Was Tom Cruise secretly taped during Scientology confessionals as a joke?

Apparently all of us outside the inner circle of Scientology aren’t the only ones who get a kick out of how charged Tom Cruise gets about Scientology.  According to Mark Rathburn, a former high ranking Scientology member, video tapes that he personally made were later used by guru David Miscavige (oh and this guy was Tom’s best man at his wedding to Katie Holmes) as fodder during late night whiskey sipping sessions.  Now that sounds like a good time!

For the few folks out there who haven’t seen this following clip of Cruise discussing Scientology (the Youtube views are over like 5 trillion) this will give you a clear couch-jumping idea of what these confessionals must be like:

On Mark Rathburn’s blog he has quite a few eye opening things to say about the confessionals and how they were inappropriately used.  Here is just a sampling of the accusations on the Scientology nations:

Well, my suspicions about DM’s {David Miscavige} real purposes for recording Tom’s confessions have been confirmed as warranted.  I have recently learned from a very reliable witness that DM regularly held court with others in his personal lounge in the roadside Villas at the Int base, and while sipping scotch whiskey at the end of the night, Miscavige would read Tom’s overts and withholds from my reports to others, joking and laughing about the content of Tom’s confessions.  My witness is unimpeachable in my eyes as his account contains too many accurate details from someone who had zero reason (or ability) for being anywhere near Tom’s folders, videos and reports direct to DM.  I also know he was a regular, preferred guest at DM’s scotch night caps during that period.

Even if it is Tom Cruise this still sounds like a pretty horrible thing to do to somebody.  According to his Wiki page Miscavige is the top dog in Scientology having taken over since the passing of the founder L. Ron Hubbard with the official title of Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center which “holds the ultimate ecclesiastical authority regarding the standard and pure application of L. Ron Hubbard’s religious technologies.”  Do these guys have to say everything in such a verbose way?

Miscavige stays mostly out of the spotlight although he did one long interview with Ted Koppel on ABC.  Here is a clip of the first part of the interview to get an idea of what Mr. Miscavige is all about:

If these tapes hit the web get ready for another 5 trillion Youtube views including yours truly.