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A Common Story

by T. Paine

The fall of Scientology orgs has exact causes and the current plight of Birmingham in the UK is all too typical.

My wife and I used to run Birmingham Org. We took it from one of the smallest, most failing of Class V orgs in the world, with huge debts, to one of the best, certainly the best in the UK. But our successful run came to an end when, in what I can only imagine was a fit of spite or jealousy, David Miscavige had us removed and kicked out in the spring of 2005.

Contrary to the heavy black propaganda since spread on us by OSA UK, at the time we “left” we had a winning scene of around 60 staff operating within a real Scientology community. Tech wins were good and numerous. Very few if any staff moonlighted (had second jobs) because the org made enough to pay them a living wage, so they were able to stay on  post and serve the public to their fullest extent.

Our image in the local community was good enough that we were granted rates (property tax) exemption by Birmingham City Council, back in the late 90s, on both educational and religious grounds. I know this first hand, I met the representatives of the city at the time and showed them around the org and explained what we did. In fact, it was the city representatives themselves, at that meeting that helped us out by volunteering that we should also claim on educational grounds, which we did.

The tax exemption would save Birmingham Org well over half a million dollars in the next twelve years. Since we had moved the org from the outskirts of the city to a building in the center with its own commercial kitchens, the extra money came in handy as we were able to feed our staff lunch and dinner during the week. It proved to be a key element in our success.

Though we did resist the IAS and got into fire fights with them from time to time, I’m sorry to say financial damage to some public in our field did occur. But we managed to resist “Ideal” Org fundraising with more success. We saw the Ideal Org Strategy as lunacy, off LRH policy and, despite rising pressure, wouldn’t implement it.
We knew that Scientology expanded because LRH books were read; tech was good and people disseminated. Scientology was a hands-on, grass roots movement. We felt that no amount of electronic equipment, bricks, mortar or erected stone would cause Scientology org expansion. Though we saw others being seduced by the sexy sounding Miscavige lie: “If you build it Scientology will miraculously expand”, to us it rang blatantly false. We knew that the financial burden and work load Miscavige’s “strategy” would put on org staff and the public would be a massive distraction to the real (LRH) purpose for orgs and so destroy both org and field. As per LRH, activities are damaged by wrong whys. This one was so deep and so wide it would be an org and field crasher all by itself. All orgs would suffer horribly and most would not survive it.

Prediction Come True

Of late, the direct reports I’ve received on what’s been happening with Birmingham Org plus its financial summaries for 2008 and 2009 (see below) provide a grim insight into how Miscavige’s Radical Corporate Scientology ideal org “strategy” crashed it.

BIRMINGHAM ORG COMPARISON
(In British Pounds)

2004 2008 2009
Income paid in for services 650,000 171,296 176,287
Donations for buildings zero 891,688 55,783
Money spent on telephone
and postage (outflow)
60,000 54,702 24,814
Operating Loss none masked by
building funds
149,582


As with its plummeting income, you can be certain that by 2009, Birmingham org delivery and outreach actions dropped to a fraction of what they used to be in 2004, which matches reports we’ve received.

In 2004 Birmingham Org was a viable delivering org, able to feed and pay its staff and carry out standard LRH promotional actions. By 2009 it is completely broke and operating at a huge loss. On only 3000 pounds a week income it is completely unable to pay its staff or promote. Consequently, and per reports, most remaining staff moonlight while others had to leave to make ends meet.

More and more, from 2005 onwards, Birmingham org staff bought into the huge lie that if they just got a massive building “all their problems would be solved”. So they ceased outreach and delivery actions to work on the so called ideal org strategy. Now the org is in a tailspin, free falling rapidly back to the state it was in when we found it -- a couple of staff, no delivery, no outreach,  no public, unable to pay its bills and possessing huge debts. Hell, in many respects it is worse off now than ever before because it has a massive stone monolith tied around it neck, dragging it down further and guaranteeing it won’t recover.

The rock around its neck

Through the financial rape of Birmingham and other UK Scientologists, plus a bail out I believe, they have managed to buy a large building. But per reports the public are now staying away from the org in droves; they are broke and so tired of being financially hammered. And who can blame them? Birmingham has yet to raise the $5 million needed to renovate the monolith so fund raising is going to crank up again.

Renovation may never happen and even if it does the building is in the Village of Moseley, outside the city center, a location in which the org previously failed. I tried to tell Miscavige’s people when I was in LA in 2006. I even put it in writing, Birmingham org has never made it outside the city center and I cited all the reasons.

English cities are like wheels where all the spokes are roads.  All forms of transport lead along those spokes into and out of the city center, the hub of the wheel. The center is where most things happen. If you locate an org outside the center (on one of those spokes) many people won’t be able to reach the org because they would have to take two buses or trains just to get there, one into the center from wherever they start out, and a second out to the org.

So being outside the city center will cause yet a further drop in income while the operating costs to run the Village of Moseley Miscavige monolith will be ten times what they were in the city center.

And it gets worse. The City of Birmingham recently revoked the org’s property tax exemption. I shudder to think what the taxes will be on the Village of Moseley Miscavige monolith.

Remember, Miscavige will never let them sell the building. They may think they own it but they don’t, Radical Corporate Scientology does, but the org WILL have to cover its operating costs.

I can tell you from reports I’ve received; this has been and continues to be a huge morale crusher for the staff and public in Birmingham. As a result staff continue to drift away from their posts and the public stay away from the org. And it’s only going to get worse. I don’t think they can pull off the renovation of the Moseley building because I know the public and they just don’t have the money. It’s unreal. Even if Miscavige bails them out of this mess and funds the renovations (which I don’t see happening) the staff attrition  will continue. So by the time it’s done (if it happens at all) they will be back to square zero – no staff, huge overheads, no phones, no heating, with even bigger debts and mis-located outside the city center. Exactly how we found them in 1991.

Empty buildings and empty promises, a world-wide story

After we were forced to leave Birmingham Org in 2005 we returned to Scientology Management in Los Angeles where we found this sad tale to be the norm around the world. What was left of Scientology management had been driven fund raising crazy. They too had bought the Miscavige lie that if they just got the public to finance multi million dollar buildings and multi million dollar renovation jobs, all our troubles would be over and purposes miraculously achieved. They had bought into the falsehood that a lack of such quarters was the cause of any trouble in the first place. The fact the falsehood violated a host of LRH policies and was a total org crasher seemed to be lost on most people.

Perhaps more knew it was lunacy than would let on but weren’t going to say anything out of fear. This was possibly true because, as we witnessed, Miscavige’s personal representative on the scene ruthlessly ruled the roost and forced this madness down all management lines on the hour, every hour, and would brook no resistance.

We left the Sea Org in 2006.

Since leaving the Sea Org it has been disclosed to us, by those who were there at the time that this worldwide building madness was instigated by Miscavige solely because he was embarrassed by a single report from a celebrity (Tom Cruise) about how he didn’t like the look of Celebrity Center Paris. The whole of Scientology brought to its knees by Miscavige’s Mission Impossible so he could please a celebrity or two.

Let’s be clear, in this Mission Impossible script there is no happy ending.

Written by T. Paine

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+2 # Centurion 2011-07-19 15:17
What a tragedy.

Yes indeed...a mission of seemingly impossible destruction being accomplished by the camera operator.

"This org will self distruct in 12 seconds".
 
 
+3 # Karen de la Carriere 2011-07-19 19:15
Great Essay Haydn.
Thank you.

Janet Reitman book "Inside Scientology" excerpt
p347

Scientology's Real Estate Portfolio.
Since the early 2000s Scientology has been running a very profitable and building renovation scheme called the Ideal Org Program
Indeed, according to numerous reports from within and outside the Church, Real Estate may now be Scientology's cash cow.

Comparable model for Ideal org Program is Mcdonalds. One of the most successful Real Estate corporations in the Country. Mcdonalds earns most of its income , no from the sale of Big Macs, but from the money its franchise owners pay to rent their properties.

Scientology has used this formula....from the International Landlord Office to purchase choice buildings around the world often through 3rd party corporations, and paying for them with cash, with IAS money raised from Scientology Parishioners

End of quote.

#######

It doesn't matter whether Parishioners are gouged and drained of their finances.
It doesn't matter if Parishioners have been forced to take out 2nd and 3rd Trust Deeds and go into bankruptcy and foreclosure.
It doesn't matter that the staff cannot live on staff pay and live in semi-poverty.
The RENT of the property goes to RTC whether the Org makes any $$$$ or not. RTC $$$$$$ is guaranteed ! They are renting the property from the Church of Scientology International !

The hours, days, weeks, months, years of the vampire culture for $$$$$ for the local city to have an IDEAL ORG is a real Estate Scam for RTC to suck out monthly rent !

This is right off the top of "FP" Financial Planning whether any staff are paid, whether supplies are gotten, whether anyone other than DM's THUGS get their CUT.

Note DM must continue to live like a Saudi Prince.
See my earlier post on how the Miscavige lives.
The leader of the fastest growing Religion of the 21st century !
 
 
+3 # Karen de la Carriere 2011-07-19 19:34
In contrast to starving can't-pay-their rent staff members, this is how the Head of the "Church" of Scientology lives ~~

Living like a Saudi King on 501C3 ~ no Taxes

Personal staff to treat Miscavige like a King around the clock 24/7/365

David Miscavige personal hairdresser

David Miscavige personal makeup Artist

David Miscavige Chef

David Miscavige Chef for breads and desserts

David Miscavige Valet

David Miscavige Laundry in-charge

David Miscavige Cleaner of personal residences

David Miscavige Computer specialist

David Miscavige personal communicator

David Miscavige Chauffeur

David Miscavige Secretary #1 and Secretary #2

David Miscavige Enforcer of "ETHICS"

David Miscavige Enforcer of COMPLIANCE for orders

David Miscavige Masseuse

David Miscavige Typist #1, #2, #3. (3 personnel)

David Miscagive Personal Security #1, #2, #3 (3 personnel)


They do not work for a "Religion"
The above work around the clock for David Miscavige's personal benefit on the 501C3 "Tax free" status while he brutalizes those around him and some hundreds of Sea Org members on lock down at INT Base.
There is no free passage back andforth through the Guard Gates.


Thanks to Marc Headley "Blown for Good" for the following ~~

And for Miscavige’s personal ground transportation? No expense spared. A $50,000 Acura RL for the Int Base. A $25,000 Mazda Miata. An $80,000 Range Rover. A $150,000 bulletproof GMC Van. A $25,000 custom-made motorcycle. A $110,000 BMW M6 bought for him by ASI staff for his birthday. Another $45,000 Acura to use then he’s in Clearwater. Most Sea Org Members don’t own a car, and if they do, it’s an old clunker they can’t afford the insurance on.
Food? A personal chef who travels with him. Haircut? A personal stylist who travels with him. Laundry? Cleaning? Done by personal staff, who are paid 40 cents an hour.
And if he wants to throw a birthday party to impress his friend Tom Cruise? No problem. Dave threw Tom a $250,000 party aboard Freewinds in 2004, and another $250,000 party in 2005. And the food, décor, music and entertainment were all put together by Sea Org Members, paid $50 a week.
Dave needs a place to stay in LA when he’s in town? No problem, he purchased a $4,600,000.00 apartment complex.


Item: Value
Acura RL - Int Base $50,000.00
Acura TSX - Int Base $35,000.00
Mazda Miata $25,000.00
Range Rover $80,000.00
Bullet proof GMC Van $150,000.00
New RTC Building - sitting empty $15,000,000.00
Redoing Music Studio at Gold - 3 times to "Perfection" $5,000,000.00
House for LRH (Built two decades after death) $10,000,000.00
Birthday Party for Tom Cruise aboard Freewinds 2004 $250,000.00
Birthday Party for Tom Cruise aboard Freewinds 2005 $250,000.00
Flights for David Miscavige & staff for events only (past ten years ) $20,000,000.00
SP Building in CW $100,000,000.00
Fort Harrison Renovations $40,000,000.00
David Miscavige personal berthing building purchase in Hollywood $4,600,000.00
David Miscavige's office sound systems throughout the world $ 10,000,000.00
Custom hand crafted motorcycle custom made for DM $ 25,000.00
Renovations at Hacienda Gardens for Dave Miscavige berthing $100,000.00
Average cost of suit worn by David Miscavige $5,000.00
BMW M6 bought for him by ASI for birthday $110,000.00
Acura - CW one that sits around most of year $45,000.00

Total costs of personal items
bought bought by David Miscavige for self INDULGENCE = $ 205,725,000.00.

Can be fully documented by whistleblowers

NO Taxes are paid!
501c3 !
The money is for self-pampering, high priced Lawyers and Private Investigators.
 
 
+1 # agustin 2012-02-14 01:02
I used to be staff at Flag and I so hate how when his birthday was around the corner the Flag President`s office staff would wait around at treasury on pay day and get money out of all staff -No One Excluded - even if your 50.00 dollar a week allowance was cut to a third of that! If they did not see you at Treasury they would go out of their way to find you so could make your "donation to COB" and then we would be presented with "what our donations bought".
I remember a couple of times Bikes being bought for him. Taylor made suits, scuba diving gear and underwater filming equipment.

Because my pay was cut to about 15 dollars per week (sometimes ZERO) because I was under "ethics" the president office people would have to come and visit some of over a period of weeks until we could "cover our quota of donation"

My only consolation now is to see that he has dug a real deep and dark hole for himself and it is only a matter of time until he lands at the bottom of it because he already took the plunge.
 
 
+1 # RJ 2011-07-20 00:30
Thanks Haydn.

You mean this Ideal Org blow out is because Cruise whined about the Paris CC?

Un&*%###ing believable!!!!!

If you remember the old Mission Impossible series which I like better than the movies.

"The Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions and this organization will self destruct...etc."

Thanks Karen.

Very enlightening.

The words "vicious little parasite" comes to mind.

After reading that.
 
 
# aotc 2011-07-20 11:59
What a waste of talent and dedication.

Hayden, can I have your email address? I'm only small fry but I was onlines at Bham when you and Lucy were there and would like to get in comm.
 
 
# Fummed 2011-07-25 14:08
There are only 2 LRH references we could find where it mentions - "Ideal Org". And the second one is an exact copy of the 1st one. They are dated in the 1970's.

Ron only mentions it, at that time period, as a scene worth looking at as far as what an org should be. He doesn't talk about some massive project to violate his other policies and financial principles and suck $$$ out of parishioners for pursuit of MEST.

Later in 1982 LRH definitely stated (339R) that he did want a big booming PRODUCTIVE, SOLVENT org. You know, where staff pay is good and can pay their bills. AUDITORS and CLEARS are produced every week. Lots of staff and fsms to get this done. The churchs would all pay the bills and OWN their own buildings and be doing just fine. He talked about DOINGNESS ! NOT about HAVINGNESS ! Thetans working as a team for theta. NOT $ extortion for MEST.

To say dm is PTS middle class in an understatement. The fact that he's CAUSING others to be, is what's the truth. And ruining others lives as well.

The appropriate justice gradient would be a guillotine awaiting him at the next event. And when he walks out onto the stage and wonders what that is doing there, a group of henchmen come out from behind the curtain and administer the procedure. You know, like "putting a head on a pike". Right in front of the entire audience. And he's then floating up above the audience, which is breaking out in a thunderous applause, and thinking "jeez man, I knew I'd pull this in before much longer, I just didn't know how..."

:-)
 
 
+1 # Richard 2011-08-27 17:47
I was on staff in Birmingham when Lucy and Hayden were leading the team. The buzz of growth was strong. It was tough out there but the org was tight and we knew we were one of the best orgs in the world.
Sad to see it leave the city centre, from what was a prime spot to a difficult to get to, building with zero chance of walk-in students.
 
 
+2 # Mike 2011-09-08 03:47
For what it's worth, the relocation to Moseley is a good thing since less people will be sucked into this terrible system.
- No offence intended but it sounds like an awfull organisation
 
 
# blissfulldreams 2012-09-23 03:46
link for Birmingham mail showing pic of house and story

http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2012/09/22/mystery-over-empty-scientology-hq-in-birmingham-97319-31883829/
 
 
# Guest 2013-03-16 16:58
Planning application is in for splitting up the site for housing and modifying the listed building.

App Nos: 2013/01639/PA
and 2013/01171/PA (a modification to an earlier application)


http://eplanning.birmingham.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/ApplicationSearch.aspx
 

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