Atack: Why those who try to save Scientology from itself are doomed to failure - 2016-08-20
Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than three years he's been helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet.
I left Scientology because I believed in Scientology. The "Church" was clearly not following the strict policy laid down by Hubbard. It was not about to "maintain friendly relations with the environment and the public" as Hubbard's "First Policy" demanded. David Miscavige had appeared unannounced, and without sanction from Hubbard, as far as we could tell. He was an unknown who had somehow replaced Hubbard's chosen heir, David Mayo.
The organization was "down-tone" – somewhere around "blame." Policies on justice had been flaunted with a list of over 600 people who had been expelled without charge, let alone a committee of evidence. The fundamental right to be faced with an accuser and allowed to speak in one's own defense had been removed.