There have been some incredible books released on Scientology in the last few years but this one looks like it has the most potential to reveal new insights into the current leadership of the organization while stirring up massive media interest. The niece of David Miscavige, Jenna Miscavige Hill, will be sharing her experiences inside Scientology and the Sea Org and drawing great attention to the practice of Disconnection. The Daily Mail has some details:
Jenna Miscavige Hill, 28, daughter of David’s older brother Ron, has been a frequent critic of the Church of Scientology since publicly breaking with it in 2005.
In ‘Beyond Belief: My Secret Life inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape’, she will reveal ‘strange and disturbing’ details about growing up in the church and will provide a firsthand account of Scientology’s ‘upper ranks’, its publishers William Morrow say.
In 2000, when she was 16 years old, Ms Miscavige’s parents left Scientology, disillusioned with its practices.
In the five years that followed, she has claimed that – because of the church’s policy of ‘disconnection’ with relatives and friends who do not support the cult – all letters between them were intercepted and she was not allowed to answer the telephone for over a year.
‘If you flunked your uniform inspection, sometimes if you were late . . . you would be dumped with a five-gallon bucket of ice water,’ she told investigative journalist Philip Recchia in 2008.
‘We were also required to write down all transgressions . . . similar to a sin in the Catholic religion.
‘After writing them all down, we would receive a meter check on the Electropsychometer to make sure we weren’t hiding anything, and you would have to keep writing until you came up clean. This is from the age of 5 until I was 12.’
Read the full Daily Mail article here, and visit the site Jenna put together with Astra Woodcraft and Kendra Wiseman for Ex-Scientology Kids.
A big thanks to everyone who who helped us reach our $7000 goal for this campaign. Your contributions and your support are making this film possible. I’ll be flying off shortly for some major interviews for the film and you’ll be seeing some new clips very soon.
Recently, I spent time in L.A. and Hemet shooting some footage for the film. While at Gold I hand delivered a letter for David Miscavige, inviting him once again to do an interview for the film.
Here’s a copy of the letter:
I spoke with Tory about my adventures a few hours after the visit to Gold.
There has been so much going on in the Debbie Cook story and it is pretty amazing to watch unfold. Debbie is taking on Scientology with a frontal attack that adds David Miscavige as a defendant, attempting to shift the prime focus to DM’s management of Scientology and his shocking abuse of staff members’ human rights. She’s demanding deposition answers to some pretty startling questions about the Hole, physical and mental abuse of staff and Scientologists’ ability to leave the Sea Org at will. You can read all of the court documents at the Village Voice, where Tony Ortega keeps people up to date with all the latest info on the case.
Debbie Cook was also featured on Good Morning America and ABC’s Nightline.
KABC in Los Angeles ran a piece on Debbie Cook’s Texas court testimony:
Her story also made it over the Australian press.
Scientol0gy sought to get a temporary restraining order slapped on former high level executive Debbie Cook to punish her for speaking out and to prevent her from sharing any more information about the abuses occurring inside the Church of Scientology. What they got was such a devastating exposure of those abuses in a Texas courtroom, that they folded and fled. They dropped their request for the restraining order which allowed Debbie Cook to hold a press conference with her attorney. These videos come from the Tampa Bay Times and from Tony Ortega at the Village Voice.
We’ll see if they decide to go after her legally again. It would be foolhardy to do so but that may not stop Miscavige. UPDATE: 1/30/2012
Debbie Cook has been slapped with a lawsuit by the Church of Scientology in what could become a major test of the legality of Scientology’s use of gag orders. This may have been the plan all along. Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder had indicated when the email leaked that it would be an important test case if a suit got filed. I imagine they will be happy to testify on her behalf, and perhaps it will benefit another person who they have been reluctant to assist: Gerry Armstrong. This trial may peel back some more layers of Scientology’s operations…or they may just ruin Cook utterly as Hubbard so ordered.
The Tampa Bay Times has copies of the lawsuit as well as the gag orders she and her husband signed. ORIGINAL STORY POSTED 1/1/12
12,000 current Scientologists awoke to find an email from former Captain Flag Service Organization Debbie Cook in which she talks about conditions that should concern them about Scientology’s management. This letter is written expressly to them and not to those of us on the outside. Using Hubbard policy quotes, she urges them to take action to right the ship. This is not an angry screed. It is a modulated message that seeks to speak to those who know something isn’t right but are afraid to talk about it. I think it will make some waves. It’s already shown that 2012 is going to be a rocky year for David Miscavige.
Message from Debbie Cook
I am emailing you as a friend and fellow Scientologist. As we enter a new year, it is hoped that 2012 can be a year of great dissemination and a year of real progress up The Bridge for all Scientologists.
Although I am not in the Sea Org right now, I served in the Sea Org at Flag for 29 years. 17 of those years were as Captain FSO. I am a trained auditor and C/S as well as an OEC, FEBC and DSEC.
I am completely dedicated to the technology of Dianetics and Scientology and the works of LRH. I have seen some of the most stunning and miraculous results in the application of LRH technology and I absolutely know it is worth fighting to keep it pure and unadulterated.
My husband and I are in good standing and we are not connected with anyone who is not in good standing. We have steadfastly refused to speak to any media, even though many have contacted us.
But I do have some very serious concerns about out-KSW that I see permeating the Scientology religion.
I have the utmost respect for the thousands of dedicated Scientologists and Sea Org members. Together, we have come through everything this world could throw at us and have some real impingement on the world around us. I am proud of our accomplishments and I know you are too. However there is no question that this new age of continuous fundraising is not our finest moment.
LRH says in HCO PL 9 Jan 51, An Essay on Management, “drop no curtains between the organization and the public about anything.” -LRH
Based on this policy I am communicating to you about some situations that we need to do something about within our religion, within our group.
Actions that are either not covered in policy or directly violate LRH policy and tech include:
The extreme over-regging and fund-raising activities that have become so much a part of nearly every Sea Org org and Class V org as well as every “OT Committee” is not covered anywhere in LRH policy.
Hardworking Sea Org members and the dedicated staff of orgs around the world aren’t choosing to do these actions. Nor are the OTs. I am sure they would be more than happy if they could just get on with direct dissemination of Scientology as they have done for so many years.
But the truth is that this is being driven from the very highest echelons within the Scientology structure and clearly there is a lot of pressure to make targets that are being set. The IAS: The IAS was created unbeknownst to LRH in 1984 by Marc Yager and David Miscavige. This was supposed to be based on LRH policies on the subject of membership and the HASI, however the IAS is nothing like the membership system described by LRH which only has two memberships and is covered in HCO PL 22 March 1965 “Current Promotion and Org Program Summary, Membership Rundown” and states:
“There are two memberships…”- LRH
LRH lists there the INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP and gives its cost at 10 pounds sterling or $30 US. He also lists a LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP which is priced at $75 US. There are no other memberships or statuses approved or known to LRH. Furthermore, membership monies are supposed to go directly to the org where the membership is signed up, and the money used for dissemination by that org, in that area. This is covered in HCOPL 1 Sept 1965R Membership Policies.
“It all goes into the HCO Book Account in the area where the membership is brought and is not part of the organization’s weekly gross income. Membership monies go to dissemination”.- LRH
Currently membership monies are held as Int reserves and have grown to well in excess of a billion dollars. Only a tiny fraction has ever been spent, in violation of the policy above. Only the interest earned from the holdings have been used very sparingly to fund projects through grants. In fact many of the activities you see at IAS events are not actually funded by the IAS, but rather by the Scientologists involved.
Think about it, how many ads disseminating Scientology, Dianetics or any Scn affiliated programs have you seen on TV? Heard on the radio? Seen in newspapers? I haven’t seen one in the 4 years I have lived in San Antonio, Texas, the 7th largest city in the US. How many have you seen?
Donating anything more than a lifetime membership to the IAS is not based on LRH policy. The article “What Your Donations Buy” (The Auditor, The Monthly Journal of Scientology No. 51, 1970) is clearly talking about how the church uses your donations for Dianetics and Scientology services. Next time you are asked to donate outside of services, realize that you are engaged in fundraising and ask to see something in writing from L. Ron Hubbard that this is something he expects from you as a Scientologist. New Org Buildings: LRH also never directed the purchase of opulent buildings or the posh renovations or furnishings for every org.In fact, if you read HCO PL 12 March 75 Issue II, “The Ideal Org”, which is what this program has been called, and nowhere in it will you find 20 million dollar buildings or even any reference to the poshness of org premises at all as part of LRH’s description of an “Ideal Org”. Instead, an Ideal Org was one that delivered and moved people up The Bridge – something that is not part of this “Ideal Org” program.
LRH says in the PL that an Ideal Org: “would be clean and attractive enough not to repel its public” – LRH. This is all it says about the state of the building.
As a result of this off-policy alteration of the Ideal Org PL, we have the majority of top OTs, now deemed “OT Ambassadors”, heavily engaged in fund-raising activities that include “bingo”, “pirate dinners”, “knitting classes”, “hay rides”, and many other activities strictly revolving around raising funds for the required multi-millions of dollars to fund their “Ideal Org”. As part of this, people around every org are now asked to donate to their local “Ideal Org” instead of their own services or their own Bridge.
LRH says in HCO PL Org Ethics and Tech: “GET RID OF DISTRACTIONS FROM SCIENTOLOGY in your org. Baby-sitting or raffle tickets and such nonsense.”
Yet these distractions are rampant as they are being used as fund-raisers to get money for the huge quotas being issued to fund the “Ideal Org”.
“If the org slumps… don’t engage in ‘fund-raising’ or ‘selling postcards’ or borrowing money.
Just make more income with Scientology.
It’s a sign of very poor management to seek extraordinary solutions for finance outside Scientology. It has always failed.”
“For orgs as for pcs, ‘Solve It With Scientology’.
“Every time I myself have sought to solve financial or personnel in other ways than Scientology I have lost out. So I can tell you from experience that org solvency lies in more Scientology, not patented combs or fund-raising barbeques.”
HCO PL 24 February 1964, Issue II, Org Programming, (OEC Vol. 7, p. 930)
The point is that Scientologists and OT’s need to be training, auditing and disseminating to raw public- not regging each other or holding internal fundraisers. Out Tech: Over the last few years we have seen literally hundreds and hundreds of people who were validated as clear using the CCRD as developed by LRH now being told they are not Clear. This included hundreds of OTs who were then put onto NED as a “handling”. LRH clearly forbid any Dianetics to be run on OTs in HCOB “Dianetics Forbidden on OTs”. This is out tech. This entire technical “handling” was directed personally by COB RTC and was done on thousands of OTs. But it was based not on an LRH HCO Bulletin, but rather based on a single C/S instruction where LRH C/Sed one pre-OT who had not achieved the state of clear but was mid OT III and not making it. LRH directed a solo handling that the pre-OT was to do to get himself to achieve the state of Clear. This LRH C/S taken out of context was then used to implement a technical handling that was in direct violation of an LRH HCOB.
This and other “technical handlings” done on Solo NOTs auditors created great expense and hardship on Solo NOTs auditors around the world as they were made to do these handlings to continue on the level.
Then there are the “fast grades at Flag” that no other org has. How can it be that Flag has been delivering grades differently to the rest of the world for the last 3 years? Whatever the problem is, the fact is that having “fast Grades” at Flag creates a hidden data line and is a HIGH CRIME and the subject of an entire policy letter called “TECH DEGRADES” which LRH has placed at the start of every Scientology course.
More recently the fad seems to be that nearly everyone needs to “re-do their Purif and do a long objectives program”, including many OTs mid Solo NOTs.
There is nothing wrong with doing objectives, but it is a clear violation of HCOB ‘MIXING RUNDOWNS AND REPAIRS” to have a person mid a rundown or OT level be taken off it and placed on an objectives program.
Solo NOTs auditors are also being made to get their objectives from a Class IX auditor at great expense as they are not being allowed to co-audit.
Flag has made many millions of dollars on the above listed out tech handlings because OTs mid Solo NOTs are forced to get these out-tech actions to be able to get back onto and stay on the level and complete it. Not to mention the spiritual effects of the out tech that this has on each OT.
I myself was subject to these out tech “handlings”, including extensive FPRD mid Solo NOTs. It took its toll in many ways, including physical situations I am still dealing with today. So I have some reality of the hardship caused. LRH Command Structure: LRH left us with a complex and balanced command structure, with our orgs led by the Office of ED International. This office was considered so important that LRH created a special management group called the Watch Dog Committee whose only purpose was to see that this office and the other needed layers of management existed. LRH ED 339R speaks of this extensively as the protection for our Church. But these people are missing. And not just some. As of just a few years ago there were no members of the office of ED Int on post, not to mention top execs throughout the International Management structure.
You may have also wondered… where is Heber, the President of the Church? What about Ray Mitthoff, Senior C/S International, the one that LRH personally turned over the upper OT Levels to? How about Norman Starkey, LRH’s Trustee? What happened to Guillaume – Executive Director International? And Marc Yeager, the WDC Chairman? What happened to the other International Management executives that you have seen at events over the years?
The truth is that I spent weeks working in the empty International Management building at Int. Empty because everyone had been removed from post. When I first went up lines I was briefed extensively by David Miscavige about how bad all of them were and how they had done many things that were all very discreditable. This seemed to “explain” the fact that the entirety of the Watchdog Committee no longer existed.
The entirety of the Executive Strata, which consisted of ED International and 11 other top International executives that were the top executives in their particular fields, no longer existed. That the Commodore’s Messenger Org International no longer existed. All of these key command structures of Scientology International, put there by LRH, had been removed.There were hundreds and hundreds of unanswered letters and requests for help from org staff, written based on LRH ED 339R where LRH says that staff can write to these top executives in the Exec Strata for help. But this is not possible if all these execs have been removed and no one is there to help them or to get evaluations and programming done to expand Scientology.
Well, after that I got to spend some quality time with Heber, Ray Mithoff, Norman Starkey, Guillaume, as well as the entirety of International Management at the time, who were all off post and doing very long and harsh ethics programs. These have gone on for years and to the only result of that they are still off post. There is no denying that these top executives have all gradually disappeared from the scene. You don’t see them at the big events anymore or on the ship at Maiden Voyage.
David Miscavige has now become the “leader” of the Scientology religion. Yet what LRH left behind was a huge structure to properly manage all aspects of the Scientology religion. He put a complete and brilliant organizational structure there, not one individual. There never was supposed to be a “leader” other than LRH himself as the goal maker for our group.
There is a situation here and even if you have not been to the International Management Base you should be able to see that over regging and frequent tech changes are not OK and you have a responsibility to do something to Keep Scientology Working. You should be able to find and read the references on membership in OEC Volume 6. Find and read the HCO PL entitled “The Ideal Org” (Data Series 40). Find and read the references on org buildings, including HCO PL 24 Aug 65 II, Cleanliness of Quarters and Staff, Improve our Image. Also, HCO PL 17 June 69, The Org Image.
If you don’t want to make waves or put yourself in danger of being taken off the level or denied eligibility, then there are some simple things you can do. First and foremost, withdraw your support from off policy actions. Stop donating to anything other than your own services and actual Bridge progress. Simply demand to see an LRH reference that says you are required to make other such donations. No one will be able to produce any references because there aren’t any.
Stop supporting any of the activities that are being done to forward off-policy fund-raising in your area.
LRH says what he expects of a Scientologist – that is what he expects you to do. In fact he put it in HCOB 10 June 1960 Issue I, Keeping Scientology Working Series 33, WHAT WE EXPECT OF A SCIENTOLOGIST. Read it and follow it.
The other thing you can do is to send this email to as many others as you can, even if you do it anonymously.
Please keep this email among us, the Scientologists. The media have no place in this. You may wonder why I have not written a KR and gone about my business. The answer is, I have. But there is no longer anyone to send that KR to.
But you can and should write reports and bring off-policy to the attention of local org executives and local Sea org members.
We are a strong and powerful group and we can affect a change. We have weathered many storms. I am sorry that I am the one telling you, but a new storm is upon us. Its waves are already in the media and the world around us.
The truth is that as a Scientologist you are more able, more perceptive and have a higher integrity. Scientology is supposed to make you “think for yourself” and never compromise your own integrity. And most certainly LRH held every Scientologist responsible to KEEP SCIENTOLOGY WORKING.
I am not trying to do anything other than affect a change in serious off policy actions occurring. My husband and I have most of our family and many many good friends who are Scientologists. I have not been real interested in sticking my neck out like this. However, I also know that I dedicated my entire adult life to supporting LRH and the application of LRH technology and if I ever had to look LRH in the eye I wouldn’t be able to say I did everything I could to Keep Scientology Working if I didn’t do something about it now.
We all have a stake in this. It is simply not possible to read the LRH references and not see the alterations and violations that are currently occurring. You have a very simple obligation to LRH. Don’t participate in anything off policy, and let others know they should not either. If every person who reads this email does nothing more than step back from off-policy actions we would have changed direction. If we took all that energy and directed it into auditing, training and raw public dissemination, we would be winning.
And that is what I wish for you and all of us as we ring in this new year.
Marty Rathbun has background about Debbie’s story over at his blog. Tony Ortega just posted an article about the letter at the Village Voice.
Today saw a remarkable event. The former second in command of Scientology spoke out in Germany about the abuses being committed by the current leader of Scientology, David Miscavige. Marty Rathbun sat side by side with German official Ursula Caberta and talked about physical and mental abuse, people held against their will in horrendous conditions and the outrageous sums of money bled from public members. This is truly David Miscavige’s worst nightmare.
Many thanks to Ursula and Marty and everyone who made the event possible and to Anonymous who videotaped the event for the rest of the world to see. There is a lively debate about this event over at Why We Protest and much rejoicing from Independent Scientologists at Marty’s blog.
Here is a thing of beauty. I don’t care what you think of Marty Rathbun, you’ve got to enjoy this video of Marty screwing with the brainwashed minds of the “documentary crew” who have moved into his town expressly to make his life hell. According to Tony Ortega’s story at the Village Voice, the Squirrel Busters packed up and left town a few days ago but suddenly just moved back after hearing Marty is going to Germany to speak with Ursula Caberta and other European officials about David Miscavige’s rule over Scientology. Marty and his wife Mosey interrupt the filming of the latest Squirrel Buster “news flash” and seem to knock some serious doubt into the crew’s craws.
This is even better than watching the Squirrel Busters go through the car wash:
I have been traveling around the U.S. interviewing people for my new film about Scientology and wanted to share some of the recent footage made possible by contributors like you. It has been enormously exciting to meet and interview people like Paulette Cooper, Hana Whitfield, Amy Scobee and all the others you see in this brief video. That’s the tip of the iceberg. There’s much more to come as filming continues.
Tony Ortega had some nice things to say about the film a couple days ago over at the Village Voice. I thank him for the kind words and for spreading the word about the project.
Here are a few more recent clips from my interviews:
Journalist Mark Ebner
If you’d like to help fund the film, click here and contribute what you can. Please spread the word. Thanks.
A Scientology music video from 1990 has been leaked and it is a hoot. Tiny David Miscavige rocks the hall with the ironically titled “We Stand Tall.” Note to DM: Ask Tom Cruise about standing on a crate while shooting your scenes. Surrounding Slappy can be seen Mike Rinder, Marty Rathbun and Heber Jentzsch. A modern day remake might feature Slappy standing alone in a field. There’s also some footage of Hubbard that I’ve never seen before. Can’t wait for the remixes.
At least when I played the video, one of the suggested YouTube videos at the end was my “Scientology: Slappy Miscavige.” I am very proud to be connected to this powerful piece of work.
Jeff Hawkins returned to The Edge in July of 2010 to discuss his book “Counterfeit Dreams.” He talks about the abuses people suffer at the hands of David Miscavige, the Super Power building fraud and so much more. The Edge with Jeff Hawkins
You can hear his earlier appearance on The Edge here.
Here’s a show which was originally broadcast in October of 2010. Mike Rinder does a great job talking about his experiences in Scientology and how David Miscavige has been running the organization and treating his staff. I enjoyed this show immensely. Tom Smith of The Edge has done a terrific job of covering Scientology over the years. The Edge with Mike Rinder
I’ve been hard at work on my feature documentary on Scientology and have some exciting interviews lined up in the coming weeks and months. There’s also a new website for the film which features some recent footage which I haven’t yet put up on XENU TV. If you haven’t checked it out yet, stop by and take a look.
Here’s some clips you may have seen on YouTube. The footage is not edited into its final form so don’t consider them actual clips from the film. They’re just a taste of what’s to come. And there is so much more to come.
I appreciate your continuing support of the project which is being funded through generous contributions from people all over the world. The first two funding campaigns were a huge success and those who contributed $20 or more should have received their “Official WBM SP Declares” in the mail. It’s just a little keepsake memento for your help in getting the film made. Those who wish to contribute $20 or more to the latest campaign will now get a “WMB Knowledge Report” of their involvement in this nefarious, suppressive project. The higher perks include a thank you credit in the film (if you wish to be acknowledged), a copy of the film on DVD or Blu-Ray and even a chance to see a sneak preview of the film before it gets released.
Here’s another way you can help. I’ve always intended the film to have a subtitle like “Knowledge Report: The Secrets of Scientology.” What do you think would be most effective?
And if you would like to have your story told or have suggestions for topics to be included, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.