Scientology Watching Hits the Beach!

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Just a programming note today as we wait to reveal tomorrow morning's entry in our countdown...

This Saturday, New York-area enturbulators, hackers, and don't-call-them-members of Anonymous will be making their annual "beach party" at the 46th Street Scientology "org," just off Times Square.

From 5 to 7:15 pm, expect to see a large gathering of mostly young, loud, obnoxious, and variously becostumed and disguised protestors standing behind barriers across the street from the Scientology building.

They tell me they're going to turn the sidewalk there into a beach scene, complete with "sand, lawnchairs, beach balls, and water:"

So get ready to put on your thickest skin and best beach wear as we party in the streets, laughing at and lampooning the cult across the street while we cause a scene that is wonderfully out of place, but distinctly New York.

Well, it's been a fairly long time since we paid much attention to an Anonymous protest (ah, those great memories of 2008, how time flies...), but this one sounds just perverted enough that we're going to show up with a notepad and a video camera.

Maybe John Carmichael, the New York org's president, will even come out and tell us he smells tanning lotion or something.



The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology
#20: Trey Parker and Matt Stone
#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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Duncan
Duncan

I wish I could be there!  What Suppressive Person Factor lotion should Scilons joining the beach party cover themselves in?

Arielle
Arielle

New York Anons are not hackers. They are pretty much a  bunch of good kids with very foul mouths.

Sanddancer
Sanddancer

They're not hackers in the sense of breaking into computers, etc. They are, however, hackers in the geek sense -- using things in clever and new ways. A beach party in times square to bring attention to the church's antics is definitely a clever hack.

moops
moops

We're the "suck my dick" people

Sanddancer
Sanddancer

Keep fighting the good fight, NYCanons.

CofS Exit Zone
CofS Exit Zone

"but this one sounds just perverted enough that we're going to show up with a notepad and a video camera"

"perverted" seems to be all the rage these days. sounds like fun will be had at NYCanon beach party!!

robert
robert

Tony, thanks for mentioning the protest.Talk does a lot of things.  But there is nothing like a little real action.Good luck guys!

XenuBodyThetan
XenuBodyThetan

Exactly, "I smell Xenu's armpits!"John Carmichael, I have to say, New Yorkers do have one of the top two "Dept of Special Affairs Continental" persons.   The only other "DSA" (Dept of Special Affairs PR headman) comparable to Carmichael is San Francisco's Jeff Quiros.   John and Jeff, once they are "gone", will be a lost breed.   I wish John could find his tongue, his New York City tongue, and come banter with protestors.   When I long ago worked at Author Services in LA, which is senior to the whole durned "church", I wrote an internal memo commendation on John, since he DOES or he DID get loads of "upstats" for L. Ron Hubbard's and Scientology's "positive images" statistics.   John's an oldtime Guardian's Office PR man, and is Jeff Quiros from the west coast.   They are truly "last of the breed."    anons in New York should be appreciative, once John Carmichael retires, he likely will NOT be replaced.   He's got the old Guardian's Office (L. Ron Hubbard intel/PR/legal) 'tech" in his blood!   Tony Chambranis and John Carmichael are it!   When they retire, NYC won't have the old breed to kick around anymore!  - Chuck Beatty, old ex OEC/FEBC Sup Flag, etc, ex Sea Org 1975-2003, Pittsburgg

Pogo Stick Guy
Pogo Stick Guy

Anonymous Project Chanology San Francisco stands and salutes you, Mr. Beatty. And you too, Mr Ortega. 

I haz a sad thinking of the day we no longer have Jeff Quiros to troll. His "shatter suppression" skills are apparently in a stage of advanced decrepitude since we haven't seen him in a while or perhaps he is exteriorizing to fight us. 

John "I smell pussy"  Carmichael and Jeff "Under oath doesn't mean shit" Quiros - last of the Old Guard OSA Failtards. Jeff was a more worthy opponent in younger days when he was teenage OSA volunteer Tommy Gorman's boss. From Arnie Lerma's interview: 

Arnie: Who told you to do and say these things and what did they direct you to say and do?In my presence, Scientology's Director of Special Affairs (DSA) of the Office of Special Affairs (OSA) for San Francisco, Church of Scientology who is Jeff Quiros, stated the following: "Under oath doesn't mean shit."Arnie: Did he say this often?Mr. Gorman: He said this at least ten times.Arnie: what else did he say?Mr. Gorman: Jeff Quiros said that "The court system is just a bunch of WOGs and they are suppressive and that the US government is suppressive""The police dept., the FBI and the court system are all suppressive, they are all a bunch of morons and they are down stats and can't get real jobs. The court system is designed to take any bad down stat (bad person) so they can torpedo an up stat (good person) and bring them down. The Police are a bunch of crooks and especially the FBI. The FBI is the number one terrorist group in the United States" And then he showed me a written green on white policy by Hubbard that stated this.

KeepOnLearning
KeepOnLearning

We can always depend on Ortega and VV to endorse and even promote any form of public harassment and rabble-rousing that will induce family upsets and job discrimination against Scientologists. 

Well, since the Voice is quieting its ads for child prostitution, I guess it has to pump up revenue from somewhere. 

DuckBenway
DuckBenway

Who is this "we" you mention, kemosabe? Are they those diseased little rats you hang out with in your little maze on planet moonbat?

Protesting induces family upsets and job discrimination against $cilontologists? Why didn't you say something before this? We could have had the amplifiers turned up past eleven by now!

Always a day late and a dollar short. You freakin' cultists just can't be trusted.

DuckBenway
DuckBenway

When I examine the sixty-year wake of human destruction, left by the cult of Dianetic$/$cientology, witness all of the destroyed families and lives, it makes me wish that there was a “Dead Or Alive Bounty“ on psychopaths like you.

I’d hunt them all down and take no prisoners. Your pathetic cult is going down. Expect it!

Schockenawd
Schockenawd

OFGS.  Please.  PLEASE!  Quit being a lemming.  Start thinking.  THINKING, via your own brain.  Quit being an everybody-is -against-our-team kind of being, because it isn't true.  What's true is that you're being led by your gonads into a place no one would ever voluntarily go.  And, dude, there is ONLY ONE LIFE.  You think, because some guy named Ron said so, that you're going to have a bunch more lives.  But, he was making it up as he went along, and the truth is, THIS IS IT.  So, why don't you just admit that you're giving all of your youthful energy to a waste of an organization, and get on with it.  Go live.  Cuz you aren't living now.  I'm just sayin'.

moops
moops

Hi moron. You are cordially invited to come to our beach party, which will likely have a higher attendance than the "third biggest org", Co$ Times Square. There will also be less balding, emaciated, lonely and brainwashed potential suicide victims on our side of the street. Whining in the VV comments section about the failure of your cult to handle the NYC Anonymous cell is hysterical to us. How many superpowers are you supposed to have again? Some? One? Because it's clearly not anything to do with shattering suppression. Youmad.

billy bob
billy bob

Speaking of family upsets, hows that disconnection policy working for you?  Have you talked to your mother lately?  Does your handler listen in while you tell her "Everything's great here, yeah, really great, we're doing so much great work, well gotta go, maybe I'll be able to call for 5 minutes on Christmas."

Old OT7
Old OT7

Like everything else that is going wrong with your cult, collectively, you idiots pulled it in.  And  you continue to pull it in.  Yours is a criminal organization bent on "clearing the planet" (read world domination).  What you fail to understand is, the entire world is on to you and criminal, psychotic, violent, tiny tyrant of a leader.  Everyone is laughing at stupidScientology!  But your actions will remain the same and the laughter will grow progressively louder. 

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

Scientologee
Scientologee

KeeponScheming I mean, "leaning"....re: child prostitution....you should ask Jan Eastgate about children and sex. She seems to be an expert. Oh wait...She's awaiting trial for child sex abuse cover up. Hmmm, never mind.

Diana Etics
Diana Etics

What $cientology calls "public harrassment" is what legally is considered freedom of speech.   Your church founder Hubbard taught you to attack, so therefore peaceful protest becomes "anti-family" and "job discrimination" (quite illogical, as other posters have noted).

Get used to it!   Most educated individuals who know the history of your malignant cult will do their best to stop you from destroying more families and financially ruining the vulnerable.

Old OT7
Old OT7

Right on the money!  Great post!  Scientology is  completely against freedom of speech except when it relates to them. Their world view is, since they are "mankind's only hope," they  should be the ONLY ones with that right and everyone else should STFU and go hide. The problem is, cult members, we are NEVER going away.  Get used to it.

PokeAnon
PokeAnon

As one of the "rabble-rousers" I can tell you that if you had half a sense of humor that just maybe you wouldn't support such a direly serious cultic organization to begin with. Joking and degrading be damned. 

Are you so historically ignorant to realize that even vulgar satire and humor have been tools of protest and dissent for centuries? Jonathan Swift, perhaps one of the greatest satirist of all time wrote "A Modest Proposal" about eating babies that went into great detail on preparation and consumption. Voltaire lambasted a philosophical rival by increasingly gruesomely killing off an analogous character in "Candide". These are surely nuanced, but to argue repeated brutal murder and infanticide followed by cannibalism are tame ideas is a losing argument. These extreme acts are the hyperbole which drive home point to their logical ends, meanwhile causing the audience to laugh at the position(s) and act(s) being mocked.

The comments made at one of our event can and perhaps should be mean, vulgar or crass, but unless a jokes flat out flop, they are always followed by bouts of laughter from the protesters and the pedestrians of NYC. The NYPD try their best to remain totally impartial (as they should) yet they are only human and often have to duck away to hide a smile. Pointing out that the 70 year old hunchbacked woman coming out of the Scientology building was 14 when she went in earlier in the day is funny.

Once upon a time Scientology held a privileged position as an impenetrable fortress immune from criticism. Now that your international pseudo-scientific criminal cult masquerading as a religious movement is crumbling like a chair under Kirstie Alley, I fully intend to laugh at and lampoon those who hopelessly cling to their morally untenable moobat lunacy. 

Has it occurred to you, my dear blatantly obvious Scientologist, that the reason you're the only ones not laughing is because you're the butt of the joke for good reason?  

Arielle
Arielle

Go Poke! And I love Candide. A particularly memorable part was when the soldiers cut off the buttockes of women and ate them.

LoyalOfficer
LoyalOfficer

Like Ed Bryan OT8 and Jim Lynch harassing Mike Rinder as he was working and then getting arrested? Maybe Jan Meyer (AKA Jan Eastgate) will show up to cover up some sexual abuse, isn't she about to return to court in Australia?

robert
robert

KPL, why are you attacking another journalist?  You seem to have a penchant for that. Why would that be?  

Why were you attacking a journalist in Las Vegas about Front Sight?  Could there be a hidden Scientology connection there? What will I find if I google Ignatius Piazza, Front Sight and Scientology? 

Oh and by the way the fraud and racketeering lawsuit against Front Sight was settled with Front Sight having to pay refunds out to its members to the tune of millions of dollars.

But obviously the fact that a journalist covered the case means somehow the journalist is biased.

robert
robert

^^Sorry, I meant KOL, not KPL.  

SFF
SFF

How will a legal and constitutionally-protected protest induce job discrimination against Scientologists, exactly?

Also, how do you feel about the "Squirrel Busters" and their protests of an individual?

robert
robert

SFF, those are not protests, even according to the squirrelbusters. 

According to OT8 Ed Bryan and the statement he gave to the police, they are there with the specific purpose of harassing Marty and Mike, as they did in Miami.  Bert Leahy, the cameraman they used confirmed this.  So what do you say about that, KPL, and about Ed Bryan being arrested? 

And I think maybe you have been missing the Top 25 People Crippling Scientology stories.  Please feel free to read them and let us know what you think.I know you were only able to read excerpts of Janet's book, but I think that you will find these short and easy to read.  

robert
robert

^^^That last part is directed at KPL.

Track Me
Track Me

Ut oh.....it looks like they know! Keep that camera tight. Boy if I could I'd be there in a New York millisecond

XenuBodyThetan
XenuBodyThetan

Ortega has done what NO other media cares to do, which is look at the difference between the "independents", well Janet Reitman obviously too with her expert media uptodate "Inside Scientology" 2011 book.    Both Ortega and Reitman have noticed, like good observers, that there has been actually a trend, almost a natural trend, that has occured to Scientology, just like any other "extremist" group, which is that a more moderate and tolerant splinter sub group almost naturally forms.   It's goddamn human nature NOT to just piss on your fellow humans, and the so called independent Scientologists are simply a NON bureaucractic, and more tolerant form of Scientology, a form of Scientology that likely will ultimately be the future of the totalitarian official movement of Scientology.   (Personally I see Scientology going the way of totalitarian communist countries, breaking up eventually, and people who still want to do communes and do the best in socialism, will by their more egalitarian nature co-participate in co-ops and the good aspects of socialist lifestyles.   IN Scientology's case, they will likely longer range lose their most hated and most backfiring aspects.   The "tech" is on the internet, and official Scientologists are free to find the Class 8 lectures and hear LRH tell the Xenu story in full!!    The internet is the place one finds all the necessary Hubbard "tech" that one could ever wish to get in official Scientology!   Minus the bureaucratic "make wrong" crap official Scientology dishes out.   All this said, I don't recommend Scientology, I say go back to college, or redo college newly, and forget the whole Hubbard subject.

choocho
choocho

Maybe you should get a different job than working in Scientology's Office of Special Affairs internet division if it bothers you so much, better yet use your super-powers to go back in time before you joined Scientology and had your sense of humor audited away.

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