Last Updated – May 4, 2012
You have to be courageous to publicly criticize the Church of Scientology. The organization recently proved — again — how far it will go to investigate, smear and intimidate critics.
Jesse Prince is one of those people the Church of Scientology perceives as an enemy because he is a vocal critic. A former Scientologist, Prince is expected to testify in an upcoming civil trial over the 1995 death of Scientologist Lisa McPherson, who died while in the care of church staffers in Clearwater.
It isn’t uncommon for one side in a lawsuit to attempt to discredit the testimony of the other side’s witnesses. But the Church of Scientology set out to destroy Jesse Prince.
The church’s lawyers hired several private investigators who watched Prince for months. They even searched for and found a black private investigator from Lake Wales who could unobtrusively follow Prince, who is black, into minority neighborhoods. Prince’s privacy was invaded by secret videotaping. The black private investigator, using a false name and identity, befriended an unsuspecting Prince and was invited into his home. That investigator later claimed he saw Prince smoke marijuana.
With that, the investigators appeared to have the evidence of “immoral or illegal” activities they had been instructed to find. But that wasn’t enough for the Church of Scientology. A church investigator took the information to the Largo Police Department, implying that Prince was a drug dealer. The department assigned an undercover officer, who visited Prince’s home with the black private eye. The officer found no evidence that Prince sold drugs, but saw a marijuana plant growing in a pot on Prince’s pool deck. Prince was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of cultivating marijuana.
But even that wasn’t enough for the Church of Scientology. An investigator working for the church called the Largo police detective and suggested other charges that could be filed against Prince. The Largo Police Department wasn’t smart to get involved in what was essentially a campaign of harassment against Prince by Scientology, but at least it drew the line at heaping on unwarranted charges. The cultivation charge was dropped Friday after a jury that heard the case was unable to reach a verdict and a mistrial was declared.
An attorney for the Church of Scientology defended the practice of using private investigators to protect the organization from people who “harass” it. Interesting. Scientology doesn’t want to be criticized or harassed, but it doesn’t hesitate to harass and intimidate others.
Again and again in recent years, Scientology has claimed that it has reformed, that it no longer engages in the kind of underhanded or illegal behavior and smear tactics that have earned it a sorry reputation around the globe. Again and again, Scientology has argued that it is a religion and should be treated like any other church.
But again and again, stories surface that set Scientology apart. Not only does it have a penchant for secrecy, it will spend virtually unlimited time and money on pursuing, setting up and bringing down its critics.
That’s not like any church we know.
ESTATE OF LISA McPHERSON, by and
through the Personal Representative,
VS. Case No.
CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY FLAG
SERVICE ORGANIZATION, INC.; AFFIDAVIT OF
JANIS JOHNSON; ALAIN KARTUZINSKI; JESSE PRINCE
and DAVID HOUGHTON
STATE OF FLORIDA :
COUNTY OF HILLSBOROUGH :
BEFORE ME, personally appeared JESSE PRINCE, who, after being duly sworn,
deposes and says:
1. I am over 18 years of age and currently reside in the state of Illinois,
Cook County. This declaration is of my own personal knowledge and if called
upon to testify to the facts herein I could and would be competently able to
My History in Scientology
2. I was in Scientology for 16 years (1976-92). In July of 1992, I
escaped with my wife from Scientology headquarters at Gilman Hotsprings, Ca.
Under duress, my wife and I were forced to return. After intense interrogation
and isolation, my wife and I on October 31, 1992, were able to leave
Scientology, but only after we were coerced to sign a release containing
untrue statements protecting Scientology from legal liability. I remained
silent about my experience in Scientology, since upon leaving I was subjected
to routine monitoring by Mike Sutter of the Religious Technology Center,
(RTC), and Earl Cooley, Scientology counsel. In July of 1998, I discovered
that others had similar experiences and were courageous enough to speak out
against Scientology. I therefore ended my silence so that others would know
about the truth of what really happens within the inner circles of
2. I am intimately familiar with the organization, movement, beliefs,
practices and technologies of Scientology. I served in the highest ranks of
Scientology, including second in command of the Religious Technology Center
(RTC), the most senior body of Scientology.
3. Beginning in March of 1983 and until the Spring of 1987, I held the
position of “Deputy Inspector General, External”. In this position, I was
one of three members of the Board of Directors of RTC while David Miscavige
was on its Board of Trustees.
4. In the position of “Deputy Inspector General, External”, I was in charge of
supervising all activities in every aspect of Scientology, i.e., supervising
senior management structure of the “mother church”, Church of Scientology
International, CSI. In the hierarchy of all of Scientology, I was only two
steps removed from L. Ron Hubbard. Mr. Hubbard gave his orders to David
Miscavige who in turn gave them to me to supervise, delegate and enforce
their execution. Corporately speaking, Vicki Aznaran, the President of RTC,
and I were accountable and reported only to David Miscavige and L. Ron
Hubbard. RTC gave CSI the license to use Dianetics and Scientology
5. Moreover, I was in charge of theTrademark Integrity Secretary, (TMI Sec),
Jim Mooney, who had authority over the senior management of CSI called the
Watchdog Committee. This Committee has complete authority over the different
sectors of all of Scientology. The members of this committee are comprised of
senior management officials who oversee and control the management of the
following: FLAG SERVICE ORGANIZATION,(FSO); World Institute of Scientology
Enterprises, (WISE); Scientology Missions International,(SMI); Reserves, the
person responsible for the management and supervision of all bank accounts and
revenues; Golden Era Productions, (GOLD);Flag Land Base,(FLB); Sea Org, (SO);
Celebrity Center International, (CCInt); and Office of Special Affairs, (OSA),
which handles all the legal and intelligence functions of Scientology.
7. Some of my specific duties as Deputy Inspector General, External,
included supervising all litigation by or against any Scientology
organization, intelligence and covert operations brought against perceived or
imagined “enemies”, trademark registrations, and the licensing of trademarks
to other Scientology corporations to create the false impression of
“corporate integrity”. I was also in charge of the “Celeb Project,” which ran
all auditing of Scientology celebrities, such as John Travolta, Priscilla
Presley, Kirstie Alley, Anne Archer, and Chick Corea to name a few. I was
also the auditor for David Miscavige and his wife, Shelly. I was the course
instructor for all of the auditing courses for Alain Kartuzinski and his
Cramming Officer for Class 10, 11, and 12, 12 being the highest level an
auditor can reach.
6. I first became involved with Scientology in September, 1976, in San
Francisco. In late 1976, I joined the elite Scientology paramilitary
organization known as the Sea Organization, also known as the “Sea Org” or the
acronym “SO”. Sea Organization personnel are authorized to take over and
control Scientology organizations and to demote or promote personnel including
chief executives, move bank accounts, and run the corporation as if SO
personnel were employees or representatives of that corporation. The power
of the SO is not only over the purported religious Scientology organizations
but also prevails over the secular organizations such as WISE or Bridge
Publications. The Sea Org’s pervasive authority is possible because the only
personnel allowed into executive positions in these organizations are those
who are in full agreement that the Sea Organization is the commanding
7. Before I was recruited into the Religious Technology Center (RTC) in 1982,
most of my experience was with Scientology technical material; the actual
codified auditing and administrative techniques used within the organization.
This gave me considerable time to become familiar with these technical
materials, most of which was written by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
My knowlege and expertise of the technologies prompted my promotion to a
technical position at RTC.
8. In the fall of 1982, L. Ron Hubbard issued an order to find the best
Supervisor/Cramming Officer in all of Scientology and bring that person to
Golden Era Productions (GOLD) to correct and train the senior executive
management structure of the Scientology empire all around the world. A
Supervisor in Scientology is analogous to a teacher in a class room. A
Cramming Officer is responsible for the correction of individuals who have
difficulty in executing the techniques of Dianetics and Scientology or
otherwise following the dogma of L. Ron Hubbard to the letter. Mike Eldridge,
a personal emissary of L. Ron Hubbard, in charge of conducting the search to
find the most qualified person to serve as Supervisor/Cramming Officer,
recommended me to David Miscavige, who ultimately approved my appointment. I
was transferred to, lived and worked at what is known as “Golden Era Studios,”
near Hemet, California. It is also known as “Gold” or simply “The Base”,
where senior management of Scientology is headquartered.
9. By Scientology standards, I was a very highly trained auditor and case
supervisor. An auditor in Scientology is a trained practitioner of the pseudo
scientific methodology of psychological counseling commonly referred to as
“The Tech,” as dictated and written by Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard. A
case supervisor is also a trained auditor who reads the “auditing” records of
every counseling session performed by an auditor to ensure “The Tech” was
applied exactly. In Scientology there are 12 levels of auditor and case
supervisor classification, each level being “higher” than the next. In this
system, I was certified as a Class 9 Auditor and a certified Class 9 Case
10. In my capacity as Deputy Inspector General, External, I traveled about the
U.S. and outside of the U.S. on behalf of RTC. I traveled to Germany, Italy,
Australia, United Kingdom, Denmark, Mexico and Canada. These trips were
designed to put together an infrastructure that would interface with RTC for
the purpose of trademark enforcement. I was personally chosen by David
Miscavige over Vicki Aznaran to speak on behalf of RTC to a worldwide audience
via satellite to warn them that RTC holds the trademarks of Scientology and
eradicates all those who violate “The Tech” or infringe on trademarks.
11. I became familiar with the trademark laws of the various countries in
which I traveled. I interviewed and retained law firms, and put personnel in
place that would report to RTC and be our site representatives. I testified
as an expert witness on Scientology technology on behalf of RTC in federal
court in Los Angeles in a RICO action with RTC as the plaintiff in 1985. In
1983, on orders from L. Ron Hubbard, I brought into existence within RTC a
unit called “The Tech Unit”. The Tech Unit had the responsibility of
inspecting PC files a/k/a Pre-Clear files, (counseling files), in all
Scientology organizations to ensure “The Tech” was being applied 100%
according to the standard tech…….44. Based on my personal experience and expertise in Scientology, I have
formed the following opinion:
Lisa McPherson was held against her will in Isolation and when she did not
respond to Scientology technical handling, FLAG, on orders from David
Miscavige, Ray Mithoff, and Marty Rathbun sat mute and watched her die after
she no longer had the strength to fight for her freedom. Her death was no
accident. It was the chosen option to minimize a public relations flap.
45. I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of
Florida that the foregoing is true and correct.