David Miscavige’s Qualifications
About a year ago, I wrote a post (Flies in the Anointment, September 2009) about David Miscavige’s qualifications – or, rather, his lack of qualifications – for the post he assumed as head of the Church of Scientology. Further information that has come to light makes it worth revisiting.
The earlier article pointed out that, despite the Church’s current official mythology, Miscavige was never appointed by Hubbard to succeed him. At the time, it appeared that the baton had been passed to Pat and Annie Broeker. Yet a year later, they disappeared, all issues mentioning them and copies of the LRH Memorial Event were destroyed, and Miscavige assumed power. And according to accounts of those who were there, he assumed power by force and bullying.
The article went on to point out that Miscavige had no administrative track record. He had never held a position in Scientology Management, had never run a Scientology Mission or Org, had never been in charge of a Continent, and had never even run any sort of a business. He was a high school dropout. He is not OEC trained, has never done the FEBC or Evaluator’s Course. 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.
And concerning his technical training in Scientology, I said that the Church was “quiet on this subject.” Now we find out why. According to a story posted in the comments section of Marty’s blog, and verified by Karen de la Carriere, who was there at the time, David Miscavige, while training on the Class IV Internship at Saint Hill, was observed leaving his auditing room in a rage, followed by his female PC, who was in tears. It seems he had struck her while in session. He was removed from the Class IV Internship for assault. He never finished that Internship. Thus his certs would have been provisional for that level of training, and would have expired in a year.
He apparently justified his criminal action by blaming it on the large quantity of steroids he was using at the time for the control of his asthma. Apparently oral steroids, or “oral systemic corticosteroids,” can have a potential side effect of “mood swings and psychotic episodes.”
Miscavige has apparently done no formal auditor training since this time. According to former insiders who were responsible for Miscavige’s study time, he not only has 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.
This is the current head of the Church of Scientology: a man with no technical or administrative training or experience; a man whose track record in Scientology is unremarkable at best, shockingly criminal at worst; a man of violent temper who physically beats preclears, executives and staff; a man whose sole accomplishment seems to be his ability to bully, threaten and force his way to the top of the heap.
Why do Scientologists tolerate him?
Why are Scientologists afraid of him?