From Arnie Lerma – “David, what were you thinking?”

It’s a testament to the way the internet works that within a few days of the launch of this site, I received an email today from Arnie Lerma, a man who has been at the forefront of the movement to shed light upon the shady practices of the Church of Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige.

If you haven’t been to his website, make sure to check it out asap.  There is a wealth of information there.  But without further ado, here’s Arnie.


It was a day in perhaps 1971 or 1972.

I went to your father’s house outside of Philadelphia. I was there as CHIEF PETTY OFFICER ARNIE LERMA, FLAG SERVICE CONSULTANT EASTERN UNITED STATES.

I was there with my best friend Gary Lowe. Gary and I were decked out in full Sea Org regalia; Galactic Federation symbol festooned upon our captains hats, brass chain lanyards draped across our chests, white shirts with epaulettes to hold the brass chain.

During “THE REG CYCLE” to get money out of your dad, there was a noise. From the backyard window I could see a kid’s face at my bottom right pressed up to the screen, with hands on each side of his face to cut the glare so he might see who was in the living room with his dad.

I asked your dad, “what was that?” (Scraping noise of hands on window screen of back window)

Ronald said, “Oh, that’s my son David. He’s playing in the back yard… I guess he wanted to see who was here.”

David… What were you thinking when you held your hands up along side your face , to block the sunlight on the screen, so you could see inside?

Were Gary (Lowe) and I the first uniformed “Sea Org Officers” you had ever seen?

Sea Org on stage

Did you decide right then, that you wanted to be “just like us?”

Arnie Lerma


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