The Truth About NATLFED

Relationships

If you were in the Organization, you probably were not the loner that did his or her own thing.  You were part of something bigger than just yourself.  You lived the revolution.  You associated with others who shared that same passion.  Very few persons were dispatched on individual assignments.  True, some cadres were relegated to manning a single cadre entity, but there were always the unit meetings where you sat and participated in discussions with cadres from a neighboring arena.

We were comrades, ready to fight and die for our cause.  Sometimes we formed strong bonds with others.  We may have forged relationships that to this day still having deep meaning to us.  We may wonder, “What happened to so-and-so?”

I remember when Jim succumbed to cancer.  He was an affable character who enjoyed mixing strange concoctions (kiwis, star fruit, the rarer the better it seemed).  I credit him with the original invention of rocket fuel — super strong coffee that was thicker than mud.  Never did I hear a disparaging word from him.  When you met him for the first time, you instantly felt a comradely bond.  He had a good sense of humor.  He also had a way of liberating flowers from Moonies.

There are some people that I hope to never see again.  There are others that I would like to reestablish some communications with, ones that are on the outside of course.  Ones on the inside, well that is just not possible.  I suspect we find it easier to remember the ones that died.  Some people have very fond memories of Rastus.  Others were close to Clarence.  Art was well loved by many.

Maybe you were someone that left so you could be with someone.  Or maybe you left someone behind.  I have been thinking a lot about the people I used to know.  Yes, I have many good memories.  Yet I know I cannot linger in the past, which started with a life altering course that changed me as a person.  I am the person I am today because of the person I was yesterday.  If I had a magic crystal ball back then, I would have not walked into the office that very first time.  But then, what kind of person would I have become instead?

I have heard that some groups deliberately have more experienced members connect with newer persons to form special bonds.  I do not know if that was particularly true with NATLFED.  Friendships always seemed genuine.  Sometimes those friendships were misused by leaders.  I was once dispatched to bring a man some cigarettes when he was down sick.  I considered him a friend.  After he left, I learned that some thought we were more than friends and my being dispatched was an attempt to anchor him to the Organization.  I did not like being played that way.

We have often joked about the comradely briefing.  I do not know about the field entities but at NOC it was a serious briefing.  It was not a briefing that you scheduled people to attend.  Instead, it was conducted on an as needed basis.  If you were an operational officer (OPS, Control, etc.)  there were occasions when you would receive the comradely briefing.  So-and-so was not allowed to go to the same housing location and such-and-such because they were comradely.  Conversely, others were kept separated because one wanted to be comradely but the other did not.

Yes, I am talking about sexual liaisons.

The comradely briefing was not set in stone and was modified as needed by a political officer (NPC, ANPC, etc).

The relationships briefing, however, was a written and scripted presentation.  If it was suspected you were “being comradely” with someone else, sooner or later you would be pulled into the Plant Room to receive the relationships briefing.  If I remember correctly, it was about forty-five minutes long.

As a general rule, the Organization has no position on sexual relationships.  The exception to the rule was if one or both members belonged to the Military Fraction, where sexual relationships were strictly forbidden.  That tradition stems back to the 1960s where sex was sometimes employed to determine if someone were for real about the movement.  Of course, as Oldie used to say, cops rarely had a problem fucking a hippie.

You were not told to stop the relationship unless there was an MF cadre involved (a punishable offense).  It was highly recommended that if it was your choice to not let it get in the way of the revolution.

It is my opinion that sooner or later someone else would figure it out.  There were certain tell tale signs including people usually managing to be in the basements at the same time, someone in the shower and that someone else sharing the bathroom (remember — while showering, the door was kept unlocked because of the large volume of people at the complex and sharing was considered acceptable), someone noticing the discreet signs such as special glances, etc.  Some former members will even obsess about leadership cadres and their relationships.  Many will talk about Oldie and his numerous liaisons with females.

Even in the field entities news of relationships (consensual or problematic) usually reached the administrative entities.  COSHAD often reported such events to NOC.  I do not know if it was true they saw a lot more relationships or not; perhaps they surmised the same of NOC by inference.

There were many bonds of friendships, lovers, and in general good camaraderie.  Some might say these were positive relationships.  There were also many examples of negative relationships.  Some persons abused their leadership positions in a variety of ways.  Gullible young women were taken advantage of by senior male cadres.  Some women, elevated in status through their physical relations with Oldie, became abusive toward other cadres.

Married couples were allowed to join the Organization.  I have never heard of any couple, once in the Organization, ever getting married.  Maybe that has changed.  The main problem with being a couple was a situation of one person leaving the Organization, it was feared the other person would follow suit (usually proved true more often than not).  If there was a relationship that went sour, it could lead to someone taking off and it being attributed to the failed relationship.

Most people tend to forget about the personal aspects when discussing the Organization.  Others can not forget how they were taken advantage of.  These were very real situations.  When someone died, when someone left, the loss was felt by someone.  There were rare situations when persons left or were expelled that there was a sense of relief instead of loss.

I hope this gives you a better understanding that real people work in the Organization, that it is not just a bunch of mindless automatons even though it may seem that way as someone mindlessly recites the Analysis or reads the Constitution.

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