The following first appeared in the private email list IVy-subscribers,
which was available to all those who subscribed to the
printed magazine, International Viewpoints.
Farewell to ASHO (a response to Alan Walter)
by Phil Spickler
18 Aug 99
In response to your request for information regarding the exodus of
numerous tech terminals from ASHO that I think took place in the late summer
or early fall of 1969, I hereby present the following recalls.
I think it was sometime early in 1969 that the chilling information
arrived at ASHO stating that in the future, the then-College of Scientology
in Los Angeles was to become a Sea Organization organization. Prior status
of that organization known as ASHO was that of a non-Sea Organization org
that was in the business of delivering, on the training side, everything up
through Class VI, the Briefing Course and Class VII, and on the auditing side
of the Grade Chart everything up through Grade VI and the Solo Course.
And it was a pretty fun place, as you know, since your missions, as
feeder groups, had a lot to do with making it the upstat place that it was.
Back to the story:
Along with the news that ASHO was to become a Sea Organization org,
with all the paramilitary uniforms and that whole schtick, came an offer to
the existing ASHO staff which went something like this: We'd love to have
you join the Sea Org when the conversion occurs, but if you don't,you may
leave, and we wish you well in whatever you're going to do next. Sounded
pretty friendly at the time. And some of us really didn't think that what
Jehovah Hubbard really meant in that message was, "I need you! Stay where
you are and join the Sea Org, or I'll kill you." More on the killing later.
Well, anyway, as time went by, Sea Org arrival came in on a gradient,
which finally left us with a Captain by the name of Fred Payer, who in the
very early '60's had been a really sweet fresh-faced kid who had arrived with
his cute wife Cynthia at the Washington, D.C. Org with a great deal of
idealism and enthusiasm for Scientology and its founder. By 1969 the Fred
Payer that had arrived at ASHO wearing a business suit with twin Berettas in
shoulder holsters under each armpit was anything but a pleasant force to be
Some of the Class VIIIs and the VIIs and the VIs on the ASHO tech
staff weren't quite sure whether they were going to stay at ASHO or not, but
after Fred got through with numerous and unmentioned acts of aggression in
the tech department, there was very much of an individual and collective
agreement to get the heck out. ASHO at that time had a pretty fancy tech
staff, and suffice it to say, some of the top mission holders would not have
objected to some of those folks coming their way.
There was no overt encouragement for these folks to do that, with the
possible exception of the mission holder in Palo Alto, chap by the name of
Gifford Pinchot, who hadn't realized, being rather naive to the organization
and the subject in general, what would have befallen him had he succeeded in
capturing any of the ASHO tech staff prior to the big "OK to leave if you
Well, when the great exodus occurred, Gifford acquired quite a few of
the tech heavyweights at ASHO, yours truly being one of them. I think a few
had left a bit earlier for the highly successful missions of one Martin
Samuels. To the best of my knowledge, none of them ended up in any of the
Alan Walter missions, nor had Alan ever (and wisely) encouraged such things.
It seems to me that the giant 13- or 16-page ethics order that had
been drawn up on your noble self presumably as the result of a Comm Ev, had
actually appeared at ASHO before our departure in the summer or fall of '69.
I remember looking at the first few pages of it in disbelief and horror, and
wondering which one or group of headhunters at Flag had decided that you had
become far too successful to be permitted to live.
By late 1969/ early 1970, we tech giants had produced a very upstat
and fairly large mission then known as Mission of Santa Clara, near San Jose,
California. And just as our stats were topping out, Jehovah Hubbard strikes
again as an ethics order comes out on Malcolm Cheminais and Phil Spickler,
assigning us a permanent (get that! Permanent!) Condition of Doubt, but
offering us relief from this if we are willing to be comm-ev'd at the AO.
Well, I don't think Ron invented the idea of a kangaroo court (that's a court
where the verdict is already decided -- I'm not sure what the connection with
kangaroos is), but suffice it to say, several Comm Evs later, each group that
had been appointed at AO to kill us couldn't do it, and they got killed in
return: Failed to carry out orders.
Now the original ethics order was signed by none other than Nate
Jessup, who at that time was Commodore Staff IV, which on the Org Board made
him grand master of tech worldwide. It wasn't until around 1975, having
become good buddies with Artie Maren, then-director of PR for the US
Guardian's Office, and having performed a rather noble and non-harmful act on
behalf of that group, that Artie, in a fit of friendship, showed me the
handwritten by LRH dispatch that ordered the execution of Malcolm Cheminais
and Phil Spickler and ordered the Guardian's Office to issue it under Nate
Jessup, C/S IV's, name.
So there you have some of the exciting events of those years, and some
of the palace or heavenly intrigues and the lengths that Jehovah Hubbard
would go to if he felt that people should remain selfless in their devotion
to his needs, should they fail to divine that and do something else. The
people in the heavenly court with L. Ron Hubbard who seemed to have such
duplicity, whatever the heck that means, in allowing their brethren to be
executed, must be understood to be Jehovah's angels, and the way you get to
be an angel in any heaven with ANY god is to become a perfect instrument of
unquestioned obedience and duplication of the will of that particular god or
creator. I have it from sources on high that that's a very accurate
definition of an angel.
Of course, when you have a god in which the forces of light and
darkness are continuously at war within this one god, you get some pretty
lively entertainment if you happen to be in that particular god's playing
field, n'est-ce pas?
If more data on this is required, please let me know --otherwise, I
think some of the things that are occurring on the lines of the fabled
IVy-list meet my best specifications for the presence, namely interesting,
informative, historical and hysterical, and humorous, and should do much in
some circles for lightening up the 3D engram, or should it better be called
the 3D GPM.
I hope in my next posting to provide some information and some
viewpoint that will greatly please the amazing Joe Harrington, who has
already taken some giant steps toward the clearing of the aforementioned 3D
All the best, and let's keep the history flowing -- Phil