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New source appears to confirm the Insider on Scientology and Sea Org vaccinations

[Scientology’s PAC base in Los Angeles]

Beginning on December 18, we revealed that we’d been talking to a new source inside the Church of Scientology. The Insider, as we dubbed the source, provided a stark description of Scientology’s current situation in a number of detailed posts. (See here, here, here, here, and here.)

One of the claims the Insider made was in regards to the pandemic, saying that Sea Org members at the Pacifica Area Command — the “Big Blue” Los Angeles headquarters complex on Fountain Avenue — were required to get vaccinated but also to lie about it to “publics,” non-employees of the church. Why? Because Scientologists tend to be anti-vaccination, and might stop spending money at PAC if they knew the Sea Org staff had gotten their shots.

The Insider made numerous other claims, and in subsequent weeks we’ve received confirmation of the picture they painted from other sources.

And now, another source has come forward to confirm the Insider’s account — and this time, it’s in regards to the Sea Org and vaccines.

This separate source sent to us a “Things that shouldn’t be” report written in November by the mother of a Sea Org worker at PAC base. It appears to confirm what the Insider said, that workers there were forced to be vaccinated regardless of their doubts, and that they were supposed to keep it quiet from publics. But this mother found out and is not happy, and expresses her own anti-vaxx views about Covid.


Here’s the report as we received it.


Things that shouldn’t be

Today I learned from my son who is in the SO at PAC that he received the vaccine, along with many other SO members. It was the first time I had heard from him in some time and he was asking me a lot of questions about the vaccine and whether I had gotten it. Of course I said no and started to pull the string on his questions because his comm seemed odd.

He eventually told me everyone on the base is required to get the vaccine, and if they don’t agree to get it, they are being forced to stay in iso rooms by themselves even if they are not sick. He knows of many if not all senior base terminals and CMO have now been vaccinated.

My son is an adult and he is free to make his own choices. However when I asked him why he did it, he admitted he felt pressured into it. He said when the first vaccine came out orders came down from management about getting the staff to get it. The MLO distributed some write up that had a bunch of false data about how safe/effective the vaccine is. He read the booklet but still didn’t want to get vaccinated. Eventually he was tired of the isolation and not seeing his wife and being treated like an ethics particle and just agreed to get it.

This is totally unacceptable – first that it is happening and second that he felt he had to lie because he didn’t want to get in trouble for telling a public who is his own mother! We know the vaccine is just awful and that it does nothing to protect against anything anyway!

As a Scientologist, an OT and his mother I feel I must make this known. But I don’t really know what else to do because clearly this is a worldwide program and not isolated to PAC.

Also, for the last 2 years of the lockdown my son has not moved on the bridge at all – and it doesn’t sound like very many people on staff are. Hello! This is the perfect time to make a bunch of OTs! Who deserves the levels more than the SO at a time like this?

We’ve previously written about Scientology’s public pandemic response, an attempt to turn the health crisis into a public relations opportunity. Scientology printed up thousands of copies of a booklet it distributed around the world which gave out basic advice about keeping distance, washing hands, and wearing masks.

Scientologists were deployed to the field looking like they were wearing hazmat suits and carrying around various cleaning solutions and sanitizers. Particularly in South Africa, teams of Scientologists were dispatched to police stations and schools and businesses, offering to sanitize offices with something called “Decon 7.”

At its website, meanwhile, Scientology carved out a special section where you could download those booklets and more, and it was titled the “How to stay well prevention resource center.”

That was 2020. But since vaccines became widely available about a year ago, Scientology hasn’t said a word about the inoculations. It’s still putting out advice about masks, hand-washing, and social distancing, and nothing about the jab.


And now, these two independent sources paint an even stranger picture for us. While publicly Scientology leader David Miscavige is trying to portray his organization as a leader in the pandemic response with its “sanitation teams,” the church says nothing about vaccines, knowing that its members tend to be anti-vaccination. Meanwhile, Miscavige allegedly forces his Sea Org workers to be immunized in order to keep the money flowing, but instructs them to lie about it in order not to alienate the anti-vaxx “publics.”

What a bizarre “church.”


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Source Code

“Scientology is liable to be around for a long time, because that really isn’t a split terminal. Somebody’d have to dream one up which ran a parallel to get a total throw-out of the subject called Scientology. But then it throws itself out, which is the only thing that makes it safe to have around. Probably the only subject on Earth today which solves itself without liability or continuance of itself, which is quite interesting. It’s a safe subject.” — L. Ron Hubbard, February 4, 1957


Avast, Ye Mateys

“Odd time of the year to speak about Christmas. But in this case it’s a statistic. Public Popularity increase over the world was very marked this last Christmas. The general public response was up very nearly 35% over previous years. The volume of public cards to me personally would indicate an increased popularity of Scientology by a full third! Gifts were 40 – 45% higher than in previous years. While it was a joy hearing from so many at the time, now in retrospect, it can be viewed as confirming a general public upsurge. My hard working personal staffs here and in other areas were impressed with the increase. In previous years it was already enormous. My staffs work for many weeks after Christmas caring for the flow, the address corrections and tabulations and do an excellent job of it. So the full picture is now in and the fact emerges. Public Popularity has increased a full third.” — The Commodore, February 4, 1971



Overheard in the FreeZone

“Is religion and spirituality all part of the trap to keep us down involved in MEST as we appear to be? Auditing is the only answer to get rid of charge. It is that which holds us trapped and doing crazy things. If we wait until we can do it perfectly, we won’t ever do it. A lot of engrams got run from those who simply read DMSMH and did it even poorly. If we fight the Corp Church we take our eyes off the ball, create a game and problem that will hang in time and achieve nothing. Let’s just get on with clearing the planet. The church tells us to be careful: That’s suppression. LRH gave us a gift. Let’s get busy and use it. It is the most fun you can have.”


Past is Prologue

1999: From Hannoversche Allgemeine: “The ‘El Pais’ newspaper reported, on Saturday, that starting June 1, proceedings against 18 leading members and adherents of the organization will be initiated before a court in Madrid. Included among those members is Heber Jentzsch, the Scientology President from the USA, for whom the state attorney’s office is asking 30 years in prison. In the indictment, Scientology is described as an ‘extremely dangerous organization’ which more resembles ‘a sect’ than a church. The state attorney posted a total of twelve charges to the accounts of the accused. Among the charges are tax evasion and formation of an illegal association. Adherents of the organization are alleged to have been financially
exploited and subjected to ‘brainwashing.’ Also stated was that in the treatment of drug addicts, Scientology had applied methods which are detrimental to health and which have no scientific basis.”


Random Howdy

“Raining on other people’s parades is one of my specialties.”



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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Next hearing set for February 8. Trial scheduled for August 29.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Last hearing was on January 18, referred to grand jury.
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 March 25 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for February 11.
Joseph ‘Ben’ Barton, Medicare fraud: Pleaded guilty, awaiting sentencing.
Yanti Mike Greene, Scientology private eye accused of contempt of court: Next hearing February 15.

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Eleventh Circuit affirmed ruling granting Scientology’s motion for arbitration. Garcias considering next move.
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ US Supreme Court denied Valerie’s petition Oct 4.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Appellate court removes requirement of arbitration on January 19, case remanded back to Superior Court. Scientology has said it will file an anti-SLAPP motion.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Third amended complaint filed, trial set for June 28.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, Cannane victorious, awarded court costs. Appeal hearing held Aug 23-27. Awaiting a ruling.
Chiropractors Steve Peyroux and Brent Detelich, stem cell fraud: Lawsuit filed by the FTC and state of Georgia in August, now in discovery phase.



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 David Gentile charged by feds in $1.8 billion Ponzi-like fraud scheme
[THREE years ago] Mark Bunker: Clearwater’s Officer (now Chief) Slaughter oversaw the Scientology detail
[FOUR years ago] Are you Sci-Curious? Here’s Scientology’s 2018 Super Bowl ad
[FIVE years ago] Scientology’s Super Bowl ad: Here’s your sneak peek at what it’s going to be like
[SIX years ago] When David Miscavige was riding high with ‘The Basics’ — Scientology’s 2008 New Year’s event!
[EIGHT years ago] It’s a make-or-break day for Monique Rathbun vs Scientology in a Texas courtroom
[NINE years ago] Best Twitter Reactions to Scientology’s Super Bowl Ad
[TEN years ago] Scientology Wants It Both Ways: The Church’s Opposite Legal Strategies In Florida and Texas


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 2,565 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,070 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,590 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,610 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,501 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,808 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,676 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,450 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,781 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,254 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,570 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,136 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,055 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,223 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,804 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,065 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,101 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,816 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,341 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 696 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,871 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,422 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,571 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,891 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,746 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,865 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,221 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,524 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,630 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,028 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,904 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,487 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,982 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,236 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,345 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on February 4, 2022 at 07:00

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