Hey Tommy, about that tat

Dear Mr. Davis:
Lawrence Wright writes: “Davis became fiercely committed to the Sea Org. He got a tattoo on one arm of its logo—two palm fronds embracing a star, supposedly the emblem of the Galactic Confederacy seventy-five million years ago.”

As millions of people know, the Sea Org symbol is a laurel wreath and star.

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I’m fairly certain that this item will feature in the Miscavige regime’s “Dead Agent Pack” or “False Report Correction Pack” in response to The New Yorker article.

Did you tell Wright that the Sea Org symbol is “palms fronds embracing a star?” Or is the tattoo on your arm actually palm fronds and a star? I do acknowledge, in a fair witness sort of way, that I don’t actually know if you have a tattoo, or even an arm, but I have to assume that during your many hours with Wright, the fact-checkers and David Remnick they checked these facts.

Or are the palm fronds just something Wright invented or imagined? It’s hard to imagine that this is a detail from his knowledge about Scientology? So maybe it’s sarcasm, like calling the Rod of Asclepius a snake embracing a dildo.

I mean, when you search Google Images for “Sea Org logo,” there it is, the laurel wreath and star. Search Images for “laurel wreath,” bingo. Don’t know what those branches around the star are? Search the web for “Sea Org logo.” Not many hits, in part because the term that Scientology and Scientologists use is “Sea Org symbol.” Despite that, using “logo,” the first result is a Wikipedia page. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sea_Org_logo.svg

That links, as you’d imagine, to the page for “Sea Org,” which displays the symbol or logo and captions it, “The Sea Org laurel wreath logo.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sea_Org_logo.svg

“Laurel wreath” is hot linked to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurel_wreath

And then, if you’re still not sure, search Google Images for “palm fronds.” http://preview.tinyurl.com/4jzoxov

Or was this a sort of friendly error, in the same way that the pan-determined can have friendly lawsuits.

I sure wish The New Yorker’s impressively lionized fact checkers had checked with me on that fact. They checked with me over and over about your BS that I’d forged Hubbard’s letter to Mary Sue where he wrote of drinking rum and doing pinks and greys, but the fact checkers never asked me about the SO symbol. Even if you have palm fronds tattooed on your arm, what Wright wrote is that the Sea Org logo is two palm fronds embracing a star.

I was in the SO for close to 11 years, and the cult clearly hasn’t changed the SO symbol, so it wasn’t as if I couldn’t have had this knowledge. I couldn’t say what your tattoos look like, and wouldn’t claim to, but I knew that the SO symbol is the laurel wreath and star and not palm fronds. Plus there are all these other ex-SOers, and you current SOers that The New Yorker talked to.

So to end up with palm fronds! It makes my Sea Org experience feel even gayer than it was. It’s like describing the US Logo as “Stars and Shafts” or “Asterisks and Stripes,” or the Apple logo as a persimmon. Not in that context, not in The New Yorker.

Yours accurately,
Gerry Armstrong

Letter to Tommy Davis: When’s the end of endless comm lags?

Dear Mr. Davis:

It’s important, I believe, to let you know, and anyone else who might care, that I write to you about the conspiracy to steal valor you’re involved in, your false charges and black PR, and anything else I might write you about, without a real expectation that you’ll grant me the slightest suggestion of credence, or logically answer my communications. You can’t answer, logically or not, of course, if I don’t communicate something you’re capable of answering. I therefore have kept my communications simple, and I’ll keep this simple, so you can’t complain, legitimately at least, that you didn’t logically answer because what I’ve written is beyond your understanding. Pretended or faked ignorance, it goes without saying, is the standard and most common “beingness” or illogical answer that Scientologists resort to when thinking and caring Wogs seek logical answers from the Scientologists to the Wogs’ logical, reasonable and serious communications.

As you know, your religion’s source L. Ron Hubbard established in your scripture what he identified as the most important method for establishing people’s conditions or how sick or well they are. He, of course, called this most important method in Scientology the “communication lag” or “comm lag.”  Hubbard defined the communication lag as “the length of time it takes to get a logical answer.” (Scientology Technical Dictionary) You may, as he also says in scripture, “outflow, jabber, discuss, pause, hedge, disperse, dither or be silent,” etc., but the time it takes to get a logical answer out of you is your comm lag.

Hubbard states in scripture, as I’d expect you to know, that “the key test of aberration is communication lag.” [Hubbard, L. R. (1954, 23 April). SOP 8-D. Fifth American Advanced Clinical Course, (5ACC13). Lecture conducted from Phoenix, Arizona.] He goes on to further explain comm lag as “the inability of the person to get two things connected easily and rationally.” So, if, for example, I originate this communication – one thing – and you take forever to provide, or connect me with — a logical answer, the second thing — you would be infinitely aberrated.

In the same scriptural sermon, Hubbard says that society — by which he clearly means Wog society — calls this failure to connect, or to logically answer a communication, “stupidity.” The longest lag Hubbard said he personally knew of at that time, which “could actually be easily traced,” was ten years. The fellow with that comm lag, according to Hubbard’s calculus, would be the stupidest guy he’d ever encountered. Hubbard states in a 1953 sermon entitled “The Theory of Communication” that communication lag is the “index of sanity.” The man with the ten-year comm lag Hubbard traced so easily is also, according to Scientology scripture, the most insane person he’d ever met.

I have been communicating to Scientologists without a logical answer from at least since I escaped from your organization or religion in 1981, which is approaching 30 years. It’s arguable that I didn’t get a logical answer from Hubbard or other Scientologists while I was being lured into Scientology, or during my years inside your cult; but I’m only considering here the period since I left. Many of my many communications to Scientologists over these years obviously can actually be easily traced. In fact, I’ve posted my communications publicly, and will post this one publicly, in part to make their tracing actually as easy as possible.

Scientologists’ logical answers can’t actually be traced because of their absolute absence. What are present, of course, and can, as Scientology scripture states, actually be easily traced, are Scientologists’ group, individual and independent comm lags. Some of Scientologists’ illogical answers can be quite easily traced actually; but, of course, illogical answers are not logical answers. I do acknowledge that I do recognize that Scientologists in their illogical answers very well might swear up and down that they have been eminently logical.

Illogical answers don’t become logical answers no matter how much illogic is added. And illogical answers, no matter how many are generated, don’t eliminate or even reduce comm lags, but merely prolong them. Scientology and Scientologists’ illogical answers to me over all these years include threats, even of assassination, physical assaults, covert ops, lawsuits, manufactured evidence, false charges, a volcano of black propaganda; but these were never logical. Sociopaths would say that these sorts of answers, especially to their victims’ communications, are perfectly logical. And Scientologists, of course, will defend these evils or insanities as logical answers, because they’re mandated in Scientology scripture and have continuously constituted command intention since Hubbard declared war on Wogs. Logical answers to Scientology’s victims, or SPs, like myself, are actually impossible, because such answers necessitate granting credence to the victims, which is expressly prohibited in Scientology.

I know you’re aware of and live by this, but it’s important that Wogs understand the aberrated, stupid and insane system Scientologists embrace to keep their comm lags working. Read SPD 28 “Suppressive Act – Dealing with a Declared Suppressive Person.” http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/cult/sp/spd-28-1982-08-13-txt.html

To maintain a line with, offer support to, or in any way grant credance to such a person indicates nothing more than agreement with that person’s destructive intentions and acts.  Such dealings in fact act as a covert or overt attempt to undermine and negate the ethics and justice strengths of our ecclesiastical structure.

Those are your victims it’s talking about, Mr. Davis. The ethics and justice strengths of your ecclesiastical structure are evil and deserve negation.

It is phenomenal and quite tragic, thinking Wogs with good hearts certainly can see, that so many Scientologists over so many years would render themselves so colossally aberrated, stupid or insane, rather than logically answer my simple and logical communications. All my compassion for the apparently autogenously degraded Scientologists, however, does not end their comm lags. According to both Scientology scripture, and even basic Wog logic, Scientologists’ comm lags can only be ended with their logical answers.

I don’t postulate for you and your fellow Scientologists a life of continuous extreme aberration, stupidity and insanity. You Scientologists postulate this for yourselves, but it’s a useless postulate that has so little reality a mere logical answer reduces it to nothing. To keep yourselves extremely aberrated, stupid or insane, you have to maintain your extremely long comm lags. I really have done, if you’ll check the record, whatever I could to keep communicating logically and simply no matter how aberrated, stupid or insane you make yourselves. I haven’t given up on anyone, but I can’t and don’t have an expectation that you, or any Scientologist actually, will give me a logical answer.

Sincerely,

Gerry Armstrong

Open Letter to Tommy Davis on forgery charge

Dear Mr. Davis:

It is also necessary for me to communicate with you about your charge of forgery against me that you are reported making to representatives of the New Yorker.

Davis spoke about Gerry Armstrong, a former Scientology archivist who cop¬ied, without permission, many of the church’s files on Hubbard, and who settled in a fraud suit against the church in 1986. Davis charged that Armstrong had forged many of the documents that he later disseminated in order to discredit the church’s founder.

To begin with, in the relevant time period, I had permission to copy the documents I copied while inside Scientology, and the necessary permission after leaving.

Why Lawrence Wright would write “without permission” when I specifically had permission, when it mattered, and when he had the Breckenridge decision, I don’t know. “With permission” would have saved three characters. I imagine your black PR binders on me worked some magic for you, otherwise you wouldn’t use them.

From the judgment in the Armstrong I case:

The court has found the facts essentially as set forth in defendant’s trial brief, which as modified, is attached as an appendix to this memorandum. In addition the court finds that while working for L.R. Hubbard (hereinafter referred to as LRH), the defendant also had an informal employer-employee relationship with plaintiff Church, but had permission and authority from plaintiffs and LRH to provide Omar Garrison with every document or object that was made available to Mr. Garrison, and further, had permission from Omar Garrison to take and deliver to his attorneys the documents and materials which were subsequently delivered to them and thenceforth into the custody of the County Clerk.

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The evidence is clear and the court finds that defendant and Omar Garrison had permission to utilize these documents for the purpose of Garrison’s proposed biography.

The files Wright is talking about here were actually L. Ron Hubbard’s files on himself, not Scientology’s files on Hubbard. Scientology first claimed in court in 1982 that the subject documents were the cult’s, which they were not, and then shifted its position and argued successfully at trial in 1984 that it was the bailee of Hubbard’s documents.

The essential reason I’m writing you, however, is your charge that I had forged many of these documents that I later disseminated, to discredit Hubbard or for any other reason. This is a nasty, criminal lie, and I believe you have a duty to tell the truth to reduce the threat you’ve generated.

If you really have Hubbard-related documents that you really believe I forged, then produce them and let me deal with them and my accuser. Otherwise, please acknowledge that you don’t have any such documents, and that you’re lying about me.

A key reason I oppose Scientology is the cruelty of its practitioners. That’s virtually impossible for the majority of Scientologists to get because Scientology is their way of life, and “cruelty” has still not been transformed into a virtue or even neutralized. Therefore to be a Scientologist at all, a person has to deny its cruelty.

It’s an easy concept for Scientologists such as Miscavige, and I’d think you, to get, however, because it’s your job, your hat, your beingness to be cruel. It’s not hard to see that the state of OT has much to do with cruelty. Your willful lying in the face of facts is cruel. Your continuing conspiracy to steal valor is cruel to the people who didn’t lie about their service, wounds or awards. Your forgery charge is false and cruel. Your cruelty is willfully threatening.

Please publicly withdraw this charge.

Sincerely,

Gerry Armstrong

Letter to Tommy Davis: The Value of Valor

Dear Mr. Davis:

The following from Lawrence Wright’s article is on the stolen valor issue that I wrote you about yesterday:

At the meeting, Davis and I also dis­cussed Hubbard’s war record. His voice filling with emotion, he said that, if it was true that Hubbard had not been injured, then “the injuries that he handled by the use of Dianetics procedures were never handled, because they were injuries that never existed; therefore, Dianetics is based on a lie; therefore, Scientology is based on a lie.”

This is a reasonably logical and accurate acknowledgement of the importance of the conspiracy to steal valor for Hubbard.

In the past, Scientology’s reps with a clue have tried to minimize or negate the importance of his military career, his medal claims, his war wounds. The old, “I know Scientology works and it doesn’t matter if Hubbard did X, or didn’t do Y, or said Z.”

You didn’t do that. You laid out what in the Scientology management group bank hangs on Hubbard’s heroism; or really what hangs on Hubbard’s lying, and why you do all you do to make his lies true. That’s exactly what Dianetics and Scientology depend on, making lies true, or getting lies accepted as truth, or illusion as reality.

It was true that Hubbard was not injured, as he claimed to have been injured. It’s true that injuries he claimed to handle by Dianetics, and apparently you present as believing he handled, were never handled, because those injuries never existed. Yes, Dianetics is based on a lie, in fact many lies. And yes, Scientology is based on just as many lies.

Wright has you concluding, “The fact of the mat­ter is that Mr. Hubbard was a war hero.” And the fact of the matter is that Hubbard was not a war hero. At least not the myriad medalled war hero he claimed to be, the hero he used to sell lie-based Dianetics and Scientology.

Please take to heart what you said, Mr. Davis, and stop victimizing good people for your lie-based religion.

Open letter to Tommy Davis on valor theft

Dear Mr. Davis:

I’m writing you about a matter that concerns me, as well as you and other Scientologists, which arose in your recent exchanges with Lawrence Wright and The New Yorker. As you would know, I posted a comment earlier this month about another matter broached in these exchanges, your little crock that I had posed nude in the Marin Independent Journal newspaper. http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/archives/4805

This is the first time I’ve communicated to you directly, but I’m sure you’ve seen many logical communications from me that went to your head David Miscavige directly, or to Scientologists more generally over the past many years, e.g., http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/writings/armstrong-ltr-miscavige-2008-03-13.html I’m writing right now about the conspiracy to steal valor you are involved in, along with Miscavige and others among his Scientologist underlings; specifically, your use of L. Fletcher Prouty to sheepdip L. Ron Hubbard’s actual naval career and mock him up as the many medalled war hero he wasn’t. Poof! Or baaaaaa?

To get away with stealing that valor, you crooks also conspire against me, because I know you’re stealing it. My known knowledge is why you pre-emptively passed The New Yorker your pile of black propaganda on me – your pornographic newspaper pose; your Armstrong Op transcripts; your pig dream; your pinks & greys poppycock; your Prouty prevarications; that I so far know of. You might not have thought about, or as you’d say, not-ised, the valor you’re conspiring to steal; but you have known for many years that you’re a compliant contracted participant and beneficiary in a Scientology-wide conspiracy against my rights, and the rights of the good people acting in concert with me. See, e.g., http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/archives/14 and http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/legal/a8/complaint-rpt-doj-2004-02-16.html

President Bush signed the Stolen Valor Act into law in December 2006. Prouty died in 2001, so his active participation in the Scientology conspiracy to steal valor for Hubbard ended before what Prouty, Miscavige and their coconspirators were doing became, technically or statutorily, criminal. Hubbard’s lies, and Scientologists’ and Wogs such as Prouty’s collaboration in those lies, about all his medals, and the heroism, service or wounds they signify, were unethical and cowardly. Because of the monstrous scale of the lies, and getting so many others to tell those lies, so willfully, so many years, in the face of all evidence, I’d even say the conspiracy is sociopathic. Scientologists, virtually universally, executed Hubbard’s command intention to steal valor for him while he was alive, and have executed Miscavige’s command intention to keep that valor theft going after Hubbard’s death. Those lies and the conspiracy were not criminal, however, until the Stolen Valor Act became law.

The new law 18 U.S.C. §704 “Military Medals or Decorations” states in relevant part:

(b) False Claims About Receipt of Military Decorations or Medals.— Whoever falsely represents himself or herself, verbally or in writing, to have been awarded any decoration or medal authorized by Congress for the Armed Forces of the United States, any of the service medals or badges awarded to the members of such forces, the ribbon, button, or rosette of any such badge, decoration, or medal, or any colorable imitation of such item shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than six months, or both.
http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/18/usc_sec_18_00000704—-000-.html

I’m sure there are people — Scientologists and your Wog co-conspirators — who will argue on the conspirators’ behalf that since Hubbard is dead, his falsely representing himself to have been awarded any medal or medals died with him. Consequently, because Scientologists demonstrably aren’t L. Ron Hubbard, they’re not violating this law by falsely representing that he was awarded a pirate’s chest full of medals, or fought in battles he didn’t, or was crippled and blinded when he wasn’t. I’d say that if Hubbard had not originated any lies, about his medals, action, injuries, this argument would have validity; but the lies the Miscavige regime liars are telling to steal valor are the same lies Hubbard originated. Or they are lies to attack the same people who call you all on your valor theft.

There is also a seamless continuity of purposes for the conspiracy to steal valor between the Hubbard and Miscavige regimes. To keep Scientology working, to keep its members paying or slaving, to keep the Gross Income rolling in, to get away with what they’ve been getting away with; Hubbard had to be seen as a hero, heroically injured, and heroically healing his own war wounds, and he couldn’t be seen as a liar about those things. These are evil purposes; and they comprise the most egregious example imaginable of the unscrupulous purposes for valor theft when the act was being considered.

Hubbard started stealing valor early, about as early as it became possible for him. He increased the medals he falsely claimed he had been awarded until they numbered 27, 28 or 29 medals and palms including two or three purple hearts. You’ve doubtlessly seen a color photo of the medals Hubbard claimed were his, the photo that was given to the Sea Org Missionaires on “Source Missions” beginning in 1974 to promote him around the world. The truth is, as shown in Hubbard’s own personal papers, confirmed in documents produced by the US Navy Department in response to FOIA requests, and known by Hubbard, Miscavige, RTC, GO, OSA, et al., he was awarded four standard service medals.

Hubbard’s more than shameless valor theft was a factor in my escaping his cult and his control in 1981. His false claims of medals and related wartime heroics went into evidence and were examined in the 1984 Scientology v. Armstrong trial, and undoubtedly contributed to the evaluation of Judge Breckenridge, who might have been a Navy man if I recall correctly, and who stated about Hubbard in the judgment:

The evidence portrays a man who has been virtually a pathological liar when it comes to his history, background, and achievements.
http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/legal/a1/breckenridge-decision.html

Scientology only brought Prouty into Hubbard’s conspiracy to steal valor, at least publicly and as far as I can tell, after the trial and the judgment. Prouty also joined the ongoing conspiracies to silence the people who had the facts and willingness to call Hubbard on his lies, and who called him. In this 1985 Freedom Magazine, Prouty black PRs me for the Hubbard regime as a covert operative using “tactics straight out of the Nazi subversion textbook.” http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/cult/freedom-1985-04-2.html Prouty also executed declarations and wrote letters to forward Hubbard’s valor theft for the Miscavige regime, e.g., here in 1987 to the publisher of Russell Miller’s Hubbard biography Bare-Faced Messiah: http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/c … 03-19.html Here’s Prouty being used for valor theft in a black PR pack on me in the 1990’s: http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/cult/fls-rpt-corr-ga.pdf

You know about Prouty, and what use for unholy purposes Scientology has made of his extreme willingness to pronounce his Proutyisms. http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/prouty.htm The collection of Proutyisms he pimped to Hubbard, Miscavige and countless coconspirators like yourself, who gratefully paid his fee, is disgraceful. Your use of Prouty in 2010-2011 to get The New Yorker to buy the valor Hubbard had stolen and had Scientologists steal, and to attack the people who are already your conspiracy’s victims, is unconscionable.

I believe that you and Scientology have a duty to Scientologists and to us Wogs tell the truth about L. Ron Hubbard, and the people you victimize in his name or as a point of honor. When I had the opportunity to join the conspiracy, I refused and left the Sea Org and Scientology. You joined the conspiracy, but you can always leave it. That’s the logical thing to do, and it’s what I’m asking you to do.

Sincerely,

Gerry Armstrong