Orange County – Now, For The Rest Of The Story

The following article by Luis Garcia is a follow- up to the several part series in St Petersburg Times, Inside Scientology: The Money Machine.   We are going to be doing a bit of Paul Harvey here.  A number of articles will follow that expand upon themes covered by the Times, but with the rest of the story filled in.  In this case, here is the rest of the story on the Orange County Idle Org fraud that was touched on by the Times.

The Orange County Ideal Org Project; a tale of lies and deception.

by Luis Garcia

First, I would like to acknowledge Joe Childs, Tom Tobin and the St. Petersburg Times for their impressive and unbiased marvel of investigative journalism in the recent series The Money Machine. My hat is off to you, gentlemen.

The rabbit hole is deep and has many twists and turns. I will attempt to shed some clarity and give some additional data on the Orange County Ideal Org evolution. Rocio and I donated the first $100,000 in 2003 that kicked off the OC (Orange County) Ideal Org project. This was announced at a subsequent event with a large attendance, and an additional $340,000 were raised. The project was underway. Other events of all sorts ensued, slowly raising the amount of funds in the pot.

In February of 2006, it was announced that “OC was next.” A mission composed of 3 people arrived. Quentin Tauffer, SO fundraiser extraordinaire came to OC accompanied by 2 women, one doing Admin functions and the other doing Ethics. The first order of business was to issue Ethics interviews summons. Rocio and I were summoned, as well as many OLs and OTs in the field. The ethics interview turned out to be an en-masse rollback. Soon after, a couple of guys were “handled,” and you never heard another peep from them. Now, with all CI removed from the field, the “briefings” could start. And indeed they did! Daily briefings at the Org, where everyone was asked to give and where everyone was asked to get on the phone, go visit people at their homes, businesses, etc., and get them to give as well.

This continued for about a month and most staff in OC and about 30 public were literally working the fundraising drums all day. But it was slow going. The donations were just trickling in. Ed Dearborn confided in me, “the flows are stuck and we need a substantial donation to un-stick them.” You know this part of the story so I won’t repeat it. After we made our donation in March 2006, “because we enthusiastically support our chosen faith,” as spokeswoman Karin Pouw said, it was leveraged to get 2 other individuals to donate large sums for a total of $500,000 each or more. These individuals have since gotten divorced and their finances are in a real mess. Other people also upped their statuses and made large donations. Within 2 weeks all the funds needed to buy the building in Santa Ana, CA had been raised. The flows had been un-stuck.

There was a Victory celebration type event held, where contributors received commendations and leather jackets. The ED, Ed Dearborn, announced to an audience of over 400 that fundraising had officially ended. The renovations would be funded with the proceeds of the sale of the existing building in Tustin, CA, as at that time, there were interested buyers for it offering around $5 million.

Parishioners celebrate the end of fundraising in OC

Commendations given by Quentin Tauffer

The $250,000 leather jacket

 

Renovations were to start immediately! There were just a couple of little hurdles to overcome first, though.

CSI (Church of Scientology International) had retained a company by the name of Staubach on a global basis, to locate, negotiate and conduct the purchase of buildings. The building for OC had been located and negotiated by a parishioner. There had been no brokers involved, which was a plus often aired at briefings, I mean think of “all the commission money we are saving!”

Although Staubach was not involved at all in the locating or purchasing of the OC’s Ideal Org building, they sent us a bill for their commission nevertheless: $160,000. We couldn’t of course go to the seller after the transaction was finalized and tell him to pay a commission to a broker that was not even present during the transaction. So we had to pay it. And we couldn’t go to the public and tell them about this lunacy either.

So just a few short weeks after it had been declared that “all fundraising had ended,” the ED announced we needed to raise $160,000 to “pay the architect and get him started.” This money was raised in a few weeks.

Staubach’s commission was paid. Karin Pouw’s statement “all donated money is spent carefully and efficiently” is perhaps an inaccurate statement. Who ever heard of a real estate buyer paying a commission to a broker for not working the deal? Indeed, only in the COS’ world of efficient economies.

The second hurdle was that right after the purchase, the last tenant’s lease had just been renewed “by mistake” for another 5 years by the DSA Orange County, Marie Murillo. After this little oversight was recognized, Marie Murillo and the then FBO Ian Faulkner, went to meet with the tenant to see what it would take to get him to move. The tenant was no dummy and he had informed himself very well as to the nature of his new landlord; and having found that the church of Scientology was engaged in an “unprecedented period of expansion” buying prime real estate all over the world like there was no tomorrow, he said it would take a cash payment of $450,000 plus 3 months of free rent and 3 months of free utilities. Now, this is when Mr. FBO, Ian Faulkner, put his foot in his mouth, and said something along the lines of “we could do that.” You see, for Mr. Faulkner to comply with his orders and “handle the tenant and get him to move” only meant extracting a few hundred thousand dollars from back-broken parishioners. No big deal. It’s very easy to spend somebody else’s money.

When he hit a wall in trying to raise this much money, again, after only a short while of having announced “no more fundraising,” I got a call with a request to help them negotiate with the tenant.

As you can imagine I was dealt a bad hand. The tenant, based on Mr. Faulkner’s confident response in their first meeting, was now licking his chops and very much looking forward to his big pay-day.

I met with the tenant multiple times and used all my business skills to get him to abandon the idea of $450,000. This process took me 5 months, all the while incessant queries and orders from the office of the Landlord Int kept coming down, such as “what’s the hold-up? We need to start the renos! Pay him! Get him out!” This was a top priority cycle. The tenant was holding up the Ideal Org in OC. Unthinkable!

I got the tenant to agree to a cash payment of $175,000 and a short period of free rent. He moved out in May 2007. I don’t quite remember how this money was raised, I mean what shore story was used, but the public were definitely not told that we paid $175,000 of their money to fix a little mistake on the DSA’s part. I received the following email from Mark Pisani, from the Int Landlord’s Office:

From: Mark Pisani [markpisani@scientology.net]

Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 10:42 AM

To: Garcia. Luis

Cc: Dearborn, Ed; Murillo, Marie

Subject: Tenant termination agreement

Luis -

I have attached an agreement form that was drafted by the church’s real estate attorneys at JMBM Law firm. It was written for another org but I changed the dates here. Correct the dates as needed to suit your needs. 

Obviously, stay in close comm with ED and Marie (as you are doing this for them).

ml, Mark

I was given commendations and I also received the following email from OC DSA, Marie Murillo. She knew I would be going to Flag soon for a refresher, and she thought this might help me with my perceived transgressions:

From: marie [mariemurillo@yahoo.com]

Sent: Friday, May 11, 2007 11:56 AM

To: Luis Garcia

Subject: report

 Solo Nots DoP (for Luis Garcia)                                                          May-11-07

 DSA OC

 Re: Luis’ participation on handling the remaining tenant of our new Ideal Org.

 Dear Sir: 

 This is to clarify a bit more Luis’ help on the above cycle as the commendations that both the ED and I wrote on him only mentions the final product and not necessarily all the work involved.

 Our building had a remaining tenant that had just renewed another 5 years lease right after we bought the building. They occupy the space which is at the corner of the building. This is going to be Div 6 as it is the only area in the building that has windows to the outside and therefore the most exposure. At the beginning of this cycle they demanded $450,000 plus 3 months free rent and free utilities. We simply could not afford that and the cycle ended right there.

Needless to say there was no way that those tenants would not be handled regardless how much this would cost us, as it jeopardized the renos and the opening of our new org.

I worked with Luis on this since October 2006 or so. He helped me review the lease and found different areas where we could be asking the tenants for insurance that they did not provide and other items that were important to us and could also help them change their mind about leaving.  I was in constant communication with Luis at that time. This cycle of reviewing the lease was a many hours cycle as it involved legal aspects that Luis had to research.

Luis got them to agree to leave for $175,000 which is considerably less than the original $450,000 amount.

I want to add that at some point I had to leave for Flag as I went there to finish OT-7, since that moment Luis took over the cycle fully which allowed me to not have any attention units on this while I was getting thru the end of OT-7. He was in comm with me but took full responsibility for the cycle.

This cycle was priceless for my org as with the tenants there for another 4 years we would not be able to open the Ideal Org.

I knew that Luis had taken the last few months to dedicate himself to get thru the level, he took off work and any other activities that did not consist of getting in session and was working on getting done with OT-7, regardless of this he answered to my request for help on a cycle that was of great importance to the org and made the time to do this. I truly appreciated this.

This is true,

Marie Murillo

DSA OC

We were now ready to start the renovations. Were we? Nope. The real estate market had just started to falter and the $5 million buyers were no longer there. We could only get $4.5 million or so.

So at a new enthusiastic briefing, an audience of not-so-enthusiastic parishioners were told that… $500,000 more needed to be raised.

Fundraising events, raffles, barbecues, bake sales, and even poker games in the name of the Ideal Org have run ever since. And let’s not forget “events” such as “Bowling for OC’s Ideal Org” or “The Pirates of the Caribbean Fundraising party,” or “the OC’s Ideal Org golf ball drop.” Yeap, numbered golf balls were sold and dropped from a helicopter on top of a golf course hole. The ball that went into the hole first would win its proud owner a TV set! As you can see all very on-policy Scientology actions.

OC’s Orange County Executive Director, Ed Dearborn, setting the bowling example, leading his flock to a Cleared OC.

Freewinds’ Registrar Gavin Potter, double hatted as Ideal Org’s pirate, telling “enthusiastic” parishioners to “donate or else!” “Rrrrrahh!”

New FBO Kirsten Krieger (center) watches intensely as a player says “all in.” A symbolic moment indeed, as many have said the same words in the COS: “ALL IN.”

Orange County’s ED, Ed Dearborn, addresses the parishioners at “The Most Uptone Fundrasing Event Ever!” Yes, this was the actual name for it. Note how parishioners “enthusiastically” fill the first two rows of chairs.

Orange County’s ED, Ed Dearborn, explains to a group of “VIPs” that the Pro-survival thing to do is to fork over their retirement funds.

Four recent fundraising events held by OC. Same faces in all photos, half or so of the people are staff. Orange County reached ST Hill size, for real, in 1986. I know, I was there. Where is all the OC public?

OC’s Roll of Shame. This is the list of everyone that has donated to the OC’s Ideal Project. Note the name “Luis & Rocio Garcia” are missing at the top.

As time passed, two things occurred: 1) the price they could get for the existing building in Tustin has been steadily declining. All they can get now is $3 million, IF they can find a buyer. And 2) the price for the renovations has been steadily increasing. When I asked the ED, Ed Dearborn, about this he said “all that stuff from Gold was very expensive.” The target to be raised became a moving target. First it was $500,000, then $800,000. Then $1.2 million, then $1.6 million, then…

In January of this year, I received the following letter from the Orange County OT Committee:

 

“It IS happening!”

 
This is a brief accounting summary of the project as I understand it:

1. Building purchase price: $6.2 million. April 2006.

2. Commission paid to Staubach: $160,000.

3. $175,000 paid to tenants to get them to move.

Add to this the lost of rental income for the last 4 years: $8,000 per month, 48 months = $384,000. Moreover, the lease would have been up by now, so the $175,000 tenant pay-off could have been saved. But hey! The renos had to start yesterday! “Pay him! Get him out!”

4. Now, the letter above says $1.3 million was raised in the last 6 months (more like in the last 5 years, since 2006).

5. “Management made an award of $1.2 million.”

6. So that leaves a mere $2.7 million more to be raised by LRH’s birthday (March 2011). And that is if the damned target stays put for a while! I’m telling you, this target has had legs for the last 5 years!
7. But let’s not forget the $3 million they will hopefully get from the sale of the existing building. Back in 2006 they had multiple offers for around $5 million and they turned them down.

Do the math, and this 100 year old, asbestos-ridden, 42,000 sq. foot building is going to cost a total of $14.7 million ($350/sq. ft.).

 

Also note that New OT VIIIs Marty Prince (Cramming officer), Yvonne Prince (Senior C/S) and Marie Murillo, (DSA) have recently “come on board and are now in charge of the fundraising.” What about their posts?
But wait! There is more. The building does not have it’s own parking lot. The lot across the street is used by government employees during the day and it’s pretty full. That leaves the 2-
hour coin meters on the streets… if you can find one available. Genius!

The building has sat empty since that last tenant left in May 2007. Events are not even held there anymore. The neighborhood it is in, is not precisely Beverly Hills. All businesses have bars and security doors in the storefronts. Some poor staff members have had to spend every single night there since 2007, to keep it secure.

 

Now, who shares my opinion that LRH would probably not approve of any one point above, let alone all of them combined?
I hope this finds you well, and I hope this helps shine some light on OC.

Best,

Luis

 

283 responses to “Orange County – Now, For The Rest Of The Story

  1. Thanks for the write-up.

    This mismanagement and waste is nothing new in Scientology endeavors. What is new, I will cover later.

    I have been involved in a few projects including an early FH reno in the 1980’s. I have also read numerous accounts of early SO projects both on land and water. I would say that “clusterf*ck” is more the norm than the exception.

    This is not about Miscavige as it predates him and, IMO, occurs even where he is not an influence (talking 1980’s here). I put it down to a number of inter-related causes:

    1. Us vs. them. Long been a factor in Scientology. It is “us” sane and ethical Scientologists vs. “them” insane and unethical wogs. The fact that the opposite is often the case cannot be perceived or communicated about.

    2. “Scientology is the senior tech”. This is a big cause. While metaphysically speaking this may true, when it comes to plumbing, plumbing is the senior tech. This is a hard one for zealots to get. The tech of Scientology may be a great aid to a competent plumber or to someone that wants to be one but it is not the tech of plumbing. That is its own tech and can take years to learn.

    3. “Make it go right”. They are conditioned to think that “make it go right” is all one needs. And this may be true in a sense – “make it go right” will get you to the other side but the amount of waste and missteps can be staggering. If they would just hire a competent “wog” in the first place …

    What this boils down to is that people that are not competent are given responsibilities that they are not equipped to handle. Then they approach it with the wrong viewpoint, that they will somehow magically “make it go right” without knowing anything about the subject. After they screw it up they kick it into high gear, learn enough or get some help but somehow muddle through at an immense waste of effort and money.

    Then they do it all over again.

    I think Scientology has been operating this way for decades. If anything, it is a bit better now than in past years.

    So what is different now? The greed. Decades ago it was mainly just a waste of time and labor. Monies came from services delivered and there was not so much available to waste. Now, vast amounts are regged with no exchange. Criminality, by definition. I don’t know if the root causes of this waste outlined about can be corrected or if they are endemic to the type of organization that Scientology was created as – insular, selfish, and self-absorbed – but that is my 42 cents.

    disinfected

    • Excellent points, all. Re: your point #2–Scientology is knowing how to know, i.e., you CAN know about plumbing using Scientology (Study Tech, FDSing, removal of case reasons why you cannot learn, etc.). But you are right, a snake is easier to use than a Prepcheck on your blocked up toilet.
      The rest of it you can pretty much chalk up to the fact that Scn is a do-it-yourself operation in its most fundamental basis. Look at DMSMH. DIY mental therapy. Personally, I think that is healthy unless you have a nut running the organization.

      • Yes, I tried Sec Checking my bathtub when the drain kept getting clogged but somehow, I don’t know if my procedure was wrong or what!

    • Disinfected, you make me think of a Scientology principle, the KRC triangle. Making things go right can go a long way on the R (Responsibility) corner, but nothing would happen if there were zero C (Communication). But the one that is being left out as in the tech of plumbing, is the K (Knowledge.) So yes, the product is zero or worse.

      • Dan and Lynne

        I think that there is, in Scientology organizational culture, a general disregard for and disrespect of the technologies that this planet has already developed. I do not think LRH had this issue but nonetheless it seems to have taken root in Scientology organizational culture.

        It may have basis in a general disregard for MEST or for science. It may be nurtured by the concept of the “instant hat” and “read it, drill it, do it”.

        What it boils down to is a misestimation of effort as regard the “K” corner of the KRC triangle.

        This is sustained by a false sense of ability. Anyone objecting to an incompetent approach has “CI” and is “invalidating”. It is very hard to be an adult in this group as in “are there any adults here?” You also see this manifested as ridiculous targets and quotas that few make. And if they even come close, it is because they sacrificed every other dynamic to do so.

        There is more to competence than knowing Scientology. You also have to know the tech of the field. And that tech was probably not developed by L Ron Hubbard but you still have to respect it if you are going to be effective with it.

        Which brings up the other endemic problem. The cult of personality around LRH. Not a popular subject here so I will just touch on it. There is a very Bizarro World quality when dealing with zealots. They will not accept any idea unless you can show them that LRH thought of it also. So if you want to communicate with them you cannot appeal to their good sense or to logic but must litter your conversation with references to LRH writings or it will not penetrate. Obviously this further insulates them from non-Scientology technology and non-Scientologists.

        disinfected

        • Disinfected, I get your point totally. However, some of the technology has been learned so thoroughly and has worked well enough, that it is hard to find other terminology for it. The thing about needing to have authorship by LRH is very similar to “if it isn’t written in the Koran…” or “the Bible says…” It’s a habit that’s well-established on this planet. LOL

          • In connection with the discussion a few posts above about “what would Ron do?” vs. “didn’t Ron himself tell us to be self-determined?” I am flashing to the scene in Life of Brian where he’s pleading with the crowd, “You don’t have to follow me, you don’t have to follow anybody, you’re all individuals!” and the crowd chants en masse “YES, WE’RE ALL INDIVIDUALS.”
            On technological developments in the world at large: this is what Miscavage is particularly inept at perceiving. Huge amounts have gone into a “Film Lab” when digital video has killed film, into book-printing plant when the Internet can disperse unlimited copies. Does he type out his orders on an Underwood, and run them through a mimeograph?

        • Disinfected,

          I agree with your observation wholeheartedly! What sometimes is difficult to differentiate is the fact of what LRH said to do, and how it has been “applied” within the Church, or specifically the agreed upon way things are done.

          I have witnessed thousands of incidents of idiotic, robotic applications by staff members in a field not directly relating to Scientology – most often observed in regards to renovations and Cine.

          People are grooved in to a mindset to only follow LRH, but in a robotic way whereby they ONLY read what he said (which sometimes is as little as an advice, or a passing sentence in some dispatch) instead of the tech of the field they are trying to apply.

          The truth is that LRH stressed OVER and OVER again how important it is to become a professional is the field you are in, by learning the specific tech of that field.

          LRH did discover that some technical fields were full of false data, so he personally studied the field and then wrote issues to cover the basic technology himself, like the Int-base-only policies on sound/audio. But even in these fields did he recommend other material to study, as well as courses which would give you a good training, like the New York Institute of Photography.

          Most of this was written in the 70’s and of course the field has moved on, and instead of understanding this simple fact and doing ones own research in 2011 and putting together references, material and courses which would correctly teach a subject, the staff hold on to the 70’s issues.

          However, what they DO and what LRH said to DO are two very different things. LRH DID say for a plumber to study the field of plumbing, but because the executives and managers are under such constant stat push, and because musical chairs are so abundant, and because training, hatting and EstO actions have been replaced by “make it go right” the entire system has failed, now resulting in gross organizational mistakes and millions of dollars wasted.

          But this is not intrinsic to what LRH said to do, but the very opposite of what he said to do, so please see the difference.

          Thanks for listening, Raul

          • Thanks for this differentiation Raul; an important one.

            • Yes, a differentiation that is getting harder and harder for the public at large to see as they observe what DM and CofS DO, not what LRH and the philosophy of Scientology SAY – plus a lot of the Int advices/policies are not available to the public at large.

              This is really one of the biggest hurdles to get through in the aftermath of DM – to clean up all the false impressions left behind by his criminal activities and perversions and reversals of the technology!

      • Lynne

        Oops…

        The C in KRC is actually Control. Your sentence still works, but has a different meaning.

        EricS

    • Disinfected
      This was so true in the making of the public and tech films. The waste of time, energy and money was extraordinary. Lighting, re-lighting, shooting and re-shooting the same scenes over and over, just to come back the next day to do it ll over again was abysmal — for the actors and the crew. The best sound and film equipment was bought and later the best sound stage facilities were built, but Cine (bless them all) couldn’t hold a candle to a professional production company. It was frustrating but, hey, we were helping to clear the planet. Looking back, it was another example of the waste and mismanagement you describe.

      • Michael, I agree. When we need a new 100-amp service from the power pole for more machinery, we don’t imagine we can get up there and do it ourselves! That could be hair-raising! LOL

      • Michael,
        Thanks, I’ve always wondered what the difference was as they Cine guys were very willing, but the amount of flaps and re-do’s were completely unreal.

      • Michael, your observation is very correct. It is hard to define the various problems with one reason, but the reasons are manifold:

        1) The tech films were all directed (outside of TR 4) by a B-list (at best) arrogant director – Mitch Brisker.
        2) Staff were often busted from Int into Cine and Einstein defined what happened as a result in a very concise way, “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Traditionally, the more technical posts in the movie world are occupied by people who chose to work in this field and have a personal passion for their specific trade. It takes years of experience, training, apprenticing and moving up the ladder to become an A-lister in that field. The majority of Cine guys were busted from other posts and they didn’t choose to become what they were posted as, nor had a personal passion for it.
        3) If someone screwed up they were often simply busted and another untrained, un-motivated person took over, just to follow in the same footsteps.
        4) DM micromanaged the films (and all the A/V produced) and he has his own quirky ideas of things which of course can’t be argued, and which contained not one iota of artistic sense, or any sense at all, except whatever computations that were going on in his mind.
        5) Some of the problems were created by people driven by a personal passion to see others fail or get in trouble – witness Gary Wiese who was the Chief Editor and wouldn’t hesitate to blame the shoot crew for his editing incompetence and sometimes the shoot crew got blamed for something he could/should have handled.
        6) You could witness the opposite in some departments, like SFX (Special FX) where you did have some staff who either had prior training, or were self-taught, but were in the majority dedicated to their field and truly geeks when it came to computer graphics. Hence they could come up with some high quality material, but this was one of the few departments which were manned in this fashion. Those who got busted into SFX didn’t last long and unfortunately, none of the original crew lasted the duration and today all the SFX are done by Professionals with SO helpers. Same goes for pretty much every other department in Cine and Audio – all done by expensive professionals handsomely paid out of parishioner’s money, with no attempt to build up an SO team (which was mandated by LRH.) Just go to LinkedIn and look at how many Cine/SFX/Audio/Music/Copy posts have worked at Golden Era Productions in the last 6-7 years. The amount is staggering. But DM loves the Pros and hates competent SO members.

        I’m sure there are other reasons as well, but the above answers some of it.

      • Take your average SO Gold staff member and their purpose line. What is their purpose line? Helping. BIG TIME. On the only game that matters to them at present – most likely along the lines of auditing, freeing beings and assisting others in gaining spiritual awareness.

        They get posted – likely not on a post of thier choosing or purpose line – as a gaffer, sets, director, etc… They are not professionals and on top of that (because of the ashole at the top) they often don’t get enought sleep, don’t get regular meals and are burnt out on their purpose line.

        Now compare that to a pro who’s purpose line is building awsome sets, acheiving excellent lighting, directing with enthusiasm and passion. And what do you know…….

        They may be spiritually vacant shells, but they sure can make an awsome set, direct an awsome scene, etc.

        The Data Series policies apply here familiarity, differences and similarities.

        Cine is not Hollywood. I grant that it is the Little Big Man that expected Cine to be Hollywood and wasted enormous amounts of cash and time trying to make it so.

        LRH did not expect Cine to be Hollywood. He expected Cine to make training films to assist in making lots and lots of auditors. And without that purpose in mind, Cine is a waste of time.

        The staff in Cine see the bullshit, see the deceptions, see the lies and it kills their purpose along LRH’s original intent. And with their “eternity at stake” they soldier on.

        Miscavage is a Suppressive ashole and has a lot of good people suppressed in his twisted little world.

  2. Similar wasting of money occurred at Pasadena Ideal Org. Tenants kicked out at great expense, then the building sat empty for God knows how long.

    No parking at the Pasadena org. Figure that one out. Reminds me of how the street in front of ASHO/AO was torn up and bricks laid down, then nobody was allowed to park there anymore. Then a tent would get put up in the parking lot for events and take up more of the parking – and it would get left there for weeks or months. It got to be a real problem to find a place to park. But maybe people are solving that problem now by just not going there.

    I could never figure out why there was all this effort to get people there and the parking was abysmal for no good reason.

    Guess I know why now.

  3. Indie-saurus-rex

    Two things:

    1) The targets and promises surrounding Vancouver’s push to attain an Ideal Org. seem to fall in line with the experiences of OC’s Ideal Org. push. A year, maybe a year and a half ago, Van Org. announced that they were ready to purchase their building – JUST ONE FINAL FIND RAISING PUSH WAS NEEDED!!!. Fast forward to present day and they’re now looking at purchasing an entirely different building, never mind the renovations, materials purchases, etc. I feel very bad for that whole scene and can only hope that stories such as Luis & Rocio’s penetrate deep before more money and LIFE is wasted.

    2) All of this makes me wonder about what must be a complete and utter circus surrounding the push to flip both Kyalami Castle (South Africa) and AO Canada into Ideal Org-type facilities. Yiiiiiiiiikes!!! lol.

    • Stay tuned.

    • Indie-saurus-rex

      Not only that, but we were getting regged for donations for the Quebec Ideal Org. For those who do not know, the Quebec Org is about 3000 miles from Vancouver. They should not have even HAD our mailing list, much less use it to illegally reg donations. As you say, I cannot imagine the insanity that will rain down upon the Canadian Orgs, in order to put the “advanced org” there. It is supposedly “sponsored by” the IAS. Well, roughly translated that will mean that BOTH the IAS and the Int Landloard, will be crush regging for the funds to build/renovate it. The orgs have already been “assessed” for their required contribution to the stupidity. It will come out of their gross income, which right now is barely enough to keep the lights on.Then they will doubtless completely rip off all the good staff from the local orgs to man it up. And where is it? It is a couple of hours drive out of Toronto, in the middle of nowhere. It would be the equivalent of the Arrow Lake Narconon facility. Anyone ever drive by that one?

      And, as you say Vancouver is already deeply embroiled in their own “death push” to finance their own “ideal Org”, complete with ever changing money requirements.

      I really hate this…. You take a struggling org, being run by dedicated individuals, and then utterly kick the snot out of the whole lot of them, and then announce “they are totally Counter Intentioned and suppressive,” because they didn’t “make it go right”.

      The only way that they could ever really “make it go right” would be if they cut their losses, mutinied as a group, and set about to actually use LRH to rebuild their tech delivery. Anything else is futile at this point.

      Eric S

  4. Luis, very comprehensive picture of gross financial mismanagment. Putting all religious issues aside, the financial fiasco that was OC Ideal Org would get anyone fired in the real world. Just the 175K wasted to buy out the tenant would be enough to sack the whole team. Timing is everything in Real Estate. And their timing is based on their internal campaigns, not the market. They spend blindly. It hurts to read your case study because the funds could have been put to so many better uses, on any and all dynamics.

    • John — I think firing would be a generous outcome. In the “real world” these people would be sued by their shareholders for gross violations of fiduciary duty. The people who sit on the “boards” of these churches (like OC) have no clue what they are supposed to do or what their responsibilities are.

      • Your right. Firing would be the lowest ethics gradient. Let me ask you, Mike, are the members of the local church boards required to sign undated resignations? Are they basically a front without any real power? I recall undated resignations being commonly used in the past. Has it carried forward to the present?

        • John — Yes, they sign undated resignations, but that doesnt really matter as the bylaws require the board to be in good standing with the Mother Church so if they get out of line they simply get declared and are removed that way. So, the undated resignations are probably not even kept current in most orgs. The Boards have no real world functions.

          • So Organizationally there can never be a bottom up revolt. No conclave, no voting, nothing. A leadership change will most likely only be done through an internal cabal or external law enforcement. Also, members voting with their feet heading for the door will be a third means of the leadersip being challenged and weakened. Seems like 2 of the 3 three are markedly in motion. The cabal is, well, secret. We recall the last words of Julius Ceasar; “et tu Brute'”. Brings to mind Mariko-San’s telling Pilot Major Blackthorn that realizing that you cannot trust anyone is not sad, its just one of lifes most important lessons.

    • OLS —

      Actually, this is purchasing liability of a staff member:

      “The second hurdle was that right after the purchase, the last tenant’s lease had just been renewed “by mistake” for another 5 years by the DSA Orange County, Marie Murillo.”

      Reference anyone?

      Marie Murillo should have been made to either handle the tenant to void the lease or personally pay the $175,000 to buy out the lease. Luis Garcia shouldn’t have had to get involved in this aspect at all. Rachel

  5. Luis, Rocio,

    Do you think most building donors realize the Church could easily fund these projects with their own money? RCS could probably pay for the majority of these building projects with just the interest on their current assets.

    People/groups are told to “give until hurts” yet one group seems to be absolved of their responsibility to “dig deep”, the owner of the building – CofS.

    I try to image what it must have felt like to be one of those who really did dig deep who then had to sit down and read the OT Committee letter trumpeting the generosity of management who….

    “made a jaw-dropping “award” to “our” church of 1.2 million! You read it right another 1.2 million awarded.”

    Let’s make sure I understand this. The public gives the church a $14 million building and the church’s contribution (which probably never happened) is considered an “award” to those who donated?

    Are you F..ning kidding me? The award I would want after reading that letter would be a fountain pen and directions to the Refund/Repayment door.

    I

    • Yes – it is sick. The whole thing is going to the same people who made the “jaw dropping award.” That is like the Boss Man giving you scrip to pay for 10% of something at the company store for a birthday gift… for the Boss Man.

  6. The way POB runs things is so much like a bad government I can’t stand it:
    1) massive inefficiency wasting millions of other people’s hard-earned money without a second thought.
    2) Continuous implementation of policies and actions that destroys the financial viability of its constituents and takes away their economic freedoms
    3) Continual and ever-increasing erosion of the human and civil rights of its constituents and institution of an ever more oppressive police state.

    • yep, it is all that on steroids

    • LOL! What do you think Int Management is? A BAD GOVERNMENT! The leader isn’t even elected! ANCIENT BAD GOVERNMENT! They are light years behind Egypt and Iran now! It is one big internal revenue service with the purpose to TAX TAX TAX. We’re talking 15th century.

  7. From the advertizement on the oh so glorious Vancouver Idle Org:

    “Building an ideal organization is to create the physical embodiment of Scientology and provide a safe environment where people can attain spiritual freedom. Scientology works to see that all people have the right to thought and the freedom to think for themselves. From drug education and prevention, to the creation of literacy, to actively helping the community, plus supporting human rights in every corner of the earth, it is a new era for the whole panorama of human potential.

    Scientology has the technology capable of restoring the infinite goodness in every human being. An ideal organization in the beautiful city of Vancouver will provide a full array of social betterment programs dedicated to helping all British Columbians.”

    Ohhhhhh…if only it were true.

    P.S. I wonder why you have to be a member to log into the website beyond their PR info page?

    • Les,
      The Ad implies that current Orgs do not “provide a safe environment where people can attain spiritual freedom” or falls short of it. That’s the truth of the matter with the DM created insane regging and tech alterations!

      The sad thing is that the larger and more glitzy building is not going to make a difference, except having existing public names on a list, but with less personal funds and debts. Thus pushing towards just another wrong why, which the idle orgs strategy goes towards, similar to “blind leading the blind”.

      • Good spot Sinar.
        Another thing I noticed in looking at the front of the new OC org and the Pasedena org and the Vancouver building. All these buildings look more like banks than churches.
        Hummm wonder why?

  8. Luis, nice…..thanks for exposing yet more tales and lies told to the parishioners of the now cult of scientology. Yet another scam unfolds!

  9. btw: My disgust is not that the donors didn’t get personally rewarded.

    It is that the church considers putting any of their own money (albeit small) to their own damn projects as “charity” toward those shouldering the real burden.

    Scientologist pay high rates for service, considerably more than is needed to forward the religion and “keep the doors open”. Then, when the church wants something (that they can afford) they pound the public to pay for that too.

    They then position public who do not “enthusiastically embrace” this system as out-ethics. Unbelievable.

    Some day be a study will be done on how RCS gradually inoculated and anesthetized, people of good will, to accept criminal fleecing.

  10. I’ve got give Int Management credit. When they can get people to spend millions of dollars to buy THEM a new building, and they chip in less than 10% and convince people they have given them a “gift”, you really have it going on.

    • They say it ballooned to 14.7 million and “awarded 1.2″ BS, I do not buy it – they inflated the costs for reg purposes .

      My bet …. that building was paid in full through donations with MILLIONS left over. DM gets a free building AND cash in the bank. I believe everyone of these Orgs where financed with the same “strategy, which would explain why they could sit incomplete for years.

      Charitable organizations are required to make available financial data which shows how much of every dollar donated for set cause actually goes to that specific cause. Like Feed The Children. As Scn is a religion (that is anything BUT charitible) they are not required to make those financial disclosures AND what a nightmare it would be if they were.

    • It’s kind of like “enriched” white flour so advertised on wonderbread years ago. Took out all the nutrients, put a few back and called it enriched. But it still was useful for making little balls to throw at each other…

  11. I is amazing what we – what people – will put up with for a chance at spiritual enlightenment. This is a carrot that goes beyond all carrots.

    The buying of indulgences back in the Roman church that led to Martin Luther and the reformation – you have to remember that the threat was real. The priests, and the priests alone, had the ticket to heaven, or the condemnation to hell. Every priest, and every pope, and every parishioner was sincere – they believed with all their heart that they would die and go to glory – if they followed the dictates of The Church.

    And so we have what we have now.

    Luis and Rocio – you know the value of Scientology, and the Church sells itself as the sole purveyor of the Road to Truth. You guys are the epitome of what Scientology can be for people. You are both good people. You have given your treasure and time and expertise to help us all – to HELP us ALL. This is very, very admirable.

    So the idea that you can be “declared” by Miscavige’s minions is PROOF the church has no soul – and is no longer involved with Scientology.

    Every Scientologist I know and knew who were really Scientologists were sincere. And, believe that despite any malfunctions of Church management, the Church still holds the key – we are willing to deal with the ineptitude to keep the road open, because there is no alternative – according to Ron (back when he was around) and the Church today.

    But this kind of crap is no longer an occasional occurrence. It is SOP. “Standard fundraising tech?” “Give until it hurts?” “You know it is the greatest good for the greatest number to do what you need to do (about a pregnancy)?”

    This is betrayal of epic proportions. The ONE thing that can defeat this mechanism has been subjugated to perpetrate and perpetuate the mechanism. So, we have people being gathered in to reread books – and worse, the books are alter-ised – they are no longer LRH’s books. The Basics are a fraud.

    We have people being sidelined from bridge progress to being sucked beyond dry for “donations” to the IAS, and to build buildings which ARE NOT NEEDED. Inglewood? Give me a cussing break! Bufalo? Really? Nothing wrong with either city, but whatever happened to the Bean Theory, for God’s sake?

    Given the level of suppression on the lines, is it no wonder mistakes were made in following these illegal orders by the OC field and staff? 5 year re-up on a lease? Are you kidding me?

    This is stupidity on a grand scale, and it is PAR FOR THE COURSE.

    Marty is right – it is worse than it EVER was when I was on course and directly on lines.

    So, we have stupid, PTS, mistake-prone, broke, and subjugated people in the Church of Scientology.

    Count me out.

  12. “The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold” .. Aristotle …

  13. Luis,

    They say that if you want something done, give it to a busy man. My wife has given me this long list of things to get done before guests arrive for Thanksgiving.

    Uh, well, ah, could you help me negotiate the list down to, say, someone else doing it all so I can head to Florida? Seems like a good solution to me.

  14. Yet another example of the church being in such a hurry that it can’t get anywhere. This makes me sick to my stomach and I’m not even OC public . . . . . .

  15. Luis,

    Thanks for another example of RCS end of endless Hill Ten’s. I literally dropped out of our local Class V (Cincinnati) within days after they announced their Idle Morgue program. That was the proverbial last straw the broke the camel’s back.

    I said to my sister (and I can quote) “Let’s get out of here before this ruins our lives.”

  16. look at carlton gore road in auckland – it is structurally unsound and they were in the backblocks of panmure above a jetski shop – it got demolished. now they are on a bus route where no one gets off as they are going home or going to the city or uni. jeez – i am glad i am a ‘pauper’ nothin’ to see here. My riches are in the real world

  17. Thank you, Luis, for this well-written history.

    Several things stand out:

    The sheer incompetence of the project management.

    There’s no evidence that any LRH admin was used, for example, something simple like Target Types.

    The failure of the project management to complete cycles of action, that is to say, to a done.

    The delays on the building were never project management’s fault.

    There never was any project management, only fund-raisers and KR-writers.

    No sign of the IAS or Int Landlord or WISE or an AVU Approved Programme based on LRH policy.

    No skilled and proven ‘Done-It-All-Before’ team.

    No miscavige dropping by to rally the troops, give heartening speeches, show ‘how it’s done.’ Or give a public demonstration of how to audit somebody. Or do some group processing to boost morale. Or give a Congress. Or choose OC for his new series of GAT ACC lecture tours.

    Maybe somebody thought they could Tone 40 a new building into existence.

    Or, more probably, someone is mocking Scientology and Scientologists in order to boost their own self-esteem, because this Ideal Org fiasco has NOTHING to do with clearing anybody: $14.7m and not one cleared person!

    Incidentally, has anyone ever owned up to being miscavige’s C/S?

    Rich

  18. What a flippin WASTE. Of everything. Of everyone. WASTE.
    Thanks for adding to the info, Luis. A true knowledge report.

  19. From Ex Scientologist Message Board (9th November 2011):
    The latest news from Flag from an insider:
    I was told today that all of the CSWs; particularly the LOA CSWs are to be approved only by David Miscavige and no one else. Just him, that’s it. And staff has to wait until he is good and ready to read them.

    Also that there is a new question added to the A-J checks; David wants to know who is masturbating and whoever is found comitting that ‘overt’ is ordered to do a major ethics program.

    The new pre requisites to attest to OT 7 are: to sell at least one Basic Books package and to be a Patron of the IAS, if not then you cannot attest.

  20. This may be rather obvious but I realised a common denominator with these kool aid drinkers in that none of them are in present time. DM might be fighting demons from eons ago but his flock aren’t – they’ll all stuck in the future.
    All these years of implanting – “your journey to OT, when you reach blah blah state, we’re blazing to trail to OT, you help need now to make planeting clearing… etc etc etc. It creates one powerful surge of hurling them into the future when “the rest of the planet realises…”
    Geezes, what a trap. Believeing in a future that will never arrive and giving everything you’ve got for it. The conmen of RCA and their lies will go down in history as the greatest scam in history next to investment bankers and tax agents.
    Literally, God help them!
    In contrast Hubbard always said, does it work? & get trained and processed now – he despised procrastination.

  21. A little research proves that the need to raise extra money for paying commission to Staubach was a complete lie. $160,000 out of $6.2 million works out to about 2.5%. That’s half of the usual commission rate for commercial real estate; commissions are typically split between the agent representing the seller and the agent representing the buyer. So at least the Church of Scientology regs are not lying about the amount. A small blessing, I know…

    But I checked with a buddy: commercial real estate commissions are paid by the seller out of the amount actually received for the property, just like in residential real estate. So Staubach’s commissions would have been paid out of the $6.2 million that the Church already paid when it got title to the building. The seller would have paid his agent 5% at closing, and that agent would have given a cashier’s check for half to Staubach before anybody got up from the table. Industry practice has always been that agent commissions get paid at closing, so Staubach was definitely paid. That means that the Idle Org scam absolutely, positively made up a false issue to raise even more money on a complete pretext.

    The fact that Staubach got paid when they didn’t actually find that particular building is a distraction from the real issue: there was no need for additional money in the first place. My buddy said it’s standard practice to pay a “global real estate company” commissions on every deal signed no matter whether they actually brought it in. That’s because the real estate brokers will propose 100 deals to the client for each deal that gets signed, so they deserve to get paid for the time spent on all the deals that didn’t close. And proposing a building to a commercial client is a lot harder than showing a residential client a picture of a house.

    I am not trying to say this story is anything other than disgusting venal and/or criminal behavior on the part of the Church of Scientology. I am just trying to point out exactly what is immoral/criminal/sleazy, so people can better understand where to focus their anger and so they can see the specific con mechanism at work. You’ll die young if you’re angry about everything all the time. And you’ll get duped by the next con if you don’t understand exactly how the last one worked.

    Anger should be directed squarely at the CoS for making up a deceitful reason to raise money. It shouldn’t be towards Staubach, whose deal with CoS is probably in line with real estate industry norms. Staubach is successful and is generally seen as a quality player in commercial real estate, so the chances are that they’re not doing anything unethical. Scientology is almost certainly a very small client for Staubach. Given some of the idiots Staubach has had to deal with (as detailed in some of Marty’s previous posts), CoS is unlikely ever to be one of their favorite clients. In fact, if Staubach knew then what they know now about CoS, they probably would have passed on the deal in the first place.

    John P.

    • Of course we should worship corporate americans who certainly deserve all praise for “earning” 100s of thousands of dollars for nothing. I’ve got news, America has become a rentier economy (primary indicia of a decline of empire by Kevin Phillips’ American Theocracy). Think I’m going into agreement with anything because “that’s the way business is done”? Think again.

    • John,

      Staubach didn’t do squat for Orange County. They did not present anything. The seller was never told there was a broker representing us, because there wasn’t. The seller didn’t have a broker either, so he never paid a dime in commissions to anyone. This idea of “money for nothing” is just wrong.

  22. DM is running the ultimate pimping game. SO and org staff are his ‘ho’s and the parishoners are the tricks. And just like a pimp, DM even beats up on his immediate ‘ho’s. As far as Staubach … I wouldn’t be suprised if there was a kick back on the commissions. As far as the waste of money … it doesn’t matter to DM. What matters is always having an urgency that his ‘ho’s can sell to the tricks.

    When all is said and done, all the tricks get are some kudos/applause from the other tricks and some of the ‘ho’s and a framed piece of paper to hang on the wall.

    Pete

  23. What a waste of resources. What a waste of people. What a waste….
    That can’t be high on any scale.

    I am SOOOOOO happy I am not involved in this craziness!

  24. Thank you all. Just wearing my hat of “apostate.” An enthusiastic one, though.

    There is more truth where this came from. Ed Dearborn and the Mighty Orange County multi-million real estate venture refuse to repay my $9,800 I had on account.

    Some of you know me a little bit by now. Does anybody think that I’m going to roll over, crawl under a carpet and forget about it? It’s too small of an amount to worry about? As Marty would say… stay tuned.

    • Apostate. Now THAT’S a hat!!

      Though I am not sure it is the correct term — which is usually applied to people who renounce a faith.

      Reformer may be a better word.

      The idea of you rolling over and playing dead is about as likely as David Miscavige admitting a mistake. Actually, I put my money on POB!!

      • Mike,

        I think you know I was being sarcastic. Merely using the term the RCS uses for people like us. You are right, I have not renounced my faith. In fact, everything I do is in an attempt to safeguard it.
        Reformer is good.

        • Luis — I knew you were being sarcastic. So was I. But I do think the hat of reformer is a good one. And my money is still on POB to admit somethign wrong before you roll over and play dead!!!

          • Mike, do you have a comm line to Miscavige? I just solved the Missions problem. It’s called The Golden Age of Missions or some such thing.
            It involves going into business with Starbucks and having enlightenment video panels on one half while people wait for their caramel macchiatos. The BIS and intro services stats will be HUGE.
            I need to get the writeup to Miscavige because I don’t believe he is aware that ideally “Ideal Orgs” need “Ideal Missions” to drive people into the “Ideal Front Doors”. I think LRH wrote something on this as well.

  25. Hubbard says when something is obtained dishonestly it must be hidden.
    I guess they are hiding the donations through losses.

  26. I’m watching the back and forth about Staubach’s commission and I wanted to add some information. Even in small scale real estate and commercial contracts, there is typically a section to be filled in specifying whether or not there is a broker, and therefore a broker fee. Before the closing, if a HUD-1 is used to track how money is allocated, there are several lines where brokers fees are filed in by the seller and buyer’s attorney.

    What I suspect happened was that the person Orange County used to negotiate the deal and write the contract did not know that there was a national brokerage agreement that needed to be honored locally. Normally most large non-profits have legal departments which inform their local affiliates of such obligations in writing assuming they are not spending all their time chasing Mike and Marty around.

    What I think may have happened here was that OC had no clue at the time of the P & S that they were responsible for a nationally incurred broker fee because no one above them informed them of this issue which is yet another example of how disfunctional the COS has become.

    • Non-scn, you raise a VERY good point re the HUD-1 (also known as the closing statement) for this sale.

      The HUD-1 is the form that shows what all the costs are; the price of the property, who’s paying for what and how the money is being dispersed. The closing agent/attorney always asks if there are any monetary agreements “outside of closing”. In other words, the atty wants to know if there is any money going back & forth between the buyer and seller that’s not showing up on the HUD-1. That would include broker fees which, by the way, are always, not sometimes but always, listed on the HUD-1.

      Luis, you have grounds to call the California Real Estate Commission about Staubach getting paid outside of closing. I promise you they’d LOVE to hear about this. If you want more info Marty has my email address.

  27. We should not overlook a thing:
    all this stupidity is no coincidence.
    It is full of booby-traps. The whole “Ideal Orgs” Operation.
    It’s there for one reason.
    DM gives the Scientology Community a game in order to dissuade them from their main objective: spiritual freedom.
    1) In the first instance, the prices for service where rised.
    2) Then, LRHs comm lines were cut.
    3) Then the IAS was established (and a “running system” HASI was disbanded).
    4) The Tech became useless, full with arbitraries in means of “Golden Age of Tech”.
    5) Events were interspersed with ever more false PR. And ANY Scientologist has to participate (visit)
    6) Ideal Orgs Operation was created as the new “Game of Expansion”.
    7) SP declares for the most awaken ones. (Not only by case level but by integrity)

    (This list goes on and on)

    And nothing of this happened by coincidence.
    It was installed to bring us off-purpose. To involve us into a mest game.

    I just can’t see that this is all because of personal greed of David M-IRScavige.
    And I just don’t believe that this all happend because he is “such a stupid guy” or something. He does not invert the tech nor valid policy simply by mistake.

    I know that most of you know this.

    He feeds us off with false purposes. That’s why orgs are either empty or no fun anymore. ARC is low. People mesured by false standards (those made up SP standards).
    But the worsest thing is, that the future of the many is in real emergency.
    The whole project as begun by LRH is bugged since ’82 (at least).

    That’s the hard thing to realize (even for me).
    I have no clue yet how to bring the real show back on the rails.

    Or do you suggest that the best thing to do is to leave and stay in the independend field forever?

    Kind regards,
    SKM

    • SKM

      Regarding… “I have no clue yet how to bring the real show back on the rails…. Or do you suggest that the best thing to do is to leave and stay in the independend field forever?”

      Of course that is up to you, assuming that there ends up being anything left to “rejoin”.

      But here is perhaps a good line to follow.

      It has to do with “ethics conditions.” Until the Scientology organization “suffers on up through the conditions” at least as far as Non existence, it is not particularly wise to associate with it. If you read the “lower conditions” over again, you can see there is plenty of work to be done before that point is reached.

      On the other hand, the group of Scientologists that are operating “independently”, outside of “the Scientology organization”, are mostly operating above “non-existence”, and some on up into “high Normal” or even “Affluence”.

      My personal advice would be to apply “The Code of Honor, the definition of responsibility, and the Ethics Conditions” to the situation. With good understanding and honest application you will do well.

      Eric S

      • Hello Eric,

        thanks for your reply.
        You’re right:

        Of course that is up to you, assuming that there ends up being anything left to “rejoin”.

        But here is perhaps a good line to follow.

        It has to do with “ethics conditions.” Until the Scientology organization “suffers on up through the conditions” at least as far as Non existence, it is not particularly wise to associate with it. If you read the “lower conditions” over again, you can see there is plenty of work to be done before that point is reached.

        So true…

        And yes, I am working on my own (1st, 2nd Dynamic) conditions now to disconnect completley.

        Thank you to all sharing your viewpoint.
        Knowing that my assumptions from the last decade was not only made up by myself is a valid acknowledgement. Lots of bypassed charge blowed in the last couple of weeks just by reading what you have to say!

        ARC,
        SKM

  28. Nobody has yet mentioned the FSM commissions. Every event that raised $1 million really only raised $900K. Also, there were so many times when people pledged and the funds were supposed to be at a certain level, but at the next event if they paid the old pledge, it was counted all over again as a stat. It was another way of “fancy arithmetic” so we could never keep track of how much was really being collected and disbursed.

  29. Does Miscavige really read this blog every day?
    Well… mock this up.
    Four men sitting at a table at a meeting; they are Marty, Mike, Steve Hall & David Miscavige. Nothing is said, just sitting.
    Someone comes in and slides Lisa Mcpherson’s PC folder to the center of the table…
    Now image that senario is real.

  30. I got some inside skinny from someone in Sacramento. There have been three “EP’s” to the building fundraising (“Once we hit this target it’s a done!”) so far and they are now on their fourth. One of the things that came up was that once they started the reno’s, they found out the basement would need $3 million in additional reno’s they didn’t know about. The total cost of the building is going to be $20 million! And they are currently having fundraisers EVERY WEEKEND.

  31. Dear Luis,
    Thank you for the additional info. I myself missed out on a good deal of this completely insane financial spin of the last 11 years . The IAS was around then and it was odd enough. I informed HCO in mid 99 I would not be resigning a new staff contract I was promptly sent to LA for “handling”.
    My SP Declare in early 2000 was based on my “speading black pr and enemy lines on GAT”. Translated into actual Scientology this means I applied “how to defeat verbal tech” to various RTC issues being force fed to the org I was in.. As well as everywhere else.
    I very much appreciate the information you have provided herein as well as with the “money machine” series not to mention your earlier declarations regarding the severe alteration of Scientology by David Miscavige.
    As a Scientologist since 1972 ,with 19 years on staff ending in 99 , the more recent criminality regarding finance is so far removed from anything found in LRH policy that it is hard to conceive it could actually be something going on in “the church of Scientology” but obviously it is.

  32. CHECK OUT NEW HAVEN, CT. ‘NUFF SAID

  33. Heh everybody! May I have your “COMMAND ATTENTION”? I have just been briefed by COB, MISSCABBAGE, and he has announced a new Div. 6 program now available at every Org on the Planet.

    The program is so exciting and was a successful pilot program which began long before economic tsunami that occurred in 2008.
    Are you ready? Please sit down…this is EXCITING!
    The Church of Scientology is now offering a program

    “HOW TO LOSE MONEY IN THE REAL ESTATE GAME”

    We will give you a few sneak peaks into the data fresh of the press which is 400,000 sq.ft. printing facility purchase by the Co$. Please don’t worry about the fact that books are becoming obsolete. We will turn it into a “SWINDLE” manufacturing facility soon. This is our version of the “KINDLE” with all books re-written again and downloadable for a mere $25K for the basics. $100,000 for the Green Vols. $150,000 for the red vols. Coming soon to an Org near you. But .. lets not get off track. Back to the real estate investing courses!

    Your first course is: “JUST BUY THE FRICKEN BUILDING”. Just pick anything out and buy it! Don’t worry about LOCATION OR MARKET PRICES and don’t even fret the fact that we lost lots of non-refundable earnest deposits (it ain’t your money anyway – just get er done). If you don’t close – forfeit the money and try again for another closing date. “This is the way the game is played” – says Brenda Smith – a 15 year old I/C of the Landlord’s office for the Co$. “It makes the game so much fun when we have something to lose”. “People just get so jazzed up”!

    Make sure you purchase buildings with NO PARKING! It makes the game more fun! Who needs to park a car. The staff and public won’t have any cars anyway because they can’t AFFORD THEM! They gave all of the money to us to buy these grand investments! “Now that is standard application of the tech 100% – 100% of the time” says 12 year old Phil Brandt – fundraiser extraordinaire for the Orange County Org.

    Announce to the world you are out buying property paying cash – it will set the tone that you are serious and increase real estate values! It will raise the value of your building you want to buy! Isn’t that what you want? Lot’s of value!! Donald Trump – eat your heart out. You don’t know what you are doing..so move over and fire yourself now. The Co$ is setting the standard in PT on how to invest in real estate!

    “BRILLIANT advice” says one of our newly graduated student – 14 year old Jason Freeman, who just wrapped up his internship on the pilot at Flag! “I finished the pilot and then was sent to Dallas to help them purchase theirs. This is so much fun – way more fun than the board game – Monopoly!

    Now the commissions are typically built into the sale price and already agreed to by the Listing Agent – representing the seller. The listing agent simply shares it with the buyer’s agent. So the buyer gets representation w/o having to pay for it. But we are ALL ABOUT CHANGING THE WAY THE WOG WORLD BUYS REAL ESTATE- just wait until you hear this tidbit of senior data! Don’t collect it….let the listing agent take the whole pie. Then after you close on the purchase – pay THE BUYER’S agent (that did nothing because your OT committe found the building and the 11 year old from Landlord office dictated the purchase) – his commission. The cash comes from the parishioners and you don’t have to tell them.

    It ain’t your money – so feel free to spend, spend, spend!

    The last little hummer we will leave you with to get your mouth salivating for this phenomenal program written by his legion – Mr. COB himself – Slappy Mismanagement: Make sure you over-improve the property so that it is upside down for $1 Billion years. That way the loser Sea Org staff have a building to come back to!

    “Only Tom Cruise is a REAL SCIENTOLOGIST and that is why I took the public’s cold hard cash and threw a little birthday bash for him! It was only $300K and we had fun. Tom will really be disseminating Scientology now!!” says Slappy Mismanagement, COB, Church of Scientology WORLDWIDE

  34. SUCKERS !!

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  36. I have a question for all you Ex-Sci’s. It seems to me that your the people who ran, funded, expanded, etc. the church! So why dont you guys start a new church? You have the money, talent, education etc.? Seems you can fix the problems and learn from there mistakes.. Any info would be great..

    • Several have. The catch is, there’s no real one single unified “believes in the tech” group outside the CoS. Different people think the good stuff ended at different times, thus different factions. There are, given history, reasons people mistrust each other. Once breached, trust is difficult to regain.

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