January 15, 1999
It has recently come to my attention that the Scientology business has been seeking "charity" status in the United Kingdom. While I am a citizen of the United States, I wish to offer my plea that the business be denied charity status, for the simple fact that Scientology is not only not a charity, but its governing directives prohibit the business and its members from performing acts of charity. The Scientology business is seeking "charity" status only for tax relief and for a better public relations image.
It is with chagrin and not a little bit of shame that I am a citizen of the country that has spawned Scientology and its madman founder Lafayette Ronald Hubbard. The criminal acts committed by Scientology and its members, and the numberless injuries Scientology’s victims have suffered, are in many ways the blame of the American citizens who tolerate the Scientology business: our government officials have a shyness (nay, cowardliness) in judicial prosecution of criminal acts when the acts are committed by a "religion," because they fear being perceived as "persecuting" a "religion."
But Scientology is a business, not a religion: its founder, Lafayette Hubbard, said so when he created the business:
"Society, thirsting for more control of more people substitutes religion for the spirit, the body for the soul, an identity for the individual and science and data for truth. In this direction lies insanity, increasing slavery, less knowingness[sic], greater scarcity and less society. Scientology has opened the gates to a better world. It is not a psycho-therapy nor a religion. It is a body of knowledge which, when properly used, gives freedom and truth to the individual." --- L. Hubbard, The Creation of Human Ability, June 1953 [my emphasis]Hubbard started calling Scientology a "religion" once he learned that the United State’s tax collection agencies granted tax-exemption status to religions. Indeed, the Scientology business once owed the United States over one billion US dollars (L 1,670,000,000?) The Scientology business sued the tax agencies and its employees so often and with so many lawsuits that the tax agency granted the business tax exemption in exchange for the Scientology business dropping its lawsuits.
In 1967 Scientology was suffering from critical examination of Scientology and its founder. Hubbard therefore issued a directive to all staff members of the Scientology business that made the critics of Scientology and Hubbard "fair game" and open to criminal assault:
"HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex Remimeo HCO Policy Letter of 18 October 1967 Issue IVIn a letter titled "HCO Policy Letter of 21 October 1968" Hubbard realized that his "fair game" policy generated a negative public relations image, so he directed his staff and followers to cease using the term "fair game." However, he also stated that "fair game" was still in force:
"PENALTIES FOR LOWER CONDITIONS (Applies both Orgs and Sea Org)
"ENEMY [Suppressive Person] 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." --- Lafayette Hubbard, 1967
"HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex Remimeo HCO Policy Letter of 21 October 1968Does this sound like an organization that deserves "charity" status? Not to me. Indeed, the United States justice system has scores of sworn testimony, affidavits, and declarations that demonstrate conclusively that Scientology’s "fair game" crimes against its critics are occurring even as I type this letter.
"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 [Policy Letter] does not cancel any policy on the treatment or handling of an SP [Suppressive Person, i.e. critic of Scientology]." --- Lafayette Hubbard, 1968
The Scientology business has its own prison camps, where they place staff members who question Scientology and its managers. This prison system is called "The Project Rehabilitation Force," or "RPF." The RPF was created by Hubbard in 1974 for people who were in what he called "ethics trouble" (those staff members who question Scientology and its management) and for members who have been driven insane by Scientology. The RPF rules and regulations are all covered in the "Flag Order 3434" series. The basic issue which gives the outline of the RPF is Flag Order 3434. There are numerous other issues as more rules and regulations were made. These issues are all in a series (i.e. F.O. 3434-1; F.O. 3434-2, etc.). There are about 30 issues of the "3434" series to date.
There are many sworn declarations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Switzerland that give first-hand testimony about the hell members have suffered when they were taken to Scientology’s prison camps.
The rules of the RPF, taken from the sworn Declaration of Anne Rosenblum, are:
1. No walking. One must run all the time.Several staff members of Scientology were taken, in the dead of night, to the RPF and imprisoned there against their wills for months. One was Stacy Brooks; another was Jesse Prince. Both have given sworn testimony about their imprisonment at the hands of Scientology.
2. One is not allowed to speak to anyone outside the RPF.
3. One is not allowed to originate any communication, written or otherwise, to anyone outside the RPF, unless there was an emergency situation, or unless one cleared it with ones' RPF's seniors first.
4. One is not allowed to go anywhere by oneself, unless authorized to do so. Even when going to the bathroom, someone had to go with one. One would also get in trouble if one saw anyone start to go off by themselves and didn't go with them, then report it.
5. One had to call all RPF seniors "Sir." If there was some reason one had to talk to someone outside the RPF (and got permission for it), one had to call them "Sir" when speaking with them.
6. All letters one writes must be put in a stamped, unsealed envelope, then dropped in a box in RPF room. The RPF MAA then read all out-going mail. One is not allowed to send anything directly out of the RPF, including and especially, personal letters.
7. One is allowed only in "RPF designated areas," which, for one victim (Anne Rosenblum), was the Fort Harrison garage (it is a spiral four-story garage), and the RPF course room, right off the second floor garage. One is not allowed to go anywhere else, the only exception being during morning cleaning stations when one cleaned the rest of the Fort Harrison.
8. One must wear dark blue boiler-suits or dark blue shirts and pants.
9. One is not allowed "luxuries" (their word for it) such as music, seeing TV, (at one point a half-dozen people were sent to the RPF's RPF for having seen some TV in a room they were in when they were sick) playing cards, perfume, etc.--- anything like that.
10. There is an F.O. 3434 series called "Rocks and Shoals." There are penalties one gets for anything they do wrong such as non-compliance to an order, not calling a senior "Sir," walking instead of running, missing a spot on a mirror one was cleaning, etc. The penalties consist of doing so many laps, sit-ups or push-ups. The laps are running up and down the garage ramp.
Here is a written testimony of one ex-Scientologist member, talking about the actress Juliette Lewis:
"I remember Juliette and one of her step mothers from the mid seventies. Scientology needed slaves to do the renovations work on what is now known as the 'Complex' in LA. They created an RPF of over 180 people and kept them working for 21 hours a day for a time. The basement is where I met one of Juliette's step mothers. Her name was Tracy Lewis and she had been on staff at Celebrity Center.Does this sound like an organization that deserves "charity" status?
"As an infant Juliette spent time in the pre 'Cadet Org' which was located on Melrose St. in LA. This place was filthy and roach infested. The infants were often looked hungry and cried a lot. El Ron's law was to feed the infants barley water and lock them up alone in room if they cried to much.
"There came a time when Tracy was about to have a psychotic episode and demanded to see her infant child. I was in the Scientology slave labor camp at the time as well and I ended up with the job of driving infants and other children in a Van with no seats but the driver seat from the Melrose building to the Complex. I carried Juliette as well as other children to the basement of the complex to see their imprisoned parents."
It is heartening to see that some members of the United States government are becoming aware of the truth about Scientology, if only in their nature as a business and not a religion--- though its criminal nature is also becoming generally known. Here is a letter from one US Representative:
JOHN EDWARD PORTER 10th District of IllinoisMany people in the United States call Scientology a "International crime syndicate," and with good reason. Scientology has its own police force, called "The Office of Special Affairs" (OSA), which is charged with silencing the critics of Scientology who are not staff members of Scientology (the latter is handled by the RPF).
Congress of the United States House of Representatives Washington. D.C. 20515
November 28, 1997
Mr. James Beebe 44 Court of Greenway Northbrook, IL 60062
Dear Mr. Beebe:
I appreciate your taking the time to meet with me in my Deerfield district office. It is always good to have an update on the Cult Awareness Network (CAN). I commend your work.
Our conversation regarding Scientology was interesting. It is a business and it's tax exemption status should be eliminated. Congressman Crane is a good contact as he is on the Ways and Means Committee and Congressman Henry Hyde Chairs the House Judiciary Committee. Please let me know if I can be of any further support.
Thank you again for your visit. I enjoyed meeting with you and hope you will continue to feel free to call on me whenever I can be of assistance.
(signature) John Edward Porter Member of Congress
Please, I urge you: reject the attempt by Scientology to achieve "charity" status in the United Kingdom. Charity is alien to the business. They desire the status only for reasons of trying to improve their disastrous public relations image.