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** REPORTERS: PEEL THE CULT'S ONION **
News about copyrights and the cult may have brought you here. Or, it
could have been the day of world-wide protest. Whatever the reason,
if you are writing, researching or just thinking about a story,
alt.religion.scientology welcomes you! But the cult doesn't. The cult
fears you because they fear you will being the truth about them into
the light of day. Why? What could be so sinister about an obscure
organization currently making noise about copyrights and the Internet?
There is a story here, a big one. It has little to do with copyrights.
It has to do with a cult, an underworld, secret rites, exorcism, con
artists, private detectives, dirty tricks, people in hiding,
hypnosys, LAPD, Interpol, international intrigue. It has villians
who hide behind the law, court celebrities, stalk their enemies,
and snub the U.S. Supreme Court. It has heroes who bravely speak out
even after being bankrupted, slandered, and framed for lurid blood
crimes. It has jesters on one side, buffoons on the other, and shadowy
figures like yours truly who fear retribution and hide behind a cloak
of anonymity. It's enough for a book. A movie. A Pulitzer.
The cult knows you're here. It wants to control the story. Cult members
take courses in this stuff. Some religion, eh? They will tell you
buzzwords like "copyright terrorism". Don't let the cult "handle"
you. Peel a few layers from the onion. Wade through some of the messages,
Web pages, and court documents. You'll be amazed!
Part 1: L Ron Hubbard explains that the only way you can control
people is to lie to them.
Part 2: Official cult training materials on how to lie, to handle
reporters, "suppressive persons" and others.
Part 3: L Ron Hubbard says why he does not want the cult to be
mentioned in the press other than on the religion page.
Don't let the cult "handle" you. Don't take them at face value.
There is no need to trust a message from an anonymous source, either.
Investigate for yourself, and when you feel you've found the
truth, tell others what you've learned.
Seek the truth,
= = = = = = PART 1 = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
ON CONTROL AND LYING
THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN CONTROL PEOPLE IS TO LIE TO THEM. You can
write that down in your book in great big letters. The only way you
can control anybody is to lie to them. When you find an individual
is lying to you, you know that the individual is trying to control
you. One way or another this individual is trying to control
you. That is the mechanism of control. This individual is lying to
you because he is trying to control you - because if they give you
enough misinformation they will pull you down the tone scale so that
they can control you. Conversely, if you see an impulse on the part
of a human being to control you, you know very well that that human
being is lying to you. Not "is going to", but "is" lying to you.
Check these facts, you will find they are always true. That person
who is trying to control you is lying to you. He's got to tell you
lies in order to continue control, because the second you start
telling anybody close to the truth, you start releasing him and
he gets tougher and tougher to control. So, you cant control
somebody without telling them a bunch of lies. You will find that
very often Command has this as its greatest weakness. It will try to
control instead of leading. The next thing you know, it is lying to
the [illegible]. Lie, lie, lie, and it gets worse and worse, and all
of a sudden the thing blows up. Well, religion has done this.
Organised religion tries to control, so therefore must be lying.
After a while it figures out (even itself) that it is lying, and then
it starts down tone scale further and further, and all of a sudden
people get down along this spring-like bottom (heresy) and say,
"Are we going into apathy and die, or are we going to revolt?"
and they revolt, because you can only lie to people so long.
Unfortunately there is always a new cycle of lying.
L. Ron Hubbard
= = = = = = PART 2 = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
INTELLIGENCE SPECIALIST TRAINING ROUTINE - TR L
Purpose: To train the student to give a false statement with good TR-1.
To train the student to outflow false data effectively.
Position: Same as TR-1.
Commands: Part 1 "Tell me a lie". Command given by coach.
Part 2 interview type 2 WC by coach.
Training Stress: In Part 1 coach gives command, student originates a
falsehood. Coach flunks for out TR 1 or TR 0. In Part 2 coach asks
questions of the student on his background or a subject. Student gives
untrue data of a plausible sort that the student backs up with further
explanatory data upon the coach asking further questions. The coach
flunks for out TR 0 and TR 1, and for student fumbling on question
answers. The student should be coached on a gradient until he/she can
Coach: Where do you come from?
Student: I come from the Housewives Committee on Drug Abuse.
Coach: But you said earlier that you were single.
Student: Well, actually I was married but am divorced. I have 2 kids
in the suburbs where I am a housewife, in fact I'm a member of the P.T.A.
Coach: What town is it that you live in?
Student: West Brighton.
Coach: But there is no public school in West Brighton.
Student: I know, I send my children to school in Brighton, and that's
where I'm a P.T.A. member.
Coach: Oh, and who is the Chairman there?
B O A R D T E C H N I C A L B U L L E T I N
OF 10 DECEMBER 1969
REISSUED AS BTB 21 JUNE 1975
HCO Bulletin of 10 DECEMBER 1969
Not for distribution
1. Answering non loaded questions
Purpose: To train a PRO to answer such questions with confidence and
simplicity, as are often asked by reporters. EG., What is Scientology
(R)? What's Clear, OT? How does an E-Meter work?
Method: The PRO and 'reporter' sit across a table facing each other. The
'reporter' asks the questions and the PRO must answer, without a long
communication lag and in a way which readily communicates to the
reporter. The drill is coached as in the TRs.
The drill is passed when the PRO is confident he can answer the basic
questions asked about Scientology.
2. No Answer
Purpose: To train a PRO to give a 'no answer' to questions he has no
wish to answer directly.
Method: To begin with the reporter reading the questions asked LRH by
'The Sun' reporter Victor Chapple - and the PRO reads LRH's answers.
This is just to accustom him to the idea of 'no answer'.
Then using different questions, the PRO gives 'no answers'. The trick is
to appear to answer the question by giving generalized statements in
simple terms so that the reporter doesn't realize his question hasn't
The PRO should be completely causative over the communication and end it
with certainty, so that the reporter gets this and goes on to the next
3. Non sequitur events
Purpose: To enable a PRO to practice getting his "message" across and
tag it on to any current event. Also a preparation for the day when our
PROs will be asked to comment on current events.
Method: One person has a newspaper in front of him and reads out a
headline (and perhaps a line or two of the story if necessary for the
PRO's understanding of it). Ask the PRO what comment he would like to
make on it. The PRO should comment briefly and lead from this into his
The drill is passed when the PRO can tack a message on to virtually any
event, smoothly and with reality.
4. Handling a suppressive T.V. interviewer
Purpose: To train a PRO to get his message across in spite of the
'interviewer', in the few short minutes usually available on television.
This is so that .... million people have no doubts after the programme
what the Scientologist stands for and what he is against.
Method: The PRO and interviewer face each other and the interviewer asks
questions. The PRO attaches his message in varying forms to as many
answers as possible. If the interviewer is SP he must be introverted as
in the hat write up, and then the PRO has his "say". The interview has
been successful when the PRO has got his message across to his
5. Handling an SP
a) By overwhelm
Purpose: To train a PRO to be able to establish Ethics presence over an
SP reporter if the occasion arises, by such things as shouting, banging,
pointing, swearing. To do this completely causatively until the poor
reporter is 'caved in'.
Method: The reporter and PRO sit across a table facing each other and
the reporter asks SP questions. The PRO overwhelms without judgement in
answer to the SP question until he does it with reality, causativeness
and the overwhelm really reaches the reporter. TR 1 is a part of this
drill - there is no point saying the words if they don't reach the other
b) By being knowingly covertly hostile
Purpose: To train the PRO to handle an SP reporter by word alone without
the use of force as in (a). He uses the word as a rapier and plunges it
in at the reporter, so that the reporter introverts and drops the
Method: The PRO and reporter sit across a table and the reporter asks SP
The PRO observes what would be a button in relation to the question asked
and throws this back with good TR 1 so that it reaches home. If the
reporter is introverted the PRO is successful. If the reporter persists
with the same question the PRO should not re-press the same button - it
obviously didn't work. He should drop it and use another one. If the
PRO cannot think of a snide reply the reporter should just say "flunk,
you haven't handled me. Start" - or some such remark - but should not
tell the PRO what to say. When the confusion has come off the PRO will
be able to handle and have a big win.
The drill is completed when the PRO is willing to create a cave in with
an accurate snide remark, question or statement.
c) By stalling for time
Purpose: To train a PRO to maintain his confront and composure when
given some SP sensational news by a reporter, of which he has no prior
Method: The reporter asks the PRO for his comments on an entheta
situation involving a Scientologist.
The PRO maintains his ethics presence and duplicates the reporter's nasty
angle to his satisfaction. He then stalls for time and gets the
reporter to wait a few minutes or hours or so (whatever is necessary)
while he checks his facts.
The drill is passed when the PRO is confident that he could not be taken
off guard by a reporter by being presented by an unknown situation.
d) By handling the reporter in front of you (verbal Karate)
Purpose: To train a PRO to handle the reporter in front of him, with
judgement in present time.
Method: The PRO and the reporter sit across a table facing each other.
The PRO is asked a miscellany of questions. If it is a genuine
question, he can answer it, if possible tacking his message on to the
reply. If the question puts him the least bit at effect, he takes this
flow and turns it towards the reporter with an even greater velocity.
He does this either by a snide remark, question or comment, or by
physical overwhelm, whichever seems the right action to establish ethics
He should never allow himself to be put at effect, and should not
tolerate it even for an instant, but immediately attack back.
The drill is passed when the PRO no longer uses a machine or method to
handle the reporter - but he is totally there, confident and handling.
_Comment_ If your student experiences difficulty on these TRs one of two
things are out: a) Scientology TRs 0 - IV are not flat or b) he slipped
through a previous Reporter TR without a weakness or button on him being
found and flattened.
_History_ These drills have been evolved by PRO WW to train anyone on a
gradient scale to handle any situation a reporter could pose. They are
based on the HCOP/L 3.2.69 Public Image which states "Don't defend Scn,
attack bad conditions and bad hats!"
By Sheila Gaiman
From the hat write up of
PR Chief WW
Reissued as BTB by
Flag Mission 1234 I/C
CPO Andrea Lewis
Copyright (c) 1969, 1975 BOARDS OF DIRECTORS OF THE
by L. Ron Hubbard CHURCHES OF SCIENTOLOGY
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
TR 3 INT
Purpose: To teach a student Int Officer to get the answer to a question
without startling a target. To teach him not to be startled by
suspicion and accusation.
Position: Student & Coach facing each other.
Commands: No fixed commands. Use "Start", "Flunk" and "That's it" as in
Training Stress: There are two parts to the drill.
(a) The Coach assumes an identity such as Director of a Drug Firm, or
Psychiatrist, or PR Man. Coach also picks a question that the student
must get answered such as "What is my address", "What is my brother's
name", "Have I ever had any connection to the FDA". Coach gives the
student a couple of minutes to mock up a suitable cover. Then the drill
begins with the student being the interviewer who must get the question
answered. Flunks are given for being too pushy, failing to let coach
Itsa (a silent int officer invites Itsa), for making the Coach
suspicious. Coach gets gradiently tougher & evasive.
(b) The coach picks an identity. The student picks a question as above.
Flunks are given as in part (a). If the coach guesses which question
the student is trying to get answered (coaches don't go looking for the
question but if it sticks out like a sore thumb then Flunk it). Coach
is more evasive in this one & flunks are given for creating suspicion.
After the student does this well the coach throws in accusative
comments, such as "Who are you working for?", "You're a Scientologist",
"What are you, a detective?". Flunks are given for failing to handle &
for becoming startled.
This drill is passed when the student can do part (b) of this drill
TR 3 INT WITH BULLBAITING
Purpose: To teach a student Int Officer to improvise and maintain cover
when confronted with something unexpected.
Position: Student and coach facing each other.
Commands: No fixed commands. Use "Start", "Flunk" and "That's it" as in
Training stress: Coach picks an identity. The student mocks up a cover
and picks a question he wants answered. The student interviews the
coach and must get his question answered.
The coach throws in startling accusations and suspicions and the student
must handle and maintain his cover. Coach starts off on a gradient
giving the student wins.
Flunks are give for being startled and long comm lags, for failure to
give an answer and smooth over the suspicions of the coach.
This is passed when the student can give plausible answers and improvise
with ease, so his cover remains intact, and can get an answer to his
Set up is done as per TR 3 Int (b). Coach is not tough but does give the
student many facts. Student departs after terminating the interview.
And writes a report on it. Particularly noting whether he got his
question answered. The report should include all facts given, but not
be overly detailed and include a description of the coach. Flunks are
given for false reports, opinions, evaluation, omitted data and any
other outpoint found in the report but not the interview.
DG Info WW
= = = = = = PART 3 = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
We do not want Scientology to be reported in the press anywhere else but
on the religion page of newspapers. It is destructive of word of mouth
to permit the public press to express their biased and badly reported
sensationalism. Therefore we should be very alert to sue for slander at
the slightest chance so as to discourage the public press from
mentioning Scientology - L Ron Hubbard