Audit - The Scientology
term for the A Scientologist runs procedures on another Scientologist
to complete course work. The person running the procedure is an auditor.
-- In Scientology, this is the term for the person who acts as the counselor
or therapist, asking questions in an "auditing session" which
the patient, called a "preclear" in Scientology, must answer.
Written records, called worksheets, are kept of every session.
C/S or Case Supervisor --
This person is in charge of overseeing the auditing sessions of Scientology
preclears. The C/S reviews the worksheets after each session to make sure
the auditor is conducting the auditing session properly.
Class VIII, Class IX
-- these are designations for levels of auditor training. A Class VIII
auditor is qualified to audit almost every type of auditing procedure
Clear -- a milestone
on Scientology's "Bridge to Total Freedom" in which a person
is supposed to be free of their Reactive Mind. Once the person is Clear
they are ready to move on to the super-secret Operating Thetan, or OT
CMO -- stands for Commodore's
Messenger Organization. When L. Ron Hubbard began the Sea Organization
on the refurbished ship, the Appollo, he put all the children to work
as his messengers. These children were to take Hubbard's orders to the
crew of the ship and make sure his orders were complied with. Even after
the Sea Org moved to land-based headquarters, these Commodore's Messengers
continued to act as direct messengers for Hubbard. When Hubbard had to
go into hiding to avoid incarceration, the Commodore's Messenger Organization
took over control of Scientology and controls it, under the direction
of David Miscavige, to this day.
CLO -- Continental Liaison
Office. This is the middle management unit for each Scientology management
area. There is a CLO Western United States (called CLO WUS) in Los Angeles
and a CLO Eastern United States (CLO EUS) in New York, for example, as
well as a CLO France in Paris, a CLO Germany in Munich, and a CLO Italy
stands for Completed Staff Work. In Scientology there is a specific
procedure one must go through to get permission for anything from being
absent from work to go to the dentist to transferring from one job to
another. The form itself is called a CSW. It is also used as a verb, as
in "I have to CSW to be able to go to my mother's funeral."
Field Staff Member. By definition, a Scientologist who makes a
10 15% commission on every person he/she gets to take courses or purchase
Scientology material [HCOPL 5 June 1968 Issue III "F.S.M. Commissions"].
In practice, FSMs get commissions on any kind of money they can get someone
to pay to Scientology. For example, an FSM gets a commission if they can
get someone to donate money to translate Scientology materials into another
language, or, as in Maria's case, to send auditors for training at Flag.
- When Hubbard decided to return to land, the first place he ordered the
Sea Org to move into was Clearwater, Florida. The Sea Org bought the Fort
Harrison Hotel (under a pseudonym, the United Churches of Florida) for
cash.The ship "the Appollo" had been the Scientology Flagship,
so the Fort Harrison Hotel became the Flag Land Base.
-- stands for Flag Service Organization. This is the part of the Flag
Land Base that is responsible for delivering all the auditing and training
to the paying public Scientologists.
HCO -- stands for Hubbard
Communications Office. In a Scientology organization HCO is the division
that is responsible for personnel, communications (mail, etc.) and ethics.
When people talk about being sent to ethics, they also sometimes refer
to it as being sent to HCO.
L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology.
-- stands for Master at Arms. An Ethics Officer is called an MAA in a
Sea Org installation. Hubbard assigned terms from the U.S. Navy to many
positions in the Sea Org, such as Super Cargo, Commanding Officer, Master
at Arms, etc.
OSA -- Office of Special
Affairs. What used to be known as the Guardian's Office, until the indictments
of the late 1970s forced Hubbard to order the name changed for public
relations and legal reasons. OSA is responsible for all matters relating
to the outside, or "wog" world. This includes public relations
and media handling, litigation and all legal matters, and intelligence
gathering, including the disposal of anyone deemed an Enemy of Scientology.
Operating Thetan level 7. The OT levels are designed to solve a
Scientologists spiritual problems of having other spirits fused
onto his or her own. The highest course level in Scientology currently
is OT VIII.
-- called a reg (pronounced redge) in Scientology, this is the person
who is responsible for getting a person to pay for more auditing, training,
or other donations. In practice, the reges are some of the most ruthless
individuals in the Scientology hierarchy, using a wide range of coercive
methods to force a person to give up as much of their money as possible.
Sea Org - The Sea Organization.
This is an unincorporated group of the most dedicated Scientologists who
sign billion-year contracts and agree to work for room and board and a
small weekly allowance. Everyone in Scientology management is a member
of the Sea Org. The Sea Org, under David Miscavige's direction, has complete
power over all branches, both for-profit and nonprofit, of the Scientology
Super Power Project -- the
Super Power building is a massive project being constructed in downtown
Clearwater, Florida. Scientologists from all over the world have been
required to make large donations to this project. One "cornerstone"
costs $35,000, for example.
WOG - this is a derogatory
term in Scientology for anyone who is not a Scientologist. Hubbard took
the term from the derogatory term for someone of Asian descent, "worthy