This is Photojournalist Fred G. Haseney with his eye on scientology. Today, I’m reporting from the Pacific Area Command Base (“PAC Base” or “Big Blue”), the so-called “church” of scientology’s West Coast headquarters. Perhaps you’ll recognize a scientologist or Sea Org (“SO”) member in the photographs herein; maybe a picture will help reunite you with a lost loved one, family member, friend or work associate because they cut you off as a result of scientology’s toxic policy of “disconnection.” Today’s blog is part of the “Reconnecting the Disconnected and Declared” series.
Photo Caption: You can see how gargantuan “Big Blew It” really is from the top of a nearby parking structure. From left-to-right: (1) the Advanced Organization of Los Angeles (“AOLA”); (2) the Main Building (that’s the one with the fake “cross” on it); (3) Lebanon Hall; (4) the American Saint Hill Organization (“ASHO”); (5) Los Angeles Organization (“LA Org”). For this picture, I’m facing west. The black line I’ve drawn represents L. Ron Hubbard Way (“LRH Way”).
Photo Caption: For this photo, I’ve focused on three buildings. From left-to-right: (1) the International Association of Scientologists (“IAS”); (2) AOLA; (3) the Main Bldg.
The building that the IAS currently houses used to be the Research Building for the old Cedars of Lebanon Hospital. In 1977, I joined the Sea Org (“SO”) and moved into Lebanon Hall well before the removal of the fence around PAC Base; no org had yet been fully renovated or open to the public. I participated in a project that went in advance of the renovation units. Using the original hospital blueprints, I drew up floor plans so our project’s team could go floor-by-floor, floor space-by-floor space so they could itemize everything found. Another project then decided what items (air handlers, ducts, etc.) needed to be cleaned, replaced or removed. One day, our team of investigators were between floors in the Research Bldg., mapping out the area, when they came across a most unusual find: a huge, bloated, almost mummified dog. I reported to that job site, climbed the ladder and peeked into crawl space and, sure enough, there lay a decidedly dead dog. Why it had been placed between floors (or how it came to crawl there) remains a mystery. In addition to the poor canine, there were endless bottles of body parts, organs and tissues on the ground floor of that building. I recall a stench in the air that I don’t know could ever be removed; how fitting it is that the fake “membership” arm of David “Let Him Die” Miscavige Enterprises now sits in that space.
Photo Caption: This is the Main Bldg. I’m facing west; the humongous “scientology” sign is just to the left of the cross. The buildings seen to the right are Lebanon Hall and ASHO. The bell tower at the bottom of the screen adorns an empty buidling, previously home to a scientology front group school, the Renaissance Academy. LRH Way runs from left-to-right between that bell and “Big Blue It.”
Photo Caption: This empty building used to be the home of a scientology Front group, the Renaissance Academy.
Photo Caption: I can’t wait to see construction workers remove scientology’s “cross” and “scientology” sign from the Main Bldg. Perhaps this monstrosity can be painted a more acceptable color and become a hospital where its new tenants will actually produce “valuable final products” (as scientology calls it) designed to help mankind.
Photo Caption: This building houses ASHO and LA Org; Lebanon Hall is to its left. The box-shaped units on the roof of ASHO/LA Org are air-handlers. I spent my first day (and night) in the SO helping complete the renovations of LA Org, which opened shortly after that. My second job as a new SO member on the Estates Project Force (“EPF”): scrub the rust out of those air handlers. My crude drawings and surveys of work locations came to the attention of the unit in charge of renovating what would soon to become “Big Blew It,” and they picked me as draftsman for that other project I mentioned earlier, the one which would map the floors and crawlspaces.
Photo Caption: The morning sun casts shadows so beautifully over the evil known as scientology. For this shot, I’m standing on the west side of LRH Way, looking south toward Fountain Ave; LA Org is to my right.
Photo Caption: Long shadows and a telephone pole on Fountain Ave. can’t conceal a SO Security Guard (“SG”) who tries to hide, but can’t, from me. On scientology’s Emotional Tone Scale, SGs often hover between “hide” and “can’t hide” (positions below “death” on that scale) when I show up at “Big Blue It.”
Photo Caption: From “Big Blew It,” I walked a few blocks to the scientology ghost town, Scientology Media Productions (“SMP”), located at 4401 Sunset Blvd. Behind that facility, near the intersection of Sunset Dr. and Hoover St., I came across two signs (“Tow-Away. Temporary. No Parking Any Time. Wednesday & Thursday”). SMP is the tree-lined building seen to right. I suspected that those signs were scientology-related; my suspicion came to fruition (sort of) in the next photo as…
Photo Caption: … a scientology, SO bus pulled up just a little north from those “No Parking” signs. For this picture, I’m facing east with Sunset Dr. to my left; Hoover St. isn’t the intersection at this “stop” sign, but the next one.
Photo Caption: The church of scientology absolutely despises anything having to do with mankind; they think they’re building a better world, free of insanity and war. Meanwhile, the reality of the situation is that scientology undermines everything mankind holds dear, including the family unit. Narcissistic pleasures abound when scientology secrets your children, friends and work associates when they decide to join the Sea Org. God forbid you should say anything critical about scientology, because that “church” will then ruin you: they’ll force your loved ones, family members, friends and work associates to cut all ties with you FOREVER. In this picture, you see two SO members; the woman in the center will enter a rear gate to SMP. Do you know either one of these people? Do you know any of the people in the next few photos? “To my loved one in scientology… call me.”
Photo Caption: Here are two SO members.” The taller of the two women is about to enter SMP through a rear gate.
Photo Caption: After this SO member departed the bus behind SMP, I greeted her and asked if she knew when SMP’s grand opening would take place. She responded very positively and in an upbeat manner when she stated that the official date and time had not yet been announced. When asked if she knew a good way for me to keep informed as to that day and time, she suggested I call my local org. Thank you!
Photo Caption: Notice the “SMP” logo on the front of the girl’s t-shirt. Also notice the “Sea Org” logo on the belt buckle of the girl on the left.
Photo Caption: Notice the back of this SO member’s t-shirt: “SMP Renos Crew” (which stands for “Scientology Media Productions Renovations Crew”).
How does it feel to know that you’ve blown it, scientology?
All images (unless noted otherwise) © 2015—2016 Fred G. Haseney. All rights reserved.