The New Ethics: Declaring the Independent
As might be predicted, once Sherry Katz, New OTVIII, had published her Knowledge Report about Tech and Policy violations by the current Church of Scientology management, they were quick to issue a Suppressive Person Declare on her, and send it to all of her friends.
The declare was sent by e-mail all around Los Angeles and forwarded to other areas. One isn’t even supposed to send KRs by email, let alone an SP Declare, but someone goofed and it went out. And it has backfired. OSA Int has tried to “pull it back” stating that it was never meant to be BPI and that they are “issuing a new “official” one.” Oops. Too late. Sherry already had copies of the declare in hand, forwarded to her by a number of her friends.
Our support goes out to Sherry. It is not easy being the target of one of these issues, particularly as they are normally, these days, filled with half-truths, innuendo and generalities.
But the truth is, the action really backfired on the Church. As a result of this issue going out, Sherry has received a flood of support from both those who have left the Church and those who are still in. And ironically, the e-mail from JoJo Zawawi, telling Sherry’s friends to disconnect from her on Facebook, resulted in a flood of Friend requests. Sherry has copies of not only JoJo Zawawii’s email suggesting disconnection on Facebook but also a similar e-mail from Marty Kassowitz.
It is times like these when one discovers one’s true friends. LRH defined a true friend in these terms: “What a true friend does. For one thing they stand up for one, give him council, they help him in adversity, they safeguard his reputation, won’t hear ill of him, share his triumphs, ignore his faults.”
Sherry’s Declare issue is a masterpiece of generalities and innuendo.
In HCO PL 2 June 65, “Writing of an Ethics Order,” LRH says this:
“When writing an Ethics Order, don’t ARC break its readers by leaving out the data. …
“Where did it happen? Is it in our area? What did he do? Who did he do it to? What’s the evidence? …
“Don’t be unspecific or you leave people in a huge mystery. …
“Always put in what you know, nothing you don’t know and only what you have evidence or witnesses for. Ethics Orders are issued on real data, not opinion.”
I’m sure this is one of those PLs that is “no longer in use” in the Brave New Church of Scientology. Certainly modern SP Declares leave out all the pertinent information – actual names, events and specifics.
For instance, the issue says Sherry was a “source of enturbulation” at Pasadena Org. But it omits to say that her “enturbulation” consisted on writing Knowledge Reports on the alteration and non-application of HCOBs and HCO PLs in that organization, the ripping off of her technical personnel by CLO, the efforts of the then Flag Rep to stop her from questioning and protesting the flood of random programs coming into the org, and many other outnesses.
The SP declare also states that Sherry was the subject of a 2007 Non-Enturbulation Order. Sure. Her seniors didn’t like all of her Knowledge Reports. Sherry went to the Freewinds in late 2007 to get help handling the escalating situations at the Pasadena Org. When she returned, the FR who had issued that Non-enturbulation Order was being removed from post.
Sherry continued her Knowledge Reports and refused to compromise with the Policy and Tech outnesses. She refused to go into agreement with Auditor Code violations, unrealistic programs, and CLO management terminals pulling her Tech staff off post to reg them for the Basics or recruit them for other posts. After a year and a half on staff, writing reports, refusing destructive orders, and being constantly attacked for being “non-cooperative,” “rude,” or “writing too many KRs” (actually stated to her senior by the ED), and running her division “autonomously”, Sherry decided to look for a deeper, underlying source of all the insanity. She writes,
“I realized, after getting a brilliant 10 August interview from an OTVIII, Class VI friend of mine, that there was not one person at the Pasadena Org that was suppressing the org. Not one suppressive in the group. All these people were my friends, most of the staff were OTV or above with a majority of these OTVIII. These were good people, I knew these people. No one in that org had an evil bone in their bodies. It affected me greatly when I realized that all these caring, hard-working dedicated staff members, these OTs were simply being used as pawns in an insidious game. So, I started to dig. As a trained Data Evaluator, it didn’t take long to find who was really at the bottom of all the insanity. I realized also that it was no accidental strategy when Miscavage stated at a Maiden Voyage I attended ‘The way to boom an org is to get the OTVIIIs at the helm and let them run with it’. But make sure they do not get trained as Executives so they fail miserably. That is the key. I, fortunately, did not fit into that pigeonhole. I was trained, I knew my policy. I am not, by nature, a calm, easy-going individual. Anyone who knows me can certainly attest to that. I fought back noisily. Obviously, I was trouble.” (See Messin’ With the Eights, Part 2)
“I had thought I was joining staff at a Church of Scientology. Scientology as laid out by the writings of L.Ron Hubbard. I petitioned 3 times in 3 years to finally get permission to join staff from RTC. I routed on staff the next day. I wanted to help boom a faltering Pasadena Org. But when I couldn’t actually get Scientology applied in that org, I relinquished my support as is my privilege. I could not agree to be part of a group that did not apply standard Policy and Tech. I got on a Leaving Staff Routing form. I did all the steps (including an O/W write up with meter exams, etc) except the final one (the Leaving Sec Check) which, after lengthy phone conversations with the Sr. C/S Margaret Supak (Freewinds), was determined, for case reasons, to be put off .”
Sherry is also accused, in her SP Declare, of “associating with known squirrels.” Sherry commented to us that “the only squirrel group I’ve ever been a part of was, ironically, the Pasadena Org.”
Let’s keep in mind that a squirrel is one who alters Scientology. With that definition in mind, David Miscavige’s Brave New Church of Scientology is right now the largest squirrel group on the planet.
This is what happens when people try to speak out against the off policy actions of the current Church of Scientology management. They get threatened or cowed into silence. If they persist, they are issued with “Non-enturbulation orders.” If they still persist, they are declared “Suppressive.” It’s all about control and quashing any dissent. David Miscavige only wants people on staff who will meekly go along with whatever destructive actions he orders.
Sherry, welcome to the ranks of those deemed “Suppressive” by David Miscavige. You are in good company.