Peter Mansell Deposition; Director of OSA (Office of Special Affairs)

Peter Mansell and Sarah Heller

Peter Mansell Deposition; Director of OSA

Peter Mansell deposition excerpt
Peter Mansell deposition excerpt

OSA Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs

OSA was formed in the mid-1980s from the ashes of the GO (the Guardian’s Office), after its leaders were jailed for infiltrating government offices where they’d altered files that cast Scientology in a bad light. OSA is a department of the Church of Scientology International. Critics say it’s a malignant agency, the Church’s own KGB. OSA handles litigation against the Church, public and media relations, and oversees and publicizes the organization’s “social betterment works.”

It also conducts overt and covert data collection, maintaining files on every Scientologist and, more importantly, on anyone perceived as an enemy. Because the Church is paranoid—much like its founder, L. Ron Hubbard—this latter category is rather broad. Anyone who speaks out against Scientology is considered an opponent, an “SP” or “Suppressive Person” in the organization’s vocabulary. The information in these “enemy” files, according to a policy entitled Re: Intelligence, can be gathered by any means necessary, including infiltration, bribery, robbery, and blackmail.

But OSA does much more than merely collect information on Suppressive Persons. It also targets them with a wide range of tactics. This bag of dirty tricks is facilitated by the “Fair Game” policy. (Hubbard claimed this program was abolished decades ago, but experts say many of its practices remain.) Writing about Fair Game in 1967, Hubbard stated that opponents might be “deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. [They] may be tricked, sued or lied to, or destroyed.” Because Scientologists believe that their Church is an elite entity (peerless among every other earthly organization) and that it’s the best hope for humankind, they are therefore superior to any “wog” (or non-Scientology) law. Lying, stealing, burglary, and other illegal activities, are fully justified in their war for the salvation of humanity.

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