Ed and Tera Hattaway
Ed Hattaway, chiropractor in the Atlanta area, contacted
the LMT and asked us to post a video
of the experiences he and his wife had in Scientology.
and his wife Tera hope to help others avoid being defrauded as they
were by Scientology and, as Ed put it, "the single most lucrative
dissemination line for the cult: WISE."
is the World Institute for Scientology Enterprises. Most of the
businesses run by Scientologists are members of WISE. Many WISE
companies are "management consultant" firms that hold
seminars for dentists, veterinarians, chiropractors, and other professionals,
promising to help them "boom" their businesses with a
spectacular management technology. Although they don't say so at
the outset, of course, they mean Hubbard management tech.
consulting firms go into a business, put Scientologists in administrative
positions in the company, and then try to convince the owners and
staff that the only way they will ever really be successful is by
handling their own personal problems that are holding them back.
How to handle these personal problems? By getting auditing at the
nearest Scientology org, of course.
This is what happened to the Hattaways. Thousands of people have
been victimized by the fraudulent WISE front groups -- not only
in the United States but also in Germany, France, Italy, and many
For us, the most chilling part of Ed's
declaration is point #8: "The trap I fell into personally,
professionally and financially, was not set by some wide-eyed cult
follower with a message about Xenu the intergalactic warlord. I
stepped into the mess by following doctors who I saw as successful
and as leaders in the field of chiropractic, dentistry and business
The people who are being defrauded by Scientology are not uneducated,
ignorant or unintelligent. Many of Scientology's victims are just
the opposite. In fact, Scientology specifically targets intelligent,
productive people who want to be successful -- like the Hattaways.
Ed is now trying to get his money back from Scientology. He has
written three letters, so far without any success. His fourth
letter, to Glen Stilo, is on our site.
Hattaway became involved with Scientology shortly after graduating
from high school. As an impressionable and idealistic young woman,
she joined the Sea Org in the hopes of making the world a better
place. For some time, Tera worked with the "Cadet Org"
-- the division in Scientology's Sea Organization where children
In her declaration,
Tera discusses how, as a staff member, she was pressured to have
an abortion and she shares what she observed in regard to the importance
Scientology gives to families. Perhaps the most disheartenting part
of Tera's declaration, however, is where Tera discusses how Sea
Org children are actually raised.
and Tera wrote
a letter to someone who has been a good friend of theirs for
many years. The friend is a Scientologist who had written to the
Hattaways to find out why they are now publicly speaking critically
about Scientology. The Hattaways have given their permission to
post the text of the letter on our website.