Scientology's Worlds Colliding: Bert Leahy and David Edgar Love Together in Oklahoma on August 25!

To even begin to explain why it's significant that a Texas man named Bert Leahy and a Montreal man named David Edgar Love are going to meet up in the godforsaken town of Canadian, Oklahoma on August 25 would probably strain most news organizations.

But we have an advantage: Bert Leahy and David Love are both stars of this blog, and our readers will know exactly why their meeting should send shivers down the spines of the executives who run Scientology's embattled drug treatment program, Narconon.

First, the reason why people concerned about Narconon will be gathering to protest its flagship facility in Oklahoma: people are dropping dead there.

Three deaths just since October is a frightful record for a quack drug treatment center that lures unsuspecting people (typically stressed out parents looking for a place to send their drug-abusing kids) without being up front about its real purpose -- as a front group for Scientology.

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David Love
Using generic-looking websites that say nothing about Scientology to hoodwink parents and judges who have no idea that they're sentencing vulnerable people to a completely unscientific treatment program, Narconon gouges patients for about $25,000 for a month of indoctrination and dangerous doses of niacin. (See this excellent article written last year by Mark Ebner for some of the science that debunks Narconon's lies.)

In Quebec, David Love was once a patient of Narconon and then briefly a worker there when he gained access to the center's records and learned to his horror that not only were Narconon's claims to an 80 percent success rate completely bogus, but also that patients were being fed Scientology's concepts so they could be recruited by the church. He left, and took with him thousands of documents. He spent the next two and a half years explaining Narconon to Quebec officials, who shut down the center this past April. Love is continuing to pursue investigations of Narconon and Scientology in Canada, but now he's turning his attention to Narconon's flagship in Oklahoma.

Bert Leahy, on the other hand, comes from a completely different soggy patch of the festering swamp that Scientology is sinking into.

Last year, Bert played an incredibly important role in the 5-month siege by Scientologists assigned to harass ex-church official Marty Rathbun at his home near Corpus Christi. A freelance videographer, Leahy was hired for a couple of days to be part of the "Squirrel Busters" team whose goal, they were told, was to "make Marty's life a living hell." Leahy realized that the job wasn't film making so much as a goon squad to torment a guy just because he no longer worked for the church, so he quit, and then blew the whistle on the Scientology private eye running the operation, Dave Lubow.

We followed the saga of the Squirrel Busters last year -- easily one of the most outrageous, and ultimately futile, examples of Scientology's legendary penchant for retaliation and dirty tricks -- but now the story is getting to the mainstream media. Leahy was featured on a recent episode of Rock Center on NBC, which we were glad to see.

And now, these two very different people from such different parts of the Scientology story are coming together in Oklahoma on August 25. Leahy's going to bring his film making skills to the event and Love, well, he's just going to be David Love.

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Bogus "Real Water" Hooks Up With Scientology!

One of my favorite parts of the movie Idiocracy comes near the end when Luke Wilson's character tries to point out to the cabinet members of the White House in our very stupid future that the reason America's crops are failing is that they've been watering plants with an energy drink called Brawndo.

The cabinet members react with utter incredulity: "But it has electrolytes!"

I had hoped those days were far in the future, but apparently they are already here. A Nevada company is trying to prove that you can't overestimate the lack of science knowledge in the American public by selling its "Real Water" with the idea that its product has "more electrons."

I'm not kidding. The Guardian had fun debunking this nonsense on its science pages. A sample....

In an attempt to blind the reader with science, there are reams of misplaced claims and pseudo-facts. Take the claim that "many food and beverages ... are devoid of electrons" -- which would make them an entirely new state of matter.

One look at Real Water's website should give you an indication that this product is aimed at people with room temperature IQs.

Anyway, our eagle-eyed friends managed to spot a grocery display of Real Water that showed the company has hooked up with Scientology. It lists as one of the charities that benefits from Real Water sales the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, which is Scientology's anti-Psychiatry attack group...

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Well, I guess in this case these two were made for each other. And just try explaining to the genius you find drinking this stuff that it's directly benefiting Scientology. You're probably going to get this...

"But it's got electrons!"

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Another Look at Tom Cruise and Disconnection

On July 10, we gave Tom DeVocht credit for raising a stink about Tom Cruise and his "visitation rights" with his daughter Suri and his ex-wife, Katie.

Ex-Scientologists rightly pointed out the hypocrisy about the way Tom was being treated by the church: they would surely like "visitation rights" with the people that have been ripped out of their lives because of Scientology's policy of "disconnection."

Our story generated a remarkable response from our ex-Scientologist readers, who listed for us the people taken away from them because of disconnection. (We collected those stories later that week.)

We're happy to see that now, this story is getting wider attention. Dana Kennedy at The Hollywood Reporter has a lengthy piece out today explaining why this double standard is so galling.

Give it a read.


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Scientology on the High Seas!

In November the Voice obtained hundreds of copies of L. Ron Hubbard's previously unpublished "Orders of the Day," which he gave to crew members as he sailed the Atlantic and the Mediterranean on the yacht Apollo. Our documents cover the period from late 1968 through 1971, and this time we're looking at what was happening the week of July 22 - 28 during those years.

This week, the Commodore smashes Smersh and sets sail...


1969

July 25: Diana puts her foot down.

SEPARATION ORDER:

LIESE EELLS and BILL GREENWALT are hereby separated.

Their relationship has proved contrary to good order and therefore MUST cease.

Lt. Cmdr Diana Hubbard


1971

July 26: LRH loves abusing Smersh.

SMERSH

Smersh just lost half of its suit on us. It was suing us for defamation of its character.

The sum of the result will probably be the judge's questions "What character?"

Part of the evidence of the next part of the suit was a restricted issue of an Ed they stole out of an org!

"What character?"

Charles Parselle is doing a great job on Legal in the UK.

The Guardian's Office is going at its usual TERRIFIC! over the world.

LRH, COMMODORE


July 28: LRH is feeling upstat...

SAILING

WE SAIL AT 1600 TODAY regardless of barometer (which is falling) waves (which are rising) and restraint of Rulers and Princes (there are no restraints) Perils of the Sea (which are only too real) and Acts of God (means things you can't figure out how you goofed).

Standby to take on Dramamine (called so because it keeps one from "drama"-tizing).

Secure everything and tie down everything except the watch.

In short let's get the blue blazes out of here!

LRH, COMMODORE



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More 1970s Awesomeness!

After L. Ron Hubbard had moved HQ from the yacht Apollo to the Florida coast, Advance! magazine was thrilling Scientologists with tales of "OT Phenomena." Those church members who had reached the higher levels of spiritual training shared their stories of superhuman powers with fellow dupes -- er, enthusiasts. This excerpt is from Issue 42, November/December 1976. (And another cover featuring a photo by the Commodore, which is so awful, we've provided an even bigger version of it, which will appear if you click on it.)


I am a mailman in Santa Monica, California and being an OT, I can say I am very much at cause over my area. Before I crossed the Bridge to Clear and OT the environment at work had moments where it was out of my control and I became the effect and would get very upset. You know what I mean...natter, antagonism, covert hostility, etc. etc.

But I took a slight leave and returned as an OT and now everyone else is very nice. That's only half of it. Today while delivering mail, I casually flipped someone's magazine on his porch and it landed with one corner curled under. It didn't look nice and neat so I thought, "Gee, I'd like to see it lying flat!"

Then the edge of the magazine lifted up and uncurled about half-way, then stopped. I thought, "Wow, that was pretty neat...do it again!" Then the corner lifted up once more and the magazine uncurled until it was completely flat.

I smiled satisfactorily and proceeded to finish my appointed rounds. -- Mike Doughty, OT


What is it like being an OT? As an OT I am aware of being that which I am, in limitless abundance: an awareness unit in communication with everything. My own natural goodness and good will to all dynamics has been restored. This is the realm of "no-stops," no suppression, no vias, no uncertainty, no other determinisms, no reactivity, only effortless activity.

This is the glimpse I am trying to give you "out there" of the State of OT and what it has meant for me and what it perhaps may mean to you. -- Peter Hallan, OT


I just love the idea of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars so I can develop the power to keep my magazines crease-free. But I hope these OT Phenomena start picking up. That second one gives you some idea of how generic they've been sounding through these issues. It's almost like you get to the OT levels and it just gives you a boost in confidence or something. And where's the fun in that?

Big stories coming, so please be patient. If I can get the cats in the underground bunker to settle down, I may have a super-juicy, monster-length piece for your weekend reading prepared for tomorrow morning. And then next week, the breaking news should start happening again. I can feel it.



See also:
Scientology's president and the death of his son: our complete coverage
What Katie is saving Suri from: Scientology interrogation of kids
Scientology's new defections: Hubbard's granddaughter and Miscavige's dad
Scientology's disgrace: our open letter to Tom Cruise
Scientology crumbling: An entire mission defects as a group
Scientology leader David Miscavige's vanished wife: Where's Shelly?
Neil Gaiman, 7, Interviewed About Scientology by the BBC in 1968
The Master Screenplay: Scientology History from Several Different Eras
And a post that pulls together the best of our Scientology reporting

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Tony Ortega has been the editor in chief of the Village Voice since March, 2007. He started writing about Scientology in 1995. You can reach him by e-mail at tortega@villagevoice.com, and if you ask nicely he'll put you on his mailing list for notifications of new stories. You can also catch his alerts at Twitter (@VoiceTonyO), at his Facebook author page, on Pinterest, a Tumblr, and even this new Google Plus doohickey.

New readers might want to check out our primer, "What is Scientology?" Another good overview is our series from last summer, "Top 25 People Crippling Scientology." At the top of every story, you'll see the "Scientology" category which, if you click on it, will bring up all of our most recent stories.

As for hot subjects we've covered here, you may have heard about Debbie Cook, the former church official who rebelled and was sued by Scientology. You might have also heard about the Super Power Building, Scientology's "Mecca," whose secrets were revealed here. We also reported how Scientology spied on its own most precious object, Tom Cruise. (We wrote Tom an open letter that he has yet to respond to.) Have you seen a Scientology ad on TV lately? We debunked some of the claims in that 2-minute commercial you might have seen while watching Glee or American Idol.

Other stories have looked at Scientology's policy of "disconnection" that is tearing families apart. You may also have heard something about the Sea Org experiences of the Paris sisters, Valeska and Melissa, and their friend Ramana Dienes-Browning. We've also featured Paulette Cooper, who wrote about Scientology back in the day, and Janet Reitman, Hugh Urban, and the team at the Tampa Bay Times, who write about it today. And there's plenty more coming.

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dc4loves
dc4loves

Scientology Rehab Protest August 25 - 2012

 

http://youtu.be/BxG92z4dxoo

 

Colin Henderson, Bert Leahy, David Edgar Love, and many others will be at Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma on August 25, 2012 to protest the recent patient deaths inside this Scientology Rehab center. Public and government agency awareness is the focus and we hope to bring an end to anymore deaths and other abuses commonly cited at many Narconons around the globe. Hope to see you there. Free HUGS!

ClamOnAHalfshell
ClamOnAHalfshell

Tony O.--What on earth was that wack-tastic picture by the Commodore supposed to represent? Thanks for the LOLs.

dc4loves
dc4loves

Tory and Mimi helped get two patients OUT of Narconon Arrowhead - YES!!! I remember when several Cities of Anons converged on Narconon Trois-Rivieres in Quebec. Two patients ended up leaving and many more contacted me by email over many weeks and also left. The last protest at Narconon Arrowhead saw them pay $50,000 to have the road paved the day of the protest - at NN AH's cost. They also gave 150 - 200 or so patients the day off and took them to the beach. So not only the DUMB road costs out of Cult-Panic, but also had to pay all the staff, no production Stats - - - AND at least one patient left soon after. That protest alone, never mind the aftermath since, cost them upwards of $100,000 or so. This next protest could be very expensive indeed. I bought my flight tickets to Oklahoma this morning and will be there for SEVERAL DAYS:-) <3

all.clear
all.clear

Narco-CON needs to be stopped. How do these places get state approval in the first place?

dc4loves
dc4loves

Well, I've had two lengthy chats with Bert now and I think he's a great Guy - compassionate heart and going to Narconon Arrowhead for the right reasons. Several chats with Colin Henderson over past few days and we did a two hour Radio Show last evening about the deaths at Arrowhead. My sincere condolences to all the parents and loved ones of the four (4), victims who died while at NN AH. I hope that the Oklahoma State Investigators do a thorough job and find some ansewrs for the parents. It's NOT "Rocket-Science" that this quackery must be shut down, it's pseudoscience in the worst degree of exploitation, extortion, coersion, and most importantly, talking advantage of very ill, suffering and desperate people searching for a way out of their addiction. Thank you so very much, Tony Ortega, for writing this story - - I didn't even know it was published till two hours ago :-) GREAT JOB Mr. SP of the Year :-) <3

AnotherSP
AnotherSP

Bert is another person who came into contact with $cientology, and is now a critic.  Way to go Davey Boy!  You keep bringing it in!

Whydothespikesfacein
Whydothespikesfacein

Real Water is owned by Brent Jones, a Republican Scientologist running for office

TickleMeXenu
TickleMeXenu

The owner of "Affinity Water", manufacturer of "Real Water" Brent Jones, appears to be the same Brent Jones who was a notorious $cilon attorney who also ran for the Nevada Senate. Verifying my info now to be sure.

TickleMeXenu
TickleMeXenu

I would like to know more about the relationship between "Affinity Water", the manufacturers of "Real Water" and the Co$. Affinity water - ARC (Affinity, Reality. Communication). Coincidence? I checked out their product page and they also have "Plant Water" which is supposed to produce lush growth, larger fruit, and larger yields. Could this possibly be based on Hubbard's junk science?

worstcultever
worstcultever

Wonder what shenanigans the cult will pull in Oklahoma with a month to prepare.

 

Anyway as a longtime Scientology watcher I rejoice in the unmistakable signs of Hubbard's invincible ponzi thug empire at long last beginning to teeter and buckle. So glad Paulette Cooper's around to see it too. 

unex.skcus
unex.skcus

Off topic, but OMG! A second person in my small rural coMmunity commented about Co$ yesterday !!!  Got in a few comments before his eyes glazed over. <g>  Just not really on most Aussies' radar, but with so much more of the media now finally bold enough to run a Co$ story, who knows.

shellywelly
shellywelly

Finally signed up so I could use the "like" button!! Couldn't figure out how to do it anonymously. lol

 

Just wanted to say all of you guys fighting scientology abuses rock!! Much respect for you all.

Noah_Miller
Noah_Miller

"I am a mailman in Santa Monica, California and being an OT, I can say I am very much at cause over my area. "

 

Not much else to say about this. OT mailmen. 

California
California

 @all.clear There is very little state oversight of programs for private rehabilitation programs.  Insurance companies are the gate-keepers and they refuse to reimburse for the Narconon Drug Rehab program, although prospective clients and their families are told that they do, so pay up the $25K+ and sign on the dotted line, please."

 

The legislatures need to tighten up the laws on these programs to be in conformity with public laws/rules/regs or not allow private rehabilitation programs to operate unless they have at least EIGHT insurance companies covering and/or reimbursing the families for payment.

 

IMHO.

Miss_Cabbage
Miss_Cabbage

 @MariannaP.  The Midget Munchkin is insane.  Every time they pull the stalking trick, try to discredit someone or sue, the cult draws more attention to themselves.  Had they chosen to ignore the divorce, etc., it would go away.  The cult adds fuel to the fire.  With the fires Davey is authorizing or instigating himself, the Midget will be in HELL soon!

AndrewRobertson
AndrewRobertson

 

Great work David!  You and Colin are splendid fellows for persevering in exposing the sinister intent of Narconon whose prime function is to fill the coffers of the Scientology organization and recruit members, not a sincere desire to help others.

 

And now Bert is involved!  Goodness me, Scientology really pulled it in.  How are they going to wriggle out of this?  I know, 'Distancing Tech'.  A spokesman for the Church of Scientology said "We've never heard of Narconon but we feel sorry for them....."  They've done that before.

 

 

TickleMeXenu
TickleMeXenu

 @Whydothespikesfacein Looks like Affinity Water is a $cilon company. Except for Demetrius Huntsman, member of the Board of Directors, Division 7, all of the company executives are $cilons. For anyone interested, I'm posting their names and service completions:

 

Lasca Hix, Vice President of Operations Divison 1

 

http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/l/lasca-hix.html

 

Blain Jones, Vice President of Operations, Division 3

 

http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/b/blain-jones.html

TickleMeXenu
TickleMeXenu

 @Whydothespikesfacein The name of the company "Affinity Water" is pretty much a dead giveaway. Also, I noticed the junk science claims sounded a lot like the sort of nonsense spouted by LRH.

 

Jones is a nasty piece of work. He assisted the cult in a scheme to bilk a mentally impaired man, Raul Lopez, of a $1.7 million accident award. Jones sold Lopez 2 ostrich eggs for $30,000. Raul & his mother later sued the Church of Scientology & Brent Jones

media_lush
media_lush

 @Whydothespikesfacein had to be Republican, lol

 

..... now that would be so easy for his Democratic opponent's ad campaign.... "Brent Jones, noted scientologist"..... you could just stop it right there really....

SvenBoogie
SvenBoogie

 @TickleMeXenu o_o

 

"Plant water... because mixing in some miracle-gro yourself is just too hard."

unex.skcus
unex.skcus

 @California Wonder if someone can locate/contact them... they may be willing to come forward as bakup for David Love?

Le_Dingue
Le_Dingue

 @shellywelly I just signed up too. This blog is a fascinating and quality community, I've been lurking for months but just had to give in eventually!

torymagoo44
torymagoo44

 @Anonymous Congrats, Bert for speaking out, David Love for ALL that you Do :) And Tony O and all others who are helping spread the word.  I'll try to be there if I can, I will make it. Good news: One more person was rescued OUT of Narconon, Michigan LAST NIGHT. His parents went on the Net, saw the disaster stories, drove 14 hours and got there son OUT. I asked to speak to the Dad, while he was still inside (As it was taking so long). It sounded like an insane asylum. Happily he is now OUT. Congratulations to ALL who help expose these insidious, phony organization pretending to help others.My best :::cheers::: Tory/Magoo

Jgg2012
Jgg2012

  So why did the Santa Monica org on Wilshire Boulevard shut down last year?

roggy_mcgee
roggy_mcgee

 @V4Vacation

I pray to Xenu that there is a scene in The Master that depicts the first clear, Sonya Bianca, at the Shrine Auditorium.  Every time I picture that fiasco in my mind, I curse the fact that video technology at that time couldn't capture that event for posterity.

TheHoleDoesNotExist
TheHoleDoesNotExist

 @V4Vacation Roger Friedman gives a nod to Tony Ortega on today's article "Scientology Ambush" ... "There are high expectations here for Hoffman, Phoenix, Anderson and the film. This should open the floodgates for more horror stories and give the Village Voice’s Tony Ortega reams to write about. I can’t wait."

 

http://www.showbiz411.com/2012/07/27/scientology-ambush-the-master-moved-up-for-release-by-a-month

 

Oh yeah,  once again,  thank you Katie Holmes.  I hope PTA has a VIP seat held open for her for the premiere.  No,  a throne!

V4Vacation
V4Vacation

Man, all those studios that passed on The Master script for all those years are really kicking themselves now.  Good for Megan Ellison, for rolling the dice and raking the chips.

TickleMeXenu
TickleMeXenu

 @SvenBoogie No kidding! It's scary how sometimes it seems as if we as a society are mere steps on an increasingly slippery slope from a real 'Idiocracy'. 

deElizabethan
deElizabethan

 @unex.skcus  "Man with leg on both sides of fence bound to get sore balls." I hear you!

Man should sit with legs up on fence and not let balls be exposed.

ClamOnAHalfshell
ClamOnAHalfshell

 @roggy_mcgee Tee hee. Right you are. Video technology capturing that fail would have put a stop to infant $cientology for sure. It would have vanished in a puff of laughter and derision. Kind of like what's happening now.

Ceci9
Ceci9

 @roggy_mcgee I was wondering if this scene from "The Profit" was based in reality.  It definitely seems like the Sonya Bianca unveiling at the Shrine based on wiki's info.  

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AqgLzqIg6E

 

The actor playing LRH looks so much like Mitt Romney.  When I initially saw this clip a few days ago I thought the only thing about this guy in the clip that's not like Mitt is that Mitt doesn't seem to lose his cocksuredness no matter what foolish things come out of his mouth.  Funny how that changed these past couple days in London.  The pic of Romney looking depleted after leaving a meeting with Cameron was priceless.

V4Vacation
V4Vacation

@TheHoleDoesNotExist Awesome. I don't know about you, but now whenever I see the initials "PTA" for Paul Thomas Anderson, I just want to change it to "PT(S)A", for Potential Trouble Sourse Anderson. ;D

AndrewRobertson
AndrewRobertson

 @V4Vacation 

 

A long time ago, L Ron Hubbard said in an interview with the Brighton newspaper 'Evening Argus', "We do not want Scientology to be reported in the press, anywhere else than on the religious pages of newspapers. Therefore, we should be very alert to sue for slander at the slightest chance so as to discourage the public presses from mentioning Scientology."

 

Few newspapers have 'Religious Pages' nowadays.

 

[Pedantic note:  Libel is the written or otherwise printed public defamation of a person or entity, while slander is the spoken defamation of a person or entity.]

Jgg2012
Jgg2012

  They did, but no one was there to open them.

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