TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: We’re continuing our look back at Celebrity magazine, which appears to be a victim of the pandemic. We’ve gathered some of the last issues Scientology published, and today we thought we’d look at Issue 439, which came out in October 2017 and featured consummate Scientology suck-up Jim Meskimen. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]
“I am not saying that the various governments might not do something dangerous with testing. I am not saying that H-bombs are good weapons. I am only saying we can survive it. I am only saying that we have one case — me — who has had 502 times the ‘allowed’ amount and is surviving nicely, thank you, and other cases that are in like condition because of good processing. I am saying that with good, modern auditing a Scientologist can survive it — so why worry about it. As an organization and as individuals we’re going up-tone faster than others are going down. And Man faces many enemies more dangerous than Radiation.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1957
THE PROSECUTION OF DANNY MASTERSON
We first broke the news of the LAPD’s investigation of Scientology celebrity Danny Masterson on rape allegations in 2017, and we’ve been covering the story every step of the way since then. At this page we’ve collected our most important links as Danny faces a potential sentence of 45 years to life in prison. NOW WITH TRIAL INDEX.
THE PODCAST: How many have you heard?
 Marc Headley  Claire Headley  Jeffrey Augustine  Bruce Hines  Sunny Pereira  Pete Griffiths  Geoff Levin  Patty Moher  Marc Headley  Jefferson Hawkins  Michelle ‘Emma’ Ryan  Paulette Cooper  Jesse Prince  Mark Bunker  Jon Atack  Mirriam Francis  Bruce Hines on MSH
— SPECIAL: The best TV show on Scientology you never got to see
 Phil Jones  Derek Bloch  Carol Nyburg  Katrina Reyes  Jamie DeWolf
— The first Danny Masterson trial and beyond
 Trial special with Chris Shelton  Trial week one  Marc Headley on the spy in the hallway  Trial week two  Trial week three  Trial week four  Leah Remini on LAPD Corruption  Mike Rinder 2022 Thanksgiving Special  Jane Doe 4 (Tricia Vessey), Part One  Jane Doe 4 (Tricia Vessey), Part Two  Claire Headley on the trial  Tory Christman  Bruce Hines on spying  Karen de la Carriere  Ron Miscavige on Shelly Miscavige  Karen de la Carriere on the L’s  Mark Bunker on Miscavige hiding  Mark Plummer  Mark Ebner  Karen Pressley  Steve Cannane  Fredrick Brennan
“Let’s be some distance from the body, if possible. Some distance from the body and find some places where you are not. Some more places where you are not. Now some things from which you are not exteriorizing. Some things you’re not at this moment getting out of. And now some things that aren’t pulling you into them. And some things you are not getting out of. And now some things you’re not stuck in. Some more things you’re not stuck in. Now some energy masses that aren’t wrapping themselves around you at this moment. All right. Now some energy masses you aren’t wrapping yourself around at this moment. And now some effort you are not at this moment trying to get out of. Some effort you’re not trying to keep from expending at this moment. All right.” — L. Ron Hubbard, March 12, 1954
Avast, Ye Mateys
“SOURCE TO CAUSE: I’ve heard it said that as ‘source’ I should handle something way outside my general activity. This is a confusion between SOURCE and CAUSE. Whereas I am source of data, overall coordination and planning, You are CAUSE over your area. Results are the effect of your own efforts. When these support general programmes we all win. You should not minimize yourself as CAUSE. It is your greatest ability. Being Blamed sometimes blunts Being Cause. But if one’s total ambition is to be blameless the best situation is to get one’s name on a tombstone. And it’s no fun being dead. Being CAUSE over Matter, Energy, Space, Time, Force, Form, Location and Life is just another way of saying ‘OT’.” — The Commodore, March 12, 1970
Overheard in the FreeZone
“Clear really is something spectacular and very worthwhile, and highly stable. Despite all the knocks and bullying I’ve had over the past 40 years, the state is beyond price. Clear has not been available in the Church of Scientology for many years now, you won’t find it there. But if one were to follow the procedures exactly as laid out in DMSMH, Clear is still available for free. If Ron had done nothing else after the publication of DMSMH it would still remain a workable system to achieve Clear. I warmly recommend it.”
Past is Prologue
2001: Internet news site slashdot.org was forced to remove a copy of the OT3 materials from its web site following legal threats from Scientology. From The Register: “Geek paradise Slashdot has taken the unprecedented step of removing a post which contained text allegedly copyrighted by the ‘Church’ of Scientology, after receiving threats from Hubbard Space Command shysters citing the dreaded Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The post in question contained the full text of some reincarnated-aliens-scifi drivel called ‘OT III’, which in turn belongs to a Scientological sacred document called the ‘Fishman Affidavit’. What little sense we were able to make of OT III suggests a science fiction role-playing game involving impossibly ancient alien spirits called ‘Thetans’ which were hypnotized and subsequently implanted in the minds of ‘intelligent’ beings belonging to a Galactic Confederation of 76 planets, including our own, roughly 75 million years ago. Interestingly, the Slashdot announcement contains a lengthy talkback section towards the bottom, the cloying supportiveness of which suggests that Malda’s got himself a gaggle of cultish, right-thinking followers and apologists on a par with Hubbard’s. Slashdot typically devotes a great deal of ink to issues of free speech. The courage to exercise it when it hurts, however, is something else again.”
“I’m not ‘hating’ on anybody — especially folks I don’t even know — but on the other hand I don’t believe in turning a blind eye in order to maintain a positive front. My sister undoubtedly put her kids in the Sea Org, and for that I could never forgive her.”
Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker
— Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Mistrial declared November 30. Retrial scheduled, jury selection begins March 29. Next pretrial hearing: Feb 16.
— ‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Grand jury indictments include charges from an assault while in custody. Next pretrial hearing Feb 13.
— Rizza Islam, Medi-Cal fraud: Trial scheduled for March 1 in Los Angeles
— David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next status conference Feb 13.
— Baxter, Baxter, and Paris v. Scientology, alleging labor trafficking: Complaint filed April 28 in Tampa federal court, Scientology moving to compel arbitration. Plaintiffs filed amended complaint on August 2. Hearing November 17 to argue the arbitration motions, awaiting ruling.
— Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Selection of arbitrators underway. Next court hearing: March 15, 2023.
— Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Appellate court removes requirement of arbitration on January 19, case remanded back to Superior Court. Stay in place at least through February 7.
— Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: New trial ordered after appeals court overturned prior ruling.
— Chiropractors Steve Peyroux and Brent Detelich, stem cell fraud: Lawsuit filed by the FTC and state of Georgia in August, now in discovery phase.
SCIENTOLOGY: FAIR GAME
After the success of their double-Emmy-winning, three-season A&E series ‘Scientology and the Aftermath,’ Leah Remini and Mike Rinder continue the conversation on their podcast, ‘Scientology: Fair Game.’ We’ve created a landing page where you can hear all of the episodes so far.
LEAH REMINI: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE AFTERMATH
An episode-by-episode guide to Leah Remini’s three-season, double-Emmy winning series that changed everything for Scientology watching. Originally aired from 2016 to 2019 on the A&E network, and now on Netflix.
SCIENTOLOGY’S CELEBRITIES, from A to Z
Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!
Other links: SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks. Scientology’s Ideal Orgs, from one end of the planet to the other. Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society. Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in a weekly series. How many have you read?
THE WHOLE TRACK
[ONE year ago] Scientology wants you to dress up like a pirate before it takes your booty
[TWO years ago] UCLA’s voice of the Rose Bowl & Pauley Pavilion scores Scientology Super Power!
[THREE years ago] The new Scientology OT 8s are here! Masters of matter, energy, space, and time!
[FOUR years ago] Scientology TV debuted one year ago, and it’s still unwatchable propaganda
[FIVE years ago] Tonight, ‘Vanity Fair Confidential’ brings the Shelly Miscavige story to the ID network
[SIX years ago] David Miscavige wants to turn Clearwater into Scientology’s Vatican — but can he?
[SEVEN years ago] Meet the guy Scientology is relying on to get the ‘disconnection’ billboard stopped
[EIGHT years ago] DOX: Two early Dianetics supporters, including the E-meter inventor, turn against Hubbard
[NINE years ago] Vivian Kubrick posts remarkable photos from the sets of her father’s movies
[TEN years ago] Scientology Starts Out as Staring Contests
[ELEVEN years ago] Scientology’s Writers of the Future Contest: Troubling Ties to Abuse in the Church
Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 2,966 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,471 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,021 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,011 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,902 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,206 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,077 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,182 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,659 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,971 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,537 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,456 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,624 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,205 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,466 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,502 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,218 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,782 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,097 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,272 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,823 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,954 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,292 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,147 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,266 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,622 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,925 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,031 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,429 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,305 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,888 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,383 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,637 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,746 days.
Posted by Tony Ortega on March 12, 2023 at 07:00
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