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Threat: The New Enlightenment

August 28, 2009

As many of us know – particularly those of us who have been on staff – the Awareness Level of the Department of Registration is “Enlightenment.” That is, if you want to sign someone up for Scientology services, your first job is to enlighten them on that service.  And, once upon a time, Registrars did that.

Well, apparently that doesn’t happen these days. Registration has moved into Ethics, and enlightenment has been replaced with bald threat. Some OTs have received a “Summons” from the Director of Inspections and Reports FSO, Alonzo. In it, he says:

“You have been off the level for some time. From the records we have, there is no reason why you aren’t back on the level.

“You are hereby summoned to return to Flag and report to Ethics to sort this situation out.

“You have 48 hours to report to Flag.

“If you live in Clearwater you have to report to Flag upon receipt of this summons.”

Then he quotes from the LRH PL on “False Reports”:

“If a person is told to report to HCO or something is supposed to be delivered to HCO and does not arrive, recognize the circumstances as a WITHHOLD and, like any auditor, finally achieve compliance or call a Committee of Evidence.”

Oh, really? Now we’re into threats?

On the Hubbard Chart of Human Evaluation (remember that?), there is a column called “Method Used by Subject to Handle Others.” At the top of the Chart, 4.0, it says, “Gains support by creative enthusiasm and vitality backed by reason.” Just like the best of the old-time Reges.

And where do we find threats? At  1.5, Anger: “Uses threats, punishment and alarming lies to dominate others.”

In Science of Survival, LRH says, “At 2.0, we begin to enter the domination band, which extends downwards to about 1.2 … Here we have efforts to hammer and pound and dominate by physical strength, threats, anger and promises of vengeance. Here, compliance is commanded, and lack of compliance is stated to mean death.”

I invite you to read the whole chapter. I invite you to study the Chart and decide for yourself just where David Miscavige’s Brave New Scientology sits on the Tone Scale.  As LRH points out, you can plot a group on the Tone Scale. And he notes that fascism is between 2.0 and 1.5. “Fascism,” he says, “is an absolute control – for destructive purposes – on an environ, with forthright and strong-armed means employed in seeking that control. “

Has David Miscavige’s Brave New Scientology descended into fascism?

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7 Comments
  1. August 28, 2009 10:13 pm

    Yeah Rebel I’ve received similar “summons” myself and have duly ignored them. It’s interesting how ethics is abused. Originally they applied to an internal investigation of some kind. Now they use them to threaten public with who shall we say are recalcitrant, instead of finding and indicating the correct BPC or in lay man’s terms finding out what caused the upset that caused the person to leave. Something they know they can’t do because their fearless leader Davy who is more interested in building monuments what he calls “Ideal Orgs” has virtually destroyed the Tech. So the only weapon they have in their arsenal is “ethics” which in reality is “reverse ethics” which is the type of “ethics” he used to destroy all technical delivery. Call it an downward spiral calling it an “endless cycle ” would be inaccurate because eventually this will all come to an end.

    Leaving one to ponder the question sort of modified from an old ’60’s slo9gan:

    “What if they if build an “Ideal Org” and nobody came?”

    Again you’re doing a great job Rebel keep up the good work 🙂

  2. concernedScn permalink
    August 30, 2009 1:19 am

    I wonder if someone could scan one of these “Summons” and post it online for all to see…

    • August 30, 2009 8:07 am

      Tell ya what CS the next one I get I’ll scan it and send it to Rebel so he can post it on his blog. The other ones…sorry …I applied tradecraft to ’em. Ya know Burn After Reading 🙂

  3. August 31, 2009 11:32 pm

    “That is, if you want to sign someone up for Scientology services, your first job is to enlighten them on that service. And, once upon a time, Registrars did that. ”

    Oh really? You mean they lured in new “raw meat” with bogus personality tests to find their “ruin” and tell them their personality is completely fucked and that only this or that Scientology course can fix it?
    Well, they still do that and have never done anything else and it`s all per LRH policy.
    DM has just taken it to new extremes, but Scientology was NEVER good.

    • rebel008 permalink*
      September 1, 2009 1:27 am

      Anonymous, thanks for your comment on this, and you do have a point that Scientology’s recruitment/sales tactics have always been to some degree manipulative. That said, those who have been in Scientology for many years, and particularly old timers, will know what I mean when I talk about Reges who actually cared about people and actually knew the services and did try to enlighten people. Gretchen Schwartz (who recently passed away) comes to mind. In earlier times, with less pressure, she was great to deal with. I realize there are those who were never in Scientology and refuse to see Scientologists as anything but either con artists or dupes, but this blog is not really written for them. There were, and still are, a lot of great people in Scientology who believe in what they are doing, have good intentions, and want to help others. That may be unreal to you – so be it.

  4. ExVet permalink
    September 2, 2009 7:01 pm

    Unfortunately this is not a new tactic. In 1999 a mission was fired on the scientology UK base which interrogated all the staff to locate any sources of “black PR,” disaffection and “external influences” that were causing the staff to be less than fully zealous about performing their duties. The resultant “enemy lines” were then “rolled back” using the e-meter to further nail down where the disaffection was coming from. Much of this went back to persons in the “field” who were either outright complaining about scientology or were just refusing to come in, including to events. These people would be sent “interrogatories” (which are written questions issued on goldenrod-colored paper which indicated these questions were from the ethics office which means you are in trouble) or these people would be visited by the e-meter toting missionaires who insist on personally interrogating the “disaffected” member of the public. Although this created a lot of bad blood, it was again repeated in 2001 when the staff were again seen to be less than totally zealous. It was RTC UK who would insist these missions be sent out, and they would regularly report up to RTC Int how they were going. In other words, Miscavige was ultimately behind such tactics. Basically, instead of finding out what was causing public to be unhappy with scientology in UK (which in turn made the staff unhappy about how badly it was going), the public would simply be targeted and “handled” with a yank on the choke-collar to get them in line. It was very, very messy.

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