We had heard rumors and unofficial reports of federal interest concerning Scientology's dealings, particularly regarding the area of human trafficking. In December, 2009, Tricia Whitehill, a special agent from the Los Angeles office, flew to Florida to interview former members of the church in the F. I.'s office in downtown Clearwater, which happens to be directly across the street from Scientology's spiritual headquarters. One of them was Gary Morehead, who had been the head of security at the Gold Base; he left the church in 1996.
"The Apostate" brings this investigation to greater light. Tom De Vocht, who spoke with Whitehill, told me, 'I understood that the investigation had been going on for quite a while.' He says Whitehill confided that she hadn't told the local agents what the investigation was about, in case the office had been infiltrated. In February, 2010, he spoke to Whitehill and told her that he had developed a 'blow drill' to track down Sea Org members who left Gold Base. In thirteen years, he estimates, he and his security team brought more than a hundred Sea Org members back to the base.
Given the weight of testimony from so many of former members, the reports that have been filed in so many nations, and the evidence of abuse that keeps mounting, perhaps "The Apostate" is the tipping point for action by the United States and other governments.
Those who have left and the voiceless victims still trapped inside are calling for action.
In fact, Wright documents a conversation he had about the director's future with Scientology.
"I once asked Haggis about the future of his relationship with Scientology. 'My bet is that, within two years, you're going to read something about me in a scandal that looks like it has nothing to do with the church.' He thought for a moment, then said, 'I was in a cult for thirty-four years. I don't know why I couldn't.'" Wright's piece, "The Apostate," is not a general summary but 24 thousand-plus words detailing more than just Haggis' research and subsequent decision to leave Scientology.
In California, there is one in Los Angeles; until 2005, there was one near the Gold Base, at a place called Happy Valley. Lest we forget, Anonymous has served as the ever-present conscience, constantly reminding the virtual world and the real world that this group is dangerous.
There was, however, some new information that Wright brings out. "Whitehill and Valerie Venegas, the lead agent on the case, also interviewed former Sea Org members in California.----- Randy Sly is the Associate Editor of Catholic Online and the CEO/Associate Publisher for the Northern Virginia Local Edition of Catholic Online (He is a former Archbishop of the Charismatic Episcopal Church who laid aside that ministry to enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church.The laws regarding trafficking were built largely around forced prostitution, but they also pertain to slave labor. The New Yorker magazine has joined a long list of media outlets and organizations who have spoken out concerning abuse within the Church of Scientology.Under federal law, slavery is defined, in part, by the use of coercion, torture, starvation, imprisonment, threats, and psychological abuse. for more than a decade, doing manual labor and extensive spiritual work. Books have been written by numerous former members who have been discounted and condemned in comments by the group's leadership."Sea Org members who have 'failed to fulfill their ecclesiastical responsibilities' may be sent to one of the church's several Rehabilitation Project Force locations. He recalls that the properties were heavily guarded and that anyone who tried to flee would be tracked down and subjected to further punishment. Paul as well as a Los Angeles press conference where numerous former members of their elite squad, Sea Org, testified to mental and physical abuse. Nick Xenophon, has even publicly branded the Church of Scientology as a "criminal organization" and called for a formal inquiry by the government. In addition, a BBC investigative reporter, John Sweeney produced a wide-ranging exposé of the Scientology for English television that went viral across the Internet.Defectors describe them as punitive reeducation camps. His confrontations with Davis made for interesting footage.Wright's article states, "At the time Haggis was doing his research, the F. When emotional, spiritual, or psychological pressure failed to work, Morehead says, physical force was sometimes used to bring escapees back.(The church says that blow drills do not exist.) "Whitehill and Venegas worked on a special task force devoted to human trafficking. by their own choosing and can leave at any time; the manual labor maintains church facilities and instills 'pride of accomplishment.')" The entire New Yorker article can be found here.--- Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for APRIL 2018 For those who have Responsibility in Economic Matters.That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online.