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FELONY RAPS FOR SCIENTOLOGISTS RUNNING L.A. REHAB SCAM WITH CORRUPT EDUCATORS

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State agency investigating Medi-Cal fraud raided drug rehab center in March 2014

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Three Compton educators — including coach of legendary football program — fired for supplying students for fake claims

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Notorious Scientology front World Literacy Crusade involved, director Hanan Islam charged

 
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By Tony Ortega

The Underground Bunker has learned that a California state agency has been investigating and methodically charging numerous Scientologists and others who were allegedly involved in a scam to defraud Medi-Cal with bogus claims at a drug rehab center in the working class Los Angeles suburb of Compton.

On October 23 charges were filed against Hanan Islam, 56, who in 2004 founded “American Health and Education Clinics,” an entity that was actually run out of the World Literacy Crusade, a well known Scientology front where she was executive director. She has pleaded not guilty to four felony counts, which include grand theft larceny, insurance fraud, Medi-Cal fraud, and failure to file a tax return.

We sent an email to Ms. Islam and left a message for her at World Literacy Crusade, but have not received a reply.

Three of Ms. Islam’s ten children were also charged with felonies. Zakiyyah Islam, 36, pleaded not guilty to charges of grand theft larceny, insurance fraud, and Medi-Cal fraud. Nimat Islam, 39, and Ronnie Islam, 25, pleaded not guilty to insurance fraud and Medi-Cal fraud.

All three were identified as counselors at the rehab clinic in online listings. Other clinic counselors charged recently in the scam include Bayon Beverly Washington, 42, and George Edward Newby III, 43, who each pleaded not guilty to insurance fraud and Medi-Cal fraud.

Those charges come more than a year after the first arrests in the investigation were made of three educators from the Compton Unified School District, who lost their jobs as a result.

Rudy Washington was principal of Chavez Continuation High School. Jesse L. Jones was principal of Centennial High School. And Keith Donerson was coach of the legendary Dons, the football team at Manuel Dominguez High School. When each were charged with Medi-Cal fraud in early October last year they were put on administrative leave, then were later fired.

According to Los Angeles County Superior Court records, the charges against Rudy Washington were either dismissed or not prosecuted, while Jones and Donerson were allowed to plead guilty to lesser charges.

The three educators allegedly supplied high school students to the clinic at the World Literacy Crusade, where Medi-Cal claims were submitted for drug rehab treatment, even though the football players and other students didn’t have addiction problems and were put through Scientology drills rather than drug counseling. The students themselves reportedly had no idea they were part of an insurance fraud scheme.

The fraudulent activity occurred between 2010 and 2013, according to Hanan Islam’s charging papers. In March 2014, the state’s Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse, a part of the state’s Department of Justice under Attorney General Kamala Harris, raided World Literacy Crusade and seized documents, which eventually led to the arrests and criminal charges.

World Literacy Crusade was founded in 1993 by Alfreddie Johnson Jr., a Baptist minister who turned to Scientology in the wake of the L.A. riots and became one of Scientology’s most well known African-American figures. It was Johnson who was responsible for bringing musician Isaac Hayes into Scientology in the mid-1990s, and a decade later connected Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan with Scientology in what has become an ongoing and bizarre melding of the two groups.

Johnson not only founded World Literacy Crusade but with Hanan Islam also co-founded American Health and Education Clinics, the entity delivering the Scientology drug rehab program. Hanan Islam has worked for years with Johnson, and they are the parents of Islam’s youngest child, Ronnie, who is better known as Rizza Islam.

But even with the arrests and criminal charges against Hanan Islam, her children, the Compton educators, and other “counselors” at the clinic he co-founded, Alfreddie Johnson himself has not been arrested or charged with a crime.

We left a message for Rev. Johnson at World Literacy Crusade but did not receive a reply.

 
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[Rev. Alfreddie Johnson Jr. and Tom Cruise celebrate the opening of a new headquarters in 2003 for Applied Scholastics, a Scientology front that tries to get the teaching ideas of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard into public school curricula.]

 
Alfreddie Johnson, Hanan Islam, and the World Literacy Crusade have a long and colorful history. In 2005, a year after the founding of American Health and Education Clinics, it was visited by a county commission concerned that children from a group home were being sent there for classes. The children had to endure a 3.5-hour round trip of travel time to get to the clinic, and what the commissioners found there appalled them. “One of the class brochures describes a drug and alcohol rehabilitation and detoxification program, but none of the resident children have those problems…Commissioners attended class with the residents and discovered that not only was the program not drug/alcohol related, but all the books, study materials and wall posters were pertaining to L. Ron Hubbard’s Scientology.” After that visit, the group home was told to stop sending children to the clinic.

“We use the Narconon program developed by L. Ron Hubbard,” World Literacy Crusade’s website stated on a now-defunct page that is preserved on the Internet Archive.

In 2007, Alfreddie Johnson was tossed out of a seat on the Lynwood City Council when more than 70 percent of voters chose to recall him (along with the mayor and two other council members) after the council had pushed a plan to level part of the town for a 70,000-seat NFL stadium. Hanan Islam had run Johnson’s election campaign.

In 2008, the Los Angeles Times reported that the World Literacy Crusade office in Compton was the scene of a near riot as it turned out that the $1,500 vouchers it was selling for Section 8 housing turned out to be fakes.

In 2012, Hanan Islam and Alfreddie Johnson were featured in a series of stories in the Tampa Bay Times which described how they flew to Florida and took over a struggling charter school, imposed Scientology teaching methods over the objections of parents and some teachers (who were fired), diverted large amounts of the school’s state money to the World Literacy Crusade, and left town after riding the charter school into the ground.

“Calling herself ‘Dr. Hanan,’ Islam…said she was a naturopathic physician with two doctorates and a master’s degree from Rochville University and the Eden Institute. Rochville is an online school the Washington Post called ‘a diploma mill.’ No university named ‘Eden Institute’ could be found by the Times,” wrote Tampa Bay Times reporter Drew Harwell, who is now with the Washington Post.

 
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[Ronnie “Rizza” Islam, son of Rev. Alfreddie Johnson and Hanan Islam, with Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan. Islam is facing two felony counts of insurance and Medi-Cal fraud.]

 
Meanwhile, back in Los Angeles, American Health and Education was taking in more money than ever in Medi-Cal claims. Its total payments in taxpayer money for 2012 topped $1 million.

Then, in the summer of 2013, all hell broke loose for drug rehabs in California as a CNN and Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) project found widespread abuse of the Medi-Cal system. In the wake of that investigation, California regulators shut off funds to dozens of rehab networks while taking a closer look at them. One of the clinics affected was American Health and Education Clinics at the World Literacy Crusade.

CIR reported that the hiatus gave state regulators time to look into rehab operators, some of whom had criminal pasts. One of them was Hanan Islam.

“Throughout her decadelong tenure at American Health and Education Clinics, authorities seemed to take no note of her criminal history. In the mid-’90s, she had pleaded guilty to a federal charge of providing a fake name on a passport application. She also had been convicted of grand theft for forging a $29,000 check,” CIR’s Christina Jewett and Will Evans reported.

Hanan Islam and Alfreddie Johnson reacted to the cutoff of Medi-Cal money by going public. We reported at the time, in September 2013, that they tried to rally support for a trip to Sacramento to rattle legislators.

Hanan Islam wrote an appeal to drum up support for the trip that was posted to Facebook. “Two vans full of supporters will be coming. We need political muscle, our clergy reps, community activists, parents, educators and anyone else who cares about the future of our youth to show up to initiate query into why so many black agencies are being Shut down and treated as criminals prior to any wrong doing being proven?…We take our job seriously. We only exist to serve and unfortunately the 500 youth we have been servicing are suffering…Where are these babies supposed to go?”

Their appeal apparently fell on deaf ears.

Four months later, a Seattle Seahawks cornerback became a sensation after the interview he gave to Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews. Richard Sherman had made a key play blocking a pass to preserve the Seahawks’ win in the January 19 NFC Championship game, but he felt he had been disrespected by 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree. He ranted about it in a way that viewers thought he was telling off Andrews. Overnight, Sherman became the most controversial athlete in the country — a supremely talented and intelligent player who some were calling a “thug” for his behavior, which enraged him.

In the media storm that resulted from the incident, Sherman’s former high school coach, Keith Donerson, calmly responded to a wave of interview requests.

Donerson had started coaching at Manuel Dominguez High School as an assistant in 1986. It was perhaps inevitable that he would eventually become head coach at the legendary football program, because the man who had built up the program to a national powerhouse was Keith’s father, Willie Donerson. The elder Donerson retired after winning a CIF state championship in 1996, and his son took over. But then in 2001 Willie came back and the father-son duo coached together until 2005, when Willie retired again. Sherman was a player on the 2005 father-son coached team.

 
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When the controversy over Sherman’s interview erupted, Keith Donerson had led the Dons to another first place finish, followed by a second-round loss in CIF regional playoffs. But now all anyone wanted to talk about was Sherman and his Fox interview. “This is crazy,” Donerson told the Orange County Register. “I can’t believe it’s gotten this big.”

Two months later, the World Literacy Crusade was raided. At American Health and Education Clinics, Keith Donerson was listed as a counselor, and he is registered online with a National Provider Identifier number, which is used for making insurance claims.

On October 14, 2014 the Los Angeles Times ran a brief item which said that Donerson had been placed on administrative leave by the school. No reason was given. At the time Donerson was put on leave, the Dons had played six games of their 10-game regular schedule, with a 4-2 record. The Times never followed up on why Donerson was put on leave, and didn’t report later that Donerson was fired in January. On May 8, he pleaded guilty to a conflict of interest charge, and the count of Medi-Cal fraud was dismissed.

On August 10, 2015, the IRS revoked the tax exempt status of the World Literacy Crusade for failing to submit tax forms for three consecutive years.

Two months later, state agents began arresting and charging the counselors and other officials at Hanan Islam’s clinic.

One legal observer tells us the state appears to be building its case from the ground up, arresting peripheral or lower-level participants and hoping that they’ll cooperate to go after the bigger fish. Now, Hanan Islam, co-founder of the clinic, is facing four serious felonies.

But Rev. Alfreddie Johnson, the flashy Scientology figure and friend to Tom Cruise and Louis Farrakhan, has been unaffected. He has not been arrested or charged.

 
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[Rev. Alfreddie Johnson Jr. was awarded a Scientology Freedom Medal in 1999 for his work with the World Literacy Crusade. He’s seen with fellow Freedom medal winner Chick Corea in a photo he posted to his Facebook page.]

 
Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon, has been mired in controversy over the last four years following several patient deaths and dozens of lawsuits resulting from those deaths, as well as for Narconon’s deceptive business practices. Founded in 1966 by an Arizona prison inmate, Narconon is a network of rehab centers that are licensed through Scientology’s Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE).

Like at Hanan Islam’s clinic, Scientology’s Narconon centers promise drug addiction counseling but actually deliver something else — Scientology courses that are identical to what church members experience. We have reported on several attorneys around the country, such as Indiana’s Jonathan Little, who have seized on that essential deception in Narconon advertising and the contracts it asks patients to sign.

But this is the first time that we’ve seen criminal charges leveled at Scientologists for that deceptive practice. The difference this time is that Hanan Islam’s clinic was heavily involved in insurance claims paid with taxpayer money.

World Literacy Crusade claimed to have “Narconon-trained’ staff to deliver the rehab program, which, like in Scientology’s clinics, meant that patients are put through a grueling regimen, with up to five hours spent in a sauna each day for a month, and increasing doses of vitamins, up to 5,000 mg of niacin each day. Like other Narconon clinics, WLC claimed an unrealistic success rate — 78 percent — when legitimate rehabs say a good rate is about 25 percent.

Except for the references to L. Ron Hubbard buried on their website, World Literacy Crusade, like other Scientology fronts, was not always open about its connections to the church.

In this video, posted to YouTube in 2012, Hanan Islam describes the drug rehab program. Many of the Hubbard buzzwords are there, such as “restimulate” and “cognitions.” But she never actually uses the words Scientology or Narconon.

 

 
But Narconon experts tell us that despite Islam’s careful avoidance of those words, there’s little doubt that she was using Narconon materials and processes with Scientology’s knowledge and approval.

“Narconon wants nothing to do with government access to its records, so they never apply for grants or accept government funds or Medicaid for payment,” one expert Narconon researcher tells us. “But I have no doubt that these programs were contracted with Narconon and approved by ABLE to apply the Narconon ‘tech,’ and to pay a 10 percent cut of the fees.”

We see nothing in the charging papers for Hanan Islam and her clinic co-workers that would suggest that the state’s investigation will reach into Scientology itself or its Narconon program. But we’ve left a message with Deputy Attorney General Vincent N. Bonotto, who is handling the case at this point, and we’ll update this post if we hear from him.

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on December 17, 2015 at 07:00

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  • Xenu is my Homeboy

    Just remember folks, these people are amongst the most ethical on the planet.

    • Bunker Buggy Betsy

      It’s just a conspiracy of the evil psyches trying to stop Scientology from their quack practices.

      After all, this program is so stellar, the children and grandchildren of people they’ve allegedly helped, also go through the program. Do they even hear themselves?! That’s a brag?!

      This woman is a PhD?! Well “you know” “uh”

      • chukicita

        No. She bought a sheepskin from a diploma mill.

    • anoni81b4u

      Like a group started by this stand up guy would be anything but the best in the world ?
      He is mans only hope …. 🙂

      • Tracy Schmitz

        of course, NONE of the culties still in have EVER EVER seen these photos you posted! obviously! (overflowing sarcasm here!) yes, of course he knew everything and anything and was 100% right.. ONLY HIM! yeah, ponder that folks for 1 second!..it was the ENTIRE WORLD that was against him too and that is why he was ONLY a science fiction writer who made up a religion, he HAD to do it…. he should have been the leader of the world if it wasn’t for everyone else on the planet!…

      • I’ll take his motorcycle!

        • dchoiceisalwaysrs

          yes, anyone know what it is?

          • The Sunburst symbol on the tank marks it as a product of the long-defunct British company ‘Birmingham Small Arms’ (BSA) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birmingham_Small_Arms_Company

            Possibly the ‘Bantam’ complete with accessory bars to protect the rider’s legs.

            Due to the stiff suspension, owners also used to speculate that BSA really stood for Bloody Sore Arse.

            NB: I don’t ride, and know little about motorcycles – but my friend lovingly restored this particular model…

          • No idea, but it’s old enough to be considered a classic…

    • Tracy Schmitz

      and tom cruise STILL knows nothing of ANY of this is going on?! zilch, nada,.. every day practically some kind of negative, scandalous, improper and unethical, criminal and illegality aspect being brought up. all things ANY super well known person whose entire life, career is based on public perception right or wrong and thus would not want to be involved in with just even the “hint” of impropriety and association (friends with the guy whose friends with FARRAKHAN?! really?!)! guess he AND his handlers don’t know anything about their “religion” except what it “says” it does and they also don’t know anything about anything going on in the world other then what goes on on a film set?!..

  • Observer

    ..

    • Rasha

      IKR

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    Superb journalism.

    • Always superb journalism. I’ll shut up now. Tony’s ego is healthy enough 🤓

  • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

    Yes, yes…..let the criminal charges flow through you.

    Lets hope this continues because I know they aren’t the only ones in, or on the fringes of Scientology that are scamming the State, or insurance providers.

  • Rasha

    EXTRY! EXTRY! Read all about it!!! …that’s how I felt when I saw the headline and sub headlines…..

    Oh, and…

    “Narconon wants nothing to do with government access to its records”

    YA THINK???

  • Sejanus

    So many things in this story outrage me.

    Does she and her pals use the word “wog”?
    Why do the skeeviest criminals always have the biggest damned smiles.
    Why must criminals try to cry racism?…they were not targetted for their skin tone but for their criminal behaviours…fucking own up to it!
    Why must fraud lovers bounce from scam to scam to scam. Are they truly incapable of learning after being caught repeatedly?

    What I very much enjoy in the story are words close together in sentences like….
    felony, $cientology
    charges, $cientology
    fraud, Narconon

    Great story Tony….well done!

    • Sejanus,

      Not ‘Owning Up’ is typical criminal behaviour. I strongly recommend you are the book Wise Guy by Nicholas Pileggi. It’s about a lower level mobster, who constantly was involved in scams. Other crimes too, but the scams are the most interesting parts.

      Another excellent book which covers crime and criminals is Hustling on Gorky Street: Sex and Crime in Russia Today a book about crime and criminals in the Soviet Union, which has many parallels with the Pileggi book.

      Crime has always fascinated me, which makes today’s opus by Tony a double delight. Scientology and Scams together! Wonderful reading!

    • villagedianne

      “Does she and her pals use the word “wog”?”

      Good question. I wonder if Scientologists refrain from using that word around NOI.

  • Jack99

    Involved in a scam? Scientologists? Gedouttahere!

    • $cnMonkeyNut$

      I know, my jaw dropped with surprise-scientologists scamming, who’d a thunk it 🙂

      • anoni81b4u

        not me ,, Scientologists are the most ethical people on earth … and maybe the universe …. maybe a galactic confederation of planets … and a volcano … ect ect

    • Sejanus

      but but but…
      they’re so….
      ethical.

      • Tracy Schmitz

        oh wait, ethical is one of those wog terms that has a WHOLE HUGE different meaning then in cult scam-ology right? you see we keep on forgetting us wogs and sp’s…!

        • Mockingbird

          This problem will be solved when captain Miscavige has us disposed of quietly and without sorrow. Hubbard was Trump’s role model.

  • anoni81b4u

    This is very interesting !

  • Ella Raitch

    director Hanan Islam charged

    Music to my ears.

    This song goes out to the public servants at the Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse and Scoopy Ortega for bringing us the story

    https://youtu.be/YcjOZYeehLs

    (apologies for the censored version!)

    • Ella Raitch

      they flew to Florida and took over a struggling charter school, imposed
      Scientology teaching methods over the objections of parents and some
      teachers (who were fired), diverted large amounts of the school’s state
      money to the World Literacy Crusade, and left town after riding the
      charter school into the ground.

      How very Scientology!

      • Damned right Ella!

      • Rasha

        I would love to see how they no doubt viewed that as a “Win!”….. the psychology is fascinating, if not a little disturbing….

      • dchoiceisalwaysrs

        What the hell did Florida do to ‘pull this and Flag Landbase in’ ?

        • villagedianne

          “What the hell did Florida do to ‘pull this and Flag Landbase in’ ?”

          They drained the swamps, thereby destroying habitat. It’s not nice to f–k with Mother Nature.

      • chukicita

        It was devastating to the people who worked hard to set up a legitimate school, struggled in a region that wasn’t supportive of charter schools to begin with, then accepted the “help” offered by H. Islam and others and watched as they were forced out and all their hard work wasted to enrich others.

  • Narapoid

    Just like $cientology to sandbag the community and exploit services. Sea Orgers are just dropped off at a hospital when they are so sick they cannot work anymore…. on the Taxpayers dime. They took women by the van load to Planned Parenthood for abortions. There is no SO retirement home, they are kicked out. There isn’t a Scientology Children’s Hospital to aid families in need. The only soup kitchen is for Sea Org workers.

    Cheap criminals like this Islam woman and her spawn are right at home with $cientology.

    • MostEthicalPimp

      Actually, if SO had access to cars and little bit more time. I’d expect them at the local R6 run soup kitchen!

  • Sejanus

    Got so worked up I dropped french toast on my tablet.
    Hmmm, this story is delicious…
    tastes like french toast…lol

  • Sejanus

    Hanan Islam Felony Raps her new single….

    Busted by da PoPo for a Medi Fraud No No

    • Kim O’Brien

      really ?

    • shasha40

      You owe me an iced coffee !!! Bwahahahaha !

    • Bryce Byerley

      I’d buy that single!

  • deanblair

    Following Scientology’s logic these people should be allowed to commit these crimes without punishment in the name of religious freedom.

    • dchoiceisalwaysrs

      At least that is what they are arguing in court. Way to go El Ron the thetan Satan. Maybe he should write a book on Ethics…..oh wait……..

      • Missionary Kid

        I’ve added El Ron the thetan Satan to LRH’s nicknames. I haven’t posted that list in a long time.
        It’s a good one.

  • AmoVolare

    Expected vs unexpected:

    Expected:
    “We sent an email to Ms. Islam and left a message for her at World Literacy Crusade, but have not received a reply.”
    “We left a message for Rev. Johnson at World Literacy Crusade but did not receive a reply.”

    Unexpected:
    “By Tony Ortega” (Isnt’ the all UB by TO?)

    • chukicita

      Sometimes there are stories here by others; Jon Atack, Jonny Jacobsen, Jeffrey Augustine, etc..

      A professional journalist is expected to have a byline, right?

      • AmoVolare

        Yep, except he rarely puts one (never take too seriously my dumb observations anyway) 🙂

  • 0tessa

    Scientology is becoming a real plague.

    • SciWatcher

      What do you mean “becoming?”

    • Doc M

      Not is, has been, this type of infiltration has been going on for years if not decades.

  • Boooo- yah!! Scientology scoop of the year!! Thank you Tony! First Compton – then Georgia – then Sea Captain David Miscavige. Time to roll this crime syndicate up.

  • PickAnotherID

    “On August 10, 2015, the IRS revoked the tax exempt status of the World
    Literacy Crusade for failing to submit tax forms for three consecutive
    years.”

    YES!!

    • madame duran

      C’mon, IRS…go one step further and revoke Scientology’s tax-exemption!! It’s not hard to do!!

      • dchoiceisalwaysrs

        one tentacle front group loss of exemption at a time seems to be the route taken.

    • Juicer77

      *facepalm*
      So blatant and arrogant flaunting of the ’93 tax exemption agreement by the Co$ is okey dokey, just as long as you file those lie-filled tax returns on time.
      AAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH (f5)

      • salin

        Can’t file the returns for 2013+ when they would show 1 million revenues from Medi-cal in 2012. Better to hope that religious cloaking allows some overlooking the non filings while the money pours in. As I read this story one word kept emerging (sorry for the crudeness in advance) Ballsy.

        • Franklin Adams

          The word that came to my mind was Stupid. Then again, their HQ is in a State run by a man who plead the fifth 75 times in relation to cases surrounding his massive Medicare fraud that Columbia/HCA ran across the country against the Federal CMS.

          Maybe they figure Lil’ Davey can become Florida Governor too if they get his underlings brushed up on Medicare/Medicaid fraud.

    • FredEX

      More stories like today’s will be starting to surface. There are ongoing multiple open investigations on local and federal levels of Scientology, their affiliates, front groups and connections regarding all sorts of fraud, corruption and crimes around the world.

      Good always eventually trumps evil…no matter how long it takes.

      Be of good courage! The Force is with us. 😉

      • Franklin Adams

        What we need is someone at the Justice Department who can come up with something creative that’ll stick.

        Keep in mind that Al Capone was taken down on Tax evasion and nothing else. It doesn’t matter what they go after them for, as long as they do and it sticks. I just hope its the Treasury cops who do it and not FBI or DHS.

        I’m probably in the minority because I don’t mind DHS even though they need to let go of Emergency Management (things worked better operationally before 2003, whereas administratively they’re better under DHS, its a double edged sword), but they’re only 12 years old and far too inexperienced as a department to go after the fraud, obstruction of justice, “church” sanctioned harassment, human trafficking and murder going back to the 1950’s.

        Hell, I’ll be honest. I dont care who leads it, but I’d love to see the doors at int get kicked down by a bunch of Treasury Officers, HSI, FBI, as well as ATF looking for guns owned by a certain poodle named Davey.

        I’ll tell you one thing, I’m VERY interested to know anything about any kind of Federal intelligence collection under the FBI, DHS, or NSA/CSS aegis that occurred targeting Scilon executives under the now expired Section 702 or even general FISA authority. Just the first results page from an XKEYSCORE search on a certain “Miscavige, David” would probably be very enlightening. I’d also be interested in just how good NGA’s maps of their facilities are and how often they’re updated.

  • worstcultever

    STELLAR work, Tony. God what a bunch of grifty mcgrifters. Which is all that should be expected when filthy, ill-gotten scientology $$ flows into anything.

    And another good example of why the clam legal army has firewalled Tiny McCallan and the Mothership from all these intentionally crooked front groups.

    I find it difficult to believe Alfreddo has clean hands in all this. But he does seem somewhat of a made man in the Big Being Mob, so there’s that.

  • All that and Alfreddie hasn’t been charged yet? Slippery.

    • That would really put the cherry on top. Wonder if the cops are still working on this…

  • SciWatcher

    What a beautiful thing to wake up to.

  • Silence of the Clams

    Dear Santa,
    Please send the following for Christmas…

    1. A set of eyes for all of the judges that continue to be blind to an obvious truth.
    2. A pair of balls for the prosecutors afraid to go after anything tied to a ‘religion’.
    3. A ‘clue’ (or two) for a stunningly inept mainstream media.
    4. A pair of eyes for the Hollywood elite ignoring these scumbags.
    5. A conscience for any scientologist.
    6. Several visits from the ghosts of Christmas future for the tiny dictator.
    7. ANYTHING Tony Ortega wants – he has earned it!

    • Tracy Schmitz

      tell it like it is silence of the clams! gosh knows your list COULD go on and on as well! well done!.

    • chukicita

      I can’t stop thinking about number 6: [f5]

  • John P.

    Great job on this story! It is great to see that these two-bit grifters are finally facing jail after a lifetime of ripping off either the government or the poor.

    I’m only sad to see that they didn’t get arrested after the Life Force Academy scam, where they looted a charter school in Florida after setting it up with Applied Scholastics “tech,” and they did so after willfully defying court orders preventing them from enriching themselves.

    While running a Scientology-based drug facility and engaging in broad Medi-Cal fraud is the most wide-ranging fraud these scumbags have committed, this one really pissed me off:

    In 2008, the Los Angeles Times reported that the World Literacy Crusade office in Compton was the scene of a near riot as it turned out that the $1,500 vouchers it was selling for Section 8 housing turned out to be fakes.

    In other words, they were ripping off the poorest and most desperate of the poor. We all know that something in Scientology’s teaching tends to legitimate dishonesty among cult members, but this is quite possibly the most vile scam that I’ve heard of. Selling plastic balls with blue colored water to middle-class housewives as a magic way to do laundry without detergent is one thing. Ripping off people who are teetering on the verge of homelessness is quite another. I hope they all rot in jail for quite some time.

    • Kestrel

      I couldn’t agree more, John P.

    • chukicita

      The Life Force Academy scam broke my heart – I know Ms. Jai, the woman who started that school before the scammers came in to “help” run it into the ground. I know the kids it was serving, and the goals she had of empowering the kids to envision brighter futures by focusing on skill-building and community-building. She had also managed an African dance company for youth, for so many years that I saw some of her original students bringing her their own children to learn about their culture and themselves through dance and performance.

      She has since worked even harder to revitalize that school after making the mistake of believing that help was really coming from Hanan Islam, et al., and watching her years of love and labor go down the tubes with their scam. The school has been renamed, and I’m so glad it survived because I have seen myself the positive impact it has had on the students and their families.

      • MarcabExpat

        This is WONDERFUL news. I didn’t see much in the way of coverage of “Doctor Hanan”‘s aftermath. So many careers and businesses have been destroyed without hope of recovery; if one thing was able to come back in the aftermath, it makes me all verklempt to hear that it was this school.

        • chukicita

          I have two good friends who are on the board now. 😀

      • Juicer77

        I hope Ms. Jai has thoroughly re-evaluated the curriculum and weeded out any remaining bits of participation by these criminals.

        • chukicita

          Absolutely. She was stretched thin, and here they came, painting themselves as something they could never be. She was desperate and believed their story that they could actually help in the areas the school was struggling. Then she could do nothing as they took over the board and just started doing whatever they wanted until the heat was turned up and they split leaving the mess. A lot of folks were hurt by what Islam, et al did to their school.

          • Juicer77

            I’m sorry to hear this. As you said, the students were the ones who ultimately suffered. 🙁

            • John P.

              And suffer, they did. In two years under Hanan Islam’s administration, reading test scores for the school went from somewhere in the middle of the pack to the second-worst in Pinellas County, beating only a school for the severely learning disabled, thanks to Hubbard’s bogus “study tech.” Even if “Doctor” Islam hadn’t been ripping off the school financially, that was a complete and utter disaster, a complete indictment of the ineffectiveness of Hubbard’s inane drivel only a couple miles from cult HQ in Clearwater.

            • flyonthewall

              How about when Hanan tricked a parent at her Charter school into ripping the copper wire out of a neighboring unused building? She told them the owner of building donated it to the school but he never did any such thing. Besides stealing from her neighbor she turned the building into a firetrap that sat right next door to her own school! Talk about a scumbag

              http://www.villagevoice.com/news/scientology-and-nation-of-islam-exposed-in-florida-school-takeover-in-israel-miscavige-shown-to-be-a-liar-by-own-attorneys-6726149

              “At the same time it was funneling money to Islam’s Scientology front group, the school was so poor, it argued to the local sheriff’s station that it authorized a parent to rip out the copper wiring and other fixtures of a closed nearby hotel as a way to raise money. (The hotel denied that it gave the school permission to do so, Hartwell writes.)”

            • dagobarbz

              I vaguely seem to remember that the owner of the hotel was a lawyer who chose not to prosecute the theft?

            • flyonthewall

              right, idk if it was a hotel or not but I’m sure he felt bad bc they were a school and just let it slide.

            • MarcabExpat

              It was the historic Fenway Hotel, on the Dunedin waterfront. The non-profit tai chi organization I practice with bought it and is fixing it up for a workshop destination. They knew it was in disrepair (the hotel owner was actually in foreclosure and the tai chi society bought it from the bank) but they keep finding new, hidden damage. It’s still going on. And yeah, they’re having to replace all that wiring and fixtures on top of that, so my workshop dollars are directly going to make up for Scientology’s methodical theft. Nice, huh? I’m a never-in but even my recreation dollar is subsidizing them.

              (To add insult to injury, when we bought it, the neighborhood immediately went into panic mode and we had to embark on a We Promise We’re Not Scientology Or Anything Remotely Like Them campaign before they realized things were going to be fine. They like us now, but at first they were terrified they’d end up with something like Flag. Dunedin is definitely proud of not being Clearwater.)

            • Franklin Adams

              Nobody (who isn’t a Scilon anyway) in Florida wants to be Clearwater, and especially not in Pinellas County. Its telling that even Largo seems to be collectively proud of not being Clearwater, which is saying something if you know the area at all.

            • MarcabExpat

              It sure is. When Largo looks down its nose at you, you have… major issues.

            • flyonthewall

              Wow, very cool! Not that you indirectly subsidized them but that you ended up in that building. I will drink some chai tea to that

            • MarcabExpat

              I spent a three-day weekend waving a sword around there! It was indeed very cool. And it’s nice to feel at home among the residents; there’s been drama around that property for years, with dodgy developers fighting over it, They were worried it would be turned into a flashy resort, or high-rise condos, or something that would ruin the laid-back residential vibe. What they ended up with is like a community center or church, but quieter, so we’re popular now 🙂

            • SCIENTOLOGY IS A DEAD END ROAD

              Hubbard stole the “Study Tech” from Charles and Ira Berner,
              Orange County educators, and then tried to ruin them later.
              Standard Operating Procedure for the SP Hubbard.
              The more I think about him, the more disgusted I get.

            • Kim O’Brien

              So Charles and Ira were full of shit too ….

            • Douglas D. Douglas

              It is possible that they had developed something a bit more sophisticated and nuanced. LRH tended to grab things at their most surface and present them as his own fully developed ideas. Simple solutions…

            • Orglodyte

              Charles and Ava Berner actually. They went on to be gurus in their own right. Here’s a partial list of the stuff Hubbard lifted from his followers, from Alan Walter on ESMB:

              “Jack Horner developed and piloted the repetitive processes.
              Nib’s, Dick and Jan Halpern developed the TR’s and CCH’s.
              Charles and Ava Berner developed and brought the Study Tech to LRH.
              Gordon Bell defined By-passed charge. I developed the original BPC List corrections.
              Gordon Bell put the Grades together.
              John McMasters and I developed and piloted the S&D data.
              John McMasters developed Power.
              Pam Kemp originated the drug rundown.
              I (Alan Walter) originated the Good and Bad indicators.”

              Also as most know, David Mayo wrote NOTS.

            • Robert Eckert

              Volney Mathison invented the e-meter and the concept of a “tone scale”

            • scottmercer

              Good to know Hubbard didn’t corner the market on all useless junk science.

            • SCIENTOLOGY IS A DEAD END ROAD

              Thanks for that. I’ve read it before, but it has been awhile.
              I knew Gordon at FCDC.
              I heard Jack Horner speak at the weekend Westwood Mission meeting
              in the early eighties.
              John McMasters is a wonderful being, way way above Hubbo.

            • Peter

              Precisely! About as ethical as they ever came.

            • pluvo

              This is why it is considered a ‘High Crime’ (also considered as a ‘suppressive act’
              http://www.suppressiveperson.org/sp/archives/387):

              HIGH CRIMES of the Church of Scientology
              …..
              269) Using Scientology policy but calling it something else or attributing it to some other source.

            • Doug Parent

              THAT puts things in an interesting light.

            • Peter

              I did not know that John McMaster developed Power. But having known him personally, I’m not at all surprised at the extreme workability of that deceptively simple set of processes. Brilliant! I still miss John as he was one of the “cleanest” scios I ever met.

            • Orglodyte

              Google turns up a number of interviews, writings and lectures by John McMaster. Your admiration of him seems to be pretty much universal. There is some murkiness around whether he, or LRH, or another guy named Hubbard (!) originally came up with Power, but he was for sure instrumental in developing it.

              He was also present for the beginnings of S&Ds and the PTS stuff, and lectured later about how LRH perverted the original ideas to suit his aims of control.

            • Peter

              You had to know him to really get his essence. He was a brilliant speaker, rarely raising his voice. He stood sharply against Hubbard’s use of “ethics” and argued with LRH about it. Around 1968 (I think it was), right after the Flight To Freedom thing (when the UK was catching scio arrivals inbound from other countries and putting them right back to their non UK departure points). John was send to NY (without any funds or other support) and ordered to “take control of the media”. The GO PR guy got him on some popular local tv talk shows and John became so well known that even cab drivers recognized him. Terrific guy.

            • Bernie

              Do you know if LRH actually developed Dianetics? The more I read of him stealing others’ ideas the more I wonder if he contributed anything at all.

              With his modus operandi that everything he developed being 100% workable and miraculous, any benefit is degraded.

            • Orglodyte

              For one thing, Dianetics is really similar to abreaction therapy, which Freud developed and abandoned because it created too much dependence on the therapist. Just LRH’s cup of tea! And there are many other sources. This ESMB thread has a lot of info: http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?510

              I sometimes think Dianetics and Scientology pretty much consist of whatever book was on Ron’s bedside table the night before he gave a lecture.

            • Bernie

              LOL! I did see the Jim Dicalci interview. Thank you for the link.

              Your name is familiar as possibly a long time C/S at Flag. I started at Elsie Griffiths mission in Vancouver in 1971. Finally saw the light in 2008.

              Orglodyte…. haha

            • Orglodyte

              Wow, 37 years. Glad you are out. I bet you are too.

            • SCIENTOLOGY IS A DEAD END ROAD

              When you look at it, Hubbard did not much of the Bridge, himself.

              Until he passed, I had an honest channeler available. We contacted
              Hubbard many times. Hubbard told me that “67% of the Bridge was
              done by others”. That seems about right.
              Those who keep Hubbard on a pedestal are VERY STUCK beings,
              going nowhere. They willingly take their “Bi-Monthly Implant” (my phrase) from DM’s events.

            • Lighthouse

              Yes, me too! He was an exact example of his SP definition, wasn’t he? He had inside information.

            • SCIENTOLOGY IS A DEAD END ROAD

              I too realized the same thing a while back.
              It almost is as if the ONLY tech that LRH created was the PTS/SP tech.
              It seems to work, but is likely straight out of his quite stuck case.
              Essentially he died with his whole case intact.
              I have a friend that gave him a session long after he kicked and it was
              on overts, of course, but my friend said LRH’s case was still a mess.
              LRH used the term “dog’s breakfast”.

      • dagobarbz

        That’s even better news than Islam’s legal troubles!

      • flying baby

        If you don’t mind me asking – and you can lie – are you from Compton??? 🙂 🙂 🙂

        • chukicita

          No.

      • Lady Squash

        Reprehensible behavior by Hanan Islam. Prayers for Ms. Jai, one of the good ones.

    • Juicer77

      This ^^^, and those poor students who got sucked into $camatology brain-poison training with no idea what they were being subjected to.

      ETA: John, I would love your opinion on the legal defense costs the Co$ is racking up in various cases, and if it affects their overall bottom line at all?

    • Never_In

      Exactly. I especially dislike her attempt to paint this as an example of institutionalized racism! This is a real issue which she completely undermines by trying to paint her getting caught committing blatant fraud as a witch hunt. Would be wonderful if they dig deeper and reach into Scientology, but I suspect they don’t want to go up against their lawyers.

    • salin

      Agreed. When I taught in Detroit in the early 90s I saw numerous scams foisted on those in deep poverty. Most were more like their other big scam – pretend services to get hands on state and fed grants (ed/job-training funds) like give ‘training’, place in a job for 6 weeks, get placement dollars (around 3k), when the jobs were min. wage and not in the trained field – and lasted only 6 weeks with a kick back going to the person hiring and the rest kept by the person who secured the placement. For the client – nada. No job skills, no foot in the door for real employment, just 6 weeks of minimum wage and back to where they were to begin with.

      I was outraged by that both for the deceipt and self-enrichment, but also for the stealing of funds that could have gone to substantive training programs, that could have changed clients lives. Sucking out limited resources on the backs of the truly desperate.

      This is so far greater of fraud. Sucking money out of the desperate – and when in need of Section 8 – there is no $1500 laying around to get a scarce voucher. A lot of scraping together from others, also in dire straits, to pull together than money – a lot of privation spread across numerous individuals and families to come up with that $1500. For a fake/worthless document. Disgusting.

      Almost (not quite) equally disturbing is the funneling of clients – who have NO drug issues – into this narconon-like program – and the siphening off of limited Medi-Cal funds for no services or Hubbard ‘training’. This is why I don’t think this will lead to problems for Narconon – as the fraud here sounds to be less around the deception of ‘Scientology – not Drug Treatment’ and more around billing for services for no-drug treatment (that is – the ‘clients’ had no drug issues.) All the while leaving Medi-cal with (at least in 2012) 1 million less to provide health care (costs) for the neediest residents of the state.

      • dagobarbz

        Alfreddie never met justice for his voucher scam, and I’d sure like to know why he wasn’t indicted on charges related to that.

    • One Human

      Did World Literacy Crusade receive any punishment for the fraudulent Section 8 vouchers?
      I’m having a difficult time digging up the article stated, or any with greater detail.

    • Jennhatesyou

      Speaking of them ripping off the poorest of the poor….

      I recently relocated from Hollywood to DTLA. I thought I had finally beat the Sci suckers, no more daily runs-ins, no more being hassled…
      Well now I get to see the Scilons on 7th and Broadway, one of the most run down, messed up street crossings in downtown. Many homeless from skid row selling their medications on the corners, mostly non english speaking mexicans huddled around waiting for their buses to low income neighborhoods…it’s a sad sight to begin with. Now we have Sea Ogres pushing dianetics to these folks left and right.

      They used to only be at the big shopping area down here which is nestled on the “business” side of Downtown. That wasn’t shocking to me. But seeing them cross that imaginary line over to the skid row side of DT is alarming. The last thing they need to be doing is telling mentally ill people to stop taking their meds or ripping every last dollar out of a families hands for “salvation”.

      Oh Scientology, you never cease to make me want to vomit.

      • scottmercer

        I lived a block away from there for five years. It may look messed up, but the area has been totally gentrified in the last 15 years. There’s yuppies by the boatload over there, renting $2000 month lofts, walking their dogs and drinking $7 fresh juices. Gentrification has brought many white people with disposable income. I’m sure that’s who they’re going after because a) those people are the ones with money, and b) Scientology is racist and doesn’t care too much for people of color (per Source).

        • Lynn Fountain Campbell

          Well, they do need to replenish their slave labor pool. So many people have left that I hardly recognize any of the new faces in the neighborhood by the complex any more. So different from ten years ago, when I knew almost everyone who passed by my shop by first and last names.

    • SCIENTOLOGY IS A DEAD END ROAD

      I fully agree with your comments.

      Adding: This shows how degraded Scientology has become.
      Alfreddie Johnson belongs in jail for at least 10 years.
      I spoke to him at Flag once, asking who his “FSM” (Advisor that supposedly helps
      one up the “Bridge”, but really works for commissions) was and he said “God”.
      It is only the despicable set of Scientology lawyers that keep any of the higher-ups out of jail.
      Johnson is the lowest of the low. His Freedom Medal of course is pure PR having NOTHING
      to do with Freedom, and those in photos with him disgust me.

      I can’t wait until Tom Cruise loses bigtime due to his Scientology associations.
      To be best friend to D.M. shows how fucked up he really is.
      Jesse Prince hit the nail-on-the-head on that subject in his recent interview with Jeffrey Augustine.
      Give a listen if you have not heard it.

      • OOkpik
      • Bernie

        For sure Alfreddie is keeping the God’s FSM commissions safe until God is ready for them.

      • Lighthouse

        I agree. I can’t wait for Tom Cruise to be knocked off his high horse and to learn what Davie really thinks about him and that his folder records have been held up for ridicule and manipulation.

        • SCIENTOLOGY IS A DEAD END ROAD

          Someone in Tom’s circle with a basic honesty should let Tom know,
          and let the chips fall where they may.
          Whatever happened to the concept of doing the right thing.

          I don’t like T.C.’s sensational movies. I have a pilot’s license, have raced cars,
          and done sport parachuting, and don’t see the beauty of those activities in
          any of his crap movies.

          DM and TC are two beings who are out of their natural selves.
          They truly are missing out on real true life, which has nothing to do with Ego.

          Scientology is the EGO religion.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Ripping off scientologists who are near homeless and poor too, and financially ruin Ex’s who have been speaking up for 40 years at their own expense to help any and all or at least warn them.

      There are thousands of them who you rarely hear of if at all, and get little to no credit just because there is such a volume of stories out now. These are the unsung heroes of the scientology saga imo.

      • OOkpik

        To all the unsung heroes who have worked hard to end Scientology (and other) abuses, I salute you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

        ETA: It sucks that these warriors will still not receive the appreciation they deserve. My gratitude is sincere, none-the-less.

        • Lighthouse

          Hear! Hear!

    • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

      It is great to see that these two-bit grifters are finally facing jail after a lifetime of ripping off either the government or the poor.

      We in RTC quite agree. And to compound their crimes these “two-bit grifters” have, apparently, exploited the Church of Scientology in an attempt to sully its good name and repute. It obviously follows, therefore, that Dr. Hanan Islam and her ilk were sent in by SMERSH in an attempt to destroy Scientology organizations.

      • Lynn Fountain Campbell

        LOL! Yes, Cof$ will throw her under the bus. I hope she realizes this when the time comes for her to negotiate a plea bargain. Then she may lead them to the “bigger fish.”

  • SciWatcher

    So do ya’ think scientology will be providing high-powered lawyers for those charged? Or are those just reserved for when Davey’s personally involved?

    (These are rhetorical questions, BTW)

    • Missionary Kid

      I doubt that $cientology will provide anything. They tend to stay away and claim that people charged went rogue.

  • EnthralledObserver

    Dr Islam? A real Dr?

    • Just like Elron.

    • Xenu is my Homeboy

      PhD in Creative Accounting from Sequoia University

      • BosonStark

        Not quite that bogus, but still on the fringe. Dr. Islam received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the Eden Institute, which is presided over and founded by a real doctor (conventional medical school graduate), but otherwise seems quite sketchy. It’s hard to find any real information about it. They don’t have a FAQ or information about tuition costs, faculty, courses offered. It’s all very vague. Has Dr. Islam ever even tried to practice naturopathic medicine? I don’t know. She probably just uses her degree to lend an air of legitimacy to push her scam Scientology programs.

        I don’t know much about the legitimacy of naturopathic programs and kind of licenses/exams etc. but I think they vary quite a lot, and Eden seems to be about as sketchy as they get. It’d be interesting to know how long she spent on her studies, and was most of it done at-home via correspondence or what…did she complete the program in six months?

        There are only seven accredited naturopathic colleges of medicine in the U.S. and Eden, as far as I can tell, was an unaccredited self-styled one, which was probably cheaper and less rigorous. It’s hard to tell if Eden ever existed or what it is now, except one website where the founder mentions it. That’s how obscure it is. There are other naturopathic schools which have been around for a while and I even recognize some of the names.

        The 7 accredited ones are accredited by their own association, and charge around $50,000 a year to attend for a 3-year program. Paying that much, some students expect to earn as much as conventional doctors and work in hospitals or clinics alongside them, but they don’t, at least not very often. Some conventional doctors will take naturopathic courses, because they’re fed up with conventional medicine maybe, and those people probably can do very well in it.

        • Robert Eckert

          In checksheet time!

      • FredEX

        Looks like she was VERY creative in her ‘accounting’ in this case. As phoney as her fake credentials.

    • Tony Ortega

      I’ve added a line from Drew Harwell’s piece about that. It’s fake, as you’d assume.

      • EnthralledObserver

        As expected… cheers.

      • chukicita

        The Eden Institute is a “non-profit” woo-house of alternative spiritual medicine run by Dr. Theodore Watkins who holistically saves sick souls with seminars and Bible verses.

    • Bryce Byerley

      You can get one too from her Alma Mater..

      http://www.geteducated.com/dog-earns-online-mba

  • madame duran

    Dr. Hanan Islam and Ronnie (“Rizza”) Islam charged? YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    *clicks “recommended” heart with glee*

    Rev. Alfreddie Johnson Jr. is a snake though. Someone needs to nail that sucker!

    • Ha! And when they do nail him, the unpersoning begins:

      “Well, he wasn’t really a Scientologist, you know. He was a Baptist, not a Scientologist.”

      • Draco

        Sounds about right.

  • Chee Chalker

    I’d like to say I’m shocked, but nothing about this sliny group shocka me anymore.

  • SciWatcher

    Alfreddie Johnson Jr and Chick Corea:

    Look! No blood! Our hands are clean!

  • SciWatcher

    It’s here, people! The Force is here!

    And only a little more than 24 hours until I get to see it! Eeeee! This is how I feel:

    https://youtu.be/ZLlLtSG7xe4

    • daisy

      I am worried for your expectations. I do hope it is good.

      • SciWatcher

        Oh, it will be…it will be.

  • Len Zinberg

    The tip of a very large, very dirty iceberg, brilliantly exposed.
    Thank you, Tony.

  • Wow. Fascinating. Yesterday John P. Capitalist was saying that Scientologists usually get involved with smaller scale frauds. He was talking about the huge Australian Education city development deal, which is huge.

    Today we see small scale fraud. This is small scale, even though it may involve a fair amount of cash.

    Thank you Tony for reporting on this. It was a fascinating read. This is the sort of scam this Wise Guys (mobsters, not the WISE Scientolgy front) run all the time, thought they tend to be better at hiding things.

  • PickAnotherID

    Word clear this Dr. Hanah Islam: “Karma!”

  • BosonStark

    So is the World Literacy Crusade shut down yet as one of Scientology’s “bad apple” groups? How do these people just keep slipping out of these charges and starting other frauds? And Alfreddie isn’t even charged on this one.

    Treating young, non-addicted high school age people with Scientology and charging Medi-Cal sounds like some really serious stuff not only for these people involved, but for Scientology.

  • Jerseygram

    Scientology…it’s ALWAYS worse than you think.

    • FredEX

      This is true.

  • Most of Alfrauddie’s scams were showing suspended or surrendered in California back in June.

    Category:Alfreddie Johnson

  • Rasha

    “…investigating and methodically charging…” Finally, they’re starting to get that you don’t just burst in with a claim against the chult and expect them to simply fall down. Plan. Prepare well. Move forward.

  • Meepthorp

    If the financial records of AHEC show commissions (kick-backs) to NarCONon… Oh boy! NarCOCon, in order to “license” delivery of their Scientology’s controversial “drug rehab” (cough) program, would HAVE TO know… wait… in the Scientology organization, you are required (forced) to do a purif and objectives, even if all the drugs you’ve ever had in your life was aspirin and antibiotics! He-he, brilliant! Getting Medi-Cal to pay for Scientolgy’s expensive “spiritual counseling” on poor black kids! Wow! I bet Davey thought that was a huge win! Someone needs to find the video where Dave stood on his throne in front of his masses and promoted that one!

    • Techie

      I vaguely recall references to the World Literacy Crusade in events, someone who has access to event videos might be able to scare up more evidence that Scientology was involved. Wasn’t there an office across from the Hollywood Guaranty Building (LRH Life Exhibition) where they were trying to “educate” using Applied Scholastics, with Will Smith involved? It all sounds really familiar but maybe it was just something similar that happened in the early 2000s. Dave loves to brag about how Scientology helps the po’ folks, it makes for good video footage at the events to shill for more donations. There is probably more dirt to dig up here, directly traceable to Scientology. Remember, they cannot “alter the tech”, which means if they do anything it has to be done the same as it is done in the official organizations. They can dress it up and give it fake names but it is all the same woo, everywhere they go.

    • Maybe they’ll raid the headquarters of Narconon International? 😛

  • aquaclara

    Wow. This is more proof that the tentacles of Scientology extend far and wide. The money scam, perfected. I’m glad to see the felony charges here–may this be a sign of more to come.

    Tony, you’ve produced another blockbuster story here. Only someone who has been following Narconon, the school frauds, the IRS scams and the rest of Scientology’s shell games would have been able to put all the pieces together like this. I think we’re all stunned this morning–it’s a page-turner, for sure.

    Hey, Captain Miscalculate. IRS and felony charges…nipping at your heels. Merry Christmas.

  • Draco

    “One legal observer tells us the state appears to be building its case from the ground up, arresting peripheral or lower-level participants and hoping that they’ll cooperate to go after the bigger fish. Now, Hanan Islam, co-founder of the clinic, is facing four serious felonies.”

    Even if they don’t co-operate to go after the bigger fish, successful prosecution here could set precedents that would assist in going after the bigger fish.

    I hope they nail their butts to the wall!

    Tick fucking tock, Cap’n Davey. You are the biggest fish in this particularly nasty little pond, and enough of these lawsuits will eventually lead to you. Can’t hide, you scurvy little wanker.

    Edited to fix horrendous fingerslip O-o

    • Graham

      You might like to check your spelling?

      Edited to acknowledge your edit 🙂

      • Draco

        I edited afterwards and fixed. Most embarrassing and still blushing. f5

      • villagedianne

        That better be a typo.

        Edit: I see it is corrected.

        • Draco

          Very much so! b next to n on the keyboard…facepalm. That’ll teach me not to just check the underlined words!

    • daisy

      PPSSTT – Draco you need to spell check the word bigger, second paragraph, first sentence. We have enough problems with the regular scientologists without the NOI scientologists on our ass.

      • Draco

        I unfortunately hit post right after I wrote it and only noticed what I had done as it came up. I fixed it immediately but edits only show up if you refresh the page so – if it still shows the original on your page hit F5!
        As a South African, that’s not even a word we ever heard here…

        • daisy

          Oh honey, I knew it was a mistake , we all do it . My tongue was firmly in my cheek about the NOI.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      It sounds like the state has been careful and methodical about the way it builds its case, and that’s good to hear. It means they’re serious about and committed to pursuing it. I’m with you, Draco–it’s good to seem them setting a precedent.

    • FredEX

      This is true.

  • Doc M

    So, wouldn’t be a good idea to follow “American Health and Education Clinics” money trail to the church of Scientology and ultimately file a Conspiracy charge against the Church? Going after these small groups are costly and then again might not make a difference as the church seems pretty well insulated. One million is a spit in the bucket considering the actual Medi-Cal fraud that takes place yearly.

    Scientology is like the Greek mythical “Hydra”, cut off one head and two more appear.

    Really, some opportunistic politician should make it their purpose to go after the church, Than again, watching the Republican (and Democratic for that matter), comedy debates, I doubt that this will happen soon.

  • Len Zinberg

    OSA will throw the Islam family under the bus and issue denials left and right.
    OSA’s “Investigation” will reveal that psychiatry infiltrated CCHR and is trying to destroy Scientology.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      If only there was some amazingly brilliant person who could gather up all the follow-the-money trails, you know, call it something like The Scientology Money Project that would trail right up to the OSA. If only.

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        I still want a J. Swift lunchbox (with Karen thermos) for Christmas. 😀

      • Len Zinberg

        Only the shadow knows… 😉

    • FredEX

      One of the reasons investigations of Scientology & their front groups and affiliates crimes seems to take so long is that the local and federal investigators KNOW the typical modus operandi of these groups is to always deny any connection or knowledge of the crimes being committed. They usually always have some plausible denial prepared in advance, and yes, will definitely toss any Scientologist or affiliate ‘under the bus’ if caught and exposed.

      ~SO, investigators must meticulously connect every single dot and have as much iron clad evidence and facts of the case as possible so Scientology can’t distance themselves or squirm out of the charges when they are finally brought about. There are multiple ongoing open investigations currently taking place involving Scientology and Miscarriage. They aren’t public and even some kept very secret internally within the local & federal Intel & law enforcement groups that are watching all things ‘Scientology’. These investigations cannot be infiltrated nor investigators bought off.

      • Missionary Kid

        OT, but your nickname reminded me…
        A local idiot hijacked a FedEx truck. The cops had no problem finding him a few blocks away because he didn’t know how to drive a stick shift.

  • Missionary Kid

    I read today’s L.A. Times. Zip, nada, nothing about this.

    • Doc M

      Trump’s latest rant or Kim Kardashian’s latest baby story makes better news Kid.
      What do you expect?

      • Missionary Kid

        The Times tends to be a serious paper, but silent on $cientology. One exception, the Davy Miscavige having his dad followed by PIs.

        • Doc M

          The NY Times is a supposed serious paper and covers very little about the Church. Is it because they find other news more important? I don’t know the answer.

          • FredEX

            Yep! Those billions of dollars come in handy at times that Scientology might come up on charges that should be headline news. One might consider there’s been some palm greasing, threats of lawsuits or infiltration within major media organizations whenever something newsworthy involving Scientology or their connections is not reported or under-reported. The goal of minimizing the exposure & damage to COS and Scientology front groups would be foremost in importance to Miscarriage when a negative newsworthy situation arises involving the COS in anyway. He would have his ‘people’ scrambling all over it to keep this out of the news as much as possible in any way possible. Whatever it took to keep it out of the news.

            Well, there’s always Twitter…

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      That sucks Kid. You’d think a fraud scandal would at least rate an inch or two.

    • ithilien

      When were the football coaches fired? Surely that made the news. At least the sports pages. Indictments were in October,?

      • Missionary Kid

        Tony wrote, “The Times never followed up on why Donerson was put on leave, and didn’t report later that Donerson was fired in January”

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      We are spoiled. Give it a few days or week.

      • salin

        This scale of fraud of public dollars… makes it salacious enough to be picked up by the local big paper.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Agreed – but Tony Ortega is the Master Guru of Scoop. Give it 24 hours all I’m sayin’.

          • salin

            Indeed – and provides the Ortega-beacon of reporting – that points the way for others to follow.

      • Missionary Kid

        I’ll keep watching. You’re right, we’re spoiled.

  • Doc M

    I like Chick Corea’s music and nobody can tell me that he hasn’t created some outstanding important music during his career. Should I boycott his music?

    Before answering.

    Bach created a huge amount of Lutheran church music during his life. Should Catholic Europe have boycotted his music? Remember that Protestants were killing Catholics for taking communion and Catholics were killing protestants for using the King James Bible?

    • ithilien

      And Mussolini made the trains run on time.
      If the moral actions and associations of people mean nothing to you, then by all means, play your Wagner.

      • Doc M

        Why are you attacking me and it is a knee jerk attack, I’ve posed a theoretical question? You’ve just exhibited the same behavior as the Church.

        The point, to clarify, is: Who do you go after, the victim or the perpetrator? In the churches case, the victims are so “mind fucked” that they don’t know better.

        • ithilien

          Take a chill pill, doc. Im responding to you. Not attacking. Im just giving you an answer you dont like. Lewis Carroll was the author of alice in wonderland. does it tarnish his accomplishments when you learn he had a serious issue with little girls, and he wanted to marry the 9 year old real life Alice? If not, it should. Personal responsibility is personal responsibility. are you saying being a willing victim makes you not responsible for your associations? You may feel comfortable admiring someones art who looks at you as ‘less than’ i dont. If im not respected by them. Why would i ever be expected to admire them?

          • Doc M

            The key word is “Willing”, are all the church members willing victims? If that’s the case than you’ve just thrown all the discussions and posts about the church’s systematic step by step brain washing techniques out the window.

            Secondly, I’m just posing questions. “City Lights” by Chaplin is a beautiful movie in every way, and he was a well known Pedophile. D.H. Lawrence’s work was censored as too morally dangerous, Hemingway was a Horrendous Abusive Drunk, Billie Holiday was Black, Hitchcock was sexist. Louis Armstrong smoked marijuana every day.

            How do you prioritize what is really bad and what is less bad? I don’t have answers but I guess It has to be an individual call.

            • Robert Eckert

              “he was a well known Pedophile” Source?

              “Billie Holiday was Black” This you consider a crime???

            • Doc M

              No, not a crime, it was a reflection of different societal values at the time. As for Chaplin, look it up, it common knowledge and readily available.

            • Robert Eckert

              That’s not how things work. YOU made a serious allegation, it is not up to ME to research your claim.

            • Doc M

              Sorry, I don’t have time, but I will repeat the the accusation.
              To name 2 examples.
              Lita Grey (he was obsessed with her at age 12) pregnant by Chaplin at 15 and than married to him,
              Last Wife..Oona O’Neil married to him at 18 but relationship started 2 years earlier. Almost a 40 year age difference.

              Look up the rest yourself.

            • Kim O’Brien

              my great gramma was married at 16 . Cuz …ya know …forever ago

            • ithilien

              Exaxtly, you have to chose who your heroes are but based on the reality of their lives and actions. And your own standards. The reality behind the facade will always come thru.
              If people willingly put the responsibility for their life choices on to something or someone else, they themslves are responsible for the outcomes. Cults have been known about and discussed for years. Ever since the third reich. Plenty of psychological research into cruelty and those who want to defer the responsibilty of their actions on to the authorities. Ex cultists are not blameless in their life decisions. There is lots of twisting in the wind here and on other ex sites re this issue. All those people who were with lisa knew she neded help, they defered making judgements about what their personal responsibility was becasue of the same factors that made the nazis say they were just following orders. And some are more than willing in the desire to be more than the worldy wogs surrounding them. I have heard the awe in the audience when hubs told his followers that they didnt have to ask permission, that they were better than, more skilled, more highly evolved. Thats what they wanted, and thats what the ones who are still in still want. All the while hubs was exploting their need for superiority to fleece them.

              And i have to say, ‘billie holiday was black’ ??? I dont know if that is in the same genre as the issues the ohers had.

              You prioritize based on what you are willing to tolerate. And you cant excuse bad actions or associations of those who may be proficient in some areas. I dont want to eat in a restaurant where the skivvies are sea org and getting paid pennies, or immigrants forced to take sci classes, while i dish put big bucks for a meal, no matter how delicious.

              Did you ever see the episode of Curb Your Enthusiam where Larry David has a running feud because hes whistling Wagner and a Holocoasts survivors son hears him and really goes off? Its the debate we are in this morning. Lol. Have a nice day, Doc, and a Merry Christmas.

      • Common myth. Mussolini shot the people who said the trains were late.

        • Doc M

          If you saw any of the Republic debate, Trump stood with arms crossed and his lower lip protruding…Just like photos of Mussolini. We were hysterical.

          • ithilien

            OMG ITS TRUE!!! Althought i saw the posturing and.grimacing, i didnt notice the similarity. Good catch!

            What if i said, i think the donalds okay even with the forced deportations the great wall of mexico and exclusions of muslims, because i went to trump casino once and had a great time?

            • Doc M

              I would respond, why don’t you boycott his casinos.
              I’m not telling you to really do this but again, how do you draw a line? Individual choice I suppose.

              I honestly don’t think Trump could ever be president, the danger is in his riling up people with his hate rhetoric. There are too many blurred lines. Should Trump be stopped? Where does his First amendment right s come in? (The old Yelling fire in a theater argument).

              The fact is that there has been an increase in hate crimes over the past year. I don’t think Trump or Cruz are directly responsible, but they certainly aren’t helping a bad situation.

              By the way, as you saw the debate, you saw Trump making faces in response to others. Very much like Chevy Chase making those same faces while Jane Curtin went on and on during Weekend Update in the 70’s. That was the other thing I noticed and I don’t think it was a coincident.
              It was however obnoxious.

            • Missionary Kid

              Scotland just took the British Open away from Trump. He was supposed to have it on his new, shiny golf course in 2020. It won’t be there.

        • ithilien

          Lol of course he did. My point exactly. It was an expression used to excuse bad actions
          because of perceived effeciency or skill in. other areas……i dont care what he does or believes because hes good at something that i like…get it?

          • Techie

            Ithilien, I take it by your screen name that you revere or at least know of the works of J R R Tolkien. You may or may not be aware that he was born in South Africa and some of the deplorable attitudes about racism that were commonly held beliefs in his youth in that area are expressed in his books. You can think of examples if you recall the great battle for Minas Tirith in the last book of the Trilogy. I am a fan of Tolkien and consider him one of the greatest authors of the 20th century, but I also know that he held beliefs that I find unacceptable, even scandalous by today’s standards. We are about to be assaulted by another chapter in the Star Wars mythology, a celebration of the same kinds of woo that fuel Scientology. I am going to the movie and may enjoy it, but will have to filter out the reverence for magickal thinking that informs it. You could think of hundreds of similar examples. I say to Doc M, if you enjoy Chick’s music by all means listen. You can even listen to Beck, and an occasional “Flight of the Valkyries” may quicken your heart even if you don’t believe in the Master Race. “Fear” by L Ron Hubbard is worth a read. I draw the line at paying for a Tom Cruise movie, but your mileage may vary.

        • Missionary Kid

          I heard that he just changed the schedules.

    • Mockingbird

      Only your own judgment can guide you. There is a great restaurant in my town that is owned by a Scientologist who has probably given millions to the cult. I now boycott that restaurant and their delicious food.

      • Doc M

        Exactly, it has to be an individual judgement call.

        • ithilien

          Are you an ex? I ask because judgement or lack of it seems to be the real issue behind all cults. And this statement is ironic to me.

          • Doc M

            Nope

  • Sherbet

    And the plot sickens.

  • Chee Chalker

    The false Section 8 vouchers scam is the most offensive IMO……it’s one thing for outsiders to come in and take advantage of a community, but these guys were robbing their own neighbors.

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      In $cientology, even your last dollar is green and they’ll happily take it.

    • shasha40

      Wait , didn’t dr. Islam say those were the people she helps ? The poor in her community ? Oh , only if they can afford it . Sorry , I was using that darn ” wog” logic again . How do these people sleep at night …

    • dungeon master

      And Tony said ‘selling’ false $1500 section 8 vouchers. People should have known real section 8 vouchers are given away – after a long wait list process.

      • salin

        When people are desperate – and can’t wait the years’ long process – they might look the otherway about the line jumping for a fee. We don’t think of it here as much as in some other countries – but alas even here there are public officials who with greased palms can make legitimate paper work go by much faster. These are folks in the dire circumstances, they are preyed upon, and desperate. I can’t find it in me to shake a finger at them with a ‘you should have known’. I can find lot’s of energy, however, to lock up the predators and shake the key ring in front of them as taunts.

        • dungeon master

          I agree. The whole system is nuts. If people don’t have what they need, food, shelter, they will try anything to get it. Up here where I live it’s snowing and the shelters are full and churches give people a meal and a warm place to sleep, but they’re on their own during the day. Lots of homeless people hanging out in the library.

      • Chee Chalker

        I’m sure they told these people they could ‘expedite’ the process.
        ‘Sure, the vouchers are free, but we know Tom Cruise…..and Ton Cruise can get these vouchers faster because he is a Big Being. Now, we just need $1500 to cover the paperwork and so we can help other people’

        • dungeon master

          Yeah, cuz if they admitted the money was for their bridge, who would but them? Desperate times..

  • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

    Tony breaks a a huge story and Rinder has some doozies over at his place today. Theme song suggestion for today:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4UqMyldS7Q

    • TexasBroad

      Also…new Chris Shelton video – Part 3 of the interview with Rachel Bernstein. Wheeee!

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        YAY! I’ve been waiting for this part of this interview. *fist bump*

      • Rasha

        I gotta wait 9 hours to watch C-Shel? NOOO!!!!!

      • jane456

        A great video. I was at some of those conferences she talks about and back in the day it was always a concern that scientologists would show up and disrupt. They would show up and, just imagine….you are coming out of a polygamous group or children of god or one of these very secretive groups and you are trying to recover from that. And here come the fucking Scientologists to harass those people.

        • TexasBroad

          Crazy. Hurray for cell phone cameras and the internet to tamp down their ferocity a bit!

          • jane456

            It’s the internet. It has become pretty well known their outrageous behavior, because people can see it for themselves online. Thanks to people like Mark Bunker, who was/is truly OG in exposing their tactics and making it available for all to see. If you told people about it without them being able to see it, it sounds made up.

            • TexasBroad

              IKR. It’s even unfathomable and hard to believe when you see it with your own eyes.

    • Nat-leficent

      Cube for J3 and the Goodyear blimp for Tia!

    • FredEX

      It’s going to be a good New Year too. 🎉

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Your hints so far have made me all warm and fuzzy inside 🙂

  • shasha40

    I was bummed early with the delaying of Laura’s case the other day , but this has lifted me up ! Criminal charges for everyone !!! Please take this all the way to the top LE ! ( his name is tiny member ) hee hee TonyO , you still da man !!! Thank you , Santa !

  • Wow… that’s a story well worth adding a byline to (hope it’s respected). Prepare to see a familiar face explaining the Narconon scam to many news outlets who may now wake up.

    The ‘World Literacy Crusade’ seems to have been running many frauds – including claiming to provide ‘services’ to people who didn’t need them. However, the crucial point for us is that, if they can be charged for insurance fraud after claiming to offer drug rehabilitation services and supplying Scientology training instead, this leaves the whole Narconon programme in legal limbo and exposes it to potentially massive liabilities. It’s something nobody has ever dared to do before.

    As I understand it, if convictions are obtained, any insurance company (at least in California) presented with a bill by Narconon could complain of a criminal offence. If someone (anyone) is convicted for offering drug rehab and delivering Scientology, then it’s hard to argue that this is not illegal.

    That’s a crucial difference. A civil offence must be pursued by the victimised party at their own cost (and is unlikely to withstand Scientology’s scorched earth legal tactics) but a criminal matter is prosecuted by the state. All those tired arguments and desperate dissembling CofS goes out the window.

    Also, I wonder how long Scientology’s corporate shell game would stand up to a concerted campaign of criminal complaints from insurance companies?

    Perhaps Scientology’s leadership have seen this coming, and this is why they have been reorganising Narconon into small units. If they can’t scam insurance companies any more, they can at least scam people who can afford to pay for Narconon ‘treatment’ up front. Their problem is, of course, if it’s illegal to scam an insurance company in this way, it’s also illegal to do it to a private citizen.

    It’s a potential game-changer. Wow! again.

    • Saint

      Didn’t we have some fleeting hope as to this in Georgia?

      • This seems to be a more carefully planned operation with a real tactical underpinning based on research.

        It’s also motivated by money – the accused have likely swindled a lot of it and, sadly that will motivate action in cases were obvious abuse will not. I don’t like this fact… but there it is.

        Even if this prosecution fails it marks an escalation of action against Scientology. If it succeeds it will establish legal precedents and embolden other agencies. In fact, it looks promising.

        Scientology’s dominoes have been arranged in neat row for many years now… and we are closer to someone knocking the first one down.

  • jane456

    They are stealing money from people who need real services and this is as cold blooded as it gets. I hope they get the book thrown at them and that the AG gets some of that money back.

  • Mockingbird

    Good morning beautiful Bunkeroos.

    These endless criminal charges against the cult seem to always get delayed and buried and finally called religious discrimination. It is just pure frustration. I wish the cult can finally get shut down but don’t know if anyone alive today will see the day justice is served.

    With the insane crimes of captain David Miscavige ( leader of the Sea Org ) getting a permanent pass despite mountains of evidence anything other than small fry getting sacrificed may not happen. I certainly hope to see some convictions but we need so much more.

    • dchoiceisalwaysrs

      I hear the ground shaking and Justice is peeling back the layers with some prongs going deeper and deeper. May we all judiciously do what we can to speed it along.

  • villagedianne

    By not filing taxes, World Literacy Crusade has given COS a Scientology-policy reason for throwing them under the bus. After the IRS victory, Scientologists are supposed to file their taxes like good citizens. These crooks aren’t even good Scientologists.

    • Juicer77

      (great minds, Village 🙂 See my comment below)

    • Amy Forsythe

      Is there such a thing as a good scientologist?

      • daisy

        Most are good, but we don’t see it until they become EX-scientologists

  • Observer

    The more I think about the Johnson/Islam family, the more disgusted I get. They are cynically preying on people they know will trust them because they are of the same racial background, whipping up fear that the government is attempting genocide through a variety of means (check out Rizza’s FB pages sometime) and using that fear and the control they gain through it to commit all kinds of fraud. They are the scummiest of the scum, worthy disciples of Lafayette and his homuncular protege. I hope they all end up in prison.

    • Juicer77

      For a loooooong time. No wrist-slap sentences, I hope.

    • MarcabExpat

      A-freakin’-men!

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      The white collar crims of scientology – they are all like this, Obs.

    • Frodis73

      ^^^This! I am also sickened by that family and the hell they have brought down to who knows how many people. They are despicable!

    • Rizza’s FB dribblins are something else. I would say “special – like in special olympics” but disabled and retarded people are so much nicer than the Johnson/Islam family.

  • Juicer77

    Of course they pleaded not guilty. Wonder how much “help” DM will provide for their legal defense? At this point he must be really concerned about this going to court. Probably putting all kinds of pressure on them to plead guilty and say they were rogue agents. I seem to recall that being used some other time… When will the NOI members realize they’re being used and abused by the Co$ just like everyone else?

  • Mrs. V.

    Finally. A little justice for those who scientology has harmed. That makes me happy! I toast my coffee to you.
    The weird thing is, I bet these people will actually be more “free” in prison than they ever were while in scientology.

  • One Human

    Terrific development and very well reported!!

    OT, another great story today, ‘Pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli arrested on federal securities fraud charges:

    http://www.rawstory.com/2015/12/pharma-bro-martin-shkreli-arrested-on-federal-securities-fraud-charges/comments/#disqus

    • Mrs. V.

      I saw that. Made me very happy indeed.

    • Jenny Griffith

      That guy is creepy. I can’t look at him.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      I did a little happy dance inside 🙂

    • salin

      *Cheering!* He is an Ayn Randian Vulture/parasite. These cases are so hard to make, esp in these days of minuscule budgets for the agencies charged with such prosecutions. Suggests his crossing of the lines was probably as audacious as Hanan Islam’s.

    • Rasha

      …just sayin’…

      • Mrs. V.

        Wow. It’s uncanny.

    • chukicita

      Squiggy’s goin’ down.

    • outstanding!

    • scottmercer

      Some days are just sweet. And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer sociopath.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Read the headline this morning, just the headline, and burst out blubbering like a little baby. It’s taken me a couple hours to be able to write this.

    My first encounter with the black hole of injustice concerning the abuses, fraud, crimes and suppression of human rights in the world of scientology was calling the Family and Children’s Dept in LA after learning the conditions of the nursery and cadet org, the babies and the children in PAC. I wasn’t the first. What happened as a result: Absofuckinglutely nothing, other than a week or two of cover up attempts.

    It would be 30 years before I learned of all the injustices, all the abuses, all the cover ups, starting back in the 70’s with Quentin Hubbard’s death. You see, I knew enough to know what were the embedded bits of truth to make the lies stick, and what were bald lies. In the legal world, these”safepointing” activities scientology, OSA, does so well are called obstruction of justice. It’s been a damn tough road to forgiveness, fo me, for all those who were complicit in holding justice at bay.

    I’ve lost count how many times I’ve had to walk away from quite different headlines – over and over and over how scientologists were not investigated, not raided, not arrested, not charged – and go bang my head against the wall and shake my fists in the air. I’ve lost count of how many flowers I’ve planted in my memorial garden each time I find someone I knew that has died, usually without so much as a notice. It’s over 100, that I know. And every day I wake up knowing there are children in the Cadet Org in the very county I live in slaving away, and families cry themselves to sleep at night missing their loved ones, again and again. It’s what keeps me going.

    So when I read today’s headline, over 40 freakin’ years now later, it hit me hard. All the times, the years of reading the wrong headline, each a stab in the heart and a hammer to justice. Today, I read the right headline. I hope as Alfreddie and all the rest of you vile parasitic holes of humanity read this – and I know damn well you will – know that you are next. It’s just a matter of time now. I hear the witness protection program is quite lovely this time of year.

    Thank you, Tony Ortega. I still haven’t expressed how much this means. It means a great deal to so very many.

    http://i.imgur.com/JYOdQKe.jpg?1

    • Observer

      Big hugs

    • aquaclara

      It’s so long overdue, Hole. I’m sorry, too, for all that slides by. I had thought that after Jenna’s book, there would be more clamoring for investigation into child abuse.

      But the fraud is so pervasive, the lies so entrenched and the victims so buried that getting the stories out takes so much more than investigators appear willing to invest. Thank God we have Tony and so, so many contributors who continue to share what they know, even at significant personal risk. I am so thankful for the many exes like you and all our dear friends here who speak up. The secrets are disappearing, finally.

      Your gardens are beautiful. I know this for sure. They hold the memories of some pretty special family and friends. Those blooms hold the spirit of hope for a better day. When I see how much has happened just in the last twelve months, and the twelve before that, well, it certainly won’t take a billion years for all this to be fixed.

      I’m hoping 2016 is it, but it might take a few more years after that. Tony’s chipping away blocks and boulders now….

      Here’s a puppy pic with some flowers for you this morning.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Cute And gorgeous. Thank you. I think I accidentally downvoted! Hopefully I corrected it –

    • dchoiceisalwaysrs

      ” In the legal world, these”safepointing” activities scientology, OSA,
      does so well are called obstruction of justice. It’s been a damn tough
      road to forgiveness, fo me, for all those who were complicit in holding
      justice at bay…..Today, I read the right headline……..Thank you, Tony Ortega. I still haven’t expressed how much this means. It means a great deal to so very many.”

      What a heartfelt post. I really touched me deeply.

      And thank you THDNE. Sorry for what you and others have gone through. May Justice continue to rise again in all her Glory.

    • Saint

      You have no idea how your entire post mirrors what I have gone through over this period, down to suspecting you have a flower in your garden I could name. Thank you for caring these long years. <3

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        A day of bittersweets 🙂

    • Newiga

      <3 <3, THDNE!

    • Draco

      So glad this was a good day for you, (((Hole)))

    • Ella Raitch

      It took me at least 6 goes to read through the article because I was so excited. It’s not just in Scientology where karma seems rare, but when it comes it’s a beautiful thing.

  • flyonthewall

    I knew there was something big on the way! This is great, thnx Tony

    • FredEX

      Chin up Bunkerites! There will be more. Merry Christmas Miscarriage, ~a Happy New Year to come 😎

  • MarcabExpat

    A bad day for Hanan Islam is a good day for humanity! As a Tampa Bay resident, I would watch her conviction and sentencing on pay-per-view.

    Also: separated at birth?

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      I’ll bring the snacks. You got a barcalounger for me?

      • MarcabExpat

        Hon, for you, I’ll bring in an ottoman with the Prince of Pontifical Perfidy’s face on it, right where your feet go.

  • Nat-leficent
    • Newiga

      *tries to dance like Carlton*

      • Saint

        No effort required. LOL. Unless you can’t keep a beat.

  • George Layton

    scientology: Teaching the able how to steal from the disabled.

    • salin

      Boom. Best summary. Needs to be repeated and repeated. To me, that IS the crux of the toxicity of Scientology. Well, perhaps adding that it also is a disabling factor.

  • chuckbeattyexseaorg75to03

    Incredible story, excellent detailed coverage.

    Words matter!

    I truly wish Alfredie Johnson and the others unfortunately caught up in the L. Ron Hubbard hype misuse of language read Lawrence Wright’s “Going Clear…” book carefully, and at least read the Epilogue chapter, and see the Kindle extended version video Lawrence Wright does with one of Hubbard’s final friends who tells of the moments in the end of L. Ron’s life where L. Ron Hubbard admitted failure.

    Thankyou for all time, again, Tony Ortega for even taking so much of your life to understand these details of Scientology.

    This is one of the best articles of the year.

    Only details by media or journalists or writers like Tony’s story today are sufficient to do proper education.

    • jane456

      It is going to be very interesting how they try to distance themselves from this. I mean it is all LRH crap….so what are they going to say, I wonder? I am just imaging. “Well if someone uses the Bible to commit fraud, you cannot hate the bible”, or something along those lines. The lovely thing is the state of California really goes after medi-cal fraud, so this could be a big ugly mess for a long time.

      And right in time for Oscar season and Alex Gibney, I wish I could vote for you. No tax exemption for fraud….hello!

      • chuckbeattyexseaorg75to03

        IAS Freedom Medal Winners’ (Cruise and Johnson) do good LRH works which results in felony raps.

        Ah, that’s really bad news, and shows Scientology pretty much sorta endorses and pushes fraud behavior, which isn’t new news to any group with the name “Scientology” associated with it.

        Behind the scenes, at the HGB building, there were years and years of endorsing all these daily efforts by the persons caught up and charged with these felonies.

        Scientology was directly behind this, pushing these ABLE groups that get ABLE’s stats up each week.

        Hubbard’s style of thinking and rationale, it’s so shortsighted, and ironical that people need to educate themselves sufficiently to NOT buy into Scienotlogy’s “help” of education help!

        • dchoiceisalwaysrs

          “Behind the scenes, at the HGB building, there were years and years of
          endorsing all these daily efforts by the persons caught up and charged
          with these felonies.

          Scientology was directly behind this, pushing these ABLE groups that get ABLE’s stats up each week.”

          Thank you for this statement Chuck. I would love to see it greatly expanded upon. I still see the HGB as a World Wide Center for criminal scientolgy planning. It would be great to hear more stories from the inside of that building.

          Wasn’t INCOMM run out of there also?

          If fact would you be able to create a list of the various ‘orgs’ resident in that building?

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    So, Tony, where are all the statements from the scientology celebrities who have promoted World Literacy Crusade for decades now? Besides Cruise and Corea, there are many others. How about the veteran W.I.S.E. leaders, like Pat Clouden, who all have swooped in to feast on the spoils?

    http://i.imgur.com/Euz7SRO.jpg?1

    • flyonthewall

      they did release a statement. It’s only one word. That’s right, you guessed it, SMERSH.

  • ze moo

    The NY/NJ Russian mafia got out of most of the usual mafia ‘businesses’ and concentrated on medicare/medicaid fraud. If they got caught, all they had to do was pay the money back. Jail time was very rare in any such conviction.

    The best scams centered on fake lab tests and doctor visits but most ‘sold’ durable medical equipment. All those recent TV ads for knee braces and wheelchairs and ‘hover arounds’ work in the same way. Some are certainly legitimate, but many are not. When ever you hear the tag line, ‘at little or no cost to you’, you know that some type of insurance is paying the bill.

    Hanan Islam and her clan of grifters should have been on everyone’s radar after that ‘charter’ school in Florida was proven to not educate children. Let’s hope she and the clam clan get some jail time for this one.

  • chuckbeattyexseaorg75to03

    If Tony’s article gets picked up on major media outlets, this will be very bad news for Scientology.

    I’m so sorry Tony’s excellent work like this, goes unspread in other media.

    Scientology’s bad effects need wider exposing.

    If L. Ron were alive, he’d likely RPF a few people, and it probably is why ABLE has taken over Narconon, the Narconon Int execs were just bailing incompetents, but anyone caught up defending and trying to spread Scientology’s social (Hubbard’s hype about Scientology’s secular help to the world) efforts is doomed. ABLE would be in turmoil and need total regrouping if this story reached mainstream media, I wish it would.

    (Tom Cruise and Alfredie Johnson minimally would lose a couple of their 9 lives of their Kha Khan statuses for this backfiring, if Hubbard in his prime were on the scene–the way it is though, Hubbard’s successor won’t even chastise Johnson or Cruise for this.)

    Everyone caught up forwarding Hubbard’s hype gets the blowback once they cross the lines that Hubbard’s above the law thinking leads them to cross.

    Cult leader’s “good” deeds he wished shared with the world backfires on everyone trying to play out Hubbard’s plans.

    • That Tony doesn’t have a Pulitzer nomination pisses me off mightily. As in all fields of endeavor, there are those of great skill who are dismissed because they’re not in positions of presteige. It’s especially true in journalism, which, like any other world, is full of jealousy and backstabbing (which gets worse the higher up you go). If you or your work is perceived as being “tabloid”, the people in the big publications turn their nose up at you, no matter how meticulous your reporting and accurate your stories.

      The big news organizations have always seemed to see Scientology as a celebrity driven scandal story. The way they ignored Lisa McPherson and Operation Snow White (which should have had the same kind of coverage as any of the big espionage stories of the ’60s and ’70s, are scandals in themselves). I see this in my own industry as well. Cliquishness is a shitty part of human nature that’s particularly galling in the, self-important halls of Serious Journalism™ (as it likes to portray itself).

      Behind the sober, thoughtful idols of Cronkite, Murrow and Rather, was the Byzantine, ego-driven, money machine of the networks. The Big News, like Scientology, has had its inner workings stripped bare by the Internet and it has evolved into a creature that better resembles it’s craven core, thanks to Rupert Murdoch and Fox.

      If you’re not willing to play the game, which ususally involves compromising your morals and integrity, you’re not allowed into Big News. The more money at stake, the more compromise will be asked of you. Geraldo Rivera anyone?

      That’s why the best journalists are to be found here, in Bunkers on the fringes.

      • skiesareblue

        Excellent post!

      • Amy Forsythe

        Well said!

      • Naps4All

        A bit O/T: Walter Cronkite gave the commencement speech at my college graduation (Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland — where LRH married Betty — Class of 1983).

        http://washingtoncollegenews.blogspot.com/2009/07/in-memoriam-walter-cronkite.html

        It was a great speech, but dark. I felt he put the weight of the world on our shoulders. He shook hands with all the graduates and handed us our diplomas. A very vivid memory.

  • Newiga

    What really grinds my gears are the supposedly “valiant” names of all these Scientology front groups:”World Literacy Crusade”, “Association for Better Living”, etc.

    People should really do their research and due diligence before jumping into bed with all kinds of “Save the World for Future Generations Associations” run by Doctor/M.sc. of Humbug and Scam. Yes, I’m talking about YOU Legoland..

    Don’t even get me started on the fake doctorates and master’s degrees … Some of us shed blood, sweat and tears for their *REAL* master’s degree….

    • Observer

      You mean like this?
      ..

      • Newiga

        I don’t whether to laugh or cry when I see the logo… Knight’s glove and a sword? Give me a break. -_-

        • George Layton

          Oh, I thought that was a rook with a knife in it’s back.

      • flyonthewall

        he thinks he’s Fruit of Islam but he’s just Fruit of the Loom

        • daisy

          I like fruit and looms. They are worse

        • Draco

          More like Fruit of the Loon.

          • flyonthewall

            bazinga!

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Scientology is a spider web of snakeoil salesmen. World Literacy Crusade promoted by scientology celebrities, W.I.S.E, Sea Org regges, FSM’s (scientologist field salesmen), Celebrity Center reps, and oh look, here’s Alfreddie with Stacy Francis and NOI leader, Farrakhan. Cozy.

    http://i.imgur.com/n1mBCNS.jpg

    • Tony Ortega

      Yeah, that’s at the Celebrity Centre around 2006, when Alfreddie first started bringing Farrakhan around. Great shot.

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)
      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        I think it’s her only gig.

        • flyonthewall

          So much for getting “that Tom Cruise shit” Stacy was after

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            bwahaha – yeah, that was a real knee slaplper

        • Techie

          No, she was a regular at the Freewinds Maiden Voyage events too.

          • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

            Wow, she books all the big ones. ; )

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Celebs, FSM’s, WISE, regges, etc, they are ALL involved in front groups. It’ their job! It’s policy.

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          Your prison pic above inspired a tweet to Gibney, I’m not going to post it, you can see it on Twitter. LOL 😀 Thanks for the funny.

      • ze moo

        Nothing says ‘Christmas’ like a story read by Danny Masterson.

        • Sherbet

          It was the effin’ night before effin’ Christmas, and all through the mothereffin’ house…

          • ze moo

            I thought that, but didn’t want to go there. Nice that you did!

            • Sherbet

              I probably didn’t have to, because everyone knew what you meant when you mentioned Masterson.

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        Ahem.

        CC is her only gig.

      • Saint

        OMG I am cringing just reading that line up. Danny Masterson’s smug face and “out of style but doesn’t know it” hipster hair. Bodhi Elfman who never took a job someone else didn’t get for him. Terrible. I’d rather listen to the first year strings play Jolly Old St. Nick (and that is true Christian sufferance, lemme tell you). Hair shirt over this “performance.” Poor attendees…

      • scottmercer

        “Celebrity Centre International”. They can append “Church of Scientology” to that title when it’s convenient or supposedly prestigious for them to do so, then leave it off when they don’t want to scare off the Wogs.

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          They should amend it to “Celebrity” Centre International. 🙂

  • dagobarbz

    This makes me wonder what kind of biz the government has going against other high profile grifters.
    Joy Westrum, for example, and her Second Chance scam. Or in Australia, that little spruiker Carly Crutchfield.

    It gives me great glee and some schadenfreude to see Islam in hot water. If only they’d add Alfreddie to the soup.

  • Calling Donald Trump!; there are enough “Islams” in this story to raise his faux PR hackles in the most wonderful way, he should be told! Unfortunately he’s blocked me on Twitter so maybe someone else could let him know….. something like this might get him interested:

    Islam and Scientology (and probably terrorists) involved in massive state run fraud in California.

    Boy, imagine if he were to retweet that to all his looney followers, lol

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    So when can we expect “Going Clear: Scientology, the Prison”?

    http://i.imgur.com/dgMGSs6.jpg?1

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      Mr. Gibney, THDNE is on the phone do you want me to tell Scorsese you’ll call him back? 🙂

    • flyonthewall

      what I want to see is My Scientology Movie. Remember that one? Who’s got the scoop on a US release?

      • Draco

        I’m still waiting for Troublemaker to be released in South Africa…grumble grumble…

        • flyonthewall

          really? that’s too bad. Can’t you buy it on Amazon or something?

          • Draco

            Just tells me it’s not available in my country – in any form. I wanted to buy the kindle version, and can’t even get that. I suppose they have a publishing date in SA and the hard covers will be launched first 🙁

            • flyonthewall

              Lame. It has some very interesting stories and she’s very funny but it’s no Miss Lovely or even Beyond Belief by any stretch of the imagination. She doesn’t give Tony credit for breaking the story of her leaving and she doesn’t tell anything about the OT levels or Clear which I thought was a big missed opportunity. OT is where the real cray-cray is and she could of had a South Park moment if she went into it even just a bit.

              Not saying it’s bad or anything, just not in league with the best SP books out there. The damage it did to the cult and Cruise is excellent though. That may be the best part about it.

            • Draco

              “She doesn’t give Tony credit for breaking the story of her leaving”
              Seriously?! That’s just bad manners…

            • flyonthewall

              For real, gives it to the NYPost

            • Draco

              Wow. That’s very disappointing. Going for the bigger publication. If she really wants to do damage to CoS, The Bunker is the one to mention. But apart from that, as I said, bad manners, I expected more from her.

            • flyonthewall

              I’m sure it wasn’t an intentional dis, more likely just a mistake in her understanding of how things went down. He did get a thank you in the acknowledgments but it’s not the same. Still, LOTS of juicy stuff in it; Cruise wedding/reception, Stacy Francis, Miscavige shenanigans etc. It’s very good overall.

            • Douglas D. Douglas

              Yep. A good celebrity “tell-all” that complements the more focussed pieces that are out there. The more audiences that are exposed to this story the better.

            • Draco

              That’s exactly why I feel she should have given credit to Tony for breaking the story. It would have steered a lot of people in the Bunker’s direction and exposed them to so much more than her story. You might be right, that it wasn’t intentional.
              I am still happy she wrote the book, and will definitely be reading it as soon as I can get my paws on it!! Christmas would do nicely…

            • Douglas D. Douglas

              Not intended to tear down Scientology so much as to tell her whole story. So Scientology, while a big part of it, was only part of it.

            • Read the book and then decide. The story is about her and how she ended up in Scientology and how the stage was set to make Leah, her mother and her sister particularly vulnerable to the scam. I think it’s amazingly well written and edited for clarity and punch. I think she felt that other books and movies had covered the topics of tech better than she could. Her celebrity insider status was the most damaging weapon she had and she used it to maximum effectiveness.

            • Douglas D. Douglas

              Exactly.

            • Well, she does thank him and many in our community in the thank you section at the end of the book.

            • Douglas D. Douglas

              She tells a compelling story entirely from her own perspective. I believe she was not aware that Tony broke the story before it was widely reported in the New York Post.

            • Douglas D. Douglas

              It is a celebrity story, and that’s the hook that pulled people in. We wanted to see more Scientology, but most readers were probably hoping she would rip the cast of The Talk a new one.

  • SucculentDuck

    This Felony chick sounds like a terrible rapper. But as long as she’s a good Dr … erm, oh, never mind. :/

  • nottrue

    Alittle paint and it will look just fine….Founded by Scientology Freedom Metal Winner Afreddie Johnson

    • MostEthicalPimp

      WOOT; WOOT. I’ve driven by that place more then once! I obviously I could feel the theta. or no wait maybe I just had go to the bathroom

    • salin

      Wow. Yet again a fraudulent group that could be found out with a simple google maps search. Well done.

    • B4you

      Maybe they can’t read?

    • Sherbet

      Is the graffiti spelled correctly?

      • B4you

        good question!

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      This is funny, but the actual street address is 3209 (photo attached). This is a fairly nondescript office across the street.

      I have also attached a listing of businesses for 3209 Alameda. Looks like a busy location…

      • B4you

        So what your saying is; we are looking at the wrong building?

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          Sadly, yeah.

        • Saint

          I refuse to believe it. I want my share of lie-believing. I’d rather it be the one with graffiti, so what’s true for me…

          • B4you

            I agree. This is not good! At all…

    • Saint

      DM: I see an opportunity. Put this out you CSMF!

      Flier: Please attend our Night Amongst the Cabbage Patch Kids! Dress as your favorite Adoptee! We will have snacks and beverages and get to hear a very important announcement about how YOU can support WLC going Ideal! RSVP Today!!!!!

      Flier: Evryone that what came to the Cabbig Patch Party had the Best Time. Winner of the costume got really hilarous should have been there terrific come next time.
      Compton is going Ideal! Here are the current standings!

      We’lltakeitorious (section 8 vouchers): H. Islam
      Meritorious ($10+): R. Islam
      Splendiferous ($50+): A. Johnson
      With $60 in donos and $80 in coupons for Del Taco, we are Almost There in our goal to reach eleven billion by LRH’s Birthday! First Compton, then the World! Increase your levels today!

  • Seven years ago today:

    ‘I promise to stop talking about Scientology’ December 17, 2008, stuff.co.nz

    And how’s that working for you Tom?

    more

  • ze moo

    The clampire can’t hide, an Italian site has an interesting take on the E-meter.

    http://www.lultimaribattuta.it/38816_scientology-la-bufala-dellelettropsicometro

    Courtesy of Google Translate, this is the best part.

    “It
    is one of the many modern versions of reading coffee grounds,” explains
    Marco Morocutti, “the operator sees something that does not represent
    anything in particular and then interprets it according to what he
    believes to be the meaning of this arbitrarily pseudo-measurement. ”

    “In conclusion, therefore, the electropsychometer, as everything about the Scientology sect, is a big nonsense. There is a device that can measure a psychic state. At best, a tool to fool the weak.”

    Here is the whole article. I have no idea why Claudia Carotenuto calls it the ‘buffalo electropsychomer’. No hot sauce, no crispy chicken, no blue cheese sauce with celery.

    Scientology: the buffalo electropsychometer

    What Scientology uses to dramatically improve the lives of his followers and lead them to total freedom? The E-meter or electropsychometer.

    This
    “electronic device” wonderful can be used exclusively by the auditor,
    (the “tutor” of which every Scientologist has) during private meetings
    with the followers. Essentially would aim to measure the psyche, giving indications on the state of mind of the subject under consideration. In theory.

    On the official site of Scientology is defined as: “E-meter is an abbreviated term that stands for electro-psychrometer. It is a religious instrument used to support the auditor in auditing. Its use is reserved for Scientology ministers or ministers of
    Scientology training, and serves to help the preclear locate and
    confront areas of spiritual upset. ”

    But what kind of instrument? Stefano Bigliardi (expert on new religious movements and researcher of
    the Research Foundation for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue
    and the University of Geneva) and Marco Morocutti (electronic designer
    and member of CICAP) have explained to the editors of Radio24.

    It is a termogalvanometro: a device that provides an indication of the electrical conductivity of the skin. Between
    two electrodes triggers a current very weak, not painful and not
    dangerous for people, via which derives an indication of the
    conductivity of the skin. The result of this function is shown on a display by a needle which moves on a graduated scale.

    The conductivity of the skin increases or decreases based on factors both mechanical and physiological. The
    values ​​resulting from the measurement can be affected by a greater or
    lesser pressure of the electrodes on the skin, but also moisture or
    perspiration on the palm. The operation is similar to that of the famous and controversial
    “lie”, more complex E-meter as it analyzes a larger number of parameters
    and transfers the results on paper.

    When you want to measure something, in any case, we must refer to an essential theory that indicates what is measured. In the case of the E-meter there is no theoretical framework, because
    it comes to measuring psychic states which are not in any way be
    expressed by a quantity.

    Each
    measure must be replicable and universally recognized, which is why
    there are international standards that define the meaning of the
    universal unit of measurement. In the case of the E-meter factor abnormal is represented by the interpretation that is given to this measurement.

    “It
    is one of the many modern versions of reading coffee grounds,” explains
    Marco Morocutti, “the operator sees something that does not represent
    anything in particular and then interprets it according to what he
    believes to be the meaning of this arbitrarily pseudo-measurement. ”

    There are multiple versions of the E-meter and the original patent of 1966 is available for consultation on the internet. In
    the description of the patent it has used a rigorous scientific
    language and to be accepted by the institutions responsible for
    registration. In
    official documents, in fact, it is not mentioned in any way measure the
    psyche (the word never appears electropsychometer or e-meter), but only
    the scientific parameter of electrical resistance. It is described simply as a “tool for measuring and indicating changes in the resistance in a living being.”

    Stefano
    Bigliardi, however, tells how the device was officially registered at
    the patent office: “That’s interesting, in this case, is the ambiguity
    of the language used by Scientology. On
    the one hand it draws strongly on scientific terminology, the other
    becomes a constant reference to the theory of the psyche. ” “Inside
    Scientology” Bigliardi continues, “the E-meter is proposed in a
    conceptualized as a device that locates and addresses areas of spiritual
    upset. On the contrary, when the tool was presented to the office US patent,
    it was described as a gauge that indicates changes of electrical
    resistance on the human body. ”

    In conclusion, therefore, the electropsychometer, as everything about the Scientology sect, is a big nonsense. There is a device that can measure a psychic state. At best, a tool to fool the weak.

    I’m sorry for you, but the E-Meter does precisely that for which it is used. I have experienced it personally and then, please, fill your knowledge!
    Reply

    Claudia Carotenuto – Dec. 17, 2015 said:

    Dear Rolando Visscher,
    we look forward to close the gap on Scientology. Write to us telling us about his experience and we will be happy to give her space on our site. redazione@lultimaribattuta.it
    Good day
    Reply
    Rolando Visscher – Dec. 17, 2015 said:

    • dagobarbz

      Perhaps ‘buffalo’ is being used in our slang term to mean fooled, or tricked. “I was totally buffaloed when she threw the ring back.”

      • Robert Eckert

        Exactly. Google Translate gives “hoax” as its main rendering of Italian “bufala” (although “buffalo” is the original meaning).

    • AmoVolare

      Soon after 1 scilo wrote:

      “Sorry for you but the E-meter does exactly what expected. I tried it personally and so, please, adjourn your knowledge”
      The journalist replied:
      “Dear XXX,
      we are anxous to fill our gaps on Scientology. Please write us about your experience and we will publish on our site.”
      Scio replied:
      “You can find your answers on the scientology official web site”
      The journalist replied:
      “Thats too easy! We don’t want PR but real experiences”
      Nice!

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        Now there’s Confront and Shatter…!

  • Supper Powers

    The common denominator of all the characters representing Christianity, Islam and Scientology in today’s story is, FRAUD. A bunch of lying, thieving thugs who hide behind religion to steal from others.

  • Asillem4

    Ah, the sound of falling Scientologists! Each one makes a slightly different sound. Some cry ‘bigot!’ Others cry, ‘religious intolerance!’ But Islam is special; she played the race card. Enjoy prison, you huge piece of human crap.

    • dagobarbz

      Bitch will probably organize a prayer circle or something in prison.

      • Asillem4

        Oh, new opportunities in prison education! Find some LRH tech that doesn’t require the sauna treatment, write the curriculum for prisons and a new source of income.

        • dagobarbz

          Hope she doesn’t read this and get ideas! 😀

          • Asillem4

            LOL Well, she HAS to figure out how to turn this into a WIN if she doesn’t want to go to the hole (which does no exist).

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          Been done. Criminon.

          • Asillem4

            Then I guess she’s going to the hole.

    • Sine qua non

      Lol. There’s no end to the twisted twists we see as scamatology unravels.

  • nottrue
    • Robert Eckert

      That’s our fly

    • daisy

      Glad you watch them, because you are never going to be invited to them.

      • Amy Forsythe

        That’s funny!

      • April

        Or in them.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      You’re a good fly, Mr Fly 🙂

  • 10oriocookies

    I’m so glad charges were finally filed. Hanan still sends me emails to this day related to WLC. I oversaw her staff when they were sent to Arrowhead for training. I became friends with one of them and visited their facility while on a trip to Narconon Int. It’s a total scam and she and Freddie are definitely the ring leaders. It’s a shame that the NOI and Scientology are making babies now also. Hopefully the prosecutors put things together correctly and start charging the ecclesiastical leaders who make these scams possible. Imagine Dave and Louis sharing a cell together in the men’s prison and Karin P and Hanan sharing a cell in the women’s prison. Beautiful dreams, but dreams they are.

    • ze moo

      ‘What Dreams May Come’? Nice to hear from you Eric. Happy Winter Solstice to all…

      • Rasha

        (good movie, by the way)

    • Robert Eckert

      Hope you save all those e-mails.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      I love that dream

  • Tony DePhillips

    Unbelievable!! Great job Tony Ortega!

  • Is it possible that this is the reason that Narconon International abruptly vanished?

    Once World Literacy Crusade was raided, NI might have been the next stepping stone and perhaps they felt a hot wind on their shoulder?

  • Elen

    As always, great work Mr. Ortega!

    OT – How is Miss Tia? I haven’t seen her for a while…. could be just me not looking closely enough, so if anyone would be kind enough to let me know she is well I would appreciate it!

    • Rasha

      She just posted 11 minutes ago in yesterday’s comments…

      • Elen

        Thanks Rashla! I was hoping it was my lack of observational powers!

        • Rasha

          ^_^

      • Thanks for looking out Rasha! 🙂

        • Rasha

          ^_^

    • Hi Elen!!! I’ve been busy with projects and trying not to take my sledgehammer around the corner to destroy Edward’s new laptop that he’s driving me insane(r) about. He has FINALLY gotten thru his head that my tech support has short circuited and is CLOSED. 🙂 So I’m gonna now—fingers crossed—-work on things I should almost be done with, but am not thanks to edward and his damn inability to learn the basics of anything electronic basis. Plus I have strep, ribs back popped out, and GAH!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

      Thanks for thinking of me! 🙂

      • Elen

        Well yay! Well…yay that you are well, not that you’re frustrated!
        I saw this and thought of you…

        • Rasha

          Brilliant!

        • Love it!! thanks!! 🙂

      • Missionary Kid

        Of course, I’d like to see a picture of the sledge.

        • Tia’s Tech Support 🙂 The handle is about 2 1/2 feet long and that head is SOLID. It might weigh more than 10#. It’s HEAVY. I have to use 2 hands to pick it up. http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/misstia/5549708/978134/978134_600.jpg

          • Missionary Kid

            *Laughing* Remind me not to piss you off. 😀

            The weight is usually stamped on it.

            • I couldn’t find such a marking, all I could find was a 5N on it, so I took my postal scale out. Yep it’s 10#. SOLID. Found it ‘treasure hunting’ years ago—-when the city of Kent would have ‘spring clean up’ and people would put out perfectly good items on the curb!

            • Missionary Kid

              The price was right!

            • ABSOLUTELY!!! 🙂 Very handy to have too! 😉

  • Notorious Scientology front World Literacy Crusade involved, director Hanan Islam charged

    Well golly gee, guess $cientology = Islam after all. 🙂

    • Someone should tell Trump.

      • When he’s President I’m sure he’ll be happy to take care of criminals like Hanan Islam.

        • Margie8

          Ha, I just finished fangirling the hell out of you on a comment you wrote on the Dame magazine article on Lisa Marie years ago… and here you are in The Bunker. Very cool. Love your stuff on Scn. at Morton.👍

          • Thanks, Margie. I quit writing those Morton articles due to a psycho who used to post here, but I might migrate them elsewhere after the first of the year.

            • Margie8

              Well I hope you do, they’re fantastic. Best of luck to you!

  • Rasha

    Ya gotta love any post here starting with “Felony Raps”……

    • Even if it had been about Chill EB, it would have been good.

    • I wonder if Chill EB will be releasing “Felony Raps”? free flow spur of the moment ‘rap’

      I’m Chill EB
      And you’ll soon see
      Felony raps
      For you and me

      Just a front group
      Done to dupe
      No problem right?
      Part of our alphabet soup

      The Feds crack down
      They’re a bunch of clowns
      Religious discrimination
      Makes me frown

      I’ll proudly wear an orange jump suit
      In jail LRH’s horn I’ll toot
      Spreading the tech
      Still taking in loot

      No one can stop us
      We’re antibiotic resistant pus
      Scientology forever
      Get on our bus

      • Rasha

        “Felon-EB Raps!” Luv it!

  • outraged

    Lots of cussing going on below. In honor of curse words everywhere:

    https://youtu.be/w1AhrEhQ0mg

  • t1kk

    This is pretty great news and even better reporting.

    Speculating on their defense on only reported facts, and assuming they won’t just accept a lesser charge, I have to think that they’ll be forced to try and defend the validity of the program and the individual claims. And they’re painted into a little bit of a corner there because all variants of the religious freedom defense are off the table, since they had to dress the program up as something other than Scientology just to gain entry into the schools. It’ll be interesting to see how far Scientology sticks its neck out here too, since they’re both a very interested party and likewise very interested in not appearing interested. Maybe Alfreddie Johnson’s name isn’t all over the discovery docs, and that’s why he wasn’t charged, but it’ll be hard to spin him as untainted given all the pathways between himself, WLC, AHEC, & Hanan Islam.

    • SciWatcher

      Tony did report that “the state appears to be building its case from the ground up, arresting peripheral or lower-level participants and hoping that they’ll cooperate to go after the bigger fish.” Could it be that they’re just not done yet, and that Alfreddie and maybe even other scientology officials are “bigger fish” that they’re hoping to go after?

      • Just follow the money (into the criminal organisation known as the “church” of $cientology) and follow the influence from the Co$ downwards (check out David Love’s book about OSA interference in narCONon in Canada and also Luke Catton’s book about narCONon).

        • t1kk

          I don’t think prosecutors will be digging much past this second wave of charges. Yes, it’s a certainty that large gobs of money disappeared into Scientology via ABLE, but it’s usually the case that there isn’t anything hard on paper giving ABLE/Scn *control* over the misconduct. Of course, by design; Scientology doesn’t really care how its licensees make the money so long as it gets there. But they also, quite deliberately, don’t want to know how it was made. So I’d be surprised if there was paper suggesting otherwise. Hanan didn’t need grifter training from anyone.

          • sizzle8

            I hope they can make the connection between ABLE (formerly called SoCo – Social Coordination) and CSI and RTC.

            • t1kk

              The connection between ABLE and Scn isn’t going to be at issue, at least to the prosecutor. I’ll be pleasantly surprised if prosecutors even make it from AHEC to ABLE.

            • dchoiceisalwaysrs

              Thank you so very much for this excerpt of a very very important collection of documents which explains so clearly the modus operandi of the cult. Further finding and reading of the documents referenced therein also flush out an even more comprehensive understanding of how scientology’s various departments plan their non-benevolent infusion into society.

              I believe it comes from this page. https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Stop-Narconon/Documents/soco-memos.html

              of which I quote another portion:

              *************************************

              SEA ORGANIZATION
              WDC INFORMATION LETTER 7

              12 June 1983

              BPI

              SOCIAL COORDINATION

              Have you ever wondered by what exact means we were going to get LRH Tech into standard use in

              all the various secular (non-Church) sectors of society?

              The vehicle is the Social Coordination Network.

              The Social Coordination Network (originally part of the Guardian Office but now a separate

              network) was established in 1974 for the purpose of assisting primarily those groups involved

              in revitalizing the fields of education, drug and criminal rehabilitation, utilizing LRH’s

              indispensible technology.

              While Social Coordination (or SOCO) still stresses these areas, it will expand to coordinate

              a multitude of areas where either individuals will act or groups will form up to get L.RH

              Tech adopted and standardly used in all walks of secular life.

              The Social Coordination network deals in the most part with groups that are not part of the

              Church but are operating in their spheres utilizing LRH technology, such as Narconon or

              Applied Scholastics. Social Coordination sees to it that the tech is being properly used and

              also sees to its broad promotion, adoption and use.

              Social Coordination sees to it that the groups involved fully acknowledge L. Ron Hubbard as

              the Source of the technology they utilize.

              Social Coordination, for example, will be fully responsible for revitalizing our planet’s

              poor state of education through export of LRH study tech. In HCO PL 4 April 72R ETHICS AND

              STUDY TECH, LRH states, “This is also our bridge to society.”*

              To get Earth’s population off harmful drugs, to decriminalize it and to make it literate is

              indeed a huge task but it will be done.

              And as well many other avenues exist for the application of LRH tech in society and Social

              Coordination exists to encourage Scientologists and even non-Scientologists to form up and

              get LRH tech applied.

              Social Coordination is there to coordinate these activities, to monitor their standardness,

              and to help.

              The need and responsibility of all Scientologists, right now, is to help in this game.

              Social Coordination and Scientologists engaged in such activities have an important job to do

              in relation to achieving the Aims of Scientology® (Applied Religious Philosophy):

              “A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can

              prosper and honest beings have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights, are

              the aims of Scientology®.” (Applied Religious Philosophy)

              In an orderly and coordinated manner we will make remarkable progress toward those aims.

              If you care and are interested, or have information of possible use regarding the above,

              contact your nearest SOCO Office.

              Copyright © 1965, 1972, 1983 by L. Ron Hubbard ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

              WDC SOCO

              Authorized by
              AVC INT

              for the
              CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY
              INTERNATIONAL

              CSI : AVCI : WDCSOCO : iw
              Copyright © 1983
              by the Church of Scientology
              International
              ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

              For more information contact:

              Social Coordination International
              4833 Fountain Ave.
              Los Angeles, CA 90027

              213-662-9434

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Miscavige threw the entire entity known as the Church of Scientology under the bus at the first whiff of trouble in Mosey Rathbun’s case. When has Miscavige come to anyone’s defense other than his own?

      So perhaps it is all based on what his lawyers tell him the probability percentages are that this will get all the way to his door.

    • OOkpik

      t1kk, you are one of the people I thank silently each day at the Bunker.

    • dchoiceisalwaysrs

      Yep, the dots are connected and that is becoming more and more visibly known and acted upon. Gotta love the trend. Thanks to all who contribute including you t1kk.

  • Terrific news! Terrific article, Tony!! Best news in a long time on that ‘front’! Hallelujah!

    • dchoiceisalwaysrs

      And a very big Thank you Mary_McConnell for all past and continuing diligent and compassionate work in this arena. I wonder if this would have ever come about if you and the ‘gang’ hadn’t stepped up to the plate.

      with great respect to you all.

      • Wow….you’re very welcome. And thank you, as well, for all you have done to help over the years! I’ll make sure to relay your sentiments to the ‘gang’! 🙂

      • Wow….you’re very welcome! And thank you, as well, for all you have done over the years to help! I’ll make sure to share your sentiments the ‘gang’!

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    What I find most disturbing in this is that these creatures are preying on the most vulnerable members of their own community. Compton is such a nexus of despair that anyone who goes there holding out a glimmer of hope is automatically given a pass. To take advantage of that in such a cynical manner is beyond reprehensible.

    When Scientology fleeces the whales, I really can’t get up much sympathy. These narcissists know what they are getting into and revel in the glow of bogus Theta. But the kids who were suckered into this American Health and Education scam were relying on trusted authority figures to steer them in the right direction. I hope the authorities throw the book at them in a highly public way.

    • Science Doc

      I’m going to get some of this wrong but didn’t Tony spend part of his youth in Carson and/or Compton?

      • Missionary Kid

        Carson was far different from Compton at that time. It still is, but IIRC, Compton has become more Hispanic in the intervening years.

    • Nat-leficent

      Perfectly stated. Thank you.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      99% of scientologists are not whales, not narcissists. The victims of scientology do NOT deserve what they got. You’re entitled to your opinion. It’s just that it’s, well, it’s not based on the facts.

      • Missionary Kid

        I didn’t read 3D to say that the regular $cientologists deserved anything bad. I read it to say that he had no sympathy for the whales.

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        My comments were not intended to be directed at any victims– only at the ones who are taking advantage of the system. In the last sentence, the antecedent for “them” is “trusted authority figures” (ie: the ones running the scam), not “kids who were suckered.” Sorry if that was not clear.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Mostly, I’m hoping it’s as the legal expert cited by Tony says–that by starting with the people who are more directly, visibly responsible, the state can work its way up the CoS food chain.

  • Science Doc

    I’m on my pain meds this morning and maybe I missed it, but how many scientologists have been charged so far? CA doesn’t like Medi-Cal fraud at all. This isn’t going away.

  • Jimmy3

    O/T: 2016 Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductees:

    Cheap Trick
    Steve Miller
    Chicago
    N.W.A.
    Jive Aces
    Deep Purple

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUwEIt9ez7M

  • Science Doc

    About 10 or 12 years ago I had a neighbor, about five houses down my street, who was running a medicare fraud ring that had bilked the feds out of about $3M. I found out about it one morning when I saw 24 FBI agents surrounding his house and him lying face down in his front lawn.

    • Jimmy3

      Was he arrested or was he just checking the fertilizer?

      • Missionary Kid

        Hopefully, both.

    • Draco

      My mind went immediately to Cap’n Davey with his face planted on that lawn. What a pretty picture!

      How you doing Science Doc?

      • Science Doc

        Slow progress.

        • Draco

          Hope it starts to speed up for you soon. Take care.

  • Cosmo Pidgeon

    Great news. I hope the DA’s office can tell that that weird stink they smell is coming from Scientologists. What happened to those e meters that can detect an evil intention? What about all that emphasis on “ethics”? Help from the State is actually very hard to come by and these people were stealing it and giving fuel to those who want to cut off all help to those who desperately need it.

  • Mark

    Time to revive an oldie… (refresh):

  • flyonthewall

    Question – what, if any, consequences did Hanan suffer for selling those fake Section 8 vouchers? Was the gov’t just like, ” Hey you, you cut that out you cwazy clam you. Now get outta here.”? That’s how I imagine it went down.

  • Amy Forsythe

    Better start getting fit for an orange jumpsuit by that Italian tailor of yours dear leader.

    Won’t be long now.

  • Nat-leficent

    I’m so glad “Dr.” Islam and her progeny are facing the consequences of some of their hideous and cynical crimes but what about that Rev. Alfreddie Johnson?! Just like LRH letting those closest to him take the fall. I hope it catches up to him. Then Wee Davy will have no one to “teach” him “what is cool”.

  • Excellent story! I’m so pleased that the charged are denying everything, making a proper trial more likely.

    there’s little doubt that she was using Narconon materials and processes with Scientology’s knowledge and approval

    Well, what about the license fees for narCONon “technology” payable to the criminal organisation known as the “church” of $cientology? And would this be the only narCONon installation without direct OSA control (documented copiously in Canada)? I will need to be convinced. Let’s hope California doesn’t go soft the way Georgia did…

  • flyonthewall

    What Hanan is saying right now

  • Sherbet

    Tony really earned a press card for his fedora hat band with this story.

    • skiesareblue

      Or at least a Pulitzer Prize (as Artoo45 already suggested 🙂

      • Sherbet

        That will come eventually.

      • flyonthewall

        Name the actor and movie this quote is from:

        “I’ll stake my Pulitzer on it! “

        • Rasha

          (without looking it up) …was it “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow”?

          • Rasha

            …proly should have looked it up.

            • Rasha

              Yup. Totally shoulda, AND totally shoulda known the answer, ‘cuz it’s such an awesome movie. Rasha is in shame.

            • flyonthewall

              SHAME!

            • Rasha

              …also actually on a call with a customer, soooooo……..

            • flyonthewall

              good on you for multitasking and not cheating. Enjoy your consolation prize. f5

            • Rasha

              KITTEH!!!!!!

            • Michael Leonard Tilse

              Great! A cat with sleep apnea….

              Nice gif though.

        • Draco

          The Hudsucker Proxy movie – Amy Archer: I’ll stake my Pulitzer on it!

          • flyonthewall

            .5 credit for you! Hudsucker Proxy yes but the actress is Jennifer Jason Leigh 🙂 I don’t think anyone else is going to get it so you can have 1st prize! f5

            eta – ooh Amy Archer is the character’s name, full credit for you!

            • Draco

              Yay – I haz first prize!!

              … now I feel bad … I googled it … I’ll take myself to the corner.

    • One Human

      Or something that reads “100% Genuine Journalist”, an even rarer species than the Scientologist these days.

      • Sherbet

        He’s really talented. I know it sounds like kissing-up and fawning, but it isn’t. Not 100%, anyway.

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    I don’t believe those children in Hanan Islam’s video are drug addicts, recovering or otherwise. I don’t believe any parent would allow their young teenager’s face to be shown front-on in a promotional video for a drug rehab programme, legitimate or not. I suspect those kids are there under false pretences like the high school students that were trafficked to the clinic at the World Literacy Crusade.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    There have been several hundred thousands individuals who have been swindled, manipulated, stolen from, broken, put in the poor house, lost their house, some with their family in it. They too were vulnerable. They too thought they had found a source of help, for themselves, for their family and friends. They were all scammed, all hurt, all suffered at their most exposed and susceptible crossroads in life, trying to recover from enormous loss or trauma or confusion, seeking comfort and assistance for some kind of better life. They are all victims too.

    I’ve been reading some comments that sound an awful lot like the same old “scientologists deserve what they got” meme, but everyone else deserves our sympathy and support. The criminal and narcissist element of scientology comprises pretty much the same percentage as in any other group. They do NOT make up the majority. Many Ex’s who you will never even hear about have been spending their own small savings, their own time, their own other resources trying to warn others and help those still in. There are many Ex’s and critics and journalists and others who have suffered the damages, including financial, especially the financials, when in the line of fire as a target of scientology’s fair game. Please try and remember that most of those few still in have their family members being leveraged as hostages of scientology and emotionally blackmailed.

    The victims of scientology’s scourge do not deserve what they got. Most of them will never recover fully, and certainly not financially, not the majority, in their lifetimes. You can call this soap box preaching, you can call it want you want, but I just needed to give a voice and vote of empathy to ALL victims of scientology. That includes All of us.

    • One Human

      ^^^^^Hear hear!!!

    • Thank you! Well timed reminder and one people should oft stop to think about before making blanket statements that they got what they deserved. Not true at all! It’s an easy thing to say, but it’s a quick moral judgment without looking into or FEELING. Anyone of us can and/or has been duped by something. Be it scientology, a significant other, some get rich scheme, even educational scams. People are HUMAN and we ALL seek answers to things, we all seek a better life for ourselves, our friends, our family, humanity as a whole.

      People who have survived scientology, abusive relationships (aside from scientology), etc deserve empathy, compassion, and the realization that it could it have been us.

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)
      • MarcabExpat

        LOL awesomely appropriate :-)))))

  • Jimmy3

    BTW Please do NOT spoil Star Wars 7 for anyone. This is the uncoolest thing you could possibly do.

    • Rasha

      Well, at the end, Dark Vader says, “Luke, I’m your Dad” and the Wookie Monster has lots of babies who fight the visually impaired armored guys, and…. wait, that’s a different one.

      • Jar Jar Blinks has become ruler of his own planet and everyone agrees they must fight and destroy that evil.

    • One Human

      Rosebud was his sled.

      • The ‘droid did it.

        • flyonthewall

          in the Cantina

          • One Human

            With the blaster.

            • But Han shot first!

            • flyonthewall

              you’re g-d right he did

    • Jimmy3

      Ban them, Tony.

      • One Human

        Bantha, you say?

    • Well, I heard it’s just a movie for product placement and you’ll leave the theater wanting to buy a bunch of Star Trek toys.

      • flyonthewall

        Star Trek toys!? Some marketing guy’s head is going to roll for this

    • flyonthewall

      after balance is restored to the Force, Disney unleashes wave after wave of new Star Wars merchandise on us and we love them for it

    • Leia is Han Solo’s Aunt.

      • Sherbet

        Do we find out what she’s been hiding in her ear buns?

    • Missionary Kid
      • Jimmy3

        I saw that as it aired. Harrison Ford actually did seem pretty damn annoyed. But he lightened up after a bit.

        • Missionary Kid

          I think he enjoyed it. He doesn’t really like to talk about himself. He’s a good actor, and he liked acting more than being interviewed.

        • flyonthewall

          you’re going on opening day? You gonna go in costume? I am going to wait a wk for the crowds to die down

          • Jimmy3

            I’m seeing it tomorrow. But I feel like I have to avoid all internets today, because the internets is full of a bunch of punk ass kids. Ban the internet.

      • One Human

        Holy crap, that is even funnier than Matt Damon riffing on Jimmy Kimmel as Jason Bourne.!!

        • Missionary Kid

          Glad you enjoyed it. The audience, you could tell, loved it.

    • Spock dies. It had to be said.

      • Observer

        So does Dumbledore.

        • Dude.

        • Jimmy3

          wtf observer i havent even seen the first hunger maze yet

          • HungerMaze and the Flaming Drinking Cup of The Walkers is totes awesome.

      • Sherbet

        It was only a dream. There. Spoiler.

        • “Chewiee, wake up, you won’t believe the dream I just had”

          • Sherbet

            Chewie, you should wear more sweaters. Oh, you ARE wearing a sweater. Never mind.

    • Missionary Kid

      I think that the comic strip character Norman in Drabble is based on you. The series of strips starts here, and continues. http://www.gocomics.com/drabble/2015/12/14

    • Bunker Buggy Betsy

      The good guys shoot at the bad guys, and the good guys win.

      Sorry. I’m an SP.

      • Jimmy3

        Banned.

        • Bunker Buggy Betsy

          I’m hoping Bea Authur and Harvey Korman do an acrobatic dance while chewbacca’s family groans, Princess Leia sings a Life Day song, and grandpa bacca enjoys Diane Caroll’s cosmic harmonies.

          Hey, I’m sure they thought of it!

          • Grandpa enjoys them a little too much as I recall . . .

      • Robert Eckert

        The bad guys shoot at the good guys, and miss.

        • Sherbet

          And there are spacecraft in the movie.

          • Robert Eckert

            Do you think they’re going to have any of those light-saber thingies this time? Cause those were kind of cool.

            • Sherbet

              Not this time. None. In no colors.

    • Sherbet

      Years and years ago, there was a foreign thriller that was a must-see. I hadn’t seen it yet, but my sister-in-law was raving about it, and she blurted out, “And then the guy gets away at the end!” My jaw dropped. 40 years later, I don’t think I’ve forgiven her. (She’s not reading this, right?)

  • Jgg2012

    “One legal observer tells us the state appears to be building its case from the ground up, arresting peripheral or lower-level participants and hoping that they’ll cooperate to go after the bigger fish.” I have absolutely no doubt that this is the case, and it will reach Davey and his unreported millions in income.

    • What? Alfreddie Johnson cowardly rolling over on Dave Miscavige in order to get a lesser charge?

      That’s unpossible!

      • Jgg2012

        You can postulate that.

        • I’m re-not-is-ing-that.

          • Jgg2012

            The mud has hit the fan.

      • dchoiceisalwaysrs

        Now there is a movie Tom Cruise could take a lead roll in and be even more popular. A mission POSSIBLE. Yet also unpossible as it appears Tom no longer has his own mind and operates solely from the mindset of El Con and his criminally mentored offshoot David Miscarriage.