Tom Cruise and his Scientology allies were infamously rumored to have wiretapped Nicole Kidman after their nasty split in 2001. But now, a shocking new tell-all about the religion is claiming the paranoid actor also spied on his ex-wife’s friend, Russell Crowe.
In Steve Cannane‘s book Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia, the journalist alleges that the 54-year-old father wanted to dig into the then up-and-coming star’s relationship to Kidman and pry inside his personal life.
Cruise “wanted to find out more about the conversations she was having with her long-term friend,” former Scientologist Marty Rathbun told Cannane in the book. “We got in a big background number on Crowe. We went and investigated him to find out everything about him right down to the doctor who delivered him.”
Masterminded by Cruise, the church began a full-blown “surveillance operation” on Crowe, now 52, who was rising to fame for his Oscar-winning role in Gladiator.
Despite the scheming superstar’s suspicions, “there was no evidence that Crowe was being anything other than a good friend” to Kidman, Cannane wrote.
Rathbun, who claimed he knew about the content of the calls and even briefed Scientology leader David Miscavige on the matter, insisted the conversations were innocent.
“In my personal opinion, there was nothing to warrant any concern,” he assured Cannane.
As Radar previously reported, Cruise and Scientology also allegedly destroyed Kidman’s relationship with her older children, Bella, 23, and Connor, 21.
According to ex-Scientologist Leah Remini, Bella slammed their mother , now 49, as an “SP,” or Suppressive Person, and refused to talk to her after the divorce.
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can you believe that that old toad Hubster “Don’t Call Me Looney” Hubbard actually believed he found a cure for radiation sickness and that smoking actually cured cancer? Here’s a terrific explanation of how he possibly came to this conclusion
ALL ABOUT RADIATION
This book’s title,“All About Radiation”, is a bit misleading because in addition to a lot of spurious text on “radiation,” the author devotes a fair amount of space to trumpeting the wonders of Scientology. But since the author in question is L. Ron Hubbard, a healthy dose of Scientological proselytizing is to be expected. And, to be fair, Hubbard’s misguided ramblings about radiation are about as coherent as his bizarre assertions on the powers of Scientology, so the book is fairly well balanced in its incoherence.
The book’s first laugh comes when the reader realizes that the “Medical Doctor” and “Nuclear Physicist” credited with writing it are, in actuality, “Dr.” L. Ron Hubbard. In reality the science fiction writer and then-burgeoning cult leader was neither a doctor nor a nuclear physicist. Indeed, Hubbard flunked the class he took at George Washington University that he frequently cited as his qualification to discuss atomic matters. Perhaps he felt he made up for his academic failing by traveling into outer space without his body to examine the Van Allen Radiation Belt – another one of the writer’s many wacky claims.
All About Radiation opens with a section (“All About the Atomic Bomb”) gleaned from various other books on the subject including John Hersey’s Hiroshima. The real fun, however, doesn’t begin until the second section which is really just a bunch of transcribed Scientology lectures. It is entitled “Man’s Inhumanity to Man” by L. Ron Hubbard, C.E., Ph.D. The civil engineering and doctorate degrees, by the way, are as phony as Hubbard’s tales of galactic gallivanting. The civil engineering degree allegedly came from George Washington University, but Hubbard did not graduate from that or any institution. And the honorary doctorate for Hubbard’s “work” in Dianetics came from a diploma mill.
The foreword to this section slathers such praise on “Dr.” Hubbard’s “research,” it should be noted that the writer – Johann Tempelhoff – wrote many other Scientology documents known as “Professional Auditor’s Bulletins” or “PABs.” Here are some excerpts of the foreword’s extreme puffery:
After a period of two years in which Dr. Hubbard and a team of research Scientologists investigated brainwashing, nuclear radiation, etc., the British organization (i.e. the Hubbard Association of Scientologists International’s congress on “Nuclear Radiation and Health”) invited him to submit his findings to Scientologists in Europe, hence the Congress.
Scientology, the science of knowing, came out of the same crucible as the atomic bomb. It was developed for good, not evil. For that reason Scientology has been called that branch of atomic science which deals with human ability. As its founder has been trained as one of the first nuclear physicists it can be seen why.
All About Radiation is notable for early examples of some of Hubbard’s characteristic linguistic and “health” inventions. On page 41 of the book he employs the nonsense term “thinkingness” to describe human thought. Hubbard uses this Hubbardism several more times during the course of the section. Later in the book he describes the following Scientology version of a laying on of hands:
A man came into the HASI (Hubbard Association of Scientologists International) in Phoenix. He had been driving past one of the atomic bomb explosion sites and as he went past the site at some considerable distance away, he saw the flash on the horizon. At once his face and eyes swelled and he could hardly drive into Phoenix. He was in terrible condition and felt very bad about this. So I just gave him a Scientology assist and the swelling went down immediately.
On pages 91 through 93 Hubbard boasts that Scientology is “leading” in the development of a chemical to deal with the harmful effects of radiation. The formula for this “wonder” drug dubbed “Dianazene” is as follows and should be taken, Hubbard advises, daily with milk and chocolate:
200 mg. of Nictonic Acid
Not only does Dianazene “run out” radiation, Hubbard states, “it also proofs a person up against radiation to a degree.” And if that weren’t enough, Hubbard adds, “it also turns on and runs out incipient cancer.” Wow.
On the far-flung (from radiation, that is) topic of combating brainwashing, Hubbard is again ahead of the curve: “Any Scientologist with an Electro-psychometer,” he brags, “can tell if somebody’s loyalty has changed.” Is this what happened to Nicole Kidman? He goes on to recommend the following: “If one suspects that one of one’s associates has been brainwashed, the best thing to do is to get hold of a Scientologist for he can handle the matter with ease.”
In case any reader missed the point about the God-like nature of Scientology, All About Radiation includes the following postscript:
The interest of the Hubbard Association of Scientology International in Radiation are only these:
It creates widespread hysteria; Scientology can handle hysteria. It creates physical disabilities; Scientology can prevent or treat them.
Scientology is the principle agency that is preventing and treating people for radiation at this time.
The Radiation count of Earth has not been increased by bomb testing. The anguish of Earth has been multiplied by bomb terror. You can survive with Scientology.
There is another Scientology Cold War-era book entitled The Science of Survival (1951) that is advertised on the back of All About Radiation, but unless some kind Thetan donates an original edition to CONELRAD, it will probably go un-reviewed here.
ALL ABOUT RADIATION
By a Nuclear Physicist and Medical Doctor (“Dr.” L. Ron Hubbard)
Copyright 1957 by Hubbard Association of Scientologists International, London
PERMALINK URL: http://conelrad.com/books/folio.php?id=P298
© 1999-2005 CONELRAD.COM
My Personal Experience of Scientology – Part 1 / 我关于山达基教的亲身经历
(This is a 100% factual account of what happened to one of my best friends and is my attempt to highlight some of the potential dangers of certain organisations existing in and around the world we live in.)
I would like to take this opportunity to speak about one of my best friends of a few years ago. His name was Joe and I feel that what happened to him is something that should be highlighted and laid bare in an open and broad minded fashion.
Back in 2011, Joe was a regular member of our social circle. We would meet up regularly, hang out and just do what friends normally do. Everything was fine until one day when we had the usual weekend catch-up. He arrived at the bar rather later than usual, which was unlike him. When we all enquired jokingly as to where he was, we noticed he was in a much happy mood than normal. He then proceeded to tell us that while he was shopping in Central London, he came into contact with what at first appeared to be a street salesman. After a few minutes, it was revealed that the gentleman was a member of the church of Scientology.
Even though I knew him very well and was sure he was generally content with where he was going and the direction his life was taking, they managed to convince him using the “e-meter” results, that there were areas in his life that needed serious addressing and without it, he would not progress forward.
So, after the breakdown of what Scientology was all about, we understood a little more about it but were still confused as to what they were trying to achieve with our friend. Were they trying to help him out or start draining him of funds? Still, he was in very high spirits after his afternoon meeting with them and was due to start his first “audit” the next day.
I rang Joe the following evening intrigued to find out what happened in this “audit”. Again, he was highly elated and very happy, perhaps too happy if such a thing actually exists? Though he did mention that because of the confidentiality agreement with them, he could not repeat what was actually said during the process. He went on to explain that this again required the use of the “e-meter” and the interviewer continuing to ask questions along similar lines of the first free “personality test”.
I mentioned beforehand that the needle of the “e-meter” would rise and fall according to his answers he gave to the various questions. The rising of the needle would identify some unresolved mental problems or issues that were then to be cleared away one by one. This was shown by the “e-meter” needle remaining static when that particular question was asked. This “audit” procedure was to be repeated as many times as possible until the needle remained static for all questions asked of Joe. Once attained, you would be known as a “clear” within Scientology.
Over the next week, he actually attended three more sessions and that’s when our real concerns started kicking in. He told us how they would continue asking the same exact questions over and over for hours on end. When one memory (or “engram” as they called it) was cleared away, they would ask him if he felt a mental release or saw a bright light flash from his peripheral vision. At first, Joe said absolutely not, but after a few hours of this, he actually experienced this phenomenon. Small, electrical bursts in front of him that signified to him his mental cobwebs being brushed away. We put this down to him beginning to hallucinate after all those hours of being constantly barraged by questions repeatedly over and over again. To me, a dangerous and damaging form of mind manipulation.
We also tried to warn him of proceeding with their courses, but he was already signed up for a whole load more and at a considerably heftier price. Part of his so-called treatment plan from the Scientology team was for Joe to voluntarily confess to someone all the wrongdoings he had committed in his life which were discussed during the “audit” sessions. Remember, there was nothing held back or undisclosed, it was a very frank and open process with the interviewer. So, embarrassed of possibly having to confess his most personal sins from his past to his closet friends, he unbelievably walked into our local police station and started reading out a full report of all he had ever done wrong! When Joe mentioned this to us, we could hardly believe our ears. The kindly policeman then laughed it off and said that if he finally regretted his actions, this would be considered punishment enough. The brainwashing procedure was well and truly in full swing. This situation was going downhill very fast.
This brought me to the most worrying piece of information I had found so far. The story of Xenu. This sounded more like something out of Mr. Hubbard’s science fiction novels than anything else, involving galactic federations, space leaders, humans infested with thousands of souls called “thetans” and how “auditing” is actually the process of cleansing these “thetans” from our bodies one by one. Pretty far out there, I’m sure you’d agree. But if you follow the courses they have on offer in sequential order and progress through “The Bridge to Total Freedom” as they call it, you will not come across the story of Xenu until very late in the game. In other words, when you are fully onboard with Scientology and are willing to accept almost anything they will say to you. Scary stuff indeed. Even the contract new member have to sign is for 1 billion years. Yes, you heard that right. So that when you are reincarnated after this life ends, you can pick up your studies from where you left off. To this day, I’m still not sure if Joe had read that in the small print or not, but it is most definitely there.
Famous quote by L. Ron Hubbard: “Writing for a penny is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion.”
I rang Joe the next day and recited the information I had found on L. Ron Hubbard, “Dianetics”, almost everything. But he said they were briefed at the very start of every session to not read any material on the Internet or view any media concerning Scientology as the world was determined to undermine them and see their initiative fail. My warnings fell on deaf ears and he made his feeling very clear to me on the matter. I could already see the damage from this group working its way into one of my best friend’s lives at a frightening pace. His expenditure was now well over £1000 and with no end in sight.
But, from here, things would take a turn for the worse that none of us could ever have expected…
Jason Lee sports scruffy white beard as he’s seen out for the first time since revealing he’s left Scientology
He announced earlier this month that he’s left Scientology.
And Jason Lee was spotted in public for the first time since revealing he’s left the controversial religion as he stepped out in Dallas, Texas, on Monday.
The 46-year-old tried to go incognito in a straw hat and eye glasses, as he chatted to pals in a parking lot near his Texas home.
Spotted: Jason Lee was seen in public for the first time since the confession, as he stepped out in Dallas, Texas, on Monday
The My Name Is Earl actor normally has a dark beard, but he appeared to have stopped dying it and let it remain its natural salt and pepper colour.
He wore lightweight blue jeans with lace up white canvas pumps.
He added a beige linen long-sleeved shirt as he chatted to a pal over a retro camera.
Low-key: The 46-year-old tried to go incognito in a straw hat and eye glasses, as he chatted to pals in a parking lot near his Texas home
Jason was one of Scientology’s prized catches – pictured in promotional material alongside fellow stars such as John Travolta and Tom Cruise.
But earlier this month he quietly revealed that he has quit.
The star confirmed in an interview that he and wife Ceren Alkac are no longer involved with the religion.
Having relocated his family to Denton, Texas just over one year ago, the actor spoke to a local website to resolve rumours that he was there to start up a Scientology centre.
Casual: He wore lightweight blue jeans with lace up white canvas pumps
‘If Ceren and I had an idea for a business, it certainly wouldn’t happen at the cost of someone else’s,’ he told thedentonite.com.
‘And being that we don’t practise Scientology, and that we aren’t particularly interested in opening religious centres in general, we have no plans to open a Scientology centre.
‘Quite a few rumours about me/us floating around but none of it’s true. We’re not here to buy up or change or take over Denton, put some kind of personal stamp on it.
‘We’re just here like anyone else who wants to be a part of Denton’s very cool creative community, and to be involved and perhaps help where we can.’
Jason, 46, and his second wife Ceren married in 2008. They were rumoured to have split last year, with reports that his commitment to Scientology had come between them.
However it appears the two are now back together, and living with their children in Texas.
Star turn: Jason was one of Scientology’s prized catches – pictured in promotional material – alongside Ethan Suplee, Kelly Preston, and John Travolta (in 2007)
Jason was previously wed to Carmen Llywelyn between 1995 and 2001.
Last year Carmen wrote a scathing article about her experiences with Scientology for Gawker.com – blaming it for their split.
She said: ‘Jason had been a Scientologist for about five years when we met.
‘He was introduced through his ex-girlfriend, Marissa Ribisi, and her family. When I think back, I believe a part of me knew if I didn’t accept Scientology the marriage would be over before it even started.
‘Jason and I had spoken about Scientology many times. Our relationship was serious; we had just moved in together.
‘Eventually, I started to feel like he was forcing Scientology on me, past the point where I didn’t want to go any further.
‘He would never stop talking about it.
‘It became a source of contention and I realised that unless I accepted Scientology the way he did and the way he wanted me to, we would most likely cease to know each another.’
Moved on: Ethan Suplee, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, and Jason Lee pictured together in 2007
Leaving Scientology: It’s not just for the ex-wives of Tom Cruise. Most recently illustrated by Jason Lee, any celebrity can put down their Scientology textbooks and cancel their monthly cheques to the church. Just ask these stars, who have each had varying degrees of involvement with the faith began by L. Ron Hubbard.