Lies Debunked: Fair Game


Scientology's doublecross

Scientology's® Claims

Subject: Fair Game
Date: 1998/04/30

I noticed the "Fair Game doctrine" has been brought up more than once here.

"Fair game" is a term which is often intentionally misinterpreted and used by apostate Scientologists and other critics to unfairly tarnish the Church.

"Fair Game" was cancelled in 1968, months after a policy bearing that name was issued because it was susceptible to misinterpretation. "Fair game" meant that those expelled from the Church could no longer take advantage of the internal ecclesiastical support and justice procedures churches of Scientology provide to resolve disputes and upsets among Scientologists. They would have to make their own way, without recourse to the Church or Scientologists.

In a March 1976 affidavit, L. Ron Hubbard explained that the policy had never "authorized illegal or harassment type acts against anyone" and he cancelled it "as soon as it became apparent to me that the concept of 'Fair Game' as described above was being misinterpreted by the uninformed."

The term "fair game" has not ever existed in Scientology since 1968. In fact, its *only* use since then is not by the Church at all, but by a handful of anti-Scientologists and their attorneys who have exploited this term and its inflammatory connotations in efforts to generate anti-Scientology prejudice here and in the media or courtroom.

The truth is that Church management never has and never would tolerate illegal or unethical actions to be committed in the Church's name. The materials of Scientology are full of admonitions to build lives on foundations of honesty and integrity. The commission of dishonesties or harmful acts against another is the road to personal misery and destruction of positive interpersonal relationships.


And now for the truth

Okay, we've just seen what Scientology's latest denials are about their horribly embarrassing "Fair Game" policy. As a Scientologist would say, let's "go to source" to see what L. Ron Hubbard had to say about his "Fair Game" in his own words, shall we?

                Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex Remimeo
                  HCO Policy Letter of 18 October 1967
                                Issue IV

PENALTIES FOR LOWER CONDITIONS (Applies both Orgs and Sea Org)

LIABILITY Suspension of pay and a dirty grey rag on left arm and day and night confinement to org premises.

TREASON Suspension of pay and deprivation of all uniforms and insignia, a black mark on left cheek and confinement on org premises or dismissal from post and debarment from premises.

DOUBT Debarment from premises. Not to be employed. Payment of fine amounting to any sum may have cost org. Not to be trained or processed. Not to be communicated or argued with.

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.

LRH:jp L. RON HUBBARD Copyright (c) 1967 Founder by L. Ron Hubbard

When law enforcement agencies and the media observed the consequences of Scientology's "Fair Game" policy, it caused the crime syndicate considerable public relations problems as well as legal problems. Hubbard, seeking to cover up this latest public relations blunder, issued a second policy ordering his followers to refrain from using the term "Fair Game" yet reconfirming the continued practice of "Fair Game."

                         HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
                   Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex
                     HCO Policy Letter of 21 October 1968
                           CANCELLATION OF FAIR GAME

The practice of declaring people FAIR GAME will cease.

FAIR GAME may not appear on any Ethics Order. It causes bad
public relations.

This P/L does not cancel any policy on the treatment or handling
of an SP.

LRH:ci:cden                                           L. RON HUBBARD
Copyright (c) 1968                                    Founder
by L. Ron Hubbard

We see that Hubbard was plagued with a public relations nightmare after only one year of publically labeling his victims "Fair Game" so he ordered his followers to refrain from using the term publically.

The fact that "enemies" of Scientology are "Fair Gamed" has managed to be entered into the endless series of court documents of both criminal and civil court cases, cases that get filed by the crime syndicate to try to crush opposition to their criminal enterprise, and cases that get filed by the victims of Scientology. So much information about Scientology's "Fair Game" policy has become available thanks to Federal agents who have raided the crime syndicate and from ex-followers who courageously speak out about Scientology that the The Skeptic Tank. Scientology's "Fair Game" policy.

The organization's endless stream of lawyers like to lie to judges by claiming that "Fair Game" is some how a term that victims of Scientology has come up with so it became something of a priority to make sure that Hubbard's written policies covering "Fair Game" got entered into the court record as often as possible. A second -- and probably even more damaging written policy of Scientology's -- is the so-called "Purpose of a Lawsuit" policy which states:

"The purpose of a lawsuit is to harass and discourage rather than to win.... Don't ever defend. Always attack. Find or manufacture enough threat against them to cause them to sue for peace. Originate a black PR campaign to destroy the person's repute and to discredit them so thoroughly they will be ostracized..."

"The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, will knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly." -- A Manual on the Dissemination of Material (1955) by L. Ron Hubbard.

If that racketeering policy wasn't enough, we also have another one of Hubbard's policies:

"The purpose of the legal officer is to help LRH handle every legal, government, suit, accounting and tax contact or action... and to bring the greatest possible confusion and loss to its enemies." -- LRH Documentary evidence in Church of Spiritual Technology (COST) vs. U.S., November 22, 1989.

The phrase "a black PR campaign to destroy the person's repute and to discredit them" is also known within the crime syndicate as "Dead Agenting." The notion that one can silence the truth about Scientology's criminal activities by creating libel and slandar -- "Find or manufacture enough threat against them..." is one of the most criminal policies that Scientology practices.

When, for example, Ms. Paulette Cooper was investigating the syndicate and wrote her report, "The Scandal of Scientology," the organization forged bomb threats using Ms. Cooper's stationary with her finger prints on them, trying to make Ms. Cooper look violently insane and trying to make Ms. Cooper look like she was sending bomb threats to Scientology.

The facts of the case were discovered when Federal agents raided and indicted the crime syndicate, retrieving documents which covered what the syndicate called "Operation Freakout PC" wherein Scientology specifically spelled out their racketeering plan to destroy her.

Now Scientology has created their "Volunteer Minister" scam. The audacity of these criminals is truly amazing, isn't it?


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