By Michael Leonard Tilse more
30 March 2004
September 2003 Scientology Espionage. Essay Copyright © 2003,
Michael Leonard Tilse, All rights reserved.
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This essay is my opinion, authored for individuals and expressed
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and writing, recognized and unrecognized.
by Michael Leonard Tilse
If you have any activity in today's culture, be it
business, the arts, public service or just an employee of a
corporation, you should read this. Think about what it might
mean to YOU.
After reading the writings of Tory Christman, Phil Scott,
Dan Garvin, Warrior, Arnie Lerma and others on
alt.religion.scientology and the
operation clambake message board, I had some thoughts on the
fundamental nature of the church of scientology influence. I
don't think these thoughts or insights are new. I am sure what I
have to say is very clear to many others and I probably appear
to be just off the turnip truck with these observations. Yet I
wanted to put it out there to foster other opinions and debate
on the subject.
As a hypothesis, I make the following statement:
The PRIMARY action of the current church of scientology is
intelligence gathering and use of the intelligence so gained.
This statement is drawn from these observations and logical
1. The church of scientology, as part of its doctrine
and practice, requires that its members ‘write up' any
non-survival or damaging acts that they have done. Such acts
include ‘omissions' as well as things they have done. Further,
it is required that its members ‘write up' any such acts that
they have witnessed or know about.
It is part of the ethos of church of scientology
members that they report on any ‘non-optimum' situation to
church authorities. This ethos is created by the structure of
the scientology justice system and the many required reports
detailed in such books as "Introduction to Scientology Ethics."
I have experienced this personal ethos myself and in others,
not only by writing up my own acts and those I witnessed of
other scientologists, but ALSO writing up situations that
I imagined might be of interest or affecting the lives of
scientologists or the church of scientology.
Part of this ethos for many members of the church of
scientology is that ANY LAW, RULE, CUSTOM, MORAL CODE or ETHICAL
CODE may be violated or ignored if in conflict with the supposed
survival of scientology. All such laws, rules, customs, moral
codes or ethical standards are placed beneath and inferior to
the importance of scientology and its interests. Scientologists
are expected to act on the basis of the "greatest good for the
greatest number of dynamics." But what is an almost unspoken but
firmly understood concept among scientologists is that
"scientology and its interests are ALWAYS the greatest good for
the greatest number of dynamics." Where there is conflict
between the interests of the church of scientology and truth or
law or morality, the church will ALWAYS be more important to a
Thus while usually a business secret is secret, a
scientologist in your business WILL TELL that secret to the
church of scientology if they believe it affects scientology in
Thus a scientologist in your business might reveal to
the church of scientology the exact details of your coming
multibillion dollar merger in a write-up to the church if they
think it affects scientology or another scientologist's
interests or even if it is about a personal act of improperly
overhearing an executive's conversation.
2. The church of scientology as part of its doctrine and
practice, requires that its members undergo counseling in order
to reach supposed ‘states of being' or ‘release states'.
An integral part of attaining these states is the member
being required to "tell all" about any non-survival,
contra-survival acts or omissions in any area of their life.
They must do so or they cannot move onto the "higher levels" of
Thus the ‘telling all' might involve revealing to the
church of scientology exact details of sexual activities with
‘everyone, ever in their life.' If you have ever had a
relationship with an active scientologist, then details of your
sex life most likely reside in the churches files with exact
names, places, activities and dates.
There are a number of ex-prostitutes, call-girls, drug
abusers, drug dealers and others in the church of scientology,
who in the course of trying to "attain spiritual freedom" tell
EVERYTHING to counselors.
3. The church of scientology as part of its doctrine and
practice, tells its members that such ‘write-ups' and records of
their counseling are ‘confidential' and ‘private priest-penitent
privileged information' that will never be revealed. This gives
the member a feeling of security in ‘telling all' and thus
details and names and circumstances are revealed in the
‘write-ups' and ‘counseling sessions' that probably would never
be revealed in any other setting.
Yet, as has been noted by ex-members, such secrets are
frequently gathered up for use against them once they leave the
church. In fact, such ‘confidential records' are nothing of the
4. All such records of counseling sessions and
‘write-ups' made by members are kept permanently within the
church. Many church staff have access to such information.
5. The upper management of the church of scientology is
continually alert for information or actions that might appear
damaging to the church of scientology.
As part of this alertness, any staff member who comes
across any such information must pass it on to upper scientology
Even a paying public member such as myself, who simply
wrote up troubles that I was having in my own life and with my
personal feelings, (known as ‘case',) can have their whole
history of counseling and various files taken to ‘International
Management' of the church for review if the upper management
deems it needs to see it.
6. In the church of scientology advanced organization
los angeles, there has been a video camera and microphone in
every counseling room, examiner room or interview room I have
ever been in.
7. I have heard that such video cameras and microphones
exist now in every scientology organization in the world.
8. Video and audio records of interviews and sessions
are made. It is unknown how much of these records is kept or if
such records are considered by the church to be part of the
‘confessional formulary' of the ‘confidential' folders or if it
is treated as not under that oft violated internal rule.
9. The church of scientology has for many years been
computerizing its various files, using OCR and digital imaging
technology. It has the ability to easily search and recover
specific information in its database by name, date, place and
other search terms.
I have observed for myself that church executives are not
concerned with the legalities of information, only with how they
can use it. With the various depositions and testimony of
ex-church staff members now available, one begins to realize
that the church doctrine of only using the information given in
counseling for the benefit of the person himself is a sham. From
there it is a small step to understanding that such records are
viewed as a RESOURCE.
Now, given the observations above, I can say that even with a
small core of say, 50,000 active members world wide, the
write-ups and counseling records of the church of scientology
represent a massive, ongoing amount of intelligence.
The records of those who have been in and left form a massive
goldmine of information.
It is personal, immediate and USABLE information.
The sex life or drug use of a politician where it has
intersected a scientologist is in the church files. The business
details of countless thousands of businesses are an open book to
the church of scientology. And on and on.
So, taking a cynical, worst case view of this scene we can
The upper management of the church of scientology and their
masters have at their disposal a widespread network of willing
agents who unknowingly forward priceless information about
individuals, business, economics, trade and political influence.
With its many celebrities, doctors, dentists and businessmen
it thus has entree into every strata of society world wide.
This information is USED to protect the ‘golden goose'
known as scientology.
And we can imagine it is used to manipulate stocks, destroy
businesses, raise individuals to influence and any other of the
myriad ways intelligence can be used.
More importantly it is USED to suborn politicians, elected
officials, judges, police, investigative agencies, tax agencies
In support of this hypothesis is the actions taken by
countries such as Greece and Germany once they had discovered
the extent to which the church of scientology is operating as a
covert intelligence organization. It is my understanding that
they do not allow members of the church of scientology to hold
So, the primary action of the current church of scientology
is the gathering of intelligence, in part from its unknowing but
willing members, so as to use that intelligence to protect its
position and further the private interests of its high officers
and directors and those who have entree to that rarefied circle
From this viewpoint, I would have to warn any businessmen,
politicians, elected officials, policemen, bureaucrats, members
of the judiciary or anyone who's activities could be affected.
If you have a scientologist in your employ or associated with
you, you risk your sensitive information being in the hands of
corrupt and ruthless people.
Blackmail, destruction of your career and reputation, or
simply the unexpected manipulation of your company's stock could
be the result.
On a national level, control of elected officials so as to
shield the church of scientology and its officers from the rule
of law would be an expected result. Back room deals to influence
markets or give favor to well connected scientologists or
hangers-on would also be evident.
On an international level we could expect to see the weight
of government being seemingly inexplicably used to protect the
interests of scientology, scientologists and those connected to
I'm interested to hear from people who can tell me if this
hypothesis is supported by the facts. And of course any examples
of it occurring that happened to you or those you know.
Michael Leonard Tilse