This is Photojournalist Fred G. Haseney with his eye on scientology. Instead of reporting from the Pacific Area Command Base (“PAC Base” or “Big Blue”), the so-called “church” of scientology’s West Coast headquarters, today I visited Hollywood. As announced in a letter that I sent to the Commanding Officer of the Church of Scientology International (“Scientology—Cease & Desist“), I needed to speak to the Desk Sergeant at the Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) about scientology having reported me to the police (“How ‘May Day’ at Scientology’s PAC Base Turned into ‘Mayday’“). I’ve filed this blog in “Celebrity Centre International” (“CCI”) because the vandalism occurred on their billboard overlooking Franklin Avenue. I’ve also filed this under “Reconnecting the Disconnected and Declared,” because today we’ll see Sea Org (“SO”) members from the Hollywood Guaranty Building (“HGB”) roaming the streets of Hollywood, in search of things to touch and places to look at, as they participate in scientology’s Survival Rundown (“SR”).
If you ever need to talk to a policeman about scientology’s activities at the Church of scientology Celebrity Centre International, located at 5930 Franklin Ave., in Los Angeles, then the Hollywood Community Police Station (“HCPS”) is the place to call. Located at 1358 Wilcox Ave., HCPS handles East Hollywood, Hollywood, Little Armenia, Los Feliz as well as Thai Town. HCPS’s jurisdiction extends as far east as Normandie Avenue, which is a few blocks west of PAC Base.
The sergeant I spoke to thanked me for my blog and for the work I do in speaking out against scientology.
SERGEANT: The stories I could tell you!
SERGEANT: Like the time scientology turned a rather petty case of graffiti on their billboard over Franklin Ave. into something much, much bigger.
The sergeant thought for a moment, trying to find exactly how to say what scientology had done.
FRED: Did scientology try to turn it into an offense with the penalty of, say, deportation?
SERGEANT: Almost! Scientology wanted to turn an act of vandalism into a hate crime, and more!
According to Shouse California Law Group, graffiti and vandalism is covered by California Penal Code 594 PC, malicious acts to property, including damaging, destroying or defacing it. Conviction for vandalism, if serious enough, can result in a large fine and jail time. Such penalties depend on the value of the property. If the dollar value exceeds $400, a conviction might include a jail sentence, between one and three years, and/or a fine of up to $10,000 or more depending on the extent of the damage. (A Google search suggests that the printing cost of a 14-feet by 48-feet vinyl advertisement for a billboard would be between $500 and $1,000.)
Hate crimes, on the other hand, carry a far greater penalty and conviction. If a hate crime can be proven to have been committed because of someone’s religion (in this, scientology), then Penal Code 422.6 PC makes the act a stand-alone offense, a crime to damage their property. Penal Code 422.7 PC (vandalism, in this case) and Penal Code 422.75 PC (religion, in this case) then turns the offense into a “hate crime.” A conviction of a hate crime might result in up to three years in a prison with a Felony probation and a fine of up to $10,000.00.
Do you see the kind damage that scientology is capable of doing with unlimited finances and personnel? Yes, graffiti is an offense, but scientology, with all their resources, can turn a juvenile delinquent into a convicted felon, which very well could mar the person’s record and ruin the rest of that offender’s life. Thankfully, the LAPD in this case did not see grounds to charge the offender with a hate crime. But scientology (and scientologists) can be very, very persuasive. I should know, I spent nearly four decades in scientology (two of those years as a SO member; two more years as a non-SO member for the Office of Special Affairs, or “OSA”). Update: The women are, from left-to-right: Kathy O’Gorman and Anne Labourdique. Both women are from the Office of Special Affairs International (“OSA Int”). Thanks to MR for identifying them.
If you ever need to talk to a policeman about scientology’s activities at PAC Base, you’ll need to contact the LAPD’s Olympic Community Police Station (“OCPS”), located at 1130 S. Vermont Ave., in Los Angeles. The sergeant at HCPS said that scientology has visited his station in order to investigate people. When he asked for my name, he didn’t recognize it, so I’m betting that a sergeant or two at OCPS will recognize my name since scientology has “Fair Gamed” me.
Photo Caption: On my way home, I passed by the HGB, the 12-story building in this photo with the “scientology” sign on it, located at 6331 Hollywood Blvd. The structure sits at the southeast corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Ivar St. and houses the L. Ron Hubbard (“LRH”) Life Exhibition. For this photo, I’m on Ivar, looking north.
Photo Caption: This is a close-up of the Hollywood Guaranty Building. It is from a precipice on this building that Jenna Hill Miscavige considered suicide as described in her scientology expose, Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape (2013).
Photo Caption: I’m standing at the southwest corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Vine St., in Hollywood, as two SO members cross Vine St. The shorter of the two women is carrying a clipboard for the SR; she’s the “coach,” while the lady in glasses is the “twin.” As is the case with nearly every SR coach, she’s carrying a blue pen. Also notice the “Sea Org” logo on her belt. These SO members were using Hollywood as their backdrop in an attempt by David “Let Him Die” Miscavige Enterprises to slowly drive people on the SR crazy. From what I’ve read, the SR consists of a battery of drills, some of which may have already been done to completion by the twin. The SR, however, may make a person redo an action on “The “Bridge to Total Freedom,” which can make a person ill (physically, mentally and/or spiritually). Don’t ever redo any Bridge action that you’ve previously done to completion!
Do you know either of these women? Have you or someone you know been forced to cut all ties with them because of scientology’s toxic practice of “disconnection”? Perhaps one of these women is your mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, or child. One of them could be your ex-wife. Maybe one of them used to be your friend, until you questioned scientology’s activities and found yourself expelled, declared a Suppressive Person (“SP”). Maybe you used to work with or for one of these women, but lost that business relationship (and possibly your job) when scientology labelled you an SP.
Photo Caption: Here is a close-up of the SO members. Notice the coach’s blue glasses.
Photo Caption: Here is another photo of the SO members as they reach the west side of Vine St.
Photo Caption: Here is another close-up of the SO members.
Photo Caption: Here, the SO members wait at Hollywood and Vine for the light to change “green.”
Photo Caption: After the SO members crossed the street, they traveled west along Hollywood Blvd. The HGB can be seen a few buildings away, just above the center of the picture. They’ve just walked past the star for American pianist, Carmen Cavallaro (1913—1989), on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The SR coach has just stepped on the star for American actress, Gloria Swanson (1899—1983), perhaps best known for her portrayal of the aging silent movie star, Norma Desmond, in the 1950 film noir classic, Sunset Boulevard.
Photo Caption: The SO members have just passed the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for American actress and comedian, Cass Daley (1915—1975), and Canadian-American actor, playwright and lyricist, Gene Lockhart (1891—1957). Under the pen name, “Jeff Wells,” I authored “Jeff Chandler: Film, Record, Radio, Television and Theater Performances” (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2005). Gene Lockhart’s last screen role was for 1957’s “Jeanne Eagels,” a motion picture that starred Kim Novak and Jeff Chandler.
Photo Caption: In this photo, the SO members enter the HGB. To their left is the entrance to the LRH Life Exhibition.
All images (unless noted otherwise) © 2015—2016 Fred G. Haseney. All rights reserved.