Scientology HBIC David Miscavige Spent $10K A Week Spying On Father
Well, well, isn’t this damning. According to a 2013 police report, the church paid, via a third party, two detectives $10,000 a week to do full-time surveillance on Ronald Miscavige Sr., 79, for 18 months, including placing a GPS tracker on his car. Apparently church leader David Miscavige was afraid that his father, who had recently left the church after being a member for decades, would divulge information about the church’s activities. Florida private eye Dwayne S. Powell revealed the surveillance operation to police after he was arrested in July 2013 near Milwaukee and found in possession of two rifles, four handguns, 2,000 rounds of ammunition and a homemade silencer in his rented SUV. Powell initially stayed mum about his employer, but at the police station confessed that he had been hired by the Church of Scientology, and dished on all the shady shit Miscavige had instructed him to do.
One particularly chilling anecdote, according to the Los Angeles Times:
Once, while tailing Miscavige on a shopping trip, Powell and his partner watched him grasp his chest and slump over while loading his car. After his arrest, Powell told police he’d thought Miscavige was having a heart attack and might die. He said he phoned his intermediary for instructions.
Two minutes later a man who identified himself as David Miscavige called him back, according to records.
“David told him that if it was Ron’s time to die, to let him die and not intervene in any way,” the records state, noting that the apparent emergency passed “and nothing further happened.”
David Miscavige and the Church of Scientology are of course denying these allegations, saying that DM has no idea who Powell is and that his claims are “blatantly false.” However, as recently as last SeptemberRon Miscavige Sr. had told police that he and his wife Becky were still being followed by the organization. A police report states:
They advised that Ronald’s son, David Miscavige, the leader of the Church of Scientology, is obviously having them watched because they left the church two years ago and David is afraid that Ronald will speak with the media about the negative inner workings of the church and David’s abuse of the members of the church.
CoS loves to write off their most vocal critics as just bitter ex-members making up lies, but Powell is not and has never been a Scientologist, and has no reason to make up such a story, especially one that fits with the elder Miscavige’s claims to police. Unfortunately, current members of Scientology are content to put on blinder and plug their ears to any and all negative information about the Church and its leader — there’s even a word for it in Church doctrine: entheta. Members are basically brainwashed into believing that any interaction with entheta will fuck up their spiritual progress, which is why you have a guy like John Travolta downright refusing to even entertain the notion of seeing a documentary like “Going Clear.” Nothing about the Church of Scientology will change until Miscavige is removed from his position, and as he has pretty much driven out anyone who poses a threat to his power, it is going to take outside, and likely legal intervention — an arrest? — to make that happen. [LA Times]