Sometimes members of the Scientology cult deny the existence of the practice of disconnection in Scientology. That is an absurd lie in several ways. First off every staff member and Sea Org member studies this on the staff status courses which are basic training for all of them. It is at the very beginning of their mandatory training in the initial stages. They all extensively study it and know it quite well. It is in their course packs and Introduction To Scientology Ethics book and on the PTS/SP course too.
Second, many public through a variety of courses study disconnection. Third, most Scientologists have to learn about disconnection because they are told they are PTS when they get sick or have accidents or have bad things happen to them. Everyone gets sick and has bad things happen to them. So a person has any of this happen and the cult has the person go to the ethics section.
The ethics officer (aka MAA in a Sea Org org) will have the person study references on PTSness being a condition caused by being connected to a suppressive person. That is a crucial part of the policy and practice. There is no slightest shred of scientific evidence to support PTS doctrine or the suppressive person doctrine. Nothing. Ever. But in Scientology Hubbard claiming to have verified something with whole track research has been accepted as irrefutable and infallible proof. This is based entirely on his authority to Scientologists.
I wanted to include some basic quotes to show disconnection is and has long been a part of Scientology in very clear terms.
“Handle or disconnect” is part of current procedure on handling Potential Trouble Sources, as per HCO B 10 August ’73, “PTS Handling”.
This does not mean that we are returning to the practice of publishing or writing disconnection letters to the person concerned.
Whether the PTS interview is done by the Ethics Officer, D of P, Auditor or Qual Personnel, the actual “handling” steps must be done under the jurisdiction of the Ethics Officer.
A large percentage of cases will completely resolve during the PTS interview itself or when the handling steps are actually done. The Ethics Officer must ensure that a written plan of handling does actually exist and that it is followed. All copies of correspondence, attested reports on personal interview handlings must be presented to the Ethics Officer as evidence of the handling. If the handling is being badly handled or not done, the Ethics Officer must get this corrected. If the handling, even under the jurisdiction of the Ethics Officer gets badly bugged, then he should request Qual Sec intervention and assistance.
One needs to understand the meaning of the word Disconnection in order to be able to apply it. Disconnection = to break or undo the connection of, separate, detach.
Disconnection has come to mean the actual action of writing to the person to inform him/her of the fact. This is a very extreme application of the word. A person can simply decide to disconnect and be disconnected from that moment on.
In some cases, the item found may be dead, and the person has no other choice but to disconnect. In that event, the person simply disconnects then and there, in the Ethics Officer’s office, or in session. No other action is required. Some may wish to write up a statement of such which is simply filed in his ethics file, with no other action taken. It is not mailed to anyone.
When handling disconnection, the word “disconnection” must be fully defined, so the person actually understands what he has to do.
Getting the above done will handle a large majority of cases.
Very occasionally, there will be a person who has a real live SP on their lines now. No amount of handling will be successful. In this event, the Ethics Officer must draw up a full CSW, with copies of all earlier correspondence and attested handlings and send to the A/G 7, with a proposed recommended method of handling the situation.
The public person or staff member being handled is NOT informed of what is contemplated until the above CSW8 is okayed by the A/G, and even then the A/G is not mentioned unless the A/G wishes it.
The A/G will naturally not permit any misemotional or accusative disconnection letters or actions to be done which could rebound on the Org.
The A/G will probably find that the earlier handling steps required by the 10 August 73 HCO B have not been properly applied or not done, and would write up instructions to get this done efficiently.
In only a few cases will open disconnection handling be required, and when this happens, it must be handled with the utmost care so that no repercussions occur. End Quote
Hubbard made sure disconnection is continued, here is a reference from 1983 for example: