May 12th, 2008 05:51 EST
Scientology Stop Picking On Me
A church is the last thing you would associate with Mafia-style revenge tactics. Yet the Church of Scientology has developed a fearsome reputation across the media, Government agencies, and the critical community. This notoriety is a consequence of a Scientology policy known as "Fair Game" - almost a license to kill, granted to Scientologists when dealing with anyone considered 'enemies' of the church.
"ENEMY — SP Order. Fair game. May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed."
- HCO Policy Letter, 18 Oct 1967 Issue IV, Penalties for Lower Conditions
The Fair Game law is actively practiced, despite claims that it has been canceled. The text of the cancellation policy is deceptively worded so that outsiders assume it is genuine, while Scientologists understand its meaning.
"The practice of declaring people FAIR GAME will cease. FAIR GAME may not appear on any Ethics Order. It causes bad public relations. This P/L does not cancel any policy on the treatment or handling of an SP."
- HCO Policy Letter, 21 Oct 1968, Cancellation of Fair Game
P/L stands for policy letter. SP stands for "suppressive person" - anyone who is considered to be an enemy of Scientology. Only the use of the words "fair game" was canceled because of the bad public relations associated with it. The supposed cancellation is from 1968, yet the track record of the Church of Scientology since then indicates an aggressive, extremist organization that literally seeks to destroy its perceived enemies. Governments, groups, critics, and even family members of Scientologists may be declared to be SPs.
“…this Policy Letter extends to suppressive non-Scientology wives and husbands and parents, or other family members or hostile groups or even close friends.”
- HCO Policy Letter, 23 December 1965, "Suppressive Acts - Suppression of Scientology and Scientologists - The Fair Game Law"
A Church of Scientology document seized by the FBI in 1977 detailed a plan titled "Operation Freakout". Its objective was to "get P.C., (American author, Paulette Cooper) incarcerated in a mental institution or jail or at least to hit her so hard that she drops her attacks." The criminal conspiracy against Cooper actually began years earlier when she published "The Scandal of Scientology," a book that was critical of Scientology. They used dirty tactics to defame and intimidate Cooper, including a smear campaign and fabrication of bomb threats. A typewriter was used to print threats on paper stolen from Cooper by Scientology operatives. In 1973 (5 years after the bogus 'cancellation' of fair game law) she was indicted and arrested for a crime she didn't commit - a crime entirely invented by the Church of Scientology. The government canceled the trial later that year, and the seizure of documents in 1977 finally exonerated Cooper.
The main target of the FBI raids was actually "Operation Snow White" - the largest infiltration of the US Government in the history of the nation. Up to 5000 operatives were involved in theft and espionage, targeted towards government agencies and other organizations considered to be enemies of Scientology. Eleven high-ranking Scientology leaders pleaded guilty or were convicted for the theft and illegal wiretapping uncovered by the FBI.
On June 20, 1984, when ruling in a court case related to former Scientologist Gerald Armstrong, Judge Paul Breckenridge of the Los Angeles Superior Court said:
"In addition to violating and abusing its own members civil-rights, the organization over the years with its "Fair Game" doctrine has harassed and abused those persons not in the Church whom it perceives as enemies. The organization clearly is schizophrenic and paranoid, and the bizarre combination seems to be a reflection of its founder LRH. The evidence portrays a man who has been virtually a pathological liar when it comes to his history, background, and achievements ... In determining whether the defendant unreasonably invaded Mrs. Hubbard's privacy, the court is satisfied the invasion was slight, and the reasons and justification for the defendant's conduct manifest. Defendant was told by Scientology to get an attorney. He was declared an enemy by the Church. He believed, reasonably, that he was subject to "fair game." The only way he could defend himself, his integrity, and his wife was to take that which was available to him and place it in a safe harbor, to wit, his lawyer's custody."
These examples are notorious and well-documented evidence of the Church of Scientology's attacks against perceived enemies, long after the supposed cancellation of fair game law. Unfortunately, the vengeful practice of "fair game" tactics continues to this day. John Sweeney's 2007 documentary "Scientology and Me" shows fair game practices in action, as Scientology spokesperson Tommy Davis harasses Sweeney during filming. While taping an interview with the late Shawn Lonsdale, Davis arrived on the scene and interrupted them on-camera, reading out embarrassing allegations based on Lonsdale's past. In fact, an extended campaign of defamation was conducted against Lonsdale, including the placement of insulting posters around Clearwater Florida. Lonsdale alleged he received death threats from Scientologists. In February 2008, Shawn Lonsdale was found dead in his home, the victim of an apparent suicide.
Anonymous protester Sean Carasov was identified by the Church of Scientology, and a Scientologist accused him of making a death threat during a verbal exchange that occurred at a small protest. On the 4th of April 2008, Carasov was informed that both the Los Angeles District Attorney and the Los Angeles City Attorney had decided not to proceed any further with the filing of criminal charges. A video and audio recording of the entire incident was sent to the police, proving that no such threat was made. Carasov was told that from the LAPD’s perspective, the video/audio might indicate that the offense of filing a false police report had been committed by members of the Church of Scientology.
As you can see, "fair game" has been canceled in name only. The policies on the treatment and handling of perceived enemies remain as extreme and dangerous as they were when first enacted by L. Ron Hubbard. A callous disregard for human rights is evident from Hubbard's writings. For example, he invented a "tone scale" to rate people based on various characteristics. His comments about those he considered "low" on the tone scale are simply alarming:
“In any event, any person from 2.0 down on the tone scale should not have, in any thinking society, any civil rights of any kind…”
- Science of Survival, L. Ron Hubbard, page 86
“It is not necessary to produce a world of clears in order to have a reasonable and worthwhile social order; it is only necessary to delete those individuals who range from 2.0 down…”
“There are only two answers…The first is to raise them on the tone scale…The other is to dispose of them quietly and without sorrow.”
“The sudden and abrupt deletion of all individuals occupying the lower bands of the tone scale from the social order would result in an almost instant rise in the cultural tone and would interrupt the dwindling spiral into which any society may have entered…A Venezuelan dictator once decided to stop leprosy... By the simple expedient of collecting and destroying all the beggars in Venezuela an end was put to leprosy in that country.”
- Science of Survival, L. Ron Hubbard, page 100
The Church of Scientology is an organization that continues to practice a Mafia-style policy of vengeance against anyone considered an enemy, and it teaches parishioners that drastic action is morally acceptable if it serves the Church's interests.
Paulette Cooper tells her full, shocking story here: http://www.lermanet.com/paulette-cooper/index.htm
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