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‘Harass and discourage’: The role of lawyers and journalists in Scientology’s attack plans

[Vanity Fair reporter John Connolly, right]

In the third and final part of a deep dive by historian Chris Owen into Scientology’s machinery for attacking its critics and gaining influence, we’ll look at the role of lawyers and the Office of Special Affairs in litigation and lobbying. See part one here and part two here.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Scientology gained a justified and still-lingering reputation for being extraordinarily litigious. Its Guardian’s Office (GO) would sue at the slightest provocation, rarely winning cases but racking up huge legal costs for its opponents. In 1983, the church’s Office of Special Affairs (OSA) and Religious Technology Center (RTC) inherited the GO’s formidable litigation machine.

Scientology also retained the GO’s standard playbook, which one journalist summarised as “sue the critics, sue the government and sometimes overwhelm the judges. Whenever necessary, use private investigators to probe your opponents’ weaknesses and exploit them.” That said, Scientology is much less litigious now than it used to be, and it has been many years since the church last sued a media organisation.

Despite Scientology’s unpleasant reputation, it has consistently been able to find top-flight lawyers to fight its cases. As one lawyer said in 1980, “These people pay their bills – top dollar and on time – which is more than I can say for most of my unpopular clients. This case will finance a lot of pro bono work.” Others have had higher motives, seeing Scientology as a persecuted victim of the government or seeking the opportunity to expand constitutional protections.

By the late 1990s, Scientology was reported to employ over 20 lawyers at a dozen firms in the US. According to former OSA head Mike Rinder, the church’s lawyers fall into three categories. Many key legal cases, particularly those involving specialised issues of First Amendment or copyright law, are managed by non-Scientologist lawyers from major law firms.


The church also has its own in-house stable of Scientologist lawyers who handle activities that are regarded as more sensitive, such as hiring private investigators. They are bound by Hubbard’s policies and the church’s draconian disciplinary system, as well as its code of secrecy.

Finally, a third tier of lawyers comprise non-Scientologists from small law firms who are largely or entirely dependent on the church’s patronage.

Scientology gained a reputation for being serially litigious during the 1960s and 1970s, suing for libel at seemingly every opportunity. However, few of its lawsuits actually came to court; instead, the church often kept its cases alive for years without ever bringing them to trial, draining its opponents’ resources and discouraging further criticism of Scientology. This tactic, the English courts have ruled in a non-Scientology case, is an abuse of process aimed at gagging critics.

Under the direction of Scientology leader David Miscavige and the then RTC Inspector General Mark ‘Marty’ Rathbun in the 1980s and 1990s, Scientology adopted a different approach. Lawsuits were brought to trial much more often, particularly in cases where Scientology’s trademarks or copyrights were under threat. Its defensive tactics against lawsuits have been ferociously uncompromising.

Whereas ordinary litigants might settle cases to keep down costs and legal exposure, Scientology often makes a point of pursuing them as far as possible. Miscavige himself has publicly called Scientologists “the antimatter of quitters … When the going gets tough, pitbulls call a Scientologist.” As one US judge has put it, the church views “litigation as war.”

The church’s huge financial resources have been key to this approach. Los Angeles lawyer Dan Leipold comments that “for every nickel we spend [in litigation against Scientology], they spend $1.” Another lawyer, Ford Greene, describes Scientology litigation as “fearsome … They litigate by mud and by volume and behind-the-scenes intimidation.”

This has reportedly included opposing lawyers being pursued by private investigators, dealing with complaints to the Bar Association and facing derogatory rumours being spread to their clients and neighbours. According to lawyer Graham Berry, a California law firm dropped litigation against Scientology in 1995 after church officials threatened to expose extramarital affairs of several partners in the firm.

As well as brute legal force, the church’s approach has also reportedly encompassed what might be termed social engineering: finding lawyers with social connections to judges, enabling them to bring influence to bear outside the courtroom. Such ex parte communications are not illegal; they are however, generally prohibited under rules of legal conduct, as they threaten judicial impartiality and give one side an unfair advantage in a case.

In one late 1990s example when the church was looking to launch a federal lawsuit in Texas, Rathbun said that Miscavige ordered him to find “Texas legal counsel so connected to the local judiciary as to assure victory to the Church … with such connections that he could walk unannounced into the [judges’] chambers.” In another mid-1980s case, according to Rathbun, a church lawyer bonded with the presiding judge over a shared love of sports. When the case looked like it would go against Scientology, Rathbun said, the lawyer made a social visit to the judge to make a personal appeal to reverse an adverse decision. The decision was indeed subsequently reversed.

As this highlights, lobbying and influencing is an integral part of the way that Scientology seeks to thwart its enemies and grow its power. Hubbard understood that organisations depend on individuals; therefore you target the individuals as much as the organisation. OSA trainees are required to demonstrate their understanding of a number of maxims: “If it’s a group problem, find the key person and influence him”; “Only action upon individuals is productive”; “Forget they. Find him or her”; “Never abandon an attack until you have found and contacted the key person.”

OSA carries out a sophisticated political influence programme to find potential allies for Scientology. It maintains a “power communication lines database,” which Rathbun described as “a computer database that culls from every source of information they can find, through going out and doing public record checks, through an intelligence network, through parishioner files, through counseling folders, through everything to find every connection they can find from a Scientologist or people hired by Scientology to people in positions of power in Scientology communities.”

The church has surveyed its members to identify their connections with influential people. Scientologists are currently required to submit a highly detailed “Life History” detailing virtually every aspect of their lives, including connections with those in influence. The database enables the church to exploit those links to contact, groom and ultimately recruit influencers to take its side.

In Clearwater, Florida, for example, it reportedly identified a local political consultant as a top mover and shaker and ”a key player in the community that had to be dealt with one way or another,” as Rathbun put it. According to Rathbun, she had a connection with a Clearwater Scientologist engaged in PR activity for the church. By exploiting that link the church was able to bring her onto its side and establish links through her to other important figures in the area, to build goodwill and gain influence.

Much of this work takes place through OSA’s Directors of Special Affairs – its regional representatives. In one example from the 1990s, OSA’s Greek representative, Ilias Gratsias, reported that he had used Scientologist volunteers to infiltrate meetings of Scientology’s critics and hired lawyers and private investigators to aid the campaign against them. He worked closely with OSA branches elsewhere in Europe and with the continental and worldwide Scientology headquarters in Copenhagen and Los Angeles respectively.


Gratsias reported that he had developed and used non-Scientologist allies to obtain benefit for the church. He kept records on numerous individuals of interest including politicians, business figures, celebrities, journalists, and other public figures. A long list of public figures was identified as “allies” of Scientology, while others – chiefly journalists and anti-cult campaigners – were designated as “enemies.” The enemies were targeted through lawsuits, surveillance and intrusive investigation, such as going through their garbage. Gratsias also organised public relations campaigns intended to improve Scientology’s image, such as cleaning up parks and planting trees.

OSA’s approach to covert influencing has strong similarities to the agent recruitment cycle described by CIA staff historian Randy Burkett. This consists of six steps: identifying individuals who can meet intelligence needs, assessing whether they are able to deliver the desired services, developing an initial relationship with them, carrying out the actual recruitment, holding subsequent meetings for taskings and debriefings, and either continuing to run the agent or terminate the relationship.

According to Burkett, successful agent recruitment depends on six factors known collectively as RASCLS: Reciprocation, Authority, Scarcity, Consistency, Liking and Social proof. Reciprocation means providing an amenity for the agent, creating an obligation that they feel they have to repay. Presenting the recruiting organisation as powerful and wealthy enables the recruiter to present the agent with an air of authority. Human psychology causes scarce items to be seen as more attractive and therefore worth making a greater effort to obtain. The desire to be seen as self-consistent motivates the agent to justify providing further assistance once the initial ethical breach has been made. The innate desire to “like people who like us” encourages the agent to cooperate, particularly if they are being flattered or given tokens of esteem. Finally, social proof – the herd instinct to follow what others are doing – reassures the agent that their own actions are correct.

All six factors can be seen in an account by Marty Rathbun of how Scientology influenced a Clearwater lawyer who was representing a client in conflict with the church in the early 2000s. Rathbun recalled that one of the church’s lawyers made friends with the Clearwater lawyer. They set up a personal meeting with Miscavige at the church’s gleaming ‘Mecca’, the Flag Land Base. Miscavige was able to create what Rathbun described as “this little bonding scenario… over months.”

The lawyer received numerous perks, such as sought-after tickets to the 2003 Super Bowl, gifts of expensive cufflinks, invitations to celebrity galas and personal meetings with Scientologist celebrities. By the end of it, Rathbun said, the lawyer was representing Miscavige’s interests more than his actual client’s. Although he very likely did not see it as such, the lawyer had effectively become Scientology’s agent.

OSA also seeks to influence media coverage of Scientology through worldwide media monitoring and rapid-reaction rebuttals. According to Marc Headley, who was a senior Sea Org member at Scientology’s secretive Gold Base facility in California, OSA compiles daily reports of worldwide press coverage of Scientology, divided into good and bad (“Black PR”) categories.

“These almost always had notes for each article,” Headley says, “and what the proposed handlings that would be done to Black PR the reporter or sources for the bad article.” Scientology has created publications and anonymously-published websites to ‘dead agent’ – discredit – particularly troublesome individuals and publications.

Leaked documents suggest that OSA recruited journalists as informants for covert intelligence-gathering and influencing. According to an internal memo posted by Rathbun and attributed to the current OSA CO, Linda Hamel, Vanity Fair contributing editor John Connolly gathered intelligence in 2006 for OSA on Andrew Morton, the British author of an unauthorised biography of Tom Cruise.

The memo describes information from a conversation Connolly had with Morton, who was evidently unaware of Connolly’s links. The relationship was evidently a two-way one; the memo records that “He has been given background documents that we [OSA] have on Morton and on [Paul] Barresi who we know that Morton has been using.” Connolly was reported to be looking to write a story to “attack Morton on his reputation questioning the credibility of his sources.”

The memo also records that an unnamed UK reporter was separately involved in the covert campaign against Morton. “He is willing to continue to feed information and documents to the UK tabloids to discredit Morton,” it notes. The reporter proposed to write “a pre-emptive positive book about Mr. Cruise” in advance of Morton’s book, but this was rejected. Instead, he “will continue to be used for feeding information and stories to the UK tabloids about Morton.”

According to Rathbun, Connolly had been an OSA informant “for nearly two decades. He has infiltrated several journalists doing stories on Scientology during that time, posing as a like-minded investigative journalist working on a Scientology story.” He told the New York Observer that the journalist had been an operative of the private investigator Gene Ingram, a long time OSA contractor.

For years, Rathbun said, “I periodically saw his name in programs and reports as an active source of information and stories.” For years, according to the Observer, Connolly had “repeatedly, almost obsessively, called a variety of prominent ex-Scientologists … to keep up with them, all under the pretense of developing stories for Vanity Fair.”

Former OSA head Mike Rinder comments that Connolly was “a resource to deal with media problems.” He says that Ingram would tell him, “‘Connolly can handle this; he’ll find out what’s going on and he’s got lines into all media.’ That was something I heard many, many times.” Connolly was paid for his services to Scientology, according to both Rathbun and Rinder. “No one ever does work like that for free,” comments Rinder. “Not for the church.” Connolly, who died in 2022, denied the claims.

OSA volunteers also play a frontline role in trying to influence coverage. In 2000, OSA deputy head Janet Weiland began recruiting volunteers for a new front group, the Scientology Parishioners’ League (SPL). It was reportedly created to act on OSA intelligence of forthcoming negative media coverage about Scientology.


SPL members were tasked with pressuring media outlets to drop the planned coverage by bombarding editors and producers with angry calls, faxes and emails. Although this sometimes worked, most of the time the volume of negative coverage was so overwhelming that it was beyond the SPL’s ability to control.

The SPL was defunct by around 2008, but a successor group called Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination (STAND League) was created in 2015 to do similar work, mainly on social media. While its tactics are often crude, they can be effective by creating an artificial cloud of controversy around a target, potentially deterring risk-averse organisations from working with them.

— Chris Owen


Technology Cocktail

“Have you ever wondered how to persuade a stranger to get audited? Have you ever had to ‘sell’ a hostile family member Scientology before you could audit someone? Have you ever had trouble auditing anyone? Well, you’ll be pleased to know that these problems have been vanquished by some material I’ve developed. You see — I do think of you!” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1960



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 [43] Tory Christman [44] Kate Bornstein [45] Christian Stolte [46] Mark Bunker [47] Jon Atack [48] Luke Y. Thompson [49] Mark Ebner


Source Code

“Instead of running him on CCHs or something like this, or trying to straighten up something, nah! let’s go for broke; let’s clear him! Not take too many hours at it, either. All right. Now, that’s possible. That can be done. But, let me call this to your attention, it is — this is the controverting fact. It is not being done. Now, you can’t argue with that, can you? Now, I could get down and scream and howl and beat the floor, and Hitlerize the room. But let me tell you something, that isn’t going to do any good. That isn’t going to do any good at all. That’s in the line of reason, or something like this mounts up. If you looked at it very broadly you could say, ‘Well, nobody can audit.’ I mean, that’s the first thing you’d say. ‘Nobody can run a session in the whole world, except just this little handful or maybe five,’ you know. Something like that. But that’s an unacceptable datum that isn’t true, see. So it must be that there were some great big broad bugs on this, and the biggest bug — and I finally located what it was, a very simple bug — it’s just the fact that the goal and the terminal easily disappear in the face of an out-rudiment.” — L. Ron Hubbard, August 24, 1961


Avast, Ye Mateys

“Any real emergency is chaotic. The drilling of sequences of actions is a stable series of data that prevents the chaos from overwhelming one. Interesting bit of history here. I developed the theory and practice of ‘Battle Conditioning’ used in WW II. I did a paper on it for the Navy before the war and was sent over to the Army G2 with it and Army G2 got it in practice, training by crawling under machine fire and all that. Must have saved a few hundred thousand lives! Nobody even ever said thank you but that’s all right.” — The Commodore, August 24, 1970



Overheard in the FreeZone

“This Present Time problem has always been present through Earth’s time. They only become apparent when some elite runs a scheme. Just the idea that there have been people believing as if L. Ron Hubbard would be coming back in a new body to this planet with its silly inhabitants… There even has been this bloke claiming he had received a letter from L. Ron Hubbard about that. We have this situation as original tech is not applied for some time now! Consider that for a moment. Reflect on the technology and how things were ongoing prior to the late 70s. Everything has gone down ever since! The problem today is people claiming that they have original technology and not the Church of Scientology, when they both have not! In fact they present the SAME status quo of the technology. There are David Mayo and David Miscavige clones all about tricking you to believe something that is not.”


Past is Prologue

1998: Lawrence Wollersheim reported on Scientology’s harassment of Jesse Prince, a former executive with RTC. “Never in the 17 years since I have left Scientology have I seen such intense intimidation, psychological terrorism and covert operations brought to such an immediate fever pitch as with the Jesse Prince situation. Scientology has put Factnet, our attorneys, our directors and Jesse under a state of total siege. Jesse has had two death threats, a Factnet director one, a PI tried to set Jesse up with some type of paid call girl, and Jesse is followed day and night by one to two cars from the Temple security agency in Denver. The PI’s stalking Jesse were driving so recklessly (40 miles an hour in reverse for approximately 200 yards) that they could have killed someone. We have had to call the police and the FBI numerous times to have them involved and monitoring the situation. Scientology and its attorneys are doing all this to use total psychological terrorism and induced fear for only one purpose, to intimidate a federal witness into silence.”


Random Howdy

“I’m the Dennis Hopper of the ‘Down with Scientology’ club.”


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


Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Found guilty on two counts on May 31, remanded to custody. Sentencing on Sep 7.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Grand jury indictments include charges from an assault while in custody. Trial scheduled for August 15.
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud.

Civil litigation:
Leah Remini v. Scientology, alleging ‘Fair Game’ harassment and defamation: Complaint filed August 2, hearing on proof of service on Oct 3.
Baxter, Baxter, and Paris v. Scientology, alleging labor trafficking: Forced to arbitration. Plaintiffs allowed interlocutory appeal to Eleventh Circuit.
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’
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 sentencing of Masterson on Sep 7.
Jane Doe 1 v. Scientology, David Miscavige, and Gavin Potter: Case unsealed and second amended complaint filed. Next hearing Nov 6.
Chiropractors Steve Peyroux and Brent Detelich, stem cell fraud: Ordered to mediation.



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 best TV show on Scientology you never got to see, Episode 3: Carol Nyburg
[TWO years ago] Leah Remini podcast: Ian Rafalko talks about his father, chiropractor Eric Berg
[THREE years ago] Danny Masterson changes his tune about criminal case in new civil brief
[FOUR years ago] Paging Graham Berry: Another Scientology horror story of credit fraud targeting retirees
[FIVE years ago] The Scientology pamphlet that has finally convinced us this planet is theirs
[SIX years ago] What’s at stake in Tuesday’s San Antonio court hearing with Scientology’s former enforcer
[SEVEN years ago] Ken Dandar’s courtroom nightmare is finally over (unless Scientology starts it over from scratch)
[EIGHT years ago] Tonight, it’s Boston! And that has us thinking about Beantown’s connections to ‘Miss Lovely’
[NINE years ago] Scientology claims credit for solving the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri
[TEN years ago] LA Sheriff Lee Baca to Grace Scientology Gala
[ELEVEN years ago] Marty Rathbun: Scientology’s Attorney ‘Supervised’ Destruction of Records in Lisa McPherson Death
[TWELVE years ago] The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 17: Jefferson Hawkins


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 3,131 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,646 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,196 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,186 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,067 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,371 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,242 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,347 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,794 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,136 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,702 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,621 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,788 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,370 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,631 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,667 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,383 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,947 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,262 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,437 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,988 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,119 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,457 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,312 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,431 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,787 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,090 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,196 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,594 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,470 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,035 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,548 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,802 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,911 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 24, 2023 at 07:00

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