Hello to all, My name is Edwin Bickel and I use to be a Scientologist, Sea Org member at Incomm (International Network of Computer Organized Management), as well as Deputy ED Criminon Florida which is an ABLE activity (Association for Better Living through Education). I am glad to say that I am no longer part of Scientology or any of its related groups. It took a number of years for me to realize that quite a few alterations, deletions and additions have systematically taken place over the years with what L. Ron Hubard had written and it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that it is being done from the top down.
One of the most revealing pieces of L. Ron Hubbards works being altered, deleted or added to is "The No-Interference Area Clarified And Re-Enforced":
CS Series 73RA (12 pages) which is now CS Series 73RB (5 pages) Revised 2 August 1990 Golly gee, if L. Ron Hubbard passed away in 1986, who gave authority for 7 pages to be removed? hummmmmmm For those of you who have had trouble "Repairing Past Ethics Conditions" it may be related to the deletion, alterations and additions to this policy. This is "Repairing Past Ethics Conditions":
HCO PL 19 December 1982 and now HCO PL 19 December 1982R Revised 2 June 1990.
Well if you review the above 2 references I think you will see my point.
Another so called outpoint regarding this group are 2 OT Ambassadors, OT8's, WISE Consultants & Executives at the Mace Kingsley Ranch in Reserve New Mexico for troubled kids. That is Randy & Molly Baxter.
Well as I have tried over the years to collect on monies owed to me and my family it has fallen on deaf ears to say the least. Now is that any way for 2 high level representatives of Scientology to act.
This violates a number of precepts talked about in "The Way to Happiness" as well. Is this the kind of example to be setting for the kids at the rach? Now that I am no longer a member of Scientology I can pursue legal action to recoup what is owed and that is in the works. So the Baxter's affiliation with Scientology and why it has taken so long for me to pursue a legal course of action will become part of court records soon. The purchase of a Paso Fino horse by Randy & Molly Baxter with monies from a business loan from my family that were to go to Precision Resources that have not been paid back will also be explained to the judge as well.
I am also confused about the IAS (International Association of Scientologists) policy regarding refunds. I am a Sponsor of the IAS.
You can see my picture at:
http://www.HenryBickel.com Why can some people get a refund and others can't? I seem to fall into the category of the cant's. As many of you may know I spent time up in Tallahassee Florida at the state capitol displaying the Criminon booth in the Rotunda during the first week of legislation over the years. During that time I made many contacts with state reps and congressmen. Well as I can't seem to get Lise Cohee of the IAS to explain why some IAS refunds are given and some are'nt she leaves me no choice but to pursue governmental assistance through resources at the state capitol. I will be speaking of the International Association of Scientologists as I seek assistance through resources at the state capitol regarding the IAS and refunds.
Another matter that goes unanswered is trying to get off of Scientology related mailing list(s). I have spent over 6 months writting requests to be removed. This gets incredibly complex for this group for some reason. Most businesses immediately grant requests to be removed from their list. Seems like a simple request to me? I seem to get off one list only to be mailed to by another.
Lately it has slowed down but given my past experiences I will more than likely be re-added to the list(s) once "Central Addresso" does updates. The following email I received tonight is a recent example from one of the lists I have been trying to be removed from:
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From: "Flag Service Org" <[email protected]>
To: <[email protected]>
Subject: Message from D/Captain Flag AO
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 00:16:01 -0500
Message-ID: <[email protected]>
Importance: Normal 26 January 2002 Dear OT Ambassador and/or Home Solo NOTs Auditor, The target date by which we want everybody at Flag is LRH's Birthday, March 13th 2002. Below is the PT grid of where the majority of areas stand. As you can see, whilst we have 3Xíd the numbers at Flag since the issuance of IG Network Bulletin 44 WAKE-UP CALL, THE URGENCY OF PLANETARY CLEARING, we still have a long way to go to actually double the number on Solo NOTs.
When you think of what is at stake, there is absolutely nothing that could be more important for anybody than getting onto OT VII without any added time.
Thus everybodyís shoulder is needed. We need all OT Ambassadors and current Solo NOTs Auditors pushing the OT IIIs, IVs, Vs and Solo NOTs Certainty public to Flag on an immediate basis.
If not already, hook up with your nearest FSC and find out who they need help with.
Thank you for having done all you have in the past and thank you in advance for all you will be doing to help us make this target by March 13th.
D/Captain Flag AO
AREA Auditing Target # COMPS # at Flag Total Balance TO PT in PT (Needed to Arrive by March 13th 2002) LA 442 442 50 55 105 337 ITL 137 137 23 6 29 108 SFO 60 60 6 12 18 42 EUS 183 183 6 11 17 166 DK 26 26 7 8 15 11 MUN 61 61 5 8 13 48 UK 69 69 2 11 13 56 CAN 28 28 0 9 9 19 ZRH 48 48 3 4 7 41 ANZO 31 31 2 5 7 24 SAC 19 19 2 5 7 12 HBG 21 21 1 4 5 16 OC 28 28 2 2 4 24 LATAM 39 39 1 3 4 35 LAU 12 12 1 2 3 9 SPAIN 9 9 0 1 1 8 AF 19 19 0 1 1 18 © 2002 CSFSO. All right reserved. OT, LRH, FLAG and SOLO NOTS are trademarks and service marks owned by Religious Technology Center and are used with its permission. Services relating to Scientology religious philosophy are delivered throughout the world exclusively by licensees of the Church of Scientology International with the permission of Religious Technology Center, holder of the SCIENTOLOGY and DIANETICS trademarks.
Well that is all for now and thanks for reading, Edwin Bickel Clearwater, Florida [email protected]
>CS Series 73RA (12 pages)
>which is now
>CS Series 73RB (5 pages) Revised 2 August 1990
>Golly gee, if L. Ron Hubbard passed away in 1986, who gave authority
>for 7 pages to be removed? hummmmmmm
I suggest you take a look at SPD 19, "The Integrity of Source."
Specifically this bit:
"No one except LRH can revise his issues whereby changes are incorporated into the text and then reissued. Any valid revisions must hereafter be made in a separate issue stating the change and how the revision is to be read. It must also state why the change is being effected, for example, if there has been an ecclesiastical change or a technical development."
I think that will explain what happened--or at least, when it started.
Note the word "ecclesiastical" which started cropping up around the same time.
The SPD (Squirrel Policy Directive) was issued July 7, 1982 and signed by the WDC. Effectively the WDC declared itself Source.
From: [email protected] (Edwin Bickel)
Subject: Re: Dear OT Ambassador and/or Home Solo NOTs Auditor,
Date: 31 Jan 2002 15:52:14 -0800
Message-ID: <[email protected]>
Tilman Hausherr <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
> On 29 Jan 2002 23:47:00 -0800, [email protected] (Edwin Bickel) wrote in
> <[email protected]>:
Hi Tilman, > >
> >My name is Edwin Bickel and I use to be a Scientologist, Sea Org
> >member at Incomm (International Network of Computer Organized
> Welcome to the free world. There are two things I'd like to know:
Thanks! You are so right. I have never felt so free now that I have something to compare it to.
> 1) How does the INCOMM system work, i.e. technical details. Is it
> reliable? Are the software developers reliable people, or does the staff
> change all the time? Does it crash often? And how did it handle the Y2K
I don't know how Incomm works.
I do not know tech details.
There are/were (1993-1994) only a couple real bright so called software developers.
The main one being Paul Wilmshurst. I think he had a software company in Australia. At the time he was operating on very little sleep and was under enormous stress. Then there was the Commanding Officer - Anne Marie Rummelhart . As I was leaving the SO (around Oct 1994) a new CO was coming in to replace Anee Marie. At the time around 1993-1994 incomm consisted of about 40 staff maybe 15 were Int Cleared. Something happened around Oct 1994 when I was leaving. The side door was bolted shut and you could only enter/exit through 1 door. There was a tremendous amount of sec checks going on and people heading to the RPF. Not sure what the problem was. There are 2 parts to Incomm. Int Cleared and non Int Cleared. Int = International. That meas the non Int Cleared did not have access to many areas of the organization. Incomm is located at the Cedars Complex in LA. It is the big blue building that was the hospital.
Incomm is on the ground floor and consists of the 2 wings. No windows and lots of cameras monitoring the workers inside everywhere. The front doors/windows are glass and bullet proof and the type that can't be pryed off the hinges. They must of learned that after the FBI raid there many years ago. There is also an Incomm up at Int or Gold in Hemut, CA. You know it is funny that more non Scientologists knew where Int/Gold was than Scientoloists did. Mostly the non int cleared staff processed the routing forms from all over the world that parishoners would fill out at the Orgs. They would scan them in and then review each scan and clean it up in the word recognition database. Then that info went to the other side of the wall (the int side). Problem was no one was managing the data or comments on the routing forms as the same problems would continue week after week. It was also discovered that the routing forms could be typed in faster than scanning them and editing. When I was there the "Back Data Files Project" was formed. That was to sort through the 40 million pieces of paper (Kr's, stats, info the evaluators needed) that were stored at the warehouse downtown and scan it into the system. Then people known as indexers were to index each scanned image for important details.
That info is used by the Data Evaluators to find out why stats go up or down in an area and also to do comm eves with. There were many comm eves waiting as the info was at the warehouse in the 40 million pieces of paper. Therefore comm evs could not be completed with out the data or it had to manually searched through. I left before this project finished. It was a monumental task. After the paper was scanned and the film developed and verified that it was legible the paper was taken to a paper recycling company and dumped into a big vat of liquid and done away with.
Speaking of the warehouse, there were lots of personal items in "storage" there. When you go into the Sea Org you do not have much storage/closet space. If you happen to have a lot of items that wont fit they need to be thrown away or taken to storage. There was also a lot of personal storage across the street from Incomm at the parking structure the Church owned. A major getting rid of personal items at the warehouse and parking structure took place. These poor SO members had to get rid of their last worldly posessions. When I graduated from the EPF (Estates Project Force) a mental condition to see if you have what it takes to join the SO I was shown my room where I would sleep. Well I took one step in there and was disgusted by the smell and how 30 people were crammed in such a small space. Three and 4 bunkbeds high and clothes thrown all over it was a complete pig stye.
I refused to stay in there. I said that I would leave if I had to stay in there. I was then put in a room with other incomm staff.
They did not seem to happy about having another roommate. There were less in this room. Only 6 people. I had to put a bunk bed on top of two high already and make it a 3 high. I had to be carful waking up or my head would hit the ceiling.
Not sure about the system crashing often. I never heard about it at the weekly staff meetings that would go over the flaps and handlings.
I do know they had an old Wang system that was pretty obsolete. They had data stored on big optical disks. The Int Data Evaluators would request info. Then the Wang Operator had to find the optical disks being requested and transfer the info so the evaluator got the info.
The only evaluator I knew was a lady from Canada named "Mr. Ottman"
sp? There is someone in the int side of the computer control room monitoring the system 24 hours per day as well as doing back ups. At the time it was John Busbee, Hank Gould (at the time Chief of Security and carried a 45 strapped to his side around the org) and Tom Rummelhart. A guy named Brian tried to make me his replacement as the Wang Room operator. I did it for a short time but that particular system would crash. It was not used as much because the data needed from it was older and not requested as often.
Curtis Smih represents Incomm Flag. I was lied to by Incomm Execs about going to pick Curtis up and take him to the airport as he was needed at Flag to fix a computer emergency. For some reason Curtis was the course administrator at ITO (International Training Org) That is wher SO staff study and the OEC/FEBC (Organizational Executive Course - Flag Executive Briefing Course) trainees from around the world get trained. I went to pick him up and was told that he needed a replacement and i was it and that they were taking him to the airport. I would not sign anything. they only told me he would be gone for 3 days. Well 3 days turned into forever. he is still at Flag. incomm wanted to get rid of me and ITO picked me up. I still slept in Incomm berthing and Incomm still paid me $25/week. It was at ITO I met Not sure of the incomm Rep on the Freewinds. I remember one of the Incomm staff got assigned to the ship and was blamed for someting and basically considered a reject when he got back. His name is Bartev.
He is an excellent marathoner and does a lot of running events in LA wearing the Dianetics shirt.
Not sure what they did about the Y2K threat?
One of the projects i was involved in was helping to locate programmers to program the "New" Class V Org Finance System. Well it had to be a programmer that new this obscure language. Well why they chose this language had to do with them already owning 100 or so licenses for it. I can't even remember the name of it. Well it turns out the Int Executives wanted Scientologists that were OT's. Well there were not that many that were programmers and none of them knew this language. There were a couple that were convinced to learn it and we had to prepare their paperwork in order for them to eventually be approved to go to Int/Gold to do this project. Well it turns out it was slim pickings to locate programmers for this. So we started calling all over the country for non scientology programmers. Well one was located in i believe Houston from a computer head hunter type agency. He flew in, had to do a meter check and go through sec checking in a short amount of time. His paper work was complete and he went up to Int/Gold to work on the system. Well after about a week he came back and they got rid of him. It had something to do with him bringing reading material about psychiatry or something and he must have showed it to someone and it flapped all the way down. Then the urgency heated up and an Int Finance Executive (Helga Visner) came down to LA to run this mission and locate Scientologists to do this project. Well we got a couple to work on it, I believe one was Greg Solas and another Al Germolas and the other was a blonde headed Scientology woman from LA who came in and learned the program language on her own time. There was another professional from outside not a scientologist that helped as well that would go to Int/Gold to work on the project.
Let me just say that I am not a tech person and my making it to Incomm in LA was because of a flap and some kind of an exchange. Briefly (nothing is brief when it comes to this group) what happened was I was travelling through Asia for about a year and had been to Japan, Korea, Thailand, Nepal, Singapore, Bali with my last stop being New Zealand before coming back home. Well I spent time in Auckland New Zealand and it was there I was body routed and led to the Scientology organization there. Did some courses, got some auditing and did a purification rundown. I liked what I had found and wanted to join staff at the org.
I had been staying in the YMCA in Auckland but the staff talked me into staying at the Ferris' to save money (she was the ED and her husband headed up CCHR) so we worked out an arrangement that I rented a space in their garage. It was a make shift place to sleep. Well not long after I moved in a Sea Org mission arrived and ended up staying in the garage as well. Well one thing led to another and I was being reg'ed into the Sea Org by a Judy O'Leary who was on a Sea Org mission from Australia. Judy had to leave but a Richard Pasely on another mission came in and took over on getting me into the SO in Australia.
Well in order to get into Australia I needed a visa. So I went to the Australian Consulate in New Zealand to apply for a visa. They asked me why i was going to Australia. Before going to the embassy i was instructed that I could not tell them that I was going to join the Sea Org and be working for the church of Scientology. I should have known right then that something was wrong but it was explained to me that the evil sp's would be at work and not let me have a visa. They (SO) have answers (lies) for everything or as they call it "an acceptable truth". So I make up a story that i wanted to go camel trekking in the desert and scuba dive the great barrier reef. Well I wait a week for the visa application to be processed and come to find out it is denied. So I go and resubmit and had to open a bak account to show proof of funds to support my travel in Australia. I wait a few more days and then am called into the embassy. I think I am there to get my visa. Well the official calls me into this room and shuts the door. She says please sit down. I do. She then says to please explain why is it that you want to go to Australia again? I tell her my reasons (lies). Then she says that is strange. And asks me if I know a Rebecca Fear? Well I must have turned white as a ghost because Rebecca Fear is this 15 year girl that is the HAS (similar to a person that runs a human resource department of a large corporation) at the Sea Org headquarters in Australia. Well Rebecca had been trying to speed up getting me to Australia and unbeknownst to me placed a call to the Australian Embassy in New Zealand and tells her that I will be coming to Australia to work for the Church of Scientology. Well at that point I am caught in the middle of a big fat lie. At this point she took my passport, told me that I will be denied entry into Australia and stamped a record of my visit in the passport. You can see a picture of this stamped in my passport here:
http://www.HenryBickel.com Well at this point the Seo Org is scrambling on what to do with me as they don't want to loose a new recruit. It was not until I routed out of the SO that I realized that some kind of trade had happened with me to go to Incmm in LA in the first place. Well the HAS at Incomm at the time was a Susan Wilmshurst and she had told them something at Incomm to make them believe i was some kind of computer wizard. At the time I did not know about programming and bascis when it came to hardware. I only knew various applications and how to use them.
When I finally arrived to Incomm and it was at a staff meeting they introduced me, everyone stood up clapping and real glad to have me. I could not figure out at the time why such a warm welcome and comments about how glad to have a knowledgable computer person. I am not sure exactly what happened to Susan Wilmshurst but I do know she routed out of the SO and last I heard she was working at Gold Coast Promtions in Palm Harbor Florida. While she was routing out they placed her under some kind of watch as security guards were outside her door 24 hours a day and they would follow her everywhere she went keeping in radio contact of her every movement. In comparison when I routed out, I did not have a 24 hour guard but they did keep me isolated during the day from the staff and had me doing manual labor. I did receive reverse auditing by an RTC auditor at Incomm named Barbara (she is also a field recovery auditor that gets sent out to convince people to come back). She tried her best to spin me in (screw me up mentally). She should be very ashamed on trying to ruin another human being like that. One day she will have to answer for her actions. At the time I did not realize what she was doing, I just knew something was wrong.
I realized this treatment was not going to end. At that point I booked a train ticket back to Portland, Oregon which was where I was living before I travelled to Asia. I let the Incomm Execs know I had a ticket already booked (that pissed them off) and that friends and family were expecting me so they had 1 week to finish up whatever they needed to do as I was leaving. So my leaving staff sec check was speeded up (so called customized) and I got on the train and left for Portland. My parents had moved to Florida so i followed them. So for the next few years i worked paying off a freeloader debt and eventually did a doubt formula and got" permission" to rejoin the group. Being an ex-Sea Org member is no fun either. Regular members who find out kind of cast their noses down at you and especially the staff. You are not treated equal.
You know for those of you who have never experienced this kind of mental abuse I am sure you want to ask "how could you let that go on like that and continue to be a part of that group?" Well all i can say is there is a slow indoctrination that takes hold of you. Before you know it, you are not able to think for yourself anymore and are in fear of being reprimanded by ethics or that your spiritual eternity somehow will be taken away from you unless you comply. You know like the Borg in Star Trek - Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated.
Well i was assimilated into the so called SO Collective. There is a hive mind and lots of drones. Well it is so nice to have broken away like 7 of 9 did from the collective.
I am enjoying life once again and have a lot of catching up with old friends and explaining why they have not heard from me for so long.
> 2) I would like to know if there is any story behind this letter, i.e.
> did you write it spontaneously because you're a SP TImes buyer, or was
> it different?
I don't remember what prompted it (probably related to Lisa McPherson in some way) but I do remember OSA pretty much insisting letters like this be sent and copies faxed to them for approval/review and a way to count the stats. Anytime they had bad press they would get a letter campaign to flood the Saint Pete Times with faxed letters from parishoners and try to get a letter printed. I did take a lot of heat from the Kiwanis Club I belonged to for mentioning them. I know my being a member of that particular club split up the club and some members quit coming. For that I am sorry.
> Letters to the Editor
> St. Petersburg Times
> Investigate Clearwater police
> I am a resident of Clearwater, YMCA youth counselor, Kiwanis Club
> member and Scientologist. After reading a recent article regarding
> Sid Klein and the Clearwater Police Department (17-year chief
> builds life around work, Dec. 22) I find that what you report is a
> lopsided account of what is occurring in Clearwater.
> How about applying as much time to investigating the Police
> Department as you have on Scientology and publish what you find?
> Don't you find it interesting how many parking tickets and
> speeding tickets are written as compared to the amount of drug
> busts and drugs seized in Clearwater? Do a little investigating
> and print the truth as to what you uncover. You may be surprised
> at what you find, and that will be real news.
> Edwin Bickel, Clearwater