Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been posting segments from a secretly-recorded audiotape that captures a Sea Org executive, Andres Rodriguez, talking to a group of Scientologists about their courses. We’ve posted three portions of the recording so far — part 1, part 2, part 3.
The tape gives us a rare glimpse inside a Scientology “org” and what it’s like to face the challenges of the “Bridge to Total Freedom.”
Continue reading A voice from inside the Church of Scientology: Yes, the ‘Survival Rundown’ drives you insane
One of the many things the Church of Scientology has done as a reaction to Alex Gibney’s documentary, Going Clear, is to post numerous letters it wrote to Gibney and HBO in the lead-up to the film’s release, as well as in its aftermath.
Collected at the website of its propaganda magazine, Freedom, the letters vary in their interest for us. But one of them is really something to behold. It’s a long exegesis by one of Scientology’s longest-serving and most notable attorneys, Eric M. Lieberman (pictured).
Continue reading Guest post: 20 reasons the Church of Scientology is a cult and a fraud
In October, we uncorked our big investigative story of 2014. It was the result of months of research and Skype calls to South Africa and lots and lots of lawyering.
We revealed that the richest Scientologists in the world, Bob and Trish Duggan, had a strange secret. We established that at the same time the California couple had been propping up Scientology in South Africa with huge donations, two of their adopted sons, one of whom was only 11, suddenly relocated there in the care of Scientology families.
Continue reading Bob Duggan, the richest Scientologist in the world, is going to love our nifty new drawings!
The Church of Scientology continues to produce short videos as counter-programming to Alex Gibney’s hugely popular HBO documentary Going Clear, posting them at the website of its propaganda magazine, Freedom.
Continue reading Neil Gaiman’s sister shows up in Scientology response video to Gibney film ‘Going Clear’
Former Scientology Sea Org worker Chris Shelton is helping us decode a remarkable audio recording, secretly made, which captures a man named Andres Rodriguez (pictured) giving a briefing to an audience of Scientology non-staff “publics.”
Rodriguez carries the title of Senior Case Supervisor of the Western United States (Snr C/S WUS), and he’s also notable because at one time he was married to the “handler” of actress Katie Holmes, a woman named Jessica Feshbach. (Feshbach is today married to former Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis, and they are both out of the Sea Org.)
Continue reading More from a secretly-recorded executive griping about Scientology’s sad state of affairs
Karen de la Carriere let us know that the new Impact magazine is out, and this is the one with photographs from the October gala held by the International Association of Scientologists.
After breaking tradition and holding its 2013 gala in Clearwater, Florida, the IAS returned this year to its usual place at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, England, which was formerly the home of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
Continue reading Whale watching: The wealthy donors keeping Scientology afloat, 2015 edition
We like to keep an eye on litigation involving the Church of Scientology, so we were interested to see the news yesterday that a woman in British Columbia has filed a lawsuit in order to get back about $86,000 that she says she’s owed by the church.
But then we got Lorna Carleton on the phone, and realized that her story is more interesting than just the money she’s trying to get back.
Continue reading More testimony that Scientology’s celebrities know all about Sea Org deprivations
Once again we’re featuring Chris Shelton today. He’s one of the more recent defectors from Scientology’s Sea Org, and he’s been doing a great service explaining his experience, and Scientology itself, in a series of videos.
He sent us a new video that addresses an issue we’ve also talked about with Jefferson Hawkins and Jon Atack. After finally deciding to leave Scientology’s “matrix of thought” (as Jason Beghe put it in Going Clear), how long does it take to recover from L. Ron Hubbard’s mental implants?
Continue reading Leaving Scientology: ‘I think this recovery is something I’ll be doing the rest of my life’
We’re once again indebted to one of our tipsters for sending us something revealing about how things are going inside the Church of Scientology. In this case, we get a really remarkable glimpse inside the mind of a young Scientologist and his dreams for what Scientology could be.
Continue reading As Scientology crumbles, read the dreams its members are still chasing
We want to thank the tipster who sent us a flier out of the Tampa org. It definitely interested us, because it featured a really stunning price for going “Clear.”
Now, first of all, if you’ve been hanging around this website for a considerable time, and you’ve seen the hundreds of Scientology ads and fliers we’ve posted over the years, you know that it’s not really common for fliers to post a price for courses (other than for seminar packages on the Freewinds, for example).
Continue reading Want to go Clear? Has Scientology got a deal for you!