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Scientology’s billion-dollar slush fund, its slick operators, and how it gets around regulation

IASSetPrepare for Jeffrey Augustine to blow your mind as he takes us on another deep dive into Scientology’s finances, this time laying bare the IAS slush fund even more than he did last time. We think you’ll find this is Jeff’s best piece yet!

 
As discussed previously, the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) is not a church; it is an unincorporated membership organization. Per its charter, the IAS functions autonomously from the so-called “Mother Church” i.e. the Church of Scientology International (CSI):

 
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In the classic Scientology game of evasion, the Church of Scientology International (CSI) told the IRS that it does not have access to IAS membership records:

 
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Although the Church of Scientology International itself does not have the IAS membership list, CSI nevertheless blindly voted to allow the IAS to become the sole membership organization for Scientologists; this as it told the IRS:

 
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The Church of Scientology International also told the IRS that it does not have ready access to IAS financial records. However, in a pinch, CSI can somehow manage to find the records. This is classic Scientology doublespeak:

 
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Once we cut through the hype concerning the exalted purpose of the IAS, the naked fact is that the IAS is nothing more than a fundraising organization that pays commissions ranging from 2-10%. As the Church told the IRS, there are different classes of IAS fundraisers:

 
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IAS commissions can run into serious money. Perhaps some financially savvy Bunkerite will do us the favor of adjusting these 1989-1991 “IAS 10% commissions paid” numbers for inflation:

 
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IAS commissions reveal part of the “vested interests” inside the Church of Scientology who benefit from the status quo and want no changes to anything. There are plenty of people who make great money as fundraisers,. FSM’s, consultants, and conducting IAS Tours. They don’t want to rock the boat. There is no way at present to answer the really big question: Does David Miscavige earn IAS commissions? The answer we can give is that nothing in the IAS rules would prevent Miscavige from earning fundraising commissions. It would not be unfair to speculate that IAS commissions would certainly be one way to get around charges of inurement that plagued L. Ron Hubbard and cost Scientology its tax exempt status in 1967.

Judging by its behavior, the actual goal of the IAS is to raise unrestricted funds for David Miscavige and the Church of Scientology International. “Unrestricted funds” is an important concept in US tax law relating to groups with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. For example, if a church raises money for specific purposes such as a food bank it cannot then spend these monies on a new building without risking penalties or even the loss of tax exempt status. Therefore, it is in the self-serving interest of David Miscavige and the Church to raise unrestricted funds that can be spent on anything relating to broadly defined general purposes such as “planetary dissemination” or “defense of the Scientology religion.”

In the case of legal defense, the IAS can use unrestricted donations to pay for scores of non-Scientology lawyers who work for, and are supervised by, the Office of Special Affairs. In turn, these lawyers hire and pay private investigators. There is no direct involvement on the part of the Church in hiring or paying private eyes. This allows David Miscavige and OSA to have the best of both worlds, for they can use tax-exempt dollars to conduct campaigns of spying, stalking, and harassment while having plausible deniability. If OSA activities are exposed, as happened with the Squirrel Busters, the Church can claim that any spying or other covert activities are a part of “pretrial litigation.” We also saw Miscavige’s fallback position in the Monique Rathbun v. Miscavige case: The Church of Scientology International (CSI) fell on its spear for Miscavige by admitting responsibility for the Squirrel Buster operation.

Plausible deniability also allowed Karin Pouw to lurch into profanity during her recent heated denial that Scientology leader David Miscavige had any knowledge of the private investigators who claimed that he, Miscavige, told them to let his father die:

“So let me be clear: No such conversation with Mr. Miscavige ever took place and any claim that one did is provable bullshit.”

As an aside, the Church’s excursion into public profanity suggests to me that the tensions inside are becoming unbearable. There is never any good or sane reason for any public entity, particularly a church, to devolve into profanity. Indeed, the hyper-competitive and often ego-driven world of professional sports imposes heavy financial fines on any player, coach, manager, or official for public utterances of profanity. The Church’s use of profanity is growing and even Freedom magazine of late has used profanity.

Scientology’s intelligence apparatus is not cheap and that is why the IAS must endlessly fundraise. My educated guess is that the IAS has in excess of one billion dollars in cash. Given that the IAS is not a part of the Church of Scientology hierarchy, we ask who controls the IAS money.

Does the IAS Board of Directors control the money?

The answer is no. The IAS Board of Directors does not control the money.

As an unincorporated membership organization, the IAS cannot do actually anything in and of itself. Therefore, the IAS has an operating arm called the International Association of Scientologists Administrations (IASA). The IASA was formerly called the Foundation International Membership Services Administrations Inc. The name was changed to the IASA in 2007 when the corporation moved from the Netherland Antilles and became a Delaware Corporation.

As we see in this 2008 vintage recruiting ad, the IASA is staffed by Sea Org members:

 
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The IASA is not a church. As recently as 2010, the US Department of Homeland Security, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, denied a religious worker visa to a non-US member of the Sea Org. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services stated:

 
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The Church appealed this decision; the results of the appeal are unknown. The point is that Sea Org members operate the IASA, and, the IASA has no religious function according to a publicly available US Government document.

Our next question logically follows: Do the Sea Org members who run the IASA Inc. control the IAS slush fund?

Again, the answer is no. The IASA administers the affairs of the IAS but does not control the giant IAS slush fund.

So who controls the IAS money?

The answer is the US IAS Members Trust (US IAS MT) controls the money. Created in late August 1993, the US IAS MT became operational just prior to the Church receiving IRS tax exempt status. The Grantor of the US IAS MT was IAS Board member and Sea Org officer Captain Janet Light:

 
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Captain Janet Light put up $1.00 in cash to as the “Original Property” of the US IAS MT. The actual purpose of the US IAS MT is to receive donations made by IAS members residing in the USA:

 
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The news gets even more startling: The US IAS Members Trust is not even a part of the IAS!

 
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In one of Miscavige’s periodic purges, Captain Janet Light was removed from her job as the head of the US IAS MT. This was in 2007. The departure of Janet Light left the US IAS MT with only two Trustees. A third Trustee was required. Documents from the Garcia lawsuit posted here at the Underground Bunker revealed a bombshell: OSA Spy Boss Linda Hamel had been named a Trustee of the billion dollar IAS slush fund:

 
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The bottom line on the IAS is revealing:

— The IAS is not a part of the Church of Scientology.

— IAS fundraisers are paid commissions and thus have a vested interest in raising donations for the IAS.

— All monies raised by IAS fundraisers is deposited into accounts controlled by the legally separate US IAS MT.

— Per the IAS donation contract, all donations made to the IAS are nonrefundable.

— The IAS is legally separate from the US IAS MT.

— The IASA is legally separate from US IAS MT.

— The US IAS MT wholly unaccountable to the IAS and may reject any IAS request for funding.

— As of February 2010, the US IAS MT was controlled by four Sea Org members who are Miscavige rubber stamps: Carol Bragin; Mislav Raos; Carole Warren; Linda Hamel.

— Sea Org “Commanding Officer OSA” Linda Hamel is a Trustee of the US IAS MT. Hamel can therefore act to approve all monies needed to fund David Miscavige’s orders as executed by and OSA. This inherent and disturbing conflict of interest raises very serious questions that go to the tax exempt status of the Church of Scientology and its unholy fundraising trinity of the IAS-IASA-US IAS MT.

— David Miscavige controls the Sea Org and therefore controls the US IAS MT billion-dollar slush fund.

 
— Jeffrey Augustine

 
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Bonus photos from our tipsters

Maiden Voyage in Puebla, Mexico! Watch L. Ron’s magic work a room with a seminar on “Sales, Money, and Finance”…

 
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Hey, girl. How about a rubdown after this rundown?

 
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From London, actual caption: “The one and only Italian Giuseppe finishes his Objectives auditing and is in present time!!!”

 
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BOOK NOTES
3D-Unbreakable
We didn’t get a chance to include photos in our book, so we’ve posted them at a dedicated page. Reader Sookie put together a complete index and we’re hosting it here on the website. Copies of the paperback version of ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely’ are on sale at Amazon. The Kindle edition is also available, and shipping instantly.

Our upcoming appearances (and check out the interactive map to our ongoing tour)…

 
July 12: Washington DC, Center for Inquiry (with Paulette Cooper)

July 14: Hartford, MARK TWAIN HOUSE (with Tom Tomorrow)

July 17: Denver, The Secular Hub, 7 pm (with Chris Shelton)

July 20: Dallas, Times Ten Cellar, 7 pm (with Robert Wilonsky)

July 22: Houston, Fox and Hound, 11470 Westheimer Road, sponsored by Humanists of Houston

July 24: San Antonio, Folc Restaurant/Park Social, 6 pm

July 25: Austin

July 29: Paris, Le Bistrot Landais, 7pm (with Jonny Jacobsen)

August 4: London, Conway Hall, (with John Sweeney)

August 24: Boston, Boston Skeptics in the Pub, 7 pm (with Gregg Housh)

Sept 15: Arizona State University

Sept 23: Cleveland

Sept 24: Minneapolis

Sept 27: Portland

Sept 28: Seattle

Sept 30: Vancouver, BC

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on July 3, 2015 at 07:00

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  • flyonthewall
  • just saw this from DListed… it’s the caption contest winner….!

    pic

  • Sibs

    This happened! http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/scientology-documentary-going-clears-international-806731

    It’s Going Clear-Alex Gibney news. Let DM blow his top over that industry coverage!

    • Dave In Ajax

      I don’t know what they think they are going to stop, I live in Canada and watched it the day after it debuted on HBO USA, you can download it from any torrent site

    • PerpetualOutflow

      What a bunch of thugs. Sadly, it looks like these poor distributors need to be shored up with letters and assistance from those who understand what’s at play here. Hope Gibney will let this community know if that would be helpful to future distribution.

      • Allie

        Thugs is the perfect description. If Davey spent time actually being a good manager and directing his minions respectfully instead of threatening and bullying everyone all over the globe, he might see some progress in clearing the planet (the last part of the sentence is totally facetious)

    • Sky can’t show different Sky Atlantic signals in different regions for technological reasons

      Really? Sounds like techno-baloney. They’re quite capable of cutting service individual box by box if you don’t pay your bill.

  • TonyOrtega

    How’s everyone in the Bunker this evening? Your proprietor has settled in at Selena Rosa and we’re having fun eavesdropping on the Media Lush portion of the day. How’s it going, Lush? You coming to our London gig?

    • Supper Powers

      So what are the chances of you using Periscope for the next leg of the tour?

      • TonyOrtega

        I’ll look into it. At most of these stops, it’s just the two of us. We’ve had some great local support, but nothing in the way of video.

        • PerpetualOutflow

          Tell us what you need.

          • Juicer77

            Will you be there? I may be able to assist as well.

        • aegerprimo

          Live video would be awesome!

        • Supper Powers

          Please consider doing an AMA with us using it. While employing margarita tech, of course..

        • Juicer77

          I will be there and may be able to sweet-talk Mr. J into running a live feed/recording with his fancy dancy camera(s). Guess we need permission from CFI?

      • Supper Powers

        Removed bc I’m dumb and responded to myself instead of Tony.

    • TonyOrtega

      There’s a note about it in the morning post, but we’ll tell you now: we have live coverage in place for Sunday’s Ideal Org opening in Bogota, Colombia.

      • MarcabExpat

        … WHOA.

      • flyonthewall

        *thumbs up*

      • Jimmy3

        You had me at Colombian goodie bags.

      • Ruby

        The Captain will NOT be happy to hear that. Wonder if he is going to change up his agenda in light of that news.

        • Jimmy3

          He’ll be constantly glancing up at the sky, looking for helicopters. It’ll throw him off his game for sure.

          • Supper Powers

            Rinder Redux.

        • I wonder if Tom Cruise will show? This close to MI:5, the studio will be chewing nails.

      • Robert Hammond

        Maybe TC will show up and publicly announce his departure from the cult. He should drop in from a DC 8 for dramatic effect and then fly off in a jet pack.

        • Will he still do all his own stunts?

        • Commodore H. McCringleberry

          upvote for the jetpack (which would be a good band name).

      • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

        Ddddddid you just say Live Coverage of Sunday’s Ideal Org opening in Bogota, Colombia???

        Please tell us there will be no helicopter.

        http://i1284.photobucket.com/albums/a563/OTVIIIisGrrr8/david_miscavige_zpsnqmk5vpa.jpg

      • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

        Hallelujah!

    • MrsLurksALot

      Mr LaL and I will see you in DC, we’re looking forward to the event. You are a busy, busy man.

      • TonyOrtega

        Like a cat on a hot tin roof. Been too busy with some big upcoming stories to do much work on the tour. Luckily, the listing here is usually enough to bring a decent crowd.

        • PerpetualOutflow

          “Big upcoming stories” are most encouraged and anticipated–thanks!

        • Allie

          Awesome! with the operative words “big” and “stories”. You’re an amazingly hard worker, Tony, and please know how much we appreciate you and love your stories.

          • flyonthewall

            for rizzle

        • Robert Hammond

          Hope you invite some IRS and FBI agents to the DC event on July 12th.

        • Free Minds, Free Hearts

          “some big upcoming stories”? We are so spoiled.

    • possibly; I’ve just been invited to a couple of university meet ups from people who I haven’t seen in ages and one of them falls on the same day and time…. but it’s at The Soho Hotel, which I think is walking distance from Conway Hall… I’ll know closer to the time

      • Eclipse-girl

        go. you wont forgive yourself if you miss it. Make your mate come too

        • it’s actually one of those posted ‘facebook events’ and a sit-down dinner; people are coming from overseas… estimating between 20 to 30 of us; half of them Scandis… there are a couple gorgeous (single) Norwegians [based on their facebook pics] who are friends of the person who coordinated this who’ve I’ve never met… who knows how things will progress

          • Eclipse-girl

            that sucks.
            This is a time when Clones would be handy
            Someone else suggested that you go to the Paris event instead.

      • Robert Hammond

        Do it! You can see your friends AND stop by the gig. Or you can hop over to Paris on July 29th.

  • Brother from Another Cult

    So, in anticipation of Tony’s visit to my fine city, I took a few pics of his exceptional book at local Scientology attractions. Enjoy!

    • flyonthewall
      • Rasha

        Important lesson. The guy with the deck knows where every card is. The banter is to make it seem like more than good math skills.

        As entertainment – very cool. But, hey – isn’t that Miles Dyson? I’d start Skynet, too, if people kept trying to make me feel dumb every freakin’ time I got on the subway….

        • flyonthewall

          You remind me of my 7yr old at the circus who instead of enjoying the show kept saying how everything was fake, that guy has a wire, that’s not real glass he’s eating etc etc. You want these people to kill themselves for your amusement!? Enjoy the damn show already, lol!

          • Rasha

            Pfah! Not at all! Knowing it’s a trick/stunt/gag/act makes it so much more fun when it’s done really well. When someone says, “Here’s exactly what is going to happen, and it’s not possible”, then goes ahead and does it, many THAT makes my eyes light up.
            I totally enjoy the REAL show, which is the hiding of the mechanics behind the art. Just don’t try to tell me that the ACT is the truth, is all.

            • flyonthewall

              I like that too don’t get me wrong. Like that Penn and Teller show where they try to figure out the magician’s trick and dissect it, that was a great show. But the performer and audience entering into an unspoken agreement that the illusion could be real is what makes it exciting.

            • Rasha

              Totally agree. Didn’t mean to come across as a spoilsport. Just noting that knowing he knows where all the cards are is an important life skill, but being amazed is an important life component. That said, I really, really want to:

              1. Learn how to pass a coin through a glass table, and
              2. Not piss off Miles Dyson.

            • flyonthewall
            • Rasha

              Bwahaha! I’m looking for my Marshall Brodien magic kit, now….. Got to be around here somewhere. Couldn’t have vanish– wait a sec…….

    • PerpetualOutflow

      Thanks…maybe a group tour when Tony is in town?

      • Juicer77

        I’m in.

    • Eclipse-girl

      You are so ready for his vista.
      You will be in awe.

  • Bob Crouch

    As usual, Jeff A delivered the goods. However, as much as I would like to see the cult take a beating, I wonder if revoking their tax status could really accomplish that. These people sit on a minimum of $1 billion, maybe as much as 3. They were no less evil before 1993 and just as brazen. Not that revocation is not overdue. But I would not expect it to be a mortal blow, sorry to say.

    • PerpetualOutflow

      It would be an important start at a minimum.

    • Rasha

      Not directly, but besides being a massive financial hit (I believe they would have owed m/billions in the ’80’s), their mystical image would be reduced to corporate status, wherein the focus might well turn toward the value of services delivered vs. their cost, and I’m not sure, but I think “audit” would take on a whole new meaning to them….. Here’s hoping, anyway….

      • Bob Crouch

        Without a doubt: It would be nice!

  • PerpetualOutflow

    Off topic: From Mike Rinder’s blog. Bob Twaalfhoven and his beautiful wife need to wake up and save their precious two young boys (and their boys’ inheritance) from the blood-and-wealth-sucking chult. Please don’t subject your two young sons to this vicious organization and its immoral ways. http://www.mikerindersblog.org/thursday-funnies-38/

    • MaxSpaceman

      Don’t Cry for Me Bob Twalf-hoven. The kids inheritance will never be in jeopardy. Bob has so many hundreds of millions. And remember, Bob started off uber rich. His dad made way, way more money than Bob has.

      • PerpetualOutflow

        “Good for him” on the MEST side, but are his boys in jeopardy?

        • MaxSpaceman

          I don’t believe that the children of whales are in jeopardy as Scilons, no. Their wealth is so immense that the jeopardy, if you can call it that, is along the lines of the son of actress Anne Archer, Thommie Davies, who screwed up hugely with Miscavige and lives to be a wealthy realtor/whatever wherever.

      • Eclipse-girl

        I feel sorry that those two kids are being raised in the fascist organisation

  • Simi Valley

    My bad if this has already been mentioned downthread … the words on the Mexican lecturer’s whiteboard, “Saber, no saber, mirar” (know, not know, look) are the top part of Hublard’s “Know to Mystery Scale” which sort of parallels the Tone Scale. Caroline Letkeman shows a copy of the chart on her site – the Know to Mystery stuff is to the right of the Tone Scale stuff.
    http://www.carolineletkeman.org/archives/1340

    • Robert Hammond

      What’s interesting about this is that when I went through est back in the late 70’s, they put almost the same thing up on the board. Years later I studied with Dr. David Hawkins came up with his “Map of Consciousness” which is again, almost identical. Not surprisingly, Hawkins studied with Lester Levinson who previously developed a similar scale.

      Here is a brief description of Lester Levinson, whose bio sounds very much like Hubbard’s:

      “After suffering bad health (depression, enlarged liver, kidney stones, spleen trouble, hyperacidity, and ulcers) Lester Levenson, a physicist and entrepreneur, decided to penetrate his own unconscious and find the way of dealing with emotional responses. The method he developed is known as a Release Technique or Sedona Method.

      Lester came up with 2 acronyms that can help you remember the scale of emotions that progressively lead to imperturbability – the state of void, in martial arts also known as Wuji state. The first acronym AGFLAP stands for Apathy – Grief – Fear – Lust – Anger – Pride and progressively, like a ladder, take you towards a healthier version: CAP (Courage – Acceptance – Peace).”

      Having been around the new age self help movement for many years, I finally realized that most of these scams were just the same repackaged woo with different phony bios and made up phrases.

      • And behind all of these fringe ideas are various kinds of magical thinking – the most prominent being the notion that if you wish for something hard enough, it will come about (and if you fail to get it, that’s your fault for not following the gurus instructions correctly). This has been honed to perfection in Scientology.

        The rest is hand-waving which exploits ideas which have caught the public imagination and provides a raionale – I’m guessing here, but there’s a good chance that Lester’s selection of ‘Wuji State’ suggests he came up with his system at a time when ‘martial arts’ movies were popular.

        • Robert Hammond

          Yes. It’s all just modern-day witchcraft, voodo, and black magic dressed up in space opera and martial arts metaphors.

  • flyonthewall

    Have a good night peeps. This redbox movie, Fury, is calling my name. Shaddup-a-yo-face, I’m comin’ already!

    • Robert Hammond

      Fury’s a good movie.

      • Dave In Ajax

        eww seriously

        • SueAnne Lacasse White

          Have a great day.

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      Warning: There’s a clam in the tank.

      • Rasha

        No Spoilers!!

        • Intergalactic Walrus

          Clams spoil every movie for me now. He’s also a doughy astronaut in The Martian. which was a big turn off for me. I kept hoping that they would swing over to the Van Allen belt and leave him there!

          • Commodore H. McCringleberry

            One of the best books I’ve read in the last five years. Sad they’re going to put him in that role, especially since he could claim that he “postulated” all of the maneuvering. . . slimeball sack of crap. Fury was a good film, though. When he’s yelling at the new guy, I swear I heard him yelling MAKE IT GO RIGHT!!!!!

            • Intergalactic Walrus

              Matt Damon is “The Martian” and he is great. Pena plays one of the other astronauts and doesn’t do much. I haven’t read the book but people at the screening who have, said they were very happy with the adaption.

            • Commodore H. McCringleberry

              I saw the trailer. Damon will most likely be great as Watney- the Martian. The whole reason the story works is his general optimism, impossibly lucky skill set (mechanical engineer/bontanist), and will to live. Pena’s character, from a technical standpoint, is the most important of the crew. Honestly, I’d have a good amount of respect for him if I wasn’t having to think of him “channeling” some whole track experience like he’s not even acting. He probably does that same trick when talking to anyone in real life- remembering back to a life when he did their job. Barf.

            • Intergalactic Walrus

              If I hadn’t known Pena because of his CO$ connection, he wouldn’t even have made an impression on me. Same thing with Fury. I haven’t seen Antman yet but unfortunately from the previews it looks like he has a more substantial part there. Personally, I’d like to imagine that his CO$ dissemination technique goes something like this 😉
              https://youtu.be/T-1Nb6nWfLk?list=RDPwN3GTDIvdw

  • George Layton

    Here’s your sign.

  • Simi Valley

    So my 3rd anniversary of bailing from the cult came and went on June 28th amid so many huge stories that I didn’t post any of my own stories. But now I’ve got a few tidbits to share.

    As I stated previously, I lived in a Scientology rooming house in LA, right near the PAC base (and OSA’s offices) for 6 years before I bailed from the cult. After reading Debbie Cook’s email on New Years Day 2012, I knew I had to leave. One of the first things I did was call a lawyer and explain my situation of being very close to the cult’s goon squad and needing some information on how to handle any attempts by the goon squad to interfere with my leaving or hauling me in for interrogation/brainwashing/reprogramming. The lawyer explained to me that if someone tries to coerce me to go somewhere I don’t want to go or detains me somewhere against my will, it’s a crime (kidnapping or false imprisonment), and if someone attempts to do anything like that, I just inform them that I’m going to call 911 as they’re attempting to commit a crime, and most likely they’ll back off. And then call 911 to make sure that they get it.

    I also spoke to Tory on the phone early on while I was under the radar and she went over this with me too. It is not part of the cultie’s mindset to be aware that this type of aggressive behavior is in fact a crime, so that was part of my early re-education.

    In the cult, everything is everybody’s business and I had to get rid of all my Hubtard books and lectures without being noticed. I had a huge shitload of them stored in my room. Karen de la Carriere had given me the name of someone who would buy them from me, and the guy came with a van that he parked in the driveway of the rooming house, and paid me for my stuff, loaded up his van and drove off like 15 minutes before the Scientologist landlord showed up, which would have been dicey because in that snitching culture, I’d have had a lot of ‘splaining to do. But fortunately nobody saw anything so I didn’t have to ‘splain anything.

    Once the books were out of the way, it was easy to just start throwing out my “regular” trash over the next few months without attracting any attention.

    • Supper Powers

      Glad you are out and speaking your mind knowing you are safe.

    • Dave In Ajax

      just blows my mind that I am reading this and to think think this goes on impeded in todays supposed progressive society ….. kudos to you
      I need to dunk my head in a cold bucket of water ///// once again

      • jazzlover

        This is the one overlooked fact that stands out above all else as the biggest blight which Scientology (and other cults) proves about our society. It is a sign of total and complete failure, where, by definition, failure of this magnitude should not occur, not at this point in time. In order for it to be taken down, a severe reprogramming in our standards for civilization and civility will have to take place somewhere.

    • PerpetualOutflow

      Simi, I had no idea it had only been three years since you escaped the chult’s clutches. I celebrate your strength, integrity, courage and character and wish for you great health, happiness, love, and prosperity in the years ahead.

      • Simi Valley

        Thanks … as I’ve mentioned a few times before, I stayed in the cult an extra 11 or 12 years because of my extreme fear of reading the internet. When I got Debbie Cook’s email, I immediately googled Scientology and the rest is history. I had to learn the hard way to feel the fear and do it anyway.

        • PerpetualOutflow

          God bless Debbie Cook and her heroic act of courage that saved so many from countless more years of subservience and wasted years in the chult. So glad for you Simi–your best years are just ahead!

          • Ruby

            I was just about to post “God Bless Debbie Cook”, and then I saw your comment. 🙂

        • PerpetualOutflow

          May only great blessings come your way for making such a difficult decision.

    • Eclipse-girl

      I am glad that Tory and Karen and other provided you a network to help you escape.
      I enjoyed meeting you in Chicago.

      • Simi Valley

        Ditto! I actually had one friend, Eileen Clark, who checked in with me daily on my progress. Eileen was an ex-SO slave who had done about 25 years in the cult and was trying to create a new life for herself but didn’t make it and she passed in 2013. But she monitored me every step of the way until I was out of Cultville.

        • PerpetualOutflow

          25 years of her life slave laboring for the chult– Am so sorry for Eileen and will pray for her.

          • Simi Valley

            She had to move like 13 times after bailing from the cult and was chased by OSA. And she had a heart condition and a pacemaker. It was very sad.

            • PerpetualOutflow

              They have to live with themselves, Simi. Shameful, disgusting.

        • Supper Powers

          You must be fierce to get out, share your story and show up at public events all within three years. Sounds like you have good people around you, too. Congrats.

    • jazzlover

      You make your escape sound a lot easier than it probably was. Glad you made it out, and were able to get the support you needed to do so.

    • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

      Thank you Simi, These sort of personal stories are interesting to all of us and it helps in sharing.

    • Always Amazed

      Congratulations!

    • May I ask how man Hubbard books and other material you had before you dumped it, and if the people you lived with had the same amount.

      It strikes me that a huge personal ‘library’, which you have spent a lot of money on is a constant reminder of how much you have invested in their involvement (not only in cash but also in self-esteem).

      Consequently, living with it must be a powerful disincentive to cutting your losses. Once someone actually dumps the books, their mind is definitely made up.

      • Simi Valley

        I had more than most of the other clams living in that house, i.e., I had a full set of Congresses, Basics, ACCs, a meter and remote tone arm and a bunch of other books and course packs. I had to get rid of it to empty out the room and because I wasn’t planning to use the stuff for anything else.

    • Robert Hammond

      Is he stealing her soul?

      • PerpetualOutflow

        nah, just combatting her resistance (or ridging) to the chult’s indoctrination.

    • April

      The Oprah gif is funny as hell.

  • daisy

    daisy

  • daisy

    daisy so happy to know another one hit the road. Thank-you for sharing your story. All these stories and testimonies are so horrific but so inspiring.

  • daisy

    Forgot to mention Tory and Karen you do the work of angels. I sometimes wish we had a scientology church in the neighborhood just so I could picket

  • Andrew Robertson

    It was suggested recently that Kirstie Alley might be an Underground Bunker reader. If so, I’m sure she’d be interested in this fascinating article on the usually staid BBC News Online:

    ‘Tiny lemur has giant testicles’

    http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150703-lemur-discovered-with-huge-testes

    From an anthropomorphic viewpoint I can’t help wondering if the same might be true for tiny ecclesiastical leaders.

    Andrew

    • a propos of nothing I just realised that that show she bragged about appearing in the UK a few months ago … people living life exactly how it would have been a few centuries ago [it’s on my blog] – her episode was never actually broadcast… they showed 3 or 4 episodes and got hammered by the critics… the UK ‘celebs’ were truly Z list… if I remember tomorrow I’ll try and find out what happened [could be an interesting story there, ed]

    • Paul V. Tupointeau

      Tiny ecclesiastical leaders are members of the Sciuridae family, which includes squirrels and marmots, while lemurs are primates and therefore more closely related to humans. Squirrels are not known for being testicularly gifted, which is why they try to gather ever-larger nuts as a form of psychological compensation.

      • Andrew Robertson

        In the case of our favourite ecclesiastical leader, it might account for his success in cocking a snoot at the IRS?

        Andrew

      • Supper Powers

        Gifted squirrel tricks.

  • thought this was quite amusing…. happy 4th!

    pic

    • pic didn’t seem to come through first time…. trying again

      edit: previously refreshed 3 times and then it appeared….

    • PerpetualOutflow

      You meant to say Happy Freedom Day you courageous Colonials, right?

      • SP Wogsy

        The Rebels who don’t take shit : )

        • PerpetualOutflow

          Hoo Yah

    • I got this from imgur and it’s getting a lot of upvotes and the comments are all pretty Murica rednecky as they’ve completely misinterpreted it… which is funny to me

      edit: I think this is a perfect sample of the people who upvoted

      https://youtu.be/kyhCOPh48ew

      • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

        Wow, interesting, I wouldn’t have believed it.

      • SP Wogsy

        You’re kidding right? That is horrid.

        • tracking back on an imgur pic is nigh on impossible on the main page but it had about 50 upvotes and the comments could be summed up as ‘hell yeah’ [irony was like an aeroplane to them, ed]

          • Todd Tomorrow

            Must have been from Florida.

            • imgur is probably the biggest pic site on the web… it has as many subdivisions as Reddit and can be a nightmare to navigate… the great thing about it [for me] is a pic will come up there first before any back story develops and it’s often quite interesting to see the “angle” it takes.

            • Todd Tomorrow

              This has to be one of those 90 people interviewed and picked the dumbest. This can’t be true. Of course I don’t go to the South.

      • PerpetualOutflow

        We declared our independence from none other than…”California.” Beautiful and so fitting these days given the lunacy there. Please, those of you from other countries, please don’t think these people are representative of the IQ or education of the average American, puhleeeze!

    • Couch_Incident

      Don’t be churlish: F5

      • PerpetualOutflow

        We miss you, too.

    • April

      England just haaaad to push the stamp tax, didn’t they. jk jk
      One of my ancestors was a tax collector in the colonies. My family’s been here since the 1620’s.

      • I must admit that the 5 years I lived in the US were probably the most fun I ever had in my life…. mind you the police there genuinely scare me now and I’ve chosen to go elsewhere for holidays because of this.

        I had exactly 3 dealings with American cops when I was there and the only positive one was when I had a gun pointed at my head….

        • Todd Tomorrow

          Come visit where I live. If you don’t stab somebody in front of them they don’t want to do the paperwork. Actually, pretty nice guys for a big city. Plus, I have a get out of jail card you can borrow.

    • Couch_Incident

      I rather enjoy Newcastle Brown Ale’s Independence Eve ad campaign:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1YvJBwC4xQ&index=10&list=PLIxY25X_it-zY-3878b_yJOJxwan6ErOz

      • 90% lulz – the thing that really annoyed me was the jibe at free health [which is brilliant btw] where he joked you’d have to wait 2 years to see a doctor… now that really is BOLLOCKS!

        The NHS in this country really is amazing and [personally] I’ve never waited more than a a couple of hours to see a doctor.

        • Todd Tomorrow

          They must wanna feel that testicle head. A U.K. friend of mine had to go to France to get a cancerous lump removed out of her breast!

    • Missionary Kid

      I was born in one now former British Colony, started school in a second, and now live in the treasonous (to Britain) third. It’s better that we revolted, but I am grateful for the heritage, legal and cultural, that Britain has left us.

    • Rasha

      In deference to our cutural roots, I will be listening to “I’m Sorry , I’ll Read That Again” for most of the day.

  • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

    Just finished reading the article. Jeffrey, this took some time for me to understand, but it’s incredible work you sorted out here. Thank you/

    • Ella Raitch

      Good for you Dee. I’m not sure I really ‘understand’ it all yet and will go back and read all of Jeffery’s articles again. But I definitely smell a rat, and am sure that any agency with public servants who understand finance would be able to understand it!

      • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

        Thanks Ella. The IRS probably didn’t even understand it. Or Get it!

  • Todd Tomorrow

    Somebody was bad mouthing Cali below.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydXHuUXqPKE

    • Always Amazed

      Natives hate that word.

      • Todd Tomorrow
      • Todd Tomorrow

        Never bothered me.

        • Missionary Kid

          I know that it doesn’t bother many people who are in their 20s and 30s here in California use it, but to people who’ve been here more than 30+ years, it’s jarring.

          Similarly, it used to (I don’t know if it still does) to earn the annoyance from the people of San Francisco to call it, “San Fran.”

        • Always Amazed

          I thank goodness I ďidnt say all natives. 😉 makes me shudder…. Reminiscent of “Frisco”, The big Apple. Cali Barbie drove a stake thru my heart. 🙂

          • Todd Tomorrow

            I call it, S.F.

  • Todd Tomorrow
  • Supper Powers

    For those of us who missed this, it’s a worthwhile read. http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2015/06/acnc-could-investigate-church-scientology#

    • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

      Thanks, yes!

  • On a serious note about todays post [kudos Jeffrey for a bang up job!] a thought I had when I first read it has reentered my late night addled brain:

    If the tax status/financial situation/inurement or whatever happens to be the financial stick that sticks that sends this to court goes to court could it be argued JUST by the cult’s lawyers? Surely there must be some kind of rule that an actual ‘member”/trustee/director/officer fall-guy whatever has to be able to explain the situation to the judge as cross examination must be allowed, no?

    The point being is that scientology’s only defence in this day and age is to STOP any member being asked questions because if that was allowed to happen here I can’t imagine any clam explaining away what Jeffrey’s put forward.

    I know the main imperative is to keep COB away from any courtroom but can the US legal system keep ANY scientologist from being forced to explain their corporate breakdown?

    On paper it looks like a billion dollar “entity” can defend itself without any and I mean ANY member of itself from saying anything.

    …. anyway… espresso and cognac beckons…. will probably be less lucid in my replies [if I get them]

    • Todd Tomorrow

      Yes and no. History shows us that if you have the budget you can stall these things out until the cows come home, which may be never. That’s why we have so many poor people and other than white people(crackers) in jail. I’m no expert but BM has been made to testify along with Tommy. They make a mochary of our non-monarchy.

      • Another way of simplifying the question is:

        Can a [massive major] court case go ahead with no one from the defendants’ side actually being questioned in court?

        • Todd Tomorrow

          If they are married for instance they don’t have to testify against each other. You also can refuse all questions, in most cases, if it might incriminate you. But the religious angle also lets the clams get away with all sorts of garbage. Problem is they have 20 lawyers many ex-judges who can always find a loophole or drag it on forever. Seriously. I’ve had lawyers save my ass three times but I could afford it. Poor and your chances are slim to none. A judge can hold you in contempt if you are directly ordered to answer a question. But like in Snow White, they kept holding some and they finally let them out when they knew they wern’t going to answer.

  • Todd Tomorrow

    SubGenius 1, anybody seen him around?

    • Supper Powers

      Nope. Word is, he made an appearance at the Chicago stop, but he’s not been here in months. Maybe he’s lurking. *waves*

      • Todd Tomorrow

        That sucks, known that guy for years.

        • Supper Powers

          Yeah. Lots of people have been missing him. Wish he’d pop in and say hello.

    • Robert Eckert

      He’s stopped posting and says he doesn’t get out much anymore, but I talked to him in Chicago.

      • Todd Tomorrow

        Is he Ok, physically?

        • Robert Eckert

          Seemed so to me, but I didn’t pry.

          • Todd Tomorrow

            That’s good to hear. Thanks.

      • Just taking a break?

        • Todd Tomorrow

          YA ochen’ nadeyus’, chto takim obrazom ya lyubil yego sukhim ostroumiyem i stil’ napisaniya . Vsegda govoril, tak mnogo v neskol’kikh slovakh tak . I smeshno, kak ad

      • aquaclara

        I miss him. Glad he went to the Chicago event, though. If he’s lurking, maybe he’ll catch the nices notes from everyone.

        • Robert Eckert

          I e-mailed him. He has Real Life stuff keeping him from the Bunker but doesn’t want to go into it. He is well and we may see each other soon.

          • aquaclara

            Thank you so much, Robert. It’s hard when one of our family disappears. And he’s been around here doing great stuff for a long time. Send him our hugs, and I hope you do get to see him again soon. I’ll repay the beers some day! 🙂

            Hasn’t this been an amazing time? Never expected all this….

            Hope your 4th has been great.

            • Robert Eckert

              My neighbor put on some spectacular boomers and let me light off some of them.

          • aquaclara

            Hey– happy birthday!

  • Jack99

    Has this been linked to? http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/scientology-documentary-going-clears-international-806731

    ‘Going Clear’ Director Alex Gibney Says “Every Distributor, Every Festival” Threatened as Doc Opens Internationally

    • a few posts down… few comments… will be more of a big deal in next post I reckons

    • Hopefully it will be shown eventually in Russia as well.

      • Todd Tomorrow

        Da!

      • Todd Tomorrow

        Did you see the documentary on the anti gay gangs trapping gay men and beating them and dumping urine on their heads? It was so horrible to see that go on in Russia.

        • Da. There are violent idiots in every country.

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      Its too bad that theaters don’t do double features anymore because MI:5 and Going Clear would make a great pairing.

      • Good one!

        • Intergalactic Walrus

          And for the between feature cartoon shorts they can just run old LRon clips. He out-looneys Looney Tunes. He’s crazier than the Tasmanian Devil and makes even less sense than Donald Duck!

  • this header just appeared … a sub-ed after my heart…. although I probably would have placed the word ‘fucking’ between “of” and “a”

    pic

    http://theblemish.com/2015/07/tom-cruise-considering-becoming-less-wierdo-leaving-scientology

    • Todd Tomorrow

      “The Blemish” TeHe

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      About Tom & Suri: “They talk on the phone and video chat, but it’s not the same.”
      This made me think of the little girl in “2001: A Space Odyssey” talking with her Daddy while he’s off floating around in space somewhere, instead of being at home with her. Then, I remembered who that little girl was. Its ironic and sad that she (Vivian Kubrick) grew up to become a Scientologist, estranged from her family.
      https://youtu.be/vWwo6JpMceg?t=35s

      • a sad story indeed… out of all the celebs I have a feeling that the cult really, really, doesn’t want anyone to here hers

      • Rasha

        Oh, she didn’t, did she?? Gives me a sad. I love this little scene. All she wanted was a bush baby.

  • possibly my last post… a few pics from my clam collections that I think you might not have seen before or lately….

    • Kelly and John kissing is too ironic.

      • Todd Tomorrow

        Fuck, he gives his pilot better kisses than that.

        • Lol. They do have kids together though and all, so my comment was too harsh.

          • Todd Tomorrow

            On polozhil yego spermu v nametku indeyki

          • the one thing that always amuse me about Kelly Preston is that she’s the only woman that Charlie Sheen actually tried to shoot….. if you think about it there’s a helluva story/movie or whatever that could explain all of Sheen’s bullshit outbursts/performances over the years

            “SHE TRIED TO MAKE HIM A SCIENTOLOGIST YOUR HONOUR!”

            • But, but, it was an accident.

            • when/if I remember tomorrow I’m going to tweet/email etc him and his PR people…. he strikes me as the kind of guy that would use “she tried to turn me into a scientologist” argument just for the lulz

            • Charlie and scientology… What a concept.. Lulz indeed.

            • incidentally… question for those that might know… Kelly Preston’s history with scientology… can anyone give a tl:dr version … is she first or second generation… if second who bought her in or is there a story [like Krustie’s cocaine one] that made her a full on clam?

              inquiring minds want to know! {and are too lazy [or drunk] to look up themselves, ed}

            • Good question actually. All I know is that she is 1st generation. Her Mom worked in a mental health field interestingly.

      • SP Wogsy

        Pfffft, they are totally in love.

  • OMG…. I posted a few photos from my numerous clam folders over the years below … more often than not I don’t study them too much but I just had another look at this one…. I swear I haven’t done anything to this at all…. is the person in the middle who I think it is? …. it sure looks like her!!

    pic

    • SP Wogsy

      I noticed her in the pic below, but yes, it sure does look like Brooke Shields.

    • Missionary Kid

      Well, she went to Tom and Katie’s wedding. I thought it was his effort to make up for his nasty comment on her using antidepressants, and to show that he wasn’t such a bad guy. I considered it all PR.

  • Todd Tomorrow

    It’s officially Todd’s Birthday!!!

    • Todd Tomorrow
    • Is that a Morse code?

      • Todd Tomorrow

        No, it’s my Birthday and then I thought it was silly to advertise it!

    • Supper Powers

      Happy Birthday, Todd Tomorrow.

      • Todd Tomorrow

        Thanks, I never get too excited but for some reason this makes me very happy!

        • Supper Powers

          Well, it’s been a nonstop party so far and another trip around the sun is a good reason to get excited. ☀️

          • Todd Tomorrow

            I know and I’ve had such a great life thus far despite the usual stuff we all go through. I’ve really kicked this world in the ass!

        • SP Wogsy

          What’s cool is having July 4 th as your birthday. Happy Birthday TT. I hope you have a good one.

          • Todd Tomorrow

            Thanks, for all your friendship despite our little banters. So proud of you since you came to Bunkerville!

            • SP Wogsy

              The pleasure is all mine. XoXo. Enjoy your day old man! Drink lots ; )
              Gnite.

    • Newiga

      Happy birthday, Todd! Enjoy your special day!

    • Rasha

      MUCH BIRTHDAY!!! VERY CAEK!!!!! WOOOO!!!!!

  • Todd Tomorrow
  • anoni81b4u

    When will RTC trademark YSCOHB ?

    • Mockingbird

      Great idea !

    • Supper Powers

      Yesterday’s Supper Came On Hot Buns?

    • Bleuler

      I’ll compete with them under the future COBSCOHB brand.

  • Pierrot

    *** RED X +–+ Reminder +–+ RED X *** Saturday, 04 July 2015

    Good morning Night Owls and Early Birds,

    4th of July, to all our US friends : Happy Independence Day , have a marvelous week end.

    The week’s scores and RedX links: https://whyweprotest.net/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-121#post-2544297

    F5…Relax by SookieSookie. for RedX and flickred by Aeger Primo https://www.flickr.com/photos/120371503@N05/16789216215/in/set-72157642802079293

  • Pierrot

    This article by Tony on Bobby D. has only 3 recommended red hearts, below average number of comments and is well buried away in google search, do link to it daily and if you have not done it “flash” the heart red.
    http://tonyortega.org/2014/11/28/the-richest-scientologists-in-the-world-get-a-new-trophy/

    • aquaclara

      Captain Howdy is in the posting that day–so very well deserving of a heart click!

      Hey Caps, you would be enjoying the fireworks popping off around here every day. Rest easy, my friend.

    • 0tessa

      It’s 9 now.

      • Betty

        11 now

  • Scream Nevermore

    🙂

  • Vinay Agarwala

    It seems that the threat of disconnection is a very important part of the power that the head of Scientology exerts. It is that power that gives him control of all these legally independent entities.

    So the policy of disconnection is never going to cease as it is part of the control that Scientology exerts.

    • Chee Chalker

      Yes disconnection is DMs biggest weapon (I’d say biggest tool, but that is DM himself).
      Which is why the policy of ‘no kids for Sea Org members’ is so short sighted.
      The only thing that would ever keep me involved in something I did not want to be involved in, would be the threat of losing my kids. I guess at some point (when they were adults) I could walk away, but never when they were young.
      So, not only do they need fresh slave labor, but Sea Org kids would alao act as the ultimate collateral against Sea Org blows.

      If we start to see Sea Org baby farms, then we’ll know COB is getting truly desperate.

      On the other hand, seeing your child in filthy conditions would.be.enough to make someone blow (think Spanky Taylor).
      Oh Dave……what’s a tiny dictator to do? At least some of Dave’s old clothes could be used as hand me downs for the tots. Except for the Hermes blouse he wore in the ‘We Stand Tall’ video. I’ve called dibs on that.

  • The Dude

    Party. Drunk. There is a guy that our kids are friendly with. He tried to put a move on my wife a year ago. I don’t want to go to jail tonight but I have had a “FEW” anger issues over the years. I am here now because I am not kicking his ass right now. Please help me not go back out there and beat him senseless in front of his kids

    • aquaclara

      She is with you. She CHOSE you. Go have some fun with your honey.
      Forget that sorry ass bastard. He already lost.

  • Jgg2012

    Here are some more relevant parts of the 1993 IRS Agreement:

    VIII (C) (2):

    “An entity is a Scientology-related entity if it delivers religious services to parishioners in a manner prescribed by the works of L. Ron Hubbard and as authorized (directly or indirectly) by Religious Technology Center, Church of Scientology International or other entity…”
    OK, notice that RTC, CSI and other entities are essentially interchangeable. Why? Because they are all smoke and mirrors. David Miscavige runs everything.

    VIII (C) (4)

    ” Citizens Commission on Human Rights, National Commission on Law Enforcement and Social Justice, Scientology Defense Fund Trust, Association for the Better Living and Education, Applied Scholastics Incorporated, Narconon International, The Way to Happiness Foundation, and the Foundation for Religious Freedom are Scientology-related entities.”
    Note the inclusion of Narconon as a Scientology-related entity. Narconon now has 40-plus lawsuits on its hands.

  • wannabeclear

    I’m not sure anyone has brought this up, but if the slush fund itself is not a religious organization AND it is run by Sea Org members AND they are not getting paid minimum wage, isn’t there a legal breach there?

  • Elie Lim

    Great article. Thanks for the info. Does anyone know where I can find a blank 1993 irs form to fill out?