Paulien Lombard Was a Spyentologist

A former spy for Scientology came clean on abuses. Now, she says, the church is chasing her

Paulien Lombard Was a Spyentologist

Early-morning meetings of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors aren't exactly known for fireworks. On the agenda of the July 26, 2011, gathering, for example, was the pressing question of whether the county's dispatch system for medical-aid calls needed upgrading. So audience members might have been half-asleep during the public-comment period, when a slender, middle-aged woman with graying hair, black slacks and a light-purple blouse calmly walked to the podium and explained how, as a trusted, longtime member of the Church of Scientology, she had recently engaged in a spying operation directed at local critics of the church, including a man from Lake Elsinore who'd been protesting the church's so-called "Gold Base" in Hemet, as well as a Laguna Beach woman who'd been picketing in front of the church's massive blue building on Fountain Avenue in Los Angeles.

Then she turned her attention to Supervisor Jeff Stone, whom she claimed had close, personal friends in the church.

"I know, Mr. Stone, you have some friends who are Scientologists," the woman said. "I actually know them personally. They used to be my friends. They have since disconnected from me. They're not allowed to talk to me anymore, okay? This is all part of information control that is going on in the church. Church members are not allowed to do research [on] the history of Scientology online. If they do, there are several repercussions. I strongly suggest you inform yourself about Scientology."

Paulien Lombard outside the Santa Ana Performing Arts and Event Center, where Scientology Orange County will be located
John Gilhooley
Paulien Lombard outside the Santa Ana Performing Arts and Event Center, where Scientology Orange County will be located
Before entering Scientology’s 
future headquarters, a man easvesdrops on Lombard as she talks about the church
John Gilhooley
Before entering Scientology’s future headquarters, a man easvesdrops on Lombard as she talks about the church

The woman, Paulien Lombard, had joined the church decades earlier and an ocean away. As a 22-year-old psychology student in the Netherlands, she had met a man at a college-dormitory party who would change the course of her life.

A self-described "odd duck in the pond," Lombard had searched for meaning from an early age. She thought psychology was the way to discover her purpose and, she felt, to help others escape the emotional and mental pain that chains the human spirit. By her own admission, she'd staggered into adulthood, laden with a bag of unanswered questions about life, happiness and the mystery of the human mind.

"I was really seriously searching for answers," Lombard says. "And this person was talking about [how] he found some answers, and it sounded very interesting to me."

The answer, her new friend told her, was Scientology.

Over the course of several drinks, the man had spoken glowingly about the power of Scientology's communication exercises, in which the church's initiates could learn how to more effectively interact with others.

"'I want to do that,'" Lombard recalls thinking. "I met him the next day at the Amsterdam [organization, or org], and that same day, I enrolled in that communication course. It cost maybe $30. All the intro stuff is relatively cheap."

But in the next three decades, Lombard would spend nearly $150,000 on Scientology. Her dedication to the church's program, which Scientologists call "The Bridge to Total Freedom," was so strong that, by the end of her sojourn, she was spying on some of the church's most outspoken critics. But Lombard no longer spies for the church. In fact, she says, it's the church that spies on her.

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Lombard's pale-blue eyes are set as though they are gems between tiny lines that pull tightly together whenever she smiles. Her grayish-blond hair falls just above her shoulders; strands of her hair dance in the cool breeze that drifts to her table inside Old Towne Orange's Café Lucca. As she finishes her coffee on a recent Wednesday afternoon, she gazes at passersby.

"I don't have any more friends in Scientology," she says, her Dutch accent dressing a delicate voice that lifts and falls with the telling of a story that began more than 30 years ago. "All my friends have disconnected from me."

She recalls a relatively happy childhood in the Hague, the capital city of the Netherlands' South Holland Province, about 45 minutes south of Amsterdam by train. Her father, a bank manager, and her mother, a homemaker, reared Lombard and her older brother and sister in the Roman Catholic Church, which she left behind when she was around 16 years old. A fan of classic rock bands such as the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd, Lombard was a bit of a tomboy. She recalls hating having to take ballroom dancing lessons as her brother and sister had done.

"I always felt I didn't fit in," she says.

In 1978, Lombard says, she joined the Amsterdam org and took introductory courses, which included "auditing" through the use of an electronic galvanometer known as an "E-Meter." The E-Meter was a glorified lie detector introduced to Scientology by its founder, Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, shortly after he released his book Dianetics: A Modern Science of Mental Health in May 1950. A science-fiction writer during the previous two decades, Hubbard wanted to scrap the penny-a-word lifestyle of a hack for big money and fame. Just about every facet of the man's life is disputed, be it the extent of his travels, the depth of his education, or the impact of his military service. For every praise the church loudly bestows on the man it calls "Source," there is an equal and opposite denunciation by those who say Hubbard was a huckster with dollar signs in his eyes.

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majjiemoyer
majjiemoyer

WTG Paulien!  Now that I am in agreement, im SURE I will be "watched", probably declared but in reality... its just a piece of paper! Paulien is one of the sweetest kindest people I know. Her children were the same. Very sweet family, loving, caring, and helped their church anyway they could. Just like Luis Garcia who donated 1.3 million dollars for the building the church cannot afford, spotted outpoints and wrote them up as LRH stated to do in HCO PL "KNOWLEDGE REPORTS" and he gets declared as his reports were on David Mascavige.

 

I have my own story, its not yet known, but im sure it will be soon. I await my beautiful piece of golden rod! I even have a frame picked out for it! ;)

 

AnonOrange
AnonOrange

"Just then, a thin, middle-aged man dressed in a blue shirt ..."

Blue Shirt Guy! Famous Scientology spai from Tustin. Look him up.

He was teaming up with Paulien when she was spying on me.

Laughingpig1
Laughingpig1

ABC NEWS did an expose documentary on this church with Diane Sawyer where they showed church members showing up at peoples houses that were speaking out against the church and the other members filmed/recorded them. I saw that documentary and it's scary.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Best line: Presumably, one never knows when a thetan of his titanic stature might invisibly drop by for some deskwork.

Second Best: "I'm extremely happy we're out of it," she says of the church. "Happy there's no one walking around here."

Very well done to Paulien and her family!

STAY AWAY FROM THE "CHURCH" OF SCIENTOLOGY!

ScamProof
ScamProof

Unless I am misinterpreting your post, it seems you are saying that Scientology DOES revere family. I'm sorry but because of personal experience, I must beg to differ. Several years ago, my husband spent several thousand dollars on "the New basics" course. Several months later, he informed me he was going to Los Angeles for a long weekend to visit the Scientology headquarters there. He called me from LA, sobbing and saying that he would find a way to pursue Scientology and stay married too. My blood ran cold as I wondered who would suggest that a man couldn't pursue a "religion" and keep his wife and family. In the course of just a few more months, we were divorced and Scientology took every penny my husband (a man in his 60s) had including retirement accounts, savings and pocket money. He came back to me initially I think because he literally wouldn't be able to eat and keep a roof over his head. He went to work for his local org on staff part-time and also went to work for some Scientologist employers at a low wage. It really is true what I've heard that if they get their hooks into you, they will take all your money and then have you go to work for them because there seems no alternative. Eventually, he snapped out of it. He needed to declare bankruptcy and probably at this late stage of life will not recover financially. I watch him struggle every day to overcome the devastation wrought by his Scientology experience - financial ruin and the strain put on his relationships with the most important people in his life. Scientology revering family? What a joke! After our experience, I have no trouble believing anything they are accused of and the stories I read ring true for me as I have lived it. This is the most disgusting organization on the planet and you should be ashamed to defend it. My hope for you is that someday you will snap out of it too.

deanfox
deanfox

Another apostate. Oh yes and there will be more, so many more, because the church of scientology is so good at producing them.

In fact I postulate that apostates to the church of scientology are the only true product of value from the church of scientology.

Dean Fox
Dean Fox

Jeff Stone, he still in politics? What kind of people vote for such a person?

Jeff Stone tried to claim innocent people who were trying to warn others about the church of scientology's abuses were criminals, hate mongers and terrorists.

There was one small flaw in Jeff Stone's plan to do the church of scientology's dirty work, it was all based on a tissue of obvious lies. Lies that Jeff Stone was either too gullible to see through or too arrogant to believe others wouldn't.

Either way it does not make for a man I would give any public responsibility to.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

What a great article! Proud of you for taking on the powerful and intimidating Church of Scientology.

I notice you have attracted the attention of the agents of the COS who are here to deiscredit your work by invoking the lowest and most hackneyed tactic possible - Godwin's Law.Scientology calls you a Nazi because you point out their abuses! How funny!

KeepOnLearning
KeepOnLearning

I've studied in college the journalistic and population-manipulation methods used by Goebbels and the Third Reich. Josh Dulaney and his spaced-out artist mimic the Reich Minister of Propaganda in every detail.

Nazi papers painted Jews as insects. This trashy site paints Scientologists as being from outer space. These tactics are on display at the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance in their exhibits showing how violence against minorities has historically been precipitated by slimy media.

The museum shows that making the intended target seem "less than human" breaks down psychological barriers that mobs have to harming a minority. Violence and threats of violence against Scientologists and their churches have already occurred in Portland, Oregon, many times in Los Angeles, Clearwater and Germany. It's neatly rationalized because media make Scientologists "worthy of attack."

Nazi papers lied profusely about Jews and Gypsies to incite mob anger. Violent fundamentalist Muslim media still do so. Similarly, OCW twists the facts about Scientology's highly sensitive E-Meter, its life-saving ethics officers, the church's views of God, how families are revered--and most importantly Lombard's entertaining and purely fictional spy novel.

Educated journalists have an important role in society. But at OCW's schoolyard version of name-calling media, that role has decayed into fomenting intolerance and hatred.

Dean Fox
Dean Fox

Actually I believe most scientologists are nice people who believe they're doing the right thing. The problem is not the people it's the church.

There is a growing number of independent scientologists that are genuinely nice people, which just goes to show when you remove the church from beliefs it allows the real good in most shine through.

As to the Nazi analogy, a poor one. Many Germans are good people and yet they went along with the horrors.

The church of scientology wants to paint all critics as Nazies but the big difference is the critics are not condeming the people or even the beliefs so much as the church of scientology itself. This is the same as condeming the Nazi party rather than Germans.

There are quite a few independent scientologists who work to expose the terrible abuses of the church of scientology.

choocho
choocho

But you still can't specifically say what untrue lies about Scientologists are being told, OSA,you just keep making that general claim over and over and over and over.

KeepOnLearning
KeepOnLearning

Try this on for size: http://www.kathyhaggis.com/

Perhaps if you reread what I wrote, you'll see the topics I cited. Of course, if you believe everything you read in hate sites and hate-articles like the above, then you won't have the facts to compare their lies to.

Peace, Chocho. Hope to see you in FLAG reception someday collecting signatures.

mjm
mjm

what are your crimes?

MarkStark
MarkStark

"Journalistic" and "population-manipulation methods"? What the Xenu are u talking about? Find one piece of standard Holocaust literature that refers to either of those terms?

Hubbard claimed ALL journalists were "Merchants of Chaos" and I assume by "educated journalists" you mean people who work in your cult's propaganda department, who may not have finished high school, like your leader David Miscavige.

Instead, your cult dumps on some of the best writers in the world, such as Lawrence Wright (Pulitzer-prize winner). Your cult produced an entire magazine smearing him, right down to the fact-checkers at The New Yorker, simply because he wrote a superb article on the apostasy of Paul Haggis, and also uncovered that Hubbard lied about being a war hero, seriously injured, and a host of other things.

And what you wrote about Haggis in that magazine! You are supposed to be a religion! He must've been so embarrassed to have dumped the years and thousands of dollars on your space cult.

Maybe people wouldn't be so critical if your cult wasn't such a blatant fraud, like if you told people about Xenu and body thetans before they were brainwashed and had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars.

If Hubbard had discovered any profound and universal spiritual truths, once he hit a hundred million or so, he should have GIVEN it away, Xenu included. Instead, prices went up like crazy under Miscavige, because it is a race against the truth on the Internet, and your scam's days are numbered. People have dumped over $200,000 in a single year on your money-sucking scam.

Use your OT brain beams to shatter suppression, as you were taught by Hubbard! Why write gibberish that just shows you are not equipped to express concepts in history, and in fact, don't know anything about the history of your own cult, let alone the Holocaust.

Hotsacks
Hotsacks

fuck you pauline you worked there for mad years,go fuck yourself and your brainwash nonsense.your story is probably all bullshit too.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Why do you know her? Why are you mad?

Guest
Guest

Funny to hear the term "apostate" applied to ex-scientologists, since it has been documented that scientology was based on Satanism.

I would think it would be a compliment to be called a Satanist "apostate."

Its Obvious
Its Obvious

Thank you OC Weekly for running with this story. There should be more like you that are willing to take a look and warn people of the destruction this Evil Empire causes. It truly is a Brainwashing Cult. There is so much evidence out there that it boggles ones mind to why there is not more coverage. The world needs to know the truth. Truth = Scientology is a Cult.

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

The purification program described in the article is the same program used at Scientology's Narconon drug program. NarCONnon is Scientology. It is used as a 'bridge to the "Scientology Bridge to Total Freedom" There is one located in Huntington Beach, Orange county. Residents and readers need to beware of it. NarCONons usually run over-capacity in violation of the law.

Program Name: HUNTINGTON HARBOR HOUSELegal Name: NARCONON SOUTHERN CALIFORNIALocation: 17123 ROUNDHILL DRIVE HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA 92649Resident Capacity : 6Total Occupancy: 8

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Thanks for the reminder, Mary.

NarCONon is one of the worst drug rehabilitation programs out there! They claim a ridiculous success rate by employing the same tactic used to sell Scientology - the "Success Story." When recording the successes, NarCONon only counts those who have stayed in the program for the full length and then written up their "Success Story." So anyone who did not complete the program does not count in their "success" statistics.

A more reputable treatment facility will fully disclose how many people make it through the program in relation to how many started.

Worse than the deception about the programs success are the dangerous methods employed by the program. NarCONon uses the same dangerous Purification Rundown as Scientology with large doses of vitamin B3 (Niacin) and hot saunas, both beyond what is considered a safe level.

In short, NarCONon is a dangerous scam that should be shut down.

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

Excellent article! Paulien Lombard has my utmost respect for leaving Scientology as she did, and then courageously speaking up to warn communites and officials. When you hear her speak, you can't help but love her. This is grace and conviction in action.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

I have to say, Paulien Lombard is one classy lady!

I have yet to see an ex-Scientologist own up to their wrongs in such a sincere and noble manner.

Moved only by her own conscience, her brave public apology to the parties she had wronged under orders of Scientology is one of the highest acts of contrition I have seen displayed by a Scientologist in recent times. She made no excuses, did not blame "one person," instead she quite honestly exposed the rotten organization for what it truly is.

Unlike those who have only admitted to their evil actions under Scientology when it serves their selfish needs, Paulien made her public pronouncement because she truly sought to make up for her wrongs. I hope courage and honesty lighten the load of her conscience, and help to speed her journey on the road to recovery from cult mind control.

Bravo for Paulien!

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Thank you Josh Dulaney! I am so glad you did a story on Paulien Lombard. I often wondered what became of her? It's comforting to know she's ok and still protesting the cult.

To Paulien, thank you for coming forward and telling the truth, what an honorable thing to do. I admire you so much, especially after watching you speak in front of that crooked Riverside supervisor, Jeff Stone, everybody knows he's a shill for David Miscavige and the corrupt organization of scientology.

My thoughts and prayers are with you, stay safe and continue speaking up, we hear you.

MarkStark
MarkStark

People seeking all the answers used to join cults like $cientology, that claimed they had all the answers, because "Dr." Hubbard, sci fi writer, adventurer, and pretend nuclear physicist discovered... What about answers about $cientology? That's on the Internet too!

The only answers about Scientology that you really need, are in the experiences of thousands of ex-members, like Paulien, who are bravely speaking out.

Even if for some reason a person wanted to explore all the information including their secret texts about Xenu in Hubbard's own writing, the history, a complete well documented biography of Hubbard (Russell Miller's Barefaced Messiah) and the development of scam, that is on the web too.

The only thing $cientology itself has to offer is a trap of tightly regulated mind control designed primarily to extract large sums of money out of people. If you join their cult, you get to be in the same club, slave division (unless you are rich) with the great minds of our time, Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

No wait! They are both Hollywood actors, who didn't finish high school. Are these the people we should emulate? People who grew up to look very sexy and who have acting talent? Hubbard said $cientology was going to produce all kinds of great thinkers, scientists and new inventions? What happened?

David Miscavige, their violent little leader, is a high school dropout too. So you still think $cientology is going to clear this sector of the galaxy? Seriously?

Heather Grace
Heather Grace

Thank you, Paulien, for your integrity. I'm glad for you that you are free now and hope that you are finding new, true friendships to replace those you lost.

Dean Blair
Dean Blair

What an evil, arrogant, and ungodly cult. The FBI should quit the surreptitious investigation and round these people up now and charge them for their crimes. Surely there is enough evidence and witnesses to put David Miscavige and all of those who work for him in jail for a long long time. The individuals who work for OSA should of course be included. While their identities may not be known to the public it would surely be easy for the FBI to identify each and every one of them.

Susan Elliott
Susan Elliott

Yay, Paulien. Good for you that you have told your story in order to help others.

I am the Laguna Beach woman that Paulien apologized to for spying. What an amazing woman. I wish Paulien all the best and am in awe of her desire to set the record straight. A lot of people would have quietly moved on, but Paulien wants to help undo the damage that many people have suffered due to the Church of Scientology.

Church operatives will post negative comments like robots, hoping to diminish the bad PR, but it won't work. The truth comes out, more and more every day, because of people like Paulien.

Rob Long
Rob Long

The mystery here is whether or not this is the True and Original OSA Sockbot Louanne (veracity of identity being an odd enough concept concerning sockbots) or if this is in fact a really lonely non-Scn troll pretending to be a cult shill. Perhaps we'll never know...

Guest
Guest

I don't think it's Louanne. Her freaky eye avatar is not on the post.

obamanon
obamanon

Scientology has more apostates than it has members; it is a predatory and destructive cult.

Patricia Curtis
Patricia Curtis

Paulien Lombard is a kind and courageous woman who saw something amiss in the system and is doing something about it. There is no greater purpose than service to others. When thoughts are being dictated and families are being destroyed and human privileges are taken away from people, someone who has seen the light must stand up for them. Standing there before the utterly corrupt Riverside Board of Supervisors, Paulien was a true hero.

Louanne
Louanne

Bah, another apostate from the carousel of disgruntled ex-members who think they can publicly live their fantasies. I find it shocking that OC Weekly would fall for something like that. Don't you have journalists?

Ivy Mapother
Ivy Mapother

How's the fundraising coming along for Jan Eastgate? Covering up child sex abuse in Australia is going to run up some serious legal bills. Maybe you should cut your losses and have Karin Pouw just say that Jan has never held any position of rank or power within the Church of Scientology, has been declared a SP and is guilty of all charges.

JustWilliam
JustWilliam

Standard Scientology response. Don't address any of the facts in the article; Don't respond to real concerns about the abuses, crimes and greed in the Church of Scientology; Just the standard Scientology ad hominem attack with no facts. Get a new defense strategy, Louanne, this one doesn't work any more.

GarryS
GarryS

Paulien has far more integrity than you will ever hope to gain in your silly cult, Louanne. One day, when you've grown up and learned to think for yourself, as many of us exes have learned to do, you will be posting comments based on fact and not what OSA tells you to spew.

Fredric L. Rice
Fredric L. Rice

LOL! Organized crime syndicates have "apostates." LOL.

IamTheWalrus
IamTheWalrus

how much long do you have to go an that amends project Mz Lirones?because you really suck as a cult apologist..I'm afraid you'll be stuck doing this for a billion years...PS don't drink and drive

sizzle8
sizzle8

Louanne, Don't forget that you become that which you resist. You should be ready to become a critic soon.

 
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