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John Connolly, Contributor to Vanity Fair is an OSA Spy!

Post by J. Swift » Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:12 pm

John Connolly is a former New York City detective turned journalist. He is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair magazine, and is currently finishing a book called The Sin Eater on disgraced and imprisoned Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano.
ref: http://www.thedailybeast.com/author/john-connolly/

From Marty Rathbun:

John Connolly has been a Church of Scientology Office of Special Affairs informant for nearly two decades. He has infiltrated several journalists doing stories on Scientology during that time, posing as a like-minded investigative journalist working on a Scientology story. Journalists have apparently either not compared notes, or simply not noticed that Connolly hasn’t delivered on a Scientology story in the twenty years he says he’s been working on one. Connolly was originally recruited by Eugene Martin Ingram.

Here is an excerpt from a document authored by then-DCO External OSA INT (currently CO OSA INT – and at all times since the early eighties to the present Intelligence Chief OSA Int effectively) Linda Hamel. The document is dated, coincidentally, 14 February 2006 – five years ago, today. It reports on Connolly’s spy work against the author of the unauthorized biography of Tom Cruise, UK journalist Andrew Morton.

Welcome to the sunlight John Connolly.
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Re: John Connolly, Contributor to Vanity Fair is an OSA Spy!

Post by J. Swift » Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:13 pm

From lukeford.com:
Journalist John Connolly wrote stories about Danny Casolaro, Steven Seagal and "Inside the CIA" for Spy magazine. He's a complex, intelligent, troubling and sometimes unreliable reporter not afraid to use methods that would make many of his peers blanch.

Though a bulldog on the job, he's sensitive towards any criticism directed his way, and cuts people out of his life with the greatest of ease.

Calculating, John thinks himself much smarter than his sources, and this gets him into trouble. He will make grandiose claims that he can't back up and then he will claim he never said what he said. He's willing to lie to get a story, or simply to save face.

Connolly was the subject of a lengthy magazine article by Christopher Byron in the September 19, 1990 issue of New York Magazine. Some of his former clients viewed him as a "consummate liar." (Byron, Christopher, "Other People's Money, The Curious Saga of the Wall Street Broker Who Informed for the Government While His Clients' Funds Vanished," New York Magazine, 9/17/90, at pp. 40-45.)
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Post by J. Swift » Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:17 pm

John Connolly's work is on par with the bullshit work people have come to expect from OSAbots. Perhaps John trained Tommy Davis?
From icgf.org, an association partly funded by Arnold Schwarzenegger comes this blistering and often inaccurate attack by Marty Singer and private detective Anthony Pellicano on John Connolly:

An Article about Arnold Schwarzenegger appearing in the March issue of Premiere Magazine [2001] has raised the ire of Schwarzenegger's friends, physician and co-workers, who blasted the magazine for publishing false statements about Schwarzenegger's health and behavior. Schwarzenegger's former co-stars, such as Linda Hamilton, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sharon Stone, Rita Wilson and Kelly Preston, as well as director and producer James Cameron, have come forward to denounce the Article by John Connolly, titled "Arnold the Barbarian." Well-known producer Arnold Kopelson also weighed in, describing an account of a purported event on the set of Eraser as "a total fabrication."

The Premiere Article written by John Connolly (whose former clients have viewed him as a "consummate liar" as reported in New York Magazine), has been criticized as a work of fiction denounced by a whole host of people who are specifically mentioned in the Article but who were never contacted by Premiere before publication.

Recent articles in US WEEKLY and the LOS ANGELES TIMES also recount the groundswell of support for Arnold voiced by his co-workers and friends, who view the Premiere story as a "hatchet job" with political undercurrents.

The Premiere Article relies largely on unidentified sources in describing alleged instances of inappropriate behavior by Arnold. But the actresses and female producers who worked with him over the years have squarely condemned the Article's false characterization of Arnold's behavior on the set and his treatment of women, sending blistering letters to Premiere Magazine in support of Arnold. Others mentioned in the Premiere story also refuted the reported incidents, which they characterized as ridiculous fabrications.

Arnold's Co-Workers Decry Article As Fictional Gossip-Mongering
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Re: John Connolly, Contributor to Vanity Fair is an OSA Spy!

Post by J. Swift » Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:19 pm

But while the Premiere Article about Arnold may have garnered some attention, perhaps the real news item is the story that Premiere would rely on having an article written by John Connolly. Connolly was himself the subject of a lengthy magazine article by Christopher Byron in the September 19, 1990 issue of New York Magazine, which reported that Connolly 's former clients viewed him as a "consummate liar." [Byron, Christopher, "Other People's Money, The Curious Saga of the Wall Street Broker Who Informed for the Government While His Clients' Funds Vanished," New York Magazine, 9/17/90, at pp. 40-45.]

According to the New York Magazine article, as well as other sources including legal documents and National Association of Securities Dealers filings, Connolly has been the subject of controversy since the 1980's, when he faced charges for alleged securities violations. Connolly was later reportedly the subject of a federal investigation in New Jersey arising from his alleged use of outdated police credentials to gain access to sealed court records. That incident reportedly resulted in Connolly being forced to resign his job as a staff writer for Forbes Magazine. [LF: Not true.]

Court filings and documents issued by the National Association of Securities Dealers cite instances of censure, fines and permanent injunctions against Connolly arising from his alleged conduct from the mid-1980's through the early 1990's. Charges against Connolly were maintained in 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991 by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the State of Florida, and the NASD. In another instance, Connolly settled a dispute with a brokerage customer, signing an agreement in which he admitted that he "knowingly and intentionally violated the express instructions" of his client, and Connolly settled by agreeing to sign a Confession of Judgment in exchange for the client's agreement to "refrain from filing an action against Connolly and refrain from filing a complaint with the appropriate authorities."

SEC and court documents reveal that Connolly was charged with, and allowed a consent order to be issued against him with a Permanent Injunction, arising from a civil complaint that the SEC filed against him. Although Connolly neither admitted nor denied the charges that he violated various securities laws, he consented to issuance of a permanent injunction preventing him from engaging in the sale of securities. Other SEC documents reveal that Connolly has been censured, fined and barred from the Securities business, citing allegations of dishonesty, which included establishing security accounts under fictitious names, establishing an account for his wife and then failing to disclose that relationship, engaging in a scheme of free-riding at three separate brokerage firms, fraudulently concealing material facts, issuing counterfeit subpoenas (which the Board of Governors of NASD held "demonstrates recent deceptive conduct which contradicts Connolly's assertions that his actions since 1986 have been beyond reproach"), knowingly tendering checks in payment for purchases on accounts with insufficient funds, and forging applications and tax forms.
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Re: John Connolly, Contributor to Vanity Fair is an OSA Spy!

Post by J. Swift » Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:31 pm

John Connolly has a long history as an informant and a spy who betrays people he befriends. In other words, John Connolly is just a small time version of Anthony Pellicano. This 1990 magazine article shows why OSA would want a man like John Connolly. The article is here: http://books.google.com/books?id=osUOn0 ... ly&f=false

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Re: John Connolly, Contributor to Vanity Fair is an OSA Spy!

Post by Smurf » Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:04 pm

J. Swift wrote:John Connolly has a long history as an informant and a spy who betrays people he befriends.
What hard evidence is there that Connolly is an OSAbot other than Marty claims as such, Swift? There are a whole lot of opportunistic, aggressive journalists in the world that have reputations for stretching the truth and publishing fabrications. What about those that write for the tabloids?

What about Kitty Kelly who's made a fortune writing & publishing "unauthorized biographies" of Oprah, Nancy Reagan & others
who have responded the books are full of fabrications?

Is it possible that Connolly is just another sleezeball out to make big bucks? Why is there the automatic assumption now that everything that drools from Marty's mouth is the gospel truth?

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Re: John Connolly, Contributor to Vanity Fair is an OSA Spy!

Post by sekh » Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:07 pm

Because Marty says so :wink: Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
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Post by J. Swift » Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:51 pm

sekhcollection wrote:Because Marty says so :wink: Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
Smurf & Sekhcollection: Don't you read Marty's blog? Or is it dangerous? Some critics apparently think they will get get pneumonia and die if they read or post at Marty's blog. Has reading Marty's blog become as dangerous as Scilons reading upper level materials? Critics have spent decades telling Scilons to read the internet and now some critics will not read Independent materials online! You need all of the information to get the big picture. I read Scientology's websites so I can see the Cult's latest PR. This is all a part of working and researching after all.

Had you guys read Marty's blog you would have seen the leaked OSA report on John Connolly. I will repost it here. However, be warned: It is from the Independents. Therefore it can turn on implants and you might die if you read it!

This is a leaked OSA document! How can you do better than this?

14 Feb 2006

Connolly was here in LA working on the Pellicano story and contacted Morton and met with him on the basis of gaining his cooperation to be interviewed for an article for Vanity Fair about the books Morton has done on celebrities including the one he is writing on Tom Cruise. Connolly wanted to see what Morton was like and get any information about where Morton is currently at with regard to writing the book and to see if Morton would agree to be interviewed for an article. Based on the meeting, Connolly said that Morton seems to have finished his research already and is busy writing the book.

Connolly told Morton that it would not be a puff piece and would show both sides including what would be said about Morton. (Connolly will use the article to investigate Morton’s past treatment of other celebrities, use of sleazy sources, etc. that would undermine Morton’s credibility). Morton said he would check with St. Martin’s Press to get their take on cooperating for the story. Morton seems to be interested in generating publicity for the book.

Connolly’s impression of Morton is that he is a serious writer and is a focused person but enjoyable to talk to. He knows how to use his charm to get people to talk. Morton also told him that it only took him five weeks to write the Monica Lewinsky book – so he is capable of churning out a lot in a short period of time.

Morton said that he thought that Tom Cruise was a good story and that is why he wanted to write the book. The reporter got the impression from talking with Morton that Morton has collected a lot of information about the Church and that this will be well covered in the book. Morton also mentioned that he has an assistant who is working for him.

Morton also said that he had met Paul Barresi a couple of times but did not go into the details of what Barresi said.

Connolly’s impression is that Morton is a formidable adversary who is not going to back down. He thinks that Morton has made up his mind already as to the angle of the book but did not specifically say what it was.

Morton mentioned that he had received a nasty letter from Bert Fields – he didn’t have any further comment about this.

Morton asked if Anthony Pelicano ever worked for the client (the Church). Connolly, who is an expert on Pelicano said “no” and he doesn’t think that Tom Cruise has ever met Pelicano. Connolly will be getting back to Morton to see what St. Martin’s Press says. He has been given background documents that we have on Morton and on Barresi who we know that Morton has been using.

This UK reporter that we have a line to has helped get information out about Morton hiring Paul Barresi. He is willing to continue to feed information and documents to the UK tabloids to discredit Morton. He made a proposal that he could rapidly write a pre-emptive positive book about Mr. Cruise, which he thought would undermine the one from St. Martin’s Press. However, when this idea of a pre-emptive book was checked with Tommy Davis, it was not something that he felt Mr. Cruise would want.

This UK reporter will continue to be used for feeding information and stories to the UK tabloids about Morton. There is a rumor about Morton no longer being with his UK publisher Michael O’Mara which will be checked into to see if there was a conflict or a falling out. This could possibly be another attack point on Morton if it is found that there was a falling out.

In the US Connolly, wants to do an investigative story and put a piece together on Morton and his use of sleazy sources in the books he has done about celebrities such as Madonna, the Beckhams and Tom Cruise. This would attack Morton on his reputation questioning the credibility of his sources.
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Re: John Connolly, Contributor to Vanity Fair is an OSA Spy!

Post by Smurf » Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:21 pm

J. Swift wrote:Smurf & Sekhcollection: Don't you read Marty's blog? Or is it dangerous? Some critics apparently think they will get get pneumonia and die if they read or post at Marty's blog. Has reading Marty's blog become as dangerous as Scilons reading upper level materials? Critics have spent decades telling Scilons to read the internet and now some critics will not read Independent materials.

Had you guys read Marty's blog you would have seen the leaked OSA report on John Connolly. I will repost it here. However, be warned: It is from the Independents. Therefore it can turn on implants and you might die if you read it! leaked OSA document! How can you do better than this?
Funny, Swift. But some of us ex-Scilons don't constantly trip over ourselves schlepping up to & ass-kissing Marty Rathbun. I would like to know the source of the leaked OSA memo which Marty seems to have alot lately (and other exes on ESMB have questioned for their veracity).

John Connolly could very well have done some OSA ops in return for some handsome fees. It doesn't make him a "longtime OSAbot" in the sense that Marty describes it... he could very well be an opportunistic sleazeball using the cult to make some cha-ching for himself. It's funny that the report mentions Paul Barresi who is the bisexual ex-pornstar who outed John Travolta to the National Enquirer in return for a $100,000 payout, then recanted the allegations when OSA-Legal paid him $25,000, then recanted the recant.

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Post by J. Swift » Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:41 pm

Smurf, who said anything about pandering to anyone? What I am talking about is reading all sides of the story. Marty, Mike, and the other former Int Execs are a credible sources. They have been featured in stories by the BBC, CNN, the St. Pete Times, The New Yorker, etc. Their facts and documents have been proof checked by these professional news organizations. If this sort of evidence is not good enough for you, then I have no idea what standard you are demanding.

Do you want people hanged because they do not meet your standards?

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Post by Phobos » Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:58 pm

I was reading some posts by Swift from years ago and they were excellent. Years ago he was his own man. At some point, Swift became a Marty acolyte, and seems to be primarily concerned with receiving approval from Marty.

Swift even sounds like Marty. Dare I say, he seems to be in Marty's "valence."

Swifty ol' chap. Snap out of it will ya?

We miss the old Swifty.

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Post by I'mglib » Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:51 am

I don't see the necessity of getting inside Swift's head.
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Post by sekh » Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:55 am

@JS; It' not fear of pneumonia or imminent death that keeps me away from Marty's blog. I even visit the Co$ site every now and then without physical damage. :mrgreen: A slight nausea, that's the worst.
There is just nothing for me there. Marty is still a scientologist. I've never been one, and never will.

It's easy to blame everything that's wrong in CoS on Dave M. but Davey was made by Ron. Without Ron and his tech Davey would be selling used cars or real-estate. Tommy C. would be a harmless actor, pretty face, no brain, and just as crazy as he is now. But he would not think he's a demi-god and abuse poor indoctrinated slave-workers.
Ron invented Fair Game, Ron lied about his warwounds, and good old Marty himself was responsible for abuse while in the church.

As long as he keeps this apologetic about Ron, :bowdown: and doesn't take responsibility for his own actions, Marty's group is, IMHO, Co$ part 2. With OSA-spies in the place of Ron's psychiatrists.

There's been a lot of accusations from Marty about OSA lately. They all end up to nothing. Probably this Connely-guy is just another sleazeball reporter making a buck.

Marty keeps the fear alive, and that does not feel good to me. :? I can see his org may have a function for people who want to go on with an organized form of scientology. That's fine with me, but I find nothing I can use there. And I don't like the way Marty seems to be standing in line to replace Davey when he's off to Maximum Security.

But maybe I'm wrong, and he's a great humanitarian. Only time will tell.

By the way, I like to read your postings. Even if if I don't always agree with them. :arguing:

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Post by J. Swift » Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:36 am

I am so very sorry if I am not furthering the policy of KMT (Keeping Marty Trashed). I am so "Out KMT" that a group intervention has become necessary. I am guilty of being reasonable, open-minded, reading Indie websites, and gross violations of KMT. I hope I am not declared an SP by the OG.

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Seriously, anyone who has read my work at OCMB is familiar with three of my main long term emphases:

1. I support those actions that will result in peacefully and nonviolently dismantling The Church of Scientology in its present form. I remind you that I publicly supported Anonymous and its nonviolent protests when it was being attacked here at OCMB by Os Wilkes, Smitty, and various OSAbots. I attended Anonymous' protests as an Old Guard member. When Marty, Mike, the Indies and other former SO really started upping the ante with the St. Pete Times expose on David Miscavige and his physical and spiritual abuse in Sea Org, the forced abortions, and RPF Imprisonment. Just as I had publicly supported Anonymous, I then started to publicly support Marty and the Indies when I saw them exposing the Cult. My support of Marty and the Indies is consistent with my support of Anonymous, WWP, ESMB, BFG, and anyone else who contributes.

2. I have never opposed the right of anyone to practice Scientology. I think people should be free to spiritually practice whatever they choose to practice. If such practice becomes violent insane as it has in CoS, then people are free to expose it online and in the media.

3. My spiritual belief is that the Karmic Vortex is peacefully and nonviolently dismantling The Church of Scientology in its present form. What I have seen is that the Karmic Vortex always has a cutting edge and that this cutting edge moves agonistically through various people and groups. At one time the cutting edge of Karma was in the hands of Karin Spaink, Arnie Lerma, Gerry Armstrong, Bob Minton, and ARS. Then the cutting edge moved to the St. Pete Times and its coverage of the death of Lisa McPherson and the attempts to bring David Miscavige to legal accountability for Lisa's death. The cutting edge then moved through OCMB to ESMB to WWP. Now the cutting edge is with the Independents and other former SO and CoS members who no longer embrace the Tech or LRH. Predictively, the cutting edge will shift to Law Enforcement and the Courts and this will lead to the legal, nonviolent end of CoS in its present form.

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Phobos, I have come to take the same position as Emma at ESMB:
I believe what might have happened is this......

There is a theory amongst some that there is little point in concentrating on Hubbard. Whilst this sounds weird, hear me out because it might have some merit.

The thing that everybody has in common is that we all want the abuses stopped. While some want to continue practising Scientology, and some want nothing to do with it, we all have this one thing in common.

The abuses of the past can't be stopped - it's too late. Hubbard cannot be arrested for overboarding anyone or defrauding anyone or making a man push a peanut around a ship's deck with his nose. A man who has been dead for 25 years cannot be arrested. So if most of the conversation and effort is spent on the current abuses and the current leadership then it gives the authorities something REAL to act on.

While there is definitely some merit in this way of thinking, it would be wrong IMO to ignore the past. I believe the secrets of the past can unlock the pain of the present and should be fully discussed. Does this hamper efforts to expose the current and ongoing crimes abuses of David Miscavige and The CoS? I don't think so but maybe some do.

Anyway, if that's the viewpoint that has Dexter's knickers in a knot then he can be reassured that this viewpoint is not the prevailing viewpoint on ESMB.
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Re: John Connolly, Contributor to Vanity Fair is an OSA Spy!

Post by Smurf » Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:24 am

J. Swift wrote:Smurf, who said anything about pandering to anyone? What I am talking about is reading all sides of the story. Marty, Mike, and the other former Int Execs are a credible sources. They have been featured in stories by the BBC, CNN, the St. Pete Times, The New Yorker, etc. Their facts and documents have been proof checked by these professional news organizations. If this sort of evidence is not good enough for you, then I have no idea what standard you are demanding.

Do you want people hanged because they do not meet your standards?
You give Mike & Marty alot of credit, Swift. Way too much IMHO. I'm confused by some of the comments you've posted on Marty's blog where you applaud M & M as if you trying to compete for a spot in their inner circle, when you've been very forthright about Marty's attempts to re-write the history of Scientology by laying all the blame for it's criminal & abusive past at DM's feet while trying to claim everything was peachy-keen when LRH was in power. You know this is not at all the truth. Why do you give Marty a pass when he uses this as a platform? I'm not making a personal attack & I'm sorry if you feel that's how it comes across. You have been around for a long time, we have had conversations and you may recall I've fought my own personal demons related to Scientology in the past and you listened and helped guide me through the cesspool to find resolution. You were a guardian of truth & justice when it came to the cult. Then, as Marty's blog became more & more popular, some of your comments had me scratching my head & confused.

You are also quite aware of M & M's past history of abuse & criminality in Scientology when they were execs in good standing... they have pulled out all the stops to avoid any accountability for their own past and the hurt they caused others; rather they throw up an elaborate smoke screen fingering DM's many faults while refusing to entertain questions from others about their own recklessness. Why do you give them a pass on that?

I take issue with your statement that "their facts and documents have been proof checked by these professional news organizations." How is this even possible in a secretive cult that does not provide the media any evidence except that which serves the agenda of the cult. Rather, they rely on evidence of their membership in the cult, the positions they held in the cult, and make unproven claims, except for testimony from other "independent Scientologists" stepping forward & vouching for their claims. Friends speaking up for friends hardly qualifies as "proof checked" evidence.

I'm not saying M & M and the other exes like Jeff Hawkins, Amy Scobee, etc. should not be praised for speaking out, but let's not pander & applaud them when there is clear evidence that M & M have done all they can to avoid answering to their own culpability to crimes & abuse in the cult. Seriously.

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