème)Operating Thetan (OT)Oxford Capacity Analysis (aka, "free Scientology personality test" aka "U-Test" aka "Pape Test")Power Program (course)Prosperity (Scientology magazine)RefundsRene PiedraRene Piedra and AssociatesSettlementSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)Statistics (Stats)Sunshine RundownSuper Power/Flag building (formerly, Gray Moss Inn) @ 215 South Fort Harrison Avenue Clearwater FL United StatesThomas C. TobinTommy DavisWest Coast Building @ 118 North Fort Harrison Avenue Clearwater FL United StatesWorkplace recruitmentWorld Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE)

2010
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Scientology biographies: Piedra, Blyskal today

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, November 21, 2010
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)

Dr. Rene Piedra, 41 Dentist in Miami area since 1998. Divorced, one child. Now: His new office is a strip center in Pinecrest, just a few miles from his former office in Coral Gables. A generic sign — "The Dentist" — is mounted on the façade above the doorway. A smaller sign —no bigger than a standard street sign — juts out just above the door frame: "New Era Dentistry." A Times reporter was waiting for him on a recent morning ...

Tags: BankruptcyFraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationIndira BlyskalRene PiedraSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)

2009
The Age (Australia)
Scientology's dark secrets

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, November 21, 2009
Source: The Age (Australia)
Author: Barney Zwartz

Senator Nick Xenophon's stunning attack on the Church of Scientology this week has shone a light on a worldwide group many former members accuse of ruining their lives through fear and abuse. SCIENTOLOGISTS lured Dean Detheridge off the street using their tried and tested technique of offering a personality test. He wasn't much interested, but they were extremely skilled and persistent persuaders, and he found he couldn't say no. Seven days later he was on staff in what turned out to ...

Tags: Aaron Saxton (aka Aaron Tweddell)AbortionAna DetheridgeAssaultAuditingAustraliaBarney ZwartzBlackmailCarmel UnderwoodCostCults, Terror and Mind Control (book)David MiscavigeDean DetheridgeExtortionFalse imprisonmentFraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationIntimidationKevin RuddKidnappingNick XenophonOxford Capacity Analysis (aka, "free Scientology personality test" aka "U-Test" aka "Pape Test")Paul David SchofieldPaul HaggisPeta-Louise O'BrienRaphael AronRehabilitation Project Force (RPF)Sea Organization (Sea Org, SO)Slave laborSuicideThe Age (Australia)Vicki DunstanXenu (Operating Thetan level 3, OT 3, Wall of Fire)

Type: Press
Date: Friday, November 21, 2008
Source: Associated Press
Author: Michael Fischer

Potsdam — Germany is dropping its pursuit of a ban on Scientology after finding insufficient evidence of illegal activity, security officials said Friday. Domestic intelligence services will continue to monitor the group, officials said. The German branch of the Los Angeles-based Church of Scientology has been under observation by domestic intelligence services for more than a decade. Top security officials asked state governments in December to begin gathering information on whether they had sufficient grounds to seek a ban. The Church ...

Tags: Associated PressGermanyMichael FischerSabine Weber[needtotag]

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Source: FOX News
Author: Sara Bonisteel

[Picture / Caption: Nov. 7: Ailing meth cops sweat it out at an Orem, Utah, clinic.] A controversial Church of Scientology treatment used on World Trade Center emergency responders is being used in Utah to "detoxify" cops who raided methamphetamine labs in the 1980s and 1990s. The Utah Meth Cops Project is treating around a dozen former and current police officers at taxpayers' expense, using a regime devised by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard at a Bio-Cleansing Centers of America facility ...

Tags: Al AcostaBio Cleansing Centers of America, LLCDetoxDowntown MedicalFOX NewsGerald "Jerry" RossInternational Academy of Detoxification SpecialistsKelly CallMark ShurtleffPublic fundingPurification Rundown ("Purif")Sara BonisteelUtahUtah Meth Cops Project

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Source: Daily Mail (UK)
Author: Ben Taylor

Dozens of police officers have accepted film premiere tickets, banquet invitations and the use of a jazz band from the controversial Church of Scientology, it has emerged. The wealthy religious movement has spent thousands of pounds cultivating contacts in the City of London police. Officers have received sought-after free invitations to film premieres and £500-a-head charity dinners where the guest of honour is Hollywood superstar and renowned Scientologist, Tom Cruise. They have even been provided with the free use of a ...

Tags: Audrey ChaytorBen TaylorDaily Mail (UK)Ken StewartKevin HurleyPoliceTom CruiseUnited Kingdom (UK)

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2002
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
Author: Enrique García Sánchez

TIJUANA – About 100 female legislators from the United States will visit the state prison in Ensenada today to see firsthand the results of a program for drug-addicted inmates. The state began the program, called Segunda Oportunidad, or Second Opportunity, seven years ago, based on the Church of Scientology's prisoner rehabilitation program, called Narconon. It is based on the philosophies of the late L. Ron Hubbard. According to a recent study conducted by Baja California's state university, recidivism among the prisoners ...

Tags: CriminonEnrique García SánchezMexicoNarconon (aka Scientology drug rehab)National Foundation of Women Legislators (NFWL)San Diego Union-TribuneSecond Chance (related, Criminon)

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

1993
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Did he have Scientology in mind? (863 KiB)

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, November 21, 1993
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)

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Tags: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)The Night Manager (book)

1993
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Editorial
Exempted, not vindicated

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, November 21, 1993
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)

This is a business that was set up, according to the son of Scientology founder and science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, to avoid taxes. Its counseling process can cost a participant as much as $400,000, and it now claims offices in 78 countries. It reported $74.3-million in revenue last year from its Clearwater facility alone and says it will spend $185-million during the next five years to acquire more properties worldwide. It is a business that, according to records filed ...

Tags: AssetsIncomeInternal Revenue Service (IRS)St. Petersburg Times (Florida)Tax matter

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

1993
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Letters / Scientology should be taxed (863 KiB)

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, November 21, 1993
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)

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Tags: Internal Revenue Service (IRS)St. Petersburg Times (Florida)Tax matter

1993
Tampa Tribune (Florida)
Pinellas letters (863 KiB)

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, November 21, 1993
Source: Tampa Tribune (Florida)

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Tags: Fred ThomasRichard A. HaworthTampa Tribune (Florida)Tax matter

1984
Toronto Star (Canada)
Judgement reserved in Scientology case (2.1 MiB)

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, November 21, 1984
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
Author: Rick Haliechuk

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Tags: CanadaCasey HillJudge Osler, JohnJustice Cromarty, JohnLawsuitLegalMorris ManningOntarioOntario Provincial Police (OPP)Rick HaliechukToronto Star (Canada)

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, November 21, 1984
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
Author: Rick Haliechuk

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Tags: CanadaLawsuitLegalOntarioOntario Provincial Police (OPP)Rick HaliechukStephen A. LenskeToronto Star (Canada)

1980
The Age (Australia)
Scientologists seek recognition

Type: Press
Date: Friday, November 21, 1980
Source: The Age (Australia)

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Tags: AustraliaChurch of the New FaithRon CastanThe Age (Australia)[needtotag]

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Type: Press
Date: Friday, November 21, 1969
Source: Washington Daily News
Author: Louise Lague

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Tags: Ann UrsprungAnti-psychiatryKenneth J. WhitmanLouise LagueNational Association of Mental HealthProtest, picketToday's Health (magazine)Washington Daily NewsWorld Federation of Mental Health