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On this date

Type: Blog
Date: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Source: Village Voice
Author: Tony Ortega

A week ago, we reported that a former "employee" at Scientology's flagship drug treatment center in Oklahoma – Narconon Arrowhead – told us that the controversial center was delivering Scientology training rather than drug education, and that its officials have been concerned for years that its state certification was "extremely vulnerable." (The center is currently under investigation by local and state agencies for four deaths that have occurred there, three since last October.) We didn't name that source, but now, he's ...

Tags: Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE) (formerly, "Social Coordination" or SOCO)DeathFraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationLucas A. CattonNarconon (aka Scientology drug rehab)Narconon of Oklahoma, Inc. (Arrowhead)Rena WeinbergTony OrtegaVillage Voice

Type: Book
Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Source: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Author: Janet Reitman

Product Description Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world’s fastest growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of “volunteer ministers” offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels ...

Tags: Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion (book)Houghton Mifflin HarcourtJanet Reitman[needtoread][needtotag]

Jun 17, 2011
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Scientologist accused of pressuring sex abuse victim

Type: Press
Date: Friday, June 17, 2011
Source: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Author: Paul Bibby Courts

IT was a rare and at times dramatic public appearance by one of the most senior members of a global religious organisation that shrouds itself in secrecy. Surrounded by supporters, senior Scientologist Janice Meyer arrived at the Downing Centre Local Court yesterday, accused of pressuring an 11-year-old girl to lie about sex abuse within the church. Ms Meyer, who also goes by the name Jan Eastgate, left with relaxed bail restrictions that will allow her to travel to and from her ...

Tags: AustraliaChildren, youthCitizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)Fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationJanice "Jan" Eastgate MeyerLegalPaul Bibby CourtsSydney Morning Herald (Australia)

Jun 16, 2011
The Age (Australia)
Scientologist appears in Sydney court

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, June 16, 2011
Source: The Age (Australia)
Author: Margaret Scheikowski

A senior member of the Church of Scientology accused of coaching a child to lie about sex abuse has had her bail relaxed so she can travel to California. Janice Meyer, 57, was surrounded by supporters on Thursday as she made her first court appearance in Sydney's Downing Centre Local court. She is charged with doing an act intending to pervert the course of justice in 1985 in Sydney. Advertisement: Story continues below The allegation involves threatening and intimidating an 11-year-old ...

Tags: AustraliaChildren, youthCitizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)Fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationJanice "Jan" Eastgate MeyerLegalMargaret ScheikowskiThe Age (Australia)

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Source: The Guardian (UK)
Author: Alison Rourke

A senior member of the Church of Scientology is due to appear in court in Australia on Thursday charged with perverting the course of justice. It is alleged that Jan Eastgate, 57, threatened and intimidated an 11-year-old girl into providing false statements to police. The case relates to an investigation into the alleged sexual assault of the girl in 1985 by her stepfather, a church member. The girl – who cannot be named for legal reasons – said on Australian television ...

Tags: Alison RourkeAustraliaChildren, youthCitizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)Fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationJanice "Jan" Eastgate MeyerLegalNick XenophonThe Guardian (UK)

Type: Blog
Date: Monday, June 13, 2011
Source: Village Voice
Author: Tony Ortega

Next month, Janet Reitman's book Inside Scientology will hit bookshelves, and the world of Scientology-watching, and for Scientology itself, will never be the same. Subtitled The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion, Reitman's book delivers all it promises, and it promises a lot. "It has been my goal to write the first objective modern history of the Church of Scientology," Reitman proclaims in her introduction. "It is the goal of Inside Scientology to translate [L. Ron Hubbard's arcane] language and separate ...

Tags: Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion (book)Claire HeadleyDavid MiscavigeJanet ReitmanJason BegheJeff HawkinsLisa McPhersonMarc HeadleyMichelle "Shelly" Miscavige (né Barnett)Natalie WaletRehabilitation Project Force (RPF)Stefan CastleTanja CastleTom CruiseTony OrtegaVillage Voice

Type: Press
Date: Monday, June 13, 2011
Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Author: Nate Carlisle

A Las Vegas fundraiser earned $500,000 for soldiers and emergency responders who say chemicals sickened them and earned Utah’s attorney general coveted photographs posing with celebrities. Sandra Lucas, a Salt Lake City resident who recently became president of the nationwide Heroes Health Fund, said she and a board must decide how to split the proceeds, but Utah residents will see a share. Actor John Travolta was the headline speaker at the fundraiser Saturday at the Wynn Las Vegas. Utah Attorney General ...

Tags: Heroes Health Fund - Ocala Detoxification ProjectJohn TravoltaMark ShurtleffNate CarlislePurification Rundown ("Purif")Salt Lake TribuneSandra LucasUtah Meth Cops Project

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, June 11, 2011
Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Author: Nate Carlisle

Utah’s attorney general and a federal agent who busted drug labs in Utah County will be among the guests Saturday at a Las Vegas fundraiser with actor John Travolta. Travolta is helping generate money for what’s called the Heroes Health Fund, a nationwide program which provides treatment to soldiers and emergency responders who believe they were sickened by exposure to chemicals. The treatment — consisting largely of exercise, time in a sauna and a diet of antioxidants — has its roots ...

Tags: Heroes Health Fund - Ocala Detoxification ProjectJohn TravoltaMark ShurtleffNate CarlislePurification Rundown ("Purif")Salt Lake TribuneTim ChardUtah Meth Cops Project

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, June 2, 2011
Source: Pasadena Weekly
Author: André Coleman

Hours after an article appeared about a claim for damages filed against the city by the Church of Scientology over a sewage spill in the church’s building in Old Pasadena, a church official acknowledged that mistakes were made in the filing of the document. The church is listed as the claimant, not subrogate Lexington Insurance Co. Further, the name of the lawyer who filed the claim on behalf of the insurance company is not listed on the document. Making matters even ...

Tags: André ColemanBraley Building @ 35 South Raymond Avenue Pasadena CA United StatesCaliforniaLexington Insurance Co.Pasadena WeeklyReal estateRobert B. "Bob" Adams

May 31, 2011
Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News
Top Scientologist charged with perverting course of justice

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Source: Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News
Author: Steve Cannane

One of the Church of Scientology's most senior figures, Jan Eastgate, has been arrested and charged in Sydney. She has been charged with perverting the course of justice in relation to allegations she coached an 11-year-old girl to lie to police and community services about the sexual abuse she suffered from her stepfather who was a member of the Church of Scientology. Eastgate is the international president of the Citizens' Commission on Human Rights, an organisation founded by the Church of ...

Tags: AustraliaAustralia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) NewsCarmen RainerChildren, youthCitizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)Fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationJanice "Jan" Eastgate MeyerLegalPhoebe RainerSteve Cannane

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2011
Source: Pasadena Weekly
Author: André Coleman

Two days before the Church of Scientology was presented with an award for preserving the 115-year-old Braley Building on South Raymond Avenue, church officials filed a claim against the city for damages incurred after the historic structure was flooded with raw sewage in November. “In the early morning of Nov. 23, water backed up through the toilets and sinks [in] the basement,” the claim states. “When personnel came in, they found four inches of raw sewage covering the entire basement area.” ...

Tags: André ColemanBraley Building @ 35 South Raymond Avenue Pasadena CA United StatesCaliforniaPasadena WeeklyReal estate

May 18, 2011
Courier Mail (Australia)
Fire at Church of Scientology in Annerley

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Source: Courier Mail (Australia)
Author: Anna Chisholm

A FIRE broke out at The Church of Scientology of Brisbane at Annerley overnight. Emergency services said material in a courtyard caught fire and affected a couple of air-conditioning units. The flames started just before 2am on the corner of Dudley and Hastings streets. QFRS Brisbane Duty Manager of Operations Phil Klemm said the fire was not suspicious. "From our perspective there was nothing suspicious - the courtyard was open to the street," Mr Klemm said. "We're unsure of the cause ...

Tags: Anna ChisholmAustraliaCourier Mail (Australia)

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Source: Haaretz
Author: Yaniv Kubovich

Attorney Gur Finkelstein, who represents the Scientology Center in Israel, was detained several weeks for allegedly hiring this gang to help him with his own criminal endeavors. Israel Police forces have uncovered a Jaffa-based gang allegedly behind a series of attacks and attempted assassinations in the Tel Aviv area, including a plot to kill a senior sheikh of a local mosque, it was revealed after a gag order was lifted on Tuesday. Those mobsters are suspected of plotting to plant an ...

Tags: Gur FinkelsteinHaaretzIsraelWeaponsYaniv Kubovich

May 16, 2011
Brisbane Times
Soldier death to remain a mystery

Type: Press
Date: Monday, May 16, 2011
Source: Brisbane Times

AAP – The mysterious death of a young soldier was likely to remain a mystery until the Church of Scientology chooses to release its file on its extended dealings with him, a defence commission of inquiry has found. There's no dispute that Private Edward McBride, 30, took his own life in Brisbane on February 7, 2007. A trained electrical fitter before joining the army, he climbed into an electrical sub-station and deliberately contacted a 110,000 volt power line. Just why he ...

Tags: AustraliaBrisbane TimesDeathEdward Alexander McBrideSuicide

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2011
Source: Clearwater Patch
Author: Aiyana Baida

Clearwater Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at 531 Franklin Street, owned by the Church of Scientology, at 3:28 a.m. Saturday. An electrical fire caused $700,000 in damages to a building owned by the Church of Scientology, city officials said. Clearwater Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at 531 Franklin Street at 3:28 a.m. Saturday. To put out the blaze the department needed 35 personnel, five engines, two trucks and two rescues. It took firefighters about an ...

Tags: 531 Franklin Street Clearwater FL United StatesAiyana BaidaClearwater PatchReal estate

On this day

Type: TV
Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Source: Denver Channel (Colorado)
Author: Alan Gathright

BRIGHTON, Colo. – The murder trial starts Wednesday morning for an Adams County software firm founder accused in the 2009 execution-style shooting of his former business partner. William Rex Fowler is charged with first-degree murder. He's accused of shooting Thomas Ciancio, 42, three times in the head with a 9mm Glock handgun when Ciancio came to collect a $9,000 severance payment at Fowler Software Design in Adams County on Dec. 30, 2009. Fowler, 58, has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he ...

Tags: Alan BaumbachAlan GathrightAlexander Hyung FowlerCharles CiancioFowler Software Design LLCGene R. ClapsHubbard College of Administration (HCA)Janet "Jan" FowlerJudge Francis WassermanLaura CiancioLegalMurderThomas "Tom" CiancioWeaponsWilliam Rex Fowler

2010
Columbia Journalism Review
An unfortunate analogy

Type: Press
Date: Monday, February 22, 2010
Source: Columbia Journalism Review
Author: Mike Hoyt

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Tags: Christopher SzechenyiColumbia Journalism ReviewDavid MiscavigeHoward KurtzMike HoytRussell CarolloSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)Steve WeinbergWashington Post

Type: Blog
Date: Monday, February 22, 2010
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Author: Eric Deggans

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Tags: Christopher SzechenyiEric DeggansFreedom (Scientology magazine)Howard KurtzRussell CarolloSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)Steve WeinbergThe Truth Rundown (St. Petersburg Times' special report)Washington Post

2010
Gainesville Sun (Florida)
Travolta gala raises $104K for agencies

Type: Press
Date: Monday, February 22, 2010
Source: Gainesville Sun (Florida)
Author: Dave Schlenker

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Tags: Dave SchlenkerGainesville Sun (Florida)Heroes Health Fund - Ocala Detoxification ProjectJohn TravoltaPurification Rundown ("Purif")

Type: Press
Date: Friday, February 22, 2008
Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Author: Nate Carlisle

Funding sought for meth cops' health regimen Detoxification program is touted by officers, but legislator is asking for scientific proof it works By Nate Carlisle The Salt Lake Tribune Article Last Updated: 02/22/2008 01:48:36 AM MST Retired police officer for the Utah Department of Public... (Steve Griffin/Tribune file photo ) A proposal before lawmakers would allocate $440,000 for police officers exposed to methamphetamine labs to undergo a regimen designed to excrete poisons. The regimen has roots in Scientology and officers who ...

Tags: Bio Cleansing Centers of America, LLCDetoxMark ShurtleffNate CarlisleSalt Lake Tribune

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Type: Press
Date: Friday, February 22, 2008
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Author: Jonathan D. Silver

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Tags: Cyril H. WechtJonathan D. SilverLisa McPhersonPittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

2007
Sacramento News & Review
Scientology does detox

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, February 22, 2007
Source: Sacramento News & Review
Author: Luke Gianni

David E. Root, M.D, has traveled the world on a mission to rid its inhabitants of fat-soluble toxins. From Chernobyl to Ground Zero in New York City, Root has promoted a detoxification program that he claims has helped thousands suffering ailments like radiation poisoning and asbestos exposure. Many medical professionals have criticized the program he uses as ineffective and scientifically unsound, even dangerous. Critics point out that the program’s inventor, the late L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology, ...

Tags: Clear Body, Clear Mind (book)David E. RootDetoxLuke GianniNarconon (aka Scientology drug rehab)Purification Rundown ("Purif")Sacramento News & Review

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

2007
New York Inquirer
Scientology's Hard Sell

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, February 22, 2007
Source: New York Inquirer
Author: Cat Spencer

If you've ever been to any large retail store, you know what it's like to be greeted at the door by a salesperson with a warm smile. They are eager to help meet your needs, and they are grateful you chose their establishment. You may even feel guilty for not purchasing anything, if only because of one employee’s cheerful disposition—after all, they were helpful, weren't they? And they might be upset to lose the commission gained from your purchases. Nevertheless, in ...

Tags: Body routingCat SpencerNew York InquirerNYC

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Type: Press
Date: Thursday, February 22, 2001
Source: San Francisco Chronicle (California)
Author: Don Lattin

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Tags: Don LattinJeffrey G. "Jeff" QuirosMooniesNarconon (aka Scientology drug rehab)San Francisco Chronicle (California)

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

1998
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Troubled firm's building for sale

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, February 22, 1998
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Author: Thomas C. Tobin

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Tags: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)Thomas C. TobinTradeNet

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

1995
Los Angeles Times (California)
Scientology critic loses court bid (473 KiB)

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 1995
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Author: Alan Abrahamson
More: thecia.net

SAN JOSE - A Glendale critic of the Church of Scientology lost a round in federal court Tuesday as a judge declined to lift an order barring him from transmitting copyrighted religious texts onto the Internet. The order remains in effect against Dennis L. Erlich, a former church member. But U. S. District Judge Ronald M. Whyte rejected arguments by church lawyers and lifted restraining orders against a North Hollywood computer bulletin board operator and a San Jose-based Internet access supplier, ...

Tags: Alan Abrahamsonalt.religion.scientologyCopyright, trademark, patentDennis ErlichJudge Ronald M. WhyteLawsuitLos Angeles Times (California)Netcom On-line Communication Services, Inc.Religious Technology Center (RTC)Tom KlemesrudWarren L. McShane

1995
Los Angeles Times (California)
The Helsinki incident and the right to anonymity (473 KiB)

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 1995
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Author: Daniel Akst
More: thecia.net

Something happened recently on the Internet that no doubt sent chills down an awful lot of spines. A government used its power to breach anon.penet.fi. Before you write this off as another of the arcane tempests that generate so much ire among the get-a-life set, take heed. This one goes to the heart of what the electronic frontier is like, how it is changing and what the future holds for this new medium. Anon.penet.fi is basically a computer in Helsinki, Finland, ...

Tags: alt.religion.scientologyanon.penet.fiDaniel AkstJohan "Julf" HelsingiusLos Angeles Times (California)

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, February 22, 1986
Source: The Weekend Australian
Author: Phillip Adams

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Tags: AustraliaL. Ron HubbardL. Ron Hubbard's deathPhillip AdamsThe Weekend Australian[needtotag]

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1978
East Grinstead Courier (UK)
Scientology boss gets jail term [scan] (1.72 MiB)

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 1978
Source: East Grinstead Courier (UK)

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Tags: ConvictionEast Grinstead Courier (UK)FranceFraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationGeorges AndrewsL. Ron HubbardLegalMedical claimsMembershipSir John Foster

1978
East Grinstead Courier (UK)
Scientology boss gets jail term [transcript]

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 1978
Source: East Grinstead Courier (UK)

RON L. Hubbard, the American born founder of the Church of Scientology, who turned Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, into the world headquarters of the movement, was sentenced in his absence to four years in prison and fined 35,000 Francs for fraud by the Paris Criminal Court last week.

Tags: ConvictionEast Grinstead Courier (UK)FranceFraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationGeorges AndrewsL. Ron HubbardLegalMedical claimsMembershipSir John Foster

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry