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Scientology caves: Fred Haseney avoids court hearing, will take camera to Big Blue tomorrow

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[Fred Haseney, with ‘Call Me’ sign, at June 24 ‘Battlefield Earth’ event]

“Fred Haseney has entered into a settlement agreement, and he will be continuing his First Amendment activity around Big Blue,” says attorney Graham Berry, explaining why there will not be a court hearing today over a Scientology lawyer’s request for a restraining order against Haseney that accused him of stalking a Scientology employee.

For months, Haseney has been documenting Scientology activities with his camera, particularly Scientology’s attempts to “body route” new people into its L.A. facilities. A former Scientologist himself, Haseney told us that he had decided to leave the church after reading pages from this website. And his activities were not popular with the church. In May, Scientology vice president Janet Weiland visited the transitional home where Haseney lived (he’s been out of a permanent job since 2009), and tried to get the Baptist pastor who runs it to convince Haseney to stop his photography sessions. The pastor refused.

On June 24, Scientology lawyer Kendrick Moxon filed for a temporary restraining order against Haseney on behalf of Beatriz Castro Macias, claiming that Haseney had been following her to her apartment with his camera. Haseney denied that, and said he didn’t know who Castro was. A hearing was scheduled for July 15, today.

But earlier this week, Moxon indicated that the church was willing to settle the matter. One of our sources tells us that happened once Fred’s side let Moxon know they planned to call Karen de la Carriere and other witnesses at the hearing to talk about Scientology’s own history of stalking and photography.

Graham Berry would only say that a settlement had been reached, and that the terms were confidential. He was hired by Haseney after Fred raised money through the Internet.

“I was more than happy to assist,” Berry says.

But all is not good news for Haseney. At the same time that he was learning his legal problems were going away, he was getting kicked out of the transitional home, Hope Again, where he had lived for the past four years. We asked him why that had happened, and he said that right around the time that Weiland made her visit to the home to talk to the pastor, a new resident also showed up who took an instant dislike to Haseney.

Over several weeks, Haseney says, that developed in odd ways until he found himself being screamed at in the house in what he perceived as a clearly targeted campaign. Under the house rules at Hope Again, when a conflict develops between two tenants, both of them are asked to leave. So, on Tuesday afternoon, Haseney found himself having to trash a large portion of his possessions so he could move out. He’s now staying in a cheap motel and paying for it from savings he managed to eke out from temporary jobs he’s had over the last four years.

Still, he plans on being at Scientology’s Big Blue complex on L. Ron Hubbard Way tomorrow afternoon with his camera to cover the final Maiden Voyage event, and he is hoping that several people can join him.

“I really want to thank everyone who donated for the legal fund. I don’t have much access time to a computer now that I’ve left Hope Again, but I did get a chance to send an email to Paulette Cooper, thanking her for her donation. I’m hoping to get time to thank everyone else,” he said.

 
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Bonus items from our tipsters

Speaking of the fourth and final weekend of Maiden Voyage events, here’s the rundown from South Texas…

 
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Hey, girl. I have survived the Survival Rundown here in Odessa!

 
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Pascal Chukwuebuka Nwoga of Nigeria was nice enough to post online images of the letters he received from Youth for Human Rights International president Mary Shuttleworth inviting him for a YHRI event in New York next month, all expenses paid, and requesting a B-2 tourist visa. Thanks, Legoland!

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on July 15, 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…
Jason Beghe | Tom DeVocht | Sara Goldberg | Paul Haggis | Mark “Marty” Rathbun | Mike Rinder | Spanky Taylor | Hana Whitfield

 

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  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Hmm… I thought the Nation of Islam clams were only doing lower level Dianetics crap. It looks like they are doing the Super Power Rundown too.
    (refresh) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8988656d4ae49600dcdc20953a60bb9459ac2ff86264a36099f50687bfa89b4e.jpg

    • Harpoona Frittata

      It’s late and, apparently, my vision is starting to go because when I first glanced at Nayyirah’s smiling face and upraised hands, it appeared that his duffel bag was levitating, which I’d have to agree was a super big win too!

      Took me a bit to realize that the bag was just resting on a glass table…oh well, but if the Transcendental Meditation folks can do it, then it’s for sure going to be on the new grade chart soon, so not to worry 😉

      • Elizabeth Lavet

        What a hoot.

      • scottmercer

        OT Phenomena! Oh, wait, glass table.

    • That bag is full of Allan’s money!

  • 0tessa

    Just a thought.
    It is a pity sea org members don’t have any clue about psychiatric illnesses. Otherwise they would have recognized Miscavige rightaway for what he is. A sociopathic narcissist with an inferiority complex.
    And they could have handled him accordingly: just push him aside.
    Because the most powerful weapon a suppressor has, is the mind of those oppressed (Steve Biko).

    • Jenyfurrrrr

      One who’d likely drive a huge, lifted, bright red truck if he didn’t grow up in the Clamiverse & use all that tax free $ for vehicles way beyond his actual reach.

  • Wog

    “I wrote the book on Freedom and $old it to a bunch of people who then became my $laves. I make a lot of money and don’t have to hire anyone or follow the laws of the land because I call it a “religion”.

    I get to do whatever I want to people as long as they as we “appear” to have Sunday Service and Eccleaseastical $criptures for $ale. We get to hire the best lawyers in the land and these $aps don’t even know they are signing their rights away to freedom to speak or get refunds.

    I named it Scientology and I $ell hope whilst I smash dreams.

    I wanted to smash my name into history but me thinks…David Miscavige has me beat”.

    Criminal Con Man and Founder of Scientology Scam

    L Ron Hubbard

    • Elizabeth Lavet

      Perfecto!

  • Wise_Traveller

    Fred, It was sad to learn the church; sneakily got you thrown out of your residence. I am surprised; that a common sense approach was not taken by the admin of your residency in dealing with the eviction; to clearly see who was honest and did not cause upset. After all you have been there 4 years. Certainly long enough for admin to know you are not a troublemaker. I wonder what other tactics/pressure was applied here; apart from the staged breach of peace; did this scum cult employ to cause the eviction? I have no doubt in my mind you were a quiet resident.
    Wishing you all the best. Put that incident behind you mate….Enjoy the day ahead ^_* Hope you get plenty of video/photos of this cults activities.

    • Elizabeth Lavet

      It sounds like a perfect $citology cult scenario, but I am pretty sure we are all just thinking that that is a good possibility, not a for sure known. Just in case there is any confusion here. Hope they find out for sure, of course maybe they have. Do you know? One of the posters further down the line, who has dealt with housing for homeless, gave a good explanation of what happens and why, even though it seems this MIGHT have been a set up to get him out.