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Chris Shelton explains why Scientology is in a management death spiral

Chris_SheltonWe’ve really enjoyed the explanatory videos put together by Chris Shelton, a former Scientology Sea Org worker who left the church only recently.

We’re happy to premiere his newest effort, a lengthy but fascinating look at Scientology’s management — how it’s supposed to work, and why it isn’t.

There’s some great history here, and perhaps the clearest, most easy to understand telling of how David Miscavige took over the Church of Scientology in the 1980s.

It seems to us that Chris has put together something that not only helps outsiders understand Scientology’s byzantine layers of management, but also helps the people still inside that structure understand why things are going so badly.

As he says early in the film, “By the end of this video you will understand more about how Scientology operates than people who are in it.”

He’s sure right about that. Set aside some time, and let Chris Shelton explain why Scientology is doomed…

 

 
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Links of Note

Once again, Australian journalists show a much better grasp of Scientology than their American counterparts with a hilarious piece about a wealthy farmer who was giving away hundreds of thousands of dollars to Scientology while his business was going under for not paying taxes. Our readers understand how simple it is to look up things like a Scientologist’s involvement in the church or how much money they’ve donated, if you just know where to look. If only American media cared enough to bother.

The Daily Mail gives the Underground Bunker a nice shout-out as it picks up the story of Mary Sue Hubbard’s house going on sale in Los Angeles.

Also, the Friendly Atheist, Hemant Mehta, does a great job taking apart The Way to Happiness, L. Ron Hubbard’s silly book of ethical truisms.

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on August 25, 2014 at 07:00

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  • DodoTheLaser
    • AmoVolare

      I’m going to (I have some spare time to day).
      Are you software aided in beeing the first to post everyday or you do it manually?
      Btw: I love your avatar (but not as much as I love Chris videos).
      Ciao

      • DodoTheLaser

        I can’t talk about it. Thanks. Chris rocks, indeed.

    • Hyder Simpson

      Thanks, Dodo. Rip and I added about 23 more ads just about the time Dodo was linking to Pierrot’s morning post so be sure to scroll down down for those. Plus there’s a new regional search list up here: http://whyweprotest.net/threads/project-clearcraig.45949/page-14#post-2480100

  • Krew13

    The farmer story reminds me of the tragic case of Nancy Cartwright’s fiance who spent all the money he was given for a construction project on donations to Sciloonery and killed himself as a result. The demise of this evil bloodsucking scam outfit can’t come soon enough.

    • rom661

      Wow. Hadn’t heard that.

      • DodoTheLaser

        He fell off the Bridge. Literally.

        • rom661

          And she was apparently sued for the missing money.

          • Krew13

            And instead of his suicide waking her up, she’s as brainwashed as ever.

    • Guest

      say what?

  • Narapoid

    Chris’s videos are so effective because A: He is absolutely naked honest. B: He brings it from the heart. C: He knows the pilgrims still inside. And I haven’t even listened to this video yet! Damn having to work and all.

    • Baby

      Chris is Nekked? OK watching right now..

      Seriously I love Chris days.. I will relax with my diet coke and wake up with Chris.

  • DodoTheLaser

    I’m only 4 minutes in Chris’ video and already love it! brb

  • D.Y.G.

    The Aussie story was humorous until I read this —

    Yarra View Nursery, which provides employment and training to 112 adults
    with intellectual disabilities, was owed $33,052 for about 10,000
    discounted plants.

    So what I get out of my 1+ years reading about Scientology is 1) WISE-trained business owners are utterly hopeless and, 2) Scientologists will fucking rip off anybody.

    • Barbara Angel

      Hated that fool and “hello…hello’ ads while dancing around wearing a pink tutu to advertise his plants. Didn’t know he stupid enough to be a ronbot. Sad part is tho’, there was a credible exposure on TV a few days ago that people like that fuckwit only have to pay intellectually and physically disabled workers ***One miserable dollar each per hour***. WTF???, so that certainly fits with the whole co$ concept.
      The Commission for the Disabled, is trying to change that and the rich bastards who employ cheap labour and enjoy the USAGE of these people who genuinely want to be part of society in their own limited way, are countering by saying we won’t be able to afford even to pay half the minimum wage and will have to cease employing the disabled.
      Interesting huh? Who will they get to package muesli bars, stuff envelopes and other jobs that require minimum mental and physical abilities?
      But 1$ per hour really has a co$ vibe to it = Lie and Steal from anyone and everyone. He transferred his assets without paying these people the miserable pittance he owed them. Yet another “Ethical” ronbot.

    • rom661

      1) Yes 2) Yes

  • Espiando

    The use of brevet ranks is another symptom of Scientology being behind the times. They were common from the early days of the Republic to WWII due to the fact that personnel loss in officer and NCO ranks was common and communication slow. There had to be a system for quasi-“battlefield promotion” to maintain an order of battle and discipline until such time as vacancies could be filled by other people or the person acting in this position could be promoted by proper authority (brevet ranks were usually handed out by people who didn’t have the authority to do a proper full promotion).

    When I was in twenty-five years ago, promotion was obtained through a combination of merit, training, and assessment of capability by one’s superiors. Brevet ranks no longer existed, because if there is a void in the command structure, it can be easily and quickly filled (hooray for the telephone and now the Internet). Of course, the Sea Org is stuck in memories of Lieutenant Commander Lafayette Ronald “Bomb That Island” Hubbard and his desire to be a control freak.

    We’ve talked about this same subject before vis-a-vis real military disciplinary justice versus the RPF. Let me just restate that if Hubbard had tried to implement the RPF at any of his assignments for his ratings and NCOs, he would have been put on trial. Captain Queeg in The Caine Mutiny is not someone to model yourself after.

    • Phil McKraken

      Hubbard reached the rank of Lieutenant, not Lt Commander. Famous Bvt rank — Dwight D. Eisenhower rose to Lt Colonel in the field in WWI, and after, he went back to Captain.

      • Espiando

        I thought he made it to Lieutenant Commander for some reason. I’ll have to look that up. It doesn’t matter anyway. He was still a psychotic narcissist.

      • grundoon

        Chris Owen says in his well-researched history Ron the “War Hero”:

        Hubbard finally realised a long-held ambition [in 1947] when he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander. He had actually been appointed Lt Cdr with effect from October 3, 1945 but the appointment had not been delivered and accepted while he was still on active service. The slow-moving wheels of naval bureaucracy did not get around to confirming his promotion until June 25, 1947. He was now entitled to wear the uniform and use the title of a Lt Cdr. Strangely, though, Hubbard continued to use his old title of Lieutenant and there is no sign that he was ever aware that he had been promoted; it is not mentioned in any Scientology biographies. He may not have received the letter appointing him to Lt Cdr – it was sent to Jack Parsons’ house at 1003 South Orange Grove Avenue, Pasadena. Hubbard no longer lived there, having burnt his bridges as far as relations with Parsons went, but instead now lived with Sara Northrup in a rented trailer in North Hollywood. When the letter had arrived at Parsons’ house, the embittered black magician had probably torn it up on the spot.

  • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

    Thanks, Chris, for another great documentary. Say what you will about Hubbard, he was really good at making up titles. CMO, HCO, Guardian’s office, Watchdog Committee, Golden Era Productions, Class 5 Orgs, LRH Advices, IMEC, all make it sound like a real business not a shady business.

    • DodoTheLaser

      Right. It’s just like a corporation, but with a lot more douchebags wearing fake navy uniforms.

    • Missionary Kid

      Hubbard was not an early feminist. He knew that sex sells, and he didn’t only objectify women, but anyone else. He only looked for the qualities that he could exploit. It was the same reason that he went after celebrities: they were attractive people who could attract public into his web.

      Those women were eye candy.

      • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

        And excellent eye candy they were! When I become a cult leader all my executives will be beautiful blonde women or men with jug ears who are under 5’3″.

      • villagedianne

        Actually Hubbard promoted women to powerful positions, such as making Hanna Etringham captain of a ship. However in the Scientology marriage ceremony Hubbard wrote that “girls” need “A pan, a comb, perhaps a cat”. Hubbard was often contradictory.

        BTW, here are some vids of Hannah Etringham:

        http://xscientologywomen.com/tag/hana-eltringham-whitfield/

        • Missionary Kid

          I think he put people in positions that he could control. Competency was probably a secondary or tertiary consideration. He looked down on everyone else as if they were subordinate beings.

          • villagedianne

            Where does Miscavige fit into that?

            • Missionary Kid

              Someone has recently posted that Miscavige made himself as useful as possible to LRH. I believe that he made it appear as if he was the person to carry out LRH’s will. He controlled information going to LRH, so he was able to position himself as an extension of LRH. LRH didn’t consider him as a successor, but he had no control over what would happen when he died..

              The Broekers were focused on LRH, and their lack of involvement with the day to day operations of Co$ put them out of the loop and easy to push aside. It’s obvious that DM already had his team assembled for the coup. Nobody else was expecting a coup, so that made it relatively easy to take over.

              Power is assumed, indeed.

  • DodoTheLaser

    21:00 minutes in the video. It’s so freaking awesome, I wanna do “live coverage” of it. brb

  • Hey everyone. This is my most comprehensive video yet. Once you see it, you’ll know why it took me a while to get it out. I wanted to show clearly why the organization is a disaster both because of Hubbard’s “organizational genius” and because of what Miscavige has done. It’s a real one-two punch.

    Many think that the church would be doing just fine right now if Miscavige had never come along and acted like the sociopath that he is, but that just is not true. Hubbard built in the elements of the church’s destruction right into the DNA of the organizational structure. This thing has never stood a chance at succeeding on the long term. I wanted to show why this is the case. Most people in Scientology don’t understand how the organization actually works and take it on faith that it’s put together in such a way that it will last forever. Unfortunately, many come out of Scientology still believing this and carry on thinking Hubbard was a genius. I hope this communicates clearly to them that this is just not true.

    I’m also hoping that this video will be of some use in the legal arena to help lawyers and never-ins more clearly understand the various parts and pieces of the very confusing structure. I think this may be of use in deciphering the alphabet soup within their bureaucratic nightmare.

    I know it’s long, but give yourself some time to get through it and I’m sure you’ll be glad you did 🙂 Thanks to Tony for the wonderful intro to this and for putting it up here.

    • Eivol Ekdal

      Bullseye! I think you have accomplished all your goals and then some!

    • Chee Chalker

      Chris, I continue to be impressed…..not only by your clear explanations and insight, but also at how quickly you have sussed out the scam that is the Co$. I have read the pro-Hubbard, “its all COB’s fault” rationalizations at other blogs. Thank you for speaking out. Those “still-ins” may have their reasons for not believing us wogs, but hopefully your comments will reach them. At least, it should cause them to THINK.

    • chukicita

      Chris, you really have a gift for taking a very complicated issue and making sense of it for others, especially for those like me who were never in. Thanks for all you do.

    • DodoTheLaser

      “This is my most comprehensive video yet.”

      You are not kidding, Chris. Spectacularly clear and thorough expose’.

      • DodoTheLaser

        Also, there is so much sun light/disinfecting truth – stay safe and alert Chris.

        • rom661

          Ditto on that, especially the last.

    • Panopea Abrupta

      Your penchant for chucking ice-buckets of freezing water over yourself is admirably applied here to any remaining doubts that this criminal enterprise is hard-wired for self-destruction.
      Will the Crutch of $cientology send any $$$ to ALS research to thank you for this cogent analysis?

      Thank you, Chris.
      I love your work.

    • Baby

      So where in the hell were you Mr. Shelton when I was going down the rabbit hole gathering information for years..

      I could have saved a lot of time with watching this video. Wow. It is absolutely the best presentation that I have seen that explains the absolute truth and history of this organization.

      It should be recommended for all those in the legal arena ( your words) to clear up the WTF ? dance they have with themselves. ( Like, ” Did I just read that right?) Thank you.

    • Kittery

      O. M. G. Thank you Chris for this wonderfully clear and informative video. Your ability to take this utter insanity and lay it out for us in such a calm, authoritative and objective fashion is priceless.

      • joan nieman

        Thank you Chris for all the information you share. It is a pleasure to listen to your clear voice and excellent choice of words. You have a knack of a more than competent teacher. Thanks again.

    • Tone

      It is stupendous, a real tour de force. You’re a rock star!

    • Rita Gregory

      Thank you Chris. Great presentation!

    • Sunny

      Wonderful video Chris. Thank you for taking the time to make these informative videos for those still in, the never ins and everyone in between.
      I think another one that would be a great subject, though it would mostly be targeted to still-in Scientologists, would be a video that explains why people going up the Bridge are spinning their wheels. There is a lot of that going on.
      It is not just the release of the Golden Age of (____) fill in the blank… but all of the programs that go along with it. DM is not just managing the administrative side of things, but also running the technical side through those goofy RTC programs as well. And those programs were ABOVE whatever LRH said to do.
      And those programs send people back to the beginning of the Bridge.

      • DodoTheLaser

        Sometimes I wonder if by coming up with GAT, Miscavige honestly tried to make sense of Hubbard’s insane salad, for himself. It didn’t work too well. Like Rinder says – it’s sucks to be COB.

        • John P.

          I wouldn’t give Miscavige credit for that much vision. He’s smart in the street-smart way of a low-level drug dealer. But I don’t think he has the attention span and self-discipline to think strategically. I continue to believe that GAT II was an attempt to revitalize an aging product line while still not straying far from “Source.”

          He knew that the die-hard members (and the staff) would revolt if his changes strayed too far from what people thought Hubbard intended. That’s a tough spot to be in strategically. Marketing people say that this inability to change the product to meet evolving customer needs (common in high tech where revising an existing product can cost billions of dollars) reduces their jobs to “polishing a turd.”

          Miscavige was so constrained by the tyranny of the existing product and the inviolable rule that Hubbard’s words were the last words on anything that all he could do was fix a bunch of semicolons and stamp a very loud and expensive “New and Improved” sticker on all the same old drivel.

          • DodoTheLaser

            I meant Miscavige GAT I. Miscavige GAT II is when he is no longer scientologist at all.

          • rom661

            No offense, please, but I think you’re being unfair to Miscavige. Street smart, yes, but I think he has the acumen of a mid-level drug dealer. Only my opinion, of course. Or maybe a moderately successful pimp who keeps his stable in line by beating the crap out of them. That almost feels more like it.

            • pluvo

              FYI, here is a comment by Mike Rinder who really knows DM: “I can assure you, Miscavige has a very large vocabulary, is an extremely fast reader and is very intelligent. …
              … That he has a high IQ doesn’t mean he isn’t a sociopath. This idea he is some sort of village idiot incapable of putting a sentence together has some currency because of the “high school dropout” pigeon-holing. It’s just not true.

              (Mike Rinder says May 1, 2014 at 10:08 pm –
              http://www.mikerindersblog.org/iconic-ideal-spelling/)

            • rom661

              I don’t know how smart he is. I was not specific enough. I was thinking of his management skills and leadership when I made the pimp comment. Being intelligent doesn’t make you a sociopath, of course, nor does it necessarily make you a good manager.

            • pluvo

              How Miscavige is executing his ‘leadership’ and getting rid of people with underhand methods is described by another commenter (EXSSO – just under Mike’s comment on his blog mentioned above, in case you are interested). Otherwise I agree. I think a person who is not able to use and support the potential of his staff in good ways is anyway a lousy manager (unless you are a mafia boss or a dictator – then you would nurture the negative.)

            • rom661

              OK, you make another good point; maybe I’m completely wrong about Miscavige’s abilities and instead should use the mafia boss or, more apropos, dictator, as the yardstick. On the upside, dictators do get deposed from time to time. Take care.

            • Missionary Kid

              Even Mafia bosses take care of the families of the Mafia in prison and rewards them for good production with more than any certificates. That organization is better run from a personnel standpoint. On the other hand, to take over usually means that the boss is killed off.

            • scottishinlondon

              The Mafia has better family values and better food than Scientology

            • Missionary Kid

              That’s already on the list of things said about Co$.

            • Missionary Kid

              I believe that Mi$cavige is intelligent, but an emotional adolescent. He is also uneducated in how the rest of the world operates because he’s such a narcissist. Everything is about him.

            • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

              Intelligence is a very broad term. Miscavige has many aspects of it, no denying that. But if Hubbard himself hadn’t published Dianetics in Astounding Science Fiction when he was well into middle age, he probably would have spent the rest of his life writing mediocre SF at a penny a word, humping women interested in the Satanic and being a small time con man.

              We can never know what intelligence Miscavige would have displayed to the world had he not gotten in with a greedy cult. If intelligence is at least partly genetic it might be informative to look to his close family relatives and see what they did with whatever intelligence they have.

            • Meccaanon

              Miscavige was the right asshole at the right time. It it wasn’t him it would’ve been somebody else. Scientology was a corrupted organisation from the start created by a corrupted man. It follows that a more corrupt man took over in his place.

            • beauty for ashes

              from a recent speech, “While even more immediately..” riddle me that

            • Doloras LaPicho

              The only possible long-term strategy which makes sense from here for DM is precisely the one that LRH put forward for “Power Change” – i.e. pass the job to some hapless successor, grab some bags of money, move to Bulgravia and bribe the police. But he can’t do that. Too late, he realises: when you purge all the troublemakers, all you’re left with is brainwashed idiots with no capacity to lead.

            • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

              How about bond salesman for a medium size company?

            • richelieu jr

              Pimp takes too much charisma…

          • Missionary Kid

            As I’ve said facetiously before, long range planning for DM is lunch.

            • rom661

              Lunch. Good idea. Maybe I should aspire to be more like DM. Get my monthly injection in the eye in a couple of hours. Kind of makes you lose your appetite. And your vision. At least you’re not worried about presentation….

            • Missionary Kid

              Snickersnort.

          • richelieu jr

            Everything is tactical and knee-jerk with Miscavige. Well-seen on the drug-dealer thing, JP. He has the low cunningof a guy who’s jsut trying to get the next score and will le tthe chips fall where they may. It’s King of the Hill for him and he applies the same basic tactics any 10 year old does, given the chance to stand on top of the mound…

          • CobGatYour$$

            Everyone trying to evaluate Cob, is wasting their time. I believe he is NOT A SCION, saw a phenomenal MONEY MAKING OPPORTUNITY, had the street smarts and cojones to wrestle away the power, (which shows you how robotic these culties are), and away we go socking away millions. He is smart enough to know his IRS obligations. Geez, when you see and hear his shenanigans, you KNOW HOW ABSOLUTELY THIS IDIOTIC CULT REALLY EMPTIES OUT THE BRAINS OF ITS PATHETIC FOLLOWERS. Sorry, but I am going to offend some people in here. Puhleezeee, saving the world from psyches, buying spiritual freedom that’s “copyrighted?” Whooooooooooooweee, they really deserve to be fleeced. This man IS NO SCION!! He is however, A MULTIMILLIONARE!

          • Jgg2012

            “all he could do was fix a bunch of semicolons”. This reminds me of a joke:

            A teacher asks his students to punctuate this sentence: “Woman without her man is nothing.” The men all write, “Woman, without her man, is nothing.” The women all write, “Woman! Without her, man is nothing!”
            With Davey, however, I doubt most of the changes altered the meaning, the way they do in this joke, nor could they without it constituting squirreling.

      • That’s a very good idea. Hmmmm…..

        • Sunny

          I would be happy to help on it. I was on tech lines from 91 to 2004. I was Flag trained (GAT 1) Class VI, Case Supervisor, Course Supervisor, CCRD trained, and OT Elig C/S at ASHO, where my entire job was getting people onto the OT Levels.

    • Espiando

      It’s a long video because it needs to be long. This isn’t something that you can break into multiple parts. All the details matter, all of them fit together perfectly, and all of them must be presented in order for there to be full understanding of the situation. Between this video, Chuck Beatty’s posts (which give names and, to people familiar with them, faces to the individuals involved in this clown show), and the work of the late, much-missed Denise Brennan, the byzantine management structure of this carbuncle on the ass of humanity is fully exposed for what it is: a skin eruption full of pus that needs to be lanced.

      Admin Tech is a walking shambles. Even the biggest Hubbard defenders out there don’t have much good to say about Admin Tech. And, as Chris said, it’s very often Admin Tech that causes people to walk away from the cult. Even if DM changed his mind tomorrow and decided to rebuild Scientology management on a more rational basis, the damage is already done.

      • DodoTheLaser

        Since you mentioned Chuck Beatty, it reminds me very important point he brought up over and over again – people who were in should share their experiences while they are still alive. Just like Chuck does. We will not be here forever. For our kids and their kids and so on.

    • Mary_McConnell

      Thank you so much for all you are doing to help bring understanding and insight to others about Scientology. You never cease to amaze me with your well thought out putting of complicated things together and your clarity of presentation. Watching and listening to this lifted yet another fog from my understanding in simplicity. I shall share it with everyone, especially the Narconon case attorneys who are trying so hard to help victims while getting the bigger picture of what Scientology is as an organization whole and where it’s responsibilities lie.This really streamlines the information. Much appreciated.
      – AnonyMary

    • pluvo

      Hats off! Outstanding video, Chris.
      It is not too long at all, also due to the excellent posted graphics and photos. You accomplished a feat explaining such an intricate structure in such a clear and concise way. I’m sure this video will be seen and appreciated by a large audience. Thank you.

    • chuckbeattyexseaorg75to03

      Best summary of top management in Scientology’s own history!

      This is a better presentation than even the church of Scientology could do of itself!

      Thanks Chris.

      This is so much far beyond the call of duty, in life, to take the time you’ve taken to explain this in such excellent video/power point like presentation, it’s just a dream come true for the modern audience, to have this visually explained as you have!

      You are a Kha Khan of explanatory presentation of Scientology’s managerial history!

      Chuck Beatty
      ex Sea Org, 1975-2003

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Agreed, Chuck. Chris explains in great detail how the Sea Org is just a Hey You Yahoo group. I wouldn’t even use management as a term to describe it. Of course, the reason it’s the way Chris describes it is because of the impossible orders for Moar Money and More Staff. Scream tech was the real method of managing. One of the many perks of leaving that madhouse is the beautiful quiet. Remember how quiet everything seemed after?

        Thanks again, Chris. This was not a job for the faint of heart and under 40 minutes to boot. That’s just awesome.

      • “Knowledge in itself is certainty.Knowledge is not Data”

        L Ron Hubbard

        website: http://www.lronhubbard.org/quote/knowledge-itself-is-certainty.html

        • chuckbeattyexseaorg75to03

          Hubbard’s wisdom dingleberry!

    • Xenuvius

      Very well done.

    • Eugene K

      Amazing work!

    • Jgg2012

      Chris, it’s things like this that will give Miscavige trouble defending lawsuits by Mosey (“I didn’t send the squirrel busters in”) or Hamilton (“we don’t supervise Narconon”) as well as show the IRS that his inurement exceeds that of pre-1967 LRH.

    • Prim torturer

      Thanks for this great video Chris. You do a wonderful job and I hope you continue until this cult is euthanized.

      As I was watching this, it occurred to me that you accomplished your task – explaining the organizational structure. But Hubbard was insane and trying to explain insanity to people who are not mentally ill is like Alice going down the rabbit hole. After about 15 minutes of seeing the levels upon levels upon levels of how he organized this mess in order to avoid prosecution, I had to stop. To see this in its entirety is to try to see the world through the eyes of an unmedicated paranoid schizophrenic and it’s difficult if not impossible to do.

      It breaks my heart to see what people who have agreed to live under this system have to deal with. Combined with the mental barriers they imposed on themselves through hypnosis, they’ll most likely never see the structure for what it is – a diabolical web designed to ensnare the human soul.

    • J. Swift

      Shelton at bat… Miscavige is sweating and wheezing on the mound. Miscavige winds up
      and hurls his trademark “fool the IRS” bait and switch pitch… Shelton
      sees it coming… POW! It’s going, going, going, aaaaaaaaaaaaand that one is
      out of the park!

      Great job Chris. What I want to point out to Bunkerites is that you spent a great deal of time and research on this video. It is outstanding and can be used to show researchers, academics, government officials, or anyone else studying the Church — perhaps especially lawyers.

      Those Scientologists still in the Church will find this video to very informative.

    • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

      We in RTC are pleased to announce Golden Era’s latest cinematic effort. Entitled, “The Glorious Revelation of GAT II and Chairman David Miscavige’s Role as World Savior”, this eighty-six hour epic tells the real story of how Chairman David Miscavige saved the the Church of Scientology from the doddering and out ethics Founder.

      Filmed in ThetaVision and enhanced with Clearsound, the film is being shown in the Great Hall of Exact Data at Flag and at the Ideal Orgs. This film tells the ‘real story’ about the Church of Scientology and Chairman David Miscavige’s central role as the OT Maitreya World Savior. Attendance is mandatory. All Scientologists are expected to view and word clear the film ninety times.

    • Still_On_Your_Side

      Chris, there is no question that your video will be a tremendous help in the legal arena. You have very clearly, and concisely, provided the blueprint for piercing the alleged RTC veil. This will greatly assist many plaintiffs harmed by Narconon and/or the CoS in following the money trail and line of authority directly to Miscavige.

    • rotulette

      Congratulation!

      With this video, we are entering in a new step, a new era; I mean there was a time when all the infos about Scientology on the net were written, it was good for us but not very attractive for bigger crowds. Later there were videos about life experience in Scientology, I think they were very good to prevent people to go in Scientology. For people already in I suppose it was possible to convince them that these videos are made by liars apostates bla bla bla…

      And now these new kind of videos: In-depth data, made easy to understand, captivating and very hard to contradict. With this video, I’m sure it would be very hard to convince someone that this is not true and accurate. Now that we have the net on our phones, tablets, computers at work, computers at home and tv, sooner or later a regular scientologists may be tempted…

      P.S.
      With all those thanks and congratulation, don’t start your own sect… ; )

      • I need to snoop around and see if anyone has Ron’s Journal 68 (I believe that’s it), recorded in the hold of the Apollo where at the end he tearfully claims he’s not from this planet.

    • Karen de la Carriere

      Damned good video.
      The insanity of internal managers policing internal managers who police them.
      Unforgettable moment for me was when RTC Missionaire 6″ 8″ John Jones bypassing CO OSA INT and WDC OSA, screamed at me thumping on my desk in a temper tantrum for not getting psychiatrist indicted and jailed. I was not doing my job he said.

      • Hi Messenger of mine

        • Karen de la Carriere

          Never was a Messenger but Hello to you.

    • Meccaanon

      Bravo!

      The strategy to keep Scientology members in he dark simply to divide and sequester them. The cure is to gently break through the mind barriers and get them to think about their position. The most valuable part of an organisation is it’s members. Each person who defects is like one more cut on the beast. If staff and sea org members could be exposed to the information in this video, I’m sure many of them would decide that they are on the losing team and get out.

    • InTheNameOfXenu

      Hi Chris,

      I appreciated the length of the video. It was necessary to take the time to articulate why the cult is imploding. Hubbard’s management tech is totally self-destructive. One could even say parasitic because it just feeds off itself. I was a staff member at a class 4 org in a major city and saw first hand how his admin ‘tech’ and his org board was totally useless. It was hard to recruit people back then to join staff. The internet wasn’t around yet but they were able to ‘body route'(bring people in via personality tests). Even back then people saw the B.S. for what it was and left after doing a basic course or some Book One auditing.

      You’re videos are going to help people who are ‘still in’ come to the realization that it is OK to just walk away. It’s a no win situation. Once they realize that their eternity will always be theirs and the ‘church’ will only enslave them, they will wake up and leave the cult for good.

      I want to end this by thanking David Miscavige for doing such a wonderful job accelerating Scientology’s demise and ensuring that Hubbard’s evil empire will continue to go down a dwindling spiral.

  • Graham

    As a counterbalance to “The Weight of Crappiness” I should like to offer the following:

    “Give- How to be Happy” by Ariane Sherine. This is the British comedian and writer who started the ‘atheist bus campaign’ in the UK. The book is free and can be downloaded here: givebook.co.uk

    It runs counter to $camatology doctrine (Being ‘out exchange’) so there’s a good chance it will work. I know she practises what she preaches because I heard her talk once at a Skeptics in the Pub event and she offered me some of her fish & chips 🙂

    • shasha40

      Thanks for the link ! 🙂

  • Just Dee

    I haven’t watched the video yet. I need to do that a little later. I did read the Friendly Atheist article regarding Flint. They have a link where you can drop a note to the City regarding the really stupid idea about The Way To Happiness distribution. I did drop them a note – if anyone else wants to, here is the link. It does ask for your phone number but I just typed in “Not Giving” and it went through http://www.cityofflint.com/emailus/e_mail.asp

    • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

      Just did it. Thanks for the link.

  • DodoTheLaser

    Just finished watching the video. Whoa! Thank you Chris from this Ex.
    Brilliant, clean cut presentation, covering all the key bases and some.
    Wow.

  • DodoTheLaser

    Pat Broeker, what’s up? Drop us a line or two. You will probably feel better.

  • Mary Sue’s house: I was thinking that it was the location of the famous “ashtray incident” showdown between Miscavige and Mary Sue, but apparently it was in a hotel room. Too bad, a wax figure tableau of it would have looked great. (There’s another description of it with more detail from someone who was there, but I’ll need more coffee to find that.)
    Crimes outraged church trial told May 29, 1992, Peter Small , Toronto Star

    They hatched a plan in which trusted teams of Scientologists would fan out to various Guardian’s offices worldwide, poised to await word that Mary Sue Hubbard had resigned as head of that branch.

    Miscavige told the court his mission was to get Hubbard’s wife, who was no longer living with her husband, to quit.

    When they confronted each other in a Los Angeles hotel room Mary Sue Hubbard called him “some pretty nasty names” and held a large ashtray close to his face. But he persuaded her it was futile to hang on to power.

    Sure, that’s Miscavige’s version of it, but he was under oath, so he wouldn’t lie. Too bad she didn’t clock him with it. *SMACK* Thank you!

    • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

      She did. Then he saw the Charles Atlas ad about how lifting weights made a man out of Mac. He got tired of being bullied and became, “The Hero of the Beach”. That would explain Clearwater, too.

      Seriously, maybe someday the Mary Sue house will become the counterpoint to the Hubbard Camelback home in Phoenix. Maybe it will become a museum, sort of like Yad Vashem in Israel, but dedicated to all those who suffered at the hands of Scientology. I can dream.

      • HappypantsDance

        What a beautiful idea. I’d donate what small funds I have to such a place.

  • DodoTheLaser

    Rest in peace, John Dries.

    Tory posted this today.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxR1Sz22_Jg&feature=youtu.be

    • Juicer77

      Oh, Tory. So sorry to hear. Hugs to you. This is why I fight.

    • i-Betty

      I’m desperately sorry to hear that John’s son committed suicide (one of ten children of scientologists who have ended their own lives that Tory knows about). Rest in peace, John. And love to Tory who is in my thoughts today.

    • Baby

      Tory.. I am sorry that you are in so much pain. Seeing you cry over your dear friend and roomie and of course Denise brings tears to my eyes.

      Thank you also for being with John all those years. I am sure you made him laugh daily with your silliness.

      Depression is so prevalent to those in the grips of Scientology. The entire Mind F*ck just lends itself to Psychotic breaks.

      Suicides are so devastating for all. Thank you for your message. Love you too.. xox baby

  • Juicer77

    I agree with Chris 100% about the Cherch being hardwired for failure. However, for those who believe it’s all COB’s fault – where is the revolution? Why not stick him in the Hole and take over? Is he sleeping with a gun under his pillow?

    • DodoTheLaser

      No revolution necessary when the evolution takes its natural course, brother. Just watch.

      • Juicer77

        That’s sister to you, mister. 😉

    • Barbara Angel

      Naaaah why bother with a gun when you are surrounded by *Enablers*?
      If all the enablers, grew a pair and overthrew him, he couldn’t do a thing except run….
      Wake Upppppp Enablers and stand up for your rights as human beings get rid of that King Parasite at the top of the shit hill. Maybe even Wake Uppppp to the fact that the Blubbard stuff is yet another pile of poop that does not work.
      Sorry for rattling your cage but the alleged tech does not work, you want proof of that?
      Do your own research and set your selves free…………………………………….

      • Missionary Kid

        No, leave Mi$cavige in power. He’s doing an excellent job of dismantling $cientology by driving everyone out and not reaching very many new recruits.

        • But if one of the security people could slip some choice security camera coverage onto their MP3 player before blowing, that would be nice.

          • Missionary Kid

            The clams wouldn’t initially see it, but they’d hear about it, and curiosity would drive them too look. Once his leadership is questioned (more than it is now), the collapse will come even sooner.

            I would hope for something like that. All it takes is a camera and a micro sd drive.

          • HappypantsDance

            I keep waiting for this. Every time I check in here, I hope to find exactly this kind of clandestine recording.

    • pluvo

      He has body guards. And FYI about guns: http://www.factnet.org/jesse-prince-tape-four-3

    • Missionary Kid

      The Indies are declared, and, as such, the faithful will not listen to them or allow them to take over.

  • Tone

    Chris’s new video is an instant classic. It should be required viewing for any critic.

    Chris has incredible stage presence. He is as affable as Walter Cronkite and just as authoritative. $cientology is full of good, talented folks like him. I hope they find their way out too.

    • DodoTheLaser

      Isn’t it ironic that all the “cool kids” are either out or under the radar? Heh. Invest in more popcorn.

      • Bob

        Seems to be the trend. The rat as it runs out if cheese starts to eat its own tail. Those who wake up to the fact that the pack is led by a rat (dRatty McSavage) leave and become deratified. They regain their humanity and start living again. I can attest to the fact that it sure beats eating your tail.

  • D.Y.G.

    Why is the location of the INT Base is hidden from Scientologists? I don’t get it.

    • Barbara Angel

      Gotta hide the: beaten down, exhausted, starved sick slaves somewhere.

    • Espiando

      If you’ve been treated like Scientologists have been treated, would you want one of them going Type III and heading to Hemet with a sawed-off shotgun?

      • Mooser

        I wondered about that a lot. There seems to be very little violence in Scientology, much, much less than conditions, I would think, warrant. It is a mystery to me.

        • Missionary Kid

          I believe the reasons are that the indoctrination of each person who enters $cientology is so deep, and the exes have to fight through the implanted idea that the things that are bad are their fault that they leave $cientology alone.

          There have been attacks on $cientology, but because Mi$cavige is such a paranoid, there’s all sorts of layers of security around him, none have been successful. Also, anyone who has left is attacked in an attempt to lead them to question their own sanity or to drive them insane. Both of those types of people are easier to defend against.

    • DodoTheLaser

      “Why is the location of the INT Base is hidden from Scientologists?”

      Very good question. Probably for the same reason RTC is not a part of CSI.

    • John P.

      Several ex’s have told me that when they found out the terrible conditions that those in higher level organizations are forced to endure, they started to pull away from the cult. They saw the paradox of an organization “selling” personal power and freedom depending on slavery and suffering to deliver the product, and that paradox gnawed away at them over time. I suspect that Hubbard knew this and this is why he worked so hard to keep the evil of the organization hidden away from customers. Miscavige continued this, but it’s increasingly hard to hide as the depleted staff requires them to emplace more burned-out Sea Org drones in lower-level organizations and actually have them interact with customers.

      • shasha40

        ” Personal power and freedom in Scientology ” = oxymoron .

        • Missionary Kid
          • shasha40

            That’s the crap that annoys me , people honestly searching to know themselves , have the freedom of choice , help their fellow man and they fall into the trap of Scientology shit and their lives are ruined in so many ways … THERE IS NO FREEDOM IN SCIENTOLOGY !!!!! There is Freedom, and loving ,caring people out here in the “wog” world .

            • Missionary Kid

              Remember that mendacity is a sacrament in $cientology. They lie to get people in, and those lies are hidden until a person is ready to accept them as truth. Mindfuck, Incorporated.

            • Missionary Kid

              There is also not truth in $cientology, where mendacity is a sacrament and used to entrap people in it.

            • shasha40

              True that !!!

    • flyonthewall

      Could be tradition? It was a “secret” since Hubbard was hiding there temporarily. I’m sure the scientologists like to think that everyone is after them and their lucky charms so they have to keep upper management safe or the evil psychs and their stooge govt’s will take them away in the middle of the night.
      Also, from the accounts of ex members it seems like the secrecy adds an aura of mystery that helps bolster an image of power. That’s just the impression I get from what I’ve read

      • The Snow White raids were in 1977, and the “Scottish Highland Quietude Club” bought Gilman Hot Springs in 1978. It was meant to be secret from the start, and that carried on even after Hubbard left.

        Even the name was kept from the membership. E-meters were sent to “Gold” care of LA for their silver certs. I believe the term Gold Base was invented by critics, and then picked up by ex-members because many of them didn’t know what the official name was.

        One day, I’d like to know the actual name of CST’s Twin Peaks, California / Lake Arrowhead / Mile High / Rimforest / Rim of the World / Running Springs location.

        • flyonthewall

          That would be interesting. It’s probably something very boring and disappointing like TP (twin peaks), RS (running springs). My cats have more imagination than those monsters and freaks
          PS – Getting “silver” certs from “Gold” base sounds funny. Slightly funny at first, then less funny each time you say it. I’ve said it 3x and now it’s not funny at all. Where’s my Jokes for Blokes book anyway?

          • Pshaw! Everyone knows that Scientology has no TP!

            • Missionary Kid

              *Chuckle*

            • richelieu jr

              Bring your own!

        • Techie

          We just called them “CST” and of course almost no-one at Gold knew where they were or that there was more than one. As regards the name of the Int Base, at PAC all we knew was there was something called “over the rainbow” which was “somewhere”. That included all the hiding places of Hubbard, the Golden Era Productions Studios, “INT” meaning international management including RTC, CMO INT, WDC and all the other alphabet soup cutouts. Later it became more common for staff to know about the existence of the Golden Era Productions base, though the address given was always the Hollywood Guaranty Building in Hollywood and the phone had an LA area code. It was considered a big secret that the Int Management alphabet soup was also at that location. So you could not reveal the location of Gold without also revealing the location of Int, so you just kept it all a big secret even though it was easily discovered by reading newspaper accounts or on the internet. If you happened to drive through San Jacinto on HWY 79 you would see a big sign that proclaimed the base to be Golden Era Productions, and for a while they gave tours of the studio to locals on Sundays. You could have your wedding at the Massacre Canyon Inn for a price. But look out for incoming Ethics Officers if you mentioned any of that in a letter to your dad. If it all sounds like the script of a bad production of Franz Kafka’s “The Castle” that is because it is just as crazy, arbitrary and insane. The reason for it is that Hubbard wanted to be able to work at Gold in 1983 or so. So he wrote up a bunch of “advices” (strict orders that cannot be called orders because officially Hubbard is not in charge, even though he is actually still in charge). These advices, which I cannot remember verbatim, said something like only the elite and most qualified staff can be at Gold, special requirements like being personable were added, no Degraded Beings, good production record. There was to be no RPF at Gold (they got around that by creating an RPF at Happy Valley instead). It was to be kept confidential as to location and as to the fact that Hubbard could be there. We were drilled on how to respond to process servers. The earlier staff all had aliases that they used instead of their names, like “Marty” for Mark Rathbun. The rule was that if anybody wanted to leave they had to be declared a Suppressive Person. All these special rules were also super secret. I am showing my true suppressive colors by revealing them here. I hope that helps you understand why the secrecy and why it still persists even when you can look it all up in .57 seconds on Google. Hubbard ordered it, and he never got around to changing the order, so it is set in concrete at the Int base,

          • Missionary Kid

            The fact that everything that came out of LRH is set in concrete is another reason that Co$ will fail.

            COB has tried to make the clam world revolve around him. That’s why the editing of the “scriptures” took place. That concrete works against Davy.

            Again, the very substance of $cientology works against it.

          • Scientology’s operations are a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, completely covered in bullshit.

            Robert Vaughn Young talks about how he whipped up the Golden Era Productions cover story when the existence of the base was blown in 1980:

            Scientology from inside out November 1, 1993, Robert Vaughn Young, Quill magazine

            They still try to milk that story:
            A place called Gold October 25, 1998, Thomas C. Tobin, St. Petersburg Times

            Golden Era Productions Improves Ability to Build Props and Sets September 20, 2012, Woodworking Network

            Category:Golden Era Productions

            • Missionary Kid

              If “Scientology’s operations are a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, completely covered in bullshit.” Then, Chris has unwrapped and decoded it very well.

            • richelieu jr

              I hope he used gloves!

            • Missionary Kid

              And a gas mask, and biological other protection.

          • richelieu jr

            Another piece of bad Hubbardian grammar ‘Advice’ is not a countable noun. I give you ‘some ‘ advice, or ‘a piece of’ advice, but not an advice or here’s some ‘advices’…

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      The word is “Fabian” as in Fabian strategy. This is a full explanation of it in both it’s shore story definition (Ron’s Journal 67) and in its actual use. This also lays out a clear explanation of current legal maneuvers as well.

      http://possiblyhelpfuladvice.com/?p=15046&cpage=1

  • Rob

    Little post stability in the Sea Org? Hieber Jetzsch is the CSI President since…. since since ever is he not?

    • Espiando

      After Heber got imprisoned in Spain and went batshit on Donahue, that post was downgraded to “ceremonial”, which got downgraded further when Heber was thrown in the Hole, which got downgraded even further when Davey threw CSI under the bus at Mosey’s trial.

      • Rob

        That French-man, what’s his name, Gulliame Leservre is ED INT for three decades. For many there is lots of stability in the Sea Org.

        If that’s true what you’re saying, why is Hieber still CSI President?

        Hole or not, these people stay on their posts… Ray Mithoff, C/S for 30+ years or more…

        • Espiando

          Puppets at the top, Musical Chairs everywhere else in the hierarchy, abuses all around. That’s the Sea Org. Ask Derek Bloch when he comes in today how stable the Sea Org is. Ask any of the numerous ex-Sea Org members here about stability. Chris was in the SO for a long time. He lived the chaos.

          • Rob

            Says Espiandio, somebody who can’t accept another opinion. Hilarious.

          • Missionary Kid

            Troll alert: Rob.

            • i-Betty

              Troll or scientologist? It’s hard to judge going by his comment history. If Rob is a scientologist I’d like to think he would stick around and feel able to debate his views. I always think of Tory in this situation.

              It’s also good for newer readers to see level-headed replies to some of Rob’s more antagonistic comments, not only because it tells them what sort of a crowd we are, but they might learn something, too.

              If he’s a troll then that’s a different matter entirely. It’s difficult to tell but I’m leaning towards scientologist because a troll wouldn’t go to the effort to learn about people such as Heber, even if he does spell his name wrong 🙂

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Troll. Most scientologists still in don’t even know these characters and the ones that do know very well they are on not on active duty on their jobs, as well as missing even from major events.

            • Missionary Kid

              He’s a troll. Note that his comments are all meant to derail. I don’t care if he’s a clam or not, because it doesn’t matter.

        • i-Betty

          Rob, I really don’t think anyone can claim that Heber is able to carry out even the basic functions of his position from what amounts to a prison cell. It’s not like the Aryan Brotherhood or the Mafia continuing to conduct business from behind bars. Heber doesn’t have anyone ‘outside’ who he remains in touch with, for a start.

      • Heber was always Scientology’s Zaphod Beeblebrox.

        President of the Imperial Galactic Government Church of Scientology International

        The President is very much a figurehead – he wields no real power whatsoever. He is apparently chosen by the government, but the qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership but those of finely judged outrage. For this reason the President is always a controversial choice, always an infuriating but fascinating character. His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it.

        • Rob

          Wilhere is on his Sea Org position since dinosaur times. His wife too. Pouw is another one.

          • Espiando

            You know what? You’re attempting to Dead Agent Chris right now. I’m not going to tolerate that. Get out.

            • Rob

              Lulz, you’re such a cult. No other opinion allowed.

            • i-Betty

              I wonder why you changed the wording of your comment – 36 minutes after initially posting it – to call Espi ‘a cult’?

            • Mooser

              “I wonder why you changed the wording of your comment”

              Well, when I do that, it’s usually because I see a vision of my Mom, saying “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.”

            • i-Betty

              Except the original comment was much more innocuous.

            • Missionary Kid

              He’s a troll. Ignore. It’s meant to get us stirred up.

            • Mooser

              Well, I’m keeping my sang-fraud close by, and will be neither shaken nor stirred.

            • Missionary Kid

              I can get away with saying a lot of shit because I’ve got a lot of savior fairy.

            • Mooser

              “I can get away with saying a lot of shit because I’ve got a lot of savior fairy.”

              You’ve got a (just for the sake of the rhyme) license to shill.

            • richelieu jr

              Isn’t ‘savoir fairy’ called ‘gaydar’ nowadays?

            • Tony Ortega

              Offering a different take on something Chris said is not dead agenting him. Knock it off, Espiando. You’re getting very close to being out of here.

        • grundoon

          The duties of Heber Jentzch’s post are outlined in the PRESIDENT CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY INTERNATIONAL FULL HAT CHECKSHEET

  • John P.

    Chris, this is a stunning piece of work. It’s so important that I managed to squeeze 40 minutes out of a busy Global Capitalism HQ morning (normally the busiest time of the day for those of us who own huge chunks of the world economy) to watch it in its entirety.

    I’m putting a stake in the ground and saying in no uncertain terms that this video will be an important road map to anyone in the organization looking to make sense of why things are the way things are. It will probably result in a number of former Scientologists over time. It will be at least that important for anyone opposed to this festering nightmare. In particular, it should be required viewing for any lawyer thinking about suing the cult.

    I can’t praise this enough. The writing is clear and the facts are impeccably assembled. The presentation is open and friendly, reducing the chances that people in the cult watching this will scurry away in the face of suppression.

    While my attacks on “admin tech” tend to be fairly esoteric and theoretical in nature, you’ve done an excellent job in laying out the inherent disaster of Scientology management in clear, understandable terms. The people who stare, moon-eyed, at the “org board” and are taught to marvel at its perfection (especially if they think this is worth paying WISE consultants to graft onto their dental practices) need to re-think their views in the wake of the multiple layers of insanity bolted on to an already sclerotic WWII-era military-wanna-be command-and-control structure.

    For critics, the good news in this video is that Scientology will make itself implode. As I’ve argued before, the organization is its own worst enemy, and like the Soviet Union, will eventually collapse. That’s inevitable. What’s very much open is how long that will take and how much suffering those under the heel (and those touched by toxic policies such as disconnection) must endure. We in the activist community can affect that. It’s not sporting to run up the score in a lopsided kids’ soccer game. I prefer to think of it as something from the world of hunting (something I’ve never done, but this is what they tell me): it’s ethical and humane to redouble your efforts to finish off an animal you’ve wounded. The cult is mortally wounded, so we need to realize that we’re on a mission of mercy to finish it off and help the survivors.

    Again, Chris, thank you for a stunning job. This work alone should get you a prominent slot in the SP Hall of Fame!

    • Thanks John. That means a lot coming from you 🙂

      • Missionary Kid

        Chris, your presentation was so clear, as have all of yours been, that you deserve every bit of praise.

    • Missionary Kid

      That is, indeed a stunning video. Chris has done an excellent analysis of the structure of $cientology.

      Scientology is run more like the old Soviet system, where there was a dictator at the top. Miscavige has that function in CoS.

      In the USSR, there was a political officer inserted into the operation of an organization who could countermand orders or eliminate those deemed suppressive to the current communist dictator’s orders. The sea org functions in a similar position.

      There was, in essence, a shadow management which every manager and military officer feared. A person deemed either not successful or loyal was demoted or sent to the gulag. Scientology has demotions and the RFP

      In the USSR, a person whose star shoe too bright would be either sent to the gulag or moved to a place where they were no longer prominent. General Zhukov comes to mind. Anyone who shines too brightly or who is a threat to Miscavige is either declared, hidden, or punished.

      The whole shadow administration of Scientology leads to great inefficiencies because the goal of the organization is not to function efficiently, but to follow the will of the COB. In the USSR, the same was true.

      Miscavige is hampered, as was the USSR, with the great changes that have happened in communication. While he doesn’t have the control of the media that the USSR had, he does have the thought stopping mechanism that Scientology implants into every recruit.

      On the other hand, Captain Miscavige has to operate in a society that is much larger and different from his fantasy world. The communist dictators never had to do that.

      • DodoTheLaser

        Yep.

      • villagedianne

        Old-timers say Hubbard was the same way. He would sabotage anyone who became too popular, even if they were doing good work for Scientology.

        • Missionary Kid

          Hubbard had much more tolerance for competency than Miscavige. The problem is that Miscavige has made the whole system so incapable of operating well that anyone just doing their job well looks like a rock star, thus must be eliminated or subjugated.

          • villagedianne

            Yes Hubbard let people do their jobs. But apparently he did not want anyone to become too popular or well-thought-of by the public.

            • Missionary Kid

              Agreed. Miscavige is just more thorough and controlling in his purges.

          • Little Dave is a bit of a Dumb Fuck, I’ll give you that.

            -Ron

        • I did ?

        • I hated that sissy pants John Mc Masters.

          John McMaster, a dedicated $cientologist in the 1960s, was
          proclaimed by founder L. Ron Hubbard to be the “world’s
          first real Clear.” He was a charismatic promoter and
          lecturer, and as a key aide to Hubbard contributed greatly
          to his early financial success. He was the chosen
          ambassador of $cientology, lending to it his personal image
          of competence, gentleness and love. Among his
          accomplishments for Hubbard was the creation of the Power
          Processes – Grade 7 on the $cientology grade chart. Hubbard
          promoted him to “Pope” in 1966, a title not to endure. And
          though Hubbard’s income soared, McMaster received none of
          it.

          Under Hubbard, McMaster had no real power. He slowly became
          disillusioned as he saw $cientology organizations turn
          authoritarian and brutally punitive, far different from how
          he had portrayed them. He witnessed the imprisonment of a
          terrified 4-year-old in the Sea Org’s dark, filthy, rat-
          infested chain locker for the “Ethics offense” of chewing
          one of Hubbard’s papers. Such imprisonment became a common
          form of staff punishment. “Overboarding” was instituted,
          with “out-ethics” staff being forcibly thrown into the
          ocean. McMaster was overboarded several times, the last
          time being left struggling in the water with a broken
          collarbone for 3 hours. According to McMaster, in some orgs
          with no chain locker or overboarding facilities, the
          offender’s head is shoved into a toilet bowl, which is then
          flushed.

          McMaster fell from grace in 1968 when he challenged Hubbard
          for chain-lockering a little deaf-mute girl for a week. He
          was subject to hard labor, sleep deprivation and other
          hardships. “Hubbard wanted to break me,” he states. In 1969
          McMaster resigned from $cientology, and was declared
          “suppressive” by Hubbard.

          McMaster stated in an interview: “I was so excited about
          the function of auditing ($cientology counseling) that I
          was willing to overlook Hubbard’s faults – . That was up to
          a point of course, the final point being my realization
          that his intentions were entirely self-serving. I saw that
          he was in it for the money and personal power, and his
          actual intentions were not as stated. The basic function of
          auditing is a wonderful thing, but Hubbard perverted it.”

          Sad to say, John McMaster, Clear #1, was interviewed 2
          years before his death in a Manchester England transient
          hotel (flop house). In a tiny room filled with dead
          flowers, he told of being tormented and taunted by Hubbard
          for being gay. He died of cirrosis of the liver due to a
          long bout of alcoholism – ONE MORE $CIENTOLOGY “SUCCESS
          STORY.”

          References: A PIECE OF BLUE SKY by Jon Atack; L. RON
          HUBBARD: MESSIAH OR MADMAN? by Bent Corydon and L. Ron
          Hubbard Jr.

          • richelieu jr

            Put that up under Laura Prepon’s ridiculous denial of Scientology homophobia, would you?

          • villagedianne

            Thanks for the info L.Ron. Too bad there was no support network for ex-cult members then.

        • InTheNameOfXenu

          All dictators get rid of people who become too popular. Castro sent Che Guevara to the jungles of South America to spread the gospel of communism knowing full well that CIA would eventually catch up to him. Che was very popular amongst the Cuban people and Castro couldn’t have that. L. Ron got rid of John McMasters, the world’s first Clear, because it took the spotlight off of him. All dictators think alike.

      • Jgg2012

        The thing about the Soviet system is that party membership was based on commitment to ideology. Those followers selected local leaders, who selected higher leaders, etc. so, in a way, it was somewhat democratic. The Secy General was selected by the Politburo, which retained some powers. The problem, of course, was that you could never question Lenin or Stalin and needed to blame problems on everyone else. Also, there was no free press–the state run newspaper reported things as the leaders wanted to see them.
        Miscavige is very similar–he is LRH’s alter ego, much as the Soviet Communist Party was Stalin and Lenin’s alter ego. What is reported to followers is what he wants you to believe, and so on.

    • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

      A “Festering Nightmare” sounds like something from Eraserhead. Come to think of it, you do get that being in Scientology feeling while watching the David Lynch masterpiece, and you get it for the low, low price of a DVD. And, unlike Scientology, you can turn it off at anytime.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU7OqGCIcak

  • chuckbeattyexseaorg75to03

    Chris,

    I wish both you and Jeff Augustine could someday interview, on camera, Terri Gamboa, both of you having time to get Terri (and separately Janis, Terri’s sister), on camera, to go over this same area of management destruction in Scientology history.

    It takes some people, as you have done, to take an interest in understanding all the weeds, to ask the questions, and get simply to the big points, as you do, in the midst of all the weeds.

    Terry and Janis I so wish they get interviewed someday!

    Some of the further weeds, are the old “LRH Personal Office” transition into “Author Services Inc’s” functions.

    But you did excellently in the big strokes, and the presentation is just the best ever in history of Scientology so far.

  • shasha40

    Loved your video , Chris ! I think a copy should be submitted as evidence in all Scientology trials to explain the cherch’s inner workings and how Tiny dick sits atop it all ! Tick, tock , Davey , the entire internet is exposing you for the f@*#er you are , especially out here on the “fringes ” !!! Which shall we have ? Fried or steamed clams ala mismidget !!! 🙂

  • chuckbeattyexseaorg75to03

    In history, the biggest problem to why Scientology continues, is Hubbard’s writings themselves.

    Hubbard’s written so much positive inspirational staff writings, and he’s implemented the in house “staff study time” policy, so they re-read his other writings that do contain these glorious inspirational cosmic crusade of doing the movement’s “religious” practices (auditing–their crank past lives pseudo-therapy and dead alien soul exorcism).

    Hubbard’s other writings, which will never be cancelled, are still on the books, still being used to stab themselves in the arm with Hubbard’s narcotic delusional spiritual glorious goals for themselves and this universe.

    It’s unfortunately this whole other massive delusional writings of their spiritual practices, for which the crazy managerial system was supposed to bolster, but the spiritual stuff and Hubbard’s hype for that spiritual carrot stuff, that keeps them also going!

    As bad as the management system has been, the other big spiritual carrot which Hubbard has permantly put out on the stick with the string in front of their mouths, out of reach, that keeps them going, despite their managerial keystone cops problems.

  • Anne Archer, 2007: “Do I look brainwashed to you?”
    Chris Guider, 2008: “Do I look brainwashed to you?”

    Scientology’s little big man keen to ‘assist’ Dragons December 20, 2008, Roy Masters, Sydney Morning Herald

    Is this a stock deflection response that celebrities are coached *cough*brainwashed*cough* to say? Chris is out now, so someone could ask him about that.

  • Frank Lee

    “Our readers understand how simple it is to look up things like a Scientologist’s involvement in the church or how much money they’ve donated, if you just know where to look.” Please, for those who are only newly waking up to this scam, is there a link to look up those involved or is this found with the IRS?

    • HappypantsDance

      I, too,would love to know where to look. As things are, I’ve no idea where to start.

    • Frodis73

      You can look up completions by name here: http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/
      As for donations, I’m not sure where online that info is.

  • i-Betty

    That’s one of the best things I’ve ever watched about scientology.

    • HappypantsDance

      Chris is a natural teacher.

  • NOLAGirl

    Excellent video Chris. Thanks for putting it together.

  • Ruby

    Great video, Chris. As someone who was in the cherch thru the 70’s, 80’s and longer, this filled in the sequence of events for me. That time period was confusing as it seemed things changed on a daily basis. Doing one’s job was hard enough, but add in the constant change and uncertainty of your management and it was even worse.
    I do have a question for you, Chris, or any other ex SO member…did the term “Command Intention” officially come to mean the word of David Miscavige? I was always under the impression that it meant only the word of Hubbard, even after his death.

    • Command Intention was LRH’s way of trying to communicate what he was trying to do, what Command had in mind and get everyone to align to that. He told SO members to work out what Command Intention was from their hats and act on that to forward Scientology ‘s purposes. It has gone from that to now meaning to do what COB says. These days, if there was a choice between doing what LRH said or what COB ordered, any SO member would follow COB’s orders, no question.

      • aquaclara

        This is excellent, Chris. You have some sharp talent here- taking incredibly complex material and explaining it in a clear way, with great delivery.

        I’ve learned so much….
        Thank you.

      • Ruby

        Thanks for clarifying the history on that term, Chris. Yes, it is all too obvious that Hubbard has become “old, historical background data, not used anymore” when it comes to a the captain’s rule. I recently referred someone to an actual Hubbard policy on something, showing the captain’s alterations, and the response was along the lines of…”ok, so what’s your point?…”
        So much insanity there and it just keeps getting worse.

      • Frank Lee

        Chris, good luck to you and all you do. I have decided to leave Tony’s blog for good. I am tired of the personal attacks from some and have decided to put my time to better use. As someone who has endured 15 years of Fair Game, I have little reason to put myself out as a target any more. This doesn’t mean they won. Keep up with your posts, the truth will permeate the conscience of the country.

  • BosonStark

    Thanks to Chris’s video, I’ve finally got WDC and CLO down. As a never-in, I didn’t know what they meant. I thought CLO meant water closet.

    • DodoTheLaser

      I was in for 15 years and still didn’t know about ILO.

      • BosonStark

        Yeah, that one too.

        • DodoTheLaser

          That’s some FLO, bro.

          • CherryPitz

            Now we just need everyone to BLO the Sea Org.

    • shasha40

      Bahahahaha !!!

  • Science Doc

    I’m normally not a fan of videos; I watch very few of them. This one is outstanding. I love the production values in every respect. I had a hand in some promotional video work around 2001, and I never found a good way to animate charts, like Chris does here. I’m sure there is a wealth of tools at the prosumer level now. If Chris has a moment I’d like him to comment on how he did his animations. Thanks.

    • Mooser

      “and I never found a good way to animate charts, like Chris does here”

      Yes, if I remember, it was exactly that issue which stymied the writers of the film version of the Kinsey Reports.

      • Espiando

        But they were quite successful with the pop-up book.

        • Mooser

          I always felt those Kinsey books had spin-off potential.

          • Bury_The_Nuts

            Hookers have been doing it for centuries.

        • Jenny Daniels

          Straight up and verticle has a hole [sic] new meaning.

      • richelieu jr

        Scratch and Sniff was the obvious answer… In fact, people would do well to scratch and sniff a bit before getting involved with Scientology in any way, and also when investigating it.

    • Thank you! Adobe After Effects. 🙂

      • HappypantsDance

        Thanks for using it! The charts helped me tremendously – I’m a visual learner, so dynamic visuals really make things stick for me. I’m sure I’m not alone. Too, they helped clear up some aspects that I, as a never-in, couldn’t quite make sense of before (I’d think I had it, but didn’t). I’m sure I’m not alone with that confusion, either. 🙂

        • Gabbyone

          I’m with you, HD, I am also a visual learner, and I even though Chris did an amazing job in his dialogue, my brain would never have been able to process and retain the info as well as it does now with the aid of the visuals. I totally understand the crazy hierarchy now, and I want to personally thank Chris for all of the time and energy that had to go into making that video. It was time very well spent.

          • pronoia

            Yeah — I never got my head around the WatchDogCommittee before. And also the visual really helped me to understand how RTC can get away with calling itself its own entity. I always pictured it as the top of a pyramid. It is not RTC, it is DM as captain of the sea org while at the same time being supposedly untouchable as COB RTC. that the lawyers have to figure out how to break open. Now I understand why the CSI attorney went so batshit crazy when Ray Jeffrey kept calling him Capt. Miscavige. I knew that they were trying to dissociate him from the Sea Org, but didn’t understand how crucial this point is in keeping alive the fiction that the RTC is some kind of separate disinterred ecclesiastical trademark protector.

      • It certainly gets better results than Scientology After Effects!

  • DodoTheLaser

    What’s up with Ray Mithoff and Mark Yager sporting some rocking beards?
    Is that why they ended in the RPF’s RPF/The Hole? Man, them wild 80’s…

  • DeElizabethan

    Chris, a short but loud, Bravo!

  • I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — I can totally imagine academics using Chris Shelton’s videos in class. They have the unique quality of being presented in an objective precise tone while still coming from a primary source. Rare and fantastic to the scholar! Thanks, Mr. Shelton 🙂

  • HappypantsDance

    Thank you so very much Chris for taking the time to explain so clearly and succinctly the Co$’s labyrinthine management structure, as well as why the structure is unworkable. I hope this video is the nudge some still-ins need to step away. Freedom awaits them all if they did but know it. Wish your work could reach everyone still in, but some are in total darkness by choice and aren’t interested in finding a source of light. Crossables crossed that changes for everyone involved.

    That clip of Miscavige announcing the victory over the IRS gives me the howling fantods every time I see it; he looks every bit like Hitler delivering one of his rabid speeches to his faithful fascists.

  • CraftLass

    Chris, this video is amazing. I wish it had existed before I attempted to make sense of this nonsense for myself, would have saved me a lot of head-scratching! 🙂 Thanks for all the clarity, I can’t believe it was 40 minutes, sure didn’t feel like it!

    Every time TWTH comes up, and I see the “Don’t do anything illegal” line, I immediately get a song by another cult leader stuck in my head – Charles Manson. “Don’t Do Anything Illegal” was the title of one of the songs on Manson’s failed album, and it’s a hoot when you listen to it and consider what he went on to do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jthXZCnGx2A

    Between the two founders, I’ve realized that a line so pat and blatantly obvious is a big red flag of its own.

    • richelieu jr

      I think you meant to say ‘Another Scientologist…”!

      • CraftLass

        Ha! True! But I can’t imagine he could have stayed a follower of anyone else’s for any longer than he did. It was more like training for a bigger goal, I guess… *shudders*

  • DodoTheLaser

    Mike Rinder’s new post aptly named “Scientology: The Money Religion”
    http://www.mikerindersblog.org/scientology-the-money-religion/

  • Missionary Kid

    Chris, considering that you’re getting universal praise from former $cientologists, critics, and others who have excellent analytical powers, like John P., you’ve hit it out of the park.

    In a way, your presentation could be characterized as a talking head, but it was so well done, and so cogent, that I spent time just listening to it without the images, and was so caught up in the content speaks well of your communication skills.

    It’s those skills that must have made you valuable to $cientology, yet such a devastating opponent once you woke up.

    With just a few videos, you have moved into, as John P. suggested, the Bunker Hall of Fame. Thank you.

  • MaxSpaceman

    Chris’ Rock Slam-Rocket Read video! Now ‘that’ is showin’ ’em a muthaf**kin’ clear!
    [side note: the Creston pic shows Ron’s Kool Cigarette logo-used-by-scientology on the property, so that Ron, from space, can ‘spot a Kool Cigarette logo’, and make it back home from Target 2.]

    • richelieu jr

      To paraphrase Pope Innocent III, “As the dog returneth to its own vomit, so shall Ron seek out smokes from across the universe…

      • Missionary Kid

        Thank goodness, his return is imaginary.

  • 3feetback-of-COS

    Just saw Chris’ videoy. WOW! excellent work.

  • richelieu jr

    Nice Job Chris, ambitious and successful on top of it!

    ‘Critical Thinker at Large’, eh? ind of sounds like a panicked Fox News headline!

    Do you have podcasts of your stuff like Jeffrey does?

    • No but I do have a blog with full transcripts of everything and written articles too. http://mncriticalthinking.com

      • richelieu jr

        Thanks man, that’s a help. Still, I am sure I am not alone in prefering at times a support where I can listen to you whilst exercising, driving, etc (never, ever at work because– no one owuld EVER do that, right?)…

        Also, it would be easier to get this stuff in to the SeaOrg and church itself if people could listen to it on earbuds..

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Votes are in and it’s unanimous:

    http://i.imgur.com/OSUZ9LP.jpg?2

    • aquaclara

      Such a beeeuuuutiful shoop!

  • ze moo

    Well done Chris, the takeover of CO$ by the dwarfenführer is the seminal moment in recent CO$ history. Clamatology used to be a fairly well run self help pyramid scheme. The clampire made ‘auditors’ who could make good money (at certain times and places if the economy cooperated) and support themselves and the rest of the pyramid. Lroon got his cut and all was well in clamdom. The best salespeople could collect their 10-15% and perhaps have a life too. Add in the CMO and a true lack of real chain of command and you just turned the day to day management system into a management by disaster plan. Lroon killed that golden goose when he sent the minions to steal the missions back from the mission holders. That was Lroon doing, maybe someone talked him into doing it, but Lroon approved it. Everything the clampire has done since then is just a continuation of the ‘centralize all income’ policy. The whole pie belongs to the boss, and every body else had better get used to that.

    Chris really did put the changes that Davy instituted in perspective. It was all about cash flow and delivering the ‘services’ with the least amount of overhead and move profits uplines. Then it slowly morphed into a regimen of do overs and semi-colon fixing. This is the equivalent of having your car recalled and crushed because the windshield got dirty. The moving target scam requires that the target keep moving, and Davy is trying to keep the bulls-eye elusive. Davy has done this so many times that even the most die hard clam can see the writing on the wall. Everyone in the clampire is having their WTF moment right now.

    Davy can only try to keep things going by trying to exercise even more control over the public. Soon, if not already, only those who make commission or sell ABLE services or who run clam operated companies will be around. Everyone else will leave the building soon, the dichotomy is just too strong, even for a well programed clam. I think the only real questions are:

    1. Does anyone in the current management system or public have the chutzpa to challenge Davy?

    2. When will income drop to levels that even the ‘regionalization’ of the clampire services can’t be supported?

    I am ignoring any attempt by a public member to oust Miscavage, they will just be declared an SP and thrown out, only clebs like Tom Cruise could try to pull that off. I just don’t see anyone else with the ability to challenge the littlest führer. This turd is circling the drain a little bit faster every day.

    • Missionary Kid

      I believe that nobody has the visibility that would enable them to do it, except for Tom Cruise, and, IMO, he hasn’t got the skills to run anything.

      • ze moo

        As Davy has shown, it don’t take skills, only ‘command intention’.

        • Missionary Kid

          He had the skill to take over and consolidate power. Unfortunately, he learned from LRH when he was instituting greedy policies, and he’s killed the goose that laid the golden eggs: recruits.

          • richelieu jr

            That goose was terminally ill, anyway. Hubbard couldn’t last forever, and could give a tolss what happened to all his slaves (or ‘loved ‘ ones) after he was gone.

            And the Internet was on its way, with accessible info for anyone with the least curiousity.

      • pronoia

        I don’t know why everyone thinks it will be a guy. Some of the women he has around him could be very credible candidates. They are, in their own way, as smart and ruthless as he is. As we know from Davey’s takeover, it doesn’t have to be anyone that scientologists have ever heard of. S/He just has to be close to source, as Davey was.

        • Missionary Kid

          All good points, but LRH had isolated himself from the minions of $cientology for some time. Davy may disappear for periods of time, but he’s also quite visible. That would make it difficult to reorient the path of Co$ or to take it over.

          • pronoia

            He may have been isolated but there was tons of paper flying around with his name on it. He was writing all kinds of shit that got passed on to the SO and the public. So even though he was hiding (ahem – researching and writing) he was still a very big deal to every scientologist. And during that time, Davey was an almost complete unknown until he showed up to announce DMs death. So with that precedent, I would think that if something were to happen to DM suddenly, there would be an internal effort from either an individual or a small group of individuals to keep things going. It would have to be someone very deep on the inside and had access to DM, much like DM had access to LRon, as well as an intimate understanding as to how things worked down the chain, It would have to be someone in the CMO, and some of those women out at int have been at this since the Apollo. And are in much stronger positions than many if not all of their male counterparts.

            • Missionary Kid

              When I said visible, I meant appearances. LRH was a control freak, but Davy did his best to shape that control after he went into hiding.

              After LRH kicked the bucket, DM did his best to worm his way to the top by isolating and moving others at the top aside or getting them declared. Because that was his route to the top, DM, I believe, is very sensitive to the possibility of someone even getting close to him in visibility or power.

              If DM disappears, there will always be true believers or power hungry individuals that will try to take over. The problem is that there’s no mechanism for succession. Different individuals will claim that they’re the true followers of LRH, or apply his tech better. Since, for most of its life, DM has not trained anyone to take over, there will be a shit-fight.

              Whether a woman takes over or not, I wouldn’t know. In any event, the struggle will further weaken $cientology because the clams will split their loyalties, and $cientology has never had anything but a an individual ruling the roost.

              Co$ is a large ship headed towards the rocks with a lot of inertia. I believe the only question is when, not if, it will cease to be an organization able to function at a national or international level. There already aren’t enough people to man the orgs, and the people who are there aren’t pulling in enough income to survive.

            • pronoia

              Oh, I agree that it will not be a smooth transition. But I also disagree that someone has to be trained by DM. Because he was not trained by LRH personally, he just studied his management style, and added something of his own. So yeah,there will be a struggle. But if I where to bet, I’d put money on the idea that it will be mostly among the women in his inner circle. Everyone else will be too gutted.

            • Missionary Kid

              In any event, I hope he stays to the bitter end. Mismanage does such a wonderful job of destroying $cientology all by himself.

            • richelieu jr

              I think you mean ‘LRH’s death’…

            • pronoia

              Ha! Must be wishful thinking…

            • flyonthewall

              I understand now. Assessment is the same as auditing. And..what was that about listing and nulling again?

            • Very Important, where are my pills anyway

    • pronoia

      It will be very interesting to see what will end up happening to all those Ideal Orgs when DM cuts the funding to maintain them, as it seems as though at some point DM will want the all money that is spent to keep them afloat go directly to him. Particularly because there is no way they can be much of a source of income in terms of services. Right now he is getting whales from one ideal org to donate to an up an coming org somewhere else. Like the missions, he will have to see them as competitors to be abandoned/sold????

      • Semper Phi

        Well, I do know that the New York Orgs went “ideal” in 2004, funded by the IAS, so their field wasn’t even tapped out to buy and renovate the building. And yet, within 5 years the org was declared insolvent. They fought their way back to solvency sometime in 2010 (I think). I don’t know how they’re doing now.

        • pronoia

          Interesting that the NY Org seems to fly under the radar. Never really makes the Sunday Funnies. Gone from the Times Square subway. Deserted Lobby. An abandoned curiosity.

    • Mooser

      I’ve always appreciated your down-to-earth and practical analysis of Scientology, ze-moo. It sure makes sense to me; at one time a little of the money was spread around, and and now Davey don’t share nothin’.

    • DodoTheLaser

      “..only celebs like Tom Cruise could try to pull that off.”

      Operation Valkyrie?

  • Larry

    Well I am Scientologist and I didn’t watch the video because I KNOW how to KNOW that ENTHETA will threaten my very survival! You can’t trick me, I’m pretty smart (now).

    I asked my CS about some supposed L. Ron Hubbard guy and she laughed. She said COB David Miscavage has had to deal with that stupid rumor for years. Apparently the psychs (and some governments) have planted the name L. Ron Hubbard into fake materials to try to trick Scientologists into believing that David Miscavage is not the author and founder of Scientology, BUT DAVID MISCAVAGE IS THE LEADER AND THE FOUNDER OF SCIENTOLOGY!!! And I KNOW this to be TRUE!

    I really liked Davids book called Science of Survival by the way.

    Much Love,
    A DM Scientologist

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Thanks for clearing that up.

    • Science Doc

      Mark Twain was a fake too. Huck Finn was written by some guy named Samuel.

      • Baby

        I thought Al Gore wrote Huck Finn? I’m so confused Doc.

        • Missionary Kid

          Interestingly enough, one of the inventors of the internet said recently that Gore had a hand in inventing the internet because he was involved with the funding.

          Besides, everybody knows that Tom Sawyer wrote Huck Finn.

          • Espiando

            And we know that Huck Finn wrote Tom Sawyer. Never mind the “Lee/Lifeson/Peart” credit.

            • Missionary Kid

              Now I am confused more than usual.

            • Espiando

              “Lee/Lifeson/Peart”: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart, the members of a certain obscure Canadian musical group called Rush.

              “Tom Sawyer”: A 1981 track from Rush’s album “Moving Pictures”, regarded as the centerpiece of the album and one of Rush’s most famous tracks.

              “Cute Reference”: Something that apparently I am Epic Fail at.

            • Missionary Kid

              Don’t worry about it. I tend to take everything literally, so I get confused easily.

          • richelieu jr

            Yeah, he never, ever said ‘I invented the Internet’. The left really let Gore down when they didn’t shove that lie right back down the Republican’s throats. I even hear democrats parrot it today…

          • Baby

            ha

    • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

      VWD on the cog Larry. An RTC Commendation has been placed in your permanent ethics file.

  • KNMF

    I get a kick out of the fact that the Scientology Cult lost Chris Shelton.
    That is a serious loss of talent and competency.
    He’s worth about ten John Carmichaels for instance.
    Does scientology swirl clockwise or counterclockwise? Can never remember.

  • cdub

    Yeh go Chris Shelton. An instant classic and now at the very top of the list for every investigative body looking at Scientology around the world.
    In my humble opinion, here at Bunker-land, given Chris’ explanation, it seems all we have to do is wait for Miscavige to succumb to age-related emergencies. Without the Demented Micro-manager, everything below will crumble. With the continuing attacks and member-attrition, coupled with the expectation of his failing health due in no small part to stress, the cult’s days are indeed numbered.

    • Missionary Kid

      I disagree with your statement, “…it seems all we have to do is wait for Miscavige to succumb to age-related emergencies. Without the Demented Micro-manager,..” It is because of those characteristics that Co$ is failing a quickly as it is.

      • cdub

        Well sure. But look at it this way: If there was no Bunker, no movement, COS would fall apart anyway, given the explanation Chris gave in the incredible video.

        However there IS a Bunker. There IS a movement to get rid of DM. There ARE legal projects underway to tear it all down. And DM’s health will fail. Adding all this together, I’m just optimistic, that’s all.

        • Missionary Kid

          I want him alive but sick when he goes to jail. I maintain that the longer he stays in charge, the faster Co$ fails.

          • cdub

            me too

        • Missionary Kid

          Baby has set me on a new course. I agree with what you say, but I don’t think his health is in that bad a shape. I would hope it is. High blood pressure and maybe some type 1 diabetes would be nice to see. He’s pulled it in.

      • Baby

        Kid cdub is just saying that everything mentioned is exacerbating the demise.

        • Missionary Kid

          Thanks.

    • cdub

      Y’know I guess what I’m really trying to say is that no multi-million dollar, international organization in the world could run for long with this management structure. With this revelation from Chris, it’s clear to me that they’re doomed doomed doomed. Without us nagging at them, they’re doomed. Without governments investigating them, they’re doomed. Without brave journalists digging into their shit, they’re doomed. This organization structure is impossible.
      In recent years I read extensively about Internet startups that strike it rich, only to falter because their management structure couldn’t handle the growth. Some bring in outside, trained managers and they start to turnaround. Others get by the best they can. Some don’t make it at all.
      Here, at Scientology, is another startup that made it big. Now their chance to turn it into a long lasting success story has passed them by. The smart guys and gals were kicked out, or ran like hell. A micro-managing maniac runs it and changed its focus. There are no MBA’s in sight to right this sinking ship (an impossibility anyway). Doomed I say!

      • Missionary Kid

        Excellent assessment. It’s self-destruction is inits DNA.

  • Jgg2012

    Who is the EDI right now? Miscavige?

    • Espiando

      Do you mean de jure or de facto? De jure, I think it’s still Guillaume. De facto, we know DM controls everything.

      • Jgg2012

        de jure, but Guillaume seems to be out of the picture.

        • Espiando

          All of them are, but they still hold the positions on paper.

    • pronoia

      If i understood Chris correctly DM is only COB RTC on paper. But he is also the only Captain of the SO i.e., the Commodor’s Messengers in practice. Since the Sea Org is not “really” an organization, in that it is not incorporated….therein lies the smokescreen. And what all the lawyers are faced with exposing somehow.

      So a bunch of other people are “executives” of a bunch of other orgs on paper, which is why most of them live in the hole most of the time. COB is bound and determined not to allow another Marty or Mike to get away.

  • Graham

    Italy a ‘continent’?? I can understand the UK being singled out as a ‘continent’- Saint Hill and all that. But what contribution did Italy make to the development of Flubtardology, to make Elwrong view it as so special??

    • Missionary Kid

      It doesn’t have to make sense, because after all, it’s Hubbard. I think that he thought that Italy would be a fertile place to spread the poison. Thankfully, it’s collapsing too.

  • Mark

    Far be it from me to summarise nearly forty minutes of Chris’s closely-argued and damningly accurate exposé of the Kafkaesque nightmare that is Scientology’s present “organisational structure”, but I think I can make an attempt (refresh):

    • Missionary Kid

      While we’re not as familiar with him, DM fits the profile of Stalin as well.

      • Mark

        All too true (refresh):

        • Espiando

          Are we officially running out of 20th Century tyrants and autocrats to shoop DM into? We’ve got Hitler and Stalin, Jeff’s done Mao, there’s a flood of Kims out there. Who’s left? Castro doesn’t really work. All of the commie-era Eastern European guys are too bland. I think it’s now Kaiser Wilhelm Or Bust.

          • Science Doc

            Ceausescu?

            • Espiando

              Does Shelly work as Elena? Yeah, Lou definitely does, but we have to go with the spouse of record.

            • Science Doc

              Elena had a Ph.D. In chemistry and she got to join her husband at the firing squad.

            • Espiando

              Then the Romanian Rodents don’t really work. They have to be a pair, and Nicolae never put Elena out to pasture.

            • Mark

              Refresh:

            • Who is the sexy chick on the right ?

            • flyonthewall

              that would be yo mama

            • flyonthewall

              Something went horribly wrong with the ear transplant. Dear God, the horror! The horror!

            • Mark

              More like the vagaries of Sovcolor film-stock 😉

            • Douglas D. Douglas

              Now you have me rather fancying him as Marshall Petain.

            • Mark

              Oswald Mosley comes to mind too (and LRH as Goering).

            • grundoon

              Ceausescu stole the Cadet Org idea from Hubbard, didn’t he?

          • Mark

            I put Shortarse in Gaddafi’s drag-queen uniform as well. Erich Honecker and Enver Hoxha bland? Still, I suppose there’s always Genghiz Khan and Pol Pot and the Assads to fall back on…

          • Science Doc

            Kaiser William had a physical deformity and fled to Denmark when the music stopped. Could work.

          • Mark

            I forgot this one from a couple of months ago. Keep up, Espi! (refresh):

          • CherryPitz

            I’m no good at shooping, so I give you these DM dictator suggestions: VlaDMir PutInEthics and Moremoney Qaddavvi

          • flyonthewall

            We could go old school. Ghengis Khan, Attila the Hun etc

            • “Hunny, I’m home . . . oh nevermind. Forgot I banished you”

          • Douglas D. Douglas

            Idi Amin?

            (refresh)

            Also: Pol Pot? Saddam Hussein? Mussolini? Tito? Nicolae Ceausescu? Khaddafy?

            • richelieu jr

              Ceacesçu isn’t far off. The Marcos’ (they lived in luxury and cultivated famous friends (Ronald Reagan) throwing fits whenever they felt slighted (The Beatles barely escaped with their lives when they failed to come to her B-day party in ’66).

          • DrGreatCham
        • Missionary Kid

          Stalin lasted a much longer time than Hitler. He assumed power by undermining anyone who was a threat, and kept power by eliminating anyone who even had the appearance of threatening his leadership.

          • richelieu jr

            Yes, this and many other reasons are why I call Scientolgy ‘Stalinien’ and not ‘simply Fascist or Hitlerian…

            • Missionary Kid

              I agree.

            • ze moo

              Stalin became total maximum leader because he took the job of party secretary. No one else wanted it. Through that job, he appointed all the military leaders and party bosses until he had a cadre of loyalists who would do what he wanted. Of course, the first he wanted was a purge of everyone who didn’t worship him. Thankfully Davy doesn’t have an NKVD or other killing organization. But if he did…………he’d use it, that is what Lroon wanted after all.

            • Missionary Kid

              DM is dangerous. Thank goodness, he doesn’t have the power of a nation behind him.

        • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

          The Effulgent Glory of Chairman David Miscavige causes the night sky to glow wherever his physical body is located.

          • flyonthewall

            I heard he was born on a mountain top under a triple rainbow and 7 doves flew forth to the AO’s in every continent to herald the news of his birth.

          • Missionary Kid

            What’s he doing, lighting farts?

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Red-X Red-X Red-X

    Put this garbage out of it’s misery.

    Clear Craigslist of the clam scam spam claims:
    http://whyweprotest.net/threads/project-clearcraig.45949/page-14#post-2480100
    Squirrelz rule:

  • nottrue

    R.I.P JOHN DRIES……..

    • chuckbeattyexseaorg75to03

      I met John briefly when I visited Tory, he shared a room at the same house Tory lives.

      I found him extremely intelligent, just a mental whip, he used to be Cram Off at AOLA, he quit and held some amazing insights Hubbard and Scientology and auditing I’d never heard before nor read in any of the critical books.

      Some ex Sea Org staff have had amazing insights that have still not made it into print, John was one. Amazing mind! .

  • flyonthewall

    A thought (I know right) – Is there a danger in telling CoS what their specific org probs are? What if they’re like, “Oh God, you’re right!” and change everything and turn themselves into a viable organization? Maybe we should just tell them everything is great and to keep going the way they’re going?

    • Missionary Kid

      No danger. They don’t listen to SPs, I believe. They haven’t changed yet.

      • flyonthewall

        *whew* That was close

    • pluvo

      Absolutley no danger. Because Miscavige “has to be right“. He is having a lot of luxury, but he can’t afford the luxury of a decent being to admit to having been wrong. Inside the cult the slightest hint that Dear Leader does something wrong leads to serious trouble; (“making COB wrong” is handled like a high crime).

    • Ha! They don’t even listen to anyone but themselves

  • Science Doc

    New York Post picked up the dog story and credited Tony.

    http://nypost.com/2014/08/25/2-5m-house-of-scientology-founders-wife-inherited-by-dog/

    • aquaclara

      All right. Now we know the secret to getting Tony’s excellent reporting picked up. It’s the dog angle. We need more stories with dog connections in them….quick, who has had to disconnect from their dog. We do have some judge + dog stories…..

      I am keeping this on a light note, because for the life of me, I don’t understand why all the harm done to kids and families doesn’t get picked up.

      Thanks for the link.

      • pluvo

        Yes, like this:
        ” Amy Scobee gave her account. “[Miscavige] comes with his dog, with a
        sweater, with commander stripes. And, the dog let out a little bark when
        she saw me. And, uh, David Miscavige said, you know … ‘You’ve got
        somethin’ goin’ on. Because sh … she is detecting out ethics. And you
        have something going on.’ I think what the dog was really saying is, you
        know, ‘You look like the only halfway sane person to me. Help me outta
        this outfit.'” [nightline]

        http://joanandmelissa.blogspot.ch/2009_10_01_archive.html

        • aquaclara

          ha ha ha, that’s the ticket!

          “He got his beagle and he literally had somebody tailor a blue vest sweater for his beagle dog and made up epaulets, these Sea Org ranks in the Sea Organization,” said Rathbun, referring to the religious order within the Church. “And he had four stripes put on, captain, for the dog. And he would bring the dog in. And if those guys didn’t salute the dog, he would just viciously berate them and invalidate them.”
          great retrieval of a link, too, pluvo.

          • pluvo

            When I first heard about this story about the saluting of his dogs with the captain stripes, I thought it was a joke about Miscavige and about how far he would go – kind of satirical.
            The reality has passed the satire.

    • pronoia

      That is great! Now she has the same infamy as Leona Helmsley. Which is fitting, as both of them fought the IRS and lost.

  • Jgg2012

    I think that the current structure resembles a Mobius strip.

  • Chee Chalker

    So….after listening to this in depth…….can one assume that Marty Rathbun was involved in dm’s coup? I’m not bashing Marty… He’s one of dm’s headaches, which I love. I am just curious

    • pronoia

      One doesn’t remain neutral and in power during a coup. So I would assume that everyone who remained standing was involved, at least to some extent. He could not have done it without the cooperation of a lot of other people.

    • richelieu jr

      Marty was Miscavige’s man. He calls himself an Scientology Warrior, but everyone knew him for what he was: David Miscavige’s thug, the muscle. He had no official title, he was just “The guy who got things done for Dave” (I am attempting to quote a recent guest of Jeffrey Augustine on his excellent and much needed Scientology interview show…

      I am impressed by how he has come around in recent months and the growth is really inspiring and reassuring at the same time, but I can’t tell you how often I’ve heard Marty stories that begin with, “Well, Marty isn’t a small guy..” or “When Marty comes at you, he makes his presence felt.”

      • Missionary Kid

        He was, in essence, what DM was for LRH. He’s lucky he left.

        • L. Wrong Hubturd

          Maybe WE’RE lucky he left too…..

          • Missionary Kid

            We probably are. Marty was good at his job, and Mi$cavige miscalculated big time in letting him go/driving him away. He also seriously miscalculated in fair gaming someone who was so experienced in it.

            If Mr. Miscalculation had left well enough alone, we, and those trying to blow would probably have a lot more problems with OSA because of Marty.

            I’ve never been a target of Marty’s. I can understand the anger at him, and the lack of forgiveness on the part of exes toward him, but I’m glad he’s on the opposite side of the Chirch of $cientology at his point.

            He has at least woken up and he’s still evolving.

  • Jgg2012

    I think I see the illusory here. If A supervises B who supervises C and D, you have a vertical relationship. A doesn’t give orders to C and D because B does. B has actual power, which he uses on a daily basis. If, in reality, B only relays orders FROM A if he tells C and D to do anything, and sometimes he is completely bypassed by A, he has no power. In Scientology, Miscavige is A and people B through Z are actually supervised by him and him alone (though others relay messages). This is how the Apollo worked; teenagers relayed messages to and from him LRH, but LRH knew everything and ran everything.

    • Funny how LRH was completely oblivious to what was happening in the Snow White program…

      • richelieu jr

        When its putative head was on the pillow next to his each night.

        • Kittery

          Ewwwww.

  • If you ask me, I’ll tell you Scientology has the most successful structure on the planet for the guy at the top. They’ve figured out how to legalize child slavery and circumvent human trafficking laws over, and over again. Scientology is extremely successful as far as Miscavige is and Hubbard was concerned.

    • Mooser

      Is there anybody besides Miscavige who gets at least a decent salary and bennies out of Scientology? That part has always puzzled me. Do any of the upper admin or exec positions pay anything?

      • Science Doc

        You get a great severance package if you can slip out of the hole, climb the razor wire without being shot, and then hike into Hemet and hope the local police don’t take you back.

      • richelieu jr

        Sure think, the top regges who get first crack at the sharks, and those getting commissions off the ruined lives. There are less and less of them, but plenty of heartless idiots have made themselves wealthy of of feeding fools to Miscavige and settling for his table droppings.

      • grundoon

        It’s been said that ASI staff get woglike pay.

      • Some of the executives in the high desert used to get $30K a year which sounded like a fortune to me. I don’t know about now, since they’re all presumably still in the hole.

  • Frodis73

    Chris Shelton, you are a rock star! That video is just so great. Thanks so much.

  • Off topic, but this from Cracked today:

    Oh, relax. We’re just going to point out some popular misconceptions about certain religions. Of course there’s no wrong religion.*

    *Except for Scientology.

    Read more: http://www.cracked.com/article_21195_5-myths-you-probably-believe-about-major-religions.html#ixzz3BQlH8e4T

  • richelieu jr

    Is there any way to get certain judges to sit their asses down and watch Chris’ video?

  • richelieu jr

    God bless David Miscavige. As long as he keeps killing Scientology, he’s on the side of the angels, whether he likes it or not.

  • richelieu jr

    Scientology started as a heartless, idiotic scam to enrich and stroke the ego of a sociopath and child abuser.

    Then it really started going down hill…

  • New York Post chimes in on Mary Sue’s dog house, and even gives credits to “Scientology blogger Tony Ortega” and “The Underground Bunker reported”.
    http://nypost.com/2014/08/25/2-5m-house-of-scientology-founders-wife-inherited-by-dog/

    • Eivol Ekdal

      Science Doc beat you too it.
      Good to see them picking out a bit of seedy history…
      “Mary Sue Hubbard was given the house by Scientology leaders as a reward for going to prison and protecting other church elders, The Underground Bunker reported.”
      ..rather than the just the ridiculous fact of a dog having a 2.5M dollar home for 11 years.

      • richelieu jr

        Absolutely. I was sure we’d be seeing the tail wave that dog, for sure. Nice that a random act of journalism seems to have occurred there.

  • RBE

    This just in: Ken Delusion is happy to report that the recent spate of jelly fish stinging in Florida, as reported here http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/08/25/at-least-400-florida-beachgoers-stung-by-horde-of-jellyfish/ on some wog website, has been handled by Scientology superior tech. Our fellows in yellow t-shirts showed true command intention and confronted and truly shattered those pesky jelly fish. The jelly fish were receptive to The Way to Happiness booklets that our expert team of translators painstakingly perfected. So effective were TWTH booklets in making the jelly fish encounters straight down and vertical that wog media has resorted to posting stories of an increase in beach litter and a band of SPs on fishing vessels are deliberately herding new jelly fish into the area. The SPs are strong in this sector, please donate generously so that we can truly deliver a mighty blow and push LRH tech to the next level.

    PS. Do not, repeat, DO NOT attempt touch assists on the jelly fish, they have perfected the Marcabian stinging tech, and should only be approached by those Scientologists that have had sufficient hours on the Oiliness table.

    • richelieu jr

      tl;dr: TWTH booklets are ideal for mopping up jelly…

  • EVERY person that will not listen yo this video, will never understand Scientology.

    -Ron

  • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

    Alexa update for August 25: *refresh for images*

    Tony: US rank #17,746 – down 52 from yesterday. (Average rank last 3 months: 19,994)
    scientology: US rank #61,329 – up 324 from yesterday. (Average rank last 3 months: 62,499)

    Difference: 43,583 – 376 less than yesterday. (Average difference last 3 months: 42,505)

  • Krew13

    That Scibot farmer is in debt and his business has gone under, but he’s a Patron with Honors! Come on, that’s gotta be a source of enormous comfort when he’s eating stale bread and drinking water while Slappy stuffs his ugly midget face with gourmet meals.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Red-X Red-X Red-X

    Ahoy, me hearties!
    Thar’s clams in them thar CL sites.
    ‘Ave at ’em:

    The list:
    http://whyweprotest.net/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-111#post-2480083
    Then scroll down for additions and stragglers.
    ty ap

    • aegerprimo

      A few Orange County ads have the “flagged for removal” message.

    • Hyder Simpson

      Just added a big batch (40+).

  • Jefferson Hawkins

    Chris, finally found the time to watch this – absolutely brilliant.

  • PoisonIvyHerself

    Wow, Chris, you are a superstar. Such a great, clear, logical presentation. I’m a professional and I’m impressed!
    I may have a project that you’d be interested in working on, given your passion for critical thinking and deep (and personal!) understanding of cognitive dissonance; if you’re ever interested in getting in touch, Tony O knows my super secret identity.

    Again, what a great resource. I love the way your mind works. A great communicator is someone who makes complex issues accessible for all to understand. That’s what you’ve done here. Congrats.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    $cientology: a land flowing with bilk their money.

    • ze moo

      You should sell jokes to Letterman and Conan.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Do you know what strikes me about $cientology?
    No, but I’m sure DM does.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    $cientology: We are the Sultans of Sting.

  • Vaquera

    Off Topic and trės catty:

    I just saw Laura Prepon walking the Emmy red carpet and her dress makes her look like a Marcabian space thetan….or at the very least, Judy Jetson.

  • Jgg2012

    Slightly OT, but the missing IRS emails were backed up, according to a recent news story. This will add to the IRS’ embarrassment. The IRS needs to rehabilitate its reputation, so they need to go after an organization with a very bad reputation to enhance their credibility. Any suggestions as to who they should go after?

  • nottrue

    Flint dont want that scientology shit……..http://youtu.be/zGuh4Xu3Xxo

    • DeElizabethan

      Done! Nice that they have that feature and thanks for posting.

    • Baby

      82% just voted.. landslide

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      Voted. 83% now, thanks for the link!

    • pronoia

      This little news team must’ve loved putting this report together! What do you think of the scientology program? LOL.

  • As well as letting 99 CoS domains slide into the shitter, someone dropped the karendelacarriere.com domain. Now HugeDomains seems to have it and is trying to sell it. (Not sure how that works. Theoretically if its not registered to anyone, they should have to release it back into the open pool of domains, eventually.)

    KarenDeLaCarriere.com is for sale
    Click here to buy KarenDeLaCarriere.com for $2,095

  • 3feetback-of-COS

    Even if Chris’ video is not currently admissible in a legal case, it certainly will help attorneys understand what they are dealing with, and thereby help them with their legal strategies.

  • Elar Aitch

    Love all the derp images of DM in the vid Chris…way to turn that scew…

  • Mat Pesch

    Very, very, very impressive! Completely accurate. VERY clear.

  • BosonStark

    Chris explained why I call Dr. Hubtard’s magnum offal “Dianutty.” It’s out of respect for the religious trademarks.

  • Sejanus

    Chris, your work is flawless!
    I always look forward to your videos.
    Am a big fan.

  • Baby

    I was just thinking.. If Chris were to be a Key Note speaker at a Big Scientology Event..

    instead of them listening to the Bull Shit Sherman speak ..They would all run to the doors and trample the guards at the door.

    Good Evening Ladies and Gentleman.. It is a pleasure being here tonight. Thank you for the invitation. Tonight’s agenda will be focusing on what your donations are providing for COB.

    I will present a video of the opulent life style with Robin Leach doing the moderating.

    Next on the agenda ( OMG can you only imagine..) true numbers, decaying orgs, etc. I relish just thinking of it.

    • Missionary Kid

      :-)))))))))))

    • Drat

      Sadist 😉

      • Baby

        I would give anything Drat to be in the Front Row..hahahah

  • L. Wrong Hubturd

    Ah, the Bunker. My island of sanity in a Scilon infested world. Just spent waaay too much time reading comments at Rinder’s. His site has really become Bunker 2.0 in terms of good, daily info, but I get sucked into the comments and then the blood pressure raises. Here’s to hoping some of those folks listen to Mike’s words of advice to watch Shelton’s video and then let it sink in. They think they are so free, so out of the trap that is Scientology, but they could not be more wrong with all of the quoting of Hubty Dubty scripture.

    • Baby

      Marty’s is so freeing.. I told Theo..

      I don’t give a shit about what your God Said.. ( meaning Hubbard) hahhaha and Marty put it through..

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        Theo may well be the last man standing when the final wisps of Hubbardian wisdom leave this sector of the galaxy.

      • pronoia

        Ha! I hope Marty got a laugh out of it. I sure did.

        • Baby

          He’s had it with the Kool aid drinkers.. you can just tell. He doesn’t like Hubbard quotes .. he is soooo done with that shit.. It is amazing to see the transformation.

          His last post is pretty heavy ( deep) Tao and physics etc.

          and I posted.. ” Maybe the Hokey Pokey is really What it is all about..” ha

          I’ve never posted at Marty’s before and I think he’s thinking.. ” Uh Tony you can have her back..” haha

    • Techie

      Oh well, they’ll get there eventually. Gilding the lily is much less effective when the flower has rotted away entirely. It took me almost ten years out before I would even look at a critical site. Worried about that case of pneumonia I might catch don’t you know.

  • Tony DePhillips

    Excellent explanation Chris.

  • New Tampa Bay Times article:

    Scientology-related Narconon rehab center may have violated law

    http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/scientology-related-rehab-may-have-violated-law/2194630

    • Baby

      AssHOLES

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      That is so sleazy.

    • Surely they mean “Scientology-related Narconon rehab center may been caught violating law”?

    • The nonprofit rehabs are linked to Scientology by two church-affiliated corporations. Narconon centers pay the corporations annual fees.

      There are sample and actual contracts for Narconon centers available. I’m pretty sure that it’s more often than annual.

      http://web.archive.org/web/20040715164506/www.able.org/pages/grp_forms/nn_lic_agr.pdf
      Yup, quarterly payments on the sample contract. Too late to dig through the Hambo stuff. Plus, in practice, Thursday Is Coming!

  • useful little place to put your vote – Local NBC channel “Scientology program could be endorsed by Flint City Council”

    http://www.minbcnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=1088057

    see pic

    • valshifter

      good thing thanks for the link, you can also make comments… scientology is just being sneaky promoting good PR to be accepted as normal. but we know the truth at the end of it all.

  • Baby

    Well that old DM is a real DICKtator ..

    • Baby

      oops forgot picture..hahah (refresh)

  • Is it wrong to like “The Cult of Dusty” more than “Hemant Mehta: The Friendly Atheist”? Lol 🙂

    • Captain Howdy

      I’ll go with Dusty because he’s not one of these detached intellectual atheists who aren’t anti-theists.

      • Exactly. All the passion of Penn (who I also love but worry about) with just a smidge less cray-cray.

        • Captain Howdy

          Penn’s a hard core libertarian…laissez-faire capitalism, deregulation of everything, social Darwinism. He’s friends with Glenn Beck.

          • Which is logical I suppose if you are big, male, white, rich and hate the defenseless but since I am the exact opposite of all those things, I could never be that way.

            • Captain Howdy

              Thank Gog for that.

  • valshifter

    The Bunker is invited only if you bring a big smile and a big wallet.

  • Free Minds, Free Hearts

    I didn’t see this in the comments below, so I apologize if it was already posted. Check Mike Rinder’s blog for an email about fundraising for LRH Hall that says in part, “Chairman of the Board is over this project — there are no vias — there is no via between the Staff of CSRT and Chairman of the Board. He is overseeing every detail. Each day CSRT Staff report directly to Chairman of the Board. They are Commodore Messengers of the highest order as they execute all FUTURE EXPANSION for LRH as directed by Chairman of the Board.” This is the same guy that has 22 or more lawyers in court arguing that he has nothing to do with day to day operations.

    • DodoTheLaser

      “Don’t worry, there are plenty of lawyers who will see this.” ~ Mike Rinder
      http://www.mikerindersblog.org/csrt-staff-report-directly-to-miscavige-daily/#comment-59600

    • What exactly does “via” mean in non sci-speak exactly? I haven’t completely got that one down yet? Is it supposed to signify “mode of communication” or “a person through whom one communicates” or something totally different?

      • DodoTheLaser

        Via means a relay point in a communication line.”
        I guess indirectly is a synonym of it.

        “a person through whom one communicates” is pretty close.

      • Baby

        Nat.. via.. isn’t a scillllloonie tune word..

        I answered your comment VIA the Bunker.

        • Yep, via is a real word, but they screw with it in a weird way.

          • Baby

            oh.. Understand Rubber band..

  • I’ve heard that there was originally supposed to be a three-way hoodoo between the top Scientology corporations. The Religious Technology Center owns the trademarks and controls the copyrights, so they can shutdown Church of Scientology International. And the Church of Spiritual Technology own the copyrights and can pay $100 to yank the trademarks, so they can shutdown the RTC. And the Church of Scientology International determines who is in good standing, which is a requirement for the CST board, so they can shutdown the CST.

    All of this only matters on Planet Potato, naturally, because none of it makes a difference to Captain Miscavige of the Sea Org, and I really doubt there’s any fine print that specifies that COB RTC has to be in any kind of standing at all.

    • Tony Ortega

      Denise Brennan made it very clear to me that it was more linear. It might have been designed to look more like an equilateral triangle to outsiders, but for those in the know, it was more like layers — and CST was the ultimate “backstop,” as she put it. Your lawsuit against Scientology might ensnare and even bankrupt CSI, but it was much more difficult to get to RTC, and it was designed to be impossible to get to the real purse strings — CST.

      If, somehow, lawsuits or government nuked CSI and RTC, CST just paid $100 to get the trademarks and would start over from scratch. That’s how Denise described it to me.

      It was CST that got $600 million when Hubbard died, and that presumably has an Everest of cash now. And just try to name CST as a defendant when (on paper) it has no apparent connection to anything but its freaky vaults. It’s pretty damn diabolical, if you think about it.

      • DodoTheLaser

        How does IAS fits in there? Do they share same bank accounts with CST?

        • And the property-owning corps like Building Management Services or Social Betterment Properties International for ABLE stuff. (There hasn’t been enough digging to see exactly what they own.)

          In the event that CSI was hammered hard in court judgements, they’d want to make sure that those were separate.

          • DodoTheLaser

            True. The impression I get CST and especially IAS are two tallest Everest’s of cash.

      • I always liked to think of CST as Miscavige’s escape pod–every good Bond villain needs an escape pod .. and a small white lap animal.

        But in the end, it’s all smoke, mirrors, fluff, and ablative armor.

        • Bleuler

          Small white lap animal in a nuclear-proof bunker, tiny tiny villain, Oh Yeah! 🙂

    • grundoon

      “And the Church of Scientology International determines who is in good standing”

      In the leaked bylaws, IIRC, nothing was said about the meaning of “good standing” or who gets to decide it. I thought it was deliberately and sneakily left unsaid that David Miscavige, as top dog, has the last word on “good standing” and therefore has the power to disqualify any directors or trustees.

  • This video is perfect in describing the high level reason why – even if L Ron Hubbard admin tech did work – the criminal organisation known as the “church” of $cientology does not work.

    My heart trills at the thought of the Golden Age of Admin (or whatever the complete revamp will be called) planned by Captain David “he is NOT insane!” Miscavige.

    For a very good description of what it’s like to be a struggling Damnation Navy executive (is there another kind?), I recommend Peter Bonyai’s “Money, Power, Servitude: Adventures in the Wonderland of Scientology” http://www.amazon.co.uk/Money-Power-Servitude-Adventures-Scientology-ebook/dp/B00MPY40Y6 which is also interesting in that it describes honestly the process of having to turn into a nasty shit when adhering to the policies of the Co$ (even if lofty ideals originally got the author into the Co$).

  • Jory

    Absolutely Superb video!

  • Pierrot

    *** RED X +–+ RED X +–+RED X +–+ RED X *** Tuesday the 26th of August

    Good morning Early Birds and Night Owls.
    They have been fairly busy for a Monday especially toward the evening, we have ~110 new ads which is more than our usual Monday, go and get them:
    http://whyweprotest.net/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-111#post-2480235

    If you have 10 minutes spares, Re-flag the last 3 days from Saturday 23rd
    http://whyweprotest.net/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-110#post-2479744

    Hyder produced a Regional list yesterday:
    http://whyweprotest.net/threads/project-clearcraig.45949/page-14#post-2480100

    FREELOADER Debt is ILLEGAL and CAN’T BE ENFORCED.
    DON’T route out, BLOW, Get HELP, get OUT. CALL 1-866-XSEAORG

    Ty Dodo and the artist

    • aquaclara

      It’s a god day to flag down ads. Thanks, Pierrot.

    • Hyder Simpson

      Small batch of new ads just posted.

  • Ethics Officer

    Thank you Chris Shelton. I’ve put a commendation in your Ethics file. It’s great to see somebody on this blog who actually knows what he’s talking about and who is able to analyse, instead of merely whining about anything and everything, because of their own traumatising experiences.

  • oh noes…. are OSA up to their old tricks again?

    pic

    • violetskyye

      Katie adopted the dog from a rescue group in my neighborhood, and I got notices to look for a lost Chihuahua. She was found nearby, and then it turned out it was in fact Suri’s dog. Apparently, Katie and Suri have moved back here to L.A. from NY. Thankfully, little Honey had not been kidnapped and thrown in the Hole after all.

  • Edward Whalley

    In watching the video, all I could think of was
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4Gotl9vRGs

    Or the (image needed?) chart which goes through a complex
    “Complete Organization of the Illuminati”, only to have at the bottom:
    “Simplified Chart:
    Illuminati
    |
    /
    Everything.”

  • Barbara Angel

    WOW…Thank you so much, what a lot of hard work went into your informational video. As a never in it made my head spin even wondering how you figured all out. The whole co$ smoke and mirrors confusing set up, brings to mind a favourite quote by Shakespeare: “Oh what a tangled web we weave…when we practice to deceive”!
    In modern terms we could easily get away with saying, “What a tangled Mind Fuck”, blubbard and his head henchmen and huge group of lawyers certainly decided to make his scam almost impenetrable.
    And the set-up???? No wonder every one is under sooooooooo much stress, with one person after another adding or contradicting each other’s orders. Got to give them some credit for maintaining this dreadful screwed up tangled web for so long. Puzzled tho’ why the enablers haven’t all gone mad and run away ***Screaming***

    • Missionary Kid

      They haven’t gone mad and run away ***Screaming*** is that there’s too much money to be made and power to be attained by the attorneys and other minions

  • DodoTheLaser
    • brendon

      Bonus points for Shinedown use. Love those guys!