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Courts have no excuse: Scientology’s ‘Fair Game’ harassment tactics were exposed early on

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Our helper who dives into old news archives is at it again. This time we have a collection of items demonstrating that Scientology’s harassing ‘Fair Game’ has long been exposed in court cases. There’s really no excuse for judges or media organizations to be unfamiliar with it. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]


Technology Cocktail


“Student blows follow misunderstoods. A Supervisor who is on the ball never has blows as he caught them before they happened by observing the student’s misunderstanding before the student does and getting it tracked down by the student. It is the Supervisor’s job to get the student through the checksheet fully and swiftly with minimum lost time. The successful Supervisor is tough. He is not a kindly old fumbler. He sets high checksheet targets for each student for the day and forces them to be met or else.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1971



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 [50] Bruce Hines [51] Spanky Taylor and Karen Pressley [51] Geoff and Robbie Levin [52] Sands Hall [53] Jonny Jacobsen [54] Sandy Holeman [55] Mark Bunker [56] Trish and Liz Conley [57] Trish Conley [58] Alex Barnes-Ross [59] Alex Barnes-Ross [60] Alex Barnes-Ross [61] Alex Barnes-Ross [62] Alex Barnes-Ross [63] Alex Barnes-Ross [64] Tory Christman [65] Tammy Synovec [66] Dennis Erlich [67] Alex Barnes-Ross [68] Valerie Ross [69] Kat in Austin [70] Mark Bunker [71] Phil Jones



Source Code

“I can very easily go 500 years ago back into France and give you the name, rank, and serial number of a lot of things, see? And I can give these things to you, but after I’ve run a few of them, I start running into ‘Let’s see, was her name Mary? or was it Marie? or was it … ? And did that happen at Agincourt? or was that at Poitiers?’ And next thing you know I’m in a fog. And if I go on this way very long, I’ll start wondering whether I even was alive yesterday because I haven’t entered it from a zone of certainty. See?” — L. Ron Hubbard, July 2, 1964


Avast, Ye Mateys

“By advices from the MO the entire crew will be innoculated today. (Groan.) There will be two shots a week or so apart. This means on many auditing will be suspended for two weeks. Also solo. Some are not badly affected and these will be audited. TR course and study will not be suspended. This is a good time for auditors and internes and the tech personnel connected to catch up with their study and admin backlogs.” — The Commodore, July 2, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“It takes years to make a good auditor. It takes a lot of courage to be an auditor. An auditor faces in the preclear’s case all the horrors of the reactive mind, and gets the PC through it. Understand for an auditor to do a perfect job, he needs an organization that backs him up. In the freezone we don’t have the perfect set-up as auditors. We are missing the organization. We cope. Some auditors don’t have C/Ses. Some are not even trained in C/Sing and don’t use C/Ses. Some don’t have examiners. OK, so any auditing is better than no auditing, except auditing over missed withholds, but to get a person through the Bridge that takes a LOT of skill.”



Past is Prologue

1996: David Gerard posted news concerning the Liar’s Club, an Australian radio program taken off the air by the Australian Broadcasting Authority for its criticism of Scientology. “Australia’s leading law body on media, the Communications Law Centre (CLC), has disagreed with the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) over a recent finding of religious vilification by Melbourne public broadcaster 3RRR-FM. In the first such ruling in Australian broadcast history, the ABA charged in February 1996 that Triple R had breached Radio Program Standards on The Liars’ Club by gratuitously vilifying the Church of Scientology, after an ex-Scientologist, Cyril Vosper, appeared as a guest and told of his problems since leaving the organisation. The CLC states in their intensive review of the lengthy ABA report: ‘We consider the ABA’s interpretation of the meaning of ‘gratuitous’ is incorrect. At no point in the decision does the ABA consider any of the controversies that have surrounded the church and whether there was any validity in Vosper’s allegations. ‘Discussion and criticism of religious institutions and the conduct of followers of a religion can be distinguished from criticism and abuse of a religion and its followers on the basis of beliefs. ‘It is true that the ABA is not in a position to pass judgment on the church or to make findings about the truth or otherwise of the allegations, but this does not prevent it from acknowledging that the church has been the subject of debate and controversy, and that therefore, the allegations, when situated within this context, and in the context of Vosper’s ongoing public stance against the church, were not gratuitous.’ It is believed that Triple R will now be approaching the ABA for a review of its ruling citing the points made by the CLC.”


Random Howdy

“OT 2 is where the bait and switch part of the long con kicks in. It switches from a pseudo Freudian-Jungian neo Buddhist self help scam to full blown Buck Rogers and Ming the Merciless malarkey. At this point Hubbard is softening up the marks for the big reveal that comes at OT 3.”


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. Sentenced to 30 years to life 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. Next pretrial hearing May 31, 2024.
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud.

Civil litigation:
Leah Remini v. Scientology, alleging ‘Fair Game’ harassment and defamation: Some defamation claims were removed by Judge Hammock. Leah seeking to amend her complaint.
Baxter, Baxter, and Paris v. Scientology, alleging labor trafficking: Forced to arbitration.
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: motion to file new complaint, hearing on May 29.
Jane Doe 1 v. Scientology, David Miscavige, and Gavin Potter: Case unsealed and second amended complaint filed. Scientology moves for religious arbitration, on hold until appeal over new judge heard.
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] Secrets of Scientology’s most secretive branch, part 2: CST’s property holdings
[TWO years ago] Podcast: Claire Headley on the questions Tom Cruise never gets asked
[THREE years ago] ‘Global psychiatric obliteration’: Scientology’s ongoing war on psychiatry
[FOUR years ago] A family’s Scientology drug rehab nightmare: The Narconon ‘Fresh Start’ scam strikes again
[FIVE years ago] Introducing ‘The Cult Awareness Podcast,’ recorded at HowdyCon 2019 in Los Angeles
[SIX years ago] Freed files: Scenes from a government investigation of Scientology
[SEVEN years ago] Facing government opposition, Scientology prepares to play dirty
[EIGHT years ago] Field report: Visiting the mission that told the Church of Scientology to take a hike
[NINE years ago] How to read a tabloid magazine story about the Church of Scientology: A primer
[TEN years ago] Scientology litigation update: The Garcias respond, and the NAFC plays hardball
[ELEVEN years ago] Scientology Turns Over Documents, Laura DeCrescenzo Begins Process to Review Them


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Tammy Synovec has not seen her daughter Julia in 2,949 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 3,444 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,959 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,509 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,499 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,380 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,684 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,555 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 5,107 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,448 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 13,015 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,934 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 5,102 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,683 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,944 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,980 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,696 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,260 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,575 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,750 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,301 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,432 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,770 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,623 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,744 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 3,100 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,403 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,509 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,907 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,783 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,348 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,861 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 4,115 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,223 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 2, 2024 at 07:00

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