Director of Special Affairs Scott Gordon


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interesting question.

i think he probably believed that he was as smart or smarter than any Ph.D., had things figured out better than just about any Ph.D., and deserved a doctorate -- and maybe even had been granted them, in past lives.

and he probably thought that adding apparent credentials, would give his claims more credibility. i've noticed that it's almost stock in trade for people peddling conspiracy theories, to overstate or fabricate their credentials and background, as part of their attempt to try to get others to buy into things they really believe -- and it does tends to work with the sort of people who buy into such theories, though probably not with the FBI.

his faking his credentials is not only not mutually exclusive with making claims of persecution that he may have believed, it's actually consistent with certain pathological behavior, even if it may seem counter-intuitive to normal people -- and in fact that's one of the ways cons succeed, by doing things that exploit people's typical ways of trying to make sense of things.

does that satisfy your line of questioning?
Thanks for the informative and thoughtful response. It's quite satisfactory.

Hubbard had his own philosophy of lying. It's built into Scientology but, of course, it's layered and compartmentalized. It flows down.

Subordinates are expected to be truthful to their superiors - indeed, to exalt in that truthfulness (which often resembles self abasement, after having been Security Checked, or writing up long lists of "overts," etc.), by describing themselves, after they've humbled themselves to the cult, as having "floating TAs" ("floating Tone Arms" is an e-meter manifestation) which signals that a person is feeling very very good. Such an abased cult minion might enthusiastically describe himself as a "shiny product," etc.

Having no "withholds" whatsoever from the secretive hierarchical cult is regarded as extremely desirable, as it enables a person to have maximum "gains" on the "Bridge to Total Freedom." etc.

(As he often did in various indirect and disguised ways, Hubbard would tell Scientologists what he was doing to them before - or while - he did it to them.

This is an old con man trick, and was first noticed, and noted, by Volney Mathison in 1954. It results in the person letting his guard down.

Very briefly, in 1958, Hubbard wrote that being able to withhold was a positive ability, and not being able to withhold reduced a person's intelligence. Soon after, he initiated a campaign of enforced confession, using the euphemism "clean hands" - which became a major and permanent part of Scientology Inc.

At the same time, those high in the hierarchy, can lie as they wish to those below them, and withhold to their heart's content to their subordinates.

And even a low level beginner Scientologist will likely soon learn that it's OK to lie to "wogs" (who are below him) as long as one is not "found out."

An example of this sort of thing would be Scientology Inc. entering Clearwater, during 1975, and buying property with cash, while using the disguise of being (a harmless Christian) "United Churches." The idea was to use deception (lies) on the "wogs" so as to enter, and secure a base, in Clearwater, then, after the lies had been (eventually) exposed (by the inevitable "SPs"), to, from a position of strength, use a combination of blackmail, bribery, and public relations, and "ARC" (schmoozing) to smooth over the dishonest entry, and make the "wogs" forget or not care.

This is all part of the collection of explanation and instruction from Hubbard which Scientologists call "the tech."

Hubbard explained during late 1952, that it was trap not being able to prevaricate. During 1955, he explained that lying was simply an invention to which society (being backward) gives a bad connotation, and that when an invention, called by society a lie, has enough agreement, it becomes a truth.

He had also stated that the entirety of existence is merely a consideration, an illusion: "The highest truth to which a being can attain is the creation of his own illusions."

Hubbard didn't tell rank and file Scientologists about the "flowing down" part, of course, that he himself used on them. That would have been too much information.

While there is a madness to Scientology, there's also a method.