Excerpted from http://www.scientology-lies.com/re.cgi?http://www.entheta.net/entheta/1stpersn/gerry/1997-012.htm . Please see that page for the full text.
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Gerry Armstrong describes experiences on the RPF and RPFs RPF
I was in the RPF twice, first for 17 months in Clearwater, then for 8 months at La Quinta and Gilman, both times assigned on the personal order of Hubbard. The first time was for "insubordination" for "attacking the GO," the second for "joking" about Hubbards movies. During most of my first "assignment" I was the "Bosun," the assignee in charge of the RPF. During my second "assignment" I was the RPF MAA, second in command under the Bosun, responsible for RPF "ethics."
During those periods, most people were not initially assigned to the RPFs RPF. A person could be, if Hubbard or DM was being particularly cruel to the person. Someone could also be sent to the RPFs RPF, as Vaughn says, if he took his RPF assignment too lightly. That, by the way, is the truth to be returned to the Scientology apologists/OSA spokespeople who claim that RPF assignment was a sort of privilege for spiritual reasons. It was PUNISHMENT. Anyone who believed and acted as if the RPF were a privilege for spiritual purposes got the RPFs RPF.
It was generally while in the RPF that assignments were made to the RPFs RPF. This could be for any infraction. There was always a great deal of pressure on the RPF execs (Bosun and MAA) from the CMO and Hubbard missions to be ruthless and uncaring with the other RPF members. If the Bosun didnt assign an "out-ethics" RPF member to the RPFs RPF the Bosun could find himself stripped of his post and himself assigned to the RPFs RPF. I was once stripped of the post and assigned an extra month in the RPF for "allowing slack discipline."
The assignment of extra time in the RPF should lay to rest the idea that the RPF was anything but PUNISHMENT.
I have seen people picked up bodily by four big men and taken to the RPF kicking, struggling and screaming in protest. That is not "voluntary" as Scientologys spokespeople claim. I have seen many people held and guarded. All mail out of the RPF was read by the MAA, and any mail in could be. Telephone calls to family were by permission and were monitored.
The RPF is something Germany and every government should look at because the citizens of every country are being assigned to these US-based gulags in violation of basic human rights. People assigned are not free to leave but are held, guarded, and must sign lists of their "crimes" culled from their pc folders before they are routed out. Until, among other reforms Scientology must make, the organization abolishes its RPFs, freedom of religion in the US is a lie. The US has created a freedom for unholy corporations to persecute individuals for "religious" reasons. The US has allowed its Constitutional guarantee of religious freedom to be perverted by money-motivated corporate lawyers.
... People could not get out of the RPF until they had become so compliant that they thanked their punishers for the punishment, and wrote a success story (to be used against them in the future if they ever realized they had been abused and sought redress for that abuse).
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