Ex-Scientolgist Story #151, Hubbard: “crazy man’s delusions.”

True Stories about a False Religion.

Holly Carlson’s statement wastes few words.

I was a 17-year-old kid in the Buffalo NY area when old friends of my family came through on their way back from St. Hill and recruited us into scientology. I immediately began working for the local franchise under John Imburgia (#2 Clear, who claims he was really #1) and Peter Imburgia. I stayed there about 3 years when all manner of abuses were going on and eventually, I decided I needed to join the sea org where things were more “on source.”

I went to L.A. and joined at USLO July 1, 1971, did my basics on the Bolivar, and spent the next couple years in data and programs bureaus as SO programs chief. I was then promoted to CO WUS, did four months’ training and apprenticing on the ship in the Canary’s (including enjoying the infamous “Rock Festival” and 10-day sail across to Bermuda and Bahamas), and assumed my position in PAC around early December 1974. I did that for three years before I was transferred to Flag with my husband, Carl Carlson where he began Tech Sec FSO, and I went to work under Jon Horwich in the Action Bureau as one of his mission ops.

Along the way, I did numerous missions, including another garrison to WUS, a two-month observation mission in South Africa, and one to reestablish the flag programs bureau and others. . . Other positions I held were evaluator, and then personal secretary for evaluation and execution unit (PSEE), and CO FLB, and Africa programs chief, along with two separate RPF assignments.

If she survived two separate trips to the RPF, Hubbard’s nasty penal system, you know then that she was a true believer.  Not to worry, Scientology is so paranoid and deluded that they will drive even devoted members out of the door.  That is the type of crazy outfit it is.  Holly eventually could stand it no longer.

. . . abuses of good people, abuses of my family, screwball alterations in “the tech,” the mission network debacle, I departed with my kids on Halloween of 1982. Sometime within my first year out, I connected the dots that everything nuts about the sea org and all my experiences were borne out of a crazy man’s delusions of grandeur and paranoia as was everything in the whole of scientology itself.

The rest of her statement can be found here; http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?15709-To-introduce-myself-properly

The abuse in the Sea Org continues to this day.  

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Ex-Scientologist story #150, Verdict of the jury: Scientology a fraud.

Julie Christofferson Titchbourne sued Scientology for fraud.  She won, which in itself is quite a feat considering what she was up against.  Later the amount would be reduced but nonetheless. it was a solid victory.  As in most cases against Scientology that get as far as the courtroom a lot of evidence was put on record showing just how nasty and evil this cult is.  Here some excerpts from THE OREGONIAN, Sunday, May 26, 1985,  Some Scientology Claims and some evidence.

* Representation: L. Ron Hubbard is a nuclear physicist, a civil engineer and holds a degree from George Washington University.

* Evidence: Hubbard attended George Washington University during 1930-32 but did not graduate.   His grades included an “F” in molecular anatomic phenomena, a “B” in civil engineering and a “D” in physics.

* Representation: L. Ron Hubbard is a graduate of Princeton University.

* Evidence: Hubbard while in the Navy attended a military government course given by the Navy on the Princeton campus during late 1944 and early 1945.

* Representations: L. Ron Hubbard was severely wounded in World War II and cured himself of being crippled and blind with Scientology techniques.

* Evidence: Hubbard never saw combat. He complained of a duodenal ulcer, arthritis, bursitis and conjunctivitis (an inflammation of the inner eyelids) and was granted a 40 percent Navy disability pension, which he still was receiving in 1973. He was granted 10 percent disability for conjunctivitis.

* Representation: Hubbard personally makes no more income from Scientology than a lowly Scientology staff member.

* Evidence: Plaintiff’s witnesses said Hubbard collected millions of dollars from Scientology, including a six-month period of aggressive income collection in 1982 when his net worth rose from $10 million to $44 million. The defense did not offer detailed income evidence.

* Representation: Scientology courses come with a money-back guarantee.

* Evidence: The church discourages refunds and people insisting on them are subject to being declared “suppressive persons.” Suppressives, according to a policy written by Hubbard, “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.”

* Representation: Scientology auditing improves creativity and increases personal intelligence by one IQ point for each hour of auditing.

* Evidence: Defense witnesses said auditing improved their creativity. No specific evidence was offered about IQ improvement per hour.

* Representations: Scientology processing can cure what they say are psychosomatic illnesses such as nearsightedness, arthritis, bursitis, allergies, plus criminal behavior, insanity, homosexuality and drug dependence.

* Evidence: Some defense witnesses said their eyesight had improved, some said theirs had not. Some defense witnesses also testified to improvement of allergies. The plaintiff did not offer expert testimony on these points.

* Representations: Titchbourne said she was told in 1975 that she could take college courses in architecture or civil engineering at the Delphian Foundation in Sheridan, that the foundation received government grants, that the college would be accredited in 1976 and that credits she earned could be transferred to any university in the nation.

* Evidence: No college courses were offered at the Delphian Foundation, and it did not become accredited as a college. The foundation received no government grants.

It was much easier at the time of this trial  for Scientology to get away with blatant misrepresentations of Hubbard and his cult.  The Net was put this information within easy grasp of anyone who wants to know.   On the gravestone of Scientology the epitaph could read, “Killed by Information.”

To read the rest of this story go here: http://www.lermanet.com/scientologynews/portland-titchbourne-1983.htm

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Ex-Scientologist story #149, Co$ “a shameless fraud.”

David John Carter says, «I spent 6 years in the organisation, firstly as a public Scientologist and later as a Sea Org crew member. I was trained at the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida to Level VI auditor and was processed to New OT V. Since leaving Scientology I have been able to put my life back in shape (a feat which is impossible according to `church’ propaganda) and am now completely disaffected with the organisation which I am convinced is a shameless fraud.

In 1995 Carter wrote an essay on Scientology that is available on the web site Operation Clambake.  In this essay he makes some interesting observations:

The paranoia which sweeps through Orgs is something to be seen and at some time every Scientologist will experience the wrath of those convinced that they are trying to destroy the `church’. At these times even the `tech’ will not protect you.

A person who is accused of being an SP will not receive any support from his or her `friends’, regardless of prior record, and can be the subject of the most humiliating treatment. The highest trained technical Scientologists (Class XII auditors) can be stripped of their certificates and forced to re-train on all of the levels, all in the name of Keeping Scientology Working. Officers and NCO’s are regularly `busted’ in rank and the most dedicated can spend time in the Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF), which separates family members and can be inhuman in its degradation. Interestingly, Hubbard said that it is suppressive people who are paranoid. (Ref: SHSBC-430).

The paranoid witch hunts that went through the management and staff of Scientology is something that deserves its own story.  The random twitching of the “E-meter” was enough to put anyone into the foul prison system of Scientology.   The face that Scientology shows the world is all smiles, but when we read the stories of the terrible abuse in this cult we can see the fangs and the snarl behind the beaming mask.  Another shrewd observation from John David Carter is that paranoia backs up the need to be a member of a protective group.

Like all religions and cults, Scientology offers answers and a purpose. It engenders a community type relationship where one is made to feel part of the group. A common enemy is seen to exist (Psychiatrists and other vested interest groups) and protection from them reinforces the need to support the group. Of course one will hear about the former members who are persecuted by the `church’, but one can dismiss this with thoughts such as:

“They must have done terrible things to deserve that treatment,” or
“They are obviously SPs,” or
“It would never happen to me.”

To read the essay on Scientology by  David John Carter go here: http://www.xenu.net/archive/disk/NOTs/djcarter.htm#ot

This is what Mark Plummer has to say one of the greatest witch hunts in the cult, the infamous “List One R/Sers”  when hundreds of staff members were thrown into the RPF for idiotic reasons.  Hubbard himself was behind the whole episode.  There are those cynical enough to suggest that this was done because of the need for cheap labor.  Scientology had large properties that needed renovation.


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Ex-Scientologist story #148, Hubbard’s slaves and convicts.

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For Susanne Elleby the RPF was a world of informers, censorship, control, and mental breakdown. She felt like a convict.

Susanne Elleby had joined the peculiar ‘monastic order’ of Scientology, the Sea Organisation, because she wanted to fight for a world “without crime, without war and without insanity”–as the movement promised.

And she was in love. The 20-year-old girl from Randers had met a German Scientologist, who was one of the ‘fanatical’ people in the core of the group, and she married him and signed a billion year contract with the Sea Org in order to be with him.

She regretted both actions in time.  But now that she was in the SO how could she get out?  She had heard stories about Scientology going after people who simply just left.  There was also the question of her “Freeloader” bill.  This is a charge for Scientology services that were free to staff but charged full price if they left.  This “Freeloader” bill was just another weapon in the cult’s arsenal of intimidation.  No matter how much you were abused, or the length of the days you worked, or how bad the food was.  No matter if you were treated worse than a slave, Scientology expected you to pay for the services.  That is the wonderful world of L. Ron Hubbard.  But the woman in this story hit upon a cunning plan.  She would make them throw her out.  Beach her in other words.  That way she would escape this debt.  It was a good idea but she didn’t think about the RPF, (Rehabilitation Project Force) the nasty prison system within Scientology.

Susanne felt a lot of pressure from the first moment on the RPF in Copenhagen. She says that she was forced to admit to numerous “crimes”.

“They kept repeating that I could only move forward if I confessed my crimes. Three days went on like this and then I was mentally broken. I started doubting everything and felt I was a terrible human being, because I had erred. In the end I was like a marionette. I did everything they told me to,” Susanne Elleby recounts.

Susanne Elleby is one of the only former members of Scientology who got all of her personal files out with her. She can therefore display hundreds of intelligence reports, records and declarations – and it gives an interesting insight into the everyday life of the RPF.

There are long lists of assignments and practices that Susanne should complete. Every time followed by a “flunk” mark or a “success story”, in which Susanne would write that the course she had just gone through was “fantastic”. There are many notifications of jobs well done – but also knowledge reports from other PRF’ers of different offences she had committed.

Maybe Susanne had thrown out her food in the wrong garbage can, or she had stolen a cigarette, or she had forgotten to take her vitamins, or she had overslept, been grumpy – or spent too much time in the bathroom.

“We were told that we could help our friends by turning them in, but in reality people turned each other in because they wanted to look good in front of management, so they would not be punished themselves. The system builds a ‘web’ around each person, so you cannot do anything without it being reported immediately,”

On November 1st 1990 Susanne got into serious trouble when three books were found in her bag. It was two love-stories that Susanne had read numerous times, and a songbook from when she was a girl scout. She had kept them because she needed memories from the world outside, she says today.

Eventually she escaped and was well rid of her husband and Scientology.  There are many such stories about the world Hubbard wants for the rest of us.  All of the should serve as a caution to others about getting involved with this dismal bunch.

To read the rest of this story go here: http://www.xenu-directory.net/news/collignon-rpf2.htm

Scientology has grown rich on slave labor; this continues day after day. 

Published in: on May 20, 2011 at 6:01 pm  Leave a Comment