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What Is Wrong With Confidentiality?

Independent Scientologists have a long history of thinking for themselves and documenting what they have observed. This can come as a surprise for those who have recently left the church as they have been carefully indoctrinated to view independent thinking as the worst form of heresy. As a result, most have never been exposed to the ideas that have been freely available on the Internet for the past 25 years or so.

Today’s independents are discovering truths about Scientology that have been documented years ago. To help them come up to speed more quickly, I am republishing articles written by these early independents.

Ken Ogger, writing as the Pilot, was only one of many who took issue with arbitraties imposed by the COS. This article is a good introduction to his ideas:

What Is Wrong With Confidentiality?

(From Post 2 – April 1997)

I think that the confidentiality is a mistake. I think it’s killing us (by which I mean the Scientologists). I think that it’s the strongest of the factors which are twisting the subject away from its original goals and making it into a fanatical sham.

But it is this specific point of reform which is going to be the hardest for the average Scientologist to swallow. Many of them can see the other outnesses and will agree with me on those points. But they have been so intensively hit with false information about the dangers of the upper level materials that they are terrified of them.


So let me get up here on the podium and try to wake some people up.

You don’t teach people how to swim by making them terrified of the water. Imagine that they are not even allowed to see the water. It’s hidden in swimming pools that are kept in locked rooms and all you have are dire rumors about how people can drown and die if they even see a pool nothing to say of getting in one. Now, after paying a fortune, an instructor unlocks the door and tosses them in the water. And they are not even allowed to see anybody else swimming (they can’t hear stories of other students doing the level and their difficulties and successes).

Have you ever seen somebody trying to teach a terrified child how to swim?

Of course there are going to be bad reactions if you make things so secret and convince everybody that this stuff is dangerous.

We have always had lots of advanced data from the 1950s which was available and was not marked confidential. Lots of stuff on past lives, implants, entities, GPMs, and what have you. The clear cog used to be common knowledge.

Here is a helpful quote from Ron:

Research and Discovery Series – New Volume 10 Page 731, in the lecture titled “Overt Acts, Motivators, and Deds” from the tech 88 lecture series:

“Religion is always different than truth. It has to be. Because the only way you can control a person is to lie to them.” … “When you find an individual is lying to you, you know that the individual is trying to control you”. .. “Conversely, if you see an impulse on the part of a human being to control you, you know very well that that human being is lying to you. Not is just going to — IS lying to you”.


For the complete version of this article read http://workabletechnology.com/?p=418

For more articles by the Pilot read: http://freezoneearth.org/pilot/reformer.html

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plainoldthetan  on April 25th, 2012

I have always found that a person running around with withholds changes valence, which is what I think is the real problem with the Church’s confidentiality requirements.

LRH said in PAB 013 ON HUMAN BEHAVIOR “Now, in case you err and try to apply this classification too widely, there is one definite characteristic you must not overlook. This characteristic makes the difference between the aberrative personality and run-of-the-mill human beings. The secrecy computation is the clue.”

I wonder if the Church’s insistence on confidentiality is a contributor to OTs developing a secrecy computation. That’s reinforced by the OTs I’ve see have the right-hand side of their OCAs drop as they “move up the levels”.

LRH had thoughts of confidentiality when he gave lecture 6305C21 THE HELATROBUS IMPLANTS [SHSBC 294], but thought better of it. In that lecture he says the incredulity factor is a security measure for Scientology as well as that he thought of making line plots confidential, but why bother?

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