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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Anonymous)
Subject: Inside the cult
Date: 23 Oct 1995 06:01:51 +0100
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If you wish to reach Scientologists with your criticism, you must be
accurate in your portrayal of the conditions they live
under. Otherwise they'll look at your post and, not ever seeing the
things you mention, dismiss the entire thing as a fabrication.
For example, normal scientologists (non-staff) never ever ever have to
eat rice and beans and are never never put on the RPF.
Some of the stories people tell are only applicable to certain parts
of Scientology. For example, rice and beans is Class IV Org and above,
and very rarely ever seen at a Mission.
Another very serious flaw in the way critics criticize is that they
condemn all of scientology. The problem is that many people in
scientology have experienced things with their own eyes and ears that
validate parts of Hubbard's "tech". If you tell people they didn't see
this, or didn't experience that, it is easy for them to dismiss your
entire argument because they themselves have FIRST HAND experiences
which directly counter your SECOND HAND knowledge.
In general, you would be wise to sticking to criticism of the OT
Levels, whose fantastic claims I, nor has any scientologist, ever
seen. Some of the lower level stuff does work. As a general rule, it
seems that Hubbard snapped after Power Processing (Grade V) so
everything above Grade V is looney beyond belief.
Personally, I want to see the cult dismantled as a corporate structure
because it has given fanatics too much power. It is the product of an
evil genius, L. Ron Hubbard, and he turned it into a personal weapon
of vendeta against a world he felt didn't appreciate him. We was a
cross between Dr. Frankenstein and PT Barnum. The picture of him
sticking electrodes into the tomato sums him up perfectly.
When the full story of scientology gets told, it will be the wildest
story of the 20th century, if not of all time.
So let's say you somehow ended up involved in scientology. Depending
on you level of involvement, here is the duress level you could
CELEBRITY: Even The Lawn Ornament kisses their asses. (Lawn Ornament
is the Official Scientology Code name for David Miscavage. He is
called that because of his similarity to one of those anachronistic
miniature lawn statues of a coachman holding up a lantern)
RICH PRECLEAR: This person is paying for auditing. They are treated
with kid gloves since they are bringing in MONEY. All Scientologists
beneath this level are indentured servants.
ORDINARY, GARDEN VARIETY SCIENTOLOGIST: This person is doing courses
whenever possible and affording an intensive (25 hours) of auditing
maybe once a year (after they have initially emptied their savings and
possibly taken a second mortgage).
Hubbard's guiding rule on this is, "We'd rather have them dead than
incapable". By incapable he means, non-scientologist.
They are expected to be on course weekdays during the day, or evenings
and weekends. Duress is applied if their "points" are down.
Scientology courses are done from a checksheet which the person
supposedly does at their own speed. They get points for each action
they perform. Daily and weekly they have to keep graphs and if the
slope of the line is downward, they get admonished in greater or
If they don't show up one night, the next time they show up they
instantly get sent to the "ethics officer" and get interrogated until
they admit some transgression. There is never any excuse such as "I
had a flat tire". It is always the person's fault, either they are PTS
or "went past a word he didn't understand". This interrogation is
quite often done on the E-Meter (used as a lie detector) and is called
a PTS interview. Even at this beginning level a person's defenses are
being broken down. Admittedly, for some, there is a fascination with
the organization and all the strange new things. Thus some are more
susceptible to this bullshit.
If this person talks to non-scientologists and starts to doubt
scientology, they get quick training on how to deal with it and
pressure like you wouldn't believe. If none of the methods for dealing
with non-believers works, the ultimate solution is to "DISCONNECT"
from the source of discord. Here is where families get broken up.
Scientology pretends to have an internal justice system, but it is
completely dysfunctional because there are no checks and balances. The
senior person at an org commands with absolute authority and
determines the outcome of a Committee of Evidence ahead of time. There
is no one to appeal to because as long as the money keeps flowing, no
one above is allowed to do anything. It is like "Cohagen" in "Total
If a person is "upstat", they are not allowed to be investigated. They
could be burying babies in the basement, but as long as the money
continued upwards to the Sea Org, everything is fine. This tunnel
vision management, total focus on the goal whatever the means, has
historically always been the modus operandi of ruthless and successful
dictatorships. Thus, if you are good at stabbing your associates in
the back, planting evidence, falsifying statistics, blowing your own
horn, and maintaining good personal PR despite a lack of real
production, you will do well on staff, but that is later.
FSM: An FSM is just like the former category, except they are
authorized to sign people up on behalf of the Org. They get 10% to 15%
of the amount the new victim "donates".
MISSION STAFF: Missions are tiny orgs. They are only allowed to
deliver up through Grade IV rundowns. At one time they were operated
as "Franchises" where the Mission Owner had some degree of
autonomy. After 1982 however all autonomy was squeezed out by
Miscavage and his goons. (Read the declaration by Peter Green for more
information). Mission Owners who didn't go along with this were
declared "on the spot" and their assets confiscated under threat of
copyright and trade secret infringement. In other words, a Sea Org
goon sat each Mission Holder down and showed them a pre-typed-up
criminal complaint that, unless the Mission Holder signed over their
Mission, the Sea Org would press charges. Most of them were stupidly
thinking L. Ron Hubbard would never have let this happen and was going
to correct it all. What they refused to believe was that L. Ron
Hubbard was the person who ordered it done.
That is the price of blind, stupid obedience. Let that be a
warning. Many of these Missions Holders like Bent Corydon, Dean
Stokes, Peter Green and Kingsley Wimbush had dedicated decades to
building their Missions and they were destroyed overnight by Miscavage
and Hubbard. Really sad. And that's not the worse. The Missions that
kissed ass were fined $15,000 per day for every day they had certain
"off policy situations" existing. Of course the "off policy
situations" were trumped up and there was no due process
involved. Eventually, to my knowledge, all the Mission Owners were
divested of their missions. The missions were turned over to lower
level Mission Staff and the Mission holder was dismissed.
Mission staff work the same hours as Org Staff, sometimes more. In
some Missions people worked from 9:00am to 10:00pm every day with
Saturday night and Sunday day off, sometimes. Here one is truly
entering the world of indentured servitude and even self imposed
slavery. People are promised all sorts of free auditing and services
but almost to the letter none of this is ever delivered.
The work is truly volunteer work as pay is mostly non-existent, except
for registrars (salespeople) who get a percentage of the rake, of
course, since scientology is about taking in money, not delivering
anything of value. In virtually all the cases, the staff have to rely
on handouts from parents, live at home, or 8 people to a 2 bedroom
apartment. There is usually one or two working cars that everyone
CLASS IV ORG: This is similar to Missions, but worse because Orgs have
Sea Org members on location all the time. The purpose of the Sea Org
is to forward command intention. What that means in practice is to
terrorize staff members into producing. The Sea Org is to Scientology
Staff, what the SS was to the German Army. It is a special branch
loyal directly to the Founder. Sea Org members can push around "outer"
org staff with impunity because there is nowhere to go to get
injustice dealt with except the Sea Org and their arrogant attitude
can be basically summed up as "Non Sea Org staff are useless, out
ethics, off source degraded beings but we tolerate them because we
need slaves who understand at least the terminology of Scientology so
that they can take orders".
It is rather ironic that, the best technical people are quite often
mercenary scientologists, non staff, non Sea Org, who work for hourly
rate. This grates at the Sea Org to no end because the Sea Org is
incapable of producing high quality technical terminals, so they often
have to hire class IX auditors from the ranks of the techinically
competent. To be higher than class IX you have to be in the Sea
Org. The reason really top tech people aren't Sea Org is, you have to
be smart to be good. And just because you are class XII doesn't mean
you are good.
ASHO: American Saint Hill Org. If you want any services higher than
Grade IV you have to come to one of these first. Either in Saint Hill
England, Flag in Clearwater Florida, or ASHO in Hollywood. At one
time, when Power Processing was necessary, you had to come here. (For
some reason in the 1970's it was discovered that Power Processing
wasn't necessary for Dianetic Clears, which 99% of people turned out
to be after getting Dianetic Auditing. Of course for the prior 10
years Power Processing was considered mandatory, 100% standard etc etc
even though this was later considered unnecessary. Anyone stating
Power Procesing wasn't necessary would have of course been declared
suppressive and fair game but if L. Ron Hubbard said Power wasn't
necessary, well, that was OK you see, it didn't matter what the fact
or truth was, it just mattered what L. Ron Hubbard said. What a joke).
Anyway, at ASHO you have the first level of CONFIDENTIAL materials
being the Power Processes. The reason they are confidential of course
is that L. Ron was afraid of being laughed off the face of the Earth
for charging people $300.00/hour for this:
And a few other examples of selling snow to eskimos. Of course you had
to pay up front before you ever saw these materials otherwise you
would have got back on your plane and gone home!
The confidential materials bring a whole new order of paranoia and
brainwashing to the picture. ASHO in Hollywood is almost entirely Sea
Org manned. The level of duress increases dramatically because here
you also live on site in sea org "Berthing".
In the Sea Org you can't watch television. L. Ron claims that the
decline in production in the western world coincides with the advent
of canned entertainment, and that before television, people had a 14
hour day of production. So therefore Sea Org members can't waste their
time with canned entertainment getting caught up in fictitional
television stories. In other words, television makes his slaves work
less so it is forbidden.
Dungeons and Dragons was also banned for a year by the way because
staff were playing it too much. I guess they had an hour or two before
going to bed at 1:00am and they were playing D&D, laughing and
carrying on and their keepers didn't like them having fun.
In the Sea Org you can't have sexual relations unless you are
married. So lots of horny twenty year olds get married so they can
have sex. They also end up pregnant and have kids. The future of the
kids is pretty bleak because a Sea Org parent does not have any time
to spend on the kids. They are dropped off at 7am in the Cadet Org and
not picked up until 11pm most of the time. Even though people
theoretically have 2 hours of "family time", a day, this, like
anything else not directly producing money, gets sacrificed by
It seems very restrictive and you'd wonder why anyone would fall for
it, but the Sea Org has it's ways. First of all, the people who join
are trapped for several reasons:
1) They have usually forsaken their real life for a life of religious
retreat and thus have given up their careers in the real world. This
is done very idealistically but in fact they are being fed into a huge
virtual meat grinder which chews them up and spits them out when it is
done with them. 10 years later they find themselves out on the street
having to construct a career from the broken bits and peices of
experience they had before they joined the Sea Org.
2) Since they eat, sleep and live on the whims of their seniors they
become dependent on the Sea Org for all their base living needs. To
escape the Sea Org is impossible because they have no money. Where are
they going to go with $20.00 in their pockets? If you have ever been
to downtown Hollywood, you know it's not the kind of place you want to
be, alone, broke, with your cult searching for you to bring you back
3) The Sea Org offers a route to "redemption" which is much easier to
face than options one and two; the RPF, Rehabilitation Projects Force.
Now I could write a book on the RPF, and probably will someday, but
suffice it to say it is true slavery. Without delving too deep the
basic idea is you do all the grunt work around the Org. You can't talk
to anyone unless you are spoken to first. You have to wear a gray rag
to signify your status (like the scarlet letter) and you eat the
scraps left behind after the other staff have eaten). This is were you
get sentenced by the scientology Kangaroo Court called a "Comittee of
Evidence" when you commit some major infraction like asking a senior
Sea Org member why THEIR statistics are down.
One of the ways that people survive in scientology is they are forever
optimistic, believe it or not. Even when scrubbing the Org toilets
with a toothbrush they can be joking and having fun. This is because
on one level they know this is all a joke and that they are play
acting some kind of "hard core" military operation.
In a Sea Org Org there is also a lot of verbal abuse. One Sea Org
member can swear as much as a whole platoon of marines, and smoke as
much to boot. This is understood to be the ideal type of person, one
with irreverance and a cockiness about everything. More often than not
the grunt Sea Orgers get called into a room and as a group get called
just about ever imaginable slur to their faces.
I know it is in bad taste to mention Nazi's on Usenet, but in this
case, it is not a comparison. The mood existing at ASHO is such that
some of the senior staff carry shwagger sticks and goose step. You
think I'm joking don't you? I'm not. Look, if they can walk around in
toy sailor uniforms, it is a short step to carrying around the
accoutrements of any historical military body they feel is appropriate
to the task at hand, and believe me, Nazi Germany is VERY appropriate
to the task at hand when it comes to scientology.
Here is where I have to finish. Conditions at Flag and Hemet ("Over
the Rainbow") are even worse, truly nightmarish, but I have never
personally been there so I can't write with much authority. But I will
try to do what I can from spoken and written accounts, in my next
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