In article<firstname.lastname@example.org>, Shy David www.xenu.net <email@example.com> writes:
>Families who have missing Scientologist sons and daughters may wish to send
>photographs of their missing children, as well as a brief note to the missing
>person, to the Trust. The Trust could tape the picture and note to the walls or
>front window of the Trust's building.
The Trust should offer facilities for anyone dis-satisfied with the CofS really according to how they see their own needs. That goes from just providing information they haven't got through to enabling real action. Some simple information packs it ought to have, though, are "who was Lisa (and what happened to her)?" "is there scientology outside the Church", "what was Ron really like (by people who sailed with him)", "has the tech ever been objectively tested", etc.
It should offer facilities, knowing they might be wasted or damaged so taking simple precautions to minimise the damage but keep on offering them into the future. There should be unseen cameras all over the accessible areas of the building and inside its vans/trucks, with a notice "for everyone's protection against false allegations this area is video'ed, but the tape is confidential unless actually needed for evidence." I would suggest perhaps even modifying it so there is a loading bay with a shutter and with its own corridor to the inside, where you can see or interfere with who is getting into a vehicle.
Obvious facilities to offer would be a payphone where you can phone anywhere within the states to a limit of $2 each, perhaps give 'em a phonecard for it. Lots of copies of critical books on sale cheap or handed out on library cards for use in the building. Canteen with cheap meals or you can hand out a canteen chit. Showers etc. A few individual bedrooms to take a rest. People could come in for respite or a meal and read exit material or take active steps to leave when and if they wanted, or just go back out again if not. There would be an attitude of "yes, we love you enough to give you one meal if you want to eat it, one book if you want to read it, if you wreck it or throw it away well we won't give you another and another and you won't run us out of stuff, you'll just get sent on your way for this month and come back when you're better behaved." Ideally if you could have coded mag-card locks which have todays encrypted code on them, they could have a day's access into Room#N or the showers or the canteen or whatever and if behaving badly ideally would not even need to be removed, just let 'em rip up one cheap mattress and not be able to get back in when the one day's card runs out. It would help perhaps to have them sign something that "...and if I wreck or waste materials or act disruptively to other residents I can be asked to leave immediately." Again, with a mag-swipe system, a card might be invalidated immediately so they could no longer get into other sections of the building.
The ultimate stage would be to get someone to read exit materials, and eventually say on camera "yes I've got friends at X, I want to be taken to a station in some nearby town and put on a bus or train there" and that's what would happen.
This envisages having a truck/large van and somebody who does the driving runs, somebody watching the canteen area, one or two people in charge of admissions, as well as a private area for admin offices and other non-accessible to public areas. Probably there would be 4 or 5 individual rooms each with shower etc, plus canteen and dayroom, people would be asked what they wanted to be carded for.
Probably it's easiest to issue a card which identifies the person, then circulate what privileges it has for how long.
Expect vandalism of public areas. Put cables and pipes in metal conduits. Build everything tough. For TVs, microwaves, mattresses, etc, just buy cheap ones that can be replaced. What would you do if one person came in and started violence, damage, or disruption? If two, three, four came in successively then started up?? You probably, unfortunately, need one guard and need two layers of carded doors from outside to public area, and again from their to admin area. Don't say what you're going to do, but think about these issues and pre-plan.
After the building (and van) are secured, there will be attempts to obstruct people reaching them. Failing that, there will be surveillance and attempts to harrass people afterwards. The phone-line is a good idea, because then the van could go out to meet people; watch out for ambush tricks. Also, the van could just cruise around, or be ready to cruise around, and be able to pick up people or give out microwave dinners or information packs. They would then at least have to commit people to going wound obstructing or observing it.
It should also have some public-facing functions, where it just stops and passes out Xemu leaflets or public info packs or sells "Scientology kills" tee shirts.
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