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HOW SCIENTOLOGY COERCED A CHILD TO HAVE AN ABORTION: THE LAURA DECRESCENZO FILES

HOW SCIENTOLOGY COERCED A CHILD TO HAVE AN ABORTION: THE LAURA DECRESCENZO FILES

—————- 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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LIVE-BLOGGING NBC's ROCK CENTER: Join Us to Watch Paul Haggis and Lawrence Wright!

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Last night we had a helluva time live-blogging Nancy Many’s docudrama about Scientology spying on the ID network. Many of you joined us, and it was exhilarating to trade observations about the show as it was happening.

Hey, let’s do it again for tonight’s big show on NBC’s Rock Center with Paul Haggis that marks the publication of Lawrence Wright’s book, Going Clear!

The show airs at 10 PM Eastern, and the Bunker will be rocking as we learn more about Haggis and his decision to leave Scientology. This should be a landmark show — and we have a feeling there will be more folks featured than just Wright and Haggis. We’ll soon find out.

Helping us out tonight will be the Bunker’s legal and web team, Scott Pilutik, who is backing us up in case we’re a little late to the party. (We’ve been invited to a little shindig that we may have a report on later this evening.)

See you here at 10 PM! And remember to set your Disqus, under “Discussion,” to “Newest” and then hit refresh often so you’ll see the comment as they pop up.


UPDATE – 9:40 – TWENTY MINUTES TO GO…
Scott Pilutik here (you may also know me as ‘tikk’), substitute live-blogging (or just warming up the crowd if Tony makes it back in time) for the one and only, but otherwise presently occupied Tony Ortega. But just because I’m the substitute, don’t think you’ll be getting away with anything commenters. I’ve been around the block and have my eye on you all. Don’t make me have to tell Tony you’ve misbehaved.

This week has been a relentlessly awful news cycle for Scientology, each day bringing forth a new damnation. There was the Atlantic Advertorial catastrophe. There was Nancy Many’s story on the ID Network, which I thought was really well done, despite my aversion for reenactments (I thought they were really helpful here). There was Buzzfeed’s excellent financial dissection of Scientology’s Ideal Orgs, and how Scientology’s alleged “expansion” is being financed on the back of local publics, not RTC.

And today of course, brought us Lawrence Wright’s long-awaited (for Scientology, long-dreaded) Going Clear. I downloaded my Kindle copy but work beckoned so I wasn’t able to even crack its virtual spine. The reviews have been mouth-watering though, no?

And now to cap the week, we have NBC’s Rock Center about to embark on a heavily promoted segment featuring both Wright and the focus of his New Yorker article, Paul Haggis, who will speak about Scientology for the first time since that New Yorker piece almost exactly two years ago.

AND NOW we hear that Scientology Karin Pouw has contacted both Lance Armstrong and Manti Te’o, just to say thanks for being the only two people on earth having worse weeks than Scientology—just kidding.

Garcon! Popcorn!

ORTEGA IN THE HOUSE: Here we go!

Just got home. Explosive accounts about Scientology, BriWi says! Wow.

“The Defectors”

“I was ashamed of my own stupidity,” Haggis. You don’t hear many ex-Scientologists say that, in my experience.

They found his “ruin”! And it was a relationship.

Dude paid his dues — Richie Rich!

St. Pete Times 2009 Truth Rundown: maybe the single biggest blow to the church in 20 years. Yeah, I said it.

Church denies, church denies. More from their brilliant PR campaign.

Haggis is utterly credible. Hey, what’s that setting? That’s a beautiful library.

LARRY!

Oh, here we go. The Hubbard background. And Larry being charitable. If only Scientology could come to grips with the idea that they will never get a fairer shake than they got from Reitman and Wright.

“I went to the top, OT VII,” Haggis says.

Tell it, Larry. Scientology is alien exorcism.

“This is absolute madness.”

1.037 billion people converted to Scientology by Tom Cruise! Woohoo!

Larry says the celebrities have a responsibility to speak out on the truth. Hey, we said the same thing!

FIRST COMMERCIAL BREAK.

Ok, we have a special treat for you. Look where we were tonight!

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Larry Wright was kind enough to invite us to his book party tonight, where we also ran into our friend Richard Behar!

Larry gave a very poignant speech, thanking his fellow New Yorker staffers for showing him so much support while he was writing his story on Haggis and Scientology.

PART TWO — THE WAR IS OVER

Tax exempt status in 1993.

“I think Scientology has a lot to account for,” Wright says. Right on.

Haydn James and his family.

Yet another story like so many others.

“You fear the retribution,” Haydn says.

“Do you know how crazy this sounds?” Harry asks.

Harry, you could do a story like this every day of the week. Please try to explain that.

$130,000 in Freeloader! Don’t pay it!

DAVE LUBOW!

SQUIRREL BUSTERS!

Disconnection sucks.

No on-camera interview from the church — they have no one to put on camera. Karin Pouw? Yeah, right.

BriWi comes on to talk about the Atlantic debacle! Hilarious.

I guess that’s it. Here’s our bonus photo #2…

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After the book party, we try to make sense of Larry’s book.

Well, that was a good show. That’s three good pieces by Rock Center since the summer, and they’re way ahead of the other networks.

We can tell you that ABC has a ton of good footage that they’re sitting on, but apparently the Disney-owned network doesn’t have the cajones that the Peacock network does.

Come on, folks. Yes, if you plan a Scientology show, their attorneys will send you scary letters up to the moment of broadcast. But they don’t do anything afterwards. It’s all bark and no bite.

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  • wannabeclear

    “You must stay. You must get rid of your daughter.” Wow…

  • Midwest Mom

    No!

    • wannabeclear

      I know. You just want to stop them from going back!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

      You’re replying to the “leave your daughter” bit? or “they coaxed us back”?

      • Midwest Mom

        Both.

  • t1kk

    Focus on kids in the Sea Org… this is hitting all the bases. James family is totally credible, they corroborate each other, talk of retribution. More Sea Org horrors. Awesome.

  • N. Graham

    This fits in well with the Nancy M. story from last night.

    • ParticleMom

      That is what ParticleDad just said!

  • sugarplumfairy

    A guard outside the dorm..

  • Midwest Mom

    Voluntary?

    • wannabeclear

      Yeah, well that’s the only way the “church” can claim they are a charity.

  • ParticleMom

    Squirrel Busters!

  • Deckard__Cain

    This is KILLING ME. I wanna watch and I wanna watch NAO.

    • sugarplumfairy

      I bet it will be on YouTube FAST..

      • Deckard__Cain

        Ya, I’m looking for it. I hate that I can’t get an east coast feed on the big networks. I get them for just about every other cable channel (or they play a show 2x in one night).

    • sugarplumfairy

      Keep checking here.. This anon guy (or girl) is awesome.. He already has the Nncy Many ID show up..

      http://m.youtube.com/#/user/anon8109?&desktop_uri=%2Fuser%2Fanon8109

  • Poison Ivy

    Mr. Poison Ivy just walked in. He can’t believe it. I’m like, “See? See? See why I’m obsessed with ending this abomination?!!” I love the James family. They are so relatable.

    • http://twitter.com/tetloj tetloj

      lol….that’s just like me with my family, friends who j.u.s.t. d.o.n’t g.e.t i.t.

      • q-bird

        same-O same-OH!!! with me too.

        • ParticleMom

          Me three…I’ve been telling my family about why I am obsessed for years now. This week they are starting to get it.

      • stillgrace

        Mr. Grace thinks he knows everything he needs to know about Co$ because one of his close friends disconnected from him in the seventies. Can’t convince him there is now more to the story.

  • t1kk

    Squirrel Busters cameo is also awesome.

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

      Seriously. Who isn’t going to do a double take at that? Whatever they may believe or not believe about the different stories coming out, here’s a group of Scientologist on film harassing this family and acting like complete loons. Bit of a foot bullet there.

  • scnethics

    Great Pic, Tony. That’s a keeper.

  • Midwest Mom

    Who ya gonna call?

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

    JUST WOW! 2013 is making 2012 look like chopped liver.

    • Poison Ivy

      Who’da thunk it?

  • Poison Ivy

    F-ing Squirrel Busters. F-ing Disconnection.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Hope they let Americans know about laws that are protecting all this.

  • sugarplumfairy

    And even covering Freeloader debt.. Harry has some kick-ass producers.. They did their homework..

    • TheNextMrsTomCruise

      Yes they did. God bless them

  • stillgrace

    BAMuary 2013!!!!

  • candace6

    Lucy is breaking my heart….

    • http://twitter.com/blownforgood Marc Headley

      copy that

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

      Katrina too. I just wanted to hug her. I’m so glad she out of there and safe now.

  • Poison Ivy

    Are you listening IRS? Are you listening FBI? Are you listening, bought-off legal system? This is happening in America, and has been forever…in plain sight.

    • SP ‘Onage

      I think it’s time for another raid. This shit has been going on toooo long!

  • SP ‘Onage

    Haggis is on Extra channel 4

    • SP ‘Onage

      I mean “Access Hollywood.”

  • wannabeclear

    There are only so many times that you can call hundreds of people “unreliable” “apostates” and people with “an ax to grind,” before it sounds hollow…

    • http://www.facebook.com/dee.fogger Dee Fogger

      When did it sound sincere?

    • http://twitter.com/tetloj tetloj

      How’s the drinking game going?

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Drunk

    • stillgrace

      what? no enormous grain of salt??

    • moxonmoxoff

      i was disappointed that they were not defrocked apostates. but i did see the usual use of “bigot” and “bitter.” they srsly need some new material.

  • sugarplumfairy

    Co$ response is lame..

  • BuryTheNuts2

    Oh I am so freakin mad

  • wannabeclear

    And they are mentioning the Atlantic! Woo hoo!!!!!!!

  • Poison Ivy

    Oh, so they are planning to sue the James family? SURE, Davy. Go and sue them. Sue Rock Center. Sue away. I will buy extra popcorn for the discovery process.

    • richelieu jr

      David “Too Tall” Miscavige, the original ‘Boy Named Sue’…

  • Midwest Mom

    Yes. Thank you for mentioning it!

  • N. Graham

    Now the Atlantic!!!! Yay!

  • Deckard__Cain

    Looks like Disqus is wonkified again tonight.

  • sugarplumfairy

    Omfg!, the Atlantic incident!!

    • BuryTheNuts2

      rocked

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

    They even follow up with a mention of the Atlantic ad debacle!

  • TheNextMrsTomCruise

    They mentioned the Atlantic thing! FTW

    • BuryTheNuts2

      LOL…again!

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    They got last minute insert of the The Great Atlantic Explosion? Woop

  • t1kk

    Oh man and now Atlantic Advertorial disaster denouement. Amen. Much Love.

  • http://twitter.com/blownforgood Marc Headley

    Well Done NBC, Haggis, & James Gang – You inspire me to do more!!

    • richelieu jr

      Thanks so much to you, Mark and to your lovely wife and family…

      Your courage inspires us and your book is a cracking good read, as well as brave and necessary work.. Best of luck for 2013, with the new baby, and all of your new lives in the real world!

      • http://twitter.com/blownforgood Marc Headley

        Thanks!

    • CoolHand

      Seconded.

      • moxonmoxoff

        keep on keepin’ on, luke. while we delight in these stories, we’ve still got our eye on the narconon ball. nobody deserves to be conned in their time of need, and none of those kids deserved to die alone with no one by their side.

      • Tory Christman

        Agreed, Mark: You ALL did one terrific job! NBC, Paul Haggis and the James Gang. Yes! Yes!More, not Less :) Not sure if it was on this show, or another one…but it was a flash of Davey boy at “The War is Over”. I laughed SO hard, having been at that event while “in” and then reading the back story from you in BlownForGood (his book, fantastic book, too–if you haven’t read it, get BOTH: Mark’s and Larry’s. Peace and love to ALL :) Tory/Magoo

  • http://twitter.com/LocalSP1 LocalSP1

    Well that was awesome!

  • Poison Ivy

    “Ax to grind” – the usual Mad Libs answer. ARE YOU READING DAVY? It isn’t working.

    • ParticleMom

      They forgot the adjective. Wasn’t it a “huge” ax to grind last time?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

        It had to be a huge ax to grind that enormous grain of salt.

    • Deckard__Cain

      I really don’t understand the whole “disgruntled employee” or “axe to grind” dismissive excuse because I always wonder, “well WHAT HAPPENED to get that person feeling like they have an ‘axe to grind’?”. There’s usually a series of events that get someone to this stage so being so dismissive about it doesn’t make sense in an argument.

  • sugarplumfairy

    Wow!! That was a reeeeeally good 30 min!

  • richelieu jr

    So glad I got to see it with you fine folks.. Very moving at the end, though I’d have liked to see some corroborration on disconnection, etc, from Haggis…

  • http://twitter.com/BEDMANOKC BEDMANOKC.com

    I almost…. ALMOST felt sorry for the Cult of $cientology…….. almost, but not quite

  • Wilson Valdez III

    Bravo NBC Bravo!

  • BuryTheNuts2

    OMG…Thank You for the Atlantic FU…YES

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

    Meh. I think Nancy Many’s show was ten times better!

    • BuryTheNuts2

      It probably was…but it may not have the reach Alanzo….(hugs)

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

        True. It was pablum for the masses.

        I like to mainline the gritty stuff.

        • Poison Ivy

          I think they complemented each other perfectly. There was the drama in Nancy’s story…and the cavalcade of jaw-dropping facts/accusations/outrages in Rock Center. Perfect mix.

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

            I have 6 or 7 friends who were never involved in Scientology who watched both nights. They now understand why I go on and on about Scientology. Finally! I talk till I’m blue in the face, but Nancy Many tells her story and they finally start listening!

            • DeElizabethan

              That happened to me too with a friend on the west coast that was able to watch. I posted it earlier. Very telling and impressive was Nancy’s story.

  • PreferToBeAnon2

    toooooo short, tooooo short! i want a marathon fryin’! i hope this inspires other shows….

    • http://twitter.com/tetloj tetloj

      One day there will be so many Scientology exposes that they will make an interesting holiday weekend marathon – just you wait and see.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Larry Wright is the voice of balance and common sense and midwest reason in his methodical manner, saying what so many of have said, but in a banshy, screaming kinda out of control, emotional way, so it’s good he is the representive voice. He will be heard and by millions. Thank you thank you. I’m down to the last 50 pages and taking a break for this. I am soooooo overdosed on popcorn. Congratulations, Larry. Mwwwwah!

  • sugarplumfairy

    More, More, MOAR!

    ok.. I’ll shut up now..

    • BuryTheNuts2

      MOAR

    • brendon

      I think the general ideal is if you want moar, buy the book.

      • sugarplumfairy

        I bought the book.. I still want MOAR.. =)

  • Midwest Mom

    My son just accused me of being a troll.

    • Deckard__Cain

      That made me guffaw, Midwest Mom, because you are definitely NOT a troll. But I had a picture in my head of you at your computer and your son saying that. Funny.

      • q-bird

        same here Deck_ -LOL-HA! he said that and then most probably kissed her right between the eyes!!!

        • Midwest Mom

          He shook his head and sighed loudly.

          • http://twitter.com/BradGreenwood2 Bradley Greenwood

            “Old” people are soooo weird!

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1161852028 Derek Bloch

            LOLOLOLOLOLOL

          • Observer

            That’s how you know you’re momming right!

    • http://www.facebook.com/dee.fogger Dee Fogger

      At times I wish there was a LOL button b/c I just did.

    • moxonmoxoff

      okay, that got a major snort out of me!

  • BuryTheNuts2

    Richard is a little guy…didn’t know that.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Oh, thought it was an hour.

    David Miscavige, Tear Down That Wall!

  • scnethics

    Love you all…

  • Deckard__Cain

    I’ve got my “Going Clear” right next to me. I won’t make it to 10:00 tonight so if anyone knows where I can see this online, please post.

    • richelieu jr

      So jealous! Gotta wait for mine to be delivered from Stateside!

      • Deckard__Cain

        There are over 30 pages of End Notes in this book. Amazing.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          The End Notes are an amazing read!

    • stillgrace

      It will probably make it to YouTube.

  • SP ‘Onage

    Great pictures Tony!

  • Captain Howdy

    Bless the James, Paul Haggis, Lawrence Wright and Harry Smith. Now it’s bedways are rightways.Coconuts beware !

    P.S- Canberra, Kenya is the Paulists/Randists/Tea Party vision for a future America

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

    “Trying to make sense of Larry’s book”

    That is funny!

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Scientology is for people stuck or brought down to the emotional age of about 14 that are doing stuff in the back alley they don’t want adults to see.

    In the harsh light of the real world and adults peeking in, seeing other grown adults act like this, it is shocking to see. This is why there are no mirrors in scientology.

    • EnthralledObserver

      Now imagine those 14 year olds with the power that having access to millions of dollars brings… Shit I am scared.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        and on drugs, and oh yeah, pscyho crazy.

  • Vistaril

    . . . . oh, yeah!!

    • SP ‘Onage

      LOL…REALLY HARD!

  • http://twitter.com/LocalSP1 LocalSP1

    Why can’t I get in to WWP?

  • http://twitter.com/tetloj tetloj

    You guys are awesome, seriously. I was on the edge of my computer chair. Can someone tell me who the hell is Harry?

    • Midwest Mom

      Harry Smith

    • sugarplumfairy

      I love Harry.. He used to wake me up every morning.. ’til they replaced him with younger, boring, better looking people..

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

      Brian Williams is the anchor, but Harry Smith was the beat reporter conducting all the interviews and narrating the facts.

      • http://twitter.com/blownforgood Marc Headley

        Brian Williams knows what time it is. He has found out enough that he can only ask more questions. As long as there is Brian Williams, there will be more and more programs on every single aspect of Scientology and their horrible crimes against humanity. BriWi FTW!

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Love to be fly on the wall when the obligatory OSA agent takes the picture of Larry, Tony and Richard into Miscavige tonight. Run, OSA, Run!!!

    • TheNextMrsTomCruise

      Oh yeah. I’d love to see wee Davey crap his pants

  • sugarplumfairy

    “…It’s all bark and no bite…”

    And their bark is pretty darn entertaining sometimes..

  • ParticleMom

    Tony, can you give us a hint about how many extra hits your blog gets when something like this show is aired?

    • TonyOrtega

      It’s been a big two nights. But overall the blog has been growing fast anyway.

      • ParticleMom

        Thanks, it is great to know that people go right to their computers and start researching!

      • BuryTheNuts2

        This shit is even scaring us!

      • SP ‘Onage

        About time people opened their eyes and ears. Thanks to you, Anons, ex’s and sci-watchers.

      • Deckard__Cain

        “But overall the blog has been growing fast anyway.”

        As it should be, Tony. As it should be.

      • NotmyselfNEmore

        Wasn’t there a tacky village paper that said there wasn’t enough interest in this stuff to warrant much attention?

  • SandiCorrena

    Little Davey is having a bad bad year so far! :) loving that!

  • aslansown

    Please go here and leave a comment: http://rockcenter.nbcnews.com/

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Done, and yes. Show just as much love as we do bitchin for media when they Don’t put these shows on.

  • PreferToBeAnon2

    trying to figure out if i should buy the ibook version or go for the audiobook. any recommendations folks?

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Both!

    • SP ‘Onage

      I bought both. :)

    • richelieu jr

      I’m having the hardcover sent from the States as it’s cheaper, though i’m regretting the delay terribly… Couldn’t figure out how to get the ebook over here… Big pain in the keister, that…

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1161852028 Derek Bloch

        You would probably have to download it from amazon.com instead of amazon in the UK. I’m not sure how to make the change on the amazon kindle, but I’m sure if you called Amazon would gladly help you.

        • richelieu jr

          Thanks man, but I’ve already bit the bullet and ordered the thing.. Hopefully, It won’t take too long before I can read it in one sitting– Can’t wait!
          What about you– Thinking of writing anything?

          • jensting

            second the question…

  • aslansown

    It would be great to see ABC get the courage to do what NBC just did.

    • http://twitter.com/blownforgood Marc Headley

      Claire and I did a video interview with ABC a few weeks ago. At one point the entire video crew was crying..

      • http://twitter.com/blownforgood Marc Headley

        Seriously

        • aslansown

          I believe it. These stories are incredibly sad. What show was it for?

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          That would be like Christmas three days in a row!!

      • sugarplumfairy

        Cool.. Let’s hope we actually get to see it..

        • http://twitter.com/blownforgood Marc Headley

          Maybe now they will pull it out and use it…

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            Hey, Marc, I’m hoping Masscavige will pull out and lose it…

      • BuryTheNuts2

        No shit , I am so sick of this. They suck the life outta ya and then don’t air the shit

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Pisses me off

        • http://twitter.com/blownforgood Marc Headley

          They have soooo much footage, they could do 2 hours and not run out of good stuff.

      • JustCallMeMary

        I bet they were in tears! Hugs to you and Claire

        BTW, Was it ABC out of Los Angeles? Or NY? I know there are several irons in the fire with some emphasis on Narconon as well.

        • http://twitter.com/blownforgood Marc Headley

          ABC NY – did interviews for 2 different shows.

          • JustCallMeMary

            Very exciting! Keep us updated on the forums, please

  • BuryTheNuts2

    Tony, u look pretty dressed up.
    Try not to do that too much.

  • noseinabk
    • SP ‘Onage

      Uh…scilon’s are mad…lulz

    • DeElizabethan

      A must read, thanks. Isn’t long but Derek’s there and some others, wow, very interesting stories countering the scios.

      http://rockcenter.nbcnews.com/

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1161852028 Derek Bloch

        Interesting that there were 28 and now there are only 17. I wonder what was deleted.

        • DeElizabethan

          Excellent! You write so sincere and so well.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

          There are, for some reason, THREE separate comment threads. There’s one on the whole show, and then ones on each episode (Lance, the Africans, etc.) including one for Wright and one for Haggis, guess they rated two since they took up two 15-minute blocks which usually would be two separate stories on Rock.

        • Deckard__Cain

          It may be just as wonky as Disqus. I tried to create an account so I could challenge our bull baiting friend to a battle (“how many people have you beat up outside a Starbucks today, eh Jorge?”) but got stuck in an electronic incident and kept getting an error message.

          • stillgrace

            Those electronic incidents will get you, every time.

  • CoolHand

    Great segments. NBC just sat Miscavige at the kiddie table. Tony, jealous of your earlier whereabouts! Hats off to Larry, Paul and the James Gang.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

      The Jameses were very brave to be speaking out while the pain is still raw.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dwight.geiger.3 Dwight Geiger

    They even mentioned operation snow white on Rock Center.The goverment that thinks they are so bad were made to look like sheep that kowtow to a cult.For everyone that has protected this cult in the past,it is now finally starting to come back and bite them in the ass.Now that is justice.

    • moxonmoxoff

      i got excited about that part too. my husband thinks i’m a nut.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1161852028 Derek Bloch

    I can’t wait to see it. Still another hour and fifteen before I can watch it here on the left coast.

    People that say Scientology is okay with gays make me so fucking angry. Holy shit my blood is boiling right now after reading the second commenter there http://rockcenter.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/11/16465658-exclusive-director-paul-haggis-speaks-out-about-scientology-in-first-television-interview?threadId=3645381&commentId=73483900#c73483900

    • SP ‘Onage

      Yep, still waiting to see it too. If they were okay with gays, John Travolta would come out of the closet.

    • Deckard__Cain

      That second commenter is a Sea Org member. That picture that ‘Miglia’ has on his profile looks an awful lot like this guy, “Epic Starbucks Guy”:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U67YN16v-po

      • SP ‘Onage

        Good catch! He’s a cocky little Tom Cruise ass kissing clam, isn’t he? Hated his comments!

    • Deckard__Cain

      Derek, I’m pretty sure that ‘Miglia’ is Jorge Serrano: https://encyclopediadramatica.se/Jorge_Serrano

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1161852028 Derek Bloch

        Good catch! Seems like you might be right. There is a lot of repressed homosexuality in the Sea Org.

  • BosonStark

    Well, I was happy with that and it made a smashing introduction for Wright’s book. My favorite question was something to the effect of: Do you think Scientology celebrities have a moral responsibility to be aware of abuses in the Church?

    The family was very good too. Although British television, decades ago, has featured heart rending stories of families left behind and disconnected, this was different with the Sea Org family, for the U.S.

    I’m really interested in the reactions of people relatively new to Scientology, what they will make of this show?

    Scientology has no credibility. They do not even have a person to appear on TV and lie for them. That is a dire situation. You can’t pit some nutter like Hubbard against a person like Haggis or Wright, and come out looking good.

    When I first learned that Wright was writing a story and then book on Scientology, I got goose bumps. Now that it’s out, I’m thrilled. This is going to make a huge difference and it’s something the cult will never be able to shake, even if they dump Miscavige. Good night everyone!

    • http://twitter.com/blownforgood Marc Headley

      Twitter has been having a #scientology bonfire for a few days now.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dee.fogger Dee Fogger

      I’ll let you know what my parents think as they’re pretty new to the subject. My mom did call after Nancy’s show to let me know how scary she found “that cult you told me about”.

  • JustCallMeMary

    What a night! Couldn’t catch the show but caught your funny piece here :) Lovin those photos. And the ABC comment. Yes, ABC does have a ton of good footage and other information. Lets hope it’s out soon.

  • richelieu jr

    I’ll try and post this later as well, but this seems like a good time, given some of the comments around here, eh Midwest Mom and BuryTheNuts2 ?

    I’ve been saying this for years, and been treated as crazy, but now some intrepid soul has taken the time to point out the obvious to the unbelievers… I warn you, even though SFW, once you see this, you cannot un-see it… Entheta Theatre presents, ‘As Clear as the Tooth on Tom’s Face':

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1161852028 Derek Bloch

      I saw the tooth today. AGH It cannot be unseen.

      Thanks for the support on that comment thread dude.

      • richelieu jr

        Welcome as always, Derek. What a bunch of chuckleheads eh…?

        Ha is probably repeating that nonsense about ‘Scientology being slightly anti-gay…” There were so many errors, intentional twistings of fact and just bare-faced crap in the statement I couldn’t hold myself back..
        Also, BTW? it was totally true what I said– i was just going to mention you when I suddenly noticed you were there taking care of yourself very nicely, thank you!
        Also, notice how many of them have already read the book, verified and proven that there are 200 errors? Amazing! And they all agree on the number, nice, round, 200 that is is (not)…

        • http://www.facebook.com/dee.fogger Dee Fogger

          No kidding. It’s not like the cult got an advance copy or any of the members would actually read it. But if TC could introduce Scientology to over 1 BILLION people why not make up the number 200. I’m just surprised they didn’t say there where over 2 million factual errors – that’d be more like them.

          • richelieu jr

            Exactly, Dee! Or even, to add a soupçon of truthiness, “I’m on up to page 75 and I’ve already found 67 factual errors!”
            One guy even admits that ‘people in the church’ are reading it even now (with the implication that said ‘people’ are of the legal persuasion…)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

      Another spoof of the Atlantic debacle (everybody’s seen the Taliban and Dread Cthulhu?)

      http://allthingsd.com/files/2013/01/techcrunch-north-korea.png

      • http://www.facebook.com/dee.fogger Dee Fogger

        Really wish there was a LOL button. That one was great.

      • richelieu jr

        Ha! Excellent!

        “Noted Feminist O.J. Simpson Passes Another Record Year Crusading Against Violence Towards Women” by Dr. Orenthal James Simpson, retired Admiral, D.D.S, M.D., R.F.D., OB GYN and General B.F.D.
        How can one man accomplish so much so selflessly, asked more than a few at the grand opening of Dr Simpson’s modest abode this morning. Truly he has turned his crusade for justice against the real killers of his devoted ex-wife into what is widely considered to be the greatest advance in female rights since the invention of the vagina, which had to wait millions of millennia until Simpson himself unlocked the secret of it’s use, purpose and what he modestly calls the ‘Me Spot,’ after the man so many women owe so much to. “Oh, the humanity!”, said his room mate, whom Simpson allows to live with him free of charge, “HUmanity leavened by the sheer genius comparable only the the invention of the Big Wheel orFire its… its;. It’s on the tip of my tongue.. Fire, burning, heat.. hot.. Hot Wheels! Yes, Hot Wheels!” Exclaimed the room mate, perhaps unknowingly naming yet another of Simpson’s wonderful inventions.
        Simpson, who lives alone, went on to…

    • Midwest Mom

      I am not only distracted by that tooth (which could serve as a can opener in a pinch) but I think that those incisors need some filing down. I can’t tell you how much this is upsetting me. (He is NOT a big being, now, is he?)

      • richelieu jr

        Yeah, Tommy boy is really the guy who should be having other people’s teeth fixed, isn’t he?
        What a putz….

    • moxonmoxoff

      thanks. imma have nightmares now. i saw that once before and tried to forget it (fail). and now it’s really seared in there.

      • richelieu jr

        I apologize to you all.
        I didn’t want to to do this, but circumstances have pushed me to it…
        You’ll regret this even more, I do suggest you all scroll down… When I get this tired, I kind of go to town…

        They called me.. mad.. Mad..! MAD!!!

        And they were right, tight, right!
        It made me mad that no one believed that TC had teeth wrenched around one tooth width in the wrong direction… I even began to question my own eyes amidst the chorus of :
        ‘Are you sure?’
        “How can that be?”
        “Certainly not! He’d pay to have them fixed!”
        “The studios would never allow it!”

        All reasonable arguments. All logical in the extreme.. All.. persuasive, at the very least..
        ALL WRONG!

        And all that leads us .. here, to this sorry impasse.. Surrounded by the rubble of broken dreams, teenage dream and adolescent female tears… A once might and functioning criminal conspiracy slash quote religion unquote crumbles around our ears, reeling from blow after solid blow…
        The broken body of the so called ‘Church’ of Scientology trembles and gasps for breath… Travolta flies Miscavige and Cruise in on a private helicopter which slashes the overheated air above a stifling Los Angeles, sick from her own fumes and pollution, heaving her tortured lungs out on the scummy, pedestrian-void sidewalks which line her boulevards of broken things… clichés…. Unread copies of Dianetics spilling out of the waterfront warehouses of Scientology front companies, ever-greater pyramids of volcano-covered tomes sliding apart to reveal… evidence improperly concealed at discovery… Hubbard’s yellow-nails spiraling out from his claw-like hands as a mummified Lolita still hold out a gilded ashtray, yellowed eyes still staring longingly across a visage with as many chins as the man himself had faces… She hardly seems topless now that the rest of her ‘soubtrette’ uniform has rotted and fallen away like her innocence and dreams of being an actress in a Golden Era production of an L RON Hubard film based on the photo by the renowned photographer LRH from his book of the same name as the one sliding away to reveal.. Hoffa?
        Another avalanche of paperbacks, the city shivers.. is this the ‘Big One’?
        Big enough, a long line of unsold Battlefield Earth CD trip down the length fo the doc, dreadlocked JTs tripping one after the other like dominoes falling one by one into lone to reveal the bigger picture, the AMerican flag that sets off the sparklers that heat the Rube-Goldberg style stove that boils the egg that tolls down the chute that hots the lever that flips the clams down the slide into the sand where they cry countless tears to make the pearl that adorns Mimi Rodgers graceful décolleté that attracted Cruise to the breast of Mother Church…
        Now even she jiggles away as the books fall and Tom rises, ever higher, into the arms of Nicole as they trip through a field of wildflowers as brightly coloured as a million copies of Dianetics, the modern science of mental health, a science so modern it isn’t one when proof is necessary, it’s quantum man, can’t you see? You can’t manf on, on a fraction! These aren’t files they’re scriptures, and if you mention Xenu one more time I’m gong to walk! Screams the little man from the bigger mother who looks like Cruise who’s gone so high now you can hardly see him- he’s in England gotta reel him back in, send the Ozzie back down under, Harriet… We’ve got a spy here, hanging over secret documents, the CIA the FBI, as photocopies flutter by like old-time calendars, butterflies how time flies, audition time Scarlett, Sofia stand in line, the fangs from Iran get ground down, how do you like your sushi now? From toothbrush to a royal flush, here’s your head now what’s your rush? one things for sure there are no gays, not here, no how, covert hostility is not the mission now.. No fags -, no gays, the Spanish chick can’t hold my gaze.. give her the boot, send he home, back to su casa, send in Holmes, a big mistake– it’s Suri-cide! Our TC gets taken for a ride…
        He brakes his side, no accident, a brush with death, no precedent, the gleaming smile’s pepsodent… he brusha brusha with the new, but just what’s an old boy to do, for in the middle, it’s the truth– ass Ron foretold–
        The middle tooth!

        Fang you very much, and good night!

        xo,
        d”

        “Never argue with stupid people. They will drag you
        down to their level, then beat you with experience”
        Mark Twain

        • moxonmoxoff

          zomglol. i can’t stop laughing . . . . i think i may sleep soundly after all. fang you, sir.

    • Observer

      I noticed his off-center dentition a long time ago and was surprised that so few seem to see it. I’m glad there are others now suffering with me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dee.fogger Dee Fogger

    Last week RockCenter numbers: 3.42 million viewers. Looking forward to seeing the numbers for tonight’s episode.

    • Poison Ivy

      Pleae share when you get them!

      • http://www.facebook.com/dee.fogger Dee Fogger

        Will do. I really hope they get a huge spike that will encourage them to do more on the cult and hopefully some on Narconon.

  • http://twitter.com/blownforgood Marc Headley

    Who wants to bet that photo of Tony, Richard and Lawrence is in the next Freedumb mag? Pretty sure that they might even stop the presses to get that in it…

    Either that or the whoisTonyOrtegaLawrenceWrightRichardBehar.com site being put up right now.

    • DeElizabethan

      The best! ROTFLMAO

    • Poison Ivy

      They will be the new “Lunatic Posse of 2013″

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

        I wonder if they realize that the Posse was generally the good guys, riding off after the crooks.

    • InTheNameOfXenu

      In desperate times OSA will start to hire NOI members to harass critics. Can you imagine? What’s worse…Squirrel Busters or black men in bow ties knocking at your door?

  • mirele

    Gah. I would pick today to get the creeping crud (or the flu or something). Reading through y’all’s comments was really good. This has probably been the best week ever in watching Scientology implode. I’m hoping we can somehow get the tax exemption reviewed and yanked.

    • moxonmoxoff

      feel better! if it’s the r2d2 flu i just recovered from, it’s a nasty one.

  • Deckard__Cain

    OK. Just watched it. One of my pet peeves is when people don’t understand the 1st Amendment, which was only designed to keep Congress from prohibiting or abridging ‘free speech’. Since when does pulling a paid ad constitute Congress either prohibiting or abridging ‘free speech’?

    And Congress has ALL sorts of prohibitions and limits on free speech. Commercial speech is one of the most regulated types of speech out there. Considering that Miscavige has access to some of the highest paid attorneys out there, I’m surprised that he would make such a retarded statement about how the Atlantic pulling his bloviated bullshit somehow messes with his free speech ‘rights’.

    Gag me with a spoon, k?

    • Poison Ivy

      It’s not free speech if it’s a paid ad. The magazine isn’t public – it has the right to print or not print any damn thing that it wants. Just like “Freedom” magazine has the right not to take paid ads for Lawrence Wright’s book! :-)

      • AnyOldName1

        Evil, pure evil. Think we could raise funds to buy some ad space? LOL

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

          *whipping out credit card* I’m in.

    • moxonmoxoff

      Yeah, people forget that “Congress shall make no law” part. I find that the people who like to scream about the constitution don’t seem to have actually read it. *side eye to NRA*

      • Captain Howdy

        moxon ,you’re the lawyer right ? Why are we even debating what some guys wearing wigs with no electricity wrote in one or 2 paragraphs 200 years ago ? It’s absurd and anachronistic.

        • moxonmoxoff

          yeah, right? plus, didn’t a bunch of them have syphilis? messes with the brain!

          • Captain Howdy

            LOL Exactly !

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.tilse Michael Leonard Tilse

    Oh, that clip of DM giving Tom the medal! DM is shaking like a pimply freshman pinning a flower to his first prom date! ROFLOL!

    • Poison Ivy

      Mr. Poison Ivy, who had never really looked at l’il Davy before, said, “He even LOOKS like Tom Cruise” (well, Tom Cruise if you shrunk him in the dryer…)

  • Poison Ivy

    “they don’t do anything afterwards. It’s all bark and no bite.”

    And they won’t….because there is just WAY too much factual information that’s damning to the church that would then very publicly come to light…and be entered in the legal record.

    • SP ‘Onage

      We found their ruin…heh

    • AnyOldName1

      How many replays of Debbie Cook’s testimony have been played the last few days? Even spineless ABC was willing to show that.

    • TheNextMrsTomCruise

      Heh. I have a great mental picture of Wee Davey gnashing his teeth

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1161852028 Derek Bloch

    Wow the “Church adheres to child labor laws” is a FAR CRY from saying “The Church cares about children and does everything to ensure they get proper care and are safe from harm”. The former is basically saying “We do the bare minimum required by the government to take care of kids”

    • http://www.facebook.com/dee.fogger Dee Fogger

      Good point, Derek.. Even then they’re just saying they adhere to the law while the evidence shows they don’t even do that.

    • DeElizabethan

      What a great catch and a great mind you have, super Derek. YES!

    • Captain Howdy

      They adhere to child labor laws to the same degree as every other whackadoo religious group in america does.

      ” Ah, we beat them, rape ‘em and work ‘em them till they’re stunted for life”

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Close, but you’re learning! “”We do the bare minimum required by the government to take care of kids at least during the time periods when you show up with your inspectors which we know are coming thanks to our loyal spies/infiltrators”

    • whingeybingey

      No, they do not adhere to child labour laws. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjKIqxBB_kA

    • cre8tivewmn

      And of course there’s “no evidence to the contrary.” Where would the records come from? It’s some Sea Org members’ job to keep records. I’m sure they say exactly what they need to say to prove SCI’s innocence.

  • moxonmoxoff

    oh. my. god. that was an awesome segment. nbc found it’s balls! hip hip hooray! plus, i just got an email from someone i work with telling me to turn the channel to rock center. lol. okay, so maybe i talk about scientology a little.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dee.fogger Dee Fogger

      I just watched it too. I feel so left out of the fun being on the west coast. A lot of the comments make more sense when you can actually watch it.

      • moxonmoxoff

        i feel your pain. everyone’s passed out drunk and i’m just arriving with my fresh bottle of tequila. can i pour you a shot? chinaco reposado. . .

        • http://www.facebook.com/dee.fogger Dee Fogger

          How about two in order to catch up?

    • http://twitter.com/tetloj tetloj

      Don’t you just love it when someone comes to you with Scientology news, like you didn’t actually already know about it and maybe even commented about it 1-2 weeks ago.

      • moxonmoxoff

        ^^lol. yes, it does crack me up. as if i didn’t have the thing set up to record a week ago, doh! but i do love the fact that i’ve infected at least 4 people in my office with the bug. they’re like, hey, i heard there’s a new book out. what’s up with tom cruise and aliens? lol

        • sugarplumfairy

          Same here.. I think everybody i work with saw Rock Center last night.. It’s great! And you’d think I was the frking co$ oracle.. Everyone is coming to me today to find out more.. And I’m sending them to the bunker.. Tony’s ears are probably burning today.. I’m taking his name a lot.. but not in vain..

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.tilse Michael Leonard Tilse

    “Free Speech”. It doesn’t mean you have the right to buy time on someone else’s soap box, wrap yourself in their borrowed good reputation and sell your snake oil. It means you get to plunk down your own box, stand on it in your own shoddy rags and try to peddle your nostrum on your own merits.

    • whingeybingey

      Brilliantly said!

  • SP ‘Onage

    Wow. Two thumbs up!

  • http://twitter.com/media_lush media_lush

    Okay… a bit off topic but wasn’t there supposed to be a “big reveal” on Conor Cruises’s 18th birthday….. which is today …. if I remember rightly the hint was that it was something about him being the child taken from a pregnant Sea Org member [I would imagine against her will] or something….. ?

    • moxonmoxoff

      yes, but then i think someone thought better of it. of course, i’m still curious.

    • http://twitter.com/tetloj tetloj

      Marc later posted that he would not do the reveal…

    • EnthralledObserver

      WTF… omg, really? Holy shit… no, no, no…. DO IT!!!! *rabidly froths at mouth*
      Er… sorry… *composes self*

    • Deckard__Cain

      He’s said that he won’t be the person to break that story (I suspect he got a love note from some aggressive attorney) but he did say that both Conor and Isabella’s birth parents were in the Sea Org. Isabella’s birth mother was Aussie and I think he said that Conor’s were American. But that’s all he’ll say.

      • TonyOrtega

        No, he heard from me, not an attorney. I looked into his rumor and found that it wasn’t true. But we’re still looking into things.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

          That’s right. We don’t want the plausible-sounding rumor, just the truth. The truth shall set you free, as some gorilla implant said to me in a volcano once.

  • SP ‘Onage

    Cracks me up…scientology thought Paul Haggis was brilliant until he blew. Really glad he spoke out, hope it inspires others to leave.

  • moxonmoxoff
  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    For someone who asked for my book review:

    Lawrence Wright’s book, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the
    Prison of Beliefs” is the most balanced and thorough layout of what
    could easily be titled “What Is Scientology”, except of course that
    title is already taken. I’ve read everything everywhere extensively over
    the last 3 years ever since two scientology Sea Org missionaries banged
    on my door, after so many years since I’d been out of the hellhole,
    looking like they just stepped out of an Auschwitz stage set. It took me
    an hour after I slammed the door to stop shaking, then jumped on the
    net and haven’t stopped reading since.

    I am so happy that Larry
    has, in my opinion, found a way to explain to the incredulous why people
    have gotten involved in the first place and why some stay. He even
    explained in his patient, methodical Midwestern manner of his that
    religion and science fiction delineations often blur and blend and meld.
    However, being one of those in the Sea Org who were woken in the middle
    of the night to do a crash ministers course, told it was to keep away
    the tax man and the immigration man and whatever else, pass the white
    collar, throw up the cross, I will always be annoying and object “but it
    is Not a Church!”.

    His book will offer something for everyone
    except perhaps a few jaded holes. Even I found in different incidents
    throughout Hubbard’s life and scientology’s history that there were
    pieces of the puzzle never before known to most or just incredible or
    important juicy bits. And for those who know little, this will be a book
    that will explain the confounding and sometimes too incredible to a
    wide audience. Oh, and I enjoyed his descriptions of the bohemian days
    of Hollywood, and the scientology artistic community. My favorite part
    was something I’d forgotten, a place called Two Dollar Bill’s. Oh what a
    magical hole in the wall that tiny place was across the street from
    scientology’s Celebrity Center. You could stop by there on Friday
    nights, sometimes Saturdays, and hear stellar talent, famous and about
    to be famous musicians, comedians, poets, authors crafting their trade
    in real time, the audience knowing their role as sounding boards. It was
    electric.

    I hope this reaches a wide array of readers that know
    little of Hubbard or scientology. Reading the full scope of what happens
    when an organization goes fanatic under the orders of mad men, funded
    by members who follow the celebrities like Travolta and Cruise, and
    reach that inevitable self destruct mode like any “end justifies the
    means” fundamentalists, might bring them to question “how can this
    happen in this century in America?”

    Because anyone who learns the
    truth and full history of scientology always asks that question, over
    and over. I hope that this book will create a groundswell of citizens
    and a wake up of political will to change the laws that govern non
    profits’ financial transparency as well as balancing any laws that
    protect crime and human rights abuses under the cloak of religion.

    Compelling,
    profound, and shocking. This is a winner on several levels. For me,
    personally, I laughed And cried, and there were a few astounding moments
    when I didn’t think I could be astounded any more. The remnants of
    scientology today are barreling towards the inevitable cliff,
    experiencing the inevitable cannabilsm of a decaying, rotten core. I am
    humbly grateful to him and his assistants and publisher for what I
    consider an important passage about a larger than life man who did
    indeed smash his name into the history books, and out of a straight
    jacket. Oh yeah, and all of his believers who helped him make it go
    right.

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

      Awesome review. And thanks for reminding me of $2bills, from way back when you could go out and have a little fun without getting sent to ethics.

    • Midwest Mom

      Bravo, baby!

  • Joe Blevins

    Just out of curiosity, is it me or does it seem that Scientologist are fond of the “f” word as well as other salty words? Could it be the sailor aspect or am I just a bit sheltered? I find all of this so fascinating and I am loving the free-fall the (so-called) church finds itself in right now. Nancy, if you are still here..was it implied that your husband was responsible for informing the church that you no longer want to be a Scientologist? You are a brave woman, I am proud of your fearlessness.

  • Sherbet

    NBC did a wonderful job last night! Just watched the 2-part video on line, and no punches were pulled, and the story was vastly different from last summer’s anemic kissy-face with cos. There’s so, so much more to be said, but cos’s credibility took a great tumble, and the good thing is, mainstream America watched the story. They didn’t have to dig it out of YouTube.

    As for why people don’t leave the cos when they supposedly are free to go (no locks on the doors in the RPF, as said in Nancy Many’s story), I was reminded of this possibly apocryphal story of how an elephant is made to be submissive. As the story goes, when an elephant is young, he is attached to a stake by a strong chain. The elephant learns how far it can wander before the chain restricts his movement. As the elephant gets older, the chain is replaced by a thin rope. Although a strong animal like an elephant could stomp right through the rope and head for freedom, he’s been conditioned to stay within his small circle of territory. The heavy chain of control still exists in the elephant’s mind, if not in reality. Is it something like that, exes?

  • DodoTheLaser

    Army.

  • Norwood Partz

    I’m catching up on the latest events, now, and have yet to see this.

    I remember well Nancy Many’s talks at rallies protesting Scientology, and the video made with Mark Bunker where she described some of Scientology’s dirty tricks activities of the 1970s, and how L. Ron Hubbard hated Paulette Cooper and wanted her destroyed.

    Nancy is a truth teller.

  • Sid Snakey

    Just watched it from the NBC website.

    Wow – hugely moving story of disconnection from the James family – and I defy anyone not be moved to tears hearing about the LITTLE GIRL who cried every night wondering where her mommy was.

    And that chicken-shit Church couldn’t even stump someone up to face the cameras.

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

    Um…Scott’s hot

  • jensting

    Watched it on the RockCenter website. Awesome! From the responsibility of the celebs cut to the James family. Just awesome.

  • stillgrace

    Wright’s hardcover book went from #20 (before the show) to #7 (this morning) in ranking for sales of all books on Amazon.

    Well, fellow SP’s and PTS’s, I think we’re upstat this week!

  • InTheNameOfXenu

    Last night’s Rock Center was the best and most balanced show on the cult I’ve seen in a long time. Scientology would have had the oppurtunity to come on the show to defend(or attack) themselves. However, since Miscavige is such a control freak and is afraid to put anyone in front of a camera, he has to issue the most asinine statements that anyone could see through. Not only that the statements come off a smug and elitist. Considering the source(Midget) it’s coming from it’s no surprise.

  • Artoo45

    Fortunately NBC streams their shows after they air on the east coast so I could see what was one of the best network pieces on the cult ever. Nothing was new to me except for that poor family’s story, which sadly, isn’t anything we haven’t been hearing from Hubbard’s victims for decades. Kudos to Brian Williams and crew for some excellent reporting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

    ” From 10:01-11 p.m. ET, ” Rock Center with Brian Williams ” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) reported its highest adult 18-49, adult 25-54 (1.6 rating) and total-viewer results since November 1. In 18-49, “Rock Center” was up 9 percent versus last week (1.2 vs. 1.1) and up 50 percent versus two weeks ago (1.2 vs. 0.8).”

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2013/01/18/parks-and-recreation-matches-shows-highest-rating-since-november-2011/165814/

    Their lead story is that Parks and Recreation had unusually high ratings: maybe from people like us wanting to make sure they got the right channel for the Scilon takedown?

    • stillgrace

      4.4 million viewers. That’s great news for any potential victims.
      KSW = Keeping Suckers Well-educated

    • 1subgenius

      Do the numbers suggest people tuned out “1600 Penn” after “The Office” and tuned back to “Rock Center”?
      I sure did.

  • lara solnes

    you guys are killing me! i’ve become hooked on sicientology . ive just finished reading L.wright book. Im from Iceland and Katie Holmes divorced TC after being here briefly last summer. I also have lived in LA and remember them on Santa Monica Blvd. (west la) . wish that I had talked to them but I never did. It could have been facinating.
    My mantra today is Lara, you must go to the gym and exercice before you go home ind indulge in Tony Ortega!!!!

  • NotAScientologist

    I didn’t manage to catch this live, but I found it on YouTube. Thought I’d share the links in case other people didn’t get a chance to see it. I was actually surprised to find it. Wonder how long before NBC asks YouTube to take it down. Watch while you can!
    Part 1: http://youtu.be/meN7Nb–q7w
    Part 2: http://youtu.be/6vVNSc3ah7M