By Mark Plummer more
31 July 1997
I feel that the CoS
does exert a mechanism of mind control on its'
SO members through
the use of threats, intimidation, the implanting of fear through
various 'information' given. How and why people accept
Scientology's methods are not completely understood by me.
Certainly I have a better understanding now than I did 20 years
ago when I first tried to leave the SO.
By 1977 I had been in the
Sea Org for 2 years.
My wife at that time was still not a Sea Org member, since she
had been told 2 years before that she had a "psych history".
This determination by the Sea Org execs at
ASHO Day (namely
the HCO Area Sec
Jack Dirmann, the CO
Irene Howey and the Assistant Guardian Richard Deere) was based
upon the fact that my wife had been in the Beaumont Neurological
Center for something like 11 days as a teenager.
Her mother had erroneously attributed her daughter's lethargy
to drug use and so had had her put into the facility for
observation and evaluation. The facility realized that the
problem she was having was due to
(abnormally low blood sugar levels) and had released her after
completing it's observation, testing and evaluation. Important
to note here is that my wife (now ex-wife) received no
drugs, no shock therapy, no hypnosis during her
brief stay in the neurological center.
The SO was made aware of these facts, and indeed they had the
opportunity to verify my wife's story. Whether the SO execs ever
did bother to verify the information that had been given to them
by my wife I am uncertain, but surely they could have
checked out the "patient history" of my wife.
My wife, upon joining the Sea Org, had disclosed her brief
stay in a "psychiatric hospital" on a questionnaire given by the
SO. This was the basis upon which she had been classified as a
"psych history case". My wife did petition all the way to
the Guardian World Wide Jane Kember, but ultimately her petition
to be allowed to "activate" her SO contract was denied.
Instead she was given an auditing and training program to
complete prior to being allowed to join the SO. I have amongst
my files of material from my Sea Org days some of the
correspondence on this matter. I even have a letter from the
Commodore's (L. Ron Hubbard) Staff Guardian (CSG),
Mary Sue Hubbard, which refers to my wife's petition and her
program for entry into the SO.
Getting back now...
Due to the fact that my wife had not been allowed to be in
the SO, we were not allowed to live together in Sea Org
berthing, since there was a shortage of space in the Hollywood
Inn at 6724 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA. This building is
where most Pacific Area Command (PAC)
SO members berthed. Here I will say, that at the very beginning
of our time during our life in the Sea Org in LA, we were
briefly (a few days) allowed to stay in the Hollywood Inn.
This was accomplished by moving Tony Cifarelli out of
his room (over his loud protests). It was reasoned by the
Berthing I/C that
since Tony's wife, Patty was at the Guardian Office World Wide
in England on an extended training "cycle" that Tony did not
need a room all to himself. So his belongings were moved out of
his room to make room for my wife, son and myself.
This berthing arrangement only lasted for a few days. Shortly
after that I was placed in a dorm with 8 other SO members (some
of my roommates included
Tom Gonzales and Tom Black). My wife and son went to live on
N. Robinson Ave, which is just down the street (Temple Street)
about half a mile from where ASHO was at that time (2723 W
Temple St.) She lived in a house with Ruthie Weissberg, who was
the Distribution Secretary ASHO Day. Also living there was
David and a fellow named
Ray Peck, who was an (SO) ASHO Fdn Letter Registrar Typist.
My wife worked various jobs during this time including
working for Metropolitan Adjustment Bureau (MAB), which was a
credit collection agency where lots of Scientologists worked,
and she worked with a woman named Penny Valente cleaning houses.
After a couple of years of being in the SO and my wife's
not being an SO member, I grew tired of the toll that the
separation was taking on my family members' lives. It was very
stressful since I almost never saw my wife and son. So after
about 2 years I told the
MAA that I wanted
to leave the Sea Org because my "2D" [see
suffering from a lack of "create". (We didn't have a real family
in reality, due to the fact that we couldn't live together.)
As a result of my wanting to leave the SO, I naturally was
ordered to a "Sec
Check". What I got was the HCO WW Form 1. As I recall I was
security checked approximately 2 hours per day for about 3-4
weeks. Some days I didn't get into the "Sec Check" session due
to my "unsessionability" (from lack of sleep the night before),
or due to the auditor(s) being unavailable. I remember one of my
auditors was a student at ASHO named Armand Citarella. Another
auditor I had was Jo Plunkett (now
Struthers, and now a Class XII
OT 8). At the
end of approximately 40 hours of sec checking I still
wanted to leave the SO.
The truth is that I didn't have any "overts"
on the group. And the sec check didn't change the fact that my
wife was still not being allowed in the SO. So I still
had the same problem.
But the fact is that Hubbard wrote a policy letter called
"Leaving and Leaves" in which he stated that "People leave
because of their own overts and
That is the factual fact and the hardbound rule." So naturally,
everyone on the technical "lines"
(posts, or positions) had to find out what "terrible
things I had done". This just goes to show the level of robotism
when applying Hubbard's "tech".
Forget about the fact that I had a "continuing PTP" (present
time problem) of not being able to "mock
up" a "2D". Forget about the fact that the policy on
"institutional cases with psych history" was being mis-interpreted
in my wife's case. Hubbard said that those who want to leave
have "overts and withholds".
It was during this time that I was wanting to leave the Sea
Org that I was given this very long "Sec Check". As I recall, it
has about 230 questions on it, and deals with crimes committed
in this lifetime as well as in previous lives. I could be
mistaken in my recollection about the HCO WW Form 1 having this
many questions. This form was not the only one that was used.
One form I recall being used on me had been a hand-written
"custom made" sec check, apparently designed by one of ASHO
Day's Case Supervisors, probably either
Barbara Rubio (Snr C/S and Class IX) or Parran Dabney (Class
VI C/S), and dealing with the subject of the "2D".
Another sec check I was given had to do with money. I
answered the questions honestly and thoroughly, since I had
nothing to hide. Several times the Sec Checker (mostly
Armand Citarella) demanded that I "take another look" at
(re-consider) the question. He demanded that I must not
be telling all that there was to be told in response to the sec
Essentially what was happening is that I was getting very
"ARCXen" (upset) by the insistence that I wasn't coming clean.
In reality, I was being sec checked by a Briefing Course student
who was making "GAEs" (gross auditing errors) and who was
committing Auditor's Code Violations (although Scientology will
say that the Auditor's Code does not apply to sec
I also remember being given an L1C ("List One Correction")
and some other garbage to clean up my upsets. But all in all,
the whole ordeal didn't handle my desire to leave the SO. After
all the sec checking, I still, of course, wanted to leave. I had
figured that I had done my part in co-operating. I had told
everyone involved that my problem was that I was not able to
create a family life.
Yet, no one believed or would accept my reason
for wanting to leave. It was also during this time I was told by
the S/C (Supercargo) ASHO Day, Midshipman
Alan Prager that I was an
SP. And the
Personnel Enhancement Officer, Chief Petty Officer Peggy Peden
told me I was psychotic. Other Sea Org staff execs told me that
should I leave that I would "pull in" my death because I "knew"
that I would be committing a huge "overt" (sin) by leaving the
group, the Sea Org.
In 1977, during this time of wanting to leave, I had been put
into a "lower
condition" ("DOUBT"), also in accordance with L. Ron
Hubbard's ethics policies. As a condition of being placed in
"DOUBT", I received NO PAY for 17 weeks, which was the
duration of my assignment of a "lower condition"!!
In addition, I was still ordered to be on post
(naturally) and working approximately 100 hours per week. I was
beginning to really "cave in" completely.
One Friday I was coming back to the ASHO from a trip downtown
to the bank where my senior, James Neil Chapman, and I had gone
to pick up a cash order for payroll, food and tours expenses.
James, or Jim as we all called him, had a big "chopper"
motorcycle. Anyway, we were on the way back to ASHO. I was
sitting on the rear of the seat and holding onto a big bag of
money (about $20,000). We were headed westbound on 8th Street
(it was one-way west) and had stopped at a red light at the
intersection of Eighth and Alvarado Streets. When the light
When the light turned green, Jim started off with his chopper
without looking both directions, since he assumed it was OK to
go. I glanced immediately to my left to see a car heading
northbound towards us moving about 30 to 35 miles per hour! The
light had been red for her since before she ever got into the
intersection. At that instant I yelled "Jim! Look out!"
It was too late. The car hit us on our left side, spinning
the bike around on it's rear wheel. Just as the car had been
about to smash into us, I had begun to get off the bike, by
standing up on the leg rest and moving away from the car (to my
right). I was trying instinctively to survive by going with, and
away from the motion of the car.
Several things went through my head at that instant in time.
I was sure that I was going to die. I took this accident as a
sign that what the execs at ASHO had been telling me was true,
and that I was "pulling in my
(bad kharma). I decided that if I should survive, that I would
make amends to every person I had ever harmed during my life. In
that split instant between seeing a car about to hit us, and
when it actually did, I had my whole life flash before
me — particularly incidents involving times when I had sinned,
whether it was a thing like the candy bar I stole from a corner
store when I was 4 years old, the times I had been mean to my
brothers, the times I had lied to my mother, or whatever. My
whole life flashed before me in an instant. I asked God for
forgiveness, promising to make up for and right any wrongs I had
ever done to others.
I am kind of at a loss for words even now, in trying to
describe the fear that ran through my mind at that time. I
didn't want to die. I knew I still had a purpose to serve on
this Earth. As the car struck Jim's bike, I was thrown about 20
feet away, landing head first on the pavement with no helmet on,
in the middle of Alvarado Street.
When I stood up, I was definitely in shock. I had blood all
over myself from the head injury I sustained. I had landed head
first, upside down! My glasses were pushed into the eye
socket of my right eye, cutting into my eye socket just above my
eyeball. I was covered with blood all over my front side. I
thought I was dreaming at first. Then I realized I was alive! I
couldn't believe it!
Scientologists say "If it's true for you, it's true." I had
decided after this accident that I had better listen to what I
had been told by so many people at ASHO about what would happen
to me if I tried to leave the Sea Org. I thought they MUST have
been right — after all, this horrible accident had
nearly taken my life!
That's what made me stay in the Sea Org — fear... Fear that I
would DIE if I tried to leave. That day in July 1977 had
"validated" everything I had been told about what would happen
to me if I tried to leave the SO. All of a sudden, I "knew" they
(the SO execs who had tried to control me by lying and by using
fear) were "right".
It wasn't until 6 years later that I finally left the Sea Org
forever! It has now been almost 14 years since I left the SO,
and I am pleased to say that I am much happier than I ever was
in the Sea Org.
God bless you all...