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After 3 years of Hurricane Leah: ‘Scientology today is light years ahead of what it was’

Yesterday we looked at how Scientology seems to expend enormous resources for initiatives that really get them almost nowhere. And yet, today we have another reminder that for those still hanging on inside David Miscavige’s sinking ship, it’s always a sunny day.

One of our more recent additions to the tipster crew has kept us up on some correspondence she’s had with Scientology staffers at the org where she herself was once on staff.

Like so many former church members, our tipster has been hit up by these staffers with entreaties to return to Scientology. But our correspondent has had enough of Hubbardism and has been very clear about that in her messages and letters.

She shared with us that she had even tried to get one very persistent staffer to watch Leah Remini’s show so he could understand why she was so determined not to return to the fold…


I’d like to encourage you to at least view a show that changed my viewpoint about Scientology. There is no confidential material in it. There are no reasons you should not be able to watch it. The show is called ‘Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.’ The episode is number two in season three. Watch the whole show, but the scene that affected me the most was when Valerie Haney was being stalked and harassed by Scientology. She videoed herself after being served a cease and desist letter. The look of fear and terror in her eyes will haunt me forever. LRH says that “freedom of choice is senior to responsibility”. I hope that you will watch this, not for me, but for yourself.

After some time passed, she told us that she didn’t expect a reply, and she assumed that her letter had gone unread. But then she did receive this response, which we thought you would find interesting…


As to Leah’s show, I won’t be watching it. It’s scripted and acted entheta designed to cause the exact type of an effect that it’s had on you.

In my 42 years on staff and in dissemination, there has always been one “Leah Remini” or another ex-Scientologist who in their overts and resultant criticism said bad things about Scientology on media lines. I hear about it from time to time on the Div 6 lines which is where I am posted currently.

Please don’t take offense that I didn’t follow your recommendation to watch the Leah show.

Here is an article specifically about Leah. [Link to a Stand League piece about Remini.]

I love what Liz and I do every day at the Org. It’s uptone and Theta. Scientology today is light years ahead of what it was when you were on lines.

Bigger Org’s, better ethics and better tech. I have done all of the L Rundowns and am making preparations to do my OT levels now. Scientology has gone through lots of changes and it’s own ups and downs. And there for sure have been times in the Org where there have been internal suppressions from SP’s who having gotten onto staff, used their positions of power to suppress good people and create a dangerous environment.

LRH covers in policy how this can happen and what to do about it. Obviously some bad things happened to you and I can appreciate your keeping your own counsel on not wanting to “loose yourself”and taking steps to ensure that didn’t happen.

But every year [redacted], things get better. If you want to take a look at Scientology today, check out the new TV station and all the shows. Here is a link to the show that launched the station: [Link to David Miscavige premiering Scientology TV.]

[Redacted], you may or may not ever get back on the Bridge but I hope that you do. Check out the Scientology TV station, watch some of the shows if you want and you will get an accurate picture of Scientology today.



We’d like to hear from some of the former veteran staffers and Sea Org workers in the commenting community. Can you tell us what it was like to balance the idea that Scientology had all the right answers, was the key to this planet’s survival, while indications were that the thing was actually struggling? How did that play out in your head?


Bonus items from our tipsters

Meanwhile, at Flag…


That’s Anna Paddock on the left, who served as a sort of adjunct to the Squirrel Busters and was used to try and intimidate Monique Rathbun. Apparently, it’s not too late for her to learn how not to bring bad publicity to Scientology.


Overheard in the FreeZone

“My feeling regarding LRH at the moment is that he experienced far more difficulties with implementing Scientology here than he anticipated and is taking his time to destimulate before jumping into the morass again. I suspect that Justin Craig was a BT from LRH who wasn’t fully handled.”


Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Elisabeth Moss, Michael Peña, and Laura Prepon]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] A visit from a private investigator has us wondering if Scientology is behind it
[TWO years ago] HURRICANE LEAH: ‘The defenses are crumbling. Scientology in Los Angeles is dying.’
[THREE years ago] How Scientology repackages itself and takes in the New York Police Department and NY schools
[FOUR years ago] US Army catches Scientology ‘detox’ study rigging results, government document shows
[FIVE years ago] DOX: Scientology drug rehab center found deficient after a 2010 California death
[SIX years ago] Scientology Slackers: How to Audit Away Your Passive-Aggressive, Dominating Deviancy!
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology President’s Son Died of Prescribed Methadone While Sick With Pneumonia


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,565 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,694 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,198 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,718 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 738 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 629 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,936 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,804 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,578 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,352 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,698 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,264 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,183 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,351 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,932 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,193 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,232 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,944 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,470 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 996 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,559 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,699 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,019 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,875 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,994 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,349 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,652 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,758 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,160 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,032 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,615 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,110 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,364 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,473 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 11, 2019 at 07:00

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