HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex
HCO POLICY LETTER OF 15 AUGUST 1960
DEPARTMENT OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS2
(Cancels any previous directions
to set up a Special Zone Dept)
(This policy letter is mandatory
for all Central Organizations)
There shall be established on a board level and outside the structure of the
Central Org and HCO but under the board of HASI, Ltd., a new department to
be called "The Department of Government Affairs."
More and more, as governments disintegrate under the threat of atomic war
and communism, Central Organizations have had to give high executive time to
governmental affairs, to the great loss of the organizations themselves. The
enturbulence entered into Scientology activities by legal matters, tax matters and
matters of assisting governments to maintain stability has sapped our time and
fixed our attention, to our own loss.
Now, to remedy this situation, I wish to contain and cordon, in a military
sense, this incursion and to prohibit utterly and completely such entrance (of
these matters or our own projects for governments or with governments) into
Central Org or HCO comm lines. In other words, Central Orgs and HCOs are
run by, for and as Scientology service and activity units and the special Department
of Government Affairs shall handle other matters and specifically deny
such non-Scientology matters entrance into organizational comm lines.
The Department of Government Affairs shall be headed and directed with a
minimum of personnel and shall not be able to call upon the personnel of the
Central Org or HCO for further assistance than the relay of communications.
The Director of Government Affairs shall be a fully qualified person of good
judgment subject to control of the board of directors, and shall be subject to the
advices and directions of the board and the HCO and Assoc Secretary. Only
Washington and South Africa are excluded from supervision of the dept by the
Assoc Sec, Org Sec and HCO Sec. In all other offices, the Director of Government
Affairs shall be subordinate to the Assoc Sec and HCO Sec.
Under this department comes the corporation's solicitors, attorneys, chartered
accountants and any attorney or accountant hired directly by the corporation
for outside legal or tax or filing purposes.
The allotment and issue of shares comes under this department, but the
actual invoicing and banking shall be done as always by the Dept of Accounts or,
for HCO, by the HCO Secretary.
All contracts, filings with the government; all tax reports and their preparation,
corporation minutes, annual meetings, legal papers, suits against and by the
corporation, whether HASI, Ltd., or HCO, Ltd.; all legal investigatory work and
detectives; all contacts with government agents, bureaus and departments; all
assistance to governments, messages to governments, handling answers from
governments or courts shall be cared for by the department, whether to advance
or protect Scientology or its corporations by government or legal channels.
All legal documents and the Valuable Document files for HCO and HASI
shall be kept by the department in a proper safe in accordance with previous
rules written for the keeping and handling of valuable documents.
All share sales reports and all legal, governmental and corporation reports
to be made to the boards shall be made to it by this department.
No shares may be advertised or issued save with the approval of this department.
No contracts, purchases or mortgages may be undertaken without the approval
of this department and then only by the action of this department.
It is clearly understood that this department shall not undertake financial
management for the Central Org or HCO nor may it direct the Central Org or
HCO on purely Scientology affairs or Scientology dissemination except where
these may impinge directly upon the government, and even then this department
is enjoined from forcing government laws or rulings upon the Central Org or
HCO by threat of danger or ominous advices, nor may the department employ
either solicitors nor accountants who specialize in ominous advices to the orgs,
since the orgs could be discouraged or impeded by such.
The object of the department is to broaden the impact of Scientology upon
governments and other organizations and is to conduct itself so as to make the
name and repute of Scientology better and more forceful. Therefore, defensive
tactics are frowned upon in the department. We are not trying to make the
Central Orgs and HCOs "be good." We are trying to make their reach more
secure and effective. Only attacks resolve threats.
In the face of danger from governments or courts, there are only two errors
one can make: (a) do nothing and (b) defend. The right things to do with any
threat are to (1) find out if we want to play the offered game or not (2) if not, to
derail the offered game with a feint or attack upon the most vulnerable point
which can be disclosed in the enemy ranks (3) make enough threat or clamor to
cause the enemy to quail (4) don't try to get any money out of it (5) make every
attack by us also sell Scientology and (6) win. If attacked on some vulnerable
point by anyone or anything or any organization, always find or manufacture
enough threat against them to cause them to sue for peace. Peace is bought with
an exchange of advantage, so make the advantage and then settle. Don't ever
defend. Always attack. Don't ever do nothing. Unexpected attacks in the rear of
the enemy's front ranks work best.
Never put the organization on "wait" because of courts or other matters. It's
up to the department to make the actions of HCO Secs and Org Secs right, not
enjoin right actions on the HCO and Org Secs.
To win we must have treasure and verve. If a Central Org and HCO function
perfectly as service units, then treasure and consequent security for the further
advance are to hand. If the department operates with verve and elan, even with
rashness, it will afford a screen behind which organizations can work.
Example: British Medical Association attacks Scientology in Australia via
the government. Answer: throw heavy communication against the weakest point
of the BMA—its individual doctors. Rock them with petitions to have medical
laws modified which they are to sign. Couple the BMA attack with any group
hated by the government. Attack personally by threats or suits any person signing
anything for the BMA. Slam the matter into politics; advance a bill into parliament
that strips the BMA of all legal rights by opening healing to all. Make the
attack by the BMA look ridiculous. Attack medical practices. Investigate horrible
practices loudly. (Always
investigate loudly, never quietly.) Make the distinct
public and governmental impression and BMA impression that they've run into a
barrage of arrows or electronic cannon and that continued attack by them will
cause their own disintegration. As all this is being done on a thought or idea
level, the restimulation of their engrams results in the total impression that they
are surrounded by their own dead, and the battery may fire again at any minute.
And if one makes in writing not one slanderous or libelous statement, there is no
defense by them. This example is patterned on what just happened and what we
did in Australia where we are winning strongly.
The personnel of the department should be freed of past track legal and
governmental overts by the HGC using evening auditing. This is a must or the
department will otherwise attract attacks. Further, the higher the department
personnel is raised on "control" through running Help, the less action will have
to be undertaken by it and the more it will actually accomplish without violent
The goal of the department is to bring the government and hostile philosophies
or societies into a state of complete compliance with the goals of Scientology.
This is done by high-level ability to control and in its absence by low-level
ability to overwhelm. Introvert such agencies. Control such agencies. Scientology
is the only game on Earth where everybody wins. There is no overt in bringing
The offices of the department, so far as is possible, should be so situated as
to bring no government traffic into the main avenues, comm lines or halls of the
Central Organization or HCO or so as to divert it to the maximum extent from
said avenues, comm lines and halls.3
In the United States and South Africa the head of the Department of Government
Affairs shall be also Trustee or Area Director of the Central Organization
while the Org Sec and Assoc Sec shall not be, but will be officers of the
This policy letter is prompted by the following facts:
1. My own traffic on government legal affairs is far too heavy and I need
help of magnitude on a continental level.
2. HCO Secs and Assoc Secs are having difficulty holding down their orgs
and the field because of the time demanded by government affairs.
3. The activity will get heavier rather than lighter.
a. The deterioration of government order is accelerating with consequent
confusion in all related affairs;
b. Increasing amounts of order must be maintained by us at a governmental
level against the possibility of finding our areas without
4. We are about to file HASI, Ltd. and HCO, Ltd. in all areas with the
attendant heavy legal and governmental action necessary.
5. We are about to arrange for the release of and the issue of over half a
million pounds of shares to the public, thus making heavy demands on
legal and government lines.
6. We are about to finance and erect various media of communications
such as radio stations, on the various continents, and this will require
enormous amounts of liaison and action in such a department.
7. We are about to finance and find new quarters in the United States and
such activity comes under the new department.
8. Due to new clearing techniques, our sphere of control is widening. This is
purely a case phenomenon, but will be felt heavily by orgs in the future. It
is necessary to provide comm lines for this widening of influence.
—L. Ron Hubbard
HCOPL 15 August 1960 Department of Government Affairs
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