“Return to Route Out Properly”
I’ve posted before that the Church’s insistence that Ex-Sea Org Members “return to route out properly” is a trap. The latest evidence of this is the story of Daniel Montalvo posted on Marty’s blog, and subsequently reported by the Village Voice, LA Weekly and Time Newsfeed.
You can read the whole story at any one of these links. Basically, Daniel blew from Bridge Publications, taking with him several hard drives containing his music and some work files from Bridge. Marty and others advised him to return them right away, which he did, via messenger service.
He then went to Florida to join Tom Devocht, who had offered to house him and find him a job. There, he faced pressure from Scientologists, including his own family, to return and “route out properly.” Eventually, he called in to talk to his mother, but instead was put through to Scientology lawyer Kendrick Moxon, who threatened him with arrest for theft unless he returned and “routed out properly.”
“Routing out properly” is Scientology speak for their procedure for making sure people are too scared to speak out. I’ve described it on this blog, in the section “Leaving the Sea Org,”as follows:
“If a person blows the Sea Organization, the Sea Org will contact them and try to get them to ‘route out properly.’ You, and they, should know what this means. The person ‘routing out properly’ will undergo weeks or months of Security Checking. They will meanwhile be on manual labor, under Security watch. The Security Check is deemed complete when the person has confessed to enough crimes or transgressions to satisfy the Church, which is to say, when they have enough ‘dirt’ on the person so they know they can blackmail them into silence should they ever decide to expose what they know. They are then allowed to ‘route out.’ This involves signing voluminous waivers and gag orders, waiving any and all rights the person has to ever sue, and threatening the person with massive fines if they should ever speak out. The person receives no copies of these agreements. They are legally questionable – their main purpose is to intimidate. When all the forms are signed, the person is offloaded from the Sea Organization with $500.00 ‘severance pay.’ The Sea Org makes no attempt to help the person relocate or find a job. They are dumped, quite literally, on the street. That is ‘routing out properly.’ It only benefits the Church, there is no benefit to the individual at all. If the person has managed to escape the Sea Org, or wants to stay out permanently after a family visit, discourage them from returning to ‘route out properly.’ They will gain nothing from it.”
In Daniel’s case, it was worse than that. As soon as he landed in LA, he was arrested for “theft” and jailed. Remember this is a kid who grew up in the Sea Org and knows no other life. He has no family or friends outside the Sea Org. Or so the C of S thought. Turns out, he had lots of friends. He was bailed out and funds raised for his legal defense within 24 hours.
All of this is indicative of the rising desperation level of the C of S. They are now facing increasing defections. By staff and public. Believe me, they don’t know the half of it. So now, they are getting desperate, and it shows.
If one lesson is to be learned from Daniel’s story, it is this: don’t try to negotiate with a desperate, criminal organization. Don’t fall for this “routing out properly” nonsense. It is only to benefit them and cover their asses, to try to get enough dirt on you and get you to sign enough documents so you will be shuddered into silence.
It ain’t working. We will not be silenced.