Part 3: The Urgency Scam
For decades the church has been selling the wonders of the release of the ultimate answer to planetary clearing – and raising hundreds of millions of dollars in the process. Yet, after all this time, after LRH announced Super Power would be being delivered at the Saint Hills in 6 weeks IN NINETEEN SEVENTY NINE, there is nothing to show for it other than an unoccupied piece of MEST. That has to make even the most dedicated church member think. But that is exactly what David Miscavige cannot afford.
When you tell people in 1993 their money is urgently needed to make the Super Power rundowns available in 2 years – how do you keep stringing them along for nearly 20 years now?
First there are pretty pictures. Then stories about planning steps and re-planning steps and the design steps, redesign steps and final design steps. Then CGI videos showing what the building will look like. And then a new one showing what it will look like again – now entirely different. Then you promote the “successes” of Opinion Leaders who have complete the rundown (and even have them interviewed in the media).
But, you sooner or later run out of smoke and mirrors screens and you have to do something more substantial or even the most indoctrinated start to doubt the sincerity of your statements.
So 1998 is shovel time:
The ground breaking ceremony. Now it is truly “going to happen.” It’s just a matter of a few years before the Super Power Rundowns are going to be released.
A 1999 story in the St. Pete Times reports (based on information provided by the church):
CLEARWATER -- The foundation has been poured and two towering white
cranes reach into the downtown sky.
"Construction is well under way on a 370,000-square-foot Church of Scientology building that will take two years to build.
"When it opens, Scientology expects to have doubled its uniformed staff to 2,000. It also projects that the number of Scientology parishioners visiting Clearwater will increase from 1,500 to as many as 5,000 at any given time..."
What follows next is characterized by the City of Clearwater as a "shell game".
Official building permits for the outer shell of the building are finally issued in 2000. The permits expire in 2004. The planned construction period for the outer shell of the building is scheduled to be 2-2.5 years.
Surprise, or not as we will learn, the building is not done in 2004 when the permits expire. The City of Clearwater, tired of the delays and endless excuses why there is a construction site in the middle of downtown, subsequently issues penalties in excess of $450,000.
The Church claims in 2004 the reason for the work stoppage at the site is a change of building contractors and rework of the interior design. In the following 7 years David Miscavige has 10 different construction projects in Clearwater started and finished, while the Super power building sat incomplete. This included purchasing and renovating the Oak Cove behind the Ft Harrison and fully renovating the entire Ft Harrison itself.
In a hearing before the City of Clearwater, church lawyers asked the penalties to be reduced to about $40,000. The Review Board declines the request, but reduced the fines to $415,000. This fine was finally paid in 2012 – AND THE BUILDING IS STILL NOT OPENED!
So, the construction of the building scheduled to take 2.5 years is still not done 13 years later. And while many other projects are completed, David Miscavige would rather pay a $415,000 fine than finish the building and make planetary clearing possible. Incompetence? Or deception and misrepresentation? Of course, the $415,000 isn’t significant to Miscavige….
The Super Power expansion project raised in excess of $25 million per year. How can you continue to demand money to build a building that is complete? So there is a need to keep it unfinished. Paying $415,000 to keep it unfinished is just small change compared to the tens of millions it generates for every year of delay. And of course, who REALLY paid the City fees? Those who were convinced to turn over their money to make Super Power possible. It’s easy to waste other people’s money. The scammed are paying for the privilege of being scammed.
Miscavige is playing a shell game, and he offers up numerous distractions to make the suckers who give him their money believe it is a real game. This is a 2006 promo piece claiming 200 Super Power Auditors in Training. The training of a Super Power auditor should take no longer than a year, 2 on the outside. So, by 2008, 200 auditors should have been ready, willing and able to deliver the Super Power Rundowns. 4 years later and still not a single hour has been delivered. Incompetence? Or deliberate deception?
All of this charade is for the purpose of extract money from Scientologists. The pressure is enormous, and sometimes the consequences are tragic. One big donator, who gave multi millions to the church and the Super Power expansion project committed suicide when his construction company began having financial problems. On May 29th 2009 he jumped from a 200 foot high bridge on the Big Sur Coast. Scientologists in his company lied about the cause of death to cover up the suicide.
Here is a man who gave enormous amounts of money to what he believed a worthy and vital cause and then sees no way out other than suicide.
Video of City of Clearwater Building commission hearing