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OC Weekly - Excellent article on Paulien Lombard

Post by mnql1 » Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:29 am

Paulien Lombard Was a Spyentologist
A former spy for Scientology came clean on abuses. Now, she says, the church is chasing her

By JOSH DULANEY
Friday, Feb 24 2012
Early-morning meetings of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors aren't exactly known for fireworks. On the agenda of the July 26, 2011, gathering, for example, was the pressing question of whether the county's dispatch system for medical-aid calls needed upgrading. So audience members might have been half-asleep during the public-comment period, when a slender, middle-aged woman with graying hair, black slacks and a light-purple blouse calmly walked to the podium and explained how, as a trusted, longtime member of the Church of Scientology, she had recently engaged in a spying operation directed at local critics of the church, including a man from Lake Elsinore who'd been protesting the church's so-called "Gold Base" in Hemet, as well as a Laguna Beach woman who'd been picketing in front of the church's massive blue building on Fountain Avenue in Los Angeles.

Then she turned her attention to Supervisor Jeff Stone, whom she claimed had close, personal friends in the church.
Much more in the article. Thank you to the person who provided the tip about this article.

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Re: OC Weekly - Excellent article on Paulien Lombard

Post by mnql1 » Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:44 am

Here are the YouTube videos of Paulien Lombard's 2 addresses to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors:

Scientology: July 26, 2011 Ex-OSA Agent Speaks Out

Scientology: Aug. 16, 2011 Ex-OSA Agent Speaks Out About OSA's Black PR Against Anonymous

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Re: OC Weekly - Excellent article on Paulien Lombard

Post by Sponge » Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:05 am

This is a great article. Cover story too! Wow! Thanks mnql1.
I'll always remember watching the video feed the first time Paulien spoke out at that Riverside supervisors meeting. I was on the edge of my seat.

I liked this reader's comment on the online article...
Patricia Curtis 3 hours ago

Paulien Lombard is a kind and courageous woman who saw something amiss in the system and is doing something about it. There is no greater purpose than service to others. When thoughts are being dictated and families are being destroyed and human privileges are taken away from people, someone who has seen the light must stand up for them. Standing there before the utterly corrupt Riverside Board of Supervisors, Paulien was a true hero.

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Re: OC Weekly - Excellent article on Paulien Lombard

Post by I'mglib » Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:34 am

Paulien is the bomb! Yay Paulien.
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Re: OC Weekly - Excellent article on Paulien Lombard

Post by Smurf » Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:44 am

Excellent article. Great job, Paulien.

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Post by skeptic2girl » Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:59 am

I was also riveted by these videos... I had a strong, sad longing that every Scientologist would watch them. That is the highest praise I can give for cult criticism. <3
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Post by Sponge » Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:18 pm

Scientology Strikes Back Against Former Spy--But Do Commendation Letters Prove Ex-Spy Right?
By Josh Dulaney, OC Weekly. 27th Feb 2012
http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2 ... tology.php
Last week's [urlhttp://www.ocweekly.com/2012-02-23/news/scient ... n-lombard/]cover story[/url] and subsequent Navel Gazing post on the Church of Scientology garnered a fair amount of comments from OC Weekly readers.


And some may recall that your humble scribe was called out by Karin Pouw, a Scientology spokeswoman, for not immediately responding to her request for an email with questions prior to running the Paulien Lombard story, in which Lombard said the church sent her out to spy on critics. (Oh, and the glaring lack of reference to my phone calls to the church in Los Angeles seeking comment before the story ran.)


In the midst of it all, I received an email from Lombard, saying she was never involved with, nor has she heard of the Scientology Parishioners League, of which Pouw alleges Lombard was a part. Pouw also said while in this group, Lombard "took some initiatives" with other parishioners against religious discrimination, bigotry and hatred.


The kerfuffle stems from my questions to Pouw as to whether it indeed sends spies to collect data on its critics.


Lombard told me in her email that her effort to spy on Francois Choquette was an order from the Office of Special Affairs, and that Scientology doesn't "like to be connected to things like this since they know it gives them a bad reputation towards the general public."


She went on to say that a woman in charge of the OSA (also referred to by Scientologists as the Department of Special Affairs) named Mari Murillo had told her "that if anyone ever asked me who had given me the order to go out to Lake Elsinore to harass Francois, that I should say that I did this on my own initiative, nothing to do with the church."


I followed up with Pouw through an email Thursday, asking if she had evidence that Lombard was a part of the Scientology Parishioners League, and if the church in Los Angeles or Orange County (which previously referred me to Los Angeles for official comment on the cover story) had sent Lombard to Choquette's home. On Friday, I emailed Pouw again, saying I would be posting another story today. Pouw replied by email Saturday, saying she responded by way of a letter for publication that was sent to my editor, and I would receive a copy as well. The letter is scheduled for the Weekly's print edition this Thursday.

[...much more in article link...]
Scientology is spinning itself into a PR hole with this one.

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