Scientologikirken gjør det den kan for å hindre at utenforstående lager opptak av David Miscaviges taler. To lesere på Ortegas blogg lykkes imidlertid med å leie et utkikkspunkt rett over gata, slik at de fikk filmet Miscavige under åpningen av Atlantas nye “Ideal Org”:
Thanks to smart planning by a couple of our readers, we have a complete video of Scientology leader David Miscavige’s speech Saturday as he opened the organization’s new “Ideal Org” in an Atlanta suburb.
The Atlanta facility is the first Ideal Org Scientology has opened in the US in nearly three years, but photos from the event show a crowd of only about 500 people gathered at the building in Sandy Springs, Georgia. As usual, Miscavige presided over the ceremony while an image of him was projected on a large screen nearby.
Scientology goes to great lengths to keep non-Scientologists far away from these events by blocking streets, sidewalks, and with the use of security personnel, so that we get only partial views of what’s going on.
In this case, our correspondents, JustSheila and another Bunker reader, had planned ahead and secured permission from a private property owner to make use of a vantage point across the street from the building. They shared the space with a crew from ABC also taping for the upcoming April 29 20/20 special about Ron Miscavige’s book about his son, Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me.
But you won’t have to wait until April 29 to see our footage.
The picture is particularly good for the distance it was filmed from. (And if you know how hard our correspondents have tried in the past just to get a glimpse of Miscavige, this is really remarkable and exactly the kind of& thing Miscavige has tried to prevent.) But the downside of that great distance is the amount of car noise we hear — there is a major avenue between the camera and the Scientology building. We did our best to provide captions for what Miscavige is saying, but some of it was really difficult to make out.
We’re looking forward to your thoughts on Miscavige’s performance. It seemed to us that he (or his speechwriter, Dan Sherman) was straining to make references to local cultural touchstones. Did he really have to incorporate Rhett Butler’s “don’t give a damn” and even reference the movie’s title as well? Lawd have mercy.