David Misavige

My Reply to Scientologist Tad Reeves of STAND

Scientologist and STAND member Tad Reeves released a YouTube video today in which he claimed that Leah Remini’s show was making it so dangerous for Scientologists that he feared for the safety of his family. As Tad has blocked all comments — his video is a “one way flow” where he talks and all of us are supposed to listen — I am replying here at the Scientology Money Project.

First let me say this: Oh please! Give me a break Tad. You’re such a drama queen. Seriously. You’re running what LRH called the “Dangerous Environment Racket” where none exists. I’m not buying your act and I’ll tell you why.

The fact is that if anyone has anything to fear it is from Scientologists. Two innocent people have been murdered in cold blood by Scientologists in the last five years. Dozens of people that I personally know have been Fair Gamed, spied on, stalked, harassed, and intimidated in the past ten years. When we add in Anonymous and many others who have spoken out, the number of people Scientology has practiced Fair Game upon is well above one thousand in the past ten years. So please stop your insufferable victim game. It is truly nauseating.

2011: Scientologist and New OT VIII Rex Fowler shot and killed his business partner Thomas Ciancio at point blank range. Three shots to the head with no mercy. This was premeditated murder Tad. And a Scientology OTVIII pulled the trigger.

After murdering his business partner, OTVIII Rex Fowler turned his 9mm Glock on himself  and pulled the trigger. The bullet traversed Fowler’s sinuses and exited is forehead. Rex’s suicide attempt failed and he was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in Colorado. Thomas Ciancio had a wife and children Tad.

2012: Scientologist and actor Johnny Lewis murdered his 81 year old landlady Catherine Davis here in Los Feliz where my wife Karen and I live. The 27 year old Lewis bludgeoned his elderly landlady to death and then mutilated her cat for good measure Tad. Scientologist Lewis then jumped, or fell, from the steep hillside garage of his landlady’s home in the dark. Lewis died on impact.

In 2009 Nancy Cartwright’s fiancee OTVIII Steve Brackett killed himself by jumping off the Bixby Bridge in Big Sur. Scientologists were told he died in an automobile accident. OTVIII Ed Bryan was arrested in Florida in 2011 for trespassing.

Scientologist Devon Newman, the PR for Celebrity Centre Las Vegas, was arrested in a bizarre 2013 murder plot to kill a Las Vegas cop:

I could keep going Tad, but you can read more of Scientology’s menacing behavior from article I wrote: The Church of Scientology: A rollicking legacy of belligerence, profanity, paranoia, and violence.
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One time when the late Jim Lynch of Freedom Magazine showed up at my home he was escorted by an armed PI. Why did Scientology’s Freedom reporter need an armed bodyguard? I had no weapons and Jim Lynch certainly had nothing to fear from me. I asked Scientology’s PI why he felt he needed a gun to come to my house. Was he planning on shooting me? I also told Jim Lynch and the PI that if David Miscavige had anything to say to me he could come to my house and say it to my face. Otherwise, I would thank David Miscavige to shut up.

And then of course OSA had two PI’s follow COB’s father Ron Miscavige Sr. for two years at a cost of $10,000 per week. When arrested, these PI’s had weapons, a silencer for an assault rifle, ammo, scanners, and fake license plates. This is what COB RTC David Miscavige spends Scientology parishioner dollars on. Is this acceptable to you Tad? Is it moral or ethical for Scientology to send out armed men to spy on and stalk former members of your Church? Here is the assault rifle and the silencer your Church’s PI’s were carrying Tad:


The pen is mightier than the sword Tad. A&E, Leah Remini, Mike Rinder,  and their guests are engaging in protected and nonviolent free speech to expose the depravity and evil of the Church of Scientology. If this acts as a wrong item for you Tad then you need to read the US Constitution. No one stopped you from making and releasing your insipid YouTube video.

And by the way, Tad, STAND has phony Stock Photo Scientologists. These “Scientologists” are stock photos. What do you have to say about this social media fraud Tad?

Church of Scientology Hustling Donations in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey


As we reported in our previous post, The Church of Scientology has been caught red-handed in a social media fraud in which it used stock photos to pose as Scientologists. These fake Scientologists were then used to launch social media attacks on Leah Remini, Mike Rinder, A&E, A&E’s sponsors, and the courageous people who appear on Leah’s show Scientology and the Aftermath. This is a scandal and a disgrace for Scientology.

There is yet another Church of Scientology scam to cover today. For over a decade Scientology leader David Miscavige has claimed that the Scientology Volunteer Ministers formed the “largest independent relief force on Earth.” This has always been a lie and will always be a lie. However, Scientology still makes this claim:

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers program (VMs) was established by Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard, in 1976. Some 100,000 VMs in 120 nations helped more than 1.6 million people in the last year alone, making the Scientology Volunteer Ministers the largest independent relief organization on Earth.

Mike Rinder challenged this claim in an excellent post on Scientology’s Volunteer Ministers at his blog. Mike added this photo of the Scientology’s empty “Hurricane Harvey Relief Forces Headquarters” here in Los Angeles to support his criticisms. We see only two very bored members of the “largest independent relief force on Earth” seated on folding chairs nonchalantly texting:

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I would add this: At the present time the IAS claims there are 130 Scientology Volunteer Ministers in the areas decimated by Hurricane Harvey. This is what the IAS posted on its website as of today August 31, 2017:

How does the “largest independent relief organization on Earth” only manage to get 130 people to the scene of a widespread catastrophe? Particularly when the IAS — Scientology’s slush fund with an estimated cash pile in excess of $1.5 billion — has made an emergency grant:

As brought to my attention by Collette James on Twitter, Scientology’s Volunteer Ministers posted a misleading tweet. This tweet used a photo of the Louisiana Rescue Group that was shot at by looters. The tweet and photo could mislead the public into thinking that Scientology’s Volunteer Ministers were somehow involved in this particular operation:

So to recap:

1. The Scientology Volunteer Ministers are not, and never were, the “largest independent relief organization on Earth.” And yet Scientology continues to lie about it and raise money based upon this false claim.

2. Scientology’s IAS has hoarded an estimated ~$1.5 billion in cash and does not need donations. Just a fraction of the the interest generated by the IAS cash hoard would pay for all 130 Volunteer Ministers that are allegedly  on the ground in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

3. Scientology has been caught lying on social media in its attacks on Leah Remini’s show. Therefore, how do we know that Scientology is not lying about the number of Volunteer Ministers in the hurricane-stricken areas? That is the problem with Scientology’s habitual lying: Nothing it says can be taken at face value.

Please sign my petition at Change.org demanding that the IRS open an investigation into Scientology’s tax exemption.

4. I have seen photos of fewer than twenty VM’s in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. There may be more faces to count; I just haven’t seen the photos. The IAS main page shows two photos in which only two VM’s are seen. The bald-headed VM appears in both photos; we see his back toward us in the photo (left) and his face in the other photo (right):

5. Because Scientology’s IAS has zero financial transparency we don’t know the size of the IAS “emergency grant.” It could be a very small and insignificant grant. I say this because, as a rule, Scientology Volunteer Ministers are expected to pay their own expenses to travel to and from the scene of a disaster. The IAS should publicly disclose on the record how much Scientology is actually spending to help. Absent disclosure, all IAS claims are meaningless. The IAS could have donated a token sum of $1,000 for all we know.

6. Scientology Volunteer Ministers largely function to get PR photos and videos so that Scientology can raise more money as they are doing now with Hurricane Harvey. Scientology is infamous for its disaster capitalism and has used everything from 911 to Whitney Houston’s death to raise money. Scientology VM’s literally walked over the backs of the dead at the Virginia Tech massacre to pitch a tent and get in front of cameras. See Radar’s story: First Photos: Scientologists Invade Virginia Tech Campus.

7. Here is a Scientology camera crew filming a staged VM event in Haiti:

8. While the Scientologists working on the ground are to be saluted for helping, they also know that their work is being done for “Church PR.” They will also be promoting Scientology at the scene of the disaster while giving Scientology touch assists.

9. Noticeably absent from Hurricane Harvey relief efforts is Scientology leader David Miscavige. Although Miscavige boasts about the VM’s he has never, to the best of my knowledge, actually volunteered at any disaster. This is odd considering that no less an eminence than former President Jimmy Carter routinely rolls up his sleeves and helps to build homes for Habitat for Humanity.

Time Magazine Redux: The Church of Scientology’s Hysterical Reaction to Alex Gibney and HBO

Alex.GibneyThe Church of Scientology has reacted very badly, and very predictably, to the Sundance Film Festival debut of Alex Gibney’s HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief. Gibney’s documentary is based upon Lawrence Wright’s best-selling book of the same name.

As it always does when it is exposed as a fascist and inherently violent organization, the Church of Scientology has collapsed into its usual Paroxysms of Hysteria.

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The Church is Scientology is well-known for the hyperventilating and venomous North Korean style propaganda it churns out when its dark side is exposed.

The Church is reacting to Gibney and HBO in exactly the same way it did to Time Magazine’s seminal 1991 cover story Scientology: The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power by Richard Behar.

In his article, Behar bravely wrote that Scientology is, ”a hugely profitable global racket that survives by intimidating members and critics in a Mafia-like manner.” Alex Gibney displays the same courage in examining Scientology in his new documentary.

Scientology went ballistic over Behar’s piece and engaged in a series of actions it is now repeating with Gibney and HBO. Scientology’s attack on Gibney and HBO is Time Magazine Redux.

1991: Scientology placed full-page ads attacking both Time and Behar in USA Today. These ads were placed Monday-Friday for twelve consecutive weeks.

2015: Scientology placed full-page ads in USA Today and the Los Angeles Times attacking Gibney and HBO executive Sheila Nevins.

1991: Scientology used its full-page USA Today ads in an attempt to smear Time Magazine for selecting Hitler as its Man of the Year in 1938. Scientology wildly claimed that this somehow proved that Time was connected to Hitler, Nazi Psychiatry, and the Holocaust. Scientology tried to smear Time magazine as being a crypto-Nazi publication that peddled deadly psychiatric medications in its ads. In the same period Scientology was attacking Time, the Church quietly signed a contract with PR giant Hill & Knowlton to improve Scientology’s public image and stop the negative press. This deal later blew up and ended in a lawsuit.

UPDATE: January 31, 2015: As reported on Tony Ortega’s Underground Bunker, Scientologists posting online are now echoing the 1991 attack on Time Magazine; this as HBO is owned by Time Warner. This is further proof that Scientology’s attack on Gibney and HBO is Time Magazine Redux:

HBO is owned by Time Magazine which made Hitler their man of the year in 1938 thus assisting him in the slaughter of 6 million jews and many more millions of Europeans. HBO’s “news” programs are controlled by the UK/EU/US Bilderberger pedophile sociopaths. Those who who push HBO’s propaganda are ALL headed for prison and the ash heap of history – where they belong.”

2015: Scientology’s rabid in-house propaganda organ Freedom Magazine engages in yet another of its typically smarmy and deceitful attempts to smear those responsible for an unsparing and factual look at the Church.  This time, Freedom puts Alex Gibney and his sources in its gun sights. Going earlier on the chain, Freedom Magazine attacked Lawrence Wright in 2011 for claimed inaccuracies in his New Yorker article entitled The Apostate. Wright’s article covered Paul Haggis and his departure from the Church of Scientology. The Apostate was the genesis of Wright’s book Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief. Hence, the current Scientology hysteria over Gibney and HBO is essentially a turgid rehash of its 2011 attack on Wright and the New Yorker.

1991 Lawsuit: While Scientology’s current attack on Gibney and HBO is a Time Magazine Redux, the one difference is that, in 1991, Scientology alleged libel and sued Richard Behar and Time Warner for a whopping $416,000,000. The Church additionally sued Reader’s Digest for publishing a condensed version of the Time article in France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy. It remains to be seen if Scientology sues Gibney, HBO, or their sources. Such a move carries the risk of counter lawsuits that name David Miscavige, Linda Hamel, and other Church executives. Additionally, these same Sea Org members could be sued as individuals as they are not employees of CSI and are rather volunteers who belong to an unincorporated religious order. In any case, lawsuits seeking to pierce the corporate veils of the Scientology Spaghetti Maze seem inevitable.

1996: The judge in the Time Magazine case dismissed Scientology’s lawsuit. Scientology also lost on appeal. From the Spring 2001 issue of The News Media & The Law:

“A federal appellate court upheld Time magazine’s portrayal of the Church of Scientology as ‘Mafia-like’ because the reporter conducted a standard investigation before writing an article critical of the church.”

“In affirming a district court dismissal, the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York (2nd Cir.) agreed that reporter Richard Behar did not write the article ‘Scientology: The Cult of Greed’ with reckless disregard for the truth. In researching the article, Behar claimed Time ‘conducted more than 150 interviews and reviewed hundreds of court records and internal Scientology documents,’ although Scientology officials refused to be interviewed.”

“The appellate court said on Jan. 12 that Behar’s extensive investigation — including interviews, affidavits, and published articles — was adequate to establish a lack of actual malice. Behar’s interviews were with credible sources who had close ties to Scientology and whom Behar would have no reason to doubt, the court reasoned.”

DAVID MISCAVIGE’S ONE AND ONLY TELEVISION INTERVIEW

1992: Scientology leader David Miscavige is interviewed by Ted Koppel on Nightline. Miscavige offered the self-serving argument that the Time article was revenge for Scientology having cost the magazine its Prozac ad revenues. Koppel won an Emmy for this segment; Miscavige has never done another television interview.