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Meet Maria Pia Gardini

Glossary of terms for declarations


Supporting documents list

Provided as a courtesy to our readers by Jeff Jacobesen, LMT Librarian
March 4, 2001

Definition of terms

Audit - The Scientology term for the A Scientologist runs procedures on another Scientologist to complete course work.  The person running the procedure is an auditor.

Auditor -- In Scientology, this is the term for the person who acts as the
counselor or therapist, asking questions in an "auditing session" which the
patient, called a "preclear" in Scientology, must answer. Written records,
called worksheets, are kept of every session.
C/S or Case Supervisor -- This person is in charge of overseeing the auditing
sessions of Scientology preclears. The C/S reviews the worksheets after each
session to make sure the auditor is conducting the auditing session properly
Class VIII, Class IX -- these are designations for levels of auditor training.
A Class VIII auditor is qualified to audit almost every type of auditing
procedure in Scientology. 
Clear -- a milestone on Scientology's "Bridge to Total Freedom" in which a
person is supposed to be free of their Reactive Mind. Once the person is Clear
they are ready to move on to the super-secret Operating Thetan, or OT levels.
CMO -- stands for Commodore's Messenger Organization. When L. Ron Hubbard began
the Sea Organization on the refurbished ship, the Appollo, he put all the
children to work as his messengers. These children were to take Hubbard's
orders to the crew of the ship and make sure his orders were complied with.
Even after the Sea Org moved to land-based headquarters, these Commodore's
Messengers continued to act as direct messengers for Hubbard. When Hubbard had
to go into hiding to avoid incarceration, the Commodore's Messenger
Organization took over control of Scientology and controls it, under the
direction of David Miscavige, to this day.
CLO -- Continental Liaison Office. This is the middle management unit for each
Scientology management area. There is a CLO Western United States (called CLO
WUS) in Los Angeles and a CLO Eastern United States (CLO EUS) in New York, for
example, as well as a CLO France in Paris, a CLO Germany in Munich, and a CLO
Italy in Milano. 

CSW � stands for Completed Staff Work. In Scientology there is a specific procedure one must go through to get permission for anything from being absent from work to go to the dentist to transferring from one job to another. The form itself is called a CSW. It is also used as a verb, as in "I have to CSW to be able to go to my mother's funeral."

FSM � Field Staff Member.  By definition, a Scientologist who makes a 10-15% commission on every person he/she gets to take courses or purchase Scientology material [HCOPL 5 June 1968 Issue III "F.S.M. Commissions"]. In practice, FSMs get commissions on any kind of money they can get someone to pay to Scientology. For example, an FSM gets a commission if they can get someone to donate money to translate Scientology materials into another language, or, as in Maria's case, to send auditors for training at Flag.

Flag - When Hubbard decided to return to land, the first place he ordered the Sea Org to move into was Clearwater, Florida. The Sea Org bought the Fort Harrison Hotel (under a pseudonym, the United Churches of Florida) for cash.The ship "the Appollo" had been the Scientology Flagship, so the Fort Harrison Hotel became the Flag Land Base.

FSO -- stands for Flag Service Organization. This is the part of the Flag Land
Base that is responsible for delivering all the auditing and training to the
paying public Scientologists.  
HCO -- stands for Hubbard Communications Office. In a Scientology organization
HCO is the division that is responsible for personnel, communications (mail,
etc.) and ethics. When people talk about being sent to ethics, they also
sometimes refer to it as being sent to HCO.

 LRH � L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology.

MAA -- stands for Master at Arms. An Ethics Officer is called an MAA in a Sea
Org installation. Hubbard assigned terms from the U.S. Navy to many positions
in the Sea Org, such as Super Cargo, Commanding Officer, Master at Arms, etc.
OSA -- Office of Special Affairs. What used to be known as the Guardian's
Office, until the indictments of the late 1970s forced Hubbard to order the
name changed for public relations and legal reasons. OSA is responsible for all
matters relating to the outside, or "wog" world. This includes public relations
and media handling, litigation and all legal matters, and intelligence
gathering, including the disposal of anyone deemed an Enemy of Scientology.

OT VII Operating Thetan level 7.  The OT levels are designed to solve a Scientologist�s spiritual problems of having other spirits fused onto his or her own.  The highest course level in Scientology currently is OT VIII.

Registrar -- called a reg (pronounced redge) in Scientology, this is the person
who is responsible for getting a person to pay for more auditing, training, or
other donations. In practice, the reges are some of the most ruthless
individuals in the Scientology hierarchy, using a wide range of coercive
methods to force a person to give up as much of their money as possible.
Sea Org - The Sea Organization. This is an unincorporated group of the most
dedicated Scientologists who sign billion-year contracts and agree to work for
room and board and a small weekly allowance. Everyone in Scientology management
is a member of the Sea Org. The Sea Org, under David Miscavige's direction, has
complete power over all branches, both for-profit and nonprofit, of the
Scientology hierarchy. 
Super Power Project -- the Super Power building is a massive project being
constructed in downtown Clearwater, Florida. Scientologists from all over the
world have been required to make large donations to this project. One
"cornerstone" costs $35,000, for example.
WOG - this is a derogatory term in Scientology for anyone who is not a
Scientologist. Hubbard took the term from the derogatory term for someone of
Asian descent, "worthy oriental gentleman."



 �2) In June of 1996 I was held against my will in the Scientology, Clearwater,
Florida facility and "ordered" to pay $7,400 before they would let me out
of the room. I did not want to pay for what the two staff members insisted
I must have, and what ensued was a verbal battle, emotional trauma and
an attempt at financial extortion. After a time I managed to escape the
physical detention, but two "Sea Org" members chased me right out into
the streets of Clearwater to try to recapture me. I did not pay the money. This
incident is on file with the Clearwater Police Department.�

[Michael Pattinson statement <address deleted> Beverly Hills, Ca 90211 20 September 1997 found at ]

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"Church settles lawsuit:Settlement terms not disclosed"

by Pat Dunnigan

Tampa Tribune Pinellas North

 May 1 1991

CLEARWATER - The Church of Scientology has settled its lawsuit with a Michigan man who said church representatives pressured him into paying more than $13,000 for services, church attorney Paul B.Johnson said Tuesday.

Mark Lweandowski said in the lawsuit that church representatives interrogated him for more than four hours in December 1989 and wouldn't let him leave until he agreed to pay $2,000 for a lifetime church membership.

He was seeking to have that money - and subsequent payments of $6,000, $2,200 and $3,100 - returned. He claimed the money was obtained from him through "the use of fraud, duress and misrepresentation."

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Akron Beacon Journal

January 21, 1990

by Richard Weizel, Beacon Journal business writer

(c) 1995 Akron Beacon Journal. All rts. reserv.

A spokesman for the church's San Francisco mission, August Murphy, did not dispute that Mrs. Geary was taken by Scientologists to a cabin in California in the fall of 1988. And he agreed that the church had made a cash settlement offer to the Gearys, because it was church policy to 'return donations' when members choose to leave.

The Gearys say the result of her captivity was devastating. Mrs. Geary said she was a victim of sleep and food deprivation and was pushed against walls and onto a bed when she protested and demanded to be set free.

'I tried to escape from the cabin several times, but they wouldn't let me leave,' she said. 'They just kept saying they wanted us to give them more money and that I needed to be alone.' [http://www.lisamcpherson.org/geary.htm]

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Los Angeles Times

Part 2: The Selling of a Church*

Church Markets Its Gospel with High-Pressure Sales

(Monday, 25 June 1990, page A1:1)

Like all Scientology staffers, a registrar's productivity is evaluated each week. Performance is judged by how much money he or she brings in by Thursday afternoon. And, in Scientology, declining or stagnant productivity is not viewed benevolently, as former registrar Roger Barnes says he learned.

"I remember being dragged across a desk by my tie because I hadn't made my (sales quota)," said Barnes, who once toured the world selling Scientology until he had a bitter break with the group.

Barnes and other ex-Scientologists say that this uncompromising push to generate more money each week places intense pressure on registrars.

Another former Scientology salesman in Los Angeles said he and other registrars would use a tactic called "crush regging." The technique, he said, employed no elaborate sales talk. They repeated three words again and again: "Sign the check. Sign the check."

"This made the person feel so harassed," he said, "that he would sign the check because it was the only way he was going to get out of there."

*Note: This entire article can be seen athttp://www.lisamcpherson.org/LMT/LAT-2A.htm

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