We have set up, by necessity, an Independent Scientology course room, not affiliated with DM's because we want to practice Scientology and due to DM's 'Unclean Hands' (a doctrine in equity) we have been compelled to do so. We can't get real Scientology from DM's church anymore, because it isn't there and because he prevents us from getting it. So, here we are, with a First Amendment right, to practice our chosen religion, as guaranteed by that First Amendment and also put forth by L. Ron Hubbard himself in the Articles and Bylaws of CST differentiating a Church of Scientology (including RTC) from the 'religion of Scientology'.



John Aaron Williams and Family

My name is John Aaron Williams and I joined the SO in July 1988. With no Scientology Courses done I routed onto the EPF and when completed went directly to the 800 Unit (Dianetics Hotline) in CMU (Central Marketing Unit) where I counseled many thousands of people. In 1992 I went to Bridge Publications and was there till I went to PAC Renos and out in August 1995. When I left I was Clear and had completed OT Eligibility. The Sea Org story is saved for another time.

After leaving it took a while for me to rebuild my life but I did. I started a computer networking consulting business in LA and did pretty well with it.

It was obvious to me that something was very wrong with the church even then but I attributed it to the IAS as I did not know about how far out over the deep end DM had gone. The IAS was most obviously out ethics and off policy. It was so out exchange with the public that it was nothing short of a criminal organization.

I wanted to do something about it and a friend of mine said I couldn’t fight it unless I was in good standing so I decided to pay off my freeloader debt.

In Feb 2008 I paid it off but it then took 8 months to get my CSW approved as I refused to donate as amends as that is a violation of policy. The Senior MAA PAC told me she would not approve my CSW after we had a loud discussion about it in the reg area at CLO WUS. It was approved in Nov. of 2008 with no donations.

Criminal Exchange

I started doing the Basics at the Mission of the Foothills. While on the second Basics course at the mission I went on break and noticed a piece of promo from Valley Org offering me a chance to “Join the $500 Club”. I had a few minutes to kill and so read it. It was offering me the “chance” to give them my money for nothing in exchange except for membership in their club of nothing. I was a bit aggravated and knew I needed to do something about it.

Once I got home I started drafting a “Things That Shouldn’t Be” report (click to view) and sent it off to RTC on the 2nd of Feb. 2009.

Shortly after this was sent off my wife received an email from Dallas Org requesting money for no exchange. I sent another “Things That Shouldn’t be” Report on the 22nd of Feb. 2009 (click to view).

March 26, 2009 I received a response from Reports Officer RTC (click to view in full) which read:


“Thank you for your reports to RTC regarding the fundraising strategy.

“The current fundraising strategy for Ideal Orgs was fully covered in the recent March 13th Event by Chairman of the Board RTC. I advise you watch the event so you understand what has been done thus far and why it is important to contribute to these projects.”

On March 30, 2009 I wrote a KR on Reports Officer RTC (click to view) for her gross violation of KSW1. DM is not Ron and I don’t need him to interpret for Ron for me. I never heard from RTC again. Later a friend told me a couple of CMO Messengers told him RTC had black listed me.



When Steve Hall’s video showed up on the Truth Rundown page of the St Petersburg Times in the beginning of August I finally had someone I knew from CMU. Steve is what he seems from the first time you meet him on. You can see right away that he has a big heart and wants to help. Watching Steve’s video made a difference for me.

I had already written what became my first article called Losing Policy to send out to Scientologists I knew. I offered it to Steve and he published it under the pen name "Jimmy Rebel" on Scientology-cult.com. Two weeks later I followed it up with the article Restoring Greatness. Let me say thank you to all who read them and gave such excellent comments.

Re-opening the Training Bridge

Theory course room

By this time I had decided that we needed a course room where anyone could come fully learn any material on any subject they brought with them it could even include getting trained to be an auditor, from no where on the bridge to as high as possible.

Separately from the course room was the problem with the GAT checksheets and so began my outreach program to get people to assist in sorting this out. Dan Koon was first on my list as checksheets would be needed for all Independent Scientologist and he knew the ones LRH approved and why. He agreed to assist and thus began the creation of Independent Scientology training checksheets.

 Practical course room

In late October I received a call from an individual I had been friendly with in the SO; his name was Mark Pisani. He was called “Pizzo” in PAC Renos and now he was in the WUS Finance Office. He was told to handle me on my difficulties with the current registration policies and “Ideal Orgs” donations.

He brought me about five event DVDs and an “Ideal Orgs” Promo Piece that had a stainless steel engraved front and back. It must have cost (even with SO labor) about $30.00 in materials. He thought it was a great piece and I saw wasted parishioner money and wasted SO member’s time. He asked me to watch the events and check out the promo. I asked for LRH. He said to please look at what he gave me and he would come back in a week. I said okay.

TRs area

He came back and we had a polite conversation about KSW1. He said to me that Ron’s way wasn’t fast enough and the “Ideal Orgs” route was faster. I disagreed and said I would only follow LRH. He informed me that I was being robotic. I let him know that I would stay that way but that I wished him the best personally. I meant it and still do as we had always been on good terms.

In November I was visited by Kirsten (from OSA) and another fellow who was the MAA from AOLA. They wished to speak with me about what I had seen on the web. I listened as they showed me the declares of Marty and Mary Jo. They even showed me Captain Bill’s. The same calm conversation ensued as with Mark Pisani and was ended and they went on their way.

It is painful to see these people rationalize the application of KSW but getting upset with them will handle nothing. I just tell the truth, offer policy that pertains to the situation and continue to care for them. We can all do at least that.

The Courseroom

The original idea I had for a course room was going to be in Los Angeles because I lived there and it was going to be for onlines public that had bought a course from the church but were tired of going in and getting regged constantly for donations.

It all started one night after my wife was on course at ASHO. When course was over staff were positioned at the doors to let no one leave until they had donated for something or other. This was a last straw for me in believing there were any standard course rooms or sanity left in ASHO.

I started talking to about ten or more friends and they would definitely come if there were no reg’s and it was standard. So I started working out how to do it legally.

Then the St Petersburg Times hit and I knew I was through with the Church and I would have to create a course room elsewhere for all the people who couldn’t go into the Church anymore but would like to go up the Bridge. I asked Steve Hall to design a logo for us and he did.



"The Gang" at the Independent Scientology Center


The Courseroom opened on the 10th of January, 2011 and is just outside of Tallahassee, Florida. Every one is welcome. If you were declared by the CofS, wear it as a badge of honor. As long as you are here to study and assist your fellow students we would enjoy having you.

One thing to know: If you come to train as an auditor you WILL WALK OUT AN AUDITOR. KSW is king here.

I am the lead Supervisor. Gayle Smith, Class VI, Senior C/S formerly of Philly heads up Tech. You couldn’t be in better hands.

Things you should understand about keeping the course room open:

1. The Courseroom can not supply you with your Checksheet or Pack as we are not part of the C of S.

There are many ways for you to get these. You can download Dan Koon’s Checksheets. They are far more standard than the GAT checksheets used in the church. You can even buy a course pack from Bridge or the Church that you can get the references from for your checksheet, you can purchase the 80’s levels course packs off the web or you can just download them.

2. We charge for the course by the length of time on the checksheet.

If our Lead Supervisor approves the checksheet you bring we go by the length of time on the Checksheet to work out the cost of the course. We do not sell courses we sell a place to learn the material and apply it. The price is fixed and paid before you start. We get you through it with standard application of the technology for study as developed by Ron.

Our goal is simple: We want to make auditors who can and do audit pc’s to Clear and Clears who audit themselves to total freedom.

For any who wish to assist you can feel free to do so. You will not be ignored. There is more to be done to make Scientology free of the monopoly and affordable to all. If you wish to assist you are welcome to contact me. Everyone can assist in this endeavor and whatever you can do will be appreciated.

You can contact me through email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I hope to see you or hear from you soon.

John Aaron Williams
AKA: Jimmy Rebel


Richard Kaminski
+3 # Richard Kaminski 2012-11-04 21:50
Great write-up, John. Thanks for publishing it.
Wishing you every success with The Courseroom, may you flourish and prosper!
Love, Rich
Frank Ayim Damptey
# Frank Ayim Damptey 2014-09-17 10:33
How can I become an auditor.I am in Ghana Africa and I believe that the rampant war hunger and poverty in Africa can be solved with Scientology
+1 # Thoughtful 2014-09-17 11:09
Hi Frank, Just start with the first book, Dianetics. People have been using that book successfully for decades. It works. As far as solving war, hunger and poverty, keep in mind that "Scientology" has a number of destructive concepts that were embedded in it, which sensible minds will have to remove before Scientology could have any broad positive impact on the culture. For example, Hubbard included the idea that productive people were exempt from punishment from crimes they commit. That is an insane concept and justifies the assumption that the Church of Scientology is above the law. Other parts of Scientology are incredibly beneficial. So like I said, you will need to remain sensible and logical and ready to THROW OUT the destructive concepts that are embedded within Scientology as you come across them. Do not simply assume it's all 100% beneficial, because it isn't. However the parts that are good, and there are many of them, far exceed the norm on the plus side of the ledger. Scientology is a blend of extremely good and extremely bad concepts. So keep a level head and keep your eyes open as you proceed. Then you will do fine.
# Andre 2015-07-06 00:55
Excellent example in setting up the Courseroom. I remember all the great fun I had back in the late 80's and 90's when I was on course training on life improvement course, TR's and training on assists. I remember delivering my first nerve assist. Was nervous myself but built the confidence after a few sessions. I started backing away from the CoS years ago doubting the organization and its ways. See new centers like this helps me revive that hope that the fun is back in the game of Scn training again. Good job.
# Farina 2015-08-02 16:00
I wanted to know if one is interested in attending your course room, what is your address, and schedule like. How can I get in touch with your organization.
I have been referred to you by an independent Scientologist and an amazing Auditor.
Thank you,
# Thoughtful 2015-08-02 16:05
John has listed his contact info in the right column above just below the patch of clover.
Diane Carre
# Diane Carre 2016-02-16 22:01
Hello, I recently interviewed at the Atlanta org for an auditor position and since coming back home have done some research and felt the strong arm of joining and moving etc... I just felt something wasn't right and wanted to do some further research. I completed Dianetics, Science of Survival and Self Analysis and really want to do auditing but found it impossible without taking a job with the org which now I don't want to do. I was so happy to find your site and reading more about how to get auditing without going the route of signing a 5 year contract etc..
+1 # Thoughtful 2016-02-16 22:40
Yay, another person saved from disaster! So glad to help. The CoS used to be all about being there for people, providing safe space, moving people up the Bridge. Not any more. Today, it is basically organized crime corporation fixed only on money.

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