Church of Scientology spied on father of Scientology leader David Miscavige

CommunicatorIC

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Church of Scientology spied on father of Scientology leader David Miscavige.

Los Angeles Times: Scientology head's father was spied on, police report says

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-scientology-private-eyes-20150409-story.html

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For 18 months private detectives tracked every move made by the father of David Miscavige, leader of the Church of Scientology, as they eavesdropped, spied on his emails and planted a GPS unit on his car, according to police records.

The church paid the two detectives $10,000 a week through an intermediary, the records indicate, all because Miscavige feared that his father would divulge too much about the organization's activities.

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The surveillance of Ronald Miscavige Sr., a longtime Scientologist who had recently parted ways with the church, was described by Florida private eye Dwayne S. Powell, after he was arrested in July 2013 near Milwaukee with two rifles, four handguns, 2,000 rounds of ammunition and a homemade silencer in his rented SUV.

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Seriously, you have to read the entire article.

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Once, while tailing Miscavige on a shopping trip, Powell and his partner watched him grasp his chest and slump over while loading his car. After his arrest, Powell told police he'd thought Miscavige was having a heart attack and might die. He said he phoned his intermediary for instructions.

Two minutes later a man who identified himself as David Miscavige called him back, according to records.

"David told him that if it was Ron's time to die, to let him die and not intervene in any way," the records state, noting that the apparent emergency passed "and nothing further happened."

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Little David

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Scientology head's father was spied on, police report says

From The LA Times:

A private eye tells of watching Ronald Miscavige Sr., who had parted ways with the church. David Miscavige and Scientology deny any connection to the investigator.

Los Angeles Times | April 8, 2015 | 5:59 PM

For 18 months private detectives tracked the father of David Miscavige, leader of the Church of Scientology, as they eavesdropped, spied on his emails and planted a GPS unit on his car, according to police records.


The church paid the two detectives $10,000 a week through an intermediary, the records indicate, because Miscavige feared that his father would divulge too much about the organization's activities.


The tracking near Milwaukee, detailed in documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times, is the latest in a decades-long series of allegations that the church has intimidated, harassed or abused current and former members, at times going to great lengths to dissuade them from discussing their experiences or knowledge of the secretive religion.


A church attorney called the private detectives' allegations "blatantly false."


http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-scientology-private-eyes-20150409-story.html#page=1

PS CommunicatorIC beat me by 8 minutes! I've asked for this post to be deleted.
 
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jbason

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Nothing too low for "dear leader", to let his dad basically die if that's what was going to happen. I wish his father would speak out! Now that he is aware that he was being followed and is getting older that will give him the incentive to go to the media, maybe. David miscaviages own dad, I think that would give even more incentive to yank the Co$' tax exempt status! I bet that man has some serious stories!
 

tetloj

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David told him that if it was Ron's time to die, to let him die and not intervene in any way," the records state, noting that the apparent emergency passed "and nothing further happened

Nice guy, Dave :angry:
 

CommunicatorIC

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EDITED TO ADD:

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-scientology-private-eyes-20150409-story.html

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The surveillance of Ronald Miscavige Sr., a longtime Scientologist who had recently parted ways with the church, was described by Florida private eye Dwayne S. Powell, after he was arrested in July 2013 near Milwaukee with two rifles, four handguns, 2,000 rounds of ammunition and a homemade silencer in his rented SUV.

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Churchill

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Well I for one am happy that my tax dollars are subsidizing these wonderful humanitarian surveillance activities.
Faith based groups like Scientology, Boko Haram, ISIS, and Hamas are so often mis-characterized by a biased and hate-filled media.
David Miscavige's touching concern for his father's health extended to having someone keep watch over him with a de-fibrilator, NOT a stun gun, as the lying media maliciously and falsely reported.
No son ever loved his father more...
 

BunnySkull

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Re: Scientology head's father was spied on, police report says

HOLY SHIT!!!!!!

Also, not surprised at all that DM was a-okay with this guy watching his father die alone in his car and not raise a finger.

also, HOLY SHIT!!!!!!

This story is dynamite, esp on the heels of Going Clear. Rifles, handguns, 2000 rounds of ammunition, HOMEMADE SILENCER!! The head of the CoS paying $10,000 a week to stalk his elderly father, but really the thing that will makes this huge is the fact that when the PI saw DM Sr. clutch his chest and appear in distress (PI thought a heart attack) and called DM for instructions, DM told the PI to do NOTHING, that if it was his time to die it was his time to die. I don't anything demonstrates the evilness of DM quite like him instructing a man to give no aid to his own father who was possibly dying alone in a parking lot. Wow. wow. wow. This is incredible, good going LA TIMES!!
 

CommunicatorIC

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EDITED AGAIN TO ADD:

Seriously, you have to read the entire article.

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-scientology-private-eyes-20150409-story.html

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Once, while tailing Miscavige on a shopping trip, Powell and his partner watched him grasp his chest and slump over while loading his car. After his arrest, Powell told police he'd thought Miscavige was having a heart attack and might die. He said he phoned his intermediary for instructions.

Two minutes later a man who identified himself as David Miscavige called him back, according to records.

"David told him that if it was Ron's time to die, to let him die and not intervene in any way," the records state, noting that the apparent emergency passed "and nothing further happened."

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JBWriter

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Excerpts from the LA Times article linked in the OP (my bold below):

"Please be advised that Mr. Miscavige does not know Mr. Powell, has never heard of Mr. Powell, has never met Mr. Powell, has never spoken to Mr. Powell, never hired Mr. Powell and never directed any investigations by Mr. Powell," Michael Lee Hertzberg, Miscavige's attorney, said in an email to The Times.

Gary Soter, an attorney for the church, said Scientology lawyers hire private investigators "in matters related to litigation" but he called the allegations involving David Miscavige "blatantly false." He declined to answer questions about David Miscavige's relationship with his father.

Once, while tailing [Ron] Miscavige on a shopping trip, Powell and his partner watched him grasp his chest and slump over while loading his car. After his arrest, Powell told police he'd thought Miscavige was having a heart attack and might die. He said he phoned his intermediary for instructions.

Two minutes later a man who identified himself as David Miscavige called him back, according to records.

"David told him that if it was Ron's time to die, to let him die and not intervene in any way,"

Powell told police the church paid him through another Florida investigations firm, Terry Roffler and Associates. Although he reported directly to that firm — hourly, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. — "the main client is a David Miscavige, who is the son of Ronald Miscavige," the records note.

Roffler, reached by telephone, said he was "not too familiar" with the case and declined to discuss it.

In his July 2013 interview with police, Powell said he and a second investigator, his 21-year-old son Daniel, searched the elder Miscavige's garbage, photographed him wherever he went and tracked him with a GPS device attached to his car and linked to an iPad that read out his location, the documents state. Police found marks on the underside of the car that they concluded were made by the magnetic GPS device, the records say.

"When Ron would go to the library to check his emails, they would stand behind him and take pictures of the screen," one report notes. "When he would be eating at a restaurant, they would sit nearby or at his table and listen to his conversations. If Ron was in his vehicle on the phone, they would pull up next to him and monitor his conversation."

Powell's son, in an interview with police, corroborated key details of his father's story, including that they worked for the church, records state. He also recalled the incident in the parking lot and David Miscavige's purported response, the documents say.

"Who could let their father die like that?" he said, according to the records.

And now, in 2015, Dwayne Powell no longer works as a private investigator or for Co$...and he declined further comment to the LA Times. :coolwink:

Hertzberg, Soter, & Roffler's comments are hilarious! :lol:

This is my new favorite article to have been published since Going Clear premiered. :clap::yes::clap:

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tetloj

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Re: Scientology head's father was spied on, police report says

That Hertzberg quote is a doozy

It reminds me of Vicki Pollard from Little Britain - 'He never saw nobody or nuthin'
 

JBWriter

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Re: Scientology head's father was spied on, police report says

That Hertzberg quote is a doozy

It reminds me of Vicki Pollard from Little Britain - 'He never saw nobody or nuthin'

"David Miscavige does not know Ron Miscavige, Becky Miscavige, Dwayne Powell, Daniel Powell, Texas, or me." - Michael Lee Hertzberg
 

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Re: Scientology head's father was spied on, police report says

From The LA Times:

A private eye tells of watching Ronald Miscavige Sr., who had parted ways with the church. David Miscavige and Scientology deny any connection to the investigator.

Los Angeles Times | April 8, 2015 | 5:59 PM

For 18 months private detectives tracked the father of David Miscavige, leader of the Church of Scientology, as they eavesdropped, spied on his emails and planted a GPS unit on his car, according to police records.


The church paid the two detectives $10,000 a week through an intermediary, the records indicate, because Miscavige feared that his father would divulge too much about the organization's activities.


The tracking near Milwaukee, detailed in documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times, is the latest in a decades-long series of allegations that the church has intimidated, harassed or abused current and former members, at times going to great lengths to dissuade them from discussing their experiences or knowledge of the secretive religion.


A church attorney called the private detectives' allegations "blatantly false."


http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-scientology-private-eyes-20150409-story.html#page=1

PS CommunicatorIC beat me by 5 minutes! I've asked for this post to be deleted.


Yessssss!
 

CommunicatorIC

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Tony Ortega has a post up on this.

‘Let him die': Scientology leader David Miscavige had private eyes watching his father, say police

http://tonyortega.org/2015/04/08/le...-private-eyes-watching-his-father-say-police/

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Scientology denies that Powell was working for Miscavige, but that’s a clever dodge. As Mike Rinder has explained to us in the past, Scientology PIs are hired by attorneys who work for the church so they can say they don’t work directly for Scientology.

We’re working to have much more on this story for you in the morning.

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A must-read expose on COB sadism, over at Tony's UNDERGROUND BUNKER.

This breaking story falls under the category of: "Just when you thought the cult's public relations could not possibly get any worse....."

Facing felony charges, Powell decided to spill his guts. He told police that he was keeping tabs on Ron Sr. for Scientology. And at one point, while he was watching Ron in a Walmart parking lot, he saw Ron clutch his chest and bend over. Worried that the 79-year-old man was having a heart attack, he called in to ask what to do.
He told police David Miscavige himself eventually got on the line. “David told him that if it was Ron’s time to die, to let him die and not intervene in any way,” the police report states.


What could Miscavige possibly do to top that? Sipping scotch and laughing demonically while he tortures kittens on YouTube?
 
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