Per Scientology organizing policy, “Staff in Normal or Above” (SNA) is the statistic, or product, of the police function (called “Inspections”) in a sane community.
In Scientology, “Normal” refers to a production statistic that is up-trending. Having a production statistic that is up-trending indicates that the staff (community) member is “in-ethics.” Ethics involves the intention to flourish and prosper. We also define sanity as, basically, the intention to flourish and prosper across all dynamics (self, family, group, species, life forms, universe, spirit, infinity). Insanity is the intention for all the dynamics to do worse, or die.
Sanity and insanity co-exist in any group or individual. Scientology has various ways of increasing the ratio of sanity to insanity. But even if it didn’t it would be worth some effort to try to do this, for that means survival.
Traditionally, what we think of as insanity is what most communities think of as criminality. And a community’s most visible defense against crime is its police force.
In a community organized along Scientology principles, the police function is performed by the Inspections Officer. This post is located in the Department of Inspections and Reports. This is the third department in what most traditional organizations would call “Human Resources.” As the third department, it is responsible for seeing that the ultimate product of the division is obtained. And this product is SNA.
The Inspections Officer does not just inspect. He writes reports. These reports are filed in files kept for each member of the community. This activity is seen as controversial by many. But realize this:
- Any individual has the right to inspect his file.
- It is illegal to file a report on someone without sending them a copy.
- Without some form of record-keeping, justice could not be served.
Fighting criminality is a real challenge
The ordinary strategy of the higher-level criminals is to infiltrate and pervert whatever police organization exists in the community. Thus, the police are under constant stress from criminality.
A sane community must dedicate itself to protecting its police from this stress.
Of course, if criminality is poorly understood, and if there is no technology available to improve conditions, then this can seem like a losing proposition. It should be attempted anyway.
But for about the past 50 years, criminality has been rather well understood, and technology to improve conditions has been available. So hopelessness in this subject is no longer warranted, and ineffectiveness in our anti-crime efforts should no longer be tolerated.
What SNA really means for a community
In a community, to be “on staff” means that an individual is willingly involved in that community, and that it is involved with him. This should really be an option for any individual. Currently, it is not. Though I am a citizen of the United States, a resident of the state of Washington, and I live in a neighborhood in Seattle, this does not automatically make me part of any organized community. I must actively seek out such communities, if I am interested in joining one, and then I must somehow get myself invited to join.
Currently, most organized communities in the US are private businesses, and they are organized for the sole purpose of providing products and services to their customers and a profit to their stock holders or owners. This does not exactly cover all the dynamics! So there is a weakness in this system.
There have been some attempts made, such as by the Mondragon Corporation in Spain, to apply democratic and socialist principles to this problem and turn the corporation into something closer to a real community. This effort has been somewhat successful there. However, human ignorance, tradition, and criminality in society has inhibited progress in this area.
What an individual gets by joining such a community is a post, a purpose, an assigned product, protection from criminality, and a chance to flourish and prosper. What such a community asks from its members is to learn to produce their products, keep honest records of production, and make a concerted effort to be SNA. When a large number of staff have their ethics in, the group becomes easy to live and work with, and thus attracts more good group members. The group members specifically assigned to the policing function assist the group by going around and seeing how things are going in every area. This helps management spot and handle trouble areas before they cause disasters. And that should result in an up-SNA.
What Police should look for
The Inspections Officer looks for “out-ethics indicators.” This means, signs of criminal influence. The most blatant out-ethics indicator is a down statistic. Another common one is a work area that is dirty, messy, poorly organized, with broken or poorly-maintained equipment.
The Officer may interrupt the person being inspected and speak to him or her about what has been observed. Or he may simply write a report. As mentioned, the person being inspected always gets a copy, and may challenge the report if it seems misleading or dishonest.
What these indicators can be evidence of is that a criminal has formed some sort of relationship with the person being inspected. Such a relationship commonly results in the targeted individual becoming distracted, misemotional, and making mistakes. These in themselves can be seen as little “crimes.” But if the police only target the same individual being targeted by the criminal, then things get worse, not better. It is the job of the police to locate the actual criminal causing the problem, and to put some healthy distance between that criminal and the community.
The targeted individual, meanwhile, is strengthened by training and processing to resist such attacks, and hopefully becomes more of a winner as a result.
In real communities, this can get pretty bad. Criminal pressure can lead to physical abuse, malnutrition, drug addictions, anti-social behavior, petty crime and worse. Where the causes of these behaviors are poorly understood, the perpetrators can be targeted by the police with no apparent improvement to conditions, or even worsening. This is inexcusable now, but still the norm.
The real criminals think they have this planet pretty well in the bag. They think they have successfully turned their own operatives in medicine, academia and government away from workable technologies, such as those developed by L. Ron Hubbard, and convinced them to fully accept criminal technologies, developed mostly by psychiatry and related interest groups.
All the news seems to confirm their confidence.
Yet Scientology, and other real anti-crime activities, continue to expand. Some police organizations, such as the federal police in Colombia, have begun to use bits of Hubbard’s technologies. Businesses around the world have been using the Scientology organizing model. Criminal reform programs continue to be active. And criminality in psychiatry continues to be exposed.
I used to be SNA. I’d like to be counted as such again some day. You?