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[Westfield House, Scotland’s future Ideal Org]

The quest to completely replace old Scientology org buildings with new quarters continues, and the consequences can be severe for some members caught up in the project.

The Scotsman reported this week that Scientology has purchased the Westfield House building in the Murrayfield area of Edinburgh as home to a [...]

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 You know, it’s really considerate of ranchers in places like Texas to raise exotic species from overseas so hunters can kill them. It’s just a lot more convenient to shoot a blackbuck, also known as an Indian antelope, without flying all the way over to the subcontinent.

Same for the Barbary sheep of North Africa. Who [...]

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[Keith Raniere]

Yesterday, we covered the big breaking news that Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman and bookkeeper Kathy Russell both entered guilty pleas just a few weeks before trial is to begin in the Nxivm prosecution. That leaves only Nxivm leader Keith Raniere left to stand trial beginning May 7.

In our story yesterday, we pointed out [...]

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 It’s great to hear from Margery Wakefield again. After some time away from the fray, Margery is back with another book about Scientology, and this one is very personal. For our ‘Scientology Lit’ series, she pulled a gritty chapter out of her new book, I Survived!: Overcoming Abuse, Scientology and Life in General, which went [...]

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[Mark Geragos appears to have worked a sweet deal for Clare Bronfman]

We just spoke with VillageDianne, who was in the courtroom as Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman pleaded guilty to two felonies that Judge Nicholas Garaufis said would have her facing a sentence of 21 to 27 months in prison.

Bronfman pleaded to one count of harboring [...]

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 While we wait for the Nxivm trial to begin in a few weeks, things have settled down a bit on the legal side. So let’s take a look at other ways Nxivm is making the news.

— HBO announced that it will be doing a deep dive on Nxivm with a documentary series directed by Jehane [...]

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 We’re extremely excited to tell you that Chris Owen’s masterful investigation of L. Ron Hubbard’s World War II experience, Ron the War Hero: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard’s Calamitous Military Career, will be published on May 9 by Silvertail Books. (Full disclosure: Silvertail is also the publisher of our book, The Unbreakable Miss [...]

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 Yesterday we asked ex-JW activist Lloyd Evans some dumb questions about the Lord’s Evening Meal, or The Memorial, that will be taking place tomorrow. Now, he’s put together a video for his audience about the annual event.

Says Lloyd: “Last year, 20 million people attended the ‘memorial’ of the Lord’s Evening Meal (or ‘Last Supper’) as [...]

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 Watchtower has made the claim that most JW child abuse cases involve incest.

The reason they are making this argument is not that this statement is necessarily true — it’s a strategic legal position.

By claiming most JW cases are incestuous, they are attempting to conceal the names of perpetrators of abuse. Their argument is that by [...]

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[Scientology kids protesting the Snow White prosecution in 1978, Denver Post photo]

Yesterday, Chris Owen gave us a wonderful dive into Scientology’s history as an intelligence agency. We thought we’d follow up with a fun document today that helps illustrate what he’s talking about.

If Scientology’s history of spying is known for one thing it’s the incredible [...]

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 We noticed Jehovah’s Witnesses making preparations for this important week in the Christian world, and so we thought we’d ask ex-JW activist Lloyd Evans some stupid questions about what’s going on.

The Bunker: Can you give us a beginner’s guide to Holy Week for Jehovah’s Witnesses? They don’t celebrate Easter, right?

Lloyd: Correct. Rather than celebrating [...]

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 Chris Owen is back with another insightful dive into Scientology history…

There’s so much going on with Scientology — from missing wives to dubious financial dealings, broken families and allegations of abuse — that it sometimes seems like it has distilled every type of dysfunction and mismanagement into one rackety organisation. Scientology’s controversies aren’t unique; many [...]

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[Kathy Russell and Judge Nicholas Garaufis]

We thought that Nxivm bookkeeper Kathy Russell had made a pretty interesting last-minute argument for dismissing charges against her, but Judge Nicholas Garaufis rejected her motion to dismiss with a pretty interesting order we knew you’d want to see.

Russell had argued that she was sand-bagged by prosecutors last year who [...]

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 We hope we can convey to you how much it hit us square in the solar plexus when Leah Remini sent us the photo above, which she came across as she was going through some of her things.

You no doubt recognize Leah in the middle, and you may also recognize Shelly Miscavige on the right. [...]

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 Have you seen these trophy hunting websites? Seriously, they are something else. This is an actual everloving caption to the photo you see above, we’re not making this up…

From afar, Dian observed her lion gazing out over the plains. “I had seen photos, TV shows and paintings, but never experienced this beautiful beast so close [...]

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 Where is the Watch Tower and Bible Society of Pennsylvania, A/K/A, the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization, headed? We’ve seen a lot of bad news about child abuse being covered up in the church here and abroad. But does that mean changes are coming? Or, with 8 million members, is this a movement that’s too big to [...]

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[Barbara Anderson]

With the Australia Royal Commission in 2016, and stories like the Atlantic’s big piece last month, it sure seems like exposing the Watchtower organization for covering up child molestation among Jehovah’s Witnesses is really gaining steam.

But it’s good to remember the people who fought hard to make this issue public. In a short video, [...]

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 Frank Parlato is having too much fun at his blog as the leaders of Nxivm are, one after the other, getting the boom lowered on them in federal court. And now that Smallville actress Allison Mack has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in September to perhaps up to 20 years in prison, Frank has [...]


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 The Daily Mail picked up a story written by the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington about a record moose shot by a hunter named Jim Hall.

The article describes how Hall had waited nearly 30 years for his turn to come up to hunt moose, but after passing up some earlier targets, his window of opportunity was [...]

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 This week in ‘Scientology Lit’ we’re looking at perhaps our favorite book by L. Ron Hubbard himself, the infamous ‘A History of Man’ of 1952. By that year, Hubbard had committed to the idea that Scientology, grown from the ashes of Dianetics, would pursue the idea of past-life therapy. This book was intended to give [...]

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 Thanks again to Rasha for bringing to us the newest edition of International Scientology News. The magazine is generally one of the most tiresome, as it serves mainly to repeat all of the propaganda that had been presented at one of David Miscavige’s big events, in this case the most recent L. Ron Hubbard Birthday [...]

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 We mentioned the other day that the ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses community is experiencing something very like what ex-Scientologists went through 25 years ago, when the Church of Scientology went to war with the early Internet.

Today, Lloyd Evans, Mark O’Donnell and others discuss the Watchtower’s new litigiousness against whistleblowers, and specifically in the case of one Reddit [...]

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 We ran across this moving tribute written by Diz Schroeder of Montana. She posted it to Facebook on April 5 and made it shareable for the public, and it now has more than 64,000 shares. We thought you’d want to see it.

 Someone took a dog out to the river and put a bullet through his [...]

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 Rod Keller has the week off, and we’re grateful to Rasha for coming through in the meantime by sending us the new issues of Impact and International Scientology News. Today, we’ll look at a couple of choice items from the former.

In the movie Going Clear, Lawrence Wright asks a great question: “How do you define [...]

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 Yesterday we listened in on Lloyd Evans, Mark O’Donnell and the Electronic Frontier Foundation talking about Watch Tower’s attempt to “dox” Darkspilver, who has posted critical information about the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization at Reddit.

We’ve seen Witnesses say in our comments that Watch Tower should have the right to defend its copyrights, and that ex-JWs who [...]

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Editor’s Note: The Indicter has translated “Mi Amigo Julian Assange”, authored by Ms Alicia Castro, formerly Argentina’s ambassador in the UK and Venezuela. The text in Span…


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British police dragged Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorean embassy on Thursday after his seven-year asylum was revoked, paving the way for his extradition to the United States for one of the biggest ever leaks of classified information.


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Actress Allison Mack pleads guilty for role in alleged New York sex cult
"I can and will be a better person," a weeping Mack told a federal court judge in Brooklyn.




 





 





Former "Smallville" actress Allison Mack pleaded guilty Monday to racketeering charges in the case of the upstate New York self-help group that prosecutors say doubled as a secret sex cult.






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Hundreds of child sex dolls have been seized at Britain's borders before they can be used by paedophiles, prosecutors have revealed as they launch a crackdown. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has issued new legal guidance to help bring charges against importers and jail them for up to seven years.


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Another three women came forward, just hours after Biden released a video where he pledged to better respect people’s personal boundaries.


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Three prison officers have been jailed for inflicting years of “brutality and violence” on children held at a youth detention centre. Christopher Onslow, 73, John McGee, 75, and Kevin Blakely, 67, beat, punched and stamped on young boys while working at Medomsley Detention Centre throughout the 1970s and 1980s.


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