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KID CORPS: Scientology wanted to turn children into little machines of Sea Org efficiency

Like anything else in Scientology, how children are treated is governed by a huge number of policies and reports, and in this series we’re looking documents that show how children were treated under the ideas of L. Ron Hubbard. We’re fortunate that one man has done so much to collect huge numbers of such documents — Mark “Warrior” Plummer, who left Scientology in 1983, and is pretty legendary for the collection of church materials he’s amassed. Also helping us is Sunny Pereira, who for several weeks has been working with Mark to pull out key documents for us to discuss.

The Bunker: Sunny, today’s document dates from 1979, and it’s about the setting up of a “Sea Org school” for children at the Los Angeles headquarters. Help us navigate it.

Sunny: This document explains how schooling of children was successful on the ship Apollo with L. Ron Hubbard, where the children were all together with stable nannies and tutors, from 1967 to 1975.


The Bunker: And where kids were stuck in the chain locker for days at a time if they misbehaved.

Sunny: The school was run on Flag Orders, issued by Hubbard. And the AB checksheet is mentioned, which is the Able Bodied Seaman checksheet, which taught sea basics to all Sea Org members. The children were put through this training as a first step into becoming full Sea Org members. So that’s what’s happening here, they want to make this school turn out little Sea Org members.

The Bunker: And how do they plan to do that?

Sunny: In the Cadet Org, we were taught that Scientology was the only road out. We learned that society was on its way out. We were made to believe the outside world was a dangerous place. And that if you could not make it in the Sea Org, you would be cast out into that dangerous world. Also, the fact that you could not make the grade into the Sea Org, that made you a degraded being, and not only would you be close to last to being salvaged, but it would either take a long time to salvage you, or you might be stuck here for eternity. We learned early on that family ties were temporary, in this lifetime only, and the future of our planet was far more important than who our parents were.

The Bunker: So how are they going to accomplish this?

Sunny: This project names two people who are given a couple of weeks to accomplish a large number of steps. The first major target indicates that the school must be run per “WIAC” — the policy “What Is A Course.” In other words, the school they are setting up must be set up like a standard Scientology courseroom with dictionaries, demo kits, clay, course supervisors, and word clearers. There is no indication anywhere that the school must be set up under government regulations at all. Another major target is to get all the children, even under 6 years old, to apply Sea Org tech to all areas of their lives.

The Bunker: Yeah, that doesn’t sound like something that would be in county or state regulations.

Sunny: One of the things this document instructs them to do as they set up the school is to have two people sit across from each other, and read aloud Hubbard references about schooling to each other. Any time they flub a word, they must find a word they don’t understand, clear it up using a dictionary, then reread the text flawlessly. Each issue can take a few hours. So this part may have taken quite some time, with M9, a tedious type of word clearing.

The Bunker: Doesn’t sound like what you would usually find at a school board meeting.

Sunny: This document also echoes something we saw this week on Leah Remini’s show — that it’s against Scientology policy to be “reasonable” when you’re trying to meet goals. You can’t be reasonable in Scientology and accept that something can’t be done the way it’s written. An example is if any of these steps violate city or county codes for setting up a school. Well, that is being reasonable and a huge no-no. You follow your project orders as written. Make it work, make it go right. End of story.

The Bunker: There are a lot of additional steps listed. What’s the overall point of this exercise?

Sunny: This is the machine they want to have set up for the children: Get them able to read. Teach them LRH study tech. Teach them the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic (on Delphi checksheets). Make the children Scientologists by having them do the HAS Course (now the HQS course). Groom them into Sea Org members with the AB checksheet. Then have them do Staff Status courses, which teach them the basics on what an org is and does, and where and how they fit in. This is where they learn early on to “Make it go right.” Then have them do courses that train them for whatever post they have been assigned to. Nowhere in here are county codes, guidance for teachers, curricula, grades, or even parents. We take your children, make them into soldiers and pass them onto the Sea Org.

The Bunker: Thank you, Sunny. Here’s the document itself.




CADET ESTATES ORG ED #6 2 August 1979


PROGRAM PERSONNEL: Patti LaMarr I/C, David Sund 2nd

PROGRAM INFO: After spending almost a year on the school curriculum and part of this year on setting up the school, there is no product (i.e. child who has gotten a school grade from this work or even child who fully applies study tech and Sea Org basics.

The pjts. done so far to get the school set up have been largely organize, not production.

The LRH intention for the Cadets as regards their training is “The little shavers on Flag did wonderfully with stable nannies and tutors and really only when they had an Sea Org school as a special part of this action that ran on FO’s. They loved it and could then be persuaded over to the three R’s. They all made an AB and were pleased with themselves and felt superior. Even little four year olds. Their school room was all decorated with Sea Org and AB type of items.” Consultant

We have been operating way off purpose on the school. The important thing is to get the training going on Sea Org basics and if not already done at school, the 3 R’s. Of course, a lot of Word Clearing goes along with the above, especially since the children have accumulated a lot of MU’s at school already. This pgm. is designed to carry out Consultant intention.

PROJECT PURPOSE: Competent, well trained children who are assets to the Sea Org and are resources.


1) A school run totally per WIAC. [“What is a course.”]
2) Children cleaned up on past MU’s. [Misunderstood words.]

3) Basic SO [Sea Org] tech being taught and applied by children and Cadets.


1) Accept responsibility for this pjt. and postulate its full success.
2) *rate these pjt. orders.
3) M9 *rate the LRH orders relevant to setting up a school including the transcript just gotten from Flag.
4) Do a large clay demo on LRH’s intention re the children training with a checkout on this by MCEE I/O.
5) Study the key W/C issues including W/C Series 60R, W/C Series 61, HCO PL 26 Jan 72 I, LRH ED 302, 302-1, HCO PL Cope and Organise and HCO PL Courses, Their Ideal Scene.
6) M9 *rate WIAC. Demo out what you have to have in, in order to have this PL in.
7) Clay demo the Pjt Purpose.


1) Done get reasonable with any reasons why this pgm can’t be done.
2) “You will find MU’s behind every slowed or bugged target…”
3) Establish the school as top priority.
4) Apply policy and tech to the hilt always and don’t give verbal tech ever.

5) Make the school into a super efficient, high producing high morale team.
6) Get WIAC in in the school fully.
7) Hold the form of the School once established and don’t let anything out across it.
8) Ensure you stay on 50 percent production, 50 percent organize.
9) Keep in excellent liaison with CEO recruiter on prospects for your school.


0) Get Trina Falston
A) Through her conditions
B) Through her crashing MJ handling in area of supervision
C) Through W/C and starrate of LRH orders on the school
D) Posted as Course Sup

00) Get Debbie Radstrom
a) Through Crashing MU handling in the area of the school
b) Through W/C and starrate of LRH orders on the school
c) Posted as Course Sup/Word Clearer

1) Quickly go over the space in the Singer building and plan out where you are going to have 1) your courseroom for children who can’t yet read 2) your courseroom for children who can read 3) your W/Cing space 4) your practical courseroom 5) course admin space. Get this approved (handroute) by CO

2) Mock up the courserooms and W/C space with all available materials in the Singer, in the Fountain and on the 3rd floor parking structure. Use Cadets to help.

3) Quickly go over the Delphian basic reading, writing and arithmetic checksheets and qual them for in-techness. If ok get enough copies made up for the courseroom. If not, correct them, get I/A and then run off copies.

4) Check to see if there is a checksheet made up for the GO study booklet. If so, do the qual cycle as in #3 and run off. If no checksheet exists make one up fast and get it ok’d and run off

5) Get copies of the children’s HAS course and the AB checksheet. Have enough copies made up.

6) Work out a schedule for the school. Put this out in issue form and groove in the governors and children on it.

7) Get the children who can’t read and write onto the basic reading and writing checksheets.

8) take the children who can read and put them on the study checksheets.

9) Once a child completes his reading, writing and arithmetic courses and study course he would get tipped for the HAS course and then the other basic Sea Org courses.

10) Quickly make up a routing form which takes students from the point of being tipped in Qual to the point of getting through a course and back to qual and through their exam.

11) Ensure your Qual terminal has a basic tip in writing for all children and Cadets which includes 1) reading or writing checksheets for those who can’t do this yet 2) the Study Course for those who can read 3) full cleanup of past school and study MU’s 4) HAS course 5) AB checklist 6) SSO, I & II and 7) Mini hat, Full hat.

12) Get each child tipped for his courses.

13) Get the remainder of the course materials you will need out of the $2,000.00 we have, ie simple and big dictionaries, clay, tables & chairs, meters for W/Cers, etc.

14) With the help of children, parents, donations, etc. decorate the school so it is really SO and ship style.

15) Set up the flow lines of the school so that no children can possibly fall off the lines anywhere for any reason.

16) Drill the lines by sending a couple of children through and handle any bugged flows.

17) Get the Sups to get in daily supervisor checklists. Get this in as a standard action.

18) Set up study graphs for the children and ensure these are watched closely for slumps (which would include an immediate handling to debug).

19) Get in the keeping of state by all staff & push production daily at product conference and while doing inspections, etc.

20) Once the school is set up and producing viable products, request OK to terminate.



The other shoe drops in Hungary

Our man in Hungary, Péter Bonyai, has a surprising update there on last week’s raid…

There are some new charges brought against the C of S in Hungary.

According to various sources and an allegedly leaked internal police document, the police investigation focuses on four areas:

1. Abuse and misuse of personal data. According to the Hungarian criminal code, it is considered to be a felony, if done for financial gain or causes significant personal damage to someone.
Not much is known about this angle (it has been officially confirmed by the police and that’s it). As I said in the earlier post, the police investigation is independent of the findings by the Hungarian data protection agency. Presumably one or more ex-Scientologists made a police report after an incident involving the Church and their secrets. But this is just conjecture at this point.

2. Narconon Hungary is being investigated for practicing medicine without license (it is about the Purification Rundown). This has been confirmed by the person, who filed the original police report. The outcome might affect the Church in Hungary, as they sell essentially the same thing.

3. The National Tax and Customs Office are investigating the Church for tax evasion. This has been confirmed by the agency itself. According to unnamed sources, the main area of focus is the so-called religious services sold by the Church – everything they make is invoiced and reported as “donations” with a 0 percent tax rate. The Tax Office might consider these to be actual commercial services sold – this means that VAT should have been paid on them (which is 27 percent in Hungary). If this charge sticks, the Church might face a massive tax bill.
Also, as part of this investigation, all assets and bank accounts of the Church in Hungary have been frozen – though they still can use their building and conduct their operations.

4. According to unconfirmed reports, the fourth charge is “espionage.” The Hungarian Criminal Code says this: “Any person who engages in gathering intelligence for a foreign power or foreign organization against Hungary is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment between two to eight years.”

Anyone who is familiar with OSA might see why this suspicion arose. It is a very serious accusation (it is considered to be “an offense against the State,” a separate legal category), so I prefer not to elaborate this any further.

The Church’s reaction:

The Church denies each of these accusations and accuses the authorities with religious persecution. Also, it “encourages” its members to post supportive messages on their private Facebook pages, “come out” as Scientologists if they had not done so already and share religious recognitions of Scientology. They are also paying for a huge amount of Facebook and Google ads.

Update: Reportedly, VM tent will go up on one of the main squares of Budapest on Saturday…

— Péter Bonyai


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,915 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 61 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,124 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 1,898 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,672 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,018 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,512 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,552 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,264 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 790 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,879 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,019 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,339 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,314 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 670 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 4,972 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,078 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,481 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,354 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 935 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,440 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,684 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,793 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on October 27, 2017 at 07:00

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