by Tony Ortega. Village Voice. 10th Dec 2011
Another Saturday morning here in the underground bunker finds us once again picking up the pieces after another hectic week. Let's review, shall we?
After starting off the week with another edition of Sunday Funnies
, that evening we published our lengthy interview with Ramana Dienes-Browning
, a former Sea Org executive who corroborated the claims of Valeska Paris, and described her own harrowing adventures aboard the Freewinds
On Monday, we took time out to remember Lisa McPherson
, who died on December 5, 1995, and who still embodies so much of the Scientology story.
On Tuesday, we asked attorney Scott Pilutik to assess the lawsuit filed by soap star and former Church of Scientology member, Michael Fairman
. Fairman is suing his chiropractor, a Scientologist, for dumping him as a client after he was declared a suppressive person (Scientology's version of excommunication).
On Wednesday, we reported that Valeska Paris, the woman who says she was held aboard Scientology's private cruise ship the Freewinds
against her will from 1996 to 2007, had received a threat letter from Scientology's attorneys
in Sydney. We also provided more details about her time on the ship.
We did our usual STATurday roundup of international stories
for Thursday afternoon, including items from India to Australia.
And yesterday, we continued our regular Friday feature, This Week Aboard the Apollo
, with more wisdom in the daily dispatches issued by the Commodore, L. Ron Hubbard, to his crew while they sailed the Mediterranean from 1968 to 1971.
In other words, another very full week. So let's get to the awards!
On Sunday, frequent commenter NCSP
got off an all-timer in response to our interview with Ramana Dienes-Browning, who was on the Freewinds
for five years after being heavily pressured to join the Sea Org at only 15 years of age. NCSP saw an opportunity to slightly alter a well-known line from another Freewinds
veteran, actor Tom Cruise:....[...continued in article link...]