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Eyewitness: David Miscavige presided at New Year’s Eve party at Scientology’s Flag Land Base

[Miscavige at recent Flag graduation, from ISN magazine]

On the Scientology calendar, after founder L. Ron Hubbard’s birthday on March 13, the next most holy occasion might be New Year’s Eve. But the odd thing about Scientology’s big New Year’s celebration is that it actually takes place a few weeks earlier at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles so video of it can be shown on December 31 at the other “orgs” around the world.

But that’s in a normal year. With the pandemic shutting down large gatherings, Scientology has had to adapt. And this year, claims a Scientologist who posted an eyewitness account on Facebook, church leader David Miscavige actually celebrated New Year’s Eve on December 31, and at the Fort Harrison Hotel, Scientology’s holiest spot and centerpiece of the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida.

Scientology itself, in the newest glossy International Scientology News, published photographs of Miscavige showing up to surprise the attendees of a Friday night graduation at the Fort Harrison Hotel’s ballroom. And we’ve seen two different accounts by Scientologists saying that he’d showed up at five consecutive Friday night graduation events.

That was all leading up, apparently, to his making the scene on New Year’s Eve. And while he was there, says the eyewitness, he boasted about the usual advances and in particular that three new Ideal Orgs had been completed during the year 2020, in Austin, Chicago, and Mexico City.

Those buildings may be complete, but they haven’t had grand openings and we have recent reports from readers that Austin and Chicago are boarded up. But Miscavige is boasting that their renovations are complete. Here’s the rest of the report from the witness, who refers to Miscavige as “COB,” for “chairman of the board,” his ostensible position at the head of the Religious Technology Center, Scientology’s nominally controlling entity. (Actually Miscavige wields total control of the entire Scientology movement through his position as captain of the Sea Org.)


COB was our Guest of Honor for Flag’s New Year’s Event Thursday night. He asked all attendees to get on all our comm lines and tell you about the briefings he’s been delivering weekly here, as these events are not shown elsewhere. In addition to last night’s event, he has spoken at the last 5 graduations at Flag saying there is no other place he would rather be right now than here at Flag. (If your org isn’t open, come on down!)

COB noted the 2.1 million OT VII sessions for 2020 is highest ever by a lot.

That in 2020 we prepared/renovated more new Ideal Org square feet than in 2019, which itself had been a banner year.

He also said that he fulfilled his 2020 New Year’s promise to complete three Ideal Orgs. They are Chicago and Austin, and he showed the video from the newest completed Ideal Org – the former ODD Mexico City, now called Scientology del Valle. It is the second Ideal Org in Mexico City, which is the largest Spanish speaking city in the world. We won religious recognition by the courts in Mexico in 2017. Prior to that the orgs had to be called Dianetics centers as only the Catholic Church was allowed to be a church there.

He again mentioned the new Ideal Orgs that are being completed now: Oslo in Norway, HAPI Scotland, Helsinki in Finland, Aarhus in Denmark, Edinburgh in Scotland, Port Elizabeth South Africa, Florence in Italy and Paris, France. Paris was such a clear-cut victory for Scientology that the courts even fined the suppressives that have been trying to stop us from opening our Ideal CC Paris.

Both Paris and Edinburgh (of Battlefield Earth fame) are within walking distance of their national sports stadiums.

COB said it was obvious what the SPs were going to do, so the SO was prepared. As a result, the AOs in Africa, Australia and England have had highest-ever stats for 2020 compared to any other year, despite shut downs, etc.

They created bubbles at many of the AO’s where Sea Org members and public lived and worked together in a separate building acquired just for this purpose. In England it was an actual castle 10 miles from Saint Hill they had rented and just went up the OT bridge full time as one big happy family.

SO members have been studying a minimum of 5 hours/day and have made massive progress getting their hatting and enhancement during this period. He also said he will get construction started this year on the new LRH Hall, the new Flag AO building and the Ocean View Hotel next to the Sandcastle, and once the new AO is done, the old AO will be turned into a hotel.

COB spent two hours at one graduation covering the nation-changing successes we have had in South Africa, with 300 new government partnerships created when 187 SO members donned VM hazmat suits, turned Kyalami Castle into the headquarters for the VM salvage operation for the country and became the go-to people for the sanitization of public and private spaces there, completing over a BILLION square feet of sanitization of buildings and tens of thousands of vehicles, from police cars to taxis. They also sanitized many other churches there and created thousands of new friends, 300 of whom finished the 19 Scientology Handbook courses and were awarded their yellow VM uniforms – they were all beaming to be part of this exclusive VM team that was salvaging their whole country from ruin!

COB said spread the data to all your commlines who couldn’t attend this briefings at Flag.

“We are going up while the world is going down.” – LRH

Wait a minute. A new Flag AO to replace the current one? The current “Advanced Organization” at the Flag Land Base is the Sandcastle, a hotel that where wealthy Scientologists go to get expensive upper-level “advanced” auditing levels. (OT 8, the highest level, is only delivered on Scientology’s private cruise ship, the Freewinds.)


In 2019 Tampa Bay Times reporter Tracey McManus produced an epic investigation showing that Scientologists had quietly doubled the number of properties they controlled in downtown Clearwater.

In more recent days, city leaders have been pressuring the church to reveal what it is going to do with those empty properties, which are continuing the problem with a dead downtown.

Is this the big reveal that Miscavige has in store for them, that he’s going to turn one of the new properties into a new Flag AO, a mecca of technical perfection where Scientologists from around the world will come for upper level secrets?



Karen Bass does it again

Rizza Islam, the Scientologist/Nation of Islam anti-vaxx huckster facing felony Medi-Cal insurance fraud charges, is given a pat on the back by Karen Bass. Incredible.



Source Code

“There is nothing more simple than for a fellow to duplicate himself any place in the universe because he isn’t any place in the universe because he is every place in the universe. Any one of you immediately, any one of you immediately answers up to the definition that has been given the anthropomorphic itself entitled God. Any one of you, because you’re everywhere on omniscient and omnipresent, and on the bus, and everything.” — L. Ron Hubbard, January 7, 1954



Avast, Ye Mateys

“ETHICS: JOHN and DORA HANNIDES are assigned a Condition of Treason for leaving the SO under false pretenses. They may not be audited or trained until they have fully applied the formula. They may not be communicated with. Their only terminal is an Ethics Officer in a Continental Liaison Office or S.O. ship.” — Flag 3rd Mate for L. Ron Hubbard, Commodore, January 7, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“The Satanic cult of the Elite have many names, they go by Deep State, Illuminati, Globalists, the Cabal, and many others. Their front organizations include the Fed Reserve, UN, CIA, FBI, IRS, CNN, ABC, NBC, BBC, Hollywood, Planned Parenthood (mass murderers), Disney, CONcast… they own and control nearly all of the Main Stream Media including nearly all newspapers and TV. They own all the Central Banks, they own all railroads, all energy companies, most of the great manufacturing, they own and control all the drug cartels. They formerly owned and controlled North Korea, Iran, China… all of the terrorist states, all terrorist organizations. They were responsible for all the school shooter events, all false flag events including 9-11, Last Vegas shooting, the California fires, Pearl Harbor, you name it. They created WWI, WWII. They created Socialism, the NAZIs (a Socialist party), Fascism, Communism. They owned and controlled the Democratic party and until recently also the Republican party. Every US President was one of [them] with the exception of JFK whom they murdered, and Regan whom they tried to murder, and Donald J Trump who is beating them all with the help of Patriots in the US Military. The Cabal owned/controlled almost everything. And literally everything we thought we knew about how the world worked was wrong just like everything some of us once thought we knew about Scientology was wrong. How could anyone bring down the Church of Scientology as long as Big Brother had the CoS under their wing? It was hopeless. The correct target to end CoS corruption was to bring down the Deep State so I shifted my support to that end. Incredible strides have been made.”


Past is Prologue

1997: The mayor of Clearwater, Florida was reported this week to have been tricked into a press photograph by Scientology. This report was summarized from a broadcast on Morning Edition, a National Public Radio show. “Clearwater mayor Rita Garvey says that she was tricked by Scientologists when she appeared in a photograph with students from a clam school. The photo appeared in a clam publication, and featured Garvey with several students and their anti-drug posters. Garvey, who is an outspoken opponent of Scientology, said that she was not made aware that the students were from a Scientology school.”



Random Howdy

“Phew, I’m just getting back after sitting in the alley for 2 hours with the cats after some asshole in the building tried to set some other guy’s door on fire. The firemen said we were very lucky the ornament that the asshole tried to start the fire with went out otherwise we would have all been toast. Isn’t life grand?”


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 20.
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 denied Dec 11.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Dec 30, Judge Kleifield granted Scientology’s 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. Dec 17: Feshbachs sign court judgment obliging them to pay entire $3.674 million tax debt, plus interest from Nov 19.
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 now on 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] Henning Heldt, 1945-2020: Scientology’s 1970s spymaster went to prison for L. Ron Hubbard
[TWO years ago] A Scientologist on trial for double murder: A story the church is very nervous about
[THREE years ago] When two political longshots spar over Joy Villa and Scientology, everyone wins
[FOUR years ago] Phil and Willie Jones launch a new effort for billboard about Scientology disconnection
[FIVE years ago] AUDIO: Hear Scientology boast about the $5.7 million it got from Google in free ads
[SIX years ago] The new Scientology ad running on TV — and maybe for the Super Bowl
[SEVEN years ago] See Scientology’s new TV ad before it’s released — and more IAS gala video!
[EIGHT years ago] John Sweeney Talks The Church of Fear, Which Comes Out Today
[NINE years ago] Scientology, Cooked: 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 2,174 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,678 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,198 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,218 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,109 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,416 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,284 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,058 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,862 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,178 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,744 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,663 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,831 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,412 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,673 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,711 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,424 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,949 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 304 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,479 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,030 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,179 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,499 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,354 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,473 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,829 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,132 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,238 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,640 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,512 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,095 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,590 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,844 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,953 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on January 7, 2021 at 07:00

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