Ex-Scientologist story #73, phoney medical cures.

Brown McKee was in Scientology for twenty-four years before being declared an SP and tossed out the door.  He was a mission holder who ran two of these franchises.  Brown said he tried to reform the abusive aspects of the cult for years.  He and other mission holders met in 1981 in Clearwater to demand changes in the way the Sea Org and Scientology management’s practices.  Nothing came of this except the swapping of horror stories as to what has been going on in Scientology. 

Brown was bitter about the death of his wife who relied on auditing to keep her healthy, “And Julie complained of tiredness and this and that. Julie rarely ever complained of anything. But anyway, I saw her beginning to slow down, and by the summer of 1978, she, who was also a very highly trained auditor — and, also, you must is realize both of us were totally persuaded that the source of all illness was mental, except for, say, a broken leg, and the way of curing it is with auditing. This is what — it’s our business.

So, during the summer, Julie lost more and more of her energy and had some swelling and some small chest pains and this and that and began to lose her voice. So, I thought, “Well, Flag has the best auditors in the world and should be able to help her out.” So, I sent her down here to Clearwater in, I guess it was, October of 1978. We never even really thought about going to see a doctor; that’s just not what — the Scientologist doesn’t think about that. . .  [after she was so sick she had to be taken to the hospital] She was there two days when we were given the report. And what it was adenocarcinoma, which was a cancer of the lymph glands of the lungs, and her right lung had totally collapsed, and which this cancer had also infiltrated her throat and paralyzed her vocal cords. And it had progressed to the point where it was totally hopeless. “

As to the young rulers of the cult,They’re immature, ignorant, brainwashed religious zealots. That’s my personal opinion.”

A sad story to say the least, to read the rest of Brown’s story go here: http://www.naderlibrary.com/cia.testimonyrondewolfclearwater20.htm

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Ex-Scientologist story #72, Fraud in Boston.

The truth is out there, but not in Scientology

Peter Graves joined Scientology in Boston after being assured that Scientology methods would raise his IQ, cure diseases and fix whatever in his life was wrong.  After four years none of these things came to pass.  Besides these false promises he found out that the secrets he divulged in his auditing sessions, we not secret at all.  He goes on to say, “I made numerous disclosures during auditing concerning my life and the lives of others, that were thereafter revealed to third parties.  As a Church member, I became aware of the practice of revealing auditing disclosures to third parties for many purposes, including harassment, attack, blocking legal remedies and extortion.”

When the con was made apparent to him, “In December of 1979, I left Scientology due to an increasing awareness of the fraudulent representation made to me and the general scheme of Scientology to swindle and destroy people.”

 To read the rest of this story: http://www.naderlibrary.com/cia.scientologyclearwater.exhIX.graves.htm

The central part of this cult is greed and fraud.

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Ex-Scientologist story #71, Hubbard, “Impossible to Please”

Nancy Dincalci worked as an auditor at ASHO, joined the Sea Org and went to La Quinta in ’77.  She was there to see Hubbard’s disastrous forray into the film making business.  Her story collaborates others in the series, see the story of Ernie and Adell Hartwell #40   and  Kim Douglas #61.

Speaking of her time at the secret base in La Quinta in 1978 Nancy says,”I was a make-up artist. Everyone given a job. He controlled everything, there was really not a detail he wouldn’t get into. On the make-up, he would be into the exact shade of pancake make-up on a person’s face; should the hair be a little mussed up, every aspect of the shot would involve him. He had a great time sitting there in his director’s chair giving everyone orders. Everything about him was taken seriously. It wasn’t always sombre, there could be light moments. When – if – he was in a good mood he’d tell stories or someone would make jokes. But you could never be frivolous around him. Most of time there were a lot of upsets.  In my opinion it was impossible to please him. He saw things that were not there, and changed his mind. If something was a certain colour he would scream and yell about why it was that colour.”

She speaks of the Big Thetan himself, L. Ron Hubbard, “No one discussed his behaviour, it was not OK to do that. Someone would have written a report on you. I wouldn’t say it was never done, some of the newer people who hadn’t had the years of indoctrination, might have made a comment about how he was cranky. Everyone had it going on in their own mind, but would never discuss it.”

“The day we left a woman friend of mine said, ‘He sure was a cranky old guy.’ I was really shocked to hear it said out loud.  One day he had his arm in a sling – he had bursitis in his shoulder – and nothing would go right. It was a really bad day.”

A cranky old guy??  That doesn’t sound to me like the man who went through the “wall of Fire” to get OT III, does it??  Nancy left Scientology shortly after the film making fiasco at La Quinta.  Her reasons?

“Almost any piece of data was contradicted by another piece. You could get hit for almost anything you did.  I left in March 79, largely because of his behaviour.”

To read the rest of this eyewitness to Hubbard mania go here: http://www.xenu-directory.net/mirrors/www.whyaretheydead.net/krasel/books/bfm/interviews/dincalci.htm

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Ex-Scientologist stories #70, Hubbard sold “snake oil.”

Bobby Parker joined staff in the Sea Org at ASHO, Los Angeles following a few years as a public member  in Dallas.  His initial recruitment was via the rigged “personality test.”  He says, “I had a lot of anxiety which I thought may, as Dianetics claims, be caused by ‘engrams.’ I also thought, if Dianetics’ claims were true, it could help me with ANY problems I may have had then or in the future. It leads one to believe it to be a ‘Cure-all’ of sorts.”

But nothing could cure the Sea Org of their usual sub-poverty life style, “Poor living conditions definitely. While in the Sea Org, I was sent, along with another Sea Org girl of about age 10, to get a staff member who had not shown up to muster. She lived in a dump of an apartment complex called the ‘Anthony building’ or something of the sort. I’m sure some ex-scientologists can give details about that place. This was 1996, it looked like it should be condemned.”

The poverty level conditions of the Sea Org, despite the huge wealth of the cult was a deciding factor in leaving, “My frustration with how I was being treated in the Sea Org, the lack of any free time, the impossible demands, the horribly rude way other staff spoke to me and to others, made it essential for me to just leave before I lost my sanity.”

As for L. Ron Hubbard, Bobby had this to say,” He had nothing to back up his claims, and his claims that he had some 200 plus ‘Clears’ at the writing of Dianetics who invariably had the attributes of Clear had to have been a deliberate lie, and so Hubbard was just another ‘snake oil’ salesman.”

To read the rest of this story go here:  http://alley.ethercat.com/cgi-bin/door/door.cgi?55

More on life in the Sea Org.

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Ex-Scientologist story #69, William S. Burroughs

The famous author William S. Burroughs didn’t remain in Hubbards authoritarian world for long.  Although he was clearly impressed with auditing he had no liking for dictators. “There is a basic incompatibility between any organization and freedom of thought. Suppose Newton had founded a Church of Newtonian Physics and refused to show his formula to anyone who doubted the tenets of Newtonian Physics? . . . Scientologists are not prepared to accept intelligent and sometimes critical evaluation. They demand unquestioning acceptance.”

As for Hubbard’s delutional claims, “A separation between Mr. Hubbard’s work and his opinions is ruled out by Mr. Hubbard’s grandiose claims … ‘Galaxy upon galaxy billions of light years away have no bridge no route to freedom … Scientology is the one and only road to total freedom and total power … Scientology has the answers to all the problems of the universe including the method of solution’ … When the Founder, Controller and Guardian of the ‘road to total freedom’ starts spouting John Birch talk, his road is called in question and we have every right to ask precisely what his ‘method of solution’ is. If Mr. Hubbard were content to be a technician who has made some important discoveries we could afford to ignore his personal opinions. When he sets himself up as the savior of all possible universes we cannot. “

Burroughs then makes a telling point, “And the practice of assigning ‘Conditions’ is still in effect. These conditions, ‘Non-existence’, ‘Liability’, ‘Treason’, ‘Doubt’, are assigned for misdemeanors and crimes against Scientology. A student assigned to an advanced condition must wear a dirty grey rag around his arm, may not bathe, shave or change his clothes, must remain on the premises, must perform manual work, deliver a ‘paralyzing blow to the enemy’, admit his errors and petition every member of the center for forgiveness. Does Mr. Hubbard seriously expect mature scientists, artists, and professional men who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields to submit to this prep school nonsense?”

To read the rest of this insightful artical go here: http://www.lermanet.com/scientologynews/lafreepress-1970.htm

New scholarship on the life of Burroughs now supports the view that for a period of his life this famous author and thinker was deeply influenced by Scientology teachings.  Tony Ortega’s blog dated 10/8/13 has a story well worth reading.  

William S. Burroughs and Scientology: Setting the Record Straight

http://tonyortega.org/2013/10/08/william-s-burroughs-and-scientology-setting-the-record-straight/

 

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Ex-Scientologist story #68, years wasted in the cult.

Anne Daily was a veteran Scientologist and staff member, she does not list the org she was in but it was most likely the DC org.  Again and again we hear about the staff conditions.  “The conditions of the org was poor, very rundown. Also, the number of people coming to the events had dropped by half. In the late 70-s you could see about 1000-1500 attendees at events…by the mid 80’s we were getting 500-600 to an event after a lot of work. In the 90’s this was down to 300. The org was isolating its field.”

The above says a lot about the so-called “expansion” of Scientology.  Is Scientology a religion?  She sure didn’t think so, “It is not a religion…There is no ‘higher being’ worshipped unless it is Hubbard. It puts forth the symbols of a religion..i.e. ‘church’, ‘cross,’ ‘Sunday services’ but it just that symbols with no substance behind them.”

Her story is rather short for the time she was in Scientology, often former members are too intimidated or too sick at heart to go into details.  http://alley.ethercat.com/cgi-bin/door/door.cgi?72

What is the real goal of Scientology?

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Ex-Scientologist story #67, More crimes in Scientology.

Janie Peterson was a Scientologist for five years, the later part of the period was spent in the Guardians Office.  This was where disaffected members and Scientology critics were “handled.”  Her story is long and detailed, the crimes committed by Scientologists were many.  There is a dozen people or more that should have done some hard time for what they did.  Other former members whose stories have already been told in this series, like the Hartwells. Tonja Burden and LaVenda Van Schaick, were mentioned.  As always, their confidential auditing files were spread far and wide with many eyes pouring over them looking for useful information.  Scientology would stop at nothing in their actions, even planting spies, There was a man whose name was Don Cooper, who was a plant, in other words a spy, on Mr. Walters and his friends. He had a code name of Mack. He infiltrated Mr. Walters’ group of friends and became very good friends with Mr. Walters and his wife — family and friends. And Mack would call the Guardian’s Office, at least once a day, with information on what Mr. Walters and his friends — this includes the Hartwells and Tonja Burden — as to what they were doing.”

As always the abused staff members of Scientology suffered when the Big Thetans didn’t get enough money, “One program I remember in particular was the gross income of the Flag Land Base at the Fort Harrison dropped to about a million dollars a week or a little below, which was considered to be a heavy drop because they were most of the time making between two and three million dollars. At that time the staff members at the Fort Harrison for the following week, their diet consisted of beans and rice as a punishment for the gross decline of their income.”

When asked how long were the hours she worked Janie  had this to say, Again, that varied. Probably, twelve, fifteen hours a day most of the time. Sometimes — during one time period when the Hartwells were causing what’s called in Scientology a flap — in other words, they were going to the press and that type of thing — we worked for about twenty-three or twenty-four days without a day off, twelve to fourteen hours a day. And myself and Carole Garrity, who I already mentioned, became ill at that time; we became — we had bad colds. And we were taken into the Assistant Guardian’s Office, who’s in charge of the Guardian’s Office, and we were told that the reason we had become sick was because of the FBI.”

Eventually she found her way out of the cult after wasting five years and filling her head with Scientology crap.  To read her story, which is a good one, go here: http://www.naderlibrary.com/cia.testimonyrondewolfclearwater13.htmhttp://www.naderlibrary.com/cia.testimonyrondewolfclearwater13.htm

Scientology has been involved with a number of capers over the years.  Here is their worst ever: Snow White.  

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Ex-Scientologist story #66, Craig & Suzanne Houchin

Craig Houchin states, “Suzanne has been a Scientologist since age 11. I have been a Scientologist since 1984, and we were married in the Church in 1986. I am an OT IV, Class IV, KTL, LOC and L11 completion. Suzanne is Grade III, Permanent Class IV, KTL, LOC, PDC and Briefing Course trained.”

But all these courses and levels didn’t lead to any outstanding gains in the world of happiness.  ”

By 2001, we were wrung out spiritually and financially. The trade-off just wasn’t worth it anymore and we began to quietly drift away. But, as well-indoctrinated Scientologists, we didn’t dare to discuss our doubts with each other.  For “good Scientologists”, the band of acceptable communication, even between the most intimate people, is extremely narrow. So, we simply didn’t talk about the big white elephant in the room — until about 3-years ago. That’s when Suzanne broke the cardinal sin of the Church and began to LOOK.”

As soon as Scientologists begin to look the game is over.  There is just too much information out there, there is nowhere that Scientology can hide.

“For that reason, all of the blogs have been immensely valuable to us in this journey, but it was Counterfeit Dreams that, for both of us, finally stilled our minds, moved us from doubt, and marked a dramatic turning point in our journey.

That’s why it is such a privilege for us to make this announcement on Jeff’s blog.

We are no longer members of the Church of Scientology.

We are no longer Scientologists.

We are members of the human race, and as such, we want to help end David Miscavige’s reign of terror.”

Look under book reviews for Jefferson Hawkins book, Counterfeit Dreams.

To read more about how Craig & Suzanne left the cult go here:http://leavingscientology.wordpress.com/2010/05/16/two-more-out-craig-suzanne-houchin/

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