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Scientology Inc: L. Ron Hubbard Never Appointed David Miscavige as his Successor (Mark Fisher)

In this podcast Mark Fisher — who was David Miscavige’s former assistant for many years at the Corporate Liaison Office and later RTC — discusses how L. Ron Hubbard never appointed  David Miscavige as his Successor. Instead, Mark describes how David Miscavige, who then worked as an employee of the privately-owned for-profit company Author Services Inc., used ASI to stage a palace coup to take over RTC, and thus the Church, after the death of L. Ron Hubbard.

Mark Fisher also discusses how he took personal possession of L. Ron Hubbard’s auditing folders and the OTVIII – OTX materials after Hubbard’s death, this at the direct order of David Miscavige.

 In my previous article Scientology claims L. Ron Hubbard chose David Miscavige to succeed him, proving he didn’t, David Miscavige used Scientology attorney Eric Lieberman to insist that he, David Miscavige, had rightfully inherited the mantle of L. Ron Hubbard. Lieberman insisted the Church has documents from L. Ron Hubbard supporting this claim. However, neither Lieberman nor the Church has ever publicly produced these alleged documents. It stands to reason that if such documents existed then David Miscavige would certainly have produced and publicly circulated these documents immediately upon the death of L. Ron Hubbard in January 1986. This never happened. Therefore, Lieberman’s claim must remain unsubstantiated until such a time as the purported documents are publicly posted online and made available for one and all to examine.

This matter also the question: Why, after 30 years at the top of Scientology, does David Miscavige suddenly feel the need to assert that he is the legitimate successor of L. Ron Hubbard? The answer may lie in the fact that many current and former Scientologists view Miscavige’s succession to power as having been the result of an illegitimate palace coup after L. Ron Hubbard died on January 26, 1966 without having appointed a successor.

 In the David Miscavige.Affadavit.17 Feb 1994 David Miscavige stated that L. Ron Hubbard went completely out of touch with any and all Church entities from May of 1984 until he passed away in January of 1986.

 This means that from May 1984 forward, Hubbard had absolutely no contact with David Miscavige or anyone else in the Church. And from 1982-1987 David Miscavige was COB Author Services Inc., a for-profit California corporation that was not a part of the Church of Scientology International. During this time period, however, David Miscavige arguably pierced the corporate veils between ASI, CST. RTC, and CSI at one crucial event when “Commander” David Miscavige showed up in the uniform of a Sea Org member to help conduct the Mission Holder Massacre of October 1982. As an employee of a privately-owned corporation, Miscavige had no authority to act within CST, RTC, or CSI. Nevertheless, Miscavige announced to the Mission Holders:

“Earlier this evening both Kingsley Wimbush and Dean Stokes were here. They have both now been declared and we are pursuing criminal charges against them. They have been delivering their own squirrel tech while calling it Scientology. Kingsley Wimbush’s ‘dinging process’ is complete squirrel. You won’t find it in any tech, yet he has been calling it Scientology. That’s a violation of trademark laws and he now faces some serious charges for this crime. This sort of activity is NOT going to go on any more.”

Question: By what right or authority did Commodore David Miscavige declare Kingsley Wimbush and Dean Stokes? As an ASI employee, Miscavige had absolutely no standing in CSI; he had no ecclesiastical or corporate authority to declare SP’s. And yet in the 1982 photo below we see David Miscavige declaring Mission Holder Dean Stokes of Dallas an SP:
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Given David Miscavige’s lack of corporate and ecclesiastical standing in the Church, we must therefore assume David Miscavige declared Dean Stokes based upon Miscavige’s standing as a then Commander – and later Captain — in the Sea Org. However, this belies what CSI Legal Director Alan Cartwright stated in when he was deposed by Ray Jeffrey in Rathbun v. Miscavige:

Q. (By Mr. Jeffrey) Okay. Is David Miscavige captain of the Sea Organization?
A. No.

Q. What — does he have a rank within the Sea Organization?
A. He has a rank, just like I have a rank.

Q. And what is his rank?
A. From what I understand, he has a rank of captain.

Q. Okay. Is that an insulting term?
A. I don’t know about being insulting, it’s just an incorrect term.

Q. According to you?
A. Insulting?

Q. Yeah, that it’s — no, you said it’s incorrect. It’s incorrect according to you.
A. What I said to you was I don’t know him as Captain David Miscavige. I’ve never heard that being used.

Q. Have you ever seen him in his captain’s uniform?
A. I’ve seen him in his Sea Org uniform.

Q. And is it a captain’s uniform with captain’s rank?
A. You know, I’m not sure.

Q. Do you have a uniform?
A. Yes.

Q. And so, what you’re saying is that everyone within this group called the Sea Organization has a rank, but the ranks are meaningless?
A. Ranks — these — you have to understand what the Sea Org is. It’s a religious order, and these are — these are honorary positions that are given to someone because of longevity and what they’ve done for the religion. That’s all it is.

Q. Is there any chain of authority from rank to rank? Does a captain have authority in connection with an ensign?
A. No.

Q. There’s no authority that derives from that?

A. None whatsoever. Just to give you an example, I’m an ensign, Linda Hamel is a midshipman, I have a senior rank to her.

Q. And both of those ranks are beneath captain?

A. In the levels of ranks, yes.

Q. But, you are saying that the ranks are meaningless in terms of authority?
A. Totally.

According to CSI Legal Director Alan Cartwright,  Sea Org ranks are meaningless in Scientology. Hence, corporate ranks mean everything. So to repeat, how did David Miscavige, an employee of a for-profit privately owned corporation called Author Services Inc., have any corporate or ecclesiastical standing within CSI standing to declare Dean Stokes, Kingsley Wimbush, or anyone else an SP in 1982 at the Mission Holders Conference? The answer is that he didn’t.

David Miscavige’s claim that his Sea Org rank means nothing does not withstand scrutiny when we consider the actions of “Sea Org Commander David Miscavige” at the 1982 Mission Holders Conference. The for-profit ASI had no authority to declare anyone an SP. Miscavige could have only acted from his role and authority within the Sea Org when he declared people. This proves that the Sea Org actually runs the Church of Scientology; the “farrago of cavils” from Alan Cartwright notwithstanding.

 Likewise, David Miscavige’s claim to be the legitimate successor to L. Ron Hubbard does not withstand scrutiny when we consider the complete absence of any  succession document, or documents, written by L. Ron Hubbard. Rather, based upon the available evidence, we must conclude that David Miscavige came to power in a palace coup he staged to take over RTC after the death of L. Ron Hubbard.

How Scientology’s smears of Ron Miscavige could end up a bigger problem for his son Dave

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(Note: This was originally posted on Tony Ortega’s Underground Bunker and is reposted here for archival purposes.)

Contributor Jeffrey Augustine has taken a close look at Scientology’s over-the-top attacks on Ron Miscavige for this piece today. We think you’re going to find that he unearthed some really eye-opening stuff!

On May 3, Ron Miscavige published a book about his son, Scientology leader David Miscavige. Titled Ruthless, the book is an unsparing account of how Ron watched his son take over Scientology and became a pitiless dictator.

David struck back with a typical Scientology “Fair Game” retaliation scheme. In this case, it was in the form of an anonymous smear website attacking his own father, as well as a concerted effort to market that website in online ads and in emails. Here at the Bunker, we’ve already looked at some of the claims being made on that website.

After my own close look at that material the church has thrown at Ron Miscavige, one thing stood out to me: The glaring contradictions between what David Miscavige said under oath in a 1994 court declaration, and what’s being said about him in the church’s attacks on his father.

In 1994, David Miscavige gave a sworn declaration in a lawsuit that grew out of the 1991 TIME magazine cover story that called Scientology “a thriving cult of greed and power.” The person who wrote that story was Richard Behar, who, like other journalists, described David Miscavige as the man who ran Scientology with an iron fist, and controlled everything down to the smallest detail.

In his court declaration, Miscavige denied that he exerted that level of control:

Since March of 1987, I have been Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center (“RTC”), a California non-profit religious corporation recognized as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. RTC is not part of Church management, nor is it involved in the daily affairs of various Church of Scientology organizations or missions. RTC ensures that the trademarks of Dianetics and Scientology, and the technology they represent, are properly used around the world. It exists to see that Dianetics and Scientology technology is safeguarded, is in good hands, and is properly used.

This is the typical line that the church usually takes: That David Miscavige is the “ecclesiastical leader” of Scientology, the chairman of the board of the Religious Technology Center (COB of RTC) and is not involved in the Church of Scientology and its day to day activities — and certainly not in its notorious retaliatory schemes against the church’s perceived enemies.

But here’s the irony. David Miscavige and Scientology are so anxious to discredit David’s father Ron on its smear website about him, the church has provided video testimony from workers at the International Base — also known as “Gold Base” for Golden Era Productions, the studios at the base where Scientology music and videos are produced — as a way to claim that Ron was not the person he describes in his book. But the unintended consequence of that is, many of these base workers have provided testimony that completely contradicts what David Miscavige said in that 1994 court declaration!

Statements from the executives and musicians who are featured at the smear website claim that David Miscavige is intimately involved in the daily affairs of the most detailed activities inside Scientology. These executives speak of David Miscavige being involved in the minute details of planning and building kitchens, studios, apartment complexes, and even the laundry rooms.

Remember, Miscavige claimed in his court declaration that his only job was to safeguard Scientology technology from his perch at RTC. So what is he doing planning kitchens and designing apartments at Gold Base?

Here, listen to Jennifer Alpers, Director of Domestic Services at Golden Era Productions: “So in 2005, Mr. Miscavige directed the redesign and replanning of our kitchen. And he had the vision that it would be a model kitchen.”

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In a video at the smear website, Jennifer Alpers takes us on a tour of the Church of Scientology’s Golden Era kitchen. And here’s what she has to say:

It was Ron’s son, Mr. David Miscavige, who made sure that the planning and design was done for the kitchen and dining room and everything taken care of so we have a state-of-the-art kitchen and an exquisite dining room facility. Ron was able to use and enjoy both facilities and knew that his own son was behind the entire thing. For Ron to badmouth him in any way is outrageous considering what he did for Ron and all of the staff living at Golden Era Productions to ensure we have the nicest environment possible to live and work…

Alpers further elaborates David Miscavige’s involvement in the daily affairs of the church…

Ron [Miscavige] lived in the most beautiful staff apartment facility that I have seen. This facility was again established and put here by Ron’s son. And by this I mean he oversaw the design of the rooms and the buildings down to every single detail. The apartment complex for the staff includes a separate laundry and dry cleaning plant which washes all of the bed and table linens for the staff and does all of the dry cleaning on site. Ron never had to wash his own sheets or towels. He was provided with a laundromat in his apartment building and given all of the supplies to care for his room. While Ron was given all of this, thanks to his son who he now thinks he can criticize, Ron didn’t do his part to keep his room clean…About 4-5 years ago, once again Ron’s son made sure that Golden Era Productions got a new fleet of cars and vans for the property.

Let’s take another look at that 1994 declaration by David Miscavige. Repeatedly, he talks about how disconnected he is from the daily management of the church itself: “In the course of my duties I travel widely. I often appear at Church events and briefings which serve to keep Scientologists around the world aware of the widespread application of Mr. Hubbard’s writings. In all such appearances, my position as Chairman of the Board of RTC is known, as is its distinction from actual Church management officials of CSI.

Over at the Ron Miscavige smear site, however, the people at Gold Base sure seem to have a hard time keeping that distinction in mind. For example, there’s this testimony from Chris Maio, a Golden Era guitarist…
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“At Golden Era Productions…we were even given the most beautiful and professional studio in the world to use to create musical scores in, by Mr. (David) Miscavige, who made sure that every detail of the studio — the equipment, the designs, the renovations, and even down to little audio technical details — was perfect for us to produce in. No other leader that I am aware of personally goes down to those details to make sure staffs have everything they need to do their jobs.”

Whoops. And back to David in his 1994 declaration: “Neither RTC nor I has any corporate authority over any Scientology church, including [the Church of Scientology International]. CSI is the Mother Church of the Scientology religion and has been since its inception in 1981. As such, CSI is responsible for the activities commensurate with such a role, including the ecclesiastical management of Churches, dissemination and propagation of the faith and defense of its activities, including external and legal affairs. All of the foregoing facts were submitted to and thoroughly reviewed by the Internal Revenue Service prior to the recent recognition of the tax-exempt status of CSI, RTC and a host of other Church corporations and entities.”

Did you get that? Miscavige is acknowledging here in his declaration that his “shore story” about being a lofty ecclesiastical figure with no involvement in the daily details of church management was crucial to Scientology getting tax exempt status from the IRS in 1993.

So maybe the IRS ought to take a look at the Ron Miscavige smear site, where it would find these statements about how involved David Miscavige really is, like this one from Eve Stumbke, Deputy CEO for Golden Era Productions…

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Eve Stumbke…works with Mr. [David] Miscavige in maintaining the spectacular condition of Golden Era Productions, from the kitchen area and staff housing, to recreational areas and film production facilities… “To give you some idea, you should know that we have the most beautiful and breathtaking facilities for the staff. This includes a full dining facility and state of the art kitchen, where fresh & organic food is prepared for the staff daily. We have stunning 5-star accommodations with full laundry & dry cleaning facilities. The Music Studio where Ron worked is truly state of the art with nowhere like it in the industry. We have state-of-the-art exercise facilities, including a swimming pool, football field, tennis court, volley ball courts, golf course, par course and a fully decked out gym. And you should know, this was ALL put here by the leader of our religion, Mr. David Miscavige specifically for the staff that work at Golden Era Productions.”

Once again, let’s take a look at the language from Miscavige’s 1994 declaration, where he continued to insist that he and RTC simply have nothing to do with managing church facilities: “RTC was formed with the specific purpose of seeing that the religion of Scientology was kept pure and true to the source materials of the religion. In fact, a major reason for its formation was to have such a Church organization that performed these functions in a capacity entirely separate from the actual management of the various Churches and Missions of Scientology. Not only is RTC not involved in the management of the international hierarchy of Scientology churches, but its very existence and performance of its true functions depends on the fact that it is NOT part of Church management.

For such an above-it-all religious leader focusing on the “purity” of Scientology teachings, Mr. Miscavige sure seems to roll up his sleeves when it comes to new churches being built. At the Ron Miscavige smear site, Ciara Rogers, Scientology’s “International Landlord,” provides this glowing account of her boss and his involvement in Scientology’s “Ideal Org” program…
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Mr. [David] Miscavige looked at it as something that could be achieved and he actually laid out the exact strategy and organization within the Landlord Office to achieve this. So the genius of what Mr. Miscavige has actually laid out in the strategy is that he was looking at how do we…how can every parishioner in every local area and field and zone, how are they able to obtain and get an Ideal Church of Scientology for themselves. And how is that even possible? If all of them were to individually try and do it themselves it would be impossible. It wouldn’t be possible to get it done. And it really was Mr. Miscavige who, you know, came up with the entire, you know, layout of how are we going to actually achieve this, and he’s directed that…that we are, you know, in correspondence with those parishioners and that they are creating their own Ideal Churches of Scientology. So, through the planning, through the design, and through everything that the International Landlord Office is…is doing and accomplishing, you know, those parishioners know that their Ideal Church of Scientology is going to be for their town and exactly as they want and as L. Ron Hubbard intended. He then came up with what is that organization that needs to go in place and how do we establish a machine at a global level to achieve, you know, getting every single Ideal Church of Scientology completed. And, you know, he apprenticed and trained myself and many others on exactly how that process is done and how…how we can actually achieve it to the standards that L. Ron Hubbard has already set in those policy letters.

OK, you may be asking, perhaps David Miscavige’s job has changed since he made that 1994 court declaration. Perhaps in 1994, Miscavige saw himself as a philosophical leader who was divorced from the details of church management, but that over time he has become more hands-on.

Once again, however, the Ron Miscavige smear website delivers some pure gold. Rick Cruzen, another Golden Era musician, describes how, in 1990, after an epic 100-year flood damaged Gold Base (something that was described as a significant turning point in Ron’s book), David Miscavige rolled up his sleeves and oversaw every detail of rebuilding…
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At this critical juncture, Mr. David Miscavige intervened to restore the entire property, so that it would never happen again. This included a full-scale drainage system, silt basins and reinforcement of the nearby river levee, as well as complete planning of all production facilities and full training of the staff as experts at flood, earthquake and fire prevention. At the completion of the training program, he awarded the staff with a huge party. And subsequently, based on his planning, the property was built into one of the most valuable, functional and beautiful studio facilities in the world, safe from any natural disaster.

Hang on a minute. David Miscavige did all that detail work in 1990, four years before the 1994 court declaration in which Miscavige claimed he was only an ecclesiastical leader and had nothing to do with daily management? Wow. That’s some admission, and on Scientology’s own smear website.

We really have to thank Scientology for making all this so plain with its attack on Ron Miscavige. We’ve learned that David Miscavige will say one thing in court, but that his own employees say something very different about him now that Ron Miscavige’s book has exposed him as a tyrant.

We can only wonder if, when they were putting together this attack on Ron, they realized what interesting evidence they were supplying the IRS.

Now, will the IRS pay it any mind?

John Sugg and the Internal Structural Collapse of the Church of Scientology

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Was John Sugg (left) hired because he has the same  “OT Charm Factor” as Scientologist Kirstie Alley?

The internal structural collapse of the Church of Scientology has occured.

The Church of Scientology no longer has anyone inside capable of speaking intelligently, or even coherently, on its behalf. The Church must therefore pay non-Scientology professionals to defend it. The journalist John Sugg is the latest non-Scientologist to take a big payday to defend the Church of Scientology. Sugg probably doesn’t realize that his  employer, the Church of Scientology, embodies L. Ron Hubbard’s nightmare Master Race doctrine and Call for a Scientology Genocide against all person’s 2.0 and below on the Scientology Tone Scale.

Non-Scientologist attorney Monique Yingling recently appeared on ABC 20/20 to rebut claims made by Ron Miscavige in his New York Times bestselling book Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige and Me.

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This task of talking to 20/20 should have been the duty of Cult leader David Miscavige, but he was far too busy crucifying his own father and brother on a new Scientology hate website. David Miscavige is simply too paranoid and too preoccupied with matters of money and revenge to do a television interview.

John Sugg is now the Editor of Scientology’s in-house propaganda journal Freedom magazine. One of Sugg’s main assignments is, apparently, to engage in Fair Game attacks against Tony Ortega. Sugg’s attacks are an indication of David Miscavige’s fear of Tony Ortega’s steadfast effectiveness in exposing the malicious Cult of Scientology.

Sugg posted today in the comments section of Tony Ortega’s famous Underground Bunker. Sugg’s post was your typical litany of Scientology butthurt coupled with an attack on Tony. It was mediocre work on Sugg’s part. Sugg has a long way to go in mastering the art of Scientology’s vitriolic propaganda.

This leads me to ask if Sugg will extend  the same courtesy and allow Bunkerites, critics, and former Scientologists to post on Freedom Magazine and Scientology blogs?

If the answer is no, then this proves the inherent censorship and fascism of Freedom magazine and Scientology. If Sugg wants to post at the Bunker, then Bunker posters should be allowed to post at Freedom magazine and Scientology blogs. If, however, this is a “one way flow” where Sugg expects to post at the Bunker while not allowing critical views to be posted at Scientology or Freedom sites, then Sugg is an out exchange deadbeat and should be banned from the Bunker for lack of reciprocity.


Mr. Sugg, I have questions for you:

1. If you and your employer are to have any credibility whatsoever with claimed membership numbers, then  Scientology’s active IAS membership numbers — i.e. Scientologists in good standing with the Church — must be published after being verified by a neutral third party CPA firm. Otherwise, we may safely assume any numbers from Scientology are false. The Church of Scientology must publish audited and truthful membership numbers or shut up and stop publishing lies. Do you agree John?

2. I have called upon Monique Yingling to make fully public Scientology’s secret 1993 agreement with the IRS public or shut up with her complaints about Alex Gibney and others concerning their criticisms of Scientology’s secret agreement with the IRS. Publish it all online Monique: The Final Closing Agreement and all 14 linear feet of supporting documents the Church submitted. Mr. Sugg: Would you please urge Monique Yingling to publish the IRS agreement and supporting documentation and be done with it?

3. To what extent is PR crisis manager Michael Sitrick involved in the daily PR operations of CSI, RTC, Freedom, and all other operations of Scientology?

4. How much money does the Church of Scientology (CST/RTC/CSI/IAS) spend weekly on lawyers and private investigators?

5. Why is the Church of Scientology not financially transparent with its own members or the public?

6. Why doesn’t David Miscavige make himself available for interviews by journalists?

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Denise Miscavige Gentile Booking Photo

7. Since the Church of Scientology is so busy trashing David Miscavige’s father and brother, it might as well go for a Trifecta of Fair Game and tell the world that David Miscavige’s twin sister Denise Gentile was arrested for drunk driving, possession of marijuana, and failure to yield.

The Church can also add in the part about Denise allowing her tenant Rico Currie to pay her in marijuana instead of cash.

The Church can even mention Denise’s work in the 1990’s at Digital Lightwave. At that time her name was Denise Licciardi.

 

8. Why have David Miscavige and the Church of Scientology covered up child sexual molestation in the Church? Is the public to conclude that the Church of Scientology is a safe haven for pedophiles?

9. Why did the Church of Scientology choose to handle felony assault and battery internally, thus denying the victims of David Miscavige’s felonious behavior due process of law and their criminal and civil remedies? Was this done to protect David Miscavige from the law? If so, what do you think of this Mr. Sugg? Is it right for a Church to cover up crimes to protect its leader?

10. Why did the Church of Scientology publish Ron Miscavige’s confidential confessional data on its website? This heinous act on the part of the Church of Scientology proves, once and for all, that the Church engages uses the private confessions of Scientologists against them — and this in direct violation of Scientology’s own Auditor’s Code:

I promise never to use the secrets of a preclear divulged in session for punishment or personal gain.

The Church of Scientology’s main website reiterates the sanctity of auditing:

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Given the Church’s publication of Ron Miscavige’s priest-penitent communication, it would seem that the Church of Scientology lied to the California Supreme Court in the DeCrescenzo case when it sought an emergency stay, “seeking to prevent the production of clergy-penitent privileged documents.” Ron Miscavige’s O/W write up is certainly a clergy-penitent privileged document.

Scientology attorneys Bert Deixler and Eric Lieberman emphatically represented to the California Supreme Court that Scientology parishioner information was secret and confidential:

All clergy authorized by the Scientology Scripture to see the auditing folders must take a sacred oath to maintain the secrecy of all auditing communications. Pre-Clears and other parishioners are assured by the Church that their auditing communications and records will be maintained as strictly confidential.

Scientology places great religious emphasis on the confidentiality of a parishioner’s auditing folders. Such folders cannot be disclosed without violating the fundamental religious tenets of the Church of Scientology.

The unauthorized disclosure of someone’s PC folder is one of the most serious ecclesiastical crimes within the Church, known as a Suppressive Act and can lead to expulsion from the Church. Turning over the pre-clear folders of the parishioner’s auditing, even to the parishioner, is forbidden. The Church and its ministers have an absolute responsibility to maintain the secrecy of auditing files.

If the Church of Scientology is to remain true to what its attorneys Lieberman and Deixler told the California Supreme Court — The unauthorized disclosure of someone’s PC folder is one of the most serious ecclesiastical crimes within the Church, known as a Suppressive Act and can lead to expulsion from the Church – then everyone responsible for publishing Ron Miscavige Sr.’s confessional data is surely guilty of one of the most serious ecclesiastical crimes in Scientology and must be punished accordingly.

Will the guilty be punished? Or is the Church of Scientology and its attorneys simply engaging in more prevarications? What is your opinion of the matter Mr. Sugg? Do you want to do some honest reporting here?

Scientology rips apart families with its ‘disconnection’ policy — but why?

(Note: This article was originally published on Tony Ortega’s Underground Bunker. It is posted here for archival purposes)

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[Scientology’s ‘disconnection’ policy takes center stage]

From Phil and Willie Jones to Brian Sheen to Lori Hodgson to the Headley’s to so many others. We’re hearing from more and more people who have been affected by Scientology’s policy of “disconnection” that is ripping families apart. Our friend and frequent contributor Jeffrey Augustine has been looking into Scientology’s documents, as he does, and has been thinking about disconnection. Jeff, where should we start?

Jeffrey: Understanding disconnection, you first have to put it within the context of L. Ron Hubbard’s system of ethics. According to Hubbard, disconnection is part of the “PTS/SP” model.

The Bunker: “PTS” is Scientology shorthand for “potential trouble source.” And an “SP” is a “suppressive person.” How does that work?

Jeffrey: A Scientologist becomes PTS when they become associated with someone antagonistic to Scientology. Wrote Hubbard:

 In order to resolve the PTS condition, he either HANDLES the other person’s antagonism (as covered in the materials on PTS handling) or, as a last resort when all attempts to handle have failed, he disconnects from the person. He is simply exercising his right to communicate or not to communicate with a particular person.

To “go PTS” means the Scientologist will become unconsciously self-destructive and therefore “pull in” sickness, injuries, accidents, financial loss, relationship problems, make bad decisions, and incur a host of other troubles. The key Scientology notion to understand is this: A Scientologist goes PTS when they are connected to an SP, a person who is antagonistic to Scientology.

The Bunker: So the SP turns Scientologists PTS by being connected to them?

Jeffrey: That’s right. Here’s how the Technical Dictionary puts it: “A person…who suppresses other people in his vicinity…[who] become PTS.” An SP “actively seeks to suppress or damage Scientology or a Scientologist by suppressive acts.”

The Bunker: And what happens when the Church of Scientology decides that someone is an SP?

Jeffrey: The church issues an “SP Declare.” And once someone has been declared SP, all other Scientologists must “disconnect” from that person. This includes family and friends — everyone has to cut the SP out of their lives.

The Bunker: Everything we’ve seen in the last few years suggests that Scientology leader David Miscavige is declaring people SP and ordering disconnection with more frequency than ever, and for seemingly trivial reasons. Why is Scientology so aggressive demanding that Scientologists disconnect from SPs?

Jeffrey The answer is really interesting. According to the church itself, it’s because L. Ron Hubbard considered SPs to be Scientology’s kryptonite. Here, look at what Scientology says about disconnection at its website:

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There you have one of the Scientology’s big secrets: Hubbard and his church admit, rather incredibly, that, “all spiritual advancement gained from Scientology may well be lost because one is continually invalidated by an antagonistic person who wants nothing more than to do harm to the person.” According to Hubbard’s logic, then, SP’s are infinitely more powerful than Scientologists; The mere presence of an SP can destroy all of a Scientologist’s Bridge progress and spiritual advancement. Hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on Scientology can go down the drain if the Scientologist goes PTS because of a proximity to an SP. Hubbard characterized spiritual advancement in Scientology as a delicate hothouse flower, a frail object that cannot tolerate any suppression, antagonism, or opposition whatsoever.

The Bunker: They dare not hear any criticism. It apparently ruins everything.

Jeffrey: David Miscavige, the current leader of Scientology, said as much in 2001, quoted in this church publication:

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Hubbard said this about suppression in 1966: “Suppression is a harmful intention or action against which one cannot fight back.” (HCO PL 26 Dec 66) This is why suppression is so dangerous to Scientologists: They cannot fight back against suppression and will, in fact, lose all of their Bridge progress to it.

The Bunker: The poor things!

Jeffrey: Fortunately, every problem in Scientology has an exact solution that can be purchased. In the case of handling PTS/SP situations, David Miscavige introduced and heavily promoted the PTS/SP course in 2001. This course was designed to teach the Scientologist how to “confront and shatter” suppression:

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The course reiterates Hubbard’s policy that Scientologists “handle or disconnect” from those who are suppressive towards Scientology. “Handle or disconnect” means that the Scientologist must get the person to stop being critical. Hubbard argued that most people who are antagonistic simply do not have the correct data about Scientology. So the solution is to give the antagonistic person the correct data. In the 1990s, Scientology created the cassette tape and booklet “Can We Ever Be Friends?” to handle family and friends who were antagonistic to Scientology.

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If that “handling” doesn’t work, then the Scientologist disconnects.

The Bunker: Hubbard came up with disconnection and other “ethics” ideas — such as Fair Game — in the mid-1960s, when he was really unhappy about breakaway groups. And there’s been a controversy over whether he changed his mind about it, isn’t there?

Jeffrey: Hubbard issued orders that cancelled some of these ethics policies, including disconnection and Fair Game, in 1968. But it’s clear that he did that specifically as a reaction to investigations of Scientology in Commonwealth countries and especially in New Zealand. This was done as a part of Hubbard’s disingenuous “Reform Code of 1968.″ However, none of these policies were ever actually cancelled in practice and continue to this day.

The Bunker: In fact, as we saw in documents from the Garcia federal fraud lawsuit that were made public yesterday, Scientology’s current “International Justice Chief” Mike Ellis cited a 1983 policy on Suppressive Persons to tell the Garcias that no current church members in good standing can have anything to do with them. There it is, in black and white — Scientologists today must disconnect, and it’s based on a 1983 official church policy.

Jeffrey: Exactly! Those documents made public yesterday were pretty amazing. And they were official communications from Scientology’s top justice official.

The Bunker: Well, prepare yourself, Jeff, because as soon as you cite that 1983 policy, some former church members who still revere Hubbard will tell you that there’s a problem with it. Hubbard went into permanent hiding in February 1980, and Dan Koon and others who were around then tell us that Hubbard actually had nothing to do with that policy (even if the church today relies on it to force disconnection). Koon and others insist that Hubbard cancelled disconnection in 1968, and the evil David Miscavige brought it back, against Hubbard’s wishes.

However, we showed Dan that, in fact, a 1973 policy, written by Hubbard, endorses disconnection. And when we asked readers if they knew of any acts of disconnection that occurred between 1968, when it was supposedly cancelled, and 1980, when Hubbard went into hiding, we received dozens of responses. The “indies” might have rosy memories of the 1970s, but based on what we heard from our readers, disconnection was definitely part of the Scientology 1970s experience, and with Hubbard fully in control, even if it’s more prevalent today under Miscavige.

Jeffrey: There’s no doubt Hubbard endorsed disconnection. And his warning that the Scientologist can lose all spiritual advancement to an SP plays right into the “me, me, me” egocentricism of the Scientologist. In the thinking of the Scientologist, disconnection is a “pro-survival” act in which the Scientologist is declaring that his or her spiritual progress is infinitely more important than any family relationship or friendship. This was made abundantly clear in the disconnection letter that Cindy Plahuta received from a friend, which you published here in 2013:

Dear Cindy: After our conversation today I went to the MAA to get ethics handling because I had some attention on what we had discussed concerning the people that have left the Church. The MAA informed me that you have a connection to a known SP in Denver, that you are no longer in good standing with the Church, and you are pending a justice action. I found this out after I left a message on your phone that I had good news. You and I have been close friends for so long Cindy that this is very difficult for me. However, I don’t want to jeopardize my standing with the Church and eligibility for Solo NOTS, or my relationship with my children and friends, and definitely don’t agree with the people that have left our Church. Therefore, I have no choice but to follow LRH Policy, which is very specific concerning this, and can no longer communicate with you until you get this situation handled. I hope you will please contact OSA or the MAA here at Flag to get this resolved as soon as possible.

[MAA = Master at Arms; Solo NOTs = New Era Dianetics for Operating Thetans, high-level church processing that is done alone on the e-meter; LRH = L. Ron Hubbard; OSA = Office of Special Affairs, Scientology’s intelligence wing.]

The writer of this disconnection letter makes it clear that she will not be allowed onto SOLO NOTs if she stays friends with Cindy. Worse, the writer states that her relationship with her family or friends in the Church would be at risk if she stayed connected to Cindy.

Hubbard feared PTS Scientologists because they were capable of suppressive acts. In 1965 he wrote: “Until the environment is handled, nothing beneficial can happen. Quite the contrary. In the most flagrant of such cases, the Scientologist’s case worsened and the suppressive person or group sent endless distorted or false reports to press, police, authorities and the public in general.”

We now begin to zero in on Hubbard’s real fear and that of his Church: The PTS Scientologist is likely to tell an “SP” what is really going on inside the organization, which then can get out to the press and the public. Hubbard additionally makes it a “high crime” for any Scientologist to report the church to police or the courts.

The Bunker: Heaven forbid.

Jeffrey: Disconnection — it’s information control.

The Bunker: Of course it is. And that’s why the firehose of information that is the Internet has proved to be such a disastrous calamity for Scientology.

Jeffrey: And the more Scientologists are exposed to it, the more they’re voting with their feet and leaving.

The Bunker: Thank you for digging into these idea for us, Jeffrey. We really feel for the families that have been torn apart by this toxic policy — many of whom never speak up for fear of retaliation. For them, we’ll keep exposing these practices for what they are.


Note: Bunker community member Vistaril had some heated responses to my article in the comments section. We republish them here along with my reply to his allegations; we also include Douglas D. Douglas’ comments:

Hubbard issued orders that cancelled some of these ethics policies, including disconnection and Fair Game, in 1968 . . .

Not so.

The policy of Disconnection was NEVER cancelled. What L Ron Hubbard did was switch the requirement for Disconnection from the Cult to the person. Previously, it was Scientology itself which ordered and required Disconnection but, after the New Zealand enquiry, it became the responsibility of the individual Scientologist(s) concerned to disconnect. This allowed Scientology to say Disconnection was the “choice” of the person concerned. The fact that if a person did not Disconnect their “eternity” would be entirely compromised and they, along with anyone they remained connected to would be hammered for defiantly remaining in a PTS state, was not made apparent to people not in Scientology. As for “Fair Game”, the policies and practises of Fair Game were also NEVER cancelled. What was cancelled was the use of the term “Fair Game”; everything else was okay so long as it was not called “Fair Game”.

C’mon, dude, you know this. Why repeat Free Indie Dependent Zone myths?

  • C’mon, dude, and don’t quote people out of context. Here’s what he said:
    Hubbard issued orders that cancelled some of these ethics policies, including disconnection and Fair Game, in 1968. But it’s clear that he did that specifically as a reaction to investigations of Scientology in Commonwealth countries and especially in New Zealand. This was done as a part of Hubbard’s disingenuous “Reform Code of 1968.″ However, none of these policies were ever actually cancelled in practice and continue to this day.

    • Augustine says the policies were never cancelled “in practise”. They were never cancelled at all.

       

      • I cannot understand your insistence on parsing the semantics of what he is saying. LRH did cancel “some of these ethics policies” in 1968. For Indies who want to believe in LRH and his Tech, this is as much as they want to know. But as Augustine (and others) have pointed out, it was a sham: “none of these policies were ever actually cancelled in practice and continue to this day.”

        To criticize Augustine by quoting him out of context is just as absurd as quoting LRH out of context in order to confirm that the Tech was pure before Miscavige sullied it.

         

        • Augustine says the policies “were cancelled”. They were not, and he knows it. Its hardly semantics when Augustine’s statement is demonstrably false. Here, you are playing semantics and cherry picking from Augustine’s statement when you quote “some of these ethics policies”. The full statement, and the one which I am pointing out is false is: “Hubbard issued orders that cancelled some of these ethics policies, including disconnection and Fair Game, in 1968.” Emphasis mine. I couldn’t give a flying fling at a rolling doughnut what the Indie Dependents want to believe. I’m more interested in the truth being discussed, that’s the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

      • I included Augustine’s complete statement, and it is readily available for anyone reading the article accompanying this discussion thread. If it is your intention to foster disagreement, then you are succeeding admirably.

      • Vistaril, you apparently have no competence as a researcher.

        If you are able to to locate an extremely obscure website called “Google” you could find these things out for yourself. As I stated in my article, Hubbard cancelled Fair Game, Disconnection, and Security Checks as PR measures during the intensive official investigations of Scn in the Commonwealth countries. As I also stated, these practices were never actually cancelled in the Church of Scientology. I don’t know what you’re carping about.

        The Code of Reform was published on 29 November 1968:

        THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY OF CALIFORNIA
        THE HUBBARD SCIENTOLOGY ORGANISATION IN AUCKLAND
        Founder: L. Ron Hubbard
        Cable: Scientology
        Telephone: 362-921-xxxx

        150 Hobson Street, Auckland, New Zealand.

        CODE OF REFORM

        1. Cancellation of disconnection as a relief to those suffering from familial suppression.

        2. Cancellation of security checking as a form of confession.

        3. Prohibition of any confessional materials being written down.

        4. Cancellation of declaring people Fair Game.

        If you yourself have observed any further aspect of this Church’s activities that you feel calls for reform, please let us know.

        29 November 1968

        THE ACADEMY OF SCIENTOLOGY
        THE HUBBARD GUIDANCE CENTRE
        Board of Directors:
        Leaka Marenkovich, President
        Julia Lewis Salmen (U.S.A.), President for U.S.A.
        Anthony John Dunleavy, Vice-President
        Kenneth Milton Salmen (U.S.A.), Vice-President
        Kenneth Eric Urquart, Secretary
        Denny Louise Fields (U.S.A.), Secretary
        Resident Agent (N.Z.), Eunice Henley-Smith
        (A non-profit corporation in U.S.A. Registered in New Zealand)

        *****
        In the Dumbleton-Powles Report (New Zealand 1969), the commissioners wrote that Hubbard had cancelled his Fair Game Law in HCO PL 7 March 1969:

        in his [Hubbard’s] HCO policy direction of 7 March 1969, has this to say:

        We are going in the direction of mild ethics and involvement with the Society…. The policy which cancels the condition of disconnection, the cancellation of the fair game law, cancellation of Sec. checks and no records allowed of confessional materials plus the new Code of a Scientologist have accomplished every reform suggested to us.

        Let’s get the show on the road.

        Dumbleton-Powles Report: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Cow…

  • Vistaril, Hubbard did in fact cancel Disconnection as a policy; albeit Disconnection was never cancelled in practice. Two documents from 1968 and 1969 written by Hubbard establish this fact.

    1. HCO PL 15 March 1968:

    LRH.Disconnection.Cancelled

    2. Hubbard’s letter to New Zealand authorities investigating Scientology:

    LRH.disconnection_letter_New.Zealand

    In the same year Hubbard “cancelled: Fair Game and Sec Checking as policies. However, neither were cancelled in actual practice. Below is the PL where Hubbard abolished sec checking. Hubbard’s workaround here was to rename sec checks “integrity processing.”

    HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
    Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex

    HCO POLICY LETTER OF 26 AUGUST 1968
    BPI
    Auditor

    SECURITY CHECKS ABOLISHED

    The practice of security checking from security check lists like the “Joburg” has been abolished.

    There are several reasons for this:

    1. We have no interest in the secrets and crimes of people and no use for them.

    2. Security checking is often done without regard to the point where the person feels better and so became overrun.

    3. Security checking is often done in disregard of the state of a person’s case.

    4. Low level cases do not react on actual crimes and so the “security” furnished is often a false security.

    5. There is public criticism of security checking as a practice.

    6. The existence of lists of crimes in folders often makes it necessary to destroy the folders which may contain other technical data which is constructive and valuable.

    7. If a person is a criminal or has overt acts which affect his case, and speaks of them to an auditor of his own volition, the auditor is bound by the Auditor’s Code not to publish, use or reveal them.

    Nothing in this policy letter alters standard grade processing or rudiments.

    L. RON HUBBARD
    Founder
    LRH:js.cden
    Copyright © 1968
    by L. Ron Hubbard
    ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


 

A revealing look inside the warped ‘kingdom’ of Scientology leader David Miscavige

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


A revealing look inside the warped ‘kingdom’ of Scientology leader David Miscavige

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Frequent contributor Jeffrey Augustine is back with another fun dive into Scientology’s own publications and documents to show us what Scientology promises, and what it actually delivers…

Issue 149 of Scientology’s Impact magazine, the official magazine of the International Association of Scientologists (IAS), repeats a hackneyed old IAS cliché: The IAS is “Guaranteeing Mankind’s Freedom.” As the leading IAS member, David Miscavige is given the cover of Impact and is shown doing his best at a recent event to guarantee that freedom for mankind.

Inside, we learn that the IAS is a “kingdom,” which makes Miscavige its mighty king…
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In addition to guaranteeing mankind’s freedom, what else does IAS King Miscavige and his legions stand for? What do they represent?

We turn to additional pages of this recent Impact magazine for answers.

We learn that the IAS claims to be upholding human rights:
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And yet what does Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard say about rights?

“In any event, any person from 2.0 down on the Tone Scale should not have, in any thinking society, any civil rights of any kind, because by abusing those rights he brings into being arduous and strenuous laws which are oppressive to those who need no such restraints.” – L. Ron Hubbard, Science of Survival, 1989 Ed., p. 145

“Perhaps at some distant date only the unaberrated person will be granted civil rights before law. Perhaps the goal will be reached at some future time when only the unaberrated person can attain to and benefit from citizenship. These are desirable goals…” – L. Ron Hubbard, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health (1987 edition, p.534)

“Somebody some day will say ‘this is illegal.’ By then be sure the orgs [Scientology organizations] say what is legal or not.” – L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 4 January 1966, “LRH Relationship to Orgs”

“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… 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.” – Lecture by L. Ron Hubbard, “Future Org Trends” delivered January 9th 1962.

Also, in terms of upholding the civil and legal rights of Scientologists, we have amply documented the ways in which the Church uses malicious contracts to strip Scientologists of their fundamental rights. This is Hubbard policy as we saw in a previous article, How L. Ron Hubbard devised Scientology’s most diabolical legal mechanisms.

Next, we notice that The Kingdom of the IAS claims to be “ending abuse:”
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And yet, despite the IAS’ claim to be “ending abuses,” our article last week on why no one should ever join the Sea Org, showed how Scientology’s lawyers are even now defending the Sea Org’s forced abortion policy – and the rest of the Church’s atrocious conduct — by citing a chilling judicial ruling that protects barbarous ecclesiastical discipline:
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The Kingdom of the IAS also claims to be fighting “legal kidnapping:”
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But the Church of Scientology uses an infamous “kidnap contract” to legally kidnap and indefinitely imprison Scientologists who become psychotic (Type III):
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The Church of Scientology also makes Sea Org members sign the same waivers of human and legal rights before legally kidnapping them into the RPF for years or decades of imprisonment:
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The Kingdom of the IAS says it is opposed to people being experimented on without their consent…
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But the Church of Scientology makes people sign waivers and contracts so it can avoid any responsibility whatsoever for giving Scientologists informed consent about anything. The Church of Scientology routinely orders and conducts brutal “sec checks” (interrogations) without the consent of Scientologists. The Church’s Office of Special Affairs culls preclear folders for blackmail and dirt without the consent, permission or knowledge of those whose folders are culled. Essentially, Scientology are not given informed consent about the risks and dangers to their person, sanity, finances, or families in the Church.

We also learn that the Kingdom of the IAS protest slave wages in Bangladesh:
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Members of Scientology’s Sea Org are supposed to be paid about $50 per week for 112-hour, seven-day work weeks. But if gross income (GI) is down in an Org, Sea Org members are lucky to get half pay. It is not uncommon for Sea Org members to go for weeks without any pay at all. IAS King Miscavige needs to clean up his own house before decrying slave wages in Bangladesh or anywhere else.

Finally, the Kingdom of the IAS says it knows the “Dark Secret” of American schools:
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Meanwhile, the Dark Secret of the Church of Scientology is that it considers itself a master race group called Homo Novis.
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The Dark Secret is that the Hubbard’s writings call for genocide against those who are 2.0 or lower on the tone scale:
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Despite the master race agenda of the Church of Scientology to take over the planet by processing “homo saps” into Homo Novi and destroying all those lower than 2.0, the Kingdom of the IAS assures readers in issue 149 it is “Reviving Humanity.”
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This claim that the IAS is “Reviving Humanity” fundamentally contradicts L. Ron Hubbard’s view that people are:

— Hypnotized zombies

— Unaware of the 75 million-year-old catastrophe whose effects still enslave humanity

— Crippled by hundreds of thousands or millions of body thetans

— Controlled by alien mental implants

— Aberrated by their reactive minds

— Unable to read, study, or learn properly

— Unable to confront and handle the MEST (physical) universe

— Victimized and secretly controlled by the evil race of “whole track” (trillion-year-old) evil Psychiatrists

— Overwhelmed by their own Human Emotion and Reaction (HE & R)

In Hubbard’s view, humanity is defective and beyond redemption without Scientology. This is why Hubbard wrote that Scientology must process humans into Homo Novi, the new and superior Scientology Übermensch who suffer none of the human liabilities and, in fact, are Operating Thetans possessed of the extraordinary superhuman powers promised by Hubbard and his Church of Scientology.

Issue 149 ends with what could be considered squirreling (unauthorized changes to Hubbard’s words) by David Miscavige and company. This occurs when it announced that Scientologists are in dire peril and that the IAS is the only safe road out:
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This claim that the IAS is the only safe road out stands in sharp contradistinction to Founder Hubbard’s words in Safeguarding Technology (HCO PL 14 February 1965) that the only way out of the labyrinth is to follow the “closely taped path of Scientology.” It can be argued from this HCO PL that David Miscavige is squirreling by taking Scientologists down a tunnel called the IAS:
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Does it matter if a Scientologist still in the Church is going down Hubbard’s closely taped path or is following Miscavige’s IAS status tunnel? Not really, for both paths produce the exact same result:

— Jeffrey Augustine

Could There Be a Jonestown Mass Suicide Inside the Church of Scientology?

In his post today at the Underground Bunker today, Tony Ortega posted a chilling audio clip of Jonestown leader Jim Jones talking about Scientology and Paulette Cooper. I repost the audio below. Please see the Underground Bunker for the article and comments.

The question “Could there be a Jonestown mass suicide inside the Church of Scientology?” has been asked repeatedly over the years. Some former members have said yes, some have said no, and some have said it could only happen at the International Base.

The Scientology Cult blog explored this question in 2010; the article is well worth reading.

My answer is congruent with the theme of the Scientology Money Project and is posted below the YT video.


There has already been a financial Jonestown in the Church of Scientology. News of the devastating financial mass suicide has largely been covered up by OSA’s use of threats, binding contracts, and disconnection against the victims.

The perpetrators and beneficiaries of the financial mass suicide are Scientology FSM’s, registrars, outside lawyers and PI’s, and anyone else who receives commissions or paychecks for their help in enabling the financial rape and slaughter and shuddering the victims into silence.

The Kool Aid used to effect the financial mass suicide is a sweet and lethal mixture of propaganda, lies, false promises of power and salvation, threats, gang bang regging, and a sense of false urgency that Scientology is under threat of immediate danger or destruction at the hands of the Psychs and various outside forces.

The tyrant and architect of the mass financial suicide is the true Scientology Cult leader whose name is Stats and whose scorched earth greed for money is insatiable.

Sacrifices must be made to the Scientology false idol named Stats every Thursday at 2:00 PM. Acceptable sacrifices are money, labor, and slavery, particularly young people sacrificed to the Sea Org.

Scientology’s human leaders live and die but Stats — a wily, calculating, and devastatingly efficient financial predator — will never die so long as he maintains his camouflage as a religion and is protected by IRS tax exemption.

The financial Jonestown mass suicide in Scientology is a propaganda-based slaughter that uses coercive and manipulative psycho-mechanics against its victims. The victims are led to believe they will obtain breathtaking results in this life and reincarnate into a better future life if they are willing to commit financial suicide right now by giving every last penny to the Church of Scientology, the IAS, and other greedy entities. This financial suicide is irreversible as the victims sign malicious contracts ensuring that all monies are nonrefundable and agreeing to never sue the Church.

The Church of Scientology induces its members to commit financial suicide even as it withholds from them the fact that it has billions of dollars in cash and hard assets, is not broke, and is not in any sort of imminent financial danger.

Stats is now using the IAS to systematically mop up the few remaining financially solvent status-seeking survivors by use of trophies and other pseudo-insouciant flatteries.

How Did the Church of Scientology Wiretap Nicole Kidman?

Tom.CruiseIn the HBO documentary Going Clear, former #2 Scientology executive Mark “Marty” Rathbun reveals that Tom Cruise drifted away from the Church of Scientology in the 1990’s.

During the fifteen month period when Cruise was making the 1999 Stanley Kubrick film Eyes Wide Shut  with then wife Nicole Kidman, Rathbun describes how Cruise was not in contact with Church leader David Miscavige for about a year.

This greatly displeased Miscavige who ordered Rathbun to recover Tom Cruise and bring him back into the Church of Scientology.

A Scientology analysis of the situation indicated that Kidman was the problem as she was not inclined to do any Scientology nor was she pushing her husband to do any.


nicole_kidmanAccording to Going Clear, Cruise insinuated to Rathbun that Kidman should be wiretapped.

Rathbun relayed this to Miscavige who ordered it be done.

What are the ways in which the Church of Scientology could have arranged for  Nicole Kidman to be wiretapped?

We offer some interesting context and perspectives for Scientology watchers in this installment of the Scientology Money Project where our goal is to unravel the Church of Scientology’s money and legal labyrinth. In doing so, we seek to expose the ways in which Scientology is a law unto itself and routinely acts in violation of public policy.

The surprise that emerges in our look at how Scientology might have wiretapped Nicole Kidman is how Tom Cruise became entangled in this sordid matter for ten years due to a dirty private investigator.


Captain David Miscavige, Scientology dictator

Before we proceed to our timeline of Scientology, wiretapping, and Nicole Kidman, we must ask if Scientology dictator Captain David Miscavige has the capabilities to have people wiretapped.

The answer is yes.

Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard certainly had the capabilities to wiretap both individuals and government agencies and  he did. Specifically, the Church of Scientology under Hubbard had its own private Mafia called the Guardian’s Office or GO. Arrows in the Dark, a new book by former GO spy Merrell Vannier describes the illegal and covert activities of the GO.

The GO engaged in dirty tricks, stalking, harassment, wiretapping, and anything else Hubbard ordered. This is why the Church of Scientology was raided by the FBI on July 8, 1977 in the largest ever raid conducted by the FBI. The raid was in response to a series of burglaries, theft of documents, and wiretapping Scientology had engaged in against US Government agencies. This Scientology program of domestic espionage was called Operation Snow White and it led to Hubbard’s wife and ten other top Scientology-GO officials being sent to prison.

The Scientology GO was melted down and reformed into the Office of Special Affairs, or OSA. Despite Scientology telling the IRS that everyone in the GO had been purged, there are still former GO members working in OSA.


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Scientology Spy HQ (OSA) is located on the 10th and 11th floors (the two top floors) of the Hollywood Guaranty Building located at 6331 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA.

OSA is Scientology’s private Mafia and secretly reports to David Miscavige through intermediaries. This is done to maintain the fiction that Miscavige does not manage the daily affairs of the Church of Scientology.

OSA conducts both overt and covert psycho-terrorism operations against those who speak out against the Church.

OSA is directing the malicious and sleazy attacks upon Alex Gibney, HBO, and everyone involved in Going Clear.

OSA is doing so using 501(c)(3) tax exempt dollars.


In a shady attempt to keep Miscavige from being deposed in the Rathbun v. Miscavige case, the Church of Scientology has admitted in legal filings that it was behind the notorious Squirrel Busters operation and that Miscavige had nothing do with it.

Orchestrated and managed by OSA, the Squirrel Buster operation was an extended campaign of Scientology psycho-terrorism campaign of sustained harassment, stalking, and malicious hate websites and magazines aimed at former Scientologists, but primarily Marty Rathbun and his wife Monique. Liz Hayes of 60 Minutes offers an excellent short piece about the Squirrel Busters:

Rathbun and his wife Monique have had to endure years of OSA psycho-terrorism.

The attacks on HBO and Alex Gibney are simply more OSA psycho-terrorism.

So long as the Church of Scientology has religious protection it will continue to conduct its systematic programs of psycho-terrorism against those it deems enemies.

Scientology insanity will never end until the Church of Scientology is dismantled in its present form. Specifically, the IRS must revoke the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status it gave to Scientology and all of its organizations in 1993. When this happens, Scientology will no longer exist in its present form.


One answer to the question “how can good people be involved in such a horrendous group like Scientology?” is this: Scientology is highly compartmentalized. Unless a Scientologist is involved in one of the criminal departments of Scientology such as OSA they would never know about the crimes and atrocious conduct of the Church — or at least this is the way the Church wants it.

Scientology acts to isolate its members from critical information; this is why Church-imposed-censorship and self-censorship is such an integral part of the Scientology experience. Scientologists are punished harshly if they read critical information.


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Linda Hamel demanded that members of Anonymous remove their masks even as she remained in complete hiding. Ever the coward with evil purposes to destroy others, Linda Hamel is in hiding which is -8.0. Scientology Tone Scale.

OSA is managed by a Scientology Sea Org member named Linda Hamel. No known photo of Scientology Spy Master Linda Hamel exists. Hamel formerly worked for the Guardian’s Office where she was “Programs Op” for Operation Snow White.

Miscavige and OSA have the capabilities to wiretap people using dirty private investigators.

Lawyers filter information back to OSA and David Miscavige in ways that give Scientology deniability and protection from lawsuits or arrest.

Acting upon secret orders relayed from Miscavige by Rathbun, it is possible that someone in OSA could have covertly arranged for the wiretapping of Nicole Kidman.

Alternately, and more likely, Marty Rathbun may have bypassed OSA on the wiretapping of Nicole Kidman and went directly to the unnamed “Scientology consigliere” who had the power to order wiretapping on behalf of David Miscavige. If so, the unnamed consigliere was very likely an attorney working for the Church of Scientology. In true Scientology fashion, the lawyer would have hired another lawyer who hired a private investigator to wiretap Nicole Kidman.

While Scientology always seeks to do its dirty work at a remove, the identity of a private investigator who wiretapped Nicole Kidman has been known for many years. Whether he worked at the behest of the Church is presently unknown.


  Timeline

1999-2000: Efforts begin inside of the Church of Scientology to recover movie star Tom Cruise. David Miscavige orders Marty Rathbun to arrange the wiretapping of Nicole Kidman.

February 2001: Scientologist Tom Cruise files for divorce from Nicole Kidman. Cruise retains divorce attorney Dennis Wasser. When asked why he was divorcing Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise cryptically repeats to those who ask, “Ask Nicole. She knows.” This suggests that wiretapping had already taken place and Cruise had been provided with information about his wife’s behavior.

February 2001: ABC News reports that Tom Cruise is playing hardball in his divorce from Nicole Kidman. ABC News quotes the New York Daily News as having reported that Cruise had hired the infamous private investigator Anthony Pellicano:

Megastar Tom Cruise isn’t looking to play the good guy in his divorce from wife Nicole Kidman, according to People magazine.

Cruise, 38, reportedly shocked Kidman, 33, by rushing to file for divorce only two days after the pair announced their separation. “Nicole is not upset,” an unidentified friend tells the magazine, “she is devastated.”

“He is playing hardball,” family-law attorney Lynn Soodik, who is representing Meg Ryan in her divorce from Dennis Quaid, tells the magazine, referring to Cruise’s divorce petition, which reportedly spells out the actor’s intention to block Kidman from making any alimony claims.

Private Investigator Reportedly Hired

No lawyers actually working for Cruise or Kidman will comment to the press, but the New York Daily News reports that the Mission: Impossible star is hiring private-investigator-to-the-stars Anthony Pellicano.

Pellicano, whose client list includes Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Sylvester Stallone, James Woods, and notorious former LAPD Detective Mark Fuhrman, has been labeled “the Big Sleazy” by GQ magazine, according to the Daily News.

“I always start out by being a gentleman. I only use intimidation and fear when I absolutely have to,” he told People magazine in 1993, when he was working for Michael Jackson during the pop star’s molestation trial.

As of February 2001, then, there is a news story linking Cruise and Pellicano.

November 21, 2002: The FBI raids the office of Los Angeles private investigator Anthony Pellicano and finds C-4 plastic explosives and hard drives containing hundreds of hours of wiretapped phone conversations. These hard drives include conversations Nicole Kidman had with various people. The evidence seized by the FBI offers irrefutable evidence that Nicole Kidman was wiretapped. This confirms Rathbun’s statement that Kidman was wiretapped. However, there is no concrete evidence linking Pellicano to Scientology. Perhaps there is a grassy knoll situation here and a second wiretapper. Going Clear leaves the question hanging in the air.

It would take the FBI years to analyze the evidence seized in the raid on Pellicano’s office. In the interim, Pellicano is charged for illegal possession of C-4 plastic explosives.

October 2003: Pellicano pleads guilty to the explosives charge and is sentenced to thirty months in federal prison.


Anthony Pellicano. Photo" Hollywood Reporter

Anthony Pellicano. Photo:  Hollywood Reporter

November 2003: Tom Cruise’s lawyer Bert Fields publicly acknowledges that he is the subject of an FBI investigation into Anthony Pellicano and wiretapping. Fields denies any wrongdoing. People wonder if Tom Cruise will be pulled into the Pellicano wiretapping investigation.

February 2006: Upon his release from prison on the explosives conviction, Pellicano is immediately re-arrested on 110 counts that include wiretapping, racketeering, conspiracy, witness tampering, and identity theft.

March 2006: NY Daily News reports that Tom Cruise was questioned by the FBI about Anthony Pellicano and the wiretapping of Nicole Kidman.

March 2006: The New York Post reports that Nicole Kidman was questioned by the FBI about her having been wiretapped by Pellicano.

April 2006: The FBI names Cruise’s divorce attorney Dennis Wasser as a person of interest in the Pellicano case. From The New York Times article of April 26, 2007:

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The New York Times article concludes with attorney Kolodny remarking unfavorably upon the character of Mr. Pellicano; this while Tom Cruise’s divorce lawyer extolled the virtues of Mr. Pellicano:

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July 2006: In an article about Pellicano, the New Yorker confirmed that Tom Cruise had hired Anthony Pellicano:

It was known, for instance, that Pellicano had been retained to work for Tom Cruise to suppress possible tabloid stories during his divorce from Nicole Kidman.

January 2009: Anthony Pellicano sentenced to fifteen years in prison.

December 2009: Michael Sapir sues Tom Cruise for $5,000,000. Sapir alleges that Cruise hired Pellicano to illegally wiretap his phone in 2001. From TMZ:

There is a long history between Cruise and Sapir. In 2001, Cruise sued Sapir for $100 million after Sapir claimed to have video evidence that Cruise “engaged in a homosexual relationship.” That lawsuit settled later that year. In the settlement, both parties issued a statement saying that no such tape existed.

In the latest suit, filed Friday in L.A. County Superior Court, Sapir claims Pellicano illegally wiretapped his phone during the time the 2001 lawsuit was active.

Sapir claims in the suit that Cruise, Fields and Pellicano were all in cahoots.

March 2013: Tom Cruise escapes the Sapir lawsuit when his attorney Bert Fields wins a motion for summary judgment. Hollywood Reporter:

…Sapir’s lawsuit against Cruise and Pellicano had other salacious tidbits. For example, Sapir also alleged that Pellicano taped recordings between Cruise and Nicole Kidman while the actors were going through their divorce.

But the lawsuit hasn’t survived.

On Monday, a Los Angeles Superior Court ruled from the bench that the allegations weren’t brought within the statute of limitations.

…Cruise joins Brad Grey as escaping Pellicano-related lawsuits thanks to the claims being time-barred. Many other lawsuits proceed, including one against Michael Ovitz for allegedly hiring Pellicano to intimidate Anita Busch. Recently, the same judge ruled that Ovitz has failed to show that he’s entitled to summary judgment on statute of limitation grounds.


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