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Did a little sunlight send Scientologists scattering for cover? An international update.

Scientology can’t hide from the eagle eye of Rod Keller, as his collection of updates demonstrates…

Our article on the Scientology-sponsored Faith and Freedom Summit 2018 to be held this month in Brussels with ACRE, the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe, may have struck a nerve. The event page no longer lists Scientology as a co-sponsor, OSA agents Eric Roux and Ivan Arjona-Pelado no longer appear on the list of speakers, and Roux’s afternoon presentation has been wiped out. ACRE did not respond to an inquiry into the change.


[Faith and Freedom Summit page before]





[A Scientologist protests in St. Petersburg, Russia. “Look closer at prisoners of conscience. I ask to adhere to section 28 of the constitution.”]

In St. Petersburg, the trial of five Russian Scientologists has begun. Constance Esaulkova, Anastasia Terentyeva, Ivan Matsitsky, Sahib Aliyev, and Galina Shurinova are charged with participating in an extremist organization, evading taxes, inciting hatred and enmity, and violations of human dignity. FSB, the Russian national police force, has raided the org several times since 2016.


Scientology has created a Russian-language web site in which they explain their side of the case, along with a personal letter of encouragement to the defendants from Scientology’s leader, David Miscavige.

Know that we are with you. Not a day goes by so I do not think about you. Freedom is the goal of all mankind. Freedom, Total Freedom – this is what Scientology stands for. In the “Prayer for Freedom” – the main prayer of Scientology – our Founder wrote: “At this hour, we think of those whose freedom is at stake; about those who were deprived of their freedom for their beliefs; about those who are enslaved or tortured.” Today our prayers are for you. We are a new religion. And, like all religions for centuries, we were unjustly attacked in the years of our formation. But do not forget: the lie must be exposed by the truth, and the truth, even though it comes into the fight, always triumphs in the end.

During the proceedings prosecutors accidentally handed the defense lawyers a handwritten post-it note attached to some other court papers. The note calls one of the witnesses a “moron” and the partial word “electro.” The defense is claiming that the note is evidence that prosecutors want to interrogate and torture the defendants using an electric shock device. It’s a thin argument, but perhaps it’s the best one that lawyers for the Scientologists can mount. Founder L. Ron Hubbard frequently describes memory implanters as using a shocking device, and Scientology’s front group CCHR is devoted to opposing electroconvulsive therapy by Psychiatrists.


As we reported last month, Russian authorities are not cracking down on any Scientology missions, and this week Scientologists continued to distribute literature through a variety of front groups without incident.


[Distributing flyers for the Foundation for a Drug-Free World at World Cup match between Iran and Spain held at Kazan Arena]



[Boarded-up Yonge St. org]

Scientology continues to raise funds for an Ideal Continental Org for Canada in Toronto. A Continental Org is a Class V org associated with an Advanced Org. Saint Hill has London, Flag Land Base has Tampa, and so on. As well as running as an Ideal Org, they serve as a dumping area for people who are in ethics trouble and are not allowed on base. The building in question is the old boarded-up Continental Liaison Office on Yonge St. But where is the associated Advanced Org for Canada? Scientology announced plans in 2009 to renovate the former Hockley Highlands Inn in Mono, Ontario, but as we reported last year, Scientology moved from that site to temporary office in Guelph.


Explorers at the Mono site last year found it completely abandoned. Scientology craves balance among their continents and the “Continent” of Canada is rapidly falling behind.

— Rod Keller


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,156 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,759 days
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 302 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 190 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,365 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,139 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,913 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,259 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 10,825 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,493 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,753 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,793 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,505 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,031 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,120 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,260 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,580 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,555 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 911 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,213 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,319 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,722 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,594 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,176 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,681 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,925 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,034 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on June 25, 2018 at 07:00

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