Vicki Aznaran joined Scientology in 1972 and by the time she left in 1987 she had risen to the rank of Inspector General. During her sojourn in the cult she saw and participated in many curious and sometimes illegal, activities. In this affidavit that was entered during the Fishman case she tells of the corporate shell game of Scientology whereby they try to confuse and obstruct legal actions by their enemies. Also the systematic destruction of any and all documents that could be used in court cases. One such incidence was in the case of Gerry Armstrong, another was the Larry Wollersheim suit. In each case records were purged of anything that could be used against them.
Of particular interest in the allegations of David Miscavige beating on his staff. This statement is from 1994. Since that time others, notably Mike Rinder and Marty Rathbun, have come forward with similar claims.
Contrary to the claims in his February 4, 1994, declaration Miscavige has struck staff members when they do things he dislikes.
In 1981, I witnessed him hitting John Axel, a Sea Org member in the mouth in 1982. Miscavige had two other tall male staff members to back him up when he hit John Axel. This despite the fact that John Axel is a fairly small and very mild-mannered individual. Miscavige also does such things as set up photos of staff members who have fallen into disregard and use them as
targets for pistol shooting. I witnessed him doing this with the Golden Era Musicians, of which Fernando Gamboa was one of his targets.
Efforts were made at one point, after Hubbard went into hiding from lawyers representing former Scientologist and the IRS, to remove all traces of Hubbard from still being in active control of the organization. Scientologist were told the shore story that he had retired to do research.
In later 1979 and early 1980, there was a massive document destruction program undertaken to destroy any evidence showing that L. Ron Hubbard (“LRH”) controlled Scientology. I participated in this activity in Clearwater, Florida and am informed that there was also intensive document destruction at facilities in Gilman Hot Springs, California. From at least that point onward there was a continuous effort to hide or destroy any evidence of Hubbard’s control. For example, during an IRS
investigation in 1984 and 1985, while in bed with pneumonia, I was ordered out of bed by Norman Starkey, who told me that they had received a tip from a Los Angeles police officer advising
them of a pending IRS raid in Los Angeles. Mr. Starkey ordered me to go to a computer facility and ensure that all information on the computers in Los Angeles that might show Hubbard’s involvement and control of Scientology’s money was destroyed except for one copy of each document.
As a statement on its own this affidavit would be merely interesting. Taken with corroborating evidence of others who were also in a position to know what went on at the top it is damning.
To read the full statement go here: http://www.lisamcpherson.org/cos/ftp/aznaran.txt