NEW BOOK: Battlefield Scientology, by Tony Ortega and Paulette Cooper

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  1. CommunicatorIC

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    NEW BOOK: Battlefield Scientology, by Tony Ortega and Paulette Cooper.

    Tony Ortega is the author of The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper.

    Paulette Cooper is the author of The scandal of Scientology.

    As reported by Panopea Abrupta from HowdyCon:

    https://tonyortega.org/2018/06/23/s...-cruise-behind-the-scenes/#comment-3958216925

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    Paulette is writing again!
    She pitched an idea.
    Obs did graphics.
    Tony and Paulette have put together a book
    - a best of the Bunker.
    Coming September!!!

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    [For context: The caption of the photo from HowdyCon is, "Christian is doing his song again ;)"]

    Story confirmed by Observer on Tony Ortega's blog.

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  3. CommunicatorIC

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    Tony Ortega now has a post up on the upcoming book:

    Coming soon, our collaboration with ‘Miss Lovely’ herself, Paulette Cooper!

    https://tonyortega.org/2018/06/24/c...ion-with-miss-lovely-herself-paulette-cooper/

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    During the main event at HowdyCon in Chicago, we revealed there’s a new book coming soon which we’re pretty excited about.

    The last time we were in Chicago, in 2015, we were there to promote our 2015 book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, our history of Paulette Cooper and how the Church of Scientology, which called her “Miss Lovely” in spy documents, tried to destroy her.

    A few months ago, Paulette approached us with an idea — shouldn’t there be a book of the best of the Underground Bunker? And could she edit and publish such a thing?

    We loved the idea, and so we went to work. We told her we had an idea for a title which we’d heard from Kay Rowe, who graciously gave us her blessing to use it — “Battlefield Scientology.”

    Paulette has worked hard to gather a large number of pieces, we’ve edited them to update them where possible, and she’s written introductions for several thematic groupings of the stories. The result is a large collection of material that documents Scientology, past and present, and in one handy volume.

    Here's what Paulette says about it:

    This book was written for people who think they know just about everything there is to know about Scientology, and to those who know nothing. The stories range from the early days of L. Ron Hubbard’s life to what is happening in his movement today. The chapters were chosen to appeal not only to former Scientologists, but also never-Scientologists, as well as to people who are just beginning to dip their toes in this subject. The 300 pages and 30 photos reflect not only what’s interesting, but also what’s important in understanding what has happened in this organization right down to what’s happening today. The paperback and e-book are scheduled for release in September.


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  4. Veda

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    So glad to see quotes around the word "religion."



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    "Scientology 1970 is being planned on a religious organization basis throughout the world. This will not upset in any way the usual activities of any organization. It is entirely a matter for accountants and solicitors."

    L. Ron Hubbard, 1962
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    Sleazy Scientology operative dressed as a minister, late 1970s.
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    Excerpt from Religious cloaking - the Brennan legal declaration:

    RELIGIOUS CLOAKING

    7. Based on years of work in the senior most legal bodies of organized scientology as covered above I have dealt with directly or supervised the handling of hundreds of legal matters involving the organizations of scientology which directly or indirectly had to do with using religious cloaking...

    8. It was determined that the only way to handle many of the legal matters in front of us and still apply Hubbard’s policies that had to do with staff, ethics, sales of services, money, delivery of services and the like was to develop and use a religious cloaking saying scientology was a religion, its services religious, its staff members of religious orders and the like. I can state without doubt that the overwhelming main reason that organized scientology developed and pushed its religious cloaking was to avoid a myriad of real or potential legal problems that would exist by following Hubbard’s policies if it were not considered a religion. By developing this religious cloaking for organized scientology it was hoped to avoid legal requirements around the world that might otherwise have to be followed that would make it impossible to follow Hubbard’s policies. In developing the religious cloaking for organized scientology, the following were considered a few of the “benefits” so that Hubbard policies could be applied. There are countless examples but the below are listed simply as a few of them:

    (i) minimum wages would not have to be paid;

    (ii) staff could be sent to different parts of the world and be able to stay locally as religious workers;

    (iii) standard employee rights, such as those found in laws like the Fair Labor Standards Act, could be discarded and thus Hubbard policies involving such things as ethics conditions, the Rehabilitation Project Force and the like could be applied without outside interference;

    (iv) less scrutiny would be allowed on the controls of the funds of scientology and the intermingling of funds between the corporations and other legal fictions of organized scientology;

    (v) it was hoped that the treatment of public scientologists and the use of their funds would be considered outside the purview of governmental bodies;

    (vi) couching the demand for and flow of monies within organized scientology using “religious” terms (such as by saying that clear cut mandatory payments for services were “fixed donations” and were mandated by the scripture of “exchange”) was hoped to cut off attempts by governments and others to look into them further...

    11. Two of the things that organized scientology felt were of the most importance in order to avoid compliance with many laws that were contrary to Hubbard policy were the religious cloaking as covered above and a corporate restructuring to make it very difficult if not impossible for outsiders to ever get to the main assets of organized scientology and to ensure that the real leaders of organized scientology could be insulated from legal liability by hiding their real controls behind a myriad of corporate and other legal veils. It was considered both a defensive and offensive strategy to have such cloaking (religious and corporate) in place.

    Defensively it makes it very difficult for individuals or even governments to force legal compliance of the many types of laws as covered above. It also makes it almost impossible to hold those that really control organized scientology responsible legally or to get to the financial assets of organized scientology spread out around the world. Offensively, it gives organized scientology a “safe base” from which to attack critics and/or anyone it feels is its enemy. Hiding behind religious cloaking and corporate veils it can act as a victim when people point out its crimes and injustices calling them “religious bigots”...

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    and even scaring governments, many of whom are not supposed to get involved with “religious matters”. By calling policies by Hubbard or Miscavige that are otherwise abusive or contrary to law “religious scripture” it was hoped to avoid legal scrutiny of same.

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    L. Ron Hubbard, on "inventing facts," from an April 1955 'HCOB':

    "A datum is an invention which has become agreed upon and solidified... When it is thoroughly agreed upon it becomes, then, a truth. The word 'lie' is simply 'an invention with a bad connotation'... Thus society frowns upon the invention of facts."
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    More from the Brennan legal declaration on Religious Cloaking - the Scholar Program:

    ...While organized scientology today parades out various scholars that say they are “religious”, I can tell you that this scholar program was started in the Guardian’s Office and I worked on it as early as 1974. I worked on the obtainment of such scholars opinions personally and by supervising others to do same and I used such scholars opinions to obtain recognitions that organized scientology would not otherwise have obtained.

    At no point where any scholars briefed on either the real controls of organized scientology or the reasons why religious cloaking was developed. Instead they tended to be briefed using the religious cloaking materials developed and/or by speaking with pre qualified, briefed scientologists who were told what to tell the scholars. If scholars wrote less than glowing reports of scientology being religious in nature, their opinions were discarded. For those who would write glowing reports supporting scientology’s “religious nature”, those reports were kept for further use in legal and/or PR matters....

    In summation, religious cloaking was constantly pushed within organized scientology by Hubbard, by its legal and PR departments, and later by Miscavige, to gain undeserved legal and PR advantages, to make more money, to use as a cover when abusing staff, public and even non scientologists, to hide behind when attacked by others and to use to discredit and attack others...
     
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  5. Type4_PTS

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    Scientology is clearly taking religious cloaking VERY seriously. Have you seen this:
    http://www.scientologyreligion.org/religious-expertises/
     
  6. Veda

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    The psychological-political operation of Scientology has been deceiving, manipulating,
    wining and dining, and bribing/buying "experts" for over forty years.

    They collect stilted testimonials like little kids collect baseball cards.


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  7. CommunicatorIC

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  8. Type4_PTS

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    An early Christmas present! :thumbsup:

    Paulette Cooper understands better than most how evil Scientology can be, so I look forward to seeing which postings from the Bunker she chose to make others understand about Scientology.

    From the perspective of the Co$, the greatest crimes are when someone tells the truth about their organization; the abusive behavior towards their own members as well as critics, the fraudulent and deceptive recruiting and registration, how their "scriptures" lead to criminal activity, etc. That makes Tony and Paulette two of the greatest enemies they've ever had. And the publishing and release of this book will just demonstrate once again the absolute and total failure of Hubbard's tech on the handling of "SP's"
     
  9. CommunicatorIC

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    Tony Ortega announced the book is a available today.

    https://tonyortega.org/2018/10/31/o...-the-best-of-the-bunker-with-paulette-cooper/

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    Paulette wanted us to post the contents page so you can get a gander at what’s inside…

    CONTENTS

    Foreword
    — By Paulette Cooper
    — By Tony Ortega

    Introduction
    — By Paulette Cooper and Tony Ortega

    1. CELEBRITIES IN SCIENTOLOGY

    — Introduction by Paulette Cooper
    — How Scientology spied on Tom Cruise – for more than 10 years
    — How Scientology broke up Tom Cruise and Mimi Rogers
    — How Lisa Marie Presley became a nightmare for Scientology
    — Scientology’s celebrity whisperer
    — The secret reports Leah Remini left out of her book
    — Neil Gaiman exorcises his Scientology past
    — Lucia Ribisi: how a celebrity family is being ripped apart
    — Greta van Susteren, John Coale, and the bizarre secrets of OT 4
    — How Scientology tried to retaliate against “South Park”
    — Scientology’s top celebrities — in order of those most likely to defect

    2. LIFE & DEATH & SCIENTOLOGY

    — Introduction by Paulette Cooper
    — Scientology’s sailing sweatshop: Sea Org life on the ‘Freewinds’
    — The tragic death of Lisa McPherson
    — The strange death of Flo Barnett, Mother-in-Law to David Miscavige

    3. FAIR GAME

    — Introduction by Paulette Cooper
    — Scientology’s master spies
    — Spying, intimidation, and ruin: caught up in Scientology’s “Fair Game”
    — The fight over a Scientology spy’s seized laptop
    — For Scientology’s most infamous dirty trickster, retirement has a happy ending
    — Jim Jones rooted for Scientology against Paulette Cooper

    4. L. RON HUBBARD AND SCIENTOLOGY HISTORY

    — Introduction by Paulette Cooper
    — Hubbard’s shocking statement about pedophilia in Scientology’s “Bible”
    — The truth about Hubbard’s academic history
    — An explosive LRH letter that explains the real reason he wrote “Dianetics”
    — How L. Ron Hubbard really came up with Scientology’s “space cooties”
    — “The History of Man” — The most ridiculous book ever published
    — Scientology’s original “OT 8” — evidence Hubbard claimed to be the Antichrist
    — Scientology’s weird underground vaults — and the bizarre “Battlefield Earth” connection
    — The odd story of Mary Sue Hubbard’s will, her dog, and her million-dollar house

    5. THE CURRENT SCENE

    — Introduction by Paulette Cooper
    — Shelly Miscavige: The wife Scientology’s leader wants us to forget
    — A question only his tailor would know: the height of Scientology’s leader, David Miscavige
    — Why Steve Fishman — of the notorious “Fishman Papers” — is today serving 21 years in prison
    — How the world’s best-selling drug is helping to finance Scientology
    — The disappointment of OT 8 – the highest level of Scientology
    — A sign of Scientology’s decline: when an entire “mission” defected

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