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Flies in the Anointment: David Miscavige’s Qualifications

September 24, 2009

If you were going to choose a leader for the Church of Scientology, how would you go about it?

1. Well, first, you’d probably do some research and see if LRH ever designated anyone as his successor. Given that this person’s other qualifications were in place, they would probably be a top candidate.

2. You’d want someone who is technically trained, ideally a Class XII C/S. You’d want someone who has done a lot of auditing and C/Sing and has a good record of technical results. If they are going to make decisions that affect training and processing, you’d want them to know what they are talking about.

3. You’d want someone with a good record as an executive, someone who has successfully run orgs or even a continental area. If they had International Management experience, all the better. And you’d want to check their actual statistics, not listen to the brags. Executive training on the OEC, FEBC and DSEC would be vital.

4. It might be a plus if they’d had some experience running a business, and knew something about promotion, marketing and sales.

5. You’d want someone of a high ethical caliber, someone who was fair, just, and compassionate, someone who lived the basics of Scientology such as the ARC Triangle and the Communication Formula. You’d want someone high on the Tone Scale and Chart of Human Evaluation.

6. Even with all that, you’d want to appoint them conditionally, subject to regular performance reviews. And those reviews should be done by a Board that includes field representation. After all, it’s your church too.

Sounds pretty sane and reasonable.  All right, let’s see how David Miscavige stacks up.

1. Although many Scientologists mistakenly assume that Miscavige was somehow appointed by LRH, in fact that’s not the case. As mentioned in an earlier post, at the 1986 LRH Memorial Event, it was announced that LRH had passed the torch to a couple named Pat and Annie Broeker. In fact, in that event, Miscavige referred to the Broekers as LRH’s “two most trusted friends and companions.” There was an issue about this time, signed by LRH, granting Pat and Annie the rank of Loyal Officers. No mention was made of David Miscavige. Within about a year, Pat Broker had mysteriously disappeared, the LRH issue had vanished, all copies of the event video had been withdrawn, and David Miscavige was in charge. LRH never mentioned Miscavige as a successor, and never mentioned a post called “COB RTC.”

2. Is Miscavige technically trained? While the Church is quiet on that subject, former insiders say that Miscavige has had minimal technical training and holds no valid training certificates. While still a teenager, he traveled with his father to Saint Hill in England, where he received some training and did some auditing. He later bragged about giving Security Checks to Saint Hill executives and about his ability to ruthlessly pull their withholds.

According to former insiders who were responsible for Miscavige’s study time, not only has he refused any kind of auditing for the last 15 years, he also refused to study with other students in the staff course room. He refuses to do official courses but prefers to just listen to random taped lectures.

So this is the man in charge of Scientology? Someone with little formal training, little real auditing experience, no C/Sing experience? And someone who refuses standard auditing and training?

3. Miscavige had no real management experience prior to taking over the Church. He has never run a Scientology Mission or Organization, has never managed a Continental office.  He joined the Sea Org when he was 16. His record was unremarkable, including a failed mission, a stint as a cameraman on the Sea Org crew making the Tech films, and a period as CMO Action Chief, running mostly logistics missions.

The story of how he bullied, connived and schemed his way to the top of Scientology is better told elsewhere, here and here for starters, but at no time did it include a peer review of his actual experience and staff record, which was minimal and unremarkable. Prior to bullying his way to the top of Scientology, Miscavige had no management or executive experience whatsoever. The only thing he had run had been a few Sea Org logistics missions. Miscavige is not administratively trained and does not hold valid OEC, FEBC or DSEC certificates.

4.  Miscavige had no business experience at all. He is a high school dropout who joined the Sea Org at 16. Management training and experience aside, he had very little real-world experience at all.

5. As to Miscavige’s character, all Scientologists know is the public face he presents at events. He seems to be focused, dedicated, and charismatic as he reads his prepared speeches off a teleprompter. But those who have worked with him present a different picture, one of a petty tyrant, a bully who rules by threat and abuse. He denigrates those around him, humiliates and degrades them. He forces married couples to divorce, insists pregnant women have abortions. He physically beats executives who cross him.

Does this sound like a man applying the basics of Scientology? Does this sound like someone applying the ARC Triangle, or the Communication Formula? Does this sound like the actions of someone high on the Tone Scale? (Check the “method used to control others” column on the Chart of Human Evaluation.

6.  And as to a review of his performance, no one has the power to review what he is doing. The international statistics of Scientology are a secret. They are never published, never talked about. Former insiders say that Scientology international statistics have been on a long term death slide since 1991. And if that seems far-fetched, ask yourself this: If the statistics really were booming, don’t you think they’d be showing them at events? You bet they would.

No public Scientologist is able to see or monitor the Church’s statistics. So no one knows how David Miscavige is really doing. Don’t you think that’s deliberate? All we know is what we can see – empty orgs, increasing desperation, orgs and staffs struggling to pay the bills. That’s Miscavige’s real legacy.

Someone with little real technical training or experience is changing LRH’s writings.

Someone with no real executive training or experience has removed all of International Scientology management and made himself the sole dictator of the Church. He has turned the Church into a moneymaking Ponzi scheme, personally raking off millions, while RPFing or offloading anyone who dares question him.

Someone who is apparently a vicious bully and a tyrant, someone who applies no Scientology in his daily life, someone who has avoided any real training and processing for the last 15 years, is in charge of bringing Scientology to the planet.

Is this the man you want to support as your leader?

  1. September 24, 2009 1:27 am

    Rebel applaud you and others for persistently bringing these facts to light. Just keep doing it because the truth is starting to sink in 🙂

  2. Hubbardianen permalink
    September 24, 2009 10:51 am

    I agree with most of what you say, but I don’t think it’s necessary to have someone as highly trained as a Class XII to a leadership in CoS. A Class XII (or IX for that matter) is more the technical “nerd” expert, perhaps comparable to an accountant or a laywer, while a leader needs more of an entrepreneur skill, the driving force with great visions. They’re usually not as “detailed” as the technical experts. Comparisments with a writer and a leader might also apply. Of course, there are people with all these abilities, but they are rare.

    We need somebody like Miscavige, but without the flaws, the tyranny and the “my way or the highway” approach.

    I think it’s a pity that CoS don’t have an audit function, or an internal court where EVERYBODY can be put before trial with real evidence. This was a big misstake by Hubbard not to implement this.

    As of right now, CoS is a couple of hundred years after the rest of the Western civilization.

    • Jim Logan permalink
      September 24, 2009 3:36 pm

      LRH fully intended all SO members to be OEC/FEBC, fully up the Bridge and fully trained to the highest levels. If you look at the reqs for CST Board members you see it. As well, it’s in a Flag Order as Sea Org policy.

    • rebel008 permalink*
      September 24, 2009 5:29 pm

      In my opinion, if you take away Miscavige’s bullying and petty tyranny, you have nothing left. He survives only by threat, domination and fear.

  3. September 24, 2009 11:30 am

    True one does not need to be highly tech trained although it certainly would not be a handicap.

    I believe the most important points are:

    Having a survival purpose on the eight dynamics.
    Keeping in the points of KSW.
    Being a leader and following the Exec Series.
    NOT being an SP
    Being dedicated to the expansion of the original philosophy and technology and its application.

    That woud be a good start.

  4. ExVet permalink
    September 24, 2009 12:56 pm

    I wish we were just talking about just a leader for the church. Miscavige has taken it well beyond that concept. Instead, he is the self-appointed SUCCESSOR of L. Ron Hubbard. He now makes sweeping Tech decisions, e.g he created the whole “Golden Age of Tech”fiasco and approved all of the drills and checksheets. He approved all of the HCOB revisions that were done after LRH passed. He oversaw all of the new book compilations as well as the edits of all LRH lectures. He also makes major Admin decisions. He approved all the HCOPL revisions that were done after LRH passed. He approved the church finance systems, org boards etc. I could go on and on. You are quite correct that he is absolutely UNQUALIFIED to make such major decisions in lieu of LRH. If you’re going to be the one to make all of the decisions LRH used to make, then you had better be TRAINED in ALL of LRH’s Tech and Admin. If it was good enough for LRH to know what he knew, why should it be okay for his “successor” to know less than him and be less skilled than him? It wouldn’t.

  5. Patty Pieniadz permalink
    September 24, 2009 4:43 pm

    The LRH Death event video can be seen on google video.

    LRH death event 1986[/U][/B]
    Google video:

    Part 1 [url=]Death of L. Ron Hubbard Official Announcement PT I[/url]

    Part 2 [url=]Death of L. Ron Hubbard Official Announcement PT II[/url]

    Part 3 [url=]Death of L. Ron Hubbard Official Announcement PT III[/url]

    Part 4 [url=]Death of L. Ron Hubbard Official Announcement PT IV[/url]

    Part 5 [url=]Death of L. Ron Hubbard Official Announcement PT V[/url]

  6. September 24, 2009 6:20 pm

    We don’t need another “leader” to replace Miscavige. All we need to do is get rid of the little bastard. The organization will run fine without one.

  7. September 28, 2009 5:11 am

    Rebel008 has done it again:

    Another flawlessly-researched and deadly-accurate assessment of David Miscavige and his takeover, subversion and destruction of the Church of Scientology. Miscavige is an out-of-valence hateful pipsqueak who is going down in history as one of the worst, most egotistical, dishonest, inept micro managers of all time, a violent and vicious cretin who fails utterly to qualify not only for the status of Scientologist, but as human being.

    He can’t qualify as “animal,” nor even “vegetable”…

    Mineral… he’s a some kind of black mineral.

    In short, TOTAL FAILURE.

    • September 28, 2009 6:23 am

      Wait a minute Thoughtful you’re giving all minerals out there an inferiority complex!


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