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Tony Ortega: Scientology’s ‘social betterment’ front groups exist to make money

Discussion in 'Media' started by The Wrong Guy, Dec 30, 2015.

  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    What Scientology’s ‘social betterment’ front groups are really all about

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, December 30, 2015

    A lot of our coverage this year was about Scientology’s numerous front groups. From Legoland giving the Scientology front Youth for Human Rights $10,000 to play with, to the various disasters of Narconon drug rehabs, Scientology’s sneaky “social betterment” groups seemed to make a bigger push than ever to get L. Ron Hubbard’s name out to the public in ways that weren’t obviously connected to Scientology.

    But even with its increased efforts, Scientology can’t really hope to become a force in the nation’s schools with Applied Scholastics, or really make a dent in addiction treatment with Narconon, or crush the psychiatry industry with the Citizens Commission for Human Rights (CCHR). So what’s really going on?

    At the Scientology website, the “social betterment” groups are said to be “supported by” the Church of Scientology:

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    But that’s a dodge. We know that the fronts only exist because they’re licensed by the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE), a Scientology subsidiary staffed with Sea Org members. The front groups aren’t supported by Scientology, they are Scientology.

    And what “support” they do get comes from Scientologists. And that’s what really matters.

    While Narconon has been a moneymaker for the church for decades, the others are not. They have to be supported by donations from Scientologists themselves. And at what cost?

    Jeffrey Augustine showed us just how expensive it can be to lend “support” to the church’s front groups. He found that each of them has donation pages that are aimed at wealthy Scientologists.

    “Let’s assume a hypothetical Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) event where 2,000 booklets and 200 DVDs are distributed. What would that cost a Scientologist to sponsor? YHRI’s shopping cart informs us of the prices,” Jeff says.

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    “The actual ‘End Phenomenon’ of Scientology’s social betterment programs is simply a series of online shopping carts where one purchases incredibly overpriced products that have little or no efficacy,” Jeffrey tells us.

    And that’s why they really exist. Not because of what effect they might have on the world at large, but because of what they can get out of the wallets of Scientologists.

    Remember, with Scientology, it’s always and only about the money.

    The complete article is here:
    http://tonyortega.org/2015/12/30/wh...betterment-front-groups-are-really-all-about/
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  2. RightOn Member

    Why can't the US Government get a fucking clue?
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  3. RightOn Member

    So Freedumb Magazine is listed under global Social Betterment and Humanitarian Programs? wow
    The COS can TRY to pull the wool over people's eyes and try to explain the "charitable direction" *COUGH* of Applied Scholastics, YFHR and so on, even though it is utter bullshit... But Freedom Magazine? Really?
    So how does the COS explain their out right smear campaigns (some against former members and some who are famous celebs) on their Freedumb website as a social betterment or a humanitarian program?
    Of course, we all know they would say that the people they smear are bitter apostates and bigots and the COS talks about them to save ALL religions from bigotry.
    "Smear or be smeared" doesn't really scream humanitarianism. :confused:
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  4. The Wrong Guy Member

    A Scientologist on the ballot: OC candidate keeping mum about his anti-psych work

    By Tony Ortega, August 29, 2016

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    The city of Garden Grove, which is in Orange County, California and is home to one of the largest Vietnamese populations in the country, is changing the way it elects its city council this year. It’s moving from an at-large system — which has each city councilmember elected by everyone in the city — to a district system, which will elect six councilmembers from six separate districts.

    District elections are held in about 40 percent of US cities, and political science experts will tell you that electing by district increases the chances that minority candidates can get elected, which is a good thing.

    But there’s another effect of voting by district. Voters already pay little attention to municipal elections, and dividing them into even smaller zones increases the possibility that voters won’t take the time to learn who they’re voting for.

    In Garden Grove, for example, running in the 3rd District this election cycle is a man named Clay Bock.

    Clay is a bit of a stiff, as you’ll gather from his campaign videos, which he’s uploaded to his YouTube channel.

    But if Clay’s personality is a bit wooden, he does seem like a solid choice for city council, judging by what he’s said about himself at his Facebook page. He’s a longtime resident of the district, and he has his custom jewelry business there. He’s also been involved in local civic groups. What’s there not to like?

    We sent an email to Clay yesterday asking him about his Facebook campaign page. Thanks to Bunker reader Intergalactic Walrus, we learned that Clay’s campaign page contains nothing about his years of extensive work for Scientology’s rabid anti-psychiatry front, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR).

    Clay’s a longtime Scientologist. The church’s own publications indicate that Clay went Clear as long ago as 1980, and that he was working his way through the OT levels a decade ago.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with a Scientologist running for office. Sonny Bono was a US Congressman, for example.

    But we figure the voters of Garden Grove’s Third District might want to know before casting their vote that Clay has been so active with CCHR, Scientology’s most unhinged front group.

    Continued here:
    http://tonyortega.org/2016/08/29/a-...didate-keeping-mum-about-his-anti-psych-work/
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  5. Rodger Dodger on Tony Ortega's blog has provided a helpful graphic.

    http://tonyortega.org/2016/08/29/a-...about-his-anti-psych-work/#comment-2865614623

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  6. At least as of 2/16/15, Clay Bock was president of the Orange County branch of the Scientology Citizens Commission on Human Rights. He still may be. He also opposed Laura's law.

    Orange County Register: Watchdog: A look back at Laura's Law in Orange County, which forced mentally ill people into treatment

    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/county-651302-law-treatment.html

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    Watchdog: A look back at Laura's Law in Orange County, which forced mentally ill people into treatment

    Feb. 16, 2015 Updated 6:40 a.m.

    By TERI SFORZA / STAFF COLUMNIST
    tsforza@ocregister.com

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    The law is named for 19-year-old Laura Wilcox, who was working at a county mental health clinic during her winter break from college in 2001 when a man who had refused treatment stormed the clinic with a gun. Wilcox and two others were killed.

    When Orange County became the first big county to embrace Laura’s Law last year – empowering officials to order severely mentally ill people into treatment, even against their wishes – it was denounced as an attack on individual freedom by some, and praised as potential salvation by others.

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    That doesn’t sit well with critics.

    “Even though they say they are not forcing people to take medications ... the whole point of the law is to intimidate the individual to comply with drugging themselves,” said Clay Bock of Garden Grove. “Our basic position is that forced drugging is a violation of a person’s human rights.

    “Also, all of the drugs psychiatrists prescribed have huge debilitating effects, such as causing violent behavior, so they are making these people on the streets more prone to violence, suicides, homicides, by forcing them on the drugs.”

    Bock is president of the Orange County branch of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights. The commission was co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and professor of psychiatry emeritus Thomas Szasz, and maintains that psychiatry has no scientific basis for any of its treatments or methods. It also runs the Psychiatry: An Industry of Death museum on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.

    The commission has requested a governmental inquiry into the relationship between psychotropic drugs and violence, which should have been done before funding and implementing the law, Bock said.

    [SNIP]

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  7. Clay Bock is also mentioned in this post about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC):

    https://whyweprotest.net/threads/the-nation-alec-exposed.91044/#post-2485865

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    Citizens Commission for Human Rights (CCHR) is a Scientology front which, in 1995, proposed that parents sign a pledge to eliminate psychology in the public schools. [So that they might substitute L. Ron Hubbard's Dianetics!] The CCHR Pledge was heavily promoted by CNP organizations such as the Family Research Council, Eagle Forum, Concerned Women, etc. and Carolyn Steinke, who serves on the board of Scientology front Citizens Commission for Human Rights (CCHR). Clay Bock, a Scientologist of 20 years and education reform leader sponsored a conference which featured Carol Steinke as keynote speaker. The Orange County Register states that Steinke received a 1995 Award from the Scientology-supported CCHR. Citizens Commission for Human Rights also funds Paul Weyrich's American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), according to a letter by Carol Steinke, a copy of which we have on file. Carol Steinke also sits on the board of Citizens for Honest Government (CHG) whose president is CNP member Pat Matrisciana, producer of a video against 60 Minutes after the latter's expose of Scientology.

    More at link.
    http://www.zoominfo.com/s/#!search/profile/person?personId=40663727&targetid=profile

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  8. The Wrong Guy Member

    Is Clay Bock the "Clear" Choice for Garden Grove City Council District 3?

    By Matt Coker, OC Weekly, August 30, 2016

    Quote:

    Garden Grove's first-ever district elections for City Council representatives will include a candidate with deep ties to "Scientology’s rabid anti-psychiatry front, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)," according to a national watchdog of the religion.

    Clay Bock is running for the seat in the Third District, his home of 28 years, this November, states his campaign Facebook page.

    Among those who have examined that page and other Bock campaign materials is Tony Ortega, the former Village Voice editor who previously lived in Fullerton and Buena Park, graduated from Savanna High School in Anaheim and got his bachelor's and master's in English from Cal State Fullerton.

    Ortega is best known in recent years for his book The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology Tried to Destroy Paulette Cooper, his appearance in the HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and his website The Underground Bunker, which exposes the secrets of Scientology.

    His post Monday is dedicated to Bock, who like every Catholic, Muslim or atheist certified to run for office has every right to seek a city council seat. Bock is already known to long-time residents, having foisted something he called Concerned Parents of Garden Grove on the Orange County Board of Education in 1997.

    At that time, with “Back to Basics” education reform all the rage in California (Is it ever not?), Bock was trying to recruit local support for his own version tinged with anti-psychology flavor. But prominent Back to Basics supporters backed away from Bock when they discovered his ties to Scientology.

    Continued here:
    http://www.ocweekly.com/news/is-cla...-garden-grove-city-council-district-3-7469415
  9. Clay Bock is currently the Agent for Service of Process for the Scientology Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Orange County.

    http://kepler.sos.ca.gov/

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  10. California State University San Bernardino College of Education Professor Nena Torrez, Ph.D., uses the Church of Scientology Youth For Human Rights "simplified version" of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in her paper "United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Education for a Culture of Peace," published in National Social Science Journal, Volume 44, Number 2 2015:

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    What follows is a simplified version of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) that has been created especially for young people (Youth for Human Rights, 2009). This format is more easily grasped by elementary school students, being free of legal terminology which young persons may find unfamiliar. The original language of the UNDR is provided in the Appendix at the end of this paper. The 30 rights are provided in simplified format, reproduced below as provided by the organization known as Youth for Human Rights (2009):

    1. We Are All Born Free & Equal. We are all born free. We all have our own thoughts and ideas. We should all be treated in the same way.
    2. Don’t Discriminate. These rights belong to everybody, whatever our differences.
    3. The Right to Life. We all have the right to life, and to live in freedom and safety.
    4. No Slavery. Nobody has any right to make us a slave. We cannot make anyone our slave.
    5. No Torture. Nobody has any right to hurt us or to torture us.
    6. You Have Rights No Matter Where You Go. I am a person just like you!
    7. We’re All Equal Before the Law. The law is the same and applies the same way for everyone. It must treat us all fairly.
    8. Your Human Rights Are Protected by Law. We can all ask for the law to help us when we are not treated fairly.
    9. No Unfair Detainment. Nobody has the right to put us in prison without good reason and keep us there, or to send us away from our country.
    10. The Right to Trial. If we are put on trial this should be in public. The people who try us should not let anyone tell them what to do.
    11. We’re Always Innocent Till Proven Guilty. Nobody should be blamed for doing something until it is proven. When people say we did a bad thing we have the right to show it is not true.
    12. The Right to Privacy. Nobody should try to harm our good name. Nobody has the right to come into our home, open our letters, or bother us or our family without a good reason.
    13. Freedom to Move. We all have the right to go where we want in our own country and to travel as we wish.
    14. The Right to Seek a Safe Place to Live. If we are frightened of being badly treated in our own country, we all have the right to run away to another country to be safe.
    15. Right to a Nationality. We all have the right to belong to a country.
    16. Marriage and Family. Every grown-up has the right to marry and have a family if they want to. Men and women have the same rights when they are married, and when they are separated.
    17. The Right to Your Own Things. Everyone has the right to own things or share them. Nobody should take our things from us without a good reason.
    18. Freedom of Thought. We all have the right to believe in what we want to believe, to have a religion, or to change it if we want.
    19. Freedom of Expression. We all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to say what we think, and to share our ideas with other people.
    20. The Right to Public Assembly. We all have the right to meet our friends and to work together in peace to defend our rights. Nobody can make us join a group if we don’t want to.
    21. The Right to Democracy. We all have the right to take part in the government of our country. Every grown-up should be allowed to choose their own leaders.
    22. Social Security. We all have the right to affordable housing, medicine, education, and childcare, enough money to live on and medical help if we are ill or old.
    23. Workers’ Rights. Every grown-up has the right to do a job, to a fair wage for their work, and to join a trade union.
    24. The Right to Play. We all have the right to rest from work and to relax.
    25. Food and Shelter for All. We all have the right to a good life. Mothers and children, people who are old, unemployed or disabled, and all people have the right to be cared for.
    26. The Right to Education. Education is a right. Primary school should be free. We should learn about the United Nations and how to get on with others. Our parents can choose what we learn.
    27. Copyright. Copyright is a special law that protects one’s own artistic creations and writings; others cannot make copies without permission. We all have the right to our own way of life and to enjoy the good things that art, science and learning bring.
    28. A Fair and Free World. There must be proper order so we can all enjoy rights and freedoms in our own country and all over the world.
    29. Responsibility. We have a duty to other people, and we should protect their rights and freedoms.
    30. No One Can Take Away Your Human Rights.

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    Prof. Torrez also cites Youth For Human Rights for the following empirical observation:

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    However, surveys suggest that only a small fraction (roughly 20 percent of American students) have knowledge of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or can enumerate these rights. (Youth for Human Rights, 2009)

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  11. The Wrong Guy Member

    VIDEO: City council candidate exposed as Scientology spy in live public hearing

    By Tony Ortega, September 16, 2016

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    Two weeks ago, we reported that a Scientologist named Clay Bock was running for a city council seat in Garden Grove, California. We pointed out that there’s nothing keeping a Scientologist from running for office, but we figured voters might want to know that Bock had a long history helping out Scientology’s most unhinged front group, which agitates against psychiatry.

    Well, this week, Garden Grove’s city council found out a lot more about Clay Bock when a woman named Paulien Lombard addressed the council in a live meeting with a stunning allegation: Clay Bock was also a Scientology spy.

    Bock happened to be at the meeting, and he too addressed the council and admitted that he’d been with Lombard on a Scientology mission to confront a church protester at his home.

    It was a pretty stunning moment for a live government meeting, and we have video clips of both Lombard’s speech and Bock’s reply. And after you watch the videos, we’ll tell you what more Lombard told us about Clay Bock’s work as an operative for the Church of Scientology.

    Continued here:
    http://tonyortega.org/2016/09/16/vi...ed-as-scientology-spy-in-live-public-hearing/
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  12. WATCH: California candidate Clay Bock stunned when he’s outed as Scientology spy at City Council meeting

    Raw Story - WATCH: California candidate stunned when he’s outed as Scientology spy at City Council meeting

    https://www.rawstory.com/2016/09/wa...d-as-scientology-spy-at-city-council-meeting/

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    A former Scientologist confronted a City Council candidate at a California meeting, where she revealed they both had been sent as spies by the group to harass one of the church’s critics.

    Paulien Lombard, who has since left the church, addressed a City Council meeting in Garden Grove, describing how she and candidate Clay Bock had been sent by Scientology’s spy wing, the Office of Special Affairs, to intimidate a man who’d been protesting outside the group’s “Int Base,” reported Tony Ortega.

    Ortega, who served as Raw Story’s executive editor from 2013 to 2015, reported that Lombard had described the mission — which targeted Francois Choquette — to reporters and city officials before, but she had never revealed her accomplice.

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  13. mojo Member

    I love you Tony Ortega - you are an internet hero!
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  14. The Internet Member

    Props to Paulien Lombard for calling out Clay Bock in a public forum. That took guts.
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  15. RightOn Member

    yes it certainly did. Bravo to her. I know in the past Paulien has said that she feels it's her duty now to right the wrongs she did while she was in the COS. (in a nutshell and not verbatim)
    I wish more ex members would come forward and do the same. It is right thing to do. I know it is not possible for some, but it sure would help the COS implode at a quicker pace. And I have a list waiting for them too. ;)

    That video needs to be spread far and wide.
    Bock came across as a nervous moron and he sounded like a babbling baboon. Steering way off course about how great Scientology is. BIG MISTAKE for him, but
    I am so glad he got up to speak so people can see exactly who he is.
    The icing on the cake is when he got cut off. :D
  16. Republican Party of Orange County endorses outed Scientology Spy Clay Bock for Garden Grove District 3.

    OC Political - Live from OC GOP Endorsements Committee: Round 3

    https://ocpolitical.com/2016/09/16/live-from-oc-gop-endorsements-committee-round-3/

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    Next up is Garden Grove City Council, District 3.

    Clay Bock says he is running because Mayor Bao Nguyen has attempted to legalize marijuana dispensaries in the city. He speaks of organizing the grassroots to get a 3-2 vote from the City Council against an effort to put such a measure on the ballot. He is a former Garden Grove CRA Unit President. He says his district is 54% Asian, and his opponent is a Vietnamese Democrat.

    Night asks why Bock did not sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

    Bock signs it in front of the committee.

    Night asks about Bock supporting completing the incomplete Galleria project.

    Bock explains it is now moot because it was purchased by a developer after he submitted his questionnaire. The developer is going to build a senior center. He supports the project provided no city funds are used for it.

    Night asks about the homeless in Garden Grove and specifically an encampment.

    Bock explains Garden Grove Police offer services, but many refuse. Bock notes the encampment is on private property behind an abandoned supermarket. He would support fencing it off though. He speaks of a jobs program that a Republican mayor in New Mexio implemented for the homeless.

    Huang asks about Bock’s questionnaire mentioning a $3 million deficit.

    Bock says that has increased to $4 million since he submitted his questionnaire. He notes the Great Wolf Lodge now brings in millions of dollars in revenue. He notes other resorts. He is not opposed to using Transient Occupancy Tax because it is better that something be built to bring in revenue than nothing be built with no new revenue. Bock adds on that he wants to drive out the 20ish marijuana dispensaries in the city because they bring violence, like armed robberies.

    Night asks why there is a city deficit when there is a 17% TOT with many 4-star and 5-star hotels.

    Bock says city staff told him 75% of the city budget goes to police and fire.

    Night notes the hotels are generally full and charge high prices thanks to their proximity to Disneyland.

    Gordon moves and Matthews seconds recommending Bock for endorsement since he is one Republican running against one Democrat.

    BOCK RECOMMENDED FOR ENDORSEMENT FOR GARDEN GROVE, DISTRICT 3 BY A 5-0-2 VOTE (Lalloway and Young absent).

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  17. Clay Bock's association with Scientology source of controversy in Garden Grove election.

    Voice of OC: Two Political Newbies Square Off in Garden Grove’s District 3 Council Race

    https://voiceofoc.org/2016/10/two-political-newbies-square-off-in-garden-groves-district-3-council-race/

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    Two Political Newbies Square Off in Garden Grove’s District 3 Council Race

    By Thy Vo 8 hours ago

    (Editor’s note: This year’s election is a pivotal one in Orange County as city council members in Anaheim and Garden Grove will, for the first time, be elected on a district-by-district basis. With that in mind, we will be publishing profiles of each council race in those cities, plus Santa Ana.)

    In Garden Grove, two first-time candidates are vying for the newly constituted District 3 seat in next month’s election: Clay Bock, the owner of a custom jewelry business who wants to cleanse the city of pot shops; and Thu-Ha “Diedre” Nguyen, a research scientist who says the city needs to improve its outreach to residents.

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    In many respects, the District 3 race embodies the central controversy surrounding the move to district-based-elections in Garden Grove, as Nguyen supported the district map that was ultimately approved despite objections from others who said it split up a core Garden Grove neighborhood. Many of those who opposed the current district boundaries are throwing their support behind Bock.

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    Bock’s association with the church of Scientology — he is chair of the local chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, which denounces modern psychiatry – has been a source of controversy, fueled by comments against Bock at a city council meeting by a former Scientologist, and recent critical coverage in the OC Weekly.

    Bock has characterized the criticism as coming from special interests outside of Garden Grove and said his religion “doesn’t come into play in my city council race.”

    [SNIP]

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  18. Orange County Register endorses Clay Bock with NO mention of him having been a Scientology spy.

    Orange County Register: Bock, Klopfenstein for Garden Grove City Council

    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/district-732482-city-bock.html

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    The elections for City Council should be interesting this year in Garden Grove, which is moving to elections by district, rather than at-large, for the first time.

    District 3 pits jewelry store owner Clay Bock against research scientist Thu-Ha Nguyen for a two-year term. With crime in the city up about 40 percent, public safety is a big issue for both candidates. Ms. Nguyen’s lack of knowledge on the public pension issue, which plagues many cities and is particularly costly for public safety employees, coupled with endorsements from the local police and fire unions, gave us pause, however.

    The candidates disagreed over the controversial topic of red light cameras. Garden Grove and Los Alamitos are the only cities in the county to continue operating the intersection cameras – down from at least nine cities a few years ago, according to a July Register report. Ms. Nguyen said that she was fine with the cameras, and that they are “there for a reason.”

    But Mr. Bock had a different take. “I am not sure it’s effective in helping with traffic accidents,” Mr. Bock told us, adding that most of the revenue collected goes to the contractor operating the cameras. And the steep fines are “outrageous” and constitute “harassment” of citizens, he said.

    And though we disagree with his zeal for eradicating marijuana dispensaries, we think Clay Bock would be best-suited to improving the city’s business climate and public safety while maintaining fiscal responsibility.


    [SNIP]

    The Editorial Board recommends votes for Clay Bock in District 3 and Stephanie Klopfenstein in District 5 on Nov. 8.


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  19. Scientology member Clay Bock decisively defeated in bid for Garden Grove City Council District 3 Seat.

    Voice of OC: Garden Grove Elects First Latina to City Council

    https://voiceofoc.org/2016/11/election2016gardengrove/

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    Meanwhile, in District 3, Democrat Thu-Ha Nguyen scored a decisive win over Republican Clay Bock. Nguyen, a research scientist, garnered 64.3 percent of the vote; while Bock, a Scientologist, finished with 35.7 percent.

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    https://www.ocvote.com/fileadmin/live/gen2016/results.htm

    CITY OF GARDEN GROVE Member, City Council, District 3, Short Term

    Completed Precincts: 13 of 13

    ------------------- Vote Count Percentage

    THU-HA NGUYEN 3,029 64.3%

    CLAY BOCK 1,685 35.7%
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  21. Human Trafficking Hotlline Org offers n Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation & U.S. Fund for UNICEF Educator's Guide that links to a Scientology front-group Youth For Human Rights Education Packet.

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    https://humantraffickinghotline.org/sites/default/files/Educator’s%20Guide%20-%20Guide%20to%20End%20Violence%20and%20Exploitation%20%20-%20UNICEF%20and%20CAASE.pdf[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=13px][FONT=Verdana][COLOR=#222222]


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    HT to Google search Human Trafficking Hotlline Org - Knows on ESMB: http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthre...dren&amp;p=1128516&amp;viewfull=1#post1128516
  22. The Wrong Guy Member

    Help us dig through this financial disclosure by Scientology’s sneaky front groups

    By Tony Ortega, March 18, 2018

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    Once again our great tipsters came through with a cool new document, and we’re looking forward to our smart commenters digging through it for us.

    What we’re talking about is the newly available 2016 tax return from the Association for Better Living and Education. ABLE is a Scientology entity that runs many of the various sneaky front groups that try to forward L. Ron Hubbard’s ideas in schools (Applied Scholastic), in drug rehab (Narconon), in prisons (Criminon), and for handing out anodyne little booklets to convince the public that Scientology has an actual moral code and isn’t an unethical pack of narcissists who will say anything for the purpose of Keeping Scientology Working (The Way to Happiness Foundation).

    ABLE is run entirely by Sea Org lifers who wouldn’t tie their shoes unless David Miscavige told them to. But the front groups try to pretend that they have only a tenuous tie to the Church of Scientology itself.

    So how is ABLE doing? A few highlights we gleaned after looking through the document:

    — Gross receipts were $9.8 million in 2016, down from $13.2 million the year before.

    — Total assets were $8.0 million, down a little from $8.7 million in 2015.

    — Net assets also declined a little, $6.3 million in 2016 after $6.5 million in 2015.

    The president of ABLE is now listed as Shannon Walker (whom we previously identified when Narconon went through a big change at the end of 2015).

    Her predecessor, Rena Weinberg, is still a ghost.

    One significant difference was in ABLE’s spending on legal services. In 2015, ABLE’s top five independent contractors were all law firms, and spending on them totaled $1.8 million.

    In 2016, the top five were also law firms, but the spending had increased to nearly $3.9 million.

    For a little perspective, we asked former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder to glance over the new tax return.

    “Obviously, their revenues went down significantly — which is not in keeping with the massive international expansion that Miscavige always touts,” Rinder says. “And it’s funny how their employees list their hours of work per week as 40. This is clearly a lie. These are all Sea Org members. There isn’t an SO member on earth that works only 40 hours a week. They spent a HUGE percentage of their revenues on lawyers — nearly $4 million in a year. And this is just the ones that ABLE pays. Also, it’s odd that they only list Canada, Denmark, and the UK as having foreign accounts they have an interest in? You would think it would be all the ‘Conts’ — Mexico, Australia, S. Africa?”

    Interesting question. And we’re sure that our various experts like John P and Derek Bloch will have things to say after looking through these numbers. Have at it!

    Continued at https://tonyortega.org/2018/03/18/h...sclosure-by-scientologys-sneaky-front-groups/
  23. The Wrong Guy Member

    Inside Scientology’s Elaborate Plot to Convert Criminals

    Eyebrows were raised in Washington when the Church of Scientology backed Trump’s criminal justice reform bill. But ex-Scientologists say it’s all part of a strange recruiting plot.

    By Marlow Stern, The Daily Beast, January 12, 2019

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    On December 17, a letter was sent to President Donald Trump regarding the First Step Act, a criminal justice reform bill seeking to reduce the risk of recidivism among the estimated 181,000 convicts in the federal prison system. The contents of the letter, urging the president to “oppose the Cotton-Kennedy amendments to the First Step Act,” were par for the course; what raised many an eyebrow around Washington, however, was the inclusion of the Church of Scientology.

    In addition to the Scientology logo, which resided among the 22 criminal justice reform organizations at the top of the missive, alongside respected bipartisan outfits like the U.S. Justice Action Network and Americans for Prosperity, John Stanard, the church’s national director of Social Betterment Programs and Policy, was listed as one of its signatories. When reached for comment, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) singled out the Church of Scientology’s inclusion.

    The letter was crafted by Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), a nonprofit organization combating the country’s strict mandatory-sentencing laws. Kevin Ring, the president of FAMM, explained Scientology’s presence in the letter: “We reached out to members of the Justice Roundtable through the listserv — that’s how we usually solicit folks who wanted to sign — and they were one of the groups that asked to sign.” (Indeed, Stanard is a member of the Justice Roundtable and the Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition.) When pressed as to why they’d have an alleged abusive cult among its signatories, he added, “It’s worth us reconsidering.”

    “Scientology loves interfaith efforts in general because they believe it makes them look more like a ‘mainstream religion’ when they take part in them,” offers Tony Ortega of The Underground Bunker, the leading journalist when it comes to Scientology. “And one thing Scientology desperately craves is to be considered mainstream.”

    It was later revealed by Lachlan Markay’s Pay Dirt newsletter that Greg Mitchell, a shadowy D.C. operative who’s earned millions lobbying on behalf of the Church of Scientology since 2003, was pushing the First Step Act for several clients, including one of the letter’s other signatories, the Justice Action Network (JAN), which works closely with FAMM. But both FAMM and JAN maintain they had no idea Mitchell was also doing criminal justice reform lobbying for Scientology — and when they found out, sources say he was terminated.

    “Mr. Mitchell did not inform Justice Action Network leadership of his advocacy on behalf of the Church of Scientology,” a spokesperson for JAN told The Daily Beast. “He was hired to provide policy expertise on federal criminal justice reform legislation, and upon the bill’s passage, Mr. Mitchell’s consulting project with us was completed.”

    For his part, Mitchell claims that he “did not do any work on this bill on behalf of the Church,” that he “works on international religious freedom issues for the Church,” and that he “worked on the First Step Act for two other clients that are not related.” He further alleges “3rd quarter 2011 was the last time I did any criminal justice reform work on behalf of the Church” in an official capacity — pointing to his lobbying disclosures as evidence. The Church of Scientology echoed this, claiming that while they did “work with faith-based coalitions” to push the First Step Act, Mitchell “did not work for the Church of Scientology or any related entity on this bill.”

    Mitchell did, however, confess to The Daily Beast that he’s been lobbying for the Scientology programs “Narconon and Criminon” in an unofficial capacity, “pointing to them as successful rehabilitation programs in the context of lobbying” for criminal justice reform. And this, say ex-Scientologists, is the real reason the church has been aligning itself with criminal justice reform causes in Washington like First Step: to convert criminals.

    One of the key components of the First Step Act, which President Trump signed into law on Dec. 21, is “earned time credits” — or that inmates can secure early release by completing rehabilitation programs via “Nonprofit and other private organizations, including faith-based, art, and community-based organizations that will deliver recidivism reduction programming on a paid or volunteer basis.”

    According to Mike Rinder, a former senior executive in the Church of Scientology, the religion’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard, taught that “the criminal justice system is unfair, unworkable and corrupt, and that justice will never happen unless it is done under the Scientology system of ‘Ethics and Justice,’” as laid out in Hubbard’s book, Introduction to Scientology Ethics.

    So, Scientology helped establish a “social-betterment group” called Criminon International. Run by Greg Capazorio, a Scientology Freedom Medal winner who just so happens to be married to Tom Cruise’s sister, Cass Mapother, Criminon, “meaning ‘no crime,’ is a volunteer criminal rehabilitation program which utilizes technologies developed by L. Ron Hubbard to help convicts recover pride and self-esteem,” reads the Church of Scientology website.

    The core of Criminon’s rehab program is The Way to Happiness, a booklet outlining 21 precepts devised by Hubbard that are said to lead to an improved life (e.g. “Don’t Be Promiscuous”). And the pamphlet has been used as a Scientology recruitment tool by prominent adherents of the faith — e.g. Tom Cruise, who distributed copies on the set of War of the Worlds, and its team of Volunteer Ministers, who regularly circulate them to survivors in the wake of disasters, like the recent California wildfires. In the past, Scientology has come under fire for falsely claiming that reputable organizations — such as the LAPD, Boys & Girls Clubs, and the mayor’s office of San Francisco — have endorsed The Way to Happiness, leading those groups to publicly disavow it, and they’ve even tried to sneak it into America’s schools.

    Despite its clear connection to Scientology, and the church’s public stance that it implements Hubbard’s “technologies,” Criminon argues that it is a secular organization. On its website, it contains the following disclaimer: “Criminon is not licensed to use and does not utilize the religious writings and technologies of Mr. Hubbard. It has the secular purpose of eradicating the scourge of crime which plagues and, often, terrorizes our societies.”

    Leah Remini, the world’s foremost Scientology whistleblower, begs to differ, branding The Way to Happiness “propaganda” designed to attract new converts to a religion whose membership has declined dramatically over the past decade due to scandal.

    “L. Ron Hubbard has very precise policies contained in their Public Relations doctrine that state in part that Scientologists are to ‘align themselves with real churches and push forward the public image that Scientology is the solution to man’s ills,’” Remini tells me.

    “Criminon is just another front group for Scientology,” she continues. “This is just a play for Scientology to get the government to pay for its Scientology technology with its Criminon program.”

    Criminon International did not respond to requests for comment for this story; the Church of Scientology said through a spokesperson that, “The Church has supported Criminon for more than three decades,” but refused to answer specific questions about ties between Scientology and Criminon.

    Meanwhile, Criminon is currently offered in a number of prisons around the world — including those in Florida, Washington D.C., and California. A press release issued by Criminon on Dec. 13 boasted of how 24 inmates had recently received certificates for completing “the first in the series of Criminon courses,” The Way to Happiness.
    “The graduation marked the seventh graduation this year and capped a total of 1,445 inmates helped in the 120 Florida prisons where the program is being delivered through correspondence courses and on-site delivery,” the press release stated.

    Though Criminon’s website makes the bold claim that it’s been known to “cut 80 percent recidivism rates to zero and entirely eradicate cellblock violence,” these numbers haven’t been verified, since the organization hasn’t allowed itself to be subjected to any independent studies.

    A 2005 Los Angeles Times exposé examining Criminon in L.A. prisons found that, like Scientology, Criminon is possessed of controversial views toward mental health — namely, that modern psychiatry and the use of psychiatric drugs are universally harmful.

    “If [inmates] are on psychiatric drugs, encourage them to get off,” a Criminon booklet obtained by the Times stated. “Psychiatrists are heavily into the prison system. Most jails and prisons have a staff psychiatrist that goes in daily and gives dosages of various and sundry mind-altering drugs to the inmates. Most of the time this is a ploy to keep the inmates sedated so that they don't cause trouble.” A 2011 promotional video for Criminon further claimed inmates are “forcibly drugged to keep them under control.”

    Professor Stephen Kent, a sociologist from the University of Alberta who studies the group, told the Times that Scientology’s goal “is to destroy psychiatry and replace it with Scientology’s own treatments. Criminon is simply one of many Scientology organizations that hope to see this goal realized.”

    Or as Remini puts it: “Any organization aligning itself with a for-profit, criminal organization, such as Scientology, should beware.”

    Source: https://www.thedailybeast.com/insid...rt-criminals-a-dc-lobbyist-trump-and-criminon
  24. The Wrong Guy Member

    What Stakes Does The Church Of Scientology Have In Criminal Justice Reform?

    By Joshua Gill, Religion Reporter, The Daily Caller, January 14, 2019

    Quote:
    • Church of Scientology social betterment programs and policy director John Stanard signed a letter along with members of an interfaith coalition dedicated to criminal justice reform to oppose the First Step Act’s Cotton-Kennedy amendments in December.
    • Signatories of the letter said they opposed the amendments on the grounds that they would limit which prisoners are eligible for “earned time credits,” but Scientology experts said the group signed the letter only to further their agenda of gaining new members.
    • Signing the letter allegedly helps Scientology don the guise of a mainstream religion, but is also part of an effort to maintain the range of influence of its prison rehabilitation program Criminon, which experts say seeks to replace psychiatry with Scientologist methods and recruit inmates to the the group.
    The Church of Scientology joined an interfaith coalition in opposing the First Step Act’s Cotton-Kennedy amendments to protect their secretive efforts to convert inmates.

    The Church of Scientology (CoS) appeared as one of 22 signatories on a letter crafted by Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), opposing the Cotton-Kennedy amendments ostensibly because they would limit which inmates qualified for “earned time credits” — a method by which inmates could earn early release by completing rehabilitation programs put on by various private groups.

    (RELATED: Worldwide Cult Gets Its Own TV Network)

    While signatories like the Christian faith-based Prison Fellowship and the conservative group Heritage Action may have opposed what they understood the amendments to be on principle, experts on Scientology say the group joined those signatories for different reasons — to appear like a mainstream religion, and to insure that a rehabilitation program with ties to the CoS would have wider access to inmates for the purpose of converting them.

    “Scientology loves interfaith efforts in general because they believe it makes them look more like a ‘mainstream religion’ when they take part in them,” Tony Ortega, a journalist with The Underground Bunker who has covered the CoS since 1995, told The Daily Beast.

    “And one thing Scientology desperately craves is to be considered mainstream,” he added.

    That rehabilitation program is called Criminon International, and it operates in prisons in Florida, California, Washington D.C., and elsewhere around the world. The CoS website says Criminon “meaning ‘no crime,’ is a volunteer criminal rehabilitation program which utilizes technologies developed by L. Ron Hubbard to help convicts recover pride and self-esteem.” The program is led by Scientology Freedom Medal recipient Greg Capazorio and revolves around The Way to Happiness, a pamphlet that outlines L. Ron Hubbard’s 21 precepts for improving one’s life.

    Tom Cruise and the group’s volunteer ministers have distributed copies of that pamphlet often as part of recruitment efforts for the cult among everyone from Hollywood actors to survivors of natural disasters.

    Criminon, however, openly denies that it is overtly connected to and supportive of Scientologist recruitment efforts, even going so far as to say that it is a secular program.

    “Criminon is not licensed to use and does not utilize the religious writings and technologies of Mr. Hubbard. It has the secular purpose of eradicating the scourge of crime which plagues and, often, terrorizes our societies,” the program’s website reads.

    Ex-members of the group, academic experts, and those who have long covered the cult’s activities and scandals say otherwise.

    “L. Ron Hubbard has very precise policies contained in their Public Relations doctrine that state in part that Scientologists are to ‘align themselves with real churches and push forward the public image that Scientology is the solution to man’s ills,'” actress and Scientology whistle-blower Leah Remini told The Daily Beast.

    “Criminon is just another front group for Scientology. This is just a play for Scientology to get the government to pay for its Scientology technology with its Criminon program,” Remini added.

    Continued at https://dailycaller.com/2019/01/14/scientology-prison-conversion/

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