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Former Scientologist youth decries Australian ‘forced labor camp’

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An Australian man who spent much of his childhood in a facility run by the Church of Scientology told the Seven Network’s Today Tonight that conditions in the compound were inhumane and horrifying.

Shane Kelsey alleged that children kept at the facility — a Rehabilitation Project Force — were separated from their parents and forced to work up to 100 hours per week for no pay.

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“I signed my contract when I was eight-years-old. It was a billion-year contract, which means you’re volunteering or servicing the Church for the next billion years,” Kelsey said.

“We used to do marching, close order drilling, things like that. Just because it was a form of discipline,” he said.

Kids at the compound were forced to wear all black uniforms and required to run where ever they went. They were regularly subjected to forms of brainwashing and hard labor, according to Kelsey.

Independent Federal Senator Nick Xenophon has called for Scientology facilities in Australia to be investigated.

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“Shane’s story is one of shocking abuse, child abuse, it’s one of a child being enslaved,” he said. “What makes this worse is that this organisation is being subsidised by Australian taxpayers because it doesn’t pay any tax.”

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Trump is ‘running out of game plan’ as damning facts pile up: Former GOP House Intel chair

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Former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), who previously served as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said that the Trump White House's angry attacks on ambassador Bill Taylor reek of desperation.

After CNN's Jim Sciutto read the White House's statement accusing Taylor of being a "radical unelected bureaucrat," Rogers dismissed the statement as the act of a cornered administration.

"Bill Taylor is a well respected diplomat over his decades of service to the United States," he said. "When you go on this kind of extreme shouting, hair-on-fire criticism, you are running out of game plan. That's exactly what that tells me."

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‘This is simply indefensible’: Two former GOP lawmakers clash over Ukraine testimony

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "New Day," former GOP Reps. Charlie Dent (R-PA) and Sean Duffy (R-WI) argued vehemently about the significance of the testimony from Ukraine envoy William Taylor against President Donald Trump.

"The dam is barely holding on. Because look, very persuasive," said Dent. "I don’t know how any Republican member can look at this thing or any member of Congress cannot be alarmed by this. The quid pro quo was stark. And the president is insisting on using, you know, official resources to dig up dirt on his opponent. This is simply indefensible."

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Impeachment is happening behind closed doors to keep Trump from corrupting the process: House Dem

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President Donald Trump has raged against the closed-door testimonies in his impeachment inquiry, but a Democratic lawmaker explained why that's necessary to preserve the integrity of an investigation into a possible criminal conspiracy.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that these hearings must be held in a room beneath the Capitol to protect classified information and quarantine witnesses from one another.

"It's three floors below the Capitol, no cameras inside, no phones allowed inside," Swalwell said. "Any classified notes stay inside, classified conversations stay inside. It's to protect the information, and in this case there was no special counsel, there was no special prosecutor."

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