Testimony by the World's First Real Clear, part two: 'Scientology is designed to entrap people' - 2018-06-07
Today we're continuing to bring you highlights from a stunning new document found by historian Chris Owen, a 30-page affidavit by the "World's first real Clear" — John McMaster. After our highlights, we're posting the entire document in text and pdf forms.
The Sea Org was billed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard as a fraternal order of the most dedicated Scientologists, equipped with the most advanced training and ready to bring Scientology to a needy planet. What John McMaster and others found, however, was an oppressive environment in which arbitrary, sometimes sadistic punishments were routine.
McMaster had risen to prominence as one of Scientology's most effective spokesmen. When he joined the Sea Org in 1969, he was confronted with Hubbard's unrestrained authoritarianism and the harsh system of "Ethics" created to enforce Hubbard's will. He became one of the many Sea Org members who found the contradictions between Hubbard's humanitarian promises and the reality of life aboard Hubbard's motley fleet too much to bear. McMaster fled from the Sea Org and continued to believe in Scientology for a while, but rejected Hubbard's leadership and his Ethics system. He was expelled from Scientology in 1971.