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Scientology mail contract worth $5 million a year says firm suing a former employee

[Scientology’s printing plant puts out prodigious amounts of junk mail.]

An international mailing company, Asendia, is suing its former vice president of operations, accusing him of luring away the Church of Scientology, a client that was worth $5 million a year.

According to the lawsuit filed in federal court in New Jersey, Asendia gained Scientology as a client 15 years ago and put VP Gene Donohoe in charge of the account in 2017. But instead of helping the company service the account, Donohoe then secretly plotted to take it away from Asendia by quietly creating his own Florida firm, PPM, last fall.

Donohoe was able to do that, the lawsuit claims, because he made use of proprietory information about Asendia’s pricing and history, and so was able to lure away Scientology by offering better terms.

Donohoe left Asendia at the beginning of the year and his photo has been scrubbed from Asendia’s website. But we found an earlier version of the site that still contained his photo, above.

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We’re less interested in the fight between Asendia and its former VP and more astounded simply by the amount of money that Scientology spends to send out its mountain of junk mail every year. We have a feeling that Asendia was only one of the firms that Scientology must employ to make sure that its endless stream of mailers, DVDs and other crap keep going to people around the globe.

The printing plant that Scientology operates in Southern California is so huge and puts out so much mail, the US Postal Service actually maintains an employee on site to help handle all of the stuff going into the US Mails. (Asendia probably only handles some of the international load.)

Here’s the lawsuit itself…

Asendia v. Donohoe: Complaint by Tony Ortega on Scribd

 
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Phil and Willie on their wedding day

Ask a Scientologist!

Here’s a question that came in to askascientologist@tonyortega.org, and we thought Phil Jones might be the best person to answer it. If you have a question for one of our many experts, please send it in!

Is it true that even married couples do not discuss their ‘case’ with each other? On a similar note, how common is it for one spouse to write a Knowledge Report about the other? It seems to me that trading KRs and discussing case would be unpleasant for both spouses, and bad for any relationship.

Neither Willie nor I ever wrote the other up even once in 40 years of being married while in Scientology. But, I’ve known couples who did this on a regular basis. The couples I knew about who wrote KRs on their spouse didn’t last as a married couple. As for talking about case, that wasn’t something I remember doing much of, if at all, but we didn’t hold back in discussing difficulties. There wasn’t really much talk of past lives or things like that with us. Maybe a mention here and there but not a lot. Definitely no talk of OT levels though. Once I did OT III and IV it was forbidden to talk about it so I never did. After leaving Scientology though, I showed Willie the “scoop” on BTs. Amazingly, she’s alive to this day. No pneumonia or bursting into flames at all. I think in general Scientology married couples don’t talk about their cases in-depth, or discuss past lives much if at all. Again though, I’ve known people in Scientology who just can’t help themselves. There were definitely some cringe-worthy times over the years where a Scientologist would spew out some past-life stuff. It seems to me it was more prevalent in the early days. Back in the ’70s we seemed to have more fringe types (read crazies). These days the crazies apparently have all gone over to the Freezone.

— Phil Jones

 
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“Way back here at origin, you get the first separation from theta. And that actually would be Incident One…It’s very patterned, and you can run it without much trouble. It simply consists of this: The race, with its bodies and so forth, inhabiting a place in THIS universe, a planet in this universe, was hit by, infiltrated by, an incoming race…This invader race came in and says – with a lot of electronics and said, ‘Boys, all you’ve got to do is take this little jim-dandy whizzer, and you know, you will be twice as thetesque as before.’ They sold you all a bill of goods…They knocked us off with a very simple apparatus, and that simple apparatus consisted of something that went around your head and across the top of your head and under your chin — under your throat — and back of your head. And everything pointed at the pineal. They turned on the juice…and your mystic powers more or less went by the boards…Long time later, maybe even a million years later, you eventually wound up before another crew. And this other crew said, ‘We don’t want you around anymore, and we’re going to send you to jail.’ And so they packaged you up and shipped you off, and that is an incident we call Before Earth — B.E….But there’s a race existing right now out in outer space, and this race is not very interested in you, not very interested. And some of you, by the way, without much trouble, can do a contact across, because some of your theta line stayed out there….I’m sorry if it stretches your credulity. I do hope, however, that it doesn’t stretch it to the point where you won’t operate on it.” — L. Ron Hubbard, March 10, 1952

 
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Overheard in the FreeZone

“People have arrived at different times on Earth ranging from the initial invasion of this part of the universe 4 billion to 5 billion years ago to the last 10,000 years up to PT. All the neighbouring civilisations including Markab, the Pleiades and Orion through Aldebaran to Sirius and countless more have been conquered, mined, cloned, implanted and programmed from 5 billion years ago up to the present date. As far as ETs go in this vicinity, there are only heirarchies of power based upon technology and OT Programming. There is no help, except from ourselves. OTIII is a recent effect-point incident which may be classed as a basic lock at Unwilling Effect. There is an 8 point Effect to Cause sequence from Unwilling Effect to Knowing Cause. When this Cause-Effect Sequence is resolved to basic, the natural EP originated is ‘Cause over Life.’ This is below the level of resolution of Right/Wrong Assignments, Substitutes, Reversals, Inversions and Compromised Theta Principles which resolve the subjective level of address.”

 
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Random Howdy

“I think right now Katie’s main goal is to get Suri acclimated to the real world and to not give Tom and Bert any ammo for a new custody suit. Can you imagine if Katie got caught smoking pot or something else fairly innocuous to most sane people?”

 
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Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Jay Spina: Sentencing set for April 3 in White Plains
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members: Trial set for April 14 in Los Angeles

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Waiting for an appellate decision from the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Hearing on motion for reconsideration set for April 16
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology: March 11 (plaintiff attorneys pro hac vice, defense motions to quash), March 20 (demurrers by Masterson and Scientology), March 27 (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe’s attorneys have asked for discovery, March 19 depositions (Warren McShane, Lynn Farny), April 20 hearing set (motion to compel arbitration)
Matt and Kathy Feschbach bankruptcy appeal: Oral arguments on March 11 in Jacksonville
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Complaint filed.

 
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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!

[The Big Three: Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Kirstie Alley]

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] A new drug shows promise for depression, so naturally Scientology is fighting it
[TWO years ago] Mike Rinder answers questions about the new ‘Aftermath Foundation’
[THREE years ago] Louis Farrakhan, Leah Remini, and a document that helps explain the Scientology-NOI pact
[FOUR years ago] Reporter’s notebook: Scientology’s latest intimidation attempt is sadly familiar
[FIVE years ago] Scenes from a ‘Going Clear’ screening — Alex Gibney at the True/False Festival
[SIX years ago] ‘Mad Men’ actress Elisabeth Moss’s record in Scientology is actually easy to obtain
[SEVEN years ago] Hurry, Scientology Needs Your PR Help!
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Intervention: Commenters of the Week!

 
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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 1,873 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,377 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,897 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 917 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 808 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,115 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,983 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,757 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,531 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,877 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,443 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,362 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,530 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,111 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,372 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,410 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,123 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,648 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,175 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,738 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,878 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,198 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,053 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,173 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,528 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,831 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,937 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,339 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,211 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,794 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,289 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,543 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,652 days.

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Posted by Tony Ortega on March 10, 2020 at 07:00

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