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Scientology sends out a deluge of mailers as its newest Texas location prepares to open

We’re getting the sense that Scientology leader David Miscavige is itching to cut the ribbon on his new “Ideal Org” in Austin, Texas. That’s one of the renovations that he had nearly completed when the pandemic shut everything down in March 2020.

One sign that he may be about to hold a grand opening ceremony is that one of our tipsters reports that a deluge of mailers has suddenly been pouring out of the Austin organization, even though our tipster in this case is located in Los Angeles.

Out of the dozens of flyers and come-ons that landed in our tipster’s inbox, we selected some of the best for you to look at. We especially liked the recruitment poster for the Sea Org. We never get enough of Sea Org posters.












Meanwhile, at the Los Angeles Org, another of our LA readers spotted what looked like another mass photo opportunity going on yesterday. Is it time to congratulate David Miscavige on another job well done already?



Source Code

“Many an auditor falls for this because the PC wants to know how come he was on the planet Yuk-zuk in a railway conductor’s uniform, you see? What was he doing there? And that’s all very interesting and we can assuage his curiosity to some degree, but if we go in for just assuaging the curiosity of the thing — dramatizing watching TV or something like that, you see — we unfortunately get into the situation where we’re not following down an engramic chain. So here, you see, is another great liability in running engrams. We get so absorbed in dramatis personae and that sort of thing, that we actually aren’t running the chain of engrams at all, we are simply trying to find out. See, get that as a liability, because it is a liability. You actually can find out all about what this PC was doing on the planet Yuk-zuk. You could find out all about it. The only trouble is the basic on it was on the planet Pan-wan, which was a trillion years earlier. You see?” — L. Ron Hubbard, June 11, 1963



Avast, Ye Mateys

“No member of the Ships Company as per Flag Order is permitted to bring any pet aboard without permission. Gerry McLarty and Maria Bosselaar have brought aboard birds of the Psittacine family and Julie Blundell has a bird of unknown variety. These birds may endanger our free pratique at the next port entry. More particularly, Psittacine birds can develop psittacosis, an infectious virus disease, which can be transmitted to humans and so are a health hazard.” — Capt. Mary Sue Hubbard, June 11, 1969


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Of course anybody can offer an opinion on the subject of the destiny of LRH after death, and even comment on the several topics, ranging from Galactic Patrol commanders to reincarnated LRHs on Earth. But when these opinions are done by tech people with altitude, namely those in the independent field or the Europe/American Freezone, the opinion has great influence. If the commentator suffers from lack of understanding of the basic Scientology tech, then great damage is made. This is the case when tech people in the independent or Freezone or Church of Scientology field comment on the statement that LRH at death assumed the identity of Galactic Patrol Commander Elron Elrey at Galactic Central (comment made by Capt. Bill Robertson, the founder of the Freezone). If you happen to know well the data on the ‘Time Track of Theta’ tapes, and the ‘History of Man’ Series, you will understand that not only could LRH go to Galactic Central, but that he might have one or several reincarnations here on Earth, simultaneously.”


Past is Prologue

1998: The Edmonton Journal reports that Scientology has launched an attack on Stephen Kent, professor at the University of Alberta. “Sociology professor Stephen Kent was the subject of a scathing article in a 16-page Church of Scientology supplement entitled Freedom that was distributed with the Globe and Mail newspaper Friday. In the two-page article, Kent is compared to well-known neo-Nazi hatemonger Ernst Zundel and is referred to ‘as the academic point man for the voices of hate against new religions.’ The article also questions the validity of Kent’s academic research and suggests he should be disqualified from receiving any more government research grants. The attack appears to be related to Kent’s work as an expert witness for a German parliamentary committee. Kent traveled to Germany three times last summer to speak to German legislators and mainstream church groups about Scientology practices, including forced labour and a form of brainwashing. ‘Scientology has policies, which are public and well known, to undertake character assassination against their perceived enemies and this article is simply a demonstration of that Scientology policy,’ said Kent, adding that he was never interviewed for the article, and that it doesn’t quote from any of his published work. ‘They can’t quote anything from my work that would suggest I propagate hate against new religious groups because I never have.'”


Random Howdy

“The fact that the mayor couldn’t revoke the license for the Scientologists to erect their circus tent in punishment for their egregious act I find outrageous. The U.S legal system is way too convoluted for my liking.”



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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Next hearing set for August 9. Trial tentatively scheduled for early November.
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: Pretrial conference August 21 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 to US Supreme Court submitted on May 26. Scientology has until June 25 to respond.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: California Supreme Court grants review on May 26, asks Second Appellate Division to direct Judge Steven Kleifield to show cause why he granted Scientology’s motion for arbitration.
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.



We first broke the news of the LAPD’s investigation of Scientology celebrity Danny Masterson on rape allegations in 2017, and we’ve been covering the story every step of the way since then. At this page we’ve collected our most important links, including our four days in Los Angeles covering the preliminary hearing and its ruling, which has Danny facing trial and the potential sentence of 45 years to life in prison.


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 BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks. 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] Scientologist attorney gets her first ‘head on a pike’ with OC health officer resignation
[TWO years ago] Justin Bieber in the octagon? Why he couldn’t handle Tom Cruise’s Scientology powers
[THREE years ago] When Scientology keeps a mother from her child in the ER: Lori Hodgson’s story
[FOUR years ago] Neil Gaiman’s sis begs her fellow Scientologists to donate to an already funded building
[FIVE years ago] BILLBOARD 2.0 — Phil and Willie Jones set their sights on Scientology’s mecca in Florida
[SIX years ago] Augustine: How L. Ron Hubbard devised Scientology’s most diabolical legal mechanisms
[EIGHT years ago] Precious Bodily Fluids: Scientology and the Purification Rundown


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 2,328 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,833 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,353 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,373 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,264 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,571 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,439 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,213 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,543 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,017 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,333 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,899 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,818 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,986 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,567 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,828 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,866 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,579 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,104 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 459 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,634 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,185 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,334 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,654 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,509 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,628 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,984 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,287 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,393 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,795 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,667 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,250 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,745 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,999 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,108 days.


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

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