This is a blog post from 29 May 2013 that I am republishing today because I thought it interesting and still timely (And frankly was too busy to write a new post).
One of our Special Correspondents sent me an excerpt of Miscavige’s only print media interview.
It is of interest for a number of reasons, but most significantly, it makes clear why he is scared of the press. He has no control over revising history with the media as he does with his internal public (try to find an event video in any org on the planet that has Heber Jentzsch or Ray Mithoff in it…. they have been written out of history). There is no mystery why the DVDs of his speeches are guarded like the Crown Jewels and extraordinary measures are taken to prevent anyone from recording what he says, even on a public street).
This excerpt is from the profile by Joe Childs and Tom Tobin that appeared in the St Petersburg Times on October 25, 1998 entitled “The Man Behind Scientology.”
Compare his statements to what has happened since and you can make a judgment as to his sincerity, truthfulness and intentions [boldface added by me]:
After 1993, Scientology was able to channel the millions it was spending against the IRS into projects that had been under way since the early 1980s.
Among them: trying to grow Scientology by attracting new members; pushing parishioners to sign up for ever higher levels of Scientology counseling; standardizing Scientology practices the way Hubbard outlined; preserving and distributing his many writings and lectures, and renovating Scientology’s buildings.
Now, Scientology’s global 10-year plan calls for a mission in every city of 100,000 or more and a church in every city of 250,000 to 500,000, Miscavige said.
In the U.S., Scientology sees opportunity for growth in parts of the country with little or no Scientology presence, Miscavige said. “You go to the Midwest there’s not much at all.”
He also has been trying to improve Scientology’s public image, even as reports persist that Scientology harasses its enemies with private investigators, lawsuits, and tactics such as bad-mouthing targets to neighbors, relatives and business associates.
The image needs work, he said. “Am I satisfied? No. Of course not. Do I think it’s improved? Yes. Do I think we have more credibility than we had in earlier years? Yes. Do I think it should change? I think it should improve. Do I think that’s something that can happen overnight? Not quite.”
Scientologists on occasion had “no choice” but to fight, he said.
“Have they been right every time? Probably not. Should they make as big an effort at mending fences? I think so. … Is there another approach that could have been taken? I think probably.”
“Do I think that we should work with the community or the police or the medical people down there to work out what to do if there’s another Scientologist who needs care and we want to avoid psychiatric treatment? Yes I do,” Miscavige said. “And why is that? No matter what the circumstance … anybody would want to do something to avoid someone dying.”
Miscavige said he usually does not involve himself in local issues, such as which buildings Scientology will buy in Clearwater. Nor was he called, he said, the night McPherson died.
He will, however, stay active on larger matters such as the 300,000-square-foot building Scientology wants to build across from the Fort Harrison Hotel.
Just to highlight a few of the more significant points:
– Less Missions now than 1998, let alone one in every city of 100,000 people.
– No NEW orgs anywhere. And certainly nothing in the “MidWest.” In fact, Kansas City and St Louis, the ONLY orgs in the region have had buildings purchased for years and NOTHING has happened. Same with Battle Creek — not really midWest but close. From Idaho and North Dakota to Oklahoma and Iowa, the heartland of America remains a Scientology desert.
– Just from a fast Google search — there are 141 cities in the US and Canada over 250,000 population. Cannot quickly find this figure for the world, but cities with populations in excess of ONE MILLION (cutting him a lot of slack) is 336.
– Of course, things have really gone much better with no Private Investigators or bad-mouthing happening. There has been more negative publicity about Squirrel Busters and PI’s and stupid lawsuits (Debbie Cook) than ever in history.
– He has of course done a brilliant job of improving Scientology’s public image. It’s at an all-time high, though undoubtedly he would blame this all on the Bitter Defrocked Apostates (BDAs) — and as he operates on that wrong Why the situation continues to deteriorate.
– And finally, he has stayed right on top of the Super Power building — 15 years later he is still “active” on it. Actively suppressing. (If that building opens this year, there should be a statue of Luis and Rocio Garcia erected in the entrance inscribed “Without you, these doors would never have opened.”)
THIS is David Miscavige in his own words. He doesn’t need any BDAs to make him look bad. He has that well in hand.