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L. Ron Hubbard’s mesmerizing lore, and tales of Scientology’s secretive Int Base

AnatomySpiritOur video source came through again with another short film you normally can only see in a Scientology “org.” It’s another “quote video” that features a short segment of an L. Ron Hubbard lecture that’s meant to entice you to purchase the full set of lectures.

In this case, Bridge Publications is asking $175.00 for the Anatomy of the Spirit of Man Congress, given in Washington DC in 1955.

Here’s how Bridge describes this monumental product…

“Culminating five years of steady advance, the Founding Church of Scientology had just been established in Washington, DC. Summoning Scientologists to the first International Congress in the nation’s capital, L. Ron Hubbard opened with the lecture, The Hope of Man. And the title was more than apt. For what he presented were the results of advancing technology — results that could only be accurately described with a single word: miracles. Physical in nature — deaf children suddenly hearing, crippled children shedding crutches, and sight restored with eyeglasses discarded — and yet all of it accomplished by exclusively addressing the thetan.”

Whoops. Those health claims would get Hubbard in trouble with the FDA eventually, but for now, faith-heal away, Ron! Listen to this portion, in which Hubbard tells us about self-determinism…



Short on weirdness, this one just comes across as so much motivational speaker malarkey. But we’re sure it’s electrifying for Scientologists.

Once again, we turned to Marc Headley to see what he knew about the video’s production…

You can tell just by the title that this is gonna be a juicy chunk of verbal turds from old man Hubbard.

We get to hear another story about how he was on a ship and they were having major issues. After hearing story after story about how many misfortunes Hubbard experienced out at sea (and on land) I wonder if he ever suspected he might be a tad bit PTS…

I am pretty sure this video was shot on a ship called the Tanager. We had earlier shot a scene with Bodhi Elfman and David O’Donnel on this same ship, and then used it again for this video shoot. The ship was used for the great 1995 movie The Usual Suspects. It was built in the 1940’s and had been sitting at dock in San Pedro, CA, unable to move anywhere else. We could shoot inside it without worrying about breaking anything, as it was already pretty broken up and run down. Last I heard she was down in Mexico about to be scrapped.

For a five-minute video, this one is relatively visually boring and does not have much substance in terms of shots. They do a real slow camera move on most of the shots so they can milk each one and there are a ton of stock shots and scenics in this one.

There are bunch of Tanager engine room shots as well as some deck shots and then we get into our standard scenic happy people shots with Int Base staff that we are used to seeing.

We have Shawn Alcock, Kevin McEnery, Peter Czerarik (blown) and Mike Gilchrist looking over some blueprints on the Int Base, and Nicole Cifarelli talking on the phone. We go through a ton of random stock and non-Int Base staff shots before we see the sky blow out and we turn into a plastic CD binder.

Thanks again, Marc!


Secrets of Int Base

Jeffrey Augustine has a great guest for his latest podcast — It’s Gary Morehead, formerly chief security officer at Scientology’s Int Base east of Los Angeles. Several times, we’ve featured an earlier interview Morehead did with Mark Bunker, who asked Gary about his role in the church’s shocking policy of forcing women in the Sea Org to have unwanted abortions.

In this latest interview, Augustine asks Morehead about weapons at Int Base, and about other hazards of working with Scientology leader David Miscavige…



More appeal briefs in the Monique Rathbun lawsuit

On Thursday, we brought you the Church of Scientology International’s appeal brief in Monique Rathbun’s harassment lawsuit against the church. In March, Comal County Judge Dib Waldrip denied CSI’s “anti-SLAPP” motion, which the church had hoped would dismiss Monique’s suit. Now, Scientology is appealing Waldrip’s order to the Texas Third Court of Appeals, and is arguing that Waldrip erred.

But two of the defendants have filed their own appeals of Waldrip’s order, and we thought some of you completists might want to see them.

Here’s Scientology private investigator Dave Lubow’s appeal brief…


Monique Rathbun v. Scientology: Lubow Appeal

And here’s the appeal brief for Monty Drake, a Texas private investigator who was hired by Scientology…


Monique v. Scientology: Monty Drake Appeal

We’ll be interested to see how Monique responds to CSI, Lubow, and Drake, and we assume it will be attorney Leslie Hyman who will be writing her reply.


Posted by Tony Ortega on June 14, 2014 at 07:00

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