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19 November 2004
Besnard, Jean Yves -- from France. J-Y arrived to the PAC RPF with 30-40 other Int staff from uplines in early 2004. Prior to this he had been assigned to the RPF at GOLD. He was one of the top technical guys on the HEM line for many years. (Hubbard E-meter Manufacturing at GOLD, where all e-meters are produced, assembled and serviced). He's an electronic genius and was responsible for all the e-meters that were turned out on the assembly line, and each one had to be a perfect product, because all hell would break loose if they didn't pass an inspection.
When he first arrived to the PAC RPF he had to deal with some family situations that he was never able to get straightened out. His kid, who also was at Int, ended up routing out as a teenager and there was family misery because of no time for family life etc. The kid left and J-Y was ordered to "handle or disconnect", which is the "standard PTS handling". When J-Y arrived, he spent a lot of time with the ethics officer trying to get this situation under control, but apparently the kid was in some major protest of the family situation and caused a lot of trouble.
I believe his kid was raised at the "Int Ranch", where most of the kids end up, unsupervised and with poor education. One example of that is Cameron Allsop, who was born in the Sea Org and could barely read when he ended up in the RPF as a teenager. Both of Cameron's parents are still at GOLD. It took him about 6 years or more to get the through the RPF program and he had to learn how to read and study before he could even start! J-Y had already had to divorce his wife at GOLD and now he was responsible for their child, still being a minor. J-Y's family life distracted him quite a bit, to the point that he was getting in trouble in his work, so the solution was to "get rid of him", because he couldn't handle the kid that caused trouble on the lines at GOLD and Int. Despite the many attempts that he did make, it was to no avail and he ended up on the RPF. The viewpoint is basically that "you are off purpose if you want to spend time handling your family and neglecting your duty and post". It's already a known fact that "children are a distraction to their parents in the Sea Org" and if they cause too much trouble or are forced to be in the Sea Org with the parents, and then create trouble in their teens, dramatizing their protest, the family is basically gotten rid of, RPFed or routed out.
He tried to take care of his children, but he wasn't allowed to do this properly as there was no agreement from those in charge, like the RPF I/C Int Chris Guider. Instead he was hammered and pounded that he's "not with the program, and you need to decide to get back on post, or you will be SP declared and routed out!" I don't know what Chris Guider told him when he came down to do one of his routine invalidative handlings of Int RPFers, but J-Y got fed up with the situation and decided to handle his family situation and consequently he got SP declared. He had a lot of personal belongings with him when he came down from GOLD. Over the years he had invested his hard earned money in musical instruments and other expensive electronic gear that was worth at least $10,000 if not more. This included guitars, a saxophone, loudspeakers, a mountain bike, lots of CDs and you name it. When he was handed his SP declare he was happy to finally be able to leave, but he never had a chance to arrange to pick all his stuff up. He left it all behind in his rush to get out of there. Maybe he was so relieved to get out of there that it didn't matter to him??
He wasn't the only one who was forced to get rid of or abandon their personal belongings. When there was a massive evolution of GOLD staff that had been RPFed uplines and then all sent down to PAC the same week, it created massive confusion with all the belongings that they all brought with them. Imagine 40 people's life belongings, everything they own and several were married couples, like the Hodens, the Magnussons and the Epsteins. It was all was packed in a rush and shoved into trucks and sent down with them. Sometimes even the ethics officers at GOLD were packing RPFers belongings, just to speed up the process to get them all out of there! It was horrible to watch such ousting of my own friends! All this stuff filled a huge room that was empty and not renovated, hundreds of square feet. It is where all the RPF has their musters in the west wing of Big Blue towards Catalina Street on the 1st floor, where you see all the white plastic in front of the windows. (The living space is on the 2nd floor right above it.) We were not told why to put that plastic up, but it's obvious, not to draw so much attention in an attempt to hide 200 people!!
When the Int execs come down to PAC, they always come through the entrance at Catalina, into the "horse shoe" driveway, and it was quite easy to find out when DM was on the base, as we were told "stay away from the windows" and "Catalina street is OFF LIMITS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE" with notes posted on the exit doors. I always wondered why it would be such a big deal "if David saw the RPF or any specific one from Int"! Isn't he somewhere on the line approving of getting rid of all his staff at GOLD and Int? Doesn't he know that this is the major disposal line of "disobedient and disaffected, disagreeing staff"? I watched the numbers of GOLD staff shrink slowly but surely over the years, and fewer and fewer new ones can manage to make it through the "Int Clearance lines". The staff that is left there now has to work harder and harder, with less and less staff. Who is going to make all those films and CDs soon? They are already working nightshifts and at new product release evolutions, some guys don't even sleep for 2-3 days, until they collapse! The "all-hands activities" are all done in addition to your normal post routines, and you get killed either way -- if the release doesn't come off successfully or if your own stats are down! So it's just a matter of time before the whole place collapses in protest or overwhelm! In order to make it through the approval lines to Int and pass security, you basically have to be a saint! Preferably a virgin with perfect Sunday school attendance all their life! The guys that are working around the clock trying to get "qualified" staff up to Int are doing a lot of work in vain and are pulling their hair out in the search of "Int qualified staff". The Int PPO (Personnel Procurement Officer) has a frequent post turn over, because it's a fatal and impossible challenge to do the end of endless "debug of the Int recruitment lines". Soon there are only going to be a few top execs barking out orders all over the place -- only to find out that the ones they are barking at are already dead or gone!
When all these former GOLD staff were sent down from the Int RPF all at once, it presented a problem -- there was simply no place to put all their belongings. The space allocated for the RPF has shrunk to only 2 of the 5 big orange metal containers lined up in the very back that you can see in the "Catalina parking lot". (Inside this is called the "Cat lot".) The street is Catalina, behind the big blue building. The RPF I/C was often preaching and ordering everyone to "dekludge" (meaning throw away as much as you can), because we can not store it all. Right next to the metal containers is a huge dumpster and this was filled up over and over with stuff that people had saved and wanted to keep. We were also made to feel guilty "to have so many belongings" as the containers are rented and have to be paid for every month! When you really look into it, each person only had 5-10 feet of shelving space, 2 containers is not much when you consider the fact that they are holding over 200 people's life belongings.
When they left GOLD they had to do the same clean-out, obviously one would not be allowed to bring everything when moving under these conditions, so they had already been forced to throw out all but the most valuable stuff people really wanted to keep. Then once they came down to LA, they were told that "it's all garbage" and "you don't need this anyway" and "why do you keep this stuff". This process was going on for MONTHS and we were squeezing in all these belongings, repacking them to utilize all the space, building shelving and dragging it out and repacking it and putting it back in. In the middle of the summer in 100 degrees! Whole teams of RPFers were busy doing this over and over and it was kind of a "relief" for the others when someone routed out, as they got rid of a bunch of stuff!! How low on a scale of purpose can one sink?
There were many people that routed out and didn't even bother to pick up their belongings. Some arranged to have stuff shipped, but if the expense was too much, it was just left sitting here; waiting until it got so old that someone sooner or later decides to get rid of it and trash it. On the RPF you are not allowed to have anything more than the absolutely necessary things. This must fit into a small locker about the size of 1 x 2 feet. A small amount of hygiene supplies and a few clothes fit in there. Inspections are done over and over in the rooms and RPFers having "too many personal belongings" are required to get rid of things as it simply doesn't fit in the rooms that have 20-50 people in them!
In the process of moving all the stuff in and out of the storage bins when people arrive or leave, (and there were very heavy ones, with big boxes of books etc), many of the boxes get smashed up. Jean-Yves' equipment was shoved in and out, many times left sitting in the middle of the aisle, and each time something got smashed or broken a bit, his loudspeakers to the stereo etc. All his personal belongings from his bicycle to clothes and the above mentioned equipment was left behind. He might be living in the LA area or maybe went to see his kids who were in another state. I hope he decides to come and get his stuff before somebody decides to throw it out as being deserted.