I, ALEXANDER TURBYNE
III, make this declaration on personal knowledge except as to those matters
stated on information and belief, and as to those matters I believe them
to be true.
1. I received mailings
from Sterling Management Systems over a number of years before I filled
out a "Sterling Business Analysis" form. I do not believe any
of the mailings made any mention of Scientology, and I know for sure that
the questionnaire form I filled out only listed J. Chase Wilson Corp.
as the owner, because I still have half of the original, and a Blank that
is exactly the same.
2. In September 1990, I received a phone call from a woman at Sterling
who said the questionnaire had been evaluated and that Sterling could
really help me get the practice under control. The next step was to schedule
my attendance at an Introductory seminar with my staff. Again no mention
was made of Scientology. I initially scheduled the seminar for January
14, 1991. I received a call from Sterling in early December 1990 rescheduling
to December 21, 1990, since the original date was in Portland, Oregon
and not Portland, Maine. I believe I was going to cancel since the date
was too close to Christmas for us, but I received a confirmation card,
and I confirmed that the actual date was January 21, 1991, so we attended
the seminar in Portland. There was no mention of Scientology on the confirmation
card. The seminar and the personal consultaticn, during which I signed
the contract, both took place at a hotel in Portland.
3. I do not recall any discussion of Scientology at the introductory seminar.
The only reference to it was similar to what is in the contract. To the
best of my recollection, the statement was to the effect that, "We
use material developed by L Ron Hubbard, who invented Scientology, but
this is different, and has nothing to do with Scientology." To this
point in time I had never heard of Scientology, and certainly did not
have the slightest idea of Scientology's Plan to "clear the planet,"
or specifically, its plans for my money.
4. The morning after
the seminar, I had a private consultation with Doug Faulk who gave the
seminar. He lead me to Believe that if I took the $13,500 Sterling program,
the week of courses and consulting time would be IMMEDIATELY useful to
a dental practice and that the "cookbook" of plans I would receive
could be custom made for me, and would be very specific and easily used
and tailored to MY office. I signed the contract submitted in support
of my motion for summary adjudication as EXHIBIT B and paid $15,000.
5. When I arrived
at Sterling's office, I was questioned by a woman about any association
to the IRS or FBI. This I found a little unsettling, and I kind of wondered
what Sterling had to hide and if the business was on the level. I believe
at some point during the first days' meeting with my consultant, Bruce
McCallister, recommended that I speak with David Oliva. He was presented
as one who could help with more personal problems, and that my business
gains would be tied to this. I believe a meeting was scheduled for March
18, 1991 or March 19, 1991.
6. The first book
on the course was a children's book that presented L. Ron Hubbard's view
on misunderstood words. Dates out in Glendale, Friday March 15, 1991 to
Friday March 22, 1991. The other courses Bruce selected for me were: (1)
The Ups and Downs In Life Course; (2) Ethics For Business Survival; (3)
Success Through Communication; (4) How To Get Along With Others Course;
(5) The Personal Integrity Course; (6) How To Increase Productivity By
Managing Personnel On Statistics; and (7) Basic Organization (just started
when I had to leave). As this above list shows, very little of the program
was business oriented and those courses were quite general as well as
clearly Scientology in nature. I did not find the courses pertinent to
7. Bruce McCallister had stressed the need for the non-business courses
with what OCA test showed was my depression, low self-esteem, etc. According
to him, the management course would not work if I did not resolve these
problems. Since I did not know what I was getting into, and wanting to
maximize the returns on my money, I agreed to try personal counseling
at the Hubbard Dianetics Foundation.
At some point Sunday
or Monday I spoke with John (an Instructor) and told him that I felt this
whole thing was a bait an switch operation. I learned that the instructors
would not tolerate any serious questioning of materials being presented.
Everything was placed back on me, as I were the problem if I didn't accept
or like the materials. I also learned that they had no qualms about taking
as much time as necessary to place themselves back in control of my indoctrination,
especially since it was my quarter, and the meter was running at about
$200 per hour . In other words, the counseling hours that I had paid for
(for business counseling) were being used up for "counselling"
me not to question the doctrines of Hubbard and Scientology.
9. The Ups And Downs course covered the Scientology war-horse concept
of "ARC" (affinity, reality, and communication) plus the anti-social
personality, potential trouble source, handling suppression and other
related Scientology dogma. This course is particularly important for understanding
how Scientology and Sterling are one and the same. To cut to the chase,
Sterling's staff did, indeed, succeed in recruiting me for Scientology
programs at the Church of Scientology of Orange County. And while I was
there, I was required to do an Ups And Downs course: it was exactly the
same as the course at Sterling!
When I inquired about
this matter at Orange County, I was told by (still a member) Dave Worthen
that Sterling is "just a public relations front organization for
10. "Ethics For Business Survival" covered Scientology's "ethics
Conditions" Power, Power change, affluence, Normal operation, emergency,
danger, non-existence, liability, doubt, enemy, treason, confusion. All
this was a very general discussion of the different levels of productivity
of businesses and all other kinds of organizations. Assuming that any
of it were valid, it was too general and theoretical to be useful. Furthermore,
no specific aid was given as to how to turn a business that is in a condition
of doubt, to one of affluence. Obviously, nothing was applicable to a
dental practice and this was a complete breach of promise made to me when
I signed up.
Along With Others" covered more on ARC triangle, tone scale, antagonism
by third parties, as a cause of violence and conflict, and other Scientology
philosophy. (nothing on dental practices)
12. The "Personal
Integrity Course" a was on the sad state of the world and Scientology's
Eight Dynamics (self, family unit, group, humankind, etc.) and HONOR CODE
(totally Scientology tenets and nothing about dental management).
13. The "Management By Statistics" course was about statistics
from a Scientology perspective and Scientology's "Conditions"as
they were supposed to relate to business.
14. "Business Organization." I did not get very far into the
15. Near the end of the week I was given a very hard sell for the Speedo
course, a program where a Sterling staff member comes to your office to
set up the Sterling system. Given the fact that I had learned next to
nothing that I could directly apply to my practice, I was concerned that
my money would be totally wasted unless I purchased Speedo and I decided
to purchase the plan. I was becoming very fearful that I had wasted my
time and money on Sterling, and I thought if I could salvage that by spending
more then I had to do it. It cost $6,709.15. The invoices shows these
payments and are attached hereto as EXHIBITS G, H, I and J.
16. 1 have enclosed copies of some material from the Hubbard Dissemination
course. This is a book from Sterling or Scientology and the steps outlined
define just how the Sterling Sting is laid out. This is a virus spreading
more viruses in a very organized and orchestrated way. I was also set
up, so unsuspecting professionals, seeking self improvement, would become
the milk-cows, for a Scientology organization that is seeking a new world
17. All these courses are, by design, indoctrinating the individuals in
the dogma of Scientology by paying lip service to something which appears,
to the individual, to be a common goal. When questions are raised, the
fears are expertly assuaged and the subconscious climb up the gradient
of indoctrination continues. Scientology gains control of substantial
chunks of money, at a minimal cost to the organization and the financial
security of the group is improved.
18. Had I known, by Dave Worthen's own admission, that Sterling Management
was merely Scientology's Public Relations branch, and under direct control
of Scientology, I would not have wasted a nickel, much less the amount
19. Prior to going to Sterling, I had expectations that I would be receiving
superior quality instruction on dental practice management, that would
be custom tailored to MY practices' needs. What I got, was shoddy, coloring
book quality course materials, and advice on getting more patients, at
a time when I had a two month back-log and didn't know how to handle that.
20. 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
21. "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful
tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean--neither more nor less."--
ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS "When Lewis Carroll wrote these immortal
words, he was making fun at every public speaking buffoon who has ever
climbed up on a platform and tried to bamboozle the rest of us with verbal
trickery and slippery syntax. What he was saying, in effect, was that
we should be on the alert for serious sounding nonsense."-- BILL
WILLIAMSON -- A DIFFERENT DRUMMER.
Sworn to under penalty
of perjury under the laws of the state of California at Skowhegan, Maine
this 3rd day of May, 1992.
Alexander Turbyne III