Friday, July 31, 2009

Scientology Ringleader Kidnaps Daughter Flees To Cuba

Los Angeles Daily News

May 1, 1951

Indications that Dianetics founder L. Ron Hubbard, 40, has fled to Cuba with the baby daughter he is accused of kidnapping were contained today in a letter submitted to the court by Mrs. Sara Northrup Hubbard, 25.

Mrs. Hubbard, who is suing for divorce on the grounds her husband is insane and who accused him of having kidnapped their daughter, Alexis, 13 months, last February 24th, presented to Superior Judge W. Turney Fox a letter written by Hubbard to her last April 15th.

The letter was submitted to bolster her request to serve Hubbard with divorce papers by publication since he has not been located for personal service. Judge Fox granted the petition.

This is Hubbard's letter to his wife:

"Dear Sara I have been in the Cuban military hospital and I am being transferred to the United States next week as a classified scientist immune from interference of all kind".

"Though I will be hospitalized probably a long time. Alexis is getting excellent care. I see her every day. She is all I have to live for".

"My wits never gave way under all you did and let them do, but my body didn't stand up. My right side is paralyzed and getting more so. I hope my heart lasts".

"I may live a long time and again I may not. But Dianetics will last 10,000 years-for the Army and Navy have it now".

"My will is all changed. Alexis will get a fortune unless she goes to you, as she would then get nothing. Hope to see you once more. Goodbye- I love you".

Mrs. Hubbard who seeks custody of her little girl, said that Hubbard's Dianetics foundation did a $1,000,000.00 business last year. "

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Scientology Crime Syndicate Front Groups Commit Racketeering

On July 30th in Scientology history

Skinheads, skateboards, Scientology prompt calls
July 30, 1987, Robert Henderson, St. Petersburg Times

Meanwhile, the national office of the Cult Awareness Network reports that "a Scientology front group called the Concerned Businessmen's Association is sponsoring a Set a Good Example contest aimed at schools and youth groups, which centers around a booklet titled The Way to Happiness by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard." (Many Clearwater residents have been sent that booklet in the mail.)

When a similar contest was conducted in England, children were required to read the booklet and then carry out a project that sets a good example. The London Daily Mail reported that "several civic leaders who had initially endorsed the contest withdrew their support upon learning of the connection to Scientology."

Tags: CBAA, Cult Awareness Network, Richard Haworth, The Way to Happiness


French Scientology Case Barred

July 30, 2002, Associated Press, Journal Sentinel

A Paris judge has ruled that a 13-year-old case against the Church of Scientology alleging fraud and illegal practice of medicine cannot go to trial because the statute of limitations has expired, a judicial official said Tuesday.

Judge Colette Bismuth-Sauron ruled Friday that there was a lack of progress in the investigation and rejected the case on procedural grounds, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The criminal probe into 16 leaders of the church was opened in 1989 after a criminal complaint was filed by a former Scientologist, Juan Esteban Cordero. He accused the group of "progressive mental conditioning" that led him to spend more than $167,000 on Scientology-related courses.

However, in 1998, hundreds of documents that were to be used as evidence in the case disappeared from the Justice Ministry.

Tags: France, Legal


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Scientology Blackmails IRS Commissioner Then Claimes Revival

The notorious Scientology crime syndicate committed blackmail and extortion against the IRS Commisswioner and others working for the IRC, following people's children to and from school and committing organized crime racketeering and death threats.

Now the crime bosses proclaim the racketeering crimes they commit to be of benfit to everyone, not just their crmie bosses and ringleaders.

On July 29th in Scientology history

Critics Say IRS Ethics Problems Reduced
July 29, 1991, AP, Seattle Times

Two years after embarrassing allegations of misconduct and abuse of power by several of its managers, the Internal Revenue Service is getting good marks for improving its ethical climate.

"Substantial progress has been made," says Rep. Douglas Barnard, D-Ga., whose House Government Operations subcommittee has been investigating the IRS for three years.

Even the National Coalition of IRS Whistleblowers, a Church of Scientology offshoot that dogs the agency's every move, offers a grudging commendation for positive strides to clean up the problem.

Tags: Coalition of IRS Whistle-blowers, Fred Goldberg, IRS


French Court Cuts Sentence of a Scientology Church Leader
July 29, 1997, Los Angeles Times

A French appeals court reduced the sentence Monday for a Church of Scientology leader convicted of involuntary homicide in the suicide of a member.

The case centered on the March 1988 suicide of Patrice Vic, 31, who jumped out a window.

Tags: Convicted, France, Jean-Jacques Mazier, Patrice Vic


Hubbard Textbooks Have State Approval
July 29, 1997, Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times

The state education department has given preliminary approval to statewide use of school textbooks inspired by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard that already are at the center of a controversy in Los Angeles schools.

Five books based on Hubbard's education ideas are expected to be placed on a list of supplementary texts that schools across the state can purchasepossibly as soon as September, an education official said Monday.

Tags: Applied Scholastics, Bridge Publications, Los Angeles, Rena Weinberg


Hubbard Texts Approved for School Use
July 29, 1997, Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times

The state education department has given preliminary approval to statewide use of school textbooks inspired by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard that already are at the center of a controversy in Los Angeles schools.

Five books based on Hubbard's education ideas are expected to be placed on a list of supplementary texts that schools across the state can purchasepossibly as soon as September, an education official said Monday.

Tags: Applied Scholastics, Bridge Publications, Los Angeles, Rena Weinberg


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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Germany Curbs Scientology Crime Syndicate

On July 26th in Scientology history

German visitor takes on Scientology
July 26, 2000, Thomas C. Tobin, St. Petersburg Times

Ursula Caberta, who heads a government office in Hamburg that works to curb Scientology in Germany, said Tuesday at a downtown news conference that Scientology is viewed in her country as "a new kind of political extremism." She also alleged that church officials have exaggerated hardships of Scientologists caused by her office and used fraud in an orchestrated effort to persuade U.S. lawmakers to impose sanctions against Germany.

Tags: Antje Victore, Germany, Hans Bschorr, Lisa McPherson Trust, Mark Rathbun, Nazi labelling, Robert Minton, Stacy Brooks, Ursula Caberta, William Walsh


Go Home, Tom Cruise! Why does Germany hate Scientologists?
July 26, 2007, Michelle Tsai, Explainer, Slate Magazine

Some German officials believe Scientology's ideology is rooted in a kind of political extremisma bit of a sensitive area for Germany since World War II. They also argue that Scientology is not a religion but a business, since local churches operate like franchises of the main organization.

Tags: France, Germany, Gordon Melton


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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Scientology Crime Offices Raided By Police

On July 25th in Scientology history

Scientology: Parry and Thrust
July 25, 1977, TIME Magazine,9171,919130,00.html

Dawn Raid. Last week it appeared that Scientologist methods had aroused a half-sleeping giant: the U.S. Government. Federal prosecutors began parading Scientology officials before a Washington grand jury following a door-busting dawn raid by FBI agents on church offices in Hollywood and the District of Columbia. Cartons of documents were seized, including dossiers on the private lives of federal judges hearing the church's suits, data on agency personnel, and other material that originated in Government files. Authorities charged that the Scientologists had pilfered scores of confidential documents after infiltrating the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service.

Tags: DEA, FBI, FDA, IRS, Michael Meisner, Nazi labelling, Operation Snow White, Robert Vaughn Young


Vault to get Hubbard's writings
July 25, 1991, Bob Henderson, Editor's Note, St. Petersburg Times

They also are well-guarded and secretive. Overlooking the Petrolia vault, according to an electrical contractor quoted by Cempa, is an 8,000-square-foot bunker with "closed circuit TV cameras in almost every room and alarm systems all over."

The Petrolia vault is on 3,600 acres bought since 1984 by the Los Angeles-based Church of Spiritual Technology. Cempa says it is a Scientology splinter group set up to preserve the religious and philosophical writings of Hubbard.

Tags: Church of Spiritual Technology, CST, Michel Ouelette, Petrolia


The apparent double suicide of Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan - Los Angeles Times -

July 25, 2007, Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times

"They thought Scientologists were really harassing them," Nichols said. "They would say, "They are following us, harassing our landlord." I did not see any evidence of that.



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Friday, July 24, 2009

Time Magazine Exposes Deadly Scientology Cult

On July 24th in Scientology history

Of Two Minds
July 24, 1950, TIME Magazine,9171,812852,00.html

A new cult is smoldering through the U.S. underbrush. Its name: dianetics. Last week its bible, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, was steadily climbing the U.S. bestseller lists.

Demand was especially heavy on the West Coast. Bookstores in Los Angeles were selling Dianetics on an under-the-counter basis. Armed with the manual, which they called simply "The Book," fanatical converts overflowed Saturday night meetings in Hollywood, held dianetics parties, formed clubs, and "audited" (treated) each other.

Tags: Dianetics, Frank Dessler, Jean Bordeaux, L. Ron Hubbard, Pauline Pumphrey, Vernon Twitchell


Bridge to Total Freedom a lifetime commitment
July 24, 2005, Alana Semuels, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Some say it's the only true way toward a happier existence. Others label it a new religion that soon will be accepted in society, like the Mormon Church. And then there are the people who call it a cult.

Scientology has been called many things in its half century of existence, and even now, it is a controversial organization.


From the outside, looking in
July 24, 2005, Alana Semuels, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Some of the things Chuck Beatty says he's done over the past 30 years sound like scenes from a science fiction movie.

Signing over a billion years of his current and future lives to service. Hiding from German news helicopters flying over the California camp where he lived. Spending more than six years doing hard labor under constant monitoring by his peers.

But Beatty, 53, now of Carnegie, says he was just one of the many faithful members of the Sea Organization, an intense division of the Church of Scientology. In 2004, Beatty left behind the life that had enveloped him for nearly three decades and moved to Pittsburgh from Los Angeles to assist other people interested in leaving, since he knows how difficult it is.

Tags: Chuck Beatty, David Bromley, Jim Richardson, Rebecca Denova, RPF, Sea Org, Stephen Kent


L. Ron Hubbard, founder
July 24, 2005, Virginia Linn, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As the popularity of Scientology grew, so did the controversy surrounding it. Hubbard has been called a charismatic Renaissance man by admirers and a quack by critics.


Scientology comes to town
July 24, 2005, Virginia Linn, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Although the office opened here with little fanfare, Scientologists have high hopes for its growth as they try to regain a foothold in the region after a false start in Washington County.

Tags: David Touretzky, Detox


Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg Spat Explained
July 24, 2006,

The New Yorker points out: "According to two close friends of Spielberg, Page Six was accurate, although the item did not note the real source of Spielberg's anger: After he mentioned to Cruise the name of a doctor  a friend  who prescribed Ritalin, the doctor's office was picketed by Scientologists.


Armenian immigrant and 5 others convicted of military-weapons charges in FBI sting
July 24, 2007, Larry Neumeister, AP, San Diego Union-Tribune

An Armenian immigrant accused of plotting to sell anti-aircraft missiles and other military weapons from the former Soviet Union to an FBI informant was convicted Tuesday along with five co-defendants.

Tags: Artur Solomonyan


For Xenu's sake, hear your kooky co-worker out
July 24, 2007, David Eddie, Globe and Mail


'Anonymous' plans mass Scientology protest
July 24, 2008, Daily Telegraph,22049,24070462-5006003,00.html

A SHADOWY web-based protest group is apparently planning a global demonstration against Scientology next month, publishing its creepy "training video" the internet.

The group, calling itself Anonymous has already staged demonstrations against Scientology in Australia and around the but now plans an even bigger international event on August 16.

Tags: Anonymous


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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Germany Says Tom Cruise Is Scientology Nazi

On July 23rd in Scientology history

Cruise is 'Goebbels of Scientology', says German church
July 23, 2007, Tony Paterson, The Independent

Thomas Gandow, 60, chief spokesman on religious cults for the German Protestant Church, described Scientology as a "totalitarian organisation" and said that Mr Cruise had become "the Goebbels of Scientology".



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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Scientology Classed as Organized Crime Not Religion

The United States does not class the notorious Scientology crime syndicate as religion, nor is the criminal enterprise reocgnized by the United States as a religion. The IRS classes the crooks as a tax exempt charity after racketeering, blackmail, and extortion the criminal enterprise committed against IRS Commissioner Fred Goldberg.

On July 21st in Scientology history

Church of stars set for city
July 21, 2005, Jon Griffin, Evening Mail, Birmingham Mail

Former diocesan spokesman Arun Arora said at the time that the Church, founded by science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard, was "as much a religion as a dog is a vegetable".

He said Scientology was regarded by many as "little more than a cult" and had been refused recognition as a religion by the UK Charity Commissioners.

Tags: Birmingham, Church of England, Graeme Wilson, UK, UK Charity Commission


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Friday, July 17, 2009

Scientology Crooks Deny Their NarCONon is Scientology

On July 17th in Scientology history

Town Welcomes, Then Questions a Drug Project
July 17, 1989, AP, New York Times

Townspeople say the California group, Narconon International, has not been honest about its affiliation with the Church of Scientology, its financing, its medical credentials and its plans for the project, which is to attract mostly out-of-state clients.

Narconon officials denied that the project had anything to do with Scientology, the townspeople say, until Newkirk officials produced a Scientology magazine with a article titled, "Trained Scientologists to Staff Huge Oklahoma Facility."

Tags: Gary Smith, Heber Jentzsch, Narconon, Oklahoma, Simon Hogarth, Spain


Judge rules Time can't be sued for calling Scientology 'cult of greed'
July 17, 1996, CNN

A federal judge has thrown out the remaining part of a $415 million lawsuit brought by the Church of Scientology against Time Warner Inc. The suit charged that Time magazine maliciously libeled the church in a 1992 article that called it a "cult of greed."

Tags: Legal


When Scientology attacks?
July 17, 2008, WWMT

The video of two men involved in an altercation outside a Church of Scientology has garnered a lot of hits on YouTube, but it happened right here in West Michigan.

Two men protesting the Church of Scientology got more than they bargained for when a man and a woman from the church came out and confronted them last week.

Tags: Anonymous, Battle Creek


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Monday, July 13, 2009

Scientology Drug Criminal Assaults Journalist

On July 13th in Scientology history

Cult or religion: What's the difference?
July 13, 1999, e-cyclopedia, BBC News

The term "cult", says the Cult Information Centre in London, applies to a group which demonstrates five different qualities (see fact box).

Scientologists are by no means averse to suing when the faintest scent of defamation is in the air. And the centre does not say that the church is a cult.

Tags: Branch Davidians, Cult Information Centre, Graeme Wilson, Ian Haworth,
Moonies, UK, UK Charity Commission


Man arrested after dispute with moviemaker
July 13, 2006, Jim Harrington, Clearwater Citizen

CLEARWATER  Two men got into a scuffle on July 8 when one of them apparently disliked the other man's taping of the goings-on at a street corner.

Tags: Michael Fitzgerald, Pat Harney, Shawn Lonsdale


South Park airs Scientology show
July 13, 2006, BBC News

A South Park episode that mocked actor Tom Cruise and Scientology will air later this month after a repeat of it was axed in March.

Tags: Isaac Hayes, South Park


St. Petersburg court shuts down Scientology Center (Russia)
July 13, 2007, Interfax

The St. Petersburg City Court has closed down the city's Scientology Center, accusing it of offenses such as unlicensed teaching and other activities not stated in its charter, the city prosecutor's office said.

Tags: Detox, Russia


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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Scientology Suicide May Have Been Swiss Citizen

On July 12th in Scientology history

Harbor drowning victim may have been Swiss
July 12, 1988, St. Petersburg Times

Clearwater police Lt. Jack Dowling said Peter Ernst Frei, a Swiss citizen, was reported missing to Clearwater police on June 29 by a "church" acquaintance.

The description of Frei and his clothing matches that of the drowning victim, Dowling said.

Dowling said Frei arrived in Clearwater on June 8 to take classes at the "Church" of Scientology. He was last seen a day or two before he was reported missing, Dowling said.

Tags: Clearwater, Death, Peter Frei, St. Petersburg Times


Tom, three questions for you
July 12, 2005, David Rowan, Column, The Times

So here are a few questions that the media ought to have asked Cruise. Tom, if you are so keen to place the Church firmly at the heart of public debate, why is it so anxious to suppress open discussion about its treatment record or finances? Why have defecting members been held to "billion-year" contracts to stay silent? And why have journalists investigating the church so often alleged that they met campaigns of personal intimidation and harassment?

Tags: Lawrence Wollersheim, Richard Behar, Tom Cruise, Xenu, The Times


Inside a mad-made religion
July 12, 2007, Hedley Thomas, The Australian,20867,22058312-28737,00.html

After the group's teachings were exposed in court this week following a double-slaying in Sydney, cult watchers including Aron see a rare opportunity to conduct a public debate about Scientology's influence on mental health and safety. "The (Scientologists) are probably hoping this will all go away and I'm hoping it won't just go away this time," Aron says.

"Governments should be looking closely at this, at least to see if (Scientologists) are breaching a duty of care and if they are complicit in a terrible double tragedy. It is a very significant matter that needs to be looked at laterally and level-headedly. It is just amazing that nothing like this has happened before to force the issue into the public arena."

Tags: Australia, Murder, Sydney, The Australian


Religion not a factor in mental health policy: Govt
July 12, 2007, ABC News (Australia)

The New South Wales Mental Health Minister, Paul Lynch, says fringe groups will not be allowed to dictate the states" health policy.

Tags: Australia, ABC News (Australia)


Russian court shuts down Scientology center in St. Petersburg: prosecutors
July 12, 2007, AP, International Herald Tribune

A Russian court has ordered a center operated by the Scientology movement in St. Petersburg to be shut down, city prosecutors said Thursday, after accusing the organization of unlicensed teaching and other activities.

The St. Petersburg City Court ordered the Scientology center closed after it agreed with prosecutors who said the center's operations were violating its charter.

Tags: Detox, Legal, Russia, International Herald Tribune


Secret Scientology letter war exposed
July 12, 2007, Joe Hildebrand, Daily Telegraph,,23599,22058789-2,00.html

SCIENTOLOGISTS have been bombarding NSW MPs with letters urging them not to make psychiatric drugs more available as part of an orchestrated campaign to stamp out their use.

But not one of more than 120 letters obtained by the Daily Telegraph identifies the author as a Scientologist despite many coming from its inner-west offices.

Tags: Australia,


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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Scientology Money Laundering Felonies

On July 11th in Scientology history

Scientology chief got millions, ex-aides say
July 11, 1984, Robert Lindsey, New York Times

Former officials of the Church of Scientology say they helped L. Ron Hubbard, the reclusive founder of the cult- like organization, to secretly divert more than $100 million from the church into foreign bank accounts he controlled.

Tags: ASI, Canada, David Miscavige, Edward Walters, Fair Game, FBI,
Germany, Gerry Armstrong, GO, Howard Schomer, IRS, Judge Breckenridge,
Kima Douglas, Laurel Sullivan, Michael Flynn, Operation Snow White,
Pat Broeker, PC folders, RTC, Secondary copy, Toronto, New York Times


Scientologist arrested after altercation with filmmaker
July 11, 2006, Jacob H. Fries, St. Petersburg Times

CLEARWATER - A longtime member of the Church of Scientology was arrested Saturday after he scuffled with an amateur filmmaker who was videotaping on a downtown sidewalk next to a sign reading "Cult Watch," police and a witness said.

Tags: St. Petersburg Times


Two tussle over filmmaker's camera
July 11, 2006, Jacob H. Fries, St. Petersburg Times

A longtime member of the Church of Scientology was arrested Saturday after he scuffled with an amateur filmmaker who was videotaping on a downtown sidewalk next to a sign reading "Cult Watch," police and a witness said.

Michael Fitzgerald, 52, a self-employed carpenter, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on a misdemeanor battery charge and released after posting $250 bail.

Tags: Clearwater, Michael Fitzgerald, Pat Harney, Shawn Lonsdale, St.
Petersburg Times


Scientology the cult of disbelief
July 11, 2007, Michelle Cazzulino, Daily Telegraph,22049,22052218-5001031,00.html

Beals said he had been advised by the Church of Scientology against seeking therapy. According to him, the organisation's members talked him out of accessing psychological help while "bleeding dry" his bank accounts.

"If I wouldn't have got involved with Scientology, I wouldn't have committed this crime," he said.

Tags: Australia, Cyrus Brooks, Gary Beals, Joava Good, Xenu, Daily


Minister free to call Scientologists bastards: Rann
July 11, 2008, John Wiseman, The Australian

THE South Australian Government was at odds with the Church of Scientology last night after backing the right of a senior state minister to brand its members "bastards".

Education Minister Jane Lomax-Smith has also questioned the organisation's tax-free status in comments to an anti-Scientology group called Anonymous, which it posted on popular internet site YouTube.

Tags: Anonymous, Australia, Jane Lomax-Smith, Mike Rann, The


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Friday, July 10, 2009

Scientology Lies About Their Australian Murder

On July 10th in Scientology history

He said, they said
July 10, 2006, Bay News 9, Bright House Networks,%20they%20said

A man filming a documentary outside the Church of Scientology in Clearwater says he was attacked by a man claiming to be a Scientologist.

Tags: Drew Sweet, Michael Fitzgerald, Pat Harney, Shawn Lonsdale


Accused family killer was 'denied treatment by Scientologist parents'
July 10, 2007, Barbara McMahon, The Guardian,,2122476,00.html

A woman accused of killing her father and sister and injuring her mother was denied psychiatric treatment by her parents who were Scientologists, a court heard yesterday.


Church of Scientology denies stabbed man 'a recruiter'
July 10, 2007, Fiona Connolly, Daily Telegraph,,23599,22048072-2,00.html

THE Church of Scientology last night denied the Sydney man who was allegedly stabbed to death by his psychotic daughter after refusing her psychiatric drugs was a top recruiter for the church.

A man with the same name as the dead father is listed on the Church of Scientology's "Honour Roll" in the 2002 Impact magazine which glorifies members worldwide for their efforts in "signing more than 20 members to the church" or for donating $US20,000 ($23,200) or more.


Scientologists 'flat earthers'
July 10, 2007, Dylan Welch, Sydney Morning Herald

Mr Brooks went on to argue that modern psychiatry used many methods that were largely "unproven" and psychiatric assumptions - such as chemical imbalances in the brain - simply did not exist.

Almost immediately after Mr Brooks finished his interview, Sydney University psychiatrist Chris Tennant phoned ABC Radio to reject the Scientologist's beliefs.

Saying it was "so sad to hear the flat-earthers getting on the radio", Professor Tennant denied modern psychiatry was largely "unproven", stating the amount of research on mental illness was "as strong" as that for cancer and heart disease.

"It's a tragedy to hear this mumbo jumbo being proselytised by this group," he said.

"The sad thing about this sounds to be that this girl may well have been prescribed some psychiatric treatment but living in a family which had the Scientology attitude there is no way there would have been what we term compliance."

Tags: Australia, Chris Tennant, Cyrus Brooks, Rosanna Capolingua


Sect to reject role in deaths
July 10, 2007, Fiona Connolly, Daily Telegraph,22049,22045259-5001021,00.html

A man with the same name as the dead father is listed on the Church of Scientology's "Honor Roll" in the 2002 Impact magazine which glorifies members worldwide for their efforts in "signing more than 20 members to the church" or for donating $US20,000 or more.

The man's daughter, 25, faced Bankstown Local Court yesterday charged with fatally stabbing her father and sister at their Revesby home last Thursday. She is also charged with stabbing her mother, 52.

Tags:, Vicki Dunstan, WISE


Scientology Nation: L. Ron Hubbard's otherworldly salvation plan erupts on Montana's Blackfeet Reservation
July 10, 2008, Paul Peters, Missoula Independent, SL Weekly

Running Crane isn't the only one forming a connection to Scientology. Emissaries connected to the religion and to Narconon, a nonprofit drug treatment and education program affiliated with Scientology, have been making inroads on the reservation throughout the past year. Scientologists have offered free seminars and all-expenses-paid retreats at a luxurious Scientology center near Los Angeles. They've also sent boxes of Hubbard's books to several tribal members working at Crystal Creek Lodge, the only drug-treatment center on the reservation. The center uses 12-step programs common to Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Al-Anon. (Narconon, despite its similar name, is not connected with any 12-step program.)

Tags: Alfred Johnson, Blackfeet, Blood Brother, Celebrity Centre, Chief Earl
Old Person, Clark Carr, Crazy Dog Society, Galaxy Press, John Goodwin, Larry
Ground, Marilyn Rhodes, Montana, Narconon, Old Tom, Pat Calf Looking,
Patricia Devereaux, Rayola Running Crane, Rick Ross, Saginaw Grant, Steven
Kent, War Bonnet


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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Scientology Murdered Another In Australia

On July 9th in Scientology history

Scientology case takes toll on doctor
July 9, 2005, Susan Taylor Martin, St. Petersburg Times

Former Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner Joan Wood has relinquished her Florida medical license in the wake of a state health department claim that she "became an advocate for the Church of Scientology" in a bitter dispute over the 1995 death of Scientology member Lisa McPherson.

Tags: Ben Shaw, Bernie McCabe, Joan Wood, Lisa McPherson


Accused 'butchered' Scientologist family, court told
July 9, 2007, AAP, The Australian,20867,22044493-2702,00.html

A SYDNEY woman accused of fatally stabbing her father, sister and injuring her mother was denied psychiatric treatment by her parents who were Scientologists, a court was told today.

Tags: Australia, Sydney


'I just butchered my family'
July 9, 2007, David Braithwaite, Sydney Morning Herald

The parents of a woman accused of murdering her father and sister apparently declined psychiatric treatment for her last year because of their Scientology beliefs, a report tendered in court states.

And a police version of events tendered to the court outlined the nightmarish scenario faced by the family's neighbours following the alleged murders.

Tags: Australia, Sydney


Religion's rise in the stars
July 9, 2007, Carla Danaher, Herald Sun,21985,22038951-2862,00.html

VICTORIA'S Scientology population has almost doubled in a decade, figures reveal. There are 629 Scientologists in Victoria, compared with 324 in 1996.

Census data prepared for the Herald Sun shows that Melbourne's Yarra Ranges and Whitehorse areas are the state's Scientology capitals.

Australia-wide, there were 2507 Scientologists in 2006, up from 1489 a decade ago.

Tags: Australia, Census, Emmanuel Foundas


Scientology beliefs 'stopped accused killer getting treatment'
July 9, 2007,,23599,22042754-1702,00.html

A SYDNEY woman charged with murdering her father and sister and seriously injuring her mother was apparently denied psychiatric treatment because of her parents" alleged Scientology beliefs, a court has been told.

Tags: Australia, Sydney


Woman stabbed Scientologist parents
July 9, 2007, IOL

Sydney - An Australian woman accused of murdering her father and sister was apparently denied psychiatric treatment because of her parents" Scientology beliefs, a court heard on Monday.

Tags: Australia, Murder, Sydney


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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Scientology Is Cult Awareness Network

On July 7th in Scientology history

Church of Scientology settles suit with PR firm
July 7, 1994, Wayne Garcia, St. Petersburg Times

On the verge of a trial, the Church of Scientology has settled a $40-million federal lawsuit against its former publicity agent, Hill & Knowlton, and foe Eli Lilly and Co. for an undisclosed sum of money.

No one involved in the litigation, however, is discussing the terms of the agreement, which was completed last week.

"All parties acknowledged that they are pleased that the case has been settled," said a statement from the Church of Scientology International in Los Angeles.

The agreement requires confidentiality, said Kurt Weiland, a director of the Church of Scientology International and head of its Office of Special Affairs.

Tags: Fishman, Kurt Weiland


How Scientology turned its biggest critic
July 7, 2002, Deborah O'Neil, St. Petersburg Times

Minton and Scientology had engaged in an acrimonious public battle for years, spending millions on mutual destruction.

Now they were talking truce. It wasn't long before Minton had become Scientology's star witness.

Tags: Ben Shaw, Jesse Prince, Judge Schaeffer, Ken Dandar, Lawrence
Wollersheim, Lisa McPherson, Lisa McPherson Trust, Mike Rinder, Monique
Yingling, Robert Minton, Steve Hassan


July 7, 2005, Richard Leiby, Live discussion, Washington Post

Richard Leiby: Yes, Scientologists do indeed now run the Cult Awareness Network (CAN). How the takeover occurred is a very long and complicated story, but it was essentially the result of a long and harsh legal campaign by Scientology to put CAN out of business. The church succeeded -- and then its members went on to buy the name after CAN went bankrupt.

Tags: Hypnosis, Richard Leiby


Battle with Scientology sparks Schwarzenegger pardon request
July 7, 2007, AP, San Jose Mercury News

SACRAMENTOA former Silicon Valley computer consultant whose decade-long fight with the Church of Scientology led to his ruin is asking Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to free him from a Riverside County jail.

Keith Henson's crusade against the church brought him a misdemeanor conviction for interfering with the rights of others to practice their religion. The 64-year-old Californian is now two months into a six-month jail sentence for the crime.


Greta Van Susteren Bays For Blood Of Anderson Cooper
July 7, 2008, Ryan Tate, Gawker

As a member of two vindictive cults  Fox News and Scientology  cable news anchor Greta Van Susteren is an absolute pro at channeling rage. Witness the blog post she typed up on the 4th of July holiday. The executive producer of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 last week called Susteren's On The Record "not a news program. It's missing-person of the day."

Tags: Anderson Cooper, Greta Van Susteren


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Monday, July 6, 2009

Tom Cruise Insanity Makes People Visit Insane Scientology Web Sites

On July 6th in Scientology history

Scientology takes mission to the streets
July 6, 2003, Robert Farley, St. Petersburg Times

A group of high-ranking Scientologists, concerned the church's Tampa facilities aren't up to snuff, is investing more than $2.5- million to buy a second cigar factory in West Tampa and to lease and renovate a two-story building on one of the hottest corners in Ybor City.

The church's three properties, staffed by nearly 100 people, will be the base for Scientology's most aggressive appeal for members to the Tampa Bay community.

Tags: Ana Tirabassi, Ben Shaw, Body routing, Detox, Louise Cournoyer, Peggy
Guigon, Purif, Real estate, Wayne Fuller


A Method To Cruise's Madness?
July 6, 2005, Fresh Intelligence, Radar Online

From the looks of it, Tom Cruise's televised crackup is actually helping the Church of Scientology's recruitment efforts. Since he declared his eternal love for Katie Holmes in early May, visits to the Church's official website have shot up 263 percent to a peak of 375,000 visitors per day last week, according to site traffic tracker alexa.

Tags: John Carmichael, Tom Cruise


Postpartum Depression Ignites Shields's Antistigma Crusade
July 6, 2007, Mark Moran, Psychiatric News



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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Scientology FrontSight Gun Nut Extremists

On July 5th in Scientology history

July 5, 2005, Frank K. Flinn, Live discussion, Washington Post

Frank K. Flinn, adjunct professor of religious studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., was online Tuesday, July 5, at 3 p.m. ET to discuss Scientology.

Tags: Frank K. Flinn


Scientology courts the stars
July 5, 2005, Kari Huus, MSNBC

It's a reflection of how Hollywood's rich and famous generate positive buzz for Scientology, recognized by the federal government as a religious organization but denounced by critics as a cult that extracts tens of thousands of dollars from its followers.

Tags: Celebrity Centre, Greg LaClaire, Lee Anne De Vette, Pat Kingsley, Rick
Ross, Tom Cruise


Celebration Turns Deadly at FrontSight Firearms Training
July 5, 2007, Colleen McCarty, Las Vegas Now, KLAS

A Fourth of July celebration at a weapons training facility near Pahrump ended with the death of a young father.


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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Scientology Sporgery Felonies

On July 4th in Scientology history

Freedom Flames Out on the 'Net
July 4, 1996, Colman Jones, NOW Magazine

What he and hundreds of others logging onto the group are experiencing is a "spam," in which someone posts dozens or even hundreds of messages to the same newsgroup, or the same message to different newsgroups. But this is no ordinary spam. Little does he realize it at the time, but Newman has just witnessed the start of what some are calling the biggest traffic jam in the history of the Net.

For weeks afterwards, this popular computer bulletin board is swamped daily by a mountain of pro-Scientology articles (nearly 28,000 at last count), posted by automatic computer programs in an apparent attempt to drown out criticism of the church.

Newman and other critics of Scientology suspect the culprit is the church itself. For their part, representatives of the church say they have no idea who's behind it, but they certainly don't appear to object to what's going on.

Tags: alt.scientology.war


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Friday, July 3, 2009

Scientology Racketeers Cult Awareness Network

On July 3rd in Scientology history

Deprogrammer charged in Eastside case
July 3, 1993, Gordy Holt, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

As outlined in an affidavit filed by Grays Harbor Deputy Prosecutor Joseph F. Wheeler, Scott told police his mother, then known as Kathy Tonkin, that Ross and three other men held him for four days in an Ocean Shores condominium while attacking his religious beliefs.

Tags: Charles Simpson, Harold Kern, Jason Scott, Joe Wheeler, Life
Tabernacle, Mark Workman, Rick Ross


Immune to Critics, Secret-Spilling Wikileaks Plans to Save Journalism ... and the World
July 3, 2008, Ryan Singel, Wired

More controversially, the site has begun posting confidential documents from the secretive and litigious Church of Scientology, and from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Those leaks demonstrate that the site has veered from its mission to expose the secrets of repressive governments, says Aftergood, treading instead on the dangerous ground of religious persecution.

Tags: ACLU, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Julian Assange, Steven Aftergood,


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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Scientology Disowns Customer Who Drowns

On July 2nd in Scientology history

Police seek identity of man who drowned
July 2, 1988, St. Petersburg Times

The body was discovered about 10 a.m. Thursday along the shore off Victoria Drive near Main Street and may have been in the water about eight hours, police said. Officials believe the man drowned, based on a medical examiner's preliminary test results.

The man is described as white, 35 to 45 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 144 pounds. He had graying and receding dark brown hair. He was wearing yellow, blue, white and black jams, with white socks and Reebok shoes.

Tags: Clearwater, Death, Peter Frei


State to evaluate Narconon - Research group tapped to look at anti-drug teachings
July 2, 2004, Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle

State schools chief Jack O"Connell has asked a research group known for its rigorous reviews of health curriculum to spend three months evaluating the Narconon anti-drug program, whose classroom instruction has been linked to the Church of Scientology.

Tags: Clark Carr, David Root, Megan Shields, Narconon


Mind Games: Scientology vs. Psychiatry
July 2, 2006, Five Live Report, BBC Radio

Reporter Elodie Harper goes undercover to reveal the tactics used by Scientology followers in the immediate aftermath of traumatic events.

Tags: CCHR, Multimedia, UK, Volunteer Ministers


Hubbard's Scientology 'built on nonsense'
July 2, 2007, Jill Singer, Herald Sun,23599,22001905-5007146,00.html

Founded by L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology is built on nonsense from whoa to go.

Hubbard lied about his university qualifications. Thrice married, he posed as an expert on marital success.

In 1964, an inquiry in Victoria found that Scientology presented a grave threat to family and home life.

"As well as causing financial hardship, it engenders dissension, suspicion and mistrust among members of the family," said the inquiry. "Scientology has caused many family estrangements."

As for Hubbard, the inquiry said he built a crazy and dangerous edifice based on a smattering of knowledge in various sciences.

Essentially, Scientology is big business masquerading as religion and we all have reason to question it.

Tags: Australia, James Packer, Tom Cruise, UK Charity Commission


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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Another Mysterious Scientology Death

On July 1st in Scientology history

Body is found in Clearwater Harbor
July 1, 1988, Mike Jackson, St. Petersburg Times

The body was found about 10 a.m. floating face-down along the shore off Victoria Drive near Main Street, Dunedin police said.

The body probably had been in the water about eight hours, said Dunedin Police Sgt. G. M. Hollis. The man apparently drowned, Hollis said, and no foul play was suspected. The medical examiner's office planned an autopsy and had not determined the cause of death Thursday.

Tags: Clearwater, Death, Peter Frei


L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology: An annotated bibliographical survey of primary and selected secondary literature
July 1, 1999, Marco Frenschkowski, Marburg Journal of Religion

No New Religious Movement has been a subject of more public interest and of more heated discussions in Germany during the last two decades than Scientology. I first became interested in this debate in the early Eighties, but only in 1996/1997 - after completing a similar project about Theosophy and Helena Blavatsky - I seriously started to search for available material on Hubbard and the movement he founded. Only then I became aware of the rather paradoxical situation in Germany

Tags: Academic, L. Ron Hubbard, Marco Frenschkowski

Scientology -- Is this a Religion?
July 1, 1999, Stephen A. Kent, Marburg Journal of Religion

Although some social scientists insist that Scientology is a religion, the more appropriate position to take is that the organization is a multi-faceted transnational corporation that has religion as only one of its many components. Other components include political aspirations, business ventures, cultural productions, pseudo-medical practices, pseudo-psychiatric claims, and (among its most devoted members who have joined the Sea Organization), an alternative family structure.

Tags: Academic, Sea Org, Stephen Kent


Scientology - Are we Clear on This?
July 1, 2002, Bob Gersztyn, The Wittenburg Door

We don't have to tell YOU about L.Ron Hubbard, his book Dianetics, and the religion it spawnedScientology. In fact, until just recently, most media outlets WOULDn't tell you about it given Scientology's well-deserved reputation for litigation. Instead, let us tell you about Tory Bezazian.

Tags: alt.religion.scientology, Celebrity Centre, David Miscavige,
International Association of Scientologists, John Travolta, OSA, Richard
Tenning, Robert Minton, Scientology Parishioners League, Sea Org, Stacy
Brooks, Tory Christman


Close Encounters of the Scientology Kind
July 1, 2005, Jonann Brady, ABC News

We had seen the Scientologists offering "free stress tests" in the middle of the Times Square subway station. In the name of research and curiosity, we decided to take them up on the offer, approaching discreetly and separately.


Scientology's war on psychiatry
July 1, 2005, Katharine Mieszkowski, Salon

But the Church of Scientology's war on psychiatry is no joke. For decades, Scientologists have maintained that the very notion of mental illness is a fraud. They base this belief on the views of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, who proclaimed that psychiatry was an evil enterprise, a form of terrorism, and the cause of crime. Now, they're attempting to enshrine their contempt for psychiatry in laws across the country.

Recently, Scientologists have promoted legislation in Florida, Utah and New Hampshire that seeks to discredit psychiatry and drug therapies, especially for kids. The laws would penalize, even criminalize, schoolteachers who recommended mental health treatments to students or parents. At the same time, Scientologists have infiltrated the public schools, promoting a drug abuse program that presents information -- that drugs like marijuana and LSD, for instance, accumulate in body fat and create constant cravings -- roundly dismissed by medical experts.

Tags: CCHR


War of Words
July 1, 2005, Brooke Shields, Op-Ed, New York Times

I WAS hoping it wouldn't come to this, but after Tom Cruise's interview with Matt Lauer on the NBC show "Today" last week, I feel compelled to speak not just for myself but also for the hundreds of thousands of women who have suffered from postpartum depression. While Mr. Cruise says that Mr. Lauer and I do not "understand the history of psychiatry," I'm going to take a wild guess and say that Mr. Cruise has never suffered from postpartum depression.

Tags: Brooke Shields, CCHR, Tom Cruise


Church of Scientology buys site in Center City
July 1, 2007, Michael Klein, Philadelphia Inquirer

The Church of Scientology last month paid just under $8 million for a vacant 15-story office building and an adjoining one-story former toy store in the heart of downtown: the 1300 block of Chestnut Street - across the street from Macy's and next door to the furniture store Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

Tags: Philadelphia, Real estate


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