One of the most blatant alterations of LRH technology is evidenced by the HCO Bulletin entitled “MORE ON PTS HANDLING”. It was first issued with the note that it was “Excerpted from an LRH despatch of 10 Aug. 73.” It also noted under the LRH signature that its compilation was “Assisted by Mission Issues Revision”, which means that it wasn’t actually written by LRH but was instead compiled from the above-mentioned despatch by this mysterious mission.
That in itself isn’t unusual as many of the LRH policies and technical bulletins have been created in this fashion. However, when this bulletin was re-issued on October 10, 1996 something very peculiar occurred. There were several significant changes made to the body of its text with no notation as to why. Indeed, one might not even notice the alterations if the current version isn’t compared to the previous version side-by-side.
The reason this is significant is because it raises serious questions as to authenticity, as well as credibility of whoever has perpetrated this alteration of LRH tech. For, obviously there cannot exist two different versions of the same HCOB. Either one or both would have to be false.
To pass off something as LRH Tech when in fact it is not authentic would be a High Crime all by itself. However, this particular alteration significantly changes the application of the technology in this HCOB and could as a result render it ineffective.
The specific technology discussed in this bulletin is summed up in the following quote from the original HCOB:
“The whole crux of PTSes is HANDLE.”
This statement and further technical data contained therein aligns with all previous developments on the handling of the PTS condition. Significant is the exclusion of “disconnection.” However, it is relevant to keep in mind that in 1973 (when the despatch was originated) and later in 1982 (when the HCOB was issued) the following policy was still in effect:
“Since we can now handle all types of cases disconnection as a condition is cancelled.” [HCO PL 15 Nov 68 – Cancellation of Disconnection]
[For more information on this see “Disconnection as a Condition.”]
The original version of the HCOB can be viewed in the current Tech Volumes. Note, that this publication purportedly underwent extensive verification and comparison to actual LRH originals. Therefore, this HCOB should have been verified at least twice by 1989 — once on original publication in 1982, and then again for the publication of the Tech Vols. Therefore, we are assured that this HCOB is at least “excerpted” accurately from the original despatch written by LRH.
One can find the new version of this HCOB in the current PTS/SP course pack, entitled “HOW TO CONFRONT AND SHATTER SUPPRESSION”. However, there is no indication it has been revised. There is no “R” attached to its date, as is standard policy for revisions. Nevertheless, it was revised. By whom? It does not say. In fact, the previous notation that its compilation was “assisted by” someone other than LRH has been dropped.
What are the changes? In order to see for yourself, both issues need to be compared side-by-side. However, there are several significant changes that will be detailed here.
First of all, the following sentence has been added to the top:
“You will find that PTS policy calls for DISCONNECT or HANDLE.”
This is peculiar in that it reverses the original sequence of the LRH datum from HCOB 10 Aug 73 – PTS Handling. It is odd because the despatch that this supposedly comes from was written on the very same day, and is supposed to be an addition to this exact HCOB.
Then, the next paragraph has been altered as follows [changes in red]:
“The person has to handle or disconnect. If he does so, he will begin to get well and cease to have problems. The reasons he cannot handle are because he tries to do it in the heroic fashion that is required in a disconnect. Handling can be very, very gradient. I have seen a case where the person was simply coached to give his parents good roads and good weather and not take up any entheta and have seen the person pull right out of it and get well. It doesn’t have to be an explosive handling. It can be very gentle. All you want is the person at cause and that is attained on a gradient toward the SP.”
“Disconnect” is added, even though this seems to be non sequitur with the rest of the paragraph, which discusses handling instead of disconnecting.
The following paragraph has also been similarly altered:
“The whole crux of PTSes is HANDLE or DISCONNECT. And the misunderstood on it is how gently one can handle.”
As in the previous paragraph, this addition doesn’t make sense in the context of the sentence following it.
The same goes for this paragraph:
“One tries to find what it is and then persuades them into handling or disconnecting. That’s the tech.”
Now, if LRH stated “That’s the tech” (without disconnection) in 1973, and it seemed to hold true in 1982 when this bulletin was originally issued, then who is to say otherwise? However, the tech seems to have suddenly changed in 1996. We are now advised by whoever issued this new version that we should also consider “disconnection” as part of the technology even though it makes no sense in the context of both the HCOB itself or the rest of the extant tech.
Regardless, it cannot be disputed that the alterations pointed out above were done with no knowledge or any authority or approval by LRH since he had been dead for over 10 years at the time that they were made. One can only guess at the intentions of whoever made them.