Here Come the Thought Police
Reports from OT VIIIs who have recently left David Miscavige’s Church paint a picture of increasing desperation, oppression, and the rise of Gestapo-like tactics to squeeze more and more money out of those remaining.
Despite the fact that LRH specifically forbade fundraising and told orgs to stick to selling services, David Miscavige’s fundraising activities, for the IAS and for his “Ideal” Orgs, have now become the mainline activity of the Sea Org and Scientology staff. Staff are now told that they are “double hatted” as IAS reges, an excuse to pull them off their assigned duties and into the service of Miscavige’s money-making machine.
And the entire Ethics apparatus of the Church has now been suborned into the service of that same money-machine. Public are called in to “Ethics interviews” that are nothing more than “extortion interviews.” If you’re called in for an interview these days, here are some of the metered questions you’ll be asked, according to those who have had the experience:
How do you feel about the IAS?
How are your finances?
Do you have any off-shore accounts?
And if you don’t “move up to your next level of IAS status” (give them more money)? Then you’ll face Conditions, Ethics actions, and even the loss of your eligibility. If you don’t donate everything they want, you are considered to be in the “enemy camp” or are considered to have “enemy lines.”
Then there are more questions. About your friends, your 2D, your children:
Who are your friends?
Do you have a 2D? a boyfriend/girlfriend? Seeing someone?
What do you do on your free time?
Who are you in comm with?
Are you in touch with disaffected people? Disillusioned? Disenchanted?
Have any of your friends expressed any criticism of the Church or the IAS? Report them. Has your spouse ever complained about the Church? Report him or her. Have your children ever been critical? Your parents? Report them.
In George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, he describes the Thought Police, whose job it is to uncover and punish thoughtcrime and thought-criminals, using informants and and omnipresent surveillance to find and eliminate members of society who were capable of the mere thought of challenging ruling authority. The government attempts to control not only the speech and actions of its citizens, but also the thoughts of its subjects, labeling unapproved thoughts with the term thoughtcrime.
In Miscavige’s Brave New World of Scientology, any criticism of his regime or its money-making apparatus is considered thoughtcrime.
Anyone who objects to the current climate of fear and extortion is guilty of thoughtcrime.
And that’s why more and more OTs and other Scientologists are voting with their feet, walking out of Miscavige’s oppressive Church.