Ex-Scientologist story #360, Even The Dead Bought The “Basics.”

SO: the skunk org. Liars and cheats welcome.

Every time I thought that Scientology had reached a new low that they couldn’t sink lower from they proved me wrong.  Here former Sea Org member Lisa Hamilton talks about what she witnessed.  Excerpts taken from a recent newspaper story.  The only thing I would change would be the title which should read, “Shitty Business.”

Shifty business: Times inquiry finds secret debits, deception after Scientology ‘Basics’ released

By Joe Childs and Thomas C. Tobin, Times Staff Writers  In Print: Monday, November 14, 2011.

In Los Angeles, even dead parishioners “bought” the Basics.

A senior Sea Org officer logged sales by debiting the dormant accounts of the deceased, said Lisa Hamilton, who supervised several departments.

She said she personally saw the officer, Jon Lundeen, and his deputies searching computers for such accounts. A Sea Org investigation determined that Lundeen debited five accounts.

“I absolutely know that,” Hamilton said.

The church said it would not discuss Lundeen or the cases of any other staff members.

The Times asked to interview the Sea Org members named in this story. They work and live in a highly restricted environment and are not reachable by phone. The church declined to make them available.

Hamilton left the church in the summer of 2008 after 22 years in the Sea Org, dismayed that the Basics push and other appeals for money were taking staffers away from religious work.

She said Lundeen faced a “Committee of Evidence,” a key part of the church’s internal justice system. The “ComEv” recommended that Lundeen be removed from his post, but he never was, Hamilton said.

“He was protected. If you could make money, you were protected,” she said.

In Scientology, that kind of immunity is called “ethics protection,” a term coined by Hubbard.

The founder valued a worker’s statistics over all else. Productivity outweighed wrongdoing.

“We are not in the business of being good boys and girls,” Hubbard wrote in a September 1965 policy letter. “We’re in the business of going free and getting the (church) production roaring.”

He said a worker “can get away with murder so long as his statistic is up.” And if someone reports a top producer for doing something wrong, “what you investigate is the person who turned in the report.”

For the rest of the story go here:  http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/article1201176.ece

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