Scientology - Through the Door

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Sunday, 6th August, 2006 03:11:22pm

Name or Alias: Dr. Donna Shannon
Training and/or processing level: OT VII
Org or location: FLAG
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: 10 years
Recommended Website - Operation Clambake Message Board
1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
See my previous interview- alias 'CC' in January of this year.

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
See earlier

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
N/A

4. Did you see, experience, or hear about things that didn't seem right while you were in the Church of Scientology? What were they, and what convinced you to set aside your feelings?
Many things, far too numerous to go into here. My husband's family disconnected from his dad, who has not been able to communicate with his own children and grandchildren for years. Now my husband's family has disconnected from us. NOT ONE of them asked us what happened, or how are we doing, NOTHING. They did order my husband not to write anything on the internet.

His sister was expelled from the Sea Org after 30 years, for medical bills incurred. She's just a liability to them; so what that she worked for 30 years and spent her whole life there?


5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
I was brainwashed.

6. Were you staff or public? If staff, was it at a mission or an org? Were you ever in the Sea Org or OSA? Which unit? If not on staff, did you ever volunteer to 'help out'?
I was a Solo NOTS D of P. In additon to my earlier comments, I would like to tell you more. Your sessions are recorded on video, and can be used against you. Your 'overts and withholds' are spewed out to others, and laughed about in the HGC. The CS can arbitrarily decide you can't finish any level, for any reason (e.g., 'she looks anemic'). This will keep you paying more money. And, since the 'tech' (which, by the way, isn't applied to the staff) isn't real, but just a bad joke on you, they can keep you going and going, as long as you are willing to pay more money.

When I first got into the Sea Org at FLAG, I wondered where the 'spiritually free' beings were- because all the people I was around were tired, starving, unhappy, mean-spirited, and invalidative. No one tried to help me at all. The Sea Org staff is like a pack of starving mongrel dogs- ready to tear you up in a flash, for a crumb. Watch them board the bus- pushing and shoving, with total disregard for anyone else.


7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
I have told a little, only, of what I know. I want my former 'friends' from the 'church' to know who I am, as I was considered to be 'very highly commended'. Watch the message board of Operation Clambake for more of my stories, and also some documents you might be interested in.

8. Do you think the Church of Scientology needs to change some of its practices? If so, what should be changed? How did those practices affect your life?
Since leaving, I have been contacted by 'friends' trying to get information for OSA. I have been followed. It is common knowledge that OSA will go to any lengths to silence critics, so I have written my story and given it to several lawyers and friends. My neighbors are aware of the tactics used, and the local police as well. I have the right to freedom of speech, and to 'think for myself', huh, LRH???

9. If the items you listed in the previous question were changed, would you consider rejoining or staying in the Church of Scientology? If so, why?
NEVER NEVER NEVER!!! Whatever is said or written by the 'church', I left voluntarily, and refuse to ever re-join. I was not 'expelled' or 'delared suppressive' although I am sure there will be some made up lies to the contrary. I want others to know the truth, and face it, no matter how unpleasant it is to be a Mark.

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
In Scientology, there are two basic types- the Marks and the Con Men. When you first are targeted, and pay some money, (thus becoming a Mark), you are being conditioned to become a Con Man, and get money from other Marks- for example, you have to 'PARTICIPATE'- selling Dianetics books, becoming an 'FSM', etc. This serves the true goal of the cult, getting money. Some quickly cognite, and become instant Con Men. Many of these never do services, or only do small things- you've seen this type- the 'WISE consultants' and others. Some of these Con Men get money for the cult, and are satisfied with their cut of the money; others try to compete with the cult, which, of course, is a no-no, and may get themselves declared. From day one, you are being brainwashed to gradually become a Con Man for the cult, whether you still tell yourself it's about 'helping' or whether you are too scared to get the hell out, you are becoming an evil cult member and destroying others.

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