David Miscavige at Scientology's IAS event: What he claims, and what's really going on - 2019-10-21
Last night, Scientology posted its photos from its 2019 IAS event that was held a week ago at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, England. The usual week-long delay occurred so that Scientologists in other parts of the world had a chance this weekend to see video of the event at their local orgs.
We've watched a lot of these things over the years, and so we can say that the overall size of the crowd continues to be smaller than in past years. In fact, in a very unusual move, Scientology itself didn't include an estimate of the crowd size in its press releases about the event at its various websites. It just referred to attendees from "65 nations."
We do think that's significant. The crowd size, the subjects covered by Miscavige in his presentation, and other news coming out this week make us think more than ever that the state of Scientology in 2019 can be summed up this way: It's still shrinking, but Miscavige has worked to make it a hardened target for law enforcement or government investigations.