Update: Janet Reitman's book "Inside Scientology"

Discussion in 'Media' started by LarryBren, May 30, 2011.

  1. Anonymous Member

    While I was in the Sea Org I served in the Commodores Messenger Organization (CMO) which is a management body who oversees Church Executives and is a remote execution arm for David Miscaviage (Scientology's leader and a best friend of Tom Cruise). I was Deputy Commanding Officer of the CMO for four years. After refusing to disconnect from my father (who was not a Scientologist) I was demoted and then spent five years travelling the world on a promotional tour for the Freewinds.

    My experience of the Sea Org was that of an obsessive and controlling military type of organisation, which operates as if it is at war. Who was the enemy? Apparently we were at war with insanity. We worked from 8am until midnight and often worked all night as well. The pay was $50 per week. We were well fed most of the time, but if the organisation didn't make enough money, as a punishment, we ate beans and rice for every meal. Liberty was meant to be once a fortnight if your production was up but even so this rarely happened. There was an accepted culture of aggressive behaviour and punishments. Reprimands were verbally abusive and belittling and there was a lot of swearing and berating. For example, once while being reprimanded, I was thrown back against a wall and screamed at a centimetre from my face.

    Although the founder of the Church of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard says the following about integrity "What is true for you is what you have observed yourself. And when you lose that you have lost everything", I experienced the exact opposite being practiced in the Sea Org. If I had a disagreement with a Hubbard policy I was made to find words in the text I did not understand and reread them until I "had a cognition" and found the text agreeable.

    So following Hubbard's reasoning, being in the Sea Org is tantamount to losing your right to integrity and thus losing everything.

    After a few years when the excitement and adventure started to wear off and the control started to get to me I felt I had to leave. The ache of having left my dancing career behind had never left and was getting worse.

    Having watched others unsuccessfully attempt to leave and being put through gruelling re-indoctrination programs, I devised a plan to escape. I felt I didn't have the mental strength for these programs. Forging the Captain's signature so that I could get my passport, and packing a few things, I called my father and told him I was coming home. He was obviously overjoyed and agreed to help in any way he could.

    Unfortunately, when I arrived at the gangway I was stopped by the security guard. He said I had been put on the "restricted list" (a list of Sea Org members not permitted to go ashore). I used my Executive status to talk him out of this and with my heart pounding in my chest he agreed to let me off. Next I had to wait for an enormous metal pipe to be brought up the gangway. I stood and waited next to the security guard, terrified I would be found out at any moment. My head was spinning and I could hardly breathe. Then just as the pipe came through the gangway door, my fears came true. I heard my name being called. I had been found out.

    You can imagine the heartbreaking phone call I was then forced to make to my father telling him I had made a mistake and that I was not coming home.

    I was put on an extensive re-indoctrination program, which included hard labour in the ship's engine room for at least 12 hours per day. Five hours a day were spent studying Scientology materials meant to change my mind about leaving. I was segregated from the rest of the crew. I had 15 minutes for lunch, 20 minutes for dinner and no liberty.

    I was put under watch and had to report to security any time I changed location, even just to go the bathroom. This went on for almost a year. I was allowed off the program for a short period of time when they thought I was coming round, but when it became clear I was still having thoughts of leaving I was sent straight back to the engine room.

    The work detail I was put on was very often under the deck or in very confined and claustrophobic environments for days on end. I once had to remove rust and paint from the inside of a metal pipe only just big enough to squeeze through with only a small electric lamp for light. Whilst in there the industrial paint I was using dripped into my eye (I still have the scar). With one eye closed and burning from the paint I had to slowly squeeze out of the pipe to get out and wash it. I received no medical attention for this.


    Is this freedom or total and oppressive control?

    Is it spiritual freedom or mind control to convince someone you have the answers and that if they follow your path they will achieve salvation? Notably, you hold all the keys and will only let them through the door to walk the path if they do exactly as you say. Where are the laws and education to protect our society and our children from these traps?

    You may ask how people fall for it? It is a slow and gradual process of getting you to agree with more and more bizarre concepts. Starting out with simple concepts or actions, before you know it you are completely convinced that abusive behaviour is actually good for you. Even the most intelligent and educated people can fall prey to the tactics. It is only through awareness of these very specific types of mind control, can people avoid being caught up in it. What makes it even worse is the people doing it don't even realise what they are doing and believe from the bottom of their hearts they are doing the best possible thing for you.

    My very close friend who is a Scientologist chose not to disconnect from me when I spoke out about Scientology's abuse. He has now been banned from further Scientology counselling and his best friend and brother (also Scientologists) have disconnected from him.

    My older brother and other close family members who are Scientologists have disconnected from me. I am now faced with my worst fear coming true, which is that my mother is disconnecting from me. My mother is a beautiful, intelligent and creative woman. She was shocked when I told her of the abuse I experienced in the Sea Org. But being convinced of the one true path to her spiritual salvation she is being torn apart by the Church's rules.

    I emailed an Executive in Scientology's management who was dealing with my mother and pleaded with him to leave her out of our dispute. I told him that I supported her spiritual choices and that he should just deal directly with me and allow her to continue with Scientology services. I explained that she was 68-years-old and not in good health. I agreed to meet with him to discuss the abuse I had experienced.

    He never responded to my email and ignored my plea for lenience on my mother. I do not blame her at all. I point my finger solely at the controlling tactics of the Church of Scientology.

    There has been a lot of media lately about the divorce of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise and the possibility that their daughter was beginning to be indoctrinated into the philosophical teachings of Scientology, something which Holmes seemed to want to prevent. In my experience, the Church of Scientology is no place for a child.

    I started my first Scientology course when I was eight and learned how to communicate Scientology style, which in my opinion is actually a way to control the person you are talking to. I was audited (Scientology counselling) at about eight to 10 years of age, by a middle-aged man. Amongst many things covered in the auditing the subject of my sexual curiosity as a child came up and I was asked to talk about where I touched myself. At the time I was completely dedicated to Scientology through indoctrination and osmosis and thought it was the only route to spiritual salvation and the only hope for peace on earth. I had nothing to compare it to, it was all I knew. I think as adults we have the right to whatever spiritual practice we choose, but children should be protected until they have the maturity to make informed decisions and choices.

    What I have told you here is only the tip of the iceberg. There are Sea Org members I know who have gone through even worse abuse and horrors than I. My heart bleeds for them all.

    For centuries religion and religious cults have been the cause of wars, conflict between countrymen, turned brothers and sisters against each other and ripped families apart. Scientology is continuing this tradition and I hope there is a day when we, as a race, end it.

    My greatest wish is that by raising awareness and through education we will finally one day, as a society, be free of such evils and will be able to accept that everyone is genuinely free to believe what they want. That no one has the right to abuse another in the name of religion. True spirituality is an individual thing; no one can tell anyone else how to achieve it.
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  2. Anonymous Member

    Hey Scientology! If you can't save yourself from a bunch of SPs, how're you gonna save anyone else??
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  4. The Wrong Guy Member

    That time Muhammad Ali got blindsided by the Church of Scientology

    By Tony Ortega, June 4, 2016

    Like the rest of the world, we’re remembering Muhammad Ali today with the passing of one of the 20th century’s most intriguing personalities. Like you, we’re seeing a lot of great pieces about Ali’s career as an athlete and his memorable quotes as a human being, one of the best known human beings of all time.

    Ali, of course, was well known for his 1964 conversion to Islam. But we couldn’t help wonder if Scientology ever made a run at the famous boxer. And that’s when we found that Janet Reitman, in her 2011 book, Inside Scientology, mentioned Ali in connection to a subtle church operation that took place in 1981.

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