Ex-Scientologist story #65, Robert Dardano: staff crimes.

Scientology is crime.

The 1983 article in the Boston Globe, “Scientology Defectors Charge ‘Dirty Tricks’ in Boston, is a story worth readingIt reveals the logical outcome of Hubbard’s extreme paranoia and his contempt for laws.  Of course Scientologists will say that these were rogue elements that have since been weeded out of their organization.  But only fools and small children would believe that.

“Robert Dardano and Warren Friske were trusted members of the Boston mission of the Church of Scientology in the mid-1970s when they say they were recruited to join a group of other church members intent on carrying out “dirty tricks” against critics and others deemed enemies of the church in this area.”

The activities of the group included break-ins, the theft of documents, harassment and misrepresentation, according to sworn testimony by Dardano in Florida last year and affidavits from him and Friske on file as part of pending civil litigation in Suffolk Superior Court and US District Court in Boston.”

Just what were their crimes?

  • The burglary of the Belmont office of a psychiatrist in 1975 in order to steal the doctor’s files on one of his patients, who had written a book highly critical of Scientology.
  • The theft of documents from the Boston law firm of Bingham, Dana and Gould, counsel for The Boston Globe, in late 1974 as part of a plan to monitor the newspaper’s preparation of a Sunday Magazine article on the church.
  • The systematic theft and destruction of books critical of the church from libraries throughout New England.
  • The planting of a church member as a volunteer inside the state attorney general’s office to intercept consumer complaints about Scientology. They said the volunteer also used his position to call other law enforcement agencies around the country to elicit information the agencies had on the church.

To see the testimony of Robert Dardano at the Clearwater hearings in 1982 go here.  http://www.xenutv.com/blog/?p=54

To read the Boston Globe article go here.http://www.xenu.net/archive/go/media/bg310583.htm

How far will Scientology go in spying?  

Published in: on April 27, 2011 at 11:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientology story #64, “the whole thing was a lie.”

LaVenda Van Schaick’s story is one that covers a lot of ground.  It is one of those stories that makes one wonder how a crazy, disorganized and very paranoid group like Scientology can ever seriously consider taking over the world.  At one level it is funny to see these mopes make fools out of themselves but there are things here, like child abuse, that are not funny at all.  LaVenda got into Scientology through misrepresentation, as many have over the years, she says, “I was recruited under the deception that we were going to do exploration in Egypt. I thought it was a scientific thing that we were involved in. The fraud that Hubbard was a nuclear physicist and a scientist we were recruited in.” She was in for a rude awakening.

Of her time in Clearwater she states, ”

“I was in Clearwater for eight weeks. The first day that I got to Clearwater, I became ill because of the food conditions that they had in the hotel. I reported to what they call the Medical Officer, and noticed that downstairs people were getting inoculations for different things. At that time, that second day — I didn’t know until, actually, about three weeks later that there was actually a hepatitis cover-up going on.” [this epidemic was mentioned in other stories in this series]. 

The adults were not the only ones ill, “

“There was — the kids were sick: there was flu, there was no — there wasn’t any kind of clean area. The conditions were that all babies that were crying were left in one room to cry because they had reactive minds, and they were considered suppressive babies. And all kids that smiled and that were nice were left in another room. And — which was really kind of a horrible experience for me as a mother. [at some point it was decided to move the children elsewhere after bad publicity over a child running loose and being killed by a car] . . .And the parents that had babies were very upset with the fact, because they only had an hour for lunch and would not be able to see their children because where they were putting the children was an hour and-a-half- to two-hour drive and they couldn’t have that hour — see, parents were allowed one hour for their children at lunchtime, and that was it. And that hour meant that, by the time they got there and had to be back on post again, they couldn’t see their children.”

Parenting is not high of the Scientology agenda, And the reason the parents were split is because it’s nothing but work, work, work at the Fort Harrison, and the time that they saw their children was dinner break and that’s it. And then, if they had liberty on Saturday. You’re talking about working fifteen, twenty hours a day, and that’s it. And there is no human relationship between the parents, basically. And then, they got separated and — the idea is to separate you from your family. . .And one of the things why they were removing the children from the area is so the city, particularly, couldn’t keep a handle on how many children were being born in Scientology, so, when they became school age, no one would be able to find out whether they should be attending school or not.

When asked why she didn’t go to the police since she clearly knew of many illegal practices she said, ““With the training that I had, knowing policy and the way the operation of the organization runs — was running at that time, that I thought it would be better off to be handled internally and straighten things out. And that’s — was probably my basic concept for a lot of years, and realizing nine years later that nothing really internally gets handled, that it really doesn’t. It’s one game against another, one farce against another, and that the whole thing was a lie.”

This story is longer than some of the others but it very worth while.  http://www.naderlibrary.com/cia.testimonyrondewolfclearwater12.htm

Published in: on April 27, 2011 at 9:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientologist story #63, abuse in the Sea Org.

Chip Gallo was well versed in Scientology, his course included Clear, Staff Status II, fully hatted Executive Director, PTS/SP Course, Key to Life, Life Orientation Course, other admin training,  He also trained to be a ‘Psych Buster’ with Dennis Clark, who is one of the greater loons in Clearwater Scientology.

Chip says, “The organization was paranoid about many things. It seemed odd that they had so many enemies. Staff conditions were generally poor. The recruiting of public to be on staff was coercive and created tension. Flag missions were a constant fear, because staff would somehow create a livable situation and a mission could show up and wreck their arrangement (sending people away for long periods of training, etc.) People seemed to hang on for any personal gains they thought they could get, putting up with bizarre and burdensome treatment for years at a time.”

When asked if Scientology could be reformed he said, “I can’t see a way that the existing management and policy can be reformed. It has too much of Hubbard’s personality and traits in it to clean up in any useful way. Since no functional records of supposed ‘research’ were kept, everything he wrote would need to be cross checked by others for truthfulness. The effect on my life was simply to waste years of it, because it doesn’t transfer to normal life. I think I am much less tolerant of liars, scams and bogus organizations now.”

To read the rest of what Chip Gallo had to say go here:http://alley.ethercat.com/cgi-bin/door/door.cgi?8

More about the Sea Org.

Published in: on April 27, 2011 at 8:52 pm  Comments Off on Ex-Scientologist story #63, abuse in the Sea Org.  

Ex-Scientology story #62, defrauded by the “hard Sell”

The Ex-Files, Tales of Greed.

In 1978 Peggy Bear was unfortunate to run into Scientology in NY.  She was impressed by what she heard of Hubbard, “I read information at Scientology Churches in New York concerning L. Ron Hubbard.  Church members and Hubbard books claimed Hubbard was a nuclear physicist, world traveller and miracle worker.”

The minions of Hubbard were adept at finding out how much money a mark has as she soon found out, “I was informed by these men they knew of money left to me by my deceased husband which I had not yet forfeited to Scientology.  They screamed, yelled and harassed me to turn over this money to Flag in Clearwater, Florida.  They showed me on paper, that by paying $15,000 additional to Celebrity Center in New York and more than $25,000 to Flag in Clearwater, I would finally have “peace of mind”.

Her visit to Clearwater, flag base to the cult members, didn’t impress her,”I visited the “Flag Base” in Clearwater, Florida for a few days during 1979, and was shocked to discover how filthy the headquarters of Scientology was.  In fact, dirty, disheveled children ran about unsupervised.  Finally, in August 1978, I left Scientology after being defrauded of more than $33,000 and depressed at the possibility of blackmail or extortion from their Guardian’s Office, i.e., secret police, of information concerning my innermost thoughts given to them in auditing.”

This is another one of those big wins in Scientology we hear so much about, to read the rest of her story go here: http://www.naderlibrary.com/cia.scientologyclearwater.exh59.htm

Getting money by any means has always been the number one priority for Scientology.  Read here about the case of Raul Lopez, a handicapped men bled dry by the cult.  

Brained: Mentally impaired Raul Lopez was $1.7 million richer as the result of an accident settlement — until he joined the Church of Scientology.

By Ron Russell
December 21, 2000

The ostrich eggs should have been a tip-off. But Raul Lopez wasn’t worried, even though he had paid $30,000 for two of them. The eggs were going to make him rich. After all, his lawyer, Brent Jones, whom he trusted more than his own mother, had convinced him. Jones came highly regarded as a member of the Church of Scientology, the Los Angeles- based church in which Lopez had invested his hope of getting cured of irreversible brain trauma resulting from an auto accident. Never mind that medical experts had concluded that little could be done about his nervous tremor and inability to reason and interact with others the way he did before a big-rig crossed the center line of a Ventura County highway and slammed head-on into his pickup truck in 1985.

Without exception, doctors advised him to adapt to his limitations and move on with his life. But that was before Lopez, 34, stumbled upon a Scientology booth at a Ventura County flea market. The Scientologists, he concluded, had what he wanted. “They were going to make me whole again,” he recalls once believing, referring to the technology as well as the expensive training known as auditing that are the mainstays of Scientology’s late founder, science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.

According to attorneys Dan Leipold and Ford Greene, Lopez also had something the Scientologists wanted: $1.7 million that was their client’s share of the court settlement stemming from the accident. As part of a potentially explosive case wending its way toward trial in Los Angeles superior court — in which L.A. Police Commission President Gerald Chaleff is among the battery of lawyers representing the church – – Lopez’s attorneys contend that the church and individuals associated with it swindled their brain-damaged client out of up to $1.3 million. “They picked him clean, and we have the documentation to prove it,” Leipold says.

For their part, Scientology lawyers deny that there was any wrongdoing, portraying Lopez as a willing participant during years of involvement in the church. Robert Amidon, a Burbank attorney who is among the legal team representing the church, calls Lopez’s claim “bogus,” characterizing the case (scheduled for trial next May) as an attack on religious expression: “It’s as if Lopez [were Catholic and] were to say, “Please stop all confessionals in the Catholic Church because it hurts my brain to listen to the priest.'”

Regardless of the outcome, the case provides a rare glimpse into the controversial church’s internal operations and associated commercial enterprises, including alleged hardball tactics it is accused of employing to promote Hubbard’s teachings for maximum profit. Critics, including former members, have long asserted that Scientology resembles a sprawling collection of business enterprises more than a religion and say it is controlled by an unincorporated paramilitary- like organization known as the Sea Organization, or Sea Org. “It’s a seamless structure that has made the enterprise of Scientology and its individual components almost impregnable and immune from liability judgments,” says Leipold, who has frequently battled the church in court. “We think this case is going to make that abundantly clear.”Leaving aside its structure and practice, which have prompted attempts at governmental intervention in France and Germany, Scientology beliefs have also fueled controversy.

Founded by Hubbard in 1952, Scientology teaches that people are immortal spiritual beings, called thetans, who were banished to earth some 75 million years ago by an evil galactic ruler named Xenu. A pulp fiction writer who had served in the Navy, Hubbard hit it big in 1950 by coming up with the concept of Dianetics, which he dubbed a modern science of mental health. Dianetics remains at the core of Scientology practice. One of its staples is a simplified lie detector called an E-meter, which is supposed to measure electrical changes in the skin while subjects discuss intimate details of their lives. Scientologists swear by it, among them actorsJohn Travolta, Tom Cruise, and Kirstie Alley, jazzman Chick Corea, and soul singer Isaac Hayes. Hubbard believed that unhappiness sprang from mental aberrations, called engrams, and that counseling sessions with the E-meter could help get rid of them. Scientologists refer to the extensive (and expensive) process of clearing the mind in order for this to occur as “auditing.” But it was another kind of auditing in the 1970s, conducted by the Internal Revenue Service, that raised suspicions that the church has had trouble dispelling. The IRS accused Hubbard of skimming millions of dollars from the church, laundering it through dummy corporations, and stashing it in Swiss bank accounts. What’s more, FBI raids on Scientology offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., uncovered plans to take over parts of the federal government.

Hubbard died before the case was adjudicated, but his wife and 10 other former church leaders, whom Scientology leaders have since portrayed as a rogue group within the church infrastructure, went to prison in the early 1980s after they were convicted of stealing government documents to cover up church activities. Since then, the church has been embroiled in numerous lawsuits, usually brought by former members claiming abuses, and has spent millions of dollars defending itself, often successfully. What makes the Lopez case different to most, his lawyers contend, is that not only did Lopez exhibit diminished capacity during years of surrendering huge sums to the church and its affiliated entities, but that his Scientology handlers were well aware of his condition after having obtained copies of his medical and psychiatric records.

One psychiatrist who examined Lopez after he was injured and reexamined him last year found that he was “damaged [by the accident] intellectually, damaged interpersonally, and damaged with regard to his emotionality.” Dr. Leonard Diamond’s report, a copy of which was obtained by New Times, concluded that the auditing Lopez received from the church provided “absolutely no benefit,” adding, “In fact, the data strongly point to the fact that these experiences have served to create additional disturbance so that [Lopez] has reached a point at which he is barely functioning.” Contends Greene, Lopez’s lawyer, “With Raul, it was like shooting fish in a barrel…. In a sense, [the Scientologists] passed him around the way the Hell’s Angels might pass around a teenage girl.”

By all accounts, Raul Lopez should be dead. After viewing what was left of his mangled pickup truck following the horrible early- morning collision in August 1985, which left him disabled, even his mother has a hard time reconciling how he survived. “[The truck] looked like a smashed soda can ready to recycle,” Alicia Lopez recalls. “That it never exploded was some kind of miracle.”

It took an emergency crew using the jaws of life more than an hour to extricate the unconscious Lopez from the wreckage. At the time, Lopez was 19 and had the world on a string. After graduating from Channel Islands High School in Oxnard the previous year, he had spent six months in naval training in San Diego, and had just enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserves at nearby Port Hueneme. With rugged good looks, he was popular and studious in high school, lettering in basketball and playing drums in the marching band. His career ambition was to be an architect or an engineer. But first, family members say, Lopez wanted to satisfy a long-held fascination with ships and the military. After coming home from San Diego, he took a job with a company that services swimming pools in order to save money for college in the fall. Lopez doesn’t remember the accident. His last precrash recollection is driving en route to an appointment to clean a pool near the community of Fillmore.


Published in: on April 27, 2011 at 8:36 pm  Comments Off on Ex-Scientology story #62, defrauded by the “hard Sell”  

Ex-Scientologist story #61, Kima Douglas: Hubbard hypochondriac.

Kima Douglas was in Scientology 1968 to 1980.  During this time she was Hubbard’s nurse among other things.  Few people were as close to the Big Thetan himself as Kima.  Her story reveals Hubbard as anything but a messiah.  When she joined she was young and wide-eyed, full of naivety.  In 1970 she joined the crew of the Apollo.

“My expectation was of a psychic person who could look at me and see every evil thing I had ever done in my whole life. I’d been indoctrinated to all the things he could do. There were wild stories that if an atomic bomb in Nevada was about to go off, L. Ron, with the power of his mind, could defuse it. The expectation was that he would be able to see into my head, which both terrified and excited me. And he’d come to save the planet, at the time we were talking about atomic warfare. Who could stop this? I was a complete believer. Doubts were out-ethics, so you sat on them quickly. I had him set up as close to God as anyone could be set up.”

Unfortunately for him, and everyone else on board, Hubbard got into a motorcycle accident.  How did this mental powerhouse react, “He broke his arm, three ribs and bruised himself to an unbelievable point. He had massive black bruises, he had really damaged himself. He refused to see a doctor. I saw him come back, walking. He went into his room and wouldn’t see anyone except messengers and Mary Sue. Next day he saw Jim and then me. He was in his chair. We strapped his arm to him and strapped his ribs. We were in Las Palmas. We went out to sea in a Force 5 [wind]. Strapped to his chair he must have gone through agony. He screamed and hollered and yelled and slept in his chair. It was absolutely ungodly, six weeks of pure hell. Finally Laurel [Sullivan] went into town and found a doctor. She went off in Madeira and found a doctor. He came to the ship and he said what we all knew. In Lisbon we got him off and had him x-rayed but the break had already started to mend. He never went into a cast – it was too late. It took three months to heal. He was revolting to be with – a sick crotchety pissed-off old man at an extreme of antagonism to everything and everyone. His wife was often in tears. He’d scream at top of his lungs, “Get out of here!” Laurel was very good and spent a lot of time with him. Messengers went through hell. I’d go and see him every two days, to check him. He’d throw food physically with his other arm. I’d see plates splat against the bulkhead.”

Hubbard, the great “humanitarian” treated people like animals, Kima states, “The chain locker on the ship was large, lit during the day through the hole where the chain went through. There was a bucket for a toilet. I know children were put in there and kept overnight.”

Kima’s testimony fits in with others of that period.  So if you want to know what L. Ron Hubbard was REALLY like then read the rest of her story.


Update: Kima Douglas 1942-2013, Story by Tony Ortega.

Kima Douglas, 1942-2013

Kima_DouglasOn January 14, Kima Douglas died in Scottsdale, Arizona after fighting a battle with pancreatic necrosis. She was 70 years old.

Nothing was reported in the local media about her passing. And except for some Facebook testaments written by friends and family, there has been little notice online that she is gone.

But Kima Douglas was well known in the world of Scientology, and spent several years caring for L. Ron Hubbard as his nurse during some of the most difficult years that he ran the organization while on the run himself.

Kima left Scientology in 1980 and then gave a rather legendary interview to Hubbard’s biographer, Russell Miller, in 1986. But after that she kept a low profile, and is remembered by friends for her kindness and caring.

To read the rest of the story go here: http://tonyortega.org/2013/01/26/kima-douglas-1942-2013/

Published in: on April 27, 2011 at 7:17 pm  Comments Off on Ex-Scientologist story #61, Kima Douglas: Hubbard hypochondriac.  

Ex-Scientologist story #60, the Key to Treason

Mark Plummer was a Scientologist and veteran staff member who later became an outstanding critic and SP.  To look at his Scientology awards and certificates follow this link: http://warrior.xenu.ca/certs.html

Since leaving Scientology he has written extensively about his experiences and the cult in general.  His writings come mainly from “having been there and done that.”  The subjects he covers is extensive, including some insightful comments on the death and cover-up of Lisa McPherson.  One story of his really tickled me:

 “In 1976 I had been in the Sea Org for about a year. I was on staff at the American Saint Hill Organization Day (ASHO D), posted in Treasury.  One of my routine staff duties required was to send copies of weekly and monthly reports on the Org’s finances to various levels of management.  There were many, many weekly and monthly (even some quarterly and yearly)
reports which were routinely sent. Some of these were:1) The weekly Cash/Bills stat graph – showing the cash on hand v. the bills owing 2) The weelky Financial Planning Executive Directive – showing what the Org’s operating expenses were being spent on 3) The weekly HCO Book Account report – showing what expenditures were being made for re-stocking books, book promotion, etc. 4) The Weekly AC-1A Form – showing the breakdown of *all* income into the organization for the week just ended. It detailed *all* account  transfers of funds between and to the Org’s various accounts, i.e., the FBO
#1 Account; the Org’s Main Account; the HCO Book Account; the CVB, or Claims Verification Board Account (for refunds and repayments); the Org’s Reserve Account; the FSM, or Field Staff Member Commission Account; the FBO #2 Account; the Guardian Office Main Account; the Sea Org Reserves
Account; the GO Reserve Account; the Guardian Office World Wide Trustee Account, etc. I am going on memory here, so I may have forgotten a few other accounts. But these are the main ones, at least.. . sending out accounts statements to all “freeloaders”; sending out accounts statements to “debtors”; mundane things like mailing out checks for payment of the org’s bills; writing staff letters; doing the required audits actions on the org’s financial records; keeping the org’s assets in good working order, etc 6) The Financial Planning Program #1 – showing the existing mid-range financial planning undertaken in accordance with LRH ED 55 Int SO Special (Financial Planning Programme #1 for Sea Org Orgs). 7) The AC-2 Form – showing other accounts information.  8) The LRH ED 245 Int Promotional Actions of an Organization Form –
showing what Treasury Division was doing to increase the size and income of the org. 9) The Bills paid report – showing a list of all bills paid for the week. 10) The FSM Commissions paid report – listing all FSM Commissions paid for the week (with names and amounts).etc….

There were MANY reports to send. I had to make copies for the Flag Representative (Bruce Richeson – now declared SP, by the way). I had to make copies for the Local GO Finance people (Larry Willson, Gerry McNeely). I had to make copies for the USGO Finance Bureau. I had to make copies for the Deputy Guardian for Finance at the Guardian Office  World Wide (Herbie Parkhouse). I had to make copies for the Flag Data Files and the FOLO Data Files. I had to make copies for CS-3 (Commodore’s Staff Aide for Finance (Vicki Polimeni and Fran Livingston). etc…

I mean to tell you I made a LOT of damn copies of a LOT of damn documents and reports. It used to take me about a day to complete all the reports and about an hour to photocopy them all, and about another hour to collate and staple them all, and more time to put the “routing” on them (showing who they were being sent to).

Usually I would do this on Thursday night *really* late at night. Often I would be one of the only people in the org at that time. There was always a “QM” (quartermaster), whose duty was org security, present while I was in my office doing all my thankless tasks for my $10/week “pay”. I would stay up *all* night, every Thursday night, writing checks. And there were a LOT of damned checks to write too! And since there is an HCO PL called “The Foundation” by Hubbard which states that “the day org pays the bills for the foundation org”, I got to write all their damned checks too! And I wrote all the checks for the HCO Book Account (for both orgs), and I wrote all the checks for the FSM Commissions (for BOTH orgs), and I wrote all the checks
for the Local GO. And I wrote all the checks for the payroll. You get the idea…maybe! I would estimate that I wrote in excess of 275 checks every week.

Since ASHO at this point in time was incorporated as part of the Church [sic] of Scientology of California, and Publications Organization US was *also* incorporated as part of the CoSoC (in fact, Bridge was part of ASHO, being positioned on ASHO’s org board within Division 2) I got to do the damned payroll for *3* orgs (ASHO Day, ASHO Fdn & Pubs US) AND the Local
GO as well! At this point in time (1976), ASHO Day had right around 100 staff. ASHO Foundation had about 90 staff. And Pubs US had about 75 staff. The Local (ASHO) GO had about 8 staff – let’s see… there was Richard Deere (AG), Larry Willson (AGF), John Mettle (AGPR), Toni Elkington, Patti Cifarelli, Bill Earls (AGI), Beverly Grau (SoCo), Gerry McNeely (later AGF),
and another lady whose name I can’t recall, although I do remember her face. One crazy thing about Scientology at this time was they had no computer with which to do payroll! So I had to write a payroll “DV” (disbursement voucher) for every single staff member. These DVs were the kind that are about 5 1/2″ X 8″ and are “fan-folded”. They were in quintuplicate (sp?),
meaning there are 5 copies of each voucher. They were made to fit into a “Uarco” (brand) voucher machine, and there are carbon papers that slide in between the 5 copies.

In addition to having to write payroll “DVs” for each staff member. I was also required to write “DVs” for *every* check too! And there were 5 copies of every “DV” which was for payment of the bills. Sometimes I would get so exhausted writing all these damned “DVs” and checks that I would succumb to exhaustion and fall asleep. Usually i would wake up
when my head hit my desk! Or I would wake up realizing my pen had just slid across another check, necessitating that I write it over again.

One Thursday night I had gone to the photocopy machine which was located in the hallway right outside the Ethics Officer’s office, next to the coffee vending machine, and just down the hallway from the Class 8 course room (Sue Mustard was Class 8 Supervisor) and the “Ivory Tower” (where the Senior Case Supervisor, Barbara Rubio, and the other C/Ses worked. I was making photocopies of all my damned reports. As a
Treasury staff member (who probably made more copies of reports than anyone else in the org) I had a key which allowed me to bypass the coin mechanism normally required to make a copy.

When I was done making my reports, I took them all back to my office (right next to the Academy Course course room). No sooner had I set foot in my office, that I realized I had left my key in the xerox machine. I immediately ran back to the machine (about 50 feet from my office) to discover the MAA, Michael Grau was removing it from the key slot on the
machine. He was actually removing it from the slot as I was approaching the xerox machine. I had been about 2 seconds too late to get there first.

For this heinous offense I was informed that I had been “OUT-SECURITY” since “anyone could have found the key and used it to make copies for free” and that this was an automatic TREASONOUS act according to Flag Order 1467, which states that “out-security = TREASON”.

As a result of this, I was assigned a lower condition (TREASON) with FULL PENALTIES, meaning I had to wear a grey armband, had to take my meals separately from the rest of the crew, had to do *15* hours of “amends”, and I received *NO* pay for the week, and NO pay until I worked “up the conditions from ‘TREASON’, to ‘ENEMY’, to ‘DOUBT’,  to ‘LIABILITY’ and back to ‘NORMAL’ condition!!

I protested this lower condition assignment by writing an “Orders, Query Of” or a petition (can’t recall which), but was told I WOULD DO the LOWER CONDITION FORMULAS until I was back up to normal. The really shitty part was that there had been absolutely NO harm done – no free copies made. And for this I got NO pay at all that week. I had to borrow money for the week just to get the bus back to my berthing space  each night in the Hollywood Inn at 6724 Hollywood Blvd (after I did
my 15 hours of amends, of course). For those of you who have never been in the Sea Org or Scientology, amends are done on one’s *OWN* time. In the Sea Org, this means between 10:30 PM and 8AM, because that was our only free time in the Sea Org.

All that for the heinous crime of leaving my key in a xerox machine in the middle of the night where it was “out-security”!

This is the group that wants to rule the world.  Yeah.

To read more of Mark’s critical writings and essays on Scientology go here:


Here he is at a 2008 anti-Scientology demo in Austin, TX.

Published in: on April 27, 2011 at 4:13 am  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientologist story #59, “crime culling”

James Gervais was another victim of the Boston Org.  For six years he remained a Scientologist until the criminal activities of the cult were just to much for him to stand any longer.  He joined he states, because of promises to  raise his IQ, cure diseases and to increase his career potential.  Of course Scientology did none of those things.

What disturbed him the most was the practice of going through the supposedly confidential folders of personal information to find things out.

“As a Church member, I became aware of and observed a practice designated “crime culling”, where Church members reviewed auditing files and extracted confidential and intimate experiences and revealed this information to third parties for the purpose of extorting silence, manipulating conduct and depriving legal rights of any person who attempted to leave Scientology.”

To read more go here: http://www.naderlibrary.com/cia.scientologyclearwater.exhIX.gervais.htm

Published in: on April 27, 2011 at 3:29 am  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientologist story #58, “cruel scam”

Stewart Gardner came to the NY org looking for answers and abilities.  He spent the next ten years looking in Scientology.  He spent a lot of time auditing, taking courses and even went on staff for a while.  But he found the experience of being on staff less than exhilarating, “I hated being on staff most of the time I was there, but was up-stat a good bit of the time. Having sea org people try to tell me to do ‘programs’ and such was awful, they are never satisfied. The worst were some bulk mail or other stat increasing initiatives where at the end of the week you would have to work all night with maybe 2 hours sleep to get stats up, then you would get up and go back to work at the Org and have to work the whole day exhausted. They figured this was ok since you were a thetan and had to ‘make it go right’. Also you would work all week like 80 hours and then get a pay check for $50.”

In retrospect he says, “Now having been out for a while and being able to go back and look at the whole experience, to me it now just seems like a cruel scam.”

This pretty much says it all: “I mean looking for answers is great, and Scientology says it has the answers to pretty much all of mans ills. It tells you it is the only way to total freedom, the only tech that works. But if it is not the real thing then it is truly an evil thing, tricking the weak, who are looking for help out of their money, and leaving them broke and f’ed in the head.”

To read the rest of his story go here: http://alley.ethercat.com/cgi-bin/door/door.cgi?239

A message for staff from one who knows what’s going on.  

Published in: on April 27, 2011 at 3:09 am  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientologist story #57, Boston Org Insanity

Scientology destroys family life.

If H. P. Lovecraft were to have written this story I think he would have named it, “The Boston Org Horror.”  This story, told by former Scientologist Marjorie Hansen shows just how much your life will change once you let the blood suckers of Scientology into your world.  As always lots of promises were made, ” I was then introduced to Amy Ray who gave me an extended sales presentation and showed me Scientology literature claiming that the communications course, together with a process called “auditing” would bestow numerous benefits on me, including raising my I.Q., preventing colds, curing or preventing various physical illnesses, increasing my career potential and solving problems dealing with relationships and marriage.”

Money for courses was a problem.  In typical Scientology fashion they “helped” her out.  Part of this meant deceiving her own mother. I was questioned concerning my family members, friends, bank accounts, property and any other sources of money that I had. They specifically questioned me about taking out a loan from a bank. I told them I would be unable to do so unless my mother co-signed for it and that she would never do it for auditing. I was told to tell my mother that the money would be for “tuition” for me to go to school at the “Academy of Scientology” in order to take courses to become a social worker dealing with drug rehabilitation. I was specifically told not to mention auditing. Pollock, Urich and an individual named Tim all told me to have my mother come in and they would tell her about the courses I would be taking to become a social worker. After a great deal of pressure, I finally agreed to have my mother come in and they told her all of the above lies. On their representations she agreed to co-sign for the loan. They then made me go to the bank the very next day in order to get the money.

They simply couldn’t wait to lay their hands on her money, “When I called Pollock again and told him that I had the check and told him that I would bring it into him that night, he said to bring it in immediately. I said that I was unable to do it and that he could wait until that evening. He then said that he would send Joan Gambino and Tim to meet me at the Vallee’s Steakhouse parking lot in Braintree in order to pick up the check.”

Eventually she discovered the truth about who she was dealing with, “I had seen them separate so many people from their families, and friends, and pressure so many people into paying money, telling lies, and making bizarre plans to overthrow the government and eventually the world, I felt that if I didn’t leave I would become insane and that eventually my life would be in jeopardy. After I didn’t show up on a particular evening, someone from the Org called me and asked me where I was. I told them that I was not ever coming in again, that I felt cheated and deceived, and that they were destroying the lives of many people.”

To read the rest of her compelling story follow this link: http://www.naderlibrary.com/cia.scientologyclearwater.exh63.htm

Published in: on April 27, 2011 at 1:12 am  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientologist story #56, false dreams and hopes

Neil Clark was impressed by the claims of Scientology, “The gains promised by the books – Like the state of Clear. Gaining perfect eyesight, total recall, past life recall, perfect health, exteriorization.  Also, I was fascinated by the Grade Chart – moving up the Bridge to the OT levels, upto power on all 8 dynamics.”

He joined staff at the Manchester, UK org. and took some of the Scientology training courses.  But from the start he saw problems, he had a better life when living on the dole!  “There was always empty promises that the pay and conditions would improve. I was more affluent when I was living off state benefits!”

And as for the powerful big thetans of the cult, the OTs who still wore glasses, “OT’s were meant to have perfect eyesight etc. But there were lots of myopic OT’s.”

As for the claims about enjoying better health he found out much to the contrary. “There was always empty promises that the pay and conditions would improve. I was more affluent when I was living off state benefits! . . .  L Ron Hubbard was portrayed as the best thing since sliced bread. If that was the case, then why did the general populus either not know who he was or dismiss him as a fraud?

My family relationships disintigrated due to the disconnection policies.   Overall, I was becoming less and less the open, caring, honest person I used to be and was changing into a totally supressed, bitter and twisted robot.   Because I was tired, hungry, cold, worked to the bone it was difficult to think clearly about what was going on.

To read the rest of his statement follow this link: http://alley.ethercat.com/cgi-bin/door/door.cgi?36



Scientologist have zero shame. 

A man discovers that staff members are just bonkers.

Published in: on April 27, 2011 at 12:50 am  Leave a Comment