Hubbard directed that his personal correspondence with Scientologists be handled according to his "Standing Order Number 1, (SO 1) as given in the following LRH ED.
Sounds nice, accommodating, friendly, even loving, doesn't it? Something that "mankind's greatest friend" would write.LRH ED 233 Int wrote:LRH ED 223 INT 19 February 1974
To: MY FRIENDS
Subject: LETTERS TO RON
You will be very glad to hear that the lines which bring me letters are under heavy re-organization.
The volume, which has been very great all these years, is on a sweeping upswing and has now totally exceeded all facilities to handle it.
Therefore every effort is being made to:
(1) Increase the facilities to handle these lines,
(2) Get your letter to me rapidly and
(3) Get the answer going back to you within three days of its receipt by me.
SO NO. 1
The line to me is known as the "SO No. 1 line". This is because the arrangements for it are laid down in STANDING ORDER NUMBER ONE.
The actual order, re-issued on 18 December 1961, follows:
"All mail addressed to me shall be received by me."
Scientology is expanding so rapidly that it has been very difficult to keep pace with the tremendously increased traffic flows.
Probably Scientology is the only world wide organization which is going UP while the rest of the world goes down.
Authoritative books and sociologists have recognized for the last several consecutive years that Scientology was the world's fastest growing religion.
And now the expansion is going at tremendously increased speed.
All this means more volume of flow on the SO No. 1 line.
Yet the basic principles of the SO No. 1 line remain.
Despite increased flow volume (by the mail bag) your letter is going to get better and faster attention.
You are my friends and I like to hear from my friends.
Therefore the lines are wide open to your comm and from me to you.
L. RON HUBBARD
Letters to Hubbard were greatly encouraged and often solicited at Vancouver and AOLA. ("Have you written to Ron this week?", as the staff member guides you to the SO 1 desk.) I'd write to Hubbard about all kinds of things, good and bad, my "case," auditing, training problems, training "wins," or whatever. I understood that writing to him was perfectly safe, secure, personal and inviolate. The motto was "You can always write to Ron."
The SO 1 line was in place when I joined Scientology in 1975, and the "tradition" continued until Hubbard died. Here's an SO No. 1 letter I received in response to one of mine.
Some time after I left Scientology, I read the instructions for the "SO 1 Line Write up," studied on the GO's confidential Intelligence Course.
And here is the referenced write up that shows how the SO 1 line was really used for intelligence purposes. It still makes me sick.http://www.xenu.net/archive/go/ic_conts.htm wrote:SECTION 5 - INTERNAL SECURITY
Date started _______________________ Date completed ______________________
This portion of the checksheet contains the most vital data you need to know about Branch II. As Branch II is the portion of the Guardian's Office which probably comes into most contact with the org in policing that policies are applied, you are advised to make yourself familiar with more policy than is contained herein.
The policy sections which will be of most help are those in Volume I OEC on Ethics, including data on refunds, petition, appeal, further background data on Freeloaders, 2-D, Third Party, etc. You will find that you probably have to research policy further as you handle your post, which is fine. An additional hat on all the useful PLs, HCO Bs that you come up with in the course of your post is a valuable asset.
15. S.O. No.1 - Write up *__________
16. Essay: What useful info the S.O.1 line will give you __________
Here's a comment Gerry made about the SO 1 line some time ago:
http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/writings/ars/ars-2003-08-03.html wrote:During the years 1973 through 1980, Hubbard received almost no personal correspondence, but it was almost without exception handled by SO#1. This even included correspondence from Hubbard's family members, his old lovers, and people who had known him from before he invented Dianetics in 1950. Certainly the correspondence of someone who was "an early member of the Church and personal friend" of Hubbard was handled by SO#1, and the letters purporting to be from Hubbard were written by SO#1, and Hubbard's signature was forged on such letters by SO#1.
The fact that "each Hubbard signature is in ink, of different sizes with distinct stylistic differences one signature to another" supports the conclusion that these are SO#1 forgeries, because that was how SO#1 performed their forgery job.
Standing Order Number One, and the SO#1 Unit, is a very cruel fraud that Hubbard and certain Scientologists perpetrated upon thousands of unsuspecting people like the addresses/recipient of these SO#1 letters. Standing Order Number One stated that "All mail addressed to me (Hubbard) shall be received by me." This "standing order" was an utter lie. Hubbard was declared in 1984 in the case of Scientology v. Armstrong, Los Angeles Supeior Court No. C 420153 to be a pathological liar.
The judgment containing this declaration was affirmed on appeal.
I was familiar with SO#1's function and activities throughout the period from 1973 through 1980, and had access to the SO#1 files during 1980 and 1981 when I had the job of doing the research for Hubbard's biography. I can competently testify to all the facts contained in this statement if required. My history in relationship to Hubbard and Scientology is provided in a great deal of sworn testimony on my web site.