Messin’ with the Eights, Part 2
A friend of mine attended the 2006 Maiden Voyage Anniversary, where David Miscavige pressed for all OT VIIIs to join staff. Many did. My friend was one of them.
Why the VIIIs joined staff is pretty obvious. They are committed, dedicated Scientologists. They wanted to help. They wanted to boom the orgs and prepare the way for the release of OT IX and X. And having reached the top of the Bridge, they wanted to help others make it. All of these are commendable motivations.
Why David Miscavige wanted OT VIIIs to run the orgs is less clear.
To state the obvious, OT VIII is not an administrative training level. Many of the VIIIs recruited to staff had no admin training. A few, like my friend, had some Policy training, but many had absolutely no staff or executive training.
Let’s compare what LRH did when he was faced with an executive shortage in 1971. He instituted a crash admin training program on the Flagship. He required all orgs to send their most promising staff, and put them through the Org Exec Course and the Flag Executive Briefing Course. Sure, the students got their cases in shape – they were programmed for and given the L Rundowns (and no, they weren’t given endless Sec Checks), but the emphasis wasn’t on case – it was on training.
But no, Miscavige wanted OT VIIIs. And no, he didn’t put them into executive training, he put them right onto post without any Policy training.
For my friend, the answer soon became obvious. Her ED, also an VIII, had no admin training. Her only stable datum was to carry out the orders she was being given, to do, in essence, whatever David Miscavige’s managers told her to do. My friend, having some admin training and some previous staff experience, knew that many of the things they were being ordered to do were off Policy. Like pulling students out of the course room during course time for IAS Reg cycles. Like ripping people off post to “sell the Basics.” Like ripping people off to go to the CLO. Like pushing programs that had nothing to do with the actual situations in the org.
My friend did object to these things, and did write Knowledge Reports. She was branded as “CI.”
Counterintention? Counter to what intention, we might ask. The intention to destroy the Org?
Her ED did try to do the right thing, and went to Flag for executive training. Where she was promptly ripped off and sent to a newly forming “Ideal Org” as their ED, part of the endless shell-game of musical chairs to make it appear that these new Orgs are staffed.
Apparently, this is how Miscavige runs Int Management. They are not put through standard admin training courses, but instead are given an endless series of “study orders” on odd PLs – whatever Miscavige’s latest hobby horse is. And Miscavige himself hasn’t done a standard checksheeted course in 15 years and holds no valid admin training certificates. And he transfers and removes people with abandon. He has apparently removed the entire executive structure of Scientology, keeping them in a virtual prison at the Int Base. And he has destroyed the Evaluation Corps, supposed to provide real evals and tailor-made programs to the orgs.
So why put OT VIIIs with no admin training in leadership positions in the orgs?
Well, they have status in Scientology as those who have reached the top of the Bridge. They are “trophy execs” for Miscavige, a demonstration of his power over top Scientologists.
Secondly, if they have no admin training, they will not question any of his orders. They’ll be “his people” (not LRH’s).
Third, if they step out of line, he can threaten them with Sec Checks, Ethics handlings, and ultimately threaten to pull their eligibility so they won’t get OT IX and X,
And fourth, if they are on staff, they will be so busy, so enmeshed in constant emergencies, orders, inspections, programs, stat demands and pressure that they won’t have time to think or ask prickly questions.
Questions like “Why haven’t they released OT IX and X after 20 years?” Or “Do these levels really exist at all?”