The OFFICE OF SPECIAL AFFAIRS or OSA (formerly the GUARDIAN\'S
OFFICE) is a department of the
Church of Scientology International .
According to the Church, the OSA is responsible for directing legal
affairs, public relations, pursuing investigations, publicizing the
Church's "social betterment works," and "oversee social reform
programs". Some observers outside the Church have characterized the
department as an intelligence agency , comparing it variously to the
CIA or the
KGB . The department has targeted critics of the Church
with dead agent operations and character assassination .
OSA is the successor to the now-defunct Guardian's Office, which was
Operation Snow White and
Operation Freakout ; both are
in Department 20 in the
Scientology organizational chart . The most
recent head of OSA International was
Mike Rinder , who has since
departed from the organization.
* 1 Structure and personnel
* 2 History
* 3 Methods
* 4 See also
* 5 References
* 6 External links
STRUCTURE AND PERSONNEL
Scientology organizations, directors (
Legal, Public Affairs) are OSA staff members. Local Directors of
Special Affairs are known as DSAs. Members of the Office of Special
Affairs are drawn from the
Sea Org .
In addition to regular staff, some church members also act as
volunteer collaborators for the office, which cuts down on private
investigation and legal research expenses. Some volunteers
participate under the notion that they receive special "ethics
protection". In one case a volunteer who read critical information
Scientology on the internet was led to believe that he would be
unable to continue receiving services unless he performed a series of
investigations for OSA.
The Guardian's Office was established in 1966, and its initial
mission was to protect the interests of the Church of Scientology,
and gather information on agencies and individuals deemed enemies of
the organization. The Guardian's Office was also charged with
internal monitoring of current Scientologists , in particular heretics
and notable defectors.
L. Ron Hubbard put his wife Mary Sue Hubbard
in charge of the Guardian's Office, and it was initially
Saint Hill Manor
Saint Hill Manor , in England. The Guardian's Office
functioned effectively as an Intelligence Bureau of the Church of
Scientology, and planted members in key positions within federal
government agencies, in order to obtain confidential material. Most
branches of the
Church of Scientology soon had at least one member
from the Guardian's Office on its staff, and the Guardian's Office
itself had its own secret Intelligence Bureau at the top of its
organizational structure. The Guardian's Office was disbanded in
1983, and the bulk of its previous functions were then assigned to the
Garry Scarff has said that he used to be an OSA operative. He has
made a number of statements about the inner workings of OSA, many of
which are disputed by the Church. In a sworn deposition taken between
July and August 1993 and submitted in Church of Scientology
International vs. Steven Fishman and Uwe Geertz, Scarff testified,
"...I was directed, one, to go to Chicago, Illinois and to murder
Cynthia Kisser, Cynthia Kisser being the Executive Director of the
Cult Awareness Network , by a staged car accident." Kisser was not
killed, and Scarff said: "I could not bring myself to harm or kill
Tory Christman , a former volunteer for OSA has stated that the
organization hired private investigators, fabricated criminal charges
and harassed their targets, including at their place of employment, as
well as their family members.
Bonnie Woods , a former member who began counselling people involved
Scientology and their families, became a target along with her
husband in 1993 when the
Church of Scientology started a leaflet
operation denouncing her as a "hate campaigner" with demonstrators
outside their home and around
East Grinstead . She and her family were
followed by a private investigator, and a creditor of theirs was
located and provided free legal assistance to sue them into
bankruptcy. After a long battle of libel suits, in 1999 the church
agreed to issue an apology and pay £55,000 damages and £100,000
costs to the Woods.
Nancy Many was a high-level GO operative during
Operation Freakout ,
and in a 2013 television interview for Dangerous Persuasions on the
Discovery Channel , described intimate details of the operation to
Paulette Cooper , including her own personal involvement. In
the documentary she also explicitly confirmed the existence of "The
Messianic Program", a GO interrogation program designed specifically
to test the subjects reaction to the teaching that
L. Ron Hubbard was
"on level with Jesus and Buddha". This program was only ever
administered to trusted GO agents by their superiors, and never to
outside Scientologists, indicating its extremely classified nature.
Among the targets of OSA operations are Free Zone groups.
Fair Game (Scientology)
Fair Game (Scientology)
* List of Guardian\'s Office operations
* ^ Wakefield, Margery Understanding Scientology
* ^ Cisar, Joe (translator)
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* ^ Hamburg Regional Office of the German Constitutional Security
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* ^ How the OSA trap really works
Tory Christman ex-OSA volunteer
* ^ Pieniadz, Patty Pattie Pieniadz
* ^ Gerry Armstrong Scientology's 1023 Submission (Bates Nos.
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* ^ "Deposition of Gary Scarff in Church of Scientology
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original on 22 July 2012.
* ^ Christman, Tory How the OSA trap really works March 2001
* ^ Apology to
Bonnie Woods from the
Church of Scientology and
other defendants, 8 June 1999
* ^ Richard Palmer (8 June 1999). "Stars\' cult pays out £155,000
over hate campaign". The Express .
* ^ Nancy Many: My Eternal Contract,
Discovery Channel , 23 January
* ^ "Chronology of the
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* ^ "History of