The Free Zone is a "network" and as such it is not hierarchically structured.
We have, however, had our ups and downs.
It all started in 1982 when the first people like Capt. Bill Robertson (CBR), Peter Green, Dane Tops, to name only a few, started to "investigate" the ocurrences in the Church and published their findings. You will find their debriefs and those of others in the English and German historical section. Here you can find a whole chronology (timetrack) on the history of Scientology.
It was the time of the "Finance Police" headed by Wendell Reynolds. The GO (Guardian Office) was dissolved, Mary Sue and 8 high ranking Church representatives were in jail. And LRH couldn't be found or contacted. MSH had her last contact with her husband in 1979, Bill Robertson in 1981 and David Mayo in 1982.
Hubbard awarded CBR the rank of Captain, an honor otherwise only bestowed on his own wife, Mary Sue. He was - technically seen - the successor of Hubbard because he was the highest ranking Sea Org Officer when LRH and MSH dropped out. In part as he was 2nd Deputy Commodore, the third in command after LRH and MSH.
CBR started the Free Zone Movement in 1982.
When Bill could no longer contact LRH, and when he saw what was really going on in the church (see his debrief on that), he started "Operation Phoenix". Purpose of Operation Phoenix was to exteriorize the Theta from the church and to bring it into a new organization. Bill felt right to do so because he was technically the only one left of the top Sea Org (SO) echelon. He was the highest ranking SO Officer when LRH and MSH dropped out. He called it Operation Phoenix because Phoenix was the place where LRH went in 1952 to start Scientology after he broke up with the Dianetics Foundation. He did the same by taking the Theta and putting it into a new organization.
In 1982/83 David Mayo (former Senior C/S) left the church and started the "Church of the New Civilization". He stated that he had a letter written by LRH in which the Tech-Hat was turned over to him for the next 20 years. Some people from the Sea Org confirmed this but later Mayo withdrew this statement.
In the beginning CBR and Mayo worked together. The idea was that David take the tech hat and Bill the admin hat. In 1985/86 they broke up and Bill started the RON's orgs in Europe. He explained the situation at that time in Tech Briefing 1.
In 1952 L. Ron Hubbard gave the PDC (Philadelphia Doctorate Course) Lectures. In No. 20 of these lectures called "Formative State of Scientology" he talks about "unlimited weapons": (quote - within the "fair use" of copyrights (we hope so))
"Scientology will decline, and become useless to man, on the day when it becomes the master of thinking. Don't think it won't do that. It has every capability in it of doing that."
"Contained in the knowable, workable portions before your eyes there are methods of controlling human beings and thetans which have never before been dreamed of in this universe. Control mechanism of such awesome and solid proportions that if the remedies were not so much easier to apply, one would be appalled at the dangerousness to beingness that exists in Scientology". (pg 47 of the lecture transcripts)
"... what kind of a weapon is really serious? Not a weapon which destroys mud. A weapon that destroys minds, that's serious. Out of the body of knowledge which lies before you a sufficent technology is to take over, seize and handle any government or people on the face of the Earth. You aren't of an ethical level, even, that permits you to observe this. You wouldn't think in these lines. And yet if only those principles were known, there would be people who could and would think in those lines".
"You can control men like you would control robots with those techniques. The implantation, black Dianetics, pain-drug-hypnosis are very mild methods of control". (pg 48)
"There is only one thing that could happen to Scientology, and that is to say that it would be buried. The remedy would be buried. If it ever went out of sight, this world's done. All you've got to do is invalidate it and put it out of sight and hide it, and it'll come up in the wrong place doing the wrong thing, and mankind will find itself a slave".
..."So anybody that knows the remedy of this subject, anybody that knows these techniques, is himself actually under a certain responsibility - that's to make sure that he doesn't remain a sole proprietor. That's all it takes, just don't remain a sole proprietor. Don't ever think that a monopoly of this subject is a safe thing to have. It's not safe. It's not safe for man; it's not safe for this universe".
"This universe has long been looking for new ways to make slaves. Well, we've got some new ways to make slaves here. Let's see that none are made". (pg 49)
..."Therefore we really do have the remedy before the assault weapon is produced. Did you ever read poor old George Orwell's uh.. 1984? Yes, yes, that's wonderful. That would be, could be, the palest imagined shadow of what a world would be like under the rule of the secret use of Scientology with no remedy in existence. Well it's all right in this offhand age to just brush things aside and say, "Well, it's of no importance, no importance, really, and.. let's not be dramatic the way people are being about the atom bomb.' Actually the atom bomb isn't as serious as this subject. It's just a MEST weapon. And, it's all right to be very offhand, and very cheerful and so on, and - like the little boy whistling in the dark says, "No ghosts or boogymen exist." - Well, this boogyman does exist".
"It's a very simple remedy. And that's just make sure that the remedy is passed along. That's all. Don't hoard it. Don't hold it. And if you ever do use any black Dianetics, use it on the guy who pulled Scientology out of sight and made it so it wasn't available. Because he's the boy who would be electing himself "the new order". We don't need any more new orders ...." (pg 49/50)