Scientology Recruits Hollywood
(Note: This came from a Internet document on Scientology called the Fable.)
Part two of this report is a candid look at celebrities in the Church of Scientology: how they are recruited, how they are used, and how they are controlled. It explores how the secret society of Scientology is trying to take over and control large numbers of Hollywood celebrities to use Hollywood's media influence as leverage to recruit new unsuspecting members from the public. (In appendix 2 you will find the largest list of Scientology celebrities that has ever been assembled.)
The origins of Scientology's Hollywood fascination
L. Ron Hubbard and his alter ego Scientology have always had a fixation for recruiting Hollywood celebrities. As far back as 1955, Hubbard acknowledged the value of famous people to his fledgling, offbeat group when he inaugurated "Project Celebrity."
According to Hubbard, Scientologists should target prominent individuals as their "quarry" and bring them back like trophies for Scientology. He listed the following people of that era as suitable prey: Edward R. Murrow, Marlene Dietrich, Ernest Hemingway, Howard Hughes, Greta Garbo, Walt Disney, Henry Luce, Billy Graham, Groucho Marx and others of similar stature. "If you bring one of them home you will get a small plaque as a reward," Hubbard wrote in a Scientology magazine more than three decades ago. Although the original effort faded, the idea of using celebrities to promote and defend Scientology survived and is now being expanded though Hubbard's successor David Miscavige.
Celebrities are considered so important to the movement' s expansion that the church created a special office to guide their careers and ensure their "correct utilization" for Scientology. The church has created a special branch that ministers to celebrities, providing them with first-class treatment. Its headquarters, called Celebrity Center International, is housed in a magnificent old turreted mansion on Franklin Avenue, overlooking the Hollywood Freeway.
In Miscavige's Hollywood, Scientology has assembled a star-studded roster of followers by aggressively recruiting and regally pampering them at the church's "Celebrity Centers," a chain of country club like clubhouses that offer expensive counseling and career guidance. Adherents include screen idols Tom Cruise and John Travolta actresses Kirstie Alley, Mimi Rogers and Anne Archer, Palm Springs mayor and performer Sonny Bono, jazzman Chick Corea and even Nancy Cartwright, the voice of cartoon star Bart Simpson.
Why Scientology pursues celebrities
Celebrities are of vital use in Scientology for numerous purposes: to recruit the masses, to endorse L. Ron Hubbard's teachings, to give Scientology greater acceptability in mainstream America and to forward Scientology's secret goals of world control. In a society that often equates celebrity with credibility, using highly recognized celebrities to help hide, deflect or overcome Scientology's horrendous public relations problems is understandable.
The roles that celebrities play in Scientology are dictated by a series of Scientology policies called the Opinion Leader Policies that were written by Hubbard. These policies state that you need to get your people into the power points in society, (points where you are the opinion leader or you control the opinion leader.) The Celebrity Center Program is nothing more than an extension of Hubbard's plan of world domination by taking over or controlling opinion leaders.
To create a favorable environment for Scientology's expansion, church executives are working to win allies among society's power brokers and opinion leaders. This theme is expounded in church publications, "We need to be able to approach the right people in order to get things done," wrote Heber Jentzsch, president of the Church of Scientology International, in the newspaper Scientology Today. "We need to find out how to reach key people in the media, in government, in the control points of society, the people who rule things." Underscoring the campaign's breadth and determination, a pullout questionnaire entitled "Communication Lines to the World" was inserted in the Scientology newspaper. It asked Scientologists to list their connections to people in six areas:
POLITICS: "This would be political figures on a local, state or national level, such as local city officials, mayors, governors, senators, congressmen, and members of parliaments. It would also include government agency officials and civil servants."
MEDIA: "This would be any media terminals that you know, such as owners or proprietors of magazines, newswire services, newspapers or publishing houses, and radio networks or stations and publishers and editors of any type of news media." LEGAL: "This would be any judges, law enforcement officials, lawyers, barristers and so on."
FINANCIAL / CORPORATE: "This would be any members of the board or presidents, vice presidents or other senior officials/executives with banks or other financial institutions (such as savings and loan companies, credit unions, etc.) financiers (this could be government or private industry) stockbrokers, financial advisers and commodities brokers."
ENTERTAINMENT / CELEBRITIES: "This would be any producers or directors in the stage, motion pictures or television; actors, artists, writers and any opinion leaders in these areas."
In HCO PL 12 January 1973 policy letter, Hubbard States: "The most important action to undertake when going about making a Safe Point is to carefully and painstakingly find out who exactly are the Top Dogs in the area in financial and political circles and their associates and their connections, and to what each one is hostile."
All of this information is sent to the intelligence branch of Scientology. (Keep in mind one of the major activities of a secret society is turning its members into deployable agents who will fanatically use their resources and connections to forward the goals of the group or knock out the enemies of the group.)
How celebrities are recruited into Scientology
The first thing to realize about recruiting celebrities in Scientology is that they are kept ignorant about what is really going on until they are hooked. The celebrities are shielded from all bad news. They are pampered and isolated in the finest buildings in settings like country-clubs. They're kept totally away from all the cruelty and the abuse that goes on inside the organization, and at Scientology's gulag-type concentration camps and punishment centers.
Most Scientology celebrities are victims that don't know that they are being systematically deceived and rendered suggestible by use of counseling processes that are no more that covert hypnosis. A very few of them know about Scientology's secret goals, but most of them have no idea about the suicides or the attempted suicides at the Celebrity centers or other centers. Any time they hear anything negative they are told "It's all lies. Don't listen to it"
To recruit a new celebrity, Scientology staff members at a Celebrity Center often create a battle plan. This battle plan in many cases could or would contain a flowchart of the celebrity's key connections, their "psychological buttons" and their "emotional buttons.
Everything is done to learn as much as possible about the target non-Scientology celebrity. The following are just a few key areas of information that are assembled on the target: who are the celebrity's closest friends, their business contacts, places most often frequented, credit histories, public records and police reports.
Any information on the targeted celebrity is fair game. It can be used to manufacture an "innocent" or coincidental recruiting opportunity or can be used to produce a recruiting influence leverage over the target.
Wherever possible, a Scientology celebrity is used to help set up and recruit a non-Scientology celebrity. Because a Scientology celebrity's loyalty to Scientology can be absolutely blinding, Scientology celebrities would not be beyond divulging almost anything they know about the non Scientology celebrity target.
Once all this information is assembled the Celebrity Center staff implements the Battle Plan. They try to set up a meeting scenario that looks like a chance meeting. The best "set ups" are enacted where a lot of unknown Scientology shills can be placed around the target celebrity. Some other Scientology celebrity friends are there too, (Scientology has been using charity events lately for this.)
Once the meeting is started some general communication is first established to relax the target. They can't obviously just walk up and say "Come to the Scientology center"; first they have to establish a rapport with the person. Once they have got a conversation going they gradually try to steer the discussion over to the target's emotional or psychological buttons, and\or they start "admiration-bombing" the target. When the emotional button "hook" has been placed into the target then they start telling them about Scientology and invite them to an event or in to the center.
The late Yvonne Jentzsch, the original head and originator of the first Celebrity Center, said the way to hook celebrities is to "admiration-bomb" them. (This means you emotionally over flood them with attention and admiration.) From her teaching and example, the Scientology staff quickly learned as a method of invisible but powerful control to give celebrities the excessive God-like admiration they are vulnerable to.
A former celebrity center staff members reports watching her handle celebrities. Yvonne demonstrated that she could "push these admiration and attention buttons" on the celebrities to get them to do just about anything. On one hand, she'd say "We really can use these celebrities to bring in more people", and on the other hand she would talk derogatorily about the various celebrities that she was manipulating. About Karen Black she said. "Karen's just a dingbat, and so promiscuous." Chick Corea was a puppy, she said. "I can get him to do anything for me, just give me the phone."
Keep in mind that celebrities are usually not college graduates with Doctorates. Most celebrities have no idea that there is such sophisticated and pervasive hidden manipulation governing every step of the recruiting process used to get them into Scientology.
Generally celebrities got into show business to achieve fame (attention and admiration.) These are ready made hooks for them. The Scientology recruiting con is so good that during the recruiting meeting the target celebrity is made to think that the new friends (hidden recruiters) are friendly, VERY knowledgeable and the offers of help or benefit being suggested are just the perfect coincidence to provide what just happened to be needed.
Targeting celebrity vulnerability
A low point in her career led Karen Black, 36, into Scientology 10 years ago. "It made me real happy," she says with a smile. "Mr. Hubbard has a very formidable technology for the relief of the despair that people carry around with them. It makes you very free."
When Scientology targets celebrities, it focuses on three kinds: those who are on their way down - they have a reason to listen; those who haven't made it yet, they also have a reason to listen because they want to get on top; and those who have made it but have some sort of severe problem in their lives that makes them vulnerable.
Scientology also exploits celebrities' vulnerability by providing a false but seemingly "meaningful" new role for their celebrity power. Scientology involvement suggests to the celebrity that they are going to be more than just fluff and frill, or another Hollywood empty headed pretty face or a sex symbol.
Scientology gradually suggests to targeted celebrities that by joining this world movement they become part of a secret and special elite and are gaining a "world historic destiny" for their celebrity power. In the shallow celebrity world of Hollywood this is a powerful initial intoxication and inducement to get involved.
What do the celebrities get from Scientology?
Scientology celebrities aren't endorsing Scientology just because they personally like it. They are getting a lot more than the average member gets. What they get is:
Some free services and discounted services. In the HCO PL 1 January 1963 policy letter Hubbard says: "Central Orgs (organizations) are instructed to process selected celebrities who are just beyond or who are just coming into their prime. The pay is to be any contribution you would care to make if we have helped. No other pay is demanded."
Commissions. In some cases they get commissions of ten percent of the take from people coming in the door.
Special perks. One of the perks that celebrities get is a considerable amount of free use of Scientology's private country clubs and properties. The following recent revelations were made about typical celebrity treatment in a affidavit to Los Angeles lawyers by Andre Tabayoyon, a Scientologist for 21 years.
I, ANDRE TABAYOYON, declare as follows:
115. I witnessed money from various non profit Scientology organizations, and labor provided by various non profit Scientology organizations being used for the personal benefit of Miscavige, Tom Cruise, other Scientology senior executives and other Scientology celebrities (such as John Travolta, Chick Corea and Priscilla Presley).
117. Miscavige, other senior Scientologists and certain celebrities would also use the movie theater we constructed on the base to view first run movies provided to him by his acquaintances in the movie industry. The cost of this was easily $150,000. This cost does not include labor (again slave labor) or expensive film projection equipment.
118. During the 1980's, Miscavige befriended the actor Tom Cruise and they spend a lot of time together on the Hemet base. Their special chef, Sinar Parman, would prepare them fancy meals. Often they would hang out alone in the space designated for L. Ron Hubbard on the Clipper Ship we built in the desert. This space had a small kitchen, a little dining room, a little bar and a bed. They also had the exclusive use of the officers lounge. On other occasions Miscavige and Cruise would work out in the expensive gym we built for exclusive and restricted use.
No one else was allowed to talk to Tom Cruise when he was on the base. One time one of the gardeners spoke to him and this caused a major flap on the base. At Gold, Miscavige is known by his initials DM and Tom Cruise by his initials TC. From the late 1980's until I left the Gold, Tom
Cruise was provided a personal and exclusive apartment and storage facilities by the Scientology organization and at Scientology's expense. Tom Cruise kept two Yamaha motorcycles, a Mercedes Benz automobile and a large motor home at Gold. These were stored in what used to be Hubbard's garage and parking lot. Obviously, Miscavige and Cruise have developed a special relationship. One is a young world-domineering celebrity. The other is a young domineering cult leader who seeks to 'clear' the world and to rule it according to Scientology beliefs and practices.
119. When Tom Cruise got married to Nicole Kidman, they and David Miscavige went to a Colorado Ski Resort for the marriage ceremony. A Sea Org staffer (Sinar Parman) was taken along to do personal cooking for Tom Cruise and Miscavige at the expense of Scientology not for profit religious organizations. This left only 3 cooks at Gold to cook for 800 people three times a day.
120. I personally participated in the construction of an apartment at the Gold base, using extensive funds from various non profit Scientology religious organizations, for the personal and exclusive use of Tom Cruise. This was done on the orders of David Miscavige. Even though Miscavige has claimed to be Chairman of the Board of RTC, here he is directing the expenditure of CSI money and the deployment of CSI labor -- both paid and slave. Other apartment cottages were built for the use of John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Edgar Winters, Priscilla Presley and other Scientology celebrities who are carefully prevented from finding out the real truth about the Scientology organization. The labor used to construct Tom Cruise's apartment was provided by Gold, a division of CSI, and persons from a myriad of Scientology organizations serving time in the RPF.
The RPF (Rehabilitation Project Force) is the Scientology gulag or concentration camp. Using RPF'ers to renovate and reconstruct Tom Cruise's personal and exclusive apartment at the Scientology Gold base is equivalent to the use of slave labor for Tom Cruise's benefit. The Tom Cruise apartment at the Gold base is located at the golf course end of the Gold base, closest to State Street. When Tom Cruise visits the Gold base, and stays in his personal apartment, he is cared for by a Sea Org steward.
121. We also had to renovate the Tom Cruise apartment at the Hemet Base after it was damaged by a mud slide. The repairs had to be performed on an emergency basis. Both the Gold crew and the RPF'ers were placed on extended hours to restore the apartment. Again, Tom Cruise was benefiting from the use of what is essentially prison slave labor being worked almost around the clock.
122. Tom Cruise also enjoyed use of facilities constructed on the Gold base that were not available to any Scientology staff except the senior most Scientologists on the base, particularly Miscavige and his lieutenants. For example, I saw Tom Cruise use the exercise room which was off limits to at least 98 percent of the staff. Tom Cruise also had unrestricted access to the Ship which has a sauna, Jacuzzi and a large Olympic sized swimming pool. With regard to the Miscavige/Cruise gym this was built in conjunction with the estates facility in approx. 1989.
The gym building cost approx. $150,000 (again using slave labor) and contains a complete lineup of the most modern weight training equipment. It is one of the most incredible gyms imaginable and is for the exclusive use of Tom Cruise, David Miscavige and other specially and specifically approved by him. It also has an incredible shower area.
123. To assure that Tom Cruise's stays at the Hemet base were enjoyable, special provisions were made for him and restrictions were imposed on the staff at the Hemet base. Millions of Church dollars were spent so that millionaire Tom Cruise could regularly visit the Scientology base and be friends with Miscavige. For example, Tom Cruise received special meal services, special room services and the Hemet base staff was restricted in its access to Hemet base facilities. Indeed, a girl by the name of Jennie Matsamura was assigned to take care of him and his renovated cottage. The Hemet base staff was barred from going where Tom Cruise might be present. Construction and renovation work that was done on the base for Tom Cruise's benefit often had to be torn up and redone because the coloring was slightly off or there were a few inches of group that didn't quite match in color. Once we had to pour a concrete walkway so that Tom Cruise would not have to walk on the desert soil. Before the concrete dried it rained. The concrete was spoiled. Miscavige went into a fury over that.
124. On one occasion, prior to a Cruise/Kidman visit, Miscavige decided to redo the meadow in beautiful flowers; Tens of thousands of dollars were spent on the project so that Cruise and Kidman could romp there. However, Miscavige inspected the project and didn't like it. So the whole meadow was plowed up, destroyed, re-plowed and sown with plain grass...
131. In 1989/1990 we also constructed a tennis court at Gold for the exclusive list of Celebrities and Miscavige. Non profit Scientology religious organization funds were used for this inurement project. The tennis court cost at least $200,000 to build. The rubber coating alone, on the tennis court, cost $80,000. Then there was the landscaping and rose garden around the tennis court.
I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America and of the State of California that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed in Los Angeles, California this 5th day of March, 1994.
The IRS made the following comment in its tax ruling during the tax status appeal of Scientology in U. S. Claims Court Number 581-88T, Ruling of June 22nd, 29th, 1992:
It is not unlike a commercial business strategically giving away services in an effort to increase sales by obtaining a celebrity endorsement."
The Faustian advantage. The story of Faust is about a person who gives up its soul and spirit to the devil in order to obtain worldly success and power. Here we have a Satanic cult wooing celebrities who are already highly vulnerable to fame, attention and money. One can not help but wonder if the celebrities who know Scientology's secrets have in a some conscious or unconscious way made the Faustian bargain.
Celebrities also get into Scientology because other celebrities already did, and because some behind the scenes people are working to get them lured in.
People whether celebrities or not often join a cult when they are in a "transition state," like starting in college, getting divorced, getting fired, starting new job, etc. And actors are always in transition: after having completed an assignment, they have fears: Will the film, musical or play be a success?
Will they get a new job? This must be terrible, and totally new for most of us, since we get paid every month and only search a new job every few years. The last one makes actors very vulnerable to someone selling certainty or confidence.
What's expected from celebrities in Scientology
Every possible effort, pressure, and sales tactic is brought to bear on existing celebrity membership to recruit other new celebrities into Scientology. Celebrities are heavily indoctrinated to their duty and responsibility of recruiting new celebrities.
They also are expected to constantly promote and talk about Scientology. Recruiting and other Scientology promoting activities proves their loyalty to the organization and approves their security clearance to go to the next secret level.
Celebrity activity is closely monitored. If they don't promote Scientology in their media coverage or if they don't promote it at their events or do special events for Scientology their loyalty is questioned. The following are three examples of Scientology celebrity endorsements and promotions:
"lt's nice to know you can be a cause of your life as well as an effect," convert John Travolta, 23, says of his Scientology training. "lt's a logical and very sane way of living. I don't get upset as easily as I used to. I don't think I could have handled my success as well without it."
>From 'The Auditor": The Monthly Journal of Scientology -AOSH ANZO 136. "The Road To Freedom" album of LRH songs released on CD! Attendees of the 23rd of June event were able to snap up the brand new edition of "The Road To Freedom" album now available on CD and cassette. This album features such leading artists as John Travolta, Chick Corea, Julia Migenes, Karen Black, Nicky Hopkins, Amanda Ambrose, Gayle Moran and Leif Garrett. This album is a unique and highly enjoyable collection of songs composed by L. Ron Hubbard to impart to the listener some of the basic knowledge that Scientology offers. Whilst viewed as controversial by those who seek to oppose man's spiritual freedom, the lyrics on this album offer answers to questions man has asked for eons."
Kirstie Alley is active in disseminating a new 47 page booklet on ways to preserve the environment. The booklet, entitled "Cry Out," was named after a Hubbard song and was produced by Author Services Inc., his literary agency. Author Services is controlled by influential Scientologists. In April, Alley provided nationwide exposure for the illustrated booklet (which mentions Hubbard but not Scientology) when she unveiled it on the popular Arsenio Hall Show. Since then, it has been distributed to prominent environmental groups throughout the U.S.
Although the advertising isn't finished yet, the new campaign includes a half-hour "documercial" entitled "The Problem of Life." It dramatizes a couple who are looking for answers to the questions of life," a spokesman said, such as: What's it all about? Where are we going? Wouldn't it be good to have a job that is fulfilling? The couple unsuccessfully visits a doctor, a psychotherapist and a marriage counselor. "At the end, they find out Scientology could provide the answers," the spokeswoman said. The documercial ends with a 10-minute direct-sales pitch from Jeff Pomerantz, the soap-opera star (best known for his role in the "Dynasty" series) who is one of the church's several celebrity members.
Celebrities are not only pushing Scientology and Scientology's non religious alter ego Dianetics for multilevel marketing like commissions; they are also heavily pushing the Scientology front groups, like Narconon, the Way to Happiness, Applied Scholastics, and others.
A partial list of front groups set up and directly or indirectly controlled by Scientology, and which are involved in recruiting for Scientology or covertly or overtly attacking adversaries or defending Scientology, includes:
the Committee To Defend The First Amendment the Hubbard Dianetics Foundation the Citizens Commission On Human Rights Narconon the Committee On Public Health And Safety the Task Force On Mental Retardation the Gerus Society the Dianetic Information Group the Committee To Re-involve Ex-offenders the National Commission for Law Enforcement And Social Justice the Foundation For The Communication of Culture International Doctors For Religious Liberty Vanguard, April, (a pseudo anti cult organization) Alliance To Protect Religious Liberty Committee For A Safe Environment American Citizens For Honesty in Government the Way to Happiness Foundation the Whistle Blowers Health Med Criminon Applied Scholastics Concerned Businessman's Association of America Sterling Management
Scientology's Front Groups play an important role. Scientology set up reform groups shortly after Hubbard, in 1966, wrote:
"Churches are looked upon as reform groups. Therefore we must act like a reform group."
Scientology and Dianetics are held in such disrepute that in public Scientology must use front groups to defend it, speak for it, and attack its enemies. Internal confidential documents seized by the F.B.I. show that social reform activities were designed primarily to attack critics publicly from the safe and respectable position of a humane social reform group.
An example of Hubbard's thinking on this matter is policy directive HCO PL 12 January 1973 "The Safe Point":
"...Rule l...Get in a safe place and speak up. It is necessary of course to have a safe place to get into, from which one can in safely speak up. One cannot defend himself in a point that has no defenses...Thus the Safe Point takes consideration over Active Defense...a special unit must be set up and run at full steam to make a safe point and gain viable PR Area Control over all publics in the area...The PR Area Control action in a new area can go so far as to create in the area of whole past and future track for the activity being established. It can make it sound old-fashioned, stable, reliable, expert, productive..."
The Scientology social reform front groups fulfill Hubbard's directives to a "T." Very few people will attack a social reform group, so Scientology now has its "Safe Point" from which these groups can get its own propaganda messages across.
Front groups and charity events
Celebrities are expected to do charity events for the front groups of Scientology. These front group charity events serve as very successful invisible recruiting forums to for other non Scientology celebrities.
Here's how it works. One Scientology celebrity "innocently" contacts another non- Scientology celebrity and says, "How would you like to do a charity event with me to help raise money for drug rehabilitation?" Then the other celebrity usually agrees.
He or she has no idea that it's a Scientology front group recruiting group like Narconon or the Way To Happiness Foundation, or one of their ecological or other Scientology front groups. Because the front group's name sounds established credible, stable, reliable, etc. and the goal of the charity event sounds benign and worthwhile, the non-Scientology celebrities get sucked in to inadvertently having their names used to promote or in association with the Scientology front groups. Then to make things even worse they individually become the target of the powerful and manipulative celebrity-recruiting machine if they attend the event.
Scammed by Scientology front groups:
Lee Brown, the U.S. Marshals and William Bennett Clinton's Drug czar all got scammed by the Narconon program and a bunch of Scientology celebrities helped con the U.S. Marshals into endorsing Narconon and Scientology. When the U.S. Marshals found out w From < XXX-Obsolete.email.Deleted-XXX > Tue Jul 29 08:48:11 1997 Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 22:21:06 -0600 From: Lawrence Wollersheim < XXX-Obsolete.email.Deleted-XXX > ; To: email@example.com Subject: Part 2 of Celebrity story
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Lee Brown, the U.S. Marshals and William Bennett Clinton's Drug czar all got scammed by the Narconon program and a bunch of Scientology celebrities helped con the U.S. Marshals into endorsing Narconon and Scientology. When the U.S. Marshals found out what this was about, they withdrew it. A similar case is William Bennett, the drug czar, who got stung by the Narconon program because a bunch of celebrities were promoting "Keep Off Drugs." When he put his name in it he had no idea that it was a Scientology celebrity front action.
Gov. Jim Edgar rescinded a proclamation that declared March 13 as "L. Ron Hubbard Day" in Illinois in honor of the late founder of the Church of Scientology. Gubernatorial proclamations traditionally are issued to honor deeds of individuals at the request of a variety of organizations. Edgar aides said the Hubbard proclamation "slipped through the cracks" and was issued without any thought surrounding the controversial author and church founder.
In his original proclamation, issued Feb. 28, Edgar said Hubbard's "writings on the mind and human spirit have helped millions of people lead better lives. His literary works have enriched the lives of many readers." But Tuesday, Edgar issued only a one-sentence proclamation, stating that his original proclamation was rescinded.
Another Scientology-linked group, the Concerned Businessmen's Association of America, holds anti- drug contests and awards $5,000 grants to schools as a way to recruit students and curry favor with education officials. West Virginia Senator John D. Rockerfeller IV unwittingly commended the CBAA in 1987 on the Senate floor.
An October 1990 news release from the church [of Scientology], said Senator John McCain and Reps. Jon Kyl, John Rhodes, Bob Stump and then Rep. Morris Udall had written to the IRS asking it to explain why it was targeting Scientologists. "I find it hard to believe these guys didn't have a clue. Then again God hasn't blessed us with the brightest politicians," Said a writer at the Arizona Republic on June 29, 1991.
How Scientology keeps control over its Hollywood members
In the beginning of the recruiting process for celebrities and non celebrities alike, Scientology uses personality and other tests to cull out which target members are the most suggestible from the least suggestible. These tests and exercises inform Scientology staff about who can and can't be put into hypnotic trance. If a person can't go in a trance, they usually don't stay in Scientology long, because almost all of Scientology's techniques are based upon covert hypnosis and the increased suggestibility hypnosis produces.
The celebrities who are still in Scientology have passed the hypnotic suggestibility culling process. That is not to say that celebrities are statistically any more hypnotically suggestible than anyone else in the population. It just means that through its clever culling process Scientology has isolated them and has "worked" their other vulnerabilities to establish and maintain their control over the celebrity.
In the next step of the recruiting process, Scientology celebrities are bombarded with hyped-up, hypnosis imbalanced "success stories." Moments after completing every suggestion pregnant hypnotic Scientology counseling session the celebrity targets are then REQUIRED to write their own glowing "success stories." (In many of these counseling sessions Scientology buries the hypnotic suggestion for the intended result in the questions being asked.)
After their own "counseling" sessions, celebrities are taken to a public area and admiration- bombed for their Scientology success. They are NOT allowed to have any objective testing time after they have been put in the covert hypnosis to verify the legitimacy of what's happened to them.
Then they are controlled by social pressure by having signed their names to glowing unverified testimonials. Very few people will later admit that they signed or claimed something that wasn't true or fairly tested. It is just too embarrassing for most people to admit they were so thoroughly conned or controlled.
Controlling celebrities' relationships
Gradually, but methodically, Scientology will try to directly or indirectly isolate the celebrity from anyone who is not in the pro-Scientology camp. First Scientologists do it by just occupying as much of the celebrities 24 hour day as possible. They get the celebrity to lots of courses and events and wherever possible they surround them with as many fellow Scientologists as they can.
Soon the celebrities are seeing less and less of their old non-Scientology friends, and these old relationships seem less and less important. If the celebrity starts having any problems with their old non Scientology girlfriends or mates they will often find "miraculously" attractive Scientology females or males directly or indirectly will start to befriend them. Numerous celebrities have ended up dumping their old girlfriends or wives and marrying Scientology staff members because of these deliberate isolation and manipulative befriending efforts.
The goal of a Celebrity center staff member is to occupy and control every part of the celebrity's life and resources. By unwritten de facto policy, the most attractive Scientology staff are assigned to the Celebrity Center public areas. When the non-Scientology wife or husband or girlfriend or business associate of some celebrity sees them getting involved in Scientology, one of the first things they notice is how Scientology is baiting the individual to change their non-Scientology friendly sexual, emotional or business relationship partners.
Of course this is not a problem - at least initially - if you decide to become a Scientologist to keep your current relationship. For example, Tom Cruises new wife, the striking, red-headed Aussie actress Nicole Kidman used to tell her friends that she was upset by the assertive American Scientologists' always hanging around Cruise, She was particularly displeased at their behavior during the Cruises' wedding, last Christmas Eve in Telluride, Colorado. By late March, however, after wrapping with Billy Bathgate with Dustin Hoffman, Kidman now was saying she had made peace with Scientology. "She was very open about it."
Today's confessions will be used tomorrow
In Scientology there's a heavy emphasis on confessions. The celebrities get hooked into telling their "crimes" under the guise of obtaining emotional guilt relief. Great efforts are made to get the celebrities to confess all of their sins, all of their crimes, all of their sexual habits. Scientology then records and in some cases, videotapes these confessions.
Scientology is smart enough to know that when the celebrities confess such embarrassing and incriminating things it allows powerful control over them, because if it was made public it could destroy their careers. What the celebrities don't know is that there are secret internal Scientology policies that were seized in the FBI raid where it states that the intelligence people are under strict policy orders to use this information if needed. If somebody starts to go against Scientology the intelligence people grab their confessions, and imply, hint or state or that the materials out of the confessions will be leaked. (See G.O. order 121669 which allows reading of PC files to gather information to use against the person. The FBI seized many incriminating summaries of PC files cullings.)
>From a former member: " While Case Supervisor in 1978 at the Celebrity Center Mission in Las Vegas, Bruce Hamilton of the Las Vegas Guardian's Office came to see me and asked me to go through my PC (preclears) files and to provide him with any information which had been disclosed in auditing sessions which I thought would be helpful to control the person and would be "helpful to his cause." When I disagreed with these "Gestapo type tactics" he told me that these orders came "directly from Los Angeles" or "this comes directly from Clearwater", and that if I didn't comply, it would be "treason"."
>From another former member's deposition (Andre Tabayoyon): Tom Cruise's p.c. (pre-clear) folder was kept in the Gold case supervision (c/s) office which I had access to as a security missionaries. It contains supposedly confidential information derived during auditing sessions. However, the contents of such pre-clear folders have been culled and used against people. It is my opinion, based on my Scientology training, education and experience, that such information is collected by the Scientology organization in order to be able to exert control and influence over people such as Tom Cruise or John Travolta, should they ever attempt to leave the Scientology organization.
The Travolta story is a good example of this tactic. John Travolta has long served as an unofficial Scientology spokesman, even though he told a magazine in 1983 that he was opposed to the church's management. High-level defectors claim that Travolta has long feared that if he defected, details of his homosexual and bisexual life would be made public.
"He (Travolta) felt pretty intimidated about this getting out and told me so," recalls William Franks, the church's former chairman of the board. "There were no outright threats made, but it was implicit. If you leave, they immediately start digging up everything." Franks was driven out in 1981 after attempting to reform the church.
>From another Scientology member and former head of security. Richard Aznaran, recalls Scientology ringleader Miscavige repeatedly joking to staffers about Travolta's allegedly promiscuous homosexual behavior. (It is curious to note that when Scientology recently sued Time magazine for a critical article on Scientology which mentioned Travolta's homosexuality they did not list this as one of the article's slanders.)
Celebrities with sexual secrets (or any type of secrets) should adopt the firm policy to NEVER under any circumstances CONFESS ANYTHING to Scientology. What control would Scientology have if Lisa Marie Presley gets Michael Jackson to confess everything that happened concerning the child molesting charges against him?
A former Scientology celebrity speaks out
Here are some excerpts from an article on Scientology and celebrities from Premiere Magazine (9/93.) In it is a courageous interview with Diana Canova.
"I remember having a choking anger against anyone who ever said anything against Scientology," says actress Diana Canova (Soap), a former member. "I would get crazy, I was just so angry. I would have done anything for them."
During her seven years in Scientology, Canova experienced the Celebrity Center from both sides of fame. "When I started, I wasn't in television yet. I was a nobody--I'd done some TV, but I was not one of the elite, not by a long shot--until I did Soap. Then it became . . . I mean, you really are treated like royalty."
"There was always pressure to get other celebrities in. The first time I walked in those doors, they said, 'Just give us all the money in your bank account. You'll get it back tenfold.'" When she joined, auditing prices were about $25. "It went up to about $175 in the early '80s," she recalls. "That was shocking to me. I was beginning to wonder, Is it really worth it? They're telling you, 'Don't spend $100 an hour on a shrink's couch, it'll ruin your mind.' Auditing is so much better?"
"It took me years before I decided to quit," says Canova. "I guess finally I was so fed up with being afraid. You've heard all these horror stories . . ." Canova warns: "They're capable of doing a lot of things."
Canova says she spoke up because she thought it was important. "I see some of my friends having to keep their mouths shut for personal reasons, for business reasons," she says. "I don't believe that's right. If it's going to be termed a religion, or a church, then those kinds of fears have no business being there. Nobody should be afraid. And you can quote me on that."
From other celebrities who are out
Singer Lou Rawls, 42, still appears on church membership rolls, even though he has long been disaffected. "Lou is no longer involved in Scientology, it's not an interest at this point and never will be again," his agent says. "He doesn't want to be associated with those people."
John Brodie, a former San Francisco 49'ers quarterback, was involved in Scientology from 1970 to 1982. He was one of the first 25 Scientologists to reach the level of OT 7, considered a formidable accomplishment by members. Still, Brodie says he never considered himself part of the group. Brodie said he gave up promoting Scientology after some of his friends in Scientology were expelled and harassed during a power struggle with church management. "There were many in the church I felt were treated unfairly," Brodie said.
There are many Hollywood people who have left Scientology but fear speaking out. Some of them leave and just order Scientology to stop using their names and "success" stories. Hopefully, because of this report and the full Scientology celebrity listing at the end of part two, more former Scientology celebrities will begin to tell their stories in the media.
About Scientology's top celebrities
Several years ago, a male porn star collected $100,000 from a tabloid for an account of his alleged two-year homosexual liaison with John Travolta. Travolta refuses to comment on the story. His lawyer dismissed questions about the subject as "bizarre." Two weeks later, Travolta announced that he was getting married to actress Kelly Preston, a fellow Scientologist, a relatively unknown starlet who wanted to break into Hollywood.
Kirstie Alley of Cheers fame is the big celebrity promoter of Narconon. She travels all over doing events for them.
The Narconon Scientology front group takes drug addicts and addicts them to Scientology through repetitive hypnotic trance. Alley was chained to drugs and now she's chained to Scientology. Is Kirstie Alley any more free? She's not suffering drug problems - but hasn't she's lost her life again?
According to a twenty-two year former member, Tom Cruise went somewhat insane while doing Scientology's secret initiation levels (OT III, the story of the galactic Emperor Xenu). The member from which this information is coming said Cruise was getting his "OT III repair" processing at that time. To prevent a public scene, they quickly got him into some more hypnotic trance induction and mellowed him out.
Did Marcia Clark lie to the media during the O.J. Simpson trial by saying she wasn't a Scientologist. You don't marry someone in Scientology's intelligence division unless you are a security cleared Scientologist. Her husband is one of the heads of the Citizens' Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) which is one of the intelligence division's main front groups attacking psychiatry.
The Michael Jackson Scientology recruiting story is intriguing. Celebrities who bring in other BIG celebrities (like Mimi Rogers who brought in Tom Cruise) are treated even more royally inside the organization.
The speedy Lisa Marie Presley Michael Jackson marriage fits the classic profile of Scientology celebrity recruiting and in some ways is similar to the conveniently fast Travolta Marriage.
Michael Jackson was a highly vulnerable target. He had just come out of a drug rehabilitation program, went through child molesting charges, and his career was slumping. Lisa Marie reportedly chased him and wouldn't take no for an answer.
Michael Jackson is the ultimate plum to Scientology. In Scientology's mind one Michael Jackson can bring in millions of new young and naive members.
A fanatical Scientologist would easily marry or divorce to prove his or her total dedication to "bringing in" millions of people (clearing and controlling the planet.) Those celebrities who have been through the OT III initiation know that "clearing the planet" really means they are one of the elite aliens trapped here. They know the Scientology secret initiations woke them up to their real identity and world historic destiny, and that they will have to go back out into the galaxy and eventually re-fight the old space war. (The Scientology secret initiation process produces a fanatical loyalty at a virtually irrational level.)
Is Lisa Marie a Scientology fanatic? She was married to a Sea Org member who signed a "billion year" contract. She has lived extensively at Scientology centers. By this time she has probably passed the OT III initiation. It's well within the scope of Scientology covert operations and loyalty testing for her to have been on a celebrity recruiting operation for acquiring Michael Jackson.
Michael Jackson may be Scientology's current #1 celebrity recruiting target. Unfortunately, going from the PR nightmares of his recent past into the world's most dangerous satanic cult will not be the best way to improve his marketability. He may find that what he gets with Lisa Marie may not be worth the "marriage" benefit.
The parallels make one wonder, did Scientology offer Lisa Marie Presley as an easy public relations solution to Jackson's sexual identity problems and his potential child molesting problems? Getting married after being considered a homosexual or a child molester is a good way to quash those notions in the public's eye. Was this another Travolta Kelly Preston quick marriage orchestrated for public relations benefit?
If Jackson is being manipulated to get in, will he ever dare go public? If he is not in yet, are Scientology and Lisa Marie slowly isolating him by replacing his non Scientology staff and advisors with pro Scientology people to effect the final conversion? Will Jackson and his staff smell the con, and distance themselves completely and permanently from Lisa Marie and the cynical Scientology celebrity manipulators? Only time will tell...
The political arena from politicians to lobbyists is definitely a high priority Scientology target.
Sometimes when it better suits their secret goals Scientology tries to hide or play down a celebrity connection. A good example is Sonny Bono.
Scientology pretty much owns Sonny Bono the politician. This is because he is an initiated Scientologist. His first loyalty must be not to the government, not to anything else, but Scientology first and foremost.
Sonny Bono is now a member of the House of Representatives in Washington. Although Scientology was reported to be secretly telling its members to donate to Bonn's reelection campaign, Scientology has down played Bonn's membership. Maybe Scientology believes that if more secret Scientology becomes public it's not good for his and their political destiny? (The OT VIII Bulletin talks about Hubbard coming back as a politician and fulfilling the prophecy of the Antichrist coming back as a political figure.)
Sonny Bono also happens to be on the U.S. copyright committee. Scientology uses copyrights and copyright raids to try to enforce secrecy of its secret initiations.
Scientology's most (in)famous celebrity: Charles Manson
One famous celebrity involved with Scientology that Scientology does not boast about, talk about, or probably even wants you to know about is Charles Manson, the convicted murderer of Sharon Tate and her friends. Scientology made extensive efforts to hide or destroy Manson's Scientology records. They have continually denied that he was a member, but in the FBI raid on Scientology's headquarters the F.B.I. found abundant Scientology internal intelligence information regarding Manson's involvement with Scientology.
The New York Times stated that Manson first got interested in Scientology while he was incarcerated in the McNeil Is land Penitentiary in Washington (Scientology has recruiting programs for prisons). From another report, Manson received about 150 hours of Scientology counseling in prison and at one point went psychotic. "Charles was very preoccupied with this new thing called Scientology", one of his friends from prison has told. "He thought that it could do something for him."
Manson himself has told that he learned the methods very quickly, because he had not been programmed in advance. Manson had lessons in Scientology by three of his cell mates. One of them, Lanier Palmer, was "Doctor of Scientology."
After his release from prison, The New York Times reported, he went to Los Angeles where he was said to have met local Scientologists and attended several parties for movie stars, possibly the July 18 initial dedication of the first Celebrity Center.
Scientology literature was also said to be found at the ranch when Manson and his family were captured. There were hints that he later got involved with other OTO groups or may have joined the Process, the sex and Satan group which originally broke away from Scientology.
It is interesting to note that the OTO is commonly considered the mother cult of Satanism to western society. Scientology was derived in significant part from the OTO. The Process came in significant part from Scientology. Another escapee-group from the Process was the notorious Son of Sam cult.
The Son of Sam cult had cells that spread all over the USA. Since 1976 about 15-20 cult killings were committed by the sect in the New York-area, especially of young girls. The leaders in New York were among others, David Berkowitz and the brothers John and Michael Cam. They killed "to bring this era to an end." At David's home the police found the telephone number of the Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, Florida, Scientology's main secret level training center.
David explained to the police, that the Son of Sam cult was an escapee from Scientology, though, there is no proof of David personally being close to Scientology.
Many Scientology celebrities are no more that manipulated victims themselves. They are kept isolated. They have no idea what the real nature of the secret organization is. They have no idea about the camps, the suicides or the abuse.
They never have seen the FBI raid documents that talk about Scientology's doing covert operations on anti-Scientology celebrities, showing that Scientology was gathering histories on celebrities to use for either possible recruitment or as covert operation targets if they were an "anti-Scientology celebrity." They do not know about Scientology illegally acquiring the tax returns of John Wayne and Frank Sinatra, or the covert operations on cartoonist Andy Berry. (The person who draws Berry's World Cartoon.)
Although it is not advertised, gradually the celebrities do learn that he or she too will become "fair game" if he or she publicly acknowledges the abuses or real secret nature of Scientology. In spite of the preceding, Scientology celebrities now must be held legally co-responsible for the damage Scientology causes because they're allowing their names and images to be used to bring children, young adults and families into Scientology and because they are getting something for helping it. They are getting paid in free services, commissions and country club perks.
If celebrities still choose to continue to be celebrity spokespersons or allow their names to be used in Scientology's endorsements and success stories, Scientology celebrities should begin to assume that the organizations which promote compassionate religion, family values and other humanitarian social values in opposition to the secret values and goals of Scientology will soon begin through public education and dialog to target their careers and public relations images .
The tremendous pain, loss, anguish, and anger Scientology has caused to so many individuals and families is real. (See included suicide appendix #3.) It would not be surprising to find more and more Scientology celebrity careers caught up in the growing backlash against Scientology in the courts and in the media, both here and abroad.
The Hollywood "religion's" backfire potential
The main program for Scientology's world wide expansion is currently its celebrity program. But, what is gradually happening is that a lot of non-Scientology Hollywood people are getting hip to the Scientology con.
Scientology has made a very bad strategic decision in linking its future expansion so solidly to Hollywood celebrities. First of all, they are betting their future on the concept that people will buy sincere and real spirituality from the endorsement of a slick Hollywood celebrity. That's a bad bet because most people today are wise enough not to buy whatever a Hollywood celebrity endorses until they know the product personally.
Second, Hollywood has long been know as the neurotic center of the universe. Hollywood is also known to be a "tinsel town" of insincerity and has so many other negative connotations - why would any legitimate religion seek celebrity endorsements or try to create a religion around the unspirituality of celebrity fame?
Most legitimate religions use good works or some humble program or their philosophy for promotion. But, Scientology is desperately looking at its celebrity recruitment as its savior, the idea being: if these celebrities can be in it, it must be good; another BIG mistake for David Miscavige, the celebrity-crazed new leader of Scientology. Hollywood's strange population of too many overpaid shiny people fails to impress most folks who tend to laugh at them and their fame-distorted lives.
Next, Hollywood is infamous for its lack of loyalty. When more people understand what Scientology really is and the first few Scientology celebrities are named for damages in new lawsuits against Scientology, Hollywood and Hollywood celebrities will distance themselves from Scientology faster than you can say "let's make a deal."
Finally, don't be surprised to see leading anti-Scientology critics soon challenging Scientology's top celebrities to appear on any national TV shows to debate the topics discussed in this report.
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