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Leah Remini spots Scientology’s best self-own in a long, long time

Leah Remini spotted this item while she was on Twitter and brought it to our attention. Here’s what she told us about it…

“While I was engaging with decent folks on Twitter last night, Scientology fair game operatives thought, ‘Wait, we can’t have Leah doing good things on Twitter, we must stop her tweeting out links of teachers’ Amazon request lists. We can’t have her engaging with people who donated to a real charity today, Henry Street Settlement in honor of Jerry Stiller, we must interrupt this! Quick, get out there, fellas, and stop her! Accuse her of inciting hate against us! Tweet some shit about Valerie Haney! Distract her!’ And while I did engage with a few of them for a few minutes, I came across this little delight.”

And we’re really glad that she did.

Every so often a tabloid publication will make the unsubstantiated claim that Tom Cruise is leaving Scientology to reunite with either his ex-wife Katie Holmes, or his daughter Suri, or both.


Of course, all the evidence is to the contrary, which we are always happy to point out to reporters who ask us about it. In 2019, before the pandemic shut down Scientology events, Tom Cruise not only attended the L. Ron Hubbard birthday event in Clearwater, but he also attended the IAS gala in October, and with his kids Isabella and Connor. It’s the first time we can remember that he attended more than one international event in a single year, and it was the first time he had ever brought his kids. Meanwhile, his double penthouse right inside the Flag Land Base in Clearwater is now complete, and when Tom visits it he’ll literally be walking distance from his buddy Dave Miscavige’s place at the Flag Building.

So yes, the actual record is that Cruise is even more involved in Scientology than ever, not less, and we’ve seen no evidence that he’s trying to reunite with his daughter Suri.

Well, back in November Gossip Cop debunked another of these baseless tabloid rumors that Cruise was ditching Scientology to reunite with Suri.

And thanking them for setting the record straight — that in fact Cruise remains estranged from his own daughter — was The Expose Network, one of Scientology’s nasty Twitter accounts that takes weak potshots at Leah Remini and Mike Rinder.


How’s that for a self-own!

“Thank you, Gossip Cop, for confirming that Tom Cruise is a deadbeat dad more interested in Scientology than his own daughter, signed Scientology.”

It’s an instant classic.


Lucas Catton: Narconon and the media

Says Luke: “Narconon of Oklahoma moved from Chilocco to Arrowhead in 2001. Around this time several things occurred that wound up placing Narconon in newspapers and on radio and television networks across the country. Combined with the boom created by their internet presence as one of the early pioneers online for the treatment space, Narconon Arrowhead grew from 100 to 250 clients in just a few short years, averaging $250,000 per week in revenue for that single facility. Their meteoric rise was of course met with a later crash into becoming the desolate place it is now.”




1972 French Scientology documentary resurfaces

Our thanks to the reader in France who made us aware that this classic look at Scientology had been reposted this week…


And yes, that’s David Gaiman, Neil’s dad, giving an interview:




Source Code

“It was a lovely party. A smashing cake, a lovely present, the Snipes songs and all your happy smiles and applause made it a truly wonderful birthday. (I didn’t know how old I was this life, was sure I was several years younger, until the congratulations and best wishes. I added it up. 60. I still don’t believe it. Are you sure we haven’t skipped some calendar years somewhere?) It was a great day. And I appreciate you more than you will ever know.” — L. Ron Hubbard, March 14, 1971


Avast, Ye Mateys

“HIGHEST EVERS: Thank you for the very happy birthday. I received some lovely presents including a new dining room table and chairs for the A Deck lounge — truly gorgeous. I now hear the Ship’s Rep flew to a nearby area to get some lovely presents for me from MSH. Very appreciated. Both the presents and the flight. Cards, telexes, lovely presents and remembrances. And HGC had a present — 639 w.d. auditing hours! Just by changing its lines and hard work. And the HCI’s FEBC stats are highest ever. The International Gross Income was the HIGHEST EVER! And the Planetary G.I. (not including AOUK, UK, EU, AF or ANZO Orgs) (including only US (Sea Org, Scn) and AOSH DK) hit over a quarter of a million in one week!” — The Commodore, March 14, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“I’ll be glad when these Grays are exterminated from our Galaxy. We need to apply the Danger Formulae to these S.P.s and secure a safe base. After the dust settles, we can arrange to have those in lower Ethics Conditions given the job of ‘auditing’ them. I, unfortunately, am very familiar with the Gray hatcheries. Most of these are in the Deep Underground Military Bases. They abduct women and children and use them for fertility foods. Most of these ‘hybrid’ babies are used as FOOD, for the Reptilians. The Grays rub their adrenal glands on their skin, as nourishment. And some of these babies are sacrificed to Lucifer, murdered, after being tortured for their adrenochrome. I have heard of some ‘Good Grays,’ mostly from people who allow them to inhabit their bodies during a trance-like state. I don’t buy that there are good Grays. Alliances were made with President Eisenhower, of which he was bound/forced to make a deal, in order to save the greater collective; all the while buying time to wage war against them and defend humanity. Eliminating total suppression must be done in order to save humanity. If you’re of the opinion that there are those that are sweetness and light, then maybe, but I haven’t seen any evidence of any goodness from either the Reptilians or Grays. There’s NO ‘Alliance’ with these baby ‘hatcheries.’ Our Military has been FORCED to have Reality with them, UNTIL they amass enough tech to eradicate them. And that is being done over the past year or so. Trump and the U.S. military has been rescuing these babies, children and others, then bombing the DUMBs.”


Past is Prologue

2001: Mark Bunker reported on a hearing in the the case of former Scientologist Jesse Prince, charged with growing marijuana. “Attorney Denis deVlaming explained that Jesse and his fiancee, Dee, moved to Clearwater over a year ago and bought a house. They discovered marijuana growing wildly on their property. He explained that Scientology found an African American P.I. who came to Jesse’s neighborhood and waited at a nearby bar to meet Jesse and befriend him. This P.I. (Gaston) spent months hanging out with Jesse and Dee before turning Jesse into the Largo police. Once Gaston went to the Largo police as a confidential informant, the police sent in an agent of their own. This Largo undercover agent repeatedly asked Jesse for drugs and Jesse kept telling him he couldn’t get him any. The Largo undercover agent then told the Largo police that there were marijuana plants at Jesse’s house which led to the early morning raid when the police arrested Jesse and found one plant growing from the roots of a rubber tree plant. The judge looked surprised. ‘One plant? As in only one plant?’, he asked. ‘Yes, your honor,’ replied deVlaming.”



Random Howdy

“Hey, if chronic drunkenness, drug addiction, and debauchery were good enough for L. Ron, they’re good enough for me!”


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] Danny Masterson’s victims speak out in sworn documents in lawsuit against Scientology
[TWO years ago] David Miscavige presides over Scientology’s holiest annual celebration of L. Ron Hubbard
[THREE years ago] Lori Hodgson’s fight with Scientology for her kids is now a book you can pre-order
[FOUR years ago] Memories of a Scientology warrior: Marty Rathbun’s curious career as church rebel
[FIVE years ago] Turns out at least FOUR employees sued Pasadena firm that forced Scientology on them
[SIX years ago] Outtakes from the 1997 ‘Secret Lives’ doc — an eyewitness at the Jack Parsons house
[EIGHT years ago] Your Life as Sperm or Egg: L. Ron Hubbard’s Mad Genius
[NINE years ago] In Clearwater for LRH’s 101st Birthday: Tales of Disconnection and Scientology Creepiness


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 2,240 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,744 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,264 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,284 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,175 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,482 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,350 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,124 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,928 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,244 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,810 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,729 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,897 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,478 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,739 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,777 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,490 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,015 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 370 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,545 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,096 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,245 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,565 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,420 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,539 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,895 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,198 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,304 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,706 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,578 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,161 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,656 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,910 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,019 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 14, 2021 at 07:00

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