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What kind of technical perfection can you expect at Scientology’s mecca, space pilgrim?

We know some of you have your doubts about Scientology’s capacity for actually delivering the superpowers it promises, but there’s no doubt that it is steeped in decades of delivering L. Ron Hubbard’s “technology” as closely as possible to the founder’s dictates.

And nowhere is that more true than at Scientology’s spiritual mecca, the technical powerhouse at the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida. It’s here that wealthy Scientologists from around the globe go to spend huge amounts so they can get the most “standard” and by-the-book delivery of Hubbard’s genius.

We were reminded of this recently when we were going through that pristine cache of materials that a former OT 8 Scientologists turned over to us and found what we thought was a really intriguing look into a process that is one of Scientology’s most holy: The delivery of your folders at Flag.

You see, as you go through Scientology counseling, which is known as “auditing” in the church, detailed notes are kept by your auditor and your case supervisor in folders that soon grow to encompass numerous volumes. And when you go to Clearwater, those files need to get there too.


And since you’re paying the big bucks, Scientology wants you to know just how efficient and high tech is the process to marry your paper and computer records and have them collated and prepared for your arrival in Florida. Let’s look at that process step by step as it appeared in a copy of Source magazine…

One of the odd misconceptions we run into about Scientology is the assumption that some people make that because it is based in California and Florida, there’s something countercultural and granola about it, which is as far from the truth as possible. If anything, Scientology makes a fetish out of administration, bureaucracy, and corporate culture. Before you go in session and “remember” that you were once a warlord committing genocide on another planet millions of years ago, you will go through more protocol than a minor diplomat on a factfinding mission.

We’d like to hear from the former church members who read this website. When did it dawn on you that you weren’t in a free-love hippie camp, or an evangelical church, but a business simulation fixated on management seminars?

Meanwhile, in the same issue of Source, just for fun, a new copy of one of our favorite photos: “Pull my finger.”




Bonus items from our tipsters

What’s this? A special event just to talk about running around a pole and paying several thousand for the privilege? Where do we sign up!


Meanwhile, in LA, a place to stay while you’re on lines.




Source Code

“You’re going up against a problem here, if you deal with the medico, of a person who monkeys. He doesn’t have any very precise answers. When he immediately gets out of the field of the broken leg, when he gets out of the field of putting on a tourniquet or some other type of action and he gets into a field where he himself does not have very good answers and so he monkeys. And they will do some very interesting and wild things. They will get some kind of a suspicion that there might be a growth in somebody’s chest and start removing tissue. And they’ll do exploratories and they will do all kinds of wild things. They will go into a tumor and take a small slice of it and so forth, thus activating it and aggravating it so that now the person practically is dying whereas before they weren’t bad off. In other words there’s a lot of monkey business. And I say that very advisedly. I could think of much more high school words than monkey business, but I think it rather fits, so forth. Man descended from monkeys and those that didn’t descend much became doctors. Bitter, huh?” — L. Ron Hubbard, July 30, 1964


Avast, Ye Mateys

“LOCAL ARC: On arrival we were met with much local ARC here. Officials and people were offended we were only staying a week so we have extended to two. Townspeople do know of ‘the incident’ in last port and are sympathetic to us. No reason to discuss it further. Just ack and thank them. Don’t try to deny it. Recent political events have left this area untouched.” — The Commodore, July 30, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“The Church of Scientology is an MKUltra testing cage. LRH failed to crack the Circuit/3rdParty/PTS/SP Case. The ‘Bridge’ and the subject completely omits the KRCx Case and the route to OT. The public version of Scientology is a subject which has been systematically undermined into a severely reduced version throughout its history and since its inception. Unravelling the timeline is useful only as a historical analysis. Time is the primary source of untruth. What is actually required is a thorough PT technical analysis and handling with a clearly defined purpose. The reasons why the subject and organization is in such a mess reduce to a handful of omissions, inversions, reversals, sacrifices and substitutions. Each reduces to a single gross outpoint. Principles are senior to processes. When the basic principles of the subject as delineated by LRH are actually studied and applied in present time, the subject is self-correcting.”


Past is Prologue

1998: Chris Owen reported on the archive of Scientology NOTs materials in Sweden. “I visited the Swedish Central Archives in Nrrmalm, Stockholm, where government documents are stored for public access under their admirable offentlighetsprincip. It was no great surprise to find a solitary, very bored-looking Scientologist sitting in the tiny reading room of the Central Archive building. He had a well-thumbed copy of the NOTs with him, but he was not reading it: instead, he was just sitting at his desk, working on several rather tatty pieces of notepaper. I went into the archivist’s private office, where he explained that the Scientologists were working shifts to prevent anyone from looking at the NOTs. When the building opened, one was always waiting outside first in the line to enter; he was relieved later during the day, with other Scientologists sitting on the NOTs through to closing time. The archivist made it clear that he and his department took a pretty dim view of this, and he rang a colleague in the Justice Department who also had a copy of the NOTs — it seems that there are no less than three separate departments holding the thing. You can obtain it from any of these three departments, but it’s on public display only at the Central Archive. So I went across the street to the Justice Department, where I was asked if I wanted to ‘sell the NOTs’ [sic] for 400 Swedish Kroner (about GBP 31). I said yes and handed over the money; shortly a bound and covered copy was delivered to me. Evidently they receive a fair number of requests for it, as this must have been one of a pile of pre-copied NOTs.”



Random Howdy

“The trigger for the OT 8 cognition is the line ‘the Pilot says: I’m mocking this up.’ The desired End Phenomena is ‘Now that I know what I am not, I am ready to find out what I am’.”


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 23. Appeal hearing scheduled for Aug 23-27.

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] The Church of Scientology wants feedback about starting a podcast. Oh, pretty please?
[TWO years ago] Miscavige changes course: All remaining Scientology orgs to go ‘Ideal’ at the same time
[THREE years ago] Here it is, your passport to Scientology godhood: Next stop, infinity!
[FOUR years ago] Scientology ‘dead agents’ our own Rod Keller as it pursues more illegal activity in Mexico City
[FIVE years ago] L. Ron Hubbard as sad, oversexed schlub: The very personal writings his admirers never discuss
[SIX years ago] The Church of Scientology’s forgotten president: Karen de la Carriere on Heber Jentzsch
[SEVEN years ago] Arlene Cordova needs your help: Where is Scientology keeping her daughter Barbara?
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology’s Needle Exchange: When David Miscavige Got Technical
[NINE years ago] Mimi Faust on Scientology: ‘They Wanted Me To Sign a Contract To Work For Them And I Refused’


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 2,377 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,882 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,402 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,422 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,313 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,620 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,488 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,262 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,592 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,066 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,382 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,948 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,867 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,035 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,616 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,877 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,915 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,628 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,153 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 508 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,683 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,234 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,383 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,703 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,558 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,677 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,033 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,336 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,442 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,844 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,716 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,299 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,794 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,048 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,157 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 30, 2021 at 07:00

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