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New Yorker Article

February 7, 2011

Now online here.

The story is getting a lot of traction: Today Show coverage here.

I’ll continue to post links. Big story. The Church, of course, is continuing it’s strategy of “deny everything.” I also love their suggestion that “anyone who wants to find out what Scientology is really all about should come in to a Church of Scientology.” Um…no thanks.

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19 Comments
  1. Fidelio permalink
    February 7, 2011 1:50 pm

    My contentment could not be deeper.

    Thanks Jeff for the alert.

    The way the article is orchestrated is breath taking. Increasingly tighter and tighter and inescapablier.

    Evil comes to light more and more and at the same time more and more to an end.

    Thank God, thank tao, thank goodness, thank existence, thank the universe, thank consciousness, thank….. ah, I don’t care, even a pathetic liar like Tommy Davis is nothing but helping….. thank to the combined effort of well-intentioned sentient beings across the globe from all walks of life…

    …couldn’t be more content…

    Fidelio

  2. lunamoth permalink
    February 7, 2011 4:42 pm

    …so the FBI HAS been paying attention!

    Oh, dave, you guys are in trouble now…

  3. Idle Org permalink
    February 7, 2011 6:29 pm

    My sincere hope is that the FBI is actually involved in an investigation. I’ll believe it fully when I hear it from the FBI itself.

    Until then, kudos to you, Jeff, for Keeping Independence Working!

    IO

  4. freespirit permalink
    February 7, 2011 9:09 pm

    Jeff, thank you for providing the links and keeping all of us posted on the latest groundbreaking news. I posted my comments earlier today on Marty’s blog so won’t repeat it here. But the article is excellent journalism and you did an outstanding job along with others in providing them with the story and through that providing Paul with the support he deserves. Awesum!

  5. Anne permalink
    February 7, 2011 9:13 pm

    Ha ha ha! I thought the same thing, Jeff — go into a Church of Scientology to find out? Yeah, I’ll skip that one…

    • lunamoth permalink
      February 7, 2011 11:30 pm

      Yeah, there has probably been a fair amount of coffee coming out of noses this morning when the readers get to that part of the article. Typically, the cult keeps trying to use the same old solutions
      without seeming to realize that they not only don’t work, they make the whole group even more ridiculous to the world.

      I have to admit I don’t remember the last time I read a New Yorker article, but this was an impressive piece of writing and research.

    • Tara permalink
      February 7, 2011 11:49 pm

      Ditto me!

  6. Dave permalink
    February 7, 2011 9:28 pm

    I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. Schadenfreude is the sentiment of the day.

  7. Tara permalink
    February 7, 2011 11:50 pm

    Thank you, Jeff for putting yourself out there with the TRUTH!

  8. Karen#1 permalink
    February 8, 2011 3:19 am

    Jeff and Bloggers,

    I just listened to this Radio Show by Larry Wright on the New Yorker Article.

    Good Radio Show

    http://downloads.newyorker.com/mp3/outloud/110214_outloud_wright.mp3?_kip_ipx=2003943249-1297135116

    • Fidelio permalink
      February 8, 2011 9:00 pm

      Karen,

      I am following up “your” thread on ESMB “Hey everyone – meet Karen!” and I am

      ———– AT YOUR FEET!!!!! —————-

      for all and everything you are doing and your clear-cut agenda!

      Thank you from the bottom of my heart, from the bottom of my heart!!!

      Fidelio

  9. Tony Dephillips permalink
    February 8, 2011 6:13 am

    Signs of success! Whenever the critics howl it shows that we are winning!!
    Do the bots still believe that malarky??
    ( I already know the answer )

  10. Scooter permalink
    February 8, 2011 7:43 am

    This is such good news – this whole angle of human rights violations by the toxic cult is getting the spotlight at last.

    And with confirmation that the FBI is looking into the nefarious practices of Co$, it just gets better and better.

    Tick, tock, Davey Boy – the end is getting closer and closer.

  11. Overdriver permalink
    February 8, 2011 10:58 am

    Will the FBI find anything or all wrongdoings are legally covered?

  12. Sid permalink
    February 8, 2011 1:46 pm

    I love that comment in the article where it says the FBI agents have not discussed the case with the local agents “in case the office had been infiltrated”. They clearly know exactly what they are up against and are not taking any chances – awesome!

    Also…..”Amy Scobee spoke to the F.B.I. for two days. “They wanted a full download about the abuse,” she told me.”

    This is just fantastic news. I always believed the FBI were monitoring this whole thing, and probably have been ever since Operation Snow White. The question has always been why haven’t they intervened sooner?

    The beauty of the approach they are taking is that the trafficking angle leads them all the way to Miscavige, who must now know that the day when he is forced to stand in front of a judge and answer these allegations, which he knows are true, is clearly ahead of him.

    It will also lead them through the church lawyers who have helped this terror to happen and to continue.

    No doubt every layer of management in Co$ will say they were just “following orders”. Only one man will be unable to use that defense.

  13. Cool Observer permalink
    February 8, 2011 8:15 pm

    I will believe it when charges are filed. The fact that Amy Scobee went public to force the issue tells me that the investigation has been shelved. It sickens me, but given how much shit this abhorrent gang of thugs have pulled in the past I’m not surprised. I’d love to be proven wrong, though.

  14. February 9, 2011 5:38 am

    I read the article last night and it was thorough. I like Haggis. The New Yorker is no slouch mag (great cartoons). People who subscribe to that mag are folks inclined to more deep thinking than most. People who aren’t put off by reading something over a few paragraphs. In any case, I suppose that this article, in view of…the prestige of it’s author, the celebrity status of it’s protagonist, the high profile celebrities involved, the Hollywood connection in general, the long time emotional controversy of Hubbard and CoS and the high repute of the New Yorker in the minds of many….will no doubt generate some far reaching waves. I expect that TC, JT, KA and other celebrities will be, in one way or another, having to, yet again, field questions re their connection to CoS. Being a member of a church alleged to be engaged in human trafficking and being investigated by the FBI is not so good for one’s PR. This will be most interesting to watch unfold.

    As I was reading the article I found numerous lines that I excerpted to save for referrence. One of the things (pg-5)that Paul said, which really rang a mutual bell with me was…

    “I had such a lack of curiosity when I was inside,” Haggis said. “It’s stunning to me, because I’m such a curious person.”

    Man! that’s wild isn’t it? Well, hallelujah!!! The curiousity does not get suppressed out of existence. It does come back. And…in my particular case, it came back with a vengence! Speaking of curiosity, it sure has been pulling me down some very esoteric pathways of late.

    You know, for me the sequence has been….put physical distance between myself and CoS and scios, 8yrs later I look then leave CoS, then (with much help from this blog and its many commenters) I surprised myself and left the philosophy and the technology. Now at that point, I considered myself free. I was on my way and looking back less and less. But….there was something else. Something quite incredible and totally unbeknownest to me. There was still something else I had to do. I had to come out from under the “spell” of LRH, Dn and Scn. And, although I’m not totally sure yet, it appears that it was a genuine bonifide SPELL! Like in the song…”that old black magic has me in a spell.” Hahaha Wish I could tell you about it but I can’t. As it just happened a few days ago, I haven’t yet quite figured it all out. Certainly not enough to mention it beyond this. I can say this, though, it occurred while I was researching the ancient origins of humans. BTW, I now see where LRH got a lot of his material.

    Oh yeah, almost forgot… the interview that Matt Lauer did with Larry Wright on the Today Show was, IMO, superb! Matt has obviously learned much about how to conduct interviews that focus on Scn. The interview was certainly well scripted and, whether it was or not, it sure appeared to have been well rehersed as well.

    Cheers Everyone!
    Monte

    • Fidelio permalink
      February 9, 2011 10:18 am

      Monte,

      allow me to quote you:

      “………. Wish I could tell you about it but I can’t. As it just happened a few days ago, I haven’t yet quite figured it all out. Certainly not enough to mention it beyond this. I can say this, though, it occurred while I was researching the ancient origins of humans. BTW, I now see where LRH got a lot of his material.” ….

      Monte, I am on the same hunting track and I am GAP-JAWED.

      I am gap-jawed how Hubbard took the material and gave it – time and again, a thousand times, on a gazillion of occasions – the little twist, the small perversion, the tiny spin, the miniscule deflection, the almost invisible smoke, the slight blurr always with the same purpose:

      To distort its direction down into a circular thinking labyrinth which makes it a fine-tuned tool to enslave others PLUS – even more vicious – turns it into an oppressive belief system full of tools where people are started and indoctrinated into doing the enslaving themselves without anybody else laying a hand on him any further. So the real trouble source is no longer visible and a being is on the long slope of self-degradation.

      I assume, what you call “the ancient origins” is dealing with the liberating and elevating truth –

      Hubbard leached on it and this gives you the (initial) “wins”, the (initial) enhancing moments and realizations making you want more of that morning dawn. This is the yummy worm to the fish who does not see the poisened hook when swallowing it avidly and deeply….

      Hubbard unfailingly deflected freeing wisdom and light into enslaving darkness and shackled minds.

      That’s how far I have come on that chase…..

      Thanks for spurring me into that comment … 🙂

      Fidelio

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