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Scientology leader David Miscavige calls the pandemic ‘planetary bullbait’ in epic briefing

[He’s not happy]

Over the last two weeks, Scientologists have been called in for a special briefing about the coronavirus pandemic and David Miscavige’s response to it. Scientology has been very careful not to allow this briefing to leak out to the public, telling Scientologists that they must come down to see it in person.

We now have a copy of that document, leaked to us by one of our tipsters, and so now we can see what it’s about. It’s David Miscavige explaining why the L. Ron Hubbard Birthday celebration, scheduled for March 13 in Clearwater, Florida, had to be cancelled, and how Miscavige plans to deal with the pandemic, particularly at Sea Org facilities where members are packed in tight quarters and have little to no privacy.

And we have to say, having covered this subject for nearly 25 years now, this is one of the most remarkable documents we’ve seen issued by Miscavige.

He is furious.

And he doesn’t like being told what to do about a pandemic by government officials.


To that end, he is telling the troops here that whatever the government says, Scientology is going to keep things as much “business as usual” as possible, and he reassures his employees that their workplaces are being thoroughly cleaned with products chosen after much “research” that will kill not only the coronavirus but “any virus, bacteria or germ infestation.” (This, of course, will mean nothing for Sea Org members who come in contact with other workers who may be infected.)

And as we’ve seen in the days since Miscavige put out this message, Sea Org members, staffers, and public are still being encouraged to congregate for courses, and video shows that the Sea Org is not using “social isolation.”

It has become pretty obvious to us that Scientology is barreling into this pandemic completely unprepared. And now we see why: Because Miscavige has told them that they’re the most prepared organization on earth, and they don’t dare disobey him.

Here’s his epic rant…


13 March 2020

TO: Staff and public
From: Chairman of the Board, Religious Technology Center

(And Weekend of Events)

We are creating a safe environment in our Orgs for the most vital of all activities — Training and Processing — so you can go up the Bridge.

Due to the current hysteria, whether you believe in it or not (and the only thing you can be certain of is that it is hysteria), our weekend celebrations have had to be cancelled.

As you may or may not have heard, owing to the current “pandemic,” all types of events comprising large gatherings have been systematically either suspended or cancelled, including professional sporting events (NBA, NHL, MLB, NASCAR, PGA), Broadway shows, etc. This has now extended to an admonition or outright ban of large assemblies of people.


By way of example, in California, no public events or social gatherings may exceed 250 people.

By way of a more immediate example, our event hall in Clearwater has cancelled all public events until at least April.

Beyond US borders, prohibitions on Europeans traveling to the US, not to mention quarantines of entire nations (Italy), would prevent Scientologists in those countries from participating in our celebration.

Albeit I, like you, have been eagerly anticipating our annual Weekend of all Weekends (and, indeed, had prepared a celebration of mind-blowing proportions), the fact is, even if no prohibitions were issued by others, standard LRH Sea Org protocol mandates against a mass gathering in times of illness and disease. It is prohibited.


There is a way to at cause: BE TOTALLY PREPARED.

Or, as LRH said:

“An ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure…” — LRH

Well, how about a ton of prevention so as not to require an ounce of cure?

That is what we work to accomplish at Flag, Sea Org bases and in all our Orgs and Missions.

Factually, we have already been doing far more and taking greater preventive action than anybody else, anywhere on Earth — and by a long way.

1. First, real information for you and your immediate environment. Booklets containing this information have been provided for all staff and public — and in any quantity (free of charge) for dissemination to friends, family and associates.

2. Second, preventing and/or killing whatever this virus is. We have researched and are utilizing the most effective products and applications for eradicating this virus and any virus, bacteria or germ infestation.


This includes massive infusions of airborne ozone, as well as nebulized peroxide and Decon7. (If you haven’t seen these applications, that’s because the operation occurs in unoccupied spaces before you arrive.)

3. Third, medical checks and isolation. It has been longstanding LRH Sea Org policy that ill persons are isolated (segregated in separate quarters and not in contact with the general population). This IS how to prevent the spread of illness. Therefore, as a preventative measure, all staff and public have their temperature taken each day before services. This extends to the requirement that all staff and public report any feeling of illness before entering Org spaces.

4. Finally, masks and gloves are available for all public when they are out and about (gas station, supermarket, etc. and wish to insulate themselves.

(Further tactical details have been issued in comprehensive International Programs for all Orgs and Missions.)


“This planet is an ‘almost’ planet.

“This almost factor is visible on every hand.” — LRH

Unfortunately, as but the latest example of this almost planet is “almost” medicine and science that you can’t yet prevent whatever the latest “outbreak” happens to be.

BUT there is nothing “almost” about Dianetics and Scientology.

And, in that regard, this latest planetary bullbait is but a blip in an epic Whole Track drama. Whereas what we possess has never existed before. So remember these words from Ron’s Journal 35 — FROM CLEAR TO ETERNITY:

“In this time and in this place — for possibly just a little while — we have this chance. To go free and to make it. Planets and cultures are frail things. They do not endure.” — LRH

And, on this day, in celebration of his birthday, also remember his wish for you:

“I strongly advise you to work hard at it — don’t waste this brief breath in eternity.


“For that is your future — ETERNITY.” — LRH


Have no doubt, there is no slowing down for us.

In fact, right now there are no less than three new Ideal Orgs just weeks away from completion. And that’s not to mention the volume of new releases that will practically require a new phrase. (Golden Age Expanded?)

So once this current situation passes — and it will pass — you are going to need a seatbelt for when the rocket boosters fire for liftoff.

Captain David Miscavige
Chairman of the Board
Religious Technology Center

Here’s the full document itself…


David Miscavige: Inspector … by Tony Ortega on Scribd


And the result? Well, here’s what the new Columbus Ideal Org looked like on Saturday, with plenty of cars in the parking lot…


…and yesterday, lots of cars and the shades pulled down…


Unsure how to handle the pandemic? Come on down for classes!


JoJo says LRH tech can handle anything!



Remember Luke Ayers and his Aussie-flavored Scientology hip hop? ‘Fuck the media,’ he says!



Source Code

“We need, then, a peaceful planet. So I worked this out originally as…what became the name of the project: International City Project. Well, I…finally came to the conclusion that if all the capitals of the world were located inside one city that they were not likely to bomb each other out, that they, in effect, would be very careful of declaring war. They would be close cheek by jowl enough to discuss most of their problems…Now, you take every capital of the world and treat it accordingly and then treat it in such a way that transport within the capital is very fast and so that each and every section and center of the capital has some of its own atmosphere rather easily planned up, by the way. It isn’t just a sprawling mess…So Wendell Willkie came out with something he called One World, and practically everybody shot him down in his tracks. He was a pioneer in this particular field. But nevertheless this idea has become more and more popular and it’s actually sweeping in that direction. The first step would have to be you’d have to persuade all governments to turn over all atomic weapons, stocks, control of atomic manufacturers to the United Nations at once, you see. Second step is persuade the United Nations and all governments to select a site for and construct an International City, preferably in North Africa on the Mediterranean coast where land reclamation can expand its area and where its communication lines can be easily centered for Earth. Third step: Persuade all governments to remove their capitals to International City complete with heads of government, congresses and parliaments. Prohibit a secondary capital or even a communication relay center within the country itself.” — L. Ron Hubbard, March 24, 1964


Overheard in the FreeZone

“The point is not to evaluate who is a squirrel or what groups are squirrel. The point is that they tell the truth about their training and the source of their programs. As long as the PC/Client is aware of what is the true training and the source of their processes, some of the auditors invent their own rundowns. If the person is fully aware and still wants to go ahead and accepts that, it’s up to them. I have seen PCs who don’t care if the person is doing their own invented processes, or Internet auditing, etc. The point it’s not to control what is going on, but to detect who is perpetrating fraud and report them. That way PCs, students and clients know the risks. In other words what is their ethics status.”



Random Howdy

“I went to the Scientology rebuttal site for ‘Going Clear’ and it’s almost as long as the book! They start fairly low-keyed and then next thing I knew they were inferring that Dave Touretzky was trying to get people to bomb Scientology orgs. They can’t control the crazy for too long.”


Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Jay Spina: Sentencing set for April 3 in White Plains
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members: Trial set for April 14 in Los Angeles

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Waiting for an appellate decision from the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Hearing on motion for reconsideration set for April 16
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology: April 22 (plaintiff attorneys pro hac vice), June (demurrers by Masterson and Scientology), June (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe’s attorneys have asked for discovery, depositions (Warren McShane, Lynn Farny), April 20 hearing set (motion to compel arbitration)
Matt and Kathy Feschbach bankruptcy appeal: Oral arguments were heard on March 11 in Jacksonville
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Amended complaint filed.


Start making your plans…

Head over to the convention website and meet us in St. Louis!


Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[The Big Three: Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Kirstie Alley]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



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[THREE years ago] DREAM LAWSUIT: ‘God of Pop’ Kuba Ka vs the Church of Scientology. THANK XENU, IT’S ON!
[FOUR years ago] Chris Shelton: How Scientologists can use critical thinking to break free
[FIVE years ago] ‘Going Clear’: Paul Haggis pens a description of the Scientology experience you won’t forget
[SIX years ago] Jillian Schlesinger says Scientology now ‘sneakier’ about forcing abortions
[SEVEN years ago] It’s Ron’s Birthday, And Your Present is More Scientology Stuff to Spend Money On!
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology 451: Commenters of the Week!


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,887 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,391 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,911 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 931 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 822 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,129 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,997 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,771 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,545 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,891 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,457 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,376 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,544 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,125 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,386 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,424 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,137 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,662 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,189 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,752 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,892 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,212 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,067 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,187 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,542 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,845 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,951 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,353 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,225 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,808 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,303 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,557 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,666 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 24, 2020 at 07:00

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