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Costa Rica – 11:11am on 11-11-11

The completely ignored and unprosecuted assault and battery of Scott Gordon by international criminal, Randall Sobrado Zamora.


Randall Sobrado Zamora [Costa Rica]

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Do you know where you were at 11:11 on 11-11-11?

I do.  I was at the county tax office in the province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica, processing tax registrations for some clients of mine with the left side of my face and hands scuffed up and swelling from an assault just an hour earlier, out at the property.

Bravely carrying on.  Servicing my clients as promised and putting off the long drive north to the prosecutor’s office to file a report on the assault which the local police in their terror of this criminal, had to be made to even take notes on.

Trying to pretend that all was “ordinary.”

But all was most certainly not ordinary.

I pointed to the clock and said in Spanish that this was “once-once en once del once dos mil once” and, amused as he also was by the realization that everything was “11’s,” he noticed the damage to my face and wanted me to explain what happened.  I began to tell him in brief, the story that I will quote below.

For it is also true that I had received an intense, mind-destroying, reverse Scientology procedure and survived it, and meanwhile still not as fully recovered from that as I am now, received gang-up suppressive “justice” from my own teammates with whom I had served years to help.

This falls under the category of “treasonous neglect of staff cases and morale” for which reason I will never, ever participate in any Hubbard-policy organization again, in or out of the “church.”

Any promises Hubbard ever made to handle staff cases are not only contradicted, but over-ruled by Hubbard’s numerous, authoritarian policies granting carte-blanche immunity for his top executives to operate by whim – free from any effective checks and balances and superseded only by his arbitrary and all-too-often capricious, “Sea Org Missionaires” who are granted unlimited ethics protection.

I will not go into more on that here, as I am planning future articles to illustrate the point.  In brief, something went horribly awry in the summer of 1964, after which politics, power and money began to overtake the original help and service ministry of the Scientology movement.  Such policies, out of alignment with the highest administration scale points of its stated Goals and Purposes, stand as a continual invitation to the type of abuse that David Miscavige has become infamous for.

In short, Hubbard promises of “security” and “ethics protection” for a principled staffmember like myself were as empty as his 1.1 smiling over overboarded subservients being humiliated (broken in spirit) on the Apollo ship, on his authoritative whim (illegally training students using engramic fear).

Also not well-known to those still steeped in the myths that Hubbard spun and various members of the church embellished as “common knowledge” is the fact that the PTS/SP (Potential Trouble Source and Suppressive Person) technology was left incomplete and the real remedy (getting what the person him/herself is doing* or has postulated, to provoke such a situation) was carefully left out of technical bulletins on the subject (outside of occasional hints), until it was eventually re-packaged as a Flag-only Rundown known as the “New Vitality Rundown” and, though simple to understand and highly effective to run, instead of being made known to Scientologists who needed the simple truth and correct indications, out of greed and effort to monopolize for “control=income” purposes – was strictly and secretly limited to Flag delivery as a “last resort” for PTS situations which somehow managed to make it past the Ethics Officers who – if one wasn’t  wealthy (“Flag Public”) – often shunted such “Potential Sources of Trouble” right out the door they had walked in, in hopes of help.

(*NOT necessarily, an actual “overt” or “out-ethics situation” as was forcefully prescribed in his infamous 10 May PL, “Ethics and Executives”)

[I will have to give in another article, the events leading up to this tragic experience, but suffice it to say that I was indeed, made quite “PTS” – a Potential Trouble Source to $cientology Incorporated – for attempting to deliver common, simple auditing within my training level, free of charge, to others in need.  I had also applied auditing technology to myself and that is another story.  It was solo auditing I had been doing, and was now under watch (by my wife who had reported me) to prevent me continuing further (under penalty of declare and expulsion), although being actually the one thing that had really helped me cope and had prevented anything like this from taking place a whole lot sooner.]

I was under the duress of being expelled from Scientology, and expelled from my house where all my possessions were (and residing with my wife of 8 years), under a mix of false and misunderstood reports which I was not ever permitted to confront my accusers about.

So here is my story as written the day after, and edited only slightly for clarity:

Yesterday while standing before a gate that I’ve always used to enter the properties, for work on caring for teak trees, I was brutally assaulted by an unknown (at first) large male with a back-up partner (still unidentified) who claimed he owned the entire set of properties (even though duly registered under various owner names). In other words, “ganged-up on” me, found there alone, as the only thing in the way of a highly illegal “land-grab.”

Not only was I taken completely by surprise (the assault was without any attempt to clarify what I was doing there, whatever) but I am sure that had I fought back in my defense it would have been used as a pretext for his continued hammering on me, up to the point that I could have been killed [the coward had an accomplice working from his truck, where there were guns as a back-up].

In an attempt to protect their fraudulent intentions of using a corrupt judicial system to steal land, I was also for good measure, robbed of my evidence-gathering materials and other personal items, a cellphone with camera, a video camera, and my work machete.

After I managed to avert further beating, during the episode my car was also rammed and steered into the ditch, and while I went off to get help, the driver’s side car window was smashed in completely. The fact I had finally abandoned the scene as they had wanted, was apparently not enough for them. Luckily, in all the confusion, I had at least thought to take away my work briefcase which contained my passport and other valuable papers.

After a frustrating attempt to at least get the local corrupted police to identify the partner (we at least now knew who the assailant was), I went to report the matter to the area prosecutor, only to find Randall Sobrado Zamora himself – the assailant – right there coolly filing a report of his own with… the District Attorney! (“prosecutor”) Buddy-buddy.

[EDIT 1 – oops – linked photo has been scrubbed from the Internet, along with the news article that it came from] [EDIT 2 – thanks to help from a friend, this article was found and the photo re-captured]


Randall Sobrado Zamora – internationally wanted criminal – for many years ran gangs who forcibly stopped vehicles on the Pan-American “highway” (2-laned road) and robbed them of their possessions.

You can perhaps imagine the sinking feeling of utter betrayal.

I took the opportunity to go out into the parking lot and ID their vehicle, though that same partner was now standing guard over it, still refusing to identify himself.

Finally, when Randall was done with his false testimony and walking out with his wrap-around sunglasses removed, I looked into the cold, light-blue eyes without soul, and calmly said his name “Randall Sobrado.”  It was the answer to the only question I had asked before earlier being punched squarely 3 times in the right-side cheek and thrown to the ground in a blind-rage when he found me still standing. He had no reply for that, and couldn’t even manage a smile, as he was obviously caught off guard and was not about to risk a confrontation with me in the prosecutor’s office.

But an even greater surprise awaited when I on a whim, did a search last night on the Internet and found that I was indeed dealing with the “real deal.”  At a level far above what I had expected at that tense moment when I stood there waiting for someone to demonstrate to me why they thought they had a right to block me out from making my living on duly registered and privately-owned lots.

RECOVERED VERSION OF SCRUBBED ARTICLE – http://www.aldia.cr/ad_ee/2007/junio/30/sucesos1150970.html

The article [now scrubbed from the Internet – but recovered thanks to the work of a friend] is in Spanish, but this is the guy. The eyes look dark but this is because “blue” is missing from the color of the photo.

He is a hardened, seasoned criminal. And he knows where to find me, from easily searched registration info off our license plates.  Obviously he has free and easy access to the judicial system (his father is a prominent judge in the province, and his brother an attorney), despite a deep criminal background.

Worse, he has corrupted the judicial system (he is a son of a judge and brother of a lawyer) of AN ENTIRE AREA of an established national country.

The article reveals that he had been in charge of gangs for years, who robbed motorists on the main inter-American highway using faked accidents and other entrapment schemes, including defrauding insurance companies with one staged accident after another.

This means that the first few years I was here on Costa Rica, reading day after day about notorious, unsolved highway danger, I was unknowingly reading about this very same character, as being the driving force behind ALL of them (if he were not behind all of them, you would have to count that he would tolerate copy-cat operations on “his turf”). One guy with the ability not just to throw around his ill-gotten money to control a major area and corrupt its judicial system, but to terrorize the countryside with brutal and vicious assaults on unsuspecting motorists, whether locals or vacationers.

Obviously a fellow of this character has amassed a number of enemies.  But equally obvious is the fact that none have yet bested him and put period to his criminality.

My experience with the judicial process was horrible and humiliating.  The incompetence and corruption were beyond my wildest dreams. This small developing country with all its display of peace, has yet to attain more than the faintest shadow of justice, its necessary counterpart. Peace while a good start, is practically worthless without it.

By the way, in case you are wondering why I might have been brave (but stupid) enough to take the front gate on my own, that was not the original plan. The poor, humble fellow who I had been employing to help with the teak care work, chickened out on our previously agreed-upon plan for he and his compañero to follow me in on foot not too far behind, to at least witness the actions that were to take place. He never showed [Randall Sobrado burned him out of his house a few days later, adding arson to his list of crimes before robbing my client landowners of hundreds of thousands worth of teak trees].

So guess what? This Randall Sobrado can now hire witnesses to claim I threatened him with a machete and/or had crossed over into the gated lot. I have no witnesses of my own.

He openly bragged in front of the police (that I had called in after the assault), that he was going to assert by report, that I “threatened him with my machete” (I never once had one in hand). He then threatened me again, and again – to kill me – right in front of the police, stating I would “find out what happens” the next time he found me there in the area.

I drove home with a missing window, from the prosecutor’s office that night – knowing Randall and his accomplice were on the road ahead and that I was an easy target for an “accident” or another one of their perfected car-jackings.

Finally back home – alive – that night

I am doing all I can to protect my family while I am here, but this illegal shut-out from my work has been going on for weeks and I haven’t been able to complete vital products needed to move forward. Not to mention that guns are not cheap here.

I was already on my way back to the states for a visit, but depending on this and various other factors, I may not be back here in Costa Rica with my family anytime soon. There is very little else I can do around here to earn a living.

But I am very concerned about my family and their safety in the future.

I am almost completely recovered already. The car is getting cleaned up and fixed. My life goes on.

Scott Gordon – November 12, 2011


  • Postscript – December 2011 – I ran out the incident in solo session, and then again with my co-audit twin.  I also went on to do the PTS Rundown with my co-audit twin and was able to get on with my life, starting over from almost nothing.   I have neither forgiven nor retaliated against, Randall Sobrado Zamora.  I do not wish him well.


  • Postscript – December 2018 – six years later Randall Sobrado Zamora has succeeded in scrubbing documentation of his criminal history and has intimidated courts and judges in the province so thoroughly that even a civil lawsuit would not come to court.  It is clear that this area of Costa Rica (the same used for CIA drugs-for-arms trafficking) is a cowardly, despicable haven for criminal bullies to run amok and that its leaders are not courageous enough to make it part of a friendly, peaceful nation.  (There is a sacred masculine principle of defense from violence that unheeded, will place its people at the mercy of thieves and brigands to its utter ruination.)

    I would not at all be the least bit surprised if his criminal activities led him to recruitment by the American CIA and that he has been rewarded for it – aided and abetted in his theft of an entire, coastal mountainside of properly-registered land stolen from hundreds of individual retirement investors.


  • June 2019 – I am making this post public for the first time, ever.  Randall Sobrado Zamora’s days are numbered, but the real vendetta is on those who cynically used the violence of government authority to harass and intimidate me.  We are in fact, now finding CIA connections (John Hull) from the Iran-Contra years that implicate his family:

Juan Jose Sobrado, Hull’s lawyer, has reduced his defense on these counts to a simple interpretation of Costa Rican law: “Hostile acts,” the lawyer contends, means nothing less than shooting into Nicaragua and drawing retaliatory fire–something of which his client is not accused.

Turning “Auditors” into “Inquisitors”???


In September 2004 I returned to CCDallas for 6 weeks, for a “Leaving Staff Security Check” (ordinarily a requirement for leaving an area “with clean hands and a clear conscience”).

Scott Gordon – DSA Costa Rica – 2004-2009

In this case, I wasn’t being ordered to do one, but it was “policy,” I was going to follow it and hey – I wanted one.  Why?  I don’t know, except I did not feel good about the way things had gone the last years I was there, and I thought it was probably something about “me” (maybe something I “did” – something that I hadn’t looked at?) that would “make me feel better” if I found it.

A typical, humble, self-effacing reaction, for a responsible staff member.

With no one immediately available to do it, I went into the Academy to complete a course on “handling suppression” (3rd time through, due to changing versions) and then resume my auditor (counselor) training – learning to operate an “e-meter.”

For various reasons, not the least of which was the pressure of my post as DSA (Director of Special Affairs), guarding the “church” from outside harmful influence, it had been quite some time since I had been smoothly “flying” through an auditor training course.  I had done this same metering practice drill – and delivered successful auditing – so many times before in the past.

But now I was having a rough time doing the drill – barking at the meter, desperately prying with an aggressive, accusative tone – in a misguided effort to “make it read.”

My attitude towards persons had undergone a change.  The spread of the David Miscavige “toughness” RTC valence (“cold-chrome steel”) was beginning to affect me.

david miscavige on nightline

“Tough Guy”

According to some of my security-minded superiors, I had been too “reasonable”* in handling “security risks” and was being too “trusting” of others and was treating them “too much like a chaplain would.”

(*reasonable – using excuses not to confront a reality)

Several ordered trips out to Los Angeles (always at least partially, at my own financial expense, and definitely at my own expense in terms of peace of mind), served to reinforce the conditioning.  The last two out of three visits I had missed return flights home, in spite of stressful racing through traffic, because there was always “one more thing to handle” before I could be “allowed to go.”  This was just more expense, humiliation, and only developed more, unnecessary traffic for me in my crazy-schedule-life as schoolteacher by day and DSA by night.

In retrospect, what was being looked for as some “ideal” valence (personality) I suppose, must have been to be more like our “hero-savior” David Miscavige with his cold-chrome steel, maniacal obsession with making people “Keep Scientology Working” – all 10 points carved in…  cold-chrome steel.

Religious Technology Corporation
“Cold-chrome Steel”

Whatever that means!

Loren Spethman

So anyway, the supervisor at the time (Loren Spethman – now my co-audit twin) wisely observed that my communication attitude needed “adjusting”.  And so, being that Loren was a nice guy, he gently (and successfully) helped me adjust my attitude on my own self-determinism, by showing me a little-known reference that was to change my entire outlook and recover my lost understanding of auditing:

You are acting suspiciously.  He feels it.  He of course has overts all over the track.  You are restimming* them by being suspicious.  You are not running O/W* but appear to be trying to, so processes are mixing…

…don’t act like a detective! An auditor is a detective only when doing O/W on a pc that won’t give.

– LRH – HCOB 29 Oct 72 – XDn Series 17 – CASE K

Wow.  Exactly.

“Scott (I says to myself as I re-read the passage in a state of disbelief), WTF are you doing???”  “Remember… you know, auditing? … you know… like caring for… helping, the person in front of you?”

Uh… WTF were you thinking???

Right then and there, and from that point on, I stopped imitating Golden Age of Tech robots and put some warmth back in to my communication.  The meter responded nicely.  Back to the drill and back to being an “auditor,” not a “detective.”

E-meter set-up

In my remaining several years of training and auditing while holding my staff post in Costa Rica, I would have to revisit this reference time and again as the worsening environment made it difficult to overcome what I knew in my heart, to be a very wrong approach.

I was not, I reasoned, an “inquisitor,” though there were times that I would catch myself in session going to the very edge of such a dramatization.  Well, you know, this was how others coming back from Flag were “auditing,” and how they were starting to “audit” me…

It would be years before I was to learn the background of such inappropriate counseling attitudes and how they entered a “help” subject.  I didn’t know it at the time, but that short but powerful, admonition from the old man himself, was to become a giant step on the road to salvaging my auditing (and all that I’d learned about it) from the growing insanity that was taking hold of lower organizations like mine.

Now back to my introduction, because auditors had been made so scarce, by the way, I wasn’t able to get the security check I came to Dallas for in the 6 weeks I allotted, even though I had flown up at my own expense to do it (spending my meager annual staff salary many times over).  And this was no vacation for me – I stayed busy those 6 weeks holding my old DSA CCDallas post on a volunteer basis.  So near the end of the visit the Executive Director on the last day could only say, “Look, as far as I’m concerned, this is a transfer – you don’t really need a security check to go on from here.”

True enough.    I was contracted staff on post at a pioneer-area mission in Central America, and we were the “next, Ideal Org!”  (uh… still waiting…)

But what I really wanted – needed – was some kind – any kind, of a session after all those years doing without.  Any auditing… was better than no auditing…

Actually, as I realize now, I had never really recovered from the special “rollback” reverse scientology “auditing” that had been run on me over two years earlier.  So as her words of explanation for no auditing this time faded, I began sinking once again, into an all-too-familiar state of disappointment.  At moments like these, being “just a staffmember!” (as a Celebrity Center Int staff member so snidely put it to me once – “oh, you’re just a staffmember!”) seemed a little like being “dirt” on the sidewalk.

Still, I wanted to be an auditor, and I wanted auditing.  After all, I could clearly see that the bulk of the trouble orgs were getting into (and DSAs were called upon to handle) was caused by a lack of intelligent application of the brilliant and workable spiritual technology of founder L. Ron Hubbard and so, I went back to Costa Rica and was good for another 5 years of work-for-no-real-pay.

Auditors (Counselors) in Scientology are the backbone of its practice of individual and social betterment.

Loren Spethman audits Scott Gordon

Auditing works, and it often works miracles.  Such miracles in fact, that were you to consult any serious adherent, these miracles experienced would themselves account for the dedication – even the occasional fanaticism – of those who had experienced them.

Auditing is based on the magic of communication.  But it goes way beyond the “feel-good” of talk therapy, or the “relief” experienced in getting a good acknowledgement from a friend.  The skillful use of special techniques such as repetitive questioning, and the use of an e-meter to identify precise areas of upset, can create with auditing, a concentrated release of “charge” (emotional affect, or tension) that can bring the person up to a state of enthusiasm which can persist in life as a nice – even more or less, permanent – “gain” in really living abundantly.  For many, these “gains” register as increased intelligence, alertness and health.

Attackers and critics of the subject err in theorizing that the “cult” element of Scientology and its adherents comes from “conditioning” or “suggestion.”  That certainly does occur in any closed group.  However, it does not adequately account for the above-average tolerance for stupidity and abuse, despite above-average intelligence, found in most of those attracted to the teachings and practice of Scientology.

(At least it was that way in times past!)

Scientology works so well in fact, that the unscrupulous have made quite a cult out of it!

Modern Radical Corporate Scientology, as chaotically and arbitrarily devised under the dictatorship of David Miscavige (usurper of the fortune and legacy of founder L. Ron Hubbard), uses a number of tricks to accomplish this.

One of these being that it is hard at work making the few auditors left (and even fewer in-training) into a corps of fanatics more fit to be “inquisitors,” than spiritual counselors.

Some of the points of the Auditor’s Code are as follows:

1.   I promise not to evaluate for the preclear or tell him what he should think about his case in session.

2.   I promise not to invalidate the preclear’s case or gains in or out of session.

14.   I promise to grant beingness to the preclear in session.

16.  I promise to maintain communication with the preclear and not to cut his comm or permit him to overrun in session.

17.  I promise not to enter comments, expressions or enturbulence into a session that distract a preclear from his case.

22.  I promise never to use the secrets of a preclear divulged in session for punishment or personal gain.

These points, among the most critically important points which establish a trusting relationship between counselor and client, are regularly and routinely violated in today’s “church,” in order to accomplish what David Miscavige has thoroughly re-instituted as “security checking” (once completely abolished by L. Ron Hubbard in 1969 reforms) in an insane preoccupation with “security.”

His security.

The end product has been an alteration in the basic, fundamental purpose of auditing from “making a person more free and powerful,” into, “making each other be good” (the actual, basic purpose for the practice of  IMPLANTING*).

*IMPLANTING – the use of pain, drugs, sensation and/or hypnosis to bypass conscious awareness of a being and “implant” thoughts and emotions that are not his and that will react on the person under “triggers” known as “associative restimulators”

This process has been slowly accomplished over a long period of time, wherein subtle changes were introduced through the mechanisms of authoritarian “altitude”* and “verbal tech” :

*altitude – status and authority which brings about increased ability to influence one



  • making “sure” of a floating needle (which understanding could not be simpler, unless your certainty has been invalidated) – by blanket accusation (as DM did at the Golden Age of Tech release 1996) that “we know you auditors are calling floating needles that are not” (calculated to confuse and guaranteed to miss withholds)
  • redefinition of “floating needle” – arguments over whether the needle floated “long enough” to be valid despite LRH teaching that a floating needle could be “fleeting” and easily missed if not watched for
  • using videos to establish what is an “instant read” (on the e-meter) when LRH never ordered that – introducing a confusion of arbitraries
  • ordering Flag auditors and C/Ses to security check higher-level cases despite being an interruption of a person doing well, in direct contradiction to a published LRH bulletin saying not to – issuing non-LRH contradictory orders to make these into “regular 6-mos. checks”

What is the actual intention behind all this?


Lying to control people and make a lot of  money.

Lust for power.

And worse.

For a person who continues to physically batter his executives, lock good people up in violation of their human rights, destroy lives, wreck families and even throw his own wife away to penal bondage so he can roam free to commit adultery…

David Miscavige w. girlfriend

Photo doctored for effect – depicts an actual report

What your donations buy?

Eventually it may very well come to this:

L. Ron Hubbard warned that one fundamental computation of a suppressive being (in Christian terms, “D.M.onic”) is:

everybody dead so I can be safe

It’s only a matter of time before the spiritual gains he once received in doing actual Scientology auditing, which gave him an extended ability to operate powerfully, which he then abused, are utterly lost.  It’s only a matter of time.

He has already destroyed the ability for a human being to benefit from the skilled counseling of auditing which has the potential to raise mankind out from eons of disastrous implanting and into recognition of the basic goodness of the being:

On the day we can fully trust each other, there will be peace on Earth.

– L. Ron Hubbard, Writer and Philosopher

And then sadly, we could soon witness the too-often tragic and usually destructive end of what used to be an organization capable of freeing beings.

We just hope and pray that more beings don’t get hurt in the process.

Because David Miscavige has made this organization into:

An abusive cult

Brought to you by his royal…


*reasonable = the cult definition of “reasonable” was originally intended to mean “explaining away irrational circumstances,” but has come to mean, “reasoning about it” instead of merely “following orders” – no kidding!
*overts = harmful acts
*restimming = restimulating
*O/W = overts and withholds auditing (confession of harmful acts and those withheld, originally for the relief of the person restraining self from reaching)
*IMPLANTING = the practice of inserting commands and/or any other control mechanisms below the awareness of another being
*altitude = a upward difference in perceived level of ability (see also: “authority”)