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Is it another un-Ideal weekend for Scientology? What gives, Dave?

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: David Miscavige promised his Scientology followers that he’d open up an ‘Ideal Org’ in Paris in January and three more elsewhere in February. None of the four appears ready to go yet. ALSO: Updates on the three lawsuits in LA that have big showdowns in court this coming week. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Former Scientology spy goes to spy on future Scientology ‘Ideal Org’

[Patty made a trip to Beantown for us.]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: We hope you remember our podcast episode with Patty Moher, who told us about her history spying for Scientology, as well as her subsequent fun visit to Scientology’s moribund New Haven ‘Ideal Org’ project. We had so much fun with that excursion, she went on another! [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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The Scientology forced-marriage lawsuit has two big issues facing it today and next week

[Judge Broadbelt and David Miscavige]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: There’s a lot going on in the lawsuit filed by Jane Doe 1 against Scientology. We have new documents in her attempt to keep the lawsuit out of arbitration, and today Judge Broadbelt hears arguments about David Miscavige evading service! [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Chris Shelton marks a Scientology milestone, and reveals something about himself

[Chris Shelton, Sea Org, circa 2009]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: In order to mark a milestone in his post-#Scientology life, YouTuber and frequent Underground Bunker collaborator Chris Shelton is revealing some things he’s never told publicly before. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Judge Hammock to rule today that RTC will remain in Leah Remini’s Scientology lawsuit

[Leah Remini and Judge Randolph Hammock]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Scientology’s early attempt to derail Leah Remini’s lawsuit should get shot down at a hearing today, based on a tentative ruling made by Judge Randolph Hammock. He says he’s convinced, for example, that Leah has done enough to keep David Miscavige’s branch, RTC, in the case. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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The Guardian’s expose of Narconon is great — except for this puzzling issue

[Narconon Ojai and ABLE’s ED]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: The Guardian this weekend expertly described the risks of Narconon, and also the glaring issues about the lack oversight of its clinic in England. But the hard-hitting expose was surprisingly shy about Scientology’s control of Narconon, so we’re here to remind everyone about it. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Val Ross: Scientology draws you in so you don’t realize what it’s about until it’s too late

[Val at her desk back in the day, the Grade Chart on the wall]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: It’s something so many who leave Scientology after it nearly wrecked their lives have had to wrestle with: How could it have possibly drawn them in so completely to begin with? Valerie Ross continues her remarkable string of articles with her attempt to answer that question. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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PODCAST: Emails show which local politician was trying to stop IAS protest for Scientology

[Apostate Alex has the goods on Dick Sweatman]

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 gone and collaborated with Apostate Alex again, this time looking at emails Alex obtained with a records request that help explain the shenanigans Scientology was up to with the help of local officials to try and squelch the IAS protest last November. Tsk, tsk! [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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For the first time, read L. Ron Hubbard gushing about working with Leni Riefenstahl

[Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: In 2021 at The Daily Beast we wrote the first full story about a 1960 collab between Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and Adolf Hitler’s favorite documentarian, Leni Riefenstahl. Now, a stunning new document: Hubbard’s first thoughts about being asked to work on the project. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Scientology hopping mad after Mike Rinder and Claire Headley help out Leah Remini

 
TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Well, you knew this was coming. Scientology is bellyaching after Mike Rinder and Claire Headley submitted devastating new declarations to help Leah Remini keep David Miscavige’s branch of the church in her lawsuit. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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