I have Tony Ortega’s “Underground Bunker” to thank for enlightening me as to what’s been going on in $cientology for about the last twenty years (note to EO: the fact that someone outside the church has devoted almost two decades of their professional live to exposing $cientology’s transgressions should be proof enough to anyone that something is wrong with the church).
In late 2014, I heard on the radio that Mary Sue Hubbard’s house in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles had gone on the market. Since I live nearby, I checked for that property’s address on the Internet. I innocently Googled the address request, and tumbled head-first into “The Bunker,” where I got an Instant Hat on what life is all about outside $cientology.
A note to the EO: I didn’t intend to search the Internet for “$cientology”; my Google search only asked for the address of Mary Sue’s house. I know I’ve been told to stay away from the Internet; before last August, I admit it, yes, I did look at a few things online that weren’t “official” $cientology websites, but I didn’t look at them in any depth and quickly left those web sites, whatever they were.
Through “The Bunker,” I learned how $cientology had mistreated Class VIII, OTVIII, Trey Lotz, who had been very influential in my life in 1979. Then, I read former Flag Ship Service Org Captain Debbie Cook’s e-mail sent to thousands of her fellow Scientologists for 2012. While I’ve never been a Flag public, I could not question or doubt the validity of Ms. Cook’s message about how twisted $cientology has become.
Later, I read the heart-breaking Declaration of Independence written by Cindy Temps, a friend of mine with whom I shared the American Saint Hill Organization’s (“ASHO”) Specialist Course room in the mid-1980’s. Someone declared Cindy “Suppressive” and created the “disconnection” that has separated her from her children, Melissa and Alan? You’ve got to kidding me! Cindy is one of the sweetest, most helpful and knowledgeable people I’ve ever had the pleasure of sharing a course room with.
Through “The Bunker,” I began taking notes while reading emails, blogs, Declarations of Independence, watching testimonies on YouTube, and, through my research, I began to realize that something is very wrong with $cientology.
OTVIII is a feather in the cap of anyone who has made it that high in $cientology; $cientologists at any level have placed a high value on such an accomplishment. The results of my online research, however, revealed that $cientology sees little value in an OTVIII because many of them have been declared an SP and/or have left $cientology altogether.
My research also revealed how vital it is to $cientology to get rid of, to offload, to expel, to Declare SP, virtually anyone who ever worked for, with or has been trained by LRH. My notes also informed me that many, if not most of the top-ranking officials in the Church of $cientology are missing; their offices empty. Many of these executives are unaccounted for; some are rumored to be in $cientology’s in-house, inhuman prison in Hemet, California, called “The Hole.”
A request to the EO: please look for yourself at the number of ex-high ranking $cientologists who are no longer in the Church who are now speaking out against David Miscavige’s empire, including Marty Rathbun, Mike Rinder, and Karen de la Carriere.
And then there are the public $cientologist testimonies. Through these, I learned the facts behind Flag’s “6-Month Checks” for $cientologists on the upper levels of auditing. I worked for two angry and sometimes evaluative and invalidative $cientologists on said upper levels. I’ve witnessed the rage incumbent in such a “stellar” level of $cientology, and only now do I acknowledge the frustration that my former bosses must have faced as they tried their best to get through their respective $cientology levels, despite the barriers laid at almost every turn.
My research revealed alteration after alteration of LRH Standard Technology. I now doubt the validity of: The Basics books package; the Golden Age of Technology (“GAT”); GAT II. Yes, I’ve only read and heard about it online, but I also seriously doubt the validity in canceling countless Clear certificates. I’ve heard and read about the horror stories of $cientologists made to, basically, redo the Bridge from the bottom up.
What is up with the feeding frenzy perpetrated by the International Association of $cientologists (“IA$”) and the International Landlord Office (“ILO”)? Since when is it a public person’s responsibility to purchase the building that they’re going to be serviced in? Hey, ILO, are you crazy? Between the IA$, ILO and associated entities in $cientology, it has become drastically and dramatically more important to spend a public person’s money on anything except $cientology training and counseling. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves.
In 1977, I did various courses including the Communication Course and the Hubbard Qualified Scientologist (“HQS”) Course; it was on the co-audit of Opening Procedure by Duplication that gave me my first glimpse of life in the spiritual realm. As a result, I become a bonafide Scientologist.
In 1977, and while I read LRH’s book, A History of Man between the Comm Course and HQS, the FBI raided Church of Scientology offices in Los Angeles, Hollywood and Washington, D.C. When a relative suggested that I get out of Scientology, Stu Gelb, a Course Supervisor, showed me the LRH reference on Handling the Dangerous Environment. I applied what I learned; my relative never again questioned my religious affiliation, and we stayed on very friendly terms as always. In hindsight, though, why didn’t I look further into the reason behind those raids? Originally from New York state, I had headed west that summer as a writer, determined to find out what makes other people “tick.” Along came Salt Lake City and Scientology, a philosophy that explained those “ticks,” and, when applied, showed results.
A note to the EO: I’m about to write my contributions to $cientology; please note the “up” statistics.
In 1977, I joined the Sea Organization (“SO”) and moved to Los Angeles to work at ASHO. At that time, a fence surrounded “The Complex,” the group of buildings that would become the future home of the Los Angeles Organization (“LA Org”), ASHO, the Advanced Organization of Los Angeles (“AOLA”) as well as a multitude of $cientology organizations dedicated to serving themselves (the orgs that handled berthing, housing, food, management, etc.).
My first day in the SO became an all-nighter in which we finished the renovations of LA Org so it could be opened. I then went to work on renovating ASHO, from the beginning to the very end of that project. I began the SO as a member of the Estates Project Force (“EPF”), the team of about 200 new SO recruits who helped renovate the Complex.
Through this first time in the SO, I never made it to ASHO, who traded me with someone else from Cedar Estates Services Organization (“CESO”); “traded” because I had spent too time on the EPF. At one point as an EPFer and during an auditing action, I attested to “Keyed-Out Clear,” a “state” that the Church abandoned in 1978. But, between that and the handling by Trey Lotz in 1979, I knew that without a doubt, Scientology had completely changed my life (and for the better, that is).
While at CESO, I worked in the galley (the kitchen); we fed the staff at the Complex. In 1978, I served the staff and also washed pots and pans. During this time, however, I witnessed one of the backfires of $cientology: I saw dozens and, perhaps, hundreds of good SO staff mostly erroneously assigned to the Rehabilitation Project Force (“RPF”). People I knew at ASHO were suddenly dressed in blue, unable to speak to me, and worked long hours cleaning and renovating the Complex (they even had their own kitchen unit).
At the end of 1978, I received an okay to route out of the SO, and returned to public life. In early 1980, I accepted a SO amnesty and rejoined the SO, this time joining ASHO, the first org of my choice when I signed up in 1978.
While at ASHO, I worked as the Director of Promotion and Marketing, in an office with Patricia Kettler Foster, the editor of the Auditor magazine, who would later become a Declared SP. Because of my association with her (I worked with her only once), a Committee of Evidence convened. Convinced of my guilt in contributing to the waste of $20,000.00, a fellow staff member actually tripped me in the hallway; spiritually deflated, I left ASHO without authorization; I blew and returned to Salt Lake City.
As the years passed, my spirit for moving up the auditing side of the Bridge and, getting onto CCRD, wavered. Such hopes collapsed when $cientology released a directive addressed to its public, in which it said that if training awards weren’t used by a certain date, then those awards would become null-and-void. Because of that, I lost the remaining awards I had at ASHO as well as all the awards I had earned at AOLA, not to mention $500 in training awards at Flag that SMS had given me. That directive also wiped out the $3,600.00 I had earned for the Freewinds-only Anatomy of Cause Course; for an eight-week period while employed by SMS, I had been recruited by the Freewinds to be the In-Charge of their audits project. I led a small team of hard-workers who handled a backlog of audits from the inception of the Flag Ship Service Org (“FSSO”) and Majestic Cruise Lines (“MCL”), for which I received a nice, handwritten acknowledgment (“this looks good”) from the International Finance Chief.
After SMS, my jobs didn’t involve handling finance. For two years, I handled technical support and weekly reporting for a marketing company not owned by Scientologists. I also worked long-term at various temporary agencies. Later I worked at Management Success (“MS”) a Scientology-owned company, where I aptly handled telephone interviews for Division 5 and entertained a short stint in Division 2.
So there I sat, unable to pay for CCRD; with all my training awards gone, I couldn’t move very easily on the training side of the Bridge. By the time I joined staff at MS in 1998, $cientology had already begun its tumultuous adventure with Captain Miscavige at the helm. Luckily, I wasn’t privy to any of the changes or alterations coming down the lines.
For a long time, I had been a Potential Trouble Source (“PTS”); a PTS can be a $cientologist connected to someone who is opposed to $cientology. Such a PTS condition, if unhandled, can actually thwart or stop a person’s progress up the Bridge. A PTS person rollercoasters; does well one minute, and bad the next; a PTS can be do well with $cientology training and auditing, yet suddenly lose those wins, and become a liability to himself and others. A PTS is connected to an SP, and the way to tackle such a situation is by handling it. When handling becomes impossible, a disconnection becomes necessary.