Ex-Scientologist story #205, Head of International Fiance Police.

If you were a Scientology mission holder, in other words owned a franchise, in the years 1982-83 you would have hated, loathed and feared Don Larson.  He was head of one of the more bizarre entities ever to surface in this ruthless cult.  He was in charge of the International Finance Police.

Hubbard had many dislikes, hatreds and pet peeves.  One thing near to the top of this list was a dislike of anyone making money off of his pet creation but himself.  His bank account, as amply demonstrated over the years, was far more important to him than business partners, underlings or even close friends. 

Some of the mission holders had accumulated substantial wealth, wealth that Hubbard felt belonged to him.  At this time he was in hiding but he nonetheless found proxies to act for him.  To make a long story short he plundered these franchise holders and took every cent he could lay his hands on.  No matter that he forever wreaked the mission system, a fact with dire consequences in the subsequent decline in Scientology.

For many Scientologist this was their first encounter with David Miscavige, a man who had risen high in Hubbard’s estimation.  Hubbard wanted a man without a conscience; he found him.

Between June of 1982 and March of 1983, I was head of the International Finance Police (IFP) of the Church of Scientology.

During the period I was head of the International Finance Police, the top executives of Scientology were enraged at the Mission holders for embarrassing them by airing their grievances. In response, IFP was directed to extort money from the Missions by threatening them with the fair game policy if they failed to satisfy the demands for money. I participated in making the threats, as did my deputies.

To a Scientologist, the threat of being declared a suppressive person and subjected to the fair game policy Is nothing short of extortion since it brings with it the possibility of harassment, being sued in multiple lawsuits, undermining your reputation in the community and destroying one’s business and/or personal life.

In addition to extortion, physical violence was also used to collect “fines” and to coerce “cooperation” from the Missions. I committed acts of violence for that purpose.

One of the resulting examples of Mission holder “cooperation” was their agreement to adopt new Articles and Bylaws under threat of the fair game policy.  -Taken from a declaration that can be read at: http://www.xenutv.com/blog/?p=2443

Then International Finance Police Ethics Officer Don Larson walked in and started berating Valerie. He screamed abuse at her, and ordered his underlings to remove Manfred Stansfield, who refused to leave. Larson accused them both of “squirreling,” and told Manfred he was Suppressive. Manfred returned the insult, to which Larson replied “You’re a fucking SP [Suppressive]. Get out.”  –Taken from Chapter Seven, A piece of Blue Sky: Scientology, Dianetics and L. Ron Hubbard Exposed, by Jon Atack.  http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Library/Shelf/atack/bs7-2.htm

Published in: on June 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm  Leave a Comment