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    The FBI Is Investigating Scientology for Human Trafficking



    Members of an FBI task force on human trafficking have been investigating the Church of Scientology for more than a year according to an article in this week's New Yorker. It's the scientology expose we've been all waiting for.

    As expected, New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright's massive profile of ex-Scientologist writer-director Paul Haggis (Million Dollar Baby, Crash) in this week's New Yorker contains many interesting revelations about the Church of Scientology and the life of a prominent member. Chief among these is the existence of an ongoing FBI investigation into allegations of abuse by Scientology's leader David Miscavige, and the enslavement of members of Scientology's religious order, "Sea Org". (Recently, former Sea Org members claimed to have been forced to have abortions.)

    According to the article, agents from an FBI task force on human trafficking have been interviewing former members of Scientology about abuse in the church since at least December, 2009, and the case remains open. Why human trafficking?
    Lawrence writes:
    The laws regarding trafficking were built largely around forced prostitution, but they also pertain to slave labor. Under federal law, slavery is defined, in part, by the use of coercion, torture, starvation, imprisonment, threats, and psychological abuse. The California penal code lists several indicators that someone may be a victim of human trafficking: signs of trauma or fatigue; being afraid or unable to talk, because of censorship by others or security measures that prevent communication with others; working in one place without the freedom to move about; owing a debt to one's employer; and not having control over identification documents. Those conditions echo the testimony of many former Sea Org members...
    Scientology's financial exploitation of its members and brutal, stalkery retention practices always seemed to barely skirt the edges of legality. Looks like they might have crossed over into outright slavery.

    There's a lot more good stuff in the 28-page article that hits the web tonight at midnight. And it's just a fraction of what Wright will be unloading in an upcoming book about Scientology. Plenty of ex-Scientologists have told-all in the past, but Haggis' prominence and Wright's reporting chops should have high-powered Scientologists' E-meters going haywire right now.
    The FBI Is Investigating Scientology for Human Trafficking

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    Suck on that Co$bots. Your time is ticking. About time.
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    Lawrence Wright better watch his back!
    But yeah about time too!

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    I hope something actual comes of this. Fucking Scien-freaks. I'm just waiting for all of them to self-implode.
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    Finally! They're making inroads (according to them) in Asia and Africa because there's a wealth of dirt cheap labour they can bring into the US and allow them to work for next to nothing as "religious workers"

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    Oh the SHIT has just gotten real!

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    It's been no secret that this is how they operate. There have also been multiple expose articles exposing their freaky short man religion. Let's hope this one sticks.
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    Finally! Please let something come of this!
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    About fucking time this cult got what was coming to it!
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    I so hope that this opens up a shit can full of worms for them!

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    Wooo hoo! 'Bout time!

    (I just hope that they can get it to stick )
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    Please let this go somewhere!
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