Posted to ARS by Chuck Beatty.
Comments and input wanted, especially from ex-SO.
Info from former Int Base staffer:
How COB grew to become the dominant
person in the area of tech.
1) Ray took over as Snr C/S Int in about Sept '82.
LRH was extremely complimentary to and about him
in the advices of that time. In technical matters,
no one was senior to Ray except LRH himself.
2) As RTC developed, they formed, under VA [Vicki
Aznaran], the tech unit. Kevin True, Abby Ambron,
Adrienne Ambron, Hansueli Stahli, Nina Paul, Hara
O'Hare, Nicola Corrias. Spike Bush was IG Cram Off.
3) Ray Mitoff was still the top guy in tech matters,
up through the RTC re-org that occurred in early 1987.
4) In '87, DM ousted VA, he busted Jesse Prince,
Spike Bush and most of the tech unit, and became COB
RTC. DM set up the IG, IG Ethics, IG Tech and IG Admin
system, with Greg Wilhere as IG (replacing VA), Marty
Rathbun as IG Ethics, Ray Mitoff as IG Tech and Mark
Yager as IG Admin. Ray Mitoff as IG Tech was still
the top tech person in the movement.
5) Under Ray Mitoff as IG Tech, there was Hansueli
Stahli, Hara O'Hare, Nicola Corrias, and a couple
others. When Ray Mitoff moved up to IG Tech, Jeff
Walker was promoted to Snr C/S Int.
6) Starting in this time period, as tech flaps
occurred, DM as COB RTC increasingly invalidated Ray
Mitoff's handlings (Ray as IG Tech was DM's junior
in RTC). DM began ordering directly directly on
7) In spring of 1990, KTL and LOC were released.
COB pushed the RTC planning calling for at least 3
people sent to ITO (Int Training Org at middle
management, in Los Angeles),. Two main changes were
introduced: all orgs had to send at least 3 people
to the ITO for training to become part of the KTL
delivery team; and
all Scientologists, staff and public, were required to
do KTL as their next action, and in many cases were
put on it in the middle of a course or auditing action
that they had already started. There was intense
effort on the part of the RTC tech staff to get
compliance to programs and orders related to this.
While evidently all orgs DID send three
people to the ITO, the tech and qual divisions of
many orgs were to one degree or another unmocked.
Many public complained about HAVING to do KTL. And
if you ever looked at long term delivery stats
internationally, there was a distinct peak in 1990
and a steady downtrend for some years afterwards.
9) Anyway, it became clear that by then DM was
calling many of the shots technically. Then in 1993
the March 13th event was in CW. After the event DM did
inspections at the FSO. The shit hit the fan in
several areas. Because the tech was found to be bad,
Ray was busted back to CMOI, as was MY. RTC was
reorganized. Many, many projects and missions were
sent to the FSO to handle it.
10) Ray had more or less fallen from grace, and
Hansueli, who were still in RTC, had now become senior
to Ray, not just administratively but also
technically. Pauline Flood, who had been in Snr C/S
Int Office, was promoted to RTC in some tech capacity,
and even she was in some ways senior to Ray.
11) The '93 FSO fiasco was a typical example of
DM being "overworked" and "the only one who can handle
things." Reportedly at a meeting in the CMO Int
conference room with DM and many CMOI execs after DM
returned to the base from the FSO (where he had been
for several weeks or months), at the beginning of the
meeting he turned to Ray and said something like,
"Ray, I could knock you right through the wall." The
implication was that the "out-tech" that DM had found
at the FSO was appalling and Ray, as IG Tech, should
have handled it or not let it get that way.
[former Int Base staffer]
Good info. I was at FSO when the fiasco was happenning. John Eastment arrived from Int and took over the Snr C/S FSO post. Interrogatory went out to all tech terminals and trainees, O/W Write-ups were ordered and Knowledge Reports were demanded on any out-ethics known about. It was martial law. DM then ordered everybody onto Pro TRs. This was riduculous and it didn't matter if you were doing just fine as an auditor or had pcs interested and willing to talk to you, etc. or not. It was just a big generality that nobody had their TRs in and had to re-do the course. Then, a course that should take 2 weeks, Pro TRs took a year to complete, with all tech staff and trainees struggling to get a video passed. Videos would have to go through Paul Schobel and then up to the RTC Rep Sue Wilhere or Angie Trent and then up to DM for final pass. This line was slower than an injustice appeal line. Weeks and weeks would go by, only to come back "Your TRs are robotic." People were broken on that course. It was suppressively run (surprise.) DM was looking in on sessions with the look-in system at the Fort Harrison at that time and he found flagrant mis-metering, namely F/Ns that didn't exist were being called. I'm not talking about one or two sweeps being called an F/N, people were calling dirty needles F/Ns. DM would confront these auditors as soon as they came out of session with ferocity and throw water on them and tell them they are dry, saying that was what it felt like to be told your needle is floating when it isn't. He was furious. Tech staff were woken up in the middle of the night and bussed down to the Internship to drill metering. A whole fiasco and utter confusion occurred on the entire base. A tech meeting was called and when asked if anyone knew for sure what an F/N was, no one raised their hand. Everyone was confused, because now DM was enforcing a whole new standard of what an F/N is. A whole parade of red tags followed, and not only that, they WEREN'T coming off with subsequent sessions. For the first time in FSO history sessions were going unrepaired over 24 hours because the pc wouldn't F/N at the examiner after the sessions. Some of these pcs were going a week red tagged and FSO was losing its stats each day for the entire HGC as a result. Unusual solutions got implemented to interview the pc and try to get an F/N, then other actions got put in like searching interviews for any psyche background or suicidal thoughts, etc. and finding that they were illegal pcs or non-Flag public and having them routed off still red tagged (but it would be off the books this way and stats could be counted.) This was a period of total chaos on tech lines. DM was RPFing Class XIIs left and right, Comm Evs were flying, Doubt conditions were assigned for any mis-called F/N, even if it was an accident.
If this interests anybody let me know and I'll continue from here. This may be a bit too detailed and boring to you all.