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Independent Field Blogs/Sites

Below is a list of some of the blogs and sites in the Independent Field, and my evaluation of them. “My evaluation” is my opinions. You may or may not agree with my opinions, but hopefully this will serve as a handy guide for those who wish to pursue the continuing stories of the Church of Scientology and the Independent Field. The list isn’t in any particular order, nor is it exhaustive.

  • Marty Rathbun’s Blog. This is probably the most popular of the Independent Field sites, with near daily postings. Marty was, at one time, the number two person in the Church of Scientology, after David Miscavige. The blog is run solely by Marty, who is generally the only poster to the blog (though he includes other people’s stories from time to time). It typically consists of four types of content. First, the “I’m out, and here’s my story” posting by someone freshly “out” of the Church. Second, the “Church of Scientology/Miscavige are bad and here’s another reason why” posting. Third, the “former insider revealing secrets” post. And fourth, Marty’s analysis of this or that part of Scientology or the Church. Marty also uses this blog to promote his book, What is Wrong with Scientology?, and to a lesser extent, the services he delivers at his home in South Texas. The comments accompanying Marty’s posts are generally sycophantic. Dissent usually only comes from non-Scientologists. Marty does a fairly good job of trying to keep people from smearing LRH. However, a word of warning: Marty believes that LRH was misguided in his targetting of “psychs”, and that Scientology should be integrated with psychology and sociology, among other things. If you disagree loudly enough with this premise, be prepared to be blocked from commenting on his blog, and being called a “flat-earther“. As Marty’s following grows, he shows himself to be more critic/spectator and less defender and practitioner of Standard Technology. As an example, in a recent post (19 August 2012), Marty published an essay which he gives to those who do TRs at his house. The essay is written by him and wanders into quantum physics and eastern philosophy as an introduction to TRs. No mention of the cycle of communication and no credit given to LRH’s more-than-adequate introductions to the Training Routines. While Marty explains that the essay is an attempt to give the TRs some “context” in modern thought, its language and tenor appear to be designed to impress the reader with his wide-ranging intellect. Instead, it mainly obfuscates the subject, and makes you wonder if perhaps Marty needs Remedies A and B. Another recent blog post (23 August 2012) carefully details an inherent “fraud” in Scientology itself. If you agree that Keeping Scientology Working and Safeguarding Technology should be the first and second HCOPLs on every checksheet, Marty’s blog probably isn’t for you, except as a way to keep track of “who’s out” stories. UPDATE: Marty’s blog has recently (March 2013) moved solidly in the direction of expounding on his philosophical musings, and away from the “who’s out”, “Miscavige/Church is bad”, and “insider reveals secrets” postings. For this latter type of content, see Mike Rinder’s new blog, mentioned later in this essay.
  • Mike Rinder’s blog. This blog was only recently started (March 2013) and takes up where Marty Rathbun’s blog used to go. It is supposed to feature the three types of content Marty has seemingly abandoned: 1) I’m out and here’s my story; 2) The Church/Miscavige is bad and here’s why; and 3) Insider exits Church and reveals secrets. Fair warning: Rinder and Rathbun are best friends and Mike defends Marty’s stances on a variety of subjects, including Marty’s desire to “integrate” Scientology with psychology. But as long as he holds to the above three types of content, his blog should be interesting reading, if you haven’t already been beat to death by stories in the above three categories.
  • Dave Fagen’s Blog. This site is little-known, but one of the most fair-minded and even-handed in its analysis of the current Church of Scientology. Dave was a staff member at Chicago Org for 25 years. He will readily admit (as do I) when he has not witnessed events which others in the Independent Field testify to. And he tells you to decide for yourself. I highly recommend this site for its fairness and objectivity.
  • iScientology. This is a site from Steve Hall, a former high level marketing executive in the Church, who posts to other blogs (and his own) under the moniker “Thoughtful”. Steve actually has a whole “suite” of sites, and this is his latest (as of this date). It not only serves as a gateway to his other sites, but as a repository of content on its own. It answers many questions about the Independent Field movement, and your possible place in it as a Scientologist. It also serves to market Steve himself, as a “bright light” (my words not his) in the Field. This makes sense, since Steve is a marketing guy. It is an attractive and well-organized site. Recommended.
  • Scientology-Cult. Scary name. Good site. (The name is a product of marketing; Steve Hall found that “Scientology cult” was the number two search term with respect to Scientology.) Primarily this is the home of Steve Hall’s blog, but there are many other authors on the site. Steve was a senior marketing executive for the Church for many years before he left the Church. The site is similar to Marty’s in the sense that there a lot of “I’m out” and “The Church is bad” postings. New postings are rare. The site is also home to the Indie 500, a list of the first 500 people who have resigned the Church and are willing to do so with their real names publicly. It generally promotes standard Scientology.
  • Rediscover Scientology. This is another Steve Hall site. In his words: “…a light version of Scientology-cult for those with an ingrained aversion to the word ‘cult'”. This site is very similar to scientology-cult.com, and has some identical content, though far less of it.
  • Friends of LRH. This site is hard to characterize. It’s very plain. It’s not a blog. It’s a site that contrasts LRH with David Miscavige, and asks what happened to training in the Church. It advertises upcoming content but is rarely updated. It’s not clear who the site belongs to, but it includes a lot of LRH quotes. The site is worth bookmarking.
  • Wise Old Goat. This is actually the site of a Michel Snoeck. I don’t know who this is. I’m guessing he was at one time a Scientologist. The specific link I give here is to the part of the site where he spends considerable effort detailing research he’s done into various aspects of Scientology and the Church. There are sections on all kinds of subjects, like how the Grade Chart changed over time, how fast flow training came about, you name it. He’s probably done some research on it. Very thorough. If you’re doing research on something regarding Scientology, this is an excellent place to go, because Michel has done some quite thorough research.
  • Oasis for Personal Freedom. This is the blog site of Ingrid Smith, a 40-year trained OT in Southern California. It appears that she practices standard Scientology, and uses the site to promote her services, among other things. The articles are infrequent, but uplifting. If you need a pick-me-up, her site may provide it.
  • The Association of Professional Independent Scientologists. This is a website which promotes a loosely affiliated group of standard-Scientology practitioners (individuals and groups) who have left the Church. You pay an inexpensive yearly fee to this group, depending on the type of member you are. There’s a constitution, and the purpose of the group apparently is to promote standard Scientology and provide an umbrella organization for Field practitioners (to resolve disputes, etc.). One odd thing, though: the guy who started this, one Michael Moore, is apparently president of this group for life. Make of that what you will.
  • Possibly Helpful Advice. This is a blog by two auditors, David St. Lawrence and someone going by the moniker “Plain Old Thetan” (he also posts on various blogs under this nickname). Here are three quotes from David St. Lawrence:

    This website represents my effort to contribute to the reformation of the Church of Scientology and to improving the workability of the technology assembled by Ron Hubbard.

    My goal is to help create a stable future for the development of workable technology and a network for the delivery of that technology.

    I deliver auditing over the Internet.

    Apparently, Mr. St. Lawrence doesn’t understand that the existing technology by Ron is workable, or believes he is qualified to improve upon it. And that you can deliver auditing over the internet. This is rightfully called squirrelling. Visit this site at your own risk.

    Revised: David St. Lawrence apparently objects to my viewpoint. See his comment(s) below.

  • Scientology Lies. This is a site by a person who “dabbled” in Scientology at one point for about a month. She is extremely critical of Scientology. I include it here because it may be cited elsewhere as a place to go for information.
  • Standard Tech Academy. You’d think this site would be advertising for some group which delivers training, but no. Apparently, whoever this is intends to come out with Scientology radio programs, and redo the tech films (which of course are not available in the Field), starting with one on floating needles. But as of this date (21 August 2012) there is nothing complete. There are some links to some news stories on the site, but that’s about it. It might be worth bookmarking this site, just to see where it goes, and if it ultimately delivers on Standard Tech e-meter films. Update (10 Nov 2012): This site appears to be down.
  • The Pro-LRH Tech Community. This is a site of forums and ads for people who are “out”. Not very active, and it has obnoxious pop-up ads for 000webhost.com which appear every time you open a different page.
  • Leaving Scientology. This is the website of Jeff Hawkins, a former high-ranking marketing guy in the Church for decades. It has ads for some expose-type books on the Church, Jeff’s blog entries (rarely added to these days), and other assorted content. It also contains advice on how to leave the Church or the Sea Org. As the site is seldom updated, it may not be worth bookmarking.
  • Pierre Ethier’s site. This fellow is one of a few Class XIIs who is “out” and the site is a sort of rough compendium of notes he has compiled on various subjects. Pierre travels the world delivering auditing and talks. He claims to be the only Field auditor in the world who has the full materials for the L Rundowns (recovered from his incredible memory), which he has decided he will not release until he is good and ready. Pierre is very impressed with himself and brags quite a bit about his abilities and accomplishments. He claims to know a great deal more about the upper Bridge (OT VIII and beyond) than anyone else I’ve ever encountered. I’m personally skeptical about a lot of his claims. And I personally doubt he’s as good as he thinks he is. For you to decide. Interesting site, though. Rarely updated.
  • Save Scientology. This site claims to be run by some individuals who are in good standing with the Church. It has the occasional blog entry critical of the Church. But what’s most interesting about it is that it pulls back the curtain from the corporate structures and safeguards LRH left behind to protect the Church from the destruction which has now taken place to those very safeguards. Unless you were a very high ranking Church official, you have never read about or heard of this material before. I can’t vouch for its veracity, as I was never high ranking. But it’s worth reading about. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether it’s all true or not. Very interesting reading.
  • Free And Able. This is another of the Steve Hall suite of websites. It is a lot like “Craig’s List” for people who are “out”. In fact, some of the verbiage is lifted directly from Craig’s List. You can buy, sell, trade or whatever. The listings appear to be a little sparse, and I’m not sure how popular the site is. But it’s probably worth bookmarking, so you can find it later if you want to advertise on it, or find something or someone.
  • Ex Scn. It’s hard to characterize this site. It’s a collection of articles and a forum for people who are “out”. But it also appears to have garnered a significant number of members who were never “in”. And the tone is generally negative, not only about the Church but about Scientology itself. There are a lot of stories here about how Ron was really a bad guy, and how a lot of the stuff he did was wrong, etc. If you consider yourself a real Scientologist (regardless of your position on the Church), I would avoid this site, except to note its existence. By the way, when you see the abbreviation “ESMB” out in the Field, this is the site they’re talking about. ESMB stands for Ex-Scientologist Message Board, the forum on this site.
  • Idle Orgs. This site attempts to document, through the occasional blog entry, the “big lie” about Ideal Orgs– the fact that they are actually scams perpetrated by the Church and/or David Miscavige. Through photos, news stories and personal eyewitness accounts, the site seeks to make clear that most or all Ideal Orgs are in fact, Idle Orgs. If this is an issue you’re interested in, this is a good site to bookmark.
  • Ron’s Org. Let’s be clear: these people are squirrels. At one time there was a high-ranking officer in the Sea Org known as “Cap’n Bill” (Bill Robertson) who worked off and on with LRH, but left in the early 1980s when Ron came off of direct management lines. Bill subsequently opened his own field practice(s) and proceeded to do his own research into the OT levels, eschewing Ron’s OT levels in favor of his own. Bill died some years ago, but various field practices adhering to his doctrines still exist, all of them in Europe and former Soviet Union countries. This site is the umbrella site (in English) for those entities. It is worth knowing what “Ron’s Org” means in this context, but not worth spending any time on this site, unless you want to verify what I’ve just written about.
  • True Source Scientology Foundation. Another odd site. These people appear to want to preserve the materials of Scientology, as written/spoken by LRH for the world to use. There is some discussion on the main site about the actual status of the LRH copyrights, but to gain any significant use from the site (or the group), you must register with them. As I have not done so, I cannot determine what materials they have available or in what state they are. I can say, though, that on their forum page (one entry there), they provide links to Ron’s Org (see above). So I suppose that covers all you need to know.
  • Scientilopedia. This site appears to be primarily a “wiki” to tell stories about the history of Scientology, Ron, the Church, and discuss various aspects of Scientology. The problem with this concept is the same one Wikipedia suffers from: some people tell the truth and some people don’t. And sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference. Some of the entries in this wiki are fairly entertaining. Whether their recountings of historical events are true or not is another matter.
  • Reform Scientology. The author of this site (whoever it is) has done my job for me. A quote from its home page:

    This site is a collection of stuff I found whilst spending much time researching possible reasons why my religion was not expanding fast enough.

    And that’s pretty much the case. It’s a selection of posts and articles from other Independent Field blogs. Not updated often.

  • Independents Connections. This is a small site seeking to connect up people regarding housing, jobs, romance, friendship, or stuff to buy/sell. Not much here. It appears to be the creation of one Sylvia Kusada, a Class VI field auditor.
  • Independent Checksheet Foundation. This is truly a worthwhile site. Two trained Scientologists are doing the research to put together checksheets for various courses, like the HQS and Solo I. The problem with Church checksheets is two-fold:
    1. They can’t be purchased by Independent Field members from Pubs orgs, and they can’t be copied without running into copyright restrictions.
    2. In their current state, they contain a lot of Golden Age of Tech garbage and possibly other alterations.

    So these two fellows are doing the hard job of finding the proper references from before the original checksheets for these courses were altered by the Church, adding the proper drills, demos and such, based on older checksheets, and then rewriting them so that the copyright does not rest with the Church. These would be the first Independent Field checksheets which would hopefully conform to what LRH intended for these courses. The checksheets are downloadable for free. Well worth a look and a bookmark. And kudos to those doing the research.

  • Life Enhancement Center of Coeur d’Alene. This appears to be the site of a field practice in Idaho. However, among the statements they make on their home page is this:

    In their counseling, they often use pastoral counseling techniques developed by L. Ron Hubbard.

    This makes one wonder what other techniques they use. Are they mixing practices? I do not know. If you have direct knowledge, feel free to let me know. In any case, they appear to have a small staff which delivers training and auditing.

  • Independent Scientology Community. This appears to be a portal to connecting with others in the Field, via forums, blog posts and a want-ads area.
  • Pierre Ethier’s Blog. Pierre is mentioned earlier in this post. This is his blog site.
  • Super Power Fraud. This site is dedicated to detailing the fraud that is the Super Power building project.
  • Spargo Story Blog. This is Steve Spargo’s Blog. He is an ANZO Scientologist who publicly resigned from the Church on 10 September 2012. His blog is the result of his detailed observations of the Church, and his evaluations of where it has violated LRH ethics, tech and admin. He includes references and his observations appear to be first-hand. If you have someone “on the fence” who needs to complete his or her Doubt formula on the Church, I would suggest Dave Fagen’s blog (above) and Steve Spargo’s. Both are thorough and generally free of HE&R.
  • Xenu.net. This is the original and number one site of Scientology critics everywhere. I believe it contains all the OT materials and probably every lie ever told about Scientology, as well as some truths. I include it here so that you’re aware of it when it comes up in your travels. But I do not recommend it. If you are not OT III, I recommend you avoid it completely, since its owners are quite casual about this material where it appears on their site.
  • From Ashes Born. This is my wife’s blog on the subject of Scientology. She is very smart and highly admin trained. We mostly agree on things, but not always. So don’t expect an echo of what you see here. She has her own unique perspective and voice. Highly recommended, obviously.
  • Scientology Reviews. This is a brand new site (November 2012) by Steve Hall which is a one-stop-shop for reviews on all things Scientology. From Orgs and management units within the Church of Scientology to field auditors and groups. Even specific books and services can be reviewed. Although moderated, it accepts both positive and negative (unbiased) reviews on any of the above. If you were going to buy something, wouldn’t you want to know what others who have bought it think of it? That’s the idea here. Highly recommended.

There are likely other sites I’ve missed. If you can think of some worthy of mention, please let me know. There are probably blog sites for any number of other active Field practitioners. I don’t have much interest in these, though you may. There are lots of websites critical of Scientology which were put up by non-Scientologists and outright critics. For the most part, they aren’t worth mentioning and I won’t put them with this collection. They aren’t worth visiting. If you are a non-Scientologist and want content with that slant, use Google. Also note that the Church has been very busy putting up anti-Marty-Rathbun and anti-high-level-ex-Scientologist sites all over the internet. These are not to be confused with the real sites by the real ex-Scientologists. If you want to know what someone thinks, just go to their site, not to some site the Church has put up to smear them. Most of the people who are “out” are not the SPs the Church claims they are, and the lies the Church tells mostly dead-agent the Church.

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What’s Wrong With The Church, Part 13: How It Got This Way

While the Church of Scientology may not have been perfect from the start, it’s clear that it is now generally a toxic organization. It doesn’t matter whether you assign David Miscavige as the Who or not. Regardless of the Who, (or even the How) the Church has been subverted into an organization where Standard Ethics, Standard Technology and Standard Administration have no meaning or applicability at all. It is now overall a suppressive organization.

Why?

Because you and I allowed it to happen.

This is not a matter of shame, blame and regret. It is a bald fact. If you and I (and every other person who could have done something about it) had stood our ground, the Church would not be in the condition it’s in. We all, to one degree or another, abandoned our Personal Integrity, our Code Of Honor and Keeping Scientology Working. Had we stood our ground and insisted on Standard Ethics, Standard Technology and Standard Administration, the Church would be a shining, prosperous and pleasant place to be. Instead, it has become a wasteland, on its way toward oblivion.

I’m not here to point fingers at or find fault with anyone in particular. I’m here to make this point. We ushered this along by failing at the above. If we wish to avoid similar circumstances in the future, I believe we had better get a lot more ruthless in our application of the above basics of Scientology. This doesn’t mean being mean, nasty or even rude. It’s a matter of insisting on Standard Ethics, Tech and Admin no matter what. No matter what.

Remember we failed at this once. Let’s not let it happen again.

What’s Wrong With The Church, Part 12: Corporate Culture

There are two great, unsolved mysteries in the Independent Field at present. The first concerns the circumstances of LRH’s death and the events preceding it. The second concerns how David Miscavige managed to subvert and essentially destroy the Church, starting from a period of time before LRH died. We may never know the full details of both these mysteries. But I wanted to explore the aftermath of the latter mystery here and now.

There is a phenomenon in business known as a “corporate culture”. This can take on any number of forms, but it essentially comes down to how a company conducts itself internally. Does it drive its employees to the point where it experiences excessive turnover, or nurture them so that they stay with the company for years? Are their quarters posh and well-maintained, or are they considered secondary to the task of getting products out the door? Do they pay well or poorly? Do they actually care about the quality of the products they produce, or are such matters considered superfluous? Do the executives express disdain and lack of consideration for employees, or are employees and their contributions considered important? Do management and workers seem to exist as armed camps, opposed to each other, or do they cooperate to produce better products more efficiently? Is the company rife with covert intrigue, or do employees avoid a lot of political entanglements internally? All these things and more go into what makes up “corporate culture”.

You can see the contrast in corporate cultures by comparing companies. For example, IBM, often referred to by the slang term “Big Blue”, versus Apple, Inc. IBM is known for its button-down formal corporate culture. Apple is known more for its free-wheeling, risk-taking internal vibe. The comparison is easy to make in this case, because the corporate cultures are so different. In the case of Shell Oil and British Petroleum, perhaps the comparison doesn’t show much difference.

Corporate culture is something that is “baked in” to a company by its founders and later on by those who lead it after the founders no longer participate in the daily activities of the company. It may or may not remain the same as it was, once the founders vacate, depending on who leads. You can see this by studying the history of movie studios and (music) record companies. The changes in the corporate cultures of these companies over time has been stark and unmistakable.

Corporate culture is also something which influences groups which may not technically be companies, like Girl Scouts of America, the YMCA,the NAACP, or your local symphony orchestra. These, too, have corporate cultures which start at their founding and shape them down through time.

Now, like any other group or company, the Church of Scientology also has a corporate culture. Each individual group, mission, org or management unit has its own corporate culture. But the Church overall has a distinct corporate culture.

If possible, find someone who originally served under LRH in an org or on a ship where he was. Listen to the stories people tell, and you’ll get an idea about the corporate culture he fostered. Now listen to someone who served there, say, five years after LRH was no longer connected to that entity. Notice the difference. This is worthwhile as an exercise in observing how much corporate cultures can change over time, sometimes a very short time

One of the observations you will probably make of the Independent Field is its relentless, almost phobic aversion to policy (with a capital P) and the creation of Org-like entities in the Field. Why? Because of the corporate culture they were exposed to in the Church before they got out. This culture goes back to many years before LRH died, and many years before David Miscavige ever had anything to do with the Church. People in the Independent Field, insufficiently policy trained, make an A=A=A identification of this culture with green-on-white policy. However, the truth is the exact opposite. Any negative corporate culture of the Church is due in whole or in part directly to departures from LRH policy.

The Church is (or should be) an extremely different kind of organization than any you’ve been involved with before or since. In almost every other group or organization in existence, while there may be some sort of policy in place, loyalty to those in charge and following orders is senior to any policy which may exist. In a battle between policy and orders/loyalty, orders/loyalty win. That’s the way it normally works, and poeple understand this instinctively. But in a Church of Scientology, policy and orders are supposed to be aligned, with policy the senior entity. Loyalty to seniors, while desirable, is secondary to the rest of the admin scale in a Scientology organization. LRH makes clear that you can never be shot for following or insisting on green-on-white policy and orders which forward it.

Unfortunately, when (usually young) people join staff, they often adhere to the non-Scientology understanding that orders and loyalty are senior to policy, even though LRH says otherwise. And in this way, the corporate culture of Scientology organizations can be, is and has been subverted. This is the first condition which contributes to a toxic corporate culture in the Church. The Church is supposed to operate in a fashion which is 180 degrees opposite from any other organization.

The second factor which contributes to a toxic Scientology corporate culture is the fact that those on staff and in management are insufficiently trained in policy, and too willing to abandon it in the face of pressure otherwise. LRH made very clear (and proved it on many occasions) that ruthless application of standard policy would make a happy, prosperous organization. But new recruits don’t know the policy well enough, and aren’t ruthless enough in following and insisting on it. They are minimally trained on policy when they take over positions in an org, and often get minimal additional training in it as time goes on. Instead, day-to-day operations in an org are driven by frantic orders, often in contravention of clear LRH policy. It has been this way since green-on-white policy began to be issued. Over time, you can see where policy fades in importance compared with just getting something out the door. Ever hear of “stat pushes”? They arise directly from the above.

If you’ve been in Scientology long enough (say, thirty or more years) you’ve seen the above in operation. And the resulting corporate culture has often made orgs and management units hard to work in and deal with. It has also made orgs less prosperous than they should be. Mission staff often remark on this, with regard to orgs and management units. (Mission staff are less rigorously managed, and the corporate culture of mission founders has a more immediate impact on them.)

The third factor which has influenced the toxic corporate culture of the Church is the wholesale subversion and abandonment of policy and tech in favor of crush regging and non-delivery. This was introduced by David Miscavige and others of his ilk. Orders go out to reg all the money possible from public for whatever the latest pet project is. Staff are given stiff, if not impossible targets for this, and no attention is given to getting people in to do services. Stiff justice actions are threatened if targets are not met. Disagreement is not allowed. Even public are subjected to harsh consequences if they balk or fail to give “enough”. If any actual service delivery occurs, it is an overt product which makes the public sick and disinclined to come anywhere near an org.

And thus, you have a toxic corporate culture in the Church of Scientology, as we see it today. This also gives a clue about what it might take to reverse the course of the Church. How long would it take and what kind of effort would be involved to change the corporate culture 180 degrees to what it should be?

What’s Wrong With The Church, Part 11: Other Crimes

So far, in criticizing the Church, I have striven to bring up only those areas where I have personally observed outnesses. In the Independent Field, there are a great many accusations made about the Church and David Miscavige which, although corroborated by many people, I have not personally observed. Bear in mind that I was never a high ranking person in the Church, public or staff, so I was never in a position to actually witness some of these things. Plus, I’ve been off lines for 25 years, and some of them have only taken place during the period of my absence.

However, for the sake of completeness, I will use this post to detail some of the most egregious complaints made by the Field. As always, the veracity of what I’m saying is for you to determine. In general, I believe these events have occurred. For corroboration, I would suggest you look to the more prominent blogs in the Independent Field. There is plenty of “testimony” there about these events and activities. What follows is a partial list, in no particular order.

  • So-called “Ideal Orgs” are nothing but a sham. In almost all cases, the only evidence of an “Ideal Org” is an unoccupied building, which the local org can’t afford and will never be occupied. These are often referred to in the Independent Field as “Idle Orgs”. While it is possible for a person to verify this for a given “Ideal Org” in their area, it’s probably not feasible to tour the entire world and track down each and every instance where this has happened. There are those who may vouch for the “Idle Org” claim in their local area. But no one has, to my knowledge, verified this claim in all or even most cases. For the most part, those making the blanket claim are, in turn, relying on the truthfulness of others who make the claim about their local “Ideal Org”.
  • International stats are down and have been downtrending for years. It’s been pointed out frequently in the Idependent Field that the rising stats cited in the frequent international Church events are simply made-up stats whose relevance is questionable. For example, “Number of People Helped” and the like. These are not stats from an org’s OIC, and not in any way “official” Church stats. That they are rising may or may not be true, though the Independent Field tends to agree that the numbers claimed are fabricated (most particularly for the number of orgs, missions and groups and Scientologists). More importantly, though, the truly important stats, like “Well Done Auditing Hours” and “Student Points” are never quoted. The Independent Field claims that these stats are crashed and/or non-viable and downtrending over many years. Some claim to be in positions to verify these claims for a given Org. However, so far as I know, INCOMM and international Church management are the only places to actually have these stats. And if they won’t quote them at international events, it’s unlikely they will give you a print-out of them for the asking. And without such a print-out, it is impossible to know for sure the state of such stats.
  • David Miscavige regularly engaged in physical violence against others in his sphere, and encourages others to also engage in such violence. This has been broadly claimed and corroborated by many, most recently Debbie Cook, former Commanding Officer for the Flag Service Organization (CO FSO). Unfortunately, you’d have to be someone high up in the Church’s executive structure to witness this. If not, you will simply have to rely on the truthfulness of those who say they have witnessed it. For what it’s worth, though, their eyewitness accounts often corroborate each other.
  • OTs have been subjected to out-tech on a scale which is staggering. They have had their Clear statuses cancelled commonly. It seems exceptionally unlikely that so many would have gone up the OT levels without being Clear, only to discover late in the game that they are not Clear. This smacks of massive out-tech, either in allowing them on the OT levels in the first place, or in determining they are not Clear when in fact they are. OTs have been forced to endured hundreds of hours of Objectives Processing. This is completely uncalled for and out-tech. OTs have been forced to endured hundreds of hours of sec-checking at their own expense. The only circumstance where a pre-OT would need confessional auditing is if they are not progressing well with their auditing in the first place, and even then, hundreds of hours of it would be out of the question. NOTs pre-OTs have been forced to redo hundreds of hours of NOTs auditing. There is no conceivable reason for this, no explanation which could justify it. Unfortunately I cannot corroborate any of this. Only those who have been through it (as many in the Independent Field claim) can bear witness to this.
  • Payments to Ideal Orgs, IAS, the Super Power project and other like entities and activities have replaced what was once amends in conditions formulas. Regging for these activities has become the standard action by MAAs and Ethics Officers when people are sent to Ethics. I can’t verify this, obviously, but it is very widely claimed in the Independent Fields. Many eyewitness reports.
  • David Miscavige lives like a king on Church monies. Supposedly, he has spent millions on residences, cars, tanning beds and a host of other massively expensive perqs. I’ve never met David. I’ve never personally seen any of this MEST. I can’t say. Others claim to have witnessed his extravagances. There are photos of many of these things. Is it a fact? I believe so. But it’s your call
  • Justice actions, in particular Suppressive Person Declares, are routinely made without the benefit of investigation or gradient justice actions. No Committees of Evidence (Comm-Evs), no Boards of Investigations (B of I’s). Just declares, often drawn up, sometimes shown to the target person, but not remimeod and rarely if ever given to anyone to keep. Again, I cannot corroborate this. Others claim to.
  • The executive superstructure of the Church, its international executives and related entities has all been smashed, abandoned and no longer exist. In other blog posts, I’ve mentioned that visible evidence points to this as a fact. Others claim to have been witness to it.
  • David Miscavige has sabotaged the cases of hundreds by “executive C/Sing”, including but not limited to Lisa McPherson. I do not know whether David Miscavige is qualified to C/S anyone’s case. Others claim he has little or no technical training. In any case, “executive C/Sing” is completely out-tech.
  • IAS is a rogue organization which LRH never sanctioned, nor would he. It is a slush fund for David Miscavige. We can’t know what LRH would have sanctioned, though from I’ve seen of the IAS, I believe he would have stopped it long ago. Certainly, it does not in any way resemble what he did sanction, the HASI (Hubbard Association of Scientologists International). What the funds from IAS go for I could only speculate. Without public disclosure (unlikely without a court order) we may never know. There are various claims made by those in the Independent Field. But I’m not sure who among them were ever in a position to actually view the transaction records.
  • Orgs and staff driven to reg for IAS and similar entities instead of service donations. Many corroborate this. Again, I obviously haven’t witnessed it.
  • Few or no Class VIIIs/Xs/XIs/XIIs made since [name your time period or starting year]. Claims like this vary widely in their time frame, but are often made in the Independent Field. Unless you’re FSSO, FSO, AO or ASHO staff (or ex-staff), I’m not sure how you could verify these claims. There appear to be plenty of such claimants in the Independent Field.
  • David Miscavige is the Why/Who for [fill in the blank]. First off, David Miscavige is not the “Why” for anything. A person cannot be a Why, only a Who. The extent to which David Miscavige is the Who for any given phenomenon inside the Church is an open question. Many will testify to various crimes Miscavige has committed. And they may all be correct. Or not. Only those highly placed in the Church could know. Whether you believe them or not is up to you.
  • The Church does not allow you to read a newspaper, surf the internet, or read blogs such as this one. Many will make the claim that they have been hauled into Ethics and made to atone for these “crimes”. If so, this is unacceptable behavior on the part of the Church. No entity has the right to censor what you read, see and hear. The Church certainly has the right to question you about it, roll it back, try to correct whatever lies you’ve been told, and prosecute the original source of such “enemy line”, all in the interest of keeping you moving on the Bridge. Assuming, of course, that such information is, in fact, keeping you from making progress on the Bridge.

Again, this list is incomplete and in no particular order. I may add to it in the future. You could make the claim that in publishing this information, particularly without personally witnessing it, I am simply forwarding “enemy lines”. Perhaps, but I think we’re well past that now. It’s clear that some truly evil and devastating events are occurring and have occurred inside the Church. This sets the whole justice system of the Church on its ear, when the Church itself is the perpetrator of crimes it wishes to cover up. Assume for a moment that the Church (or Miscavige) is in fact guilty of any of the crimes above (or other crimes I’ve mentioned in this blog series). How can it then administer justice toward people who accuse it of such crimes? It obviously can’t (and still fulfill the purposes of justice policy). The problem is that the whole of Church justice policy assumes that the Church is not the guilty party. But if the Church is, then…. You can immediately see the dilemma.

In any case, as I’ve said, the above are included in this blog series purely for completeness. If you read other blogs, you will inevitably run directly into positive claims of the above. And if any of them turn out to be false, then I may some day be called upon to recant such claims and make amends, which I will gladly do. But I don’t think that day will ever come.

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