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Faces of the Sea Org: Rare look at Scientology workers indentured for a billion years

Wednesday was Sea Org Day in Scientology. Each August 12, those hardy souls who have signed billion-year contracts, promising to work for Scientology lifetime after lifetime, are briefly celebrated before they have to go right back to their around-the-clock jobs, working 365 days a year for pennies an hour, when they’re paid at all.

The date celebrates August 12, 1967, when the Sea Org was born as Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard hatched a plan to run his organization from sea after nosy governments in the US and the UK had made things too hot for him on land. For the next eight years, Hubbard ran Scientology from his flagship the yacht Apollo as it plied the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, and the Caribbean, with the help of his young Sea Org crewmates. Today, they operate on land, but continue their naval traditions and ranks. It’s precious.

Anyway, Sea Org Day hoopla showed up in the Scientology social media feeds that an insider monitors for us, and included a burst of photos of today’s young people laboring away in David Miscavige’s land-based navy. Our tipster thought it might be a good thing to show as many of those postings as we could, in case it helps disconnected families learn something about their loved ones still in the Sea Organization. We thought that was a tremendous idea, and so here you go. Please let us know if you spot someone you’ve been hoping to get an update on.


These two were identified as Ayla Noel Sexsmith and Chey Abbott. Know them? Tell us about it.





Source Code

“The primary difference between Scientology and psychiatry is that psychiatry is authoritarian and tells the person what’s wrong with him, often introducing a new lie. Scientology finds out what’s wrong with the person from the person. And then knows more about it than the person, but listens anyway. Listening is the badge of superior knowledge. He who has superior knowledge is privileged to listen. It’s only he who has no superior knowledge that talks all the time — Confucius. Now you got these maxims, and pearls of wisdom? In actual fact, with that data you could go straight out and evolve all of Scientology, just like that. It’s remarkable, isn’t it? But, you mustn’t in actual fact discount — just because it’s discounted to the PC — you mustn’t discount the backbone and body of knowledge of Scientology. Soon as you tell somebody that he’s lived for the last thirty trillion years — of course, thirty trillion years is a drop in the bucket — soon as you tell somebody he’s lived the last thirty trillion years, and so on, he’s liable to be hit with a feeling of unreality.” — L. Ron Hubbard, August 14, 1963


Overheard in the FreeZone

“In 1971 I read Science of Survival. This book appealed to me having just arrived in the United States after getting my ass kicked from one end of Vietnam to the other. I read half of the book and was in a bar one night when I noticed one young girl sitting by herself dressed in a ‘granny’ outfit. she even looked like she was 80 years old. I sat down across from her and gave her a command ‘When I snap my fingers, give me a year!’ I snapped and she blurted out 1898! ‘Give me a month!’ She said ‘February!’ ‘Give me a Date!’ She blurted again ‘The 25th’ and all of a sudden she stood up and held her face. She ran into the bathroom. She came out twenty minutes later. I almost didn’t recognize her. She came up to me and scolded me ‘What did you do to me?’ I said ‘Dianetics!’ She chilled out but spun on her foot and walked out. But she was in valence, I can tell you. I did several more of those dating actions on more people, but with their permission this time. They all went great. Some guys shook my hand and others thanked me. To this day I can Date/Locate like Michael Jordan can slam-dunk.”


Random Howdy

“I believe that Miscavige is as much into it for the sadism as he is for the money. He’s a little man who hates the world and wants revenge on those who snickered behind his back and called him ‘asthmatic dwarf.’ He’ll stick around as long as he has a few punching bags left.”


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.’ Motion for reconsideration denied on 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!

[Stacy Francis, Jason Dohring, and Anne Archer]

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?



[TWO years ago] Whale watching: Your 2018 mid-year guide to who’s keeping Scientology alive
[THREE years ago] Fair Play: Before Leah Remini takes another whack, here’s a word from Scientology itself
[FOUR years ago] Got a Purple Heart? Scientology wants to exploit you
[FIVE years ago] Florida rejects complaint over Scientology ‘disconnection,’ but Brian Sheen unbowed
[SIX years ago] Kate Bornstein kicks cancer’s ass
[SEVEN years ago] Episcopal Church Objects to Being Included in Supreme Court Brief Supporting Scientology
[EIGHT years ago] Narconon Not Scientology? Then Why Is Its Leader in the Church’s Concentration Camp?


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 2,029 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,533 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,053 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,073 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 964 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,271 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,139 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,913 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,717 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,033 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,599 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,518 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,686 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,267 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,528 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,566 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,279 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,804 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,334 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,894 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,034 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,354 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,209 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,328 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,684 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,987 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,093 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,495 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,367 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,950 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,445 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,699 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,808 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 14, 2020 at 07:00

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