Thirdly I'd like to comment on the RPF. I
spent 6 months on the RPF at Flag during the late
I didn't experience any of the horrific things
described. During that time I was never deprived of
food nor of sufficient sleep.
For a while I worked in the kitchen preparing food
and saw that the food provided to the RPF was
exactly the same as that given to the rest of the
Persons on the RPF were required to spend 5 hours a
day in auditing/ training. If such persons were
insufficiently rested then they would go and get
During the time I spent on the RPF I was
there on my own decision however insane that might
seem to others. I had the feeling that if I wanted
to leave then I could have done so. I understand
that others' experiences may well differ but in all
honesty I felt there was no physical constraint
against my doing so in any way.
When I left the S.O. in 1982 there was
emotional pressure to remain and long conversations
but when I stated that I wanted to leave there was
no physical coercion whatsoever. Nobody so much as
touched my body in coercion.
I spent 10 years at Flag from 1972 -
1982. Sometimes it wasn't easy. I couldn't honestly
say that it was ever heavier than the army training
camps I went to while in school.
I understand that others' experiences
might well be very different but personally although
I am declared SP and disagree with the CofS heavily
in many matters I prefer to state the truth as I
experienced it even when it reflects favorably on