Some of you old timers might recall the early eighties when Wendell Reynolds lead a group of Gestapo-like storm troopers called the International Finance Police. They used to storm into Missions and even private businesses running a literal protection racket. A protection racket for those not familiar with the history of the mafia is simply this: a) the mafia walks into your establishment and ask if you want to pay a fee to protect your business, b) the shop owner says “protection from what”? c) the thugs beat the hell out of the shopkeeper and empty his register and say, “from that.” To those who received the Reynolds Finance Police treatment this will no doubt sound familiar. Well, when the Finance Police had collected many millions of dollars, leaving a number of broken Missions and businesses behind and enough people were ruined to the point of having nothing to lose and so raised a huge enough stink, and after society in the form of the media had to step in to put ethics in, suddenly Reynolds was gone for several months (specifically April through June 1982). WDC Reserves (Mark Ingber) took Reynolds off post. Miscavige took extreme measures to distance himself from the debacle and Reynolds – at least as far as Scientology public and the public at large are concerned. When the media heat was off, and DM’s thirst for extorted money became uncontrollable – and many of the complaining public were declared and discredited – magically Wendell re-appeared leading the storm trooping Finance Police on an uninterrupted reign of terror.
Fast forward to July 2009. Miscavige ordered International Management Hole members to write 250 pages of affidavits defending Miscavige from recent public information implicating him in serial human rights abuses. The effort was so frenetic to paint DM as their Dear Leader – compassionate and kind to the point of nursing injured sparrows back to health – that the Int Finance Director (aka Int Finance Dictator, Wendell Reynolds) went overboard and proved Miscavige’s public disavowel and ignorance of Finance Police abuses to be a sham. Here it is in Wendell’s own fresh, sworn testimony:
“Between April and June 1982, I was off post, doing menial tasks through an injustice initiated by a failing executive in my organization. Mr. Miscavige was intrumental in correcting that injustice and restoring me to post. He additionally acted to preserve my security on that post by installing himself as a senior authority over my area so I couldn’t again be knocked off post injustly.”
“I declare under the penalties and pains of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed this 28th day of July, 2009.
Wendell Reynolds ( signature)
Miscavige’s recent events and publications make evident that he has regressed to using the same big lies on the public that he used in the early eighties to bamboozle Hubbard in order to get himself into power in the first place. The lies are woven into all of Miscavige’s recent utterances about the great “expansion” experienced with himself at the helm. He spends millions to spread the word about the increase in posh square feet added to Scientology premises. He butresses it with impressive claims of increasing numbers of books gotten into the hands of readers.
Square feet. For the moment, let’s put aside the fact Hubbard so abhored the idea of Scientology becoming all about real estate and MEST to the point he advised rebellious Scientologists in the early days to bomb any ostentatious quarters some future manager might construct. Recent observations inside a number of Miscavige’s Ideal orgs on four continents have found a derth of humanity. That’s right, very few people. Not much auditing and not much training. Not much life around all that pretty MEST.
Books. Miscavige has claimed that in the past five years there has been greater Scientology expansion than in the previous five decades combined. He relies solely on alleged book sales figures to support that invented figure he pulled out of the air. In fact, over the last five years the Church has engaged in the same massive fraud that thrust Miscavige into power in the first place. Orgs have been forced to purchase more books than they could ever sell. Public have been forced to buy more books than they know what to do with. I have been told by some on line public that they have numerous sets of books in their homes and storage spaces. These are book sets they have been pressured into buying in order to get a pass from Ethics. Many more public have reported being coerced into large donations to have sets of books shipped to unknown libraries.
Many have asked how Hubbard tolerated Miscavige’s initial early eighties reign of terror against veteran Mission holders. Miscavige false reported to Hubbard that book sales were so astronomical upon beheading the Mission holders that the suppress was then off Scientology. What he did not report is where all those sold books went. Miscavige promoted notoriously dishonest and effective regges to Author Services in the early eighties. He gave them full power to order the Publications organizations in LA and Denmark to do as they said. He then ordered an obedient CO CMO INT (Marc Yager) and ED INT (Guillaume Lesevre) to order all orgs to buy insane amounts of books from the Publications organizations. Millions of books were stored in attics, basements and outside storage spaces by every org and mission.
During a brief respite from legal and PR assignments in the early nineties, I went on an inspection tour with Miscavige to about a dozen class V orgs. Each and every one of them had huge spaces devoted to book storage, books that were received during Miscavige’s stat push that he false reported to Hubbard years earlier. In many orgs the books were unsellable having been subject to water damage and mold. Those who know the mechanics of the missed withhold phenomena can understand how this might have been another one of those significant steps he took on the downward spriral toward his current violent insanity.
The financial stress caused on orgs by being coerced into buying books they could not sell for decades sent the majority of orgs into an insolvency that they never recovered from. Miscavige actively prevented the implementation of finance systems that would allow orgs to get back on their feet and pricing systems that would make services affordable to anyone who might express interest. The net result has been consistently dwindling numbers of new Scientologists and major delivery statistics.
Compare International Scientology promotional material from the eighties to Int promo now. Now lots of books and lots of new real estate are touted. Services? Forget about it. It’s like they said about Mussolini and Hitler: forget what they do to people, look at the shiny trains and aramements they so efficiently crank out; they must be good leaders.
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JOHNSON, POPE, BOKOR, RUPPEL & BURNS, LLP
ATTORNEYS AND COUNSELLORS AT LAW
911 Chestnut St, Clearwater, Florida 33756
June 22, 2009
P.O. Box 269
Ingleside, TX 78362
Re: McPherson Confidential Settlement Agreement
Following the article published in the St. Petersburg Times yesterday in which you were extensively quoted regarding the McPherson matter, the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, Inc. (the “Church”, “Flag”) has asked me to write to you regarding the ongoing obligations of confidentiality imposed upon on all present and former officers, employees and agents of the Church regarding the McPherson confidential settlement agreement.
As you know, on May 26, 2004, the Church entered into a confidential settlement agreement. The Agreement binds the “Scientology Parties,” which includes the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, Inc., Religious Technology Center, and the three individual defendants. All officers, employees and agents of the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, Inc. and Religious Technology Center are bound by the settlement agreement to say nothing about the McPherson matter except
“The case has been settled, the terms are confidential.” This language binds you as a former agent of both Flag and RTC.
The purpose of this letter is simply to remind you of your ongoing obligation of complete confidentiality with respect to the McPherson case and its settlement.
Very truly yours,
F. Wallace Pope, Jr.
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