The "inland base"
A damning article in the LA Times about Scientology - with an extensive photo gallery attached.
The creepy picture above is Tom Cruise with the creepy David Miscavige - leader of the "religion". The two of them are thick as thieves.
From the article:
Scientology has long recruited Hollywood luminaries. But the close friendship of these two men for nearly 20 years and their mutual devotion to Hubbard help explain Cruise's transformation from just another celebrity adherent into the public face of the church.
The bond between the star and his spiritual leader was evident last year when the two traded effusive words and crisp salutes at a Scientology gala in England. Calling Cruise "the most dedicated Scientologist I know," Miscavige presented him with the church's first Freedom Medal of Valor."
Thank you for your trust, thank you for your confidence in me," Cruise replied, according to Scientology's Impact magazine. "I have never met a more competent, a more intelligent, a more tolerant, a more compassionate being outside of what I have experienced from LRH. And I've met the leaders of leaders. I've met them all."
The difference in lifestyle between the "staffers" and Miscavige is made blatantly obvious in the article in The Times.
Are we seeing an unraveling here? Scientology - for so long in charge of its own publicity - ruthless, litigious - now seems to be losing control. If an article like that can run - and in the LA Times no less - perhaps things are falling apart? The upper echelon no longer protected?
We will have to wait and see.