REPORT: David Miscavige has not been to Scientology's secretive 'Int Base' in four years - 2017-06-27
Much of what we know about the highest echelons of the Church of Scientology in recent years comes from a number of former high-ranking executives who left the organization between 2004 and 2010. Those former execs — Marty Rathbun (who left the church in 2004), Marc and Claire Headley (2005), Amy Scobee (2005), Tom DeVocht (2005), Jeff Hawkins (2005), Mike Rinder (2007), and John Brousseau (2010) — fueled numerous newspapers series, television shows, and also a feature film documentary (2015's Going Clear), which gave us our clearest view yet of how Scientology leader David Miscavige ran the church.
We learned about "The Hole," for example, a prison for top executives that Miscavige created at Scientology's secretive "Int Base" near Hemet, California in 2004, when the St. Petersburg Times revealed its existence in its 2009 series, "The Truth Rundown." After that series, Miscavige made some changes to the Hole, something we learned from Brousseau, who came out after the others, in 2010.
But what about since then? Ron Miscavige Sr. left the base in 2012, but he was not a top-ranking executive, and we didn't get a lot of information about how conditions had changed at the base from his 2016 book, Ruthless. We've been hungering for any new information about the conditions at Int Base in more recent years. What little information we had received suggested that since a 2009/2010 FBI investigation of Scientology for human trafficking which was focused on the base, David Miscavige had been placing less emphasis on the compound as its population had shrunk.