not legit," he wrote in an e-mail. "Someone is going to great
lengths ... I wish SF Weekly would not continue to give legs to this
Download the graphs ethicstrouble sent SF Weekly in these PDF files.
Indeed, SF Weekly cannot confirm ethicstrouble is the San Francisco Scientologist they claim to be. But we'll share the
detailed information about the San Francisco org they gave us,
and readers can decide for themselves whether it's credible or not.
week, we will present our ethicstrouble interview in multiple
parts. Fearful of being discovered, ethicstrouble talked with us on the condition of only being identified as a 10-to-20-year member of the
church who has shelled out more than $50,000 on coursework. We'll refer
to ethicstrouble with a gender-less "they" pronoun.
Ethicstrouble said they called us from a telephone line they had
acquired especially for this purpose, and asked us not to reveal what time we
spoke. "Don't tell [President Jeff Quiros] in any way when I talked to
you. If you let him know the
times I was able to call you that will really narrow me down."
They first sent us graphs which they said they whisked out of a garbage can at the
org before the papers hit the shredder.
Ethicstrouble says the graphs have proven to Quiros that they are from inside the church, and says their talking to the SF Weekly has created quite a stir within the org: "If
you've seen the graphs I've sent you, they know those are real. I'm not
worried about them believing I'm real. I can sense it; they feel it. My
problem is proving to everyone else -- to you -- that I'm real."
Here's what ethicstrouble wrote to us to explain some of the acronyms in the graphs.
ACTPRO: That is the number of people auditing independently
in their area. In the San Francisco area there are
only two people auditing in a self-employed practice and possibly making a
living out of it. That is a very small number, much smaller than years
HDSCOMPS and HDACOMPS: These are the two courses that teach
people how to audit Dianetics. HDSCOMPS is the basic training and
HDACOMPS is the training to be a professional Dianetic auditor. So you
can see there are almost no Dianetic auditors being made.
TTCNBR and TTCGRAD: These are the people in the technical
training corps.... They are training to be auditors or word
clearers or course supervisors, and they are either training at Flag in
Florida or here at the Org. So at the end of the one graph we had 13
people in and during this time frame not one had completed a course. If
one was to be a auditor for example, he will have at least 12 or more
courses to complete his training
BIS: Bodies in the shop, how many people are in the Org
doing a course. Course supervisors often call people and beg them to
come in for one hour for the week so this statistic is higher.
WDAHP: This is for people doing the sauna sweat program. As
you can see, there is something really wrong with this graph. The
standard preferred schedule for someone doing the program is four to fuve
hours a day, seven days a week, with the only exceptions given to people
with physical problems -- then the hours may be reduced.
GDS GBS: This is the total dollar value of books sold. This
includes e-meters, which sell for over $3,000, so as you can see no
e-meters were sold.
PSO: This is the film shown to new people who don't know anything about Scientology.
CL: The state called "clear" was the whole purpose of
Dianetics. You must go clear before going higher up the bridge. It costs
tens of thousands of dollars to go clear.
GDS PDC: This is for everything completed in the Org, from
courses to extension coursed to word clearing, anything that is paid for
and completed. This can be deceiving because someone can pay for two or
three little things in one week, so you can get three points for one person
doing a few little paid services.
WDAHWO: These are how many hours of auditing were produced
without the purif hours. (hours in the sauna are considered auditing, I
know it's weird). Graph looks like it is trending down to me.
GDS FHS: This is the number of staff who have been trained to do their job. All other staff are not fully trained.
PTF: This is how much money was given to Flag for the people
we have training over there. We have to pay for their food, lodging, and
courses. Very expensive. They study there starting at 9 a.m. till 10 p.m.
with half-day off on Sunday to do laundry.
CGI: Here is the gross income for the Org, includes everything.
SOLO1COMPS: This is the first course you do after becoming clear and before doing OT levels.