Blog: Scientology Inc. Meltdown - 2012-07-19
It is ironic that David Miscavige's best friend and 'the most dedicated Scientologist' he knows, Tom Cruise, has provided the tipping point event in the final meltdown of Scientology Inc. What I find most disturbing about it is that Miscavige is doing all he can to bring everyone and everything down with him - from Tom Cruise to the subject of Scientology itself.
It is somewhat poetic justice that so many horror stories that Miscavige spent so many million suppressing over the past several years have suddenly been given wide currency. It is unfortunate that there has not been time, nor the inclination on the part of media, to differentiate Miscavige's cult and its conduct from the philosophy of Scientology. But, Miscavige's scorched earth, take no responsibility policy makes that differentiation process nearly impossible.
To understand the process, let's take for example Miscavige's response to the original Truth Rundown series by the Tampa Times. Some former International Headquarters staff attempted to check Miscavige from taking Scientology Inc. down in a Jonestown-like inferno by exposing dangerous, habitual conduct by Miscavige. Miscavige's response was to accuse the accusers of perpetuating wholesale violence. The result, two nights of ABC Nightline specials and a five part CNN AC 360 special on "Scientology: A History of Violence", and an hour long BBC documentary all about a widespread 'culture of violence' at the highest ranks of 'Scientology.' It is the lying that perpetuates and exacerbates the situation and results in no effective differentiation being possible. I remember predicting to Mike Rinder a month before Truth Rundown was published that until Miscavige takes a modicum of responsibility for the truth, the media exposes will become more frequent and more widespread. Just look at how the Truth Rundown series has expanded since its 2009 inception.