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In Scientology the ‘executive’ bossing you around is likely to be half your age

You can rest when you’re dead. That should be the motto of Scientology’s Sea Org. (It’s actually “We come back,” a not so subtle reference to being an indentured servant working under a billion-year contract, lifetime after lifetime.)

Since leaving the Sea Org, like many others I’ve found it hard to get a full night of rest. It feels like I am always just a little awake, waiting for some urgent matter to show up in the middle of the night, just as it often did while I was in the Sea Org.

And then I remember the absolute ridiculous situations where I was woken in the middle of the night and what I had to do that was so urgent.

I remember, for example, being startled awake by loud banging on my Sea Org apartment door. “Sunny! Get up! You need to come in to the org RIGHT NOW!!!” It was 4 in the morning. The person making the racket was my 15-year-old “senior.” I had been in the Sea Org nearly as many years as she’d been alive. I was already a highly trained Case Supervisor (one big step up from the auditors of Scientology).


It’s odd that some days in the Sea Org, not much really is going on until something happens that becomes so urgent, everyone must drop everything (including food and sleep) to complete whatever this urgent task is.

So I went with her into the org. She needed me to fill out a paper for someone that they wanted to move from one post to another. It requires a sheet from the Case Supervisor that shows that the person is mentally stable enough for their new job. It takes about five minutes to fill out.

As soon as she had it, she took off. And I was stuck there in the middle of the night with no way back home.

This wasn’t just a one-time incident. It’s all over on all Sea Org bases. I can remember countless times where the Senior Case Supervisor at Flag, an elderly man named Richard, would be getting ordered around by 15-year-old Commodores Messengers. They would order him to skip certain work and do other work first, or take on some assignment or other that would completely remove him from his assigned duties. Several times I witnessed a particular messenger pounding on Richard’s door and demanding entrance. She would then insist that he stop whatever he was doing and take on whatever assignment she had for him. He had to do it too, that was the hierarchy set up and approved by Hubbard.

I can remember whenever I’d be approached by one of these messengers, it was an “oh no” moment, because you knew whatever you had planned for the day was out the window. You were about to get a new assignment. And not just that, you had to be happy and excited about it, or they might add punishment on top of it.

This is normal in the Sea Org. The Sea Org, once you sign up, owns you.

One of the aspects of how the Sea Org environment gets overrun with children ordering around people much older than them is for this reason:

The very first step of the Sea Org is going through what is called the EPF, or “Estates Project Force.” This is where you learn competence and confidence in being a Sea Org member. This is where all Sea Org members learn to get past their “WOG” indoctrination of how organizations should run, and how people get things done.

To pass this EPF, you must be able to study to get through the course requirements. You also must be able to show that you can handle any physical task assigned (such as galley cleaning, mowing, window washing, moving items, etc.). You also must show you are ready to command a team of people to get a job done. This not only teaches children to boss around their elders, it demands it.

Once they graduate this program, then they are allowed to be assigned a post. So why is it that so many children end up bossing around elderly Sea Org members?

Well, because of strict requirements of who can be assigned the executive posts. With a small pool of available Sea Org members, they have to find someone who qualifies. Most times, people who have lived longer have been around a few blocks and don’t qualify for those posts anymore. For example, many require no drug history, or no promiscuity in their past (a reminder about the story here about Life Histories and why the org would know all of these things in the first place). So what happens is only the youngest of Sea Org members end up qualifying for these positions. And therefore, they end up bossing around everyone else.

So the majority of the Sea Org are youngsters who have no life experience. And they are saving the world.

Growing up that route, it didn’t take me long time after leaving the Sea Org to figure out that the Sea Org was not accomplishing anything.

— Sunny Pereira



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Source Code

“Let’s start back a little further, where you will find quite a few PCs. And that is the Marcab, or the Big Dipper area of this particular galaxy, which received the immigration from another galaxy into this galaxy, and which set up a society which kept going for a very, very long time — a society which is something on the order of about 208,000 years back on the track. Now, that period rather ended and ceased and desisted for that particular society somewhere about 10,000 years ago. So you see, that is a long, rough society. Well now, oddly enough, people went out of that society as thetans and came back into it again. So you get that society, the Marcab society, punctuated with lives spent in completely unidentified, Lord-knows-where planets. And you get such odd things, you know, as fish people. You know? Well, where did they come from? Who are they?” — L. Ron Hubbard, November 27, 1959


Avast, Ye Mateys

“MISUNDERSTOOD NIXON: Imagine my surprise and hilarity to find that President Nixon is pursuing current economic policies because of a misunderstood word…The word ‘inflation’ is being used in a mis-defined definition by the Administration. All this Wage-Price freeze that Nixon has been putting on is because he thinks the word ‘inflation’ is caused by and means ‘prices increasing.’ He and his beer hall buddies publicly state that ‘the rate of increase in prices is synonymous with the rate of inflation.’ Therefore, all one has to do is freeze wages and one will cure inflation…Looking over this literature I see that when I studied economics at Princeton University I came to some conclusions which were so obvious to me that I thought they were a part of the textbooks…Anyway, the economic trouble we are handling and our hard work to survive and remain viable is being made necessary because of a misunderstood word.” — The Commodore, November 27, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“I have found that all my primary relationships are relationships of long duration with people I have known from many different times and places in not only this universe but also the universe outside this one… The 2D universe of the Spiritual Family… and the universes and dimensions beyond.”



Past is Prologue

1999: The (London) Times published an article this week on a Scientology celebrity event to be held in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve. “The Scientologists are planning an enormous end of year bash for some 20,000 followers, drawn to LA by the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard – and the possibility of rubbing shoulders with John Travolta, Tom Cruise and the rest of the celebrity tribe who have been drawn to this secretive and controversial religious organisation. The partying will begin on December 28 and go on for three days, with the happy pilgrims attending a series of seminars. The organisers are still trying to secure suitable venues, and their travel agents are making block hotel bookings. [A] spokeswoman could not confirm whether celebrities would definitely attend – but she didn’t rule it out either. But what she could promise was that there would be well-known faces performing in the Christmas play. Next week, Kirstie Alley (of Cheers fame), and another television comedy star, Jenna Elfman, will be among those performing skits in what is billed as ‘a 1930s-style radio show’. Profits from the show go to The Police Activities League, a youth development programme.”


Random Howdy

“In ‘Road To Xenu’ Margery Wakefield recounts sitting around in the Sea Org cafeteria watching Star Trek and they were laughing because the wogs didn’t realize that the stuff on the screen was the writer’s suppressed whole track memories. Hubbard said somewhere that science fiction, if not all fiction, was whole track memories unbeknownst to its authors.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Next hearing set for February 8. Trial scheduled for August 29, 2022.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), false imprisonment, aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Hearing scheduled for November 30.
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: Pretrial conference December 17 in Los Angeles

David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for February 11.
Joseph ‘Ben’ Barton, Medicare fraud: Pleaded guilty, awaiting sentencing.

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Eleventh Circuit affirmed ruling granting Scientology’s motion for arbitration. Garcias considering next move.
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ US Supreme Court denied Valerie’s petition Oct 4.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: California Supreme Court granted review on May 26 and asked the Second Appellate Division to direct Judge Steven Kleifield to show cause why he granted Scientology’s motion for arbitration. Oral arguments held November 2, awaiting a ruling.
Matt and Kathy Feschbach tax debt: Eleventh Circuit ruled on Sept 9, 2020 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: Third amended complaint filed, trial set for June 28, 2022.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, Cannane victorious, awarded court costs. Case appealed on Dec 23. Appeal hearing held Aug 23-27. Awaiting a ruling.



We first broke the news of the LAPD’s investigation of Scientology celebrity Danny Masterson on rape allegations in 2017, and we’ve been covering the story every step of the way since then. At this page we’ve collected our most important links, including our four days in Los Angeles covering the preliminary hearing and its ruling, which has Danny facing trial and the potential sentence of 45 years to life in prison.


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 BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks. 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] Superhuman Scientology OT 8 makes news for being unable to control matter, space, and time
[TWO years ago] The rapey Danny Masterson movie clip someone doesn’t want you to see
[THREE years ago] Leah Remini starts third season with bombshell Scientology escape story
[FOUR years ago] Don’t give short shrift to one of Scientology’s most defining qualities – its arrogance
[FIVE years ago] What you’ll find on the menu at the clinic run by a physician who’s also a Scientologist
[SIX years ago] Scientology wants to force a drug rehab center on Maryland: Here’s the local county’s response
[SEVEN years ago] An iconic Scientology building in Hollywood is in pre-foreclosure, and what that portends
[EIGHT years ago] Vivian Kubrick Surfaces in the Oddest Possible Way: At an Alex Jones Rally
[NINE years ago] Stephen Kent’s New Article on Scientology’s War With Psychiatry
[TEN years ago] Scientology Sunday Service: Mind Control and Your Open Thread


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 2,497 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,002 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,522 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,542 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,433 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,740 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,608 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,382 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,712 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,186 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,502 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,068 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,987 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,155 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,736 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,997 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,033 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,748 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,273 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 628 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,803 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,354 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,503 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,823 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,678 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,797 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,153 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,456 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,562 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,960 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,836 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,419 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,914 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,168 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,277 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on November 27, 2021 at 07:00

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