How is it that Tommy Davis and Jessica Feschbach have never stepped out into the sunlight?
They left a trail of destruction in their wake and witnessed a lot of things they KNOW hurt people or were just plain wrong.
The Tommy/Jessica (Tomica) story is darker than most realize. I wouldn’t doubt that if anything keeps David Miscavige up at night it’s the thought of Tomica growing a conscience. That’s probably right up there with Shelly escaping. Or Heber exposing the abuses he has been subjected to over the last 20 years.
A recent article on Tony Ortega’s blog exposed the shore story that had been circulated about Jessica leaving the Sea Org to be treated for cancer.
This is an old trick used by the church to explain to the faithful the departure of prominent people from the world of Miscavige. “They are on a medical handling.” It is a story that most buy without questioning as its considered impolite to pry into the misfortune and private matters of someone suffering a debilitating disease. The church used it with Debbie Cook when she left – and subsequently when they attempted to silence her criticisms the truth came out in sworn testimony that she and her husband had in fact escaped from the Miscavige madhouse and were brought back, paid off and given a “shore story.” And it was used again when Greg and Debbie Hughes left — though Debbie Hughes did suffer from severe diabetes that had worsened due to lack of medical treatment, an unhealthy diet and the living conditions she was subjected to. But they too escaped and were brought back, paid off and given a shore story.
Tommy had blown once before when he took off to Las Vegas in the middle of dealing with BBC Panorama in 2007. Apparently, like so many others, Tomica simply could not tolerate the insanity inside the bubble at some point. Ironically, it was Jessica who had been Tommy’s sec checker and ethics officer for months after he was recovered from LV — reporting in daily to Miscavige on the progress of his handling — and this is apparently the start of their romantic involvement.
Tommy (he now goes by “Thomas”) participated in some of the worst PR disasters in church history. His infamous John Roberts CNN appearance, storming out of the Martin Bashir interview in a hissy fit, horrendous mishandling of Paul Haggis, challenging Larry Wright to investigate Hubbard’s war record as if what Tommy said wasn’t true it “undermined all of Dianetics and Scientology”, looking like Agent Smith from The Matrix on BBC Panorama and on and on… His problems usually came from his literalness in taking instruction from the Miscavige bubble and parroting them verbatim.
In the infamous CNN Interview John Roberts asked if it was true that “if you are a member of the Church of Scientology and someone in your family, a friend or spouse is skeptical or critical of the Church of Scientology, you’re supposed to disconnect from that person.” Tommy boldly asserted that “There’s no such thing as disconnection as you’ve characterized it…Scientology actually mandates – it’s really part of the code of being a Scientologist – to respect the religious beliefs of others, so certainly a Scientologist is going to respect their family members’ beliefs…We consider the family to be a building block of any society, so anything that is characterized as disconnection or this kind of thing is just not true. There isn’t any such policy in the Church dictating who you can and cannot be in communication with, it just doesn’t happen.”
Well not for Tommy anyway. However for thousands of others less fortunate, disconnection is a heartbreaking reality. And of course Tommy’s lies about disconnection are a big part of what drove Paul Haggis to speak out against the abusive practice. Where Heber spent years building bridges for Scientology, Tommy burned them in one extended bonfire.
All this is of course VERY public, and its not what keeps Miscavige up at night, other than yelling at the ceiling how “Tommy’s incompetence is the why for all the bad press.”
What really has Miscavige worried is that Tomica have some stories to tell that would shock the world and expose more of the dark underbelly of Dave and Tom Cruise’s world…
For many years, Tommy was in the “President’s Office” in CC Int. His almost exclusive job was to cater to Tom Cruise and to provide whatever Miscavige directed him to do for his pal while constantly reporting back on what was going on in the Cruise world.
Tommy told me he was physically assaulted by Tom (“I deserved it”) who followed in the footsteps of his mentor Dave. Tommy was subservient to “Mr. Cruise” as was everyone else in the Sea Org by order of “COB.”
Tommy had to divorce his wife Nadine because she became persona non grata in the Cruise household.
Tommy was directly involved in the “girlfriend” search mission to find a mate for Cruise. In fact, he and Greg Wilhere were the ones that arranged the “chance” meeting of Nazanin Boniadi with Cruise in New York.
Tomica were also the ones who dealt with anyone who offended or upset “Mr. Cruise” or Katie – including getting people fired, hauled in for extensive sec checking and ethics programs for even minor problems.
Michael Doven and his wife were both given the boot from Cruise’s employ by Tommy on behalf of “Mr. Cruise”.
Jessica was of course Katie’s Holmes’ auditor and BFF. That didn’t turn out too well.
So, how come they are silent? It’s not because they got paid a bunch of money and are afraid of losing it and ending up on welfare – Tommy’s dad is very wealthy and got him a plum position for which he is eminently unqualified as a managing director at a branch of Colony Capital. Jessica too comes from a wealthy family and also landed a high paying job selling multi-million dollar homes (like the one they live in which was listed at $1,495,000 before they purchased it outright in May 2012).
Of course, Tommy’s mother (Ann Archer) remains an avid proponent of what she believes is the church’s “human rights” campaigns, though Jessica’s mom (Cindy) seems to have fallen off the Scientology radar since the premature death of her husband Joe.
So, why aren’t Tomica speaking out about the abuses they witnessed or participated in?
Perhaps Tomica are frightened by that non-existent “disconnection” policy that Tommy was so adamant about?
Or perhaps its just that they are simply too content with their cushy lifestyle to be concerned about the well-being of the “little people” who continue to suffer hardships, injustices and broken families. And those who are still trying to recover from their less than pleasant interactions with Tomica.
This quote comes to mind: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
But another quote I came across yesterday also seems appropriate and is in part what prompted me to write this post.
In 1985, in an interview for the civil rights documentary Eyes on the Prize, the late Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth spoke to one of the mistakes he and other organizers had made when initially trying to defeat racism in the United States. “We thought that you could just shame America,” he said. “Say, ‘Now, America, look at your promises. Look at how you treated your poor Negro citizens. You ought to be ashamed of yourself.’ But you know…you can’t shame segregation. Rattlesnakes don’t commit suicide. Ball teams don’t strike themselves out. You gotta put ‘em out.”
This is the first pitch to Tomica.