Scientology’s 2012 in Review: Eight Days that Shook the World

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Tony Ortega is in the middle of doing a "Scientology's 2012 in Review" series. Here is an excerpt from his review on the month of July, 2012:


Scientology’s 2012 in Review: Eight Days that Shook the World
http://tonyortega.org/2012/12/25/scientologys-2012-in-review-eight-days-that-shook-the-world/
Merry Christmas! We’re still looking back at this amazing year for Scientology watchers, refreshing your memory about what got our attention in 2012.

We hope you have plenty to say as we look back at the stories that mattered in the past twelve months…

June 29, 2012 will be remembered as the day the news broke that Katie Holmes had filed for divorce from her husband Tom Cruise.
But that morning, we were still drowsy after breaking a very different story in the wee hours.
At 2:30 in the morning we posted what we figured was a story that would shake up the Scientology world. Instead, it got swallowed up by the tabloid tsunami which rolled out later that day and quickly would become the biggest disaster for the church this year — and perhaps for any year — when the Katie Holmes divorce filing suddenly had everyone from TMZ to the Business Insider scrambling for stories about Cruise and his odd allegiance to L. Ron Hubbard.
Six months later, we’re at enough distance that we can now look back at what actually happened during that week in late June and early July, when Scientology’s numerous crises all seemed to erupt at the same time.

JUNE 29, 2:30 AM We broke the news that Scientology experienced two of the biggest defections since several high-level executives left from 2004 to 2007. This time, however, it wasn’t a case of unhappy employees who had decided to ditch the church. Roanne Horwich, daughter of Diana Hubbard and granddaughter of L. Ron Hubbard, had spent most of her life living at the International Base east of Los Angeles. Her escape is stunning, not only because of her own connection to the founder, but also because it now leaves only her mother Diana as the last Hubbard family member still inside. Horwich brought out word that her own defection had been preceded by one just as shocking: David Miscavige’s own father, Ron Miscavige Sr., had left with his wife after plotting their escape from the base for several months. The church has been noticeably silent about these two embarrassing departures, but more than six months on, both Horwich and Ron Sr. are still very much out.
LATER ON JUNE 29 News breaks that Katie Holmes has filed for divorce from Tom Cruise while he’s in Iceland filming a movie. The surgical precision of her move leaves little doubt that Katie has Scientology’s retaliation machine in mind. Reporters scramble to learn about Scientology and what children of Suri’s age might face growing up in the church. On June 30, we point out that L. Ron Hubbard had written a “sec check” list — interrogation procedure — for children as young as six years old. We also had fun pointing out whatScientology marriage counseling is all about, and why Katie Holmes was smart not to get involved in it. (Part two was even wackier.) Cruise and Holmes managed to work out a divorce settlement in 11 days, but the stories go on for months.

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http://tonyortega.org/2012/12/25/scientologys-2012-in-review-eight-days-that-shook-the-world/


Here's earlier posts in this same series:

Scientology’s 2012 In Review: Debbie Cook Starts January Off With a BANG!
http://tonyortega.org/2012/12/22/sc...w-debbie-cook-starts-january-off-with-a-bang/

Scientology’s 2012 in Review: Debbie Cook Makes Us Remember the Alamo
http://tonyortega.org/2012/12/23/sc...view-debbie-cook-makes-us-remember-the-alamo/

Scientology’s 2012 in Review: Springtime for Miscavige
http://tonyortega.org/2012/12/24/scientologys-2012-in-review-springtime-for-miscavige/
 
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Here's today's installment in the series by Tony Orgeta:

Scientology’s 2012 in Review: Narconon Goes Into Withdrawal
Happy Boxing Day! We’re still looking back at this amazing year for Scientology watchers, refreshing your memory about what got our attention in 2012.

We hope you have plenty to say as we look back at the stories that mattered in the past twelve months…

One of the most surprising things about 2012 was the way that Narconon’s meltdown kept stealing the spotlight from celebrity divorce and other crises for Scientology.

In August and September in particular, Scientology’s drug rehab operation repeatedly took center stage as its deceptions and calamities became the stuff of nationwide news coverage.

Sadly, much of that momentum was owed to the July death of Stacy Dawn Murphy at Narconon’s flagship operation in Oklahoma. By August, outrage over her overdose death was reaching a boiling point.

Hers was the third death in only nine months at Narconon Arrowhead, which sparked multiple investigations on a local and state level into the facility. We launched an investigation of our own, and it yielded a couple of interesting results. After hinting that we had begun talking to a prominent former employee of the rehab center, we revealed that our source for information on Narconon Arrowhead’s shaky state certification was coming from none other than its former president, Lucas Catton. The former Narconon executive confirmed that there is almost no drug counseling going on at the rehab centers — instead, patients are getting “watered-down Scientology” training instead.

We also revealed a stunning bit of news that so far no one else has followed up: <snip>


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http://tonyortega.org/2012/12/26/sc...view-narconon-goes-into-withdrawal/#more-2135
 
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