Ex-Scientologist story #286, Gulliver Travels to East Grinstead.

A 14-year-old boy becomes and enforcer for Scientology.

In 1982 one of the most bizarre events of a notoriously loony fake religion took place.  L. Ron Hubbard, acting through various intermediaries, conducted a ruthless shakedown of the Scientology mission (or franchisee) system.  Hubbard, although incredibly rich by this time was indigent hat anyone other than he should be able to make money from off of Scientology.  At the time few knew that he was the one behind the putsch that toppled the mission holders and put many more millions of dollars into his bank account.  They blamed it all on the new rulers of the cult who had, they thought, cut Hubbard’s communication with the membership.  This line of thought  is still part of the Scientology “Freezone,” lore. 
During this era of internal Scientology warfare people assumed strange titles like, “International Finance Dictator,” and “Finance Police.”  A new  and strange group of anonymous people called the “Watch Dog Committee,” or the “WDC” began to assert authority.  Previous standing and service to Scientology meant nothing to these new entities who extorted all the money they
could from the mission holders and even throwing high-ranking Sea Org members into remote desert locations where they were mistreated.  This is the background for the story of Gulliver Smithers.  the following is from “A Piece of Blue Sky,” Part 7, chapter 4, by John Atack.

Shortly before the German raid,
Scottish Independent Fred Smithers called me. He explained that his stepson,
Gulliver, was a member of CMO U.K. at Saint Hill. Gulliver had just phoned him
to say he wanted to leave the Church. Fred asked if I could give Gulliver a room
for the night. He arrived that Sunday evening while we were having dinner with friends. It came as a shock when he realized his stepfather had sent him into the lair of an infamous Suppressive, but he soon recovered and sustained a two-hour interview. The incredulity of his audience increased by the minute.

For six months, Gulliver had been a top executive in the Commodore’s Messenger Organization U.K. which controlled all other Scientology organizations in Britain. He rated himself one of the top four executives in CMO U.K. He was fourteen years old. He explained that there were several others his age, and some “kids” in the CMO.

The Watchdog Committee was now bypassing the whole elaborate management structure of the Church. WDC was sending telexes down to individual Orgs on a daily basis, often hourly, demanding “compliance.”

A CMO newsletter had claimed that the CMO “Continental” units (including the U.K.) are “the OBSERVATION, EXECUTION and POLICE ARM Of WDC” (emphasis in original).  Gulliver’s job was to enforce Watchdog Committee orders. He had been in charge of seasoned Sea Org veterans, OTs who had received a great deal of auditing, and were highly trained counsellors well versed in Scientology administration, having done the “Organization Executive Course,” and sometimes even the “Flag Executive Briefing Course.” They had months of training, and years of on the job experience. Gulliver had neither.

In a Scientology Organization everything is meant to be done per Policy (in accordance with the thousands of Policy Letters written almost exclusively by Hubbard). Policy is very elaborate, but hinges on certain basic ideas. Among these are the supposed right to question an order, and the right to demand that an order be put in writing. A CMO, a  teenager would frequently issue a verbal order, and threaten the recipient with the Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF) if the order was questioned. Again the staff member theoretically has a right to demand a Committee of Evidence prior to assignment of the RPF, which is reasonable as an RPF can take anything up to two years to complete. These rights were all denied.

Gulliver said that all of the UK Organizations were losing money. He also said that the majority of the money they did make was sent to the U.S., so periodically the Watchdog Committee would have to pay even the lighting and heating bills, following a complex Purchase Order system. Nearly all of the U.K. Orgs had their telephones
disconnected at some point during 1984, because of the delay in receiving funds.

The Sea Org crew at Saint Hill had been living on a diet of rice and beans throughout Gulliver’s six months there. The high point of their week would be a baked potato with cheese, or soup. This diet, and the deprivation of sleep which is usual for Sea Org members, can tell dramatically. Sea Org members have for years collected hundreds of millions of dollars, in return for bare subsistence and pitiful “wages.” Gulliver was paid
£1.25 for his last week’s work, (less than $2 U.S.), and this as a senior executive. Sea Org pay is usually less than £4 a week, and often measured in pence. With this pittance, most buy chocolate, tobacco, or a junk meal on their weekly morning off.

Most alarming of all, the fourteen-year-old Gulliver talked about the last Watchdog Committee program he had worked on, the “Non-SO spouse program” (“SO” being Sea Org). Sea Org members whose spouses were not in the Sea Org were either to persuade them to join up, or to divorce them. When I wrote my article about the meeting (inevitably called “Gulliver’s Travels”) for the Independent newsletter, Reconnection, I felt compelled to draw a parallel to the chapter in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The Church had entered the realms of the utterly surreal.

To read the rest of the chapter go here:  http://www.xenu.net/archive/books/apobs/bs7-4.htm

Here is an article about the youthful thugs of Hubbard that made it into the press:

Source: The Mail – London

Hubbard Youth

29 July 1984

http://www.lermanet.com/scientologynews/england/the-mail-uk.htm

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