Although the Church of Scientology will claim they fight for this freedom the facts say otherwise. Scientology is actively against anyone who speaks out against their crimes and abuses calling them Suppressive Persons or SP’s for short and they have a Fair Game Policy which states:
“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.”
L. RON HUBBARD
Although many Scientologist will claim that this policy was cancelled this is sadly not the case as seen here:
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.
There have been many people who went through this abuse from the cult but, the most well know story of Scientology's Fair Game Policy is that of Paulette Cooper who was the sole target of Scientology's Guardian's Office or GO (which was a combination of an intelligence agency, legal office and public relations for Scientology) after she published the first critical book on the subject called The Scandal of Scientology. The Guardian's Office called this Operation Freakout and intended to have Paulette Cooper either put in jail or committed to a mental institution where she would no longer be seen as threat to the sect. However the FBI discovered evidence of the plot and the Church ended paying compensation to Paulette Cooper in an out of court settlement.
"If attacked on some vulnerable point by anyone or anything or any organization, always find or manufacture enough threat against them to cause them to sue for peace."
L. Ron Hubbard
HCOPL 15 August 1960
Dept. of Govt. Affairs
"The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather than to 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 first of the fake bomb threats.|
|The second of the fake bomb threats.|
When Operation Freakout was first constructed it consisted of three different plans. First, a woman was to imitate Paulette Cooper’s voice and make telephone threats to Arab consulates in New York. Second, a threatening letter was to be mailed to an Arab consulate in a way that it would appear that Paulette Cooper had sent it and third, a Scientologist volunteer was to impersonate Paulette Cooper at a laundromat and threaten the current President Gerald Ford and then the Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. A second Scientologist would thereafter inform the FBI of the threat. Then two additional plans were added later Operation Freakout. The fourth plan called for Scientologist agents to gather information from Cooper so that the success of the first three plans could be assessed. The fifth plan was for a Scientologist to warn an Arab consulate by telephone that Paulette Cooper had been talking about bombing it.
Paulette Coopers's story is just one of many however the cult doesn't only go after critics but also ex-members who speak about the abuses of the cult and Scientology is known to spend a lot of money to keep ex-members quiet forcing them to sign a gag order before leaving. This is just one of the basic rights that the Church of Scientology tries to deny to it's critics and ex-members.