Tom Cruise and Baby Suri Embarrassed? This is Scientology, So Someone Has To Pay

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Suri Cruise, with her Scientologist parents
In recent weeks here at the Voice, we've described the Church of Scientology's programs aimed at investigating perceived enemies, who have included former high-ranking Scientology executives, a man trying to bring to market a clean ice-making machine, and even the creators of the television show South Park.

Today, we have another leak of Scientology's internal documents which describe the church's efforts to dig up dirt not on a former high-ranking official, or a member of the Hollywood elite, or even a former parishioner. In this case, Scientology's own documents reveal, the church sicced its private eyes on a cancer victim, an older woman who lives not far from Scientology's own international headquarters, a woman whose only known transgression against the church was having a conversation in a Wal-Mart store.

But what was said in that conversation ended up appearing in the New York Post in 2006, and embarrassed Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, and Scientology. And for that, the woman had to pay.

Once again, we received formerly secret Scientology documents from Marc Headley, a man who for years worked at "Int" or "Gold Base" -- Scientology's secretive California desert headquarters. Headley broke from Scientology in 2005 and has become a vocal critic of the church (we have written previously about the gripping book he wrote about his dramatic escape). He has received numerous internal church documents from Marty Rathbun, who was formerly the second-highest ranking executive in the church until he left it in 2004. Previously, we have written about how the documents Rathbun gave Headley described the complex spying operation against Headley himself, and one of the documents provided detail about the extent of Scientology's operation against South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and their employees.

This week, Headley turned over to us another formerly secret internal document from Scientology's "Office of Special Affairs" -- its intelligence and covert operations wing. Before we show the document to you, a little background is necessary.

On April 18, 2006, Katie Holmes gave birth to Suri, her daughter by her then-boyfriend and now husband, the actor Tom Cruise. Just a few weeks later, Cruise made a trip with his newborn to Gold Base, a sprawling 700-acre compound in California's Riverside County. Cruise has often been a guest at the compound, and he is said to be great friends with the church's ultimate leader, David Miscavige. But as people who have visited the base will tell you, there's one thing you almost never see there: children.

The Scientologists who live at the Base are Sea Org members -- the most hardcore church members, who have signed billion-year contracts and have promised to come back, lifetime after lifetime, as they work incredible hours for almost no pay and under meager circumstances. In order to maintain their 100-hour weeks and put up with spartan living conditions, Sea Org members are prohibited from having children. Sea Org women who do become pregnant have been forced to have abortions, according to the testimony of many women who have left the church.

As a result, there are usually no children at the base, and yet on her way to the compound that day in 2006 was perhaps the most famous infant in the history of the church.

Gold Base dispatched an employee named Hillary Lucas to the nearest town, Hemet, to pick up something for the baby at the local Wal-Mart. We know this, because on May 7, 2006, the following story appeared on Page Six at the New York Post:

CHEAP BABY BOOTY

SURI may be Hollywood and Scientology royalty, but that didn't stop the filthy-rich church from shopping for the TomKat offspring at glamour-challenged Wal-Mart. A public-relations staffer at the church's sprawling desert retreat in Hemet, Calif. -- known as Gold Base -- last week scooped up supplies for the newborn daughter of Tom Cruise and fiancée Katie Holmes at the chain's local store, sources say. Among items Hillary Lucas loaded into her cart were baby blankets, bottles, pacifiers and toys, according to a non-Scientologist who supplies services to Gold Base and witnessed the buying binge. "You'll never guess who these are for," said Lucas, according to the source. "Tom Cruise's baby?" the supplier asked. "You didn't hear it from me," Lucas winked. The news got a curt response from Lucas. "Nothing I bought there would be of interest to your paper -- maybe some ribbon, some toilet tissue," Lucas told The Post's Philip Recchia. "I don't know anything about that person you're talking about." But insiders say there can be no other explanation. "Everyone at Gold Base is a Sea Org" -- Scientology's highest stratum whose members commit for life -- "and they're all prohibited from having kids," said a former Gold Base staffer, who left the church.

The story was yet another embarrassing bit of bad publicity for the church. But as we have seen, Scientology rarely lets such slights go without retaliating in some kind. And this was no exception.

Scientology would have learned from Lucas herself who she had talked to that day at the Hemet Wal-Mart: a local real estate agent and non-Scientologist whose first name is Tressa (we've agreed to Tressa's request that we leave her last name out of this story). And the church had also figured out that the Post had got wind of the story when it spotted something Marc Headley had posted online.

But how did the story travel from Tressa to Headley? Scientology's Office of Special Affairs wanted to know the answer to that question, and it also wanted to know what kind of dirt could be dug up on Tressa herself.

That's all spelled out pretty clearly in the internal OSA document which Headley obtained from Rathbun, which is dated May 30, 2006, about three weeks after the Post story appeared:

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As the document describes, OSA was taking several steps to learn how things said that day at the Wal-Mart traveled from Tressa to Headley (who here is referenced as "BFG," Headley's Internet handle, which stood for "Blown for Good," a reference to his escape from the church).

The first step was to find out who Tressa had talked to. Headley explains that "comm line checks" is a Scientology code for obtaining telephone records. Scientology's operatives have repeatedly been accused of illegally obtaining a target's phone records. Just recently, Rathbun and Mike Rinder, another former high-ranking Scientology executive, revealed that they had each been victimized by someone using "pretexting" to obtain their telephone records from their carrier, T-Mobile. Rathbun and Rinder, who both oversaw similar operations when they were with the church, say it was standard procedure to use private investigators or even employees at telephone carriers to obtain phone records. Headley says the phrase "8Cing the pro" is another code for pushing the operative -- perhaps a telephone company employee -- to hurry up.

The second step was to have a "friend" -- clearly an OSA operative -- call up former Sea Org member (and church critic) Chuck Beatty, who is known not only for helping journalists with their stories, but for also being quite loquacious. Scientology would have known that Beatty was in regular contact with Recchia, the Post writer who is named in the Page Six article. Using a spy, the church hoped to get Beatty blabbing, and might find out how information had traveled in this case.

In the third item, a church is suggesting that its operatives could get negative information about Tressa by contacting two of her "known natural enemies."

This document, on its own, is rather stunning, showing what Scientology is capable of in the case of a simple news story that it found embarrassing. But things got even more interesting after we talked with the people named in the document -- Tressa, Chuck Beatty, and Marc Headley.

It took me a few days to track down Tressa, but once I did, she seemed excited to talk to me.

"I know what happened," she said when I finally got her on the phone yesterday morning. She said she could tell me exactly what happened in the Wal-Mart that day, but first she wanted me to know why she was in a position to talk with a Gold Base employee, Hillary Lucas, even though she was not a Scientologist herself.

"I live in Hemet. I used to sell new homes, in real estate. I've had cancer for 11 years, and in the last two years it's gotten much worse," said Tressa, 63, as she began the tale. Before her diagnosis, she added, she would often drive by Scientology's headquarters as she was working. She couldn't help noticing the invitation on an electronic sign, beckoning people to come in for a tour.

"It said something to the effect of free tours on Sundays, and to call a number for reservations. Well, I'd heard odd things about that place. You'd see all these people out working like slaves in the gardens outside the fences. It was usually women. I was curious about it," she said. So one Sunday, she went down for a tour, and was asked to wait in a room that contained a lot of Scientology materials. "They make you wait so you get bored and start looking at the books and maybe buy something. So I looked through some of them while I was waiting. Then a woman named Hillary Lucas came in and asked if we were ready to go."

Tressa still remembers that first tour quite vividly. "She had a little golf cart. It was a nice, sunny day. They were trying to put on a good show, so you would tell other people that it looks great. It was very controlled," she said. She was surprised, however, when at one point Lucas stopped the tour and lit up a cigarette. That didn't seem very church-like, and she said so. But Lucas told her about the "purification rundown," implying that any toxins she put into her body Scientology could easily pull back out.

Over several years, Tressa says she went on several tours of the base, and got to know not only Lucas, but also a woman named Muriel Dufresne, who heads up PR for Gold Base. She would also see them together in the town of Hemet, and remained friendly with them.

Then, one day in 2006 while she was shopping at Hemet's Wal-Mart, Tressa says she was surprised to see Hillary Lucas there, and she seemed to be on her own.

"She was racing around, she was excited and stressed, she said she's shopping for things for a baby girl," Tressa said. "I had been out to the base and had never seen any kids, and I guessed that some special guest was coming. She wanted me to know who it was, but she didn't want to say."

Tressa steered Lucas over to some baby beds at the store, but Lucas shook her head. "'No, no,' she said. 'I want a little director's chair. Who do you think it's for?' And she winked. But I had no clue," Tressa explained.

"Oh, come on. a little baby director's chair? Her daddy's in the movie business," Tressa remembers Lucas saying.

"Oh my God, Tom Cruise and Katie!" Tressa says she exclaimed. "She confirmed it with her body language, like I guessed right."

Lucas was unable to find small director's chairs, and Tressa suggested she pick up a number of gossip magazines that had Cruise and Holmes and Suri on their covers, but Lucas told her that would be "cheesy." Instead, she was going to purchase a trunk, and paint it pink. "She was going to be up all night on this project," Tressa added.

Then, she says, Lucas said something that struck her as very odd: "I'm sure you'll run home and call your closest 50 friends."

Tressa admits she doesn't have 50 friends. In fact, the only person she could think to share the tale with was her friend Carolyn Truskowski.

Carolyn and her husband Rick own Hemet's Tru-Value hardware store, and for years had been supplying Gold Base with material. Headley tells me that when he was an employee at the base, he would often place orders with the Truskowskis.

"I was the one who placed the Tru-Value orders, and I worked with Rick. That's where we got all the paint, and the gloves, and the nails. It was several thousand dollars a week. The base was his biggest customer, by far," Headley says.

By the spring of 2006, both Headley and Tressa say, the Truskowskis were also in regular contact with a man named Stefan Lewis, who later changed his name to Stefan Castle.

Readers of Janet Reitman's terrific history of the church, Inside Scientology, will remember that Stefan Castle and his wife Tanja provide one of the most gut-wrenching and cinematic episodes in the book.

Tanja, an attractive young woman, was a favorite secretary of church leader David Miscavige, Reitman explains in the book, and he became jealous of the time she wanted to spend with her husband. Stefan was eventually banished from the base to Los Angeles, and then he left the church entirely. Tanja, meanwhile, was put under intense pressure to divorce him, which she did in 2004. Stefan and Tanja still didn't give up the idea of reuniting, even though she was a virtual prisoner at Int Base.

Headley tells me that Rick Truskowski was crucial to helping the Castles. It was Truskowski who was able to tell Stefan where his wife was working at the base, so that he might be able to reach her.

In one scheme to get word to her, Tressa tells me, Stefan gave a cell phone to the Truskowskis, and asked them to smuggle it into the base in a shipment of gloves. But Tressa says that the Truskowskis considered it too risky and decided not to do it.

However, when Tressa told Carolyn about her encounter with Hillary Lucas at the Wal-Mart, Carolyn passed on that information to Stefan.

Stefan, in turn, shared it with Marc Headley, who is a good friend. Headley posted something about it on the Internet, and then the Post had its story.

Even Headley wasn't aware that this is how the information traveled to him. Tressa never knew how the information got from Stefan to the Post. Now, each of them for the first time understands how the Wal-Mart incident got to the outside world.

All Tressa knew at the time was that after the story hit the Post, she started getting multiple phone calls every day from Scientology. A woman named Linda, she says, kept pressuring her to say who she had told the Wal-Mart story to. But Tressa says she never gave away her friend Carolyn. She would just say that someone must have overheard her conversation with Lucas, and that she had told no one else. But the church kept calling, and calling.

She was unaware, however, that OSA had planned to pull her phone records, and that it also wanted to talk to her "enemies" -- a woman Tressa calls a "neighbor from hell," and a man who she says cheated her with some cheap art imitations.

"I think it's really creepy and I feel violated," she says about the OSA document with her name on it. "I felt very threatened and fearful at the time because they were calling me so much."

Even if Tressa never gave up her friend, another OSA document shows that within a few days of the Post story, the church was already zeroing in on Stefan Lewis and the Truskowskis:

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It's pretty obvious from that initial paragraph that Stefan's phone records had been obtained. Three calls were found to the hardware store, and operatives then deduced from that who he was talking to -- the Truskowskis.

Tressa talked to the Truskowskis yesterday, who told her that about this time, in 2006, Scientology stopped ordering from their store, and they've been on a blacklist ever since.

(The Truskowskis declined to talk to the Voice for this story. Stefan Castle is out of the country.)

Also included on that document is a notation about digging through Headley's trash ("special collections") to check up on an equipment purchase he made.

As Reitman explains in her book, later in the year, in August, 2006, Stefan Castle was finally able to get word to his wife Tanja by smuggling a cellphone in a Victoria's Secret package -- the only thing he knew that Sea Org snoops would not search. She called him, learned that he was desperate to get her back, and they then set up her daring escape to freedom.

Tressa was thrilled when I told her that happy ending for the Castles. She had not read Reitman's book and was unaware that Stefan was finally able to reunite with his wife.

She was less thrilled about this story being published, and worries that Scientology will retaliate against her yet again. I told her that would only result in further stories, and she has my telephone number.

There's still one person named in the OSA document that I wanted to mention. Chuck Beatty has appeared here at Runnin' Scared several times. He was a longtime Sea Org member who spent the last several years of his time in the church in the Sea Org's "RPF," its prison detail. These days, he tries to help journalists who want to write about Scientology.

He was not surprised to see his name listed on the OSA document, and that OSA planned to have a spy call him to get him talking about the Post story.

"I had three and four people coming at me at that time," Beatty told me by phone from Pittsburgh, where he lives. "I was constantly asked about what's the latest."

He isn't sure which of the handful of people who constantly called him for Scientology updates was the spy OSA put on him, but he has his suspicions.

He reminded me that OSA was running its own operation on him, which was spelled out in graphic detail in another internal document which Marty Rathbun made public at his blog in January.

Titled, "Beatty Handling Program" and dated February 21, 2006, this is one of the most vile, reprehensible Scientology internal documents I have ever seen.

Beatty is called a pervert who is into kiddie porn. ("Of course not, it's not true," Beatty tells me.) And OSA operatives are instructed to use this against him.

To give you some sense of this document, just consider one of these instructions:

17. Beatty is currently living with his sister in Pittsburgh. Have the PI get Beatty signed up to receive kinky materials (at the house).

Let that sink in. A church is instructing its operatives to send "kinky materials" to a man's house in the hopes that his sister will kick him out of her house.

With many similar suggestions, the OSA operatives hoped to "neutralize" Beatty as a church critic.

Let that sink in a moment, too. A church was hoping to ruin a man's reputation, to encourage him to download kiddie porn and get him arrested for it, simply because he dared to criticize the organization.

I was stunned that Beatty allowed Rathbun to post the document in its entirety, with nothing redacted.

"I was totally OK with Marty leaking the document on me. I want people to see what they were doing," he told me.

That's Chuck Beatty.

And those documents -- well, that's Scientology. Still spending freely on private investigators, intimidation, and thuggery.

With the help, that is, of your tax support.


POSTSCRIPT: Since I've been getting no calls back from Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw after numerous tries this year, I did not bother with a call this time, but instead used her website's contact form to send her an e-mail. It read, in part...

Hi, Karin.

You haven't been answering my phone calls, but I hope you can respond to an e-mail. I have OSA documents that show how OSA went after a woman named Tressa following a May, 2006 story in the New York Post... She is, naturally, very upset to find out that she was targeted for investigation by OSA because of the Post story, even though she never talked to that newspaper.

This is yet further evidence of the way Scientology retaliates against people through OSA for embarrassing the church with criticism. In this case, Tressa is a private person, not a former high-ranking church official (like Rathbun and Rinder) or a Hollywood player (like Parker and Stone), but just a cancer victim who did not want to get harassed daily with phone calls from the church.

I could really use any perspective you could give me about why the church insists on these retaliation campaigns against people it perceives as enemies.

Sincerely,

Tony Ortega
Editor
The Village Voice
212-475-2405

I'll let you know if I get a response.



The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology
#1: L. Ron Hubbard
#2: David Miscavige
#3: Marty Rathbun
#4: Tom Cruise
#5: Joe Childs and Tom Tobin
#6: Anonymous
#7: Mark Bunker
#8: Mike Rinder
#9: Jason Beghe
#10: Lisa McPherson
#11: Nick Xenophon (and other public servants)
#12: Tommy Davis (and other hapless church executives)
#13: Janet Reitman (and other journalists)
#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


Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications.

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Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet
Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet

This brings to mind another cult, one that forbade children to the point that the male members were systematically castrated. Overlap with the infamous Heaven's Gate? The stories are similar.  Heaven's Gate believed the Earth would be cleansed and those chosen to be worthy would be rescued by a starship, of sorts. HG also believed that their physical bodies were but, " containers" to be dispensed with when they were no longer useful.

 Scientology is based on E Ron Hubbard's cautionary tale about over population, in which Galactic Overlord, Xenu, executes excess population, their collective ghosts, torturing the living on Planet Earth, looking for "containers"  to house them.

In 1997, 39 members of Heaven's Gate, were found, suitcases packed, dressed in travelling suits and shoes, dead in their beds. Presumably, they were awaiting the arrival of a starship, on the Hale-Bop circuit. Were they suicidal ala Jim Jones. Or... It's strange that Scientology might have found them a dangerous competitor, what with their[Heaven's Gate] vicious initiation rite. But, given, the overt harassment, Scientology, has visited upon Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park, nothing seems far fetched. Even the CIA, uses stealth, as they try to keep " small cults from becoming big cults".  As to whether these two dots can be connected is unknown. And then, maybe, the starship came.

sketto
sketto

Scientology continues to create new enemies every day. The more I read about this madness started by the principal madman, Hubbard, and implemented by the mad dwarf, Miscavige, the more I tell people about it and spread its awful truth - Scientology is a cult.

Scilonschools
Scilonschools

"Since I've been getting no calls back from Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw after numerous tries this year"

tony suggest you try karirin at a new address, c/o Tommy D, cubical 3, main toilet block, Flag,Florida

Just worth a try....

Yeppir
Yeppir

I am late to the party here, but I feel compelled to agree that this is one of Tony's most compelling (disturbing?) posts yet.

The Church of $cientology lacks the intellectual wherewithal to simply 'meh' such nothingness away, and instead actually invests time, and human and financial resources to invade the privacy and intentionally compromise the safety of fellow human being's lives to "investigate" such nothingness.

The tinfoil is wrapped far too tighly around the head - and ingrained far too deeply in the psyche - of this rotten-to-the-core organization.

And the L. Wrong Hubbard apologists who want to ascribe this behavior to the "current church management" can bite me. This chilling behavior is woven into the teachings of this madman that you revere. What's that say about you? Plenty, me thinks.

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I wanted to thank you for this interesting I definitely loved every little bit of it. I have you bookmarked your web site to check out the latest stuff you post

MarkStark
MarkStark

This is stunning in its complexity and intrigue, all over some baby items bought for the Chri... I mean Cruise child. You shall find the infant wrapped in Walmart clothes, and sitting in a pink director's chair... It shows how super paranoid the cult is about anything with the tiniest potential to derail Cruise's relationship with them.

For the slave who couldn't contain her excitement, it's sad. This was probably one of the highlights of her whole $50/week Sea Org existence. I wonder what the repercussions were for her. First they expect Sea Org members to respect Cruise like he's the Second Coming (of L. Ron), and the big hope for "planetary salvage," yet they don't allow speaking his name in any other context than selling Sciloontology to people or reminding people how successful he is.

As far as the article about Walmart itself, I remember it too, and its scandal index ranked way behind an older Suri wearing heels or eating penis candy. We didn't know the intrigue and absurd retaliation behind this nothing story.

Thanks for doing the meticulous investigation Tony, and it leaves me wondering what this cult of crazies would do if something REALLY big about Cruise were leaked, like information from his auditing files. What would they do to the Chucks and Marcs then?

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the way to win this low-life war that Scientology created and has been engaging in for years in against it's perceived enemies is to keep on keeping on with exposing what it is doing to these 'enemies'. This article is by far the most explosive in showing how vindictive and paranoid the organization really is toward everyday people outside the organization. My heart goes out to Tressa and the Truskowskis for having to put up with these shenanaghans, all for responding in a human fashion to matters the church should not be messing with. Keep up the terrific reporting and kudos to Marc, Marty and Chuck for helping get the facts and dox out to the media.

CofS Exit Zone
CofS Exit Zone

The "despicable" aspect of this story has me so blown away, it's taken me all day just to find my way past being speechless.

This is a revealing look at the monster you married Katie. And I dont mean the man, I mean the malicious sycophant organization that makes Tom Cruise such a heinous ass.

Run while you have still the chance Katie, and make sure you take Bella & Connor with you and not just your PR stunt child Suri.

Markfisher57
Markfisher57

Katie Holmes and her family if they were smart would be reading between the lines.

If Scientology is going to this much effort to spy and go through trash to find out things about a woman in a WalMart, then you can guarantee that they set their PI's on Katie, her family and friends before Tom Cruise had anything to do with her.

That has to be a guaranteed fact.

LeeAnneClark
LeeAnneClark

Wow. Your teasers on Facebook were right - this was totally worth the wait! What a reprehensible group. THIS story should go national. A "church" doing disgusting personal investigations on an unaffiliated member of the public just because she had a totally benign conversation with someone about the church? If other media outlets don't pick this up, they are pussies.

There's no excuse for this - no explanation, no tossing out the "disgruntled apostate" bullshit. This was a complete innocent cancer victim who did nothing wrong, and was targeted for an intrusive, illegal investigation and reprisal. This line in particular got my goat: "Suitable contact will be made to two known natural enemies..."

SUITABLE? What does that mean - suitable? I would love to hear Co$ explain that: what non-nefarious purpose could there possibly be to contact this woman's "enemies"?

Come on Marcotai or Miglio - got an answer for this one? Yeah...didn't think so.

Robin Scott
Robin Scott

Great article, Tony!Love, Robin & Adrienne

Aragorn_ii
Aragorn_ii

Yet again we get a small glimpse behind the curtain of $cientology. Behind the mask of the silly, harmless little church that was started by some hack sci-fi writer. We get to see how truly evil, i don't use that word lightly, this organization is. The wheels of justice grind slowly but they do eventually catch up to those who deserve it. As long as Tony and former members continue to peel back the mask of the cult justice will come.

Jgg
Jgg

  Tony, you will get a response from Karin Pouw.  Here is what it will say.  "Tony, there is no story here.  We would never investigate anyone for telling the truth.  Its all lies.  Scientology works and it helps people.  We are rapidly expanding.  Besides, Jim Lynch has dug up dirt on you.  Well, you won't here from me again because I'm off to the hole with Heber, Shelly, Tommy Davis, etc."

Appledore3
Appledore3

Wow Tony.  This is so amazing.  And you list of Articles is remarkable when you sort it as above.  You have been fearless against evil.  For that you should know that you are well appreciated and have helped many, a lot of whom you will never know.nance

Endscientologynow
Endscientologynow

The two-trick pony that is Scientology is definitely downstat to a no-trick pony.  I do recall this seemingly tiny, gossipy story in the Post and thought nothing of it.  Who really cares about someone going to Walmart to buy baby supplies?  Quite obviously, the one who cared is a height-challenged, sociopathic, and histrionic dictator who likes to pick on cancer patients.

I really don't understand how even the minor celebrities aren't reading any of these horrible stories about their beloved cult.  I realize that they are sheeple and are told not to read any entheta, but they have to know that Scientology is a huge joke these days among the public (that they hope will consume the products they put out).  If Jason Beghe, Michael Fairman, and that tall Larry guy can read the truth, why can't others?  

Skydog
Skydog

Let me see if I get his strait. The source of a one paragraph non-newsworthy piece buried on page six of the New York Post is the subject of an OSA investigation of this magnitude. Don't they have anything better to do with their time? More disturbing is the fact that somewhere in the bowels of this toxic organization, there are individuals who consider this behavior not only normal but spiritual. 

I hope his makes up for my sarcastic comment yesterday.

mrgreebly
mrgreebly

This story simply highlights how sad and pathetic it all is and how it continues to this day.

If you want true public support without having to use celebrities to endorse it, you know full well what needs to change, if that is at all possible after many decades of abuse.

Alanzo
Alanzo

Now THIS is investigative journalism!

Way to go, Tony. You are presenting Scientology, exactly as it is, to the world.

Thank you very much.

Surely, law enforcement would be interested in this menacing cult.Surely.

(As Eric Holder says..."And don't call me Shirley!".)

DuckBenway
DuckBenway

Thank you, Tony! Thank you, Chuck! The vileness exposed in this article startles and saddens me, but the courage and stamina of you two guys heartens me.

Your dedication to the exposure of the vileness of scientology is inspiring. I will never stop protesting until the evil cult completely goes away, far away, into the dustbins of history.

Chuck Beatty
Chuck Beatty

Thanks for reporting the Scientology spy and dirty tactics stuff, you're the first to provide docs in the media like this.  

I'm still hoping "Harper's" will pick up the "Beatty Handling Program" and print excerpts from it in one of their  columns where they print interesting internal docs from various organizations.

Meishayuri
Meishayuri

I am so sure that Marcotai will post something along the lines of how thrifty the church was to go to Walmart that I am willing to bet $20.  Any takers?

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

This is your best post yet Tony.

I'm not at all surprised that my books haven't shown up—I have little doubt that CO$ de-railed that shipment. They will do anything, they have no morals.

I'll give Karin Pouw another month as the Face of CO$ but no more than that.

TheGuest
TheGuest

Oliver Stone, Quentin Tarantino, director, author, "Natural Born Killers".  They'd be my pick for a new version:   "Natural Born Enemies".  Because You Can't Make This Stuff Up.

I'm so jaded about scientology's dark side that I thought this was the strangest part of the story:  The sea org robotic "volunteer" [sic] didn't know that not only did Walmart not carry little baby director chairs,  but nobody carries baby director chairs.  OK, novelty NY or CA stores for the hopelessly wealthy, but you know what I mean. 

mjm
mjm

well, Suri ain't Tom's kid *side-eyes Chris Klein*

mirele
mirele

Again, why does this "church" have a tax exemption? I know that some people claim to get benefit from Scientology, but the last couple of stories have shown an awful lot of private inurement going to David Miscavige and Tom Cruise. Why does a religious leader need a private chef to cook him special meals? And why should members of a religious order be dispatched to put together a cheesy display for the most prominent member of the "church"--a guy who has plenty of money himself? It burns me that I have to pay taxes and this outfit doesn't.

mjm
mjm

the Scilons are a lot smarter than Heavens Gate and I think Mini Me and his minions (Tommy Davis, Jessica Feshbach, Bob Adams, Karin Puow, the guy from Freedom Mag, Moxon, etc.) are so desperate right now they're close to surrendering to the feds...

Jgg
Jgg

  I have the weirdist feeling that Davey himself will end up there, and the reincarnation of LRH will appear, laughing at how he locked everyone up.

DMSTCC
DMSTCC

Somehow I believe Tommy's mommy, Anne Archer, KNOWS (believes as told) that her baby is just on "a more important assignment". I hope he's licking toilets for food. ;)

sizzle8
sizzle8

Ditto.A compilation would make a great book.

DuckBenway
DuckBenway

"Quite obviously, the one who cared is a height-challenged, sociopathic, and histrionic dictator who likes to pick on cancer patients."

Your whole post makes "Comment Of The Week" in my book, but that sentence, all by itself, is one of the most elegant, politically correct descriptions of the psychotic midget that I've ever read!

Bravo! I <3 IT!

Skwerl King
Skwerl King

Skydog, You must remember that chasing shadows is fundamental to this "religion". They also want to keep Tom Cruise in a bubble because if he were to blow, it would be a major loss for them... the rest of the world wouldn't care.   

NCSP
NCSP

Do you mean the books from the Readers' Poll contest? I got mine weeks ago. Sorry you haven't gotten yours! Maybe there's an innocent explanation.

Brainslugged
Brainslugged

I know people always say she's Chris Klein's kid, but if you ask me, she looks EXACTLY like Tommy Davis. Could explain his recent disappearance too - tying up loose ends.

I was about to put a ;) after that last comment, but stranger/scarier things have happened in the world of Co$, as this article demonstrates.

Reasonable_Insanity
Reasonable_Insanity

I thought the reincarnation of LRH was a 4th grader from South Park, Colorado. Am I wrong??

rosie
rosie

I think the rest of the world would care.  It would say even the most devoted person can't take it anymore, and the reasons for him leaving (and staying) would come out.  They don't ever want to let them go.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

I suspect that there's a more likely guilty explanation, Occam's Razor and all that.

mjm
mjm

google Chris Klein's baby pics and your jaw will drop. 

MarkStark
MarkStark

You know, I've never thought of that, but that's true. Suri does look like Tommy Davis. Maybe he's the spermalator.

mjm
mjm

i think that Bella really is the Midget and Shelley Miscavige's kid and they put her in the Sea Org orphanage after (from what I heard) Shelley refused to get an abortion.

as for Connor, Nicole + Lenny Kravitz = kid.

Rosie
Rosie

Try Bella's pics next to a certain maniacal midget dwarf that we know. 

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