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Jackie Lacey insider: Unseat her in March if you want to see Danny Masterson charged

[Jackie Lacey and George Gascón]

We first broke the news that Scientologist actor Danny Masterson was being investigated by the LAPD on the rape allegations of three women in March 2017. The women had actually come forward the previous autumn, and the LAPD forwarded the case for prosecution to the LA District Attorney’s office in April 2017.

Two years later, after a fourth victim had come forward, and after Yashar Ali had written a story at Huffington Post saying his sources at the DA’s office said the evidence against Masterson was “overwhelming,” and after we had reported in February 2018 that the managers in the DA’s office had signed off on charging Masterson under California’s strict “one-strike law” for multiple sexual attacks and a possible life sentence, DA Jackie Lacey had still not said a word.

What was she waiting for? Earlier this year, we lucked into a source with key knowledge of the situation who explained to us what was going on.

Jackie Lacey, they said, was not going to charge Masterson.

Even though her entire office wanted to prosecute the That ’70s Show actor, Lacey herself was against it.


So why, we asked our source, didn’t Lacey say something rather than keep these women (and Masterson himself, for that matter) waiting?

Our source said that even though Lacey didn’t plan to charge, she was keeping the case open in case another victim came forward.

Months later, on Monday, we reported the news that two additional women have come forward with rape allegations and have spoken to the Los Angeles Police Department, bringing the number of women cooperating with the investigation to six.

So we went back to our source yesterday to see how they responded to our story. Now that more women had come forward, would that motivate Jackie Lacey to act?

No, our source said.

And for the first time, our source told us the real reason that Jackie Lacey would never charge Masterson.

She doesn’t want to take on the Church of Scientology, our source tells us.

The only way Masterson will be charged, they explained, is if Jackie Lacey loses her re-election bid this coming March.

In 2016, Lacey was re-elected to her second term when she ran unopposed. But this time, she has serious challengers.

George Gascón, a former LAPD cop, resigned his position as San Francisco’s district attorney so he could return to Los Angeles and challenge Lacey for her post. Also running in the race are two of Lacey’s former deputy district attorneys, Richard Ceballos and Joseph Iniguez. (Update: Iniguez has dropped out of the race and has endorsed Gascón.)

And Gascón has already indicated that if he’s elected, he’ll take a close look at a high-profile rape case that Lacey has shown no interest in prosecuting: the allegations against yoga instructor Bikram Choudhury, which were featured in a recent Netflix documentary.

“Sexual predators are often repeat offenders, and there are six women who have come forward with allegations related to the same man,” Gascón said in a statement on his campaign website. “That paints a very troubling picture. Unlike most other types of cases, California law allows sex crime survivors to testify as witnesses in order to establish a pattern of behavior or propensity to commit a crime. We must support all survivors, but from Harvey Weinstein to Ed Buck, Bill Cosby and now Bikram Choudhury, this DA has met a parade of victims with shrugged shoulders. I don’t know who will win this race, but I encourage the other candidates to join me in pledging to review the cases involving these predators. It does not matter who you are, how much money you have, or if you work in law enforcement, everyone must be held accountable for their actions.”

Ironically, Lacey is seen as the tough-on-crime candidate who has proven to be less progressive than her initial supporters hoped. But for some reason, she has held back from charging some powerful men like Choudhury and Masterson.

Gascón positions himself as the more progressive alternative, promising to reform an office that isn’t doing enough about police officers who commit crimes, for example.


But despite that ideological split, it’s the progressive candidate, Gascón, who is talking about charging powerful celebrity men who are sexual predators.

Our source, who knows Lacey well and has supported her in the past, says that Masterson will only be charged if Gascón can unseat Lacey.

The election will take place on March 3 (early voting starts February 22), and if one candidate doesn’t win 50 percent of the vote outright, the top two candidates will then face each other in a runoff.

Many observers are already calling it one of the most important contests in the nation next year. And we’ll certainly be watching closely.


Michael Pattinson, 1949-2019: An OT VIII who took on Scientology


[Michael in January]

We are very sorry to learn that Michael Pattinson, 69, died on April 20 and that we didn’t hear anything about it until now. Michael was an OT 8 who dared to sue Scientology in 1998, when doing so was a much scarier proposition.

He was a professional artist living in Paris in 1973 when he first came across Dianetics and Scientology. Eventually he joined the Apollo staff in Daytona where he trained with Class XII auditors, and he was even friends with Lisa McPherson. But although he completed Scientology’s highest auditing level, OT VIII, he was continually disappointed by the way he was treated in the organization, which had offered to “cure” his homosexuality. By 1997, he was fully out of the church.

With the help of attorney Graham Berry, Pattinson sued Scientology in May 1998 in one of the most ambitious lawsuits ever filed against the organization. But Pattinson found himself the target of a furious Fair Game campaign by Scientology that by 2000 had almost ruined both Pattinson and his attorney. Bankrupt, unemployed and without any further resources, Pattinson dropped his lawsuit in 2000.

He continued, however, to be a valuable source for us. Always enjoyable to speak with, Michael was quick to answer our questions. As recently as January, he was telling us amusing anecdotes about how Scientology goon Ed Parkin had acted up while Michael was being questioned in a 10-day deposition, intending to throw Michael off of his game.

“Parkin was often snide, made noises and faces that he hoped would undermine my testimony and was consistently unpleasant,” Michael told us. “He struck me as being a dedicated mean robot to Miscavige.”


We’re sorry that we didn’t hear about Michael’s untimely end sooner. He was a kind soul and took serious personal risks trying to bring Scientology to justice. We’ll miss him.


Leaked document of the day

From the Valley Ideal Org documents release comes this item.

We’re having a hard time imagining that any mainstream organization calling itself a “church” would put its members through this kind of interrogation just so they could get some counseling…


A-J Sources of Trouble Meter Check

Ref: HCO PL 27 Oct. 1964R Policies on physical healing, insanity and sources of trouble

(The below report is filled in based off of the metered A-J Sources of Trouble Meter Check. Full specifics should be included in the report on each question including any reads which occurred and any statements or responses made by the person receiving the interview.)

A-1. Are you intimately connected to anyone who is antagonistic to mental or spiritual treatment or Scientology?
A-2. Have any of your family or friends ever expressed any disagreement with Scientology or with you being a Scientologist?
A-3. Is anyone evaluating for you or invalidating your wins?

A-4. Is there someone who doesn’t want you be here?
A-5. Is anyone invalidating Scientology?
A-6. Is anyone watching to see if you are making progress in Scientology?
A-7. Are you here to prove to someone that Scientology works, or to show them?
A-8. Are you not telling someone that you are a Scientologist?

B-1. Do you have a criminal record?
B-2. Have you committed any crimes for which you have not been caught?
B-3. Are you currently doing anything bad?
B-4. Do you have any debts to any persons antagonistic to Scientology?

C-1. Have you ever threatened to sue or embarrass or attack Scientology or Scientologists?
C-2. Do you know of anyone who has?

D-1. Have you gotten worse or been harmed in any way, because of being in Scientology?
D-2. Do you feel that Scientology or Dianetics books or auditing or material are responsible for some condition you are in?
D-3. Is anyone else the cause of the way you are now, or some condition you are in?


E-1. Are you here on your own determinism?
E-2. Do you feel obliged in any way, or to anyone, to be here?
E-3. Have you been sent here?

F-1. Are you here to see if Scientology works?
F-2. Does Scientology always work for you?

G-1. Do you feel that special effort should be made to audit rich or influential people?
G-2. Should Scientology bear the expense of auditing for potentially important personalities?

H-1. Do you want to get better?
H-2. Are you approaching Scientology with an “open mind”?
H-3. Do you know of any other mental technology that works?

I-1. Do you believe that anyone can get better?
I-2. What gains are you expecting in Scientology?

J-1. Do you represent an attempt to investigate Scientology?
J-2. Do you know of anyone who is investigating Scientology?

J-3. Are you here to make any judgment about Scientology?
J-4. Have you ever gone to court about Dianetics or Scientology?
J-5. Have you ever had thoughts of suing or requesting refund if the tech “didn’t work”?

Additional Questions:

1. Have you ever threatened or attempted suicide?
1a. Have you ever seriously considered suicide?
2. Do you have any sort of security clearance? (If so, get full specifics.)
3. Are you or any member of your family a member or ex-member of the media, government, police, or spy organization such as the NSA, CIA, IRS, Dept of Justice, FBI, or any federal agency in any country?
4. Do you have any history of psychiatric or psychological treatment? (If so, get full data.)
5. Have you taken psychiatric drugs? (If so, what, when, how much, for how long?)
6. Have you had any shock treatment or so-called psychiatric brain operations? (If so, get full data.)
7. Are you terminally ill? Any history of cancer? (If so, get full details.)
7a. Do you have any body conditions, situations or illnesses and are you on any type of medication? (Get details and pull any strings.)
8. Have you ever been denied processing by HCO, the Office of Special Affairs or the Office of the Senior C/S Int for any reason? (If so, get full data.)
9. Have you ever had psychotic breaks (loss of touch with reality)? (Get full details)
10. Have you ever experienced heavy or over-restimulation? (If so, get full data.)
11. Do you have difficulties sleeping? (Get specifics.)
12. What is the state of your compliances to US or other countries’ tax codes? (Pull strings.)
13. Do you have a way of avoiding taxes that would be considered illegal?
14. Do you have any legal obligations you are in noncompliance with? (Such as child support, etc.) (Get full data.)


Source Code

“You go in one of these modern cemeteries, one of these nice modern ones. Boo! There’s more trapped thetans around that joint than you care to measure up in a long day of Sundays. And if you want to amuse yourself, put out a line on them and say, ‘Hey fella, why don’t you get on your way?’ And they sort of feel groggy, ‘Huh? Voice of God, must be the voice of God.’ So you want to play God? Well you ought to go down and do this some time just for kicks. Put a little bit of an energy beam on them and, or plant the thought, ‘You are now on top of the grave.’ Or, ‘You are now on top of the headstone.’ And if you really want to pour the juice into them — it’s kind of bad to hypnotize thetans, I usually feel sorry for them — if you want to pull the, if you want to pour the juice in on them and go just brrwhack! ‘You are now on top of the tombstone.’ There isn’t any doubt about your getting them out, truth be known. You can put out enough energy. Beam in, sort of bore a little hole in the guy’s head and then, and then put the energy concentration flow into the center of his forehead, in in in in in in in, and his skull will go spatter, brains and all. This is no joke. I mean, I’m not joking about this.” — L. Ron Hubbard, December 6, 1952


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Outside of Ron’s, there is no other tech out there. The best others have is a temporary stilling of the mind, which is well-nigh impossible to achieve. Keying oneself out by various means such as physical exercise or going on holiday or re-arranging the furniture is only temporary, bringing a few minutes or hours of relief, at best. The only other recourse is alcohol or drugs, with catastrophic penalties.”


Random Howdy

“Posting any old Scientology video isn’t automatically relevant. It should relate to the subject of the day’s article.”


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

[Kelly Preston, Jason Dohring, and Anne Archer]

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] When Tom Cruise go-fer and budding flak Tommy Davis was getting his Scientology hat on
[TWO years ago] Why is it so hard for governments to crack down on the Church of Scientology?
[THREE years ago] Tonight on Leah Remini’s series, two more families get ripped apart and ‘fair gamed’
[FOUR years ago] Postscript: How David Miscavige spun the death of Lisa McPherson
[FIVE years ago] Jon Atack: How to get a convinced Scientologist on the road to recovery
[SIX years ago] How Does Scientology Take Over a Mind? Jefferson Hawkins Tells Us About “PTS”
[SEVEN years ago] Vance Woodward’s Book Addicted to Scientology Is An Amazing High
[EIGHT years ago] Michael Fairman Sues his Chiropractor — in Part to Legitimize the Independent Scientology Movement?


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,650 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,779 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,283 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,803 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 823 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 714 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,021 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,889 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,663 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,437 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,783 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,349 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,268 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,436 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,017 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,278 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,316 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,029 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,555 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,081 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,644 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,784 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,104 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,960 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,079 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,434 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,737 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,843 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,245 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,117 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,700 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,195 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,449 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,558 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on December 6, 2019 at 07:00

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