A vital element of the control scientology exercises over its membership is the control of information.
Scientologists are exhorted not to look at the internet and not to watch the media. For they are the Merchants of Chaos (unless they report on something positive about scientology, in which case they are lauded and scientology certainly spends a LOT of money sending out paid for press releases).
In the promotion that has circulated about the IAS “Maiden Voyage” event there has been a great deal of hype about a monumentally epic announcement made by “COB.” Here is just one of the hypey communications from one of the kings of hype, the voice of the IAS itself, Jeff Pomerantz.
I had the honor and pleasure of seeing this week’s MV Event while on the Freewinds for the OT Summit.
This year’s Events were the best I’ve ever seen ( and I’ve been to perhaps 15 or so MV’s)– and THIS Event is the Crown Jewel! You will be surprised, AMAZED–and PROUD!!!
It is one of our most monumental IAS events ever, showing the global impact of the IAS in places you won’t believe, and culminating in an epic announcement from COB of a victory against suppression that defines the phrase: “We Are The IAS!”
DON’T MISS IT!!
Jeff Pomerantz OT Ambassador
IAS Freedom Medal Recipient
And here is another one of the many that went out to try to get everyone to attend (so they could be regged):
This event is monumental. It’s comparable to “The War Is Over” event.
It’s BIG NEW NEWS! I was in shock and at the same time elated in a new unit of time to have found Scientology.
You WILL “stand tall” forever more! Be there and be part of the strongest movement on Earth!”
Paulette Layton, OT Ambassador
Now, here is what REALLY happened at the event, from a Special Correspondent who saw it last Friday:
Now, just to put this into context – the termination of the prosecution in Belgium happened in MARCH. And apparently no scientologist knew about it. It was a “big surprise.” And “epic news.”
No scientologist knew about this because their ONLY SOURCE of information about scientology is from scientology itself – or more specifically, from David Miscavige at his events. It is literally the ONLY “authorized” source of news.
And what is the real story about this magnificent “victory against suppression”? This spin-doctoring that would cause even Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton’s spin-doctors heads to spin. The truth is that the Belgium Org was a tiny, failing thing on the second floor of a backstreet building in a less than stellar section of the city. Like every org, they DID defraud people, promising them things they could not deliver. In fact, it was so concerning that they had little defense to the charges that two strategies were employed:
- Delay and do everything possible to bog down the case so it would eventually be lost on the basis of the unfair delays
- Establish an entirely new organization – one that would survive the shutting down of the existing org. The key defendants were left in the “old corporation” so as not to “taint” the new one and a new scientology church was established and a new building bought for it by the IAS. It was mostly staffed by people from outside Belgium as there were so few scientologists in Belgium a new org could not be manned (remember, the “old” org had at MOST 10 staff).
That delay strategy was aided by incompetence and bureaucracy in the judicial system in Brussels.
Yes, it was a significant accomplishment to maneuver this case into a position where the prosecutor was unable to make the charges stick – but it is like getting off an armed bank robbery on a technicality. Nothing to brag about — just go home and count your blessings. In fact, it is a reflection on the state of scientology in the world that this molehill has been converted into an epic, monumental mountain. There isn’t much to brag about when you turn this into the centerpiece of your accomplishments.
PS: You can bet he didn’t thank the main person responsible for this – someone who is no longer in the Sea Org, but who worked for many, many years to maneuver this case into it’s final position. That in itself is another story…