Photographs Taken: Friday, March 4, 2016. The First Subject: A group of guys dressed in street attire; two signs for the LRH Birthday event; a male Sea Org member on a roof; location: along LRH Way. The Second Subject: Sea Org member PO3 Ryan Adams, Membership Unit; location: LRH Way. The Third Subject: two male Sea Org members; location: LRH Way. The Fourth Subject: two Scientologists; location: Pacifica Cafe.

This is Photojournalist Fred G. Haseney with his eye on Scientology. For today’s blog, I’m continuing to post findings of a tour I conducted on Friday, March 4, 2016, of the Pacific Area Command Base (“PAC Base” or “Big Blue”), the Church of Scientology’s West Coast headquarters, in Los Angeles. Today’s blog is Part 3 of the “Reconnecting the Disconnected and Declared” series.

It is my hope to reunite Scientologists who have been forced to disconnect from one other because of Scientology’s “Disconnection” policy. If you are a Scientologist and speak out against Church policy or question something someone is doing, you can be subject to shunning or excommunication. If you are shunned or excommunicated, you will be kicked out of Scientology; in addition, any friends or family you have who are also Scientologists will be ordered or forced to disconnect, or cut all ties from you.


For this photo, I stood on L. Ron Hubbard Way, looking south. I’m standing near the American Saint Hill Organization (“ASHO”). As I took photos of Sea Org members crossing LRH Way, a group of young men walked by me. In this photo, you can see eight guys, all dressed in street attire. Nothing about them told me that they were staff members or Scientologists. A moment or two before I took this picture, however, this group of guys, in unison, turned to the right, raised their respective cell phone cameras, and took a photograph. Just as quickly as they took the picture, they all faced forward and continued walking as if nothing had happened! This photo (and the next two) were taken after they did their “flash” mob-like antics. The only thing I can think of is that they had already planned exactly what they were going to do, because when they took their photo, it looked completely planned and choreographed.


In this photo (the second of three), two guys in the group take another photo. Perhaps the first one didn’t turn out as well as they would have liked it to. Not everyone took a picture the second time.One of the guys wears a coat with the logo “SO-CAL” on the back. Two people are walking toward me along LRH Way (they may not be Scientology public or staff). To the left is LRH Way; ahead is where that street meets Fountain Ave. The blue building across the street is “The Fountain,” a place where out-of-town Scientology public and staff can stay while on course or auditing lines.


This is the third photo in this “flash” mob series. It looks like the two guys on the left, the ones closet to the camera, are checking the results of the picture that they just took.


Here are two signs that state: “L. Ron Hubbard Birthday Celebration. Be There!” One of these signs might have been what the “flash” mob photographed. Notice the ramp which leads, left-to-right, from the Main Building to ASHO. Also notice that the windows are covered, apparently so nobody can see in. (That’s not how the ramp appeared when we renovated it in the late 1970’s.) There is a guy standing on the roof of the ramp, most likely a Sea Org member busy on a project. The building to the left is the Main Bldg; the building to the right is ASHO. The building in the middle is Lebanon Hall, where Sea Org staff have housing (but not all S.O. members live in this building). There’s also a cafeteria and an auditorium in this building. (I used to share a room with a dozen guy on the fourth floor of Lebanon Hall. When a room became available next door, four of us moved into it; heaven!)

A close up of the last photo (not shown here) verifies that, yes, the man on the roof of the ramp is a Sea Org member. He’s dressed in a brown t-shirt that has the “Sea Org” logo on its left side. He’s also wearing gloves; sunglasses hang from his collar.


The top of this sign reads: “Sat., March 19th, Ray Dolby Ballroom, 5th Floor, Hollywood & Highland.” At the bottom of the sign: “L. Ron Hubbard Birthday Celebration.” Notice that the words “Be There” (as seen in an earlier photo of a sign in front of the ramp between the Main Bldg. and ASHO), can barely be seen at the bottom of this sign. It stands outside an entrance to Lebanon Hall from LRH Way. For this photo, I’m facing west. Not included in this picture, and off to the right, is an office I’ve not noticed before; an office specifically for recruiting Scientologists into the Sea Org.

“The Ray Dolby Ballroom [located at the Hollywood & Highland complex, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., in Los Angeles] on the center’s fifth level is operated by famous chef and restaurateur, Wolfgang Puck. It is the site of A-list events, parties and conventions. Most notably, it is the site of the exclusive Governor’s Ball, following the Academy Awards® ceremonies each year.” [1]

“Ray Dolby Ballroom: 1,500 Seated; 2,000 [Standing]

“A Los Angeles landmark and home to the Academy Awards® Governors Ball, the event level at Hollywood & Highland offers guests panoramic views over Los Angeles in a setting combined with the culinary flagship location of Wolfgang Puck Catering. With a flexible ballroom and world class meeting facilities that can easily transform to your event needs, Hollywood & Highland can host events for any occasion and size. From a tradeshow or benefit gala in our ballroom or a cocktail reception on the Pool Deck, the event level accommodates breakouts and multi-day conferences.

“Discover an event space that captivates and ‘wows’ as it transforms to your vision. This venue will elevate your event from fantastic to sublime.

“Hollywood & Highland’s largest venue and home of the Oscars Governors Ball, the Ray Dolby Ballroom provides more than 25,000 square feet of adaptable space plus outdoor prefunction terraces. With soaring ceilings, this art deco atmosphere can help inspire your upcoming event. Up to six divisible salons create separate rooms for your breakouts, staging or production, whether it’s a large fundraiser, a startup convention or a movie premiere. The Ray Dolby Ballroom can transform to any theme or occasion”

“Pricing Monday through Thursday, midday events: starting from $10,000.00.”[2]

March 19, 2016, incidentally, falls on a Saturday.


A male Sea Org member walks toward me on LRH Way; he appears to be curious and even a little puzzled about the cameraman. Notice the name tag pinned to his vest. Behind him and on his right is a female Sea Org member (I believe she’s a “twin” on the Survival Rundown; her “coach” is off camera). Behind the man is a Security Guard on a bicycle looking toward Pacifica Cafe. A woman in a red blouse makes her way along LRH Way.


Photo Caption: The name tag pinned to the man’s vest reveals his name, rank and post title: “PO3 Ryan Adams, Membership Unit.” I believe he works for the International Association of Scientologists (“IAS”). The “Scientology” logo is on the left side of the name tag. Notice the insignia he wears on his left collar.

“All Divisional heads are Officers. All department heads are Petty Officers… Ranks and precedence are as follows: Commodore, Captain, Supercargo, Chief Officer, 1st Mate, 2nd Mate, 3rd Mate, 4th Mate, Purser, Hostess, Chief Petty Officer, Petty Officer 1st Class, Petty Officer 2nd Class, Petty Officer 3rd Class, Able Bodied Seaman, Ordinary Seaman, Volunteer… Any Office or Petty Officer qualified in dock and bridge duties wears insignia on the right shoulder or collar.” [3]

Could this be the same “Ryan Adams” who appears in Celebrity 402, circa March 2011, for having completed the Purification Rundown Procedure? (When did the “Purification Program,” which I’ve done twice, become known as the “Purification Rundown Procedure?”) [4]


Two male Sea Org members walk across LRH Way, heading toward Pacifica Cafe or the Main Bldg. They have just exited the parking lot behind the Advanced Organization of Los Angeles (“AOLA”), and most likely came from one of the outer org offices located in a building in the rear of AOLA’s parking lot (perhaps the “Continental Liaison Office, Western United States” or the office for the Freewinds). Notice how much alike the two men are dressed (same outfit, same color tie, same shoes).


A closer inspection of the last photograph reveals that each man wears an insignia on their left collar, but not of the same type. The man on the left wears a vest that has gold buttons; the other man’s vest has silver buttons. The man on the left also wears a pin and name tag. The man on the right may be the other man’s junior.


A closer inspection gives a better understanding of the pin and name tag that the man on the left in an earlier photo is wearing. On the pin is the “Dianetics” symbol; the name tag might read, in part, “Mike Kinkaid” or “Mike Kirkland.” A Scientology symbol is on the left side of the name tag. His vest buttons appear to have the “Sea Org” logo on them. He also wears a “Clear” bracelet on his left wrist.


Two Scientologists are deep in conversation at a table in Pacifica Cafe. The structure behind them is the Main Bldg. The door to the cafe is off camera and to the right. One table has a “No Smoking” sign on it. A speaker sits on a pole to the right, next to a stage platform.


A close up of the two people in the last picture shows that the man holds a Starbucks cup in his right hand. The woman has a cup, perhaps purchased from the cafe, and has in her left hand a bottle for, perhaps, tincture.


It has been a while since the last photo; the man and woman who I photographed in the cafe have now left that area and are walking south along LRH Way. Behind the man is the cafe; further north along LRH Way, on the left, or west side, is Lebanon Hall and ASHO. A man with a beard, mustache and glasses is behind the couple as they approach me.


The man on the left (dressed in black) is very tall and has an imposing presence. As they passed, I thanked them for letting me take their picture (as I do with most Scientologists who I photograph). Incidentally, just because they’re dressed in street clothes doesn’t mean that these three people are Scientology public; they may be PAC Base public (that is, they could be staff from outer orgs visiting L.A. for further services, indoctrination or reprogramming).

All images (unless otherwise noted) © 2015—2016 Fred G. Haseney. All rights reserved.


 

Sources:

[1] Dolby Theatre

[2] EventUp, Inc.

[3] Sea Org Flag Order 79, “Org Board Change,” August 31, 1967 (Ship’s Org Book #1)

[4] The Truth about Scientology

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