HIGH C R I M E S
Suppressive acts are defined as actions or omissions undertaken to
knowingly suppress, reduce or impede Scientology or Scientologists.
These consist of publicly departing Scientology or committing
Such suppressive acts include
Any felony (such as murder, arson, etc.) against person or property.
Sexual or sexually perverted conduct contrary to the well-being or
good state of mind of a Scientologist in good standing or under the
charge of Scientology, such as a student or a preclear.
Blackmail of Scientologists or Scientology organizations threatened
or accomplished-in which case the crime being used for blackmail
purposes becomes fully outside the reach of Ethics and is absolved by
the fact of blackmail unless repeated.
Using the trademarks and service marks of Dianetics and
Scientology without express permission or license from the owner of
the marks or its authorized licensee.
Testifying or giving data against Scientology falsely or in generalities
or without personal knowledge of the matters to which one testifies.
Organizing splinter groups to diverge from Scientology practices still
calling it Scientology or calling it something else.
Organizing a splinter group to use Scientology data or any part of it
to distract people from standard Scientology.
Using Scientology (or perverted and alter-ised tech and calling it
Scientology) harmfully so as to bring about disrepute to an
organization, group or Scientology itself.
Issuing alter-ised Scientology technical data or information or
instructional or admin procedures, calling it Scientology or calling
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it something else to confuse or deceive people as to the true source,
beliefs and practices of Scientology.
Unauthorized use of the materials of Dianetics and Scientology.
Holding, using, copying, printing or publishing confidential
materials of Dianetics and Scientology without express permission
or license from the author of the materials or his authorized
Falsely attributing or falsely representing oneself or others as source
of Scientology or Dianetics technology; or using any position gained
with staff and/or public to falsely attribute nonsource material to
source or to falsely represent nonsource material as authorized
Scientology or Dianetics technology.
Acts calculated to misuse, invalidate or alter-is legally or in any
other way the trademarks and service marks of Dianetics and
Intentional and unauthorized alteration of LRH technology, policy,
issues or checksheets.
Developing and/or using squirrel processes and checksheets.
Knowingly giving testimony which is false, a generality or not based
on personal knowledge to imperil a Scientologist.
Public disavowal of Scientology or Scientologists in good standing
with Scientology organizations.
Public statements against Scientology or Scientologists but not to
Committees of Evidence duly convened.
Proposing, advising or voting for legislation or ordinances, rules or
laws directed toward the suppression of Scientology.
Pronouncing Scientologists guilty of the practice of standard
Testifying hostilely before state or public inquiries into Scientology to
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Reporting or threatening to report Scientology or Scientologists to
authorities in an effort to suppress Scientology or Scientologists
practicing or receiving standard Scientology.
Bringing civil suit against any Scientology organization or Scientodogist,
including the nonpayment of bills or failure to refund, without first
calling the matter to the attention of the International Justice Chief
and receiving a reply.
Demanding the return of any or all donations made for standard
training or processing actually received or received in part and still
available but undelivered only because of departure of the person
demanding (the donations must be refunded but this policy applies).
Writing anti-Scientology letters to the press or giving anti-Scientology
or anti-Scientologist data to the press.
Continued membership in a divergent group.
Continued adherence to a person or group pronounced a suppressive
person or group by HCO.
Failure to handle or disavow and disconnect from a person
demonstrably guilty of suppressive acts.
Being at the hire of anti-Scientology groups or persons.
Calling meetings of staffs or field auditors or the public to deliver
Scientology into the hands of unauthorized persons or persons who
will suppress it or alter it or who have no reputation for following
standard lines and procedures.
Infiltrating a Scientology group or organization or staff to stir up
discontent or protest at the instigation of hostile forces.
Seeking to splinter off an area of Scientology and deny it properly
constituted authority far personal profit, personal power or "to save
organization from the higher officers of Scientology. "
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Engaging in malicious rumormongering to destroy the authority or
repute of higher officers or the leading names of Scientology or to
"safeguard" a position.
Delivering up the person of a Scientologist without justifiable defense
lawful protest to the demands of civil or criminal law.
Receiving money, favors or encouragement to suppress Scientology or
Using an organization position or comm line to build up a private
practice which reroutes organization students, preclears and/or staff
off organization lines.
Severe breach of ecclesiastical and/or fiduciary duty as an executive
or corporate official of any Scientology or Dianetics organization
which has resulted in severe harm, loss or disrepute for Scientology
or the organization.
Using Scientology lines for personal profit in such a way as to cause
disruption in the organization or to block the flow of public up the
Using the mailing lists of Scientology or Dianetics organizations for
personal profit or gain.
Employing organization staff members to the detriment of the
production or the establishment of the organization.
Providing an organization's preclear folders, ethics files, student files,
accounts files, Central Files folders or Central Files lists or partial lists
or Addresso lists or partial lists to any individual, group, organization,
mission or other unit or agency for any reason or purpose, except
those covered explicitly in existing Church policy; or to provide such
files or lists to any individual, group, organization, mission or other
unit or agency which is unauthorized by or in bad standing with the
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Calculated efforts to disrupt Church services or the flow of public up
the Bridge through the Churches.
Refusal to allow staff or public to progress up the Bridge or creating
blocks on the Bridge preventing such progression.
Blatant and willful obstruction of Church operations or interference
with Church contractual and other obligations to the detriment of
Church expansion or activities.
Violation or neglect of any of the ten points of Keeping Scientology
Working, as listed here:
One: Having the correct technology.
Two: Knowing the technology.
Four. Teaching correctly the correct technology.
Five: Applying the technology.
Six: Seeing that the technology is correctly applied.
Seven: Hammering out of existence incorrect technology.
Eight. Knocking out incorrect applications.
Nine: Closing the door on any possibility of incorrect technology.
Ten: Closing the door on incorrect application.
Violations of any of the ten points listed below that are Technical
1. Abbreviating an official course in Dianetics and Scientology
so as to lose the full theory, processes and effectiveness of the subjects.
2. Adding comments to checksheets or instructions labeling any
material "background" or "not used now" or "old" or
action which will result in the student not knowing, using and
applying the data in which he is being trained.
3. Employing any checksheet for any course not authorized
by myself or the Authority, Verification and Correction Unit
International (AVC Int).
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4. Failing to strike from any checksheet remaining in use
meanwhile any such comments as "historical, " "background,"
"not used, " "old, " etc., or verbally stating it to
5. Permitting a preclear to attest to more than one grade at a time
on the preclear's own determinism without hint or evaluation.
6 Running only one process for a lower grade between 0 to IV,
where the grade end phenomena has not been attained.
7. Failing to use all processes for a level where the end
phenomena has not been attained.
8. Boasting as to speed of delivery in a session, such as "I put in
Grade 0 in three minutes. " Etc.
9. Shortening time of application of auditing for financial or
10. Acting in any way calculated to lose the technology of
Dianetics and Scientology to use or impede its use or shorten its
materials or its application.
Musical chairs (transfers of persons around an organization) is the
single most destructive action to an organization's statistics.
A stupid or suppressive person will tear up Division A to get personnel for
Division B. These errors are of long duration, and they do more to destroy
an organization than any other action: (A) Making a hole in one place to
remedy a hole in another, (B) Training a person for tech but not admin
and putting him in admire, (C) Using the Technical Divisions as personnel
pools from which to man other divisions, (D) Rapid shifts of post,
(E) Leaving areas in an organization unmanned. These personnel errors (or
crimes) cause every staff member to suffer in terms of lowered income,
lowered pay, lowered facilities, lowered success.
Noise, session interruption. Loud sudden noises, loud bursts of laughter,
shouting, whistling, noisy conversation in the area of sessions. As such
noises are interruptive of processing, persons making such are to be
reported to Ethics. The following penalties will automatically accrue
without recourse: One report will be a suspension of training for one
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week. Two reports will be declaration of the offender as a suppressive
Comm cycle additives. There are no additives permitted on the auditing
comm cycle. It is a serious matter to get a preclear to clarify his answer.
It is in fact an Ethics matter and if done habitually is a
suppressive act, for it will wipe out all gain.
Withhold of vital information. Obstruction of vital technical or management
information lines in such a way as to deny people technical data,
prevent students and preclears moving up the Bridge, or obstructing the
relay, disclosure or free distribution of vital information so as to
prevent its arriving amongst the public and organizations in terms of
Informing fellow staff members and others that one is leaving staff.
Where a person is secretly planning to leave and making private
preparations to do so without informing the proper terminals in an
organization and does leave (blow) and does not return within a reasonable
length of time, an automatic declare is to be issued. Should any
monies or organizational property be found to be missing in
consequence, action is to be taken on criminal charges.
The following policy violation is the highest crime in Tech or Qual:
Tolerating the absence of or not insisting upon star-rated checkouts
on all processes and their immediate technology and on relevant
policy letters on HGC interns or staff auditors in the Tech Division or
staff auditors or interns in the Qual Division for the levels and
actions they willuse before permitting them to audit organization
preclears, and on Supervisors in Tech and Qual who instruct or
examine or failing to insist upon this policy or preventing this policy
from going into effect or minimizing the checkouts or lists.
Spreading false tales to invalidate Clears or spreading libelous and
slanderous statements about the alleged behavior of Clears.
It is a high crime to cut the basic communication lines of Scientology.
This includes instances where impedance or negligence denies adequate
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supply of technical materials to HGC or Qual auditors and to Dianetics
or Scientology students.
Knowingly falsifying an auditing report in order to make oneself seem
more competent than one is or to hide departures from the
Case Supervisor or to omit vital data necessary to case supervising
resulting in upsets to a case and time spent in investigation by seniors
is actionable by Committee of Evidence, and if the matter is proven
beyond reasonable doubt, a cancellation of all certificates and
awards, a declare and expulsion order are mandatory.
Permitting in a course room any of the six out-ethics activities listed
below is a Committee of Evidence offense, and Supervisors, Directors
of Training, Technical Secretaries, Qualifications Secretaries or Ethics
Officers so found guilty are subject to declare as a suppressive person.
1. Not mustering students in the morning, after lunch and after dinner,
precisely on time, not noting absences and taking action.
2. Permitting students to talk to each other or wander around or take
unscheduled breaks or goof off during course hours.
3. Permitting students to eat or smoke in the course room.
4. Permitting persons to come into the course room and bother students for
5. A Course Supervisor standing around or sitting at his desk not actively
handling students who need help.
6. Not getting students through their course and graduated.
Any Case Supervisor case supervising for a level for which he has not
been trained is subject to the suspension of all certificates and
deprivation of all bonuses as well as refund of all bonuses ever obtained
while case supervising, as a Case Supervisor, levels for which he has not
been trained above or below his class. This does not limit the penalties
which can be applied which can include declare and expulsion.
Any staff member who either verbally or by his actions threatens to
crash or deliberately crashes his stets in order to avoid a legal or
on policy order or ethics action is to be instantly declared.
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It is a high crime for any staff member to knowingly or unknowingly
waste organization book stocks or cause them to be wasted or
It is further a high crime for a staff member, Bookstore Officer or
executive to fail to take the necessary precautions for the protection and
correct use of organization book stocks.
It is a high crime to publicly depart Scientology.
Any repeated or continued violation of the five points of out study
tech listed below, after two Courts of Ethics for violation of these
points, subjects the person to a Committee of Evidence on the charge
of committing an act or omission undertaken to knowingly suppress,
reduce or impede Scientology or Scientologists, and if found guilty
beyond reasonable doubt, the person may be declared suppressive and
expelled with full penalties:
1. A person may be summoned to a Court of Ethics or Executive
Court of Ethics if it be found that he has gone past a word he does
not understand when receiving, hearing or reading an order,
HCOB, policy letter or tape, any and all LRH written or printed
materials including books, PABs, despatches, telexes and mimeo
issues which resulted in a failure to do duties of his post, without
his at once making an effective effort to clear the words on
himself, whether he knew he was missing them or not, as the
source of his inaction or damaging actions.
The charge is neglecting to clarify words not understood.
2. A staff member who does not use study tech or get it known
while studying or instructing may be summoned to a Court of
Ethics or an Executive Court of Ethics.
The charge is failure to employ study tech.
3. A student alter-ising or misadvising others on the use of study
tech may be summoned before a Court of Ethics.
The charge is advocating a misuse or neglect of proper study tech.
4. An auditor failing to clear each and every word of every command or list
used may be summoned before a Court ofEthics.
The charge is out-tech.
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5. Any Public Division person, staff member or Scientologist
found using terms, circumstances or data on raw public in
public lectures or promotion or in public relations (PR) beyond
the public ability to grasp without stressing study tech or at once
taking effective measures to clarify, or releasing materials broadly
to a wrong public may be summoned to a Court of Ethics if any
flap or upset results.
The charge is failure to apply study tech in dissemination.
To alter and pervert tech or procedure to prevent discovery of
withholds is classified as a suppressive act. This enters many areas:
changing or losing issues, issuing issues that contain incorrect and
misleading data, posting known criminals or incompetents to training
posts, verbal tech or any action which would prevent tech from being
known or correctly used.
Where proven beyond reasonable doubt that funds and business
have been diverted from an organization to its detriment, a declare
order on those responsible is mandatory, and possible criminal
prosecution may be undertaken.
Admitting a famous person or notable writer to higher-level
processing who has not fully attained lower-level processing. This
applies in particular to Power, Clearing Courses and OT Courses.
Failure to strenuously act to clean up an "ARC broken field" shall
deemed a high crime for an Executive Council.
It is a high crime to permit suppressive and PTS people in Publications
Organizations or departments or in Department 16C (Division 6A,
advertising as these will starve both the public and the organization.
Any executive issuing an order that certain HCO Pls or HCOBs are
not to be followed, where this is proven beyond reasonable doubt,
shall be considered as having committed a high crime, and this can
carry the assignment of the condition of Treason for both the person
issuing the order and the person who receives and executes it.
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Any auditor seeing a rock slam on a preclear and failing to mark it
down and report it is guilty of a high crime, as this injures society,
the organization and the person himself.
When a preclear has roller-coastered despite a floating needle at
session end and at Examiners and if neither Tech nor Qual makes
any effort to remedy, then the matter becomes a high crime.
If red tags, per the Examiner's 24-hour rule, continue unhandled by
Tech or Qual, the matter becomes a high crime.
It is a high crime for a Case Supervisor not to WRITE in a preclear's
folder what the case supervised instructions are and a high crime for
an auditor to accept verbal C/S instructions.
Word clearing any words on any test at any time is a high crime. It
suppresses tech results and obscures them.
It is a high crime for a person to supervise a course who does not know,
apply and continually use his study tech on every individual student.
It is also a high crime for a Director of Training or a Technical
Secretary or an Establishment Officer to have anyone supervising
without FULL USE OF STUDY TECH.
It is a committee of Evidence offense for a Case Supervisor or auditor
to C/S or accept for processing and process any illegal preclear.
(Ref: HCOB 6 Dec. 76RB, ILLEGAL PCs, ACCEPTANCE OF, HIGH
Feeding the Clear cognition to any individual, evaluating for a
preclear on this subject or coaxing him to any cognition is criminal
and a comm-evable offense. Clears are made through auditing, not by
feeding cognitions to preclears.
Declaring a Dianetic Clear "achieved in other practices. "
Falsely declaring someone Dianetic Clear who isn't and failing to
declare one who made it on Dianetics or the Clearing Course or who
has always been Clear.
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It is a high crime for an executive to penalize auditors, C/Ses, Tech/Qual
or Ethics Officers for following HCOBs or HCO Pls, especially when
it is due to the executive's withholds. (It is also a high crime to falsely
charge an executive with the above.)
Attempting to undermine or advising or encouraging or condoning
the abandonment or reduction of use of the full technology of
locating and handling overts, evil purposes, destructive intentions
and nonsurvival considerations.
Neglecting, advising against the application of, failing to enforce or
tolerating the omission of standard Word Clearing and star-rate
checkouts on all new or newly revised HCO Policy Letters, as well as
the key HCO PLs of the Basic Staff Member Hat and the key policies
of the staff member's specific assigned post, by every staff member. In
the Sea Organization this applies to LRH Central Bureaux Orders and
Flag Orders as well as HCO Policy Letters.
Violation of any of the eleven points listed below which are Admin
1. Abbreviating an official course in standard Scientology
administrative policy so as to lose the full theory, administrative
procedures and effectiveness of the subject.
2. Adding comments to the Organization Executive Course or other
administrative checksheets or instructions, policies or directives
labeling any material "background" or "not used now" or
"it doesn't need to be followed exactly," or any similar action
which will result in the student not knowing, using and applying
the standard administrative data in which he is being trained.
3. Employing any checksheet for any administrative course not
authorized by the Authority, Verification and Correction Unit
International (AVC Int) or, in the case of hat checksheets, duly
authorized per HCO PL 30 Sept. 70, CHECKSHEET FORMAT.
4. Failing to strike from any administrative or hat checksheet any
such comments as "historical, " "background, " "not
used, " "old, "
etc., or VERBALLY STATING IT TO STUDENTS.
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5. Failing to hat and apprentice a staff member on the full policy
and actions of his post.
6. Discouraging or preventing a staff member, administrator or
executive from training on the full Organization Executive
Course and Flag Executive Briefing Course.
7. Failing to insist upon precise and exact application of the Data
Series policy letters in investigations and evaluations.
8. Running any organization on squirrel "policy" or third
dynamic administrative or management procedures that are
contrary to approved policy.
9. Using any squirrel administrative procedure in managing an
organization while falsely labeling it Scientology policy.
10. Using Scientology policy but calling it something else or
attributing it to some other source.
11. Acting in any way calculated to lose standard Scientology
policy to use or impede its use or shorten its materials or its
It is a high crime for anyone who has not fully and successfully
completed the Hubbard Key to Life Course to supervise or otherwise
administer this course to another or others.
Feeding a person the end phenomena of the Hubbard Key to Life
Section 2B Clay Table Process is classified as a suppressive act,
because it will probably harm his progress and hurt his chances.
Penalties for doing so could include expulsion.
Forcing auditing on a pc when he is refusing or protesting it, rather
than finding out why the pc doesn't want the auditing and straight-
ening it out is using auditing suppressively. Any C/S or auditor guilty
of this must be handled with group justice proceedings which would
include a Comm Ev and could include a penalty of being declared
suppressive and expelled from the Church.
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Additionally, a crime, if severe and of magnitude, harmful to many
and committed repeatedly, can be reclassed as a high crime.
Cancellation of certificates, classifications and awards are amongst the
penalties which can be leveled for this type of offense as well as those
recommended by Committees of Evidence.
--L. Ron Hubbard
Introduction to Scientology Ethics
© 1998 L. Ron Hubbard Library