Ex-Scientologist story #253, Greed Down Under, Co$ in Australia.

Kevin Mackey was a Scientologist for 26 years.  After being hounded for money to the point of throwing Scientology sales people out of his house after midnight, he came to the conclution that is was all they wanted was his money. 

His story is recounted in the wonderful blog infinite Complacency by UK journalist Jonny Jacobsen.  Her are some of the more pertinent parts:

“Scientology promises salvation from the life/death cycle,” wrote Mackey, explaining the incentive.  He had been taught that he was “an immortal being with personal power that would rival the characters of Greek mythology…”

The OT levels are supposed to unlock these godlike powers – though former members who have done these levels have dismissed these claims as nonsense.

“Once on and committed to attaining the spiritual freedom promised from OT VII we were bilked for another 820,000 to 900,000 [Australian] dollars between us,” he wrote.

They were to spend the next 15 years trying to get through that level.

In 1993, Mackey flew to Florida, reputed to be one of Scientology’s top centres, to learn how to do the solo auditing he would need for this level.  Auditing is Scientology’s version of counselling, or therapy, when the subjects go over their past – and their past lives – to discover what is blocking their spiritual development.

But unlike the lower levels, when you are audited by another Scientologist, those on the upper levels are expected to audit themselves.  And in the six weeks he was in Florida he paid more than 35,000 Australian dollars to learn how to do this.  For the next three years he went through the designated exercises several times a day, as required, and flew to Florida every six months for check-ups costing 800 dollars a day.

Those checks included confessional sessions in which he was expected to own up to any transgressions. 


Hard sell

At the time, he thought it would take just a few years to get through OT VII.

But then in 1996 the movement suddenly released revised versions of all its training levels “… and we were told to return and retrain as we had been doing it all wrong. 
“This was at our expense.”  At the same time, Mackey noticed a significant change in the way the training was delivered.  From what had been just a couple of hours, the mandatory six-monthly confessional sessions now lasted much longer: sometimes up to 36 hours.

One of Scientology’s “ethics officers” filed what was known as a “knowledge report” summarising the “crimes” that had been uncovered during the confessional.

And if the offences were considered sufficiently serious, the member concerned would be expected to make amends, wrote Mackey.  As time went on these amends increasingly became donations of cash to the Church,” he added.

Offences could include failing to perform the daily training, taking alcohol or watching pornography.  Those who had looked at critical material about Scientology or given a less than glowing account of their experiences in the movement were seen in a particularly poor light, wrote Mackey: these offences carried heavy penalties.

He recalled one Scientologist, a widowed mother of twins, being forced to hand over 60,000 dollars for having failed to lock away her worksheets properly after a session.

Also during this period, it became compulsory to get involved with all of Scientology’s various organisations, he wrote.

That included groups such as the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) to the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE), an umbrella organisation for businesses run by members of the movement. And every one of them wanted a piece of the action, wrote Mackey.

“Some of these groups would ask for donations of up to $100,000 and if they sense any weakness of resolve would push until the parishioner would sell their house if they required…”

When they felt there was money to be made, the different Scientology organisations would work together to get the maximum amount out of a parishioner, wrote Mackey.

“I know of several people who were coerced into giving up inheritances and pushed to the point of bankruptcy from these actions, which the Church calls ‘reg cycles’.”

Nor were these hard-sell operators restricted to Florida, he added.

“I have had teams… come uninvited to my home and have to be forcibly thrown out after midnight.” That had happened on at least four separate occasions, he added.

“My wife and I were persuaded to donate around $200,000 Aus from the early nineties in this manner,” he wrote.

“After 1996 I endured another 12 years of OT VII…” and Scientology’s “capricious and relentless efforts to defraud us of our money,” he added.

The IAS would call them regularly to tell them they needed more money to fight the mandatory drugging of school children “…by the evil psychiatrists or defeat Nazi Psychs who were behind the German government’s dislike of the Church…”

The IAS even likened Germany’s campaign to the Nazi-era persecution of the Jews.  So they handed over 80,000 US dollars.

Why they stood for it

In his letter, Mackey tried to explain how financially independent public members of Scientology could allow themselves to be subjected to this kind of abuse.

“When one begins in Scientology there is nothing weird or space alien about it,” he wrote. 
“One learns to resolve conflicts, work more efficiently, live without the use of drugs or alcohol, communicate more clearly and study better.”

For a troubled newcomer, wrote Mackey, Scientology would be seen as Godsend.

But he added: “Once you have taken the bait and become hooked, the real Scientology is presented, very slowly, over the years. It slowly becomes the only chance the human race or indeed the whole universe has.”  That, and the promise of the powers to be unleashed on the OT levels, helps explain why the paying Scientologists paid over such vast sums of money, he added.

Here is Kevin Mackey and others at a hearing before a committee of the Australian government. 

Published in: on August 3, 2011 at 5:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientologist story #252, Greenfields cult school, UK, DANGER!

Because of the sinister reputation Scientology enjoys they will often attempt to hide any such link in either schools or businesses.  One such school is Greenfields School, location?  How about East Grinstead for instance?  Yep, the UK home of Scientology at St. Hill Manor where men, women and children, especially children, are turned in slaves.  The Allens, Alex and his father Marc, find out about the wonderful world of Disconnection.  Special thanks to YouTube which is now a repository of hundreds of anti-Scientology films.

Still thirsty for more about Scientology in the UK and St. Hill in particular?  Try this link.

http://www.newsfrombree.co.uk/stolgy_0.htm  Scientology – the Cult of Eternal Litigation

Here is more on this scientology school.  From NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, 7/11/12.

Boarding school in England funnels students into Scientology’s most secretive sect   

Katie Holmes’ decision to file for divorce from Tom Cruise, reportedly over concerns about the role of Scientology in the life of daughter Suri, has turned attention to the schools, including Greenfields School in England’s Sussex countryside, that prepare children for a life in the controversial religious group.

Katie Holmes’ decision to file for divorce from Tom Cruise, reportedly over concerns about the role of Scientology in the life of daughter Suri, has turned attention to the schools that prepare children for a life in the controversial religious group, including one boarding school in England that has reportedly funneled dozens of students into Scientology’s most secretive and hard-core unit.

Katie Holmes’ decision to file for divorce from Tom Cruise, reportedly over concerns about the role of Scientology in the life of daughter Suri, has turned attention to the schools that prepare children for a life in the controversial religious group, including one boarding school in England that has reportedly funneled dozens of students into Scientology’s most secretive and hard-core unit.

Greenfields School in England’s Sussex countryside describes itself as an “independent day and boarding school from 2 to 18 years old.” But those with a close knowledge of the institution tell London’s Evening Standard it is “the school of choice” for employees of Saint Hill Manor, Scientology’s UK headquarters.

INSIDE SEA ORG: SCIENTOLOGY’S ELITE COMPOUND IS ROOT OF TOMKAT SPLIT

Former students at Greenfields told the Standard that each year, as many as 10 students “disappear,” from their normal educational track and are rumored to have been sent to the United States to enroll at Sea Organization, the religious order of the Church of Scientology. Sea Org, which boasts about 6,000 members, is housed in a compound near Los Angeles and devotees purportedly wear Naval-style uniforms.

CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY ‘PLAYED ABSOLUTELY NO ROLE’ IN TOM CRUISE AND KATIE HOLMES’ SUPER-FAST DIVORCE SETTLEMENT, SAYS LAWYER

Students as young as 16 are sent from Greenfields to Sea Org, and within two years some had married fellow Scientologists.

Fred, 20, who left Greenfields four years ago, told the Standard that about 10 pupils left for Sea Org during his time at the school.

He said that when they returned, his former classmates were “were really different, unpleasantly so. They were much quieter, they talked in a different way, in a slightly unpleasant way. They were less ‘there’. It was a very unpleasant experience meeting them again.”

“Almost all of those who came back from Sea Org had got married there or in the intervening period,” Fred added.

He said his former classmates had been cut off from Facebook and other forms of electronic communication.

Go here for the full story and pictures.  http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/boarding-school-england-funnels-students-scientology-secretive-sect-article-1.1112468#ixzz2fyaVTYL5

Published in: on August 3, 2011 at 3:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientologist story #251, Another spy gives up the game.

Scientologist Pauline Lombard, a former volunteer for the Scientology spy network, has defected.  She gave the following speech at the Riverside County Board of supervisors on 7/26/11.  Riverside County, CA, is where the infamous Scientology compound and slave quarters are located.  The cult has worked hard over the years to gain influence in the governing body, with some success.  Here is Pauline’s story.

The Village Voice Blogs carried a story by Tony Ortega that gives the full details of this story and Pauline’s career as a Scientologist.

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/07/video_scientology_spy.php

Published in: on August 3, 2011 at 8:54 am  Leave a Comment