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Suppressive: A New Definition?

July 18, 2009

According to my Ethics Book, Suppressives comprise 2 1/2 percent of the population. That’s why we refer to them, colloquially, as “two-and-a-half percenters.” And we are supposed to be able to recognize them by certain characteristics, certain attributes – 12 in number. Any trained Scientologist should be able to spot an SP.

With that in mind, I was intrigued by this article showing that “49 out of 50 staff members from the last organization that L. Ron Hubbard personally ran himself in St Hill, England (known as ‘Old Saint Hill’) have been declared ‘suppressive persons’ by David Miscavige and kicked out of Scientology forever.”

That’s right, 49 out of 50 staff members of “Old Saint Hill” have been declared Suppressive by current Scientology Management. And that, by my calculation, is 98%. This is the organization, remember, that LRH holds up as the stellar example of what real expansion should be like. This is the standard that all Orgs are supposed to be striving for – to become the “size of Old Saint Hill.”

And as you go down the list, you see some legendary names. Ken Urquhart, who was LRH’s Personal Communicator for 15 years.  John McMaster, the first Clear – a celebrity when I got into Scientology. Reg Sharpe, LRH’s assistant and personal friend for many years. Otto Roos, Leon Steinberg, Tony Dunleavy, Herbie Parkhouse, Marilyn Routsong, the list goes on and on. Old timers remember these names. They are never mentioned anymore. Like the ghostly faces they used to airbrush out of pictures of the Soviet Politbureau, they have become non-persons. All declared Suppressive.

How can this be? Was LRH really surrounded almost exclusively by SPs? That he never spotted – even though he personally wrote the 12 attributes of an SP? Is it possible that a group composed of 98% Suppressives could have achieved such exemplary expansion?

Or is current Management operating on a different definition of SP?

I have a long memory. I remember the days, back in the late 1970s and early 80s, when missions were huge and booming, when legendary mission holders like Martin Samuels, Kingsly Wimbush, Brown McKee, and others were running multiple missions – big places, crowded with people. Where are these guys now? You guessed it – all declared Suppressive by current management.

How is it possible that a group of SPs achieved such phenomenal dissemination and growth? Aren’t they supposed to be fighting all betterment activities?

Or is current Management operating on a different definition of SP?

Fast forward to 2009, and the current crop of “SPs” – former top level executives like Marty Rathbun, Mike Rinder, Amy Scobee, Tom DeVocht. All SPs, we are told. So why were they never spotted during their many, many years of dedicated service? Why were they entrusted to top level positions?

Further, when you look into it, there are many hundreds of former Int Base staff who have been declared Suppressive. In fact, there are more former Int Base staff, now declared Suppressive, than there are current staff at the Int Base.

So is the Int Base a magnet for SPs, out of all proportion to the general public – and despite strict qualifications and detailed screening? How were all of these people somehow missed during all their years of dedicated service at the central headquarters of Scientology?

Or is current Management operating on a different definition of SP?

Yes, maybe in today’s Brave New Scientology there’s a different definition of SP.

Maybe it’s now defined as “anyone who challenges David Miscavige.”

If so, don’t be afraid of being “declared SP.”

You’ll be in good company.

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7 Comments
  1. August 5, 2009 3:21 am

    To a suppressive everyone else is suppressive. The majority of these people and many more, I might add, have been ‘declared’ bu the current incumbent David Miscaviage.

    There is more info at http://the-scientologist.com/ with a good number of articles on the subject.

  2. Rockyslammer permalink
    December 26, 2009 10:55 pm

    “Ken Urquhart, who was LRH’s Personal Communicator for 15 years. John McMaster, the first Clear – a celebrity when I got into Scientology. Reg Sharpe, LRH’s assistant and personal friend for many years. Otto Roos, Leon Steinberg, Tony Dunleavy, Herbie Parkhouse, Marilyn Routsong, the list goes on and on. Old timers remember these names.”

    I’m an old timer and know all these people – except Reg Sharpe. I don’t want to be negative regarding your excellent blog BUT please don’t be disingenuous. Some of these people were declared when LRH was personally in charge and running things.

    There is quite enough to report on regarding DM’s crimes without attributing things to him that happened long before he staged his palace coup.

    • Briana Volta permalink
      September 12, 2010 4:34 am

      Yes, why are those who were declared SP when LRH was running things, and by LRH, presented as having been declared by Miscavige or “Management”?

      And, incidentally, the attack on the Mission holders at the 2nd Mission holders meeting, and the looting of the Missions, was done under LRH’s direction. Martin Samuels and many others knew this 25 years ago. Ten years ago, Jesse Prince wrote an affidavit saying so – so please try to be more accurate.

    • Ackerland permalink
      September 12, 2010 3:48 pm

      Well, you are argumenting against LRH himself now. It is a view incompatible with those that call themselves “Independent Scientologists”. But of course, you are right.

  3. Veritas permalink
    September 12, 2010 4:00 pm

    Excellent blog even if some were declared under LRH. Makes little difference as the point of the reversal of the percentages expressed in Hubbard’s own policy is very clearly evident. Would like to see the list of all 49 names here.

    • Briana Volta permalink
      September 12, 2010 7:59 pm

      I’d like to see a list of everyone declared an SP by Scientology since LRH adopted the fear-inducement practice of SP Declares in 1965. The number, pre-1980, is higher than I’ve seen it represented. The spike in the number in the early 1980s came when LRH was still running things, which he did into 1983, or possibly later. The pattern followed by Miscavige is the one established by LRH. I’m sorry if that’s hard for some to confront.

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