The Truth for Kyle Brennan

Scientology & the Death of Kyle Brennan

Matteo Rosetti; Ethics Officer

The Church of Scientology’s dictatorial control over its adherents is not just deeply disturbing—it’s also immoral and dangerous. Brainwashed by their religion, Scientologists seem to lose concept of the boundary separating right from wrong. They’ve been told by the Church’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard, that in the pursuance of a “just cause”—Scientology, of course—it’s perfectly acceptable to step across that boundary at will. They’ve been taught that the collective, the organization—the Church of Scientology—comes first.

Kyle Photo for Blog

Ethics-The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number of Dynamics

Hubbard does not bother to justify the inhumanity of his Ethics. If families are broken up, if friends are turned against friends, if suicides occur, if an entrapment of the very spirit that makes humans human should occur, then that is subsidiary to the aim to prove Hubbard right. After all, as he is careful to instill into the outlook of his followers, anything that happens to anyone is fully and totally that person’s own responsibility, they pull it in on themselves, don’t they?

— The Mindbenders, by Cyril Vosper

Like being sent to the principal’s office in grade school, the order “to go to ethics” strikes certain terror in the soul of a Scientologist. This is because the Ethics Officer holds the ultimate power in Scientology, the power to apply the dreaded label of “Suppressive Person” and to cast a member out of Scientology and into spiritual oblivion for millions of lifetimes to come. A Scientologist will do almost anything to stay out of trouble with Ethics.

“Ethics” is defined in Scientology as rationality toward the highest level of survival along the dynamics. But in Scientology, ethics has to do primarily with the group — the group being Scientology. Anything that promotes Scientology or benefits Scientology is therefore defined as “ethical,” whereas anything which is contra-survival for Scientology becomes, by definition, “unethical.”

Similarly, there is a phrase frequently heard in Scientology, “the greatest good for the greatest number of dynamics,” meaning that which is good for the group (Scientology) and for mankind is more important and takes precedence over that which is good for the individual. A dangerous philosophy.

Excerpts from the deposition of Peter Mansell, Director of Office of Special Affairs, Flag Service Organization.

Judge Steven D. Merryday

Declaration of Larry Brennan

Privilege Log, Flag Service Organization

Excerpts from the deposition of Tom Brennan

Excerpt from the deposition of Denise Miscavige Gentile

Excerpt from the deposition of Victoria Britton

Excerpt from the Deposition of Tom Brennan

Declaration of Lance Marcor:

1. I Joined the Sea Org in 1978 after being public at Pasadena Mission, California did my EPF (basic training) at the Cedars Hospital renovating it into the PAC Base in LA. Next I was trained in treasury policy and ran a GO Mission handling Celebrity Center LA Treasury records in case of an IRS Audit. I was slated to be the Assistant Guardian for Finance at CCLA which held the same rank as Commanding Officer CCLA. I was to go to England for training but didn’t want the job and requested to come to FLAG in Florida instead. I arrived at FLAG in 1980 and took the post of Director of Inspections and Reports for the FSO. That post is the Department Head of Department 3, and is located in Division I which is a senior division on the Scientology Organization Board.

I know Matteo Rosetti, the Ethics Officer of Thomas Brennan.

I was in charge of 300 staff members’ ethics and was fully trained on ethics policy.
The Public MAAs were in my department under me.My next post was working in Division 4 (Technical Division) in Dept.10 – Technical Services. I worked around the auditing and Case Supervisor Office, I acquired knowledge of the lines and terminals involved with the PC, where he goes and why. These terminals include the D of P (Director of Processing, Director of Training, Cramming Officers, Medical Liaison Officer, Registrars, Ethics Officer, Chaplain, etc. (everyone the PC could possibly be involved with in the FSO).

2. I worked my way up in rank to Chief Petty officer and was in charge of Petty Officer Council, Secretary of Officers Council, a member of the Permanent Board of Review, On several Justice Committees, In charge of the entire FLB Messing System, In charge of the entire FLB Berthing Inspections, I worked in the Reg Office and was in charge of the SO Call in Admin Unit. I worked in the Public Course room as Course Administrator, was on several CMO missions as a CMO Missioner, I was the Division 7 (Executive Division) Financial Planning Representative, Worked part time as an FLB Security Guard, and was in Senior HCO, Flag Land Base running the Cadet Sailing Academy. After leaving the Sea Org I became public and was Captain of the Dianetics Windsurfing Team and later became in charge of the entire Dianetics Athletic Association, was on the OT Committee and Clear Expansion Committee. I left the church in 2007.

3. I have been asked to review the Privilege Log, [Exhibit 1], and the redacted “List of Actions,” the title of the document in the Privilege Log, but actually entitled “SEC CHECK KR HANDLING,” [Exhibit 2], and compare it to my expertise and experience and knowledge of Scientology policies in this area. I do so voluntarily.

4. First and foremost, the Ethics Folders are never privileged in Scientology. I understand that this court did not rule on privilege, but had the List of Actions redacted based on relevancy. If true, then much of the ethics folder materials, including the List of Actions, were culled or created just for the court. From what is produced, compared to the Privilege Log and written church policy, it is obvious to me that much is missing that must exist at Flag concerning Kyle Brennan.

5. It’s apparent that the communication from OSA, (Office of Special Affairs in charge of legal and avoiding public relation problems, PR Flaps), is missing in reference to Thomas Brennan and his son, Kyle Brennan. The EO (Ethics Officer) sent two communications to OSA and neither are answered by OSA. This does not happen.

6. Those communications are not confidential as OSA deals in organizational security per the policy and the CIS (Case Supervisor) deals in confidential confessionals. This entire PTS scene with Tom being “connected” to Victoria and Kyle and the connection to Psychiatry (Per HCOPL 6 Dec 76RB ILLEGAL PCs, ACCEPTANCE OF – HIGH CRIME PL) , Exhibit 3, would have come up early on in Tom’s auditing or Confessional, meaning that OSA would have been informed of the “security risk” of Tom’s “connection” and Tom would have been monitored by OSA while having been pulled into Ethics (the EO) per HCO PL 18 June 1968, ETHICS, Exhibit 4; and ordered to do Conditions Handlings at least by starting with the condition of Doubt as this PTS condition was obviously hanging Tom up in Doubt in his wavering back and forth in his dealings with Victoria and Kyle.(HCOPL 18 Dec 1982 ETHICS CONDITIONS: HANG-UP AT DOUBT)(Exhibit 5).

7. Also, there is no explanation as to why so many reports are sent to the EO from the auditor (Denise Gentile) without an ethics handling. What were all of those reports about? (HCOPL 7 Mar 1965RA OFFENCES AND PENALTIES makes it a “Crime” in Scientology – “Failing to report a potential trouble source to local HCO”)(Exhibit
6). The reports should have concerned Kyle’s connection to Psychiatry and acted on immediately, per policy, because Psychiatry and anti-depressant medication are the utmost evil to Scientology with the goal of eliminating both. Tom would have been advised to determine his condition for the Suppressive Act of “continued adherence to a person or group pronounced a suppressive person or group by HCO” per the Scientology Ethics conditions: HCOPL2 Nov 1982 CONDITIONS HANDLINGS and HCOPL 3 Aug 1985 COMPLETING CONDITIONS FORMULAS (Exhibit 7), and the fact that Wendy (Tom’s Wife) referred to Kyle as “enemy of the church,” shows that there was awareness by Tom that Kyle was an “enemy” per the Scientology ethics conditions and would have had to handle his own connection to Kyle.

8. Tom would have had to move up the Conditions through the Condition of Liability (HCOPL 6 Oct 1967 CONDITIONS OF LIABILITY AND DOUBT) and HCO POLICY LETTER OF 14 MARCH 1968 (Exhibit 8), in which case he would have had to apply step “2. Deliver an effective blow to the enemies of the group one has been pretending to be part of despite personal danger”. (Tom pretending to “care” about Kyle’s future (the family group) when in fact he is regarding him as an enemy of the church group). There are two opposing groups here – The the church group with its policy and orders and Victoria and Kyle as his family group).

9. Tom’s auditor, being a veteran Scientologist, has an “intimate” relationship with Tom (“intimate” as in the auditor, through the process of auditing, becomes aware of intimate details of one’s life despite the professional viewpoint the auditor must maintain while “in session”). It is well known that a Scientologist develops an intimate rapport with the auditor and in many cases wants to do “extra” favors for the auditor as an appreciation of the “help” that is being rendered by the auditor in terms of “spiritual relief’ from things hindering or bothering the PC. In my many years working in and around the auditing divisions of Scientology, I have witnessed this to be the case, which is why all gifts to auditors from their PCs must be reported. An example of this relationship is Tom calling Denise before calling 911. Tom was asking advice on how to handle a “mental decision”, i.e.,”what do I do now?” “my son is dead on the floor and I can’t make a decision on my own”. “Call my auditor” (not my wife or Kyle’s mother, but my auditor).

10. This fact of the PC losing mental control of his own ability to make decisions shows the involvement that Scientology has on individuals in controlling their lives. One famous Scientology set of Processes are the CCHs (Control, Communication, Havingness) where in the early stages of Scientology “processing” the auditor gains control over the PC’s mind through communication and thus the PC regains his “Havingness” for the physical universe in his new reality (under the control of the auditor and thus the organization of Scientology). This is promoted as “Helping the PC regain control over his own life,” however, if he now has to remain “connected up” to the Scientology organization to continue “up the Bridge to Total Freedom” and this is his ultimate salvation for this lifetime and all future lifetimes, he now must, per “the greatest good,” comply to the organizational policy and “command intention” of the current Scientology leader: Denise Gentile’s brother David Miscavige. These are the facts of Scientology and how Scientology is involved in the death of Kyle Brennan.

11. Every Scientologist must follow the written policy of the founder, L. Ron Hubbard. per HCOPL 7 Feb 1965 KEEPING SCIENTOLOGY WORKING (Exhibit 9). 1 say this because it cannot be overstated that his policies must be followed. In order for a non-Scientologist to understand what I am about to say, certain policies and definitions published by Scientology must be explained. First, in listening to someone who is a devoted Scientologist, one must understand that the Scientologist’s first goal is to protect the church at all costs. This includes telling an “acceptable truth,” which is saying whatever needs to be said to attain the desired result, including lying. [See attached Exhibit 10, “The Volunteer Minister’s Handbook, excerpt on acceptable truth]. It has been defined by Scientologist, Dr. David Minkoff, M.D., (a former defendant in the wrongful death case of Lisa McPherson in the state court of Hillsborough County, Florida, Case # 52-2000- ea-005682), where he testified in his 10-22-1997 deposition that an acceptable truth is “one that works,” “when it works, its ethical, when it does the best good for the most number of people.” It includes lying to serve the greater good. [pp.134-136, attached, Exhibit 11].

12. The words or phrases “Handle,” “Handle the Hell Out of It,” “Handle It,” “Handling,” and “Handling Situations” are very specific terms of direct orders compelling one to get it done or else face consequences. Modern Management Technology Defined, p. 243. [Exhibit12]. This term, “handle,” is well known among Scientologists. One situation which must be handled is a “Potential Trouble Source,” a/k/a PTS.

13. Per the attached Exhibit 13, HCOPL 20 Oct 81R PTS Type A Handling .- “THIS HANDLING IS DONE BY THE ETHICS OFFICER OF AN ORG…” “If a PTS situation actually exists, the interview must result in a written program agreed upon by the person (Tom) with copies to the person and to his ethics file.” “As the person does the steps of the program, he reports their accomplishment to the org officer (E0) who interviewed him.” “If the person fails to do the program or the program results in no real change in the situation, the interviewing officer must investigate thoroughly to find out what the person is doing instead of the program…”

14. In Kyle’s case, the EO, Ethics Officer, Matteo Rosetti, whom I know, did not choose to “Handle” as there were no steps on the program “to handle.” The E0 by evidence chose to have Tom “Disconnect” (move Kyle out) Per HCOB 10 Sept 1983 PTSness and Disconnection – “Example: A PC is connected to a person or group that has been declared suppressive by HCO in a published ethics order. He should disconnect and, if he wants to inform the SP of the fact, he may write a letter of disconnection.” [Exhibit 14]. In Tom’s case, he simply informed Kyle of the fact that he would have to be finding a new place to live. That may be why the bed linens of Kyle’s bed were stripped at he time of the death. If Kyle was being considered as an Enemy/SP, Tom may have taken matters into his own hands, or others, and possibly expedited the disconnection by having “a hand” in his demise, since Tom Brennan stated in his answer filed in this case that his son died as a result of suicide or homicide.

15. The Defendant in this case, FSO, without question forbids any psychotic person on FSO property. “Handling Psychotics at the FSO” [Exhibit 15]. The main reason the List of Actions included ordering Thomas Brennan to move his son out of the apartment and “Handle” him is for Thomas Brennan to secure his future in the church which, per “KSW Policy {Keep Scientology Working), guarantees his spiritual freedom for an eternity. It also protects his auditor, Denise Gentile. Policies which demand the move out of the son, include, but are not limited to, the following attached policies:

HCOB 10 Sept 83 PTSness AND DISCONNECTION – “A PC is connected to a group that has been declared suppressive by HCO. [Exhibit 14] (In Kyle’s case, Psychiatry as a group has been declared suppressive by HCO);
HCOPL 23 December 1965 SUPPRESSIVE ACTS SUPPRESSION OF SCIENTOLOGY AND SCIENTOLOGISTS [Exhibit 16] “Suppressive Acts” require disconnection.

“Here are some “suppressive acts:”

Kyle is guilty of this suppressive act: remaining connected to psychiatry through his use of psychiatric drugs.
“Continued adherence to a person or group pronounced a suppressive person or group by HCO. (Psychiatry as a group has been pronounced suppressive by the church: i.e., CCHR, a front group for the church to attack Psychiatry)
Tom Brennan’s son’s continuing adherence to psychiatry now becomes suppressive in the church’s eyes (Tom’s wife, Wendy, referred to Kyle as an “Enemy” in September 2006 when she learned that Kyle was seeing a psychiatrist and taking psych drugs, Lexapro).

Tom Brennan’s failing to handle…i.e., disconnect, would then make him be labeled “Suppressive Person, SP.”
“failure to handle or disavow and disconnect from a person demonstrably guilty of suppressive acts.”

Tom as a first step in being handled by the church is given the ultimatum to disconnect falling short of being able to handle Kyle’s taking his meds. On orders by the Ethics Officer, he tried to Handle by removing Kyle’s connection to Psychiatry by removing his meds.“a potential trouble source may receive no processing until the situation is handled.”

16. The term “enemy” are those who oppose and those who can damage the organization or person. Modern Management Technology Defined. [Exhibit 17].

17. From the declaration of Victoria Britton, Exhibit 18, Tom Brennan knew that his son, Kyle, was seeing a psychiatrist and taking Lexapro as early as May or June 2006. This coincides with the first entry on the Privilege log. He invited his son to come to Clearwater, offering him a job and going to college. While in Clearwater in August and September 2006, Kyle hears Brennan’s new wife call Kyle an “enemy.” Kyle rapidly leaves Clearwater. (Per the declaration of Scott Brennan]. When Kyle comes to Clearwater for the last time in February 2007 to rest before returning to Virginia, Tom Brennan is in conflict with being a father to his son and being a dedicated Scientologist due to the above policies.

18. The above policies placed Tom Brennan up against a wall. He had to handle his son or else face these consequences, which would cut him off from Flag, his wife, Wendy, his employers and friends, Denise and Gerald Gentile, all dedicated Scientologists, and end his high celebrity status of being audited by David Miscavige’s sister. Denise Gentile also had a strong interest in having the son handled for her own benefit of her class auditing and being connected to Tom Brennan, her friend and employee.

19. OSA became involved in this matter early on because not only is Denise Miscavige Gentile the twin sister of the leader of all of Scientology, David Miscavige, but the privilege log shows that the EO, Matteo Rosetti, on May 3 2006, wrote a report to OSA to get approval for Tom Brennan to become Flag public. This is no small matter. OSA would have responded to this request in writing. That has not been produced nor is it listed in the Privilege Log. It is very important to this case. Also, on May 5, 2006, Matteo wrote another comm (communication) to OSA, re: Tom Brennan. Again, there is no mention of a comm back from OSA. That simply does not happen at Flag. On September 7, 2006, Matteo writes to the CIS, (Case Supervisor), which had to concern clearance for Flag auditing of Thomas Brennan. There has to be a reply in writing as to the reason Tom Brennan is accepted for auditing. This is not privileged. It would show the relationship between Denise Gentile and Tom Brennan. It would more likely than not also show Denise’s knowledge about Tom Brennan’s family, including his only son, Kyle, and what was known about Kyle’s psychiatric treatment and medication.

20. As I stated in my first Declaration, before I saw the redacted List of Actions, I opined that Tom was ordered by an EO to handle his son per the written policy of Scientology known as a PTS A Handling (Potential Trouble Source Handling), [Exhibit 13]. Now that we see that the List of Actions confirms what I previously stated, the CIS, Case Supervisor at Flag, would have ordered “PTS A Handling,” and OSA at Flag, having jurisdiction over the Tech lines for overall security, ordered the E0 at Flag to order Tom Brennan, per that Policy (Illegal PCs Acceptance Of High Crime PL, attached to first Declaration and attached here for convenience, [Exhibit 3], to make sure Kyle Brennan was “handled.”

21. It can not be overemphasized that Kyle Brennan’s presence was potentially a huge PR Flap to Flag by his taking an anti-depressant, Lexapro, acting in such a manner that Tom Brennan was afraid to leave him alone, and calling government offices, while Thomas Brennan was living at an apartment building occupied by Scientologists, a Flag public being audited by Denise Miscavige Gentile, a 1/2 block from the Coachman Building, and a block from the Ft. Harrison Hotel.

22. The privilege log shows that OSA is involved not only before Kyle Brennan arrived in Clearwater on February 7, 2007, but also while he was at his father’s apartment, which most definitely would continue not only through the day Kyle died, but also after his death and until this matter is concluded. There is no reason OSA at Flag would send a communication about Thomas Brennan other than with regards to that policy on handling a PTS. They have no other involvement to the public other than the fact of “Organizational Security”. OSA comm has not been produced and that is for sure not confidential.

23. In further evidence of OSA at Flag’s involvement and OSA Int (OSA International in Los Angeles, CA), the KR (Knowledge Report), [Exhibit 19], allegedly typed by Gerald Gentile and sent to OSA Int and then copied to OSA at Flag, with the addition of the List of Actions and the missing OSA comm, confirms USA’s and Flag’s involvement and control over Tom Brennan, Denise Gentile, and Kyle Brennan before Kyle Brennan’s death.

24. Per Scientology Policy HCOPL 22 July 1982 Knowledge Reports: “I .Anyone who knew of a loafing or destructive or off-policy or out-ethics action and WHO DID NOT FILE A KNOWLEDGE REPORT becomes an ACCESSORY in any justice action taken thereafter.” [Exhibit 20]. Per this policy, the fact of Tom Brennan being connected to his son Kyle who is involved with a known suppressive group (Psychiatry) requires anyone who knew about the connection to write a Knowledge Report. In other words, the Church’s own policy substantiates the fact that there are missing reports as those reports are required flying back and forth from Denise the auditor, to the Ethics Officer, and to and from OSA not excluding the Case Supervisor. The “out ethics situation” is, per the church policy, the connection of Tom Brennan to his son Kyle for months (May 2006 – Feb 16 2007) without “Handling or Disconnection”. Per HCOPL 11 May 1965 ETHICS OFFICER HAT – “The activities of the Ethics Officer consist of isolating individuals who are stopping proper flows by pulling withholds with ethics technology and by removing the potential trouble sources and suppressive individuals off org comm lines and by generally enforcing Ethics Codes.” Exhibit 21.

25. The Ethics Handling which ordered Torn Brennan to move Kyle out was based on a “Security Check” This Sec Check is not “priest-penitent privilege” per HCOPL 7 Jan 1985 HCO Confessionals, which states: “Overts disclosed in the course of Confessionals done for investigatory or justice purposes are always the subject of Knowledge Reports to HCO and are actionable on the person.” “At the beginning of the first session of an HCO Confessional or any auditing action to be done as an HCO Confessional, the auditor gives the PC the R-Factor (reality factor) , “I am not auditing you.” The session is then begun as usual…” [Exhibit 22].

26. “The fact that a Sec Check or False Purpose RD (Rundown) form is being done as an HCO Confessional does not mean that the procedure is changed. The Auditor’s procedure is the same. But the overts are reported to Ethics for handling and are actionable. It should be clearly marked on the Knowledge Report that it is from an HCO Confessional action.” (note: this is also evidence that the Ethics Files are not confidential).(HCOPL 7 Jan 1985 HCO CONFESSIONALS) (Exhibit 25). What this shows is that it is impossible for these reports to not have been made.(HCOPL 10 Mar 1982 CONFESSIONALS-ETHICS REPORTS REQUIRED). Exhibit 23. This is evidence that Tom Brennan was under pressure from the Church to “handle” his son. Some Church philosophy that applies to a Scientologist’s mental conditioning are as follows: The Code of Honor by L. Ron Hubbard: “Never fear to hurt another in a just cause.” “Your self determinism and honor are more important than your immediate life.” “Your integrity to yourself is more important than your body.” Also, “Your value as a being is to your group and not to your self at all”. HCOPL 23 DEC 65 RB SUPPRESSIVE ACTS SUPPRESSION OF SCIENTOLOGY AND SCIENTOLOGISTS -”Suppressive Acts” (as follows)…”Failure to handle or disavow and disconnect from a person demonstrably guilty of suppressive acts”. [Exhibit 16]. Tom would have to apply this policy to Kyle, per Kyle’s connection to the “suppressive group,” – Psychiatry. “Continued adherence to a person or group pronounced a suppressive person or group by HCO.” Kyle is guilty of this Suppressive Act by his default connection to Psychiatry and his Meds.

27. Kyle’s death was a direct result of the application of the policy of the church which is to “Handle or Disconnect” and that includes by whatever means necessary. It all started with Denise Gentile reporting to Flag’s Ethics Officer. Driving Kyle over the edge when he was in a depressed state and without his coeds by suggesting he move out is one way of getting rid of the problem. “Never fear to hurt another in a just cause” Kyle, per Scientology philosophy, can always go and pick up another body and it would be considered the “Greatest Good” to move him out of Tom’s and the Gentile’s life. Every Scientologist early on in Scientology is required to do the PTS/SP Course – HOW TO CONFRONT AND SHATTER SUPPRESSION by L. Ron Hubbard (Exhibit 24) and the term PTS and SP are household nomenclature used on a daily basis amongst Scientologists. This is not some isolated case as this is the “GLUE” that keeps Scientology together and tight as, per L. Ron Hubbard, “a kind of juggernaut builds up” running through a free society. With the purpose of every Scientologist to “add to this POWER”. In the Scientology reference on the condition of Power RESPONSIBILITIES OF LEADERS – Section on “seven things about power,” HCO PL 12 February 1967, Exhibit 25, it states in reference to being “open to the taunts of any enemy of the power who dare not really boot the power but can boot you.”…”you must yourself gather and USE enough power to hold your own – without just flattering to the power to “kill Pete” in straightforward or more suppressive ways to him, as these wreck the power that supports yours, He doesn’t have to know all the bad news, and if he’s a power really, he won’t ask all the time: “What are all those dead bodies doing at the door?” … Well, boss, about all those dead bodies, nobody at all will suppose you did it. She over there, those pink legs sticking out, didn’t like me.” “Well.” he’ll say, if lie really is a power, “why are you bothering me with it if it’s done and you did it…” L. Ron Hubbard HCOPL 12 Feb 1967 Responsibilities of Leaders. Exhibit 25.

28. What is driving Denise Gentile, Gerald Gentile, Thomas Brennan and Flag is that in making decisions church policy must always be heeded: HCOPL 7 FEB 65 Keeping Scientology Working 1 – “We’re not playing some minor game in Scientology. It isn’t cute or something to do for lack of something better. The whole agonized future of this planet, every man, woman and child on it and your own destiny for the next endless trillions of years depend on what you do here and now with and in Scientology. This is a deadly serious activity. And if we miss getting out of the trap now, we may never again have another chance”. [Exhibit : 9].

Under penalties of perjury, I declare that the above is true.
Lance Marcor

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