We interviewed former Scientologist Maureen Bolstad last Friday. News Channel 3 met her in front of Scientology’s IntBase in Hemet. She told us about years of abuse and coercion at the hands of Church management. Bolstad showed us her Social Security tax forms. Many of them show zero income for several years she was working in Scientology’s film unit. The church claims an exemption for these workers as “religious volunteers.” It is an arrangement the IRS has recognized since the 1990’s.
Bolstad also showed us the letter given to her by the Church of Scientology declaring her a “suppressive person.” This Scientology policy letter makes it a punishable offense to talk to the media about Scientology without management permission. It also states a quote from Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard that those declared suppressive “cannot be granted the rights ordinarily accorded rational beings.”
Beginning Monday, March 30, 2009 on News Channel 3 at 11:00 PM, we will continue our investigation into the working and security conditions at Hemet’s IntBase.
Here is an excerpt from our Monday segment:
What is life like inside hemet’s IntBase for the hundreds of Scientologists who live and work there?
Former members out in the open and current members whose identities we’re keeping confidential tell
News Channel 3 these inside details.
Scientology security sources confidentially tell News Channel 3 as of a few years ago there are:
Eight 12-gauge shotguns.
Six .45 caliber pistols with hollow-point bullets.
One bolt-action .308 caliber scoped sniper rifle.
The guards are not regularly armed, nor have they ever. The weapons are kept in safes scattered around the base.
And, as far as all the cameras, they went up after multiple drive by shootings 15 years ago. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department began to appreciate the cameras on the roadway. Every time there was a chase or suspected criminal driving on Gilman Springs Road, the Church handed over their video when asked to police and began a close relationship.
We will have more on the Church security and Maureen Bolstad’s interview beginning Monday, March 30, 2009 on News Channel 3 at 11:00 PM.