A Scientology Internal Document Says its ‘Office of Special Affairs’ is Going to ‘Handle’ the Village Voice


A nice little tidbit for the evening here at the underground bunker, where we keep an eye on all things Scientology.

A few weeks ago, I was asked to call in to The Church of Lazlo show at 96.5 the Buzz in Kansas City. In 2003-2005 I lived in that city and was a regular on Lazlo’s show, updating him on a newspaper I worked for there. Lazlo had me on his August 3 show because he wanted to know why I was writing so much about Scientology these days.

He had me on the show again today to say that since that program, he’s received a communication from Scientology, and the lunkheads over there accidentally included an internal memorandum which indicated that Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs International — its worldwide intelligence and covert operations wing — is going to be “handling” yours truly.

Oh really?

Well, we’ll see. If by “handling” they mean that OSA employees are being directed to drop bombs in our comments section — which happens on occasion — well, we’re more than happy to indulge them.

On the other hand, if that means that a team of Squirrel Busters is on its way to stick cameras in our faces, well, you can be sure we’ll tell you all about it.

UPDATE: Here’s the internal letter that KC Scientologists accidentally (?) included in some PR materials they sent to 96.5 The Buzz.

A note about that letter: in 2003-2005 I was managing editor of The Pitch in Kansas City, which at that time was run by a mentor of mine, editor in chief CJ Janovy.

Anyway, back to our regular programming. The next item in our countdown, #13, pops up at 9 am on Friday!

UPDATE: Anonymous is on the case

The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology
#14: Tory Christman (and other noisy ex-Scientologists)
#15: Andreas Heldal-Lund (and other old time church critics)
#16: Marc and Claire Headley, escapees of the church’s HQ
#17: Jefferson Hawkins, the man behind the TV volcano
#18: Amy Scobee, former Sea Org executive
#19: The Squirrel Busters (and the church’s other thugs and goons)
#20: Trey Parker and Matt Stone (and other media figures)
#21: Kendrick Moxon, attorney for the church
#22: Jamie DeWolf (and other L. Ron Hubbard family members)
#23: Ken Dandar (and other attorneys who litigate against the church)
#24: David Touretzky (and other academics)
#25: Xenu, galactic overlord

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Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he’s been writing about Scientology at several publications. Among his other stories about L. Ron Hubbard’s organization:

The Larry Wollersheim Saga — Scientology Finally Pays For Its Fraud
The Tory Bezazian (Christman) Story — How the Internet Saved A Scientologist From Herself
The Jason Beghe Defection — A Scientology Celebrity Goes Rogue
The Paul Haggis Ultimatum — The ‘Crash’ Director Tells Scientology to Shove It
The Marc Headley Escape — ‘Tom Cruise Told Me to Talk to a Bottle’
The Jefferson Hawkins Stipulation — Scientology’s former PR genius comes clean
The Daniel Montalvo Double-Cross — Scientology lures a young defector into a trap
A Church Myth Debunked — Scientology and Proposition 8
Daniel Montalvo Strikes Back — Scientology Hit with Stunning Child-Labor Lawsuits
When Scientologists Attack — The Marty Rathbun Intimidation
A Scientologist Excommunicated — The Michael Fairman SP Declaration
The Richard Leiby Operation — Investigating a reporter’s divorce to shut him up
The Hugh Urban Investigation — An academic takes a harsh look at Scientology’s past
Giovanni Ribisi as David Koresh — A precedent for a Scientology-Branch Davidian link
Janet Reitman’s Inside Scientology — A masterful telling of Scientology’s history
The Western Spy Network Revealed? — Marty Rathbun ups the ante on David Miscavige
Scientology’s Enemies List — Are You On It?
Inside Inside Scientology — An interview with author Janet Reitman
Scientology and the Nation of Islam — Holy Doctrinal Mashup, Batman!
Scientologists — How Many of Them Are There, Anyway?
Roger Weller’s Wild Ride — Scientology When it was Hip
The Marc Headley Infiltration — A Scientology Spying Operation Revealed
Placido Domingo Jr: Scientology’s Retaliation is “Scary and Pathetic”
An Interview with Nancy Many, Former Scientology Spy
The Paulien Lombard Confession — A Scientology Spy Comes Clean
The Deputy Benjamin Ring Hard Sell — Scientology wants your 401K
The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology — the whole series!
The Squirrel Busters Busted — Unmasking the Scientology PI in Charge