"I hear a lot of whining and moaning here and there about how bad it is over  here. But I notice it is always from people who are totally incompetent and  who depend for their communication line on their imagination and with as  little recourse to fact as possible."                                         -L. Ron Hubbard, 1955

Character Assassination

In 1964 LRH wrote about an article published by those whose only wish is to destroy:

“This ‘article’ is a rather clumsy effort to discredit the leader of a movement by direct personal attack. This is in actual fact assassination of character. They cannot simply shoot one – for that makes a martyr. So they assassinate one’s character.

“By misquotes and inferences, statements out of context and avoiding all actual values, they seek to kill confidence and therefore the movement. ...

“By seeking to discredit the person at the head of the movement and not the work itself, such an article avoids the delicate fact that the work might be valuable. ...

“In this article, it is of interest to note that the Scientologist is no longer portrayed as a peaceful person. He is characterized as threatening and violent.

“Peaceful movements get very badly mauled as history shows. So it is not bad to be considered dicey to fool with.

“But this invention of the violent Scientologist is a new lie we will see more of, no doubt.”

L. Ron Hubbard

From HCO Information Letter

16 March 1964