For those of you who are not familiar with the history of the International Association of Scientologists (IAS), let me tell you the story. Back in the late 1970s, Mary Sue Hubbard, Henning Heldt, Duke Snider, and several other high-level Guardian’s Office execs were indicted for stealing government documents (Operation Snow White) and a list of other dirty tricks. To raise money for their defense, the Guardian’s Office created a new organization called the Safe Environment Fund (SEF). Everyone was told that the purpose of SEF was to create a War Chest to fight Scientology’s enemies.
There were big SEF briefings and all the public Scientologists had to donate tremendous amounts of money to defend the GO execs. At that time the people in charge of the global conspiracy to destroy Scientology were not Bob Minton, the German government or the Lisa McPherson Trust (LMT). Back then the U.S. government — particularly the FBI — was in charge of it. (That was before the IRS rolled over and gave Scientology its tax exemption and the U.S. government became Scientology’s most ardent defender.)
The money collected by SEF was used to cover the costs of all the dirty tricks Scientology carried out to try (unsuccessfully) to derail the criminal case against Mary Sue et al. A private investigator named Dick Bast, for example, was hired to set up the judge in the case, Judge Ritchey, with a prostitute to destroy his career. The set-up worked beautifully, and Judge Ritchey had to remove himself from the case. An article ran in one of Scientology’s internal publications proclaiming what a big win this was for Scientology’s expansion on the planet.
When David Miscavige took over Scientology in 1982 he changed the name of the Guardian’s Office to the Office of Special Affairs, and he changed the name of the Safe Environment Fund to the International Association of Scientologists. Today, it is the IAS, not SEF, that collects millions and millions of dollars in donations from Scientologists all over the world. The money is still used for the same purpose — to protect Scientology from its enemies. Only now its enemies are Mike Rinder, Marty Rathbun, Jeff Hawkins, Amy Scobee, Mark Bunker, Steve Hall, Jason Beghe, Anonymous, and anyone else that speaks out against the corruption and abuses within the organization. It is IAS monies that are being used to harass and try to destroy these “enemies.”
So Scientology does not want a spotlight on IAS, because IAS is the Achilles heel of their precious U.S. tax exemption.