Scientology's Colombia strategy becomes clear: It's total war - 2018-09-05
Always attack, never defend. That's the motto that L. Ron Hubbard instilled in Scientology before he left for other parts of the galaxy, and it's a rallying cry that current leader David Miscavige has always taken to heart.
And in Colombia, he is definitely on the attack.
A month ago, the Colombian media began a feeding frenzy over what it considered a juicy scandal: On June 23 in Barbados, to cap this year's "Maiden Voyage" celebration of Scientology's private cruise ship the Freewinds, Miscavige had himself pinned with a medal by a retired Colombian national police general, Carlos Ramiro Mena. For years, we've watched and rolled our eyes as Miscavige has used the Colombian police forces and military as props in his public relations schemes to impress wealthy donors. But having himself pinned with a medal was so over the top, Miscavige's dockside display became an obsession for the Colombian media.