Sec Check Blog: Exposing Scientology Front Groups (and other stuff)


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The Trial of Hugo Colomba


This video taken inside the offices of American Power and Gas in Seminole, Florida shows a mock “Court of Ethics” for their employee Hugo Colomba. American Power and Gas is a WISE (World Institute of Scientology Enterprises) company, and the founder and CEO is Tom Cummins, one of the largest contributors to Scientology organizations in the world. The company re-sells electricity and gas in states where that is legal, and they are known for aggressive telemarketing and poor customer service. They have a rating of “F” with the Better Business Bureau and are currently shown as having failed to respond to 133 customer complaints in the past year.

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A comment from the Bunker this morning:

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I just got a response from Amnesty International India regarding Scientology's use of their logo. The response is from Ms. Himanshi Matta, their media person. They are looking into it. Of course, AI India has nothing near the resources of the cult - but still, they have a right to their own logo.

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

Thank you for writing to us and bringing the issue to our notice.

We assure you that Amnesty International India does not support the Scientology group or their cause. The logo was used without our knowledge. Our team is looking into the matter.

I would like to thank you for your support.


(And here is the email I sent her):

Dear Ms. Matta:
As an AI member, I am very distressed to see that the Scientology front group Youth For Human Rights (YFHR) used the AI India logo on its banner. See today’s blog post by investigative reporter Tony Ortega at for the photo of the banner.

This implies that AI India supports the group. I doubt they have your permission.

Scientology is a dangerous mind control cult, infamous for human rights abuses such as coerced abortion, disconnection of families, re-education gulags, and violations of labor and health laws. They get away with it in the US because they were granted tax-exempt status in 1993 after bullying the IRS with 2400 individuals’ lawsuits.

Scientology uses its front groups to raise money for Scientology and to recruit new members. Because of such bad press – Alex Gibney’s Emmy-award winning documentary Going Clear, shortlisted for the Oscars, exposed their abuses this spring, and they are on trial for fraud in Belgium and just got their tax exempt status yanked in the Netherlands – they are desperate for what they call “raw meat” and use YFHR to con young people into dropping out of college and joining Scientology staff.

Please reassure me that you do not support Scientology and its front groups. And please ask them to stop using your logo. Thank you.


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First Look – Del Valle Ideal Org


Scientology has announced that the former Organización Desarrollo y Dianética (ODD) in Mexico City will be renovated to become an Ideal Org, to be renamed Del Valle, or “of the valley.” This is not the purchase of a new building, but if the drawing above is to be trusted, Scientology intends to expand this seven-story org building into an eleven-story building. Ideal Orgs must be more than 50,000 square feet, and the existing org appears to fall short of that size. The building is located at Avenida Cuauhtemoc 576, and sits between a car wash and a used car dealer.

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