Ex-Scientologist story #140, “Fair Game” in Denmark.

The truth is out there, (too bad Hubbard never found it)

In 1981 Viebeke Damman, an ex-Scientologist and former employee of the European Guardians Office testified in a trial Jakob Andersen vs Church of Scientology Denmark.  She was in Scientology from 1973 to 1979.  In her testimony she spoke of the Scientology Fair Game policy.  Hubbard states that those who attack Scientology may be “deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed.”  To read more about how Hubbard treated his enemies read what Wikipedia has to say.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_Game_(Scientology)

Vibeke Damman detailed Scientologys dirty tricks and fair gaming of a number of people, including Andersen who is the plaintiff in this case.  This is pretty nasty with smear campaigns, intimidation and harassment.   She gave important testimony in this trial besides giving a number of press interviews including the famous anti-Scientology article that appeared in the May 1980 issue of The Readers Digest.

This trial took place in The Eastern Division of the Danish High Court, Division 14, Wednesday, March 11, Thursday, March 12, Friday, March 13, and Monday, March 16, 1981.  Mr. Jakob Andersen vs Church of Scientology Denmark 503/1978 (7043)

To read the complete testimony of Vibeke Damman go here: http://www.holysmoke.org/cos/vibeke-damman-testimony2.htm

The cult of Scientology in Denmark was once a big deal; now it is on life support.  Here is a demo in Copenhagen.

Published in: on May 18, 2011 at 9:14 pm  Comments (1)  

Ex-Scientologist story #139, Asbestos Death Ship, OTs not to worry.

The sinister death ship of Scientology.

Lawrence Woodcraft and his family came from England in 1986 to Clearwater, Florida.  As part of the paramilitary Sea Org they were part of the elite group striving to “clear” the world of destructive forces by using the practices and polices of Scientology’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard.  They were promised a nice apartment, instead they we put in a decrepit, miserable single room in a former hotel owned by Scientology.   This was one of the many lies that were handed them by the cult.  This experience has already been told in this series of personal stories by the two daughters of Lawrence Woodcraft, Astra and Zoe.  Links to their statements a provided below.

Lawrence Woodcraft was a naval achitect, after leaving Florida he was called upon by Scientology management to help with the remodeling of their ship the Freewinds.  This vessel is used to give instruction to those taking the upper level courses, the Operating Thetan courses.  These Operating Thetans, refered to as OTs, are supposed to be endowed with all manner of abilities like time travel, going outside of their bodies, talking to spirits, ESP and the like.   Also, they are free from disease.  Cancer?  Not for OTs to worry about.  The subject of disease in important in this story because Woodcraft found that the ship was filled bow to stern with asbestos.  Here is what followed when Woodcraft attempted to warn Scientology leadership about the problem they now had on their hands.

One day Steve and I went into one of the cabins, which were in decrepit condition, and he took a hammer and removed a section of paint from the outer steel wall, as he was curious about the construction. Under the layer of paint I noticed a powdery blue fibrous substance approximately 1 ½” thick between the paint and the steel wall. I told him I thought it was asbestos, which is a hazardous substance, and the fibers must not be allowed to go airborne. . . Back to the Freewinds. I went into the engine room, saw a section where ceiling panels had been removed, and saw a big chunk of blue asbestos hanging down. I went to the Chief Engineer and said there is exposed asbestos in the engine room. He said that it was not asbestos. Here, I did some research. The Freewinds was built in Finland in 1968. On board were the original plans from the shipyard. I went through the plans. Even though the notations were in Finish, I saw the word asbestos over and over. The ship was divided vertically into fire compartments with steel walls that ran the full height of the ship. They were lined both sides with 2-3 inches of blue asbestos. The underside of every deck was lined in asbestos. The outside walls of the ship had been sprayed with asbestos. All the ceiling panels contained asbestos. In short, asbestos was everywhere as was typical of a ship built in the sixties.

No one on the ship knew anything about asbestos, nor did they care. I thought to myself, the Church has been tricked into buying a cruise ship for $11 million that is a total liability, that is so full of lethal asbestos, the only option is to sink it in deep water. If asbestos remains permanently wet it is not dangerous, it is dangerous when dried out and flaking, releasing fibers in the air that are then breathed in. To me this seemed a daunting, enormous problem. How could the church possibly bring their public parishioners to this ship and expose them to such a hazardous substance.

The Scientologist in charge of the renovations of the ship was Bitty Miscaviage.  She, and the others Lawrence was dealing with, simply did not see the danger of the situation.

We had a meeting to discuss the problem of asbestos. Steve Kisacky stated that L. Ron Hubbard doesn’t state in policy that asbestos is dangerous; he only states that fiberglass is dangerous and therefore we are only removing the fiberglass. In fact, the dock next to the Freewinds was piled high with fiberglass that had been removed by Sea Org members. It was explained to me that the ship was being remodeled only according to the written policies and “advices” of L. Ron Hubbard. Since Hubbard had been in the US Navy and had then founded the Sea Org and had run a fleet of ships, he knew everything about ships. If asbestos was dangerous, he would have written this somewhere. Also Hubbard knew everything about cancer. He had written that cancer was caused by the mind and specifically second dynamic aberration (problems with relationships). I was told that people only get sick if they go into “agreement” with being sick. As the ship was going to be filled with “operating thetans” doing the highest level in Scientology nothing was going to make them sick.

Of course Scientologists get sick like everyone else, they also die of cancer.  It is difficult to believe that anyone would be so foolish as to swallow this whopping big lie of Hubbard’s but they did.  Of course this was not the end of the situation, Scientology was forced to do additional work on the ship later on when authorities found out what was going on, but Woodcraft made it clear that there is no real way to remove the asbestos without dismantling the whole ship.  He advises taking the ship to deep water and sinking it.

Some day in the not too distant future there are going to be a lot of dead and dying Scientologists.  Not only among those who took the advanced sucker courses but think about the crew.  Some of those people spend years on that death ship.

Here is an interview with Lawrence Woodcraft by Stacy Brooks:

Astra Woodcraft: https://androvillans.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/ex-scientologist-story-120-scientologys-war-on-the-family/

Zoe Woodcraft: https://androvillans.wordpress.com/2011/05/14/ex-scientologist-story-130-squalor-and-roaches-for-children/

Update: The asbestos death ship is also a slave shiip.  One woman held for 12 years against her will.  There is a secret RPF program on board, three women held prisoner.  To read these shocking stories go here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2068284/Valeska-Paris-claims-Church-Scientology-imprisoned-cruise-ship-12-years.html

Or here: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/11/valeska_paris_scientology_freewinds.php

Scientology big shots had a great time while the slaves toiled below decks:  http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/12/scientology_celebrities_freewinds_tom_cruise_john_travolta_kirstie_alley.php

Published in: on May 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm  Comments (1)  

Ex-Scientologist story #138, Children in Scientology: treated like cattle.

True Stories about a Nasty Cult

[While working on this project I have come across a number of personal accounts about what it is like to be raised by parents who are in the paramilitary Sea Org.  But I don’t think “raised” is the proper term since the parents spent almost no time with their children.  Stories about children in the cult really pluck at your heartstrings.  That such abuse can happen under the guise of religion is disgusting.]

The daughter of the president of the Church of Scientology in Australia has spoken out against the organisation, describing it as toxic and accusing the church of tearing some families apart.

In an exclusive interview on ABC 1’s Lateline, Scarlett Hanna has detailed life growing up in the former Cadet Org – a group set up for the children of Scientology’s elite unit – the Sea Org.

“The best way I can describe it is cattle,” Ms Hanna said of their treatment.

“We were property of the organisation.”

Ms Hanna is the only child of Vicki Dunstan, president of the Church of Scientology in Australia, and Mark Hanna, a former Asian/Pacific director of public affairs for the church.

She claims children of Sea Org members rarely had contact with their parents, lived in separate homes and were granted only 20 minutes each night with their parents.

“I can’t describe it. It was just an incredibly lonely childhood. I had no-one to talk to or to look after to me, or to ask me how I was after school or any of those things that most of us take for granted,” Ms Hanna told ABC 1’s Lateline. . .

Sheila Huber, a former Sea Org member, says she witnessed poor treatment of children at the Church of Scientology in Los Angeles.

Ms Huber, a former executive establishment officer for the organisation, cared for children in the Cadet Org when she was 16 years old.

She says she looked after around 30 infants all crammed into a one bedroom apartment.

Ms Huber claims the children were only allowed outside once in eight months and they were terrified by the experience.

“They spent so much time in their cribs, day after day, night after night, that they wouldn’t go in any space larger than the size of their cribs. They were terrified. They were terrified of the sunlight,” she said.

The article that appeared in ABC News, Australia/May 18, 2010.  It says that the cadet org “no longer exists” but of course longtime Scieno watchers know better than this.  For the rest of the story go here:

http://www.rickross.com/reference/scientology/australia/australia36.html

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