Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley and John Travolta are all marked for death in a terror threat against the Church of Scientology! In a Star world exclusive, an FBI file on the chilling case has been opened for the first time, exposing the plot against the church and its highest-profile celebrity followers!
According to one document, the security director of the church’s L.A. headquarters called the FBI to report that they had received an email, signed by an anonymous “concerned citizen,” warning them that a shadowy individual (whose identity was included) connected to “right wing” Aryan and “patriot” groups — as well as Timothy McVeigh, the man convicted of the horrifying 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City — was planning a series of coordinated “attacks on Church offices across America.”
targeting the stars
The centerpiece of the plot, according to the FBI document, was “a plan to bomb the Scientology building in Los Angeles [and] commit terrorist acts against high-profile members of the church (Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley, John Travolta).” The May 1996 email also claimed that the terrorists would “attack the premiere of Cruise’s new movie, Mission: Impossible.” The email concluded with a dire warning: “This man is a potential killer and must be stopped.”
That August, FBI agents went to Miami and confronted the man identified by the anonymous email sender as the would-be terrorist. An agent later wrote that he “responded emphatically, advising he was not responsible for the aforementioned anonymous threats.” The individual did admit that he “actively criticizes the Church of Scientology via the Internet, however he does this publicly and not anonymously.”
Ultimately, agents found “no evidence of planned terrorist or threatening action related to the posted Internet message,” and the case was closed in January 1997.