Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review

Volume 10, Issue 9 - March 4 2006

University of Ottawa, Canada: Scientology - a Religion Unmasked

On February 26, 2006 the "Fulcrum" a publication of the University of Ottawa (Canada) featured an expose:

Feature: Scientology: A religion unmasked
Written by Joshua Zanin, Fulcrum Staff

Scientology: A religion unmasked
How a prolific pulp writer built a religion of millions? and why it continues to be an enigma

Earlier this year, Tom Cruise graced the covers of nearly every supermarket tabloid, sparking wild speculation about the nature of his relationship with then-26-year-old starlet Katie Holmes. The two have since become engaged, and she is pregnant with his child. It was Cruise?s behaviour on the Oprah Winfrey Show that catapulted the actor across the court of public opinion, where he went from pin-up hunk to erratic, love-struck puppy dog. At roughly the same time, Cruise publicly criticized fellow actor and one-time co-star Brooke Shields for her use of the prescription medication Paxil, which she took to curb post-partum depression. Later, in an interview with Today Show host Matt Lauer, Cruise argued with the host over the validity of psychiatry.


A quick search of the Internet provides a wealth of links to stories detailing the Church's efforts to suppress damaging information?accounts disturbing not only in their content but also for their volume. Attacks on those voicing their opinions against Scientology have included the extreme, wire taps, surveillance by third-party private investigators, and physical intimidation?as well as the mundane. In the 70s, the Church filed lawsuits against libraries in Hamilton and Etobicoke for making books critical of Scientology available on their shelves.



Scientology-related videos

Grace Aaron posted:

I have received quite a bit of positive response from a number of people about my video interviews of Dave Sweetland, Kelly Blanpied and Patty Braine. Old friends are reconnecting with one another, too, due to these videos.

Over 1,000 people have accessed my interview with Dave Sweetland alone. That one was available before the others.

Please pass on the link to our website:

I hope it leads to a spirited debate about this subject.


Mark Bunker posted:

"Dancing is Boston" is just one of a dozen or so titles just added to Google Video.
Click on "More from this User" to see all the titles. Some other titles are yet to be vetted and approved but should go live soon.

Feel free to download them to your IPods.


[Mary DeMoss-Panton Go-Round on GOOGLE Video]

The Executive Director of the CCHR, Florida can be seen spinning wildly at 17:45:


[New from XENU TV: Rita Cosby Live, MSNBC; related to Rolling Stone Magazine article]

Here is the interview with Janet Reitman and Mike Rinder.

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Post Rolling Stone Magazine interview on MSNBC, feedback

On February 28, 2006 MSNBC reporter Rita Cosby on the segment, "Live & Direct" interviewed author Janet Reitman, (Rolling Stone Magazine) and Scientology Mike Rinder. The interview followed the publication of the Rolling Stone Magazine story of February 23: "Inside Scientology"

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[MSNBC transcript transcript at: ]


"Phineas Fogg" posted:

On MSNBC, just now, Rita asked Rinder about "disconnection", and is this really happening.

Rinder flat out denied that this takes place, and that people have a "misconception".

If you have been disconnected from by a Scientology friend or family member, why not email Rita and tell her your story.

IF Rinder had not lied, from the bottom of my heart, I would not have posted this post, but this lying business simply must be addressed, and the public must know the truth.

Scientology, if you are reading this, I'm sorry, but the truth must be known.

[e-mail address]

And for those of you who have a hard time being respectful of Scientology, won't you please try, at least for a moment when you email Rita?


Grace Aaron posted:

Thank you for posting this, Phineas. I have just e-mailed Rita the link to our website:


William Barwell posted transcripts and a commentary:

Rita Cosby Live & Direct' for Feb. 27

Updated: 10:56 a.m. ET Feb. 28, 2006

Guests: Warren Riley, Oliver Thomas, Bobby Jindal, Janet Reitman, Mike Rinder, Robin Leach, Len Leeds, Chris Gibson, Denny King

RITA COSBY, HOST: Good evening, everybody. Tonight, we're going to take you inside the secret of Church of Scientology. Do members really speak their own language? And what's this talk about alien life? Details on the true faith of an estimated 10 million followers and the fear by some who have left.

COSBY: ... by Mike Rinder. He's the executive director of the Church of Scientology International Office of Special Affairs.

Mr. Rinder, what are, what are the biggest misconceptions about, do you think Janet hit it on the head, or do you think there are misconceptions out there?

Oh, I think there a lot of misconceptions, Rita. I think that probably the biggest misconception is that it's difficult to find out about Scientology. In fact, it's very easy. Anybody can walk into a bookstore, anybody can walk into a library, get a book by L. Ron Hubbard and find out all about Scientology. It's one of the things that makes Scientology so accessible, in fact, is that everything is written. Mr. Hubbard wrote a lot of books, and they contain the basic principles and the fundamental beliefs and practices of Scientology, and anybody can find out about them.

Lie #1. Libraries and bookstore are not going to have much about Scientology's real teachings, the OT materials, and fundamental beliefs such as Xenu, BTs, and basic policies such as Disconnection, fairgame, and other policies and practices. Very little of this is written. Nor wil Scientology be honest asked point blank about the real techings and policies of Scientology.

COSBY: Can you be a Scientologist and practice other religions, like Judaism or Catholicism? Can you practice others?

RINDER: Well, sure you can, although I think that the fundamental principles of Scientology are all-encompassing. They're pan-denominational. They are concepts of one's wellbeing as a spiritual being, how to attain spiritual enlightenment, how to attain spiritual happiness and how to deal with problems in the day-to-day world. So you know, anybody can apply those principles.

Lie #2. Scientology disparages other religions, including Christianity, which is claimed to be based on memory implants 75 million uears ago by Xenu, the so called R-6 bank implants. Many upper level Scientologists have been strongly encouraged to drop all Christian religious beliefs, this is called "mixing practices". Christians have been forced to go to "Ethics" as "resistive cases" to be threatened with expulsion if they do not drop their Christian religion.


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BioFriendly gets the boot in Texas

On February 28, 2006 "David Touretzky" posted:

Scientologist Bob Carroll's diesel emissions scam may have been run off the road. After BioFriendly failed to meet two state-imposed deadlines to submit further testing data, Dallas TV station WFAA Channel 8 reports that its product, Green Plus, is being de-certified by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as a diesel emissions reduction technology, and its use will not be authorized in the state after April 1.

You can watch the February 17, 2006 video report and read more about this scandal here:

No wonder Scientology hates the Internet.

-- Dave Touretzky: "99.5% isopropyl alcohol, 0.5% bullshit."

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Research: FBI Document on Dianetics scanned

On February 28, 2006 "Roger Gonnet" posted:

(I did not find it into the FBI Files on, so, I corrected the OCR done from the very bad copies of original)


"Memorandum United States Government FILE DATE: 9 February 1961 Appraisal Section
MS:12180 .
A reviewof available Office of Security material, including SSD File #156409J concerning the Hubbard Research Foundation reflects varied information concerning HASI. HASI is an international offshoot of the Dianetics movement founded by L. Ron HUBBARD * ,


Some of the extremists among the Dianetic practitioners believed that all diseases,including cancer and heart trouble, could be cured or avoided if a person was "clean" The practitioner who professed to help an individual attracted to Dianetics sought total recall during sessions with results some-times induced through the use of deep hypnosis. However, hypnosis, as such, was not used. The idea was to assist the "patient" through an unspecified technique possibly involving auto-suggestion, to remember every experience in his life, particularly those below the conscious level that worked against the well being of the individual. In the course of this processing, people were sometimes brought back-to what they claimed was a previous, existence- (ala Bridey Murphy).


Extensive Information, including exhibits, concerning the Dianetics/Scicntology movement is contained in SSD File #156409. PSD* File xxxxxx contains information contained in CSC files concerning the/(Colorado Institute on-Humanics, Dlanetics and Scientology. A confidential source advised CSC as follows:

"The mystery surrounding this Colorado Springs Organization (.Colorado Institute_of humanics.) and indications of some connection with Dianetics, recall to mind the ill-fated Allied Scientists of the World, (MS/-2000) which opened briefly in Denver and fled when exposed by the Better Business Bureau.


Another CSC informant reported as follows:
"As I understand it and many of their group have tried to convert rac to dianetics, dianetics is a combination of Yoga plus Christian Science, plus Psychology, plus free love, plus the release of inhibitions, and that their top individuals are known as Auditors. However, I would hesitate to recommend anyone associated in this group for employment involving national Scecurity. I heard that these people used hypnosis or carbon dioxide gas or some barbiturates to remove inhibitions and recorded questions and answers on some kind of recording machine tape and sent these tapes to various people for psychoanalysis."


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Hello, My name is Patty Pieniadz

On March 1, 2006 "Patty Pieniadz" posted:

My name is Patty Pieniadz, I am an Ex-Scientologist and I've been an n and off lurker on a.r.s. for a couple of years.

After reading what OSA has been doing to Chuck Beatty and witnessing is strength and courage, I have decided to delurk and tell my stories.

This post is my "short story". I have written up more of my stories in Scn and will post them soon.

I became involved with Scn in 1973 at the Narconon program in New London, Connecticut. I was 18 years old at the time. I had been accepted to the University of Connecticut but I dropped out and joined the VISTA volunteers, which was a sort of a Peace Corps program for the impoverished areas of the US.


[Stealing trash for OSA]

It's been a long time since I stole some trash for the Church of Scientology's Office of Special Affairs (OSA). In Scientology, stealing trash is called the D line. Both the Guardian's Office (GO) and the Office of Special Affairs (OSA) liked to use euphemisms to rename those activities that tended to be shady or offensive to people outside of the shadowy world of Scientology. I worked for both.


Comment from a poster:

Heh heh... some people really have a lot of time.

I just imagine scientology scanning / photographing every piece of paper in his trash :)

Another comment:

Congratulations on being out :)


[The harassment of Bob Minton]

For a while, Bob Minton was number one on Scientology's enemies list.

The Church was fairly convinced that Bob was a PDH'd ( psych case (someone that's been treated by a psychiatrist) that was somehow involved in a conspiracy and given millions to destroy Scientology. Per LRH policy, Minton must have some very serious "crimes" to be so critical of Scientology and it was OSA's responsibility to find and expose those "crimes" and shut him up.


I was an OSA invest volunteer during Bob Minton's "Reign of Terror" on the church and I'm not going to discuss the pro's and con's of Bob Minton, but rather my participation in harassing him for the Church of Scientology.


[Welcome, Patty Pieniadz!]

... So rock on, Patty P! Every post you make will be another bee sting in Scientology's festering hide. And enough bees can bring down any animal.

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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom dating Scientology?

On March 1, 2006 the San Francisco Chronicle reported:

[Newsom's latest affair of the heart could turn into political heartburn]

Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is certainly feeling his oats these days -- although, truth be told, his latest jaunt with "CSI: Miami" star Sofia Milos is giving some of his advisers a case of political heartburn.


On Newsom's agenda: a little visit with his new actress friend, then off with her to the Beverly Hilton to attend the annual dinner of the Citizens Commission for Human Rights.

It all sounded innocuous enough, until someone found out that the Citizens Commission for Human Rights had been co-founded by the Church of Scientology to expose ethical violations by psychiatrists and to raise questions about the use of psychiatric medicines.

Until now, Newsom hasn't appeared to be an acolyte of L. Ron Hubbard. Milos, however, is quite a proponent of Scientology, and has spoken out in support of legislation to stop the psychiatric drugging of children.

Apparently none of it fazed Newsom, because off he went -- leaving those close to him wondering when photos and news items about "Scientology Mayor" might start popping up.


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SF Mayor May Soon Regret Dating Actress
READ MORE: Scientology, politics We're really not much for the political tongue-wagging, especially involving NorCal politics, but someone forwarded us this story about San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom's jaunt to LA with current fling Sofia Milos of CSI: Miami, which included a trip to hang with everyone's favorite Scientology-sponsored, anti-psychiatry attack-dog group:


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An Academy Awards 'Dear Jon Stewart'

On March 1, 2006 the Helena Independent Review (Montana) reported:

By Peter Bovingdon

Dear Jon Stewart: I am so happy you are hosting the Academy Awards. I am a big fan. I love your show, but I have noticed sometimes you are sarcastic and make fun of people in the world of politics. I hope you aren't planning to make fun of any Hollywood stars.

(If you have a chance, could you try to get some of them talking about topics that concern me? For example, the other day I was in the checkout line at the supermarket and saw an article on the cover of one of those magazines titled "marriage tips from the stars.")


Also I am very confused by the mental health information I have been getting on TV. Brooke Shields was cute as a button in "Blue Lagoon," and she said postpartum depression is for real. I think Tom Cruise is going to be at the Awards. He told Matt Lauer he knows the real history of psychiatry and from his tone, Jon, it didn't sound so good.

Like I always say - how often do you get the chance to hear from an Operating Thetan about the true history of the evil beings known as Psychs who are really members of the fifth galactic invader force?

Jon, I know it may not be hip these days to believe that an extraterrestrial tyrant named Xenu enslaved humanity with his evil psychic influence 75 million years ago. Sure, to it may seem quaint and old-fashioned to think that the cunning Xenu infested human souls with hundreds of alien spirits by paralyzing them and showing them horrific movies just like that poor guy in "Clockwork Orange."


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German translations of critical Scientology books

On March 1, 2006 "James" posted:


I just finished the translation of Margery Wakefield's autobiography "Testimony" to German.

The link can be found here: [pdf file] [pdf file]

Sometime ago I translated Bob Penny's "Social Control in Scientology" to German.
Links are here: [pdf file] [pdf file]

And here is RVY important posting about the death of hubbard in German: [pdf file]

All files are in pdf format.

I want to encourage German readers of this board to read, forward and/or link these files.

And thanks a lot to Mike Gormez and Dave Touretzky for hosting the translations !!

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Cruise and Pellicano

The following was quoted from the New York Post on March 2, 2006.

March 2, 2006 -- LOS ANGELES - The FBI wants to grill Tom Cruise and his hot-shot divorce lawyer as part of its ever-widening probe against disgraced Hollywood gumshoe Anthony Pellicano, sources said yesterday.

Cruise might be linked to Pellicano through powerful L.A. entertainment lawyer Terry Christensen, a partner in the Century City firm Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & Shapiro.

Christensen, working for billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, allegedly paid Pellicano more than $100,000 to wiretap his ex-wife, former tennis pro Lisa Bonder, during a contentious child-support fight in the spring of '02.



News from Venezuela

"Venezuela: Infiltration of Education and Tourism ministries by Scientology?" was posted on February 28, 2006 from

Between the sessions of January 29 to February 13, 2006, of our Bolivarian Circle of Studies "El Momoy" in Chiguara, Merida State, we have been compelled to investigate the subject of the appearance in Venezuela, of a brochure named "The Road to Happiness," written by the founder of the "Church of Scientology ," L. Ronald Hubbard, and edited and distributed in Venezuelan territory by the Ministry Of Education in tandem with the National Guard.

The first thing that we have found is, that the mentioned brochure is part of a project named "Parcel of Ethics and Integrity," consisting of eight books and acquirable for the modest price of 426 dollars with 75 cents, that contains, among others, an Introduction to Scientology's ethics, as informed by the web page of the Worldwide Institute of Enterprises of the Scientology or "World Institute of Scientology Enterprises."

Whoever wants to only acquire the very "Road to Happiness" in hard cover, will have to pay nothing more than 43 dollars with 75 cents, and whoever wants to get this "moral code of common sense" in its simple brochure version and has not been lucky enough that the Ministry Of Education or the National Guard had given it to him/her as a present, will obtain it anyway almost given away, that is, for 17 dollars with 50 cents a dozen.

The entity that manages the ultimate wisdom in Scientology here in Venezuela, is the "Road to Happiness" Foundation , whose most emblematic representative is the Venezuelan actress Ruddy Rodriguez, who seems to constitute the link between the Foundation and the Venezuelan State's entities, like the Ministry Of Education and Ministry of Tourism, that dictate workshops on ethics and moral values with the backing of the same foundation under the coordination of Ruddy Rodriguez

In relation to her activities and encounters with president Chavez, we have found out that Rodriguez affirms the following: " I am one of the representatives of the Road to Happiness Foundation that has seat at almost 28 countries in the world. We take workshops of culture, values sampling, we visit jails. Last year I was in Central America with several first ladies. ... I am going to tell that I have seen Hugo Chavez only three times in my life. The first time, during a public activity in a baseball game. The second time it did was a private one. I attended Miraflores' Palace because of my work in the Road to Happiness Foundation . The last time it was also public at The International Fair of Tourism in Venezuela "

In order to know what the Scientology Organization says about itself, we have looked at its web page and have found an article entitled "What does Scientology does for society?," in which they affirm that the Scientology Church's members are dedicated to programs of social improvement and that they provide help in a large number of activities in all of society. In these programs and activities they are using the discoveries and the technology of L. Ronald Hubbard with the object of "remedying conflicts or disorders, improving communication, solving problems in studying, to restore personal integrity, and even managing failure practically in each aspect of life.


... we have found the following, based on a report of intelligence, emitted by The State Office of Protection of the Constitution of the German's Federal State of Baden Württemberg, dated July 2003.


In 1978, a French court sentenced a charge of fraud against Hubbard, and after his death in January, 1986, "scientiologists" from different countries still came into conflict with the law because of their anti-ethical practices of circulation of their doctrine and because of many criminal activities. However, under the tough direction of the new president of the organization, David Miscavige, the organization of Scientology could evolve into a network including "churches," businesses and other organizations.

About Scientology's doctrine as such and according to the above-mentioned intelligence report, we have been able to notice that there is a "theoretical" body with more than twenty thousand pages about methods and techniques for "social management" by "scientiologists," whose essence consists in establishing a rigid system of mental control. By means of a strict review and rigid methods of discipline every individual is assigned with a determined "ethical state" by some kind of "personal statistics."


Besides, and according to the intelligence reports mentioned above, the very auditing consists of a mixture of interrogations and psychological and hypnotic techniques made by the "auditor" in order to clear his/her "patient's" mind. During auditing, the "patient" is connected to an "e-meter" or skin resistance gage, better known as "lies detector." The interrogation of the "patient" includes speaking about "taboo" subjects like his/her sexuality and any secret saved inside his/her psyche, as well as coercion to reveal the identity of people whom they trust, which leads to a total and full transparency not just of the "patient" in question, but also his/her social personal environment as well. The transparency obtained in the auditing sessions make the "patients" highly vulnerable and potentially "bribable" individuals.

The meticulous record of the interrogations in the form of uncountable minutes reveals, moreover, a data collecting and storing activity by the Organization of Scientology that would turn green with envy any government spying and intelligence organism operating in the world.

According to the same intelligence report that we have consulted, Hubbard, in a lecture about the foundations of "auditing" speaks about the possibilities of exerting political power by it, and encourages the auditors to lose all their restrictions in order to investigate the most intimate secrets of their "patients" mercilessly. Hubbard starts from the assumption that only the "transparent man" can lead us to the road toward an absolutely conflict-free society.

By auditing Scientology tries to exert a total control on its members by obtaining some kind of "psychological X-ray plate" of every one of them.


In an "orientation letter" exclusively addressed to the leaders within the organization, and re-published after his death under the management of David Miscavige, Hubbard identifies the following 7 program targets:

  1. To discredit the enemy to the point of ruining it;
  2. To take control of or to gain the loyalty of high placed executives or media owners;
  3. To take control of or to obtain the loyalty of well-known key politicians;
  4. To take control of or to obtain the loyalty of those who monitor international finances;
  5. To revitalize, as a whole, the societies in which the organization operates;
  6. To obtain an overwhelming public support for its own cause;
  7. To win over similar groups as allies.

In the face of this catalog we ascertained, that most of the goals described here fully match with the modus operandi of the CIA worldwide, especially concerning its low intensity war activities and its discrediting campaigns against governments determined as "being hostile" toward US "national security interests".


We recall, within this context, and concerning Venezuela, that Ruddy Rodriguez, acting as a scientologist and as a representative of "The Road to Happiness Foundation," seems to have won the loyalty or sympathy of the ministries of education and tourism, or at last of high officials within those ministries; we have deduced this from the fact of the distribution of the scientologists' moral code and the carrying out of workshops concerning the same subject, promoted by the "Road to Happiness Foundation" together with the Venezuelan ministries of education and tourism.

Concerning the organizational structure of Scientology worldwide we have found many sob-organizations taking part in it, all of them operating inside a hierarchical structure whose center of power is the "Religious Technology Center" (CTR) in Los Angeles, USA. Apart from its public facade which is the institution of a "church" and that operates together with a series of organizations of social "reform" or "aid."

Scientology has many little known organizations like an own intelligence service named "Office of Special Affairs," aimed to monitor, discredit, fight and silence the critics towards its organization. Besides, there is some kind of paramilitary organization to educate militant chiefs named "Sea Org" (which operates inside and from ships), with the mission to break any resistance against the global expansion of Scientology.

Finally, Scientology has a spearhead in the business world, aimed at gaining high executives in the fields of economy and finances worldwide, the so called "WISE," World Institute of Scientology Enterprises.

About its penetration or infiltration of the business world, maybe the most controversial and known case is the Executive Software enterprise, who belongs to the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises, who made a software component for Windows 2000 with potential spying abilities, being a "defragmentation" program with access to all data of any hard disk in which Windows 2000 is installed.

Confronted with such a reality, obtained through the reading and study of many documents on the Internet, we, in our scientific and philosophic Bolivarian study group have asked ourselves once more: how it is possible that the Venezuelan education and tourism ministries are promoting, through brochures and workshops, the "cause" of Scientology instead of promoting the so necessary revolutionary consciousness to consolidate the Bolivarian Revolution and to defend it against so many ideological deviations that currently are inflicting profound spiritual damage?

In our way of acting and thinking the very last things we need at this moment are "Operative Thetans"; what we truly need are conscious revolutionaries, who know where they are standing, what are the dangers we are facing in 2006 (among others the infiltration of stupid things like Scientology), and how to confront them successfully.


13th of March approaching

On March 3, 2006 Dave T. posted:


If y'all can tear yourselves away from arguing with net kooks and trying to outspam the CoS spambots, I'd like to call something to your attention.

March 13 is less than 2 weeks away. This historic date is:

Do not let these dates go un-observed! Start planning now, so that suitable commemoration can be made.


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Purification scam

On March 1, 200, "scientologate" posted: "Another person with a Braintumor ripped off by COS"


So I met this young lady from the Netherlands. She had huge headaches and they of course sold her the Purification Rundown and lots of auditing. She just got a bigger and bigger headache and she went mad of pain. They ripped her of a lot of money but as unprofessional as they are they never managed to create a real product.

Then in the end she ended up in the hospital, almost dead, but they found out what was wrong and operated her. They took out a tumor as big as a tennis ball. No wonder she had such a huge headache.



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