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 Post subject: FBI Investigating COS for Human Trafficking!!!
PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:58 pm 
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This is breaking news on Gawker. The story will get bigger:

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Members of an FBI task force on human trafficking have been investigating the Church of Scientology for more than a year according to an article in this week's New Yorker. It's the scientology expose we've been all waiting for.

As expected, New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright's massive profile of ex-Scientologist writer-director Paul Haggis (Million Dollar Baby, Crash) in this week's New Yorker contains many interesting revelations about the Church of Scientology and the life of a prominent member. Chief among these is the existence of an ongoing FBI investigation into allegations of abuse by Scientology's leader David Miscavige, and the enslavement of members of Scientology's religious order, "Sea Org". (Recently, former Sea Org members claimed to have been forced to have abortions.)

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:59 pm 
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According to the article, agents from an FBI task force on human trafficking have been interviewing former members of Scientology about abuse in the church since at least December, 2009, and the case remains open. Why human trafficking?

Lawrence writes:

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The laws regarding trafficking were built largely around forced prostitution, but they also pertain to slave labor. Under federal law, slavery is defined, in part, by the use of coercion, torture, starvation, imprisonment, threats, and psychological abuse. The California penal code lists several indicators that someone may be a victim of human trafficking: signs of trauma or fatigue; being afraid or unable to talk, because of censorship by others or security measures that prevent communication with others; working in one place without the freedom to move about; owing a debt to one's employer; and not having control over identification documents. Those conditions echo the testimony of many former Sea Org members...


Scientology's financial exploitation of its members and brutal, stalkery retention practices always seemed to barely skirt the edges of legality. Looks like they might have crossed over into outright slavery.

There's a lot more good stuff in the 28-page article that hits the web tonight at midnight. And it's just a fraction of what Wright will be unloading in an upcoming book about Scientology. Plenty of ex-Scientologists have told-all in the past, but Haggis' prominence and Wright's reporting chops should have high-powered Scientologists' E-meters going haywire right now.

Send an email to Adrian Chen, the author of this post, at adrian@gawker.com.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:07 am 
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The spiked fence at Int Base was a big clue that the Cult did not want its own members and SP Hall prisoners escaping:

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 Post subject: Re: FBI Investigating COS for Human Trafficking!!!
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Given that the Cult is apparently under investigation by the FBI for human trafficking, I hope the IRS joins in and investigates David Miscavige, Tom Cruise et. al.: Excessive Benefits

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Does anyone have older pics of the spikes originally only pointing inwards
From recall, the outward spikes were not originally there

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'Alert' wrote:
Does anyone have older pics of the spikes originally only pointing inwards
From recall, the outward spikes were not originally there


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J. Swift wrote:
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...28-page article that hits the web tonight at midnight...

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Hope there's much work going on in the background. Lots of people talking to the Feds. Excellent.

The, over the years, change in spike type and size an allegory for Miscavige's 'circling the wagons'?


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Way past time, but better late than never. I wonder if this could affect the Headley's appeal process.

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Ohhhh, I'd love to be a fly on Miscavige's wall. I imagine he's throwing a monumental fit, as well as tiny, well-manicured fists.

How long do you think it'll be before he slithers out of the country to someplace with no extradition treaty to the US?


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I'm pleased but wary. I hope the said FBI investigation has accumulated so much hard evidence that no amount of PR posturing, squirming, intimidating or tampering on the part of scientology's representatives will have any influence on what may come. I hope what may come will include ankle bracelets and orange jump suits.

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Tommy Davis claimed in the Martin Bashir interview that the ultra-barrier razor wire fence was there at Int Base to keep people from breaking in and stealing expensive audio-video equipment. That was such a lame excuse. Now the truth emerges: The FBI is investigating CoS and human trafficking.

ABC Nightline's Martin Bashir's piece on The Church of Scientology is well worth watching again:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adgYpfwJuBI
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This is a great preface to The New Yorker's article on Paul Haggis.

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JonDoe wrote:
Way past time, but better late than never. I wonder if this could affect the Headley's appeal process.


Excellent point -- didn't the court find against the Headleys on that charge?

I hope DM gets frog marched off to jail.

I hope he stays there for a very very long time.

I hope all the people wronged by this insane cult have their day of justice.


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