Thursday, March 26, 2009

The passing of Pamela Pattinson


Pamela Pattinson and her son Michael

Pamela Pattinson, the mother of Michael Pattinson , one of the great figures of the Scientology-critical movement, has died in England. Her passing is of signficance for all who seek to put an end to the abuses of Scientology and to do justice for its victims. Light In The Darkness and For Great Justice extend their their condolences and prayers to Michael and his family.

Pamela Pattinson did not always clearly understand about Scientology and how it had entrapped her son. With unending love she supported him in the darkest days after he left Scientology, was defamed, and had his businesses destroyed by David Miscavige, OSA agents, and Kendrick Moxon and other Scientology attack lawyers.

Michael is known and loved for being among the Old Guard critics of Scientology who most understand and love anons and the culture of Project Chanology Anonymous. Another much beloved former Sea Org executive, Larry Brennan, who has blown the whistle on Scientology's religious cloaking program, posted a wonderful video in his response. Another hero of Project Chanology, attorney Graham Berry who was also defamed and had his law practice destroyed, left a touching message of condolence.

Pamela Pattinson was blessed to see her son Michael liberated from the cult. Another UK Mum, Susan Talbot , has yet to see her daughter Amanda Kember, mind-controlled prisoner of the cult's Sea Org in Los Angeles. As we pray for Michael and his family, let us continue to pray for Susan, Amanda, and all families separated by Scientology's abominable practice of disconnection. Here is Michael's post:

I just found out today that my mother (Pamela) passed away over in the UK. She had been suffering from cancer for a while and was ready to be rid of all the pain that went along with that. She was a great lady and did good wherever she went.

Why post here? She was one of my main moral supporters before, and while I was being attacked so fiercely by a scared DM, Moxon and OSA when I sued them in 1998. I had already been having a very rough time with OSA attacks since 1991
after OT8 and my daring to challenge the promises made, which destroyed all of my businesses and cost me everything in the end.

Anyway, my mother stood with me even though she was never a Scilon and did not fully get all that was happening. She gave me unwavering support, as did my dad and for that I am grateful. I honor her here today as a gentle and caring lady with a fighting spirit who knew that truth and freedom are worth defending. I am carrying that spirit onward.

There are many here who also hold such things as being worth the effort, and I honor all of you too. Not going to post more as screen is very blurry. Maybe I will get some nice caek.

Love U guise.


Larry Brennan:

I am sorry to hear of your loss Michael. IMHO there is no greater thing than the love, nurturing, kindness, creativity and true beauty that is associated with motherhood. I truly believe it is something that transends death.

Here is to your mother and to motherhood! May the beauty and love of Fae itself be with her and you. Wishing you everything good Michael,


PS: For you Michael and for your Mother. Let the Heavens rejoice :)

Graham Berry:

My dear Michael: Although we have just talked by telephone I wanted to also add my condolences to this thread.

My own mother was taken by cancer five years ago. As you know, I went to New Zealand and helped nurse her for the final six months. Although I did not realize it at the time, her passing sent me into a funk for the best part of a year. However, I was shocked that the world did not miss a beat when she died and just went on as before.

As I told you by telephone, many of us never really get over losing our Mom but time helps heal the hurt and the memories never fade. I think of her numerous times a day and
still feel her presence. You were fortunate she lived such a long life and was there to support you with unwavering, unquestioning and unconditional love, especially when you finally flew the cult's coop.

Her life, and your life, are "epic wins."We are all here for you with whatever you need.

With the warmest of wishes and love,


The most moving image was from FreakE420 :

Michael Pattinson is a wonderful artist. Please view his artwork and support him by buying his work and making him known among your networks.
All shall be well. All shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well. - Julian of Norwich.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

KESQ's Nathan Baca: Merchant of Chaos, Scourge of Scientology


If you want to watch a Peabody award in the making, read and watch everything Nathan Baca has been doing on Scientology vs Anonymous on the ABC- affiliate KESQ in Palm Springs.

Baca is in the middle of a stunning 12-part investigative series on Scientology's Gold Base international headquarters near Hemet, CA and its attempts to silence members of the Anonymous free speech and human rights alliance from protesting human rights abuses taking place at Gold.

Gold Base is also known as Int Base since it is the Kremlin, or world-wide headquarters, of Scientology. Scientology leader David Miscavige has his office there. surrounded by upper-level executives of his multi-nationial medical and psycho-therapeutic quackery empire.

Located at 19625 Gilman Springs Rd., Gold is the main base for Scientology's urgent campaign to Clear the Planet and its War on Psychiatry.

It sprawls over 500 acres on either side of Highway 79. It is staffed by 400 - 500 members of the Sea Org, Scientology's religious order of zealous serfs religious workers. Women Sea Org members are forced to have abortions if they get pregnant (because Scientology is too cheap to build facilities for families). All Sea Org staff are subject to punishment in the dreaded RPF's, the Rehabilitation Project Force hard labor and re-indoctrination camps.

In November, Scientology induced Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone to submit an amended protest ordinance designed to completely eliminate Anonymous' ability to protest. It established a ban on protesting within 300 feet of a targeted residence. Respected UCLA constitutional law professor Eugene Volokh has pointed out the unconsitutionality of the proposed ordinance. Attorney Scott Pilutik has analyzed the issues of coerced abortion and human trafficking raised in the recent legal complaint of former Sea Org Gold Base staffer, Claire Headley.

The ordinance has gone through several revisions. The clash between protesters and Gold Base security goons has been intense. Scientologists have blasted protesters with an ear-drum shattering "Gold Tone" played through loudspeakers. They attempted to pressure the Board of Supervisors into approving one draft of the proposed ordinance by staging a homophobic AIDS panic, revealing to country officials the HIV+ of three gay protesters.

Baca got involved in December and has burrowed in deep and broad. His series is not to be missed. His recent interview with Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis made big news. After years of denying the Xenu story, which is the basis for Scientology's money-making array of pseudo-counseling and self-improvement courses, Davis finally admitted its authenticity.

There are important interviews coming up with former Gold Base Sea Org members Jeff Hawkins and Maureen Bolstad. Maureen's twin sister is incardinated at Gold Base. All of Maureen's attempts to see her have been rebuffed by Scientology.

L Ron Hubbard hated the media, and called them "merchants of chaos". Watch out Scientology a storm of Nate Baca chaos is headed your way.

Links coutesy of LeakLicker at the Anonymous forum at Why We Protest.

Parts 6 and 7 of the KESQ's Scientology vs. Anonymous investigative reports will air on Wednesday, March 18th and Thursday, March 19th at 11PM.

Parts 1-5 can be viewed here:

The full 45-minute Tommy Davis interview can be viewed here:

Monday, March 16th: Bob Smith's Behind The Screen Blog: Scientology SeriesNathan Baca BLOG UPDATE: How the Interviews Were Secured for 'Scientology vs. Anonymous'

Tuesday, March 17th:Bob Smith's Behind The Screen Blog: Scientology UPDATENathan Baca BLOG UPDATE: Preview of Upcoming Interview with Former Scientology Member

Here are Nate Baca's first and second reports to get you started:

Here are former Sea Org staffers talking about abortion. Some of these wonderful young women founded the Ex-Scientology Kids website and forum in 2008, after Anonymous exploded on to the scene.

And don't forget to listen to Anonymous (one of our For Great Justice community of writers) educating and surprisingly docile G. Gordon Liddy.

Lefties: Do not be alarmed. The G-man is 78. On this show he listens, asks thoughtful questions and lets anon talk.

Anon has a message for both parties: Don't have anything to do with Scientology, especially you, Governor Palin.

Check it out:

G. Gordy Liddy Talks With Anonymous, the Church of Scientology’s Arch-Nemesis

Direct link to audio is here

The Bubble Lounge - Anonymous Alliance For Great Justice


Here are the signs too faint to read: THE BUBBLE LOUNGE ROCKS!!! ERIC & SABAWUN FOR THE WIN !!! O HAI, RIHAN!!!


Recently a troll e-mailed the Anonymous forum at Why We Protest attempting to create bad blood between the Bubble Lounge and Anonymous in San Francisco, who are relentlessly raiding Scientology all over town with their lulzy signs and Guy Fawkes masks.

The Bubble Lounge is a classy champagne bar with locations in Tribeca in Manhattan, and right across from the Scientology "org" in San Francisco where Anon protests.

The Anonymous Intelligence Division (AID) opines this was a troll attempt by OSA, the Office of Special Affairs, Scientology's very own secret service agency. Whoever the agent provacatuer was, he managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

In fact, he should be toasted with glasses of the awesome Michel Loriot Blanc de Noirs for having created the Great Bi-Coastal Bubble Lounge - Anonymous Alliance For Great Justice .

Here is the failtroll's email regarding the Manager of the Bubble Lounge in San Francisco, Sabawun Kakar, which begins the thread on the Why We Protest forum False Rumour - San Francisco Raids Secretly Recorded by Bubble Lounge :

Next time you guys protest at the Church of Scientology be weary [sic] of the manager at the Bubble Lounge. He is secretly videotaping you guys from a distance and from the roof at the Bubble Lounge and turning in the footage to the Church. He is working with them directly because he doesn't like your protests and is in the beginning stages of becoming a Scientologist. His name is Sabawun Kakar and his phone number is (redacted). Just a loyal fan of you guys looking out. Good luck!!!

Some anons were furious at the alleged taping of anons by the Bubble Lounge; others thought this might be a troll.

After twelve posts in the thread and much to the surprise of its readers, Eric Benn, who is the co-owner of the Bubble Lounge at their New York location in Tribeca, posted this under the name Hellcat:

Well, well, well! Here I am, Eric Benn, Co-Owner of the Bubble Lounge SF and NY. Who ever started the filthy rumor that we are filming from the roof-top of the Bubble Lounge in order to provide the tapes to the scientology sect is a pathetic informant. If anyone has any questions about this he/she may call me directly at 212 674 8202. "Anonymous" accusations posted on this site are nearly as dangerous as what you're all fighting. Before posting such hateful comments y'all might want to first get informed before anyone innocent gets hurt, harassed (as Sabawun has for the past two days with crazy phone calls and threats), and/or embarrassed.

I won't be reading anything off this site, so don't bother responding here. If you really want to apologize you can write me at with a subject title "scientology nuts."

Best regards,

Eric Benn

(Emphasis added.)

To which the first anon response is:


Pwnon writes:

An anonymous tip to anonymous? Fucking win.

Several posts later Mr. 'I won't be reading anything off this site, so don't bother responding here" Hellcat makes his second appearance, begging for Anon love:

Hey, guys, the Bubble Lounge is a tavern. 15 hours ago was last night in San Francisco. We closed this morning at 2 AM. Last night and this morning - that's two days for the uneducated - Bubble Lounge employees have been getting nasty calls from people who read or post here.

On the bright side, I just received a very nice phone call from an "Anon" member in Washington. Now THAT'S brave, honest and certainly helps reduce the anger we have towards the original member who wrote his/her lies. Thanks to his call I'm actually interested in what "Anonymous" does -- might even get active too.

By the way, CoS bugs the hell out of us with their members accosting clients coming to or leaving the Lounge. And I personally despise its activities (CoS that is). So to the doubters of our word, why don't you just step up to the plate and give me a call?


Eric Benn
The Bubble Lounge

lol "Anonymous"

"Anon" members start to show Hellcat the love. Uber-Anon Gold Base Mega-Raider and DailyKos blogger Xenubarb writes:

We been trolled! Sorry for the inconvenience, Hellcat. Next time I'm in SF I will stop in at your fine establishment. Do you serve clams ?

Hellcat responds:

Xenubarb, no clams at the Bubble Lounge (Bubble Lounge Champagne Sparkling Wine Sophisticated, Elegant Bar, Relaxed Lounge Atmosphere, San Francisco New York SF NY how's that for cheap advertising?) but we do have other good stuff.

I'm very impressed by the numerous calls I received, and have learned a lot though this process. Thank you to those who wrote or called their support. I had no idea Co$ (as Subgenius appropriately names them) was so devious. Looks like Anonymous just got a new member!

Pardon my initial anger and harsh words, but the people I work with are dear to me -- and I tend to be overly protective when they are falsely accused.

Best regards to all who I hope to meet one day.



Lulzy convesation ensues about raiding and after-parties at the Bubble. Anons check out the Food & Appetizers, Champagne, Champers Cocktails and more (moar ?) .

LocalSP poses a thougtful question to the bi-coastal Bubble Lounge co-owner and new "Anon" member:

Maybe the scilons were going after both the Anons and the Bubble Lounge. Hey Eric ever piss off any of the local scilons?

Mr. "Just call me, bitches!!!" Hellcat now into his fourth post responds:

LocalSP, I'm a retired anarchist. An organization as regulated as Co$ ain't my cup of tea. So if I did piss'em off it's most likely because we have more "followers" than they do (at least in their SF fort); but not quite the same revenue I'm afraid.

Anonymous adds:

Start a 'religion' then hehe

"I'm a retired anarchist." [facepalm.jpg]

Subgenius sums ups Anon's new bi-coastal Bubble Lounge ally perfectly:

What a classy motherfucker.
And an anarchist.
He's an anon at heart.

The flood of new Anonymous Bubble Lounge Lizards begins:

Hey Eric,

I'm bringing in a group of six for champagne and oysters. Thanks for taking the time to come here and discuss this. Scientology just got itself a new critic, and Bubble Lounge just got itself some new customers.

Nice work, OSA :-P

Nice work Eric, Sabawun, and all you classy anarchist motherfuckers at the Bubble Lounge. Welcome to Anonymous. You are just our kind of people.

Did I mention how awesome their Michel Loriot Blanc de Noirs is?

I need to give a shout-out here to Lauren Smiley at SF Weekly and her recnt cover article on Yelp. Lauren embedded with Anonymous for three weeks in the turbulent summer of 2008 and wrote the excellent Scientology's Antagonists - SF Weekly

Her latest is on the power of Yelp to terrorize, among others, the bar and restaurant industries, which never dreamed anything could be worse than Michael Bauer. Now they are faced with a Web 2.0 army of the hated critic's replicants: Lauren Smiley in SF Weekly: Faux star reviews!

Your reporter stopped by and chatted with Anon's new ally, long-suffering SF Bubble Lounge Manager Sabawun Kakar. He's a cool guy from Afghanistan. I savored the Michel Loriot Blanc de Noirs he graciously offered me, and he confirmed that Yelp has indeed become the dominatrix of bar and restaurant criticism. You can check out BL's reviews and add your own yelps here for great justice.





Check out a San Francisco anon's stellar performance explaining Scientology's infiltration of the US government, coerced abortions, slave labor camps and moar, including the exciting breaking news on Lord Xenu, Galactic Overlord and Nemesis of Scientology.

It's all on the G. Gordon Liddy show, srsly.

Lefties: Fear not. The G-man is 78. On this show he listens, asks thoughtful questions and lets anon talk. Anon has a message for both parties: Don't have anything to do with Scientology.

Check it out:

G. Gordy Liddy Talks With Anonymous, the Church of Scientology’s Arch-Nemesis

Direct link to audio is here

Don't forget to send your comments to the show's Senior Executive Producer Franklin Raff:

Also don't forget to go to Amazon and order Irishman John Duignan's The Complex. Duignan made a daring escape from Scientology shaking off its secret service agents with disguises, safe house, false information - the whole spy vs spy thing.

This is a complelling story of Scientology's infiltrations and propaganda operations in the US, Europe and Africa. Not to be missed. Scientology has suppressed it in the UK. The Complex - an Insider Exposes the Covert World of the Church of Scientology by John Duignan




Sunday, March 8, 2009

LA Scientology Family Cruelty - Continued


This is an update on Susan Talbot's attempts to speak with her daughter Amanda, a Scientology Sea Org staffer. She is being blocked by Scientology's intelligence agency OSA (Office of Special Affairs) and Mandy's indoctrination in the toxic, family destroying doctrines and practices of L. Ron Hubbard.

For him and for Scientologists, nothing is more sacred than the thoughts of L. Ron Hubbard, not even your relationship with your own mother. If it gets in the way of Scientology, destroy it.

Background for new readers:

Previous article: Los Angeles: Scientology Family Cruelty Alert

Main thread on Why We Protest: HIGH PRIORITY! Mom comes from England to demand her Daughter At HGB Hollywood Raid.

Susan Talbot is a UK citizen who left Scientology with other family members over ten years ago. Her daughter Amanda (Mandy) , however, remained and was transferred to Scientology's Hollywood Guaranty Building (HGB) facility in Los Angeles.

Mandy is a member of Sea Org, the so-called religious order that runs Scientology. In accordance with Scientology's disconnection policy, which has destroyed thousands of families, Amanda was forced to disconnect from her family, refusing all communication.

The last contact Susan had with Mandy was nine years ago. She did not even know if she was alive.

In November 2008 she saw an Anonymous video of a protest at the Hollywood Guaranty Building and saw Mandy. Susan contacted the video maker, Smurf; and arranged to come to Los Angeles from England to see her. She has been hosted and supported by two wonderful activists I'mglib (Glib) and Resistance Is Futile (RIF). (See their blog Mums For Mandy)


When Susan Talbot arrived on Wednesday, she went immediately to HGB to see Mandy and was refused, as she was for the next two days.

On Saturday, Susan and her two human rights activist hosts, Glib and RIF, went to the Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Division. They discovered a group of Scientology handlers had delivered Mandy to the station earlier in the day. Attorney Graham Berry reports:

The daughter was taken over to the Watch Commander by Scientology. He met with her alone. She told him that she did not want see her mother, she just wanted her mother and the protesters to go away, and that this is all very embarrassing
to her. The Watch Commander concluded she was acting voluntarily and therefore could not force a meeting with the mother. where she spoke with Watch Commander. Protests continued throughout the day at HGB.
The Watch Commander was a certain Sgt. Torres. He later appeared at HGB along with several cop cars. Torres and his officers huddled with Kirsten Caetano, the head of HGB's unit of OSA (The Office of Special Affairs, Scientology's intelligence and secret service agency). They threatened the protesters' right to free speech. I will address the astonishingly bad behavior of the police in another post.

What I want to focus on here is the tragedy of a mother being denied contact with her daughter because of the cruel doctrines, policies, and practices of organized Scientology. I will let participants I'mglib and Resistance Is Futile speak for themselves about Saturday's events. I have pruned the narrative a bit:

I'mglib: post #338

I was with British Mum today, and we've had some tears and some laughs and some serious talks. Also, we have had some absolutely unbelievable things happen that were really great.

A mysterious person came along and helped out in ways I can't say, but if this person reads this, I want to pass along our thanks.

Also, at a moment when we felt pretty low, I got a phone call on my cell phone from someone who I hadn't spoken to before, and magically this person called at the exact right time and said the exact right thing, and I want to say thanks for that, too.

So, this morning we got to HGB at a little after ten, and set up with our signs and some donuts, and stood by the door where the Sea Org come and go. ...

After a while, we decided to go over to the Hollywood police department, to see about having the police do a welfare check.

There was a young guy who took the information, but as soon atthe word Scientology was mentioned, they went and got the Watch Commander, named Torres.

He said that the daughter had come to see him that morning to say she was fine, and that she didn't want to see her mother.

He said it like he had spent hours being worked over by Scientologists. It really reminded me of [Supervisor] Jeff Stone in Riverside.

We asked if she came alone, and he said she came with a group. We pointed out that she couldn't speak freely, because if she did she would have to go through all this interrogation and indoctrination afterwards. I am pretty angry at this cop. Now that some time has passed I realize how badly he behaved.

How dare he make assumptions about this mother and daughter based on one (brainwashed) side of the story?

This is a wonderful woman who is INCREDIBLY brave who was extremely close to her daughter. Her daughter did not want to be in LA when she first got here, and called home many times about it.

Her mother told her if she wanted to come home she would
come and get her. The ONLY THING that came between them was Scientology. Grrrrr.

Anyway, after talking to this cop who obviously had been harangued by Scientology, ... we were pretty low. Then the magic phone call came, and this person said that we shouldn't give up, and not to let them know we were down (ooops, was that me crying?). Well, that was like a shot in the arm. We wouldn't
let them get to us like they had gotten to the cop, and everyone inside.

We wouldn't let them mess with us.We went to lunch after a bit, and when we came back, guess who was at HGB? Two squad cars, and several cops, including our friend Torres. Now he was telling people they might be arrested for harassing, or for blocking people's passage. WTF?

Now we knew he was drinking the Scientology Koolaid. We talked for a few minutes, and decided we would continue.
Of course we weren't blocking anyone's passage, and since when is asking if a mother can see her daughter harassment?

I resumed my position by the side door, while several people stood out front. We were joined by Tory [Christman], Graham [Berry], Xenubarb and friends, several anons, an ex or two, Smurf, Casper, and some lovely people who read this mom's story.

There was some really great energy. That's the only
word for it. It was a beautiful day, and everyone reading the message on the signs (This mom loves her daughter, Scientology won't let this mother see her daughter, etc) either gave the thumbs up, honks, words of encouragement, or
simply asked, "Really?"

We said things like, Why not just let this mom see her daughter face to face? We're not leaving until she sees her face to face.
This mom loves her daughter. Etc.

At this point Franck and Andy [two Scientology security guards] looked just grim. The joking and talking that took place
earlier was gone. Andy looked especially bad, and I truly hope he gets out one day.

Of all the people I have ever seen there, you look into this man's eyes and you see some spark of humanity there. I don't know if that's just his demeanor, but I just want to hug him and take him and abused puppy you'd find at an animal shelter.

The sea orgers raced across the street, and studiously
tried not to look at us. Some did though.So, the bottom line is, this is a beautiful, lovely (our new word) woman who just wants a better life for her daughter.

We've been saying she just wants to see her but here's the truth, and this is the part that really really gets me:

This woman would sacrifice her relationship with her daughter, if she knew it meant she could have a better life.

Mum described the conditions as "a shithole" and that's no exaggeration. She wants her daughter to be in a better place with a future, with a family if she wants. I didn't get the part about sacrificing her relationship at first, but now I totally get it, and it's beautiful.

It's like how any mom would stand in front of a bus for their kid, if it meant a better life for them. That's it right there. Maybe she won't get her daughter back, but that's not the point.

She doesn't want a phony happy lunch with her daughter, with a handler along, and then the daughter goes back to the shithole. She wants her to have a better life.

As if this is not moving enough, hear what Resistance Is Futile has to say:

Resistance is Futile post #399

A few words about this experience. I know the videos are telling the story beautifully, but I'd like to share a few things that cannot be captured on film. This is my way of thanking everyone for sending out such strengthening good

First, some words about my wonderful new friend, Susan Talbot. Susan Talbot is a quiet, dignified, and unassuming woman. All this attention is hard for her. She didn't come here to become a media star. She just wanted to sit and talk with the daughter she has never stopped loving over the years and miles
that have separated them, if only for one hour.

She just wanted to take her daughter to lunch and tell her she loves her to her face, and to hear from her daughter's own lips that she is happy and that it really is her choice to remain
in Scientology. Susan does not care if her daughter wants to remain a Scientologist - so long as that's her choice and that's what she really wants to do with the rest of her life.

That's all Susan wants for her daughter. She wants her to be happy. Susan Talbot is pretty much on her own back in England. It wasn't easy for her to save the money for airfare and arrange the time off from work to come to America on the off chance Scientology management would allow her to spend an hour alone with her daughter. She knew it would be a battle.

She's not like me and Glib - women who (strangely) call protesting "fun". It has been a grueling roller coaster ride subjecting herself to this process. But Susan is a good mother and she feels the need to do everything in her power to reach out to her daughter, Mandy.

She can't live out her life wondering in silence if Mandy is happy. She wants to hear it for herself. She has been steadfastly
turned away by Scientology since the moment she first walked into the HGB last Wednesday.

Glib and I are trying very hard to not make this about ourselves. We are not the story here. But Susan Talbot is a very shy person and the camera makes her nervous, so we try to run nterference. She's embarrassed to be seen smoking or gum chewing, which she does to calm herself. Her lips are chapped and cracked from the wind and sun, and that embarrasses her too.

She doesn't know she is "lovely" and that people adore her just the way she is. So please forgive us when we move in to "hide" her behind a hug or some big natty hair. We're not seeking attention. We're just helping out a friend.

Now, there is one small thing I'd like to say for myself. I am not a cryer. Glib and Susan T. are cryers. I am more of a rock. Sgt. Torres says Susan can't see her daughter, they cry. Sgt. Torres says Susan can't see her daughter, I redouble my determination that, by God, she can and will see her daughter. Oh no you dit'n, Sgt. Torres.

But I do have my moments, and that explains the photo of the three of us that circulated around on Friday. Minutes before that picture was snapped (by Tom Provenzano who has been an invaluable asset to the cause since the start), Glib, Susan and I
had been sitting in a small bistro resting over a brownie and cappuccinos. We take Susan out of the action every few hours to rest her mind and to regroup ourselves since we are simultaneously protesting at two different locations at the HGB.

Glib and her group man the side door where Andy, Frank and Alex shuttle the Sea Orgers in and out of buses. I'm at the front of the building exposing this atrocity to the public and trying to interface with the Sea Orgers that scuttle across Ivar into the building next door.

Susan floats between the two hot spots. She has a sunny bench to rest on up front and a folding chair set up with Glib around on the side.

Glib and I don't see much of each other while protesting, so we take opportunities like this to touch bases and monitor progress.

And so it was that we were sitting there getting caught up over our cappuccinos when my cellphone alerted me that a text message had arrived.

I flipped open the phone and read these four words from my daughter: "I love you, Mom." My breath caught in my throat. I don't usually get emotional when those texts arrive from my children.

It usually just makes a warm spot in my heart as I type the same words back to them. But this time I instantly thought of the
woman sitting next to me and how much those words would have meant to her coming from her daughter. I believe that would have been enough for her. I believe she would have considered her nine-year wait and 6,000 mile journey completely worthwhile had Susan just heard those four words from Mandy. I tried to hold on to myself, but I lost it. It took exactly one millisecond for the other two cryers to join me.

It must have looked strange, three grown women sitting there
sobbing and hugging and sobbing some more. This went on for several minutes. It felt wonderful to get that big wad of emotion out of my chest. But then afterward...well, there is no delicate way to put this. We all looked like shit. I hardly recognize myself in that picture. I can only hope people are looking at
the signs.

Again I wish to thank everyone for being so supportive of Ms. Talbot, our lovely British Mum. You'll be hearing lot more from all three of us as we attempt to blog this unfolding operation. We certainly invite and welcome your input. Susan is reading the boards and it means the world to her that so many
people care.

If your monitor is not completely blurry, this is from Chuck Berry, one of the great figures in Scientology criticism. His knowledge of the works of L. Ron Hubbard is encyclopedic. He is the go-to man for scholars seeking out the truth about Scientology. He also spent seven years in the RPF (Rehabilitation Project Force) Scientology's reindoctrination and hard labor gulag:

Chuck Beatty: #464

Quote from a preceeding post by Resistance Is Futile:

I flipped open the phone and read these four words from my daughter: "I love you, Mom." My breath caught in my throat. ... I tried to hold on to myself, but I lost it.It took exactly one millisecond for the other two cryers to join me.

It must have looked strange, three grown women sitting there sobbing and hugging and sobbing some more.....Love to you
all, Patricia

Thanks Patricia.

I was a motherless child, which might explain why I even
ended up and could stay long long inside the heartless fortress inner worlds of the Sea Org.

Your above brings tears to even my motherless child's
eyes...Thank you.

Chuck Beatty

ex Sea Org 1975-2003

Fortunately, some Scientologists see disconnection for the cruelty it is, and chose their moms over L. Ron Hubbard, like this one interviewed at HGB:

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Los Angeles: Scientology Family Cruelty Alert

Mums for Mandy

The Anonymous forum Why We Protest has reported news of a serious situation of family cruelty and probable human trafficking at Scientology's Hollywood Guaranty Building (HGB) at 6331 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Susan Talbot is a former member of the Church of Scientology (CoS) in the UK. She and other family members left CoS over ten years ago.

However, her daughter, Amanda Kember, remained, and was eventually assigned to work as a member of the Sea Org at HGB in Los Angeles.

Unknown to much of the general public is the fact that Scientology maintains a barbaric and immoral policy of religious shunning called disconnection. Under it, family members in Scientology are forced to completely severe communications of any sort with family members outside it if they speak up critically against Scientology. Any attempts at communication from family members are refused.

Since 2000 Susan Talbot has had no knowledge of whether her daughter Mandy was even alive until she happened to see a video of a HGB protest in November 2008. She wrote the night she saw it:

I am no longer married, I divorced in 2001, but still Mandy didnt speak to any of her family.

Her father died recently & I called the HGB, LAPD & all, but didnt get anywhere. Mandy never phoned the UK.

Tonight I was watching a video on You Tube, a flash raid at HGB in LA & I saw her, she was coming out of the HGB, but saw the guys outside & went back in the building.

She looked so gaunt & thin, that I just cryed & cryed & I cant do anything, I have tryed so hard over the years to get her out of there.

I have lost my daughter, Scientology has alot to account for, there overts & crimes are so suppressive. They are the SP's & I pray to God to help her get out of that brain washing cult.

The video was made by a protester from Anonymous known as Smurf, who is an ex-Sea Org member. Susan Talbot contacted him and expressed the desire to come and see her daughter.

Family members in the Sea Org are basically indoctrinated prisoners of the "sinister cult", to quote Mr. Justice Lakey of the London High Court. Scientology attempts to block contact with children in the cult. Where they deem it beneficial to allow contact to avoid public relations flaps, the child is carefully drilled to say everything is fine and that they are happy, in robotic Stepford Wives fashion.

Children, and here we are talking about an adult woman, if they can be reached at all are accompanied by a handler from OSA, the Office of Special Affairs, so that there is no private communication between parent and child.

Mandy may even be subject to being sent to a RPF (Rehabilitation Project Force ) penal facility in Los Angeles due to her mother's and Anonymous' attempts to contact her.

Scientology claims that the Sea Org is a religious order. This is no religious order. This is a totalitarian commercial empire run under policies and proceedures of eastern European communist regimes. Scientology's contempt and cruelty to families is blatant in this situation.

Scientology engages in the literal destruction of families through its policy of coerced abortion. In the eighties the executive management of organized Scientology decided it couldn't be bothered to build and maintain facilities for families. It decreed that there would be no families in Sea Org and that women have the choice either to abort or lose their jobs and be demoted to a lower organization.

Women from the Anonymous alliance are hosting Susan in her quest to see her daughter Mandy. They have established a blog Mums For Mandy where they are posting reports.

The Anonymous alliance is a loose coaltion of activists from Anonymous' Project Chanology ; human rights critics; and former Scientologists, ex-staffers, and ex-Sea Org members. Their demonstrations are referred to as raids, protests, or pickets.

The women have attempted to speak with Mandy since Wednesday evening and have been rebuffed. Attorney Graham Berry has issued an invitation to protests at HGB all day Saturday and Sunday and asked people to spread with the media about Susan Talbot's quest to see her daughter.
Mr. Fyde on the WWP thread has posted citations from the California Penal Code on human trafficking here.

Here is part of Susan's account from Mums For Mandy of being rebuffed by a security guard:

He finished the phone call and then said nervously, "You know the situation, and should respect Mandy's wishes."

"I don't really know what Mandy's wishes are, because I haven't spoken to her since 2000, but whatever they are, I would like
her to tell me. I don't know if she knows that her father recently died."

"Did you send her a letter?"

"No, I phoned and phoned and all of the members of my family phoned, but you guys never put me through to Mandy. I
just want to see my daughter."

At that point he repeated, "Write her a letter."

"What? I've just traveled 6,000 miles to write her a letter?"

The man then smirked, "Have a nice day."

The conversation was over, and British Mum walked out. A security guard followed her down the street.

What sort of church treats the distraught parents of its members as enemies? ______________________________________________
Related links:
Important video interview with Susan Talbot on March 5, 2008 after she arrived from the UK seeking her daughter Mandy.

Mums for Mandy - continually being updated with reports and video as the situation unfolds.

Main WWP Thread: HIGH PRIORITY! Mom Comes from England to Demand her Daughter At HGB Hollywood Raid!

The Committee on Religious Shunning : Stories of destruction of family relationships through disconnection.

Scientology Critical Information Directory: Disconnection

Important ABC video on Jenna Miscavige Hill on leaving CoS because of coerced abortion, disconnection, and child abuse.
Counterknowledge: Scientology 101: What is the RPF (Rehabilitation Project Force) ?

Research re Human Trafficking, Church of Scientology

Human trafficking discussion on Operation Clambake

Article by Kathleen Kim of the Loyola Law School in Los Angeles on The Coercion of Trafficked Workers