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“Only when I have personally written a bulletin, a policy letter or a Sec ED should it be signed ‘L. Ron Hubbard’ or ‘L. Ron Hubbard, Executive Director’. ...
The field or public must not be led to believe that I have written or issued things I have not. Further, other people have authority, too.”
  L. Ron Hubbard            
  (from HCO PL 21 Jun 59 “Signatures on Bulletins, Policy Letters and Sec EDs”)  

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This page here focuses on the creation and history of this unit that was set up to write references for L. Ron Hubbard. This unit then had these references published, having them carrying the signature of L. Ron Hubbard, thus giving the false impression as if L. Ron Hubbard had written them.

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Prologue and the early stages...
  Pierre Ethier about Mimeo section, dictaphone recordings and RTRC
  Prologue to the birth of an ‘LRH technical issue compilation unit’ (1974-79)
  RTCU, RTC and ‘Mission Issues Revision’ (1980-82)
  Unlikely ‘written by LRH’ references (an array of references published with false signatures?)
The ‘LRH Tech Research and Compilations Unit’ established
  RTRC (1983- )
  The members of RTRC, setup and method of operation; Where is L. Ron Hubbard?
             - Introduction and bewilderment
- Working through a liaison
- The compilation process
- Approval lines (‘Boards of Directors’ of the ‘Religious Technology Center’)
- Confidential ‘Central Office of LRH ED’ “How to Write an LRH Issue”

Prologue and the early stages...

Back to Main Index Foreword

RTRC stands for ‘L. Ron Hubbard Technical Research and Compilations’. It is a unit that had its focus thus on the technical issue line.

Since 1978 there had been this book compilation unit, which primary job was to transcribe lectures given by L. Ron Hubbard, that then could be issued in written and indexed form in the ‘Research and Discovery’ series of books. This unit also took care of any reissues of books.

It has been said that there was a need at that time to also have an issue compilation unit that then would help L. Ron Hubbard with the putting together of new compilations. The obvious question to ask here however is, why there would be any need at all for something like that? See, that about a book compilation unit, transcribing and so on, we understand all that, but an issue compilation unit? What for? Everything had already been written down and was issued, and at that a whole 8 years had passed after it was announced by L. Ron Hubbard that that work was actually finished! (more info here, separate window) The point here is that if there were some things that still needed attention it certainly did not require a unit! L. Ron Hubbard could easily take care of that all by himself.

Well, this issue compilation unit is said to have been formed in 1978. The earliest occurrence then that I could locate and that possibly would refer to such an unit dates to December 1977. The reference is HCO PL 3 May 72R (Revised 18 Dec 77) “Ethics and Executives”, in the signature area it notes “L. RON HUBBARD Founder, Revision assisted by Pat Brice LRH Comps Unit I/C”. Composer initials given are ‘PB’. This means that said Pat Brice is the author of this. Mind however that this is an HCO PL, and these are the administrative issue line.

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Back to Main Index Pierre Ethier about Mimeo section, dictaphone recordings and RTRC

The following selections are from a long message that I received from a Class XII Auditor that prior to becoming an auditor says that he worked in the Mimeo Section at Flag (Clearwater, Fl). I forward these passages as is. The problem with this is that I do not get certain specifics confirmed from other sources or persons, thus far it remains being an isolated relay of happenings. Some parts do fit in, but not everything. But it is interesting enough to reproduce it here.
I would say that this person made various factual observations, and these most likely are rather correct. But mixed in the tale we also find various evaluations that may turn out to be rather incorrect.
“About Authorship of bulletins: To make a long story short LRH was a busy Man. His tendency to micromanage everything and to literally run all of Scientology management and Orgs took a tremendous amount of his time. So starting from about 1971, he would give briefings and orders and get the bulletins written by others. Sometimes the instructions were rather general such as ‘Revise Cramming Series so and so’. ‘There should be a sign...’ Sometimes he would dictate virtually the entire Bulletin, or other times (in particular for checklists or longer compilations or for checksheets) he would give a general order. The task of the RTRC Unit (LRH Research and Compilation Unit) was then to write the issue completely [sic] in accordance to all written HCOBS, orders, advices and other points. This was a very complex task and required a lot of work. At any rate final approval was ALWAYS GIVEN by LRH. His actual handwritten signature was required on the document to allow it be printed and the a copy of the first mimeo run was ALWAYS SENT TO HIM by messenger who was always waiting in mimeo. (I worked in Mimeo Flag myself, before I became a Flag auditor).
  From 1971 onward over 50% of the bulletins were written that way.”  
Well, if L. Ron Hubbard had announced that the tech was done in 1970 . It would actually mean that a burden was taken away. So, even if the claim of L. Ron Hubbard wanting to micromanage everything would be true, it would just not make much sense that he in “about 1971” would start to “give briefings and orders and get the bulletins written by others”. It would make one wonder how he micromanaged everything prior to so “about 1971”. The claim about micromanaging by the way is not positively confirmed either, other then some people making some claims.
It says: “The task of the RTRC Unit ... was then to write the issue completely [sic] in accordance to all written HCOBS, orders, advices and other points. This was a very complex task and required a lot of work.”. One of the reasons why L. Ron Hubbard in the past could get so much work done was because he was well organized. When he wrote and issued references, this without anyone else writing them for him, it didn't need any particular changes made after they were written. If references were reissued in the earlier years it was mostly because of minor issues, like typo's, exchange a word here or there. Only occasionally we saw more extensive changes or cancellations. So, why did an L. Ron Hubbard from the early ’70s suddenly needed a unit of people to sort out all the specific details, “a very complex task and required a lot of work.”, and to write out his references for him? This would be an apparent change of working operation that simply would have been uncalled for, that is if it is L. Ron Hubbard we are talking about here. L. Ron Hubbard wrote down things ‘right’ the first time. This is evidenced if we follow the publication track of references from the earlier years, and is also confirmed by the people he worked with back then.
This message continues with:
“ From 1973 onward 90%, and from 1976 onward everything was recorded on a dictaphone. Only access to the original recordings would tell what were his actual words. To make things more complicated, these dictaphone tapes can be a hodge podge of 20 or more subjects. For example, on a tape he starts by telling something [sic] about NOTs, then the next section is about letter writing, how to run a course, then orders to the Flag Bureaux, Instructions about his clothing and room requirements, data on the cramming series, more data on NOTs, etc. There is a literal mountain of those tapes in existence. Some of them have even been destroyed for various reasons. (mainly legal worries).”
That these dictaphone recordings would contain a “a hodge podge of 20 or more subjects” may not be so logical either, the L. Ron Hubbard from the earlier years was organized. If you send out a “hodge podge” its more like you are making a mess of things.
Another aspect is that we hear that L. Ron Hubbard had the reputation to be able to typewrite very fast. Would it then really be so necessary to talking everything in to a dictaphone? And this at a time that he finally could take it easy after having announced that the main work was done.
Per this it would seem that a rather lazy L. Ron Hubbard was returning in September 1973. He was talking not writing, and apparently leaving a “hodge podge” to be sorted out by others. Here one may be should also reflect upon all these indicators in context with my “The whereabouts of L. Ron Hubbard” study and the proposal of a possible imposter acting as L. Ron Hubbard as early as 1973. You see, the working operation had rather drastically changed and would fit in with this scenario. (more info here, separate window)

It would be interesting if any of these dictaphone recordings would come out in the open. Got some? Then please contact me!

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Back to Main Index Prologue to the birth of an ‘LRH technical issue compilation unit’ (1974-79)

“It is now forbidden to write an HCOB or an HCO PL and sign my name to it. If anyone helped compile it or wrote it, my name is followed by ‘Assisted by _____’ the person who helped get it back together at my directions.”          (attributed to LRH)
(from HCOB 24 Jan 77 “Tech Correction Round-up”)

Now, during 1976 and up to about June 1978 we actually see quite a few references being issued that make notice of an assistant in the signature area. And this all means they factually wrote these issues. We do find references published that carry the L. Ron Hubbard signature, but how can we be certain that he actually wrote them? As an example we can point a finger at HCOB 24 Jan 77 “Tech Correction Round-up”. A careful analysis made of this reference just doesn't make it very plausible that this would/could have been written by L. Ron Hubbard. (analysis on this is found here, separate window)
See, during this 1976-78 time frame we do see a deliberate obscuring of the actual authorship of references. Why for example would an actual author of a reference be noted as an assistant, and instead L. Ron Hubbard as the author? These are just not very good indicators!
It is interesting that HCOB 24 Jan 77 “Tech Correction Round-up” was the very reference that authorized this new “‘Assisted by _____’” line. In turn it justified the existence and creation of the RTRC unit that was to write LRH references for LRH. The problem is that it goes against and in effect violates HCO PL 21 Jun 59 “Signatures on Bulletins, Policy Letters and Sec EDs”.

Regarding the matter of HCOB 24 Jan 77 “Tech Correction Round-up”, who (probably plural) could have compiled it if it was not L. Ron Hubbard? Was this an LRH issue compilation unit that could have been active as early as that, but that were not (as yet) signing their releases?

It's just that starting from at least 1974 that we can't particularly trust the issue line anymore. As a crude example there is HCO PL 31 Aug 74 II “Fast Flow Training Reinstated” that factually limited (invalidated) the use of the Primary Rundown and that was signed with just “L. RON HUBBARD FOUNDER” to only have it cancelled and replaced a little over 2 years later by BPL 18 Oct 76 “Successful Training Lineup” that stated that it “was written for LRH and not by him.” But nonetheless forwarding the exact same guidelines as the apparently falsely issued 1974 HCO PL was forwarding! This all is rather noteworthy. So, did someone slip up here? (more info and scannings here, separate window)
Mind here that I haven't found any earlier occurrence of a reference published with such an evident false signature that could be confirmed.

It was during June 1978 that the occurrence of assistants rather abruptly ended (for a while at least). At a time that we also find HCOB 2 Jun 78R (Revised 14 Jun 78) “Cramming Repair Assessment List” signed with “As assisted by Special Tech Project”, with initial given ‘STP’, we don't get any name of a person here. An early mention of a technical compilation unit? Well, it says project in this HCOB, not unit. Then this appears to have been an isolated occurrence.

Then during Jun-Sept Oct 1978 we see the original New Era Dianetics series being issued. Most of these however appear to be reworks of the old Standard Dianetics series of issues dating to 1969. Sometimes only the occurrences of Standard Dianetics in the text had then been exchanged with New Era Dianetics, and sometimes we see more extensive changes. It's just that they had been receiving a new HCOB issue date (Jun-Jul 1978). It would be more than likely here that some technical compilation unit had been occupying themselves with this, which however is not noted on any of these newly released references themselves.

Further we see 3 isolated releases that make mention of LRH tech compilation entities as follows.
First we have HCOB 30 Oct 78 “Courses—Their Ideal Scene” that lists “As assisted by LRH Tech Comps Pjt Ops”, with initials ‘MM’ (this stands for Merrill Mayo). This is just noted as a project and to that effect we find a variety of other references during that time that make notice of “As assisted by Technical Project I/C”, all signed with ‘MM’. With just this one occurrence of the mention of Comps. There should be no relation to that unit.
Next we have HCOB 24 Sept 78RA (Revised 21 Feb 79) I “The End of the Endless Int Repair Rundown” that lists “Revision as assisted by LRH Tech Comps”, with initials ‘LRHTC’. This sounds like a unit, but appears to be an isolated release. It would take another 14 months before a next reference will be issued referring to an LRH technical compilation unit.
A third one is HCOB 30 Aug AD15R (Revised 30 Dec 79) “Art” listing “Revision assisted by Maggie Sibersky, LRH Comps I/C”, initials ‘MS’.

Back to Main Index RTCU, RTC and ‘Mission Issues Revision’ (1980-82)

The LRH technical issue compilation unit that would later become known as the RTRC would first manifest itself as the RTCU or RTC.

A very first mention of RTCU was made in HCOB 21 May 80 “Purification Rundown Case Data”. In the signatory section we find “As assisted by LRH Technical Compilations Unit”, initials given ‘RTCU’. This release carries a whole 19 pages (legal size) of text. Signed with L. Ron Hubbard, but not actually written by him. It was written by this compilation unit. More releases carrying RTCU did follow from here on out.

Starting with HCOB 28 Jun 80R (Revised 28 Jan 81) “Student Correction List Words” we find that in the initials this RTCU is now listed as just RTC, dropping the U. It says: “Revision Assisted by Research & Technical Compilations Unit”, initials thus ‘RTC’. From here on out it will list RTC excepting only a few releases that still did list RTCU, probably by mistake.

Mission Issues Revision:  During June-December 1980 we see the appearance of references signed with “Assisted by Mission Issues Revision”, signed ‘MIR’ or ‘SK’ (Susan Krieger, Mission Issues Revision I/C). We see quite a few references signed with this. (I counted 24 and some of them are lengthy.) All of these were re-releases of old BTBs that had been patched up and were now been released as an HCOB and given a new issue date. (It did cancel these BTBs.) This time around they were signed with L. Ron Hubbard. In reality none of these original references had been written by him. They had all been written by other persons during the early ’70s. This re-release simply stripped mention of all of the previous authors. Then later in 1991 when we saw the release of the new ‘The Technical Bulletins of Dianetics and Scientology’ volumes we find that it had removed also the information about the original BTBs from these references. When we then consider that since that time the original Qual Libraries with old issues have been demolished, leaving us with no clues about the true original authors, and having thus no other option than adopt that L. Ron Hubbard had written them (carrying his signature), when he had not.
At that we even find a reference that had previously been issued as BTB 8 Jan 73 “study and Education tape Amendment”, that we see reissued as HCOB 21 Jan 81 “same title”. But in this occurrence we do not even even find a noted assistant. It just miraculously turned into a fully to L. Ron Hubbard attributed reference, just like that! Voilá! And this wasn't an isolated incidence.
We followingly find that the RTC took over the roll performed by this Mission Issue Revision. The first one they tackled was BTB 3 Feb 77 “FES Checklists” turning it into HCOB 29 Jan 81 I “FES Checklists and Summary”, reissuing it with a few revisions. And more such re-releases carrying a notice of RTC followed.

Mission Issues Revision revisited:  Then we see a re-occurrence of this Mission Issues Revision releasing just 2 more such HCOBs in April and May of 1982. But these were different.
HCOB 16 Apr 82 “More on PTS Handling” was as it said “Excerpted from an LRH despatch of 10 Aug 1973”.
Where HCOB 8 May 82 “Op Pro by Dup — End Phenomena” was a re-release of BTB 24 Oct 71R (Revised 2 Jan 75) I “same title”, although I didn't make any mention at all of the BTB in this re-release! In the original BTB we then find that it was “Taken from an LRH C/S”. For some reason it was thus thought that it was not necessary to make mention of all this information in the re-release. The “Mission Issues Revision I/C”, this time an ‘SW’ also made the reference 3 times as long (it went from ½ page to 1½ page). Text that was thus not deriving from L. Ron Hubbard, although it did carry his signature.

Starting so about April 1982 we successively see more and more references being issued that do not actually make note of any assistant. Although we continue to see the occasional “as assisted by Senior C/S FLB” or “as assisted by Mike Eldredge Commodore's Messenger”. But at this time we just don't seem to see much of this RTC anymore on references released.

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Back to Main Index Unlikely ‘written by LRH’ references (an array of references with false signatures?)

And occasionally we come across references where it is indeed very unlikely that L. Ron Hubbard would have written or issued them. For example we see HCOB 11 Apr 83 “Cancellation of Destructive Issues”. You see, L. Ron Hubbard never had involved himself with these sort of issues, it was delegated to be done by other persons.
Then the occasion of that this concerns 6 references being cancelled that were “false” and “incorrect” and further stating: “... the fact that I [L. Ron Hubbard] neither wrote nor approved these issues”. Nonetheless they all had previously been issued under the exact same conditions as all the other references that were released. We find that 4 of them were though issued as “Assisted by Snr C/S International”, initials ‘DM’ (David Mayo). The remaining 2 references were issued with no mention of any assistant. In particular these last 2 thus had been issued with an indeed very obvious false signature. Astonishingly enough these references (well, 5 of them) were in circulation for 2½ years before anyone detected them. (these references are listed here, separate window)
Either way we have 6 references here, all issued under the L. Ron Hubbard name, and here they were exposed in official church issues for not having been written by him. So, can we actually still trust that issue line? It really would seem like that we could not at that time and not either at a later time, as 8 years later, during 1991-93, we have so-called HCO Admin Letters cancelling a total of 282 HCO PLs and HCOBs where rather many of them had not been written nor were seen by L. Ron Hubbard, although they had been issued under his name. (more about that here, separate window)

Another obvious release that can not possibly have been compiled by L. Ron Hubbard is HCOB 12 Apr 83 “List of Keeping Scientology Working Series”. L. Ron Hubbard has never released such things before, this was always delegated to staff personnel! Nonetheless this HCOB carries his signature!
HCOB 8 Aug 83 “Cancellation of Issues on TRs” is another such impossible release. L. Ron Hubbard was never involved in releasing such.

Then we have HCOB 7 Aug 83 “Robotic TRs”. A text that admittedly has been written by David Mayo. (see for details here, separate window)  But here we still see it listed in the 1991 release of ‘The Technical Bulletins of Dianetics and Scientology’ volumes, carrying the signature of L. Ron Hubbard underneath it, and in use till this very day as such.

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The ‘LRH Tech Research and Compilations Unit’ established

Back to Main Index RTRC (1983- )

A first mention of RTRC is made in HCOB 30 Oct 78R (Revised 3 Aug 83) “Courses – Their Ideal Scene”. It reads “Compilation assisted by LRH Tech Research and Compilations Unit”, initials ‘RTRC’.
The next two are found in HCOBs issued in January 1984. Then one in November 1984, although they forgot to list RTRC in the composer initials. and from there on out they appear regularly.

One would actually wonder here if this unit would be that active at all? We only find these assistant notices for this unit very sporadically. On the other hand we find a variety of references being issued under the name of L. Ron Hubbard with a rather questionable attributed authorship. Is this unit writing these issues but fail to add their assistance to them? It would seem so.

Then starting with June 1986 these RTRC assistant notices appear steadily mostly though in issues that received corrections or revisions.

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Back to Main Index The members of RTRC, setup and method of operation; Where is L. Ron Hubbard?

Go back Introduction and bewilderment

“The field or public must not be led to believe that I have written or issued things I have not. Further, other people have authority, too.”          LRH
(from HCO PL 21 Jun 59 “Signatures on Bulletins, Policy Letters and Sec EDs”)

I guess I have never understood why one should need such an unit at this point in time. I just couldn't figure what its members were thinking either. Why should someone figure that L. Ron Hubbard needed help or assistance to write the technical references that he intended to write himself? He always had done that himself previously. And he did that at a time he had a really busy schedule with writing, lecturing and so on. Now he had the time, but he is not writing them himself anymore? Does this make any sense at all? And then that these references were issued under his name, published as if he had written them!? Without even naming the person that in reality had written or compiled the writing? Well, hadn't these compilers assisted? Again, what were some people thinking here?

Dan Koon in 2010

The head of the unit I hear was Phoebe Maurer who had been a long-time Sea Org member. She apparently had been the one constant in the unit until she died in 1986. From 1987 onwards the two central people in the unit were Dan Koon and Sue Koon. Dan Koon stayed on until 1997.

I have been in contact with 3 of its previous members. And I did have correspondence with them. There appears to be hanging some sort of secrecy over the whole thing. All of them had left the organization, nonetheless 2 of them wanted to remain anonymous, and 1 of these denied me to publish any of the information he had related to me. Now, they had left, why should they care? A 3rd person (Dan Koon) didn't seem to bother that much about maintaining anonymity. He did at one time (when he was writing under a pseudonym), but not for some time now.
Either way I have been assured that everything was based on LRH orders. And that they did their very best to comply to the best of their ability. Those persons working in the unit I am told had to be sincere, dedicated, conscientious, and took great pains to be sure what they were assembling was complete and accurate. It also appears that its members received an extensive training in LRH materials.

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Working through a liaison

Dan Koon relates:
“There was a messenger at the time who was a Class VIII auditor and she was the main liaison between LRH and RTRC. She'd take the tech traffic to LRH and go over it with him and take his notes or taped conversations on the topic back down to RTRC and go over it with them, pass on LRH's further instructions, etc. In this way, a little unit formed up that was able to assist LRH with his technical research. ...
People were added to RTC who were good auditors and who could write and they assisted in compilation and piloting of the rundowns that came out of this era. LRH was pretty much all over the lines in those days. Any technical compilation written in that period was directly seen and reviewed by him.”
This reveals an interesting part of the setup of the unit and how it operated. Here it makes mention of a liaison of one of the unit's members with L. Ron Hubbard. So, it wasn't that some L. Ron Hubbard was working directly together with all the unit members in the same space. We learn here that basically one person communicated with L. Ron Hubbard and went back and forth with instructions, orders and so on. So, the other members of the unit can basically only assume it was coming from L. Ron Hubbard. See, the point here is that you would get a lot more done if an L. Ron Hubbard worked from within the group, in order that queries and misinterpretations could be cleared immediately, there and now with L. Ron Hubbard himself. It actually baffles me that such a working condition would have been accepted by its members! You could simply have arranged regular meetings, but no we work through a messenger, a liaison.

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The compilation process

Dan Koon relates further:
“The basic aspects of a compilation were: a) research, b) compilation, c) piloting (if needed) and d) administration (meaning the submission itself—how to write the CSW (completed staff work), how to assemble everything so it could be reviewed expeditiously).
Say, for example, there was an order to compile HCOB (Hubbard Communication Office Bulletin) X. The research guys would find everything they could find on that subject, down to getting people at the org in London or Washington DC to go look through the boxes in their attics to find anything LRH had said about the matter. Sometimes they'd put together several boxes of junk (uh, research data) that the compiler would then pore over for days to get a grip on what LRH intended for the issue to include. Then he or she would write the issue. If it was an auditing action, the thing would get piloted and the issue or rundown was modified based on the pilot results. Once everything was done, a submission would be assembled summarizing the research, notating with a verified LRH reference every single point made in the issue, a summary of pilot results and everything neatly tabbed, blah, blah, blah. The point being that people took the work very seriously.”

I myself recall Nadine de Normanville that during the late ’80s was working her way through on these missions at Flag (senior Scientology organization located in Clearwater, Fl.). She was scanning through auditing folders of persons that had been C/Sed by L. Ron Hubbard. She was locating any originals, these were then xeroxed, the copies made were then placed in the folders, and the originals were send up to some place at Scientology International (Los Angeles).
I also recall David Foster, a registrar in Division 2 at Flag. He had an extensive collection of personal messages and telexes that he had received relating to his post from L. Ron Hubbard during thus many years. Then during the late ’80s missionaries were there and xeroxed these materials and sending the copies up to Los Angeles.

Apparently missionaires had been going around rather scrutinously getting any piece of materials from L. Ron Hubbard. The question is why one would want to have such material. You see, if you actually have the person L. Ron Hubbard there one does not particularly needs to collect all that old material. If you are involved with developing new rundowns, work out processes and all that, then you take it from that point forward. Meaning, you just won't go backward!

But you really would need such old materials if you want to compile LRH references, if you do not actually have the person L. Ron Hubbard there. See, one should regard some factors of logic here!
Now, why would Dan Koon write:
“Sometimes they'd put together several boxes of junk (uh, research data) that the compiler would then pore over for days to get a grip on what LRH intended for the issue to include. Then he or she would write the issue.”
If you have L. Ron Hubbard present, you ask him directly what he wants or intends! As mentioned before, regularly held meetings of the unit members with L. Ron Hubbard would have facilitated matters rather tremendously.

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Approval lines (‘Boards of Directors’ of the ‘Religious Technology Center’)

Another mind-boggling ingredient.

Dan Koon relates:
“The submission would then go to RTC for authorization. For tech submissions this meant it would go to whoever was Snr C/S Int, then to Inspector General for Tech (Ray Mithoff) and then Chairman of the Board (DM.) Submissions for policy letters went to IG Admin (Marc Yager) and the OSA submissions to IG Ethics (Marty Rathbun).”
* RTC = Religious Technology Center.  * DM = David Miscavige.  * OSA = Office of Special Affairs.
The simple question to ask here is why L. Ron Hubbard would need to be authorized by Religious Technology Center for? It would however be logical if it was not L. Ron Hubbard that had written them, but on the other hand had L. Ron Hubbard not already approved the work done by the RTRC unit?

This Religious Technology Center (RTC) was established during January 1982. Any RTC authorization for these references we do not see actually indicated on the references themselves.

We find however that directly prior to this (during Feb 79-Dec 81) that we see notices added to references like “Approved & Accepted by the BOARDS OF DIRECTORS of the CHURCHES of SCIENTOLOGY”.
It should be rather obvious here that these ‘Boards of Directors’ here are the same entity as that ‘Religious Technology Center’. More details about this in a previous chapter in the study “Scientology: The printed materials”. Click at link here below to consult:  (separate window):
    “Changes in the issue authority and approval lines for HCO PLs and HCOBs”

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Confidential ‘Central Office of LRH ED’ “How to Write an LRH Issue”

Pierre Ethier also wrote to me:
“There is an actual confidential COLRHED (Central Office of LRH Executive Directive) named ‘HOW TO WRITE AN LRH ISSUE’. I have read it during my days at Flag.”
He worked in the Mimeo Section at Flag (Clearwater, Fl) in the early ’80s prior to becoming an auditor. I remember that at Flag Mimeo we had a whole variety of these COLRHEDs, I however have no personal recollection of this one referred to. If it was confidential it wouldn't have been in this ring binder that we had, but I know we didn't have it either in the locked filing cabinet where we stored amongst other confidential, limited edition and CMO (senior org) EDs sort of references. It probably was taken when the main stock of Flag Mimeo relocated itself at Flag Bureaux (Los Angeles) in 1984. The Flag Mimeo stock was after that recompiled from so-called mimeo returns. (more info here, separate window)

Since I received this message I have had several other persons confirming the existence of a writing like this (including two previous RTRC members), but it does not seem to have been part of the extensive hatting information that the RTRC members received. Nonetheless there is an expressed (vague) memory of an issue like this factually existing.

If an actual copy would surface one day, and we can verify its contents, then what will we think of this? Why should one need to have guidelines that would educate you about how L. Ron Hubbard would write a reference? I would then conclude that something would not be quite right here!

Will any person out there be able to provide me with a copy of this reference? Then please contact me.



     ..R, ..RA, ..RB (etc) or #R, #RA (etc):
For example: ‘HCO PL 24 Sept 70R’ & ‘HCO PL 24 Sept 70RA, etc. The given date denotes the first time it has been published in issue-form. The R, RA indication may also follow after an issue-number. The R stands for ‘Revision’ and would refer to that it has been revised since it was first published. If it is revised a 2nd time it is indicated as RA, a 3rd time RB, then RC, and so on.
After Dianetics ..’. The main book ‘Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health’ was first published in 1950. Therefore for example AD8, AD12, and AD29 would respectively give the years 1958, 1962 and 1979.
     audit, auditing, auditor:
The application of Scientology processes and procedures to someone by a trained auditor (listener). The goal of the auditor is to make the receiver of the auditing look at incidents and reduce the mental charge which may lay upon them. The auditor may not evaluate and has to adhere to the Auditor's code.
     AVC (AVU):
Authorization, Verification and Correction Unit’. It is the point at which all Staff, Flag Bureaux and other evaluations and resulting plans, programs, projects and orders are authorized and verified for issue. The unit has the responsibility of catching and handling all errors in such traffic before they are issued.
Board Policy Letter’. Color flash–green ink on cream paper. These are the issues of the Boards of Directors of the Churches of Scientology and are separate and distinct from HCO Policy Letters written by LRH. Only LRH issues may be printed green on white for policy and only LRH issues may have the prefix HCO. These Board issues are valid as Policy. (BPL 14 Jan 74R I, New Issues).
  This issue-type was established in January 1974. In October 1975 a project was started to cancel HCO PLs not written by L. Ron Hubbard and if still found being of value having them reissued as BPLs. By 1980 all BPLs had been revoked.
Board Technical Bulletin’. Color flash–red ink on cream paper. These are the issues of the Boards of Directors of the Churches of Scientology and are separate and distinct from HCO Bulletins written by LRH. Only LRH issues may be printed green on white for Technical Bulletins and only LRH issues may have the prefix HCO. These Board issues are valid as tech. (BPL 14 Jan 74R I, New Issues).
  This issue-type was established in January 1974. In December 1974 a project was started to cancel HCOBs not written by L. Ron Hubbard and if still found being of value having them reissued as BTBs. By 1980 all BTBs had been revoked.
A case supervisor direction of what to audit on a pc. (HCOB 23 Aug 71)
Commodore Messenger Organization’. A senior entity within the Sea Organization of the Church of Scientology.
A section in the Qualifications Division where a student is given high pressure instruction at his own cost after being found slow in study or when failing his exams. The cramming section teaches students what they have missed. This includes trained auditors who wish to be brought up-to-date on current technical developments.
Executive Directive’. Issued by any Executive Council and named for the area it applies to. Thus ED WW, meaning issued to Worldwide. They are valid for only one year. They contain various immediate orders, programs, etc. They are blue ink on blue paper. (HCO PL 24 Sept 70R). Note that the rules for LRH EDs are slightly different, and these are blue ink on white paper with a special heading.
Hubbard Communications Office Bulletin’. Color flash–red ink on white paper. Written by LRH only , but only so starting from January 1974. These are the technical issue line. All data for auditing and courses is contained in HCOBs. For more information go here (separate window).
    HCO PL:
Hubbard Communication Office Policy Letter’. Color flash–green ink on white paper. Written by LRH only, but only so starting from January 1974. These are the organizational and administrative issue line. For more information go here (separate window).
An usual abbreviation for ‘L. Ron Hubbard’.
     LRH ED:
L. Ron Hubbard Executive Directive’. Earlier called SEC EDs (Secretarial EDs). These are issued by LRH to various areas. They are not valid longer than one year if fully complied with when they are automatically retired. They otherwise remain valid until fully complied with or until amended or cancelled by another LRH ED. They carry current line, projects, programs, immediate orders and directions. They are numbered for area and sequence for the area and are sent to staffs or specific posts in orgs. They are blue ink on white paper with a special heading. (HCO PL 24 Sept 70R)
Short for ‘organization(s)’.
Office of Special Affairs’. A network within the Church of Scientology International which plans and supervises the legal affairs of the church, under the board of directors. (What Is Scientology? (1992), p. 649)
     PTS, PTSness:
potential trouble source’.  1. Somebody who is connected with an SP (suppressive person) who is invalidating him, his beingness, his processing, his life. (SH Spec 63, 6506C08)  2. He's here, he's way up today and he's way down tomorrow. (Establishment Officer Lecture 3, 7203C02 SO I)  3. The mechanism of PTS is environmental menace that keeps something continually keyed in. This can be a constant recurring somatic or continual, recurring pressure or a mass. (HCOB 5 Dec 68)
     Sea Org (SO):
Abbreviation for ‘Sea Org(anization)’. This is the senior organization within Scientology that runs the Advanced Organizations and also see to it that Class IV organizations (lower level services) do function well. If needed they may send out missions to correct if things don't run smoothly.
     Sec ED:
Secretarial Executive Directive’. A Sec ED is an early LRH ED. An Executive Directive that is written and issued by L. Ron Hubbard. 
     ‘The Technical Bulletins of Dianetics and Scientology’:
This is a series of books that contain the HCOBs, and any references that are primarily dealing with technical matters. The HCOBs are printed in red ink on white paper, and the volumes themselves come in red bindings. The references are arranged in chronological release order (per issue date). These books may also be referred to as the ‘red volumes’. The ‘old red volumes’ then would refer to the 1976-80 release, the ‘new red volumes’ instead to the 1991 release. See a listing of published volumes here (pop-up window).

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