In 1978 Sylvana Garritano was unlucky enough to join Scientology in the notorious hotbed of fraud, the Boston Org. To make matters worse she joined the Sea Org, the paramilitary force that Hubbard used to extract money from the rest of society. Here she was introduced to life in Hubbard’s utopia. This story, bad is it is, is typical of life in Scientology.
In the E.P.F. I worked from 7:00 A.M. through 1:00 – 2:00 A.M. without a break. I cooked, washed dishes pots and pans and served as a steward. In the evening hours I cared for the children of other Sea Org Members, which required watching 12-15 small children that were confined to a very small room. The quarters, kitchens, bathrooms and especially the nursery were filthy. Three married couples and two children lived in one of the bedrooms of the house, with blankets and fiberboard used as partial dividers.
The week I arrived at the Sea Org, a flu epidemic crippled the entire crew. Someone determined the kitchen area was contaminated and an order was issued requiring the entire kitchen to be disinfected. Myself and three individuals worked around the clock cleaning and scrubbing the floors. The kitchen was roach infested and filthy.
She then went to Clearwater, FL and from there to the secret Scientology bases of S. California. At this time Hubbard was doing his very best to avoid lawyers and IRS agents.
In January of 1979, Scientology transferred me to the S.U. in La Quinta, California. I was assigned to the position of Marketing Secretary. My position required extensive familiarity with all the internal networks and avenues of communication that control the enterprise denoted Scientology. After approximately two months in La Quinta, we received adverse publicity which forced us to move to Gilman Hot Springs. Apparently, a married couple, the Hartwells, became dissatisfied with Scientology and reported their experiences to the media and press. Until this time Hubbard had successfully concealed the Scientology operation at La Quinta. Once exposed by the Hartwells, he feared local animosity and fled to Gilman Hot Springs.
Hubbard perpetrated another fraud. Scientology purchased golf course and surrounding buildings. Hubbard disguised his operation at Gilman Hot Springs as the “Hoag Scholarship Foundation”. The idea was to convince local businessmen that lawyer, Hoag, owned the place and that he conducted a program designed to help young people learn trades and skills. Hubbard’s purpose was to conceal from public scrutiny the management level of Scientology.
Hubbard was concerned solely with making money! He received telexes every Thursday evening across the world. These telexes reported the weekly statistics (money collected from book sales, course sales, collection of freeloader debts, etc. and other facts) from every Org in the world. If the sales figures dropped below a certain level Hubbard became furious. On one occasion, when sales fell below $500,000 per week in Clearwater, Florida, he ordered a rice and beans diet three times daily for the entire staff. No one was permitted to break this order. Finally, sales jumped to $1,000,000per week and Hubbard permitted the staff to return to another meal plan. . .
A prevalent practice of Scientologists is denoted “Crime Culling”. Crime culling is the systematic perusal of “auditing files” and the extraction of confidential disclosures made during auditing sessions. The purpose is to glean embarrassing, humiliating or criminal disclosures. Then the person who revealed these facts is threatened if he or she attempts to criticize Scientology. In California, I participated in this practice. Max Goodman, Director of Inspections and Reports, handed me a file and told me “to cull it” for any potentially embarrassing information. I was told to look for “homosexual tendencies, child abuse, crimes, any strange relationship with his family or anything the guy would not want known.” I reviewed the file and elicited many embarrassing and humiliating facts. My supervisor told me this information to keep John Doe silent and prevent him from revealing anything about Scientology. Generally, this practice is conducted by the G.O., however, my supervisor assigned me to “crime culling” as a punishment for some transgression committed against Scientology.
Eventually she was able to free herself from the grip of this nasty cult. The above was cited from testimony entered into the Clearwater hearings in 1980. For the rest of the statement go here: http://www.american-buddha.com/cia.scientologyclearwater.exhIX.garritano.htm
There is more to the story: http://www.lermanet.com/scientologynews/riverside-press-041380.htm
“Scientology at Gilman: Hubbard said at ex-resort”
by Terry Colvin, Press Enterprise Staff Writer
April 13, 1980 The Church of Scientology first moved into Riverside County when it opened a mission in Riverside in 1972. Later, it was revealed that the
church had a secret operation at La Quinta, near Indio. Now documents in court records claim the church has established its worldwide command center at Gilman Hot Springs, near Hemet. Here is the first of a two-part
series on the Gilman operation.
A disillusioned former official of the Church of Scientology says the church’s reclusive leader L. Ron Hubbard has been secretly living in the Hemet area, running Scientology’s worldwide activities from Gilman Hot Springs.
In a sworn statement in federal court, the defector, Sylvana Garritano, 25, said she spent nine months, from March to Christmas last year, working under Hubbard at Gilman, a former resort. She claimed that some 200 Scientologists at Gilman labor throughout the night under
Hubbard’s direction, sending telegraph messages to their churches and missions throughout the world.
The church has consistently denied any involvement at the site eight miles north of Hemet despite strong suspicions of Scientology activity there. The church also has maintained that Hubbard retired 12 years ago. Hubbard could not be reached for comment.
Garritano’s description of the bizarre life at Gilman Hot Springs was revealed in a federal court affidavit filed March 7 in Boston as part of a $200 million class action lawsuit against the Church of Scientology.
Ten other church defectors have joined in the lawsuit brought by Massachusetts attorney Michael Flynn.
She said Hubbard is surrounded by a cadre of good-looking teenagers, many of who are at the former resort without the knowledge of their parents. Serving as his personal staff, the teenagers have authority over most of the adults at the encampment, she said.
In an interview last week, Garritano added that many Scientologists at Gilman are armed and some members of the cult have been kept prisoner on the premises locked in a shack. Garritano said the story told to the community that condominiums were going to be built there was a “fraud.”
Much of what Garritano reported has been supported by other accounts and by observation. But in at least one case a person whom she reported as being punished has denied it.
The Garritano document is the first indication Hubbard has moved the church’s command post from Clearwater, Florida, to the San Jacinto Valley. When the church initially moved to Clearwater several years ago, Scientologists sought to cover up their identity
and activities. Operating under the name “United Churches of Florida,” they denied repeatedly that a Clearwater landmark, the Fort Harrison Hotel, had been purchased by the Church of Scientology.
From Clearwater, Hubbard moved his command post three years ago to a secret ramshackle desert ranch near La Quinta, according to several former Scientologists. Hubbard’s activities at the desert site were initially reported earlier this year by a Las Vegas couple, Adell and Ernest Hartwell, who said they helped him make
training films at La Quinta in 1978.
Garritano’s sworn statement contradicts church claims that Hubbard, 69, has retired from active direction of church business. “Although Hubbard resigned as figurehead of Scientology, he actively controls the operation from Gilman Hot Springs,” Garritano’s affidavit said.