Another provocative essay from our old friend Terra Cognita.
Scientology and Suppressive Persons: Types A & B
LRH said Suppressive Persons—SPs for short—were turned suppressive by getting profoundly crushed by another somewhere in the distant past—like way distant. Apparently, they’ve been stuck in this incident and fighting this battle ever since—sometimes for quadrillions of years. Everyone they see in present time is an enemy from this traumatic event.
LRH wrote, “The technical fact is that they have a huge problem, long gone and no longer known even to themselves, which they use hidden or forthright vicious acts continually to ‘handle.’ They do not act to solve the environment they are in. They are solving an environment, yesterday’s, in which they are stuck.”
How Can I Tell if Darth Vader is Really Bad?
The following is a list of the characteristics of an SP from HCOPL, 7 Aug 65, Suppressive Persons, Main Characteristics.
- The negation of policy without knowing it and the use of “policy” to prevent success in Scientology is the primary tool of the SP against orgs.
- SPs find fault with dissemination and find fault with any being done.
- A suppressive will try to get rid of an org.
- An SP will seek to upset and get rid of the best staff members
- Entheta is the sole stock in trade of the SP.
- An SP is satisfied with auditing only when he gets worse.
- SPs are happy when their pcs get worse and sad when their pcs get better.
- An SP in an examiner post will only declare released the bad result cases and will not pass actual releases but will ARC break them.
- Cover invalidation is the level of an SP’s social intercourse.
- An SP deals only in restimulation, never easing or erasing.
- The persons around an SP get so restimulated they can’t detect the real SP.
- The SP is sure everyone is against him personally and if other became more powerful they would dispose of him.
- An SP commits hidden overts continuously.
- Back of crime you will find SP characteristics.
- Because an SP uses generalities in his speech “everybody,” “they,” etc., the SP is hard to detect.
- Releasing an SP does not make a worthwhile person. It only makes a person who can now learn to get along in life. “A cleared cannibal is a cleared cannibal.”
And here is an abbreviated list of the attributes of the antisocial personality—which is pretty much the same as an SP—from HCOB, 27 Sept 66, The Antisocial Personality, The Anti-Scientologist.
- He or she speaks only in broad generalities.
- Such a person deals mainly in bad news, critical or hostile remarks, invalidation, and general suppression.
- Alters to worsen communication.
- Does not respond to therapy.
- Surrounding such a person we find cowed or ill associates and friends.
- Habitually selects the wrong target.
- Cannot finish a cycle of action.
- Many will freely confess to the most alarming crimes, but have no sense of responsibility for them.
- Supports only destructive groups.
- Approves only of destructive actions.
- Helping other drives the antisocial personality nearly berserk.
- Bad sense of property. Nothing is really owned.
It’s interesting to note that David Miscavige exhibits many of the above characteristics and yet remains the leader of the church. Kind of makes one wonder how well LRH’s tech works if his followers aren’t able to identify such a blatant example of a suppressive behavior. Tech or no tech, so many are so blind.
Note to readers: By reading this you are committing a Scientology High Crime and risk being declared a suppressive person. I’m an “SP” for writing this. Mike’s an “SP” for hosting this blog. And… Oh heck, most of you have already been declared anyway.
But Wait, There’s More!
Somewhere along the line, LRH decided that anyone who’d committed a “crime” against the church could be declared a suppressive person, as well. In other words, it wasn’t necessary for a person to have been squashed on the past track and exhibit the above characteristics to be labeled suppressive. One need only have committed any one of a list of crimes to be declared an SP.
In HCOPL, 23 Dec 65RB, Suppressive Acts, Suppression of Scientology and Scientologists, LRH wrote that, “A SUPPRESSIVE PERSON or GROUP is one that actively seeks to suppress or damage Scientology or a Scientologist by suppressive acts. SUPPRESSIVE ACTS are acts calculated to impede or destroy Scientology or a Scientologist and which are listed at length in this policy letter.”
He wasn’t kidding when he said “at length.” He went on to list over one hundred such harmful acts, everything from murder, blackmail, and sexually perverted conduct to “violation or neglect of the ten points of Keeping Scientology Working…” Not only could one be declared an SP for speaking out against David Miscavige, one could be declared for not “Having the correct technology,” (one of the sacred points of KSW).
As you can see, Scientology has two classes of SPs: A) those who got severely pummeled a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away and who have been fighting imaginary enemies ever since, and B) those who didn’t get squashed and are operating in present time, but who had the audacity to question Scientology, LRH, his tech or policy, or David Miscavige.
At some point in Scientology history, LRH seemed to have lumped these two classes of SPs together. I don’t know when exactly. Probably sometime in 1965.
I’m not sure if this is relevant but in HCOPL, 29 Apr 65, Ethics, Review, in the section entitled Levels of Ethics Actions, being declared an SP is not one of the thirty-six levels of discipline.
Are SPs Really Real?
Does this first type of SP actually exit? Is this a real thing? Are there thetans that were overcome so brutally that forever after, they’ve been fighting long dead enemies? Did Hitler and your wicked stepmother become SPs by something that happened on Dagobah a trillion years ago? Or was their evil the result of an unfortunate upbringing coupled with a chemical imbalance between their ears?
There is no disputing that truly evil people exist in this world. Villains are real. Not only do we find these bad apples rolling along our local lanes, we find them running whole frikken countries. From the penniless to the fabulously wealthy, from the weak to the mighty, they’re all over the place.
This second type of SP is a whole other fish. Simply disagreeing with tech or policy doesn’t warrant being labeled an SP. Neither does speaking out against abuses. People who leave the church are not automatically suppressive. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people who get declared fall into this second category.
People inside Scientology know this, too. They would have to be brain-dead not to have noticed.
According to LRH, SPs make up 2 ½ percent of the population. Which at first glance, seems like a reasonable number. Let’s do the math. (Population times 2.5% equals Number of SPs.)
Population of metro LA: 13 million. Number of SPs: 325,000!
Population of England: 53 million. Number of SPs: 1,325000!!
Population of America: 319 million. Number of SPs: 7,975,000!!!
Population of Europe: 743 million. Number of SPs: 18,575,000!!!!
Population of the world: 7.4 billion. Number of SPs: 185,000,000!!!!!
It would take six Dodger Stadiums to hold all the SPs in Los Angeles. It would take fifteen Wembley Stadiums to hold all the suppressives in England.
There are more SPs in the United States than the combined populations of Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Delaware, Rhode Island, Montana, and the District of Columbia.
How many people has the church erroneously labeled suppressive persons? I read that the majority of staff at Old Saint Hill were declared and offloaded some years ago. Many high ranking management at Flag, Pac Base, and Int Base have been similarly declared. I don’t know the exact count but would guess the number is pretty high.
In the good old days, declare issues were written up on goldenrod-colored paper and broadly distributed so everyone knew who to shun. Now, the numbers are so great, and the reality of who they’re declaring so transparently false, the PR would be horrendous if the church actually published the names. It’s so bad, they don’t even inform the person who’s been declared. It’s HCO’s little secret. (Or would that be OSA’s little secret?)
Type A or Type B?
Isn’t it kind of insulting to the SP not to be told which type he is? Shouldn’t there be separate Type A and Type B declares? Like wouldn’t they want to know? If they don’t know which type they are, how are they supposed to get better? (Or suppress their friends using the exact tech combined with the precise amount of force.)
Life would be safer for the public, too. If you and an SP got together over lattes at Starbucks, you’d be more mindful of whom you were dealing.
If you knew the guy was a Type A, you could pretend to be a messenger from that incident in which he was destroyed and tell him the battle was over. The bad guys had finally surrendered. We won! Everybody could go home now. Imagine the relief after seventy-six billion years of fighting. Imagine the size of his floating needle back at the org later that afternoon.
Declaring people suppressive is a control mechanism. By getting rid of any who would question the tech, policy, or leadership, the church is better able to rule the rest of the dwindling flock. Better to cut all communication and declare these rabble-rousers than allow them to stick around and spread slander and dissent—especially to family members.
Ironically, declaring people suppressive is most often a suppressive act in itself.
Still not Declared,