No Mistake About It!
What You Are About To Read Is "Entheta"
by Mark Plummer, aka "Warrior"
This essay is my attempt to provide a more comprehensive understanding
of the deceptive nature of the Scientology organization. In my opinion,
the best way to educate government officials and the public at large
is by continuing to disseminate well documented information on the actual
practices employed by, and the abuses perpetrated within the Scientology
cult. First hand testimony of former members is one of the most effective
ways to accomplish this. An effective method (frequently employed by
me) is providing information in the form of documents and verifiable
references, especially the use of Hubbard's "source" material
(writings and lectures) and the current cult management's directives,
orders, etc. I have also found the sharing of personal accounts of other
ex-members to be extremely beneficial in helping speed victims of Scientology
towards their recovery from the prolonged abuse experienced at the hands
of the organization.
I will analyze how control, freedom and responsibility are used within
the cult, as well as how these relate to society in general, and family
members, friends and associates of cult members specifically. I will
explain the exact methods used to induce a new person to join. Finally,
and most importantly, I will give my views on the control methods and
punishment techniques used to thoroughly indoctrinate the members' minds
and to attempt to keep the member from leaving Scientology.
Let me say right now that it is my belief that the new member's mind
set is not one of evil. I believe in, and look for the goodness in everyone.
The potential member thinks (or at least considers it possible) that
he or she has found a method for increasing personal freedom and abilities
-- a method which others have not yet found. In fact, the advertising
button of "Become freer and more able!" was regularly used
in Scientology's promotional pieces aimed at "raw meat" (Hubbard's
term for potential customers) during the years I was involved in the
cult. After years of study and reflection upon Hubbard's cult I have
come to the conclusion that one of the best ways to get someone to stop
looking for freedom is to promise them they have found "the road
to total freedom". This is exactly what the cult does.
But rather than become more free and able, I can say with certainty
that I have seen many, many individuals change for the worse after having
been members of Scientology for a few years. This is particularly true,
in my observation, of Scientologists who work for the so-called "elite
inner core" of the cult -- the Sea Organization -- whose members
are entrusted with the task of "keeping the show on the road",
"getting ethics in on the planet" and "keeping Scientology
working"; they must personally exemplify the belief that Scientology
is the only workable "technology on the planet". To do otherwise
would be to exhibit "counter-intention", or at best "other
intentionedness". The Sea Org member has been extensively told
and drilled to believe that the job he or she does within Scientology
is of the most urgent and vital importance to the continued survival
of the human race, and they must sign a billion year contract to demonstrate
their complete dedication to the stated goals Ron's cult. (Scans of
my Sea Org contracts signed may be viewed at:
After only a short while, the Sea Org member has heard countless times
"make it go right!" -- that the tasks he or she does are "the
greatest good for the greatest number of dynamics". This is how
some members (especially those of long duration in the cult) come to
adopt the attitude of "the ends justify the means". In the
mind of a truly dedicated ("on-purpose") Sea Org member, if
something helps to expand Scientology, it is a worthwhile action to
engage in. After all, their years of slaving away (frequently a hundred
hours or more per week) for next to nothing in the way of personal financial
compensation, often existing on a bland diet of rice and beans, with
very little or no time off for personal relaxation, the Sea Org member
must believe that what he or she does is of the "highest purpose
in the universe" in order to continue to make such a costly personal
Does anyone have a responsibility to convince them otherwise?
Personally, I do not feel it is my place to attempt to convince a Scientologist
to leave the cult. Nor do I attempt to convert members to another belief
system, religion or faith. As strongly as I feel the members are being
deceived, manipulated and used, only to be discarded by the cult's leaders
when they are found to be "unfit" for Scientology, it is not
my place to "get in their face" and argue with, to convert,
or to "deprogram" them. In the first place, the dedicated
Scientologist generally has been too thoroughly indoctrinated to even
listen to me, let alone accept what I would tell them is the truth.
Their critical thinking skills have been short-circuited by their necessary
adoption of the belief that I am a "suppressive person" who
spreads "entheta". At the first sign of criticism, Scientologists
become defensive and stop listening to what I have to say. I have observed
this to be the case almost unfailingly, every time I have sought to
engage a Scientologist in a critical discussion of their organization.
So why do I protest Scientology, if it is not to "deprogram"
The answer for me is simple: I do not feel that Scientology management
should be allowed to continue to deceive, manipulate or abuse people
and the law. I am disgusted by many of the practices of the Scientology
enterprise. And although the cult undoubtedly will continue to attract
members for as long as there are uninformed, naive or gullible individuals
in the world, I feel that I can at very least help spare many from having
to experience the painful mistakes I made in order to discover the true
nature -- the hidden face -- of Scientology.
Let there be no mistake about this - what you are about to read is "entheta"...
Scientology's management would prefer that you not read what I have
to say. For my "horrible crime of being there and communicating",
I have been labeled a "Suppressive Person", a "criminal",
a "bigot", a "hate monger", a "sick dude",
an "apostate", "someone with an ax to grind", and
more. Despite the fact that I have studied Scientology extensively --
certainly much more extensively than 99% of the world's population --
the Scientology cult doesn't like what I have to say. I have even been
targeted by Scientology's Office of Special Affairs and their private
investigators as one who should be investigated to determine whether
I have any crimes, or whether any embarrassing information could be
found out. The cult would like to see me silenced. Scientology has distributed
its own "net nanny" censorship software to its members which
blocks them from being able to read my articles, my web site and my
postings on Usenet newsgroup alt.religion.scientology. You see, the
cult despises criticism. The cult thinks that only they are to judge
what Scientology is or isn't.
In an attempt to shield its members from my criticism, the software
prevents users from viewing my pseudonym, "Warrior". In fact
there are hundreds of terms, names, web sites and even whole Internet
domains that are blocked by Scientology's "net nanny" software.
If you would like to read more information about this, a good place
to start is:
My essay draws upon my fifteen years of experience (1973-1988) as a
member of the Scientology cult, including the almost eight years I worked
for Scientology's paramilitary management group, the Sea Organization
(October 1975 to September 1983). Since leaving the Scientology cult
in late 1988, I have continued my study of the control methods used
by this unique group. Through writing and speaking about my knowledge
of the subject gained from my first hand experiences, as well as through
sharing information from others (particularly other ex-members) it is
my hope to educate those who seek a better understanding of Scientology
-- both as an organization and a practice -- so that they may avoid
learning the hard way. For the past several years I have been writing
and speaking about what I found out during my involvement inside --
my years of being lied to, deceived, betrayed and abused by the cult.
I don't profess to know everything about the subject of Scientology
and its organization (no one does know everything about it), but I do
know enough that I feel I would be remiss if I didn't share my experiences
with others. In fact, I feel a strong moral obligation to speak out
about what I perceive are very real evils and abuses occurring in the
cult at the hands of its members, attorneys, private investigators and
other agents. There are so many horror stories I could tell; indeed
I have told quite a few of mine in the past. See my web site at http://warrior.offlines.org/
for some of my tales of abuse experienced, and see http://www.entheta.net/entheta/1stpersn/
for the stories written by several other former Scientologists.
The reader may wish to consult the on-line dictionaries of Scientologese
webbed at Cornelius Krasel's site - http://wpxx02.toxi.uni-wuerzburg.de/~krasel/CoS/acronym.html
and Martin Hunt's site - http://www.ncf.carleton.ca/~av282/terms.htm
. You might also find it an enjoyable exercise comparing the definitions
found at the above web site to the definitions found in Scientology's
on-line dictionary of official cult-speak webbed at: http://www.scientology.org/gloss.htm
The laying of the foundation to the trap - Hubbard's
background and claims
In an attempt to establish credibility and acceptance for his works
in the minds of his would-be followers, Hubbard asserted himself as
an authority and an educated man in many fields. In reality, Hubbard
was a science fiction writer. But he claimed to be a graduate engineer
(a falsehood - he never completed college), a doctor of philosophy (from
the unaccredited Sequoia "university", a "degree mill"
in California), and a Doctor of Scientology (D.Sc.) -- a degree he invented
and awarded himself only after first establishing Scientology. He was
registered in engineering at George Washington University in 1930, but
he never received a degree of any kind. "Sequoia University"
of Los Angeles, from which Hubbard claimed to have received his "degree",
is not recognized by any accredited college or university.
Hubbard shamelessly boasted that his "science of the mind",
Dianetics, was "a milestone for man comparable to his discovery
of fire and superior to his invention of the wheel and arch". According
to promotional advertising material distributed by his Scientology "church",
Hubbard claimed that "the hidden source of all psychosomatic ills
and human aberration has been discovered, and skills have been developed
for their invariable cure".
As if this was not a grandiose and completely absurd claim, Hubbard
also stated that the "technical skills" his cult sells will
produce a Dianetic Release, which is defined as "an individual
who has been freed from his major anxieties or illnesses". By the
mid- 1950s, Hubbard was claiming that his Dianetics offered "a
therapeutic technique with which [his Dianeticists] can treat any and
all inorganic mental and organic psychosomatic ills, with assurance
of complete cure in unselected cases".
Other grandiose and self-serving claims made by Hubbard include:
forth the non-germ theory of disease, embracing, it has been estimated
by competent physicians, the cure of some seventy per cent of man's
pathology. (Scientology: Evolution of a Science, Hubbard
College of Scientology, 1960, p. 98)
Never one known to be modest
in his claims regarding the "effectiveness" of his Dianetics
"therapy", Hubbard boasted:
Eye glasses, nervous twitches, tensions, all of these things stem
from an unwillingness to confront. When that unwillingness is repaired,
these disabilities tend to disappear. (Scientology: A New Slant
on Life, 1965, p. 90)
Scientology does things for people where nothing has been done before.
It makes people well from illnesses which were once considered hopeless.
It increases their intelligence [....] One outstanding thing which
it does: it alleviates burns received from Atomic Bombs. Scientology
is the only, specific (cure) for radiation (atomic bomb) burns. Scientology
processing given to persons burned by radiation can alleviate the
majority of the difficulty. This is true even when the person who
is treating (auditor) is not completely trained. (Fundamentals
of Thought, 1956, p. 11)
Anybody who has
read this book once through and procured a patient with sonic recall
for a trial effort will know more about the mind, in those actions,
than he has ever known before, and he will be more skilled and able
to treat the mind than anyone attempting to do so, regardless of reputation,
a very short time ago. (Dianetics '55, 1961, p. 96)
But do you suppose that Hubbard
would limit his claims to healing and improvement of intelligence? No!
His methods promise a practicing Scientologist "total freedom -
the complete and knowing cause over matter, energy, space and time,
both subjective and objective". This state is called "OT",
meaning "Operating Thetan".
Tens of thousands of case histories (reports on patients, individual
records) all sworn to (attested before public officials) are in the
possession of the organization". (Ibid., p. 10)
According to Hubbard, the "gains" and abilities promised to
an "OT" far exceed the limitations of those possible within
an earthly existence. There is a striking similarity in Hubbard's words
and concepts to those found in Mary Baker Eddy's Science and Health.
If you were cleared
and, with your body at home you were in a library, you could read
in the library just as well, with the limitation that you might not
have as good a grasp on pages. You would certainly know you were in
the library [....] You would not be concerned with telepathy, with
the reading of other people's minds, and other such bric-a-brac. You
would simply know what you wanted to know. (Dianetics '55,
In 1953, Harvey Jay Fischer
published Dianetic Therapy: An Experimental Evaluation. It
remains the only formal study of Dianetic therapy known. The complete
text of Fischer's study is available online at: http://www.xenu.net/archive/fischer/.
This study provides a statistical analysis of the effect of Dianetic
auditing techniques. Fischer measured Hubbard's claimed benefits via
the utilization of group tests which measured intelligence, mathematics
and personality before and after auditing using Dianetic methods.
This study was submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements
for Fischer's Doctor of Philosophy Degree in the School of Education
of New York University.
My experience regarding the "tech"
After spending years of my life seeking to attain the abilities promised
by Hubbard, I can say without reservation that I did not personally
attain any of Hubbard's promised abilities. Nor did I ever once observe
others attain Hubbard's promised states of awareness or increased
abilities. So, you may be thinking, "Why did you stay in the
organization for so long?"
That's a valid question and one I've been asked many times. Let me
answer that question.
One of the reasons I became involved was my desire to better my nearsightedness.
This condition is one of the things Hubbard claims in his book Dianetics:
The Modern Science of Mental Health, to be able to improve through
the application of Dianetic techniques.
Try as I did over many years, to attempt to get my auditors to tell
me when I would be able to receive auditing specifically for what
I wanted to get "handled", every time I was given the same
answer: "I've noted your question for the Case Supervisor."
And every time, the same answer would be given to me at the beginning
of my next auditing session, which was always something such as: "The
Case Supervisor has asked me to tell you that your concern has been
noted, and it will be taken up in the future at the appropriate place
on your auditing program."
And then I would be told that I was going to be audited on something
else! So all I could do was to continue to believe my concern would
be addressed at the correct future part of my auditing program. I
remember thinking to myself, "They [the Case Supervisor and my
auditor] are the experts after all, so they should know the correct
sequence for applying the programmed grade chart actions on my case."
Indeed, Hubbard claims that Dianetics is a very "precise scientific
technique when done properly." Due to the fact that I had no
"auditor training" I erroneously concluded that I could
not judge their promises, claims or actions being taken with regard
to my "case state" and "auditing program".
As I know now, this is one of the many facets of the elaborate con
game known as Scientology and Dianetics. Specifically, one is told
that in order to achieve the promised results from Dianetics and Scientology,
one must receive auditing in the correct sequence as laid out in Hubbard's
This brings me to another important facet of the elaborate con game.
The student of Scientology and Dianetics is repeatedly told he must
apply the "technology standardly", that is, in the way Hubbard
intended it to be applied. In his Hubbard Communications Office Bulletin
of 26 February 1970 "Standard Tech and Invalidation", Hubbard
wrote: "Standard tech is not a process or a series of processes.
It is following the rules of processing." In another bulletin
he wrote that standard tech is "that tech which has absolutely
no arbitraries." (HCOB 23 August 1968 "Arbitraries").
Elsewhere he wrote, "that terribly narrow path which we now call
standard tech is composed of those things which are out inhibit and
prohibit all case gain." (taped lecture "Welcome to
the Class VIII Course - An Introduction to Standard Tech").
The trouble is, Scientology and Dianetics "tech" is changed
all the time! I know of bulletins that have been revised more than
fifteen times. The cult (and Hubbard, when he was still living) could
not seem to make up their minds exactly what constitutes standard
tech. Bulletins authored by Hubbard are later somehow "discovered"
to have been "written by someone else". So they are canceled,
or revised and reissued, and revised again and again and again...
So exactly what is "standard tech"?
"Standard tech" is whatever the people in charge of the
Scientology therapy cult enterprise are calling it today!
Tomorrow, yesterday's "standard tech" will be called "squirrel
tech" or "non-standard tech" or "quickie tech"...
Either it will be "found to have been squirreled" (altered
by unauthorized persons) or it will be said to have "not been
issued by Ron") or some other such propaganda. The fact is, over
the course of 50 years since the release of his monstrosity Dianetics:
The Modern Science of Mental Health, the therapy cult never has
been able to make up its mind regarding what constitutes "standard
So let me say it again, in case you didn't grasp the simplicity of
my statement before.
"Standard tech" is whatever the people in charge of
the Scientology therapy cult enterprise are calling it today!
The "tech" as a control mechanism
Now I will more specifically explain facets of the "tech"
which are all used as control methods by the cult on its members.
Perhaps your first contact with the organization came from a friend,
a business associate or a family member. Or maybe you saw an infomercial
(as I recently caught late one night on CBS TV). Possibly you passed
by one of the cult's Dianetics centers where you were drawn in by
their salesman asking you if you'd like to see a free film, take their
free personality test or observe a demonstration of the E-Meter.
Very likely, during the time of your first encounter with a Scientologist,
you were unknowingly subjected to the "dissem drill". This
is cult speak for a sales procedure intended to get you to sign up
and pay for their courses or auditing, or perhaps to at least persuade
you to buy a book. The dissem[ination] drill is defined as follows:
the "dissem drill has four exact steps that must be done ["standard
tech" again!] with a person you are disseminating to. They are
(1) contact, (2) handle, (3) salvage, (4) bring to understanding."
(reference: HCO PL 23 October 1965 "Dissemination Drill")
Hubbard's corporate enterprises teach their salespeople (called "regges",
or "registrars" in Scienospeak) that in order to successfully
apply this drill, he must find out what is "ruining" the
person. Of this, Hubbard wrote, "Before you can save someone
from ruin, you must find out what their own personal ruin is. This
is basically - what is ruining them? What is messing them up? It must
be a condition that is real to the individual as an unwanted condition,
or one that can be made real to him."
Note that last phrase, "one that can be made real to him".
Chances are, unless you are a person with no problems or neuroses
(the sort of person I've never met), the cult person doing the "dissem
drill" on you will find some sort of problem in your life, how-ever
small it may be. Perhaps you might admit that you would like to improve
your ability to speak comfortably in front of an audience. Or maybe
you wish you could do better in your business. Marital difficulties
might trouble you from time to time.
No matter what the cult "reg" (salesperson) determines to
be your "ruin", the "standard tech" response will
be to tell you, "Scientology (or Dianetics) can handle that;
all you need to do is take the (fill in the blank) course." Alternately,
he might say, "With only 25 hours of Dianetics, your problem
will vanish. Come with me; we'll get you signed up and enrolled right
away." Oh... and uhhh... "Will that be cash or credit card?"
There's a good chance you have been previously asked whether you'd
like to take their "OCA test". Be forewarned that no matter
how you "score" on this so-called "test", you
will be told that you have an "area" (perhaps two or more)
which need(s) some improvement.
If at this point you (the potential new member) have expressed an
interest, yet do not have the funds to pay for the services, the "registrar"
will begin probing you with a multitude of questions designed to assess
your financial resources. "Do you have credit cards? A home mortgage?
Stocks or bonds? Perhaps you have a life insurance annuity? Or a college
education fund? Or rich relative who will loan you the money?"
This can (and often does) go on ad nauseam! I've seen cult salesmen
many times relentlessly try for hours to "close" the person
(called "handling", or breaking down the person's objections),
until the person gives up and submits to the pressure exerted by the
What you likely don't know is that Scientology's "regges"
are amongst the most ruthless and unrelenting sales people on the
face of Earth. They are trained and drilled for hours in the techniques
of salesmanship and are not allowed to take "no" for an
One thing many Scientologists are not even aware of is that Hubbard
wrote a directive on the the use of "listen-in devices"
(hidden microphones installed in the desks of their "regges")
as an aid to getting the sale. The use of these devices enable the
executives in charge of the income-producing staff members to monitor
the progress of the session. It is standard practice to engage in
"double-teaming" or "tagging" (enlisting the help
of fellow "registrars") in order to ensure the sale occurs.
I have previously written about this; my article on this subject is
available at my web site: http://warrior.offlines.org/1997-0809.html.
Registrars who fail to get the sale (called "making the close")
are ordered to the "qual division" for correction!
If you are completely unable to find a way to come up with the funds
to pay for services you will almost certainly be told that there is
another option... You can join staff, and "in exchange"
for your working for them, you can get your "bridge" (Scientology
training and auditing) that way.
If you are one of the people unfortunate to have been sucked into
and gone alone with the scam this far, you will be told that it is
a very high "purpose" in life to help others "go free".
This is the "help button" being played on you. "Buttons"
are defined by Hubbard as "items, words, phrases, subjects, or
areas that cause response or reaction in an individual by the words
or actions of other people, and which cause him discomfort, embarrassment,
or upset, or make him laugh uncontrollably" (reference: Scientology
These are used heavily in recruiting staff members (and in "regging"),
as well as to keep people on staff, and even to recover former staff.
If you don't want to help the Scientology organization, you will be
told you are "out-ethics" and "1st dynamic oriented".
Basically this is their way of telling you that you are selfish or
self-centered if you don't want to help. If you don't want to join
staff (or to stay on staff) you will most probably be told you are
neurotic or "low toned". On this subject of help, Hubbard
wrote, "Help is the make-break point between sanity and insanity.
That a person cannot accept help along some minor line does not mean
that he is insane, but it certainly means he has some neurotic traits."
(reference: HCOB 5 May 1960 "Help")
If you haven't yet run away with your wallet
and sanity intact
Once you are enrolled in a Scientology course, you will quickly encounter
a key Hubbard policy letter known as "Keeping Scientology Working".
You will be repeatedly told during your involvement with the cult
that you are playing a "deadly serious game", and that the
whole "agonizing future" of every man, woman and child on
this planet depends upon freeing enough people from the trap. You
will read Hubbard's words which state, "we'd rather have you
dead than incapable" and "we're not playing some minor game
Now the real indoctrination (some say brainwashing) into Scientology's
cult think begins. In his book Modern Management Technology Defined,
Hubbard defines brainwashing as "a specific technology"
(taped lecture 6804), and "the subjection of a person
to systematic indoctrination or mental pressure with a view to getting
him to change his views" (reference: the confidential Hubbard
Communications Office Policy Letter of 20 December 1969, Issue VIII).
Elsewhere (in All About Radiation, page 84), Hubbard defined
brainwashing as: "a very simple mechanism. One gets a person
to agree that something might be a certain way and then drives him
by introverting him and through self-criticism to the possibility
that it is that way. Only then does a man believe that the erroneous
fact was a truth."
This is Hubbard's not so cloaked admission to some of the exact means
and mechanisms used to convert the once "wog" person into
a "gung-ho" Scientologist. The Scientologist is forbidden
from engaging in "other practices" while actively being
indoctrinated into Hubbard's cosmology. The student is only permitted
to study and apply Scientology materials. Outside sources of information,
particularly textbooks written by the "evil psychs" are
forbidden. The reason for this is obvious. The student and/or staff
member might discover the sources of Hubbard's ideas. Besides this,
the student has to learn a new language: Hubbardspeak! To aid in the
indoctrination into the madness, the Hubbard cult has special dictionaries
full of special lingo and abbreviations and the definitions of thousands
of words which have been given new meanings by Hubbard. Through the
use of his newly created terms, Hubbard attempts to mask the basis
and origins from which much of his gibberish was stolen: psychiatry.
After years of extensively searching for the sources of influence
on Hubbard's works, I have found quite a few. The Polish Count Alfred
Korzybski is undoubtedly one of the major influences upon much of
Hubbard's published works. At the beginning of Hubbard's Science
of Survival, first published in 1951, there appears a list of
"thinking men without whose speculations and observations the
creation and construction of Dianetics would not have been possible."
Hubbard then lists such luminary figures as Plato, Socrates, Aristotle,
Sigmund Freud, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Francis Bacon, Will
Durant, Herbert Spencer, Roger Bacon and Alfred Korzybski. (For an
excellent discussion on the subject of general semantics, I urge you
to read the following:
L. Ron Hubbard undoubtedly acquired many of his ideas from the Polish
Count Alfred Korzybski's book Science and Sanity. I have
no doubt that Korzybski was a tremendous influence on L. Ron Hubbard
who was in his twenties at the time of publication of Korzybski's
While studying Hubbard's materials, the student must learn understand
in such terms as: "terminal", instead of "person";
"bank", instead of "subconscious mind"; "wog",
instead of "non-Scientologist"; "HE&R", rather
than "upset". The list is seemingly endless... Rather than
using ordinary English, Hubbard created his special lingo. Looking
back at this now, the reason is obvious. Hubbard wished to disassociate
himself from those he stole his ideas from, particularly psychiatrists
and psychologists. In doing so, Hubbard was able to claim that his
"therapy" was not a form of psychiatry. In his April 1968
taped lecture "Ron's Talk to Pubs Org WW", Hubbard admitted
to his employing of word redefinition as a means of "changing
the value of things" (as well as undoubtedly trying to mask the
sources of the ideas he uhh... "borrowed").
On propaganda by redefinition of words, Hubbard wrote, "The trick
is - words are redefined to mean something else to the advantage of
the propagandist." (reference: HCO PL 5 October 1971 "PR
Series 12"). For example - therapy becomes "auditing";
psychologist becomes "auditor"; criminal act is redefined
as "suppression of Scientology and Scientologists"; ethics
becomes "that which helps Scientology"; hypnosis/trance
induction technique is called "TR-O Confront"; critical
thinking becomes "open minded"; individuation becomes "a
separation from knowingness" (reference: taped lecture of
1952 "History of Man Series 3A" and Dianetics and Scientology
Other methods of indoctrination used within the cult include:
"Bull-baiting" -- In HCOB 29 January 1970
"Null Lists in Dianetics", Hubbard defined buttons as "restimulators"
which "when you push it (say it) you can get a meter reaction."
Hubbard took his term "bull-baiting" from "a Spanish
and English sport of 'baiting' which means 'to set dogs upon a chained
bull', but mainly 'to attack or torment especially with persistent
insult, criticism or ridicule.'" (reference LRH Definition
Notes). Some say that this practice removes or changes a person's
normal emotional responses.
"Chinese schooling" - drilling by robotically
chanting in unison. Using this method of indoctrination, a "flash
answer" is implanted into the member's mind. Hubbard defined
it as a method used "to teach staffs by repetition and demonstration"
(ref: LRH ED 53 Int of 10 December 1969, "Orders to Executive
"TR-0", or "Training Routine Zero Confront".
This is in actuality a hypnotic trance induction/hypnosis technique,
redefined and disguised as an exercise in learning to be able to "comfortably
be in present time and to confront". Beware! It has been known
to frequently cause hallucinations in the minds of the users. Personally,
I have no doubt L. Ron wanted it that way. It seems to make a person's
mind more susceptible to implantation of Hubbard's nonsense.
"Cramming": If the student doesn't "get
it" or correctly apply the materials studied, he or she is ordered
to the cult's "cramming officer" to ensure that the materials
are re-studied and correctly "duplicated" (learned) and
"Word clearing" and "crashing MU finding":
These are more control methods designed for one simple purpose --
to ensure that you install Hubbard's program into your head. The finished
product is a zombie-like person who talks and thinks just like a little
Hubbard robot. "Word clearing" is a VERY VERY important
part of Hubbard's "tech". This is due to his insistence
that the member should completely "duplicate" Hubbardthink
in his or her mind. The importance of NOT understanding and following
what Hubbard says can be explained in relation to another unique cult
concept/ piece of "tech" from him. And that is what Hubbard
calls the "cycle of an overt". According to Hubbard, a person
commits crimes (called "overts") because of a misunderstanding
("MU") stemming from failing to grasp the meaning of a word
or a symbol. As a result, Hubbard explained, "this causes the
being to feel different from or antagonized toward the user or whatever
of the symbol and so makes it alright to commit an overt." L.
Ron goes on to explain that "having committed the overt, the
being now feels he has to have a motivator and so feels caved in.
[...] This is why people get sick." (HCOB 8 September 1964
"overts, What Lies Behind Them").
"False data stripping": If you still can't
quite seem to grasp Hubbardthink, you may have to endure "false
data stripping". During this procedure your mind will be mined
to determine which earlier "humanoid" or "woggy"
concepts are in conflict with L. Ron's Hubbardology. The ideas in
conflict must be discarded and replaced with Hubbardthink.
"Verbal data" verboten: Discussion and
giving of opinions at odds with Hubbard is NOT allowed. In Scientology,
there is only one "correct" answer to any question a student
or member might ask. It is "What do your materials state?"
No interpretation is allowed.
"Disagreement check": This is a "metered
action" (meaning it is done using an E-Meter) which can only
be done by a Scientology-trained auditor who has been certified as
a Class III or above (reference "Disagreement Remedy"
policy of March 22, 1972 Revised). The E-Meter is a sort of a
crude (and way overpriced!) lie detector device used in this method
of ensuring you will have your disagreements with Hubbard "remedied".
Remember, their is only one valid flavor of "standard tech",
which is whatever the cult is calling it today.
The "starrate checkout": This is used to
verify the member's "full and minute knowledge ... of a portion
of study materials". It "tests his full understanding of
the data and ability to apply it." (reference: HCOB 21 Sept
1970 "Study Series Number One - Study Definitions").
When studied materials are "star-rated", the student is
said to be "100 percent letter perfect in knowing and understanding,
demonstrating and being able to repeat back the material with no comm
lag" (reference HCO PL 8 March 1966 "High Crime").
Simply put, this means the member can respond and act just like Hubbard
with no hesitation or doubt (no "comm lag"), one hundred
percent of the time -- at least insofar as being able to run Hubbard's
program on the materials he or she has applied thus far. It sort of
assures that another portion of the Hubbardthink virus has been effectively
The requirement of an "acceptable success story": Ahhh...
Here is another real gem. Not! In Scienoville, the writing of an "acceptable
success story" is required before the dupe is considered to have
successfully become a mini clone of Hubbard. Additionally, the individual
cannot even be counted for statistical purposes as a "course
completion" or as a "Paid Completion" unless one of
these little ditties gets written. This definitely makes sure the
Executive Director of every Scientology business ensures you do not
voice anything but complete happiness with the knowledge and/or abilities
you have just "gained".
The "Resign line": Now that you have completed
your fully paid for step on Ron's road to total delusion, you must
now go back to see the "reg" so he can get some more cold,
hard cash from you. After all, that's his job. And what better time
to sell more services to a person than while he is still delusionally
and happily exhibiting "good indicators"... To help ensure
that you arrive directly in the salesman's office there is a little
bit of money in the form of a rebate check waiting for you in his
office. Ol' L. Ron Hubbard insisted that they are not rebates! They
are to be called "service completion awards", or "SCAs"
instead, and the amount is seven percent of the total you paid for
your just completed service. Do not confuse this rebate check with
the ten to fifteen percent check your personal salesman -- called
an "FSM" -- got at the time you started your service.
Ethics and policy as control mechanisms
Here are the key tools used as a means of ensuring the member stays
Members are required to complete an extensive life history
form. This form asks such personal information as: the names
of every sexual partner you have ever had, the number and kinds of
sexual activities you had together, including any perversions you
engaged in; the name of every drug you have ever taken, the number
of times each was taken, and the dates of all; the schools you have
attended; your childhood friends; your parents' names, addresses and
occupation; the names and addresses of all siblings; employment information;
any psychiatric care you have received, with names and dates of any
institutional history; any connections to persons in the media, government,
banking, intelligence agencies, organized medicine, psychiatry, psychiatrists,
psychologists (note the heavy emphasis on these) and public relations
firms; the names and ages of your children. In short there is nothing
of significance in your life that you will not be required to disclose.
I have written about this previously, so I will not go into extensive
detail since you can see the complete life history form at my web
. Certainly if a member later leaves the cult there is a wealth of
information about you on file and at the fingertips of Scientology's
"Security checking": Members are asked
to disclose complete details regarding any and all crimes, misdeeds,
sins, transgressions and even unkind thoughts in sessions called "sec
checks" or "confessionals". The intimate details concerning
your entire shameful, sinful, criminal or embarrassing past (if any)
are written down and stored for further use against you (in the form
of a "DA packet") should you ever decide to leave and speak
out against the cult. These sessions are often videotaped as well.
(Some of mine were taped.)
"Conditions formulas" and "statistics":
All staff and students in Scientology must keep statistics as required
by voluminous policies on this subject. Your "stat" will
be used as a measure of your "production" for the cult,
and punishments are given if your statistics are not continually uptrending.
This is an important aspect of keeping staff working harder each week
than the week before. Additionally, some have correctly observed that
by having to spend so much time thinking about whether your "stats"
will be up every week, the member's attention is distracted away from
pondering his own situation in regards to his personal life, goals,
dreams and happiness, etc.
Scientology's system of "ethics" (reward and punishment):
Each week, the member is assigned an "ethics condition"
based upon his or her performance during the week just ended at 2
PM each Thursday. For the individual who is "downstat" (meaning
someone who produced less than the week before) a lower condition
is assigned. Accompanying the lower conditions are increasingly severe
penalties designed to punish the member so as to send the clear signal
that such "downstat" behavior must be avoided in the future.
Amends projects are demanded of staff and students assigned an ethics
condition of "liability" or lower. A staff member put in
one of the lower ethics conditions of "doubt", "enemy",
"treason" or "confusion" receives NO pay for the
week. All personal time off (even for such tasks as doing his/her
laundry) is canceled. And very likely, if the Scientologist is in
the Sea Organization, he or she will be placed on a subsistence diet
of rice and beans, skim milk and toast, and possibly some oatmeal.
Very Pavlovian, eh??? I've been there...
If you are suspected of being a troublemaker, you may find yourself
being investigated as the possible source by the use of a "third
party investigation" or an "ethics interrogatory".
These are written investigatory questions circulated to all staff
and are used to determine who the troublesome source is or from what
department it originates. An anonymous poster to the newsgroup:alt.religion.scientology
named "Safe" explains the liability of "third party
investigations" at: http://www.skeptictank.org/savetpi.htm
If the source of the trouble cannot be determined, you may find yourself
becoming the scapegoat, called the "head on a pike" in cult
land. No matter if you didn't do anything wrong; Hubbard said this
is an effective method in shutting people up or for squelching "disorder".
Give me law 'n' order!
Often I have seen a favorite Hubbard technique applied. It is laid
out in an issue he wrote called a "Flag Order", and it says,
"The blunt threat of punishment, alone and unmistakable, can
get stats up!" This was a favored method of getting staff to
work harder during the seventies and eighties at the cult's "advanced
org", ASHO, where I was on staff at the time. During the period
of December 1979 through March 1980 (the last quarter during the annual
"L. Ron Hubbard Birthday Game" which ended the week of Ron's
birthday, March 13, 1980, the American Saint Hill Organization was
under siege by a Commodore's Messenger Organization International
(CMO Int) mission. The head mission- aire at the time used very blunt
threats of punishment which made it unmistakably clear that unless
we got our "stats" up on an hourly basis we would be taken
away to the Rehabilitation Project Force. (See more on the RPF below.)
There is a system of reports which are required to be written by members,
on other members' wrong doings. A few of the more frequently used
types are: "things that shouldn't be reports", "knowledge
reports", "crime reports", "technical alter-is
reports", "high crime reports" and "no report
reports". These assist the "ethics officer" in keeping
an eye on fellow members much like a police state formerly found in
Soviet Russia, or Orwell's 1984.
Parallels of Scientology and Orwell's 1984 have been published in
cyber space in a series of postings done by Robert Vaughn Young. Use
to search for the terms "1984 and RVY".
Disconnection from family: Scientology says that
they no longer practice disconnection as a way of handling family
members opposed or antagonistic (called a "PTS" or "potential
trouble source") to a member's continued involvement in the cult.
This is a bold-faced lie. I've seen "disconnection" orders
issued by the cult, and I've seen "disconnection" letters
written to the parents of members. For more information see: http://www.scientology-lies.com/humanface.html
. Each time a Scientologist is declared a "suppressive person",
all members in good standing must cease any contact or communication
with the person so declared. The "SP" is told that his or
her only person with which they are to have any contact is the "Justice
Chief" or a "Sea Org Master at Arms". Anyone else found
to be maintaining a connection to a known "SP" is subject
to being declared an "SP" as well. This is irrevocable "church"
policy. A list of those persons and organizations who have been declared
enemies of Scientology and Scientologists has been published as Flag
Executive Directive 2830RB and is on line at:
The "mandatory staff briefing": These are
given to staff when the cult's leaders want to quickly plant "acceptable
truths" or "shore stories" in the minds of its members.
Staff are ordered to attend these mandatory briefings conducted and
led by its public relations specialists (during my days in the Sea
Organization, Heber Jentzsch, Artie Maren and/or David Miscavige often
did these. Their purpose is to exercise what Hubbard called "PRO
area control". "PRO" means "public relations office".
In the event of some press adverse to Scientology, e.g., the Wollersheim
case, we would be summoned together in a large auditorium where the
official propaganda line would be laid on us en mass. That way we
were all assured of getting the "correct data". Very efficient,
The "hidden data line": Members are told
that all of the "tech" and policy is available in LRH tapes,
books, HCOB and HCO Policy Volumes, and that anyone can access these
-- that there is no "hidden data line". Another grandiose
lie. Tell me, where can one find copies of confidential policies,
Guardian Orders, Guardian Finance Orders, CMO EDs, OSA Network Orders,
Aides Orders, and any one of numerous other secret or limited distribution
types of issues? They're not to be found in any book available to
the staff member in general, let alone the broad public, that's for
Denial of outside information to members: There is
a published list of books which have been banned by the Scientology
cult. This list I have discussed on Usenet in the past. My two articles
relating to this fact are on my web site at: http://warrior.offlines.org/1997-0722a.html
Television is also forbidden for Sea Org members. This is documented
on line at: http://warrior.offlines.org/1997-0725.html
Permission is required for Sea Org members to enter into marriage
with a non-Sea Org member. In fact, members on staff in lower orgs
are not allowed to have relationships with non-Scientologists.
The "RPF": This is Scientology's work force/penal
system for staff deemed to be "low OCA, non producers",
"repeated stat crashers", "overt product makers"
and "List One R/Sers". At the complete whim of an upset
executive staff member a person can be ordered into the "RPF".
In actuality the staff member sent there for "rehabilitation"
often does not have to have done anything wrong. The RPF is perhaps
the most abusive form of punishment within Scientology's Sea Organization.
In the late 1970s in Los Angeles, I observed over 200 Sea Org staff
slaving on the "RPF". The vast majority of them had been
"found" to be "List One Rock Slammers", which
is Hubbardspeak for an evil, suppressive person.
"List One Rock Slam" is defined as: a "Rock Slam"
reaction on the E-Meter while a person is being audited "means
a hidden evil intention on the subject or question" (reference:
HCOB 3 September 1978 "Definition of a Rock Slam").
A "List One Rock Slam" is said to be indicative of a person's
evil intentions towards any one or more of several terms which appear
on the "List One". (HCOB 24 November 1962 "Routine
2-12 List One Issue One The Scientology List"). This list
contains dozens of terms such as "Scientology, Ron, an E-Meter,
an auditor, auditing, Dianetics, Scientologists, clearing, orgs, tech",
In Scientology a person is said to be "psychotic" (reference:
Hubbard's taped lecture from 1972 entitled "Evaluation and Handling
of Personnel") or a "deranged being" (ref: Saint
Hill Special Briefing Course taped lecture 6607C21 "Dianetic
Auditing") if he or she is found to be a "List One
Rock Slammer". The determination that a person is a "list
One R/Ser" is grounds to order the Sea Org member onto the "Rehabilitation
Project Force". A non-Sea Org member would almost certainly be
required to complete a very extensive auditing program (at their own
expense, of course) until he or she is "cleared" of their
"evil purposes" and "evil intentions".
For a most excellent paper on the subject of brainwashing inside the
RPF, please read Dr. Steven Kent's "Brainwashing inside Scientology's
Rehabilitation Project Force", Revised Version of a Presentation
at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, San Diego, California
(November 7, 1997). [University of Alberta, Canada] - December 3,
1997 (2nd Draft) at: http://www.skeptictank.org/hs/brainwas.htm.
A Microsoft Word version of Dr. Kent's text is available for download
Isolation: My article entitled "How Scientology
Justifies Locking People Up In Isolation" is available at http://warrior.offlines.org/1997-0818.html
. Isolation is not an infrequent occurrence within Scientology. I
personally know of several cases, including that of my own ex-wife,
as well as that of a friend and fellow Sea Org member in Los Angeles,
and the list is growing longer as time passes. Search on line at http://www.google.com
for the terms "isolation and Scientology". You will be both
astounded and disgusted to discover the number of instances of such
abuse of civil rights.
Kidnapping: One chilling tale of the kidnapping of
a one-time cult member named Michael Meisner, who had been a covert
Snow White Operative for Scientology's Guardian Office is available
in a downloadable text file at:
Abuse of children in Scientology:
AO 203-71 Cadet Org/Cadet Estates Org Establishment Eval
abortions in Scientology:
Mary Tabayoyon's affidavit of March 5, 1994 at: http://www.skeptictank.org/gs/sci178.htm
Andre Tabayoyon's affidavit of March 5, 1994 at: http://wpxx02.toxi.uni-wuerzburg.de/~krasel/CoS/aff/aff_at.html
Methods used outside the cult to discredit
or destroy perceived enemies
Scientology officially claims to not engage in healing mental or physical
disorders. Hubbard has openly stated one goal as being to "take
over entirely the field of mental health". Antagonistic towards
the medical profession and towards the psychiatric profession (or
"psychs", as they are called by Scientologists) in particular,
the cult actively seeks to discredit psychiatry through its Citizens
Commission on Human Rights. This front group collects information
on alleged cases of abuse committed by psychiatrists, for the expressed
purpose of seeking to discredit psychiatry as a practice and profession.
Vicious, hidden campaigns (e.g., Operation Freakout)
intended to accomplish the destruction of persons. See the case of
Paulette Cooper, author of The Scandal of Scientology. (Scientology's
Operation Freakout at: http://holysmoke.org/pc/pc.htm)
Read about Scientology's operations against Clearwater Mayor Gabriel
Cazares, an outspoken critic of the cult. (http://www.gate.net/~shipbrk/Co$/docs/cazares.html)
Another noted case is that of Bonnie Woods, a former member of Scientology.
In fact, I knew her when we were on staff together at Scientology's
American Saint Hill Organization in Los Angeles. Her successful libel
case against the cult is discussed here: http://www.shellac.freeserve.co.uk/reports/all.html
and here: http://www.demon.co.uk/castle/woods.html
Infiltration of government agencies. For the most
notorious case, I suggest you read about Operation Snow White, which
was a systematic attempt by the Church of Scientology to infiltrate
and steal classified files on Scientology from governments all over
the world. Its exposure by the FBI in 1977 led to the arrest and imprisonment
of the senior leadership of the "church's" intelligence
agency, the Guardian's Office, in the US and Canada. Scientology's
"Snow White" program is on line at: http://wpxx02.toxi.uni-wuerzburg.de/~cowen/essays/irs-snow.html
Lawsuits. Hubbard stated that the purpose of the
lawsuit is not to win, but rather to destroy utterly the opponent.
Much information is available on the Internet on this subject. Try
where you can enter three key words: Scientology, lawsuit and destroy;
in an instant you will find volumes of examples of Scientology's application
of Hubbard's most sacred "scripture" regarding the use of
lawsuits to harass and destroy. One that fortunately backfired on
the cult is the landmark one in Canada's Casey Hill, who had been
"Enemy Canada" by Scientology's upper management bureau
the Guardian Office. See http://www.religio.de/atack/casey.html
For a chilling recounting of a former attorney for Scientology who
resigned in disgust over the illegal and unethical tactics of the
cult, read the Declaration of Joseph A. Yanny at: http://wpxx02.toxi.uni-wuerzburg.de/~krasel/CoS/aff/aff_jy.html
Use of private investigators for covert data gathering, harassment,
threats and noisy investigations. Again, search the Internet using
or go to these web pages: http://www.sptimes.com/News/32899/TampaBay/Hardball.html
Scientology's attacks on free speech are by now legendary on the Internet.
. For a history of Scientology vs. the net see: http://www.amazing.com/scientology/history-1.html
. But it's not just in cyber space where their suppressive tactics
are taking place. The cult's members also engage in the theft and
destruction of critical textbooks.
Freedom to be found in the cult?
Freedom in the cult of Scientology is defined by Hubbard as: "the
ability to create and position energy or matter in time and space"
(Scn 8-8008); "the absence of barriers" (Dn
55!); "lots of space, and ability to use it" (PDC
35); a "freedom release" is defined as a person with
"freedom from the upsets of the past and ability to face the
future" (Hubbard's Classification Gradation and Awareness
Chart). Although Scientology promises increased freedom to its
members, I have yet to meet a member who has attained greater freedom.
Yet the promise of greater ability, of being "freer and more
able" are often heard terms of a nebulous, subjective ability
to be had for the right price.
The organization and many of its adherents claim that they have complete
freedom. There is even an auditing level called "Grade Zero"
in which the cult says people can attain the ability to communicate
"with anyone on any subject." But rather than seeing increased
ability to communicate with family members who are not Scientologists,
we find "disconnection" and "PTS handling". While
Scientologists certainly have the right to practice their beliefs,
what should non-members do in response and for what purpose?
My solution to the Scientology problem
Continue to educate those unfamiliar with the cult. Get the word out
to your family -- sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, aunts and
uncles, and ask them help make others aware of the deceptive nature
of Scientology. Knowledge is power. An informed person is less likely
to be subjected to manipulation.
There is a vast amount of information available on the Internet. Tell
others to get on line and become more knowledgeable on the subject.
Ask questions, share information and discuss the subject on the newsgroup
Write letters to your Congressmen, educators, media, law enforcement
and church clergy. Ask for or demand investigation into known or suspected
crimes and abuses of civil rights.
Support cult awareness and cult education groups, as well as groups
who assist victims toward their recovery. Make donations to these
Protest Scientology organizations in your city.
Distribute literature around your schools and universities. These
are often used as recruiting grounds by cults.
Go on television and radio shows and write to your local newspapers.
Insofar as Scientology exists within a larger group, society will
put Scientology's ethics in. I realize it is hard to reach Scientology's
inner core. But it is very possible to dry up their pool of possible
recruits and income by educating everyone you can before they can
be sucked into the cult.
Interested persons may reach me by e-mailing me at email@example.com.
Sunshine disinfects! See http://warrior.offlines.org/
For those interested in further reading, there are many critical texts
that expose the hidden world of the Scientology cult. Many are available
on the Internet, and a few are still in print. Scientology has conducted
a decades-long war against these publications by attempting to ban
them, buy them up, destroy them, steal them, sue the authors, and
remove or destroy library copies. Many of the larger libraries will
have at least a few of these books on their shelves.
Many thanks to Martin Hunt firstname.lastname@example.org
for compiling this list, and to Andreas Heldal-Lund email@example.com
for making it available on the Internet at his fabulous "Operation
Clambake" web site http://www.xenu.net
1) Social Control in Scientology, © 1991 by Bob Penny
2) Testimony: The Autobiography of Margery Wakefield, ©
1996 by Margery Wakefield
3) The Mindbenders, © 1971, 1973 by Cyril Vosper
4) A Piece of Blue Sky - Scientology, Dianetics and L. Ron Hubbard
Exposed, © 1990 by Jon Atack
5) Ali's Smile / Naked Scientology, © 1978 and later
by William S. Burroughs, available
through Amazon Books.
6) Bare-Faced Messiah - The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard,
© 1988 by Russell Miller
7) Enquiry Into the Practice and Effects of Scientology,
© 1971 by Sir John Foster, K.B.E., Q.C., M.P. Publisher: Her
Majesty's Stationery Office, London
8) Inside Scientology - How I Joined Dianetics/Scientology and
Became Superhuman, © 1972 by Robert Kaufman
9) International Society Control by the Church of Scientology,
© 1991 by Professor Stephen A. Kent
10) L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman?, © 1987 by Bent
Corydon & L. Ron Hubbard Jr. Revised, Updated and Expanded Edition
(trade paperback.) Corydon, Bent. Barricade Books, Fort Lee, New Jersey.
1992. (Note: L. Ron Hubbard Jr.'s name was taken off this edition
for legal reasons.) The newer 1996 edition includes an index which
was organized by Brian Ambry. He also wrote the update and addendum
sections for the 1996 edition and the 1992 edition.
11) My Nine Lives in Scientology, © 1989 by Monica Pignotti
12) Religion Inc., © 1986 by Stewart Lamont
13) Report of the Board of Enquiry into Scientology, ©
1965 by Kevin Victor Anderson, Q.C., Publ.: The State of Victoria,
14) Scientology -- Is This a Religion?, © 1997 by Professor
Stephen A. Kent
15) Scientology: The Now Religion, © 1970 by George
16) Scientology's Relationship With Eastern Religious Traditions,
© 1996 by Professor Stephen A. Kent, Publ.: Journal of Contemporary
17) The Commodore & The Colonels, © 1980 by Major John
18) The O.J. Roos Story, © 1984 by Otto J. Roos
19) The Road to Total Freedom - A sociological analysis of Scientology,
© 1977 by Roy Wallis
20) The Road to Xenu - A narrative account of life in Scientology,
© 1991 by Margery Wakefield
21) The Scandal of Scientology, © 1971 by Paulette Cooper
22) The Total Freedom Trap - Scientology, Dianetics And L. Ron
Hubbard, © by Jon Atack
23) Understanding Scientology, © 1991 by Margery Wakefield,
with chapters by Bob Penny and the late Robert Kaufman
24) "The Lee Report on Dianetics and Scientology" [Chapter
4 of Sectarian Healers and Hypnotherapy (a study for the
Committee on the Healing Arts)], © 1970 by Professor John A.