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The Document: When Scientology canceled ‘Family Time’

Martin_Ottman2Martin Ottmann was in Scientology relatively briefly: He first got involved in Stuttgart in 1989, joined the Sea Organization and went to Clearwater in 1990, and by the end of 1992, after returning to Germany, he was out. Since then, however, he’s become known for his dogged pursuit of documents that reflect every possible detail of Scientology management and Scientology life. We asked him to bring some of his expertise to the Underground Bunker and help us dig into the dark corners of this secretive organization.

To start things off, Martin sent us a 1989 document that was smuggled out of Scientology’s Pacific Area Command (PAC Base), its big Los Angeles complex in the former Cedars of Lebanon Hospital. The document describes a change in policy that made it even more difficult for Sea Org parents to spend time with their children. Sea Org members are Scientology’s most dedicated workers — they sign billion-year contracts and work 110-hour weeks for pennies an hour.

A stamp on the document, Martin points out, shows that it was probably used in a deposition of Scientology’s nominal president, Heber Jentzsch. We have for you a difficult-to-read image of the document itself, and then a transcript.

“It would be interesting to have Mareka Brousseau comment on this document, as it falls into the time frame when she was a cadet herself,” Martin tells us. And so we did ask for Mareka’s comment, which follows the transcript.

 

Pac Orgs Schedules & Family Time (1989)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTIVE

CLO WUS ED #293
6 November 89
CMO PAC
FCB
CLO
ALL PAC SO ORGS

PAC ORGS SCHEDULES & FAMILY TIME

A long standing part of the PAC schedule for parents has been one hour family time each day, and it has been noted that several parents are still taking that time on a daily basis, though it is not part of the new established schedules in the PAC orgs.

A thorough research revealed that there is no LRH reference covering Sea Org members taking 1 hour family time per day. Also to have such break in schedules in the middle of production has been found to be detrimental to production and to violate LRH reference on keeping the form of org there.

This issue is not to imply that the relationship between you and your child is non-productive to the Sea Org. But to spend time with your child, i.e., an hour a day, not only effects production on the 3rd Dynamic, but also gives very little time to create and produce a viable product on the 2nd Dynamic.

There is far more value to be upstat on your post on a daily basis and reward yourself and your family with a liberty day which then can be used to create good comm lines and production on the 2nd Dynamic.

This is a better utilization of production time, not only on the 3rd Dynamic, but also as well for the production on the 2nd Dynamic.

The new schedule does provide for exercise time, adequate travel and sleep time, personal CSP, standard liberties, LRH tape play, adequate study, etc…and goes in effect immediatly for each PAC orgs.

Actions are also ongoing to provide better and more efficient services for Sea Org children and cadets to make them competent Sea Org members in the future.

Alain Gouessan
CO’s PAC MAA PAC
PRODUCTION MSN 2ND

For
Lt Cmdr Vicky Zahler
COMMANDING OFFICER PAC
PAC PRODUCTION MSN I/C

Authorized by
LRH COMM WUS

For the
Church of Scientology
Western United States

 
Mareka_BakusMAREKA: Family Time was an hour every day which most parents took around their dinnertime in order to have two hours with their children daily. Family Time began to be canceled for most Sea Org Orgs (and yes, that is correct Sea Org terminology) in 1988.

Two years previously, in 1986 Family Day was cancelled. It was held once a year around early Spring. It was an entire day out for Sea Org parents with children that the Sea Org paid for. One year it was held on Easter and we had an entire day at a huge park, hunting for Easter eggs. Another year we went to a water park and again Sea Org paid, but like everything in the Sea Org, all good things must come to an end.

So back to the Executive Directive. Notice that it says, “This issue is not to imply that the relationship between you and your child is non-productive to the Sea Org.”

This makes me incredibly angry as it is a disgusting lie. They may as well just outright say that the one hour you spend with your child is one hour that you are not producing anything for the Sea Org. They don’t like that, but they try to convey it nicely: “But to spend time with your child, i.e., an hour a day, not only affects production on the 3rd Dynamic, but also gives very little time to create and produce a viable product on the 2nd Dynamic.”

In essence, you’re losing us money and your kid is not going to miss an hour a day with you.

“There is far more value to be upstat on your post on a daily basis and reward yourself and your family with a liberty day which then can be used to create good comm lines and production on the 2nd Dynamic.”

(As a Sea Org member you are entitled to a “liberty” (a day off) every other week if you are upstat.)

This is a very, very clever way of getting Sea Org members to give up their daily hour with their children (7 hours a week) by making them believe that their daily family time isn’t doing their children any good, and that instead they should seek an entire day off with their child every other week. But getting a liberty every other week is not always practical and relies on many steps to happen.

In the first place the Sea Org member has to be upstat (their statistics must be higher than that of the previous week; they must always be competing with their personal best). And then maybe, possibly, if they are upstat the week their liberty is due and if they can get someone to cover their post while they’re off and if they get approval from their direct senior, his senior, and his senior’s senior, and then only if they can guarantee that their stats will not crash from taking their liberty, and if they already have their products lined up for the following week, will they then be allowed to take their day off with their child….Possibly.

To put it bluntly you are giving up 14 hours a week with your children (and daily contact), for a chance to spend 7 hours with them every other week (at best).

“This is a better utilization of production time, not only on the 3rd Dynamic, but also as well for the production on the 2nd Dynamic.”

There’s the carrot, now lead on good donkey….

This ED’s sole purpose is to undermine Family Time, undermine the family unit and parent/children relations. With Family Day gone and now Family Time, it has paved the way for the utter destruction of any family life within the Sea Org. Next year we will have the ranches — PAC and Int — and everyone in Pacific Area Command will be distributed like lost orphans to the ranches. Then parents will find it an incredible feat just to try to see their children briefly once a week. Then it will become common for parents to go years without seeing their children. It will eventually become the norm for Sea Org parents to ship their teenage children off to distant relatives if they are too troublesome or if they refuse to join the Sea Org. The lucky ones will end up with only a few psychological/abandonment issues but will at least be able to hold down a job. The not so lucky ones will become drug addicts and prostitutes.

THE BUNKER: Thank you for that powerful image of life in the Sea Org, Mareka. And Martin, we’re looking forward to the next document.

 
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Scientology plays Florida officials for the saps they are

We’re sorry, Florida, but you’ve had more than enough time to wake up about Scientology and how it operates. We’re feeling no pity for Hernando County which, Joe Childs reported last night, will end up paying $1.97 million as a result of mediation after being found guilty of discrimination against Scientology’s drug rehab center in Spring Hill, Suncoast Rehabilitation Center.

Get this: The Narconon rehab center is taking the money even though it’s not even sticking around to enjoy its victory, which gave it the legal right to expand its facility in Spring Hill. Instead, another (non-Scientology) rehab network, Maryland-based Rivermend Health, is taking over the place as Suncoast moves down to Clearwater, into a former Baptist church.

Plans to convert the Baptist church into a full-blown rehab center (with saunas for the Scientology Purification Rundown) have already been drawn up, even though the facility has only applied for a “halfway house” license.

Meanwhile, Childs revealed that when it didn’t get its way initially in Hernando County in 2011, Suncoast rented three additional locations for staff and patients, which was a violation of its license.

So let’s add it up. A Narconon center — a business steeped in deceptive practices, as we’ve seen in numerous examples around the country — tries to expand against the wishes of the local county, flouts state law when it doesn’t get its way, then sues the county, wins nearly $2 million, but is now moving to a different place where it will have a license that doesn’t allow the kinds of treatments we all know they’ll keep on doing anyay.

But the local, state, and federal officials in this country are so ignorant about an organization which has been flouting the law and harming people in exactly the same ways, over and over again for more than 60 years, we really find it hard to feel sorry for them.

Florida deserves Scientology.

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on August 27, 2014 at 07:25

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