To Chuck Beatty:
I didn't know Bill Franks as you did, it's clear you have a lot of admiration for the man. He was/is certainly intelligent. The militant style was what Hubbard preferred.
In defense of Kerry Gleeson (who I DID know and deal with personally in the SO), he was usually more bark than bite. It was a show - not how he really felt. For the most part, he didn't believe in abusive tactics and undermined nearly all the controls that the C of S and its execs had previously implemented. Kerry personally hatted me as Dir I&R AOLA and put me on that post. He emphasized inspections and letting the staff know what came up on inspections and finding the small things that were going wrong to avoid the big things. Kerry felt that Comm Evs and various punishments could be avoided altogether and that training and inspections could & should do that.
Because of his views, AOLA had a very benign ethics department and staff were comfortable and happy and doing well until other mgmt bodies interfered(as usual).
These are the things he personally believed. His emphasis was completely different to the prior military style and went directly against the heavy controls that mgmt believed and followed. He enjoyed giving individual staff credit and working with individuals. And everyone in management hated him for that - from CMO to WDC to INT. (as seen on his Comm Ev) Kerry did his own thing.
He personally reprieved the entire PAC RPF at that time - between 140-160 people. CMO was in an uproar! How dare he! heh heh That took a lot of guts and was one of the biggest nails in his Comm Ev. He wasn't perfect, he made mistakes too and personally caused some injustices (i.e., Lorita Hill, that was WRONG). But when one takes into account that he was standing up against the entire Int regimen by himself with his views that Int Mgmt interference was bad for orgs and Int should stay out of Orgs and let them prosper on their own and take care of their own, he was a pretty bright light. He was completely against upper mgmt raping orgs for money when staff were getting paid so lousy. I guess he was naive in his way, but personally, I thought Kerry Gleeson was awfully cool. Declared an SP for it. Have a read of the Comm Ev - it's the same one that nailed David Mayo: