RVY has explained the difference between brevet and non-brevet ranks on the newsgroup; here he explains it to the court. I took just a small excerpt.
11 THE WITNESS: What this page is, this is a 12 portion of the application for tax exemption that 13 Scientology had filed with the IRS to get their 14 exemption in the '90s. And this was filed under, of 15 course, penalty of perjury. And I happened to find 16 this in D.C. And there's, of course, a few other 17 pages from it. And so this is what they told the 18 IRS in this particular document. 19 And it explains it right there above all the 20 names. There's a paragraph in the middle. It says, 21 "Brevet ranks are assigned to certain positions 22 within the church and have the purpose of equating 23 rank and ecclesiastical authority. One holds the 24 brevet rank so long as one holds the rank to which 25 the brevet rank applies."
68 1 Next paragraph, "The highest ranking officers 2 in the Sea Organization are as follows." And then 3 it gives a column of named rank, earned rank. And 4 you notice at the top it says, "David Miscavige, 5 captain, rank; earned rank, captain." And then 6 you'll notice there's a whole series of names, other 7 captains. There's commanders. And all of them have 8 the word "brevet" after their rank. 9 In fact, if you go down you'll notice at the 10 bottom, Barbara Widmore, W-i-d-m-o-r-e, she's a 11 petty officer third class, and yet she's been given 12 the brevet rank of commander, which is the second 13 highest officer rank within the Sea Organization. 14 Well, that doesn't mean that she is an actual 15 commander. This is brevet. 16 But what's interesting is that David Miscavige 17 is the only one that the Church of Scientology told 18 the IRS -- so this is why this was important, 19 because this is not based upon my experience; this 20 is based upon what they told the IRS -- David 21 Miscavige is the only one that holds an actual rank 22 of captain within the Sea Organization. 23 THE COURT: This -- by the way, this document, 24 I have seen before, this is already in evidence. 25 MR. DANDAR: That particular page is.
69 1 THE COURT: Right. And so this is -- this is 2 what I was referring to when I said I didn't exactly 3 understand. So I've seen this before. But now that 4 you've explained it, I think that perhaps it's -- 5 it's a little more helpful. 6 I suppose that if -- if one of these folks over 7 here that is in a high position ecclesiastically 8 fell from grace, so to speak, or whatever, that they 9 would be removed from their brevet rank. 10 THE WITNESS: Yes, ma'am. 11 THE COURT: But would maintain, as long as they 12 stayed in the church, their actual rank? 13 THE WITNESS: Their earned rank. 14 THE COURT: Their earned rank. Okay. 15 Also, I don't know -- ensign up here, 16 Mr. Rathbun and Mr. Ingberg -- ensign isn't a very 17 high rank either, is it? 18 THE WITNESS: No, ma'am. It's -- it's sort of 19 the bottom of the officer's scale. 20 THE COURT: Okay. 21 A And also, part of this -- this was drawn up 22 because part of this declaration contained affidavits from 23 Scientology in the Wollersheim case, which they were trying 24 to represent that Mr. Miscavige was just one of many 25 captains. And I was trying to point out, as far as I was
70 1 concerned, that was false testimony; that according to their 2 own documents what they told the IRS was a different matter. 3 And so there's other documents in here to further 4 substantiate it. 5 The purpose in the Wollersheim case was because 6 they were claiming that one corporation alone was involved, 7 and Mr. Leipold was trying to show that there was a senior 8 corporation, a senior command structure that would also be 9 responsible, as far as what he was trying to put forward. 10 And when he asked me about it, I said, "Well, of course 11 that's how it works. This is how the --" 12 In fact what's the irony about this, is the Sea 13 Organization is very proud of this. We never hid this 14 internally. We're very proud that we were what we were. It 15 was just when it came to external authorities, governmental 16 agencies asking about it, that's when you came up with 17 another story. "Oh no, no. We're just a fraternal 18 organization. We're loose-knit. We just sit around like a 19 bunch of Shriners and have fun, you know; crank back and 20 have a couple of beers." You try to make it seem very 21 benign, when really, internally, we -- 22 Hubbard said and he built the thing, and that was 23 our attitude -- we got things done. We had the ability to 24 go into any organization, send in, remove people, put new 25 people in, take over bank accounts. But that was to get the
71 1 job done. Internally, we were very proud of this. 2 And so some of the material that's attached to 3 this is -- are portions of Sea Org publications where they 4 boasted about this. You know, "We went into the Munich 5 organization and we turned it around and got them back and 6 going." So it was always a point of pride -- and you'll see 7 this in some of the attachments -- a big point of pride. 8 But as soon as -- as soon as somebody else from 9 the outside says, "Well, is this --" "Oh, no. No, no." 10 MR. WEINBERG: Your Honor, would it be possible 11 to have questions and answers rather than just a 12 narrative here? 13 THE COURT: True. 14 As a matter of fact, I know that we have had 15 little breaks as I've gone in and out. Would this 16 be a good time to take a morning break? 17 MR. WEINBERG: Yes. 18 MR. DANDAR: That would be fine. 19 THE COURT: We're going to go ahead and be in 20 recess for 15 minutes.
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