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High crimes and misdemeanors: Jefferson Hawkins on Scientology’s bizarre criminal code

CriminalCodeJefferson Hawkins was once the top marketing executive for the Church of Scientology and helped it reach its greatest extent with the famous “volcano” TV ads in the 1980s. He’s told his tale of getting into and out of the church with his excellent books Counterfeit Dreams and Leaving Scientology, and he’s helping us understand the upside-down world of Scientology “ethics.”

We’re really looking forward to this week’s episode in this series, Jeff. The notion of justice in Scientology is another strange one.

JEFFERSON: We’re getting towards the end of Introduction to Scientology Ethics now. This week we’ll be going over Chapter 11. It’s called “The Scientology Justice Codes and Their Application.” The bulk of the chapter consists of long, long lists of things that are considered offenses in Scientology.

In a sense, we’re coming full circle here. If you recall in the opening chapters of the book, Hubbard convinced us that the old definitions of ethics were invalid, and that the past history of the subject was only confusion and despair. The only solution, he insisted, was to learn Scientology’s principles of what is and is not “ethical.” Now, in this chapter, we get detailed lists of those things that are considered ethics offenses in Scientology. It gives us a very interesting look at what are considered the most serious transgressions in the world of Scientology.

THE BUNKER: Lay them on us.

JEFFERSON: Well, anyone who wants to get the full picture should read these lists in their entirety. There are literally hundreds of offenses listed, and it makes for a fascinating look into the mind of Scientology. There are four categories: “Errors,” “Misdemeanors,” “Crimes,” and “High Crimes” — which are also referred to as “Suppressive Acts.”

“Errors,” Hubbard tells us, are

…minor unintentional omissions or mistakes. These are auditing “goofs”; minor alter-is [alteration] of tech or policy; small instructional mistakes, minor errors or omissions in performing duties; and admin errors or omissions not resulting in financial loss or loss of status or repute for a senior.

THE BUNKER: So as long as you didn’t lose any money, you’re cool.

JEFFERSON: And as long as you didn’t get your senior in trouble. You see these themes repeating throughout these lists. You don’t want to be found losing money or harming the repute of seniors!

The next level up is “Misdemeanors.” Where he only listed five things as examples of errors, the Misdemeanor list is 47 items long. He starts out with

Noncompliance.
Discourtesy and insubordination.
Mistakes resulting in financial or traffic loss.
Commissions or omissions resulting in loss of status or the punishment of a senior.

And it continues in that vein through 47 items.

What you see right away is that Hubbard is confusing several things with these lists: a criminal code, a moral code, and a professional or business code of conduct. These lists use the terminology of a criminal code (misdemeanor, crime), but many of the listed items have to do with the pragmatic necessities of running an organization, which would be typical of a business professional code. Yet a real professional code would normally address points of ethical behavior towards the people one is serving, which these lists don’t address. In a Scientology organization, which is a very top-down, authoritarian organization, “ethical behavior” is not about fair or proper treatment of customers, it’s all about doing what you are told and toeing the line. Such things as not complying with orders, being insubordinate, or not doing your job are considered the most serious infractions. So being discourteous to your senior, for instance, is called a “misdemeanor.” Being discourteous to customers is not mentioned.

THE BUNKER: Misdemeanor is a strong word for being discourteous. We commonly think of misdemeanors as such things as petty theft, vandalism, public intoxication, simple assault, disorderly conduct, that sort of thing. So what does Scientology consider a crime?

JEFFERSON: The list of “Crimes” is even more extensive, 83 different items. It includes such things as:

Noncompliance with urgent and vital orders resulting in public disrepute.
Placing Scientology or Scientologists at risk.
Receiving auditing while a potential trouble source.
Theft.
Embezzlement.
Inciting to insubordination.
Instigating a local power push against a senior.
Spreading destructive rumors about senior Scientologists.
Refusal to uphold discipline.
Overworking a senior by ignoring one’s duties.

Again we see the emphasis on offenses against the organization or seniors, rather than unfair or abusive treatment of staff or customers. It’s all about keeping people in line and protecting the organization. So this is the more serious stuff, but not the ultimate transgressions, which are High Crimes or Suppressive Acts.

THE BUNKER: The things that can get you declared SP! Tell us about that list.

JEFFERSON: The final list is 129 items, all things that can get you declared. The interesting thing about this list is that it kept growing over the years. Hubbard would announce that this or that action is now a High Crime, and it would get added to the list. At one point he stated that any violation of the ten points of Keeping Scientology Working was a High Crime. One of those points is “knowing [the technology] is correct.” So if you don’t know that Scientology technology is correct, you’re guilty of a Suppressive Act! All sorts of odd things got added to the list in this way. If a Course Supervisor does not muster his students in the morning, for instance, that’s now a High Crime. If you go past a word you don’t understand, that’s a High Crime.

THE BUNKER: Looks like quite a laundry list. But doesn’t it also contain things like speaking out against Scientology? That’s what people are usually declared for.

JEFFERSON: Yes, it has a lot of those sorts of things:

Public disavowal of Scientology or Scientologists in good standing with Scientology Organizations
Public statements against Scientology or Scientologists but not to Committees of Evidence duly convened.
Testifying hostilely before state or public inquiries into Scientology to suppress it.
Bringing civil suit against any Scientology organization or Scientologist…
Demanding the return of any or all donations made…
Writing anti-Scientology letters to the press or giving anti-Scientology or anti-Scientologist data to the press.
Failure to handle or disavow and disconnect from a person demonstrably guilty of suppressive acts.
Publicly departing Scientology.

And so on. So the highest and most serious “crimes” in Scientology have to do with leaving Scientology, speaking out against it, testifying about it to any inquiry, filing suit against Scientology and so forth. I think anyone can see that this is a very, very self-serving “ethics code.” It’s designed to protect the organization from exposure by insiders or former insiders. It gives a picture of an organization with a lot to hide.
As I mentioned earlier, these lists are supposed to be Scientology’s “justice codes,” but are really a conflation of several different things: a criminal or penal code, a general moral code, and the professional code of a company or profession. And it falls short of really fully being any of those things. As a criminal code, it uses the terminology of a penal code (misdemeanor, crime), but omits many things that should be in those categories — murder, rape, extortion, fraud, assault — and also specifically forbids reporting any crimes to authorities outside the church. As a moral code, it fails to give any real sense of moral compass, and as a professional code of conduct, it does everything to protect the church and its senior officials and nothing to protect their customers or staff — which is the normal function of a professional ethics code.

One way to look at these lists is to work out what’s missing. Here’s just a partial list of offenses that are noticeably omitted from these lists, yet based on Scientology’s history, should be included in any real list of offenses:

Defrauding the public.
Lying to members, the public, or the press.
Covering up crimes committed by the organization.
Failure to report crimes committed by members of the organization to the authorities.
Charging the public to correct organizational mistakes.
Illegally charging credit cards without authorization.
Breaking up families.
Pressuring or forcing women to have abortions.
Failure to give good service.
Abusing staff under your care.
Failure to ensure staff have good health care.
Overworking staff or denying them food or sleep.
Physically assaulting staff members.

And so on. I’m sure people can think of many more.

THE BUNKER: Now that’s a powerful list.

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on January 16, 2014 at 07:00

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  • chuckbeattyexseaorg75to03

    The ethics codes one learns gradually, as one offends against them, and one gets hauled into the Ethics Officer.

    If people were to read the Introduction to Scientology Ethics Book first off, for sure one would feel very put off by why Hubbard chose to make so many infractions excommunicatable offences.

    What most offended me, was Hubbard’s Crimes for willingly or unwillingly passing over words that one didn’t understand, or using words that caused others to misunderstand.

    Hubbard just overwhelmingly makes life as a Scientologist an oppressive scene, if one truly took all of these infractions seriously.

    In my 27 years in the crazy system, I also worked 5-6 years in the “Senior HCO International” (but factually it was merely upper middle managment) and I was on several of the “Review” Committees of Evidence and I did Boards of Reviews to try to patch up the ridiculous amount of shoddy justice committees that Scientologists suffered.

    The system of these infractions, and the justice committees, and the review committees (like appeals “court” actions), are in the end of the day very much more run by opinion and what the higher ups in Scientology management felt about the Scientologists in question, personally.

    For instance if the Scientologist had a bad opinion in the minds of some top Scientology managers, then the ending was always bad for that Scientologist.

    Technically, there is only one major loophole, I found, and at several times in my Sea Org career, I told others to use that loophole, and two or three persons used the loophole, and got themselves back out from under the weight of all these infractions that seemingly painted them as “bad”.

    I have often spelled out that loophole, but it’s futile to even win against this massive Hubbard ethics system, since what one wins, is entry back into this crazy Hubbard world, and it’s better to get out of this whole system as soon as one can!

    Chuck Beatty
    ex Sea Org 1975-2003

    • SciWatcher

      “Hubbard’s Crimes for willingly or unwillingly passing over words that one didn’t understand, or using words that caused others to misunderstand…”

      And incredibly ironic because Hubbard is guilty of this in everything he ever wrote.

      • chuckbeattyexseaorg75to03

        Due to Hubbard’s phrasing of the cumulative amount of lower infractions, “adding up to” major infractions, and this cumulative adding up being up to the higher up people’s opinions that this accumulation of smaller infractions was supposedly really “bad”, is how this whole system can be more majorly enforced by fad and whim, and it allows the higher people’s anger and pettiness to shine through and make this whole system oppressive.

        • Anonymous

          “The back history to each of the infractions, are actual lives lived by earlier generation Scientologists.”

          Excellent observation…very very true.

          Reversely, almost all of the early, important supporters of Hubbard and Scientology were eventually pilloried and pushed out or became repulsed by what they experienced and left of their own accord.

          The result is the remaining organization which offers almost nothing positive but magnifies and demonstrates the ugliest aspects of all the petty, trite human foibles that can be found anywhere else.

        • Cat Daddy
      • mpl

        Exactly – half the time when I read these OT levels by Claire and others, I have no clue what elleraitch is trying to say. If I was in, I’d most definitely be guilty of that “high crime.” Scn is messed up for so many reasons – but when I read about their “ethics,” I realize that here more than anywhere else, elleraitch was exploiting the horrible aspects of human nature. I.E. Milgram experiment.

        • Exterrier

          So true. The whole thing is based upon cultivating the “authoritarian personality”, which is all about “kick down, kiss up”. The discovery of this was, as I recall, an outgrowth of Milgram, and is set in stone in the Siphonallogy justice and crime codes.

          I’m borrowing elleraitch expression from you. Goes well with Mousekavitch.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      I remember the loaded addition of High Crimes about KSW and going past misunderstood words. This added to my Stay or Leave mental list at the time. This frightened the hell out of me. Never knew about cults so I couldn’t define what was happening all aroun me.

      But I was able to think through the fact that many courses and auditing actions and corrective actions were avaliable for help in finding blind spots. If any person was able to spot every single word all the time, then these tools wouldn’t be there at all. My brain was melting at this time yet somehow I still saw through these new symptoms of an SP to be a nightmare barreling straight for all staff. We were already crawling our way through the debris of the last mission massacre.

      This wasn’t a new ethics lists. This was a mass execution order. Most of got out alive.

      • Barbara Angel

        Three words the Cult uses are just so blatantly ***HYPOCRITICAL & WRONG*** on so many levels: 1) Ethics. 2) Religion. 3) Church. How shameless are they to continually use these words? Next they’ll try to claim Co$ is a *Kind* and *Loving* organisation and it’s Free = No $$$’s
        I still have trouble accepting that they’ve been able to pull this SCAM & get away with it for so long…. Sigh x 1,000

    • Gerard Plourde

      Thanks for your insight. I think you highlight a key point in your statement that the system was “very much more run by opinion and what the higher ups in Scientology management felt about the Scientologists in question.”

      It’s clear that the purpose of the entire structure of Scientology was to enhance the power of Hubbard and, after Hubbard’s death, Miscavige. Therefore, an objective justice system was impossible from the start. As the example of Leah Remini’s attempt to address David Miscavige’s behavior toward Shelly indicates, calling out misdeeds by Hubbard or Miscavige would be punishable as “Spreading destructive rumors about senior Scientologists”. I’m willing to bet that truth (the fact that Miscavige had put away Shelly and was carrying on with his communicator) is not a defense against this charge.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Leah had the potential of costing DM a boatload of high value customers. In sci it’s called OL, Opinion leader. The more people management thinks will listen to you if you start speaking up, the closer you will be watched and the harder they will squeeze you. The only power that is valued is the power to get max cash out of the most customers. That is All that this is about.

        • Gerard Plourde

          Absolutely right. And the corollary is – all the money collected goes to the top so that COB can live like a potentate while the rest of staff lives on rice and beans.

          • Barbara Angel

            Can anyone please tell me how the beans & rice brigade cope knowing McSlappy has his own private chef and dines high off the hog. Why do the BR’s feel this is OK? Not wishing this to be an inflammatory comment, just wondering why everyone allows McSlappy to get away with such ***Inequity***???

            • chuckbeattyexseaorg75to03

              People who get put on beans and rice, it’s a sub technical subject. For example, in the lower Sea Org echelons (remember only the Sea Org, or lifetime–billion year contract—staffers ever suffer the “beans and rice” penalty) at the lower levels, Miscavige’s eating gormet meals is unknown to the lower echelons, excepting a few instances when lower echelon Sea Org staff stumble into the room where Miscavige might be visiting their lower Sea Org echelon and he might be on his meal break.

              For instance, when I saw Miscavige partaking in his one time famously enjoyed strawberry or some kind of red berry pancakes or waffles, it was when I happened to be berthed on the same floor as Miscavige, namely during 1992ish, at the Complex (Big Blue) and his step-and-fetch-it underling who did his travel cooking for him, was making these special pancakes or waffles, his then favorite, and the smell came wafting down the hallway, so me, and I was then the Computer Guy for ASI, and my then wife was the Intelligence Files In Charge for OSA Int, we both noted Miscavige was utilizing his then berthing room suite at the “ASI wing” of the 5th floor of the Complex, behind the special security door that only allowed us ASI staffers who shared this wing with Miscavige who had his visiting suite of two rooms, and a couple of other of the rooms on this “ASI Wing” of the complex also had a couple rooms for other big cheezes from the Int Base.

              Because I was the Computer Guy for ASI, I somehow for security reasons, was allowed the berthing room directly next door to Norman Starkey and his wife’s room, and the Starkey’s were directly across the hall from Miscavige’s two room suite, on this wing of the 5th floor cojmplex. This was 1992, 22 years ago now, and this setup is no more.

              But anyways, ASI staff, we never were on beans and rice. But, let’s say, other Sea Org members, in 1992, who knew Miscavige was in town, since he had to ride the elevators, and was noticable, and if other Sea Org members smelled the strawberry pancake smell coming out of his rooms, wafting up the inner courtyard walls of the Complex, into their dorm windows, and let us say those upper floor Sea Org staff, since there are 7 floors in all, to the complex, let’s just speculate that some ASHO staffers who happened to be on “beans and rice” that week, when Misavige was in town, and thus your comment could possibly have been true at some point in Scientology history, then yes, those Sea Org staff might have held some major grudges against Miscavige having his strawberry waffles, like you say, and believe me, the lower echelon Sea Org members defect in higher proportions, and likely what you speculate is true, they felt somewhat screwed by this Hubbard system, which had top banana Miscavige eating his strawberry waffles in the middle of the evening, and they were going to sleep after a day of beans and rice!

              I hope you meet some ex ASHO staff, who might have wondered why the heck someone was eating strawberry waffles at 9pm, but that would have been old David Miscavige, in this setting I laid out above.

              Chuck Beatty
              ex ASI staff, 1992-1995
              (ex Sea Org 1975-2003)

    • KNMF

      busy busy busy scilons. This is why the planet is so fucking clear.

      • joan nieman

        well, I don’t find it clear at all!

        • joan nieman

          With all their pressuring laws and stipulations, everybody walking on egg shells, every one the enemy as even your spouse or child could point their finger at you, I can’t see any gratification of taking part in any of that. Not even for a day!

          • wannabeclear

            The problem is that by the time you realize this is happening, you’ve been conditioned to accept it as part of the tech and “what works” so you are also conditioned to not question it. If members felt this oppession from the moment they began, they wouldn’t stay in for five minutes. But, at the beginning there are all the artificial highs of the early “wins” and “gains” from the subtle hypnosis in the intro courses and the love bombing of being surrounded by lots of people who find you fascinating and want to be your friend and think you are great and valuable and wonderful and have an important role to fill. It leaves you desperately trying to recreate all the good feelings you had at the start, while being systematically oppressed and told that if it’s not working, if there’s something that’s wrong, it’s YOUR FAULT. In short, the con is brilliant. The long con, however, leads to mutiny and outrage and Marty and Mike and Leah and any number of others speaking out.

            • Barbara Angel

              Sounds a bit like how people become heroin addicts. It’s written that they continually chase the first high. That could also apply to gamblers chasing the thrill of a win. Sad huh?

    • Bob

      The absurdity of ethics is spelled out at the beginning of the book and creates a huge dichotomy for clams.

      According to the Church of Scientology, “Ethics may be defined as the actions an individual takes on himself to ensure his continued survival across the dynamics. It is a personal thing. When one is ethical, it is something he does himself by his own choice.”

      In your dreams. Ethics as it is used now is actually the Groups moral code. You have NO personal choice. They give it lip service when talking to the press. Specially about disconnection but it’s all about the conduct dictated by Hubbard, Stumpy Blackheart and the EO or senior you are dealing with. And clams are taught to be junior ethics officers who must report all infractions to the local authorities. It is 1984 by Orwell +. Your conduct in the group is measured 24/7.

      Ethics is now about protecting the group at all costs, whether that is lying, cheating, fraud, abuse or sometimes murder. I see it continuously first hand, hard to ignore that.

      • aquaclara

        “Protecting the group at all costs.” This gives me the chills, knowing how far the cult takes this.
        And training the staff to be junior ethics officers to enforce the actions of the cult-that’s equally evil.
        Scary and true words, Bob. Thanks.

        • Bob

          Thanks. When your in it you feel “protected and comfortable”. It’s only scary to the rest of the population of the world and who cares about them. They’re only “wogs”.

          • aquaclara

            I keep thinking that leaving the shell of “protected and comfortable” must be one of the more difficult things about leaving, outside of disconnection concerns.

            The fear of the outside world for those who have been away from it for a long time, or missed it completely has to be big.

            • Bob

              Depends on what kind of work the clam does. If they work mostly with other clams then yes. If they have a job out in the real world then it is much easier to make the transition.

            • Barbara Angel

              “protected and comfortable” not sure if many feel that way? More like toooooo frightened to leave and of being on the receiving end of the famous “fair game” policy. Scary shit to run away from the Cult, that’s what’s probably held them for so long? Chilling Stuff.

            • aquaclara

              Aaah, yes. I missed that. Truly, I am so happy when we hear of someone who has taken that huge step out the door. You’re right. So much is at stake.

            • Exterrier

              “Fear ofthe outside world”, “protected and comfortable”? Yes. I remember talking to staff and sea Orgers especially who had tried to function out here, but said they could not take the insanity of the wog world, and returned to the nest.

              That may sound strange and laughable to many of you, but I think it is very common. Captive animals don’t always do well when released in the wild, you know. This also happens with the military……there is a certain comfort in rules and disciplines, and lots and lots of agreements. Even all those disagreements and discussions that end with someone saying “Ron says”……. Those save a lot of having to argue and decide,and, of course,actually think for yourself. A lot of people simply are more comfortable being told what to do and what to think, it seems.

              Even I have had to learn to use patience with people in wogdom who don’t listen, or interrupt your sentences, or don’t acknowledge, or speak all at once. It can be refreshing to be around people who use aspects of the famous “communication formula”, (but not to an extreme). Being among like minded can seem great. And people enjoy religious orders to various degrees, too. There is purpose. We don’t have to all live in the suburbs and watch TV,etc. It is just that Siphonology is an EVIL, betraying con job that leads nowhere like where it promises to lead, and uses up people, destroys their souls and lives, and then spits them out to die.

            • aquaclara

              Yep. If truth in advertising prevailed, and this was posted upfront and in the first paragraph of all the contracts, people still might not believe what they were getting into when they signed up.

              I am glad that there are several online places -in many different styles- where a newly-exited member can find a home. The transition, as you have noted, must be very hard. I hear the Hubbard language and the reference citations and lack of opinions and shudder; for someone else, it is the acceptable framework to communicate with others. I try to imagine how that must feel for someone to have to shed that after 10 years, 15 yearn, a lifetime….

              Ex, we are making progress….the evil is being exposed.

      • SciWatcher

        The worst part about it is that when it comes down to it, it’s really not about protecting the group at all. It’s about protecting one person–him at the top, whether LRH or Miscavige. Everyone else, everything else, is expendable.

        • Bob

          True, but to me the real bottom line is that the clam is worried about himself and HIS
          ETERNITY and not turning into a cinder or BT who is asleep. That’s the blackmail perpetrated by Scuzzatology, Hubbard and Mousekavige.

      • pluvo

        “ 1984 by Orwell “ – indeed it is.

        These ‘crimes’ and ‘high crimes’ are set up in a way, so that you are guilty if you don’t toe the line completely. They are used heavily if you ‘think for yourself’, what ironically is one of the slogans used to promote Scientology. The indoctrination is a gradually implemented mind control and the contradictions are leading to cognitive dissonance, and after a while you are not only censoring your free speech but also your thoughts. Then you are getting the Orwellian mind control, the ‘ethics’ officers who are acting as the thought-police, sec checks (security checks = interrogations) to find your ‘crimes’ and ‘evil’ purposes and the ‘ethics’ department and CMO (Commodore Messengers Org, which is also acting as the executing arm of Miscavige) being the ‘ministry of truth’. With all this there is the hovering threat of getting (SP-) declared and the disconnections.

        Cognitive dissonance: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_dissonance)
        1. “The existence of dissonance, being psychologically uncomfortable, will motivate the
        person to try to reduce the dissonance and achieve consonance”
        2. “When dissonance is present, in addition to trying to reduce it, the person will actively avoid situations and information which would likely increase the dissonance”

        You can see this also when an indoctrinated person doesn’t want to know and is turning a deaf ear on every reasonable argument (I’m not speaking of the fanatics who are decrying everything another person mentions or believes, just because they like to run down a person who has a different point of view).

        And there is no justice at all. If you don’t agree with ‘Command Intention’ (Miscavige, or earlier Hubbard) or show any sign of dislike of what is going on, you are the target, no matter your
        contributions and merits.

        • Bob

          Pluvo, absolutely.
          Were you in at one time? Cognitive dissonance is a dirty phrase in clamatology because it describes perfectly the condition of the people in it. It is the leading cause of death for clams. Bury your head in the sand at your own risk.

          • pluvo

            Yes, I was in (also Sea Org). The cognitive dissonance and the ‘1984’ – I lived it. After
            I had managed to leave, I needed some years to decompress and to sort it all out in
            my mind (also with the help from other ex-members and their stories). It’s not that easy,
            as it is not all black or white. It is not easy to explain to somebody who was never in a similar situation.

            When I was reading about the ‘crimes’ and ‘high crimes” when being in, I thought it is nuts and had the urge that I should go; I didn’t agree with that nonsense. But I was already too much sucked in with the good stuff. Not all was wrong; nobody would stay for years if all would be so obvious and bad. Also when I encountered Scientology there was no Internet, you couldn’t just google and get the information and sort it all out.

            • pluvo

              PS: And you, were you in?

            • aquaclara

              Just wanted to say that I am glad you were able to make your way out.
              Nice post.

          • pluvo

            PS: Bob, were you ever in?

            • Observer

              In case Bob doesn’t come back this evening, he’s an under the radar, still in because of family.

            • pluvo

              Tks Observer. Very kind of you. 🙂

            • Robert Eckert

              Bob was still under-the-radar-but-in when he started posting here. We have watched him decompress in real time.

  • Observer

    Scientology: Backwards Land, where lying and thieving are “ethical” and honesty and financial accountability are high crimes of such magnitude they can get someone declared.

    Ladies and gentlemen, I present The Most Ethical People on the Planet.

    • richelieu jr

      .. In Bizarro World!

  • D.Y.G.

    So Grant Cardone actually committed a high crime by publicly attacking Milton Katselas?

    • Observer

      No, he no doubt had a special dispensation or got absolution from the Pope.

      • BosonStark

        COBble dispensation.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Opposite. He would get a Commendation chit. Everything is about supporting unsustainable profit margins in the 75% and above level. Anyone who does or says anything that might reduce income or profit margins is ethics bait. Talk about not getting what you expected from OT level for example, or telling yor students to spend time on career, less on auditing. Or not taking on a 2nd mortgage, etc.

  • Peter

    Hiding, hiding, hiding seems to be the basis of the whole lot. As a “senior”, you can get away with anything, as long as the public never gets wind of it. Chuck is right that if one were to read that list in advance, one would likely run for the nearest exit, then loudly telling everyone what you’d discovered! Definitely self serving to the max.

  • Andrew Robertson

    My favourite Crime, (though not a High Crime) is pretending to be a Scientologist without authorization, though I have never been able to discover who is hatted to authorize this.

    Andrew

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Scientology: You will obey us or we’ll hunt you down.

  • 10oriocookies

    Add to the list: re-enactments of interviews that never took place. Apparently that is not lying in Cultland.

    • Sherbet

      Hey, 10, how ya doon?

      • 10oriocookies

        Peachy thanks!

        • Sherbet

          I’m glad to hear it, 10.

        • aquaclara

          Nice! Glad to hear things are sunny-side up with you!

  • Truthiwant

    It is interesting that Hubbard states auditing ‘goofs’ as ‘Errors.’ Or rather, the most negligible of the four categories of offenses, whereas he states that it is a high crime to ask for your money back even in the event that after those small auditing ‘goofs’ you had a psychotic break!

    • EnthralledObserver

      I have come to the conclusion that Hubtard was a piece of shit for writing these self-serving, pathetic lists of ‘crimes’. My notch of derision for him just went up a bit.

      • Truthiwant

        The Organization strictly abide by the rules if a person commits one of these ‘offenses’.

        Back in about 2001, I was trying to sort out a very bad personal situation using Scientology but it was becoming clearer and clearer that auditing and everything else just did not work. I was getting annoyed and spoke up about it.

        When this sort of thing happens, it is very easy for the Organization. They simply declare you. Period.

        I personally got declared as a ‘Trouble Source’, which is one off being declared an SP.
        Because Scientology can not admit that their technology is not able to resolve one’s problems, they take the easy road out and make it your fault and then quietly dispose of you.

        • EnthralledObserver

          This behaviour is precisely why $cientology is not a religion, but a CON! Thanks for continuing to share your stories.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          the real definition of PTS, potential trouble source = no longer willing to fork over life savings and might convince other customers to shop elsewhere. Can you imagine Walmart hunting you down and harassing you the rest of your life because you decided to shop at Target instead? That would be crazy, wouldn’t it?

      • richelieu jr

        You might as well turn your ‘notch of derision’ up to 11 now, EO…

        Trust me, it is only going to get worse.

  • EnthralledObserver

    Seems these rules are really referring to staff or Sea Org… who would be the ‘senior’ to a public member – or is that any staff/SO member?

    • Natasha Boris

      Staff and Sea Org are senior to the public, yes.

      Edited to add: with the lie being that staff and SO are there to “serve” the public. But if the MAA says, “Report to Ethics!” or a supervisor doesn’t like how many hours you’re studying each week, you better believe they use their seniority.

    • Dylan

      the funny thing. At least in my experience is that scientology is VERY cliquey. WOGs and DB’s are the lowest. Public is just a bit above the WOG’s. Org staff would be the next level. The top would be Sea Org. Then it beginnings again with the orgs in the sea org. Once in the Sea Org there is a whole nother layer. the rabbit hole runs deep.

  • Ten Aug

    Thank you Mr. Hawkins. I have long admired your balanced and very considered deconstruction of this cult.

    That one “high crime” of demanding the return of donations is so very telling. I’m just not sure if it is indicative of Hubbard’s immeasurable immaturity (you’ll never be in my gang again) or his interminable insanity (if they’re not with us their against us).

    And what is not on the list is so very telling indeed. There are a number of Hubbard bloviations regarding not doing anything illegal and yet committing perjury is not a high crime.

    If only Hubbard had added that to the list his silly little cult might not have ended in 2014 when David Miscavige lied under oath and Mr. Jeffrey took full advantage.

    Well… we all have our dreams don’t we.

  • Scream Nevermore

    Guys, sorry,been offline, but do have a message from Radio Foyle – the interview the Dwarvehfuehrer mentioned in his new year video is also a lie. The photo was not taken in their studio, and they have never interviewed $ciloonery about The Truth About Drugs.

    • joan nieman

      Thanks for that bit of info Scream.

  • What a lovely picture. DM’s Bridge is ready.

    • Sherbet

      If you notice, after getting to the top of the bridge, there’s nowhere to go but down. Heh heh.

      • Bury_The_Nuts

        In LRH’s book “Fear”….there is a descending staircase. Every time the protagonist takes a step down and looks back……..the stairs behind him have disappeared and he has no way to return to where he came from……so must continue to descend into a darkness to meet his fate as each new step appears before him….

        Hubbard kind of designed his “bridge” like this…but in reverse.

        • Sherbet

          Wow, what a thinking man was he!

        • Observer

          I wonder who he lifted that idea from? I can’t think of a single original idea he had (that I know about) that wasn’t tedious and/or utterly nonsensical. Now if the protagonist were being pursued down the stairs by a pair of giant knitting needles …

          • Bury_The_Nuts

            Oh, lol!

        • richelieu jr

          The Oubliette of total freedom!

        • joan nieman

          Very good analogy Bury!

  • Bleuler

    What’s true for you is true as long as it’s not on this humongous list?

  • A little OT, but the Ireland story has landed in the German speaking Media.

    “Scientology once again in the Photoshop Trap” 🙂

    http://derstandard.at/1389857233046/Scientology-tappt-erneut-in-die-Photoshop-Falle

    • Natalia M

      I used Google translate to read the article. Lol.

      “Sparkling wine boss David Miscavige spoke at the speech in Florida on the Irish capital Dublin and want to convey to the audience here that is now equipped with three percent of the Dublin population with literature of cult founder L. Ron Hubbard”

      • Observer

        The Babylon German to English translator renders it as “sect boss.”

      • For explanation: sparkling wine = Sekt …. but a Cult = Sekte … Sektenchef = cult leader

        • Natalia M

          Sent from my HTC

          —– Reply message —–

        • Robert Eckert

          Long long time ago (German reunification was just underway) I read a German newspaper through an early auto-translator and loved the headline “Cabbage quarrels with bouquet” (chancellor Kohl was having an argument with Bavarian party leader Strauss)

  • NOLAGirl

    Because I am a never-in these are things I can’t speak on, so usually on days like today I stay quiet. But I want all of you exes and well-informed Bunkerites to know that you are teaching me so much. Thanks for all of your intelligence & humor. I continue to learn from you all.

    • K2P2

      NolaG. This is exactly how I feel as a never-in. Learning so much from the thoughtful and in depth stories and explanations shared here daily. But I especially look forward to Thursdays and Jeff Hawkins. Thank you.

  • El Con Blubbard

    I always thought the stuff about the “look for the thick ethics file – there is your SP” and “as long as ones stats were up – its hands off ethics-wise” – were two glaring beacons of disaster!
    If you take the example of the IAS Registrar or the average Registrar in Scientology:
    He/She is bilking people out of IRA’s, Stocks, Savings Accounts, encouraging debt etc….and his/her stats keep going up – they have to or they will get a KR or some type of ethics write up to go into their file.
    So…the Registrar learns how to lie, sell fear etc in order to accomplish this.
    If he got $1,000,000 one week – he/she has to improve the next week or at least break even to stay out of ethics.
    He/she is able to stay out of ethics trouble because heshe figures out that it is okay to lie and financially ruin people. (IN the best interest of all 8 dynamics but actually only benefiting Captain David Miscavige -*8*)
    The people write up ethics KR’s on the registrar because after they donated – they had to file bankruptcy or they figured he/she lied…or were ganged up on and kept up all night until they donated etc…
    and the folder starts getting thicker…but it is HANDS OFF (for now) – the stats are up!!
    Over time…this Registrar has a very thick folder.
    Now as long as he/she keeps bilking money….no problem…but when he/she runs out of people (everyone is broke) – it’s off with their heads…see – the Ethics folder is “thick” and there is your SP!! The Registrar now has quite a problem if he/she believes Scientology works and holds the key to spiritual freedom. He/She is sitting on tons of crimes they have committed to others and the carnage is all around them.
    It struck me as running a Church by statistics was not going to work…it runs “care and consideration” right out of the Registrar’s and that is not a crime in Scientology.
    They should add to their list of High Crimes….”To care about another person and persons and how you may effect them”.
    The irony is – it always comes back around. I am seeing Registrar’s die, get sick and their families fall apart. All they have to do is leave and STOP doing it!
    I hope any Registrar’s reading this walk out the door. You are hurting people!!

  • Phil McKraken

    Anything in that Ethics code about not exploiting children? That would be a good one to tag for immediate attention.

  • BosonStark

    So if instead of “demanding” your money back you ask for it politely, they’re okay with that?

    • kemist

      Sure.

      They’ll just say. “No.”

      • RMycroft

        It looks like they have to refund the money. (Haha, as if! For every Hubbard policy, there’s equal and opposite Hubbard policy.)

        163) Demanding the return of any or all fees paid for standard training or processing actually received or received in part and still available but undelivered only because of departure of the person demanding (the fees must be refunded but this policy applies).

  • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

    Our our basic presumption in RTC is that all people have crimes for the simple reason that they are wogs and wogs are criminals by definition.

    Our secondary presumption in is that a person becomes a Scientologist because they know they have crimes and they secretly want we in RTC to find and punish their crimes.

    Scientology is never wrong and in fact we are very precise. We are so precise that we have accurately assembled lists of hundreds of thousands of crimes big and small. This is all proven by the data.

    The happy news is that Scientology Ethics can handle your crimes. It is tough and expensive? Yes it is, but that is what it takes to finally lead a crime free life that serves the aims and purposes of the Scientology religion to Clear the Planet.

    So let’s begin now shall we? What are your crimes? Spit them out!

    • Observer

      I would have to say criminal J&D. But if that’s wrong, I don’t want to be right!

      • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

        Criminal J&D is a very serious high crime.

        • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

          HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
          Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex
          HCO BULLETIN OF 5 FEBRUARY 1977
          (Also published as HCO PL, same date.)

          Remimeo
          EDs, COs
          HESes, S/Cs
          HCOs
          HASes
          Sec Checkers
          Case Supervisors
          Staff Section Officers
          C/S Series 100

          JOKERS AND DEGRADERS

          It is an old principle that people who do not understand something occasionally make fun of it.

          A recent investigation however into the backgrounds and case condition of a small handful of people who were joking about their posts and those around them showed a somewhat more sinister scene.

          Each of these persons fell into one or more of the following categories:

          1. Were rock slammers. (Some List 1.)
          2. Were institutional type cases.
          3. Were “NCG” (meaning no case gain) (the only cause of which is continuous present time overts).
          4. Were severely PTS (Potential Trouble Source) (connected to rock slammers). It might be supposed that misunderstood word phenomena could also be part of this. The rebellious student in universities is usually handled by clearing up his misunderstoods or curing his hopelessness for his future. However, the investigation did not find that any of these jokers or degraders were acting that way solely because of misunderstood words, but the possibility cannot be ruled out.

          The four categories above were, however, fully verified.

          All the persons investigated were found to be the subject of declining statistics, both having them and causing them. Their areas were enturbulated. At least one of the jokers was physically driving basic course students out of an org.

          In some cultural areas, wit and humor are looked upon as a healthy release. However, in the case of orgs, this was not found to be the case. Intentional destruction of the org or fellow staff members was the direct purpose.

          Therefore all executives, HCO personnel and Case Supervisors as well as Qual personnel and Staff Section Officers have a valuable indicator. Where they have a joker or degrader on their hands they also have one or more of the above four conditions in that person. This opens the door to handling such people.

          Properly assigned and then fully done conditions are the correct ethics handlings.

          Correctly done Expanded Dianetics, which includes Confessionals and fully done PTS handlings are the case remedies.

          Where ethics tech itself is not known or neglected and where there are no HCOs one can, of course, not expect the matter to be handled. And this would be too bad because the case gain and life improvement available in proper ethics handlings, when fully followed through, can be quite miraculous.

          Where rock slammers have been undermining the tech and it is not fully known or used or is altered into unworkability one cannot expect Confessionals to be properly done or Expanded Dianetics to be known and properly applied.

          The joker is advertising his symptoms. He is also advertising an area of the org where there is enturbulation and down statistics as well as staff members being victimized.

          Therefore this is an administrative and technical indicator which cannot be overlooked and should be followed up.

          Spotted, investigated and handled, this can be the beginning of an upward spiral for an organization.

          Where someone is driving ethics out, tech is not likely to go in. You have to get in ethics and tech before you can begin to get in admin.

          The next time you, as an executive, wonder why you are working so hard, look for the joker in the deck.

          Humor is one thing. Destroyed orgs and human beings are quite something else.

          It is our business to get the show on the road and get the job done.

          L. RON HUBBARD

          Founder

          • Sherbet

            This would be funny, except it isn’t. lrh was a paranoid psychopath, in my layman’s opinion.

            • Davka

              Paranoid, schizophrenic, probably with visual and auditory hallucinations, narcicissitic, sadistic, manic, depressed, phobic, and non-hygienic. And oh yes, crazy and self absorbed.

            • Sherbet

              That probably doesn’t even cover the full diagnosis, Davka!

            • Davka

              :). Homophobic, mysoginistic, self-loathing, insecure, psychotic….

            • Sherbet

              Substance abusing…

            • Davka

              Ooh, good one! Pathological liar too. Sadly, we could do this all day, I suspect.

            • Sherbet

              You’re right, we could.

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Don’t forget the OCD!

            • Anonymous

              In all fairness, he did shower six times a day.

            • Sherbet

              “Dentally challenged.”

            • Davka

              Ooh, add germ phobic and OCD to the list!

            • SciWatcher

              Maybe we need Missionary Kid to start a list for all Hubbard’s psychoses.

          • Dylan

            Man I hated this policy. Having been in an org where most people were in their teens. Joking and degrading was a constant struggle with most of us.

            drawing the line between humor and destroying orgs and human beings is a good tool for seniors to keep their juniors in line.

          • Observer

            “It is an old principle that people who do not understand something all too well occasionally constantly make fun of it.”

            FIFY, Ron. You’re welcome.

        • Observer

          Well, what do you expect from a degraded wog such as myself?

        • Captain Howdy

          Is joking about being high a crime?

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            Why do you think it’s called a High Crime?

        • Bob

          Please arrest all theses jokers and degraders. Could result in thousands of hours of sec checking!

      • Sherbet

        That ascot is a crime.

        • Missionary Kid

          What’s above the ascot is a criminal mind.

          • Sherbet

            Which seems so obvious to some of us.

          • Sherbet

            Pardon my atypical vulgarity, but here’s one for you, Kid.

            L. Ron Hubbard: Asshat in an ascot

            • Missionary Kid
            • Sherbet

              Thank you. After yesterday’s parody, wherein I said bullsh**, and today’s derriere comment, this normally squeaky-clean speaker is going to heck in a handbasket.

            • Missionary Kid

              Look out!! You’re going over to the dark side. (Where I tend to reside).
              I’m chuckling because I got into trouble for using the word “darn” in front of my father – and that was after I’d graduated from high school. Heck was also verboten, as was crap.

            • Sherbet

              Well, heck, Kid, your parents, being darn missionaries, were even stricter than my devout parents. I was not allowed to use the word “jerk.” 😉

            • Missionary Kid

              I think a lot of the reasons why my parents were so strict were that they were in their 40s when I was born, and they’d spent nearly two decades out of the country, so their ideas were frozen to an earlier time. It was like being raised by people of my friend’s grandparents era. On top of that, there was the fundamentalist overlay and the Swedish stoicism. Fun, huh?

            • Sherbet

              I’m glad you were able to break free, Kid, yet you don’t reject their morals. You understand why they were the way they were. This is what I deal with, with Old Country immigrant parents. I always say, they were the best parents they knew how to be. And many years of therapy have helped me erase the strictures they placed on my sisters and me. I don’t pretend I understand what it’s like being in the cult of scientology, but I do understand fear of rejection and the consequences of not complying with strict, sometimes nonsensical rules.

              OK, hopping off the soapbox.

            • Missionary Kid

              My father was also an immigrant, and my mother grew up on a farm in a Swedish community which was very Victorian in its outlook. Both were born just after the turn of the last century.

              I understand why they had the rules and strictures on behavior, but I also found that there was a lot of deception that sprung from self-deception caused by some basic assumptions of the nature of mankind.

              American society has changed radically since they were young, and it has changed again since I was young. The problem is that many of the rules that made sense in times past make no sense now. On the other hand, there are some rules that are important over the ages. The difficulty is in picking which ones.

            • Sherbet

              You seem to be doing a good job of choosing. Basic Sherbet philosophy (back onto the soapbox): Old school parenting was based on making a child feel that s/he never measures up to standards. That’s got to stop. If I feel pretty good about myself, then I don’t follow false prophets in the form of addictions, money, people, cults. I’m whole the way I am. (And, yes, it may seem a paradox that I’m a practicing Catholic, but that’s a choice I made, and it’s not because I feel guilty, less-than-human, or in search of something else “better” than myself. It’s something I, personally, want.)

              Obviously, the cult preys on people who don’t feel whole. Bring us your problems, and we will fix them…for a price. Of course, we’ll give you new problems along the way, but it’s all part of Clearing the Planet, and it’s the Only Way.

            • mpl

              Well-put, Sherbet. I’m a practicing Catholic now too, but it took me a long time to get to the point where it was something that I wanted, and not something that was forced on me by my parents. It was quite the awakening when that happened, and very much a conversion – or…reversion.

            • Sherbet

              It’s a good feeling when we make our own choices.

            • mpl

              Very true!

            • Missionary Kid

              Guilt is a powerful tool for control. Co$ uses it quite effectively, as do all fundamentalist religions. Somehow, when there’s a problem, you have been found short of the glory of god (or Hubbard), and, of course, it’s your fault, because they’re perfect.

              The power of forgiveness is something that we all want others to grant to us. In $cientology, here really is no forgiveness, only the forcing of penance duties.

            • Sherbet

              Nicely said, Kid.

            • Zana

              Whew! Glad you survived!

            • Missionary Kid

              We all survive. It’s how we do that makes things good or bad.

              I like your motto.

            • joan nieman

              I think you should write a biography. It appears that you have a very interesting background.Seriously, I really think you should MK.

            • Douglas D. Douglas

              I relate. “Gosh” and “golly” were also verboten in my house.

            • Observer

              Yep, here too.

            • SciWatcher

              I knew a Mrs. Heck when I was a kid. If anyone tried to tell me heck was a “swear,” I would use her as an example to refute it.

            • Missionary Kid

              That wouldn’t work. Context is everything. I could talk about hell all I wanted, but if I used it as an interjection, I would have been in trouble.

            • joan nieman

              Good one!

            • Robert Eckert

              I’m Euphemist. We believe in Gosh, and His son Jiminy Crickets. And if you don’t accept Jiminy as your personal savior, you’ll be darned to heck.

            • Missionary Kid

              Snickersnort. Well done.

      • ze moo

        Smell my finger!

      • Cat Daddy
    • Bleuler

      Well there was this postal worker from Wisconsin that me and an associate chopped up and left in a ditch. 🙂

    • Anonymous

      http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/6302/

      [i]Please allow me to introduce myself

      I’m a man of wealth and taste

      I’ve been around for a long, long year

      Stole many a man’s soul to waste

      And I was ’round when Jesus Christ

      Had his moment of doubt and pain

      Made damn sure that Pilate

      Washed his hands and sealed his fate

      Pleased to meet you

      Hope you guess my name

      But what’s puzzling you

      Is the nature of my game

      I stuck around St. Petersburg

      When I saw it was a time for a change

      Killed the czar and his ministers

      Anastasia screamed in vain

      I rode a tank

      Held a general’s rank

      When the blitzkrieg raged

      And the bodies stank

      Pleased to meet you

      Hope you guess my name, oh yeah[/i]

    • RMycroft

      Technical Degrades:
      206) Musical chairs (transfers of persons around an org) is the single most destructive action to an org’s stat.

      But it’s okay if you play Bohemian Rhapsody while playing Musical Chairs?

      • Bury_The_Nuts

        See? There you go! All one needs is an acceptable qualifier.

  • Krew13

    Illegally charging credit cards without authorization.

    That’s never been a problem for Her Royal Governor.

    She probably just handed them her ATM card and her PIN number.

    • Troy MacGyver

      I’ve heard that story over and over when the S$’s keep you in a room and make you charge thousands on books. Now all you would have to do is leave the room and then call the credit card company and they’ll fight for you. Just explain,”I was trapped in a room a forced to make these charges.” Visa and Mastercard are the best. Amex once helped but has soon gotten less helpful. Debit cards are really tricky sometimes waiting months or years to get 1/2 the money back. F.Y.I.

  • BosonStark

    I wonder if the tribal herdsman in Yakustsk, Siberia, who are avid new Scientologists featured in David Miscavige’s New Years video are abiding by these principles. I bet they need some security checking and have probably gone by many misunderstood words.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome post…a great breakdown of the self-serving nonsense that passes for an ethics system in Scientology.

    “Wise men profit more by fools than fools by wise men.” – Cato

  • Ms. B. Haven

    Instead of rambling on like I usually do all I have to say regarding these numerous infractions is:

    GUILTY AS CHARGED and proud of it.

  • One thing I have always found fascinating is that if you compare the Creed of the Church of Scientology, what “We of the Church Believe”, with the lists of crimes and high crimes, you’ll see that if you follow the Creed of the Church of Scientology, and keep following it, you will eventually be found guilty of crimes and high crimes in the Church and declared a Suppressive Person!

    The Creed of the Church of Scientology is on the front wall of every Church and Mission on the planet, by firm policy, as one of the first things people see when they walk in the door to be recruited.

    The list of crimes and high crimes?

    No where to be found for the new recruit.

    And since the Creed of the Church of Scientology attaches no ethics or justice penalties at all if you should violate their pronouncements, and yet violating the list of crimes and high crimes will get you declared, expelled, and fair-gamed for violating them, which do YOU think that We of the Church Believe?

    I think that anyone who has ever been involved in Scientology should read everything that Jefferson Hawkins has ever written since he left a few years ago. He provides the clearest picture of what is wrong with Scientology of anyone who has ever written on the subject.

    Thank you Jeff Hawkins for all that you do.

    Alanzo

    • Sherbet

      Wow, Alanzo.

    • Ms. B. Haven

      I agree with your sentiments about Jefferson Hawkins, but you are no slouch yourself. I have learned a great deal from your writing about your experiences in the cult. What happened to your blog, it seems to have disappeared? Great to see you posting here and I wish that you would make more frequent appearances.

      • Dylan

        I agree Ms B re Alanzo. No way I could have said it better. thanks.

      • Well thanks, Miss B Haven.

        I’m actually working on a new version of my blog right now. The problem that I am running into is that what I have to say has become quite duplicative of what other writers are saying in the last few years. And guys like Jeff Hawkins and Tony Ortega, (and even freaking Mike Rinder and Marty Rathbun now) are saying it way better than I ever did.

        So I feel like I have to think up a new angle, and a new slant, that makes what I have to say unique and fresh and tasty. And kinda Wow. Like a Raspberry smoothie. And for a subject as stale as Scientology, that’s … well I don’t know if that’s really possible.

        So, really, I may never have a new blog. I may just keep shaking my fists and threatening to put one up for ever. Like “You darn kids stay off my lawn or I’ll put up my blog again!!!”

        Er somthin like that.

        Alanzo

        • Natalia M

          As a never-in, I personally love when ex scientologists tell their own stories or just let loose their own opinions on topics as primary sources of history. They were really there and have eye-witness accounts from their own unique perspectives. I love the detail it adds to the bigger picture. Not that you asked — sorry, not trying to offend, really — just expressing my irrepressible academic curiosity.

        • Great White Clam

          New Slant On Alanzo!

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      You said it, Al!

    • RMycroft

      In Scientology, isn’t there a defined hierarchy for order and policies, such that if two appear to conflict, then you can determine which is the higher rank to follow?

      As I recall, the Creed isn’t even on that list, or at the bottom of the heap, showing it for the window dressing that it is.

      • The only rule of thumb I remember was that, of the two conflicting policies, you take the one with the latest date because of the constant “discoveries” that L Ron was making every day in his “research”.

        However, anything that has a social or cultural penalty to it if you do not follow it shows the real cultural values and rules of a group.

        Hubbard did not want to show his ACTUAL values and rules for Scientologists until they were more socially and emotionally entrenched, and could not really disagree without having major penalties in their lives, such as losing their job, losing all their friends and business contacts, and destroying their own families.

        That’s when it was safe for Hubbard to have his “Truth Revealed”.

        Alanzo

        • Anonymous

          It was both esoteric and malevolent.

    • El Con Blubbard

      Alanzo – you are so right. Send Scientologist’s the Creed of the Church of Scientology – For those on the fringes – please copy this “creed” and post it on every FB page of every Scientologist you are connected to and highlight, enlarge and bold the part “the right to think freely, speak freely, practice any religion one wants to and NO ONE BUT GOD has the right to deny those rights!”
      It has a way of seeping into those scientological bubbles coated with lots and lots of hard indoctrination. The truth can penetrate anything! Trust the TRUTH!! It dissolves the LIES that Scientology enforces to keep the Dog and Pony show going!!

      • Robert Eckert

        “NO ONE BUT GOD has the right to deny those rights!” Ah, but LRH was God. Nowadays I think Miscavige is the God, unless it’s Grant Cardone.

        • Observer

          Grant Cardone, god of Douchy Asshattery … or would that be Asshat Douchery?

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Yep, Grant’s your go to god now. He said so.

        • joan nieman

          Grant’s working on it.

  • Ruby

    Yes, the lists of infractions are very long and very specific. The upside to that is that when the ethics officer called my home to berate me for not attending the awesome COB International events, I referred to the book and said “not attending events is not listed anywhere. Bye bye.”

  • Imelda Marcos

    As a “never-in”, I think I finally see this monstrosity, though my lightbulb moment may seem a bit banal to people who’ve been fighting this and writing about it for years. Hubbard was a paranoid, ineffectual man, flailed his way through his Navy service, received terrible fitness reports, lied about the number of medals he got, was “encouraged” to leave the service, labelled mentally ill by psychiatrists. Then he schemed about ways to get back at the world. He created this personality cult in order to pretend he could get back at the world. It became his world, a way he could act out his revenge fantasies with a group of followers. His revenge fantasies are all the crimes and misdemeanours he invented. He made millions of bucks with it, and his trickle-down paranoia made thousands of people’s lives miserable with it.

    • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

      I never quite looked at it that way though you may be right.

      I didn’t see him as wanting to get back at the world. I saw him as wanting power and money and possibly sex, while not caring who it hurt. He also wanted recognition from the psychiatrists to the Nobel Prize committee. He wanted to take over the world, which he called, of course, “clearing the planet”. He thought that he could PR his lies into these things. He thought that the only difference between him and a Mother Theresa, an FDR, or a Nelson Mandela was PR.

      My guess is the list of offences are things that would put a barrier between him and his real enemies– the courts, the police, disgruntled apostates (really), and angry skeptics.

      I wonder if L.Ron really did hate us, in fact hate everyone but himself. Maybe so. Up until now I just assumed that the whole world, excepting those who were thwarting his plans, were seen as a potential source of money. Certainly, he had no respect for his sons, his first two wives, or WOGS like me. He may have respected Captain Bill until he was declared suppressive, the Broekers as trusted servants and his wife Mary Sue; at least it seemed that way from a distance.

      • Imelda Marcos

        Oh sure, he wanted power and money. And the part about not caring who he hurt comes from being a psychopath at heart (on the spectrum). I’m still thinking this out. But I look at the military service documentation online, how much trouble he caused for his superiors and people under his command, there’s no way he could not have known the contempt his superiors had for him, and that had to make him very angry, given the concocted stories he came up with later. The bad fitness reports, the ridiculous claims made by him and Scientology afterwards, and the even-tempered response by the Navy to counter these claims, I think there must have been an element of “I’ll show you”.

        I still don’t know enough to see how he went from this idea in his head, to gathering a group of admirers around him who latched onto his every word, because I can’t get over what a TERRIBLE, rambling, paranoid speaker he was. I’ve been in rooms with people sorta like that, in small political movements out West, and it didn’t take long before I got bored, or got a massive headache or stomach ache listening to them, so I’m still trying to figure out the part where people back at the beginning didn’t bolt for the doors.

        • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

          I saw the movie, “The Master”, which portrays him as an unusually charismatic man. Others who knew him disagree. James Randi says that he was thoroughly obnoxious and, back in the early ’50’s also smelled bad. He may have bathed between then and 1986, with a messenger handing him the soap and towel. Maybe not.

          My wild guess is that those who found him charming were a very small percent but they were very, very drawn to him. Everyone else found him obnoxious. This would be like Scientology itself. They only need that sucker who is born every minute to keep them going. It doesn’t matter all that much if everyone else finds them a social detriment as long as they stay out of jail. I also know people who are almost universally thought to be stunned, obnoxious, wicked, sarcastic or harsh but a few people will notice their redeeming traits and through that small group they will build their lives. Maybe Hubbard was like that in a big way.

          I feel like someone wondering, “What was Rock Hudson reeeealy like?”. Surely we will never know what made Hubbard tick, but it is fun to speculate. To invoke mass media again, I think Rick was asked what Captain Renault was like (in Casablanca), responding, “Just like other men, only more so.” You can’t miss with that one.

          What ever the case Hubbard had a lot of money buried in the backyard for a fat, smelly, balding, rotten-toothed, weak-featured transparent liar. On the other hand his family was a miserable mess, he was on the run much of his life, and died with Vistaril in his blood while hiding out like a drug lord. His name has gone down in infamy.

          • Imelda Marcos

            I like reading what you say. “I also know people who are almost universally thought to be stunned, obnoxious, wicked, sarcastic or harsh but a few people will notice their
            redeeming traits and through that small group they will build their lives. Maybe Hubbard was like that in a big way.” This is true, the people who revolted me out in Vancouver also “bestowed” little social niceties on the odd person gathered ’round, it went a long way to cementing their reputations as “charming” and even “talented”, barf.

            I’m probably at the point where I need to read a whole book (yep, no book so far, weak lol). I know something about the many books published on this, but do you have a suggestion, to get an understanding of this right from the beginning?

            • Satansthetan

              I recommend L Ron Hubbard, Messiah or Madman, by Bent Corydon, it is old but after that Going Clear will catch you up to date.

            • Douglas D. Douglas

              I mentioned this above, but I would recommend Bare Faced Messiah. It is due to be republished, or you can read it on line here:

              http://www.xenu.net/archive/books/bfm/bfmconte.htm

            • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

              I wish I could tell you the title of a broad book on human psychology, that explains Hubbard and all those like him. Unfortunately, I haven’t read one. The best thing that Scientology gave me was an understanding that there are people around who will take you for everything you have and not bat an eye while doing it. I don’t think I have fallen into cynicism while observing this, there are also many charismatic people who are decent and beyond. I have been lucky to call a few of them friends over the years.

              I have been reading and accumulating critical books about Scientology since Cyril Vosper’s Mindbenders. I read it while still involved with the cult. At that time a fully inculcated member told me to tear it up. Foolishly, I did, but I got another copy a few years later and reread it. It is not that great a book and is interesting mostly for historical reasons.

              I read Paulette Cooper’s book, The Scandal of Scientology, which is very well researched and still holds up. With all that happened to her after, it makes for a very interesting read.

              Shortly after Hubbard died three books came out– L.Ron Hubbard, Messiah or Mad Man, The Barefaced Messiah and Religion: Inc. All are excellent. My favourite would be The Barefaced Messiah by Russell Miller who used Gerry Armstrongs files and information released through the Freedom of Information act. It remains my favourite book about Scientology.

              I enjoyed the Tom Cruise bio by Andrew Morton is a good 1/3 about Scientology. Morton got it down well.

              The recent books by Jenna Miscavige, Lawrence Wright and Janet Reitman are all excellent with the Wright one being my favourite. The Miscavige one says a lot about her life and the lives of people like her. It is enough to make a person cry but doesn’t give a broad view of the cult.

              Near the bottom of the xenu.net page there is a list of books about Scientology and mind control, some very respected ones that I haven’t been able to find in used book stores or at yard sales. Many, many books are available for free on line.

              It is as though everyone is writing a critical book now. A young man in Kitchener even wrote one and had it published. It’s called, “The Psychiatrist who saved the Scientologist”. It is thin and could have used a thorough editing before going to press.

            • Imelda Marcos

              I think I met the Kitchener guy at Indigo Books Eglinton and Yonge, was that published a few years ago? He was very nice, and shy, but there he was, with his table of books, willing to talk to anyone. I felt a bit shy too, so I didn’t talk with him for long. Thanks for all your other suggestions. I really am looking for a big overview, lots about Hubbard in particular. Bare Faced Messiah sounds good too.

            • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

              I have the book in front of me. By Aaron David Gottfried, Pandora Press, 2008. There is a clip of him being interviewed by a Kitchener TV news station somewhere on youtube.

          • Imelda Marcos

            Maybe I should start with Jefferson Hawkins first book, now that I think of it.

            • Are_sics

              Great read. Excellent choice.

          • kemist

            Well Randi, like the other people who disliked him, has a very low treshold for bullshit and absolutely no filter when he decides to speak about it. I’m a bit like that and it does mean I do not find people who make shit up charming, however flattering they may be. It also means I’m often rapidly disliked by such people.

            I think the dislike with Randi must have been mutual.

            • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

              I read Randi’s mention of it recently on the internet but I searched with google for a couple of minutes and couldn’t find the account. Randi was involved in the L.A. science fiction writer’s association by virtue of two of his publications. He was small potatoes at the time. I wish I could tell you more.

            • kemist

              There’s a short video of him on LRH on youtube.

            • Once_Born

              This one? He is accosted by a Scientologist with a video camera in the middle of his meal, so I think he assertive response was quite restrained, considering.

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj-w09kpQcY

          • Dr_Orpheus

            As a never-in, I just can’t get the appeal of Hubbard. He was physically unattractive, a muddled, verbose writer, and, based on the recordings that I’ve heard, not even a good public speaker.

            • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

              I think I can reflect the pitch that was made to me. I took the personality test at the behest of family who were already in. My personality was lacking, judging by the results. The test made me feel like dirt and stripped away my bravado. So for $15 which wasn’t even much back then, I took the communication course which did me some good. It also did me some harm but that was not as easy to see. Then after achieving some benefit, not wanting to risk alienation from family and in need of help in some areas of my life, areas which would eventually sort themselves out but through time and life experience and not Scientology I got in a bit deeper. Some of the people in the cult seemed to have things together, far more than me. The ones who were blazing nitwits seemed to take back stage and I excused them as just having another way of viewing the world. There was one particularly dopey guy whom I was told, “was improving”.

              Even then, Hubbard’s in house persona was probably not an asset. He reminded me of Chairman Mao, having his picture everywhere. He flaunted his accomplishments which seemed like lies at worst and insufferable arrogance at best. He smoked Kools. He was fat, balding and aging which is a lot like many of us but not what one would expect of someone with power knowingly and at will over matter, energy, space and time. He was a science fiction writer who wrote a science fiction religion. As he himself might have put it, he was all “Bad indicators”. If I was writing a novel about a cult leader, the leader wouldn’t look or act like L.Ron. And, for goodness sakes, his name was L.Ron.

            • Dr_Orpheus

              I guess his system for sucking people in and controlling them once they got in was what made Scientology a successful con, rather than his personal skills at persuasion. It’s scary to think how many more would have fallen for it if was attractive, a good writer, and a skilled speaker.

            • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

              This is just off the top of my head but I think that is what EST tried to be. Jake Rosenberg changed his name to Werner Erhard, took out the mystical stuff and the crazy stuff, but used every trick that he learned selling encyclopedias and cars to reform Scientology into a top-of-the-line self help group. Of course, when the going got tough he left the country and reformed the group as Landmark Education. That’s condensing a book into a paragraph but he was on who did it better.

          • Once_Born

            Mentions of Hubbard’s alleged ‘charm’ and ‘charisma’ come predominantly from accounts by people who joined Dianetics/Scientology. The excitement of their situation (in at the founding of a new ‘science of the mind’) was likely to enhance the way they perceived the founder.

            We have few accounts from people who were not taken in by Hubbard’s creations, because they did not write about him – they summed him up as a fraud at first sight and walked away. These people, as you say, probably made up the overwhelming majority of those who met him.

            The science fiction writer Jack Williamson was a contemporary of Hubbard, and sold stories to the same pulp magazine. They frequently met, and corresponded. In his autobiography, “Wonders Child” Williamson describes how he declined to become involved with Dianetics because he simply did not trust Hubbard:

            “I recall his eyes […] watching me sharply as he talked to see how much I believed. Not much.”

            I suspect this is how most people saw the man.

            • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

              Thanks. That is all new to me. I bookmarked the page of Book Reviews about Scientology. I had never seen it before either.

            • Imelda Marcos

              “I recall his eyes […] watching me sharply as he talked to see how much I believed.”

              Just like a Con. Man.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      You are onto something, but I believe the die was cast while Hubbard was much, much younger. Even before the War he displayed his worse tendencies in many ways. When Barefaced Messiah is republished, get a copy. Or read it on line; it is available.

      • Imelda Marcos

        I appreciate your suggestions. For some perhaps misguided reason, I really feel the need to understand him. gak.

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          You want to understand him because you are an empathetic human being. This is another reason it is highly unlikely you could ever become part of the CoS.

          • Imelda Marcos

            Well, thank you for that. 🙂 I want to understand this, b/c I fell for one or two vile “enlightened” people in my wanderings through a few political groups; people who admittedly spoke much, much better than Hubbard, but I believe it’s some kind of general phenomenon: horrible person/devoted followers.

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            You’re in Opposite Land today, DDD! Although I have to give it to you…entering into this vulture culture today might require no conscience now.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      By Ron, I think you got it! Please go to the examiner, write your success story and turn over everything you got to Tony.

      • Imelda Marcos

        Ha.

    • Anonymous

      Just remember, all you know is just a drop in the bucket. Thats not just for you, but for all of us. They longer you watch Scientology the more obvious a certain maxim will come. ‘Scientology: Its worse than you think.’

      You’ll run across something that shocks you and think, ‘ok, now I know how bad they really are.’ Then it happens again. And again. And again ad infinitum. This process tends to continue even among people who have been watching for decades.

  • NormanTheGnome

    I got a few to add to that list of Crimes that should be offenses:
    -Physical Abuse of under-age members
    -Failure to give/allow proper education to children of staff
    -Wilful neglect of health and security of under-aged children
    and one which many know…Forced or coerced enrolment of under-aged parishoners.

    • Ruby

      Also adding
      -extortion…in all its many varieties within the cherch…
      Example: “There is no such thing as disconnection”…(but if you don’t disconnect from him we will declare you too)

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Practicing medicine without a license is my #2. #1 child abuse.

  • HelluvaHoax!

    Brilliant analysis by Jeff. You asked all the perfect questions Tony!

    I have been posting about that KSW “Knowing it is correct” High-Crime absurdity over on ESMB for the past week. It must be floating around in the ethereal world somewhere! LOL

    . A couple days ago I wrote something but since ESMB has been down, I guess I’ll post it here first. It is destined to go on the “TOP 100 STUPID MOMENTS IN SCIENTOLOGY” thread when they are back up.

    Be pre-warned! A veritable rant ensues. . .

    ——

    Dissemblers & Declares & Dementia, oh my!

    Now that we have entered the GAD (Golden Age of Declares) where a Scientologist instantly becomes an
    SP just by posting or seeing forbidden words on the internet, the Modern Science of Mental Dementia
    has officially delivered on its promise of “a world without insanity”. Well, what else would you call a world that eliminates insanity by redefining the word so that insane actions are considered sane?

    L. Ron Hubbard’s cult of cosmically “advanced technology” is so terrified of real technology (e.g. the internet) they have causatively hurled themselves past the signposts of cognitive dissonance squarely into the
    realm of mental illness.

    de·men·tia – noun di-ˈmen(t)-shə,
    medical : a mental illness that causes someone to be unable to think clearly or to understand what is real and
    what is not real.

    Not only do Scientologists lie to each other about their declared brethren who have dared to defy the supreme being (Hubbard/Miscavige) by eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (going online), they now blinklessly lie to themselves.

    An example, you say? I saw one just today where a lifelong Scientologist in good standing was
    suddenly declared/disconnected just a few weeks after posting something on an Indie website. Yes, the cult’s cyber police are hard at work clearing the internet.
    http://www.mikerindersblog.org/me-and-my-big-mouth-food-for-thought-chapter-2/

    Let’s see what the de rigueur “High Crimes” are in a typical Declare which was naturally sent out by the cult without ever even asking the “SP” if any of it is true. The cult isn’t concerned in the least it is factual, it only cares that its uptone Homo Novi are in a permanent tone level of fear:

    http://i0.wp.com/www.mikerindersblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/declare1.jpg?resize=581%2C778

    The particulars are so absurd, only a person suffering from Dimentia-etics could read it without laughing, F/Ning and noting “WTF?!” on their worksheets:

    1. Publicly resigning from the Church.
    TRANSLATION: Warning: Hubbard Law of Commotion! (“For each policy and piece of tech there is an equal and opposite policy and piece of tech”) Yes, the Doubt Formula for ethical beings says to determine the most pro-survival decision and “announce the fact publicly to both sides”. But upon following that holy scripture, the person dutifully and standardly applying Hubbard’s tech is promptly
    declared.

    2. Engaging in vicious rumor mongering to destroy the authority or repute of higher officers or the leading names of Scientology to “safeguard” a position.
    TRANSLATION: If you have nothing good to say about the cult’s oppressively fraudulent and sociopathic leaders, don’t say anything.

    3. Public disavowal of Scientology or Scientologists in good standing with Scientology organizations.
    TRANSLATION: If you realized that there aren’t any Clears of OTs, STFU!

    4. Public statements against Scientology or Scientologists but not to Committees of Evidence duly convened.
    TRANSLATION: Management is the only one allowed to make public statements against Scientologists but not to Committees of Evidence duly convened.

    5. Violation of HCO PL 7 Dec 1976, LEAVING AND LEAVES.
    TRANSLATION: If you’re going to leave, do it covertly so management can say you “blew” and your family and friends will feel good about disconnecting from you.

    6. Continued adherence to a person or group pronounced a suppressive person or group by HCO. TRANSLATION: That whole Grade 0 (communicating to anyone on anything) and Creed of the Church (inalienable right to your own thoughts and speech) is a humble gift for mankind, not Scientologists.

    7. Violation or neglect of any of the ten points of Keeping Scientology Working.
    TRANSLATION: Point number 3 of KSW mandates “Knowing it is correct”. It is therefore a suppressive act if, by some miracle, going up the Bridge actually made you “more able” to “know how to know” or any of those other catchy jingles in our
    promo.

    Scientology Motto: If you don’t “know it is correct” we know you’re evil and must be destroyed.

    • Anonymous

      Great post.

      I found one misspelled word however: “cosmically advanced technology”

      I think you meant “cosmetically” advance technology.

      • HelluvaHoax!

        LOL

        Talking about standard cosmetics, there is quite a bit of scripture where Ron details the religious science of sprucing up the cult’s MEST.

        Because any violation of policy is a “crime”, I am looking forward to the near future when they are so bored with boilerplate declares, they start adding in some new flavors to the Kool-Aid. Like taking away people’s eternities for using a paper towel and windex to wash a window in violation of the commandment about newspaper. Or, taking away someone’s bridge to total freedom for taking their vehicle through a car wash instead of using a turkey feather duster.

        Yup, it’s really a policy. HCOPL “Car Washing”. LOL

        It doesn’t have to make sense. It’s Scientology.

        • Anonymous

          It’s the Dwindling Spiral of Stupid…in action.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          I would have killed for a bottle of Windex when on the RPF cleaning those Big Blue windows (note to OSA, kid-ding). Those OCD policies of Hubbard’s turns you Into a criminal sooner or later or mad as a hatter or both.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Regarding #1 (“Publicly resigning from the Church.”): I read the original column written by Scientologist Ian, as well as his follow-up. At no time did he state that he was resigning from the Church. Indeed, he made the point that he had no intention of doing this.

      It is also significant that Ian got word that he had been declared from a friend who provided him with a copy of the document. The friend did this at no small peril of his own standing within the Church. Ian was able to confirm that others had also received copies of this Declare, although he himself had not. In fact, he was still receiving notices and invitations from his local Org.

      So here’s the situation: Ian’s close friends and associates have been told he is Declared. They are told he has “publicly resigned” from the Church. Because he is Declared, they must Disconnect (although, as we know, Disconnection does not exist). And because no one has told Ian, he does not know that his close friends and associates have been lied to about his “resignation.”

      Is this the way it works now? Secret Declares in which lies are blithely presented with the assumption that no one will ever find out?

      Or is it all just a big misunderstanding?

      • Ruby

        the former

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Yes, DDD, this is how it works now. I was shocked when I got mine hand delivered though because it seems declares are locked up inside a cabinet in ethics offices these days. They aren’t even posted in a public place in the orgs anymore because everyone who can still add will realized that They are now part of the 2 1/2% still sitting around wondering who will disappear next.

        They don’t even use any goldenrod paper anymore, which is the worst squirreling Ever! Just a cover letter and then policies with yellow highlights of the vague crimes “they” have decided to pin on you. It looks like Ian got a little personal touch to his though. I would guess this is to let all his friends know that they are watching every move they make and will hunt them down too if they make a wrong slip or gasp! post a comment on a blog.

        • joan nieman

          THDNE I am proud of you for crushing the snake’s head with your foot. I also visualize you belting out your Bunker song whilst applying more pressure on it’s feeble head. Bravo!

    • Elar Aitch

      Glad you posted this here Hoaxie – getting my ESMB fix

  • Mark

    • Sherbet

      God, Mark, you are hysterically funny! Do you use your creativity as a source of income in some way? Not nosy; just hoping you’ve parlayed your talents into a living.

      • Mark

        I wish…

        • Sherbet

          Aw. Keep at it. At least you’re entertaining the Bunkeroos.

          • Mark

            Thanks, Sherb 🙂

            • aquaclara

              Echoing Sherb! Thanks for the giggles.

    • Missionary Kid

      I’m probably slow, but the way that the Ss intertwine in the top of the shoop sure do remind me of the Nazi emblem.

      • Mark

        It originally came from a website that saw swastikas almost everywhere (along with hammers-and-sickles, averse pentagrams, Magen Davids, masonic squares-and-compasses, Bohemian Grove owls… well, you get the idea).

        • Missionary Kid

          The website was probably started by someone with OCD, and was stuck int he phase of their childhood where pattern recognition was necessary to learn to read.

          IMO, just about anything can be morphed into something else. In this case, it’s appropriate.

          • Mark

            Our brains are hardwired to see patterns – even when there’s nothing there. There’s a regular feature in Fortean Times magazine called ‘Simulacra Corner’ devoted to the phenomenon – old weathered tree-stumps that look like rude body-parts, or rock-formations with faces in them.

            The original S-and-two-triangles $ci-logo is a lousy bit of design (which probably means it originated from Tublard’s own foul hand): meant to look dynamic, futuristic & thrusting, it always seems to be falling over one way or the other no matter what angle you place it at!

            • Missionary Kid

              Hey, thanks. Fortean Times looks like fun.

              Pattern recognition is a shortcut that I believe is used by our brains for quick threat analysis as a survival mechanism, but that we often use when we don’t understand something. I believe that’s how often people interpret unidentified phenomena as aliens.

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Agreed. Scanning through my family album I was able to determine I must have been adopted into a family of phenomenal aliens.

            • Missionary Kid

              Snickersnort.

            • Mark

              Been a devoted FT reader for decades. You hit the nail on the head about pattern-recognition as a survival-mechanism – since most of us no longer have to run like blazes from stripy predators, it’s why we tend to see landscapes in rumpled bedclothes – and flying-saucers in the clouds.

            • Robert Eckert

              In medieval times anything you saw that you didn’t understand was a witch or a demon, now it’s an alien.

            • Missionary Kid

              Excellent point.

    • Elar Aitch

      It amused me to read this in a Mel Brooks voice (in my head)

  • 0tessa

    And so bit by bit the ‘mental alchemy’ that is Scientology, is being deconstructed.
    Until nothing remains.

    • K2P2

      let it be so. . .

    • Missionary Kid

      Of course, there was nothing there in the first place, but borrowed string and patches from other sources.

  • RMycroft

    Back in 1999, someone known as “Safe” posted the list of crimes and high crimes from Introduction to Scientology Ethics to alt.religion.scientology. Scientology was so perturbed by this that they used the new DMCA law to force his ISP to disclose his identity. (Paving the way for heavy-handed companies that want to track down critics and whistle-blowers.)

    Scientology subpoenas Worldnet June 3, 1999, Dan Goodin, CNET
    Copyright — or wrong? July 22, 1999, Janelle Brown, Salon

  • Jeff, thanks for spelling out so clearly something I intuitively chose to ignore as much as possible without really thinking why.

    • Ruby

      So true, Joe.
      While the ethics codes were promoted as a way to keep the individual protected from having injustices thrown at him, it became more and more about how to keep one under the control of the organization, and keep the organization safe from being exposed.

  • Andrew Robertson

    For those of you who are anxious that they may be committing Errors, Misdemeanors, Crimes and High Crimes likely to attract the wrath of the Church of Scientology’s Department for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, here is a concise list of actions that are ecclesiastically abhorrent and worthy of significant punishment:

    http://www.holysmoke.org/cos/crime-syndicate-ethics.htm

    And please don’t forget that ignorance of the Law is no excuse and is an offense in its own right!

    Andrew (pp. International Justice Chief, Intergalactic)

    • RMycroft

      That’s copy of a repost of Safe’s post. I believe that his original post was removed from GoogleGroup’s archive using a DMCA complaint. Too bad for Scientology that the Internet never forgets.

      • Didn’t Kodak have some slogan about how a moment is captured forever using their film to do so? The Google cache, the Wayback Machine, and screen captures can’t be silenced by this Chairman of Bullsh*t, and the more he lies, the more people are going to call him out on it.

  • RMycroft

    No such thing as Disconnection huh? Then what’s this:

    High Crimes:
    167) Failure to handle or disavow and disconnect from a person demonstrably guilty of suppressive acts.

    • DeElizabethan

      That was highlighted on my declare, but didn’t really pay much attention to it then. Glad you pointed this out and it sure does tell a lot.

      • Cat Daddy

        http://tonyortega.org/2013/02/13/underground-bunker-reader-gets-declared-a-suppressive-person-by-scientology/comment-page-1/

        “We’re bursting with pride here in the Underground Bunker for Dee
        Findlay, a reader who first made contact with us about a year ago.

        At that point, she had just decided to come out of Scientology, and had discovered the Voice
        blog almost right away. She became a frequent reader and commenter, and
        also communicated with us behind the scenes. We couldn’t say it then,
        but she’s been a great inspiration for us.

        That was especially true last July, when Karen de la Carriere stood
        up to the church that didn’t want her to see her own dead son, and
        several of our readers banded together with her in solidarity and dared
        to reveal their real identities in the comments section of our blog. One
        of them was Dee.

        Dee has become one of our most active commenters — under the name
        DeElizabethan — and now, she’s shared with us her latest accomplishment:
        she’s been declared a Suppressive Person by the Church of Scientology!”

        • DeElizabethan

          Auwwe, blushing with tear, thanks Daddy, that was a real great day for me, thanks for reminding.

  • aquaclara

    Sending thanks to all the exes for sharing your experiences and thoughts this morning. Some of this comes with pain and bad memories, I know. But you’re adding much depth to today’s horrible but true topic. Jefferson’s account of a huge crime in Scientology- the lack of any basic human ethical behavior in in “ethics” and enforcement will be something people will look back at some day when this damn cult is all done for good.

    • Ruby

      Thanks, aqua. Ya know, reading this article by Jeff is very interesting to me. In particular, the thing about using criminal terminology within the cherch. As I look back, I often felt as if I were a criminal, because I could not always police myself from, let us say, going by a misunderstood word, or many times I was not able to get done some unreal, outrageous order or target that a senior would impose. So often the staff were made to feel like “criminals” for non compliance to crap targets. The Hole is another example…a real prison.
      Here you are, trying to help people and thinking you have a generous heart by wanting to see others happy, and at the same time you are a criminal. What a mind–k!

      • aquaclara

        What a lousy time that had to have been, Ruby. Nobody could beat that system-it was designed to hurt people, and control them. Glad you’re out!

        • Ruby

          Me too! Thanks for being here. 🙂

          • aquaclara

            I have been watching for a long time, since the ship ran aground in Clearwater back in the mid 1970s. Missed a few years in the middle, but have since caught up, thanks to Tony’s work at the VV and now here.

            I cannot forget the faces of a handful of moms and dads trying to tell people their kids were in the Fort Harrison, and how they just wanted them home. Just one snapshot of several memories that stuck.

            • DeElizabethan

              That had to be an experience one can not forget. Thank you so much for caring and helping to do something about it.

  • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

    Alexa update for Jan. 15: *refresh for images*

    Tony: US rank #15,332 – down 537 from yesterday.
    Scientology: US rank #34,191 – down 431 from yesterday.

    Difference: 18,859 – 106 less than yesterday.

    • Mark

      The $ciloon ‘difference’ line looks like the path of a drunken ant; Tony’s like a royal progress.

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        Rock Slams vs. Floating Needle?

        • Mark

          I’m just waiting for the $ci-line to do a loop-the-loop.

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        Missionary Kid: new name for DM – The Drunken Ant.

        • Mark

          Or the The Drunken Pismire? (old dialect word for ant, because ant’s nests smelt like piddle).

          • Robert Eckert

            In parts of the US we still say “pissant” (though the word is more commonly used for a person rather than the insect)

            • Mark

              Because Shortarse is such a pissant – and as touchily sensitive as a flower where his own welfare is concerned – what about “Little Davy Piss-a-Bed” (after the dialect for dandelion)?

            • Cat Daddy

              They used to call Joseph Goebles “The Poisonous Dwarf” I think.

            • Mark

              Der Giftzwerg.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    That picture from that 30’s ” movie “The Criminal Code” starring Walter Huston and Boris Karlov couldn’t be more perfect for today’s thread. The foundation of the criminal code was: Somebody’s got to pay.” Hah, I just can’t help but think that Hubbard saw this and twisted into a whole new $ meaning. Did he know Walter Huston? Walter starred in The Treasure of Sierre Madre. Hubbard claimed he worked on the screenplay but no credits ever found. Maybe he worked on the reenactiment. heh

    Just learned the DVD for “The Master” contains a John Huston extra, “Let There Be Light”. Oh really?

    “It was filmed at a hospital where war trauma victims were being treated. If it wasn’t Oak Knoll it was an identical set-up. It featured the actual doctors/psychiatrists and soldiers in therapy.

    The patient was put into a light trance, typically using sodium pentathol (sp ?) and then ‘taken back’ to the
    traumatic incident and asked things like “What do you see ? Who’s there ? What’s happening ?”. The theory was that by recounting the ‘hidden incident’ it would be ‘erased’ and so wouldn’t impact on the guy anymore. The ‘session’ always ended with bring the guy back to the present time by asking him who he was, where he was now, etc, etc.
    http://www.holysmoke.org/cos/dianetics-source.htm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnU-2PyAAc4&feature=share&list=PLhPJMUOjY67SX2s1KB_MA4GU8TDabBC02&index=1

    • kemist

      There are lots of similar therapies for PTSD that still exist today, some pharmaceutically assisted, others which are just basic talk therapy. There are also experimental ones that use transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

      I think the army hospitals were a big part of the inspiration for Hubbard’s “auditing”.

  • George Layton

    Convinced that our life is a set frame of mind,

    How many we harm by being kind.

    In another lifetime, in another place, the villages along
    the coast of a stormy sea were terrorized by a great sea serpent. More and more
    often it would capsize the small fishing boats, dragging men to their graves in
    the watery depths. Those bitten by the venomous snake and lucky enough to make
    it back to their home would lie in writhing pain for days before expiring. The elders
    of the many villages along the coast gathered in council and chose the two most
    seasoned sailors from each village. These sailors took the most seaworthy ship
    and caught the great serpent. There on the sea, with the great beast pinned to
    the ships side, they cut off the head. As the head sank beneath the waves
    thousands of tiny serpents, each more venomous then the mother, poured forth
    from the body and disappeared into the murky depths.

    Every day, the great serpent, scientology comes closer to its
    beheading. All the human rights violations, fraud, assault, harassment isn’t
    being ignored and hidden any longer. The many law suits and all the media
    attention are taking their toll. But what is in store for all those inside that
    have lived a life of misinformation? What of those still under the sway of the
    quasi hypnotic tech? Those that have had their will damaged and laid open to
    the manipulations of a seemingly benevolent soul? Some acting under the guise
    (intentional or not) of life or spiritual guide? I see over at ESMB, in the freezone,
    auditors (what I would call) casting their nets of salvation. Ready with their
    new and improved tech for the continuation of the journey up the bridge for
    those disillusioned and confused by the church’s actions and looking meanings
    to those actions. Making available (for a price) tech that follows the
    engram/body thetan theory (fabrication?) hubbard put out there. Still more of the same being offered to these
    people, with a diminished will, before they have a chance to grasp the
    realization that it was all made to control. That it was all built around quasi
    hypnotic suggestion to bring them under the sway of another’s will. How many
    wait just outside the walls of the church for the head to fall and the
    followers to be cast adrift, with broken down wills and the hubbard tainted misinformation
    of life? How many of those followers will fall under the sway of another slum
    lord or slave driver? The auditors out there waiting, how many of them realize what
    the tech is and yet still perpetuate the life enhancement of it for personal
    gain? How many don’t realize what the tech is and are under the sway themselves,
    helping another gain in life? There is so much out in the world that makes life
    more fulfilling, scientology could disappear today and no one would lose any
    worthwhile experience that couldn’t be replaced tenfold. One of life’s hope’s I
    can see out there is the granting (from the Life Force, Mother Nature, God) of
    Its Amazing Grace to those inside the walls. Of the auditors out there today I would
    ask you to give those inside a chance to experience a life without hubbard and
    all that is attached to him. I would ask that you not define your tech as
    something that is not attached to hubbard. I would ask that you let them be,
    even though you believe with all your heart that you can do them a service. Let
    them have a chance at all the rest of life waiting out there. When the wall
    falls, let in remain in crumbled ruin.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2vn5VIdnBw

  • Anonymous

    This was posted late yesterday after most had departed The Bunker – re-posted this morning with slight edits:

    Hubbard made a religion out him getting his own way (which is what the bizarre Scientology “ethics” system was really all about.) IMHO, Hubbard went (more) crazy when he began to realize his religion only worked inside a limited bubble and even then, only with certain folks for a limited time. The rest of the world just wouldn’t bow down.

    Wee Davey is now descending into the same madness: the external world will not adjust itself fast enough to accommodate his “command intention” over every trivial life event that his religion tells him is his “causative OT” (and therefore just) due.

  • InterestedinCrazy

    Most ethical people on the planet?
    Saying it over and over doesn’t make it true.
    Great post Jeff. It’s great to see them all listed out on a skewed order of bad to EVIL! !!

  • pronoia

    One of the most interesting crimes is that of receiving auditing while a PTS. One would think — if one were to approach this logically, that if auditing were such the great cure-all that it is cracked up to be, that it would be the one thing one should do if one were a PTS — and wished not to be, that is. To me, were I to be “interested” in Scientology, this little rule would be a source of a significant cognitive dissonance.

    • chukicita

      …which begs the question, what *is* Scientology’s plan for those who don’t toe the line?

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        If they have over a $million, coercion to keep paying most likely. Miscavige went whole hog on disconnection several years ago. I still knew a few and then there are those that work in different industries in whatever area. Some were long long out but still had ex spouses in and children they supported including Delphi etc. Miscavige lowered the boom and told them can’t be around Anyone who was a former member or anyone who says a single bad word.

        Several years before that some former staff in the area tried to get me back in, saying harsh ethics was out and good roads back in blah blah blah and I wound up on a mini vacation on their Fleewinds. Jeezus, the place was a screaming looney bin and the vulture regging, like herding all into auditorium, locking doors and not letting out till a certain $ quota was met, honestly that had me running from the place.

        Those still in now? I honestly think these handful will just continue to obey, no matter what. They’ve accepted this level of punishment for 3 or 4 decades now. Can you imagine? All I keep hearing is for the most part, members are leaving quietly. This is a problem if they work for other members, but they leave quietly while waiting for the rest of their family to join them.

        • DeElizabethan

          Interesting how the scio’s with big bucks operate and are speaking up now in Africa.
          http://backincomm.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/another-comm-ev-another-smokescreen/

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            Declared because they were speaking out and likely waking others up.

            • DeElizabethan

              Right. Looks like they are also spilling the beans about themselves and others with the admissions how they and others loaned monies out and by investments, only to get screwed. While the criminals stay in the cherch protected, along with everyone’s money.

        • chukicita

          This is all good info, but maybe I should have been more clear [ducks]..
          I was thinking about all those who were never in – who didn’t buy into (or buy with cash) Scientology as being a Good Thing. It’s well understood that Scientology’s ultimate goal is to ‘clear the planet’ – but what is their plan for those who don’t want to be cleared?

          • DeElizabethan

            Not sure if answered. I’ll stab at it. All those can be wasted. If enough peeps are scios they will control all who are not. Through government and such, a ruling force, so to speak. Get the picture? Btw, I miss you and good reading you here.

            • chukicita

              Miss you, too, DeElizabethan – good to see you here! So basically, the goal is to take over the world … but instead of, say, just letting the souls that want to be saved, be saved — they’re going to have to pretty much eliminate everyone who isn’t on board, right? Because Scientology can’t exist where there is free exchange of ideas.

            • DeElizabethan

              Right and that’s why I don’t think we have to worry to much as they won’t be around long. They are really insignificant, but we still have to be diligent to watch them and expose everything.

  • Cat Daddy

    Satanic cult is methodically Satanic

    “Flow power to Source”

    Besides Ethics and Morality are empthy vessels to be filled by antything:

    http://blog.talkingphilosophy.com/?p=458

    “Not surprisingly, the discussion of cannibalism soon turned to the matter of the ethics of the act. Cannibalism does seem to be at least morally questionable.”

  • deanblair

    While I was in the SO I came to the realization that if somebody wanted to punish someone at any time, you could always find someone guilty of having committed at least several of the crimes or high crimes listed in the ethics book no matter how squeaky clean that person was. There was really no way to ever remain immune.

    Hubbard had written a policy explaining a condition assignment of “Ka Kahn” which if it were assigned to you, would allow you to be forgiven the death penalty ten times. In practice, even that would not protect you because if somebody didn’t like something you did, they could always get around it.

    I bet Hubbard never applied the lower conditions to himself. He never had to go around to the staff and ask permission to rejoin the group. May be in his last few days of life here on earth he did the doubt formula and then got the hell out of their and died. I should have left the cult decades before I ever did.

    • Anonymous

      Hubbard doing the skedaddle to Target 2 always struck me as a BLOW following massive overts.

      But that would be trying to understand Scientology by using Scientology.

      Which is pointless.

  • Cat Daddy
    • NOLAGirl

      So proud of them. And so glad they were smart enough to listen to Mark. Happy Anniversary!!!

    • Imelda Marcos

      Thank you. I loved reading that history. Gawker was the “one other publication” mentioned. They responded to the cease and desist letter from Scientology lawyers with complete derision, and the video is still up on their site, lol. All I knew was, I rounded a corner in downtown Toronto that February day, and there were hundreds of people shouting at the Scientology building, in the freezing cold. A dream come true.

      • Cat Daddy
        • RMycroft
          • Bella Legosi

            I wish that many showed up for the PDX re-opening of the Idle mOrg! Oh well, what made up for the lack of Guy Fawkes’ was the laughter of passer bys who saw Co$ was opening another “church”. I should thank the local Kool Aid drinkers for not advertising or even attempting to get any sort of public involved. The result was less than 2000 culties showing up for an event that nobody gave a shit about! More people participated in the Doggie Marathon and attended the Dali Llama than show up to support this despicable cult!

            • Cat Daddy

              Many moved on, but just enough remain plus the unrelentless “Old Guard”

        • Imelda Marcos

          That’s terrific, thank you! The best things about that day: that so many people came out in the cold to shout at the building (“THIS is a sign, THAT’S a cult!!”), also the cars honking their approval.

    • pronoia

      It was a youtube fest — as the videos appeared from all around the world that day on enturbulation.org.

    • DeElizabethan

      Thanks for the WWP link. I discovered Chanology or rather Anonymous early 2012, so this background information is relevant and appreciated.

      • Cat Daddy

        It started as a prank but even the jokers and degraders got disgusted by the information about the abuses and evilness of the Church of Scientology.

        Funny how that works: Anonymous is the Jester, Scientology the Joke and David Miscavige the Punchline

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwyEhWMRCg4

        • DeElizabethan

          “Think Anonymously” Great and inspiring to me when first came across it. One can have many friends but only you know what you can do or think, yet alongside others and not alone.

  • ze moo

    Lroon’s criminal code is just another attempt to put Lroon in to the ‘messiah’ role and have everyone obey him in all matters, no matter how illogical or farcical.

    Apparently Kanye West has inspired a new religion too.

    “Anyway, the website Noisey interviewed the founder of Yeezianity, who said members must believe in something called “5 Pillars.” Which are: 1. All things created must be for the good of all. 2. No human being’s right to
    express themselves must ever be repressed. 3. Money is unnecessary except as a means of exchange. 4. Man possesses the power to create everything he wants and needs. 5. All human suffering exists to stimulate the creative powers of Man.

    Makes more sense than Scientology, that’s for sure”

    http://www.mercurynews.com/rss/ci_24919545?source=rss

    When Kanye West’s ‘religion’ {probably not really from Kanye} is compared favorably to $cientology, cognitive dissonance is the rule of the day.

    I do wish South Park would do a Kanye meets Tom Cruise meets Xenu episode, though I fear it might make my head explode.

    • woodrose

      Too bad I’m not famous, my family’s made-up religion won’t make it to South Park.

      We’re Clausians, followers of Santa Claus. We try to be jolly and giving. Ho Ho Ho!

      Makes more sense than Scientology, plus it’s easier to learn.

      • Mooser

        I say one can’t go wrong by emulating, in as many aspects as possible, North America’s Largest Member of the Deer Family, Alces alces.

    • Hubbub

      Lots of similarities, then, between LRon, Mi-savage and Kanye, including their violent tendencies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8UsTE8ILb8

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Here’s my High Cremes (yellow highlights uh huh) that got hand delivered as my SP Declare. They traveled all that long way past my No Trespassing sidewalk signs, ignoring the video cameras and You Are Under Surveillance signs, pounding on the door as only OSA annoying lap dogs can. Never mind the fact that I haven’t considered myself a true blue member for almost a quarter of a century….pfffffft!

    What’s important here is the horrific criminal act of being a member of that fringe divergent group known as “The Underground Bunker”. I guess. That’s right. You Bunkerettes are All Crime Puffs!

    I was so ashamed of my dastardly deeds I went right out and wrote and recorded “The Underground Bunker”.

    I embrace my sins with passion with committment. I still haven’t figured out what “position” I have that I am supposedly “safeguarding” but it must be awfully important. And secret too. It’s so secret I don’t even know it!

    http://i.imgur.com/WCpKaNQ.jpg

    • Priscilla

      Congratulations, THDNE!

    • NOLAGirl

      I want a “Crime Puff” T-shirt. 🙂

      You’re a glorious SP darlin’ and we’re so lucky to have you.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Tanks. Crime Puff. hah. Yes, Bunker Crime Puff t-shirts. love it.

    • Ruby

      Dang! You’re getting paid for commenting here? (being at the hire of anti-Sci….)
      Where’s my dough?!

      And…the thing those in fail to realize is that this is NOT rumor! This crap is true!

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        shhhhhhh it’s being saved for the humongous Reckoning Party!

    • aegerprimo

      YOU ROCK THDNE!

    • Imelda Marcos

      Awesome. Really.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Ahem.

      I see you are also charged with “Being at the hire of anti-Scientology groups or persons.”

      What the what? You’re getting PAID! While I do congratulate you (Good on you!), I do have to complain that I am STILL waiting on my check. I don’t care if it’s from SMERSH, Big Pharma, or directly from the Bunker itself (and I don’t mean WBM). I deserve my due!

      So… what’s your secret? I won’t tell.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Who knows what the f*ck these idiots are talking about? All I know (now) is somebody owes me big time! Who is it? That’s what I want to know. Cash. I only take cash.

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          Sweet, untraceable cash. That much you got from Source, eh???

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            You bet.

        • Bella Legosi

          Go for the gold and silver! I hear the pay out is better!

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            Hmmmm. I like the way you think.

            Well all I know is, we got the “Underground Bunker” song, and all the scientologists have is “We Stand Tall”.” Now That song is a crime.

            • Observer

              Not to mention Davey’s ghastly Hermes shirt!

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Fashion police should write up a KR on that one. yikes.

            • Robert Eckert

              And Ray Mithoff’s pseudo-Christmas sweater.

            • joan nieman

              And our song has rhythm and beat and great lyrics!

        • joan nieman

          Lol! I love it Hole!

          • joan nieman

            THDNE, I mean. I have always been to lazy to write that out, but I will from now on. The latter appears harsh.

    • mpl

      Brilliant! Congratulations, Hole!

    • Sunny Sands

      “Continued membership in a divergent group”.

      Didn’t know this was a membership group. Actually, only if you count commenting anonymously on someone’s personal blog a group, then is this any kind of group at all.

      Did you pay dues for a membership? Did you receive a spiffy framed certificate like Elena Cardone for your membership? Guess not.

      • stanrogers

        Makes perfect sense to me. Any group that is truly divergent will eventually reach a point where there is only one member. As long as Her Holeyness is keeping company with herself, she is by definition a member of a divergent group.

    • Hubbub

      Hmmm. At first glance, they just proved their disconnection policy. They just admitted they require fees as opposed to voluntary donations for services, and that they don’t respect civil or criminal law. Congratulations, a quarter of a century late, but congratulations, nonetheless!

      • Ruby

        Interesting too how it says, “the fees must be refunded…”
        Garcia lawyers…you watching this?

        • Hubbub

          The fees must be refunded, BUT we’re going to punish you for asking.

    • Keeping Scientology Waning

      I’d call this a To-Do List.

      • Missionary Kid

        Good one.

    • Hubbub

      I’m getting used to seeing this kind of stuff, but then every once in a while, I ponder it too long, and the contrast with every other religion I have experience with pops into mind. I just can’t imagine anything like it from the Catholic Church, the Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church, etc. But what was that Tommy Davis(?) quote? “This isn’t a Church that turns the other cheek.”

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        It’s almost like it’s not a religion.

        • lucille austero

          Like it’s a cult or something.

          • MaxSpaceman

            I came back to look at some of Jefferson’s postings, saw your handle. Just wanted to tell you I was exclaiming outloud, and laughing outloud, all along your encounter today with stan. Just bust outloud funny ! Thanks for the laugh riot. Back to work, for me, now- ciao.

        • Hubbub

          Thanks. Chuckled out loud at that one.

      • BosonStark

        A couple weeks ago I spent about 10 minutes looking for the quote saying: Scientology is not a turn-the-other-cheek religion, but couldn’t find who said it. I think it was a standard line for all spokescreatures, or maybe it came up in connection with the Wollersheim case.

        • grundoon

          “We’re not a turn-the-other-cheek kind of religion” – Heber Jentzsch as quoted by Toronto Sun reporter Bill Dunphy in his October 4, 1991, article, “Record Libel Award vs. Scientology,” preserved in a FACTnet archive. I haven’t found an earlier source for this quote.

          Record Libel Award vs. Scientology

          by Bill Dunphy, Toronto Sun, Oct. 4, 1991, 4.

          A Toronto jury has hit Scientology with $1.6 million in damages for libeling one of Ontario’s top Crown attorneys. It is by far the largest libel damages [decision] ever assessed by a Canadian jury. And the final total – if it stands up under an expected appeal – could go much higher once court costs and seven years of interest are worked into the equation.

          Scientology lawyer Morris Manning shares responsibility for $300,000 of that award. Crown attorney Casey Hill showed no emotion as the jury handed down its verdict in his favor last night after a month-long trial and nine hours of jury deliberations. Neither Hill, his lawyers, nor Manning would comment.

          Outside the courtroom, an angry Cathia Riley, Canadian director of legal affairs for Scientology, denounced the decision, saying the jury had been denied access to the truth. Heber Jentzsch, president of the International Church of Scientology, went further, saying what happened in court was reminiscent of “the most outrageous travesty of justice that came into being in the Nazi courts. Scientologists will not be taking this lying down. We’re not a turn-the-other-cheek kind of religion,” he said from his Los Angeles office.

          Hill, 42, began his lawsuit against the Church of Scientology of Toronto Inc. and Manning back in 1984. Manning, acting for Scientology, had taken part in a press conference at Osgood Hall that charged Hill and another government lawyer with 10 counts of contempt of court. The Scientology accusations against Hill arose out of a dispute over access to documents seized during an OPP [Ontario Provincial Police] raid of Scientology’s corporate headquarters in March 1983. Scientology still faces criminal charges arising from that raid. Hill was prosecuted for criminal contempt of court by Scientology, but the case was tossed out by the judge.

          Hill sued for libel, asking for general and aggravated damages from both Scientology and Manning and punitive damages from Scientology alone. The Jury assessed general damages against both defendants at $300,000, aggravated damages against Scientology alone of another $500,00, and slapped on a whopping $800,000 in punitive damages against Scientology.

      • joan nieman

        Hubbub, it is odd that Tommy would say that as he has turned his cheek numerous times for Davey.

        • Hubbub

          Ouch! 🙂

    • Observer

      What divergent group are they talking about you being a member of? It’s not like you’re an indie.

      • Bury_The_Nuts

        Woghood?

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Bunkerhood!

    • kemist

      I like “Mutiny”.

      Does that mean we have to take you to the laundry room brig ?

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        If there’s coffee and croissants, or wine and cheese, yes please.

    • Anonymous

      They’re obviously so ‘needing bodies’ your goldenrod has been backlogged for twenty+ years.

    • Mark

      “High Cremes” makes me think of cookies: maybe you can keep OSA at bay with notices like this in future – the filling would restim their neurotic fear of goldenrods & remind them of the big yellow streaks running down the middle of their own backs (refresh):

      • joan nieman

        OooH! Those are custard creams and I would love to have one right now!

        • Mark

          I used to go on custard cream jags in my misspent youth…

    • joan nieman

      Hole, Did they think they would intimidate you? Just hearing your powerful voice and your excellent composition, I would say the scion’s are wasting their time. Bravo! to you!!

      • joan nieman

        to word clear, composition referring to your song and music.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      I should clarify that only the highlighted cremes are supposed to be mine. But really, if an SP is so terrible and can cause so much SMERSH chaos and they went to all this trouble to rush it over, you would think they could spend a few more minutes to be a specific. You get a form cover letter with these though. You could probably take a couple of all their high crimes list and apply it to all human beings on Teejeack.

      • Ruby

        ooohhhh…then I’m not missing out on any dough after all. 🙂
        So, they don’t list your high crimes anymore, they just highlight them. Geesh!

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          I know, right? and no friggin’ goldenrod, Ruby. I’m tellin’ ya, there’s nothin’ but squirrels left inside. I was tempted to write a KR to RTC for all the out tech in mine…heh

          • Ruby

            that would be priceless! 🙂
            oh, but then they would probably add insubordination to your highlighted crimes

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              I just checked. The latest HCOPL that they included for Suppressive Acts is now 15 pages (legal size). Fifteen legal size pages! Some of the last pages is explaining what you need to do blah blah.

            • DeElizabethan

              Yup!

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        Well, now I’m kind of sad. I thought they had uncovered that you were being PAID to be so bad. I am glad you are doing this for the love of the thing, but sad that there’s still apparently no way for the rest of us to monetize the snark.

        Life is so unfair.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          I kind of got excited about the payola too DDD. hah

      • DeElizabethan

        I had four highlighted and on the last page was “Public disavowal of Scientology or Scientologists in good standing with Scientology organizations”. I suppose that comes from my being on the WWP list of those speaking out publicly.

        This one above it was not marked. haha. “Knowingly giving testimony which is false, a generality or not based on personal knowledge to imperil Scientologist.” They can’t mark that one because what I, and sure of others, say is the truth.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          false testimony? There must be a revised version now that adds: unless it’s a deposition for Ray Jeffrey!

          • DeElizabethan

            P 3, 12th down. My error saying last page, just because of my sloppy folding.
            But like your take, lol.

    • Mooser

      I can’t match that, but ever since I started occasionally commenting now and then at odd times, I’ve been getting phony “subpoenas” or “summons” telling me I’m due at court in all kinds of places. Anybody else get those?

      But their arrival at my spam-box coincides perfectly with my arrival here.

    • Fantastic, THDNE!

      CONGRATULATIONS and FRICKKING WELL DONE TO YOU!!

      Alanzo

  • Keeping Scientology Waning

    Well I’m hereby notifying every one of you that you have been joking and degrading ABOUT joking and degrading which is a Higher Than High Crime. As a result you have all been put on double secret probation.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      *cough* bllsht! *cough*

      • Keeping Scientology Waning

        Ha!!!!! Road trip!!

    • Miss Tia

      You just wait til it’s time to cut the caek!

    • Sarah James

      So true! LOL

  • richelieu jr

    What is forcing someone to file down her teeth classified as?

    How about pimping out actresses to a Hollywood Scilon?

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Classified as: The Scientology Dating Game

  • i-Betty

    All I can say is: poor squirrel!

  • chukicita

    how funny it would be if one of the 10 commandments was ‘thou shalt not ask for a refund.’

    • Missionary Kid

      That would be one of the Co$ commandments.

      • Cat Daddy

        On the hidden Data-line

        • Missionary Kid

          Yeah. They wouldn’t want those not under their control to know about it.

  • DamOTclese2

    I’m fairly certain that posting comments here is also a “high crime” to these insane crooks. Stating anything truthful or accurate about the gross human rights abuses and massive amounts of felonies is a “crime” to any organized criminal enterprise.

    • pluvo

      Not only posting,also READING on such blogs.

    • Cat Daddy
      • Sherbet

        Is that Heber on his left?

        • Cat Daddy

          I think you might be right

        • Observer

          Sure looks like him.

          • Sherbet

            So at least two people at that table should have high-tailed it out of there if they had known what the future would bring. Sad. Heber still believes, despite all that’s been done to him and around him. And Quentin saw no way out of his Hubbard birthright.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist
      • Candy Swanson

        So very nice to see this photo again. Quentin is talking to me in my cafe [i had been his auditor on the Apollo 6 years earlier], while Heber is talking with Diana Hubbard. I closed the cafe for the evening for the private party of Guardian’s Office personnel, the Hubbards and some celebrities. They all would have been declared in the present day CoS, as i had been ‘out’ for 2 years and was doing my own game. I was also catering to Celebrity Center students on lunch break daily, and visiting with Yvonne in her office after.

        • Cat Daddy

          I just learned it is on your blog, thank you for explaining the picture moment.

          For (ex)Scientologist intrested in more go here :

          http://community.freezone-tech.info/candy-swanson/2011/02/26/hubbard-family/

          http://community.freezone-tech.info/candy-swanson/files/2011/02/caffe_2-300×236.jpg

          • Candy Swanson

            Thanks Cat Daddy for posting the photo with Diana, in your second link above. The blog is from 3 years ago.

        • DeElizabethan

          Hey nice info Candy. Since this is first time seeing you, Welcome!

          • Candy Swanson

            Lovely! I so enjoy reading all the comments here. Amazing interchange. And Tony’s the BEST. I loved meeting him in person in New York after the Tomcat play.

            • DeElizabethan

              I’m so jealous, lol!. If/when Tomcat comes to Florida I will see it.

              Yes, Tony was significant in my education by printing the truth and he’s the Best!

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        Awwww. I love the heart shaped ash tray.

  • Troy MacGyver

    I was jumping back and forth on,The Bunker yesterday to see if anything happened in court yesterday. Does anybody know what and if anything happened in Monique’s trial? It was a teaser in the headers in the on yesterdays Bunker. Thanks…

    • Sherbet

      I was wondering the same thing, Troy. If something was said, I missed it.

  • Hubbub

    Off Topic… Ron is included in a list of strangest moments in history of war.http://listverse.com/2013/10/15/10-of-the-absolutely-strangest-moments-in-the-history-of-war/

    • ze moo

      Ron’s battle with imaginary subs is the stuff of nix legends. That story gets some things wrong, sonar can’t detect magnetic rocks,they used a magnetic anomaly detector {MAD, still used in anti-sub warfare}. I love the mention of shelling Mexico. Lroon was such a putz, nice to ‘history’ recording him as such.

    • Great White Clam

      “In fairness to L. Ron Hubbard, the legendary British Navy had an even worse disaster at sea…….”

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      There’s more than one way to smash your name into history, even if only as a humorous footnote…

  • DeElizabethan

    Regarding disconnection. I inadvertently sent out an email to a new business friend about resigning. It was to family and old friends (not Scions). I then received copy of her letter to ethics, MAA. (Fruzsina B)
    “I met Dee early ’12 and she became a NuSkin distributor………. through me as her sponsor. …… I didn’t expect to receive the attached email – she considers her self a scientologist but resigning from participating with the org. I no longer communicate with her and have not since last Spring, Sherry Kale
    This is Okay.”
    They made her send me the hand written copy with no return address. I just may email something to the few scios I know and see the response.
    Note the “this is OK” after recently learning that phrase, now think it’s funny.

    • Hubbub

      Is there a NuSkin / Sci-fi-tology connection?

      • DeElizabethan

        I don’t think so, but some public OT’s need to make money and they use the manipulating and controlling tech to enlist peeps to buy into it. I was invited and only went for a free facial, haha and this girl’s senior who was there, had at me. Another lesson learned. I dropped out after one month.
        I was amazed that this girl would fear so much that she had to turn herself in to ethics after reading my email, afraid of getting in some trouble? wow!

  • Great White Clam

    They’re baaaaaaaack!

    ESMB

    • Sidney18511

      Not for me.

  • Simple Thetan

    It is amazing to me that the same person who wrote “the creed” wrote “offenses and penalties” and he could not even see the contradictions. Clearly he was insane.

  • 0tessa

    Has ‘using confidential material from PC folders as leverage on people (staff and/or public)’ been mentioned as a not listed High Crime?
    I suppose that of every non-listed misdemeanor, crime or high crime the management (i.e. Miscavige) is guilty.

  • Truthiwant

    This is one of the crimes in Scientology:

    131) Putting false data into a computer

    Many years ago, I remember receiving a big envelope in the post containing a CD and instructions to set up a personal internet page that was meant to publicize Scientology by giving every member the possibility to describe who you are, what you do, your level and your gains in Scientology etc. All Scientologists were expected to do this and get the word out about Scientology. The internet had already taken off but Scientology was a bit behind the times and didn’t understand fully the potential of the internet until quite late on.

    I never myself published a personal page. However, some years later, I learned that this CD that had been given to all members by the Organization, contained more than just a piece of software to set up a personal page. It also contained a programme that disabled all critical internet sites on your PC. In other words, who installed the software and made a personal Scientology page , unknown to him/ her, at the same time was blocked from looking at anything bad written about Scientology on the internet!

    This was the beginning of Scientology’s obsession with the ‘evil’ internet!

    You can still see some of these personal pages of Scientologists. I can’t remember the home page URL right now but they are still out there!

    So much for Scientology crimes!

    • Captain Howdy

      Yeah, that’s how they installed the net nannies. I think the personal pages can be found on “Our Home org” which can be accessed through this link. WARNING it’s a scilon site.

      http://home.scientology.org/

      • Truthiwant

        Love the warning, Captain!

        Maybe we should say “These pages contain some disturbing content.”

        • Captain Howdy

          Well, some folks think the clams are going to hi-jack their computer if they visit one of their sites, which I think is technically impossible, not to the mention the clampire obviously isn’t to tech savy.

    • Sherbet

      I had heard about that blocking software, but I never heard the story told by someone who actually encountered it. Paranoid much, cos?

      • Truthiwant

        I might still have that CD somewhere. I’m not a highly organized person for some things and I occasionally stumble across past relics in my house!

        • Sherbet

          Did you find out about the hidden surprise while you were still in? If so, how did you feel — betrayed? amused? used?

          • Truthiwant

            One thing I have always managed to maintain is a sense of humour. For certain, it has helped me through many difficult times.

            I think I was on the way out when I discovered that the CD had that added programme.and knowing about it was just one of a series of confirmations about the ‘Church’ that I was realizing at that time.

            You use three words: ‘betrayed’, ‘amused’ and ‘used’. In the end I think the best words to describe my feelings would be ‘Thank goodness it’s all over.’ However, having said that, I still feel anger for the loss of money and time and dedication to a false cause. It rarely effects my life now as I have and always have had so many other interests in life. The only good thing about my experiences in Scientology now is to be able to share them with other people, like yourself, that want to know about the cult of Scientology.

            • Sherbet

              Love ya, Truthi.

    • “Meet over 16,000 Scientologists On-Line”

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        Am I the only one here who is amused that with “8-10 million” members of Scientology, the best they were able to muster on line was 16,000? And at that, there are so many of these “personal” pages that are moribund.

        • Missionary Kid

          Has anyone gone back and deleted or modified their pages to show that they’re no longer “in”?

    • Missionary Kid

      Here’s a question for anybody. Has the Clampire ever recruited or employed anyone with hacker skills?

  • Cat Daddy
  • SS

    Ha, asking for a refund is a “High Crime”….. incredible. The sheer stupidity of the whole thing never ceases to amaze me. I guess that kinda makes Ron the anti-Sam Walton, the customer is always wrong.

    And I can think of two groups off the top of my head that consider engaging law enforcement an organizational crime: the Church of Scientology and the Mafia. That should tell you just about all you need to know regarding the church’s “ethics”.

    This has really been an enlightening series, Tony and Jeff. Thanks

  • aegerprimo

    OT & FYI – ESMB is back online.

  • InterestedinCrazy

    I’ve just been catching up. This is some of the most upsetting but educational posting I’ve seen. Especially honoured that the ex sci members have shared such personal stories with us.

    If even one Still In reads this and blows it’ll be worn it.

    Thank you all.

    • Missionary Kid

      Thank you, IiC. You’ve done some excellent work while out sick! It looks like the trolls are trying to down vote you, but that has no effect.

  • Bill Lumberg

    Scientology is a good church. We have a big shiny cross and everything. With the exception of all of these rules and regulations, none of them are true. It is up to each individual to create their own laws as they see fit. LRH said so. Actually, I don’t know if he said this or not but he probably did. Did you know LRH has a big mansion called Bonnie View that’s ready for him to come back and resume his teachings after he removes the embalming fluid from his cold clammy corpse, claws his way out of his grave and has a KOOL? It’s true. Anyway, laws are important. These laws are in place so that when COB knocks you on the skull with his solid gold Ping 9-iron, you will be the one held accountable for getting in the path of his swing. It’s all about discipline and respect. Look at North Korea . . . the reason they’re so successful is because they have DISCIPLINE and a good leader. I wonder who will take over for COB when he gets sent to prison. I wouldn’t want that job. I don’t have the skill set, the leadership qualities or the brains to be an effective Scientology coach. Plus there is no way I could ever come close to filling his shoes . . . because he wears a size 4 boys and I’m a mens 12. The point is that you need to hold yourself accountable at all times. One time (this morning) I was told to sell 100 E-Meters before lunch. Well, I sold 300 by the end of breakfast. And what happened? COB called me into his trophy room and threw darts at my head while he ate poached salmon from Norway and listened to Bach. Why did he do this? Because I didn’t follow instructions. I sold more than 100. I got cocky and it’s my fault. COB is a good man . . . and a helluva a dart player. I bet COB is also a really good arm wrestler. He is from Philly and everyone knows that Philly has really good arm wrestlers. Did you know that COB can take away your eternity? It’s true. He is a magnificent man and can run a marathon in under 30 minutes. In closing, just follow the rules and you’ll be fine. Scientology is a good church. Even if you do everything right and still get sent to the RPF and are forced to clean out a septic tank with a Q-TIP, just remember that at the end of the year we will probably have a Beer & Cheese party.

  • IBBy

    Every time an article like this is posted, it helps the bigger picture make just a little more sense. Ronnie set up all of this nonsense to keep his flock in a state of confusion and paranoia.

    Knowing this now, I kind of understand when Jenna Elfman freaked out and was shouting what are your crimes. Deflecting any attention away from herself to stay under the radar. Shes bat crazy without the added Scicosis, but its influence fuels the crazy and the paranoia

    • Priscilla

      “Scicosis” – fabulous word!

      • MaxSpaceman

        Mish? Which list would this be:
        $cientology psychosis = Scicosis.
        Right, Priscilla! That’s ab-fab, IbbY !

  • DamOTclese2

    Speaking of high crimes, how about going up in to the mountains and getting all drunk and playing with matches? I’ve got numerous photos posted to my Facebook.

    • Mooser

      Say what? Did this just happen?

      • DamOTclese2

        Google news “Colby Fire” or “Glendora Fire” or “Azusa Fire” — this is typical of the gun loons that we have in the Angeles. Guns, alcohol, matches, and Sarah Palin IQs.

        • Mooser

          And announcing it first, and naming their accomplices, on the facebook page? Is that what I am seeing?

          • Hubbub

            ?!!

            • DamOTclese2

              One guy posted to Facebook that he and 2 buddies were going to go poaching mountain lions.

            • Hubbub

              I feel so well informed, hanging out here!

            • Mooser

              And in the course of that illegal activity, managed to set a forest fire. These are some prize citizens.

          • DamOTclese2

            Facebook Page The police department booked the guy for setting the fire, the police records are public domain.

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          Thank you for the edit. I was just going to stay quiet…

    • DamOTclese2

      Colby Fire, I have been working South of the primary IC and have to get back. Another 12 hour shift after the last one.

      • IBBy

        be safe out there!

      • Robert Eckert

        Do you know a newbie forest firefighter named Adam? Say hello to him if you see him.

        • DamOTclese2

          No, if he’s one of the younger crews I wouldn’t know him since I’m not fire rated, I don’t have any certifications that would allow me to be in dangerous areas. Do you know what fire house he’s out of?

          • Robert Eckert

            He trained last summer, and the fires on the Hetch Hetchy side of Yosemite were the first he was active in. Not sure where he is posted now but Socal somewhere.

    • Barbara Angel

      Yep, some totally mad bastards enjoy lighting bush fires. Take care please. Arsonists are truly sick fuckers and a plague in hot windy weather.

      • DamOTclese2

        The asshole’s Facebook Page and his two buddies. Real winners. Real shitting thugs, all three of them.

        • Barbara Angel

          It says ‘see what he shares with friends’, so it wasn’t available to me. If he gets kicks out of lighting fires he’s a real risk. We’ve got current bush fires burning all over the place at the moment. The papers said One Thousand new fires began in our State of Victoria yesterday, but they attribute this to the lightning we had. But the papers also mentioned putting tracking bracelets on known serial offenders who light fires and destroy; People, Homes, Towns, crops, livestock etc. Some how these dick-heads thinks this is funny. Sick fuckers.

          • DamOTclese2

            All three are real thugs, they have “fuck the police” posted to their facebook pages. I have philosophical differences with police officers but I still respect the job they do and in any event I work with officers via radio and occasionally and vehicle and motorcycle incidents, yet these three’s facebook pages are ugly.

            Here is what it looks like from a passenger airliner.

    • DamOTclese2

      Region Alpha is fully contained wet line and hand line, 100% containment. Hope for mop-up tomorrow. Northeast wins, low humanity, high pressure, santa ana winds, down flow wind through the canyons, increase in to the evening, gusty through the evening which won’t help. Weather for the fire, single digit humidity, Saturday weak winds but hopefully mop-up tomorrow.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        This looks like a painting! Surreal.

        • DamOTclese2

          Incident command and Colby Air Attack have called around to all of the divisions asking what their estimated containment is. Alpha is 100% contained wet line and ground line, the dozer defense lines are holding, Division Zulu reported 60% containment, Division AlphaZuly is not yet reporting.

          Everyone sounds confident, Colby Air Attack sent his Hemet, California tankers back home and he sent most of his remaining tankers back to their staging areas so they are getting it done.

          What comes across in the radio traffic are a bunch of very serious men and women, highly professional, highly trained and experienced, there is not a waster word or breath, these are people who have gone through this repeatedly and know what works and what does not.

          When Colby Air Attack sent his tenders and tankers to their staging areas our Dispatch reminded him of the aircraft inbound and of his aircraft that he had not named in his list of assets to stage back, even though Colby Air Attack was well aware that he still had them active. It was check, double-check, and re-check, they don’t rely upon one man or one woman keeping track of everything.

          There were lessons learned in the Station Fire and they are being applied here. Good gods these people make me fucking proud! True heroes.

    • cs sarabia

      “Occupation: Disability” SMH.

      • DamOTclese2

        Disabled and yet he’s running around with a gun drinking and poaching. Here is a photograph of the fire with Los Angeles in the foreground.

  • Espiando

    Did Russell Johnson and Roger Lloyd-Pack have to die in order that the Hugbox may live? Dianetics can help you answer that.

    • Captain Howdy

      RIP “Professor”

      oh and Roger also.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Dave Madden makes it three…

  • Tony Ortega

    NEW POST UP!!

    • DamOTclese2

      Woah! This is great news! Makes a real shitty day look a lot brighter!

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    New post is FANTASTIC! Short ‘n sweet.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Whaddya’ know? Captain Blackheart’s prediction already coming true. Must be OT.

    http://i.imgur.com/9U6hdQA.jpg

  • Exterrier

    This is simply a terrific post, Including all ofmthemcomments and analyses below Jeff’s interview with Tony. . Crucial to understanding the true nature and design of Siphonology.
    And somewhere in the comments I actually saw the E word. Let me indulge myself in amplifying it here, using my actual free thought privileges that are permitted by Tony in the Bunker, but not by the Cult of Total Freedom: EVIL
    EVIL
    EVIL!
    EVIL, EVIL, EVIL, EVIL!!!!
    EVIL, EVIL,EVIL,EVIL, EVIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jenstnick

    You know what’s a high crime? Every fucking time I turn on CBS, I have to see that goddamned scientology commercial! Good talk.

  • denise colton

    WHY isn’t the Governor of the State of FLorida investigating this cancer grown on the city of Clearwater?
    If he wants to go to Washington as a Senator, he better clean up Tampa Bay First!