Scientology: Follow the Money
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Name Withheld)
Tue, 30 May 95 07:22:26 PDT
The following is a breakdown of the Church of Scientology International
and some of it's various front organizations. All of this information
is from the WWW pages at http://www.theta.com/goodman/. I think this
is an excellent starting point for 'net freedom fighters to track the
money through the web of front companies in the Scientology empire.
Through the resources available to each of us, we can research and
track the flow of money in and out of the various organizations. What-
ever information we can gather, we can use to build the "big picture"
that the Church of Scientology and it's organizations what to hide
from us and the authorities. Coporate data, legal records, financial
records, annual reports for the organizations can be used to put
it all together. Let's use the truth to win the war against the
cult of Scientology.
P.S. The Internet freedom fighters would like to give special thanks
to Leisa Goodman with the CoS OSA office. We welcome her to our ranks
and hope that she continues to provide the Internet with the vital
information needed to win the war against Scientology.
Church of Scientology International (CSI) - The Mother Church
- headquartered in Los Angeles, CA
- Heber C. Jentzsch served as President since 1982. He's also the
- Guillaume Lesevre is the Executive Director International (most senior
management position, formerly held by LRH). Has served in
since 1982. He also serves on the CSI Board of Directors.
- CSI Board of directors: 12 Scientology executives. The
board forms the International Management
Committee, chaired by Guillaume Lesevre.
- Mark Yager - Member of CSI Board of Directors. He also chairs the
Watchdog Committee. Senior management since 1989.
- Watchdog Committee: responsible for organizations that
manage the sectors of Scientology. Examples of
the sectors: International Hubbard
League of Pastors, Scientology Missions
- Michael Rinder - Member of CSI Board of Directors, head of Office of
Special Affairs. He has been a senior church executive since
- Office of Special Affairs (OSA): division of Church of
Scientology International responsible for
interfacing with society at large.
include community outreach activities, public
relations, and legal affairs. OSA formulates
and coordinates international community
campaigns for the church with emphasis on drug
education and drug-abuse prevention programs.
Example programs: "Lead the Way to a Drug-Free
USA", "Say No to Drugs" in Canada and Europe,
and "Drug-Free Marshalls" and "Drug-Free
- head honcho of Golden Era Productions unknown.
- Golden Era Productions: A division of CSI. Located
on a 500-acre property in Southern California.
The property contains film and sound studios,
editing facilities, film laboratory. Golden
Era provides "audio-visual dissemination
material on the Scientology religion" to all
Scientology orgs throughout the world. One
of Golden Era's vital functions is the
restoration of LRH's tape-recorded lectures.
Golden Era Productions also supports the
religion worldwide with dissemination
brochures, posters, fliers and magazines.
Golden Era Productions compiles, designs,
and translates new books and religious material
based on LRH's researches and writings.
- head honcho of Bridge Publications unknown.
- Bridge Publications: located in Los Angeles, CA and
publishes LRH works for the Western Hemisphere
in book and audio forms.
- head honcho of New Era Publications unknown.
- New Era Publications: located in Denmark and
LRH's works to Europe, Austrailia, New Zealand,
South America, Africa, and Asia.
Religious Technology Center (RTC) - holder of the trademarks.
- headquartered in Los Angeles, CA?
- David Miscavige is RTC's Chairman of the Board since 1987. He worked
closely with LRH. He authored the early 1980s reorganization of
church corporate and management structures. He is an active
Scientologist for most of his life.
- Warren McShane president?
- LRH registered as marks many of the religions words and symbols.
"Dianetics" and "Scientology". The registered marks provided a
mechanism for ensuring that Scientology religious technoligies
orthodox and ministered according to scriptures.
- LRH donated the marks to the Religious Technology Center (RTC) in
- RTC serves as protector of the religion.
- RTC is the "final arbiter of orthodoxy"
- RTC is not part of the management structure of the church
and not involved
in the churches day-to-day affairs.
- RTC has an ongoing program to register its religious marks in many
countries around the world.
- RTC supervised a recently completed five year project to republish all
of LRH's writings on Dianetics and Scientology.
Verified the works
by comparing them word by word with LRH's original manuscripts.
Also, LRH's original tape recorded lectures were restored and
- Other tasks of RTC: ensuring that what is represented as Dianetics or
Scientology is genuinely so; protecting the general
public by not
allowing any organization or individual to
deviate while using the
religious marks; and not allowing anyone to deliver Dianetics or
Scientology while calling it something else.
- "Any misuse or unauthorized use of the Scientology religious marks is
rapidly corrected by RTC...
International Hubbard Ecclesiastical League of Pastors (IHELP)
- based in Los Angeles, CA
- Field auditors and their groups are assisted by IHELP.
- IHELP was created to provide auditors outside of the
with the guidance they need.
- IHELP provides religous materials, publications, and assistance to the
- Volunteer Ministers Corps are Scientologists who use the technology
to help others in their communities resolve the basic problems
of daily life.
- Volunteer Ministers use _The Sceintology Handbook_.
Scientology Missions International
- based in Los Angeles, CA
- Missions minister beginning Dianetics and
Scientology religous services.
- Missions do not have full church status or the authority to train or
ordain Scientology ministers.
- Scientology Missions International serves as the mother church for
missions and provides guidance and support to missions,
coordinates the network of missions, and helps Scientologists
start new missions.
- Any qualified Scientologist may open a mission.
- 10 years ago there were 126 missions in 58 countries, today there
are 221 missions in 107 countries.
- When a mission and its congragation are large enough, the mission
can qualify to become a full-fledged Church of Scientology.
Class V Churches of Scientology
- in 1965, 13 churches, 143 today
- Class V organizations reflect the level of auditor training they
- Class V orgs provide parishioners a large body of beginning and
intermediate Dianetics and Scientology training and auditing.
- Class V orgs have authority to train and ordain Scientology
- Class V orgs perform christenings, weddings, funerals, Sunday
services and congregational gatherings.
- Class V staff members typicall serve on local community service
boards and interfaith councils, coordinating church and
partitioner outreach activities with the needs of the
Celebrity Centre Churches
- Celebrity Centres are Class V orgs specifically geared to provide
Scientology services to "artistic" parishioners.
- Celebrity Centres primarily minister to artists and other
- Celebrity Centre International in Hollywood, CA is the largest,
and provides ecclesiastical management assistance to the
other Celebrity Centre churches.
- Other Celebrity Centre locations: New York, Nashville, Las Vegas,
London, Paris, Vienna.
- Churches of Scientology that minister higher levels of training
- Saint Hills are for training. Saint Hills are the religous
colleges of Scientology. Original location was at
Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex, England.
Briefing course still given at location in England,
and addtionally in Los Angeles, Sydney, and in
- Advanced Organizations are for auditing
- Scientologists travel to them when the have reached a particular
level of the Bridge and spend an extended period of time
at the church while receiving the services on an intensive
Flag Service Organization
- Highest church organizations, orginally located aboard ships.
- Apollo LRH's 350-foot ship, and became the most senior church
and the flag ship of the flotilla.
- Specail advanced auditing and auditor training was only
available abord the ship in Flag Service Organization.
- Flag Service Organization moved to the 11 story Fort Harrison
Hotel in Clearwater, Florida in 1975.
- Flag Service Organization occupies more than 20 buildings
and has more than 1000 staff, and is the world's
largest Scientology church.
- Flag Service Organization ministers advanced auditing and the
highest levels of auditor training.
- Flag Service Org maintains a religious retreat with food
and accomadations for parishioners.
Flag Ship Service Organization
- a Church of Scientology based aboard the motor vessel
Freewinds, a 440-foot ship based in the Caribbean.
- The ship was acquired in the mid-1980s before the release
of the highest advanced auditing level now available.
- Scientologists at any point on the bridge may visit the
Freewinds and receive a series of specialized
- Freewinds is an international meeting place which holds
religious conventions and seminars for Scientology
staff and parishoners.
Sea Organization (or Sea Org)
- Religious order disctinct from the various Scientology
- Sea Org members are responsible to the particular Church
corporation for which they work for.
- Sea Org members sign a pledge of eternal service to
- Sea Org started in 1967 when LRG left the position of
Executive Director International and set to sea
with a handful of veteran Scientolgists to
continue research into the upper levels.
- Sea Org members sign a one-billion-year contract.
- Sea Org members are mostly located on land, but still
wear maritime uniforms and have ranks and ratings.
- Sea Org members are the only Scientologist entrusted with
the ministry of the advanced levels of Scientology
training and auditing.
- All advanced churches and management echelon church orgs
employ only members of the Sea Org.
- More than 5000 members of Sea Org occupy staff positions
in Scientology church orgs worldwide.
- There is no formalized structure for the Sea Org and its
lines of senority are in accordance with the
ecclesiastical hierarchy of the churches.
- Sea Org members work long hours and live communally
"Lead the Way to a Drug-Free USA"
- anti-drug campaign sponsored by the Church of Scientology
- works with community anti-drug organizations
- sponsored a national conference in Wash, DC
"Say No to Drugs"
- anti-drug campaign sponsored by the Church of Scientology
- Canada and European countries including Germany, France,
Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Holland, Austria,
Sweden, Norway, Italy, United Kingdom, and Mexico.
- has conducted broad, public drug-abuse awareness and
- created and launched in 1993 by the Church of Scientology
- is a youth drug-education and prevention program
- purpose is to educate children as young as 6 on the
dangers of drugs, and to challenge them to remain
- children are "sworn in" as Drug-Free Marshals and pledge
to remain drug free and to encourage their peers
to do the same.
Community Service Guild
- formed "six years ago" ('89?) in Washington DC by Church
of Scientology volunteers
- it is a tutoring project to assist the DC public school
system's Saturday Learning Extension Program
- they train tutors to train the school system's students
- Similar programs have been established by church
volunteers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New
York, Atlanta, Boston, Memphis, Orlando, New
Haven and in Austrailia and Canada.
Various Children's Services:
- for eight years, members and staff of Scientology
churces in Los Angeles have worked with the LA
county Dept of Children's Services.
- The Los Angeles Church of Scientology's Community
Outreach Program and Visual Artists Association
sponsored 57 murals painted by church volunteer
artists in the county's facilities for abused
and abandoned children
- Church members conduct city-wide toy drives each
holiday season and organize christmas parties
and festiviites ofr 6000 needy children.
- Church volunteers in Los Angeles have donated over
100,000 volunteer hours to the facilities of
the Department of Childrens Services
- Annual Winter Wonderland in Hollywood, CA one of the
church's most renowned holiday programs. Has
expanded to churches in Clearwater, Florida and
East Grinstead, England.
Various Disaster Relief Functions:
- Scientology Volunteer Ministers play active roles
when natural distasters or civil disturbances
strike their community.
- 300 Scientologists protected an entire city block
in 1992 Los Angeles riots.
- Church staff members and the Volunteer Ministers
Corps provided volunteer work and fundraising
after 1994 earthquake in Los Angeles
Various Environmental Responsibility Functions:
- community clean-up and improvement efforts, Church
members and staff participate.
- Scientology Environmental Task Force active in
Seattle with efforts such as Plant Seattle
Green and sponsoring murals by volunteer
- Blood drives are organized by Scientology churches.
- Church's participate in walk-a-thons for charities
and fundraisn on behalf of infants with AIDS.
Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)
- headquartered in California
- 118 chapters in 27 nations
- all Scientologists subscribe to the religion's Aims
and Creed and find themselves opposed to
those who abuse their power or who harm the
innocent and the week.
- Early as 1950's LRH brought to light savage abuse
taking place in field of mental healing.
- CCHR recognized as a relentless and effective foe
of psychiatric barbarism in many countries.
- CCHR will continue to ensure that justice takes
place wherever violations of basic human
National Commission on Law Enforcement and Social Justice (NCLE)
- Established by the church in 1974 to guard against
and correct abuses resulting from
corruption in law enforcement and other
governmental agencies that violate the
US Constitution or the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights.
- has worked with many individuals and grass roots
groups to educate public on importance of
open and honest government and necessity
for protection of civil rights.
- published by Church of Scientology International
- established in 1968
- human rights journal with international and
national editions, special editions
produced by local churches
- pioneered use of Freedom of Information Act
- presents Human Rights Leadership Awards
annually to recognize individual achievement
World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE)
- non-profit religious membership organization for
Scientology comprised of business leaders
and professionals in many fields
- helps assure Scientology churches remain
- instills religious ethical principles in business
- liscenses marks associated with the religion and
LRH to appropriate individuals
- furnishes arbitration services to members to help
quickly and equitably settle business
- ensures that high ethical standards are maintained
by its members, contributing to the overall
creation of a more ethical business
- provides a way for businesspeople to network by
publishing a directory of members and
giving them opportunities (conventions) to
- establshed the Hubbard College of Administration
in 1991 to provide instruction in the theories
and application of the administrative technology
to the general public.
- currently 9 Hubbard Colleges of Administration
in the United States and abroad, including
Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE)
- established in Los Angeles, CA in 1988
- provides direction and programs for
the related charitable organizations
and lends support through fundraising
- The church and its parishioners financially
support ABLE and its social betterment
- ABLE raises funds through donations and
grants from non-Scientology related
- ABLE and related organizations do not
contribute to the financial support
of any Church of Scietology
Applied Scholastics International
- began in 1960s
- programs delivered today by 156 groups in 31
- responsible for broad-based application in
society of LRH's Study Technology
- manages hundreds of programs around the
world through which students, parents,
teachers, educational organizations
and businesses work to eradicate
illiteracy and improve education.
- sponsors literacy projects in the inner
cities of Compton, California,
Washington, DC; Harlem, New York;
Memphis, Tennessee; and other cities
in the US and elsewhere.
- Education Alive program in South Africa
brought benefits of literacy to
millions of disadvantaged black
students and teachers. Originated in
- Church of Scientology and members have provided
major financial support since inception in
- "New Life Detoxification Procedure" developed by
LRH to rid the body of drug residues.
- operates largest training and rehabilitaion facility
of its kind in the world, the Narconon Chilocco
New Life Center near Newkirk, Oklahoma. has
been accredited by the Commission for Accredation
of Rehabilitation Facilites, foremost authority
on drug rehabilitation in the US
- government funding for Narconon provided in Sweden,
Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.
- meaning "no crime"
- a criminal rehabilitation program participated in by
inmates in more than 200 US correctional facilities.
- grew out of Narconon prison programs in the 1980s
The Way to Happiness Foundation
- raises funds to support the publication and distribution
of _The Way to Happiness_ booklet and its use in
social betterment programs (like Criminon) around
- _The Way to Happiness_ is a common sense moral code
written by LRH, containing 21 precepts.
- booklet is used by law enforcement agencies and prisons,
and in thousands of schools, where contests on the
application of selected precepts are held.
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