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Jan 6 defendant accuses Scientology in wild 82-page motion to dismiss

Court observers were pretty excited last night when they got their hands on an 82-page motion to dismiss that was submitted by Alan Hostetter, one of the defendants facing charges related to the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

It’s a deliriously nutty document coming from a pro se defendant who, as a former police chief, ought to know better than to make some of the wild suggestions in the filing. But Hostetter is a rather interesting character. This NPR piece from July does a good job explaining how this Orange County law enforcement figure became a yoga instructor and then was radicalized by the anti-mandate Covid 19 movement last year.

That led to his involvement in the January 6 clash, but in his motion Hostetter alleges that he’s the victim of an elaborate setup by the FBI, the CIA, the Mormon Church and even Scientology.

For us, the really interesting part is that Hostetter appears to throw in Scientology because of his interactions with Leigh Dundas, a figure we’ve had considerable interest in.


We thought you’d like to see the mentions of Leigh in the document.

About 20 pages into the motion, he describes first meeting Leigh.


About 20 pages later, he then makes some pretty interesting allegations about Leigh trying to get him interested in some Mexican property (the “Neek Lu’um” development, which we earlier speculated was a Scientology enclave for the growing number of Scientologists becoming disaffected with Los Angeles). And he also says that Dundas made some statements about how to avoid border crossings with a friend with a boat.


We reported earlier that the FBI was interested in talking with Leigh about her own January 6 adventure. Hostetter’s allegations about Jan 6 being a “false flag” event are nutty, but his statements about Dundas are pretty interesting.

Here’s the full motion. Give it a read and let us know what you think.

Alan Hostetter: Motion to D… by Tony Ortega

Looking for some background on the QAnon movement? We recommend Travis View’s excellent article at New York magazine as a place to start.


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Posted by Tony Ortega on December 7, 2021 at 07:00


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