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New Scientology magazine boasts that David Miscavige is now a Florida fixture

Our thanks to the reader who shared with us the new issue of Source magazine, Scientology’s propaganda rag for its Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida.

The Flag Land Base is Scientology’s biggest moneymaker, because some of the highest-level auditing levels can only be done at Flag, and they cost a boatload. So Source puts out a lot of glossy come-ons about Flag’s various attractions — upper level auditing, the L Rundowns, Super Power, and they tend to look the same, issue after issue.

But this issue also paid tribute to Flag’s new resident, Scientology leader David Miscavige, who showed up unexpectedly at a Friday night graduation event at the Fort Harrison Hotel last November, and then kept coming back to them each Friday, week after week.

This is actually a pretty big deal. We reported years ago that Dave had stopped going to his former home at “Int Base” near Hemet, California, which for decades had been the center of Scientology’s management world.


For the next several years we weren’t really sure which of his residences was acting as his primary home, and process servers were having a hard time locating him.

But now, not only is Scientology itself announcing to the faithful that Dave is a Flag resident, but in a recent court filing Miscavige’s attorney also confirmed that he’s living in Florida.

In fact, Source magazine has added Miscavige as one of its attractions: Spend a bundle on high-level auditing at Flag, and you might run into Dave!

The audience was shocked and then awed the first time Chairman of the Board RTC, Mr. David Miscavige, walked on stage at Flag’s Graduation. It was a rare event — or so they thought — until it happened again and again and again. Since November 20th, Mr. Miscavige has thrilled those lucky enough to be in attendance at nearly a dozen Graduations. In each of these intimate briefings, he offers a behind-the-scenes look at how he’s been keeping the pedal to the metal. “We decided we’re going to be at cause and not at effect. Instead of going into fear, we’re going to take action and do something about it. We’re definitely pushing for the future.”

Indeed, Mr. Miscavige has punctuated his briefings with international news that underscores the fact that, while the world hit the pause button, we’ve kept going and going and going. He has also previewed the monumental strides we’ve made toward creating an Ideal world, with updates on orgs around the globe that are speeding down the runway toward Ideal. At each of these captivating events, the collective emotion of those in attendance is palpable. Mind-blowing. Powerful. Motivating. Unfiltered. So damn cool. Those are just a few of the reactions of Scientologists who’ve attended these exclusive events. When you come to Flag, you can catch up on all these briefings. And if you’re here at the right time, you might just have the privilege of witnessing the next live event. Another reminder that Flag is the place to be.

This is yet another piece of evidence that backs up something we’ve been pointing out for a few years now, and that’s the shifting of Scientology’s center of gravity from California to Florida. Miscavige abandoned Int Base seven or eight years ago, and we’ve seen Clearwater being built up and built up. Tom Cruise building his death star double-penthouse just steps away from Dave’s place at the Flag Building was a major clue that Miscavige was circling the wagons in the gulf town.

Now, he’s apparently a permanent resident there, living at the Flag Building and crossing the air bridge for the fine dining at the Fort Harrison Hotel without having to step foot on the street and be seen.

This Saturday, Marc Headley is joining a list of other notable suppressive persons on Ted Reinhard’s “Cult City Tour,” including Mike Rinder, Aaron Smith-Levin, Mat Pesch, and Mary Kahn. We hear it’s sold out. Is Dave going to put up with the likes of Mike Rinder standing outside his new home and gawking? This should be interesting.


New Jon Atack book

Scientology historian Jon Atack sent us the link to a new book he’s put out. Here’s his description:

Human predators roam among us. Although there aren’t many of them, they have a tremendous influence. To them, the rest of us are prey. Predators manipulate their prey using well-tried tricks. Once you know these tricks, it is much easier to avoid them or to stop them in their tracks. Every bad relationship, every destructive group, every dangerous government has a human predator at its heart. Predators rely upon persuasion. In honest persuasion, we have access to all of the facts – and different opinions about those facts – and enough time and privacy to consider these facts and opinions. But then there is the type of persuasion used by predators, which is simply manipulation. To manipulate means to manage or influence skillfully, especially in an unfair manner. Facts are hidden or distorted, and we are rushed into decisions that take away our own authority and harm our interests. Predators cause upset, conflict, corruption and devastation. By seeing through their methods, we can take power away from human predators and have a much greater chance to overcome the problems they cause in our personal and group relationships. This book will show you how to deal with predators and how to make society safe from their tricks and traps.




Source Code

“I might as well tell you why the foundation at 211 West Douglas just went out of the processing business entirely and is teaching as few students as possible and at this late date is going into research. I’m not quite sure what they’re going to research, but they’re just going into research and so I, this leaves as official entities in the field the HDAs in the field, the affiliates, that is to say the college associates, a professional school in Wichita, and whatever unit is here as far as the lineups are concerned, and of course this foundation. OK? This by the way is a big load off my mind because I’ve been wondering which way those people were going to jump, and sometimes suicides jump the wrong way. And all they seem to have gotten me for so far is to tell the income tax people that I’m vastly out of order on my income tax, so the income tax people are coming down. Do we have anybody around town who’s awfully good on income tax? Well, they wouldn’t let me look at any of the ’51 books, so I don’t know what income they’ve got written down. And they wiped out all my income just before income tax time, so I don’t know, I mean, I wrote the collector of internal revenue about a year ago and I said, ‘God, I’m confused.’ And he never replied, so I guess he is too….What do you know? Well we’ve got to make a couple of theta clears quick and wreck these income tax people right quick.” — L. Ron Hubbard, March 11, 1952


Avast, Ye Mateys

“MATA HARI: LISA O’KRACKEL, ‘the Mata Hari of our times,’ came aboard as the wife of Bill O’Krackel, made trouble, blew, was seen ashore hanging around for a week in Corfu, got $1,600 from her mother and left the area. Turns out she was married before to a Greek in Greece, was not divorced before she ‘married’ Bill. In the meantime she worked as a ‘pros’ in Las Vegas. She has six aliases (different names) and possibly 3 passports, one in her maiden name, one as the Greek’s wife and one as Bill’s ‘wife.’ We guess that Bill found out about her former marriage and no divorce and possibly that’s why she blew. We don’t know that she was here for info but for sure some wild left wing characters in the press are trying to talk about a disappeared ‘girl’ and had the crust to ask the Deputy Prime Minister of Greece about the ‘disappeared girl’ and ‘that ship in Corfu.’ The DPM said our ship was OK and he’d ‘look into the girl matter.’ Well, we’re also looking into it. We mean her no harm. But her blow is causing Dev T. Looks like another ‘Linda Smith’ plant.” — The Commodore, March 11, 1969


Overheard in the FreeZone

“A psychological operation perpetrated by unfriendly Gray ETs has been Disclosed. In it the Gray ETs choose people for abduction and mind control. After they have been programmed, the abductees and contactees are introduced into society in positions of influence. The ‘Chosen One’ individuals are mainly connected to military or government positions and families. This Psyop has apparently not been identified in Scientology auditing. One reason for that is because there are specific publications by LRH that forbid the inclusion of PCs with connections to governments, intelligence agencies and the military.”



Past is Prologue

1998: A German news crew flew a helicopter over Scientology’s Hemet, California base. From the Press-Enterprise: “Federal aviation officials are investigating a complaint filed by the Church of Scientology alleging that a helicopter hired by two Germans flew too close to its school behind the Soboba Indian Reservation. The Germans, who authorities said were television reporters, later were involved in a confrontation with Scientology officials outside the school in which both sides arrested each other. Ken Hoden, general manager of the church’s Golden Era Productions, said Monday’s incident was related to the problems Scientologists have in Germany. He described the helicopter’s action as ‘a total disregard’ for the privacy and safety of the children who attend the Castile Canyon School. Scientologists believe two passengers in the helicopter were the same people who posed as German vacationers during a public tour of the church’s complex in Gilman Hot Springs on Sunday, Hoden said. They left after Hoden said he started questioning their motives because they matched the description of a couple who earlier had been ‘harassing’ the church’s headquarters in Los Angeles.”


Random Howdy

“You people’s humanity is rubbing off on me and it’s making me unstable.”


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. June 7: 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] What it’s like to discover your employer is pushing Scientology on his office
[TWO years ago] New government docs show Scientology trying to snow the Justice Dept after Snow White
[THREE years ago] Scientology TV goes live tomorrow at 8 pm Eastern on app, DirecTV
[FOUR years ago] Source: Scientology made Danny Masterson’s Victim B search past lives to explain being raped
[FIVE years ago] Belgian judge throws entire case against Scientology out of court on technicality
[SIX years ago] The ‘Going Clear’ screening in Austin, featuring Marty Rathbun and other familiar faces
[SEVEN years ago] Judge in Laura DeCrescenzo’s case retires, Scientology objects to his replacement
[EIGHT years ago] LEAKED: Scripts Spell Out How Scientology Directs the Unsuspecting to Its Rehab Network
[NINE years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: Countdown to LRH’s Birthday!


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 2,237 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,741 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,261 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,281 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,172 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,479 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,347 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,121 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,925 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,241 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,807 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,726 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,894 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,475 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,736 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,774 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,487 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,012 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 367 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,542 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,093 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,242 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,562 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,417 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,536 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,892 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,195 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,301 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,703 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,575 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,158 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,653 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,907 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,016 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 11, 2021 at 07:00

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