"Who is the top leader? What are his background and qualifications? Does he have a criminal record?"

The top leader of Scientology is David Miscavige. He is Chairman of the Board of the Religious Technology Center. As a child, he was brought up in Scientology and dropped out of high school in the 10th grade. He was involved in the movie projects of L. Ron Hubbard, and subsequently became part of the Commodore's Messenger Organization. He has no experience with organizations outside of Scientology. He does not have a criminal record. Scientology and David Miscavige have been named in hundreds of lawsuits from former members.

The revered figure of Scientology is L. Ron Hubbard. He was a naval officer during World War II, with an undistinguished record and several black marks in his naval personnel file for incompetence. He was a science fiction and adventure story writer. The beginnings of the most important book in Scientology, Dianetics, were serialized in a science fiction magazine. He was arrested for check fraud in 1948 and again in 1952 for removing funds from the group without permission. In the '40s and '50s, he left a series of bad debts for seagoing expeditions and the operation of the first Scientology organizations. In the 1970s, he was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a federal case that sent 11 top Scientology officials to jail for breaking into government offices and stealing the files of officials who were investigating Scientology. From 1978 until his death in 1986, he hid from the world and from hundreds of lawsuits, mostly by former Scientologists, for fraudulent and abusive practices.

What does this say about the Scientology organization? Scientology claims these men are, or were, "the most ethical people on the planet." Does your Scientology contact describe any of this, or are the histories of Hubbard and Miscavige kept from you when you ask?