Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Give Me Back My Scientology Confessional Folders & Tapes!

Actor Jason Beghe wants his confessional and other scientology records, folders & tapes back. I want mine back, too. We are not alone in this desire. Why would Scientology want to keep records of us having told our most deepest and darkest thoughts of the past. to what was supposed to be a confidential counselor, when we don't belong to 'the church' anymore? As former members of the cult of Scientology, we are not unlike victims of the techniques described by Joost A. M. Meerloo in his excellent report called Rape Of The Mind

Beghe informed Operation Clambake Message Board aka that he wants all his folders back and that his request to the infamous Celebrity Center International was artfully ignored. So he wrote the Big Kahuna Cult leader David Miscavige and posted it.

You can read the letter here:
Letter to David Miscavige from Jason Beghe

Why would Beghe want thos records back? Why would I want mine back? Why would any former member want them back? Well, read the excellent Village Voice article by Tony Ortega
Former Scientologist Actor Wants His Confessional Files Back
'Jason Beghe accuses church of secretly taping Tom Cruise; writes a letter that Scientology won’t deliver' by Tony Ortega , April 29th, 2008 7:00 AM

There is no moral reason for the church to keep them, but keep them they do. I have been out for 12 years now but I invested 18 years of my life believing that L Ron Hubbard was teaching truth when it was all empty lies. The evolution of Scientology Celebrity Centers was planned by Hubbard many years before but thy needed a certain amount of credible & willing top celebrities to do all the media push. Tom Cruise came along and with others, Celebrity Centers rapidly grew. At one time, I was a member of the Celebrity Centers and treated like a celebrity because my husband was a "celebrity". Back in the 70's and 80's, the pressure was not on celebrities to push scientology but as the years went on and the membership of high end talent began to flow in, these newbies were sectioned off from the minor celebrities and had their sessions videotaped on a steady basis. I spent many of my years there during the days when they couldn't afford toilet paper, much less any video equiptment.

Although all scientologists were given the impression or told that the their secrets were confidential, many found out the hard way that scientology likes to keep the folders to use the contents as a tool to keeping the member from leaving or speaking up. So, the the evidence is overwhelming that confidentiality is just not true. For celebrities who have left the fold, like Nicole Kidman, the is a real fear that your private thoughts could wind up on the cover of The Enquirer or People Mag.

Celebrity artist former Scientologist OT VIII Michael Pattinson explains in explains how celebrities are treated and what happened to him after he left.

Thankfully, we have Jason Beghe broaching this important subject by asking for all the documentation of his life in Scientology to be returned to him. Will he get them? I woul;d hope so but he will have to go to court to force the issue. He should, however, know that there will be many others, including myself, who would join him in a class action law suit in order to get them back.

We were lied to. We were conned. It's a matter of dignity. Getting back as much of one's investment in the past as possible is what any victm want and we victims of Scientology are no exception.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Jason Beghe XenuTv Interview Highlights

This excellent 8 min video showing the highlights of the complete XenuTV interview of actor Jason Beghe by Mark Bunker was recently compiled by YouTube member svMilliways

What I like most about this is that it shows how much Jason Beghe knows about Scientology and how much he cares about those who are still members. Tom Cruise needs to listen to this.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Germany on ' What is Scientology ? '

Over at, forum member 'The Society of Invisibles Watching You' posted that he's just seen this video on Youtube," about books being printed by the German government against Scientology." Here is the video on Youtube from user Anon214365:

What is Scientology?

Here is the digital version of this book in German
'Das system Scientology - Wie Scientology Functioniert 25 fragen mit antworten':

German version:

Translations of the above booklet are not available yet but here is the english translation of another report called "What is Scientology The Making of the Human Machine in the Cybernetic Learning Laboratory" written by Dr. Jürgen Keltsch, of the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior Munich, in 04.08.1999 aktualisiert am 19.11.1999 . The report begins with :
1. The governmental evaluation of the Scientology organization in Germany

Like France and others, Germany considers Scientology a cult. It's good to see this organization's intentions, organizational structure, and activities scrutinized for the benefit of the public. I wish the USA would wake up and do the same.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Today Tonight's Anna Coren talks Jason Beghe & Scientology

Today Tonight did a terrific job expounding upon Mark Bunker's XenuTV's teaser interview of celebrity Jason Beghe on his exit from the folds of Scientology and why he left.

I am posting this show video here because of YouTube stupidly pulled XenuTV's account after the Beghe interview came out.

Today Tonight is 'an Australian tabloid current affairs program, produced by the Seven Network at Yahoo in competition with rival Nine Network program A Current Affair.'

I happen to think this show is more than tabloid. Of the three different editions of the program, the following video comes from the 'East Coast' edition presented by Anna Coren, who always does a professional job reporting the new. See for yourself:

Friday, April 18, 2008

'Anonymous, Nono Le Clown, Karen Pouw, the French gov't and why Rev. John Wetzel says US politicians won't talk about Scientology on the record.'

'Anonymous, Nono Le Clown, Karen Pouw, the French gov't and why Rev. John Wetzel says US politicians won't talk about Scientology on the record.'

French Scientologist and PR / 'black PR ' cult spokesperson, Karen Pouw, is working very hard lobbying the french gov't to get it's cult status whitewashed. Certainly keeping the press away from the Anonymous movement and the Martine Boublil kidnapping story is a priority.

More on Martine Boublil : " freed from Scientology; The Italian police recovered the sister of Dr. Scientologist"

There was a flap at one point when Miss Emmanuelle Mignon, the new Office Director of the presidency at l'Elysée, made mention in a speech that some groups labeled cults like Scientology were really not cults. This caused an uproar in France, and as Roger tells it, she wasn't informed correctly and is now corrected on the matter.

Pouw thought she had a win on that one but ss former church of scientology of Lyon France executive now critic Roger Gonnet stated:

"The story about Emmanuelle Mignon, the Office Director of Sarkozy, whom I visited for more than an hour some weeks ago after her declaration, as Pouw said, is now totally false indeed, here is the story that I know very well. Miss Mignon was'nt informed correctly 'from under', and did ignore a lot of facts about cults when she pronounced the sentences. Just after her unchecked speech about scientology and cults (two very short sentences where she said "Cults are a no-problem, that she denied having said, and "regarding Scientology, I don't know them, but one can wonder"), three TVs, four radios and some newspapers interviewed me about what she said. I thought what was the best solution, being certain that she could'nt have pronounced these sentences if she had known, I decided to say that I'll ask her a rendez-vous. I did two days later and got an answer very fast; I met her more than an hour along on a friday evening, with not the least interruption, announcing her that on saturday, she would find a great article also in the media - that was the Boublil affair. I let her my book 'La Secte' " for further information.

Pouw is very wrong saying that the climate changed, since as soon as Miss Mignon had said this erroneous utterance, medias exploded of articles insisting on her wrongness and on the cults problems. The president was immediately alerted and said that the cults WERE a real problem, and the Prime Minister announced that the MIVILUDES ways would be reinforced."

I agree and am grateful for the work Roger and Anonymous is doing there. One can read more on Roger Gonnet's visit with the French officials on this matter here

So, Scientology is widely considered a cult in France. The people there have access to their representatives so a protest is not necessarily a need to gain their attention, as it is here in the US where reporter Emmanuelle Richard was unable to get a quote about Anonymous' concerns about the cult of Scientology from ANY politician in the US for her article which came out yesterday on the Anonymous v
Scientology issue in the USA in the mainstream french publication Liberation:

Guerrilla hidden against Scientology
or you can read the article in French

So, while the Anonymous movement in France appears to be small, the viewpoint among
the french people is that Scientology a cult is widespread.

Here are some quotes from Ms. Richard's blog piece, which includes parts of her article that did not make it into Liberation piece. This gives a good picture of the situation here in the USA vs France in the need for people to protest loudly and anonymously:

April 13, 2008 Anonymous: 9,000 on Operation Reconnect?(updated)by french journalist and Washington DC correspondent, Emmanuelle Richard says:

[..]Today's French daily Libération ran my story about the fascinating Anonymous movement critical of Scientology (click here for a Google Translation), as seen from the U.S. The paper version has a gallery of photos of masked "Anons" taken during the Paris demonstration on Saturday, complete with their somewhat inspirational leader Nono Le Clown (read Renaud Lecadre's account of the very small demonstration
here.) This third edition of Anonymous' global protest was called "Operation Reconnect" and I wish I could have attended the Washington demo but I'm on vacation outside of the U.S. Anonymous forums seem to say that between 200 and 300 people showed up in the U.S. capital,roughly as many as on March 15, when I came across their previous demonstration by accident:.[..]

Due to the lack of space, the paper didn't end up running a sidebar on the surprisingly low participaion in France: "I don't think that [Anonymous] really exists in France," said Karin Pouw, a Church of Scientology International spokeswoman, before mentioning with satisfaction that "the situation has changed" (in February, French president Nicolas Sarkozy's Head of Cabinet, Emmanuelle Mignon,
questioned the use of the word "cult" to describe Scientology.)
Here's how French Anons explain the lack of involvement in the usually demonstration-happy France: this is due to the English-only (until very recently) content on Anonymous' main websites and forums and the fact that "Scientology is just not visible in France," according to a young computer guy and key French Anon.

When a cult is recognized as such in a country, "people don't have the same motivation [as in the U.S.] to fight for the cause." A point worth mentioning: CoS opponents such as Nono Le Clown seem to be able to line up meetings with elected officials "of different parties" to express their concerns about Scientology.

Getting to talk to your representative about Scientology is another story in the United States, and I wish this aspect could have been mentioned in more detail in the Liberation article. I contacted several lobbyists, politicians who have a reputation for being weary of cults, and the American Psychiatric Association (Scientology is actively fighting against psychiatry) and they either all declined or ignored my requests for comments for this article. "Many elected officials and religious leaders are afraid to say publicly what they tell me privately: some of them tell me that they've already been intimidated by the Church of Scientology," said Rev. John Wetzel, a critic who acts as a de facto unpaid "representative" for Scientology detractors in Washington. Arnie Lerma, a former CoS member turned
opponent is more blunt: "We’re fighting in guerilla warfare style because there is no courage in Washington.” [..]

Indeed it's a war and we are winning it by perseverence and getting the facts out to the public.

However, there is work to be done to dispell the image David Miscavige and Karen Pouw are trying to fix in the minds of those they try to influence on behalf of Scientology. Let the people of France know how important Anonymous is in helping unmask the business practices of the cult of Scientology by reading Emmanuelle Richard's blog and article in Liberation and commenting your postition. As well, let the US government representatives know you want them to take a stand against and investigate the dangers of The Church of Scientology and it's the exempt status. You can find out more on this here:

Read the 'ACTION ALERT FROM REV. JOHN WETZEL' over at Lermanet


Monday, April 07, 2008

The Lighthouse Letter -- Operation Reconnect -- Why We Fight

The Lighthouse Letter -- Operation Reconnect -- Why We Fight

This beautiful video and poem, along with the following information. has been brought to us by an Anonymous person named LRonHu88ard.

"The Lighthouse Letter" tells the story of families torn by the COS's policy of disconnection.

Ida Camburn, 85, was disconnected by her son over thirty years ago. An active critic of the organization's policy of disconnection, she is beloved by the many individuals and families she has strengthened, comforted, and inspired throughout the past three decades.

Ken and Grace Aaron have not heard from their son Zach in ten years. They have not asked that he leave the Church; only that he break his long silence and communicate with them.

Jenna Miscavige-Hill, Kendra Wiseman, and Astra Woodcraft are young women who braved the Church's disconnection policy, and remain separated from many loved ones inside. They came together to form a web community of support for ex-scientology kids.

Tory "Magoo" Christman, aka "Wise Glasses Lady," left the CoS in 2000, leaving behind three decades of family, friendship, and devotion to the organization. She has been a guiding star for Anonymous, urging non-violence and persistence in seeking its aims.

On April 12, 2008, Anonymous will take a stand with these individuals and others, to engage in peaceful protest of the COS's policies of disconnection.

Please stand with us.

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About Ida Camburn

Tory 'Magoo'

ExScientolgy Kids - ESK

ExScientologist Message Board - ESMB

Operation Clambake Message Board - OCMB

The Committee on Religious Shunning




Deep within your cavern dark, a spring of truth abides.
How I hope you find this bottle, for my kisses are inside.

The light outside is dazzling; escape's a costly prize.
But gentle reader, grasp my hand -- and I shall be your eyes.

Behold a gallant queen, her son lost at sea.
She built a lighthouse to the stars, in hopes that he would see.

Her heartlights sweep the beach at night, the prince perchance to see.
In a lifeboat rolling on the waves, is where I'll wait for thee.

Eleven thousand suns and moons have risen, shone and sighed,
o'er the throne of her persistent heart denied.

I've met a king, a prodigal with careworn face so kind.
On foot he bears the banner of a son he's vowed to find.

Behind him stands a motley crew of knights both young and old.
Their merriments are legend; their cause for us is bold.

And upon a mighty web composed of sliver strands,
three sisters weave the orphans' tales to far and distant lands.

Eyes behind wise spectacles are blurred by tears and rain,
and love for shipwrecked families devoured for worldly gain.

Eleven thousand suns and moons, ten million twinkling lights,
have gazed silent on our tragedy -- and this is why they fight.

Their heartlights sweep the beach at night, and lifeboats dot the sea.
May fortune speed you safely here, to reconnect with me.

Yes, 'may fortune speed you safely here to reconnect with your loved ones', myself and my family included. Thank you so very much demonstrating why we fight.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Current and former Scientologists I have known in my life

Do you know who any of these people are? I do.
There are memories for at least one of the people per picture, some good. Some bad. Each tells a story. Short or long, good or bad, each story is part of my history when I was a Scientologist. Most are still in. Some are dead, some have left and hopefully those still in will get out in the near future.