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Scientology’s ‘Drug-Free’ influence-peddling plans for New York on August 1, in detail

[Scientology volunteer John Eurell and a Rockland County Sheriff’s Deputy]

Rod Keller keeps an eye on Scientology’s front groups, and once again he’s got the goods on the Drug-Free World group and its gladhanding of law enforcement in New York.

A tipster in the New York Scientology org sent us a list of events for the Foundation for a Drug Free World for August. They will be focusing efforts on the National Night Out, which started in 1984 and coordinates events where community members can meet law enforcement officials to increase understanding and reduce crime. Scientologists across the country have used the opportunity to distribute literature from the foundation for years, but usually fail to mention the connection with Scientology. That is the case again this year.

Scientology’s hope is to attract the attention of “opinion leaders” in a practice known as “safepointing,” such as this event last week with volunteer John Eurell and a Rockland County Sheriff’s Deputy (above). Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard claimed this is essential to establishing new Scientology operations. This year’s night out event is being held on August 1.

 

 
The event in Manhattan is being held in coordination with the NYPD Transit Police at Columbus Circle at 59th Street, one of the busiest subway connection stations in the city. The transit police didn’t return calls about the event.

 

 
The event in Brooklyn is being held at the 60th Precinct police station, 2951 West 8th Street in Coney Island. Police didn’t return calls about the event.

 

 
There are two events in Queens: with the 113th Precinct at Baisley Pond Park in Jamaica and the 114th Precinct at Astoria Park under Hell Gate Bridge. A spokesperson for the 114th said she was unaware that the Foundation for a Drug Free World is associated with Scientology.

 

 
One event is outside the city in nearby Yonkers at Sullivan’s Oval Park. A spokesman said “for me, there is no connection between Drug Free World and Scientology. I never heard that before.”

 

 
Later in the month on August 26th, Scientology will participate in an anniversary event at Pomonok Houses, a public housing complex in Flushing, Queens. The housing authority didn’t return inquiries about the event.

 

 
Also on the 26th is the Cultural African Preservation award ceremony being held at PS 55, the Benjamin Franklin charter school in the Bronx. Calls to the organizers were not returned.

None of these events are intended to recruit new Scientologists. They rarely even mention their affiliation. Hubbard’s theory is that allied opinion leaders create a safe space in which Scientology can expand, with new missions, orgs, WISE companies, Narconons and Applied Scholastics schools. It’s a long term strategy to prepare for the day when Scientology will control all institutions, and literally every person on earth will be on a Scientology org board. That may seem absurd, but the goal is “clearing the planet” and the scope of that goal is massive. It starts with safepointing and ends when crime, insanity and war have all been eliminated.

 
— Rod Keller

 

 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,813 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,570 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,916 days.
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Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 688 days.
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Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,237 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,212 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 568 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin in 4,870 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 977 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,379 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,252 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 833 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike in 1,338 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,582 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,691 days.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on July 16, 2017 at 07:00

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