Reporter John Sweeney's last investigation into the Church of Scientology resulted in an explosive confrontation with church officials. This time, in a Panorama Special, one of those officials has turned whistleblower to help him reveal the dark secrets of the church, which boasts Hollywood A-listers Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its devotees.
Of all the cult 'religions' out there, the Church of Scientology must be at the top for conning people out of their money. They don't 'recruit' poor people, they go after the rich ones, like the uhh, 'colorful' Tom Cruise to rake in the Big Bucks.
As you'll see in the video, they have CIA like outfit ( called the Office of Special Affairs ) that protects the grifters, spies on their flock, and goes after investigative reporters with a vengeance.
I'm a 'recovering' Catholic, so I'm no stranger to tall tales about talking snakes and virgins giving birth, but the background about how Scientology got started reads like a science fiction novel, started by the science fiction writer, L. Ron Hubbard.
Here's a little about how this cult got started, but after watching the above doc on LINK TV, I wasn't about to go to their home page, since I've already got enough problems with the KKK--no, not that KKK, this KKK-- 'Kosher Kommandos Knights' from around the world always attacking my computer, attempting to hack into my hard drive, nearly 6,000 attempted intrusions in the last four months, so I don't need another bunch of basket cases attacking my computer.
What exactly do Scientologists believe? Here is the answer.I don't know what kind of hallucinogenics these people take, but I'd like to try some and if they're not taking drugs, they should be, preferably one prescribed by a psychiatrist.
Operating Thetan levels 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are all to do with getting rid of "body thetans". These body thetans are the souls of dead space aliens murdered by Xenu, 75 million years ago.
Scientologists believe that 75 million years ago an evil galactic ruler, named Xenu, solved overpopulation by bringing trillions of people to Earth in DC-8 space planes, stacking them around volcanoes and nuking them. Then the souls of these dead space aliens were captured and boxed up and taken to cinemas where they were shown films of what life should be like, false ideas containing God, the devil and Christ and told to get ill.
After that they supposedly clustered together and now inhabit our bodies. Scientologists believe that if they rid themselves of these body thetans then they will be healthier and will gain special powers like mind-over-matter.
Some Scientologists spend $360,000 for all this.
Scientology - Beware The Scam
An investigation into Scientology's Narcanon scam.
My favorite comment left at this video:
Man, It takes a lot to make Christians look sane.
Anytime there's loot to be looted, our favorite 'SLC' is on the scene:
In Israel, according to Israeli professor of psychology Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, "in various organizational forms, Scientology has been active among Israelis for more than thirty years, but those in charge not only never claimed the religion label, but resisted any such suggestion or implication. It has always presented itself as a secular, self-improvement, tax-paying business."Those "organizational forms" include a Scientology Organization in Tel Aviv.
Scientology Insider Emails Attack on Church Finances January 7, 2012
Former official Debbie Cook's email to 12,000 church members alleges financial wrongdoing and a $1 billion hoard. A look at the shocking missive from one of the truest believers.
In an email Cook sent to an astonishing 12,000 people—arguably the most dedicated core of the group—she accused Scientology's leadership of hoarding more than $1 billion in donations; spending lavishly on new churches; punishing former executives with draconian measures; and overselling Scientology books and services to members already stretched by high-pressure sales tactics.
Scientology Targeted South Park's Parker and Stone in Investigation
Another interesting revelation at Marty Rathbun's blog this morning: Rathbun
released what he said was an internal Scientology document which suggests that the church targeted Trey Parker and Matt Stone for a classic OSA investigation in retaliation for the infamous South Park episode that exposed the religion's bizarre upper-level teachings.
Rathbun tells me this initial document is just the beginning of a trove that describes how Scientology investigated Parker and Stone over a significant period after the duo deeply embarrassed the church with its 2005 episode, "Trapped in the Closet."
I asked Rathbun what kind of things OSA's operatives would be looking for in the trash of Parker and Stone and their friends.
"Phone records. Bank records. Personal letters that expose some kind of vulnerability. They'll read stuff into the kind of alcohol you're drinking and how much. Prescriptions. They'll figure out your diet. They can find out a lot about you through your trash," he told me this morning by phone from his home in South Texas.
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Not wanting to spend any money and stumped for something to do, Stan takes a free "personality test" that is being offered by Scientologists on the street. After answering a long questionnaire, Stan is informed that he is extremely depressed and therefore a perfect candidate for Scientology; they offer to help him out for $240. Back at home, Stan asks his parents for money to help with his depression, and his father suggests he use the money he had been saving for a new bike. After he pays, Stan is taken into an auditing room, and an attendant named Michelle reads his "thetan levels" using an "E-meter". Stan has a high reading that shocks Michelle and the results are faxed to the Scientology headquarters in Los Angeles. There, the president of Scientology determines that, because his reading is so high, Stan must be a reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology's founder and prophet.
Later that night, a large group of Scientologists, including John Travolta, have gathered outside to celebrate Hubbard's "second coming". The president of Scientology arrives in a helicopter and talks with Stan's parents; they oppose his being in the group, but the president informs them that, "We're not asking him to join us; we're asking him to lead us." Randy sends Stan to his room where he finds Tom Cruise waiting for him. Cruise, thinking Stan is genuinely Hubbard's reincarnation, asks him whether he enjoyed his acting. When Stan tells Cruise that his acting is not as good as others', Tom locks himself in Stan's bedroom closet, believing he is "a failure in the eyes of the prophet". He refuses to come out, despite the attempts of Randy, Nicole Kidman, Travolta, and R. Kelly to persuade him to "come out of the closet"; Travolta and Kelly eventually go into the closet as well.
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Battlefield Earth Screenwriter Apologizes for ‘Suckiest Movie Ever’
If you were unfortunate enough to shell out money to watch "Battlefield Eath," then you know the screenwriter was telling the truth.