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Sunday, 6 December 2015

UPDATED: SCIENTOLOGY: THE X FILES + MORE - "INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY" by JANET REITMAN + Tony Ortega

Scientology is a body of beliefs and related practices created by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard (1911–1986), beginning in 1952 as a successor to his earlier self-help system, Dianetics. Hubbard characterized Scientology as a religion, and in 1953 he incorporated the Church of Scientology in Camden, New Jersey. Scientology teaches that people are immortal beings who have forgotten their true nature. Its method of spiritual rehabilitation is a type of counselling known as auditing, in which practitioners aim to consciously re-experience painful or traumatic events in their past in order to free themselves of their limiting effects. Study materials and auditing sessions are made available to members on a fee-for-service basis, which the church describes as a "fixed donation". Scientology is legally recognized as a tax-exempt religion in the United States, Italy, South Africa, Australia, Sweden, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, and Spain; the Church of Scientology emphasizes this as proof that it is a bona fide religion. In contrast, the organization is considered a commercial enterprise in Switzerland, a cult (secte) in France and Chile, and a non-profit in Norway, and its legal classification is often a point of contention. A large number of organizations overseeing the application of Scientology have been established, the most notable of these being the Church of Scientology. Scientology sponsors a variety of social-service programs. These include the Narconon anti-drug program, the Criminon prison rehabilitation program, the Study Tech education methodology, the Volunteer Ministers, the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises, and a set of moral guidelines expressed in a booklet called The Way to Happiness. Scientology is one of the most controversial new religious movements to have arisen in the 20th century. The church is often characterized as a cult, and it has faced harsh scrutiny for many of its practices, which, critics contend, include brainwashing and routinely defrauding its members, as well as attacking its critics and perceived enemies with psychological abuse, character assassination, and costly lawsuits. In response, Scientologists have argued that theirs is a genuine religious movement that has been misrepresented, maligned, and persecuted. The Church of Scientology has consistently used litigation against its critics, and its aggressiveness in pursuing its foes has been condemned as harassment. Further controversy has focused on Scientology's belief that souls ("thetans") reincarnate and have lived on other planets before living on Earth and that some of the related teachings are not revealed to practitioners until they have paid thousands of dollars to the Church of Scientology. Another controversial belief held by Scientologists is that the practice of psychiatry is destructive and abusive and must be abolished.





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Former rugby star Joe Reaiche was recruited into Scientology when he was just 19 years of age. He was hungry for any opportunity to realize his full potential, and found himself seduced by the religion's promise to deliver on that desire. Reaiche dedicated himself fully to the religion, and eventually married and raised a family within the church. Intensely driven, he quickly climbed the ranks of the organization, but his ascension came at a profound cost, both literally and figuratively.

Reaiche began to question the church to which he had paid nearly a half a million dollars since first becoming a member. As a result, he was deemed a suppressive presence and quickly expelled. The most profound injury would occur shortly thereafter when the church prevented Reaiche from indulging in any form of communication with his own children. This is just one of the harrowing accounts depicted in Scientology: The Ex-Files, a revealing look behind the curtain of the religious organization that has courted unprecedented controversy in recent times.

Underneath its appealing facade of self-empowerment and celebrity endorsements, the film argues that Scientology actually represents a troubling culture of painstaking indoctrination, brainwash tactics and physical and psychological abuse. These sentiments are echoed by several of the film's compelling subjects, including Hana Eltringham Whitfield, one of the organization's earliest high ranking members, and Claire Headley, a former follower who has filed a lawsuit accusing the church of indulging in human trafficking, violating labor laws, and coercing forced abortions within its membership.

At the center of this controversy lies L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology who passed away in 1986. The enigmatic Hubbard is viewed by many as a mythological figure of salvation, yet others regard him as the ultimate cult-like conman. "The one man in the world who never believes he's mad is a madman," Hubbard sneers in an archived clip which opens the film. As portrayed in Scientology: The Ex-Files, the ever-resourceful Hubbard was likely the benefactor of a world gone mad and in search of meaning and stability. Whether he managed to father his religious empire through a genuine sense of enlightenment or sheerly by crooked imagination and moxie, Scientology unquestionably remains one of the most provocative and scandal-ridden religions in the world today.

source:  http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/scientology-ex-files/

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Janet Reitman - Inside Scientology. NPR KQED 13th Sept 2011

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Interview and call-ins with Janet Reitman about her critical book, Inside Scientology. Broadcast on NPR KQED 13th September 2011
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WARNING: PROFANITIES FROM THIS "HIGH-RANKING SCIENTOLOGY CHURCH" MEMBER IN THIS VIDEO:
QUESTION: How come, if these people are so profound and high up in the Scientology church, they swear like this?
2nd question: Do they swear like this if there's children around?


Scientology Inc ambushes and stalks Marty Rathbun at Los Angeles Airport (LAX)



Foster Mcaffee  Published on 16 Jan 2017

Hiding in plain sight: how Scientology nearly got away with its 1970s espionage campaign

[Mary Sue Hubbard leaving court during the Snow White prosecution in 1978. AP Photo.]
[A note from Chris: Many thanks to the benefactors whose generosity has been essential in covering the cost of the research visit that enabled me to write this article (and much more besides). If readers would like to help contribute towards further research, please see my Patreon page. Thank you for your continued support!]
At 6 am on 8 July 1977, 134 FBI agents descended on three Scientology buildings in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, in one of the largest raids in the Bureau’s history. Armed with power saws, crowbars and bolt cutters, they smashed their way into the secure offices used by Scientology’s Guardian’s Office (GO) and seized over 48,000 files.
The trove proved that the GO had carried out a years-long campaign of espionage against the US government. Eleven Scientologists, including L. Ron Hubbard’s wife Mary Sue, were subsequently jailed for their role in the campaign. The scandal plunged Scientology into years of turmoil and legal jeopardy, and forced Hubbard into hiding for the rest of his life.
The GO’s campaign has been described as the largest episode of domestic espionage in the history of the US government. Yet, remarkably, declassified government documents and seized GO files show that the government knew of the campaign as far back as 1973 but did nothing about it. Equally remarkably, they also show that the GO might have got away with it even after its operatives had been caught by the FBI in 1976, had it not been for an entirely coincidental intervention by US Customs at a critical moment.
In early December 1973, two defectors from the GO – Ira and Kathy Hirsch – walked into the IRS and FBI’s Chicago offices. They told startled agents that they had been part of a global espionage campaign run from Saint Hill Manor in England. Ira Hirsch told the FBI that Scientology had “an intelligence bureau which … is engaged in international espionage operations.” It had “tons of stolen government documents including classified material” and used “bribery, robbery, theft, blackmail, forgery and infiltration” to gather information.
Hirsch explained: “You’re talking about people who pack guns, you know, on a regular basis, and [commit] bribery; having sexual relations to obtain information; committing homosexual acts to obtain information.” He informed them that the IRS’s staff were being targeted by GO operatives, who were carrying out acts of covert harassment against them. The matter was considered sufficiently serious that it was notified to the FBI’s Director, Clarence M. Kelley.
The Chicago FBI office carried out a brief investigation but reported that it had found no further “allegations of espionage of sufficient specificity”. The Chicago office’s Special Agent in Charge wrote: “Chicago anticipates no further investigation in this matter.” Enquiries appear to have been carried out in England as well, though there seems to be no record of this in declassified British police files.
A few months later, Kelley’s office wrote to the FBI’s London office to inform it that there was no indication that Scientology “has ever engaged in any espionage activity”. The IRS took the opposite view, incorporating the Hirsch reporting into its intelligence reports on Scientology.
The Hirsches had blown the whistle on the GO’s espionage but it was the American Medical Association which struck the first real blow against the GO. During 1974–75, the GO had tormented the AMA with a series of leaks of internal documents, which it attributed to a fictional persona called “Sore Throat” – a play on the famous Watergate leaker. It had planted a trio of undercover operatives in the AMA’s Washington, DC and Chicago offices, who stole documents that were subsequently shopped to the press and highlighted in Scientology’s propaganda newspaper, Freedom.
The AMA, however, was well-resourced and motivated to fight back. It hired a former Secret Service agent to carry out an investigation that ultimately pointed to the Church of Scientology being responsible for the leaks. A GO memorandum of 16 May 1977 explained the circumstances of the exposure: “3 agents got placed in 2 AMA offices. It fell apart in Oct. ’75 when the DC missionaire leaked data to the press which identified one of the agents. The AMA called in a firm of investigators who blew the Chicago agent … and then traced a connection to the DC agents.” Despite the exposure of the GO’s campaign against the AMA, the government again did nothing.
Around the same time, the GO stepped up its targeting of a much more dangerous opponent – the US Internal Revenue Service. It carried out a daring series of burglaries and infiltrations to steal huge numbers of documents relating to Scientology from the IRS headquarters in Washington, D.C. In May 1976, however, its luck ran out.
Two GO operatives using fake IRS identity cards – Michael Meisner and Gerald Bennett Wolfe – were stopped in the US Courthouse in Washington, where they had been targeting the office of US Attorney Nathan Dodell to steal Interpol documents. FBI agents had been called in to investigate reports of suspicious activity around the US Attorney’s office.
Although the two were questioned, they were not initially arrested. A month later, the FBI arrested Wolfe in the IRS headquarters, where he was working as a GO spy. Meisner was sent by the GO to Los Angeles and made to change his appearance so that he would not be easily identifiable. (The FBI agent who questioned the two and ended up arresting Wolfe at the IRS headquarters, Christine Hansen, was one of the first women special agents at the FBI, and she talked for the first time about the arrest to Tony Ortega for his book The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.)
As part of an extensive cover-up plan, the GO worked out a cover story for Wolfe’s defence. He was to claim that he had met a stranger named John Foster (in reality Michael Meisner) in a Georgetown bar, who had said he was a law student. He had supposedly asked “Foster” to teach him how to do legal research, and went to the Bar Association library in the DC Courthouse to look at law books there.
According to the cover story, the pair had only been using the US Attorney’s photocopying equipment to copy pages from the books. The false ID cards were explained with the story that Wolfe and Foster got drunk one night and found themselves in the IRS identification room, where they had made cards for themselves as a joke. He did not know anything else about Foster and did not know where he lived or worked.
It was a fairly improbable story but it seemed to be working on Carl S. Rauh, the Assistant US Attorney who was supervising the investigation into Wolfe. GO memos recorded that he appeared initially to be taking a lenient view of Wolfe’s offence. It would likely lead only to a non-custodial sentence and a fine, given the lack of evidence of malicious intent and his previous unblemished record. The GO had good reason to believe that the matter could be resolved in a way that would avoid exposing the wider espionage campaign.
However, the GO had not counted on a disastrous breach of its security at Los Angeles International Airport. It routinely used international commercial flights to courier confidential documents to and from its worldwide headquarters in England. This came with a constant (though low) risk of discovery if the mail packs were ever inspected by the authorities.
On 6 July 1976, four mail packs being couriered from London to Los Angeles were subjected to a routine inspection by Customs officials. The contents were highly alarming, including documents which a customs source said “show planned infiltration of the [US] government and plans to interfere with the foreign policy of various countries including [the] US.”
Mentions of the CIA, Interpol, debugging, decoding machines and sabotage attracted particular concern, as did a document about an unidentified individual who “doesn’t have a criminal record because they don’t know that he killed his wife.” Another document outlined a plan to use an agent to penetrate the US Attorney’s office in Los Angeles. Customs regarded the documents as seditious and planned to turn them over to the US Attorney.
The seizure came at an extraordinarily bad moment for the GO. Its timing was likely a coincidence and does not appear to have been related to the FBI investigation into Meisner and Wolfe’s activities in Washington. However, the GO took no chances and went into crisis mode.
“Can we steal the packs back?”, Guardian Worldwide Jane Kember asked the day after the seizure. “This would be preferable to letting them fall into enemy hand. [sic] Also I would rather we were investigated for theft than for subversion.” As the material was stored in an airline freight building, a theft was considered possible. Her deputy, Mo Budlong, telexed the GO’s US intelligence chief, Dick Weigand, to ask if “it could be possible to steal these [mail packs] over the long holiday” and to “ensure other pack[s] also disappear to distract attention”. He ordered that Weigand “get someone expert in the area on to it”. “Best man on this work arriving by plane today from Base [Clearwater, Florida]”, replied Duke Snider, Weigand’s superior. “We will get them.”
At the same time, the GO stepped up its physical security in Los Angeles by hurriedly relocating its B1 intelligence section. The documents were considered so incriminating that a raid by the federal authorities was thought to be a significant danger. Greg Willardson, the local head of B1 in Los Angeles, advised Heldt that he planned to relocate the entire bureau – 30 people and 100 file cabinets – from the US GO’s main offices to a nearby secret location. All communications would be made through couriers, with no telephone calls allowed in case they were intercepted.
The courier of the intercepted mail packs was also hastily routed out of the GO to sever this potentially incriminating connection. He was briefed to ensure that he would not give any information to government officials. He noted in his debrief that he knew the real names of some GO staff and of some illegal GO activities. He assured his debriefer: “I would never disclose any of the above or discuss GO business outside the GO. I am and wish to continue to be a Scientologist, and I would never do anything to jeopardise the Church.”
The GO’s initial plan to steal back the documents did not go ahead. Instead, it settled on a two-track strategy: It would sue Customs to obtain the return of the documents, block any other US agency – especially the hated IRS – from obtaining them, and discredit the documents’ contents.
Senior GO officials were confident of success in court. While the incriminating documents “could be [a] rough scene in an enemy PR’s hands”, admitted Henning Heldt, “should it ever arrive in such hands, I believe we could win most of Fort Knox in a judgement against the government.” His confidence was misplaced, however, as the government’s seizure of the documents was upheld by the courts two years later.
Discrediting the documents was not an easy task, given the incriminating nature of their contents. The GO’s lawyers argued in court that the infiltration plan included in the mail pack was merely a “misguided fantasy by a single individual” that had never been communicated to anyone and had not been authorised. The GO also worked out a plan codenamed Project Taylor in which a “traitor” – actually a GO operative working as a double agent – would supply disinformation to Customs to discredit the contents of the seized mail pack.
Bruce Raymond, the B1 National Operations Officer, explained that the plan was intended “to have them believe that our B1 is actually a fact finding body for Freedom [newspaper] and Legal [the GO bureau].” The covert operative would pose as a disaffected GO member who would feed Customs fake internal documents that would portray the GO’s intelligence section as a harmless research bureau. A detailed operational plan was worked out, but as Raymond noted, it came with substantial risks: “If the FSM [operative] was “blown” he would face a felony charge as it is a crime to originate false information to the government. Also [it would] heat up the investigation on the church.”
As an alternative, he proposed a different and much less risky plan: to create a false “Bureau of Information” training pack filled with false policy documents and “see that it falls into enemy hands”. It would include memos “forbid[ding] any illegal activities to be done” as well as portraying B1 as a combination of an internal security section and a legal/journalistic research bureau.
The fake policies would include documents requiring “total cooperation with the police and any government agencies” if criminal activity by Scientologists was discovered. In fact, as Raymond knew very well, L. Ron Hubbard’s policies stated that it was a “high crime” in Scientology to deliver up a Scientologist in good standing to the authorities. It is unclear whether Project Taylor ever went ahead.
The government’s discovery of the documents was a hammer blow for Wolfe’s defence. When Wolfe went for a further interview with Carl S. Rauh on 16 July, he found that the Assistant US Attorney’s attitude had changed drastically as a direct result of what one GO official called “the dreadful doc business”. Rauh told Wolfe that he did not believe a word of his statement.
By this time, the government knew of Wolfe’s connection with Scientology. The FBI had also managed to identify Meisner, linked him with the Washington Scientology org, and issued an arrest warrant for him. The two men’s connection with Scientology might well have been dismissed as coincidental before the documents were discovered.
However, the documentary evidence of Scientology infiltration of the government put the actions of Meisner and Wolfe in a different light entirely. Instead of it merely being a random prank, as Wolfe had claimed, the government now had good reason to believe that it was part of a nationwide campaign of espionage. In addition, Nathan Dodell, the US Attorney targeted by the pair, had told the FBI that Scientology was a likely culprit for the infiltration of his office.
To the GO’s alarm, the government planned to convene a grand jury to assist with the FBI’s ongoing investigation. “We should be able to stop the [Grand Jury] by [Wolfe] pleading guilty as charged and just pushing to be sentenced,” wrote the GO’s National Secretary, Cindy Raymond.
Any further government action was to be responded to with a “full PR and legal attack line on the [government’s] harassment”. If the Grand Jury was called, Wolfe was to refuse to testify and Scientology was to “attack like crazy [saying] that the G.J. is improper and they already have the guilt admitted by the person. (G.J. is purely a harassment action of [sic] the church.)”
The government was unable to disprove Wolfe’s cover story at that point. As predicted, he was given a light sentence after pleading guilty. He received two years’ probation and 100 hours of community service work, far less than the maximum of five years’ imprisonment and a $5,000 fine. However, the FBI did not let the matter rest there, almost certainly as a result of what it had learned from the Customs seizure.
The FBI’s manhunt for Meisner had far-reaching consequences. It set in train a lengthy GO cover-up that backfired disastrously and eventually led Meisner to turn himself in to the FBI. Unlike the Hirsches two and a half years previously, his account of the GO’s espionage campaign was taken very seriously indeed. Eighteen days after he surrendered to the authorities, scores of FBI agents appeared on Scientology’s doorstep.
It is tantalising to consider that if the Hirsches had been taken seriously by the FBI in 1973, the GO’s criminal enterprise could have been nipped in the bud. Law enforcement officials could have intercepted the GO’s couriers at any point in the subsequent three years. Yet it was not until an alert Customs official at LAX discovered what was being couriered to Scientology’s Los Angeles headquarters that the government finally took seriously what must have seemed incredible – that a self-proclaimed church was responsible for what prosecutors called an “incredible and sweeping” campaign of crimes.
Many thanks to Emma Best and RM Seibert for their invaluable work on obtaining government files on Scientology without which this article could not have been written.
— Chris Owen

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Bonus items from our tipsters
Another remarkable message from the hipster London Ideal Org…. 
I AM CLEAR!
THE WORLD HAS BECOME MORE
SERENDIPITOUS!
I’m still exploring and adjusting to being ‘Clear’ so I can’t really sum that up at the moment but I can tell you about suddenly arriving upon ‘Clear’.
Actually, life around that time was not a little chaotic before I attested – life was out of synchronisation for a while.
For example: my car was about to occupy space that another car also wanted to occupy; two car worlds collided so we ended up occupying the same space. In other words both vehicles had bent into shapes to accommodate one another.
Another time, a door frame stood solid when it should have given way to my toe which I am convinced had the right of way. After a small diversion I found myself lying on my back, being told by a masked medico to breath deeply whilst it yanked my toe back into place. Now that is not a pleasant point from which to view the world, especially when you’ve just had all your engrams run out.
Another funny experience I had was whilst waiting for a cheque for a certain sum of money to arrive. However, it never did arrive and I subsequently found out that it had been cashed but not by me. So the bank must have cleared the cheque, which is in direct contrast to me, where the auditor had cleared the bank. Ah, I see the solution now: get my auditor to go see the bank manager.
Serendipity! That’s what I’ve been leading up to. Clear! Now the world’s become more serendipitous. That makes it a lot easier to put in sync; easier to create. That’s a nice thing to have.
— Farouk

Source Code
“Somebody made a horrible mistake over at the FCDC the other day, by mentioning ‘between lives’ during the church service and learned immediately that he should have kept his mouth very shut.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 25, 1963
source:
 https://tonyortega.org/2019/09/25/hiding-in-plain-sight-how-scientology-nearly-got-away-with-its-1970s-espionage-campaign/

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List of Scientologists

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A Scientologist is an adherent of the doctrines and beliefs of Scientology.[1]

Current Scientologists[edit]

NameLifetimeNotes
Kirstie Alley1951–Actress[2][3][4][5]
Anne Archer1947–Actress (mother of former Scientology spokesperson Tommy Davis)[3]
Emily Armstrong1986–Musician[6]
Jennifer Aspen1973–Actress[7][8]
James Barbour1966–Broadway actor and singer[9]
Lynsey Bartilson1983–Actress[10]
Catherine Bell1968–Actress[10][11][12][13]
David Campbell1948–Composer[14]
Nancy Cartwright1957–Voice-over actress, voice of Bart Simpson[10][15][16][17][18]
Kate Ceberano1966–Actress and musician;[19][20][21][22] a third-generation-Scientologist; her grandmother worked as a governess for the children of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard[20]
Erika Christensen1982–Actress, raised Scientologist[2][3][10]
Tom Constanten1944–Former keyboardist for the Grateful Dead[23][24][25]
Chick Corea1941–Musician[3][5][10][19]
Tom Cruise1962–Actor[3][19][22][20][26][27]
Sky Dayton1971–Founder of EarthLink[28][29]
Doug DohringUnknownEx-owner of Neopets[30]
Jason Dohring1982–Actor, raised Scientologist[31]
Robert Duggan1944–Billionaire investor and CEO[32]
Bodhi Elfman1969–Actor[33][34][35][36]
Jenna Elfman1971–Actress[2][3][5][10]
Richard Elfman1949–Writer and director[28]
Stacy Francis1966–Singer[37]
Doug E. Fresh1966–Musician and actor[10][17][18]
Beck Hansen1970–Musician[3][17][18][38]
Gary Imhoff1952–Actor[39]
Mark Isham1951–Musician and film music composer[40]
Riley Keough1989–Actress, model, granddaughter of Elvis Presley, and raised a Scientologist.[41][42]
Vivian Kubrick1960–Filmmaker, composer and daughter of Stanley Kubrick[43]
Juliette Lewis1973–Actress[3][5][44]
Alanna Masterson1988–Actress[45]
Christopher Masterson1980–Actor[2][10]
Danny Masterson1976–Actor[2][10]
Jim Meskimen1959–Actor and improviser[46][47]
Julia Migenes1949–Opera singer[48]
Sofia Milos1965–Actress[49][50]
Elisabeth Moss1982–Actress;[51] placed among "famous Scientologists" in a 2009 article in the St. Petersburg Times[52]
Floyd Mutrux1941–Film director and writer[53]
Haywood Nelson1960–Actor[54]
Marisol Nichols1973–Actress[19]
Judy Norton Taylor1958–Actress[40][55][56]
Michael Peña1976–Actor[57]
Bijou Phillips1980–Actress and model[58]
David Pomeranz1951–Singer, songwriter, composer[59][60]
Laura Prepon1980–Actress[61]
Priscilla Presley1945–Actress[62]
Kelly Preston1962–Actress[2][5][63]
Lee Purcell1947–Actress[40]
Giovanni Ribisi1974–Actor, raised Scientologist[5][38]
Marissa Ribisi1974–Actress, raised Scientologist[38]
Michael D. Roberts1947–Actor[40]
Ruddy Rodríguez1967–Actress[64][65]
Billy Sheehan1953–Rock bassist[66][67]
Michelle Stafford1965–Actress[68]
Ethan Suplee1976–Actor[69]
John Travolta1954–Actor[2][3]
Greta Van Susteren1954–Television show host.[2][11][38] Listed among "A list" members of Scientology in a 2006 article in The Boston Globe. Identified among "notable Scientologists" in the 2007 edition of the book Extraordinary Groups: An Examination of Unconventional Lifestyles by authors William W. Zellner and Richard T. Schaefer.[70] Placed among "famous Scientologists" in a 2009 article in the St. Petersburg Times.[52] Her husband, a lawyer, is a fellow practitioner of Scientology.[38] She told People magazine, "I am a strong advocate of their ethics."[38]
Joy Villa1986–Singer[71]
Edgar Winter1946–Musician[72]
Legend: Career
  Businessmen, businesswomen and CEOs
  Writers
  Musicians, including composers and singers
  Actors and actresses, including voice actors

Former members[edit]

NameLifetimeLeftNotes
Larry Anderson1952–2009Actor, star of Orientation: A Scientology Information Film, left the organization in 2009 and requested his money back[73]
Jon Atack1947–1983Whistleblower, and critic of the Scientology organization[74]
Jason Beghe1960–2008Actor, rose to Operating Thetan level OT V within the organization, left Scientology and subsequently spoke out publicly against the organization in 2008[75][76] He joined the organization through Milton Katsela's acting class, connecting with Bodhi Elfman and Mary Thompson.[77]
Cedric Bixler-Zavala1974–Musician.[78]
Nazanin Boniadi1980–Actress;[79] her mother was a Scientologist[80]
Kate Bornstein1948–1981Transgender author, playwright, performance artist and gender theorist, was a spokesperson for Scientology[81]
John Brodie1935–American football player;[4][82] credited Dianetics with his recovery from a sports injury; left after some of his friends "were expelled and harassed during a power struggle with church management"[4]
William S. Burroughs1914–19971960sBurroughs was an author and poet. In the 1960s he joined and left the Church of Scientology.[83] In talking about the experience, he claimed that the techniques and philosophy of Scientology helped him and that he felt that further study into Scientology would produce great results. He was skeptical of the organization itself, and felt that it fostered an environment that did not accept critical discussion.[84] His subsequent critical writings about the church and his review of Inside Scientology by Robert Kaufman led to a battle of letters between Burroughs and Scientology supporters in the pages of Rolling Stone magazine. He wrote the book Ali's Smile: Naked Scientology.[85][86]
Diana Canova1953–1993Actress;[87] critical of Scientology's "straightforward" desire for money[88][89]
Tory Christman1947–2000Whistleblower, and critic of the Scientology organization[74]
Robert DeGrimston1935–With wife, Marry Anne DeGrimston, founder of The Process Church of The Final Judgment[90][91]
John Duignan1963–Whistleblower, and critic of the Scientology organization[92]
Neil Gaiman1960–Novelist, graphic novelist and screenwriter. Son of David Gaiman, raised Scientologist in East Grinstead. Has left the Church, although prefers not to speak publicly about it.[93]
Philip Gale1978–1998Massachusetts Institute of Technology student and primary developer of EarthLink's innovative ISP software; committed suicide[94]
Paul Haggis1953–2009Film directorAcademy Award winner, in response to the San Diego branch's public support of California Proposition 8 and other factors, including Scientology's "indefensible actions, and inactions" and lies[95] He progressed up to OT VII in the 1980s where he remained until he left the church.[77]
Marc Headley1974–2005Whistleblower, and critic of the Scientology organization[74]
Jim Humble1933–[96][circular reference]1981Self-published author, Pseudoscience advocate and founder of the Genesis II Church[97][98]
Robert Hunter1941–Lyricist for the Grateful Dead[99]
Jason Lee1970–2016Actor[100][101]
Johnny Lewis1983–2012Actor[102]
Charles Manson1934–2017Identified as a Scientologist during time in prison;[20][90][103][104] studied Scientology while incarcerated.[105] He incorporated Scientology doctrines in his teachings.[90] He ordered Manson Family member Bruce Davis to journey to the United Kingdom and work for the Scientology organization in London.[106] Manson completed 150 hours of auditing before declaring the religion "too crazy".[107]
Jenna Miscavige Hill1984–2005Niece of David Miscavige, author and whistleblower[108]
Ron Miscavige1936–2012Father of David Miscavige, author and whistleblower[109]
Vince Offer1964–2002Film director of The Underground Comedy Movie and pitchman for Shamwow![110]
Lisa Marie Presley1968–2012Singer and songwriter[111][112] She made her departure known in music lyrics on an album, Storm and Grace, in a song called You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.[113]
Mark Rathbun1957–2004Whistleblower, and critic of the Scientology organization[74]
Leah Remini1970–2013Actress[114][115] and critic of the Scientology organization. She wrote an autobiography in 2015 entitled Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, and produces and presents the A&E documentary series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.
Mike Rinder1955–2007Whistleblower, and critic of the Scientology organization[116]
Mimi Rogers1956–Actress[117]
Amy Scobee19xx–2005Whistleblower, and critic of the Scientology organization[118]
Reed Slatkin1949–2015Criminal Ponzi scheme perpetrator[119]
Paul Twitchell1908–19711959Spiritual writer and founder of Eckankar;[120][121] joined Scientology and achieved the status of "Clear"[122]

Deceased members[edit]

NameLifetimeNotes
Karen Black1939–2013Actress[15][123][124]
Sonny Bono1935–1998Entertainer and congressman (R-CA 44th).[16] Identified among "notable Scientologists" in the 2007 edition of the book Extraordinary Groups: An Examination of Unconventional Lifestyles by authors William W. Zellner and Richard T. Schaefer.[70] Identified as a Scientologist by his ex-wife; however, she stated that "Sonny did try to break away at one point, and they made it very difficult for him". The Church denied any estrangement with Bono.[125][126]
Stephen Boyd1931–1977Actor, rose to Grade IV within the organization, utilized Scientology techniques while filming a movie in Louisiana[127]
Jeff Conaway1950–2011Actor[128][129][130][131]
Isaac Hayes1942–2008Musician and actor[3][17]
Nicky Hopkins1944–1994Musician[132]
Milton Katselas1933–2008Acting teacher[3][39]
Geoffrey Lewis1935–2015Actor[44][133]
Noah Lottick1966–1990Scientologist whose suicide was the focus of the Time magazine article "The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power"[134][135][136][137][138][139]
Lisa McPherson1959–1995Woman whose death has been a source of controversy for Scientology[72][140]
Eduardo Palomo1962–2003Actor[141][142]
Elli Perkins1949–2003Scientologist businesswoman[143] who was murdered by her son who suffered from mental illness[144][145][146][147]
Pablo Santos1987–2006Actor[148]

See also[edit]

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