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Paranoia Strikes Deep

March 17, 2010

I heard a heartbreaking story the other day, one that demonstrates both the arrogance of the Church of Scientology and their growing paranoia.

It concerns a prominent Scientologist, let’s call him Dr. X.  Dr X and his wife have been Scientologists in good standing for many years. While not super-rich, Dr. X has given the Church hundreds of thousands of dollars, for his own Bridge, his wife’s Bridge, and large contributions to the IAS and the Superpower Building.

His wife completed OT VIII, then was told she was “not Clear” and ordered by the C/S to redo her Bridge from the ground up. This is par for the course with OT VIIIs by the way (see “Messin’ with the VIIIs,” Parts I and II). And of course as soon as this pronouncement was made, a team of Reges – reportedly four people – descended on Dr. X to get the money for this “program.” Dr. X complied, giving them over $100,000. His wife then began auditing on NED. As one might expect, it did not go well. She ran badly on NED, but they just kept grinding away. Mrs. X began to doubt the program, doubt her C/S and doubt Scientology. She ended up in Ethics.

Along came the March 13th event, last week. Being good Scientologists, Dr. X and his wife planned to go to the live event in Clearwater. But when they arrived, they found that in order to sit in the main event space, they would have to go through security screening. That’s right, everyone sitting in the main event space, in the sainted presence of David Miscavige, had to have Ethics clearance. They had to present a numbered ticket and photo ID proving who they were.

It seems they have gotten wind of some of the internet chat amongst Scientologists talking about standing up and protesting Church abuses and mismanagement at a live event.

So Dr. and Mrs. X were not allowed to sit together at the event. She was shunted off to a special tent for people deemed to be “out-Ethics” or “Disaffected.” Second class citizens.

Can you imagine? People who are staunch Scientologists, who have given hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Church, who have devoted their lives to the Church, who have reached the top of the Bridge, treated like that? Disconnected right at an Int event? Forbidden to sit together?  It boggles the mind.

The Church wonders why an estimated 70% of their field is now “disaffected.” They blame “the SPs.” They blame the drug companies. They blame Anonymous. They never consider that it’s their own staggering arrogance and paranoia.

Don’t worry OSA, Dr. X is still a dedicated member of the Church

How long he will remain so, I can’t say.

As an added note:

OSA’s first and only reaction to this post (and believe me, they read this) will be to attempt to find out who Dr. X is and, if they think they have found him, haul that person in for an Ethics interview and try to find out if he is connected to anyone “disaffected” and if so, force him to disconnect. In other words, the only thing it will occur to them to do is further harass their public.  It will not occur to the Church to treat people with more decency or change their own behavior. A friend pointed out to me that if the Church of Scientology wished to reform, this blog actually gives them the blueprint of the exact things they would have to handle. Do I think they will ever take that viewpoint? Unfortunately, no, they never will. And that’s why I hold little hope for any real reform.

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34 Comments
  1. Mickey permalink
    March 17, 2010 7:36 am

    This smacks of what happens now when people gather to protest and they are shuffled off to a “free speech zone” far away from the main event and prominent speaker(s)!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_speech_zone

    It’s incredible the parallels that are happening in the CofM and DM and with the federal government and POTUS or other officials at that level. But, you know what?…..for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The more tyrannical the actions of the few in positions of power that wield it over the many, the more the many will react and start to say no more and break free. And so the pendulum swings.

    • Editor permalink*
      March 17, 2010 4:20 pm

      The difference is, if someone in the US disagrees with what’s going down, they can vote. Scientologists can’t vote for their leaders. If they could, Miscavige would be out.

      • March 17, 2010 8:12 pm

        True enough.

        However.

        The problem is that in many cases voting is an exercise in futility since in many cases both parties here are controlled by the same corporate interests and elections become a charade of “democracy” like they were in the Soviet Union.

        The main plus point we have in this country is a Constitution that protects individual liberties.

        Lest we forget, Adolph Hitler was voted into power.

  2. Rebecca-Tribecca permalink
    March 17, 2010 7:42 am

    Jeff, great post, this is an example of the dramatization of the caste system.
    A Medieval system of superiority/inferiority
    There is a “caste system” within Scientology.
    This is embedded into the culture as deep as an Implant.
    Examples:

    Sea Org members are superior to non SO and to Staff who have 5 year contracts but not Billion year contracts.
    Lower down the food chain at Flag are Outer Org Trainees. Lower down the food chain, isolated from the rest of the crew is the RPF.
    Lower than RPF would be route outs and blows. Lower than route outs would be Internet readers and posters ! (SPs)

    On any bus ride within Clearwater (between buildings) all must wait til SO Execs get off the bus, then SO members, then Estates SO members, then Public, then outer org trainees. At Flag you are supposed to treat the RTC Reps like royalty.

    One time an Outer Org Trainee bumped into an RTC Rep ~~ it was a pure accident, anyone can bump into another, but because an Outer Org Trainee is low on the food chain, he was assigned lower conditions with 30 hours amends.

    Lower on the food chain staff must say “SIR” even to a female SO member.

    RTC and CMO Execs eat good food. The lower food chain members eat variations of chicken 5 days a week. Beans and rice have in recent times withdrawn as daily food~~possibly due to Internet exposure.

    But let’s look at the top of the food chain. The Int BASE. As more stories are revealed one gets a glimpse of what is at the top and what goes on there. The INT BASE. And even more remarkable, the head of INT BASE…..”COB” ~~ Superiority ? Supremacy? Pre-eminence ? Excelling and surpassing others ? Head of the food chain ? My God.

    • EXILO permalink
      March 20, 2010 12:53 am

      Yes, a very complex caste system indeed. I hate it so much that I will never go back until this type of crap has been totally eliminated.

  3. March 17, 2010 8:19 am

    Unbelievable. This happens when no control organs exists. Society in general has accountants and elections of their leaders because people have learned from history. Church of Scientology will also do one beautiful day…

  4. March 17, 2010 8:31 am

    And I thought ‘Alice in Wonderland’ was just part of a drill!!!!!

  5. Been There permalink
    March 17, 2010 9:56 am

    Editor: Thank you for your website and for the continued flow of thought-provoking commentary. I appreciate that you challenge your readers intellectually and do not prescribe a mind-set. After nearly forty years in Scn, I am tired of being told how to think…or even NOT to think.

    How unbelievable, and yet totally believable is today’s commentary. This exact scenario happened to me and to several people I know. For decades now the Clearwater field has been stratified and every local parishioner is assigned a “value” based on the ranking criteria of OSA and HCO.

    What astounds me is that Dr. X allowed this to happen. That he actually sat with the vetted Scns while his wife had to sit with the “rabble” in a tent. How does an obviously productive and intelligent man come to a place in his life where he allows himself to be coerced, abused, insulted and demeaned and pays $100,000’s for the “privilege”? That is the burning question for me.

    Many of us have allowed this to be done to us over and over again. Why? That is a serious personal flaw in my judgment and I am on an inquiry to find the answer. Many Scns are waking up and walking out in our own ways, but why did it take us so long and how did we endure the treatment Dr. X received without standing up and decrying it loudly and publicly?

    • March 17, 2010 7:56 pm

      Miscavige and his Scientology saboteurs or SS are able to achieve what they’ve achieved through a process called “gradualism” aka “incrementalism”. What we call gradients.

      The common metaphorical analogy would be one of a frog or a lobster being slowly boiled in water.

      Scientology could be a microcosm of what is happening macrocosmically under what many call the “New World Order”.

      They have managed to carry out this type of program gradually and incrementally over a period of decades and now they are just accelerating the pace.

      The Church of Scientology is now totally unrecognizable because it has completely reversed its polarity and has gone from an organization that once advocated total freedom to one that promotes complete subjugation under a virtual dictatorship.

      • Marta permalink
        March 18, 2010 5:29 pm

        RJ – Precisely and exactamundo!

  6. March 17, 2010 11:58 am

    “It seems they have gotten wind of some of the internet chat amongst Scientologists talking about standing up and protesting Church abuses and mismanagement at a live event.”

    Really? I’ve been suggesting that for a long while. It worked in Romania – one boo from the crowd and a couple of weeks later the President was in front of a firing squad.
    If this goes on Miscavige’s audiences will soon consist entirely of hired movie extras and police, private dicks and Sea Org heavies.

  7. Jim Logan permalink
    March 17, 2010 12:47 pm

    There is a theory of ‘matter’ creation, the hard stuff, rocks and buildings, shoes and solidity, that goes, shrink the space and what exists in it gets more solid as it has to to occupy a smaller sphere. It seems that DM’s space is shrinking and shrinking and he’s getting more solid. It seems obvious, with his knee-jerk response to things, he as a piece of matter will react according to Newton’s Mechanics. Man, it must be thick in the sanctum-sanctorum these days. DM, the Rock and his loyals, Pebbles.

    Snap!

    • Gandiguy permalink
      April 2, 2010 7:52 am

      What is obvious is that 1. There is no qual operating at the top of management. LRH clearly stated every organization in history failed for the simple omision of Qual. 2. No one at the top of management appears capable of doing a proper Data Analysis. Besides correcting the product, Qual has the job of correcting the machine that produces the product. From the reports and observation this is not being done hence the machine is breaking down, ie key parts of the machine have left, reportedly because they were not handled correctly. That no one is doing an effective Data Analysis is obvious in that the correct Why has not been found and handled. The Church is suffering currently with the worst PR flaps ever. Immutable Law. “The Correct Why Opens The Door To Handling”. None of this would have happened if the correct Why had been found long ago.

  8. Fidelio permalink
    March 17, 2010 1:20 pm

    “The moment when we can fully trust each other there will be peace on earth.” Whoever that said, LRH or Michail Gorbatschow – I don’t care, since it’s true anyway.

    That security personnel at Flag ordered by DM to scrutinize staunch parishioners like potential criminals just indicates one thing: The church is the enemy of its members 24/7 and those on the top certainly have long since lost their mind. What a disgrace.

    Thank you Jeff for keeping us posted in PT on the south twindling spiral obviously with accelerated jets behind.

  9. March 17, 2010 3:40 pm

    Wow! What a story. And it’s especially striking in view of the previous very aesthetic and rich story. This story about Dr. X and his wife and the CoS is insane from beginning to end!

    First – a) you have an OT VIII (Mrs. X) who is told she is not Clear. Shouldn’t that be a WTF?!! moment not just for Mrs. X, but for the Dr., indeed the entire tech side of the church!! Shouldn’t the alarms be sounding upon making this incredible discovery? I mean, this is proof that a person who has not attained the state of Clear can then be exposed to all of the confidential OT materials, especially OT III right there at the getgo, and NOT die or even get ill. Hell, not only not die or get ill but make it through all the preOT levels and finally attain OT VIII, the highest mark currently available on the auditing side of the bridge.

    b) it must be true that Mrs. X is not an OT VIII. If she was really an OT VIII, at least what I always envisioned an OT VIII to be, she would have told them all to go and F**K themselves and the horse they rode in on!!

    Second – “Don’t worry OSA, Dr. X is still a dedicated member of the Church.” Dr. and Mrs. X…what in the hell is it going to take to wake you two up! This is insanity!!

    Third – insanity is SOP for the CoS. Nothing surprises me anymore about the CoS, DM or his slavish minions.

    • Marta permalink
      March 18, 2010 5:34 pm

      Monte

      1a – Minimum a WTF, more like Get the F*ck out of Here!

      Broken, very very broken, indeed.

  10. Mary McConnell permalink
    March 17, 2010 3:55 pm

    This may well be the part where Science of Survival separationbegins, where those DM defined members below 2.0 on the Tone Scale are segregated from the ‘elite’ .

    I do hope the Dr and his wife leave. Thanks for this revealing article.

  11. March 17, 2010 4:23 pm

    How much would you like to bet that fat-pocketed church contributors have no problems whatsoever at OT VIII? I’d be more than willing to bet your success is entirely dependent on whether you contribute just the “baseline” $100,000 or if you fill some extra coffers with more funding.

    That’s pretty damn sad, though. The church claims it bears no ill will to any individual, yet there are countless examples of marriages and families rendered asunder by this religio-pyramid scheme.

    It’s pretty bad when a piss-poor example of a social hierarchy like scientology gets lumped together with non-cult religions, and I’m more than willing to bet that if religion is ever outlawed scientology will be in all the propaganda.

  12. sherrymk permalink
    March 17, 2010 7:00 pm

    A few weekes ago, a discussion started on one of the blogs, I think Marty’s, in the comment section. Folks were suggesting getting together and going to the event then standing up and asking pointed questions of DM such as “Where is your wife, Davey boy?”.

    I predicted immediately that the actions you described in your post Jeff would happen. Davey and company are so predictable as to be laughable. We, in the field here, voice something and it is acted upon by the C of S. We certainly have a lot of power don’t we? All the church does these days is react to what the independent field does. Truly pathetic.

    As for the OTVlll wife. The story pulls on my heartstrings, having been there, right where she is. The only good thing that will come of this is that we will have another OTVlll out. I only hope she removes herself fast before she allows them to mess with her any further.

  13. ExVet permalink
    March 17, 2010 9:04 pm

    There’s at least one silver lining in this very dark cloud. DM’s knee-jerk responses are going to push more and more people so hard that they will finally snap and wake-up. If all it takes is a few suggestions made in a blog, then what other suggestions could be made online which will cause DM to react with more humiliating totalitarian measures? It’s an interesting thought. The more he keeps doing such things, the more people will finally see what is really happening and head for the exits.

  14. VaD permalink
    March 17, 2010 11:31 pm

    Amusing stuff!
    I couldn’t even let myself think that OTs could have undergone such an intimidating experience.
    It’s such a disgrace to ANY organization (that top-ranking members would be subject to such degrading screening).

    Aside: Jeff, I was told you are “a major SP”. Congats! It means you are making some serious TA! 🙂 Glad to back you up!! Any time!

  15. Mat Pesch permalink
    March 18, 2010 12:35 am

    Here is some advise for David:

    In terms of your security I feel you are being reasonable. You know the armored vehicle, hired guns, bullet proof podium and pre-approved audience is not going to cut it when there are so many SPs in the world, your church, your family and yes even your marriage.

    I suggest that instead of doing public appearances that your presence only be made via satelite on an extremely large screen. The public can be told that the message is coming direct from Target 2 and that you have gone ahead to check out the real estate market. Once all the donations are made for the Ideal Orgs you can get the staff onto collecting donations for the future base on Target 2. You can
    tell everyone that once the new base on Target 2 is funded all the OT levels up to OT XV will be released as they can only be delivered on Target 2.

    • sherrymk permalink
      March 18, 2010 2:36 am

      LOL. Mat, you are a riot. Hey, what worked once, should work again, eh?

    • Ex-RPFer permalink
      March 18, 2010 5:24 am

      Mat that would work but wouldn’t LRH be there on Target 2? I mean after all that is where he went right when he “left” his body?? Wouldn’t that be a round of questions. “Ah excuse me ,where is LRH? We have a lot of questions for him.” I would pay to see that!

  16. Natalie permalink
    March 18, 2010 2:33 am

    Mat that is totally hysterical! Sad thing is I can see him doing that.

  17. Fellow Traveller permalink
    March 18, 2010 6:10 pm

    Mat —
    In what has become sterotypical DM fashion, there would have to be an updated reference that states that LRH has not gone to Target Two, but due to transcriptionist errors, has in fact said “Tally Hoo” and the entire future now rests solely upon DM’s shoulders.

  18. Just Me permalink
    March 19, 2010 1:37 am

    Jeff, thanks for this story.

    Here’s yet another question: Why in the world would the husband agree to be separated from his wife — and placidly go sit down in the “good children’s” section, while his wife was seated among the “infected” ones?

    And a final question: How far is this behavior from family members who once agree to be separated into the “work camp” line and the “furnace” line?

    Arrrrrgh!

    • Editor permalink*
      March 19, 2010 1:40 am

      Good questions. But really, it is a microcosm of what goes on every day with the practice of Disconnection.

      • Fidelio permalink
        March 19, 2010 11:14 am

        “Microcosm” — hmm, good way to put it how it can escape what’s really going on.

      • lunamoth. permalink
        March 20, 2010 4:10 pm

        It reminds me that having control over a person’s location in space gives you control over the person. Remember “Walk over to that wall?” The church terminals involved
        imperiously assumed that kind of control over both these people, and they caved to it.

        Well, what would have happened if the husband and wife had simply refused to be separated? What if they had stood their ground, what if voices had been raised? Would “HCO, Bring Order” have been called in the middle of an event crowd? What if the couple had decided to leave rather than be treated in this way? I cannot imagine my own husband standing for this, even in a crowd.

        I know such a response would require that each of them be willing to be in disagreement with “the church.” Funny thing is, I’m sure both of them were/are in disagreement on this point, and swallowed that disagreement, to be dealt with later. I’m hoping that unhandled upset starts the unraveling of years of carefully covered up disagreements and outpoints. I’m hoping it starts them both looking for the door out.

        This is Tianamen Square material, if you get my meaning.

  19. March 20, 2010 10:48 pm

    X must be either blind or spineless to put up with such crap.

  20. ExVet permalink
    March 21, 2010 3:31 am

    Currently the Catholic Church is going through its own flap of sexual abuse being exposed. In response to the allegations the Pope is expressing revulsion and remorse. What if, instead taking the actions which the Catholic Church’s leadership is taking, they decreed that every Sunday any parishioners who dared complain about sexual abuse were to be segregated from the main hall and made to listen to Church services in a tent in the parking lot? And if such parishioners don’t shut up, they are to be declared as heretics and ex-communicated from the fold and all friends and relatives must disconnect from them while the secret service arm of the church does everything it can to utterly ruin the complainer? Food for thought.

    • lunamoth. permalink
      March 21, 2010 5:36 am

      Ex Vet

      Then the Catholic Church would be doomed, too, and we would all be involved in a death watch of
      their organization, just as we currently are with the c of m. Of course, the Catholic Church, being
      hundreds of years old and owning LOTS MORE REAL ESTATE than the c of m (sorry, dave, it’s true),
      could go on much longer then the c of m will be able to.

      Having a somewhat short attention span, I’m grateful that the c of m is in reality so very small, and will probably wind it up for us in the next calendar year or so.

  21. VaD permalink
    March 23, 2010 8:26 pm

    I had a dream.
    Maybe at one of the next events (let’s imagine Maiden Voyage) David Miscavide will not “do the usual” and brag about wins.
    Maybe he will come forward (without masks) and say, “I have to tell you that we have been lying. Here are the actual stats [showing the REAL stat graphs] for all the Major statistics of scientology…. Here is the actual state of affairs…. Here we are…. Here I am…. I can’t do it any longer…. I just followed to the letter what LRH said or did. I thought it was ultimately right. It wasn’t… since I’ve harmed more people than I’ve helped…. And… I came to Scientology to help not to harm.”
    What if?
    I DON’T think that pre-selected OTs would stand up and applause to his finally beng truthful. Yet, I tink there will be HUMANGOUS RELIEF and tears of joy… Just becuase everybody KNEW something wasn’t right. They KNEW it. They FELT it. And now he said it.
    Just what if?

    I don’t think he will be torn to pieces. OTs CAN understand.

    It would be wonderful, wouldn’t it?

    P.S. We all can make mistakes, errors or “crimes”. We always come back to the truth (which is inevitable thing)

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