A series of court cases in England in the 1970s saw Fair Game being strongly criticized by senior judges.The Court of Appeal of England and Wales suggested in one case that Scientology organisations were willing to harass their critics.
Hubbard said in a 1976 affidavit that he had never intended to authorize harassment: There was never any attempt or intent on my part by the writing of these policies (or any others for that fact), to authorise illegal or harassment type acts against anyone.
As soon as it became apparent to me that the concept of 'Fair Game' as described above was being misinterpreted by the uninformed, to mean the granting of a license to Scientologists for acts in violation of the law and/or other standards of decency, these policies were cancelled.
The term Fair Game is used to describe policies and practices carried out by the Church of Scientology towards people and groups it perceives as its enemies. Ron Hubbard established the policy in the 1950s, in response to criticism both from within and outside his organization. In 1955 he wrote, "The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather than to win.
Applying the principles of Fair Game, Hubbard and his followers targeted many individuals as well as government officials and agencies, including a program of covert and illegal infiltration of the IRS and other U. The law can be used easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. He advocated using private investigators to investigate critics, who had turned out to be "members of the Communist Party or criminals, usually both.
Hire them and damn the cost when you need to." In 1965 Hubbard formulated the "Fair Game Law", which states how to deal with people who interfere with Scientology's activities.