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Statistics, also "stats"

«In short a staff member can get away with murder so long as his statistic is up and can't sneeze without a chop if it's down.» — L. Ron Hubbard, HCOPL 1 September 1965, "Ethics Protection"
«Any staff member who does not know ethics policy is a clay pigeon. "Clay pigeons" are used to throw up in the air and shoot at. [...] The best defense against any ethics action is good statistics. If one has no personal statistic, he is in a bad position and a very eligible clay pigeon if something goes wrong.» — L. Ron Hubbard, HCOPL 24 February 1972, "Injustice"

Forbes (1986): "The prophet and profits of Scientology" by Richard Behar

According to Schomer and others, Hubbard's weekly gross income was the most important statistic kept by ASI, and it was ordained that the income keep rising. Explains Schomer: "(Say) last week's income for Hubbard was $750,000 and this week is down. In order to keep the graph on its vertical trend to $800,000, they would come up with the figure to be used and then find something that would justify that kind of money to Hubbard, like special courses or E-meters that he had once designed. Each item had potential values put on them."

Affidavit of Tera Hattaway (12 April 2001)

15. The kids were all placed on statistics even the infants.  The amount of movement that the babies made was their stat.  If they lifted their heads or could turn their heads while in the crib by themselves, their stats were considered up.  Records were kept on this.
22. As a matter of fact, it was considered “down stat” (very bad behavior) for the children to cry or be upset for what I knew and felt to be a reasonable emotion, given the circumstances, such as no parents to be there for their first words, or their first steps, or no hug or kiss for the little boo boos they get. No parent to show off to or to share a normal life with.  They didn’t even know what a normal life was.

Affidavit of Maria Pia Gardini (19 January 2001, part 2)

7. This was my first year alone since my daughter and mother had died and my friends and I were shocked that they had come on this day to reg me for money.  Charmaign told me they were in Italy and came to "get their stats up." So, they start telling me all about Super Power project until Franco Baggio asked them to stop so they could at least eat and they would discuss it afterward.

Affidavit of Jesse Prince (20 August 1999)

34. It is obvious from these files that Lisa McPherson complained that auditing and Scientology were not working for her in 1995 and that she wanted to leave and return to Texas.  Her "stats" were down, i.e., her production and income at AMC Publishing.  As a result, she was placed in Ethics at her work where the records revealed that she was constantly doing "amends" and writing "O/W's", overts and write-ups, which resulted in less time to obtain adequate sleep which further, in my own observations, leads to psychotic breaks.

Affidavit of Martin Ottmann (19 April 1996)

After being half a year on the post as "Director of Procurement" I felt very exhausted and burned out. At the end I thought the whole time about my statistics, which controlled the two feelings I had left: Guilt, in case of a low statistic, and relief, if I got a "stat up".

In those days I even didn’t relax during sleep. I woke up in the morning with the feeling of being as tired as in the moment when I had gone to bed. During the day I couldn’t concentrate on my work like I intended, because I was worn out by the different orders of different seniors.

Affidavit of Stacy Brooks Young (9 March 1994)

89. But in the Scientology world there is a thing called statistics, and Fishman was an unsuspecting victim of this system. Every single staff member in a Scientology organization has a statistic which measures his or her production. These statistics are reported every Thursday to International Management in CSI and RTC. For Scientology staff members, their lives virtually revolve around making sure their statistics are rising every week. Many things depend upon this. If their stats are down they may not be paid that week. They may not be allowed to spend any time with their spouse or children. They may not be allowed any time off at all, and since they already work as much as 14 to 18 hours a day or more, one day or even half a day off becomes very important, even if it is only enough time to do laundry. If their stats continue to go down over a period of time, they risk being assigned to the Rehabilitation Project Force or "RPF," which is a Scientology prison camp. Needless to say, people can become quite desperate under these circumstances, and they will do just about anything to get their statistics up.

90. Nowhere in Scientology is the push for statistics more frenzied than in the departments responsible for bringing money into the organization. Unfortunately Fishman appears to have been the unwitting victim of a feeding frenzy which involved at least nine different Scientology corporations. These people discovered that Fishman had money and that he was willing to give it to Scientology. They took his money even though they knew he would never be able to receive any benefit from Scientology auditing, even though they knew he could harm himself with the materials they were selling him, particularly because they also sold him E-Meters. [...]

City of Clearwater Commission Hearing (1982): "The Church of Scientology - Day 3, Casey Kelley"


Statistics — you're graded by your statistics. Supposedly, in the organization, you're not graded by personality or who you know but by your statistics; that's what counts. It's statistics.

Whatever it is that you do, say — say, you're the Director of Income, your statistics would be how much money you brought in. And if that graph is going up, then, you would get a liberty. If this graph was going down, you'd stay on post that day.

There was one period when I went three months without a liberty, not a day off.

Gerry Armstrong (Feb. 2004): "Complaint Report"

21.      The “OCA,” or “Oxford Capacity Analysis,” is a “personality test” that Scientology uses as a recruitment device to draw people into the organization, and as a measurement of people’s personality “improvement” as they progress on their “auditing programs.” A “low OCA” is a test score with one or more points below an arbitrary line. A “stat crasher” is a person deemed to be responsible for a statistic dropping in an area, or project or on an organization post. All of Scientology is operated and controlled by a system of “statistics” or “stat management.” Every person and post is “statistized” and must report stats daily and weekly. “Downstats” are punished, whereas “upstats” can to a degree protect a person from punishment. An “overt product maker” is a person whose work contains errors, whose production is deemed unacceptable for some reason, or requires correction or repair.

Wall Street Journal (March 22, 1995): "In Whose Hands? / Allstate applied Scientology methods to train its management"

... But the seminars focused mostly on management by statistics, a concept that involved charting income and production on weekly graphs. Employees who produced so-called up statistics weren't to be questioned, no matter how they behaved. "Never even discipline someone with an up statistic. Never accept an ethics report on one -- just stamp it `Sorry, Up Statistic' and send it back," Mr. Pearson's materials advised. ...

Affidavit of Scott Mayer (9 March 1994)

12. With regard to other scams, my understanding and belief is that U.S. registrars were taking in checks in the various Scientology organizations for huge amounts of money. The people who gave the checks could not possibly have covered those checks and yet the registrars were holding those checks and reporting them as gross income. This would increase the weekly statistics as Scientology requires.

Affidavit of Vicki Aznaran (7 March 1994)

18. Mike Rinder, a member of the CMO International and his wife, Kathy, had a newborn baby in Clearwater, Florida in the early eighties. Mike Rinder was in Gilman Hot Springs, California at the time. This baby died when only a few days old. The baby had received Hubbard's baby care technology. After the baby died, Rinder asked to receive some time off to go to be with his wife and family.

When Miscavige was told of this, he responded that time off was "bullshit" and Rinder did not need time off, he just needed to work as his stats ("statistics") were down. Besides the baby would get another body and there was nothing to be so upset about.

Affidavit of Mary Tabayoyon (5 March 1994)

64. Then next up is the condition of affluence which applies if your statistics skyrocket, which shows your productivity for Scientology and yourself is continuously very high.

Affidavit of Margery Wakefield  (13 April 1990)

In Scientology, when you get into trouble with your superiors, or you are not doing as much work as they want you to do (ie: your "statistics" are not high enough), then you are declared to be in a "lower condition". To get out of this condition, you have to deal a blow to an enemy of the group. In my case, at one point, I was trained how to break into buildings and I had to break into the American Psychiatric Association in Washington, D.C. and steal some documents that the Scientologists wanted, and I did this.

The Oregonian (1985): "The Selling of Scientology" by Fred Leeson

Hubbard's emphasis on productivity was reflected in an Internal policy letter he wrote in 1965. "We operate on statistics," he said. "These show whether or not a staff member or group is working or not working as the work produces the statistic. If he doesn't work effectively the statistic inevitably goes down. If he works effectively, the statistic goes up."

He wrote la 1967, "To me a staff member whose stats are up can do no wrong. I am not interested in wog (non-Scientology) morality. I am only Interested in getting the show on the road and keeping it there"

Each Scientology organization prepares weekly stat sheets showing income and the number of people involved in courses, according to trial testimony. Hubbard also receives a weekly stat sheet showing his personal income and net worth, a former scientologist who prepared the reports in 1982 testified.

Jon Atack: "A Piece of Blue Sky: The Clearwater Hearings"

David Ray was at the Flag Land Base cleaning the rooms of paying public: "Well, if your statistics are up, every two weeks you're supposed to have twenty-four hours off, called liberty .... I would keep asking them for time off because I was working, oh, anywhere from eighteen to twenty hours a day .... And they wouldn't give it to me."

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