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Cover Ups: Why the Church of Scientology Will Not Report Felonies Committed By Its Members to the Police or any Government Agency

Scientologist and actor Danny Masterson stands with his lawyer, Thomas Mesereau, as he is arraigned on rape charges at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Masterson was arrested and charged with three counts of forcible rape and faces 45 years to life if convicted under California’s One Strike Law. (Lucy Nicholson/Pool/Getty Images/TNS)

Update: Scientologist Danny Masterson was convicted of two counts of forcible rape on May 31, 2023. The actor will be sentenced on August 4, 2023 and faces 30 years to life in California State Prison. See our video coverage of what happened in court when Masterson was pronounced guilty by the jury.

L. Ron Hubbard wrote of Scientology’s infamous Johannesburg Security Check:

This is the roughest Confessional list in Scientology. We will call it the “Joburg Confessional.” It does not necessarily replace other Confessional lists but it is probably the most thorough one we have now.

The Jo’Burg Sec Check introductory statement is read to the Scientologist who is being interrogated on the e-meter. The introductory statement incorporates obstruction of justice as a doctrinal tenet of the Church of Scientology (emphasis ours):

“I am not auditing you. We are about to begin an HCO Confessional. We are not moralists. We are able to change people. We are not here to condemn them. While we cannot guarantee you that matters revealed in this list will be held forever secret, we can promise you faithfully that no part of it nor any answer you make here will be given to the police or the state. No Scientologist will ever bear witness against you in court by reason of answers to this Confessional. This Confessional is exclusively for Scientology purposes. The only ways you can fail this Confessional are to refuse to take the test, to fail to answer its questions truthfully or if you are here knowingly to injure Scientology. The only penalty attached to failure of this Confessional is our refusal to employ you or issue a certificate, and this will only happen if we find that you are trying knowingly to injure Scientology. You can pass this test by (1) agreeing to take it, (2) answering each question truthfully and (3) by not being a member of a subversive group seeking to injure Scientology.

Per the policy of L. Ron Hubbard — and this policy serves as Scientology scripture — all crimes including murder, rape, child molestation, financial felonies, and every other felony to which a Scientologist confesses will not be shared with the police, the State, the taxing authorities, or any other law enforcement or government agency. This is a damning indictment of the Church of Scientology and its culture of cover ups, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and Fair Game.


Scientologist Danny Masterson was arrested and charged for three violent sexual felonies. The Church is named in the corresponding civil lawsuits by Masterson’s alleged victims. In the civil lawsuit, the Church of Scientology is asserting its “binding arbitration” in an attempt to keep any information about the atrocity of Masterson’s alleged crimes away from the public.

Danny Masterson’s high-profile criminal defense lawyer Thomas Mesereau has several times asked the court to ban all media from the pretrial proceedings Masterson’s criminal case. Each time the court has said no.

L. Ron Hubbard’s policy, and that of his illegitimate successor David Miscavige, is to operate in as much secrecy as possible in order to keep rank and file Scientologists and the public from finding out about the depths of Scientology’s innate depravity.

Scientology’s criminal practice of Fair Game exists to harass, intimidate, lie about, and silence those who expose Scientology’s evil, corruption, and inhumanity. This is why Danny Masterson, the Church of Scientology, Celebrity Centre, and the Religious Technology Centre are named as defendants in a lawsuit the causes of which include  stalking and intentional infliction of emotional distress by Scientology and its agents.


The Jo’Burg sec checks shows the Church of Scientology’s premeditated and doctrinal intention to engage in a systematic conspiracy of cover ups and obstruction of justice. This violation of public policy is in defiance if the US Illegality Doctrine. Scientology’s policy of systematically conspiring to cover up the crimes of its members. This Scientology conduct is a direct argument for why Scientology’s 1993 tax exemption should be revoked.

The Illegality Doctrine was applied when Bob Jones University was stripped of its religious tax exemption for engaging in racially discriminatory admissions policies and expelling students that engaged in interracial dating.

Bob Jones University challenged this in a lawsuit. The Supreme Court upheld the IRS revocation and noted:

The Church of Scientology violates the Illegality Doctrine by its refusal to turn the rapists, pedophiles, white collar criminals and the other felons in its membership over to the police and the other appropriate government agencies. Because many members of the Sea Org work in secret to enforce this doctrine, this conduct constitutes an inherent institutional conspiracy to deny justice to the victims of Scientologist criminals.

The Church of Scientology’s notorious Jo’Burg Sec Check: 

4 replies »

  1. Man, those questions are absolutely ridiculous – old L Ron was one paranoid nut.

  2. I am doing a little research on the cult and how it deals with those who may have committed a felony. I found myself here, reading your research on the same subject, lol.

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