It is always amusing to read scientology’s hagiographic musings about their fearless leader, Captain Miscavige. He has a website dedicated to him and the same content is repeated in the special section devoted to the COB on the Scientology website. Nobody fact checks the claims made about him, Scientology operates on the principle of putting out so much garbage and lies that nobody can keep up with all the falsehoods so they eventually become true. Here are a few glaring examples, taking the statements right from their website:
Barely a year after entering the Sea Organization—the religious order of Scientology—at the age of 16, he was among a handful of people selected to work directly with L. Ron Hubbard. Recognizing the 17-year-old’s abilities, Mr. Hubbard appointed David Miscavige Director of Photography for the original Scientology training films.
They forgot to mention that soon thereafter, Hubbard removed him from this position for being incompetent.
Soon after, at Mr. Hubbard’s request, Mr. Miscavige served as Action Chief, the senior executive supervising projects involving Scientology Churches around the world. By age 18, David Miscavige had become the individual L. Ron Hubbard called upon to carry out his most important assignments. No executive in the Church’s history ever interacted more with L. Ron Hubbard than Mr. Miscavige. They were in constant communication.
This is a ridiculous assertion. Annie Broeker had worked with Hubbard for years on the Apollo and then in Clearwater before Miscavige even joined the Sea Org. So too many other messengers. After Hubbard went on the lam, Annie Broeker was with him in person every day. Miscavige received dispatches from Hubbard during this time, but sometimes it would be weeks or many months with no communication at all to anyone other than the few people that were with him. The idea that he had more “interaction” with Hubbard than anyone is simply a blatant lie.
In later years, L. Ron Hubbard described a heroic Church executive who identified and then cleared the ranks of rogue staff attempting to seize control of Scientology while Mr. Hubbard was engaged in intensive research and not directly involved in the day-to-day management of the Church.
No, he didn’t. He did not single anyone out. He referred to “Scientologists” not a single “Scientologist” The actual quote is:
“So forgive me for not managing the Church when it almost fell into hostile hands. It all came out all right. Why? Because real Scientologists made sure it did. My faith was justified.”
Miscavige’s PR flunkies just made up the idea that he singled out Miscavige as “the scientologist”. He did no such thing.
In 1982 Mr. Hubbard requested a corporate reorganization of the Church designed to ensure the Church and the religion could move on into perpetuity, always remaining true to its “Source” materials—the term for L. Ron Hubbard’s philosophy, policies and the fundamental theology of the religion. Thus, Mr. Hubbard established the Religious Technology Center to hold the Scientology and Dianetics trademarks and to preserve, maintain and protect the Scientology religion. He appointed Mr. Miscavige a Trustee of that Church organization.
Hubbard did NOT appoint him the “head” or “COB” of RTC. Miscavige conducted a coup and took over RTC after Hubbard died because the then head of RTC, Vicki Aznaran was loyal to Annie and Pat Broeker. And ASI had become pretty much irrelevant in the overall scheme of things with Hubbard’s death. They were now the organization representing a dead man, no longer his contact point with the outside world. If you doubt this, just look at how insignificant ASI is the scientology world today.
Mr. Hubbard also appointed David Miscavige as chairman of the organization charged with overseeing and handling his personal affairs for the remainder of his life.
Well, that is sort of true. He was the boss of Author Services. ASI’s primary function was to make money for Hubbard, when they weren’t making enough selling his books they descended into complete ripoffs with wildly overpriced “limited edition” books and artwork. The other main role was to get an “all-clear” for Hubbard so he could come out of hiding – something he never accomplished which incurred the wrath of Hubbard for his failure.
And finally, perhaps most importantly, in Hubbard’s last days, when he was (according to Miscavige) preparing to “causatively drop his body” he did NOT summon Miscavige to his ranch in Creston to “turn over his hat” or even say goodbye. Ray Mithoff was called and he was in attendance those last few days, along with Pat and Annie Broeker, Sarge Pfauth and his doctor Gene Denk. How is it he would not want to talk to the person in charge of “handling his personal affairs” and his most trusted associate?
As I described in my book, and Marty Rathbun covered in his book (scientology loves to cite Rathbun as an expert these days) – Miscavige pulled off a coup, and has since rewritten history to make it seem as though this is what Hubbard wanted. It was not.