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David Miscavige made the scene in England: But how about his best Scientology bud?

Well, our wild speculation was wrong, wrong, wrong.

Because David Miscavige has held zero “Ideal Org” grand openings this year and none since the ceremony in Detroit last October, and because he’s talked about the rest of the renovations opening “simultaneously,” we believed (and still believe) that it’s his way of putting off any additional personal appearances in the U.S. because he knows that process servers are out looking for him to serve a series of devastating new lawsuits.

However, we also guessed that he might stay away from this weekend’s IAS gala in East Grinstead, England and beam in his annual speech in order to keep underground. That didn’t happen. He did show up, although looking like he’s lost some weight, perhaps out of worry, and his 59 years seem to be catching up with him a bit.

But he proved us wrong that he would stay away from the IAS event. So what now?


We still think he’s going to stay away from personal appearances in the U.S., but in other ways the IAS event seemed to have gone off as usual this weekend. In fact, there’s reason to believe that his best bud, Tom Cruise, made a big show of support for him.

People magazine (followed by many others) reported that Cruise and his son Connor were spotted in London this weekend, and usually, when Tom is in London for IAS weekend, it also means that he attends the event in East Grinstead.

So far, no photographic evidence that Tom and Connor made the scene have showed up. But on Friday afternoon Connor did post a photo of himself getting gussied up for something, and we are tempted to believe it was his first showing at the big event that night.


Tom, of course, has attended the Saturday Patron’s Ball in the past, and wearing his big “Freedom Medal of Valor.” Did he this time? And with his dressed-up son? We can only hope that a snapshot of that shows up somewhere soon. Please let us know if you spot one.

As of this morning, the Church of Scientology had not posted any of its own photos from the event, but when they do we’ll show them here. Besides the celebs, we’re interested in seeing a crowd shot to compare it to previous years.

So Dave, you were brave enough to show up at Saint Hill in a controlled environment. You have Ideal Orgs ready to open in Kansas City, Austin, and Columbus. Why don’t you drop on by?


Scientology is ready for process servers

We want to thank the tipster who went digging through their files and found this gem, a 1985 directive that instructed Scientologists how to avoid process servers.

With court representatives out looking for David Miscavige, we figure some employees have had to go through a refresher on this stuff…




FDD 145 DIV I 19 Sept 1985




A Sumons is an official order to appear in a law court. A Complaint is an accusation; charge that an offense has been committed, specifically such a charge presented to a court for the purpose of starting legal proceedings.

Thus Summons and Complaint is a package of two items, a) the Summons itself and b) the Complaint.

The legal term “service of process” means that procedure through which a summons and complaint is given or “served” upon an individual or entity at which point the court proceeds to have jurisdiction over that person or entity (corporation).


Service of Process can be effected upon a defendant in a law suit by presenting a summons and complaint to him personally. Also by sending it to the person by registered mail.

It has long been standing policy in the Church to not accept registered mail and one can easily see why this is the case. If one is not served in a lawsuit, the court has no jurisdiction over one. Once one is served in a lawsuit the court has jurisdiction. Accepting a registered letter containing a summons and complaint would bring one under the jurisdiction of a court. The policy is quite clear: WE DO NOT ACCEPT REGISTERED MAIL.


In California the law also provides that service of process may be effected upon a defendant at his place of permanent abode. However, in order to effect proper service on a person at his place of residence there has to be some evidence of reasonable assumption that the summons and complaint will actually be brought to the attention of and wind up in the hands of the defendant for such service to be considered good.

Simply taking the summons and complaint and tacking it to the door would not be sufficient service and could be contested in a court. A process server or Marshall handing a summons and complaint to a responsible person who is over 18 years of age at your place of permanent residence and the person accepting the summons and complaint on behalf of you would be considered successful service.

The handling and solution to personal service at the place of residence, or anywhere else for that matter, is simply not accept service on behalf of another and call security in to take over the matter and handling.

Security has the lines to handle such matters and must always be called and alerted if someone shows up here with a service of process.

Occasionally someone will show up here with a summons and complaint for an organization as opposed to an individual. The handling would be the same, do not accept it and alert security as they have the lines to handle.

Unless one has been specifically designated and authorized to accept service of process on behalf of another or an organization in writing, the handling is simply state that no such authority exists and to refuse to accept it and alert security who will handle the matter with the correct lines. Unless authorized you are not bound to accept service of process for another or for an organization.

There is another type of service called SUBSTITUTED SERVICE. Substituted service is a procedure for gaining service of process upon a defendant through other means as granted by the court. Such service might include authority by the court to effect service upon the defendant via a close associate of his, or someone the court has reason to believe has close contact with the defendant and could pass on the summons and complaint to the defendant. This type of service is usually used when the defendant can’t be reached in order to effect service on him personally.

The handling is the same for this type of service, you are not authorized to accept service of process on behalf of another or an organization, unless specifically stated in writing, so therefore must refuse to accept it and alert security.

Safety Officer WUS

Safety Officer Int

Approved by
D/EEI Security

Authorized by
AVC International

for the
Church of Scientology International



Source Code

“I don’t think God wants to communicate with anybody myself. I’m — some people I know, and so forth — I know some of the things I have to say, I don’t think he would want to communicate with me. I know an awful lot of people that, boy, he’d run if he thought he had to communicate with them.” — L. Ron Hubbard, October 14, 1953


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Like all SPs, Scientology critics don’t have a life, they’re not going anywhere; oblivion is the name of their game. Their main strategies are generalisations, shutting down comm, diversion, trying to be louder, pretending authority. LRH faced all that, even in his own ranks. He dealt with it in the most detailed way, with admin, ethics and tech; a massive body of work. Critics have none of that; all they want to do is shut you up; that’s all they’ve got. Critics, SPs, the CoS, have no solutions for the ills of mankind, the very personal difficulties we face in our own, individual lives.”


Random Howdy

“So my mom being constipated and my dad poking me in the eye with his dick is the reason my life is shit? Thanks Ron, I knew it was their fault somehow, but I thought it had something to do with bad genes.”


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

[Alanna Masterson, Terry Jastrow, and Marisol Nichols]

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?



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[FOUR years ago] ‘MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE’: Louis Theroux’s doc premieres tonight at the London Film Festival
[FIVE years ago] Former Scientologist indicted in financial scheme that victimized other ex-church members
[SIX years ago] Scientology Payback: Revenge of the Videographers
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[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Hates Clean Ice, Part 2: Another Target, and the Web as Weapon


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,597 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,726 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,230 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,750 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 770 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 661 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,968 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,836 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,610 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,384 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,730 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,296 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,215 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,383 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,964 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,225 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,264 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,976 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,502 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,028 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,591 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,731 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,051 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,907 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,026 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,381 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,684 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,790 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,192 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,064 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,647 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,142 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,396 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,505 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on October 14, 2019 at 07:00

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