In January of 2001, Maria Pia Gardini contacted the LMT to ask them to help her recover 1.5 million dollars from Scientology. The story she told of fraud and abuse was so terrible that they asked her to come to Clearwater to tell her story on video.
During her visit she wrote three separate declarations and Stacy Brooks interviewed her on video for many hours. Maria is a delightful woman who speaks very good English with a charming Italian accent. She is appalled when she looks back at what happened to her in Scientology. Maria comes from a wealthy Italian family. She was coerced into giving nearly her entire inheritance to Scientology and now is in serious financial difficulties.
Maria’s daughter got into Scientology via the Narconon program in Italy. Maria was very close to her daughter and extremely concerned about her daughter’s drug use. Her daughter told her Scientology had helped her. At the same time, Maria was very sad about the death of her father, and her daughter begged her to get some auditing to help relieve her grief, so Maria did it. As luck would have it, Maria had a very sympathetic auditor to talk to about her father’s death. This auditor helped Maria tremendously during a difficult time in her life. That was the beginning for Maria Pia.
In her declarations you will read the details of what happened to Maria in Scientology. Because that very first auditing made her feel better, she continued to hope that as she moved up the “Bridge to Total Freedom” she would feel better again, but it never happened. At each new auditing step Maria was disappointed, but always a Scientology registrar, or reg (pronounced “redge” — these are the people responsible for extracting as much money as possible from Scientologists) were able to get her to keep paying for more services, promising that the next level was the one she was looking for.
Perhaps one of the most ironic aspects of Maria’s story is that she lost all of her money not as a public Scientologist but as a Sea Org member. Very soon after she got into Scientology, Maria joined the Sea Organization and ultimately became a Class 9 auditor, which is a very high level of training. In fact, she was one of Flag’s most productive auditors, delivering thousands of hours to Flag’s paying public Scientologists and making millions of dollars for Scientology. Sea Org members are, according to Scientology’s own policies, supposed to receive not only their room and board but also their auditing and training for free in return for their work. Yet because Maria had money, she was required to pay for everything she ever received in Scientology. She was literally told that she was unethical to want to hold onto any of her money and that she should simply turn over her entire fortune to Scientology.
In Maria’s declaration #1 you will learn about the incredible bait and switch fraud that is perpetrated by Scientology on the so-called “confidential OT levels.” At every level beginning with OT3 Maria was promised that she would be rid of all her body thetans once she was done with that step. But at every step she discovered that it had been a lie. After OT3 she was told she had drugged BTs to take care of on OT4. Then she was told she had sleeping BTs to handle on OT5. Then on OT6 she learned that there were BTs everywhere, that her whole body was a mass of clusters of BTs. Then she did OT7 and thought she was now rid of all BTs….until she got to the Freewinds to do her OT8 and discovered that she was expected to audit out still more BTs.
You will read about Maria’s incredible journey up the so-called Bridge to Total Freedom, and you will also learn that the night she attested to OT8 she went into a gambling casino in Nassau, where the Freewinds was in port, and found David Miscavige, Guillaume Lesevre and Ray Mithoff all gambling, despite the fact that Scientologists are forbidden to do this.
In declaration #2 Maria details a monumental “reg cycle” in which she was coerced into turning over a million dollars for a project to bring Italian auditors to Flag to train to Class 8, only to find that not one Italian Class 8 was ever made with the money she had donated. Yet the Commanding Officer of the Flag Service Organization, Debbie Cook, bought a new $40,000 car with the commission she made from Maria’s coerced donation, and many others also got commissions from Maria’s money. When Maria demanded her money back she was again coerced, this time into agreeing to get only half her money back. Maria was in serious financial trouble and Scientology knew it. They waved a check in front of her and told her if she would agree to be repaid only half the money they would give her the check right away, otherwise, she would get nothing.
Maria signed an agreement under these coercive circumstances, but she was never given a copy of the document, and her Italian attorney later told her the agreement, written in English but signed in Italy, was not legally binding. Shortly after Maria visited the Lisa McPherson Trust, Stacy Brooks received a letter from Kendrick Moxon threatening to sue the LMT for inducing Maria Gardini to breach her contract. John Merrett then wrote to Moxon demanding a copy of the contract that was allegedly being breached, and informing Moxon that unless a copy of the agreement was forthcoming within one week the LMT would consider that no such agreement existed. That was at the beginning of February, 2001. No such agreement was ever produced by Moxon.
Maria’s declaration #3 is very short. It details one example of the kind of coercive treatment Maria was subjected to by Flag personnel to get her to turn over her money.
Tragically, Maria’s daughter died of AIDS, contracted when she used a dirty needle given to her by another drug user while being treated at Narconon. Her daughter was OT7 when she died.
Helmut Flasch calls for David Miscavige to resign as the head of Scientology for the crimes he has committed, including increasing unnecessary ethics handlings, taking donations to create illegal projects, perverting L Ron Hubbard’s technology, etc. He asks current Scientologists to stop supporting Slappy so Scientology can thrive. Read more
In 2008 a group called Anonymous arrived, ready to expose the abuses of the “church” of Scientology. Many X-Scientologists and Critics joined them for the first picket, totaling 9,000 around the world. This next week-end is their/our 2nd Anniversary picket, and this is my request for ALL who can to please come celebrate the many wonderful things Anonymous and critics have helped bring about.
Daughters of St. Paul in Italy are taking a courageous stand against the Church of Scientology.
Their publishing house recently issued the second of two books by Italian Catholic Maria Pia Gardini, who is a former Scientologist.
The publishing house has just published a second book by her exposing abuses within the Church of Scientology.
The Church of Scientology in Italy has announced it has instigated legal proceedings for libel against Gardini and those who have assisted her.
In bringing this lawsuit the Church of Scientology and its leader David Miscavige risk the enmity of millions of Catholics around the world, particularly since the organization forces all women, both married and unmarried, working for their elite Sea Org management organization to abort their unborn children.
In 2007 The Daughters of St. Paul’s publishing house Edizioni Paoline (Paoline Publications) published I miei anni in Scientology (My Years in Scientology) and in the first week of December 2009 released Il coraggio di parlare – storie di fuoriusciti da Scientology (The Courage To Speak Out – Stories of Ex-Scientologists),
The books have been widely reviewed in Italy. Numerous Italian-language reviews with the links to pdf files may be found at the links to the two books cited above.
Both books are co-authored by Italian Catholic journalist Alberto Laggia and Italian Catholic Maria Pia Gardini. Gardini is a former adherent of Scientology and member of its Sea Org elite, who run everything in Scientology and its front groups under the leadership of David Miscavige. She returned to full practice of Catholicism after leaving.
My Years In Scientology recounts Gardini’s own experiences. The Courage To Speak Out contains the stories of fourteen ex-Scientologists including three from the US.
Both books are replete with accounts of horrendous abuses, including Maria Pia Gardini’s having been defrauded of over a million dollars.
In September the National Church of Scientology in Italy sent a formal warning (Atto di diffida, approximately equivalent to a Cease and Desist letter) to Paoline saying that it had engaged in libelous attacks. The warning was signed by a lawyer for Scientology and the head of Scientology in Italy and was also sent to Maria Pia Gardini.
Laggia has written frequently on cults and Scientology for La Famiglia Cristiana (The Christian Family), a weekly magazine produced by the Daughters of St. Paul. It is widely read by Italian Catholics. More than one million copies are distributed every Sunday to parishes and churches throughout Italy.
Scientology says they have instructed their attorneys to sue Maria Pia Gardini for libel. Read all about it at Why We Protest.
Aaron Saxton talks about Scientology’s confessionals and how the group deals with your deepest secrets. Read more
Aaron Saxton explains what goes on inside the building that houses the L. Ron Hubbard Life Exhibition and the offices of middle management of Scientology. This building is the focus of many protests and contains the L.A. headquarters of the Office of Special Affairs, Scientology’s dirty tricks department. Read more
Aaron Saxton spills the beans about why no Scientologist is supposed to discuss the top secret contents of OTIII with people who have not been properly prepared for the powerful materials.
I am about to explain WHY most Sea Org members and Scientologists can not explain the Xenu Story. Even most of them do not know this information. Why did LRH lie and say it would kill you? LRH has called for the extermination of those in control of Earth – the World Bank and the Jewish population. This is covered in Sea Org Flag Orders and NOT within the “secret” texts of Operating Thetan Level III (advanced course). This is based on first hand knowledge and viewing of these very guarded policies that exist curently in the Church of Scientology International and are NOT “teachings”
Want to hear Ron’s Journal 67? You can find it at Wikileaks.
And Aaron followed up this video with some clarifications of the Flag Orders he cited in the video.
I had to add a quick addition to this due to the comments and emails I received regarding what was seen as “required” answers. Please people, I am just quoting the policy, it is there int he Sea Org files if anyone can get to them. This policy, and every activity of the Sea Org and Scientolgoy should become painfully obvious now. Has anyone read what LRHs REAL views on Jesus Christ were? It is in OT VIII and it has bene publihsed. The dots should be connecting for the viewers…
I had the great good fortune to share the airwaves with Aaron Saxton in a live radio broadcast from New Zealand. It airs Sundays at 10pm down there but here it was 1 a.m. as the show went out live.
Even wacky on the cold meds, I managed to make some sense of Scientology’s mythology and practices. At least more sense than the actual Scientology spokesperson who was the first to appear on the show, Mike Ferris. I have to hand it to Mike, though. I predicted he never would stick around to face questions from us but he did. Here’s Mike’s segment:
Next Aaron came on to tell some of his story before I was asked to join in.
In part three, we had a respectful free-for-all with all three of us.
It was a lot of fun and I was very impressed with host Pat Brittenden who did a great job of asking tough but polite questions. He did what too few hosts do. he actually played clips of Hubbard talking about Xenu in his own voice. During the first segment, while Mike was talking about Christ, I emailed the audio clip of Hubbard saying there was no Christ to the show but the hour flew by so fast there was no time to use it. But I did manage to organically slip in a plug for Blown for Good by Marc Headley.
Aaron Saxton speaks about Scientology’s claim that they don’t deny medical treatment to members. He speak directly to John Travolta about the Scientologists he personally knew that have died because they handled their illness with auditing. Aaron says he was told to treat his own medical condition with Scientology nonsense instead of drugs.
And for good measure, Aaron has some strong final words for Marty Rathbun.
Aaron reads Scientology’s Dead Agent letter which they sent to the press following Saxton’s revelations about Scientology’s systematic abuse of staff and Sea Org members. Read more