Yet another example of the Church’s wanton discarding of good people. There are many stories similar to this but not too many people brave enough to put their identity on the line. Thanks to Alex for being willing to do so. Here is her story:
Hi, my name is Alexandre Rex Salomon, (known as Alex) and this is my story:
After being on staff at Narconon Johannesburg for about 8 months in 2006, I joined staff at Joburg Day. I signed a contract to be trained as a Class V auditor and was placed on the TTC.
After many months of training, my department’s executive, the Qual Sec (Daryl Berman), took me aside after course one day and told me that due to the new Basics release, what was needed and wanted by him and other executives was that I be taken off of the TTC and placed on the ATC (Admin Training Corps) to be trained as a Professional Registrar. I was not happy with this to say the least, but allowed myself to be convinced that this was acceptable and allowed my own reality to be compromised. He took me to the ED (Albert de Beer) and the HAS (Sabina Laktionova) and officially removed me from the TTC. In the presence of the most executive persons on the Org Board I felt too intimidated to query this at the time.
The next day when my direct senior, the SSO (Kiki Etzioni) issued me with my new TIP (to now train as a Registrar) I queried it with her, since as I understood it, a trainee could not be removed from the TTC pool and moved to another division of the Org Board. She did not come to my aid to speak out against the above executives.
I further queried this with the Cramming Officer (Thomas Pagenkopf) who agreed with me, but did not speak out against our senior Daryl nor any other party involved in the decision. After nothing came from that I decided to approach a SO member to assist (who I believed was in a good position to speak out against a decision made by a Org executives), yet the FR (Laurent Malherbe) also just agreed with me but did not do anything to help me reverse the change in post. Lastly I approached the LC AF (Robert Bokkelmann) for assistance to remain on the TTC. He very adamantly agreed that it was off-policy to take me off the TTC and move me to another department, yet told me that he did not want to get involved.
I was taken off of the TTC and put in the ATC. To my knowledge no one objected. This was my first upset with the Joburg Org.
Before all the above, when I was still new on staff, training in the division 6 course room doing the Personal Efficiency course, I met Jaco Snyman. He was also new on staff. We became romantically involved and later on moved in together and got engaged.
At some point a recruit mission arrived in Joburg. Their purpose was to man up an AOAF team to go to Flag for training. Many events were held to recruit people for the Sea Org. At this stage my 2d Jaco was the PPO for Joburg Org Day and was at one of these events assisting to recruit. When people were called to go up on stage and pledge to join the SO – he later on told me – that the ED (Albert de Beer) convinced him to go up on stahe and announce he was joining the SO which he duly did. This was commended and encouraged by the ED (Albert de Beer) as well as the Mission I/C . This was my second upset with the Org, and had now extended to being upset with the SO and Flag too.
My objection to this was that I was not qualled for the SO (due to my drug history) and if Jaco joined, I would lose my fiancé (we had already been engaged for almost a year by this point). I hardly slept that night when he came home and told me that he had joined the SO.
The next day at the Org I was livid and ready to again seek assistance. Jaco was passively going along with everything, yet I believed that he did not truly want to leave me and even told me it was not his fault that I could not join too.
I fought with the Mission staff who had gotten wind of my objection. They made me read the policy on the ‘Greatest Good for the Greatest number of Dynamics’. I found it ironic that the “greatest good” could be used as one saw fit, and that there were different versions thereof. My version of the greatest good for the greatest number of dynamics was to leave both Jaco and I on staff and in a 2D. It included the org not losing a staff member and for me not having to sacrifice my 2D for AO AF. As I saw it, I was taking into account the greatest number of dynamics and not destroying an entire dynamic (2D), yet they somehow saw it otherwise.
The only person who took proactive action was the EO (Vanessa Kruger) who used applicable extracts from the Scn Marriage Course to handle both of us, since we had entered a mutual agreement and committed to being engaged to each other. She also addressed his commitment made to being on staff and that there was a shortage of Class V Org staff. This helped to reiterate and verbalise what I was trying to get across, which I do appreciate, since I was so upset and emotionally distraught I could hardly express myself without shouting or crying.
Yet the ED (Albert de Beer), the majority of executives and other SO members all backed the decision for him to leave staff, leave me and join the SO.
I decided that since virtually nobody was helping me, I would try to join the SO to salvage my 2D and auditor career and so I withdrew my previous statement regarding the details of my drug history. And I was signed up to the join the SO.
All SO members training for the AO AF were to train at Flag. Within a couple of weeks the AOAF Mission had arranged my visa (I was awarded a 2 year visa) and a plane ticket for the USA. In May 2008, I boarded a plane for Flag. I was the third person to leave SA for Flag for the AO AF and the first girl. I was assured that Jaco would join me there once his cycle was complete and his visa approved.
Upon arrival at the Flag base my ID, passport (all means of identification) and cell phone were confiscated and locked away. When I queried this, I was told that exterior influences may disrupt my time at Flag. I was not given access to email and I was only allowed one 10-15min supervised phone call per week. There were no pay phones on the base. These things seemed very un-kosher and I felt my first pang of enslavement. As it turns out these actions are illegal, yet Flag does it all the time.
I was sec checked by the SO, CMO and 2 Class VIII auditors to ensure that I had the correct quals for the SO. None of them picked up that I had lied about my quals to be in the SO. I told myself that they must not have been very good auditors and that I would be better and had just as much right to be there as they did.
I proceeded to do my Estates Project Force (EPF) and staff statuses at Flag.
Afterwards I was meant to start my auditor training for the AO AF, but once again someone had other plans for me. My EPF Officer informed me that HCO Flag rerouted me to the Flag Readiness Unit (FRU) which is basically an EPF for Flag staff. He explained that they were so happy with me that they would like me to stay at Flag. I resisted and HCO Flag relented and said that I would be needed for a “short while” in other posts and would then go onto my auditor training. I worked in Div 6 as Public Contact Secretary for 1 week. Then I was placed in the Call Centre, which was a brand new section added to the Org Board by the Captain FSO to sell the Basics.
My days consisted of 06:30 inspections outside the dormitory and then being on post till 23:00 (or until the daily target was met, often 00:00/01:00 the following day). I worked 7 days a week. In the 2 ½ months that I was there I had 1 day off, a reward for finishing my EPF.
The dormitory which I was in slept 4 in a room (2 bunk beds) and had 3 rooms in total. We had 2 bathrooms and one shower. I was paid $60 a month. I never did any auditor training. Jaco, as it turned out, did not qual for the SO, so he never came to Flag.
Once again I had to take drastic action. I told my FRU Officer that I had lied about my SO quals. Once again I was put through vigorous Sec Checks and MEST work. In the end I was told by one of the members of the Watch Dog Committee that I was either lying about having taken drugs or not having used drugs. I told him that I just wanted to go home, that I was tired of working like a slave to set the “elite” free and that I had my doubts as to what the e-meter is able to detect and what it cannot. I told him that I had said whatever I needed to, to be with my 2D and be an auditor and that the e-meter did not pick any of this up on numerous occasions. I had a Comm Ev, my visa was cancelled and I was deported back to SA.
Once back in Jo’burg I was on a lengthy ethics cycle with the EO (Angelo Ryan) and issued with a $2500 Freeloader bill from the SO and about a R30 000 Freeloader bill from Joburg Org for leaving staff and joining the SO (which was only brought to my attention after having left the SO).
The last thing that the ED (Albert de Beer) said to me was that there had come a directive from Flag that I was not able to rejoin staff again. Per the policy on Freeloader, I will remain in a “Doubt” condition and cannot receive any training or auditing until I pay back all the money. Till this day I have not paid one cent, as my contract with the org was breached the day I was removed from the TTC.
Before joining the SO I had given away my entire inheritance (R50 000.00) toward Narconon and for the Basics campaign, as I thought I would no longer need it. I earned around R400.00 per month working for Narconon and about the same or less working at the org, and so there was no way I could save up any money from this. I had no formal qualification or career to fall back on, so when I was denied the chance to go back on staff and also given a “freeloader” bill I had no chance to travel the Org’s route to “Total Freedom.”
Policy has labelled me as being in a condition of “doubt” and I find this very fitting, as I really do doubt that a system which makes slaves of the very people needed to implement said system is the true path to spiritual enlightenment.
Today I am in a happy, loving relationship and have a successful, growing career as a bookkeeper. I surround myself with people who value me and my own aspirations.