Next world protest of Scientology: May 10. GAME OVER?

The latest on the next worldwide Scientology protest: Date, Focus, Name

Anonymous protesters are currently discussing the next international day of protest against the Cult of Scientology at Enturbulation.Org. Thus far, two thing appear to have been settled unequivocally. Firstly, the date is Saturday May 10, the anniversary of the publication of L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health (a little over-ambitious a title…). Secondly, the focus will be on Scientology’s Fair Game policy. There was also consideration putting the cult’s mental health quackery and maligning of psychiatry and clinical psychology in the spotlight, given the aniversary of Dianetics. However, Fair Game appears to have been selected as it is more central to the protest as a whole, epitomizes what critics are talking about when they say that Scientology is not only weird and litigious but flat out evil and dangerous, and it compromises a far more comprehensive set of infractions on human rights.

What is Fair Game?

Fair Game is a policy penned by L. Ron Hubbard which specifies how the cult is to deal with those who the cult administration has labeled a “Suppressive Person” (SP; i.e., one deemed to be an enemy of the cult). It reads as follows:

“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.”

-Source: ExScientologyKids.Org

This policy has been enacted many times. In Operation Freakout, Scientologists attempted to frame author critical of Scientology, Paulette Cooper, of 2 bomb threats (max imprisonment: 15 years) and also tried to have her committed to a mental institution. Scientologists also tried to have former number 2 of Scientology turned critic Jesse Prince arrested for marijuana possession by having one of their members be-friend Prince, provide him with marijuana, and then call the police on him.

From Wikipedia:

In recent years, a number of ex-Scientologists who formerly held senior management positions in the Church have alleged that while working for the Church they saw “Fair Game” tactics continuing to be used. In 1994, Vicki Aznaran, who had been the Chairman of the Board of the Religious Technology Center (the Church’s central management body), claimed in an affidavit that

Because of my position and the reports which regularly crossed my desk, I know that during my entire presidency of RTC “fair game” actions against enemies were daily routine. Apart from the legal tactics described below, the “fair game” activities included break-ins, libel, upsetting the companies of the enemy, espionage, harassment, misuse of confidential communications in the folders of community members and so forth.[17]

The BBC Panorama investigation into Scientology indicated that similar practices continued into 2007:

On May 12, 2007 Journalist John Sweeney of BBC News made comments highly critical of Scientology and its teachings, and further reported that since beginning an extensive investigation he had been harassed, surveilled, and investigated by strangers. Sweeney wrote, “I have been shouted at, spied on, had my hotel invaded at midnight, denounced as a “bigot” by star Scientologists, brain-washed … and chased round the streets of Los Angeles by sinister strangers. Back in Britain strangers have called on my neighbours, my mother-in-law’s house and someone spied on my wedding and fled the moment he was challenged.” In another passage, “He (Scientology representative Tom Davis) harangued me for talking to … heretics. I told him that Scientology had been spying on the BBC and that was creepy.” And in another passage, “In LA, the moment our hire car left the airport we realised we were being followed by two cars. In our hotel a weird stranger spent every breakfast listening to us.”

The Name of the Protest

While as of this writing it seems that the name has not been officially decided upon, the leading contender is Operation: Game Over. Operation: Game Over is enjoying a very large lead over its main competitors Operation: Fail Game, Operation: Speak Out, and Operation: Unfair Game, though thus far only 175 votes have been recorded. In my opinion, Operation: Game Over is far and away the best option presented thus far.

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