More scientology sickness hiding in plain sight.
This is one of Hubbard’s most important edicts on dealing with the media. It lays out scientology’s policy on how to “control the press.” It is the first policy in the “hat pack” of every scientology PR person.
This is not “historical” or “we cancelled that” (like they claim about the Fair Game policy). They proudly stand behind this and even more proudly follow exactly what it says in their day to day actions.
If you want to read the whole thing, you can do so here: Scientology Five Press Policies
I want to focus on one page of this 5 pages of insanity, and in particular the example Hubbard uses to make a point about how to go about influencing the media.
The example he chooses to use is a teenage girl who has been “beaten and raped by teenage boys at high school.”
And what does Hubbard say to do about this? Take it to the police so justice can be done? Of course not…
No, he would rather exploit the circumstances for the benefit of scientology. “Criticize laxity of police” (even though he says the victim had never spoken about it before). Call in the press. Get parents to sue. And on and on, with the end results of “something good attained — Scientology in schools.”
The evil cynicism of this is hard to fathom.
He goes on with another example and then gives the rule to be applied about press, “You cause it. You don’t just receive it.”
Though these days the media is pretty immune to scientology’s attempts to get good coverage, we see these scenarios now playing out on social media.
Designed campaigns that string out over time, repeating the same messages with no concern whether what is being said is true or false. They lie about how they get companies to cancel their advertising if the show has Leah involved (remember F.Gavina and Sons coffee that Stefanie Hutchison did an epic takedown on) and even made up a new one lately that her “publicist had quit because she is a hater and bigot” — it was completely untrue.
For scientology, this is normal operating procedure.
One of Hubbard’s other orders is to: “Start feeding lurid, blood sex crime actual evidence on the attackers to the press.” You can read this policy here: HCOPL 15 FEB 1966 ATTACKS ON SCN ADDT’L
Scientology OSA trolls have been running a daily campaign against me for years — “Mike Rinder the wife beater.” It has been disproven over and over, but they continue to pump out the lurid stories, including manufactured blood and violence.
They have accused Leah and me of “inciting a murder” though that too is completely false.
Their latest disgusting angle is targeting Leah (and to a lesser extent me) as an “Eternal Rapist Defender” and shoops with “I heart rapists” shirts. Right out of the scientology Press Policies reference above that says to FOCUS ON SEX.
This is because Leah and I were asked to testify in Paul Haggis’ trial.
Let me make a few things clear about this.
I told the truth, unfortunately I was unable to tell the whole truth due to rulings of the court about what could be talked about. For example, I was NOT allowed to say that Paul Haggis had gone to the District Attorney when Haleigh Breest first sent her $9 million demand. She NEVER went to any law enforcement agency but instead hired a lawyer to do a shakedown. This was a civil case trying to get money, not a criminal case.
What I was able to testify to was my interactions with Paul over the years and some of my experiences with how scientology has framed people who were deemed their enemies. I stand by my testimony that Paul has always been a kind, polite gentleman. And I believe he was set up. Another factor in this equation that increases the likelihood of scientology involvement: Bryan Seymour’s 10 part expose of this case and the machinations behind it was prevented from ever airing — that was NOT the doing of Haleigh Breest. That was the direct result of scientology pressure.
I also say: remember Paulette Cooper. She was being prosecuted in Federal Court for crimes she had been set-up by scientology. She would likely have ended up in prison but for one thing. The FBI raided scientology and the documents were uncovered that proved she had been framed.
Unfortunately, there has been no FBI raid of scientology since 1977, otherwise I believe evidence of their involvement in achieving their goal of Paul Haggis as a “dismissed attacker” would have changed the outcome of this case.
But there is another point to be made here. What scientology accuses people of is often a projection of precisely what they do.
There is a long history of scientology covering up sexual assault when it might reflect negatively on them. From the nursery in Los Angles to Tony Strawn, the SO member in Florida, there are numerous examples. Let’s not forget Alexander Jentzsch and even Amy Scobee.
So, while the hypocrites in the “STAND League” like to spread hate, bigotry and propaganda, let’s stop to think for a minute about what is going on in what IS a criminal case of one of scientology’s most prominent members. Scientology has not only NOT distanced itself from Danny Masterson — they have actively supported his defense.
Another thing to consider. Scientology has the detailed records and the witnesses to every incident that is the subject of Masterson’s prosecution. Reports in auditing folders. Reports in the ethics folders. Reports from the Chaplain. The people that spoke to the victims and to Masterson. You can be sure that if there was evidence in these files that would exonerate Masterson, they would have made them available to preclude the prosecution from happening. The ONLY time scientology withholds such information is when they believe the information would be detrimental to them. Laura Dieckman’s case is the perfect example. She asked scientology to hand over her auditing files as she knew that the records were in those files to support the claims in her lawsuit. Scientology fought it all the way to US Supreme Court and eventually lost. They then settled the case. But when they can use information from auditing or ethics files to harm or smear those who are their enemies, they have absolutely no problem doing so.
This is the world of scientology, following the policies of L. Ron Hubbard. It will not change until they are FORCED to change.
It’s time for law enforcement to take action.
See my new YouTube video on this today at SPTV.
Pam white says
Mike, the Declare notification states that any membership agreements are hereby cancelled. If so, why do they have to go thru arbritation? Isn’t the membership agreement a gag order? I understand if they want to re-join Scientology, they have to go thru arbritation. Can you please clarify what membership agreements are cancelled on the declare notification. Never in, just curious.
Mike Rinder says
The enrollment agreements contain the “arbitration “ clause. Not membership agreements — and I don’t even know what they are?
Chuck here, I worked on the “routing forms” project, and the applicants to Scientology beginner courses, are offered “Membership” in SCientology for free, they all get offered the free 6 month membership. The key benefit is cost of the course, it’s cheaper if you are a “Member of the International Association of Scientologists” (the IAS).
Hubbard policies pointed to get all newbies into one of the three scales of “Membership”
a) 6 month free
b) Lifetime Membership (I think the cost is about 5 grand)
and a couple other Membership rankings, either more costly but give the recipient some kind of status “Honorary….” etc.
The “Release Agreements” one signs when one starts a Scientology newbie course, are where one signs away one’s rights to sue Scientology organizations and that’s an additional step when one is a newbie applicant.
At every stage of the starting of a new course or paying and starting to receive the Hubbard Scientology pseudo-therapy or exorcism “grade” upon oneself, one ALSO signs a fresh new “Release Agreement” form which contains the latest and greatest Scientology lawyer tweaking of the participants giving up their legal rights to sue Scientology organizaitons.
The history of the Release Agreements is LONG, it goes back decades, and the earlier “release” agreements had more loopholes allowing the older era Scientologists to sue effectively.
it’s been only in the last 20 or so years, all the loopholes have been closed with the help of Scientology’s lawyers.
ex “Routing Forms Research and Writing” In Charge, LOL, 1983-1986.
That can’t be legally binding, signing a clause that says that you can’t sue them, if they do you wrong surely you can take them to court.
It’s similar to workplace agreements where they throw in a heap a clauses designed to act as a deterant yet in reality they cannot enforce any of them.
Valeska Paris’ work takes my breath away.
Karen de la Carriere says
The video at the end of this blog is a must watch.
Cross-posted the video to 22 facebook groups.
One thing important to learn from Mike’s recent posts.
Whatever the cult is screaming about, they themselves are doing.
They project their own hideous acts on to others.
I hate to quote Hubbard but he himself said
THE OVERT DOTH SPEAK LOUDLY IN ACCUSATION.
Marti Carlson says
Bam! Excellent expose’. Even though I was in the cult for a long time, including being on staff in public relations, it’s so very hard for me to comprehend the lengths the cult will go to and the depth of it’s depravity toward people. Whatever happened to their stated aim of a civilization without insanity or war?!? Indeed, the cult is manifesting their own dogma of “the overt [crime/sin] doth speak loudly in accusation.”
Boy oh boy, how hypocritical is the term “Priest Pertinent” written boldly across PC folders.
(Just to clarify,
The clergy–penitent privilege, clergy privilege, confessional privilege, priest–penitent privilege, pastor–penitent privilege, clergyman–communicant privilege, or ecclesiastical privilege, is a rule of evidence that forbids judicial inquiry into certain communications between clergy and members of their congregation).
Even here the founder of Scientology violates that religious rule in his own written instructions and actually incites a generalized interpretation of it.
The rest of this post makes me feel ill. Scientology needs desperately to be dragged in front of justice systems all over the world to answer for their criminal intent and actions. Yes, some FBI type raids would be good to see applied to that organisation, documents seized, and let the prosecutions begin…
Live by the sword, die by the sword.
Lawrence Toomajan says
I am not 100% sure if it is OK to reveal this here or not, though I know some people have suspected it is the truth, although I usually don’t bring it up with anyone.
For a few years (1981-1984), I was a “male prostitute” of sorts in New York. I did it to get money for Scientology services. Not one individual of any Scientology organization ever confronted my reasoning in this matter with me.
However, the moment I came to my senses, and realized I was making a huge mistake trying to market myself to go Clear, at that point I became a “dangerous person” to Scientology; evidenced by the years of harassment I endured from them, most of which I never even suspected was going on.
I know better now than to bed with strangers, and although I never have had sex with any Scientologist, knowing what I know now, it is likely I never will.
Sci Ex says
I guess if your view is that rape victims “pulled it in” anyway, then it’s not too much of a leap to capitalize on their pain and suffering…
It’s for the higher dynamic, right?
I think this is the Janice Wheeler seen here. A member of the Toronto GO. 1970s, early 1980s
The Church of Scientology of Toronto was found guilty on charges
#7 (breach of trust, O.P.P.), and #11 (breach of trust, Attorney
Jaqueline Matz was found guilty on charges #7 and #11.
Janice Wheeler was found guilty on charge #11.
Wheeler had sent copies of secret documents from the office of the
Attorney General of Ontario to the Guardian’s Office, and allowed a
member of that office to go through ministry files in an
unsuccessful attempt to find a file on Scientology.
Donald Bryan Whitmore was found guilty on charge #12 (R.C.M.P.).
Whitmore was a Scientology plant who memorized information from
Sentences were pronounced on September 11th, 1992.
The Church of Scientology of Toronto was fined $100,000 on count #7,
and $150,000 on count #11.
Jaqueline Matz was fined $2500 on count #7 and $2500 on count #11,
with 60 days imprisonment if she defaults.
Janice Wheeler was fined $2000 or 30 days on count #11.
Donald Bryan Whitmore was fined $2000 on count #12.
Mike Rinder says
Yes one and the same Janice Wheeler.
Chris Shugart says
Like anyone else, I can sometimes find myself troubled and frustrated by the seemingly never ending atrocities that the COS inflicts on their “enemies.” At times like these, I find it necessary to focus on the big picture: The church is playing a long game, to “win or die in the attempt.” For them it’s a war in which they will never surrender.
When I consider the loyal minion of scios in this context, I find solace in this standout quote from the 1963 film “The Great Escape:”
Group Captain Ramsey:
“Colonel Von Luger, it is the sworn duty of all officers to try to escape. If they cannot escape, then it is their sworn duty to cause the enemy to use an inordinate number of troops to guard them, and their sworn duty to harass the enemy to the best of their ability”
In this context, I’m certain that every social media post, comment, podcast, and news story puts them one day closer to their eventual demise. The more money and manpower they use to “handle” their adversaries are resources that can’t be used towards org expansion.
They’re shrinking slowly, something we can’t expect to happen overnight. But they are shrinking, something that’s easy to observe. Meanwhile, they must continue their war. But never forget that it’s a war that they’re losing.
I am sure that when this policy letter first came out there are many who would have found it shocking.
These days, this kind of journalism has become almost a norm, especially on the far right.
There is even a word for this “gonzo”, meaning “of or associated with journalistic writing of an exaggerated, subjective, and fictionalized style”, particularly where the journalist inserts himself into and is a part of the story.
This is not new. Gonzo journalism was spear-headed by William Randolph Hearst, the real Citizen Kane,
but it has become much more prevalent these days.
When our good friend Donald Trump claimed election fraud, everyone at Fox News knew it was nonsense but most of them forwarded this line anyway. This has put them in deep water and hopefully they will pay very severely.
Speaking personally, I despise this kind of journalism in general and Fox News in particular.
Chris Shugart says
For the record, it was Hunter S. Thompson who was the original source of “gonzo” journalism.
Thanks for the clarification.
I must confess I didn’t look for the origin of the word.
In the 1890s, William Randolph Hearst wrote many articles relating to the abuses that Cubans suffered at the hands of their Spanish overlords. These articles were just his opinion.
Later, when the Spanish / American War started in 1898, Hearst claimed that his articles caused it. Many were skeptical.
I think this is “gonzo” in spirit even if the word did not exist at the time.
Interestingly, for a few years, Hunter S Thompson worked for the Hearst Corporation.
Other than SP’s does anyone actually look at anything STAND publishes? I mean I have this vision of some OSA bot sitting in a cubicle somewhere registering Twitter handles and spending day after day clicking on STAND articles and retweeting to their many fake handles.
Also why doesn’t the CO$ realize that this type of ‘journalism’ (the hate sites, the POW videos, the shoops) just make them look even worse? You don’t see ANY mainstream churches/religions doing this. It would be suicide. Yet the CO$ does it daily.
Even with Crooze (sorry bud didn’t get that Oscar after all even though Spielberg said TC single handedly ‘saved’ Hollywood) they’re going down the drain.
My sister-in-law lived in Hemet in the 80’s. She owned a costume rental company that sometimes did business on the base. She provided costumes for a New Year’s Eve party. She says that, as soon as she was allowed to drive through the gates, she felt a dark cloud of evil come over her. She has some interesting stories about what she saw on the base, in Hemet, and San Jacinto at that time.
Fred G. Haseney says
Re: More scientology sickness hiding in plain sight.
That could also be called:
More scientology sickness hiding in pain sight.
Mary Kahn says
Oh Gawd Mike. Too horrible to believe. Too gruesome to confront.
It really is hard to believe what the church of scientology is capable of doing to people.
Thank you Mike for your RELENTLESS exposure to who and what this group truly is.
Mary Kahn says
That drawing by Valeska is so impactful.
SP Jo says
I’ve just added this note to Mike’s YT video, but it honestly never ceases to shock me the things this vile organisation gets up to and they think it’s justified, it’s flat out horrendous. I’m sure I heard Paul H say that Scientology would come after him at some point (maybe on an ep of the Aftermath..) and that’s why I’m so glad that Mike & Leah testified on his behalf and will continue to speak out despite CoS best (rubbish/pathetic) efforts to silence them. Word is spreading. Tick Tock Diddy Dave……..
What they are doing e a trying base on these policies.Paul was arrested here in Italy in 2022 for a case with a similar charge. The jury decided that the girl – a foreigner – who accused him was obviously motivated by self-interest and he was acquitted. The whole story suggests that it all followed a well-organized plot against Haggis. Now SCN in the conscious desperation of someone who is sinking has taken out the heavy weapons and firing wildly hoping to overturn at least something. But it’s useless.