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"Snow White"

"Project Normandy"

The Attack on Gabe Cazares


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Scientology and Clearwater


A Brief History of Scientology (continued)

By Jeff Jacobsen

Scientology found itself under close scrutiny in the US and abroad. The sixties would be a particularly troubling time for Hubbard who moved his base of operations to England in 1963.

In 1965 the state of Victoria, Australia banned the practice of Scientology entirely.


We recommend Chris Owen's website for the full Austalian ruling.

" Scientology is evil; its techniques are evil; its practice is a serious threat to the community, medically, morally, and socially; and its adherents are sadly deluded and often mentally ill... (Scientology is) the world's largest organization of unqualified persons engaged in the practice of dangerous techniques which masquerade as mental therapy." - Justice Anderson, Supreme Court of Victoria

In 1967 Hubbard wrote the famous "Fair Game" law, which allows that anyone declared an enemy of Scientology "may be tricked, sued, or lied to or destroyed."


Also that year Hubbard claimed to have resigned from his position as head of Scientology. He purchased three ships and headed for the high seas.

This was the beginning of the Sea Organization, where Scientologists sign a pledge to work in Scientology for one billion years (Scientologists believe in reincarnation).

In 1968 both England and Rhodesia passed restrictions on Scientology.

After years of running the organization from aboard his ship the Apollo, Hubbard settled on a land base in Clearwater, Florida. Hubbard and his crew moved there in 1975.

They purchased the Ft. Harrison Hotel and a former bank building in the downtown area under the name United Churches of Florida to hide Scientology's connection.


Ft. Harrison Hotel

Also that year Project Normandy was begun to take over control of the city of Clearwater.

Gabe Cazares


While Scientology expanded slowly, behind the scenes their Guardian 's Office was conducting incredible illegal cloak-and-dagger operations against Clearwater's mayor, Gabe Cazares.

At the same time the Guardian's Office was running operations against the IRS, the Justice Department, and other governmental bodies as well as anyone else perceived to be in their way.

In 1977, based on information from a defector, the FBI raided Scientology in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The evidence from these raids led to federal convictions of 11 high-ranking Scientologists, including Hubbard's wife Mary Sue. L. Ron Hubbard himself was in hiding.

In 1978 Hubbard was convicted in absentia of fraud in France for
having obtained money for the church under false pretenses.

In 1982, under the new leadership of David Miscavige while Hubbard continued hiding out, an organizational shakeup occurred wherein "mission holders" were severely pressured to relinquish their independence to a powerful central organization.

This was probably the most tumultuous internal time in Scientology's history, with many people either leaving or splitting off from the organization. It also firmly established the authority of Miscavige and his entourage.


David Miscavige

In 1983, the Ontario Provincial Police conducted the largest police raid in Canadian history against the Church of Scientology of Toronto and seized some 250,000 documents in about 900 boxes. This led finally to Scientology being convicted of breach of the public trust for conducting infiltration of Canadian government offices.

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