Ex-Scientologist story #159, “hucksters as registrars,” & ” Bogus ethics cycles.

Phill Scott had reached on his training and/or processing level: OT 5. class 4, SP/PTS detection, HPE and I courses.  He was at 1975- 1986 COSMOD. Sacramento Org. ASHO and AOLA in LA Calif. Flub Land base in Clearwater Florida 1982-1986.  He came to Scientology in the first instance to learn how to study better so he took the “studen hat” couse.  But once he got his toe in the door it was hard to stop.  Of course he began to see the seamy underbelly of Scientology but felt the lure of the “next course” where better things might happen. He says:

But compromised myself promising… I would finish the current course and quit.. the next course was just a small step … always believing the bogus success stories of the members (now mostly gone and admitting those were short term wins at best, and that disaster was the general long term result).

Instead of getting better the opposite happened, he saw more and more.

 Dozens of examples. registration (asking for money) while pulled off the initial ‘training routines’..(self hypnotic) when one was vulnerable.)

Use of obvious hucksters as registrars at the mission, not as bad as at the orgs… those were true believers.

Bogus ethics cycles.

Hard sell. Staff cynical and derogatory about the public.. no call for that, it doesnt align with a legitimate operation.

More than a few of the upper level staff demonstrating vicious attitudes, and making judgements that were unwarranted by the facts…at the time I didnt know about all the insanity regarding the ‘space alien invasion’… these idiots would assume apparently that one was one of the invaders if you voiced any questions about ‘the technology’

Thinking of joining Scientology?  This is what Phill says about getting involved.

Stay away from the criminal cult of scientology… warn others away. Point out that its lower level ego appeal bait WORKS great…but the spring steel trap of lies will cut you half..as the scum bleeds you for every last dime, all that you can borrow, and all of your possessions.

For the rest of his statement go here: http://alley.ethercat.com/cgi-bin/door/door.cgi?141

Phill was an early poster to the newsgroup alt.religion.Scientology.  Here he gives an interesting account of his early days online.

http://www.xenu-directory.net/accounts/scott20060704.html

Published in: on May 25, 2011 at 11:57 pm  Comments (1)  

Ex-Scientologist story #158, The Prisoner of “Happy Valley.”

Bill Franks graduated from Hobart College in 1968 with a degree in economics.  That same year he became a Scientologist and in 1970 he joined the Sea Org, the paramilitary part of Scientology that delivers the “tech” of L. Ron Hubbard.  He attracted the notice of Hubbard himself when Franks went for training on the ship Apollo.  Franks worked closely with Hubbard who as a reward made him commanding officer of the LA org.  However, being “noticed” by L. Ron Hubbard every bit as bad as being promoted by him as many of the high-flying Scientologists found out; it was the kiss of death to their future in Scientology.  Franks said the following in an affidavit he gave for the Gerry Armstrong trial.

In December 1980, I was appointed by L. Ron Hubbard to be “Executive Director International” of all Churches of Scientology throughout the world. I saw an order written by L. Ron Hubbard himself appointing me to this position. The last Executive Director International was L. Ron Hubbard himself, who allegedly resigned from that position in 1966.  Therefore, by virtue of this appointment, which was a lifetime appointment, I was senior to every Scientology executive throughout the world.  Theoretically, since I held the post of Executive Director International, no person, even L. Ron Hubbard, could countermand my orders. However, as I learned shortly after my appointment, this was not how Hubbard intended me to operate.  Within a period of weeks following my appointment, I learned that I was required to sign and file a written resignation as Executive Director International   undated and which could be used at any time to remove me by Hubbard. This was in keeping with the policy of Hubbard that every Church of Scientology corporation officer or director must resign in advance of their appointment and sign undated letters of resignation so that they could be removed by Hubbard at will. . . Throughout the period of time that I served as Executive Director International, I observed the highest leaders of the Church use documents and activities relating to illegal, criminal, and tortious conduct against many individuals who have been designated enemies of the Church. These individuals include Attorney Michael J. Flynn and many of his clients. At this time, Michael Flynn was one of the three top enemies of Scientology.

In 1980 and 1981, I have personal knowledge of many orders issued by L. Ron Hubbard concerning attacks against Michael Flynn. Hubbard considered Flynn to be a “whore” and Hubbard ordered him to be totally ruined. We were ordered to do a complete investigation of Flynn, find or “manufacture” crime he had committed, expose his “crimes” to his clients and to law enforcement officials, ruin his law practice, have him disbarred.   In 1980, L. Ron Hubbard personally ordered Michael Flynn’s trash to be picked up and gone through on a daily basis. This was part of a huge investigation of Flynn which Hubbard had ordered. According to Hubbard, and Scientology policy, any individual who attacked Scientology must be a criminal. Therefore, Hubbard ordered us to do as thorough an investigation of Flynn as possible, to uncover Flynn’s crimes. We were ordered to go all the way back to his days in law school and file numerous law suits or bar complaints against him without regard to whether the complaints were meritorious or not. L. Ron Hubbard personally ordered all these activities and I saw many of the orders.  When Hubbard ordered someone’s crimes to be found, his agents would “manufacture” crimes, if actual crimes could not be found or did not exist.

Franks didn’t like the way things were being done, too many crimes and excesses on the part of his associates which included the young David Miscavige.  In the end he was made to walk the plank.

In November 1981, I came into increasing conflict with David Miscavige, the man who relayed Hubbard’s orders to me and everyone else in Scientology. The reason for this conflict was because I attempted to block many of the criminal and illegal operations implemented by Miscavige and the Guardian’s Office on behalf of Hubbard. In December 1981, I was removed from my position, and then held against my will and locked up in Gilman Hotsprings, California for a period of weeks.

In this series we have run across a number of cases where people ended up at various Scientology compounds.  It is doubtful from what others have said that he was kept in a five-star hotel with room service.  More likely scorpions and spiders were his bunk mates.

I found an interesting newspaper article suggesting that things at Gilman Hot Springs would not be recommended for the casual tourist.   In the Sunday Times Magazine, 28 October 1984, Sinking of the Master Mariner it tells of the mission holder fiasco and how the big shots fared:

A remarkable story is told by Jay Hurwitz, who was Commanding Officer of the Church in Los Angeles – until the summer of 1982, that is, when he was told to report to the Gillman Hot Springs headquarters for a briefing. The first night there, guards came for him in his room and dragged him off for a “sec check” (interrogation) by David Miscavige and three other leaders of the Church. “Their first question to me was ‘Who is paying you?’ I didn’t understand what he was talking about. I was then subjected to enormous duress with statements like: “We will stay here all night until you tell us who is running you”

Hurwitz said that for the first five days we and others were kept locked up under guard. “We were brought our food and we slept on the floor. We had to use the same toilet facilities in the presence of one another.”

Although Hurwitz didn’t know it at the time, he was actually in the Scientology penal camp called “Happy Valley” in an Indian reservation several miles from Gillman Hot Springs. At least 18 other senior Scientology staffers were there at the same time in different rooms – one of them Ron Hubbard’s former closest associate, David Mayo.

The whole world of Bill Franks had collapsed around his head.  From being the top Scientologist in the world he was put into prison camp in the desert.  The mighty had fallen.

For the affidavit in the Armstrong case go here: http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/legal/affi-franks-1985-04-03.html

Franks testified at a hearing in the Lisa McPherson case: http://www.xenu-directory.net/mirrors/www.whyaretheydead.net/lisa_mcpherson/bob/_06_13_AM.htm

For the article in Sunday Times Magazine, 28 October 1984 (very interesting) go here:http://cosmedia.freewinds.be/media/articles/stm281084.html

Here is a radio interview with Bill:

Published in: on May 25, 2011 at 9:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientolgist story #157, Paul Grosswald

Paul Grosswald was recruited into the Church of Scientology 1989 during his sophomore year at Hofstra University. He was eighteen years old at the time.  During six months of intense indoctrination he became increasingly drawn to the group, until he ultimately dropped out of school, moved into the cult’s Manhattan compound, and signed a one-billion year employment contract with Scientology’s Sea Organization.

After finally breaking free from the cult’s influence, he returned to Hofstra where he earned a B.A. in Communications.

Today, Paul is a practicing attorney and works to enlighten individuals about Scientology, because:

1) Scientology endangers personal freedom and constitutional rights.

2) Scientology is a dangerous organization. It enforces policies which require its members to sever ties with their families.

3) Scientology uses destructive psychological techniques to intimidate followers into compliance. Scientologists are taught how to lie and deceive.

4) Many people are afraid to speak out against Scientology for fear of its widely demonstrated retaliatory methods.

The above was taken from a notice for a lecture that Paul gave in NYC in 2008

Paul testifies in a Scientology related court case, pt. one of four:

Published in: on May 25, 2011 at 6:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientologist story #156, “Snow White” in Canada.

In the early 1970’s L. Ron Hubbard put in operation a plan, named, “Snow White.”  The purpose of this was to remove or neutralize hostile information, by means of spies and infiltration, of government agencies so that Hubbard could move more freely in society without fear of arrest.  The biggest targets were agencies in the United States; Canada, however, was also heavily involved.  A series of sensational criminal trials took place in which Scientology was heavily fined.  Another case was one for libel that cost Scientology well over a million dollars.  All of this mired the name of Scientology firmly in the Canadian mud.

This story concerns the head of the Canadian Guardians Office, the part of Scientology that handled legal affairs, disaffected members and all the “dirty tricks” that the cult became notorious for.

Taken from the Toronto Sun, May 15, 1992,:

Scientologists Taught Crime OK

One of Scientology’s former top spy- masters testified she’d been trained to believe criminal actions which protected the church weren’t violations of Sciento- logy’s moral code.

Marion Evoy, a former Canadian head of Scientotogy’s Guardian Office, made the comment yesterday at the end of four days of testimony in the trial of the Church of Scientology of Toronto Inc. and five members on charges of criminal breach of trust.

The charges arise out of a Scientology spy network that in the mid-1970s infil- trated the RCMP, the OPP, Metro Police and Ontario’s Attorney General’s office.

Evoy, 43, who left the church a decade ago, has been testifying about her involve- ment in allegedly criminal Scientology in- telligence-gathering activities as part of an immunity agreement.

Yesterday Crown Attorney James Stewart asked Evoy how she reconciled her criminal activities with some of Scien- tology’s statements of principles regard- ing honesty and freedom.

“It was the way I was trained,” Evoy explained, adding she and her co-workers believed they should do “whatever was necessary to protect” Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology itself.

Criminal acts of that kind were “not considered against any code or moral in Scientology because you were protecting Scientology,” Evoy testified.

The following was cited in series Scientology in Canada that can be found here:

http://www.rickross.com/groups/scientology.html#Scientology

Marion Envoy, formerly Canada’s top official with Scientology, said [Ron] Hubbard believed there was a world-wide conspiracy against his church run by a band of former Nazis who had overtaken Interpol-the European-based International police organization. She said that Hubbard ordered a world-wide spy operation, code-named “Snow White”. Envoy said that as part of her spy training she was put in a closet with a set of lock picks and told to unlock the door.

This is what the Wikipedia has to say about Canada and Scientology:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientology_in_Canada

Published in: on May 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientologist story #155, Ronald (Hubbard) DeWolfe.

L. Ron Hubbard, Jr. (1934-1991) , who later took his mothers name, DeWolfe, was the son of Hubbards first wife, Margaret Louise Grubb.  He was a teenager when his father wrote “Dianetics,” and was with his father when the later introduced “Scientology” to the world.  For a time he was an important part of his father’s growing empire but he left in 1959 after saying that he couldn’t make a living with what he was being paid.

This is nothing new to those who have studied the life of L. Ron Hubbard.  The founder of Scientology was not much given to paying money out to others, family included.  He paid his subordinates meanly no matter what rank or position he gave them.  He fought with his business partners, drove friends away and abandoned his wife Mary Sue to prison for carrying out the “Snow White” fiasco that he himself had planned.  It is no wonder that he died alone.

Ron DeWolfe testified in the 1982 Clearwater Hearings that most of what his father said about himself was a lie and that his father kept inventing courses and rundowns merely so that he would have something new to sell to his followers.  In other words all of Scientology was a scam to make money.  DeWolfe said this about the cult:

Scientology is a power and money game. The definition of life in Scientology is what is called a game. Life is a game, the same as Monopoly or playing Gin Rummy. And it doesn’t have all that much reality to it, which means that you can pretty well do what you please. And one of — my father always felt that he was above the law because he had created the law. He created whatever rules, regulations, and laws to be lived by. There was only one sin in Scientology which was repeated to me at least a few thousand times, which is getting caught.

As to the birth of Scientology he said:

Well, first of all, he couldn’t use Dianetics anymore. He had sold the rights to Don G. Purcell in Wichita, Kansas, and he couldn’t use Dianetics.  He couldn’t use the techniques, he couldn’t — he sold the copyrights to the books. And he had fled out from Wichita with all of the monies of the Wichita foundation.  But he couldn’t, as I said, use it.  By the way, Scientology — the word “Scientology” is not original to my father; my father told me. And it is that it comes from the German “scientologie” — and if you ask me how to spell that, I don’t know in German.

He then throws cold water on the claim his father made about the ability to cure disease, in this case cancer:

Anyway, getting back to your question on leukemia, he has — he had written many things about the ability of Dianetics and Scientology to cure cancer and, also, has reportedly, in those days — of auditing an eighteen-year old baby — eighteen-month old baby successfully with cancer.  And in my experience throughout Scientology, I have never seen any cure or remission or halting of cancer, period. And he had — if you wait a second, I think I have — this comes from — I don’t want to get all involved in the whole thing — but this comes from “The Journal of Hubbard’s Association of Scientologists International.” You see, that was a quote, “scientific organization,” and quote, “not a religious organization.” It was copyrighted in 1953, and quote: “Leukemia is evidently psychosomatic in origin, and at least eight cases of leukemia have been treated successfully by a Dianetic Center medicine had traditionally given up. The source of leukemia has been reported to be an engram containing the phrase,” quote, “‘it turns my blood to water,'” unquote.

MR. LeCHER: What does that mean?

MR. DeWOLFE: That means that eight cases of leukemia had been treated successfully by Dianetics.

MR. LeCHER: Okay.

MR. DeWOLFE: And that it’s not true, but that’s what — this was written by my father, L. Ron Hubbard.

Of course Scientology used their “Fair Game” tactics on DeWolfe that over the years he found himself less and less able to defend himself against.  Towards the end of his life when DeWolfe was very sick and had a lot of medical bills he cut a deal with Scientology to recant all the he had said.  Nobody was fooled by this.  The damage had been done in newspaper and magazine articles and of course, by the hearings.

To read Ron DeWolf’s Clearwater testimony go here: http://www.naderlibrary.com/cia.testimonyrondewolfclearwater1.htm

Here he is on Youtube, Pt. one:

If you crave more of what Nibs has to say here is a transcript of a tape in which he talks about his father in the early years of Scientology.  http://www.lermanet.com/scientology-and-occult/tape-by-L-Ron-Hubbard-jr.htm

Published in: on May 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm  Leave a Comment