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Hidden microphone: Scientology staffer shows how far they’ll go for $50

[What Scientology ‘body routing’ looks like]

We mentioned on Saturday that former Scientologist Trevor Heasley has been making some good videos. And on that day he premiered a new podcast and with Ross Blocher as his guest.

We thought we’d also highlight another video he posted recently that makes use of a secretly recorded audiotape and catches a Scientology staffer giving some pretty stunning instructions to a fellow worker at the org.

As the video explains, the male worker you hear is so desperate to “body route” someone, anyone, into the org he brings in a homeless person off the street, and he hears abuse from the other staffers about it.

But then a female staffer gives him a strategy for how to get the homeless target to give up $50 for a course.

The homeless man had taken the free Oxford Capacity Analysis, the “personality test” that Scientology uses to rope people in. As many Scientologists have told us over the years, no matter how you answer the test the result will be that you’ll be told you have many different problems and that Scientology can take care of it.


In this case, knowing that the subject will probably balk about paying money for a course (he’s homeless after all), the woman recommends a hard sell: Tell him, she says, that based on his test results if he doesn’t get Scientology’s help soon, he’s going to end up committing suicide.

Well, isn’t that pleasant.

Give it a listen and let us know what you think. And we’d be curious to hear from former church members how this compares to your own experiences with body routing.



Bonus items from our tipsters

A reader sent in this Scientology promotional shot of the air bridge between the Fort Harrison Hotel and the Flag Building, with a happy family wearing Cause Resurgence Rundown gear. They’re on their way to the huge domed room on the seventh floor of the Flag Building so they can run around a lighted pole until they have epiphanies, or what Scientologists call “cognitions.”


Yes, Scientologists, in church promos, go on and on about what a revelation it is to do the Rundown, and the wins they get from it, but they are careful never to mention that it simply entails running and running until exhaustion brings on hallucinations. But hey, why ruin the surprise.

Here’s a rendition of the huge domed room that we first published in the Village Voice nine years ago, before the building was even opened…




WISE strikes again

Another Daily Beast expose on Scientology from reporter Tarpley Hitt today, this time on the business media company e.Republic, which is run by Scientologists, and what a hellish experience it is to work in a company run like a Scientology org.



Source Code

“A radio ad in the Los Angeles area in 1950 was pulling in 125 new people a night. They came in, they were given a very bright lecture, they were very interested, they were given these cards to fill out as to whether or not they wanted training and processing, and what was their home address and phone number. The organization left them on the chairs, they fell off the chairs and on the floor, and eventually an old showman, the janitor, sort of got the idea maybe he shouldn’t be burning up all this trash and started turning them into me directly…That was the operating line of PE, 1950. The organization was making a fortune, until it all just went bong bang crash thud bong on just too much Dev-T, out-ethics, dishonesty, various things. Somebody decided he’d like to cut himself a whole piece of the organization, things of this character. But the organization could be put back together again to run at that high rate of speed anytime, any minute. We have found out it doesn’t matter what the papers say, it doesn’t matter what Time Magazine says, it doesn’t matter what the psychiatrists say, the word of mouth in the streets, it doesn’t matter one bit at all. It doesn’t matter how many football matches, it doesn’t matter how many this, how many that and so forth. An effective, efficient organization which is viably running and so forth, makes a mint.” — L. Ron Hubbard, March 1, 1972



Avast, Ye Mateys

“We sail at 1700 today. Have all readiness reports in by 1500 and all bills paid please. Cond I will take her out of harbour and Condition VI with A2 up first will handle at sea. A VIP reception will be given in the next port on the 3rd of March. The ship will be cleaned, scrubbed and painted up for this event.” — Capt W.B. Robertson, Flag Ship Org, March 1, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“My purpose years ago was to become a free spirit and I had totally given up all considerations on MEST and really didn’t need it. I used it as it was required and had no need or inclination to acquire more of it as I considered it baggage. Money and or the exchange of goods and services got me where I needed to be and I was happy. My current wife is totally MEST-driven and has gotten me trapped in the acquisition of more and more of it to a point where I have a house with five bedrooms of which three are empty. Whaaaat? This is a huge trap for me. I am a free spirit not this MEST-accumulating humanoid. I have become what I didn’t want and used to look at others in the same position and see their trap. I need to revitalize my purpose.”


Past is Prologue

2002: Caroline Letkeman reported that she received her Suppressive Person declare. “Caroline Letkeman, of Chilliwack, British Columbia, is hereby declared a Suppressive Person. Caroline Letkeman, in November 2001, formally resigned from the Church of Scientology by means of a public declaration. In addition to this, she demanded full refund of all funds donated to the Church. In the year 2000, Caroline wrote an essay against Scientology which contained defamatory statements and black propaganda; this was written for a known suppressive group and was published through a broad communication medium….Caroline has committed the following suppressive acts: VIOLATION OR NEGLECT OF ANY OF THE TEN POINTS OF KEEPING SCIENTOLOGY WORKING. PUBLIC DISAVOWAL OF SCIENTOLOGY OR SCIENTOLOGISTS IN GOOD STANDING WITH SCIENTOLOGY ORGANIZATIONS. PUBLIC STATEMENTS AGAINST SCIENTOLOGY OR SCIENTOLOGISTS BUT NOT TO COMMITTEES OF EVIDENCE DULY CONVENED. DEMANDING THE RETURN OF ANY OR ALL FEES PAID FOR STANDARD TRAINING OR PROCESSING ACTUALLY RECEIVED OR RECEIVED IN PART AND STILL AVAILABLE BUT UNDELIVERED ONLY BECAUSE OF DEPARTURE OF THE PERSON DEMANDING. It is hoped that Caroline comes to her senses and recants.”


Random Howdy

“Crowley adherents take the man at his word just like you-know-who do. They don’t understand he was a showman B.S.-artist and it was all about the sex and drugs. They believe in ‘magick’.”



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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Masterson arraigned Jan 20. Next conf to set prelim, March 24.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay’s sentencing delayed to April 13.
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Trial scheduled for May 20 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Charged in Brooklyn federal court on Feb 4. Arraigned on Feb 9. Pretrial conference set for Apr 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.’ 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. March 8: Status conference.
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.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, Cannane victorious, awarded court costs. Case appealed on Dec 24.

Concluded litigation:
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] Videos capture Scientology’s bizarre ideas about Clearwater election and Mark Bunker
[TWO years ago] Adam Holland, Scientology whistle-blower who exposed Sea Org conditions, 1988-2019
[THREE years ago] Scientology bragging on how well its Super Bowl ad did is the best thing ever
[FOUR years ago] 15 of the strangest things Scientology’s two supreme leaders ever uttered
[FIVE years ago] What Scientology kids are really taught to believe about other religions and ‘God’
[SIX years ago] Sunday Funnies: Scientology going all-in with fundraising and fire fighters
[SEVEN years ago] Jon Atack: The harassment of independent Scientologists didn’t begin with David Miscavige
[EIGHT years ago] SMERSH Madness: Sowing the Seeds of World Domination!
[NINE years ago] When Scientologists Talk To Each Other About Scientology


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 2,227 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,731 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,251 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,271 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,162 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,469 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,337 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,111 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,915 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,231 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,797 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,716 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,884 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,465 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,726 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,764 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,477 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,002 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 357 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,532 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,083 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,232 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,552 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,407 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,526 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,882 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,185 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,291 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,693 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,565 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,148 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,643 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,897 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,006 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 1, 2021 at 07:00

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