Scientology's Enemies List: Are You On It?

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Another intriguing Scientology document was leaked today by Marty Rathbun, the former high-ranking official who left the church in 2004.

At his blog, Rathbun provided a .pdf of what he says is an internal document of the Office of Special Affairs, Scientology's covert-operations wing.

In the document, dated January 22, 2010, an OSA executive writes that some new facilities are opening up in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and she wants to make sure that certain people in the Western U.S. don't show up to the festivities.

What then follows is a long list of Scientologists who are apparently out of favor, as well as another long list of ex-Scientologists, journalists, and church critics.

In other words, it's a handy Scientology Enemies List!

The folks on the list, the executive writes, are "disaffected, enemy connected, psychotic, etc." She instructs church organizations to make sure these folks aren't being called about the events, or aren't told about them if they call in.

Your org receptionists then need to be drilled to handle random calls of people calling in asking information about these events -- i.e. some unknown person calls in and asks about a Grand Opening in Los Angeles. The receptionist needs to be drilled to get enough data on the person that they are confident the person is a Scientologist BEFORE giving any data out.

What then follows is a long list of names. The first batch is a list of Scientologists who, for whatever reason, have fallen out of favor.

I recognized a few names.

There's Paul Haggis, the Crash director who famously defected from Scientology and was the recent subject of a New Yorker profile.

Jason Beghe is also on the list -- an actor who left and went public with his complaints about the church.

Another former Scientologist who went public with his disaffection is Jeff Hawkins. We reviewed his excellent book about once being the marketing genius behind Scientology's big 1980s expansion.

Marc and Claire Headley are on the list, but their names are misspelled. Marc authored a thrilling escape narrative about leaving Scientology's secretive desert base, Blown for Good.

I'm sure our astute readers will recognize many more names from this list of fallen Scientologists. Please add your identifications in the comments!

Even more fun for this Scientology watcher is the next list, "Known non-Scientologists who should not be on the [mailing] lists:"

Whoo boy! Now this is fun stuff.

There's Graham Berry, an attorney we wrote about quite a few years ago, who the church tried to destroy with its use of "Fair Game." See my story about Berry and Robert Cipriano.

Mark Bunker makes the list, naturally. "Wise Beard Man" has long been one of the smartest, most dedicated, and most level-headed church critics around. He's currently putting together a television documentary about Scientology. Read more about it here.

Tory Christman! To this day, the story I enjoyed working on the most about Scientology was about Tory. She's really something.

Of course Mark Ebner makes the list! He will forever be known as the guy, for Spy magazine, who walked into the Hollywood Celebrity Centre and got pampered because he convinced the staff that he was a German rock 'n' roll star.

So many other great names! There's Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece to Scientology leader David Miscavige. There's Jeff Jacobsen, an old friend to the Voice who helped us get into investigating this wacky cabal.

As with the Scientologists, we'd love to hear from our commenters about the others on the list. And if you're on it, send us a message to brag about it!

UPDATE: Thank you to the folks who are e-mailing me to let me know that you were on the Enemies List! It's like handing out lottery winnings! In other news, we got a little delayed today with some other matters, so our Janet Reitman interview and Grant Cardone update will take a little longer to appear. But they're on the way! And much more!


tortega@villagevoice.com | @VoiceTonyO

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Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications. Among his other stories about L. Ron Hubbard's organization:

The Larry Wollersheim Saga -- Scientology Finally Pays For Its Fraud
The Tory Bezazian (Christman) Story -- How the Internet Saved A Scientologist From Herself
The Jason Beghe Defection -- A Scientology Celebrity Goes Rogue
The Robert Cipriano Case -- A Hellacious Example of Fair Game
The Paul Haggis Ultimatum -- The 'Crash' Director Tells Scientology to Shove It
The Marc Headley Escape -- 'Tom Cruise Told Me to Talk to a Bottle'
The Aaron Saxton Accusation -- Australia turns up the heat on Scientology
The Jefferson Hawkins Stipulation -- Scientology's former PR genius comes clean
The Daniel Montalvo Double-Cross -- Scientology lures a young defector into a trap
A Church Myth Debunked -- Scientology and Proposition 8
Daniel Montalvo Strikes Back -- Scientology Hit with Stunning Child-Labor Lawsuits
When Scientologists Attack -- The Marty Rathbun Intimidation
A Scientologist Excommunicated -- The Michael Fairman SP Declaration
The Richard Leiby Operation -- Investigating a reporter's divorce to shut him up
The Hugh Urban Investigation -- An academic takes a harsh look at Scientology's past
Giovanni Ribisi as David Koresh -- A precedent for a Scientology-Branch Davidian link
Janet Reitman's Inside Scientology -- A masterful telling of Scientology's history
The Western Spy Network Revealed? -- Marty Rathbun ups the ante on David Miscavige

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Guest
Guest

Tony, the guy who checked into the Celebrity Center posing as a German rock star was Harmon Leon ("My Life as a Celebrity Scientologist", online at Rick Ross's website). Mark Ebner's article for Spy magazine is online at his website ("Ebner Undercover: Scientology, Spy Magazine, 1996"; there's a link in the "References" section of the Wikipedia article on Ebner).

Cesare Beccaria
Cesare Beccaria

Regarding Scientology we have to commit that their rise partially is our own fault, as we should care much more for the people around us. We should tell them more often that they're valuable humans (even if they're not) and every now and then buy them a batman or other superhero costume, so they feel titanic without Hubbard bs.

It's highly likely that Hubbard really found some triggers which might help stimulating self-confidence and -control. I say yes, let him earn money for telling this knowhow. What we're against is that this organisation at some point realised that it can exploit and therefor prolongate exactely the individual shortcoming they say they could cure.

The only reason we're after these wonderful baggage handlers is that they create a voodoo filled, addictive atmosphere for insecure people. And it's not that we're after individuals who like being exploited that way. We're after a system which eventually takes a friend, a child or a partner away from us - for no good reason, no real benefit and the loss of lifes quality as we know it.

This is a backward oriented viewpoint!? Yes maybe, but we're a majority and we're confident that the set of values, ethics and traditions, which helped people like us build society and civilisation, drive out any newage bs ideology by far in all terms of sustainability and proof of concept.

We already have enough self-focused people out there who limit their horizont on themselves and their ideological or religious "brotherhood". We don't need a celeb driven revolution of the emotionally disabled. EXPECT US ;p

Dallas
Dallas

I made the list!!!!  Marc is gonna be pissed that Jenna and I got on the Ex-Scn list and he's still stuck on the Scnist list though. His address must still be in the T&P list.  LMAO!!!

Stop 81 child porn
Stop 81 child porn

hells angels dave Burgess child porn convict leader should not be supported with public funds.

Leslie Hope
Leslie Hope

I see my name there! It's good to see OSA is "on the ball", getting the job done, KSW'ing, making good use of their OT powerz and audit-enhanced IQ's to shatter suppression! Just one thing, though... the list includes names of Facebook sock puppets. Now, OSA, are they unwelcome because they post critical comments, or because THEY AREN'T REAL PEOPLE? I'm guessing the latter; a lot of your self-claimed victimhood involves fictions.

Mark Miglio
Mark Miglio

Tony--- I think you get too much pleasure putting things down.  Haven't you learned the lesson that if you harm or suppress one person you harm yourself, others, and by extension, everyone?

This may be the most important lesson in life. We have to help everyone; no exceptions. We have no real choice in the matter. This is a basic spiritual truth. Even of you don't believe in karma, spiritual existence, or live after Earth, think of this principle as the basic natural law of successful living.

We need your help and you need our help. Let's stop playing silly games and get on with the business of happy, prosperous living for everyone --- not just for you, me, or our friends. We cannot be not be significantly well or be happy without the others also happy and well happy.

Any affect on one person is an affect on everyone else. We are all connected mentally and emotionally far more than most people realize.

mrsGambit
mrsGambit like.author.displayName 1 Like

How on earth does $cientology help any one?

Help in principle is a selfless act, if you want (a lot of) money in return - it seems more like a business deal to me. 

IF the goal was really to help (by "clearing the planet") it was free and open for everybody.

Maxchampion
Maxchampion

Mark Miglio, why don't you "get on with the business of happy, prosperous living for everyone" of the scientology staff members in the Sea Organization who are working in slave conditions for a pittance while David Miscavige lives it up on public's donations?

Mark Miglio
Mark Miglio

Max--- I find it despicable that you characterize any SO member in anything less than that they are Angles who work their buts to help all people --- even negative ones like you.

Fist of Xenu
Fist of Xenu

@Mark Miglio: You really need to word-clear "angles", "angels", "but" and "butt", before you write anything else in public. Until then, you're out-tech. 

Maxchampion
Maxchampion

What is despicable is their living and working conditions and how many other scientologists don't bother to look out for them! Don't you care about the Sea Org staff, Mark Miglio?

Gary Lee-Nova
Gary Lee-Nova

Mark Miglio  - "...that they are Angles who work their buts to help..."

Yes, they be working the angles alright. 

I don't get the part about their conjunction(s). Maybe you were crafting a clever metonymy there. Whatever. Flunk.

Appearing to be rather enturbulated, Mark.Time for a nice vacation maybe? Hmmmm?

All the lousy publicity raining down on the cult, must be tough going for the most ethical people on the planet, knowing the worst, the very worst, is yet to come.

Gary Lee-Nova
Gary Lee-Nova like.author.displayName 1 Like

And this year, the cascades of public relations catastrophes for your bogus "church" just keep piling up, one after the other, like an endless train wreck in a hall-of-mirrors.

It would appear to me that like most $cientologists, you celebrate and wallow in an identity of victimhood. You love playing the "victim game."

You believe that you are surrounded by wogs & SPs that can cause you to be ill; you believe you're a victim of "religious" discrimination; you believe that journalists and reporters are "merchants of chaos" showering you and your "church" with lies and distortions. This is all you excel at, Mark; a cultivated identity of victimhood.

At each and every turn, you manufacture enemies of your great crusade to "clear the planet." Sadly, you end up appearing to be a very stupid human being.

Mark Miglio
Mark Miglio

Gary--- you do a good job of paining a nice little story --- it doesn't happy to be true, though.

I believe that there are certain people, like the people on this site, who are anti-Scientology because they misunderstood what they studied, and they are suspicious of everyone's motives --- they have a serious trust issue.

The news media is despicable because they try to sensationalize everything so people which read them --- the truth is that they don't know who to write a store unless in contains bad news. They haven't learned that all people are basically good and just need help to handle their "Baggage".

They don't tell all sides to a story because that requires an affinity with all men and women, an attribute they have not evolved.

Gary Lee-Nova
Gary Lee-Nova

Still appearing extremely enturbulated, Mark.

Spelling and syntax are way off. You just can't seem to express yourself properly anymore.

Your postings are coming across like the product of a demented philosopher, slipping deeper and deeper into dementia. Major flunking happening. 

All the best with Staturday, June 30th. 

Consumer Unit 5012
Consumer Unit 5012 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Judging by how many people rush to claim victim status, feeling persecuted is the most powerful and addictive legal high available.

Gary Lee-Nova
Gary Lee-Nova

Based upon your logic, $cientologi$t$ are so stoned they're stupified. 

Mark Miglio
Mark Miglio

Lisa--- the Church does not have enemies as you think of. There are some disturbed people in the world who try to attack wonderful people and good organizations. But at the church we know that all people are basically good and just need help handling their "Baggage".

Gary Lee-Nova
Gary Lee-Nova

Interesting image, Mark. $cientologi$t$ as "baggage handlers." 

Fits right in with the DC-8s with jet engines. 

I sometimes get the impression that L. Ron Hubbard was pathologically jealous of Walt Disney, and "The Magic Kingdom."

Steve Todd
Steve Todd

Would anyone care if they were? via Village Voice: Scientology's Enemies List: Are You On It?

Gary Lee-Nova
Gary Lee-Nova

I don't know if anyone would care, Steve. 

I'm not on the list and for the first time in years, I have become afflicted with the disease of jealousy.

I WANT to be on that list. I want my "enemy" status to be official, even if it's only an 'Honorary' Enemy. I should write a letter and complain!

Kathy McBride
Kathy McBride

You have to laught at the absurdity of this list business but, seriously, this is what this cult does.

I've been out for many years and always take pleasure when I see that someone I knew, from my days in, may be out, too. So I was glad to see my college student housemate from the late 70's, Richard Berman, and his talented wife Sylvy on that list.  I hope they are out, too.

Old OT7
Old OT7

As always, Tony, great job!  But, while you're at Winter Wonderland, see if you can ask a scientologist why a "church" needs a dept. for covert ops and intel.  How can they possibly  say they're a church without laughing?

Mark Miglio
Mark Miglio

Old OT 7 ---- there are so many, shall I say, "nasty" people like you and your anti-SCN friends that apparently don't take appropriate responsibility for their failures in Scientology and so they attack those they could possibly blame. Then they feel better about themselves, and have a renewed reason to live life: Vengeance Shall be Mine.

I am sorry that you had whatever failures you had, but I am sure that there were Scientologists that could have helped had you availed yourself to them. I know that I would have helped you had I the opportunity, but I'll tell you a little story: one time I had tried to help someone like you, apparently, and what I discovered was that he had an imagination that thrived on hidden and evil agendas. He manufactured a negative vision of everything and so could not really trust others. He did not utilize me, and I suspect that you too would not have used me either had we met years ago before you had disagreements.

Leslie Hope
Leslie Hope

It's a good thing you discovered he had "an imagination that thrived on hidden and evil agendas". I'd hate to think what would happen if anyone like that got into your Church! There might be a "critical mass" for that sort of thing...

/sarcasm

Gemrufcut
Gemrufcut

It all comes down to this simple concept:  Scientology requires only two things from anyone they can sucker into their web--all their time and all their money. 

KeepOnLearning
KeepOnLearning

Where is the word "enemy" except in Ortega's imagination?

LeoRyan78
LeoRyan78

KOL, read the part where it says don't let anyone "enemy-connected" in.  That is not Tony's phrasing, that is Scientology's.

Goldtoday
Goldtoday

I am not on it,. boo hoo.  Does that mean i am in good standing.  I don;t think so. lolMikeIFA

Firewitch888
Firewitch888

I'm on the list and I don't even live in the US. I must be a really bad SP

TDSCOHB
TDSCOHB

It's a surprisingly short list so I'm guessing these are only some of the current highlights.  The cults so-called "religious freedom watch" website is a bit more inclusive.  Unfortunately they deleted the short lived "forum" section from that site where only a small handful of OSA socks were allowed to "register" and then just banter amongst themselves over how evil so and so was on any given week.  Just use a proxy when visiting if you don't want your IP address recorded for future reference.

Funny that there's no "Friends of Scientology" list.  Sucks to be them.

LeoRyan78
LeoRyan78

Nice. :)  Did he get you what you wanted for Christmas?

LeoRyan78
LeoRyan78

This is only WUS. Tony is EUS.  Where are those EUS lists? :)

subsilentio
subsilentio

This appears to be limited mostly to the Western US.

One of the header lines is "D/CO EXTERNAL OSAWUS"

"OSAWUS" is "Office of Special Affairs Western United States."  The first line after the date is a list of "DSAs," that is, local "Director of Special Affairs" people at the orgs listed.

Scamology
Scamology

Is there a number I can call to get off their call list? I've been trying for years!

Ron
Ron

I was disappointed that I wasn't there, but then that list only covers the Scientology "continent" of Western United States. Imagine what the world-wide list looks like!

Guest
Guest like.author.displayName 1 Like

 Louanne and her sock-puppets are "handling" this article over on the Huffington Post.

MarkStark
MarkStark like.author.displayName 1 Like

You Teegeeacklings scoff, but we are on the cusp of the breakthrough of the mega-annum, when the Super Power rundown is delivered at the new Sciloontology Space Cadet and Super Power Training Center in Clearwater, FL.

It is going to be much bigger than the total control over matter, energy, space and time that we've seen demonstrated by Crazy Tom Cruise, Organic Kirstie Alley, Bi-John Travolta and other Sciloontology celebrities.

Scilons, astronauts, presidents, and lion tamers are going to be flocking to Clearwater for this technology.

Just imagine what you could do, if you could smell the difference between orange and tangerine peel, instantly! This is "studentable," at the Super Powers' Smell-o-Rama.

Also, if this isn't enough, there's going to be like 30 million dollars worth of other goofy equipment. Learn total awareness of your blood circulation. Stop blood from circulating to your feet on command! It not only tingles, it totally expands and blows out your foot space.

And this great gift from Hubbard is going to be free, in packages ranging from only $66,666 to $666,666 which includes access to the special celebrity lounge facilities. (Does not include auditing fees.)

Bonny Elliott
Bonny Elliott

Mark and I made the list!  Another badge of honor!  The reason?  I'm Amy Scobee's mom and so proud of it!  We are now in the field with so many wonderful friends and the circle is ever-growing as the exedus continues.  We welcome you all.

Bonny ElliottMark Elliott

Hartley Patterson
Hartley Patterson

The list highlights one of the Cult's contradictions. On the one hand, it teaches that the Scientology Religion has evil, powerful enemies that must be avoided. On the other hand, it also teaches that spending thousands of dollars makes Scientologists into Superior Beings that can defeat such enemies. Except... that they can't.One ex-scientologist I know was at the London Org the day Anonymous first protested in 2008. He waited for the Superior Beings, his leaders, to go out and shatter the enemy. They had no idea what to do - they dithered, tried to look 'important' by talking into cellphones. It was his Road to Damascus moment - he left.

LeoRyan78
LeoRyan78

Thanks for sharing that story, Hartley.  Sometimes the epiphany moments are just that simple.

Garry Scarff
Garry Scarff

Damn... I'm on the list??  And I was so looking forward to wasting my time attending yet another glitzy, over the top snooze fest orchestrated by a destructive cult.

LocalSP1
LocalSP1

The enemies of my enemies are my friends.

Guest
Guest

Or the Easter egg hunt!!

mjm
mjm

this is only for the West Coat? can't wait to see who's on the E. Coast and the Midwest lists (*cough* Lisa Marie *cough*)

Guest
Guest

Tony, you should hear the cacophony of catcalls out here, those not on the list and could be/should be number in the thousands, and not happy cats.  It's to be expected from a 1950's business model piecemealed together by a warped 40's sci fi slack writer who Forbids one word changed.  This is another example of  sci superior tech = actually another footbullet.

I believe it took 6 or 7 years for Sci management to get their financials in some kind of order for the IRS.  This is a business using telex and handwritten letters using carbon paper for copies.It's micromanaged every bit, every person, every hour, 24/7 and the most disorganized Three Stooges laughathon you could imagine.  Now just sprinkle in long term mental and physical health deprivation, abuse and robotic submission to orders of a paranoid schizo and his minions ...  and you get fail after fail.   And a list that is off by tens of thousands.

Now this also asks for the individual at each Org to add their own names that are BI's (Bad Indicators, which would be, like, if someone was spitting on image of DM), Disaffected (anyone who still has $10 left in savings and not "flowing" to DM), Enemy Conncted (anyone who reads, listens to, talks about, thinks about anything DM doesn't like) and last but not least ...Psychotic (anyone that does all the above). 

So that would mean that no one would be coming to the event! 

Guest
Guest

Seriously!!! Using a Telex in 2010?

MarkStark
MarkStark

The Telex has been a Sciloontology tradition, ever since Hubbard put 4 year old Derek Greene in a chain locker (where the ship's anchor is stored) for two days as punishment for chewing a telex!

Also, this sector of the gaLAXy is pretty much the same as it was 75 million years ago, according to Hubbard. Really, the houses, streets and clothes are pretty much the same, and the telexes too.

Guest
Guest

Scientologists  pay $350,000+  for the privilege of  learning that there are invisible people invading their mind and body, then spend years exorcizing these dead people, so why would they put dead people on their "Do Not Call" list?  Scientologists talk to dead people every day!Not only that,  but not even Death gets  you Off their Mailing List.  This is true!

So how did "Edson David DECEASED" get on this list?  Death is No Excuse not to report in to your Scientology Implant (oops Impact) Event, Edson.  If not, you must send a Replacement.Who's listed as your Beneficiaries in your Will and Insurance Policies?  They'll do.  

MarkStark
MarkStark

Death gets you off their list for Org Opening events only. You are still fully liable for "planetary salvage," a sacred ecclesiastical/fiduciary responsibility, that transcends death. You may be gone, but it's not Sciloontology until your MONEY is gone too.

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