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Scientology Freewinds cruise ship – victims say a slave ship

Scientology faces more rough seas of litigation with David Miscavige’s esteemed cruise ship, the Freewinds. A troubled ship once sealed off for asbestos contamination with thousands of passengers potentially exposed, allegations of human slavery, and now a lawsuit claiming, “Final Judgments in the amount of $80,000,000, plus interest and costs against Church of Scientology Flag Ship Service Organization, Inc.”

Yesterday, July 12, 2014, Tony Ortega from ‘The Underground Bunker’ published “a stunning new court document which lays out a compelling case that the Church of Scientology engaged in a blatant scheme last year to prevent a federal court from collecting a million dollars owed some victims of human slavery.”

“In 2008, three Cuban men won an $80 million judgment against the Curaçao Drydock Company after they escaped years of what they said were harrowing conditions of 112-hour work weeks, pay of a few cents an hour, and the inability to leave. After they finally got away, they ended up in Florida, where they sued the drydock — whose major shareholder was Curaçao’s government. After winning the huge award, the attorneys for the men then set out trying to collect it, which hasn’t been easy.”

“One way they have pursued the damages award is by filing writs of garnishment against a couple of Scientology entities which operate the church’s private cruise ship, the Freewinds. (…) The church has used the drydock there for repairs on the ship as recently as last September. (…) With the writs of garnishment, the Cubans and their attorneys were attempting to use the power of the courts to force Scientology to pay what it owed the drydock to the Cuban men instead.”


Ortega writes, “We don’t know how the court will respond, but on paper, it looks like Scientology, in the form of FSSO, is on the hook for the $1 million it owed the drydock on October 10. But it may be worse: At the end of the filing, Thornton [Plaintiff’s Lawyer] hints at what a nightmare this may become for Scientology if the court decides it should pay some larger part of the $80 million (plus interest) that the Cuban victims were awarded. In order to find out just how much Scientology should pay, the court may allow Thornton to “a reasonable opportunity to conduct discovery in aid of judgment and execution.”

Court documents posted by Tony Ortega on Scribd:

‘Licea v. Curacao Drydock Company: Plaintiff Objection to FSSO Answer’

The Freewinds riddled with controversy:

Numerous Scientology Sea ORG members have alleged being held captive, passports taken away, and only allowed off the ship with an escort. In this YouTube video, one victim claims she was held captive for 12 years. “Valeska Paris was held prisoner on the scientology cult death ship "Freewinds" against her will and forced into hard labor for twelve years!”

Another YouTube video, “Scientology Freewinds boat a floating prison for Scott Campbell” alleges the Freewinds doubled as a prison for Scientologist Scott Campbell. When he began doubting his religion he was relieved of his engineering post and incarcerated. Then came the toxic druggings.

“One of the saddest, most abusive stories in all of Scientology - but he lived. Other people who underwent this process did not.”

A Freewinds of contamination:

“The Freewinds was docked in Ostrobanda, Curacao during April of 2008 in order to undergo the maintenance work. When dockworkers from the Curacao Drydock Company (CDM) found the crocidolite, they reported it to government officials and after an urgent meeting, the ministers sealed the ship and announced their action to the public to forestall panic among the alarmed maintenance workers.”

The Freewinds attempted to conceal an asbestos release incident aboard ship, declining to inform crew members that a maintenance crew had accidentally dislodged significant quantities of asbestos-bearing dust into the ship’s ventilation system.

“There have been previous reports of asbestos trouble aboard the Freewinds, including a 2001 affidavit filed by a former Scientologist who worked as a naval architect conducting renovations aboard the Freewinds in 1987. During those refits, the architect says he discovered crocidolite in the engine room and throughout the ship.”

For a so-called church that claims, "There is no more ethical group on this planet than ourselves," Scientology appears to be enslaved in their own delusional concepts of human rights and freedoms and the laws of the land.

In L. Ron Hubbard’s own words, "Somebody some day will say ‘this is illegal.’ By then be sure the orgs [Scientology organizations] say what is legal or not."

- L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 4 January 1966

David Love

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