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The LAPD has evidence a Scientology official it’s seeking has been sent to the Freewinds

[Hiding in plain sight?]

There are six women talking to the Los Angeles Police Department now in the agency’s three-year investigation of rape allegations against Scientologist actor Danny Masterson. And the evidence the police have forwarded to the L.A. District Attorney’s office has been described as “overwhelming” by journalist Yashar Ali.

But we’ve also learned that there have been problems with the investigation: Namely, employees of the Church of Scientology who have not made themselves available for interviews with the LAPD.

In fact, we’re told, the LAPD has been unable to locate several key Scientology staffers it wants to talk to, and it got back to us that one of the LAPD investigators joked that the church must be holding them all on a boat somewhere to make them unavailable.

Well, that police detective might have been joking, but we’re not so sure he’s far off the mark.

We have learned that at least one of the Scientology officials the LAPD would like to talk to was sent away to the Freewinds, Scientology’s private cruise ship in the Caribbean, and it was done so suddenly his own family is reeling.


“Have you heard from him at all?” a family member asked another in a text conversation that we managed to obtain.

Replied the other family member: “Nope. And I’m actually kinda pissed at him really. [Redacted] texted me at the beginning of August to let me know that He and [redacted] left to go work on the Freewinds ship off the coast of Florida. When he works on the ship, he of course has no cell phone service because he’s on the ocean….When I asked her how long he’d be gone, guess what she said… ‘Maybe 1 to 2 years’. YEARSSSSS.”

“Wtf,” the first family member replied.


Yes, what the f–, indeed.

The LAPD has been informed about the conversation and that the official they want to speak to is on Scientology’s barge, and we suspect that if a police contingent visited the ship, they might find some of the other Scientology figures they’re looking for.

However, the LAPD has told our sources that it cannot leave the country to visit the Freewinds, even in a case with such serious allegations of sexual assault.

When founder L. Ron Hubbard took to sea in 1967 and ran Scientology from the yacht Apollo in the Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Caribbean until 1975, he did so in order to keep away from American and British authorities that had been looking into his practices. Today, Scientology operates its floating cathedral the Freewinds in the Caribbean, and in part for the same reason. Valeska Paris, for example, told us that she spent 11 years working on the ship as a prisoner because the church wanted to keep her away from her mother, who had gone on French television to denounce Scientology. In the Caribbean, the ship escapes much scrutiny.

And Scientology has spent decades developing strong relationships with the islands that the Freewinds visits — some of them have even erected monuments to the ship in their harbors.

So apparently, with law enforcement held at bay, the only thing Los Angeles staffers cooling their heels on the ship might have to worry about is catching a case of the measles.



Bonus items from our tipsters

At the Silicon Valley org, staffers demonstrate what happens if your only source of math education is Study Tech.



Leaked document of the day

From the Valley Org documents release comes this item.

Late for muster! Well, well, these folks are this close to an ethics action! And it’s fun to see a list of current (well, 2017) folks in the Valley Org. Anyone missing any of these folks?



Source Code

“If you went into this technical society and you could just make better screwdrivers than anybody else, why, if you had any acumen at all, you eventually would make some kind of a minor success of the situation. But we’re not talking now about screwdrivers. We’re talking about the stuff of which life is made: life itself. And any time you get a technology of that character going forward, and you have a grasp of that technology, you cannot help but win. You don’t even have to try to win. People will come ahead and present you with large sections of Earth. That is all. I mean, it can’t help it. For instance, right now I’ve told them occasionally, from time to time, they’d never get into space without us. I’ve told them that from time to time. Well, what do you know? Cape Canaveral just sent for a Scientologist. They won’t get into space without us.” — L. Ron Hubbard, December 12, 1961


Overheard in the FreeZone

“My understanding is that Ron expected Class VIIIs to be the ones to export the Tech to the next planet and the next planet and so on. Otherwise, if LRH is the only exporter around, you’re looking at a universe which will never be cleared until the last sun is just an ember. Now consider the practical aspects of exporting Scientology to another planet. How much time are you really going to spend explaining who the Founder was? Consider that you could be dealing with a population of doll bodies, lizard bodies, insect bodies, no bodies, meat bodies, etc. It’s doubtful you’re going to walk around with 8x10s of Ron in your meter case to pass out. I would never take credit for developing Scientology; I would always say it was developed by this guy who lived on the third planet on your left. But I sincerely doubt I would dwell for any length of time on the personal details of Ron. Someone asks, how many times he was married or how many kids he had… who cares? What brand of coffee did he like the most? Honestly, folks, I have no idea. In the broad scheme of things, Ron and who he was won’t matter much. But the Tech will.”


Random Howdy

“I remember one time I was talking to vaLLarrr and she let slip that the universe was 76 trillion years old. The next day she tried to make out she had been talking about the multiverse theory, but when I pressed her on it she admitted that wasn’t what she originally meant — she was honest in a weird way. That was a big win for me to get her to engage in verbal tech because normally she was super slick about avoiding that.”


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

[Jenna Elfman, Giovanni Ribisi, and Greta Van Susteren]

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] Tiponi Grey, 1968-2018, a woman who told off Scientology for its lack of compassion
[TWO years ago] For the first time: The FBI file of Gabe Cazares, the Clearwater mayor targeted by Scientology
[THREE years ago] Scientology and ‘aliens’: What did L. Ron Hubbard actually say about space invaders?
[FOUR years ago] More leaked video: Watch Scientology welcome 2007, a year David Miscavige would regret
[FIVE years ago] Jon Atack packs a lot into a new short book — ‘Scientology: The Cult of Greed’
[SIX years ago] Judge Whittemore grants Luis Garcia discovery of Scientology’s murky trusts in fraud lawsuit
[SEVEN years ago] Only 2,418 Scientologists in England and Wales, Vastly Outnumbered by Jedi Knights
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Leader David Miscavige Digs Israel; BONUS: Black People are Cool!


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,656 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,785 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,289 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,809 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 829 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 720 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,027 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,895 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,669 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,443 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,789 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,355 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,274 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,442 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,023 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,284 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,322 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,035 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,561 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,087 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,650 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,790 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,110 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,966 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,085 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,440 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,743 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,849 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,251 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,123 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,706 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,201 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,455 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,564 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on December 12, 2019 at 07:00

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