1980 Pulitzer Prize winning series of articles about Scientology in the St. Pete Times by Charles Stafford and Bette Orsini
This is a 14-part series by Charles Stafford, originally published in
The St. Petersburg Times. Together with two articles by Bette Orsini,
it won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
The series describes the period from the arrival of the Sea Org in
Clearwater, Florida late in 1975 through to the arrest and conviction of
11 members of the Guardian's Office.
Many Guardians Office (now called "OSA" or Office of Special Affairs) operations are described such as Operation Devil's Wop, Operation Bunny Bust, Operation China Shop, and Operation Freakout - which were the actual names Scientology created and used when refering to those operations.
Today, the same wall that has always surrounded Scientology is filled with
holes and has crumbled in many places around the world. Yet the same
criminal behavior in Clearwater that was so newsworthy in 1980 continues,
albeit in a more insidious and sophisticated way.