A Scientology Internal Document Says its 'Office of Special Affairs' is Going to 'Handle' the Village Voice

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A nice little tidbit for the evening here at the underground bunker, where we keep an eye on all things Scientology.

A few weeks ago, I was asked to call in to The Church of Lazlo show at 96.5 the Buzz in Kansas City. In 2003-2005 I lived in that city and was a regular on Lazlo's show, updating him on a newspaper I worked for there. Lazlo had me on his August 3 show because he wanted to know why I was writing so much about Scientology these days.

He had me on the show again today to say that since that program, he's received a communication from Scientology, and the lunkheads over there accidentally included an internal memorandum which indicated that Scientology's Office of Special Affairs International -- its worldwide intelligence and covert operations wing -- is going to be "handling" yours truly.

Oh really?

Well, we'll see. If by "handling" they mean that OSA employees are being directed to drop bombs in our comments section -- which happens on occasion -- well, we're more than happy to indulge them.

On the other hand, if that means that a team of Squirrel Busters is on its way to stick cameras in our faces, well, you can be sure we'll tell you all about it.


UPDATE: Here's the internal letter that KC Scientologists accidentally (?) included in some PR materials they sent to 96.5 The Buzz.

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A note about that letter: in 2003-2005 I was managing editor of The Pitch in Kansas City, which at that time was run by a mentor of mine, editor in chief CJ Janovy.

Anyway, back to our regular programming. The next item in our countdown, #13, pops up at 9 am on Friday!

UPDATE: Anonymous is on the case...

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The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology
#14: Tory Christman (and other noisy ex-Scientologists)
#15: Andreas Heldal-Lund (and other old time church critics)
#16: Marc and Claire Headley, escapees of the church's HQ
#17: Jefferson Hawkins, the man behind the TV volcano
#18: Amy Scobee, former Sea Org executive
#19: The Squirrel Busters (and the church's other thugs and goons)
#20: Trey Parker and Matt Stone (and other media figures)
#21: Kendrick Moxon, attorney for the church
#22: Jamie DeWolf (and other L. Ron Hubbard family members)
#23: Ken Dandar (and other attorneys who litigate against the church)
#24: David Touretzky (and other academics)
#25: Xenu, galactic overlord


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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
Scientology's Enemies List -- Are You On It?
Inside Inside Scientology -- An interview with author Janet Reitman
Scientology and the Nation of Islam -- Holy Doctrinal Mashup, Batman!
Scientologists -- How Many of Them Are There, Anyway?
Roger Weller's Wild Ride -- Scientology When it was Hip
The Marc Headley Infiltration -- A Scientology Spying Operation Revealed
Placido Domingo Jr: Scientology's Retaliation is "Scary and Pathetic"
An Interview with Nancy Many, Former Scientology Spy
The Paulien Lombard Confession -- A Scientology Spy Comes Clean
The Deputy Benjamin Ring Hard Sell -- Scientology wants your 401K
The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology -- the whole series!
The Squirrel Busters Busted -- Unmasking the Scientology PI in Charge


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Hazel
Hazel

Well I have to say I'm incredibly disappointed that I have yet to find any of these supposedly all-over-the-place personal ads with abberated sexual content. :o/

Arielle
Arielle

I love the photoshop! Though being from Europe I'm a bit upset with Anonymous - can't they use a red European squirrel once in a while to show the internationality of the movement? So far they've only used the grey American squirrels.

Nunya
Nunya

"Do not listen to show as its weird and has squirrel stuff on it."

I actually LOLed. Lazlo should advertise with that.*awesome deep radio person voice*: 'The Church of Lazlo' at 96.5 The Buzz - Do not listen to show as its weird and has squirrel stuff on it!". I for one would be intrigued.Oh, and good job $cientology - that's the quality work we came to expect of you.

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BruceDarque
BruceDarque

Scientologists can't resist statistics  ("90%of the paper is filled with personal ads...9% is aberated entertainment ads") in this letter--with aberrant misspelled, flunk! and percentages wrong, flunk!--and in the Freedumb Nagazine weak flail of the New Yorker.  Just tragic.

jamesg
jamesg

Tony, Co$ says that the Bible was the result of an alien implant, so you are in good company.

Ackerland
Ackerland

Tony: with "squirrel" in the hand written note they were referring to the OT3 stuff you recited in the first show. Obviously, any OT3 stuff on the internet must be squirrel, because it hasn't killed anyone yet.

Guest
Guest

OMG, that is a MEME!   A squirrel MEME!  Awesome, belly laugh hurts... lol

red_zone
red_zone

LOL! Love the picture!

This just proves that Scientology is nuts!

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

This just in:

NEWS ROUNDUP: Michael Fairman vs. Scientology, Diamont & Tom Talk B&B, Telenovelas

Y&R's Michael Fairman continues "exposing the cancer that is now the Church of Scientology"

"Those who have been manipulated, intimidated, or bought into silence will not stop it . It is apparent at this time that neither the media nor the government has a firm will to stop it. Only we can. ALL those who have voices must be heard. It has gone beyond amusing videos and making 'Squirrel Buster' jokes, Joy and I learned this week first hand that this is very serious and dangerous business. Probably more serious and dangerous than we know. We, all of US, are an intelligent, determined force and we must use our collective power to end this. Many are already engaged, Every single one of us must be."

http://www.welovesoaps.net/201...

Bradley Greenwood
Bradley Greenwood

I've got your back, and so do others. We can crush the $cilons with our numbers!

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

Tony, your Church of Lazlo show interviews are really interesting and very funny!  I suggest everyone take few minutes to listen in ( linked in the above article. )

Now I know why Maggie included that hand written note at the bottom of her letter to the volunteer!  What a performance at the end, LOL!!!

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Xenu sez: "I loves me some of that dat Squirly  stuff, it' be so enturbulating is jes' makes me wanna' move and groove, it be jes' lak 'Jes' Grew!' I loves me some of that da 'nounomous stuff too, dat be down-right defibrillatin'"

nexusthe
nexusthe

(my earlier comment somehow didn't make it here, maybe because I included links ... I'm posting it again without links and hope I'm not double posting)

… if the letter is real, then at least the post office can be informed beforehand of theadditional workload to be expected ....

In 1991, Robert W Welkos, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, summarizedCO$' many ways to shudder newspapers into silence: see xenu dot net (google forrobert w welkos shudder into silence)Wasn't there also a case where a newspaper announced a soon to come publication of anarticle critical about CO$ and later found out about a new staff member that had been smuggled in by CO$ to keep them informed and help them to prepare their "noisy investigation" accordingly? Or was it a staff member in a law firm about to litigate against CO$? I couldn't find the reference anymore.

I sometimes wonder how Tony Ortega, his co-workes, family members and neighbours manage to navigate the fine line between justified suspicion and paranoia.

P.S.: I could only find the Marion Evoy incident, see lermanet dot com and on xenu-directory dot net (google for marion evoy toronto sun) but I thought there was another one involving a newspaper

PattyMoher
PattyMoher

Tony, we all welcome you to the ranks of Merchant of Chaos!  Per Scientology, you are now keeping company with some of the worst mankind has ever produced.

The fact that OSA Int is "handling" you means that you now have even more great Scn footbulletry to report on!  You lucky Destroyer of all Mankind!

It's not fair that you can have so much fun. 

On a more serious note:  Shred everything of a personal nature, and if and when they approach you, get the pix, and laugh at them for the retards they are. 

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

I wonder if Thomas Pynchon has a dog—perhaps a literate, talking dog?—in this fight?

Hunter S. Dogs
Hunter S. Dogs

I am sure that when you started this you knew that you would eventually be handled. Some of what they do to their critics (search Paulette Cooper and Gabe Cazares) is horrible. You are a man of courage Tony and you are making a difference in this world. And I knew that well before their threatening message came up.

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CofS Exit Zone

Patty (and Mark Fisher) - the DISQUS network is weirded-out again.

To fix the screwy profile assignment look for the DISQUS drop down menu button at the very top of the comments section on the right (where the Like button is):

Select Logout, then click your Browser's Refresh button to redisplay the page, and then select Login. On the Login step, if need be - register a new account.

None
None

Run for the hills Tony! There coming for ya!!

nexusthe
nexusthe

 

... if the letter is real, then at least the post office can be informedbeforehand of the additional workload to be expected ....

In 1991, Robert W Welkos, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, summerizedCO$' many ways to shudder newspapers into silencehttp://www.xenu.net/archive/go...

Wasn't there also a case where a newspaper announced a soon to come publicationof an acticle critical about CO$ and later found out about a new staff memberthat had been smuggled in by CO$ to keep them informed and help them to preparetheir "noisy investigation" accordingly? Or was it a staff member ina lawfirm about to litigate against CO$? I couldn't find the reference anymore.

I sometimes wonder how Tony Ortega, his co-workes, family members andneighbours manage to navigate the fine line between justified suspicion andparanoia.

nexibello

P.S.:Marion Evoy- maybe that’s the story that I had in mind

http://www.lermanet.com/scient...

http://www.xenu-directory.net/...

Garry90069
Garry90069

The letter was written by Maggie Kittinger who's married to Jeffrey C. Kittinger, He owns Equitable Construction in Overland Park, KS where they also have a home. Maggie was married to John P. Magerowsky decades ago. John's 2nd wife, Lauren Jann Magerowsky died in 2009. They lived in Allentown, PA.  Maggie & John had a daughter together named Fay. She lives in Clearwater.  John & Maggie have Facebook pages.

nexusthe
nexusthe

... if the letter is real, then at least the post office can be informed beforehand of the additional workload to be expected ....In 1991, Robert W Welkos, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, summerized CO$' many ways to shudder newspapers into silence http://www.xenu.net/archive/go... Wasn't there also a case where a newspaper announced a soon to come publication of an acticle critical about CO$ and later found out about a new staff member that had been smuggled in by CO$ to keep them informed and help them to prepare their "noisy investigation" accordingly? Or was it a staff member in a lawfirm about to litigate against CO$? I couldn't find the reference anymore.I sometimes wonder how Tony Ortega, his co-workes, family members and neighbours manage to navigate the fine line between justified caution/suspicion and paranoia.

nexibello

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

All kidding aside, I don't think you went into this believing that you are immune from being a target for being 'handled'  I hope you don't think you are going to get the Marty Rathbun Lite version of Scientology Fair Game if OSA Int can get away with it, either. The important thing is to watch and be cautious of people around you. You saw what happened to Ida. And Paulette Cooper. Same thing can easily happen to you if you are not vigilent. What you say can and will be twisted around or used against you if they choose to go that route. What they want to do is stop you.

One of the main reasons I remain anonymous is so that I can keep assisting victims of Narconon, investigating it's scams, documenting and posting about Narconon, and providing copies of lawsuits and agency complaints on the internet to forewarn others. Multiple times I have been targeted by OSA in attempts to gain information about me so as to try and stop me. I learned from the experiences of others who were harasssed - some of who were threatened into silence because they did not take precautions or understand the potential consequences before speaking up.

These people at OSA have no regard for people, the media, the law, or for rights to privacy. They will did and dig and dig and if they find nothing, they will make it up. How you respond is what matters. The key is to be prepared for anything and do whatever you have to do to prevent anything from happening.

I wish you the best on this.

Lynn Fountain Campbell
Lynn Fountain Campbell

Where's Louanne?  Where are all the OSA volunteers who are supposed to be making devastating comments here?

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

If Maggie has gone this long without knowing how to spell 'aberrated', they have a lot more problems at Kansas City Org then they think! 

Run, Maggie!! run!!

AquaClara
AquaClara

At the 2010 so-called "Maiden Voyage Event" David Miscavige announced with great joy and conviction that Anonymous had been handled.  This was (and still is) a great surprise to Anonymous.  An announcement that the Village Voice has been handled is likely to be forthcomng and will probably be equally surprising.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Now Owsley—he could cook hisself some mess o' squirrel, let me tell you, 

"Dark Star flashin' . . . "

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

This is the the no shit truth—the window in the office/music room, usw. has a window out to a tree covered fence. We call it "Squirrelvision" and we love it but the oodles of territorial squirrels all nearly destroyed the fence. I left "Squirrelmix" on the wooden fence, very cute, all four to fifteen show up. There's always a "Tony Soprano" in the bunch. But the little bastids chewed through the fence, so the barriers are getting hinkey if you get my drift, nudge, nude, wink—say no more, say no more guvner' and good day to you all.

I thinks I's gonna send Tony some rill' cute squirrel photos, they is jes' so doggone cute 'n' cuddly and nice.

Chuck Beatty
Chuck Beatty

Patty,   For years, years ago, Tory will tell you, I told Tory that Tony had the BEST grasp of Scientology's intricacies of ANY reporter, bar none, in media history.  A couple years back I asked Tory how to contact Tony, since I knew time was ripe to get Tony to look at Tory, ten years on!    Tory didn't know, so I searched out Tony, over 2 years  ago, he was holding his own in Ft Lauderdale, doing the Miami weekly city mag, and I phoned and asked Tony to please, sorta, take on the Tory story, ten years later, all the water that's happened since.   Tony's in a way higher league now, he knows the biz, he's just such a good egg in journalism history, in my opinion.   Anyways, nothing happened while Tony was at Miami, and then opportunity knocks,  Tony got leapfrogged to Village Voice, the top of the heap of weekly US newspapers.   People might remember Norman Mailer co-founded the Village Voice, to those that don't know, Mailer is who we should be reading in our spare time, he's such a mind!   So Tony's now at Village Voice, the goddamned best fricking weekly newspaper in the US and will always be number  one in my mind, with LA weekly mags in their various incranations always number two.   I myself love weekly mag journalism, it's so much freer, and if the journalists do the digging, they get some amazing details and history!    Tony's just a whole long career excellent weekly mag reporter, and Scientology's just a sidebar to his career.   Anyways, Patty,  the Wollersheim story by Tony, is a must re-read, (it's my all time BEST favority Tony Ortega Scientology article, with the Tory article being number 2) article again.   Patty, I was NOT being overzealous praising Tony when I was blurting about him.    It takes the bloodly weekly news media to get the history right, now isn't that the truth!

Guest
Guest

Oh yes, and webcams!  Lots of 'em around the house, and have the cats wearing them.  Also, turn off GPS on cell phones as well as any GPS in car if u have them.  Have mini camcorder w/you at all times and backup batteries.  Somewhere on the internetz there's a whole "how to" list of how to protect.  Change passwords on everything, including mundane things like utilities.  If you don't have protections on accounts, contact them and arrange something.  Also, don't talk to strangers wearing cameras on head. 

Joe_Lynn
Joe_Lynn

I have it on good authority that Pynchon and his Trystero henchmen are looking into Scientology and would appreciate any Scientology materials you can send them.

Deposit any of Scientology's 'confidential scriptures' in your local 'W.A.S.T.E' can.

sizzle8
sizzle8

Clear your Disqus and VV cookies and try again.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Tony—Visualize yourself as Bugs Bunny. Visualize the dwarf with the funny haircut and his minions as Marvin the Martian and his army of Instant Martians™. Good.

The instructional materials are all available online via the usual sources. Stock up on nightmare paint and banana peels. Get that Haggis dude to assemble a passel of vidiographers at your door step and watch the thigh-slapping, High-Larious action.

One more thing—get a contract with Comedy Central to make this a reality TV show.

Cheers,Galactic Overlord Xenu.

PattyMoher
PattyMoher

Jann died!  How?  Do you have any other facts.  I knew her well. She was extremely indoctrinated but one of the nicer ones. 

Chuck Beatty
Chuck Beatty

Don't worry, the NY anonymous crowd would drop whatever they are doing, and head to any "hot spot" where Scientology hands out their "Village Voice" Freedumb mags!

Zoxim
Zoxim

I saw her posting crap on the New York Times site today. Oddly enough she was using the exact formula in the memo above. Go figure.

MarcAbian
MarcAbian

People who reach oat-E levels believe that they control what is true by simply thinking, or "postulating" it.  If they "postulate" that Anonymous no longer protests then it no longer does, despite any evidence to the contrary.

Scientology's "bridge to total freedom" is a bridge to total madness.

guest
guest

Norman Mailer? really?  I had no idea.

I didn't know much about Tony Ortega a while back, but Scientology changed all that.

I'm reading the Village Voice everyday now.  Davey Miscavige and his cohorts are such a hoot.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

I'm sorry, but I just have to do it.

Oedipa's big freak-out commences in Berkeley California. Attempting to track down a Jacobean Theater-of-Cruelty Horrorshow entitled"The Courier's Tragedy" in the form of a verifiable hard copy, she finds herself in one of the tentacles of the side issues while sussing out the estate of one Pierce Inverarity, Oedipa's very rich, now dead, ex-boyfriend. That unintended consequence being that Oedipa is being introduced to the Nefastis Machine—Thanks Stanley Koteks! 

But, and anyway, John Nefastis hisself happens to reside in Berkeley, California somewhere south of the campus on Telegraph Avenue. Oedipa shows up at the Nefastis residence saying "He said you could tell me whether or not I'm a "Sensitive." Oedipa's supposed to move a piston on a box with a picture of Clerk Maxwell :

http://biographywanted.com/wp-...

. . . on it simply using the power of her mind, her force of will and looking at this old photo . She can't, it's time to leave and Nefastis sez it's time to get it on. Oedipa runs screaming from the house, haulin' ass in her rented Impala and proceeds to have her hullucinagenic freak-out.

I think that covers Scientology, don't you?

I suspect that there are also Scientological resonances in "Inherent Vice"'s "Golden Fang" as well.

In a similar vein, this is #15 of the 22 major arcana in the Tarot deck. This is the familiar Rider/Waite version:

http://derekclontz.files.wordp...

Visualize this card. Very good. Now superimpose the face of DM over the DV-L's and for the two trapped in a forced marriage below the Great Beast we superimpose the faces of Tom and Katie. Very, very good.

Perhaps this meme-let will escape from this far corner of esoterica?

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

By the way, you have ANY questions about W.A.S.T.E., I'm the world's foremost authority I swear on Professor Irwin Corey's snot-encrusted coat-sleeve, Eris bless 'em.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Xenu sez:

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeahShe loves you, yeah, yeah, yeahShe loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeahYou think you lost your love,Well, I saw her yesterday.It's you she's thinking ofAnd she told me what to say.She says she loves youAnd you know that can't be bad.Yes, she loves youAnd you know you should be glad.She said you hurt her soShe almost lost her mind.But now she said she knowsYou're not the hurting kind.She says she loves youAnd you know that can't be bad.Yes, she loves youAnd you know you should be glad. Ooh!She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeahShe loves you, yeah, yeah, yeahAnd with a love like thatYou know you should be glad.You know it's up to you,I think it's only fair,Pride can hurt you, too,Apologize to herBecause she loves youAnd you know that can't be bad.Yes, she loves youAnd you know you should be glad. Ooh!She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeahShe loves you, yeah, yeah, yeahwith a love like thatYou know you shouldBe Glad!with a love like thatYou know you shouldBe Glad!With a love like thatYou know you should be glad!Yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah Ye-ah.

And yall' know who "She" is, don'tcha?

Chuck Beatty
Chuck Beatty

I helped train both Maggie and John Magerowski, and Nick Petrunti.   Boston staff I loved them, too bad they didn't learn about Xenu earlier in their lives.   Maggie gave me a very sympathetically delivered "sec check" when I had to go on emergency leave when my own dad died!   Sheesh, having to get a "sec check" because the Sea Org worried you'd "blow" (escape) when you were just going to your dad's funeral, what lack of trust.  Maggie was a nice human being, and John was exceptionally nice too!   Loved the boston staffers, real f-ing troupers!

Garry90069
Garry90069

I posted the obit & links on WWP & ESMB, Patty.

DMSTCC
DMSTCC

If there actually is an op on Tony it seems to me that they would work from the outside-in approach. 

The memo inclusion may be one of 3 things: +Actual and a mistake+A cry for help+Decoy (Tony - Do your friends or family have any "new" friends?)

We're here when you need us.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

I don't know if you caught this, but in the South Park "Return of Chef" episode Chef is walking away from the children for one last time on the Bridge the connects the Super Adventure Club to the real word, or at least the "South Park" version of the real world. He's half-way across that bridge when it catches on fire, then the Bridge swings to the ledge of the SAC and then turns into a Wall of Fire. Interesting.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

I had a lot of spare time when Watergate happened. I have a lot of spare time now.

If you want the Watergate story, read up on Howard Hughes and just for kicks, "Inherent Vice."

This is more fun than Watergate.

robert
robert

Yes, seriously, Tony if you know the expression, you have our ax if need be.Especially us old fogies in the NY area. I may not be swift of foot anymore, but will "stand tall" if you need it.

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