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What Alex Barnes-Ross told East Grinstead councillors about Scientology abuses

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Yesterday, former London staffer Alex Barnes-Ross had the opportunity to speak about Scientology’s abuses with two councillors in East Grinstead, the English town where Scientology has its UK headquarters. And he explains how their []

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What awaits you at the end of Scientology’s long, arduous journey

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Last time, Val Ross told us about spying at the FBI after its raid on Scientology in 1977. She’s working on a subsequent installment, but in the meantime sent us this look at what []

Scientology’s obsession with secrecy is in its DNA, and it results in absurdities

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Bruce Hines has another great narrative for us, with an extreme example of how Scientology’s obsession with secrecy resulted in inane (and very expensive) projects. ALSO: New judge sets a hearing in Leah Remini’s []

Leah Remini lawsuit will get a new judge after David Miscavige challenge

[David Miscavige sent Judge Randolph Hammock packing]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Judge Randolph Hammock clearly didn’t want to give up the Leah Remini lawsuit after producing a 37-page ruling for it. But after initially resisting being removed, he ultimately []

Scientology says that David Miscavige did attend the Paris opening

 TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Scientology finally put out a press release about its Paris ‘Ideal Org’ opening, including photos of leader David Miscavige. But was he actually there on that day? Alex Barnes-Ross doesn’t think so, and we []

Scientology said Leah Remini inspired his ‘crime.’ Now he’s talking.

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: It was a bombshell in Leah Remini’s lawsuit in December, repeated last week by the LA Times: A Scientology lawyer is accused of tampering with the criminal case of a man named Armando Garcia []

David Miscavige a no-show as Scientology opens ‘Ideal Org’ in dreary corner of Paris

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Scientology opened an ‘Ideal Org’ in Paris yesterday, and Brit journalist Jonny Jacobsen was on the scene. So were Alex Barnes-Ross and Pete Griffiths, who spoke to us in our weekly podcast along with []

OOH LA LA: Scientology opens its ‘Ideal Org’ in Paris today and we’re on the scene!

[The view yesterday, with ribbon in place!]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Scientology will open another ‘Ideal Org’ today, and this time in Paris, in a country that has traditionally been harsh to the organization. Will leader David Miscavige dare []

Resurfaced video: An afternoon in 1963 with Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Want to get a good sense of what Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s acting abilities were like? We want your impressions of the legendary Hubbard charisma on display in a resurfaced film from Ron’s []

Need a job, thetan? Scientology’s sneaky business front has your listings

Among Scientology’s sneaky front groups, one of the most insidious is WISE, the World Institute of Scientology []