Greg Capazorio was awarded an IAS Freedom Medal with a stirring video concocted by the Sherminator that made it seem that the Way To Happiness Campaign was integrated across the entire Gauteng Prison system in South Africa.
Of course, as with most of these videos, it was, to put it kindly, a bit of an overstatement. To be accurate about it, it was more like a 90% fabrication. Some South African friends told me Capazorio was not even the primary mover for what was done (there was some WTH distribution and use). Perhaps one or more of them can enlighten us a little in the comments.
And I would be willing to bet my last dollar that if you went to the Gauteng Prison System today you would be hard pressed to find a single copy of the WTH.
Greg then went on to become the head of Criminon International. A program that has really never taken off. Partly because it really isn’t much of a “program”, but more so because the church/IAS doesn’t fund it, so it is left scrounging for “donations” but competes against the far better organized, promoted and “glamorous” vultures that sit at the top of the black, leafless church fundraising tree. IAS (who claim credit for anything Criminon does), Ideal Orgs, Planetary Dissemination, CCHR, even Narconon and Applied Scholastics etc etc etc.
So, what is Greg Capazorio doing? Shilling for the IAS in the time honored tradition of IAS Medal Winners. He seems to be closely following the slimy footsteps of Michael Roberts, Jeff Pomerantz and Andrik Schapers. Do an event, attract some interest, help reg some marks and take a 10% commission.
Funny, I was looking through some photos of old IAS Medal Winners recently — so many of them have slipped quietly off into the sunset like Philippe DeHenning, Paul Rood, Julia Migenes, Jane Allen, Gabriele Segalla, Debbie Mace and many more (or like Rena Weinberg and Peter Schless they have been “disappeared”). Wendy Honnor turned into an SP. Rick Pendery showed up getting auditing with a declared SP. Dennis Clark is dying in a hospital or assisted care facility and apparently nobody cares. Nicky Hopkins, Joan Lonstein, Dennis Dubin, Isaac Hayes and Lawrence Anthony died (there may be others). It’s NOT a very impressive display. Even the only winner of the special diamond studded, one of a kind Freedom Medal Of Valor (valor: courage in the face of great danger) for his massive international dissemination and for being the “most dedicated Scientologist David Miscavige knows” has pulled back and no longer “disseminates” at all. (Somewhat ironic — Capazorio is Tom Cruise’s brother-in-law).
And let’s not forget some of the other IAS Freedom winners — the people that moved Ukraine into a civilized democracy, eliminated psychiatry in Italy, saved Indonesia with LRH tech, implemented LRH tech across entire nations of West Africa, brought peace to the Middle East, wiped out psychiatry in Japan, salvaged Venezuela, made Mexican prisons crime-free blah blah blah blah blah. One thing of note is that while the vast majority of scientology activity is in the US, apart from celebrity winners, there have been VERY few Freedom Medal winners for work done IN the US except 9/11 awarded to 2 staff members. This is just off the top of my head. Someone going through all the old award speeches and videos could compile a list of claims made about “changing conditions across a nation” and “salvaging a society” that would put the United Nations to shame. None of it is true.
But hey, that’s old news.