(Article submitted by Kent Bengtsson)
CONFIDENTIAL: WHY PEOPLE LEAVE – LRH
A while ago I received a “friend request” on Facebook from Bill Franks. My first impulse was to ignore it from the accounts I had heard of when he was ED Int, back in the early eighties. But then I thought; many people who are today outside, were doing bad things back when they were on high pressure posts in the SO, so why not give him a chance.
So I looked at his profile and my attention got caught by a Blog article called “The real reason people leave Scientology – ARC Breaks” (Link supplied at end of article)
This is the part of it written by Bill Franks himself, and it appears he wants this to be spread, for many to see, so I have taken the liberty to copy it here:
“Firstly, I swear that this is the absolute and complete truth even though it occurred 37 years ago.
Secondly, a little about me which might put things into perspective as to why I saw what I am about to say as very significant and in a way horrific. I was in the SO for a little under 14 years. I attained the “rank” of Lt. Commander through promotions only by Hubbard.
I was OEC and FEBC (trained by Hubbard), HSDC, Class IX when I left in December 27 1981, as well as DSEC, NOTs auditor, plus assorted other stuff. I was OT V plus NOTs, plus sec-checked up the wazoo over the years. I also audited between 3-4000 hours conservatively speaking-probably much more, a lot of this was under LRH as the C/S.
I spent about 3 1/2 years working with Hubbard pretty directly on the ship at various posts. I got to know him as well as anybody did.
Thirdly and to the point of all this preamble, on one night in 1974 I found myself in David Mayo’s office in the tween decks of the Apollo. It was very late or early in the morning. We were, I believe in the port of Safi, Morocco.
A student of mine, I was currently D of T and Mayo was Flag Senior C/S, had blown. Hubbard was extremely angry with us due to this blown student of mine on the FEBC program. In an attempt to show Hubbard what we had done to handle this guy we collected up all the sec-checking that he had received over the last 2 months, it had been a lot (poor guy), and presented it to him along with an outline of this student’s progress on the courses he had taken. We had also wanted to show him how we had been careful that he hadn’t gone by misunderstoods, etc.
We waited and waited and about 0300 hrs a messenger came down with a despatch written by LRH. My memory does not recall any folders being returned. The despatch was entitled Very Confidential underlined. He went onto say that “if you or Franks ever reveal any of this information that I am about to reveal, the consequences will be severe for SCN.”
He then wrote “a person does not blow due Overts or Witholds. He blows only due to ARC BKs.
“However, if any of this information ever became public, I would lose all control of the orgs and eventually Scientology as a whole.” Signed, LRH.
Both Mayo and me looked at one another completely incredulously. I cannot speak for Dave but I was completely flabbergasted as I realized at that point of digestion that he is talking about something that 75-80% of the tech is premised upon. Furthermore, the OEC/FEBC was currently anchored by the latest” development” at the time -being the L’s, L-10, 11 & 12. Which for those who don’t know is about OW’s. I don’t believe Mayo or I talked about this again until we were out where I saw him at his auditing facility in Montecito, California in 1983. I believed we were a bit shell shocked about this.
As for me, I began to see more and more that Scientology was merely a big prison camp. I stayed in for another 7 plus years but I was always mindful of this and always had in mind changing this “tech.” I believe it is the key to what we have all seen and experienced as brainwashing.
That is all. I hope someone who wants to use this will do so as there is no doubt that there is good in the tech it is just a matter of where is it.
How do you sort out the good and the bad and at the same time keep the good without throwing out the baby with the bath water.
I regret that I could not fix this during my tenure.
Best, wogman Bill Franks”
I know this is not exactly South African news, but in the light of the Scientology scene in South Africa, I think this should be known. Well, I think we all know this already on some level, but we did not know that LRH himself admitted to this, and made the decision to keep it under lids.
Was that a wise decision, you think?
Before publishing this article, BIC made direct contact with Bill Franks regarding the authenticity of what is reported here. He personally verified this account, and added the following in his response to our query:
“I still think this revelation would be quite meaningful and helpful to people thinking about leaving……….. This will no doubt come across as hyperbole but, especially for the SO people who are subjected to hours and hours of “sec checking” and “roll back’, it really is not. This “hat” was greedily grabbed up by Miscavige who uses it to build his kingdom. I am not saying or inferring that confessing things to someone appropriate is not beneficial, but doing it under stress with everyone looking at your folder, though supposedly confidential, is “under stress” with many negative consequences, such as the RPF, the hole, etc.
Kind Regards, Bill”