>My name is Patty Pieniadz, I am an Ex-Scientologist and I've been an
>on and off lurker on a.r.s. for a couple of years.
>After reading what OSA has been doing to Chuck Beatty and witnessing
>his strength and courage, I have decided to delurk and tell my
>This post is my "short story". I have written up more of my stories
>in Scn and will post them soon.
>I became involved with Scn in 1973 at the Narconon program in New
>London, Connecticut. I was 18 years old at the time. I had been
>accepted to the University of Connecticut but I dropped out and joined
>the VISTA volunteers, which was a sort of a Peace Corps program for
>the impoverished areas of the US.
>I became a heavy drug user and came to a point in my life where I
>realized I had to handle my drug problem. That decision led me to
>Narconon and then directly to Scientology.
>At that time (1973) NN didn't hide the Scn connection. It was quite
>open and the Narconon Course packs were the actual HCOB's and PL's and
>not the glossy Narconon packs that you see today. The Narconon
>Objectives Course was called the HQS Course or the Hubbard Qualified
>Scientologist Course when I joined up in 1973.
>After a few years I became the ED of Narconon Connecticut (NN CT) and
>then was recruited into the Boston Guardians Office (GO) in 1979. I
>held the post of Dir of Rehab, Social Coordination Boston, and ran the
>Narconons, Applied Scholastics and Schools (Apple and then Delphi) in
>the New England area.
>I left the GO in 1981 to have a family. I did not want to raise
>children while on Church staff and year or so after I left the GO it
>was disbanded for being a "suppressive group".
>I stayed off lines for several years but then eventually found my way
>back and was recruited as an "OSA volunteer". At first I did overt
>data collection for OSA Boston and then after a while I was involved
>in more "covert" activities such as infiltrating a "squirrel group",
>stealing trash and other OSA "ops". I did this kind of volunteer OSA
>work for approximately 14 years on and off and will be writing more
>detailed accounts of my activities as an OSA volunteer.
>It's nothing I am proud of, it's just information that I think should
>be made known.
>I don't remember what it was that got me interested in reading
>critical sites but one day I just jumped in and started reading. After
>a while I came to realize that current C of S was not the same C of S
>that I joined in 1973. I decided that I would no longer support the C
>of S and slowly drifted away.
>In Sept, 2003, Maureen O'Keefe, a woman that I recruited into Scn and
>one of my closest friends showed up at my home unannounced and
>uninvited. Maureen was the Invest Dir for OSA Boston and she brought
>along a woman named Kathy True, from OSA Int. They arrived on a
>Saturday night around 9:00.
>When they arrived I had already fallen asleep on the couch while
>watching TV and so their knocking at my front door startled me. I
>invited them in, after all Maureen was a good friend and her mother
>lives only a few towns away from me so it sort of made sense that she
>might drop in to see me, but it was strange that she hadn't called
>It didn't take long for me to find out that it was not a friendly
>uninvited drop by. They were there on official business and accused
>me of sending out OT III data from my yahoo account to a Scn mailing
>I told them no way, this was not possible, and that I would never do
>such a thing. I was told that if they could just have access to my
>computer they could clear this entire matter up. I realized they
>expected me to just let them have access with no questions because if
>you are a good Scientologist, and you were innocent of any "crimes"
>you would not hesitate to do what OSA wanted you to do.
>My computer was located in my bedroom and at that moment my husband
>was asleep in bed and there was no way I was going to have them go in
>there and start looking around and disturbing my husband. I don't
>know about you, but I don't like people in my bedroom. And I knew my
>husband wouldn't appreciate it.
>Kathy True told me that they had a computer expert look at the email
>and he concluded that the OT III information definitely was sent from
>my account. Of course they brought no proof of this.
>I told them someone must of hacked into my account and done this and
>that I would close the account and inform hotmail of what was going
>I refused them access to my computer not only because it would have
>disturbed my husband, but also because this whole caper stunk and I
>knew they were lying but I couldn't figure out why. I had worked for
>OSA long enough to know that they were running some kind of crazy con
>on me and I was a bit upset that they were not forthcoming with the
>real reason why they were there. Maureen O'Keefe knew me and knew I
>would never mail out OT III data but she sat there and lied to my
>face. It scared the hell out of me that a woman that I loved and
>trusted for so many years would do this to a friend.
>Maureen O'Keefe, the woman I recruited into Scn, the godmother to my
>son, the woman that was a bridesmaid in my wedding, this same woman
>who called herself my friend was in my home and lying to me and
>running some kind of OSA op on me. Why?
>Finally I told them I was tired and they got me to agree that they
>could discuss this further with me on the next day.
>Maureen and Kathy showed up the next day but ran into the problem of
>it being Sunday and the only thing that happens on a Sunday afternoon
>in the fall/winter in the Pieniadz house is eating, drinking and
>watching football and/or watching UConn basketball. I forgot that I
>had invited friends over to watch with us and so Maureen and Kathy
>walked in on a little football party and seemed none to pleased.
>Maureen and Kathy wanted to talk to me privately but I explained to
>them that I told my friends about the problem of my hotmail account
>being hacked into and that confidential data sent out from it and so
>they could freely discuss the matter with my friends (Wogs) in the
>Maureen proceeded tell me that the problem was all solved! All I had
>to do was give them my computer and then they would put in a PO
>(purchase order) for me to have a brand new computer. These two girls
>must have thought I just fell off the turnip truck. I am going to
>give them my brand new computer and THEN they will get a PO approved?
>Right, sure! The chances of them getting a PO approved for a brand
>new computer for someone they suspect is sending out OT III materials
>is about triple zero. None, nada, no way, forget about it.
>I told them NO WAY it wasn't going to happen and they both were a bit
>miffed at my refusal to their brilliant idea. I invited them to stay,
>have lunch and watch the football game but they declined.
>I noticed a few months later that I stopped getting Scn magazines and
>Scn junk mail, and thought it was weird but figured they were mad a me
>and this was how they were letting me know.
>Nine months later I got my official SP declare in the mail and just
>for good measure they declared my husband as well. I'll get it posted
>as soon as I figure out how.
>I have to say I was rather ambivalent when I got that declare. I was
>sort of curious as to what it was all about but I had no interest in
>querying it or getting copies of these KR's that were never sent to me
>and that might explain what exactly my "crimes" were.
>It proved my point that my friend Maureen was lying to me because the
>declare said nothing about sending out OT III data but instead accused
>me of passing on information to critics.
>I was actually relieved when I received that declare because I would
>never have to answer up or explain why I wasn't following one of the
>many Scn's rules of life. I was free to pursue whatever interests I
>wanted to and was no longer restricted in looking and learning in
>life. I was free of them and was happy that I would not have to deal
>with them ever again.
>Then a few days before Christmas 2004, Maureen O'Keefe showed up at my
>work. Yes, I work in donut shop!
>I am an OT III that works in a donut shop. I spent all of my adult
>life in Scn and after 30 years of being with them the only skill I had
>was being a Scio and working in a Scio company. The only thing
>available to me was minimum wage because I had no real prior
>experience in anything else.
>So I took the job of working in the donut shop with my mom and we have
>lots of fun. That photo of on the Scn website (Religious Freedom
>Watch) was taken on what is known as "wacky Wednesday". That was a
>day that we had a great time and everyone at work dressed up kind of
>wacky. So of course, in true Scn style, one of Scn's PI's or
>"volunteers" came to my work that day and took the picture. Scn has a
>very perverted sense of "fun". Only they would use something theta
>like a bunch of women having fun and dressing up funny, and using it
>to belittle that person.
>But just recently the local paper did a feature article on me and mom.
>I'll also post that article as soon as I figure how to do that.
>I think OSA thought that it might embarrass me to work in a place like
>that but it doesn't. I love that job and have a great deal of fun
>there. I know hundreds of people from working there. I can't go
>anywhere in town without seeing 4 or 5 people I know and we say hi or
>stop and chat. It was never like that when I was in Scn. I work with
>wogs now and we all get along and we even do things together outside
>of work. I don't have to worry about stats or conditions or fake
>Maureen O'Keefe showing up at work right before Christmas kind of
>surprised me. I was curious as to why she was there and realized she
>must have gotten some sort of special OK to speak with me now that I
>was a declared SP.
>Maureen took me out to lunch (Dutch treat, of course) and we chit
>chatted about friends and family and then Maureen asked me why I
>thought she was there. I told her I thought that she must be here
>because she cared about me and want to talk me into doing my A to E.
>She was seemed a bit surprised by my answer and said, "well actually,
>no, that would be nice, but I am here to tell you that we know you are
>posting to the internet as Cerridwen and that we can't have you do
>that". She did not wait for a reply but instead just started what
>appeared to be a scripted talk about how she knows that I might have
>disagreements but she knows that I loved Scn as much as she does and
>she can't understand why I am doing this and if I continued posting to
>ars that she would be forced to apply the PL on handling critics.
>We talked for about 2 and a half hours and when I asked what proof she
>had to say that I was posting, she said that it was done through a
>process of elimination, whatever that means.
>I didn't bring in up at the time but it occurred to me that Cerridwen
>posts reports on the C of S events and I haven't been to an event in
>years and OSA knows that because they keep lists of who attends.
>Maureen was trying to "pull strings" to find out when and why I became
>disaffected. She said something about having spent a lot of time with
>my folders and putting together a time track of me but she still just
>couldn't figure it out.
>Well of course she couldn't figure it out. Maureen O'Keefe is a very
>indoctrinated Scientologists and couldn't figure her way out of a
>paper bag without Hubbard telling her how.
>It finally came down to Maureen saying. "If you don't stop posting,
>we will apply the policy on handling critics". I told her if she did
>apply those policies against me I would forgive her.
>A few days after our lunch together, Maureen called my house and left
>message for my husband Bobby. Bobby has no interest in talking with
>Maureen or any one from the Church as he had already left the Church
>years before me.
>We had a family conference with my son Derek and decided that we would
>just write a letter of disconnection to Maureen and the C of S and
>tell her to just leave us alone. The day after I sent the letter of
>disconnection, they put up a webpage about me on Religious Freedom
>I currently suffer from several autoimmune diseases that I am working
>hard on getting under control and getting myself healthier. I finally
>started doing something about these diseases once I left the church
>and rid myself of my agreement with Scn's viewpoint on the medical
>profession and that all illness stems only from ptsness and spiritual
>problems. I finally got rid of the false information that I truly
>believed in . That false information assisted in me neglecting my
>health for a very long time thinking Scn tech (the OT levels) would
>And as far as all my "finance crimes" -- I swear I was just following
>LRH finance policy!;)
>I figure any critic with one of those disgusting pages already knows
>that they are filled with half truths and lies. I'm not going to even
>bother to explain the real truth behind them. I don't really care what
>they say about me. They are only words and lying words at that. They
>have no power over me any more.
>I have a lot more to report on and give my permission for this and my
>other stories to be webbed by critics of Scientology.
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