Joined: Sat Oct 25, 2003 3:29 pm
On 12 December 2011, Gerry Armstrong wrote:
I’ve written and testified many times about my escape on December 12, 1981 from Hubbard and his Scientologists. I left from the Hubbard Personal Archive space, which was on the ground floor of the Big Blue Complex in LA, I think in the radiology area of the old hospital. I hastily wrote a dispatch to my org board senior Barbara De Celle advising her of my resignation and my departure. The dispatch doesn’t really communicate the dread I felt, and had felt for many days; but for basic survival, I had to maintain good indicators, even in a blow note.
I think that for some legal/paranoid reason the Personal Office of LRH was then going by “Public Affairs” or “PA.” Barbara was the “Properties Director,” which referred to Hubbard’s “properties” and their commercial exploitation, such as his biography.
The “Dick” mentioned in the PS is Dick Sullivan. He had been married to Laurel Watson, had been on MCCS, along with Laurel, Barbara and me, and we had been friends in a way at Gilman Hot Springs and in LA. I’d had a Colt 45 automatic at Gilman and had sold it to Dick before I left the cult.
I put the dispatch on org communication lines, knowing or hoping that Barbara, who was then posted at Gilman, would only receive it some hours later or the next day. So my wife Jocelyn and I had time to carry the last of our few belongings out of the blue building and get away.
As noted in my dispatch, I turned over to Vaughn Young the car I’d been using on the Hubbard biography project, MCCS and wherever else I was directed. That is, I left the keys, and instructions for various things, in his comm basket in LRH External Comm.
I’d been able to buy the car new for the biography project, etc. because of Hubbard’s order to get him a Nobel Prize, and his accompanying order directing unlimited org funds be allocated for that purpose. It stood to reason that Hubbard’s biography and his worldwide PR were essential to execution of that command intention. I didn’t know if Hubbard’s loyal officers -- then assembling in the Special Project or in the Special This-or-that Unit -- would let Vaughn keep and use the car, but I thought he’d need it and should have it.
Omar Garrison had loaned me his pickup for the escape, and Jocelyn and I took it all the way to British Columbia. We took these photos through the windshield, I think in Utah, and it all appeared so bleak up ahead.
For some reason, while in BC, we drove to Powell River, a city on the northern end of BC’s Sunshine Coast. The sunshine is relative because it’s in the country’s rainiest biogeoclimatic zone. I’d only been to Powell River once before, a Vancouver Province paperboy trip, possibly in 1961, to see the pulp and paper mill, which was what the town was all about. Maybe that’s why I’d returned at the age of thirty-five.
At one point we stopped somewhere close to Powell River and near the ocean, the east coast of the Georgia Strait.
It was right then, contemplating and talking about our future, that I faced the fact that I had the same psychology I had when I got into Scientology when I was 22, the same inadequacies, the same fears, the same inabilities, the same intelligence, the same human condition.
I confronted then the devastating truth that Scientology had not worked. Thank God, I was able to see that it did not work. Jocelyn and I had no money, no resume, no history, no prospects. Plus I now would have Hubbard and the Scientologists – the defenders of Hubbard and Scientology – coming to get me. We walked around and talked and I took this photo on a spot and day that seemed so dismal.
Many years later, Vaughn would testify:
Robert Vaughn Young wrote:
Although the Guardian's Office was "disbanded," a new campaign was undertaken against Gerald Armstrong in 1981, a staff member who had fled with some of Hubbard's files. Contrary to what Mr. Farny said, there were Fair Game actions taken against Armstrong after the GO was "disbanded." I know because I sat in on those strategy meetings and was ordered by Hubbard as well as David Miscavige to "get Armstrong." For example, Hubbard ordered a "reward" poster that would characterize Armstrong as a criminal. (I did not comply with the order, for which I was severely berated by Miscavige.)Scientology and Mary Sue Hubbard introduced my resignation dispatch to Barbara De Celle at trial in Scientology v. Armstrong I, in LA Superior Court in 1984. It was plaintiffs’ exhibit 30, my attorney did not object, and it was admitted into evidence.
My memories of Barbara are of a kind, smart, gentle, efficient, and already elderly lady. We are forever linked because she gave me the MCCS tapes that made their way into the US Supreme Court’s Reports.
US Supreme Court wrote:
The District Court and the Court of Appeals found that the tapes at issue in this case recorded attorney-client communications and that the privilege had not been waived when the tapes were inadvertently given to Armstrong. 809 F.2d, at 1417 (noting that Armstrong had acquired the tapes from L. Ron Hubbard's personal secretary, who was under the mistaken impression that the tapes were blank). These findings are not at issue here. Thus, the remaining obstacle to respondents' successful assertion of the privilege is the Government's contention that the recorded attorney-client communications were made in furtherance of a future crime or fraud.LRH Pers Sec, that was Barbara.
In my partial and semi-chronological B-1 file index, which the Scientologists produced in 1985 in the Christofferson v. Scientology case, there are a number of mentions of Barbara, reports from her, etc., but I found this one really disgusting:
22 Mar 82The Scientology v. Armstrong war continues. Another crop or cluster of Scientologists and their collaborators have come along to accomplish LRH’s command intention. They’re all out to get me. And they should stop. But, as I prophesied to the Scientologists thirty years ago, I’ve become their anti-opinion leader.
Spec Pjct PA orders SC Int CMO to pull in Barbara Decell [DeCelle]for an interview on another subject, then metered interview to pick up her relationship with GA.
Thirty years ago today, Gerry wrote:
PA Props Dir
12 Dec 1981
This is an official note of resignation from the Archives Post and the Sea Org.
Please pass it on to the proper person.
I would have liked to spend some time with someone to turn the post over, but that simply wasn't possible. Therefore someone will have to pick up the files, etc. basically from scratch. It's actually better that way as the person will become thoroughly familiar with them rather quickly.
I would wish that Vaughn would be kept on as the biog research person to work with Omar. However, I'll probably now be an "anti-opinion leader" and any "advice" I have would be shunned like the plague.
I would wish that my family not be contacted. I frankly don't know where I'll go right now, but will be in touch with them in the near future. It would be a bit distressing for them, and they have not all been pro-Scientology over the years.
I would also ask that I not be harassed. I know the organization is very capable of that sort of thing, but I don't wish them any ill, and I would hope they will not intend any toward me.
Someone will want to know why I (and Joyce) left. It really isn't important, however it is simply because it was time. I think everyone comes to this point In their lives.
There are disagreements, of course, and these would also preclude any further involvement at this time. But I don't have to go into those here.
I would be most grateful If you could ensure that the line to Omar Is picked up again (Vaughn I hope, as he has the insight the job requires). The biography is so important to righting the scene, and Omar is one of the best friends the organization and LRH has ever had.
Any comm can be sent to this address:
115 Princess Avenue East
Chilliwack, B.C., Canada V2P 2A6
I'll turn the car over to Vaughn for now as he'll need it.
The copier, see my other note.
Files are all intact. They really require a full-time files person as they are not in a decent order at all. I spent the last several months trying to get Omar copied all the materials he would need, and more stuff kept pouring in. So the files are not in any sensible order.
Omar has a great deal of materials, but there will be holes which have to be filled. And there are a great number of important letters/docs/files, etc. which haven't been copied. His assigned terminal can pick this up.
I'll be willing to be consulted on anything. I'll just not be a part of the Church. So, actually my relationship doesn't change much. That is, I'm not any enemy as the organization sees such.
I'll be in touch after Christmas, and if there are any questions, or any way I can help at that time, just let me know.
This is a rather hasty note, as I'm rather hasty right now.
Maybe will send you something later, when I allow myself more time.
And maybe will see you again soon.
PS: Here are Christmas gifts for you and Dick. Have a great holiday time.
INTELLIGENCE SPECIALIST TRAINING ROUTINE – TR L
Purpose: To train the student to give a false statement with good TR-1. To train the student to outflow false data effectively.
Commands: Part l “Tell me a lie”.