This is Photojournalist Fred G. Haseney with his eye on scientology. This is a previously unpublished blog of a visit I made on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, to the Pacific Area Command Base (“PAC Base” or “Big Blue”), the so-called “church” of scientology’s West Coast headquarters, in Los Angeles. On that early spring morning, as Sea Org (“SO”) members prepared for post (that is, their job in scientology’s pseudo-navy), I captured their activities digitally. With a few extra moments on my hand, I toured the neighborhood around PAC Base, keeping an eye out for anything scientology-related.

Just for the record, I got into scientology in 1977, and escaped in 2014, after which I joined the rank of “bitter, disgruntled apostates.” The church of scientology, I have since learned, is a dangerous cult; its founder, L. Ron Hubbard (“LRH”), is a narcissist of the worst kind.

This visit occurred following two blogs, (“For the Billions Who Should Not Take Scientology” and “Scientology Litters Los Angeles“), both posted on April 14, 2016, and before a blog posted April 20, 2016 (“When the Results of Scientology’s OCA Personality Test Go Bad“). The latter blog, incidentally, resulted from the visit I made to PAC Base which has become this blog. Only recently have I been able to get caught up with the numerous unpublished blogs and photos that I accumulated prior to my hasty departure from Southern California.

I guess you might say that scientology succeeded in “fair gaming” me; in many ways, I believe scientology’s Office of Special Affairs (“OSA”) took a “win” when they railroaded me, more-or-less, out of town. OSA did everything it could to silence me, a formally undeclared “Suppressive Person” (“SP”) an enemy of their pseudo-religion. An “enemy” because I decided to speak out against the harm that scientology does to mankind.

That harm comes in many forms, one being the toxic practice of “disconnection.” In order to be a scientologist in “good standing,” you can’t be connected to anyone or any organization that is against scientology. If a scientologist can’t “handle” that SP, then the scientologist is to “disconnect,” or cut all ties (until the offending party “comes to its senses”). As previously mentioned, an “SP,” or enemy of the church of scientology, can have no affiliation, association or connection with any scientologist, and can be formally “declared” an SP by the church.

This blog aims to reconnect the disconnected and declared.

Maybe you’ve lost a loved one to scientology and/or the SO. Through this blog, I’ve helped to reunite (digitally, at least) the parents of two adult children lost to the Sea Org. Perhaps you’re Emily or Michael, the adult children of ex-scientologists Phil and Willie Jones (if so, please call home; your parents miss you).

This is blog #185.

Photo #1 Caption: For this picture, I’m on the sidewalk on the north side of Fountain Avenue, with PAC Base (and the Main Building in particular) off-camera to my right. The traffic light in the distance is at Edgemont Street; halfway between that light and myself is Catalina Street (as noted by the “One Way” signs along the right side of the photo). A white van had just pulled in front of me, and Sea Org members poured out it. Here, the van door is open and a bespectacled female SO member watches me.

Photo #2 Caption: Here is that white, unmarked van, getting ready to depart. Behind it is another white van, one not carrying SO members but, most likely, a repair man. For this picture, I’m still on Fountain Ave., looking eastward. The traffic light ahead is where LRH Way meets Fountain and, across the street, is The Fountain where out-of-town scientologists stay for extended periods of time while at PAC Base doing training or auditing (spiritual counseling). The structure on the right is a parking structure that scientology owns.

Photo #3 Caption: When the van (as seen in the last photo) pulled up, the SO members inside poured out with such suddenness that I stood unprepared for the activity (that’s why this picture is out of focus). Here, we observe a bespectacled male SO member apparently preparing to affix his tie. Other SO members are behind him, including one who has spotted me. “Welcome to PAC Base,” I declared in a jovial manner to the arrivals, “enjoy your stay!” As far as I remember, no one responded to that statement, no one smiled.

Photo #4 Caption: Here is another shot of SO members after they’ve exited the van.

Photo #5 Caption: Two SO members prepare for their day after departing that van. Notice the woman’s shoulder bag or purse, part of which has been made out of a vinyl record album.

Photo #6 Caption: For this picture, I’m standing in front of the steps to the Main Bldg., which is off-camera and to my left. The white, unmarked Sea Org shuttle van has left and a repair van is now at the curb. The SO members are heading east, toward LRH Way and the Advanced Organization of Los Angeles (“AOLA”). A PAC Security Guard straddles a bicycle in the foreground.

Photo #7 Caption: Here is a close-up of that last shot.

Photo #8 Caption: It’s quiet at the Pacific Grill & Barbecue (“PGB”) on LRH Way as the sun rises, shining on Sea Org members enjoying a bite to eat or a beverage.

Photo #9 Caption: As I circled PAC Base with a camera, so did this Security Guard with a bicycle. For this picture, I’m walking in a northerly direction along Catalina Street. To the bicyclist’s right is the parking lot behind the Los Angeles Organization (“LA Org”) and the American Saint Hill Organization (“ASHO”).

Photo #10 Caption: As I walked along the west side of Catalina St., between Fountain Avenue (behind me) and with Sunset Boulevard ahead, I shot this picture of two scientologists. They’re most likely on the Purification Rundown.

Photo #11 Caption: Here’s a closer shot of the two scientologists mentioned in the last photo. Notice the word “Purification” on the t-shirt as worn by the guy on the left. The guy on the right may be wearing a similar t-shirt under the dark one. They’re wearing sneakers which indicates that they’re about to begin running, an important part of the Purification Rundown. A person on that rundown will have to do some kind of activity (running or walking on a treadmill, for example) in order to get their blood circulation going. Otherwise, the ensuing two to four-and-a-half hours in a sauna will not have the desired effect of sweating out toxins apparently lodged in the body.

Photo #12 Caption: The church of scientology takes pride in their space: clean and crisp, and easily presentable. For this photo, I stood on New Hampshire Avenue, one block east of PAC Base. In the distance, painted blue, are two buildings that are part of the “Big Blue”: the Main Building (to the left) and Lebanon Hall (to the right). As a Sea Org member in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, I lived in Lebanon Hall, where I once bunked with a dozen guys in a small room. As a member of the Estates Project Force (“EPF”), the EPF met, at least, three times a day in Lebanon Hall’s auditorium.

Photo #13 Caption: Here is a close-up of the last shot. This is the top of the Main Building. Notice the steeple with the scientology cross; to its right, the American flag. The “SCIENTOLOGY” sign sits along the front of the building (the letter “Y” can be partially seen here). As a SO member, I visited the offices that sit just under that cross. Those offices once housed special missions of Sea Org executives sent from scientology’s “mecca,” the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida, to oversee the very first renovation of PAC Base. It used to be Cedars of Lebanon Hospital; scientology bought the complex in the 1970’s, renovated it, painted it blue, and opened it on an unsuspecting world.

Photo #14 Caption: A restaurant on Vermont Avenue, parallel to PAC Base and a few blocks to the east, sits abandoned, its windows broken and etched with graffiti. Lodged in the metal work below the hole in the window in the center is an Oxford Capacity Analysis (“OSA”) Personality Test ticket. It had been, most likely, handed out, “free” to those who pass by, half a block north of this location, at the intersection of Vermont Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, by a scientology Body Router (“BR”).

Photo #15 Caption: “Are you curious about yourself?” inquires that OCA ticket. With this “free” handout from a BR, scientology isn’t interested in you, they’re only interested in what’s in your bank account, your 401(k) Plan, your child’s college fund, any inheritance that may be coming your way, and how to extend your line of credit by any means possible.


“Bright gleams the morning, sailor, uplift the eye
Clouds and darkness disappearing, glory is nigh
Safe in the lifeboat, sailor, sing evermore,
‘Glory, glory, hallelujah! pull for the shore.'”

Written by Philip P. Bliss. [1]


All images (unless noted otherwise) © 2015—2017 Fred G. Haseney. All rights reserved.

Sources:

[1] Whittle, Daniel W. Memoirs of Philip P. Bliss. (New York, A. S. Barnes & Co., 1877).

Links:

Something Can Be Done About It (Mike Rinder’s Blog).

Stop Scientology Disconnection.

The Underground Bunker (Tony Ortega on Scientology).

Loonapix Photo Editor (“Hand with a Piece of Ice”).

#BewareTheDwarf

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