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 Post subject: Feds Probe Church of Scientology Over Work for Tom Cruise, R
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:12 pm 
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http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/20 ... test=faces

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 Post subject: Re: The New Yorker article by Lawrence Wright
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:45 pm 
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Lawrence Wright and the New Yorker article mentioned in this press release today about Janet Reitman's upcoming book "The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion", in this thread: viewtopic.php?p=390585#p390585

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 Post subject: Re: The New Yorker article by Lawrence Wright
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:16 pm 
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New Yorker Podcast. The newyorker.com editor talks to author Lawrence Wright: http://www.newyorker.com/online/2011/02 ... dio_wright
Direct mp3 download: http://downloads.newyorker.com/mp3/outl ... wright.mp3

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Reference documents in the New Yorker online ......

(Many of you regulars here may have already seen some of these. The PDF files are esier to view than the on site reader)...

L. Ron Hubbards Life
http://documents.newyorker.com/2011/02/hubbard/
Direct Link to PDF file (27Mb): http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/31765/l-ron-hubbards-life.pdf
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Contents:
Hubbard's Birth Certificate p. 1
Hubbard's Academic Record p. 2
Hubbard's Naval Service p. 3
Correspondence about Hubbard p. 7
Notice of Separation p. 10
Hubbard's Military Decorations p. 11
Hubbard's Death Certificate p. 16 .

...see link above for actual docs...



Documents from Legal Cases involving Scientology.
http://documents.newyorker.com/2011/02/scientology-legal/
Direct link to PDF file (12Mb): http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/31766/legal-documents.pdf
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Description

Claire and Marc Headley

Claire and Marc Headley were former Sea Org members. Claire became a member of the Sea Org at the age of sixteen. Pictured in this dossier is her contract to serve the Sea Org "for the next billion years," signed by Claire Whitt, her maiden name. In 2009, the Headleys filed individual lawsuits against the church. They maintained that the working conditions at the Gold Base, a Scientology outpost in Southern California, violated labor and human-trafficking laws. The church responded that the Headleys were ministers who had voluntarily submitted to the rigors of their calling, and that Scientology's religious practices were protected by the First Amendment. Featured here are the complaints submitted by the plaintiffs, and the judgments ultimately delivered. The court agreed with the church's argument and dismissed the Headleys' complaints. The Headleys have appealed the rulings.


Marty Rathbun

Marty Rathbun was a former leader in the Church of Scientology. He had once been inspector general of the church's Religious Technology Center. He had also overseen Scientology's legal-defense strategy, and he reported directly to David Miscavage, the head of the church. In July, 2010, Rathbun filed this court declaration in support of Claire Headley's lawsuit.


Julie Christofferson-Titchbourne

In a 1985 trial, Julie Christofferson-Titchbourne, a Church of Scientology defector, argued that the church had falsely claimed that Scientology would improve her intelligence, and even her eyesight. The jury sided with Christofferson-Titchbourne, awarding her thirty-nine million dollars. However, the judge declared a mistrial, saying that Christofferson-Titchbourne's lawyers had presented prejudicial arguments. A year and a half later, the church settled with Christofferson-Titchbourne for an undisclosed sum.


Michael Rinder

Mike Rinder was the former spokesperson for the Church of Scientology. The church characterizes Rinder, and other defectors The New Yorker spoke with, as "discredited individuals," who were demoted for incompetence or expelled for corruption; the church says that the defectors' accounts are consistent only because they have "banded together to advance and support each other's false 'stories.' " In a late September meeting with The New Yorker, Tommy Davis, who is currently the spokesperson for the church, displayed photographs of what he said were bruises sustained by Mike Rinder's former wife in 2010, after Rinder physically assaulted her in a Florida parking lot. Rinder denies committing any violence. The sheriff's report featured here corroborates this claim.

Contents
Claire Headley’s Sea Org Contract p. 1
Claire Headley Third Amended Complaint p. 2
Marc Headley Second Amended Complaint p. 30
Claire Headley Dismissal p. 60
Marc Headley Dismissal p. 61 .
Declaration of Marty Rathbun p. 63
Julie Christofferson-Titchbourne Complaint p. 85
Michael Rinder Sheriff’s Report p. 112

....see link above for actual docs...

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 Post subject: Re: The New Yorker article by Lawrence Wright
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Trending now on yahoo....searches for tom cruise, with articles discussing him benefitting from slave labor....and the cult of scientology...own this clams.


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 Post subject: Re: The New Yorker article by Lawrence Wright
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^indeed, lol >>>>

Radar online ...
EXCLUSIVE: Secret Emails Reveal Scientology Leader Ordered 'Slave Labor' Build A Bus For Tom Cruise, Says Former Member
http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2 ... tom-cruise


btw, there is just too much newsmedia to keep up with. LOL. My favorite mouse has worn out and won't click properly ;).

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 Post subject: Re: The New Yorker article by Lawrence Wright
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LA Times blogs, ponders.....
Paul Haggis and the New Yorker Scientology piece: What will be the fallout?
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/ ... avige.html

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 Post subject: Re: The New Yorker article by Lawrence Wright
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Randy Sly of Catholic Online, who has written several good articles critical of scientology, reports on the New Yorker article
New Yorker Magazine Article Reveals FBI Probe of Scientology
http://www.catholic.org/national/nation ... p?id=40272
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 Post subject: Re: The New Yorker article by Lawrence Wright
PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 6:50 am 
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Sponge wrote:
^indeed, lol >>>>

btw, there is just too much newsmedia to keep up with. LOL. My favorite mouse has worn out and won't click properly ;).


One of those "happy problems," I think! :)


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 Post subject: Re: The New Yorker article by Lawrence Wright
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Trending now on yahoo....searches for tom cruise, with articles discussing him benefitting from slave labor....and the cult of scientology...own this clams.

Ohhh, this makes me so happy! I have never liked Tom Cruise and his subtle (and at times not so subtle) air of self-righteous Scientological superiority. Sorry, Tom, you can't have Bert Fields send a cease and desist letter to the internet! Hahahahaha!


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 Post subject: Re: The New Yorker article by Lawrence Wright
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I hope the media and the world stops giving cruise a free ride...


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 Post subject: Re: The New Yorker article by Lawrence Wright
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WNYC interview with Lawrence Wright on The Brian Lehrer Show
9th Feb 2011
Listen to the stream or get the download here:
http://www.wnyc.org/shows/bl/2011/feb/0 ... ientology/
Running time approx 20min.

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 Post subject: Re: The New Yorker article by Lawrence Wright
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Here's a great one.

It's the "Cliff Notes" version of the article, for people who don't want to read all 26 pages, lol.

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/20 ... ology.html

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 Post subject: Re: The New Yorker article by Lawrence Wright
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Do keep up, Glibby ;)
viewtopic.php?p=390430#p390430
(please don't slap me). :D. No seriously, thanks. I also like the summary on the Movieline site: "The 13 Most Intriguing Revelations of The New Yorker’s Paul Haggis/Scientology Expose" http://www.movieline.com/2011/02/the-13 ... expose.php
Actually I can't keep up either, lol. I've given up posting link after link of essentially the same stuff, remarkable only in terms of sheer volume of reports rather than any uniqueness.
If you want something new with more detail from Wright himself then I recommend the the audio interviews (New Yorker's own, NPR and WNYC).

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Haggis says he's felt personal blow from speaking out against Scientology
Winnipeg Free Press 9th Feb 2011
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breaki ... 68404.html
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TORONTO - Paul Haggis has made headlines around the world this week for denouncing the Church of Scientology, but the Oscar-winning director says he doesn't think the comments will affect his career.

The Canadian filmmaker says he's felt a personal blow since speaking out against the controversial church, which boasts several influential Hollywood devotees, including Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

A lengthy New Yorker article that hits stands next week details Haggis's complaints with Scientology. The director says he's lost one friend since the story broke, in addition to several others who have turned their backs on him since he left the church.

The 57-year-old Haggis left Scientology in 2009 over its opposition to gay marriage and the way it allegedly treats detractors.

The "Crash" director wonders whether his recent comments will prompt other followers to question the church, noting nothing got through to him "for a long time."

Haggis made the comments Wednesday ahead of a public talk at which he was expected to discuss his career.

Before taking the stage, he said he's not sure whether he's made an impact by speaking out against Scientology, which he followed for nearly 35 years but now denounces as a "cult."

"It's had a bit of an impact — a lot of people aren't speaking to me anymore, but it's a personal impact," he said of the article by Lawrence Wright, to be published in the Feb. 14 edition.

Still, he doubted his rebuke of Scientology would derail his filmmaking.

"I sort of eke my way through my career as it is, anyway."

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In the article, Haggis predicts that his attack will not be without consequence.

"My bet is that, within two years, you're going to read something about me in a scandal that looks like it has nothing to do with the church."

[....more in articlelink....]


I'd like to hope that the will be cult blown apart by its own scandals well before then.

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 Post subject: Re: The New Yorker article by Lawrence Wright
PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:58 pm 
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Sponge wrote:
Actually I can't keep up either, lol. I've given up posting link after link of essentially the same stuff, remarkable only in terms of sheer volume of reports rather than any uniqueness.

Speaking of volume, is anyone making a list of sites that are commenting on the expose? I think it would be rather interesting.

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