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Scientology pulls out its secret weapon in Boston: An ideal crustacean!

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: This just in, a Scientology fundraising event report for the future ‘Ideal Org’ in Beantown. See how they buttered up Scientologists to open their wallets and not be shellfish. There’s nothing fishy about this trawling of eager Hubbardites! [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]


Technology Cocktail


“Anytime I see a bunch of pcs around who want to jump happily to something else because sane people run on that and crazy people run on something else, and they never have to be run on the crazy one, I right away know their auditors are not in communication with them and that auditing discipline itself has broken down because the pc is trying to justify himself and trying to uphold his own status. So he must be defending himself against the auditor.” — 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 remember one time I was arrested by mistake. They do that in the United States every once in a while. Somebody wanted me as a witness. They wanted me as a witness in a bankruptcy case of some kind, and I was just a witness, innocent bystander – factually an innocent bystander, but I must have had something about that particular area in some past life because the next thing I knew why the cops rushed in you know and practically shot everybody down and grabbed me and took me off and held me very carefully so that they would have this witness for this case. And I said to ‘em, ‘Don’t you think this is sort of unfair?’ And they didn’t pay any attention to that. So I got kind of mean, in my own inimical mean way. And when I finally appeared on the witness stand, I had the prosecuting attorney and the attorney for defense arguing with the judge that I shouldn’t be required to be held more than the next 15 or 20 minutes anyway because they wanted to help me. The judge helped me too. That was the end. I sat down and gave some testimony. I said, ‘Well I don’t know anything about it. I was hardly there.’ And that was it. Boom.” — L. Ron Hubbard, July 7, 1960


Avast, Ye Mateys

“MARY SUE HUBBARD is assigned Power as a student, 2nd week running, with 441 points. She also got 100 percent on her Exam. DIANA HUBBARD having gotten 100 points is upgraded to Emergency as a student. KEN URQUHART, with only 10 points, is assigned Non Existence as a student. The Class in general is doing well on Dianetics, will soon complete, and be ready to audit. When so qualified they go onto VI or VIII as eligible.” — The Commodore, July 7, 1969


Overheard in the FreeZone

“I had an OT 2 win regarding postulates. It was not something I had expected to happen at that level, but it did. One time, I needed to have my stove repaired. I called the gas company and was told that the repairman would arrive sometime between 7:00 a.m. and noon on the following day. I decided that the time would be 9:00 a.m. The repairman arrived and as he was standing in front of my stove, about to begin working on it, the time piece in his pocket rang. He took it out of his pocket, looked at it, turned to me and said, ‘9 o’clock exactly.’ Coincidence? Possibly. I told this win to a Sea Org member, and she, with a snotty manner, asked me why I couldn’t postulate getting my Bridge paid for. It crossed my mind that perhaps I was reluctant to give much money to a fascist, totalitarian organization.”



Past is Prologue

2001: The St. Petersburg Times reported that Clearwater officials are considering ending the hire of off-duty police officers by Scientology. “‘I think we have reached a point where it would be prudent for our removal of off-duty officers from (Watterson) Alley,’ Klein wrote in an e-mail to Horne last week. Horne says that he is ‘obviously receptive’ to that idea, because he understands ‘there is a sensitivity to the level of police presence, even if they’re off duty’ at Scientology facilities. The Lisa McPherson Trust, a group critical of the church, has accused
police officers of becoming biased as a result of their financial relationship with the church. The church has paid off-duty police officers more than $150,000 since January 2000 for providing security daily on Watterson, city records show. Although there are no immediate plans to remove the officers, Horne said he supports the chief in trying to find other ways to keep the peace downtown. Church officials have talked with city officials about applying for grant funding to increase foot patrols downtown and eventually pulling back the off-duty officers, said church spokesman Ben Shaw.”


Random Howdy

“Hubbard said that Mohammed was a hustler and a ‘small town booster’ and that the ‘Black Stone’ was a piece of the R6 implant.”


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] Scientology whines that its arbitration process is misunderstood, asks court for hug
[TWO years ago] Scientology will try to derail new labor trafficking lawsuit with ‘arbitration’ strategy
[THREE years ago] News from Texas reminds us of a legendary fight against Scientology’s goon squad
[FOUR years ago] PPP small-business coronavirus bailout loans went to Scientology and Narconon centers
[FIVE years ago] How Scientology treats a member in real need strains the notion of the word ‘church’
[SIX years ago] Scientology’s messiah? ‘Hubbard believed he was as great as Jesus, Buddha, & Mohammed’
[SEVEN years ago] The Scientology lecture in which L. Ron Hubbard revealed the true name of our Earth society
[EIGHT years ago] The Church of Intimidation: Scientology stalks another ex-member on the taxpayer dime
[NINE years ago] Monique Rathbun: Hey, Texas court, here’s something to chew on
[TEN years ago] Scientology tries to psych out Florida — and Chill EB is back!
[ELEVEN years ago] Alanna Masterson’s Dad Calls Connor Cruise “Worst Person in the World” for Her to Date


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 2,954 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 3,449 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,964 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,514 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,504 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,385 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,689 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,560 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 5,112 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,453 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 13,020 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,939 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 5,107 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,688 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,949 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,985 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,701 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,265 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,580 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,755 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,306 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,437 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,775 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,628 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,749 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 3,105 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,408 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,514 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,912 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,788 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,353 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,866 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 4,120 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,228 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 7, 2024 at 07:00

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