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Scientology Has Secret Alien-Themed Doomsday Compound In The New Mexico Desert

A science fiction movie sprung to life — the vast bunker is where Scientology’s elite will hide out when civilization breaks down, and the gigantic etched symbols, visible from above, likely are messages intended for the extraterrestrials who created humanity. Via Live Science:

A secret bunker hidden deep within the deserts of New Mexico is reported to be the “alien space cathedral” of the Church of Scientology, according to a BBC reporter. The site is marked by a large symbol etched onto the desert floor: two diamonds surrounded by a pair of overlapping circles, according to the British newspaper The Sun. A private airstrip, built to serve the controversial church’s leaders, is within walking distance of the symbol.

Journalist John Sweeney claims the church designed the underground site to withstand a nuclear holocaust. Hidden within the complex’s vaults are titanium caskets that hold gold disks inscribed with the original texts of Scientology founder L.

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Scientology Charged With Illegal Medicine, Breaches Of Privacy And Extortion

Founding Church of Scientology in Washington DC. Photo: Ben Schumin (CC)

So what is this, unfair persecution of a religion or finally a justice system willing to take on a criminal enterprise cloaked as a church? From the Daily Mail:

Belgian federal prosecutors are preparing to bring charges against the Church of Scientology as a ‘criminal organisation’, it has today been reported.

It is believed the charges of fraud, illegal medicine, breaches of privacy and extortion have been drawn up against the Church and two senior executives.

It is believed the charges relate to employment contracts issued to recruit volunteers and members in breach of Belgium’s strict employment laws, the Telegraph reports.

Prosecutors are investigating claims of extortion, illegal use of ‘pseudo-medicine’ and the keeping of records that go against privacy laws.

According to De Standaard, raids on Scientology offices in Belgium allegedly revealed evidence that the group had spied on and extorted money from converts.

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David Miscavige Set to Reveal Scientology Tech Upgrades Saturday

Picture: David Sifry (CC)

Scientology looks like it’s taking a page from the Steve Jobs playbook:

Via The Underground Bunker:

This Saturday, Scientologists in the Los Angeles area are being asked to come to a “confidential briefing” that is so secret, they will be asked to sign special bonds at the door.

At that briefing, they will be told for the first time about major changes coming to the Church of Scientology — changes that we first told you about in June.

What has been rumored for months is actually here: Scientology leader David Miscavige is taking one of the biggest risks of his life and is revealing the alterations he is making to L. Ron Hubbard’s “standard tech.”

But is the Church of Scientology actually ready for his “Golden Age of Tech 2″?

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Send Your Children On A Scientology Caribbean Cruise

Via the The Underground Bunker, Tony Ortega reveals an email sent out by the Church of Scientology soliciting members to send their children on a recruiting trip on the church’s private cruise ship. Presumably there may be pressure aboard to sign one of those notorious billion-year contracts:

Dear Young Scientologist or Scientology Parent,

I wanted to make sure you were informed about an incredible convention we are holding for young Scientologists. Enjoy 7 days of action-packed, fun-filled excitement in the Caribbean while you attend specially created seminars designed to help you achieve your goals more easily.

SEMINARS WILL TEACH YOU:

• How to talk Scientology with your non-Scientologist friends.
• How to achieve your goals more easily using a precise LRH tool design for this purpose.
• How to create a successful second dynamic that forwards your expansion across your dynamics.
• How to motivate yourself in life and actually achieve what you want without too much effort.

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Scientology-Linked Oklahoma Drug Rehab Center Facing Lawsuits Over Rash Of Patient Deaths

Operating a chain of addiction clinics based with detox regimens based on the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard appears to be working out very badly, Tulsa’s KJRH reports:

Yet another lawsuit has been filed against a Scientology-linked Oklahoma rehabilitation center in the wake of recent deaths at the facility.

Shirley Gilliam, whose son died in Narconon of Oklahoma care last October, filed the third suit against the organization in three months. Stacy Murphy’s family sued earlier this month; Hillary Holten’s parents sued in August. Gilliam’s son, 32-year-old Gabriel Graves, of Claremore, was found dead in his room at the Pittsburg County facility.

The suit alleges Graves “requested over-the-counter pain relief and permission to see a physician” earlier that day for a headache and was denied and told a physician was not on staff. The lawsuit targets the facility’s connection with Scientology, calling the center a “corporate sham and illusion” which misrepresented to potential patients the care they would receive.

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Inside The Application For Scientology’s Sea Org

Ex-Village Voice editor Tony Ortega obtained a copy of the forms to apply for Sea Org, a hardcore Scientology program in which one leaves one’s former life behind and permanently relocates to a compound to perform manual labor.

The application begins with the droll threat, “You can’t be shot for what you have done, you can only be shot for what you haven’t told us.” Via The Underground Bunker, more highlights from the extensive questionnaire, with the truthfulness of answers sometimes deemed by polygraph test:

Have you ever threatened or attempted suicide? If so, please give the details.

Have you taken LSD or “Acid” (Some slang names are “blotter acid”, “window pane”, “orange sunshine”, “purple haze”, and “microdot”)?

Have you ever taken PCP or Angel Dust (Some slang names are “Sherms”, “Superweed”, “Dust”, “Super Kool”, “Killer Weed”, “Whack” and “Animal Tranquilizer”)?

Do you have debts? If so, please list who you owe it to and the amount.

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The Music Of L. Ron Hubbard

It's little known that L. Ron Hubbard left behind a body of musical compositions, lyrics, and sound experiments intended as a soundtrack for the Battlefield Earth series and to promote the ethos of Scientology. John Travolta, teenybopper heartthrob Leif Garrett, and Frank Stallone, all heard singing below, were part of a Scientology super-group who recorded an album of Hubbard-penned songs in 1986. An odder, alternate version of "Road to Freedom" features L. Ron himself crooning in a low, booming voice, with the track retitled "L'Envoi, Thank You for Listening." Two stanzas include: You are not mind or chemicals / You don't even have a form / You're in a trap of senseless lies / It's time to be reborn. / To you there is no limit / Knowledge is your key / Take the route of auditing / And once again be free.
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WIRED on Pseudo-Scientology Movie ‘The Master’

I’ve maintained a wary interest in the Church of Scientology since reading L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman? (co-written by Hubbard’s estranged son Ronald DeWolf, and ,sadly, now out of print)  as a teenager. I’m not a huge fan of Paul Thomas Anderson’s work, but I’m still thinking about seeing his new film The Master, a movie about a man who falls under the sway of a Hubbard-like cult leader.

WIRED’s Hugh Hart has reviewed the film, praising it as an elegant dissection of “cult psychosis”:

The Master casts its own weird, R-rated spell not because it yields shocking revelations or clever plot twists. We never learn why Freddie’s such a high-strung mess, though his World War II combat experience would seem a likely source of trauma. Nor do we find out where Dodd — a character inspired by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard — comes from or how he acquired his gift for wrapping people around his stubby fingers.

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Vietnam Turns To Scientology To Treat Its Agent Orange Victims

Agent Orange CropdustingTruth may be stranger than fiction, but when it comes to scientology it’s hard to know which is which…. From ABC News:

The Vietnamese government is turning to a “detoxification” method developed by the founder of the Church of Scientology to treat victims of Agent Orange, a toxic defoliant the U.S. military used during the Vietnam War.

According to local media reports, 24 patients from the central city of Da Nang were admitted to the Hanoi 103 Military Hospital last week to begin a free, month-long treatment to rid the body of dioxins that have been linked to birth defects, cancers and other diseases.

The “Hubbard Method,” named after L. Ron Hubbard, requires taking vitamins and minerals, exercising and sweating in saunas. Scientologists have used it to treat alcoholism and drug addiction in the past, and offered similar services to New York City’s first responders who were exposed to toxins in the 9/11 terror attacks.

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