Una Tesi da 110 e lode, terza parte.

Beh, con questa terza parte della Tesi di Eleonora iniziamo ad addentrarci in territori già meno conosciuti, soprattutto per ” i bravi scientologi ” ancora ossequiosi e che s’attengono pedissequamente alla ” l’intenzione del comando”.

Canto III

«Per me si va ne la città dolente,
per me si va ne l’etterno dolore,
per me si va tra la perduta gente.

Giustizia mosse il mio alto fattore;
fecemi la divina podestate,
la somma sapïenza e ‘l primo amore.

Dinanzi a me non fuor cose create
se non etterne, e io etterno duro.
Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate”


                   Capitolo 3 – Gli ADVANCED ABILITY CENTER


“The Advanced Ability Center was a breakaway organization from the Church of Scientology established by former Scientologist David Mayo after the latter left the Church in February 1983 – a time when most of Scientology’s upper and middle management was removed following the formation of the Religious Technology Center (RTC) and RTC head David Miscavige’s restructuring of the church. David Mayo had been Hubbard’s own auditor. The Advanced Ability Center later became the Theta International movement and was also known as the Church of the New Civilization.

Mayo taught material from the upper thetan levels of the Scientology organization in the Advanced Ability Center. A division of the Advanced Ability Center was closed down again in 1984 under pressure from the main organization. According to Perspectives on the New Age edited by James R. Lewis and J. Gordon Melton and published in 1992, the Advanced Ability Center formed in Milan was in competition with the Scientology organization in Italy[1].”

Alla pagina web http://tonyortega.org/2013/04/13/the-saga-of-david-mayo-scientologys-banished-tech-wizard/, sito molto caro alla “Indie Scientology”, viene riportata un intervista tenuta con Jon Atack, autore del libro “A Piece of Blue Sky”, in cui si parla di David Mayo e del primo scisma all’interno della Chiesa di Scientology. Riporto di seguito una parte di essa:

“JON: By 1982, David Mayo was regarded as Hubbard’s successor. Scientologists thought of him as the greatest of experts on the “technology” — or counseling procedures. Members were told that in 1978 Mayo had saved L. Ron Hubbard’s life by repairing mistakes and errors in his auditing, largely made while Hubbard had been auditing himself. Out of that work Mayo also helped develop New Era Dianetics for OTs or NOTs, which became New OT V a few years later.

THE BUNKER: Kima Douglas said that Hubbard had suffered a pulmonary embolism in 1975, and then in 1977-78 was very ill again, but he made her promise not to take him to a hospital. Instead, he turned to Mayo to audit him through his sickness, right?

JON: Yes, precisely so.

Mayo had succeeded to the fatal position of Hubbard’s auditor — all before him had failed and been cast into the outer darkness, including the first Class XII and supposed OT VIII, Otto Roos. As Hubbard’s auditor, Mayo had access to the great mass of auditing records of the Great OT. Like Roos, he found a great deal of discreditable material therein, including Hubbard’s astonishing multiple drug abuse. Hubbard said that people who “rock-slammed” on the e-meter had evil intentions, and, as Roos found earlier, Hubbard’s folders were littered with “rock slams.”

THE BUNKER: A “rock slam” meaning a particularly violent reaction by the e-meter’s indicator needle, slashing left and right in a crazy motion — and as you say Scientologists believe it indicates there’s an evil intention on the part of the person being tested.

JON: That’s right. Some people were expelled for a single rock slam. Hubbard managed hundreds. Mayo also realized, as Roos had before him, that many of the stories Hubbard told during auditing sessions were fabrications, simply because they contradicted one another. Hubbard picked Mayo because he was extraordinarily intelligent, systematic, and diligent. This is in part because Mayo was a physicist, and deeply imbued with scientific reasoning.


With over 20 years of involvement, David Mayo inevitably knew almost all of the GO people. He was also a voice of tolerance and maturity, and chary of Hubbard’s paranoia. He refused to join in the witch-hunting, and so became a target in the McCarthyite atmosphere.

Scientology issued two bizarre documents about Mayo — a Suppressive Person Declare and a newsletter called“The Story of a Squirrel.” This last is barely literate, but claims to quote from Hubbard, who says: “Mayo was simply a bird dog. The definition of a bird dog is: ‘Somebody sent in by an enemy to mess things up’.” Hubbard goes on to say: “…you had a bird dog right in the middle of the control room: David Mayo. He was sabotaging execs by wrecking their cases. None of this was by accident or incompetence. Of all the crazy, cock-eyed sabotage I’ve ever seen, man, he was at it …” The effect of these publications ran counter to the new leadership’s intentions — many members simply decided that Hubbard could not have missed such a devastating SP for so many years, and this fed the rumor that Hubbard was no longer in control and caused many (myself included) to leave the cult.

THE BUNKER: It sounds like Mayo was part of neither the old guard or the new, and getting caught in the middle turned him into a target.

JON: There was no way that Miscavige could compete with Mayo’s influence. Neither Pat Broeker nor Miscavige were known to Scientologists. Mayo had been made a hero, even appearing in one of Hubbard’s dreadful “tech films” where he actually warned that if he became unavailable it would mean that Scientology had been taken over by malign elements. Hubbard approved that script.

Mayo stood in the way of the emerging leaders. He was vilified to the whole membership, but the affair went badly wrong, because Mayo had been lauded with such vigour in the preceding years. Libelling Mayo so publicly proved to be very serious, because Mayo became the inevitable focus for Scientologists who were disillusioned both by the revelations concerning the Guardian’s Office’s criminal activities and the aggression of the new, and unknown, leaders. Membership was probably around 25,000 in 1982. By 1984, about half the membership had left.


Once Mayo was ostracised, it was bruited about that those of us who had received OT V had been subjected to suppressive alterations of the true Tech. No offer was made to repair the damage. At least without paying $150 an hour for the privilege. Close scrutiny of the bulletins that put this “suppression” right shows that the text is identical, save that David Mayo’s name has been removed from them.

Mayo was already equivocal about the “Tech” before he left. In particular, he was concerned about OT III, and the OT levels in general. He felt that by letting people continue up the Bridge, they too would come to realize that this material was bogus. By the time Mayo left the Institute for Research into Metapsychology in Palo Alto in 1988, he had abandoned the OT levels altogether. He has also published his critique of New Era Dianetics, giving cogent reasons for its failure to achieve the promises made for it by Scientology.


THE BUNKER: What was the Advanced Ability Center? And can you talk a little about the way it was dirty-tricked and sued out of existence?

JON: A small group of former high ranking Scientologists got together in Santa Barbara, in 1983, and set up their own alternative to the cult — the AAC. They included Mayo and his wife Julie, former Executive Director International John Nelson, and Harvey Haber, who had produced the tech films and paid St Martin’s Press to publish Battlefield Earth (the cult bought the first 40,000 copies and gave $250,000 for promotion). Bob Mithoff, brother of Mayo’s replacement, was also there from the start, but it turned out that he was there to spy on them for Scientology. It’s worth noting that even with a spy in their midst, the AAC failed to be shut down by Scientology, which says a lot for the AAC’s high standard of ethics. Eventually, it was the pressure of litigation that closed the place.


THE BUNKER: Hasn’t Mayo in general been the subject of ferocious Fair Game?

JON: David Mayo was harassed for years. He was the subject of at least one murder attempt. I spent a month in Palo Alto in 1986, where I first interviewed Mayo and I was impressed by his sober grasp. He described without rancor the horrors of his own treatment -– for instance, being forced to run round a pole planted in the desert for hours on end –- and he was very precise. I was most impressed by his obvious distress when adulated, which happened a few times during my stays in Palo Alto. He very obviously didn’t want to assume Hubbard’s narcissistic mantle. I’m very glad that he didn’t take Scientology over, because I might have been tempted to stay in the fold. Wherever he is now, I wish him peace and fulfillment. He deserves it.

THE BUNKER: Mayo is a fascinating story[2].”

Leggendo l’intervista, è chiaro che dopo l’avvento di Miscavige (attuale leader della Chiesa) nell’organizzazione, le cose cominciarono a cambiare:

  • numerosi controlli per accertarsi che i membri delle Org non fossero degli infiltrati;
  • allontanamento di gradi alti all’interno della Chiesa come David Mayo stesso.

La Chiesa di Scientology stava affrontando un cambio di “era”.

La figura di David Mayo, auditor personale di Hubbard e persona nota e considerata alla stregua di un eroe nel mondo di Scientology del periodo (si vociferava che Hubbard lo volesse come suo successore), era, a detta di Jon Atack, una figura scomoda per coloro che avessero voluto salire nella gerarchia della Chiesa, come lo stesso David Miscavige.

Nel periodo in cui si affrontava lo scandalo del Guardian’s Office, era comune essere accusati di essere una persona soppressiva, e a detta dell’intervistato, David Mayo –trovandosi in contatto con tutte le persone che lavoravano all’interno del Guardian’s Office – fu “disconnesso”[3] e dichiarato “Persona Soppressiva”.

Tutto questo non passò sicuramente inosservato: dichiarare “Persona Soppressiva[4]” una personalità come Mayo aveva solo ancora di più acuito i dubbi di molte persone all’interno della Chiesa; fu proprio in seguito a questo che nacquero gli Advanced Ability Center, costituiti nella maggior parte da ex-scientologist.

Dal punto di vista della tecnologia, quella praticata all’interno degli Advanced Ability Center non differiva da quella praticata all’interno della Chiesa ufficiale – cosa prevedibile visto che a formarli furono tutti ex membri della Chiesa contrari all’organizzazione e non alla tecnologia – ma nonostante l’impegno non rappresentarono l’alternativa in grado di scardinare la Scientology ufficiale.

Probabilmente l’estrema libertà di espressione per l’individuo senza una vera struttura accentratrice, e l’assenza di un vero e proprio leader a parte Mayo – il quale cercò in seguito di mantenere il riserbo circa la sua persona e il posto dove si trovava, evitando così il “fair game” attuato dalla Chiesa nei suoi confronti – portarono il movimento a disgregarsi.

La figura di Mayo rimane però una figura importante all’interno della “Indie Scientology” contemporanea, soprattutto per quella parte di essa che lo ritiene importante autore dei testi per praticare la tecnologia e una delle poche persone ad aver conosciuto profondamente Hubbard in qualità di suo auditor personale; è in questo clima che diffondono tra di loro la lettera di Mayo agli scientologist riportata di seguito:

“Hello dear friends

I am extremely happy to be able to openly communicate to you once again. It has been a long time; an overly long and somewhat difficult period for many of us. Those of you who know me may have wondered what I have been doing over the past year, so I am grateful to have this space to let you know of my activities and future plans.

I believe it is important to provide a background to all of this. It is important so that you can share my reality on the depth of my commitment to the tech and to you.

It begins in 1957, when I first contacted Dianetics and Scientology. Like many of you, I read LRH’s books and began auditing friends and acquaintances. I was so immediately impressed with the results that I moved to be near an Org and receive professional training (Hubbard Professional Auditor and Bachelor of Scientology, 1959). These were relatively simple, uncomplicated and exciting days.

After working in a Mission for a few months, I joined staff at the Auckland Org in late ’59 and worked there for eight years, mainly as the HCO Sec, but always “double-hatted” on technical posts such as auditor, supervisor, case supervisor, etc. We attended Congresses, went to LRH tape plays, studied and did various courses, gave and received auditing and became part of the excitement that was being engendered by LRH and this new religion called Scientology.

In 1962, I did the Saint Hill Special Briefing Course under Ron and Mary Sue, graduating with honors. After this, I became even more involved with technical posts and my love of the tech developed. This devotion to the tech has been a profound and guiding motivation for me to this present day.

In January 1968, I joined the Sea Org and continued my tech training, frequently working and studying under LRH; e.g., I did my technical internships under LRH, audited under LRH as the Case Supervisor and later worked as a Case Supervisor under LRH, as the Senior C/S.

In September 1973, LRH appointed me as the Senior C/S Flag and during this period I also became the C/S for LRH’s auditing, until 1975, when he moved to a different location.

In September 1978, I was called from the Flag Service Org to California to audit LRH and there I stayed on, as his auditor. In October 1978, LRH appointed me to the post of Senior C/S International. I remained in California auditing LRH on audited NOTs until he advanced onto Solo NOTS. In mid-1979, I assisted him with technical research and with the export and training of the first auditors and C/Ses on new tech. Apart from some return visits to Flag (and other Orgs) to handle out-tech, I remained on the post of Senior C/S International in California from 1978. Throughout that period, I was being trained and briefed by LRH on current tech and on his research of new tech, as yet unreleased.

Tech Hat assigned for the next 20-25 years

In April of 1982, I received a long and detailed letter from LRH. It assigned me the full responsibility for the tech and for his technical hats for the next 20 to 25 years. (After the passage of this 20-25 years, he stated that he would return in his next lifetime to reassume his tech hats). As I sought to carry out this assigned responsibility for the tech, it became increasingly obvious that there were points that must be corrected in the area of International Management of the Church of Scientology so that the purity of the tech could be safeguarded. Indeed, correction was mandatory to even keep the tech in existence at all! My efforts to bring about these corrections of Management resulted in hostilities and the cutting of my communication line to LRH. This severance of my line to LRH was done covertly by others. This was in August of 1982. Ultimately, these hostilities culminated in my removal from post by others who had established themselves in a position of control over LRH’s comm lines. This was a period of shock, horror and very real atrocity not only for me, but for many, many high calibre, long-standing Scientology executives of proven ability. There were literally hundreds removed during this lengthy political purge. While I do not wish to go into the details of that here, suffice it to say that after all my efforts to rectify matters internally, I left in February 1983.

The next few months were spent recovering my physical health and taking precautions to handle various threats against me and my friends.

Having accomplished these two things, I am very pleased to let you know that I am again fully available to help and to serve.

My very real concern is for the purity and the standardness of the tech. And I know how important it is to all of you, and to the future.

There have been an increasing number of reported instances of out-tech today; even what appears to be a deliberate corruption of the tech. I know that this is of great concern to you, too.

Thus, I am offering my services, internationally, and I am fortunate to have the support and help of a group of very fine Scientologists.

I am convinced that we can avoid the enormous errors of the past. Indeed, we must. We do have the extraordinary advantage of several points of guidance:

Your open, unsuppressed communication,

the tech itself, unyielding and senior to any and all political turmoil, and

a viewpoint of understanding as to what is behind us, and to what surely lies ahead.

There is a story of an ancient statesman who survived the collapse and self-destruction of a great civilization. Years later, when asked by historians how he had accomplished this, he stated:

“I stood above others, on higher ground, and when they were washed away by flood and ruination, I simply carried on.”

It is, I believe, as simple as that.

Please get in touch. We are here for you.

With great love,

David Mayo

Advanced Ability Center

Suite 243

1187 Coast Village Rd. #l

Montecito, CA 93108

Phone: (805) 969-3422[5]”.

In questa lettera David Mayo descrive la sua vita all’interno della Chiesa dagli inizi alla fine, e riporta la sua opinione riguardo la tech perseguita dalla Chiesa, considerata alterata e dannosa.

Lui si avvicinò a Scientology nel 1957 dopo aver letto i libri di Hubbard e aver praticato la tecnica dell’auditing presso amici e conoscenti; in seguito, dopo aver iniziato il training, lavorò presso una Missione per un po’ di mesi. Nel ‘59 iniziò a lavorare presso la Org di Auckland dove rimase per otto anni e dove occupò varie posizioni.

Nel ’62 portò a termine il corso “Special Briefing Course” sotto Ron Hubbard e sua moglie Mary Sue, e sarà qui che comincerà il suo coinvolgimento sempre più profondo nell’organizzazione della Chiesa di Scientology e la tecnologia da essa praticata.

Quando nel 1968 entrò a far parte della Sea Org, iniziò anche il suo coinvolgimento sempre più profondo con la figura di Hubbard, fino a diventare negli anni a seguire Senior C/S International e suo auditor personale.

Gli anni passarono e nell’aprile del 1982 Mayo afferma di aver ricevuto una lettera da Hubbard in cui gli veniva assegnata la piena responsabilità riguardo la tecnologia e i compiti tecnici per i prossimi 20-25 anni (dopo questo tempo infatti Hubbard affermava che sarebbe ritornato nella sua prossima vita per riassumere i suoi compiti tecnici). Mayo allora cominciò a voler mettere mano a punti inerenti la Chiesa di Scientology come organizzazione affinché si preservasse la purezza della tech e il suo essere funzionante; ma fu proprio a partire da queste sue azioni che cominciò ad attirarsi delle ostilità da parte di altri membri in alto nella gerarchia della Chiesa, i quali tagliarono le possibilità di comunicazione con il fondatore.

Questo periodo viene descritto da Mayo come “a period of shock, horror and very real atrocity not only for me, but for many, many high calibre, long-standing Scientology executives of proven ability. There were literally hundreds removed during this lengthy political purge”. Lascerà definitivamente la Chiesa nel Febbraio del 1983, e fonderà il primo AAC.

Anche se probabilmente non c’è bisogno di precisarlo, è ovvio che la storia raccontata da Mayo è una storia parallela a quella della Chiesa di Scientology, una storia che essa nega e contro di cui si è opposta.

Ma quali danni avrebbe comportato la tech alterata?

Stando agli scientologi indipendenti, essa  avrebbe portato a problemi fisici e mentali; e in alcuni casi essa portò alla morte di alcuni gradi OT che, non praticando la tech in modo corretto e basandosi su materiale alterato, sarebbero incorsi in degli ictus e altre forme di malattia.

Basandomi sui racconti degli indipendenti con cui sono venuta in contatto, fu proprio in questo periodo che si cominciò a percepire il cambio di gestione anche attraverso le lettere che Hubbard mandava a ogni membro. Riporto di seguito due esempi, uno del 20 gennaio 1976 e l’altro del 7 marzo 1981, delle lettere degli anni precedenti il “primo scisma”:

imm 1imm 2

Ora riporto di seguito tre esempi più tardi: uno del 9 novembre 1983, uno del 12 settembre 1984, e uno del 6 agosto 1985.

imm 3

imm 4

imm 5

Questo materiale mi è stato mostrato da persone uscite dalla Chiesa nel 2010, ma la loro impressione avendolo rivisto nel corso del tempo è che il tono delle lettere fosse cambiato con il passare degli anni: le ultime, a loro dire, sembrano più sbrigative e mirate a stimolare le persone a proseguire nel “Ponte” e, di conseguenza, a fornire soldi alla Chiesa.

Tutto questo atteggiamento sarà seguito nel tempo da altri comportamenti:

  • violazione dei diritti umani per quel che riguarda il programma di riabilitazione[1];
  • uso del materiale degli auditor come deterrente per gli scientologist che si fossero dimostrati “scomodi” (essendo in gran parte una raccolta di “confessioni” riguardo la vita privata di ogni persona che è stata audita);
  • annullamento dei gradi raggiunti a causa della scoperta di “aberrazioni” nella tecnologia fino a quel momento (tutto questo dal punto di vista degli indipendenti era un mezzo attraverso cui guadagnare più soldi tramite la vendita di libri e corsi).

Contemporaneamente all’allontanamento di David Mayo, fu dichiarato persona soppressiva anche Captain Bill. Sarà proprio questo personaggio a utilizzare per la prima volta il termine “Free Zone” per riferirsi al suo gruppo, più avanti chiamato Ron’s Org.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Ability_Center

[2] http://tonyortega.org/2013/04/13/the-saga-of-david-mayo-scientologys-banished-tech-wizard/

[3] La disconnessione è “la scelta autodeterminata con cui l’individuo decide di non essere più in collegamento con un altro. Si tratta del taglio di una linea di comunicazione. Uno Scientologist può diventare PTS (Potential Trouble Source, riportata in italiano come “Fonte potenziale di guai”) per il fatto di essere connesso con qualcuno che è antagonista a Scientology o ai suoi principi. Per dalla condizione PTS, egli o RISOLVE l’antagonismo dell’altra persona o, come ultima risorsa quando tutti i tentativi di appianamento sono falliti, disconnette dalla persona. Sta semplicemente esercitando il suo dirittto di comunicare o di non comunicare con un determinato individuo” dal Glossario Master.

[4] Una “Persona Soppressiva” è “una persona che sopprime la gente che si trova nelle sue vicinanze. Essi pasticciano o screditano qualunque sforzo di aiutare qualcuno. Ed in particolare colpisce violentemente qualunque cosa miri a rendere gli esseri umani più potenti e più intelligenti”, dal Glossario Master.

[5] http://www.freezone.org/reports/e_mayool.htm

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