Ex-Scientologist story #282, Co$ Crimes in Australia.

This story is about the defection of two formerly fanatical members of Scientology, Ana and Dean Detheridge.  If you want to know what Scientology wants for the rest of us just start reading.  The only thing I can add is that this evil cult is an equal opportunity abuser; they will abuse anyone they get their hands on, member or not. 

Scientology:
Scientology’s dark secrets

BARNEY
ZWARTZ
The Age
November 21, 2009

SCIENTOLOGISTS lured Dean Detheridge off the street using their tried and  tested technique of offering a personality test. He wasn’t much interested, but  they were extremely skilled and persistent persuaders, and he found he couldn’t  say no. Seven days later he was on staff in what turned out to be a very  full-time job. Although he rose to executive director of the Canberra branch,  Detheridge was always below the poverty line. He worked 15-hour days for the  Church of Scientology, plus another three hours in the early morning as a learner to feed his family. Days off were rare.

He told The Age how he learnt to lie, bully, intimidate and humiliate people  and particularly to extort money in service of the church and its ostensible  aim, the greatest good of the greatest number. Now he calls it “a crock of  shit”.

Detheridge lost 17 years to the church, under constant financial and  emotional pressure. He did much of which he is now ashamed, and suffered much  more. This week his story hit the headlines when Senator Nick Xenophon called for an inquiry into the church and tabled several letters from former members.

For decades the celebrity-recruiting group, granted legal status as a  religion in Australia in 1983, has fought to preserve its secrets. These include  a bizarre cosmology involving the galactic dictator Xenu dumping millions of  corpses in volcanoes on Earth 75 million years ago and blowing them up with 17  hydrogen bombs (the last word in high-tech when L. Ron Hubbard founded the group  in the 1950s).

In this schema, the souls, or “thetans”, of the dead were contaminated and in  turn contaminated humans, who can be cleansed only by Scientology. The process  involves vitamins, E-meters and large sums of money.

As commentator Phillip Adams acidly observed, Hubbard launched his ew “science” of dianetics in that scholarly journal Astounding Science Fiction.  The Church of Scientology around the world has just endured a very bad few  months. A French court convicted it of defrauding vulnerable members and fined  it $1 million; a former top executive went public with damning accounts  including claims of violence by world leader David Miscavige; Oscar-winning film  director Paul Haggis resigned with some withering criticisms; a Queensland  inquest found that a soldier had killed himself after spending $25,000 on a month of Scientology courses; and online encyclopedia Wikipedia banned the  church and people associated with it from editing entries.

Then on Tuesday, Senator Xenophon tabled in the Senate a collection of   damaging letters from former members and called for a Senate inquiry into the  church and its activities. He asked the Senate to investigate its tax-exempt  status, occupational health and safety practices, and the adequacy of consumer  protection laws in relation to its fund-raising and charges. Prime Minister  Kevin Rudd felt it necessary to distance himself, saying he had concerns about  the organisation

The shocking allegations included those of coerced abortions, forced , obstructing justice and covering up child abuse. Life for Scientology staff,   former members wrote, featured unbearable hours, constant punishments, lack of  access to medical care, and sometimes physical abuse and imprisonment. They were  at the mercy of the elite, called the Sea Org, and at constant risk of being  separated from friends and family.

In her letter, Carmel Underwood told of being pressured to have an abortion,
which she rejected, though others had succumbed. Women who refused, it was said,
might be put on hard labour in the hope of causing a miscarriage. (Detheridge
explains the reasoning: “The ‘right’ decision is the greatest good of the  greatest number, and the only hope humanity has is Scientology. So anything that enables a member to stay on staff and keep working is good, whereas a baby would  pull you off staff.”)

Underwood said children whose parents worked for the church and who went to  the Scientology school were forced to work for the church after school and saw  rheir parents for only a couple of hours a week. She described punishments  designed to instil subservience, such as manual labour, or scrubbing an already  clean bathroom with a toothbrush.

Peta O’Brien had herself assigned to the Rehabilitation Project Force (the  penal group) so she could see her son, 17, who had been sent there. She did hard labour, breaking rocks with a crowbar and carting them in a wheelbarrow to make  a car park at the church’s Dundas, NSW, base. When she had cervical cancer, it  was alleged, she had to pay for an operation by painting an architectural rendering of the doctor’s home, because the church, having already taken all her  money, would not help. . ..

Church staff also used intimate information about members to silence them, or  to impersonate them to cancel credit cards or plane tickets, he wrote.

Paul Schofield wrote about a Sydney scientologist who had committed suicide because of debt he had incurred making donations to the church. He alleged that another member had systematically abused three daughters, who complained to the  church, but police were not told. Another man who molested his daughter was
turned over to police only after he had fallen out with Scientology.

Ana Detheridge, Dean’s wife, wrote of physical attacks on staff, and  fund-raising sessions where members were locked into rooms until targets were  reached. People had to sit for hours, being pressured to increase donations.

Why did members stay so long if life was so difficult?

According to Dean Detheridge, the church applies intense pressure to those who want to leave, including using personal information against them. Under a  process called “murder routine” members are locked up and harassed for hours
without food or rest until they give in. “They do intense interrogations . . .  They ask, ‘what have you done to small boys?’ and try to get you into  submission. I was kept in a room till 4am, but after 17 years on staff I was  hardened and stuck it out.”

For the entire article follow this link.  http://www.cifs.org.au/dark.php

This site contains mostly older stuff about the cult in Australia, what makes it interesting is that when these stories were written Dean and Ana were on the side of the bad guys.  http://www.suburbia.com.au/~fun/scn/orgs/canb/

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Ex-Scientologist story #281, Mission slaves: greed & abuse.

The Dearings, Suzette and Michael, were two very committed Scientologists.  However, Scientology thrives on people with good intention.   The Dearings  were treated like miserable peons living in near poverty while enduring sleep deprivation and overwork.  This is par for the course in Scientology.    The cult has grown rich exploiting people like this.

“My name is Suzette M. Dearing. I live in Citrus Heights, CA and am a Technical Writer. . .

From January 1975 to July 1983 I was a staff member at the  Church of Scientology, Mission of Davis (COSMOD) at  Sacramento.  At Ms. Wakefield’s request, I am writing down  what I know of  the Church’s illegal and bizarre activities.

The thing that stands out most about my first years on staff  is the sheer lack of sleep. We had staff meetings every  Wednesday night that lasted from midnight until 3:00 – 4:00 in  the morning. We were all required to work six to seven days a  week from 9:00 AM until 11:30 PM (or later), in violation of  local and state labor laws. However, the party line was that we  were “volunteers” who were paid a “parsonage allowance”, as  opposed to salaried employees. (The “parsonage allowance”  ranged, on average, from $0 on bad weeks to $100 on good weeks.)  On Thursdays, then, we were forced to perform our duties on as  little as three hours of sleep.

During these staff meetings, the ED of the Mission, Reggie Caldwell, would alternately chain smoke and yell profanities at  us, telling us we were non-productive, that we had “evil  intentions”, etc.

After a few months of this, I became quite ill and decided to  quit. Staff members who wished to quit were seen by a person  called an “Ethics Officer”, whose job, in retrospect, was to  brainwash us until we “saw the light” and decided to stay. I was  told to remain in a small room, about 8′ by 8′ and write up my “O/W”,  a list of everything bad I had ever done in my entire life. When  I thought I was complete, the Ethics Officer would  look over what I had written, and if I still felt I wanted to  quit he would send me back to the small room to continue  writing. I did this for a couple of days until I “decided” to  remain on staff. Note that this was standard handling for anyone  who wanted to quit staff. I tried to quit staff several times  over the years, and was always forced into a small room to  “confront my O/Ws”.

In the first years I was on staff (1975-1979) we were  actively discouraged from seeking medical help if we were sick.  It was felt that all illnesses were “spiritual” in nature. I  remember one man named Tom Stevens, who had appendicitis that  went untreated for a couple of days until he finally had  emergency surgery. He was forced back on the job by the Church  after only two days of recovery and performed his duties in  considerable pain. On another occasion my supervisor, Cathy  Moore, suffered a miscarriage and called me to her house to  counsel her to make the miscarriage stop. Needless to say, it  didn’t and she eventually was hospitalized.

I remember when I was pregnant with my second child in 1983,  I asked the director of the Church, Jeff Cota, if I could cut  back my hours. I was very ill (during my fifth month I lost five  pounds) and my physician was concerned about me. His response  was that he was convinced that my difficulties were “spiritual”  in origin and that he wanted me to receive counselling rather  than go home and rest. I couldn’t convince him otherwise.”

For the rest of Suzette’s story go here;  http://www.xenu-directory.net/documents/dearing19890810.html

Here is Michael’s story:  http://www.scribd.com/doc/48287109/Scientology-Memoirs-Miscellaneous-Affidavits

Things never get any better inside Scientology; the abuse continues.  Here the former head of Scientology, Clearwater, FL,

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Ex-Scientologist story #280, Film maker labeled, “SP” & “Criminal.”

Scientologist Since 1982, Filmmaker Vince Offer is Suing the Church of    Scientology for Being Labeled a ‘Criminal’ and Persecuted for His Movie’s   Artistic Expression, Among Other Things

    LOS ANGELES, May 11 /PRNewswire/ — Ever since late night infomercials ran  on national cable stations for “The Underground Comedy Movie,” co-starring  Michael Clarke Duncan, Slash, Gena Lee Nolin and Joey Buttafuoco, the movie  has become a household name.  LA Weekly crowned it as “The single most  offensive movie ever made!”  And it definitely delivers the goods.  So much  so, the filmmaker was kicked out and branded a “Criminal” by the Church of  Scientology.
    
    In 1997, while in production on his movie, church officials allegedly  orchestrated  a  meticulously covert propaganda campaign against Offer.  To help  galvanize church staff to get of rid Offer, illegally, selected shots of the  movie were taken from a rough cut copy, placed them in a report accompanied by  scarring comments and distributed within the church.
    After setting the stage, the Scientology sub-organization that recruits  and caters to celebrities “Celebrity Center International,” located in  Hollywood and whose motto is “To Create a Safe Space for Artists,” according  to Offer recruited dozens of his Scientology friends, associates and actors  that worked on Underground Comedy, to write false and malicious reports  against him.  If individuals refused to write these reports, they were  threatened with condemnation and punishment that could be lethal to their  careers.  One person reported a statement informing, “They threatened that I  would also be Declared Suppressive if I didn’t write up all the bad stuff I  knew on Vince.”  A Scientology term, “Declared Suppressive,” means being
labeled as an “enemy” of Scientology, expelled from the organization, becoming
“fair game,” and subject to “disconnection” by all family, friends and   associates who are Scientologists.
    Celebrity Center staff executives summoned Offer to face a Scientology  court for the numerous charges that unbeknownst to Offer were recruited by  Scientology officials but were presented to Offer as having been written by  other members on their “own accord.”       This court was run by four scientology church staff members, the youngest  being about 14 years of age, and in March of 1998, a ruling document entitled  “Findings and Recommendations,” held Offer to be guilty of 23 charges, none of  which were ever presented to him in the “court.”  To add insult to injury, the
ruling document labeled him a “Declare Type B,” a Scientology term which means
a person who is a “Criminal” and has “a criminal record.”  This was publicly  distributed or communicated to all associates, future associates of Offer and  general Scientology members, thereby sealing his fate as an outcast.  Offer  suffered irreparable damage due to this, including a lucrative business  enterprise he owned that consisted of many Scientology sales representatives  who abandoned him upon hearing the “Criminal” charge.  The enterprise folded  soon after.      In August 1999, a year and a half after Offer was labeled a “criminal,” a  Scientology appeal board found that the original accusations in the court  ruling were all untrue and that Offer was never even presented with the  charges.  Furthermore, they concluded the imposition of the “Criminal” label  on Offer was an injustice.  But the appeal board never apologized, or  acknowledged the church’s responsibility in the propaganda campaign or offered  reparations.


    By January 2002, Offer’s life was destroyed, as he was now broke, alone  and was left with an unfinished movie.  To keep from going under, he undertook  his inherent marketing abilities and pitched kitchen vegetable choppers at  swap meets.  In the span of 5 years, Offer went from owning an enterprise with  dozens of sales reps in 1997, to selling on his own in a swap meet.  In April  of 2002, against all odds, he managed to generate enough money from swap meet  sales to launch a successful infomercial campaign for his movie.  It is the  first movie ever to be marketed in this medium, which propelled DVD sales to  almost 100,000 units in the US.
    Offer is using his proceeds from the sales of the movie to fight the  Church in court.  Armed with evidence and the passion of obtaining redress for  injustice, he has pursued an unrelenting quest to expose the human cruelty and  destructive practices committed, still to this day, by the Church of  Scientology’s leadership helmed by David Miscavage.
    The preliminary case discussion starts in LA judicial court June 24, 2004. Offer is represented by attorney Ford Greene of Marin County, California, a  recent finalist for the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice 2003 Trial Lawyer of  the Year for collecting almost $8.7 million from Scientology in a case they  swore “Not One Thin Dime for Wollersheim” the man they drove into insanity and  then punished with fair game.

To read more of his story go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince_Offer

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