Freedom Magazine

The Failed Logic Behind Scientology’s Curious Super Bowl Campaign


The Church of Scientology’s 2018 multi-million dollar Super Bowl ad strategy can now be seen as the grandiose and abject failure it is. Essentially, Scientology wanted to accomplish two conflicting goals that cancelled each other out:

1. Scientology wanted to use the marketing angle of “Curious?” to drive traffic to Scientology’s websites and thereby raise awareness of what Scientology is according to Scientology itself.

2. At the same time it broadcast its Super Bowl ad, the next batch of attack videos by professional Scientology troll Marty Rathbun were released. A mere coincidence? Of course not. In these pompous and unconvincing propaganda videos, Rathbun attempts to discredit Leah Remini, Mike Rinder, Tony Ortega and Leah’s Emmy-winning show Scientology and the Aftermath. If anything, these videos show how far Marty has fallen from his once high estate:

In what was supposed to be, apparently, a masterstroke of Scientology PR genius, the Super Bowl ad campaign was intended to promote Scientology. Simultaneously, Marty Rathbun’s videos were to be used as a flanking maneuver to discredit Leah, Mike, and Tony. However, this strategy failed as Scientology still has its hate websites up on Marty Rathbun. Thus, on the one hand Scientology wants to use Rathbun as a credible source to discredit Leah, Mike, and Tony while simultaneously portraying Marty Rathbun as a violent psychopath, a perjurer, and a liar on its own websites.

THE SCHEMATIC OF SCIENTOLOGY FAILURE

Scientology is using Twitter where one can see this all being played out. Schematically, Scientology illogic looks like this:
Anyone who becomes curious about Scientology and uses Google to do research will quickly discover that Scientology leader David Miscavige is a violent psychopath who has physically assaulted numerous members of his staff. Likewise, anyone who does research will discover that Scientology has hate websites on Marty Rathbun describing him in the same terms as David Miscavige. Why Scientology spent millions of dollars on its Super Bowl ad campaign and failed to address this inherent and crippling contradiction speaks to David Miscavige’s typical overreaching behavior. No one out here in the real world was fooled.

IS THE PUBLIC REALLY THAT CURIOUS ABOUT SCIENTOLOGY?

Scientology is using Twitter to argue that people are “curious” about Scientology and are flocking to Scientology’s website as a result. However, as Scientology’s own graphic below shows, Scientology is paying .64-.78 USD per click to drive traffic to its website. The graphic also shows a Scientology spend of $383,000 for organic search and $14,700 for paid search thus far. Again, no one is fooled: Scientology has just publicly admitted that it has to pay millions of dollars for a Super Bowl ad and hundreds of thousands of dollars for clicks to get anyone to look at its websites.

Scientology’s Super Bowl ad and Marty’s attack videos are a pair of bookends that are supposed to boom Scientology while destroying its critics. Are you serious Scientology? That’s all you have? A paid Super Bowl ad, paid clicks, and Marty Rathbun? Good luck betting on this Trifecta of Fail.

As stated, the big problem is that Marty Rathbun has zero credibility according to Scientology itself. The Church of Scientology still has its hate websites up on Marty. As we have asked before: Which story are you sticking with Scientology? Is Marty a credible source or he is a violent psychopath, a liar, and a perjurer as you depict him on your own website? If Marty is a liar and a perjurer, then why should the public believe anything he says?

Scientology’s Freedom Magazine currently carries this article about Marty in which he is called a lunatic with a history of psychological problems:

However, on a different Freedom Magazine webpage, Freedom links to the lunatic Rathbun’s attack videos on Leah Remini, Mike Rinder, and Tony Ortega and declares:

He’s [Marty Rathbun] recorded his knowledge of their plans, their unsavory traits, and their rank manipulation of show participants, in a 27-part video series on YouTube, “Leah Remini and Her Troublemakers.”

Having been an onscreen participant in both seasons of Leah’s show, I can tell you that the show is unrehearsed and unscripted. There is no manipulation of participants by Leah or anyone else on the set. What Marty Rathbun has said in this regard is a lie. I resent Marty lying about it, but given his disreputable behavior and the other lies he has told over the past several years I am not surprised.

Freedom Magazine repeats Rathbun’s lies about Leah’s show even as Freedom calls him a
violent psychopath, a liar, and a perjurer. Freedom even takes it one step further by linking to Rathbun’s YouTube video channel. Why would Freedom link to the videos of a man it has called a lunatic with a history of psychological problems? This question is rhetorical of course. The fact is that Freedom Magazine’s self-serving and transparent double standard is not acceptable in legitimate journalism. Freedom Magazine is nothing more than fake news, a mouthpiece for a Cult long known for its history of lying. Likewise, Rathbun’s videos are fake news. For example, Rathbun used a recent video to outrageously claim that Scientology was free from child abuse and sexual abuse. Valeska Paris tweeted about this:

From all appearances, Marty Rathbun is back to being David Miscavige’s “fixer” who is now the onscreen talent charged with attacking Scientology’s critics and former members.

DAVID MISCAVIGE’S SCHIZOPHRENIA

David Miscavige’s multi-million dollar 2018 Super Bowl ad campaign fails because it talks out of both sides of its mouth and is underpinned by Marty Rathbun. Marty is the weak link in the chain and yet Scientology needs him to help spin its web of lies, treachery and deceit.

That David Miscavige is capable of living a life of such hypocrisy, delusion, and unreality is nothing new. Indeed, “Captain” Miscavige — a man in a fake Navy uniform festooned with fake military medals — has claimed that infinity has a front porch and that Scientologists can travel faster than light.

Is Freedom Mag Editor John Sugg a Scientologist?

john_sugg_jd

John Sugg, Editor Freedom Magazine

In my previous post — John Sugg and the Internal Structural Collapse of the Church of Scientology  — I characterized John Sugg as a non-Scientologist.

Several readers e-mailed me to say that John Sugg is listed as having completed the Scientology Student Hat course. This leads me to ask if John Sugg is a Scientologist for a few key reasons.

If John Sugg is a Scientologist then he is completely incapable of unbiased journalism as it pertains to David Miscavige, OSA, Tony Ortega, Mike Rinder, Ron Miscavige,  L. Ron Hubbard, Alex Gibney and all other persons who are members of the Church, critics of the Church, or former members. If Sugg is a Scientologist, he can only be a propagandist who is paid to write what David Miscavige and the Office of Special Affairs order him to write.

If John Sugg is a Scientologist, he also completely incapable of unbiased journalism as it pertains to the Church of Scientology,  Psychiatry, pharmaceutical manufacturers, the American Psychiatric Association, the Tampa Bay Times, HBO, CNN, WISE, ABLE, Narconon and all other organizations and institutions that are owned and/or licensed by RTC/CSI or deemed enemies of the Church of Scientology and David Miscavige.


John Sugg completed the Scientology Student Hat in August 1, 2014:

JohnSuggScientologyServiceCompletions

John Sugg must publicly disclose if he is or is not a Scientologist. This is necessary in order for people to know how to read his work: Is he a Scientologist paid to be a propagandist and an attack dog for David Miscavige and OSA? Or he is a non-Scientology employee of the Church of Scientology who is expected to adhere to the inherently biased editorial policies of Freedom Magazine? In either case, Sugg’s work has an insurmountable Scientology bias and his work must therefore be read accordingly.


The premise of Scientology’s Student Hat course is that a person has barriers to study and does not know how to study. That Sugg did the Student Hat course constitutes Sugg’s implied agreement that he had barriers to study, did not know how to study, and therefore needed to the Study Hat.

Scientology’s webpage on the Student Hat course serves to highlight the deficiencies in study from which Sugg felt he suffered and therefore sought to remedy by taking the Study Hat:
Student.Hat

It is worth noting that the Study Hat is an introductory Scientology course that serves as  prerequisite to a further study of Scientology materials. Completing the Student Hat course suggests that Sugg plans to move up the Scientology Bridge to Clear and the OT levels.

The key question is this: Upon his having completed the Student Hat course, John Sugg would have been sent to a Scientology examiner to attest that he completed and understood the course. He would have then had to write a Scientology success story describing the wins he had on the Student Hat course.

Mr. Sugg: Can you please publish your success story or shares the wins you had on the Student Hat course? Did you learn to use a dictionary to word clear? Did you learn to clay demo so that you have mass and significance on articles you plan to write? Did you learn to never go past a word you do not understand? Please do share with us.

The examiner would have then put John Sugg on the e-meter to ask him a series of questions. The essential question Sugg would have been asked is this:

“Would you want others to have similar gains to yours?”

Sugg would have had to answer “yes” and had a floating needle on the question.

How about it Mr. Sugg?

Are you a Scientologist?

Did you F/N on the examiner’s question?  If so, then we may safely assume that you want others to have similar gains to those you have had as a Scientologist. We may also safely assume that you are now an IAS member.

On a final matter, when you completed the Student Hat course you were given a framed certificate of completion; did you proudly hang this in your office at Freedom Magazine or is it still tucked away in a closet?

John Sugg and the Internal Structural Collapse of the Church of Scientology

JohnSuggCover

Was John Sugg (left) hired because he has the same  “OT Charm Factor” as Scientologist Kirstie Alley?

The internal structural collapse of the Church of Scientology has occured.

The Church of Scientology no longer has anyone inside capable of speaking intelligently, or even coherently, on its behalf. The Church must therefore pay non-Scientology professionals to defend it. The journalist John Sugg is the latest non-Scientologist to take a big payday to defend the Church of Scientology. Sugg probably doesn’t realize that his  employer, the Church of Scientology, embodies L. Ron Hubbard’s nightmare Master Race doctrine and Call for a Scientology Genocide against all person’s 2.0 and below on the Scientology Tone Scale.

Non-Scientologist attorney Monique Yingling recently appeared on ABC 20/20 to rebut claims made by Ron Miscavige in his New York Times bestselling book Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige and Me.

MY

This task of talking to 20/20 should have been the duty of Cult leader David Miscavige, but he was far too busy crucifying his own father and brother on a new Scientology hate website. David Miscavige is simply too paranoid and too preoccupied with matters of money and revenge to do a television interview.

John Sugg is now the Editor of Scientology’s in-house propaganda journal Freedom magazine. One of Sugg’s main assignments is, apparently, to engage in Fair Game attacks against Tony Ortega. Sugg’s attacks are an indication of David Miscavige’s fear of Tony Ortega’s steadfast effectiveness in exposing the malicious Cult of Scientology.

Sugg posted today in the comments section of Tony Ortega’s famous Underground Bunker. Sugg’s post was your typical litany of Scientology butthurt coupled with an attack on Tony. It was mediocre work on Sugg’s part. Sugg has a long way to go in mastering the art of Scientology’s vitriolic propaganda.

This leads me to ask if Sugg will extend  the same courtesy and allow Bunkerites, critics, and former Scientologists to post on Freedom Magazine and Scientology blogs?

If the answer is no, then this proves the inherent censorship and fascism of Freedom magazine and Scientology. If Sugg wants to post at the Bunker, then Bunker posters should be allowed to post at Freedom magazine and Scientology blogs. If, however, this is a “one way flow” where Sugg expects to post at the Bunker while not allowing critical views to be posted at Scientology or Freedom sites, then Sugg is an out exchange deadbeat and should be banned from the Bunker for lack of reciprocity.


Mr. Sugg, I have questions for you:

1. If you and your employer are to have any credibility whatsoever with claimed membership numbers, then  Scientology’s active IAS membership numbers — i.e. Scientologists in good standing with the Church — must be published after being verified by a neutral third party CPA firm. Otherwise, we may safely assume any numbers from Scientology are false. The Church of Scientology must publish audited and truthful membership numbers or shut up and stop publishing lies. Do you agree John?

2. I have called upon Monique Yingling to make fully public Scientology’s secret 1993 agreement with the IRS public or shut up with her complaints about Alex Gibney and others concerning their criticisms of Scientology’s secret agreement with the IRS. Publish it all online Monique: The Final Closing Agreement and all 14 linear feet of supporting documents the Church submitted. Mr. Sugg: Would you please urge Monique Yingling to publish the IRS agreement and supporting documentation and be done with it?

3. To what extent is PR crisis manager Michael Sitrick involved in the daily PR operations of CSI, RTC, Freedom, and all other operations of Scientology?

4. How much money does the Church of Scientology (CST/RTC/CSI/IAS) spend weekly on lawyers and private investigators?

5. Why is the Church of Scientology not financially transparent with its own members or the public?

6. Why doesn’t David Miscavige make himself available for interviews by journalists?

dms-sister

Denise Miscavige Gentile Booking Photo

7. Since the Church of Scientology is so busy trashing David Miscavige’s father and brother, it might as well go for a Trifecta of Fair Game and tell the world that David Miscavige’s twin sister Denise Gentile was arrested for drunk driving, possession of marijuana, and failure to yield.

The Church can also add in the part about Denise allowing her tenant Rico Currie to pay her in marijuana instead of cash.

The Church can even mention Denise’s work in the 1990’s at Digital Lightwave. At that time her name was Denise Licciardi.

 

8. Why have David Miscavige and the Church of Scientology covered up child sexual molestation in the Church? Is the public to conclude that the Church of Scientology is a safe haven for pedophiles?

9. Why did the Church of Scientology choose to handle felony assault and battery internally, thus denying the victims of David Miscavige’s felonious behavior due process of law and their criminal and civil remedies? Was this done to protect David Miscavige from the law? If so, what do you think of this Mr. Sugg? Is it right for a Church to cover up crimes to protect its leader?

10. Why did the Church of Scientology publish Ron Miscavige’s confidential confessional data on its website? This heinous act on the part of the Church of Scientology proves, once and for all, that the Church engages uses the private confessions of Scientologists against them — and this in direct violation of Scientology’s own Auditor’s Code:

I promise never to use the secrets of a preclear divulged in session for punishment or personal gain.

The Church of Scientology’s main website reiterates the sanctity of auditing:

CRF.5

Given the Church’s publication of Ron Miscavige’s priest-penitent communication, it would seem that the Church of Scientology lied to the California Supreme Court in the DeCrescenzo case when it sought an emergency stay, “seeking to prevent the production of clergy-penitent privileged documents.” Ron Miscavige’s O/W write up is certainly a clergy-penitent privileged document.

Scientology attorneys Bert Deixler and Eric Lieberman emphatically represented to the California Supreme Court that Scientology parishioner information was secret and confidential:

All clergy authorized by the Scientology Scripture to see the auditing folders must take a sacred oath to maintain the secrecy of all auditing communications. Pre-Clears and other parishioners are assured by the Church that their auditing communications and records will be maintained as strictly confidential.

Scientology places great religious emphasis on the confidentiality of a parishioner’s auditing folders. Such folders cannot be disclosed without violating the fundamental religious tenets of the Church of Scientology.

The unauthorized disclosure of someone’s PC folder is one of the most serious ecclesiastical crimes within the Church, known as a Suppressive Act and can lead to expulsion from the Church. Turning over the pre-clear folders of the parishioner’s auditing, even to the parishioner, is forbidden. The Church and its ministers have an absolute responsibility to maintain the secrecy of auditing files.

If the Church of Scientology is to remain true to what its attorneys Lieberman and Deixler told the California Supreme Court — The unauthorized disclosure of someone’s PC folder is one of the most serious ecclesiastical crimes within the Church, known as a Suppressive Act and can lead to expulsion from the Church – then everyone responsible for publishing Ron Miscavige Sr.’s confessional data is surely guilty of one of the most serious ecclesiastical crimes in Scientology and must be punished accordingly.

Will the guilty be punished? Or is the Church of Scientology and its attorneys simply engaging in more prevarications? What is your opinion of the matter Mr. Sugg? Do you want to do some honest reporting here?

What Scientology “Social Betterment” Groups are Really All About

At Scientology.org, the Church’s “social betterment & humanitarian” programs, the so-called “secular programs” are listed:

SB.1

These eight secular groups are:
1. The Way to Happiness
2. Applied Scholastics
3. Criminon
4. Narconon
5. The Truth About Drugs Education Campaign
6. United for Human Rights
7. Citizens Commission for Human Rights (CCHR)
8. Freedom Magazine

In this article we briefly examine each of these groups and show what they are actually about. The first thing to know is that the Church’s so-called secular social betterment groups is that they are all licensed by the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE). The Church says of ABLE and its relationship to the social betterment groups:

SB.2

Where is ABLE in the Church of Scientology International (CSI) food chain? According to a diagram the Church gave the IRS, ABLE is one of the ten core “sectors” of CSI. I have placed a red star next to ABLE in the CSI sector diagram:

SB.3

To digress, we note that the legally nonexistent Sea Org is also shown as one the core sectors of Scientology. We leave this discrepancy for another time and place. The point is that ABLE is a core sector of CSI whose purpose is to license and manage Scientology’s secular social betterment groups.

The ostensible purpose of the secular social betterment groups is to put LRH technology into the world. In actual practice, these groups have five main purposes:

• To serve as additional Church profit centers charged with selling Scientology products and services into nonreligious markets.

• To make highly irresponsible and grossly exaggerated claims of the efficacy of Scientology’s technology.

• To recruit new members into the Church of Scientology.

• To generate PSA’s, photo ops, and PR value for the Church.

• To sell incredibly overpriced booklets, DVD’s, and courses.

The social betterment groups are nonprofit licensees of ABLE, and, ABLE is licensed by CSI. Thus, whatever monies these groups collect is tax-free and a percentage is paid each week uplines to CSI, RTC, and CST.

Narconon is the big moneymaker in the social betterment groups. While some disagree with my figures, my estimate of Narconon’s gross income is $100,000,000 based upon 2012 numbers. Of course, it is easy to project this figure to decrease significantly based upon lawsuits and increasing public exposure of the direct connection between Scientology and Narconon. For instance, Dr. Hanan Islam’s American Health and Education Clinics LLC of Compton, California operated under license from Narconon and we can now see how this worked out for the good doctor.

The Foundation for a Drug Free World is a Scientology nonprofit that gives out free educational kits to educators. However there is a catch: Educators must agree to allow the Church of Scientology to use their classrooms and students for PR purposes. Educators must also track statistics and report them to the Foundation for a Drug Free World.

SBD.10

Critics have said that the Foundation for a Drug Free World is a crypto-Narconon recruiting vehicle. This allegation arises because the Foundation’s materials present Hubbard’s theories that drugs are stored in fat cells. I agree with these criticisms because the Foundation for a Drug Free World is operated by Scientologists whose task is to target educators in public schools who teach to children eleven years of age and older. The goal of the Foundation is to get into public schools and make presentations to teachers and students. Once these Scientologists are close to at risk youth they can easily target kids and troubled parents with the message of Narconon and its astounding success rate.

Narconon is well-known and well documented. The remaining entities in the social betterment groups are not. Nevertheless, once one examines the respective websites of each of these lesser known social betterment groups it readily becomes clear that their sole purpose is to sell booklets and DVD’s that have a gigantic profit margin.

We begin with Youth for Human Rights (YHRI). This group was founded in 2001 by Scientologist Mary Shuttleworth in coordination with the CSI’s so-called Human Rights Office. In 2008, YHRI was subsumed into a parent group called United for Human Rights (UHR). The purpose of UHR, YHRI, and their dozen or so spin-offs are to promote public awareness of the UN’s 1947 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The extraordinary hypocrisy of a Scientology group promoting human rights aside, UHR is a non-statistically significant factor in Scientology given its 2013 gross receipts of $84,345.00. The headquarters of United for Human Rights/Youth for Human Rights is a post office box in a shipping and postage retail store in Los Feliz, California.

Let us assume a hypothetical Youth for Human Rights event where 2,000 booklets and 200 DVD’s are distributed. What would that cost us? The shopping cart informs us of the prices:

SB.4

The Way to Happiness has the same pricing structure:

• Sell booklets for $1.50 each
• Sell DVD’s for $15.00 each

Keep in mind that Scientology is a commission-based sales organization so many people are taking a cut of the action when social betterment booklets and DVD’s are sold. Seen from this perspective, Scientology is just Amway with engrams.

The Way to Happiness sells its booklets – which likely cost less than fifteen cents each to produce – in bundles of twelve for $18.00. Let us suppose you were an OT in a lower ethics condition. OSA might suggest that you donate for 1,000 bundles for a total of 12,000 booklets plus 200 DVD’s. In this scenario, you would be looking at a wallet-destroying bill for $15,700:

SB.8
Applied Scholastics International sells Hubbard-based learning materials that emphasize phonics and the use of dictionaries. This is how I learned to read in Los Angeles public schools way back in the Mesozoic era. Indeed, Noah Webster published his first dictionary to help people “word clear” in 1828. But let us allow Applied Scholastics its conceit that we are all hopelessly stupid and cannot “learn how to learn” without its help. Based upon this premise, it is going to cost money to learn how to learn. Applied Scholastics is associated with Scientology-based private schools, or “academies” as the Church fancies them. Gross receipts were about four million dollars for Applied Scholastics in 2013.

Just for the sake of talking, let us suppose you were a Scientology-friendly movie star who opened a Scientology “academy” and needed to buy 100 copies each of eight of the many books offered by Applied Scholastics. This would be a $42,285.00 bite:

SB.7.png

In addition to the shopping list above, your academy would need to shell out more money to ABLE to pay for licensing fees, teacher training, and far more books and dictionaries than shown in the shopping list above. And the parents of the students have to pay tuition. It is easy to see how you, as a movie star, would pull the plug on your money-losing academy after your kids became fully and mystically self-actualized and no longer needed, say, a conventional wog college education.

The Reverend Doctor Alfreddie Johnson’s now defunct World Literacy Crusade operated under license to Applied Scholastics and we can also now see how this worked out for him.

Oddly enough, Galaxy Press – which sells Hubbard’s fictional works – has its own literacy campaign and offers a literacy book for $1.00. In a future story I will reveal how a prominent WISE group also sponsors a literacy campaign, inveigles its members into donating funds for this program, and the uses this program for disingenuous, misleading, and self-serving PR. It is all very cynical and Alfreddie Johnson is in the mix.

We next enter Crazy Town aka the viciously anti-psychiatry Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights. CCHR basically produces and sells DVD’s that expose the menace of psychiatry and Big Pharma. In my next hypothetical example, I am a high-minded Scientology whale who wants my staff to do a mass-mailer to 1,200 opinion leaders in in Congress, the arts, education, and private industry. I order 1,200 copies of the my three favorite CCHR DVD’s and write a check for $113,940.00:

SB.9

Criminon, a Scientology group that appears to be on the wane and receives virtually no coverage even with the Church, sells $85.00 courses to inmates. If one were to donate 100 courses it would be $8500:

SB.15
Referring back to an earlier point, the social betterment programs also make highly irresponsible and grossly exaggerated claims of the efficacy of Scientology’s technology. A collage of such claims:

SB.16

Clockwise from top left: The Way to Happiness, Narconon Fresh Start, World Literacy Crusade, Applied Scholastics, Applied Scholastics

The irony of these claims is that if any of them were true then no one would actually need Scientology auditing because the much less expensive social betterment programs could handle the major problems of drugs, crime, violence, and illiteracy by simply having people read booklets or watch DVD’s. There would be no need for the $360,000 per person Church cure.

If, as World Literacy Crusade claimed, 87% of participants gave up gangs and drugs after learning how to read, then the world’s answer to street crime would be to have courts order gang members and drug users into the World Literacy Crusade franchises after they were arrested. There, they would read books, clear up misunderstood words, and then give up their lives of drugs and gang-banging. This is patently absurd to the point of derision. Likewise, The Way to Happiness’ claim that it reduced crime in Colombia by 50% is an outright lie.

Scientology’s social betterment programs often simplistic and Scientology-centered solutions to complex problems – and they do so in order to make obscene profit margins from booklets, DVD’s, and courses. As with everything in the Church of Scientology system, it is all deceptive and misleading.

The actual “End Phenomenon” of Scientology’s social betterment programs is simply a series of online shopping carts where one purchases incredibly overpriced products that have little or no efficacy.

Five Extreme Examples of Hypocrisy in Scientology’s ‘Freedom’ Magazine

Freedom(Authored by Jeffrey Augustine, this essay was originally published by Tony Ortega at the Underground Bunker and is reprinted here for archival purposes)

The Church of Scientology is an opposite world where black is white and up is down. One can be certain that the Church is doing the exact opposite of whatever it is publicly promoting.

One need only read the latest online edition of Scientology’s propaganda organ Freedom magazine to see the hypocrisy. We’ve taken some recent Freedom headlines and contrast them with the facts.

Freedom1a

There is no “Freedom of Information” in the Church of Scientology whatsoever:
• The Church routinely makes Scientologists sign bonds calling for penalties of $25,000 for violating confidentiality.
• Scientology will not publish truthful membership numbers and still insists it has millions of members
• Scientologists are made to sign a contract stating that they do not own their own pc folders and are not allowed to read their pc folders.
• Knowledge Reports – snitching on others – is a way of life inside Scientology.
• The whereabouts of Shelly Miscavige is a heavily-guarded Church secret
• The Church does not open its books for financial inspection.
• The Church does not account for how it spends parishioner donations.
Freedom2a

The Church of Scientology has spent decades making “up” into “down.” Examples of Scientology propaganda:
• David Miscavige is portrayed as a “global ecclesiastical leader” when he has never actually done any of the things real global ecclesiastical leaders do. For example, Miscavige has never been invited to address the United Nations; has never addressed the US Congress or any other elected political body; has never been photographed with any global political or religious leaders; has never funded and opened an orphanage, a hospital, or a university. Miscavige has appeared only on television twice — in 1992 on ABC’s Nightline with Ted Koppel and in a 1998 A&E interview.
• Scientology tells the public it is a religion, but tells its members it’s an exact science with the only explanations for the nature and origin of the universe.
• L. Ron Hubbard claimed Dianetics was “a milestone for Man comparable to his discovery of fire and superior to his inventions of the wheel and the arch.”
• Scientology Orgs are mostly empty and yet Scientology insists there is 47x expansion going on
• The Church still claims the Guardian’s Office was disbanded when the GO was simply morphed into Office of Special Affairs. Led by former GO Snow White Programs Op Linda Hamel, OSA is tasked with churning out a steady stream of Scientology propaganda and crafting a never-ending series of hateful websites against former Scientologists and critics. And like the GO, OSA has an unlimited budget to spy on former Church members, critics, and on persons of interest to David Miscavige.
• The Church of Scientology claims to be “Humanitarian” when Scientologists secretly deride humans as “homo saps” and “wogs.” Scientologists believe themselves to be Homo Novis, a master race superior in every way to humans.
Freedom3a

Fighting to know the facts in the Church of Scientology is a crime:
• Scientologists are not allowed to know what their donations are spent on.
• Scientologists are not allowed to know why certain people have suddenly disappeared
• Scientologists can be severely punished for reading “critical websites” on the internet.
• New Scientologists are not allowed to know the contents of the OT Levels.
• Scientologists are not allowed to know the contents of their pc folders or Ethics folders.
• Scientologists are not allowed to talk to family or friends who have been declared “suppressive.”
• Scientologists are not allowed to know the real details of L. Ron Hubbard’s death.
• Scientologists are not allowed to know the real details of how David Miscavige took over the Church.
• Scientologists are strictly forbidden to talk about their case outside of session. No Scientologist is allowed to know how any other Scientologist is actually doing in session. Even husbands and wives are forbidden to talk to each other about their auditing.
Freedom4a

This headline is yet another exercise in Scientology hypocrisy:
• The Church of Scientology uses child labor and works children 80 to 100 hours per week or more.
• The Rehabilitation Project Force is a prison-like detention center whose inmates have no legal rights and are not allowed to speak to anyone except other prisoners.
• Sea Org members are treated as prisoners, live in guarded dormitories, and are guarded during their working hours to prevent their escape.
• The Church of Scientology engages in human trafficking. For example, the Scientology Sea Org recruits heavily in Eastern Europe for its labor force at Flag. Once overseas workers arrive at Flag, their passports are confiscated and they are heavily guarded as they are moved by bus from berthing to Flag. Aside from subsistence room and board, these workers are paid as little as possible, typically about forty cents per hour for working 100+ hour weeks.
• The Church of Scientology makes its members sign its infamous “kidnap contract” allowing the Church to kidnap and hold them against their will if they are deemed Type III, a term referring to a psychotic break. This is the same type of contract Scientology agents used to pull Lisa McPherson out of psychiatric hospitalization following her psychotic break on a Clearwater street in which she stripped her clothes off and asked passersby for help.
• The Church of Scientology operates “recovery teams” to hunt down and capture escaped Sea Org members.
Freedom5a

This headline is one of those “Scientology is lying again” moments. There is no privacy for anyone in the Church of Scientology:
• All auditing sessions are videotaped.
• All sec checks are videotaped.
• Sea Org berthing is subject to unannounced searches.
• David Miscavige and the Office of Special Affairs use tax-exempt dollars to spy on people, purchase phone records, and dig through trash.
• Pat Broeker was secretly spied on for twenty-five years at a cost of $12 million.
• David Miscavige spied on his own father for at least eighteen months at a cost of $10,000 per week (and probably a lot more).
• OSA rented a house to spy on the Marty and Monique Rathbun for three years, using hidden cameras.
• OSA’s main job is to continually gather information on Church members and Church critics alike.
• The Church of Scientology admitted to engaging in burglary and wiretapping in Operation Snow White.