Lies Debunked: What is a suppressive person?


Scientology's doublecross

Scientology's® Claims

From: Public Relations (
Subject: What is a suppressive person ?
Date: 1998/09/10


According to L. Ron Hubbard, a suppressive person is "a person who seeks to suppress, or squash, any betterment activity or group. A suppressive person suppresses other people in his vicinity. This is the person whose behavior is calculated to be disastrous. Well-known examples of such a personality are Napoleon and Hitler. Mr. Hubbard found that a suppressive person, also called an anti-social personality, has definite anti-social attributes.

The basic reason the anti-social personality behaves as he or she does lies in a hidden terror of others. To such a person every other being is an enemy, an enemy to be covertly or overtly destroyed. The fixation is that survival itself depends on "keeping others down" or "keeping people ignorant." If anyone were to promise to make others stronger or brighter, the anti-social personality would suffer the utmost agony.

Because of this, the suppressive person seeks to upset, continuously undermine, spread bad news about and denigrate betterment activities and groups. Thus the anti-social personality is against what Scientology is about -- helping people become more able and improving conditions in society. For the good of the Church and the individuals in it, such a person is officially labeled a suppressive person so that others will know not to associate with them.

Church of Scientology International

And now for the truth

What a heaping load of bullocks (1. A castrated bull; a steer. 2. A young bull!) Scientology routinely labels anyone who says anything truthful about their history or Scientology's contemporary activities a "SP" or a "Suppressive Person." That includes District Attorney officers, Law Enforcement officers, Judges, the loved ones of followers who try to save their friends and family who fall into the organization, media reporters and journalists that cover Scientology, and of course Human Rights and Freedom of Speech Rights activists. All qualify for Scientology's written policy of Fair Game.

People who wake up to the frauds comitted against them by the Scientology crime syndicate who then leave the organization and start talking to law enforcement agencies, the media, intelligence agencies, and even just neighbors get labeled "Suppressive Persons" so that the crime syndicate can justify committing further racketeering actions against them according to L. Ron Hubbard's written policy. As is offered in the Fair Game link I just provided, enemies that get labeled "SPs" fall under Hubbard's policy:

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.

Often victims of Scientology r the family members of victims of Scientology are sued to silence them -- with no hope of winning the lawsuit, of course, yet that's not the point; Scientology doesn't sue to win, they sue to silence the truth about their criminal enterprise. If that sounds a little outrageous and you're wondering how they get away with it, let's take a look at another one of L. Ron Hubbard's policies which specifically states Scientology's reason for sueing people:

"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.

So the practice of labeling people "SPs" sets the conditions under which the organization justifies engaging in further racketeering activities against their assumed enemies: anyone who speaks the truth about Scientology. Scientology -- as you can see in their official claim faithfully reproduced above -- tries to equate people who expose Scientology's criminal basis for existance as the equal to both Napoleon and Adolf Hitler.

Does that sound sane to you?

Doubtlessly the organization tells its followers that anyone who says anything to the police, Federal agents, the media, neighbors, and even family members are some how "suppressing or squashing betterment activities or groups" with, of course, the understated yet solidly implanted notion -- however insane -- that Scientology is just such a "betterment group."

What's probably more telling than all of the once-secret internal policy letters which expose the criminal basis of Scientology's "Fair Game" and "Suppressive Person" labeling is the very quote the official Scientology spokesperson states above. Specifically:

For the good of the Church and the individuals in it, such a person is officially labeled a suppressive person so that others will know not to associate with them.

Here Scientology is stating outright that they label people "SPs" specifically to keep followers still inside of the criminal organization from being able to talk with cops, the media, family members, and everyone else that the syndicate wants to silence. The reason is "for the good" of the crime syndicate, absolutely: when people find out about Scientology's history, they "blow," as it's called, and leave the organization and that's bad for business. As for such a policy being some how good for the victim, when has being ordered never to speak to your family just because they want to help get a loved one out of a crimnal racket ever good for anyone?

While the criminal racketeering "Fair Game" activities which Scientology engages in against their "enemies" is not at all amusing, human rights and freedom of speech rights activists have none-the-less managed to find some humor in their classification by the criminal enterprise as "Suppressive Persons" or "SPs" for short.

Law enforcement officers, judges, reporters, intelligence officers, and rights activists have all been branded as "SPs" bv the Scientology organization and while doubtlessly the organization considers such a classification to be intimidating and sufficient in itself to silence the truth about their crimes, the reality is that being targeted for destruction by Scientology is something of a badge of honor among activists -- and in at least one notable occasion (which I refuse to describe) among law enforcement officers as well.

Accordingly, activists rate themselves from levels 1 through 9 according to how much of an enemy Scientology believes them to be based upon the level of activism the rights activist engages in. Here, then, is the joke which activists have created and adopted as a badge of honor. It annoyes the living hell out of the Scientology organization and as such that alone is enough to do it.

These, then, are the Official ARS Central Committee SP Levels. To have your level ratified, it is necessary to claim, with supporting documentation, that some action by the cult has qualified you for that level, by posting your claim to the alt.religion.scientology newsgroup. Since the ARS Central Committee, a faceless bureaucracy, run by we know not whom, but which no doubt contains a large number of psychiatrists, reads every message posted to the newsgroup, your message will be noted and ratification should follow soon.
SP1 The SP1 grade is gained by criticising the cult openly. This is generally achieved by posting a message critical of the cult to alt.religion.scientology, but can also be done by protesting outside a Scientology location (this, generally, ensures automatic promotion to SP2, thereby skipping a level - it is considered bad form to skip too many levels at once).
SP2 SP2 can be earned by receiving an acknowledgement from a Scientologist. This generally takes the form of a response to your message on the newsgroup, but in the case of protests, will generally be achieved by a Scientologist talking to you. The response can be (and generally is) completely inane - it is the fact that you have received the response that counts, not the quality of the response.
SP3 One of the early senior levels, SP3 is earned by having one of your messages cancelled by a forged cancel message from the pro-Scientology cancelpoodle. This level differs from many of the others by virtue of the fact that cancel messages are logged to alt.religion.scientology by Lazarus. Thus, if you have posted material that you consider likely to warrant a forged cancel, all you need do is check the newsgroup for a Lazarus cancel notification of your message and claim your new level.

There is no officially ratified means for acknowledging multiple messages being cancelled, although some SP's use the Clam Cluster to signify this.

SP4 SP4 is achieved by receiving a legal threat from the "Church" of Scientology. In the vast majority of cases, this has been via an email message from Helena Kobrin, the Scientologists' pet lawyer, but other forms of service are equally valid (for the purposes of SP status: email is certainly not a valid form of legal service, and you'd have though a lawyer would have known that).

It is regrettable that, thanks to Kobrin's recent antics, the status of SP4 has declined somewhat due to the number of individuals who have received legal threats from her. Indeed, since she recently "served" the entire newsgroup, an unprecedented action in legal history, some potential suppressives argue that everybody is now SP4. This is clearly not in the spirit of the SP awards, and it is my submission that a prerequisite for SP4 should be the attainment of either SP2 or SP3 prior to the legal threat.

Like SP3, holders of SP4 rank can endorse their level in cases where multiple threats have been received.

SP5 To attain SP5, you must be "Fair Gamed," sued, or attacked by the cult. To date, membership of SP5 is an exclusive club, held mostly by ex-followers of the Scientology crime syndicate who have spoken to law enforcement and the media, ex-followers who have sued the organization for kidnapping, torture, financial frauds, and other abuses, and freedom of speech activists who have spoken loudly enough about Scientology's abuses to warrant the higher levels of "Fair Game."
SP6 SP6 status is achieved by making SP5, then successfully defending yourself against their suit or causing them to cease their "Fair Game" activities against you. SP6 is, indeed, a lofty grade, and one hitherto achieved by very few.
SP7 To achieve SP7, it is necessary to instigate a legal action against the cult, or members of it. In some ways, this makes SP7 easier to achieve, since experience suggests that it is nearly impossible to force the cult to cease attacking once it has started (necessary for SP6), while cult members regularly provide SP's with cause to instigate a suit against them. Nonetheless, it takes a brave SP to do such a thing.
SP8 A prerequisite for achieving SP8 is to have made SP7: SP8 requires that you win your lawsuit against the cult. Note: winning a lawsuit against Scientology and collecting the damages are two very different matters.
SP9 Comparatively few individuals have ever made it to SP9, which requires that one not only makes SP7 by bringing a suit, but passes through SP8 by winning it, then finally, to qualify for SP9, collects the damages. The cult is quick to trumpet its respect for the values of law, order, and justice when it is bringing actions against other people. When the law finds against them, the response varies from accusations of duped judges through to a flat refusal to pay.

SP9's are indeed worthy individuals.

Endorsements to SP Levels

Note: These endorsements have not yet been fully ratified by ARS Central Committee, and may be withdrawn or modified at any time.

Clam Cluster

The Clam Cluster is used for SP levels 3 and above, and signifies that the action against the SP warranting his or her appropriate designation has been carried out against him or her on more than one separate occasion. Thus, if an SP receives two or more legal threats from the cult, his designation will be "SP4 with Clam Cluster".

Honorary Levels

Where an individual has suffered at the cult's hands beyond the call of duty, it may, at the discretion of the Central Committee, be acceptable for that individual to claim an Honorary SP level. Such claims must be submitted to the Committee for ratification on a case-by-case basis.

In general, Honorary SP status will go to individuals who have incurred the wrath of the cult in the furtherance of SP goals outside Usenet, eg., authors of critical books, or ex-Scientologists.

ARS Central Committee (which does not exist)

One of the most frequent accusations made by Scientologists against those who criticise them is that they are pawns in some great conspiracy. Protesters outside orgs are regularly pestered with "Who do you work for?" or "What organisation do you represent?" in a desparate attempt to discover where the central conspiracy that L Ron Hubbard said must exist behind any criticism of Scientology actually is. It is clear that the concept of a large number of individuals all acting on their own behalf towards a common purpose is one that Scientologists find difficult to grasp.

Accordingly, and because posters to alt.religion.scientology are an obliging lot, the ARS Central Committee was formed. It is a virtual committee, in the sense that it is never convened, and never formally sits. Committee decisions are taken via some means unknown to the lower ranks, but which probably involves massed ranks of psychiatrists, taking shifts to conduct frivolous ECT procedures and the odd lobotomy, conveying instructions to the Central Committee mouthpieces.

The Committee has introduced a comprehensive series of statistics-gathering procedures and documentary processes, which are far too complex to even begin to describe here. See alt.religion.scientology for more information.


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