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A tale of two cities: Scientology courts pols and police in one place, acts sneaky in another

Rod Keller compares Scientology’s approach in two very different places where it plans to “expand” in the near future…

According to L. Ron Hubbard policy, Scientology’s “fourth dynamic” campaigns are intended to “safepoint” an area in order to establish a Scientology organization there. But two examples will illustrate how irrelevant safepointing actually is.

This week it was announced that the Detroit Ideal Org will open later this year. Staff are being recruited, they will go to Los Angeles for training, and David Miscavige will pull the ribbon at the opening ceremony, all this without any significant safepointing. Social media is full of photos of Detroit fundraising activities but not of distribution of literature from the front groups The Way to Happiness or Foundation for a Drug Free World.



April, 2018: “With the Director General of Prevention and Citizen Security of the Ministry of the Interior and Police Lic. Bienvenido Flores and the prosecuting magistrate of the Province of Espaillat, José Aníbal Carela and his team yesterday to work together on the plans to expand the programs of education and social reform in the Cibao region in Dominican Republic.”

The opposite is true for the Dominican Republic, a nation of 10 million inhabitants that shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. Scientology has been safepointing heavily there since at least 2011. Above, Miami area Scientologist Diana Pedroni poses with government officials as they plan to distribute The Way to Happiness (El Camino a la Felicidad in Spanish) in the heavily populated northern part of the country.


July 17, 2018: “Sharing with the police books of The Way to Happiness in Moca, by the hand of the Sub Commander of the Moca Police, Tn. Colonel Omar Urbaez. We are helping the police in their daily task of reinforcing the values and safeguarding the security in the community.”


April, 2018: “After a whole week in Miami Org in training, the delegates of the Ministry of the Interior and Police of the Dominican Republic pose with me in front of our building.”


January, 2018: “The General Directorate of the National Police and the Church of Scientology, carried out the second stage of training of the Personal Efficiency course, with the participation of 50 senior and subordinate officers in the multipurpose room of the museum of the institution.”

Ties between Scientology and officials are close. This week police officers distributed The Way to Happiness door to door in the city of Moca. Police and other officials also visited the Miami Ideal Org this year for Scientology training. As a Field Staff Member, Pedroni receives a commission for this.


Bienvenido Flores, an official in the Ministry of the Interior and Police has commissioned personalized edition of The Way to Happiness, and last year received an award for distributing Scientology materials in schools.


May, 2018: Enid Gil (center, blue dress) with graduates of The Way to Happiness seminar.

In 2014 Enid Gil, the Deputy Minister of Extension at the Ministry of Higher Education was appointed Executive Director of The Way to Happiness for the Dominican Republic. She is working to bring the book to the country’s teachers and schools.


May, 2018: “This excellent work was done by Antonio Vizcaino of the Dominican Republic. He is part of Drug Free World America’s. We’re fighting to safeguard youth everywhere.”


October, 2017: at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago De Los Caballeros

Queens dentist and Freedom Award winner Bernard Fialkoff is the primary force behind the Foundation for a Drug-Free World front group in the the Dominican Republic and much of the Caribbean.


[Scientology’s Santo Domingo mission]

Scientology has poured resources into safepointing in the Dominican Republic. L. Ron Hubbard’s policies say that this allows the establishment of an org in the area. Today Scientology lists a third floor apartment in this building in the capital city of Santo Domingo as the address of the mission. There is no sign or storefront, and they have not purchased a building to renovate into an Ideal Org. One source thinks Scientology may have moved out from even this modest location.

The lack of safepointing in cities such as Detroit is irrelevant for the opening of an Ideal Org. Wealthy public members in Clearwater and Los Angeles funded it after the local membership stalled for years in their renovation project. So far these Scientology “whales” have not funded an org in the Dominican Republic, despite years of safepointing and close ties with government officials. Perhaps the fourth dynamic campaigns there are not intended to expand Scientology as policy dictates, but rather to fuel donations to the front groups that send cash up the line into Scientology’s huge reserve funds.

— Rod Keller




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