Mimi Faust's Mother, Olaiya Odufunke: Her Life in Scientology's Secret Service

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Monday night, Mimi Faust revealed on VH1's Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta that she had been abandoned at 13 by a mother who chose Scientology over her own children. By Tuesday morning, we had identified Mimi's mother, Olaiya Odufunke, who died in 2003.

And now, we have a photograph of Olaiya (on the left, above, with Joyce Earl, another Scientology employee) that was given to us by someone who worked with her and can now tell us what kind of work the woman did that was more important than holding on to Mimi.

Olaiya (who also apparently went by "Gloria") was a member of Scientology's "Sea Organization" or Sea Org, the hardcore elite of employees who sign billion-year contracts and promise to work for the church lifetime after lifetime.

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Mimi Faust
And inside the Sea Org, there's a department Olaiya was assigned to known as the Office of Special Affairs -- it's the church's intelligence, public relations, and covert operations wing.

In other words, Olaiya worked in what many consider Scientology's secret service.

All Sea Org members -- whether they're in OSA or not -- work long hours for little pay. We've talked to former members who worked 100-hour weeks, grabbing only a few hours of sleep a night as they were pushed to extreme limits while living with no privacy and often on meager provisions.

In that kind of work environment, there's little time for anything outside Scientology work -- no television, no reading of non-Scientology materials, no days off. And that's why we hear about Sea Org parents essentially abandoning their kids -- they simply have no time for them.

That's the situation Mimi Faust was in as a 13-year-old. On Monday night's show, she said that she was asked to "sign a contract" and work for the church, but refused. (Children of Scientologists are pressured to join the Sea Org and sign its contract at a very young age.) At the time, her mother Olaiya was based at Scientology's administrative headquarters in Los Angeles, a former hospital painted blue that is known as PAC Base, for Pacific Area Command.

But later in her life, from 2000 to 2003, Olaiya was with OSA in Clearwater, Florida.

"Her last post in Clearwater was the Clearance in Charge," says Kirsi Ojamo, a former OSA employee who worked with Olaiya in Florida. "She would look into the quals of prospective parishioners and say OK or not for services."

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Kirsi Ojamo

Kirsi left Scientology in 2007. She's from Finland and today lives in France. And she not only worked with Olaiya in Clearwater, she had the same job: clearing church members for services. (She sent me the photo of Olaiya and Joyce Earl. I then confirmed their identities with their former boss, Mike Rinder, who ran OSA during these years.)

I asked Kirsi to describe the job that she and Olaiya were doing.

Scientology is a very security-conscious organization. Not only is the church constantly on the lookout for outsiders trying to infiltrate it, it also constantly interrogates its own members to sniff out anyone who might be tempted to speak to the press or to law enforcement. Also, it wants to know when a member has secrets which might compromise them. If they're hiding something, they are not allowed to get access to the church's counseling, called "auditing."

It was Kirsi and Olaiya's job to get those secrets from church members coming to Clearwater -- Scientology's spiritual mecca.

"Let me assure you first that there was no priest-penitent privileged information. I would have access to anything I felt I needed from the PC or OT folder which was not technically confidential and above my level of processing," Kirsi says. "The case supervisor would supply reports she felt [contained] relevant security data and submit the PC folder for my review."

In other words, anything that a Scientologist had revealed in previous supposedly confidential counseling sessions -- whether they were a lower level "Pre-Clear" or higher level "Operating Thetan" -- was fair game for OSA.

"I would look into ethics folder data, and if I felt a sec check was needed, it got done before accepting for services," she says. (A "sec check" -- short for "security check" -- is an intense interrogation done while a subject is holding the sensors of an e-meter, which Scientologists believe can detect when they're holding back secrets.)

I asked Kirsi what sorts of things would disqualify a Scientologist from getting the services he had come to Florida for.

"Tax evasion is one. A criminal history -- 'Type B,' in that lingo. Evidence of a family member or relative attacking the church. Yes, it didn't matter if you were flying in from Iceland for your OT levels," she says, meaning that how far you'd come didn't matter -- you had to get past Kirsi and Olaiya's tough screening process.

Like other Sea Org members working at Flag, Olaiya was bused in from a nearby apartment complex, the Hacienda Gardens. Typically, workers there have little privacy and share space with multiple roommates.

In 2003, Kirsi says, Olaiya was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was sent to City of Hope in LA for treatment. "Unfortunately, she perished after eight months in their care. I held a service for her in Clearwater, and I also met Mimi there when she came to pick up some of her mom's belongings."

I asked Kirsi if Olaiya had spoken about her children. She said that Olaiya did talk about them, particularly Mimi, and "it was obvious she loved her," Kirsi says.

"That was my impression, that she was not indifferent about her family to be sure."

We've contacted Mimi's representatives, and hope to be speaking to her soon.


UPDATE: It turns out Olaiya was a longtime member of OSA, and not just at the end of her life. We just heard from Simi Valley, a veteran Scientologist who recently defected and declared her independence from the church.

Here's what she told us about Olaiya:

I knew her when she and I were both working at OSA US (based in LA) in 1988-89. At the time she was using the name "Olaiya Olayinka" and was posted in the Treasury Division.

Olaiya was tough as nails and totally serious about her job in the Sea Org. I recall one time she was sitting at lunch talking about someone who had irked her and she said, "I KR'ed her ass," meaning "I wrote a knowledge report on her."

A lot of the OSA staff walked around with a chip on their shoulder and were really bitchy at each other, so her remark was typical of the mood they were usually in.


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Back to the Future: The Running Program!

Yesterday, Jim Edwards at the Business Insider had a fun look at one of Scientology's more notorious punishments: "the running program."

Also known in Scientology jargon as the "Cause Resurgence Rundown," the running program was a common punishment meted out to Sea Org members that had them running around a pole -- or in this case, a palm tree, in desert heat -- for twelve hours a day...

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As Amy Scobee pointed out in our story yesterday about another Sea Org nightmare, "The Hole," even people who were unfit to run couldn't escape the punishment of the running program: "I observed someone getting pushed around the running track in a wheelchair (while the rest of the Int execs were running, as a punishment)."

That desert running track around a palm tree has been covered over with grass for years now, but we wanted to remind readers that the running program is apparently still dear to Scientology leader David Miscavige's heart. In fact, proposed designs for the church's giant Super Power Building -- which we first revealed in January -- show that the notion of running around a pole for hours at a time will become a futuristic, and massive, part of much of the building's upper floors!

In development since 1998, the Super Power Building across the street from the Fort Harrison Hotel in Scientology's mecca -- Clearwater, Florida -- is a $100 million boondoggle which will maybe finally open later this year. It promises to deliver "super power" to high level, wealthy Scientologists who have nowhere to go after reaching OT 8, the church's tops in spiritual enlightenment. You've no doubt seen some of the images of devices that have been designed for these wealthy patrons, which look like something out of the starship Enterprise...

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That particular image -- from the Super Power Building's spacey fifth floor "Perceptics" installations -- leaked out years ago. (Drudge went nuts over this image recently when the Daily Mail posted it. I tried to get word to him that it was at least four years old, and that we had so many more images of Super Power that no one else has ever published. But I never can seem to get through to the guy.)

What surprised us when we got our hands on the rest of the building's plans in January was what we found one flight up, on the sixth floor...

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We know that image is dark, but that seems to be the point. A giant circular indoor space will apparently have only one source of light -- an illuminated pole. Around it, Scientologists will run and run and run in a cavernous room.

This architectural drawing of the sixth floor shows just how much of it will be taken up by the massive new running room...

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What surprises us is that the running program, in this case, is made to look somewhat glamorous -- when it's traditionally been used as one of the Sea Org's more sadistic punishments.

Are wealthy Scientologists really going to pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege of being abused in a 12-hour daily ritual of running around a lighted column? (In our comments, John P. suggests that the running track may be for punishing staffers, and Miscavige wants it indoors to keep it from being photographed.)

This (not to mention the oiliness table) is just one of the many mysteries of the Super Power Building that holds us in its thrall.


UPDATE: In answer to a question raised by John P. in the comments. Here's the schematic for the Super Power Building's seventh floor, showing that it surrounds the running dome, which itself is the top of the building. (Miscavige's set of offices is on the upper left in this drawing, which is actually the southwest corner of the building.)

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On the next page: Our regular Friday feature, Scientology on the High Seas...


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AnotherSP
AnotherSP

I'm happiest when another person comes out talking about the criminal cult.

Thanks for following this story and sharing with us all.   Best wishes to Mimi.

DodoTheLaser
DodoTheLaser

Running around a pine apple tree or a glowing pole for hours seems to be pretty depressing.

 

Even if you do it on your own and never heard of Scientology, even while playing your

favorite songs through your ear buds. It's still depressing.

 

I used to jog, heck, I ran 24 miles marathon and also happen to be an Ex-Scientologist.

 

There is nothing healthy or spiritual about that part of Super Power/RPF.

 

Just my opinion.

Sherbet
Sherbet

Apropos of nothing, I've been reading about the Westboro Baptist Church, another assembly of evil masquerading as a church.  Scary.

5lttlestones
5lttlestones

when will we get to read your interview with Lisa Marie? PLEASE! soon we hope!!!

media_lush
media_lush

Ever wondered what happened to Lisa-Marie Presley ..... she's now living in a quiet English village (strangely a few miles from scientology's UKHQ)

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2183388/Lisa-Marie-Presley-plays-darts-village-pub-shops-Tunbridge-Wells--How-Elviss-daughter-Home-Counties-housewife.html

 

article mentions how she left scientology and her songs having coded messages (obviously cribbed from this site)

 

the one telling for me was:

 

'The grounds of the £9 million property are patrolled 24 hours a day by leather-clad security men on quad bikes..." [bet this bit gives DM a boner]

HiHello
HiHello

Only based on my experience, I have observed that In most churches if an employee or a volunteer is putting in long hours and is frazzled, somebody will say,

 

"Hey, go home early. Spend some time with your family. We love you."

 

But in the Scientology Sea Org they don't do that?

Sherbet
Sherbet

Probably everyone has seen videos like this, but every once in awhile I have to rewatch them to remind myself how scn behaves like no other church and its people are the farthest thing from saintly or any other definition of pious or churchly.  I don't mean to generalize.  Some of the exes I've met in these posts are wonderful people, and I'm sure there are many still inside.  But videos like this make my blood boil.  Does any scn handler ever ANSWER a question?  The tactic is so transparent and predictable:  hit the critic with a wall of noise, moronic nonsense, insults, and questions.  And then repeat, over and over again.  Oh, yeah, I want to be part of a "church" that produces mouthy robots such as these three prime specimens.   As we've said before, it would be funny if it weren't so tragic.  Note the way the Lisa McPherson tragedy is dismissed as irrelevant by Moron #2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPol_m8wm8Y

deElizabethan
deElizabethan

Maybe all the exposures of these hideous, oh I mean wonderful new processes have delayed the opening. Oh boy, have you been effective or what? If they do make some changes they will be shown also, hence a losing game. But then they are losing all around, aren't they. All those left will be going around in circles on the top floor ......

deElizabethan
deElizabethan

Interesting follow up and good to hear more of the story.

"Olaiya was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was sent to City of Hope in LA for treatment."

I don't doubt that it was already to late when they finally sent her. I don't know the City of Hope but I assume it is for the poor. The Tamp Bay area has the Moffett Cancer center renown for good treatment and help provide many years longer life. Other good centers also in Clearwater. But that may have cost them, since they provide no health insurance.

GlukNlexlvul
GlukNlexlvul

This site does not handle very large numbers very well. 

JohnPCapitalist
JohnPCapitalist

 @Sherbet One key difference between Scientology and the Westboro Baptist Church is that the WBC folks are a testament to the power of inbreeding.  There are only a couple dozen of them and they seem to be mostly relatives of the leader.  Scientology = child abuse, but at least Scientology != incest.  A slight positive but a positive nonetheless. 

 

Perhaps if Scientology reached out to the WBC folks the way they have reached out to the Nation of Islam, the WBC folks will get so enchanted with auditing themselves on the e-meter that they'll forget all about protesting, though.

MariannaP.
MariannaP.

 @RIPAndrewWordes 

Edit + : I only found out here that there is a lot of attention to Miviludes coming from the US, that's why I got curious to take a closer look at their activities, browse their web page, etc. I think anybody can do it with google translate http://www.miviludes.gouv.fr

Well, there is a lot of good stuff there, guides trough the legislation, analysis, warning reports, etc. A lot of practical advice like "you think that you're in a cult" or

 

How to detect a cult's influence in the attitude of your relative :

 

the adoption of a specific jargon

modification of vestimentary and alimentary habits

refuse of the medical care

sudden alienation from family/disconnection from family

exclusif engagement in the profit of the group

submission to the group orders

loss of critical thinking

stereotyped responses to existentional questions

children's indocrtination

lack of sleep

 

Oh, geee...I imagine such Govt commission existed in the US and any friend or relative of a fresh scientologist would read such information cautioned by the US Govt. That would make lose lots of money to the cults....

 

Or you like in their 2010 report there is an article on medical care with the given example of the cancer treatment. Miviludes insist on the preventive campaigns among the professionals to sensibilize people that any alternative cancer treatment sould be an additional treatment, not a substitute treatment (given that the cancer treatment is completely free in France).

 

Yeah, it's scary, it can save lifes and take aways money from some who'd like to sell "vitamins/herbs/stones/touchassist" cancer treatment and dissuade people from treating themselves in hospitals...yeah...

MariannaP.
MariannaP.

 @RIPAndrewWordes 

Seems like the French anti-cult action really itches somebody in the US...and all they do is analysis and prevention. I start thinking they are doing a relly good job if they are getting so much attention.

AussieCase
AussieCase

 

 @RIPAndrewWordesI think the video presents similar things together which may not really be connected.

 

For example, the use lingo is consistent in many cults and has been discussed by psychologists who study cults for some time. Robert Lifton, for example, discusses thought stopping phrases in what he calls totalist groups, we see such phrases in Scientology.

 

If the so-called Scientology technology did not work, then Scientologists have the following thought stopping phrases. You may be a potential trouble source (**PTS**), you may have **misunderstoods.** Also, it is wrong to discuss what you have read and to compare with your personal experience, this is **verbal technology.**" I propose the above are what Lifton would call "thought-terminating cliches." 

 

On the other hand, many specialized fields, and even corporations also have specialized words and acronyms, as does the intelligence field.

 

The title of a chapter or section called Alice in Wonderland has no obvious connection to Scientology TR #1.

 

Are the similarities between the CIA document and Scientology similar enough to conclude Ron saw the document? 

 

Now is Scientology consistent in several ways with other cults?

 

I really like these Carey Burtt shorts. The following short discusses cults in general and it is based on Margaret Singer's work.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnNSe5XYp6E

 

The following short is about critical thinking, which I my experience Scientology turns off.

 

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

 

Now there are a few posts on Andreas' site about the originally posted video.

 

http://ocmb.xenu.net/ocmb/viewtopic.php?t=66490

 

What do you think? and Why?

 

skippress
skippress

 @Sherbet That's Dan Murnan, failed boxer, not very bright, maybe brain-damaged from getting beat up in semi-pro bouts.

media_lush
media_lush

 @Sherbet 

"you must be a child molestor........ the only people who attack scientology are those who are afraid of something...... I didn't say that right"

 

lulz

 

I remember this video as being the one that really sparked my interest in this loopy cult.... the psycho way the tall one interrupted his creepy buddies in your face verbal attacking; it pretty much confirmed from the get-go that these people were brainwashed loons, and pretty nasty to boot.

 

I find it delightfully ironic that these tactics they're taught to employ have come back to bite them on the ass big time.

 

.....and the cackle.... as I mentioned before, I swear that each org has a room where they have a monitor with the Tommy Girl laugh on loop and are forced to watch and repeat it hours on end.

GlukNlexlvul
GlukNlexlvul

 @deElizabethan 

 

Much of it comes down to power supply and other electrical safety issues.  Some of the apparatuses require extremely high voltage, and it starts to create arcs that are unpredictable, then it needs to be calibrated.

SvenBoogie
SvenBoogie

 @GlukNlexlvul Just like $cientology's recruitment statistics, the site must be unfamiliar with large numbers. 

dbloch7986
dbloch7986

 @GlukNlexlvul If you're trying to look at older posts click on the button that says "Oldest". Then you can scroll through. It locks the comments in place so that the live feed isn't turned on and it makes for easier navigation.

 

I think the "Newest" function is mostly for people who are just trying to keep up with newer comments.

 

You know what I mean.

Noah_Miller
Noah_Miller

 @JohnPCapitalist Westboro is also very clear that though they hate everyone and everyone but them deserve to go to hell, they have no interest in taking over or changing laws. They just want to carry their gods dickish message to everyone they can. 

Sherbet
Sherbet

 @JohnPCapitalist And one key similarity is that the adherents believe that their goal is a pure one, collateral damage notwithstanding.

AndrewRobertson
AndrewRobertson

 @JohnPCapitalist  

 

That's an interesting comparison between the Church of Scientology and the Westboro Baptist Church.  In its heyday Scientology widened the social 'gene pool' of new recruits by the diversity of recruitment. But the Internet destroyed its allure and the vast majority of new members now are children of current staff or public.

 

Metaphorically this could be classed as biological incest with all the attendant problems of inbreeding. Though nearly a spent force, one should remember that the Church's tentacles have slithered into the civic institutions that govern the countries it exists in and thus the organization should not be dismissed lightly, as it is a malignant threat  to any society that values freedom and tolerance.

 

The beliefs of Scientology are inimical to democratic and humanitarian principles and offer a bleak future to those who cling to its simplistic ideas.

 

FistOfXenu
FistOfXenu

 @skippress  @Sherbet Poor guy. But you know getting hit in the head a lot could be an advantage for some jobs in $cientoology. You can repeat slogans without thinking too much about what you're saying. 

 

So why didn't $cientoology handle his injuries? 

Sherbet
Sherbet

 @skippress Aha.  I was wondering if there was something physically wrong with him.  He didn't look or speak right.

media_lush
media_lush

 @skippress  @Sherbet somebody posted that DM had a boxing ring built at Gold so he and Cruise could box in yesterdays post about The Hole victims. I'm intrigued about this image of DM in boxing gear.... but the thing is the only person who even approaches his weight level would be a 12 year old kid.... unless of course they were ordered not to punch back.

Sherbet
Sherbet

 @media_lush "Psycho" is the perfect word.  Their heads are so empty, but the mouths keep running with the programmed taunts.  You're spot on about that cackle!  TC should patent it.

BurytheNuts
BurytheNuts

 @GlukNlexlvul  @deElizabethan 

Good point. What are THE VOLTAGE requirements of the SP building?

Go to the Utilites. The transformers, switches, etc. all have to be visible and accessible by the Utility. Most likely TECO.

GlukNlexlvul
GlukNlexlvul

 @SvenBoogie 

 

What are you harming my religion?  We have numbers, just like anyone.. you don't even know how far back the whole track goes, it's a lot more digits on that number

GlukNlexlvul
GlukNlexlvul

 @dbloch7986 

 

No, I mean numbers with a lot of zeros- it just cuts off the number, not even showing the correct number

 

Like

1,216,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

Herod
Herod

 @AndrewRobertson 

 

Yes. It's important to always remember the anti-democratic and totalitarian roots of Scientology. 

 

Hubbard wouldn't tolerate being on an equal standing with anyone.  Good thing he's dead.  Unfortunately, he built enough of a byzantine corporation that carries on his intentions. Which is basically to dominate and control. 

FistOfXenu
FistOfXenu

 @Sherbet Fair enough. Imaginary demonstrations of imaginary powers are way more important than healing a boxer's brain injuries or Yvonne Jentzsch's brain tumor or whatever it is that REALLY killed Alexander Jentzsch or any of the other people that died because $cientoology can't cure anything and OT powerz don't exist. 

Sherbet
Sherbet

 @FistOfXenu Its most skillful OTs were busy uncreasing magazine covers and determining what's in the packages under the Christmas tree.

GlukNlexlvul
GlukNlexlvul

 @BurytheNuts  @deElizabethan 

 

That is secrit and private so there is no way you will find out.

 

It's religious stuff, so back off hot shot. You woulnd't even understand anyway.

fileclerk
fileclerk

I'd be ok with more scientologists exercising that right.

GlukNlexlvul
GlukNlexlvul

 @dbloch7986  @deElizabethan 

 

Electrocution rarely happen with the New Basics. Some of those semicolons that LRH sourced got in the voltage/resistance/current equations and it was not pretty.  But you have to keep in mind that plasma vaporization is a protected expression of religious rights.

dbloch7986
dbloch7986

 @FistOfXenu Genius! I never thought about that. I suppose they will also have to take special Scientology pills that enhance their 54 perceptics and enhance their moods at the same time! Manufactured in Scientology factories of course.

FistOfXenu
FistOfXenu

 @dbloch7986   "Now Scientology can electrocute people to death." 

 

No you've completely misunderstood. They want to start doing ECT. Of course they'll rename it so $cienos won't realize where they plagiarized it from. Watch out for "E-zap BT Super-Termination Tech(TM)", coming soon to a Super Powers Building near you. 

Sherbet
Sherbet

 @PeggyToo I nearly couldn't scroll down, because that doggone Livefyre wouldn't let me get to the next 50 posts.  But I got there finally.  Brava for you!

FistOfXenu
FistOfXenu

 @Sherbet  Putting us on for sure but it was still fun while it lasted.  And well done to PeggyToo. 

Sherbet
Sherbet

 @FistOfXenu      I'm getting the feeling he's putting us on, but I can't decode the name.  Any guesses?

FistOfXenu
FistOfXenu

 @GlukNlexlvul  @dbloch7986   After my last trip to the dentist I realized it doesn't matter what I think calculus is.  He says if I don't do a better job of brushing and flossing I'm going to start having teeth out. 

dbloch7986
dbloch7986

 @GlukNlexlvul Ohhh you meant literally sorry. I think it's because there probably isn't a way to split that between lines if you're using proper syntax. I'm pretty sure it does the same thing with severely long links.

 

I think it would be more effective to use the scientific notation for the number anyway.

 

1.216 * 10^99

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