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Church of Scientology

Other Main Names:

  • Scientology
  • Dianetics
  • L Ron Hubbard (1911-1986, founder, sci-fi author)
  • David Miscavige (born 30 April 1960, present leader)

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Mind Control

One study in the USA showed that recovering from Scientology mind control takes longer than from Hari Krishna or Moonies mind control


A key part of Scientology practice (or "treatment") is the E-meter, a crude form of lie detector developed by Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard. While in the process of developing it he apparently used it to test tomatoes.

Legal Action

Scientology has gained a reputation in the United States for being very aggressive in attacking people and organisations which expose them for what they are, normally (but not always) through court action. In NZ they have to pay costs if they lose so are much less aggressive.

Fair Game

According to a 1967 Hubbard policy letter (or P/L), detractors (Suppressive Persons or SPs) are Enemies and may be treated thus:

ENEMY     SP Order. Fair game. May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed.

So a Scientologist can do whatever he/she wants to a person declared to be Fair Game without being punished for it (by Scientology). It didn't take them very long (three days, actually) to realise declaring someone Fair Game wouldn't look very nice in print (criminal activity and all that), so another Hubbard policy letter was issued which apparently cancelled the policy – Scientologists certainly proclaim it did, and are quite happy to send copies to anyone they think needs to read it. However, careful reading of the letter reveals it just banned the use of the term:

FAIR GAME may not appear on any Ethics Order. It causes bad public relations. This P/L does not cancel any policy on the treatment or handling of an SP.

Emphasis added. Incidently the term Fair Game was still being used in print many years later – for example in the course manual PTS/SP COURSE – How to Confront and Shatter Suppression, printed by Scientology in 1989. For more details on all of this see Operation Clambake's Fair Game page.

Our thanks to Mike Ferriss for confirming the existence of the first letter, sending us a copy of the second letter, and requiring us to further research this issue. We think this clarification is important.

Note: Although Mike Ferris has apparently lied to the New Zealand Cult List editor regarding knowledge of Xenu, this does not necessarily mean the editor is deemed an Enemy, a Suppressive Person, or Fair Game by either Scientology or Mr Ferriss. Mr Ferriss might just be lying anyway.

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