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[Jim Bridgeforth and Victoria and Tom Cummins, Scientology cetaceans]

Thanks to the tipster who forwarded us pages from the new Impact magazine, we have your mid-year Scientology whale watching update!

If you’re new around here, we’ll catch you up by explaining that every October, Scientology leader David Miscavige recognizes Scientology’s biggest donors (we call [...]

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[Kendrick Moxon and Efrem Logreira]

In our last story about Efrem Logreira, we told you that he had turned down the offer of a check for $8,415 from the Church of Scientology.

We explained that Logreira, 75, joined Scientology only last year, but his handlers at the Los Angeles “org” ran up charges of $73,000 [...]

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  We see a lot of signs that Scientology is entering a desperate phase. Mike Rinder does a particularly good job at his site gathering evidence that shortages in staffing and at events is a sign that David Miscavige’s dog and pony show is at a breaking point. But even if membership is tanking, [...]

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  This week in our ‘Scientology Lit’ series, we have an excerpt from BBC reporter John Sweeney’s 2013 book, Church of Fear: Inside the Weird World of Scientology. Sweeney wrote about his experiences making two BBC documentaries about the church, 2007’s “Scientology and Me,” and 2010’s “The Secrets of Scientology.” In this chapter, he’s [...]

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[Sen. Iván Cepeda wants an investigation of Scientology in Colombia]

Our correspondent in Colombia’s capital of Bogotá, who helped us cover the Scientology Ideal Org opening there in 2015, has been keeping an eye on the brewing scandal in that country over Scientology’s relationship with various members of the Colombian national police force.

He tells [...]

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  After yesterday’s disturbing report about a convicted child molester being a featured performer at Scientology’s exclusive “Maiden Voyage” celebrations, we received this sobering report from former Sea Org member and Scientology “technology” expert Sunny Pereira. We think it pairs pretty well with what we learned in yesterday’s story.

I can tell stories from [...]

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  Our thanks to the tipster who sent us pages from the newest copy of Impact magazine, the publication of the International Association of Scientologists.

There are a few things of note in this issue, but one that really jumped out at us was a report from this year’s Maiden Voyage celebration aboard [...]

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[Mitchell Rogovin]

We’re curious to see how today’s document hits you. You may cheer at the sight of a top US government lawyer putting the word “church” in quote marks when he refers to Scientology, but when we finished reading this letter, we were angry.

This is a letter written in 1966 — more than [...]

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  Peter Bonyai asked us if we’d seen a three-year-old video put out by Scientology which features one of our favorite performers, Scientology’s in-house hip hop giant, Chill EB. We told him we weren’t sure, but we really didn’t need much excuse to visit it again as long as the Chillmaster was in it.

[...]
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  Rod Keller has another sobering look at what Scientology’s “Volunteer Ministers” are really up to…

The Carr fire has been burning in Northern California since July 25. It’s a large and destructive fire, and despite the work of thousands of firefighters it’s no more than 37 percent contained. Redding, California remains at risk [...]

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[Ron Miscavige and Becky Bigelow]

We have another treat for you in our ‘Scientology Lit’ series. Ron Miscavige has generously allowed us to post an entire chapter from his book Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me, which he wrote with Dan Koon. Ron sent us the key chapter when he and his wife, [...]

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  It’s the dog days of summer, and we beg your patience as we take a break from our usual serious approach to the news for this imagined Scientology report on our recent travels…

EYES ONLY

OPERATION UK HAYWIRE

Subject landed Saturday at Gatwick and was in London by 2 pm, then tried [...]

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[Like stolen valor, but stupider.]

We are shocked to learn that a public relations stunt involving the leader of the Church of Scientology and a retired Colombian national police general which took place earlier this year on the island of Barbados turns out be a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery [...]

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  Our thanks again to Rasha, who sped the latest copy of International Scientology News to us. You’ll be thrilled to hear that this issue contains startling information about Scientology’s new television network!

But first, we know you will want to see the latest portrait of church leader David Miscavige doing his usual pose [...]

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  What a rare treat we have for you today, thanks to an alert tipster who snapped these photos in Los Angeles recently near the “Big Blue” Scientology headquarters.

Experts we’ve consulted tell us there’s no question this is some actual Scientology voodoo happening out in the open, which we’ve rarely seen captured.

[...]
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  Sunny Pereira has come through with a great treat for us today. It’s her Scientology “passport,” and we have it complete for you.

A Scientology passport? Yeah, we weren’t familiar with it either. But we’re sure glad Sunny managed to save hers. We asked her to help us understand what it was.

[...]
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Rod Keller has a great update for us about Scientology’s Ideal Org program around the globe…

Scientology continues its drive to renovate or relocate every single Scientology org to be a new and improved “Ideal Org.” Scientology believes in balance among its continents, and the theory is that opening Ideal Orgs globally will [...]

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  We have a real treat this week in our ongoing ‘Scientology Lit’ series. It’s a full chapter from Robert Dam’s book The Defector: After 20 years in Scientology. Robert gives us a look inside Scientology’s operation in Copenhagen, its headquarters in Europe, where he spent some of his 20 years in Scientology before [...]

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[Kristi Bouck went Clear in 2015]

In 2015, our correspondent Rod Keller posted at his own website a photo from Scientology’s South Coast mission in Orange County, California (see above). It featured a young woman named Kristi Bouck showing off a document indicating that she had attested to “Clear.”

The state of Clear was the [...]

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[Paulette, right, and her sister Suzy, at a Belgian orphanage]

Paulette Cooper, the “Unbreakable Miss Lovely” herself, turns 76 today, and she has an amazing update for us. We are so in awe of this lady.

  Here’s my birthday update: It’s been an incredible few months, all while you and I have been completing [...]

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[Guardian’s Office execs Jane Kember and David Gaiman talk to the BBC in 1968]

We’re thrilled to have another well-researched piece by historian Chris Owen, who today is marking a major milestone in Scientology history on its anniversary…

  Fifty years ago today on 25 July 1968, the United Kingdom became the first country in [...]

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[David Miscavige during Maiden Voyage]

A couple of weeks ago, we posted some images from this year’s “Maiden Voyage” celebration in the Caribbean. Over three weeks, the faithful at local orgs get a chance to watch some video from the event. On this past Saturday, it was “IAS Night” on L. Ron Hubbard Way in [...]

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[Efrem’s ice cream dates]

The day after we reported last week on the ordeal of 75-year-old Efrem Logreira — who says the Church of Scientology ran up charges on his credit cards for courses he would never take, and which cost him thousands in interest payments — he heard from the church in a letter [...]

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[Laura D, from her Facebook account]

After nine years of characteristic scorched-earth legal maneuvering which included numerous appeals and delays and long-shot Hail Mary passes, Scientology has finally chickened out of actually going through a trial over the forced-abortion allegations of Laura DeCrescenzo. The two sides hammered out a settlement to end the case before [...]

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  Last week we published a report from an eyewitness at the third “Maiden Voyage” event held on L. Ron Hubbard Way at Scientology’s “Big Blue” headquarters in Los Angeles. This week, our inside source was once again in attendance Saturday night when the fourth Maiden Voyage event took place. Our source had some [...]

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  Regular correspondent Jeffrey Augustine has a rather startling discovery to share with us…

It’s December 2, 1993, and in Colombia’s city of Medellin, in the Los Olivos residential district, the world’s wealthiest and most violent drug dealer is hiding out in a nondescript two-story home. The man is the notorious Pablo Escobar, whose [...]

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  Rod Keller compares Scientology’s approach in two very different places where it plans to “expand” in the near future…

According to L. Ron Hubbard policy, Scientology’s “fourth dynamic” campaigns are intended to “safepoint” an area in order to establish a Scientology organization there. But two examples will illustrate how irrelevant safepointing actually is. [...]

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[Efrem Logreira]

Earlier this year, we first heard from Efrem Logreira, who shared with us a letter he had sent to the Church of Scientology.

The letter was stunning. In it, Logreira, who is now 75, described making the long drive this past December from Palm Springs to the Scientology New Year’s Event being held [...]

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  Our Saturday ‘Scientology Lit’ series continues with a glimpse of Sands Hall’s richly penned memoir, Flunk. Start.: Reclaiming My Lost Decade in Scientology. Sands, a veteran musician and writing instructor, may not have been a Sea Org member or high-ranking Scientology executive, but we found her book to be one of the best [...]

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[Judge James D. Whittemore]

Judge James D. Whittemore has ruled that Luis and Rocio Garcia will have to live with the kangaroo court Scientology put them through in the name of religious arbitration.

The Garcias, a California couple, sued the Church of Scientology in Whittemore’s Tampa federal court in 2013 over allegations that they had [...]

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[Laura DeCrescenzo and David Miscavige]

We have some updates for you from Laura DeCrescenzo’s forced-abortion case as it rapidly approaches its August 13 trial date.

A week ago, we told you that Scientology’s attorneys were scrambling to deal with a last-minute surprise from Laura’s legal team — she had filed a “notice to appear” requiring [...]

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[Kay Rowe]

Continuing with our Saturday series of book excerpts, we’re happy to give you a substantial look at Kay Rowe’s book Over the Edge: A Pawn in the Scientology Money Machine, which came out last year. She is giving us a look at the world of asking other Scientologists for money, which is a [...]

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