Published On: Thu, May 7th, 2015

Merrell Vannier outs Scientology secrets, leads call for David Miscavige resignation

Merrell Vannier reveals secrets of church takeover and absolute control by David Miscavige in fascinating exposé, Arrows in the Dark.

Scientology has always been a high profile religion. This is especially true in Clearwater, FL where after years of construction, the church owns the largest building in the city. Prominent practitioners of the religion also frequent the city, raising its profile. There are many secrets about its history most people – including Scientologists – don’t know. Until now.

Though it reads like a John Le Carre spy thriller, Arrows in the Dark is a true story about one of the fight for survival of one world’s most fascinating religions. Vannier makes many shocking revelations about his work as an undercover agent for the church in Clearwater in the 1970s. He explains the surprising reasons behind the purpose of his missions, as well as his desire but ultimate decision to not cooperate with local authorities and civil litigants after his cover was blown.

David Miscavige photo/ Scientology Media via wikimedia

David Miscavige photo/ Scientology Media via wikimedia

Arrows in the Dark is must reading for anyone named in the book – and Vannier names everyone: judges, lawyers, state and federal authorities. People who followed his story in the newspapers will enjoy reading the inside story – told by someone deep inside.

The story also covers Mr. Vannier’s post-Clearwater role as a high-ranking intelligence officer in the Guardian’s Office in Los Angeles. In one of the most intense and dramatic chapters, the author details the takeover of church management, which he was summoned to witness.

In recent years, Mr. Vannier has joined with other prominent Scientologists to call for reforms, including the resignation of David Miscavige pending an internal investigation into charges of corruption and criminality leveled against him by former senior church executives; checks and balances; and the cancellation of oppressive policies, such as disconnection, which the author has personally suffered. His daughter and many longtime friends cut ties with him and his wife after he was excommunicated by Miscavige for his reform activities.

For more information about Arrows in the Dark, please visit http://arrowsinthedark. “Like” Arrows in the Dark on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArrowsintheDark

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