Many have wondered what the scientology obsession with files is all about.
The topic of this posting is ONE type of file kept in scientology organizations — what is known as the “Central File.” There are other types of files, including:
- Preclear Files which contain notes and records of all auditing actions on an individual,
- Ethics Files which contain all reports written on a person and disciplinary actions,
- Personnel Files which contain all the personal information about anyone on staff in an org,
- OSA Files which contain any information about disaffection or criminal activities or material that can be used to “influence” someone including all their connections,
- Accounts Files which contain the records of payments and debits against those payments,
- Student files which contain everything about someone’s study of scientology courses
…and perhaps others I have forgotten.
This is the latest “promotion” about “Mighty” Miami’s files:
Every “ideal org” has MASSIVE backlogged “filing” — especially, but not limited to, their “Central Files.”
And it is always a full-blown panic to get this filing done. You will see above that of the 40 staff in the continental management org for the Eastern US responsible for managing 28 orgs — more than HALF of them have been sent to Miami to work on “Central Files” flat out. What an astonishing revelation this is.
Just what are “Central Files” and why is scientology so fixated on them?
Here is the description right from the Scientology Admin Dictionary:
There are many different things that are supposed to end up in a “Central Files” folder and no organization in the history of scientology has ever been able to maintain this filing system and make it work. It is simply too cumbersome and inefficient. If they allocate enough staff to maintaining the files they cannot possibly make enough money in the organization to survive because there will be too few staff to fundraise or deliver auditing and training. It’s a SYSTEM that has proven to be unworkable since the day it was invented. Yet, it is held in place as if the very future of this planet and every man, woman and child depends upon it.
Well, that is about how they see things. This is the word of God from L. Ron Hubbard himself — in ALL CAPS no less:
As this is one of the most important “stable data” of scientology organizations — even though it has proven to be completely untrue, and it is NOT what determines the income of an organization — David Miscavige has decreed that before he will appear to yank any ribbon on an “ideal” org, it must have all its backlogged filing brought current. Of course, one week after the video teams have departed, the new backlog begins. This also explains why, especially lately, scientology has spent millions to trace addresses of old people in their files and why people who have heard nothing from scientology in decades suddenly have their mailboxes full. Income is dropping. No new people are coming in. So, according to “policy” they believe their best chance is to resurrect the people who are already in their files they have lost track of and see if they can interest them again. It also explains why it is SO hard to get yourself removed from their mailing list.
Many have also wondered why they don’t simply computerize these files? The answer to that is as stupid as you can get. L. Ron Hubbard did not say that the files should be computerized, so they are not. He laid out an entire administrative system in scientology with invoices and debits, accounts statements, written notes from the “C/S”, snail mail letters and more. The whole scientology system would need to be computerized and fundamental policy would need to be modified. And it would COST money when labor is virtually free.
The administrative system developed by Hubbard for scientology is unwieldy and antiquated. Hubbard of course claimed it was the first true system of organization ever developed and it was superior to the “galactic confederation” that had “ruled for millions of years” because he had made “breakthroughs” that nobody had ever conceived of before him (a quality control division…). So far, there isn’t any organization in the world that has stable expanded using his “administrative breakthroughs.” Not a single one. But there are a huge number of failures. Some have tried to claim it works great but people alter it or misapply it and that is the reason it fails. But when nobody has ever made it work, not even L. Ron Hubbard himself, I would say that is an absurd position to take. (And before anyone starts — yes, Hubbard did manage to get scientologists from all over the world to come to St Hill to do the Briefing Course when he was delivering the lectures personally – and as soon as he left, it collapsed. Same with DC and London before it. He then claimed others did it in Boston as “proof”. Boston lasted for a year of heavy stat push, and today you can hardly find any organization at all as they sold the only claim to fame they had – their building).
Just for good measure, here are a couple more pleas for filing help that have come in over the last couple of days: