Here we have a veteran staff member who saw a lot of the Scieno world. He was in the Sea Org. Up at SMI Int.CMU Int, Incomm. Int Fin. CLO UK, two years on garrison in Zimbabwe, Australia, Canada, Italy and Denemark. Then Base Crew and more recently at Cont Fin level, posted as D/FBO MORE Birmingham.
This guy was in serious doubt since all it took to shove him over the edge was the flu, “Last IAS event, I listened to all the pr blurbs again and I was expecting a major win for the church, a major release or something. But we got more news about more public having bought David Miscavitch expensive properties in prime locations, and a further admonition from COB to get back down in the trenches because we have to wipe out psychiatry THIS YEAR! Tom Cruise ranting and swearing and saluting, I was not impressed. I got bad dose of the flu the next day, and realised that I was being taken for a ride. I saw the whole picture.”
As in all these stories concerning staff members the conditions were terrible, “Compared to the real world, in the Sea Org you are treated very poorly. The pay sums are idiotic, the hours are insane and the expectancy from the cult is nothing short of ridiculous. Yet we do it without question. . . But I watched the overall scene, and it was not good. Staff, public and Sea Org life was incredibly stressful; Staff were getting ill a lot, especially senior execs, CMO and EC members; four Sea Org people died of cancer within a short space of time. We were not a big cross section of society and the numbers seemed too high.”
Scientology has claimed large membership in the Uk. John gives us some true stats and mentions the big, powerful OTs, “Birmingham org, before CMO and CLO staffs were sent to work full time in London Org, (Yes, all of CLO and CMO were shipped down in shifts to man the org, there were only about ten actual staff there, I think this is still the case, aside from the whle OT field in EG being bludgoned to volunteer – was the most established and stable org in UK. It had – and probably still has a total active field of about 40 people. A new OT 4, he just borrowed 24,000 to pay for that and OT 5- was a caved in mess when he got back as an OT completion. A new OT III was about as effective as a road sweeper, an OT V a quavering wreck. Makes you think does it not? Golden age of tech and all.”
Follow this link to read the rest of his story. http://exscn.net/content/view/59/103/
In a recent story in the IrishTimes.com carried this in a story on Scientology: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2011/0319/1224292581794.html
At 42, Duignan felt he should have been married with children and a career. Instead he was “a ghost” with no money, no qualifications or transferrable skills, no state entitlements and no way of relating to “wogs” – non-Scientologists. He says he couldn’t simply walk away, or “blow”, in Scientology terminology. He had been on security operations to forcibly bring back defectors and knew what to expect. “I was on the run,” he says gently. “I realised that psychologically I was not going to be able to keep this up.”
I found an excellent series on YouTube done by John Duignan, it is VERY good.
For more information about John’s book go here: http://www.amazon.com/Complex-Insider-Exposes-Covert-Scientology/dp/1903582849