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Georgia puts legislator who promotes Scientology anti-psych efforts on mental health panel

[Donzella James, in gold, with David Miscavige at the 2016 Atlanta Ideal Org grand opening]

The state of mental health is so bad in Georgia, the federal government stepped in and sued the state, resulting in a 2010 settlement that required Georgia to improve conditions in its psychiatric hospitals and find more neighborhood-level solutions to behavioral problems.

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Narconon whistleblower Lucas Catton puts out a new memoir about his Scientology nightmare

[Lucas Catton]

We have a new entry in our ‘Scientology Lit’ series, this time an excerpt from a new book by Lucas Catton, who at one time was president of Scientology’s flagship drug rehab clinic, Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma. Back in 2012 Luke became a major whistleblower which got him an appearance on NBC’s ‘Rock Center’ program. He also came out with a 2013 book about his Narconon experience, ‘Have You Told All?’, which he later removed from the marketplace. Now he’s back with another memoir, ‘Reconnection,’ and he was kind enough to provide us with this excerpt from it.

 
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VALERIE HANEY’S OPPOSITION TO ARBITRATION: A strong no to Scientology’s legal gambit

[Valerie Haney]

On January 30 there’s going to be a huge early showdown for the major lawsuits filed against the Church of Scientology last summer. On that date, Scientology is going to try to convince Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard J. Burdge Jr. that Valerie Haney’s lawsuit should be put on ice so she can be forced into “religious arbitration.”

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David Miscavige in Miami sex abuse lawsuit: Catch me if you can, suckers

[David Miscavige]

The national legal team suing Scientology in three important lawsuits has asked a Miami court for more time — up to May 15, if necessary — because they still haven’t located David Miscavige to serve notice to the Scientology leader in a suit alleging a cover-up of child sexual abuse. The request was granted by Circuit Court Judge Veronica Diaz yesterday.

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Lawsuit filed in death of man shot by police at Scientology’s Inglewood ‘Ideal Org’

[Brian Statler]

On March 27, Inglewood police officers shot and killed a mixed-race man named Brian Statler they claimed “opened fire” on them while wielding a sword at Scientology’s Inglewood “Ideal Org” in Southern California.

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Woman named in Danny Masterson lawsuit denies she’s smearing his victims for Scientology

[Danny Masterson in a 2013 interview]

Last week we detailed how the Church of Scientology was responding to a lawsuit filed by four women who say they were violently raped by Danny Masterson and who accuse the Scientologist actor, the church, and church leader David Miscavige of orchestrating a campaign of slander and stalking against them for coming forward with their allegations.

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Scientology ripped apart his family, but this former member explains why he doesn’t fight it

[Dave Stokes and his family, before disconnection]

On January 4, Skip Young wrote for us an account of his attempt to reconnect with the grown daughters who have disconnected from him after he left Scientology. Last week we published one response we received after Skip’s piece, and that was Phil Jones writing about his own attempts to defeat Scientology’s policy and reconnect with his son and daughter. We also received a very different kind of response from another former member of the Church of Scientology. We thought you’d want to see it and respond to it.

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Scientology auditing, infiltrated and explained: The ‘Reckless Ben’ team’s 4th video

 
We’re premiering another video by the “Reckless Ben” team today, their fourth installment of short films about the infiltration of Scientology they recently pulled off.

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Scientology honors its bodysnatchers with stars on its Xenu-rrific walk of fame

 
Scientology has two main awards ceremonies per year. Donors to the IAS draw attention for the huge trophies awarded at an October event at Saint Hill in East Grinstead, England that mirror their millions in donations that keep the organization going. The other awards are made during the New Year’s event in Los Angeles where Power FSMs are recognized. We count 26 in this year’s photo with Scientology leader David Miscavige, but there are many more that didn’t make the trip. Field Staff Members (FSMs) keep Scientology going by bringing in new members, and work to encourage current members to pay for more courses.

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Sonya Bianchi, 1927-2020: Hubbard’s first ‘Clear’ who vanished from Scientology history

 
Sonya Adelaide Bianchi Hulswit, a woman L. Ron Hubbard presented at an August 1950 presentation at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles as the first example of a Scientology “Clear,” died last night in Northampton, Massachusetts. Her son Chris Hulswit tells us that she was 92.

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