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Sea Org stealth candidate Brittany Ruiz: This is Scientology, so of course it gets even worse

[Brittany Ruiz, her husband Javier, and Laura DeCrescenzo]

On September 26 we told you how intrigued we were by the idea that a former Sea Org official, Brittany Ruiz, was running for city council in McMinnville, Oregon.

It’s rare for Scientologists to run for public office, but this was especially interesting, because there is plenty of evidence of Ruiz’s involvement not only helping to run a major Scientology facility (the Advanced Organization of Los Angeles), but she also has a social media footprint demonstrating what a hardcore enforcer she was even after leaving the Sea Org.

It was also surprising that Brittany would run for office when she was connected to some of Scientology’s darkest recent moments. We’re talking about Leah Remini’s path to leaving Scientology: Leah was motivated, she told us, in part because of the sudden disappearance of two major figures in the church, David Miscavige’s wife Shelly Miscavige and Barbara Ruiz, a Sea Org official who had run the ‘Writers of the Future’ contest.

Barbara was married to Javier Ruiz, another Sea Org figure, who today is married to Brittany Ruiz and lives with her in Oregon, where they have a consulting business, Ruiz Partners. If Brittany really wanted to be a city councilor in that town, couldn’t she let us know what had happened to her husband’s previous wife?

Brittany and Javier didn’t get back to us. But we were curious if the local press there in Yamhill County had written anything after our piece, and we weren’t disappointed. Jodie DeJonge, managing editor of the Yamhill County News-Register, did a detailed, balanced piece about Ruiz on Friday (it’s paywalled) that brought up her history in the church.


Ruiz did not respond to questions about whether Ruiz Partners does business with the Church of Scientology or its offshoots. She also did not respond to questions about a diploma from Chemeketa Community College she included on her candidate filing with the city, but that the college could not confirm. She did not list the diploma or any college degree in her voters’ pamphlet statement.

She earlier said she’s bothered by the mischaracterization of her ties to Scientology, describing it as “regurgitated baloney,” and said many comments in local social media include information that’s “not verified or confirmed.

“A lot of it is conjecture and slander. It hurts me about the vitriol and the nasty comments against me and my husband,” she said. “I’m a supporter of religious beliefs, but it doesn’t have a place in government.”

Oh really? Conjecture and slander?

OK, well, let’s take a look at the documented court record, shall we? And thank you to the reader who reminded us about some of our previous reporting on Javier Ruiz that we didn’t include in our last story on Brittany and her political run.

In 2013, a woman named Laura DeCrescenzo had to go all the way to the US Supreme Court in order to force the Church of Scientology to return to her the documents in her private files as a longtime Sea Org worker. It was a major victory for her that she forced the church to turn over tens of thousands of pages from her files, and we managed to get our hands on much of it as we covered her lawsuit against the church, which she had first filed in 2009.

Those records documented that Laura had begun her work in the Sea Org in 1990 at only 12 years old, and she was put on a schedule of 90 hours of work each week, for pennies an hour. Yes, 90 hours a week for a 12 year old girl.

She was from New Mexico, but was working and living in Scientology’s Los Angeles headquarters and, you will not be surprised to hear, she got homesick and missed her mother.

Again, she was 12 YEARS OLD at the time.

Among the records turned over by Scientology in a lawsuit that had gone all the way to the US Supreme Court were documents written by her supervisor, a “Supercargo” by the name of Javier Ruiz. From our 2013 article about those records…

Laura’s homesickness that first year in the Sea Org was also described in a report written by “Supercargo” officer Javier Ruiz, who told Laura “that people who want to leave the Sea Org have done bad things or have crimes that they are withholding.”

Six months after leaving home Laura missed her parents even more, but “Javier Ruiz had told me that my mom’s questions about me coming home were antagonistic to the Sea Org and Scientology.”

Her files include a report written by Ruiz, which criticizes the dedication of a 12-year-old.

Here, see for yourself that Laura, in a court declaration, names Javier as one of the officials who made sure she snitched on her own family if they expressed any doubts in the Sea Org…



And here’s the report written by Javier Ruiz, in his own handwriting, that became an official record in a lawsuit in Los Angeles after the Church of Scientology tried and failed to keep from turning over this document with a failed petition to the US Supreme Court…


Dear [redacted]

This is some data on Laura Diekman.

She originated last week that she wanted leave the SO. This, she said, was based on her missing her [redacted].

Laura has not been doing well since she has been on post. She has not taken full responsibility for the area under her.

Today I went over why people blow with her. She is going to writing OW’s and we’ll take it from there. Apparently her [redacted] has been putting alot of “ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO BE THERE” stuff on her lines. There maybe a PTS sit to handle as the “reason” that she wants to take off is to “help” her [redacted] around the house.

I wanted this data known and will get in comm with you on it.

Thanks, [redacted]

Again, we want to make sure you understand the situation here. A Scientology Sea Org official, an adult man, is writing up a report on a 12 year old girl because she is not taking “full responsibility” for being separated from her family and working 90 hours a week in Scientology’s indentured servitude.


Scientology argued in this lawsuit that because children even as young as 12 are considered “ministers” in the church, they can treat them any way they like.

Laura was suing Scientology for subjecting her to this kind of abuse, which also included coercing her to have an abortion at 17. For nine years she fought the Church of Scientology in this lawsuit, and finally in 2018 with just days to go before a trial was finally scheduled to begin, Scientology leader David Miscavige threw in the towel and wrote a big check to make the case go away.

But the court record remains. And it’s not based on “conjecture.”

If Brittany Ruiz really wants to hold public office, shouldn’t she answer some questions about her husband’s role as the “supercargo” who enforced discipline on indentured 12 year old girls at Scientology’s Los Angeles headquarters? And shouldn’t she recount what her responsibilities were as the commanding officer of AOLA?

Come to think of it, is the Technology Association of Oregon, which lists Javier as one of its board members, aware of his past as a Scientology supercargo?

There’s so much to think about for the people of Yamhill County.


Bonus items from our tipsters

Get your wallets out, UK friends!





SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks, the series axed by Seven News

In July the Australian Seven News network cancelled at the last minute a ten-part nightly news in-depth investigation of the Church of Scientology and its history of dirty tricks operations. All ten episodes have now been leaked to the Internet, and we’ve collected all ten links in one place. Judge for yourself why Tom Cruise and Tommy Davis might not have wanted viewers to see this hard-hitting series by journalist Bryan Seymour.


Source Code

“I don’t think God wants to communicate with anybody myself. I’m — some people I know, and so forth — I know some of the things I have to say, I don’t think he would want to communicate with me. I know an awful lot of people that, boy, he’d run if he thought he had to communicate with them.” — L. Ron Hubbard, October 14, 1953


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Lesbian Maoists are exporting war for China. (Instead of being put in FEMA camps, as recommended in Science of Survival.) George Soros funds the lesbian Maoists (BLM) burning the USA.”



Past is Prologue

2001: The St. Petersburg Times reported that a community group is asking that a street be renamed in honor of former Clearwater mayor Gabe Cazares. “‘We’ve had this in mind for some time, and we feel it’s time,’ said Edward Quinones, the chairman of Uno Federation Community Services, a non-profit group based in Clearwater. ‘We think it’s fairly obvious in this area, with such a large Hispanic population, that this would be appropriate.’ Uno’s board suggested that former Clearwater Mayor and County Commissioner Gabe Cazares, a Mexican-American, would be a good person to name a road after. Uno’s board also proposed that a major road such as Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard be considered.”


Random Howdy

“So my mom being constipated and my dad poking me in the eye with his dick is the reason my life is shit? Thanks Ron, I knew it was their fault somehow, but I thought it had something to do with bad genes.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Demurrer filed by Masterson, arraignment delayed to October 19.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay’s sentencing is set for October 29 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 revoked Sep 14. Nobbe dead, Sep 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.’ Petition for a writ of mandate filed with Cal 2nd Appellate District, Sept 10.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: 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 tax debt: Eleventh Circuit ruled on Sept 9 that Feshbachs can’t discharge IRS debt in bankruptcy. Update required in federal lawsuit on Oct 19.
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!

[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?



[ONE year ago] David Miscavige made the scene in England: But how about his best Scientology bud?
[TWO years ago] Detroit going Ideal! Scientology throws its invite-only party in Motor City today
[THREE years ago] Coming to grips with Scientology’s most vile secret, which was hiding in plain sight
[FOUR years ago] Older than Pythagoras, and guaranteed to raise your IQ: What Scientology promised in 1954
[FIVE years ago] ‘MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE’: Louis Theroux’s doc premieres tonight at the London Film Festival
[SIX years ago] Former Scientologist indicted in financial scheme that victimized other ex-church members
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology Payback: Revenge of the Videographers
[EIGHT years ago] Marty Rathbun Reveals New Details in Nazanin Boniadi Story, Other Scientology Bombshells in New Book
[NINE years ago] Scientology Hates Clean Ice, Part 2: Another Target, and the Web as Weapon


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 2,089 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,593 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,113 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,133 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,024 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,331 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,199 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,973 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,777 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,093 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,659 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,578 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,746 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,327 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,588 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,626 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,339 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,864 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,394 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,954 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,094 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,414 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,269 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,388 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,744 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,047 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,153 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,555 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,427 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,010 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,505 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,759 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,868 days.


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

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