Copied in full in case the post is deleted from http://luke-catton.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/a-new-leaf.html#994653841657006352 Part 1 My name is Lucas (Luke) Catton. I was a Scientologist for 12 years. I am a graduate of Narconon Chilocco and worked with Narconon for five years, including being the president of Narconon Arrowhead for a couple of years. After that I was one of the top field staff members referring people into Narconon centers for another five years, where I also did volunteer projects, helped with PR activities, wrote articles and press releases and assisted other referral groups. I escorted my wife out to LA for some auditing and training in the summer of 2006, and on July 4th I met with Rena Weinberg, president of ABLE International, in her office. She told me she wanted me to go back on staff at Narconon and be the president of Arrowhead again, but I declined. There are so many angles I can take with my story, and not sure where to go to keep it of somewhat easily-readable length, so this will be a pretty condensed version of what happened. It still will be a lot to read, I'm sure. I moved from Oklahoma back to Georgia in December of 2006. My daughter was born in April of 2007. In July of 2007 the Basics campaign was unleashed and hell started to unleash with endless calls for buying more and donating more. In February of 2008 the Flag World Tour came to the local church of Scientology in Atlanta. My wife was regged (sold/recruited) to go for a Flag-only service. Upon her arrival in Clearwater, things went immediately bad as I went from not having enough money (but very little debt), to getting a new credit card (with the "help" of a Flag staff member, no less), that many more thousands of dollars were racked up on immediately. You are put on the spot, in the middle of several Sea Org members saying things such as "This is the greatest good" and "You want your wife to have wins and gains, don't you?". That was my first real Flag experience, and it only got worse from there. After her three-week stay in Clearwater she came home and said she wanted to move there, and "wasn't going to make it" if we didn't. However, we just bought a new house that we hadn't even lived in for a year and a half yet, had a young child not even a year old, and I was starting to get really annoyed with the church. Reluctantly, I agreed, to try and help my wife and save my marriage. Just before we moved to Clearwater, the first Anonymous protest happened. It was actually sort of scary to see so many people protesting the church in person, especially with all the masks and the "briefing" given to us by church staff members about how Anonymous was a "cyber terrorist" group (I later found out much different and that your average Scientologist and average Anonymous member have many things in common). We lived in Clearwater for two and a half years. It was hell, quite honestly, and insanity. Things didn't make sense. Constant badgering for money for all kinds of projects, campaigns, services and materials, people routinely showing up at my house unannounced asking for tens of thousands of dollars, people having to re-do services with no real explanation other than "it was wrong before and we have to fix it now". I watched as the insanity was somehow continually justified by the majority of people. Despite making more money that ever, I kept sinking further into debt, giving over 150,000 to the church for various things just during the time in Clearwater - let alone everything before that. One day we we saw the copy of Freedom Magazine from the church that followed up the St. Pete Times' Truth Rundown series. Freedom openly admitted to the violence and mistreatment of staff, yet tried to blame it on those that were now speaking out against them. Slowly I began to read some articles and watch some clips and discover more and more. I started learning more about disconnection, the forced abortions, other violence, and people missing. I finally read that Truth Rundown series as well - The Freedom Magazine piqued my interest. I also found out all the lies about the Super Power Building, the Ideal Orgs around the country, and much, much more. My questions about it all to various Sea Org members got differing answers, with nobody ever really willing to tell me what they really knew or not knowing themselves. I decided I'd call my friend Rena, whom I hadn't spokent to since Sept. of 2006. The problem was, nobody could tell me where she was. I asked people at Narconon, people at ABLE, even called her husband and the Vice President of the Church, yet either they didn't know or they wouldn't tell me. So I kept digging and reading more and more. During the summer of 2010 my wife stated she wanted to go back and work at Arrowhead in Oklahoma. I jumped at the chance to get the hell out of Clearwater and flew out and bought a house. We moved in August. By that fall I was becoming more disgusted with the whole operation and wound up on Marty Rathbun's blog while searching for Rena online, as a commenter had also asked about her. I posted some anonymous comments for a while and emailed a few people asking questions, and I learned about "The Hole" and that she had been held captive in there. I also wound up learning much more about the corruption of the church leaders and its history, both from his blog and other sites. I tried to address some of it with my wife, but she flat out refused to look at any "entheta" or "black PR", and was soon reporting me to people at Flag. In January of 2011 she begged me to go to Flag to get the situation handled. I reluctantly agreed finally, but made her promise that if I get "declared" (labeled as a Suppressive Person), that she would never try and prevent me from seeing my daughter. She agreed. Just before this time I had also decided I did not want to be a referral source for Narconon anymore and started to sell my websites. I was convinced to sell them to someone "in the network", rather than getting a higher price for going outside (rehab referrals and lead generation is practiced outside of Narconon, too). I caved in, trying to do the "right" thing, and accepted less money and over a longer period of time. I was later cheated out of a lot of the money that was owed, through a loophole in the contract I overlooked out of trust for those purchasing the sites. It actually took a couple of trips before I got high up enough in the command chain to get somewhere. I was lured into having a meeting with someone at my hotel, because I was not allowed in Flag since I was "disaffected". Kathy True from OSA (Office of Special Affairs) proceeded to do an "interview" on the e-meter that lasted roughly six hours. It was an interrogation, and she promised she would answer my questions when it was over, but it was a lie. After I trusted her and told her everything, she said she couldn't tell me because I was not in a position to receive that information, and that I should meet her the next night. I was so pissed about having been lied to. The line being given to current church members with questions is to "keep it on the right lines and handle it internally," but I tried that and it was nothing but a lie. The next night I met with Kathy and Marion Pouw at the Clearwater Bank Building. I was put on the spot - cooperate with them and I would only get a secret verbal declare, or be cast out with a written declare. I reluctantly decided to go along with them. They then tried to show me how bad Anonymous was, how bad ex-members were, and that I shouldn't be fooled by them. I asked where Rena was and Marion said she was out at the Gold Base in California, but said there was no such thing as "The Hole" and that all of the abuse had stopped when the other former members left. Kathy even tried to justify the numbers of Sea Org women having abortions. I also asked why the church spokesperson at that time (Tommy Davis) lied on national TV and said there was no such thing as disconnection. She told me he said "no such thing as it is characterized", but of course there really was. I was disgusted, but frightened into following along or being shut off from most of my life. I drove back to Oklahoma and started working on my amends project, but was still refusing to do the retraining and wasn't willing to have my communication limited by them. I re-read some LRH references pertaining to the matter and requested an official Committee of Evidence, because I had plenty of evidence to back up not having that imposed on me. In March I went back to Flag for my hearing, and it was completely a stacked deck. Only hand-picked upper-level MAAs (ethics officers) and OSA personnel were on the committee. It was the same thing, no matter what I said or evidence I had, either I complied and quit asking questions, or I was going to be declared. I said my peace and left, expecting to hear something within a week, but there was no word.