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« Reply #45 on: July 11, 2011, 04:48:26 PM »

       Church of Scientology magazine seeks to hire reporters in South Texas


CORPUS CHRISTI — Magazine trails Ingleside on Bay church defector

By Mark Collette

collettem@caller.com 361-886-3678

The Church of Scientology's Freedom Magazine is seeking reporters for an assignment in South Texas.

The job posting surfaced last week on JournalismJobs.com — an employment clearinghouse for everything from trade magazines to major newspapers. It comes as Mark Rathbun, a high-profile defector from the church who lives in Ingleside on the Bay, is being pestered by film crews that have upset the small town's residents and drawn the attention of law enforcement and the City Council.

Freedom bills itself as a magazine devoted to human rights and social betterment, but much of its recent reporting has been devoted to attacking former church members and the journalists who write and report about criticisms of the church.

Police reports concerning one of the magazine's reporters in Florida detail what emerges as a pattern of aggressive reporting, as the reporter ambushes a former church member, his family and work associates who claim no connection to the church.

In Ingleside on the Bay, the film crews, who call themselves the Squirrel Busters, say they are filming a documentary about Rathbun and his independent practice of Scientology. "Squirrel" is church jargon for a heretic. In addition to filming Rathbun and his wife around town, the crews rented a house nearby, expressed interest in buying a $200,000 house across the street, surveilled Rathbun from a canal outside his house and aggressively peppered him with questions at his doorstep while wearing head-mounted cameras, all of which is detailed in multiple police reports.

The Church of Scientology says the film crews, though composed of self-identifying church members, are an independent group not associated with the Church of Scientology.

"I think they're going to wear out their welcome and these (Freedom Magazine) guys are going to come in and act like we really do have credentials," Rathbun said. "They shouldn't because it's propaganda."

A church spokeswoman declined a request for a telephone interview and did not respond to emailed questions about the magazine sent Thursday and Friday. A magazine spokeswoman said an editor was not available to answer questions Friday.

Rathbun has joined a growing movement of independent Scientologists who disavow the practices of the organized church founded by the late science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.

As a former high-ranking church official responsible for the organization's external legal affairs, Rathbun has intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the church.

He's one of several former church officials who have reported mental and physical abuses within the church, which the church steadfastly has denied.

The church has portrayed Rathbun and other defectors as incompetent employees bent on avenging their demotions from high positions.

But the Church of Scientology's response has gone beyond the denials, legal maneuvers and organizational changes typical of large organizations under attack from former members. Freedom Magazine, as the church's journalistic arm, has not merely reported on social issues but also is actively pursuing church critics.

Recent articles on the magazine's website, with titles such as "Desperate Lies of the BBC" and "Anderson Cooper: A History of Lies," have gone after reporters, while titles like "Mike Rinder: A Walking Hate Crime," have tried to shame former members. Rinder was a legal and media affairs official for the church before defecting.

About half of an 80-page issue in 2009 was devoted to debunking an investigation of the church by the St. Petersburg Times.

The other half was about Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige guiding the organization through what it described as explosive growth.

The church has claimed millions of adherents, said it published 80 million Hubbard books in five years, and built new churches and facilities, expanding from 5.6 million to 11 million square feet from 2004 to 2009.

But the American Religious Identification Survey, used by the U.S. Census Bureau to track how people describe themselves in terms of religion, found only 25,000 Americans identified as Scientologists in 2008. That was down from 55,000 in 2001.

The church, in its effort to chronicle the activities of its high-ranking defectors and make them stop practicing independent Scientology or else return to the church, has resorted to increasingly aggressive methods, Rathbun, Rinder and other defectors say.

In Florida, Rinder and his work associates have called police and sheriff's deputies repeatedly after being confronted by Freedom Magazine reporter James Lynch, often with camera crews in tow.

Lynch is a veteran journalist. He is a former managing editor of the New York Post and held management positions with the New York Daily News, the Chicago Sun Times Media Group and publishers of several national celebrity tabloids.

When contacted by telephone by the Caller-Times, Lynch said, "How do I know you're who you say you are?" He then did not respond after being referred to contact information for the newspaper's reporters and editors on Caller.com and did not answer additional phone calls.

Rinder said Lynch's activities in Florida have been going on for weeks.

In reports June 15 and 16 by the Tarpon Springs Police Department, officers detail an incident in which Lynch came to the door of Rinder's employer, Origin Technologies, which develops products for the food service industry. Rinder shot video of the incident and turned it over to police. According to the report, Lynch refused to turn over his own video and was warned by police that his actions may have constituted trespassing because he didn't leave the business when asked. He was never cited for any violation.

Rinder's boss at Origin, Susan Clickner, has reported to police multiple instances of her and other Origin employees being accosted by Lynch, at work, restaurants, medical facilities, a car rental agency and a liquor store.

Employees have threatened to quit because of the unwanted attention, Clickner said.

"I have two people that are right on the edge," she said.

Other reports included visits by people other than Lynch who identified themselves as Scientologists.

"I can't go anywhere without them showing up," Clickner said. "I come out of the supermarket and they're there and they start yelling at me. All the shoppers stop and turn and watch, and I'm kind of held hostage while I'm loading my groceries."

Clickner said she has never been a member of the Church of Scientology and doesn't understand why she's being targeted. She was first introduced to her employee, Rinder, through independent Scientologists she knew.

"The people that have left the church are some of the kindest, sweetest, most intelligent people I've ever met," she said.

In her encounters with Lynch, she said, he has asked her questions about her business, and how she can afford the mortgage on her house. Clickner said she can't understand how any of it is relevant to Scientology or the stated human interest objectives of Freedom Magazine.

Rinder said the whole point is to punish him, and to drive his work associates and friends away from him, for defecting.

"It's annoying, but I know that it represents desperation on the part of Miscavige," Rinder said. "He doesn't have anything else he can do, anything effective to try to stanch the bleeding he is suffering and the exodus of people from the church, so he sends idiots out to try and intimidate people."

Lynch authored a 2009 article in Freedom Magazine titled "An Outsider's View of Scientology in Clearwater." Clearwater is home to the Flag, a religious retreat the church likens to Mecca.

Lynch's article criticized the St. Petersburg Times investigation for a lack of fairness and objectivity, and pointed out how Scientologists have helped the community of Clearwater economically and socially.

In 2010, Lynch told Michael Miner, senior editor of the Reader, an alternative Chicago news weekly, that he stood by his report.

"I didn't necessarily do this for the money," Lynch said. "I've always had an interest in religion and this gave me a good way to examine a religion I never had a chance to examine."

He wouldn't tell Miner what he was paid, but he asked, "Just don't make me look like a shill for Scientology."

Asked what specifically Freedom Magazine is hiring for in Southeast Texas, church spokeswoman Linda Wieland responded in an email only with the magazine's standard tag line, "Freedom covers many topics in the area of human rights and social betterment, in line with our purpose of investigative reporting in the public interest."

Rathbun said the magazine has a history of reporting on important public issues, including chemical and biological warfare concerns.

"In 1989 we turned it into, totally and utterly ... a propaganda arm to use on the IRS to get them to the table," Rathbun said.

The Church of Scientology won status as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization in 1993 after years fighting for it.

"Now," Rathbun said, "it's turned into a blatant propaganda defamation club and it just has no credibility."

http://www.caller.com/news/2011/jul/09/church-of-scientology-magazine-seeks-to-hire-in/
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« Reply #46 on: July 14, 2011, 04:11:41 PM »

              Scientology's Spy Program: Anatomy of a Covert Operation (UPDATED)
By Tony Ortega Wed., Jul. 13 2011

Too long and too many diagrams etc. to copy to this site.
Wasn`t Scientology supposed to elevate people ?
Yet here is O.S.A literally searching through peoples garbage!!!!!

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/07/scientologys_spy.php
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« Reply #47 on: July 14, 2011, 04:22:57 PM »


    I want to state that Scientology poses no threat to the world.
It will topple under its own bad service and lack of satisfied customers.
The real enemy is only, and has only ever been, the Intelligence division
which is placed outside of the cult and keeps its activities secret
even from Scientologists.

By scientology`s own tech. OSA is an engram.

http://anti-scientologie.ch/osa/frank-oliver-6-4-meg.pdf
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« Reply #48 on: July 22, 2011, 11:39:46 AM »

Knowledge Report: Mike Rinder on Scientology's Use of PI's.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l67gmnJScLA&feature=player_embedded

More amazing new material for Scientology watchers today. We only have time for a quick dispatch while we're out of the underground bunker and on the road.

First, Mark Bunker continues to release tidbits from the full-length Scientology documentary he's making, and yesterday dropped this meaty morsel: former top church spokesman Mike Rinder explaining how he oversaw a spying operation on businessman Bob Minton. (I'm rushing, so if you want background on Minton, you'll find plenty online, and I would wager that our commenters will also be happy to provide info.)

Also, The Hollywood Reporter weighed in yesterday with an eye-opening report about the church's properties in Tinsel Town...

THR scribe Daniel Miller put together a terrific report about the various historic properties owned by Scientology. It was especially impressive that he was able to calculate how much money the church saves each year on the Hollywood buildings it owns because of Scientology's controversial tax-exempt status:

    According to data from the assessor's office, the church paid $43,359 in property taxes on the five buildings last year. Without the exemptions, it would have paid $265,650 -- good for an 84 percent reduction in property tax, or a savings of $222,291. The assessor's office did not supply THR with tax data on the church's 19 non-historic properties in Hollywood; these might also be entitled to property tax exemptions.

Miller also spent time with Scientology's real estate team, getting very interesting information about how the church purchases and refurbishes buildings, using, for example, the construction firm CB Richard Ellis.

Miller also got responses from Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis, and it's the first time in quite a while that we've heard anything from him. Is Tommy now back in the good graces of DM?

Anyway, my thanks to several of our readers who sent me tips on these developments. Keep them coming! I'm still keeping an eye on the old e-mail inbox while I'm out gallivanting around. Back online soon!

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/07/scientologys_to.php
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« Reply #49 on: July 27, 2011, 10:18:28 AM »

                    Scientology: July 26, 2011 Ex-OSA Agent Speaks Out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3Sl6x93weM&feature=player_embedded

Ex-OSA agent Pauline Lombard tells the Riverside County Board of Supervisors how the Church of Scientology's Office of Special Affairs (OSA) assigned her to harass a critic.

She also recommends that the Supervisors read "Inside Scientology" by Janet Reitman.


The international headquarters of the Church of Scientology are located at a compound called "Golden Era Productions", aka "Gold Base", in Gilman Hot Springs near Hemet, in Supervisor Jeff Stone's district.

Source:
http://bosvideo.co.riverside.ca.us/ppportal/agenda/webcast.aspx
Find 7/26/2011, duration 3 hours 41 min.
Excerpt from the public comments period.
03:18:28 - 03:22:18

Scientology and Human Trafficking? You decide.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A4l-GItmxY

Ex-Scientologists Speak Out
http://www.youtube.com/user/ScilonTV#p/c/CF2D1BD7CE2CE237
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« Reply #50 on: August 25, 2011, 07:45:03 PM »

    Nancy Many, Paulette Cooper, L. Ron Hubbard video, plus Tonja Burden affidavit

 Plenty to see here....

http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?24443-Nancy-Many-Paulette-Cooper-L.-Ron-Hubbard-video-plus-Tonja-Burden-affidavit
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« Reply #51 on: September 02, 2011, 12:48:38 PM »

                       Hollywood reporter

Church of Scientology Mocks the New Yorker In Its Own Glossy Magazine

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/church-scientology-mocks-new-yorker-230284

http://www.goddiscussion.com/77136/scientologists-angry-response-to-new-yorker-article-its-all-out-war-now/

http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/137498/scientologists-publish-fake-new-yorker-after-critical-article/

August 31, 2011, 3:30 pm
Scientology Strikes Back at The New Yorker
By JEREMY W. PETERS

The Church of Scientology is certainly no shrinking violet when it comes to defending itself.

Known for its aggressive litigiousness and scorched-earth public relations approach, the church’s latest target is The New Yorker, which in February published a 25,000-word article that painted Scientology as corrupt and cultish.

In response, the church has produced a 51-page glossy magazine and an accompanying three-part DVD that try to discredit The New Yorker, its writers, editors, fact-checkers and sources.

“The New Yorker: What a Load of Balderdash,” reads the cover headline on the publication, Freedom, which is registered as a copyright of the church and bills itself as offering “investigative reporting in the public interest.”

On Wednesday, people were distributing the magazine outside the Times Square headquarters of The New Yorker’s corporate parent, Condé Nast.

The issue is essentially a parody of The New Yorker. It copies the famous illustration of Eustace Tilley, a top-hatted man peering through a monocle that was on the cover of the first issue in 1925. But the church has made him look more like a hobo, with ratty clothes and flies buzzing around him.

The church also copies the magazine’s signature font — but alters it just enough to avoid running into any legal trouble.

Much of the magazine’s criticisms of The New Yorker article are directed at the author, Lawrence Wright. The church refers to the article’s primary subject, a former Scientologist named
Paul Haggis, who won two Academy Awards for the movie “Crash,” as “the hypocrite of Hollywood” and a “nobody” whose career has peaked.
Read more…
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/?p%3D70829

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/business/2011/08/peek-inside-church-scientologys-fake-new-york

Click double arrows to right of photo to see Each page of Freedom`s New Yorker edition.
http://animalnewyork.com/2011/08/scientologists-defile-eustace-tilley-for-new-yorker-parody-mag/new_yorker_parody_cover/


http://gawker.com/5836184/scientologys-gaudy-new-yorker-spoof
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« Reply #52 on: October 16, 2011, 03:09:23 PM »

                   Scientology.  Solving problems in a troubled world.


"...You find out where he or she works or worked, doctor, dentist, friends, neighbors, anyone, and phone 'em up and say, 'I'm investigating Mr./Mrs.________ for criminal activities'.

"You say now and then, 'I have already got some astounding facts', etc., etc., (Use a generality) - It doesn't matter if you don't get much info. Just be NOISY." [sic]

'HCO Executive Letter', 18 February 1966


"NEVER BE INTERESTED IN CHARGES, DO yourself, much MORE CHARGING, and you will WIN." [Capitalization in original]

'Manual on Dissemination of Material', March 1955.


"Overt investigation of someone or something attacking us by an outside detective agency should be done more often and hang the expense. It's very effective. Often an investigation by a private detective has alone closed up an entheta source...

"Tell the detective, 'We don't care if they know you're investigating them for us. In fact, the louder the better'."

'HCO Manual of Justice', 1959


"Any meeting held by them should be torn up. The names of persons attending should be collected and they should be labelled SP...

"Treatment - They are each fair game, can be sued or harassed...

"Harass these people in any possible way...

"Tear up any meetings held and get the names of those attending and issue SP orders on them..."

'HCO Executive Letter', 27 September 1965


"Never discuss Scientology with a critic. Just discuss his or her crimes, known or unknown. And act completely confident that these crimes exist. Because they do."

Confidential Policy Letter, 'Intelligence Actions', 25 April 1968


"Statements one makes can be curved. 'She had a birthday party' becomes 'The delinquent's inner circle gathered yesterday for a sex orgy and pretended to the police it was a birthday party. No one was jailed'."

'Public Relations Series 18', 21 November 1972



"People attack Scientology; I never forget it, always even the score."

"Intelligence is mostly the collection of data ... It is basically a listening and filing action. It is done all the time about everything and everybody."

Manual of Justice.

The first private detective Hubbard tried to hire was so horrified by Hubbard's intentions that he immediately gave the story to the newspapers(35). So two weeks after its inaugeration, the Public Investigation Section was transformed into the infamous Guardian's Office of the Church of Scientology.(36) Under Hubbard's direction, the Guardian's Office came to control all of Scientology's legal, public relations and intelligence activities.(37) It also controlled all finances, with an Assistant Guardian posted to every organization. Hubbard's wife was made the full-time Controller of the Guardian's Office, a position which she held from 1966 to 1981, shortly before she was imprisoned in the U.S.

The Guardian's Office was disbanded in 1983, and the bulk of its previous functions were then assigned to the Office of Special Affairs.


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« Reply #53 on: October 24, 2011, 09:27:48 AM »

                                 OSA Network Order 15


Someone ought to write a booklet, "What Every Public Official Should Know About Scientology's Safepointing and Counter Attack Tactics", and this be sent around the world, to all places the front groups of Scientology do their "good works" safepointing.

The Office of Special Affairs Network Orders deserve a detailed article or review, publicly, in some journal or magazine to which such a review would fit.

My favorite "tech" to share, is OSA Network Order 15, about how to survey for the buttons the public consider most offensive, and then weave those buttons into the labeling of the targeted enemies.

Key excerpts:

OFFICE OF SPECIAL AFFAIRS NETWORK ORDER

OSA NW ORDER 15
18 February 1988


(Originally written by LRH on 12 January 1972...)


Confidential


BLACK PROPAGANDA


....."What is being attempted by black propagandists is to classify us
firmly in the public mind by constant repetition of certain words like
'cult.' The more we let such propagandists do this, the more chance
we give them, the more opportunity they have."


..."So this is their one trick.


"To cancel an enemy's chief weapon is in itself a part of victory.


"To cease to be the effect of classification and become in our turn
the cause of it, the classifier, is to win the propaganda game.


"Our propaganda is dirty but it is not black because it is true.
Black propaganda is essentially false.


"We do this trick by survey and attack. As what is attacked is
already popularly evil, we become re-classified as attackers and the
enemy as bad hats as they're for the evil if they attack us."


....."We just run propaganda campaigns.


"The objective is to be identified as attackers of popularly
considered evils. This de-classifies us from former labels. It re-
classifies our attackers as evil people. Which they are."


...."So we


"(1) Seek to avoid opportunities for the enemy to classify us.


"(2) Contest or expose any previous classifications as false (dead
agentry, etc.)


"(3) Engage in a series of campaigns which confuse past
classification.


"(4) Achieve for ourselves a dominance in classifying ourselves and
others."


L. RON HUBBARD, Founder
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« Reply #54 on: October 24, 2011, 09:36:08 AM »

                  Make sure you have a bucket beside you as you read.


Los Angeles, California

Churches of Scientology: Petition Targets Human Rights Education

August 27, 2010

http://www.freedommag.org/freedom-ne...education.html (Scio site   DANGER !!!)

Churches of Scientology in 14 countries joined forces with Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) last week conducting a global petition drive in support of human rights education. Based on the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the petition calls on governments to make human rights education mandatory and to conduct human rights education campaigns. The Declaration was ratified by the UN General Assembly in 1948 and defines the fundamental freedoms and human rights in the United Nations Charter. Since that time it has influenced national constitutions, treaties, laws, and human rights institutions the world over.


“The Universal Declaration does more than condemn discrimination, slavery and torture,” said Rev. Bob Adams, spokesperson for the Church of Scientology International. “Unfortunately, most people are unaware of the full scope of these rights and so have no way of knowing when these rights are violated. It’s not something only for governments to care for—we all have an interest in these rights.”

Scientologists, their families and friends took to busy street corners, festivals and shopping centers and city squares, where they presented booklets and videos, engaged in human rights discussions and gained support for the cause on giant petition boards. Active on many fronts of human rights initiatives and reform for five decades, the Church sponsors a worldwide human rights initiative to raise awareness and respect for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This includes distribution of millions of booklets and the airing of 30 public service messages, both based on the Declaration’s articles. In 2009, the Church sponsored the production of a new educational film, The Story of Human Rights, a 20-minute entertaining and historical account of the development of human rights, and a new human rights educators kit. To date, these materials have reached over 500 million people in 180 countries.

“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes the inherent dignity and rights of all members of the human family as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace,” said Rev. Adams. “The world needs a lot more people knowing it and supporting it.”


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« Reply #55 on: February 08, 2012, 08:15:53 AM »

                                    Post from Tory Magoo

http://ocmb.xenu.net/ocmb/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4833&start=45


February 6, 2012...
Talk about a flash in the old pan!

Someone on esmb (http://www.exscn.net) chat board was asking
the name of basically Mike McCleary I think his name is.
(From Virginia and Mike Mc s/t) He worked with OSA, made
a video and laughed at his sick actions.

So now---years later--I'm googling trying to find just his name,
and this thread comes up (although I didn't see his name is this).

I'm only posting now to clear up one thing:
No---OSA didn't literally break into my home.
I realized later my now X-husband (then I think still husband
or was when he let Yaude in)...HE allowed them to take TONS
of my stuff (all 4 E-meters, Scio books, they erased my computer
(Which is how I know it was Yaude as my husband didn't like OSA
and wouldn't have let them in. He trusted Yaude, as did I...so Bill no
doubt fed him some line that was "acceptable").

Either way, I know my husband then didn't even know how to turn on
a computer, let alone strip it, and ALL the Scientology info was stripped
from it, esp the e-mails re Scientology Parishioner's League and OSA.

Also, I did find the videos that were stripped. I don't know if he knew
that or not. My guess is someone has them (probably him) and they
scared him into :"She'll give them to those evil people and they'll put
them on the Net"...so he agreed. Some such :bs:

Either way, that is why I did NOT sue them (besides the fact Hubbard said:
"Get them in court, keep them in court. If we don't have dirt on them,
make it up". The concept of a long court battle with them was not
a top priority for me.

So there ya go. Just thought I'd add that for the record.
Good Gawd: I hate to think of correcting ALL the skillions of
posts written. errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrk.

To learn more about my story, and info I've
exposed re Scientology and their many front groups, please
go to my YouTube site: http://www.youtube.com/ToryMagoo44

Love and great hugs to ALL :alien:

Tory/Magoo ~~Still dancing in the Moonlight :mrgreen:

PS: Ok, got it: Mike McClaughry
Here's the video series:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eTLdUuxE54
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« Reply #56 on: February 23, 2012, 02:07:27 PM »

                               OC Weekly - Excellent article on Paulien Lombard

    Paulien Lombard Is a Spyentologist


    A former spy for Scientology came clean on abuses. Now, she says, the church is chasing her

See Magazine cover and articles here...   5 page article.

http://www.ocweekly.com/2012-02-24/news/scientology-paulien-lombard/

http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?26394-OC-Weekly-Excellent-article-on-Paulien-Lombard
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« Reply #57 on: February 24, 2012, 02:41:21 PM »

      How the Church of Scientology Responds to a Reporter's Repeated Requests for Comment

By Josh Dulaney Thu., Feb. 23 2012

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2012/02/scientology_orange_county.php
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« Reply #58 on: February 28, 2012, 11:20:06 AM »

   Scientology Strikes Back Against Former Spy--But Do Commendation Letters Prove Ex-Spy Right?

 
         By Josh Dulaney Mon., Feb. 27 2012

Last week's cover story and subsequent Navel Gazing post on the Church of Scientology garnered a fair amount of comments from OC Weekly readers.

And some may recall that your humble scribe was called out by Karin Pouw, a Scientology spokeswoman, for not immediately responding to her request for an email with questions prior to running the Paulien Lombard story, in which Lombard said the church sent her out to spy on critics. (Oh, and the glaring lack of reference to my phone calls to the church in Los Angeles seeking comment before the story ran.)

In the midst of it all, I received an email from Lombard, saying she was never involved with, nor has she heard of the Scientology Parishioners League, of which Pouw alleges Lombard was a part. Pouw also said while in this group, Lombard "took some initiatives" with other parishioners against religious discrimination, bigotry and hatred.

The kerfuffle stems from my questions to Pouw as to whether it indeed sends spies to collect data on its critics.

Lombard told me in her email that her effort to spy on Francois Choquette was an order from the Office of Special Affairs, and that Scientology doesn't "like to be connected to things like this since they know it gives them a bad reputation towards the general public."

She went on to say that a woman in charge of the OSA (also referred to by Scientologists as the Department of Special Affairs) named Mari Murillo had told her "that if anyone ever asked me who had given me the order to go out to Lake Elsinore to harass Francois, that I should say that I did this on my own initiative, nothing to do with the church."

I followed up with Pouw through an email Thursday, asking if she had evidence that Lombard was a part of the Scientology Parishioners League, and if the church in Los Angeles or Orange County (which previously referred me to Los Angeles for official comment on the cover story) had sent Lombard to Choquette's home. On Friday, I emailed Pouw again, saying I would be posting another story today. Pouw replied by email Saturday, saying she responded by way of a letter for publication that was sent to my editor, and I would receive a copy as well. The letter is scheduled for the Weekly's print edition this Thursday.

"I really don't have anything more to add at this time," Pouw said.

Here's a part of Pouw's emailed letter, most of which reiterates the talking points the Weekly posted last week:

"Josh Dulaney's article on Scientology (February 22 online) misinformed readers through inaccuracies and by inadequately representing the Church's response. The subject of the article, Paulien Lombard, was a member of a group of parishioners who organized themselves to protect their churches, much the same as a neighborhood watch will warn families of criminals and sexual predators."

Pouw repeats the claim that Lombard was part of a group that organized themselves to, as Pouw phrases it, "protect their churches."

We will let Weekly readers judge for themselves, while taking a looksy at the following two letters of commendation allegedly sent from an Orange County church leader to Lombard, who said she received them after spying on two Scientology critics. Lombard provided the letters to me, and said the first one refers to the work she did on Choquette. She said the second letter is related to the spying she says she did in 2009 on a Laguna Beach woman, who has since identified herself as Patricia Curtis.

                      Commendation and article here...
http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2012/02/mari_murillo_scientology.php
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        http://www.arte.tv/de/6629606,CmC=6629614.html

                 OSA goes mad about a FILM that will be broadcasted in EUROPE !!!

    Here's a loose translation of the article... I don't speak German..

    THE EYE OF SCIENTOLOGY

    Many think of Tom Cruise in Scientology, but hardly anyone knows the "Office of Special Affairs." Interview with director Mark Thoess about his investigative documentary, and the largest private intelligence of the world: OSA.

    Behind the name "Office of Special Affairs", or OSA, is hidden the secret of Scientology, as told by dropouts and critics of the sect.

    According to Scientology, the "Office of Special Affairs" it is a media and law office, but there's also the "Investigations Section,". Why does an organization that see's itself as a religion, have a secret service?

    Director and cinematographer Mark Thoess has made this effort, together with author Frank Nordhausen, to search for answers.

    ARTE: How large is OSA, do you think?

    MARKUS: No one knows for sure. O.S.A. In the United States, it has perhaps only 100 people. Interviewees in the film compare O.S.A. to the Stasi (former East German secret service). The high-level dropout Marc Headley told us that OSA spends $100,000 a week.

    ARTE: Is O.S.A. officially a secret?

    MARK THOEß: The Scientologists do not deny that there is a "Investigations Section", but they say they did nothing illegal. Many things that happen in OSA are very dubious.

    ARTE: Like what?

    MARK THOEß: That Scientology monitors as people around the clock, says Ingo Heinemann, who worked for a consumer association as a lawyer back in the 1970s against Scientology. There were judicial inquiries made, where detailed instructions on what occurs in the OSA were found.

    ARTE: How did OSA retrieve their information?

    THOEß MARK: It found out, for example, why Mr. Heinemann was investigating Scientology, and who were the backers who financed his efforts. And how to attain information - for example, by looking through his garbage cans.

    ARTE: Scientology considers itself a religion - why does a church such information?

    MARK THOEß: This question asks itself. I personally do not believe that Scientology is a religion. I believe that Scientology is a business company that does nothing more than what is now insanely popular: to recruit a person and they make it their own, as long as it is dependent on the organization - promising a better world without crime.


    ARTE: In the USA, Scientology is recognized as a charity and is tax-exempt. Is Scientology also recognized as a religion, as is always claimed?

    THOEß MARK: No, the American state recognizes no religion. The tax exemption in 1993 is a great victory, if not the largest ever, for OSA & Scientology. The letter from the tax authority with regards to Scientology referred to the common interest and led to it's tax-exempt status for religious reasons.

    Scientologists now run around with this letter and say: "We are still recognized in America, so you must now recognize us here as well."

    ARTE: In Germany, we saw the constitutional protection of the sect. Why is it not banned?

    THOEß MARKUS: On one hand, there is the constitutional protections in Germany, which most countries have. On the other hand, the organizational structure in Germany is complicated: there is the International Organization of Scientologists, but also many sub-organizations such as Narconon Criminon. Therefore, it is difficult to ban Scientology as a whole.

    Two examples: Russia has classified Scientology literature as extremist in 2011, and the higher regional court in Greece confirmed the dissolution of the Athens Scientology office in 1997. But, there's more than one Scientology entity in a country; there are maybe 20 sub-organizations to it.

    ARTE: How dangerous is O.S.A. really?

    MARK THOEß: Scientology is a state within a state, with its own police ethics and financial structure, its own news service and health care system, even with their own punishment systems.

    The German Constitutional protection observed is not intended to support dangerous groups like Scientology. I've never heard of another religious community that has so influenced the American consulates, for them to act abroad.

    ARTE: In what way?

    MARK THOEß: German politicians of high rank, of all stripes have confirmed time and again, that if they take action against Scientology, they would get visits and receive undue political pressure from America.

    There are even German politicians appointed to the consulate. All this came in 2010 when Wikileaks: Dispatches-out scandal.

    The reason for the political pressure: A lot of money and familiar faces (celebrities like Tom Cruise) are two things that influence politicians to alighn themselves, and act on behalf of, Scientology.

    ARTE: You have Mike Rinder, the former head of OSA, the now independent Scientologist who you interviewed. How credible is he?

    THOEß MARK: I think he's very believable in what he says about the Scientology leader David Miscavige & political lobbying by the cult.

    I consider him lacking in credibility when it comes to himself. Mike Rinder was responsible for almost all major OSA actions until he left 2007. He must know a lot more than he reveals.

    ARTE: How were you during your filming when you were confronted by OSA?

    THOEß MARK: We were observed during the entire filming in America. We were photographed. Scientologists always knew where we were. We were kept under surveillance. When we drove to Florida, in Clearwater, which is the Scientology stronghold, all windows had something blocking them from the inside, so we couldn't film anything. The dropout Marc Headley told me that OSA possessed contacts within travel agencies.

    ARTE: Were you personally threatened?

    THOEß MARKUS: There was a very specific incident at a gas station in Hamburg, where I felt threatened, and which we report in the film.

    ARTE: Have you communicated with Scientology?

    THOEß MARK: We have asked countless times in various countries, for a television interview. We have a very short statement from Scientology's spokesman in France and Germany, Juerg Stettler, when we approached him on the street.

    But when you ask him 20 questions, he responds with questions to counter you. Of course, Mr. Stettler has also answered questions in writing, but not before the camera. I cannot understand why an organization like Scientology is not able to give a reasonable television interview.

    ARTE: Could you show this film at all?

    MARK THOEß: The movie would not happen without the courage of the broadcasters and the production company, even if it is a compromise. The German press law is very strict and it also protects the Scientologists.

    ARTE: What is it about the film that stuck out most in your mind?

    THOEß MARK: I've made films about other faiths. I was in Kurdistan, and have made a film about honor killings. But I have never been prosecuted for hours, photographed, or even attacked by members of a religion, until we did a story on Scientology. This is unique. And I'm not the first person this has happened to.
    ------------------------------------------------------------

    MARK THOESS - Born in Berlin in 1967, trained as a camera assistant, since 1990, he's been a freelance cameraman and author; numerous investigative documentaries. He's currently writing a book on the East German spy, Huseyin Yildirim.

    SCIENTOLOGY - The former science fiction writer Lafayette Ronald Hubbard founded in 1954, the "Church of Scientology", since 1986. David Miscavige is the leader of Scientology. Scientology sees itself as a "religion of salvation," the people want "free spirit" (Dianetics). "Operating thetans" to take control over their environment. In Germany there are about 5,000 followers, and according to Germany's Constitutional Protection Office, globally, there are 130,000 Scientologists.

    INTELLIGENCE - O.S.A. - In 1966, the first information service "Guardian Office" was established with a Guardian (Guardian) on the tip - Mary Sue Hubbard. The third wife of L. Ron Hubbard in 1979 after the biggest spy scandal of Scientology ("Snow White") was sentenced. From 1983, the office in the "Office of Special Affairs" (OSA) is renamed. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the headquarters in Munich Germany.

    www.hamburg.de/ag-scientology

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