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What is it going to take for the LA Times to take the threat of Rizza Islam seriously?

[Rizza Islam gets the Alex Jones endorsement, August 3]

Alex Jones admitted that he was envious. On August 3, the guest on his Infowars program was Rizza Islam, who, we told you earlier, had been named one of the 12 biggest sources of online disinformation about vaccines.

“I’m a little jealous here because I didn’t get on this hit list of twelve. I’m a little bit upset here,” Jones told Rizza during the broadcast, explaining why he’d been asking to have Rizza on the show.

In the segment, Jones and Islam both took it as gospel that the Covid-19 vaccines have been “proven” to be killing the people taking it, and the only question was whether this was actually the work of Satan himself.

Alex Jones: Now we’re being told we’re all dirty and have a virus. We’re being told we’re all — none of us that won’t take this shot — we’re all the devil now, but really that’s the devil saying that?

Rizza Islam: Absolutely. Of course, I mean, he comes dressed as an angel of light, and so as that devil they have to come before the people making it seem as if they care about the people. And my question is, if you care so much about the people why are you still putting poison in the air? Why are you still putting poison in the food? Why are you still putting poison in the water? Why are you still putting poison specifically in all the inner-city communities where Black and poor people live that create these pre-existing conditions that then this virus then helps to exacerbate and then helps people to die and kill over? If you truly care about us why don’t you put organic food, why don’t you remove the chemicals from the air, why don’t you remove the chemicals from the water. If you truly care about human beings, but they are damnable liars and their lives have not been…


Jones: Well, that’s the thing. The UN, the globalist Planned Parenthood all say there’s too many people, get rid of them, and then oh, please, take this shot, I love you.

Islam: No, it’s really insane. It’s actually insulting now because they believe that we don’t understand that we are too stupid to pay attention.

We’ve been following Rizza Islam’s antics for years now, and we have to give him credit that he continues to get a larger and larger audience and, at least according to the Center for Countering Digital Hate that put him on the list of 12 influential liars, is now doing real damage, particularly in the African-American community.

And he’s managing to do that while he’s still awaiting trial on felony fraud charges in Los Angeles, a case we first broke the news about back in 2015. Rizza, along with his mother Hanan Islam, has not only been charged with running a scam out of a Scientology drug rehab that stole about $4 million from the state of California, but the two of them were also jailed briefly when they tried to pull some sovereign citizen nonsense to disrupt their criminal prosecution.

The details of the crime are stunning, which we learned when a preliminary hearing was held and state investigators revealed that the Islams (including two of Rizza’s sisters) had used local unwitting high school students, supplied by three local educators (who all lost their jobs over it), in order to supply bogus claims to the Medi-Cal system, as if the kids were going through drug rehab counseling when they really weren’t.

The court called it a sophisticated and serious scam, and the Islams were bound over for trial, but the case keeps being pushed back and back, allowing Rizza Islam to keep working on his career as a disinformation merchant.

And yet, despite all that, despite the fact that Rizza Islam has turned out to be a true menace with vaccine disinformation (at a time when vaccine disinfo is literally killing people during a pandemic), and while awaiting trial on felony charges in a sophisticated scam that used a Scientology center to rip off $4 million, despite all that, the Los Angeles Times has yet to write a single word about Rizza Islam.

We can guarantee you that part of the reason the criminal case has crawled so slowly through the Los Angeles Superior Court system is that it is getting no attention from the Times.

How many people need to die from disinformation about vaccines before the Times pays attention to the menace in its own backyard?


Source Code

“You all dead today — I mean, all alive today? Twenty-third, huh? 23 August, AD 11. Well, I’m glad you made it. I didn’t think you’d ever get to August the 23rd. Back there in the Roman Empire I was damn sure you wouldn’t get here! And I remember one space-opera society when I didn’t think it was very probable that you’d make it. I remember standing there at the edge of the spaceport as the battle planes took off, and I said, ‘Well, they won’t make it.’ I knew, you see, I knew the high command hadn’t given you any ammunition.” — L. Ron Hubbard, August 23, 1961



Avast, Ye Mateys

“Tech is the theta thrust into the society. All new civilizations progressed on new technology. In the main we face what is called a ‘cultural lag.’ The mental health field is stuck about 1450 AD. Dungeons, torture, illegal seizure, the ‘best’ people. We are rolling at about 2050 AD. This time gap makes it nearly impossible for the society’s witch doctors (untrained in logic or mathematics) to grasp what is going on. They lack even a purpose to make anyone well. Not even up to that. So we are impeded by a ‘cultural lag.’ By tying a bridge to medicine and healing we can overcome this to some degree. Therefore the Standard Dianetics Programme was an enormous advance for us, not just in tech but in social advance. So we are doing very well really.” — The Commodore, August 23, 1969


Overheard in the FreeZone

“You can still be subject to the engrams of beings you have not released yet. This can be very frightening to those who have been assured they are engram-free by reason of their being a Clear or an OT. You experience a wonderful state of release and then, months or years later, you are sitting in a restaurant and the space-age uniforms of the waitresses set you into violent restimulation. Or, you buy a new brand of lox from a neighborhood market and you go into spasms at the first bite because it turns on someone’s incident of being forced to eat raw human flesh. These unfortunate experiences are a result of being on a prison planet that is chock full of tortured beings. You have many beings who have been with you for years and have acted like trusted companions and when one of them goes berserk because of some unexpected stimulus, you can spot the earlier incident in minutes and calm things down. After all, it is their incident, not yours, and knowing this you can take the steps needed to free the being from the incident they are still trapped in. Generally, spotting the incident and what occurred will free the being immediately, but you must be able to stay in present time in order to do this. If you think it is your incident, you may go out of present time and experience the incident yourself. There is no amount of processing that will keep you free from experiencing other being’s engrams if they are close to you. If you are recruiting beings to help you and working in harmony with them, you are knowingly operating in present time and are able to help each other when someone gets restimulated.”


Past is Prologue

2001: Le Parisien reported that a Scientologist in Stains, France is charged with killing his mother with a fork. “Thierry’s relatives want to understand. To understand what pulled this 30 years old man to kill his mother with a fork, giving her some 10 forks shots. The terrible family drama happened in Soisy sous Montmorency. The victim, 54, with large wounds and cuts on her face, couldn’t be saved. The author of this crazy action, who has been interned into the psychiatric hospital into Beaumont sur Oise, shall get a psychiatric expertise to determine if he was responsible for his acts. The relatives have found in his home important documents of the Church of Scientology, for instance L. Ron Hubbard’s book. Thierry has a magnetic card as a member of the International Association of Scientologists. It had a number on it, and expiration’s date was in June 27th, 2001. Marc discovered as well ten letters sent by the assassin to his mother during the last two months. In those, he was speaking of his cultic relations. In the beginning of the summer he was first sent to an institution after having ‘broken everything.’ Later, he had his first violent movements against his mother.”


Random Howdy


“Scientology is like doing acid minus the fun.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Next hearing set for November 10. Trial tentatively scheduled for February.
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 25 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, 2020 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] Half-million dollar man: Scientology donor gives pep talk in leaked video
[TWO years ago] Scientology’s obsession with kids and sex? Nick Lister has the receipts.
[THREE years ago] Why Colombia’s military was fertile territory for Scientology — and one general’s stunning role
[FOUR years ago] Scientology shows no sign of slowing down its use of religious visas for foreign labor
[FIVE years ago] Maybe the worst thing about Scientology: It turns you into L. Ron Hubbard
[SIX years ago] Chill EB joins the Sea Org — well, long enough to wish a happy birthday!
[SEVEN years ago] Jon Atack: How Scientology’s methods of manipulation stay with you after you leave
[EIGHT years ago] PR Director of Scientology’s Las Vegas Celebrity Center Arrested in Plot to Assassinate a Cop
[NINE years ago] (2012’s) Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, Nos. 17-20
[TEN years ago] Janet Reitman’s Inside Scientology: ‘The Print Reviews Have Been Really Positive’


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 2,401 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,906 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,426 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,446 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,337 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,644 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,512 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,286 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,616 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,090 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,406 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,972 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,891 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,059 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,640 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,901 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,939 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,652 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,177 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 532 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,707 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,258 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,407 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,727 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,582 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,701 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,057 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,360 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,466 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,864 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,740 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,323 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,818 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,072 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,181 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 23, 2021 at 07:00

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