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Scientology spying on Amy Scobee and Mat Pesch: Cameras pointed in their home

[The Ebb Tide Resort in Clearwater Beach]

Alanna Warren is back with even more details about what it was like to work as a private investigator for Scientology in Florida around the year 2010. Previously, she told us some details about her task of following Mike Rinder and Christie Collbran and the people who came to their house.

But before that, she was assigned to keep a close watch on former Scientology Sea Org officials Amy Scobee and Mat Pesch. We asked her for some details on that, and we got a response from Amy herself.

When I first started working we were following Mat and Amy. We stayed in the Ebb Tide Resort off Bay Esplanade, in Clearwater Beach. Our motel room had a direct view of the backside of Mat and Amy’s apartment. We could see right through their balcony sliding door with the video camera. It was set up looking through the kitchen window of our room. There was a computer monitor connected to it displaying the feed from the video camera. It was also hooked up to a DVR system so that everything recorded could be saved and sent to the Church of Scientology.

Either I or the other intern would stay in the motel room while Dwayne Powell, Terry Roffler, and the other one of us would be positioned in our rental vehicles waiting for them to leave. We weren’t allowed to park our rental cars at the motel. We had to park down the street. So once Amy and Mat left for the day we had to quickly grab our gear and run down the street to get in our vehicle to join the others in mobile surveillance.


Even though we did this, the case was considered “overt.” The church (or as I was told, the “corporate client”) wanted them to know they were being followed.

Dwayne said the plan was to run them out of town. He tried to accomplish this by ruining their business. Mat and Amy ran a thrift furniture business out of a warehouse. Dwayne would go on Craigslist and buy as many things as he could before Mat could and then sell them himself. He had me keep records of all the stuff he bought and relisted, some of it on Craigslist. When Mat did sell something, one person would stay back and watch Amy at the warehouse while the others followed Mat to the delivery.

At that time I was still in school. Sometimes I would drive down there, work 10 to 12 hours, and then have to drive back home in the middle of the night because I had class the next day.

In the beginning of the case Dwayne actually had me stay in the apartment below Mat and Amy. He wanted to know if it was possible to hear them talking. I wasn’t able to hear anything though so I went back to staying at the Ebb Tide.

Even though this case was overt, we still switched out our rental cars often. When we got a new rental car we’d have to meet up with Dwayne down the street from the Avis outlet we were using. He had do-it-yourself window tint and he personally tinted all the windows on the rental cars.

— Alanna Warren

And from Amy Scobee: Thank you for this additional information. All of the tax-exempt money that Scientology has spent trying to intimidate and keep us silent has been a complete and utter failure. And they have never chased us out of any town, including Clearwater – where we celebrated Mother’s Day with Mat’s family. Again, we are happy that Alanna has come forward to shed light on the underbelly of Scientology’s “Fair Game” tactics against those standing up to this criminal cult. We will never run from Scientology and will not stop exposing their destructive policies, practices, and abuse of people’s human rights, until it is brought to an end.


Technology Cocktail

“When I solve a case I always ask the pc for one unnamed favor. I’ve never called these favors in. The favor I tell you now for the first time: Whatever else you are, be a good Scientologist and help me clear these Earth people.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1958




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 as Danny faces a potential sentence of 45 years to life in prison. NOW WITH TRIAL INDEX.


THE PODCAST: How many have you heard?

[1] Marc Headley [2] Claire Headley [3] Jeffrey Augustine [4] Bruce Hines [5] Sunny Pereira [6] Pete Griffiths [7] Geoff Levin [8] Patty Moher [9] Marc Headley [10] Jefferson Hawkins [11] Michelle ‘Emma’ Ryan [12] Paulette Cooper [13] Jesse Prince [14] Mark Bunker [15] Jon Atack [16] Mirriam Francis [17] Bruce Hines on MSH

— SPECIAL: The best TV show on Scientology you never got to see

[1] Phil Jones [2] Derek Bloch [3] Carol Nyburg [4] Katrina Reyes [5] Jamie DeWolf

— The first Danny Masterson trial and beyond

[18] Trial special with Chris Shelton [19] Trial week one [20] Marc Headley on the spy in the hallway [21] Trial week two [22] Trial week three [23] Trial week four [24] Leah Remini on LAPD Corruption [25] Mike Rinder 2022 Thanksgiving Special [26] Jane Doe 4 (Tricia Vessey), Part One [27] Jane Doe 4 (Tricia Vessey), Part Two [28] Claire Headley on the trial [29] Tory Christman [30] Bruce Hines on spying [31] Karen de la Carriere [32] Ron Miscavige on Shelly Miscavige [33] Karen de la Carriere on the L’s [34] Mark Bunker on Miscavige hiding [35] Mark Plummer [36] Mark Ebner [37] Karen Pressley [38] Steve Cannane [39] Fredrick Brennan [40] Clarissa Adams [41] Louise Shekter [42] John Sweeney


Source Code

“Now you get down toward the Center of this galaxy and the possibility of finding somebody without the Helatrobus Implants, of finding any foreign implant system, will probably be totally negligible. Probably nonextant, you see? But out here you got a mixed bag and we don’t know what they did in the next galaxy. See? Now, science fiction writers following the cue of some chap, I’ve forgotten his name now, Einstein, Beinstein, something like that, who said that MC squared over C wouldn’t go, man, and that the speed of light could not be excessive. And actually I was looking up some speed tables the other day, and a trillion light years per day is not full throttle on a space wagon. So there’s traffic between galaxies and there’s traffic between islands of galaxies and other islands of galaxies. Interesting.” — L. Ron Hubbard, May 21, 1963



Avast, Ye Mateys

“The auditing was in general better today. Auditors go in fads — now it’s ‘feelings.’ Nobody has any aches, pains or misemotions. They have ‘feelings!’ What happened to good old PAIN. Some aren’t able to confront the flak we get into. It takes a bit of guts to be around Flag. And some get very nervous and want to leave. We have 3 or 4 good things I don’t quit. Thanks for holding the ship together.” — The Commodore, May 21, 1969


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Way before I ever got into Scientology I had total recall on having gone to the implant station and I was showed a film of Christ dying on the cross. I felt great sympathy for him because I was WAY down on the tone scale – I had just got done destroying an entire planet and torturing the people, and I felt so bad about it that I tried to kill myself by pushing myself spiritually down as far as I could go – but of course that only ends up in TOTAL Failure. Of course, even though I had total recall on everything that had happened on the implant station, the evil beings tricked me after putting me in a doll body that looked totally like the one I used to have and then they kicked me out of it with an extremely strong force of electrical voltage, shooting me out into outer space and I fell next to a big glowing white orb, which I thought was God. It spoke to me telepathically and told me I could go down to earth (the beautiful blue marble we were looking at) and do anything I wanted after asking what I wanted to do – Ha! What a lie that is!”


Past is Prologue

2001: The trial of Jesse Prince, accused of growing marijuana at his home in Largo, Florida was held this week. The jury could not reach a verdict, and the prosecutor has decided not to re-try the case. The Tampa Tribune reported that Scientology’s private investigators were involved in the investigation. “For months, a high-profile attorney for a prominent critic of the Church of Scientology has tried to show the church is behind a minor drug charge against his client. Now, on the eve of Jesse Prince’s trial on a misdemeanor charge of growing marijuana, defense lawyer Denis deVlaming has hit what he considers pay dirt. Largo police Sgt. Howard Crosby testified he quickly learned of the church’s involvement after a private detective accused Prince of being a marijuana and cocaine dealer. ‘From Day One, when they told me who these people were that were involved and what’s going on, I just wanted to get rid of this case as quickly as possible,’ Crosby said. After Prince’s August 2000 arrest on the misdemeanor cultivation charge, the private detective suggested additional charges of sale or possession of drugs within 1,000 feet of a school, because a school was near Prince’s home, and child abuse, because two children lived in the home, Crosby said. ‘And I said, A marijuana plant on the back porch? I’m not going to go there.'”


Random Howdy


“The only other ‘church’ I can think of that stoops to calling people names is the Westboro Baptist Church.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Mistrial declared November 30. Retrial scheduled, jury selection begins March 29. Next pretrial hearing: Feb 16.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Grand jury indictments include charges from an assault while in custody. Next pretrial hearing Feb 13.
Rizza Islam, Medi-Cal fraud: Trial scheduled for March 1 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next status conference Feb 13.

Civil litigation:
Baxter, Baxter, and Paris v. Scientology, alleging labor trafficking: Complaint filed April 28 in Tampa federal court, Scientology moving to compel arbitration. Plaintiffs filed amended complaint on August 2. Hearing November 17 to argue the arbitration motions, awaiting ruling.
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Selection of arbitrators underway. Next court hearing: March 15, 2023.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Appellate court removes requirement of arbitration on January 19, case remanded back to Superior Court. Stay in place at least through February 7.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: New trial ordered after appeals court overturned prior 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.



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 VALESKA PARIS DECLARATION: Here’s her full report to Clearwater PD on Scientology abuses
[TWO years ago] Day four of the Danny Masterson prelim: The arguments and a ruling!
[THREE years ago] Scientology so stoked you watched ‘Spread a Smile’ video, it’s trying to cash in tonight
[FOUR years ago] A Scientologist is brutally murdered in Peoria, but you didn’t hear it from Scientology
[FIVE years ago] Scientology’s elaborate use of child labor for pennies an hour, spelled out in black and white
[SIX years ago] Scientology may be crumbling, but around the world it’s still plotting a planetary takeover
[SEVEN years ago] Atack: Contradictions in L. Ron Hubbard’s “tech” only increase Scientology discipline
[EIGHT years ago] Leah Remini and Paulette Cooper? Scientology can start worrying now
[NINE years ago] No, LA Weekly, Tom Cruise’s career was not ruined by a GIF
[TEN years ago] Disconnection: Scientology’s Most Toxic Sacrament


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 3,036 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,541 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,091 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,081 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,972 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,276 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,147 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,252 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,699 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,041 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,607 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,526 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,694 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,275 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,536 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,572 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,288 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,852 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,167 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,342 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,893 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,024 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,362 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,217 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,336 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,692 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,995 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,101 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,499 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,375 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,958 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,453 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,707 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,816 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on May 21, 2023 at 07:00

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