See the idiotic lengths Corporate Scientology went to in order to try to prevent Mark Bunker from shooting the ribbon cutting ceremony of the “Ideal Org” in “Scientology City” (known to the rest of the world as Portland Oregon). Tony Ortega has had a running commentary provided by Mark Bunker documenting the events on his blog.
One has to ask the question: Why bother?
Miscavige jets into Portland to speak, along with some other duped “OLs” to “the public” on THE STREET. Yet he is absolutely paranoid about Mark Bunker accessing a vantage point to film the proceedings. The church pulled some sort of film permit that allowed them to limit access to a 4 block area. You can sort of understand that a movie studio may not want the key scene of a movie given away many months before it is released to the public. But an event supposedly to “announce the opening of our new facility to SERVICE this community and people from all walks of life” (and believe me, that WILL be in the speech by Miscavige and probably by the other “officials” they conned into taking the stage with the Chairman of the Blind).
Miscavige is terrified he will be mocked. He goes to astonishing lengths to prevent access to “public” events where he appears. He says NOTHING. It’s the same old drivel every time.
It’s a little contradictory for a church that claims it has an “open door policy”, “welcomes the community” and gets incredibly upset when anyone calls them “secretive”. What could possibly be the harm of the video going on the internet? You would think if they are REALLY trying to get new people in they would be happy to have his magnificent words seen by as many people as possible.
This Squirrelbuster-style effort to intimidate Mark Bunker and prevent him shooting the event at all costs comes across as pretty secretive to me. This event was apparently for “us” only.
Miscavige is becoming increasingly paranoid that something will put him in direct contact with the outside world. In his mind, anyone could be a protester or internet reader, or worse yet a reporter or OMG — a process server! His world is populated exclusively by sycophants inside his self-created bubble. Anyone seeking to enter his bubble uninvited is seen as a hostile agent trying to destroy his life.
It really does suck to be Miscavige. He lives a life of fear and paranoia.
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