In the laws within Scientology one cannot report a crime or felony to law enforcement. Reporting internal conduct to anyone outside Scientology is deemed a suppressive act and the punishment is you will get your nearest and dearest family and friends disconnected (shunning) from you. The Church of Scientology flagrantly violates public policy in many ways. For example, Scientology does not turn in pedophiles and even protects rapists. Scientology’s obstruction of justice is rampant and they want to handle criminal matters internally.
Scientology’s attorney Monique Yingling admitted to CNN’s Anderson Cooper that the beatings David Miscavige inflicted upon his subordinates — as well as the beatings other staff members inflicted upon each other — were handled internally. Victims have no recourse to justice in Scientology. Rather, victims only have resort to Scientology’s internal “justice system” which invariably acts to protect the Church at the expense of victims.
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It goes way beyond “public policy”; it’s criminal behavior; also note the “clergy” reporting requirement in CA’s mandatory reporting law:
“Aiding and Abetting a Crime (Penal Code section 31)
In California, you can be charged with the crime that was committed if you aided or abetted in its commission, but did not actually commit the crime yourself. Penal Code section 31 describes the phrase “aiding and abetting” as meaning that you assisted another person to commit a crime. Prosecutors can charge you as an aider and abettor whenever you:
Know the perpetrator’s illegal plan,
Intentionally encourage and/or facilitate that plan, and
Aid, promote, or instigate in the crime’s commission.
You don’t have to be actually present at the scene of the crime to be charged under what is known as “accomplice liability.” If you willfully participated in the planning of a crime prior to its commission, you can be held criminally liable as an “accessory before the fact.”
If you take a passive role during a crime in progress, such as acting as a lookout or disabling a security device, you can be prosecuted as a perpetrator in the second degree (an accomplice).
Finally, if you help to conceal a crime already committed (hiding stolen money or weapons used in the crime’s commission, for example), or give assistance to perpetrators of crime to help them avoid detection, arrest or prosecution, you can be charged as an “accessory after the fact.”
In these situations, you are culpable under the accomplice liability theory because you knew of the illegal plan and willfully did something to cause it to be carried out or concealed.
California Mandatory Reporting Laws (California Penal Code sections 11164-11174.3)
Some people have a legal duty to report suspected or actual cases of child abuse or neglect under California’s Mandatory Reporting Laws (Penal Code sections 11164-11173.4). A mandatory reporter does not have to actually witness a child being abused or neglected. Rather, a “reasonable suspicion” from other sources that child abuse or neglect has occurred is enough to trigger this responsibility.
failing to report a crime
Failing to report a crime can have serious consequences.
Mandatory reporters are defined under Penal Code section 11165.7, and include over 40 different professionals, such as:
Administrators of youth centers and activities;
Medical care professionals (doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians, etc.);
Law enforcement officers;
Clergy members, outside of a “penitential communication” (confession);
California law broadly covers instances of child abuse and neglect, including but not limited to:
Any sexual abuse of a minor, no matter how slight, whether over or under the clothes;
Physical injury, such as:
Throwing harmful objects or substances; and
Failure to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, medical attention and education; and
Emotional abuse or neglect.
A mandatory reporter must file a complaint of suspected or actual child abuse or neglect with an appropriate law enforcement or child support services agency within 36 hours of discovery. Failure to fulfill this legal duty to report, or impeding someone from doing so is a crime in itself and may be charged as a misdemeanor.
If you are convicted of failure to fulfill a legal duty as a mandatory reporter, you can be fined up to $1,000 and/or sentenced to serve up to six months in jail. If you willfully prevent someone from filing a mandatory report, you can be punished by a maximum $5,000 fine, a one-year jail sentence, or both.
Failure to Report a Crime under Federal Law (18 U.S.C. section 4)
Federal law prohibits concealing information about specific crimes. Under 18 United States Code, Section 4, you may be obligated to report a crime if you are directly asked during a criminal investigation whenever:
You have knowledge of the commission of a felony;
The felony actually occurred; and
The felony is a federal offense;
If you willfully conceal the commission of a felony federal offense, you can be charged with “misprision of a felony.” Misprision of a felony is a form of obstruction of justice. If you are convicted, you face up to a $250,000 fine, imprisonment up to three years, or both fine and imprisonment.”
Miscavige is a criminal and needs to prosecuted as such. Oh, and let’s not forget all the financial crime… He’s a mob boss, pure and simple…
Every member of Sea Org Mgmt that has witnessed this behavior is culpable as well or certainly complicit. As management, In tacitly accepting such behavior, they become guilty of conspiracy on several levels.