Wife of Scientology Dictator Gone for a Decade, -Friend of Leah Remini

TEN YEARS GONE: Shelly Miscavige, the wife


Scientology’s leader wants us to forget

It was late summer 2005. That much our sources agree on. It might have been late August, or it might have been early September. But it was a full ten years ago, say our eyewitness sources, that Shelly Miscavige vanished.

When we started writing about Shelly and her strange situation, back in 2012, there was some confusion about the timing of her disappearance. But since then we developed new sources who were at Int Base and personally saw the events leading up to Shelly’s sudden departure. And those sources are sure of one thing: It was ten years ago, they tell us.

Ten years ago.

We’ve told Shelly’s story numerous times, and it also got a lengthy treatment in Vanity Fair. Leah Remini caused a stir in 2013 when she tried to get the Los Angeles Police Department to look into Shelly’s whereabouts. (They visited Shelly and reported that she was not only alive but didn’t want to make a public statement.)

For the rest of the Story by Tony Ortega go here: http://tonyortega.org/2015/09/07/ten-years-gone-shelly-miscavige-the-wife-scientologys-leader-wants-us-to-forget/

To see what the Wikipedia has to say about the missing wife use this link.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michele_Miscavige

To read what the Huff Post had to say about the missing dictator’s wife go here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/31/shelly-miscavige-scientology-going-clear_n_6972060.html

Published in: on October 30, 2015 at 5:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Scientology may get a friend in the US Senate.


Lisa McPherson in life and after a 17 day stay in the 

Scientology headquarters at the Fort Harrison Hotel

in downtown Clearwater.

For decades the cult of Scientology has been attempting to get a seat of power in Washington.  If David Jolly, a representative from the Clearwater area, is able to take the US Senate seat vacated by Marco Rubio the cult could realize its longtime ambition.  Jolly is a known lickspittle of the cult for some time and has been in the Fort Harrison enough to know his way around without directions.  Certainly he knows about the scandals that the cult has been involved with, as well as the deaths and lawsuits, but it doesn’t seem to make any difference to him.  After all, a dollar is a dollar; it is all green even if it is tinged with blood.    Thanks to “The Daily Beast”  and  Tony Ortega for being on top of this.

Scientology Could Get Its Own Senator

Meet Rep. David Jolly, the man who represents Scientology’s ‘Mecca’—and is now running to replace Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate.
The Church of Scientology may soon have a new ally in the U.S. Senate.Republican congressman and 2016 Senate candidate David Jolly’s district includes the town of Clearwater, Florida, which is home to the Flag Service Organization, the spiritual headquarters of Scientologists planetwide and the organization’s Mecca.” It is Scientology’s largest church, situated in a complex spread out over a “nine-mile grid” in the heart of downtown Clearwater.Given the large footprint of the church in his district, Jolly’s ties with Scientologists may have paid dividends on the local level—but now that he’s running to represent the entire state of Florida, his connections with the controversial church may prove to be a liability. He’s received numerous donations from an infamous Scientologist doctor, attended rallies and fundraisers thrown by the church, and steadfastly refuses to distance himself from the group.Scientology is a relatively new religion created by American sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard in the mid-1950s. The church has gained much attention and media coverage in recent years for, among other things, opposing psychiatric medications and recruiting a wide variety of celebrities such as entertainer (and former Republican congressman) Sonny Bono and Tom Cruise.Critics of the church frequently accuse the religious organization of being at best a scam and at worst a cult that engages in criminal activity, abuse, campaigns of intimidation, and slave labor.Former high-ranking members have alleged that Scientology’s leader David Miscavige uses terroristic techniques to silence those critical of the church—charges Scientology denies. The church also allegedly used spies and operatives to try to frame its most famous critic for sending threats to then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.And if that wasn’t enough, the Church of Scientology was behind one of the largest infiltrations of the U.S. government in history, a vast operation that included bugging offices and breaking into IRS headquarters. (On a lesser note, a documentary about the church alleged that it employed a number of intimidation tactics to make Tom Cruise break up with Nicole Kidman.)

In 1976, the Church of Scientology decided to set up shop in Clearwater and promptly tried to take over the town, an operation detailed in a Pulitzer Prize-winning St. Petersberg Times series in 1980. The mayor at the time even referred to Scientology’s activities in the city as “the occupation of Clearwater.” It is now considered the biggest concentration of Scientologists in the world and a frequent destination for some of the church’s most famous adherents, such as Cruise and John Travolta.

Despite the criticisms that have engulfed the Church of Scientology, Jolly has made no evident effort to distance himself from the group—and in several cases has embraced events organized or sponsored by Scientologists

Jolly, the frontrunner for the GOP Senate nomination in Florida, was the “special guest” at a fundraiser for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi in June 2014, which was organized by Scientologists.

He was also featured as the “guest of honor” at the Church of Scientology’s concert celebrating the centennial of Clearwater, Florida. The latter event was held at the Fort Harrison Hotel, which is owned by the church and used for “religious retreats,” and featured appearances by prominent Scientologists like actress Anne Archer.

Jolly’s wife was scheduled to be a model for a Church of Scientology charity fashion show benefiting chronically hungry children in September, but “sent her regrets and was not able to attend,” Church of Scientology spokesperson Pat Harney told The Daily Beast.

And there are other links to Scientology in Jolly’s political orbit: The treasurer of his Leadership Political Action Committee, Nancy Watkins, is on the advisory board of Florida Citizens for Social Reform. The organization, according to theTampa Bay Times, was “formed by local Scientologists that promotes drug treatment and education programs based on the teachings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.” In a statement to The Daily Beast, Watkins denied being a Scientologist.

“I am a CPA whose client base is public policy and political tax exempt entities and I serve as an advisor in that capacity of expertise. I have a very broad base of clients representing many varied professions, ideologies and public policy concerns,” Watkins said. “One client does not cause a connection to another client by any stretch.”

Jolly has also accepted several donations from Dr. David Minkoff, a doctor who was entangled in a Scientology scandal that involved the death of a 36-year-old woman.  According to the St. Petersburg Times, Minkoff prescribed Valium and another muscle relaxant at the urging of Church of Scientology staffers who were unlicensed to practice medicine. The staffers were trying to treat fellow church member Lisa McPherson, who was going through a mental breakdown, and Minkoff agreed to make the prescription without having ever seen her.  After 17 days of isolation, the Scientologists looking after McPherson drove her to the hospital where Minkoff worked—foregoing four closer hospitals.  Minkoff pronounced her dead. The state filed two charges against the Church of Scientology over the incident, but dropped them after the medical examiner changed the manner of McPherson’s death from “undetermined” to “accident.” McPherson’s estate would later reach a confidential settlement with the church.

Minkoff is not a frequent donor to political campaigns—his only other contribution is $250 to the Romney 2012 campaign—but was inspired to give to Jolly on five occasions since February 2014, totaling $3,000. Minkoff declined a request for an interview.  Jolly is unwilling to publicly embrace or distance himself from the church. Asked for Jolly’s views on the Church of Scientology, his Senate campaign spokesperson Sarah Bascom declined to address the question except in vaguest terms—or even to use the term “Scientology.”

“Congressman Jolly takes seriously his responsibility to represent all 700,000 of his constituents,” Bascom told The Daily Beast. “As for who chooses to support his campaign, that information is readily available on our campaign reports.” A spokesperson for the Church of Scientology said that the organization’s “longstanding policy” was to avoid participating in politics, and does not support or oppose political candidates. The events that Jolly attended at the “spiritual headquarters” were to support the community, she argued.

“The church and its members are very active in community groups, charities, and efforts aimed at making Clearwater a better place to live for everyone. In this regard, Congressman Jolly has attended two events held at the Church of Scientology,” said church spokesperson Karin Pouw.  “We consider Congressman Jolly’s attendance at these events as showing his support for the specific beneficiaries of the events and for the Clearwater community in general, not as a ‘show of support’ for the Church of Scientology.”

—with additional reporting by Asawin Suebsaeng

Scientology had a plan for Clearwater

Operation Normandy

When Scientology crept into Clearwater, FL during the mid-1970’s under the name “United Churches of Florida,” they had a written plan that called for the complete takeover of the city.  In great detail they laid out step-by-step their scheme to infiltrate city government, the press and the business interests.  All political figures, opinion leaders and local personalities were to be investigated in order find out their interests, background and any damaging skeletons in the closet.  Follow this link and read it for yourself.  When you’re done ask yourself if you still think that Scientology is a religion. 



When Xenuphobic Celebs Speak Out Against The Cult…. Yes, There’s A Dumb Enough Politician (David Jolly, R) Out There Taking Scientology Contributions

More coverage: https://www.scientologybollocks.com/when-xenophobic-celebs-speak-out-against-the-cult-yes-theres-a-dumb-enough-politician-david-jolly-r-out-there-taking-scientology-contributions/

Published in: on October 16, 2015 at 3:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

From the “Encyclopedia of American Loons” #957, David Miscavige


The dictator of Scientology, David Miscavige, has received the dubious honor of being listed in an Encyclopedia of nuts, cranks, pumpnuts, wingnuts, hate-mongers, history and climate deniers as well as the usual young earth creationists and religious zealots.  His entry is amusing if nothing else.  Fish  in a barrel. David Miscavige is the leader of the Church of Scientology, succeeding L. Ron Hubbard upon Hubbard’s death in 1986. Miscavige has a reputation for being an asshole, and has had numerous allegations made against him in court documents and media reports regarding his treatment of staff, including physical assault, coerced abortions, human trafficking and child labor (some recent allegations here). Not that any of those factors, correct or not, would make any difference to whether he counts as a loon – the Narconon alone would suffice aplenty. Miscavige had in fact already assumed much of the control before Hubbard’s demise, instigating a thorough reorganization of the church, starting a large-scale publication program of new versions of Scientology’s books and courses, relaunching The Sea Org, scoring an epic win in 1993 when they reached a settlement with the IRS over the taxes Scientology had been withholding ever since their tax exempt status was revoked in 1967, and beginning its legendary war on all criticism on the Internet (with the usual Streisand effects hot on the heals) and famous defeats.). 

To read the whole story with links go here: http://americanloons.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/957-david-miscavige.html

Published in: on August 28, 2015 at 5:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

2015 so far in the press . . . . A bad year so far for Scientology.


2015 has been one of the worst years on record of the cult of Scientology.  Every week has brought fresh pangs of misery to those who job it is to wait upon David Miscavige, the dictator of Scientology.  Here is some of it:

Year to Date


June only


If you havent’ read Mike Rinder’s Scientolgy blog you don’t know what you are missing.


Published in: on July 5, 2015 at 10:40 am  Leave a Comment  

Scientologist Bob Duggan in Peril, Google to the Rescue!

From Tony Ortega’s Underground Bunker.

Google helps Scientology billionaire Bob Duggan

hide a dark family secret


Recently, we told you that California pharmaceuticals entrepreneur Bob Duggan — a man currently worth 2.3 billion — had, through an agent, complained to Google about a story we wrote about him.

Duggan didn’t complain directly to us, but then he must have known that the facts in the story we wrote are rock solid. We relied on first-hand accounts, court records, and photographic evidence to show that in 2013, at the same time that Duggan and his wife, Trish, were propping up failing Scientology facilities in South Africa with large donations, two of their six adopted children suddenly showed up in that country, and were being cared for by South African Scientology families.

It suggested a bizarre trade deal — Duggan largesse saved Scientology buildings while two of their children were taken off their hands — and yet, despite those bizarre allegations, everything about the story was nailed down tighter than John Travolta’s hairpiece.

We titled it A perplexing tale about Bob Duggan, the richest Scientologist in the world,” and published it on October 15. It proved to be one of our most popular stories of the year, as well as probably the one that took the most work (including long Skype calls to Johannesburg).

It proved so popular, that it soon became the number one result on a Google search of Bob Duggan’s name…

We first noticed that our story was topping Google about the time, in April, that an eagle-eyed reader notified us about the complaint filed by Duggan’s agent, which was memorialized on the Chilling Effects website.

Duggan was clearly unhappy that the most popular online item in the world associated with his name was our story about his strange transfer of his adopted boys to South Africa. But rather than send us a threat letter he instead went straight to Google.

What he did, through his agent, Matt Archambault, was to complain to Google not about the facts in the story, but about the images that we’d used to illustrate it — only two of which he had any ownership claim over. Specifically, Duggan filed a complaint under the DMCA — a “takedown notice” — for six of the images in the story. The first was a headshot of Duggan that came from his own website. Duggan also complained about a photo of his wife Trish that came from her website; a collage of photos from Scientology’s Impact magazine which featured him and Trish accepting trophies from Scientology leader David Miscavige; a photo from Scientology’s website showing the grand opening of the Pretoria Ideal Org in 2013; a photo of Robin Hogarth from Robin’s own Facebook page; and a photo of Robin, his wife Carol, and their (formerly Bob’s) son, from Carol’s Facebook page. In each case, we had been careful to point out in our story where each image had come from, and that in each case the subjects in the photos had posted the items themselves. We wanted readers to know exactly where we had obtained them. (Another photo in the story, showing Carol Hogarth and the blurred-out boy, was taken by Carol’s sister Shelley Ashurst, who gave us the photo with her permission.)

Why did Duggan care that, for example, we’d used a generic promotional photo from the Scientology website about the opening of its Pretoria org? Well, it was pretty obvious to us what he was doing: He wanted Google to punish us for supposed copyright violations by de-indexing our story, making it more difficult for people to find.

We noticed the complaint about ten days after it had been filed. We hoped that was soon enough that our idea for a remedy might be in time — we asked Oregon cartoonist Chad Essley to create illustrations that we could use to replace the photos that Duggan was complaining about. Essley came through quickly, and we thenannounced our clever ploy once we had the new images in place.

Apparently, however, our effort to switch out the images didn’t happen in time, or Google just ignored it, because we noticed this week that our story has indeed been de-indexed and no longer shows up when you search on Bob’s name…

Not only is it no longer a top search result, but even if you search on the words “bob duggan perplexing,” you get an alternative URL to the story and not the original URL it was posted under. As far as we can tell, Google has done its best to bury our story.

On behalf of a billionaire. Who made his kids disappear.

And again, Google did this after we had addressed the issues listed in Bob’s complaint — we had removed the images that Duggan pretended he was concerned about.

Did Google even bother to check whether the images Duggan complained about were still in the piece? Does it matter now? Would they respond to an “appeal” of some sort? Our experts tell us trying to get through to Google and convince it to explain itself is about as quixotic a task as there is in this Internet age.

So we decided rather than go begging to Google we would write this story, and let our readers know what kind of interference the search giant is running for a billionaire like Duggan.

And, if our readers read, link to, tweet, Facebook, and share this story to as many people as they can, it might just rise up on Google’s search results, and help direct people to our original story. At least that’s the theory. We’ll see.

To read the complete story go here:


Published in: on June 13, 2015 at 12:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientology Story #447, Phillip Gale, Why Did He Die?


So why did this brilliant young man die?  Did his involvement in Scientology do him significant damage?  And just what was his connection to the cult of L. Ron Hubbard?  Writer and serious thinker Mark Ebner takes a look at this in his story, “Death of a Nethead.”  

“In 1999, Rolling Stone assigned Hollywood reporter Mark Ebner to the story of Philip Gale, an MIT prodigy born into Scientology who killed himself on the birthday of the cult’s founder. The organization sent Rolling Stone a damning dossier on Ebner and the story was spiked. Ebner says he was told by his assigning editor that Rolling Stone owner Jann Wenner was close to John Travolta, one of the sect’s most prominent Hollywood supporters. Since then, the Church of Scientology has softened in its response to critics; and internet outlets have proven less easily browbeaten. So here—after the jump— is Ebner’s original piece, Death of a Nethead.”


This unfortunate youth did manage an entry into the Wikipedia, too bad he didn’t live, his final entry after a lifetime of work could have been much larger and more positive.


Published in: on June 5, 2015 at 3:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

2014, “Scientology Under Seige.”


2014 Scientology Under Siege

The year 2014 was not a good one for the cult of Scientology. They have been pummeled in the press and cornered in the court room. Mike Rinder, former head of the cult’s OSA Int. has chronicled the failure of the “Ideal Orgs.” as well as the under-handed methods used by Scientology to pry money loose from its shrinking band of members. His blog  is the best of its kind. http://www.mikerindersblog.org/ The question that will be most asked at this time of the year is, “What was the most significant event that took place during the past year?” That is as difficult to answer as it would be to find Shelly Miscavige, the missing wife of Scientology dictator David Miscavige.. After all, there are the empty course rooms to consider, the sale of the future Boston Ideal Org, (premises too SMALL the cult claims,) as well as the moribund condition of the other orgs, especially the one in Pasadena, not to mention demise or rather consolidation, of one of the oldest orgs in the LA area. While the continued demise of Scientology has picked up some speed this past year to my mind the most significant event is the  

Decline and Fall of Narconon

At this moment their flagship facility, Narconon Arrowhead, located in Oklahoma, is on life support, the number of strange deahs at that facility was enough to motivate the state legislature to enact new laws to close the loophole that allowed Narconon to  operate for so many years under the radar.  This once big cash cow of Scientology is now losing tens of thousands of dollars a week. How long this retreat into the red ink will continue is unknown. Sooner or later Scientology will have to pull the plug on this white elephant although there is talk of turning it into a halfway house. How the mighty have fallen.  The suits against Narconon and its Scientology parent organizations hit an all-time high during 2014 with one lawyer alone accounting for some 25 suits. Tony Ortega has kept an eye on this: http://tonyortega.org/2014/12/23/scientologys-2014-in-review-march Finding reasons to sue Narconon has never been hard considering it is all a money-making scam by Scientology whose teachings might drive a person towards drugs but offer only limp Scientology methods to treat addiction, none of which is based on science. The problem has always been finding brave people willing to stand up and tell their story, and of course getting attorneys willing to fight the cult. This has become easier and easier as Scientology has been shown up to be the cowards that they are. The weakness of the cult has extended to their legal arm, for all of their bluster the cult is just another toothless paper tiger. Even more damaging is the suit brought forward by the National Association of Forensic Counselors against the entire Narconon drug facility network, their parent organizations and many individuals for, among other things, copyright infringement. The suit claims that employees of Narconon put false credentials in their offices. Again, Tony Ortega has covered this suit which has the potential to give Scientology another even larger, PR black eye. http://tonyortega.org/2014/05/19/scientologys-drug-rehab-network-sued-for-conspiring-to-misuse-counseling-credentials/ 2014 has seen the continuation of Scientology’s attempt to stamp out dissent by harassing former members.  The wife of Marty Rathbon, Monique, brought suit against the cult for pestering her via their screwball “Squirrel Busters.”  This case is a long way from going before a jury due to the delaying tactics of the cult but enough information comes out now and again to help blacken the cult’s name.  Here is a link to Marty’s blog, as the former Inspector General of Scientology his words carry weight.  http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/ Former Scientology bigwig Mike Rinder takes a sour view of Scientology’s chances for 2015 in his blog.  http://tonyortega.org/2015/01/05/former-spokesman-mike-rinder-describes-scientologys-dismal-options/

UPDATE:   http://narcononreviews.net/narconon-reviews/newly-published-dox-survey-responses-and-pages-oh-my/

2015 Starts

Apocalypse Now

HBO Releases “Going Clear” by Alex Gibney

Based on the book, “Going Clear” by Lawrence Wright.

A media firestorm follows the release of the film at the Sundance Film Frestival.  

Scientology pummeled in the press and thenmakes things a whole lot worse by attacking the attackers.  Here is a small sample of this most recent Scientology mega PR disaster.

Sundance: Scientology Film Subjects Called “Brave,” Get Standing Ovation   The Hollywood Reporter

5 Surprising Revelations From HBO’s New Scientology Documentary ‘Going Clear’   Alternet

5 big revelations in HBO’s new Scientology documentary ‘Going Clear’ Raw Story

Sundance: HBO’s Scientology Exposé Going Clear Is Jaw-Dropping  Vulture 

Scientology Doc ‘Going Clear’ Claims the Church Split Up Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman  The Daily Beast

How did Scientology respond?  The same old way it always does.

Scientology Is Now Trying To Bully Film Critics Over “Going Clear” The Daily Banter

Scientology Drags Out Old Playbook In Response To New Exposé  Addicting Info

Former high-ranking Scientologist Mike Rinder takes a shot at his old boss David Miscavige and his handling of the most recent disaster for Scientology. 

Scientology Cowards


As the dismal year for Scientology got off to a bang writerscontinue to pour gasoline on the flames.


Janet Charlton’s Hollywood.

One of Scientology’s front groups gets caught out.

Parents Outraged After Scientology-Sponsored Group Delivers Anti-Drug Messages At New York City Schools

  IBT News

Published in: on December 27, 2014 at 3:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General, Takes Campaign Money From Scientologists.


Florida Attorney General trains for her new role in carrying water for the cult of Scientology.

Floridians have recently been perplexed with the actions of their State’s Attorney in fighting to ban gay marriage even though the tide of public opinion is flowing against her.  Not only has public opinion changed on this volatile issue the courts have now been ruling time after time to allow gay marriage.  Many question the wisdom, and the expense, of fighting a rearguard action in a lost cause.

While many would condemn her for these futile battles it is possible to understand why she does it.  Maybe she has strict religious motives or, as a political figure she finds it expedient to reflect the values of her party base.  These are rational explanations of her position that we can all understand even if we don’t agree with her.  It is much harder though, to find any rational or moral high ground whatsoever in her accepting campaign donations from Scientologists.  Here is a link to an article on this subject that appeared in The Tampa Bay Times. http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/pam-bondis-clearwater-fundraiser-organized-by-scientologists/2186599 and this one from New Times Blog.  http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2014/07/scientologists_host_pam_bondi_fundraiser_tonight.php

So why get upset about that?  Aren’t people of any religion, even one for tax purposes like Scientology, able to donate to whomever they wish? Yes, certainly.  But such is the tyrannical authority that Scientology holds over its followers that the support for a political candidate, especially when that turns into financial support, would have to come from the highest levels within the group.

So what would Scientology expect to get from supporting a candidate for Attorney General?  The short answer is that Scientology itself, or via one of its many front groups, is always fighting somebody in court.  For a more detailed answer take a look at Scientology and its history.

Before I go any farther I would introduce you to Dr. David Minkoff, a Scientologist and donor to Pam Bondi’s campaign.  He lost his licence to practice medicine for a year due to his role in the death of Lisa McPherson, a fellow Scientologist in Clearwater, FL.


 To learn more about this tragic affair in which a 36-year-old woman died for no good reason other than the crass stupidity and negligence of Scientology follow this link.  http://www.lisamcpherson.org/


Wherever you find Scientology you will also see

Scandals, lawsuits and unexplained deaths. 


Scientology 101 (all hail Xenu)

L. Ron Hubbard.

The dubious prodigy, wives, writing, stolen valor, empire builder and recluse.

Abuse in Scientology

BEYOND BELIEF: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenn Miscavige Hill


Published in: on September 13, 2014 at 11:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

Camilla Andersson, 29 Years in the Sea Org. Ex-Scientologist Story #446.


Camilla Andersson enlisted in the Sea Org when she was only 17 years, she was a second generation Scientologist.  She worked her way to the top of Scientology only to learn the the high you fly in that cult the more severe your punishments will be if you screw up.  Of course that means you.  For one mistake Camilla ended up sleeping for a night in a tree.  Such is the fate of those who find themselves in Hubbard’s dry land navy.  


Want more?  Try this.


Published in: on September 1, 2014 at 7:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

“Hell, it’s extortion,” said the vet. Ex-Scientologist story #445


Lee Shewmaker, 71, is a veterinarian. Originally, he’s from Kentucky, and he speaks with a pleasant twang. He operates his animal clinic in the Florida town of LaBelle, on the Caloosahatchee River, about halfway between Ft. Myers and Lake Okeechobee. Lee serves the local community not only with his clinic, but also with a converted RV so he can take his practice on the road for large animal care.

Like other professionals, he was recruited into Scientology through something called Sterling Management Services. In 1990 he signed up with Sterling to help him manage his business — vets, chiropractors, and dentists are targeted by Sterling, which licenses L. Ron Hubbard’s management “technology” from the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises, WISE, a Scientology front group.

Lee’s short involvement with Sterling (only about six months) led to his becoming a Scientologist at a San Francisco mission, then later the Los Angeles org and ultimately at Scientology’s spiritual mecca in Clearwater, Florida.

Lee estimates that he gave Scientology half a million dollars over his career.  “I spent too damn much money. I borrowed a bunch of money and gave it to Scientology for my Bridge, and it was too much,” he says.

Like other Scientologists, he was encouraged to spend increasing amounts for services as he went step by step up Hubbard’s “Bridge to Total Freedom.” He was also encouraged to give donations for various church causes, including the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) which acts as Scientology’s legal defense fund. He was also hit up to pay for copies of Hubbard’s pamphlet The Way to Happiness to be distributed to the public, along with Scientology’s various building schemes.

But when the economy went sour, Lee realized that he needed to scale back, and fast.  “Four or five years ago, I was telling them, hey, I’m in trouble.”

Lee says he had put too much money into Scientology while his business was experiencing a downturn. The combination had the potential to put him underwater. But when he tried to explain why he couldn’t make more donations or spend more on courses, he says the church reacted with threats.  “Of course they kept threatening to send me to ethics. Hell, it’s extortion,” he says. “They withhold services unless you give them more money. They want you to donate to the IAS, The Way to Happiness, and a lot more.”

Over his lengthy career in the church, Lee had progressed into the upper level teachings of Scientology, reaching Operating Thetan Level 7 — just one below the highest spot on the Bridge, OT 8. But as we’ve documented previously, many Scientologists get stuck on OT 7, sometimes for years. And every six months while they’re “on the level,” as they say, they are required to go to Flag (the ‘mecca’ in Clearwater) for interrogations and other expensive services. Often, however, when members go to Flag, they find themselves stuck in “ethics” investigations that can take weeks and cost huge amounts without making progress on the Bridge.

Lee made his most recent trip to Flag for the New Year’s Eve event four months ago, a lavish affair which featured Scientology leader David Miscavige giving a two-hour presentation about the church’s successes in 2013.  “It was a big deal, man. But I’ve always felt it was a big hoax. They talk about all this good they’re doing, but you don’t see it anywhere else. You don’t see it in the newspapers. You don’t see it on the TV news. You only see what their camera crews are putting on. Because all they get is bad press,” Lee says.

While he was there, Lee stuck around for his OT 7 semi-annual update.

“I went for my refresher. They kept me in ethics forever and ever. I told them, hey, I have to go home.”

Not only had he been away too long from his business, but he’d also, once again, been talked into spending a large amount of money. This time, he was convinced to spend $5,000 on a new Mark Ultra VIII E-meter — the new machine that Miscavige wants every member to purchase for the new “Golden Age of Tech Phase II” technology update which he released in November.

Tired of being held up without progress on his OT levels, Lee decided to return home.  “I told them I’d be back in a month or so. But I’m not going back,” he says.  Besides his disaffection with Miscavige, Lee has more immediate concerns at home. With his business doing about half of what it was five years ago, Lee recently decided he needed to seek protection in court.  “I had to file bankruptcy. I got foreclosed on.” He has submitted a payment plan to the court to get him debt-free in five years while he carries on with his business. “The bank’s fighting it, but so far it’s working,” he says.

Then, two weeks ago, he got a surprise visit. It was a couple of ethics officers from Flag, who showed up at his house and demanded that Lee turn over the E-meter he had bought just a few months before. They handed him a check for the full amount he’d paid — a little over $5,000 — and took the machine away with them.  Had the church somehow heard that he’d decided not to go back?

“I think they were more concerned about the bankruptcy,” Lee says. “What they’re scared of is the bank might come after them.”

With so much of his money in the church, he explains, his creditors might go after Scientology to get their money back. He figures that’s why Scientology is so ready to cut off ties with him, and sent out two Masters-At-Arms to retrieve his E-meter.  Looking back, Lee talked about the good things he says he took from Scientology, and other things that have long bothered him.  “I’ve had a lot of wins. I probably wouldn’t be around here if it weren’t for my being in Scientology,” he says. But those “wins,” he points out, tended to come during the initial, low-level Scientology courses.

“I think they’re a bunch of fucking crooks. Especially after I got into the upper levels. It wasn’t like this when i was in the lower levels. Yeah, they did a lot of regging [fundraising], but not for the IAS. That’s really increased in the last two or three years. I’m tired of that shit,” he says.

He’s also left with a bitter taste in regards to his children. Neither of them are church members, but Lee says his son, J.L., went through a traumatizing incident in the Caribbean.

“I took my son to the ship when he was 15 years old,” he says, referring to the Freewinds, Scientology’s private cruise ship. “They talked him into a basic study course.”  But when they tried to leave, J.L. was held against his will — ostensibly for missing a few questions on his course.  “My son hates Scientology,” Lee says.  And as for his daughter, Bridgitte?  “They talked me into firing my daughter. They said she was suppressive.”

Today, Lee regrets listening to Scientology and firing his daughter because she was “suppressive” (had negative intentions toward Scientology). But things turned out well — Bridgitte works for another veterinarian firm, and D.L. works for the state’s animal control division. Lee says his wife has never been involved in Scientology. “She went with me to the New Year’s Even event, and hated it,” he says.  He admits that it was difficult for him to be the only dedicated Scientologist in the family. But now, that makes it easier for him to leave.

Recently, Lee reached out to Karen de la Carriere, hoping to find information about how to continue his studies outside the church, as an independent Scientologist.  He still has affinity for L. Ron Hubbard and the ideas underlying Scientology. But as for Miscavige?

“I think he’s a damn criminal,” Lee says. “All he’s worried about is the money.”

 This was taken from Tony Ortega’s blog and can be read by going here:  http://tonyortega.org/2014/05/01/scientologys-e-meter-police-and-the-horse-doctor-of-labelle-florida/

Here is something on the subject of David Miscavige.



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