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Would you purchase a Scientology E-meter from this man?

David Miscavige wants to sell all Scientologists his official RTC-approved and CST-patented Scientology Mark Ultra VIII E-meter.

And for only $5,000.

While E-meters are primarily purchased by Scientology’s field auditors in training and by members on the penultimate auditing level, “OT 7,” Miscavige wants to sell all Scientologists E-meters by convincing them that they will eventually need it. Owning an E-meter is also a prestigious thing in the Church. Owning an E-meter means you’re in the club. You’ve made it into the ranks of the most elite and most ethical group on the planet.

But as with all things Scientology, there are contracts to sign before you get your E-meter.

And there’s also a policy requiring Scientologists to buy two of the expensive machines in case one of them breaks down. This requirement to purchase two E-meters is quite serious — particularly for Scientologists on OT 7 who are solo auditing their body thetans.

OT 7s do four to five short solo sessions each day where they telepathically audit their BTs and BT clusters. OT 7s are required to solo audit in secret. They have to lock themselves into a spare bedroom or another locked and safe space. This is a very serious rule in Scientology.

So what happens if an OT 7 is deep into his or her Whole Track, a few trillion years back, handling a virulent BT cluster with evil purposes to destroy planets and civilizations when the E-meter suddenly fails?


This is why the Commodore wanted Scientologists to buy two of the devices. An OT 7 is going to want a backup when they are traversing the Wall of Fire laden with implants, weepers, boo hoos, and so forth. You definitely don’t want to key in a deadly clam-jaw implant and suddenly need an emergency root canal because you failed to have the lifeboat that is a second E-meter.

OK, so you fork over 10 grand for two of the things. What is it you’re getting?

When David Miscavige released the latest meter, the Mark Ultra VIII, he had a score to settle with the Internet. For years former Scientologists had been selling their old Mark VII E-meters and earlier models on eBay and other online marketplaces. In the year 2000, Church lawyers had tried to shut down Internet sales of E-meters by making DMCA claims.

Specifically, Church attorneys argued that the terms “Scientology” and “Hubbard E-meter” were copyrighted and therefore could not be used online. This claim went down in flames. The US “First Sale Doctrine” holds that a manufacturer makes their money on the first sale and the buyer is allowed to resell the item. So for example if you want to sell your used Ford pickup truck or Gucci bag online, Ford and Gucci cannot stop you from using their trade names to sell used goods you purchased from them. They were both made whole financially on the first sale. The First Sale doctrine stopped Scientology’s rampage.

Miscavige needed another way to foil resales and keep the precious new meters out of the hands of infidels. This is why he ordered his wog lawyers and electronic designers to create a system to prevent E-meter resales when the Mark Ultra VIII was designed and launched.

In 2014, Mike Rinder posted copies of the two contracts that Scientologists sign when they purchase an Mark Ultra VIII E-Meter a/k/a “Pastoral Counseling Device.”

Miscavige’s electronic designers created a simple lock-and-key system. When a Scientologist purchases a new Mark Ultra VIII, a clock chip inside the meter limits the meter to work for only one year of date of purchase. After one year, a circuit shuts the meter off and it becomes useless.

When their Mark Ultra VIII times out at one year, the Scientologist is required to plug it into their computer and log on to a special Church website. The Scientologist enters their IAS membership number. An RTC computer checks the Ethics files and other reports to see if the Scientologist is in good standing with the Church of Scientology International. If the Scientologist has been a good thetan, the Church computer resets the clock chip and reauthorizes the E-meter for one more year of operation.

If the Scientologist is found to be unworthy in any way, the purchase contract requires the Scientologist to stop using the E-meter and return it to the Church:

The Church does check Knowledge Reports to see if a Scientologist has been reading entheta websites such as, say, the Underground Bunker, Mike Rinder’s blog, or that damned Scientology Money Project. If this is found to be the case, all of the Scientologist’s certs are cancelled and they, per contract, must return the E-meters they own to the Church.

There is a clause in the contract wherein the Church agrees to refund the purchase amount less the cost of any damage beyond normal wear and tear. We have no idea as to what constitutes “normal wear and tear” on an E-meter.

So there you have it: Sign the contracts, pay the money, and you are essentially leasing an E-meter on a year-to-year basis. As always, the contracts give the Church all of the power and removes any power from the Scientologist. Scientology: Bad faith, contracts of adhesion, and a culture of snitching.

The Church of Scientology’s E-Meter “Covenant” of Purchase:

The Scientology Ultra Mark VIII E-Meter Patent. Assignee is the Church of Spiritual Technology:

5 replies »

  1. So fascinating! The “wasband” (was a husband,) did solo Auditing for the a few years of our marriage….who know how much he spent and denied our family similar pleasures?

  2. The first page of the patent is patently false. It lists Hubbard and others as the inventor of the e-meter. Even the early publications of the cult acknowledge that Volney Matthison (sp?) invented this device. I actually saw one of these devices when I was deputized to go on a sea org mission to Reno in the 80s. (Unbeknownst to me at the time, The ‘Ol Grifter was hiding out nearby in Carson City if I recall correctly). One of the members had been to a flea market and found one of these artifacts and brought it in to the local mission to show it around. This beast looked like some sort of army surplus device with all sorts of knobs, dials and swinging needles. The device was later refined to fit into a crude wooden box fitted with soup cans for the unsuspecting mark to hold onto for their auditing session. Those were the days.

  3. Interesting – but my understanding is that L Ron Hubbard died prior to this patent application, so (although a legal representative) is mentioned in the USPTO application) I wonder how it can be claimed that LRH was an inventor in the application AND did LRH have the required electronics knowledge to make an inventive contribution ?

    My understanding is that in a patent application, where it is claimed that a person was an actual inventor and that was not the case, or when a patent application omits an actual inventor, then the application may be considered fraud upon the Patent Office and may result in any patent arising from such an application being declared void.

  4. Stuart, you are correct. In fact, LRH had someone else in Scientology design his 1950’s e-meter — and all other later models — and he patented these in his own name.

    That Hubbard is mentioned as inventor of the new Quantum Mark VIII is a factually incorrect statement. However, the Cult could argue that the new meter is based upon the prior art of Hubbard’s earlier meter. Therefore, I suppose, Scientology could argue that the new meter is based upon Hubbard’s predicate device so his name must be on the new patent as the original inventor.

    There is another fine point at work: The Cult had to put Hubbard’s name on the patent because he is Scientology’s God and his name must be perpetuated into eternity. In occult terms, the pseudo-Thelemic Magus and self-declared Antichrist L. Ron Hubbard must have his name live on forever as that is his immortality.

    If you wanted to have some fun, you could file a complaint with the USPTO that the patent is invalid because it does not disclose that it is a device to detect body thetans and engrams in the Reactive Mind. Further, the patent fails to disclose the esoteric mechanisms whereby BT’s adhere to the human body and how telepathic auditing unsticks them.

    Of course Scientology would never disclose such business trade secrets of how BT’s blow, either singly or as a cluster. Therefore, the patent has to say the meter detects changes in the resistance of a living body.

    In all events, it seems any legal action taken in 2022 would be time-barred due to the doctrine of latches. L. Ron Hubbard wins this one because his patent attorneys snuck this by the wog USPTO examiners. But this is the way of Scientology in all things: Get away with as much as you can and as often as you can. Scientology cannot exist without unfair and often dishonest advantages, especially its 501(c)(3) tax exemption.

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