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VIDEO LEAK explains how to rope in the unsuspecting: ‘We don’t explain Scientology’

We have a leaked webinar from Scientology’s Belleair Mission on being a Field Staff Member, or FSM. The mission is not actually in Belleair, Florida but rather the city of Largo and only about four miles from the Flag Land Base in Clearwater.

Field Staff Members are supposed to help Scientology bring in new people, but how do you do that these days when there’s so much negative information about Scientology handily available?

Long time Scientologist John Cowden begins the webinar by reading the purpose of an FSM from L. Ron Hubbard’s policy (HCO PL 9 May 65, Field Auditors Become Staff). “The purpose of a Field Staff Member is to help LRH contact, handle, salvage and bring to understanding the individual and thus the peoples of earth.”



FSMs receive a commission on the services their new Scientologist buys. Ten percent for processing, 15 percent for training. Cowden describes how to make new Scientologists by finding their “ruin,” a Scientology word that means identifying a problem in somebody’s life that can make them vulnerable to recruitment. Cowden describes his targets and methods.

Somebody who realizes we’re not just another self help-group. We’re the way out. And they get to this point by certain sub-products that we achieve with them, and it starts with the ruin. We find an individual’s ruin because we’re really good at it. We can do it comfortably. We have a lot of ARC and they like the fact that we have a lot of ARC for them so they open up and tell us all about their ruin because we’ve got TRs. Nobody else does, nobody else really knows the ARC Triangle like us. So the very first sub-product is the contact point where we find the real ruin for the person. We don’t explain Scientology. We don’t overwhelm them. We don’t tell them all about it and show them a whole bunch of stuff because they’re really not interested. They’re actually interested in themselves.

There’s no pretense here about Scientologists making voluntary donations. FSMs are about selling.

The person’s already sold when they come in. The FSM’s already done the step to sell them the course. And here’s where LRH says that. “A selectee goes at once to the Registrar — buys his service right then. We don’t hold him up. No interview, they’ve been interviewed. Don’t let anybody in any way close the door or slow the entrance. Open it up.” That’s what the org is for. Open it up.


Next up is Carlo Di Lorenzo, a staff member at the Kansas City Ideal Org. He provides a quote from LRH that every Scientologist should bring one person into the org every month. Assuming they all become Scientologists and in turn bring in one new person per month, Carlo has calculated that 50 FMSs could make over 200,000 new Scientologists in a year. This is a number that Scientology has never reached in its history, and we confidently predict will never achieve in its future. Di Lorenzo then runs a drill with webinar participants to contact a person in their phone contact list to contact and bring them into the org to begin services.

— Rod Keller


Bonus items from our tipsters


An unprecedented health crisis, and raising a small child. But hey, priorities!


Joining the Sea Org next month! Hip, hip, hooray!


Stock photo, Scientology jargon name, yeah, sketchy as hell…



Source Code


“Now, what’s the matter with the planet at this particular time is ethics is out. And that is proven by the fact that you are having a hard time getting tech in. With the technology which you know at this particular moment and the results which you are delivering even at lower levels, you have a total monopoly of all mental activities, all religious activities and all social activities on this planet. That is what you are entitled to at this moment. Do you have them? Well, therefore, tech is out. Obvious. So, the only thing that puts tech out is if ethics is out. The only thing that can get tech in is ethics.” — L. Ron Hubbard, August 2, 1966


Overheard in the FreeZone

“I was born a Jew, migrated to the UK, did Scientology, got to a glorious state called Clear, was then told I am not Clear, tried to get my money back, had a little legal fight, was declared. And then I actually found my truth through Illuminati. I found a world within a world that changed what I know about the world — I found the power within me and within others which make every single atom in this world seem like a full world, and that everything has a meaning, and if searched well, you can find the meaning yourself. But then I noticed that the Illuminati was also promoting bad things, so I searched again and then I discovered NES — New Era Scientology. NES was founded by a person called Lafayette, who is the reincarnation of Ron Hubbard himself. He continues to expand the betterment of an individual, and he expands the technology that stopped evolving since the 80’s. I am thankful for him as I feel I can have a future and I can go OT and will be able to verify my Clear state. Thank you, and may the good eye of the Illuminati be with you always!”


Random Howdy

“Massholio is 4 months of winter wasteland followed by a month of sumptuous spring followed by four months of hellish heat and humidity followed by two and half months of fabulous fall weather. There’s definitely room for improvement, Sherb.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Arraignment scheduled for September 18.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay’s sentencing is set for August 27 in White Plains, NY
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Next pretrial conference set for Jan 12 in Los Angeles
Dennis Nobbe, Medicare fraud, PPP loan fraud: Charged July 29

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Oral arguments were heard on July 30 at the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Hearing on motion for reconsideration set for August 11
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Sept 4 (CSI/RTC demurrer against Riales, Masterson demurrer), Oct 7-19 (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe dismissed the lawsuit on May 15 after the Clearwater Police dropped their criminal investigation of her allegations.
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, trial set for Nov 9, 2021


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

[Catherine Bell, Chick Corea, and Nancy Cartwright]

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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[FIVE years ago] Garcias’ appeal rejected; now the couple faces the real possibility of Scientology arbitration
[SIX years ago] Video proof that Scientology makes you a stellar communicator
[SEVEN years ago] Underground Bunker Night at The TomKat Project — Get Your Tickets Now!
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology’s Concentration Camp for Its Executives: The Prisoners, Past and Present
[NINE years ago] Scientology Goes Hillbilly; Also, Broke in Ireland and Big in DC


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 2,017 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,521 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,041 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,061 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 952 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,259 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,127 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,901 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,705 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,021 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,587 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,506 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,674 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,255 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,516 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,554 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,267 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,792 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,322 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,882 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,022 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,342 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,197 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,316 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,672 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,975 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,081 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,483 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,355 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,938 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,433 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,687 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,796 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 2, 2020 at 07:00

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