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    September 6, 2012

    Scientology to Marc and Claire Headley: Spy For Us and We'll Forget the $43K You Owe

    The Voice has obtained a remarkable document -- a letter from Scientology's attorneys which explains how the church would agree to forgive almost $43,000 in court costs if Marc and Claire Headley agree to turn over information about former Scientology executive Marty Rathbun and "others involved in ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    EXCLUSIVE -- Paul Haggis On Scientology's Crude Retaliation: "They Are Bullying A Woman Who Has Yet To Even Speak"

    The Voice received an e-mail this morning from Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis after we asked him about the Church of Scientology's attack on him and Nazanin Boniadi which appeared on Us Weekly's website yesterday. Over the weekend, Haggis spoke up to defend Boniadi -- who acted in his movie The ... More >>

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    September 2, 2012

    Scientology's Homophobia: Even the Church's Token Gay Guy Was Disgusted

    One of Scientology's enduring mysteries is that it has attracted Hollywood stars when it has such a reputation for homophobia. The sexual orientation of its top celebrities is always a matter of popular speculation, and even those with the barest understanding of Scientology seem to know that if cel ... More >>

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    August 26, 2012

    (2012's) Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, Nos. 14-16

    Last summer, we put together a little list that took on a life of its own. We counted down the 25 people and groups who had been doing the most to get word out to the wider world about the Church of Scientology's many alleged abuses, and who have contributed to its steep recent decline. A year la ... More >>

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    August 24, 2012

    Marty Rathbun: Scientology's Attorney "Supervised" Destruction of Records in Lisa McPherson Death

    For the last year or more, Mark Bunker has been releasing short excerpts from his upcoming Scientology documentary Knowledge Report, and yesterday, he released a doozy. Bunker had told me that he'd interviewed former church executive Marty Rathbun, and in this excerpt, we see Rathbun addressing the ... More >>

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    August 18, 2012

    Former President of Narconon Oklahoma Now Calls It "Watered-Down Version of Introductory Scientology"

    A week ago, we reported that a former "employee" at Scientology's flagship drug treatment center in Oklahoma -- Narconon Arrowhead -- told us that the controversial center was delivering Scientology training rather than drug education, and that its officials have been concerned for years that its st ... More >>

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    August 12, 2012

    Scientology Sunday Funnies: Bowl With The Valley Girls!

    And here we thought the Ideal Org caper was winding down. An alert reader guided us to this video, which shows that the clever gals at the Operating Thetan Committee of Scientology's San Fernando Valley Celebrity Centre (CC OTC) know how to get the membership pumped up for some of that endless fun ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    Scientology Reacts to TomKat Divorce from Nixon-Era Playbook

    On Sunday, we talked to former Scientology executive Marty Rathbun and agreed with his predictions for how the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce would go. The next day, the former couple announced that they had reached a settlement. So how did we do? Prediction 1: Katie would get sole custody of Suri ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012


    I just received this anguished e-mail from Karen de la Carriere, formerly a member of the Church of Scientology who studied directly under L. Ron Hubbard and who was at one time married to the current (and disappeared) president of the Church of Scientology International, Heber Jentzsch... My son i ... More >>

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    July 3, 2012

    Tom Cruise is 50: It's Time To Grow Up

    You're going to hear a lot about the troubles that Tom Cruise finds himself in as he turns 50 years old today. We thought we'd take a different tack. We've often thought that Rona Barrett's 1984 interview of a pre-Scientology Tom Cruise is one of the most revealing. We see a young man with half a d ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    It's a Scientology Book Avalanche! RUN FOR COVER!

    A slow week was suddenly broken wide open as we were hit with an avalanche of new books, promised books, and barely-begun books with one thing in common: Disapproval of David Miscavige's brand of Scientology. After the jump, we'll tell you about the book that legendary cult-busting attorney Paul Mo ... More >>

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    May 20, 2012

    Ursula Caberta on Scientology: "You Have to Be Always Watching Them"

    This week, a 90-minute documentary about Scientology's intelligence-gathering wing, the Office of Special Affairs, aired on the French and German cultural channel ARTE. Titled "Office of Special Affairs: Der Scientology-Geheimdienst" (Scientology's Secret Service), it included interviews with seve ... More >>

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    March 6, 2012

    Scientology, Deposed? Debbie Cook Goes on the Offensive

    On Friday, the Church of Scientology did as promised and filed a motion for summary judgment in its lawsuit against former executive Debbie Cook. The church is asking the Bexar County, Texas district court to see this lawsuit as a simple contract dispute, and one the church deserves to win without g ... More >>

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    March 3, 2012


    As they promised, Scientology's attorneys have filed for summary judgment in their lawsuit against former church executive Debbie Cook, and we have the document for you. Here's our first impression: After Cook's explosive testimony in a Bexar County, Texas courtroom made news around the world and h ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012

    Nightline's Scientology "Exclusive": What was Exclusive About It, Exactly?

    I had a strange and powerful case of déjà vu last night while watching Nightline's interview with Debbie Cook as she talked about being held in "the Hole" at Scientology's international base in California, where executives who fall out of favor with church leader David Miscavige are sent to rot in ... More >>

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    February 26, 2012

    Scientology and Nation of Islam Exposed in Florida School Takeover; In Israel, Miscavige Shown to be a Liar by Own Attorneys

    The Tampa Bay Times has done it again with another explosive report on the Church of Scientology. Drew Harwell's thorough report shows an alarming partnership between Scientology and the Nation of Islam that has drained dry a troubled charter school in Dunedin, Florida. We also have a startling rep ... More >>

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    February 18, 2012

    Scientology Campout: Commenters of the Week!

    It never seems to be a quiet week here in the underground bunker where we keep an eye on all things Scientology related. The cats had barely settled down from our brief trip to Texas when the bat signal on the Antipodean circuits went off, alerting us to an imminent bombshell. But let's not get ahe ... More >>

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    February 11, 2012

    Scientology Dramaturgy: Commenters of the Week!

    Things back at the underground bunker are peaceful and calm -- the cats dig the new scratching post, we hear, and they're finally getting some quiet time while we're on the road frantically trying to keep up with Scientology's ongoing implosion. Things started out quietly enough as we began another ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    5 Biggest Lies in Scientology's 2-Minute TV Ad

    We keep seeing Twitter reactions as people are stunned to see a 2-minute ad for Scientology show up on network television. We've written earlier about the negative reactions the ad is getting as it appeared during NFL playoff games, the Miss America pageant, the Golden Globes, and during such weekly ... More >>

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    February 4, 2012

    Scientology Jurisprudence: Commenters of the Week!

    The underground bunker might need some new paneling after the way we were bouncing off the walls this week. I mean seriously, how are we going to keep up with all of this Scientology news? It's like this is turning into a real job or something. We started off the week with our regular feature, Sund ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    Scientology Sues Debbie Cook Over Her New Year's Eve E-Mail

    Monday evening, the Tampa Bay Times reported that the Church of Scientology filed a lawsuit Friday in San Antonio against Debbie Cook and her husband Wayne Baumgarten. The lawsuit, which accuses Cook of violating the terms of a non-disclosure agreement when she dared to criticize the leadership of h ... More >>

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    January 21, 2012

    Scientology Viscosity: Commenters of the Week!

    It was an amazing week here at the underground bunker, where we keep an eye on all things Scientology. Let's take a look back at how the week unfolded before we recognize the work of our illustrious commenting community. We starting things out by having fun with the Tone Scale in our regular weeken ... More >>

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    January 11, 2012

    Scientology's "Super Power Rundown:" What is it, Anyway?

    Prepare to unleash your super self! Secrets ahead!​On Monday and Tuesday, we released previously unseen renderings and architectural drawings of what Scientology's $100 million "Flag Mecca" -- also known as the "Super Power Building" -- is going to look like when it finally opens. (The buildin ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    Scientology and Oiliness: More Renderings from the Super Power Building

    Yesterday, we made public a leak of major proportions: we obtained hundreds of new renderings and architectural drawings of Scientology's $100 million "Super Power Building" -- what the church calls "Flag Mecca" -- in Clearwater, Florida. Of all the "perceptics" installations on the building's "su ... More >>

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    January 7, 2012

    Scientology, Cooked: Commenters of the Week!

    "This Debbie Cook show is just too much!"​If the rest of 2012 is going to be like this first week, the hooch reserves in the underground bunker are going to need some bolstering. Things started off one second after midnight as 2012 began, when our pre-loaded first story of the year, "What is ... More >>

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    December 28, 2011

    Scientology Story of the Year -- The Vote Is In!

    ​As we continue our year-end celebrations, we've come to a big moment. We asked voters to decide which story had the most impact on Scientology watching this year. We chose five finalists that we think had lasting importance as well as immediate punch. There were many other stories worth cove ... More >>

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    December 26, 2011

    Scientology Video of the Year: The Vote Is In!

    We're going to start off our end-of-year celebrations this week by revealing which video you selected as the best of 2011. My thanks to our readers who participated in the poll. We had many interesting videos to choose from this year; some were new, others were rediscovered, and every one made an i ... More >>

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    December 6, 2011

    Michael Fairman Sues his Chiropractor -- in Part to Legitimize the Independent Scientology Movement?

    Michael Fairman, giving an interview to Mark Bunker for his documentary, Knowledge Report​We've said it before: Michael Fairman is one of our favorite former members of the Church of Scientology, and someone we've talked to quite a few times in recent months. We were caught by surprise Sunday ... More >>

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    December 4, 2011

    Scientology Cruise Ship as Hellhole: The Ramana Dienes-Browning Story

    Ramana Dienes-Browning and Iyana​Last week, Steve Cannane of Australia's ABC network and its program Lateline broke the story of Valeska Paris, a woman who says she was held against her will on Scientology's private cruise ship, the Freewinds, from 1996 to 2007. In that story, Cannane also ta ... More >>

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    November 26, 2011

    Scientology Leftovers: Commenters of the Week!

    ​We're still recovering here in the underground bunker from this week's big feast. The leftover turkey is still holding out as we look back on the past week of Scientology watching here at Runnin' Scared. We started things off Sunday morning with a look at Part 3 of "The Money Machine," the g ... More >>

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    November 24, 2011

    Paulette Cooper, Scientology's Original and Worst Nightmare: A Thanksgiving Tribute by the Village Voice

    [UPDATE: Think Scientology spying and harassment is a thing of the past? Check out our new story about how the church even spies on its most prominent member, Tom Cruise.] I couldn't think of a better way to give thanks this year than to pay homage to the woman who was there first, paid the highest ... More >>

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    November 21, 2011

    Scientology's 'Super Power' Building: Cash Cow for the Church

    Part 4 of the epic Scientology series at the St. Petersburg Times hit the web last night and hits streets in Florida this morning. This fourth installment focuses on Scientology's biggest construction project: its "Super Power" building that was started a decade ago and still isn't finished. Whethe ... More >>

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    November 19, 2011

    Scientology Chillaxin': Commenters of the Week!

    This disturbing image blatantly ripped off from​Was this a week for Scientology watchers, or what? Things started off just after midnight on Sunday morning as we scrambled to alert our readers that what we've been waiting for had finally arrived: the launch of the new investi ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    Scientology Thursday Stats: This Week's Roundup!

    Heldal-Lund takes on an Idol​Every Thursday afternoon, Scientology's "orgs" -- its churches, as it were -- scramble to report their weekly stats to show how much progress they've made over the week before. And woe to those whose numbers are sagging! We do something similar here at Runnin' Sca ... More >>

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    November 5, 2011

    Scientology Dyspepsia: Commenters of the Week!​We're feeling a bit woozy after this week of Scientology watching here in the underground bunker. Not sure if it was something we ate, or just the thought of Tom Cruise hurling at Gold Base that has us a bit dizzy. Anyway, Mr. Cruise was very much on our minds this week, as h ... More >>

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    October 25, 2011

    Scientology Responds in Typical Fashion to South Park Investigation Documents

    Karin Pouw loves the word "apostate"​As we've been reporting the last couple of days, a man who was once the second-highest ranking executive in Scientology, Marty Rathbun, has made public several documents showing that in 2006, the church attempted to dig up dirt on South Park creators Trey P ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    Scientology's South Park Investigation: Orders to Send in a Young Mole

    South Park deeply embarrassed Scientology with its 2005 episode, "Trapped in the Closet."​Yesterday, we reported that former Scientology executive Marty Rathbun had revealed at his blog that in 2006, Scientology's Office of Special Affairs -- the church's intelligence and covert operations win ... More >>

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    October 23, 2011

    Scientology Targeted South Park's Parker and Stone in Investigation

    Stone (left) and Parker​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 Sou ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Scientology Hates Clean Ice, Part 2: Another Target, and the Web as Weapon

    Checked your cubes for bacteria lately?​On Wednesday, we told you about a Scientology "Fair Game" operation that seems beyond the pale: the church, known for its vindictive treatment of perceived enemies, is accused of harassing a business to keep it from bringing to market a potentially life- ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Scientology "Ideal Orgs" Laid Bare In Our Thursday Stats Roundup!

    It's that time of the week again -- at 2 pm on Thursdays, Scientology orgs turn in their stats for the week, and so we like to do our own accounting of how things went for the church with our weekly roundup. After the jump, an eye-opening look inside an "Ideal org" by our sister paper in Phoenix. ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    Scientology's SF Leaker Talks: We Ask Amy Scobee to Interpret

    Lauren Smiley has been publishing a terrific series this week at our sister paper, SF Weekly. Smiley first reported on September 8 that the very active Anonymous chapter there, Chanology SF, had received e-mails from someone inside Scientology's "org" who went by the handle "ethicstrouble." Ethic ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    Scientology Internal Documents Leaked in SF? We Ask the Experts

    ​We've been watching a developing story in San Francisco, where Lauren Smiley at our sister paper, SF Weekly, has been covering an interesting defection from the Church of Scientology's "org" there. Chanology SF, the very active Anonymous chapter in that city, was celebrating the apparent fac ... More >>

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    September 9, 2011

    Marty Rathbun in Germany: I Watched Tom Cruise Tell Bill Clinton to Influence Tony Blair for Scientology

    ​After holding a press conference that was covered widely in Germany, former Scientology executive Marty Rathbun appeared last night on a television talk show that we hear is very popular there. Of all the things he talked about, one that seems to be getting the most buzz regards Tom Cruise, B ... More >>

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    September 5, 2011

    The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 12: Tommy Davis

    ​On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the worl ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Scientology Uses Its Movie Stars to Woo Politicians, Says Former Top Exec (OR: Tom Cruise Loves Coconut Cake!)

    Want to have Tom over to your place for dinner? Apparently all it takes is some yummy coconut cake.​Another revelation this afternoon from Marty Rathbun, formerly one of the highest executives in Scientology who defected in 2004 and since 2009 has been criticizing church leader David Miscavige ... More >>

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    July 31, 2011

    Scientology Spinout: Commenters of the Week!

    Elvis wasn't seduced by Scientology's siren song​After some time away, we came back with a slew of stories this week, and naturally, our readers were ready to pounce on them. On Tuesday, we took another look at intriguing young DC-area Scientologist Tad Reeves. We're still hoping to talk to t ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Scientology Loves Making Fun of Itself, Apparently

    Last week, we posted a Scientology video made by some humble folks at the church's Phoenix "org" who were asking their fellow Scientologists for help raising money to build a new facility. It was hard not to chuckle at the faux excitement put on by the Scientologists, who were just trying their b ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    When Scientologists Attack!

    "A paranoid midget sent us. This won't hurt a bit."​After the jump, an update: Marty Rathbun tells the Voice about his strange encounter. SECOND UPDATE: The Video from the other side. The saga of Marty Rathbun just keeps getting stranger and stranger. At one time, Rathbun was one of the hig ... More >>

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    July 25, 2008

    L. Ron Hubbard: YouTube Messiah

    He cured his own blindness! He jumps through fire! He beats up schoolteachers! No wonder Scientologists love L. Ron Hubbard. Their own propaganda videos make him sound like a goddamn superhero. Here, in five parts, is an extremely paranoid public-relations video, presumably created by the Church ... More >>

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    June 13, 2008

    Anonymous Readies 'Operation Sea Arrrgh' Scientology Protest

    The June offering of Anonymous will focus on the reported misdeeds and forced labor of Scientology’s private navy. Saturday’s protests, called “Operation Sea Arrrgh,” will focus on what Anonymous describes as “the cruel, inhumane practices of Scientology's paramilitary missionary group: ... More >>

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