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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: Press
Date: Monday, July 27, 2009
Source: People magazine

A July 25 report in Britain's Daily Mail newspaper claiming that Travolta, 55, had grown disenchanted with his longtime religion in the wake of his son Jett's death in January is "totally false," his rep Paul Bloch tells PEOPLE. "There's no change in the relationship between the Church of Scientology and John," says Bloch. "He is a member and it's as it was, now and forever." The still-grieving actor, his wife Kelly Preston, 46, and their daughter Ella Bleu, 9, recently ...

Tags: Daily Mail (UK)Jett TravoltaJohn TravoltaKelly PrestonPaul BlochPeople magazine

Type: Press
Date: Friday, July 27, 2007
Source: Huffington Post
Author: Pat Lynch

[...] Synanon, I learned later, had taught such cults as Peoples Temple and Scientology how to manage the media through intimidation and litigation. (Two members of Synanon would be arrested only weeks before the Jonestown massacre for putting a live rattlesnake in a critic's mailbox, almost killing him.) [...]

Tags: Huffington PostPat LynchPeople's TempleSilencing criticism, censorshipSynanon

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, July 27, 1997
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Author: Robert A. Jones
More:, link (342 KiB)

This was the week, among other things, when Los Angeles dabbled with the notion of pouring tax dollars into a school that planned to catechize its students with Scientology-inspired texts. It was like watching a train wreck about to happen. At week's end, the debacle may have been avoided. The Board of Education caught on to the gambit and some of those involved now predict that the board's vote, expected sometime in the next 30 days, could be negative in the ...

Tags: Duke HelfandLinda SmithLos Angeles Times (California)Northwest Charter SchoolRobert A. JonesSchools

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, July 27, 1997
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Author: Duke Helfand
More:, link (342 KiB)

As the Los Angeles Board of Education grapples with whether to approve a new charter school that would feature the teaching methods of L. Ron Hubbard, the late founder of the Church of Scientology, a handful of district teachers say they have been using those techniques for years and keep copies of Hubbard's works in their classrooms. The controversy over the use of Hubbard's methods–known as Applied Scholastics–has prompted district officials to undertake a review of policies on religion in public ...

Tags: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)Applied ScholasticsCaliforniaDon WoodsDuke HelfandInfiltrationLinda SmithLos Angeles Times (California)Northwest Charter SchoolRowena LagrosaSchoolsStudy technology (Study tech)Vicki Gordon

St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Groups wants to talk about Scientology

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, July 27, 1989
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Author: Curtis Krueger

CLEARWATER — A group of former Scientologists wants to speak to city commissioners about what they say is the "hypnotic and satanic content" of Scientology. Former member Margery Wakefield wrote a letter to Mayor Rita Garvey saying she and a small group of former Scientologists would like to demonstrate various practices the organisation uses among followers. Ms. Wakefield said she was prompted to make the suggestion because city commissioners next week are expected to consider a site plan for a $3.5-million ...

Tags: Bill DaughertyCurtis KruegerLawsuitMargery WakefieldRita GarveySandcastle Motel @ 200 North Osceola Avenue Clearwater FL United StatesSettlementSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, July 27, 1989
More: link (109 KiB)

Newkirk Mayor Garry Bilger says in the past two weeks he has been receiving mail from all over the country since an Associated Press article concerning Narconon Chilocco was released. The article, which appeared in newspapers from Corpus Christi, Tx. to the New York Times, seems to have prompted the letters to Bilger. "I haven't received a letter favorable to the Narconon program yet... they are all negative." For example, a writer from Illinois says, "I can empathize with your town' ...

Tags: Fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationFront groupsGarry BilgerGary W. SmithMedical claimsNarconon (aka Scientology drug rehab)Narconon Chilocco New Life CenterOklahomaPurification Rundown ("Purif")Recruitment

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, July 27, 1985
Source: Montreal Gazette

The owner of a Rosemount nursery says he won't allow Church of Scientology members to perform any more plays for the nursery's 30 children. On Wednesday, two Scientology members presented a 45-minute play — it was about a porcupine who gets lost in the woods — for the children at Le Foyer du Bonheur. The Scientologists wanted to give the children an encore performance next week, but nursery owner Uri Ravel has quashed the plan: "I don't want any preaching in ...

Tags: CanadaChildren, youthClaude VaillancourtMontreal GazetteNicole CrellinQuebec

Type: Press
Date: Friday, July 27, 1984
Source: Up the Creek
More: link (74 KiB)

Those who like to imagine a great city might be pleased to learn that, some time after the year 3000 AD, Denver is destined to become the capital of the world. But the next millenium truly looks a mess, what with ecological devastation and the demise of most of us humans as we fall under the brutal domination of the evil Psychlos, intergalactic warlords. Take heart, for this is the stuff of Hollywood dreams. The pop seller, Battlefield Earth, by L. ...

Tags: Battlefield EarthKen AnnakinSalem ProductionsUp the CreekWilliam "Bill" J. Immerman

Type: Press
Date: Friday, July 27, 1984
Source: Daily Express (UK)
Author: Michael O'Flaherty
More: link (127 KiB)

AN ENGLISH country garden. Beautiful lush lawns, flower beds of startling colour. But a young, dark-haired girl presents a bizarre spectacle as she sits cross-legged on the lawn eating her lunch oblivious to the summer storm pouring down on her head. Two other girls lovingly entwined in each other's arms march past in the shadow of the 18th century Manor House. All wear a naval-type uniform, dark blue with lashings of gold braid. The whole scene is surreal, like something from ...

Tags: Daily Express (UK)Justice Latey, Sir JohnMichael O'FlahertyOperating Thetan (OT)Robert SpringallSaint Hill Manor @ East Grinstead (UK)United Kingdom (UK)

Scottish Daily Express (UK)
Mind cult hits back

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, July 27, 1968
Source: Scottish Daily Express (UK)
More: link (43 KiB)

Shocked Scottish leaders of an organisation branded by the Government as "an objectionable" cult yesterday hit back. Officials of the Hubbard College of Personal Independence in Edinburgh, which promotes the cult of scientology, described the Government's criticism as "insane." The attack came from Mr. Kenneth Robinson, Minister of Health. He said: "Scientology is a pseudo-philosophical cult introduced into this country some years ago from the United States. The Government are satisfied, having reviewed all the available evidence, that scientology is socially ...

Tags: Hubbard College for Personal IndependenceJane KemberKenneth RobinsonMadeleine (Madeline?) LitchfieldScottish Daily Express (UK)United Kingdom (UK)William "Bill" Robertson

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, July 27, 1968
Source: The Scotsman (UK)
More: link (264 KiB)

The main Edinburgh practitioner, it seems, is a Mr Ernest Saren, and at the appointments he produces a personality "graph" showing the questionnaire results on ten "personality dimensions" such as happy-depressed and capable-inhibited. The final column on the capacity analysis chart gives an I.Q. figure. Saren's qualifications for discussing people's problems on the basis of this questionnaire, according to a H.A.P.I. spokesman, are scientology qualifications only. One of those tested in the H.A.P.I. building this week, a 19-year-old apprentice who had ...

Tags: Apollo (formerly, "Royal Scot Man"; often misspelled "Royal Scotman", "Royal Scotsman")AuditingCommissionsCostE-MeterErnest SarenEthics (Scientology)Hubbard Academy of Personal Independence (Edinburgh)Hubbard Association of Scientologists International (HASI)Hubbard College of Advanced Studies (Edingurgh)Hubbard Communications Office, Ltd. (London)Hubbard Explorational CompanyJudy ZiffKenneth RobinsonLaurel J. Sullivan (née Watson)Madeleine (Madeline?) LitchfieldNeville ChamberlainOxford Capacity Analysis (aka, "free Scientology personality test" aka "U-Test" aka "Pape Test")Publications OrganizationsReal estateSaint Hill Manor @ East Grinstead (UK)SalaryScientology's "Clear" stateSea Organization (Sea Org, SO)Statistics (Stats)Sue PomeroySusan PayerThe Scotsman (UK)United Kingdom (UK)