‘If you tell the truth, it becomes a part of your past. If you lie, it becomes a part of your future.’ – origin unknown
Three and one half years ago after and because of the Tampa Times original Truth Rundown series, the BBC launched an investigation. In response David Miscavige spent a year and millions of dollars attempting to discredit and attack the Truth Rundown witnesses and intimidate the BBC into silence. Miscavige rejected my repeated, public advice that ‘If you tell the truth, it becomes a part of your past. If you lie, it becomes a part of your future.’ Notwithstanding, Miscavige no doubt congratulated himself for having had a significant in terrorem editing effect upon the BBC. Reporter John Sweeney and his producer were apologetic after their one-hour documentary aired. Too much of the truth they had recorded, and intended to report, fell to the editing room floor at the over-the-top, threatening insistence of David Miscavige’s Scientology Inc. attack dogs.
The result was that John Sweeney decided to set out upon his own to write a book reporting on all that Miscavige had succeeded in backing the BBC off from reporting. While I have yet to read the book, per Tony Ortega’s account, it contains nothing that has not already been reported upon on this blog. However, it is international news once again. Why? Because, ‘If you tell the truth, it becomes a part of your past. If you lie, it becomes a part of your future.’ And, if you threaten and bully in order to perpetuate the lie, it can become an explosive part of your future.