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Hana Whitfield: What it’s like to be stalked by Scientology

Hana_WhitfieldMark Bunker has shared with us another excerpt from the video interviews he’s been collecting for his upcoming documentary, Knowledge Report.

In this clip, he interviews Hana Eltringham Whitfield about what it’s like to be the target of “Fair Game” — Scientology’s notorious retaliation efforts coordinated by its Office of Special Affairs (OSA), which often include intrusive surveillance by private investigators.

Hana joined Scientology in 1965, became Clear number 60, then went to sea with L. Ron Hubbard, who made her captain of one of his ships. Increasingly disillusioned by what she saw of Hubbard up close, and especially after the material released in “OT 3,” she eventually left Scientology in 1984 and then became one of the most well known critics and intervention specialists. By 1991, she was probably the biggest “SP” on the planet, and the attention paid to her by the church’s private eyes proved it…



During her interview, Hana says, “I think that if Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder ever decide to talk about this, they will talk about some of the operations that were launched against us, because they were extensive.”

We talked to Rinder, who said that between 1986 and 1993, he wasn’t working with OSA except for a period regarding Gerry Armstrong and some other specific matters. In 1991, when Hana’s surveillance was so heavy, Rinder says he was working on the LRH Life Exhibition as LRH PPRO Int (personal public relations international) after a stint in the Rehabilitation Project Force, the Sea Org’s prison detail. He says he had no experience in or oversight of the operations against Hana and Jerry Whitfield.

“But I have no doubt that they underwent the same things that were done to Vaughn and Stacy Young, or Graham Berry, or others I am familiar with” he says. “Private eyes following them, calling in complaints against them, moving in next door, listening in on cordless phone calls, the whole thing,” Rinder says.

One additional note. A few weeks ago, when we did a piece on the “Antichrist” version of OT 8, we noted that we were trying to get in touch with Hana. Former OSA member Frank Oliver had told us that in 1991, when he ran into the disputed OT 8 material in a filing cabinet at the Hollywood Celebrity Centre, he was told that it was a hoax perpetrated by Hana and Jerry Whitfield.

We did finally get a chance to talk to Hana about that. She laughed, saying she wasn’t surprised to hear that such a thing was being blamed on her, particularly in that fateful year. No, she assures us, she and her husband had nothing to do with the Antichrist OT 8 document, which became part of the “Fishman Papers” and has often been called a hoax, even by many church critics.

In our story, we talked to George White, a man who experienced OT 8 in the summer of 1988, and who says the Antichrist document was what he received on the Freewinds.

Hana tells us that she also has become convinced that the Antichrist OT 8 is genuine, and fits with the Hubbard she knew.


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Posted by Tony Ortega on July 29, 2014 at 07:00

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