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US Sheriffs, dead or alive — Scientology is happy to use them for self-promotion

Rod Keller once again gets the drop on Scientology’s sneaky front groups…

This photo of Ocala, Florida police officer Walter Pressley shows a seminar for fellow officers using the materials of the Foundation for a Drug Free World. Scientology leader David Miscavige currently uses it on the “accomplishments” page of his web site, Officer Pressley died in January 2018, and probably had no idea his efforts were an accomplishment for Scientology.


[Scientologists Marisa Eckelberry and Julieta Santagostino at Pompano Beach High School in September]


Scientology has a public relations dilemma with their front group the Foundation for a Drug-Free World. On the one hand the false name is needed because the groups they attempt to recruit as allies would be unlikely to respond to a Scientology-branded approach. On the other hand they use the Foundation as an example of the good works of Scientology when stories about abuse and deception are in the news or being investigated by government officials.


[Tracey Coleman, DSA London in September]

The usual ruse used in press releases and interviews is that Scientology “supports” the foundation. That’s true as far as it goes, but the foundation is run in each Scientology org under the Director of Special Affairs, or DSA. The DSA is the top Scientologist in the Office of Special Affairs, or OSA. They are responsible for public relations, investigating and attacking Scientology’s enemies, and directing any legal matters. The DSA runs programs sent down from international or continental level Scientology orgs and creates Admin Scales and Battle Plans according to the policies of L. Ron Hubbard. When the Scientology name and logo are used in a photo, the connection between the foundation and the rest of Scientology is obvious. But that’s rarely the case.


More commonly the Foundation operates without the Scientology imprint, as they did at this Back to School Bash at Adams 12 Five Star Schools, a public school district in Thornton, Colorado in August. Schools and police departments are the main targets of Scientology, and this week they announced a partnership with the National Institute for Jail Operations to distribute drug information to prisoners with a history of substance abuse. The press release doesn’t contain the word “Scientology.”


The NIJA was formed in 2011 as a division of the National Sheriff’s Association, a membership organization for sheriffs, chiefs of police, and others to provide training and to lobby on behalf of its membership. They publish Sheriff and Deputy magazine. Scientology will provide its drug information materials for free to anybody, and now that information is also free to jail administrators and their prisoners. The NIJA did not respond to a request for comment.


[Utah Sheriffs Association 2018 conference]


[2018 IAS awards at Maiden Voyage]

Scientology’s contact with the sheriffs comes through a familiar name to Underground Bunker readers, Angela Marion. She and her husband Brandon are publics at the Denver org and the couple has reached the Platinum Meritorious level for donating at least $2.5 million to the International Association of Scientologists. Brandon Marion is the founder and managing partner of Aspen Private Capital, an investment consulting company. He lists Scientologists Kirstie Alley, Patrick Clouden, Catherine Bell and Taron Lexton on his references page.

So what is the problem with prisoners getting access to drug information? One reason is the inaccuracies that mingle with the true information in the materials. These come from Dianetics, the Purification Rundown and other writings by L. Ron Hubbard. They are all false.

All drugs are poisons.
All drugs are either stimulants or sedatives, depending on the dosage.
All drugs are stored in body fat and can be released years later creating flashbacks and cravings for the drug.
All drugs dull the senses and impair creativity.

The other reason this is a bad idea for sheriffs is that Scientology believes they have the only solution to the problem of drugs in the technology of L. Ron Hubbard. The NIJA press release contains the claim that the Foundation for a Drug Free World provides access to “a worldwide network of volunteers, programming, educational handouts and recovery tools, and more.” Recovery tools here means Narconon, the Scientology program that treats addicts with megadoses of vitamins, long hours of saunas and Scientology’s training routines, or TRs. Narconon’s process is without any medical foundation. It can be dangerous to perform and there is no evidence of their claim that Narconon produces “three times the success rate of all other drug rehabilitation programs.”

— Rod Keller


Detroit goes Ideal

Just some of the great shots taken yesterday by FreedomOfThought and uploaded by Shorpy yesterday at the event in Detroit…



Scientology’s celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs’ — now with comments!

[Justin Meldal-Johnsen and the Copenhagen Ideal Org]

We’re building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs.’ We’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them, in order to build a record and maintain a watch as Scientology continues its inexorable decline — and yes, we finally have comments working on these new pages! Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Previously, we posted pages for celebrities Anne Archer, Beck Hansen, Catherine Bell, Chick Corea, Elisabeth Moss, Erika Christensen, Ethan Suplee, Giovanni Ribisi, Greta Van Susteren, Jenna Elfman, John Travolta, Juliette Lewis, Kelly Preston, Kirstie Alley, Laura Prepon, Marisol Nichols, Michael Peña, Nancy Cartwright, Tom Cruise Danny Masterson, Stanley Clarke, Edgar Winter, Alanna Masterson, Billy Sheehan, Judy Norton-Taylor, Terry Jastrow, Eddie Deezen, Sofia Milos, Bodhi Elfman, Rebecca Minkoff, Doug E. Fresh, and Christopher Masterson. And for the Ideal Orgs of Portland, Oregon; Sydney, Australia; San Diego, California; Denver, Colorado; Nashville, Tennessee; Perth, Australia; Tokyo, Japan; Sacramento, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Silicon Valley, California; Rome, Italy; Orlando, Florida; Moscow, Russia; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Seattle, Washington; Dallas, Texas; Melbourne, Australia; San Fernando Valley, California; Pasadena, California; Bogotá, Colombia; Budapest, Hungary; Phoenix, Arizona; London, England; Orange County, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Auckland, New Zealand; Miami, Florida; Basel, Switzerland; Berlin, Germany; Birmingham, England; Brussels, Belgium; Buffalo, New York; and Cambridge, Ontario.

Today it’s Justin Meldal-Johnsen and Copenhagen, Denmark!


Coming November 1

Paulette tells us we can reveal the publication date she has set. We’ll let you know when pre-ordering begins.


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,238 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,871 days
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 414 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 302 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,477 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,251 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,025 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,371 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 10,937 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,605 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,865 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,905 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,617 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,143 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,232 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,372 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,692 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,548 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,667 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,023 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,325 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,431 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,834 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,705 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,288 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,793 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,037 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,146 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on October 15, 2018 at 07:00

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Our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, is on sale at Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook versions. We’ve posted photographs of Paulette and scenes from her life at a separate location. Reader Sookie put together a complete index. More information can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

The Best of the Underground Bunker, 1995-2017 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Undergound Bunker (2012-2017), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

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