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SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS, Episode 5: A ‘church’ that used a dying woman to ‘always attack’

‘Always Attack,’ the fifth episode of ‘Scientology Black Ops,’ a special 7NEWS Australia investigation that was cancelled by the network in July, has been leaked to the Internet.

Ten episodes were scheduled to be published to the 7NEWS website on July 14 when the network changed its mind, cancelled the program, and also pulled down a trailer it had made for the series. On August 31, we found that the first episode in the series had been leaked, and we embedded it along with a transcript we prepared. We also did the same for the second episode, ‘Witness X,’ on Sept 4, the third episode, ‘Taken,’ on Sept 11, and the fourth episode, ‘The Star,’ on Monday.

We’ve done the same for the fifth episode, in which 7NEWS reporter Bryan Seymour examines Scientology’s mandate that it subject its perceived enemies to vicious attacks, in the case of Paul Haggis posting videos of his own sister denouncing him even more than a year after she had died of cancer. Seymour also dives into Scientology’s long history of elaborate attacks on the government and former members, including a recent escapee, Valerie Haney, who had to hide in the trunk of a car to escape one of the church’s secretive compounds.

Here’s the video, and then the transcript. (For those confused by the length of these short “episodes,” please keep in mind that this was a nightly news investigation and these segments were created to run during a news broadcast, not as longer shows on their own.)



[UPDATE: After a request from attorneys representing Seven News, we have removed the embed links to the leaked ‘Scientology Black Ops’ episodes. See our reasons why in this story.]

Episode title: ALWAYS ATTACK

Kathy Slevin: And that I had spent most of my life protecting a vicious bully.

Bryan Seymour: This video was uploaded by Scientology’s propaganda publication Freedom magazine in January 2018, shortly after the rape allegation against Paul Haggis became public.


Scientology attack video: He’s also an accused rapist.

Seymour: It features Haggis’s sister Kathy, who had died just over a year earlier.

Slevin: And I turned around to walk out, and I’m walking for the door, and I hear him come running up behind me. I am thrown against the door and kicked from behind. And I couldn’t believe it.

Seymour: What was your reaction when you saw your own sister sitting down doing interviews about you like that.


Paul Haggis: She’d always been a troubled person. I actually thought by getting her into Scientology way back then it might help her.

Seymour: You got her into it?

Haggis: I did. I did. And she met her husband in the Sea Org. They were in the Sea Org together. She died of cancer two years ago. They were still auditing her on her deathbead. Because of course Scientology says they can cure cancer. Even though they say they don’t really say that, they say they can. On her deathbed they were charging her money to cure the cancer that was killing her. These are scumbags. My sister and I had our problems. We had a lot of problems. But she was my sister.


Seymour: Scientology has revealed itself as a group that is a law unto itself, plotting, in the words of its founder, to destroy enemies, assigning private investigators to follow, film, and research anyone.

Tony Ortega: They’re still surveilling people, they’re still hacking people. In fact a private investigator went to federal prison because he was caught trying to hack me and Mike Rinder. So they’re doing the same kind of dirty tricks that they did 40 years ago.

Seymour: None of this should be surprising. After all Scientology is guilty of committing the worst case of domestic espionage in US history.

Ortega: In 1967 L. Ron Hubbard and his wife Mary Sue created something called the Guardian’s Office, which became a very sophisticated intelligence operation. It matched the intelligence abilities of some small countries.

Seymour: It was called Operation Snow White. In 1973 after years of planning, the Guardian’s Office, the forerunner to the Office of Special Affairs, waged all-out war against the Internal Revenue Service and the FBI to learn what information they had on Scientology by covertly bugging meeting rooms, installing undercover agents in the US government, and stealing documents. The conspirators were caught. Eleven Scientologists were convicted, among them L. Ron Hubbard’s wife Mary Sue, who served one year of a five-year prison sentence. Never defend, always attack. That is gospel in Scientology as written down by its founder, L. Ron Hubbard. How to attack is laid out in a policy called Fair Game, in which Hubbard describes how to lie to, trick, deceive, and destroy anyone who poses a threat to his creation.

L. Ron Hubbard: That’s the background of all of this, that’s what started all the trouble.



Seymour: Hubbard ruled with unquestioning authority. Now David Miscavige rules with a similar legacy.

Ted Koppel: What do you call the folks who are up at the higher level of your church, the ones in the uniforms. What do you…

David Miscavige: Staff members. Sea Org members of the church.

Koppel: Sea Org.

Miscavige: Yes.

Ortega: The only person who has total control of Scientology is the captain of the Sea Org, and that is Captain David Miscavige.

Seymour: So everyone in the Office of Special Affairs is in the Sea Organization.

Ortega: Everybody in OSA is Sea Org and they all work directly for David Miscavige.

Seymour: Everyone?

Ortega: Everyone.

Seymour: So could anyone at the Office of Special Affairs carry out work or an operation without David Miscavige knowing about it?

Ortega: What they would do is the people who run OSA then hire outside contractors. They hire the private investigators, the former cops, and it’s always kept several layers away from David Miscavige. But none of it is done without the approval of David Miscavige. ‘

Miscavige: That may not seem fair…


Seymour: Miscavige has been named in three lawsuits alleging the cover-up of child sex abuse, human trafficking, slave labor, and a raft of abuses over decades. One case has been dropped by the female complainant, another has been forced into religious arbitration.


Ortega: One of the most interesting involves this young woman Valerie Haney. And the reason why Valerie’s lawsuit is so interesting is that for years Valerie was David Miscavige’s personal steward. Meaning, like, she served him his meals in his quarters. She knew everything about his private life, and she was very close to both David and his wife Shelly for many years. She then was demoted from that job when Shelly vanished, and she was then working in the sort of video-making department and she knew she could never leave the base because she knew too much about David Miscavige’s private life. She ultimatey had to escape by hiding in the trunk of a car.

Seymour: Valerie joins a long list of victims, many of whom I have personally met. They include David Miscavige’s own father, Ron Miscavige.

Ron Miscavige: It’s brutal. It’s inhuman. It’s nuts.

Seymour: There are many hundreds more, possibly thousands, some too scared to show their face or be interviewed. Others have passed away. Some have simply vanished without a trace. What should I be wary of in terms of what they could and are capable of doing to me?

Ortega: If they did decide to come after you like they have others, the usual thing is they will focus on your job, they will try to influence people that could have some power over who you work for. They will go after your loved ones. They will start a smear campaign about your wife in some way. These are the things that they do to people, and again, they’re following a playbook that L. Ron Hubbard created 50 years ago. And they don’t know anything else.

Hubbard: We’re not interested in ultimate or absolutes, we’re interested in what produces results. What is good for a duck hunter is not good for the duck.


Title card: NEXT


Tiziano Lugli: Fucking piece of shit. Huh? You want to fuck with me now, huh? You try to hide, but you fucking can’t!


Source Code

“Unfortunately, Black Dianetics is inherent in Dianetics. In 1945, this was all the Dianetics there was: how to drive people crazy, how to foul up political systems, how to restimulate individuals just by talking to them, without planting engrams. And in addition to this, how to interrupt life force in an individual. We haven’t gone into that very much. It is a wonderfully smooth way of committing murder.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 17, 1951


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Book one? Nobody cares about Book One. That faded away seven decades ago. You need to be less politically correct. What you need is celebrities who actually speak their mind. Not Tom Cruise. OTs, almost by definition, do not organize Book One events. One can’t be an actual OT and involve oneself with that, because it is a waste of time. Napoleon got things done. And he had R6. You are not an OT, and no one should treat you as such. You can’t get things done and refuse to support people who do. You are as causative as a mentally disabled person in a wheelchair. Scientology OTs, putting the tech aside, are probably some of the least effective beings on this planet. I haven’t seen good results. And that’s because of lower grades.”


Random Howdy

“I’ve always wanted a goat. A small place in the country with a goat, a couple of pigs, some chickens, a duck or two and of course the usual cats and dogs…oh, and a semi-tamed crow or raven.”


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 October 5 in White Plains, NY. Jeffrey’s is set for October 24.
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, bond raised to $350,000 on Aug 27. Prosecutors appealed denial of their motion to have bond revoked, response from defense due Sept 11, response by prosecutors on Sept 14.

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 29 (CSI/RTC demurrer against Riales, Masterson demurrer), Oct 26 (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: Eleventh Circuit ruled on Sept 9 that Feshbachs can’t discharge IRS debt in bankruptcy.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Second amended complaint filed, trial set for Nov 9, 2021.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, awaiting verdict.


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

[Jenna Elfman, Giovanni Ribisi, and Greta Van Susteren]

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?



[ONE year ago] Why isn’t Scientology’s ship the Freewinds hauling emergency supplies to the Bahamas?
[TWO years ago] Visit to London Ideal Org shows that the Scientology bubble is still firmly in place
[THREE years ago] Scientology leader David Miscavige has empty buildings all over the world — here’s a rundown
[FOUR years ago] With Jason Lee out, what does it mean for Scientology’s tightest celebrity clique?
[FIVE years ago] Surreal encounter at Scientology’s secretive Int Base shows up in Danish documentary[SIX years ago] New leaked videos from the super beings at Scientology!
[SEVEN years ago] Jenna Miscavige Hill Talks to Us As Her Book Comes Out in Paperback
[NINE years ago] Scientology Oz-fest: Commenters of the Week!


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 2,063 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,567 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,087 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,107 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 998 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,305 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,173 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,947 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,751 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,067 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,633 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,552 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,720 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,301 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,562 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,600 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,313 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,838 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,368 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,928 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,068 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,388 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,243 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,362 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,718 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,021 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,127 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,529 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,401 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,984 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,479 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,733 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,842 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 17, 2020 at 07:00

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