Unlike the GO, the OSA today often has their sensitive, high-risk operations performed by professionals - private detectives, as a rule -, who officially have no association to the organization. The professionals work under the direction of attorney's offices which also - officially - have nothing to do with the OSA or the SO, but actually, at least in theory, are allied with the OSA's "Legal Section." Since private detectives whose names are known are suited for overt investigation or shadowing, but not for "covert operations," they, in turn, are assigned to recruit other personnel by the OSA intelligence department. By using this organizational structure, it is very difficult, or even impossible, to legally prove OSA's control.
The increased cooperation with attorney's and their key functions in the collection of information has, according to Robert Vaughn YOUNG, tactical grounds. The SO has taken precautions so that a raid, such as the one carried out against the GO in 1977, will not be successful. At that time all information was stored in the intelligence centers; today, however, the majority of the explosive information is kept by Scientology lawyers. Their files are protected by law, and cannot be confiscated without taking special measures. In the USA, it is possible to take action against attorneys only if solid proof of crimes can be presented. In most cases, this is extremely difficult or even impossible. Because of the special confidential relationship between attorney and client, the attorney's staff are also protected by a right to refuse to testify.