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Illegal imprisonment (false imprisonment)

Two Scientology programs call for false imprisonment - the Introspection Rundown, applied to Scientologists deemed to have had a psychotic break, and the RPF, Scientology's labor camps.

The Introspection Rundown

HCO Bulletin of 20 February 1974

The Introspection Rundown


"The C/S's action is a direct comm[unication] line to the person by notes. The person is provided with paper and pen to reply. The C/S must determine the person's responsibility level. Example: 'Dear Joe. What can you guarantee me if you are let out of isolation?' If the person's reply shows continued irresponsibility toward other dynamics or fixation on one dynamic to the exclusion of others damaged the C/S must inform the person of his continued isolation and why. Example: 'Dear Joe. I'm sorry but no go on coming out of isolation yet. Your actions threatened the survival of hundreds of people indirectly and 6 families directly by burning down their houses. You are unaware of the effects this could have had and still only concerned about your own welfare. You must hate the human race quite a bit."

This Scientology auditing bulletin directs that a Scientologist who has suffered a psychotic break must be kept in isolation. Note that the Case Supervisor (C/S) is directed to "determine the person's responsibility level" and has control over whether the person is permitted to go free ("I'm sorry but no go on coming out of isolation yet.")

Elsewhere in this document, Hubbard says that "THIS MEANS THE LAST REASON TO HAVE PSYCHIATRY AROUND IS GONE." In addition to directing Scientologists to illegally imprison others, this practice involves the illegal practice of medicine - allowing unauthorized, unlicensed individuals to evaluate another's mental health and treat mental illness.

For more on the Introspection Rundown, see DejaNews for analyses by Dave Bird, Rob Clark , and others.

The RPF (Rehabilitation Projects Force)

In the "Penalties for Lower Conditions", Hubbard ordered that staff in a certain "ethics condition" should be subjected to "day and night confinement to org premises."

- HCO Policy Letter of 18 October 1967

This was reiterated in a subsequent "Policy Letter", HCO Policy Letter of 21 July 1968.

- from Jon Atack's statement about Scientology

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