This is Photojournalist Fred G. Haseney with his eye on Scientology. For a recent blog (“Happy Thursday Before 2:00 PM“), I took a lot of pictures at the Pacific Area Command Base (“PAC Base” or “Big Blue”), the Church of Scientology’s West Coast headquarters. Today’s blog includes many of those outtakes.


Photo (1) Caption: Exterior view of the parking lot behind the Church of Scientology’s Advanced Organization of Los Angeles, located at 1306 L. Ron Hubbard Way, between Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, in Los Angeles. Two Sea Org members are walking across L. Ron Hubbard Way. The trio of Sea Org members in the picture on the right (circled in “red”) were captured in an earlier blog (“Happy Thursday Before 2:00 PM“).

With this report, I’m focusing on those individuals hopelessly lost in Scientology and its bubble world. If you’re a friend or relative of a dedicated Scientologist Sea Org (“SO”) member, then you may have not seen or heard from that person in a long time (if ever again). To a Scientologist, “clearing the planet” is much more important than maintaining ties with friends, coworkers, employers or family members, especially if they happen to disagree or question Scientology’s motives. All a Scientologist needs to do if faced with whether or not he or she should stay “connected” to someone opposed to Scientology is to lean on the writings of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard.


Photo (2) Caption: Exterior view of the Church of Scientology’s Pacifica Cafe, located on L. Ron Hubbard Way, between Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, in Los Angeles. A man and a woman (most likely Sea Org members) dressed in blue zip pullovers are inspecting a cell phone. Behind them and to their left (circled in “red”) are “twins” on the Survival Rundown (the man in the red jacket is a public Scientologist; the man to his right is a Sea Org member). To the right (circled in “red”) are  a trio of Sea Org members about to enter the Main Building. A public Scientologist sits in front of them, talking on a cell phone.


Photo (3) Caption: Exterior view of the Church of Scientology’s Pacifica Cafe, located on L. Ron Hubbard Way, between Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, in Los Angeles. A pregnant woman, most likely a Scientologist, is inspecting a cell phone.

One such policy asks: “What’s the greatest good for the greatest number of dynamics?” LRH describes life as the urge to survive and breaks it down into eight dynamics or compartments, in an attempt to make it easier to understand and inspect. The First Dynamic, for example, is the individual, and one’s own survival: taking care of one’s body and possessions; the second dynamic is the individual’s family and survival of the family unit through procreation; the third dynamic is the survival of a group that one belongs to or shows allegiance to (in this case, Scientology); the fourth dynamic is survival of mankind; the rest of the dynamics: survival of the animal kingdom (fifth dynamic), the material universe (the sixth), the spiritual universe (seventh) and God or a Higher Power (the eighth dynamic).


Photo (4) Caption: Exterior view of the entrance to the Church of Scientology’s Main Building, located at 4833 Fountain Avenue, between Catalina Street and L. Ron Hubbard Way, in Los Angeles. A female Sea Org member stands on the steps and is talking on a cell phone.

When a person becomes a Scientologist and goes into agreement with LRH’s teachings, he has, in essence, checked his brain at the door. In Scientology there is no doubt that LRH is absolutely right in everything he’s ever written or said. Once you’re a Scientologist, you’re in a well-armored group of like-minded individuals who often see the group as everything and everything else (such as the individual and his/her family) as nothing.


Photo (5) Caption: Exterior view of the entrance to the Church of Scientology’s Main Building, located at 4833 Fountain Avenue, between Catalina Street and L. Ron Hubbard Way, in Los Angeles. A female Sea Org member stands on the steps and is talking on a cell phone.


Photo (6) Caption: Exterior view along Fountain Avenue, between Catalina Street and L. Ron Hubbard Way, in Los Angeles. A Sea Org Security Guard straddles a bicycle; to his left is the “OT,” or “Operating Thetan” logo on the sign of the Advanced Organization of Los Angeles. To his right are two men facing the camera who about to cross L. Ron Hubbard Way. One of those two men is walking a dog. To their right is a balding male Sea Org member with his back to the camera. In the two smaller photos to the right, the balding man is greeting the Security Guard and discussing the fact that his picture is being taken.

The pressure forced upon on a Scientologist to do what LRH would do is incredible. Scientology declares itself the only salvation for mankind and thoroughly intends on “clearing the planet.” Scientology has, is and will be working diligently to infiltrate, overtly or covertly, every group and organization on Earth until its goals are achieved.


Photo (7) Caption: Exterior view along Catalina Street, between Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, in Los Angeles. Two female Sea Org members are walking south on the sidewalk along Catalina St.

A Scientologist works only for the good of the group, never for himself or his family. Without Scientology, a Scientologist realizes, Earth and this sector of the universe is doomed. If on a Scientologist’s left hand rests the survival of his family, and on his right hand rests the survival of Scientology, which hand do you think that person is going to choose?


Photo (8) Caption: Exterior view along Catalina Street, between Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, in Los Angeles. In the all three pictures are two female Sea Org members walking south on the sidewalk along Catalina St. In the two pictures to the right is a female Sea Org member walking north on the sidewalk with her back to the camera.


Photo (9) Caption: Exterior view of the Church of Scientology’s parking lot, along Sunset Boulevard, between L. Ron Hubbard Way and Catalina Street, in Los Angeles. The sign reads: “Open House—All are Welcome,” and the same statement in Spanish, “Casa Abierta—Todos son Bienvenidos.” A female Sea Org member (circled in “red”) is standing in the parking lot. In the distance, is the Pacific Area Command Base (“PAC Base” or “Big Blue”), the Church of Scientology’s West Coast headquarters.

In Scientology, the human body is understood to be a carbon-oxygen machine that runs at 98.6°F of which a spiritual being is engineer. (In Scientology, a spiritual being is called a “thetan.”) The body is a person’s “communication center,” communication which often involves more than just what the person says or writes: it’s also the exchange of energy between one person and another; it’s how the person perceives the world and the universe. Scientologists see Earthlings as motionless until moved, and even then, a mere human just keeps going and going (and going, much like the “Energizer Bunny,” the marketing mascot and icon of Energizer batteries in the United States and Canada) until steered in a a particular direction.


Photo (10) Caption: Exterior view of the Church of Scientology’s parking lot, along Sunset Boulevard, between L. Ron Hubbard Way and Catalina Street, in Los Angeles. In the four photos is a female Sea Org standing in the parking lot, listening to an electronic device.


Photo (11) Caption: Exterior view of the sidewalk along L. Ron Hubbard Way, in front of the Church of Scientology’s American Saint Hill Organization, located at 1413 L. Ron Hubbard Way, between Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, in Los Angeles. In the middle photo is a man wearing a red jacket (circled in “red) and a female Sea Org member dressed in a brown outfit. The first photo is an enlargement of the man’s jacket, which reads, “Pacifica Bridge”; the third photo is of that female Sea Org member, probably a staff member from Bridge Publications, walking north on the sidewalk.

Scientology wants to be the direction in which a human be steered or directed because, if you believe Tom Cruise, they’re the only ones with all the answers.  Scientologists see humans as purposeless individuals who live meaningless lives, much like ships careening toward disaster. Scientologists are led to believe that they are, at least, “Homo novis,” homo meaning “man,” novice meaning “new.” Per LRH, a Homo sapien is a skyscraper below Homo novis; the Homo novis has fantastic capacity to act, to learn, and has attributes most desirable. In Hubbard’s world, Homo sapiens don’t wish to view their past because of what they’ve done, are too concerned about their present, and don’t have a future because of their fear of what lies around the corner. Man is in a condition most horrendous, and once you’re in excellent shape as Scientologist-turned-Homo novis, why, there’s no looking back.


Photo (12) Caption: Exterior view of the Church of Scientology’s Pacifica Cafe, located on L. Ron Hubbard Way, between Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, in Los Angeles. Two men, “twins,” are participating in the Survival Rundown (the man in the red jacket is a public Scientologist; the man to his right holding the clipboard is his “coach” and is a Sea Org member).


Photo (13) Caption: Exterior view of the Church of Scientology’s Pacifica Cafe, located on L. Ron Hubbard Way, between Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, in Los Angeles. A man and a woman (most likely Sea Org members) dressed in blue zip pullovers are inspecting a cell phone. To their immediate left is a man (most likely a public Scientologist) smoking a cigarette, walking north along LRH Way. Behind them are “twins” on the Survival Rundown (the man in the red jacket is a public Scientologist; the man to his right is a Sea Org member).

In Scientology’s bubble world, there is the Emotional Tone Scale: at its bottom (or the lowest tone), we have Homo sapien; near its peak, we have Homo novis and beyond. In the “free” Personality Test (the Oxford Capacity Analysis, or “OCA,” a graph which plots ten personality traits) conducted at places like the Los Angeles Organization (“org”) for people new to Scientology, it’s determined what part of a person’s life is in the “positive” or the “negative.” Scientologists believe that any aspect of a person’s life that’s an OCA “negative” can only be fixed by Scientology.


Photo (14) Caption: Exterior view of the Church of Scientology’s Pacifica Cafe, located on L. Ron Hubbard Way, between Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, in Los Angeles. A male Sea Org member walks north along LRH Way. Behind him (as indicated by the red arrow) are “twins” on the Survival Rundown (the man in the red jacket is a public Scientologist; the man to his right is a Sea Org member).


Photo (15) Caption: Exterior view along Catalina Street, between Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, in Los Angeles. Two Sea Org members (a man and a woman) are walking south on the sidewalk along Catalina St.

Per Hubbard, “The Bridge to Total Freedom” takes someone from Homo sapien to Homo novis and points beyond. At the upper levels of the Bridge are the Operating Thetan (“OT”) Levels that contains the “technology” to give a Homo novis “OT powers.” Up at the top, along with the OT Levels, are the “L’s,” where a Scientologist can find a “new life.” Scientology is the map to an elevated state of existence. One side of the Bridge is training; the other side is auditing: Scientology claims that through auditing, one can regain power and abilities. Along the way, other auditing actions claim to help you “recover” knowledge; to “return” power you once had. A Scientology “Clear” obtains the ability to be in control on the first dynamic.


Photo (16) Caption: Exterior view along Catalina Street, between Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, in Los Angeles. In these three photos, two Sea Org members (a man and a woman) are walking south on the sidewalk along Catalina St.


Photo (17) Caption: Exterior view along Catalina Street, between Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, in Los Angeles. In these three photos, a female Sea Org member is walking south on the sidewalk along Catalina St.

LRH claims that a Scientologist once had something (life, power, control, abilities, etc.) that they “lost” which can be found again only through Scientology. In this way, Scientology resembles a caste system, in which lies the foundation of all of Scientology’s actions, both religious and social. Scientology and its “technology” is “protected” by David Miscavige (“DM”), Chairman of the Board of the Religious Technology Center (“RTC”), which “preserves” the “purity” of Scientology’s religious beliefs and usage.


Photo (18) Caption: Exterior view along Catalina Street, between Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, in Los Angeles. In these three photos, a male Sea Org member (who has noticed that his picture is being taken) is walking south on the sidewalk along Catalina St. Behind him are two female Sea Org members walking together, with one female Sea Org member walking behind them.


Photo (19) Caption: Exterior view along Catalina Street, between Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, in Los Angeles. In these three photos, a male Sea Org member (with “James Bond” good looks) wears a Bluetooth device and is walking south on the sidewalk along Catalina St. Behind him are two female Sea Org members walking together, with one female Sea Org member walking behind them. Following her are three male Sea Org members; in that group, to the left, is a slightly balding man (who I’ve written about before, calling him “Frasier Not”) smoking a cigarette. Until recently, “Frasier Not” had been a Body Router for the Los Angeles Org. One day, he covered his face so as to not get his photo taken, and I haven’t seen him since. “Frasier Not” is, apparently, no longer a Body Router. Perhaps he’s getting a well-deserved rest after months or years of “Front Line Duty” for the Church of Scientology.

Like the caste system of India, Scientology has its own castes. L. Ron Hubbard, its despot, or inventor, sits at the top of this scale, the spot from which David “Let Him Die” Miscavgie rules today. LRH is Scientology’s “god”; DM its “priest.” Sea Org members, Scientology’s working elite, are its second class; dedicated, fanatical warriors who’ve sprung from the very arms of LRH and, to a lesser extent, DM. From the very thighs of Scientology’s god springs the third class of their caste system: Scientologists. Below the Scientologist is the “wog,” the “meat body,” the Homo sapien. Mankind sits at 1.1 (“Covert Hostility”) on LRH’s Emotional Tone Scale, a condition most undesirable. Below that, the Homo sapien is casteless, a vile place where the Homo sapien swims in a sea of blame, shame and regret.


Photo (20) Caption: Exterior view along Catalina Street, between Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, in Los Angeles. In these three photos, a male Sea Org member is reading a document as he walks south on the sidewalk along Catalina St.


Photo (21) Caption: Exterior view along Catalina Street, between Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, in Los Angeles. The photo on the left is the original; the photo on the right is that picture’s enlargement. A male Sea Org member carries a set of jumper cables. Behind him are two female Sea Org members sharing a conversation. Behind them is a lone female Sea Org member. Bringing up the rear are two male Sea Org members followed by a smoking man: “Frasier Not,” formerly a Body Router for the Los Angeles Org. (Say, “Frasier Not”? It appears that the two men to your left don’t appreciate cigarette smoke.)

A Sea Org member holds on this to caste system with such tenacity that it won’t end with this life; a SO member has signed on for a Billion years.


Photo (22) Caption: Exterior view along Catalina Street, between Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, in Los Angeles. In the first picture, a male Sea Org member (the one with “James Bond” good looks in Photo 19) holds a gate open for fellow Sea Org members. To his left are three approaching female SO members, followed by a pair of male SO members. Bring up the rear: “Frasier Not,” formerly a Body Router at Los Angeles Org.

In Scientology’s caste system, the different castes can not intermarry; if you’re a SO member, you marry a SO member. The distinction of Scientology’s caste system is so religiously adhered to and blindly followed that I’ve seen men almost too hungry to move offered a “free” Personality Test or Dianetics Film by Sea Org Body Routers instead of food. If a Homo sapien cannot pull himself up by his own bootstraps, then a Scientologist will not offer him water, lest their cup be defiled. Scientology helps only the “able”; a Scientologist, in general, would rather see Homo sapien suffer than descend their caste system in order to offer aid. Have you ever seen a Scientology soup kitchen or a Scientology thrift store?


Photo (23) Caption: Exterior view along Catalina Street, between Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, in Los Angeles. In the first two photos, a male Sea Org member (“Frasier Not,” formerly a Body Router at Los Angeles Org), is walking south on the sidewalk along Catalina. In the third photo, “Frasier Not” is following two other SO members as they enter a gate. Behind them is a male SO walking toward him while two female SO members walk away, north toward Sunset. (In the middle picture, “Frasier Not” seems to have noticed the cameraman and may have made an abrupt turn to his left instead of continuing his course.)

According to Scientology’s caste system, the child of a Sea Org member is not at liberty to follow any profession or trade they choose. As in the case of Jenna Miscavige Hill, the niece of Scientology’s High Priest, David Miscavige, Sea Org’s children must continue in the manner in which their parents have practiced before them. Sea Org Recruiters sign the seven-year-old children of Sea Org members to Billion year contracts; to do otherwise, a Sea Org child-turned-adult risks excommunication if and when they ask, “Why?”


Photo (24) Caption: Exterior view of the entrance to the Church of Scientology’s Main Building, located at 4833 Fountain Avenue, between Catalina Street and L. Ron Hubbard Way, in Los Angeles. It’s lunch time on a Thursday afternoon, and Sea Org members (circled in “red”) congregate for a smoke, a snack or to share a conversation.


Photo (25) Caption: Exterior view of the entrance to the Church of Scientology’s Main Building, located at 4833 Fountain Avenue, between Catalina Street and L. Ron Hubbard Way, in Los Angeles. It’s lunch time on a Thursday afternoon, and Sea Org members congregate for a smoke, a snack or to share a conversation. The fifth person from the left (the man wearing a gold tie, facing the camera) is smoking an e-cigarette, and holds the device in his left hand.

A young Sea Org Scientologist, when her or she can learn, begins to study Scientology at an early age. All of LRH’s writings are considered divine and sacred; even their grammar is ranked similarly. To an ex-Scientologist or a “never-in,” Scientology is often seen as a dead language; not many people in or out of the Church of Scientology can profess to understand it. Yet a Sea Org member, whose intention is to give their children a good education, would never, ever think of sending them to public school. To do so would be beneath the dignity or caste level of a Sea Org member. Thus the existence of Scientology-owned schools, institutions that barely give credence to the existence of Homo sapien, its history and origin. When a Sea Org member’s child begins to parrot-like repeat Scientology’s sounds, to what degree could they possibly understand what it is that they’re saying?


Photo (26) Caption: Exterior view of the entrance to the Church of Scientology’s Main Building, located at 4833 Fountain Avenue, between Catalina Street and L. Ron Hubbard Way, in Los Angeles. It’s lunch time on a Thursday afternoon, and Sea Org members congregate for a smoke, a snack or to share a conversation. The tall SO member on the right faces the camera after having spotted the cameraman. That guy, incidentally, is smoking a cigarette and holds it in his right hand.


Photo (27) Caption: Exterior view of the entrance to the Church of Scientology’s Main Building, located at 4833 Fountain Avenue, between Catalina Street and L. Ron Hubbard Way, in Los Angeles. It’s lunch time on a Thursday afternoon, and Sea Org members congregate for a smoke, a snack or to share a conversation. The tall SO member on the right is smoking a cigarette. The male SO member fifth from the left takes a drag from an e-cigarette. Counting two people from his left is a female SO member enjoying an apple.

With the “privilege” of having been born into the house of a Scientologist, comes the badge a Scientologist’s child must wear. To be raised in the household of a Scientologist is to be well-versed in Scientology, to be instructed (indoctrinated) in their scriptures and the complicated Scientology system of sacrificial and purificatory rites: the “Bridge to Total Freedom.” The children of Scientology study “virtues” firmly implanted into their young minds by an unremitting observance of Scientology’s rules of conduct.


Photo (28) Caption: Exterior view of the entrance to the Church of Scientology’s Main Building, located at 4833 Fountain Avenue, between Catalina Street and L. Ron Hubbard Way, in Los Angeles. It’s lunch time on a Thursday afternoon, and Sea Org members congregate for a smoke, a snack or to share a conversation.


Photo (29) Caption: Here are three photos. The first and third photo are exterior views of the entrance to the Church of Scientology’s Main Building, located at 4833 Fountain Avenue, between Catalina Street and L. Ron Hubbard Way, in Los Angeles. The male Sea Org member in the first photo might be wondering what I’m doing as he tends to his teeth with a toothpick. The third photo is a female SO member eating an apple. The middle, or second photo, is an exterior view along Fountain Avenue, between Catalina Street and L. Ron Hubbard Way, in Los Angeles. In that photo is a female SO member walking west on the sidewalk along Fountain. Behind her, paralleling LRH Way, is a SO Security Guard straddling a bicycle.

Sea Org member’s children spend their time studying Scientology’s treatises; by doing so, they present oblations to its founder (LRH) and High Priest (DM). A SO member is paid little and offered less in the way of a clothing allowance; suffice it to say that their children endure austerities and privations well beyond that of the children of Homo sapiens.


Photo (30) Caption: Exterior view of the entrance to the Church of Scientology’s Main Building, located at 4833 Fountain Avenue, between Catalina Street and L. Ron Hubbard Way, in Los Angeles. It’s lunch time on a Thursday afternoon, and Sea Org members congregate for a smoke, a snack or to share a conversation. In these three photos are two Sea Org members: in the first two pictures, the woman enjoys an apple; in the third photo, she enjoys her associate’s good sense of humor.


Photo (31) Caption: Exterior view of the entrance to the Church of Scientology’s Main Building, located at 4833 Fountain Avenue, between Catalina Street and L. Ron Hubbard Way, in Los Angeles. It’s lunch time on a Thursday afternoon, and Sea Org members congregate for a smoke, a snack or to share a conversation. The SO members are standing to the right of the building’s front door.

There are offenses which will cause a Scientologist to be expelled, making it impossible for his reinstatement.


Photo (32) Caption: Exterior view of the entrance to the Church of Scientology’s Main Building, located at 4833 Fountain Avenue, between Catalina Street and L. Ron Hubbard Way, in Los Angeles. It’s lunch time on a Thursday afternoon, and Sea Org members congregate for a smoke, a snack or to share a conversation. As in earlier photos, SO members are standing to the left of the building’s front door. Unlike the other pictures, however, the man to the far left is seen smoking a cigarette as is the third person from the left (the gray-haired man).


Photo (33) Caption: Exterior view of the entrance to the Church of Scientology’s Main Building, located at 4833 Fountain Avenue, between Catalina Street and L. Ron Hubbard Way, in Los Angeles. It’s lunch time on a Thursday afternoon, and Sea Org members congregate for a smoke, a snack or to share a conversation. Unlike earlier photos of this group, the second person from the left (the woman) is seen with an apple in her hand. The male SO member with the e-cigarette is taking a drag from it.

An expulsion from Scientology is social ex-communication; it renders a Scientologist dead to the world of Scientology. In losing his Scientological caste, he loses his relations and his friends, even his boss, job and co-workers if he happens to work for a Scientology-owned company. If married with children, he risks losing his wife and offspring. Leaving Scientology or being expelled from it is a punishment worse than death, and the spouse and offspring of an ex-communicated member would rather leave their husband and father to his fate rather than share in his disgrace. If you stay connected to someone expelled from Scientology (that is, declared a “Suppressive Person,” or SP), you risk not being able to move up “The Bridge to Total Freedom,” and jeopardize your spiritual “eternity.” An SP is an outcast, someone a Scientologist avoids at all costs An SP will be made to feel worse than a rogue or outcast; in Scientology, an SP is made to feel as if they’ve never been born. A Scientologist intent on moving up “The Bridge” can’t associate or even talk to an SP.


Photo (34) Caption: Exterior view along Fountain Avenue, between L. Ron Hubbard Way and New Hampshire Avenue, in Los Angeles. A male Sea Org member with a pleasant smile walks west on the sidewalk along Fountain. The man on the cell phone behind him may or may not be pleased with the conversation he’s having or with having his picture taken.


Photo (35) Caption: Exterior view along Fountain Avenue, between L. Ron Hubbard Way and New Hampshire Avenue, in Los Angeles. The epitome of the life of a Sea Org member; of “life at sea”: a female Sea Org member wearing a heavy navy-like coat walks solemnly on the sidewalk along Fountain.

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