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Claire Headley Tells Us How to Keep Scientology Working

Tom Cruise, KSW!

Tom Cruise, KSW!

Claire Headley is taking us on our journey to train as Scientologists. She and her husband Marc were Sea Org workers who escaped from Scientology’s International Base in 2005. She spent years working with Scientology’s “tech,” and was trusted to oversee the auditing of Tom Cruise. Go here to see the first part in this series.

Claire, it looks like this week’s course is going to continue to build on what we’ve encountered before.

CLAIRE: Yes, “Student Hat” is the big daddy of the BSM — the Basic Study Manual.

It’s like the end-all course on study tech, and after you’ve done Student Hat and Method 1 word clearing, you’re categorized as a “Fast Flow student” and you don’t have to get so many star-rate checkouts.

THE BUNKER: We’ll take your word for it that that’s a really nifty achievement.

CLAIRE: It’s essentially a much deeper study of the “barriers to study” and the reasons and theories behind why study technology was developed.


Probably more significantly, this is the first course that was dramatically changed by the Golden Age of Tech in 1996. This is the first course where you now do “patter drills” (talking to a wall) and various other new drill types that were invented by David Miscavige.

THE BUNKER: Which, apparently, was really upsetting to some Scientologists who want their L. Ron Hubbard unadulterated and not messed around with by Miscavige, the current church leader.

CLAIRE: Second, this is the first course where you study KSW #1 as the very first reference. Hereafter you study KSW #1 at the start of every course you do.

THE BUNKER: How about you talk about KSW and what it means to Scientologists today.

CLAIRE: KSW #1, or Keeping Scientology Working Series #1, is one’s introduction to the inner core of Scientology.

Ask any Scientologist and they will be able to rattle off to you the ten points of Keeping Scientology Working:

1. Having the correct technology.
2. Knowing the technology.
3. Knowing it is correct.
4. Teaching correctly the correct technology.
5. Applying the technology.
6. Seeing that the technology is correctly applied.
7. Hammering out of existence incorrect technology.
8. Knocking out incorrect applications.
9. Closing the door on incorrect technology.
10. Closing the door on incorrect application.

This list is committed to memory forever by any good Scientologist.

I think I studied KSW #1 and word cleared it (read it aloud to another person) hundreds, if not thousands, of times.

THE BUNKER: And paid for the privilege.

CLAIRE: These ten points are a main premise of the Religious Technology Center — the so-called police of Scientology.

There are a few choice sections of the KSW policy itself that I think are worth talking about. Take a look at this one…

The finest organizations in history have been tough, dedicated organizations. Not one namby-pamby bunch of panty-waist dilettantes have ever made anything. It’s a tough universe. The social veneer makes it seem mild. But only the tigers survive — and even they have a hard time. We’ll survive because we are tough and are dedicated. When we do instruct somebody properly he becomes more and more tiger. When we instruct half-mindedly and are afraid to offend, scared to enforce, we don’t make students into good Scientologists and that lets everybody down. When Mrs. Pattycake comes to us to be taught, turn that wandering doubt in her eye into a fixed, dedicated glare and she’ll win and we’ll all win. Humor her and we all die a little. The proper instruction attitude is, “You’re here so you’re a Scientologist. Now we’re going to make you into an expert auditor no matter what happens. We’d rather have you dead than incapable.

Up_The_BridgeSo at this point, as you go deeper into the world of Scientology, this is the first time when it is clearly stated that they do not accept people of all religions, at least not if you continue to practice your other religion. And KSW is the initiation into “our way or the highway” full on.

We’re not playing some minor game in Scientology. It isn’t cute or something to do for lack of something better.

The whole agonized future of this planet, every man, woman and child on it, and your own destiny for the next endless trillions of years depend on what you do here and now with and in Scientology.

This is a deadly serious activity. And if we miss getting out of the trap now, we may never again have another chance.

Remember, this is our first chance to do so in all the endless trillions of years of the past.

This is another frequently repeated section of KSW in Scientology…

The bank-agreement has been what has made Earth a hell — and if you were looking for hell and found Earth, it would certainly serve. War, famine, agony and disease has been the lot of man. Right now the great governments of Earth have developed the means of frying every man, woman and child on the planet. That is Bank. That is the result of Collective-Thought Agreement. The decent, pleasant things on this planet come from individual actions and ideas that have somehow gotten by the Group Idea. For that matter, look how we ourselves are attacked by “public opinion” media. Yet there is no more ethical group on this planet than ourselves.

THE BUNKER: Yeah, that’s powerful stuff. And we remember Tom Cruise’s highly literate description of it…

So, for me, it really is KSW, and it’s just like, it’s something that, uh, I don’t mince words with that. You know, with anything that LRH does, but that policy to me has really has gone, boy, there’s a time I went through and I said, “You know what…” When I read it, I just went (noise that sounds like poof), “This is it. That’s exactly it.”

Claire, did you do the talking-to-the-wall drills? Can you describe what they were like?

CLAIRE: Yes, I did many patter drills that involved talking to the wall.

These were developed by David Miscavige in 1996. They did not exist in Scientology training prior to that point.

In fact, I was at Flag in March 1996 when these were first introduced. I was training to be an “RTC Representative” — I was supposed to be the RTC Representative for Celebrity Centre in LA when I completed my training, although that did not end up happening. So I was required to supervise the training staff who were being taught these new drills.

One sits in front of a wall and repeats the words, ideas, or codes to be learned verbatim, over and over again, with good TR-1. Meaning you are to deliver the words naturally and clearly as if you were talking to a person.

To be clear, I am not someone who believes everything was great with Scientology until Miscavige took over.

However, I will say that Miscavige has a unique ability to turn pretty much anything into a form of cruel and unusual punishment. Absolutely unique. I’ve never met someone like that since leaving Scientology.

So somehow he managed to turn these patter drills into a complete nightmare. One of the other RTC representatives was put on manual labor because she had failed to enforce students delivering their lines properly to the wall. In Miscavige’s opinion they were talking too quietly. Yep, huge flap.

I did hundreds of patter drills, committing numerous Hubbard codes, laws, and stable data to memory, irrevocably.

THE BUNKER: And the cost for this course?

CLAIRE: That price list you posted yesterday lists it at $1,200.


COST SO FAR: $3,125


Bend, Oregon dentist loses appeal on religious discrimination case

You may remember this case from last fall, when we posted the entire order from Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries after it demanded that Bend dentist Andrew Engel pay a former employee $347,654 for religious discrimination. Engel had pressured his employee to attend a 3-day Scientology symposium, and she quit rather than comply.

Engel appealed, but now the appeals court has upheld BOLI’s fine, saying that Engel didn’t provide enough information to justify reversing the decision.

“We will hold employers accountable if they violate employees’ civil rights,” said BOLI Commissioner Brad Avakian. “I’m pleased that the Oregon Court of Appeals has denied this request by AWE Dental Spa to avoid taking meaningful responsibility for its discriminatory actions.”

Oregon is really standing up for this woman’s rights in this case. We can’t help remembering that Oregon was the site of a very different outcome back in 1985, when pressure by hundreds of church members torpedoed another woman’s search for justice after saying she’d been harmed by Scientology.

And get ready, Portland, we hear from our tipsters there that the new Ideal Org looks almost ready to open, and David Miscavige said at the Birthday Event in March that it was next in line. It’s almost like there’s a new Religious Freedom Crusade happening in Rose City, and this time the local judiciary doesn’t seem so ready to roll over.


Karen de la Carriere examines “Other Practices”

Another interesting video from Karen, J. Swift, and Angry Gay Pope…



Posted by Tony Ortega on April 24, 2013 at 07:00

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