Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Following the HBO documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, his investigation into sex abuse in the Catholic Church, Academy Award®-winning director Alex Gibney (HBO’s Taxi to the Dark Side) turns his gaze to Scientology in Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright.

Gibney profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, whose most prominent adherents include A-list Hollywood celebrities, shining a light on how the church cultivates true believers, detailing their experiences and what they are willing to do in the name of religion.

This powerful new film highlights the Church’s origins, from its roots in the mind of founder L. Ron Hubbard to its rise in popularity in Hollywood and beyond. The heart of the film is a series of shocking revelations by former insiders, including high-ranking and recognizable members such as acclaimed screenwriter Paul Haggis (Crash), as they describe the systematic history of abuse and betrayal by Church officials, including the current leadership of the Church.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is written and directed by Alex Gibney; based on the book by Lawrence Wright

The Secrets of Scientology

The Church of Scientology is a rich and vengeful religious cult, or as one critic puts it, "a cross between the Moonies and the Mafia." But it would be a mistake to dismiss its underlying technology as harmless or ineffective. Scientologists know a great deal about thought control, social control, rhetorical judo (defeat by misdirection, deft use of logical fallacies) and high pressure sales, though as victims of their own technology, they wouldn't characterize it that way.

Despite its extensive advertising campaign, including half-hour TV infomercials for Dianetics, the Church has been careful to maintain a veil of mystery about its teachings, in part by outlawing any meaningful discussion or analysis of them. (See the policy bulletin prohibiting verbal tech.) To learn the inner secrets of the cult requires years of strict obedience and large monetary donations.

In return, Scientology promises its adherents "total freedom". The Internet, through sites like this one, is going to make good on that promise. This web site is dedicated to exposing the various technical tricks behind Scientology, until all its secrets have been laid before the public at no charge.


The TRs (training routines): Brainwashing 101.

Secrets of the E-Meter: Scientology's sacred lie detector.

OT III Scholarship Page. See the story of Xenu the evil space alien (one of the top spiritual secrets of Scientology) in Hubbard's own handwriting. Scientologists call this level The Wall of Fire.

The NOTs Scholars Home Page. Everything you always wanted to know about the levels of Scientology above OT III. NOTs is New Era Dianetics for Operating Thetans: some of Scientology's most expensive secret scripture.

The Scientology Comparative Theology Page reveals what Scientology really teaches about Christianity. Also see "There Was No Christ", a great page by Perry Scott.

Scientology Audited. Chris Owen's excellent essays on Scientology's dirty tricks squad, the real story of L. Ron Hubbard, and more.

Narconon Exposed, Chris Owen's detailed and meticulously researched expose' of Scientology's drug rehab scam, and, an expose' of Narconon's infiltration of the public schools.

The Fishman Declaration. Steven Fishman claims Scientology taught him to commit securities fraud. When TIME printed his story, Scientology sued for libel. Then the real trouble began.

The secret closing agreement between Scientology and the IRS (U.S. Internal Revenue Service) was leaked to the Wall Street Journal in late 1997. Read all about it at Chris Owen's Scientology versus the IRS page.

Study Technology is the key to Scientology's attempt at infiltrating the public schools through their front group Applied Scholastics.

The Secret Library of Scientology contains many books and essays about Scientology: everything L. Ron Hubbard wouldn't want you to read.

Reed Slatkin Media Resource: everything you ever wanted to know about the biggest Scientology-related financial fraud in history.

Information about BioFriendly Corporation, and its detractors.

The Lisa Clause: Scientology's abusive release forms exposed. The most egregious one of all says they can kill you on the Introspection Rundown if they wish. This is the "Lisa McPherson clause".

The Profit: the Movie Scientology Doesn't Want You to See. Totalitarian organizations can't stand parody. Visit to learn more.

Jeremy Perkins, a 28 year old schizophrenic left untreated due to his family's Scientology beliefs, stabbed his mother to death on L. Ron Hubbard's birthday. Another Scientology mental health victim is Kyle Brennan.

Digital Lightwave is a scandal-ridden Clearwater company run by Scientologists, led by Bryan Zwan.

The Church of Scientology vs. the Net explains how the cult enraged free speech advocates in 1994-1995 and earned itself a world of electronic trouble.

Meet Gavino Idda, Scientology's Internet terrorist.

The number one anti-Scientology resource on the net today is Andreas Heldal-Lund's Operation Clambake.

Poor, dumb Tom Cruise. He probably wants to smack Dave Touretzky for this page. And Kirstie Alley and Catherine Bell likewise.

Stolen Valor: Scientology's lies about L. Ron Hubbard's military record.

Joseph Grieboski, Scientology's paid lobbyist and tool.

Media appearances by the author of this web site.

The web site of anti-cult activist Rick Ross has been undergoing a cyber-attack over this article mentioning Bruce Raisley that Raisley doesn't want people to read.

Yahoo's collection of Scientology critic pages

Scientology's bumbling private investigator Lee Pitcher of Phoenix, AZ now has her very own web page.

Author: David S. Touretzky
Computer Science Department & Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
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lvis' grandson Ben Keough confessed to a friend that 'growing up in Church of Scientology messes kids up' and had recently left rehab for drug and alcohol abuse before shooting himself dead

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Not just NXIVM but Scientoilogist too:


That 70s Show actor Danny Masterson brands rape lawsuit filed against him and the Church of Scientology by his four ex-girlfriends as a 'shameful money grab'




Four women, including two ex-girlfriends, filed a lawsuit against Danny Masterson in California last year claiming the actor drugged, raped and sexually assaulted them in the early 2000s. The Church of Scientology, of which Masterson is a member, is also named as a defendant in the long-running lawsuit after the women claimed they were stalked and harassed by the church in a bid to silence them after they complained. In the latest court documents filed in the case, Masterson has asked a judge to throw out the lawsuit, saying the allegations are just a 'shameful money grab'. Two of the women named in the suit were Masterson's ex-girlfriends - Chrissie Bixler and Bobette Riales - while the other two were only been identified as Jane Does.

 NXIVM sex cult leader Keith Raniere 'recruited from same Mormon community in Mexico where nine were slaughtered by telling women he could protect them from drug violence and lead them to safety'

Actress, 42, reveals how she escaped from sex cult NXIVM after being brainwashed by its sociopathic leader Keith Raniere who kept slaves and dealt out torture 


Actress, 42, reveals her escape from sex cult NXIVM after being brainwashed by sociopathic

Sarah Edmondson, 42 (left), joined the infamous cult after meeting Mark Vicente, a filmmaker and member of NXIVM (pronounced 'nexium'), who told her about its self-improvement workshops. It wasn't until after she had the initials of NXIVM's leader, Keith Raniere (bottom right), branded into her flesh with a cauterising iron that she plucked up the courage to run away with the husband she had met and the child she had birthed in the cult. She spent more than a decade as a devoted member of the cult, climbing its ranks and reporting directly to its founding members Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman, along with their key associate, actress Allison Mack (top right).

'Your first assignment is to seduce Keith Raniere': Tearful sex cult 'slave' tells how she was blackmailed into NXIVM and 'had to do what her master said'


A 32-year-old married British woman claims she was blackmailed into sending nude photos to 'seduce' 58-year-old male cult leader Keith Raniere as her first task, a Manhattan court heard.

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Nxivm leader Clare Bronfman tells judge she has fired indicted attorney Michael Avenatti but is sticking with Mark Geragos for her sex slave trial - one day after she fainted in court


Judge Nicholas Garaufis had called an emergency hearing on Tuesday, shortly after Avenatti was indicted for allegedly trying to extort $25 million from Nike with the help of co-conspirator Mark Geragos.

Tammy Barney

2 Chronicles 7:14                

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
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Why is it I see nothing about this in the news?  Hollywood coverup.

Smallville star Allison Mack's attorneys claim that if the Church of Scientology is not guilty of forced labor then neither is her alleged sex slave cult NXIVM, as she prepares for her sex trafficking trial

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Nxivm sex-cult leader Keith Raniere 'had sex with a 15-year-old slave' when he was 48, locked a woman in a room for two YEARS when she refused to sleep with him and approved of incest'


The founder of Nxivm submitted papers hoping to be released on bond, and in response the prosecution pointed to many of the allegations they made about the man when he was first indicted.

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Inside NXIVM: How did this twisted 'sex cult guru' brainwash some of America's most privileged actresses, models and heiresses? 

Twisted 'sex cult guru' who brainwashed some of America's most privileged

Pudgy, 5ft 5in Keith Raniere (right), who used to sport a Jesus beard and John Lennon spectacles, somehow managed to recruit famous and rich American women into his NXIVM sex cult. His chief recruiter was Smallville actress Allison Mack (left), who is now charged alongside him. She tried to convince other celebrities like Kelly Clarkson (top inset) and Emma Watson (bottom inset) to join. Clare and Sara Bronfman, ultra-rich stepdaughters of British actor Nigel Havers, gave him £110m and lent him private jets and homes. Court papers say he 'maintained a rotating group of 15 to 20 women' who 'are not permitted to have sexual relationships with anyone but Raniere'.

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‘Smallville’ actress Allison Mack arrested for role in alleged sex cult

“Smallville” actress Allison Mack has been arrested for her alleged role in the notorious upstate sex slave cult Nxivm, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

She is expected to appear Friday in Brooklyn federal court on charges of sex trafficking and forced labor.

The bust comes less than a month after Nxivm leader Keith Raniere was collared on the same charges at a luxury villa in Mexico — where they had been hiding out since one of their “slaves” in October went public with her experience in the cult.

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