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Scientology’s Chicago Ideal Org says it’s next to open. Is Second City ready for its closeup?

It was just a couple of days ago that we posted mailers from Scientology which claimed that the new Austin Ideal Org would be the first to open now that the pandemic is ebbing.

But hang on a minute! Our tipsters in the Chicago area sent along mailers which claim that Chicago’s Ideal Org will be the next to open, and staff is now being signed up. When will it open? We’re not sure, but in this flier, there’s an “all-Ideal” event being held on May 23. So the grand opening for the Ideal Org will happen at some point after that…



Both the Chicago and Austin Ideal Orgs had been completed and were preparing to hold their grand openings when the pandemic hit last year, and they’ve been on hold ever since.

We’ll be interested to see which one gets chosen to go first, with David Miscavige flying in for the ceremony.

Will he hold them on successive weekends, like he did with Columbus and Kansas City? We have a feeling that he will.

Meanwhile, in Detroit, more evidence that they’re trying to drum up some business after the lockdown and in a city with little Scientology presence…



Source Code

“All I’m trying to do here is show you that the most hidden factors of the mind were, of course, the things that aberrated the mind, because nobody has ever freed a mind before. So therefore, they must have been the most concealed or they would have gotten as-ised. Just as simple as that, see? Almost anybody could have come along and as-ised them if they hadn’t been very hidden. ” — L. Ron Hubbard, May 12, 1961



Avast, Ye Mateys

“RHODESIA: The anti-Scn bill in Rhodesia hit a heavy snag due to our attorney, the legal office of the government chopping down on their parliament saying its unconstitutional. The name of a notorious anti-govt psychiatrist appeared and got the govt legal dept antagonistic. Also, I had excellent PR in Rhodesia when I was there and they’re still trying to explain their actions. The Guardian Office Africa and all concerned did a fine job there. It’s all held off indefinitely.” — The Commodore, May 12, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Back in the day there were a couple of thousand OTs auditing on OT Solo NOTs. At that same time period the world was somewhat sane (definitely as compared to now) and Church management attributed that phenomenon to the number of Solo NOTs auditors auditing. So LRH called for more and wanted 10,000 solo auditors auditing. We happen to believe that Solo NOTs being delivered in volume would tip this planet back into the direction of sanity as the theta/entheta ratio would be building back in the direction of sanity by reason of the R6 Bank getting deleted in volume. We literally are the ONLY solution to the chaos that is happening in the world. Until we get the majority of the planet clear and the SPs rounded up and handled, this planet will continue to head in the direction of destruction. So we have to shake off whatever losses we’ve had and band together and get clearing fired up again. The Church is closed down for the most part and not delivering. We need to pick up the slack.”


Past is Prologue

1996: Lance Buckley posted a report on the lightning picket held several weeks ago outside the London Org on Tottenham Court Road. “As we descended on the org, we couldn’t help but notice that they knew we were coming. In fact they had probably been set up quite a while. I remember wondering at the time if they were getting bored waiting for us to turn up. We had our own pair of police officers to make sure the three of us didn’t start a riot or something. It’s nice to know someone cares. We said our hellos to anyone who was interested, hoisted our signs high and had at the leaflet distribution with a will. As usual we were the centre of attention for 3 or more people with cameras. Why can’t they issue decent cameras to these people? All they ever use are the ‘point’n’shoot’ models.”


Random Howdy


“I wouldn’t sweat it. I’ve been doing this since 2008 and I’ve given vaLLarrr and other Scientologists more than enough clues as to who my sister is that if they wanted to dox me and come after me they could have long ago. All they got left is squirrel cams, fat sleazy P.I’s and slime sites that no one reads except other Scientologists.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Preliminary hearing set for May 18.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay sentenced to 9 years in prison. Jeff’s sentencing to be scheduled.
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Trial scheduled for May 20 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for June 18.

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] Scientology’s $20 million hole in the ground: The secret vault to nowhere
[TWO years ago] Scientology finds the dream solution to its recruiting woes — the QR Code!
[THREE years ago] Scientology’s toxic policy of ‘disconnection’ — we check in with the people who endure it
[FOUR years ago] One of Scientology’s most secretive temples is offering a rare look inside on Monday
[FIVE years ago] Monique Rathbun formally ends her lawsuit in Texas; Ken Dandar wins again in Florida
[SIX years ago] AUDIO LEAK: Scientology leader David Miscavige ‘makes L. Ron Hubbard out to be an imbecile’
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology is determined to conquer this Internet thing
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: Portland Is Now Cleared, On to the Rest of Earth!
[TEN years ago] Paulette Cooper’s Statement on Tom Cruise Winning a Humanitarian Award


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 2,299 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,803 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,323 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,343 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,234 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,541 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,409 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,183 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,513 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,987 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,303 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,869 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,788 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,956 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,537 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,798 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,836 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,549 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,074 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 429 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,604 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,155 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,304 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,624 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,479 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,598 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,954 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,257 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,363 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,765 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,637 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,220 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,715 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,969 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,078 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on May 12, 2021 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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