This document was previously leaked, packaged with a number of other
documents in the Sea Org Post Responsibility Pack leaked here
But I figured this document deserved its own thread.
L Ron Hubbard brags about personally throwing a staff member overboard into
Alaskan ice water, as punishment.
Note that this is an internal Sea Org document, not meant for ordinary
scientologists or non-scientologists to see.
Here is the scan, followed by plain text so Google can index it.
FLAG SHIP ORDER 517
24 February 1972
25 June 1979
THIS IS YOUR LIFE
Whenever someone goofs up or lets something slide or
accepts illegal orders or lets them happen, the situation
usually winds up on my plate eventually.
Example: Two illegal transfer actions were let go by
by the Captain. Shortly after, I was single handing.
I traced back the Why to just that. Execs and others
letting things slide, not holding a firm on-policy line.
Next thing, flap.
This of course generates an Ethics atmosphere.
I remember an appeal I once made to an expeditionary
crew in Alaska. It.went something like this:
"Now maybe you guys like to wrestle with bears. Maybe
you like to drown in ice water. Maybe you have a passion
for being hit on the head with blocks no one secured. Maybe
this is all a natural normal suicidal appetite every man
"But me, I have my own peculiar ideas. I like to survive.
And I have the funny notion that you should survive
too. I know this is odd and at great variance with the
generally held view.
"I really don't mind wrestling bears you stampede into
the tent area. I have swum in lots of cold water and I can
survive blocks falling on my head. This is not the point.
"It's the neatness of things that matter. I have a
peculiar notion that there are right ways to do things and
that these things lead to survival.
"I know it's peculiar and unheard of in these times.
"But that's my point. While I have no objections to
wrestling a 1600 pound Kodiak bear or swimming in ice water
I want to do things like that on my own time AND NOT BECAUSE
YOUR SILLY DAMNED SLIPSHODNESS MADE IT NECESSARY FOR ME TO
DO IT TO SAVE YOUR CARCASSES."
And at that I threw the bosun overboard so they would
get the point.
It was awfully bad PR. But they got the point.
They even began to demand some efficiency from each
other and not let it all slide by. They even began to look
like a crew, which was a lot to expect from a mixture of
college boys, scientists and old salts.
They decided they could wrestle with bears but didn't
None of this of course applies to the present operation.
I just adore cleaning up your goofs and single handing to
save your life. But one day I may not do it. Then everybody
will have to grow up and the giddy diaper days will be over.
Copyright © 1972 L. Ron Hubbard. All Rights Reserved.
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No crew member whether ship or org or bureaux in any
part of this ship has the right to goof and then demand I
work day and night to save his life or this operation.
Those crew members who do try to hold the line and keep
the show on the road are" appreciated.
YOU ARE TOTALLY CAPABLE OF DOING ANY JOB AND MORE. So
knock off all this case stuff and out-Ethics stuff and nonsense.
YOU ARE CAPABLE OF FAR FAR MORE THAN WE WILL EVER
DEMAND OF YOU. So quit kidding yourself if you are. YOU
ARE HERE. YOU ARE ABLE. I don't have to hold your hand or
change your pants for you. SO BE CAPABLE AND DO A GREAT JOB.
Nobody believes that you can't. THIS IS YOUR LIFE. We aren't
kidding now. YOU CAN MAKE THINGS GO RIGHT!!!!
L. RON HUBBARD
LRH : ne : dr : iw