Scientology’s Ultimate Weapon
In 1956, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard warned of the danger and evil in seeming to promise, and goading people on to “total freedom.”
Life is a game. A game consists of freedom, barriers and purposes. This is a scientific fact, not merely an observation.
Freedom exists amongst barriers. A totality of barriers and a totality of freedom alike are no-game conditions. Each is similarly cruel. Each is similarly purposeless.
Great revolutionary movements fail. They promise unlimited freedom. That is the road to failure. Only stupid visionaries chant of endless freedom.[…]
An endless desire for freedom from is a perfect trap, a fear of all things.[…]
Executives in business and government can fail in three ways and thus bring about a chaos in their department. They can:
1. Seem to give endless freedom.[…]
An employee buying and/or insisting upon freedom only will become a slave.[…]
It has been stylish in past ages to insist only upon freedom. The French Revolution furnishes an excellent example for this. In the late part of the 18th Century, the nobles of France became so self-determined against the remainder of the country and were so incapable of taking the parts of the populace that the nobles were destroyed. Immediately the populace itself sought to take over the government and, being trained and being intensely antipathetic to any and all restraints, their war cry became “Freedom.” They had no further restrictions or barriers. The rules of government were thrown aside. Theft and brigandage took the place of economics. The populace, therefore, found itself in a deeper trap and discovered itself to be involved with a dictatorship which was far more restrictive than anything they had experienced before the Revolution.
Although man continually uses “Freedom” for his war cry he only succeeds in establishing farther entrapment for himself.[…]
A race which is educated to think in terms of freedom only is very easily entrapped. No one in the nation will take responsibility for restrictions, therefore restrictions apparently become less and less. As these restrictions lessen so lessens the freedom of the individual.[…]
There are various states of mind which bring about happiness. That state of mind which insists only upon freedom can bring about nothing but unhappiness. It would be better to develop a thought pattern which looked for new ways to be entrapped and things to be trapped in, than to suffer the eventual total entrapment of dwelling upon freedom only.1
An earlier published version stated: “by L. Ron Hubbard, Ph.D., C.E.”
The same essay “The Reason Why” has also been published in every printing of the book Scientology the Fundamentals of Thought from the first printing in 1956. The essay is Scientology “scripture” and has never been “cancelled,” nor Hubbard’s authorship questioned.
Ten years later, however, and from then on until his death, Hubbard whistled a new tune, or really gave up whistling altogether for that old war cry he’d forewarned everyone about in 1956 – Freedom! In HCO Policy Letter of 15 February 1966, “Attacks on Scientology,” he wrote:
Having had some time to think this over and having studied the matter with great care, I have isolated the most successful response to meeting any and all attacks on Scientology, its organizations and Scientologists and as of this date this becomes policy.
ADVOCATE TOTAL FREEDOM
That is the policy — advocate total freedom.[…]
This is also the basic purpose of Scientology and the basic purpose of people, so it all agrees well.[…]
So never advertise an attack. Just advocate more strongly “Total Freedom!” and show how Scientology can attain it for the individual.
Careful summary of our past actions in the face of attacks and an analysis of various changes in human history show that the best and only effective thing we did or anyone ever did was advocate freedom. The precise practice of Scientology obtains total freedom so never advertise anything else but total freedom and the Scientology services and steps that bring it about. Courses, processing are the gradient scale to total freedom.
That’s the answer no nation or person can stand up to-if we keep saying it long and loud. SCIENTOLOGY IS THE ROAD TO TOTAL FREEDOM.
Used in argument one can invent reasons to baffle the attacking agency or person-but all these reasons should add up to everyone has rights to total freedom.2
On February 18, 1966, Hubbard issued a policy letter also called “Attacks on Scientology,” continuing the February 15 PL. He repeats the “total freedom” stratagem, and provides the public “justification” for its implementation.
When you hold up an image of freedom, all those who oppress freedom tend to attack. Therefore attacks, on whatever grounds, are inevitable. Holding up a freedom image is however the only successful forward action even though it gets attacked.[…]
Actions [which] have been positive in stopping attacks:[…]
Going on advertising total freedom;[…]
Groups that attack us are to say the least not sane. According to our technology this means they have hidden areas and disreputable facts about them.[…]
To hold up to Man an image of spiritual freedom is adventurous. Man is suppressed. And those who oppress him have a peculiar frame of reference. This is:
1. If anyone became free or powerful, a suppressive believes he would promptly be slaughtered.3
These two policy letters, of February 15 and 18, 1966, have been re-published in The Organization Executive Course, the books of Hubbard’s “Administration Technology,” and the PLs are required study by the Scientology cult’s intelligence bureau personnel.
4. HCO PL 15 Feb 66 I ATTACKS ON SCIENTOLOGY ___ ___ ___
5. ESSAY: Give 5 examples of how you would apply the
policy to advocate total freedom to meet any and
all attacks on Scientology. Explain why this
policy works. Turn your write-up in to the
Supervisor. ___ ___ ___
*6. HCO PL 18 Feb 66 ATTACKS ON SCIENTOLOGY
(Continued) ___ ___ ___
7. DEMO: Demonstrate an actual example of how you
could employ each of “The Third Group of Actions”
to stop an attack, as covered in the above PL.4
Less than two weeks after he issued these PLs, Hubbard officially created the notorious Guardian’s Office, with his Policy Letter of 1 March 1966, “The Guardian.” Even current cult leader David Miscavige describes the GO, which Hubbard created, operated, and renamed the Office of Special Affairs, as a criminal organization.
In a third policy letter from the same period, with the same title “Attacks on Scientology,” dated February 25, 1966, which was not published in the OEC Volumes, but was required in GO training manuals, Hubbard ordered what actually was to be his cultists’ “response to meeting any and all attacks on Scientology, its organizations and Scientologists.”
NEVER agree to an investigation of Scientology. ONLY agree to an investigation of the attackers.[…]
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.
Don’t ever tamely submit to an investigation of us. Make it rough, rough on attackers all the way.[…] [A]ttackers are simply an anti-Scientology propaganda agency so far as we are concerned. They have proven they want no facts and will only lie no matter what they discover. So BANISH all ideas that any fair hearing is intended and start our attack with their first breath. Never wait. Never talk about us – only them. Use their blood, sex, crime to get headlines. Don’t use us.
I speak from 15 years of experience in this. There has never yet been an attacker who was not reeking with crime. All we had to do was look for it and murder would come out.[…]
Remember – the only reason we are in trouble with the press or governments is that we are not searching out and exposing rotten spots in the society. We must practice on the whole group called society. If we do not it will attack us just as a preclear will attack a Scientologist that won’t audit him. To get wholly over to cause we must select targets, investigate and expose before they attack us.5
In yet another PL from the same period, HCO Policy Letter of 17 February 1966 “Public Investigation Section,” Hubbard wrote:
The purpose of this section is:
“TO HELP LRH INVESTIGATE PUBLIC MATTERS AND INDIVIDUALS WHICH SEEM TO IMPEDE HUMAN LIBERTY SO THAT SUCH MATTERS MAY BE EXPOSED AND TO FURNISH INTELLIGENCE REQUIRED IN GUIDING THE PROGRESS OF SCIENTOLOGY.”[…]
It will be seen that the section has all the useful functions of an intelligence and propaganda agency. It finds the data and sees that it gets action.[…]
As Scientology stands for freedom, those who don’t want freedom tend to attack it. The Section investigates the attacking group’s individual members and sees that the results of the investigation get adequate legal action and publicity.[…]
See that enough of the data is made available to the state or world agencies to obtain convictions.
See that excellent press coverage is given the disclosures over as long a period of time as possible.
See that HCO and Scientology are given full credit for protecting human rights and liberty.[…]
Standard intelligence procedures are used.[…]
The section should note that press and the public are interested in murder, assault, destruction, violence, sex and dishonesty in that order. Investigations which can uncover these factors in the activities of individuals of a group attacking Scientology are valuable in the degree that they contain a number of these factors. The more factors a case contains the more important the case is. The idea is that the press feeds on these factors and we feed them someone else’s.[…]
Associating the attacking group’s activities with reprehensible groups in the past by using familiar descriptive words will be found very effective. For example, if the word “white” has been made hateful to the public by some past criminal group we use “white” in our descriptive terminology concerning the group that is attacking us and whom we are investigating. “Psychiatric blood sports” is an example, blood sports being lately very much derogated.[…]
As one holds up an image of freedom to the public the more suppressive groups and individuals in the society attack it. Hitler, for instance, would have attacked any group just because it was free. In that way we then get rid of suppressive groups by investigation and disclosure.
Section investigators would do well to study the technology on suppressive persons.6
The “Public Investigation Section” policy letter was required training for GO intelligence personnel.7 The PL is still required training for the Miscavige regime’s intelligence personnel, and in fact provides the “post purpose” for the cult’s intel personnel.
“TO HELP LRH INVESTIGATE PUBLIC MATTERS AND INDIVIDUALS WHICH SEEM TO IMPEDE HUMAN LIBERTY SO THAT SUCH MATTERS MAY BE EXPOSED AND TO FURNISH INTELLIGENCE REQUIRED IN GUIDING THE PROGRESS OF SCIENTOLOGY.” – LRH
(HCO PL 17 FEB 1966, PUBLIC INVESTIGATION SECTION)4
In yet another publication from the same period, HCO Executive Letter of 21 February 1966, “The Calculated Risk,” which was also required in GO training, Hubbard wrote:
By working 18 hours a day on research and the rest on administrative matters, by August of 1965 I had the full answers to total freedom.[…] [Scientology’s] ultimate “weapon” was attained before the shades of night hit the planet, before the Big Bomb went and before suppressive groups totally shackled Mankind.
The ultimate weapon is total freedom. A freedom no benighted beast can send to Auschwitz. A freedom no gestapo can curtail. A freedom that is completely unqualified.9
From 1966, without cease, Scientology’s leaders, first Hubbard and then the Miscavige regime, have been beating on their opponents, and on their own people, with this ultimate weapon, total freedom. The cult’s leaders promise unlimited freedom, use “Total Freedom” for their war cry, and have turned their own people into stupid visionaries chanting of endless freedom. Just as Hubbard predicted, Scientology and Scientologists, with their cruel total freedom lie, are well down the road to failure, caught in Hubbard’s “perfect trap,” only becoming slaves.
Hubbard’s total freedom trick is indispensable to the Scientology cult’s “Suppressive Person” doctrine, and its execution or application, which Hubbard dubbed “Fair Game.” Since Scientology promises “total freedom,” and since “total freedom” is the “basic purpose of Scientology,” the doctrine proclaims, people who criticize Scientology’s lies, fraud, abuses and criminality are opposed to freedom. These are the “Suppressive Persons.” They are counter-intention to Scientology’s intention, which is, the Scientologists cry, “Total Freedom,” and, being SPs, have no rights, but are to be “obliterated.”4
The Scientologists declare that SPs can’t stand the idea of anyone being totally free. In truth, it is the enslaved Scientologists who can’t stand the idea of freedom, who can’t even stand people being free of Scientology. The Scientologists declare that even leaving Scientology is a “Suppressive Act,” for which the people leaving will be vilified as opposing freedom and supporting slavery.
The language the cult leaders use to assault their manufactured “enemies,” and their own cult slaves, with their “ultimate weapon” is bellicose and dangerous, extremist black propaganda.
Their actions are destructive and aimed at the enslavement rather than the freedom of man.[…]
Their continual harmful acts to themselves and their continued desire to drag others to the level of beasts and animals devoid of spiritual qualities places them in the psychiatric camp of those who manufacture madness for profit.11
The Scientology cult flogs its “total freedom” trap on the Internet.
Scientology®: The Route to Total Freedom
“As much of Scientology is true for you as you know of it, those who know it only by name react to the hope of it. And as one advances upon the road, one knows more and more of it and is more and more free. Unlike so many promises made to man and which have made him fear disappointment, Scientology delivers. It may be over a rough road. It may be over a smooth one. But Scientology eventually delivers all it says it can.”12
Scientology calls its whole system of “training,” “processing” and the “Suppressive Person” doctrine, the “Bridge to Total Freedom.” The cult screams its war cry “Total Freedom” relentlessly in its advertising and marketing campaigns. And Scientology, of course, calls its black propaganda publication for “investigating” Suppressive Persons, and dishing up lurid, blood, sex and lies about them, ““Freedom.””
Is there is any organization, group or cult on earth preaching, promising and pumping “Total Freedom” more than Scientology? And is there any organization that seeks such total slavery of its own citizens, and even seeks the total slavery of free men in the rest of the world, where any criticism makes a citizen a “criminal” and triggers the “Suppressive Person” doctrine?
The Scientologists justify whatever evil they do to critics of their cult’s antisocial, anti-human rights, and even criminal policies and practices, with Scientology’s inculcated computation that critics – the SPs — are opposed to freedom, and therefore attack because the cult is the “route to total freedom.” Scientologists’ enslavement requires that they automatically and robotically hate and war against those SPs, the good people who dare to and are still free to criticize. It is extremely difficult for Scientologists to break free from their slave state, in no small part because of their knowledge that they will themselves be hated and warred upon if they ever did try to escape their total freedom chains.
On their Route to Total Freedom, Scientologists do as Hubbard, in a saner moment, postulated they would. They have suffered their eventual total entrapment. They become afraid of all things, even their own freedom.
- Professional Auditor’s Bulletin 84, 15 May 1956, “The Reason Why,” by L. Ron Hubbard
This version is printed in Volume 3 of the Technical Bulletins of Dianetics and Scientology, © 1991 ↩
- HCOPL 02-15-1966 Attacks on Scientology ↩
- HCOPL 02-18-1966 Attacks on Scientology ↩
- OSA Int ED 508R Department of Special Affairs Investigations Officer Full Hat ↩
- HCOPL 02-25-1966 Attacks on Scientology ↩
- HCOPL 02-17-1966 Public Investigation Section ↩
- GO 1314 Confidential Intelligence Course. ↩
- OSA Int ED 508R Department of Special Affairs Investigations Officer Full Hat ↩
- HCO Exec Letter 02-21-1966 The Calculated Risk ↩
- OSA Int ED 508R Department of Special Affairs Investigations Officer Full Hat ↩
- OSA Int ED 19 Squirrels ↩
- L. Ron Hubbard from The AUDITOR® magazine Issue 13 ↩
- See also: The TOTAL FREEDOM Gallery ↩