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In Scientology, ‘making it go right’ is everything, even if it wrecks lives

[Sunny, C/Sing at the Celebrity Centre]

We lived a very different life in the Sea Org, with a completely different understanding of how things were done in the “outside” world.

The following story reminds me of the nonchalant way we dealt with matters that we should have taken much more seriously. And it makes me sad to know that I was part of an organization that had this kind of affect on people. The truly sad part is that once it was over, it was no longer on my mind, or anyone else’s. What mattered most in Scientology was “making it go right” so that we met statistics goals that L. Ron Hubbard had set for us. And yet what happened here had long-term consequences, and particularly on one couple that I still think about today. I hope that they did finally truly did sort things out, and not in the oddball and most bizarre “handlings” that Scientology provided, which did not help them at all.

So let me explain by first pointing out that Case Supervisors are the highly trained people — highly trained in Scientology’s “technology,” at least — who oversaw and directed courses of action for those public coming in for auditing (counseling) services. At the time of this story, the Hollywood Celebrity Centre had two main Case Supervisors: myself and Angie LaClaire. Sometimes one of us was busy and the other would help with that persons load of work.

A Case Supervisor sits in an Ivory Tower. A secluded room. They are never supposed to see, meet, or talk to the preclears, or those getting auditing sessions.

One day Angie was not available, and they needed something checked. It was the file for a guy named William, who was asking to go back home to Hawaii. He had completed the program steps that were assigned to him, so I approved for him to leave.


Then an hour later, I had an ethics officer in my office, telling me that she had just physically restrained an eight-month pregnant woman from jumping out the 6th floor of her room on Celebrity Centre property.

Apparently the man I had let leave was in the middle of some sort of handling with this woman, and maybe he should not have left yet.

Of course I was immediately assigned a condition of Liability for this. So I was in big trouble, even though I didn’t actually do anything wrong, based on L. Ron Hubbard’s writings.

Enter Marty Rathbun. Deputy Inspector General for Ethics or some other title to go with all that uniform. I don’t exactly know why Marty was at the Celebrity Centre in the first place, but he did make occasional visits there back in the 90s. He heard about this woman trying to jump from the 6th floor and came up to my office from the President’s Office area to find out what was going on.

As it turned out, the woman was Taiwanese, and she was about to have a child out of wedlock because this man refused to marry her. She knew the life the child would have, and chose to end both of their lives instead of return to Taiwan unwed.

We knew this much when Marty came to see me the first time, and we told him what we knew. All he said to me was “What are you going to DO about it?” I explained my first steps, which was collecting all the files and information on both of these people and find out what was missed. It was assumed that Hubbard technology had not been applied correctly, because if Hubbard had been applied standardly, there would not have been a problem.

Marty was unsatisfied with my response and told me he would be back in two hours to check again. Meanwhile, Angie and our senior, Kathy, seemed to be “deer in headlights” mode, and not giving me any direction or instructions, even though this was both of their jobs, not mine.

I told another ethics person to tell William to get another plane back from Hawaii to LA immediately. William refused to return. Then I told the ethics officer to tell him he was getting a Non-Enturbulation order and he would be SP declared by the end of the day if he didn’t come back. William got on the next flight back to LA.

Meanwhile the woman, who was taken off property, was put under 24-hour watch. All she could do was wait, for days, while we determined our next steps.

Marty came back and we told him we were ordering William back from Hawaii. Again “what are you going to DO about it?” I have no idea what I’m doing at all, to tell you the truth!

I ended up staying up for three days straight poring over every single record for both of these people trying to figure out what we did wrong that made her want to kill herself. I had multiple visits each day, always the same “what are you going to DO about it?” from Marty. I wondered if he was able to ever say anything else.

After much back and forth, finally the ethics officer Paul and I had a talk and ended up resolving that Paul would talk William into marrying this woman. The idea was to downplay it by saying “it’s just a piece of paper.” In the end, William ended up marrying her on paper, he went back to Hawaii, she went back to Taiwan and had the child. Marty, in the end, told us we did good and simply walked away.

This was 30 years ago. And still I wonder what happened after all of that. With life in the closed ranks of the Sea Org, I had no idea what happened with this couple after that, because I did what I had to. I closed it out and walked away.

— Sunny Pereira



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Source Code

“Today I’m going to talk to you severely. Ordinarily I jolly you along, you know, and everybody looks… Well, I hate to be this severe, but you are on the edges of the great adventure. And this separates the sheep from the goats, man. And separates the children from the characters who can do it. And you are adventured upon a period of auditing which requires far more precision, auditor presence and TRs than any auditing we have ever had. There’s certain ways to do this right, and there’s certain ways to do it wrong. The number of ways to do it wrong far exceed the ways to do it right. Any time you have somebody in training, he can always invent some new ways to do it wrong, but it’s very, very funny that he never invents — almost never — some way to do it right. Because the odds are very bad. The truth of the matter is that the auditing which you are embarked upon is in actual fact simpler than you would believe and simpler than you will believe for some time. And the main thing you are doing with it is far too much complication. That’s all. Just the complexities you’re adding into it are defeating you. And you’re taking too much time to accomplish what you’re accomplishing.” — L. Ron Hubbard, May 2, 1963


Avast, Ye Mateys

“The UK and SA inquiry scenes look hopeful if we keep our fingers crossed and the Gdn Office keeps as active as it has been, which we’re sure it will. This is the real power house that’s in action… We now own the 174′ MY Grinnel and as soon as it’s out of dock it will be the US Station Ship. It’s very sleek, has engines only slightly less HP than Apollos. Two strong 2000 HP GMs… Flag is now a happier atmosphere. In the field thanks to the days of raw recruits and Berez and the lies of B. Green in NY we’re looked on as a violent and savage ship. It’s a lie so it will blow away. Doesn’t do any harm anyway.” — The Commodore, May 2, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“The 1.1 subversive communists that have to be taken out of the communication lines of the public (for society to survive) have been identified! Daily Mail: ‘Big Tech moguls donated millions to groups tied to BLM co-founder.’ Covert hostility (1.1) commie leaders have to be sent to cantonements (FEMA camps) in times of political turmoil. According to LRH in the book ‘Science of Survival.’ How’s that going to be done? Otherwise, society will collapse.”



Past is Prologue

2000: Rod Keller posted details of a secret Scientology plan to boost revenues for Battlefield Earth in a ticket refund scheme. “Scientologists are quietly being told when they go to the theater to see BE they are to buy extra tickets. They are then to return the unused tickets to a person who is designated in their area for a refund. Those who might seek the refund are to be asked if they would like to make that as a ‘donation,’ saving the refund costs. In some cases, some staff are being designated to go and buy a block of tickets, but not too many to be noticed, (say 6-8) and not even go but take them back to the org for the refund. This is to be done for several weeks. Scientologists are being told to do it as a ‘birthday present to Ron.’ Some already love the idea of making it #1. They are also being told they can give the tickets to friends to promote Hubbard, another idea they also like. ASI has set aside several million dollars for this that they will mark off in some ‘promotional’ manner. The heaviest is to be done in the first week as that is the first make/break point and then it will go into week #2. In fact, there is a whole BE-promo team that has been set up to coordinate this, to make sure the Scientologists go and that they buy the extra tickets.”


Random Howdy

“The visual image of Tom the Jumping Jackass is priceless in itself and will stay with me for a very long time.”


Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Preliminary hearing set for May 18.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay sentenced to 9 years in prison. Jeff’s sentencing to be scheduled.
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Trial scheduled for May 20 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for June 18.

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Oral arguments were heard on July 30 at the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Petition for writ of mandate denied Oct 22 by Cal 2nd Appellate District. Petition for review by state supreme court denied Dec 11.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Dec 30, Judge Kleifield granted Scientology’s motions to compel arbitration. June 7: Status conference.
Matt and Kathy Feschbach tax debt: Eleventh Circuit ruled on Sept 9 that Feshbachs can’t discharge IRS debt in bankruptcy. Dec 17: Feshbachs sign court judgment obliging them to pay entire $3.674 million tax debt, plus interest from Nov 19.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Second amended complaint filed, trial set for Nov 9, 2021.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, Cannane victorious, awarded court costs. Case appealed on Dec 24.

Concluded litigation:
Dennis Nobbe, Medicare fraud, PPP loan fraud: Charged July 29. Bond revoked Sep 14. Nobbe dead, Sep 14.
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe dismissed the lawsuit on May 15 after the Clearwater Police dropped their criminal investigation of her allegations.


SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks

The Australian Seven News network cancelled a 10-part investigation of Scientology and its history of dirty tricks. Read the transcripts of the episodes and judge for yourself why Tom Cruise and Tommy Davis might not have wanted viewers to see this hard-hitting series by journalist Bryan Seymour.


After the success of their double-Emmy-winning, three-season A&E series ‘Scientology and the Aftermath,’ Leah Remini and Mike Rinder continue the conversation on their podcast, ‘Scientology: Fair Game.’ We’ve created a landing page where you can hear all of the episodes so far.


An episode-by-episode guide to Leah Remini’s three-season, double-Emmy winning series that changed everything for Scientology watching. Originally aired from 2016 to 2019 on the A&E network, and now on Netflix.


Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Other links: Scientology’s Ideal Orgs, from one end of the planet to the other. Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society. Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in a weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] Georgia anti-psychiatry legislator goes even bigger for Scientology in the pandemic
[TWO years ago] What it’s like on the Scientology measles ship right now, according to former crew
[THREE years ago] Fifty years later and post-Scientology, 60’s band People! aims for a comeback
[FOUR years ago] Judge Whittemore puts his foot down: Scientology, cough up those phone numbers!
[FIVE years ago] ABC’s ’20/20′ let Scientology trash Ron Miscavige — but here’s what you didn’t get to hear
[SIX years ago] More testimony that Scientology’s celebrities know all about Sea Org deprivations
[SEVEN years ago] SCIENTOLOGY DENIED: Federal judge finds that Garcia fraud lawsuit can continue
[EIGHT years ago] Dianetics: Super Colon Blow For Your Mind
[NINE years ago] Kate Bornstein’s Amazing Voyage


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 2,289 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,793 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,313 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,333 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,224 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,531 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,399 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,173 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,503 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,977 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,293 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,859 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,778 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,946 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,527 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,788 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,826 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,539 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,064 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 419 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,594 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,145 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,294 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,614 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,469 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,588 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,944 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,247 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,353 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,755 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,627 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,210 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,705 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,959 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,068 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on May 2, 2021 at 07:00

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