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—————- In anticipation of her biggest day in court yet, Laura DeCrescenzo and her attorneys hit the Church of Scientology with 928 pages of new filings —————- Details from 18,000 pages of evidence show how Scientology manipulated a child to keep her working under slave-like conditions —————- A key document describing DeCrescenzo’s unwillingness to have her coerced abortion is missing from the evidence Scientology was ordered to produce By Tony Ortega Wednesday afternoon, Laura DeCrescenzo filed explosive new information in her four-year legal odyssey against the Church of Scientology, submitting 928 pages of new declarations and exhibits in anticipation of a crucial October 23 hearing in her lawsuit against the church which alleges abuse, including allegations that she was forced to have an abortion at only 17 years of age. Key to the new filings is information gleaned from thousands of pages of previously secret files that the church fought mightily to keep under wraps. But on Monday, the U.

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John Sweeney’s Trailer for His New Book, The Church of Fear

How’s this for a bonus Friday afternoon post — John Sweeney and Marc Headley driving to Scientology’s Trementina Base in New Mexico, footage that Sweeney has put together as a trailer for his book, The Church of Fear: Inside the Weird World of Scientology.

We will have more to tell you about Sweeney’s book on Monday. But for now, enjoy this fun moment in the New Mexico desert.

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Posted by Tony Ortega on January 4, 2013 at 15:33

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  • jensting

    On Monday I expect to be reading a shiny new Kindle copy of this book :D

  • John P.

    Wonderful opening. He didn’t miss a trick… Particularly funny was the heading, as they were lapping up the miles in the car, saying “New Mexico, north of Roswell” – Trementina is indeed due north of Roswell. But it’s 200 miles north of Roswell, so it’s hardly a UFO suburb of that famous town. But linking them to a whole ‘nother crowd of UFO nuts is quite clever. It’s also quite interesting to see the black motion detector box next to the camera. I wonder what kind of security response would happen if one jumped the fence and headed towards the house, given that there are probably only 1-2 people stationed there.

    Nice end line “The Church of Scientology says John Sweeney is definitely evil…” Nothing like a little oh-so-subtle mockery to cause Miscavige to spew his scotch across the room.

    • http://www.facebook.com/VictoriaPandora Victoria Pandora

      that’s the brits for you, our two hundred miles is their two miles.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dianne.lipson Dianne Lipson

        Conversion from the metric system is a mite tricky.

    • grundoon

      I’ve learned from the movies that remote desert cult fortresses are always heavily armed.

      • BuryTheNuts2

        I am pretty sure that one cow was packin’

      • Captain Howdy

        Unlike farms — “Signs”– in the Midwest, which aren’t armed at all.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Okay, this makes up for the Dianetics class. Shades of Twilight Zone… I was just imagining (I know, that’s squirrelly Dianuttics) the isolated underground world of whoever is posted on this foreboding guard/receptionist line. It must have been startling to hear the phone ring and it’s not even Thursday. Too bad Marc didnt bring along one of those mini helicopter drone thingies with video cams. Oh wait…this is just the trailer, right? Miscavige must be sucking up the scotch in buckets after he saw This pair tooling down the road in an equipment van. I don’t think there’s enough scotch Or copper rods to tranquilize this tiny tyrant for the entire month of January. whoop

    • sugarplumfairy

      “…I was just imagining…the isolated underground world of whoever is posted on this foreboding guard…”

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Cb3ik6zP2I&feature=youtube_gdata_player

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Yeah, like that!

      • http://www.facebook.com/VictoriaPandora Victoria Pandora

        he was on the introspection RD. he went there to destimulate, get with the programme you wogs:P

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Oh man, this is when he was at ‘peak’ hotness!

    • http://www.facebook.com/VictoriaPandora Victoria Pandora

      davey is probably in the bunker john and marc are trying to visit! if he isn’t he should be.

    • http://www.AlanzosBlog.com/ Alanzo
      • Captain Howdy

        I’ve been meaning to see that movie.

    • http://twitter.com/Scientology_411 Scientology_411

      Not even Thursday – that’s hilarious! What sort of stats could they have to call in from there? Number of platinum plates shuffled from one corner to another? Number of times Shelly Miscavige was beaten?

  • Pronoia

    Does anyone know if one can get this book to be read on a non-kindle digital device? Like Itunes or google reader?

    • BuryTheNuts2

      You can get the Kindle app from iTunes and read it on an ipad or iphone easily.
      I got rid of my old kindle device and use kindle on my iPad all the time now.
      Is that what you mean?

      • AnyOldName1

        Thanks BTN2. I just got an iPad2 for Christmas and was wondering how and if that would work.

        • BuryTheNuts2

          It even syncs to the last page read on all your devices (if you use multiple devices) with the kindle app.
          I do,… so that comes in quite handy.
          It also means I can read books when I am in boring meetings on my iPhone and everybody thinks I am doing something important…or work related…Suckers!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

      A kindle reader app is also available for the Mac, if you want to be able to read it on all of your Apple devices. I think there may also be a Kindle app for Android devices.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gayle.smith.3994 Gayle Smith

      I’ve got a Kindle app on my Samsung phone as well (and had it on LG Vortex, also.)

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Here ‘ya go, Kindle Cloud Reader

      https://read.amazon.com/about

    • 1subgenius

      You can read Kindle books on Apple devices or even your computer with the Kindle app.
      How convenient.
      Do eet.

    • http://twitter.com/johnsweeneyroar john sweeney

      Hiya, you can get a paperback direct from Silvertail Books, £12.99 plus postage, (whatever that is in dollars) and it’s available in all ebook forms.

    • califa007

      Download the free Calibre program. It will convert from Kindle to ePub (for Nook & some other devices) and to other formats as well. Great program. It’s donation based.

      • califa007

        If you hook your device to your computer with the USB cable, it will even send the book to the device.

  • BosonStark

    That square box and its voice is probably the last clam in New Mexico. He should have said “Zeeeeee-new sent me” and then, “I’d like to speak to Shelly Miscavige please.”

    • SP ‘Onage

      I laughed out loud!

  • Observer

    omg, that’s hilarious! I wonder if the phone-off-the-hook sound was a feeble attempt to drive them away. I’ve heard that Int sometimes blares loud, obnoxious sounds at protesters in addition to their devastating sprinkler tech.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      No, that’s the sound of the scientology disconnect.

      • http://www.AlanzosBlog.com/ Alanzo

        It reminded me of the screeches of rabbits being slaughtered in my brain.

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Eww!

          • http://www.AlanzosBlog.com/ Alanzo

            This may come as a surprise to you, but I was damaged by Scientology.

            • sugarplumfairy

              lol.. sounds to me like you’ve adjusted pretty well..

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Tell us about the rabbits, Alanzo.

            • Captain Howdy

              Leave the wabbits in their hole, Hole : )

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwdwLSLMFFQ

            • http://www.AlanzosBlog.com/ Alanzo

              He has excellent TRs.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Apparently not nearly as damaged as those rabbits in your brain.
              hmmmm….fried rabbit with lots of paprika sounds pretty good actually.

    • 1subgenius

      “The Gold Tone”
      fail

    • Midwest Mom

      “All of our operators are currently tied up at the moment. Please hang up and dial again.”

    • http://twitter.com/Scientology_411 Scientology_411

      That was the new entheta meter that Davey invented for all Sea Borg personnel. All they do is anally insert the Miscavige/Cruise approved copper conducting rod before dealing with the public or using the internet and it alerts them that they’re in the presence of eternity-threatening entheta. Their asses may burn but their souls won’t!

  • stillgrace

    “The Church of Fear” – only $5.28 for Kindle version. Pre-ordered and “can’t wait!”

    • 1subgenius

      Must go viral, and at that price.

      • Deckard__Cain

        Ya, but some of us ‘olds’ actually want a real book to read. I’m not buying a Kindle but I abhor actually having to read something at that length on my computer. Smartphone won’t work for me either. I hope that there is enough sales to put it into a real book.

        • Sandy

          Deckard, I thought the same … and I expressed that opinion over & over. Then I received a Kindle from my hub for C’mas ’011. Took me a while – really did. But, I am sold! My library system is very cool and has purchased a zillion e-books. So, I just sit at home, never have to go to the building during a cold Minn winter, and have unlimited reading. And, new books you want – pretty inexpensive and delivered the day they come out. Boom.

  • sugarplumfairy

    Hahaa.. Love Sweeney’s yawn..

    • http://www.AlanzosBlog.com/ Alanzo

      Of all the fish eye footage that they have inside that van, probably hours and hours of it, this is the 20 second shot they pick.

      See what I mean? Hilarious.

      • sugarplumfairy

        Yep.. love it..

    • 1subgenius

      An Oscar worthy scene.
      Tom Cruise can suck it.

  • http://www.AlanzosBlog.com/ Alanzo

    Oh my god!

    I just roar with laughter every time I see this guy! I have immense respect for him, but I think he is just hilarious. I get every joke he tells, and all of the jokes he doesn’t tell, too.

    The fish-eye shot of Marc and John driving through New Mexico is great.

    3 more days till his book hits my Kindle Cloud Reader.

    Can’t wait.

    Alanzo

    • http://www.facebook.com/VictoriaPandora Victoria Pandora

      were those osa cows or ias cows? i can’t tell.

      • http://www.AlanzosBlog.com/ Alanzo

        Obviously they were Operating Thetans, being cows this lifetime, and wearing Ron’s hat of “Road Blocker I/C” in order to block the road and keeps SPs away who might try to penetrate the base.

  • Captain Howdy

    Thumbs up for “The Outer Limits” intro . Sweeney should have said “how about 2 cheeseburgers to go instead ?”

  • mook

    http://www.wireservice.ca/index.php?module=News&func=display&sid=9502

    excellent Canadian radio interview w/ ex-Scilion ladies including Nancy Many, Claire Headley and Lori Hodgson

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Thanks for reminder. Ex scientology mothers aren’t Bitter Apostates, they’re Raging Angels, and they’re barnstorming just like Red Devil Hubbard himself over every scientology hell hole until Miscavige releases every one of his hostage families. DM’s flying monkeys are no match for these ladies.

      • http://www.facebook.com/VictoriaPandora Victoria Pandora

        no way am i gonna miss that.

    • 1subgenius

      Here’s another link

      http://www.blogtalkradio.com/god-discussion/2013/01/05/the-x-women-escapes-from-scientology

      Its on right now, and I listened for a few minutes before I became too sad to listen anymore.
      This shit must stop. Now.

      • i-Betty

        These women are incredible, and their support for each other makes me weep. What an extremely moving show that was.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kim.obrien.775 Kim O’Brien

    THAT was awesome !! Best way to deal with this crackpot organization is with humor and Sweeney nailed it. Very cheeky ;) Cue Miscavige and Cruise pitching a fit ….oh i love the smell of irony

  • http://www.facebook.com/VictoriaPandora Victoria Pandora

    seriously wtf, i could start a cult and just not be an asshole, or make my primary purpose to accumulate enemies.
    you go john!

  • Midwest Mom

    What is it about John Sweeney that captivates us with giddy happiness and joy? Is he a sorcerer? A rock star? A heart throb for the girls and a drinking buddy for the guys? (Although the girls want to drink with him, too).

    He is……the most interesting man in the world.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Funny, Smart, Deep Voice with an English accent…survived the Icy stupidity of Anne Archer and her spawn.
      Oh, did I mention he is funny? Really frickin’ funny!

      • Midwest Mom

        I would love to see him paired up with Tory Christman – what a hoot they would be – showing up at a Nation of Islam/Sci event together, both wearing NOI suits and bow ties. Could it get more perfect than that?

        Yes. Yes it could. They could play Scientology “Password” with Anne Archer and Mark Bunker, with Tony moderating.

        The word is ….. “Scamizdat”.

        • BuryTheNuts2

          I bet you he could make Kirstie Alley blow!

          Hmmm, that can be read a couple of ways, can’t it?

    • 1subgenius

      He is. I could go gay for him.

  • stillgrace

    Marc looks healthier than he did in 2008 at the Hamburg convention. No more Sea Org food.

  • grundoon

    Was that Shelly’s voice?

    • http://twitter.com/Scientology_411 Scientology_411

      Good question, maybe she’s the only one there?

  • grundoon

    Some pretty good photos of the Trementina base from the road… http://photos.natesammons.com/Jeep-Drives/January-16-17-2010-Scientology/10976183_bP6fds

    • stillgrace

      There must be more than one gate entrance to the place. This doesn’t look like the same location John and Marc visited.

      • grundoon

        The gate in natesammons’s photo can be seen in Google Maps or Google Earth.. just type the coordinates ” 35 32 4.56 N, 104 32 3.29 W” Google Earth says its imagery date is 9/17/2012; the quality is much better than the last time I looked. But I couldn’t find a gate that looks like the one in Sweeney’s video, anywhere along that road. Who but Scientology would have all those cameras and motion detectors at the gate? Still, I wonder if they went to the right ranch? Could there be more than one supervillain’s lair in San Miguel County?

  • Cerulean Blu

    Sweeny seems very at-cause over $scientology. I would love to see someone try to bull-bait him again like Tommy Davis did. Something about Sweeny’s countenance just says “bring it on.”

  • SP ‘Onage

    This is absolutely creepy yet comical, wish it was longer. I’m just glad John and Marc weren’t wearing peanut butter because I heard if you smear yourself with peanut butter the aliens will take this as a sign of aggresion and zap you with their native planetary probe! :)

  • http://twitter.com/SnippyH Snippy Haines

    OT – Live Radio Show on now with great guests, eg. Claire Headley:

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/god-discussion/2013/01/05/the-x-women-escapes-from-scientology

    • 1subgenius

      Its on right now, and I listened for a few minutes before I became too sad to listen anymore.
      This shit must stop. Now.

  • 1subgenius

    John Sweeney is obviously a fan of Oscar Wilde:
    “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”
    “Living well is the best revenge.”

    and also apropos:
    “Forgive your enemies. Nothing irritates them as much.”

    I have my copy pre ordered on Amazon Kindle (only $5 and something)….
    do it you glorious bastards.

  • SP ‘Onage

    Wow! Just got done listening to X-Women on the God Discussion radio show. What a great show! My heart goes out to all of these brave, wonderful women. I must admit I got choked up more than a couple of times. Thank goodness the running comments of XenuBarb lighten my spirits and made me laugh..lol!

    Good job ladies! :)

    • EnthralledObserver

      Yeah, I listened too. Wow… Lori’s story makes my vision blur. And Claire’s too. She is the same age as me, and I parallel what I was doing at about the same time as some of her anecdotes, and it breaks my heart.
      And the other ladies… such strong, brave women – more power to them forever. Well done to all.
      I was surprised to find out that during Mark Plummer’s call that he had some documents where the cult has admitted some of their crimes. What, is it too late to act on them now??? Shame on the US government and every idiot polotician or government employee who continues to allow this leach of an organisation to persist! Especially when this evidence has been around for quite a while, so I understand.

      • stillgrace

        So his name is Mark Plummer! Thanks. I’m always mixing up the names of Johns and Marks, I think it’s a biblical thing.

        • EnthralledObserver

          haha… yeah it does get a bit confusing, I agree. But yes, it’s Mark Pummer… I opened a new tab and looked up his site as he said it during the broadcast, so I would remember who he was later. Glad it helped you too.

          http://warrior.xenu.ca/

          …here it is if you want to troll yourself. :D

    • stillgrace

      I listened to it, too. It really was a powerful show, wasn’t it? Some of the most important information for me were the emotional stories of disconnection. There was one disconnected Mom that called in (I think she was from Australia) that wants to unite and organize all the willing disconnected persons in America to make a political statement. Can you imagine the impact of thousands of people marching on Washington carrying posters of their lost loved ones, demanding to see their representatives?

      Claire Headley brought up the uncomfortable subject of child abuse of children in the Sea Org and the coverups. I teared up when she mentioned that last year while attending her grandmother’s funeral, she was able to hug her mother (who is disconnected from Claire and has never seen her own two grandchildren; she hung up on Marc when he called Claire’s mother to let her know she was about to become a grandmother). Claire whispered “I love you, Mom” in her mother’s ear, and her mother was able to whisper back that she loved Claire back before her husband broke up the reunion. Claire mentioned she is now eight months pregnant.

      Another caller, “Warrior”, from the a.r.s. days (i think he said his name was John Plumber) mentioned he worked in finance for the cult for many years and had some heavy-duty documentation he has decided that he wants to share! Could be popcorn time.

      For the most part, the hosts were good, their shock and outrage at these women’s stories seemed spontaneous and genuine. There were times when I wanted to shout (John McClane-style) “Welcome to the party, pal!”

      • SP ‘Onage

        I hope “Warrior” comes through with those docs and wasn’t just blowing smoke up our ass. Didn’t he say, he had a website or something like that? This information needs to see the light!

        • EnthralledObserver

          I put a link to that website down a little bit, If you want it. :D

          • SP ‘Onage

            DOH! *facepalm* Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/media_lush media_lush

    Absolutely brilliant [i.e. deluded] reply by the church to the LA Times article “Tip of the Spear by Joel Sappell…. they’re truly outdone themselves with this one…. Miscavige’s fingers all over it – you can almost see his brain working…. my favourite quote is to the end and had I a mouthful of coffee I would have splattered it out in a guffaw:

    “The Church enjoys peace today thanks to Mr. David Miscavige”

    http://www.lamag.com/offtherecord/2013/01/04/the-church-of-scientology-responds-to-the-tip-of-the-spear

    • http://twitter.com/media_lush media_lush

      I’ve just reread it…. boy – it takes it up a notch against Rathbun…. it’s like reading what’s inside the Dwarfenführur’s head!

      • stillgrace

        What a wuss Miscavige is, hiding behind Karin’s name.

    • Sherbet

      “Church sponsored and supported humanitarian initiatives and social betterment programs reach millions of people all over the world addressing the fields of drug abuse prevention, drug rehabilitation…”

      Isn’t this the absolute WRONG TIME for cos to be reiterating its link to Narconon? Ooops!

      BTW, the letter doesn’t sound like Karin P’s work to me.

      • stillgrace

        I agree, Sherbet and media_lush. This is DM’s work. At least it illustrate that Marty is indeed a major, HUGE thorn in the side of Miscavige. I can’t wait to hear how Marty responds to those detailed accusations.

    • Deckard__Cain

      I’m glad that we have you to actually read that drivel. I saw it, quickly scanned through it and clicked that red ‘X’ button on the tab once I saw “Karin Pouw”. I don’t have time or the desire to read that crap. I’ll leave it to the professionals like you to chew it up and spit it out like the foul food it actually is.

    • http://twitter.com/Scientology_411 Scientology_411

      That quote is priceless! They really have no idea how insane they sound do they?

    • 1subgenius

      “…this man—who carries both a chip on his shoulder and a huge ax to grind—must be taken with an enormous grain of salt.”

      A chip, an ax, AND a grain. The trifecta of trite is in play. Brilliant! A Pulitzer I tell you.

      And this continues to get my goat:

      “A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where Man is free to rise to greater heights.”

      What about the disabled?
      And you know what? The dishonest also have rights. Ever hear of the Constitution of the United States?

      Could the press release have been ghost written by a certain high-school drop-out cult leader perhaps?

      • grundoon

        Block that metaphor!

    • John P.

      Sadly, they apparently censored my comment, which I put in yesterday during California working hours, but which has not appeared. I pointed out, in a very reasonable tone, that their actions speak louder than their words. If Marty Rathbun were the hapless low-level nitwit that they claimed, then a) it doesn’t speak very well of their management to allow him to continue in a position of trust in the cult for decades, and b) that he hardly seems to be worth spending millions on shadowing and intimidating as they have done with the Squirrel Busters and other campaigns.

      The bottom half of the letter is all their usual boilerplate about “unprecedented expansion,” and clearly seems to be more about canonizing David Miscavige than about selling people on the religion. But the top half has a lot of far more catchy wording than usual. It sounds rather like the work of Dan Sherman, who writes all those bloviating speeches for David Miscavige. I am sure that Miscavige and Sherman had a busy couple days writing this response.

      • thetaesque

        I just read the Co$ letter, and your comment is there now.

        I agree that the Co$ letter sounds like a joint production of the poison dwarf and his mulleted pal Danny Sherman.

        Karin Pouw never even tried to be funny — you always had the sense that she couldn’t wait to transcribe the hysterical ramblings of David Miscavige and then go for a smoke –but Danny Sherman did put in a lame attempt at humor: “Mr. Sappell might as well add that he believes we “shot J.R.” and cause global warming.” Yeah, that’s the way to be humorous and topical: use a catchphrase from 1980 that wasn’t even funny then.

  • Deckard__Cain

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    Holy shit. I just watched this video “trailer” and I haven’t laughed that hard all day. Or all week, actually.

    I love how Sweeney captures the absurd with the disturbing. And I love how the Cult not only makes its own enemies but it cultivates long term humor.

    The shot of him yawning while driving up to the ‘secret hideout’ with Headley driving is priceless. PRICELESS.

    • Deckard__Cain

      I had to watch that again. I laughed just as hard the second time.

      And the shot of the cows crossing the road while telling the Xenu story is simply sublime. Someone give Sweeney an award now, k?

  • Unex Skcus

    John Sweeney has that wonderful British way of underplaying situations – whether humour or satire- that just totally cracks me up. Like his interview with Anne Archer… “Do I look brainwashed to you?”. Sweeny just pauses for a bit, with a slight roll of his eyes, and an almost indiscernable pursing of the mouth, saying nothing… and Archer becomes furious: “How DARE you!” Wish I had a good link to that clip to share, it’s priceless. His book should be great reading :)

    • Unex Skcus

      For some obscure reason, the clip reminded me of a song that I wrongly though was by the NZ band ‘Split Enz’: House of Fun (aka Welcome to the House of Fun). It was in fact by a UK band, ‘Madness’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DINHyTjZ7U
      Kept hearing it in my miniscule mind as ‘Welcome to the Church of Fear’. :0

  • grundoon

    The Trementina landing strip… http://www.airnav.com/airport/NM53

  • 0tessa

    The subtle irony of John Sweeney is priceless and killing.

  • DodoTheLaser

    So much for “transparency”. What a wonderful “church” Scientology is.

  • Sid Snakey

    I am interested to see what’s in Sweeney’s book. He is a bit more “tabloid” than other journalists in this field – I would imagine he infuriates the “Indies” since he focuses on the weirder aspects of Scientology rather than the criminal.