In keeping with the Ideal Orgs theme one of our correspondents recently visited NY Org. Last time she was there was 2 years ago.
Another of the first “Ideal Orgs” – its been nearly a decade since David Miscavige grandly cut the ribbon and promised a new era for Scientology in NY. It should be bustling, there is more traffic within 200 feet of its front door than any org on earth.
The last time I walked in – pretending to be raw public – was about 2 years ago. At that time, the receptionist was very cold and wanted to know why I was there.
The reception area isn’t really a reception, no place to sit or anything. Just a front desk and stairway to my left facing the receptionist.
The Div 6 class room is on a visible lower level … last time there was 1 person.
Last time, I was escorted upstairs to a very rigid good looking woman about 25-30 – who had been born into Scientology and was obviously Sea Org – had black pants, white shirt and blazer. She was very unpleasant and when she realized I wasn’t going to take the OCA OR buy the DMSMH package for $100.00 you could feel her disdain. “It’s ONLY $100.00″
This time — the receptionist was a young (30-40) black woman missing plenty of teeth when she smiled. But she was friendly and warm.
She told me to just go upstairs.
I met a young man (about 22-25) named Franco, He is from the Dominican Republic. He’s been involved in Scientology for 4 years.
He had me sign in to their “individual interested” sheet — but originated I didn’t have to fill out the address or anything… Then there are a series of boxes to check what am I interested in learning about Dianetics and/or Scientology, the life of L. Ron Hubbard, Purification, Volunteer Ministers, etc
I said just LRH — so I was brought to the LRH video and he showed me how to work the video machine.
I had arrived at 12:45 so I figured I would see the staff arrive and head up the elevators to their posts after lunch — there are 8 floors with the purif on 6
While I was sitting about 7 staff went by me to the elevators. I didn’t recognize anyone but most were older — way older.
I asked him if he had seen The Master. He had no idea what I was talking about so I explained it was loosely based on the early days of Dianetics — in fact, and I pointed to a picture they had of LRH auditing someone on a coach (famous shot) I told him this shot was in the movie. He said “Wow – I really want to see it.” I told him he shouldn’t tell anyone here that you are going to see it as they won’t let you.
Then we walked over to the snack bar – which is very nice – lots of good food, smoothies etc. I asked Franco how many staff are there?
INSTANTLY he said 200 — wow I said — where do you put them all? Then a public or possibly staff from the Long Island Org who was having a snack piped up and said — it’s 100 on Foundation and 100 on Day.
Playing dumb I had them explain that to me. The guy sitting having a snack said he worked during the day but in the evening he worked at the Long Island Org – which he was clear to explain was not YET an ideal org but they were working on it “because now smaller orgs can become ideal.”
I noticed “The Chapel” and said — oh, do you hold Services there? He said – yes, but now there was a staff meeting and he couldn’t let me in. Almost immediately the door opened and the staff “streamed” out. I’m being GENEROUS if there were 15 people TOTAL. One of them was Vic Scelza — long time IAS reg. He is VERY VERY overweight with a shirt that looks like the buttons are going to pop.
My guess is that the staff are briefed to tell everyone EVEN themselves that they have 200 staff — 100 day and foundation since that is the requirement .. and when even THEY can tell there aren’t 200 staff — they are told they are on training – or on loan to another ideal org to be.
There were between 4 and 6 public in the div 6 course rooms. I was the ONLY person watching any of the display “intro videos.”
The place was empty.
I walked out with 8 DVDs on various things that Franco had given me.
Agent 99 — Field Correspondent
Apart from the moribund state of the Idle Morgue, this report highlights one of the most destructive aspects of David Micavige’s Ideal Org Strategy. The complete negation of Div 6 policy – now superseded by Command Intention (Miscavige Policy) that new public be shown DVDs.
Div 6 staff are NOT ALLOWED TO COMMUNICATE TO NEW PUBLIC. They cannot even ASK them what they are “interested in” – they simply hand them a form and based on boxes checked walk them to a DVD machine, show them how to operate it and walk away (they are not supposed to afford the person the opportunity to engage with them – they are supposed to watch the video and that will answer their questions).
This was David Miscavige’s brilliant solution to “bypass” incompetent/untrained Div 6 staff. Rather than selecting Public Reg personnel and training them, his “just add water and mix” solution – another one that has MEST as its central element – has completely severed the comm line with the public.
The end result is new public walk out with a handful of DVDs they will never watch – a total waste of money – because Div 6 staff are now so indoctrinated into “the DVDs will answer the person’s questions.”
It would probably be a more cost efficient and effective method of dissemination to just put stacks of books on a table and anyone who comes in to the org could just be handed a book FOR FREE. At least they would walk out with something that they might find useful and it would save the expense of the “displays” and handing out videos and it would even be a means of getting rid of the millions of copies of “The Basics” that have been bought, sent to libraries and returned or trashed or are sitting in people’s garages gathering dust.