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Scientology's Expansionist Assets and Campaigns

Post by caroline » Wed May 04, 2011 10:06 pm

For some time now, Rathbun and many Scientologists and supporters have been repeating a seemingly impassioned message or slogan along the lines of "the church is dead", "the church is dying," or "the cult is dead or dying." I have seen a number of things presented as supporting this belief or propaganda, e.g., protesters' reported glimpses or estimations of relative activity around their local orgs, completions lists posted in magazines, some org stats, some tax statements.

I'm grateful for all the work so many people put into data collection and reports, stats, completions, audio-visual evidence from protests, raid reports, media articles, surveys, etc. Kristi Wachter's site is invaluable for example, as is xenu-directory.net, and the numerous projects on WWP. The evidence does not support the conclusion that Scientologists and supporters would have us believe.

The data I've seen posted or assembled on message boards hasn't produced usable estimates I've seen regarding Scientology's expansionist assets, allies, strategies and activities. This could be due in part to the adoption of "the church is dead" slogan as reality. The slogan, of course, is wonderfully crowd-pleasing or ego-stroking. "Look we we did!" Also, much of Scientology's expansionist activities are not visible locally.

I'll point out the obvious that I'm much less qualified than others to make an adequate analysis of Scientology's relative health or its buildup or potential for buildup. From my perspective, however, the evidence indicates rather plainly that Scientology is far from dead.

I'm hoping that it will be helpful to assemble some of this evidence of what Scientology's actual assets are, where they are, and what their activities and intentions actually are. That hopefully will bring a better estimate of the organization's health and its ability to expand. If there are no activities and no evidence of any intentions, it can reasonably be concluded that the cult is dead.

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In International Scientology News Issue 27 (2004), David Miscavige announced "the dawn of a new Golden Age of Organization," laid out his "golden age" global salvage plan, and reported a "dramatic escalation" after his 9/11 "wakeup call." In this very important "turning point" in Scientology's religious movement, Miscavige, saying it was Hubbard's order and intention, put "EVERY BEING" on Earth on Scientology's org board, which is actually a stark statement of Scientology's totalitarian agenda. According to Miscavige, Scientology is in its "Public Phase."

Scientology News Issue 27 is available as a download linked from WWP. I'll post the text here.
David Miscavige wrote:Image

Flipping the switch at an exponential level on all we do to clear a planet, the launch of the Golden Age of Organization means expansion at the correct orders of magnitude.

A Turning Point in our History

The standard every org is meant to emulate began with one man, and a handful of staff, non-Scientologists at that. Yet what we represent today is a global movement across every sector of society, thousands of groups, missions and organizations—millions strong.

"Moreover—and let's bear this in mind—the salvage of a planet is something that does span all areas where LRH tech must be employed— and all else we do to reverse the dwindling spiral, through social, governmental, and Human Rights reform."

With these words, Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board RTC, began a landmark briefing on the essential core of our crusade to clear a planet. For at the heart and soul of every sector of our activity—even our work in the fields of education, rehabilitation and success in the workplace—are our organizations.

"And while you've heard it said that what LRH most wished for on his birthday was expansion," Mr. Miscavige continued, "let's not also forget, he defined that expansion in very specific terms. ... LRH asked for a gift on his birthday that specifically named one thing that would represent them all—our organizations. And if the reason for that has previously been missed, it's about to take on unmistakable clarity. Which is to say—if we have previously given LRH the gifts he asked for—tonight we do it like never before. Because it not only is precisely what he wished for—but it's also the means by which that gift he asked for, will keep on coming."

"LRH asked for a gift on his birthday...and if we have previously given him the gifts he asked for—tonight we do it like never before. Because it not only is precisely what he wished for—but it's also the means by which that gift will keep on coming.

The ultimate target of the LRH Birthday Game is a cleared planet, and to achieve that goal LRH gave the precise ingredient to make it happen, for the entire purpose of the Birthday Game is expanding every org on the planet above and beyond the size of Old Saint Hill.

"Exactly how we accomplish that is the subject we now address," Mr. Miscavige continued, "for if you've seen huge strides in recent years, through establishment of massive bases of operation, then here is the final element in those plans which is the keystone of it all."

THE IMPACT OF THE WAKE-UP CALL ON OUR RELIGIOUS MOVEMENT

Our response to the wake-up call of 9/11 was a dramatic escalation of our impact on the world with a corps of 30,000 Volunteer Ministers spanning every continent; more new groups in two years than the previous two decades combined; massive new headquarters for Narconon, Applied Scholastics and The Way to Happiness spearheading those solutions globally; and the numbers of those completing OT levels hitting all-time highs, week after week.

Although this is unprecedented expansion, in truth we have barely scratched the surface. "First—let's take a look at the population of planet Earth—6.5 billion and growing," said Mr. Miscavige. "Second—with all the people we have helped, through the expansion we have achieved, has come an even greater reach in return. And for every being we salvage (in the front lines, through our social betterment groups and even one-on-one with VMs, there is then the rest of the Bridge we must help them travel. And third—for all those new groups, missions and even new Social Betterment activities—behind them is an auditor.

"The point is this," Mr. Miscavige continued, "no matter how else we expand—that expansion is fully dependent on our organizations. We need big ones and lots of them."

Flag, our largest org, was built by LRH as the Mecca of Scientology. It now stands 20 times greater in size than Old Saint Hill and is expanding every day. "But, let's now compare it to Earth," Mr. Miscavige said. "Here it sits, a huge presence in Clearwater, Florida. Still it's yet a single city in Florida, one of the United States, in North America—a single continent of Earth. And while it caters to thousands at a time in any given day—moving out across the world, it still is only thousands."

How large do we need to be to impact the entire planet?' Or put another way—how do we honest-to-god, clear the planet, for real?

There are 4,203 groups, missions and organizations on planet Earth today—but there are 2,795,000 towns and cities that don't even have a group. With a population of 6.5 billion, we'd have to expand 5,750 times by tomorrow— to reach them all in the next 10 years! So how do we take it to a whole new level?

The problem is not one of how much we've grown, or the expansion of existing activities. It's a question of how do we honest-to-god, clear the planet, for real? The answer is orgs like Flag, everywhere. And thus the question becomes how do we do it?

THE CORRECT ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE—WHAT ARE THEY?

It all comes under the heading of Orders of Magnitude—how large or how small something is in relation to other things," Mr. Miscavige continued. "And therein lies the essence of a pilot program launched by RTC last year. Specifically—not how to increase what we have, but to instead determine what it would take to now accomplish planetary clearing—at the correct order of magnitude."

How do we take all we've accomplished in 50 years and create that same cycle, at that same grand total order of magnitude achieved internationally—but in every single city, and all 50 years of progress in an instant in any given area?

"The answer lies in policy," Mr. Miscavige said, "and LRH's discovery about the pattern of this universe. And without trying to make everyone a policy expert, there is one datum that you should know. The org board represents the cycle of expansion—in short, how any organization expands. And organizations—of any type, Scientology or otherwise—go through phases, division by division, representing that cycle of expansion."

THE PATTERN OF OUR EXPANSION EMERGES

Reviewing our history on an international basis over recent decades, a pattern emerges. In the early 1980s LRH established the international structure from which to operate—that was the Establishment, or HCO, phase.

With public awareness of Scientology less than 10 percent in the mid to late '80s, the Dissemination phase began. Today, you can hardly find a person who hasn't heard of us.

The Treasury phase followed, with the IRS recognition and the end of a 40-year war in the early '90s. Next, and immediately following, was Technical in the mid-1990s with the Golden Age of Tech—and the ability to train auditors to perfection, and make OTs for real.

With technical standards in, we reached the Qualifications phase, removing arbitraries on Bridge progress and case progress to OT. The route up the Bridge increased by 5X and is more direct than ever.

"Which brings us to today, and Public Divisions," said Mr. Miscavige. "That's where the answer lies and the result is the Public phase we now begin. And, believe me, it is the start of an entirely new era. It's the answer to any existing org area not yet the size of Old Saint Hill—both why and how to do it in a snap. But it's much more. It is also the answer to starting, and booming, new organizations anywhere. And the ability to do that, too, in a flash."

Heralding this new era as the "Golden Age of Organization," Mr. Miscavige said some False Data Stripping was in order on the idea that expansion occurs on a gradient. For the true data on the subject, he quoted LRH on the Birthday Game: "It is a different idea: The consideration that it takes a long time to build something is not true. That itself is an aberration, an effort to discourage destruction by pretending creation takes a long time."

"We don't build on a gradient, slowly, and bit by bit," Mr. Miscagive continued. "Our new gradient for organizations is straight up—we do it all, and right now. And here's why. Our organizations live and breathe. Their very essence is life itself."

The entire plan of an organization—the org board—can be analogized to auditing. The actions of an org are a Third Dynamic auditing session. In order to audit, all elements of a standard auditing session must be present. To omit the auditor, for example, would mean no session could take place. And so it is with an org. "If one omits any part of the organization, or its functions, then the session isn't there and you won't achieve the end phenomena."

The answer is an Ideal Org, which LRH describes in these terms: "One could look at this ideal org and know that this was the place a new civilization was being established for this planet. It is the product of the causative actions of many. The end product is not just an ideal org, but a new civilization, already on its way."

UNDERLYING "WHY" FOUND

What we are working towards is not just a big org—it is a new civilization," Mr. Miscavige said. "In essence, and as you are about to see, we found the underlying Why. And that is: They were trying to do too little. If the product of an org is a new civilization— then it requires all components to make that new civilization. The question is not 'how to clear an individual'—it's 'how do we clear a civilization?'"

Inset wrote:THE PATTERN OF OUR EXPANSION

The org board represents the cycle of expansion and organizations move through phases, division by division, representing that. We have moved from the Establishment, or HCO phase, through Dissemination, Treasury, Technical and Qualifications and we are now in the Public phase.

The Establishment phase was the early 1980s when LRH established the international structure for eternity, giving us the structure from which to operate.

The Dissemination phase began in the mid to late 1980s when there was less than 10 percent public awareness of Scientology. Today, it would be hard to find someone who hasn't heard of us.

We passed through the Treasury phase in the early 1990s with IRS recognition and the end of a 40-year war.

The Golden Age of Tech in the mid 1990s was the Technical phase with the ability to train auditors to perfection and make OTs for real.

The Qualifications phase in the early 2000s resulted in all arbitraries on Bridge progress found and cancelled, speeding progress up the Grade Chart by 5X.

We are currently in the Public phase, beginning an entirely new era of creating and booming organizations everywhere.
For the answers, Mr. Miscavige turned to "the org LRH ran as ED Int, and which every org strives to achieve. On the one hand—you can look at its statistics for its sheer size. But beyond that—let's look at purpose and responsibility. For Saint Hill wasn't just a big org, it was central headquarters for all Scientology activities planetwide."

And therein lay the answers at the correct orders of magnitude, and precisely why LRH called for all organizations to emulate Old Saint Hill.

"Old Saint Hill emanated every type of Scientology activity—new groups, missions and every form of LRH tech application, on an international basis," continued Mr.Miscavige."Those were the Public Division functions of Old Saint Hill. So how do we apply that basic purpose of Old Saint Hill— responsible for all activities of Scientology planetwide—to the result of planetary clearing?"

The answer is to make every one of our orgs a Central Organization, a headquarters responsible for every sector of Scientology activity across its entire geographic zone—all of it!

How do we take all we've accomplished in 50 years and create that same cycle, but in every single city and all 50 years of progress in an instant, in any given area?

"Because, that is the next cycle of expansion, and why I also say, this is the New Era of Central Organizations."

CREATING A NEW BREED OF ORGANIZATION

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International Management bodies exist today for each sector of activity; including Scientology Missions International for missions across the planet; I HELP for field auditors and groups; and Social Betterment activities which handle drug rehabilitation, education and morality. And each one now emanates from the Central Org into the environment.

"With this new breed of Central Organization— which are also now responsible for generating them across their entire geographic zone—we instantly increase our reach 200-fold in creating this new civilization. Let there be no doubt—that is the LRH plan for planetary clearing, and what all our expansion to date has brought us to accomplishing," said Mr. Miscavige.

As to how we do it, the solution comes from an LRH discovery made while researching in the realms of OT, and the result of that discovery was the formation of the three Public Divisions as the product of an org. As LRH said, "The theory of the org board is basically: THETAN, MIND, BODY, PRODUCT.

"We have hitherto had only the mind and body in an org. Consequently, we have not expanded fast enough into the public. Our task is to make a cleared civilization.

"As we have not provided for the public on our org board,it tends to become another determinism."
sidebar wrote:UNDERSTANDING THE PUBLIC DIVISIONS FUNCTIONS

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Our Public Divisions are key to creating a new civilization. They are not simply to introduce new people to Scientology

1 The Public Contact Division (6A) introduces and enlightens new people on Dianetics and Scientology.

From LRH research into the realms of OT came the organizational discovery of Thetan, Mind, Body and Product. With this came the breakthrough of three Public Divisions, the inclusion of everyone on our org board and the solution to creating a cleared civilization.

2 The Public Servicing Division (6B) provides all Introductory Services and also provides many public services intended for all Scientologists to be done between major actions. Here, too, is where Scientologists and non-Scientologists train to open new activities.

3 The final division is Fields (6C) where every type of activity is formed and continued to create a new civilization.
PUTTING EVERY BEING ON OUR ORG BOARD

As to increasing our numbers with the speed necessary to get the job done, the answer is to simply bring everyone on board. "That means the entire planet— Scientologists and non-Scientologists, alike. LRH put them all on our org board, and we're about to slam on their hats!" Mr. Miscavige said.

Putting this into action means confronting the size of the org and handling as needed to accommodate its nine divisions and within that, the three Public Divisions. Whereas the bulk of our org spaces have been dedicated to Technical, with approximately one-tenth allocated for Public Divisions, to build the orgs means expanding each one so that our Public Divisions occupy no less than one-third the space of our entire organization, without reducing the space devoted to technical delivery and administration. It also means correctly understanding Public Division functions, for they are not simply to introduce new people to Scientology.

Is there a way to both provide for expansion and create new organizations in such a way that it's a matter of "add water and mix"?

The Public Contact Division's function is to introduce and enlighten new people on Dianetics and Scientology. The Public Servicing Division includes all Introductory Services, and is also where we train Scientologists and non-Scientologists to open new activities. "But on top of that," Mr. Miscavige said, "this division also includes the many public services intended for you. Because that's another false datum—there is no such thing as an 'off-lines Scientologist.' LRH developed hundreds of services for you in between major actions and we're going to be making every one of them available."

The Fields Division is the final Public Division and is where every type of activity is located— responsible for both their formation and their continued assistance. Here too is where every being is located on our org board.

HOW DO WE MOVE ENOUGH PEOPLE ONTO THE BRIDGE TO IMPINGE ON THE PLANET?

Taking up the biggest barrier in starting Scientology in any new area—bringing people to the awareness that help is possible—Mr. Miscavige stressed that except for a select and very minor percent of the population, when people find out what Dianetics and Scientology are, they want it. The major barrier is our communication. And if we are to achieve our objectives, we need to communicate at a whole new order of magnitude. And because we have a ton of solutions, we run the risk of being out-reality.

So the problem becomes, "How can we answer that question 'What is Scientology?' completely and totally to the full satisfaction of any person?" And in the next segment of his briefing, Mr. Miscavige answered that vital question.

"We do it in four words, and they are: 'Go to the org.' And that's because we are taking all our successful dissemination programs—every one of them—and building them right into every org.

"We've had massive touring WIS? Exhibitions—introducing hundreds of thousands in major cities. We've had LRH Exhibits, doing the same. We've had massive Book One campaigns, introducing millions. Well—we are building them all into every org."

Whereas telling a new person to go to the org might have ended at Reception or possibly the Reg in times past, now it will mean full dissemination, no matter the individual's needs.

A person walking into any one of our Churches will tour the Scientology Information Center right off Reception and soon be aware of the scope of the subject and the broad spectrum of real solutions available to him.

"You tell them to 'go to the org' and know they'll find their ruin—and what they need. And when they get there, it won't require one person saying a single word, except this: 'Welcome to Scientology.'

"When someone walks into any Scientology Church, they will be greeted by an entire information center. Several Public Film and Introductory Lecture rooms, as well as auditing and course rooms, will directly adjoin it. Large displays present every fundamental of Scientology itself."

There will be extensive exhibit panels, accompanied by an audio-visual presentation giving it all: the Reactive Mind; Thetan, Mind, Body; The Eight Dynamics; ARC Triangle; The Tone Scale; and more. A special display describes the E-Meter in full, and there are cans ready for anyone to pick up and see a thought.
Inset wrote:HOW WE ENSURE EVERYONE HAS A PERFECT INTRODUCTION TO DIANETICS AND SCIENTOLOGY

Our new Public Divisions are designed to receive and handle any new person, find and handle his ruin and move him swiftly onto the Bridge. You will simply tell a person "go to the Org" and know he will be welcomed and that the Scientology Information Center will do the rest. Several Public Film and Introductory Lecture rooms, as well as auditing and course rooms, will directly adjoin the information center, so the flow onto the Bridge is simple and direct.
Inset wrote:IDEAL FACILITIES FOR LARGE PUBLIC EVENTS

Public gathering rooms will include a Chapel and Event Hall. For Sunday Services and ceremonies the walls of this large room will be lined with panels displaying Scientology basics including The Axioms, Codes, Creeds, and more. For large public events, including Open Houses, community events, lectures and workshops, the panels convert to present a specific display, for example regarding Dianetics in the case of a Dianetics Workshop, or a permanent exhibit on LRH himself.
ANSWERING EVERY QUESTION

But that's only the half of it," Mr. Miscavige continued. "Since each Church will be the Central Organization for their area, there are displays encompassing every sector—with descriptions understandable by Scientologists and non-Scientologists alike. They both enlighten, and generate new activities: from salvaging lives from illiteracy, addiction and crime; to programs for opening new groups to handle community ruins. It also includes everything needed to establish new missions, groups and VM chapters. And then there are the public gathering rooms, including a Chapel and Event Hall."

Showing the audience examples of these facilities, he went on to explain how for Sunday Services and ceremonies, there are panels displaying all basics: The Axioms, Codes, Creeds, and more. If the org is having an Open House or a large public event, the same room converts to present a permanent exhibit on LRH himself. It can also cater to any type of activity, including community events, lectures and "workshops, and can be converted quickly for public film showings.

There are also individual lecture rooms for smaller groups of people, and directly adjoining all these spaces are public course rooms, which will now be sized like a full Academy.

"They provide introductory services," Mr. Miscavige continued, "but, as I mentioned, for the first time ever, they will also include course rooms for field activities—rooms for Scientologists and non-Scientologists to train on how to open a group, mission, or even a Social Betterment activity. So that's our new Public Divisions and the first step in creating this new breed of Central Organization!"

Following this rapid overview, Mr. Miscavige detailed just how all of this would work in this Audio-Visual Communication Age. As people are generally much more willing to watch a TV than read something, he pointed out this makes our job much easier. To illustrate the point, he briefed on a pilot study conducted over the past year.

The question is not how to clear an individual—it's how do we clear a civilization? And how we increase our numbers with the speed necessary to get the job done?

"From the results, we have now refined it to perfection," he said. "Our displays cover all major subjects, and each one will contain a brand-new film we've just produced—giving the full essentials of that subject—and in just two minutes."

For example, when a person walks up to the Dianetics display, he gets the basic concept from the panels. When he hits "play" a film gives him the reality of mental image pictures and the Reactive Mind—all in two minutes.

There are also films on the fundamentals of Scientology: The ARC Triangle, its components and its application in life; The Eight Dynamics; Auditing; The Tone Scale and The Parts of Man.

Showing one of these films to the audience, Mr. Miscavige then said, "That's just the start. For then there is the application of the technology in society. The panels and displays enlighten people to use this tech—for instance, application of a moral code. Or use of Study Tech with children. And yes, they also bring individuals and community leaders on board to themselves implement these programs. And that's why we have also produced brand-new films for all those field applications."

Adjacent to the Scientology Information Center, a number of rooms will be available for new public to view LRH Public Films and Enlightenment Films, addressing specific ruins and their handlings. A new multilingual digital projection system will allow the exact right LRH Public Film or Enlightenment Film to be shown instantly. And these film rooms will convert to Introductory Lecture rooms, providing even more facilities for enlightenment.

Similarly, public can find out about Narconon—from its presence around the world to a description of the program itself. At the Applied Scholastics display, they can see the 'worldwide centers, Study Technology itself and its many applications from children's programs to inner cities.

The Way to Happiness display provides a description of the book's content and intended use, as well as the collective accomplishments of its dissemination through the years. Further displays show the rest: from the Volunteer Minister program, I HELP, SMI and WISE, all the way to the Citizens Commission on Human Rights. There will be literally hundreds of videos presented.

"During an Open House, or community event, there is no limit," Mr. Miscavige continued, "since all displays can play at once. And we know that one way or the other we will provide the right answer each person needs, since these new Public Divisions show it all. And in that way we also place, in every org, the means to generate every type of activity as the Central Org for their geographic zone."

HOW WE HANDLE EVERY REACH

Yet there is even more," Mr. Miscavige continued. It is one thing to enlighten, but that only creates a reach. The next step is their own study of the tech itself. "That, too, is accomplished," Mr. Miscavige said, "with Public Films, written by LRH." And demonstrating a new multilingual Digital Projection system for all orgs, Mr. Miscavige said, "Most important, it allows the exact right film to be shown instantly. At the push of a button, the exact film is selected—another button and whatever language. It starts at once and the public is directed to the exact book, piece of tech, or even LRH Tech Films written for new public. With half a dozen films already in place, there will be a dozen more in the future."

Yet there was one further crucial element Mr. Miscavige told of: "If we are going to create a smooth route into Public Divisions—it also means they must be just as smooth through the division and out of it. Specifically onto the mainline Grade Chart and seeing that that individual gets the exact right service they need—personally—all the way to Clear and OT."

With that he announced new Enlightenment Films, covering every level of the Grade Chart from the moment a person moves onto The Bridge.

By way of example Mr. Miscavige described the new LRH film, "Advice to Persons Being Audited." Shown to a person immediately after he signs up for auditing, this 10 minute film teaches him the ropes of a session before he spends one minute of auditing time.

Such films will cover all levels, from the Purification Rundown and TRs and Objectives, to the Solo Auditor, specifically written by LRH to be played for a person the instant he goes Clear.

"The Registrar simply sits the public down and, again—at the push of a button, he is shown a film, straight from LRH, describing his next step. And with films that will cover every level, the result is we get in the full rudiments, create no confusion and keep every being moving step-by-step on the Bridge."

Closing this section of his briefing, Mr. Miscavige said, "With all I've shown we will answer the public's questions and yes, it can be done anywhere and yes, that is how we move into the Public phase with authority."

CSI (2004). A Turning Point In Our History. International Scientology News, 27,17-27. [/color]
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Post by 'Alert' » Wed May 04, 2011 10:42 pm

I tend to think you're right, Caroline. Scientology Inc is far from "dead".

It just has too much money/too many assets.

Of course, there's it's 'connections' it has amassed over the decades I truly believe it has. Cof$ are now well beyond needing 'public' to furnish them financially.

Although, the way things have been unfolding the last 3 years, Scientology itself(yes the subject) is now pretty much akin to a social pox.

Hubbard has lost the 'war' of winning over public opinion.
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Post by caroline » Wed May 04, 2011 11:39 pm

'Alert' wrote:I tend to think you're right, Caroline. Scientology Inc is far from "dead".

It just has too much money/too many assets.

Of course, there's it's 'connections' it has amassed over the decades I truly believe it has. Cof$ are now well beyond needing 'public' to furnish them financially.

Although, the way things have been unfolding the last 3 years, Scientology itself(yes the subject) is now pretty much akin to a social pox.

Hubbard has lost the 'war' of winning over public opinion.
Hi Alert,

I think there could be an argument for at least a losing public opinion war for the Scientology brand in places, and in the current Internet stream, yes.

It also is clear that public opinion comes with a very short memory, and is, for whatever reason, easily swayed by puffery, gloss, semantic trickery, celebrity, more lies, a Simon Wiesenthal humanitarian award, etc. Apparently one strategy Scientology used to get tax exemption was to get the IRS to put new personnel on the job who didn't know Scientology's history, and weren't tainted by the truth. (Ref. Rathbun interview: Truth Rundown.) Of course Scientology has not quit the battlefield, and still doesn't acknowledge any "lose," so we must remain, well, alert. 8)
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Post by 'Alert' » Thu May 05, 2011 12:12 am

caroline wrote:
Hi Alert,

I think there could be an argument for at least a losing public opinion war for the Scientology brand in places, and in the current Internet stream, yes.

It also is clear that public opinion comes with a very short memory, and is, for whatever reason, easily swayed by puffery, gloss, semantic trickery, celebrity, more lies, a Simon Wiesenthal humanitarian award, etc. Apparently one strategy Scientology used to get tax exemption was to get the IRS to put new personnel on the job who didn't know Scientology's history, and weren't tainted by the truth. (Ref. Rathbun interview: Truth Rundown.) Of course Scientology has not quit the battlefield, and still doesn't acknowledge any "lose," so we must remain, well, alert. 8)

You're right of course, people forget way too easy about malevolent evil. SWC's award will be held up high by Scn Inc. They'll be running around doing some heavy PR releases externally and use it internally as well.
The whole I.R.S affair is, well, it isn't a far stretch to apply a conspiracy theory to that. Especially when you consider OP Snow White.

I'll give Scn Inc this, they know how to wait out a storm and row back into any harbor across the globe. Getting banned in AU to only then wait it out for a change in a couple of laws took 2 decades. They'd consider such, worth the wait I imagine

Even after Scn Inc has been demonstrated to be a force to keep at bay, very few countries have maintained a guard against hubbard's ultimate goal.

I think the west can learn a lot from some EU countries that will actively try to to not let history repeat itself. Trying to open peoples eyes to the pure evil of scientology itself, is not easy.
Anything of use or "workable" in scientology the subject is, well, not scientology at all but stolen/plagiarised ideas from others.
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Post by caroline » Thu May 05, 2011 12:58 am

'Alert' wrote:I'll give Scn Inc this, they know how to wait out a storm and row back into any harbor across the globe. Getting banned in AU to only then wait it out for a change in a couple of laws took 2 decades. They'd consider such, worth the wait I imagine
As per the SO motto, "We come back." They're thinking in billion-year increments. They pride themselves on their persistence, and in the relative unimportance of their immediate lives. Hubbard spelled out the intended long view of people who "attack Scientology:" never forget it, always even the score."

Having [x] thousand fanatical followers with a 1 billion-year vision is an undeniable asset.

DM would never fear to hurt those downstat Ozzies in a "just cause" and Scientologists everywhere would get it. (Ref. The Code of Honor).
'Alert' wrote:Even after Scn Inc has been demonstrated to be a force to keep at bay, very few countries have maintained a guard against hubbard's ultimate goal.

I think the west can learn a lot from some EU countries that will actively try to to not let history repeat itself. Trying to open peoples eyes to the pure evil of scientology itself, is not easy.
Yes, that's the challenge. In its simplicity, because evil isn't prosecutable, it's a criminal conspiracy. That's opposable and defeatable.
'Alert' wrote:Anything of use or "workable" in scientology the subject is, well, not scientology at all but stolen/plagiarised ideas from others.
The "workable" part is debatable too. :wink: But seriously, it all works to keep itself -- a criminal conspiracy -- working.

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Post by anondelmundial » Thu May 05, 2011 1:31 am

Ok, Caroline, let us approach reality. Membership in Scientology is falling rapidly. Yes, the cult still has plenty of money, but that's not the point. An organization is as healthy as its membership is large. Scientology's membership is dying off, and younger members are few and far between. The "eyes on" reports of Orgs worldwide support the rapid decline in numbers of members. Without members, who the hell cares how much money Davie has?

A casual reading of ESMB, for example, where recent defectors post, there is certain evidence that Scientology membership is in serious decline. Yes, the cult can still get wealthy members to buy an Ideal Org, but those that have been built are almost universally reported as empty of public, staff, and raw meats.

The most telling decline is at Flag, where once 40 passenger buses transported the throngs of Scientologists, and now nine passenger vans are being used. The streets at Flag were once flooded with Scientologists; now there are just small crowds.

In LA, the streets are empty around AOSH most of the day wherein a decade ago the streets were filled with Scientologists going to and fro. Tory has commented many times about this.

You are certainly entitled to your viewpoint, but the actual evidence of Scientology's membership health shows that the cult is in serious exponential, or at least linear, decline in SO, staff, and public.

Who gives "a rat's ass" about the money and the shiny Ideal Orgs? An org is as healthy as there are public to pay for services; and there are none. Davie might have a billion USD, but without membership, all Scientology will become is a bank account.

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Post by skeptic2girl » Thu May 05, 2011 2:37 am

I don't want to speak for caroline (and thank you, btw caroline, for posting this fascinating and creepy cult lit!) but what I'm getting is DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE CULT.

Remember Mad-Eye Moody, of Hogwarts fame? "Constant Vigilance"! It's true enough that the cult is full of screw-ups who keep firing foot bullet after foot bullet.

But who would have thought that the cult would have survived after Mary Sue Hubbard went to jail -- after the cult was busted for BREAKING INTO THE FBI?

Could you imagine how crazy we would all go if that happened today? We would be SURE that was the end! And it should have been. Yet the cult went on to get tax-free status in the United States.
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Post by specialfriedfrog » Thu May 05, 2011 3:11 am

I think the big unknown in all this is Scientology's attempts at expanding in eastern Europe and the 3rd world. Governments there are generally even easier to bribe and access to information about Scientology may be harder to come by due to internet access issues and language barriers.

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Post by skeptic2girl » Thu May 05, 2011 3:33 am

specialfriedfrog wrote:I think the big unknown in all this is Scientology's attempts at expanding in eastern Europe and the 3rd world. Governments there are generally even easier to bribe and access to information about Scientology may be harder to come by due to internet access issues and language barriers.
good point
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Post by caroline » Thu May 05, 2011 4:46 am

anondelmundial wrote:Ok, Caroline, let us approach reality. Membership in Scientology is falling rapidly.
Which docs are you depending on for this? Please support your claim.
anondelmundial wrote:Yes, the cult still has plenty of money, but that's not the point. An organization is as healthy as its membership is large.
Please support your claim. I believe Scientology has not lost its ability to expand, and that's the point we're discussing on this thread. There's a need for evidence before conclusions of this nature can be depended on. The CFR has about 4,300 members. Membership in the Soviet Union's Communist Party reached maybe 20 million at its point of collapse.
anondelmundial wrote:Scientology's membership is dying off, and younger members are few and far between. The "eyes on" reports of Orgs worldwide support the rapid decline in numbers of members. Without members, who the hell cares how much money Davie has?
Membership numbers is one of many indicators. But have you added up the "membership" numbers in Haiti? Pakistan? Colombian military numbers? Numbers of Indies or Ron's Organs?
anondelmundial wrote:A casual reading of ESMB, for example, where recent defectors post, there is certain evidence that Scientology membership is in serious decline.
Okay, but we're trying to raise the evidentiary bar.
anondelmundial wrote:Yes, the cult can still get wealthy members to buy an Ideal Org, but those that have been built are almost universally reported as empty of public, staff, and raw meats.

The most telling decline is at Flag, where once 40 passenger buses transported the throngs of Scientologists, and now nine passenger vans are being used. The streets at Flag were once flooded with Scientologists; now there are just small crowds.
That doesn't tell me what it seems to be telling you. But please support your claim. There have to be videos of Flag crew at various times of the day, recently and back to 1975. Can you relate the head count to the dining rooms in the various FLB facilities?
anondelmundial wrote:In LA, the streets are empty around AOSH most of the day wherein a decade ago the streets were filled with Scientologists going to and fro. Tory has commented many times about this.
Same. Actual evidence is needed.
anondelmundial wrote:You are certainly entitled to your viewpoint, but the actual evidence of Scientology's membership health shows that the cult is in serious exponential, or at least linear, decline in SO, staff, and public.

Who gives "a rat's ass" about the money and the shiny Ideal Orgs? An org is as healthy as there are public to pay for services; and there are none. Davie might have a billion USD, but without membership, all Scientology will become is a bank account.
Scientology's victims give a big rat's ass about what Scientology does with its money. No org is healthy; they are all places of sickness. To say about public taking services that there are none is unusable hyperbole. What's needed is actual evidence of Scientology's global membership health. How many Scientology members are there, for example, in Hungary? Facts and evidence are needed, not dismissible reductionism.
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Post by caroline » Thu May 05, 2011 5:40 am

skeptic2girl wrote:I don't want to speak for caroline (and thank you, btw caroline, for posting this fascinating and creepy cult lit!) but what I'm getting is DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE CULT.

Remember Mad-Eye Moody, of Hogwarts fame? "Constant Vigilance"! It's true enough that the cult is full of screw-ups who keep firing foot bullet after foot bullet.

But who would have thought that the cult would have survived after Mary Sue Hubbard went to jail -- after the cult was busted for BREAKING INTO THE FBI?

Could you imagine how crazy we would all go if that happened today? We would be SURE that was the end! And it should have been. Yet the cult went on to get tax-free status in the United States.
You're welcome skeptic2girl, and I appreciate everyone's contributions. Yes, it's a key message to get and a necessary way to act: don't underestimate Scientology or Scientologists. There's a rather famous excerpt from History of Man that speaks to Scientology's incredibility safeguard. Who would believe for example, that a cult that trots out a few SquirrelBusters in hatcams (I'm still not flat on hatcams) would pose a serious threat to people?
L. Ron Hubbard wrote:A thetan is somewhat bound-in here on Earth because of the existence of other system forces. Probably, with a few thetans active, this planet will be much less calm and orderly. Probably Homo sapiens will use electronics someday to re-trap thetans who are bothering him. But if Homo sapiens has the techniques for getting free himself, some miracle might avert this. Possibly a handful of thetans will someday become alarmed at the worries and efforts of Homo sapiens and try to throw the remaining race into a super-controlled slavery. All that is speculation. But it is not a speculation that life will become much more interesting on this planet. It is doubtful if the thetans will pull off the ultimate trick-simply knocking out the atmosphere of the planet-that "clears" everybody after a fashion. There is nothing as wild in the books of Man as will probably happen here on Earth. And it will happen and be allowed to happen simply because all this is so incredible that nobody will even think of stopping it until it is far, far too late. Its incredibility is its best safeguard, so you needn't bother to convince anybody who doesn't want to believe it. It took the medical profession two and a half years to catch on to prenatals. People getting cleared of bodies don't need any such time lag. And so, may I make this simple request: Don't get spectacular until a few of the boys make it. You don't want to be lonesome-and you'll need reinforcements if a war gets declared on thetans here. The preclear may think he can do it alone if he gets cleared of a body. He'll need more help and company than he thinks.

So, again, as a final note on this chapter: Let's not go upsetting governments and putting on a show to "prove" anything to Homo sapiens for a while. It's a horrible temptation to knock off hats at fifty yards and read books a couple of countries away and get into the rotogravure section and the Hearst weeklies. But you'll just make it tough on somebody else who is trying to get across this bridge. Let sleeping sapiens snore in the bulk for yet a while. Then meet someplace and decide what to do about him and his two-penny wars, his insane and his prisons. Tell people who want to invalidate all this, "Your criticism is very just. It's only fantasy." Cure up the lame and the halt and the incompetent with whatever display of technique you need. Protect Theta Clearing until there are a few.

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Post by Kookaburra » Sat May 07, 2011 10:07 am

Reading this thread, I am astounded that I ever took any of this shit seriously. Hubbard had delusions of grandeur....or something akin. Maybe he was just a really good con man, but I think he actually believed some of what he said, sometimes at least.

Miscavige follows right along in his footsteps. So much hot air coming out of his ass that he could clear the Shrine Auditorium in no time flat. Unfortunately, it is the closest thing to clearing that Scn will ever achieve.

Now, back to topic, it is tempting to just assume the monster will bleed out and walk away. They are in a hopeless mess.

But you do have a point, Caroline. They can bide their time and wait for another generation of young idealistic gullibles, another crop of governments who do not remember Operation Snow White, Operation Freakout, or Anonymous. For this reason, we need to ensure the CoS is fully dismantled worldwide.
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Post by operatingwog » Sat May 07, 2011 1:08 pm

Wikipedia wrote:In Greek mythology, the Lernaean Hydra ... was an ancient nameless serpent-like chthonic water beast (as its name evinces) that possessed many heads — the poets mention more heads than the vase-painters could paint, and for each head cut off it grew two more — and poisonous breath so virulent even her tracks were deadly.
The most obvious strength of the cult, it seems to me (ignorantly, from a distance), is that is has a lot of eggs in a lot of different baskets.

Paying public is just one revenue source. There's narconon and applied scholastics. There's income from investments. There's the poor dupes who give tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or more to be more-or-less swanky patrons of the IAS. There's donations for emergency volunteer minister work. There's the new deal with NoI. There's the massively under-remunerated labour of the Sea Ogres.

Chop off one source of income and they can develop another. Smother them in bad publicity, regulation, legal action in the US and they can grow in Latin America or east Asia. They are ruthless, fanatical, and inventive.

Killing the CoS will be a Herculean task.
Wikipedia wrote:After slaying the Nemean lion, Eurystheus sent Heracles to slay the Hydra, which Hera had raised just to slay Heracles. Upon reaching the swamp near Lake Lerna, where the Hydra dwelt, Heracles covered his mouth and nose with a cloth to protect himself from the poisonous fumes. He fired flaming arrows into hydra's lair, the spring of Amymone, a deep cave that it only came out of to terrorize neighboring villages. He then confronted hydra, wielding a harvesting sickle (according to some early vase-paintings), a sword or his famed club. Ruck and Staples (1994: 170) have pointed out that the chthonic creature's reaction was botanical: upon cutting off each of its heads he found that two grew back, an expression of the hopelessness of such a struggle for any but the hero. The weakness of the Hydra was that only one of its heads was immortal.

The details of the struggle are explicit in Apollodorus (2.5.2): realizing that he could not defeat the Hydra in this way, Heracles called on his nephew Iolaus for help. His nephew then came upon the idea (possibly inspired by Athena) of using a blazing firebrand to scorch the neck stumps after each decapitation. Heracles cut off each head and Iolaus cauterized the open stumps. Seeing that Heracles was winning the struggle, Hera sent a large crab to distract him. He crushed it under his mighty foot. Its one immortal head was cut off with a golden sword given to him by Athena. Heracles placed it under a great rock on the sacred way between Lerna and Elaius (Kerenyi 1959:144), and dipped his arrows in the Hydra's poisonous blood, and so his second task was complete. The alternative version of this myth is that after cutting off one head he then dipped his sword in it and used its venom to burn each head so it couldn't grow back. Hera, upset that Heracles slew the beast she raised to kill him, placed it in the dark blue vault of the sky as the Constellation Hydra. She then turned the crab into the Constellation Cancer.
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Post by caroline » Sat May 07, 2011 4:45 pm

Thanks everyone for thinking about this and for the posts.

My alert-o-meter has been buzzing with news that DM is expanding his propaganda machine. (TV station, massive new printing and publishing facilities.)
Hannah Arendt wrote:Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself; the masses have to be won by propaganda. Under conditions of constitutional government and freedom of opinion, totalitarian movements struggling for power can use terror to a limited extent only and share with other parties the necessity of winning adherents and of appearing plausible to a public which is not yet rigorously isolated from all other sources of information.

Arendt, H. (1966). The origins of totalitarianism. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World.
DM's "Public Phase" targets all kinds of public and populations not yet rigorously isolated from all other sources of information. Scientology magazines are jam-packed with information about its various global salvage campaigns: Way to Happiness, Youth for Human Rights, etc. His struggle for power requires the propaganda machine buildup we're seeing.

See also: http://www.xenu-directory.net/documents ... div6c.html.

I'd also like to recommend Laura Kay Fuller's thesis Scientology & Totalitarianism. Thanks, Operation Clambake. =D>
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Post by skeptic2girl » Mon May 09, 2011 11:12 pm

operatingwog wrote:
Wikipedia wrote:In Greek mythology, the Lernaean Hydra ... was an ancient nameless serpent-like chthonic water beast (as its name evinces) that possessed many heads — the poets mention more heads than the vase-painters could paint, and for each head cut off it grew two more — and poisonous breath so virulent even her tracks were deadly.
The most obvious strength of the cult, it seems to me (ignorantly, from a distance), is that is has a lot of eggs in a lot of different baskets.

Paying public is just one revenue source. There's narconon and applied scholastics. There's income from investments. There's the poor dupes who give tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or more to be more-or-less swanky patrons of the IAS. There's donations for emergency volunteer minister work. There's the new deal with NoI. There's the massively under-remunerated labour of the Sea Ogres.

Chop off one source of income and they can develop another. Smother them in bad publicity, regulation, legal action in the US and they can grow in Latin America or east Asia. They are ruthless, fanatical, and inventive.

Killing the CoS will be a Herculean task.
Wikipedia wrote:After slaying the Nemean lion, Eurystheus sent Heracles to slay the Hydra, which Hera had raised just to slay Heracles. Upon reaching the swamp near Lake Lerna, where the Hydra dwelt, Heracles covered his mouth and nose with a cloth to protect himself from the poisonous fumes. He fired flaming arrows into hydra's lair, the spring of Amymone, a deep cave that it only came out of to terrorize neighboring villages. He then confronted hydra, wielding a harvesting sickle (according to some early vase-paintings), a sword or his famed club. Ruck and Staples (1994: 170) have pointed out that the chthonic creature's reaction was botanical: upon cutting off each of its heads he found that two grew back, an expression of the hopelessness of such a struggle for any but the hero. The weakness of the Hydra was that only one of its heads was immortal.

The details of the struggle are explicit in Apollodorus (2.5.2): realizing that he could not defeat the Hydra in this way, Heracles called on his nephew Iolaus for help. His nephew then came upon the idea (possibly inspired by Athena) of using a blazing firebrand to scorch the neck stumps after each decapitation. Heracles cut off each head and Iolaus cauterized the open stumps. Seeing that Heracles was winning the struggle, Hera sent a large crab to distract him. He crushed it under his mighty foot. Its one immortal head was cut off with a golden sword given to him by Athena. Heracles placed it under a great rock on the sacred way between Lerna and Elaius (Kerenyi 1959:144), and dipped his arrows in the Hydra's poisonous blood, and so his second task was complete. The alternative version of this myth is that after cutting off one head he then dipped his sword in it and used its venom to burn each head so it couldn't grow back. Hera, upset that Heracles slew the beast she raised to kill him, placed it in the dark blue vault of the sky as the Constellation Hydra. She then turned the crab into the Constellation Cancer.
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Excellent mythological analogies, operatingwog!
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