Discussion in 'Scientology and Anonymous' started by Darth Xander, Apr 27, 2014.
Glad you see the light!!
Was the person who proofread Hitlers speeches the first grammar nazi?
Is there an official countdown?
How about an unofficial one?
Hmmm....Amax is speaking. I wonder if she'll mention Cancer Pants in her speech....
i can't get this song outta my head now. thanks, pete.
L. Ron Hubbard descendant joins the opposition
Jamie DeWolf, great-grandson of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, will speak at next week's anti-Scientology conference "Flag Down 2014."
The five-day conference begins Monday, May 5, in Clearwater. Organizers say it will reveal "the abusive conditions, financial exploitation, coerced abortions and broken families that lie behind the Scientology organization's veneer of religiosity."
DeWolf is the grandson of Ronald DeWolf, who helped build his father's Scientology empire in the 1950s but later denounced him as a fraud. DeWolf has described Scientology as "the most brilliantly engineered
pyramid scam I've ever seen" and Clearwater as "a city they bullied
their way into and devoured."
His video “The God and the Man” received more than 500,000 views in
DeWolf will be joined at the Flag Down conference by ex-Scientology members and critics including authors Russell Miller (1987's "Bare-faced Messiah"), John Duignan (2008's "The Complex"), Geir Isene (2013's "Nineteen Eighty-Four") and the BBC's John Sweeney (2013's "The Church of Fear").
Four of the speakers are defectors from the Scientology organization's elite
pseudo-paramilitary wing, the "Sea Org."
For more information, click here: http://www.FlagDown.org
Good Luck Everyone, really wish I could attend, I'll do double spamming on Craigslist for youse!
I am going....and I bringing Baby with me.
Minnreg Hall at 3:27
From Sidney at ESMB. I know it's long, but thought peeps would like to see what's being told to the faithful.
I received this long long email from flag regarding the flag down 2014 event. It is self explanatory and the usual "handful of apostates, removed for malfeasance". The bullshit and DM ass kissing is amazing.
Clearwater, Florida, or rather Largo, has been chosen as the location for next week's so-called "Flag Down 2014" conference, a get-together of anti-Scientologist extremists, many of them with unsavoury stories on their conscience when it comes to human rights. Mystery, misunderstanding and a share of controversy are not unique to Scientology - they inevitably accompany the new and different, as they have all new religions.
This particular conference has been organized by a handful of self-corroborating apostates removed for malfeasance, and obsessed with lying about the ecclesiastical leader of the religion, Mr. David Miscavige.
There are certain characteristics and mental attitudes that cause a percentage of the population to violently oppose any betterment activity or group. This small percentage of society (roughly 2 percent) cannot tolerate that Scientology is successfully improving conditions around the world. This same 2 percent is opposed to any effective self-betterment activity. The reason they so rabidly oppose Scientology is because it is doing so much to help society. Those who are upset that people are improving are few in number compared to the millions who have embraced Scientology and applaud its effort to build a better world. We urge all supporters of human rights and religious freedom to condemn this hateful activity and direct their complaints in person and in writing to The Minnreg Hall, 6340 126th Avenue, Largo, Fl 33773-1820 for playing host to these vociferous anti-religionists.
If you are interested in the Church of Scientology and the legacy of its Founder, don’t look to spectators who sit around commenting on how “interesting” it all is as the lives of others pass them by. Instead, ask a Scientologist; ask those who partner with the Church to help their fellow man. Or simply look for yourself by walking into a Church of Scientology. Or go to scientology.org and lronhubbard.org. For there you’ll find the true profile of the only world religion to emerge in the 20th century.
The True Face of Scientology: Unparalleled Growth Since 2004
Total assets and property holdings of the Church of Scientology internationally have more than doubled since 2004.
The combined size of Church premises increased from nearly 5.6 million square feet in 2004 to 12.1 million square feet in 2010.
The Church has acquired more than 70 buildings since 2004 in major population centers around the world.
The Church has completed over 400,000 square feet of renovations of new premises this year alone. In addition, currently under construction are over a quarter of a million square feet.
The number of people newly introduced to Scientology and starting on training or counseling per week exceeds 26 times any previous week in history.
L. Ron Hubbard has been awarded four Guinness World Records:
2006 Most Published Works by a Single Author: 1,084
2006 Most Translated Author in the World: 71 languages
2009 Most Audiobook Titles on Earth: 185
2010 Most Translated Book on Earth, The Way to Happiness: 70 languages
92 million L. Ron Hubbard books and lectures on Dianetics and Scientology have been distributed in the last decade—more than during the first 50 years of Dianetics and Scientology combined.
The Church's publications organizations in Los Angeles and Copenhagen have been established as state-of-the-art digital publishing houses and are cumulatively capable of printing 1.3 million books and producing 1 million compact discs weekly. Annually, that amounts to 67 million books and 52 million CDs.
Over 4.2 million pages of L. Ron Hubbard's writings have been translated in the last 11 years alone compared to a total of 359,459 in the prior 50 years.
14,560 hours of translated L. Ron Hubbard lectures have been recorded since 2005.
Millions of L. Ron Hubbard Dianetics and Scientology books have been placed in more than 151,000 libraries in 192 countries since July 2007.
L. Ron Hubbard's books have won over 60 design and printing awards.
Over 8 million DVDs have been sold and/or distributed in the last six years, comprising 1,952 different DVD titles.
778 films (English and translated) have been produced in the last six years.
Since 2004, 14,538 videos have been produced (English and translated)—an average of 119 per month.
The number of hours of video produced since 2004 is 2,221, averaging 27 hours per month.
The total number of hours of international events (English and translated) produced in the last six years totals 1,966—an average of 28 hours per month.
Over 32 million visitors have viewed more than 70 million videos in 17 languages on the Scientology website in the last 12 months.
WHAT IS FLAG?
Flag (the Flag Service Organization) is a religious retreat located in Clearwater, Florida. It serves as the spiritual headquarters for Scientologists planetwide. Flag is the largest Church of Scientology in the world. Flag represents the hub of the greater Scientology worldwide community as a dynamic, multilingual organization. Flag not only ministers the most advanced levels of training available anywhere, but all advanced levels of auditing up to New OT VII.
The title “Flag” follows from the fact that from the late 1960s through the mid-1970s, the highest ecclesiastical organizations were located at sea aboard a flotilla of ships. The 330-foot motor vessel Apollo served as Mr. Hubbard’s home. Accordingly, it was then the most senior Scientology Church. It was known as the “Flagship” of the flotilla and called “Flag” for short.
At that time, special advanced auditing and training services were ministered only aboard Flag. However, as more and more Scientologists wished to participate in these services, the lack of sufficient space required a move to land. In 1975, the Flag Service Organization established itself in Clearwater, Florida, where it occupied the historic twelve-story city landmark Fort Harrison Hotel. Since then, Flag has continued to expand. Today it also occupies the Sandcastle which ministers advanced auditing, the Coachman Building which serves as a training center for thousands of Scientologists and many other supporting facilities.
Given Flag’s growing international congregation, the last several years has seen continual construction to provide still more facilities for its parishioners. On January 1, 2008, the fully renovated 172,000-square-foot Oak Cove opened, providing accommodations for visiting Scientologists.
On March 14, 2009, the ribbon was cut on the eleven-month, million-man-hour restoration of the 267,000-square-foot Fort Harrison. Providing accommodations and restaurants for Scientologists while receiving religious services, the historic property is also open to the public for charity events, tours and open houses.
On November 17, 2013, ten thousand Scientologists gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the new Church of Scientology Flag Building. The building stands 377,000 square feet and occupies an entire city block. It has the capacity to deliver Scientology religious services to thousands of parishioners every day.
Since its founding, Flag has expanded to more than 50 buildings totaling more than 2 million square feet, servicing Scientologists in all major languages.
Flag is also a hub of Scientology within its own community, sponsoring a variety of outreach activities to help those in need. Visiting Scientology artists and performers regularly hold public exhibitions and concerts to which local residents are always invited.
Flag is the spiritual headquarters of the Scientology religion. Although it concentrates on ministering the most advanced spiritual levels of Scientology, its services span the entirety of the Bridge. Every Scientologist aspires to come to Flag. And sooner or later, everyone does.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD RELIGIOUS TECHNOLOGY CENTER AND ECCLESIASTICAL LEADER OF THE SCIENTOLOGY RELIGION
David Miscavige is the ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion. From his position as Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center (RTC), Mr. Miscavige bears the ultimate responsibility for ensuring the standard and pure application of L. Ron Hubbard’s technologies of Dianetics and Scientology and for Keeping Scientology Working.
In that capacity, Mr. Miscavige has redefined the term “religious leader” to fit the tasks necessary to direct a truly unique, contemporary religion—a religion born in the twentieth century, which has achieved an unprecedented level of expansion in the twenty-first century, including some 11,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups across 167 nations.
Under Mr. Miscavige’s stewardship, Scientology-supported social betterment and humanitarian programs have touched the lives of billions. Mr. Hubbard’s religious works are more widely available than ever and the Church has achieved unprecedented growth both in physical size and in the reach of its ministry.
Such is the stamp of Mr. David Miscavige in fulfilling the vision and legacy of L. Ron Hubbard and such is the encapsulated story of his leadership:
Guaranteeing the continued growth and expansion of Scientology internationally
Making Scientology broadly available to people of all walks of life world over
Developing programs to address society’s worst ills and providing the resources to put those programs into action
Ensuring that the Scripture of Scientology is true to the Founder’s original writings
Developing proprietary audio restoration technology to preserve Mr. Hubbard’s recorded lectures
Forming translations units and establishing methodology to ensure the foreign dissemination of the materials of Dianetics and Scientology
Seeing to the international dissemination of the Scientology religion and its humanitarian objectives through establishment of a 185,000-square-foot Scientology
Dissemination and Distribution Center
Creating Ideal Scientology Church Organizations
Establishing two state-of-the-art digital publishing houses capable of producing 1.3 million books and 1 million CDs per week
Inspiring the Volunteer Ministers Program, the world’s largest independent relief force, with more than 200,000 volunteers
Securing official recognitions of the religion
Presiding over nine annual globally broadcast events that serve as briefings for Scientologists on the Church's strategic programs
L. RON HUBBARD'S TRUSTED FRIEND
Born in 1960, David Miscavige has been a Scientologist for most of his life and is still remembered as the 12-year-old prodigy who served as the youngest professional auditor at Saint Hill’s famed Hubbard Guidance Center in England.
He is further remembered for the fact that barely a year after entering the Scientology religious order, the Sea Organization, at the age of 16, he was among a handful of people selected to work directly with L. Ron Hubbard. After personal instruction from Mr. Hubbard, the 17-year-old David Miscavige served as his Director of Photography for the first Scientology training films.
Later, at Mr. Hubbard’s request, Mr. Miscavige served as the senior executive supervising ecclesiastical missions to Scientology Churches around the world. By the age of 18, David Miscavige had become the individual L. Ron Hubbard called upon to carry out the most important assignments. No Church executive in history ever received more direct communication from L. Ron Hubbard than Mr. Miscavige.
In 1983, L. Ron Hubbard described a heroic Church executive who cleaned the ranks of rogue staff attempting to seize control of Scientology while Mr. Hubbard was engaged in intensive research and absent from the Church. As Mr. Hubbard himself phrased it:
“So forgive me for not managing the Church when it almost fell into hostile hands. It all came out all right. Why? Because real Scientologists made sure it did. My faith was justified.”
That real Scientologist L. Ron Hubbard spoke of was David Miscavige.
In light of what had nearly transpired, L. Ron Hubbard requested a corporate reorganization of the Church designed to ensure the Church would not fall into hostile hands and the religion could move on into perpetuity—always remaining true to its Source teachings. To that end, L. Ron Hubbard saw to the formation of Religious Technology Center to hold the Scientology and Dianetics trademarks and to preserve, maintain and protect the Scientology religion. He appointed Mr. Miscavige a Trustee of that Church organization.
To oversee his personal affairs for the remainder of his life, L. Ron Hubbard also appointed David Miscavige as chairman of the organization charged with handling those matters.
Following L. Ron Hubbard’s passing in 1986, it was Mr. Miscavige who steered Scientology through those difficult days; for as history demonstrates, the true test of any religion is to survive the passing of its Founder. Indeed, it was Mr. Miscavige who secured that survival by obtaining full religious recognition in the United States and ushering Scientology onto the global stage.
Since then, Mr. Miscavige has steadfastly carried forth L. Ron Hubbard’s legacy, until Scientology now stands as the only major religion to emerge in this modern age. To be sure, what Mr. Miscavige has done is no more or less than the fulfillment of L. Ron Hubbard’s vision—a vision he knew would be faithfully carried out with Mr. Miscavige at the helm.
“Trust and friendship are things forged in fire and pounded out on the anvil of life. We have been through a lot together. I trust you as you trust me.”
—L. Ron Hubbard to David Miscavige
CREATING A NEW ERA OF EXPANSION
David Miscavige works for and answers to Scientology’s millions of parishioners. He is unrelenting in his service to their interests and the interests of the religion. The period of stellar growth he has spearheaded has been described as nothing short of the renaissance of the Scientology religion.
As the driving force behind a worldwide program to expand all Churches of Scientology to better serve their communities, Mr. Miscavige led the creation of a new breed of Scientology Churches. These Churches stand as points of succor where all are welcome. These are also the Churches from which Scientologists extend their social betterment programs to mitigate intolerance, illiteracy, immorality and drug abuse.
L. Ron Hubbard expressed the goal of Scientology to create Churches that reflect physically what they provide spiritually:
“You are creating an island of friendliness, decency and succor in the sea of a violent world. ... Some time in the future the islands will become the sea.”
To realize this goal, in 2004 Mr. Miscavige launched a program with the stated aim of making every Church of Scientology into an ideal Church of Scientology—ideal in location, design, quality of religious services and social betterment programs.
Each Church is uniquely configured to accommodate the full array of Scientology services for both parishioners and the surrounding community. Each houses extensive public information multimedia displays that introduce every facet of Dianetics and Scientology. Additionally, libraries, seminar rooms and chapels serve as places to hold Sunday services and other congregational gatherings. The first wave of these new Churches now graces world cultural centers, including Madrid, London, Berlin, New York, Rome, Washington D.C. and Brussels.
New Ideal Organizations now regularly open their doors, with many others are on the horizon, as Scientologists rally in support of a global Ideal Churches movement to serve their communities long into the future.
ENSURING THE PURITY OF SCIENTOLOGY FOR ALL TIME
As ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, Mr. Miscavige has devoted himself to making the Scripture of the Scientology religion accessible to all. For a quarter century, he ceaselessly advanced L. Ron Hubbard’s intention to provide the writings and lectures on Dianetics and Scientology to all people of Earth, in all languages. With Mr. Hubbard’s works on the mind and spirit comprising 18 million written words and 2,500 recorded lectures, the codification, restoration, translation and publishing of these works was daunting. But by the close of 2009, the 25-year undertaking to restore all Dianetics and Scientology materials was completed and for the first time the entire body of Scientology Scripture is available in the exact chronology in which the material was originally delivered by Mr. Hubbard.
The backdrop against which this “Golden Age of Knowledge” unfolded is the Materials Guide Chart, a comprehensive guide long advised by L. Ron Hubbard and brought to life by Mr. Miscavige. It pictorially represents a chronology of Mr. Hubbard’s written and recorded materials and their interrelationships. In full, the Golden Age of Knowledge constitutes the single most sustained program in Scientology history to recover, restore and verify the Scientology Scripture. Included were projects to locate all extant manuscripts and recorded lectures by L. Ron Hubbard—which in turn necessitated scouring every locale where he wrote or lectured. A two-million-man-hour project to ensure the purity of the materials further included correcting transcription errors in dictated manuscripts, removing editorial additions and alterations, identifying incorrect sequences and missing text and verifying every page as complete, correct and true to Source.
Thereafter and in sequence: With the launch of the Golden Age of Knowledge in 2005 came the Congress Lectures, L. Ron Hubbard’s special events presenting his announcements of each new milestone breakthrough in the research and development of Dianetics and Scientology.
In June 2007 came the release that would “change the world of Scientology forever”: Mr. Miscavige’s presentation of the fully restored Basics, comprising L. Ron Hubbard’s 18 books and 280 lectures at the core of the Scientology religion. With more than 70 million copies of the Basics books and lectures read and listened to since 2007, this achievement alone has created a renaissance in the religion.
At the close of 2009 came the historic announcement of the Golden Age of Knowledge Complete with the release of L. Ron Hubbard’s Professional and Advanced Clinical Course Lectures. This body of work totals more than 1,000 lectures and 500 written issues, and provides a day-to-day record of Mr. Hubbard’s path of discovery in Dianetics and Scientology.
MEETING THE DEMAND FOR SCIENTOLOGY MATERIALS
While L. Ron Hubbard's lectures had been previously assembled from around the world and stored in archives, the poor quality of the original recordings and deterioration of master tapes seriously impaired mass reproduction. Consequently, the project to restore these lectures only became possible with advances in computer and digital technology. To reclaim Mr. Hubbard’s lectures, the Church established one of the world’s most sophisticated sound restoration studios.
Mr. Miscavige was intimately involved with every aspect of this project. He dedicated thousands of hours to ensure that every word conformed precisely to Mr. Hubbard’s original works and that his recorded lectures were universally accessible. For only in this way can Scientologists chronologically study their religion in pure, unadulterated form.
No less crucial to this scriptural restoration program was the largest global translations project in Church history, with all beginning books of Dianetics and Scientology made available in fifty languages and The Basics available in sixteen languages.
Given the sheer quantity and range of these materials, a publishing strategy was needed to ensure their production was viable in any language and in any quantity, no matter how small or large. The realization of that strategy is Bridge Publications in Los Angeles and New Era Publications in Copenhagen, Denmark. Together these organizations comprise the world’s largest in-house, all-digital, print-on-demand publishing operation, cumulatively capable of printing 1.3 million books and producing 1 million compact discs weekly.
Recovering, producing and broadly disseminating all materials of Dianetics and Scientology—this is the achievement of Mr. David Miscavige, and this is what will preserve Scientology for all eternity.
SPEARHEADING GLOBAL HUMANITARIAN INITIATIVES
Mr. Hubbard long held that spiritual freedom both contributes to and stems from a belief in the brotherhood of Man. From precisely this vantage point, Mr. Miscavige tirelessly works to extend Mr. Hubbard’s social betterment technologies to all people of the world. Through the process, he has brought the technology of L. Ron Hubbard and the dedication of Scientologists to bear on what most troubles Man, including drug abuse, illiteracy, immorality and disasters, both natural and manmade.
As the standard-bearer for these broad-scale humanitarian movements, Mr. Miscavige has overseen Church sponsorship of international headquarters for these initiatives. These centers include Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma, established in 2001 as the premier facility of the worldwide Narconon drug rehabilitation and prevention network. It is the world’s largest residential facility of its kind and also serves as the international training center for drug rehab specialists.
To make L. Ron Hubbard’s solutions to illiteracy widely available, the Applied Scholastics International headquarters and training center was opened in 2003 on a 100-acre campus in Missouri. Teachers from 48 nations have received training there and in turn have implemented Study Technology through more than 1,000 schools and groups in 74 nations, significantly raising reading levels wherever it is applied.
To respond to a general decline in personal and group morals in this modern age, The Way to Happiness Foundation International headquarters opened in 2003 in Glendale, California. Over 100 million copies of the common-sense moral code, The Way to Happiness, have been produced and distributed in 105 languages across more than 150 nations, bringing greater happiness and harmony to individuals and societies.
In addition to these centers for social change, Mr. Miscavige has spearheaded global humanitarian programs, all of which are made freely available in over a dozen languages. These include The Truth About Drugs, the world’s largest nongovernmental drug education and prevention campaign; the Church-sponsored worldwide Human Rights Education Campaign promoting the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Program which provides disaster aid in every corner of the globe. (See: The Truth About Drugs, Human Rights and Scientology Volunteer Ministers: Bringing Help Whenever and Wherever the Need)
In these, and a myriad of other ways, Mr. Miscavige is realizing L. Ron Hubbard’s intention to provide the broad-scale help Mankind so urgently needs. In the process, he has provided worldwide humanitarian initiatives that Scientologists are immensely proud to support.
It is Mr. Miscavige’s unwavering adherence to L. Ron Hubbard’s vision that has propelled Scientology so far and so fast in but a quarter of a century. It is what will continue to ensure the growth of this religion and what will finally bring about a world where all may rise to greater heights.
Such was the dream of L. Ron Hubbard and such is the work of David Miscavige.
"This particular conference has been organized by a handful of self-corroborating apostates removed for malfeasance.."
Malfeasance: illegal or dishonest activity especially by a public official or a corporation.
That describes those who run the scientology corporation very accurately.
Thank you, Sidney for leaking this email to us.
First of all, there are two organizers of this event who were never in Scientology. We are not apostates who were removed for malfeasance and in fact, NONE of the people involved in organizing or speaking at this conference are apostates removed for malfeasance. They woke up.
There are many reasons I chose the Minnreg as our venue for this conference.
I just spoke with the management at the Minnreg to alert them that Flag has sent out an email telling whoever is still left out there who considers themselves a scilon (see what I did thar?) to send complaints to the Minnreg along with their address.
Management at Minnreg would like to say that any mail that comes to them without a complete return address including a full name will immediately be tossed in the trash. And any complaints of any kind about this conference will also be tossed.
Management at Minnreg would like to say that any mail that comes to them without a complete return address including a full name will immediately be tossed in the trash. And any complaints of any kind about this conference will also be tossed.
That is some mighty long bawl in that letter. Looks like they pulled out at least 4 or 5 PRweb pressers and combined 'em. I take that as a good sign there is more coming.
For those who are attending and are not familiar with the cult's past shenanigans at such events, here's some highly recommended reading that's even longer - but well worth it. Alanzo's 4 part series on being an OSA agent that includes what happened when he was one of several culties who infiltrated a CAN conference where scilons attempted to reak havoc:
Part 1 of 4 - follow the links for the next part at the end of each page to continue.
Bathroom sabotage, FTW!
Oh snap! Is that some scientology vanquishing the vociferous?
Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose.
That email was one seriously stupid waste of font. Scientology should THINK OF THE CHILDREN and conserve font wherever possible for our kids' future.
I just read the thread over at esmb. Can someone please post Minnreg's response over there? And I saw that someone wanted to write words of encouragement to Minnreg. I recommend maybe sending a postcard with big hearts on it so it doesn't get trashed along with all the negative scilon crap.
That email was such a gem and one thing that I like to do to relax is set type (yes, I know. Shut up). Since the Wall of Text on ESMB gave me spasms, I threw the wall into text program and actually formatted the wonderful drek. Here's a PDF if anyone wants a copy.
Their inappropriate use of display caps already stands as an affront to font. This egregious misuse of font only deepens their guilt. They can best conserve font by STFU.
I once pretty much killed a computer in the old days by putting like 500 fonts on to it.
But they were free dammit.
Thanks for the pdf.
Just 500? Yeah, I get carried away sometimes in downloading them too. And you're welcome. I like fixing Walls of Text.
I started type setting other articles and such, but I don't think I ever finished them, though one I did typeset MichaelOTVIII's story when he posted it once. Maybe I should look into finishing those up.
Anyway, sorry to derail. I look forward to the ustream feed. My banwidth got boosted the other day, so I can actually watch it!
The following may, or may not, be relevant. I know amaX is aware of the situation, and has been most helpful in the past. That is remembered and appreciated.
In any event, I thought you'd want to know about the shout-out below.
Background WWP thread:
Fiona is loved
Background ESMB rhread:
Fiona is loved
Fiolna Is Loved: Shout-out to Flag Down
Wishing Flag Down to be successful and have some effect at waking up the Sea Org is very relevant.
I am happy to hear that Jordi is doing so well!
And I know that Fiona will always be loved no matter what the future brings.
Our city hall spy says that at this very minute scientology is applying for permits for next Saturday for Dianetics day.
Hopefully will have more details soon!
How a Retired Florida Woman Became Head of Anonymous' Anti-Scientology Protest in Clearwater
Laura Flynn remembers the first time she met a Scientologist. Living in Clearwater -- also known as Flag Land Base or Mecca by L. Ron Hubbard's acolytes -- she had unknowingly come into contact with them countless times. The 58-year-old, who describes herself as "good country people," didn't ask questions, though. It didn't matter to her or her husband what people did when they walked into the Super Power building downtown. It was like the don't-ask, don't-tell policy of cult membership.
But after 1993, she couldn't ignore the church's influence on her fellow Clearwater residents any longer. Although she's retired now, Flynn used to work as a floral designer. One day she saw her then-boss huddled in the corner, drinking a Coca-Cola she'd pilfered from a coworker.
"She was shaking like a leaf, just trying to get some nourishment in there," Flynn remembers. "She begged me not to tell anyone."
Flynn later learned that the fast was part of a Scientology-related cleanse called the Purification Rundown. She thought it was strange, sure, but she still felt distanced from whatever happened within the four walls of Scientology headquarters.
That's until her husband brought it home. Dallas, a six-foot-four, 300-pound teddy bear of a man, was contracted to do some electrical work at that very building. She says Dallas would relay tales of 15-year-olds being forced to work as day laborers under him and recount how elder Scientologists would just curse and scream at them all day long.
"One day he came home, took off his boots, and just started crying," Flynn says. "He kept talking about the kids there and wondering how they'll ever be OK."
It was 2007, a few months before a church-produced interview with Tom Cruise leaked on YouTube, and they infamously tried to censor it. In response to the attempted censorship, Anonymous founded Project Chanology, a multiday protest of Scientology that now happens every year in Clearwater and plenty of other cities around the world.
Anonymous is -- as its name suggests -- leaderless. (And it's also made up mostly of users of sites like imageboard 4Chan and forums like Something Awful.) But when it comes to Flag Down, the latest incarnation of Project Chanology, an unlikely spokeswoman has emerged. It's Laura Flynn, the retired floral designer who calls the online troublemakers "Channers" and "whippersnappers."
"I'm this old woman, and it's hilarious to be part of such a young movement," she says. "This is like a full-time thing for me now."
She attended the first-ever Project Chanology as a participant. Then she started heading to places like Orlando for more protests. In 2010, 4Chan founder Christopher Poole gave a TED talk called "The Case for Anonymity Online" in which he showed a photo of Flynn underneath a Guy Fawkes mask. She became a celebrity to her nieces and nephews.
In 2011, the group's two former leaders quit over a fight regarding a girl. In stepped Flynn and two other organizers. The other two have since left, and now she runs things with a former Scientologist named Peter Griffiths.
This is a position Flynn takes very seriously. Since she's taken over, she's been both jailed and sent cease-and-desist letters by the church, she says. But it's also been fun. At one point, 4Chan gave Flynn her own page on Encyclopedia Dramatica, the Wiki site for the subculture's memes and in-jokes. Although ED pages are typically vulgar to the extreme, Flynn says that hers was actually nice and that she asked people to make it grosser so she would be part of the club.
"They added some naked pictures of old women and put my name on it," she says.
Flag Down 2014 begins on Monday, May 5. It extends for five days and features a talk by John Sweeney, an Emmy-winning journalist and author of Church of Fear: Inside the Weird World of Scientology. Defectors from the church and its paramilitary wing, the Sea Org, will also be sharing their stories.
It's the Sea Org that particularly incenses Flynn. Scientologists who want to join sign a symbolic billion-year contract, and Sea Org members are reportedly as young as 14. They work for almost nothing, seven days a week, and are cut off from the rest of the world.
"If you're an adult and you don't have enough balls to walk away, I can't help you," Flynn says. "But when you've been duped and can't get out due to brainwashing techniques, that's not right. It's happening in our backyard, and it's gotta stop."
Send your story tips to the author, Allie Conti.
Follow Allie Conti on Twitter: @allie_conti
The author of this article is very young and about 3/4's of this article is wrong. <sigh>
desperate cult is desperate
Any press is good press right?
Ill give you a hug when I see you will that make you feel better?
i'm sick. no hugging.
Are we going to have a supply if hand sanitizer for FD?
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pauljsalerno1 hour ago
Abject ego stroking in so unseemly.
There are so many inaccuracies in this article that I've written an email to Allie to ask that she correct them.
She was very nice both times that I spoke with her so I am hopeful that she will want to make this right. It cannot have been easy for her to interview me by phone because I am seriously sick right now and sound like a dying bullfrog.
The two main things I'd like to address is that I have never and would never say I'm a leader of Anonymous or Chanology. I am not. I am a protest organizer in Clearwater. I would never say that.
The second thing I'd like to say is that I have never done that job alone. Although I did not come right out and say, "I've never done that job alone." I did make sure that she knew how the first organizers left, three of us took over, then two of us were left, then one was added and another stepped down leaving us with two protest organizers at this time. There has never been just one organizer for Clearwater. Clearwater is too important to leave it up to one person to carry the load.
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