Scientologists’ core beliefs

Dear Mark:

You recently posted an article on this topic and it brought me to write you this open letter.

In plain English, here are the core religious beliefs of scientology:

Scientology Beliefs

  1. Planet Earth is a prison. The vast majority of human beings – and billions of invisible other beings – are its inmates.
  2. Xenu is the name of scientology’s Satan who established Earth as a prison and transported billions of beings to serve as its inmates.
  3. Our continued imprisonment is assured by ‘psychs.’ ‘Psychs’ are defined as psychiatrists, psychologists, psycho-therapists, priests, ministers, and anyone else practicing in the field of the mind and spirit.  Psychs were sent here from a planet called ‘Farsec.’    They are a special breed of being created and invested with the sole purpose of keeping humankind mentally imprisoned.
  4. Ron Hubbard is the first to discover the truth of 1 through 3 above, and the only one to have devised a means of escaping the prison planet.
  5. Navigation through the only hole in the wall consists of closely emulating Hubbard and behaving as he did when he lived.
  6. Enemies, including psychs as well as anyone expressing any doubt or reservation about these beliefs, must be destroyed by any means necessary by scientologists. Such means include lying, suing, cheating, harassing, intimidating, blackmailing, smearing and by physical violence.
  7. Scientology ‘technology’ consists of a sophisticated mix of pop psychology and hypnotism carefully designed and administered so as to lead people to wholeheartedly accept and live according to these beliefs.
  8. When a scientologist has expended all of his best efforts in the vain pursuit of these beliefs he is expected to ‘discard’ his body so that he may continue to pursue them without such a physical ‘impediment’.

Whether the ultimate belief, number 8 above, constitutes suicide is a wholly subjective question of religious belief. 1

This is not really true, but it is an excellent topic.

Scientologists’ beliefs cannot, of course, be known. Neither can wogs’ beliefs. Each person can know his own beliefs, or at least potentially know them, but no one can know another’s beliefs. One can believe that he knows others’ beliefs. One can be right in one’s beliefs, or wrong. One can study others’ words and actions to reasonably deduce their beliefs, but again one could be wrong. People can state or swear what their beliefs are; and their words and actions could show their statements are false. The Scientologists’ “creed,” is the classic example: “We of the Church believe…” You personally know how pervasively Scientologists lie about their actual beliefs. (Did you Scientologists really believe you had no way of contacting L. Ron Hubbard? Did you really believe that Michael Flynn or I was guilty of what you were framing us for?)

The conclusion I came to, from being a Scientologist and dealing with Scientologists’ words and actions many years since being reborn as a wog, is that there are two core beliefs among them. They are core because they are crucial. Other beliefs, such as Xenu and the Prison Planeteers, or Farsec and the Psychs, are used as necessary to keep the core beliefs believed. All the beliefs you list hang on these two beliefs, which are expressed as computations.

  1. If I do what I’m told everything will be okay.
  2. If I can continue to get away with what I’ve been getting away with everything will be okay.

When people become Scientologists, they accept the first belief. That is essentially “Keeping Scientology Working.” As they progress in the cult, some will adopt the second belief. As soon as Scientologists commit their first antisocial or criminal acts, e.g., depriving persons of property, injure, trick, sue, lie to, or destroy them, or support those activities, the Scientologists generate the need to get away with it. Some Scientologists such as you tell many lies in their Scientology careers and commit many pettinesses and acts cognizable as crimes in wog courts, so they have much to get away with.

Outward-facing Scientologists, RTC, OSA ops and their hired agents committed most of these crimes, and were best placed to know what was being done that had to be gotten away with. One of the evils such personnel had to get away with was keeping rank and file Scientologists in the dark. To get away with what you’ve gotten away with, conspirators like you in Scientology crimes, have an undeniable motivation to continue the conspiracy even if no longer Scientologists.

When a Scientologist dictates what is Scientology, as Hubbard did and Miscavige does, he eliminates the first core belief in himself, and only operates on the second. That is really all OT is, and what Scientologists work and pay for: to become masters of their universe. Indoctrinated Scientologists usually possess both beliefs, and the first dominates in their lives.2

Doing what they are told goes by various terms for Scientologists: “applying the materials,” “complying with orders,” “being On-Source,” “on-policy,” “in-tech,” “being standard,” “duplicating Command Intention,” “doing Scientology,” “doing what Ron says,” “duty,” etc. etc.

What you call “closely emulating Hubbard and behaving as he did” in your belief 5 above is another such term or concept that Scientologists will learn at certain points in their careers. It is “advanced” thought, presented as a goal, an attainable ideal. Scientologists for some time have been promoting the similarly stated goal of becoming the “living embodiment of LRH Tech.”

Scientologists’ belief that they should emulate Hubbard, or that things would work out if they did emulate him, develops as a result of acting on their belief in doing as they are told. They are told to buy a book, and they do. They are told to give their name and address, and they do. They are told to sign, and they do. They are told to pay, and they do. They are told to start, and they do. They are told to change, stop, flunk, pass, ack, bullbait, walk over to walls, pick up cans, answer, study, starrate, demo, apply, report, disseminate, win, emulate Hubbard, and do thousands of other doingnesses, and they do.

One of the key doingnesses Scientologists are incessantly told to do is to believe. Hubbard did not use the word when he was telling his followers to believe, except in their tongue-in-cheek creed. In fact, he stated that Scientology “demands no belief or faith.” Nevertheless, Scientologists believe him. When they stop believing Hubbard, generally they stop being Scientologists, and stop doing the other doingnesses Hubbard and other Scientology sources such as Miscavige, the reg, the ethics officer or the “tech” tell them to do.

To “believe” means to accept as true or real; accept a statement, supposition, or opinion as true.3
Hubbard cloaked the believing he was demanding of people so well that “belief” or “believing” are not even in the Tech Dictionary. This is despite the undeniable importance of belief and believing in spiritual, mental and behavioral spheres, which the dictionary’s terms were supposedly elucidating. Also missing from the dictionary is “trust,” which is firm belief in the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing; confidence or reliance.4

Hubbard said in a 1971 Flag Executive Briefing Course sermon:

Department Twenty is of course the Office of the Controller, which is really the Guardian’s Office with all Guardian’s Bureaus in it, and is usually manned in an org by an AG, and will often have an AG finance. This has the valuable final product of acceptances of Scientology. It’s acceptances, and you will find out that translates several ways from the middle. It translates in numerous directions. It would consist of combatting an enemy propaganda action, it would consist of getting in good press, it would consist of quite a few things. But the end of all of that is a product, and its acceptance, so you could actually measure up numerically, acceptances. And that too governs, to a marked degree, the viability of the org at large, so of course it adds into all of the other products. 5

The Guardian’s Office, of course, is now called the Office of Special Affairs. But OSA is still Department Twenty on Miscavige’s org board and possesses virtually the same “valuable final product” as the GO: “Handled situations which result in the total acceptance of Scientology and its Founder throughout the area.” The GO’s VFP, the desired result for all the lying and criminal fair game, was Hubbard and Scientology and their integrity, ability and character totally believed. Now OSA’s VFP includes Miscavige and his integrity, ability and character totally believed. To produce their VFP, OSA personnel do what they’re told. Obviously they do so because they believe that is pro-survival, that their compliance is the way to make it okay.

An indispensable Scientology “technology” the Scientologists postulate and apply to achieve their valuable final product of Hubbard, Miscavige, Scientology, Scientologists, et al. totally believed is what Hubbard called in scripture “black propaganda” or “black PR.” In HCOPL 21 November 1971, “How to Handle Black Propaganda [-] Rumors and Whispering Campaigns, PR Series 18” he wrote:

 “Black propaganda” (black = bad or derogatory, propaganda = pushing out statements or ideas) is the term used to destroy reputation or public belief in persons, companies or nations.

It is a common tool of agencies who are seeking to destroy real or fancied enemies or seek dominance in some field.

The technique seeks to bring a reputation so low that the person, company or nation is denied any rights whatever by “general agreement.” It is then possible to destroy the person, company or nation with a minor attack if the black propaganda itself has not already accomplished this.

To obtain the product of Hubbard, Miscavige, etc. believed, the Scientologists do their damnedest to destroy public belief in the people who might show that Hubbard, Miscavige, etc. should not be believed. The Scientologists do not demonstrate by facts, reason, wisdom or humanity that they should be believed. Nor do the Scientologists present reasoned counter-arguments to the idea that Hubbard, Miscavige, etc. should not be believed. The Scientologists simply promote and market like crazy the idea that Hubbard, Miscavige, etc. should be believed, hard sell worse-than-useless services on that “reality,” and then black PR and by other “tech” destroy the people who might say otherwise and threaten their operating scope.

As you know, the targets of your black PR campaigns comprise the “Suppressive Persons,” or “SPs.” We are a class of citizens created by Hubbard with his Suppressive Person doctrine in Scientology scripture, and by the Scientologists’ compliance with the doctrine and orders to apply it. Hubbard defined SPs as people who committed “Suppressive Acts,” (also called “High Crimes”) and defined these acts as “actions or omissions undertaken to knowingly suppress, reduce or impede Scientology or Scientologists,” and “acts knowingly calculated to reduce or destroy the influence or activities of Scientology.”6

What the Scientologists have historically done to persons in the SP Class include the actions against “enemies” you mention in your belief 6 above: lie about them, sue them, cheat them, harass them, intimidate them, blackmail them, smear them, and even get physical with them, to destroy them. The Scientologists’ treatment or handling of SPs, which constitutes a criminal conspiracy against SPs’ rights, is commonly known by the euphemism Hubbard used, “fair game.”

Showing that Hubbard, Miscavige, etc. should not be believed (because, e.g., they’re gargantuan, even pathological liars) admittedly reduces the Scientologists’ influence and activities and impedes them and their cult. This is because getting Hubbard, Miscavige, etc. believed is such a vital Scientology activity. Keeping the Scientologist believers believing Hubbard, Miscavige, etc. is also an essential activity, which is also reduced or destroyed if the believers should learn that Hubbard, Miscavige, etc. should not be believed. One of the ways that Hubbard, Miscavige, etc. limit opportunities for their believers to learn that they should not be believed is to make dealing with or even “granting credence” to any SP a “Suppressive Act.”

The classic, most specific Scientology edict criminalizing credence is Scientology Policy Directive of 13 August 1982, “Suppressive Act – Dealing with a Suppressive Person.”

To maintain a line with, offer support to, or in any way grant credance [sic] to such a person indicates nothing more than agreement with that person’s destructive intentions and acts. Such dealings in fact act as a covert or overt attempt to undermine and negate the ethics and justice strengths of our ecclesiastical structure.

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However, unless you are the named authorized terminal to deal with the Suppressive Person, to deal with one constitutes  no less than a Suppressive Act. Such an act is cause to have levied against you the same per policy Church justice procedures afforded any Suppressive Person. Full ethics penalties will be applied.

The definition of “Credence”7 is:

–        acceptance as true or valid; belief: I wouldn’t put too much credence in that story.
–        acceptance or belief, esp with regard to the truth of the evidence of others: I cannot give credence to his account.
–        belief as to the truth of something: to give credence to a claim.

So really, in SPD 28, Hubbard, Miscavige, etc. are prohibiting and punishing belief. If believers in any way believe any of the people who might show that Hubbard, Miscavige, etc. should not be believed (because, e.g., it’s dangerous and stupid to), such believers become targets of “ethics” punishment, or the sort of fair game actions you list in your 6 above. It actually feels to me that you have been working for thirty-three years on making sure no one believes me. Remember, only 11 days before Miscavige published SPD 28, you sued me. You knew that suing me could make a lot of things public, which happened, and you had to limit opportunities for your underling believers to learn what I had to say.

Hubbard said that Scientology is the science of knowledge, and Scientologists were learning to know how to know. They were not, of course. He was simply telling them what to believe, and to say that they know it rather than believe it. Scientologists commonly take great pride in their “knowing,” and disparage and reject believing as an inferior activity. They treat believingness as evidence of aberration. Hubbard’s scriptural sermon “Effort Processing Summary,” which he delivered in Wichita, Kansas in 1951, contains some of his dogmas on belief, which Scientologists believe.

What you are processing out of people is belief;
[…]
If you were just to unburden a case of everything the case believed—

Belief is actually identity thinking. It is a static, and every static is every other static. Differentiation is optimum motion.’

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Now let’s take a look at what would be the lightest and simplest technique in Effort Processing: you just disconnect the preclear from the human race. This disconnects him from the beliefs
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The first error of belief which any individual makes is when he says “I believe I am a human being.”

This is the happiest and quickest way I know to do this; you just make a genus “nonsapiens” out of the preclear.

Although very aware that Hubbard and senior Scientologists disparage belief as aberrated, new Scientologists quickly learn that they are to believe everything Hubbard ever wrote or said (except for what he called “fiction”). What he wrote, of course, contained many claims for himself and Scientology that were false. Scientologists are to believe so firmly that they apply what they are being told. That is a very high level of trust in what they are being told to believe. In their time in Scientology, Scientologists will be told to believe all sorts of other things from many sources: disseminators, recruiters, seniors, supervisors, ethics officers, PRs, Miscavige, fellow cult members, etc. What Hubbard tells Scientologists to believe, however, forms their scripture and must be believed, even though he might write that they are not to believe him.

If Scientologists really did not believe Hubbard about anything (except his fiction, of course) they would be in what is known in and out of Scientology as doubt: The state of being uncertain about the truth or reliability of something.8

Among Scientologists “doubt” is a frightful “lower condition,” between “liability” and “enemy.” Doubt was never approached as an intellectual or scientific exercise to determine the truth or reliability of a statement before it is accepted as true. Doubt was “handled” in “ethics,” involved immediate ostracism and other penalties, and was often blamed on SPs. Whatever Hubbard said or implied about his followers not believing him, if they really did doubt him, rather than believe him, they are punished, until they rebelieve.

This is clear in HCOPL 7 February 1965 “Keeping Scientology Working,” where Hubbard made not believing that he had the “correct technology,” a “Suppressive Act.” He also made not doing any of the rest of the ten points of KSW “Suppressive Acts.” The willingness to perform the other acts depended on that belief, that for whatever the problem or issue of the mind or life or the spirit Scientology was the correct technology. From Introduction to Scientology Ethics:

High Crimes
(Suppressive Acts)

Suppressive acts are defined as actions or omissions undertaken to knowingly suppress, reduce or impede Scientology or Scientologists.

Such suppressive acts include:

Any felony! (such as murder, arson, etc.) against person or property.

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Violation or neglect of any of the ten points of Keeping Scientology Working, as listed here:

One: Having the correct technology.

Two: Knowing the technology.

Three: Knowing it is correct.

Four: Teaching correctly the correct technology.

Five: Applying the technology.

Six: Seeing that the technology is correctly applied.

Seven: Hammering out of existence incorrect technology.

Eight: Knocking out incorrect applications.

Nine: Closing the door on any possibility of incorrect technology.

Ten: Closing the door on incorrect application.

Hubbard, of course, was demanding that Scientologists believe he had the correct tech, even though he was saying they had to know it. Universally, Scientologists cannot possibly know that their tech is correct, because it has been proven to not be correct. You, for example, are now saying, more or less, that you now know that the tech was not correct. You are not saying, are you, that you still know that the tech is correct? If you had actually known that the tech was correct, you would still know it, because the tech has not changed. I realize you and others blame Miscavige for changing the tech, but that is both false and irrelevant. What changed, if anything changed, was your belief that the tech was correct, which was one of the beliefs you were told to believe and did. Or at least you said you did, by asserting you knew you had the correct tech, and destroying the people who said they didn’t believe the tech was correct, or didn’t believe Hubbard, or wouldn’t do something else they were told to do.

It would be expected that Scientologists who stopped doing what they are told; i.e., stopped applying the materials, stopped complying with orders, etc., would also have stopped believing that if they do what they are told everything will be okay. Clearly, there could be what present as exceptions; e.g., some Scientologists could be so suppressed or imprisoned by their Scientologist seniors they carry on complying without any expectation at all of Scientology ever working, as they were told or sold it would. Despite this, there has to be a virtually direct relationship between compliance with orders and the belief that such compliance, or application, or doingness, is necessary for things to be okay.

Christians are in a parallel situation. Compliance with Christ’s commandments is so important that it defines a Christian. Doubtlessly compliance with the laws laid down by Muhammad similarly defines a Muslim. Obviously, willing or knowing compliance with Christ’s commandments will be based on the belief that it will work, that it will achieve the promised result. Everything will be okay, so to speak.

John 14:

[15] If ye love me, keep my commandments.
[16] And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
[17] Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
[18] I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
[19] Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
[20] At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
[21] He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
[22] Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
[23] Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
[24] He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.

John 15:

[10] If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
[11] These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
[12] This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
[13] Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
[14] Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

Although Jesus communicates several commandments in the Bible for his followers; e.g., Matthew Chapters 5 – 7, he also simplifies what he seeks compliance to down to two items.

Matthew 22

[35] Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
[36] Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
[37] Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
[38] This is the first and great commandment.
[39] And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
[40] On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Hubbard and Miscavige, of course, have thousands of laws, rules, policies, directives, targets, orders, advices and command intentions that their followers must comply with. Hubbard and Miscavige’s commandments include the actions against “enemies” you mention in your belief 6 above: lying, suing, cheating, harassing, intimidating, blackmailing, smearing, battering and destroying them. These are not included in how Jesus directed his followers to treat or handle enemies; e.g., from Matthew 5:

[43] Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
[44] But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

It isn’t just followers of religions or religious leaders that are defined by compliance with orders. Militaries demand Scientology-level compliance with orders, and I’m sure most criminal gangs do as well. Failure to obey orders or regulations can incur serious penalties in the military, including discharge. Non-compliance with gang policies or crime boss advices can get a junior gangster dismembered.

By the way, I have not been shown where a real difference exists between “religious beliefs” and “non-religious beliefs.” This is especially obvious since the Scientologists determined that Scientology is a religion. The Scientologists solidified this inseparation by determining that everything Hubbard wrote about Dianetics or Scientology is scripture, and what they do in application of scripture, or executing other fatwahs or advices, is religious exercise. Scientologists’ two core beliefs cannot but be religious, but they would be equally religious if held by Mafiosi.

Hubbard never had to comply with orders from seniors or other sources because he treated everyone else around him as his juniors. Miscavige has the same consideration and “beingness.” What they did and ordered others to do, however; e.g. the actions in your 6 above, became crimes or evils Hubbard and Miscavige had to get away with. From this urge for survival, which all criminals share, their belief developed that if they could get away with what they had done, everything would be okay. For them, that would be Scientology working.

There were, as Hubbard probably said, bumps in the road for him, but, after some years, it could also be said that he had gotten away with it. Therefore, having gotten away with it, he had to continue to get away with it. So Hubbard’s core belief became, “If I can get away with what I have gotten away with, everything will be okay.” He would get away with what he had gotten away with by the same way that he had gotten away with what he had done: the antisocial and criminal actions in your 6 above, and more. The GO, the Sea Org, the reorg, The Way to Happiness, VMs, celebs, drugs, Xenu, sci-fi, the tech and everything else were to help him get away with what he’d gotten away with.

When Miscavige grabbed the reins of power in Scientology, he already possessed and acted on the same core belief as Hubbard. He developed it through the years of doing what Hubbard told him. When he became cult head, he simply and seamlessly dropped whatever remained of the first core belief. If you think about it, I am sure you will see that this happened to you as well. To get to where he was when he took over, Miscavige had to do and get others to do the nasty things in your 6 above. These were actions he had to get away with. Although there have been threats to him getting away with it over the years, he has largely gotten away with it, and his belief remains, ““If I can get away with what I have gotten away with, everything will be okay.”

You have pretty much acknowledged that your own admin scale while Hubbard was alive, perhaps more than any of his other juniors’ admin scales, was aligned on the purpose of making sure that he continued to get away with what he had gotten away with. Mission All Clear had that purpose. When Hubbard had successfully gotten away with what he’d been getting away with, it would be “all clear” for him to come out of hiding. And hiding, of course, was his most basic tech to keep himself getting away with it. Mission Corporate Category Sortout, which I was on, had the same basic purpose for Hubbard as MAC. So did the biography project.

When working in MAC, Special Unit, Special Project, ASI or RTC to make it possible for Hubbard get away with what he’d been getting away with, you were doing what you were told to do. You had constant orders from Miscavige, and even orders from Hubbard himself that you carried out; e.g., from Memoirs of a Scientology Warrior:

Hubbard outlined our strategy for All Clear as follows. First, we were to get Hubbard extracted from the suits. We were to make a case, by affidavits and documentation, that Hubbard did not run the church and was by no means its managing agent.
Memoirs (p. 158)

You had to have believed that if you did what you were told it would work. Obviously it did work, to a degree; so your belief in things working or things being okay, as long as you did or applied what you were indoctrinated, hatted, told or scolded to do or apply, was validated. Even though his reputation would never be unbesmirched, by your keeping him at least out of appearing in court and out of prison, you could say that Hubbard got away with it. It is clear that you kept the common core belief in doing what you were told because for many years after Hubbard’s death you kept doing it.

Even though our scorched-earth litigation efforts to keep damning evidence out of the hands of enemies no doubt worsened the courts’ already dim view of Scientology’s credibility, it might well have saved L. Ron Hubbard from spending his final days in jail, alongside his last chosen close associates, Pat Broeker and David Miscavige.
Memoirs (p. 203)

In helping Hubbard get away with what he got away with, you were saving him from responsibility for his words and actions. And you were denying justice to his victims, the people against whom he had committed, and had others including you commit, the acts in your 6 above. Your job was to keep him irresponsible, and enable his criminality. After Hubbard died, you did the same for Miscavige. Pretty well everyone in the cult participated in one way or another in shielding Hubbard and Miscavige from responsibility and keeping them irresponsible. Importantly, for evaluating your list of beliefs, you participated in the conspiracy to shield him from responsibility, by doing what you were told, long before you believed about Xenu and Farsec.

As you know, there was no one you fair gamed more than you fair gamed me, no one you applied more of the actions in your 6 above to more ruthlessly and obediently. If there is someone you fair gamed more, please let me know. It would not have mattered to your willingness to comply if Hubbard had said earth was a holiday destination, instead of a prison planet. Or if he had said we had arisen from clam through sloth, rather than as cubic passengers on Xenu Air.  You would still have complied with his and Miscavige’s orders to destroy me. And you would have believed that by your compliance Scientology would work and things would be okay.

The caveat to all the orders or advices to destroy me was that whatever you do in execution of that intention you get away with. It could be said that the Guardian’s Office did not get away with all their criminal ops against the US Government and certain citizens. I feel quite sure that you would say that you have largely gotten away with your fair gaming me, just because you have not told the truth about it but continued it.  Obviously you still need to get away with it, unless you stop needing to get away with it. From your Memoirs of a Scientology Warrior:

We were to treat the litigants as enemy combatants. We were instructed specifically on the “fact” that every person who had ever criticized Scientology was a criminal, guilty of crimes for which they could be punished. Hubbard wrote a lengthy dispatch directing that we “set the PIs (private investigators) loose” on Flynn and his litigants to prove as much. We were to study and apply his policy and instructions to the GO, since the reason for the GO’s failure, according to Hubbard, was Mary Sue’s and the GO’s refusal to follow his directions. I learned to walk a difficult line. On the one hand, I had to direct a very aggressive, offensive defense, while at the same time avoiding any action that would establish evidence that might contradict the assertion that L. Ron Hubbard and the church were aghast at GO atrocities, and that any violation of the law whatsoever, under whatever circumstances was prohibited by church policy. On several occasions we engaged in acts which, if not criminally prosecutable, certainly would subject us to civil liability if discovered. For one, Miscavige instructed me to never allow damning evidence to be produced in civil litigation discovery.

On several occasions during the early eighties, we conducted massive shredding parties after catching wind that there might be a DOJ or IRS raid (much like the Canadian mop-up described in the previous chapter). When I balked at the idea of destroying evidence, Miscavige accused me of being a GO-influenced idiot. “Don’t you get it that LRH was pissed that the GO got caught?” he asked impatiently. “I was there when the raid went down and he was first informed.” He described the scene in some detail – Ron in his bathrobe at the Rifle house in La Quinta, being told of the simultaneous raids on church premises in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. in July, 1977. “He was in shock – shock that they were so stupid as to get caught. Read his dispatches, damn it. It is clear.”

Reading the entire body of Hubbard’s writings about Mary Sue, the GO and the criminal case, it was rather clear. Whether Miscavige made up the story about Ron’s first reaction was sort of irrelevant, in light of the tone and emphasis of the written directions we had received on the subject of Mary Sue, the GO, and their criminal case. Miscavige’s refrain which went like this, “Mary Sue and the GO stabbed LRH in the back by getting so cocky they got caught. They didn’t follow policy. It’s right in The Responsibilities of Leaders [the “Simon Bolivar” policy ]. Now it’s our responsibility! But we have our hands tied because we have to keep it legal. All because they got caught.”

After that I never thought twice about destroying evidence. I had no problem with running intelligence agents in on enemies, provided they did nothing that could get us into trouble. L. Ron Hubbard was the source of any power we might have. He was the only power worthy of defense, since his power was exclusively directed at clearing the planet of war, insanity and criminality. Therefore, all future warlike, insane and criminal behavior on our part was justified, in that it was the only way to end warlike, insane and criminal behavior on planet Earth. It was cognitive dissonance supreme.

You did not actually emulate Hubbard, or even believe that by closely emulating him and behaving as he did Scientology would work or things would be okay. You obeyed him. No one really can really emulate Hubbard, actually, except for Miscavige, or the leader of a spinoff cult. Your assumption of leadership of Scientology’s independent faction was a form of Hubbard emulation and behavior; and could have been based on the belief that by emulating him independent of Miscavige, that Scientology would work, or everything would be okay. Almost no one else really is allowed to emulate Hubbard, his authority, control of Scientology, “research,” his finding of “lost tech,” etc., even if that might be a promised or demanded goal.

When you left Miscavige’s control and no longer did what he told you, and when you no longer applied what Hubbard told you in all his tech or policy, then you could say that you had moved on up from the belief that if you did what you were told everything would be okay. Obviously, there is no real evidence that you have moved on up from there, whereas there is considerable evidence that you still do what Miscavige’s command intention is for you to do, specifically in the Scientology v. Armstrong situation.

It is also deducible that even if you no longer have the belief that if you do what you’re told everything will be okay, you still possess the core belief that if you can get away with what you’ve gotten away with everything will be okay. Because what you have so far gotten away with in your years of fair gaming me, and people similarly positioned, is so criminal, dastardly and ongoing, your apparent need to get away with it is so compelling and insurmountable. That’s why your over-the-top contempt for me, the lies in Memoirs, the refusal to tell the simple truth about the conspiracy you were part of and still protect, and your efforts to justify what you’ve done. As you probably are aware, these actions, large or petty, add to what you have to get away with.

Just as doing what Hubbard, Miscavige, etc. told you did not make Scientology work or everything be okay, however, so seemingly getting away with what it seemed you’d gotten away with doesn’t actually work or make everything okay either. I think that telling the truth about what you’ve been trying to get away with is the best choice. Memoirs could be said to be an effort to get away with what you’ve been getting away with by seeming to tell the truth. But you could also actually tell the truth. You wouldn’t get away with what you’ve gotten away with, but you wouldn’t want to. And you wouldn’t have to keep doing your damnedest to get away with it.

Your doing what you were told ultimately made things worse. Yes, you got the Scientologists IRS tax exemption. Yay! As you know, however, you and your coconspirators did it by unlawful and very shameful actions. You might have hoped, or even believed at times that you’d gotten away with it. (Certainly Miscavige is enjoying his tax exempt billions and the religious freedom to suppress and destroy good people.) Yet you have to keep getting away with it, and there is every possibility that you won’t. It could be argued that with just what is on the Armstrong Op site, getting away with it is lost. 9

In addition to ending your terrible need to get away with what you’ve gotten away with, you telling the truth about my fair gaming could also help end that need, and its underlying false belief, in others too. It is also Miscavige’s core belief, of course, and his endless getting away with what he’s gotten away with can be ended. Based on what you have said, his part in Scientology v. Armstrong is even more criminal and dastardly than your part.

I seriously hope that you consider examining this core belief and keep open the option of changing it. Telling the truth about a criminal conspiracy is serious business. Certain people will do almost anything they can get away with to get away with what they’ve gotten away with.

Gerry

 Notes

  1. From “Scientology Beliefs”:  https://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/scientology-beliefs/
  2. I’ve written about their core beliefs a number of times in the past; e.g., http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/writings/ars/ars-2002-11-01.html.
  3. Definition: Believe http://www.thefreedictionary.com/believe
  4. Definition: Trust http://www.thefreedictionary.com/trust
  5. From “The FEBC Org Board and its VFPs” 7102C03, SO FEBC 12, 3 February 1971
  6. See http://gerryarmstrong.ca/archives/826
  7. Definition: Credence: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/credence
  8. Definition: Doubt http://www.thefreedictionary.com/doubt
  9. See The Armstrong Op.

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