The latest installment from Terra Cognita
Scientology Hidden Data Line
From the Scientology Tech Dictionary:
“HIDDEN DATA LINE, some students have believed there was a ‘hidden data line’ of tech in Scn, a line on which Scn tech was given out by me but not made known to students. This started me looking for there is no such line. The whole of technology is released in HCO Bulletins and HCO Policy Letters and tapes I do and release. I don’t tell people anything in some private way, not even instructors. The apparency is somebody’s pretense to know from me more than is on the tapes and in the books and mimeos, or, brutally, somebody’s alter-is of materials. This looks like a “hidden data line.” It surely isn’t. (HCO PL 16 Apr 65).
LRH pounded home this point that there was no hidden data line in Scientology. He’d laid everything bare. No policy was covered up. No tech was hidden. Nothing was exclusive to a chosen few. From DMSMH to OT 8, it had been spelled out in plain English for the whole world to see. True, the OT Levels are confidential, but if you’re willing to cough up the bucks, you can check them out.
He reinforced this code with his famous line, “If it isn’t written, it isn’t true.” Not only does this mean that everything he wrote is true, it infers that if he didn’t write it, it doesn’t exist.
On the Other Hand…
Every time LRH sat down in front of a typewriter or opened his mouth at a “congress” he created a hidden data line. Because, rarely if ever, did he disclose how he’d arrived at his theories or come up with his techniques. Never did he present credible research. Since no man was his equal, peer reviews were pointless. Virtually everything he wrote was steeped in hidden data.
In Keeping Scientology Working, for instance, he wrote, “We will not speculate here on why this was so or how I came to rise about the bank.” The last thing he wanted was people speculating; asking questions; delving into his methods or wondering how he figured it all out.
From one side of his mouth he preached there was no hidden data line. From the other, all his theories, all his tech and policy, nearly everything he authored, was arrived at by means he refused to disclose. If there was any actual research backing up his claims, he hid it from his followers. I suspect the majority of his “research and discovery” occurred inside his head late at night—high on dope.
Eyes Tight Shut
LRH made sure his followers didn’t look closely at the science of Scientology by making them wrong for not understanding something. Things that didn’t make sense were the result of misunderstood words, out-gradients, and lack of mass. And of course, overts. Disputing anything he wrote was a crime.
As the commodore, he wasn’t required to present research or disclose avenues of investigation. The only thing Scientologists needed to go free was to simply follow his fully “workable” tech and policy. And not look too deeply at the foundations on which it was built.
Examples—Take Your Pick
Virtually all LRH bulletins, policy letters, and lectures are predicated on hidden data. With rare exception, he left no record of clinical trials or research notes. He would simply state authoritatively that something was true. And that was that.
Need an example of his hidden data? Pick up any HCOB or HCOPL. Look for any mention of references. Look for an appendix. Look for a bibliography. Look for research data and graphs based on actual experiments. Good luck. Everything thing he ever wrote is built on hidden data.
Truth and Robbery
Whether LRH tech and policy is true or false is not the question (at least for this essay). It’s that he concealed the totality of his “research.” And thus, created the biggest hidden data line in all of Scientology.
In doing so, he robbed people of the opportunity to make their own deductions based on a complete history of the facts. Again, if something didn’t make sense, it was never because one was lacking data, it was because he was suffering from “out study tech,” and/or was sitting on undisclosed crimes.
Right Out of Ron’s Playbook
Current leader, David Miscavige has followed LRH step for step.
GAT 1, GAT 2, The Basics, the SRD, Superpower, and the Ideal Org program were all devised by DM and his sycophants. These courses and rundowns all based on LRH tech and policy to one extent or another, but they were never compiled by LRH. Nor is there anything in writing that any of these courses and programs were what he intended—not one shred of evidence. What is clear is that they were all based on a massive hidden data line created by Miscavige.
DM likes to tell people that these “corrected” courses and programs were what LRH really wanted. That they were based on his true intentions. According to DM, squirrel elements within the organization covertly added and deleted text and punctuation marks in all his HCOBs, policy letters, and books, while conveniently loosing whole papers in closets and attics (all when Ron wasn’t looking—presumably). Except there is no evidence that these new courses and programs are what LRH intended. Somehow though, decades after he died, Miscavige was able to unearth a hidden cache of LRH HCOBs and PLs laying out exactly how all his courses should be revised, and the organization should be run.
DM has been running a giant scam on Scientologists ever since he seized the reins.
One of the biggest farces in Scientology is that “there is no hidden data line.” Like with all cults, the entire organization is built on a mountain of hidden data. Keeping the full story from followers is paramount.
Still not Declared,