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    David Miscavige Chairman of the Board of the Religious Technology Center

    Miscavige was a deputy to church founder L. Ron Hubbard (a "Commodore's messenger") while he was a teenager.[3] He rose to a leadership position by the early 1980s and was named Chairman of the Board of RTC in 1987.[4] Official church biographies describe Miscavige as "the ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion"[3][5][6] and celebrate his accomplishments, including obtaining recognition as a tax-favored charity by the US Internal Revenue Service, issuing restored and corrected editions of the works of L. Ron Hubbard and undertaking a program of new or remodeled churches and related facilities.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Miscavige

    In Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me (St. Martin's Press, $26.99), he paints his son — the leader of the Church of Scientology and the successor to founder L. Ron Hubbard — as an abusive tyrant who has transformed a once-useful religion into a cult devoted to worshipping him, squeezing every possible cent out of church members and treating those who devote their lives to the church like sharecroppers whose measly wages will never get them out of debt at the company store — or off the church’s palatial plantation.

    http://www.laweekly.com/arts/david-m...policy-6957079

    Ron Miscavige introduced his son, David, to the Church of Scientology in 1969 hoping it would help the young boy's asthma. David quickly became a devotee and climbed the ranks, growing close with Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. When Hubbard died, David became the de facto leader. What has happened within the Church under his tenure has been the source of rumors and speculation for decades. Ron, who left the Church in 2012 and was later allegedly followed by private investigators sent by his own son, is telling his side of the story in a new memoir. What follows is an exclusive excerpt from the book.

    http://www.esquire.com/news-politics...ology-excerpt/
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    As the head of the Church of Scientology, Miscavige proved to be a shoulder to lean on for Cruise, now 50, a longtime member of the organization. As Cruise's wife, 33, filed to divorce the Oblivion actor after five years of marriage, Us Weekly uncovers need-to-know info about the 52-year-old once described by the U.K.'s Sun as the "third person" in the Cruise-Holmes union.

    http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-...scavige-201257
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    David has been accused of extreme cruelty toward lower level Scientology members over the years, but no charges have ever been filed against him, and the church strongly denies all allegations.

    http://radaronline.com/videos/scient...urch-scandals/
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    Rathbun broke with Scientology in 2004 after 27 years. Other former members support his accusation, telling stories about Miscavige kicking, punching and choking members of the Sea Organization, a religious order that is the church's international leadership team.

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/03/30/scientology.violence/
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    Some insight and background information about David Miscavige’s rise to power:

    http://www.mikerindersblog.org/lois-...vid-miscavige/
    Lois Reisdorf Part 6 – Rise of David Miscavige
    December 15, 2016 By Mike Rinder


    http://www.sptimes.com/TampaBay/1025...logypart1.html
    http://www.sptimes.com/TampaBay/1025...logypart2.html
    http://www.sptimes.com/TampaBay/1025...logypart3.html
    © St. Petersburg Times, published October 25, 1998

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    Good grief! Scientologists must be drowning in acronyms! That can't help anybody think clearly.

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    I've been binge watching this series. Leah is very courageous for exposing this cult and their unethical and illegal acts!
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    It would be interesting to know if the FBI has more than just files on Scientology and whether or not they have an open investigation regarding the alleged abuses of this organization and David Miscaviage. I cannot recall the episode # off the top of my head, although it seems to me this abuse of power comes up in almost every episode, but the unlawful detention of members who choose to leave and are brought back strike me to be nothing other than kidnapping. I'm wondering if anyone can shed light on whether or not there is a statute of limitations if a member claimed that they were held against their will or coerced to remain due to either threats of physical, emotional, psychological, or financial well-being and the many stories we've been witness to that state many of these threats come to fruition. I simply cannnot wrap my head around how they get away with what seems to be blatant harassment and defamation of character until I factor in the immense amount of fear that must come when one wants to escape, especially with regards to having family and/or children involved. I imagine Scientology to have been party to many lawsuits that are just kept under the rug from its members. My mother and I have been interested in this "religion" for many years and I have to constantly remind her of how powerful indoctrination really is when she makes comments regarding intelligence levels and common sense. I try to explain to her that the indoctrination of anyone is possible no matter what their IQ's are and that most of these people seem genuinely decent, intelligent and kind individuals. Much like addiction, indoctrination can happen to anyone at any time. This is the first time I've posted so please forgive the noob if I've offended anyone or have violated any TOS. My heart breaks for the victims of this madness.



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