Come And Pay Cult Patrol

Civil Air Patrol

By AuxBeacon News Staff

[Editor’s Note: We received this submission three months ago.  The shared techniques are verified but if readers have any evidence of cultists actually operating and recruiting within Civil Air Patrol, please forward that here.]

Dear AuxBeacon,

Recent events have led my family to recognize that Civil Air Patrol uses many of the same techniques as the Cult of Scientology. As a result of increased media exposure on both organizations, high level members in both programs are now being ensnared by the very same games they used against others.   In other words,  people are turning on each other!   This similarity came to our attention after a CAP staff officer used the term “wog” and “SP” in a side conversation with one of his deputies during our summer encampment.

Our informal investigation found that in Scientology there is a practice called “Fair Game,” which states that an enemy of the program, also referred to as a suppressive person (SP), “may be deprived of property or injured by any means by any member without any discipline of that member. The SP may be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed.”

Through your reports, we learned that Civil Air Patrol appears to have a similar unstated policy within its pilot community and Command-IG system. CAP’s investigating officers, instructor pilots and accredited teachers have suffered intimidation, setup-tricks, ouster and defamation of their character.  We see that this is done to either silence them or to discredit their findings.  The power to do this exists because of the thousands of naive, eager young members or older members who are “rebuilding” broken lives and working up a chain of command to earn decoration bling and increased standing in their community through positions of service and influence.

As your readers know, Civil Air Patrol’s stated policy is that Fraud, Waste and Abuse are a drain on CAP resources and it is the duty of members to report such actions through proper channels.  Often, a CAP member may be reported and found (“sustained”) as having been in violation of CAP or federal regulations. This guilty member, however, may be “well-placed” with important connections and key to fulfilling the objectives of a higher-ranking individual. He may even have more compromising information on others up his chain of command. As a result, the guilty asset is given a light punishment, referred to as “a slap on the wrist,” and the officer who reported the abuse is shunned or excommunicated and slandered as a trouble-maker.

With that understood, we are observing similar techniques being used by both Civil Air Patrol and different high profile cults.


[Editor’s Note: CAP Members abused by corrupt volunteer CAP commanders may benefit from watching YouTube clips of the A&E docuseries Scientology and the Aftermath which began in November of 2016. Scientology’s Sea Org operates with a paramilitary structure as does CAP. Both use their IRS non-profit status to protect them.]

These [tactics] include,

– Misrepresentation of purpose
– Inflation of membership and activity numbers to keep Federal funding
– Recruiting celebrity or politically influential members
– Insulating celebrity members to keep them unaware of abuses
– Psychological pressure to conceal embarrassing info for “the good of the cadets”
– Threats & intimidation for revealing secrets
– Use of plants to gather discrediting information
– Turning friends and family against whistle-blowers
– Isolation of member by chain of command issuing communications cut-off on individuals
– Out of favor members assigned to dirty task to investigate and terminate others
– Games to pressure, overload, and confuse the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

I am hoping that you will post this as an article on your blog so that we can gather more examples from former members. Seeing them all provided in a checklist could be helpful to parents and new members.   Also, please tell your readers to look for the generic checklists for Cult Identification that are available from different sources.

You may find the following similar characteristics:

– The group has a polarized us-versus-them mentality, which leads to periodic conflicts and isolation from the wider society.
– Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished.
– The leadership induces feelings of shame and/or guilt in order to influence and/or control members.
– The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members.
– The group is preoccupied with making money.
– The group teaches or implies that its supposedly exalted ends justify whatever means it deems necessary.

All of these can lead members to behave in ways that they would have considered reprehensible or unethical before joining the group. Examples include lying to family or friends, covering-up for a commander who controls their future, or by collecting money for bogus charities.

My final comment is to advise all CAP members to not report serious malfeasance or corruption to the CAP Inspector General system. The reason is that they are not independent of the commander or the CAP legal officers. Just like with Scientology, the attorneys will attempt to intimidate members into silence through threats of disconnection and with non-disclosure agreements.

If you publish this, I will write a more detailed follow-up naming specific abusive commanders detailed in the IG weekly conference call.

14 Comments on "Come And Pay Cult Patrol"

  1. When we think of non-profits most of us think of organizations like the Red Cross, Salvation Army or Meals on Wheels. Their status as a non-profit isn’t solely based on the intricacies of our tax system, but the result of the positive work they do in American communities and around the world.

    However, some organizations such as the Civil Air Patrol have used their status as a non-profit to procure not only favorable tax standing, but to also secure massive profits for executives and staff of the organization that also include lavish travel and entertainment perks. That CAP does very little to benefit their respective causes while using raised funds for unscrupulous purposes.

    The so-called SAR missions are a ploy to fulfill another agenda that has little to do with improving the lives of our communities. Stats (saves/finds) of these so-called missions are mostly fiction to impress Congress.

    The CAP has received over $500 million in tax payer dollars since 2001. The CAP is very secretive in where the funds end up. In fact, they never publish the financial reports in detail anywhere. Why, because a lot of it is being funneled improperly while Congress and the USAF look the other way. Check your inbox for documents I sent to prove my point.

    Sadly, this is just one more reason for potential donors to be very careful before opening their pockets for a worthwhile cause.

  2. John Saunders | January 23, 2017 at 22:34 | Reply

    Hopefully, Trump can stop our taxpayer money going to non-profits. So much waste that needs to stop. Council for Excellence in Government, Partnership for Public Service, National Academy of Public Administration, Performance Institute, Civil Air Patrol to name a few.

  3. Lawrenceville | January 18, 2017 at 15:59 | Reply

    I am a less than 3 years member of GAWG Civil Air Patrol who recently met a former member who showed me some history. She and her son were forced out of CAP when her squadron was shut down in an attempt to block communications regarding what happened to Tonya Boylan and those who found Greenwood and Knight covering up financial and aviation fraud and abuse of authority in Georgia Wing. She directed me to your website so I could read these events for myself.

    Recently, a list of the Georgia Legislative Squadron Members was sent out by 1st Lt Candace Serafin of Georgia Wing. I hope you can find a way to use this.

    Legislative Squadron Commander
    Lt Col Hon. Rep. Terry Rogers

    Legislative Majors 2-year
    Hon. Rep. David C. Belton
    Hon. Rep. Michael Caldwell
    Hon. Rep. Jeff Jones
    Hon. Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick
    Hon. Sen. P.K. Martin
    Hon. Rep. Paulette Rakestraw
    Hon. Rep. Valencia Stovall
    Hon. Rep. Erica Thomas
    Hon. Rep. Keisha Waites
    Hon. Rep. Bill Werkheiser

    5-year
    Hon. Sen. Elena Parent

    10-year
    Hon. Rep. David Ralston
    Hon. Rep. Greg A. Morris

  4. MARP Reversals | January 17, 2017 at 19:49 | Reply

    I was looking at your CAP document collection and the summary of all the Membership Action Review Panel reversals. Holy CrAP, what a damning self-confession.

    http://auxbeacon.org/resources/marp-reports/

  5. These two characters are in my CAP wing, Ohio Wing. One is the Wing Ding. Both are ridiculed. To find out why, look up Robert Ray Hill’s Diploma Mill PhD.

    • Urbane Champaign | January 14, 2017 at 02:23 | Reply

      George Gollin’s work is respected. Thank you for making this information available to the readers here.

  6. If you tell the lie often enough and with enthusiasm, eventually it is believed and incorporated into the group.

    I was sad last night at our squadron meeting. Our 2LT recruiting officer met with a parent and his daughter and recounted story after story about how CAP responds to mission after mission and saves lives on a weekly basis (or so it sounded).

    I wanted to just politely ask our 2LT if he had actual basis of fact but being the “senior” officer (10-year veteran and major) I just sat and listened. Meanwhile, looking around, our cadets were nodding off, seniors looking bored, “instructor” rambling on with out of date materials and telling mostly urban legend stories, I wondered why I was still attending.

    I guess I am one of the dupes that is hooked. Or there is nothing better to do on a meeting night. Or I keep hoping we will have a mission. Or I hope something will change.
    Eventually our rabid 2LT will figure out the facts and leave the program. Our newly recruited cadets will not renew.

    Sad fact is we have no missions for the CAP masses. That’s OK, but we keep selling that as a recruiting deal. Why not have a first-class youth program? Or build a neighborhood (i.e. squadron) CERT team. Or actually work with some local agency and become relevant. We don’t. We keep the cult alive with half-truths and urban legend. Veterans like me show up, smile, and keep the dream alive.

    If I were to ask the hard questions I’d be kicked out by wing. Our wing commander has made it clear that truth is not wanted. It is all about recruiting numbers. Retention is an after thought. Retention doesn’t happen because we have no relevant missions or instruction. The wing commander made huge promises when he was elected king and now just blames the squadrons for poor numbers. No accountability at the top. I will never make Lt. Col. because I don’t want to spend the money to take the indoctrination courses. If I were to remind the wing king about his empty promises I would be the bad guy.

    So I sit in silent hope things will improve, knowing in my heart until something changes at the top nothing will improve.

    I remember fondly wing commanders with ethics and examples of core values. Now our core values seem to be only a publication, not something leaders actually embrace.

  7. Unchecked, cultist behavior can develop in any organization or religion, and the Civil Air Patrol has a history of limited oversight with few checks/balances. Insulation, central-control and the flow of membership dues and tax monies seems to promote power grabs by sociopaths and other human monsters like Tony, Al and Henry. It is clear that neither organization can reform itself. Truthful exposure is the only recourse and the membership is starting to vote against this style of leadership with their hiking boots.

    Let your readers know that there are very few CAP cadets among the service academy classes for a reason. Team sports, JROTC, and STEM clubs are time better spent.

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  9. Absolutely spot on! This organization survives on dupes (like me) that join and renew. There are no real missions. Our squadron commmander just talks about stuff that happened years ago. Our senior training is poorly done and never current. Very sad. In five years i have seen some very abusive commanders. To be fair, there have also been a significant number of very good people … that seem to go away when they get burned.

  10. These tactics are by no means exclusive to Scientology. They are employed by any cultish kind of group, and can include, for instance, some religious cults (such as Jim Jones), some psychological cults (like EST) , some secret social societies, even, if not especially, some agencies of the government. The common element is that they all ask one to surrender all self sovereignty and personal judgment. It’s not a good situation no matter where it occurs and it is best to exercise that personal sovereignty to leave. One group will recruit from another with similar values and behaviors.

  11. The tactics you describe are very much how it is in Idaho Wing Civil Air Patrol right now with Col Robert M. Bost as the Rocky Mountain Region Commander and Col George Breshears as the Idaho Wing Commander. More than a few of us are working on something to correct this, but it may take some time.

    • Gamma Mustache is a POW too, and not in a good way. Good to hear you have a plan in motion. We do as well.

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