From: (Ron Newman)
Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology
Subject: (repost) Bainbridge on bugging of auditing rooms
Date: Fri, 01 Sep 1995 23:23:07 -0400
Organization: Cyber Access Internet Communications, Inc.
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"Satan's Power", by William Sims Bainbridge (University of California Press,
1978) is a largely sympathetic sociological description of a short-lived cult
called the Process Church, which could be considered a splinter group from
Scientology. The author actually joined the Process cult and was a
participant/observer for several years. Before that, Bainbridge also spent 6
months as a participant/observer in Scientology itself.

In a rather silly attempt to protect the privacy of the people he studied,
his book used pseudonyms, not just for the individuals, but also for
the names of the cults. In his book, Scientology is "Technianity",
L. Ron Hubbard is "Gordon Rogers", and The Process Church is "The Power Church".

The two founders of the Process Church met in an auditor/client relationship
while both were active in Scientology. I'll pick up Bainbridge's
narrative here, on page 32:

"Because they doubted Rogers and because they were intelligent, exploring
individuals, Kitty and Edward chafed at the rigid system of therapy demanded
by their superiors. One of Rogers' favorite slogans, simultaneously a boast
and a demand, is `100% Standard Tech!' This means, Technianity's spiritual
technology is to be followed exactly, without the slightest variation.
Kitty was especially anxious to experiment in the sessions she ran, changing the
questions slightly or departing from the established order of procedures.
Edward says he was less inventive than she at first, but both of them
wanted the
freedom to try out their own ideas. They did not want to be mere robots
in Rogers' science fiction world.

"The doubt and constraint they felt in Technianity became focused when
Kitty discovered to her immense anger that the session rooms were bugged.
She accused her superiors of listening in on her sessions through hidden
microphones. If they were in fact doing this, it was to make sure that she
and other therapists performed correctly and gave their clients 100% Standard
Tech. There had been no complaints about her or Edwsard. Both of them
were considered excellent therapists. They felt the bugging was an invasion
of their privacy which neither of them could accept. They left Technianity,
according to Edward parting amicably with the Technianity organization."
Ron Newman

Bainbridge on Bugging Auditing Rooms
Declaration of Joseph Yanny
Testimony of L Ron Hubbard's son:

"I'm the one who originated the bugging of auditing rooms in the Hubbard Guidance Center in Washington, D.C. so we could pick up on what was going on in an auditing session. And what I told everybody at the-time was that most of the people that worked in the Hubbard Guidance Center -- the Hubbard Guidance Center was the auditing department. It was the -- where people got their auditing."

"There was of course no way of knowing whether
you were being watched at any given moment."
- George Orwell, 1984 (b. 1903)

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