It’s Saturday. Yay for Terra Cognita!
The Scientology Committee of Evidence
The Committee of Evidence—Comm Ev for short—is one of the chief instruments the Church of Scientology uses to administer justice. Over the years, this court-martial-like hearing has changed from a method of gathering facts and evidence to something more sinister. Nine times out of time, the outcome is a foregone conclusion, played out for show rather than in the interest of fairness and justice.
For many church members, there is little more frightening than being called before a Committee of Evidence. As every Scientologist knows, the Comm Ev is the first step toward being declared a Suppressive Person. And being disconnected from all of one’s family and friends.
I attended the first Comm Ev called on me. I blew off the second, choosing not to participate in the farcical dog and pony show they’d become (if they’d ever been anything else).
I’m a Cockroach? Nooo!
Imagine being called on the phone one day and told to show up at superior court next Tuesday at 10 A. M. You were being tried. No explanation of why. No mention of evidence, suggestion of proof, or eyewitnesses. Nothing in writing. Just a phone call to show up. “Everything will become clear,” you’re told. “Just show up.”
That in a nutshell is the Scientology justice system. Pretty Kafka-like, eh?
The Bill of Particulars
Per HCOPL 7 September 1963, Committees of Evidence, Scientology Jurisprudence, Administration of, a committee of evidence is “A fact-finding body composed of impartial persons properly convened by a convening authority which hears evidence from persons it calls before it, arrives at a finding and makes a full report and recommendation to its convening authority for his or her action.”
The Bill of Particulars shall list “(1) the chairman, secretary and members of the committee, (2) the interested party or parties, (3) the matter to be heard and a summary of data to hand.”
Every interested party must be given a copy of the Bill of Particulars. Per LRH, “a copy of it is furnished to each person whose name appears in it…” Not only is this policy fair and just, it’s commonsensical. Outside the church, each side in a lawsuit or trial must be given copies of all subpoenas, evidence, and motions—pretty much anything related to the case. Not so in Scientology anymore.
The church no longer issues Bill of Particulars to its participants. How do I know this? I argued for three months for a copy of the Bill to my second Comm Ev. All to no avail. I was told that providing me with a copy was “out security.” When I presented them with the above referenced HCOPL stating that copies must be provided to all interested parties, I was told there was other policy that superseded this one. Of course, they couldn’t show me this policy. Revealing such policy was “confidential” and “out security.”
When I asked why the Comm Ev had been convened, I was told to just show up and it would all become clear.
Most “evidence” in Scientology is written up in the form Knowledge Reports. Just like with the Bill of Particulars, copies of all KRs are supposed to be provided to every person for whom it was written. Providing everyone with a copy is not only LRH policy, it’s the right thing to do. Once again, this is no longer the case in Scientology. How do I know this?
During the same time I argued for a copy of the Bill of Particulars for my Comm Ev, I asked for copies of all the KRs on which it was based. Since I’d committed no crimes, I didn’t know exactly why the committee had been convened. Not surprisingly, I was told that providing me with copies was “out security.” I asked how mailing hundreds of boxes of PC folders around the world every week was not “out security,” while mailing me a half dozen sheets of paper was. “It just is,” was the answer. I asked them to e-mail everything. They refused. When I said I would come in and personally pick up all the copies of the KRs, I was reminded again of the “security” issue and told that everything would be revealed at the Comm Ev.
When I quoted the LRH policy stating that it was required that I receive copies of all my KRs, I was told that there was other policy that superseded the one I’d referenced. When I asked for the newer PL, I was told to just show up at the Comm Ev.
Perhaps the most biased people in Scientology are committee of evidence members and their convening authorities. Two types of staff seem to serve on these committees: a) young, sycophant-type members under the control of domineering seniors, and b) longtime, hardcore staff with Kool Aid leaking out of their every pore.
Comm Evs are rarely, if ever, called to gather evidence. Almost never will the committee investigate or follow up on claims by witnesses or interested parties. Internal reports from senior staff and the Department of Ethics are always considered honest, accurate, and the last word. All other reports are considered suspect. The most outrageous lies are regularly accepted as truth by committee members.
There is no impartiality in a Scientology justice action.
Common sense dictates that interested parties be allowed to call witnesses to a Comm Ev in his or her defense. What could be more American, right? Cults play by their own rules. So much for the 5th and 6th amendments.
I asked that I be showed the Bill of Particulars and copies of the KRs on which the Comm Ev was based so I would know whom, if anyone, to ask to attend as a witness. Again, I was told this wasn’t necessary. Just show up. Big surprise.
Trying to defend oneself at a Comm Ev is not only an exercise in futility, speaking out is a sure way to increase the penalties one is assured of receiving after being found guilty. And one will be found guilty. Everyone called before a Scientology Comm Ev is guilty. Why else would one have been convened?
Staff members are especially susceptible to this misuse of authority. Smart ones learn early-on to accept whatever’s presented and take their lumps. As the Borg in Star Trek were so fond of saying, “Resistance is futile.”
In all my years associated with the church, I can’t remember anyone ever being found innocent and absolved by a Committee of Evidence. Which isn’t to say this unlikely scenario hasn’t happened. I’ve just never heard of it.
The Scientology Committee of Evidence is a sham, staged only to control church members and make them believe a semblance of justice still exists within their church.
Still not Declared,