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What Took Apart My Family?


It was a sad day in December 2012 when I realized that the founder of my “religion” of 18 years was in reality, the architect of the break-up of my family.  That L. Ron Hubbard himself, was the engineer of the policies we were expected to follow…

I began to write this post in December of 2012, the month that I was in Costa Rica retrieving what was left of my possessions from where I had lived for 8 years, having already sold or got rid of most of what I owned to relocate there in 2004.  I even cashed out my teacher retirement in order to donate money to the church.

I am posting this now – one whole year later – having finally gotten up the courage to do so.  (No one can say that I did not take the time to find the real truth of the matter.)

As an admirer of an effective technology developed under his direction, I was a devoted follower of L. Ron Hubbard for 19 years when I finally had this realization.

Knowing that I could be offending a lot of people who still think as I once did, that Hubbard was a “saint” beyond reproach, I’ve long held my tongue.

No more.

It was a sad day for me in December of 2012 that my wife of 8 years – both of us Scientologists – cut off all communication between us and even with her two sons – even though one was not a Scientologist and wanted to stay in contact with me.  All of them were my family for 7 years – through good times and bad.  It was then that she finally completed the process required of her by the church, known as “DISCONNECTION.”

I had been a volunteer missionary who defended the church there, using my time and at my own expense, with very little compensation ever received.  I spent the prime of my life doing this.

Because I could no longer shut my eyes to the corrupt side of L. Ron Hubbard’s Scientology, I lost everything I had worked for there.

For the past 30 years, Scientology has been run by government-sanctioned mafioso, David Miscavige, a young, ruthless punk, hand-picked by L. Ron Hubbard himself – well before his death in January 1986 – to hire the very best IRS-connected attorneys and re-organize Scientology to “make money… and… make more money,” going through all torturous manifestations of criminal evasion in order to not lose any to the government tax authority – the IRS.  Miscavige was carrying out the orders and advices of his mentor, L. Ron Hubbard, but with his own designs on assuming power and total control of the religion and its followers.

All this was to further the long pattern of religious cloaking which helped to conceal their criminal acts – not only those actions ordered by them against those whom they designated “enemies,” but ongoing criminal acts of inurement (misappropriation of donations) against their own parishioners!

But despite the fact that David Miscavige has taken this criminality sanctioned by “religious doctrine” to new extremes, it was L. Ron Hubbard who designed, implemented and maintained almost every aspect, rule and policy of the religious group/cult known as Scientology as still practiced today.

I lost my family to his cruel, anti-life policy known as “Disconnection.”

Now as I also discovered then in December 2012, at the same time I was losing my family, sometime back in 1983, L. Ron Hubbard wrote a dispatch ordering that ‘Disconnection’ be re-instated as policy for the Scientology religion, knowing full well the trouble it had brought him with governments in the late 1960’s, when he’d officially canceled the policy, and even promised a government in an official letter that:

 “the Board of Directors of the Church of Scientology …have no intention of re-introducing this policy”


“I can see no reason why this policy should ever be re-introduced, as an extensive survey in the English speaking countries found that this practice was not acceptable.” – LRH 

– this is from a letter sent to “The Commission of Enquiry into Scientology in New Zealand” on 26 Mar ’69 by  L. Ron Hubbard.

L. Ron Hubbard LIED!

(Not to mention the “Code of REFORM” from August 1968 that led to the decision of “Cancellation of disconnection as a relief to those suffering from familial suppression.”)

Now, before anyone says that story of the ‘Disconnection’ policy reinstatement is a flimsy basis for targeting the founder of Scientology, Mr. L. Ron Hubbard himself for knowingly and willingly breaking up families – like mine – in order to create and maintain an insular cult that he would financially benefit from, I have something to share that makes any challenge to that ‘Disconnection’ reinstatement story, completely unnecessary.

The fact that is that completely apart from that revelation by former leaders of the church who witnessed that the re-instatement of ‘Disconnection’ came from Hubbard, I had also came to realize in the course of my researches, that Mr. Hubbard himself knowingly and willingly assigned a pregnant woman to the Rehabilitation Project Force, a rather cruel act, and that years earlier he had built his Sea Organization and firmed up his authoritarian command of it by instituting cruel punishments like “overboarding” ministers-in-training, including elderly women trainees, and forcing a man to push a peanut across a ship’s deck with face bleeding and his wife and kids crying – forced to watch in humiliation.

Add to all that multiple reports of assigning a 5-yr-old boy to 5 days and nights in the cold, terrifying chain locker of his Apollo ship.  (Some reports allege more than one child so assigned, with age of child as young as four years of age.)

You see, sometime before this ‘Disconnection’ hit me full force, I took a new look through an L. Ron Hubbard book entitled “Scientology Ethics” and its origins in 1965 Ethics policies, and I finally reached the inevitable conclusion that more and more people alienated from their loved ones by the use of ‘Disconnection,’ are bound to reach:

-That L. Ron Hubbard, himself, genius that he was, by these actions and in a long-term failure to come clean, nevertheless undid a whole lot of the good he had once done for people in developing a highly workable technology for “helping people help each other.”

-That in 1965, he developed policies, rules and restrictions that taken as a whole, virtually guarantee that  people will be attacked unjustly, cruelly denied help in time of greatest need, and covertly guided into disconnecting from their own friends and family, in order to maintain their “good standing” in his church, which was soon to become a paramilitary cult (very little of which policy was ever necessary to protect the actual technology, but instead was crafted to protect the power of the inner clique, hiding criminal activity and even permitting and condoning criminal activity to do so, which activity has plagued the organization ever since).

Tragically, we find that the very first set of processes (now known as the “Power Processes”) that consistently worked on nearly all persons who received them (many processes had been advertised that way, but these were the first that Hubbard recognized actually met people’s expectations enough to sell with confidence) became his first of many gross violations of his representations and promises made to mankind and to Scientologists, in an essay entitled “My Philosophy.”

By keeping these processes from the field and asserting that they were “dangerous” in the hands of those not trained and trusted members of his organization, L. Ron Hubbard squirreled away critical portions of a workable mental and spiritual technology (“Power Processing”) from mankind, in a bid to build and preserve empire and “make money and… make more money.”

He then, in that same year 1965, developed and used cruel, anti-family policies to cover up his own crimes and his greed in squirreling away processes that actually might have accomplished his stated objective of “clearing the planet” (getting the peoples of earth the tools they would need to overcome the effects of traumatic experiences) but that he instead insisted knowingly under false pretenses, must become and remain, “confidential.”

‘Disconnection’ as a practice of Hubbard’s new 1965 version of Scientology, was not just a policy out of one Policy Letter, but was deeply woven with malice aforethought, throughout many fundamental policies and the false technology of “ethics” – including technically unworkable and outright harmful, “PTS” (Potential Trouble Source) restrictions on auditing (counseling therapy).

I well remember playing the endless game as a Public Divisions staffmember, of presenting someone who really, truly needed help in life and was willing to do anything to get it, being turned away because of some Hubbard policy preventing it.  And at the time, I did not even think to question or blame the founder – no, I rationalized it, and participated – though unwillingly – in crimes against the spirit (“When Help Becomes Betrayal“).

And with that realization, the only real ‘Disconnection’ that I am in need of, is from Hubbard’s false, fake “church” which cloaked in religious trappings and protected by religious exemptions, is organizationally set up to utterly ruin its arbitrarily designated “enemies” (like me) that it creates for those exercising the very free speech and free thought promised in its empty and neglected, “Creed of the Church” and in its rarely-displayed 1968 “(Reform) Code of a Scientologist.”

Okay, yes.  L. Ron Hubbard worked long and hard to assemble a technology that can be put to use to help people.  When done in a safe environment away from criminal organizations, it does work wonders.  I am not without appreciation for the hard work – he was not idle or lazy.   I have no doubt that at various times in his life L. Ron Hubbard worked his heart out for a very decent purpose.

And because of that early diligence, thanks to the tremendous effort in getting it explained to students of the new technology, we will continue putting that large portion of workable technology which resulted, into the hands of people who truly want to help.

But the facts cannot be ignored that this same person willingly destroyed these good works by selfishly indulging in abuse of power for personal gain and organizational supremacy.

Sadly, many people continue to believe that a lot of the above-mentioned and ongoing crimes, were and are, okay, because the “tech works” and so “the end justified the means.”

But as far as I am concerned, the L. Ron Hubbard as author and engineer of this anti-family, anti-life policy, and his mafioso replacement David Miscavige, as the usurper agent of a hostile takeover of Hubbard’s de facto mafia, craftily embedded into religious organization, can just keep all of that phony “code of ethics” nonsense copyrighted in platinum forever.


“‘…if you ever reveal any of this information that I am about to reveal, the consequences will be severe for SCN (Scientology).’

“He then wrote, ‘a person does not blow due [to] Overts or Withholds.  He blows only due to ARC BKs (upsets)’.

“‘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”

 – reportedly written on a secret dispatch by -L. Ron Hubbard, Commodore ~1974


*Grateful acknowledgment to L. Ron Hubbard Library for ineffective prohibition in making these fair use quotes known and published.