Inside Scientology's Labor Camp That Benefits Tom Cruise: The Photos

Categories: Scientology

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Tom and Katie, beneficiaries of menial labor?
One of the many accusations made about Scientology in Lawrence Wright's masterful piece in this week's New Yorker is that the organization's "Sea Org" members -- who sign billion-year contracts -- work for a measly $50 a week and do hard labor that benefits top members like Scientology leader David Miscavige and church icon Tom Cruise.

In particular, Wright interviewed a recent Scientology defector, John Brousseau, who says that he and others at Scientology's desert headquarters expended enormous effort customizing a Honda Rune motorcycle for Tom Cruise and also a Ford Excursion.

Wright quotes church officials who deny that Brousseau and other Sea Org members worked on those projects, saying that contractors did. But Wright mentions in his article that he had seen "dozens of photographs" that backed up Brousseau's claims.

Well, now Brousseau has made those photographs public to back up his side of the story, and they provide a fascinating look into the world of menial labor for the benefit of Tom Cruise.

Wright's story explains how Brousseau, once he finally decided to leave Scientology after 30 years, went to see Marty Rathbun, a formerly high-level member of the organization who maintains a blog, "Moving On Up a Little Higher." This morning, Rathbun posted a pdf of Brousseau's photos that back up what he told Wright for his New Yorker story.

In the first one, Brousseau explains, he's holding a model of a P51 Mustang that will be a gift to Cruise. The photo was taken at the Gilman Hot Springs highly secretive Scientology headquarters in the California desert.

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In this photo taken at the base, Brousseau shows three two of Cruise's bikes (the one in the middle was customized for church leader David Miscavige) which he and two other Sea Org members painted while working for $50 a week. The one on the left is the Honda Rune which Cruise was given by Steven Spielberg for the "War of the Worlds" premiere, and that Brousseau had to disassemble to give the new red paint job Cruise wanted.

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Brousseau: "Here's Tom and Katie at the opening of 'War of the Worlds' in Los Angeles on the Honda Rune"

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Before he could give the Honda Rune a paint job similar to the one on a David Miscavige bike and the P51 Mustang model, Brousseau first had to strip off the parts of the bike that had a custom "War of the Worlds" paint job. Brousseau says he refused to paint over this fine work and instead had new parts ordered. The old parts in this photo sit in the Scientology headquarters.

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In this photo, Brousseau can be seen setting up a truss system in "Tom Cruise's hangar at Million Air aviation services in Burbank, California." (Tom Cruise has an airplane hangar? Yowza.) Cruise paid for the materials, Brousseau says, but "99%" of the work was done by Sea Org members, who are paid $50 a week.

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The finished result of all the truss work: custom signs and drapery in Tom Cruise's aircraft hangar. "No contractors were enlisted in the manufacture of the signs or draperies," Brousseau writes. Also, note the Ford Excursion in the foreground. This is the automobile that was mentioned in the New Yorker article, Broussau says, and he provides more photos about the massive amount of custom work that went into it.

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mizterclean62
mizterclean62

THE WHOLE NOTION OF ALLOWING OTHER HUMAN BEINGS TO  ABUSE YOU FOR SO LONG AND NOT TAKING ACTION REMINDS ME OF THE INCIDENT WITH REVEREND JONES AND KOOLAID MASSACRE.

SCIENTOLOGY IS NOT A RELIGION OR CHURCH, IT IS A MONEY GATHERING ORGANIZATION TO FEED THE EGOS OF INDIVIDUAL SEEKING POWER AND FORTUNE.

WHILE TAKING THE VERY SOUL OUT OF WEAK AND MISGUIDED INDIVIDUALS, THEY ARE DEFINITELY TAKING A PAGE OUT OF THE HITLER MANIFESTO.

Light_of_Truth
Light_of_Truth

Sea Org who toil endlessly on the Freewinds ship have their personal effects taken from them when they enter. How can they leave the ship without ID, keys, phone, wallet, passport, money? Sea Org members on the ship are stuck there.

5lttlestones
5lttlestones

i dont see why Sea Org members need to stick around at the cult even in this tough economy! they slave away eating beans and rice living a miserable and stressful life, getting locked up against their will. i mean, this dude takes a tree stump and makes it into a Mont Blanc pen! i dont know ANYONE who is that resourcefulness and creative artisanship like this dude. this guy could give West Coast Choppers a real run for the money! with talent like that why would anyone want to be an impoverished cult member for a rude midget like DM? the photos are amazng! 

 

the aluminum step for Tom Cruise is a piece of art too, its just too bad that Cruise is putting his dirty foot on top of it every time he climbs into the car. that is what really baffles me is the fact that Cruise and Miscavige do not even think about the slave labor that went into all of this work. they must think, in their deluded minds,  because they are 'clear' and OT VII or VIII that they telepathically made all these cars , motorcycles and homes appear. Both of those douch bags Cruise and Miscavige are far worse than the Burmese general who bathed in dolphin blood, moved the entire capital of Burma(Myanmar) to another town on a whim and who sat on his slave labor throne most of the time wearing a woman's evening gown! 

 

Are we still living in a country called AMERICA with this sort of sovereign dictatorship existing under our very noses called the cult of scientology? nothng would please me more than to see Tom Cruise walk away from that cult and leave Miscavige all by himself.

 

 

Ignis_fatuus
Ignis_fatuus

Krooze is a fucktard.  so are his worshipers.

Esther
Esther

Where is the investigation into labor law violations?

annonymous
annonymous

this is nothing Jehovahs Witnesses get their people to work for them at their facilities for $50 a month, room and board and 3 meals a day.

Douche McGee
Douche McGee

It must be nice to have religious slaves.

AtTheMoment
AtTheMoment

Has anyone located Shelly Miscavige yet? The original New Yorker article reports that she's been missing for quite some time.

Also, LRH had 7 children (L. Ron, Jr., Katherine, Alexis, Diana, Geoffrey, Mary Suzette, and Arthur). I have read that at least two of them might still be alive (Diana and Arthur). Where are they and what do they or their children have to say about LRH and Scientology? I have seen Youtube videos of LRH's great-grandson, Jamie DeWolf. He is not a Scientologist.

MarkStark
MarkStark

Having Cruise's Popemobile tricked out by Sea Org slaves is one thing, but having them build an aircraft hangar for him!!!

Besides, if he's going to act like the Pope, then make him the freakin' Pope of Scientology and get Il-Duce-the-Dwarf out of there!

First of all, if Tom were Pope of Scientology and he starts beating his slaves? Hey, that would make the news wouldn't it.

Marcotai88
Marcotai88

If Tom Cruise asked me to do the job on his motorcycle,I would have done for free!No, I'm not a slave, I would consider it, instead an HONOR.That Brosseau looks to me like a blackmailer.Honesty.

Fraziermarion
Fraziermarion

So Wal-mart KNOWINGLY paying $10 a month to kids working for them in Indian is legal, but Tom who DID NOT KNOW these people were being cheated is somehow a creep? Prejudice much

Karendelac
Karendelac

At the headquarters of Scientology, there is an infamous Punishmnent place called "SP Hole," known in Law Enforcement as "The dungeon."This the Punishment/detention center that is over the top in Miscavige atrocities on veteran incarcerated SO members who cannot escape.

Even though, things have been upgraded for window dressing purposes and inmates are permitted to go back to their berthing to SLEEP, for months at a time inmates of the SP Hole had to sleep under their desks. They were not permitted to leave that space. Only after the St Pete Times revealed the atrocities did some window dressing changes take place.

EST TYPE SEMINAR screaming, punching, hitting, rituals of pouring water over an imprisoned inmate while screaming "Lesbo !!" (as in the case of Debbie Cook, former CO FSO) was just part of daily existence.Screaming at the new inmate for his CRIMES hour after hour was the norm.

These sessions would sometimes go through the night.QuoteAnother Example of DM atrocity would be the cruelty inflicted on Rick Cruzen. Rick was the main recording guy and recording engineer for the Golden Era Musicians as well as other Audio division functions at Gold. Long Term Gold SO member. Excerpted from a write up by Little Bear Victor:

"Rick is one of the nicest people you would care to meet and one of the most talented staff members that DM drags around in mud all day long. While he has been the head of probably half of the divisions of Gold (due to constant transfers), the best music mixer they've ever had and just plain intelligent and caring individual, he gets the most degrading treatment by the ''boss.''

“I have to tell you an unfortunate detail about the last I know of Rick. Last I saw him before he ended up in the SP Room, he was carrying around shackles wherever he went -- I don't mean figuratively, but literally -- DM had ordered him to wear them and DM (or one of his personal staff) had the keys so they could shackle him up to a table leg or chair back or wherever they deemed suitable, so as to make sure he and everyone around him were constantly reminded of just what a "criminal" he was!" -- Posted by another poster called Little Bear Victor.

Karendelac
Karendelac

After contributing 35 years to this "CHURCH" ~~ they turned on me viciously for whistleblowing against David Miscavige.

1) They built a HATE website on me, publishing information from my confessionals.2) They enforced the disconnection of my son ~~ my one and only Child.3) They covered up a serious felony that was done to my son when he was 12 and said a Legal letter in a pretense that it was a Lawyer hired by my son for me to not publish the facts on the web. They did not deny the felony occurred, they just did not want the bad PR of a felony on a 12 year old on the Internet.4) Finally, they manufactured the most incredible sordid crime "trafficking" in underage children and called this in to Law Enforcement to investigate me. (This fell flat on its head when Law Enforcement found out it was the CULT.)

These 4 actions made me throw the down the gauntlet and increase my whistleblowing 1000 times.

This is the degree of vindictiveness and maliciousness against a 35 year veteran

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tony Ortega, thank you for your articles. You are welcome to be in touch with me for more info and new stories.

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

Way to go, Tony Ortega! I'm so glad John Brousseau took photos. The IRS likes documentation when people file complaints about misuse of church funds and employees.

Raul Batista
Raul Batista

Being from New York City myself I must say VERY, VERY, WELL DONE on publishing information about this vicious cult {the Church of Scientology} that has been operating here in our beautiful city since the 1960's!

Natalie
Natalie

This really pisses me off! My family left the church of Scientology after being in for over 20 years. Much of which we struggled financially because of the amount of money we "donated" to the church. We were told over and over again it was going to "save the planet" Now it is crystal clear what it went to!

Jim Kelly
Jim Kelly

Isn't David Miscavige or was it his sister named in a wrongful death lawsuit. Sometimes you really do pull it in.

Brussell1000
Brussell1000

It's not just the tiny wages that makes the Sea Org members slaves, they are victims of psychological and physical coersion that keep them captive. Yes, suppying goodies to Tom and David with slave labor is illegal, but the truly outrageous behavior is holding members as prisoners. In this regard, law enforcement has really let us down.

Bob
Bob

Not sure how this religion is any worse than any other - molesting children... suicide bombers etc etc etc all religion is crap - silly to single this one out.

MarkStark
MarkStark

Holy Xenu! Tom can't put together his own model planes? So they probably have Sea Org child slaves putting together jigsaw puzzles for Suri, when they aren't building rock walls.

The "aluminum stock" Cruise paid for, must've set him back a microsecond of salary, but it is good to know he paid for something.

So how much was Katie?

The secret pen compartment...MIND BLOWING...but how about a secret compartment in the pen too! You know, where Tom could safely store a cult collectible, like one of L. Ron's sacred cigarette butts.

I can't stop thinking about the secret pen compartment. Even Tom's pen is in the closet.

I have several secret pens around the house -- only Xenu knows where they are -- but I've never had a secret compartment in which to store a pen, which would come in so handy when you needed one, or not. As soon as my net worth hits 300 million it will be something I'll have to consider.

When Tom wakes up, and gets out of the cult, he'll be able to sing:

Now I shout it from the highest hillsEven told the golden daffodils

At last my heart's an open doorAnd my secret pen's no secret anymore

Nick Van Hauser
Nick Van Hauser

Scientology is the only game where everybody wins. It is disgusting that Scientology sacred scriptures are mocked by out-gradient wogs. Archeologists found PROOF of a nuclear bomb detonated in a volcano in Hawaii! When Scientology controls the government and it will, the cur dogs and degraders will thank Scientology for their rehabilitation.

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

OMG! That's a violation of the IRS code for Churches and nonprofit organizations! Inurement: "A section 501(c)(3) organization must not be organized or operated for the benefit of private interests, such as the creator or the creator's family, shareholders of the organization, other designated individuals, or persons controlled directly or indirectly by such private interests. No part of the net earnings of a section 501(c)(3) organization may inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. A private shareholder or individual is a person having a personal and private interest in the activities of the organization."http://www.irs.gov/charities/c...

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

OMG! That's a violation of the IRS code for Churches and nonprofit organizations! Inurement: "A section 501(c)(3) organization must not be organized or operated for the benefit of private interests, such as the creator or the creator's family, shareholders of the organization, other designated individuals, or persons controlled directly or indirectly by such private interests. No part of the net earnings of a section 501(c)(3) organization may inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. A private shareholder or individual is a person having a personal and private interest in the activities of the organization."http://www.irs.gov/charities/c...

Louanne
Louanne

I bet he had fun creating all these things. There are worse jobs than working with expensive materials and make nice things. I wish I could do that all day.

5lttlestones
5lttlestones

yeah i know it happens at the Tower Bethal (?) in New York where all of their materials are published  for a period of a like a year or two max. however, the difference is, no one stays against their will and there is no Jehovah's Witness prison, its a religion and a non profit organization. how can they say Sea Org members are the 'clergy" of scientology when all they do is work on cars, houses, airplane hangers?

Jan
Jan

All these scientologists keep trying to downplay the story by distractions.... "this is nothing, what about that tsunami, that is real news." Pathetic.

Processed
Processed

All signs point to Shelly Miscavige being held at Church of Spiritual Technology's Twin Peaks base near Lake Arrowhead in CA. 

CoS issued a statement recently that she's just been really busy working for her religion.

Strangely, the "official" Scientology biography claims that LRH only had four children. But, yes, he had seven.

Diana Hubbard Horwich is still at INT base. Some say she 'fell out of favour' with Miscavige in 2003 for not writing a speech to his liking or something.

Her daughter, Roanne, blew from the base only months ago. 

Alexis, the daughter he had with Sara Northrup Hollister, tried to contact LRH in 1970 or so. He flat out denied her, told her she was really Jack Parson's daughter.

The Sara Northrup vs LRH divorce file allows much insight into his frame of mind. Other sites have summaries of it but (imho) it is best to look at such things in their original entirety:

http://ronthenut.org/northrup.htm

After the divorce with Sara, he claimed until his death that he never had this wife or child. Interestingly, his first and second marriages overlapped. Which legally makes him a bigamist.

L Ron Jr, Jamie's grandfather, changed his name to Ron deWolf and gave an incredible interview in 1983. Penthouse was the only media outlet brave enough to print it:

http://www.lermanet.com/scientologynews/penthouse-LRonHubbardJr-interview-1983.htm

Quentin (Geoffrey) was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning outside of Las Vegas in 1976. 

Don't know much about the others except that LRH family members alive at the time of his death were given large monetary settlements to keep quiet and it seems that's what most have done. Though, you've likely sorted all this out since I now notice your comment is of one year ago. So, I hope I've not been redundant. :)

Light_of_Truth
Light_of_Truth

Marcotai, you are a well known commenter from none other than Scientology's OSA, or Office of Special Affairs. For those who've never heard of OSA, it is the secret service type branch of the cult of scientology. Their job is to save the face of scientology in the public sector. Readers will know when a story has hit a nerve, because the OSA posts start showing up.

 

1) Distract from the issue.

 

2) Change the subject.

 

3) Discredit the source.

 

4) Discredit the author, news blog, etc.

 

5) Try to start a Hot Button conversation, leading away from the crimes of scientology.

Clam On A Halfshell
Clam On A Halfshell

Do you know how stupid you sound? You'd really do all that work for free? Why? 

BumpIt McCarthy
BumpIt McCarthy

Does your "for free" include living in a bunk bed and working 80 hours a week on Tom's ride? Would you consider it an honor to be beaten if David Miscavige found your work not to his liking?

The "blackmail"accusation is a real Scientology tell: they operate in an environment of continual paranoia, secrecy, and pulp-fiction (heh) hyperbole, and try to smear their accusers so obviously they practically glow in the dark.

How much money have you paid the Church for courses, Marcota? There is no other religion that requires its adherents to lay down thousands and thousands of dollars to acquire the knowledge that will bring them peace. Some people can't possibly afford the price of coursework to get "clear."

Is that moral? How can the Church deny people who are struggling with demons or thetans or what-have-you, the knowledge to get better, for money?

I'm not a Christian, but I'll give them this: when the rich man asked Jesus to tell him how he could get into heaven, Jesus didn't reply, "Sure, but it'll cost ya!"

Burin
Burin

Tom Cruise is the laughing-stock of the internet, and on top of it is creepy. Why in the world anyone would consider it an "honor" to pimp his ride is beyond me. There are lots of people that can't stomach going to his movies anymore. And after this whole slave labor story blows, I can imagine a lot more will boycott his films. Or even picket them.

MarkStark
MarkStark

And that's why we here on Teegeeack, outside the "oasis of sanity" that is the Scilon Org, would request that Tom Cruise and other celebrity Scilons please read the Wright article and get a clue.

In addition, in his video, Tom says he "knows." He's an authority on pretty much everything, like all Scilons, so why not make Sea Org slave wages and conditions part of his encyclopedic knowingness.

Katie
Katie

It was his sister, Denise. Google Kyle Brennan and learn about Scientology's involvement in the death of a non-Scientologist 20 year old boy.

BumpIt McCarthy
BumpIt McCarthy

The family of Lisa McPherson named Miscavige in their suit over her death. She was hospitalized for observation after a car accident in which she removed her clothing and gave evidence of having had a psychotic break. Scientologists took her out of the hospital against medical advice, put her through an extreme ritual cleansing called a "rundown"(5 hours in a sauna is one feature).

17 days later, McPherson was driven, not to the nearest hospital, 6 minutes away, but to a hospital 40 minutes away, which had a Scientologist doctor on staff. She was DOA, and the coroner's report showed that she was massively dehydrated. She was also covered in roach bites. Be warned: googling her brings up the autopsy pictures.

Miscavige's sister was named in a DIFFERENT wrongful death lawsuit: Kyle Brennan, a disabled adult who was on an antidepressant, Lexapro, visited his Scientologist father. On the advice of Denise Miscavige, allegedly, Kyle was taken off the medication. For some reason, a loaded gun was placed by his bedside. He shot himself.http://realitybasedcommunity.n...

Hu
Hu

That is the kind of ignorant statement that a scientologist might just make

red_zone
red_zone

Because it's NOT a religion. And molesting children and suicide bombers are NOT supported doctrine in ANY faith.

Processed
Processed

A secret compartment in the secret compartmentalised pen for "L. Ron's sacred cigarette butts" LMAO!!

That'd be just right as a sign of deep affinity between Miscavige and Cruise.

Katie
Katie

I like him; he's funny. :)

Clam On A Halfshell
Clam On A Halfshell

This is a joke post, right? Like OT8isGR8!!!? HA HA HA HA HA! Oh the lulz.

Helen
Helen

Oh, you nutter. If you follow Hubbard's timeline, the Hawaii volcanoes weren't even THERE when Xenu arrived with his space popsicles.

And dude, you follow a guy who chose the word "wog" as a so-called religious term while knowing it was a slur. A delusional science fiction writer who exaggerated his injuries and sported false medals. Take the hint.

Lynn
Lynn

Such a sad (and scary) post.

BumpIt McCarthy
BumpIt McCarthy

You can! Or you might--you have to be fairly good, and they have to trust you enough, or you'll be scrubbing pots, weeding, and hauling rocks with the child laborers.

You'll be paid $50 a week---but that's only your official salary. Deductions will be made for materials you "ruin," for disciplinary infractions, until you're actually earning about $13 dollars a week.

I'm sorry for all you Scientology Internet drones that have to go try to use your supposed superior mind-control techniques on threads like this. It isn't working.

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

@DesignChick, Brousseau was fortunate to have a job where he could try to make the best of a bad, despite the fact that Sea Orgers are assigned to job duties, whether they like the job or not. They work 15-hrs a day, are cut off from the outside word and have their mail screened before they can read it ( if allowed to read it at all). They sleep in very overcrowded spaces with beds 3 bunks high. 18 people to 1 shower usually. The place where Brousseau worked is surrounded by security guards and razorblade barbed wire that goes in both directions preventing people from coming in and leaving.Sea Org members have no control over their lives and act on orders and are severely punished by isolation and physical labor in their Rehabilitation Project Force camps if they fail to toe the line. Some spent upwarsds of 10 years in these camps. Brousseau eventually escaped, as some have managed to do at that location with police assistance, but most are too afraid to leave.

Mike
Mike

You'd love to work 80-hour weeks for $50 a week? That's good to know. When can you start? I've always wanted to trick-out my car but never had the money/slaves to do it in the past.

Guest
Guest

Well, you're a Scientologist so it's defintely a possibilty that you could be employed in some fun slave labor, right?

BumpIt McCarthy
BumpIt McCarthy

"Space popsicles." That's wonderful. A friend of mine was wondering why Xenu froze all those people---in ANTIFREEZE! Why not, just, you know, freeze them in something that, um, freezes? Like water?

YouWillDie
YouWillDie

If he really did what he claims (far from proven) then he did that voluntarily. I'd love to grill this guy in a witness booth.

Clam On A Halfshell
Clam On A Halfshell

Wow, OSAbot, your screen name doesn't sound like a threat AT ALL. Fair Game much?

BumpIt McCarthy
BumpIt McCarthy

Cruise and Miscavige denied that church members put eucalyptus paneling in Cruise's SUV. How did Brousseau get pictures not only of the paneling, and the pen, but the giant eucalyptus burl they came from? Did he go to a stock photo agency and search "eucaplytus burl?"

I'm sure you'd love to grill him, though, YWD.

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