This is addressed to the infotainment industry and its ‘insider’ ‘sources’, and hopefully Katie will catch wind of it. If I were in Katie’s shoes and reading your coverage and the allegations of ‘insider sources’ who, in reality, know not of what they speak, I’d be plenty freaked out.
I have tried to explain this to a number of media who have eschewed my informed advice in favor of ’sources’ who are talking on subjects they have no first-hand experience with yet nonetheless make alarming, definitive allegations.
I was Tom Cruise’s auditor (Scientology counselor) between 1996 and 2004. I was his liaison to Chairman of Scientology David Miscavige during those same years. I advised on all aspects of Cruise’s 2001 divorce with Nicole Kidman. I set up the initial Scientology indoctrination of Conner (then age 6) and Bela (then age 9), and supervised it subsequently. I was also the senior church official over Scientology Inc’s Office of Special Affairs (the dirty tricks and propaganda arm of Scientology Inc) from its inception in 1982 through 2004.
I hope Katie will take the following to heart.
1. The church of Scientology will mostly likely not engage in overt harassment, including surveillance of Katie. David Miscavige will most likely advise Tom Cruise not to engage private investigators to overtly investigate Katie.
2. The church of Scientology and Tom Cruise will most likely not engage in covert operations designed to frame Katies Holmes.
3. The church of Scientology and Tom Cruise would most likely forbid Suri from joining the Sea Organization (the Scientology priesthood with a lifetime commitment, labor camps, and a ship). Not at 6 years old, not at 16 years old, not at 26 years old.
Now, that is not to say there is nothing to fear. Katie can count upon the following happening:
a. Tom Cruise and his Scientology handlers attempting to indoctrinate Suri to accept Scientology Inc policies with a slant toward fearing that Katie is a Suppressive Person (roughly equivalent to a sociopath). They can be counted upon to do so at every opportunity so as to alloy Suri’s affinity for her mother and redirect her loyalties toward Cruise and his best man Miscavige. If you want to understand the complete mechanics that are likely to be employed, they are covered in an in-depth fashion in my recently released book What Is Wrong With Scientology?
b. Should Katie overtly criticize Tom and Scientology, Tom Cruise and Miscavige can be counted upon to use Tom’s lines of communication in Hollywood to attempt to covertly visit harm upon future career opportunities for Katie. Given the level of public education over the past several years of Scientology’s hateful propaganda campaigns, and given the clear public sentiment in Katie’s favor, I believe such efforts would miserably backfire on the perpetrators; and likely create the opposite result.
The rest of the alarming reports Katie is hearing come from people who have no first-hand knowledge of Tom Cruise, David Miscavige, and Scientology Inc’s dirty tricks arm, the Office of Special Affairs. Yes, constant vigilance is called for. But, there is plenty of danger in what she is likely actually facing. To drive her into unwarranted paranoia is not good for her, her child or anyone else for that matter.
Update 7/5 a.m.: I am not the only one suggesting that some media ought to chill a couple degrees. See Tony Ortega’s piece on Miscavige’s missing wife Shelly at the Village Voice.