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Scientology is the
system created by American writer L. Ron Hubbard. It has built
up a huge multinational network of corporations, including the
Office of Special Affairs -the world's largest private intelligence
agency. Based in California, it has a presence in most major cities
in the UK, as well as other countries.
It recruits through its free personality tests, via the book "Dianetics" and via more subtle schemes such as management courses and drug rehabilitation centres. Initiates are presented with some scientific-sounding courses and principles to help them deal with life, but after years of commitment and tens of thousands of pounds, they may find themselves paying to have alien spirits exorcised from their body or signing a billion-year contract to save this "dying world". Critics of Scientology object mainly to the activities of the organisations, rather than the beliefs of individual members.
Scientology's eventual aim is to seize control of media and government and so to run the world according to Hubbard's principles. Society's problems would then be solved by removing the "suppressive people" from society, by quarantining or extermination.
Scientology was created by a science-fiction writer, and appropriately enough, its belief system includes a galactic empire and space aliens blowing each other up. The "OT3" document, which includes these claims, is only given to followers who have gone through sufficient indoctrination and given enough money or labour.
The Scientology organisations do not want "raw meat" (that's you and I) to be told about the higher levels of the belief system, as Fishman's press release explains.
Now read on for the stories and documents that they don't want you to read.
Timeline of Scientology's
Harassment of Internet users in 1995.
Rod Keller's review of the week summarises the latest revelations.
Martin Hunt's Acronym FAQ explains the jargon used by scientologists and their critics.
The pages you are reading now use a minimum of graphics, for the benefit of people with slow connections. If you like pictures, take a look at Scientologists in their uniforms, a tour of the Saint Hill headquarters or a picket in Tottenham Court Road. If you have a RealAudio player and don't mind a 2.8 Meg download, here are soundtracks from two British documentaries on Scientology, from 1995 and 1996.
Information on Scientology celebrities and their influence in Hollywood from Tilman Hausherr.
In fairness, here are are the links to the official sites for Dianetics and Scientology. I'm not expecting them to link to this page any time soon.
Books and Pamphlets in hypertext format: Jon Atack's The Total Freedom Trap is a very readable summary of the truth about Scientology, Dianetics and L. Ron Hubbard. Bob Penny's Social Control in Scientology describes how individuals are pressured to give up independent thought. Margery Wakefield's The Road to Xenu is a detailed and emotional narrative account of life in the cult. Other such books can be found on the Suppressive Bookshelf.
Thanks to the many contributors to alt.religion.scientology
whose work I have used in this page. The newsgroup is still around,
despite the "Church" management's plan to
Danger to your
mental health: Research carried out in 1982 suggests that
techniques are the most damaging of any major cult.
Danger to your family relationships: an example of how the cult's "disconnection" policy breaks up families. The Bajaj family lost their son.
Danger to your children's health and sanity: Dennis Erlich found out the hard way. Yolanda Howell told an equally disturbing story.
Danger to your bank balance: The total cost to reach Scientology's upper levels can be in the hundreds of thousands. Just one level can cost $45,000. A UK price list has also been released.
Paulette Cooper wrote an expose of the cult. In response they
attempted to frame her for bomb threats. They had a highly detailed plan which almost worked.
Deception Training: The CoS has trained some of its people to lie convincingly in court.
PC Files: Scientology auditing is used to extract personal confessions which are then used to blackmail defectors.
Operation Bulldozer Leak: A sinister plan to infiltrate government and the media.
Wins in 1970: more on the cult's "intelligence" activities.
Many more such documents are kept by Jeff Lee
gave a short affidavit about the attempts
to manipulate judges and key witnesses. Allegedly they even infiltrated
the office of the opposing attorney.
Hon. James M. Ideman, a US District Judge, wrote this complaint about the scientologists' harassment.
Ex-scientologist Gerald Armstrong describes abuse of the legal system.
Scientology's war against judges: this "church" spends a remarkable amount of time and money in the courtroom.
In 1995, Scientology had to make the largest libel payout in Canadian history. The court ruled that "Every aspect of this case demonstrates the very real and persistent malice of Scientology."
The use of the courts to silence criticism is going on right now: read Maureen Garde's Web page for the latest.
A Search for
An essay by Dennis Erlich (a critic
of whom the Co$ are particularly frightened) on the attraction
and danger of cults.
Fight Against Coercive Tactics: a real mine of information on Scientology and on psychological coercion.
The American Family Foundation maintains an excellent list of pro- and anti-cult links.
The Antidote to Cult Recruitment is to be aware.
Research: A Short Review of Academic Research into Cults.
Exploding the Myths: Some words of warning from a top UK cult expert.
Notice from the original author: As if it were not obvious, the articles archived at this site are meant only to reflect the opinions of their writers. These opinions are not necessarily shared by the author.
Permission to reproduce has not been sought for all the material at this site. Most of the articles here have been taken in good faith: I have assumed that those posting these documents to Usenet have acted within their rights. I have deliberately refrained from releasing material that I know to be the subject of legal disputes.
The original author of this page is Martin Poulter