Ed Bryan, OT VIII, Demonstrates the Power of Scientology's Highest Levels

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Ed Bryan, celebrating his ultimate beingness
While we wait for tomorrow's update in our big countdown, we have a tale today that takes us to the upper end of Scientology's vaunted "Bridge."

It involves a man who, according to L. Ron Hubbard's original precepts, should be nearly superhuman, a 'homo novis' or New Man, practically a god among us mere mortals.

Join us, will you?

We take you to Miami Beach, Florida, where the "Squirrel Busters" briefly surfaced this past week. If you've been reading our dispatches here lately, you know about the epic siege going on near Corpus Christi, Texas, where we first learned about the Squirrel Busters. In a small town there, Ingleside on the Bay, lives a man named Marty Rathbun, who until 2004 was one of the most high-ranking officials in Scientology. Over the last two years, he's been operating a blog that is highly critical of current church leader David Miscavige. In a bizarre form of retaliation and intimidation, Scientology sent a goon squad of church members from around the country to surveil Rathbun's house day in and day out, film his every activity, and attempt to get him so angry that he'll lash out at them. (They call themselves "Squirrel Busters" because Rathbun is still an adherent of L. Ron Hubbard's "technology," and the church labels people "squirrels" who practice Scientology outside the official church.)

As we've seen, different people have rotated in and rotated out of the Squirrel Busters crew, and there's solid evidence now that the entire operation is being run by a longtime Scientology private investigator named David Lubow, who operates a "war room" in a local hotel and keeps in touch with church officials in Los Angeles.

One member of the Texas goon squad that Rathbun has also identified is Edward Bryan, a La Mesa, California resident and such a longtime Scientologist, he's reportedly reached its highest spiritual level, known as "OT VIII."

According to figures recently published by Ohio State professor Hugh Urban, the years of training it takes a Scientologist to reach OT VIII come with fees that add up to about $350,000 to $400,000. And for all that expensive spiritual training, Ed Bryan should just about be superhuman. Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard enticed followers with promises that by the time they had reached OT VIII -- and all of the disembodied alien souls that are attached to the rest of us had finally been removed from the OT VIII through years of auditing -- the now unencumbered subject should have amazing powers: telekinesis, total recall, and basically the ability to make anything in the physical universe happen just with the use of your mind.

Ed Bryan has reached that level of stupendous power.

For some reason, however, he chooses to use his super powers in the oddest ways. We saw in this video, for example, Bryan dancing on the prow of a boat, celebrating the fact that the Squirrel Busters had stooped so low as to surveil Rathbun from a listing paddle boat in the canal behind his house...

And last week, after leaving the south Texas siege in other hands, Bryan traveled to Miami Beach with another Squirrel Busters crew to target another arch-enemy of the church: former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder.

Rinder was once one of the most visible faces of Scientology, appearing on television shows arguing with journalists about the church. But in 2007 he left, and, like Rathbun but with less volume, has also been speaking out about Miscavige and current church leadership.

But he also needs to make a living, and he's working in the medical technology field. Last week, he was at a trade show at the Miami Beach Convention Center to get the word out about a product his company is selling.

"It's a system of making ice that makes ice that's not contaminated, which is a big problem in hospitals," Rinder told me today by telephone.

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Bryan, while he was still in south Texas
While Rinder was inside the trade show talking about his ice maker, Bryan and a Squirrel Busters crew, as well as Jim Lynch, a reporter who works for Scientology's magazine Freedom, showed up to the conference.

"Bryan was out in the parking lot, on the sidewalk. He and his Squirrel Busters buddies with their silly hats and fluffy squirrel dolls. They had this hat that was like a big fluffy squirrel hat, the strangest thing you've ever seen," Rinder says. "People thought they were morons."

As long as they stayed on the sidewalk, they were left alone by the convention center's security guards. On Thursday, Rinder says, Lynch came inside, but was chased away when he was questioned about his ID. The next day, it was Bryan who attempted to come into the conference to confront Rinder more directly.

"All these guys are trying to do, and it goes for the Squirrel Busters down with Marty, is to try and get a rise out of you," Rinder says. "Get in your face and say something about your wife or get a rise out of you so that you will react and they'll have it documented, and then they can get you prosecuted. That's it. They have no purpose to actually accomplish anything."

Before Bryan could cause any chaos, however, Rinder had security check the badge he was wearing to get into the place.

According to an incident report released by the Miami Beach Police, Bryan snagged a discarded badge by way of some dumpster diving:

Upon arrival I was advised by convention center security that the def (Bryan) has been warned of trespassing a number of times over the last few days. Today the def went into a trash can on the outside of the building and obtained used credentials, allowing him to gain entry into the event without paying.

Bryan, 71, was hustled out of the place and was arrested.

For some reason, he chose not to use his Scientology super powers to melt his handcuffs with his mind, toss the police like rag dolls with his brain waves, or simply levitate himself out of Miami Beach. We don't know why, but we're trying to reach him.

I asked Rinder if the Squirrel Busters succeeded in disrupting his trade show at all. Not in the least, he answered.

"It was an extremely good conference. And [Bryan and the others] have now alienated and destroyed whatever reputation they may have had with the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach Police Department, Miami Fire Department, and with the people who were at the show. These people ended up being the subject of a lot of snickering and people taking photos,. They make fools of themselves wherever they go."



The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology
#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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62 comments
Guest
Guest

The Village Voice doesn't have anything better to do than pick on Scientologists?

sketto
sketto

Tick tock, Davey. The end is nearer and nearer every day. You're going to jail.

johnny d
johnny d

If you read the report you will notice that Ed the OT VIII is actually an unemployed Dumpster-Diver from Uzbekistan, WOW Miscavige sure knows how to pick em’ !

mjm
mjm

so Leah Remini and her Scilon chum Holly Robinson Peete (who's on the autism-caused-by-vaccines bs started by Scilon "doctor" Andrew Wakefield and supported by Scilon celeb Jenny McCarthy) are not coming back to The Talk. Julie Chen, married to the head of CBS, must not like cult infiltration.

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

This is more evidence that dumpster diving is an ongoing Church of Scientology sanctioned activity.

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

Notice the little box on the top right corner of OT VIII Ed Bryan's complaint/arrest affidavit?    "Fraud related arrest?" It's marked 'Y' for YES.  This is the Scientology mantra he's operating from:“We live for service not for rules." ~ HCOPL 29 October 1959 “Service OEC Vol. 0, page 795 No person in their right mind does stuff like this. He actually believes he's doing this to help.  Who works hard their whole life thinking they are doing the rght thing to wind up like this?  I wonder why he wasn't charged with Tresspassing. On Rathbun's blog it says he was arrested for this. Rinder should have filed for and obtained an order of protection for repeated harassment by this goon. It would help to ask the judge to order Bryan to get a Mini Mental Status Exam by a qualified professional (psych). The man is obviously disturbed and in need of intervention. His recent behavior and actions could be the beginning signs of dementia.

scilonschools
scilonschools

And people say there is no God, if this isn't DIVINE justice i don't know what is!!!

Patty Moher
Patty Moher

Ed Bryan had to wait 76 trillion years to get all these abilities back.  Cut the guy some slack!

Arielle
Arielle

Tony, I think your friends the squirrel busters just posted their version of events in one of their "breaking news" reports. According to them Mike Rinder might face felony charges for attacking an elderly person at the convention center. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Clarkle
Clarkle

I used to be a Huge fan of Tales From the Crypt, and I never knew that the Crypt Keeper was an OT VIII.

Busted Ambassador
Busted Ambassador

Ed Bryan, the arrested "OT8" scientologist, lied on his arrest report in Florida.     Under Occupation he wrote Unemployed.      

Ed Bryan owns a Burbank,  California  company that cleans grease out of Restaurant Exhaust fans.

Bryan Exhaust Service Inc.

http://www.bryanexhaust.com/ 2808 N Naomi StBurbank, CA 91504(800) 300-7832

The Burbank Chamber of Commerce may have already been notified.

Ed Bryan also lied about his citizenship.

He is also a "Squirrel Buster" who harassed actor Michael Fairman and other artists in Los Angeles.with his bogus "documentary" pretense.

Ed Bryan has indeed fulfilled the role of David Miscavige  **"OT Ambassador"***  --> iconic  criminal theft, lying, attempt to enter a convention without paying, trash diving, stalking, harassment, calumny. THAT is Scientology Organization.

The leopard hasn't changed it spots since Operation Snow white.

THANK YOU law enforcement. THANK YOU USA.   

  

Lulz
Lulz

Hi Tony,seems like Rinder left out some juicy details. just saw the squirrel busters post a vid showing Rinder assaulting Bryan. http://youtu.be/jl0jQQpopYE

Also trying to figure out who this Robert Almblad is anyway, any clues?

MarkStark
MarkStark

That's the signpost up ahead -- your next stop, the Squirrel Busters Zone. Battlefield Miami.

ELVira
ELVira

..I bet Ed never saw THIS coming.

So Ed, how does it feel to be thrown under the bus..... by your own, so called, "church"? And since the cult doesn't want to be connected to this in any way, you're on your own, sucker!

OT, my @ss!

And once word gets around that OTVIII public scientologists are sitting in jail for doing the cult's (read OSA's) dirty work...........I'm guessing that the list of OSA volunteers will suddenly drop to zero. 

This is like hitting 2 birds with one stone. OTVIII is proven to be a farce, and OSA helpers are left to twist in the wind by their cult.

Rumpelstiltskin
Rumpelstiltskin

I think it is unfair to imply "going OT" and getting to that level does not give one the returned omnipotence Ron promised.Google "Is he a slumlord or ethical specialist?" and see Scott Snow's uber abilitiesOf course, there's the abilities Rex Fowler demonstrated, But I guess we can't include him as he was still on OT VIIMaybe Wally Hanks can be considered.

Of course, anyone Googling those names will see that adhering to scientology long enough can lead you to committing the most heinous crimes like child abuse or even murder.All "for the greater good across the greatest number of dynamics"

Arielle
Arielle

Tony, you got it all wrong. OTVIIIs cannot levitate themselves. They can only make ashtrays levitate. Really, you're so ignorant.

Ron
Ron

If I had a squad of Busters and PIs ordered to closely follow me at all costs, I'd have some fun with it: A long hike along some choice trails, a long drive in the country (my car should out-cruise range any rented SUV and if they stop for gas, they lose), go to the amusement park and ride every roller-coaster again and again and again...

Follow me if you can because you must, suckers!

Bob Peterson
Bob Peterson

I haven't seen anything like this since Beavis did "The Great Cornholio."

t1kk
t1kk

Before Scientology, 71 year old meat bodies rarely if ever were afforded the opportunity to crawl around inside dumpsters in order to facilitate their misdemeanors. Religious liberty is foraging into brave new worlds.

Anon Tron
Anon Tron

So my only question is can Rinder confirm that being an OT8 he should have had homo novis powers? oh wait.. there are not OTs that's entheta about his religion. my bad.

I'drathernot
I'drathernot

Honestly this is better than HBO.  I love how they have no idea how ridiculous they look.  Tony your stories are not only informative but entertaining. I promise every story I am mouth agape shocked at the depths the COS sinks to. Not that it should shock me anymore, but its like watching a crazy person who clearly thinks they are normal.  Priceless!

Linda C
Linda C

I absolutely love these Busters! And since we are all in agreement that Scientology sucks, we should do everything in our power to encourage these guys. I for one will miss them terribly when they are gone. Secretly Mike and Marty will too. What will they have to talk about.....more lame L Ron quotes? Ho hum

TonySa
TonySa

Ed Bryan is the perfect "Ambassador" for  Scientology:   covert, duplicitous liar.   Ed Bryan owns a company in Burbank, California that cleans grease out of kitchen vents.  He was also one of the "Squirrel Busters"  who showed up (read stalked, harassed) at Hollywood actor Michael Fairman's doorstep under the bogus pretense of being a documentary  maker.

Old OT7
Old OT7

Actually, "Dumpster Diving" is the material on OT9.  The EP (or End Phenomenon for those not versed in cult speak) is "knowing you have been had from the start and dumpster diving just proves it."  Very advanced!  OT9 completions can dumpster dive (or DD) 25 trash cans in a single day!  This is especially good for Sea Org members as they get their clothes that way.

mjm
mjm

just ask Tommy Davis

DuckBenway
DuckBenway

Ed's had 76 trillion years of slack. Way more than Bob Dobbs!

We're right outa slack for RTFOS, Patty. Bob Dobbs cleaned us out.

Tell Ed to find a spine and smash the suppression all by himself. A man's gotta know his limitations!

I'drathernot
I'drathernot

EL.. volunteers will go down, but all Miscavige will do is adopt a "draft"policy.  We all know Ron loved his military style procedures.  Give it time! We will all start getting notices  " Miscavige wants YOU"

Old OT7
Old OT7

Hey!  I'm old OT7 and I can make my hand levitate!   Do it all the time.  I can even pat my head and rub my stomach at the same time!  Bow before me!

Guest
Guest

But only after striking up a civil conversation with the ashtray, establishing rapport, and politely asking. 

Brian
Brian

Or go to see the Spider-Man musical over and over....

TheGuest
TheGuest

Something else I was wondering about on a for real, serious note, since this latest insanity took place in Florida.  I don't know if the Florida Baker Act is still an ongoing legal application: 

"The Florida Mental Health Act of 1971 (commonly known as the "Baker Act") is a Florida statute allowing for involuntary examination of an individual.The Baker Act allows for involuntary examination (what some call emergency or involuntary commitment). It can be initiated by judges, law enforcement officials, physicians or mental health professionals. There must be evidence that the personhas a mental illness (as defined in the Baker Act) andis a harm to self, harm to others, or self neglectful (as defined in the Baker Act).Examinations may last up to 72 hours and occur in over 100 Florida Department of Children and Families-designated receiving facilities statewide."

I have seen far too many scientologists, in whatever capacity, that appear to fall into the "self neglect" category.  This always makes me shudder when I see it and I see it more and more. 

Not sure what the latest definition of mentally ill is (although, my fellow Floridians would say that wearing a jacket with shorts would suffice).  As to  posing possible harm to to self or to others, each "incident" is different of course, and often walks a tightrope line.    In this one, 71 yrs old and diving in dumpsters has potential for harm, and the motivation for it has got to be mental in some judge's eye. 

So, I'm curious on a legal observation, but hey, would love to hear a psychiatrist's view as well.  Damn, if all this isn't illegal and mental on Some level, I don't know what is.

TheGuest
TheGuest

Yes, this isn't your ordinary Squirrel Busters team.

This is the Ho-Lee Oh-Tee Squirrel Buster Dumpster Jumpers.

And since Ed Bryan already has reportedly been charged by the police in California for harrassments of Karen (formerly Jentszch) La Carriere, and Michael Fairman (actor), why didn't Marty also bring charges in Texas,  and Mike Rinder in Miami for harrassment?Ed's getting to be an interstate serial harrasser. 

Old OT7
Old OT7

Agree!  You just can't make this stuff up! Comedy in the highest form!

Arielle
Arielle

Couldn't agree more. I demand the return of the cranial cameras attached to the Squirrel Busters empty heads. They should also have their own theme song. Something like "Who are you going to call? The Squirrel Busters".

robert
robert

Not to mention him harassing Karen De La Carriere as well.

Old OT7
Old OT7

You can actually LEAVE a church.  Not so with a cult...

"Documentary" my ass!  They're the laughing stock of the world!

Old OT7
Old OT7

"A man's gotta know his  limitations."  Clint Eastwood  I forget the movie.  But Ed does not know his!  And he has no spine!

I'drathernot
I'drathernot

But your not OT 8! Gawd! Come back to me when you get it RIGHT! lol

Ron
Ron

Hey, I'm cruel, but I'm not eeeevil!

t1kk
t1kk

That's interesting, but my understanding of the self-neglect provision of Florida's Baker Act is that it requires an element of imminent harm--there needs to be evidence that the person to be committed is an immediate threat to him/herself. Not an easy thing to show and a bar pretty much anyone who can successfully travel from Texas to Florida can easily clear. And a court would probably look dimly if the attempt was made by a party other than a family member or friend. And then you'd surely get Scientology lawyers and officials stepping in, etc. etc.

I'drathernot
I'drathernot

No kidding. I feel like I'm watching Jersey Shore rejection audition tapes. I keep waiting for him to do the fist pump, but it doesn't happen. Honestly I'm kinda let down by that.

Guest
Guest

Yes, I think the dynamic "Love you if you pay, destroy you if you stray" is important for people to remember regarding this cult.

t1kk
t1kk

He dumpster dove for the specific purpose of procuring credentials, and was even successful; more akin to a homeless person dumpster diving for food than a psychotic person. Imminent harm would require some showing that he perhaps did this every day for no discernible reason.

The_donald_jr
The_donald_jr

I would say an old man dumpster diving is imminent harm to himself. You never know what dangerous substances, disease, broken glas, dirty needles, etc..

t1kk
t1kk

No, self-neglect is still self-neglect--the imminent harm refers to harm to oneself.  E.g., someone refusing to eat because they fear that food is a conspiracy to destroy them.

TheGuest
TheGuest

thanks for weighing in.  So that Self Neglect section is tied into harming others?  damn. 

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