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Scientology is known for stalking people years after their involvement. Here’s how they do it.


 

You document hounds are really going to love us today. The “tl;dr” folks on the other hand, well, you’re going to hate us.

But even the impatient really should at least skim through the documents we have for you today, because we think they really illustrate the nature of Scientology in some key ways.

What are we talking about? Well, you may remember that a former top OT Scientologist has recently been sending us some pristine, vintage documents in their collection that have been pretty interesting. We’re still going through them, and for today we have a pretty remarkable 2009 packet that was in the collection.

It’s a program for Scientologists instructing them, step-by-step, how to track down former members and bug the crap out of them about coming back.

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Those of you who have been the target of such “recovery” operations know very well what we’re talking about. And even those more casual Scientology watchers know that it has a reputation for keeping people on its mailing lists for decades, no matter how much those people want nothing to do with Scientology.

In the past we’ve written about how Scientology tracks people down, but this document in particular not only shows how obsessed the organization is with keeping its computerized addresses current (known as the “Addresso” file), but also how bureaucratic they are about it.

We’re really looking forward to our former Scientologist readers to help explain all of these steps and how it related to things they were asked to do. But even those not familiar with every Scientology procedure or acronym should still get a sense for what a bunch of obsessives this group is.

OK, so let’s go. First, the overall program document describing what you’ll be doing to make sure your org keeps an accurate list of anyone who has ever done a course or bought a book from you so they can be pestered to death.

 

 
OK, so now that you’ve fired a mission at your org to clean up the Addresso and bolster your Central Files, you need to get your staff members to work, and a way to keep track of their progress!

So here’s the second document, the form that those staff members will fill out to create a record of their progress on each individual case.

 

 
And hey, this isn’t just about getting phone numbers. Your staffers should also be making Internet searches to get other information about these targets for their CF files. Here’s another set of instructions along those lines.

 

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OK, now comes the payoff. Now that you’ve tracked down a phone number and other information for someone, it’s time to place a phone call! This next document explains what you should say, and what you should do when the person on the other end of the phone screams at you to take them off of Scientology’s mailing list!

 

 
Scientology, the organization that never wants to quit you.

 
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Jon Atack’s re-publication

“The updated edition of Jon’s book, Opening Our Minds, is finally out in print and Kindle! Join us as friend of the channel, Mark Laxer, talks with Jon about the book, his time in Scientology, and everything and anything else that comes to their attention. As always, it’s a wide-ranging, engaging, and informative discussion.”

 

 

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Source Code

“You don’t have to know anything about electronics. You don’t have to be able to do one of these things, or make one, you just have to be able to run one….A retractor beam is used somewhat on the order that you bulldog a calf or rope a steer, or something of the sort. It’s to grab hold of something and hold it and pull it in….Why do men stay on Earth? Have you ever had a pc that gave you the idea that he was held down and was going to take root and grow? Have you ever had the idea that you’re sort of anchored in one spot? Did you ever feel heavy? Did you ever get up in the morning and feel tired? You get out of bed, you’re feeling all right, but the second you stand up you feel kind of tired. All you’re doing is kicking in one of these darn retractor somatics.” — L. Ron Hubbard, July 24, 1952

 
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Avast, Ye Mateys

“I think you’ll find the water tastes better. The contaminated water (defiled by a decayed hose being used to take it aboard probably) has been taken out of No. 4 tanks and pumped into Deep Tank forward. Clean water is reported as now in the lines.” — The Commodore, July 24, 1970

 
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Overheard in the FreeZone

“The biggest room in the world is room for improvement. Standard tech is only about 20 percent of what it needs to be. And much of it is false and limiting data, and has lots of mistakes. Knowledge is not static. What was true yesterday, is not necessarily true today. Anyone who thinks that standard tech is completed, a closed system is 0.05. KSW is a lie. I have seen no evidence that standard tech works. The goal of Scientology is to make a homo novis. I have seen no evidence of a homo novis. Not even close. In fact, the very large percentage of scios are very poor quality people. They set a very poor example for the workability of Scientology. Most of them are very unstable bipolar psychotics.”

 
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Past is Prologue

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1999: Toronto’s NOW magazine published an article on Scientology’s harassment campaign against Gregg Hagglund, a frequent protester at the Toronto org. “Truth be told, Greg Hagglund has been a right pain in the ass for the Church of Scientology. From the regular demos in front of the church’s Yonge Street offices to the photographing of church members and posting of their mugs on the Internet, Hagglund has been relentless in his attempts to expose the ‘truth’ about the curious practice of Scientology. The church has returned the favour with demos in front of Hagglund’s Oakville home, but more recently upped the ante by paying an unannounced visit to his elderly parents’ home in Ottawa and sending a letter to his brother, also in Ottawa, warning Hagglund to cease and desist, or else. Church member Peter Ramsay, who fired off the missive to Hagglund’s brother, didn’t return calls. But church spokesperson Al Buttnor says Scientology’s actions are not intended to intimidate, although that seems to have been the result. ‘We were hoping to get some assistance,’ says Buttnor. ‘They did not wish to be involved and we left. It’s as simple as that.'”

 
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Random Howdy

“Just like with Esmeralda the Gypsy fortune teller proclaiming that her powers won’t work if non-believers are present, the same cautions exist within Scientology, as well as the rule that demonstrating OT powers to those on a lower gradient is an out-tech high crime. Ron knew the tricks on the spiritual bunco trade.”

 
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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 Sept 9.

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 responded on June 25.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: California Supreme Court granted review on May 26 and asked the Second Appellate Division to direct Judge Steven Kleifield to show cause why he granted Scientology’s motion for arbitration. Oral arguments scheduled for Oct 5.
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: Third 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.

 
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THE PROSECUTION OF DANNY MASTERSON

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.

SCIENTOLOGY: FAIR GAME

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.

LEAH REMINI: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE AFTERMATH

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.

SCIENTOLOGY’S CELEBRITIES, from A to Z

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?

 
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THE WHOLE TRACK

[ONE year ago] Weeks after the protests, Scientology in LA remains boarded up and abandoned. What gives?
[TWO years ago] Inside Scientology’s emergency San Fernando Valley confab, planning for US takeover
[THREE years ago] Scientology used an ice cream ‘date’ to run up $20,000 on senior’s credit cards
[FOUR years ago] RAY JEFFREY TO JUDGE: ORDER RATHBUNS TO TURN OVER FINANCIAL RECORDS AND TESTIFY
[FIVE years ago] A billboard sprouts in Florida, and other Scientology chaos in our social media review
[SIX years ago] Long before Xenu: Scientology’s actual origin story, as told by a former member
[SEVEN years ago] A lawsuit over counseling credentials now aims at the essence of Scientology
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Continues to “Handle” the “Black PR” of Leah Remini’s Defection
[NINE years ago] Scientology Wins Appeal In Lawsuit Alleging Forced Labor and Forced Abortions

 
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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 2,371 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,876 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,396 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,416 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,307 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,614 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,482 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,256 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,586 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,060 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,376 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,942 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,861 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,029 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,610 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,871 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,909 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,622 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,147 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 502 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,677 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,228 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,377 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,697 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,552 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,671 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,027 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,330 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,436 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,838 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,710 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,293 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,788 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,042 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,151 days.

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Posted by Tony Ortega on July 24, 2021 at 07:00

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