David Miscavige

David Miscavige is the successor to L. Ron Hubbard, current head of Scientology (Chairman of the Board of the Religious Technology Center).

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November 17, 2013 Stars come out for dedication of Scientology's 'Super Power' building in Clearwater Actors Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kelly Preston joined a smaller than expected crowd of Scientologists on Sunday to dedicate what the church calls its most important project ever, its massive Flag Building. Church leader David Miscavige presided in a ceremony that lasted just eight minutes and was marked by a burst of confetti that rained down like golden tickets. His remarks couldn't be understood outside the church's perimeter. Celebrities in Scientology, Clearwater, David Miscavige, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Press, Tom Cruise
January 7, 2008 Cruise is Second Most Powerful Scientologist, Morton Book Claims Devotees of the Church of Scientology have gained access to thousands of British children through a charity that visits schools to lecture on the dangers of drugs. A Sunday Times investigation has found that Marlborough College is one of more than 500 schools across Britain where the charity has taught. Critics of the charity, Narconon, say it is a front to promote the teaching of Scientology - the controversial "religion" founded by L Ron Hubbard, the science fiction writer. Schools contacted last week said they knew nothing about the charity's links with Scientology. David Miscavige, Press, Tom Cruise
April 19, 2000 Church Wants Leader Shielded Scientology continued its fight to keep its worldwide leader out of the legal fight over the 1995 death of Scientologist Lisa McPherson. The church went to court to ask a Hillsborough judge to remove David Miscavige as a defendant in the wrongful death lawsuit. In a separate action, the church filed a lawsuit in Pinellas circuit court alleging McPherson's estate broke a 1997 agreement by including Miscavige in the wrongful death suit in the first place. David Miscavige, deaths, lawsuits, Press
October 25, 1998 The Man Behind Scientology When David Miscavige recounts his rise to power in the Church of Scientology - a journey that began when he quit high school at age 16 - it is mostly a story of war. War against renegade Scientologists. War against Scientology's critics. War against its one-time archenemy, the IRS. Miscavige's friends say he is "intense" and "insistent" and "doesn't suffer fools lightly." Scientology's critics say he is a bully. Clearwater, David Miscavige, Press
November 21, 1993 Exempted, Not Vindicated David Miscavige, chairman of the board for Scientology's "Religious Technology Center," said recently that the IRS decision to grant his corporate empire a tax exemption was "a major victory for us." He added: "We were under siege. ... Now we've been vindicated." His smugness aside, the business of Scientology, which is to sell vulnerable people counseling services at rates up to $800 an hour, was not vindicated by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. It was merely exempted from taxation. David Miscavige, IRS, Press, Scientology and Society
October 1, 1991 Scientology - A Dangerous Cult Goes Mainstream The Church of Scientology, started by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard to "clear" people of unhappiness, portrays itself as a religion. In reality, the church is a hugely profitable global racket that survives by intimidating members and critics in a Mafia-like manner. At times during the past decade, revelations in the media and prosecutions against Scientology seemed to be curbing its menace. But now the group, which is trying to go mainstream, threatens to become insidious and pervasive than ever. Cynthia Kisser, David Miscavige, deaths, Dorothy Geary, front groups, L. Ron Hubbard, Margaret Singer, Noah Lottick, Press, Robert Geary, Scientology and Society, Vicki Aznaran
June 24, 1990 David Miscavige profiled Los Angeles Times: David Miscavige profiled David Miscavige
June 24, 1990 Los Angeles Times: The Man in Control The Church of Scientology today is run by David Miscavige, a high-school dropout who grew up at the knee of the late L. Ron Hubbard and wields power with the iron-fisted approach of his mentor. David Miscavige, Los Angeles, CA, Press
July 11, 1984 article includes interviews with Gerald Armstrong, Laurel Sullivan, Kima Douglas, Howard Schomer and Edward Walters. They accuse New York Times: article includes interviews with Gerald Armstrong, Laurel Sullivan, Kima Douglas, Howard Schomer and Edward Walters. They accuse Hubbard of diverting millions of dollars of church money into his own overseas accounts and state that Hubbard still controls operations of the church but has turned over daily operations to David Miscavige and Pat and Annie Broeker. David Miscavige