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Even a pandemic can’t stop Scientology from tracking you down, apostate!

Phil Jones sent along a recorded phone message he received yesterday, as well as this explanation. Thanks, Phil!

I got into Scientology when I was in high school in 1969, in my home town just outside of Toronto. My first course was at the Toronto Org at 116 Avenue Rd in 1970. By 1972 I was on staff where the Org had located just a few doors down at 124 Avenue Rd. I got a fair bit of auditing back in those days and did most of my Scientology training back then.

From the early ’70s I did very little Scientology until the mid-80s when I got some auditing and then went to the UK for OT levels (up to OT IV). After that we moved to Florida and even being near Flag we did no auditing or training at all for years.

So, fast forward to present time. We’re out of Scientology, declared suppressive, and living back in Canada having moved to the Niagara Region. I have 2 Canadian numbers, one being my cell phone, the other typically just goes to voicemail. There are probably only 5 or 6 people who ever had this number.


So yesterday, surprise, surprise I get a call from the Toronto Org. Our old friend Vic MacLellan called to follow up because I’d bought a book or did a service at the Toronto Org (well over 40 years ago). How they got that number I have no idea. I remember Vic from way back then, though he seems to not remember me too well, as he got my name wrong. (“Jeffrey?”)

I’ve seen Scientology Toronto promo pieces when Tony posts them, and most of the people are those we knew back 40 years ago, and their kids. There are some we don’t know but the core group seems to be the old hold-outs.

If they can’t get new people in then I guess all that’s left is to chase up the old ones. Desperate times for Scientology for sure.

— Phil Jones


Nine years ago: Scientology Never Forgets: A Telemarketing Holiday Miracle


Reckless Ben makes raw video available

We helped out the “Reckless Ben” team by publicizing some of their early videos when we saw what amazing hidden camera footage they had from inside the Los Angeles Org. We’ll admit that we didn’t ultimately dig all of the pranks and set pieces they put into their series, but there’s no denying that they captured some pretty revealing things about the church with Ben’s eyeglass-camera.

Yesterday, Ben reached out to us to let us know that he has now made some of the raw footage he shot with that camera available and asked if we’d spread the word. So here’s a full hour of footage for your viewing pleasure…




Bonus items from our tipsters

More live videos! This one from London Foundation. Says our tipster: “This Scientologist gives a lecture on assists with her little son. At 22 minutes in, she says that the week before he smashed his hand and after 40 minutes of making him look at objects around the house, she finally took him to the hospital. At the end he does a contact assist (with bandaged finger) at the door recreating the injury.”


Remember Australian musician Rob Meister, who was stuck on the Freewinds during the measles quarantine last May? Well, now here he is giving a public lecture on “What is the Source of Anxiety?”


Another safepointing victory in South Africa…


It’s still business as usual at the Flag Building in Clearwater (a/k/a Super Power Building)…



Source Code

“We find our people, as we process them, further and further along on this curve of create, through survive, to destroy. And when we get well past survive, we get to an individual who can think in no terms but suicide. He tries to kill himself and those around him. He would not even dream of getting, you might say, out of the body. All he can think of is being in the body and destroying things. He has bought the physical universe. Well, we try to process this individual. We normally find him in sanitariums, and so forth, because he’s no longer able to promote the biological line; and we find his anxiety on the subject of sex very, very great, but it’s very destructive. It’s not the type of sexual activity that would lead to an unending stream of protoplasm. Quite on the contrary, it would be a type of sexual activity which said ‘The unending stream of protoplasm must now end,’ which is to say homosexuality, other misconducts. And we’d find him over on the physical universe side of the ledger over here. And he would be very involved with rocks and solid masses of various things. He’s really left the biological line.” — L. Ron Hubbard, April 22, 1954



Overheard in the FreeZone

“Over the last 10 years I have been on a structured, methodical, examination of my past. I do positive work as well to stay well and fully in PT, but discovering and understanding my experiences has been the bulk of my activity. With over 10,000 hours of looking, I have built up a fair understanding of my timeline with a pretty good knowledge of the key eras of our existence. These major eras seem to have the greatest affect on who we have become, with additional various incidents acting as locks, solidifying the primary postulates, decisions. For example, most recently the rise of large, common universes and how we were drawn into, then locked into this system of existence.”


Random Howdy

“At least two thirds of the people who showed up on the top five anti-Scientology vids on YouTube from 2008-2010 representing themselves as Scientologists were in fact FAKE. And I was usually the person who busted them.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Jay Spina: Sentencing was set for April 3 in White Plains
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members: Trial set for October 7 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 June 17
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: May 1 (Masterson new demurrer due), July 8 (plaintiff attorneys pro hac vice), August 31-Sept 1 (CSI/RTC demurrer against Riales, Masterson demurrer), Oct 7-19 (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe’s attorneys have asked for discovery, depositions (Warren McShane, Lynn Farny), amended complaint filed
Matt and Kathy Feschbach bankruptcy appeal: Oral arguments were heard on March 11 in Jacksonville
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Amended complaint filed.


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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[THREE years ago] Scientology denied twice in wrongful death lawsuit as parents grieve for Tabatha Fauteux
[FOUR years ago] Another depressing piece of evidence that Scientology advocates splitting apart families
[FIVE years ago] Scientology: Making fools of your local elected lunkheads since 1952
[SIX years ago] The Garcias take one more shot at Scientology before their fraud suit will live or die
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: Jake and Elwood Want Your Cash!


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 1,915 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,419 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,939 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 959 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 850 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,157 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,025 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,799 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,573 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,919 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,485 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,404 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,572 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,153 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,414 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,452 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,165 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,690 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,220 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,780 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,920 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,240 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,095 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,215 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,570 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,873 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,979 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,381 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,253 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,836 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,331 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,585 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,694 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on April 22, 2020 at 07:00

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