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1987: BBC Panorama on Scientology

In 1987 BBC Panorama broadcast an important show on Scientology that is now of great historical value. For example, this excerpt below features Don Larson, a member of Scientology’s infamous finance police.


This one hour show is presented in these five YouTube videos. What this BBC show reveals is that Transnational Corporate Scientology has always been a criminal organization and remains so today. The Xenu story is discussed in this 1987 BBC program.

Proposal to Mike Godwin: Creating a “Church of Scientology Exception” to Godwin’s Law

A proposal submitted to Mike Godwin for his consideration: Make a “Church of Scientology” exception to Godwin’s Law.

Why? I argue that it is not incorrect to compare the nature, structure, and operations of the Church of Scientology to the Nazis. As I will show in this essay, the Church of Scientology is a multi-billion dollar transnational Master Race group which has a call for genocide embedded in the writings of L. Ron Hubbard.

Secretly operated and managed by a legally non-existent paramilitary organization called the Sea Org, the Church of Scientology finances and operates a psycho-terrorism, propaganda, and intelligence gathering agency called the Office of Special Affairs. While the Church presently lacks the means to conduct a genocide, its decades-long malicious conduct of “Fair Game” argues that it would do so if it had the means.

The Church of Scientology’s fanatical paramilitary is called the Sea Org.

My request in no way trivializes the Holocaust. Indeed, my proposal for an exception to Godwin’s Law is based upon the following very serious and frightening facts concerning the Church of Scientology:

1. L. Ron Hubbard declared the Church of Scientology to be a Master Race group called Homo Novis:

[Re: “Homo Scientologicus”] : “Man had to cease to be Homo Sapiens and had to become Homo Scientologicus in order to accomplish any action that was anywhere near efficient in South Africa.” — L. Ron Hubbard, PAB 119 1 September 1957 The Big Auditing Problem

Hubbard elaborated upon his notion of Scientologists as a master race in 1965:

“HOMO NOVIS, 1. Homo man, novis, new. (BCR, p. 12) 2. a theta-animated mest body possessed of new and desirable attributes; a mest clear, a good, sane rational mest being about a skyscraper higher than Homo sapiens. (HOM, p. 40) 3. the Second Stage Release is definitely Homo novis. The person ceases to respond like Homo sapiens and has fantastic capability to learn and act. (HCOB 28 Jun 65)” — L. Ron Hubbard, Dianetics and Scientology Technical Dictionary

2. The Church of Scientology is a multibillion dollar transnational series of corporations that owns and operates a shadowy and malign psycho-terrorism organization called the Office of Special Affairs (OSA).  OSA is an intelligence-gathering, propaganda, dirty tricks, and harassment agency  The job of OSA is to silence or destroy Free Speech by threat,  character assassination, and even blackmail. OSA operations target Scientology’s critics and former members. OSA typically hires retired FBI, Secret Service, and police officers to conduct covert surveillance operations and overt psycho-terrorism on its behalf.

3. L. Ron Hubbard called for a genocide against what he called Suppressive Persons, i.e those who publicly oppose the Church of Scientology. Using his own scale as a metric to judge the value of a person, Hubbard decreed that all persons who were 2.0 or lower on his scale had only two options in a Scientology World. From the pen of L. Ron Hubbard in his infamous book Science of Survival:

“The reasonable man quite ordinarily overlooks the fact that people from 2.0 down have no traffic with reason and cannot be reasoned with as one would reason with a 3.0. There are only two answers for the handling of people from 2.0 down on the tone scale, neither one of which has anything to do with reasoning with them or listening to their justification of their acts.

The first is to raise them on the tone scale by un-enturbulating some of their theta by any one of the three valid processes . The other is to dispose of them quietly and without sorrow.

Adders are safe bedmates compared to people on the lower bands of the tone scale. Not all the beauty nor the handsomeness nor artificial social value nor property can atone for the vicious damage such people do to sane men and women.

The sudden and abrupt deletion of all individuals occupying the lower bands of the tone scale from the social order would result in an almost instant rise in the cultural tone and would interrupt the dwindling spiral into which any society may have entered. It is not necessary to produce a world of clears in order to have a reasonable and worthwhile social order; it is only necessary to delete those individuals who range from 2.0 down, either by processing them enough to get their tone level above the 2.0 line — a task which, indeed, is not very great, since the amount of processing in many cases might be under fifty hours, although it might also in others be in excess of two hundred — or simply quarantining them from the society.

A Venezuelan dictator once decided to stop leprosy. He saw that most lepers in his country were also beggars. By the simple expedient of collecting and destroying all the beggars in Venezuela an end was put to leprosy in that country” — Science of Survival: Prediction of Human Behavior by L. Ron Hubbard.

4. Just how many people would Scientology execute in a genocide if it ruled the world? We can make on determination based upon Hubbard’s own writings. Hubbard created and described the  antisocial personality, or Suppressive Person. Hubbard said that SP’s comprised 2.5% of the global population:

“In the fields of government, police activities and mental health, to name a few, we see that it is important to be able to detect and isolate this personality type so as to protect society and individuals from the destructive consequences upon letting such have free rein to injure others. As they only comprise 20% of the population and as only 2.5% of this 20% are truly dangerous, we see that with a very small amount of effort we could considerably better the state of society.” — From HCOPL 27 Sept 1966

In a world of 6.7 billion people, Hubbard’s numbers would mean that 1,235,600,000 people (20%) have anti-social personalities. This means that Scientology would first conduct a genocide against the 2.5% of the most dangerous anti-social personalities, which would be 169,500,000 people. Hubbard deemed SP’s to be non-producers and therefore inherently inferior.

5. The Scientology term Planetary Clearing takes on a chilling meaning when considered in terms of the genocide contemplated in the Church of Scientology’s venomous ideology. L. Ron Hubbard:

“You want to know what happens when you clear everybody in that neighborhood, the only thing that [Scientology] center can become used for is a political center. Because by the time you’ve done all this, you are the government…” — L. Ron Hubbard. Taped Lecture – 9 January 1962: Future Org Trends.

“Once the world is Clear – a nation, a state, a city or a village – the Scientology-organization in the area becomes its government! And once this has taken place the only policy accepted as valid is Scientology policy.” — L. Ron Hubbard. Taped Lecture – 9 January 1962: Future Org Trends.

6. One of L. Ron Hubbard’s stated goals for the Church of Scientology is “to bring the government and hostile philosophies or societies into a state of complete compliance with the goals of Scientology.” Reference: HCO PL 15 Aug 1960, “Department of Governmental Affairs”:

In the face of danger from government or courts, there are only two errors one can make: (a) do nothing and (b) defend. The right things to do with any threat are to (1) find out if we want to play the offered game or not (2) if not, to derail the offered game with a feint or attack upon the most vulnerable point which can be disclosed in the enemy ranks (3) make enough threat or clamor to cause the enemy to quail (4) don’t try to get any money out of it (5) make every attack by us also sell Scientology and (6) win. If attacked on some vulnerable point by anyone or anything or any organization, always find or manufacture enough threat against them to cause them to sue for peace. Peace is bought with an exchange of advantage, so make the advantage and then settle. Don’t ever defend. Always attack. Don’t ever do nothing. Unexpected attacks in the rear of the enemy’s front ranks work best.

The goal of the department is to bring the government and hostile philosophies or societies into a state of complete compliance with the goals of Scientology. This is done by high-level ability to control and in its absence by low-level ability to overwhelm. Introvert such agencies. Control such agencies. Scientology is the only game on Earth where everybody wins.

An example of Scientology's stated goal of Social Engineering: Conduct a genocide against SP's and make Scientology the law. This is what Scientology means when it uses codespeak and refers to "Reshaping the Destiny of Earth."

A photograph of a Scientology Nuremberg-rally style meeting shown on the cover of a glossy Scientology magazine. This magazine cover embodies Scientology’s overt and covert goals of Social Engineering: Conduct a genocide against SP’s; destroy Psychiatry and take over mental health; take over education and drug treatment; and make Scientology the global law. This is what the Church Scientology actually means when it uses codespeak to chillingly refer to “Reshaping the Destiny of Earth.”

7. What judges have said about the Church of Scientology.

8. The malicious contracts the Church of Scientology uses to legally cripple its own members.

9. The “Kidnap Contract” the Church of Scientology makes its own members sign.

10. Like the Nazis, the Church of Scientology has opposed freedom of speech and freedom of the press since its inception.  Recently, the Church unleashed a multimillion dollar campaign attacking HBO’s Going Clear and Alex Gibney. Past efforts have seen the Church stop the publication of critical books in the UK. The Church even stopped the broadcast of South Park episode 912 in England. The Church filed a $416,000,000 lawsuit against Time Magazine in 1991 over Richard Behar’s seminal article Scientology: The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power. The Church viciously attacked the early internet and got take downs of dozens of critical websites.

11. Like Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, Maoist China, or contemporary North Korea, the Church of Scientology has an internal policing apparatus. Supervised by Sea Org Captain David Miscavige’s Religious Technology Center (RTC) acting in concert with OSA, Scientology’s internal policing includes brutal interrogations called “sec checks” and a culture of snitching. Scientologists  must write Knowledge Reports (KR’s) on each other and submit these to OSA. The goal of Scientology’s internal policing is to create milieu control and thought stopping in its members, i.e. fearful Scientologists become their own jailers. Scientologists will not read critical information (entheta) online and will “disconnect” from family or friends who are critical of the Church.

12. The Church of Scientology runs a series of gulags, or prisons, for Sea Org members called the RPF. This prison system consists of forced heavy manual labor, extensive interrogations, and sleep deprivation. The RPF is designed to break down Sea Org members and reduce them to mindless and compliant slaves. The Church is able to engage in this atrocious human rights abuse by calling it “religious rehabilitation” and having Sea Org members sign contracts stating they are doing the RPF on a voluntary basis. RPF’ers are guarded 24/7 to prevent their escape. The brutal labor in the RPF is disturbingly reminiscent of the Nazi’s sign over the gate of Auschwitz:

Arbeit macht frei

13. The Church of Scientology calls for the destruction of Psychiatry and Psychology as one its key goals. Specifically, the Church works to get psychiatrists arrested and imprisoned and to get psychiatric drugs outlawed. The Church of Scientology seeks a monopoly on the field of mental health and thus argues that Scientology is the only workable answer to humanity’s problems. The Church of Scientology’s attacks on mental health are ideological and based, in part, upon L. Ron’s Hubbard’s hatred of the 1950’s US Psychiatric establishment that rejected Dianetics as pseudoscience.

14. The Church of Scientology uses its IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status as both a sword and shield to attack its enemies while fending off charges of human trafficking, slave labor; the financial rape of its members; its system of unconscionable contracts: forced abortions; and the breaking up of families by its toxic policy of Disconnection.

Mr. Godwin, for the foregoing reasons and more, I am requesting that you consider making a “Church of Scientology” exception to Godwin’s Law when proper context and references are cited in online discussions.

If the Sea Org doesn’t legally exist, how does it run Scientology?

(Authored by Jeffrey Augustine, this essay was originally published by Tony Ortega at the Underground Bunker and is reprinted here for archival purposes)

Last week, Underground Bunker contributor Jeffrey Augustine began explaining to us the essential structure of the fiction known as “the Church of Scientology.” This week, he dives even deeper, examining how the Sea Org really runs things even though it doesn’t exist, legally. Confused? That’s exactly the point. Scientology’s byzantine internal structure was intended to make it difficult to follow lines of responsibility as a defense against lawsuits or government investigations. But sense can be made of things, and we’re fortunate that Jeffrey has this stuff down cold…


Nothing in the Church of Scientology is as it seems. As we covered last week, there is no single entity known as the “Church of Scientology.” Rather, as the Church told the IRS in 1992, the term “Church of Scientology” is one of convenience:

 The Church of Scientology describes itself as consisting of an “ecclesiastical hierarchy of churches” in which all of its churches are legally separate religious corporations. So who exactly manages and operates this transnational, multibillion dollar ecclesiastical hierarchy of Scientology churches on a daily basis? We focus this week on the Church of Scientology’s Sea Organization – the Sea Org — and its central role in Scientology. While the Church of Scientology likes to call the Sea Org its clergy, we will see that the Sea Org is not what it seems to be.

The Church of Scientology, tax exemption, and Founder L. Ron Hubbard’s ongoing pattern of financial misconduct, megalomania, spying on his enemies, and Scientology’s internal culture of brutality are intrinsic to the creation of the Sea Org. From Scientology’s founding in 1952 until 1967, the movement was managed and operated by staff members and volunteers. These people received very little in the way of pay, worked long hours, and often had to “moonlight” by working a second job to make ends meet. After Hubbard purchased Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, Sussex, England in 1959, he took up residence there with his family and quickly expanded it to be the global center of Scientology’s growing international operations and the destination of massive cash flow.

The Hubbard Communications Office Worldwide was established at Saint Hill in 1959. This operation was proof of Scientology’s growth and burgeoning financial power. Telexes were sent and received around the clock from Saint Hill to an expanding global network of Scientology orgs, operatives, lawyers, and private investigators. In this period, it became apparent to Hubbard that he needed an inner circle of Scientology careerists, people who would devote their lives to Scientology and to him and have no other purposes. An inner circle of permanent and trusted Scientology careerists was needed to give the movement stability and provide standardization of Scientology’s technology and management policy amid international growth. Scientology careerists were also needed to manage and supervise the growing cadre of non-Scientology lawyers and private investigators needed to counter the rising tide of criticism from the media, lawsuits from former members, and investigations from governments in those countries where Scientology operated.

The IRS revoked the Church of Scientology’s tax exemption in 1967 after finding the Church of Scientology of California (CSC) – the original Mother Church – existed for the private financial benefit (inurement) of Founder L. Ron Hubbard. The IRS objected to Hubbard ordering the church pay him lavish royalties on the sale of his books, tapes, and auditing services. The IRS further took exception to Hubbard and his family living aboard a church-financed private yacht that sailed the Mediterranean at Hubbard’s will and pleasure, this while Ron and Mary Sue Hubbard were waited upon hand and foot by church staff.

Hubbard could have cleaned up his finances and those of the church in a way that would have allowed the church to file a new application for tax exemption. However, Hubbard chose not to clean things up financially or morally. Rather, in 1966 Hubbard created the Sea Project and purchased a small flotilla of ships. In 1967 L. Ron Hubbard morphed the Sea Project into the Sea Org and appointed himself Commodore of the Sea Org. Hubbard took to international waters to avoid lawsuits, the service of summons, and the scrutiny of the taxing authorities in those countries where Scientology operated. Hubbard used the Sea Org and a global system of land and sea based telexes to run his empire.

Sea Org members signed billion-year contracts to serve Scientology and devote themselves to L. Ron Hubbard. Sea Org members had no other purpose than to serve where needed. No case on post was allowed. The Sea Org embodied the unquestioning fanaticism and the wanton disregard for “wog laws and customs” Hubbard required.

To fortify his Scientology empire, Commodore Hubbard additionally created the Guardian’s Office on March 1, 1966 and appointed his wife Mary Sue as the First Guardian. In her role as Guardian, Mary Sue was in charge of the Guardian’s Office and second in command of Scientology, subordinate only to Executive Director L. Ron Hubbard. In November of 1968, Hubbard issued the following policy letter: “The Intelligence Section has been formed and placed in Division 7, Dept 21, Office of the Guardian. It is under the direction of the Guardian WW [worldwide].” The GO became the in-house intelligence bureau of Scientology. As such, the GO was tasked by Hubbard with investigating and silencing Scientology’s enemies. Failing to silence them, the GO was tasked with destroying them per Hubbard’s imperious diktat of Fair Game.

The Snow White Program (1973-1977) was a Guardian’s Office intelligence operation that became the largest infiltration of the US federal government in its history. The Church was the subject of a massive multi-location FBI raid on July 8, 1977. Mary Sue Hubbard went to prison along with ten others in the Guardian’s Office. The years long fallout from the Snow White Program allowed Sea Org member David Miscavige and his clique to destroy the Guardian’s Office, drive Mary Sue Hubbard into exile, and push L. Ron Hubbard further into hiding and isolation.

As “Action Chief” David Miscavige’s job was to get things done for the Commodore; Miscavige’s ability to operate on an unimpeded basis both inside and outside of the Sea Org showed that “Scientology command channels” had no meaning or relevance to Miscavige; he was a law unto himself in the Church and reported only to Hubbard. Moreover, as the GO had been morphed into the Office of Special Affairs (OSA) and merged into the Sea Org, Miscavige now controlled Scientology’s nefarious intelligence apparatus.

In the early 1980’s, Scientology’s attorneys created the CST-RTC-CSI franchise system that exists today. After the Commodore died in seclusion on January 24, 1986, Sea Org Captain David Miscavige emerged in a very public way as Chairman of the Board, Religious Technology Center. At the time of Hubbard’s death, the vast majority of public Scientologists had never heard of David Miscavige or RTC. If anything, Sea Org member David Miscavige was notorious for his role in the infamous Mission Holder Massacre of 1982.

In his Last Will and Testament, Hubbard left the bulk of his personal fortune and his vast and financially lucrative intellectual properties – books, tapes, trademarks, copyrights, service marks, signature, etc. – to the Church of Scientology. However, Hubbard stipulated in his Will that his intellectual property could only be owned by tax exempt Scientology churches.

Thus, David Miscavige’s main focus was to a) use whatever means were necessary to secure and consolidate his power as the new and unchallenged Scientology Dictator, and b) gain tax exemption for CST-RTC-CSI and all other Scientology churches. Assisting Miscavige were some of the best tax lawyers in the US; his dedicated clique of loyal Sea Org members; an army of private investigators; and an unlimited budget.

November 1992, Washington DC: Secret and intense negotiations between Church of Scientology officials and IRS officials bogged down over many issues. The IRS wanted far more precise answers from the church concerning the question of inurement and what exactly the Sea Org is. The IRS asked Question 3-a:

 Source: Church of Scientology, Nov. 23, 1992: Third Set of Responses to the IRS — page 19 ¶ 1ff

The Church of Scientology replied:

op. cit. page 19 ¶ 3-4

The Church of Scientology thus characterized the Sea Org as:
— A religious commitment, specifically a commitment of one billion years.
— A religious order.
— A religious order having no corporate form, no property, no assets, and no personnel who administer the Sea Org.

Quite possibly fearing that the IRS would go past a word it did not understand and thus suffer from a deadly “misunderstood word” – a phenomena Hubbard warned of as being the root cause of failing to understand his invented Scientology terminology or anything else — the Church of Scientology became typically pedantic in elaborating upon its use of the word “organization”:

op. cit. page 19 ¶ 6

This clarification offered the IRS even more information about the Sea Org:
— The Sea Org does not have an org board.
— The Sea Org does not have a command channels chart.
— The Sea Org has no secular existence and is neither incorporated nor unincorporated.

Poised precariously on the edge of a nightmarish abyss one billion dollars deep, the church next, and very uncharacteristically so, told the IRS the actual truth about the Sea Org. And keep in mind that the church expected a secret agreement with the IRS. It never expected that Scientologists or the general public would ever read the following words:

In 1992, therefore, the Church secretly admitted to the IRS “there is no such ‘organization’ as the Sea Organization.”

Sea Org members are, in legal terms, nothing more than Scientology staff members who have elected to become Scientology careerists for various reasons. Rather than signing a 2.5- or 5-year contract like regular staff members, Sea Org members sign a symbolic billion year pledge. In practical terms these days, however, Sea Org members sign five-year staff contracts at five year intervals. In exchange for their labor, Sea Org members receive a meager weekly stipend and subsistence-level room and board. For legal reasons, the Church classifies both the Sea Org and Staff as religious orders. The legal net effect of this classification is that workers in religious orders are exempt from minimum wage, overtime pay, and other worker protections.

The obvious question: Why does the Church of Scientology pretend that the Sea Org exists when there is no such organization as the Sea Organization?

While David Miscavige and his lawyers were secretly telling the IRS in 1992 that there is no such “organization” as the Sea Organization, the US Claims Court ruled in that same year in Church of Spiritual Technology v. The United States:

“…After carefully examining the record and attempting to understand the nominal corporate structure of Scientology it is apparent to the court that it is something of a deceptis visus. Real control is exercised less formally, but more tangibly, through an unincorporated association, the Sea Organization, more commonly referred to as the Sea Org. This group, in the nature of a fraternity or clan, began with Scientologists who pledged themselves eternally to Scientology and who accompanied LRH in his sea-going spiritual research in the Mediterranean. In 1967, LRH and other Scientology staff moved onto a yacht, the Apollo, ‘to pursue [LRH’s] research of the upper levels of spiritual awareness.’ LRH and his Apollo staff performed Scientology services, managed the Scientology organization, and conducted spiritual research. If LRH could have been compared to Achilles, members of the Sea Org would have been his Myrmidons.

“The Sea Org appellation survives in Scientology as a distinction afforded to those Scientologists who have dedicated themselves to serving Scientology for the next billion years. It is described by CST as a way to distinguish Scientologists worthy of great deference and respect. Sea Org members are initiates into the highest levels of Scientology, and bear concomitant responsibilities.

“CST staff and officers are required to be members of the Sea Org, which gives CST the distinction of being a Sea Org Church. CSI, RTC, the Flag Service Org (which employs over 900 Sea Org members), the Saint Hill Churches, in short, all high ranking organizations are Sea Org Churches. Being a ‘Sea Org Church’ means that the church’s function is important enough to Scientology to warrant the attention of a significant number of Sea Org members.

“Sea Org rank nominally carries with it no ecclesiastical authority in the sense that Sea Org members still take orders from the ecclesiastical leaders of whichever Scientology organization they join. Upon closer analysis, however, this appears to be a distinction without a difference because in a Sea Org church the ecclesiastical authority necessarily resides in a Sea Org member.”

As mentioned in our previous essay, the Church of Scientology is composed of legally separate religious corporations. Ostensibly, each corporation is independent and responsible for its own affairs. This is stated in contracts Scientologists sign to receive services from these legally separate churches:

 

 

The deceptis visus cited by the US Claims Court in 1992 thus becomes apparent: In order to achieve a unity of command over the legally separate and independent Scientology religious corporations and their employees, the Sea Org exists as the secret governing body of the Church of Scientology. Therefore, whoever commands the Sea Org commands the Church of Scientology. This person, at present, is Captain David Miscavige.

The Sea Org is like the Mafia: It exists and it operates and controls the Church of Scientology, However, Scientology and its lawyers have made it virtually impossible to prove that Sea Org members derive any power whatsoever from their ceremonial ranks in a symbolic and legally nonexistent religious order. Again, to reiterate what we discussed in our last essay, David Miscavige’s attorney Wallace Jefferson declared in 2014 in Rathbun v. Miscavige et. al.:

Plaintiff asserts that Mr. Miscavige exercised control because he leads the Sea Organization, a religious order within Scientology. But the “Sea Org” is not a corporate entity; it has no physical or legal existence. It is not incorporated or established pursuant to legal formalities. It has no constitution, charter or bylaws, and no formal or informal ecclesiastical, corporate, or other management structure. It has no directors, officers, managing agents, or other executives; no employees, staff members, or volunteers; no income; no disbursements, no bank accounts or other assets; no liabilities; no stationery; no office, home, address, or telephone number. It does not create or maintain any financial, personnel, or other records. It can neither give nor receive orders because it has no one to either give or receive them or to carry them out. It cannot sue or be sued. The evidence Mrs. Rathbun has submitted fails to establish a prima facie basis for an alter ego finding, because none of it involves the defendants’ purported contacts relating to this suit, nor does any of it speak to the organizations’ current practices.

— Per David Miscavige and his attorneys, there is no such organization as the Sea Organization.
— Per David Miscavige’s attorney Wallace Jefferson, the Sea Org cannot have any members or volunteers.
— There can be no “religious commitment” to the Sea Org because the Sea Org does not exist to be committed to.
— The Sea Org cannot have volunteers as the Sea Org does not exist to volunteer for.
— The Sea Org has no address and does not exist anywhere. Neither you or I nor anyone else can mail a letter to the Sea Org.
— Sea Org members sign a “religious commitment” that is craftily worded so as to say nothing about the Sea Org being an actual organization:

The real details of the Sea Org are found in the staff contract Sea Org members sign:

The Sea Org controls the Church of Scientology and yet there is no such organization as the Sea Organization. If this seems contradictory and confusing it is because it was designed to be so. The only way any of this legal tissue of lies begins to make any possible sense is when considered in terms of L. Ron Hubbard’s words about the design and construction of the Church of Scientology:

“If anybody tried to attack a Scientology organization and pick it up and move it out of the perimeter or go over the hills with it today — this happened to us once — why, they would find themselves involved in the most confounded weird mass of legal — well, it is just like quicksand. Quicksand. It’s an interesting trick. Every time they shoot at you on the right side of a horse, you’re on the left side of the horse; and then they prove conclusively you’re on the left side of the horse, you prove conclusively that you’re on the right side of the horse. They go mad after a while. This is what the basic legal structure is.”

Marty Rathbun’s affidavit in Miscavige vs. Miscavige et. al. is very instructive in this regard. See the Underground Bunker’s in depth coverage: THE MARTY RATHBUN AFFIDAVIT: Scientology Leader David Miscavige Lied To Texas Court

— Jeffrey Augustine


 

Thank you, Jeff! Back in 2002, former Scientology spokesman Robert Vaughn Young, while he was battling cancer, put together an affidavit that comes to many of the same conclusions about how David Miscavige wields control of the church through his captain position in the Sea Org. That affidavit was to be submitted in a May 2002 court hearing in Lawrence Wollersheim’s long attempt to collect money he’d won in a judgment from Scientology. The morning Vaughn Young’s affidavit was to be heard in open court, the church showed up with a check for nearly $9 million to keep the hearing from happening and end the Wollersheim saga — many years after it had vowed never to pay “one thin dime to Wollersheim.” We wrote up that dramatic story for the Village Voice in 2008.

20 questions about Scientology — with answers that get to the center of a dying movement

(Authored by Jeffrey Augustine, this essay was originally published by Tony Ortega at the Underground Bunker and is reprinted here for archival purposes)

1: What is the Church of Scientology?

Technically speaking, there is no single entity known as the “Church of Scientology.” As the organization told the IRS, the term “Church of Scientology” is one of convenience referring to all of the churches in the Scientology hierarchy:
20Qs1

“Flag” (the Flag Service Organization in Clearwater, Florida) is a separate Scientology church, as is the Religious Technology Center, the Church of Spiritual Technology, and so on. All Scientology churches are legally separate.

2: Why are all the churches in the Scientology hierarchy legally separate?

In order to mitigate the dangers posed by lawsuits, all of the “churches” in the Scientology hierarchy were set up to be legally separate. Before beginning any service sold by Scientology, a Scientologist must sign one contract for one service with one church. The legally separate nature of all churches is stated in each of the contracts Scientologists must sign before receiving services:
20Qs2
3: If there is no “Church of Scientology” then how does a person become a member of the Church of Scientology?

Legally speaking, the Church of Scientology is a “term of convenience” and therefore can have no members. So what do Scientologists actually join and belong to? Scientologists must join the “official Scientology membership association” known as the “International Association of Scientologists.” In order to receive services from any Scientology church, a Scientologist must be a member of the IAS. There may be exceptions for introductory courses, but as a general statement Scientologists must be IAS members to progress up the Bridge.

4: What is the IAS?

According to Scientology’s own website, “The International Association of Scientologists (IAS) is an unincorporated membership organization open to all Scientologists from all nations.”

5: What is an unincorporated membership association?

An unincorporated membership association has no legal existence apart from its members. The IAS cannot legally do anything in and of itself.

6: If the IAS cannot do anything then how does it get anything done?

The IAS has an operating arm called the International Association of Scientologists Administrations (IASA). From the IASA website: “IAS Administrations is a non-profit foundation contracted to provide services to members of the IAS — the International Association of Scientologists.”

7: Scientologists are prevailed upon frequently to donate money to the IAS for various IAS statuses; what are IAS statuses?

IAS statuses are essentially meaningless honors having no real world value. For example, apart from the IAS, it means nothing to be an IAS Patron Meritorious. IAS statuses merely indicate how much money a Scientologist has donated. IAS statuses confer status upon a person in the Church of Scientology and nowhere else.

8: Where do IAS donations actually go?

The IAS offers virtually no financial accountability to Scientologists for how IAS donations are spent. There are occasional PR announcements made by the IAS concerning grants it has made for Scientology Volunteer Ministers or other Scientology-related efforts. However, these efforts appear to be wholly geared towards PR for Scientology and nothing else. (Members were told, for example, that recent Super Bowl ads were paid for with IAS “grants.”) In legal terms, donations to the IAS are “unrestricted,” meaning donations can be spent in any way the IAS deems necessary. Former Scientologists have said that IAS donations effectively constitute David Miscavige’s personal slush fund and that he does not have to account to anyone for how he spends it. The ever increasing emphasis on IAS donations in the past fifteen years tends to support the view that David Miscavige places a very high value on having an unrestricted source of funds at his disposal. Moreover, every dollar donated to the IAS is a dollar for which the Church does not have to deliver any corresponding services such as auditing.

9: The Church of Scientology makes a great fuss about the Sea Org and how the Sea Org is clearing the planet. But what exactly is the Sea Org?

The Sea Org appears to be a legal fiction. As David Miscavige’s attorney Wallace Jefferson has argued in Rathbun v. Miscavige: “Plaintiff asserts that Mr. Miscavige exercised control because he leads the Sea Organization, a religious order within Scientology. But the ‘Sea Org’ is not a corporate entity; it has no physical or legal existence. It is not incorporated or established pursuant to legal formalities. It has no constitution, charter or bylaws, and no formal or informal ecclesiastical, corporate, or other management structure. It has no directors, officers, managing agents, or other executives; no employees, staff members, or volunteers; no income; no disbursements, no bank accounts or other assets; no liabilities; no stationery; no office, home, address, or telephone number. It does not create or maintain any financial, personnel, or other records. It can neither give nor receive orders because it has no one to either give or receive them or to carry them out. It cannot sue or be sued.”

10: If the Sea Org does not have employees, staff members, or volunteers, and does not exist in any meaningful way, then why does the Church of Scientology International have the Sea Org?

The Church of Scientology needs a labor pool even though the Church does not want the liabilities of employees, paying minimum wage, overtime, or offering other worker protections or benefits. Therefore, the Church of Scientology created a “religious order” and named it the Sea Org. In America and other Western countries, religious workers are exempt from minimum wage, overtime, and other worker protections that employees receive. In the scenario presented by the Church, then, members of the fundamentally non-existent Sea Org religious order sign billion-year contracts as a pledge of their devotion to L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. Thereafter, these Sea Org members are assigned to individual churches and sign five year staff contracts. Religious worker status also allows the Church of Scientology to conduct its notorious prison-like Rehabilitation Project Force program under the guise of “spiritual rehabilitation.”

11: Given that the Sea Org does not legally exist, who actually recruits Sea Org members; manages their training and indoctrination into the Sea Org; gives them a meager weekly stipend; administers the RPF; and assigns them jobs in the Church of Scientology?

The Church of Scientology International does.

12: What is the Church of Scientology International?

The Church of Scientology International is the “administrative Scientology church,” also called the “Mother Church” which had been previously assigned to a now defunct entity, the Church of Scientology of California. CSI does not deliver auditing or other Scientology services. Rather, CSI licenses and manages the legally separate Scientology churches (Orgs) beneath it. In return for its services, CSI collects management fees and a percentage of Org income.

13: CSI licenses the churches beneath it. Who licenses CSI?

The Religious Technology Center (RTC) licenses CSI to sell and deliver Scientology goods and services. In exchange, CSI pays RTC licensing fees and a percentage of CSI’s income. RTC’s purported task is to ensure the ecclesiastical purity of the Scientology religion. David Miscavige is the Chairman of the Board of the Religious Technology Center, which is why he is known as “C.O.B.” to the Scientology membership.

14: Who licenses RTC?

This is an interesting question. RTC owns the “Advanced Materials” of Scientology, i.e. the OT levels. The rest of the Scientology’s intellectual property is owned by the Church of Spiritual Technology (CST). CST licenses this intellectual property to RTC who sub-licenses it to CSI.

15: This sounds like a franchise system.

The easiest way to think of the Church of Scientology is as a franchise system, the legal design of which is evasive and constructed to fend off lawsuits, discovery, and court trials. We covered this in our last installment in the Underground Bunker where the Church of Scientology’s system of unconscionable contracts was discussed. Essentially, no one in the Church of Scientology – Sea Org, Staff, or Public – has any power whatsoever. Only David Miscavige has any power and his power is that of a Dictator.

16: Who actually owns the Church of Scientology?

The Church of Scientology is nothing more than a predatory intellectual property-based business engaged in selling and delivering personal psychotherapy services. The Church is therefore owned by the two corporations that own and license the intellectual property and the rights to deliver its personal psychotherapy services: The Church of Spiritual Technology and the Religious Technology Center. Given that CST is, by charter, a passive entity, the effective and active owner can only be RTC. Thus, whoever controls RTC effectively owns and controls the Church of Scientology. At present, this person is David Miscavige.

17: Given that the Church of Scientology is an IP-based personal services business, it logically follows that a management and sales force is needed to administer, sell, deliver, and collect the revenues deriving from this intellectual property. Is this the real purpose of the Sea Org?

In my opinion yes. The “Church of Scientology” is fundamentally a predatory business that does not want the financial liabilities associated with employees. Said another way, the Church of Scientology is designed to extract the maximum amount of money from its client base while reducing its cost of operations to the bare minimum. From this perspective, the IAS is far more lucrative than operating the Sea Org to deliver personal services. Based upon this assessment, it is easy to see why the Church of Scientology’s main business these days is focused in the pure sophistry of selling IAS statuses.

18: Given that selling IAS statuses is so central to the Church of Scientology, why does the Church bother with the expense of staffing and maintaining its existing Orgs and purchasing and renovating new Orgs?

The answer is multifaceted: The IRS does not allow 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations to endlessly hoard wealth. The IRS instead requires tax exempt groups to spend a portion of monies collected for the public benefit. Scientology must spend some of its wealth and real estate – in the form or “new Ideal Orgs” — is one of the few things the Church can easily justify to the IRS as being a public benefit.

New Ideal Orgs serve to create the appearance to Scientologists that their Church is expanding and growing. Actually, the Church is contracting and losing membership. Nevertheless, because the Church must spend some its cash hoard and the interest it generates, Scientology will, predictively, continue to purchase and open buildings — although at a reduced pace as we are seeing. IAS donations act to offset any financial losses associated with purchasing empty and financially non-performing Orgs. In the long run, the Church of Scientology will continue to accumulate a vast real estate portfolio as a function of its tax exemption.

Referring back to Scientology as a franchise system, the Orgs are the only RTC-authorized locations where Scientology auditing services may be delivered. This is really no different than saying that Goodyear tires may only be purchased and mounted at authorized Goodyear dealers by Goodyear trained service technicians.

Orgs are a place where a member of an unincorporated membership organization called the IAS meets a member of a non-existent Sea Org to receive auditing. The money moves through the Org and uplines to CSI, RTC, and CST. The poor Sea Org members get virtually nothing.

If the Church of Scientology began closing Orgs it could cause a calamitous “run on the bank” in which Scientologists lined up by the thousands for refunds in fear that Scientology was going out of business. The purchase of Orgs creates a confidence factor that Scientology is not going out of business.

19: How do you see the Church of Scientology in 2017?

The Church of Scientology has become about accumulating MEST (physical property) while substituting IAS statuses for any claimed form of spiritual enlightenment. Indeed, it seems any pretense to spiritual enlightenment in Scientology has gone out the window in favor of celebrating IAS statuses and raising money endlessly for buildings.

20: Do you have one of your charts?

Intended to be read from bottom to top, the chart below is the latest attempt in my series of wall charts that attempt to explain the Church of Scientology.

Scientology: Live by Tax Exemption, Die by Tax Exemption

The Church of Scientology argues that its IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status is proof that Scientology is a religion.

Based upon this logic, then, when the Church loses its tax exemption it will cease to be a religion.

Live by tax exemption, die by tax exemption. In other words, Scientology is a religion only in legal terms and not due to any earned and accumulated virtue or goodness.


Scientology’s products and services escalate in steps. These steps are called the Bridge.

After a paying customer attests to having attained the state of Clear, the customer pays more money — and signs a few more contracts — and finally gets to read the copyrighted cosmological reveal at the heart of Scientology. This “big reveal” solves a cosmic murder mystery so to speak.

Thereafter, the customer is instructed on how to systematically identify and eliminate the negative psychoactive content and consequences arising from the copyrighted cosmological reveal. Predictably, this negative psychoactive content and the means to handle it are also copyrighted. Scientology presents a copyrighted problem for which it offers the only possible and copyrighted solution.

Based upon this copyrighted content, it is quite easy to see that Scientology can exist completely apart from any tax exempt status. What it cannot exist apart from, however, is its contractual basis. Scientology is most fundamentally a business and, as such, must rely heavily upon contracts to transact business and to enforce the confidentiality of both its overt and covert operations.


There is no faith in Scientology; there is only a series of business contracts.


The Church of Scientology long ago legally argued that its Xenu-based cosmology is a trade secret. Therefore, the Church of Scientology long ago made a distinction between its commercial-grade cosmology and its claimed religious status.

Specifically, Scientology’s commercial-grade cosmology has absolutely no necessary or dependent relationship to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

Once this distinction is understood one can see that the Church of Scientology is, in its most fundamental sense, a business organization engaged in selling and delivering a copyrighted commercial-grade cosmology-based experience fraught with risks and peril.

If you think about, Scientology is really no different than hiring a tour guide to take one on an extended journey through a dangerous foreign land in search of a promised treasure. In this case, however, one does not learn until after the journey has begun that their tour guide is controlled by the self-serving, deceptive, and intimidating despot who runs the country with an iron fist. One suddenly realizes they are continually being spied on by both seen and unseen agents of the despot. One is asked to come in for interviews.

When traveling in a despotic foreign land one has none of the civil and legal rights they enjoy back home. In the case of Scientology, one surrenders all civil and legal rights on the way into the Scientologyland. This happens when one signs the four unconscionable contracts Scientology uses to legally cripple its members. More contracts follow the deeper one travels into the interior of Scientology. There are ever-presents risks of losing all one’s money and sanity in this foreign land.

If you escape Scientologyland and then seek to warn others of the dangers therein, Scientologists will seek to attack you overtly and covertly.

Scientology is a small and dangerous place.


The monies paid and the many contracts Scientologists must sign argue for the commercial nature of the Scientology enterprise.

When the Church of Scientology loses its tax exemption it will be reconfigured into a slimmed-down secular contract-based business offering a particular product and method, i.e. a copyrighted fusion of Freudian psychotherapy, reincarnation, and claimed esoteric-cosmological phenomena investigatable only by e-meter.


Scientology uses its tax exemption to cruelly exploit its captive labor force; engage in deceptive fundraising practices; hoard and accumulate tax free wealth; attack its critics and former members; pay for an army of lawyers, influence, and friends in high place; and be shielded by First Amendment protections while pursuing while doing these things. The Church of Scientology has no moral compass. It is a group engages in appalling and continued abuses of its IRS 501(c)(3) status.

Scientology’s Inner Circle

Publicly available IRS 990-T’s and other publicly available documents have given us the names of twenty-four trusted Church of Scientology functionaries. Please feel free to post additional names to help build an open source database of “Inner Circle Scientology.” My e-mail is scienowriter@gmail.com.

In this blog entry we present David Miscavige’s inner circle, rubber stamps, & missing wife

Monique.Yingling1. Monique Yingling of Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger LLP, Washington D.C. — David Miscavige’s personal attorney. If Scientology is a small business operated as a wannabe Mafia, then Miscavige is the boss and Yingling his consigliere. Yingling’s late husband was Gerald Feffer of Williams & Connolly in D.C. Feffer and Yingling were among the key architects of Scientology’s 1993 tax exemption.

One indicator serious Scientology watchers use to assess the state of affairs in David Miscavige’s head is the presence of Monique Yingling.

Whenever Yingling appears at the scene of a Scientology story you can bet that Miscavige is highly “enturbulated” as Scientologists say. Yingling recently sent a letter to HBO objecting to Alex Gibney’s characterization of how Scientology gained its 1993 tax exemption. We weighed in on Yingling’s letter.

Yingling appeared along with Scientology executives in Anderson Cooper’s CNN series on the culture of violence in Scientology. Yingling and the others denied that David Miscavige beat Church executives. Yingling did, however, acknowledge that beatings occured and were handled internally. In other words, Yingling admits that numerous beating victims were not allowed to have the perpetrators arrested by the police:


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2. William Esensten – Scientology Inc. CPA with the Beverly Hills firm of NSBN. Signs all of Scientology’s 990-T forms.

Left: William Esensten, CPA


3. Laurisse “Lou” Henley-Smith aka Laurisse Stuckenbrock – David Miscavige’s personal assistant and alleged mistress.  According to Mike Rinder, Miscavige dictates while Stuckenbrock types on her blackberry. She does this in order to serve as Miscavige’s “cut out” so that he does not appear to be controlling the Church of Scientology International. This is important because Miscavige and Yingling told the IRS in Scientology’s 1993 application for tax exemption that Miscavige works for the Religious Technology Center and has nothing to do with running the Church. This is of course an outright lie. The Church of Scientology is David Miscavige’s alter ego. Scientology doesn’t sue anyone these days as Miscavige could be deposed and corporate veils could be pierced. In the 2008 photo below, Henley-Smith is seen (front right) standing next to David Miscavige. Behind Laurisse are Tom Cruise, and Katie Homes at a motorsport event:

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4. Linda Hamel – CO OSA Int, Scientology Spy Boss, Office of Special Affairs (OSA). Former Guardian’s Office “Ops Chief” for Snow White.

Note: No known photo of Linda Hamel exists. Scientology keeps its top spy boss in hiding. L. Ron Hubbard stayed in hiding from 1966 until his death in 1986. Now it seems Miscavige is also finding it necessary to keep a low profile along with Linda Hamel.


5. Jenny Linson, Dave Bloomberg, and Marc Yager — long-time Scientologists and top Scientology executives. In October 2014, this troika attempted to ambush Marty Rathbun at LAX. They came off looking like lunatic cultists in the attempt:


5. Warren McShane — President Religious Technology Center.

Right: Warren McShane

Marty Rathbun on David Miscavige and Warren McShane:

“He (Miscavige) appointed to President of RTC (Religious Technology Center) Warren McShane, intelligence trained Guardians Office case officer.  He told Warren to his face in my presence on more than one occasion that the only reason he continued to retain Warren was his lying ability; he needed an accomplished liar to front for him when it came to depositions seeking to break the wall of secrecy surrounding Miscavige’s hands on involvement with unlawful operations.”


Miscavige Rubber Stamps: These Sea Org members  sign whatever they are told to sign.

6. Alan Cartwright – Legal Officer CSI – has been deposed in Rathbun v. Miscavige, Former GO.

7. Mike Ellis – International Justice Chief. Weighs in at a hefty 315 pounds and has a heart problem. Why doesn’t the Church take better care of this man?

8. Ellen Reynolds — Secretary CSI, signs 990-T’s. Has been on staff for decades.

9. Lynn Farny — CSI books are in his possession as of 2012, former GO

10. Carl Heldt – His name is associated with the Scientology Int’l Reserves Trust (SIRT) in 2011.

11. Austin Nickels – COS WUS books are in his possession as of 2012

12. Glen Stilo — FSO books are in his possession as of 2012

13. Diane Gillott – CCI books are in her possession as of 2011

14. Ludwig Alpers – FSSO books are in his possession as of 2012

15. Arthur Bolstad – CST books are in his possession as of 2011

16. Ryland Perkins – Secretary of ASI, the for-profit arm of CST.


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17. Shelly Miscavige –wife of David Miscavige — has fallen from favor with her husband. She has not been seen in public for about eight years and is presumably locked up at  Scientology’s secret Twin Peaks base after crossing her husband on Church matters.

Left: Shelly Miscavige, the disappeared wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige.

L. Ron Hubbard also made his wife Mary Sue persona non grata after she was sent to prison for her role in Operation Snow White.

Actress Leah Remini famously filed a missing persons report on Shelly with LAPD and this became big news story.


18. Seating is everything in the Church of Scientology — always look in the front row at Scientology events and you will see everyone who is anyone. Seating matters to David Miscavige and this is why he made Sea Org members play a sick game of musical chairs.

Below: When Miscavige opened the new $145,000,000 Flag Building in Clearwater, Florida in 2013, he put his leading players in the front row. L-R: Laurisse Henley-Smith, Monique Yingling, Kelly Preston, John Travolta, Tom Cruise.

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Church of Scientology Policy Outlawing “Joking & Degrading”

Saturday Night Live has just done a magnificent parody of the Church of Scientology and its 1990’s promotional video We Stand Tall.

What must the Church of Scientology think?

I can tell you what the Church thinks: L. Ron Hubbard had absolutely no sense of humor and hated what he called “Joking & Degrading.” Hubbard formalized this into a policy outlawing Joking & Degrading (J&D) in the Church of Scientology.

One of the first things Scientology does to a person is to outlaw and destroy their sense of humor. As Hubbard wrote in KSW:

The whole agonized future of this planet, every man, woman and child on it, and your own destiny for the next endless trillions of years depend on what you do here and now with and in Scientology.

This is a deadly serious activity. And if we miss getting out of the trap now, we may never again have another chance.

Remember, this is our first chance to do so in all the endless trillions of years of the past.

Hubbard even made questions about J&D part of the False Purpose Rundown for Church executives.

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Here is the actual Church of Scientology policy wherein L. Ron Hubbard outlaws joking & degrading: