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The fight over the secrets on a Scientology spy’s seized laptop that no one is talking about

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[Someone is trying very hard to get the secrets of Scientology spies Daniel (left) and Dwayne Powell]

The Underground Bunker has obtained court documents which describe a stunning attempt by a Milwaukee attorney to secure secret government-held documents that are potentially crippling to the Church of Scientology.

That attempt came very close to being successful.

In June of last year, the attorney, Jeremy P. Levinson, arrived at the West Allis, Wisconsin Police Department, demanding to see the department’s then chief, Charles Padgett. Levinson had with him a court order instructing the police department to turn over to him a trove of information that had been collected as evidence in a criminal investigation from a couple of laptop computers. Levinson said he wasn’t going to leave without the entire collection of evidence.

When he was told that it would take time for so much material to be gathered, he said he would be back the next morning.

But by then, the West Allis Police Department figured out what was going on, and told Levinson he was getting nothing.

What almost happened, we’re told, would have led to the possible destruction of damaging information about the way the Church of Scientology carries out elaborate and sophisticated spying operations — information that has not been seen in public, and may never be.

And the people we talked to for this story tell us that the audacious operation to get that information out of the government’s hands could only have been masterminded by one outfit — and that’s the Church of Scientology itself.

 

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Tonight, a new episode of A&E’s hit series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath will focus on the rise of David Miscavige, who took the reins of Scientology after the death of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, in 1986.

And to help explain David Miscavige’s rise, Leah will talk to David’s father, Ron Miscavige, who escaped from Scientology in 2012 and earlier this year published a memoir titled Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me.

One of things that motivated Ron to write his book was the shocking realization in 2013 that he was being stalked by private investigators hired by his own son.

On July 30, 2013, two Florida men, Dwayne Powell (41 at the time), and his son, Daniel, 21, were stopped by West Allis police officers after they had been reported acting suspiciously in a residential neighborhood. When police searched their car, they found a small arsenal of rifles, handguns, and ammunition, as well as a collection of phones, computers, and other electronic devices. Most importantly, among Dwayne’s possessions there was an item made out of a 25-inch length of PVC tubing that he said he used with a rifle during target shooting. It was a homemade silencer — the possession of which was a serious violation of federal law.

With Dwayne facing ten years in prison, he and his son proved willing to give lengthy interviews to the police, which were recorded and later released to the media. (The full police report of the arrest was also made public.) The Powells told detectives that they were private investigators who had been hired by the Church of Scientology, and were being paid $10,000 a week to follow Ron Miscavige, who was now living in West Allis. For more than a year, they said, they had been tailing Ron, following his movements by attaching a tracking device to his car, for example. They said that they were instructed to recruit people to befriend Ron and his wife, Becky Bigelow, to get information from them. And above all, they were to stalk Ron and Becky without giving away their presence.

 
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At one point, when the Powells were watching from a distance as Ron walked across a parking lot, Ron, who was 77 at the time, clutched at his chest and seemed to stumble. Ron was actually fumbling with a smartphone in his shirt pocket, but the Powells thought they were seeing an older man have a heart attack. They called their handler, a private investigator in Florida, but they were soon patched through to David Miscavige himself. When they asked whether they should blow their cover and provide aid to Ron, David said, “If he dies, he dies,” and he told them to stay back.

Those statements, made to police in recorded interviews, were released to Ron Miscavige himself by the West Allis detectives, and eventually, the public got to hear them as well. But the vast majority of the evidence seized from the Powells was never released to anyone, including Ron Miscavige.

“The police told me that Dwayne Powell had two laptops,” Ron tells us. “One of them was tracking me and Becky. On the screen, it showed our location. And that laptop, they said, would hold all the historic data of the tracking that they’d been doing of us.

“The second computer, though. That’s the one that really matters. On that one, Powell said to the cops that he kept the reports he was making to Scientology about what Becky and I were doing. Those documents spell out the day by day spying operations like nothing else.”

We asked former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder how significant the information on Dwayne Powell’s laptop would be if it were made public.

“Nobody gets documents like that. The last time documents like that got out was after the 1977 FBI raid. I mean, they’re that significant,” Rinder says, referring to what was the largest raid in FBI history up to that point, resulting in the seizure of more than 100,000 documents and the prosecution and sentencing to prison of 11 top Scientology officials.

“I think that they could be as damaging as what was found in the FBI raid, seriously. Nobody has seen that kind of documentation since then,” Rinder says.

And then something really interesting happened to that evidence.

 

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West Allis police told Ron Miscavige that at first, the Powells were very cooperative. Perhaps because of the seriousness of the charge that Dwayne faced, they gave police their consent to have their equipment thoroughly searched.

A couple of weeks later, Powell had hired an attorney out of Chicago, and the police were notified that Powell had changed his mind about that consent. By then, however, the data from his laptops had been downloaded. The police had access to all of his information, they told Ron, but they couldn’t do anything with it.

Then, on June 24, 2014, Dwayne Powell cut a very favorable deal with his prosecutors. His attorney, Mark Rotert, had worked out an agreement with Assistant US Attorney Lisa Wesley that would defer prosecution. In the agreement (which we obtained, and we’ve posted below), Powell admitted that he was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, but Wesley would dismiss the charges against him without prejudice — meaning that the charges could be refiled if he broke any law over the next five years.

In other words, if Powell kept his nose clean over the next five years, the matter would be dropped.

But there was an additional wrinkle, spelled out in the last of the 16 points covered in the agreement:

16. The parties acknowledge, stipulate, and agree that the United States, and particularly ATF and the West Allis Police Department, shall keep and maintain all the evidence seized and secured from the defendant on July 30, 2013, for future use as evidence in the event of a violation and breach of this agreement. If there is no violation of the agreement, the defendant is entitled to have the property returned at the end of the approximately 5 year period.

So for the next five years, the West Allis Police Department would hold — but not be allowed to look through — documents from Dwayne Powell’s laptop that were potentially explosive. After those five years, the laptops and their data would be returned to Powell.

But then, Dwayne Powell did something that seems incredible for a man who had managed to escape a ten-year prison sentence scot-free.

Powell somehow decided to risk jeopardizing that agreement, and putting himself in prison, because he couldn’t wait five years for his laptops and their evidence.

 

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[Dwayne Powell’s PVC silencer]

 
In April 2015, the story of the Powells’ arrest and the secrets they had spilled about being Scientology spies went public with an exclusive story in the Los Angeles Times, as well as items at TMZ and on NBC in what appeared to be a coordinated effort.

And later, we learned that that’s exactly what it was. It turns out that Ron Miscavige has a close relationship with Lisa Marie Presley, who had made her own journey out of the Church of Scientology and was also interested in exposing the secrets of David Miscavige. It was Lisa Marie who told Ron that the information about the Powells and their arrest shouldn’t come out for the first time in his book but instead should first come out in the press. So she hired an attorney who fed the story to the L.A. Times and TMZ.

It was a brilliant media strategy, and resulted in a wave of negative press for Miscavige and his church.

Two months later, on June 9, 2015, a hearing was held in a Wisconsin state circuit court in Milwaukee. A local attorney named Jeremy Levinson had filed a petition on behalf of his client, Dwayne Powell, asking Judge M. Joseph Donald for a court order that would instruct the West Allis Police Department to turn over Dwayne’s evidence to him. (The court’s docket indicates that Dwayne Powell himself did not attend the hearing.)

Specifically, Levinson was asking for…

(1) all electronically stored data (including the downloaded contents of Mr. Powell’s iPhones, camera, and possibly other devices); (2) data storage devices taken from Mr. Powell; and (3) documents (including photographs) taken from Mr. Powell

Was Levinson unaware that his client, Dwayne Powell, was at the time under a federal criminal deferment, and did he also not realize that he was asking a state court judge for an order to seize evidence in direct violation of a federal agreement with the US Attorney’s office?

 
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[Jeremy Levinson]

 
We reached Levinson by phone Monday, and explained quickly what we were asking about, that his petition pitted a state judge against a federal agreement, and that the state judge had apparently not realized what was going on.

“I barely recall it,” Levinson said, but then he seemed to remember something about it. “I recall generally the situation. But I couldn’t possibly comment on a client matter,” he said.

We then told Levinson that several legal experts we’d consulted told us that what Levinson had done could have serious consequences. One appeals attorney who has handled federal cases told us that if Levinson had known about Powell’s federal agreement when he filed the petition in state court, it could even result in disbarment.

“Is that a question?” he asked.

We told him that we were just wondering if he’d heard about potential trouble over the incident from either the court or the state bar association.

“My license is in good standing,” he replied, and added “I’m going to hang up now” before we got a chance to ask him if the Church of Scientology had been involved in his hiring or the filing of the petition.

Meanwhile, why didn’t Judge Donald realize that he was being asked to issue a court order that would violate a federal prosecution deferment agreement?

Ron Miscavige supplied a possible answer. He said that the West Allis police explained to him that because Dwayne Powell had been charged under federal law, his records wouldn’t be accessible by the state court computers used by Judge Donald.

“Someone really thought this through,” Ron says the West Allis police later told him.

At the June 9, 2015 hearing, Judge Donald granted a court order, instructing the West Allis Police Department to hand over Dwayne Powell’s evidence to him. And the scope of the court order was somewhat stunning…

The City of West Allis shall forthwith return to Powell’s exclusive possession all property (including any and all copies) without disclosing or providing such property to any third-parties and without retaining any copies of same. In doing so, the City of West Allis shall confirm in writing that it and any third-parties or its agents who had been given access to The Property retain no copies of the above-described property.

Ron Miscavige says the police he talked to about it pointed out to him that the language of the order seems to indicate that it would be used not only to get the police department to turn over its evidence, but that the news organizations that had received copies of the police report and the audio recordings of the Powell interviews would be asked to return their copies as well.

After being handed the court order, Levinson moved quickly to have it fulfilled. Ron says police told him about the scene at the chief’s office, as Levinson seemed in a big hurry to get the evidence turned over to him, and wouldn’t leave until it was. But he was eventually told to come back the next day. And during that time, word got to officers in the department who actually knew what was going on with Powell and his deferment agreement.

Lisa Wesley, Powell’s prosecutor, was notified, and she sent out an email that Ron Miscavige received a copy of.

“Please see paragraph 16 of the executed [deferred prosecution agreement]…The parties agreed the government would maintain all seized property as evidence until such time as the [agreement] expires,” Wesley wrote. “Accordingly, the government is not turning over the requested materials per the court order. Thanks for your attention to this matter.”

Levinson didn’t get the documents. And to this day, that material from the Powell laptops is still safely being held by the West Allis Police Department.

Ron Miscavige tells us that police were livid over what they saw as a blatant attempt to back-door the federal agreement and fool a local judge into issuing an order that would allow for the release of potentially explosive information about the Church of Scientology.

“I must say it was rather cunning. They must have done their homework to find that back door,” Ron says.

But why would Dwayne Powell risk his deferred prosecution to have evidence turned over to him that he was entitled to receive a few years later?

“Powell gains nothing from this petition. And yet he risked everything. Why?” Ron asked us.

We tried to ask Powell himself. After his 2013 arrest, he returned to Florida but then moved to Tennessee, getting involved in a series of small restaurants in places like Waynesboro. We called several phone numbers associated with places he had lived and restaurants where he had worked, but got through to him on none of them. We’re going to keep trying, and we’ll add to this story if we succeed in talking to him.

Ron suspects — and he says the West Allis police agree with him — that Scientology was likely involved in convincing Powell to go along with the court petition.

We didn’t get a chance to ask Levinson about that in our phone call. And an email we sent to Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw was not answered.

Ron even believes the church still expected to get its hands on the evidence even after the June 2015 attempt failed.

A few weeks later, on July 1, 2015, the Hollywood Reporter wrote a piece after Ron’s forthcoming book had been announced. Asked for a comment about the “If he dies, he dies” remark attributed to David Miscavige, an unnamed church representative told the publication, “No such conversation with Mr. Miscavige ever took place and any claim that one did is provable bullshit.”

The phrase, “provable bullshit” was so odd, and out of character even for Scientology’s salty press statements, it made an impression.

“When they said ‘provable bullshit,’ I think what David was counting on was them getting hold of this evidence and destroying it,” Ron says.

Instead, it still sits in a Wisconsin evidence room.

 

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Which brings us to our final point in this story, which is an appeal to our fellow journalists.

The Underground Bunker is one man in New York with very few resources. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we manage to make some trips when reporting calls for it. But we don’t have the backing to take on what this story calls for.

Editors in Milwaukee or Chicago or, hell, New York. There is an incredible treasure trove of crucial information that, the facts in this story suggest, someone with a lot of money is willing to go to some pretty impressive lengths to get their hands on. They wouldn’t do that if that information were not radioactive.

If you’ve ever wanted an opportunity to mount a legal challenge to get some records unsealed, this is a fat, juicy target. The prosecution of Dwayne Powell is deferred. It is not an open investigation — the West Allis police can’t even look through the evidence they have.

Perhaps there’s a smart and enterprising media lawyer out there who can convince a federal judge in the Milwaukee area that Dwayne Powell’s laptop contained information that the public has a legitimate interest in seeing.

It’s worth a shot, isn’t it?

 
The Documents:

1. The deferred prosecution agreement, signed in June 2014…

Dwayne Powell Deferred Prosecution Agreement by Tony Ortega on Scribd

 
2. Judge Donald’s court order of June 9, 2015…

Powell: Order to Return Evidence by Tony Ortega on Scribd

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on December 20, 2016 at 07:00

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Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of L.A. attorney and former church member Vance Woodward
UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists
GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice
SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts

Other links: Shelly Miscavige, ten years gone | The Lisa McPherson story told in real time | The Cathriona White stories | The Leah Remini ‘Knowledge Reports’ | Hear audio of a Scientology excommunication | Scientology’s little day care of horrors | Whatever happened to Steve Fishman? | Felony charges for Scientology’s drug rehab scam | Why Scientology digs bomb-proof vaults in the desert | PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | Scientology’s Private Dancer | The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill | Scientology boasts about assistance from Google | The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

Our Guide to Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear,’ and our pages about its principal figures…
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  • daisy

    I had to run in and out with mom but could one of you tell me who the woman with blond long hair ? in Rons story

    • Supper Powers

      Ron Miscavige’s wife.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      In the final segments, Daisy? That’s Becky Bigelow, Ron’s wife

      • daisy

        thx

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    Best line for me was at the end when Leah was talking about Ron’s ability to forgive and she said “he certainly didn’t learn that from the Church of Scientology”.

    • TexasBroad

      I was thinking of Dave watching that and that it not only wouldn’t soften him at all, but would actually piss him off.

      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

        He would see it as a weakness.

  • Newiga

    Man, T.O. is on fire on Twitter!

  • Len Zinberg

    This series just keeps on getting better!

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      I keep saying that too. Driving my friends nuts about it.

  • Michael Leonard Tilse

    Thank you all for the Television by proxy. πŸ™‚

  • Narapoid

    Gee whiz OSA. Gonna send another round of attack letters to handle this? Forrests could be cleared printing up the lies and it still won’t matter.

    Don’t wind up like the underlings in Watergate. The leader went on and the underlings following orders loyally were cast in prison. Just ask Mary Sue https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d567da2fac579771a01b9760aee0961986f896cdcf4c001110a25e7df34d30b8.jpg

  • Aslan’s Own

    I only saw my dad cry twice in his life — he was from a time when men weren’t supposed to show emotion. Every time one of the men cries I lose it.

  • SNAFU

    “They don’t know what’s going on in the real world” – Leah

  • Jimmy3

    Shelly Miscavige as absent as Ron Miscavige’s gifts on Father’s Day.

    • Juicer77

      Good game this week!

  • TexasBroad

    And the only thing Dave will take from this entire episode is to never buy anyone a Kindle again.

    • Juicer77

      ROFL

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner
    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner
    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      Bwahaha! Rinder fan club. Can’t wait for Tony to get his time…..hopefully.

      • MaxLuvsDaBunk

        if to and rinder are on at the same time, imma have to strap on my mega drool cup

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      I really want Rinder to response to that one. I’m a sucker for a good bromance. Boys are so cute sometimes.

  • FBI.

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      Female Body Inspector?

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        Sign me up!

      • Baby

        I’ll volunteer for Johnny any day..

        Wait.. He has to close his eyes..don’t want to scare him..

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          Thursday?

          • Baby

            Works for me Johnny I meet you by the Dock.. Wink Wink..

            night love

  • Baby

    Damn I wish I had a drink.. Night everyone.. it has been great.. I am eating up every moment of Leah’s shows and watching them over and over.. THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR.. WOO HOO.. F5

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4c18a775da2f029533c01c3ce563342f07407f5762ae0e339575cda110242483.gif

    • Baby

      OMG yes yes.. I love it.. woo hoo..

    • Newiga

      Damn right he is, Leah! πŸ˜‰

      • EDN/laineybin

        He is rewinding every second over and over again

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      Bottom’s up, Davy.

      • Ella Raitch

        Yep – he’s watching through the bottom of a lowball glass

      • Missionary Kid

        I hope the stress of his world collapsing and his drinking gives him ulcers. Just try and audit that away, Davy.

        • MaxLuvsDaBunk

          ha ha davey and the cans ~ he hasn’t touched the cans in eons

          • Missionary Kid

            That’s right. he’s a do as I say, not as I do kind of guy, isn’t he? I’ll bet he doesn’t go to a chiropractor when he’s got a physical problem, like he has everyone else doing.

            Hoisted on his own petard. The more he drinks, the worse problems get. I don’t care if he has a careful, wholesome diet. I believe his long term use of alcohol is gonna cause some big problems.

            • MaxLuvsDaBunk

              i can envision him turning yellow/jaundiced as we speak

          • bbock

            Too busy writing new OT levels or figuring out another way to resell the old ones. I’d suggest the Oxford Comma.

      • gtsix

        He’s chugging bottles.

        An open letter:

        Attn: Liver of the diminutive douche, Captain David Miscavige, COB, RTC, definite scumbag SOB
        CC: Everyfucking body.

        Re:job

        Dear Liver,

        don’t work too hard. You’ve had a good run. Stop anytime.

        This is soo true.

        Much love,
        The world.

      • Like our Panopea worded it this morning “Tick fucking Tock”

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner
    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      Could be Tony Dovolani – her dance partner on DWTS.

      • gtsix

        Put yer pants on, you’re drunk!

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          Not gonna happen – I’m in bed, and I’m not getting up until a new post is up.

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        Pffft!

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          Dude! Say it, don’t spray it!

      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

        Yes, I’m pretty sure that’s who it is πŸ˜›

  • Newiga

    Thinking about all of those who have lost their son, daughter, grand kid, mum, dad, sister, brother, cousin,friend or someone they love. My heart aches for all of you.

    Lurkers, make that call. You are missed.

  • FredEX2

    Good-nite Bunker. Love you guys. Sweet dreams of a castle in the air tumbling down…and a tiny tyrant falling from his self proclaimed throne.

    • Qbird

      c ya later Fred.

    • gtsix

      Nite nite

  • Kathleen Willhite

    Mike Rinder’s former wife Cathy said she knew EVERY INCH OF MIKE RINDER’S BODY AND MR MISCAVIGE NEVER LAID A HAND ON HIM.
    How many conjugal visits do RPF members get? Yeah, right she knows every inch of his body.

    • MaxLuvsDaBunk

      and with how much he worked when not in the hole and rpf, their paths likely rarely crossed

      • MaxLuvsDaBunk

        not to miss the horrifying work he did in the hole and rpf

    • MadisonAgain

      Does she know about the scar on his knee from having to crawl on his hands and knees in the Hole?

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner
    • MaxLuvsDaBunk

      knew from the first episode, there would be additional seasons

    • TexasBroad

      Do it, Leah!!

    • PickAnotherID

      Go for it!

  • Aslan’s Own
    • Qbird

      wow

      • Aslan’s Own

        It did on at least one other night too – maybe more – not sure. It’s pretty cool.

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner
  • What’sup

    Dave’s been in more movies and shows than Tom in the last few years. Suffers from type- casting big time, always the total douche.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Hilarious!

    • Juicer77

      XD

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    All tweets containing the hashtag #ScientologyAftermath

    https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ScientologyAftermath&src=tyah&lang=en

  • MadisonAgain

    Is this person a scientologist tryng to sow dissension between the Bunker and Leah? https://mobile.twitter.com/MissAmiaSays/status/811412894638292993

    • Qbird

      that ain’t gonna fly. what does #the mean?

      • MaxLuvsDaBunk

        code to billy boy clinton?

        • MaxLuvsDaBunk

          geez, max, obtuse much?! what is is ….. long back far reaching reference

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      I don’t think so, but even so it prompted Leah’s confirmation that Tony IS in an upcoming episode (which we all were secretly pretty certain of) πŸ™‚

      • MadisonAgain

        Did you read her string? Claims to be speaking for all of us and that TO is the only reason people are watching. Sorry I cant copy the Tweets directly.

        • MaxLuvsDaBunk

          glad i’m a newbie so not one of the many friends

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          She seems a bit hostile, doesn’t she?

    • MaxLuvsDaBunk

      i adored leah’s simple one word response “Unwarranted”

  • Supper Powers

    I’m spent. Goodnight, Bunks. Thanks, TO, Leah and Rinder.

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      G’night. I’m gonna get some Z’s too. It’s 5:24 AM here 😐

      • Supper Powers

        Just make sure to cover your ass after you crawl into bed.

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          My buns of steel are impervious to the cold Norwegian nights.

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        Get your ass some beauty sleep!

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          I will. Tired cheeks are the worst.

      • Qbird

        goodnight Johnny – my goodness, the bunker teases you continuously.

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          It’s all part of being The Assman.

          • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

            It’s a deep responsibility.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              And I take it seriously.

    • gtsix

      Sleep well.

  • Joe

    Goodnight everyone! The show was already great but you made it better!

  • Kathleen Willhite

    Paulette Cooper still had some kind of surveillance on her up to 2010. 40 years + after the fact. More time even than Pat Broeker,
    And she is Miss Lovely! Inside and outside too.

  • Ella Raitch

    Bloggers – you were awesome

  • I wonder if JAW got this line from Monty Python
    https://twitter.com/johnalexwood/status/811153125361020928

    • MaxLuvsDaBunk

      hah the scientology video site misspelled dramatic

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        They meant like a “dram” which is a teeny, tiny amount.

    • MaxLuvsDaBunk

      well, jaw is the penultimate fan and expert on all things python {barf}

      • Phil McKraken

        FYI, penultimate means second to last.

        • MaxLuvsDaBunk

          ha ha thank you! that’s brilliant that i used it incorrectly which was actually correct!!!!! love love love it and you for bringing me to that awareness

    • Phil McKraken

      I suppose this is intended to be counter-programming to the Leah Remini mass entheta. Funny thing is, no one outside cares if a religion is growing. It’s about as impactful as labeling someone an apostate. My godawful shit-show of a cable provider has been acquired by another company, Spectrum. So, this Spectrum is running commercials informing Time-Warner customers of the supposed good news. Part of the pitch is identifying themselves are the fastest growing cable company in America. But that’s not something that makes me feel good. Why would I be happy that the company that is about to raise my bill is fastest growing. All that makes me think is that the competitive landscape is shrinking.

      So, John Alex Wood and David Miscavige — Scientology is hated by the general public. Your supposed expansion, if it was believed by anyone, would be bad news on top of everything else. Stop trying to scare us. it’s not working.

      • and for the hell of it – he is playing this line to another Scientologist ha ha… if you click on the tweet you can see all the responses

    • What’sup

      He thinks Taiwan and The World are the same place.

    • Graham

      Expanding at an unprecedented rate. Just like a badly made soufflΓ© the moment before it collapses.

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        Good analogy – somebody should reply to JAW with that πŸ™‚

  • Baby
  • PickAnotherID
  • daisy

    Leah is a lot hotter than Tom Cruise. Maybe she can get our illustrious president – elect to care about this issue. Wear long johns though.

  • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

    Hopped over to Twitter to see what Leah was up to during the show…The woman is like the modern day Saul of Tarsus.

  • Willie Jones

    This whole series makes me so happy! One step closer to all of us connecting with loved ones.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      It’s time for our weekly group hug with Willie πŸ™‚

      • Willie Jones

        You guys are awesome! Hugs all around. It just feels better.

    • MaxLuvsDaBunk

      ((((((Group With Willie))))))

    • ((((((Group With Willie))))))

    • maybe they will sneak a peak at the show and say – wait a minute!

  • daisy

    Karen on , sweet little pea. Jeff looks great.. Talking about son, heart breaking MURDERERS !!!! ( AS usual practice dont send someone with a high temp to a Dr,)

    • MaxLuvsDaBunk

      and to terrify the coroner to make sure she can’t even see her son after he’s passed. gosh there’s just so much to karen’s and her son’s tragedies. i think it’s so telling that karen knows the exact number of times (11) her son saw his father in 15 years. I just watched karen’s interview on lip tv again tonight. she is so remarkable and valuable.

  • Newiga

    Time to go to work! Good night, Bunkeroos! Catch you later. xxoo

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Just as I’m about to call it a night and go to bed. Have a great Wednesday, Newi πŸ™‚ Night all, thanks for a great night!

      • Todd Tomorrow

        g’night time for me to dream this ScioCorp is all a bad dream.

  • outraged
    • ReallyMGM

      And the only two tweeters that are pro-scientology are JAW and HisTwitGemma.

    • madame duran

      In defense, I think the guy is asking a legit question. No need for being sharp with him as he didn’t come off sounding hostile. How many times has Leah been asked if she’s afraid for her life, is she hiring extra security, worried about future work in Hollywood, etc.? Yet someone flies off the handle with this guy’s query? C’mon. I’m glad people are becoming more aware of Scientology’s dangers and are defending ex-Scientologists from mean cult attacks but let’s not act like hammers who treat everything as a nail. Now is a good time for pointed humour.

      • April

        ” No need for being sharp with him as he didn’t come off sounding hostile. ”

        Yup Michael M followed up saying he loves Leah’s acting work and didn’t want to see her “blackballed” from further tv shows and movies.

  • Intergalactic Walrus
  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Chris Shelton has made the big time! SMH
    https://twitter.com/WhoIsMikeRinder/status/811330842006081537

    • April

      Leah warned him that would happen. But I’m quite sure Chris already knew.

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        It starts with this ridiculousness – “Chris Shelton is posing in Leah Remini’s reality TV show as some sort of β€œexpert” on the Scientology religion, yet it would be difficult to find a more unqualified person to speak on the subject. A self-proclaimed arrogant know-it-all, Shelton is really just a fringe figure on the Internet, where he obsessively vents about the religion that expelled him for misconduct.” And they had his wife make a video slamming him. Same old, same old.

        • Juicer77

          The know it all who frequently says he doesn’t know. Lol Co$!!!

        • dreamcatcher

          yawn……

    • Chee Chalker

      It’s hilarious…..his ex-wife complains that Chris ‘lived paycheck to paycheck’
      That’s not hard to do when you only make $50 per paycheck

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        Yeah, the joker who comes up with this sh#t oughta get a gig at SNL. He/she is wasting their talent in the CO$, he belongs in legit comedy.

      • April

        That’s an incrimination of the CO$, not Chris Shelton! smh

    • Juicer77

      Facepalm. This is getting monotonous.

  • Fink Jonas

    Off topic, even Tosh. O knows Shelly Miscavige is missing, he just made a joke about it, passing by shows the body of a dead woman under the water in a lake and yells oh look is Shelly Miscavige, we found her!
    I know is kind of morbid but that’s the kind of jokes he makes, but the point is he knows about it and now his audience knows about it.

    • Chee Chalker

      I ❀️️Tosh! Now more than ever!

      • Juicer77

        I could do without the vomit segments. But yeah, he’s funny!

    • Todd Tomorrow

      When did Shelly who was allegedly involved in her own Mother’s alleged suicide and giggled w/ b.m at her funeral become such a hero? It’s like Rinder inferred she knows where the bodies are buried.

      • outraged

        She became a hero when she went missing.

        • Todd Tomorrow

          I see but lets go after the kid’s on the milk cartons. Fuck her. You know how many kids especially Africam American children go missing every year from the foster program in Florida a year? Over 400 plus.

    • Juicer77

      That’s an old episode, too. Either he or one of his writers is up on $ci topics.

  • anonsparrow

    Chris Shelton lives on fringe…

    Scientology can’t do a live interview.. ever.. EVER..

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      I thought they said the fringe was Ortega’s turf. The CO$ can’t even keep their disses straight!

      • anonsparrow

        So strange to see them keep going with the same ole shit.

        • anonsparrow

          I remember LRon Hubbard describing “whistling past the grave yard”..

          Scientology is whistling while they work.. great.. now that stupid song his stuck in my head.. πŸ™‚

          • Todd Tomorrow

            My associate sings this every god damn morning at my home office. Not being a morning person I want to strangle her. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu6–WBPBHo I do”stay up late”

            • anonsparrow

              I’m so sorry Todd. πŸ˜‰

            • Todd Tomorrow

              She does bring me double shot of espresso though. I escape to the bathroom and smoke a fag with the fan on. I can still hear her downstairs hummimg it.”Are you smoking up there’? Errrrr..

            • Draco

              Even a morning person would want to strangle her…

        • Intergalactic Walrus
          • anonsparrow

            That was so worth the wait.. Hmmph! You are obviously not OTIII yet!?

          • anonsparrow

            Hey Walrus.. where is that pic from?

            • Intergalactic Walrus

              It was posted by a clam on Instagram. It is at Big Blue.

            • anonsparrow

              interesting.. i thought it was a UK pic at first.

              Awesome cloud comment! Wonder what he’s really thinking there?!

              “Yeah, I’m fucked for buying into this bullshit and I’ve got no money left to do anything else so what do you suggest?”

              To that I have no answer..

            • Todd Tomorrow

              “These people have more money I just know it.”!

            • anonsparrow

              Make money and make more money. What’s the problem Todd? πŸ™‚

            • Todd Tomorrow

              He want to turn each one of them upside down but their too fat and he’s too skinny. And coins don’t really add up, just ruin your pants pockets.

            • anonsparrow

              Lol.. nice. I’m so glad I got out of the nonsense before pictures like this..

            • Intergalactic Walrus

              The guy posted it claiming what a great place CO$ was. I looked at that pic and thought they all look like they are about to sh#t a brick.

            • anonsparrow

              Will David Miscavige see this picture? Do I look happy enough? Do I look free enough?

            • Juicer77

              ^^^

            • Todd Tomorrow

              “I should have just stayed gay”

            • Intergalactic Walrus
            • Graham

              From the way he’s wrinkling his nose: “I smell bull-shit.”

            • ReallyMGM

              He is writing “KRs” in his head on everyone in the room. Scion snitch culture.

  • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

    I just read today’s post. Wow that is some very sophisticated legal maneuvering to try to obtain Powell’s court records. How satisfying that the attempt was thwarted, that makes me happy. Levinson either was totally in the dark or he’s an idiot to risk being disbarred. I laughed at his non-answers. If I were Powell I would be extremely nervous about knowing everything. I wonder if that’s why he’s been moving around so much.If it’s worse than Operation Snow White he must fear for his life.

    • anonsparrow

      What do you mean when you say he’s been moving around so much?

      • anonsparrow

        Never mind… just realized what you meant.. πŸ™‚

  • outraged

    Very Pro-Leah Bash-SciFi blog post at Celebitchy. The commenters are all down with the news on the cult. And they LOVE Leah, the new Superwoman. An inspiration because the lady gots balls. Everyone warns to stay away, be wary, and fuck them. No more “well maybe they are evil?” The tide is turning!!! Truth will out.

    http://www.celebitchy.com/516714/leah_remini_tom_cruise_thinks_im_the_devil_all_scientologists_are_taught_that/

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ba93c2b087b5261ffa318bb8b12c549c9d6ba307ebbd3a488c10565ae46cd697.png

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      Even worse than not having contact with their kids, is the church having them do those slam videos. Okay, so maybe another church wouldn’t get into a family’s conflicts or not care that they aren’t speaking, but to actively facilitate one member attacking another? Jeez, ain’t nobody okay with that.

    • Juicer77

      The comments are fabulous. People are really getting it.

      • ReallyMGM

        Getting the reality show fans riled up at the those type blog sites and Twitter is CoS worst nightmare! They are relentless and loud. It’s like Anonymous with mega-shots of estrogen and PMS.

        • Juicer77

          LOL

  • Intergalactic Walrus
    • Juicer77

      BAM!

  • Juicer77

    So… it seems DeadLRon’s amazing Tek can be overcome by a $49 tablet? Hmmm………

    • Dave Reams

      Wonder which tablet it is … the pink or the grey?

      • Juicer77

        Snortle.

      • Dave Reams

        … Though in the end Ron was undone by multiple shots of Vistaril. Why only in the end and not in the arm is an enduring mystery.

    • Damn – I did not wake up for the show. I have seen it now though.

      • Juicer77

        I will make more of an effort to watch live after Christmas. Crazy busy right now and I can’t afford to lose that much sleep.

    • ReallyMGM

      A Kindle! Makes me wish I had bought a case of the Fire 7s at $33.33 to give as stocking stuffers.

      • Juicer77

        Wow, that’s a good deal! I was skeptical at first, but I must admit for web surfing, video watching and reading on the go the Kindle is top notch.

        • ThetaBara

          I got one. Yesterday, I plugged it in to recharge and it immediately began downloading a “system upgrade” from its robot overlords. If you can afford a better tabby, get that instead and just install the kindle app. ($30 for a new tabby got me, I have to admit. Would I buy another kindle? Maybe for $20. Which are like fives now anyhow…)

          • Juicer77

            Also a good idea!

        • ReallyMGM

          It was that price Thanksgiving weekend. It is about 40 now.

  • Ella Raitch

    The proprietor is smoking hot on twitter
    https://twitter.com/TonyOrtega94/status/811431340503662592

  • Newiga

    Lunch time!! Any one up for Chickpea soup and Finnish rye brea with smoked salmon?

    • Ella Raitch

      Yes please – sounds scrumptious

      • Newiga

        It was delicious! <3

    • Yes please β™₯

      • Newiga

        Yeah!! Cup of tea/coffee is also included in the offer. πŸ˜‰

        • Nice! I put my head down last night to catch a few hours of sleep before the show. I woke up at 6am, three hours late. Doh!
          I think it was the Monday AMA that did me in.

          • Newiga

            I’m soooo tired. Burning the midnight scientology watching oil. πŸ˜€ Two 5 am wake-ups, hectic work-related stuff and Christmas chores are too much. Snooze, need more snooze.

            • I miss Limpa bread.

            • Newiga

              Limpa or Limppu in Finnish is quite popular during Xmas time. The Christmas version has the appropriate spices. πŸ˜‰

              PS. Finnish bread is better than Swedish (Obviosly!!!!) πŸ˜‰

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              I have no idea what you’re talking about but it sounds delicious. πŸ˜€

            • Newiga

              Girl, you need to visit me and I’ll show you the ropes. <3

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              Girl, you have no idea how bad I want to. <3

    • FredEX2

      Yes! It’s the wee hours of the morning and I woke up hungry! This sounds delicious!

      • Newiga

        The more, the merrier! <3 Have a seat! xxoo

  • ReallyMGM

    Someone hit the recommend ❀️ to get this post to 200, please!

    Tonight’s “The Aftermath” was another well-done episode. I am so impressed how it is being done. I am heartbroken by the ex-members’ stories and awed by their bravery to come forward and tell those stories. The production of this series is just superb, from the writing, photography, editing, everything. It could have easily have turned into a tabloid-sort of reality show, but it isn’t that at all. (Appause for Leah and Mike for keeping it real.)

    And most important, today’s blog post by our proprietor is one of his best. It is tough to tell a story with those sorts of twists in it, but he nailed it.

    OT: I had biopsies done today. If you would, I would appreciate any prayers/positive thoughs/whatever. I’ll probably get the results Christmas Eve. I am ready for 2016 to be over.

    • What’sup

      There ya go.

    • MrsLurksALot

      Sending you positive vibes and prayers! (Hugs)

    • FredEX2

      I’m sorry you are going thru this ReallyMGM. Especially during the holiday time. I went thru biopsies and major surgery recently this August and know how scary it can be to wait for results and go thru and I’m sending you positive thoughts and hugs and saying a prayer for you too. ((❀️))

      • ReallyMGM

        Thx Fred. I’m hanging in there. It was rough enough with all the stuff re: my husband’s heart. Now this…
        ETA: Looking forward to new grandchild in 2017. 😊

        • FredEX2

          I’ll hold your hand if you ever need one to hold. 😘 A new grandbaby! Oh that’s so exciting! Something wonderful to look forward to! xo

    • madame duran

      I was hoping the segments with each person would be longer than the allotted 10 minutes. They felt like summaries instead of an exploration (in terms of emotional punch, all the guests delivered. In terms of personal story, I felt Amy Scobee’s re-telling of events was more well-rounded in presentation. Hearing her mother’s side of the same story helped a lot. I hope the story of Marc and Claire Headley is like that too). Perhaps there will be extended interviews in the second season or show up as “extra” material on the DVD edition?

    • daisy

      Prayers, positive thoughts and (((( hugs )))) sent. I am sorry this is happening. I hope for the best, and treatment has come a long way. Let us know and have a great Xmas anyway.

      • ReallyMGM

        Thx Daisy. I have a concert Friday night I am looking forward to. 2016 will be remembered as the year of concerts. It was actually a great plan.

    • TheMirrorThetan

      Sending positive thoughts your way, MGM.
      I’m with you on wanting 2016 to be over.

    • OOkpik

      (((Hugs))), “prayers”, and positive thoughts are on their way. <3

    • TexasBroad

      Prayers and positive though both and a hug to boot.

  • ithilien

    Watching the weight of despair and grief on Karen de la C was heartbreaking.

  • Newiga

    Looks like I’m all alone here… Should I do something I’m not supposed to? Like glue Tony’s keyboard or steal J3’s stuff…. Hmmm…. I could eat all the caek…

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      I’m here!!! πŸ™‚

      Watched the show with NOLAHubby last night and he was riveted. And I was like “I’VE BEEN TELLING YOU THIS STUFF FOR YEARS” LOL

      • Newiga

        LOL! I know what you mean. I’ve been ranting about Scientology for a few years now and only recently people have been taking me seriously.

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          ROFL!! It’s like he only believes it when Rinder says it. I think there is a mancrush there.

          He did say “Wow baby, you were right about all that shit…can’t believe this!” Jesus, the satisfaction of “you’re right” is going to keep me going for awhile. πŸ˜€

          • Newiga

            I can imagine. The 3 most beautiful words a woman can hear from their S/O are: “You are right”. Just kidding, actually it’s: “I have food”. πŸ˜›

            I can totally understand the (man)crush. There’s something about this combination of dry humor, wit and pan aussie/us accent. *^_^*

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              Not even sure he (Rinder) understands how much natural charisma he has. He and Leah together….Boom!

              While Hubs was riveted I was whispering little details in his ear about some of the things they were talking about. Got him hooked like a junkie. 😈 See you on the next page honey. ❀️

            • jazzlover

              Be very careful about calling your husband “Hubs”. Just sayin’ πŸ™‚

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              Right?!!? πŸ˜€

            • jazzlover

              He might just start getting delusions of grandeur πŸ˜‰

        • For me that is the best thing, I shared 3 episodes with family and now I think “They Get It”.

      • ThetaBara

        Mr Bara now knows enough to J&D some! Good times!

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          We throw an occasional Xenu joke at each other but he’s not down the rabbit hole deep enough yet. He’s just busy though. When we have more time together I plan to drag him all the way down it. πŸ™‚

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      Pssst….J3 is probably sleeping, can we draw on him? Hehehe!! πŸ™‚

      • Newiga

        We can! I mean, he’d do it to/for us. πŸ˜€

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          True.

          *hunts for Sharpies*

          • Newiga

            Let’s draw BTs all over his body!

      • ThetaBara

        That depends. Are his shoes still on? Protocol is important!

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          Shoes on, pants off, no doubt. πŸ˜‚

  • george m white

    Hubbard trashed Scientology

    • jazzlover

      Correction: Hubbard imagined Scientology, and made believe it was a “thing”. One cannot trash something which never had legitimate viability to begin with.

  • bbock

    Couldn’t Ron Miscavige file a civil suit to compel the production of copies of the evidence that was retained? I mean, they clearly violated his rights. I’d think he could file suit for damages and then have access to any data collected about him. He could set the amount he’s demanding so high to preclude the likelihood of settlement. Of course he would likely have to be funded for what will be a very expensive lawsuit.

    • bbock

      Or maybe a class action suit.

  • Max Rockatansky

    Tony, unknown if anyone commented on this yet…sorry no time to read all the comments, don’t hate plz….how about a FOIA request for the copy of the laptop contents; liking a forensic imaging of the hard drive (HD)? I am certain you’ll be told no however, you stand a great chance of finding a good attorney with extensive experience suing over FOIA request refusals, i.e. Judicial Watch is a good start. Before anyone starts attacking over the suggestion to contact JW unpond your refusal to honor the FOIA request hear me out….
    This is a criminal case, all criminal cases once adjudicated are subject to FOIA requests period! If one can get get all the horrible crime scene photos of homicides, Medical Examiner reports, video evidence, you name it…the imaging of a HD from a laptop is typically burned to a DVD or an external drive owned by the police agency having downloaded or rather, imaged the drive (they own the physical drive, not its contents. You’re asked asking for Frick or Frack’s laptop just HD contacts which have clearly been identified as EVIDENCE by all legal/law enforcement parties involved. The contents were obtained by consent and therefore legally obtained….Frick has made no denial of consented to the imaging of the laptop HD, too bad for him changing your mind days later would never keep the contents of the images HD out of Court, he would have needed to revoke consent before, or at some time during the imaging of the HD…then a simple search warrant would have been easily obtained.
    The AUSA swooping-in and making a deal is not unheard-of however, the tax-paying public has a RIGHT to all INFORMATION, less that of Confidential Informants, private personal information such as addresses, account numbers, medical information, etc. (unless that info is evidentiary and specific to the case it might be redscted at worst…..heck, nude photos of Jodi Arias which she took of herself in the act of mutilating her victim are fair game if you want them!). Anyway, the AUSA cannot block the public from requests of the HD contents in question, that’s flat bullshit and where a government watch-dog organization like Judicial Watch may be happy to step-in and fight an unlawful contract to destroy public information such as case evidence subject to FOIA! To be clear for the hardheaded ones, you have no right to Frick’s physical laptop, and had the contents not been imaged then the request will of course be denied and rightly so.
    There is an excellent argument in saving everything regardless of the AUSA’s contract with Frick if Ron Miscavige were to file a civil lawsuit against Frick, Frack, & The Church of Scientology. So a civil lawsuit for following him and observing isn’t gonna fly however, physically slapping that GPS unit on to Ron’s vehicle (law enforcement are required to obtain a search warrant for a simple slap-on GPS, it’s a violation of his 4th Amendment right to privacy), it cases damage to his property (scratching the paint), & any decent attorney will come-up with a good handful of legitimate grievances…I think if he was GPS’ed over State lines he can file Federal Civil Suit, could be wrong on that one. Either way, all that EVIDENCE is critical to a civil suit and he could get a court order to hold all & to use all from the criminal case in a civil suit, although I stand-by using a FOIA request to get what is needed; it most certainly will require a lawsuit to force the FOIA request but there is no way a Judge will not grant it.
    Keep-up the good work Tony! Disclaimer: I did not bother to proofread, spell check, or correct any grammatical errors so keep them to yourself, gracias!

  • smew

    This would be a great investigative story for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Journal-Sentinel to sink its teeth into, or would have been before they were bought out by Gannett (who also has some great investigative teams, or would if they would quit eliminating some of their best employees).