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Scientology front group WISE: first hand accounts of harassment and recruiting in the workplace
Last updated Saturday, January 27, 2007
Mike Gormez (email@example.com) organized these web pages because he feels that "religious" organizations should be honest with their members about their true goals, and businesses should be honest about religious connections with their clients and employees. Trust is vital when doing business. A check of a dozen or so Scientology front groups in the US, such as the Citizen's Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), Narconon or its management consultants arm, World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE), reveal that their main statement of purpose, filed with the IRS (US tax authority), indicates the group's main purpose is to prosletyze Scientology. The Organization has numerous facades and front groups, many of which flat out deny their connection to Scientology. Many suspect this is so because if its doctrine and practices were revealed to the "raw meat" (Scientologese for potential recruit) they would run away and never come back.
A defector tells how a management/consultancy group's employees were told to keep the connection a secret. Persons like Larry Wollersheim, Shiona Fox-Ness, Tory Bezazian (now Tory Christman), Greg Barnes (fourth video), chiropractor Ed Hattaway, who alleges World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE) and Scientology destroyed his life, architect Lawrence Woodcraft in Los Angeles, and Michael P. Pattinson are but an example of those who have had businesses hurt by Scientology. Julie Richard was employed in a medical office and told how a scientologist wanted access to patient files so he could see which ones were likely candidates for Scientology processing.
There is too much disparity to uphold the integrity of an organization that allows its employees (eg. management consultants) to tell clients that their material is secular and non-religious, and then turn around and among themselves talk freely about "Routing Clients onto the Bridge" (Scientologese for increasing membership in Scientology). Or are quoting Scientology scriptures ( What we expect of a Scientologist) in World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE) mailings.
Do you really want to give these people your money and access to your company, or worse, let Scientology decide who to hire and fire ? Educate yourself on Scientology before you decide it's just a harmless cult.
General disclaimer : The content of this site may be considered critical of the Scientology organization and its multitude of front groups. It is neither affiliated with nor sponsored by any Scientology organization. While effort is being made to keep this page up-to-date, it is possible that a scientologist did leave Scientology or Corporate State Records changed overtime without notice, so verify before you make important decisions based on this site. More disclaimer information is here.
4 December 2006 -- Brianne Shahan filed the suit against Richmond Monroe Group Inc. in U.S. District Court last month. Shahan claims her former employer violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by allegedly pressuring her to divorce her husband and become a Scientologist.
4 October 2006 -- Receptionist Jessica Uretsky of Frisco for a Plano dentist K. Mike Dossett was forced to study Scientology during mandatory after-work meetings and told to increase business by concentrating on her phone to make it ring, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said. Last week the EEOC filed a federal suit.
7 November 2005 -- A class action lawsuit was filed against Ignatius Piazza and Front Sight Firearms Training Institute on behalf of members alleging fraud, misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty.
1 September 2005 -- Scientology's lackey Joel Phillips is trying to get Scientology critic fired. A harassment campaign of letter writing and phone calls has started to top management and senior directors (including the board) of the company critic Andreas works. It is standard Scientology attack mode. See below the attempt to get Valerie fired.
20 April 2005 -- Unofficial word has it that scientologist Ignatius Piazza dropped his case too against blogger Diana Hsieh. Diana - who is silent on the matter - will not have to remove any of her web postings on this matter (Source: Arnie Lerma),
31 March 2005 -- The Ignatius Piazza (Front Sight) suit is going to trial on April 18th in the US District Court, 333 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, Nv. Judge is Philip M. Pro and room is 7C. Start time is 9am.
8 September 2004 -- Peter Letterese v. World Institute of Scientology Enterprises, Church of Scientology International, et al. Mr Letterese is a former scientologist who filed a copyright lawsuit over the Big League Sales materials on which Scientology's (and thus WISE's) sales techniques are based. The legal filing gives a nice insight into how WISE trains its sales people.
5 May 2004 -- FTC shuts down Financial Rescue Services, a WISE company. The FTC press release contains: "The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint against a group of defendants masquerading as a nonprofit debt negotiation organization that has made millions of dollars deceiving consumers into enrolling in their debt negotiation program by promising to reduce their debts."
10 April 2004 -- Front Sight's case against Diana Mertz Hsieh has been dismissed, Scientologist Piazza is now the only plaintiff. Second, opposing council waited too long to schedule her deposition, so now they shall not get that opportunity before trial. Source: blog of Diana.
12 November 2003 -- Ignatious Piazza admits he hasn't even taken the time to read the websites that the lawsuit is about, according to export report for the defendant Diana Mertz Hsieh by Stephen A. Kent (PhD).
17 August 2003 -- Lawsuit by EEOC against Harlingen Family Dentistry of Dr. Juan D. Villarea has been settled. See case files..
29 Oct 2002 -- Front Sight Firearms Training Institute and Ignatious Piazza filed suit against Diana Hsieh . Background of this silly lawsuit is here.
Scientology tries to get postal worker fired Posting to ARS of Valerie Emanuel (PDF scans of some of these letters on Valerie's website are here)
26 August 2002 -- New lawsuit by EEOC against Harlingen Family Dentistry of Dr. Juan D. Villarea for illegally firing employees. See Vally Morning Star - Fri, 13 Sep 2002
20 December 2000 -- Ursula Milde, 62, a former top employee of the Greenwich Housing Authority filed a document in federal court this week claiming she was fired from her post two years ago because she was not a member of the Church of Scientology. Greenwich Time September 14, 2002
Ursula Milde vs. The Housing Authority of the town of Greenwich; The Housing Authority of the town of Greenwich Board of Commissioners; and Benjamin Little, CEO, September 9, 2002 ( docket sheet and update)
I leave it to the reader's discretion what to make of that.
|A WISE [World Institute of Scientology Enterprises] member is entitled to be paid by Church of Scientology orgs and missions for getting people onto services; their pay shall be in terms of commissions. Such commissions can be quite lucrative, depending only on the activity of the WISE member.
-- WISE Policy Directive Internal 14, 27 March 1986 "Field Staff Member Activities"
WISE is the Scientology sector responsible for getting the supposedly secularized "Hubbard Management System" / "organizational and management technology" / "Management and Administrative Technology" / "LRH admin tech" in a wide as use as possible. The system is basically ruthless management by statistics which preaches a rigorous, even ruthless devotion to raising productivity for both staff and clients. The founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, wrote the material to manage the Church of Scientology and "is part of the religious literature and works of Scientology" (Foreword in OEC and Management Series books). Hubbard incidentely flunked out of College and lied about virtually every aspect of his life.
Though the WISE affiliates deny the material is core part of the Scientology belief system. Afiliates like Hubbard College of Administration, Sterling Management Systems, David Singer Enterprises, Marcus Group Enterprises (MGE) / MGE: Management Experts, Hollander Consultants, Silhouet, Prosperity Plus Management Consulting, Modus Operandi Consultants owned by Manuel Nugteren, U-Man, Halverson-Quigley Management Systems (HQMS), Flasch Business Consulting and many others.
Likewise will they vehemently deny any relation with the Church of Scientology. However as the above internal policy and a magazine article published by WISE indicates, they are indeed rewarded money for every new Scientology recruit they make. To add insult to injury has WISE put togheter a 300 page manual for WISE consultants to maximize the number of new recruits into Scientology.
This is how that manual is touted in WISE International magazine Prosperity, issue #60, September 2003, pages 12 - 13: "We also produce the Consultant's Guide to Bridge Dissemination, a manual of more than 300 pages on how to handle clients, colleagues and business associates who come to you for help with their personal problems by referring them to a Church of Scientology for assistance."
[WISE International magazine Prosperity,
issue 60, September 2003, page 27]
Perhaps by now you wonder what qualifycations those WISE licensed consultants need before they can do their thing with your company and mind? Well, all Hubbard management consultants need to be licensed by WISE of course (they want money) and have to have followed training at the Church of Scientology or Hubbard College of Administration.
[WISE International magazine Prosperity, issue 60, September 2003, page 12]
Yet despite all this they stiil maintain that their material is non-religious while out of public sight WISE sent out a mailing for a mandatory attendance of an International Association of Scientology (IAS) briefing.
Thus I assume the scam operates as follows:
- WISE does not really hide they are part of Scientology because it is the first word of the title of their website ("Scientology // World Institute of Scientology Enterprises - WISE") and part of their name. What's more, WISE Int, and all of WISE for that matter, are Sea Org Organizations. The Sea Org is the most powerful entity in Scientology in which people sign a billion year contract pledging themselves to Scientology.
- scientology on its part calls WISE a "religious fellowship" and at the same time " an autonomous corporation separate and apart from churches of Scientology" and declares a WISE consulting firm to be "not part of the church at all"
- The "Code of a WISE member" contains several nuggets which should not be neglected:
- 7. I promise to take responsibility to protect the trademarks and copyrights of Dianetics, Scientology and WISE, and their use in the business world.
- 18. I promise to take responsibility to protect Scientology churches from distraction, disruption or misuse of their lines or personnel by commercial activities.
- 19. I promise not to use Scientology churches and their communication lines for purposes of personal financial gain.
- 20. I promise not to condone the use of Scientology churches and their communication lines to forward the personal financial gain of any individual but to do my part to see that they operate exclusively for the spiritual objectives of the Scientology religion.
Next time Sterling, Hollander or any other of the WISE companies tell you they have nothing to do with Scientology, ask them about this code. They are bound by it.
- WISE does use the "Sacred Scriptures" of Scientology however, and President WISE International, Don Drader and his peers are part of Scientololgy's paramilitary Sea Organization.
- Licensed WISE consultants are urged to recruit for Scientology and can order a WISE manual how to recruit, but will insist at every opportunity they have "no links to Scientology "
- And the L. Ron Hubbard material furnished by the "religious fellowship" WISE to be used by dentists, veterinarians, software companies etc. are all of a sudden " secularized'' - " not Scientology, or related to religion" - " totally secular, totally nonrelated to religion" because they say it is. Contradicting internal writings to the contrary.
There are those who dispute Scientology's claim.
Robert Boston, spokesman for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, of Washington, D.C., said in a telephone interview that ``the Scientologists often try and have it both ways.``They spent a lot of time trying to convince the courts they are a legitimate religion,'' Boston said. ``And they won that battle. They are now considered a bona fide, tax-exempt religious organization. But sometimes now they try and argue that they have this secular arm, when it suits their purposes.''
[Providence Journal: Job-bias suit alleges dentist promoted religion in workplace
Key information on WISE-- Jeff Jacobson wrote a thorough essay on how W.I.S.E. operates as a Scientology front group.
-- Robert Palinkas (current President WISE Canada) in an excerpted e-mail when he was still at WISE International: "WISE Int, and all of WISE for that matter, are Sea Org Organizations".
-- Robert Vaugh Young wrote an extraordinary declaration on the workings of WISE and an examination of the licensing agreement with Sterling Management. Did you know that Scientology stated to the IRS that WISE "was formed to accomplish several objectives with respect to expanding the religion" of Scientology?
-- Articles of Incorporation, World Institute of Scientology Entreprises (WISE), 1 February 1983. wise-incorporation-1983.pdf (57kb). This leaves very little to the imagination:"It is organized under the Nonprofit Religious Corporation Law primarily for religious purposes. Its purposes are to promote and foster the religious teachings of L. Ron Hubbard in society, and to have and exercise all rights and powers from time to time granted to nonprofit corporations by law."WISE's Articles of Incorporation were still in effect on 27 July 2004 - a fact that I determined simply by doing an on-line "California Business Search."
-- WISE's Place on the Scientology Org Board. If anyone disputes that World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE) is part of Scientology, they can look on this page to see exactly where WISE fits in the Scientology organizational hierarchy.
-- Recruiting business people into Scientology is lucrative for WISE consultants (commission) and is advocated within WISE. How the recruitment is done is told on video by Bill and Barbara, two dentist who say they were defrauded by Scientology after signing up for management training courses. What's even more amazing than the regular recruitment into Scientology is WISE's recruitment for Scientology's Sea Organization with as rationale to "Put Scientology here securely for eternity."
-- Explanation of the WISE membership system, a posting by Cerridwen. Not all Scientologists that are members of WISE pay a weekly percent (10 or 15%) of their income. The sceme consists of 6 membership levels plus one Disseminator membership which is not listed. This is for WISE-licensed members as well as executives and employees of companies which sell and deliver L. Ron Hubbard's "administrative technology", such as seminarists and consultants.
-- The Command Channels of Scientology. Excerpt from a larger document, showing that World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE) is an integral part of the Scientology corporate structure and this page also shows that of the 13 WISE offices, 8 offices are located within Scientology Continental Liaison Offices.
-- Recently extracts of WISE Info Letter 36 of 21 December 2003 were posted. Paragraph 3 says:"However, the primary reason WISE was established was to see to it that Scientology organizations, their staff and their public, are kept safe from individuals involved in unethical business practices."
-- WISE: Faith based Consulting. Recruiting business people the Scientology way. A few cites of internal writings.
Expert Reports by Prof. Dr. Stephen Kent
Three dental office employees where fired by Dr. Aydin Cabi, DDS because they refused, on grounds of religious conscience, to attend MasterTech Computer Products seminars based upon aspects of Scientology-a religion that, they felt, conflicted with their own beliefs. Six people sued C. AYDIN CABI, DDS, INC. and Stephen A. Kent Ph.D was asked to write an expert report for the plaintiffs:
Export report -- 7 September 2003.
The I-20 Animal Medical Center had pressured its employees to attend scientology courses. Six of them sued with the help of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and got a $150,000 settlement, and the defendants had to agree not to use any "religiously-influenced" training material.
Expert report -- 9 Novembe 1999
Declarations by people who have been there
-- Declaration of dentist Alexander Turbyne III. Turbyne explains how WISE company Sterling Management Systems lured him into Scientology.Sterling Management is good at what it does, namely, introducing people to the ideas of Scientology. The only problem is that what it does is quite different from what it says it does. If I had known this, at the introductory Seminar or through the mailings, I would have kept my money and signed up with a dental management firm and not a Scientology Recruiting Firm....
-- Declaration of chiropractor Ed Hattaway. Ed was lured into Scientology via WISE company David Singer Enterprises and lost his home, office and all of the equipment. Just like many other young chiropractors and dentists who are preyed upon by Scientology, he too felt his education didn't give him enough business training and went out looking for that.The trap I fell into personally, professionally and financially was not set by some wide-eyed cult follower with a message about zenu the intergalactic warlord. I stepped into the mess by following doctors who I saw as successful and as leaders in the field of chiropractic, dentistry and business management!
-- Declaration of dentist Robert G.. Bob and his wife were recruited into Scientology via Sterling Management Systems.While I was at Sterling Management taking courses, several dentists were lulled from their "business management courses" at Sterling and sent to the Church of Scientology in Orange County for auditing rather than finishing their Sterling courses. The "hook" used for selling auditing was that the students were being sent out for more detailed interpretation of their personality profiles.
Need to talk?
-- Referrals for people who are being duped - or know friends/family members who are - by World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE) itself or affiliated WISE companies and need to talk to people who know the ropes. Help for Scientology WISE victims.
Know what you get into when you sign any of these. Here's an real life example of how such a contract is enforced by threatening the credit card company.
-- Marcus Group Enterprises / MGE: Management Experts (renamed in 2005) General Enrollment and Agreement Form
-- Hollander Consultants / Hollander Management Services Service Agreement form:
Here are some of the PR Wires we have sent out so far:
-- September 2005 -- Stop-Wise.biz Survey: Have you Been Fired by a Scientologist?
-- September 2005 -- Stop-Wise.biz: the untold story of Hollander Consultants
-- September 2005 -- Stop-Wise.biz announces new search functionality
More background files
These are some files placed here because: 1) I don't understand what they are about but hope some reader some day will; 2) because I've no other use for them and 3) so they won't get lost. To read these PDF files () you need a free Adobe reader.
-- h-college-to-irs-1023.pdf (200kb)Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 503(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code by the Hubbard College of Administration. The file also contains answers to the IRS. HCA states that it is an outgrowth of "the educational activity that was previously carried out by World Institute of Scientology Enterprises". WISE provided a start-up grant and "entered into a licensing agreement with the College on June 20, 1991". What is most interesting are the financial figures and admission that "Individual Scientologists" can apply to the HCA for opening local brances.
-- wise-ca-tax-1990.pdf (55kb)Form 1120 - tax return for the year 1991 of WISE.
-- rtc-ign-wise-contract-1985.pdf (65kb)Contract between Religious Technology Center (RTC) and Inspector General Network (IGN) and World Institute of Scientology Enterprises Inc., "a Delaware corporation". WISE Inc. was owner of certain Scientology and Dianetics trademarks and servicemarks and RTC designated IGN to which WISE Inc. had to "convey the Marks and the Applications and Registrations".
-- wise-ign-rtc-assignment-marks-1985.pdf (29kb)Assignment agreement between World Institute of Scientology Enterprises. Inc., "a Delaware Corporation" and Inspector General Network (IGN), "a California non-profit public benefit corporation".
-- bms-rents-1989.pdf (146kb)Building Management Services rent contracts to several Scientology groups including WISE, "a California non-profit religious corporation".
-- csi-to-irs-answers-to-first-questions-1991.pdf (120kb) or in text.Church of Scientology International (CSI) answers the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This file contains some interesting tidbits about WISE. Inc.: "a Delaware corporation used by Religious Technology Center ("RTC") as its interim nominee for registering Scientology religious marks in countries that do not recognize ownership rights of religious corporations or enforce their contracts. ... WISE, Inc, should not be confused with World Institute of Scientology Enterprises, a fellowship association of Scientology business men and business women, which has the acronym "WISE""
- What employees who have been discrimated against should do -
File a complaint of religions discrimination at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The following is taken from the article Religion in the Workplace from a section of about.com:
"Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers in the US are prohibited from discriminating against individuals because of their religion in hiring, firing, and other terms and conditions of employment."
"Charges of discrimination based on religion MUST be filed within 180 days of the incident. Charges may be filed in person, by mail or by telephone by contacting the nearest EEOC office, If there is not an EEOC office in the immediate area, call toll free 800-669-4000 or 800-669-6820 (TDD) for more information."
If you have been the subject of such discrimination you should file a complaint! If as Scientology claims, it's a religion, it cuts both ways. Make them accountable for the illegal act(s). It's your Civil Right at stack! Bellow a small excerpt of rules:
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Federal Laws Prohibiting Job Discrimination
V. Who Can File a Charge of Discrimination?
Any individual who believes that his or her employment rights have been violated may file a charge of discrimination with EEOC. In addition, an individual, organization, or agency may file a charge on behalf of another person in order to protect the aggrieved person's identity.
VI. How Is a Charge of Discrimination Filed?
A charge may be filed by mail or in person at the nearest EEOC office. Individuals may consult their local telephone directory (U.S. Government listing) or call 1-800-669-4000 (voice) or 1-800-669-6820 (TTY) to contact the nearest EEOC office for more information on specific procedures for filing a charge. Individuals who need an accommodation in order to file a charge (e.g., sign language interpreter, print materials in an accessible format) should inform the EEOC field office so appropriate arrangements can be made. Federal employees or applicants for employment should see the fact sheet about Federal Sector Equal Employment Opportunity Complaint Processing.
VII. What Information Must Be Provided to File a Charge?
The complaining party's name, address, and telephone number; The name, address, and telephone number of the respondent employer, employment agency, or union that is alleged to have discriminated, and number of employees (or union members), if known; A short description of the alleged violation (the event that caused the complaining party to believe that his or her rights were violated); and The date(s) of the alleged violation(s). Federal employees or applicants for employment should see the fact sheet about Federal Sector Equal Employment Opportunity Complaint Processing.
Taken from http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/qanda.html
I have placed the Hollander Consultants, Sterling Management Systems and U-man information on seperate pages.
Marcus Group Enterprises, Inc. / MGE Inc. / MGE: Management Experts (renamed in 2005)
A search performed in the Corporate records search of Fairfax County, VA, revealed a purged MGE Inc. and corporate records on Marcus Group Enterprises Inc. and a merged The Marcus Group Services Inc. Both at the same address. In 1993 MGE Inc. was awared by WISE the "Top WISE Field Representative (Group)"
Marcus had its clients sign a rather odd contract:
I also agree that in the event of any litigation between MGE and/or any of its officers, directors, employees, agents or representatives ( such individuals and/or entities, the "Individuals") and me which is related in any way to my enrollment in the MGE program of Services, or to the Materials, Books and/or Packs, I will pay all court costs and reasonable attorney's fees incurred by MGE and/or any of the individuals in the defense or prosecution of such litigation.
Chicago dentists Barbara and William Z. went the same route, recruited into Scientology via Marcus. They paid Scientology $100,000 for courses and later once woken-up tried for over a year to get that money back and finally asked someone to accompany them with a running camera. That camera man was then arrested on public sidewalk by off-duty policy cops in plain clothes without visible ID, hired by Scientology. Eventually they got a full refund and had to sign a gag agreement.
Barbara and William did an interview that can be viewed in realvideo, which is a must see for all dentists who are dealing with WISE companies like Marcus. It givens an insight into how they were recruited and shows that no one is immune.
Cults use your own desires against you. Don't let it happen that you have to write one day "I was introduced to Scientology through a company that was helping me with my Dental practice." These are the exact words as written by MGE Inc. Vice-President scientologist Gregory Winteregg.
There are management consultants who are not unethically pushed to make more money by making you their next scientologist recruit and just think of all the money and trouble you will save yourself and your family by doing a little online research. You don't need WISE and Scientology draining your bank accounts and disrupting your life.
Hubbard found that there were many companies owned by scientologists that were located geographically near his organizations, and used his organizations as a 'personnel pool". Staff members were leaving the organizations after their contracts were complete and instead of working for another Scientology organization, or renewing their contracts with the organizations they were at they would work for these Scientologist owned businesses. This was felt to be a large factor in why the orgs were not making much money, but these scientology companies were.
Singer managers did not return a reporter's calls, but last year said they don't recruit for the church. However, a recent Singer advertisement in a directory of Scientologists said that "more people have been moved onto and up the Bridge" - a term referring to fulfilling Scientology's goals - "by this group than any other in history, and this is just the beginning."
A group hired to teach communication and time-management skills to employees of Applied Materials were apprently recruiters for the Church of Scientology, three former employees claim in a lawsuit. . . But the seminar firm, Applied Scholastics of Fremont, was really a recruitment arm of the Church of Scientology, a religious group that has been accused of financially exploiting followers and ruthlessly attacking critics, according to the suit. When they refused to take the courses, the employees claim, they were driven out of the company. They also allege that the seminars violated their religious freedom.
Applied Materials, a computer equipment company in Caliifornia, recently settled out of court for an estimated $600,000 with three ex-employees who say they were driven out of the company after they complained about courses given on the job by Applied Scholastics, a management consulting group basing its work on the writing of Scientology cult founder L. Ron Hubbard. The company admitted it "lacked sensitivity with regard to the controversial nature of L. Ron Hubbard. (Forbes, 9/14/92)
More on Applied Materials
Sterling Management Systems
In goes a professional, out comes a Scientolgist!
|Dentist Ruth Morgan||Scientologist Ruth Morgan|
|Dentist Scott Scharf||Scientologist Scott Scharf|
|Dentist Carl Smudde||Scientologist Carl Smudde|
|Dentist Terri Marx||Scientologist Terri Marx|
|Dentist David Wagner||Scientologist David Wagner|
|Veterinarian George Malnati||Scientologist George Malnati|
|Veterinarian Jim Gill||Scientologist Jim Gill|
|Accountant Bobby Medlin||Scientologist Bobby Medlin|
The doctors kept "stats" on everything. Each day we would begin work with brief meeting during which we would all read off our "stats." Mine were simply the number of treatments performed. Although this obviously depended on the number of patients who were scheduled for treatment, an increase was "rewarded" as a "win" with a round of applause. Dr. Smith would then give a brief lecture. Sometimes this would be a reading from the staff manual, a huge looseleaf binder filled with procedures, outtakes from Scientology books, and flowcharts.
The marketing of Hubbard's ideas is rigidly organized. WISE [World Institute of Scientology Enterprises], the Scientology business unit, works as a business which spans the globe to issue licenses to businesses and collect fees for the same. The license contract of the WISE member precisely regulates the use of trademarks and copyrights. The fees are sent in weekly, and WISE has, according to the contract, the right to inspect the books of the licensee at any time.
A former employee of a local chiropractic firm filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the company, claiming he was forced to participate in training programs aimed at "indoctrinating" him in the tenets of the Church of Scientology.
The court acknowledged that certain facts existed supporting Murzynski's claims that Halverson [affiliated with Scientology], without legal justification, interfered with her employment. Halverson wrote a report stating that Murzynski verbally attacked the Church of Scientology. He told Jones to start documenting situations that would warrant Murzynski's dismissal.
In 1992, Brittain attended a management training program in California conducted by the Church of Scientology, the plea papers stated. The church's members also came to LaFollette to train Brittain's staff to "boom the practice" by offering incentives to them to increase monthly billing.
I was told that i was going to have to do a "communications" course...in my own time...for no pay...in order to help me focus my desires and goals
This representative, who called himself a counselor, wanted me to allow him access to patient files so he could see which ones were likely candidates for scientology auditing.
L. Ron Hubbard tried to define everything as a "Product" even services. Look for attempts being made to define obvious services as products. Example: "A baby sitter does not provide a service. She provides a product. The product is a well-babysat-baby" and other such nonsense.
I started a job with a Chiropractors office about a month ago. At one of our staff meetings the tone scale was displayed and discussed. I found it odd, but being new everything seemed odd so I didn't question it. Though it kept nagging on me.
A few days later, a team of "salespeople" showed up at his office near closing time and pressured him for three hours to buy into the program. At the end, one of the "salespeople" screamed at him and told him that his dental practice was going to fail if he did not buy the program.
Gordon Campbell: My sister-in-law's husbadn is a veterinarian. That's how the Scieno's got to him. Through a front company that provides management consulting services based on Hubbard tech.
Intruding into the Workplace
The plaintiffs, who were allegedly fired for refusing to adopt the Scientology practice of "writing up their overts and withholds" (meaning confessing bad thoughts and actions), won an undisclosed settlement. The company acknowledged no wrongdoing.
The TradeNet Blue Balls fiasco - What were they laundering?
Transcription of taped TradeNet Board Meeting -- 18 Aug 1997
[Bill Cooper, President of TradeNet Marketing] That is a factor. So I see that as senior; and that, that - even that isn't the most senior thing, because I happen to know, because I just - I make it my business to know what's going on with the Church xxx, it's always been my - my - one of my purposes is to be strongly, have a very strong communication line with the Church because my spiritual freedom, your spiritual freedom . . . And I would sacrifice this all, I would turn it over right now, I would nuke it, I'd send everybody home, lay off a stick of dynamite, I'd blow away this whole fucking town to save that.
The demise of Cocolat Inc.
Cocolat also has been assailed by employees for using management techniques based on the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology. The company reportedly fired several managers after they resisted the company's management philosophy.
Digital Lightwave & Scientology
Digital Lightwave, Inc. (NASDAQ: DIGL) was founded by Scientologist Bryan Zwan in 1990 to develop network technology products for the fiber-optic industry, and began a high-profile roller-coaster ride on the booming technology market when it went public in 1997. In its short history, DIGL has been involved in a class-action lawsuit, an SEC investigation, and a wrongful termination complaint.
Dutch Eurozerty taken over by Laserplus
Laserplus, now incorporated under the same registered trade number as Eurozerty, is a member of the WISE (World Institute of Scientology Enterprises) business association, the most important money-making machine of the psycho-sect.
Ritter v. Big Fork LLC, 00-cv-5542
Claiming he was fired for refusing to follow the teachings of Scientology, a New York man has filed suit against the Le Bus chain of restaurants and its CEO, David Braverman.
(David Braverman and Le Bus are in the WISE 1999 listing)
Mike McClaughry VS David Morse and Associates
Mike was "asked to leave" his 3 year job, due to "being declared".
Specifically, plaintiff was advised by Bernard P. Daugherty, his supervisor, that he would have to leave the employ of David Morse & Associates, Inc., because the plaintiff was in the process of being expelled from the Church of Scientology.
McClaughry filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Seattle, which dismissed his charges April 26 for lack of supporting evidence.
b. Forced Company employees to attend Church of Scientology seminars paid for and held at the Company during business hours. Attendance at such seminars has not only interfered with the employees working on Company business but also seriously damaged employee morale;
The Mousiol Company
Achim and Susanne Bendig from the IAS were in Frankfurt Org at that time and they want me to pay more, although they knew about the financial sit in the company. They went together with me and my ex-wife, her new husband and my children against my will to the airport and were regging me while the others were standing around, astonished listening and wanting to say good by to me.
The company belonged to Peter Mousiol, who had paid around 1,500,000 $ into Scientology and who had to leave the Sea Org in Clearwater due to his debts. . . The situation in the company was very severe. . . Several Scientologists, Karlheinz Schneider, Roland Wolz, Kay Barre and Peter had taken money for Scientology from the company funds.
Stalked by Allstate
Earlier this year agents secretly helped a Wall Street Journal reporter expose an issue they had been trying to get management to acknowledge for years: that training seminars linked to the notorious Church of Scientology were widespread in Allstate during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
|70. Established business-type cover organization in the form of an emplyment agency by which we obtained positions for our penetration agents.
77. Penetrated the L.A. Better Business Bureau and established a full-time working agent.
-- Scientology Intelligence reports to L. Ron Hubbard. Evidence from authorized FBI search
Executive Software (DisKeeper)
One component of the new Microsoft operating system is from a software company in the coterie of Scientology organizations. Churches and agencies are now concerned that the program could pass on information about its users by using hidden functions.
I doubt she was "just about to call me". And I doubt they had any other candidates applying for the same job at that time. The job required extensive technical knowledge and expertise in a very specific field which I possessed. I can not say why I was not given a job offer, but I'm quite certain it had something to do with Scientology.
I believe I was terminated because of my religion (non-Scientologist) and because of my race (Black).
Panda Software (antivirus)
According to French national newspaper L'Express, Urizarbarrena is a member of the Church whose first donation of $40,000 in 1996 has been repeated regularly since. Panda's French head is also a member of the sect, according to the paper, which reported that the issue has caused a wave of controversy among French organisations who fear they have bought security software that might be spyware.
Le ministère de l'Intérieur a-t-il financé, à son insu, l'Eglise de scientologie? La question agite les couloirs feutrés de la Place Beauvau depuis quelques jours: une enquête interne a en effet révélé que le ministère avait souscrit un contrat avec une société informatique dirigée par un célèbre scientologue.
Volgens L'Express doet Mikel Urizarbarrena, de oprichter van Panda Software, regelmatig donaties aan een organisatie die aan Scientology sekte gelieerd is. De organisatie waar het om gaat is het World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE), een Amerikaanse club van 2.500 bedrijven die in handen zijn van Scientology-aanhangers.
There are also concerns over how the information gleaned might be used. Silhouet UK claims it uses the L Ron Hubbard test 'because of its value as a management tool.' But Robin Chater, secretary-general of the Federation of European Employers, said: 'Participants should certainly be informed that the information they provide will be analysed by a company involved in promoting Scientologist principles.'
When contacted, Peter Buch of Silhouet UK claimed the company was a ''small family-run business with no links to Scientology. We are simply using the L Ron Hubbard test because of its value as a management tool,'' he said. But Patrick Peperstraete, a consultant at the Dutch branch of Silhouet confirmed that, like its sister companies in Denmark and Sweden, Silhouet UK is a member of the World Institution of Scientology Enterprises (Wise).
Totally Fun Company leaves downtown Clearwater
We are sorry to be leaving what had promised to be an idyllic town in which to establish our base, but we have no choice. Our employees are uncomfortable and intimidated by these cultists and won't even go out to lunch in order to avoid them.
Well, I guess the fact that we are no longer a WISE company and that the Pres. is no longer a member does NOT prevent KR's from being written.
Reaching into Society
The management techniques promoted by the consulting firms are identical to those used by the church, except that all Scientology references have been deleted from the materials. The consultants even employ the most basic instrument used by the church to recruit new members off the street -- a 200-question personality test that purports to let people know if they have ruinous personality flaws.
Government Technology : The must read of technology-curious government officials everywhere also has pushed L. Ron Hubbard-based training methods from time to time. Converge magazine, another e.Republic publication, sometimes publishes editorials extremely critical of the use of psychiatric drugs to combat mental illness. It's been a pet issue among Scientologists for years.
Managing to recruit: Religious conversion in the work place
"The scuttlebutt was that . . . this guy was a recruiter for Scientology, and everybody knew that. So everybody, all of us, all the dentists and podiatrists, . . . and periodontists and chiropractors that were there with us, we all went in [to the private meeting with the Scientology recruiter] with our eyes open, knowing that this guy was going to try to get us to sign up for Scientology. And so we all had this sense of invulnerability, that we were tough and we weren't going to fall for this. . . . None of us were going to sign up for this. In reality, every single one of us did, every single one of us did" (Hall and Kent 1995: 17-18).
Cisco Systems, study tech, the amazing Applied Scholastics and FatPipeU
Part of FatPipeU 's solution involves a self-paced training technology that Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard developed and which Cisco uses in its worldwide manufacturing operations. Endorsing this venture as a board member is Dr. Walter Ciciora, co-author of the book Modern Cable Television Technology.
This article discusses how Cisco, as well as other high tech firms, have employed a training program called "100% Proficiency Training," which is based on -- stop me if you've heard this one before - the study tech developed by that benevolent corporate visionary, L. Ron Hubbard.
A senior Cisco official has lent her name to an article which praises training methods based on the teachings of Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard.
Las Vegas Review-Journal : Benjamin Franklin Cook III, arrested in October in a Las Vegas casino, was charged with 37 counts of racketeering, fraud and theft in connection with an investment scheme run by his company, Dennel Finance Ltd. The indictment alleges that Cook defrauded more than 300 investors of a total of $41 million.
Earthlink co-founder Reed Slatkin, an unregistered investment manager and ordained Scientology minister, admitted to defrauding clients of approximately 255 million dollars in a Ponzi-type investment scheme. Many of his victims were fellow Scientologists; others were wealthy investors with Hollywood connections.
Scientology infiltration and subversion
|On June 10, 1960, Hubbard issued a seemingly innocent Bulletin saying that not all scientologists need be professional "auditors", or counsellors. He encouraged his followers to bring Scientology to the society through their jobs. He praised those who had already exerted influence: "These people ... drove a wedge for themselves into companies, societies, with Scientology and then took over control of the area."( 25) On 23 June, Hubbard extended his design with the Special Zone Plan: "a nation or state runs on the ability of its department heads, its governors, or any other leaders. It is easy to get posts in such areas ... Don't bother to get elected. Get a job on the secretarial staff or the bodyguard ... don't seek the co-operation of groups. Don't ask for permission".( 26) Hubbard went on to give the ex ample of a police officer quietly intruding Scientology into his workplace. In the 1970s, a San Diego police lieutenant was disciplined for using police computers on behalf of Scientology.( 27) In the 1990s, the president of Finland dismissed his scientologist bodyguard,
Jon Atack: Scientology: religion or intelligence agency ?
Excerpt of ED 1040
The Zone Plan and ED 1040 are one of the concerns of the German government. And with good reason too. Scientology's past and present attempts to infiltrate South African society using the Zone Plan. Also read on Hubbard's idea why to make a " Safe Point ".
World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE)
|British Petrol division in South-Africa, Italian branches of Mercedes Benz, Volvo in Denmark and Philips Electronics in Sweden.|
Les salariés d'une entreprise de plongeurs et de scaphandriers de l'Eure ont déclenché une grève avec occupation ... la suite de menaces de treize licenciements, en dénonçant l'appartenance de leur PDG ... l'église de scientologie.
Other French enterprises have recently decided not to work any longer with Valgo, after discovering their connection with Scientology. It is easy to understand why they fell so ill-used: Valgo presented itself in effect as a management consulting firm like all the others. Except that it was not in fact like the others... In order to practice, consultants must buy a licence from WISE, in exchange for which the agree to remit, in the form of royalties, between 6% and 9% of their profits. Which means that companies that work with these consultants contribute indirectly, under the guise of royalties, to the house of Scientology.
|The purpose of WISE [World Institute of Scientology Enterprises] : For Scientology to take over the entire world business community by getting LRH [L. Ron Hubbard] admin tech fully into use in every business in the world whether Scientologist or not.
-- Confidential WISE Directive Nr. 2 of May 5, 1986.
Israeli Zoglobek case
Workers in the Zoglobek food factory in the North have recently presented shocking testimony to the heads of the Pe'ilim-Lev L'Achim organization's Department for the Battle Against Cults. They describe the prolonged pressures exerted on them to participate in workshops in methods of the Scientology cult.
Shocking testimony about a Zoglobeck factory worker who was fired for not submitting to demands of the company director to participate in Scientology cult seminars was heard on 9 Tammuz at a special meeting of the Knesset Labor and Welfare Committee.
Then, the factory worker's first encounter with Scientology would come during a private meeting in Zoglobek's office. Next he would be required to take a "communications" course, where he would sit for hours with a cult professional who asked the worker a series of personal questions. A report was written up about the worker and then passed on to Zoglobek. If the worker got a good evaluation from the Scientology professional, the worker was moved up to the next level, which involved having to attend lectures twice a week in the factory's lecture hall.
Heinrich Stiefel had long considered whether he should go public. His problem: the Hungarian branch of his publishing group had been infiltrated by Scientology. The company proprietor from Ingolstadt just barely had time to stop the psychological terrorism which had neutralized his staff and would presumably have meant ruin for his establishment.
There is a residential park comprising five hundred flats to be built on the site of the former brickyard of Nagykanizsa. The contractor is Balusztrád Ltd registered on the membership list of WISE, the international organization of scientologist companies. The residential park will need five years and HUF five billion to be built.
Die Abteilung "Sicherheit" beim Deutschen Industrie- und Handelstag (DIHT) in Bonn nennt Scientology eine "tickende Zeitbombe", eine "Organisation, auf Befehl und Gehorsam aufgebaut". Sie schaffe "den gläsernen Menschen, der sich ohne Mitspracherecht allen Richtlinien unterwerfen muß" und bilde "ein weltweites Wirtschaftsunternehmen, militärisch strukturiert, vergleichbar mit der Mafia". Scientology sei "eine Gefahr für den Wirtschaftsstandort Deutschland" und "beliebäugelt gerade Immobilienmakler".
The court decided that the plaintiff is entitled to the refund because of "bad behaviour" of the defendant (the bad behaviour = not telling the scientology link).
|Ziel von WISE [World Institute of Scientology Enterprises] ist die Übernahme der Wirtschaft auf der gesamten Welt durch die Scientology, indem die LRH-Verwaltungstechnologien in jeder Firma der Welt vollständig eingeführt wird, ob es sich um einen Scientologen handelt oder nicht
Wise-Richtlinie Nr. 2 vom 05. Mai 1986
WISE und Unterwanderung der Wirtschaft -- Der Surfspion
Scientology cashing in on the 9/11 tragedy and NYC Firemen? It sure seems so. The cult has never been known for being scrupulous and jumped on the bandwagon to use yet another opportinity for nice PR pictures and offering Scientology under a different name. Downtown Medical offers the "Hubbard Detoxification Program" which in Scientology is sold as the purification rundown. There it is a "preliminary religious ritual that all new members must buy," as was reported in the Boston Globe.
The purification rundown made up by Scientology founder L.Ron Hubbard, isn't only sold in Scientology or Downtown Medical, so too it is part of Scientology's Narconon. But there it is touted as a treatment for sweating out drugs. In a handful of prisons the scientologists use yet a different name for the unscientific "detoxification"; Second Chance Program. One treatment fits all, in Scientology. What is mandatory for new scientologists, is mandatory for new Narconon & Second Chance Program clients, and is mandatory for New York firemen when they want to do the Scientology-based detox program at Downtown Medical.
Media articles on this scam
- CultNews.com - 13 Jul 2003
- Will Scientology cash in on 9-11 tragedy through NYC Firemen?
- CultNews.com - 20 Aug 2003
- A Scientology related program raises money using New York City firemen
- New York Times - 04 Oct 2003
- Scientologist's Treatments Lure Firefighters
- CultNews.com - 05 Oct 2003
- AP picks up NY Times story about Scientology-related program and NYC Firemen
- CultNews.com - 28 Oct 2003
- Is Tom Cruise working a NYC charity event for Scientology?
- Daily News (New York) - 13 Dec 2003
- Bravest taking the Cruise cure
- CultNews.com - 17 Dec 2003
- NY fireman's union dumps Scientology-related program
City Councilwoman and Manhattan Borough President candidate Margarita Lopez directed $630,000 towards the above Scientology affiliated unscientific "Detoxification Project," a scientologist e-mail suggests supporting Margarita Lopez "WILL DEFINITELY PAY BIG DIVIDENDS". Scientologists pump nearly $115,000 towards Lopez' campaign.
- New York Post - 3 August 2005
QUID PRO CULT
City Councilwoman and Manhattan Borough President candidate Margarita Lopez appears to have been caught steering hundreds of thousands of city dollars into a "medical" center tied to the crackpot cult Scientology.
- New York Post - 3 August 2005
MIKE BLASTS SCIENTOLOGY
Mayor Bloomberg yesterday slammed the Church of Scientology following reports that it pumped big bucks into a councilwoman's campaign for Manhattan borough president.
- Gay City News - 4 - 10 August 2005
Scientology Flap Snares Lopez
Faced with questions about her ties to the Church of Scientology, Manhattan borough president candidate Margarita Lopez defends her support of a Scientology-supported treatment facility for 9-11 first responders—and says her fundraising efforts have been by the book.
- Downtown Express - 5 - 11 August 2005
Margarita Lopez stays mum through Scientology flap
Lopez’s campaign has collected nearly $115,000 in contributions—more than one quarter of the total amount of money raised—from sources that the Post said were linked to Scientology, including $38,000 garnered at a Florida fundraiser in January hosted by a Church of Scientology affiliate, just one month after the first half of the city’s appropriation was secured by the detoxification center.
- Downtown Express - 12 - 18
Lopez talks about finances and Scientology
Margarita Lopez is under fire for taking contributions from Scientology while giving funds to the group's Downtown detox center, and is also at risk of losing public matching funds because of unresolved problems with her 2001 funds.
- Margerita Lopez loses borough president bid
Scientologists teaching impressionable young children Scientology-doctrine in public schools
What is truly alarming is that Scientology, using its "Narconon Drug Prevention & Education program" label, is able to teach young children some of its doctrine about drugs and detoxification, a method which is called "pseudoscience" by Dr. Peter Banys, director of substance abuse programs at the VA Medical Center in San Francisco.
After public outcry has the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) told Narconon to "stop teaching what the district calls inaccurate and misleading information" before June the 24th 2004, or get "removed from the list of Community Based Organizations". Narconon can not really change what they teach, it is officially carved in stone by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Scientology corporation. Hubbard, internally referred to as "Source", ruled that only he could change the doctrine of Scientology, and he's been dead since 1986.. But Scientology - it has to be admitted - has found new ways to change some Hubbard. One of the tricks they employ is using his trademarked name as part of the title of rewritten books. No one sees the difference and only the copyright registrations at the copyright office reveal the fraud.
How this will end is very interesting. Of course the proper way would have been to kick Scientology's Narconon out of schools because of the state/church separation issue and the program is called by experts "irresponsible" and "pseudoscience," charging that students are being introduced to Scientology beliefs and methods without their knowledge.
On 17 June 2004 the latest news was that Superintendent Jack O'Connell of the California Department of Education, has ordered an investigation of Narconon's program in schools: "We have an obligation to inform school districts of potentially inaccurate and misleading information being distributed," O'Connell said. "We'll start following this. We can send a memo to all school districts with the flip of a switch."
Items on this important issue
- San Franciso Chronical - 9 June 2004
- Scientology link to public schools As early as the third grade, students in S.F. and elsewhere are subtly introduced to church's concepts via anti-drug teachings
- Scientology emails unmask Narconon - 9 June 2004
- San Franciso Chronical - 10 June 2004
- Narconon put on notice by schools -- Scientology-linked program ordered to fix inaccuracies
- San Franciso Chronical - 17 June 2004
- Probe of antidrug program ordered State schools chief says he could bar Narconon teachings
- San Franciso Chronical - 20 June 2004
- EDITORIAL Common sense prevails
- San Franciso Chronical - 23 June 2004
- L.A. schools look hard at Narconon
- UPI - 23 June 2004
- LA probes Scientology drug program
- San Franciso Chronical - 2 July 2004
CALIFORNIA State to evaluate Narconon Research group tapped to look at anti-drug teachings
- San Franciso Chronical - 25 August 2004
Narconon banned from S.F. schools
- NPR - 12 September 2004
Schools Nix Drug Speeches from Scientology Group
- San Franciso Chronical - 2 October 2004
Church's drug program flunks San Francisco test
- San Franciso Chronical - 23 February 2005
Schools urged to drop antidrug program Scientology-linked teachings inaccurate, superintendent says
- San Franciso Chronical - 27 March 2005
[Californian] Doctors back schools dropping flawed antidrug program
- The Honolulu Star-Bulletin - 25 February 2005
DOE to review California anti-drug program
- The Honolulu Star-Bulletin - 11 June 2005
Pubilc schools will not host Narconon program
Narconon banned from Boston Public Schools
Superintendent's Office memo - 1 September 2004
Superintendent's Office memo
California Department of Education - Narconon Drug Abuse Prevention Program Evaluation
The CDE report lists examples of inaccurate information and of misleading statements by Narconon provided to students.
More information on Narconon/Scientology Infiltration of the San Francisco Unified School District
Experts on the Hubbard purification rundown/detoxification program
More expert opinions, including the opinion of United States Assistant Surgeon General, can be found on narconon-exposed.org. Another story worth reading is how Scientology at Ground Zero was obstructing much needed help.
- Prof Michael Ryan, head of the pharmacology department at UCD testified that the purification rundown (or purif for short) is "neither medically safe nor scientifically verified".
- Prof. Folke Sjoqvist, Scientific Advisor in Clinical Pharmacology concluded in his expert advice on Narconon given to the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare: "As evident from this compilation, there is no documentation to show that the Hubbard method of detoxification from drug abuse conforms to scientific standards and medical experience."
- In a blistering 1988 report, Dr. Ronald E. Gots, a toxicology expert from Bethesda, Md., called the regimen "quackery," and noted that "no recognized body of toxicologists, no department of occupational medicine, nor any governmental agencies endorse or recommend such treatment."
- David Hogg, M.D., Toronto, did a Critical analysis and concluded: Hubard's "theories are based on fallacies and lies; there is no scientific data to support any of them... his program not only fails to deliver what it promises, but may actually be detrimental to the health of those taking it."
If you are a NY firefighter or rescue worker and wonder whether you should do the detoxification program AKA purification rundown, then read these words of the offical Scientology "scripture" on the sole purpose of the purification rundown:
The Purification Rundown has as its sole purpose the handling of the restimulative effects of drugs and toxic residuals on a Spiritual Being. The Purification Rundown is a Spiritual activity based on and administered according to the doctrine and practices of the religion of Scientology as set forth in the writings of L. Ron Hubbard and adopted by the Church. No part of the Rundown is intended as the diagnosis, prescription for, or treatment of any bodily or physical condition or ill.
I understand that this part of the page grew rather large, but how children are lied to by the scientologists and teached Scientology beliefs is important to bring to the surface. And in a sense is not different than how managers are deceived by WISE and its consultants. After all, like WISE is Narconon is a world-wide problem, and while I am glad the Narconon presentations are pushed out of schools here and there, they still manage to deceive schools somewhere else and get close to our children. In Melbourne schools f.e. they are free to peddle their unscientific ware, reported the Herald Sun on 15 August 2005.
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