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Chris Shelton: What it’s like to spy for Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs

This week I interviewed Shane Rybacki. He is a former Scientologist who had a short stint on the EPF, worked for the Office of Special Affairs in Orange County and was eventually kicked out of the Church and disconnected from his family because he dared to disparage Scientology in a public forum. He reached out to Tony and me to start telling his story and he had a lot to say.

This interview is a bit more “raw” than my usual interviews; we just get right into it and we don’t follow a chronological order or even get his whole story. Instead, we focused mainly on his experience in the OSA office, including how he had to cover up a sexual crime involving his own minor girlfriend and an adult staff member; and how he was sent around to spy on people, destroy property and other nonsense to try to maintain a good public image for Scientology. For legal reasons, I bleeped out the name of the offending staff member but listeners will definitely get the idea of what went on.

— Chris Shelton




Source Code

“Be the space of your body. The space of this room. The space of your body. The space of this room. Be the space of your body. The space of this room. The space of your body. The space of the building. The space of your body. The space of the building. The space of your body. The space of the building. The space of your body. The space of this building. The space of your body. The space of this building. The space of your body. The space of Camden. The space of your body. The space of Camden. The space of your body. The space of Camden. The space of your body. The space of Philadelphia. The space of your body. The space of Philadelphia. The space of your body. Space of Philadelphia. Space of your body. Space of Philadelphia. Space of New York. Space of your body.” — L. Ron Hubbard, November 28, 1953


Avast, Ye Mateys

“MISUNDERSTOODS: I wrote a piece in the OOD yesterday about Nixon’s misunderstoods. I hope no one accumulated any misunderstood words reading it. I found ‘hilarity’ in the first sentence wasn’t known. It means ‘high amusement,’ or ‘boisterous merriment’.” — The Commodore, November 28, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“OMG there’s talk now of No Jab-No Flight rules and an electronic way of checking at airports if people have gotten the jab. Just today they mentioned this in the mainstream media. Of course, we knew this was coming. When you get good at spotting conspiracies you can predict this sort of disgusting rubbish. The communist world order wants you vaccinated, and they are going to force you to do it. Well I ain’t touching their untrustworthy drugs/medicines/vaccines/advice/science just everything really. Over my dead body, baby!”



Past is Prologue

2001: The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported that Scientology is shooting a movie at Gold Base, near Hemet, California. “A booming cannon shoots toward a row of cottonwood trees on the lush, grassy fields of 17th-century France. Fifteen minutes later, the fire lands among a cluster of charging soldiers wearing goatees, creamy white cravats and feathers in their hats. Three of them drop. Then they get up and try it again. When it’s finished, Golden Era Productions will have an educational video showing how war never solves mankind’s real problems. Golden Era Productions, located in Gilman Hot Springs northwest of San Jacinto, makes educational and training films for the Church of Scientology. Staff members who work on the 520-acre site do everything from sewing costumes to acting and filming. The film will be used for educational purposes in Scientology churches all over the world.”


Random Howdy

“Third party law was specifically created by Hubbard to handle mothers-in-law.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Masterson’s demurrer denied Oct 19, arraignment delayed to Jan 6.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay’s sentencing delayed for ‘Fatico’ hearing on Jan 19.
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Next pretrial conference set for Jan 12 in Los Angeles

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 writ of mandate denied Oct 22 by Cal 2nd Appellate District. Petition for review by state supreme court filed Oct 30.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Dec 18, re-hearing on motions to compel arbitration; Jan 29, Masterson’s request to stay discovery pending the criminal case
Matt and Kathy Feschbach tax debt: Eleventh Circuit ruled on Sept 9 that Feshbachs can’t discharge IRS debt in bankruptcy. Nov 18: Feshbachs indicated they will enter into consent judgment to pay the debt.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Second amended complaint filed, trial set for Nov 9, 2021.

Concluded litigation:
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, Cannane victorious, awarded court costs.
Dennis Nobbe, Medicare fraud, PPP loan fraud: Charged July 29. Bond revoked Sep 14. Nobbe dead, Sep 14.
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.


SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks

The Australian Seven News network cancelled a 10-part investigation of Scientology and its history of dirty tricks. Read the transcripts of the episodes and judge for yourself why Tom Cruise and Tommy Davis might not have wanted viewers to see this hard-hitting series by journalist Bryan Seymour.


After the success of their double-Emmy-winning, three-season A&E series ‘Scientology and the Aftermath,’ Leah Remini and Mike Rinder continue the conversation on their podcast, ‘Scientology: Fair Game.’ We’ve created a landing page where you can hear all of the episodes so far.


An episode-by-episode guide to Leah Remini’s three-season, double-Emmy winning series that changed everything for Scientology watching. Originally aired from 2016 to 2019 on the A&E network, and coming November 1 to Netflix.


Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Other links: Scientology’s Ideal Orgs, from one end of the planet to the other. 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 a weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] On this Thanksgiving, we’re thankful again for people we will never forget
[TWO years ago] Scientology responds to Leah Remini’s season premiere with smeariest smear video ever
[THREE years ago] Ugh. We just found a troubling L. Ron Hubbard Scientology lecture about little boys and sex.
[FOUR years ago] How Liz Gale came to disconnect from her own mother, Scientology style
[FIVE years ago] Scientology’s apocalyptic ‘expansion’: A hint at the real story in a Brighton shiny moment
[SIX years ago] The richest Scientologists in the world get a new trophy for donating another pile of cash!
[SEVEN years ago] Jefferson Hawkins Explains the Ethics of Scientology’s “Suppressive Person”
[EIGHT years ago] More McPherson Cover-Up Corroboration: “I Watched Them Drain $20 Million In Reserves”
[NINE years ago] Scientology Held Woman Aboard the Freewinds for 12 Years Against Her Will: Aussie TV


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 2,134 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,638 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,158 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,178 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,069 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,376 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,244 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,018 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,822 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,138 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,704 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,623 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,791 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,372 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,633 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,671 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,384 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,909 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 264 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,439 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,990 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,139 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,459 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,314 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,433 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,789 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,092 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,198 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,600 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,472 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,055 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,550 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,804 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,913 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on November 28, 2020 at 07:00

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Our new book with Paulette Cooper, Battlefield Scientology: Exposing L. Ron Hubbard’s dangerous ‘religion’ is now on sale at Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. Our book about Paulette, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, is on sale at Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook versions. We’ve posted photographs of Paulette and scenes from her life at a separate location. Reader Sookie put together a complete index. More information can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

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