Tony Ortega’s Bias is Showing Again: “Scientology managed somehow to shut down the [FBI] probe”.

Tony Ortega’s charge, that the Church of Scientology has so much political power that it can shut down a FBI probe into human trafficking at its international headquarters, is quite a claim.

It’s a claim that Ortega makes over and over, and it gets repeated by his followers over and over, as well.

But I don’t think any of Ortega’s followers are really thinking about this claim of his, and what it actually requires in reality if it is true.

As a “datum of comparable magnitude” at a critical time during the 2016 presidential election, FBI director James Comey wrote a letter to the press that Hillary Clinton says contributed to her loss of the election. If the FBI was a law enforcement agency that ran and hid itself from anyone with political power, how could this have happened?

Does the Church of Scientology have more political power than Hillary Clinton?

What Tony Ortega is not showing his followers in his atheist-inspired daily biased broadsides against Scientology, is the every day real world life of a federal prosecutor. Or any prosecutor, in fact.

Prosecutors have a fundamental ethical responsibility to NOT prosecute a case which they believe has too little evidence to gain a conviction. There are many reasons for this, and it is a daily reality of their jobs. It is a fundamental consideration in deciding which cases they will prosecute, and which cases they will not prosecute.

Hillary Clinton is another instructive example here. When the FBI released the findings of their investigation into Hillary Clinton’s home-brew email server as Secretary of State, they showed that the best they could charge her with was a misdemeanor, and even that had too little evidence to gain a conviction. So they ended their investigation and did not charge her with a crime.

Yet no nowhere in Tony Ortega’s article does he even mention this fundamental dynamic in law enforcement investigations which lead to criminal charges being filed. Instead, he uses these documents as PROOF that Scientology is engaged in criminal activity and the Church of Scientology is so politically powerful that the FBI is simply afraid to prosecute them.

In fact in NONE of his articles has he deigned to acknowledge that the most likely reason the FBI dropped their 2009-2010 investigation of human trafficking by the Church of Scientology was that there were a lot of accusations but too little proof to prosecute.

What Tony Ortega will never tell his followers is that the evidence that RadarOnline uncovered from the FBI probes acts as a vindication that the behavior reported by these Ex-Sea Org members does not rise to the level of criminal activity. And the fact that no charges were filed acts as evidence that the Church, no matter how immoral and reprehensible, is not breaking the law.

That’s also a possibility for what we are seeing here, and a much more likely one than Tony Ortega is passing off on you.

And I know that it is the height of heresy for me to bring this up. But a little heresy never hurt anyone – especially if you really want to see justice accomplished with Scientology.

Remember, following a leader with out questioning him is a mistake.

It was a mistake to do it with L Ron Hubbard and it is a mistake to do it now, too.

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Claire Swazey
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Well, one thing I have observed- CofS seems to have almost uncanny luck with the judiciary as witness the Headleys’ suits. “It’s a religion” then they find against the plaintiffs. Thing is, kidnapping, coercion and slavery are illegal for everyone, church or not.

So when I read a supposition like Tony’s, I’m open to it.

statpush
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All we know for certain is that:

1) At one time, the FBI actively investigated CoS for potential human rights violations.
2) That investigation did not result in criminal charges.

Maybe further documentation will shed light on why #2 occurred.

It could very well be that a prosecutor did not feel the case was winable. Happens all the time.

For every disgruntled ex-Sea Org member, the church could probably produce an ex-SO member who did not feel they were abused. Add to the mix First Ammendment protections…you get the idea.

This is a type of case that could make or break a prosecutor’s career. You don’t take on CoS unless you have a solid, winable case against them.

Do I “feel” the church has committed human rights abuses? Sure. But, if we ran our justice system based on feelings we’d all be screwed.

Regardless if the church is guilty or innocent, the release of these documents will still have a damaging effect on the church – crimes or no crimes.

The court of public opinion is 90% feeling, 10% evidence.

Claire Swazey
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There are some serious and well documented accusations in affidavits and testimonies. Names, dates, places. There’s inward facing spikes at the fence in Hemet. There are witnesses.

Tanchi
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Didn’t the article emphasize the COS denying there was an investigation?

Gib
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I see you deleted koki post and your response.

The Holes Still Exist
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The Holes Still Exist

Marsha, Marsha, Marsha! How the hell are ‘ya, Alonzo? Just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in. God I’m ancient. I know you know that your methods of “enlightenment” are repugnant to many, but I do understand what you try and say now and then in between the spikes and brimstone. Of course, as you know, you are evil incarnate and by my even conversing here, it will be assumed I am infected. Sigh. Fortunately, I have real world problems to wrestle to the ground these days, like healthcare zombies.

Anyway, just wanted u to know that everything America is on a budget, including FBI, so there’s that. Billionaires get by with murder all the time, so really, let’s get real here. The Holes Still Exist, and yes, Sea Org is one thing. But then, on my first intro courses in St Louis as newbie, got pains, got an assist. Pains went away, went home. Later, the ambulance got me to the hospital within 2 minutes of dying per the doctor. I still encourage anyone to get an up to date education and science about the brain so they can effectively help with the rest. There is scientific new evidence that when you repeat Q’s over and over the brain creates new physical pathways and new, false memories. Lots of new stuff out there. It’s actually very exciting, explains a lot of what happens to you in auditing or ethics and why new, diff methods are needed. Science doesn’t make anyone/thing wrong. Just better.

So, I have medical record evidence that whether it’s the most benign, simply intro elements all the way to the dystopia world of Sea Org, practicing medicine without a license is a reality in Scn. I advocate for education instead of ridicule, although I did know a scientist once who made a joke. I’ve recently invited Scientology celebs to stand with Leah Remini to end the abuses. Nothing else, Just help end the abuses. They exist, Alonzo. I got xrays, man! 🙂 Listen in and see if you think I am fake news. Stay strong, but kind. https://youtu.be/vr3ej6NdnRQ

Eileen
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Respect

Miss Tia
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It’s nice to know that at least one hole still exists. Okay, that sounds so very very wrong!! It’s nice to see YOU! How’s that? 😀

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