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Tom Cruise’s sister Cass the real superhero in the family, now with Scientology SUPER POWER

[Tom Cruise and his sister Cass Capazorio, with her husband, Freedom Medal winner Greg]

What’s the appeal of Scientology? That’s a question we get asked frequently by people trying to understand why anyone would want to go near the ideas of founder L. Ron Hubbard and his bizarre space opera cabal.

We usually answer that question by pointing out that only a tiny percentage of the population answers Hubbard’s call. The vast majority of people want nothing to do with Scientology, and over time the organization is shrinking. It now has fewer than 20,000 people worldwide, according to a high-ranking executive who defected in 2013.

So what is Scientology offering to that small number of people who get sucked into it?

Two things: Certainty, and super powers.

We’d all like an owner’s manual to answer what makes life so unpredictable and, at times, so frustrating. But the vast majority of us know that there’s no simple cheat sheet to the vexing questions of our existence, and we just have to figure things out the best we can while helping others along the way and leaving the place in better shape for our children if possible. But others are attracted to the idea that something like a secret code controlling our lives is just waiting to be deciphered, and that cracking that code would give us all of the answers to what we’re doing here and what is the best path to success. Some of the people craving that certainty somehow come to believe that a pudgy midcentury science fiction writer with bad teeth discovered those secrets of the universe, which Scientology will share with you for a few hundred thousand to a few million dollars, your total dedication to the cause, and a child or two.

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And if the process is often difficult, always expensive, and in most cases mentally impairing, the reward for enduring that ordeal is that you will literally recover godlike powers that your immortal self, called a thetan, had lost through the trillion-year-old conspiracies of evil psychiatrists. (You think we’re making this up, but we really aren’t.)

Yes, Scientology literally sells godlike super powers to its marks, and has for more than half a century (without, of course, demonstrating that it’s actually delivering any super powers in all that time). And in recent years, the organization has become even more blatant about it. In 2013, Scientology leader David Miscavige presided over the grand opening of the new “Flag Building” in Clearwater, Florida where Scientologists can come to experience a set of “Super Power rundowns,” costing tens of thousands of dollars. (In one of the rundowns, a subject is simply asked the same question over and over, for days or weeks: “Where would you be safe?”)

Once again we were reminded of this when one of our helpful readers sent us a new copy of Source magazine, which is one big advertisement for the Flag Land Base, Scientology’s “spiritual mecca” in Clearwater which includes the Flag Building and its space-age fifth floor, where the Super Power rundowns are delivered in an environment that looks like the set of the Starship Enterprise.

As we were going through the magazine, soaking up the precious hard sell for Super Power, we decided to look through the list of the most recent graduates which is always included in the back of the publication.

And there, we got a bit of a shock.

As of December 2019, one of Scientology’s Super Power graduates is none other than Cass Capazorio, née Cass Mapother, sister to a guy named Thomas Mapother IV.

You know him as Tom Cruise.

Tom himself is such a dedicated Scientologist, he is literally moving into the Flag Land Base, Scientology’s Florida Vatican, as it were, by purchasing the top two floors of a condo building in downtown Clearwater called the Skyview. Also moving into the Skyview with their own condo units are his sisters, Lee Anne Gillotte, 60, Marian Henry, 58, and Cass, 56.

Tom is the most famous Scientologist in the world, of course, although his own course completions are kept somewhat obscure by the church. All we know for certain is that in 2004, when the organization put together a video celebrating him as the most gung-ho member in the world, it mentioned that he had achieved the “OT 7” auditing level. Most people who complete OT 7 (the most difficult of all levels, and one that can take years and even decades to complete), quickly go on to the ultimate auditing level, OT 8, but we have no official record of Tom completing it. As for donations, the church listed Tom as a “Platinum Meritorious” donor in 2005, which meant that he had given a total of $2.5 million to the International Association of Scientologists, Scientology’s membership organization. We suspect that he’s given much more, but Scientology has made no public recognition of it.

 

[Cass’s name showed up in the most recent list of Super Power graduates in Source magazine.]

 
And despite persistent tabloid rumors that Tom is trying to leave the organization, or that his children Isabella and Connor are rebelling against him or the church or both, evidence in 2019 suggests that the three of them are as dedicated to Scientology as ever. We believe that Tom attended both the L. Ron Hubbard birthday celebration in Clearwater last March, and also October’s IAS annual gala in England. We’ve never seen him attend two of Scientology’s major events in a single year before, and we also believe Isabella and Connor went to the IAS celebration with him, another first.

But has Tom taken his own spin through the special rundowns on the Flag Building’s fifth floor? Is he a Super Power graduate? We have no record of it.

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His sister is, that we can be sure of. And so is her husband, Greg Capazorio, who completed Super Power in 2016, and who for many years has run one of Scientology’s sneaky front groups, Criminon, which tries to bring the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard to prison inmates.

Lee Anne is a Patron Meritorious donor ($250,000), and Marian is OT 5, at least. This is one dedicated Scientology family. (Well, except for Tom’s daughter Suri, who he never sees. Why does he stay away from her? We have a theory about that.)

Anyway, we thought you’d like to see the Source magazine pitch for the Super Power rundowns, to see how Scientology is selling this idea of turning you into a genuine superhero. This sort of come-on apparently appealed to Cass Capazorio. Would it work on you?

Superheroes. They’re all the rage on the big screen right now. They fly across cities, have kingdoms under oceans and battle bad guys in this galaxy and the next. But when the credits roll at the end, we all know they’re mere mortals given an upgrade, thanks to great special effects. But what if there was a way you could gain your own powers — or more precisely, regain your theta powers — ones you didn’t realize you had because they were buried?

Thanks to LRH, there is. Welcome to Super Power, where everyday heroes like you regain native abilities on 10 confidential rundowns. On this Flag-only series of rundowns, each process builds upon the previous one, creating a multiplier effect that can only be described as a launchpad to your new existence. Rundown by rundown, abilities are restored as awareness and perceptions shoot to new levels. Who needs a cape anyway when you’re operating in life at peak power performance?

Super Power begins with a thorough review and preparation of your case, all designed so that you receive the maximum gains on each of the rundowns.

When the elevators to the 5th floor of the Flag Building open, you cross the threshold to a space-age, state-of-the-art setting designed exactly to LRH’s specifications. It was built for rundowns that can handle everything from restoring your full aliveness as a thetan to rehabilitating all perceptics. And what better time to do Super Power than right now, when our planet so desperately needs superheroes dedicated to changing this civilization.

You don’t have to be OT or even Clear to do Super Power. The only prerequisite is the completion of the Purification Rundown and the Survival Rundown. (If you’ve not yet completed those rundowns, what are you waiting for? With Flag’s top-notch technical staff and intensive schedule, you can get through those rundowns here, and before you know it, you’ll be on Super Power.)

The magazine also included a couple of other graduates that we found notable. Kate Ceberano, who is such a major figure in Australia, figured prominently in the magazine…

 

IAS Freedom Medal Winner and celebrated Australian singer with Multi-Platinum albums, Kate Ceberano describes the auditing she experienced as different than any she has done before. “Super Power was so deep, soul-searching and personal. It was as though I was seeing parts of myself I’d never had the vision or confront to experience. My auditor and I became ‘archaeologists,’ going deep into the history of me and what we discovered was astonishing”…

Now Kate says she is leading as opposed to waiting for an invitation or permission in her life. “I’m completely at ease confronting the ‘scene’ around me in any state or condition it is in. I now roll up my sleeves and dive in to help solve problems. I put my dreams into action — I wake up and I’m on the job, pursuing my goals with purpose. And I find people are confident around me and follow my example.”

And on a sadder note, we were disappointed to see the name Spring Atkinson-Baker among the Super Power graduates. It was a reminder of how she has cut her father Brian Sheen out of her life because he dropped out of Scientology (and even though he tried to leave the church as quietly and uncontroversially as possible). Spring married into the Atkinson-Baker family, who have donated millions to Scientology, and who own one of the country’s most prominent court-reporting businesses.

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[Spring Atkinson-Baker]

If Spring is a superhero now, why can’t she leap a tall building and go see her dad?

 
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Source Code

“The entirety of physics and the natural sciences pursues from a degradation of the mind. Awfully broad statement, but a very true one. If every place you’ve ever been is related to where you are, you’ve had it. It says at once you never could have had, and promises that you never can have, another universe — which I think is very cute; it’s a total trap.” — L. Ron Hubbard, January 29, 1957

 
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Overheard in the FreeZone

“Dear New Era Scientologists, I am feeling very festive at the start of this 2020. 20-20 is the year everyone’s eyesight opens up! The Commodore’s technical advancements deserve a big party. Better yet, I think we should have a big party every month just to celebrate how great a bunch of people we all are. I could easily organize a big party to mark 2020 as the best ever New Era milestone. New Era individuals could be encouraged to celebrate on an appointed date in all of the principal areas where we reside. How say you?”

 
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Random Howdy

“Does anyone else here understand how hard it is to explain to a complete stranger that your relative is a Scientologist?”

 
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Start making your plans…

 
Head over to the convention website and meet us in St. Louis!

 
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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?

 
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THE WHOLE TRACK

[ONE year ago] Accused rapist Danny Masterson hangs out with pal Ashton Kutcher at Scientology wedding
[TWO years ago] Joy Villa’s ex-manager on the ‘pro-life’ Grammys dress: We’re not fooled this time
[THREE years ago] Scientology recruits a new ally — a real life ‘Forrest Gump’
[FOUR years ago] Scientology puts out a new ‘media guide’ that is as honest as you would imagine
[FIVE years ago] How Scientologists are dealing with the buzz around Alex Gibney’s ‘Going Clear’
[SIX years ago] The best parts of Steven Mango’s ‘documentary’ on Scientology’s Celebrity Centre
[SEVEN years ago] More Signs of Scientology’s Armageddon as the Media Take Aim
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: May the Force Be With You!

 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,832 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,336 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,856 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 876 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 767 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,074 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,942 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,716 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,490 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,836 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,402 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,321 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,489 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,070 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,331 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,369 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,082 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,607 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,134 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,697 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,837 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,157 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,013 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,132 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,487 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,790 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,896 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,298 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,170 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,753 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,248 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,502 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,611 days.

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Posted by Tony Ortega on January 29, 2020 at 07:00

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