(Section 12 of Part 3 – Why I Left the Church)
For many years I had a fixed idea that RTC, Snr C/S Int Office and the Flag Service Org, could be trusted with the tech. I began to find out, while looking into what some people (no longer in the church) were saying they experienced while trying to go up their OT Levels, that I was very mistaken.
As part of my gathering information from sources now outside of the church (in order to help resolve my doubts), I saw a video on Youtube where two people, a husband and wife who lived in Clearwater, named Greg and Debbie Barnes, gave a detailed verbal account of severe injustice that they experienced in response to their bringing up a MAJOR point of out-tech that has been occurring in the church for years and years.
I won’t go into full detail of what happened because if you are interested, you watch the video.
But did you know that these “6-month checks” or “refreshers” for OT VIIs, where they get Sec Checked every six months, are out-tech? That is what was pointed out to me on the Barnes’ video. Here’s the reference:
“b. Pre-OTs in the area between the beginning of New OT VI (Solo NOTs Auditing Course) and the completion of New OT VII (Solo NOTs) may not receive any other auditing, with the exception of those services allowed in the No-Interference Area (between the start of New OT I and the completion of OT III) for pre-OTs who are stalled or moving slowly. – LRH (HCOB 23 Dec 71RB, Solo Series 10RB, C/S Series 73RB The No-Interference Area Clarified and Reinforced, Subject Volume 1 [in the Tech Vols], page 252)
Now as far as the part saying “…with the exception of those services allowed in the No-Interference Area (between the start of New OT I and the completion of OT III) for pre-OTs who are stalled or moving slowly” is concerned, the same bulletin lists, earlier, what actions are allowed for pre-OTs who are stalled or moving slowly. However, the section that lists those actions begins with a major qualifying statement before listing which actions are allowable. I will quote the qualifying statement and the list of allowable actions:
“Pre-OTs progressing well in the No-Interference Area should not be interfered with by Sec Checking or anything else. However, when a pre-OT is stalled or moving slowly, any of the actions listed below, as appropriate, can be ordered by a qualified C/S….
- Nonaudited PTS handlings
- Confessionals and O/Ws
- The handling of postulates, considerations, attitudes, evil purposes or evil intentions (False Purpose Rundown)
- Service Fac handling (bracket method only, no R3RA)
- Disagreement Checks. – LRH (HCOB 23 Dec 71RB, Solo Series 10RB, C/S Series 73RB The No-Interference Area Clarified and Reinforced, Subject Volume 1 [in the Tech Vols], page 252)
So, sure, that reference does give conditions under which someone who is in progress on OT VII can receive Sec Checking. However, the way things go in the church, EVERY person on Solo NOTs has to receive Sec Checking every six month REGARDLESS of whether or not they are stalled or moving slowly or they are progressing well.
I just couldn’t, and still can’t, believe that such an obvious violation of an HCOB is not just committed once in a while by a C/S who needs to go to Cramming, but it is ALWAYS done, ALWAYS HAS BEEN DONE as far back as I can remember and EVERY C/S at Flag orders it, EVERY PRE-OT accepts it (or else they cannot move on with their OT VII) and it is known by almost everyone in the church that “this is the way that it’s done”. In fact, as I write this, I sit in utter disbelief over two years after I found out about the above reference, that the group that I trusted so well (to only apply 100% Standard Tech and to see to it that everyone else does the same), could be involved in perpetrating such a widespread abomination of the tech!
I recommend the Barnes’ video. When they brought up this fact of out-tech to the appropriate terminals at Flag after seeing the reference, THEY were investigated and harassed, and eventually declared when they refused to pretend that they did not see this out-tech situation. I always thought that as Scientologists, we were EXPECTED to bring it up and be completely “unreasonable” when we witnessed any instances of out-tech. And here these people, the Barnes’, were doing just that and they were getting persecuted for it by Sea Org members!
I saw this and I realized that what I thought was my group, was not really interested in the purity of the tech, like I had always thought they were. I strongly suspected that there was an ulterior motive for having everyone on OT VII automatically having to pay thousands and tens of thousands of dollars for Flag intensives every six months when it is completely out-tech to do so, especially when they were not only unwilling to correct the out-tech but they threatened, libeled and banished two people who were trying to stop it.
And furthermore, I now began to wonder what other blatant, long-term, church-wide out-tech situations were going on that I hadn’t previously realized.
This, I could see, was not the ethical group that I had thought it was for years.
And once again, I have to say that if you suspect that I’ve been hoodwinked by Greg and Debbie Barnes into thinking that “the most ethical group on the planet” was not so ethical, and that I was fooled into withdrawing my support from the only group on the planet that holds any hope for the future of man, you are entitled to that opinion. But, only if you actually watch the video for yourself and read the references yourself and make your own ethical decision without pretending that you see something differently than the way you actually see it. Only after you did that would I be willing to respect or discuss your opinion on this matter.
But, in any case, at least now you are getting my side of the story.