Part I: The Great Mystery of Scientology’s 1972 Moroccan Missions

Saturday, 31 October 2015 by

Part I of the Research Series, Morocco Phase, for the landmark book Watergate: The Hoax

[NOTE: This research series of blog articles arose out of recent research efforts concerning the second half of the book Watergate: The Hoax, currently in release. This series of blog posts represents only a small part of the research done for the book, but the results of this phase were of such a nature that we felt a duty to make them public prior to the book. The relevance of these events to Watergate is fully covered in the book. These posts are for informational, historical, and educational purposes, dealing with issues of very broad public interest. Creative Commons License This work, meaning expressly the research series of articles on this blog, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.—Ed.]

L. Ron Hubbard

L. Ron Hubbard

There have been numerous published claims that in 1972, sometime after the Watergate arrests, L. Ron Hubbard ordered that three “missions” be sent out from his Scientology Flagship, the Apollo, to interact with the highest military intelligence levels of the Islamic monarchy of King Hassan II of Morocco.

At the time of the alleged missions, as the stories go, Hubbard reportedly was either onboad the Apollo in the port of Tangier, Morocco, or was residing in a villa in Tangier, called the Villa Laure, along with his wife, Mary Sue Hubbard, and some number of his most trusted retinue. The reports about where he was, and when, during the purported missions are both vague and contradictory, which will be addressed later in this series.

In tracing back the source of the claims about these alleged Scientology missions involving Hassan II’s security forces, they all seemed to originate from one primary source, a man named Amos Jessup, who has claimed to have been involved as a participant with all three of the missions. No earlier source could be found.

At the time of the purported missions, Jessup was highly placed in Hubbard’s “Sea Organization,” or “Sea Org,” the command and control organization that managed all of Scientology around the world for Hubbard. The Sea Org also sent out Scientology “missions”—groups of Sea Org members ordered to various locations for various purposes related to Scientology management and expansion.

According to our best information and belief, Amos Jessup is the son of John Jessup, who had been part of the inner circle of the Time-Life conglomerate in its several incarnations. Getty Images, for instance, has a photo from 5 August 1960 of “Time Inc.’s John Jessup, Henry Luce, & Otto Fuerbringer with presidential candidate Senator John Kennedy and others at the Time Life Building.” The image and caption can be found in several places:

A Look Back At The Early Days Of The Original “Mad Men”

A Tour of the Time & Life Building in the 1960s

Henry Luce, head of the Time-Life publishing giant, was a key player in the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird:

Allen Dulles [CIA Director at relevant times] often interceded with his good friend, the late Henry Luce, founder of Time and Life magazines, who readily allowed certain members of his staff to work for the Agency and agreed to provide jobs and credentials for other CIA operatives who lacked journalistic experience.

 

…Luce, according to CIA officials, made it a regular practice to brief Dulles or other high Agency officials when he returned from his frequent trips abroad. Luce and the men who ran his magazines in the 1950s and 1960s encouraged their foreign correspondents to provide help to the CIA, particularly information that might be useful to the Agency for intelligence purposes or recruiting foreigners.

 

Carl Bernstein
The CIA and the Media

Luce repeatedly used his publications to smear, ridicule, and denigrate L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology.

With almost uncanny insight, Hubbard himself recognized the insidious connections all the way back in 1968, long before Operation Mockingbird and the CIA connections had been exposed to the public. In LRH Executive Directive 63, dated 12 December 1968, he wrote:

It is interesting that “Life” Magazine in the US has been a violent foe of Dianetics and Scn for 18 years.

 

Their connection to the enemy is not yet established.

 

But it certainly exists.

Yes, it certainly did exist. The muckraking started as far back as 24 July 1950, with Time magazine’s “Of Two Minds” article, when Hubbard’s Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health “was steadily climbing the U.S. bestseller lists.” The article began: “A new cult is moldering through the U.S. underbrush,” giving Luce the dubious distinction of being the first CIA mouthpiece to label the wildly unorganized grass-roots popularity of Dianetics at the time a “cult.”

A greater irony is that this disdain for readers of Dianetics as a “cult” came just three months after the CIA had launched its long-running and very well organized mind-control cult under the name Project BLUEBIRD on 20 April 1950, which would metastasize in the dark for decades under shell-game name changes, such as ARTICHOKE and MK-ULTRA.

Given that kind of pedigree and those kinds of one- and two-degree connections for Amos Jessup, it was intriguing to find him at the end of the research trail of stories about the alleged Scientology-Morocco missions. As this series will demonstrate, the stories of the missions, when inspected even casually, seem like plots that Ian Fleming would have dismissed out of hand as being far too unbelievable for James Bond spy fiction.

Don’t miss Part II of this research series: Amos Jessup and the Amazing Moroccan Missions.

 

 

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Part II: Amos Jessup and the Amazing Moroccan Missions

Saturday, 31 October 2015 by

Part II of the Research Series, Morocco Phase, for the revolutionary 600-page exposé Watergate: The Hoax

[NOTE: This research series of blog articles arose out of recent research efforts concerning the second half of the book Watergate: The Hoax, currently in release. This series of blog posts represents only a small part of the research done for the book, but the results of this phase were of such a nature that we felt a duty to make them public prior to the book. The relevance of these events to Watergate is fully covered in the book. These posts are for informational, historical, and educational purposes, dealing with issues of very broad public interest. Creative Commons License This work, meaning expressly the research series of articles on this blog, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.—Ed.]

Vasnetsov_samolet-magic-carpetAmos Jessup has been cited in a number of books as a source for descriptions of events that supposedly took place in Morocco with Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Sea Org.

For example, Jessup is cited as one of the sources interviewed for Jon Atack’s book A Piece of Blue Sky. The book talks about one of the alleged missions with the Moroccan government, supposedly to train Moroccan postal employees in Hubbard’s Student Hat study technology, which is a mission Jessup has said he participated in. Atack claimed:

For being persistently late for their Scientology courses, members of the Moroccan Post Office were assigned a condition of “Treason.” To the Moroccans, “Treason,” no matter how much it was word-cleared, meant only one thing: execution. The Post Office officials set themselves against the Scientologists, and won.

Yet Jessup, who supposedly was central to the effort to teach highly placed, devout Muslims L. Ron Hubbard’s study tech, has since said he “never heard of such a thing,” giving an entirely different reason for the alleged failure of the alleged mission. [For more coverage, see Part V of this series: King Hassan II, Islam, and the Scientology Study Technology. —Ed.]

Jessup also was interviewed for Russell Miller’s Bare-Faced Messiah. Jessup is cited and quoted in a number of places throughout the book, notably about the alleged missions. For instance, Miller makes this assertion about a mission that Jessup has said he was the “In-Charge” on, meaning he had the authority and control over the other Sea Org members on the mission:

Another . . . mission was having more success with the Moroccan secret police and started a training course for senior policemen and intelligence agents, showing them how to use the E-meter to detect political subversives.

This is a stunning claim, given that the “senior policemen and intelligence agents” at the time of any such alleged Scientology mission were operating directly under King Hassan II himself, according to a CIA report that was sent to the President of the United States on Thursday, 14 September 1972:

King Hassan has abolished the position of Defense Minister and has assumed direct control of the military establishment . . . His principal intelligence officer is the experienced Colonel Ahmed Dlimi who heads the palace intelligence service.

All of the police of Morocco were part of the Ministry of Defense at the time, so Hassan II had to have been directly overseeing any such Scientology “missions.” And Hassan II was not just any Islamic monarch. Hassan II made that abundantly clear himself, as described and quoted by Dr. Abdelilah Bouasria in Sufism and Politics in Morocco: Activism and Dissent:

Hassan II loved to repeat that he was a descendant of Prophet Mohamed and above all the “divine shadow on earth,” as he continuously stressed in his interviews:

 

HASSAN II: I received this title at birth, without asking for it, without wanting it. That means that I am one of the descendants of the Prophet, which is not exactly common, and which means that as deeply rooted as I am, in Morocco for generations, my original tribe is that of Mecca. This title, Commander of the Faithful, does not leave indifferent some people like the Iranians who have accorded such an impedance to the question of the descent of the Prophet. It is a title that imposes a great deal of humility and, all the same at certain times, great responsibilities.

In addition to his elevated status in Islam as a descendant of the Prophet, Hassan II also had a law degree, and in 1962 he had overseen the creation of Morocco’s contitution, which declared, and still declares, Morocco to be an Islamic nation, with Islam as the state religion.

He didn’t stop there; he also was an architect of, and gave final authority to, Morocco’s Penal Code. Hassan II approved into law on 26 November 1962 Article 220 of that Penal Code, which was in effect at all times relevant to the claims of Scientology missions dealing with Hassan II’s top intelligence people, all devout Muslims.

King Hassan II of Morocco implemented criminal penalties for proselytizing religions other than Islam.

King Hassan II of Morocco implemented criminal penalties for proselytizing religions other than Islam.

Article 220 provides for a penalty of “imprisonment for a period of between six months and three years and a fine of between 100 and 500 dirhams” for “whoever uses means of seduction to shake the belief of a Muslim or to change his religious allegiance. Such means of seduction are: the exploitation of his weakness or his need for assistance, or by using to such ends educational or health establishments, hostels or orphanages. In the event that an offence is judged to have occurred, the institution that has been used for this purpose may be condemned to be closed.”

Hassan’s inner circle of military and intelligence personnel were unquestionably devoted to the beliefs and rituals commanded of them by Islam, and they were also in charge of the police force, so fully indoctrinated into the vitally important Penal Codes relevant to honoring and preserving Islam in this Islamic nation that had Islam as its state religion.

Into this context, we are led to believe that a handful of Sea Org members—supposedly “disguised” as representatives of the cover organization for the Apollo, Operation and Transport Corporation, Ltd.—managed to brazenly waltz into the innermost devout circles of this descendant of Islam’s Prophet, work directly with his highest-level Muslim intelligence and police officers, and sneakily “seduce” them into reliance upon L. Ron Hubbard’s Scientology religious philosophy. No matter what these Sea Org members called Scientology or how they disguised it, it seems that any such artifice, were it discovered by Hassan II and his men, very likely would have been viewed as its own form of “seduction” and willful deception under Article 220, with stiff prison sentences for conviction. [NOTE: The name Operation and Transport Corporation, Ltd., is written in some sources as Operation Transport Corporation (no “and”) but the full name in the Panamanian Registry of Corporations is as used here. —Ed.]

To believe this scenario—without some credible explanation, in detail, of how it was pulled off—it becomes necessary to believe that Hassan II was an extraordinarily gullible man, with extraordinarily gullible intelligence officers; that L. Ron Hubbard was completely reckless with no regard for his own freedom or safety, or for the future of Scientology, or for the freedom and safety of the Sea Org missionaires; and that the Sea Org missionaires who carried out these alleged missions were perhaps among the greatest agents in the history of clandestine operations since the occupants of the Trojan horse.

Amos Jessup was contacted with high hopes that he could begin to make sense out of these seemingly senseless accounts of Hubbard having offhandedly sent Scientologists into the very heart of an Islamic king’s court to train Hassan II’s closest devout Muslim intelligence and police forces in Scientology, and to even run Scientology “security checking” on some of them. The obvious overriding question is how any of the alleged missions could have been conducted without being in violation of Hassan II’s own criminal statute, Article 220 of the Moroccan Penal Code. And according to the existing claims about the alleged missions, this all was carried on right under Hassan II’s nose at a time when suspicions in the king’s court were at critical mass after a recent attempted coup.

Having read the accounts of these alleged Sea Org missions, it almost seemed that it would be as believable if we were told that Hassan II had taken the Sea Org members personally on a magic carpet ride to every oasis in Morocco—but we wanted to be believers.

Come along on the magic carpet ride of our attempts at getting sensible answers, detailed in articles later in this series that address each alleged mission individually, and that address much more about the Moroccan mysteries of 1972. For now, it’s worth mentioning one thing that stood out in Jessup’s answers, when he got around to answering: an “escape clause” seemed to be built into many of his statements, which were liberally seasoned with phrases such as these, taken as actual quotes from just one of his emails:

I don’t know… I suppose… may have been involved…  Just guessing… They were supposed to… my impression is… I did not see one… As I recall… as I recall… I believe so… in my opinion… I have no idea… as far as I know…  I am not sure that is true… This is an interesting question.  Sorry I don’t know the answer… This question is just silly… I suppose there was… Probably… No data… I have assumed… but I do not know this for a fact… I think… This is another question that looks silly…

“Silly”? What seemed truly “silly” was the idea that any such missions ever could have taken place at all, so questions were in order in the hopes that non-silly answers could begin to make sense out of something that seemed, on its face, so nonsensical. The vagueness and “deniability” (plausible or not) was striking, coming from someone who has represented himself as being not just a key eyewitness, but an active and important participant in the alleged missions. [For more specific information, see Part VI: Amos Jessup on Training Islamic Intelligence Agents to use a Scientology E-Meter. —Ed.]

Many of the same questions were submitted to a number of Jessup’s associates who were known to have been right there in Morocco, and in key positions close to Hubbard, at relevant times. In Part III, you’ll meet some of Hubbard’s closest staff during the alleged Morocco missions, and find out what they might have seen or heard that could bring credibility to the claims. They include:

  • Janis Grady, nee Janis Gillham, long-time Commodore’s Messenger
  • Terri Gamboa, nee Terri Gillham, formerly Terri Armstrong, long-time Commodore’s Messenger
  • Gale Irwin, nee Gale Reisdorf, long-time Commodore’s Messenger
  • Diana Reisdorf, also known as Dede Reisdorf, long-time Commodore’s Messenger
  • Kenneth Urquhart, long-time Personal Communicator to L. Ron Hubbard (LRH Pers Comm)
  • Jim Dincalci, “medical officer” to L. Ron Hubbard
  • Elizabeth Gablehouse, nee Elizabeth Ausley, also known as Liz Gablehouse or Liz Ausley, a Sea Org member who reportedly was on a mission in Rabat, Morocco, at relevant times conducting public relations with several highly placed officials of Hassan II’s government
  • Andre Tabayoyon, a “former” member of the U.S. Marine Corps who had been trained in “brainwashing and coercive persuasion techniques”—known to have been the province of the CIA mind control programs—prior to service in Vietnam, and who reportedly was serving as “butler and steward” to L. Ron Hubbard at Villa Laure in Tangier at relevant times—during part of which time, we learned through service records, he was still in service with and under oath to the U.S. government.

Sylvia Calhoun, a long-time Personal Public Relations Officer for Hubbard (LRH Pers PRO), also was included on many of the questions, and volunteered responses, even though she says that she had left the Apollo and Morocco at the beginning of May 1972, before the alleged missions began.

Don’t miss Part III: The Mysteries of the History-Makers, Morocco 1972.

 

 

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