Daily Mail: "Scientology town Clearwater"

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Gabe Cazares and Hubbard Policy

    By Mike Rinder, December 12, 2017


    Tony Ortega has a must-read article on his blog this morning.

    Researcher R. M. Seibert obtained Freedom of Information Act documents from the FBI about the “ops” (the scientology term — short for operations — to describe campaigns against enemies) against former Clearwater Mayor Gabe Cazares. The stories about what was done to Cazares are horrifying.

    But it’s also worth noting the underlying POLICY of scientology that resulted in these actions against enemies of scientology.

    It is often claimed (and I did it myself for many years) that the Guardian’s Office were “rogue operatives” — but that ignores the fact that L. Ron Hubbard laid out how to go about destroying enemies of scientology with these sort of staged operations and planting of false stories. Hubbard fancied himself as a spy and wrote a considerable amount of scientology POLICY about the craft of “intelligence” and covertly controlling and influencing people and situations for the benefit of scientology.

    This is STILL THE POLICY of scientology. It is written by L. Ron Hubbard and thus cannot be changed or altered in any way.

    Read the article by Tony Ortega today before you read the document below. You will understand how scientology using planted documents and fake scenarios to smear and scandalize opponents came to be.

    The examples of “Gosh Porge” and “Bish Smish” in the reference below are not just funny asides. They are directives on HOW to destroy someone. The parallels to Cazares and Paulette Cooper are eery.

    This is ONE of Hubbard’s writings, directed to the Guardian’s Office. It has subsequently been formalized into an “OSA NW Order” — this is a retype of the original communication Hubbard sent to his wife, Mary Sue (CS-G – Commodore’s Staff Guardian Office) and other Guardian Office executives and “intelligence” personnel. As with a lot of Hubbard’s communication on “sensitive” matters, it was not signed. He did not want to incriminate himself (in later years, he would sign his name “*”). Bear in mind, this is just ONE of the documents Hubbard authored on the subject of “Intelligence” and dealing with enemies. It happens to be the one that has the most direct relevance to the story today.

    Below the document I have pulled some specific passages to highlight and comment on them.

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  2. The Wrong Guy Member

    He was Scientology’s most famous spy, then he turned witness and vanished. Now, here he is.

    By Tony Ortega, December 14, 2017


    In 2014, while we were working on our book about Paulette Cooper, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, we got a fascinating break.

    A researcher who was helping us said that he had managed to track down Michael Meisner.

    For those of us who study Scientology’s history, it’s a name that has always been shrouded in mystery. We have often wondered what happened to the super spy who carried out much of the legendary Snow White Program, the largest domestic infiltration of the U.S. federal government in its history, on behalf of Scientology’s infamous original spy wing, the Guardian’s Office.

    Meisner was born in Chicago in 1950, and was a college student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign when he became interested in the Scientology mission there in November 1970. He was later trained for the Guardian’s Office and then was sent to Washington DC in 1973 as L. Ron Hubbard’s Snow White Program was going into effect around the world.

    Meisner became responsible for a stunning amount of burglarizing in Washington DC federal agencies, as we explain at some length in our book.

    But then, one of the FBI’s first female agents, a woman named Christine Hansen, answered a call about a pair of suspicious characters at a DC law library on June 11, 1976. She questioned the men, Michael Meisner and his partner, Gerald Wolfe, and then let them go, but later realized they had given her false information. By pure luck, on June 30 she ran into Wolfe again at the IRS headquarters and put him under arrest.

    Scientology sent Meisner into hiding in Los Angeles as they watched what would happen with Wolfe, and then put Meisner under guard when he became impatient.

    A year later, in June 1977, Meisner escaped his Scientology guards and turned himself in to the FBI. Three weeks after that, on July 8, 1977, the FBI served search warrants at three Scientology locations in DC and Los Angeles in what was the largest raid in FBI history.

    Meisner then served as a witness as the Justice Department prosecuted and got convictions for eleven top Scientology officials, including Hubbard’s wife, Mary Sue.

    And then, Meisner vanished.

    Now, our researcher told us where he was living, and showed us how he knew this was the same Michael J. Meisner, born August 8, 1950, who had attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and who had turned witness for the FBI.

    We sent a letter to Meisner and called him, asking if he’d be interested in speaking to us for our book, and hoping that he would — one of the things that we were trying to do in Miss Lovely was get multiple perspectives on the operations that had been aimed at Paulette Cooper.

    Meisner claimed we had the wrong guy, and told us not to call him again.

    We let the matter rest for several years.

    But now, we are bringing it up for multiple reasons. First, because we obtained the FBI file on former Clearwater mayor Gabe Cazares, which we made public Tuesday. It was Meisner who told the FBI about the details of Scientology’s plot to ruin Cazares with a bizarre hit-and-run accident in DC in 1976.

    And also, in the years since we first contacted Meisner, one of our excellent helpers, researcher Eivol Ekdal, has tracked down photographs of Meisner which helped us learn how he managed to transform himself and his life in almost unbelievable ways.

    After he provided testimony in the Snow White case and then obtained a new identity in a witness protection program, Michael Meisner went back to school, got an engineering degree, and then by 1981 found work in, of all places, the nuclear power industry.

    He started out as a licensing engineer with the company that became Entergy in New Orleans, then moved to Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1988 at the Grand Gulf nuclear power station. By 1996, he was the director of licensing for five Entergy nuclear power plants, and then he became president of the Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company in 1998 and then its chief nuclear officer.

    His rise was meteoric, and it was all done under his original name. (He apparently only used the assumed identity for his return to college.) From 1997 to 2005, Meisner oversaw the decommissioning and deconstruction of the Maine Yankee nuclear power plant in Wiscasset, and then retired.

    And almost as surprising, we learned that Meisner’s sister, Mary Jo Meisner, became well known as a newspaper reporter and editor — she was city editor of the Washington Post from 1987 to 1991, editor in chief of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from 1993 to 1997 and a vice president of the prestigious Boston Foundation from 2001 to 2016. Three times, she was a judge for the Pulitzer Prizes. Today, she teaches at Harvard. But she sure sat on one hell of a story during all that time.

    Fascinated that Mike Meisner felt so secure that he had gone back to his original name, we hoped he would talk to us about his amazing second life. But he’s not interested.

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  3. The Wrong Guy Member

    Clearwater looks to revisit land swap with Church of Scientology | Tampa Bay Times

    By Tracey McManus, December 22, 2017


    In June, City Council members surprised Church of Scientology officials when they voted to halt a land swap that had been in the works for months.

    The church had bought a vacant lot just east of downtown under the impression it could trade it for three small city-owned parcels Scientology needs for its campus.

    When it came time to make the trade official, however, engineering staff cautioned the city may need those unused parcels in the future. Council members decided the timing was not right and voted 4-1 to postpone the swap indefinitely with Council member Bob Cundiff voting against waiting.

    Citing a now-urgent need for the Scientology-owned lot on Cleveland Street to use as retail parking, the city has asked to restart negotiations with the church. But since the first time around, local church officials have gone dark on communicating with the city.

    City attorney Pam Akin said she contacted Scientology attorneys at the end of November to arrange a meeting with local church officials and update the conversation. She said she has still not gotten a response on whether they are willing to meet.

    City Manager Bill Horne said Scientology leader David Miscavige called him on Dec. 8 because "he was apparently aware of (Akin) reaching out and not getting a response."

    "He said for us to move forward with it, and that’s what we’re trying to do," Horne said.

    Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw did not respond to a request for comment.

    Horne said if church officials are not willing to meet with city staff, the details will have to be worked out between each side’s lawyers and could go to the Council for a vote early next year. Church staff has drastically cut back communication after the City Council voted in April to buy a 1.4 acre downtown lot the church also coveted.

    This land swap would involve the church trading its lot, adjacent to the Nolen apartment complex at 949 Cleveland St., in exchange for: 600 Franklin St., which holds the former fire marshal building; a parcel on the northwest corner of S Garden Avenue and Court Street with seven parking spaces; and nine parking spaces on Watterson Avenue that abut the Garden Avenue parking garage.

    After the Council voted down the swap, Scientology attorney Monique Yingling called the decision unfounded because the deal had been in the works for six months with no previous sign of hesitation from staff.

    She stated in a letter her clients would be watching to see if religious discrimination was at play.

    City commissioned appraisals showed the Scientology lot is valued at $600,000, well above the $425,000 combined value of the three city parcels.

    But since they voted to postpone the trade, some City Council members who had reservations say those concerns have changed over the six months.

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  4. I think it's just about time to start referring to McManus in the same sentence and breath that we talk about Tobin and Childs.
  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    Clearwater City Council Candidate Tom Keller says he’s a voice for the ordinary resident

    Editor’s note: Ahead of the March 13 election, the Tampa Bay Times is publishing profiles on Clearwater City Council candidates for Seat 4 today. Profiles on candidates for Seat 5 will appear next week.

    By Tracey McManus, January 12, 2018


    Keller said he would advocate for the swift implementation of Imagine Clearwater, the city’s $55 million waterfront redevelopment plan, but would be a watchdog to ensure conservative spending on construction costs.

    He said he supports the plan as a way to revitalize the city’s long-struggling downtown. He said while the Church of Scientology takes immaculate care of its properties, its overwhelming presence downtown can be a deterrent to the general public.

    "If they are going to buy property downtown or buy any more, is it going to be something all the citizens can enjoy?" Keller said. "Moving forward, I want to speak to them and tell them my desire with anything they’re doing, I don’t want to have to convert to Scientology to enjoy stuff they’re doing down there. We can’t just have Scientology downtown."

    Keller said he is interested in improving communication between the city and the church, which has frayed in recent months, but that he has not yet been in touch with church officials for his campaign.

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    Clearwater City Council candidate David Allbritton touts track record in civic life

    By Tracey McManus, January 12, 2018


    Allbritton said the city’s $55 million Imagine Clearwater waterfront redevelopment plan is key to bringing downtown back to life. He said maintaining open communication with the Church of Scientology, downtown’s largest property owner, in that effort will be vital.

    But he said encouraging private business to invest so the redevelopment plan does not "lose steam" is just as crucial. He said being an advocate for revitalization and helping businesses navigate the process of opening shop during this transition phase is one of his priorities.

    "In the near future we’re going to start seeing, instead of the city and Scientology trying to get together on things, there’s going to be a third leg to this," he said. "There’s going to be the private sector, and if we can get the private sector in with the city and Scientology, I think we can make some things happen."

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