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<div class='headerShadow'>
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<div class='subtitle'><span macro='view modifier link'></span>, <span macro='view modified date'></span> (<span macro='message views.wikified.createdPrompt'></span> <span macro='view created date'></span>)</div>
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<div class='editor' macro='edit text'></div>
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To get started with this blank [[TiddlyWiki]], you'll need to modify the following tiddlers:
* [[SiteTitle]] & [[SiteSubtitle]]: The title and subtitle of the site, as shown above (after saving, they will also appear in the browser title bar)
* [[MainMenu]]: The menu (usually on the left)
* [[DefaultTiddlers]]: Contains the names of the tiddlers that you want to appear when the TiddlyWiki is opened
You'll also need to enter your username for signing your edits: <<option txtUserName>>
These [[InterfaceOptions]] for customising [[TiddlyWiki]] are saved in your browser

Your username for signing your edits. Write it as a [[WikiWord]] (eg [[JoeBloggs]])

<<option txtUserName>>
<<option chkSaveBackups>> [[SaveBackups]]
<<option chkAutoSave>> [[AutoSave]]
<<option chkRegExpSearch>> [[RegExpSearch]]
<<option chkCaseSensitiveSearch>> [[CaseSensitiveSearch]]
<<option chkAnimate>> [[EnableAnimations]]

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Also see [[AdvancedOptions]]
<<importTiddlers>>
Scientologist celebrity. OT-VII
Scientologist lawyer for Scientology.
A vault location in Wyoming. Construction was halted, unknown if completed.
The Church of the SubGenius
Kendrick Lichty Moxon is a Scientology official and an attorney with the law firm Moxon & Kobrin. He practices in Los Angeles, California, and is a lead counsel for the Church of Scientology. Moxon received a B.A. from American University in 1972, and a J.D. degree from George Mason University in 1981. He was admitted to the Washington, D.C. bar association in 1984, and the State Bar of California in 1987. Moxon's early work for the Church of Scientology involved legal affairs, and he also held the title of "reverend". He worked out of the Scientology intelligence agency known as the Guardian's Office (GO), and was named as an unindicted co-conspirator after the Federal Bureau of Investigation's investigation into criminal activities by Scientology operatives called "Operation Snow White". An evidence stipulation in the case signed by both parties stated he had provided false handwriting samples to the FBI; Moxon has since said that he did not "knowingly supply" false handwriting samples.
Australian Scientologist celebrity.
Inedia (Latin: "fasting") or breatharianism is a new age practice which alleges the ability to live without food. Breatharians claim that food and possibly water are not necessary, and that humans can be sustained solely by prana (the vital life force in Hinduism), or, according to some, by the energy in sunlight (according to Ayurveda, sunlight is one of the main sources of prana). The terms breatharianism or inedia may also refer to this philosophy practiced as a lifestyle in place of the usual diet.
Direct recruitment via handing out leaflets on the street or offering a Free Stress Test, a Free Personality Test or a viewing of the Orientation film.
[img[x|http://www.motherjones.com/files/denali_favicon.ico]] [["A Queer and Pleasant Danger": Kate Bornstein, Trans Scientology Survivor|http://www.motherjones.com/media/2012/04/kate-bornstein-gender-outlaw-queer-and-pleasant-danger-interview]] May 5, 2012, Nicole Pasulka, [[Mother Jones]]
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When you're a Scientologist it's like the movie Goodfellas, where the gangsters hang out with only other gangsters. We only hung out with each other, so we knew we were saving the world. There was no question. And we knew anyone who was in our way was suppressive and needed to be shattered. Those are their words: shattered.
{{{
{{cite news | first = Nicole | last = Pasulka | title = "A Queer and Pleasant Danger": Kate Bornstein, Trans Scientology Survivor | url = http://www.motherjones.com/media/2012/04/kate-bornstein-gender-outlaw-queer-and-pleasant-danger-interview | work = Mother Jones | date = 2012-05-05 | accessdate = 2013-01-02 }}
}}}
[img[x|http://www.abcactionnews.com/favicon.ico]] [["Anonymous" takes to the streets to protest Scientology|http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local/story/Anonymous-takes-to-the-streets-to-protest/VR_lurJpj02Nowng9Foa4g.cspx]] March 17, 2008, [[WFTS-TV]]
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On the heels of Scientology's founder L. Ron Hubbard's birthday, about 75 protestors from the group known as "Anonymous" hit the streets of Clearwater Saturday afternoon, protesting in front of Scientology's Clearwater headquarters, just a few days after a judge rejected the church's petition for a restraining order.
{{{
{{cite news | title = "Anonymous" takes to the streets to protest Scientology | url = http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local/story/Anonymous-takes-to-the-streets-to-protest/VR_lurJpj02Nowng9Foa4g.cspx | work = WFTS-TV | date = 2008-03-17 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
}}}
[img[x|http://www.apcmag.com/misc/favicon.ico]] [["Anonymous" threatens to "dismantle" Church of Scientology via internet|http://apcmag.com/7905/anonymous_threatens_to_dismantle_church_of_scientology_via_internet]] January 24, 2008, APC Magazine, [[ninemsn]]
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A hacking group calling itself "Anonymous" has posted a chilling video on the internet, announcing that it plans to "dismantle" the Church of Scientology.
{{{
{{cite news | title = "Anonymous" threatens to "dismantle" Church of Scientology via internet | url = http://apcmag.com/7905/anonymous_threatens_to_dismantle_church_of_scientology_via_internet | work = APC Magazine | publisher = ninemsn | date = 2008-01-24 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
}}}
[img[x|http://blogs.laweekly.com/favicon.ico]] [["Anonymous" vs. Scientology: Group Targets "Church" Headquarters|http://www.laweekly.com/2008-03-20/news/8220-anonymous-8221-vs-scientology/]] March 20, 2008, David Ferrell, [[LA Weekly]]
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IT'S FREAKIN' RARE THAT A GANG of purported Internet hackers can take on an established church and look like the good guys -- but, after all, this is Hollywood, and the humongous blue shrine and headquarters on Sunset Boulevard belong to the Church of Scientology.
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[img[x|http://www.independent.co.uk/independent.co.uk/images/favicon.ico]] [["Apostate" and "liar" - The Church of Scientology confronts a critic|http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2011/10/25/%E2%80%9Capostate%E2%80%9D-and-%E2%80%9Cliar%E2%80%9D-the-church-of-scientology-confronts-a-critic/]] October 25, 2011, Guy Adams , [[The Independent]]
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No less than 40 minutes after today's newspaper went to print, the Church of Scientology's public relations department got in touch. They wished to respond to the request I had lodged earlier - seeking comment on reports that its employees had attempted to dig up dirt on the South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker (pictured).

In the interests of journalistic fairness, their emailed statement is printed in full below.
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[img[x|http://thephoenix.com/favicon.ico]] [["Battling Scientology" Follow-Up|http://thephoenix.com/BLOGS/phlog/archive/2008/10/24/battling-scientology-follow-up.aspx]] October 24, 2008, Chris Faraone, [[The Phoenix]]
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Depending on whom you ask, Massachusetts-based protest organizer Gregg Housh had a major victory - or a significant loss - in Boston Municipal Court this Wednesday. As reported in The Phoenix this past week in the feature "Battling Scientology," Housh faced charges of harassment, disturbing the peace, and disturbing religious worship for his involvement with the picket group Anonymous and his actions against the Boston Church of Scientology.
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[img[x|http://torontostandard.com/wp-content/themes/torontostdwp/favicon.ico]] [["Church" of Scientology to Renovate Yonge Street Headquarters|http://www.torontostandard.com/the-sprawl/church-of-scientology-to-renovate-its-building-on-yonge]] December 13, 2012, Igor Bonifacic, [[Toronto Standard]]
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The Church of Scientology announced that it is about to begin renovations its Yonge Street location, according to Urban Toronto. No word yet on when the renovations will start or when they are expected to be completed.
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[img[x|http://www.lexpress.fr/favicon.ico]] [["Frapper la Scientologie au porte-monnaie est la seule méthode efficace"|http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/societe/frapper-la-scientologie-au-porte-monnaie-est-la-seule-methode-efficace_767869.html]] June 16, 2009, François Koch, [[L'Express]]
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L'ex-députée PS Catherine Picard, présidente de l'Union nationale des associations de défense des familles et de l'individu (Unadfi), réagit au réquisitoire du parquet qui demande la dissolution de l'Eglise de Scientologie et quatre millions d'euros d'amende.

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[img[x|http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [["I just went from hell to Vegas"|http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20050910&slug=katvegas10]] September 10, 2005, Gina Piccalo, Los Angeles Times, [[Seattle Times]]
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The Church of Scientology has set up a tent there for volunteer ministers who are giving counseling, massages and anything else the officers might need. Actress Kirstie Alley paid a visit yesterday to the command center to talk to the officers and military personnel.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [["I want my money back" |http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2010/reports/scientology_anderson/]] January 24, 2010, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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On Feb. 27, 2009, long-time Scientology parishioner Larry Anderson met with two church officials, Tommy Davis and Jessica Feshbach, in Burbank, Calif. Anderson, the star of the Scientology film, Orientation, openly recorded their 90-minute conversation. Here are some excerpts:
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[img[x|http://www.eastgrinsteadcourier.co.uk/images/newspaperV2/favicon.ico]] [["I'm a Jedi, not a Scientologist," says Russell Howard, who denies East Grinstead gig|http://www.eastgrinsteadcourier.co.uk/m-Jedi-Scientologist-says-Russell-Howard-denies/story-20337245-detail/story.html]] December 18, 2013, LewisDean, [[East Grinstead Courier & Observer]]
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RUSSELL Howard will not be performing at a Scientology fundraiser next year - even though an advertisement claimed he would.

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[img[x|http://www.cbsnews.com/favicon.ico]] [["Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion" by Janet Reitman|http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504367_162-20116062-504367.html]] October 5, 2011, Jeff Glor, Author Talk, [[CBS News]]
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Janet Reitman: The book grew out of a very long magazine story that I wrote for Rolling Stone, also called "Inside Scientology," which took about nine months to produce, largely because the learning curve was so steep. Scientology has its own language, its own codes, its own justice system, its own worldview - and none of these things had ever been well explained in any sort of mainstream, accessible way. That shocked me a little bit, I have to say, and it also offered a challenge, which was to write that sort of book, a really objective, thoroughly researched and documented history and narrative exploration of this subject that so many people have heard of, yet know almost nothing about. 
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[img[x|http://lci.tf1.fr/favicon.ico]] [["Les jours de la Scientologie sont comptés", selon le président de la Miviludes|http://lci.tf1.fr/filnews/france/les-jours-de-la-scientologie-sont-comptes-selon-le-president-6969401.html]] February 2, 2012, Axel Constantinoff, [[MYTF1News]]
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Georges Fenech, président de la Miviludes (Mission interministérielle de vigilance et de lutte contre les dérives sectaires) estime que "les jours sont désormais comptés en France pour la Scientologie". Dans une déclaration jeudi à l'AFP, M. Fenech a qualifié d'"historique" l'arrêt prononcé jeudi matin par la cour d'appel de Paris qui "condamne clairement l'escroquerie scientologique".
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[img[x|http://www.cnet.com/favicon.ico]] [["Remailer" service shut down|http://news.com.com/quotRemailerquot+service+shut+down/2100-1023_3-223825.html]] August 31, 1996, Scrolling Eye, [[CNET]]
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A Finnish operation that allowed people to send anonymous email on the Internet was shut down after accusations it was used for child pornography.
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 [["Somethings terribly wrong there"; says father of woman who died at Narconon Arrowhead|http://mcalesternews.com/breakingnews/x453795015/-Somethings-terribly-wrong-there-says-father-of-woman-who-diedat-Narconon-Arrowhead]] July 21, 2012, Jeanne LeFlore, [[McAlester News-Capital]]
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On Friday morning, Stacy Dawn Murphy, 20, was found dead at Narconon Arrowhead in Candian and her father said he wants answers.

Robert "Murphy" Murphy of Owasso said he needs to know her death won't go unnoticed.

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[img[x|http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [["Strange Angel": Tracing a short, explosive life|http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20050227&slug=strangeangel27]] February 27, 2005, Clark Humphrey, Book Review, [[Seattle Times]]
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One striking example of this left brain/right brain duality is John Whiteside Parsons (1915-1952). One of the founding fathers of Los Angeles sci-fi fandom, he was friends with such authors as Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein, and he even lost a girlfriend to pulp writer and future Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. He was also a devotee of British occultist Alistair Crowley; Parsons' Pasadena mansion regularly hosted black masses and "magickal" group sex rituals.
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[img[x|http://www.sarawakreport.org/site/wp-content/themes/sarawak35/assets/favicon.ico]] [["They Put Me At Risk" - Xenophon Sues|http://www.sarawakreport.org/2012/05/11878/?utm_source=Sarawak+Report&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=da74e21eaf-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN]] May 4, 2012, [[Sarawak Report]]
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The Australian Senator Nick Xenophon has confirmed to Sarawak Report that he fully intends to sue the New Straits Times, despite the newspaper's grovelling apologies yesterday.
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [["Tom Cruise Worships David Miscavige Like a God": A Scientology Insider Gives First Full-Length Interview to the Voice|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/07/scientology_john_brousseau_tom_cruise.php?page=all]] July 28, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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In some ways, Brousseau's tale is one of the most remarkable to come out of the secretive organization, and one that parallels so much of Scientology's own development and controversies. 

He and Miscavige were brothers in law. They were both young cameramen working for Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard during his movie-making phase. Brousseau was Hubbard's personal chauffeur and helped maintain the cloak of secrecy when Hubbard vanished for good. He watched Miscavige transform Scientology and turn its base into a prison camp. He worked for Tom Cruise, which included serving in the household with Cruise and Katie Holmes. And having worked closely with both Cruise and Miscavige, he has choice things to say about the nature of their relationship.
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [["Tom Cruise Worships David Miscavige Like a God": The John Brousseau Story, Part Two|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/07/scientology_john_brousseau_mareka_james.php?page=all]] July 29, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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Brousseau helped convey Hubbard's instructions to the church after the aging writer went into seclusion. Brousseau lived for several years under an assumed name as he ran a Mojave Desert ranch in case Hubbard needed to hide there. And after Hubbard's death in 1986, Brousseau served Miscavige at Scientology's Int Base until Miscavige had him sent to a prison program for three years. After his return, Brousseau was surprised when Miscavige restored him to a position in Scientology's most powerful entity, RTC -- which allowed him to do more work for Tom Cruise.

And now we continue with part two....

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[img[x|http://gawker.com/favicon.ico]] [["We are the way to happiness"|http://gawker.com/5002216/we-are-the-way-to-happiness]] January 13, 2008, Nick Denton, [[Gawker]]
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Andrew Morton's biography of Tom Cruise, though it's brought threats of a $100m lawsuit, has emboldened other critics of the increasingly rabid Hollywood star. Mark Ebner, the investigative reporter, just emailed us links to some Scientology promotional videos. Morton's central claim is that Cruise, star of movies from Risky Business to Mission Impossible, is the effective number two of the Church of Scientology, the cultish religion founded by L. Ron Hubbard, and subscribed to by other eccentric Hollywood actors such as John Travolta. The videos bear out, at the very least, that Cruise is central to the organization's marketing efforts. In this amazing clip, to a background track of theme from Mission Impossible, Cruise explains how Scientologists are "the authorities on the mind", the only people who can bring peace and unite cultures. Watch it, after the jump, before the scary Scientologists silence us all. 

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[img[x|http://www.glamour.com/favicon.ico]] [["We broke free of Scientology"|http://www.glamour.com/news/articles/2008/06/scientology]] June 1, 2008, Shirley Velasquez, [[Glamour Magazine]]
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In September 2006 Kendra Wiseman, 25, was reading an old issue of Glamour when she came across a story by Astra Woodcraft titled "Why I Fled Scientology." Like Astra, Kendra had grown up in the secretive religion and made the agonizing decision to abandon it. She wrote to Astra, thanking her for the story. A year and a half later, Kendra heard another shocker: Jenna Miscavige Hill, the 24-year-old niece of Scientology leader David Miscavige, had also left the church. Kendra sent her an e-mail too.
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[img[x|http://www.slashgear.com/favicon.ico]] [[$100m Scientology Super Power Building is jam-packed with odd tech|http://www.slashgear.com/100m-scientology-super-power-building-is-jam-packed-with-odd-tech-17209578/]] January 17, 2012, Chris Davies, [[SlashGear]]
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Scientology is known for being one of the more unusual - and secretive - religions, but we almost feel like signing up ourselves having seen that practitioners at the new Super Power Building will get access to an "infinite pit" and an "oiliness table." Details of the $100m "Flag Mecca" facility in Clearwater, Florida leaked to?The Village Voice, spilling hints at some of the more esoteric equipment being installed. According to the plans, there'll be everything from a wall made of water to an "Electric Fields Generator."
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[img[x|http://www.nytimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[$12.5 Million Deal With I.R.S. Lifted Cloud Over Scientologists|http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C06E7D71331F932A05751C1A961958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all]] December 31, 1997, Douglas Frantz, [[New York Times]]
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In addition to the $12.5 million payment, the agreement required the church to create an internal oversight committee of high-level church officials to monitor its compliance with tax laws and report annually to the tax agency for three years, according to a copy of the 76-page settlement agreement.

As part of the settlement, the church agreed to drop its lawsuits against the Internal Revenue Service and its officials and to stop helping church members who, along with the church itself, had brought 2,200 lawsuits against the agency and its officials over the years. In exchange, the tax agency stopped its audits of 13 major Scientology organizations, dismissed tax penalties and liens against some church organizations and granted tax-exempt status to 114 Scientology-related entities in the United States.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[$385-million later, a new Clearwater core|http://www.sptimes.com/2007/09/10/Business/385_million_later__a_.shtml]] September 10, 2007, Mike Donila, Business, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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It's a dramatic turnaround for an area that has been in a free fall since the mid 1970s, when the Church of Scientology arrived and secretly bought downtown's biggest hotel, then started gobbling up properties nearby.

In all, about $385-million in public and private sector investment is pouring into downtown Clearwater. After fits and starts, the city is attracting believers with deep pockets, ones willing to make plays where others - including Clearwater voters - previously saw too much risk.
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[img[x|http://assets.bizjournals.com/favicon.ico]] [[$5M purchase paves way for Helmer building renovation|http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/stories/2008/08/04/story7.html?ana=from_rss]] August 1, 2008, [[Portland Business Journal]]
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The Church of Scientology is out and California-based First Republic Bank is in as a new owner takes control of the historic Helmer building in the heart of downtown Portland. 

The Goodman family, which owns or controls numerous commercial sites in downtown, closed its purchase of the Helmer building at 969 S.W. Broadway on July 25 in a deal worth about $5 million.
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[img[x|http://1.gravatar.com/blavatar/ffbc68fe58e7387cf18c173a052a8090?s=16]] [[$cientology Truth or Dare!|http://www.radaronline.com/fresh-intelligence/2005/06/21/]] June 21, 2005, Fresh Intelligence, [[Radar Online]]
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Tom Cruise wasn't always so cool. In fact, it's taken him years (and tens of millions of dollars, we hear) to achieve the special brand of inner bliss that allows him to shrug off getting squirted in the face with water on the red carpet. How'd Cruise do it?
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[(2012's) Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 21 & 22|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/08/scientology_top_25_dani_lemberger_john_brousseau.php]] August 19, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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This year, summer has not been languid and lazy. In the wake of the TomKat divorce, media interest in Scientology has never been greater and we've never been busier. But we thought it was time to update our list from last year. This time, we've put a premium on what's happened in the last twelve months, so you might see some of your old favorites drop off the roster. But never fear -- you can always revisit our choices from last year, or the choices of our readers.
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[(2012's) Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, Nos. 14-16|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/08/scientology_top_25_tory_christman_dave_touretzky.php]] August 26, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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We're moving Carnegie Mellon University professor Dave Touretzky up in our list this year. Touretzky is known for his many years of gathering and hosting information at his websites that describe Scientology's secret upper-level teachings and other detailed research. But it's Touretzky's dedication to getting out information about Scientology's drug treatment program, Narconon, which is making a big difference this year as the church's rehab centers have become the center of controversy. We've referred to Touretzky's pages often in our stories, and we hope readers use them to come to the understanding that Narconon's issues are longstanding and systemic.
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[(2012's) Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, Nos. 17-20|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/08/scientology_top_25_jamie_dewolf_amy_scobee.php]] August 23, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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L. Ron Hubbard's great-grandson moves up a few spots on our list this year after the way his profile has been rising lately. After the TomKat split, DeWolf was asked to make some comments, and an interview he gave to a Bay Area local television station got picked up and went around the world a few times. We'd predicted big things for Jamie, who has a lot of talent and charm, and isn't afraid to speak freely about his great-grandad.
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[img[x|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/main/art/favicon.ico]] [[[A man who left a Catholic seminary to eventually head ...]|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/doc/436604198.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT]] April 30, 1992, Wendy Darroch, [[Toronto Star]]
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Gilbert said he was recruited by the Guardian's Office in 1974 to infiltrate a family that had defected from the church and was allegedly spreading unfavorable information about it. 

The Guardian's Office was designed to work as a buffer between the church and the public at large. Legal, public relations, intelligence and finance committees worked under its wing to get Scientology accepted, Gilbert said. 

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{{cite news | first = Wendy | last = Darroch | title = [A man who left a Catholic seminary to eventually head ...] | url = http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/doc/436604198.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT | work = Toronto Star | date = 1992-04-30 | accessdate = 2014-04-18 }}
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 [[« J'ai perdu tout un pan de ma vie »|http://www.leparisien.fr/espace-premium/air-du-temps/j-ai-perdu-tout-un-pan-de-ma-vie-02-02-2012-1841313.php]] February 2, 2012, [[Le Parisien]]
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Quelles relations avez-vous aujourd'hui avec votre famille? 
 Ma mère et ma sœur ont quitté la Scientologie, elles vivent désormais aux Etats-Unis, heureuses. Mon père, et mon frère sont toujours scientologues. Mon père vit à Chicago, et il a fait en sorte que toute sa famille nous éjecte de sa vie. Mes grands-parents vivent à Paris, je ne les ai pas vus depuis des années, et j'aimerais sincèrement reprendre contact avec eux.
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[img[x|http://www.journaldemontreal.com/assets/favicon.ico]] [[«Ils m'ont utilisé»|http://www.journaldemontreal.com/2012/03/02/ils-mont-utilise]] March 3, 2012, Émilie Dubreuil, [[Journal de Montreal]]
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«?Quand j'ai eu terminé mon sevrage, Narconon m'a envoyé voir un médecin dans la région de Montréal. Je ne me sentais pas bien, car on m'avait fait ingurgiter des tonnes de vitamines qu'on appelle les bombes. Le docteur Labonté m'a dit que je ne pouvais pas entrer dans la seconde étape du traitement, qui consiste à passer plusieurs heures par jour dans un sauna. Ils m'ont donc fait travailler dans la cuisine.?»

Après quelques semaines, les employés du centre, qui n'avaient pas reçu de salaire depuis quelque temps, ont démissionné en bloc. En conséquence, M. Dann a été chargé d'administrer la cuisine sans être rémunéré.

L'ex-patient a lui aussi porté plainte à la Commission des droits de la personne du Québec, qui a ouvert une enquête. «?Je suis allé là pour améliorer mon sort. Ils m'ont utilisé et encore plus endommagé. Quand je suis sorti de là, j'étais en dépression profonde.?»
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{{cite news | first = Émilie | last = Dubreuil | title = «Ils m'ont utilisé» | url = http://www.journaldemontreal.com/2012/03/02/ils-mont-utilise | work = Journal de Montreal | date = 2012-03-03 | accessdate = 2014-04-18 }}
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[img[x|http://www.dailymail.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[£140,000 council chief goes on £5,000 course to protect herself against 'abrasions of the world'|http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1048330/140-000-council-chief-goes-5-000-course-protect-abrasions-world.html]] August 22, 2008, [[Daily Mail]]
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Dr Allison Fraser, who has been in charge of Sandwell Council in the West Midlands over the last two years, will attend courses in the Avatar Professional Course to learn how to become 'more likeable'.
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[10,000 Scientologists Got This E-Mail Today About "Disconnection," their Church President, and a Mysterious Death|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/07/scientology_heber_jentzsch_karen_de_la_carriere_email.php]] July 9, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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This morning, more than 10,000 Scientologists found an e-mail from Karen de la Carriere in their inboxes, written in jargon that they will understand, and informing them of the controversy surrounding the death of her son Alexander Jentzsch.

As we reported first on Thursday night, de la Carriere learned about the death of her 27-year-old son more than two days after he was found, unresponsive, at the home of his in-laws in Los Angeles. (The manner of his death is still being investigated, but the county coroner says there is no suspicion of foul play.)

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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[10-year-old Haitian earthquake survivor dies after fall from roof|http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/accidents/10-year-old-haitian-earthquake-survivor-dies-after-fall-from-roof/1093988]] May 11, 2010, Rodney Thrash, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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In a brief interview with the St. Petersburg Times late Monday, Mike Campbell would not discuss the April 29 fall or provide details about Anais and her siblings. He said he was "bound by the father's wishes to respect their privacy."
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[img[x|http://static0.demorgen.be/favicon.ico?4.6.8.74419]] [[11 leden Scientology doorverwezen naar strafrechter|http://www.demorgen.be/dm/nl/983/Nieuws/article/detail/1830998/2014/03/27/11-leden-Scientology-doorverwezen-naar-strafrechter.dhtml]] March 27, 2014, [[DMorgen.be]]
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dm UPDATE Twee vzw's en elf leden van de Scientology-beweging zullen zich voor de Brusselse correctionele strafrechter moeten verantwoorden. Dat heeft de Brusselse raadkamer donderdag beslist. Het gaat om de vzw Scientologykerk van België en het European Office for Public Affairs and Human Rights van de internationale Scientologykerk. Het federaal parket wil Scientology laten veroordelen als criminele organisatie en beschuldigt de verdachten onder meer van oplichting, illegale geneeskunde, inbreuken op de privacywetgeving en afpersing. 

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[img[x|http://s3.reutersmedia.net/resources_v2/images/favicon.ico]] [[11th Circuit orders counsel off Scientology case|http://newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com/Legal/News/2011/07_-_July/11th_Circuit_orders_counsel_off_Scientology_case/]] July 8, 2011, [[Thomson Reuters]]
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Attorney Kennan Dandar wants to represent a woman suing the Church of Scientology over the suicide of her son. The woman wants Dandar to represent her.

So what's the problem? Nothing, a Florida federal court ruled last year, issuing an injunction barring a state court from kicking Dandar off the case. But on Thursday, a federal appeals court found that -- despite worries about limiting the mother's right to choose counsel -- the federal court could not force the state court to let Dandar continue on the case.
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{{cite news | title = 11th Circuit orders counsel off Scientology case | url = http://newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com/Legal/News/2011/07_-_July/11th_Circuit_orders_counsel_off_Scientology_case/ | work = Thomson Reuters | date = 2011-07-08 | accessdate = 2011-10-10 }}
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[img[x|http://images.abajournal.com/resources/favicon.ico]] [[11th Circuit Rescues Fla. Lawyer Caught in Conflicting Rulings, Says He Must Quit Scientology Case|http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/11th_circuit_rescues_fla._lawyer_caught_in_conflicting_rulings_says_he_must/]] July 11, 2011, Martha Neil, [[ABA Journal]]
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But Ken Dandar sued the church again in 2009, leading to an uncomfortable situation: A state court judge told Dandar he had to withdraw as counsel in the federal wrongful death case against the church and threatened to hit him with hefty monetary penalties if he didn't. Meanwhile, the federal judge in the case said he couldn't withdraw, as detailed in an earlier ABAJournal.com post.

Now a federal appeals court has gotten Dandar out of the jam, holding that U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday lacked the power to countermand the order by Pinellas Circuit Judge Robert Beach that Dandar must step down, the St. Petersburg Times reported.
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[img[x|http://www.signonsandiego.com/favicon.ico]] [[1960s band People reunites four decades after break-up|http://legacy.utsandiego.com/news/state/20071020-1349-ca-brokenbandreunion.html]] October 20, 2007, Ron Harris, AP, [[San Diego Union-Tribune]]
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But the band broke up in 1968 – not long after some members began experimenting with Scientology, a religion based on L. Ron Hubbard's best-selling book, "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health." 

The Levin brothers, drummer Dennis Fridkin and keyboardist Albert Ribisi became Scientologists, who believe spiritual enlightenment is possible by ridding one's mind and soul of the accumulated, unwanted effects of innumerable lifetimes.
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[img[x|http://www.nytimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[2 Charges Dismissed In Scientology Suit|http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A0DE2DC113EF937A25756C0A960948260]] May 14, 1986, UPI, [[New York Times]]
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A judge has dismissed two key charges in a $25 million fraud suit brought by Larry Wollersheim, a former Scientologist who asserted the church wrecked him emotionally and financially with lies and harassment.
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 [[2 Dead in Last 6 1/2 months at Narconon Arrowhead|http://www.publicradiotulsa.org/post/2-dead-last-6-12-months-narconon-arrowhead]] May 5, 2012, Associated Press, [[Public Radio Tulsa]]
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The state medical examiner's office wants to take a deeper look at the deaths of two people at a drug rehabilitation center that uses saunas and vitamins as part of an intensive cleansing regimen.

Last month, 21-year-old Hillary Holten died at the Narconon Arrowhead center at Canadian. Last October, 32-year-old Gabriel Graves died. The rehab facility uses techniques developed by Scientology founder and science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard and is the training center for Narconon International. Health officials in Quebec closed a Narconon facility last month.
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 [[2 Investigates: Patient death at Georgia Narconon|http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/2-investigates-patient-death-georgia-narconon/nSQwp/]] October 1, 2012, Jodie Fleischer, [[WSBTV]]
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Patrick Desmond's mother describes him as kind-hearted and good-natured, but the former Marine died at 28-years-old, losing a battle against alcoholism. 

Desmond's death in 2008 came as he took part in a worldwide drug treatment program, Narconon, already under fire for other patient deaths and ties to the Church of Scientology. 

Now a Channel 2 investigation is raising questions about the Narconon program and its license in Georgia. 

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[img[x|http://www.nytimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[2 million check, puzzling clues, tangled trails|http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=FA0F11F93D5F0C7B8EDDA80894DC484D81]] January 28, 1984, Glenn Fowler, [[New York Times]]
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One morning in the spring of 1982, two young men walked into the New York branch of the Middle East Bank and presented a check for $2 million. The check was signed by L. Ron Hubbard, the reclusive founder of the Church of Scientology, who has not been seen ...
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[img[x|http://www.tulsaworld.com/favicon.ico]] [[2 Narconon Foes Say They Won't Retreat|http://www.tulsaworld.com/archives/narconon-foes-say-they-won-t-retreat/article_d90a7d19-407a-51b5-83d3-192938b1eb68.html]] April 6, 1992, AP, [[Tulsa World]]
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"They're trying to shift the emphasis primarily off of them and onto somebody or anybody else," Newkirk Herald-Journal publisher Robert Lobsinger said of the Narconon Chilocco New Life Center.

"They have a tradition of trying to assassinate the reputation of their critics."

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[img[x|http://www.canoe.ca/favicon.ico]] [[200 cruise by Scientology HQ|http://www.torontosun.com/News/TorontoAndGTA/2008/02/11/4839413-sun.html]] February 11, 2008, Brett Clarkson, [[Toronto Sun]]
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As for most of the other 200 anti-Scientology protesters who gathered outside the religious group's Yonge St. offices yesterday, they did care. Many said they believe that if the controversial religious group learned their identities, it would attempt to keep tabs on them.
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 [[200 screaming fans to welcome Tom, at only Rs 300 per head|http://web.archive.org/web/20120107194714/http://www.mumbaimirror.com/index.aspx?page=article§id=15&contentid=20111204201112040241431899715736b]] December 4, 2011, Mehul Thakkar, [[Mumbai Mirror]]
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More enquiries revealed that the trip's organisers had hired an agency that specialised in arranging for crowds for celebrity events.

An official from that agency, who was present at the airport, said that each person was paid an average of Rs 300 to be a part of the crowd and cheer for Tom for 15 mins. "We asked them to reach here by 4 pm as we were told that he would arrive at 5:15," the official told this newspaper on condition of anonymity.

As far as the police were concerned, however, the paid crowd had its advantages. "Mobs that randomly gather to see celebrities can be extremely unruly and tough to control. A hired crowd is better. It behaves itself and listens to us," said a security officer outside the terminal.
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{{cite news | first = Mehul | last = Thakkar | title = 200 screaming fans to welcome Tom, at only Rs 300 per head | url = http://web.archive.org/web/20120107194714/http://www.mumbaimirror.com/index.aspx?page=article§id=15&contentid=20111204201112040241431899715736b | work = Mumbai Mirror | date = 2011-12-04 | accessdate = 2013-09-10 }}
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[img[x|http://www.digitaljournal.com/favicon.ico]] [[2009 Pigasus Awards have been announced|http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/290009]] April 5, 2010, Bart B. Van Bockstaele, [[Digital Journal]]
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5. For the group that most ardently refuses to face reality.

And the category 5 award goes to Scientology because their OT levels IX, X and XI do not exist and because of the unsavoury stories that have come up lately about them, such as stories of alleged penal colonies, covered-up rapes, coerced abortions, slave labor, and savage abuse at the hands of David Miscavige. 

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[img[x|http://www.wired.com/favicon.ico]] [[2011: The Year Anonymous Took On Cops, Dictators and Existential Dread|http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/01/anonymous-dicators-existential-dread/all/1]] January 11, 2012, Quinn Norton, [[Wired]]
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After OpTunisia and OpHBGary, most of 2011's Anonymous major actions fell into one of two camps: the activist and lulzy hacking. But the old culture went on as well, the lolcats of 4chan, the protests in front of the Church of Scientology. Anonymous only got harder to characterize, and there were no anons that agreed with all of the collective, except maybe about liking cats.

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[img[x|http://www.dailymail.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[21 trailer park residents evicted for Church of Scientology golf course|http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1374584/21-trailer-park-residents-evicted-Church-Scientology-golf-course.html?ito=feeds-newsxml]] April 8, 2011, [[Daily Mail]]
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Residents at a long-established trailer park have been forced to leave in order to make way for an expanded Scientology-owned golf course, it has emerged.

The Sleepy Hollow Trailer Park, in San Jacinto, California, sits next to one of the Church of Scientology's headquarters and has been providing affordable housing for more than 30 years. 

Now all but one of its 21 residents have gone after Business Management Services, which buys properties for the Church of Scientology, bought the land from an investment company. 

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[img[x|http://www.oregonlive.com/favicon.ico]] [[25 years after Rajneeshee commune collapsed, truth spills out  --  Part 1 of 5|http://www.oregonlive.com/rajneesh/index.ssf/2011/04/part_one_it_was_worse_than_we.html]] April 14, 2011, Les Zaitz, [[The Oregonian]]
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Three months after the aborted Comini plot, the commune collapsed and the Rajneeshees' darkest secrets tumbled out.

Hand-picked teams of Rajneeshees had executed the largest biological terrorism attack in U.S. history, poisoning at least 700 people. They ran the largest illegal wiretapping operation ever uncovered. And their immigration fraud to harbor foreigners remains unrivaled in scope. The revelations brought criminal charges, defections, global manhunts and prison time.

But there was much more.
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[img[x|http://www.metnews.com/favicon.ico]] [[25 Years Later, a High-Profile Superior Court Case Is Still on the Active List|https://web.archive.org/web/20051215093334/http://www.metnews.com/articles/2005/perspectives102805.htm]] October 28, 2005, Roger M. Grace, [[Metropolitan News-Enterprise]]
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A jury trial is slated to start in Los Angeles Superior Court Tuesday in a case in which an attorney who failed to secure a written representation agreement is seeking to recover the reasonable value of her services.

So far, that probably seems hum drum. What makes this case worthy of note is that the proceeding will take place in Case No. C332027 -- which was filed on July 28, 1980.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[26th person picks up filing papers|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/49915026.html?dids=49915026:49915026&FMT=FT]] January 14, 1987, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Bob Cetti, a technician in the production department at WTSP, Ch. 10, picked up papers Tuesday to run in the March 10 Clearwater elections. Cetti said he is a member of the Church of Scientology and would like to ''get involved in trying to get government out of church affairs.'' He said he will decide soon whether to become an official candidate and what commission seat to run for. Cetti, who lives in downtown Clearwater, was the 26th person to pick up papers to run.
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[img[x|http://www.cbsnews.com/favicon.ico]] [['48 Hours' Questions Role Of Scientology In Murder, Scientologists Question CBS Ethics|http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2006/11/02/publiceye/entry2144647.shtml]] November 2, 2006, Brian Montopoli, Public Eye, [[CBS News]]
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On Saturday, "48 Hours" ran a story about the 2003 murder of Elli Perkins, a murder that her 28-year-old son Jeremy confessed to committing. Jeremy had been hallucinating and behaving erratically before his mother's death, but his parents, devout Scientologists, resisted giving him psychiatric treatment. As "48 Hours" notes, "[s]ome pro-Scientology materials declare that psychiatrists are not only useless, but evil - their medications nothing but poisons." The Perkins opted to medicate their son primarily with vitamins.
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[img[x|http://www.theregister.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[4chan launches DDoS against entertainment industry|http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/20/4chan_ddos_mpaa_riaa/]] September 20, 2010, John Leyden, [[The Register]]
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"Operation: Payback Is A Bitch" began as an attack against Aiplex - a controversial Indian firm that works for Bollywood film studios and carries out DDoS attacks on websites hosting BitTorrent trackers that fail to respond to takedown notices - before progressing onto other entertainment industry websites. The attacks were initially coordinated via a IRC channel, which has since been taken offline.

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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[5 Biggest Lies in Scientology's 2-Minute TV Ad|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/02/5_biggest_lies_scientology_tv_ad.php]] February 7, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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We keep seeing Twitter reactions as people are stunned to see a 2-minute ad for Scientology show up on network...
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[img[x|http://www.cracked.com/favicon.ico]] [[5 Disturbing Things I Learned in Scientology's 'Space Navy'|http://www.cracked.com/article_21115_5-disturbing-things-i-learned-in-scientologys-space-navy.html]] May 25, 2014, Robert Evans, [[Cracked]]
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The Sea Org is Scientology's answer to Navy SEALs, only with less focus on special ops and more on fleecing children and the gullible. They were originally created to crew L. Ron Hubbard's private fleet, but over the years they morphed from "religious Marine Corps" into something between a cult, the Mickey Mouse Club, and a time-share scam. My name is Derek Bloch, and I spent three years in Scientology's creepy space navy before abandoning ship. Here's what I learned:
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[img[x|http://www.cracked.com/favicon.ico]] [[5 Ways Growing Up Inside Scientology Was a Nightmare|http://www.cracked.com/article_20869_5-ways-growing-up-inside-scientology-was-nightmare.html]] January 21, 2014, Robert Evans, [[Cracked]]
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We were normal, working class Scientologists. And our lives were terrifying nightmares.
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[img[x|http://www.telegraph.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[50 best cult books|http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/3672915/50-best-cult-books.html]] April 25, 2008, Sam Leith and friends, [[The Telegraph]]
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Dianetics: the Modern Science of Mental Health by L Ron Hubbard (1950)
Do you often feel unhappy? Depressed? Ill at ease with others? You will if you read this. Creepy bit of mind-mechanics by the indifferent sci-fi novelist who founded Scientology. TM
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 [[8 new Oklahoma laws in effect Nov. 1  --  School bullying, beer sampling, horse slaughter and more|http://www.kjrh.com/dpp/news/local_news/new-laws-story]] November 1, 2013, Tyler Dunn, [[KJRH]]
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"There have been a total of seven deaths in seven years at Narconon Arrowhead and no requirement for state certification," said Ivester, D-Sayre. "There have been multiple lawsuits for wrongful death, fraud and deceit filed against that facility. I wanted to figure to out what we could do as a state to provide a safe environment for the people who go there and make sure there's no fraud or deception."

The law will allow for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to regulate a broad range of rehab centers.

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[img[x|http://www.stltoday.com/favicon.ico]] [[82-year-old German House is under reconstruction|http://www.stltoday.com/business/article_e84b9493-67ac-51f0-9982-dda9439d4347.html]] September 10, 2010, Tim Bryant, [[stltoday]]
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The Church of Scientology, which paid $1.9 million for the building in 2007, is reviving it. After a year of planning, work began this summer to restore the building's main auditorium, a smaller side auditorium and the entrance facing Lafayette.

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[img[x|http://www.abajournal.com/.img/favicon.png]] [[9th Circuit Could OK Big Religious Education Tax Break|http://www.abajournal.com/news/9th_circuit_could_ok_big_religious_education_tax_break/]] February 8, 2008, Martha Neil, [[ABA Journal]]
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Judges on a 9th Circuit panel hearing a New York couple's appeal of an adverse Internal Revenue Service tax ruling this week reportedly appeared sympathetic to the couple's claim that the federal agency isn't treating members of all religious groups fairly concerning charitable deductions for educational expenses.
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 [[9th Circuit: Parents Cannot Deduct Payments to Their Children's Religious Schools|http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2008/12/9th-circuit-parents-cannot-deduct-payments-to-their-childrens-religious-schools.html]] December 13, 2008, Paul L. Caron, [[TaxProf Blog]]
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The Ninth Circuit yesterday affirmed the Tax Court (125 T.C. 281 (2005)) in holding that a couple's tuition and fee payments to their children's Jewish day schools do not qualify for the charitable deduction because they received a substantial benefit from their payments and lacked charitable intent. Sklar v. Commissioner, No. 06-72961 (9th Cir. Dec. 12, 2008). From the DOJ press release:
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[img[x|http://www.newstatesman.com/sites/default/files/favicon.ico]] [[A bad day for Scientology?|http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2010/09/scientology-church-internet#reader-comments]] September 29, 2010, David Allen Green, [[New Statesman]]
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Regardless of the merits of Scientology, such a model can no longer be sustained. Their sacred and confidential texts are freely available on Wikileaks. Critics of Scientology commonly exchange views and information on Twitter and elsewhere. The Church of Scientology simply does not appear as imposing as it once did.
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{{cite news | first = David Allen | last = Green | title = A bad day for Scientology? | url = http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2010/09/scientology-church-internet#reader-comments | work = New Statesman | date = 2010-09-29 | accessdate = 2014-01-28 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[A battle of beliefs waged in megabytes|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/51853616.html?dids=51853616:51853616&FMT=FT]] August 3, 1994, Wayne Garcia, Column One, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Scientologists and their critics are colliding in cyberspace.

The critics started the fight, creating an electronic bulletin board dubbed alt.religion.scientology on the Internet, a worldwide web of computer networks with an audience pushing 25-million.
Kurt Weiland, who heads Scientology's legal and public affairs branch, dismissed much of the Internet traffic as irrelevant and a waste of time. In the next breath, though, he acknowledged that "we asked our law firm to look into what was going on."

A private investigator working for Scientology posed as a journalist to quiz a computer user in Bloomington, Ind., who is believed to have started the anti-Scientology newsgroup.
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[img[x|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/main/art/favicon.ico]] [[A bewildering array of jargon and terminology characterized the first ...|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/doc/436614250.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT]] April 23, 1992, Bruce DeMara, [[Toronto Star]]
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The opening witness, Bryan Levman, left Mr. Justice James Southey of Ontario Court, general division, confused and frustrated as he tried to explain the organization's complicated management structure.

Levman and four other witnesses granted immunity from prosecution are expected to testify during the next month into allegations of illegal activities authorized by a branch of the organization called the Guardian's Office Worldwide.
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[img[x|http://www.haaretz.com/images/icons/Hicon.ico]] [[A bridge too far|http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=894338&contrassID=2&subContrassID=14]] August 17, 2007, Aviva Lori, [[Haaretz]]
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S. belonged to the Church of Scientology for about six years. "I did a course on how to get people to become Scientologists, how to sell people what they need, at their most vulnerable point. There are special techniques for learning where a person feels that something is screwing him in life, and then you tell him that there is a chance that Scientology can help. But soon the person forgets why he got into it in the first place, such as to be calmer with himself, to make more money, to achieve cosmic identification - all those goals are cast out and the person understands that it's a lot more important to help Scientology develop and to clean the planet."
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[img[x|http://www.december.com/favicon.ico]] [[A Brief History of anon.penet.fi|http://www.december.com/cmc/mag/1997/sep/helmers.html]] September 1, 1997, Sabine Helmers, [[CMC Magazine]]
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As well as threats from moralists who regard this Finnish remail service to be a dangerous source used to distribute smut, the Church of Scientology would like to pull the plug on this remailer and has called in lawyers to make the names of anonymous critics of Scientology known. In February 1995, the Church of Scientology called in Interpol and Finnish prosecutors in order to find out an144108's real identity.
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{{cite news | first = Sabine | last = Helmers | title = A Brief History of anon.penet.fi | url = http://www.december.com/cmc/mag/1997/sep/helmers.html | work = CMC Magazine | date = 1997-09-01 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.apologeticsindex.org/favicon.ico]] [[A broader look at the organization|http://www.apologeticsindex.org/Sciorg.pdf]] March 1, 1998, Jeff Walsh, Inside the Church of Scientology, [[Boston Herald]]
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[A case so different from all the others|http://www.sptimes.com/News/061400/TampaBay/A_case_so_different_f.shtml]] June 14, 2000, Howard Troxler, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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The Church of Scientology now has two distinctions at the hands of Bernie McCabe.

The first is that he chose to prosecute the church (I mean, one of its corporations) in the first place.

The second distinction is that McCabe has dropped the case. There are not many former defendants walking around who get to say, "On second thought, Bernie McCabe let me go."

McCabe's office puts the blame for this turn of events on Medical Examiner Joan Wood. Wood changed her cause of McPherson's death from "undetermined" to "accidental" after the church provided her new evidence.

Not only did Wood change her mind, but according to the state, she was not especially convincing about when, how and why. McCabe's office says she would have been a lousy witness, and so the case was dropped.
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 [[A Challenge to Faith and Catholic Identity-Scientology in view: Archbishop Robert Rivas, O.P.|http://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2010/04/11/a-challenge-to-faith-and-catholic-identity-scientology-in-view-archbishop-robert-rivas-o-p/]] April 11, 2010, dialogueireland, [[Dialog Ireland]]
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Archbishop Rivas' homily addresses three subjects of concern: the current drought in St. Lucia, the aftermath of the earthquakes in Haiti; and the subversion of St. Lucia by Scientology. Dialogue Ireland has received the complete text of the homily, and we print below the concluding section, which deals with Scientology..
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[A chronology of major events|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/25879385.html?dids=25879385:25879385&FMT=FT]] February 1, 1998, Scientology in Clearwater: Digging In, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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1975 The Southern Land Development and Leasing Corp. buys the Fort Harrison Hotel in downtown, and leases it to a secretive group called United Churches of Florida. 1976 The Church of Scientology emerges as the real buyer of the Fort Harrison Hotel. 1977 Scientology files the first of many lawsuits contesting its Pinellas County property tax bill.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[A church accounting|http://www.sptimes.com/2007/11/12/Opinion/A_church_accounting.shtml]] November 12, 2007, Editorial, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Scientology's shameful past includes a 25-year legal and psychological campaign against the IRS to be recognized as a tax-exempt religion. Scientology tactics included a criminal conspiracy in the 1970s to bug IRS offices, which led to 11 convictions of church members including founder L. Ron Hubbard's wife. Scientology filed dozens of lawsuits against the IRS, hired private investigators to dig up dirt on IRS employees and financed other IRS critics.
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[img[x|http://www.cs.cmu.edu/favicon.ico]] [[A Church's Lethal Contract|http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Scientology/ReleaseForms/archive/razor-article-2003.html]] December 1, 2003, David S. Touretzky, [[Razor Magazine]]
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Imagine a church so dangerous, you must sign a release form before you can receive its "spiritual assistance." This assistance might involve holding you against your will for an indefinite period, isolating you from friends and family, and denying you access to appropriate medical care. You will of course be billed for this treatment - assuming you survive it. If not, the release form absolves your caretakers of all responsibility for your suffering and death. Welcome to the Church of Scientology.
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{{cite news | first = David S. | last = Touretzky | author2 = Alexander, Peter | title = A Church's Lethal Contract | url = http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Scientology/ReleaseForms/archive/razor-article-2003.html | work = Razor Magazine | date = 2003-12-01 | accessdate = 2014-03-25 }}
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[img[x|http://www.tampabay.com/iwov-resources/images/favicon.ico]] [[A city divided over Scientology for nearly 40 years weighs a fresh start|http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/a-city-divided-over-scientology-for-nearly-40-years-weighs-a-fresh-start/2152845]] November 17, 2013, Joe Childs, [[Tampa Bay Times]]
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The church did make a recent public relations push. At an October meeting of the Clearwater Neighborhoods Coalition, church spokeswoman Pat Harney said the church pays more than $2 million each year in property and hotel bed taxes. It owns nearly 70 parcels in Pinellas County, mostly in Clearwater, valued by the county property appraiser at more than $139 million - about 80 percent of it exempt from taxation, according to county records.
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[img[x|http://www.universalhub.com/files/favicon_0_1.ico]] [[A city falling apart: Wall could tumble at Washington Street and Mass. Ave.|http://www.universalhub.com/2011/city-falling-apart-wall-could-tumble-washington-st]] February 8, 2011, adamg, [[Universal Hub]]
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The property, the former Ivory Bean building, is owned by the Church of Scientology, which has been saying since it bought the building in 2008 along with the neighboring Hotel Alexandra, that it plans to renovate it for use as part of its new Boston headquarters.
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[img[x|http://www.wtsp.com/favicon.ico]] [[A Clearwater business posted a sign that sends a clear message: it's not associated with Scientology|http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/article/274914/8/Sign-states-business-not-connected-to-Scientology]] September 23, 2012, Allison Kropff, [[WTSP]]
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He insisted he's not trying to take a stand or exclude anyone. "Everyone's welcome here, including Scientologists. I just want people to know, we are not associated with Scientology and that there are businesses in Clearwater that are not associated with Scientology. Please don't make that assumption."
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[img[x|http://www.westword.com/favicon.ico]] [[A Click in Time Saves Minds|http://www.westword.com/2001-10-04/news/a-click-in-time-saves-minds/full]] October 4, 2001, Alan Prendergast, Denver Westword News, [[Village Voice Media]]
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According to Lawrence Wollersheim, a founder of the Fight Against Coercive Tactics Network, FACTNet has been consigned to a peculiar kind of Internet hell by a "search engine sabotaging tactic" employed by the Church of Scientology.
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[img[x|https://s.ytimg.com/yts/img/favicon-vfldlzjxy.ico]] [[A Conversation with David Miscavige - ABC News with Ted Koppel|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZSjVOXAb8U]] February 14, 1992, Ted Koppel, Nightline, [[YouTube]]
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ABC News Nightline February 14, 1992. Ted Koppel interviews Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center Mr. David Miscavige. This is Mr. Miscavige's first and only live interview to date.

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[img[x|http://www.washingtonpost.com/favicon.ico]] [[A Couch Tom Cruise Won't Jump On|http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/24/AR2005062401866.html]] June 25, 2005, Richard Leiby, [[Washington Post]]
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Okay, should we address him as Dr. Tom Cruise from now on? Or will the Rev. Dr. Cruise suffice?

Whatever: Anybody who watched the actor's performance on NBC's "Today" show yesterday witnessed an unsettling transformation. The movie star, who has long embraced Scientology, launched a full-bore assault on the psychiatric profession, sticking to a script that his church (founded, mind you, by a hack science fiction writer) has been promoting for decades.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[A cry for justice|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/50726165.html?dids=50726165:50726165&FMT=FT]] March 3, 2000, Editorial, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Despite a reversal in the autopsy report of Lisa McPherson, the state attorney still has an obligation to prosecute those his office believes to be responsible in her death in a Scientology hotel room.

The tragedy of Lisa McPherson's death in a Scientology hotel room has turned into a sad, convoluted mess that cries out for justice.
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[img[x|http://resources.news.com.au/cs/newscomau/images/favicon.ico]] [[A Current Affair denies it's 'soft on Scientology'|http://www.news.com.au/news/a-current-affair-denies-its-soft-on-scientology/story-fna7dq6e-1111113560132]] May 18, 2007, Tracy Ong, [[News.com.au]]
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In his piece, Gipps referred to both as "nutters", before moving quickly to a scene from a Scientology documentary.

"Now for the first time the real story, the video John Sweeney left out of his report," Gipps said, cutting to a church-shot scene of Sweeney yelling at celebrity Scientologist John Travolta at a movie premiere last year.

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[img[x|http://www.guardian.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[A dose of madness|http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2002/aug/08/research.highereducation]] August 8, 2002, Johan Jensen, [[Guardian]]
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Mystified by the new wonder drug LSD, the psychiatrist Louis Jolyon West and his colleague at the University of Oklahoma, Chester M Pierce, were looking for a new way to investigate the drug in 1962. They came up with an idea so outlandish it could only happen in the world of experimental psychology.
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[img[x|http://books.guardian.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[A E van Vogt|http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,,131148,00.html]] February 1, 2000, Steve Holland, [[The Guardian]]
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When, in 1948, The World Of Null-A was published in book form, it was the first SF magazine serial to appear in hardcover from a major publisher (earlier titles had appeared from specialist houses). In France, it was translated by surrealist Boris Vian and created a market for science fiction.

However, van Vogt's interest in disciplines that would focus latent talent led him to dianetics, the memory auditing system developed by fellow SF writer L Ron Hubbard, which became the cornerstone of scientology. Although not interested in the mystical/religious aspects of scientology, van Vogt maintained the Los Angeles Hubbard Dianetic Centre from 1950 until 1961, partly financing the gesture by gathering together and reworking earlier stories into novels.
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[img[x|http://www.sfgate.com/favicon.ico]] [[A High Price For Keeping Faith / Ex-church member in battle over daughter's future|http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/A-High-Price-For-Keeping-Faith-Ex-church-member-3303470.php]] September 12, 2000, Nanette Asimov, [[San Francisco Chronicle]]
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The church is the Spiritual Rights Foundation. The Academy for Psychic Studies is its seminary. Inside, a few dozen ministers and students are promised a world of health and wealth, a haven far better than where they have been. 

Yet members of that world are expected to give nearly a third of their earnings, sending some into bankruptcy. The church has prospered, meanwhile, buying real estate in several states, stocking up on Cadillacs and running a handful of local businesses. 

Beyond the view of casual visitors to the church, say McKinley and other former members, children are hypnotized, schooling is an afterthought, and fathers are purposely alienated from their sons and daughters. 

And hanging over it all is a cloud of highly charged sexual tension. 

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[img[x|http://www.watchman.org/favicon.ico]] [[A Hubbard Legacy: Scientology's Punitive Policies|http://www.watchman.org/sci/scientologypunitive.htm]] January 15, 1998, [[Watchman Expositor]]
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Scientology leaders today try to dismiss the church's "bad-boy behavior" as something done without Hubbard's knowledge by rogue Scientologists, and as a thing of the past. It was Hubbard, however, who wrote the policies on which Scientologists, past and present, base their behavior and activities. Regarded as "Scripture," these policies are still in force and continue to perpetuate and govern Scientology's heinous and terroristic activities. 

The following is a partial list of these totalistic mandatory policies or "doctrines" of Scientology (all emphasis is in originals except where noted):
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[img[x|http://tonyortega.org/wp-content/ataimages/0-alien.ico]] [[A lawsuit over counseling credentials now aims at the essence of Scientology|http://tonyortega.org/2014/07/24/a-lawsuit-over-counseling-credentials-now-aims-at-the-essence-of-scientology/]] July 24, 2014, Tony Ortega, [[Underground Bunker]]
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RTC responded by filing a motion to dismiss which is drawn from Scientology's usual playbook. RTC has nothing to do with Narconon, its attorneys argued in the motion, and it also has no connection to Oklahoma, where Narconon's flagship facility is and where the lawsuit is set. Former Scientology executives tell us that when the church was restructured in the early 1980s, this was the goal they had in mind - a Byzantine corporate fiction that would enable the top executives to claim no involvement.

Now, the NAFC has fired back with a reply that takes on that corporate fiction, laying out the entire Scientology strategy, and with voluminous evidence to back it up. It's one of the most detailed and deeply-researched legal assaults we've seen on the church's essential nature in a long time.
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{{cite news | first = Tony | last = Ortega | title = A lawsuit over counseling credentials now aims at the essence of Scientology | url = http://tonyortega.org/2014/07/24/a-lawsuit-over-counseling-credentials-now-aims-at-the-essence-of-scientology/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = 2014-07-24 | accessdate = 2014-07-24 }}
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[img[x|http://www.latimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[A leap beyond faith|http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/sunday/commentary/la-oe-shermer18feb18,0,5952670.story]] February 18, 2008, Michael Shermer, Opinion, [[Los Angeles Times]]
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And yet this latest turn against the organization founded in 1954 by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard has an air of farcical comedy to it. Why? Why aren't civil rights organizations and anti-hate-speech activists pouncing on these protesters? The reason, I suspect, is that most of us do not consider Scientology a religion, at least not a religion that resembles in the slightest the world's major faiths.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[A letter from David Miscavige|http://www.tampabay.com/news/article1012140.ece]] June 20, 2009, David Miscavige, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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I have been advised that you have decided to move forward with your story without my interview. This, despite the fact confirmed more than three weeks ago that I would make myself available on a date certain (6 July), after you spoke to other relevant Church personnel and toured Church facilities, and that I would provide information annihilating the credibility of your sources including the fundamental crimes against the Scientology religion that were the reasons for their removal from post. You were advised that information would include addressing the extraordinary "admissions" of one of your sources regarding a long-settled legal matter.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[A look at what's inside Scientology's long-delayed Flag Building|http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/a-look-at-whats-inside-scientologys-long-delayed-flag-building/2152549]] November 14, 2013, Joe Childs, [[Tampa Bay Times]]
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The Church of Scientology has purchased and remodeled dozens of buildings since it established its spiritual headquarters here 37 years ago. This weekend, it will open yet another.

But this one - a seven-story behemoth with more than 300,000 square feet - is being touted by the church as a game changer.
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[img[x|http://www.nctimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[A magnet for Scientologists, Clearwater comes to terms with its status as a mecca|http://www.nctimes.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/article_b9b8ab0f-2159-550f-80a1-5594d2a79cd4.html?mode=story]] October 11, 2007, Mitch Stacy, Associated Press, [[North Country Times]]
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"I think there's been a slow shift from a very strong adversarial relationship to a tolerance," says Ron Stuart, who clashed with church officials as an editor of the now-defunct Clearwater Sun in the "70s.
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[img[x|http://1.gravatar.com/blavatar/ffbc68fe58e7387cf18c173a052a8090?s=16]] [[A Method To Cruise's Madness?|http://web.archive.org/web/20070606080742/http://www.radaronline.com/fresh-intelligence/2005/07/06/a-method-to-cruises-madness.php]] July 6, 2005, Fresh Intelligence, [[Radar Online]]
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From the looks of it, Tom Cruise's televised crackup is actually helping the Church of Scientology's recruitment efforts. Since he declared his eternal love for Katie Holmes in early May, visits to the Church's official website have shot up 263 percent to a peak of 375,000 visitors per day last week, according to site traffic tracker alexa.
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[img[x|http://www.macleans.ca/favicon.ico]] [[A new war over Ritalin|http://www.macleans.ca/article.jsp?content=20060515_126736_126736]] May 10, 2006, Danylo Hawaleshka, Features, [[Macleans]]
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Scientologists view Hubbard's writings as scripture, which gives what he said in The War a lot of weight. Psychiatry, he wrote, is "a vehicle to undermine and destroy the West!" Hubbard vowed that Scientology will "take over total control of all mental healing in the West." In 1987, the CCHR undertook a major campaign against Ritalin. "There is a war, by Scientology, against psychiatry," Kent says, "and the CCHR is just part of that war."
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[img[x|http://www.salon.com/content/themes/salon/images/favicon.ico]] [[A night of engrams and clears|http://dir.salon.com/story/people/feature/2002/04/03/hubbard/index.html]] April 3, 2002, Sara Kelly, [[Salon]]
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Before the main event, a local "org" leader, looking like a Martha Stewart stunt double, took the stage for a bit of motivational speaking. In a scene straight out of a Leni Riefenstahl film, she led the crowd in a fist-pumping hip-hip-hooraying of an LRH bust and a poster-size photo of the man himself standing alongside a lighted birthday cake. In lock-step harmony, the enthusiastic crew enunciated a hearty "yeah" to each canned pep rally question.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[A parent's Desperate Solution - Was raising brain-damaged son too much for a mother to bear?|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/50120473.html?dids=50120473:50120473&FMT=FT]] September 27, 1987, David Finkel, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Also typical was the Institutes' response: a sharply worded, eight-page letter from Doman to the association's president that said, in part, "This letter will, by its nature, be a lengthy one. May we offer you a bit of well-intended advice? We recommend that you read it very carefully."

This is how it has gone for years between the Institutes and those offended by its methods and claims. When various professional associations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics criticized the Institutes in 1968, the result was a lawsuit. As Philadelphia Magazine prepared a story in 1982 that said some Institutes officials were involved in the Church of Scientology, the editors received "all kinds of pre-publication threats," says editor Ron Javers.

"What they do is harass and sue," says Dr. Edward Zigler, director of Yale University's Center for Child Development. "They have this whole history of litigation against anybody who calls them into question."

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[img[x|http://www.theage.com.au/favicon.ico]] [[A peek inside Scientology's sleek new Melbourne base|http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/a-peek-inside-scientologys-sleek-new-melbourne-base-20110204-1agxo.html]] February 5, 2011, Carol Nader, [[The Age]]
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In another part of the building is the Purification Centre, for what is described as a religious ritual to free one from drugs and toxins in the body's fatty tissues. Those with heart and some other medical conditions are told not to do the program. People pay about $1500 for the purification, which often involves weeks of running on a treadmill and long periods in a sauna. Many vitamins are taken including vitamin A - people start on 5000 international units a day and some can build up to 50,000 a day.

Australian Medical Association vice-president Steve Hambleton says there is no physiological need for a purification regime, and prolonged use of more than 25,000 international units of vitamin A daily can cause serious side effects.
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 [[A Peek Inside the 'Onion' of Scientology|http://www.religiondispatches.org/books/atheologies/4885/a_peek_inside_the_onion_of_scientology//]] July 19, 2011, Kristin Rawls, [[Religion Dispatches]]
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In 2005, Rolling Stone contributing editor Janet Reitman first stepped into the New York Church of Scientology to begin research on what culminated in her 2006 article, "Inside Scientology." The piece was nominated for a National Magazine Award and provided some of the groundwork for her new book, Inside Scientology: The History of America's Most Secretive Religion.
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[img[x|http://businessinsider.com/favicon.ico]] [[A Peek Inside The Vast Global Real Estate Portfolio Of The Church Of Scientology|http://www.businessinsider.com/outrageous-scientology-buildings-2012-1?op=1]] January 21, 2012, Eric Goldschein, [[Business Insider]]
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Even more impressive is that many of Scientology's major real estate holdings were acquired in the past decade. From 2004 to 2011, Scientology claims to have doubled its portfolio with 23 new churches.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have gone into buying up landmark businesses, renovating them and rebranding them as ornate Scientology centers - perhaps in an attempt to alter the religion's reputation as a shadowy cult.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[A place called Gold|http://www.sptimes.com/TampaBay/102598/scientologygold.html]] October 25, 1998, Thomas C. Tobin, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Seven hundred Scientology workers put in 60-hour weeks to remaster the scratchy tapes on which the late founder once recorded his lectures; translate his words into more than 30 languages; produce Scientology films, tapes, videos, television commercials, magazines and books; and manufacture e-meters, the electronic devices used in the core Scientology counseling practice called "auditing."
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{{cite news | first = Thomas C. | last = Tobin | title = A place called Gold | url = http://www.sptimes.com/TampaBay/102598/scientologygold.html | work = St. Petersburg Times | date = 1998-10-25 | accessdate = 2010-11-13 }}
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[img[x|http://www.washingtonpost.com/favicon.ico]] [[A Place in the Desert for New Mexico's Most Exclusive Circles|http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/26/AR2005112601065.html]] November 27, 2005, Richard Leiby, [[Washington Post]]
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From the state that gave us Roswell, the epicenter of UFO lore since 1947, comes a report from an Albuquerque TV station about its discovery of strange landscape markings in the remote desert. They're etched in New Mexico's barren northern reaches, resemble crop circles and are recognizable only from a high altitude.
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 [[A Prisoner Of Scientology Los Angeles|http://www.orato.com/world-affairs/a-prisoner-of-scientology-los-angeles]] March 12, 2008, John Duignan, [[Orato]]
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"I left my Church because I was noticing the hypocrisies between what the Church tells the public versus what it actually does and then tries to hide. I did not wish to remain in a group that breaks up families and does not even trust its own staff to use their hard-earned vacation time and see their families. Living in fear and under threats is not spiritual to me," Ms. Lentsch states. "The administration of the Church of Scientology is an oppressive organization. This is the worst betrayal."

On February 25, Ms. Lentsch issued the Sea Organization an ultimatum: "Have my daughter at home in my living room within two weeks, or I will go to law enforcement and the media."

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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[A quiet paranoia settles in Clearwater|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/17002579.html?FMT=FT&dids=17002579:17002579&FMTS=ABS:FT]] February 23, 1997, Mary Jo Melone, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Only some Scientologists are obvious in Clearwater. One shop owner called them The Red People and The Blue People, for the plain uniforms they wear to signify they work for the church. They telegraphed a remarkable fixedness as they passed, alone or in groups, on Friday. They looked straight ahead. Their faces were expressionless. They did not acknowledge one another. They walked briskly. When they approach on foot, one downtown office worker said, you tend to think you'd better get out of the way.
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[img[x|http://www.slate.com/favicon.ico]] [[A reader's guide to Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography|http://www.slate.com/id/2181858/pagenum/all/]] January 11, 2008, Juliet Lapidos, [[Slate Magazine]]
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How dubious is Andrew Morton's long-awaited Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography? Well, the book is not for sale in the United Kingdom, due to that country's libel laws; and it's rumored that Scientology lawyers are already drawing up a suit against Morton's publisher, St. Martin's Press. If you're craving the inside (and blatantly unsubstantiated) scoop on Tom's private life, follow Slate's handy guide straight to the good parts.
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{{cite news | first = Juliet | last = Lapidos | title = A reader's guide to Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography | url = http://www.slate.com/id/2181858/pagenum/all/ | work = Slate Magazine | date = 2008-01-11 | accessdate = 2010-02-21 }}
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[img[x|http://www.nctimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[A religion for the 20th century: Scientology|http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2008/02/08/faith/17_36_322_7_08.txt]] February 7, 2008, RUTH MARVIN WEBSTER, [[North Country Times]]
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First there was the controversy in Germany, which in December declared Scientology unconstitutional and banned it. Then there was the release of Andrew Morton's unauthorized biography of actor Tom Cruise, which coincided with the broadcast of a nine-minute video of Cruise extolling the virtues of the faith, viewed by millions of people around the world before it was pulled from YouTube.
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[img[x|http://www.catholic.org/favicon.ico]] [[A Response to a Scientologist: The Truth Shall Make You Free|http://www.catholic.org/national/national_story.php?id=34929]] November 30, 2009, Randy Sly, [[Catholic Online]]
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He indicated that the story on forced abortions was based on fabricated lies brought forth by "a very few disgruntled members" who are using us (Catholic Online). 

I have filed eight stories on Scientology since June, 2009. As we researched for these articles, the witnesses we found included former members, investigators, affidavits from litigation, etc. The amount of information available regarding false declarations, questionable practices, and suspicious relationships is enormous; its impact is global.
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[img[x|http://img.timeinc.net/time/favicon.ico]] [[A Ringing In The Ears|http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,856774,00.html]] May 7, 1951, [[TIME Magazine]]
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In a Los Angeles court, his wife charged L. Ron Hubbard, 40, disciple and founder of dianetics, "the modern science of mental health," with bigamy, cruelty and "systematic torture." He is also a paranoid schizophrenic, she added, and she wants a divorce.
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[img[x|http://www.nysun.com/favicon.ico]] [[A School Case To Watch|http://www.nysun.com/editorials/school-case-to-watch/71023/]] February 8, 2008, Editorial, [[New York Sun]]
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It's always dangerous for a newspaper to predict the outcome of a court case, but at one point, Mr. Gerstein reports, Judge Kim Wardlaw put it this way: "The view of the IRS is it can unconstitutionally violate the Constitution by establishing religion, by treating one religion more favorably than other religions in terms of what is allowed as deductions, and there can never be any judicial review of that?" A hapless lawyer for the IRS tried to argue that's not what she was saying. Snapped two judges from the bench: "That's the bottom line." Added Judge Wardlaw: "This does intrude into the Establishment Clause."
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[A Scientologist's Open Letter to the Village Voice and its Readers|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/08/a_scientologist.php]] August 8, 2011, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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Tony, I think you are good guy, but your commentators feed you exaggerated or false "facts" that paint a horrible picture of my church.

It is my opinion that facts can be used to destroy truths. Any great man can probably be "wiped out" by the facts that repressive people use to discredit him. "Truth" does not properly represent real truths when it uses facts to paint false pictures. 

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[img[x|http://www.oregonlive.com/favicon.ico]] [[A Scientology center's guard kills an Oregon man|http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1227587117197250.xml&coll=7]] November 25, 2008, Lori Tobias, [[The Oregonian]]
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A man shot and killed Sunday in front of a Scientology building in Los Angeles was a Florence resident who was on probation for stalking a Lane County judge. Also, he recently had served time in a Florence jail for threatening a tow truck driver.

A security guard shot Mario Majorski, 48, after Majorski threatened guests and another security guard with samurai swords at the Scientology Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, Los Angeles police said.
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[A Scientology Countdown Announcement: Before We Start the Top Ten, a Programming Note|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/09/a_scientology_c.php]] September 8, 2011, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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Tomorrow morning, we begin to reveal the final ten in our big countdown, "The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology." Today,...
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[A Scientology Internal Document Says its 'Office of Special Affairs' is Going to 'Handle' the Village Voice|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/08/a_scientology_i.php]] August 31, 2011, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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A nice little tidbit for the evening here at the underground bunker, where we keep an eye on all things Scientology.

A few weeks ago, I was asked to call in to The Church of Lazlo show at 96.5 the Buzz in Kansas City. In 2003-2005 I lived in that city and was a regular on Lazlo's show, updating him on a newspaper I worked for there. Lazlo had me on his August 3 show because he wanted to know why I was writing so much about Scientology these days.

Do not listen to show as its weird and and has squirrel stuff in it.
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[img[x|http://tonyortega.org/wp-content/ataimages/0-alien.ico]] [[A Scientology Knockoff That Considers Children 'Sexy'? Great Xenu's Ghost!|http://ortegaunderground.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/scientology-knockoff-access-consciousnes/]] November 10, 2012, Tony Ortega, [[Underground Bunker]]
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Our old Village Voice Media colleagues at the Houston Press asked us to help get the word out about their cover story this week, and we're happy to oblige.

Press veteran Craig Malisow has a barnburner of a story about a 70-year-old man named Gary Douglas who is doing something of an L. Ron Hubbard impression while running "Access Consciousness," which Malisow characterizes as a "Scientology knockoff."
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[img[x|http://img.timeinc.net/time/favicon.ico]] [[A Sci-Fi Faith|http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,913995,00.html]] April 5, 1976, [[TIME Magazine]]
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The purchaser, it turned out, was the rich, mysterious Church of Scientology, an international cult that for two decades has specialized in a unique form of psychological counseling, often against hysterical opposition. Scientology, in turn, has tended toward defensiveness bordering on paranoia, filing scores of libel suits on the slightest provocation. In February, the Church of Scientology sued Mayor Cazares, then threatened the Clearwater Sun, the St. Petersburg Times and radio station WDCL. "We are not a turn-the-other-cheek religion," Spokesman Arthur Maren told TIME Correspondent David Beckwith.
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[img[x|http://media.philly.com/designimages/favicon.ico]] [[A skeptic, she's willing to give it a try|http://www.philly.com/inquirer/hot_topics/20071005_A_skeptic__shes_willing_to_give_it_a_try.html]] October 5, 2007, Art Carey, [[Philadelphia Inquirer]]
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Among medical professionals calling for further research into what's going on at the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, Lisa Gengo is unique.

Since July, Gengo has been visiting the clinic once a week and she plans to go through the detox program herself.
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[img[x|http://media.philly.com/designimages/favicon.ico]] [[A sprite who was sapped of spirit|http://www.philly.com/inquirer/hot_topics/10277822.html]] October 5, 2007, Art Carey, [[Philadelphia Inquirer]]
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For the first three days, her sweat was dark blue. By the second week, it was yellow, black and gray, she says. Her body was also excreting "a lot of glass and fiberglass."

"You can see the blood coming out of your pores," Bettis says. "It feels like little razors going through your skin. A couple of times, the pieces were big enough to see."
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 [[A standup guy?|http://bostonphoenix.com/alt1/archive/specials/scientology/SCIENTOLOGY_2.html]] April 19, 1996, Dan Kennedy, BU's Scientology Connection, [[Boston Phoenix]]
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To hear Cooley tell it, the Church of Scientology has been the victim of vicious discrimination and misunderstanding.

Yes, church leaders went to prison in the late 1970s, he says, but the current management has purged the organization and cleaned it up.

Yes, Hubbard made "hyperbolic" statements about "fair game" and the purpose of lawsuits, but those were meant to apply to internal church matters only. And besides, the "fair game" policy was revoked a year after it was announced. ("It is in force, and it is used with the same zeal with which it was used when it was first written," asserts Herbert Rosedale, a New York lawyer and president of the American Family Foundation, an organization that studies Scientology and other cults.)

No, Cooley says, the church doesn't practice "mind control," but it certainly does engage in "behavior modification."

"If there were a religion that didn't try to modify behavior, it wouldn't be doing its job," he says.
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{{cite news | first = Dan | last = Kennedy | title = A standup guy? | url = http://bostonphoenix.com/alt1/archive/specials/scientology/SCIENTOLOGY_2.html | work = BU's Scientology Connection | publisher = Boston Phoenix | date = 1996-04-19 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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 [[A tale from Wales|http://www.galesburg.com/lifestyles/x1560861414/A-tale-from-Wales]] May 16, 2010, Annie Zak, [[The Register-Mail]]
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The night ended in Tintagel, a part of Cornwall, England, in a hotel called Camelot Castle. It also, however, seemed to be an unofficial haven for Scientologists. Throughout the night we gazed around at an overabundance of art on the walls as well as various photos of celebrity Scientologists such as Tom Cruise.After browsing every strange nook, the class had its own reading session, where students and professors alike shared stories, poems and raps before collapsing into bed for the night.
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{{cite news | first = Annie | last = Zak | title = A tale from Wales | url = http://www.galesburg.com/lifestyles/x1560861414/A-tale-from-Wales | work = The Register-Mail | date = 2010-05-16 | accessdate = 2011-02-04 }}
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[img[x|http://www.filmstew.com/images/favicon.ico]] [[A Tale of Two Cruises|http://www.filmstew.com/showArticle.aspx?ContentID=16785]] January 6, 2008, [[FilmStew]]
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It was the best of times and the worst of times for actor Tom Cruise this weekend, thanks respectively to the WGA and British author Andrew Morton.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[A tale of two stories |http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/16810601.html?dids=16810601:16810601&FMT=FT]] May 10, 1997, Editorial, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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The Church of Scientology's version of the circumstances surrounding the death of one of its members always raised more questions than it answered. Now Scientology's top officials cannot even keep their own stories straight, further undermining their credibility. That increases the pressure on Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe to uncover the truth about Lisa McPherson's death.
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[img[x|http://www.washblade.com/favicon.ico]] [[A tale of two stories|http://www.washblade.com/2007/12-28/view/editorial/11808.cfm]] December 28, 2007, Kevin Naff, [[Washington Blade]]
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Back in May, I wrote a short blog item for the Blade's web site urging gays to boycott the new "Hairspray" film because the lead role -- originated by the inimitable Divine -- was being played by John Travolta, the nation's second-most-prominent Scientologist. In the interest of avoiding another round of death threats, let's just say Scientology has a "complicated" history when it comes to its treatment of gays.
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{{cite news | first = Kevin | last = Naff | title = A tale of two stories | url = http://www.washblade.com/2007/12-28/view/editorial/11808.cfm | work = Washington Blade | date = 2007-12-28 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.dailytexanonline.com/sites/default/files/favicon.ico]] [[A trip down Scientology lane|http://www.dailytexanonline.com/1.1374936-1.1374936]] February 13, 2009, Joshua Riehl, [[The Daily Texan]]
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When I saw that the Church of Scientology, a religion started by a best-selling science fiction author, was having an open house, I seized the chance to hear their message.

My partner in crime, Katie, and I were greeted by a pair of Scientologists who asked us if we would like to take a free personality or IQ test. My first test of the semester administered by Scientologists? Why not?
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{{cite news | first = Joshua | last = Riehl | title = A trip down Scientology lane | url = http://www.dailytexanonline.com/1.1374936-1.1374936 | work = The Daily Texan | date = 2009-02-13 | accessdate = 2011-10-02 }}
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[img[x|http://www.spiegel.de/favicon.ico]] [[A Victim of Savings Measures: Hamburg to Close Down Scientology Task Force|http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,712323,00.html]] August 17, 2010, [[Spiegel]]
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The city of Hamburg said this week it would suspend the work of its 17-year-old Scientology task force, one of the most vociferous critics of the secretive organization. Leader Ursula Caberta has successfully defended herself in numerous cases brought by Scientologists. However, the city says it will continue to monitor the group.
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{{cite news | title = A Victim of Savings Measures: Hamburg to Close Down Scientology Task Force | url = http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,712323,00.html | work = Spiegel | date = 2010-08-17 | accessdate = 2011-02-04 }}
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[img[x|http://www.salon.com/content/themes/salon/images/favicon.ico]] [[A Web of their own|http://archive.salon.com/21st/feature/1998/07/15feature.html]] July 15, 1998, Janelle Brown, [[Salon]]
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But if you want to visit alt.religion.scientology, the Web site of Operation Clambake or just about any page that mentions the word "Xenu," you"re out of luck. In fact, you"d probably be unable to read this article. Because the starter kit that you just used to build your Web site also installed what Scientology critics are calling the "Scieno Sitter": a filtering program, like those used to hide pornography from children, that prevents Scientologists from seeing terms and phrases that the church has decided to block.
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{{cite news | first = Janelle | last = Brown | title = A Web of their own | url = http://archive.salon.com/21st/feature/1998/07/15feature.html | work = Salon | date = 1998-07-15 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[A young man looked for answers, found a 'money-hungry cult'|http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/article1201168.ece]] November 13, 2011, Joe Childs, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Culkin trusted his new friends at Scientology's Flag Land Base in Clearwater, so he gave in and told them. 

The six-figure sum got the attention of Flag's "registrars," the religious workers who collect payments for church services and solicit donations for Scientology causes. No matter how much he gave, Culkin said they pestered him almost every day to give more. He ended up spending $330,000 on church services and donations during the year he spent in Scientology. 

Large groups of registrars for the IAS repeatedly approached him, pressing him to give. Another registrar hounded him to spend thousands on counseling. One day, two church staffers from different departments tugged at his arms in a hallway, competing for a donation.

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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Aaron Saxton, Scientology Enforcer, Stops By For a Chat|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2010/04/aaron_saxton_au.php]] April 8, 2010, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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It's really no wonder why Xenophon zeroed in on Saxton's story among the many he heard from numerous ex-Scientologists. We wanted to hear, for example, more about the abuse he witnessed of a woman when she freaked out during the teaching of Hubbard's "tech."

"Bettina Lockland was her name. This was in Australia. I was 16 at the time, and I was in charge of security [at an "Advanced Org" or "AO," a sort of diocesan office]. Bettina was doing the famous OTIII."
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{{cite news | first = Tony | last = Ortega | title = Aaron Saxton, Scientology Enforcer, Stops By For a Chat | url = http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2010/04/aaron_saxton_au.php | work = Runnin' Scared | publisher = Village Voice | date = 2010-04-08 | accessdate = 2012-09-15 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[ABC News to mirror St. Petersburg Times Scientology investigation on Nightline|http://blogs.tampabay.com/media/2009/10/st-petersburg-times-reporter-tom-tobin-to-appear-thursday-in-scientology-investigation-by-abcs-night.html]] October 21, 2009, Eric Deggans, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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According to a spokeswoman for the show, Nightline on Thursday will feature interviews with at least some of the sources featured in the Times' reporting -- former high-ranking Church officials coming forward to publicly reveal controversial stories about Scientology leadership in a way never seen before. The show also features a recently-recorded interview with church spokesman Tommy Davis.
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{{cite news | first = Eric | last = Deggans | title = ABC News to mirror St. Petersburg Times Scientology investigation on Nightline | url = http://blogs.tampabay.com/media/2009/10/st-petersburg-times-reporter-tom-tobin-to-appear-thursday-in-scientology-investigation-by-abcs-night.html | work = St. Petersburg Times | date = 2009-10-21 | accessdate = 2011-03-13 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Able medical examiner needed|http://www.sptimes.com/News/062300/Opinion/Able_medical_examiner.shtml]] June 23, 2000, Editorial, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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She first dramatized her importance by appearing on the TV show Inside Edition. Yet when medical professionals hired by Scientology expressed opposing views, Wood changed significant details on the autopsy, which forced prosecutors to drop the charges. A state attorney memo said Wood was unable "to coherently explain her decision even under benign questioning."
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[img[x|http://tbo.com//images/favicon.ico]] [[About 200 Protest Scientology|http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/apr/12/about-200-protest-scientology/]] April 12, 2008, Jamie Pilarczyk, [[Tampa Tribune]]
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The Internet-based group Anonymous held its third protest in about three months Saturday outside the headquarters of the Church of Scientology.

Although it started with about 50 people at 3 p.m., the number swelled to about 200 an hour later. Joshua Nussbaum, 20, an organizer, said the point of Saturday's protest was to focus public attention on what he says is the church's practice of ostracizing loved ones perceived as a threat.
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{{cite news | first = Jamie | last = Pilarczyk | title = About 200 Protest Scientology | url = http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/apr/12/about-200-protest-scientology/ | work = Tampa Tribune | date = 2008-04-12 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[About 'Flag': Scientology has 67 properties in Clearwater|http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/about-flag-scientology-has-67-properties-in-clearwater/1201169#wherethemoneygoes]] November 13, 2011, Joe Childs, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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With the hotel as its linchpin, Flag has grown into a patchwork of 67 parcels, mostly downtown, serving as a worldwide center for Scientology counseling. Flag's workforce consists of 1,200 members of the church's religious order, the Sea Organization.

The church's Clearwater land holdings are valued by the county at $89 million, of which $59 million is tax exempt. Facilities not used for religious purposes are taxed.

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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[About Scientology|http://www.sptimes.com/2004/07/18/Tampabay/About_Scientology.shtml]] July 18, 2004, Scientology's town, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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SCIENTOLOGY POSITIONS Gay marriage

Scientologists recognize marriage as a part of the second of eight dynamics of existence. The second dynamic includes all creative activity, including sex, procreation and child rearing. The Scientology marriage ceremony is traditional and addresses a union between a man and a woman.
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{{cite news | title = About Scientology | url = http://www.sptimes.com/2004/07/18/Tampabay/About_Scientology.shtml | work = Scientology's town | publisher = St. Petersburg Times | date = 2004-07-18 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Abroad: Critics public and private keep pressure on Scientology|http://www.sptimes.com/News/32999/Worldandnation/Abroad__Critics_publi.html]] March 29, 1999, Lucy Morgan, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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At one time Scientologists were banned in Australia and forbidden entry to study in England.

Scientology has been shut down in Greece, indicted in Spain, restricted in Russia, rebuffed by Sweden's highest court, expelled from college campuses in Norway, convicted of crimes in Canada and denied status as a charitable organization or a religion in most European countries.
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{{cite news | first = Lucy | last = Morgan | title = Abroad: Critics public and private keep pressure on Scientology | url = http://www.sptimes.com/News/32999/Worldandnation/Abroad__Critics_publi.html | work = St. Petersburg Times | date = 1999-03-29 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|https://s.ytimg.com/yts/img/favicon-vfldlzjxy.ico]] [[Abused Scientologist Escapes From Devious Cult's Grasp! (Part 1)|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efhPAeRNdZ8]] February 18, 2013, ThreeBaruchs, [[YouTube]]
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(Part 1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efhPAeRNdZ8 (Part 2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm6lyIjfJZw
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{{cite news | author = ThreeBaruchs | title = Abused Scientologist Escapes From Devious Cult's Grasp! (Part 1) | url = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efhPAeRNdZ8 | work = YouTube | date = 2013-02-18 | accessdate = 2014-04-04 }}
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[img[x|https://s.ytimg.com/yts/img/favicon-vfldlzjxy.ico]] [[Abused Scientologist Escapes From Devious Cult's Grasp! (Part 2)|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm6lyIjfJZw]] February 18, 2013, ThreeBaruchs, [[YouTube]]
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(Part 1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efhPAeRNdZ8 (Part 2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm6lyIjfJZw
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{{cite news | author = ThreeBaruchs | title = Abused Scientologist Escapes From Devious Cult's Grasp! (Part 2) | url = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm6lyIjfJZw | work = YouTube | date = 2013-02-18 | accessdate = 2014-04-04 }}
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[img[x|http://media.sacbee.com/images/favicon.ico]] [[Accord is green light for church|http://www.sacbee.com/city/story/576878.html]] December 20, 2007, Edgar Sanchez, [[Sacramento Bee]]
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The Ramona building, a 78-year-old former hotel at Sixth and J streets, will be converted into Sacramento headquarters for the Church of Scientology.

Two years after it paid $4.75 million for the downtown Ramona building, the Church of Scientology is about to gain full control of the property.
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{{cite news | first = Edgar | last = Sanchez | title = Accord is green light for church | url = http://www.sacbee.com/city/story/576878.html | work = Sacramento Bee | date = 2007-12-20 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/images/headers/aus-fav.ico]] [[Accused 'butchered' Scientologist family, court told|http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,22044493-2702,00.html]] July 9, 2007, AAP, [[The Australian]]
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A SYDNEY woman accused of fatally stabbing her father, sister and injuring her mother was denied psychiatric treatment by her parents who were Scientologists, a court was told today.
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{{cite news | author = AAP | title = Accused 'butchered' Scientologist family, court told | url = http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,22044493-2702,00.html | work = The Australian | date = 2007-07-09 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.guardian.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Accused family killer was 'denied treatment by Scientologist parents'|http://www.guardian.co.uk/australia/story/0,,2122476,00.html]] July 10, 2007, Barbara McMahon, [[The Guardian]]
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A woman accused of killing her father and sister and injuring her mother was denied psychiatric treatment by her parents who were Scientologists, a court heard yesterday.
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{{cite news | first = Barbara | last = McMahon | title = Accused family killer was 'denied treatment by Scientologist parents' | url = http://www.guardian.co.uk/australia/story/0,,2122476,00.html | work = The Guardian | date = 2007-07-10 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.reuters.com/resources/images/favicon.ico]] [[Accused NY arms dealers wanted green cards: defense|http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/06/20/us-usa-arms-trial-idUSN2030760520070620]] June 20, 2007, [[Reuters]]
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Artur Solomonyan, 28, from Armenia, and Christiaan Dewet Spies, 35, from South Africa, was in Manhattan federal court accused, with four others, of agreeing to sell rocket-propelled grenade launchers, shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles and other weapons acquired in Armenia and Chechnya.
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{{cite news | title = Accused NY arms dealers wanted green cards: defense | url = http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/06/20/us-usa-arms-trial-idUSN2030760520070620 | work = Reuters | date = 2007-06-20 | accessdate = 2012-12-28 }}
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[img[x|http://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/nypost/static/images/favicon.ico]] [[Achtung! Tom's globe a no-no|http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/item_yA7EmsZLsHvhDWOWLbSuXO]] January 2, 2009, [[New York Post]]
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TOM Cruise, who fights the Nazis in "Valkyrie," might now have to battle a San Francisco advertising executive who says the couch-jumping star used a replica of one of Adolf Hitler's prized possessions in the movie without permission. 

Robert Pritikin - who penned such jingles as "Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco Treat" and has a $40 million art collection - owns several Hitler artifacts, including the Fuehrer's notorious globe, which he used to plan U-boat attacks from his compound in the Bavarian Alps.
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{{cite news | title = Achtung! Tom's globe a no-no | url = http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/item_yA7EmsZLsHvhDWOWLbSuXO | work = New York Post | date = 2009-01-02 | accessdate = 2013-10-08 }}
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 [[Activists decry attempt to quash Cruise video|http://www.nhregister.com/WebApp/appmanager/JRC/BigDaily?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pg_article&r21.content=%2FMAIN_REP%2FArticle%2F2008%2F02%2F11%2F1560470]] February 11, 2008, Abbe Smith, [[New Haven Register]]
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Twenty-five activists gathered across Whalley Avenue from the Church of Scientology Sunday to protest the religion's recent attempts to keep a promotional video featuring actor Tom Cruise under wraps.
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{{cite news | first = Abbe | last = Smith | title = Activists decry attempt to quash Cruise video | url = http://www.nhregister.com/WebApp/appmanager/JRC/BigDaily?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pg_article&r21.content=%2FMAIN_REP%2FArticle%2F2008%2F02%2F11%2F1560470 | work = New Haven Register | date = 2008-02-11 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.bbc.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Actor Cruise backs terror detox|http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3621633.stm]] April 13, 2004, Entertainment, [[BBC News]]
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Hollywood star Tom Cruise helped raise $1.2m (£657,000) to provide treatment for firefighters exposed to toxic gases during the 11 September attacks.

The cash raised will help treat around 400 emergency workers at a detox centre on New York's Long Island.

The alternative treatment, outlined in Hubbard's book Clear Body, Clear Mind, uses "exercise, sauna sweat-out, vitamins and minerals" to help rescue workers cleanse their bodies of toxic materials.
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{{cite news | title = Actor Cruise backs terror detox | url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3621633.stm | work = Entertainment | publisher = BBC News | date = 2004-04-13 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://global.fncstatic.com/static/v/fn-hp/img/favicon.ico]] [[Actor Jason Beghe: Scientology Is 'Brainwashing'|http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,351426,00.html]] April 16, 2008, Roger Friedman, [[FOX News]]
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He was so successful as a celebrity auditor, he says, that David Miscavige, the head of the sect, referred to him as "the poster boy for Scientology."

But now that Beghe and his wife have left the sect, the actor has concerns. They can be, he says, a vicious and vindictive group. When he asked for money back that he had banked for future study -- some $60,000 to $70,000 -- it was returned and he was banished.

"Once you ask for refund and repayment, that's what it's called, you're not allowed to take another course or speak to another Scientologist ever again," Beghe says.
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{{cite news | first = Roger | last = Friedman | title = Actor Jason Beghe: Scientology Is 'Brainwashing' | url = http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,351426,00.html | work = FOX News | date = 2008-04-16 | accessdate = 2011-01-21 }}
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[img[x|http://www.spiegel.de/favicon.ico]] [[Actor Tom Cruise Opens Up about his Beliefs in the Church of Scientology|http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/0,1518,353577,00.html]] April 27, 2005, [[Spiegel]]
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SPIEGEL: Do you see it as your job to recruit new followers for Scientology?

Cruise: I'm a helper. For instance, I myself have helped hundreds of people get off drugs. In Scientology, we have the only successful drug rehabilitation program in the world. It's called Narconon.

SPIEGEL: That's not correct. Yours is never mentioned among the recognized detox programs. Independent experts warn against it because it is rooted in pseudo science.
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{{cite news | title = Actor Tom Cruise Opens Up about his Beliefs in the Church of Scientology | url = http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/0,1518,353577,00.html | work = Spiegel | date = 2005-04-27 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.tulsaworld.com/favicon.ico]] [[Actress Blasts Narconon Decision|http://www.tulsaworld.com/archives/actress-blasts-narconon-decision/article_721a8e57-9261-57c0-be16-251ff368c226.html]] December 15, 1991, [[Tulsa World]]
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The Mental Health Department staff has twice recommended against certifying the program. The state board followed that recommendation once, but an Oklahoma County district judge ruled the Mental Health Department staff was biased against Narconon.

The board then selected Tulsa psychiatrist John Chelf to evaluate Narconon. His report, presented to the board in October, questioned the effectiveness of treating drug or alcohol addicts with saunas and vitamins.

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{{cite news | title = Actress Blasts Narconon Decision | url = http://www.tulsaworld.com/archives/actress-blasts-narconon-decision/article_721a8e57-9261-57c0-be16-251ff368c226.html | work = Tulsa World | date = 1991-12-15 | accessdate = 2013-10-30 }}
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[img[x|http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/favIcon/dpo/favicon.ico]] [[Adams County software-firm owner charged in killing of ex-business partner|http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_14251372]] January 23, 2010, Jeremy P. Meyer, [[Denver Post]]
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When Janet Fowler was interviewed by detectives, she demanded the briefcase.

"It is important to me and my church. It is religious material and I want it now," she said to investigators. "Even if you looked at it, and read it, you would not understand anything in it. Because it is way above a normal person and you would not know what it meant. I want it back right now."

Janet Fowler also reportedly told investigators that her husband "is a Scientologist and would not have gone without a fight. He would have grabbed a gun in a struggle and would not have let someone shoot him."

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{{cite news | first = Jeremy P. | last = Meyer | title = Adams County software-firm owner charged in killing of ex-business partner | url = http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_14251372 | work = Denver Post | date = 2010-01-23 | accessdate = 2013-11-14 }}
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[img[x|http://www.cs.cmu.edu/sites/all/themes/scs2013/favicon.ico]] [[Addiction specialists criticize detoxification program|http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/JeremyPerkins/Articles/buffalo-news-2005-02-01-a.html]] February 1, 2005, Mark Sommer, [[Buffalo News]]
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Scientologists place a lot of stock in their church's drug-treatment program.

But three local addiction specialists said documentation presented to support the detoxification program created by church founder L. Ron Hubbard is full of unsubstantiated conclusions, faulty assumptions and poor methodology.
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{{cite news | first = Mark | last = Sommer | title = Addiction specialists criticize detoxification program | url = http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/JeremyPerkins/Articles/buffalo-news-2005-02-01-a.html | work = Buffalo News | date = 2005-02-01 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.spiegel.de/favicon.ico]] [[Adidas gegen Scientology|http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/vorab/adidas-gegen-scientology-a-950569.html]] February 2, 2014, [[Spiegel]]
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Fußballstars, die für Adidas werben, dürfen nicht Mitglied von Scientology sein und das Gedankengut ihres Gründers L. Ron Hubbard verbreiten. 
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[img[x|http://www.theage.com.au/favicon.ico]] [[After 22 years, church pays damages to ex-member|http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/05/10/1021002390301.html]] May 11, 2002, Richard Leiby, [[The Age]]
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Teams of lawyers and various rulings came and went, all the way to the US Supreme Court. Judgments against the church hit $US30 million ($A55 million), then dropped to $US2.5 million. But the Church of Scientology never paid - until Thursday, when officials wrote a cheque for more than $8.6 million to end the case, one of the longest-running in Californian history.

"They stalled it and stalled it and stalled it," Mr Wollersheim, 53, said. He called his win a landmark for former members of the church, which is known for heated and protracted legal battles. "I'm smiling," he said. "It's like being the first plaintiff to get a victory against the cigarette companies."
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[img[x|http://www.citizen.on.ca/sites/all/themes/custom/oht_v5/favicon.ico]] [[After eight years, Hockley Highlands closes its doors|http://www.citizen.on.ca/news/2007/0524/local_news/007.html]] May 24, 2007, Mandi Hargrave, [[Orangeville Citizen]]
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After eight years of financial struggle, not once turning a profit or breaking even, Toronto businessman Murray Goldman has closed the doors to the Hockley Highlands Inn and Conference Centre.
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[img[x|http://www.smh.com.au/favicon.ico]] [[After grief comes intrigue at the Old Gossip Shop|http://www.smh.com.au/news/Asia-Tsunami/After-grief-comes-intrigue-at-the-Old-Gossip-Shop/2005/01/12/1105423560221.html]] January 13, 2005, Lindsay Murdoch, [[Sydney Morning Herald]]
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Among the scores of camera-wielding foreigners who came yesterday to see fishing boats hanging precariously from the bridge where the bodies were thick on Boxing Day was a cheerful 23-year-old Sydney woman, Carly Crutchfield, wearing her yellow Scientology Assist Team T-shirt.

"We're doing trauma counselling ... we are here to help the people in a real way," she said as a member of her team climbed on the scuttled fishing boat Putrakennedy for a better photo opportunity.

But Ms Crutchfield ("I'm an investment specialist, property and finance") and her team failed to notice grief-stricken 45-year-old Jauhari squatting under the bow of the boat.

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[img[x|http://www.telegraph.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[After John Le Carré, Oxford is blessed by L Ron Hubbard|http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/8347939/After-John-Le-Carre-Oxford-is-blessed-by-L-Ron-Hubbard.html]] February 26, 2011, Tim Walker, [[The Telegraph]]
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There is, however, something of a question mark over the extent to which the powers-that-be at the university should be grateful for the 10 boxes of books, CDs and papers that are now stacked up outside the office of James Langman, the president of the Union. 

They contain the collected works of L Ron Hubbard, the founder of the controversial Church of Scientology. They were bequeathed to the Union by David Gaiman, the church's publicity director in Britain in the Sixties, who died, aged 75, in March 2009. Langman tells Mandrake: "One of my predecessors invited Gaiman to address us, but he died before the appointed date.
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[img[x|http://www.styleweekly.com/favicon.ico]] [[After Long Delay, Scientology Church Opens in Carytown|http://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/after-long-delay-scientology-church-opens-in-carytown/Content?oid=1378617]] December 17, 2008, [[Style Weekly]]
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Delayed for more than a year, the grand opening of the Church of Scientology Mission of Richmond Dec. 14 looked a lot like any old ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

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[img[x|http://www.thedestinlog.com/favicon.ico]] [[After Narconon files suit, city to discuss expansion behind closed doors|https://web.archive.org/web/20120515082136/http://www.thedestinlog.com/news/city-21773-discuss-expansion.html]] May 11, 2012, Matt Algarin, [[Destin Log]]
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After a proposed expansion by Narconon stalled during a board of adjustments meeting six months ago, city leaders are once again set to discuss the rehabilitation facility - this time in executive session.

Public Information Officer Doug Rainer confirmed to The Log that the May 21 closed-door executive session was related to Narconon. According to court records, there are two petitioners involved in the case, Narconon and PCA Enterprises, which is managed by Deborah and Herbert Ross.
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 [[After spending half of her life in Scientology, she found truth & freedom in Jesus Christ|http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=21407]] August 16, 2005, [[Baptist Press]]
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"Tom Cruise is doing exactly what Scientology leaders want him to do," Pressley says. "He's a celebrity and considered to be a shaper of public opinion and he makes a good spokesman for the organization. Scientology primarily targets the 'movers and shakers' in society in order to influence others."

Such high-profile personalities - - including Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley, actors Kirstie Alley and Patrick Swayze, TV personality Greta Van Susteren and musicians Chick Corea and Isaac Hayes - - "add a degree of respectability that breaks down any resistance listeners may have," Pressley says.

She knows well of what she speaks. For 17 years - - nearly half of her life - - she was involved with the cult. Nine of those years she served at the group's international headquarters located in a remote part of the California desert outside Palm Springs.
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[After Voice Story, Scientology President Heber Jentzsch Calls Brother To Complain|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/07/scientology_heber_jentzsch_calls_brother_david.php]] July 21, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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As we've been reporting, Heber, although he's been the president of the church since 1982, had so fallen from favor in the eyes of Scientology leader David Miscavige, he had been seen in public only rarely since around 2004 -- and multiple former church executives say that from at least 2006 to 2010, he was being held in Scientology's hellish office-prison at its International Base, known as "The Hole."

David said that not only has he been told by Scientology workers at the base that he could not talk to his brother, but that if he attempted to come see Heber, he would be turned away.

I just talked to David again, who says our story produced a very surprising result: this morning, Heber called him and angrily berated him for talking to the press.
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[img[x|http://resources.news.com.au/cs/adelaidenow/images/favicon.ico]] [[Agape Ministries doomsday cult given tax breaks since 2000|http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/agape-ministries-doomsday-cult-given-tax-breaks-since-2000/story-e6frea83-1225884935756]] June 27, 2010, Miles Kemp, [[The Advertiser]]
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Agape Ministries International was granted charity organisation tax breaks from July 2000 by the Tax Office.

It was stripped of the status last month after police raided its properties around Adelaide and seized 15 allegedly illegal firearms and other weapons.

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[img[x|http://www.post-gazette.com/favicon.ico]] [[Aide details phony billings in Wecht case|http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08052/859170-85.stm]] February 21, 2008, Jonathan D. Silver, [[Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]]
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Mr. Wilson spent much of the afternoon showing Ms. Young numerous invoices she sent to Dr. Wecht's private clients -- including Exxon Mobil Corp., the Church of Scientology and a Jewish center in Florida -- that overcharged for airfare, sometimes by more than $1,000.
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[img[x|http://www.al.com/favicon.ico]] [[Ala. woman cites Scientology in suit over job loss|http://www.culteducation.com/reference/scientology/history/history152.html]] June 6, 2008, Associated Press, [[al.com]]
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In a federal suit filed Tuesday, Cortnie L. Beasley claims Dr. Susan Wells required her to read a book by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology. Beasley says she's a Baptist.

Wells' office said she had patients Friday was not immediately available for comment.
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[img[x|http://www.guardian.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Alarm in prisons at Scientology drug cures aimed at inmates|http://www.guardian.co.uk/drugs/Story/0,,1642717,00.html]] November 15, 2005, Diane Taylor, Special reports, [[The Guardian]]
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The Prison Service has warned that activists linked to the Church of Scientology are targeting offenders in British jails with unauthorised anti-drug and education programmes. Narconon, the drug detox and rehab programme developed by Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard, and Criminon, his drugs education and rehab programme, are both being offered to prisoners through correspondence courses. Though officials frown on the programmes, they are unable to stop the practice because they cannot justify tampering with inmates' mail in these circumstances.

Narconcon is also under fire for its drug treatment programmes within the community. The group advocates that cocaine users detox by spending five hours a day in saunas and ingesting large doses of vitamins to cleanse the body of narcotics. But health experts and drug charities have told the Guardian that there is no scientific basis for the programme personally developed by Hubbard.
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[img[x|http://www.scotsman.com/favicon.ico]] [[Alarm over drug treatment group|http://news.scotsman.com/latestnews/Alarm-over-drug-treatment-group.2772848.jp]] May 5, 2006, Andrew Picken, [[Edinburgh Evening News]]
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COUNSELLING experts have issued a warning about a drug and alcohol treatment group operating in the Capital, linked to the controversial Church of Scientology.

The group, called Narconon Scotland, is targeting the city's drug and alcohol addicts to join its rehabilitation programme.
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[img[x|http://www.courthousenews.com/logo2.ico]] [[Alarming Allegations Against Scientology Church & School|http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/03/08/34721.htm]] March 8, 2011, Ryan Abbott, [[Courthouse News Service]]
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A 19-year-old man claims his Scientologist parents "ceded custody" of him at the age of 5 to the controversial church, which then entered into a "billion year contract" with him as a minor, forced him to work hundreds of hours a week at a Scientology school for as little $35, denied him an education, and forced him back to work just two days after he lost a finger in a work accident.

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 [[Alexander Headquarters To Move After Building Sold|http://www.newschannel5.com/Global/story.asp?S=8581206]] June 30, 2008, AP, [[NewsChannel5]]
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The Scientologists have bought the building, so Sen. Lamar Alexander's re-election headquarters will have to move out. 

The Church of Scientology paid about $6 million for the Fall School Business Center, a former elementary school in Nashville that has been home to several Republican campaigns. 

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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Alexander Jentzsch, Son of Scientology's President, Memorialized At Sea|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/07/alexander_jentz.php]] July 14, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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Yesterday, Karen de la Carriere memorialized her son, Alexander Jentzsch, who was found dead at a home in Los Angeles on the morning of July 3. He was only 27 years old.

Because the Church of Scientology would not give her access to her son's ashes, Karen had rose petals cast on the Pacific Ocean as other former members of the church and friends took part in a moving ceremony.
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[All Scientologists Look Alike, Right?  --  And More in our Weekly Stats Roundup!|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/01/tom_cruise_tiziano_lugli.php]] January 5, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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This week, the Scientology world was almost all about Debbie Cook, wherever you looked. Stories about her showed up all over the place -- European newspapers in particular were fascinated with her rebellious e-mail. And we want to thank Huffington Post for the shout-out in the video you see here. And just a few weeks after we exposed a HuffPo blogger as a shill for Scientology!

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[img[x|http://www.hecklerspray.com/favicon.ico]] [[All Women Hate Tom Cruise: Officialish|http://www.hecklerspray.com/all-women-hate-tom-cruise-officialish/20065601.php]] November 1, 2006, Stuart Heritage, [[Hecklerspray]]
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Tom Cruise is going through a bit of a rough patch at the moment – what with being ridiculed for his crazy religion and his suspicious girlfriend and child – so what better way to spend an afternoon mercilessly kicking him when he's down?

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[img[x|https://s.ytimg.com/yts/img/favicon-vfldlzjxy.ico]] [[All Your Base are Belong to Us|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-vqj3jnxSY]] March 1, 2008, LRonHu88ard, [[YouTube]]
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Project Chanology -- the systematic dismantleing of the Chuch of Scientology.

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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Allegations against Scientology leader David Miscavige are out there, but all else is normal|http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/article1016927.ece]] July 9, 2009, David DeCamp, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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In the Times series, former high-level Scientology executives alleged that the church's worldwide leader, David Miscavige, beat them. They said he repackaged old Scientology texts to pump up revenue. And Marty Rathbun, former top deputy to Miscavige, revealed he destroyed evidence to cover up church staffers' treatment of Lisa McPherson, a Scientology parishioner who died while in the church's care.

Church representatives and lawyers said the accounts of the former executives were untrue. Church officials in Clearwater did not return a request for comment for this story.

Will the revelations change relations between Scientology and the public and their elected officials?
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Allegations won't alter church suit|http://www.sptimes.com/2002/05/03/TampaBay/Allegations_won_t_alt.shtml]] May 3, 2002, Deborah O'Neil, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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A wrongful death lawsuit against the Church of Scientology probably won't be dismissed because of recent allegations of legal misconduct, a judge indicated Thursday.
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[img[x|http://www.wired.com/favicon.ico]] [[alt.scientology.war|http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/3.12/alt.scientology.war.html]] December 1, 1995, Wendy M. Grossman, Wired 3.12, [[Wired]]
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The story of Scientology versus the Net is not a tale of friendly nethead-to-nethead hostilities like 1993's kittens-in-the-microwave flame war between alt.tasteless and rec.pets.cats. This is mortal combat between two alien cultures - two worlds whose common language masks the gulf between them. A flame war with real guns. A fight that has burst the banks of the Net and into the real world of police, lawyers, and armed search and seizure. Ultimately, however, the drama doesn't matter: the real issues here are the boundaries of free speech and the future of copyright and intellectual property in the face of a technology that can scatter copies across the world in seconds. The Church of Scientology will not be the last organization, controversial or otherwise, that seeks to protect its interests against the Net. Technology doesn't care about the motives of its users.
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Amanda Palmer Dramatically Answers Questions About Her Connection to Scientology|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/05/amanda_palmer_dramatically_answers_some_doubters_about_her_connection_to_scientology.php]] May 29, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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A few weeks ago, we noted that Amanda Palmer -- the musician who performs as a solo act and as...
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Amanda Palmer Loved Kate Bornstein's Memoir So Much, She Crashed the Book Party|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/05/scientology_amanda_palmer_kate_bornstein_neil_gaiman.php]] May 4, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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Tuesday night, we were invited to play a small part in Kate Bornstein's book party at the experimental theater Dixon...
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[img[x|http://www.salem-news.com/favicon.ico]] [[Amazing Images of Rajneesh Puram, Oregon's 'Bagwan Period'|http://www.salem-news.com/articles/january292010/rajneesh_tk_qm.php]] January 29, 2010, Tim King, [[Salem News]]
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Madp said, "I went to check out a peculiar group of people that formed a commune on a place known as the Muddy Ranch in eastern Oregon."

'Peculiar' as he would later learn, would ultimately be what you would call a mild description, for this group that followed the teachings of a man who investigators later learned, bilked his followers for the most part, out of everything they owned. That might explain the fleet of over twenty Rolls Royce's the Bagwan Rashneesh was said to have particularly cherished.
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[img[x|http://www.wired.com/favicon.ico]] [[Amazon Drops Controversial Book|http://www.wired.com/techbiz/media/news/1999/05/19787]] May 20, 1999, Polly Sprenger, [[Wired]]
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Amazon.com has removed a controversial book from its listings, a book well known for angering the Church of Scientology.

A Piece of Blue Sky, by UK writer Jon Atack, is an exposé of the Scientology movement from its creation in 1959 until the death of founder L. Ron Hubbard in 1986. The book disappeared from Amazon's site only recently.
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 [[Amazon Pulls Stupid Scientology Book, Author Blames Stupid Tom Cruise|http://www.hecklerspray.com/amazon-pulls-a-book-author-blames-tom-cruise-scientologys-super-elite-strike-force-or-something/200817537.php]] December 2, 2008, Shawn Lindseth, [[Hecklerspray]]
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Books still get banned you know. All the time – why just recently the British arm of Amazon.com reached into its electronic library, grabbed a tell-all work of non-fiction by the spine and thrashed it to and fro until the pages thereof had all fluttered loosely to the ground.

Rumour has it the book was pulled by the heavy hand of Tom Cruise who, for the record, denies any involvement in this literary scandal. His influence is implied because the novel's topic is – you guessed it – Esoteric Christianity. Or whatever that thing is he's deep into.
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[img[x|http://news.zdnet.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Amazon reverses decision on book ban|http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-514702.html]] May 21, 1999, Charles Cooper, [[ZDNet]]
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After absorbing withering criticism for its decision to stop selling a book critical of Scientology, Amazon.com has reversed itself.

The move to withdraw the book, "A Piece of Blue Sky," comes a day after a report published in Wired News triggered a rash of postings on Internet newsgroups.
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[img[x|http://www.cnet.com/favicon.ico]] [[Amazon to restore Scientology title|http://news.com.com/2100-1017_3-226171.html]] May 20, 1999, Troy Wolverton, [[CNET]]
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Gray said that defamation issues, like those with A Piece of Blue Sky, happen infrequently.

"Are there going to be issues? Yes," Gray said. "Are they more difficult that issues faced by computer sellers or encryption providers? I think they're far more modest."

Curry said he didn't know who advised Amazon that it was violating the court order by offering A Piece of Blue Sky.

Representatives of the Church of Scientology were unavailable for comment.
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 [[Amazon UK withdraws John Duignan's Scientology exposé 'The Complex' from sale 'for legal reasons'|http://counterknowledge.com/2008/11/church-of-scientology-forces-amazon-uk-to-withdraw-expose-from-sale/]] November 11, 2008, Milo Yiannopoulos, [[Counterknowledge]]
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But, according to The Register, this 318-page exposé of the practises of the Church has been withdrawn from sale by Amazon UK "for legal reasons". The book was removed from the site on 23 October. Amazon US is reporting that it is "out of stock".
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[img[x|http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [[Amazon.Com To Restore Book Critical Of Scientology|http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19990522&slug=amazon]] May 22, 1999, [[Seattle Times]]
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Responding to e-mail complaints, Amazon.com says it will restore a book critical of the Scientology movement to its online catalog.

The book, "A Piece of Blue Sky," by British writer Jon Atack, was banned by a British court following a successful 1995 defamation lawsuit against Atack.
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[img[x|http://www.rnzi.com/favicon.ico]] [[American Samoa restates freedom of religion amid scientology campaign|http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=38520]] March 12, 2008, [[Radio New Zealand International]]
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The American Samoan governor, Togiola Tulafono, says the government cannot prohibit the display of Scientology Church billboards.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Ammonia is among treatments|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/49930991.html?dids=49930991:49930991&FMT=FT]] February 9, 1987, Cynthia Mayer, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Despite its short history, the center already has a small but vocal group of critics. Last August, about 15 members of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, clad in T-shirts bearing the message "Psychiatry Kills," protested the clinic at a meeting of health professionals.

"I personally don't think this is a way to treat human beings," says Arthur Krowitz, director of the Tampa Bay chapter of the Scientology-associated group. "Maybe rats or dogs."
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[img[x|http://sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[An invitation to the fort|http://www.sptimes.com/2002/01/26/TampaBay/An_invitation_to_the_.shtml]] January 26, 2002, Deborah O'Neil, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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The Church of Scientology, long on the fringe of the Clearwater community, will roll out the red carpet at its Fort Harrison Hotel tonight, staging a black tie gala for the area's power elite. 

And while several notables sent regrets, many others are going.

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 [[An Open Letter to: Scientologists, Ex-Scientologists, and Critics of the Church of Scientology|http://leavingscientology.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/an-open-letter-from-james-r-lewis/]] January 18, 2011, James R. Lewis, [[Leaving Scientology]]
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This Open Letter is not an apology for anything I have written in the past on Scientology or on the cult controversy. I stand by, and am quite happy with, my body of work up to this point. Rather, in light of new information I have been receiving on the Church of Scientology, there are certain aspects of my scholarship that I would like to clarify and supplement as they bear on the current controversy.
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{{cite news | first = James R. | last = Lewis | title = An Open Letter to: Scientologists, Ex-Scientologists, and Critics of the Church of Scientology | url = http://leavingscientology.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/an-open-letter-from-james-r-lewis/ | work = Leaving Scientology | date = 2011-01-18 | accessdate = 2012-01-19 }}
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[img[x|http://www.nytimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[An Ultra-Aggressive Use of Investigators and the Courts|http://www.nytimes.com/1997/03/09/us/an-ultra-aggressive-use-of-investigators-and-the-courts.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm]] March 9, 1997, Douglas Frantz, [[New York Times]]
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For years, Scientology has gone to great lengths to defend itself from critics. Often its defense has involved private investigators working for its lawyers. While the use of private investigators is common in the legal profession, some instances involving the church have been unusual.

Scientology officials said that the investigators operated within the law and that the tactics were necessary to counter attacks made over the years by Internal Revenue Service agents and the press.
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[img[x|http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/images/gam/favicon.ico]] [[An unauthorized Cruise. Let the attacks begin!|http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080115.wmorton15/BNStory/Entertainment/home]] January 15, 2008, Simon Houpt, [[Globe and Mail]]
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Morton's portrait of Cruise can be sharp and damning -- he depicts him as cold, calculating, manipulative and one who easily cuts off people after they have outlived their usefulness -- but he begins sympathetically, noting that the movie star's childhood was a rough-and-tumble one.
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[img[x|http://businessinsider.com/favicon.ico]] [[And Now Let's Watch Video Of Tom Cruise Dancing At A Scientology Retreat|http://www.businessinsider.com/tom-cruise-dancing-scientology-retreat-video-2011-12#ixzz1fOpI34aw]] December 2, 2011, Jen Ortiz, [[Business Insider]]
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You know that guy who dances like a crazy person at parties, but everyone else always feels too awkward to stop him?

His name is Tom Cruise.

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[img[x|https://s.ytimg.com/yts/img/favicon-vfldlzjxy.ico]] [[Anderson Cooper interviews Scientology CCHR's Bruce Wiseman|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kIDLG-hjK8]] January 17, 2008, Anderson Cooper, Android Cooper 360, [[YouTube]]
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With the recent Anderson Cooper series on Scientology, it is worth reuploading this video from January 17, 2008. Bruce Wiseman is the father of Kendra Wiseman, webmaster of exscientologykids.com

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[img[x|http://www.queerty.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anderson Cooper Is 'The Least Trusted Name In News,' Says Trustworthy Church of Scientology|http://www.queerty.com/anderson-cooper-is-the-least-trusted-name-in-news-says-trustworthy-church-of-scientology-20100713/?utm_source=wordtwit&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=wordtwit#ixzz0tbGZqGNi]] July 13, 2010, [[Queerty]]
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The piece (read it here!) is, plainly, retribution for Cooper's CNN reports about Scientology's nefarious goings-on down there in Clearwater; last year the magazine went after the St. Petersburg Times for similar reporting.

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[img[x|http://gawker.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anderson Cooper Looks Into Scientology, Finds the Same Violence and Weirdness Everyone Else Does|http://gawker.com/5503873/anderson-cooper-looks-into-scientology-finds-the-same-violence-and-weirdness-everyone-else-does]] March 28, 2010, Ravi Somaiya, [[Gawker]]
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Yesterday a lawsuit revealed Scientology's brutal sweatshops. Next week a series of reports on Anderson Cooper 360 will apparently reveal further violence by leader David Miscavige (pictured) towards his minions. Scientology denies the claims. Again.
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anderson Cooper Plans Latest Misguided Slam on Scientology|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2010/03/anderson_cooper.php]] March 25, 2010, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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The Wrap is reporting that Anderson Cooper will begin a four-day CNN special series Monday titled Scientology: A History of...
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[img[x|http://network.nationalpost.com/np/favicon.ico]] [[Anderson Cooper to Scientology's David Miscavige: 'it's on'|http://network.nationalpost.com/NP/blogs/posted/archive/2010/03/28/anderson-cooper-to-scientology-s-david-miscavige-it-s-on.aspx]] March 28, 2010, Gillian Grace, [[National Post]]
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But it may have found a worthy opponent in the rippling biceps and steely blue gaze of CNN's Anderson Cooper. (Hey, we saw Mr. Cooper carry an injured child to safety in Haiti. He's not messing around.)

Starting on Monday, Mr. Cooper's flagship CNN show, AC360 (which, contrary to its name, is not a continuously revolving shot of the newsman), launches a four-part series on a recent controversy within the Church of Scientology.

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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anderson Cooper's Epic Scientology Smackdown, Part 3|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2010/04/anderson_cooper_3.php]] April 1, 2010, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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Somebody please wake me when this thing is over. [Go here for our ruminations on part 1 and part 2...
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Andretti orders 'Dianetics' logo taken off his car|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/51429824.html?dids=51429824:51429824&FMT=FT]] November 27, 1988, Thomas C. Tobin, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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A book logo linked to the Church of Scientology has been removed from the car of racer Mario Andretti, who said he did not want to be associated with the book when he drives in the GTE World Challenge of Tampa.

A logo for the best-selling book, Dianetics, was taken off Andretti's high-performance Porsche on Friday night. But the veteran driver said Saturday he "had nothing to do with (the Dianetics sponsorship) in the first place. It's not something I believe in, so I don't want to make it appear like I'm endorsing it."
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[img[x|http://www.heraldscotland.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anger As Police Ban Placards Branding Scientology A Cult|http://www.heraldscotland.com/anger-as-police-ban-placards-branding-scientology-a-cult-1.828801]] May 31, 2008, Mark Howarth, [[Sunday Herald]]
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Officers banned the placards during a demonstration against the self-styled church in Glasgow city centre last weekend. Civil liberties campaigners have warned a dangerous precedent is being set for the suppression of free speech.

Strathclyde Police's intervention follows a similar incident in London last month when a youth was left facing prosecution. The 15-year-old had refused to remove a sign stating "Scientology is not a religion, it is a dangerous cult".

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[img[x|http://www.thestar.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Anger at tent set up by 'cult'|http://www.thestar.co.uk/what-s-on/out-about/anger-at-tent-set-up-by-cult-1-279721]] April 19, 2009, [[The Star]]
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AN EXHIBITION in Sheffield by followers of the controversial Scientology religion prompted complaints from some members of the public.

Scientologists – whose celebrity members include Tom Cruise and John Travolta – set up a bright yellow tent in Barker's Pool to educate people about the religion.

But critics have dubbed the religion a "cult" and Star reader Mark Nuttall said he thought it was "appalling" Sheffield Council had given the Scientologists permission to set up the tent.
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[img[x|http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Angry computer expert attacked Scientologist - during a stress test|http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1302688_angry_computer_expert_attacked_scientologist__during_a_stress_test]] July 24, 2010, Dan Thompson, [[Manchester Evening News]]
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Matthew Hickey, 26, walked into the Church of Scientology's Deansgate branch in Manchester after having a drunken row with his girlfriend. He became angry when he was hooked up to an 'E-meter' stress-testing machine and grabbed tester Brandon Sandler by the tie. Hickey admitted assault at Manchester Magistrates' Court.
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[img[x|http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol//img/favicon.ico]] [[Angry Cruise defends Scientology bar on drugs|http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/world_news/article139011.ece]] June 26, 2005, John Harlow, [[Sunday Times]]
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When Lauer said that many people had been helped by such drugs, Cruise dropped his famous smile and declared: "You are glib. You don't know the history of psychiatry. I do." 

Although such pronouncements have raised Cruise's profile in the run-up to the release of the £100m film, there are signs that they may encourage some people to stay away.
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[img[x|http://tonyortega.org/wp-content/ataimages/0-alien.ico]] [[Anne Archer, Terry Jastrow, and...Could It Be...Tommy Davis, At Film Reception Tonight?|http://tonyortega.org/2013/02/25/anne-archer-terry-jastrow-and-could-it-be-tommy-davis-at-usc-film-event-tuesday-night/]] February 25, 2013, Tony Ortega, [[Underground Bunker]]
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[BREAKING: See below for an important new story that aired this morning in Australia about a young woman reportedly held against her will by Scientology after having a mental breakdown.]

Roger Friedman over at Showbiz 411 put up an interesting story on Friday. He said that Anne Archer's "Artists for Human Rights" - a Scientology front group - was going to host a cocktail party for documentary filmmaker Rebecca Richman Cohen, and he wondered if she was aware that Archer and her Scientologist husband, Terry Jastrow, were connected with the church.
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 [[Anons Flash Scientology|http://torontoist.com/2008/06/anons_flash_scientology.php]] June 30, 2008, Todd Aalgaard, [[Torontoist]]
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That's not to say they're taking it in stride. In response to Anonymous' constellation of indictments-ranging from an alleged history of tax fraud to more than a few disturbing human rights violations-operatives within the church, and definitely the local organization, have taken to the streets themselves, although without the en-masse presence that Project Chanology has maintained. While Anonymous' unnervingly exhaustive manifesto stops short of dropping the t-bomb, Scientology's response has been peppered with truncated, unofficial quotes lifted from YouTube and 4chan, essentially profiling the web-based movement as a band of hate-motivated terrorists.
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anons Go Unmasked at Latest Scientology Protest|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2008/05/anonymous_to_sc.php]] May 12, 2008, Candice M. Giove, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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At Saturday’s “Operation: Fair Game: Stop,” Anonymous’ latest installment in a series of monthly global protests, one local member abandoned...
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anons Mark Anniversary of a Scientology Victim's Awful Death|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2008/12/_the_church_of.php]] December 6, 2008, Candice M. Giove, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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The Church of Scientology was aglow -- three lit-up tree-forms crowned its marquee and three ornamental wreaths hung on its windows. Across the street from their ironically festive West 46th Street headquarters a competing light shone. 

It came from the candles solemnly held by members of Anonymous, the anti-Scientology group, who gathered on the sidewalk to mark the 13th anniversary of the Scientology-related death of Lisa McPherson.
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[img[x|http://www.thestar.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anons plan 'polite' church protest|http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/302118]] February 10, 2008, Murray Whyte, [[Toronto Star]]
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They are anonymous. They are legion. And they are either an elaborate, viral Internet prank played by bored adolescents on a painfully easy target - the much-maligned, star-studded Church of Scientology - or the amalgamation of a vast network of resourceful cyber-activists intent on wobbling the organization permanently.
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[img[x|http://www.csmonitor.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anonymous activists gaining strength online|http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0317/p03s02-ussc.html]] March 17, 2008, Ben Arnoldy, [[Christian Science Monitor]]
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 [[Anonymous Anti-Scientology Viral Video Response to Tom Cruise Rant Inspires Victims|http://www.orato.com/tech-games/anonymous-anti-scientology-viral-video]] February 21, 2008, John Duignan, [[Orato]]
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On the fifth day of February, a video overlaid with a computer-generated voice described a movement that had been watching Scientology since the mid-1990s, and that it had taken note of the human rights abuses, the bribery and corruption of state legislators and lies the Church had used to achieve tax exemption and religious recognition from the IRS in 1993.

The voice went on to describe how the group called Anonymous would systematically dismantle the Church and closed with the chilling statement: "We do not forgive, we do not forget. Expect us."
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[img[x|http://www.theregister.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Anonymous digs ahead of more assaults on Scientology|http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/02/10/anonymous_scientology_feb/]] February 10, 2009, John Leyden, [[The Register]]
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The Anonymous collective is moving on from the first anniversary of its protests against the Church of Scientology with a round of further demonstrations.
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anonymous Hackers Do Their Tiny Part in Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/02/anonymous_hacke.php]] February 3, 2011, Joe Coscarelli, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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Anonymous -- the scattered, non-hierarchical and anarchistic hacker group best known for their prolonged campaign against Scientology -- have transitioned...
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[img[x|http://www.news.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anonymous hackers take on the Church of Scientology|http://www.news.com/8301-10789_3-9857666-57.html]] January 24, 2008, Robert Vamosi, Defense in Depth, [[CNET]]
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"Over the years, we have been watching you, your campaigns of misinformation, your suppression of dissent, your litigious nature. All of these things have caught our eye. 

"With the leakage of your latest propaganda video into mainstream circulation, the extent of your malign influence over those who have come to trust you as leaders has been made clear to us. Anonymous has therefore decided that your organization should be destroyed, for the good of your followers, for the good of mankind, and for our own enjoyment. 

"We shall proceed to expel you from the Internet and systematically dismantle the Church of Scientology in its present form."
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anonymous Hackers to Aaron Barr: Snitches Get Online Stitches|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/02/anonymous_hacke_1.php]] February 7, 2011, Joe Coscarelli, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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The anarchic and amorphous hacker group Anonymous unleashed its online fury Sunday on Aaron Barr, a computer security expert with...
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[img[x|http://www.news.com.au/favicon.ico]] [['Anonymous' plans mass Scientology protest|http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,24070462-5006003,00.html]] July 24, 2008, [[Daily Telegraph]]
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A SHADOWY web-based protest group is apparently planning a global demonstration against Scientology next month, publishing its creepy "training video" the internet.

The group, calling itself Anonymous has already staged demonstrations against Scientology in Australia and around the but now plans an even bigger international event on August 16.
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[img[x|http://www.theregister.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Anonymous relaunches fight against Scientology|http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/08/04/anonymous_versus_scientology/]] August 4, 2008, John Leyden, [[The Register]]
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The Anonymous group is calling for disillusioned former members to return to the fold ahead of a new phase in its battle against the Church of Scientology.

A video posted on YouTube on Friday said it was time for the original founders of the protest movement to return in time for a "shift to more subtle and shocking tactics".
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[img[x|http://www.news.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anonymous steps up its war with Scientology|http://www.news.com/8301-10789_3-9858436-57.html?tag=nefd.pop]] January 25, 2008, Robert Vamosi, Defense in Depth, [[CNET]]
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[img[x|https://s.ytimg.com/yts/img/favicon-vfldlzjxy.ico]] [[Anonymous- The Story of the Hacktivists (Full Documentary)|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7tQ1VtLMyk]] September 14, 2013, TheAnonMessages, [[YouTube]]
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Tags: anonymous,anonymous 2013,the anon message,official anonymous channel,anonymous channel,anonymous today,anonymous this week,anonymous 2013 today,anonymo...
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anonymous Unmasked in Scientology Protests|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2008/03/anonymous_unmas.php]] March 14, 2008, John DeSio, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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Though masks have been a successful tactic in other cities they are useless in New York. On the "Anonymous" protest planning forums Enturbulation.org, the loose-knit collective of activists, hackers and pranksters have gone to great lengths to warn one another that masks are not tolerated in New York. Sure, two people standing together can wear whatever they want. Add a third, and this becomes a crime.

The law dates back to the 19th Century, said Christopher Dunn, associate legal director of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), and was originally put on the books to thwart highway bandits. In 1999 the NYCLU brought a lawsuit against the Giuliani administration after it denied a parade permit to the American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, using the mask law as the excuse.
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[img[x|http://gawker.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anonymous v. Scientology Protest Turns Ugly|http://gawker.com/5074201/anonymous-v-scientology-protest-turns-ugly?autoplay=true]] November 2, 2008, Alex Carnevale, [[Gawker]]
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As first reported on Mark Ebner's Hollywood, Interrupted, five members of Anonymous picketed the building with signs, a Church guard screws with their vehicle down the road to get them to trespass onto the Church's property, while setting up a flare to get them to come back to the car. After they dog-tie the member of the group that returns to the truck, the guards strike down another protester. Amazingly, two members of Anonymous were arrested afterwards by the Riverside Sheriff's Department, as they report in their account of the situation.
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[img[x|http://www.thelegality.com/images/favicon.ico]] [[Anonymous Versus Scientology: Cyber Criminals or Vigilante Justice?|http://www.thelegality.com/archives/22]] February 6, 2008, Matthew A. Schroettnig, [[The Legality]]
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Neither Tom Cruise nor the Church of Scientology is a stranger to media attention, though lately that attention has taken a very different tone. You"ve no doubt read or seen something about Tom Cruise's controversial video, which seems to have cropped up across the media spectrum. You"ve also likely seen the Church of Scientology's (Scientology) cease and desist letter demanding its removal, and the subsequent online declaration of war by a group calling itself "Anonymous," which promises to "systematically dismantle" the Church. The resulting legal and public relations battle has given bloggers and lawyers alike no shortage of entertainment.
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anonymous vs Scientology: Chanology's Quadrennium in NYC|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/02/anonymous_vs_sc_2.php]] February 13, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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We got a little confused by the International Dateline and what not -- hey, you try converting Sydney time to...
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 [[Anonymous vs. Church of Scientology|http://clubs.ccsu.edu/recorder/editorial/editorial_item.asp?NewsID=552]] March 12, 2008, Joe Zajac, Editorial & Commentary, [[The Recorder]]
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Anonymous is protesting the bodies that lay in the Church's wake; the indoctrination and threats; the harmful practices and harassment of critics through its "Fair Game" policy. Anonymous finds beauty in truth and freedom and abhors fraud, delusion and defamation, ideas which the CoS traffic in.
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[img[x|http://www.pasadenaweekly.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anonymous Warfare|http://www.pasadenaweekly.com/cms/story/detail/anonymous_warfare/6720/]] December 18, 2008, Carl Kozlowski, [[Pasadena Weekly]]
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Everything seemed to be going great. Sure, Stein had endured seeing and hearing plenty of critics and outsiders mock and deride her adopted church over the years -- saying it was a glorified cult, that it brainwashed its members and made it extremely difficult for members to leave the faith, and that its courses charged members up to tens of thousands of dollars at a time for tuition before revealing that much of its deepest beliefs are rooted in tales of alien earth visits and intergalactic warfare -- but they faded away. The church has made special effort to blend into the societal mainstream since 1993, when it finally achieved tax-exempt status as a nonprofit religion after decades of battles with the IRS.
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[img[x|http://chicagoist.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anonymous Who? Exactly.|http://chicagoist.com/2008/07/25/anonymous_who_exactly.php]] July 25, 2008, Karl Klockars, [[Chicagoist]]
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They speak in "lolcats" terminology. They use terms like "lulz" and "epic win." They claim that members who have been found out have had their pets killed. They wear "V for Vendetta" Guy Fawkes masks. They are Anonymous, and they're gathering in Millennium Park this weekend for a gathering that's one part protest, one part flash mob, two parts performance art. Who are they really? Who knows. That's the point.
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[img[x|http://www.welt.de/favicon.ico]] [[Anonymous: Minor arrested for calling scientology a "cult"|http://www.welt.de/english-news/article2018184/Minor_arrested_for_calling_scientology_a_cult.html]] May 21, 2008, [[Welt Online]]
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A 15 year old boy has been issued a summons for carrying an anti scientology placard. The boy was taking part in a peaceful May 10 demonstration in London organised by the Anonymous group. Anonymous is responsible for a number of demonstrations and an active internet campaign against the church during recent months. 

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[img[x|http://www.opposingviews.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anonymous-Scientology Feud Continues on Craigslist|http://www.opposingviews.com/i/technology/anonymous-and-scientology-feud-continues-craigslist#]] October 1, 2013, Doris Quintanilla, [[Opposing Views]]
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Business Insider reports a member of Anonymous sent them an email stating that the Church of Scientology has been posting ads on Craigslist, describing it as abuse all "to recruit new members."

"Anonymous has attempted to use Craigslist's flagging system to take down their ads, as they are constantly violating terms of use with ridiculous amounts of postings in a number of cities across the United States and Canada," the email reads.
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[img[x|http://www.guardian.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Another councillor makes 'stupid' slip|http://www.guardian.co.uk/cardiff/2010/jul/22/cardiff-councillor-calls-all-religions-stupid]] July 23, 2010, Hannah Waldram, [[The Guardian]]
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Cook's comments follow a scandal this week in which executive member John Dixon found himself amid a Twitterstorm following comments on the social networking site. Dixon is now facing a disciplinary hearing following a tweet last year which read: 

"I didn't know the Scientologists had a church on Tottenham Court Road. Just hurried past in case the stupid rubs off."

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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Another Ex-Scientologist Publishes Damning Tell-All|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2010/09/another_ex-scie.php]] September 3, 2010, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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Adding to Scientology's woes, some of the people who have been making defections in recent years are turning around and...
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[img[x|http://www.tulsaworld.com/favicon.ico]] [[Another family sues Narconon for wrongful death|http://www.tulsaworld.com/archives/another-family-sues-narconon-for-wrongful-death/article_89fe1bf8-dc6f-52f4-b20d-2f4570603353.html]] October 5, 2012, Jarrel Wade, [[Tulsa World]]
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The attorneys for the family of Stacy Dawn Murphy, who died July 19 while going through drug rehab at Narconon Arrowhead, filed a lawsuit against the facility Friday alleging wrongful death and negligence, according to a press release.

Murphy was the most recent of three deaths at Narconon since last year that began a multi-agency investigation into the facility.
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[img[x|http://a.abcnews.com/favicon.ico]] [[Another PR Crisis for Scientology|http://abcnews.go.com/US/pr-crisis-scientology-abc-news-exclusive/story?id=15813613&singlePage=true]] February 29, 2012, Dan Harris, [[ABC News]]
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For 17 years Debbie Cook ran the church's spiritual mecca, the so-called Flag Base in Clearwater, Florida, where she ultimately rose to the title of captain. But Cook testified this month that beginning in 2005 she saw behavior exhibited by church leader David Miscavige that disturbed her deeply. 

"I witnessed Mr. Miscavige physically punching in the face and wrestling to the ground another very senior executive at Scientology International level," Cook testified in court. 

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[img[x|http://www.wesh.com/favicon.ico]] [[Another State Bans Little Green Pill Company|http://www.wesh.com/painatthepump/9281750/detail.html]] May 26, 2006, [[WESH Orlando]]
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The Kentucky attorney general has joined the legal fight to put the makers of the little green pill out of business.

Earlier this month, the WESH 2 I-Team first exposed how this pill doesn't work and that it's toxic, despite maker BioPerformance's claims.
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 [[Another wrongful death lawsuit filed against Narconon Arrowhead|http://mcalesternews.com/local/x688452240/A-wrongful-death-lawsuit-this-month-filed-against-Narconon-Arrowhead]] October 24, 2012, Jeanne LeFlore, [[McAlester News-Capital]]
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Shirley Gilliam, the mother of Gabriel Graves - found dead at the facility in 2011, filed the wrongful death lawsuit today in PIttsburg County Court.

This is second wrongful death suit filed against facility this month. Earlier this month another wrongful death lawsuit against Narconon Arrowhead was filed on behalf of Robert Murphy and Tonya White, parents of Stacy Dawn Murphy, 20, of Owasso, who was found dead in the facility's withdrawal unit in July.
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[img[x|http://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Anti Scientology protestors coming to Hastings|http://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/479/Anti-Scientology-protestors-coming-to.4589606.jp]] October 14, 2008, [[Sussex Express]]
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A protest group calling themselves Anonymous contacting The Observer this week to say they would be coming to town on Saturday October 27. 

According to organisers they will direct their protests against two local organisations which the group claim have links to the controversial organisation. 


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[img[x|http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anti-Cult Group Must Pay Award  --  'Deprogramming' Case Upheld By Court; Sale Of Group's Name Creates Complication|http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19990323&slug=2951043]] March 23, 1999, Janet Burkitt, [[Seattle Times]]
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Jason Scott was 18 in 1991 when he was taken from his mother's Bellevue home to an isolated beach house on the Washington coast for five days of religious "deprogramming." He sued the Cult Awareness Network (CAN), and the Supreme Court has now agreed that it must pay up.

But in the case of Cult Awareness Network vs. Scott, Jason Scott is no longer involved. CAN no longer owns its name, and most of the interested parties have nothing to do with Bellevue's Life Tabernacle Church, where it all began.
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[img[x|http://www.nowtoronto.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anti-cultists fear Scientology bid|http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/18/33/News/brief.html]] April 15, 1999, Enzo Di Matteo, [[NOW Magazine]]
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Last month, a judge ordered the documents, which include confidential correspondence, financial records and membership lists of the original CAN, put up for public sale. Scientology is expected to be the highest bidder.
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[img[x|http://static.stuff.co.nz/781/3251781.ico]] [[Anti-drug campaign under fire |http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/6481605/Anti-drug-campaign-under-fire]] February 26, 2012, Kirsty Johnson, [[Dominion Post]]
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Revelations that the drug-free ambassadors were given taxpayer cash to publish drug awareness pamphlets based on Scientology teachings, have also sparked a review by the Department of Internal Affairs.

The group, and its sister organisation Drug Free Aotearoa, received around $10,000 from various Community Organisation Grants Schemes committees during 2011.

Drug education experts say the information in the pamphlets funded by the grants is not based on science, and should not be given government money or disseminated by schools. 
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[img[x|http://blogs.ocweekly.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anti-drug Pamphlets Linked to Scientology Gone From Santa Ana Police Department|http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2012/05/anti-drug_pamphlets_linked_to_scientology_gone_from_santa_ana_police_department.php]] May 16, 2012, Josh Dulaney, [[Orange County News]]
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Although the pamphlets didn't carry the name Scientology on them, they advertised the Foundation For a Drug-Free World, which is sponsored by Scientology. When I called the number and asked where one should go to get help for drug abuse, I was directed to Narconon Arrowhead on Oklahoma's Lake Eufaula. 

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[img[x|http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/images/thisis/favicon.ico]] [[Anti-drugs charity linked to Scientology gives talks to thousands of children in Cornwall|http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Anti-drugs-charity-linked-Scientology-gives-talks/story-18606961-detail/story.html]] April 4, 2013, Miles Davis, [[This is Cornwall]]
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Scientologist Peter Dwan, representing drugs charity Narconon, gave anti-drugs presentations to more than 30 schools in the county and is planning more.

But other drugs charities have criticised the methods used by Narconon, and one awareness charity warned schools against involvement with its programmes.

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[img[x|http://1.gravatar.com/blavatar/ffbc68fe58e7387cf18c173a052a8090?s=16]] [[Anti-Scientology Activist Found Dead in Home|http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2008/02/antiscientology-activist-found-dead-in-home.php]] February 19, 2008, Fresh Intelligence, [[Radar Online]]
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Shawn Lonsdale, a vocal Scientology critic who both directed his own anti-church documentary and appeared in a BBC Panorama documentary titled Scientology And Me, was found dead in his home over the weekend in an apparent suicide, according to the St. Petersburg Times.
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anti-Scientology Anons Defend Pube Warrior|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2009/01/anti-scientolog.php]] January 18, 2009, Candice M. Giove, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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Others proudly piped up that their pubes also were among the hairs stuck to the Vaseline coated chest of their fellow Anon now known as Agent Pubeit, who was arrested this past Wednesday after he darted through Scientology's Times Square headquarters, rubbing the rather vile cocktail on his skin, which also included toenail clippings, onto some Dianetics books. The Anon was charged with burglary, aggravated harassment and criminal mischief, all as hate crimes.
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[img[x|http://www.theregister.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Anti-Scientology crusader vaporized from YouTube|http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/04/24/mark_bunker_you_tube_account_axed/]] April 24, 2008, Cade Metz, [[The Register]]
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Last Thursday, the world's most popular video sharer removed the 10,000-subscriber-strong "Xenutv1" channel run by Mark Bunker, a television journalist/well-known Scientology naysayer. Earlier in the week, Bunker posted a teaser for his three-hour interview with Jason Beghe - a film and television actor who recently defected from the world of Scientology - and the account was yanked just before Bunker was due to broadcast the interview in full.
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[img[x|http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/all/themes/thr/favicon.ico]] [[Anti-Scientology drama a ratings hit for ARD|http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3ice1c355368464e5c4080fbe013d54503]] April 1, 2010, Scott Roxborough, [[Hollywood Reporter]]
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A German TV-movie about Scientology that claims to reveal the dark side of the organization was a huge ratings hit for public broadcaster ARD, with 8.7 million viewers tuning in Wednesday night, a 27% market share. 

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[img[x|http://www.latimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anti-Scientology group "Anonymous" not so anonymous anymore|http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2008/10/anti-scientolog.html]] October 17, 2008, Veronique de Turenne, [[Los Angeles Times]]
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Anonymous, the loosely-knit global group that targets Scientology with pickets, demonstrations, spooky YouTube videos (3.2 million views so far) and cyber-attacks became a bit more transparent today as one of its members was charged with hacking a church website:
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 [[Anti-Scientology Group Anonymous Wants You to Wear a Funny Mask this Valentine's Day|http://blogs.nashvillescene.com/pitw/2009/02/anti-scientology_group_anonymo.php]] February 13, 2009, Caleb Hannan, Pith in the Wind, [[Nashville Scene]]
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Nashville's version of Anonymous, the one-year-old Rick Rollin' Scientology haters, are planning an 11 AM VDay protest and (of course) they'd like you to join them. L. Ron's Plucky Gang of Misfits have had a relatively low-key* presence in Nashvegas for years now, but they'll soon be movin' on up, and out, of their Music Row digs.
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 [[Anti-Scientology group protests in front of Hubbard Dianetics Center|https://web.archive.org/web/20080322001649/http://media.www.arbiteronline.com/media/storage/paper890/news/2008/03/17/News/AntiScientology.Group.Protests.In.Front.Of.Hubbard.Dianetics.Center-3271459.shtml]] March 17, 2008, Claudio Beagarie, [[Arbiter Online]]
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The protest was peaceful. Participants simply gathered near the center on Crestwood Street and Glenwood Street for about four hours. Derrick speculated on the origin of the protests. 

"In my opinion, these guys are rent-a-mob. We will follow the money trail and find out where it leads us," Derrick said. "I suspect that the pharmaceuticals are behind these protests due to our opposition to the overuse of prescription drugs such as Prozac and diabetic drugs."

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{{cite news | first = Claudio | last = Beagarie | title = Anti-Scientology group protests in front of Hubbard Dianetics Center | url = https://web.archive.org/web/20080322001649/http://media.www.arbiteronline.com/media/storage/paper890/news/2008/03/17/News/AntiScientology.Group.Protests.In.Front.Of.Hubbard.Dianetics.Center-3271459.shtml | work = Arbiter Online | date = 2008-03-17 | accessdate = 2014-02-15 }}
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 [[Anti-Scientology org aims at 'Sons'|http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117991469.html?categoryid=15&cs=1]] September 2, 2008, Gordon Cox, [[Variety]]
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"Sons" co-stars Katie Holmes in a supporting role. Actress is associated with Scientology through her marriage to Tom Cruise, one of Scientology's big-name adherents.

Anonymous, said to be a loose confederation of about 9000 people, has organized a series of anti-Scientology protests over the last several months, with members showing up for events wearing masks.
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[img[x|http://www.thehoya.com/static/theme/images/favicon.ico]] [[Anti-Scientology Protests Continue in Dupont|http://www.thehoya.com/node/15864]] April 15, 2008, David Krone, The Hoya, [[Georgetown University]]
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Wearing masks, sunglasses, hooded sweatshirts and bandanas, protestors rallied for the third time in three months outside the Church of Scientology in Dupont Circle on Saturday to raise awareness of the church's practices.

Numbering 40 to 50, members of the leaderless online group Anonymous met at Dupont Circle at 11 a.m. and marched up to the red-bricked Founding Church of Scientology on 20th Street. At the same time, Anonymous groups in cities including Philadelphia, Boston and Madison, Wis., held similar protests at local Scientology sites.
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[img[x|http://www.cnet.com/favicon.ico]] [[Anti-Scientology site spurs award|http://news.com.com/2110-1025_3-999351.html]] May 1, 2003, Lisa M. Bowman, [[CNET]]
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A critic of the Church of Scientology, Andreas Heldal-Lund, has received a human rights award for maintaining his Web page despite repeated legal attacks from church officials.
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{{cite news | first = Lisa M. | last = Bowman | title = Anti-Scientology site spurs award | url = http://news.com.com/2110-1025_3-999351.html | work = CNET | date = 2003-05-01 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://img.timeinc.net/time/favicon.ico]] [['Apologist' versus 'Alarmist'|http://www.time.com/time/magazine/1997/int/970127/religion.apologist.html]] January 27, 1997, Jordan Bonfante, [[TIME Magazine]]
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There are some points where Enroth and Melton come close to agreement. One is that the cults and new movements display what Enroth calls "a craving for legitimization." They also recognize two factors that have made Europe fertile ground for such groups in recent years: the ever-increasing secularization of European culture, which has left a vacuum for non-traditional spiritual experimentation; and the demise of communism. According to Enroth, here cults have rushed in where established religions once feared to tread.

How harmless/dangerous this growth is has increasingly polarized their argument since 1985, when Enroth and Melton co-wrote Why Cults Succeed and Churches Fail. Recalls Melton, with a smile: "We hoped to sell the book both to those on his side and those on my side. Instead, those on my side didn't buy it because they didn't like him, and those on his side didn't buy it because they didn't like me."
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[img[x|http://thedailynewsonline.com/favicon.ico]] [[APOV: The Drug-Free Marshals, Scientology and deception|http://thedailynewsonline.com/opinion/editorials/article_28a23266-0493-11e0-9378-001cc4c03286.html?mode=story]] December 11, 2010, Dan Courtney, Editorial, [[Daily News]]
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With such a checkered past and a low approval rating, Scientology desperately seeks legitimacy in order to attract new recruits. This is the goal of the Drug-Free Marshals. Scientology is on the drug-free bandwagon not to help the children, but for the public relations. It is also an effective means to draw in the unsuspecting and begin the brainwashing process.

Now that you know just a little about Scientology, do you really want them sponsoring anything in your community, let alone at your school?
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 [[Appeal heard for Downtown church|http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/stories/2008/06/09/daily4.html]] June 9, 2008, Tom O'Connell, [[New Mexico Business Weekly]]
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Albuquerque's land use hearing officer has 10 days to present his recommendation to the City Council for the special zoning of a church for the Church of Scientology in Downtown. 

In a public appeal of a code compliance official's declaratory ruling on churches in the City Council Committee room this morning, Church of Scientology of New Mexico attorney David Campbell told Land Use Hearing Officer Steven Chavez that the Downtown 2010 Sector Plan is not allowed, per state and federal law, to make a distinction between religious and secular uses.
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{{cite news | first = Tom | last = O'Connell | title = Appeal heard for Downtown church | url = http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/stories/2008/06/09/daily4.html | work = New Mexico Business Weekly | date = 2008-06-09 | accessdate = 2011-03-09 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Appeal to prejudice may have fallen flat|http://www.sptimes.com/2006/09/10/Northpinellas/Appeal_to_prejudice_m.shtml]] September 10, 2006, Robery Farley, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Scientologists are relieved that Frank Farkas' efforts to use Kim Berfield's links to the church against her didn't work in their primary race.

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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Appeals court upholds dismissal of wrongful death suit against Church of Scientology|http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/appeals-court-upholds-dismissal-of-wrongful-death-suit-against-church-of/1252563]] September 21, 2012, Joe Childs, [[Tampa Bay Times]]
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A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of an aggressively contested wrongful death lawsuit filed against the Church of Scientology and three parishioners after the apparent suicide of a Virginia man who died while visiting his Scientologist father in Clearwater.

Kyle Brennan, 20, of Charlottesville, Va., shot himself the night of Feb. 16, 2007, with a handgun he found in his father's apartment, Clearwater police determined.
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[img[x|http://www.riverfronttimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Applied Pressure - Should St. Louis County grant tax breaks to Scientology-linked tutoring programs?|http://www.riverfronttimes.com/2005-12-07/news/applied-pressure/]] December 7, 2005, Kristen Hinman, Riverfront Times, [[Village Voice Media]]
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Since purchasing the property in 2001 for $2.9 million, Applied Scholastics has paid just one year's worth of property taxes. Now, the organization owes St. Louis County nearly $350,000 and has until next August to make good on at least some of that debt.

The organization has been fighting to obtain a tax break for more than a year, saying its educational mission led the federal government to grant it a charitable status back in 1972.
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 [[Applied Scientology in Public Schools?|http://www.watchman.org/sci/appliedscientology.htm]] May 1, 1997, Craig Branch, [[The Watchman Expositor]]
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This was not true according to Ruth McKenna, chief deputy superintendent of the California state board. She responded, "It is not appropriate to imply that the department of education or the screening committee has approved the content.... Our concern is that they [ABLE/Scientology] are using us and the process to imply impending approval" (Education Week, op. cit.). 

This appears to be characteristic of Scientology's Applied Scholastics as they also made "unsubstantiated" claims about an earlier foray into California's public schools in the Compton district. Applied Scholastics' promotional material "made claims of remarkable success" but actually the school district officials canceled the programs (Los Angeles Times, June 27, 1990, p. A18).
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[img[x|http://www.tampabay.com/iwov-resources/images/favicon.ico]] [[Aquarium wins in Clearwater|http://tbtpics.tampabay.com/news/politics/elections/voting-steady-at-polls-in-referendum-over-new-clearwater-marine-aquarium/2150947]] November 6, 2013, Charlie Frago, [[Tampa Bay Times]]
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A largely unspoken theme during the campaign was that a thriving aquarium downtown might dilute the presence of the Church of Scientology, which has an extensive campus downtown.

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 [[Archbishop warns against Scientology Invasion!|http://stluciastar.com/content/archives/12348]] April 6, 2010, Kayra Williams, [[St. Lucia Star]]
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Rivas said relativism was a subjective philosophy that does not accept objective truth.
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[img[x|http://blogs.ocweekly.com/favicon.ico]] [[Are Scientology's Ideal Orgs 'Islands of Sanity'? No, Says Former Scientologist Paulien Lombard|http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2012/04/are_scientologys_ideal_orgs_is.php]] April 19, 2012, Josh Dulaney, [[Orange County News]]
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But former Scientologists say the church is anything but sane. Remember Paulien Lombard, the ex-Scientologist who told us her tales of spying against those hostile to the church? 

She spoke at this week's Santa Ana City Council meeting, issuing warnings about Scientology, saying the Ideal Org is scheduled to open on April 28. (I contacted Karin Pouw, church spokeswoman, about the grand opening, and she said when the church opens the Ideal Org, it will let everybody concerned know about it, including the media.)

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[img[x|http://www.citizen.on.ca/sites/all/themes/custom/oht_v5/favicon.ico]] [[Are two sites really both required?|http://www.citizen.on.ca/news/2013-09-12/Editorial/Are_two_sites_really_both_required.html]] September 12, 2013, Editorial, [[Orangeville Citizen]]
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Signs proclaiming "NO Narconon in Hockley" were just about everywhere in the hamlet, which straddles the Mono-Adjala Townline, and concerned residents filled a meeting room in the Hockley Community and Seniors Hall last month to challenge representatives of Narconon International and Narconon Canada when they sought to allay fears that the facility would pose a threat to community safety.
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[img[x|http://www.pe.com/favicon.ico]] [[Arizona to extradite Scientology protester to Riverside County|http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_D_keith09.2641eaa.html]] February 8, 2007, Kenny Klein, [[Press-Enterprise]]
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Henson was arrested Feb. 2 on a fugitive warrant for failing to appear at his sentencing and booked into the Yavapai County Jail, Prescott, Ariz., police Sgt. Ken Morley said Thursday. Jail officials there were unable to immediately confirm he was in custody.

Henson will be brought back to Riverside County within 90 days to face sentencing that also involves three years of probation, Riverside County district attorney spokeswoman Ingrid Wyatt said Thursday.
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[img[x|http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Arizona's Scientologists Are Terrifying  --  and They Want Your Money|http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2011/07/the_arizona_church_of_scientol.php]] July 18, 2011, Adele Hampton, [[Phoenix New Times]]
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The Arizona Church of Scientology is hard up for cash and is begging for contributions in one of the most frightening Youtube videos we've ever seen.
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{{cite news | first = Adele | last = Hampton | title = Arizona's Scientologists Are Terrifying  --  and They Want Your Money | url = http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2011/07/the_arizona_church_of_scientol.php | work = Phoenix New Times | date = 2011-07-18 | accessdate = 2014-03-27 }}
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 [[Armenian gets 22 years in arms-trafficking sting|http://www.kwgn.com/pages/landing_national/?Armenian-gets-22-years-in-arms-trafficki=1&blockID=232759&feedID=23]] July 24, 2007, AP, [[KWGN]]
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An Armenian immigrant was sentenced Friday to 22 years in prison for plotting to sell anti-aircraft missiles and other military weapons from the former Soviet Union to an FBI informant.

"I should have known better," Artur Solomonyan, 30, told a federal judge before learning his sentence. He said he had been irresponsible but got caught up in the scheme because he thought the informant could get him a green card.

Prosecutors said Solomonyan led a ring that conspired to import shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, anti-tank guided missiles and other weapons without a license. The only weapons actually delivered were a dozen firearms, including a machine gun.

Solomonyan and five co-defendants were convicted in July of charges including arms trafficking and firearms trafficking conspiracy.
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 [[Armenian immigrant and 5 others convicted of military-weapons charges in FBI sting|http://legacy.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/20070724-1316-weaponssmuggling.html]] July 24, 2007, Larry Neumeister, Associated Press, [[Union Tribune]]
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An Armenian immigrant accused of plotting to sell anti-aircraft missiles and other military weapons from the former Soviet Union to an FBI informant was convicted Tuesday along with five co-defendants.

Artur Solomonyan could face up to life in prison on charges including arms trafficking conspiracy, firearms trafficking conspiracy, interstate firearms trafficking and illegal transfer and possession of a machine gun.
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[img[x|http://gemsres.com/ui/2.0/smeg/favicon.ico]] [[Arms Trafficker Sentenced to 22 Years for Plot to Smuggle Shoulder-Fired Surface-to-Air Missiles, RPGs and Other Weapons|http://in.sys-con.com/node/867244]] March 6, 2009, U.S. Department of Justice, [[PR Newswire]]
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Lev L. Dassin, the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Artur Solomonyan, the leader of an international arms trafficking operation, was sentenced today to 22 years in prison for plotting to smuggle shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), anti-tank guided missiles and other high-powered military weapons into the United States for sale. 

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 [[Army cleared over bullying victim Private Edward Alexander McBride's suicide|http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/army-cleared-over-bullying-victim-private-edward-alexander-mcbrides-suicide/story-e6frea6u-1225788313616?nk=47568c96c6d5ddfc9f22abcc8c5a5cac]] October 19, 2009, AAP, [[The Advertiser]]
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Mr Lock also found that Mr McBride's intention to take his own life "was not reasonably foreseeable" by the Church of Scientology, which the private had recently joined.

The coroner said the church's psychological audit file of Mr McBride, which was not produced during this inquest, may have been able to shed some light on what caused his mental state to deteriorate prior to his death.

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[img[x|http://technorati.com/favicon.ico]] [[Arrests Made At Scientology's Guarded Desert Compound, Including Renowned Critic Mark Bunker|http://technorati.com/entertainment/glosslip/article/breaking-news-arrests-made-at-scientologys-guarded-desert-compound-including-renowned-critic-mark-bunker]] February 24, 2009, Dawn Olsen, [[GlossLip]]
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[img[x|http://newsok.com/favicon.ico?v=2]] [[Arrowhead Lodge bought by Narconon Some residents oppose drug treatment center|http://newsok.com/arrowhead-lodge-bought-by-narconon-some-residents-oppose-drug-treatment-center/article/2697699]] May 17, 2000, Bobby Ross Jr., [[News OK]]
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Saunas are coming to Arrowhead Lodge, but not the kind some area residents would prefer. An international group with ties to the Church of Scientology is buying the 256-acre resort property and plans to lease it to a Narconon drug and alcohol abuse treatment center, officials said Tuesday. The nonprofit Association for Better Living and Education will pay the Choctaw Nation about $1.9 million for the resort, said Gary Smith, executive director of the Narconon Chilocco New Life Center in Newkirk. Arrowhead State Park and the Arrowhead Golf Course will remain under the control of the state Tourism Department, spokesman Ron Stahl said.
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[img[x|http://www.tulsaworld.com/favicon.ico]] [[Arrowhead to house drug treatment center|http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/arrowhead-to-house-drug-treatment-center/article_c324283c-7c80-519a-9dea-49af1a7ff8ec.html]] May 18, 2000, AP, [[Tulsa World]]
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Arrowhead Lodge on Lake Eufaula will soon become the home of a drug and alcohol abuse treatment center with ties to the Church of Scientology.
 
The nonprofit Association for Better Living and Education plans to pay the Choctaw Nation about $1.9 million for the 256 acre resort, said Gary Smith, executive director of the Narconon Chilocco New Life Center in Newkirk. The group will then lease the property near Canadian, in Pittsburg County, to the Narconon treatment center.

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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Articles and editorial on the church of Scientology|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/50374931.html?dids=50374931:50374931&FMT=FT]] January 18, 1989, Bill Daugherty, Letters to the editor, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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As for the Pinellas County tax situation, if this had been honestly researched, Koff would have found that the church of Scientology, in 1981, offered to pay the full amount of tax requested as a gift to the city that year and in years following, as a resolution to the matter.

Ron Schultz refused the gift, apparently less interested in the money than in carrying out some purpose best known perhaps only to himself. In fact, Schultz has taken more than 200 churches in Pinellas County to task over taxes, exemption from which is guaranteed in the Constitution. With Schultz's recent loss at the poll, it is apparent that the churches of Pinellas County, along with a lot of other voters, had had enough of Schultz's brand of property appraisal.
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[img[x|http://www.dailymail.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[As his bizarre Scientology video is revealed - is Tom Cruise out of control?|http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/showbiz/showbiznews.html?in_article_id=508683&in_page_id=1773]] January 17, 2008, Alison Boshoff, [[Daily Mail]]
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The crisis has been spearheaded by this week's leaked internet video, showing the star making a bizarre rant in praise of Scientology, on top of the stress caused by the publication of a scandal-drenched biography and his continually misfiring career.
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[img[x|https://s.ytimg.com/yts/img/favicon-vfldlzjxy.ico]] [[As Mad as The Madman|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs-moX_gduI]] February 23, 2006, legobabe, [[YouTube]]
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Re-edited :- The Shrinking world of L. Ron Hubbard (founder of Scientology)
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[img[x|http://www.seattleweekly.com/favicon.ico]] [[As Scientology Expands, So Do Its Naysayers|http://seattleweekly.com/content/printVersion/479896]] August 13, 2008, Brian Miller, [[Seattle Weekly]]
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Masked protesters are taking to Seattle streets as the church eyes new facilities downtown and in lower Queen Anne.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[As St. Petersburg Times' tough Scientology stories arc across media, some celebrity church members are silent|http://blogs.tampabay.com/media/2009/06/as-st-petersburg-times-scientology-stories-arc-across-media-celebrity-church-members-are-silent.html]] June 22, 2009, Eric Deggans, Blog, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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One place I haven't seen the story mentioned: Greta Wire -- the blog maintained by Fox News Channel anchor and Scientologist Greta Van Susteren. Though she has four posts up today, referencing everything from the mysterious voluntary disappearance of South Carolina's governor to a staffer from her show who was whacked by a foul ball at a baseball game, Van Susteren hasn't yet posted an entry on the story, though some of her commenters have referenced it.

(A St. Petersburg Times story in 1998 referenced how low-key Van Susteren and her husband, John Coale, can be about their membership in the church.)
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[img[x|http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/favicon.ico]] [[Asbestos Mesothelioma: From the Shop Floor to Hollywood|http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/articles/10607/asbestos-shop-floor-to-hollywood.html]] May 13, 2008, Gordon Gibb, [[Lawyers & Settlements]]
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Passengers aboard a Church of Scientology cruise ship, including actor Tom Cruise, could be forgiven for fearing such an eventuality after potentially coming into contact with blue asbestos earlier this month. The vessel, christened "Freewinds," was said to be under seal at Curacao after asbestos fibers were found. The ship, age forty years, was recently refurbished, and there is suspicion that passengers may have come in contact with asbestos fibers. The ship is used as a floating education center and for VIP parties. Besides Cruise, who is a senior Scientologist, jazz great Chick Corea and singer Lisa Marie Presley were among the celebrities on board.
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{{cite news | first = Gordon | last = Gibb | title = Asbestos Mesothelioma: From the Shop Floor to Hollywood | url = http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/articles/10607/asbestos-shop-floor-to-hollywood.html | work = Lawyers & Settlements | date = 2008-05-13 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[At home: Critics public and private keep pressure on Scientology|http://www.sptimes.com/News/32999/Worldandnation/At_home__Critics_publ.html]] March 29, 1999, Lucy Morgan, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Scientology leaders say they want peace. They say they want to stay out of court. But with both foes at home and foes abroad, that goal may be elusive.
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{{cite news | first = Lucy | last = Morgan | author2 = Bennett, Kitty | title = At home: Critics public and private keep pressure on Scientology | url = http://www.sptimes.com/News/32999/Worldandnation/At_home__Critics_publ.html | work = St. Petersburg Times | date = 1999-03-29 | accessdate = 2014-03-25 }}
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[img[x|http://www.pe.com/favicon.ico]] [[At San Jacinto golf venue, raising funds is par for the course|http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_S_golf10.3e51fda.html]] June 9, 2009, Melissa Eiselein, [[Press-Enterprise]]
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The course, owned by the Church of Scientology, is available free of charge for nonprofit groups to use for fundraising events. 

"We don't charge them. That's our way of contributing to the community," said Muriel Dufresne, Golden Era Golf Course Community Center's community affairs director. 

"We made over $35,000 this golf season for different local charities," she said. Any nonprofit group can schedule a golf tournament at the course.
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{{cite news | first = Melissa | last = Eiselein | title = At San Jacinto golf venue, raising funds is par for the course | url = http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_S_golf10.3e51fda.html | work = Press-Enterprise  | date = 2009-06-09 | accessdate = 2014-04-04 }}
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[img[x|http://technorati.com/favicon.ico]] [[Atlanta Anonymous Arrests Only Tip Of Embarrassing Iceberg In Dekalb County, Begins With Police Chief Bolton|http://technorati.com/entertainment/glosslip/article/atlanta-anonymous-arrests-only-tip-of-embarrassing-iceberg-in-dekalb-county-begins-with-police-chief-bolton/]] March 17, 2008, Dawn Olsen , [[GlossLip]]
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Chief Terrell Bolton, the man in charge of the officers/swat brigade at the Atlanta Anonymous protests on Saturday has a habit of shady behavior. Not only were the officers at yesterday's protest made to crack down on those peacefully protesting - but they also asked to use an excessive amount of force in harassing motorists driving by the protest who honked their horn.
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{{cite news | first = Dawn Olsen | title = Atlanta Anonymous Arrests Only Tip Of Embarrassing Iceberg In Dekalb County, Begins With Police Chief Bolton | url = http://technorati.com/entertainment/glosslip/article/atlanta-anonymous-arrests-only-tip-of-embarrassing-iceberg-in-dekalb-county-begins-with-police-chief-bolton/ | work = GlossLip | date = 2008-03-17 | accessdate = 2013-11-08 }}
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[img[x|http://www.nytimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Attack on Germany|http://www.nytimes.com/1994/09/29/opinion/l-attack-on-germany-384984.html?scp=1&sq=ABRAHAM%20H.%20FOXMAN%20Scientology&st=cse]] September 23, 1994, Abraham Foxman, Opinion, [[New York Times]]
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Making things worse is the Scientology effort to link the German ban of the group to Nazi persecution of Jews. This is a disgrace and reflects the group's willingness to go to any lengths to take revenge on a Government that has taken action against it.
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{{cite news | first = Abraham | last = Foxman | title = Attack on Germany | url = http://www.nytimes.com/1994/09/29/opinion/l-attack-on-germany-384984.html?scp=1&sq=ABRAHAM%20H.%20FOXMAN%20Scientology&st=cse | work = Opinion | publisher = New York Times | date = 1994-09-23 | accessdate = 2012-08-29 }}
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[img[x|http://www.jpost.com/favicon.ico]] [[Attorney charged for hiring hit on state witness|http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=231370]] August 9, 2011, Joanna Paraszczuk, [[Jerusalem Post]]
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When the alleged plot to bomb the Scientology Center, involving a truck filled with gas canisters and 300 liters of gasoline, failed, the men were ordered to set the building on fire, police said. That alleged attempt ended in failure as well.

He allegedly ordered the mobsters to harm Shota Hovel, the head of the construction oversight department at the Tel Aviv Municipality, following Hovel's decision to knock down the building in Jaffa owned by Scientologists due to violations of building regulations.

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{{cite news | first = Joanna | last = Paraszczuk | author2 = Lappin, Yaakov | title = Attorney charged for hiring hit on state witness | url = http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=231370 | work = Jerusalem Post | date = 2011-08-09 | accessdate = 2014-03-25 }}
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[img[x|http://www.mcalesternews.com/favicon.ico]] [[Attorney in Narconon Arrowhead lawsuit calls ruling a "Big Win"|http://www.mcalesternews.com/local/x1956152468/Attorney-in-Narconon-Arrowhead-lawsuit-call-ruling-a-Big-Win]] January 7, 2014, Jeanne LeFlore, [[McAlester News-Capital]]
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A judge ruled Tuesday that hundreds of records of Narconon Arrowhead clients, trainees and employees related to incidents of drug or alcohol must be released in connection with an ongoing lawsuit.
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{{cite news | first = Jeanne | last = LeFlore | title = Attorney in Narconon Arrowhead lawsuit calls ruling a "Big Win" | url = http://www.mcalesternews.com/local/x1956152468/Attorney-in-Narconon-Arrowhead-lawsuit-call-ruling-a-Big-Win | work = McAlester News-Capital | date = 2014-01-07 | accessdate = 2014-01-07 }}
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[img[x|http://www.thedestinlog.com/favicon.ico]] [[Attorney: Destin's hands are tied on Narconon|http://www.thedestinlog.com/news/destin-4898-narconon-tied.html]] June 3, 2008, Fraser Sherman, [[Destin Log]]
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Destin can't stop Narconon Gulf Coast from opening a "community residential home" for recovering addicts as long as the home abides by Florida law, the city's land-use attorney says.

"The state has made a decision to encourage the treatment of individuals - in a community homelike setting." Land Use Attorney Scott Shirley told the City Council Monday, and that pre-empts the city's zoning and even homeowner association covenants.

It wasn't what the council wanted to hear.

"If I put myself in the place of a homeowner," Councilor Jim Wood said, "it would bug me a lot that neither my local elected officials or homeowners association could do anything about this."
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{{cite news | first = Fraser | last = Sherman | title = Attorney: Destin's hands are tied on Narconon | url = http://www.thedestinlog.com/news/destin-4898-narconon-tied.html | work = Destin Log | date = 2008-06-03 | accessdate = 2012-08-28 }}
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[img[x|http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/images/headers/aus-fav.ico]] [[Attractive help and a hasty exit|http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/attractive-help-and-a-hasty-exit/story-e6frg6z6-1111113937615]] July 12, 2007, [[The Australian]]
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For the next 20 minutes the film star was my spiritual shepherd, preaching the teachings of Scientology. I was told the history of Hubbard's religious philosophy and how it could free me of my problems and put me on a path to success and happiness as I ventured through the various stages of enlightenment and understanding of the mind-boggling concept of thetan. 

After the film ended, my chaperone took me on a tour that eventually led to the auditing room, where I was offered a free, one-off session (it usually costs about $US500, or $581) with the E-meter.
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{{cite news | title = Attractive help and a hasty exit | url = http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/attractive-help-and-a-hasty-exit/story-e6frg6z6-1111113937615 | work = The Australian | date = 2007-07-12 | accessdate = 2011-10-10 }}
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[AUDIO: "Touch Me," Creepy Scientology Goon Repeatedly Tells Protester|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/06/scientology_touch_me_david_love.php]] June 1, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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"Touch me" the man says again and again. "Touch me." 

In what should go down as one of the most skin-crawling audio tapes in recent Scientology history, we hear a church operative repeatedly challenge protester David Love to provoke an incident so that Love can find himself in a world of legal hurt.

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{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = AUDIO: "Touch Me," Creepy Scientology Goon Repeatedly Tells Protester | url = http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/06/scientology_touch_me_david_love.php | work = Runnin' Scared | publisher = Village Voice | date = 2012-06-01 | accessdate = 2014-02-08 }}
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[img[x|http://www.abc.net.au/favicon.ico]] [[Aussie publisher pulls Cruise biography|http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/01/15/2138467.htm]] January 15, 2008, [[ABC News (Australia)]]
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Independent publisher Henry Rosenbloom says more and more larger publishing houses are being scared off by possible legal threats.

"There's been a really chilling effect on the publication of current affairs matters, for instance," he said.
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[img[x|http://tvnz.co.nz/favicon.ico]] [[Aust govt "walking away" from Scientology abuse claims|http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/aust-govt-ignoring-scientology-abuse-3405978]] March 11, 2010, AAP, [[TVNZ]]
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Australia's ruling Labor party and the coalition have been accused of walking away from claims of abuse in the Church of Scientology, by blocking a Senate investigation into the tax-free status of religious groups.

Independent senator Nick Xenophon on Thursday failed to win sufficient support for an inquiry into whether church groups should be subjected to a public benefit test, like that in the UK.
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[img[x|http://www.bbc.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Australia mulls Scientology probe|http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8365606.stm]] November 18, 2009, [[BBC News]]
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The Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has said he will consider calls for a parliamentary inquiry into the Church of Scientology.

But he said the evidence must be looked at carefully before proceeding. 

Senator Nick Xenophon launched a scathing attack on Scientology, citing letters from former followers alleging extensive criminal activity.

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[img[x|http://www.telegraph.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Australian senator brands Scientology a 'criminal organisation'|http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/6595994/Australian-senator-brands-Scientology-a-criminal-organisation.html]] November 18, 2009, Bonnie Malkin, [[The Telegraph]]
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Mr Xenophon, an Independent senator from South Australia, used parliamentary privilege to detail a host of serious allegations against the church made by former members. 

Among them were claims that the Church of Scientology engaged in extensive criminal activity, including assault; imprisonment; the covering up of sexual abuse; embezzlement of church funds and blackmail. It was also claimed that the church had exerted pressure on some members to undergo abortions. 

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{{cite news | first = Bonnie | last = Malkin | title = Australian senator brands Scientology a 'criminal organisation' | url = http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/6595994/Australian-senator-brands-Scientology-a-criminal-organisation.html | work = The Telegraph | date = 2009-11-18 | accessdate = 2014-07-11 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Australian senator wants Scientology investigated|http://www.tampabay.com/news/religion/australian-senator-wants-scientology-investigated/1052807]] November 19, 2009, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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In a speech this week to the Australian Parliament, Independent Sen. Nick Xenophon said he has letters from former members of the church, detailing abuses such as false imprisonment, physical violence and blackmail, according to a report on the Australian Broadcast Co.'s Web site.

"These victims of Scientology claim it is an abusive manipulative and violent organization," he said, according to the Australian network. He said he gave the letters to police and called for a Senate investigation into the religion's tax-exempt status.
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[img[x|https://s.ytimg.com/yts/img/favicon-vfldlzjxy.ico]] [[Australian TV Interrogates Scientologist Tommy Davis in LA (Part 1 of 2)|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7olf6acGhZE]] February 22, 2010, doyle63l5, [[YouTube]]
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Reporters from the Australian political show, Today Tonight, travel to Los Angeles after getting a surprise acceptance of Interview from Tommy Davis. In addition to Davis, a number of celebrity Scientologists including Nancy Cartwright and Anne Archer are also interviewed. None of the Scientologists seem coherent in their religious views and beliefs.
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[img[x|https://s.ytimg.com/yts/img/favicon-vfldlzjxy.ico]] [[Australian TV Interrogates Scientologist Tommy Davis in LA (Part 2 of 2)|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKaP-EGeGMo]] February 22, 2010, doyle63l5, [[YouTube]]
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Reporters from the Australian political show, Today Tonight, travel to Los Angeles after getting a surprise acceptance of Interview from Tommy Davis. In addition to Davis, a number of celebrity Scientologists including Nancy Cartwright and Anne Archer are also interviewed. None of the Scientologists seem coherent in their religious views and beliefs.
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[img[x|http://news.xinhuanet.com/favicon.ico]] [[Australia's health department warns Church of Scientology on their dangerous therapy|http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/health/2010-11/20/c_13614637.htm]] November 20, 2010, [[Xinhua]]
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The Northern Territory (NT) Health Department of Australia on Saturday warned Church of Scientology that a drug detoxification therapy, promoted to Aborigines in Australia could kill the people with kidney problems.

The Scientologists has been moving through remote Australia and targeting alcohol-dependent Aborigines with a "drug bomb" therapy, in a move to recruit indigenous members.

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 [[Author goes inside Scientology|http://www.canada.com/components/print.aspx?id=5b63ad95-6e86-4211-9b5a-3b94570a1b6e]] January 24, 2008, Bill Brownstein, [[Montreal Gazette]]
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The callers are all in search of insights from Halperin on his incendiary Hollywood Undercover (Random House), for which the Montreal author/filmmaker posed as a gay actor to infiltrate the Church of Scientology, long rumoured to promise a "cure" for homosexuality. The book was just released on Tuesday.
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[img[x|http://www.thetimes.co.za/favicon.ico]] [[Author is cruising for a bruising|http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=674358]] January 8, 2008, [[The Times (South Africa)]]
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Cruise to sue over shock biography
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[img[x|http://en.wikinews.org//bits.wikimedia.org/favicon/wikinews.ico]] [[Author of My Billion Year Contract reflects on life in elite Scientology group|http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Author_of_My_Billion_Year_Contract_reflects_on_life_in_elite_Scientology_group]] January 14, 2010, Aida Thomas, [[Wikinews]]
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Wikinews interviewed author Nancy Many about her book My Billion Year Contract, and asked her about life working in the elite Scientology group known as the "Sea Org". Many joined Scientology in the early 1970s, and after leaving in 1996 she later testified against the organization. Published in October, Many's book has gone on to become one of the top selling new books on Scientology at Amazon.com.
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{{cite news | first = Aida | last = Thomas | title = Author of My Billion Year Contract reflects on life in elite Scientology group | url = http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Author_of_My_Billion_Year_Contract_reflects_on_life_in_elite_Scientology_group | work = Wikinews | date = 2010-01-14 | accessdate = 2014-07-11 }}
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[img[x|http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [[Author's daughter tells of her weird life|http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20000901&slug=4040070]] September 1, 2000, Verena Dobnik, Associated Press, [[Seattle Times]]
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According to Margaret Salinger, her father also studied Scientology, homeopathy and Christian Science and engaged in a hodgepodge of practices, including drinking urine, sitting in a Reichian "orgone box," speaking in tongues and fasting.
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{{cite news | first = Verena | last = Dobnik | title = Author's daughter tells of her weird life | url = http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20000901&slug=4040070 | work = Associated Press | publisher = Seattle Times | date = 2000-09-01 | accessdate = 2011-10-02 }}
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 [[Autopsy report released on woman who died at Narconon Arrowhead|http://mcalesternews.com/breakingnews/x1400171580/Autopsy-report-released-on-woman-who-died-at-Narconon-Arrowhead]] October 16, 2012, Jeanne LeFlore, [[McAlester News-Capital]]
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Narconon Arrowhead has been the center of an ongoing investigation after the July death of 20-year-old Stacy Murphy which spured a county, state and federal investigation of the three other patient deaths at the facility.

Her death followed the deaths of three others, two of the other deaths along with Murphy's occured in a span of less than a year.

Last October, Gabriel Graves, 31, was found dead in his bed at the facility and then in April, Holten was found dead in her bed at the facility and in July, Murphy was found dead at the facility. In 2009 Kaysie Werninck also died while a patient at the facility.
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{{cite news | first = Jeanne | last = LeFlore | title = Autopsy report released on woman who died at Narconon Arrowhead | url = http://mcalesternews.com/breakingnews/x1400171580/Autopsy-report-released-on-woman-who-died-at-Narconon-Arrowhead | work = McAlester News-Capital | date = 2012-10-16 | accessdate = 2013-01-02 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Avatar draws on wide sources to provide path to self-fulfillment|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/65915108.html?dids=65915108:65915108&FMT=FT&FMTS=ABS:FT]] December 31, 2000, Tim Grant, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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What is Avatar?

It is the brainchild of Harry Palmer, a former Scientologist who developed the course for people who desire a less expensive and shorter path to self-enlightenment than is offered by the Church of Scientology.
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{{cite news | first = Tim | last = Grant | title = Avatar draws on wide sources to provide path to self-fulfillment | url = http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/65915108.html?dids=65915108:65915108&FMT=FT&FMTS=ABS:FT | work = St. Petersburg Times | date = 2000-12-31 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Aversion to crime used to treat sex offenders|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/49930978.html?dids=49930978:49930978&FMT=FT]] February 9, 1987, Cynthia Mayer, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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"Behavioral modification is treating people as if they were trainable animals," says Arthur Krowitz of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, a group affiliated with the Church of Scientology. "It totally goes against the spiritual nature of human beings."

The Gainesville inmates don't see it that way.

"I'm the one locked up, so I must be wrong," says Ben, the child molester.


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[img[x|http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/favicon.ico]] [[Backbreaker: A half-kilo of blow, machine-gun blasts, and a millionaire chiropractor. Does this make sense?|http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/content/printVersion/556488]] July 10, 2008, Thomas Francis,
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The company was Goroway's creation, but it owed a debt to Dr. David Singer, a chiropractor who had long run his own seminar series. Goroway became a client of Singer's around 1991. He paid careful attention not just to the business concepts Singer preached but to Singer's delivery, his magnetic presence.

Those seminars, it turned out, had also become a kind of recruiting tool for Singer, a devotee of the Church of Scientology, the controversial self-help system maligned as a cult by critics. Boulis was enamored of Singer too and followed him into Scientology. Goroway would later note that Boulis "chipped away" at him until finally, around 1999, as he was getting Practice Mechanix off the ground, he joined the church.

By 2001, Practice Mechanix was using telemarketers and junk faxes to reach chiropractors. At its peak, Goroway claimed the company had 125 employees, a 34-seat telemarketing house in Pittsburgh, and $650,000 in operating expenses per month. Much of its success came from concepts of business organization that Goroway learned through Scientology, he would later say.
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{{cite news | first = Thomas | last = Francis | title = Backbreaker: A half-kilo of blow, machine-gun blasts, and a millionaire chiropractor. Does this make sense? | url = http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/content/printVersion/556488 | work =  | date = 2008-07-10 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sfgate.com/favicon.ico]] [[Backers defend anti-drug program / School board is told the science is sound|http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/06/23/BAGRI7AHPQ1.DTL]] June 23, 2004, Heather Knight, [[San Francisco Chronicle]]
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But after stories in The Chronicle raised questions about the science behind the teachings and the presence of religious concepts in classroom lectures, school district officials ordered the program to revise part of its curriculum by this Thursday or be kicked out of the district.

Specifically, the district has disputed three Narconon claims: that all drugs are poisons, that drugs are stored in fat for years and may cause cravings for more drugs, and that alcohol is "made of dead rotted food." In addition, The Chronicle stories cited several doctors who disputed the Narconon claims that drugs wreak havoc until they are sweated out.
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{{cite news | first = Heather | last = Knight | title = Backers defend anti-drug program / School board is told the science is sound | url = http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/06/23/BAGRI7AHPQ1.DTL | work = San Francisco Chronicle | date = 2004-06-23 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.telegraph.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Bad publicity 'helps Scientology recruitment'|http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/02/05/wscientol105.xml]] February 5, 2008, Tom Chivers, [[Telegraph]]
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The Church of Scientology, the subject of a barrage of negative headlines in the last few weeks, is claiming that there really is no such thing as bad publicity.
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[img[x|http://www.independent.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Bankrupt 'widow' of Saudi king seeks £12m from prince|http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/bankrupt-widow-of-saudi-king-seeks-16312m-from-prince-1793981.html]] September 27, 2009, Michael Gillard, [[The Independent]]
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Mrs Harb, a scientologist, has warned the Saudi royals that if there is no settlement to her liking she will write a book. This would breach a confidentiality agreement she signed in 2001 when King Fahd paid £5m for her unpublished manuscript and a property in Beirut. "I'm going to keep stirring it until they give me the money - at least £50m," she promised.
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{{cite news | first = Michael | last = Gillard | title = Bankrupt 'widow' of Saudi king seeks £12m from prince | url = http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/bankrupt-widow-of-saudi-king-seeks-16312m-from-prince-1793981.html | work = The Independent | date = 2009-09-27 | accessdate = 2011-05-29 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Banner plane used to mark death of a Scientologist|http://www.sptimes.com/2006/12/06/Northpinellas/Banner_plane_used_to_.shtml]] December 6, 2006, Staff, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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He said he wants to "keep her memory alive and to let people know that Clearwater has a little blight, something in the downtown that they shouldn't ignore. Lisa's death is just an example of the things that are happening with Scientology." Church spokesman Ben Shaw said he didn't see the banner and declined comment, saying, "It's over."
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 [[Banning Scientology doesn't make Wikipedia more credible|http://education.zdnet.com/?p=2621]] May 29, 2009, Christopher Dawson, [[ZDNet]]
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So Wikipedia has banned all Church of Scientology IP addresses "in an unprecedented effort to crack down on self-serving edits," according to the Register and several other outlets. So what's with the title from one of the rare educators who actually thinks Wikipedia has a lot of value?
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[img[x|http://graphic.christianpost.com/images/favicon.ico]] [[Barbara Walters Slammed for Supporting Scientology's Education System|http://global.christianpost.com/news/barbara-walters-slammed-for-supporting-scientologys-education-system-105022/]] September 20, 2013, Sami K. Martin, [[Christian Post]]
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"Without getting into the details of my childhood and the dangers of Scientology's education system, I will say this. The leader of Scientology, Tom Cruise's best man, my uncle David Miscavige, is a high school dropout. What does that say about the value Scientology puts on education? Is this not what Jaden Smith is advocating?" Jenna asked.

"I don't know what propaganda you have seen or what your celebrity advocate friends have told you, but it's time to look a little deeper. If you don't want to know the truth (which I gather is the case from you saying you 'don't want to talk about Scientology') then please refrain from praising a system you clearly know nothing about," she concluded.


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[img[x|http://tonyortega.org/wp-content/ataimages/0-alien.ico]] [['BARE-FACED MESSIAH' back in print: Our interview with author Russell Miller|http://tonyortega.org/2014/03/13/bare-faced-messiah-back-in-print-our-interview-with-author-russell-miller/]] March 13, 2014, Tony Ortega, [[Underground Bunker]]
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A year after Hubbard died in 1986, the best book ever written about him was published by a British journalist named Russell Miller. Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard was immediately sued by the Church of Scientology all over the English-speaking part of the world, but only in the United States was the church successful at shutting it down, and only a small number of copies have been available here. But now, Miller's book is getting new life as Humfrey Hunter's Silvertail Books (the same UK publisher who put out John Sweeney's book Church of Fear) is releasing Bare-Faced Messiah in hardback and as an e-book. Copies started arriving this week, and so we had a conversation with Miller about his book's struggles, the harassment he went through personally, and what he thought of The Master.
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[img[x|http://resources.news.com.au/cs/newscomau/images/favicon.ico]] [[Bare-Faced Messiah: The book Scientology tried to ban|http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/books-magazines/barefaced-messiah-the-book-scientology-tried-to-ban/story-fn9412vp-1226868897858]] March 30, 2014, Tony Ortega, [[news.com.au]]
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TO Scientologists, founder L. Ron Hubbard is a larger-than-life figure - a war hero, philosopher and humanitarian. 
 
But the real man was a dissembling, emotional wreck who made up most of his legendary exploits out of whole cloth, writes British journalist Russell Miller.
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[img[x|http://www.nzherald.co.nz/favicon.ico]] [[Baring his soul a risky business for Cruise|http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/6/story.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10333389]] June 30, 2005, Reuters, [[New Zealand Herald]]
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In a testy exchange on the Today show, Cruise called psychiatry a "pseudo-science" and told co-host Matt Lauer: "You don't know the history of psychiatry. I do."

Cruise's behaviour has ignited speculation he might damage his image and undermine the success of his movies.
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[img[x|http://www.pagesix.com/files/favicon.ico]] [[Bart Simpson Actress Gives $10 Million to Scientology|http://www.pagesix.com/story/bart+simpson+actress+gives+10+million+scientology]] January 30, 2008, Richard Johnson, [[PageSix]]
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Longtime Scientologist Nancy Cartwright -- best known as the voice of Bart Simpson -- last year gave the church $10 million to help spread the word of founder L. Ron Hubbard into other galaxies.

It was all part of Scientology's Global Salvage effort, which aims to "de-aberrate" Earth -- meaning to rid mankind of psychology ills and other "aberrant" behavior.

Surprisingly, Nancy, 50, forked over twice as much as the Scientology's most prominent member, Tom Cruise, who only gave $5 million in an installment plan.
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[img[x|http://www.spiegel.de/favicon.ico]] [[Based on a True Story: TV Movie Portrays Dark Side of Scientology|http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,675298,00.html]] February 2, 2010, Martin U. Müller, [[Spiegel Online]]
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The 89-minute film tells the story of a man who stumbles into Scientology and ends up fighting for custody of his child. The plot also includes a trip to a sort of disciplinary camp which is part of the organization's European headquarters, as well as the man's wife's sudden disappearance to a center in Florida and his daughter being sent to a secret boarding school.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Baseless gossip|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/17004503.html?FMT=FT&dids=17004503:17004503&FMTS=ABS:FT]] March 2, 1997, Julie Baier Dahlstrom, Letters, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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I guess all it takes is a few hours in downtown Clearwater for Mary Jo Melone to sense the mood of the town. Or, more likely, to try and cast her own paranoia and unfounded fears on readers by writing an irresponsible column.

Although I am not a Scientologist, I work in downtown Clearwater alongside many Scientologists and patronize the local restaurants every day. I have had many open debates about Scientology at the local cafes without getting any "frosty looks" from church members, and there has been no pressure by Scientologist co-workers to "convert" me.

http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/j/julie-baier-dahlstrom.html

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[img[x|http://www.apologeticsindex.org/favicon.ico]] [[Battle sites in the Web war|http://www.apologeticsindex.org/s04a09.html]] March 4, 1998, Joseph Mallia, Inside the Church of Scientology, [[Boston Herald]]
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Internet sites for Scientology and its on-line opponents: To read about, or join the discussion on Scientology, use DejaNews or another Usenet search engine, and type: alt.religion.scientology
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[img[x|http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/favIcon/mercury/favicon.ico]] [[Battle with Scientology sparks Schwarzenegger pardon request|http://www.mercurynews.com/search/ci_6322465]] July 7, 2007, AP, [[San Jose Mercury News]]
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SACRAMENTO -- A former Silicon Valley computer consultant whose decade-long fight with the Church of Scientology led to his ruin is asking Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to free him from a Riverside County jail.

Keith Henson's crusade against the church brought him a misdemeanor conviction for interfering with the rights of others to practice their religion. The 64-year-old Californian is now two months into a six-month jail sentence for the crime.
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[img[x|http://abcnews.go.com/favicon.ico]] [['Battlefield Earth' Sequel Conisdered|http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=114399&page=1]] October 18, 2000, [[ABC News]]
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"The bottom line is that I feel really good about it. Here I was taking big chances, breaking a new genre," said Travolta. "I am so thrilled, believe it or not, at the outcome, because I didn't believe I could get it done," an upbeat Travolta told journalists this week, adding that critics have a history of disliking sci-fi movies. Asked whether there would be a Battlefield 2, he said, "Sure. Yeah." Let's hope for an alien intervention before the film's release.
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[img[x|http://www.nytimes.com/favicon.ico]] [['Battlefield Earth': Film Dogged by Links to Scientology Founder|http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D03E3DC1F38F932A25756C0A9669C8B63]] May 11, 2000, Rick Lyman, [[New York Times]]
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The makers of the film and its distributors maintain that "Battlefield Earth" has nothing whatever to do with the Church of Scientology and that it is intended to be nothing more than a big summer adventure, devoid of subterfuge.

But several anticult Web sites have posted warnings about the film in recent months that contain numerous charges. For example Cultwatch and Factnet say that the film carries subliminal messages meant to lure people into Scientology, that the film was secretly financed by Scientology, and that Scientology plans recruiting efforts to coincide with the movie's release.
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Battlefield Earth: Still Making the World Safe From Scientology Nearly 12 Years Later|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/03/scientology_battlefield_earth_kim_coates.php]] March 21, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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And, as mentioned in the comments, here is Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder talking about David Miscavige's obsession with the movie behind the scenes. (They're being filmed fishing from Marty's backyard in Ingleside on the Bay, Texas by Rinder's lovely girlfriend, Christie Collbran.)

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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Battlefield of dreams|http://www.sptimes.com/News/051200/news_pf/Floridian/Battlefield_of_dreams.shtml]] May 12, 2000, Thomas C. Tobin, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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In December 1980, two months after completing Battlefield Earth, Hubbard informed his followers: "I was a bit disgusted with the way the psychologists and brain surgeons mess people up so I wrote a fiction story based in part on the consequences that could occur if the shrinks continued to do it."

Scientologists view psychiatry and psychology as abusive and misguided because both fields, they argue, regard people as "animals" and not "spiritual beings." Doctors in the field are referred to derisively as "Psyches."

The parallel is clear in Battlefield Earth, where Psychlos (read "psyches") refer to their human prey as animals.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Battlefield Tilden|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/16810869.html?FMT=FT&dids=16810869:16810869&FMTS=ABS:FT]] May 11, 1997, Mike Wilson, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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This was the deal: The people of Tilden could have their park, complete with an ice-skating pond, wildflower meadow and baseball field. All they had to do was name it after Hubbard and post his moral precepts on markers along the Way To Happiness Trail, one every 190 feet.

All this might have happened if Marcie Sextro hadn't picked up her copy of the Tilden Citizen and seen the picture of the groundbreaking.
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[img[x|http://www.nowtoronto.com/favicon.ico]] [[Battlefield Travolta|http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/18/49/News/feature2.html]] August 5, 1999, Enzo Di Matteo, [[NOW Magazine]]
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It's been a difficult couple of years for Scientology, which is trying to polish its fringe image as it awaits word from Revenue Canada about its application for charitable status.

But positive PR may be coming to a theatre near you. Screen star John Travolta, Scientology's most famous promoter, has embarked on a film adaptation of Battlefield Earth, the doomsday sci-fi thriller penned by the church's messianic founder, L. Ron Hubbard.
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[img[x|http://thephoenix.com/favicon.ico]] [[Battling Scientology|http://thephoenix.com/Boston/News/69998-Battling-Scientology/]] October 23, 2008, Chris Faraone, [[The Phoenix]]
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In a world wracked with uncertainty, there is at least one thing you can bet on: pick a fight with the Church of Scientology (CoS), and its leaders will fight back -- always with vigor, often with a vengeance, and sometimes with litigation that can be long and costly.
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[img[x|http://www.telegraph.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[BBC denies 'death threat' in Scientology row|http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1551369/BBC-denies-death-threat-in-Scientology-row.html]] May 14, 2007, Stephen Adams, [[Telegraph]]
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Today Sandy Smith, the Panorama editor, hit back at claims that the BBC had orchestrated a demonstration against the Scientologists while filming the documentary.

He said: "Their DVD contains two grossly defamatory claims about us - one, that we staged a demonstration against Scientology and two, that a terrorist death threat was made.

"It is absolutely outrageous to suggest that the BBC would organise a demonstration - why would we?"

He claimed that the Scientologists wrote the script for the DVD in a "curious way" but that it "clearly implied that a terrorist death threat was made".
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[img[x|http://media.guardian.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[BBC Trust expresses concern over Panorama|http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2007/jun/15/broadcasting.bbc1]] June 15, 2007, Leigh Holmwood, [[MediaGuardian.co.uk]]
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A BBC Trust spokeswoman said: "As part of his routine monthly report, the director general has briefed the trust on the performance of Panorama most months since its move to Monday evenings, including the reaction to some particularly high-profile editions.

"Panorama is the BBC's flagship current affairs programme and the trustees welcome these updates. The Trust has not asked for an investigation into Panorama or raised concerns with the BBC executive regarding its journalism.
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[img[x|http://www.washingtonpost.com/favicon.ico]] [[BBC v Scientology: A YouTube Story Starring John Sweeney|http://blog.washingtonpost.com/offbeat/2007/05/bbc_v_scientology_a_youtube_st_1.html]] May 25, 2007, Emil Steiner, OFF/beat blog, [[Washington Post]]
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While the verdict may still be out as to whether Scientology is a brainwashing cult or not, after a recent run-in with the BBC, two things are abundantly clear: Scientologists can't stand being called cult members, and they have the power to drive even seasoned journalists absolutely insane.
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[img[x|http://www.huffingtonpost.com/favicon.ico]] [[Be Wary, Be Wary, the 10th of February: "A" for Anonymous Wants to Kick Scientology's "S"|http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chez-pazienza/be-wary-be-wary-the-10t_b_84558.html]] February 1, 2008, Chez Pazienza, Blog, [[Huffington Post]]
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Let me start off by paraphrasing a popular disclaimer: I'm not "Anonymous," nor am I affiliated with the mysterious internet group in any way.
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[img[x|http://www.nowtoronto.com/favicon.ico]] [[Beck learning to be a loser|http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/19/23/Ent/music.html]] February 3, 2000, Tim Perlich, [[NOW Magazine]]
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But it was just getting interesting! For all anyone knows, Beck might be a second-generation Scientologist. There's only one sure way to find out.

Have you ever taken any Scientology courses yourself?

"No comment," Beck quickly snaps back, bringing the interview to a halt.
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[img[x|http://www.latimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Beck's show tonight will benefit Scientology-affiliated charity|http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2009/03/surprise-becks.html]] March 11, 2009, Margaret Wappler, [[Los Angeles Times]]
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There's been a touch of Internet controversy today about Beck's somewhat-impromptu show at the Echo tonight, first started by blogger Sketchytown, then picked up by the LA Weekly's West Coast Sound blog. Both blogs raised a flag about a charity cited on the show's promotional material, Educating Children International, which, according to the promo poster, will get the "net proceeds" of the show priced at a cool $35. 

Nothing was mentioned about any connections with Scientology, and the website for the charity turns up an error message. So what's the official word from the Church of Scientology? Is Educating Children International a charity working with Beck's known (and controversial) path of spirituality?

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[img[x|http://www.foxnews.com/favicon.ico]] [[Beghe Begging for His Scientology Records|http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,353041,00.html]] April 29, 2008, Roger Friedman, Celebrity Gossip, [[FOX News]]
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On Monday night, Beghe -- whom this column told you all about in his exit from Scientology after nearly 14 years -- posted a message on a public forum at OperationClambake.com. He wants returned to him the mountains of folders, files and tapes that were compiled about him by the sect. So far, they've refused.
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[img[x|http://img.iht.com/favicon.ico]] [[Behind Facade of Harmony, Nations Are Far Apart on Some Basic Issues|http://www.iht.com/articles/1997/12/09/sus.t.php]] December 9, 1997, John Dornberg, [[International Herald Tribune]]
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Some of them are tempests in teapots. The most ludicrous is tacit State Department backing of the claim that Bonn is discriminating against the Church of Scientology, and the recent House International Relations Committee draft resolution calling on the White House to censure Bonn for its stance on Scientology. It was only when the House as a whole voted against the measure that the air cleared.
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[img[x|http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/favicon.ico]] [[Belgian prosecutor recommends classifying Church of Scientology as criminal|http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/paperchase/2007/09/belgian-prosecutor-recommends.php]] September 4, 2007, Alexis Unkovic, Paper Chas, [[JURIST]]
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Belgian prosecutor Jean-Claude Van Espen said Tuesday that the Church of Scientology should be classified as a criminal organization after completing a 10-year investigation into the church's activities.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Belgium builds case against Scientology|http://www.sptimes.com/2007/11/04/Worldandnation/Belgium_builds_case_a.shtml]] November 4, 2007, Susan Taylor Martin, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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In 1997 a former member of the Church of Scientology, unhappy with courses she had taken, tried to get a refund of 700,000 Belgian francs - about $17,000. Authorities began looking into the church's finances and interviewing people. 

Now, 10 years and 76 cartons of documents later, prosecutors say the evidence points to one conclusion: The Church of Scientology in Belgium is a "criminal organization" that has used fraud and extortion to separate members from their money.

"I always say that you are innocent until proven guilty, but we really have enough elements and statements that we can prosecute them for a number of crimes and misdemeanors," says Lieve Pellens, a spokesperson for Belgium's Office of the Federal Prosecutor.
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[img[x|http://www.smh.com.au/favicon.ico]] [[Belgium charges Scientologists with extortion|http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/belgium-charges-scientologists-with-extortion/2007/09/05/1188783277713.html]] September 5, 2007, Reuters, [[Sydney Morning Herald]]
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Belgian prosecutors today accused the Church of Scientology of extortion, fraud and other crimes and sought to bring it and key members to trial.

Federal prosecutors said they were charging the church in Belgium, its European office in Brussels and 12 members with offences including the illegal practice of medicine and breaches of commercial practices.

Prosecutors were also considering whether the church should be considered a criminal organisation after an investigation prompted by complaints 10 years ago.
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[img[x|http://www.brusselsjournal.com/favicon.ico]] [[Belgium Clamps Down on Scientology Church|http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/2404]] September 4, 2007, Paul Belien, [[Brussels Journal]]
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The Belgian authorities have indicted the Belgian chapter of the Church of Scientology, the European headquarters of the Church, as well as 12 of its leading members. According to the office of Public Prosecutor Jean-Claude Van Espen Scientology is a criminal organization which has committed several crimes including extortion, fraud, violations of the trade law, violations of the privacy law and the illegal practice of medicine.
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{{cite news | first = Paul | last = Belien | title = Belgium Clamps Down on Scientology Church | url = http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/2404 | work = Brussels Journal | date = 2007-09-04 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.nytimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Belgium: Scientology Faces Criminal Charges|http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/05/world/europe/05briefs-scientology.html?_r=2]] September 5, 2007, AP, [[New York Times]]
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A Belgian prosecutor recommended that the Los Angeles-based Church of Scientology stand trial on charges of fraud and extortion, after a 10-year investigation.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Belief called irrelevant in death|http://www.sptimes.com/News/120799/TampaBay/Belief_called_irrelev.shtml]] December 7, 1999, Thomas C. Tobin, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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In addition to constitutional arguments, the document filed Monday was rife with new details about the case.

It accused high-ranking church staffers in Clearwater of misleading and lying to police investigators and later to the public through statements that sanitized the "nightmarish" details of McPherson's demise at Scientology's Fort Harrison Hotel. She was held there for 17 days while experiencing a severe mental breakdown. She died Dec. 5, 1995, of a blood clot in her left lung.

One staffer, according to the document, later acknowledged lying to police to protect himself and the church.
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{{cite news | first = Thomas C. | last = Tobin | title = Belief called irrelevant in death | url = http://www.sptimes.com/News/120799/TampaBay/Belief_called_irrelev.shtml | work = St. Petersburg Times | date = 1999-12-07 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://newsok.com/favicon.ico?v=2]] [[Bellmon Advised to Avoid Dispute|http://newsok.com/bellmon-advised-to-avoid-dispute/article/2277713]] August 31, 1989, Chris Casteel, [[News OK]]
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Gov. Henry Bellmon's top legal aide advised him Wednesday not to get involved in a dispute over a proposed drug treatment center in Newkirk. "It would be inappropriate for the governor to sign any document endorsing a drug treatment center prior to completion of the Department of Mental Health's review of the facility for certification," Andrew Tevington said. Bellmon was asked by a group of Native Americans to sign a proclamation about drug abuse that mentions the Narconon Chilocco New Life Treatment Center.
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{{cite news | author = Chris Casteel | title = Bellmon Advised to Avoid Dispute | url = http://newsok.com/bellmon-advised-to-avoid-dispute/article/2277713 | work = News OK | date = 1989-08-31 | accessdate = 2014-04-22 }}
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[img[x|http://www.tulsaworld.com/favicon.ico]] [[Bellmon Advised To Stay Out of Newkirk Dispute|http://www.tulsaworld.com/archives/bellmon-advised-to-stay-out-of-newkirk-dispute/article_cc48600d-ebf9-58ad-b9ce-bbb69f83c4bc.html]] September 1, 1989, [[Tulsa World]]
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State officials say Gov. Henry Bellmon has been advised not to become involved in a dispute over a proposed drug treatment center in Newkirk.

"It would be inappropriate for the governor to sign any document endorsing a drug treatment center prior to completion of the Department of Mental Health's review of the facility for certification," Andrew Tevington, Bellmon's aide, said.

A group of Native Americans has asked Bellmon to sign a proclamation about drug abuse that mentions the Narconon Chilocco New Life Treatment Center.

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[img[x|http://www.haaretz.com/images/icons/Hicon.ico]] [[Below the belt, without remorse|http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/891873.html]] August 11, 2007, Naama Lanski, [[Haaretz]]
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Scientology was also integrated into the firm's work, when an organizational consultant who draws on the doctrine was hired to work with the staff, and job candidates were given tests based on Scientology. "Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, wrote many courses on advertising, public relations and marketing, and when I read them I saw they matched what I had learned in practice, my beliefs," Morell relates. Tzur finds this the appropriate time to leave the conference room we are sitting in so he can attend to prior commitments.
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[img[x|http://www.oregonlive.com/favicon.ico]] [[Bend dentist asks court to review $348,000 penalty for Scientology training|http://www.oregonlive.com/money/index.ssf/2012/11/bend_denist_asks_court_to_review_348000_penalty_for_scientology_training.html]] November 19, 2012, Molly Young, [[The Oregonian]]
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A Bend dentist has asked the Oregon Court of Appeals to review a $348,000 penalty stemming from allegations that he required employees to attend a Scientology-related training session.

The Bureau of Labor and Industries imposed the fine in September to settle charges of religious discrimination at Dr. Andrew W. Engel's practice, Awe Dental Spa.
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[img[x|http://www.ktvz.com/favicon.ico]] [[Bend dentist denies charges, will fight $350K penalty|http://www.ktvz.com/news/Bend-dentist-denies-charges-will-fight-350K-penalty/-/413192/16863926/-/ejuoxd/-/index.html]] October 4, 2012, Matt McDonald, [[KTVZ]]
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Oregon Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian said Thursday he has ordered Engel and his dental practice to pay nearly $350,000 in damages to the former employee who fled her job when ordered to attend a three-day Scientology-affiliated symposium or be fired.

Engel, whose Bend practice is AWE Dental Spa, issued a brief statement Friday through Portland attorney Michael Gordon, who said they will appeal the state labor commissioner's decision to the Oregon Court of Appeals:
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[img[x|http://www.oregonlive.com/favicon.ico]] [[Bend dentist fined nearly $348,000 for required Scientology-based training, BOLI announces|http://www.oregonlive.com/money/index.ssf/2012/10/bend_dentist_fined_nearly_3480.html]] October 4, 2012, Molly Young, [[The Oregonian]]
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A phone message at Engel's practice said he was out until Monday. He gained his dental license in Oregon in 1998. State Board of Dentistry records show the body has never taken disciplinary action against Engel.

Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian said the penalty will cover the woman's lost wages and damages as well as moving expenses and emotional distress.

Employees should feel "secure from an employer's pressure to do something that conflicts with their religious beliefs," he said in a written statement.
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{{cite news | first = Molly | last = Young | title = Bend dentist fined nearly $348,000 for required Scientology-based training, BOLI announces | url = http://www.oregonlive.com/money/index.ssf/2012/10/bend_dentist_fined_nearly_3480.html | work = The Oregonian | date = 2012-10-04 | accessdate = 2013-04-23 }}
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Benjamin Ring, LA Sheriff's Deputy, Under Official Inquiry for Endorsing Expensive Scientology Services (UPDATED)|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/08/benjamin_ring_l.php]] August 1, 2011, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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I just got off the phone with Steve Whitmore, Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca's spokesman, who tells me that an...
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[img[x|http://www.telegraph.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Benji the Binman wins back £77,500|http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1388275/Benji-the-Binman-wins-back-77500.html]] March 20, 2002, Tom Leonard, [[The Telegraph]]
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BENJAMIN PELL, better known as Benji the Binman, yesterday won back £77,500 that he had paid John Mappin, a descendant of the Mappin & Webb jewellery dynasty, after he promised to make a "Hollywood blockbuster" about Mr Pell's life.

Mr Pell, known for rooting through dustbins for revealing documents about the rich and famous, sued Mr Mappin in the High Court for fraudulent misrepresentation after discovering that the "well-connected Hollywood film-maker" Mr Mappin had recruited was a hairdresser.
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{{cite news | first = Tom | last = Leonard | title = Benji the Binman wins back £77,500 | url = http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1388275/Benji-the-Binman-wins-back-77500.html | work = The Telegraph | date = 2002-03-20 | accessdate = 2011-05-29 }}
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 [[Beware religious frauds|http://www.muskogeephoenix.com/opinion/local_story_153162631.html]] June 2, 2009, Editorials, [[Muskogee Phoenix]]
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Religious freedom certainly should allow citizens to believe what they want about spirituality and the afterlife. But religious openness should not be an avenue for some churches and individuals to bilk its followers. Religious status should involve more than filing a 501(c)3 form with the Internal Revenue Service.
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[img[x|http://www1.nmha.org/favicon.ico]] [[Beware Scientologists Claiming To Be Mental Health Professionals|http://web.archive.org/web/20060925232203/http://www.nmha.org/newsroom/system/news.vw.cfm?do=vw&rid=341]] September 17, 2001, [[National Mental Health Association]]
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The National Mental Health Association (NMHA) today is warning the public and media to beware of representatives of the Church of Scientology who are claiming to be mental health professionals assisting individuals in New York City.
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{{cite news | title = Beware Scientologists Claiming To Be Mental Health Professionals | url = http://web.archive.org/web/20060925232203/http://www.nmha.org/newsroom/system/news.vw.cfm?do=vw&rid=341 | work = National Mental Health Association | date = 2001-09-17 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://newsok.com/favicon.ico?v=2]] [[BIA Delays Action, Sets Meeting With Narconon|http://newsok.com/bia-delays-action-sets-meeting-with-narconon/article/2389357]] March 27, 1992, Michael McNutt, [[News OK]]
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The Bureau of Indian Affairs on Thursday postponed taking any action against Narconon Chilocco New Life Center. Dan Deerinwater, BIA assistant area director, said a meeting is being arranged between officials from his agency and Narconon Chilocco. Representatives from the Chilocco Development Authority, a group made up of five Indian tribes that are leasing the old Chilocco Indian school to Narconon Chilocco, also will be asked to attend, he said. Deerinwater said no date has been set for the meeting, but it probably will be next month. In a Feb. 25 letter, BIA area director L.W. Collier Jr.
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{{cite news | author = Michael McNutt | title = BIA Delays Action, Sets Meeting With Narconon | url = http://newsok.com/bia-delays-action-sets-meeting-with-narconon/article/2389357 | work = News OK | date = 1992-03-27 | accessdate = 2014-04-22 }}
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[img[x|http://www.tulsaworld.com/favicon.ico]] [[BIA Sets Deadline for Narconon to Comply or Close|http://www.tulsaworld.com/archives/bia-sets-deadline-for-narconon-to-comply-or-close/article_055f4046-f16e-5929-9be7-77eea7057ad1.html]] March 11, 1992, [[Tulsa World]]
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The center, on Indian land in northern Oklahoma, treated patients for almost two years before the certification issue was decided. The center continues to treat Indian patients, asserting state laws do not apply to them.

Narconon Chilocco's lease obliges it to follow state law, and the continued treatment of patients violates state law, L.W. Collier Jr. of the BIA office in Anadarko said.

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[img[x|http://www.tulsaworld.com/favicon.ico]] [[Biased decision|http://www.tulsaworld.com/archives/biased-decision/article_26c582df-6b1e-5d02-94ed-a15cb00e37a0.html]] December 27, 1991, Gary Smith, Letters, [[Tulsa World]]
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Editor, The Tribune:
 
When the Oklahoma Mental Health Board voted to deny certification to the Narconon Chilocco facility, it triggered an international campaign of outrage. Individuals dedicated to fighting the war against drugs are demanding an investigation to find out what is going on.

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{{cite news | first = Gary | last = Smith | title = Biased decision | url = http://www.tulsaworld.com/archives/biased-decision/article_26c582df-6b1e-5d02-94ed-a15cb00e37a0.html | work = Letters | publisher = Tulsa World | date = 1991-12-27 | accessdate = 2014-04-26 }}
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[img[x|http://www.cnet.com/favicon.ico]] [[Big Brother and your browser|http://news.com.com/2010-1071_3-990697.html]] March 3, 2003, Declan McCullagh, Perspectives, [[CNET]]
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What appears to be the first case of this sort arose in 1996, when the Cult Awareness Network -- which warned of the dangers of unconventional religions -- was sued into oblivion by the Church of Scientology. A bankruptcy court judge placed the group's assets including cultawarenessnetwork.org up for auction -- and the winning bidder was -- you guessed it -- Scientology.
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{{cite news | first = Declan | last = McCullagh | title = Big Brother and your browser | url = http://news.com.com/2010-1071_3-990697.html | work = Perspectives | publisher = CNET | date = 2003-03-03 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Big, round and mysterious|http://www.sptimes.com/2007/11/30/Northpinellas/Big__round_and_myster.shtml]] November 30, 2007, Mike Donila, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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CLEARWATER -- City officials hoped to stir civic pride with their $10-million makeover of Cleveland Street.

But so far they"ve got confusion.

As in, just what the heck are those 12 giant concrete spheres doing in the medians?
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Biggi Reichert: Does Scientology Have Another Lisa McPherson On Its Hands?|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/09/biggi_reichert.php]] September 24, 2011, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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When I talked to Marty Rathbun after his return from Germany recently, he mentioned that one of the things he...
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[img[x|http://observer.guardian.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Binman Benji sues jewellery empire heir|http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2001/may/06/conalwalsh.theobserver]] May 6, 2001, Conal Walsh, [[The Observer]]
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He is best known for rummaging through the dustbins of the rich and famous. But Benjamin Pell has betrayed an appetite for Hollywood glory in a bizarre legal action launched against John Mappin, an heir to the Mappin and Webb jewellery empire.
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{{cite news | first = Conal | last = Walsh | title = Binman Benji sues jewellery empire heir | url = http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2001/may/06/conalwalsh.theobserver | work = The Observer | date = 2001-05-06 | accessdate = 2010-07-10 }}
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[img[x|http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Birmingham City Council criticised for giving Scientology church tax breaks|http://www.birminghammail.net/news/birmingham-news/2010/10/15/birmingham-city-council-criticised-for-giving-scientology-church-tax-breaks-97319-27482277/]] October 15, 2010, [[Birmingham Mail]]
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In a statement tonight, Mr Pickles said: "Tolerance and freedom of expression are important British values, but this does not mean that the likes of Church of Scientology deserve favoured tax treatment over and above other business premises.

"The Church of Scientology is not a registered charity, since the Charity Commission has ruled that it does not provide a public benefit. Nor are its premises a recognised place of worship.

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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Birmingham in the House! Another Jaw-Dropping Scientology Video (UPDATED: MORE VIDEOS!)|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/09/birmingham_in_t.php]] September 16, 2011, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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Anonymous has found another nugget of pure gold. Yesterday, a remarkable song and set of photos were leaked to the Anonymous website WhyWeProtest.net that were apparently from the Scientology organization in Birmingham, England. Now, Anonymous has put together the photos and the song in this quite entertaining video.

As we've reported here many times before, Scientology is currently in a period of decline and it's getting increasingly desperate to find ways to get money out of its diminishing membership -- even as it pushes to purchase new buildings for "Ideal Orgs."

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[img[x|http://1.gravatar.com/blavatar/ffbc68fe58e7387cf18c173a052a8090?s=16]] [[Blockbuster Scientology Lawsuit: Investigators Claim They Were Paid Millions To Spy On David Miscavige Rival|http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/09/scientology-sued-private-investigators-hired-spy-david-miscavige-rival]] September 23, 2012, [[Radar Online]]
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Two private investigators are suing Scientology for breach of contract, alleging they were hired to spy on the Church's rivals and then let go even though they'd been promised their jobs were permanent.

In the case being heard in San Patricio County, Texas, the investigators, Paul Marrick and Greg Arnold, say they were paid about $500,000 each year since 1988 to keep watch on Pat Broeker, The Dallas Morning News is reporting.

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[img[x|http://www.kesq.com/favicon.ico]] [[Blog Update: Preview of Upcoming Interview with Former Scientology Member|http://web.archive.org/web/20090321070503/http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=10023624]] March 17, 2009, Nathan Baca, [[KESQ.com]]
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We are starting with the second push of our News Channel 3 investigation "Scientology vs. Anonymous" Thursday night at 11 on KESQ.

Wednesday night, we will have the first half of our interview with former Scientology marketing director Jeff Hawkins. We will have the second half of Hawkins' interview Thursday night at 11.
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[img[x|http://www.tulsaworld.com/favicon.ico]] [[Board Ran Up Huge Legal Bills Before Giving Narconon Exemption|http://www.tulsaworld.com/archives/board-ran-up-huge-legal-bills-before-giving-narconon-exemption/article_e7706350-c9a5-5ee3-80cf-a604c7d0a595.html]] August 20, 1992, Wayne Greene, [[Tulsa World]]
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The state mental health board has piledup legal bills of$177,295 to fight the certification of a controversial drug-treatment center - to which it granted a certification exemption last week.

The board has already paid $167,650 to the Oklahoma City law firm Ryan, Corbyn and Geister, said state mental health department spokeswoman Sarah Dunn.

The department is still processing bills for June and July and is to receive one for August, she said.

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[img[x|http://www.nydailynews.com/favicon.ico]] [[Boarding school in England funnels students into Scientology's most secretive sect|http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/boarding-school-england-funnels-students-scientology-secretive-sect-article-1.1112468]] July 11, 2012, Victoria Cavaliere, [[New York Daily News]]
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Greenfields School in England's Sussex countryside describes itself as an "independent day and boarding school from 2 to 18 years old." But those with a close knowledge of the institution tell London's Evening Standard it is "the school of choice" for employees of Saint Hill Manor, Scientology's UK headquarters.

Former students at Greenfields told the Standard that each year, as many as 10 students "disappear," from their normal educational track and are rumored to have been sent to the United States to enroll at Sea Organization, the religious order of the Church of Scientology. Sea Org, which boasts about 6,000 members, is housed in a compound near Los Angeles and devotees purportedly wear Naval-style uniforms.

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{{cite news | first = Victoria | last = Cavaliere | title = Boarding school in England funnels students into Scientology's most secretive sect | url = http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/boarding-school-england-funnels-students-scientology-secretive-sect-article-1.1112468 | work = New York Daily News | date = 2012-07-11 | accessdate = 2013-11-06 }}
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 [[Body found in garden as police hunt for 'vulnerable' Plymouth man|http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/Body-police-hunt-vulnerable-man/story-16759303-detail/story.html]] August 24, 2012, [[Plymouth Herald]]
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Although this was the last official sighting of the 36-year-old man, police say they have one other potential sighting on July 25 when it is believed Mr Somers attended a meeting at the Church of Scientology office in Ebrington Street.
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 [[Body found in Peachtree Corners ID'd, cause of death pending|http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/news/2012/aug/23/body-found-in-peachtree-corners-idd-cause-of/]] August 23, 2012, Tyler Estep, [[Gwinnett Daily Post]]
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The body found last week behind a Peachtree Corners business has been identified, but the cause of death remains undetermined pending toxicology results.

The deceased man, found at about 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 13, has been identified as 39-year-old Ronald Corona, "who is originally from Pennsylvania and has been temporarily living in the Gwinnett area since November 2011," Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said Thursday. Corona had previously been identified only through a pair of distinct tattoos on his body.
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[img[x|http://www.dailypilot.com/favicon.ico]] [[Body found on beach had shotgun blast to the head|http://www.dailypilot.com/articles/2008/01/12/publicsafety/dpt-suicide11.txt]] January 11, 2008, Daniel Tedford, [[Daily Pilot]]
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The apparent suicide occurred near a neighborhood heavily populated by drug and alcohol rehabilitation homes. Investigators said, however, that Russell was not a client at any, police said.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Body is found in Clearwater Harbor|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/51337591.html?dids=51337591:51337591&FMT=FT]] July 1, 1988, Mike Jackson, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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The body was found about 10 a.m. floating face-down along the shore off Victoria Drive near Main Street, Dunedin police said.

The body probably had been in the water about eight hours, said Dunedin Police Sgt. G. M. Hollis. The man apparently drowned, Hollis said, and no foul play was suspected. The medical examiner's office planned an autopsy and had not determined the cause of death Thursday.
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[img[x|http://abcnews.go.com/favicon.ico]] [[Body Wraps Come With Strings Attached|http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=126814&page=1&singlePage=true]] July 26, 2006, Greg Hunter, [[ABC News]]
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"It's not uncommon to take someone down a dress size or two in two weeks," said Victoria Morton, who founded Suddenly Slender and says she has 1,300 franchises worldwide. But experts say the wraps can cause severe dehydration and circulatory problems. 

"It's all pseudoscientific gobbledygook," said Dr. Victor Herbert, a doctor at Mt. Sinai Veterans Research Center who is also on the board of Quackwatch, an organization that debunks false medical claims. He says any weight loss that results from getting a body wrap is temporary, because it is water loss. 

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[img[x|http://www.dallasnews.com/favicon.ico]] [[Bogus Scientology pamphlets irk Leppert|http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/101207dnmetpamphlets.2cc31a1.html]] October 12, 2007, Rudolph Bush, [[Dallas Morning News]]
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No, Mayor Tom Leppert hasn't made the leap from public servant to spiritual healer.

And despite the claims of a booklet that landed on his desk at City Hall this week, he isn't endorsing The Way to Happiness.

The booklet, so titled and featuring the writings of Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, was sent to the mayor's office complete with the city of Dallas seal and a ringing endorsement purportedly from Mr. Leppert.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [['Boheme' sold; plan unclear|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/51699236.html?dids=51699236:51699236&FMT=FT]] August 22, 1986, Mark Albright, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Officials from Commodore Cruise Lines, the owners of the 11,800-ton ship that has cruised the Caribbean for two decades, said they do not know if the ship would continue sailing out of St. Petersburg.

"We don't even know who the new owners are," said Bob Gerity, Commodore's marketing director, who was to make the announcement this afternoon. "We were just notified by the owners in Finland that the ship has been sold and that, for now, they wish their name not be known."
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [['Boheme': Ship's departure from St. Petersburg to leave disappointment in its wake|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/51700312.html?dids=51700312:51700312&FMT=FT]] August 23, 1986, David Olinger, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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City officials learned Thursday afternoon that the Boheme had been sold. Travel agents who had booked passengers on future cruises got even less advance notice. They were told Friday that someone had acquired one of Commodore Cruise Line's two ships.

Bob Garrity, Commodore's marketing director, attributed the suddenness of the sale to an offer the Boheme's Finnish owners "couldn't refuse." The buyer has not been identified.
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[img[x|http://www.sandiego6.com/designimages/xetv-favicon.ico]] [[Boil Water Order for Narconon Facility|https://web.archive.org/web/20100417135715/http://www.sandiego6.com/news/local/story/Boil-Water-Order-for-Narconon-Facility/tNihr2vuUUSQgnlUfMA3_Q.cspx]] April 12, 2010, [[San Diego 6]]
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The County Department of Environmental Health has issued a Boil Water Order and for the Narconon drug-rehab facility in Warner Springs. 

The drinking water system tested present for total coliform bacteria.
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[img[x|http://tbo.com//images/favicon.ico]] [[Bomb Squad Detonates Package Outside Scientology Building|http://web.archive.org/web/20080924160933/http://suncoastpinellas.tbo.com/content/2008/mar/13/132142/tampa-helps-st-pete-scientology-site-bomb-scare/]] March 13, 2008, Stephen Thompson, [[Tampa Tribune]]
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On the birthday of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, church officials reported a bomb threat and had a bomb squad detonate a suspicious package outside their downtown building.

A security guard at the Life Improvement Center, 336 1st Avenue N., called police about 12:30 p.m. and reported finding a suitcase in an alley behind the building. He told police he had not seen the suitcase when he checked the alley earlier, according to a news release from the St. Petersburg Police Department.

Scientology officials were already on guard for suspicious packages, spokesman Pat Harney said, because the church has received several phone and Internet threats recently. Today's message implied that a bomb had been sent to one of the local Scientology buildings, he said.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Book spells out rationale for church's 'spy system'|http://www.antisectes.net/sp-times-scientology-special-report-pulitzer-price.pdf#page=15]] January 9, 1980, Charles Stafford, Scientology: An in-depth profile of a new force in Clearwater, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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The book, researched, edited and published by the U.S. Ministerial Conference of Scientology Ministers, is entitled: The American Inquisition -- U.S. Government Agency Harassment, Religious Persecution and Abuse of Power.

And this is the introduction:

"Since the inception of the Scientology religious movement more than a quarter of a century ago, government agencies together with vested interest pressure groups have attempted through both overt and covert means to suppress the Church's spiritual practice and expansion.
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[img[x|http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/np.ico]] [[Booklet sent to Winnipeg Mayor's office insinuates politician endorses Scientology|http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=5ba291c3-d797-4ef6-b021-465df15be868]] October 31, 2007, [[National Post]]
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A religious booklet sent to his office makes it seem that Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz officially endorses the musings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
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[img[x|http://www.smh.com.au/favicon.ico]] [[Bookshops won't stock Tom's tale|http://www.smh.com.au/news/books/bookshops-wont-stock-toms-tale/2008/01/12/1199988643651.html]] January 13, 2008, Angela Cuming, [[Sydney Morning Herald]]
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Australian book retailers have bowed to pressure from the Church of Scientology and will not stock a biography on Tom Cruise by British writer Andrew Morton.
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[img[x|http://www.nytimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Boston Man in Costly Fight With Scientology|http://www.nytimes.com/1997/12/21/us/boston-man-in-costly-fight-with-scientology.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm]] December 21, 1997, Douglas Frantz, [[New York Times]]
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Leaving her home in Boston one morning early this month, Therese Minton was shocked to find her husband's photograph on fliers stuck to cars and trees in their Beacon Hill neighborhood. Beneath the photo was text that began: ''The face of religious bigotry. Your neighbor Bob Minton is not all that he seems.''

A few nights later, as children arrived for the birthday party of one of the Mintons' two young daughters, three Scientologists picketed quietly outside the home, handing out the same flier.

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[img[x|http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/favIcon/ColoradoDaily/favicon.ico]] [[Boulder Scientology mission evacuated after threat|http://www.coloradodaily.com/cu-boulder/ci_17567240#axzz1tXFs08ZO]] March 8, 2011, Erica Meltzer, [[Colorado Daily]]
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The Church of Scientology Mission of Boulder briefly evacuated Tuesday evening after receiving a bomb threat.

Susan Gaut, director of special affairs at the mission, said the threat was a prank call and the evacuation was a precaution.

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[img[x|http://www.nzherald.co.nz/favicon.ico]] [[Bowfinger|http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/6/story.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=111565]] January 15, 2000, Russell Baillie, [[New Zealand Herald]]
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When the rest of Chubby's cast start confronting Ramsey on the street with lines about aliens, it cracks his fragile mental state a little more and sends him running for extra sessions at his self-help guru's MindHead, a broad though frequently hilarious parody of Hollywood's flirtation with scientology, with Terence Stamp as its high priest.
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[img[x|http://www.abqjournal.com/favicon.ico]] [[Boxer Johnny Tapia Goes Home From Drug Rehab Center|http://www.abqjournal.com/news/state/aptapia08-11-07.htm]] August 11, 2007, Associated Press, [[Albuquerque Journal]]
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State District Judge Kenneth Martinez agreed to let Tapia leave Friday after he completed his stay at the Second Chance treatment project, an inpatient program with roots in Scientology. The judge placed Tapia in the community custody program, which requires him to wear an ankle monitor.
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[img[x|http://www.dailymail.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Boy, 15, facing charges for holding a sign labelling Scientology 'a cult'|http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1020884/Teenager-15-facing-charges-holding-sign-labelling-Scientology-cult.html?ITO=1490]] May 21, 2008, [[Daily Mail]]
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A 15-year-old facing prosecution for holding up a placard which branded Scientology a "cult" has appealed for help to fight possible charges.

The unnamed teenager was served the summons by City of London police after taking part in a peaceful demonstration opposite the Church's London headquarters, on May 10.

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 [[Brained|http://web.archive.org/web/20010228175431/www.newtimesla.com/issues/2000-12-21/feature.html/printable_page]] December 21, 2000, Ron Russell, [[New Times Los Angeles]]
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The ostrich eggs should have been a tip-off. But Raul Lopez wasn't worried, even though he had paid $30,000 for two of them. The eggs were going to make him rich. After all, his lawyer, Brent Jones, whom he trusted more than his own mother, had convinced him. Jones came highly regarded as a member of the Church of Scientology, the Los Angeles-based church in which Lopez had invested his hope of getting cured of irreversible brain trauma resulting from an auto accident. Never mind that medical experts had concluded that little could be done about his nervous tremor and inability to reason and interact with others the way he did before a big-rig crossed the center line of a Ventura County highway and slammed head-on into his pickup truck in 1985. Without exception, doctors advised him to adapt to his limitations and move on with his life.
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[img[x|http://www.ynetnews.com/favicon.ico]] [[Brainwash summer camp|http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3437443,00.html]] August 14, 2007, Bat-Hen Epstein Elias, [[Ynet]]
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They run summer camps for children and teach them all about love, modesty, and safe sex. They even hand out awards. Yet, it turns out that behind the volunteers of the Association for Prosperity and Security in the Middle East stands the disputed Scientology sect. Association members insist they are not missionaries. "Our aim is to teach values," they say. The surprised parents are not convinced. "How come they run such activities without even asking us?"
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 [[Brainwashed! Scholars of cults accuse each other of bad faith |http://web.archive.org/web/20001203192600/http://linguafranca.com/9812/allen.html]] December 1, 1998, Charlotte Allen, [[Lingua Franca]]
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After years of intimate encounters with a variety of religious groups, one recurrent phenomenon stood out. "I saw people going through a very peculiar experience," Zablocki recalls. "They would lose weight and withdraw. You couldn't have a conversation with them - they seemed to be in a different world."

At first Zablocki believed that the troubled cult members he talked to were experiencing spiritual crises - "the dark night of the soul, like Saint Teresa or Saint John of the Cross." But after reading Robert Lifton's Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism (1961) and Edgar Schein's Coercive Persuasion (1961), famous studies of the mind control and "reeducation" practiced by the Chinese on, among other groups, American prisoners of war captured in the Korean conflict, Zablocki embraced another explanation: brainwashing. Lifton's and Schein's theories of prisoner brainwashing - a process that entailed sensory deprivation, the extraction of confessions, and complete control of the prisoners' environment as a means of manipulating them to share their captors' outlook and do their captors' will - struck him as an apt description of the behavior he'd observed among the theoretically voluntary members of religious groups. From group to group, Zablocki's subjects had reported undergoing rituals more reminiscent of a prison camp than of your average Sunday school: They were deprived of sleep; they were asked to write confessions; they were told their confessions were not adequate.
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[img[x|http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/favicon.ico]] [[Brash Johnson fires from hip in Legislature|http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/110040]] February 27, 2008, Mary K. Reinhart, [[East Valley Tribune]]
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She's on the board of the Church of Scientology's Citizens Commission on Human Rights and has sponsored bills on its behalf to limit use of psychiatric medications, though at least one of her children has struggled with drug and mental health problems and another was an alcoholic.
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[img[x|http://www.nydailynews.com/favicon.ico]] [[Bravest taking the Cruise cure|http://web.archive.org/web/20031216055606/http://www.nydailynews.com/news/local/story/145576p-128631c.html]] December 13, 2003, Greg Gittrich, Special Report, [[NY Daily News]]
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But the Fire Department has no use for Downtown Medical and its disputed detoxification program.

FDNY officials are concerned that many of the 120 firefighters who sought help at the clinic stopped using inhalers and medications prescribed by department doctors.

Fire officials also say the department has no proof that the clinic's regimen of moderate exercise, vitamins and saunas removes toxins from the body.

"Our doctors went down there and checked it out," said Deputy Commissioner Frank Gribbon. "Their opinion was this was not a detoxification program. We don't endorse it."
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Breaking Away from the Church of Scientology: Reading Marty Rathbun's Manifesto|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/07/scientology_marty_rathbun_manifesto.php]] July 16, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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Between 2004 and 2007, Scientology experienced several defections by high-ranking executives who later wrote books about breaking away from what...
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[img[x|http://defamer.com/favicon.ico]] [[Breaking: Secret Tom Cruise Scientology Indoctrination Video Finally Hits Web; Proves He Is Even Crazier Than We Ever Imagined|http://gawker.com/344781/secret-tom-cruise-scientology-indoctrination-video-finally-hits-web-proves-he-is-even-crazier-than-we-ever-imagined]] January 14, 2008, Seth, [[Defamer]]
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In lieu of Golden Globes awards speeches, our East Coasted sibling site posted a memorable video package, via Hollywood Interrupted, fêting messianic Scientology mouthpiece Tom Cruise as he accepted their 2005 Freedom Medal of Valor. Like most of Scientology's sacred babblings, the text was never meant to reach outside eyes; the video quickly disappeared from YouTube, soon to shake off from the temporary effects of the tranquilizing serum plunged into its neck and find itself buried alive beneath a patch of carefully attended petunias on the grounds of Gilman Hot Springs HQ.
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[img[x|http://www.post-gazette.com/favicon.ico]] [[Bridge to Total Freedom a lifetime commitment|http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05205/542900.stm]] July 24, 2005, Alana Semuels, [[Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]]
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Some say it's the only true way toward a happier existence. Others label it a new religion that soon will be accepted in society, like the Mormon Church. And then there are the people who call it a cult.

Scientology has been called many things in its half century of existence, and even now, it is a controversial organization.
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[img[x|http://www.tradingmarkets.com/wp-content/themes/news/images/favicon.ico]] [[Brief: Rehab Center Tries To Garner Support: Letters Sent To State Legislators|http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock%20News/2104788/]] January 1, 2009, [[Albuquerque Journal]]
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Joy Westrum, president of the soon-to-be evicted Second Chance rehabilitation program, is trying to drum up legislative support to save her program. 

On Wednesday, Westrum sent out an e-mail to several state senators and representatives asking them to "encourage the mayor and the city of Albuquerque to do everything possible to resolve any legitimate concerns regarding the lease with Second Chance" for the old West Side jail building.
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{{cite news | title = Brief: Rehab Center Tries To Garner Support: Letters Sent To State Legislators | url = http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock%20News/2104788/ | work = Albuquerque Journal | date = 2009-01-01 | accessdate = 2011-10-27 }}
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[img[x|http://www.tulsaworld.com/favicon.ico]] [[Bright new day dims at Chilocco / Drug-alcohol center mired in controversy|http://www.tulsaworld.com/archives/bright-new-day-dims-at-chilocco-drug-alcohol-center-mired/article_823fdea8-aacc-50d2-8311-a3e6c0499916.html]] March 9, 1992, Mary Hargrove, 1/4, [[Tulsa World]]
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First in a series
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[img[x|http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [[Britain denies Scientologists status as charitable group|http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19991209&slug=3000389]] December 9, 1999, [[Seattle Times]]
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Government officials denied the Church of Scientology charitable status today, saying it does not provide any public services.

Scientologists said they would appeal the decision, announced by the Charity Commission, which regulates charities.

The commission said the church did not meet the essential test for charitable status - "that of conferring public benefit."
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[img[x|http://network.nationalpost.com/np/favicon.ico]] [[Britain's censorship of a Scientology protest sign: A defeat for free expression|http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2008/05/26/the-post-editorial-board-on-britain-s-censorship-of-a-scientology-protest-sign-a-defeat-for-free-expression.aspx]] May 26, 2008, Marni Soupcoff, Editorial, [[National Post]]
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If protest materials can be confiscated, then not much is left of the right to protest against Scientology. It read "Scientology is not a religion, it is a dangerous cult." The lad was, by his account, warned "within five minutes of arriving" by police on the scene that his sign was unlikely to be permitted because it contained the word "cult." Shortly thereafter, a policewoman read him a section (introduced in 1994) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act:
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[img[x|http://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/nypost/static/images/favicon.ico]] [[BRITISH AUTHOR'S ON 'CRUISE' PATROL|http://www.nypost.com/seven/12182007/gossip/cindy/british_authors_on_cruise_patrol_745766.htm]] December 18, 2007, Cindy Adams, Gossip, [[New York Post]]
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A Tom Cruise bio is about to drop upon us. St. Martin's Press is thrilled. Tom Cruise is maybe less thrilled. The thing is unauthorized. Also possibly unwanted and unappreciated. In fact, its title is "Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography."
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[img[x|http://img2.timeinc.net/people/favicon.ico]] [[Brooke Shields Lashes Out at Tom Cruise|http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1067822,00.html]] June 1, 2005, [[People]]
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Brooke Shields is lashing out at Tom Cruise, who recently criticized the actress for using antidepressants and called her actions "irresponsible." 

Shields, whose recent book Down Came the Rain chronicles her battle with postpartum depression following the birth of her daughter Rowan in 2003, says Cruise should mind his own business. 

"Tom should stick to saving the world from aliens and let women who are experiencing postpartum depression decide what treatment options are best for them," says the former Suddenly Susan star. 

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[img[x|http://www.abc.net.au/favicon.ico]] [[Brother wants answers on Scientologist's suicide|http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/11/23/2750746.htm]] November 23, 2009, Emma Rodgers, [[ABC News (Australia)]]
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Thirty-year-old Edward McBride killed himself in the Brisbane suburb of Everton Park in February 2007.

Mr McBride had been a member of the Church of Scientology for about two years and had paid $25,000 for various courses.

A coroner's inquiry into his death heard evidence that members of the church had contacted him 19 times in the days before his death about completing an "audit".
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{{cite news | first = Emma | last = Rodgers | title = Brother wants answers on Scientologist's suicide | url = http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/11/23/2750746.htm | work = ABC News (Australia) | date = 2009-11-23 | accessdate = 2011-06-04 }}
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[img[x|http://resources.news.com.au/cs/heraldsun/images/favicon.ico]] [[Brumby Government bans group linked to Church of Scientology from Victorian schools|http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/brumby-government-bans-group-linked-to-church-of-scientology-from-victorian-schools/story-e6frf7jo-1225804741844]] November 28, 2009, John Masanauskas, [[Herald Sun]]
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THE Brumby Government has banned a group linked to the Church of Scientology from Victoria's public schools after it sponsored an art prize. 

The Government acted after learning from the Herald Sun that thousands of dollars of taxpayers' money was used to back a school art prize run by the Scientology-sponsored Youth for Human Rights. It follows a similar move by the NSW Government last week.
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{{cite news | first = John | last = Masanauskas | title = Brumby Government bans group linked to Church of Scientology from Victorian schools | url = http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/brumby-government-bans-group-linked-to-church-of-scientology-from-victorian-schools/story-e6frf7jo-1225804741844 | work = Herald Sun | date = 2009-11-28 | accessdate = 2014-02-09 }}
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[img[x|http://www.telegraph.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Brussels puts squatters over Scientologists|https://web.archive.org/web/20070302165734/http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/10/29/wbrussels29.xml]] October 30, 2006, Justin Stares, [[Daily Telegraph]]
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To the annoyance of the church's senior officials, a newly purchased three-storey property earmarked to become their Brussels HQ has been invaded by squatters.

But their anger with the illegal lodgers is nothing compared to their beef with the Brussels authorities, who have declared the church persona non grata and say they will not enforce eviction orders.
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{{cite news | first = Justin | last = Stares | title = Brussels puts squatters over Scientologists | url = https://web.archive.org/web/20070302165734/http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/10/29/wbrussels29.xml | work = Daily Telegraph | date = 2006-10-30 | accessdate = 2014-02-05 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Building boom expands lodgings for Scientology|http://www.sptimes.com/News/081401/NorthPinellas/Building_boom_expands.shtml]] August 14, 2001, Deborah O'Neil, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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The church now has 565 hotel rooms in and near downtown Clearwater. In a typical week, about 1,300 visiting Scientologists from around the world lodge there while receiving spiritual counseling and training.

The newest expansions at the Sandcastle retreat and the Osceola Inn are part of a construction boom that marks Scientology's fastest period of growth in Clearwater since it arrived in 1975. Construction continues on the massive $50-million Flag Building downtown slated to open in March 2003.
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{{cite news | first = Deborah | last = O'Neil | title = Building boom expands lodgings for Scientology | url = http://www.sptimes.com/News/081401/NorthPinellas/Building_boom_expands.shtml | work = St. Petersburg Times | date = 2001-08-14 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.christianitytoday.com/favicon.ico]] [[Building Scientopolis|http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2000/september4/7.90.html]] September 4, 2000, Jody Veenker, [[Christianity Today]]
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How Scientology remade Clearwater, Florida -- and what local Christians learned in the process.
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{{cite news | first = Jody | last = Veenker | author2 = Rabey, Steve | title = Building Scientopolis | url = http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2000/september4/7.90.html | work = Christianity Today | date = 2000-09-04 | accessdate = 2014-03-25 }}
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[img[x|http://www.latimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Burglaries and Lies Paved a Path to Prison|http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-scientologysidec062490,0,7034344.story]] June 24, 1990, Robert W. Welkos, [[Los Angeles Times]]
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Snow White began in 1973 as an effort by Scientology through Freedom of Information proceedings to purge government files of what Hubbard thought was false information being circulated worldwide to discredit him and the church. But the operation soon mushroomed into a massive criminal conspiracy, executed by the church's legal and investigative arm, the Guardian Office.
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{{cite news | first = Robert W. | last = Welkos | author2 = Sappell, Joel | title = Burglaries and Lies Paved a Path to Prison | url = http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-scientologysidec062490,0,7034344.story | work = Los Angeles Times | date = 1990-06-24 | accessdate = 2014-03-25 }}
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 [[BU's Scientology Connection  --  Scientology's Tangled Web|http://bostonphoenix.com/alt1/archive/specials/scientology/TANGLED_WEB.html]] April 19, 1996, Dan Kennedy, [[Boston Phoenix]]
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{{cite news | first = Dan | last = Kennedy | title = BU's Scientology Connection  --  Scientology's Tangled Web | url = http://bostonphoenix.com/alt1/archive/specials/scientology/TANGLED_WEB.html | work = Boston Phoenix | date = 1996-04-19 | accessdate = 2014-03-15 }}
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 [[BU's Scientology Connection  --  the Secrets of Scientology|http://bostonphoenix.com/alt1/archive/specials/scientology/SECRETS.html]] April 19, 1996, Dan Kennedy, [[Boston Phoenix]]
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{{cite news | first = Dan | last = Kennedy | title = BU's Scientology Connection  --  the Secrets of Scientology | url = http://bostonphoenix.com/alt1/archive/specials/scientology/SECRETS.html | work = Boston Phoenix | date = 1996-04-19 | accessdate = 2014-03-15 }}
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 [[BU's Scientology Connection - Dan Kennedy's Response|http://bostonphoenix.com/alt1/archive/specials/scientology/RESPONSE.html]] May 3, 1996, Dan Kennedy, [[Boston Phoenix]]
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It is simply untrue to state that I did not bother to contact a Church of Scientology representative. I conducted a one-and-a-half-hour interview with Earle Cooley, a leading lawyer for the church -- and, based on his past statements, a member.
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{{cite news | first = Dan | last = Kennedy | title = BU's Scientology Connection - Dan Kennedy's Response | url = http://bostonphoenix.com/alt1/archive/specials/scientology/RESPONSE.html | work = Boston Phoenix | date = 1996-05-03 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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 [[BU's Scientology Connection - More Responses|http://bostonphoenix.com/alt1/archive/specials/scientology/LETTER2.html]] June 7, 1996, Letters, [[Boston Phoenix]]
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 [[BU's Scientology Connection - Scientology's Response|http://bostonphoenix.com/alt1/archive/specials/scientology/LETTER.html]] May 3, 1996, Beth Akiyama, Letter, [[Boston Phoenix]]
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In "BU's Scientology Connection" (News, April 19), Dan Kennedy tried to make an issue out of Scientology by questioning whether Mr. Earle Cooley, an attorney who has represented the Church of Scientology and is also a Boston University trustee, is a Scientologist. Next, Kennedy will be inquiring whether the president of IBM is a Catholic or demanding how many New York judges are Muslims.
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{{cite news | first = Beth | last = Akiyama | title = BU's Scientology Connection - Scientology's Response | url = http://bostonphoenix.com/alt1/archive/specials/scientology/LETTER.html | work = Letter | publisher = Boston Phoenix | date = 1996-05-03 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Bush vetoes Scientology bill|http://www.sptimes.com/2005/05/26/State/Bush_vetoes_Scientolo.shtml]] May 26, 2005, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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The bill was backed by the Church of Scientology and sponsored by Rep. Gus Barreiro, R-Miami Beach and Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa.
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{{cite news | title = Bush vetoes Scientology bill | url = http://www.sptimes.com/2005/05/26/State/Bush_vetoes_Scientolo.shtml | work = St. Petersburg Times | date = 2005-05-26 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.nytimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Bush's Call to Church Groups To Get Untraditional Replies|http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B0CEFD81F30F933A15751C0A9679C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all]] February 20, 2001, Laurie Goodstein, [[New York Times]]
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In an interview with The New York Times during the campaign, Mr. Bush was asked if, for example, he would approve of government financing for a Church of Scientology antidrug program. He answered: "I have a problem with the teachings of Scientology being viewed on the same par as Judaism or Christianity. That just happens to be a personal point of view. But I am interested in results. I am not focused on the process."
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{{cite news | first = Laurie | last = Goodstein | title = Bush's Call to Church Groups To Get Untraditional Replies | url = http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B0CEFD81F30F933A15751C0A9679C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all | work = New York Times | date = 2001-02-20 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Businessman says he will purchase the Gray Moss Inn|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/50092663.html?dids=50092663:50092663&FMT=FT]] August 8, 1987, Tony Doris, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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The Gray Moss Inn is across the street from the Fort Harrison Hotel, the headquarters of the Church of Scientology.

Scientologists and senior citizens were among the residents evacuated when city inspectors found 138 violations of building and fire codes at the Gray Moss Inn in September 1985. Officials finally cleared the building for occupancy last December after violations were corrected.

Seiflein said he is a Scientologist but is not buying the hotel for the church. In fact, he was unsuccessful in trying to rent rooms to the church, he said. ''They said they only wanted a real nice place.''

Scientology spokesman Richard Haworth also said the Scientologists have no part in the purchase agreement.
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{{cite news | first = Tony | last = Doris | title = Businessman says he will purchase the Gray Moss Inn | url = http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/50092663.html?dids=50092663:50092663&FMT=FT | work = St. Petersburg Times | date = 1987-08-08 | accessdate = 2011-10-02 }}
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 [[Buying God: Tough to Get a Refund on Salvation|http://moneywatch.bnet.com/saving-money/blog/devil-details/buying-god-tough-to-get-a-refund-on-salvation/1473/]] March 1, 2010, Kathy Kristof, [[CBS Moneywatch]]
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But the reason they are at war is an economic one. Anderson said that he prepaid for about $120,000 of religious services that he never received and doesn't want. He wants his donations back.

Scientology actually has two written refund policies. If you pay for a service and are dissatisfied, you can request a refund within 90 days. These refunds would be discretionary (presumably like they are at Macy's, when it appears that you wore the prom dress and spilled soda on it, before claiming it didn't fit).

But if you prepay for services and don't receive them, you are supposed to be able to claim a refund at any time, Anderson said.
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{{cite news | first = Kathy | last = Kristof | title = Buying God: Tough to Get a Refund on Salvation | url = http://moneywatch.bnet.com/saving-money/blog/devil-details/buying-god-tough-to-get-a-refund-on-salvation/1473/ | work = CBS Moneywatch | date = 2010-03-01 | accessdate = 2011-10-29 }}
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[img[x|http://www.metnews.com/favicon.ico]] [[C.A. Rejects Attorney's Lien Claim in Scientology Case|http://www.metnews.com/articles/2006/schl120806.htm]] December 8, 2006, Kenneth Ofgang, [[Metropolitan News-Enterprise]]
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The Court of Appeal for this district has rejected an attorney's claim to a portion of the millions of dollars recovered by a former Scientologist in the decades-long suit over what he said were coercive tactics by the church.

Div. Two Wednesday affirmed Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert L. Hess' ruling invalidating Leta Schlosser's attorney fee lien against Lawrence D. Wollersheim's $8.7 million recovery from the Church of Scientology and its affiliated organizations.
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{{cite news | first = Kenneth | last = Ofgang | title = C.A. Rejects Attorney's Lien Claim in Scientology Case | url = http://www.metnews.com/articles/2006/schl120806.htm | work = Metropolitan News-Enterprise | date = 2006-12-08 | accessdate = 2014-01-27 }}
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[img[x|http://www.mukaumedia.co.uk/wp-content/themes/agency/images/favicon.ico]] [[Camelot Castle Hotel: down the online reputation rabbit-hole|http://www.mukaumedia.co.uk/camelot-castle-online-reputation-rabbit-hole/]] June 13, 2010, Sam Deeks, [[UK online reputation management]]
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By the time you've read the hotel's own disconcerting copy on its website and the TripAdvisor and Holiday Watchdog reviews it's hard not to start to feel uneasy about the connection between the owners of this hotel and the 'Church of Scientology'.

A quick standard Google search for "Camelot Castle Hotel" reveals (as you'd expect) a P1 of Google stuffed full of neutral references (apart from this lone article now). These include the hotel's own website plus a range of other tourism directory listings. Nothing unusual there. In fact, almost nothing on the first 5 or 6 pages cause concern. Except this one listing on P2 beginning: "It takes a lot to freak me…" [update: this has since changed considerably]

But search for "Camelot Castle Hotel scientology" or "camelot castle scientology" and things will get much more interesting. Very quickly, you'll find yourself encountering owner John Mappin, his Khazakh wife Irina and artist Ted Stourton. A little more research on all three gets even more interesting - not least Mappin's short career as 'porn film' actor and his defeat in the High Court in a sordid fraud case. But these things are really only the beginning.
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{{cite news | first = Sam | last = Deeks | title = Camelot Castle Hotel: down the online reputation rabbit-hole | url = http://www.mukaumedia.co.uk/camelot-castle-online-reputation-rabbit-hole/ | work = UK online reputation management | date = 2010-06-13 | accessdate = 2013-08-31 }}
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 [[Campaign of harassment or just a wild imagination?|http://www.canada.com/components/print.aspx?id=96c0449e-b546-4035-9d70-eea82c8b7753&sponsor=]] August 16, 2008, Steve Faguy, [[Montreal Gazette]]
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In February, anti-Scientology activists in Montreal joined others around the world in the organization's first simultaneous masked protest, which now take place monthly - including today at 11 a.m. in Lafontaine Park.

Last month, a video from a local Anonymous protest was posted on YouTube. In it, a Montreal woman claims that minions from the Church of Scientology began a campaign of harassment and got her fired from her new job. The Gazette spoke to this woman, known online as "Anonymiss," about her assertions against Scientology. She agreed to an interview only on the condition that her real name not be used.
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{{cite news | first = Steve | last = Faguy | title = Campaign of harassment or just a wild imagination? | url = http://www.canada.com/components/print.aspx?id=96c0449e-b546-4035-9d70-eea82c8b7753&sponsor= | work = Montreal Gazette | date = 2008-08-16 | accessdate = 2009-12-29 }}
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[img[x|archive.dailycal.org/images/favicon.ico]] [[Campus Speaker Criticized by Ex-Devotees|http://archive.dailycal.org/article/11416/campus_speaker_criticized_by_ex-devotees]] April 30, 2003, Martin Ricard, [[Daily California]]
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A controversial religious leader will speak at Zellerbach Hall tonight, despite objections from former followers who claim he leads a cult. 

Former members allege Prem Rawat, head of Elan Vital, Inc., hides a checkered past and is using the event to recruit new members. 

"He's coming to Berkeley doing an introductory program, which means he's trying to recruit more people," said former follower Joe Whalen, who lives in San Francisco.

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{{cite news | first = Martin | last = Ricard | title = Campus Speaker Criticized by Ex-Devotees | url = http://archive.dailycal.org/article/11416/campus_speaker_criticized_by_ex-devotees | work = Daily California | date = 2003-04-30 | accessdate = 2011-10-29 }}
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 [[Candidates in Senate District 9 fight each other - with ostrich eggs and bikinis|http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/may/31/candidates-senate-district-9-fight-each-other-ostr/]] May 31, 2012, David McGrath Schwartz, [[Las Vegas Sun]]
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St. Martin's campaign swung first in the exchange of character assault, depicting on its website an ostrich sticking its head in the ground with the text, "Warning! Did Brent Jones talk a mentally disabled man into giving up $30,000 for Brent's ostrich egg business?"

Cited as its source was a 12-year-old news story from New Times Los Angeles about a lawsuit accusing Jones of selling two ostrich eggs to a man with a traumatic brain injury for $30,000 in 1994.

According to the article, Raul Lopez and his mother accused the Church of Scientology, Jones and others of bilking him out of money he received from the car accident that left him with brain damage. Both Lopez and Jones were Scientologists.

The case was settled out of court and is sealed.
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{{cite news | first = David McGrath | last = Schwartz | title = Candidates in Senate District 9 fight each other - with ostrich eggs and bikinis | url = http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/may/31/candidates-senate-district-9-fight-each-other-ostr/ | work = Las Vegas Sun | date = 2012-05-31 | accessdate = 2014-02-19 }}
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[img[x|http://www.canoe.ca/favicon.ico]] [[Canucks offer prayer to Yoda|http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/Canadiana/2003/05/14/pf-86721.html]] May 14, 2003, Sarah Green, [[cnews]]
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Some 20,000 Canadians named Jedi -- made famous by Star Wars -- as their religion, according to census data. 

This echoes a result of the 2001 British census where 390,000 residents claimed to follow the Jedi faith after a massive Internet campaign. 

Those who worshipped at less conventional altars included 9,575 who cited Wicca as their religion; 1,135 Rastafarians; and 1,525 who follow Scientology, made famous by celebrities like Tom Cruise and John Travolta. Meanwhile, 4.8 million Canadians, including 770,850 Torontonians, claimed to follow no religion in 2001, compared with 3.3 million a decade earlier.
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{{cite news | first = Sarah | last = Green | title = Canucks offer prayer to Yoda | url = http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/Canadiana/2003/05/14/pf-86721.html | work = cnews | date = 2003-05-14 | accessdate = 2011-06-23 }}
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Case Closed: Paul Thomas Anderson's Script for The Master is Nothing But Scientology UPDATE: The New Trailer!|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/07/scientology_the_master_marc_headley.php]] July 19, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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Former Scientologist Marc Headley, who first revealed to the Voice in 2009 that Tom Cruise talked to ashtrays and beverage...
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{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Case Closed: Paul Thomas Anderson's Script for The Master is Nothing But Scientology UPDATE: The New Trailer! | url = http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/07/scientology_the_master_marc_headley.php | work = Runnin' Scared | publisher = Village Voice | date = 2012-07-19 | accessdate = 2014-02-07 }}
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[img[x|http://www.tulsaworld.com/favicon.ico]] [[Case for the cure|http://www.tulsaworld.com/archives/case-for-the-cure/article_d3755429-e4e9-5e5f-bda6-53092a8ed95c.html]] November 6, 2005, Leigh Woosley, [[Tulsa World]]
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Narconon wasn't licensed directly by the state for several years after coming here. The Oklahoma Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services refused to approve the Narconon program, calling its treatment methods "unsafe and ineffective."

The rehab program, however, was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and as a result, the state exempted Narconon from licensing until a recent law change required rehab programs to be licensed by the state. Narconon was certified by the state earlier this year without any problems, according to a spokesman for ODMHSAS.
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{{cite news | first = Leigh | last = Woosley | title = Case for the cure | url = http://www.tulsaworld.com/archives/case-for-the-cure/article_d3755429-e4e9-5e5f-bda6-53092a8ed95c.html | work = Tulsa World | date = 2005-11-06 | accessdate = 2013-11-01 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Cases shine a light into Scientology|http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-cases-shine-a-light-into-scientology/2145497]] October 4, 2013, Douglas R. Clifford, Editorial, [[Tampa Bay Times]]
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The judges in two separate lawsuits against the Church of Scientology have made the right call to keep the focus on the church's behavior and reject its efforts to sidetrack the cases. The church should address the accusations of misconduct directly rather than delay and obfuscate by trying to force its accusers to change lawyers.

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{{cite news | first = Douglas R. | last = Clifford | title = Cases shine a light into Scientology | url = http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-cases-shine-a-light-into-scientology/2145497 | work = Editorial | publisher = Tampa Bay Times | date = 2013-10-04 | accessdate = 2013-10-16 }}
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[img[x|http://www.lawnow.org/wp-content/themes/news_cplea/images/favicon.ico]] [[Casey Hill and the Church of Scientology|http://www.lawnow.org/casey-hill-church-of-scientology/]] March 1, 2013, Peter Bowal, [[LawNow Magazine]]
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In 1983, the Ontario Provincial Police obtained a search warrant and searched premises occupied by Scientology. Approximately 250,000 documents in 900 boxes – over two million pages of material – were seized. Scientology promptly sought to invalidate the search warrant and secure the return of the seized documents. One and a half years later, a judge ordered 232 of the documents to remain sealed.
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{{cite news | first = Peter | last = Bowal | author2 = Michelle Barron | title = Casey Hill and the Church of Scientology | url = http://www.lawnow.org/casey-hill-church-of-scientology/ | work = LawNow Magazine | date = 2013-03-01 | accessdate = 2014-06-11 }}
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[img[x|http://www.wired.com/favicon.ico]] [[Cast Your Vote On The Wikipedia Editing Wall Of Shame|http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/2007/08/cast-your-vote-.html]] August 15, 2007, Scott Gilbertson, Blogs, [[Wired]]
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Threat Level is running a poll where you can track and vote on the most shameful and/or disturbing Wikipedia edits found with Virgil Griffith's new Wikipedia search tool. For those that missed the story, Griffith created a tool that unmasks the anonymous edits made to Wikipedia pages.
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{{cite news | first = Scott | last = Gilbertson | title = Cast Your Vote On The Wikipedia Editing Wall Of Shame | url = http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/2007/08/cast-your-vote-.html | work = Blogs | publisher = Wired | date = 2007-08-15 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.wired.com/favicon.ico]] [[Caught in the Crossfire|http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/4.11/updata.html]] November 1, 1996, Wendy M. Grossman, [[Wired]]
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The debate is familiar: are Internet posters who quote published material engaging in free speech or have they purloined copyrighted intellectual property? In the battle between the Church of Scientology (COS) and the Net, the shrapnel's still flying. As long ago as May 1995, posters on alt.religion.scientology were betting that California Nethead Grady Ward would be the next Church target. On March 21, 1996, those predictions were borne out: the COS filed a lawsuit accusing Ward of anonymously posting a series of texts under the moniker "Scamizdat" - documents containing secrets normally seen by Scientologists only after years of expensive study. The Church also obtained a preliminary injunction, forcing Ward to cease any activity that would violate COS copyright of the materials."
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{{cite news | first = Wendy M. | last = Grossman | title = Caught in the Crossfire | url = http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/4.11/updata.html | work = Wired | date = 1996-11-01 | accessdate = 2010-11-14 }}
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[img[x|http://1.gravatar.com/blavatar/ffbc68fe58e7387cf18c173a052a8090]] [[Caught Red Handed: Private Eye Confesses He Was Paid By The Church Of Scientology To Conduct Surveillance On Tom Cruise's Former Auditor & His Wife|http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/03/scientology-marty-rathbun-monique-rathbun-lawsuit-church-hired-private-investigator/]] March 25, 2014, Jen Heger, [[Radar Online]]
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The Church of Scientology paid a private investigator to trail its high-ranking defector, it's been claimed in court documents, a man who has claimed he personally audited Tom Cruise and recorded the Hollywood megastar's private confessionals.

As part of a major harassment lawsuit filed by Marty Rathbun's wife against the church, Scientologist David Lubow, a noted Scientology sleuth, submitted a sworn affidavit in which he admitted he was paid for his services and to make a documentary about the activities of the former Inspector General, who left the church in 2004.
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{{cite news | first = Jen | last = Heger | title = Caught Red Handed: Private Eye Confesses He Was Paid By The Church Of Scientology To Conduct Surveillance On Tom Cruise's Former Auditor & His Wife | url = http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/03/scientology-marty-rathbun-monique-rathbun-lawsuit-church-hired-private-investigator/ | work = Radar Online | date = 2014-03-25 | accessdate = 2014-06-11 }}
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[img[x|http://www.tulsaworld.com/favicon.ico]] [[Cause of death for Narconon Arrowhead patient unknown, state medical examiner says|http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/crimewatch/cause-of-death-for-narconon-arrowhead-patient-unknown-state-medical/article_c2f0c336-4d99-54e4-94eb-16178aa167ed.html]] October 24, 2012, Jarrel Wade, [[Tulsa World]]
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The state Medical Examiner's Office could not determine what caused the April death of a woman at a detoxification facility rooted in Scientology, an autopsy report released Tuesday indicates.
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{{cite news | first = Jarrel | last = Wade | title = Cause of death for Narconon Arrowhead patient unknown, state medical examiner says | url = http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/crimewatch/cause-of-death-for-narconon-arrowhead-patient-unknown-state-medical/article_c2f0c336-4d99-54e4-94eb-16178aa167ed.html | work = Tulsa World | date = 2012-10-24 | accessdate = 2014-02-17 }}
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[img[x|http://live.cbc.ca/favicon.ico]] [[CBC Montreal|http://live.cbc.ca/Event/CBC_Montreal/28038881]] April 17, 2012, Catou MacKinnon, [[CBC Montreal]]
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The Mauricie and Central Quebec Health Agency says it will never grant a Scientology-based rehab centre permission to operate. [Audio]
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[img[x|http://www.culthelp.info/images/caic.ico]] [[CCHR and Narconon|http://www.caic.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=933&Itemid=12]] May 1, 1991, Louis Jolyon West, [[Southern California Psychiatrist]]
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In a previous article (SCPS Newsletter, July, 1990) I provided an historical account of the Church of Scientology. It is a pseudo-scientific healing cult that was formed in the 1950s, and has grown, with the help of extravagant lies and deliberate deception, into a multimillion dollar, international enterprise. Through its many publications, but especially through its newspaper "Freedom," Scientology regularly defames its critics (such as myself) and praises its friends (such as Thomas Szasz).

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{{cite news | first = Louis Jolyon | last = West | title = CCHR and Narconon | url = http://www.caic.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=933&Itemid=12 | work = Southern California Psychiatrist | date = 1991-05-01 | accessdate = 2014-02-17 }}
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 [[CCTV footage released of a vandal who smashed about 30 windows at a North Tce church last month|http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/cctv-footage-released-of-a-vandal-who-smashed-about-30-windows-at-a-north-tce-church-last-month/story-fni6uo1m-1226871257662]] April 1, 2014, Sam Kelton, [[The Advertiser]]
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VISION of a vandal who smashed almost windows at a city church has been released by police. 
 
In the early hours of Tuesday, March, 18 an unknown man is seen causing damage to the church on North Terrace, according to reports.
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{{cite news | first = Sam | last = Kelton | title = CCTV footage released of a vandal who smashed about 30 windows at a North Tce church last month | url = http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/cctv-footage-released-of-a-vandal-who-smashed-about-30-windows-at-a-north-tce-church-last-month/story-fni6uo1m-1226871257662 | work = The Advertiser | date = 2014-04-01 | accessdate = 2014-04-02 }}
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 [[Celeb barrier|http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/nov/03/green-glover-celeb-barrier/]] November 3, 2009, Stephanie Green, [[Washington Times]]
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The Church of Scientology hosted a "blessing and opening ceremony" of its new building at 1424 16th St. NW. over the weekend, causing traffic delays and scores of curious passers-by to stop and gawk. Many of those curious Georges may have been hoping for a glimpse of one of the church's many celebrity members, such as Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren, but were deterred thanks to a large plastic barricade.
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{{cite news | first = Stephanie | last = Green | author2 = Glover, Elizabeth | title = Celeb barrier | url = http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/nov/03/green-glover-celeb-barrier/ | work = Washington Times | date = 2009-11-03 | accessdate = 2014-03-25 }}
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 [[Celeb Church Opens In York|http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/yorknews/display.var.1994162.0.celeb_church_opens_in_york.php]] January 25, 2007, [[York Press]]
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The Church of Scientology Mission of York has opened at Matmer House in Hull Road - one of 14 Scientology "churches" now open in the UK.
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 [[Celebration Turns Deadly at FrontSight Firearms Training|http://www.klas-tv.com/Global/story.asp?S=6752130]] July 5, 2007, Colleen McCarty, I-Team, [[KLAS]]
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A Fourth of July celebration at a weapons training facility near Pahrump ended with the death of a young father.
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{{cite news | first = Colleen | last = McCarty | title = Celebration Turns Deadly at FrontSight Firearms Training | url = http://www.klas-tv.com/Global/story.asp?S=6752130 | work = I-Team | publisher = KLAS | date = 2007-07-05 | accessdate = 2014-06-11 }}
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[img[x|http://static.guim.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Celebrities lead charge against Scientology|http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/22/scientology-cruise-haggis-us-australia]] November 1, 2009, Peter Beaumont, [[The Observer]]
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The occasion was a memorial service for Scientology's top legal adviser for a quarter of a century, Earle Cooley. The controversial head of Scientology worldwide, David Miscavige, delivered the eulogy, thanking his late friend for his contribution to the neo-religion during his career, much of which was spent pursuing journalists and former members who spoke out against it.

Miscavige may since have wondered privately what Cooley would have made of the events of last week. Scientology, founded in 1953 by the late science fiction pulp novelist, serial fantasist and inveterate self-publicist L Ron Hubbard, is under fire again across the globe, following years of struggle to be recognised - with some success - as a legitimate church.

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{{cite news | first = Peter | last = Beaumont | author2 = O'Loughlin, Toni; Harris, Paul | title = Celebrities lead charge against Scientology | url = http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/22/scientology-cruise-haggis-us-australia | work = The Observer | date = 2009-11-01 | accessdate = 2014-03-25 }}
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[img[x|http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [[Celebrity Scientologists Tell Congress Germany Persecutes Them|http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=2523922&date=19970214]] February 14, 1997, Laura Myers, Associated Press, [[Seattle Times]]
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The celebrities claim businesses, schools and festivals are turning away Scientologists. 

The Germany Embassy called the criticism exaggerated and objected to attempts by the Hollywood community to compare the discrimination to the Nazi persecution of Jews - something 34 celebrities who are not Scientologists did last month in a full-page ad in the International Herald Tribune.
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{{cite news | first = Laura | last = Myers | title = Celebrity Scientologists Tell Congress Germany Persecutes Them | url = http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=2523922&date=19970214 | work = Associated Press | publisher = Seattle Times | date = 1997-02-14 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/all/themes/thr/favicon.ico]] [[Celebrity Scientologists Weigh in on the Church's Real Estate Program|http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/celebrity-scientologists-weigh-churchs-real-213625]] July 20, 2011, Daniel Miller, [[Hollywood Reporter]]
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Nancy Cartwright, Danny Masterson and Erika Christensen praise the Church of Scientology for its stewardship of historic Hollywood real estate.

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[img[x|http://i.cmpnet.com/CME/pt/favicon.ico]] [[Celebrity Triggers Tumult Over Psychiatric Care: Did the News Media Make Things Worse?|http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleId=171201499]] September 1, 2005, Michael Jonathan Grinfeld, [[Psychiatric Times]]
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In an effort to achieve balanced reporting, journalists will often treat medical reporting like political reporting, where the sides are clearly demarcated, Oransky said. "Medical reporting needs to be based, obviously, on solid critical thinking and great reporting. You will see the fringes of science and medicine because, for whatever reason, journalists are not able to distinguish between an either mainstream or prevailing opinion and not."

That may account for appearances by Julian Whitaker, M.D., a California physician trained in orthopedics, who promotes and markets a regimen of diet, exercise and nutrients for a variety of serious health issues. Whitaker acknowledges on his Web site that he's a practitioner of "alternative medicine," who's taken "the road less traveled." On both CNN and Fox News prime-time evening programs, Whitaker, representing the Scientology-sponsored Citizen's Commission on Human Rights, denied that mental illness had any basis other than the whim of psychiatrists.
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{{cite news | first = Michael Jonathan | last = Grinfeld | title = Celebrity Triggers Tumult Over Psychiatric Care: Did the News Media Make Things Worse? | url = http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleId=171201499 | work = Psychiatric Times | date = 2005-09-01 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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 [[Celebrity-Lobbyists and American Foreign Policy Toward German Scientology|http://www.solitarytrees.net/pubs/skent/celebs.htm]] March 1, 2002, Stephen A. Kent, [[Journal of Religion and Popular Culture]]
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Neither Travolta, nor Corea, nor Hayes mentioned (probably because they did not yet know) that earlier (on February 28, 1997) a German Scientologist had "been granted asylum in the United States after telling a judge she would be subjected to religious persecution if she went back home" (The Washington Post 1997). Nearly three years later, however (on June 14, 2000), another actress and Scientologist, Catherine Bell, did bring up the asylum issue before the House Committee on International Relations. Pointing out the former German resident in the hearing room, Bell told that committee that she was "Ms. Antje Victore, who in 1997 became the first German Scientologist to be granted asylum by a U.S. immigration court on the grounds that she faced ruinous persecution if she had to return to Germany" (Bell. 2000, [3-4]). Bell could not have realized that the circumstances under which Victore sought asylum were fraudulent, having been contrived by the Scientology organization itself ostensibly to embarrass the Germans. German media exposed the fraud just two weeks after Bell's introduction of her to the American congressional members (Kruttschnitt, Nuebel, and Schweitzer 2000; see Billerbeck 2000; Kent 2001c, 3). 

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{{cite news | first = Stephen A. | last = Kent | title = Celebrity-Lobbyists and American Foreign Policy Toward German Scientology | url = http://www.solitarytrees.net/pubs/skent/celebs.htm | work = Journal of Religion and Popular Culture | date = 2002-03-01 | accessdate = 2014-06-11 }}
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[img[x|http://www.abc.net.au/favicon.ico]] [[Census shows scientology numbers in decline|http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-29/scientology-numbers-going-backwards/4101958]] June 29, 2012, Steve Cannane, [[ABC News (Australia)]]
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Scientology describes itself as the world's fastest growing religion, but in Australia it is going backwards.

Figures released to Lateline from the Australian Census show that in 2011, just 2,163 Australians called themselves Scientologists, a decrease of 13.7 per cent from the 2006 census.

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{{cite news | first = Steve | last = Cannane | title = Census shows scientology numbers in decline | url = http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-29/scientology-numbers-going-backwards/4101958 | work = ABC News (Australia) | date = 2012-06-29 | accessdate = 2014-02-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Center seeks waiver on infant care|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/49925941.html?dids=49925941:49925941&FMT=FT]] January 29, 1987, Rachel L. Jones, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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The county prohibits parents from putting children younger than 2 years in day-care centers, although the children can be placed in licensed homes.

Martha Skelton, director of Clearwater's Community Pride Child Care Center, and supporters hope to circumvent that law. She notes that the licensing board has given permission to four groups to provide infant day care in centers rather than homes: the Pinellas Association for Retarded Citizens, the Upper Pinellas Association for Retarded Citizens, the Church of Scientology and Happy Workers Day Nursery and Nursery School.
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{{cite news | first = Rachel L. | last = Jones | title = Center seeks waiver on infant care | url = http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/49925941.html?dids=49925941:49925941&FMT=FT | work = St. Petersburg Times | date = 1987-01-29 | accessdate = 2011-10-29 }}
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[img[x|http://starcommunity.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/favicon.ico]] [[Centre bid on ice|http://upperyarra.starcommunity.com.au/mail/2013-12-16/centre-bid-on-ice/]] December 16, 2013, Kath Gannaway, [[Upper Yarra Mail]]
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Dr Nerida James, a founder of Get Off Drugs Naturally and one of the directors of Narconon, said in response that they had listened to the community and had addressed issues such as traffic and safety.

"We have hired professional security who we are paying $4000 a week to be there in those after hours times (when police are not on duty) and who are trained to deal with people who might come around selling drugs, or anyone who becomes disruptive," she said.

She said in more than 13 years they had only two incidents at the centre, and none outside the centre.
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{{cite news | first = Kath | last = Gannaway | title = Centre bid on ice | url = http://upperyarra.starcommunity.com.au/mail/2013-12-16/centre-bid-on-ice/ | work = Upper Yarra Mail | date = 2013-12-16 | accessdate = 2014-03-28 }}
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[img[x|http://newsok.com/favicon.ico?v=2]] [[CEO questions attention directed at rehab center|http://newsok.com/ceo-questions-attention-directed-at-rehab-center/article/3779731]] April 4, 2013, [[News OK]]
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McALESTER -- He says his organization has problem with Senate Bill 295 and its aim to give state oversight of his Narconon Arrowhead facility. But CEO Gary Smith wonders why the Legislature is spending so much attention on the measure when there are so many other issues needing action. Narconon Arrowhead drew attention in recent years because of its drug and alcohol reabilitation methods and because of the deaths of four of its patients in the past four years. The nonprofit facility is among those that would be regulated by the bill, which has been passed by the Senate and by a House committee. It still faces a vote of the House and any amendments would send it back to the Senate.
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[img[x|http://www.forbes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Challenge To Clergy Tax Break Gets Green Light  --  Next Stop, Scientology?|http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterjreilly/2012/08/30/freedom-from-religion-foundation-has-standing-to-challenge-clergy-tax-break-next-stop-scientology/]] August 30, 2012, Peter J Reilly, [[Forbes]]
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Scientologists are allowed to deduct the amounts that they pay for "auditing sessions" under a closing agreement that was entered into with the IRS in 1993 – after the IRS had won a case to deny the deductions as quid pro quo in the Supreme Court. Michael Sklar thought the principles of that agreement should allow him to deduct at least some of the payments made for his children to attend religious schools. The Ninth Circuit ruled that Sklar's tuition payments were not that similar to Scientology auditing charges, but went on to observe:

we would not hold that the unlawful policy set forth in the closing agreement must be extended to all religious organizations.
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{{cite news | first = Peter J | last = Reilly | title = Challenge To Clergy Tax Break Gets Green Light  --  Next Stop, Scientology? | url = http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterjreilly/2012/08/30/freedom-from-religion-foundation-has-standing-to-challenge-clergy-tax-break-next-stop-scientology/ | work = Forbes | date = 2012-08-30 | accessdate = 2014-03-28 }}
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[img[x|http://www.nytimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Changed Lives; Religious Leader Takes His Calling to Ground Zero|http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9805E4DF103BF933A1575AC0A9679C8B63]] September 20, 2001, Amy Waldman, [[New York Times]]
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AMID faces gray with grief and grime, theirs are fresh, even smiling. Among blackened uniforms and sooty equipment, their yellow T-shirts are bright buoys. They are clean.

At any time, well over 100 volunteer ministers from the Church of Scientology mill around the remains of the World Trade Center. On the day of the attack, they took in food to workers. Since then, they have taken the mind-altering techniques developed by the church's founder, L. Ron Hubbard.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Changing strategy: Scientology now steps right up to controversy|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/51441692.html?FMT=FT]] December 23, 1988, Stephen Koff, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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After years of sparring with the townsfolk and veiling itself in secrecy, the Church of Scientology has succeeded in turning Clearwater into its spiritual mecca. Scientologists quietly run teen nightclubs, schools, day-care centers, management consulting firms and other businesses, records and interviews show.

Now the strategy of the organization, longtime observers say, is to confront controversy, gain converts and make money - lots of it. Scientology's Clearwater operation brings in $1.5-million to $2-million a week, say church watchers who include Clearwater police, former Scientology security chief Richard Azneran and former Scientologist-turned-author Bent Corydon.

Fee schedules show how the dollars add up: 12 1/2 hours of basic Scientology counseling in Clearwater costs $8,000, not counting meals and accommodations.

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[img[x|http://www.radionetherlands.nl/assets/favicon.ico]] [[Charges against Scientology in Belgium|http://www.radionetherlands.nl/currentaffairs/bel070906]] September 6, 2007, Dave McGuire, [[Radio Netherlands]]
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After a ten-year investigation, Belgian prosecutors have charged twelve members of the Church of Scientology. The accusations include fraud, extortion, illegal practice of medicine, and infringement of privacy law, among others. The decision opens the way for Scientology to be considered a criminal organization.
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{{cite news | first = Dave | last = McGuire | title = Charges against Scientology in Belgium | url = http://www.radionetherlands.nl/currentaffairs/bel070906 | work = Radio Netherlands | date = 2007-09-06 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Charges Dropped Against Scientology Executive Jan Eastgate|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/04/scientology_jan_eastgate_charges_dropped.php]] April 24, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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UPDATE: After the jump, Australian Senator Nick Xenophon's statement about this development -- and attorney Gráinne O'Donovan helps us understand...
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[img[x|http://www.latimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Charges Dropped in Scientologist's Death|http://articles.latimes.com/2000/jun/17/local/me-41831]] June 17, 2000, Larry B. Stammer, [[Los Angeles Times]]
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Florida prosecutors have dropped felony charges against the Church of Scientology in connection with the widely publicized death of a church member in Clearwater, Fla.

State prosecutor Bernie McCabe said his office could not prove its case in the 1995 death of church member Lisa McPherson, 36.
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{{cite news | first = Larry B. | last = Stammer | title = Charges Dropped in Scientologist's Death | url = http://articles.latimes.com/2000/jun/17/local/me-41831 | work = Los Angeles Times | date = 2000-06-17 | accessdate = 2010-08-02 }}
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[img[x|http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [[Charges in deprogramming|http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/archives/1986/8601050512.asp]] March 4, 1986, Jack Hopkins, [[Seattle Post-Intelligencer]]
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The family members of a 30-year-old White Center woman were charged yesterday with locking her up against her will after spending three days trying to deprogram her from the Church of Scientology.
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{{cite news | first = Jack | last = Hopkins | title = Charges in deprogramming | url = http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/archives/1986/8601050512.asp | work = Seattle Post-Intelligencer | date = 1986-03-04 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.pe.com/favicon.ico]] [[Charges will not be filed in Scientology protest|http://blogs.pe.com/news/digest/2009/04/charges-will-not-be-filed-in-s.html]] April 24, 2009, John Asbury, [[Press-Enterprise]]
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The Riverside County district attorney's office will not pursue criminal charges against two protesters cited for trespassing at the Scientology compound outside San Jacinto.

Prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to file charges after Mark Bunker and Douglas Owens were arrested and released Feb. 24 for blocking the driveway of Golden Era Studios on Gilman Springs Road.

The two men were part of a small protest that formed after the Riverside County Board of Supervisors proposed a no picketing ordinance prohibiting protestors from within 30 feet of any residences.
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{{cite news | first = John | last = Asbury | title = Charges will not be filed in Scientology protest | url = http://blogs.pe.com/news/digest/2009/04/charges-will-not-be-filed-in-s.html | work = Press-Enterprise | date = 2009-04-24 | accessdate = 2010-08-02 }}
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[img[x|http://www.bu.edu/favicon.ico]] [[Charisma, Crowd Psychology and Altered States of Consciousness|http://www.bu.edu/anthrop/faculty/lindholm/ASCCharisma.html]] September 1, 1992, Charles Lindholm, Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, [[Springer Netherlands]]
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Abstract This paper argues that an interpretive meaning-centered analysis is not adequate for understanding collective behavior that is outside the range of calculating rationality. Alternative approaches to collective irrational action are drawn from the work of Weber and Durkheim, as well as from the crowd psychologists Le Bon and Tarde. These approaches are then illustrated in a short analysis of the trajectories and recruitment techniques of two contemporary American religious annunciations: est and Scientology, and the findings applied to the general social formation.
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{{cite news | first = Charles | last = Lindholm | title = Charisma, Crowd Psychology and Altered States of Consciousness | url = http://www.bu.edu/anthrop/faculty/lindholm/ASCCharisma.html | work = Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry | publisher = Springer Netherlands | date = 1992-09-01 | accessdate = 2010-08-02 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sfweekly.com/favicon.ico]] [[Charitable Front: Mysterious organizations in the Bay Area profess to be advocating for liberal causes. In truth, they appear to be part of a secretive group with a bizarre radical past.|http://www.sfweekly.com/content/printVersion/1778016]] December 9, 2009, Matt Smith, [[SF Weekly]]
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In his experience, leaders of the Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals seemed more concerned about getting him to attend Marxist indoctrination sessions and using his work on the farmworker litigation case to recruit new volunteers and members than about actually succeeding with the suit: "The organization itself was more of a hindrance than a help." Palik split with the group in 2002.

According to ex-members Whitnack and Fahlberg, professionals such as doctors and lawyers are to NatlFed what movie stars are to Scientology. They're recruited to lend authority to the group, but aren't necessarily informed of its core revolutionary mission, and are not required to endure the isolation and other privations of full-time members.
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[img[x|http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [[Charity accused of $280,000 fraud|http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/archives/1986/8601020661.asp]] January 23, 1986, John McCoy, [[Seattle Post-Intelligencer]]
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Northwest Commodity Exchange and similar warehouse banks have been supported in court briefs and elsewhere by the Church of Scientology, which objects to what it calls IRS harassment of its religious affairs.

Uchida said they spoke in three or four elementary schools, using anti- drug teaching principles advocated by Narconon, a Scientologist drug counseling group.
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[img[x|http://www.abc.net.au/favicon.ico]] [[Charity status of alternative health college investigated|http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-24/universal-medicine/5546936]] June 24, 2014, [[ABC News (Australia)]]
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The charity status of a north coast-based alternative medicine college is being investigated.

But a Bangalow man who lodged the complaint about the College of Universal Health says legislation on the issue has too many grey areas.

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[img[x|http://www.latimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Charter School Bid Draws Scrutiny|http://articles.latimes.com/1997/jul/24/local/me-15895]] July 24, 1997, Duke Helfand, [[Los Angeles Times]]
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A proposed charter school in the east San Fernando Valley is receiving close scrutiny from Los Angeles Unified School District officials who are concerned about the organizer's ties to the Church of Scientology and are questioning whether church teachings would appear in the new public school.

Advocates of the Northwest Charter School acknowledge that they want to employ teaching methods developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, but say his system emphasizes common-sense strategies appropriate for a public school setting and children of any religion.
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{{cite news | first = Duke | last = Helfand | title = Charter School Bid Draws Scrutiny | url = http://articles.latimes.com/1997/jul/24/local/me-15895 | work = Los Angeles Times | date = 1997-07-24 | accessdate = 2010-08-02 }}
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[img[x|http://www.dailymail.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Charter school could be forced to close after 'promoting Scientology to students'|http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2106991/Life-Force-Arts-Technology-Charter-school-connections-Scientology-parents-furious-kids-recruited-religion.html]] February 27, 2012, [[Daily Mail]]
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A scathing report unveils the ways how leaders of a Florida charter school are using their position as a way to teach unknowing students the advantages of Scientology. 

Students at The Life Force Arts and Technology school near Tampa, Florida were taught using methods championed by the creator of Scientology and they were taken to temples during school-sponsored field trips. 

Though the school receives $800,000 in federal funds, it is still struggling financially and students were forced to print out their own reading materials at home in order get around mismanaged budgets.

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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Charter school dangers on display in Scientology case|http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/article1218150.ece]] March 4, 2012, Editorial, [[Tampa Bay Times]]
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The Life Force Arts and Technology Academy in Dunedin, a charter elementary school serving low-income children, has sold area parents a bill of goods. It promised an enriching arts and technology program and delivered a school stripped of resources by its management company and laden with Church of Scientology teaching methodology. The school's actions raise serious questions about fiscal control and church-state separation. Pinellas County schools superintendent John Stewart is right to recommend to the School Board that it be shut down as soon as possible.

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[img[x|http://stmedia.startribune.com/designimages/favicon.ico]] [[Charter school fails and bondholders get bailout|http://www.startribune.com/local/77654822.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aU1yDEmP:QMDCinchO7DU]] November 29, 2009, [[Star Tribune]]
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The restructuring lowered the school's long-term debt from $10.7 million to $6.6 million. But less than 12 months later, the school went broke and closed. The new bondholders had downtown land, an improved building and equipment valued at $7.4 million. The building was sold two years later for $3.5 million to the Church of Scientology.

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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Chased by their church: When you try to leave Scientology, they try to bring you back|http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/article1048134.ece]] October 31, 2009, Joe Childs, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Mike Rinder, the church's former intelligence chief, said his department sometimes tracked runaways by getting into their credit card or bank accounts. 

The account numbers came from Morehead, whose guards opened every piece of mail at the base, logging staff financial information as they went. Morehead said Sea Org members were told their personal correspondence was examined for security reasons. He said they were not told this included financial information. 

"Except for the upper, upper executives, there wasn't a base staff member who I didn't have a bank account number on, a credit card number, social security number and date of birth, phone numbers, you name it, I had it all,'' Morehead said.
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[img[x|https://s.ytimg.com/yts/img/favicon-vfldlzjxy.ico]] [[Chasers War on Scientology|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rn7NVRpQSo]] May 8, 2008, frenzal01, [[YouTube]]
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"Free Gullibility Test" segment from Chaser's War on Everything, 28 April 2006. http://www.xenu.net
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[img[x|http://www.newyorker.com/favicon.ico]] [[Château Scientology|http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/01/14/080114fa_fact_goodyear?printable=true]] January 14, 2008, Dana Goodyear, Letter from California, [[New Yorker]]
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The dozens of local buildings owned by the Church, many of them historically significant and now prominently marked with posters advertising "Dianetics" or with the eight-pointed cross that serves as one of Scientology's symbols, have entered the landscape of iconic L.A. architecture as a visually stimulating mash of old Hollywood and seventies-style art direction and signage. At Celebrity Centre, where a large yellow sign affixed to a south-facing roof overlooking the 101 Freeway announces the building and its owner, this juxtaposition is especially acute. Diane Kanner, an architectural historian who specializes in twentieth-century Los Angeles, calls the building Château Scientology.
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[img[x|http://gawker.com/favicon.ico]] [[Check Out 'Scientology High,' the $42,000-a-Year 'Real-World Hogwarts'|http://gawker.com/5844959/]] September 29, 2011, Max Read, [[Gawker]]
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Here's a promotional video for Delphian School, an expensive ($42,000 a year!) prep school located in rural Oregon. One thing they fail to mention: "A good majority" of its staff consists of Scientologists, and "the structure of the school, its ethical code and its language all reflect the influence and precepts of Scientology." 

Delphian, which is K-12 and has about 250 students, was founded by Scientologists in the 70s. It's not actually accredited (it's in the "final stages" of the process), but costs more than $42,000 between tuition, room and board. And what do you get for your money? The Daily's Ben Carlson interviewed several former students and came away with a nice portrait of the school's... intriguing education philosophy:

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[img[x|http://www.tulsaworld.com/favicon.ico]] [['Cheers' star visits program|http://www.tulsaworld.com/archives/cheers-star-visits-program/article_9e1bde9a-9d45-5758-ac2f-d78f66d4c193.html]] November 26, 1990, [[Tulsa World]]
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Actress Kirstie Alley, who spent the Thanksgiving weekend with relatives in Wichita, Kan., took time Sunday for a trip to Oklahoma and a visit to the newest home of a drug rehabilitation program she says saved her life.

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[img[x|http://businessinsider.com/favicon.ico]] [[Chef Sinar Parman Slams Tom Cruise|http://www.businessinsider.com/chef-sinar-parman-slams-tom-cruise-2012-9?op=1]] September 13, 2012, Jim Edwards, [[Business Insider]]
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David Miscavige took over in '87. In 1988 Miscavige persuaded me to become executive chef for the Gold Base, [near Gilman Hot Springs, Calif.] From '88 to about 1990 I was basically the executive chef. We renovated the main cooking and dining facilities at Gold Base. Three of us feeding 500 people. Miscavige didn't have a personal chef at the time. I was cooking for everyone. 

In 1990 when Tom Cruise came by I was assigned as his personal chef. He was doing training, doing courses, he was also getting some auditing. He came with his assistant, Andrea Morris. He had a nice luxury apartment renovated for him. Miscavige set up a whole bunch of facilities for Tom Cruise. He even made a couple of tennis courts. There was a rifle range operated just for Tom Cruise.

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[img[x|http://www.foxnews.com/favicon.ico]] [[Chef's Quitting Controversy|http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,188463,00.html]] March 20, 2006, Roger Friedman, Celebrity Gossip, [[Fox News]]
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Isaac Hayes did not quit "South Park." My sources say that someone quit it for him.

I can tell you that Hayes is in no position to have quit anything. Contrary to news reports, the great writer, singer and musician suffered a stroke on Jan. 17. At the time it was said that he was hospitalized and suffering from exhaustion.

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[img[x|http://www.chicagotribune.com/favicon.ico]] [[Chicago dentist settles suit over religion, sex bias|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/chicagotribune/access/1626200871.html?dids=1626200871:1626200871&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT]] January 14, 2009, James P Miller, [[Chicago Tribune]]
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The Chicago office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a civil lawsuit against James L. Orrington in September 2007, asserting he had discriminated against 18 female employees by subjecting them to sexual propositions and comments, and by requiring workers "to engage in Scientology religious practices and learn about Scientology as conditions of their employment."
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 [[Chicago Dentist to Pay $462,500 to Settle EEOC Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit|http://www.eeoc.gov/press/1-13-09.html]] January 13, 2009, [[U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission]]
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A Chicago dental practice will pay $462,500 to settle a class sexual and religious harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.

In its lawsuit, the EEOC alleged that James L. Orrington, D.M.D., Ltd. discriminated against 18 employees by subjecting them to sexual harassment, including sexual propositions, comments and touching; forcing them to engage in Scientology religious practices and learn about Scientology as conditions of their employment; and/or retaliating against employees who complained about the sexual or religious harassment. The lawsuit, which was filed September 20, 2007, was assigned to Judge Robert Dow of the Northern District of Illinois and captioned EEOC et al. v. James L. Orrington D.M.D., Ltd., 07 C 5317. The consent decree resolving the case was entered by the court this morning.

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[img[x|http://www.chicagotribune.com/favicon.ico]] [[Chicago dentist to settle forced Scientology, harassment case|http://archives.chicagotribune.com/2009/jan/13/business/chi-dentist-sexual-harassment-jan13]] January 13, 2009, James P Miller, [[Chicago Tribune]]
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A Chicago dentist has agreed to pay $462,500 to settle federal allegations that he violated U.S. discrimination laws by sexually harassing workers and by forcing employees who wanted to keep their jobs to submit to indoctrination in the tenets of Scientology.

The Chicago office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had filed a civil lawsuit against James L. Orrington in September 2007, asserting he had discriminated against 18 employees by subjecting them to sexual propositions, comments and improper touching. The suit also alleged that Orrington violated federal law by requiring workers "to engage in Scientology religious practices and learn about Scientology as conditions of their employment."
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Chief Klein's balance isn't an act|http://www.sptimes.com/2006/01/01/Northpinellas/Chief_Klein_s_balance.shtml]] January 1, 2006, Jacob H. Fries, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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"I have no regrets, nor do I have any reservations about the cases that we investigated," Klein said. "The recurring theme, when we had legitimate evidence of a crime, was that ultimately the victim or victims would disappear or restitution was made and prosecutions did not happen."
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[img[x|http://www.tbnweekly.com/favicon.ico]] [[Chief Sid Klein retires after 29 years|http://www.tbnweekly.com/pubs/clearwater_beacon/content_articles/021710_clw-01.txt]] February 17, 2010, Alexandra Caldwell, [[Clearwater Beacon]]
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The only regret Klein said he has is the outcome of the Lisa McPherson case, where the 36-year-old died in 1995 and led to the criminal investigation of the Church of Scientology. The church was not found guilty, but Klein was not satisfied with that outcome.

"Lisa McPherson did not receive justice, and it will always bug me because I felt like it was something that was left undone," Klein said. "I can't change that now, but the facts speak for themselves, and people will have to judge that in history."

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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Chill EB and Me: Rappin' About Scientology|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/11/chill_eb_and_me_rapping_about_scientology.php]] November 23, 2011, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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Last night, rapper Chill EB showed up in the comments to the story we had written about his interesting career...
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[img[x|http://www.tulsaworld.com/favicon.ico]] [[Chilocco mental health firm applies for state certification|http://www.tulsaworld.com/archives/chilocco-mental-health-firm-applies-for-state-certification/article_fee8e933-b8f6-50e7-b062-174144925829.html]] August 30, 1990, AP, [[Tulsa World]]
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The Narconon Chilocco New Life Center has applied for certification from the state Department of Mental Health, the first step toward licensing drug treatment centers.

Rosemary Brown, spokesman for the department, said it could be late fall before an inspection team is sent to the site on Indian land north of Ponca City.

The state Department of Health is seeking a temporary injunction against Narconon, which opened in June, because it alleges the center has been treating Indians and non-Indians without a license.

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[img[x|http://www.tulsaworld.com/favicon.ico]] [[Chilocco Official Wants IRS to Audit Narconon|http://www.tulsaworld.com/archives/chilocco-official-wants-irs-to-audit-narconon/article_c8f1714c-5d3b-57ed-b39d-1a83c234eed5.html]] February 23, 1991, Patti Weaver, [[Tulsa World]]
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The head of the Chilocco Development Authority on Friday called for an IRS audit of Narconon, which unexpectedly paid $10,000 to the CDA two days before it was to discuss ending Narconon's lease for a drug treatment center on Indian land.

"You don't just make a $10,000 mistake. This check really deepens our suspicions if we're receiving our proper share in this venture from Narconon," CDA chairman Robert Chapman said Friday.

The CDA - composed of the leaders of five Indian tribes and two at-large members - was to meet here Friday to consider the Kaw Nation's call for an end to Narconon's lease on seven grounds, including suspected fraud by Narconon in reporting the number of patients served.

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[img[x|http://newsok.com/favicon.ico?v=2]] [[Chilocco School to Host Powwow|http://newsok.com/chilocco-school-to-host-powwow/article/2318957]] May 28, 1990, Oklahoman, [[News OK]]
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Sounds of an Indian powwow will be heard for the first time in a decade on the grounds of the old Chilocco Indian School north of Newkirk in Kay County. The first annual Narconon-Chilocco Powwow is scheduled for this weekend to celebrate the reopening of the Chilocco campus, organizers say. The event is being sponsored by Narconon Chilocco New Life Center, a substance abuse center that plans to open on part of the old school campus in late June. The center will use techniques developed by the late L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology. Admission is free. Many Indian arts and crafts will be on display and for sale.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Chiropractors seeking advice find Scientology-influenced seminars|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/50162617.html?dids=50162617:50162617&FMT=FT&FMTS=ABS:FT]] November 29, 1987, Stephen Koff, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Before he was through, though, he would pay $18,000 to the Church of Scientology and, he says, suffer the "money-hungry rapaciousness" of the cult-like sect. When he "opened my eyes and demanded the money back," he says, "it took us five, six months and we had to hire an attorney to get it back."
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[img[x|https://s.ytimg.com/yts/img/favicon-vfldlzjxy.ico]] [[Chris Shelton ~~ Scientology Inc Ideal Org swindle Part 2. Money extortion for empty buildings|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kU-S9UfC9hY]] February 9, 2014, SurvivingScientology, [[YouTube]]
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Scientology Inc has been reduced to a money extortion racket which it is permitted to do with IRS 501C 3 Tax exemption. Chris Shelton continues to share his journey of the Truman Show. Chris flew in from Minnesota to record this video and highlights the waste that is the GIANT Twin Cities ideal org. 90,000 square feet of empty buildings nobody needs. But the "Church" now owns it and can do with it whatever it wants.

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[img[x|http://www.rnzi.com/favicon.ico]] [[Christians march in Samoa against scientology|http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=35556]] October 4, 2007, [[Radio New Zealand International]]
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Hundreds of Christian believers in Samoa from Pentecostal churches and ministries have marched in protest against the government's support of the Scientology religion.

They marched to the front of the government building in Apia where Scientology tents have been put up as the main venue for its disaster training and seminars over the next two weeks.
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[img[x|http://www.speroforum.com/favicon.ico]] [[Christians unfazed by Scientology threats|http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?idCategory=33&idsub=124&id=25494&t=Christians+unfazed+by+Scientology+threats]] January 14, 2010, CNA, [[Spero News]]
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In Italy, the pre-Christmas release of the book "The Courage to Speak Out - Stories of ex-Scientologists" was met with a promise from the National Church of Scientology of Italy to bring legal action against the author and "whomever has assisted her." A spokeswoman for the book's publisher told CNA that, as of yet, no such action has been taken against them.

"The Courage to Speak Out" includes stories from 14 ex-members of the Church of Scientology. It is the second volume from Maria Pia Gardini that relates first-hand perspectives from inside this church. The first edition, titled "My Years in Scientology," was based on her own time as a member.
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[img[x|http://www.telegraph.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Christmas bomb plot: nine men remanded over plan to 'blow up Big Ben and Westminster Abbey'|http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/8227193/Christmas-bomb-plot-nine-men-remanded-over-plan-to-blow-up-Big-Ben-and-Westminster-Abbey.html]] December 27, 2010, Caroline Gammell, [[The Telegraph]]
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They are alleged to have carried out reconnaissance missions before deciding on their possible targets. 

Police were said to have found a list of six sites, including the full postal address of the Stock Exchange, Boris Johnson's London mayoral office and the US embassy. 

Defendants were seen studying the tower of Big Ben, before inspecting Westminster Abbey, the London Eye and the Church of Scientology.
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{{cite news | first = Caroline | last = Gammell | title = Christmas bomb plot: nine men remanded over plan to 'blow up Big Ben and Westminster Abbey' | url = http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/8227193/Christmas-bomb-plot-nine-men-remanded-over-plan-to-blow-up-Big-Ben-and-Westminster-Abbey.html | work = The Telegraph | date = 2010-12-27 | accessdate = 2014-06-12 }}
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[img[x|http://www.forbes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Chronicles of L. Ronia|http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2008/0901/038.html]] August 7, 2008, Allison Fass, [[Forbes Magazine]]
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Before L. Ron Hubbard published Dianetics in 1950 and founded Scientology two years later he penned adventure, mystery and sci-fi stories for pulp magazines. Now, Galaxy Press, a for-profit publisher that is owned by the Church of Scientology International in Los Angeles, is releasing those "Stories from the Golden Age" in a series of 80 paperback books -- accompanied by a $1.9 million marketing blitz aimed partly at middle-schoolers.
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[img[x|http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Church anger at 'cult' space|http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0100localnews/tm_method=full%26objectid=14177182%26siteid=50002-name_page.html]] April 24, 2004, James Cartledge, Evening Mail, [[Birmingham Post]]
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Church leaders and council bosses were locked in a row today after a group branded "little more than a cult" was allowed to take over prominent public space.

The Diocese of Birmingham attacked the city council's decision to let the Church of Scientology launch its volunteer ministers' centre in Centenary Square.
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[img[x|http://www.guardian.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Church attacks new French anti-cult law|http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,335332,00.html]] June 23, 2000, Jon Henley, [[The Guardian]]
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The French parliament yesterday adopted Europe's toughest anti-sect legislation yet, creating a controversial new crime of "mental manipulation" punishable by a maximum fine of £50,000 and five years imprisonment.

The move was applauded by Alain Vivien, head of a government committee that has identified 173 dangerous quasi-religious groups in France, but was denounced by both the Church of Scientology and the Unification Church as fascist, anti-democratic and in breach of basic human rights laws.
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{{cite news | first = Jon | last = Henley | title = Church attacks new French anti-cult law | url = http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,335332,00.html | work = The Guardian | date = 2000-06-23 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.tulsaworld.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church battles critics / Mental treatment clashes with regulators, psychiatrists|http://www.tulsaworld.com/archives/church-battles-critics-mental-treatment-clashes-with-regulators-psychiatrists/article_519a2740-0222-5b21-b519-814fae15bdb2.html]] March 10, 1992, Mary Hargrove, 2/4, [[Tulsa World]]
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Second in a series
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church behavior?|http://www.sptimes.com/News/052601/Opinion/Church_behavior.shtml]] May 26, 2001, Editorial, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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But again and again, stories surface that set Scientology apart. Not only does it have a penchant for secrecy, it will spend virtually unlimited time and money on pursuing, setting up and bringing down its critics.

That's not like any church we know.
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[img[x|http://resources.news.com.au/cs/heraldsun/images/favicon.ico]] [[Church bid to gag critics|http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/church-bid-to-gag-critics/story-e6frf7jo-1225775351107?from=public_rss]] September 17, 2009, Ben Butler, [[Herald Sun]]
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THE celebrity-studded Church of Scientology in Australia wants negative media reports about the controversial religion outlawed. 

Scientology, which boasts members including Tom Cruise, said it wanted a law "to prevent the dissemination of anti-religious propaganda in the media, which is based on unfounded hearsay and either known or reasonably known to be untruthful".

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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church can see some records|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/17004067.html?FMT=FT&dids=17004067:17004067&FMTS=ABS:FT]] February 28, 1997, Thomas C. Tobin, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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In a ruling that has both sides of a court case claiming victory, a judge will allow the Church of Scientology to examine some records from the autopsy of one of its members.

The records will be opened today to the church and the public. They concern Lisa McPherson, a 36-year-old Scientologist who entered the church's downtown Clearwater retreat a healthy woman and died 17 days later, on Dec. 5, 1995.
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[img[x|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/main/art/favicon.ico]] [[Church can't use religion as a shield from a criminal probe, court decides|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/doc/435544194.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT]] January 31, 1987, Rick Haliechuk, [[Toronto Star]]
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The court made the finding in a ruling yesterday in which it upheld the validity of search warrants used by police to raid the Yonge St. headquarters of the Church of Scientology and the Toronto home of a church member.

"These are serious allegations that can only be resolved at a trial on proper evidence, but clearly they are triable," court said. "The . . . crown does not contend that Scientology is a sham. However, it does not follow that because Scientology is a religious organization, it could not also be a money-making organization and thus disentitled to status as a non-profit organization."
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{{cite news | first = Rick | last = Haliechuk | title = Church can't use religion as a shield from a criminal probe, court decides | url = http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/doc/435544194.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT | work = Toronto Star | date = 1987-01-31 | accessdate = 2014-02-22 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church critic trailed, arrested|http://www.sptimes.com/News/051901/NorthPinellas/Church_critic_trailed.shtml]] May 19, 2001, Deborah O'Neil, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Depositions in the case taken earlier this week show private investigators hired by Church of Scientology lawyers watched, videotaped and trailed Prince virtually every day for at least four months, following him "almost wherever you can think of in the area," said Brian Raftery, the private investigator.
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{{cite news | first = Deborah | last = O'Neil | title = Church critic trailed, arrested | url = http://www.sptimes.com/News/051901/NorthPinellas/Church_critic_trailed.shtml | work = St. Petersburg Times | date = 2001-05-19 | accessdate = 2009-12-28 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church entered Clearwater on path of deceit|http://www.antisectes.net/sp-times-scientology-special-report-pulitzer-price.pdf#page=7]] January 9, 1980, Charles Stafford, Scientology: An in-depth profile of a new force in Clearwater, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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A MIDDLE-AGED man in a green jump suit appeared in mid-November to say that he, Sorel Allen, was "director of membership and public affairs" for United Churches of Florida. He said the buildings would be leased to United Churches, a new organization organized by laymen interested in the religious truths of all denominations, and he said this ecumenical group would hold meetings and seminars for persons of all faiths, and everything would be very open.

But Kenneth Seidenberg, an attorney for Jack Tar Hotels, told the St. Petersburg Times on Dec. 5 that the sale of the Fort Harrison was "one of the strangest transactions we've ever dealt in." Southern Land Sales wouldn't even give Jack Tar its telephone number, he said.
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{{cite news | first = Charles | last = Stafford | title = Church entered Clearwater on path of deceit | url = http://www.antisectes.net/sp-times-scientology-special-report-pulitzer-price.pdf#page=7 | work = Scientology: An in-depth profile of a new force in Clearwater | publisher = St. Petersburg Times | date = 1980-01-09 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.nzherald.co.nz/favicon.ico]] [[Church faces new claims of child sex abuse and neglect|http://www.nzherald.co.nz/religion-and-beliefs/news/article.cfm?c_id=301&objectid=10646411&pnum=0]] May 21, 2010, Greg Ansley, [[New Zealand Herald]]
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Further allegations against the Church of Scientology, including claims of child sex abuse and neglect, have renewed calls for an inquiry into the organisation and its operations in Australia.

The allegations, accusing the church of cover-ups and the mistreatment of children in a toxic environment, follow earlier, alarming investigations and a failed bid for a Senate probe.

Among those making the new allegations is the daughter of the president of the church in Australia, and police are investigating a claim a senior official interfered with an investigation into the reported sexual abuse of an 11-year-old girl.
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{{cite news | first = Greg | last = Ansley | title = Church faces new claims of child sex abuse and neglect | url = http://www.nzherald.co.nz/religion-and-beliefs/news/article.cfm?c_id=301&objectid=10646411&pnum=0 | work = New Zealand Herald | date = 2010-05-21 | accessdate = 2011-10-29 }}
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[img[x|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/main/art/favicon.ico]] [[Church fails to get charges dropped|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/doc/436427675.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT]] June 20, 1991, [[Toronto Star]]
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After the preliminary hearing, which lasted 159 days, Judge William Babe of the Ontario Court, provincial division, threw out the possession counts and committed the church to trial on six charges of theft over $200, one charge of theft under $200 and four counts of breach of trust.
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{{cite news | title = Church fails to get charges dropped | url = http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/doc/436427675.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT | work = Toronto Star | date = 1991-06-20 | accessdate = 2014-02-18 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church group plans to expand: Scientology courses to be taught in new building|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/50517325.html?FMT=FT&dids=50517325:50517325&FMTS=ABS:FT]] July 18, 1989, Stephen Koff, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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The Church of Scientology already owns 12 parcels worth more than $21-million in Clearwater. One of those buildings, the Sandcastle Motel, is now undergoing renovations. In September, the church hopes to start construction on the religious services building in conjunction with the renovation, said Bill Daugherty, a Scientology spokesman.

The 25,000-square-foot religious services building will be built on the site of the motel's existing reception building and will house a reception area, classrooms and counseling rooms. Floor space would be increased by 21,500 square feet, according to a site plan filed with the city.
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{{cite news | first = Stephen | last = Koff | author2 = Krueger, Curtis | title = Church group plans to expand: Scientology courses to be taught in new building | url = http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/50517325.html?FMT=FT&dids=50517325:50517325&FMTS=ABS:FT | work = St. Petersburg Times | date = 1989-07-18 | accessdate = 2014-03-25 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church infiltrated the Clearwater Sun|http://www.antisectes.net/sp-times-scientology-special-report-pulitzer-price.pdf#page=12]] January 9, 1980, Charles Stafford, Scientology: An in-depth profile of a new force in Clearwater, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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When the Church of Scientology came silently and secretly into Clearwater near the end of 1975, June came with it.

She took a job at the Clearwater Sun and when, on Jan. 28,1976 a Scientology spokesman announced that the church was the new owner of the Fort Harrison Hotel, she was already bustin" out all over.

But a church document -- one of several recently released by a federal court in Washington that detail her activities -- show that the Guardians were worried about her
future.

Jimmy Mulligan, the commodore staff guardian assistant for information, wrote Dick Weigand, deputy guardian for information U.S., that a private investigator "gave info to the DEA last November implicating June Byrne (one of our AMA plants) in drug dealing; and causing her to be wanted for questioning by the DEA."
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{{cite news | first = Charles | last = Stafford | title = Church infiltrated the Clearwater Sun | url = http://www.antisectes.net/sp-times-scientology-special-report-pulitzer-price.pdf#page=12 | work = Scientology: An in-depth profile of a new force in Clearwater | publisher = St. Petersburg Times | date = 1980-01-09 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.tulsaworld.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church issue claimed in firing|http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/church-issue-claimed-in-firing/article_5a4cfccd-139e-54a7-97e5-4382e016c359.html]] June 26, 1991, AP, [[Tulsa World]]
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A claim by a former employee of the Narconon Chilocco New Life Center that he was fired for refusing to learn more about the Church of Scientology is "absurd," a Narconon official says.

John Allen, a former security guard at the substance abuse center, said Tueday he was fired because he wouldn't sign a two-year contract agreeing to learn more about the church.

"It was a two-year Scientologist contract," Allen said.

"They wanted me to study the theory of Scientology and take select courses."

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[img[x|http://www.apologeticsindex.org/favicon.ico]] [[Church keys programs to recruit blacks|http://www.apologeticsindex.org/s04a04.html]] March 2, 1998, Joseph Mallia, Inside the Church of Scientology, [[Boston Herald]]
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Although local Scientologists deny that the World Literacy Crusade is directed by the Church of Scientology, anyone who uses L. Ron Hubbard's name, or his trademarked Study Technology techniques, is strictly controlled by licensing contracts with Scientology groups in Los Angeles, in particular the Religious Technology Center, according to Young and church materials obtained by the Herald.

The World Literacy Crusade's independence from Scientology is a "fiction," Young said.
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{{cite news | first = Joseph | last = Mallia | title = Church keys programs to recruit blacks | url = http://www.apologeticsindex.org/s04a04.html | work = Inside the Church of Scientology | publisher = Boston Herald | date = 1998-03-02 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church lawyer tells judge: 'Only Scientology law applies'|http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/church-lawyer-tells-judge-only-scientology-law-applies/1213941]] February 3, 2012, Joe Childs, [[Tampa Bay Times]]
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The Church of Scientology, defending itself against a $35,000 refund claim, told a Pinellas judge Friday that the courts cannot meddle in its religious affairs.

Citing the First Amendment as it has in numerous court cases, the church told Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge John A. Schaefer that two former parishioners from Seattle must submit to an internal Scientology arbitration procedure to get any money back.

Bert Schippers and Lynne Hoverson, longtime Scientologists who left the church in 2009, sued two of the church's Clearwater entities in November after they requested their money back and didn't receive it.

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[img[x|http://www.dailymail.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [['Church leaders screamed at me and slapped me': Top Scientologist tells of ordeal imprisoned in 'The Hole' for questioning organisation's chairman|http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2108460/Debbie-Cook-Top-Scientologist-repeats-claims-beaten-tortured-imprisoned-7-weeks-desert.html]] March 1, 2012, [[Daily Mail]]
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A senior Scientologist, who says she was imprisoned and tortured by the controversial religion's tyrannical leadership, has reiterated her testimony in a damaging TV interview.

Debbie Cook, who was one of Scientology's top brass executives before she quit in 2007, is involved in a legal wrangle with the Church, after sending a shock email denouncing the Chairman, David Miscavige. The message, which accused the chairman of hoarding and mismanaging funds, went out to 12,000 members just minutes after midnight on New Year's Day.

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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church loads up for one last fight|http://www.sptimes.com/News/120901/NorthPinellas/Church_loads_up_for_o.shtml]] December 9, 2001, Deborah O'Neil, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Six years after Lisa McPherson died, one lawyer delves through sheaves of Scientology challenges to pursue a wrongful-death suit.
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{{cite news | author = Deborah O'Neil | title = Church loads up for one last fight | url = http://www.sptimes.com/News/120901/NorthPinellas/Church_loads_up_for_o.shtml | work = St. Petersburg Times | date = 2001-12-09 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.latimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church Markets Its Gospel With High-Pressure Sales|http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-scientology062590,0,7966802,full.story]] June 25, 1990, Joel Sappell, [[Los Angeles Times]]
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The organization uses sophisticated sales tactics to sell a seemingly endless progression of expensive courses, each serving as a prerequisite for the next. Known collectively as "The Bridge," the courses promise salvation, higher intelligence, superhuman powers and even possible survival from nuclear fallout -- for those who can pay.
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{{cite news | first = Joel | last = Sappell | author2 = Welkos, Robert W. | title = Church Markets Its Gospel With High-Pressure Sales | url = http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-scientology062590,0,7966802,full.story | work = Los Angeles Times | date = 1990-06-25 | accessdate = 2014-03-25 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church member's death now called accident|http://www.sptimes.com/News/022300/TampaBay/Church_member_s_death.shtml]] February 23, 2000, Thomas C. Tobin, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Medical examiner Joan Wood now is calling the 1995 death of Scientologist Lisa McPherson an "accident," a change that is causing prosecutors to rethink their case against the Church of Scientology.

Wood's original ruling called the manner of death "undetermined."

Scientology's top executives, clearly pleased Tuesday, called the switch "extremely significant and a huge development that dramatically affects the state's case."
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{{cite news | first = Thomas C. | last = Tobin | title = Church member's death now called accident | url = http://www.sptimes.com/News/022300/TampaBay/Church_member_s_death.shtml | work = St. Petersburg Times | date = 2000-02-23 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church moves to defend itself against 'attackers|http://www.antisectes.net/sp-times-scientology-special-report-pulitzer-price.pdf#page=6]] January 9, 1980, Charles Stafford, Scientology: An in-depth profile of a new force in Clearwater, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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The Church of Scientology has a persecution complex.

It apparently was born with it.

The church was founded by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. A biographical sketch supplied by the church states that Hubbard devised the basic doctrine of his religion while recovering from World War II injuries in a naval hospital.
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[img[x|http://www.watchman.org/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology - A Religious Mafia?|http://www.watchman.org/sci/scientologymafia.htm]] January 1, 1998, Craig Branch, [[Watchman Expositor]]
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Controversy continues to rage around Scientology, due mostly to the totalitarian and abusive nature of its practices. The evolution and history of Scientology raises serious and fundamental questions about freedoms and protections of religion and even what or who defines a religion. Scientology is an anomaly on even a diverse religious landscape. It does, in fact, involve religious belief (in what most outsiders would regard as science fiction). But that belief appears to have been built chiefly as a cover for exploitive commercial operations.
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{{cite news | first = Craig | last = Branch | title = Church of Scientology - A Religious Mafia? | url = http://www.watchman.org/sci/scientologymafia.htm | work = Watchman Expositor | date = 1998-01-01 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://graphic.christianpost.com/images/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology Abused 'Volunteers' With 72-Hour Shifts and $10 a Week|http://global.christianpost.com/news/church-of-scientology-abused-volunteers-with-72-hour-shifts-and-10-a-week-55755/]] September 16, 2011, Luiza Oleszczuk, [[Christian Post]]
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The Church of Scientology has violated Australian law by making its employees work up to 72 hours without a break for as little as $10 a week, the Fair Work Ombudsman stated Friday after an 18-month probe.

The ruling came despite the fact that the Scientologists attempted to label some workers as "volunteers" rather than "employees."
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[img[x|http://media2.myfoxla.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology Accused of Abuse|http://www.myfoxla.com/dpp/news/local/church-of-scientology-accused-of-abuse-20100212]] February 12, 2010, Susan Hirasuna, [[KTTV FOX]]
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The Church of Scientology is coming under fire from six former members. They claim they were mentally and physically abused and forced to work around the clock.

Susan Hirasuna was live at the Scientology headquarters in Hollywood and has the latest in this video report.
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[img[x|http://www.abc.net.au/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology accused of covering up sexual abuse|http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2010/s2904389.htm]] May 20, 2010, Timothy McDonald, [[ABC News (Australia)]]
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TIMOTHY MCDONALD: Carmen Rainer says she was sexually abused by her stepfather Robert Kerr over several years when she was a child. 

Her mother Phoebe didn't want to seek outside help, and instead took Carmen to see their chaplain within the church. 

CARMEN RAINER: They told me that it was my fault because I'd been bad in a past life. I'd probably done something bad in a past life so I pulled it in. 

TIMOTHY MCDONALD: Carmen Rainer says she was told to hide her story by a senior church member.

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[img[x|http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tto/public/115739/img/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology accused of torture and forced abortions|http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article6921140.ece]] November 19, 2009, Sophie Tedmanson, [[The Times]]
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The Church of Scientology faces the prospect of a police investigation in Australia after being accused of torture and embezzlement and of forcing employees to have abortions. 

Nick Xenophon, an independent senator, presented letters to the Australian Parliament from seven former Scientologists which he said showed that the secretive church was a front for physical violence, intimidation and blackmail. 
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[img[x|http://www.uniondemocrat.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology asks for rezone to care for history|http://www.uniondemocrat.com/2008071893100/News/Local-News/Church-of-Scientology-asks-for-rezone-to-care-for-history]] July 18, 2008, Walk Cook, [[The Union Democrat]]
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Though the archive is closed to the public and even most church members, McNairn offered to give committee members a tour while she was in town for the weekend. Committee members declined, but expressed interest in a tour at a later date. 

McNairn didn't elaborate on the workings of the archive, but, according to published reports from 1997, the church constructed an underground tunnel and chamber in the area at the site of the former Lady Washington Mine. 

Planning documents filed with the county at the time called for a 15-foot-wide, 250-foot-long-tunnel. The first 98 feet from the entrance were improved, with a 10.5-foot domed ceiling. At the end of the 98 feet, documents showed a 10-foot-long storage room, with the rest of the tunnel unimproved.

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[img[x|http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology banned from shopping centre|http://www.birminghammail.net/2008/07/16/church-of-scientology-banned-from-shopping-centre-97319-21350467/]] July 16, 2008, Edward Chadwick, [[Birmingham Mail]]
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Church leaders understood to be from Birmingham set up a stall at Wolverhampton's Wulfrun Centre after making a booking under the name Dianetics, the church's main theory.

Bosses ordered preachers to pack up and leave after angry parents said their children had been invited to take part in "stress tests" and then lectured about the religion.

"We had complaints that kids had been invited to take part in a stress test and were then being asked questions about religion," said operations manager Colin Quinton.
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[img[x|http://media.kansascity.com/images/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology brings its anti-psychiatry exhibit to Kansas Capitol|http://www.kansascity.com/115/story/460215.html]] January 24, 2008, David Klepper, [[Kansas City Star]]
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The exhibit, which opens today and runs through Monday, is hardly subtle. Its title: "Psychiatry: An Industry of Death."

It's a traveling exhibit sponsored by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, a group formed by members of the Church of Scientology. The exhibit was last on display in the Missouri Capitol and before that in St. Louis.
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[img[x|http://www.macleans.ca/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology builds new headquarters in Ontario|http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/03/15/church-of-scientology-builds-new-headquarters-in-ontario/]] March 15, 2011, [[Macleans]]
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The Church of Scientology is planning to build its national headquarters in a former resort near Orangeville, just outside of Toronto. The church is planning a significant overhaul of the Hockley Highlands Inn and Conference Centre in Mono, which sits on more than 80 hectares of land and will allow Scientologists to establish a campus with five buildings totaling 160,000 square feet.
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{{cite news | title = Church of Scientology builds new headquarters in Ontario | url = http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/03/15/church-of-scientology-builds-new-headquarters-in-ontario/ | work = Macleans | date = 2011-03-15 | accessdate = 2011-10-29 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sdbj.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology Buys 64,000 Square Feet in La Mesa for $9.3M|http://www.sdbj.com/industry_article.asp?aID=43417628.8484721.1633554.57929602.5889841.051&aID2=125649]] May 27, 2008, [[San Diego Business Journal]]
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The San Diego chapter of the controversial Church of Scientology is moving its focus to La Mesa with the May 21 purchase of a Coleman College campus at 7380 Parkway Drive.

The Church of Scientology's San Diego offices are located at 1330 Fourth Ave. between A and Ash streets.

The church purchased the new site for $9.3 million. The two buildings, which are 53,400 square feet and 11,000 square feet, will be used as an educational campus, said the broker on the deal, Vince Provenzano with Commercial Properties.
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[img[x|http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology buys a bigger home in Nashville on Nashville City Paper|http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/news.php?viewStory=61143]] June 30, 2008, Richard Lawson, [[Nashville City Paper]]
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Late last Thursday, the church purchased the Fall School Business Center along Eighth Avenue South for $6 million. 

The property reportedly will become the new home of the church's Celebrity Centre Nashville, which currently sits in a small house along Music Row. 

The Fall School site has roughly 36,000-square-feet of space.
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{{cite news | first = Richard | last = Lawson | title = Church of Scientology buys a bigger home in Nashville on Nashville City Paper | url = http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/news.php?viewStory=61143 | work = Nashville City Paper | date = 2008-06-30 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://en.afrik.com/images/favicon.gif]] [[Church of Scientology buys castle in Jo'burg|http://en.afrik.com/article12926.html]] March 24, 2008, Panapress, [[Afrik.com]]
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The Church of Scientology has acquired the famous Johannesburg landmark, the Kyalami Castle, to be the home of its new advanced spiritual retreat.
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[img[x|http://www.bizjournals.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology buys Falls School Business Center|http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/stories/2008/06/23/daily61.html]] June 27, 2008, [[Nashville Business Journal]]
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The Church of Scientology Religious Trust has bought the Fall School Business Center on 8th Avenue. 

The Scientology trust purchased the executive suit building at 1130 8th Ave. S. along with adjacent properties at 1112 and 1114 8th Ave. S. for $6 million from Fall School Associates June 26, according to records and the Davidson County Register of Deeds.
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[img[x|http://www.theherald.co.za/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology buys historic CBD building in PE|http://www.theherald.co.za/herald/news/n24_30012008.htm]] January 30, 2008, The Herald, [[AVUSA Media]]
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The building has been bought by the Church of Scientology, which wants to turn it into its regional headquarters, for about R8-million.

Recently approved by the commissioner of revenue as a public benefit organisation, and also tax- exempted, the church has also recently acquired new property in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.
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[img[x|http://www.observer.com/misc/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology Buys More Harlem Property|https://web.archive.org/web/20080304051153/http://www.observer.com/2007/church-scientology-buys-more-property-125th-street]] August 6, 2007, Mark Wellborn, The Real Estate, [[New York Observer]]
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In 2003, the Scientologists acquired 220 East 125th Street for $3.45 million. They're currently building a 33,000-square-foot church on that property and will build a new community center on the more recent acquisitions, according to Karin Pouw, a public affairs representative for the church.
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[img[x|http://www.costar.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology Buys One Griswold|http://www.costar.com/News/Article.aspx?id=D869FBC5D3515AB08A06C5D9F6EEBAEE]] December 24, 2007, Afunu Ali, [[CoStar Group]]
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Raymond James Financial Services sold One Griswold St. in Detroit, MI, to the Church of Scientology for $3.5 million, or approximately $70 per square foot.
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[img[x|http://www.costar.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology Buys Philadelphia Tower|http://www.costar.com/News/Article.aspx?id=D03641CAEFCCF77C9A7B28D083579FC4]] July 18, 2007, Nan Eckman, [[CoStar Group]]
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The Church of Scientology of Pennsylvania purchased the 15-story Cunningham Building and an adjacent storefront retail building in Philadelphia for $7.85 million, or $131 per square foot.
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[img[x|http://media.philly.com/designimages/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology buys site in Center City|http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/philadelphia/20070701_Church_of_Scientology_buys_site_in_Center_City.html]] July 1, 2007, Michael Klein, [[Philadelphia Inquirer]]
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The Church of Scientology last month paid just under $8 million for a vacant 15-story office building and an adjoining one-story former toy store in the heart of downtown: the 1300 block of Chestnut Street - across the street from Macy's and next door to the furniture store Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.
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{{cite news | first = Michael | last = Klein | title = Church of Scientology buys site in Center City | url = http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/philadelphia/20070701_Church_of_Scientology_buys_site_in_Center_City.html | work = Philadelphia Inquirer | date = 2007-07-01 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.bizjournals.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology buys Stevens Building|http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/stories/2008/01/07/daily28.html]] January 9, 2008, [[Portland Business Journal]]
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After a years-long search for a building to call its own, The Church of Scientology of Portland has acquired the historic Stevens Building in an all-cash deal for $5.38 million.
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[img[x|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/main/art/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology can reclaim seized papers|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/doc/436350326.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT]] February 20, 1991, Jim Lewis, [[Toronto Star]]
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Mr. Justice Ted Matlow, in a decision rendered Monday in the Ontario Court of Justice, rejected the crown's request to keep 546 boxes of documents seized from church premises in 1983.

After a preliminary hearing that lasted 159 court days, Judge William Babe of the provincial division of the Ontario Court threw out the possession counts and committed the church to trial on six charges of theft over $200, one charge of theft under $200 and four counts of breach of trust. 

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 [[Church of Scientology Cancels Auction|http://www.realestatesource.com.au/Victoria/Church-of-Scientology-Cancels-Auction.html]] November 30, 2008, Marc Pallisco, [[Real Estate Source]]
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PROSPECTIVE purchasers and commercial real estate agents were left standing at the altar again this week, after the Church of Scientology abandoned the sale of its city headquarters, just hours before a scheduled auction.

The Church blamed planning delays, and other issues concerning the development of its new headquarters, as the reason it cannot vacate its 4-level Melbourne home of almost 30 years.
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{{cite news | first = Marc | last = Pallisco | title = Church of Scientology Cancels Auction | url = http://www.realestatesource.com.au/Victoria/Church-of-Scientology-Cancels-Auction.html | work = Real Estate Source | date = 2008-11-30 | accessdate = 2011-10-29 }}
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[img[x|http://edition.cnn.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology charged in member's death |http://www.cnn.com/US/9811/14/scientology.response/index.html]] November 14, 1998, [[CNN]]
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The Church of Scientology was charged by Florida prosecutors Friday in the death of a member.

The State Attorney's office in Pinellas County filed the felony charges after a lengthy investigation into the 1995 death of Lisa McPherson.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology charged in member's death|http://www.sptimes.com/TampaBay/111398/scientology1115.html]] November 13, 1998, Associated Press, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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A prosecutor charged the Church of Scientology on Friday with two felonies in the death of a member whose family claims she became severely dehydrated after being held against her will for 17 days.

Lisa McPherson, 36, died in December 1995. She had been under the 24-hour care of church members at the Fort Harrison Hotel, Scientology's international retreat in downtown Clearwater.
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{{cite news | title = Church of Scientology charged in member's death | url = http://www.sptimes.com/TampaBay/111398/scientology1115.html | work = Associated Press | publisher = St. Petersburg Times | date = 1998-11-13 | accessdate = 2011-10-29 }}
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 [[Church of Scientology Close to Selling Russell Street Building|http://www.realestatesource.com.au/Victoria/Church-of-Scientology-Close-to-Selling-Russell-Street-Building.html]] August 2, 2008, Marc Pallisco, [[Real Estate Source]]
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The Church of Scientology is close to selling its Russell Street headquarters, as it prepares to leave the CBD.

Sources say the church will reap about $8 million for the four-level heritage building, on the corner of Flinders Lane. It paid $720,000 in 1980.

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 [[Church of Scientology convicted of fraud|http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/church-of-scientology-convicted-of-fraud/article1339793/]] October 27, 2009, Nicolas Vaux-Montagny, Associated Press, [[Globe and Mail]]
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The court convicted the Church of Scientology's French office, its library and six of its leaders of organized fraud. Investigators said the group pressured members into paying large sums of money for questionable financial gain and used "commercial harassment" against recruits. The group was fined $600,000 and the library $200,000. Four of the leaders were given suspended sentences of between 10 months and two years. The other two were given fines. 

The court did not order the Church of Scientology to shut down, ruling it would be likely to continue its activities anyway "outside any legal framework."
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{{cite news | first = Nicolas | last = Vaux-Montagny | title = Church of Scientology convicted of fraud | url = http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/church-of-scientology-convicted-of-fraud/article1339793/ | work = Associated Press | publisher = Globe and Mail | date = 2009-10-27 | accessdate = 2011-10-29 }}
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[img[x|http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology deal funds blow|http://www.birminghammail.net/2008/06/26/church-of-scientology-deal-funds-blow-97319-21154394/]] June 26, 2008, Edward Chadwick, [[Birmingham Mail]]
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THE Church of Scientology today admitted it has not yet done a deal to buy the Grade II listed Birmingham building which it plans to turn in to its Midlands headquarters.

The organisation hopes to part with £4.25 million to snap up Moseley's plush Pitmaston building on leafy Moor Green Lane, but says it must raise more funds before moving in.
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{{cite news | first = Edward | last = Chadwick | title = Church of Scientology deal funds blow | url = http://www.birminghammail.net/2008/06/26/church-of-scientology-deal-funds-blow-97319-21154394/ | work = Birmingham Mail | date = 2008-06-26 | accessdate = 2011-10-29 }}
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[img[x|http://resources.news.com.au/cs/theaustralian/images/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology defied coroner on suicide|http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/church-of-scientology-defied-coroner-on-suicide/story-e6frg6oo-1225790240374]] October 23, 2009, Sarah Elks, [[The Australian]]
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THE Church of Scientology refused to provide records demanded by a coroner investigating the death of a soldier who committed suicide two days after finishing one of the church's intensive courses. 

It emerged yesterday that the American headquarters of the church instructed its Australian branch to send the soldier's "audit file" to the US -- which is outside the coroner's jurisdiction -- before warrants were issued.

Edward Alexander McBride was found electrocuted and hanged at an Energex substation at Everton Park, in Brisbane, on February 7, 2007. The soldier, who was based at Brisbane's Enoggera Barracks, was on leave from the army at the time and had been doing Scientology courses almost full-time for about a month.

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{{cite news | first = Sarah | last = Elks | title = Church of Scientology defied coroner on suicide | url = http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/church-of-scientology-defied-coroner-on-suicide/story-e6frg6oo-1225790240374 | work = The Australian | date = 2009-10-23 | accessdate = 2011-10-29 }}
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 [[Church of Scientology demands right to underpay|http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-nsw/church-of-scientology-demands-right-to-underpay/story-e6freuzi-1226278803894]] February 23, 2012, Joe Hildebrand, [[Daily Telegraph]]
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SCIENTOLOGISTS have asked the federal government for an exemption to the Fair Work Act so they do not have to pay workers the minimum wage.

In a submission to the Fair Work review, public affairs director Reverend Mary Anderson said the Church of Scientology, which believes Earth was founded 75 million years ago by an alien tyrant called Xenu, should be exempt from workplace law because it was a legitimate religion.
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{{cite news | first = Joe | last = Hildebrand | title = Church of Scientology demands right to underpay | url = http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-nsw/church-of-scientology-demands-right-to-underpay/story-e6freuzi-1226278803894 | work = Daily Telegraph | date = 2012-02-23 | accessdate = 2013-08-05 }}
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[img[x|http://resources.news.com.au/cs/newscomau/images/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology demands right to underpay workers|http://www.news.com.au/business/church-of-scientology-demands-right-to-underpay/story-e6frfm1i-1226278848377]] February 23, 2012, Joe Hildebrand, [[Daily Telegraph]]
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"The Fair Work Act review process should not be treated as an opportunity to air extremist and farcical viewpoints devoid of facts.

"This attitude that an employer should have complete free rein to pay and treat their staff however they want has no place in the modern Australia."

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{{cite news | first = Joe | last = Hildebrand | title = Church of Scientology demands right to underpay workers | url = http://www.news.com.au/business/church-of-scientology-demands-right-to-underpay/story-e6frfm1i-1226278848377 | work = Daily Telegraph | date = 2012-02-23 | accessdate = 2013-12-05 }}
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[img[x|http://www.abc.net.au/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology denies abuse cover-up|http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/21/2906243.htm]] May 21, 2010, [[ABC News (Australia)]]
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Police are investigating claims Jan Eastgate told both mother and daughter to lie to police and community services about the abuse.

The Church of Scientology is vigorously denying accusations a senior figure in the organisation tried to cover up the sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl in Sydney.
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[img[x|http://www.abc.net.au/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology denies enslavement allegations|http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2011/s3318005.htm]] September 14, 2011, Lateline, [[ABC News (Australia)]]
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Last night Lateline revealed the allegations made by former members of the church could breach provisions of the criminal code dealing with slavery.

Those allegations were contained in a draft report of the Fair Work Ombudsman's inquiry into the Church of Scientology which had been obtained by Lateline. The draft also says the Ombudsman is planning to refer these claims to the relevant authorities.

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[img[x|http://www.abc.net.au/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology denies holding woman in isolation |http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-25/church-of-scientology-denies-holding-woman-in-isolation/4539658]] February 27, 2013, Steve Cannane, [[ABC News (Australia)]]
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The Church of Scientology in Sydney has been accused of holding a young Taiwanese woman hostage after she suffered a mental breakdown.

In March 2012, Alice Wu was hospitalised after she punched a window at the Church of Scientology's headquarters in Dundas, in Sydney's west.

Ms Wu badly damaged her right hand in the incident. Her family claims she was trying to escape the facility at the time.

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[img[x|http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology denies holding woman in isolation|http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2013-02-25/church-of-scientology-denies-holding-woman-in-isolation/1093466?religionnewsblog.com]] February 27, 2013, Steve Cannane, [[ABC Radio Australia]]
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Teresa Wu, a family spokesperson, told Lateline that Ms Wu soon tired of her life in the Sea Organisation at Dundas and asked to leave.

"They put her into a place called the isolation room. She was still offered food but was locked in a room. It is an isolation room in the Sea Organisation," Teresa Wu said.

Scientology's lawyer Stuart Gibson denies the allegations on behalf of the group.

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[img[x|http://www.news.com.au/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology denies stabbed man 'a recruiter'|http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22048072-2,00.html]] July 10, 2007, Fiona Connolly, Daily Telegraph, [[News.com.au]]
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THE Church of Scientology last night denied the Sydney man who was allegedly stabbed to death by his psychotic daughter after refusing her psychiatric drugs was a top recruiter for the church.

A man with the same name as the dead father is listed on the Church of Scientology's "Honour Roll" in the 2002 Impact magazine which glorifies members worldwide for their efforts in "signing more than 20 members to the church" or for donating $US20,000 ($23,200) or more.
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{{cite news | first = Fiona | last = Connolly | title = Church of Scientology denies stabbed man 'a recruiter' | url = http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22048072-2,00.html | work = Daily Telegraph | publisher = News.com.au | date = 2007-07-10 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.chron.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology drops Bexar suit against ex-member |http://www.chron.com/news/local_news/article/Church-of-Scientology-drops-Bexar-suit-against-3510603.php]] April 25, 2012, Craig Kapitan, [[Houston Chronicle]]
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The allegations included seven weeks of captivity in "The Hole," where Cook said she slept on the floor, was fed "slop," was coerced into giving false confessions and was beaten, according to previous Express-News reports. She was also forced to stand in a garbage can for 12 hours as water was poured over her head and watched as another man was ordered to lick a bathroom floor clean, she said during four hours of testimony.
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{{cite news | first = Craig | last = Kapitan | title = Church of Scientology drops Bexar suit against ex-member | url = http://www.chron.com/news/local_news/article/Church-of-Scientology-drops-Bexar-suit-against-3510603.php | work = Houston Chronicle | date = 2012-04-25 | accessdate = 2013-12-01 }}
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[img[x|http://www.mysanantonio.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology drops Bexar suit against ex-member|http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Church-of-Scientology-drops-Bexar-suit-against-3510603.php]] April 25, 2012, Craig Kapitan, [[San Antonio Express-News]]
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Debbie Cook, who received $50,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement when she left the Florida-based organization in 2007, violated that agreement with a mass email on New Year's Eve that disparaged church practices, the lawsuit contended.

But the suit became almost a textbook example of how litigation can sometimes backfire after Cook was called to the witness stand for a pre-trial injunction hearing in February and, with a courtroom full of reporters, outlined under oath a history of alleged oddities and abuses by the church.

The allegations included seven weeks of captivity in "The Hole," where Cook said she slept on the floor, was fed "slop," was coerced into giving false confessions and was beaten, according to previous Express-News reports. She was also forced to stand in a garbage can for 12 hours as water was poured over her head and watched as another man was ordered to lick a bathroom floor clean, she said during four hours of testimony.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology drops motion for temporary injunction against Debbie Cook|http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/article1214868.ece]] February 10, 2012, Joe Childs, [[Tampa Bay Times]]
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Stung by damaging testimony about its inner workings, the Church of Scientology abruptly ended its effort to silence former Clearwater leader Debbie Cook on Friday, beating an uncharacteristic legal retreat and emboldening Cook to keep talking.

Just hours after the church dropped its request for an injunction enforcing a confidentiality agreement with Cook, she sat with reporters and said she hopes the turbulent events of the past few days open church members' eyes.

"I'm hoping that it will create a reformation from within," said Cook, who had previously declined to talk to the media.
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{{cite news | first = Joe | last = Childs | author2 = Tobin, Thomas C. | title = Church of Scientology drops motion for temporary injunction against Debbie Cook | url = http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/article1214868.ece | work = Tampa Bay Times | date = 2012-02-10 | accessdate = 2014-03-25 }}
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[img[x|http://www.abc.net.au/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology drug rehab centre rejected|http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-30/drug-reject/5421756]] April 30, 2014, [[ABC News (Australia)]]
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A plan for a controversial Church of Scientology drug rehabilitation centre on the New South Wales Central Coast has been rejected. 

Wyong Council has this week knocked back a proposal by an offshoot of the Church of Scientology, the Association for Better Living and Education, to run a rehabilitation facility in the Yarramalong Valley.

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[img[x|http://www.smh.com.au/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology drug rehab facility opposed|http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/church-of-scientology-drug-rehab-facility-opposed-20140321-358o0.html]] March 22, 2014, Damien Murphy, [[Sydney Morning Herald]]
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An offshoot of the Church of Scientology, the Association for Better Living and Education, has applied to Wyong Shire Council to run a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in the Yarramalong Valley in the central coast hinterland.
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[img[x|http://la.curbed.com//favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology Expanding on Sunset Blvd, Metro Art Tour|http://la.curbed.com/archives/2010/03/los_angeles_ride_some_rail.php]] March 5, 2010, Dakota Smith, [[Curbed LA]]
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HOLLYWOOD: Last year, the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles on Sunset Boulevard got a really big sign, and now a new building is coming to their campus, according to a rep. She writes in an email: "The construction site you see is the renovation and expansion of the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles. The building is about 65,000 square feet and will open sometime this spring. It is part of the Church's international expansion program. Since the beginning of 2010, we have opened new Churches in Brussels, Belgium; Quebec City, Quebec; and Las Vegas, Nevada." Looking forward to seeing what goes up.
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{{cite news | first = Dakota | last = Smith | title = Church of Scientology Expanding on Sunset Blvd, Metro Art Tour | url = http://la.curbed.com/archives/2010/03/los_angeles_ride_some_rail.php | work = Curbed LA | date = 2010-03-05 | accessdate = 2014-04-28 }}
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[img[x|http://llnw.static.cbslocal.com/Themes/CBS/KYW/img/favicon.ico]] [[Church Of Scientology Eyes Bucks Co. Property|http://cbs3.com/topstories/Church.Of.Scientology.2.818304.html]] September 15, 2008, Lesley Van Arsdall, [[CBS Broadcasting]]
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A religion with several famous members is hoping to turn a Bucks County building into its new home, but some people living nearby are becoming a little weary of their new neighbor.
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{{cite news | first = Lesley | last = Van Arsdall | title = Church Of Scientology Eyes Bucks Co. Property | url = http://cbs3.com/topstories/Church.Of.Scientology.2.818304.html | work = CBS Broadcasting | date = 2008-09-15 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.telegraph.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology faces criminal charges for underpaying workers|http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/8761824/Church-of-Scientology-faces-criminal-charges-for-underpaying-workers.html]] September 14, 2011, Bonnie Malkin, [[The Telegraph]]
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In the draft copy of the ombudsman's report, which is due out later this week in full, people working for the church tabled allegations of false imprisonment and forced labour. 

In some cases, members in the church's elite Sea Org unit, described as the Church's "religious order", said they were made to work for up to seven days for just $10 (£6.50), despite the Church earning millions. 

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 [[Church of Scientology faces criminal fraud charges in France|http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/paperchase/2008/09/church-of-scientology-faces-criminal.php]] September 8, 2008, Joe Shaulis, Paper Chase, [[Jurist]]
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A French judge on Monday ordered the Spiritual Association of the Church of Scientology (ASES - Celebrity Centre) to appear before the Paris Magistrates Court to face criminal charges. ASES has been unsuccessfully prosecuted in French courts before, and it along with an affiliated bookstore and seven church members must now defend against charges of organized fraud and the illegal practice of pharmacy. Prosecutors had asked the judge to drop the case, which originated in 1998 with a complaint from a woman who had spent about 200,000 francs ($42,600 US) on classes, books, medication and an electrometer after Scientologists stopped her on a Paris street and offered her a free personality test. Another individual and a French pharmacists' association later became involved in the case. AFP has more. Le Monde has local coverage, in French.

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 [[Church of Scientology falsely accuses internet group 'Anonymous' of 2007 school shooting|http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/2008-10-20:Church_of_Scientology_falsely_accuses_internet_group_%27Anonymous%27_of_2007_school_shooting]] October 20, 2008, [[Wikinews]]
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Wikinews has learned that the Church of Scientology has begun to falsely accuse the internet protest group Anonymous of a 2007 school shooting in Finland.

The Church, on October 18, 2008 accused Anonymous of being involved in the November 2007 shooting at Jokela High School, in which a man named Pekka-Eric Auvinen shot and killed nine people, including himself.
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[img[x|http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology fighting fire with fire|http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/209599/church_scientology_fighting_fire_fire/]] March 20, 2008, Andrew Hendry, [[PC World]]
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If you cant beat them, join them. The Church of Scientology has enabled video on its Web site in an effort to further disseminate its religious message, a month after a widely publicized online campaign sought to discredit and "dismantle" the controversial religion.
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{{cite news | first = Andrew | last = Hendry | title = Church of Scientology fighting fire with fire | url = http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/209599/church_scientology_fighting_fire_fire/ | work = PC World | date = 2008-03-20 | accessdate = 2011-10-29 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sfweekly.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church Of Scientology Hires Journalists To Investigate Critical Newspaper Coverage|http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2010/02/church_of_scientology_hires_jo.php]] February 22, 2010, Lauren Smiley, [[SF Weekly]]
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The Washington Post presented the latest evidence today that journalists are hard-up for jobs and cash: Three respected investigative reporters have sold their services to the Church of Scientology to pick apart the St. Petersburg Times' series of scathing investigative stories in 2009 about the church detractors call a criminal cult.

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[img[x|http://technorati.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology Hires Journalists To Investigate Journalists|http://technorati.com/blogging/article/church-of-scientology-hires-journalists-to/]] March 1, 2010, Dawn Olsen, [[Technorati]]
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Scientology spokesperson Tommy Davis stated Scientology plans additional investigative inquires into what they perceive as "naked bias" by the SPTimes, but refused to say if they would make the most recent report public. 

Again, SPT's Neil Brown doesn't seem phased, "I counted up something like six or seven journalists the church has hired to look into the St. Petersburg Times," Brown says. "I've just got two looking into the Church of Scientology."
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{{cite news | first = Dawn | last = Olsen | title = Church of Scientology Hires Journalists To Investigate Journalists | url = http://technorati.com/blogging/article/church-of-scientology-hires-journalists-to/ | work = Technorati | date = 2010-03-01 | accessdate = 2011-10-29 }}
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[img[x|http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church Of Scientology Hits Critics Where They Live|http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=2580409&date=19971228]] December 28, 1997, David O'Reilly, Knight-Ridder, [[Seattle Times]]
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John Carmichael, president of the New York office of the Church of Scientology and its regional spokesman, acknowledged that Scientologists had posted the flier in Keller's apartment house.

"We would have sent one to you (The Inquirer) too, if we thought it was newsworthy," Carmichael said. "We are eager to get the message out."
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{{cite news | first = David | last = O'Reilly | title = Church Of Scientology Hits Critics Where They Live | url = http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=2580409&date=19971228 | work = Knight-Ridder | publisher = Seattle Times | date = 1997-12-28 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.memphisflyer.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology House in Memphis For Sale|http://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/Content?oid=oid%3A36999]] December 7, 2007, Business Buzz, [[Memphis Flyer]]
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Here's a real bargain for those of you looking for a nice homey place in Central Gardens: The Church of Scientology is offering to sell its Memphis headquarters at 1440 Central for a mere $895,000.
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[img[x|http://www.chicagojournal.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology in Printers Row stories|http://www.chicagojournal.com/Blogs/Near-Loop-Wire/12-01-2009/Church_of_Scientology_in_Printers_Row_stories]] December 1, 2009, Micah Maidenberg, [[Chicago Journal]]
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The Tribune published a story on Sunday that reported the Church of Scientology expects to open their new Illinois headquarters in Printers Row, in the restored Artcraft Building at 650 S. Clark, next year. Here are a few of Chicago Journal's past stories about the project, from oldest to most recent:

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[img[x|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/main/art/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology intelligence officers in the 1970s were "complete ...|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/doc/436606860.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT]] April 28, 1992, Paul Moloney, [[Toronto Star]]
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"Within Scientology, we were completely indoctrinated and did believe that everything we did was 100 per cent right. Our minds were completely altered," Bryan Levman told an Ontario Court, general division, jury. 

In the mid-1960s [L. Ron Hubbard], who died in 1986, said "enemies of Scientology are fair game and we can do anything we want to them," said Levman, who joined in 1968. 

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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology investigation gets worldwide response|http://www.tampabay.com/news/article1012324.ece]] June 22, 2009, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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The Church of Scientology is a hot topic any day on the Internet. But now the blogosphere has lit up with comments about the St. Petersburg Times' special report on Scientology leader David Miscavige and the details revealed by two key figures in Scientology's powerful inner circle, Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder, the highest-ranking executives to leave the church. Here are some of the latest comments and posts from other media sources.
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[img[x|http://www.nytimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology Is Sued for $1 Billion|http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B0DE1D81F3EF931A35752C0A961948260]] January 2, 1987, AP, [[New York Times]]
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The suit, filed Wednesday by Lawrence Levy, a lawyer, contends that church officials or their representatives committed fraud and breached fiduciary duties. It says information obtained in purportedly confidential ""auditing"" sessions with a lie detector-like device was used ""for purposes of blackmail and extortion.""
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[img[x|http://curbed.com//favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology Kicks Neighbors Out to Expand Golf Course|http://curbed.com/archives/2011/04/07/church-of-scientology-kicks-neighbors-out-to-build-a-golf-course.php]] April 7, 2011, Sarah Firshein, [[Curbed]]
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The Church of Scientology wants to get down with its bad self and expand the golf course next to its San Jacinto, Calif., headquarters. Sounds fun -- we assume scientologists are pretty good with a 7-iron -- except two residents of Sleepy Hollow trailer park are the last ones standing in the way of the construction.
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{{cite news | first = Sarah | last = Firshein | title = Church of Scientology Kicks Neighbors Out to Expand Golf Course | url = http://curbed.com/archives/2011/04/07/church-of-scientology-kicks-neighbors-out-to-build-a-golf-course.php | work = Curbed | date = 2011-04-07 | accessdate = 2013-08-04 }}
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[img[x|https://www.eff.org/sites/all/themes/frontier/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology Lands in Takedown Hall of Shame|https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/06/church-scientology-lands-takedown-hall-shame]] June 17, 2013, Corynne McSherry, [[Electronic Frontier Foundation]]
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The Church of Scientology International ("CSI") has often been accused of pulling out all the stops to suppress speech critical of the organization. Surprisingly, however, they have not yet made it into the EFF Takedown Hall of Shame.

Until now.
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[img[x|http://dailycaller.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology lobbied the White House|http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/04/church-of-scientology-lobbied-the-white-house/]] December 4, 2013, Patrick Howley, [[Daily Caller]]
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Obama administration departments lobbied by Scientology include the State Department, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Greg Mitchell, founder of the small firm The Mitchell Company, is the Church of Scientology's official lobbyist in Washington, D.C. and also a Church of Scientology member. Insiders say that his role is to help the Church gain mainstream credibility with influential decision-makers.
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{{cite news | first = Patrick | last = Howley | title = Church of Scientology lobbied the White House | url = http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/04/church-of-scientology-lobbied-the-white-house/ | work = Daily Caller | date = 2013-12-04 | accessdate = 2013-12-04 }}
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[img[x|http://www.nytimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology Loses $39 Million in Fraud Lawsuit|http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=980CE7D6123BF93BA25756C0A963948260]] May 18, 1985, AP, [[New York Times]]
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A jury today awarded $39 million to a woman who says the Church of Scientology defrauded her with claims it would improve her eyesight and make her more intelligent.

The Multnomah Circuit Court jury, after a 10-week trial and two and a half days of deliberations, found that the church defrauded the woman, Julie Christofferson Titchbourne, who had been a church member for nine months.
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[img[x|http://www.cnn.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology loses fight against former member|http://www.cnn.com/US/Newsbriefs/9509/9-13/index.html]] September 13, 1995, Briefs, [[CNN]]
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A former member and critic of the Church of Scientology should be getting his research on Scientology back from the church. A federal judge Tuesday ordered the church to return the files that another judge had ordered seized.
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 [[Church of Scientology Loses Legal Fight With Advertising Recruitment Agency|http://www.bnet.com/blog/advertising-business/church-of-scientology-loses-legal-fight-with-advertising-recruitment-agency/3234]] October 12, 2009, Jim Edwards, [[CBS Money Watch]]
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The Church of Scientology has lost a legal battle with an advertising recruitment agency over whether it owns trademark rights to the word "Prosperity" in Ireland.

Prosperity Recruitment's battle against Scientoloy started, according to Irish tech news site ENN, when the agency tried to register "Prosperity" as one of its trademarks.

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{{cite news | first = Jim | last = Edwards | title = Church of Scientology Loses Legal Fight With Advertising Recruitment Agency | url = http://www.bnet.com/blog/advertising-business/church-of-scientology-loses-legal-fight-with-advertising-recruitment-agency/3234 | work = CBS Money Watch | date = 2009-10-12 | accessdate = 2014-03-28 }}
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[img[x|http://www.caller.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology magazine seeks to hire reporters in South Texas|http://www.caller.com/news/2011/jul/09/church-of-scientology-magazine-seeks-to-hire-in/]] July 9, 2011, Mark Collette, [[Corpus Christi Caller-Times]]
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Lynch authored a 2009 article in Freedom Magazine titled "An Outsider's View of Scientology in Clearwater." Clearwater is home to the Flag, a religious retreat the church likens to Mecca.

Lynch's article criticized the St. Petersburg Times investigation for a lack of fairness and objectivity, and pointed out how Scientologists have helped the community of Clearwater economically and socially.

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{{cite news | first = Mark | last = Collette | title = Church of Scientology magazine seeks to hire reporters in South Texas | url = http://www.caller.com/news/2011/jul/09/church-of-scientology-magazine-seeks-to-hire-in/ | work = Corpus Christi Caller-Times | date = 2011-07-09 | accessdate = 2013-02-23 }}
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[img[x|http://www.dailymail.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology member launches High Court battle for right to marry in movement's London chapel|http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2222926/Church-Scientology-launches-High-Court-battle-right-marry-movements-chapel.html?ito=feeds-newsxml]] October 25, 2012, Larisa Brown, [[Daily Mail]]
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Louisa Hodkin, a member of the Church of Scientology (pictured) is challenging a refusal to register a chapel in London for the solemnisation of marriages.
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[img[x|http://www.telegraph.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology members banned from editing Wikipedia|http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/wikipedia/5408761/Church-of-Scientology-members-banned-from-editing-Wikipedia.html]] May 30, 2009, Matthew Moore, [[The Telegraph]]
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The online encyclopedia's arbitration committee has voted to block contributions from computers owned by Scientologists, following complaints that many were using the website to push propaganda.


Feuds between pro- and anti-Scientology users had already forced the site, written entirely by members of the public, to lock entries about the church, which counts Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its celebrity members.

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[img[x|http://www.dispatch.com/live/export-content/sites/dispatch/images/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology needs bigger building - Officials want city to rezone former Time Warner site|http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2008/03/29/scientology.ART_ART_03-29-08_B3_KK9PEHS.html?sid=101]] March 29, 2008, Meredith Heagney, [[Columbus Dispatch]]
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The Church of Scientology plans to move into a former Time Warner building on Dublin Road on the Northwest Side, near Grandview Heights.

The church has to move out of its Downtown headquarters, 30 N. High St., because there isn't enough room, said the Rev. John Carmichael, president of the Church of Scientology of New York.
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 [[Church of Scientology opens in Malvern|http://www.torontoobserver.ca/2011/11/14/church-of-scientology-opens-in-malvern]] November 14, 2011, Mersiha Gadzo, [[Toronto Observer]]
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An organization that has drawn protests in other parts of Toronto has launched a location in Scarborough.

On Nov. 12, Scarborough's first and Toronto's fourth Church of Scientology opened at Neilson Road and McLevin Avenue in the Malvern area. It joins churches on Yonge Street and Broadview Avenue.
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{{cite news | first = Mersiha | last = Gadzo | title = Church of Scientology opens in Malvern | url = http://www.torontoobserver.ca/2011/11/14/church-of-scientology-opens-in-malvern | work = Toronto Observer | date = 2011-11-14 | accessdate = 2014-03-28 }}
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[img[x|http://www.washingtonpost.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology opens national affairs office in D.C.|http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/under-god/post/church-of-scientology-opens-national-affairs-office-in-dc/2012/09/13/7aa62b62-fdca-11e1-8adc-499661afe377_blog.html]] September 13, 2012, Jeannine Hunter, [[Washington Post]]
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A new national affairs office opened Wednesday in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C., for the Church of Scientology. Located in the historic Fraser Mansion, the new office "stands as the central point from which the church coordinates its many social and humanitarian initiatives on a national and international level," according to a statement posted on the Church of Scientology Web site.
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[img[x|http://assets.bizjournals.com/lib/img/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology opens new D.C. home|http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2009/11/09/daily9.html]] November 9, 2009, Jeff Clabaugh, [[Washington Business Journal]]
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The 49,000-square-foot building, six blocks from the White House, is the Church of Scientology's largest presence in Washington. It also owns its historic mansion North of Dupont Circle, where the religion was founded by the late L. Ron Hubbard in 1955.
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[img[x|http://technorati.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology Orgs Caught Demonstrating Extremely Poor Behavior|http://technorati.com/entertainment/glosslip/article/church-of-scientology-orgs-caught-demonstrating-extremely-poor-behavior/]] July 14, 2008, Dawn Olsen, [[GlossLip]]
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The first one was taken outside the Battlecreek, Michigan Org this past Saturday and shows a Scientology member approaching, assailing and destroying property of two protesters ACROSS the street from the Org. The second, shows a disabled woman who is being prevented from getting home because of barricades set up by the LA Scientology Org used to keep protesters away from their "store fronts." Fortunately, the woman, a local resident, was no stranger to Scientology's presence in her neighborhood and refused to be bullied by the Org. Still, it's a sad day when elderly folks are being mistreated while able-bodied "religious" people, stand by and refuse to be helpful and charitable in their actions.

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[img[x|http://1.gravatar.com/blavatar/ffbc68fe58e7387cf18c173a052a8090?s=16]] [[Church Of Scientology Paid Lobbyist $590k from 2005-2012|http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/07/church-scientology-paid-lobbyist-590k-2005-2012]] July 11, 2012, Jen Heger, [[Radar Online]]
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During a seven year period the Church of Scientology has given a powerful lobbyist $590k to appeal to Congress on a range of issues from a threat of religious freedoms in foreign countries, 9/11 rescue workers, to immigration, according to documents reviewed exclusively by RadarOnline.com.

The Church Of Scientology hired The Mitchell Firm in 2003 to lobby politicians about issues important to the organization. Under federal law, the Lobbying Reports must be filed each quarter and are available to the public. Greg Mitchell, founder of The Mitchell Group is the former chief of staff of ex-Republican Congressman James Rogan of California.

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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology paid two private investigators millions to trail David Miscavige's rival, lawsuit claims|http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/church-of-scientology-paid-two-private-investigators-millions-to-trail/1252846]] September 21, 2012, Joe Childs, [[Tampa Bay Times]]
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Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige ordered surveillance on one of his former church rivals in a secret operation that lasted 25 years and ate up millions in church funds, a Texas lawsuit alleges.

The two private investigators who filed the suit say the church hired them to conduct intensive surveillance on Pat Broeker, a church leader who worked closely with Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard in the 1970s and '80s. Broeker was ousted by Miscavige in a power struggle after Hubbard's 1986 death.
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[img[x|http://images.usatoday.com/_common/_images/usat16x16.png]] [[Church of Scientology pays $8.6M in legal dispute|http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2002/05/11/scientology.htm]] May 11, 2002, AP, [[USA Today]]
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The Church of Scientology has agreed to pay a former member more than $8.6 million to resolve a lawsuit filed nearly 22 years ago.

In his 1980 lawsuit, Lawrence Wollersheim accused the church of causing him to develop bipolar disorder and to contemplate suicide. A jury in 1986 awarded him $30 million, an amount reduced on appeal to $2.5 million and upheld by the Supreme Court in 1994.
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[img[x|http://www.goerie.com/graphics/goerie_favicon2.ico]] [[Church of Scientology pays city fines|http://www.goerie.com/article/20111110070759]] October 7, 2011, AP, [[Erie Times-News]]
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The Church of Scientology has paid more than $400,000 in fines related to the years-long delays in completing its signature building in downtown Clearwater.

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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology pays fines for Flag Building in downtown Clearwater|http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/church-of-scientology-pays-fines-for-flag-building-in-downtown-clearwater/1195531]] October 6, 2011, Drew Harwell, [[Tampa Bay Times]]
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The church's payment came on the last day before deadline. Today, the fine would have reverted to more than $450,000 and the city would have begun its collections process, city attorney Pam Akin said. Among the options to collect the debt: foreclosure.
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{{cite news | first = Drew | last = Harwell | title = Church of Scientology pays fines for Flag Building in downtown Clearwater | url = http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/church-of-scientology-pays-fines-for-flag-building-in-downtown-clearwater/1195531 | work = Tampa Bay Times | date = 2011-10-06 | accessdate = 2014-03-28 }}
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[img[x|http://www.azcentral.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology plans church in Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix|http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2012/03/16/20120316church-scientology-plans-church-phoenix-arcadia.html]] March 22, 2012, Philip Haldiman, [[Arizona Republic]]
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The Church of Scientology International is opening a 45,000-square-foot church in the Arcadia neighborhood of east Phoenix as part of an ongoing effort to expand the church's presence worldwide.

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[img[x|http://www.chicagotribune.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology plans Illinois headquarters on Printer's Row|http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-scientology-29-bd-nov29,0,1820111.story]] November 29, 2009, Manya A. Brachear, [[Chicago Tribune]]
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But in Chicago, the religious movement founded by the late science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard appears to be flourishing. Signaling that success are plans for a new seven-story Illinois church headquarters slated to open next year in Chicago's historic Printer's Row.

The restoration of the $4 million red brick edifice at 650 S. Clark St. built in 1914 follows the church's plan of acquiring and restoring historic structures that embody a city's aesthetic.
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{{cite news | first = Manya A. | last = Brachear | title = Church of Scientology plans Illinois headquarters on Printer's Row | url = http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-scientology-29-bd-nov29,0,1820111.story | work = Chicago Tribune | date = 2009-11-29 | accessdate = 2014-03-28 }}
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[img[x|http://www.birminghampost.net/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology pledges to invest £6m in Moseley mansion|http://www.birminghampost.net/news/west-midlands-news/2012/09/26/church-of-scientology-pledges-to-invest-6m-in-moseley-mansion-65233-31903756/]] September 26, 2012,  Jon Griffin, [[Birmingham Post]]
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The Church of Scientology has broken years of silence over its future plans for a listed mansion in Moseley – with a pledge to spend £6 million on a major restoration.

The American church, whose followers include Tom Cruise and John Travolta, says it proposes a 'complete and sensitive' restoration of the former Pitmaston building in Moor Green Lane to 'bring the property back to its former glory'
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{{cite news | first =  Jon | last = Griffin | title = Church of Scientology pledges to invest £6m in Moseley mansion | url = http://www.birminghampost.net/news/west-midlands-news/2012/09/26/church-of-scientology-pledges-to-invest-6m-in-moseley-mansion-65233-31903756/ | work = Birmingham Post | date = 2012-09-26 | accessdate = 2013-10-06 }}
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[img[x|http://img.bulawayo24.com/fav_icon.png]] [[Church of Scientology premises turned into a brothel|http://bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-local-byo-42373.html]] February 5, 2014, [[Bulawayo 24]]
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In an interview with the Daily News, the church administrator, who identified himself as Chipere, confirmed the presence of illegal occupants who are resisting eviction.

"It is true that there are people living in our building and most of them are drunkards and street kids. We closed the flat after water supplies were cut," Chipere said.
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[img[x|http://www.apologeticsindex.org/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology probes Herald reporter - Investigation follows pattern of harassment|http://www.apologeticsindex.org/s04a12.html]] March 19, 1998, Jim MacLaughlin, Inside the Church of Scientology, [[Boston Herald]]
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The Church of Scientology, stung by a five-part series in the Boston Herald that raised questions about its practices, has hired a private investigator to delve into the Herald reporter's private life.

The Rev. Heber Jentzsch, president of the Church of Scientology International, confirmed that the church's Los Angeles law firm hired the private investigative firm to look into the personal life of reporter Joseph Mallia, who wrote the series.
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{{cite news | first = Jim | last = MacLaughlin | author2 = Gully, Andrew | title = Church of Scientology probes Herald reporter - Investigation follows pattern of harassment | url = http://www.apologeticsindex.org/s04a12.html | work = Inside the Church of Scientology | publisher = Boston Herald | date = 1998-03-19 | accessdate = 2014-03-25 }}
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[img[x|http://edition.cnn.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology protects secrets on the Internet|http://www.cnn.com/US/9508/scientology/index.html]] August 26, 1995, [[CNN]]
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Two weeks ago, Arnie Lerma's home office was raided by U.S. Marshal's accompanied by lawyers and officials from the Church of Scientology. While the marshal's stood by, Lermas' computer was dismantled and carried away.
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[img[x|http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology Pyramid Scheme Investors Settlement|http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/settlements/06647/scientology-scheme.html]] November 8, 2006, [[Lawyers and Settlements]]
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Investors filed a lawsuit against three groups affiliated with the Church of Scientology over a pyramid scheme operated by Reed Slatkin, the co-founder of EarthLink. The lawsuit claimed Slatkin used money from new investors to pay off earlier investors. Slatkin raised nearly $600 million and ultimately swindled investors out of about $240 million. Narconon International, the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International and the Church of Scientology Western United States were named as defendants. The three groups have agreed to return $3.5 million they received from a pyramid scheme.
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{{cite news | title = Church of Scientology Pyramid Scheme Investors Settlement | url = http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/settlements/06647/scientology-scheme.html | work = Lawyers and Settlements | date = 2006-11-08 | accessdate = 2014-03-28 }}
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[img[x|http://network.nationalpost.com/np/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology registers protest over New Yorker story|http://life.nationalpost.com/2011/09/01/church-of-scientology-registers-protest-over-new-yorker-story/]] September 1, 2011, [[National Post]]
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Anyone who thought the Church of Scientology would take the high road in response to a critical New Yorker story probably didn't read said story very closely.

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[img[x|http://finance-commerce.com/wp-content/themes/fnc/images/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology renovation under way|http://finance-commerce.com/2010/04/church-of-scientology-renovation-under-way/]] April 6, 2010, Bill Clements, [[Finance and Commerce]]
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Workers are busily transforming the old Science Museum of Minnesota in downtown St. Paul into the new local headquarters for the Church of Scientology-thanks to a $3 million renovation.
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{{cite news | first = Bill | last = Clements | title = Church of Scientology renovation under way | url = http://finance-commerce.com/2010/04/church-of-scientology-renovation-under-way/ | work = Finance and Commerce | date = 2010-04-06 | accessdate = 2014-03-28 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology responds to St. Petersburg Times series|http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/article1201167.ece]] November 13, 2011, Karin Pouw, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Blah blah blah blah... Super Power "cathedral", lol!
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology responds: Parishioners donate 'because they enthusiastically support their chosen faith'|http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/article1202000.ece]] November 20, 2011, Karin Pouw, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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"Contrary to the St. Petersburg Times' mischaracterizations, parishioners donate to the church because they enthusiastically support their chosen faith," spokeswoman Karin Pouw said.

"They continue to do so because those donations fund programs that parishioners are proud to support: The opening of new Ideal Scientology Churches throughout the world, and the implementation of global humanitarian initiatives and social betterment programs."

Those parishioners, in the thousands, far outweigh the "handful of disaffected apostates" who spoke to the Times, the church said.

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{{cite news | first = Karin | last = Pouw | title = Church of Scientology responds: Parishioners donate 'because they enthusiastically support their chosen faith' | url = http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/article1202000.ece | work = St. Petersburg Times | date = 2011-11-20 | accessdate = 2012-12-29 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology response|http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/church-of-scientology-response/1102039]] June 13, 2010, Tommy Davis, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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That said, the Church does not advocate abortion to church staff or parishioners. Anyone claiming to have done so on behalf of the Church, or alleging they did so in conformance with some alleged policy (written or "unwritten") is either lying or did so in contravention of the Church's view on the matter. At no time has any church staff member been "forced" to obtain an abortion. . . . 

Individuals who join the Sea Org and later determine they want to have child­ren, may then leave the Sea Org. They receive assistance from the Church, including immediate prenatal care, medical care, financial assistance. . . . 

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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology runs afoul of widely accepted best practices for fundraising|http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/article1201998.ece]] November 20, 2011, Joe Childs, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Dozens of former Scientology parishioners told the St. Petersburg Times that they donated five- and six-figure sums to Scientology churches but were never given a financial report. They said the same held true for the IAS. Former church staffers said they didn't see reports either.

Scientology insists that its churches and the IAS give members "considerable details" about how donations are spent. Spokeswoman Karin Pouw said this information is "broadly communicated through the church's own publications, including Impact magazine and International Scientology News."

A review of Scientology magazines found large amounts of positive information about the church and its affiliates, but no financial reporting.
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{{cite news | first = Joe | last = Childs | author2 = Tobin, Thomas C. | title = Church of Scientology runs afoul of widely accepted best practices for fundraising | url = http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/article1201998.ece | work = St. Petersburg Times | date = 2011-11-20 | accessdate = 2014-03-25 }}
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[img[x|http://www.theregister.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology seeks 'ban' against HIV+ protesters|http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/01/15/scientology_protester_ban/]] January 15, 2009, John Leyden, [[The Register]]
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Lawyers acting for Scientology are allegedly using medical information about two protesters picketing a Scientology facility near Hemet, California in an attempt to prevent the duo's attendance at further demos. The two protesters Angry Gay Pope and Happy Smurf, a former Scientologist, are contesting the legal action, which would prevent them protesting at the important facility (known internally as Gold Base). The pair, both openly gay, have the representation of attorney Graham Berry.
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{{cite news | first = John | last = Leyden | title = Church of Scientology seeks 'ban' against HIV+ protesters | url = http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/01/15/scientology_protester_ban/ | work = The Register | date = 2009-01-15 | accessdate = 2012-12-28 }}
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[img[x|http://www.digitaljournal.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology set to open The Super Power Building|http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/313147]] October 21, 2011, JohnThomas Didymus, [[Digital Journal]]
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The grand opening of the Church of Scientology's brand new The Super Power Building is expected very soon. The 12-storey building, which took more than 13 years to build, and cost about $90 million, is located in Clearwater, Florida.

The Sun reports an elaborate arrangement of security and secrecy surrounding the imposing building with nearly 900 rooms. The windows are blacked out, cameras monitors are installed at entrances with security guards on duty 24 hours.

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{{cite news | first = JohnThomas | last = Didymus | title = Church of Scientology set to open The Super Power Building | url = http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/313147 | work = Digital Journal | date = 2011-10-21 | accessdate = 2012-12-28 }}
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[img[x|http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church Of Scientology Settles Dispute With Internet Provider|http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19960805&slug=2342768]] August 5, 1996, [[Seattle Times]]
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The Church of Scientology has settled a copyright dispute with an Internet provider that many in the computer industry worried would restrict freedom of expression in cyberspace.
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{{cite news | title = Church Of Scientology Settles Dispute With Internet Provider | url = http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19960805&slug=2342768 | work = Seattle Times  | date = 1996-08-05 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology settles suit with PR firm|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/51847739.html?dids=51847739:51847739&FMT=FT]] July 7, 1994, Wayne Garcia, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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On the verge of a trial, the Church of Scientology has settled a $40-million federal lawsuit against its former publicity agent, Hill & Knowlton, and foe Eli Lilly and Co. for an undisclosed sum of money.

No one involved in the litigation, however, is discussing the terms of the agreement, which was completed last week.

"All parties acknowledged that they are pleased that the case has been settled," said a statement from the Church of Scientology International in Los Angeles.

The agreement requires confidentiality, said Kurt Weiland, a director of the Church of Scientology International and head of its Office of Special Affairs.
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[img[x|http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology should not get rate break says Birmingham councillor|http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/church-of-scientology-should-not-get-rate-146340]] January 12, 2011, Jasbir Authi, [[Birmingham Mail]]
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Councillor Martin Mullaney (Lib Dem Moseley, Kings Heath) requested that this allowance is reviewed at a full cabinet meeting.

He said: "We are reviewing which organisations we give the 80 per cent discretionary rate relief to.

"Normally it's charities or religious groups and as it's been pointed out by various local residents in Moseley, that Birmingham is one of the few local authorities that give 80 per cent reductions to the Church of Scientology. They are not recognised by the Inland Revenue as a church or religious group."
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{{cite news | first = Jasbir | last = Authi | title = Church of Scientology should not get rate break says Birmingham councillor | url = http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/church-of-scientology-should-not-get-rate-146340 | work = Birmingham Mail | date = 2011-01-12 | accessdate = 2012-12-28 }}
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[img[x|http://www.msnbc.msn.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology statement - Response to Andrew Morton's unauthorized Tom Cruise biography|http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/22658115]] January 15, 2008, [[Today Show]]
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While making all sorts of bizarre and false allegations about Mr. Miscavige, the Church's ecclesiastical leader, Morton at no time ever attempted to contact, speak to or interview him.
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[img[x|http://abcnews.go.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology Statement to ABC News|http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=4720823&page=1]] April 24, 2008, Church of Scientology, [[ABC News]]
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The Church of Scientology made it clear from its first contacts with "Nightline" that it would not publicly discuss the ecclesiastical circumstances surrounding the dismissal of Mrs. Hill from Church staff, regardless of the nature of her allegations.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology sues property appraiser|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/51435968.html?dids=51435968:51435968&FMT=FT]] December 10, 1988, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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For the seventh year in a row, the Church of Scientology has sued Pinellas County Property Appraiser Ronald J. Schultz over his assessments of church-owned property.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court, the church contends that ''Scientology is a bona fide religion'' and should therefore be granted tax-exempt status.
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[img[x|http://news.google.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology to be tried in France for fraud: legal source|http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jO7I_aHMOG_9KpWzjV9RmfofhJQQ]] September 8, 2008, AFP, [[Google]]
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The Church of Scientology will be tried in a French court for "organised fraud," legal sources said Monday.
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[img[x|http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology to open new HQ in Moseley|http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2010/06/09/church-of-scientology-to-open-new-hq-in-moseley-97319-26615388/]] June 9, 2010, [[Birmingham Mail]]
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THE Church of Scientology is set to open its new multi-million pound Midland headquarters in Moseley within weeks.

The well-known Grade II-listed Pitmaston building, in Moor Green Lane, was snapped up by the church for £4.25 million two years ago.

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[img[x|http://torontostandard.com/wp-content/themes/torontostdwp/favicon.ico]] [['Church' of Scientology to Renovate Yonge Street Headquarters|http://torontostandard.com/the-sprawl/church-of-scientology-to-renovate-its-building-on-yonge/]] December 13, 2012, Igor Bonifacic, [[Toronto Standard]]
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The Church of Scientology announced that it is about to begin renovations its Yonge Street location, according to Urban Toronto. No word yet on when the renovations will start or when they are expected to be completed.

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{{cite news | first = Igor | last = Bonifacic | title = 'Church' of Scientology to Renovate Yonge Street Headquarters | url = http://torontostandard.com/the-sprawl/church-of-scientology-to-renovate-its-building-on-yonge/ | work = Toronto Standard | date = 2012-12-13 | accessdate = 2014-04-18 }}
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[img[x|http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology to reveal £6m plans for Birmingham mansion|http://www.birminghampost.net/news/west-midlands-news/2012/11/07/church-of-scientology-to-reveal-6million-plans-for-birmingham-headquarters-65233-32179397/]] November 7, 2012, Jon Griffin, [[Birmingham Post]]
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The secretive Church of Scientology is to finally lift the lid on its £6 million plans for a listed mansion in Birmingham - seven years after targeting new headquarters in the city.

The American church, whose followers include Tom Cruise and John Travolta, is sending a representative to brief residents in a public consultation on the restoration of the former Pitmaston building in Moor Green Lane, Moseley.
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 [[Church of Scientology to Sell City Headquarters|http://www.realestatesource.com.au/Victoria/Church-of-Scientology-to-Sell-City-Headquarters.html]] October 27, 2008, Marc Pallisco, [[Real Estate Source]]
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The on again - off again campaign to sell the Church of Scientology Melbourne headquarters at 42 Russell Street is on again, and it's public.

Colliers International's Matthew Stagg and Pat Burke will auction the Church's outgoing headquarters, on the north-east corner of Flinders Lane next month.
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 [[Church of Scientology to Sell Melbourne CBD Headquarters|http://www.realestatesource.com.au/Victoria/Church-of-Scientology-to-Sell-Melbourne-CBD-Headquarters.html]] July 25, 2008, Marc Pallisco, [[Real Estate Source]]
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The Church of Scientology says it is considering proposals to sell its headquarters in the central business district, in its move to the suburbs.

The controversial religious denomination can expect to make about $8 million in today's market for the historic four-level building, on the corner of Russell Street and Flinders Lane.


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 [[Church of Scientology to up its stake on Yonge Street|http://yongestreetmedia.com/devnews/scientologyonyonge01162013.aspx]] January 16, 2013, Bert Archer, [[YongeStreet]]
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The longtime occupants of the storefront at 696 Yonge have just moved to temporary digs in an old brick building at 77 Peter Street (former home of Time and Studio 77 night clubs) in order to renovate the Bauhaus-inspired modernist Yonge building at the corner of St. Mary.

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[img[x|http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tto/public/115739/img/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology told to drop Churchill images|http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/scotland/article6907914.ece]] November 8, 2009, Stuart MacDonald, [[The Sunday Times]]
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The family of Winston Churchill has asked the Church of Scientology to stop using images of the former prime minister in its recruitment literature.

The controversial religious organisation has been circulating promotional material to recruit staff in the UK which includes photographs of Churchill along with quotes from some of his most famous speeches.
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{{cite news | first = Stuart | last = MacDonald | title = Church of Scientology told to drop Churchill images | url = http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/scotland/article6907914.ece | work = The Sunday Times | date = 2009-11-08 | accessdate = 2011-02-21 }}
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[img[x|http://resources.news.com.au/cs/theaustralian/images/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology 'toxic' for children|http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/church-of-scientology-toxic-for-children/story-e6frg6nf-1225868419294]] May 19, 2010, Lanai Vasek, [[The Australian]]
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Scarlett Hanna, whose mother Vicki Dunstan is the president of the Church of Scientology in Australia, said she wanted the church to "take accountability" and apologise to those who were victims of its abuse.

In an interview with the ABC's Lateline, aired last night, Ms Hanna alleged children, including herself, who were born to members of the sea org -- Scientology's elite unit -- were deprived of contact with their parents, given a lack of medical attention and forced to live in cramped conditions. "It was an incredibly lonely childhood." Ms Hanna said.
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 [[Church Of Scientology Uses Copyright, Trademark, And Cyberbullying Laws To Silence Critical Parody|http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130621/14034323572/church-scientology-uses-copyright-trademark-cyberbullying-laws-to-silence-critical-parody.shtml]] June 28, 2013, Timothy Geigner, [[Techdirt]]
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Well, it turns out you just can't teach a kinda-old non-religion religion new tricks. Reader John alerts us to a case in which the Church of Scientology is using copyright, trademark and cyberbullying laws to silence a parody criticizing the "church", Will Smith, and the attempt to destroy film making commonly known as After Earth. Recently, they demanded that GoDaddy nix cheerupwillsmith.com, which parodied the church and the film, over the use of their logos, a letter from church-leader David Miscavige, a photo of the same Miscavige, and a parody portrayal of Mr. Miscavige. 

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[img[x|http://politicalscrapbook.net/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology using riot aftermath to recruit members|http://politicalscrapbook.net/2011/08/church-of-scientology-using-riot-aftermath-to-recruit-members/]] August 10, 2011, [[Political Scrapbook]]
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A "Scientology Volunteer Force" appeared at the cleanup operation in Birmingham City Centre this morning, purporting to be there to help sweep up. In reality, they stayed for around ten minutes – just long enough to convince members of the public to come back to their centre and "learn more" about the organisation.

According to cleanup helper @BrumProtestor, the five volunteers, who wore the sect's trademark yellow jackets, each left with a member of the public in the direction of their nearby recruitment office.

The controversial sect routinely send "Volunteer Ministers" to recruit members in the immediate aftermath of disasters. They arrive bearing supplies, food and water, then begin offering medically dubious "therapies" known as "assists" to people suffering from extreme shock.
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[img[x|http://www.koat.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church Of Scientology Wants Downtown Location|http://www.koat.com/news/14928395/detail.html]] December 27, 2007, [[KOAT Albuquerque]]
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The Church of Scientology has applied for a permit to use the Gizmo building near Fourth and Central.

The building will include a high-end cafe, reading room and theater.
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[img[x|http://www.sfgate.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology Wins $3 Million Ruling|http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/1998/09/19/MN80780.DTL]] September 19, 1998, Maria Alicia Gaura, [[San Francisco Chronicle]]
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A federal judge in San Jose has awarded the Church of Scientology a $3 million judgment against a persistent critic of the church who published portions of the group's secret scriptures on the Internet.

But defendant Grady Ward will not have to pay the full fine as long as he refrains from further publications of Scientology secrets and pays the church $200 per month for the rest of his life, according to settlement papers released yesterday.

[Major factual errors in this story]
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[img[x|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/main/art/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology wins ruling on papers|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/doc/435492895.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT]] September 7, 1986, Kelly Toughill, [[Toronto Star]]
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In making the ruling, [Samuel Hughes] overturned the decision in 1984 by Supreme Court Justice Jean-Charles Sirois, who had granted Drapkin's request without consulting the church, said lawyer Clayton Ruby, who represents the church. 

The church still hasn't received an answer to its petition to perform marriages, Ruby said, adding that he next will ask the court to declare Drapkin incapable of making an impartial decision and asking it to appoint someone else to conduct the review. 

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[img[x|http://abcnews.go.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology, Former Church Official Settle Lawsuits out of Court|http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/04/church-of-scientology-former-church-official-settle-lawsuits-out-of-court/]] April 26, 2012, ABC News, [[ABC News]]
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Court documents show the settlement terms were filed on Monday and say that the church will drop its demand for damages against Cook and her husband Wayne Baumgarten. One provision in the settlement said Cook and Baumgarten are permanently and forever enjoined from "printing, posting, disseminating, circulating, quoting publicly, uttering or publishing any kind of statement in any form which is critical of, defamatory or disparaging against any of the Church Parties, either directly or indirectly."

No money was involved in the settlement.

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[img[x|http://daily.stanford.edu/favicon.ico]] [[Church of Scientology: It's kind of like Enron, only it actually makes money|http://daily.stanford.edu/article/2005/4/8/churchOfScientologyItsKindOfLikeEnronOnlyItActuallyMakesMoney]] April 8, 2005, Intermission, [[Stanford Daily]]
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That sounded like a semi-reasonable starting point (hey, at least they accept evolution), so I decided to investigate the Church a bit further and live a day in the life of a Scientologist. The German and Belgian governments' characterizations of the Church as a "totalitarian cult" and the group's storied history of domestic tax evasion only further peaked my interest.
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[img[x|https://s.ytimg.com/yts/img/favicon-vfldlzjxy.ico]] [[Church of Scientology's: Original We Stand Tall featuring David Miscavige|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOgMzKNojfU]] December 22, 2012, Eevey Fawkes, [[YouTube]]
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Mirrored from SoUpstat
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[img[x|http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Church of stars set for city|http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk/mail/news/tm_method=full%26objectid=15763031%26siteid=50002-name_page.html]] July 21, 2005, Jon Griffin, Evening Mail, [[Birmingham Mail]]
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Former diocesan spokesman Arun Arora said at the time that the Church, founded by science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard, was "as much a religion as a dog is a vegetable".

He said Scientology was regarded by many as "little more than a cult" and had been refused recognition as a religion by the UK Charity Commissioners.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church pays those it reviled|http://www.sptimes.com/News/031101/NorthPinellas/Church_pays_those_it_.shtml]] March 11, 2001, Deborah O'Neil, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Every day, off-duty Clearwater police officers provide security for the Church of Scientology, which was investigated by police for 18 years but now is putting thousands of dollars in officers' pockets.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church played dirty tricks on Cazares|http://www.antisectes.net/sp-times-scientology-special-report-pulitzer-price.pdf#page=9]] January 9, 1980, Charles Stafford, Scientology: An in-depth profile of a new force in Clearwater, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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WHAT HAPPENED then was described by government attorneys in a "Sentencing Memorandum" to U.S. District Judge Charles R. Richey in Washington earlier this month as he prepared to sentence the nine Scientologists.

"Shortly thereafter," the memorandum said, "defendant Hermann ordered Mr. Meisner to carry out an operation on Mayor Cazares during his Washington trip -- that operation was to involve a fake hit-and-run accident. Defendant Sharon Thomas was to be the main participant in that operation. She was to meet Mayor Cazares, drive him around town, and at a predetermined location stage a hit-and-run accident with Mr. Meisner as the "victim."
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church protests appraiser's questions|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/50096269.html?dids=50096269:50096269&FMT=FT]] August 14, 1987, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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The Rev. W.S. Craig, pastor of the Apostolic United Pentecostal Church in St. Petersburg, says he has gone for 31 years without having to justify his church's tax-exempt status to county officials. ''And after 31 years,'' he said, ''they want to know about our finances, our church structure. They're infringing on our rights as a religion.'' Pinellas Property Appraiser Ron Schultz counters that he's merely trying to enforce the tax laws. Craig blamed Schultz's attitude on his long-running battle with the Church of Scientology in Clearwater. Each year since 1982, the Scientologists have sought an exemption, and Schultz has denied it. ''The Church of Scientology of California Inc. was the first instance in my term of office where I found an institution calling itself a church that the courts agreed was not a not-for-profit institution,'' Schultz said.
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[img[x|http://www.cbc.ca/favicon.ico]] [[Church recruitment in park draws fire|http://www.cbc.ca/canada/edmonton/story/2004/09/29/ed_church20040929.html]] September 29, 2004, [[CBC News]]
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A church group is recruiting members in a downtown park, but some are concerned about the religious tent being set up on city property.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church requests that trial be moved|http://www.sptimes.com/2003/05/23/Tampabay/Church_requests_that_.shtml]] May 23, 2003, Robert Farley, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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CLEARWATER - Earlier this spring, as the Church of Scientology prepared for its biggest trial in recent history, professional researchers combed Tyrone Square Mall asking Pinellas residents what they thought of the church.

"A cult," said person after person.

"Scam," said one. "Crooks," said another.

The researchers, hired by the church, questioned 300 people. Their findings were grim: Four out of five had unfavorable things to say about Scientology.

The church concluded that the negative opinions Pinellas residents hold toward Scientology are so deep and widespread, it could not get a fair trial here.
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[img[x|http://www.tampabay.com/iwov-resources/images/favicon.ico]] [[Church responds to St. Petersburg Times series|http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/article1201174.ece]] November 13, 2011, [[Tampa Bay Times]]
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Excerpts of 144 pages of response from Church of Scientology's spokeswoman Karin Pouw:
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church scores round in death suit|http://www.sptimes.com/News/062201/TampaBay/Church_scores_round_i.shtml]] June 22, 2001, Robert Farley, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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ST. PETERSBURG -- The Church of Scientology won a partial victory Thursday when a judge dismissed one of four counts in a 4-year-old wrongful death lawsuit filed by the estate of Lisa McPherson.

In one of his final acts overseeing the case, Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Frank Quesada dismissed the count alleging that McPherson was falsely imprisoned.
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[img[x|http://www.latimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church Scriptures Get High-Tech Protection|http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-scientologysided062490,0,7493097.story]] June 24, 1990, Robert W. Welkos, [[Los Angeles Times]]
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Scientology is determined that the words of L. Ron Hubbard shall live forever.

Using state-of-the art technology, the movement has spent more than $15 million to protect Hubbard's original writings, tape-recorded lectures and filmed treatises from natural and man-made calamities, including nuclear holocaust.
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{{cite news | first = Robert W. | last = Welkos | author2 = Sappell, Joel | title = Church Scriptures Get High-Tech Protection | url = http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-scientologysided062490,0,7493097.story | work = Los Angeles Times | date = 1990-06-24 | accessdate = 2014-03-25 }}
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[img[x|https://s.ytimg.com/yts/img/favicon-vfldlzjxy.ico]] [[Church Secrets and Legends Show  --  Scientology|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep2oBov0OhU]] April 2, 2014, RinderLoyalist, [[YouTube]]
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An excerpt from the show Church Secrets and Legends from the Travel Channel 30 March 2014.
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[img[x|http://www.latimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church Seeks Influence in Schools, Business, Science|http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-scientology062790,0,884315,full.story]] June 27, 1990, Robert W. Welkos, [[Los Angeles Times]]
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Today, Scientology executives insist that the organization is law-abiding, that the offenders have been purged and that the church has now entered an era in which harmony has replaced hostility.

But as the movement attempts to broaden its reach, evidence is mounting that Hubbard's devotees are engaging in practices that, while not unlawful, have begun to stir memories of its troubled past.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church settlement brings relief|http://www.sptimes.com/2004/06/06/Northpinellas/Church_settlement_bri.shtml]] June 6, 2004, Robert Farley, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Some view the settlement as the latest example of the Church of Scientology wearing down a legal opponent with a barrage of litigation. Others see it as the church buying its way out of an embarrassing trial sure to be documented by international media.

Court transcripts also show a judge bent on resolving a case that had taxed the Pinellas judiciary.
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[img[x|http://www.latimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church Settles Death Lawsuit|http://articles.latimes.com/2004/may/30/nation/na-scientology30]] May 30, 2004, [[Los Angeles Times]]
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The Church of Scientology has settled a lawsuit that accused staff members of allowing a member of the church to become severely dehydrated and die.

Lisa McPherson, 36, died in 1995 after 17 days of care by Scientology staffers. The lawsuit, filed by her family, spawned a number of related legal actions as McPherson's death became a rallying point for an anti-Scientology movement.

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[img[x|http://www.sfgate.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church settles suit after 22 years / Ex-Scientologist who won judgment collects $8.6 million|http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2002/05/10/MN125578.DTL]] May 10, 2002, Richard Leiby, Washington Post, [[San Francisco Chronicle]]
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Nearly 22 years ago, Lawrence Wollersheim, a disaffected member of the Church of Scientology, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles accusing the church of mental abuse that pushed him to the brink of suicide.

Teams of lawyers and various rulings came and went, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Judgments against the church hit $30 million, then dropped to $2.5 million.

But the Church of Scientology never paid -- until Thursday, when officials wrote a check for more than $8.6 million to end the case, one of the longest- running in California history.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church spokesman says Times report is unfair|http://www.sptimes.com/2006/06/25/Tampabay/Church_spokesman_says.shtml]] June 25, 2006, Robert Farley, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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When the Times told officials at the Church of Scientology in Clearwater about plans to write a story about its suppressive person and disconnection policies, Scientology spokesman Ben Shaw aggressively sought to refute the story and persuade the newspaper not to tell it.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church sues medical examiner|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/16997614.html?dids=16997614:16997614&FMT=FT]] January 29, 1997, Thomas C. Tobin, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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The Church of Scientology alleged in a lawsuit Tuesday that Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner Joan Wood has poisoned its reputation by speaking publicly about the unexplained death of a church member.

The lawsuit argues that when Wood recently spoke with reporters about the 1995 death of Lisa McPherson she waived any right to keep her records on the case closed.
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 [[Church takes case to Strasbourg|http://www.prima-news.ru/eng/news/news/2003/10/14/26254.html]] October 14, 2003, [[PRIMA News Agency]]
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Moscow, RUSSIA. Representatives of the Church of Scientology in Nizhnekamsk have brought a case at the European Court of Human Rights against the Ministry of Justice in Tatarstan, which has refused to register their church.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church targets lawsuit attorney|http://www.sptimes.com/2002/04/29/TampaBay/Church_targets_lawsui.shtml]] April 29, 2002, Deborah O'Neil, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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The Church of Scientology is rolling out an aggressive set of legal maneuvers aimed at wiping out one of its biggest headaches: the lawsuit blaming the church for the 1995 death of Lisa McPherson.

The church is zeroing in on Tampa attorney Ken Dandar, who in representing McPherson's family has mustered an unrelenting challenge costing the church millions and fueling unending bad publicity.
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[img[x|http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/img/favicon.ico]] [['Church' that yearns for respectability|https://web.archive.org/web/20081013010829/http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article1975105.ece]] June 23, 2007, Dominic Kennedy, [[The Times]]
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Scientology is trying to transform its image from that of a shadowy cult

A copy of the latest Cosreci accounts filed at Companies House shows an annual income of £10 million and nonproperty assets of £10.8 million including £6.7 million cash. The main Hubbard-influenced charity is Narconon, which claims to provide therapy and education against drug abuse. It has an annual income of £520,000. The Greenfields School, which promotes Hubbard's teachings for pupils aged 1 to 19, has £2.4 million assets and an annual turnover of £1 million.
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[img[x|http://www.canberratimes.com.au/favicon.ico]] [[Church told to review work rules|http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/church-told-to-review-work-rules/2295112.aspx]] September 16, 2011, AAP, [[Canberra Times]]
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The industrial umpire has told the Church of Scientology to hire an external expert to review its work practices after an 18-month probe into whether church workers were paid properly.

The Fair Work Ombudsman investigation was sparked by an ABC Television Four Corners program in March 2010, which raised allegations about the mistreatment and exploitation of some of the church's members.

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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church tried to infiltrate Pinellas police agencies|http://www.antisectes.net/sp-times-scientology-special-report-pulitzer-price.pdf#page=13]] January 9, 1980, Charles Stafford, Scientology: An in-depth profile of a new force in Clearwater, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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"The main point is that at that time -- April 1976 -- the communications center is going "all civilian." In other words they are going to relieve the uniformed policemen of those clerical duties so that they can get onto production posts, and staff the communications center with all civilians. At present, it's about half and half. The civilians by my observation are all lovely young ladies -- 100 percent foxes.

"I THINK this is an excellent opportunity for us and I would like to see us represented in that communications center." Information was the lifeblood of the Guardians' covert operations against those whom they perceived to be enemies of Scientology, information they could use to defame and discredit the enemies. The St. Petersburg Police Department became an enemy about mid-February of 1976.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church tutors embrace methods|http://www.sptimes.com/2007/05/20/Hillsborough/Church_tutors_embrace.shtml]] May 20, 2007, Robert Farley, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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An East Tampa pastor stands united with Hubbard's study technology program.
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[img[x|http://www.independent.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Church versus state: Scientology faces unholy war after court ruling|http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/church-versus-state-scientology-faces-unholy-war-after-court-ruling-8998827.html]] December 11, 2013, Ian Johnston, [[The Independent]]
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For years the Church of Scientology has waged a global campaign for acceptance as a genuine faith, keenly using the help of celebrity backing from the likes of Hollywood stars Tom Cruise and John Travolta. Its cause has now been rewarded in Britain by a landmark legal victory, with the Supreme Court ruling that the movement – dismissed by some as a money-making cult – should in fact be treated as a bona fide religion.
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{{cite news | first = Ian | last = Johnston | title = Church versus state: Scientology faces unholy war after court ruling | url = http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/church-versus-state-scientology-faces-unholy-war-after-court-ruling-8998827.html | work = The Independent | date = 2013-12-11 | accessdate = 2014-02-22 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church wants judge removed in McPherson case|http://www.sptimes.com/News/030300/TampaBay/Church_wants_judge_re.shtml]] March 3, 2000, Thomas C. Tobin, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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LARGO -- The Church of Scientology says it fears Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Brandt C. Downey III cannot be impartial and is asking that he remove himself from presiding in the Lisa McPherson case.

In a motion filed late Thursday, Scientology asserts that several of Downey's former law partners were active in anti-Scientology efforts in the late 1970s and early 1980s, after the church's controversial arrival in Clearwater.
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[img[x|http://www.canoe.ca/favicon.ico]] [[Church was Sun-burned|http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/MediaNews/2007/10/28/4612417.html]] October 28, 2007, Alan Shanoff, [[Canoe]]
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The Church of Scientology sued the Sun and Bono. Three or four times in short order, as I recall. Some Scientologist managed to intercept a letter sent by Bonokoski to a colleague in a Florida paper. Bono sued the Church for this invasion of privacy.

The Sun files on Scientology disappeared. It was feared a Scientologist had taken the file. Years later I learned a Scientologist got a job at my law firm and took copies of documents from my files at night -- the young lady pleaded guilty to theft, but I digress.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church withdraws venue change request|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/346009901.html?dids=346009901:346009901&FMT=FT]] June 11, 2003, Robert Farley, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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The church is defending itself in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the estate of former Scientologist Lisa McPherson, who died in 1995 after being cared for by church staffers.

The motion for a change of venue came in a related matter, a countersuit against the McPherson estate and its attorney, Ken Dandar. The church alleges that Dandar improperly attempted to add Scientology leader David Miscavige as a defendant in the wrongful- death suit.

Luke Lirot, another attorney for the McPherson estate, seized on Baird's letter as justification for the case to be reassigned to a new judge in St. Petersburg.
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[img[x|http://www.apologeticsindex.org/favicon.ico]] [[Church, enemies wage war on Internet battlefield|http://www.apologeticsindex.org/s04a07.html]] March 4, 1998, Joseph Mallia, Inside the Church of Scientology, [[Boston Herald]]
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His online name was Rogue Agent and his scathing attacks against the Church of Scientology ripped through the Internet.Shielded behind an anonymous account at Northeastern University, he continued to anger and embarrass the church with messages that millions could read online.
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{{cite news | first = Joseph | last = Mallia | title = Church, enemies wage war on Internet battlefield | url = http://www.apologeticsindex.org/s04a07.html | work = Inside the Church of Scientology | publisher = Boston Herald | date = 1998-03-04 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church-based social-service plan draws religious opposition|http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/god21.shtml]] February 21, 2001, Laura Meckler, Associated Press, [[Seattle Post-Intelligencer]]
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Religious groups are voicing other concerns as well, including government infringement on churches' freedom. Others worry about government funding of religious groups outside the mainstream, such as the Church of Scientology and the Nation of Islam.
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{{cite news | first = Laura | last = Meckler | title = Church-based social-service plan draws religious opposition | url = http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/god21.shtml | work = Associated Press | publisher = Seattle Post-Intelligencer | date = 2001-02-21 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Churches' tax-exempt status being scrutinized|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/50096162.html?dids=50096162:50096162&FMT=FT]] August 14, 1987, Stephen Koff, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Craig blamed Schultz's attitude on the property appraiser's long-running battle with the Church of Scientology in Clearwater. Each year since 1982, the Scientologists have sought an exemption and Schultz has denied it.

Schultz said Craig's statement is partly true.

"The Church of Scientology of California Inc. was the first instance in my term of office where I found an institution calling itself a church that the courts agreed was not a not-for-profit institution," he said. After that 1981 case, he said, "I instituted subjecting all corporations to that scrutiny."
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[img[x|http://i.bnet.com/favicon.ico]] [[Churchill Family Blasts Scientology Ads Featuring Wartime Leader|http://www.bnet.com/blog/advertising-business/churchill-family-blasts-scientology-ads-featuring-wartime-leader/3615]] November 29, 2009, Jim Edwards, [[CBS News]]
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The literary agency Curtis Brown, which represents several members of the Churchill family, has written to the church's London branch protesting at a range of advertising leaflets and posters that liken the Allied struggle against Nazi Germany to Scientology's efforts to recruit new members.
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{{cite news | first = Jim | last = Edwards | title = Churchill Family Blasts Scientology Ads Featuring Wartime Leader | url = http://www.bnet.com/blog/advertising-business/churchill-family-blasts-scientology-ads-featuring-wartime-leader/3615 | work = CBS News | date = 2009-11-29 | accessdate = 2013-10-09 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church's complaints take buses off road|http://www.sptimes.com/TampaBay/120998/Church_s_complaints_t.html]] December 9, 1998, Thomas C. Tobin, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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The ads were purchased by church critics and were to be on buses Saturday through Monday as part of a weekend-long protest against Scientology.

Each of the 11 ads carried a different message. Among them: "Think for Yourself. Quit Scientology," "Find out why so many people oppose Dianetics and Scientology" and "Why does Scientology lie to its members?"

Scientology representatives began phoning the homes of transit and Clearwater city officials after the buses began rolling Saturday morning. The church argued that the ads violated a state law regarding published material that "tends to expose any individual or any religious group to hatred, contempt, ridicule or (abusive language)." 

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[img[x|http://www.sfgate.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church's drug program flunks S.F. test / Panel of experts finds Scientology's Narconon lectures outdated, inaccurate|http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/10/02/BAGN292LAC1.DTL]] October 2, 2004, Nanette Asimov, [[San Francisco Chronicle]]
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The medical experts minced no words in their harsh assessment of Narconon. A local Scientologist who provides the Narconon lectures has made presentations to students of all ages in San Francisco schools since 1991. At least 34 city schools have hosted the lecturer since 2000.

"One of our reviewers opined that "this (curriculum) reads like a high school science paper pieced together from the Internet, and not very well at that," " Heilig wrote Bascom. "Another wrote that "my comments will be brief, as this proposal hardly merits detailed analysis." Another stated, "As a parent, I would not want my child to participate in this kind of "education." "
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[img[x|http://newsok.com/favicon.ico?v=2]] [[Church's history key to future|http://newsok.com/churchs-history-key-to-future/article/3452639/?page=all]] April 10, 2010, Carla Hinton, [[NewsOK]]
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The Rev. James McLaughlin, senior pastor, said the April 17 walk of about three miles is symbolic of the faith church leaders showed when they made the move from the Deep Deuce in 1959.
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[img[x|http://www.sfgate.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church's interest a concern - Neighbors object to Scientologists' offer to buy 1912 building|http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/03/09/BAGSVHL5KI1.DTL]] March 9, 2006, Charlie Goodyear, [[San Francisco Chronicle]]
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"I have no problem with the idea of Scientology on its own," said Egan, "but their method of proselytizing -- it's as bad as the Hare Krishnas at the airport, or worse." 

A little over two years ago, the church moved into and restored a building at the foot of North Beach on Montgomery Street. Apparent expansion plans have led it to inquire with City College, owner of the nearby Colombo Building at Columbus Avenue and Washington Street, about a possible purchase.
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{{cite news | first = Charlie | last = Goodyear | title = Church's interest a concern - Neighbors object to Scientologists' offer to buy 1912 building | url = http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/03/09/BAGSVHL5KI1.DTL | work = San Francisco Chronicle | date = 2006-03-09 | accessdate = 2012-03-03 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Church's leading foes split bitterly|http://www.sptimes.com/2002/04/20/TampaBay/Church_s_leading_foes.shtml]] April 20, 2002, Deborah O'Neil, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Outside the courtroom a group of Scientology critics, some of whom Minton once supported financially and counted as allies, was ready to be called to the witness stand to counter Minton's accusations and support Dandar. 

The hearing clearly touched off a storm of emotion among those who count themselves as critics of the church. Minton's close friend, Stacy Brooks, sat in the audience, red-eyed and exhausted.
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[img[x|http://infocatolica.com/favicon.ico]] [[Cienciología, acusada por antiguos adeptos mexicanos|http://infocatolica.com/blog/infories.php/1203191237-cienciologia-mexico]] March 20, 2012, Luis Santamaría, [[RIES]]
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En ese inmueble viven extranjeros que están en el país con visas de turista y también mexicanos sin contrato ni prestaciones. Ven a sus familias un día cada dos o tres meses. Las mujeres tienen prohibido embarazarse; si lo hacen, las presionan para abortar. Si alguien se enferma, lo abandonan o lo echan. Las reglas internas son rígidas y están hechas para que nadie piense siquiera en la posibilidad de huir. Muy pocos cruzan la puerta de salida. El grupo castiga muy severamente la disidencia.

Se trata de la Organización del Mar, grupo semisecreto (muy pocos conocen sus reglas o saben quiénes la dirigen o cuántos miembros tiene) que controla desde aquí y para toda Latinoamérica las actividades de la Iglesia de la Cienciología (nombre extraoficial que se dan ellos mismos) o Dianética.
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[img[x|http://www.theregister.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Cisco exec backs Hubbardist courses|http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/05/11/cisco_exec_backs_hubbardist_courses/]] May 11, 2001, John Leyden, [[The Register]]
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A senior Cisco official has lent her name to an article which praises training methods based on the teachings of Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard.

In a publication called Government Technology Cisco's training manager for Worldwide Manufacturing, Peg Maddocks, enthusiastically backs Hubbardist training methods.
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[img[x|http://www.wsmv.com/favicon.ico]] [[Citations Dropped In Scientology Scuffle|http://www.wsmv.com/news/19450639/detail.html]] May 13, 2009, [[WSMV Nashville]]
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The district attorney has dropped the citations against a man arrested during a scuffle outside the Church of Scientology.

Protesters were walking down the sidewalk last month when security guards hired by the church went after them. Those guards were off-duty Spring Hill police officers.

A college student said the officers attacked him. He received three citations, but the district attorney just dismissed them.
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[img[x|http://laist.com/favicon.ico]] [[City Approves $3,000 in Funding for Church of Scientology's Ron L. Hubbard's Birthday Event|http://laist.com/2009/03/20/city_approves_3000_gift_to_church_o.php]] March 20, 2009, Zach Behrens, [[LAist]]
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"Will you be celebrating Jim Jones and David Koresh's birthday?" gadfly Arnold Sacks dramatically said during public comment before the City Council voted to approve around $40,000 in fee waivers -- meaning the city absorbs the costs of paying overtime for workers to shut streets down -- for special events around the city, including $3,000 for a L. Ron Hubbard Birthday Event taking place Saturday at the Shrine Auditorium.
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 [[City Brownfield Program Cleans Sites, But Who Benefits?|http://www.gothamgazette.com/article/Environment/20110531/7/3535]] May 31, 2011, Melissa Checker, [[Gotham Gazette]]
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The remaining three projects to break ground are considered part of the general brownfield cleanup program, and they do not have preferred status. These are a Church of Scientology on 125th street in Manhattan on a former industrial site, a 168-room Hyatt Place hotel with three levels of retail and space for underground parking in downtown Flushing and a mixed use residential and commercial building in the South Bronx, and the market-rate apartment complex in south Williamsburg that provided the Earth week photo op.
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[img[x|http://www.tampabay.com/iwov-resources/images/favicon.ico]] [[City Council race tackles taxes, Scientology|http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/elections/city-council-race-tackles-taxes-scientology/2165617]] February 14, 2014, Charlie Frago, [[Tampa Bay Times]]
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At Thursday's candidate forum, the third public gathering for five men running for City Council, the campaign got down to brass tacks, Clearwater-style: property taxes and Scientology.

Yet the potential firepower of those traditionally explosive issues failed to detonate. All of the candidates agreed that raising property taxes would be - at best - a last resort.
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[img[x|http://www.dnronline.com/favicon.ico]] [[City Dentist Gets Fine, Probation|http://www.dnronline.com/news_details.php?AID=12103&CHID=1]] September 12, 2007, David Reynolds, [[Daily News Record]]
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When asked about their training, McClung and Matthews said most seminars they went to while working for Biery related to Scientology. McClung said she went to one training seminar in anesthesia.

Jeff Swingholm, 54, a registered nurse anesthetist who has worked with anesthesia for 30 years, said that during his employment in 2002 and 2003, he told assistants they weren't qualified to give medicines.

"I was very concerned," he said. "They didn't even know they should be concerned."

Swingholm also described morning "huddles" where employees discussed financial goals like earning $20,000 for the day or signing up 100 new patients. Employees who met the goals would be rewarded with movie tickets or massages, he testified. Swingholm said he didn't participate in the huddles but overheard the discussions.
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[img[x|http://www.herald.ie/img/favicon-herald.ico?v=0fe53]] [[City firms hit out at Scientology over video|http://www.herald.ie/news/city-firms-hit-out-at-scientology-over-video-29922905.html]] January 16, 2014, [[Herald.ie]]
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Among the business mentioned is a well-known and reputable pub in Temple Bar. Last night a spokesperson for the pub said he had "no knowledge" of the group distributing information from the bar.
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 [[City gives green light to Church of Scientology|http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/19045059/vote-expected-on-church-of-sciento]] July 17, 2012, Renee Starzyk, [[CBS Atlanta]]
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The Sandy Springs City Council voted Tuesday night to allow the Church of Scientology's request to expand its building near Roswell Road and Glenridge Drive.

It's a battle that has dragged on since 2009.
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[img[x|http://washingtontimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[City ill at ease with sect|http://washingtontimes.com/article/20070920/CULTURE/109200036/1015]] September 20, 2007, Mitch Stacy, [[Washington Times]]
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Sure, says Mayor Frank Hibbard. It can be a little unsettling sometimes -- throngs of Scientologists wandering Clearwater's streets in their blue or khaki trousers and crisp dress shirts.

Sometimes, it makes the neighbors a bit uneasy. "When you come to downtown, no one likes being a minority," Mr. Hibbard said.
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[img[x|http://patch.com/favicon.ico]] [[City Makes Way for Church of Scientology Expansion, Approves Zoning|http://sandysprings.patch.com/articles/city-settles-lawsuit-making-way-for-church-of-scientology-expansion]] July 18, 2012, Adrianne Murchison, [[Sandy Springs Patch]]
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The Church of Scientology received the go-ahead from the City of Sandy Springs to convert an office building into a church space, Tuesday night.

In a 5-1 vote, City Council approved zoning modification conditions to expand the office building, located at Glenridge Drive and Roswell Road.

"Right now the city is at about $90,000 in damages," said Laurel Henderson, legal counsel for the city."
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[img[x|http://www.koat.com/image/view/-/9154444/favicon/89/-/a8h57t/-/KOAT-Home.ico]] [[City Officials Looking To Close Second Chance|http://www.koat.com/news/18359487/detail.html]] December 25, 2008, [[KOAT Albuquerque]]
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The program's president said every one of her clients is there on a judge's order. "Actually we leave it up to a judge to make that determination as to whether somebody would be appropriate to receive rehabilitation or not, Joy Westrum said.

The city's chief public safety officer is skeptical. Pete Dinelli said 11 of the 46 now in the program committed crimes that would violate the terms of the city's lease with Second Chance.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[City owes for channel, suit claims|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/49930086.html?dids=49930086:49930086&FMT=FT]] February 7, 1987, Cynthia Mayer, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Baycon Industries Inc. sued the city in Circuit Court, claiming that St. Petersburg officials underestimated how much dredging was needed and then reneged on a promise to pay for the difference.

Baycon was doing the extra dredging when the cruise ship Boheme ran aground on Jan. 26, 1985, the lawsuit says.

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[img[x|http://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/nypost/static/images/favicon.ico]] [[City proclamation sparks L. Ron Hubbub |http://nypost.com/2007/04/18/city-proclamation-sparks-l-ron-hubbub/]] April 18, 2007, David Seifman, [[New York Post]]
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In a move that has outraged some officials, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard has been honored by the City Council ahead of tomorrow night's Manhattan fund-raiser for a controversial 9/11 detox program, The Post has learned. 

Host Tom Cruise, the Scientology follower who co-founded the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, also will be honored with a proclamation at the fund-raiser.
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[img[x|http://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/nypost/static/images/favicon.ico]] [[City proclamation sparks L. Ron Hubbub|http://www.nypost.com/seven/04182007/news/regionalnews/city_proclamation_sparks_l__ron_hubbub_regionalnews_david_seifman.htm]] April 18, 2007, David Seifman, [[New York Post]]
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In a move that has outraged some officials, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard has been honored by the City Council ahead of tomorrow night's Manhattan fund-raiser for a controversial 9/11 detox program, The Post has learned.
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[img[x|http://www.krqe.com/favicon.ico]] [[City pulls plug on Second Chance|http://web.archive.org/web/20090203095657/http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/politics/politics_krqe_albuquerque_city_pulls_plug_on_second_chance_200812262319]] December 26, 2008, Dave Bohman, [[KRQE]]
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A controversial drug-rehab center organized on elements of Scientology is being evicted for housing inmates convicted of violent crimes, Albuquerque's mayor said Friday.

The eviction notice gives Second Chance until the end of the next month to wind down the operation housed in a former city jail on Albuquerque's northwest mesa. So far there has been no response from Second Chance.

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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[City says sect needs license for circus|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/49932860.html?dids=49932860:49932860&FMT=FT]] February 13, 1987, Kathy Subko, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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If the Church of Scientology goes ahead with plans to hold a circus in Clearwater this Saturday, members are likely to find the police in the audience.

''If they proceed with the circus, we will in fact cite them,'' City Manager Tony Shoemaker said Thursday.

Shoemaker met Thursday afternoon with church attorney Paul Johnson to discuss the sect's plans to sponsor a circus without obtaining an occupational license.

The Scientologists are advertising a circus Saturday on their property across from Coachman Park. Pink fliers being circulated by the sect say the circus will include elephant rides, horses, big cats and clowns.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[City shouldn't pay for downtown shopping guide|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/50133484.html?dids=50133484:50133484&FMT=FT]] October 15, 1987, Editorial, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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''My initial reaction was there's no way I will support paying the Scientologists to do a brochure on downtown,'' Mayor Rita Garvey said last week. We trust that will continue to be the reaction of Garvey and her fellow commissioners.

It appears that the commission will be able to conveniently sidestep the matter because it is getting ready to create an advisory task force that will ''develop and recommend a promotional program (for downtown).'' Commissioners will recommend people for the task force at their Nov. 2 work session, and its job will be to figure out how to best spend $100,000 budgeted for ''activities to promote the redevelopment of the downtown area.'' Printing a Scientology-produced brochure certainly should not be one of those activities.
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 [[City terminates Second Chance's lease|http://kob.com/article/stories/S720666.shtml?cat=500]] December 26, 2008, Associated Press, [[KOB New Mexico]]
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The mayor says he will terminate the lease of drug rehabilitation center Second Chance after the facility's own records showed it had housed violent inmates.

Mayor Martin Chavez said Friday the center violated terms of its lease with the city by housing inmates charged with violent crimes.

Second Chance President Joy Westrum didn't return calls seeking comment.
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 [[City threatens to revoke rehab center's lease|http://kob.com/article/stories/S718669.shtml?cat=516]] December 23, 2008, [[KOB New Mexico]]
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A drug rehab facility for inmates on Albuquerque's West Side is at risk of being shut down by the city.

The Second Chance Center has less than 24 hours to give officials proof that it is following their lease agreement. The rules say Second Chance can only house inmates in need of drug rehabilitation.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[City to Scientology: Take down your sign|http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/city-orders-scientology-to-stop-work-on-enormous-tent-in-clearwater/2149704]] October 29, 2013, Charlie Frago, [[Tampa Bay Times]]
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Workers installed the wrap Monday, looking like dots beside the giant KSW letters as they dangled from ropes high above the structure.

Tuesday began with an inspection by the Fire Department of the 150,250-square-foot tent that borders Court Street, the primary route to Clearwater Beach. Inspectors gave the church one day to prove its wrap met the fire code. Church officials quickly provided documentation that it did.

But the church failed to persuade city officials that the wrap was a religious symbol. Nor is the wrap a mural. City code defines a mural as depicting a scene or event of natural, social, cultural or historic significance.
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[img[x|http://www.koat.com/favicon.ico]] [[City, Second Chance Center Dispute Over Rent|http://www.koat.com/news/18570059/detail.html]] January 26, 2009, [[KOAT Albuquerque]]
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Second Chance operated out of the Westside jail leasing the building from the city. However, the city says Second Chance owes money for back rent.

"The city may be owed rents anywhere as low as $10,000, as high as $90,000," said Pete Dinelli, Albuquerque's chief public safety officer.
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[img[x|http://www.tulsaworld.com/favicon.ico]] [[Clarification|http://www.tulsaworld.com/archives/clarification/article_b7c3a844-4edd-5dc1-87d3-4d6bb807d7c5.html]] September 19, 1992, [[Tulsa World]]
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A spokesman for Narconon Chilocco New Life drug treatment center said Narconon does not claim drug abusers cured in its program can return to using drugs as may have been implied in a Friday story about the Rev. Heber Jentzsch, president of the Church of Scientology International.

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[img[x|http://www.abc.net.au/favicon.ico]] [[Class action planned against Scientology|http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2011/s3318961.htm]] September 15, 2011, Steve Cannane, Lateline, [[ABC News (Australia)]]
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STEVEN LEWIS, SLATER AND GORDON: They came to us with some fairly horrendous stories, but in addition they gave us a lot of evidence to say that they had not been paid proper wages. We have undertaken an investigation into that and we've come to the conclusion that indeed they were employees and entitled to be paid wages, back wages and other entitlements including superannuation under the Fair Work Act. 

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[img[x|http://www.abc.net.au/favicon.ico]] [[Class action to be launched against Church of Scientology|http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3318990.htm]] September 16, 2011, Sarah Dingle, [[ABC (Australia)]]
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A class action is to be launched against the Church of Scientology after a leaked draft report by the Fair Work Ombudsman earlier this week raised claims of false imprisonment and forced labour.

It's understood the Ombudsman's final report into the Church of Scientology will be released to the complainants and to the church sometime today.

A new complainant has told AM when she was in the church she was expected to work thirteen hours a day, seven days a week. 

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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Classes for defendants have ties to church|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/16998459.html?FMT=FT&dids=16998459:16998459&FMTS=ABS:FT]] February 2, 1997, Craig Pittman, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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"I was assured it was secular," Rushing said. "I was assured it doesn't teach religion and it wasn't a Church of Scientology publication."

The course is run by an organization called Criminon, which a recent issue of the Scientology publication Freedom defined as an "independent and non-religious" organization that is "strongly supported by the Church of Scientology" - another fact Eggleston said nobody mentioned, either in court or in class.
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[img[x|http://www.guardian.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Clear thinking|http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2005/feb/17/science.research]] February 17, 2005, Mark Pilkington, Far out, [[The Guardian]]
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Since a 1963 US food and drug administration edict, Scientology can no longer refer to E-meters as having any medical use: they are now "religious artifacts" that continue to play a central role in scientological practice. The latest Mark VII Quantum model looks like two tin cans wired up to a Smart Car dashboard but, like its predecessors, it is integral to the process of becoming "clear" or "free from negative thoughts and emotions".
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Clearwater asks to join Supreme Court case|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/51230366.html?dids=51230366:51230366&FMT=FT]] January 6, 1988, Diane Steinle, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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In that case, an organization called Abortion Right Mobilization Inc. wants the tax-exempt status of the U.S. Catholic Conference withdrawn because of the church's political stance on abortion.

The organization attempted to get financial information from the conference. When the conference refused to supply it, the case wound up in the courts. The trial court and the appeals court found that the Catholic Conference had to turn over the information, but the church group has appealed to the Supreme Court.

Clearwater is interested in the outcome of the case because it is now defending its 1983 charitable solicitations ordinance in court. The ordinance requires financial disclosure by any religious or charitable organization that solicits funds in Clearwater, including the Church of Scientology, which has an international headquarters here.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Clearwater business owner focused on growth amid gloom|http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/article937269.ece]] December 14, 2008, Jeff Harrington, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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L. Ron Hubbard watches over Gendusa's office. 

Actually, two photos of the Scientology founder hang on her walls amid marketing awards and splashy pastel artwork. Located in downtown Clearwater near Scientology's headquarters, PostcardMania was developed based in part on Hubbard's business strategems. Shelved behind Gendusa's desk is a multivolume set depicting Hubbard's business management technology. 

PostcardMania is a member of WISE, the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises, and up to a third of its employees are Scientologists. However, Gendusa isn't counting on any Scientology business network to ride out the recession. Those contacts, she said, account for only a small fraction of revenues. To grow the business anywhere near her 50 percent goal, she's counting on other strategies.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Clearwater changes foreseen from ruling|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/51776301.html?dids=51776301:51776301&FMT=FT&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Oct+14%2C+1993&author=NED+SEATON%3BWAYNE+GARCIA&pub=St.+Petersburg+Times&edition=&startpage=1.1.1&desc=Clearwater+changes+foreseen+from+ruling]] October 14, 1993, Ned Seaton, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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The city has not received property taxes from Scientology during the 11-year battle over whether the group's property should be tax exempt, and any tax money the city would have gotten would have been an unexpected bonus, said Finance Director Dan Deignan.

But Deignan figures that if the IRS decision had gone the other way, the city would have been in line for nearly $2-million in back taxes on the more than 11 Scientology-owned properties, valued at $25.4-million.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Clearwater council right to leave Scientology protests alone|http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/article506348.ece]] May 15, 2008, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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The protests in Clearwater have been peaceful, without a single arrest, but they do look a bit bizarre. The protesters wear masks or bandannas to cover their faces because they believe the Church of Scientology will target them if they are recognizable. It is not an idle fear, since in the past the church has been accused of using private investigators to follow critics or contacting their employers.

Downtown Clearwater merchants who signed the petition told the St. Petersburg Times that the protests are keeping away customers and the masked protesters look scary to children. The Church of Scientology also has objected to the tenor of the protests, accusing Anonymous of using hate speech -- signs carried by protesters often refer to Scientology as a cult or a scam -- and claiming that Anonymous members have phoned in death threats to the church and attacked the church's computer systems.

However, Clearwater police have closely monitored the Anonymous protests, and they have seen no reason to arrest or cite the protesters.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Clearwater demands more details about dedication of Scientology building|http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/clearwater-demands-more-details-about-dedication-of-scientology-building/2142236]] September 16, 2013, Jim Damaske, [[Tampa Bay Times]]
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City officials have given the Church of Scientology two deadlines to provide more details about the Oct. 6 dedication and grand opening of the church's massive Flag Building.

If the church doesn't comply this week, the city might not approve Scientology's request for street and sidewalk closures downtown for an event that the church says will draw up to 10,000 guests.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Clearwater fines Scientology $413,500|http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/clearwater-fines-scientology-413500/1187852]] August 25, 2011, Drew Harwell, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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When the building was finally finished in June, that $450,000 bill became due. But the church asked the city to reduce its fine by 90 percent, to reflect its "good faith" effort in bringing the building to code.

That request went to the city's resident-led Code Enforcement Board, which has a record of leniency and decimating fines. But board members voted unanimously to keep the fines mostly untouched, saying the church had long ignored the city's rules.

"This board's order was not taken seriously," member Sheila Cole said. "That really bothers me."

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[img[x|http://www.tampabay.com/iwov-resources/images/favicon.ico]] [[Clearwater has no objections to Scientology New Year's tent wrap|http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/community-news-clearwater-has-no-objections-to-scientology-new-years-tent/2158754]] December 27, 2013, [[Tampa Bay Times]]
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The Church of Scientology covered its huge tent with a new wrap in anticipation of a planned New Year's Event, but this covering doesn't bother city officials.

The new wrap, put up around Christmas, doesn't violate the city's sign code, said City Manager Bill Horne.
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[img[x|http://tbo.com//images/favicon.ico]] [[Clearwater Hopes Rallies Don't Run Visitors Off|http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/mar/15/me-clearwater-hopes-rallies-dont-run-visitors-off/]] March 15, 2008, Carlos Moncada, [[Tampa Tribune]]
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There's no question the city's movers and shakers want to bring more people to their struggling downtown core.

But masked protesters carrying signs and clogging sidewalks, possibly disrupting commerce and keeping some visitors away?

That's what's on tap today when the group Anonymous steps out from the shadows of the Internet to hold a second round of protests against the Church of Scientology.

"I don't think it helps, but obviously people have the right to protest as long as it's peaceful and they're not infringing on someone else's rights," Mayor Frank Hibbard said. "We won't allow that to happen, either."

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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Clearwater issues conditions Scientology must meet to hold its events|http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/clearwater-issues-conditions-scientology-must-meet-to-hold-its-events/2151572]] November 8, 2013, Charlie Frago, [[Tampa Bay Times]]
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City officials said the church must meet the conditions as soon as possible.

Hanging in the balance are two major upcoming church events: an international gathering of Scientologists the weekend after Thanksgiving and an anticipated New Year's Eve celebration.

City Manager Bill Horne has been clear: If the church doesn't comply with all the conditions for the Flag Building dedication, the other two events won't receive city approval.
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[img[x|http://www.transworldnews.com/favicon1.ico]] [[Clearwater judge sends members of drug rehab to the 19th annual Say No To Drugs Holiday Classic Running Race|http://www.transworldnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?id=34940&cat=10]] February 4, 2008, [[TransWorldNews]]
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When Clearwater Criminal Judge Dee Anna Farnell called the Say No To Drugs Holiday Classic 5K/10K co-race director Chris Alexander for complimentary entries for members of the St. Petersburg Goodwill Treatment Facility, the answer was a resounding yes.
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[img[x|http://www.baynews9.com/favicon.ico]] [[Clearwater man at odds with Church of Scientology|http://www.baynews9.com/content/36/2006/7/18/169499.html?title=Clearwater%20man%20at%20odds%20with%20Church%20of%20Scientology]] July 18, 2006, Bay News 9, [[Bright House Networks]]
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Clearwater man killed in car-truck crash at busy intersection|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/50084782.html?dids=50084782:50084782&FMT=FT]] July 25, 1987, Amelia Davis, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Alain Priouzeau, who police said was in his mid-20s, was flown by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg and died an hour and a half later of head injuries, police said.

Police said Priouzeau lived at 210 S Fort Harrison Ave. in Clearwater, headquarters for the Church of Scientology.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Clearwater man's father vanishes at airport|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/51301763.html?dids=51301763:51301763&FMT=FT]] April 30, 1988, Terrence Tomalin, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Paul Kennison said his father, a retired mechanical engineer, modified his walker with wheels and hand brakes rather than be confined to a wheelchair. "He may be handicapped," Paul Kennison said, "but he has a sound mind."

Paul Kennison, of 901 Jasmine Way in Clearwater, has been teaching at the True School in Clearwater, which bases its curriculum on the teachings of Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

He said he will continue to trace his father's steps.

"I know I'm going to find him," Kennison said. "I am not going to go home until I do."

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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Clearwater mayor irked as Scientology to buy more downtown land|http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/clearwater-mayor-irked-as-pinellas-county-sells-downtown-parcels-to-church/1170877]] May 21, 2011, Mike Brassfield, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Pinellas County is preparing to sell five buildings in downtown Clearwater to the Church of Scientology - much to the annoyance of Clearwater's mayor.

The buildings, on about 2 acres total, are vacant or little used. Most are between the County Courthouse and Scientology's complex of downtown buildings.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Clearwater merchants upset over anti-Scientology protests|http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/article503671.ece]] May 14, 2008, Mike Donila, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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About three dozen downtown business owners are upset with a group of anti-Scientology protesters and want the City Council to do something about them. 

But city leaders Tuesday said there's little they can do. 

"Suspending the First Amendment is something we shouldn't spend a whole lot of time on," Councilman Paul Gibson said.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Clearwater motorists grimaced at traffic snarl|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/51277256.html?dids=51277256:51277256&FMT=FT]] March 9, 1988, Rachel L. Jones, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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The intersection of Fort Harrison and Pierce Street was probably the most treacherous in the whole tangled snarl, Crawford said.

A cement mixer pouring concrete curbs in front of the Church of Scientology building at 21 N Fort Harrison Ave. blocked one of the two southbound lanes. So drivers looking for alternate routes to Clearwater Beach off Drew and Cleveland streets poured onto that road, creating a jam in all directions.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Clearwater opts for discreet honors for library donors|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/41213949.html?dids=41213949:41213949&FMT=FT&FMTS=ABS:FT]] May 8, 1999, Anita Kumar, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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The Church of Scientology was not mentioned at the televised meeting, but commissioners have said they are uncomfortable with the church being named in a visible way on the library's walls.

They voted unanimously to accept money from anyone but to recognize donors only discreetly on a small plaque instead of naming rooms or areas after large contributors.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Clearwater plane crash passenger still hospitalized, but improving|http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/accidents/clearwater-plane-crash-passenger-still-hospitalized-but-improving/1095521]] May 17, 2010, Katie Sanders, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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A passenger on the plane that crashed into a Clearwater home Sunday remained in the hospital with multiple injuries Monday but is showing signs of improvement.

Charles Uslander, 54, of 2076 Sunset Point Road, was rushed to Bayfront Medical Center on Sunday in critical condition after the single-engine Piper crashed at 305 Patricia Ave. shortly after takeoff from Clearwater Airpark. The plane also struck two trees and a utility pole.
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[img[x|http://tbo.com//images/favicon.ico]] [[Clearwater police Chief Sid Klein announces retirement|http://suncoastpinellas.tbo.com/content/2009/aug/13/131416/clearwater-police-chief-sid-klein-announces-retire/news/]] August 13, 2009, [[Tampa Tribune]]
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Meanwhile, Klein's stance toward the Church of Scientology softened over time, according to a 2001 Tribune story.

For years, Klein's department collected criminal intelligence on the church, mostly based on complaints regarding refunds sought by disgruntled members.

The often-strained relationship between Klein and the church reached its nadir with Lisa McPherson, a church member who died in December 1995 after a 17-day stay in the church's Fort Harrison Hotel. The church was leveled with criminal charges, which were later dropped.

But Scientologists went after Klein, accusing him of Gestapo tactics, suggesting he was associated with organized crime. And in 1997, Scientology supporters picketed the police station.
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[img[x|http://assets.bizjournals.com/lib/img/favicon.ico]] [[Clearwater says Scientology sign violates ordinance|http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/blog/morning-edition/2013/10/clearwater-says-scientology-sign.html]] October 30, 2013, [[Tampa Bay Business Journal]]
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The city of Clearwater is asking the Church of Scientology to take down a massive sign draped on top of a five-story tent it erected for an upcoming event for the International Association of Scientologists.

The sign has the letters "KSW" which stands for "Keeping Scientology Working," the Tampa Bay Times said. It also includes the phrase: "The Golden Age of Tech." The church has said that the banner is a religious symbol, but the city says it is a sign and is covered by Clearwater's sign ordinance.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Clearwater school uses Scientologist's methods - 1,000 residents receive pamphlets from True School|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/50104853.html?dids=50104853:50104853&FMT=FT]] August 29, 1987, Kathy Subko, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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A school that bases its curriculum on the teachings of Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard has opened in the former Skycrest Christian School.

The True School recently moved to the Skycrest buildings at 1835 Drew St. from its previous location at 611 S Greenwood Ave., south of downtown.

A sign at the entrance to the campus describes it as a private, non-denominational school, open to students from preschool to high school age.

Sherry Payson, spokeswoman for the school, said about 90 students are currently attending.
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{{cite news | first = Kathy | last = Subko | title = Clearwater school uses Scientologist's methods - 1,000 residents receive pamphlets from True School | url = http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/50104853.html?dids=50104853:50104853&FMT=FT | work = St. Petersburg Times | date = 1987-08-29 | accessdate = 2010-09-05 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Clearwater Sun alum says City Desk clerk was a spy for Scientology|http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/media/content/clearwater-sun-alum-says-city-desk-clerk-was-spy-scientology/2094799]] August 4, 2008, Eric Deggans, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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A particular standout is the essay crafted by Mike Pride, a well-regarded, recently-retired editor of the Concord Monitor, who worked at the Sun through the '60s and '70s. He writes that the newspaper didn't learn for years that the reason Scientologists seemed to know so much about their efforts to investigate them, is because a clerk at the paper was a spy for the church.
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{{cite news | first = Eric | last = Deggans | title = Clearwater Sun alum says City Desk clerk was a spy for Scientology | url = http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/media/content/clearwater-sun-alum-says-city-desk-clerk-was-spy-scientology/2094799 | work = St. Petersburg Times | date = 2008-08-04 | accessdate = 2013-10-26 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Clearwater to see changes|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/51785851.html?dids=51785851:51785851&FMT=FT&FMTS=ABS:FT]] October 28, 1993, David Dahl, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Even before the IRS granted tax-exempt status to the church this month, the organization planned considerable renovations to Scientology housing and office space. Scientology spokesman Richard Haworth has said the church has no immediate plans to purchase additional downtown Clearwater properties.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Clearwater wants to join case before Supreme Court|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/49836080.html?dids=49836080:49836080&FMT=FT]] January 1, 1988, Diane Steinle, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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The organization attempted to get financial information from the conference. When the conference refused to supply it, the case wound up in the courts. The trial court and the appeals court found that the Catholic Conference had to turn over the information, but the church group has appealed to the Supreme Court.

Clearwater is interested in the outcome of the case because it is now defending its 1983 charitable solicitations ordinance in court. The ordinance requires financial disclosure by any religious or charitable organization that solicits funds in Clearwater, including the Church of Scientology, which has international headquarters here.

The Scientologists and several other religious groups filed lawsuits challenging the ordinance on constitutional grounds.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Climbing The Bridge: A journey to "Operating Thetan"|http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/article1062094.ece]] December 31, 2009, Joe Childs, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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People practice Scientology by moving up the "Grade Chart," officially known as the "Classification Gradation and Awareness Chart of Levels and Certificates." It outlines a series of steps one must take in sequence to reach the highest levels of awareness. The progression also is referred to as "the Bridge," short for "the Bridge to Total Freedom."
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[img[x|http://media.philly.com/designimages/favicon.ico]] [[Clinic's results make 9/11 responders believe|http://www.philly.com/inquirer/health_science/daily/20071007_Clinics_results_make_9_11_responders_believe.html]] October 7, 2007, Art Carey, [[Philadelphia Inquirer]]
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The validity of the program should be verified by an independent, disinterested party, Brick adds. "As a scientist, I like to see data. To the best of my knowledge, no one has clearly demonstrated a causal relationship between the treatment and the outcome."

The mainstream medical establishment looks askance at the Hubbard detox program. Over the years, some doctors and scientists have denounced it as unsound and dangerous. Critics say the program is based on physiological fallacies and is unsubstantiated by science and credible studies.
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{{cite news | first = Art | last = Carey | title = Clinic's results make 9/11 responders believe | url = http://www.philly.com/inquirer/health_science/daily/20071007_Clinics_results_make_9_11_responders_believe.html | work = Philadelphia Inquirer | date = 2007-10-07 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.latimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Clinton Didn't Try to Color Travolta's Acting, Berger Says|http://articles.latimes.com/1998/feb/16/news/mn-19830]] February 16, 1998, [[Los Angeles Times]]
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President Clinton's national security advisor dismissed suggestions that the administration got involved in the Church of Scientology's disputes with Germany to influence Scientologist John Travolta's film portrayal of a Clintonesque president.

"The only thing I was trying to get was an autograph for one of my kids, but other than that I had no ulterior motive," Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger said Sunday, discussing his White House meeting last year with a Church of Scientology delegation, including Travolta.
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[img[x|http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [[Cloning a copy of previous hoax?|http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20030101&slug=clone01]] January 1, 2003, Rick Weiss, Washington Post, [[Seattle Times]]
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Indeed, when representatives of the Raelians, an extraterrestrial-worshipping religious group, announced last week that they had created the world's first human clone, their claim was itself a clone of a similar claim made a quarter-century ago that proved to be a hoax.

It took three months in 1978 for researchers to pick apart the science behind that purported achievement, and three years before a court definitively declared the claim fraudulent.


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[img[x|http://abcnews.go.com/favicon.ico]] [[Close Encounters of the Scientology Kind|http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=910479&page=1]] July 1, 2005, Jonann Brady, [[ABC News]]
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We had seen the Scientologists offering "free stress tests" in the middle of the Times Square subway station. In the name of research and curiosity, we decided to take them up on the offer, approaching discreetly and separately.
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{{cite news | first = Jonann | last = Brady | author2 = Palazzolo, Rose | title = Close Encounters of the Scientology Kind | url = http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=910479&page=1 | work = ABC News | date = 2005-07-01 | accessdate = 2014-03-25 }}
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[img[x|http://blogs.abcnews.com/favicon.ico]] [[Closing Arguments: Scientology's Tax-Exempt Status|http://blogs.abcnews.com/nightlinedailyline/2009/10/closing-arguments-scientologys-taxexempt-status.html#]] October 23, 2009, Nightline, [[ABC News]]
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Over two days, we've examined allegations against the leader of the Scientology church; the relationship between the church and its celebrity members; and a belief system many critics consider bizarre. 

The church vehemently denies any wrongdoing -- and defends itself as a religion.

So tonight we ask: Should Scientology continue to enjoy tax exempt status as an organized religion? 
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 [[CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 Explores the Church of Scientology's Leadership|http://www.newsonnews.net/cnn/2282-cnn-s-anderson-cooper-360-explores-the-church-of-scientology-s-leadership.html]] March 23, 2010, News on News, [[CNN]]
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In a special series beginning Monday, March 29th, CNN's Anderson Cooper 360° takes a close and revealing look at the leadership of the worldwide church of Scientology. The week-long series, Scientology: A History of Violence, will examine allegations that Scientology leader David Miscavige has for years beaten, kicked and choked top members of the church. These are allegations the church aggressively denies, saying violence from inside came from those making the claim.
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[img[x|http://www.latimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Co-Founder of EarthLink Is Accused of Investor Fraud|http://articles.latimes.com/2001/may/02/business/fi-58222]] May 2, 2001, Myron Levin, [[Los Angeles Times]]
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Investors are accusing Reed E. Slatkin, a co-founder of the giant Internet service provider EarthLink Inc., of operating a Ponzi scheme that may have resulted in the loss of least $35 million of their funds.

Slatkin - a Santa Barbara socialite and venture capitalist - also is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission for his financial activities, which allegedly included a day-trading operation that promised annual returns of up to 60%.
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{{cite news | first = Myron | last = Levin | author2 = Weston, Liz Pulliam | title = Co-Founder of EarthLink Is Accused of Investor Fraud | url = http://articles.latimes.com/2001/may/02/business/fi-58222 | work = Los Angeles Times | date = 2001-05-02 | accessdate = 2014-03-25 }}
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[img[x|http://gawker.com/favicon.ico]] [[Colbert: Crossing Anonymous Is Like Sticking Your Penis In a Hornets' Nest|http://ca.gawker.com/5769950/colbert-crossing-anonymous-is-like-sticking-your-penis-in-a-hornets-nest]] February 25, 2011, Adrian Chen, [[Gawker]]
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Anonymous has attracted plenty of attention from all sorts of news organizations; but their recent pro-Wikileaks hack attacks have finally landed them on the most important show in all of television: "The Colbert Report." Colbert dug into the twisted saga of Anonymous vs. the security firm HBgary, which ended with HBGary employees' inboxes spilled all over the web. Colbert at his geekiest, and good press for Anonymous-here's a rare mainstream outlet portraying them in almost heroic light, compared with usual darkness.
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[img[x|http://www.pe.com/favicon.ico]] [[College hosts religious panel|http://www.pe.com/articles/san-645180-jacinto-event.html]] March 22, 2012, Kevin Pearson, [[Press-Enterprise]]
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The Church of Scientology will show a film on â??The Golden Ruleâ? and there will be a question-and-answer period for the speakersâ?? panel.

The event is sponsored by the Mt. San Jacinto College Diversity Committee, in cooperation with the Hemet-San Jacinto Interfaith Council and the Human Relations Council of the Greater Hemet, San Jacinto and Menifee Region.


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[img[x|http://www.reviewjournal.com/sites/default/files/favicon.ico]] [[Colorful race emerges in Senate District 9|http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/elections/colorful-race-emerges-senate-district-9]] June 2, 2012, Ed Vogel, [[Review Journal]]
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The St. Martin campaign has circulated copies of a 12-year-old article in the now defunct New Times Los Angeles newspaper about a Raul Lopez who allegedly paid Jones $30,000 for two ostrich eggs.

The story briefly mentions Jones but is mostly a story about Lopez's attempts to recover millions of dollars from the Church of Scientology.

Court records show Lopez spent $27,000 for part of Jones' ostrich-raising business, but the business went sour, and he was given back $20,000 as a settlement.

Jones, however, said he "paid nothing" in the dispute, and that if he loses the election, he will try to collect at least $10,000 in damages from St. Martin.

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 [[Columbus Volunteer's Heart's In New York|http://libpub.dispatch.com/cgi-bin/documentv1?DBLIST=cd01&DOCNUM=49875]] November 15, 2001, Lornet Turnbull, [[Columbus Dispatch]]
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Via and the other Scientologists get food donated by area restaurants. An arrangement with the church allows him to stay free in a New York hotel.

As time has passed, the volunteers have fallen into a routine -- traveling New York neighborhoods and trolling the subway.

"I talked to a lady in the subway in Brooklyn as I was passing out booklets there. She was grieving -- not for anyone she lost Sept. 11 but just over the situation in her life," Via said.
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{{cite news | first = Lornet | last = Turnbull | title = Columbus Volunteer's Heart's In New York | url = http://libpub.dispatch.com/cgi-bin/documentv1?DBLIST=cd01&DOCNUM=49875 | work = Columbus Dispatch | date = 2001-11-15 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sfgate.com/favicon.ico]] [[Combatants in Cult War Attempt Reconciliation / Peacemaking conference is held near Seattle|http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2000/05/01/MN88385.DTL]] May 1, 2000, Don Lattin, [[San Francisco Chronicle]]
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Fighting in the cult wars may have reached a peak three years ago, when lawyers and other individuals linked to the Church of Scientology, one of the nation's most controversial and powerful new religious movements, sued the Cult Awareness Network into bankruptcy.

The network, which had been one of the most outspoken anti-cult groups, eventually had its name, files and hotline taken over in a campaign dominated by members of the Church of Scientology.
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{{cite news | first = Don | last = Lattin | title = Combatants in Cult War Attempt Reconciliation / Peacemaking conference is held near Seattle | url = http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2000/05/01/MN88385.DTL | work = San Francisco Chronicle | date = 2000-05-01 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Comedian Works His Scientology Threat Letter Into His Act|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2008/06/scientology_com.php]] June 25, 2008, John DeSio, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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He doesn't get into the Scientology stuff until a minute or so into it, so be patient. If you’ve participated...
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 [[Coming Out of the Cults|http://www.icsahome.com/articles/coming-out-of-cults-singer]] January 1, 1979, Margaret Thaler Singer, [[Psychology Today]]
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Excerpted from "Coming Out of the Cults," Psychology Today, January, 1979

Most ex-cult members we have seen struggle at one time or another with some or all of the following difficulties and problems. Not all have all of these problems, nor do most have them in severe and extended form.
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[img[x|http://www.sfgate.com/favicon.ico]] [[Common sense prevails|http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/06/20/EDGD56N5D71.DTL]] June 20, 2004, Editorial, [[San Francisco Chronicle]]
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After 13 years, Narconon, funded and staffed by the Church of Scientology, is being accused of using misleading and inaccurate information -- "rresponsible . . . pseudoscience" is what a host of medical experts are calling it.
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[img[x|http://news.bbc.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Concerns over church of Scientology|http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/despatches/europe/23966.stm]] November 6, 1997, Jane Little, Despatches: Europe, [[BBC News]]
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A federal court in Berlin has failed to reach a verdict on the legal status of a scientology group. The federal administrative court referred the case back to a regional court. The ruling was expected to give guidance on whether the German government has legal justification for its clampdown on scientology.
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[img[x|http://www.ft.com/favicon.ico]] [[Confusion over Scientology|http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7815f1e4-c633-11dc-8378-0000779fd2ac.html]] January 19, 2008, Christopher Caldwell, [[Financial Times]]
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Scientology "devotes vast resources to squelching its critics", Time magazine wrote in 1991 - and this was before Scientology sued Time Warner for $416m over the article in which that passage appeared. In 2001, the US Supreme Court, in refusing to revisit Scientology's failed suit against Time Warner, cited a 1984 California Superior Court case that found: "The Church or its minions is fully capable of intimidation or other physical or psychological abuse if it suits their ends. The record is replete with evidence of such abuse."
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 [[Connecticut Avenue Draws Residents to Nearby Area|http://media.www.thehilltoponline.com/media/storage/paper590/news/2007/10/30/Campus/Connecticut.Avenue.Draws.Residents.To.Nearby.Area-3064971.shtml]] October 30, 2007, Brittan Moncrease, The Hilltop, [[Howard University]]
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The Founding Church of Scientology sits just blocks from the Dupont Circle metro station. Tony Bokas, a member of the Scientology Church and Maryland resident, described the area as an essential spot in the District that attracts a huge number of politicians.

"Important people come by all the time with police squads guarding them," he said.
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 [[Conservatives confuse science and moralizing|http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/columnists/story.html?id=8767fe87-3a55-472c-b987-db063314d667&p=1]] September 1, 2007, Peter McKnight, [[Vancouver Sun]]
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Evidently, what Clement is relying on is an essay written by Colin Mangham of the Drug Prevention Network of Canada, a Randy White-led group of anti-harm reduction ideologues that includes on its board at least two people who have been affiliated with Narconon, a Church of Scientology-related anti-drug program. (White himself has expressed enthusiasm for prison Narconon programs.)

As I argued previously, Mangham's piece is not a scientific paper, but is rather an error-riddled opinion piece published on a Drug Free America Foundation website. Mangham nevertheless thought highly enough of his shoddy work to write to the federal government about it, and evidently the feds are listening, which isn't surprising given that former Conservative MP White -- and now, the Church of Scientology -- obviously has the ear of the Conservatives.

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[img[x|http://nymag.com/favicon.ico]] [[Conspiracy of Two|http://nymag.com/news/features/36091/]] August 19, 2007, David Amsden, [[New York Magazine]]
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For many friends this image of the couple-abrasive, frightened, isolated from what they loved and fostered-would prove to be their final memory. Seven days later, on the evening of July 10, Duncan swallowed a number of Tylenol PM tablets with bourbon. It was Blake who first discovered her body on the floor of their bedroom, and it was Blake who, a week later, ended his own life by taking the A train to Rockaway Beach and walking into the Atlantic Ocean.
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[img[x|http://www.ynetnews.com/favicon.ico]] [[Conspiracy to frame rightists for criminal acts exposed|http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4069940,00.html]] May 17, 2011, Eli Senyor, [[YNet]]
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According to police sources, the case dates back to several 2010 arson cases, which caused over a million dollars in damages. 

The police believe the suspects targeted the new scientology center in Jaffa and planned to bring the building down via a gas explosion. To that aim, the loaded a truck they had stolen with fuel tanks and gas containers – while dressed as in traditional haredi garb. The move was meant to stir the future investigation towards a Jewish terror attack against the controversial cult.

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[img[x|http://www.dublinpeople.com/images/favicon.ico]] [[Controversial church slams protestors|http://www.dublinpeople.com/content/view/596/55/]] May 29, 2008, [[Dublin People]]
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A NORTHSIDE Scientologist has defended his religion and criticised those who have held continual protests outside the Church of Scientology in recent months.
An opposition group called 'Anonymous' has demonstrated outside the centre, which is located on Middle Abbey Street, once a month since the start of the year.
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[img[x|http://www.spiegel.de/favicon.ico]] [[Controversial Cult: German Parties Reject Bid to Ban Scientology|http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,498836,00.html]] August 8, 2007, Spiegel Online, [[Spiegel]]
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Senior politicians from Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition have rejected calls for a ban on the Scientology cult. A legal bid to outlaw it would fail because authorities haven't had time to build a proper case against the organization, they say.
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[img[x|http://www.nzherald.co.nz/favicon.ico]] [[Controversial Tom Cruise biography kept off NZ shelves|http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1501119/story.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10486955]] January 15, 2008, [[NZ Herald]]
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Tom Cruise an Unauthorised Biography will not be distributed in New Zealand by the publisher MacMillan.
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{{cite news | title = Controversial Tom Cruise biography kept off NZ shelves | url = http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1501119/story.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10486955 | work = NZ Herald | date = 2008-01-15 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Controversy over Scientology influence clouds future of Pinellas charter school|http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/controversy-over-scientology-influence-clouds-future-of-pinellas-charter/1217239#tpcccf]] February 26, 2012, Drew Harwell, [[Tampa Bay Times]]
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Some parents and former teachers at Life Force, which receives about $800,000 a year in public funding, say the Pinellas County charter school has become a Scientology recruiting post targeting children.

Opened to serve a low-income Clearwater neighborhood and advertising classes in computers and modern dance, Life Force had begun pushing Hubbard's "study technology," which critics call a Trojan horse Scientology uses to infiltrate public classrooms.

And while Life Force students and teachers worked in poorly stocked classrooms and teachers went unpaid, the bankrupt school funneled tens of thousands of dollars more to Islam's business interests than she told the bankruptcy court she would charge.

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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Controversy waits in the wings as 'Scientology Pageant' takes to stage|http://www.tampabay.com/features/performingarts/controversy-waits-in-the-wings-as-scientology-pageant-takes-to-stage/1138718]] December 9, 2010, John Fleming, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Scientology Pageant was first performed off Broadway seven years ago, but this will be its Florida premiere, right in the back yard of Scientology's spiritual headquarters in Clearwater. When Kyle Jarrow, who wrote the book, music and lyrics for the show, heard it was being done in the Tampa Bay area, the irony was not lost on him. 

"Wow!'' Jarrow told the St. Petersburg Times when the production was announced in November. "Clearwater is almost ground zero for Scientology. That's sure to be extra controversial.'' 

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{{cite news | first = John | last = Fleming | title = Controversy waits in the wings as 'Scientology Pageant' takes to stage | url = http://www.tampabay.com/features/performingarts/controversy-waits-in-the-wings-as-scientology-pageant-takes-to-stage/1138718 | work = St. Petersburg Times | date = 2010-12-09 | accessdate = 2013-09-09 }}
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[img[x|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/main/art/favicon.ico]] [[Conviction 'frightening' for religions, lawyer says|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/doc/436666267.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT]] June 29, 1992, Jean Kavanagh, CP, [[Toronto Star]]
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Both sides in the case, stemming from infiltration of the Ontario government and three police forces in the 1970s, claimed some victory when the church and three members were each found guilty on two counts and not guilty on charges of theft. 

After receiving private complaints against the church in Toronto, and then discovering documents from the Ontario attorney general's office in a raid of church property in the U.S., the Ontario Provincial Police began an exhaustive investigation.
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{{cite news | first = Jean | last = Kavanagh | title = Conviction 'frightening' for religions, lawyer says | url = http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/doc/436666267.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT | work = CP | publisher = Toronto Star | date = 1992-06-29 | accessdate = 2014-01-31 }}
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[img[x|http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/icons/toifavicon.ico]] [[Cops learn to mind their P's and Q's-Bangalore-Cities|http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Bangalore/Cops_learn_to_mind_their_Ps_and_Qs/articleshow/2719608.cms]] January 22, 2008, [[Times of India]]
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Los Angeles-based India Scientology Goodwill Tour organized the workshop to make police interactions more effective and people-friendly.
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{{cite news | title = Cops learn to mind their P's and Q's-Bangalore-Cities | url = http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Bangalore/Cops_learn_to_mind_their_Ps_and_Qs/articleshow/2719608.cms | work = Times of India | date = 2008-01-22 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.salon.com/content/themes/salon/images/favicon.ico]] [[Copyright  --  or wrong?|http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/1999/07/22/scientology/index.html]] July 22, 1999, Janelle Brown, [[Salon]]
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In June, the Church of Scientology subpoenaed AT&T Corp., invoking the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to demand that it reveal the identity of a WorldNet subscriber who was posting excerpts from "Introduction to Scientology Ethics" on alt.religion.scientology under the pseudonym "Safe." Faced with the law, AT&T quickly ponied up the user information, an act that Steele says "the fourth amendment protects against -- it's a misuse of the civil justice system for companies to be [defeating] anonymous speech."
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{{cite news | first = Janelle | last = Brown | title = Copyright  --  or wrong? | url = http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/1999/07/22/scientology/index.html | work = Salon | date = 1999-07-22 | accessdate = 2014-03-15 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sfgate.com/favicon.ico]] [[Corrections|http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/03/30/MNGFEC0FBE1.DTL]] March 30, 2005, Clarification, [[San Francisco Chronicle]]
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A story in Sunday's Chronicle about the California Medical Association adopting a resolution supporting schools that have dropped "factually inaccurate approaches" to anti-drug instruction should have more fully explained how the organization arrived at its decision.
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{{cite news | title = Corrections | url = http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/03/30/MNGFEC0FBE1.DTL | work = Clarification | publisher = San Francisco Chronicle | date = 2005-03-30 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.latimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Costly Strategy Continues to Turn Out Bestsellers|http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-scientology062890,1,737186,full.story]] June 28, 1990, Robert W. Welkos, [[Los Angeles Times]]
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In some cases, sales of Hubbard's books apparently got an extra boost from Scientology followers and employees of the publishing firm. Showing up at major book outlets like B. Dalton and Waldenbooks, they purchased armloads of Hubbard's works, according to former employees.
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{{cite news | first = Robert W. | last = Welkos | author2 = Sappell, Joel | title = Costly Strategy Continues to Turn Out Bestsellers | url = http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-scientology062890,1,737186,full.story | work = Los Angeles Times | date = 1990-06-28 | accessdate = 2014-03-25 }}
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[img[x|http://www.pe.com/favicon.ico]] [[Council doesn't support closing Gilman Springs Road|http://www.pe.com/localnews/rivcounty/stories/PE_News_Local_E_egilman04.466ff19.html]] September 3, 2009, Gail Wesson, [[Press-Enterprise]]
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The San Jacinto City Council voted unanimously Thursday to go on record opposing any future proposal to close Gilman Springs Road where it bisects the Church of Scientology's Golden Era Productions property.
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{{cite news | first = Gail | last = Wesson | title = Council doesn't support closing Gilman Springs Road | url = http://www.pe.com/localnews/rivcounty/stories/PE_News_Local_E_egilman04.466ff19.html | work = Press-Enterprise | date = 2009-09-03 | accessdate = 2010-04-18 }}
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[img[x|http://www.nzherald.co.nz/favicon.ico]] [[Council may rethink rehab decision|http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503426&objectid=10968473]] April 10, 2008, [[Wanganui Chronicle]]
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The WANGANUI Chronicle's investigation into a planned church-run drug and rehabilitation centre in Papaiti Rd has prompted the Wanganui District council to take another look at the application. 

The council is asking for more information on the application to establish a residential centre at Holly Lodge, community development committee chair Ray Stevens said yesterday. 

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 [[Council revokes rehab consent|http://www.wanganuichronicle.co.nz/localnews/storydisplay.cfm?storyid=3770703&thesection=localnews&thesubsection=&thesecondsubsection]] April 25, 2008, [[Wanganui Chronicle]]
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A PLANNED church-based rehabilitation centre in Papaiti Rd for male alcoholics and drug addicts no longer has resource consent. 

Its consent was revoked this week after an investigation by a Wanganui District Council planning officers. 

Councillor Ray Stevens said that, after a number of complaints from residents and members of the community, council planning officers had found that the original resource consent should not have been granted. 

"It became clear to us that what had been written in the proposal and what the owners had been saying were two different things," Mr Stevens said. 

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[img[x|http://www.nwfdailynews.com/favicon.ico]] [[Council: Narconon not city's business|http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/narconon-8356-home-city.html]] June 3, 2008, Fraser Sherman, [[Northwest Florida Daily News]]
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In 2007, the Rosses twice tried to buy houses in Miramar Beach as a 28- or 30-bed "educational center" for patients who have already completed a 30-day stay in treatment. Some residents objected to having a rehab center in their neighborhood, while others were concerned about Narconon's ties to Scientology.

Ross said the Destin home they want to open would be much smaller. It would have about six adults who have been in Narconon's program for at least two months.

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{{cite news | first = Fraser | last = Sherman | title = Council: Narconon not city's business | url = http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/narconon-8356-home-city.html | work = Northwest Florida Daily News | date = 2008-06-03 | accessdate = 2013-09-09 }}
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[img[x|http://static.guim.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Councillor cleared over 'stupid' scientology tweet|http://www.guardian.co.uk/cardiff/2010/sep/28/councillor-cleared-of-breaching-code-of-conduct-after-stupid-scientology-tweet]] September 28, 2010, Hannah Waldram, [[Guardian]]
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A Cardiff councillor accused of misconduct following tweets calling the Church of Scientology 'stupid' has been given the all clear by fellow members.

Councillor John Dixon, the executive member for health, social care and wellbeing, was recommended to the standards and ethics committee earlier this year by the Public Services Ombudsmen for Wales, Peter Tyndall, following complaints about his tweet earlier this year.. 

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{{cite news | first = Hannah | last = Waldram | title = Councillor cleared over 'stupid' scientology tweet | url = http://www.guardian.co.uk/cardiff/2010/sep/28/councillor-cleared-of-breaching-code-of-conduct-after-stupid-scientology-tweet | work = Guardian | date = 2010-09-28 | accessdate = 2014-06-13 }}
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[img[x|http://www.telegraph.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Councillor faces suspension for calling Scientology 'stupid'|http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/twitter/7900962/Councillor-faces-suspension-for-calling-Scientology-stupid.html]] July 21, 2010, Laura Roberts, [[The Telegraph]]
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 John Dixon, a Cardiff councillor, is being investigated for allegedly breaching the code of conduct for local authority members which demands they "show respect and consideration for others".

A complaint was made to the Welsh ombudsman by a member of the Church of Scientology in December last year about comments Mr Dixon made on his Twitter page that June. 
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{{cite news | first = Laura | last = Roberts | title = Councillor faces suspension for calling Scientology 'stupid' | url = http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/twitter/7900962/Councillor-faces-suspension-for-calling-Scientology-stupid.html | work = The Telegraph | date = 2010-07-21 | accessdate = 2013-09-09 }}
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[img[x|http://news.bbc.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Councillor starts Scientology row|http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/southern_counties/4446572.stm]] November 17, 2005, [[BBC News]]
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A councillor in East Sussex has asked for Scientologists in his town to be stopped from working for the council.

Councillor Michael Murphy has had his proposal seconded by councillor Paul Scott, but other members of Crowborough Town Council have raised objections.

He suggests the council "refrains from using the voluntary services of the Scientologists until a full investigation has been carried out".
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{{cite news | title = Councillor starts Scientology row | url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/southern_counties/4446572.stm | work = BBC News | date = 2005-11-17 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/nypost/static/images/favicon.ico]] [[Councilman parties with H'Wood Scientology set|http://www.nypost.com/seven/08082007/news/regionalnews/councilman_parties_with_hwood_scientology_set_regionalnews_david_seifman___hall_bureau_chief.htm]] August 8, 2007, David Seifman, [[New York Post]]
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City Councilman Hiram Monserrate said he paid his own way Saturday to the glitzy Hollywood event celebrating the 38th anniversary of the Church of Scientology Celebrity Center.
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{{cite news | first = David | last = Seifman | title = Councilman parties with H'Wood Scientology set | url = http://www.nypost.com/seven/08082007/news/regionalnews/councilman_parties_with_hwood_scientology_set_regionalnews_david_seifman___hall_bureau_chief.htm | work = New York Post | date = 2007-08-08 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://news.yahoo.com/favicon.ico]] [[County land use planner John Barton holds a photo he took last November|http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/slideshow/photo//090212/480/48cdba7c2a8d4ea4a138ee7e051438e6/]] February 11, 2009, Douglas C. Pizac, Associated Press, [[Yahoo!]]
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County land use planner John Barton holds a photo he took last November showing the establishment of a construction yard and grading without a permit Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, in Rock Springs, Wyo. Barton said the county has been told an intended underground vault might hold any number of things besides documents for the Church of Scientology. 
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[img[x|http://www.pe.com/favicon.ico]] [[County ordinance raises questions about Scientology|http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_S_supes07.37a2aa5.html]] January 6, 2009, Julia Glick, [[Press-Enterprise]]
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Riverside County supervisors Tuesday fast-tracked and unanimously approved an ordinance that restricts picketing outside homes and a Church of Scientology base near Hemet. 

Supervisors deemed the restrictions urgent and voted to forgo regular statutory proceedings, which include a second hearing. The ordinance went into effect after its introduction Tuesday despite unresolved questions about exactly how rules will apply to the Scientology base. 

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 [[County supervisors back away from anti-picketing measure|http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/riverside/20081209-1500-picketing.html]] December 9, 2008, [[San Diego Union-Tribune]]
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Concerned that a proposed anti-picketing ordinance might be too restrictive – and that it did not address the issue that inspired it – the Board of Supervisors Tuesday backed away from the measure, but indicated it may be brought back in different form. 

"I don't agree we should abandon this completely, but I want us as united on this as possible," said Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, who sponsored the measure.
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{{cite news | title = County supervisors back away from anti-picketing measure | url = http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/riverside/20081209-1500-picketing.html | work = San Diego Union-Tribune | date = 2008-12-09 | accessdate = 2014-04-04 }}
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[img[x|http://www.latimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Couple Lose Bid for Tax Refund Tied to Tuition|http://articles.latimes.com/2002/jan/30/local/me-taxes30]] January 30, 2002, Henry Weinstein, [[Los Angeles Times]]
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The couple had contended that 55% of the tuition payments - the portion of the school day devoted to religious education - represented charitable contributions to a tax-exempt religious organization.

Michael and Marla Sklar also maintained that they were entitled to the refund because the Internal Revenue Service since 1993 has permitted members of the Church of Scientology to obtain deductions for "auditing," the process Scientology adherents use for spiritual self-examination.

In essence, three judges of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that two wrongs don't make a right, upholding a ruling of a U.S. Tax Court judge denying the refund.
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{{cite news | first = Henry | last = Weinstein | title = Couple Lose Bid for Tax Refund Tied to Tuition | url = http://articles.latimes.com/2002/jan/30/local/me-taxes30 | work = Los Angeles Times | date = 2002-01-30 | accessdate = 2010-10-24 }}
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[img[x|http://abcnews.go.com/favicon.ico]] [[Couple Loses Challenge on Blood Test Law|http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=2426992]] September 12, 2006, Kevin O'Hanlon, AP, [[ABC News]]
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A federal judge has refused to throw out Nebraska's one-of-a-kind newborn blood screening law. Ray and Louise Spiering of Saunders County filed a lawsuit challenging the law in 2004, arguing that the mandatory blood test would violate a tenet of their religious beliefs as members of the Church of Scientology.
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 [[Couple seek refunds from rehab homes|http://articles.dailypilot.com/2009-07-07/news/dpt-narconon070809_1_newport-beach-claims-lawsuit]] July 7, 2009, Joseph Serna, [[Daily Pilot]]
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A recovering drug addict was called homophobic slurs, held against his will and forced to repeat Scientology lessons at a pair of Southern California rehab homes, including one in Newport Beach, according to a lawsuit filed in Nevada County.

In a lawsuit filed June 29 claiming breach of contract, misrepresentation and attempts at religious conversion, Sarah Locatelli claims her husband, Daniel, received no drug treatment, education or otherwise for the $20,000 they paid to Narconon Southern California in Newport Beach and Narconon Joshua Hills in Palm Desert in February 2008.

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[img[x|http://www.independent.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Couple to marry in UK's first Scientology wedding after winning Supreme Court case|http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/couple-to-marry-in-uks-first-scientology-wedding-after-winning-supreme-court-case-9147501.html]] February 23, 2014, Ian Johnston, [[The Independent]]
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The judges' ruling in December said that the chapel should be registered as a place where marriages could take place because "Scientology comes within the meaning of a religion" – a decision that could have significant ramifications as religions can seek charitable status and tax exemptions.

A government source said at the time that the ruling could "open the floodgates" to other groups claiming to be religions for tax purposes.
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{{cite news | first = Ian | last = Johnston | title = Couple to marry in UK's first Scientology wedding after winning Supreme Court case | url = http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/couple-to-marry-in-uks-first-scientology-wedding-after-winning-supreme-court-case-9147501.html | work = The Independent | date = 2014-02-23 | accessdate = 2014-03-29 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Couple's lawsuit accuses Church of Scientology of fraud, deception|http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/couples-lawsuit-accuses-church-of-scientology-of-fraud-deception/1271893]] January 23, 2013, Joe Childs, [[Tampa Bay Times]]
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Plaintiffs Luis and Rocio Garcia of Irvine, Calif., name five Scientology corporations as defendants, including the church's main entity in Clearwater. The former church members say they gave Scientology more than $420,000 for the massive "Super Power" building in Clearwater that has never opened, church services they never received and humanitarian projects that never materialized.

The deception went as far as producing phony videos of church earthquake relief efforts to induce parishioners to give, said the Garcias' attorney, Theodore Babbitt of West Palm Beach.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Court again rebuffs Scientology's lawsuit|http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/civil/article416511.ece]] March 13, 2008, Robert Farley, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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The Church of Scientology was told again Thursday it could not have a court order restraining Anonymous protesters this weekend, largely because the church's foe is as elusive as thin air.

But in its zeal to identify those who threatened the church, Scientology misfired, according to one woman who says she got fingered just because she works at Starbucks, near the church's headquarters.
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{{cite news | first = Robert | last = Farley | title = Court again rebuffs Scientology's lawsuit | url = http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/civil/article416511.ece | work = St. Petersburg Times | date = 2008-03-13 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Court agrees to review private club bias|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/50128283.html?dids=50128283:50128283&FMT=FT]] October 6, 1987, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Rejected the Church of Scientology's attempt to revive a 9-year-old lawsuit against the FBI and other government agencies accused of harassing the religious group. The justices let stand a ruling by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which dismissed the suit because the group had failed to abide by the rules of litigation.
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[img[x|http://www.latimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Court Ends $1-Billion Suit Alleging Scientology Fraud|http://articles.latimes.com/1988-07-24/local/me-10335_1_church-members]] July 24, 1988, [[Los Angeles Times]]
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A Los Angles Superior Court judge Friday dismissed a $1-billion class-action lawsuit filed by former members of the Church of Scientology accusing its late founder of stealing money from the organization and threatening critics.

Judge Barnet Cooperman ruled that the plaintiffs failed to successfully back up their allegations of fraud and breach of fiduciary responsibility.

The suit was filed in January, 1987, by six former Scientologists and the organization Freedom for All in Religion, which claims to represent as many as 400 former church followers.

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[img[x|http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol//img/favicon.ico]] [[Court fight looms as Germany seeks to outlaw Scientologists|http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article3022202.ece]] December 9, 2007, Imre Karacs, [[The Sunday Times]]
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The Church of Scientology vowed yesterday to invoke America's help in its battle against the German government, which declared it unconstitutional last week in the first step towards an outright ban.

Sabine Weber, president of the church in Berlin, said the organisation would drag the German government through the courts and expected to win, with support from the US State Department.
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{{cite news | first = Imre | last = Karacs | title = Court fight looms as Germany seeks to outlaw Scientologists | url = http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article3022202.ece | work = The Sunday Times | date = 2007-12-09 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [[Court Lets Newspaper Keep Scientology Texts|http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=2139173&date=19950831]] August 31, 1995, Charles W. Hall, Washington Post, [[Seattle Times]]
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A federal judge in Alexandria, Va., yesterday permitted The Washington Post to retain a copy of Church of Scientology texts and to use the texts in its news reporting, saying the paper's news-gathering rights far outweigh claims that the documents are protected by copyright and trade secrecy laws.
{{{
{{cite news | first = Charles W. | last = Hall | title = Court Lets Newspaper Keep Scientology Texts | url = http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=2139173&date=19950831 | work = Washington Post | publisher = Seattle Times | date = 1995-08-31 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Court narrows Miranda ruling|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/49925496.html?dids=49925496:49925496&FMT=FT]] January 28, 1987, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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The court will decide to what extent tax-return information must be made available to the public. The case pits the Church of Scientology of California against the Internal Revenue Service.

The controversy began in May 1979 when the church filed a Freedom of Information request with the Internal Revenue Service seeking records relating to the church, the religion of Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard. The church wanted to use the tax data in an unrelated tax court case. The IRS refused to turn over most of the files.

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[img[x|http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [[Court Oks Anti-Cult Jury Award|http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19980828&slug=2768907]] August 28, 1998, Bob Egelko, [[Seattle Times]]
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SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court has reaffirmed $1.09 million in damages against an anti-cult organization for its role in trying to "deprogram" a Washington state teenager, despite a warning from seven judges that free speech was under attack.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied reconsideration Wednesday of a panel's 2-1 decision in April upholding damages against the Cult Awareness Network (CAN). Without announcing the exact vote, the court said a request for a rehearing had failed to gain a majority among its 21 active judges.
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{{cite news | first = Bob | last = Egelko | title = Court Oks Anti-Cult Jury Award | url = http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19980828&slug=2768907 | work = Seattle Times | date = 1998-08-28 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://resources.news.com.au/cs/adelaidenow/images/favicon.ico]] [[Court orders Agape cult bank records, strips tax exemption|http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/court-orders-agape-cult-bank-records-strips-tax-exemption/story-e6frea83-1225956806905]] November 20, 2010, Sean Fewster, [[The Advertiser]]
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Agape Ministries has been stripped of its legal status as a religion, lost its tax exemption and will be sued by the Federal Government for a decade of unpaid debt. 

The District Court yesterday gave the nation's banks 72 hours to hand over all records concerning alleged cult leader Rocco Leo, his wife, his closest confidants and the two-state empire he controls.

The Advertiser has learnt those records are essential to the Australian Taxation Office's efforts to calculate the former church's total debt, which could exceed $1 million.
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[img[x|http://www.mcalesternews.com/favicon.ico]] [[Court orders Narconon Arrowhead patients to produce records in lawsuit|http://www.mcalesternews.com/breakingnews/x1353069400/Court-orders-Narconon-Arrowhead-patients-to-produce-records-in-lawsuit]] December 23, 2013, Jeanne LeFlore, [[McAlester News-Capital]]
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The hearing is the most recent in series of lawsuits, filed against Narconon Arrowhead alleging wrongful death, credit card and insurance fraud and employees trading drugs for sex, according to court documents.

Also earlier this year the Senate passed Senate Bill 295, Stacy's Law," to regulate facilities such as Narconon Arrowhead.
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{{cite news | first = Jeanne | last = LeFlore | title = Court orders Narconon Arrowhead patients to produce records in lawsuit | url = http://www.mcalesternews.com/breakingnews/x1353069400/Court-orders-Narconon-Arrowhead-patients-to-produce-records-in-lawsuit | work = McAlester News-Capital | date = 2013-12-23 | accessdate = 2014-02-11 }}
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[img[x|http://blog.oregonlive.com/favicon.ico]] [[Court plans to concider Scientology shootings|http://blog.oregonlive.com/oregonianextra/2008/11/stories_about_the_scientology.html]] March 20, 1998, David R. Anderson, [[The Oregonian]]
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Psychologists chosen by the state and Godeka's defense agreed that Godeka suffers from schizophrenia, Chipman said. For about the past 15 years, Godeka has heard voices and thought he is controlled by other people and that ideas are being planted in his mind.

That was the case on Sept. 25, 1996, when Godeka walked into the Scientology center at 709 S.W. Salmon St. Police said he went into the center's reception area with a red can of gasoline and shot a woman at the lobby desk. The gunshot paralyzed her from the waist down. Godeka also is accused of shooting two men who went to the woman's aid in the center. A third man discovered he had been wounded about an hour after the incident. All four survived the shooting. Godeka held a fifth person hostage before police talked him into surrendering.

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{{cite news | first = David R. | last = Anderson | title = Court plans to concider Scientology shootings | url = http://blog.oregonlive.com/oregonianextra/2008/11/stories_about_the_scientology.html | work = The Oregonian | date = 1998-03-20 | accessdate = 2010-04-02 }}
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[img[x|http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [[Court rejects blacks' racial-profiling plea|http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/40997_scotus02.shtml]] October 2, 2001, Gina Holland, AP, [[Seattle Post-Intelligencer]]
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In other actions yesterday, the Supreme Court took these actions:
* Refused to reinstate a Church of Scientology libel case over an award-winning Time magazine article portraying the religion as a greedy cult.
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[img[x|http://1.gravatar.com/blavatar/ffbc68fe58e7387cf18c173a052a8090]] [[Court Revelation: Church Of Scientology Created Secret Files Called 'Dead Agent Packs' On People Who Defected From The Church|http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/01/scientology-secret-files-dead-agents-court-documents/]] January 8, 2014, [[Radar Online]]
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For years, there have been allegations by those who left Scientology that they faced orchestrated campaigns of blackmail and harassment by the church. Reps for the controversial group have always denied the charges, most recently saying that they "could care less" about former member Leah Remini. But new court documents exposing a never-before-seen conversation between church leader David Miscavige and his subordinates suggests that the church has in fact created the notorious "dead agent" files on departed Scientologists in the past, and that they have been used against those defectors.
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{{cite news | title = Court Revelation: Church Of Scientology Created Secret Files Called 'Dead Agent Packs' On People Who Defected From The Church | url = http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/01/scientology-secret-files-dead-agents-court-documents/ | work = Radar Online | date = 2014-01-08 | accessdate = 2014-02-10 }}
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[img[x|http://www.tulsaworld.com/favicon.ico]] [[Court rules Narconon can stay open|http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/court-rules-narconon-can-stay-open/article_01fb4a2e-001b-59f2-afbc-c57b0dc32e6b.html]] June 17, 1992, AP, [[Tulsa World]]
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An unlicensed drug and alcohol treatment center can continue treating patients under an order by the state Supreme Court.

The court on Monday temporarily set aside a permanent injunction to close the Narconon Chilocco New Life Center near Newkirk in north-central Oklahoma.

The high court also granted Narconon Chilocco's request to seal some of the contents contained in its appeal application, according to the order signed by Chief Justice Marian Opala.

The stay will remain in effect until the Supreme Court makes a decision on an appeal contesting the permanent injunction issued last month by a Kay County judge.

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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Court rules police can search trash on curb|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/51316238.html?dids=51316238:51316238&FMT=FT]] May 17, 1988, Al Kamen, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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Let stand rulings that denied the Church of Scientology of California federal tax-exempt status for three years. The court turned away arguments that, among other things, stripping the church of its tax exemption for the years 1970-72, "threatens the rights of all churches to proselytize through the sale of religious literature."

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[img[x|http://www.dw.de/favicon.ico]] [[Court Rules Surveillance of Scientology Legal|http://www.dw.de/court-rules-surveillance-of-scientology-legal/a-3123791-1]] December 2, 2008, [[Deutsche Welle]]
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A German court has deemed that the country's government is within its rights to watch over the Church of Scientology. But the debate over whether Scientology is a sect or a genuine religion is sure to continue.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Court ruling could affect local Scientology case|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/50087694.html?dids=50087694:50087694&FMT=FT]] July 30, 1987, Stephen Koff, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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A decision earlier this week in California over the tax-exempt status of the Church of Scientology could have ramifications for the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization here, county officials say.

Tuesday, a federal appeals court in San Francisco upheld revocation of the tax-exempt status of the Church of Scientology of California.

The California church did not view the decision as a defeat, however, because the court also noted in its decision that the Church of Scientology is a bona fide religious organization.

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[img[x|http://www.stltoday.com/favicon.ico]] [[Court sides with Scientology|http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/article_762f6168-f4cd-5ad6-bbf2-cdce0b228e83.html]] August 7, 2010, Thomas C. Tobin, St. Petersburg Times, [[STLtoday]]
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The Church of Scientology won an important victory in federal court this week when a judge dismissed two lawsuits that accused the church of labor law violations, human trafficking and forced abortions.

Claire and Marc Headley, who left Scientology in 2005, said the church controlled them with threats of harsh punishment and other tactics that prevented them from leaving the Sea Organization, Scientology's religious order.

But U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer ruled Thursday that the Sea Org is protected by the First Amendment's guarantee of free exercise of religion.

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{{cite news | first = Thomas C. | last = Tobin | author2 = Childs, Joe | title = Court sides with Scientology | url = http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/article_762f6168-f4cd-5ad6-bbf2-cdce0b228e83.html | work = St. Petersburg Times | publisher = STLtoday | date = 2010-08-07 | accessdate = 2014-03-25 }}
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Court strikes down murder law Series: News of Canada|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/50165170.html?dids=50165170:50165170&FMT=FT]] December 4, 1987, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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A Federal Court justice has dismissed a Danish company's attempt to stop the Canadian publication of a biography of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology. In a 10-page written decision Wednesday, Justice Bud Cullen rejected an application by New Era Publications of Copenhagen for an injunction to prevent Toronto-based Key Porter Books Ltd. from publishing Barefaced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard. New Era is planning an authorized biography and paid $100,000 to Hubbard's estate for the rights, company lawyer Ken McKay told the court. But Cullen said the company failed to prove it owned the rights to Hubbard's materials and agreed with the Key Porter lawyers it waited too long to go to court.

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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Court tangle gave Scientology its first 'martyrs'|http://www.antisectes.net/sp-times-scientology-special-report-pulitzer-price.pdf#page=16]] January 9, 1980, Charles Stafford, Scientology: An in-depth profile of a new force in Clearwater, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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"THE UNITED STATES initiated the investigation which resulted in the instant indictment in view of the brazen, systematic and persistent burglaries of the United States Government offices in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, Calif. over an extended period of at least some two years. Additionally, the United States was confronted with the pervasive conduct of the defendants in this case in thwarting a federal grand jury investigation by harboring a fugitive, in effect forcefully kidnapping a witness who had decided to surrender to the federal authorities, submitting false evidence to the grand jury, destroying other evidence which might have been of valuable aid to its investigation, preparing a cover up story, and encouraging and drilling a crucial witness to give false testimony under oath to that grand jury.
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{{cite news | first = Charles | last = Stafford | title = Court tangle gave Scientology its first 'martyrs' | url = http://www.antisectes.net/sp-times-scientology-special-report-pulitzer-price.pdf#page=16 | work = Scientology: An in-depth profile of a new force in Clearwater | publisher = St. Petersburg Times | date = 1980-01-09 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Court Testimony: Narconon Intentionally Deceived a Florida Drug Court About Its Licensing|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/08/scientology_narconon_mary_rieser.php]] August 29, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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There's been a lot of attention focused on Scientology's flagship drug rehab in Oklahoma -- called Narconon Arrowhead -- because...
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[img[x|http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [[Court Upholds Damages In Kirkland Teen's Anti-Cult Case|http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19980410&slug=2744445]] April 10, 1998, Bob Egelko, AP, [[Seattle Times]]
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SAN FRANCISCO - A $1.09 million damage award against an anti-cult organization for its role in trying to "deprogram" a Washington teenager at his mother's request was upheld Wednesday by a federal appeals court.

There was evidence to support a jury's finding that a volunteer was acting on behalf of the Cult Awareness Network when she referred the mother, Kathy Tonkin of Kirkland, to deprogrammer Rick Ross, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its 2-1 ruling.
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[img[x|http://www.latimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Courting the Power Brokers|http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-scientology062790a,0,3614832.story]] June 27, 1990, Joel Sappell, [[Los Angeles Times]]
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"We need to be able to approach the right people in order to get things done," wrote Heber Jentzsch, president of the Church of Scientology International, in the newspaper Scientology Today. "We need to to find out how to reach key people in the media, in government, in the control points of society, the people who run things."
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[img[x|http://www.dailymail.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[CPS gives Scientologists same legal protection as mainstream religions|http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1160263/CPS-gives-Scientologists-legal-protection-mainstream-religions.html]] March 7, 2009, James Millbank, [[Daily Mail]]
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It means that any alleged offenders who 'abuse' or 'threaten' the Church of Scientology can be charged under the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006.

It is understood the decision was made this month after the Police Diversity Directorate asked the CPS to clarify its position on the organisation.

It follows the arrest last summer of a 15-year-old boy for calling Scientology a 'dangerous cult' during a demonstration outside the Church's £23million headquarters in London.

[Needs confirmation.]
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Craig Baldwin's Mock Up and Mu Unlocks and Mocks the Mysteries of Scientology|http://www.villagevoice.com/2009-01-14/film/craig-baldwin-s-mock-up-and-mu-unlocks-and-mocks-the-mysteries-of-scientology/]] January 13, 2009, J. Hoberman, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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Manic and irrepressible, an exuberant crank and a tireless activist, San Francisco film artist Craig Baldwin uses a seemingly inexhaustible trove of cheesy found footage and his own haphazardly shot d... Page 1
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[img[x|http://www.latimes.com/favicon.ico]] [['Crash' director cuts ties with Scientology, citing church's gay marriage stand|http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/10/crash-director-cuts-ties-with-scientology-citing-churchs-gay-marriage-stand.html]] October 26, 2009, [[Los Angeles Times]]
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A well-known Hollywood director has severed ties with the Church of Scientology, citing in part the church's support for Proposition 8, the ballot measure last year that banned same-sex marriage in California.

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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [['Crash' Director Paul Haggis Ditches Scientology|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2009/10/crash_director.php]] October 25, 2009, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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In the letter, written to Scientology's current national spokesman, Tommy Davis, 'Crash' director Paul Haggis explains why he is leaving Scientology after 35 years.

Long known for his humanitarian efforts and strong support for civil liberties, Haggis says he was stunned when the San Diego branch of Scientology publicly supported Proposition 8, the state amendment that took away marriage rights for California gay couples.

Haggis goes on to list other factors -- he was shocked when Davis claimed in an interview with John Roberts on CNN that Scientology did not support the practice of "disconnection." Haggis knew that Davis was lying. He himself was asked to "disconnect" from the parents of his wife, Deborah Rennard, who had left Scientology.

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[img[x|http://llnw.static.cbslocal.com/Themes/CBS/KCBS/img/favicon.ico]] [['Crash' Director Paul Haggis Quits Scientology Over Gay Marriage Stance|http://cbs2.com/entertainment/paul.haggis.scientology.2.1272342.html]] October 26, 2009, Associated Press, [[CBS News]]
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Haggis also said he was "shocked" that the Church of Scientology was publicly denying that it adheres to a policy of disconnection -- of severing ties with a friend or family member who's antagonistic toward Scientology. Haggis said that his wife, Deborah Rennard, was given precisely those orders and didn't speak to her parents for more than a year.

Davis again disagreed with Haggis and said the church doesn't mandate disconnection with anybody and that it was an entirely "self-determined decision."

"The great majority of Scientologists I know are good people who are genuinely interested in improving conditions on this planet and helping others," Haggis wrote. "I have to believe that if they knew what I now know, they too would be horrified."
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[img[x|http://queerty-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/favicon.ico]] [[Crash Director Says Scientologists Are Rooting Through His Trash|http://www.queerty.com/crash-director-says-scientologists-are-rooting-through-his-trash-20120115/]] January 15, 2012, Dan Avery, [[Queerty]]
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Fast forward to last year, when, in a lengthy New Yorker profile, Haggis said he thought the church would try to discredit him by finding some dirty little secret to feed to the tabloids : "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."

This week Haggis told the New York Post's Page Six the church hasn't let up. "There are private eyes going through my trash. But only the paper is missing. Well, only paper I write on."
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[img[x|https://s.ytimg.com/yts/img/favicon-vfldlzjxy.ico]] [[Crazy Scientologist on the loose|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_e47YNkgrk]] March 15, 2010, alucard ex, [[YouTube]]
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Crazy rant of an OTVIII $cilon Ask yourself what George is talking about? Electronic Incident/Time Track: Hubbard "postulated" (posited, proposed; believed, ...
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 [[Crimes outraged church trial told|http://www.xenu-directory.net/news/library-item.php?iid=5951]] May 29, 1992, Peter Small , [[Toronto Star]]
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The worldwide head of the Church of Scientology says he and other top officials were "absolutely outraged" when they concluded that fellow members were committing crimes.

"We don't do illegal things," David Miscavige, the 32-year-old church leader from Los Angeles, testified yesterday.
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[img[x|http://www.nowtoronto.com/favicon.ico]] [[Critic Sprung|http://www.nowtoronto.com/news/story.cfm?content=127837&archive=20,41,2001]] June 14, 2001, Enzo Di Matteo, [[NOW Magazine]]
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Keith Henson, the scientology foe arrested at gunpoint in an Oakville parking lot a couple weeks ago, has been released from jail by the same adjudicator who only last week determined that he posed a flight risk.Henson, who says he's been receiving threats and is afraid to return to the U.S., has also been deemed eligible to apply for refugee status here.
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[img[x|http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [[Critics Say IRS Ethics Problems Reduced|http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=1296978&date=19910729]] July 29, 1991, AP, [[Seattle Times]]
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Two years after embarrassing allegations of misconduct and abuse of power by several of its managers, the Internal Revenue Service is getting good marks for improving its ethical climate.

"Substantial progress has been made," says Rep. Douglas Barnard, D-Ga., whose House Government Operations subcommittee has been investigating the IRS for three years.

Even the National Coalition of IRS Whistleblowers, a Church of Scientology offshoot that dogs the agency's every move, offers a grudging commendation for positive strides to clean up the problem.
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[img[x|http://www.nydailynews.com/favicon.ico]] [[Critics: Scientologists' Va. trip a time to prey|http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/r_m/2007/04/18/2007-04-18_critics_scientologists_va_trip_a_time_to.html]] April 18, 2007, George Rush, [[NY Daily News]]
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The Church of Scientology has dispatched "ministers" to provide "grief counseling" for shell-shocked youth at Virginia Tech - but critics suspect the sect hopes to convert the vulnerable students.
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[img[x|http://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/nypost/static/images/favicon.ico]] [[Crui$e is 'detox' of de town|http://www.nypost.com/seven/04202007/news/nationalnews/cruie_is_detox_of_de_town_nationalnews_david_seifman__city_hall_bureau_chief.htm]] April 20, 2007, David Seifman, [[New York Post]]
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Cruise vigorously defended the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, despite criticism that it offers nothing more than medical hocus-pocus.

The program, based on principles developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, has provided more than 780 emergency workers suffering 9/11-related health problems with free treatment, which includes heavy doses of vitamins and hours in a sauna.
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{{cite news | first = David | last = Seifman | title = Crui$e is 'detox' of de town | url = http://www.nypost.com/seven/04202007/news/nationalnews/cruie_is_detox_of_de_town_nationalnews_david_seifman__city_hall_bureau_chief.htm | work = New York Post | date = 2007-04-20 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/nypost/static/images/favicon.ico]] [[Crui$ing for cash|http://www.nypost.com/seven/04192007/news/regionalnews/cruiing_for_cash_regionalnews_.htm]] April 19, 2007, AP and Post Wire Services, [[New York Post]]
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Cruise's program - which had received hundreds of thousands of dollars in city funds - hasn't been endorsed by the Fire or Police departments and has been described by some experts as little more than medical mumbo-jumbo.

"This is just hocus-pocus," Dr. Bob Hoffman of the New York City Poison Control Center told The Post in 2004. "For some people, sitting in a hot environment can be very dangerous."
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[img[x|http://edition.cnn.com/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise & Scientology|http://edition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0707/19/acd.01.html]] July 19, 2007, Anderson Cooper, Anderson Cooper 360°, [[CNN]]
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Cruise was planning to shoot scenes at the site, until the German government decided it would be inappropriate to film at what is now a memorial and sacred ground to many.

But the decision had more to do with Scientology than anything sacred. Cruise is a member of the church of Scientology. And having him play Stauffenberg didn't fly in Germany.

One official put it this way. "It would not be a good signal if an ambassador of this psycho sect that has extremist character and no concern for basic human rights, shoots a movie in a place like that."

It's not against the law to practice Scientology in Germany. Still, the government won't call it a religion. Germany views Scientology as a sect, whose chief purpose is to make money off people.
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[img[x|http://www.scotsman.com/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise apology to Shields|http://news.scotsman.com/tomcruise/Cruise-apology-to-Shields.2807537.jp]] September 3, 2006, Christopher Claire, [[The Scotsman]]
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TOM Cruise has apologised to Brooke Shields for publicly criticising her for using anti-depressants.
The 41-year-old actress said she had received the apology in person on Thursday. 

"He came over to my house, and he gave me a heartfelt apology," Shields said during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
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[img[x|http://www.news.com.au/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise attacked in shock bio|http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,23013553-5001021,00.html]] January 6, 2008, [[Daily Telegraph]]
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TOM Cruise has been slammed in a new unauthorised biography which claims his daughter Suri was sired by the head of the Church of Scientology and Cruise himself has become second in command.
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[img[x|http://www.nzherald.co.nz/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise backs anti-drug Scientologists|http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=3351513&title=Cruise%20backs%20anti%20drug%20Scientologists]] April 9, 2003, [[New Zealand Herald]]
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Hollywood film star Tom Cruise has donated $1500 to an Auckland youth drug programme sponsored by the Church of Scientology.

Cruise sent the cheque and a letter after hearing about the work of the Drug-Free Ambassadors group, which encourages young people to adopt a drug-free lifestyle.
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[img[x|http://www.msnbc.msn.com/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise biographer: 'He breathes his religion'-|http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22648664/#storyContinued]] January 14, 2008, Books, [[MSNBC]]
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In advance of his live TODAY show appearance that day, Morton took some time to answer questions from TODAYshow.com readers.
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[img[x|http://www.usatoday.com/_common/_images/usat16x16.png]] [[Cruise biographer: Star has Tinseltown scared|http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news/2008-01-14-cruise-side_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip]] January 14, 2008, Bob Minzesheimer, [[USA Today]]
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"Most people in Hollywood are scared of talking publicly and candidly about Tom Cruise," Morton says. "They know that he and the church (of Scientology) are extremely litigious and can be quite intimidating."

Still, Morton says, he conducted about 130 interviews -- off and on the record -- during the past two years. Most of those named in the book knew Cruise before he rose to stardom. Others have broken with the Church of Scientology.

But, Morton says, his other sources include people "who I would have to say didn't speak to me, but, of course, they have."
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[img[x|http://www.upi.com/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise biography could prompt dispute|http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Entertainment/2008/01/06/cruise_biography_could_prompt_dispute/2105/]] January 6, 2008, [[UPI]]
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A biography of Tom Cruise due out this month may prompt a dispute between its author and the U.S. actor, a report said Sunday.

The New York Post reported that based on the book's stance toward Cruise's Scientology beliefs and romantic life, the actor may take offense at author Andrew Morton's work.
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[img[x|http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise biography 'sick stuff'|http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/entertainment/cruise-biography-sick-stuff/2008/01/08/1199554609527.html]] January 8, 2008, Michelle Nichols, [[Brisbane Times]]
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A lawyer for Tom Cruise today attacked an unauthorised biography of the US star, calling it "outrageous, sick stuff," even as US publisher St Martin's Press defended the book.
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{{cite news | first = Michelle | last = Nichols | title = Cruise biography 'sick stuff' | url = http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/entertainment/cruise-biography-sick-stuff/2008/01/08/1199554609527.html | work = Brisbane Times | date = 2008-01-08 | accessdate = 2009-12-29 }}
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[img[x|http://www.upi.com/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise camp considering $100M lawsuit|http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Entertainment/2008/01/08/cruise_camp_considering_100m_lawsuit/5018/]] January 8, 2008, [[UPI]]
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Cruise's lawyers and the Church of Scientology are pondering suing Morton and the book's publisher, St. Martin's Press, for the staggering sum, the New York Daily News reported.
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[img[x|http://www.latimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise camp rips upcoming biography as 'tired old lies'|http://www.latimes.com/features/books/la-et-cruise8jan08,0,6520400.story]] January 8, 2008, Reuters, [[Los Angeles Times]]
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"His book is a rehash of tired old lies about Tom and his religion, some new grotesque lies, like the sick comparison of his child to 'Rosemary's Baby' and the nutty assertion that he's the No. 2 head of the Church of Scientology," said Cruise's longtime lawyer, Bert Fields.
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{{cite news | title = Cruise camp rips upcoming biography as 'tired old lies' | url = http://www.latimes.com/features/books/la-et-cruise8jan08,0,6520400.story | work = Reuters | publisher = Los Angeles Times | date = 2008-01-08 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.cbsnews.com/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise Charity Aids WTC Workers|http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/04/15/entertainment/main611988.shtml]] April 15, 2004, Lloyd de Vries, [[CBS News]]
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An organization co-founded by actor Tom Cruise has raised $1.2 million to expand a treatment program for rescue workers exposed to potentially hazardous materials after the collapse of the World Trade Center.

The New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project said it has treated more than 200 workers who say they were suffering effects from breathing the air filled with smoke, dust and debris after the Sept. 11, 2001, destruction of the trade center.
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[img[x|http://www.slate.com/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise Control - The Publicist Behind The Movie Star|http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2004/04/cruise_control.html]] April 5, 2004, Adam Sternbergh, [[Slate Magazine]]
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Not long ago, the momentous news came that Tom Cruise had split with Penélope Cruz, his girlfriend of just over two years -- a breakup that concludes one of the more glittering chapters of Hollywood fantasy. Strangely, though, this wasn't the most momentous split Cruise experienced that week. That honor belongs to a break that took place a few days prior between Cruise and his publicist, Pat Kingsley, a partner in the firm PMK, who's been shepherding Cruise's public persona for the past 14 years. (The responsibility now passes to Cruise's sister Lee Anne DeVette.)
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{{cite news | first = Adam | last = Sternbergh | title = Cruise Control - The Publicist Behind The Movie Star | url = http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2004/04/cruise_control.html | work = Slate Magazine | date = 2004-04-05 | accessdate = 2013-09-10 }}
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[img[x|http://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/nypost/static/images/favicon.ico]] [['Cruise Control' Pol: It Helped Me|http://www.nypost.com/seven/04072007/news/regionalnews/cruise_control__pol__it_helped_me_regionalnews_david_seifman__city_hall_bureau_chief.htm]] April 7, 2007, David Seifman, [[New York Post]]
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The Post reported yesterday that Monserrate is one of the hosts of an April 19 fund-raiser for the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, where Cruise is appearing, and where tickets are going for as much as $100,000 for a table of eight.
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{{cite news | first = David | last = Seifman | title = 'Cruise Control' Pol: It Helped Me | url = http://www.nypost.com/seven/04072007/news/regionalnews/cruise_control__pol__it_helped_me_regionalnews_david_seifman__city_hall_bureau_chief.htm | work = New York Post | date = 2007-04-07 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://www.msnbc.msn.com/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise credits Scientology for his success|http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7968809/]] May 24, 2005, Access Hollywood, [[MSNBC]]
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Tom Cruise is a founding board member of the Hollywood Education Literacy Project, known as H.E.L.P., a community-based literacy and mentoring project providing one-on-one tutoring for students and their families at no cost.
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[img[x|http://www.cbc.ca/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise dumps sister for veteran publicist|http://www.cbc.ca/arts/story/2005/11/08/cruise_publicity_051105.html]] November 8, 2005, [[CBC]]
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After a tough year of negative media exposure, Tom Cruise has dumped his sister as his main publicity representative.
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[img[x|http://img.timeinc.net/time/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise Film Gets German OK|http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1662534,00.html]] September 17, 2007, Stephanie Kirchner, [[TIME Magazine]]
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The flap erupted in June, after the Defense Ministry announced that it was going to bar filming at the Bendler Block. A key reason behind the decision, according to officials at the time, was Cruise's affiliation with Scientology. In Germany, where the government provides assistance to organized religions, a 1995 court ruling determined that Scientology was a cult "masquerading as a religion to make money." Moreover, the film's subject is close to the hearts of many in the German military. Cruise is playing Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, a square-jawed young Prussian colonel who tried to assassinate Hitler on July 20, 1944, but who was executed after his plot failed. Von Stauffenberg was resurrected as a resistance hero to many who rejected the war and its legacy.
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[img[x|http://www.independent.co.uk/favicon.gif]] [[Cruise is second most powerful Scientologist, Morton book claims|http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article3315033.ece]] January 7, 2008, David Langton, [[The Independent]]
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According to Morton's book, Mr Miscavige even joined Cruise on honeymoon in the Maldives after his wedding to Katie Holmes in 2006. Cruise denies each of the claims, and Scientology lawyers are believed to be drawing up a lawsuit seeking £50m in compensation from Morton's publishers, St Martin's Press, based in New York.
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[img[x|http://news.bbc.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise lobbies over Scientology|http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/1791617.stm]] January 30, 2002, [[BBC News]]
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Cruise has long been an outspoken advocate of the religion and wanted to lend his weight to seeing it recognised in Germany.

He met with US ambassador Dan Coats while in the country promoting his new movie Vanilla Sky with co-star and girlfriend Penelope Cruz.
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[img[x|http://www.earthtimes.org/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise lost his appeal for women|http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/10067.html]] November 1, 2006, Emma Price, [[Earthtimes]]
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Behind every successful man is a woman. But this time, there's a woman behind successful Hollywood star Tom Cruise's sacking from Paramount Pictures, the woman being the studio's head honcho Sumner Redstone's wife Paula.
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[img[x|http://www.thestar.com/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise only lost BlackBerry momentarily|http://www.thestar.com/article/552148]] December 11, 2008, Canadian Press, [[Toronto Star]]
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It looks as though Tom Cruise's secrets are safe.

Despite breathless reports that Cruise lost his BlackBerry this week while in Toronto promoting his new film Valkyrie, a publicist says the device was only lost momentarily.
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[img[x|http://img2.timeinc.net/people/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise Opens 2nd Scientology Detox Center|http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,649658,00.html]] June 10, 2004, Stephen M. Silverman, [[People]]
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The first center, which was opened two years ago in Manhattan and has reportedly treated 400 people to date, was funded, in part, by L. Ron Hubbard's controversial Church of Scientology, of which Cruise is a high-profile member.

The alternative treatment, outlined in Hubbard's book Clear Body, Clear Mind, utilizes a regime of "exercise, sauna sweat-out, vitamins and minerals" to cleanse rescue workers' bodies of toxins.
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[img[x|http://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/nypost/static/images/favicon.ico]] [[CRUISE POP-PING MAD OVER BIZARRE SURI SIRE TALE|http://www.nypost.com/seven/01082008/entertainment/cruise_pop_ping_mad_over_bizarre_suri_si_930324.htm]] January 8, 2008, Cynthia R. Fagen, [[New York Post]]
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"He's very angry," lawyer pal Burt Fields said after speaking with Cruise about the soon-to-be-released bio.
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[img[x|http://www.abc.net.au/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise raises millions to detox rescue workers|http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2004/04/13/1086171.htm]] April 13, 2004, AFP, [[ABC News (Australia)]]
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Cruise, 41, pitched in to help raise cash for the alternative treatment for rescuers suffering debilitating effects from toxic exposure in the recovery and clean-up effort following the 2001 attacks in New York.
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[img[x|http://www.koat.com/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise Says He Was Joking About Eating Placenta|http://www.koat.com/entertainment/8802165/detail.html]] April 18, 2006, [[KOAT Albuquerque]]
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For those of you who took Tom Cruise seriously when he said he was going to eat Katie Holmes' placenta, there's been a clarification.

He was joking.
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[img[x|http://news.bbc.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise scientology video leaked|http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7191355.stm]] January 16, 2008, [[BBC News]]
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A four-year-old video of Tom Cruise talking about his Scientology beliefs has been leaked onto the internet. 

Cruise is shown discussing how he wants to spread the message of Scientology, saying: "You're in the playing field or out of the arena".

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[img[x|http://www.cbsnews.com/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise Thinks Scientology Can Save 9/11 Responders|http://wcbstv.com/seenon/local_story_109173829.html]] April 20, 2007, Hazel Sanchez, [[CBS News]]
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Some call it a cult concoction while silver screen celebrity Tom Cruise swears by it -- a Scientology program called the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project.

City Councilman Hiram Monserrate said the program worked for him.
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[img[x|http://www.news.com.au/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise to detox NY|http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21498,21590052-5005368,00.html]] April 19, 2007, Daily Telegraph, [[PerthNow]]
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SCIENTOLOGY fanatic Tom Cruise is in New York to solicit more cash for his controversial venture to "detox" the heroes of September 11.
Cruise, 44, will appear at a private gala on Manhattan's West 18th Street tonight to raise funds for the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, a program he co-founded in 2002.
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[img[x|http://www.sfgate.com/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise Wins Support of NY Emergency Workers With Fundraiser|http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfgate/detail?blogid=7&entry_id=15637]] April 20, 2007, Daily Dish / Gossip, [[San Francisco Chronicle]]
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Despite Mayor Bloomberg's denouncement of the program as "not science" on Wednesday, those present at the fundraiser were clearly happy to give their approval to the project, which saw Cruise personally thank guests for their attendance.
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[img[x|http://www.foxnews.com/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise, Travolta: Rolling Stone Gathers Moss|http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,186648,00.html]] March 2, 2006, Roger Friedman, Celebrity Gossip, [[FOX News]]
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The new issue of Rolling Stone should drive a permanent wedge between Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner.

Writer Janet Reitman spent nine months reporting and writing a 13,000 word piece on Scientology, the mysterious religion with which both movie stars are famously associated.

Reitman peels back Scientology layer by layer, meticulously interviewing everyone and anyone, and draws unsurprising conclusions: that to believe in this religion means also subscribing to a belief in aliens, for one thing. And by aliens I mean creatures from other planets and galaxies.
{{{
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[img[x|http://www.eyeweekly.com/images/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise-ing the Scientology connection|http://www.eyeweekly.com/eye/issue/issue_08.19.99/columns/feelings.php]] August 19, 1999, Bruce LaBruce, [[Eye Weekly]]
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Homosexuality, of course, is discouraged, while marriage and family -- or at least the appearance of such -- are de rigueur. Some have even maintained that Scientology attempts to cure members of their homosexuality. Enter Tom Cruise. The celebrity Scientologist contingent is well-known -- John Travolta, Anne Archer, Jenna Elfman and Kirstie Alley are the A-list members, but have you heard about the alleged involvement of William Burroughs, Patrick Swayze, Gordon Lightfoot, Mikhail Baryshnikhov and Ginger Spice?
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[img[x|http://www.msnbc.msn.com/favicon.ico]] [[Cruise's camp bashes Morton, unauthorized bio|http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/22538821/]] January 7, 2008, Courtney Hazlett, Today Show, [[MSNBC]]
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Representatives for Tom Cruise wasted no time in speaking out against Andrew Morton's new book "Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography," saying that even though Cruise has been "a top star for 25 years, (Morton) never spoke to Cruise's business partners, directors, studio executives, friends or family, and the list can go on."
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[img[x|http://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/nypost/static/images/favicon.ico]] [[CRUISES'S CLINIC OK|http://www.nypost.com/seven/06122007/news/columnists/cruisess_clinic_ok_columnists_steve_dunleavy.htm?page=0]] June 12, 2007, Steve Dunleavy, [[New York Post]]
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Woodworth, the program president, said 930 people have signed up since 2002; 800 have completed the course. Fourhundred were firefighters - about 80 cops, the rest city workers who were first responders.

Woodworth said there has been an 86 percent success rate, varying from those who were totally cured of toxicity, to those whose health improved.
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{{cite news | first = Steve | last = Dunleavy | title = CRUISES'S CLINIC OK | url = http://www.nypost.com/seven/06122007/news/columnists/cruisess_clinic_ok_columnists_steve_dunleavy.htm?page=0 | work = New York Post | date = 2007-06-12 | accessdate = 2009-12-20 }}
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[img[x|http://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/nypost/static/images/favicon.ico]] [[Cruisin' Harlem|http://www.nypost.com/seven/08172007/news/regionalnews/cruisin_harlem_regionalnews_kaili_mcdonnough_and_leonard_greene.htm]] August 17, 2007, Kaili McDonnough, [[New York Post]]
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The Church of Scientology, known for its celebrity devotees, is making a big push to expand its empire along 125th Street, purchasing three properties there last week, and planning a major recruitment drive in the neighborhood.

The Rev. John Carmichael, president of the church in New York, declined to give details about the purchase, but reports put the total sales price at $10.2 million.
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[img[x|http://www.christianitytoday.com/favicon.ico]] [[CT Classic: Scientology: Religion or Racket?|http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2000/septemberweb-only/54.0.html]] November 7, 1969, Joseph Martin Hopkins, Reprint, [[Christianity Today]]
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After a hurried interview with Miss Anne Ursprung, top executive of the Founding Church, I managed an extension of time by driving her and fellow staff member Esther Mangold to the airport to pick up a couple of Scientologists, Leon and Mitch, who were arriving from New York. As we returned to the city, I asked if it were true that many hippies are interested in Scientology.
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 [[Cult Apology: A Modest (Typological) Proposal|https://web.archive.org/web/20021203012913/http://www.cornerstonemag.com/cart/txt/cowanSSR02.htm]] November 1, 2002, Douglas E. Cowan, [[Cornerstone Magazine]]
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Paper presented to the 2002 Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Conference "Boundaries and Commitments in NRM Research"
November 1-3, 2002, Salt Lake City, Utah 

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[img[x|http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [['Cult Buster' Acquitted In Abduction|http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19940119&slug=1890492]] January 19, 1994, [[Seattle Times]]
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Cult buster" Rick Ross shouted for joy yesterday after a Grays Harbor Superior Court jury acquitted him of unlawfully imprisoning an 18-year-old Bellevue man to deprogram him of his religious beliefs.

The jury deliberated just two hours
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[img[x|http://www.guardian.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Cult church censured on drug ads|http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,922770,00.html]] March 27, 2003, Stephen Bates, [[Guardian Unlimited]]
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A Church of Scientology advert claiming that its programmes had "salvaged" 250,000 people from drug abuse has been censured by the Advertising Standards Authority as unproved, following a complaint by the Church of England.

A Church of England spokesman said: "The truth is Scientology makes claims for their dangerous cult which they can neither prove nor substantiate. Drug users trying to kick the habit are vulnerable. This makes them perfect prey for cults."
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[img[x|http://www.guardian.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Cult classic|http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4023865,00.html]] May 31, 2000, Duncan Campbell, [[Guardian Unlimited]]
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Does John Travolta's Battlefield Earth contain subliminal messages recruiting Scientologists? Amid a flurry of bizarre claims and counterclaims, only one thing is certain: it is one of the worst movies ever made.
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 [[Cult Cornered (Again)|http://www.private-eye.co.uk/sections.php?section_link=eye_tv&issue=1272]] October 1, 2010, [[Private Eye]]
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"YOU suck cock on Hollywood Boulevard." This is the word of the Church of Scientology, according to its former spokesman Mike Rinder, spilling the beans in John Sweeney's BBC film this week. He was citing a text message from the office of the leader, David Miscavige, best man at Tom Cruise's wedding to Katie Holmes.

It was one of many bizarre obscenities quoted by Rinder who, after half a century inside the church, now says that it is a cult. 
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[img[x|http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [['Cult Deprogrammer' On Trial|http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19940113&slug=1889503]] January 13, 1994, [[Seattle Times]]
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A self-styled "cult deprogrammer" imprisoned a suburban Seattle teen for five days "to attack his religious beliefs," a prosecutor said as the Arizona man's trial got under way.
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 [[Cult followings|http://www.canada.com/components/print.aspx?id=1aeeb770-14d7-4e76-8af5-7198c6a680a6&sponsor=]] May 17, 2008, Leonard Stern, [[Ottawa Citizen]]
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No, this is not about the dispute between the Falun Gong and the Canadian Tulip Festival. It's about an incident at Seattle's Fremont Market. As the U.S. journalist Dan Savage tells it, shoppers at the popular outdoor market were surprised to discover a booth sponsored by the Church of Scientology. The Scientologists obtained the booth "under the pretense of being ordinary 'booksellers'," according to a market spokesman.

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[img[x|http://news.zdnet.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Cult forces Google to remove critical links|http://news.zdnet.co.uk/internet/0,1000000097,2107088,00.htm]] March 21, 2002, Matt Loney, [[ZDNet]]
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Google was accused on Wednesday of effectively removing a Web site that is critical of the Scientology cult from the Web, after it told the site that it was deleting links from its search engine.
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[img[x|http://1.gravatar.com/blavatar/ffbc68fe58e7387cf18c173a052a8090?s=16]] [[Cult Friction|http://web.archive.org/web/20080822080112/http://www.radaronline.com/from-the-magazine/2008/03/scientology_anonymous_protests_tom_cruise_01.php]] March 17, 2008, John Cook, [[Radar Online]]
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After an embarrassing string of high-profile defection and leaked videos, Scientology is under attack from a faceless cabal of online activists. Has America's most controversial religion finally met its match?
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[img[x|http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/images/gam/favicon.ico]] [[Cult harassment, spying in Canada documented|http://www.culteducation.com/reference/scientology/canada/canada3.html]] January 23, 1980, John Marshall, [[Globe and Mail]]
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As reported in the accompanying instalment in a series of accounts of the U.S. court proceedings, 35 Scientologists were alleged to have participated in conspiracies to steal government documents and to obstruct justice. Besides the nine sentenced to jail, 23 people were named as unindicted co-conspirators. Three others have been indicted and investigations are continuing in various parts of the United States by state and federal agencies. 

Canadian activities have included the planting of spies with agencies and individuals considered to be barriers to the progress of the wealthy world-wide organization. It recently announced it had purchased $3.5-million worth of property in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal.
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[img[x|http://www.scotsman.com/favicon.ico]] [[Cult or cure?|http://news.scotsman.com/opinion.cfm?id=782292007]] May 20, 2007, Holly Marney, Opinion, [[Scotsman]]
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Labelled a cult by its critics, defended as a bona fide religion by devotees, it is never far from the headlines, though it is generally viewed from these shores as another American oddity.

But Scientology does have a foothold in Britain, claiming up to 7,000 members in Scotland alone. And the strange world of Scientology, which believes aliens visited Earth millions of years ago, was exposed last week by a Panorama documentary.
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[img[x|http://news.bbc.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Cult or religion: What's the difference?|http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/special_report/1999/02/99/e-cyclopedia/392396.stm]] July 13, 1999, e-cyclopedia, [[BBC News]]
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The term "cult", says the Cult Information Centre in London, applies to a group which demonstrates five different qualities (see fact box).

Scientologists are by no means averse to suing when the faintest scent of defamation is in the air. And the centre does not say that the church is a cult.
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[img[x|https://s.ytimg.com/yts/img/favicon-vfldlzjxy.ico]] [[Cult Up The Volume (HD)|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z5DI0ZQuNg]] February 15, 2011, TheEvilOfScientology, [[YouTube]]
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GOTTA VIEW IT LARGE! Presented in 720p HD. Inspired of course by the SNL Jim Carrey/Will Ferrell "Roxbury" sketch.
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[img[x|http://www.tes.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Cult Watch|http://www.tes.co.uk/2483496]] December 14, 2007, Lynne Wallis, [[TES Magazine]]
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This year, it was discovered Narconon, the Scientology-linked group, has been invited into British schools to lecture pupils on drugs, and the organisation's outpost in East Grinstead - known as the Effective Education centre - attempts to coach mainstream teachers in some of the precepts of Scientology, which advocates a form of self-help invented by its founder L. Ron Hubbard.
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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[Cults are now taking aim at elderly victims|http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/50100694.html?dids=50100694:50100694&FMT=FT&FMTS=ABS:FT]] August 22, 1987, Diane Salvatore, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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"The best way is to make cults obey the existing law, or to catch them breaking it," says Peter Georgiades, chairman of the American Bar Association's Subcommittee on Cult-Related Litigation. Many cults give law-enforcement agencies plenty of material to work with. Groups have been prosecuted in the past for myriad offenses: tax evasion; breaking zoning laws; mail fraud; keeping children out of school; stockpiling weapons (purportedly in preparation for Armageddon); drug trafficking; kidnapping; rape; child abuse; medical neglect; prostitution; extortion, and immigration abuses. In one case the crime was murder.

Some cult members have chosen to seek retribution through civil suits. Earlier this year, more than 500 people filed a $1-billion class-action suit against the Church of Scientology, the group founde by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, charging that confessions they made in private were being used to coerce them and extort money from them.
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[img[x|http://www.boston.com/favicon.ico]] [[Curiously, an outpost of Scientology|http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2005/08/14/curiously_an_outpost_of_scientology/?page=full]] August 14, 2005, Johnny Diaz, [[Boston Globe]]
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"Scientology conjures up such negative images that it looks suspicious," said Setta, who appeared on National Public Radio's "On Point" program on WBUR last month to talk about the religion. "If the Episcopal Church had a tutoring program in Dorchester, no one would worry about it. The assumption is that they [Scientologists] are doing something for an ulterior motive, that there is something sinister. That's a problem for them."
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[img[x|http://arts.guardian.co.uk/favicon.ico]] [[Curtain goes up on Scientology|http://www.guardian.co.uk/elsewhere/journalist/story/0,7792,1333958,00.html]] October 22, 2004, Dan Glaister, [[Guardian Unlimited]]
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A similar formula has prevailed in LA: don't give the production the oxygen of publicity. But behind the scenes the wheels of organised religion were spinning. As soon as the Church got wind of an LA Times piece on the production, several editors on the paper received calls from the guardians of L Ron's flame urging them to pull the article. Nothing unusual about that, as any entertainment PR will tell you. But things took a more sinister turn when the phone calls started.

"The parents of one of the kids in the cast were called by members of the entertainment industry that were Scientologists," says Timbers. "They were told that if they were to continue with the show that it might be bad for their future career."
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[img[x|http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [[Cyberspace is also subject to copyright law, judge rules|http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19960120&slug=2309789]] January 20, 1996, [[Seattle Times]]
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A federal judge ruled yesterday that an Arlington, Va., man violated copyright laws when he dumped sacred texts of the Church of Scientology onto the Internet, saying words enjoy legal protection even in cyberspace.

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema said there was such compelling evidence of copyright violation that she found no need to send the case involving Arnaldo Lerma, 45, to a jury.
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[img[x|http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/favicon.ico]] [[Daddy's Little Obfuscator|http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/2007-02-22/news/daddy-s-little-obfuscator/full/]] February 22, 2007, [[New Times Broward-Palm Beach]]
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New Times' blockbuster story last September about Bruce McMahan, the New York and Fisher Island hedge-fund manager who married his own daughter ("Daddy's Girl," by Kelly Cramer), shook up Wall Street, got rehashed by the New York Post, inspired a (surprisingly accurate) retelling by Geraldo Rivera's TV show, and garnered McMahan the unenviable distinction of being labeled "scum" by the diminutive Rivera himself.

But then someone (Tailpipe swears it wasn't him) decided that with all that notoriety, McMahan deserved a page of his own on Wikipedia.

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[img[x|http://www.miamiherald.com/favicon.ico]] [[Dade's Barreiro fired from juvenile justice post|http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics/florida/story/857950.html]] January 17, 2009, Steve Bousquet, [[Miami Herald]]
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Gus Barreiro, a crusader for kids and former Miami-Dade lawmaker who helped bring down a fellow legislator in a high-profile race case, has been unexpectedly fired from the Department of Juvenile Justice.
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[img[x|http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [[Daily Briefing - Upcoming|http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19971024&slug=2568178]] October 24, 1997, [[Seattle Times]]
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The Church of Scientology is planning its biggest demonstration in Germany on Monday in protest at what it says is discrimination against religious minorities here. The organization's Germany spokesman said half those on the march through Berlin were expected to be from abroad, but it was not certain whether film stars Tom Cruise and John Travolta would be there. Germany does not recognize Scientology as a religion and sees it as a business that exploits its members for financial gain.
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[img[x|http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [[Daily Briefing - Update |http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19971106&slug=2570718]] November 6, 1997, [[Seattle Times]]
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German federal judges refused today to rule on whether the Church of Scientology is a religion, ordering a lower court to focus on whether the group is a nonprofit venture or a money-making business. The Baden-Wuerttemberg case already has been bounced several times from court to court - reflecting the sensitive nature of Scientology's position here.

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[img[x|http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [[Daily Briefing - Update|http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19970607&slug=2543289]] June 7, 1997, [[Seattle Times]]
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The German government decided yesterday to put the Church of Scientology under nationwide surveillance by counterintelligence agents because it contends the church is a threat to democracy, Interior Minister Manfred Kanther said. He refused to say exactly how the church's 30,000 German members would be monitored.

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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Daily News Story About Scientology Defector Marc Headley Leaves Out Best Part|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2010/03/daily_news_stor.php]] March 29, 2010, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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On Saturday, the Daily News published what was, for the tab, a lengthy story about Marc Headley and his lawsuit...
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[img[x|http://img.timeinc.net/time/favicon.ico]] [[Daniel Mantalvo, Scientology Defector, Jailed in LA|http://newsfeed.time.com/2010/10/09/scientology-defector-reportedly-jailed-in-la/]] October 9, 2010, Nate Jones, [[TIME NewsFeed]]
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NewsFeed generally believes that all religions are valid and that we should treat all of them with respect and all that liberal-arts jazz. But this story gives us the creeps.

The latest scandal from the Church of Scientology is the tale of 19-year-old Daniel Montalvo, who allegedly ran from the Church and found himself in jail for his efforts.

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[img[x|http://blogs.laweekly.com/favicon.ico]] [[Daniel Montalvo Defects From Scientology, Gets Arrested By Los Angeles Sheriff's Department|http://www.laweekly.com/informer/2010/10/08/daniel-montalvo-defects-from-scientology-gets-arrested-by-los-angeles-sheriffs-department]] October 8, 2010, Dennis Romero, [[LA Weekly]]
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A strange and twisted tale emerged from blogland this week -- the story of a Scientology refugee who was reportedly talked into returning to the organization, grilled by a church lawyer and subsequently arrested.

Nineteen-year-old Daniel Montalvo, a lifelong member of the church's core group, Sea Org, was released from jail Thursday in lieu of $20,000 bail. What did he do? That's a question we haven't been able to answer. Update: It's been answered, after the jump.
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Daniel Montalvo Hits Scientology With Stunning Child Labor Lawsuits|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/03/daniel_montalvo_1.php]] March 5, 2011, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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Today, Daniel turns 20 years old. Yesterday, he filed two stunning lawsuits against Scientology with the help of attorney S. Christopher "Kit" Winter.

Winter helped Montalvo avoid the grand reaching that tends to characterize lawsuits against Scientology, and instead kept his complaints laser-focused on damning charges about how children are used by the church in troubling ways.

Specifically, Montalvo's lawsuits paint a picture of a child who was essentially abandoned by his two Scientologist parents to the organization, was signed to a billion-year contract at only 6 years of age, and through his teens was forced to work up to 100 hours a week with only the barest schooling, and for wretched pay (about $35 a week).
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Daniel Montalvo, 19, Leaves Scientology, Which Convinces LA Sheriff to Jail Him For It|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2010/10/daniel_montalvo.php]] October 8, 2010, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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An amazing story is hitting the Internet today of 19-year-old Daniel Montalvo, a lifelong Scientologist who decided to leave the wacky cabal, only to find himself arrested by LA sheriff's deputies and facing prison time for it.
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[Daniel Montalvo, 19, Leaves Scientology, Which Convinces LA Sheriff to Jail Him For It (UPDATED)|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2010/10/daniel_montalvo.php]] October 8, 2010, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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An amazing story is hitting the Internet today of 19-year-old Daniel Montalvo, a lifelong Scientologist who decided to leave the...
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[img[x|http://blogs.laweekly.com/favicon.ico]] [[Daniel Montalvo's Scientology Lawsuit Claims False Imprisonment, Child Labor Violations, Lack of Education While Growing Up in L.A.-Based Org|http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/03/daniel_montalvo_scientology_1.php]] March 11, 2011, Dennis Romero, [[LA Weekly]]
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Now a young man who says he escaped from a Scientology workplace in the city of Commerce after growing up in the church has made some bombshell claims -- including disregard for child welfare laws, failure to report child neglect to authorities, false imprisonment and violation of labor laws -- in a pair of suits filed in L.A. against Scientology and the publisher of its L. Ron Hubbard books.


Montalvo was 19 when he made a break for it last year with the help of a Scientology defector. He ended up in Florida. When he tried to contact his parents, however, a Scientologist allegedly talked him into returning to L.A.

While in L.A., the suit claims, Montalvo was falsely imprisoned.
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[img[x|http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/favicon.ico]] [[Daughter, Granddaughter Guilty Of Woman's Murder|http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=1301446&date=19910823]] August 23, 1991, Julie Emery, [[Seattle Times]]
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The daughter and granddaughter gave separate statements to police telling how they had chopped up 50 capsules of Dilantin, an anti-seizure medicine, then mixed it in clam chowder and fed it to Van Sickle Nov. 17 in the family home in Rainier Valley.

But when she was still alive the next day, they put a pillow over her face and suffocated her. After a 20-minute struggle, Van Sickle died.
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[img[x|http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/favicon.ico]] [[Daughters of St. Paul unfazed by threats from Church of Scientology|http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/daughters_of_st._paul_unfazed_by_threats_from_church_of_scientology/]] January 12, 2010, [[Catholic News Agency]]
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In Italy, the pre-Christmas release of the book "The Courage to Speak Out - Stories of ex-Scientologists" was met with a promise from the National Church of Scientology of Italy to bring legal action against the author and "whomever has assisted her." A spokeswoman for the book's publisher told CNA that, as of yet, no such action has been taken against them.

"The Courage to Speak Out" includes stories from 14 ex-members of the Church of Scientology. It is the second volume from Maria Pia Gardini that relates first-hand perspectives from inside this church. The first edition, titled "My Years in Scientology," was based on her own time as a member.
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[img[x|http://www.villagevoice.com/favicon.ico]] [[David Edgar Love: "I Think I Have Scientology By The Balls"|http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/04/david_edgar_love_scientology_by_the_balls.php]] April 20, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, [[Village Voice]]
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Sunday evening, news began to leak that one of Love's numerous complaints about the treatment center to Canadian authorities was paying off: Quebec health officials ordered the facility closed immediately, even as Narconon appeals the government's finding that it failed miserably in an attempt to get certification for its unscientific methods of treating drug addiction.

Since the news broke, Love has been talking to Canadian journalists as they scrambled to get details on the sudden closing, which came with no advance public word from health officials.

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[img[x|http://www.sptimes.com/favicon.ico]] [[David Miscavige bio, and bios of Scientology officials who defected|http://www.tampabay.com/news/article1012137.ece]] June 21, 2009, [[St. Petersburg Times]]
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David Miscavige joined the Church of Scientology at age 16 and has been its leader since 1987. Now, former top church officials have come forward to describe a culture of violence under Miscavige. For the full St. Petersburg Times special report on Scientology and David Miscavige, see Scientology: The Truth Rundown. 

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