“They must find it difficult, those that take authority as truth, instead of truth as the authority”
-Gerald Massey, Egyptologist..
I got in Scientology in 1976 and by then Ron was no longer appearing in public, but he was still in command and in communication with the public. I saw the evolution of the Church until 1997 when I finally left. This is my take on what really happened with the Church and LRH. This is what I saw and some of what I learned later.
.Here I am on course on September 1977 at the American Saint Hill Organization, Los Angeles.
When Ron wrote Dianetics Modern Science of Mental Health in 1950, no one could really write a self help book like nowadays. It had to be written by a psychologist, a psychiatrist or perhaps by a minister of a Church. And, the average person could not give counseling unless he was trained at a university and properly licensed.
But in today’s society we now have gurus, Life Coaches, New Age Practitioners, counselors, ‘facilitators’ and many others that come by different names. In the present, pretty much anybody can invent a processes, write a book or start a practice, even if they had not been ‘recognized’ as such by an authority or a college degree. Actually, most of these New Age practices are derivations of Scientology, like Avatar, Landmark Forum and others.
But for Ron, those were different times as ‘Auditors’ had no license to practice as counselors. So LRH decided to make Scientology a religion or religious philosophy and Dianetics his science. Many people left when that happened. Nevertheless, the IRS still wanted him to pay taxes and of course, like everyone else, Hubbard wanted nothing to do with them.
Scientology’s purpose is to achieve higher spiritual and ethical levels. True, Ron was really ahead of his time with his new ideas as they simplified the application of many philosophies and thinkers that came before him. He also acknowledged that his writings were based on thousands of years of wisdom from past philosophers and scientists.
However, the IRS did not recognize Scientology as a religion and Hubbard HAD to pay taxes or else. This became a problem and he went into hiding. In the meantime, Mary Sue (his wife) had gone to jail for many years. Because of these factors, Mary Sue and Ron where separated for many years and its been said that they where unable to even communicate with each other.
When Ron died in 1986, the management of Scientology announced it at the Hollywood Palladium. Unfortunately I could not attend the ceremony. However, I later watched the video where Earle C. Cooley, (the lawyer that was present at Ron’s death) Pat Broeker and others misrepresent the truth to the public. They told everyone that LRH had “causatively left his body to go onto research advanced OT levels, which required that he be unencumbered of his earthly form”.
Here is an old picture of the attorney who helped David Miscavige take over. I learned he had died recently from a passionate eulogy presented on Marty Rathbun blog where he called him a hero of all things. On the contrary, the man was considered by many as a criminal.
( See the LRH’s Coroner’s report) http://www.xenu.net/archive/hubbardcoroner/
The problem with Hubbard “causatively leaving the body” is, that he never left a message, written or taped, or even a journal speaking of it to the public. We also never had a official Power Change Formula from him.
This outpoint alone is directly contrary to the basics of the Ethics Conditions that Hubbard himself pioneered. The book Introduction to Scientology Ethics includes;
“Correctly applying the condition of power change makes it possible for a person to successfully take over a job his predecessor left behind”
If the above statment of Ron “causatively leaving the body” and turning over his post is true. One would think that his life’s work would have been important enough for him to have included such a thing. Not only did he consider this topic important enough to write about in general, but as well to include in the Ethics conditions (as it is such) with the “Power Change Violation Repair Formula” as well.
Knowing that this repair formula would be rather dificult to do once body death has passed, one would believe that Ron being a detailed man, would have certainly accounted for it before hand. Again, that is if the statment “causatively leaving the body” were to be true.
This bothered me for a long time, but it was not feasible to know the truth. In those days there was no internet and unless you challenged the new Scientology authorities, there was no way to know what had really happened.
The only message Ron allegedly left, was a document dated 15 May, 1983, in which he acknowledges David Miscavige as “his trusted associate.” In this document it also claims Ron stating, “the charges that he is organizing the theft of my assets are completely false…” At that time the public had yet to even hear of such charges, let alone a situation important enough to prompt a handling for them from Ron himself. I guess it was the internal politics of, “just in case”.
Here is a copy of one page the document
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On the next page one can see Ron’s signature. However, the document was not released as a Policy letter or Executive Directive as customary in the Church but is actually on numbered paper normally reserved for legal documents. This being so, is NOT notarized and there are NO signatures of any witnesses as would be expected with such. To me, not only is this document then neither a “standard legal document” nor is it a customary Church document.
Finally if one looks closely, LRH’s signature looks remarkably different from his signature on prior documentation, well as the Ron’s famous hallmark initials that we have seen over the decades. As for the finger prints… sadly enough, one not need be alive to make a finger print.
Here is Ron’s signature we all grew to know. According to Jesse Prince, Norman Starkey forged his signature. Others have commented as well that David Miscavige and others used to brag on how well they could forging Ron’s signature from the “You can always write to Ron” letter line of the early years.
You do not have to be an expert to compare both signatures and see the difference.
David Miscavige and ‘his execs’ took charge of the Church of Scientology in the 80’s. The first thing they did was to dismantle the Mission Network. This act alone was in direct conflict with Ron’s directives of making Auditors and expanding the availability of Scientology and more aligned with shrinking the expansion to manageability of control.
This started with the now infamous “Mission Holders Conference”, where ALL mission holders where ordered to attend. Once in the venue and assembled, Sea Org “guards” and staff promptly locked all the exits behind them.The rest of the story is available at length here, though validating the information for yourself must remain your own responsibility.
After that evening almost all of the missions from all over the world suddenly folded and closed their doors.
Second in command then was Marty Rathbun, along with Mike Rinder. There were other execs such as Larry Brennan, Jeff Hawkins, Guillaume Lesevre, Ray Mithoff, Marc Yaeger, Jesse Prince, etc. These people at the time were the front line protectors of the Church and intrusted most with the implementation of KSW. So, why did they all fail?
Who helped David Miscavige come to power?
I don’t know for sure. But, one thing I do know for sure is that L. Ron Hubbard or David Miscavige alone did not destroy Scientology. On the contrary, this was a tight knit group headed by Miscavige after Ron’s death and all of the execs were very compliant to Miscavige’s orders. They did whatever they had to do to stay in his good graces and to keep him at the top. How did David Miscavige become COB?
All of the above mentioned executives as far as I am concerned were not applying the Tech at all. These being the very principles that attracted myself and others to Scientology to begin with.
What is “Greatness, Granting Beingness, Pan-determinism, Personal Integrity, What is true for you” and other similar values suddenly all disappeared. In it’s place a dictatorial “have to do what we say or else” came into place and the environment instantly fell to danger and fear.
Free thinking was no longer allowed by the new Miscavige regime.
Most of those execs stayed for more than 20 years and supported Miscavige’s ‘reign of terror’. Apparently they were all a part of it through willfully perpetrating crimes against humanity by the damage they created worldwide.
Not only did they harm Scientology, the most grave Suppressive Act considerable by Church Ethics through limiting it’s reach and application, bringing a bad reputation to the subject, holding the Church in harms way and “squirreling” the technology to a point of unworkability, etc.
Individually people lost their money, economic security, their youth was wasted, they lost their Families, Mothers, Fathers, Children and Siblings.
They lost their freedom and some even lost their lives.
Some of these so called, ‘execs’ finally left and are now speaking out and publishing books with their stories. It is clear that their policy of “anything-goes” was forcefully applied to make money and to stay in power without care or consideration at all about the damage they caused to the Church, the subject of Scientology and to people from all over the world.
Here are the main violators of this regime attack on lives and human rights:
In the meantime while all the above had occurred, apparently the IRS had agreed to recognize Scientology as a religion.
Marty Rathbun was told that if Hubbard paid $12.5 million dollars of back taxes, Hubbard could come out and take charge of the church again.
Not only that, but the CofS would have tax free status as a religion.
According to insiders, David Miscavige did not want to pay the I.R.S. and have Hubbard take publicly viable charge of the Church again. This would have eliminated the need for a “via” of Ron’s orders due to being in hiding and thus the ability to subjugate control from him.
Miscavige instead decided he liked being on the top. Eventually the CST (Church of Spiritual Technology) was created with a controlling board of lawyers and others who were not even Scientologists.
The head of CST at its time of conception was Meade Emory. Mr. Emory also held the position of Assistant to Commissioner of IRS!? The Church was now being run not by dedicated clears and OT’s but by ‘wogs’ and I.R.S Officers!
Here is the “Tax crud” Meade Emory
Founder of the “Church of Spiritual Technology“
Here is the link with all of the LEGAL documentation and names. You’ll be surprised at this information. Best link of them all.
Per the above link, after they got rid of Hubbard, they now needed to get rid of Mary Sue Hubbard and her children as well. According to many witnesses this is what happened.
“Miscavige had Mary Sue Hubbard under “house arrest” in Los Feliz in LA. near the complex. She had two Sea Org members living with her and they went with her everywhere and reported daily to Miscavige what she did every day.”
“Soon after LRH’s death, Miscavige takes Jesse Prince and over a dozen other Sea Org execs and invade the house of Mary Sue Hubbard…
She was recovering from lung cancer surgery and was in a wheelchair at the time…
Under duress, MSH made an agreement to waive her rights to her community share of the Estate of LRH…
This is how Miscavige swindled Hubbard’s heirs out of an inheritance worth 400 million.”
Here is an article from the St Petersbug Times that Miscavige, Marty and Rinder wish they could make it disappear.
Some of the purported Sea Org members who invaded MSH house and yelled at her until she signed the documents renouncing her legal rights to the intellectual properties of Scientology are listed as…
Here is Marty’s version of what had happened at MSH’s house. It looks different than the one in the link above and the “historically accepted” version repeated through the years.
There are many witnesses who have stated that Marty Rathbun was an accessory to the take over of the Church from Mary Sue Hubbard and her family.
Allegedly after the take over, Marty and his wife Ann, Mike Rinder and his wife Cathy, as well as the other executives and their wives, all received a salary of $ 120,000 dollars annually… EACH!
That meant each ‘exec couple’ made $220,000 dollars total a year. Plus all expenses paid, first class flights, expensive suits, dinners at the best restaurants, fancy accommodations, etc.
All while the rest of the SO staff were eating rice and beans and sleeping in over crowded berthing facilities. Some as much as ten to a room.
Here are the ex-wives of those ex-executives. They are now dissing their ex-husbands on TV and calling them losers.
From left to right, Catherine Bernardini-Rinder, Katherine Fraser-Hawkins, Annie Joasem-Rathbun and with the glasses; Jenny Linson-De Voght.
When Mary Sue Hubbard died there was no eulogy from the Church for the founder’s honored and dearly loved wife. No announcements, acknowledgment or even “Historical Mention” made. Instead they treated it as if she had never existed. Mary Sue and her children were completely erased from Ron’s family album and history of the church. Miscavige and his team made sure of that.
After the ‘golden team’ got rid of LRH and MSH. Now David Miscavige, Marty Rathbun, Mike Rinder, Greg Wilhere, Ronnie Miscavige, Ray Mithoff and others could be the top honchos of the ‘Authorized’ Organization of Scientology. They alone were now “Upper Management” and the end of Scientology as the world had known it had began. Perhaps it began before, but to me, that is where it all started.
For myself, I wanted to continue auditing, but many auditors and critics of Scientology had been raided by the police, which were allegedly ordered by Marty Rathbun.
The Independent Scientologists already had a group in 1982 and they had formal organizations and were delivering auditing.
Marty is NOT the first indie group. Actually, he harassed those original independents and anyone else who dared to practice or criticize the Scientology religion outside of the ‘upper management’ control.
Here is Dennis Erlich one of the people that were raided by the police. Warren McShane a high exec of the Chruch had ordered it. Dennis lost his house as a result of these operations.
Just recently I have been reading Janet Reitman book, ‘Inside Scientology’. I would like to quote her here for those who have not read it. If you read her book you will be shocked. It is very ‘enlightening’ as to ‘who is who’ in the crimes of Scientology.
First of all, on page 153 she describes an accounts of how Miscavige and Rathbun stole the secret materials and personal effects of Ron Hubbard from Pat Broeker, who had been very close to Ron and was supposed to succeed him upon his death.
These so called “OT execs” behaved like thugs in old Chicago and were willing to steal, cheat, maim, lie and more for power. In that page she also mentions that According to Marty Rathbun, “there are no OT 9 and 10, let alone anything higher…” More from Marty’s own blog:
“When the folders turned out to contain no holy grail, Broeker then said he had other LRH writings that constituted the keys to OT IX and X.
Another raid ensued – in which I coordinated a squad of armed outside security personnel to secure the premises”.
What does this mean? Was Marty willing to order his armed squad to shoot and murder Pat Broeker?
Marty made these claims on his blog, yet, for more than 20 years Marty and Miscavige led people to believe that there were more OT levels that would be released if Orgs became St Hill Size.
Wow! That meant n-e-v-e-r!
And, to do this they would have to gain and flow LOTS of money and assets to upper management as a result in the process whether they made it or not.
Here is a picture of St Hill I took in my last visit to England.
As it turned out, Marty knew for 20 years that the OT levels 9-15 did not exist at all!
Yet, they all played the game of telling the public and staff to go for “St Hill size” in order to deliver the rest of the OT levels.
All the while knowing full well they could not do it. Nevertheless, naturally they were selling them!
All these years of lies to the whole world!
And, some even paid in advance for those levels at the cost of a ton of money at that! Here is an old invoice for advance payment for OT IX and X.
People were being regged over $18,000.00 dollars for services that did NOT exist!!
Per Marty’s own words, he destroyed the evidence on the Lisa MacPherson case that could possibly have landed David Miscavige in jail, yet he protected him from the law.
Marty Rathbun was an accessory to the dismantling and prosecuting of many auditors, Missions, staff members and the very first Independent Scientologists.
Marty also labelled Freezoners, as ‘squirrels’; yet he now calls his own group; “Independents, part of the Freezone” !?
He has been adjudicated as the person who has gotten a lot of people out of Scientology, however, to me, until Anon came and organized world wide demonstrations against Scientology, there was no way to be able to communicate and do something about it and thanks to them, long before Marty, many more walked out to freedom and spoke out.
There is a lot more to say with names and events that could be mentioned but I just wanted to share this information in a nutshell. It is up to you, our readers, to create your own conclusions and gather further information from this point on.
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“Once a religion starts ordering you around, it is no longer a religion, it is a cult”
-Aida Thomas, Class VIII Auditor
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