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Images from spy camera show Clearwater bar owner not only target

[Clay Irwin’s house, as captured by the camera]

Clearwater bar owner Clay Irwin has obtained some images from the camera he found aimed at his house recently, and they contained a surprise.

Irwin opened a bar in January, the Lucky Anchor on Cleveland Street in Clearwater, Florida. His bar was smack in the middle of the Church of Scientology’s “Flag Land Base” which takes up much of the city’s downtown.

Clay had told us he wanted to be a good neighbor to the church, but then he received an impromptu tour of the new condo penthouse being prepared for Tom Cruise, just down the street, and since then his relationship with the organization has been more contentious.

But he was stunned to find the camera, which his dog Bruno sniffed out on his neighbor’s property. It was a time-lapse Brinno camera in an all-weather case, and his Scientologist neighbor denied knowing about it.

Because of his recent run-ins with the church, and because of Scientology’s history of spying on perceived enemies, including a famous case of using a remotely controlled time-lapse camera outside the Rathbun home in Texas, it didn’t take much to convince Clay that the church has had his house under surveillance.


Our request for a statement from the church, however, has not elicited a response.

Clay has managed to extract images from the camera, and he shared them with us.

Not surprisingly, the images included shots of Clay’s house, taken during the day and at night.


Clay tells us that the camera also captured an image of the man who placed it, but it’s hard to see his face because of what appears to be the beam from a flashlight….


And what really surprised Clay, he tells us, is to find that the camera had apparently been used in another surveillance operation earlier this year. Can anyone tell us if they recognize who the target of this stalking was?


“I’m going to have the serial number of the camera traced,” Clay tells us.

“Every time I leave the house I’m looking for cameras. I’m creeped the eff out.”


Tell us about your independence on the Fourth of July

We’re celebrating another Independence Day here in the US, and as in past July 4 observations, we’d like to hear your personal tale of dissolving the bands that held you in thrall to the Church of Scientology.

Whether it was long ago or just last year, what was it that made you question a way of thinking that requires such total dedication from its adherents?

We can never get enough of these stories, and we hope you’ll share yours in the comments section today.

And if you’re celebrating the holiday today, please enjoy yourself and stay safe!


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on July 4, 2017 at 07:00

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