Blog: Strategic Activism 2: Applied Asymmetry and the Guardian's Office - 2018-02-11

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F379.png Strategic Activism 2: Applied Asymmetry and the Guardian's Office February 11, 2018, John P. Capitalist, Reasoned.Life

The first post in this series discussed the use of principles adapted from the military doctrine of asymmetric warfare as one possible strategy to combat Scientology. This weekend marks the 10 year anniversary of the start of the Anon's version of asymmetrical warfare against Scientology, both in the virtual and physical spaces, and seems an appropriate place from which to assess Scientology's use of similar asymmetrical or unconventional tactics.

As long-time Scientology watchers know, LRH's many writings are full of contradictions, bloviating half-truths, malapropisms, and as well as questionable sourcing on pretty much every topic he wrote about. Thus, it's important to use his writings, the historical record compiled by church historians, (LRH biographers, critics, etc.), as well as compilations of his many policy letters, "advices," and other specific references, such as the "Data Series" in attempting a more balanced appraisal of church behavior. For example, I've made extensive use of the resources compiled from and church teachings in preparing this essay.

A glaring paradox in the church's ongoing use of intelligence operatives, smear tactics, and other psychological warfare (psyops) tactics lies in their transition from that of an insurgent mindset into one of monolithic ineptitude, grounded in an obsession with retribution, petty vindictiveness, and the capers of PIs and other minions. The early days of GO operations did indeed have an insurgent bent to them, despite the prescriptive processes and LRH's domineering, top-down management style, and obsession with all things covert and clandestine. Mary Sue Hubbard, Jane Kember and other guardians, fancied themselves a combination of George Smiley, Allen Dulles and Lavrenti Beria. so it would seem, in framing the extensive list of operations undertaken by the GO from 1966, to its eventual rebranding into a kinder, gentler Office of Special Affairs, in 1983.