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Mar 3 11 7:14 PM

Thanks Preesi - I will do both tonight!
The picture of the motorcycles is in front of

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the Religious Technology Center.  SUCH BULLSHIT! David Miscavige is COB - Chairman of the Board - of the RTC, which holds the cult's "trademarks" and "copyrights." That's right; "trademarks" and "copyrights!" Scientology is the only "religion" (so it claims) around to try to patent spiritual freedom. Of course, it is all a money-making scam; if the laughable "tech" was made free and public, on the Internet for example, who would pay $300,000 for it? Jonathon Barbera: "Senior-most management organization in Scientology (on the chart). Protects the technologies of Dianetics and Scientology through the ownership of the trademarks. Includes the Inspector General Network which is responsible for the three main realms of activity (ethics, tech, and administration). Each of these realms are overseen by an Inspector General (IG Ethics, IG Tech, and IG Admin)."


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Mar 6 11 11:57 PM

Preesi - that is a GREAT article from Radar - that was in the days when they actually did some good stuff.

Here is more pics & proof! I see that the pics don't post so you MUST click the link to see them They are must see pics!!!

Inside Scientology's Labor Camp That Benefits Tom Cruise: The Photos


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One of the many accusations made about Scientology in Lawrence Wright's masterful piece in this week's New Yorker is that the organization's "Sea Org" members -- who sign billion-year contracts -- work for a measly $50 a week and do hard labor that benefits top members like Scientology leader David Miscavige and church icon Tom Cruise.



In particular, Wright interviewed a recent Scientology defector, John Brousseau, who says that he and others at Scientology's desert headquarters expended enormous effort customizing a Honda Rune motorcycle for Tom Cruise and also a Ford Excursion.


Wright quotes church officials who deny that Brousseau and other Sea Org members worked on those projects, saying that contractors did. But Wright mentions in his article that he had seen "dozens of photographs" that backed up Brousseau's claims.


Well, now Brousseau has made those photographs public to back up his side of the story, and they provide a fascinating look into the world of menial labor for the benefit of Tom Cruise.


Wright's story explains how Brousseau, once he finally decided to leave Scientology after 30 years, went to see Marty Rathbun, a formerly high-level member of the organization who maintains a blog, "Moving On Up a Little Higher." This morning, Rathbun posted a pdf of Brousseau's photos that back up what he told Wright for his New Yorker story.


In the first one, Brousseau explains, he's holding a model of a P51 Mustang that will be a gift to Cruise. The photo was taken at the Gilman Hot Springs highly secretive Scientology headquarters in the desert.


In this photo taken at the base, Brousseau shows three two of Cruise's bikes (the one in the middle was customized for church leader David Miscavige) which he and two other Sea Org members painted while working for $50 a week. The one on the left is the Honda Rune which Cruise was given by Steven Spielberg for the "War of the Worlds" premiere, and that Brousseau had to disassemble to give the new red paint job Cruise wanted.






Brousseau: "Here's Tom and Katie at the opening of 'War of the Worlds' in on the Honda Rune"


Before he could give the Honda Rune a paint job similar to the one on a David Miscavige bike and the P51 Mustang model, Brousseau first had to strip off the parts of the bike that had a custom "War of the Worlds" paint job. Brousseau says he refused to paint over this fine work and instead had new parts ordered. The old parts in this photo sit in the Scientology headquarters.


In this photo, Brousseau can be seen setting up a truss system in "Tom Cruise's hangar at Million Air aviation services in ." (Tom Cruise has an airplane hangar? Yowza.) Cruise paid for the materials, Brousseau says, but "99%" of the work was done by Sea Org members, who are paid $50 a week.


The finished result of all the truss work: custom signs and drapery in Tom Cruise's aircraft hangar. "No contractors were enlisted in the manufacture of the signs or draperies," Brousseau writes. Also, note the Ford Excursion in the foreground. This is the automobile that was mentioned in the New Yorker article, Broussau says, and he provides more photos about the massive amount of custom work that went into it.


Here's another shot of the Excursion in the airplane hangar. As Brousseau notes, you can just see that P51 Mustang model in the background.


Inside the Excursion, showing the custom work in progress. "The metal contraption in the foreground is supposed to be a mount for a baby seat that goes between Tom and Katie's seats."


For wood highlights in the car, Brousseau recovered this eucalyptus burl from a tree that had blown over at the Scientology base.


The result: gorgeous wood highlights all over the place.


Brousseau says that he even went so far as to create a custom pen with the eucalyptus wood, and a secret compartment for it in the car. "DM went nuts when he saw this and so did Tom," Brousseau writes, referring to church leader David Miscavige. "It was completely over the top."


Another highlight in the Excursion: an aluminum step that bears the Tom Cruise logo ("TC"). Cruise had paid for the aluminum stock, but the work that went into it was provided by the Sea Org, Brousseau says.


Scientology told the New Yorker that all of this work was done by outside contractors, Org members. But Brousseau told the New Yorker that the work was bring provided by workers making almost nothing: "I was getting paid fifty dollars a week...And I'm supposed to be working for the betterment of mankind."



Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications. Among his other stories about L. Ron Hubbard's organization:



http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/02/inside_scientol.php?page=2


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Mar 16 11 7:56 PM

^^^See the shirt David Beckham is wearing?

HERBALIFE?

Herbalife is owned by Scientologists.

When the Beckhams came to the USA to play Footy, Tom Cruise was told by the Church Of Scientology leaders to COURT the Beckhams to get them to become Scientologists.
This entailed HERBALIFE becoming sponsors of Davids team..

It failed.

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Jul 10 11 9:55 PM

Scientology is "scary and pathetic"

That's Placido Domingo Jr's reaction to the "attacks" he says he's under after leaving Scientology.

The composer son of famed tenor Placido Domingo calls Scientology "scary and pathetic" in the ways it has been treating him since his decision to leave the controversial religion.

It began, Domingo told Village Voice when he was ordered to "disconnect" from his ex-wife Samantha and only communicate with their three daughters via an attorney.

Placido and Samantha met through Scientology in 1994. They later divorced but remained on excellent terms as they raised their three girls. Samantha left Scientology last year, and that's when officials of the organization ordered Placido to have no contact with her.

He refused to "disconnect" from his family, and instead followed Samantha out the Scientology door.

Domingo says first a Facebook post went up telling other Scientologists to "unfriend" him. More than 120 did.

Then a blog was published with extensive personal information about him, details about his life Domingo said he'd revealed during Scientology "auditing" sessions, including that he'd been unfaithful to his wife.

"It's an outrage," Domingo said of the privacy intrusion. "Imagine if they did that to Tom Cruise or John Travolta. My God! The information about adultery. That was only mentioned in session."

Samantha Domingo also spoke to the Voice, confirming what her ex-husband has been going through. Samantha has become a supporter of former Scientology officer Marty Rathbun.

As RadarOnline reported, a bizarre group of church members who call themselves Squirrel Busters has been harassing Rathbun at his Texas home.

"They have people by the balls," Placido Domingo Jr. said of the Scientology hierarchy, adding that he hopes he can help others from falling "into this trap."

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Read more at ONTD: http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/60946521.html#cutid1#ixzz1Rl2a4O93

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Sep 11 11 6:13 PM

Exclusive: Bill Clinton, Tom Cruise Plotted to Use Tony Blair to Gain Tax Breaks for Scientology

By Andrew Morton, Publisher
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie were targeted by Hollywood actor Tom Cruise and former President Bill Clinton to give tax breaks to the controversial Church of Scientology, it is revealed today.
Clinton and Cruise plotted for months to overturn a legal ruling which refused to grant Scientology charity status in Britain. At one point the former President suggested he directly approached Cherie Blair for help as ‘she was a practising lawyer and would understand the details'.
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These astonishing claims were made by former Scientology second in command Marty Rathbun on German TV who described sitting in the room at the Scientology base in Clearwater, Florida in 2003 with Tom Cruise when he called the former President. ‘It wasn’t just one call it was many’, Rathbun confirmed later.
He said that the Hollywood star and the former President, then involved in raising funds for his own Clinton Foundation charity, spoke many times on how best to lobby the Prime Minister and his wife so that they could use their influence to change Scientology’s charity - and hence tax status - in Britain.
cruisemiscavige2.jpgScientology leader David Miscavige (left with Cruise) was, says Rathbun, fanatical about this issue. He knew that Cruise, who had recently renewed his attachment to Scientology after his split from Nicole Kidman in 2001, was desperate to be awarded the first ever International Association of Scientology Freedom Medal of Valor. Miscavige told him that if he was successful it was his for the taking. Cruise was subsequently given the award he coveted at an elaborate awards ceremony in November 2004 at Saint Hill Manor, Scientology’s British headquarters.
Before he was given the award Cruise lobbied Clinton at every opportunity, meeting him for dinner at the Hollywood homes of director Steven Spielberg and producer David Geffen. He called him numerous times at his Foundation office in Harlem, New York, to work out the most effective strategy to overturn a 1999 Charity Commission ruling that Scientology, founded by science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard in 1954, was not a charity and was not eligible for tax breaks.
Rathbun, who was the Inspector General of the Religious Technology Centre until 2004, said that he would audit Cruise - the Scienotology equivalent to the confessional - and then he would call Clinton or his staff in Harlem. ‘There was a lot of back and forth’, he recalled. ‘At one point Clinton said to Tom that it would be better to go through Cherie Blair as she was a lawyer and had a tax background’.
Subsequently Rathbun’s management colleague, Mike Rinder, the chief spokesman for Scientology, prepared briefing papers and publicity material to lobby British politicians and administrators. No expense was spared in the effort to win tax concessions from the British government - as Rathbun points out the Church of Scientology currently has a war chest of $1 billion dollars, much of it kept in off-shore tax havens like Jersey, Lichenstein and Switzerland.
While not successful so far in winning charity status, the campaign to earn tax breaks for the church in Britain has paid handsome dividends. The church, which has faced constant criticism for harassing former members, breaking up families, financial exploitation and the violent behaviour of the church’s diminutive leader David Miscavige, has successfully lobbied several local councils, notably Westminster, the City of London, Sunderland and Birmingham, where they have properties.
These dubious decisions to give generous concessions on council tax rates has angered the Government’s community secretary Eric Pickles. In a statement he said:

"Tolerance and freedom of expression are important British values, but this does not mean that the likes of Church of Scientology deserve favoured tax treatment over and above other business premises.


"The Church of Scientology is not a registered charity, since the Charity Commission has ruled that it does not provide a public benefit. Nor are its premises a recognised place of worship.


"Councils may award charitable relief. They should take into consideration the Charity Commission's rulings when weighing up whether to do so.


"I do not believe the majority of the public would want their own council to be giving special tax breaks to such a controversial organisation."


However the City of London Corporation granted the Scientology's London headquarters on Queen Victoria Street mandatory 80% rates relief on the grounds that it is "a charity or other organisation established for charitable purposes" and that "the property is wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes."
The centre was opened in 2006 in a lavish ceremony attended by Tom Cruise. From 2006 until the end of the current tax year, the City of London tax break amounts to at least £1.3m in savings for Scientology. It is not known what role if any was played by Prime Minister Tony Blair or his wife in securing these concessions.
Scientology in Britain has a long and chequered past. In the 1970s Harold Wilson’s government described the sect as ‘mafia like’ and put senior officials under surveillance. In 1975, internal correspondence from the Home Office said: ‘The Church of Scientology does not merely persuade people to part with their money. It is a harmful movement with an evil reputation.’
It classified the group as ‘an organisation designed to make money, and perhaps also to gain power’ which targeted ‘the anxious, the lonely, the inadequate, the credulous and deluded’.
In a High Court ruling in 1984, Judge Latey labelled the Church of Scientology a "cult", "corrupt, sinister and dangerous...out to capture people...and brainwash them."
To read more about the British government’s concerns about Scientology, please read the Daily Mail's coverage.
Below is the German program interviewing Marty Rathbun about Scientology:



http://www.themortonreport.com/celebrity/notables/exclusive-bill-clinton-tom-cruise-plotted-to-use-tony-blair-to-gain-tax-breaks-for-scientology/

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Sep 11 11 6:15 PM

Scientology vs. Anonymous: Spin War Over a Potential Defector

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Are Anonymous protests making Scientology's recruits skyrocket?
There's more intrigue surrounding the debate over who won the latest battle in the three-year war between San Francisco's Church of Scientology and Anonymous - the Internet-born movement of masked protesters outside the Columbus Street church who warn people it's a money-hungry cult.

Anonymous has been toasting "ethicstrouble," a purported Scientologist who wrote on a local Anonymous message board that the group's protests convinced him or her that "something is really wrong" with the church, and that he or she now wants to leave. Meanwhile, Jeff Quiros, the president of the San Francisco church, said in our story yesterday he believes Anonymous itself is behind the defector.

Wait, it gets better. Quiros' theory continues: Anonymous was shamed by a graph (in the picture above) that a Scientologist showed the protesters last week indicating the number of visitors coming in off the street was skyrocketing. So, he says, Anonymous had to fight back by creating an apostate. 

Obviously, there's no verifying the amount of people the church claims are coming in its door. There's also no verifying that the defector isn't just an Anonymous member. So we're left with a spin war highlighting the hilarious culture clash between oh-so-serious Scientologists and irreverent Anons. It's sort of the equivalent of righteous Christ Boy taking on the video gamer playing Magic in your lunchroom.

First check out the following video posted on anonymoog's YouTube channel.

To sum up,  Jerry, a Scientologist, comes out in his mustache, suit and tie and puts his hands on his hips looking at the protesters dancing like fools on the corner. He calls them over to look at a graph on a piece of paper that he claims shows the number of people coming into the church since Anonymous has been protesting is flying off the charts. The tone from both parties is shrouded in a heavy dose of sarcasm.
 
Jerry: "You oughta get pictures of this, look at this graph! That's the number of people who've come in since you guys have been protesting. So I need you guys to be out here more often."

Moog: "So what's the bottom line?"

Jerry: "This is the number of people that are coming into the organization." [He follows the upward-trending line with his finger.]

Moog: "That's cool, because you're the only org [Scientology church] that's expanding."

Jerry: "I know, it's amazing. So you guys need to be out here more!"

Moog posted the video, with a caption drenched in faux enthusiasm: "San Francisco Scientology Jerry OTVIII brings out a fancy graph showing how Anonymous protesting has actually helped Scientology increase business!! Looks totally legit!!"

Well, Quiros says Moog's incredulous reaction to the graph made Anonymous have to eat crow and create the fake defector. "It looks to me like an attempt to cover over the booboo made by Anonymoog, saying that these statistics look correct and congratulating [Jerry] on the expansion."

Anonymous thinks it's the Scientologists that are lying about their numbers increasing. "They've been saying that for the last three years as part of their party line," says one protester. He said Anonymous members think it's "pathetic" that the Scientologists would go to such lengths to try to dispirit them. "That was really surprising, like why are they sending out this high-powered guy? ... Like is it that bad that you have to do this?"

Moog tells SF Weekly they will continue to protest with their quirky tactics. "I'm doing this for them, though they absolutely can't see that. In 'The Yellow Submarine' from 1969, the heroes not only neutralize the bullies, but win them over through music and dance and love. It's 'Yellow Submarine' tech!"

The war continues.


http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2011/09/scientology_vs_anonymous_spin.php

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Sep 11 11 6:15 PM

The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 10: Lisa McPherson


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On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the world. Some of that was self-inflicted, and some of it has come from outside. Join us now as we continue on our investigation of those people most responsible...







The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology #10: Lisa McPherson


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Lisa McPherson has been dead almost 16 years now, and yet, in Janet Reitman's terrific new history of the church, Inside Scientology, four central chapters are focused on McPherson's life and death. I asked Reitman in an interview why one woman's death in 1995 is still such a big part of the Scientology story.
"Because nothing changes in Scientology," she answered. "The fundamental problem is that this is a fundamentalist religion. [David] Miscavige is a fundamentalist leader... Their mindset is that anything L. Ron Hubbard said or wrote is 'Source,' it's doctrine. This is literal. And as long as they have this literal interpretation of everything, [something like the McPherson incident] could happen again."
What did happen is that a young woman who wanted help with a bad marriage in 1982 turned to a group that she soon dedicated her life to. From Reitman's book:
Lisa McPherson fit right in. "She was a ball of fun," said Greg Barnes, who was Lisa's registrar in Dallas. "She was funny, she was exuberant, she was excited, she was humble -- she was a great person." But Lisa was also unaware of what Scientology would require of her, he said. "Was she naive? No. But did she know what she was getting herself into? No way. None of us did."
McPherson quickly made friends at the church, and her involvement rapidly began to remake her.
Lisa began spending long hours at the mission, forgoing personal pastimes like country-western dancing, once her favorite activity. She stopped drinking and smoking pot; she also left off attending parties and family functions. Her vocabulary changed. People were "terminals." Cars, houses, clothes, jewelry, and other physical or material goods were "MEST" -- matter, energy, space, and time...She was a "thetan," and her life was not singular -- she had lived many lifetimes, she informed her old friends.
In 1983, McPherson began working at the Dallas mission, where she met and became friends with another Scientologist named Bennetta Slaughter. Two years later, McPherson went to work for Slaughter's brokerage firm, and was soon making about $70,000 a year.
Lisa had remarried; her husband, Gene Skonetski, was a Scientologist she'd met at the mission. Now they began to acquire the trappings of wealth: a new condo, new furniture, new clothes, a diamond necklace, a new Porsche, a $700 vacuum cleaner.
But those high-flying times came to an end with a real-estate crash in Dallas in 1987. Slaughter moved to the Bay Area, and McPherson was mired in debt to Scientology. One way to deal with it was to go to work for the church full time.
Lisa's job entailed handling communications, interacting with members, and helping keep tabs on the number of paying Scientologists currently taking courses or being audited -- "bodies in the shop," as they were known. She also reached out to "recover" those who, for one reason or another, may have stopped attending the church.
By 1989, her husband Gene had gone to California to join the Sea Org, and after her own brief attempt to join him there, she was back in Dallas and owed Scientology $45,000. She divorced Gene and declared bankruptcy. Bennetta and David Slaughter returned to Dallas in 1990 and hired McPherson for a new publishing company, AMC.
Within a year, Lisa had righted her finances and repaid her debts to the church. Now that she was eligible to receive auditing, encouraging letters from the Dallas Org once again began to flow her way. "VWD [Very well done] on getting that debt paid off!" one staffer enthused. "Now, get into session, gal!" And Lisa did, donating $12,000 to the Dallas Organization in 1991 and then, redoubling her efforts, giving close to $22,000 to Scientology in 1992 and $27,000 in 1993.
That year, 1993, McPherson moved with the Slaughters as they relocated their business to Clearwater, Florida. But over time, she became frustrated working for Bennetta Slaughter and increasingly frustrated with her Scientology auditing, as well.
Over and over, she spoke of leaving Scientology -- "blowing," in the group's parlance; she also told her auditor that she'd been contemplating suicide...She saw herself as a "potential trouble source" to Bennetta, unhappy at work, wanting to leave. But she felt incapable of walking away. Her anger turned to despondency and finally to helplessness. "Nothing matters anymore," she told her auditor. "I just want to be left alone."
In June, 1995, McPherson checked herself into the Fort Harrison Hotel -- Scientology's iconic center in Clearwater -- for a program called an "Introspection Rundown," which was meant to help with emotional problems. Despite going through a "roller-coaster" of emotions, she managed, in September, to finally go "clear," achieving a state of advanced spiritual stability, according to Scientologists.
The struggle, as she later described it, had been like "a gopher being pulled through a garden hose," but she attributed her success to the support of her friends "and of course LRH." "It has been...worth every single thing I've had to go through...I am so full of life I am overwhelmed at the joy of it all!" she wrote.
Soon, however, McPherson was struggling again, and she was subjected to exhausting confessional sessions. As Thanksgiving approached, she told a friend that she was thinking of leaving Scientology. Her mother noticed that she sounded "ragged" on the phone.
On November 15, 1995, Lisa was sent to a trade show in Orlando with several AMC colleagues. She packed numerous books by Hubbard that she hoped would help her with her job. But even before they left, Brenda Hubert, who was managing AMC's role in the trade show, found Lisa to be unusually disorganized...When they got to the convention, she began "disseminating" to total strangers, accosting a waiter at a local cafe and then another one later that night at the hotel restaurant, demanding that they read Dianetics -- right that minute.
Two days later, back in Clearwater, McPherson helped with the painting of sets for the upcoming Winter Wonderland, but then she seemed to get very tired.
Lisa got back into her red Jeep Cherokee and headed toward the center of Clearwater. It was rush hour, and the line of cars was moving slower than usual, the result of a motorcycle accident...As she approached the intersection, Lisa, perhaps distracted by the accident, rear-ended a boat that was fastened to the back of a pickup truck..."It was just a bump. It was nothing serious," recalled a paramedic named Bonnie Portolano.
Portolano checked on McPherson, who said she was fine -- but she seemed dazed.
Portolano gave Lisa a release form to sign, then she and her partner, Mark Fabyanic, walked back to their ambulance. They were just about to leave the scene when Fabyanic, the driver, looked in his side-view mirror. "Bonnie, she's taking off her clothes," he said.
McPherson walked, naked, down the middle of the street. The paramedics took her to nearby Morton Plant Hospital, where a physician wanted to admit her for a psychiatric evaluation.
It was just around then, [nurse Kimberley] Brennan recalled, that an official from the Church of Scientology showed up. It was perplexing because to Brennan's knowledge, Lisa hadn't called anyone, nor had anyone else phoned the church.
More church officials arrived, and they told the hospital staff that their religion opposed any form of psychiatry. Reluctantly, they allowed McPherson to check herself out, and the church officials took her to the Fort Harrison Hotel for treatment under the Introspection Rundown -- which Hubbard had declared would cure psychotic episodes through silence and rest.
The instructions for the watch were simple. The caretakers were to provide Lisa with water and whatever food was available from the cafeteria, plus daily doses of Cal Mag and various other vitamin and mineral supplements. The caretakers were to keep a log of Lisa's food and fluid intake and also note her behavior. If she needed to talk, they should let her, but per Hubbard's guidelines, they could communicate with her only by writing notes.
Reitman notes that multiple people were pulled in to try and take care of McPherson but few stayed long as McPherson's behavior got more erratic.
[Alice] Vangrondelle [the Flag librarian] complained that it wasn't her job but grudgingly got out of bed. She found Lisa talking gibberish, freezing cold, with blotches on her face that looked like those caused by measles. She'd run around the room in a frenzied manner; later, exhausted, she'd collapse on the bed. At one point she rested her head on the librarian's shoulder. "E.T., go home," Lisa cried. "E.T., go home."
Vangrondelle later asked another worker about what the symptoms of dehydration might look like.
By the end of November, one caretaker, seventeen-year-old Heather Petzold, was "frantic," as she'd later say. Lisa had by now regressed to an infantile state. She was urinating and defecating on her bed. "I wouldn't say there was any day that she ate sufficiently," she noted; by the first of December, Lisa's caretakers were spoon-feeding her bites of mashed banana, sometimes forcibly opening her mouth.
As December began, McPherson declined precipitously. On December 5, it should have been clear that she was in danger, but her caretakers didn't seem to understand the signs they were witnessing. At 6 that night, Dr. Janice Johnson, a senior medical officer, was told that McPherson needed medical attention. About an hour later, she tried to get a penicillin prescription for her from Dr. David Minkoff, but he told her if she was seriously ill, she should be taken to the nearest hospital.
Soon after, Paul Greenwood, a Flag security officer, was dispatched to room 174. With Janis Johnson and Laura Arrunada assisting, Greenwood put Lisa in a van. Johnson got behind the wheel and drove north, past Morton Plant Hospital, where she and the others dared not stop, fearing the doctors might call the psychiatrists. They drove past several other hospitals as well, bound for Minkoff's facility, the Columbia HCA Hospital in New Port Richey, about forty-five minutes away. No one spoke. "When someone is sick or injured you don't talk around them because it puts impressions in the mind which create things...later on," said Greenwood. Johnson later said she heard Lisa's breath become labored, then grow faint. Sitting with her in the back of the van, Greenwood monitored Lisa's pulse. It slowly dwindled. Then Greenwood couldn't feel it anymore.
As Reitman points out, however, McPherson's death was not just the result of poor treatment or neglect. Scientology's structure, its policies, its way of utter control over people as laid down by founder L. Ron Hubbard was very much a factor.
[McPherson's] tragic outcome was determined by another precept, which reduced individual Scientologists to mere cogs by making autonomous thought, or speech, a crime...A multitude of reasons -- the dogmatism of Hubbard's technology, the exacting nature of Scientology ethics, the church doctrine governing public relations and self-preservation--explain why the [seventeen days McPherson was at the Fort Harrison Hotel] unfolded the way they did. Above all was the fundamental tragedy that from the moment she left Morton Plant Hospital on November 18, 1995, Lisa McPherson put herself in the hands of the Sea Org rather than family or friends. By doing this, she ceded control to a group who, in their inexorable commitment to Hubbard's doctrine, believe they were doing the right thing. Instead, this commitment would lead to her death.
The ensuing investigations into McPherson's death led to the state of Florida charging Scientology's Flag Service Organizations with two felony counts. McPherson's family later filed a wrongful death lawsuit with the help of attorney Ken Dandar.
The state's criminal case fell apart in 2000 when Pinellas-Pasco County medical examiner Dr. Joan Wood changed the cause of death to "accidental." She did so under intense pressure after Scientology spent lavishly on experts who questioned her initial finding that McPherson had died of dehydration. (Dandar continued to pursue the civil lawsuit for years despite hellacious harassment. The suit was settled in 2004.)
Scientology not only spent big money on attorneys and experts. Church leader David Miscavige entrusted his fixer, Marty Rathbun, to take care of the matter, and Rathbun has now admitted that he destroyed documents in the case.
Today, Rathbun has left the church and is a Miscavige critic, and he says the firestorm over McPherson's death was the third worst in Scientology's history -- the first was over the 1977 FBI raids following the Guardian Office's massive infiltration of government offices, the second-worst, he says, was Ron DeWolf's 1982 attempt to take over his father L. Ron Hubbard's assets by declaring that Hubbard was dead or incapacitated.
Neither of those incidents, however, continued for so long to make bad news for Scientology the way Lisa McPherson's death has. Particularly now that Janet Reitman has told her story for a new audience, so many years after it first happened. Reitman weaves in many key elements of Scientology as she tells Lisa's story, from the enthusiastic young joiner to a mentally disturbed woman who died because one powerless Scientologist after another watched her and didn't do enough to raise a proper alarm.
My great thanks to Janet, who gave me permission to quote liberally from her moving account of Lisa's ordeal for this story. Please, go buy Janet's book and read the entire saga for yourself.
We'll have #9 in the countdown show up Monday morning at 9 am. Until then, here's to Lisa. You won't be forgotten.


The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology
#10: Lisa McPherson
#11: Nick Xenophon (and other public servants)
#12: Tommy Davis (and other hapless church executives)
#13: Janet Reitman (and other journalists)
#14: Tory Christman (and other noisy ex-Scientologists)
#15: Andreas Heldal-Lund (and other old time church critics)
#16: Marc and Claire Headley, escapees of the church's HQ
#17: Jefferson Hawkins, the man behind the TV volcano
#18: Amy Scobee, former Sea Org executive
#19: The Squirrel Busters (and the church's other thugs and goons)
#20: Trey Parker and Matt Stone (and other media figures)
#21: Kendrick Moxon, attorney for the church
#22: Jamie DeWolf (and other L. Ron Hubbard family members)
#23: Ken Dandar (and other attorneys who litigate against the church)
#24: David Touretzky (and other academics)
#25: Xenu, galactic overlord

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Sep 26 11 7:08 PM

Scientology leader branded 'violent and toxic'

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Broadcast: 22/09/2011

Reporter: Steve Cannane

Former St George rugby league captain Chris Guider has spoken out about his time working with Scientology's worldwide leader, David Miscavige.

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TONY JONES, PRESENTER: A former captain of the St George rugby league team has spoken out about his time working with the worldwide head of the Church of Scientology.

Chris Guider walked away from a promising football career at the age of 24 to work full-time with the church.

Now in an exclusive interview with Lateline, Chris Guider describes Scientology's leader David Miscavige as a violent and toxic individual.

The Church of Scientology has denied his claims.

Steve Cannane reports.

STEVE CANNANE, REPORTER: At the age of 24, Chris Guider was at the top of his game. He was the captain of St George and held a unique record.

ROY MASTERS, FORMER ST GEORGE COACH: Chris Guider had a record that will never be surpassed in rugby league insofar as he played in three grand finals for the one club on the one day: first grade, second grade and under-23s.

STEVE CANNANE: In 1986, he won the Dragons' player of the year award. Then, the player known for his darting runs from dummy half took off and never came back.

ROY MASTERS: At the end of 1986 he announced that he was leaving. We knew he was interested in the Church of Scientology and many of us assumed that that had become his full-time calling.

CHRIS GUIDER, FORMER SCIENTOLOGIST: I was basically told by the head of the organisation that I was attached to at that time that I had to give away the rugby league.

STEVE CANNANE: Walking away from his rugby league career was a big sacrifice.

CHRIS GUIDER: Very difficult. I'd played 17 years, I'd played since I was a little kid and I loved playing for the team that I was playing for.

STEVE CANNANE: Chris Guider started working full-time at the Church of Scientology in Sydney.

Two and half years later, he headed to the US. Within a month, he was working closely with the Church of Scientology's leader David Miscavige in what's been called his honour guard, the RTC.

CHRIS GUIDER: I would go through the day looking for people that weren't following policy properly or weren't in the right space they were supposed to be or the right area they were supposed to be in and then handling those people so they got back to what they was supposed to be doing. And I'd report directly to Miscavige on what I did that day.

STEVE CANNANE: David Miscavige became the leader of the Church of Scientology soon after the death of its founder, L Ron Hubbard, in 1986.

Miscavige was active in recruiting Tom Cruise to Scientology and was best man at his wedding.

But Chris Guider thinks David Miscavige is not the kind of person who should be the head of a religious movement.

CHRIS GUIDER: He's a violent individual. He is. And there are accounts of him being physical with people. I've seen him physically beat one staff member, Mark Fisher, who was formerly an executive in RTC and worked very closely with Miscavige for a lot of years. And I witnessed him beating him.

STEVE CANNANE: David Miscavige was not available to respond to these allegations. He's done only one television interview in his 25 years as head of the church.

DAVID MISCAVIAGE, CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY LEADER (archive footage, ABC Nightline, 1992): From my perspective, the person getting harassed is myself and the church.

STEVE CANNANE: The Church of Scientology in the US turned down Lateline's request for an interview. In an email, a spokeswoman claimed the allegations were a lie and attached two sworn declarations from Scientologists Mark Yager and Mark Ingber, who claimed that David Miscavige did not hit Mark Fisher.

But Mark Fisher told the St Petersburg Times Miscavige did beat him.

MARK FISHER, FORMER SCIENTOLOGIST: He was pulling on my hair and he was punching at me and kicking at me and this went on for two or three minutes. And when he finally stopped and calmed down, I stood up and I reached behind my head and my head was bleeding.

STEVE CANNANE: At least four former Scientologists have claimed publicly that David Miscavige also hit them.

The Church of Scientology in the US said in an email to Lateline a small group of anti-Scientologists were feeding stories to the tabloid press to generate controversy. The church describes them a posse of lunatics led by a media whore.

But Chris Guider says David Miscavige is a violent man. He says at one point he was instructed by the church leader to hit a colleague who was editing a Scientology promotional video.

CHRIS GUIDER: He was standing behind the person who was editing the property and telling him how he was doing this wrong and that wrong and screaming at him.

In the ethics officer role you have this little - basically it's a riding crop, it's just a little baton, and it's just meant to be a symbol of authority that the ethics office has. Well, anyway, Miscavige told me to beat the guy with the stick. I looked at him and I refused to do that. He took that very, very severely on me because I didn't just do what he wanted me to do.

STEVE CANNANE: In a statement, the Church of Scientology in the US described Chris Guider's allegations as delusional. The church provided copies of three sworn declarations from current Scientologists who deny the incident took place, including Chris Guider's ex-wife and the editor involved, Gary Wiese.

Lateline has tried to contact Gary Wiese, but he has not returned our calls. The church says our attempt to contact Gary Wiese to test his written denial has been inappropriate.

It's common practice for the Church of Scientology to issue blanket denials of allegations made against them. When Anderson Cooper raised allegations of violence against David Miscavige on CNN, the four ex-wives of the accusers claimed their former husbands were lying.

EX-WIFE OF ACCUSER (March 2010): We've been together all our lives. It's utterly ridiculous and it isn't true.

STEVE CANNANE: In the Church of Scientology's internal justice system, making a public statement against Scientology or Scientologists is considered the worst of all crimes.

CHRIS GUIDER: That's church policy. They're not supposed to admit to anything. So, anybody you interview, they won't admit that they've done something wrong or it's not that way. They'll go after you, the reporter, they'll go after whoever's putting the program together, they'll go after the individual - that's how it works.

STEVE CANNANE: And you saw that happening when you were working in David Miscavige's office?

CHRIS GUIDER: Oh, yeah. Yeah, RTC would run that. There were executives in RTC that were on the phones to attorneys telling them what to do and how to handle former members of the church.

STEVE CANNANE: Chris Guider says he was eventually punished for the incident in the edit suite by being sent here, to the Rehabilitation Project Force, or RPF, in Dundas in suburban Sydney.

The Church of Scientology in the US disputes this, saying he went voluntarily to the RPF for, "... long-term negligence in fulfilling his religious duties and his repeated violations of Church scriptures."

The Church of Scientology says the RPF is a voluntary religious retreat. Defectors describe it as a punitive re-education camp.

CHRIS GUIDER: It's like prison, except it's worse because you don't have television, you don't have visitor rights, you can't read the newspaper, you can't read books, you can't listen to music.

STEVE CANNANE: Former Scientologists say those sent to the RPF are forced to wear black, do hard labour and eat basic meals like rice and beans. They say they're not allowed to talk to others except those on the RPF.

Chris Guider says he did two and a half years at the RPF in Dundas. He says the church seized his passport and his credit card and paid him as little as $2 a week. He has made a formal complaint to the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The Church of Scientology in Sydney refused Lateline's request for an interview about the RPF in Dundas. In a statement they said, "The Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF) is a voluntary religious program of spiritual rehabilitation offered to provide a "second chance" to those who have failed to fulfil their ecclesiastical responsibilities.

“The program does not include luxuries, to motivate the individual to improve himself and get through the program to once again be a capable and contributing member of the group ... The property is open to the street with free access to and from the property."

The church says they don't understand why someone who spoke positively about Scientology in a newspaper article in 2008 can now be so negative about it.

For Chris Guider, one good thing came out of his time in the RPF; he met his wife Valeska. They've since left the church and have a baby boy.

CHRIS GUIDER: I found out that the leader of the church right now, David Miscavige, is basically a very toxic person. It's not about people's lives and helping other people, of being a beneficial program for other people. It's not about that. It's about control and it's about getting money. And that's - I disagree with that. And that's not what interested me in the first place, that's not what got me to quit my football career.

STEVE CANNANE: Steve Cannane, Lateline.

TONY JONES: Well to read the statements from the Church of Scientology in Australia and the US in full, head to our website where we also have links to some of the sworn declarations made by current Scientologists.

Read the statement by the Church of Scientology International

Read the statement by the Church of Scientology Australia, New Zealand and Oceania

Read the sworn declaration by Scientologist Catherine Fraser (edited for legal reasons)

Read the sworn declaration by Scientologist Mark Ingber

Read the sworn declaration by Scientologist Gary Wiese

Do you have a comment or a story idea? Get in touch with the Lateline team by clicking here.

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Sep 26 11 7:09 PM

Biggi Reichert: Does Scientology Have Another Lisa McPherson On Its Hands?

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Biggi Reichert: What happened to her before her 2006 suicide?
​When I talked to Marty Rathbun after his return from Germany recently, he mentioned that one of the things he and Ursula Caberta hoped would come from their new friendship was cooperation on a mysterious death involving a German Scientologist. Today, Rathbun held up his end of that bargain, going public with what he knows in the apparent suicide of a woman named Biggi Reichert, and asking for the public's help in solving some strange unanswered questions in her death.
Rathbun had told me that Caberta, a German government official who has been working since 1992 to curb Scientology's influence there, considers this a very troubling and potentially damaging situation for the church.
And I can't help wondering: Does German Scientology have a Lisa McPherson on its hands?
Marty Rathbun may be in a very good position to help Caberta. Until 2004, he was the second highest ranking executive in Scientology before defecting. Since 2009, he's been writing a very influential blog which, we hear, reaches deep into the ranks of current church members. There may be no better way to canvass for information about what might have happened to Reichert when she made a trip to Scientology's spiritual headquarters just a few days before her death.
Rathbun writes that Reichert was an "OT VIII" -- which means that she had reached the ultimate level of Scientology spiritual training, Operating Thetan level eight. But after reaching that goal, she still had trouble with her marriage and with debts.
In 2006, she traveled to Clearwater, Florida to "handle" those concerns. Experienced Scientologists are encouraged to travel to the town to take upper level training and other counseling at the church's most lavish facilities and at exorbitant prices. In this case, however, just a few days after returning home to Germany, Reichert was found dead in her car in an apparent suicide at a friend's horse ranch:
On the final day of her visit Biggi was found dead in the garage in her car. Sleeping pills were spread about the front seat. The car was fitted with a hose directing the exhaust into the seating compartment. Autopsy determined she died of carbon monoxide poisoning; and that though she had consumed sleeping pills the dosage was not enough to have caused her death. A will of sorts was left behind in Biggi's hand distributing what few possessions she still owned.
Things got stranger, however, when an autopsy was done, and a dozen third-degree burns were found on Reichert's scalp.
While each burn was about the size of a cigarette ember, they were determined forensically to not be cigarette burns. Her hair did not appear to be burned; leading to the conclusion the burns were carefully administered. The burns were determined to most likely have occurred while Biggi was in Florida.
Rathbun writes that Scientology has been uncooperative. (He should know: he has admitted to helping destroy documents in the McPherson matter when he was still working as Scientology leader David Miscavige's fixer.) But he also notes that the U.S. government has not been helpful, which he presumably would have heard from Caberta.
Rathbun is hoping that his blog will reach someone who would have known what happened to Reichert in Clearwater five years ago before she took her own life.
Rathbun alerted me to the story with a text this morning, but I'm still trying to get him on the phone to learn additional details.

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Sep 29 11 9:58 AM

INSIDE 'SCIENTOLOGY HIGH'



Welcome to “Scientology High,” where students imagine they’re in a Harry Potter book, make lots of clay models, look up “the” in the dictionary and learn the ethical principles of L. Ron Hubbard — all while paying more than $42,000 a year in tuition and fees.

The administration of the secretive and secluded Delphian boarding school recruits students with the suggestion that it is a real-world Hogwarts — an enchanted place for teens, deep in the bucolic mountains of western Oregon.

“The school in itself, it’s different,” says one smiling teen in an official marketing video for Delphian School. “You know, it’s on a hill, and I’m a big Harry Potter fan … You’ve got the Forbidden Forest out there, it’s like, awesome.” A fresh-faced female student describes it as “kinda magical.” In the video, a swooping shot from a helicopter shows ethereal rays of sunlight illuminating the school’s centerpiece building, an old Jesuit monastery surrounded by towering pines.

But there may be reason to question whether all is magic and wonder on that 800-acre Oregon campus. The institution, which counts Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s daughter among its former students, charges more in tuition and fees than Phillips Exeter Academy. Yet it lacks academic accreditation, and relies on Hubbard-inspired teaching methods rejected by mainstream education experts.

Founded in the 1970s by Scientologists, Delphian has remained largely a mystery for decades. But with the unraveling of the church’s public face, alumni of the school have begun to speak out.

For this exclusive two-part series, The Daily extensively interviewed numerous former students, obtaining a more detailed behind-the-scenes picture of life at the school than has ever before been reported.

The former students said their education at Delphian included a dizzying array of jargon, unorthodox notions of academic learning and an intensive and complex disciplinary system based partly on peer monitoring. Some spoke of feeling lost after leaving Delphian and attempting to adjust to the world outside of Scientology. The Daily also found that a steady stream of Delphian grads have gone on to join the Sea Org, a Church of Scientology religious order that some former participants have equated with human slavery.

From a distance, Delphian seems like any other pricey boarding school. It’s small, with roughly 250 students, and runs from the equivalent of kindergarten to the senior year of high school (known at Delphian as Form 8). The campus is gorgeous, encompassing an idyllic hilltop about 90 minutes southwest of Portland. There are stables, tennis courts and a track. The Delphian Dragons play sports against other independent schools.

Delphian rejected The Daily’s request to visit the campus, and the school headmistress and assistant headmaster declined to comment for this story.

Although the word “Scientology” appears nowhere on the Delphian website, and the school is technically independent, its connections to the group are intimate and pervasive. “A good majority, if not all the staff, are Scientologists,” said Elaine Ke, 18, who graduated from the school this year. Other alums back that estimate. Both the headmistress and the assistant headmaster are listed as having completed various levels of Scientology programs in the group’s publications.

According to several alumni who spoke with The Daily, half or more of the students — roughly three-quarters of graduates, according to Ke — are Scientologists. And the structure of the school, its ethical code and its language all reflect the influence and precepts of Scientology.

One of the religion’s most controversial institutions is the Sea Org, the poorly paid labor corps that staffs Scientology’s affiliated companies. The path from the boarding school to the Sea Org seems to be well-worn.

“A lot of people who go to Delphian wind up in the Sea Org,” Jenna Miscavige Hill, the niece of current church leader David Miscavige, told The Daily. A former Sea Org member herself, she has since left Scientology.

As of February, the FBI was investigating Sea Org for activities related to human trafficking and slavery, according to The New Yorker. The accounts from defectors are chilling: Enlistees sign contracts of up to a billion years, work grueling hours, are paid next to nothing and surrender many basic personal freedoms. “It was like living in George Orwell’s ‘1984,’” one former Sea Org member told the magazine.

Miscavige Hill grew up in the Sea Org from the time she was a child. She worked 15-hour days, seven days a week, and saw her parents twice between ages 12 and 18, she told The Daily. Chuck Beatty, another former Sea Org member, said he gave 27 years of his life to the group, and spent seven years in a “Rehabilitative Project Force” group, which defectors have described to The New Yorker as “punitive re-education camps.”

On top of all that, Sea Org members reportedly promise not to raise children.

One Delphian graduate, who will be called David here, arrived at the boarding school as a non-Scientologist — or a “wog,” in Scientology lingo. But he found that outside the “bubble” of the school, he suffered from “culture shock” and soon dropped out of college and joined Sea Org.

“If you’re a Delphi Oregon grad, you’re always going to know someone in the Sea Org,” he told The Daily. “There’s sort of an air of mystique around it when you hear about it at Delphi. They always seem serious and they walk very fast.”

Before he knew it, he was promoted to the teams that would intercept defecting Scientologists in airports and pressure them to stay in the church’s fold.

“I got put there because I was a Delphi graduate,” he said.

He was never paid more than $17 a week for his work and lived in a room so bare it lacked a doorknob, he said. When he decided to quit, a team of 11 Scientologists attempted to intercept him, he said, but he succeeded in making a hasty departure.

Many others never leave.

David Miscavige “has turned it into a modern-day political prison,” said David. “It’s an absolute disregard for life and liberty.”

Still, he estimated that roughly a third of his class at Delphian ended up in the Sea Org. Determining the overall rate of Sea Org enlistment among Delphian graduates is difficult, but students across a wide span of years told The Daily they knew multiple schoolmates who joined.

“I have friends who joined the Sea Org,” said Elaine Ke. She is not a Scientologist, which put her in the minority at school. (She was introduced to Delphian by a relative who is part of the church.)
Just as Sea Org was an invention of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, so is the “study technology” — known as Study Tech — that shapes the Delphian curriculum.

The methods are based on Hubbard’s writings, though stripped of any spiritual language. Chuck Beatty told The Daily that Study Tech was “a watered-down version of the mainline scriptures” used in Scientology.

Study Tech revolves around three basic ideas: All educational problems arise from misunderstood words (including words as basic as “the” or “it”); abstract ideas need to be shown in pictures or clay to be grasped; and students should not progress in a subject until they master every single step.

It sounds commonsensical enough, but education experts don’t think much of it. Grover Whitehurst, former director of the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education, evaluated the research supposedly supporting Study Tech, and told The Daily, “They had no credible evidence on the effect of their approach. As I looked into it, it seemed to me what seemed to be cultish practices extended to a legitimate area, which is reading difficulties.”

By the time a student leaves, the language of the outside world — that is, the “wog” world — can seem almost foreign. David, who graduated in the early 1990s, felt almost alien after he left.

“I came out of that place barely speaking English. I’d be at home, and I felt so different from everyone in the wog world,” he said. “It’s similar to Harry Potter calling the non-wizard people ‘muggles.’”

Paul Csige, who attended Delphian in the late 1990s, said the program could be narrowing. “Once you’ve been in the system for a couple years, most people find any other system a little odd,” he told The Daily.

When Mac Stevens left Delphian in 1989 to attend college, he said, he felt adrift.

“Almost immediately, I fell behind in my classwork,” he wrote of his freshman year at Harvey Mudd College. “I wasn’t used to studying with a group. I wasn’t used to the total freedom.”

Stevens flunked out after a year. He still speaks highly of Delphian, however.

Despite their unorthodox education, many Delphian students have done well in the real world. Sky Dayton, founder of Earthlink and Boingo, graduated from the school. Other graduates have gone on to become computer programmers, designers and filmmakers.

Ke came away from her alma mater with warm feelings. Now a freshman at Johns Hopkins University, she intends to study biomedical engineering.

The people of nearby Sheridan, Ore., seem to be generally puzzled by the place, though.

Kathy McIntyre, 51, who works at Lee’s Green Frog restaurant in town, seemed mystified by Delphian. “They’re pretty secretive, actually … We’ve all heard of John L. Hubbard or whoever it is. We leave them alone, they leave us alone.”

She visited the school only once and found it frightening.

“When I was in high school, we went on a field trip up there. It was really strange and orderly and real quiet and kinda scary, actually.”

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Oct 23 11 8:10 PM

Church Of Scientology Investigated 'South Park' Creators Matt Stone, Trey Parker: Report

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First Posted: 10/23/11 06:58 PM ET Updated: 10/23/11 07:56 PM ET
For Matt Stone and Trey Parker, nothing is holy or immune to satire. And since the launch of their groundbreaking animated TV series "South Park," they've skewered a multitude of world religions, pointing out hypocrisies, inanities or just playing with ridiculous stereotypes. One of their most famous religious satires, 2005's Scientology-targeting "Trapped In The Closet" episode, allegedly struck such a nerve with the church's leaders that the group responded by targeting Stone, Parker and their friends in a long-term covert investigation.
Marty Rathbun, a former Church of Scientology executive-turned-critic and independent worshipper, revealed to the Village Voice a number of documents that detailed the religious sect's detailed surveillance of the Emmy-winning TV moguls. Through the help of informants, public records and various other means, they searched for "vulnerabilities" in the pair's personal lives, and after exploring their personal and business connections, widened their focus to investigating actors such as John Stamos, as well.
"Phone records. Bank records. Personal letters that expose some kind of vulnerability," Rathbun told the Voice. "They'll read stuff into the kind of alcohol you're drinking and how much. Prescriptions. They'll figure out your diet. They can find out a lot about you through your trash."
Rathbun's personal site leads with a post that includes more information, including this summary: "In ’06 the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, became targets of Corporate Scientology’s OSA. Operations were run in an attempt to silence Parker and Stone. While Corporate Scientology was ultimately unsuccessful, left behind an instructive data trail during their efforts."
"Trapped in the Closet" featured a storyline that had Stan, one of the four children that make up the show's core, take a "personality test" after being encountered on the street by a group of Scientologists. The vague test reveals that he is miserable, which leads him to agree to pay the church to make him happy again. An "E-meter" reading reveals that he is housing the soul of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, and various Hollywood celebrities who are members of the church flock to his home to help convince him to become their new leader.
One of those celebrities included Tom Cruise, who locks himself in a closet, which was a clear allusion to various rumors about his sexuality. John Travolta, another member of the church, soon joined him in the closet. Stan's friends tell him that the religion is actually a cult, pointing out that Hubbard was a science fiction writer, though he at first refuses to believe it. Eventually, the Scientology elders reveal that the church is a for-profit con, calling their own religion "crap."
Cruise was so incensed by the episode that he allegedly threatened to not participate in promotion for "Mission: Impossible III" junket if a re-run of the episode was aired; Viacom owns both Comedy Central and Paramount, the studio that put out the film. Cruise's reps denied this, though the episode was indeed pulled. Stone and Parker, for their part, put out a satirical statement on the matter:
"So, Scientology, you may have won THIS battle, but the million-year war for earth has just begun! Temporarily anozinizing our episode will NOT stop us from keeping Thetans forever trapped in your pitiful man-bodies. Curses and drat! You have obstructed us for now, but your feeble bid to save humanity will fail! Hail Xenu!!!" "Trey Parker and Matt Stone, servants of the dark lord Xenu."
Rathbun teased more documents, which reveal major advances in their investigations, would come soon. He was arrested in September, allegedly at the behest of the Church of Scientology, though charges were later dropped; the Voice reported then that the Church of Scientology was harassing him, in part because he practices the faith outside of the official Church.
"South Park" satirizes religion in just about every episode; they have cast Satan as the cowardly lover of Saddam Hussein, while Kyle, another of the four core children, comes from a very stereotypical Jewish family. Parker and Stone also created the Broadway show, "Book of Mormon," which pokes fun at that religion.
For more, click over to the Village Voice; to watch the "Trapped In The Closet" episode, click here.

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Oct 24 11 6:14 AM

Scientology Investigated Trey Parker And Matt Stone


Marty Rathbun, a former Scientology executive who defected in 2004, says Scientology's Office of Special Affairs launched a full investigation into South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone after they completely shredded The Church of Scientology in the classic, 2005 episode, "Trapped in the Closet." No, Scientology isn't crazy. Not crazy at all.
The following internal Corporate Scientology memorandum is being published as part of a series that exposes the standard operating pattern and methodologies of the Office of Special Affairs (OSA – the harassment and terror network of Corporate Scientology). Hubbard once noted the truism that that which one knows the technology of he cannot be the adverse effect of. So it behooves those who have decided to expose and reform the beast to know a little about the tactics it employs to combat such efforts. To this day OSA operates mainly on Cold War era intelligence and propaganda techniques much like those of the CIA, the FBI, the KGB, and STASI of the fifties and sixties. Their main activity entails stifling criticism by an escalating gradient of techniques beginning with quiet investigation and moving up to infiltration, identification of and use of influential friends and contacts of the target, loud investigation, threats, attempts to harm the target financially, intense propaganda to discredit and ultimately, if all else fails, utter destruction of the target through overt harassment. While in this age of information many OSA operations result in epic failures, the well-heeled – if desperate – cult continues to muzzle many a would-be reformer and news agency. In ’06 the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, became targets of Corporate Scientology’s OSA. Operations were run in an attempt to silence Parker and Stone. While Corporate Scientology was ultimately unsuccessful, left behind an instructive data trail during their efforts.

You can read the actual document over at Marty Rathbun's blog here, but please understand that it will be the most paranoid, batshit thing you will read all day. I'd rather take a drink from Jim Jones or visit a house with Charles Manson than step foot anywhere near the Church of Scientology. Well, except that time I went to Gelson's. I was out of beer, so it was kind of an emergency.

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Nov 5 11 6:36 PM

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Scientology Investigation of South Park the Last Straw for Katie Holmes: Aussie Magazine Report

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