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The Scientology-‘Ancient Aliens’ tie-in we just know you were waiting for

[Bramley on Ancient Aliens]

We want to thank the reader who went deep into their personal Scientology documents collection to find the weird entry we have for you on this Saturday, which just happens to be the day of the week when we consider “Scientology Lit.”

This is lit, all right.

It’s not the first time this document has been posted online, but it isn’t something you see every day. It’s a condemnation by the church of an ex-member who wrote a popular book that draws on Scientology ideas.

The book, The Gods of Eden, came out in 1989 and was one of those nutty pseudohistory takes on ancient aliens and the like that should have received no attention at all, but of course it became a huge influence on all of the knuckleheaded stuff you see on television even today.

The author was William Bramley, but, as the church indicated, that was just a pseudonym for a San Francisco attorney, Tore Dahlin, that Scientology knew well.


Here’s the church’s 1995 denunciation of the guy and his book…




SO ED 4577 INT 2 June 1995






There have been reports that a book entitled THE GODS OF EDEN, which contains off-beat materials, was being read and promoted by a few Scientologists(TM) who were not fully informed about the materials of the author.

This book includes data and concepts taken from Scientology(R) materials without authorization such as conditions, the third party law and religion with graduated steps.

The author, William Bramley, whose real name is Tore Dahlin, is an ex-Scientologist and former staff member. Dahlin was also a member of a declared suppressive squirrel group for over 2 years and admitted to being in Scientology for the purpose of obtaining information from the Church to give it to the squirrel group.

He has a track of destructive behavior, causing enturbulation by spreading false and electrifying information on Church lines for which he was previously labelled PTS Type III.

Dahlin requested to be removed from staff because, in his own words, he was “insane and a danger to the group” and had evil intentions towards fellow Scientologists and staff members.

He then left Scientology in the early 1980s as real Scientologists wouldn’t let him carry on spreading his electrifying activities and information to other Scientologists.

In March 1994, over a decade after leaving the Church, he wrote and distributed a disavowal of the Church of Scientology in which he attempted to spread further entheta and false information. In HCO PL 23 December 1965RB, Rev. 8 January 1991, SUPPRESSIVE ACTS, SUPPRESSION OF SCIENTOLOGY AND SCIENTOLOGISTS, LRH states: “Such suppressive acts include:… Public disavowal of Scientology or Scientologists in good standing with Scientology organizaitons.”

In HCO PL 7 February 1965, KEEPING SCIENTOLOGY WORKING, LRH states: “I recall one student who was squirreling on an Academy course and running a lot of offbeat whole track on other students after course hours. The Academy students were in a state of electrification on all these new expereiences and weren’t quickly brought under control, and the student himself never was given the works on Seven, Eight, Nine and Ten so they stuck. Subsequently, this student prevented another squirrel from being straightened out and his wife died of cancer resulting from physical abuse. A hard, tough instructor at that moment could have salvaged two squirrels and saved the life of a girl. But no, students had the right to do whatever they pleased.”


If you run across this book or a Scientologist who is reading it or promoting it, alert the International Justice Chief and ensure that the person is routed to the Cramming Officer of his or her org and crammed/hatted on HCO PL 14 February 1965, SAFEGUARDING TECHNOLOGY and HCO PL 7 February 1965, KEEPING SCIENTOLOGY WORKING.


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Isn’t that fun? Scientology condemning a guy for writing a lot of ancient aliens pablum because it’s a squirrel ripoff of L. Ron Hubbard. Ouch.

Hubbard, after all, told his followers that the people of earth were sleepwalking inmates on a prison planet run by alien forces that have been here for tens of thousands of years.

Bramley apparently took the Von Däniken nonsense and grafted Hubbard on top of it, claiming that human history had been influenced by a hidden cabal he called the “Brotherhood of the Snake” which were ancient aliens in our midst.

For a more detailed breakdown of how The Gods of Eden makes use of Hubbard’s crackpot cosmology, there’s a good rundown here.

Bramley/Dahlin went on to write a book proposing alternate theories about who this Jesus character really was, and then, under the name Tore “Zoom” Dahlin, in 2008 he directed a movie set in SF’s drag queen community, Corky’s Hot Ice. In 2013, he also put out a documentary, Scandal of the State Bar, after he was disbarred in 2012.

Anyway, as for the quality of research in The Gods of Eden, we were glad to see that Jason Colavito, our favorite pseudohistory debunker, took a brief look at Bramley’s book in 2011. Here’s a part of it, regarding this relief carving, that Bramley says represents a UFO…




Bramley wants us to believe that every single aspect of this relief is symbolic and stylized except for the “legs for landing” based on no other evidence than his own feeling that this aspect—and only this aspect—of the carving is a genuine observation of a UFO. The more logical explanation is that the legs agree with the wings and the tail, and all of these are parts of birds. The fahavahar derives from earlier Mesopotamian images of Assur and Shamash that featured a spread-eagle bird and a human figure riding within it.

Even if this were a depiction of a UFO, it isn’t a Zoroastrian one, but a copy of a copy of a copy dating back thousands of years earlier, to Sumer. As with all ancient astronaut theorists, Bramley is blind to cultural influence except where it suits his purposes in arguing for alien influence. The truth, however, is both more earthly and more interesting.

Ah well. This stuff might be crackpot nonsense, and based partly on Hubbard, but it sells. Apparently that’s all that matters.


The Columbus party is today!

As we explained yesterday, David Miscavige is holding his second ‘Ideal Org’ grand opening in only a week, and it’s scheduled today for Columbus, Ohio.

We don’t know if we will get any eyewitness accounts today, but eventually some photos should start arriving from the party. So check back in later today.


First photo in, thanks to Rod Keller…




Bonus items from our tipsters

Meanwhile, in Canada…



Source Code

“Auditing itself depends to some degree on miracle healing. And the longer you sit back waiting for the process to do it, and the longer you sit back waiting for Ron to do it, the less it’s going to happen. You’re not going to make Clears waiting for something else to do it. You’re going to do it. If you don’t do it — look, who else is there! There’s the pc and he’s been an aberree for the last 15 trillion, squillion years, hasn’t he? He’s been spinning ever since they pulled his last temple down on his head or whatever happened. Well, if he could get out of the bank just at a whoooo, he wouldn’t be your pc, so he can’t do it. And when you’re in an auditing room all by yourself with just the pc, you know, and a couple of chairs or couch or something, you look around real carefully and find out who else in that room is going to do it! Nobody going to do it but you.” — L. Ron Hubbard, November 9, 1959


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Apparently and theres evidence for this in my researches, aliens or beings from outside this dimension abduct people and tinker with their DNA, giving them dna that makes them more prone to certain actions like enslaving others, then these aliens dont have to physically invade a planet, they just tinker with the locals DNA and these guys then go setting up a New World Order and they are Earthlings who are doing it to their own planet!…Hubbard seems to be talking about this sort of stuff in the OT8 Truth Revealed Briefing. He refers to beings exterior to time and how they work through others in order to take over certain areas of the mest universe. This is my best guess as to what he is trying to explain in that document.”


Random Howdy

“How long did it take for the Shakers to cease to exist? As far as I’m concerned that’s the basic scenario we’re looking at here. The feds aren’t going to do anything about Scientology ever and there’s not going to be any Jonestown event (thank gawd) so what does that leave except a fade out to non-existence?”


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

[Erika Christensen, Ethan Suplee, and Juliette Lewis]

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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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,623 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,752 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,256 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,776 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 796 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 687 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,994 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,862 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,636 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,410 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,756 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,322 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,241 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,409 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,990 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,251 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,290 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,002 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,528 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,054 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,617 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,757 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,077 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,933 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,052 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,407 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,710 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,816 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,218 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,090 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,673 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,168 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,422 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,531 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on November 9, 2019 at 07:00

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