Holy Harassment

Scientology's sacred scripture includes a "Dead Agenting [offsite]" policy that instructs parishioners to discredit critics by spreading rumors and lies about them.

"The Scientology religion is based exclusively upon L. Ron Hubbard's research, writings and recorded lectures —
all of which constitute the Scriptures of the religion"

This is correct procedure:

1. Spot who is attacking us.

2. Start investigating them promptly for FELONIES or worse using our own professionals, not outside agencies.

3. Double curve our reply by saying we welcome an investigation of them.

4. Start feeding lurid, blood sex crime actual evidence on the attackers to the press.

-L. Ron Hubbard, Board Policy Letter PR Series 24, "Handling Hostile Contacts/Dead Agenting", 30 May 1974.

Hubbard recommended harassment as a justifiable tactic to use against perceived enemies.

The DEFENSE of anything is UNTENABLE. The only way to defend anything is to ATTACK, and if you ever forget that, then you will lose every battle you are ever engaged in, whether it is in terms of personal conversation, public debate or court of law.

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The purpose of the [law] suit is to harass and discourage rather than win.

The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly.

-L. Ron Hubbard, "The Scientologist: Dissemination of Material", pg. 157, 1955

Use of a "noisy investigation" is also standard procedure to intimidate enemies.

When we investigate we do so noisily always. And usually mere investigation damps out the trouble even when we discover no really pertinent facts.

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In the case of a bad magazine article which is signed, use the following procedure:

  1. Tell them by letter to retract at once in the next issue.
  2. Hire a private detective of a national-type firm to investigate the writer, not the magazine, and get any criminal or Communist background the man has. (Because all subversive activities foolishly use criminals they "have something on" and men who have been paid to attack [ ] us, you'll have data incoming from the detective agency if they do their work well.[)]
  3. Have your lawyers or solicitors write the magazine threatening suit. (Hardly ever permit a real suit — they're more of a nuisance to you than they're worth.)
  4. Use the data you got from the detective at long last to write the author of the article a very tantalizing letter. Don't give him your data on him. Just tell him we know something very interesting about him and wouldn't he like to come in and talk about it. (If he comes, ask him to sign a confession of collusion and slander — people at that level often will, just to commit suicide — and publish it in a paid ad in the paper if you get it.) Chances are he won't arrive. But he'll sure shudder into silence.
  5. Give any new data you have from the detective to your attorneys for their use against the magazine.
  6. Don't let the whole matter disrupt you, take much time, or upset the central organization.

-L. Ron Hubbard, Manual of Justice [outlink], 1959

For Example

  • Justice Latey, High Court of London [offsite]
    "Scientology is both immoral and socially obnoxious … It is corrupt, sinister and dangerous. … It is sinister because it indulges in infamous practices both to its adherents who do not toe the line unquestionably and to those who criticize it or oppose it."

  • Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Paul Breckenridge
    "In addition to violating and abusing its own members' civil rights, the organization over the years with its 'Fair Game' doctrine has harassed and abused those persons not in [Scientology] whom it perceives as enemies."

  • Robert Welkos, Los Angeles Times
    "Whenever journalists ask critical questions about Scientology they can expect to endure intense personal scrutiny. Over the years, various reporters have been sued, harassed, spied on, and even been subjected to dirty tricks."

  • Richard Behar, Time Magazine
    "Moreover it was not until last December, seven months after the story was published, that Scientology's spooks stopped following me, on an ordinary basis. Not surprisingly on several occasions, I felt the need to hire a bodyguard."

  • Robert Vaughn Young and Stacy Brooks (Young)
    "My wife and I have been operating a small non-profit animal sanctuary in Seattle, Washington. Over the last two years, we have rescued and adopted out nearly 500 cats and dogs. That effort is now jeopardized because the Scientology cult is attacking the sanctuary and trying to get it closed down." When forced to move, Scientology followed and attacked their new sanctuary, too.

  • Ted Mayett [offsite]
    "Please understand, trying to keep up with the harassment done by scientology would be a full-time job. What we have here is simply a poor and humble attempt to list some of the harassment. … I had concentrated on the US, not only because I live here, but because just doing this one country was hard enough to follow."

Why I am Anonymous

I don't want the Cult of Scientology to know where I live; I don't want them to intimidate my family and friends, nor tell my employer and neighbours outrageous lies about me; I don't want them to follow me or awaken me in the middle of the night with hang-up phone calls or send me harassive mail; I don't want them going through my trash or trying to dig up "dirt" to use against me.

Because…

Scientology seems committed not only to fighting back, but to chilling potential opposition. For years, the church has been accused of employing psychological warfare, dirty tricks and harassment-by-lawsuit to silence its adversaries.

The church has spent millions to investigate and sue writers, government officials, disaffected ex-members and others loosely defined as "enemies."

-Joel Sappel & Robert W. Welkos, Los Angeles Times, On the Offensive Against an Array of Suspected Foes [outlink], 29 June 1990

Scientology devotes vast resources to squelching its critics. … One of Hubbard's policies was that all perceived enemies are "fair game" and subject to being "tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed." Those who criticize the church — journalists, doctors, lawyers and even judges — often find themselves engulfed in litigation, stalked by private eyes, framed for fictional crimes, beaten up or threatened with death.

Richard Behar, Time Magazine, The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power [outlink], 6 May 1991

Perhaps I'm being overly paranoid about this — I am, after all, a nobody, a very small fry in the big pool of Scientology critics. I have neither picketed nor criticized the cult before now. Why should I think they will even take notice of me? As Ted says elsewhere, because the cult will not like these pages. We use their own words to demonstrate their unpleasant nature.

Mark Twain said, tongue in cheek, "I don't mind what the opposition says of me so long as they don't tell the truth about me. I consider that this is taking an unfair advantage." We have used these web pages to take that "unfair advantage" and sadly, there is nothing humorous about Scientology truth.

signed, Keshet