Well, hello everyone! I've been lurking on this and many other boards for a few months now. With a lot of support from my ex-SO friends, and the work that Anonymous and so many others are now doing, I feel confident enough to start to tell my story. It's a story that begins with 10 years at the Int Base and ends with 5 years at the FSO. It's not pretty, but I am hoping to help both myself and others by doing this. I've seen a lot of my friends posting on these boards -- I've reconnected with many of them -- and I'm so grateful that this board is in existence, because it's how I've come so far so fast. I can tell you that what you read on these boards from those of us who worked alongside the Tiny Terror is just a fraction of the abuses he perpetrated on everyone who came near him -- particularly the most creative and capable ones. Hmmmm.... didn't someone once mention something about the type of person who leeches on to creative types in order to suck the life out of them? But I digress. I titled this thread, "Escape from Flagcatraz" because I wanted to start with my reasons for leaving the FSO. There are a lot of postings on these threads about life at Int over the past few years, but not so many about life at Flag, and believe me, there is a lot to tell. Life at Flag for a Sea Org member was not bad for the first couple of years I was there. In comparison to life at the Int Base, it was a full-time vacation: Actual liberties -- for many (those who managed to manipulate their stats very well) once every two weeks. Going out to the movies as a group, and with your friends on the weekend -- and not just to see Battlefield Earth or MI3 three times. Decent meals -- not gourmet, but not rice and beans. Parties on the holidays, Sea Org Day, 4th of July, etc. When I got to Flag, the only thing I knew about Lisa McPherson was that this was the reason DM spent so much time in Clearwater in the early 2000s. It was only when I got out and started reading that I realized what had actually gone on. My god. So, arriving at Flag, I thought I had come out of a nightmare into a dream, as I had been on the Int Base for 10 years and had experienced the pain -- both physical and emotional -- that went along with it. But then four words changed my dream back into the nightmare: GOLDEN AGE OF KNOWLEDGE. The release of the Congresses -- was it in 2005? It's all a blur to me now -- started the downward plunge of that base. And then, with the basic books, all hell broke loose. Every day, I saw the FLB becoming more and more like the Int Base I knew and loathed. The late nights became routine, nobody leaving until their "sales quota" was met. The verbal abuse by executives was at an all-time high. As for physical abuse -- that's happening there, too. I've seen a high executive literally throw the Exec Esto to the ground because she told him to go to study. Was he reprimanded for this? Guess. Security was just insane -- you can't walk anywhere on that base right now without a Security Guard watching you. And as far as security at berthing is concerned, that's locked up tight. The only way you can escape from that base is to stay on post all night and sneak out in the middle of the night with your rented car, pretending that you're "securing" and then just drive, drive, drive. That's how I did it. I knew they would be coming after me within hours -- as soon as they got in and realized I wasn't there. So I knew I had to get as far away as possible, and also not to use any form of payment anywhere that they could trace. After a few weeks of trying, they gave up -- probably because they were all too busy handling "internal security" problems. Anyway, I'm starting my life over now -- picking up where I left off 20 years ago -- and every day gets better. I have so much to tell -- but all in due time. Here's a taste: Question: What is the easiest way to be INSTANTLY offloaded from the FLB, without having to go through a month of lockdown and sec checks? Question: Why, if there are over 1,600 staff and outer org trainees on that base right now, do you hardly see them on the streets any more? Question: What happens to you when you physically attack your much older and female senior, and more than once? Hint: it's not punishment. Oh, yes, there is a lot to tell. Not just about the FLB, but also my experiences at Int for 10 years, during the time LBV, BFG and BTstoFree were all there, plus many others. I'll tell more soon. I'm just so glad to have someplace safe to tell it. Thanks everyone.