Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead,
HCO POLICY LETTER OF 16 FEBRUARY
REISSUED 24 SEPTEMBER 1987
(Reissued with updated
(This is a defense paper on material developed after 18
years of ceaseless attack by a foreign enemy. Nothing in this paper
advocates physical violence or invites the physical destruction of
these days of "cold war" when actual warfare is impossible due to
atomic weapons, the warfare is waged in the press and public in the
form of ideas.
you uniformly apply the tactics and strategy of battle to the rows
we get into, press or legal or public confrontation, you will
The enemy uses "groups" and meetings of groups like one
would use squads.
we and they are considered as two hostile and opposing nations at
war, then a huge array of tactics and strategy become visible.
One parallels in the field of thought what is used and done
in the field of battle in other ages.
You don't have to know too much about the tactics and
strategy of warfare to apply this but it helps.
The end product of war, according to Clausewitz, the authority on
it, is (condensed) "to bring about a more amenable frame of mind on
the part of the enemy."
But there are also wars of attrition. We are engaged in
one where total destruction of us has been the enemy's aim for, at
this writing, 19 years. This is barbarian warfare, thus the enemy
must have had very positive fears and terrors about us. Since he
fought for total attrition. In this case it is not safe to hope for
any half-way win. We must
ourselves fight on the basis of total attrition of the enemy. So
never get reasonable about him. Just go all the way in and
It is bad warfare to fight battles on your own terrain, in
your own subject area. It is not good to fight in the territory of
allies. Fight battles wherever possible only on enemy terrain, in
and about his subject and his people, not ours. You can gauge
your relative success by this. When all your battles are fought on
his terrain, you are winning.
A good general expends the maximum of enemy troops and the minimum
of his own. He makes the war costly to the enemy, not to
Copyright (c) 1969 by L. Ron
All Rights Reserved.
|HCO PL 16.2.69 II
One cuts off enemy
communications, funds, connections. He deprives the enemy of
political advantages, connections and power. He takes over enemy
territory. He raids and harasses. All on a thought plane - press,
public opinion, governments, etc.
Seeing it as a battle, one can apply battle tactics to
Intelligence identifies targets
and finds out enemy plans and purposes, enemy connections,
dispositions, etc.It is fatal to attack a wrong enemy. But it is
good tactics to make the enemy attack wrong targets or persons
Good intelligence pinpoints who when where what.
Good PRO plans an action and operations fights the
Legal is a slow if often final battle arena. It
eventually comes down to legal in the end. If intelligence and PRO
have done well, then legal gets an easy win.
You can win a battle even without legal and by PRO
alone. You intend to win it without legal wherever possible.
The prize is "public
opinion" where press is concerned. The only safe public opinion to
head for is they love us and are in a frenzy of hate against the
enemy. This means standard wartime propaganda is what one is doing,
complete with atrocity, war crimes trials, the lot. Know the mores
of your public opinion, what they hate. That's the enemy. What they
love. That's you.
You preserve the image
or increase it of your own troops and degrade the image of the enemy
to beast level.
Always be ready to parley but watch for tricks. Don't
give the enemy breathing space.
Capture and use his
comm lines. A press magnate on your side is a big win.
You have in one of these publicity wars all the factors of modern
wars complete with artillery, cavalry, infantry.
For example at this writing, all fighting has been on
our terrain; they knew our generals we didn't know theirs; they had
all the press, funds, government control. We are reversing this. We
are fighting now on their ground. But we have a long way to go.
We will make it all the way providing we look on this in
terms of active battle and not as a "if we are saintly good we will
win." The people who win wars have a saintly image but they win the
war by clever and forceful use of the rules of tactics, strategy and
Wars are composed of many battles.
Never treat a war like
a skirmish. Treat all skirmishes like wars.
HCO PL 16.2.69 II
The cold war is a war. The West is losing it because it is fighting
by other rules than the rules of war. We mustn't lose it.
L. RON HUBBARD
Adopted as official