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First time in English: Rare interview David Miscavige gave during Germany crisis

 
TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Austrian journalist Peter Reichelt has a real treat for us today, a rare David Miscavige interview which first appeared during Scientology’s 1990s crisis in Germany. We believe it was the first print interview Dave ever gave, and he’s only given four interviews all together! [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Val Ross: When you’re a Scientology OT, and you have to fight cancer

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: OK, we screwed up. What we did was publish Val Ross’s final installment out of order, skipping this, her penultimate chapter. Please accept our apologies and try to keep in mind that the following amazing episode was supposed to go before the one you already read on Saturday. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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L. Ron Hubbard’s tallest tale? When Scientology’s founder first struck gold

 
TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Before he began selling tall tales to the pulps for a living, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard told maybe his tallest tale ever to a gullible Washington DC reporter who took it as fact. Is there a better indicator of how Hubbard would later go on to fool so many in the future? [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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On Mother’s Day 2024, the moms who suffer and defy Scientology’s cruel ‘disconnection’ policy

 
TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Is there a day more counter to Scientology’s outlook than Mother’s Day? We talked to moms who have suffered from Scientology’s anti-family ‘disconnection’ policy who are not only standing strong, but who are also helping to expose this organization as it dwindles in influence. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Val Ross: Stopping Scientology’s plans for a vault in Wyoming, and the future

[A drone shot of the interrupted vault construction at Sweeney Ranch.]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Val Ross, who spied on the FBI for Scientology, and endured so much as a believer, brings us to present time as she finishes her astonishing series. And it turns out, her post-Scientology experience, including stopping a new CST vault in its tracks, is also fascinating. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Scientology summit: Meeting up with Apostate Alex in Los Angeles

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: We’re in town to celebrate Mother’s Day with mom. And we were surprised that our trip coincided with an excursion to LA by one of our community’s most inspiring new figures, who had flown over from London. What would happen when this unlikely collision brought us together? [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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‘Dianetics’ is 74: Isn’t it time L. Ron Hubbard’s hoax got pulled from libraries?

 
TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: We’re not fans of censorship, but today, 74 years since ‘Dianetics’ was first released and eventually produced the Scientology movement, shouldn’t there be some discussion about whether this vile turd belongs on library shelves, especially after all the damage it has done? [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Rock ‘n’ roll was their fame, Scientology was their game

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Here’s David Miscavige’s opposition to Jane Doe 1’s appeal of his sneaky legal maneuver

[Dave in Paris]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: We’ve called it sandbagging, but Scientology leader David Miscavige’s maneuver to erase a potentially historic court ruling against the church’s arbitration ploy was found to be timely. Jane Doe is petitioning an appeals court to reverse that, and now here’s Dave’s reply. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Val Ross: How Scientology kept me from fleeing abuse until it was almost too late

[Wedding day, 1977]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: She spied on the FBI for Scientology, she submitted to its quack medical cures. But Val Ross’s ultimate moment of danger involved a butcher knife. Another devastating installment in Val’s lookback at a Scientology life. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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