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
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
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.