Archive for the ‘Scientology Policies’ category

Scientology Breaks Up David Miscavige’s Family

January 25, 2008

Just as Scientologist PR person Pat Harney appears on the radio to brag about Scientology bringing families together, we get news that David Miscavige’s own niece is saying otherwise.

Dear Karin [Pouw, spokesperson for official Scientology] ,

I could not resist the opportunity to write you this letter having read your official rebuttal regarding the Tom Cruise biography. I have been involved in the Church of Scientology since birth. David Miscavige as you well know is my father’s brother, making him my uncle. In fact you and I actually know each other although not very well.

I cannot comment on your responses regarding the personal life of Tom Cruise because I know nothing about this, but I am absolutely shocked at how vehemently you insist upon not only denying the truths that have been stated about the Church in that biography, but then take it a step further and tell outright lies.

You go so far as to state:

7. Does Scientology encourage their members not to speak to their family if they don’t support the religion?

This allegation is not only false, it is the opposite of what the Church believes and practices. -Karin Pouw

As you well know, my parents officially left the Church when I was 16 in 2000. I, having been separated from them at the age of 12 and thoroughly engulfed in the beliefs of the Church since birth decided not to go with them.

Not only was I not allowed to speak to them, I was not allowed to answer a phone for well over a year, in case it was them calling me.

To give exact specifics, this “law” was enforced ruthlessly by one Tracye Danilovoch – the local representative for the Religious Technology Center – who intercepted all letters from my parents (and my friends). She would then pass them on to Marc Rathbun (the then 2nd in command of the Church) and Mike Rinder – who happens to be the former head of YOUR office – “The Office of Special Affairs” (you can thank me later for not elaborating on this one).  Only after they had seen the letters and decided it was ok for me to see them would I receive some of them while sitting in a board room while they watched me read them and asked me to comment on them.

I was allowed to visit my parents from the age of 16-22, once a year for a maximum of 3-4 days, but that was only after they (my parents) threatened legal action if the Church got in the way of this and even then only after I underwent a “Security Check Confessional” before I saw them and immediately after I came back. A security check is interrogation (usually about if I intend on leaving the Church, or finding out if my parents have said anything bad about the Church, etc.) while being attached to an electrophsychometer which is similar to a lie detector. This happened every single time I saw then (which was never more than 3 or 4 days a year).

For a more recent example of families being destroyed, My Aunt Jennifer Pantermeuhl has recently contacted my parents and let them know that she can no longer speak to them or be in contact with them because they speak to and live near, my other Aunt Sarah Mortland.

Sarah is my mom’s and Jennifer’s sister. This is because Sarah is not in favor with the Church. Jennifer also contacted my brother Sterling as well as the rest of the family for the same reason most of whom had to lie to her and said they weren’t talking to Sarah for fear of getting found out about.

Another good example would be when my other brother, Justin, was in Florida a few years ago and was on his way to visit our Aunt Denise Gentile (our father’s sister and David Miscavige’s twin) with his girlfriend. Denise abruptly canceled while they were on their way over because the Church would not approve – because he was an ex-member. Not to mention the fact that Kirsten Caetano (a member of the Church’s Office of Special Affairs – the very same organization you belong to) was contacting Justin several times when he was in Florida working, telling him that he needed to leave the state because he is an ex-member and his presence at the “mecca of Scientology” was disturbing to the church. Kristen has admitted to my face that she did this when I confronted her and even went so far as to admit that she lied to my brother after denying the incident. This is the least of what Kirsten Caetano has done!

You cite this quote from L.Ron Hubbard about what the Church believes with regards to families…. . yes we know what the Church claims to “believe” and has written in its policies! – BUT do they practice that? Absolutely not!

I can name at least 5 friends off the top of my head who’s family members are not allowed to speak to them without being themselves ousted from the Church and prevented from communicating with other members of their family and even their children still involved in the Church lest THEY too be ousted! They cant speak to their children because they have left the Church on their own determinism. This is a widespread practice and if you dare deny it I have a list of all of there names together-these people’s families are crying every day because they can’t speak to their children who did nothing but leave the Church of their own free will.

If I am in fact wrong and you want to prove me as such, then allow me and my family to be in contact with our family members that are still part of the Church such as my Grandpa, Ron Miscavige, and his wife, Becky. Allow the same of my friends. And don’t even start with the, “it’s their choice all along story…” -nobody is going to buy that, there are way too many destroyed families for that to be true.

I am tempted to take up many of the other accusations you categorically deny in your novel, but for the purpose of keeping this letter readable and focused on the most important part (family) I will resist.

I will suggest however that maybe you should spend the manpower and time of drafting your masterpiece rebuttal – why don’t you take the high road for once and put that time towards repairing the families you have destroyed, starting with the family of David Miscavige himself – hell, if Scientology can’t keep his family together – then why on earth should anyone believe the Church helps bring families together!

Best,

Jenna Miscavige Hill

Just as L. Ron Hubbard’s family was rocked with turmoil, so it seems is Miscavige’s.

Bill Press Radio Show on Cruise Video

January 19, 2008

ORIGINAL BROADCAST DATE: Friday January 18, 2008

Bill Press speaks with Rick Ross about Scientology and Tom Cruise.

Download the mp3

Contractor Demands Payment

December 22, 2007

ORIGINAL BROADCAST DATE: October 25, 2007

I don’t stop over at the Operation Clambake message board too often but a few days back I saw a thread with a link to an interesting video from Detroit. I’ve captured the video and have it here for your enjoyment.

Barb had some good comments to make on the Scientology policies which keep businesses wondering as to when they’ll be paid.

“Good luck on collecting. This HCOB suggests Mr. Wecker might have to wait a long time to get paid. Hubbard wrote that the church was to use a ‘Dateline Paying’ method of paying bills, which means a date in the past is selected according to how much money the department has, and then any bills due past that date are paid.” – Barb

FROM THE GREEN VOLS

“Tell Accounts, ‘Give me every bill we owe prior to August (three months ago).’ Add these up. Let’s say the amount exceeds our cash. Cut it back one month. Order ‘Write cheques for every bill up to July 1.’ (That’s four months back.) That we can cover fully with cash.” (HCOPL of 28 January 1965, “How to Maintain Credit Standing & Solvency“)

If important bills are overdue and threats are coming in, “Still try to use the above system. But if you can’t, pay it and retard other bills accordingly. And thereafter, don’t pay that outfit’s bill on any other terms than threatened trouble… Be very proud and haughty about bills. NEVER propitiate.” (HCOPL of 28 January 1965, “How to Maintain Credit Standing & Solvency“)

In the case of a tradesman demanding for a bill only slightly overdue you will usually find they have done poor work or slow work if you’re at all solvent and paying your bills. Don’t say ‘We’re too poor and we can only send you a little but we will try.’ Say properly ‘I don’t see that your bill is much overdue. It takes a bit of time to pay a bill you know. I will check over your account and see if it is all right.

And by the way, people who dun us either have insufficient finance to handle our business or something is wrong with their bill. I am setting your bill aside for audit and if you call again about it, we will sever the account.” (HCOPL of 28 March 1965, “Emergencies and Accounts Personnel”)

“Disbursement NEVER pays from a received bill alone. All bills received are first filed in the Disbursement files. Then the file is reviewed as a whole when the time comes to pay bills. It is forbidden to short circuit this line and pay bills just as they drop into the In basket. They are filed. Then all files are reviewed once a month, summated and the result entered in a statement sheet in the file folder and on a Bills Summary Sheet…. when thereafter requested to do so, the Disbursement Section makes out the cheques as indicated or readies the cash.” (HCOPL of 6 May 1964, “Accounts Policies”)

Thanks to Barb for digging up the policy letters, Navy for posting Barb’s comments and SomebodyElse for starting the thread about the video.

Barb’s book and online store.

What Are Your Crimes?

November 22, 2007

I got home tonight and got another e-mail asking why Scientology says critics are criminals.  In doing a quick google to find the Scientology policy, I clicked on a site that mentioned me by name.

Q: Mark Bunker ran into [this] aggressive questioning when he was armed only with his camera and tried to do a documentary on a July 4th Scientology street fair. He was asked what his crimes were and was accused of beating his wife and being a child molester by 3 scientologists.Do Scientologists actually believe that anyone who criticizes the Church must be guilty of molesting children, spousal abuse or some equally horrible criminal act? Why is it that Scientologists accuse there critics of such horrible things?

A: First, Scientologists do not respond this way to critics as a rule.  I never have.   Mark Bunker is not just some guy with a camera.  He is a leading and pro-active member of at least two groups dedicated to doing harm to Scientology and blackening our reputation to the maximum extent possible.  He has been and may still be on the payroll of the most rabid recent attacker of our church around today.  He explicitly, for money, plots and deliberately provokes trouble and then claims he was totally innocent.  Judging by his actions, it would be his aim to eradicate the church by any means at his disposal.  So, yeah, Scientologists may have challenged him verbally.  As he is/was paid to cause trouble, I wouldn’t put too much stock in his version of events.

This is on a site moderated by a Scientologist.  I sent a response but since they control what gets posted, I thought my response might never show up online so I am going to archive it here.

Well, I was out for an internet stroll and found my name invoked here.  To set the record straight, I do not “plot” or “provoke” incidents involving Scientologists.

My videos are available for everyone to see at my website and on such popular spots as YouTube.

I am opposed to the fraud and abuse in Scientology and speak out about that.  For this, I am labeled a criminal by your group.

Why?  Because L. Ron Hubbard explicitly wrote that anyone who criticizes Scientology is a criminal.   He ordered your group to investigate critics and promised they would find “blood, sex crimes” that could quickly be used to “shudder them into silence.”

Why didn’t you simply answer the initial question with Hubbard’s own policy on the subject?  Go to Source for the correct data:

http://www.clambake.org/archive/books/bfm/makeitro.htm

I eagerly await your response.  I trust you will post my message and not break this comm cycle.  Scientology is about communication, after all.

 

Incidentally, I found it quite remarkable that a search for “What are Your Crimes?” brings up a ton of material on Scientology.   I mean, really…you don’t even have to put the group’s name in the search.  It should be their slogan instead of the ironic, “Think For Yourself.”