Ex-Rep. Foley Checks in to Alcohol Rehab
Former Congressman Mark Foley Checks in to Rehab for Alcoholism Treatment
By LARA JAKES JORDAN
WASHINGTON Oct 2, 2006 (AP)— Former Rep. Mark Foley, under FBI investigation for e-mail exchanges with teenage congressional pages, has checked himself into rehabilitation facility for alcoholism treatment and accepts responsibility for his actions, his attorney acknowledged Monday.
The attorney, David Roth, would not identify the facility, but told an Associated Press reporter in Florida that Foley had checked into a facility over the weekend.
"I strongly believe that I am an alcoholic and have accepted the need for immediate treatment for alcoholism and other behavioral problems," Foley said in a statement, Roth confirmed to the AP.
Foley abruptly quit Congress on Friday after reports surfaced that he'd sent sexually charged electronic messages to boys working as congressional pages.
On October 2, 2006 Muckracker.com reported:
Foley Scandal: Enter the Scientologists
By Justin Rood - October 2, 2006, 11:37 AM
Here's a twist: disgraced former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) had a more-than-passing acquaintance with the Church of Scientology, reports Wayne Garcia, political editor for the Tampa, Fla. alt-weekly, Creative Loafing.
Four or five years ago, Garcia found himself at a party at the Scientology Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, Calif.
"There that night were Beck, Giovanni Ribisi, Doug E. Fresh, Mark Isham, Danny Masterson, and Erika Christensen, among others," Garcia wrote in Blurbex.com, a blog by the Creative Loafing Tampa staff:
Milling in the crowd before the gala began, however, I literally ran into Congressman Foley, who I recognized from some political consulting I had done down in West Palm Beach. I didn't get a chance to chat with him or ask what he was doing there before being swept away in a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd.
"One thing I can say," Garcia said: "he was not escorted by a young boy."
In 2003, the Scientologists threw Foley a fundraiser in support of his short-lived Senate bid, Garcia noted. (You can see a pic and a blurb here.) They presented him with "leatherbound copies of Dianetics and The Way to Happiness," according to the group's newsletter.
On October 2, 2006 Wonkette's Blog reported:
Gay sex with children, underage drinking, gross e-mails and IMs, Congress, the Republicans, Macaca, rehab ... you were probably thinking there was no possible way this story could get better. Oh ye of little faith, how about a heaping helping of Scientology?
First, our trusty Scientology Investigator sent us this detail: "Foley sent his 'Gone to Detox Mansion' fax from Clearwater, Florida. Are there any rehab joints there that aren't run by Scientology? Remember, that's the same cult that says they can 'cure' homosexuality...."
Let's investigate, after the jump.
Clearwater is known as the town Scientology built ... or at least the town Scientology almost completely redeveloped. Clearwater is also home to Narconon, L. Ron Hubbard's homemade rehab program.
And it turns out Foley was no stranger in Clearwater.
At a 2003 Scientology meeting, Foley gave a speech and was photographed happily accepting "leatherbound copies of Dianetics and The Way to Happiness."
In 1999, Foley joined three other Scientology-friendly politicians in condemning Germany for outlawing Scientology - German law is very strict about cults, because of previous problems.
The Clearwater Scientologists also held a fund-raiser for Foley's aborted Senate run; he dropped out after the gay thing was mentioned.
And on Friday, the Creative Loafing blog in Tampa reported that Foley attended a Scientology gala in Los Angeles five years ago.
On October 4, 2006 the New York Post reported:
http://www.nypost.com/seven/10042006/news/nationalnews/anti_gay_scientologists_backed_mark_nationalnews_niles_lathem_and_ian_bishop.htm [long link]
ANTI-GAY SCIENTOLOGISTS BACKED MARK
By NILES LATHEM and IAN BISHOP
October 4, 2006 -- WASHINGTON - Mark Foley, who resigned from Congress because he got caught sending sexually suggestive e-mails to teenage male pages, had a political relationship with the very anti-gay Church of Scientology, it was revealed yesterday.
The controversial cult-like church has major operations in Clearwater, Fla., which just happens to be in Foley's district.
The group also hosted a fund-raiser for Foley in May 2003 when he was considering a Senate run.
It posted photographs of a smiling Foley posing with key Scientology officials who presented him with a copy of founder L. Ron Hubbard's tome "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health."
That book defines "homosexuality" as a "sexual perversion."
Although he never officially came out of the closet, that Foley was gay was one of the worst-kept secrets in Washington.
A spokeswoman for the church did not return calls seeking comment.
On October 5, 2006 Radar Online reported:
Scientology Scrubs Foley From Its Site
Mark Foley's press is so bad, even the Scientologists want nothing to do with him. Following speculation that the disgraced ex-congressman was receiving treatment for alcoholism at a Scientology-run rehab center in Clearwater, Florida, the Church's Flag Service Organization has removed a photo of Foley from its website.
A cached version of the page shows Foley accepting leather-bound copies of two books by Scientology founder L. Ron HubbardDianetics and The Way to Happinessfrom a Church official at a brunch hosted by the Clearwater Business Association. The Flag Service Organization is a religious retreat for Scientologists, while the Clearwater Business Association appears to be a front group designed to give the Church easier access to politicians.
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Blogs have been buzzing with stories about a brunch held for former Congressman Mark Foley at clam hdqrs in Clearwater. These blogs all link to a ScientologyTM article with photo of Foley receiving a leather-bound copy of Dianetics. But now the clams have eliminated the part on the page that discussed Foley. Is as if the luncheon never occurred! Thanks to some web magic we've been able to restore the original manuscript and have published an article on ScientologyTM's penchant for rewriting history at:
Hello all you clam watchers from
"If David Miscavage can go to his deposition as Admiral Farragut, then Keith Henson can go as Bozo The Clown"
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On October 4, 2006 Boing Boing reported:
http://boingboing.net/2006_10_01_archive.html [corrected link]
Foley and Scientology: disgraced congressman linked to CoS?
Here's a snip from a post on citynoise.org:
There's this, from CNN.com:
"An attorney for Foley, a Florida Republican, confirmed Monday that the former congressman is in an alcoholism treatment center. The fax was apparently sent from Clearwater, Florida, but Roth would not say if that's where Foley is being treated."
So, apparently Foley has gone to a detox center in Clearwater, Fl. What's in Clearwater? Scientologists! So, I followed my intuition and did a little Googling, thinking perhaps Foley is drying out with the Sea Org there. This is what I uncovered:
"FLORIDA CONGRESSMAN ACCEPTS SCIENTOLOGY AWARD
On May 24, 2003, the "Clearwater Business Association" hosted a brunch in the Fort Harrison’s Ballroom, for Florida Congressman Mark Foley (R).
Also present at this event was "Republican State committee woman" Nancy Riley. Foley is featured on a Scientology web page promoting their anti-psychiatry front group C.C.H.R. ("Citizen's Comission on Human Rights"). The "Clearwater Business Association" (C.B.A.) appears to be primarily a way to bring politicians into the Scientology fold, by way of Scientologist Brett Miller (second from left in photo below). The primary affiliations of the C.BA.appear to be Scientology, W.I.S.E., and C.C.H.R., and not local businesses."
web.tampabay.rr.com/sp/FLA.html (scroll down)
WTF. Hold me, I'm scared.
Link. Image: "...Mary Story from the Church of Scientology and Brett Miller from the Clearwater Businessman's Association present leatherbound copies of Dianetics and The Way to Happiness to Republican State Committee woman Nancy Riley and Congressman Mark Foley..." (Thanks James Home and Shelly Rae Scott)
"Toby Tyler" wrote:
And they've "erased" Foley from the page that the boingboing.net
article points to. Here's the page today:
And here's the Oct. 10, 2004 page as archived by the Wayback Machine:
http://web.archive.org/web/20041010050720/http://www.fso.org/en_US/news-events/pg005.html [long link]
They actually think "1984 Tech" will work????
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On October 4. 2006 "Maggie" posted:
Foley's been erased from FSO website as of this morning:
Compare current to cached versions.
"Out of the Dark" wrote:
So much for trying to hide the facts, COS, lol!!!
WayBack internet archives of originals:
Clearwater Business Association hosts Florida Congressman ( exerpt-Main Page)
http://web.archive.org/web/20050301060617/http://www.scientology-fso.org/index.html [long link]
Clearwater Business Association hosts Florida Congressman (full story link)
http://web.archive.org/web/20050205032011/www.fso.org/en_US/news-events/pg005.html [long link]
This is G o o g l e's cache of http://www.scientology-fso.org/
as retrieved on Sep 26, 2006 20:33:33 GMT.:
http://220.127.116.11/search?q=cache:vzwqRq7uyUMJ:www.scientology-fso.org/+scientology-fso.org/&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=2 [long link]
This is G o o g l e's cache of
as retrieved on Sep 28, 2006 14:47:01 GMT. http://18.104.22.168/search?q=cache:4uerSsljUNcJ:www.fso.org/en_US/news-events/pg005.html+en_US/news-events&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=2 [long link]
Here are just 2 of many fun sites that posted or mirrored the article and pic.
U.S. Congressman Foley Washington, DC : citynoise.org
FLORIDA CONGRESSMAN ACCEPTS SCIENTOLOGY AWARD
The full article page url was linked to almost 300 web pages! Time to spread the cache around!
"Ray Hill" wrote:
With this event, it could be a good time for the media to become curious of the Church of Scientology's practice of "erasing" people, and asks tough questions to the spokeperson of the CoS -- like why high ranking officers Rathbun and McShane were erased despite decades service; or why some members of the Narconon advisory board were erased; why Jeremy Perkins' web site was erased; etc.
http://groups.google.com/group/alt.religion.scientology/browse_thread/thread/5ec1d2b77a414089/ [long link]
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http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-complaint_04met.ART0.North.Edition1.3deea1f.html [long link]
Was woman fired over religion?
Plano: Dentist denies forcing Scientology on worker, as suit alleges
06:37 AM CDT on Wednesday, October 4, 2006
By JEFF MOSIER / The Dallas Morning News
A receptionist for a Plano dentist was forced to study Scientology during mandatory after-work meetings and told to increase business by concentrating on her phone to make it ring, federal officials said.
The accusations of religious discrimination against K. Mike Dossett, who also operates clinics in Frisco and North Dallas, were announced last week when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a federal lawsuit.
Jessica Uretsky of Frisco said she was fired in May 2005 after she refused to adopt the practices of Scientology as instructed by her boss.
"She [Ms. Uretsky] definitely felt that it was a preaching session," EEOC lawyer Suzanne Anderson said of the frequent company meetings.
After the workday ended, Dr. Dossett would often gather employees together to discuss patient goals and office statistics and to read from the book What is Scientology by church founder L. Ron Hubbard, Ms. Anderson said.
"There is no truth to that," Dr. Dossett said about the accusations.
He said he is not a Scientologist, although he does use Mr. Hubbard's system of business management and organizational techniques.
Dr. Dossett said that Ms. Uretsky, who worked for him for slightly more than a month, was fired because of poor job performance.
Ms. Uretsky, 26, couldn't be reached for comment.
An EEOC press release said that any slowdown in business was blamed on a lack of "positive energy" among employees. Ms. Uretsky told federal officials that she was treated worse than other staff members who were Scientologists.
Dr. Dossett said those claims are bizarre since none of his employees are Scientologists. Although he said he never considered himself a Scientologist, Dr. Dossett said he has attended Scientology churches to study Mr. Hubbard's "management technology."
Theresa Dolaway, executive director of the Church of Scientology of Dallas, said that she's familiar with Dr. Dossett and that he is a former member. He and the church "parted ways" around 2001 or 2002, she said.
Ms. Dolaway said the dentist's practices were contrary to the beliefs and teachings of Scientology, but she declined to reveal more details. She laughed when she heard the reports about employees concentrating on phones to make them ring and slow business being attributed to a lack of positive energy.
"That sounds like something he made up," Ms. Dolaway said.
She also said that Scientologists don't try to force their beliefs on others.
"We don't put up with that at all," Ms. Dolaway said. "In fact, usually we will ask people when they come in if they're here because they want to be here."
Ms. Anderson said the last Scientology case dealt with by the Dallas EEOC office involved an Arlington animal clinic. In that case, the EEOC successfully sued the I-20 Animal Medical Center, which required employees to attend Scientology classes.
However, Ms. Anderson said that's not typical of the cases she sees.
"Religious discrimination cases are not unusual," she said. "It's more common for cases where people have religious beliefs, and they ask for an accommodation."
Those cases often involve an employee being unable to work on a Sabbath day or failing to accommodate a particular belief.
Ms. Anderson said a recent EEOC discrimination lawsuit against Razzoo's Cajun Cafe in Mesquite is more typical. In that case, an employee declined to join in singing "Happy Birthday" to customers. Company officials told the server it was part of her job, and the employee, who is a Jehovah's Witness, said it was against her beliefs.
Jehovah's Witnesses consider holidays such as birthdays and Christmas to be un-Christian and do not celebrate them.
Dr. Dossett said he couldn't understand why Ms. Uretsky, who is Jewish, was accusing him of religious discrimination or why the federal government was taking her claims seriously. He said he has never heard complaints from other employees, who have included all races and major religions.
"We probably have the most diverse practice in the city," Dr. Dossett said.
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http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/politics/wire/sns-ap-terror-and-the-mob,1,2117064.story?coll=sns-ap-politics-headlines&ctrack=1&cset=true [long link]
Arthur Solomonyan had claimed to be able to deliver shoulder-fired missiles from his connection in Russian organized crime to the informant, who claimed to have ties to al-Qaida, federal prosecutors said. Solomonyan and 17 others in New York, Florida and California were charged in the case.
Solomonyan is scheduled for trial this month. His lawyer, Seth Ginsberg, said he plans to "vigorously contest" the charges and call the government's confidential informant to the stand to challenge his motives. The Italian, Russian, and Asian mafia remain active, particularly in New York, even though the government has successfully prosecuted numerous figures in recent years.
"Jeff Jacobsen" wrote:
http://fl1.findlaw.com/news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/gunlawsuits/ussolomonyah31505ind.pdf#search=%22solomonyan%22 [long link]
Solomonyan allegedly came into the US on a Scientology Religious Workers Visa, then ran around trying to sell weapons. It makes you wonder why Scientology wasn't keeping an eye on their "religious worker." Or maybe they were?
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See this url for full article:
The fellow mentioned in this article Arthur Solomonyan was mentioned in original news articles as having come to USA on a religious visa as Scientologist!
That Scientology has a close and loving relationship with its current ex-mob-boss criminal attorney turned scientologist Elliot Abelson... pictured above on the Riverside County Courthouse steps after his successful framing of Kieth Henson
And seems like a good time to remind folks what Scientology's Director of special Affair's for San Francisco org said about the FBI:
"The police dept., the FBI and the court system are all suppressive, they are all a bunch of morons and they are down stats and can't get real jobs." Jeffery Quiros - Scientology Executive
Related: The Palme Bombing Sweden
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German police told to target Scientologists
Samuel Loewenberg in Berlin
Sunday October 1, 2006
Germans are being warned of the 'danger' of Scientology amid growing concerns over the numbers of after-school tutoring programmes springing up across the country.
The government has told internal security forces to step up their scrutiny of the movement, claiming that the Scientologists, which they label a cult, are seeking to take advantage of Germany's ailing education system as a means to recruit children. It has prompted US embassy officials to lobby the German government on the sect's behalf.
Police and intelligence agencies have been closely following the activities of the group. State security and educational officials have issued warnings to schools and parents that seemingly innocuous tutoring programmes may be fronts to recruit children and their families.
Scientology-affiliated tutoring programmes have more than tripled in the past 12 months, and there are now estimated to be at least 30 nationwide.
'We know that Scientology is trying to approach students to gain followers,' said Bavarian Interior Minister Gunther Beckstein, who said there were at least eight tutoring programmes connected to Scientology in Bavaria.
Scientology has the legal right to operate as a religion in Germany, though the government has refused it tax-exempt status. 'Scientology is not a religion. It is a business and its aim is to gain power over individuals and try to brainwash them,' Beckstein added. 'We see it as the duty of the state to inform students and parents about the danger of these schools.'
Scientology spokeswoman Sabine Weber said the group was a religious one being persecuted and that fears about tutoring and brainwashing were 'pure invention'. She said she was aware of only one case of a teacher using tutoring as a means to conversion. 'This goes against Scientology doctrine,' she added.
The Church of Scientology, founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, has celebrity adherents including Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Isaac Hayes. It has a reputation for being secretive, wealthy and extremely aggressive in repelling critics. While it claims to have 10 million members worldwide, independent experts estimate the number as closer to 100,000.
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[English translation below]
Un nouveau centre europeen de la Scientologie
La Scientologie tombe le masque. Objectif : prise du pouvoir.
Reunion au sommet. Samedi 8 avril 2006, 13 heures, Bruxelles, Hotel Best Western Carrefour de l’Europe. Plusieurs delegations se precipitent pour assister e une conference hors du commun. Des scientologues venus de Belgique, France, Allemagne, Hollande, Luxembourg et Suisse se bousculent aux portes de l’hotel. Une heure plus tard, quelques centaines de personnes sont reunies dans une des salles du sous-sol. Elles attendent, impatientes, les interventions successives des heros du jour, les cadres europeens de la Scientologie. Le nouveau plan d’expansion de l’Eglise sur le vieux continent est sur le point de leur etre revele. Enfin, un homme se dirige vers l’estrade, se penche vers le micro, et declare en anglais d’une voix forte et convaincue : Nous sommes en guerre ! Le ton est donne. Il ne s’agit pas d’une mauvaise blague.
7000 m2 sous les fenetres du ministre de la Justice !
Trois annees seulement apres le scandale engendre par l’achat d’un batiment 91 rue de la Loi, la Scientologie recidive. L’eglise mere americaine a jete son devolu sur la Belgique. Son centre europeen va etre transfere de Copenhague vers Bruxelles Bruxelles. L’Eglise internationale de Scientologie a les moyens de ses ambitions. Elle est a la tete d’un tresor de guerre colossal, qu’elle ne manque pas de faire fructifier. D’ailleurs, elle vient d’acheter d’autres batiments au 100, 101, 102 et 103 boulevard de Waterloo ! Pas moins de 7000 m2, situés entre le Service public federal de Justice et le Palais de justice …
L’emplacement est aussi strategique que symbolique. Cette nouvelle exceptionnelle est annoncee aux adeptes durant la premiere partie de la reunion. Ce batiment sera deux fois plus grand que la plus grande Eglise de Scientologie en Europe. Il contiendra quatorze pieces reservees a l’audition, et pourra rassembler des centaines de personnes, declare fierement l’orateur. Des images en 3D du batiment sont montrees sur retroprojecteur, sous les applaudissements assourdissants de la foule. Son inauguration en grande pompe devrait avoir lieu au mois d’octobre. La conference ne s’arrete pas la. L’implantation immobiliere des scientologues n’est qu’une premiere etape dans leur projet d’infiltrer les institutions europeennes.
En route vers le pouvoir
En effet, les scientologues sont en train d’essayer de programmer une conference sur les Droits de l’homme au sein meme du Parlement europeen, leur cible supreme. La Scientologie se rapproche du pouvoir, doucement mais serement, et toujours de maniere insidieuse. Les objectifs sont clairs. Nous devons prendre le controle de la Belgique.
"The Free Commune"
[ For five days now, several tens of people have occupied the 7000 sq meter (about 60,000 sq ft) European Scientology Center in Brussels.]
The first half of the story quotes an earlier press release from "The Evening Magazine" of May 17, 2006:
The mask has come of of scientology, their objective is to seize power.
At a "Crossroads of Europe" meeting held on April 8th at the Best Western in Brussels several delegations of scientologists gathered for a conference.
Scientologists from Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Luxembourg and Switzerland hurried through the doors. An hour later, a few hundred people were gathered together in one of the rooms in the basement. They wait, impatiently, for their heros, the European executives of Scientology.
The new plans for expansion by the Church on the old continent are about to be revealed to them. At last, a man moves towards the podium, leans towards the microphone, and declares in English with a strong and convincing voice:
"We are at war"! The tone is set. It is not a question of dirty tricks. 7000 m², under the windows of the Minister for Justice! Only three years after the scandal generated by the purchase of a building at 91 rue de la Loi, Scientology does it again. The American mother church threw in her reserves into Belgium. Its European center will be transferred from Copenhagen to Brussels. The International Church of Scientology has the means to match its ambitions. It controls a colossal war chest, which it does not fail to make use of. Also, they just bought other buildings too, 100, 101, 102 and 103 Boulevard of Waterloo! No less than 7000 m2, located between the Federal House of Justice and the Court of Law ... The site is both strategic and symbolic. This exceptional news is announced to the followers during the first part of the meeting. "This building will be twice larger than the largest Church of Scientology in Europe. It will contain fourteen areas reserved for auditing, and will be able to gather hundreds of people ", declares the speaker proudly. Images in 3-D of the building are shown on overhead projector, under the deafening applause of crowd. Its inauguration should take place in October. The conference does not stop there. The establishment by scientologists is only one first stage in their project to infiltrate the European institutions. On the way towards their goal. Indeed, the scientologists are trying to setup a Conference on Humans Rights in the very centre of the European Parliament, their top target. Scientology reaches its goals, slowly but surely, and always in an insidious way. The objectives are clear. "We must take the control of Belgium."
[this is roger's site]
On October 6, 2006 "Roger Gonnet" posted a summary and two articles from Belgium from the La Libre and Le Soir:
The charitable non-profit scientology crime cult executives have sent guards with dog at 5AM to get rid of the hundred of homeless people who were occupying their vacant buildings facing Justice Dept and Justice Courts in Brussels, Belgium.
The mayor of Brussels, capital of Belgium and "Europa", has protested, reminding that such an expulsion could'nt be done.
Clams have later ent an attorney to make some constattion of possible damages. They were none.
Mayor of Brussels added that "the only activity of that church was to extort money to inactive people that its message could tempt".
The guards have also changed the locks and keys.
Police had been asked to come by the some 200 homeless.
Now we know who the owner faked name is: they are called BBAI, for Belgium Buildings Acquisitions Inc. - [note: most probably another front from the sclam cultist BMS (Building Management services) front. to avoid seizures against the crime cult and to be able to manage the money by way of rents forced upon the sub-organizations of RTC]
It is said that this expulsion is violating an agreement taken with the attorney of owners.
Stupid clams have explained that from monday on, the electricity and water will be cut, and that only people wearing a hard hat will be allowed on what they call renovation's building site.
(they say that the renovations were foreseen since months but had been delayed)
Clams BBAI let an advice making Brussels' managers wrong, since it says that "they are quite aware of the fact that Brussels lacks flats etc, and they regret it).
[Note: I wonder if the staffs who will be installed into the building will have another building, like an old low cost hotel with 14 people per room, or 12 children in the same 15 qm2 room to sleep, or if scientology chiefs will allow them to have a true correct home...].
From the La Libre:
Thielemans denonce l'evacuation
Mis en ligne le 06/10/2006
Le bourgmestre de la ville de Bruxelles a condamne vendredi "l'attitude irresponsable" des proprietaires de l'immeuble sis au numero 103 du boulevard de Waterloo qui ont charge des vigiles prives accompagnes de chiens d'evacuer les familles occupant l'immeuble depuis plusieurs jours.
Le bourgmestre, qui a envoye sur place les services de police et le president du CPAS, Yvan Mayeur, rappelle que seule une decision du Juge de Paix peut servir de base a une expulsion et qu'il revient aux forces de police d'executer cette decision du Juge de Paix.
Freddy Thielemans "se sent solidaire des occupants de l'immeuble" et estime que les proprietaires "ne laissent leur immeuble vide que dans la perspective de faire du profit". Le proprietaire a par ailleurs confirme au bourgmestre la volonte de l'Eglise de Scientologie d'etablir son siege europeen a cette meme adresse. Freddy Thielemans a repondu qu'il s'engageait "a utiliser tous les moyens disponibles afin d'empecher l'Eglise de Scientologie d'etablir un nouveau siege a Bruxelles", etant donne que celle-ci figure sur la liste des groupements sectaires, annexee au rapport de la commission parlementaire des sectes.
"Il est demontre que la seule activite de cette Eglise est d'extorquer de l'argent aux personnes désoeuvrées qui peuvent se laisser tenter par leur message", ajoute le bourgmestre.
Quelque 200 personnes occupent l'immeuble depuis jeudi dernier. Un service d'ordre prive compose de plusieurs hommes et d'un chien qui portait une museleiere, travaillant pour le compte du proprietaire de l'immeuble, s'etait introduit vendredi matin dans l'immeuble occupe. Ce service d'ordre a tente d'expulser par la force les occupants et a procede au changement de serrures.
From the LeSoir:
Les squatteurs du bd de Waterloo en sursis
Le Soir - vendredi 06 octobre 2006, 13:57
Une tentative d'expulsion des "squatteurs" des immeubles sis aux numeros 101, 102 et 103 du boulevard de Waterloo, vides depuis 3 ans et d'une superficie de 20.000 m2, a ete menee vendredi matin, vers 05h00, par un service d'ordre prive compose de plusieurs hommes et d'un chien qui portait une museliere.Selon la police, qui est intervenue sur place a la demande des occupants, la societe pour laquelle travaillent les membres du service d'ordre est reconnue par le ministere de l'Interieur. Dans un communique, le bourgmestre Freddy Thielemans a rappele que seule une decision du Juge de Paix peut servir de base a une expulsion et qu'il revient aux forces de police d'exécuter cette decision du Juge de Paix.
Les hommes du service d'ordre mandate par le proprietaire de l'immeuble ont tente de changer les serrures des entrees des immeubles et ont reclamee des cles aux occupants. Selon l'un de ceux-ci, les membres du service d'ordre provoquaient les personnes presentes et dissuadaient celles a l'exterieur de rentrer.
La police a explique sur place qu'elle avait agi a la demande des occupants dans le cadre du maintien de l'ordre qui etait menace par la presence du service d'ordre. Dans la matinee, un avocat et un autre representant du proprietaire ont procede a une visite des lieux pour constater que l'interieur de l'immeuble n'etait pas deteriore.
Pour l'avocat des occupants, Me Alexis Deswaef, cette tentative d'expulsion viole les accords obtenus jeudi avec l'avocat du proprietaire. Une rencontre entre Me Deswaef, Jose Garcia, representant le Syndicat des Locataires, l'Abbe des Marolles Jacques Van der Biest et l'avocat du proprietetaire s'est deroulee jeudi. Une reponse a une date de depart devait etre donnee lundi selon l'accord, a indique l'avocat des occupants. Jose Garcia a condamne cette intrusion d'une "milice privee" chez les habitants de l'immeuble. "Je pense qu'aujourd'hui, le proprietaire de l'immeuble a compris qu'il n'avait plus interet a expulser les gens avant lundi", a-t-il declare. Pour M. Garcia, la legalite de cette occupation repose sur le droit au logement garanti par la Constitution.
Par l'avis qu'elle a publie et colle aux portes, la societe immobiliere Belgium Buildings Acquisitions Inc. (BBAI), dont le siege est base aux Etats-Unis et qui se declare proprietaire de l'immeuble occupe, explique qu'une renovation pour ce batiment est planifiee depuis des mois et qu'elle a pris du retard.
Selon le bourgmestre Freddy Thielemans et Jose Garcia, le proprietaire des lieux leur a confirme la volonte de l'Eglise de Scientologie d'etablir son siege europeen a cette meme adresse.
D'apres BBAI, la phase preliminaire aux renovations est prete a demarrer. Elle annonce une coupure de courant et d'eau pour lundi. Elle avertit que seuls les employes portant un casque de protection seront habilites a se trouver dans le batiment dont la demolition de l'interieur devrait debuter selon elle lundi matin, a 09h00. "Nous nous sommes renseignes aupres du service d'urbanisme de la Ville et aucune demande de permis n'a ete introduite. En cas de travaux, la Ville pourra clairement intervenir", a reagi Jose Garcia.
Le Syndicat des Locataires et la societe Belgium Buildings Acquisitions Inc. ont toutefois un point de vue en commun: celui du constat de manque d'appartements a Bruxelles et de l'echec de la politique gouvernementale en matiere de logement. "Les responsables de la societe BBAI sont tres conscients du probleme inherent au manque d'appartements a Bruxelles et du fait que le gouvernement a echoue a fournir des habitations a bas loyer pour les personnes dans le besoin. Nous regrettons grandement cette situation", indique l'avis laisse dans l'immeuble. La societe immobiliere propose un transport gratuit samedi aux personnes qui quitteront l'immeuble pour les emmener vers les lieux de leurs choix a Bruxelles ou en peripherie. Une assemblee generale des occupants de l'immeuble se tiendra samedi afin de determiner la date de leur depart.
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County Planners to Address Proposed Narconon Facility
By Reina V. Slutske
Signal Staff Writer
Wednesday October 4, 2006
Long-delayed plans for a Scientology-related drug and alcohol treatment facility in Bouquet Canyon are set to be heard for a second time today by the Regional Planning Commission.
Narconon, which has been trying to implement a facility adjacent to the Angeles National Forest, was sent back to the planning commission by the Board of Supervisors in July to review issues such as fire access, road improvements, septic systems and flood protection.
A letter of disapproval of the project was sent by the Leona Valley Town Council to the planners, saying that a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility does not meet the requirements of a resort and recreation zone, which is the zoning of the existing property.
A resident of Leona Valley who lived there while the school was running said in a letter to the Regional Board of Planners that children and adults from the school had trespassed and that supervisors at the school ignored protests from residents.
The resident was concerned that the same thing would happen upon the opening of the Narconon facility.
The project's conditional use permit had been previously approved by the Regional Planning Commission in March.
Narconon has been accused in the past of controversial tactics, including its detoxification methods and its links to Scientology, an organization founded by L. Ron Hubbard.
On October 6, 2006 the Santa Clarita Signal reported:
Narconon Project Hearing Delayed Until January
By Reina V. Slutske
Signal Staff Writer
Thursday October 5, 2006
The county's Regional Planning Commission on Wednesday delayed a hearing on plans for building a controversial drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility off of Bouquet Canyon Road until January - a year after it was first proposed.
The commission previously approved the plan in March, but it was sent back to the Department of Regional Planners after being reviewed by the Board of Supervisors in July.
Pat Modugno, chair of the commission, said that the applicant, Narconon of Southern California, needs time to reconsider the conditions mandated by the Leona Valley Town Council, including an 8-foot security fence and independently contracted security guards.
The commission received from the town council a 68-page evaluation with conditions that address emergency response, the decrease in value of property and traffic along Bouquet Canyon Road.
Tim Riley, representative for Narconon, said additional security, including the fence, was not necessary. He added it would "criminalize the population."
Clark Carr, president of Narconon International, said the organization operates facilities in rural communities across the world, and felt that professional staff would be enough.
William Elliott, treasurer of the Leona Valley Town Council, said that previously, when the building was a juvenile detention facility, there was a murder, along with reports of assaults when boarders used nearby trails to leave the facility and get to residents' houses.
Neighbors have expressed concern that the same thing would happen again with the Narconon facility if it was approved.
Bouquet Canyon resident Ron Howell said: "We're looking at adults with problems more severe than children. Drug withdrawal can cause violence."
Andrea Whitmer, a peace officer who lives in Bouquet Canyon, said that the penal code prevents law enforcement from picking up people who might leave the drug treatment facility.
Juanita Kirkpatrick, a resident who expressed concerns regarding safety on the local trails, said she was not against Narconon itself, but feels the area is not an appropriate setting for the facility, adding that the area is not zoned for that usage. The zoning on the area is for resort and recreation.
Cathrine Savage, acting director of the Narconon facility, said she understands there would always be opposition, and she knows it was impossible to make everyone agree. However, she said she remains optimistic.
"Our business is saving lives," she said.
Previously, the church of Scientology owned the facility, using it as a boarding school for children.
Narconon has been accused in the past of controversial tactics, including its detoxification methods and its links to Scientology, an organization founded by L. Ron Hubbard.
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L. Ron HubbardScientology's esteemed founder.
By Michael Crowley
Posted Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006, at 7:55 AM ET
Slate's "Assessment" columns dissect the conventional wisdom about real people (L. Ron Hubbard), fictional characters (Scooby-Doo), companies (Whole Foods), body parts (the prostate), and even weather patterns (El Nino). This week, Slate is resurrecting a handful of classic Assessments, all collected in a new book, Backstabbers, Crazed Geniuses, and Animals We Hate. The following piece was originally published in Slate on July 15, 2005.
Our summer of Tom Cruise's madness and Katie Holmes' creepy path toward zombie bridedom has been a useful reminder of how truly strange Scientology is. By now those interested in the Cruise-Holmes saga may be passingly familiar with the church's creation myth, in which an evil, intergalactic warlord named Xenu kidnaps billions of alien life forms, chains them near Earth's volcanoes, and blows them up with nuclear weapons. Strange as Scientology's pseudo-theology may be, though, it's not as entertaining as the life story of the church's founder, L. Ron Hubbard.
To hear his disciples tell it, Hubbard, who died in 1986, was the subject of "universal acclaim" and one of the greatest men who ever lived. Not only did he devise the church's founding theory of Dianetics, which promises to free mankind of psychological trauma, he was a source of wisdom about everything from jazz music to nuclear physics. The official Web site dedicated to his life features subsites that expound upon his brilliant callings: "The Humanitarian," "The Philosopher," "The Writer," "The Artist," "The Poet/Lyricist," "The Music Maker," "The Yachtsman," and "Adventurer/Explorer: Daring Deeds and Unknown Realms." Visitors can hear an audio recording of Hubbard singing one of his own poems or learn about the soundtrack he composed for his 1,000-page sci-fi epic Battlefield Earth (later brought to Hollywood by Scientologist John Travolta). Hubbard's composition "utilized elements from several genres—from honky-tonk and free-swinging jazz to cutting-edge electronic rock. The result is a wholly new dimension in space opera sound." (Sign me up for a copy!)
There's a deep chasm between the erudite, noble Hubbard of Scientology myth and the true identity of the church's wacky founder. To those not in his thrall, Hubbard might be better described as a pulp science-fiction writer who combined delusions of grandeur with a cynical hucksterism. Yet he turned an oddball theory about human consciousness—which originally appeared in a 25-cent sci-fi magazine -- into a far-reaching and powerful multimillion-dollar empire. The church now claims about 8 million members in more than 100 countries. The slow creep of Scientology's anti-drug programs into public schools, the presumably tens of millions of dollars the church keeps with the help of its tax-exempt status, and the accusations that the church has convinced people to hand over their life savings, make Hubbard's bizzarro legacy seem less like tragicomedy and more like a scandal. Comparable crackpots-in-chief like Lyndon LaRouche and Sun Myung Moon have had almost no detectable national influence. But famous Scientologists --- Cruise, Travolta, the singer Beck, and even --- say it ain't so! --- the voice of Bart Simpson, have given Hubbard a veneer of popular credibility and his church a perpetual recruitment ticket.
Hubbard always imagined himself a great man of history. "All men are your slaves," he once wrote in a diary entry unearthed during a 1984 lawsuit. He reportedly once claimed to have written a manuscript that contained such brutal truths that anyone who read it went insane or committed suicide. He fancied himself a nuclear physicist, never mind his lack of training, and posited that fallout from Cold War nuclear tests were interfering with Scientology therapies. (Hubbard even wrote a book titled All About Radiation—a swell read, according to one reviewer on Amazon who says, "I understand radiation better and feel like I could survive an atomic explosion somewhere on the planet, if it wasn't, of course, really close to me.") He reportedly constructed the myth that he was a World War II combat hero, when in fact the Navy reprimanded him after a San Diego-based ship he commanded shelled some nearby Mexican islands for target practice.
Hubbard's version is understandably preferable to the reality, which was a dark farce. Hubbard was born in 1911 in Tilden, Neb. After flunking out of George Washington University, he became a pulp science-fiction and adventure writer. In the mid-1940s, he fell in with John Parsons, a wealthy and brilliant young rocket scientist in California, who also happened to be under the tutelage of the infamous satanist Aleister Crowley (no relation to yours truly, thankfully). According to Russell Miller's damning biography of Hubbard, Bare-Faced Messiah, Parsons was a science-fiction fan who briefly hosted Hubbard at his Pasadena, Calif., mansion, which featured a domed backyard temple and a rotating cast of occultists and eccentrics. Parsons described Hubbard as his "magical partner," and together the men engaged in a rite in which Parsons tried to impregnate with an antichrist child a woman he considered the whore of Babylon, a goal that Crowley had long promoted. With Rachmaninoff's "Isle of the Dead" playing in the background, Hubbard allegedly chanted spells over the copulating couple, according to Miller and others. (Ultimately Hubbard would steal Parsons' girlfriend and allegedly bilk him in a Miami yacht venture.) Years later, when Hubbard had grown famous and realized the antichrist episode didn't comport with his image as a man of culture and wisdom, he would reportedly claim to have been working on an undercover mission for U.S. Naval Intelligence to investigate black magic.
Dabbling in (or investigating) witchcraft didn't pay the bills, and by the late 1940s Hubbard was in debt and despondent. Then in 1950 he published Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, which he billed as "a milestone for man comparable to his discovery of fire and superior to his inventions of the wheel and arch." The theory of Dianetics promised to cure almost any physical and mental ailment—including wrinkles—by cleansing people's memories of traumatic past experiences so they could arrive at a "clear" mental state. Well poised to capitalize on a growing national fascination with psychotherapy, the book was an instant best-seller. Dianetics groups and parties sprung up nationwide.
Hubbard became an icon, and thousands of fans sought him out. In 1954, as the book's success—and his income—began to fade, Hubbard founded the Church of Scientology. His son Ron Jr. claimed in a 1983 interview with Penthouse that money was the motive, saying his father "told me and a lot of other people that the way to make a million was to start a religion." Hubbard made his millions quickly and used them to style himself as a sophisticated aristocrat, relocating to an English country home dubbed "Saint Hill Manor."
But Hubbard quickly alienated governments at home and abroad. He and his followers developed a reputation for intimidating critics and church defectors. An official inquiry in Australia concluded that Scientology is "evil" and "a serious threat to the community, medically, morally and socially; and its adherents sadly deluded and often medically ill." In 1963, federal agents, suspicious that Hubbard's therapy might pose a health risk, raided the church's Washington, D.C., branch. The IRS concluded soon after that Hubbard was skimming millions of dollars from church funds and revoked Scientology's tax-exempt status. (The church won back that status in 1993 after a long, fierce campaign; several European countries still don't recognize Scientology as a religion.) In 1967, Hubbard fled to the high seas for most of the next eight years. During this period he dreamed up the "Sea Org," a special branch of Scientology whose members wear sharp blue naval uniforms and sign contracts pledging their service for 1 billion years.
Hubbard finally returned to land in 1975, first to Washington, D.C., and then to the California desert. Lying low, Hubbard was doted on by a special group of teenage "messengers" who pulled on his socks and followed him with ashtrays when he smoked. He developed Howard Hughes-like eccentricities, flying into rages if he smelled detergent in his clothes, which caused the terrified messengers to rinse his laundry in multiple water buckets.
Meanwhile, the church's ongoing paranoia and vindictiveness culminated in a shockingly elaborate operation, which Hubbard dubbed "Snow White," to spy on and burglarize multiple federal offices, including the IRS and the Justice Department, with the aim of stealing and destroying government documents about Scientology. The Scientologists even planted moles in some federal offices. In 1983, 11 church leaders, including Hubbard's wife, were convicted and sentenced to prison for the conspiracy. Though Hubbard was named as a co-conspirator, he was never indicted.
By that time, in any case, he had gone into hiding. On or around Jan. 17, 1986, Hubbard suffered a catastrophic stroke on a secluded ranch near Big Sur, Calif. A week later he was dead. Scientology attorneys arrived to recover his body, which they sought to have cremated immediately. They were blocked by a county coroner, who, according to Scientology critics, did an autopsy that revealed high levels of a psychiatric drug (Vistaril). That would seem like an embarrassment given the church's hostility to such medications (witness Tom Cruise's recent feud with Brooke Shields), but it didn't stop the church from summoning thousands of followers to the Hollywood Palladium days after Hubbard's death. There they were told that Hubbard "willingly discarded the body after it was no longer useful to him," and that this signified "his ultimate success: the conquest of life that he embarked upon half a century ago." Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that Hubbard's ultimate success lay in convincing millions of people he was something other than a nut.
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Fighting good roads and fair weather
Speaking out against Scientology often means putting up with intimidation and harassment
By Barbara Graham
October 3, 2006
San Diego--It was the day before Thanksgiving, three years ago. I was getting ready to go to my parents' house for an early feast when there was a knock at the door. Two guys looking like plainclothes police officers peered through the security screen and asked to speak with me.
They identified themselves as members of the Domestic Terrorism Unit of the San Diego Police Department. At first, I didn’t let them in, as the parrots were loose, and the birds don’t care for strangers.
The men said they were responding to a complaint, adding that they had to respond, and that in no way was I a suspect. They kept repeating this, I suppose, to reassure me that this was just a routine response.
When I asked them to elaborate, they said they had received a complaint that I planned to blow up the local “church” of Scientology.
I laughed out loud, and invited them back to the computer room, warning them not to make eye contact with the birds on their way through the living room.
I now could see what started all this. I had posted a message on an internet newsgroup that I planned to attend the San Diego County Board of Supervisor’s meeting the next week and speak out against a proposed Narconon facility in Warner Springs.
Narconon—not to be confused with Narcotics Anonymous, or NA—is a front group of Scientology that purports to be a drug rehabilitation program. In reality, the organization is little more than a recruitment tool. When you break down the data that Narconon provides, claiming anywhere from a 70-80% success rate, the numbers come out to about 2%, which isn’t much of a success rate. Roughly 10% of people who quit drugs do so on their own, without any help.
Narconon’s drug education outreach was recently expelled from California public schools. Following a review from a panel of qualified medical experts in the field of substance abuse recovery, the organization was found to have provided children with information that was misleading, unscientific, and inaccurate.
Rather than defend Narconon before the panel, Scientologists instead came after me. Someone likely from the “church” of Scientology reported a bogus threat, which mandated a response from the Domestic Terrorism squad. The unit, of course, wasted time and money following up on the nonsensical accusation.
As the detectives stood in my home, a friend apprised the men of my relationship with the cult. The detective then asked why I would speak out against Scientology if I knew reprisals were likely. The answer is, I wanted to warn others about the potential harm of Scientology. Look at it this way: If I knew you were about to step on a rattlesnake, wouldn't you want me to warn you?
Before the detectives left my house, one of them strongly advised me to report cult harassment of any type, anywhere, any time. The other wished me a happy Thanksgiving and told me to save room for pie.
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A clergyman of my acquaintance has taken a critical look at J. Gordon Melton's writings on Scientology. While everyone on this newsgroup knows that Melton is a cult apologist, here we have the evidence spelled out in detail, with specific citations. Nice piece of work. Posted here with permission of the author.
The next time some gullible journalist quotes Melton on the subject of Scientology, send them this as rebuttal.
Gordon Melton on Scientology
I have before me a copy of "The Church of Scientology", written by Dr. J. Gordon Melton in 2000 and published by Signature Books. The Church of Scientology lists him as a resource in the defense of Scientology as a religion. However, I am concerned about the following issues:
His primary source, as listed in the notes, appears to be Scientology's publishing house, Bridge Publications. And the non-documented statements appear to come from Scientology's public relations arm.
He makes a factual error on page 58. He states that Hubbard never claimed the kind of formal academic credentials which the average scientist or physician possesses, nor did he claim to have the formal research which would typify standard scientific inquiry into physics or chemistry. However, I have in my possession the publication "The Problems of Work, Scientology Applied to the Work-a-Day World by L. Ron Hubbard, C.E., Ph.D.," published by Scientology Consultants to Industrial Efficiency, 1956. His degree was issued by Sequoia University, a California diploma mill which no longer exists.
On page 6, in mentioning Hubbard's war record, he makes it sound as though Hubbard was at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital recovering from war wounds. That is the unsubstantiated view promoted by Scientology. Medical records have indicated that he was there for depression and mental problems.
On page 15 he mentions the first critical work about Scientology called "The Scandal of Scientology" by Paulette Cooper. He states that Church leaders were especially offended by Cooper's work and favorably settled a major libel case against her. Sounds like Scientology won. But they didnt. In fact, the FBI disclosed that Scientology planted false information to frame Cooper. She was indicted, and only when the FBI raided Scientology offices in 1977 did they discover the plans to frame her. Melton says nothing about that. The remainder of that story sounds like Scientology's public relations releases.
Page 20: Because of the above mentioned actions, 10 Scientologists were sentenced to long jail terms of four to five years in prison. Yet Melton says of those sentences, "In the end, the actual crimes for which they were convicted were relatively minor." I hardly think that five years in jail is a minor sentence. Some Scientologist have been alleged to have claimed that all they stole from the IRS offices was mimeograph paper, which for a Scientologist would be an acceptable truth. One must ask What was on that paper? Answer: negative material about Scientology.
Page 20: Melton comments on reported abuses taking place in Scientology and states that the charges of abuse have not been substantiated when presented in courts of justice, and we are left with a lack of verified evidence of any invasion of members' auditing files or invasion of their privacy. No mention of the Wollerseheim case which was working its way through the courts and which ended in Scientology paying him over $8 million in damages for the abuse he suffered at their hands. And I have had people state to me that they were held against their will for months when they stated they wished to leave. They were only allowed to do so after signing statements which in effect silenced them from ever speaking about the church.
Page 34: Melton says, Generally, people would have little problem with Scientology's ethics, and, in most situations, it promotes the same virtues that more traditional ethical codes emphasize. Oh? Listen to Hubbard's definition of ethics from Modern Management Technology Defined. "All ethics is for in actual fact is simply that additional tool necessary to make it possible to get technology (Hubbard's teaching) in. That's the whole purpose of ethics, to get technology in." And does this advice of Hubbard's sound like any other religion you know? "Critics may be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist."
Page 37: Melton suggests that many of the legal cases which involve Scientology were undertaken by critics. It doe not take much work to prove the error of that statement. The last year for which records were available indicated that Scientology spent over $30 million in threatening and filing legal actions against critics and media and Internet providers which carried that information
Page 44: He presents Scientology's promotion of Narconon, which has never been accepted as a medical model and which was recently thrown out of the California Public School System by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack O'Connell. The critical information about Scientology has been available for years yet Melton avoids mentioning it.
Page 52: He speaks favorably of the World Institute of Scientology Enterprise (WISE), a major money maker for Scientology. No mention of the fact that in the 1993 decision of the IRS, giving Scientology its religious tax exemption, the IRS mandated that WISE be disbanded by December 31, 1995. It is still in existence in 2006.
So you can see why many people believe that Melton is an apologist for Scientology, sharing only its views with minor variations and few comments from critics and former members.
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Saturday nights (8pm - 9:30pm) is when the PAC Galley, on the ground floor, is cleaned, after the last shift of evening meal. The PAC RPFers eat the last shift each night, and on Saturday it is the same.
RPFers eat the same food these days, but last shift. PAC has about 4 shifts for meals at dinner and 3 shifts at lunch I believe.
So about 8pm the majority of the PAC RPF all go do "all-hands" cleaning of the Galley (kitchen where the cooking to the 1200 or so Sea Org members working at big blue complex building, the old Ceders Sinai, Jewish, hospital turned into the LA hub for Scientologists).
There will be a number of trips made by small 2 and 3 man groups and sometimes single RPFers each Saturday evening out of the building around this time, Saturday night, RPFers taking empty boxes to the dumpster in the Catalina parking lot, they bug off out of their cleaning duties, etc., etc., going to their various other activities that they were involved with either as part of the "Qual" team (the special sub group of more trusted and indoctrinated and advanced and most times smarter and generally nicer people who are on the RPF, who oversee the self-redemption of the RPFers amongst themeslves, these RPFers are trusted to go and come by themselves, and are the Case Supervisors, Master at Arms, and Correction people who are RPFers, but the ones making the whole RPF function within itself towards its LRH written goals, etc.).
The nightly daily Sunday through Friday cleaning of the galley is done normally on weekdays by this group of the more trusted RPFers who are the RPFers internal execs and Qual people.
On Saturday night, though, the thorough cleaning of the galley is done with the help of the vast majority of the PAC RPF.
One perk from an RPFer's viewpoint is that Satuday night about 5 of the RPF girls do do all the hair-cutting, these RPFer girls good ad hair-cutting get to give all the guys haircuts, and so haircutting is one of the 1/2 break from cleaning the galley, and allows chatting time, is one of the unique perk sort of socializing time each week in the RPF there in PAC.
The cleaning of the galley is done in teams, units. The RPF is divided into units, one's assigned into a unit, with 4-7 people in the unit, and each unit has one of those in the unit designated as the In Charge, which is a position of higher responsibility. The cleaning duties of the galley are divided up by units. One RPF unit does the mopping. One unit cleans the salad area, one unit cleans the big electric kettles, one one cleans the grills, one unit cleans the grill hoods, one unit cleans the dishwaher area, etc, etc.
One's unit in charge tells one when to go get one's haircut, and one gets 1/2 hour off to go get the haircut, out of the time one is cleaning in the galley. So about 5-8 people at a time are getting haircuts during the Saturday night cleaning.
Then Sunday morning, the RPFers were given an hour to clean their dorms thoroughly, which is another sort of RPFer perk time. Sundays in general is a less intense work day for RPFers.
The Saturday weekly night cleaning, and the Sunday morning CSP slot are the only tiny routine little breaks from the daily grind.
The RPFers also get refreshing breaks from the routine each time there is an event, since the church events (and the setup of the yearly Winter Wonderland), are also breaks where RPFers are justified in traveling out into the real world for a few hours for duty outside the complex, and they get to see the real world for a brief bus trip down Hollywood Blvd, or down Vermont to the freeway down to the Shrine and back, or to the buildings they sometimes send RPF teams to go do work details renovating or manual work on.
The climate to me is very much like a minimum security detention program.
If an RPFer escapes, guaranteed some other RPFers get in trouble for not preventing that escape.
Ex-Sea Org (lifetime staffer, 1975-2003)
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[fun with google maps; Scientology sites]
near Creston, California: ranch where LRH died
http://www.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=creston+CA&ie=UTF8&z=18&ll=35.453211,-120.502269&spn=0.002412,0.007639&t=k&om=1&iwloc=A [long link]
Petrolia, California: site of vault
http://www.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=petrolia+CA&ie=UTF8&z=16&ll=40.3704,-124.330795&spn=0.008223,0.030105&t=k&om=1&iwloc=A [long link]
near Twin Peaks, California: site of vault
http://www.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=twin+peaks+CA&ie=UTF8&z=18&ll=34.228693,-117.249216&spn=0.002231,0.007542&t=k&om=1 [long link]
near Trementina, New Mexico: site of vault, and airstrip (not good enough on google maps)
Hemet, California: Int. base, movie studio
http://www.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=hemet,+CA&ie=UTF8&z=16&ll=33.833385,-116.989739&spn=0.008965,0.030105&t=k&om=1 [long link]
Lady Washington Mine, 18749 1st Ave, Tuolumne City, California: vault?
http://www.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=san+luis+obispo+CA&ie=UTF8&om=1&z=16&ll=37.964196,-120.228324&spn=0.008509,0.030105&t=k&iwloc=A [long link]
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On October 4, 2006 "Woggle" posted:
[OT3 scan and a great article from August]
Scientology, F*ck You; A Challenge
xxoozero posted this 36 days 3 hours ago
The image you see to the right is the first page of what is supposedly the most important document in the world. At least according to Scientologists. The going rate for reaching the level of idiocy in the church to be able to view this document (and the 20 other pages that follow it) is close to 300,000$. It is said in their doctrine that simply by viewing this page, you might not be able to handle it and could possibly die. If anyone does happen to have their head explode because the knowledge contained within these chicken scratchings was just too much for their feeble mind, I take full responsibility.
This image will probably only be up for as long as it takes for the scientologists to find it and contact our developers over the copyright they hold on this document, even though it is not hosted by us. Something like this will probably get me a spot on their blacklist. By their own leader's writings, they are known and obligated to attack those who do not agree with them.
This is an excerpt from a secret scientology document released in 1969: "It is wise to challenge such adverse commentators as routine procedures. A call by a local "housewives committee", etc. as to why they are hostile to human rights or in favor of psychiatric butchery and getting them in the press with it and with no mention of us is good PRO."
I doubt Mr. Hubbard knew who he would be fucking with when he wrote that. I am Zero; Tom Cruise, fuck off. Try me. Bring it. Do your best to discredit me and make me disappear. It won't happen. My readers don't give two shits about you or your stupid religion. They feel the same way as I do about your cockamamie, bullshit story that you have tried to pass off as a religion for the past 50 years.
As a matter of fact, I wonder how they would like a taste of their own medicine. That's right, I wonder how they would like the dirty tactics they use on otherwise respectable journalists who try to expose their bullshit used on them? Email floods maybe? DD0s attacks? Maybe just a bunch of us showing up at their stupid churches and kicking some ass?
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