«Scientology was devised by
L. Ron Hubbard as a means of gaining authoritarian control over
those deceived into joining any of his many organizations.
Hubbard cynically constructed a set of hypnotic techniques which
masquerade as therapy and create progressive psychological
dependency upon the organizations of Scientology. Hubbard also
hid behind the pretence of religion.» –
Jon Atack, "Declaration
of Jonathan Caven-Atack
(1990) "A Piece of Blue Sky: Scientology, Dianetics & L. Ron
L. Ron Hubbard was an opportunist who lied
consistently about his past, as part of a process of
self-glorification. He was an arrogant, amoral egomaniac.
Incapable of admitting his mistakes, he continually created
scapegoats. The pure motives of his followers were exploited to
build a secret mountain of cash. Hubbard was an outright
plagiarist, who eventually could not bear to acknowledge anyone
else's originality. He had a supreme distrust of the
motives of all of humanity, despite his bland
generalizations about man's basic goodness. This goodness
would only be revealed after the individual had achieved
some unspecified state of "OT." Hubbard was a paranoid,
power hungry, petty sadist who paraded his inadequacies
through ever more frequent tantrums. Revelling in his
disciples' adulation, he spent his last years in seclusion,
surrounded by sycophants. He had an alarming ability to keep
all the many compartments of his life and his past separate,
even, so it seems, in his own mind. Nonetheless, such a
complicated man cannot be confined in such tidy definitions.
Although the facts form a comprehensive picture, perhaps we
have only caught glimpses of the man behind the many masks.
The Total Freedom Trap: Scientology, Dianetics And L. Ron
As the Wollersheim
case demonstrated, Scientology "auditing" can have a profoundly
destructive effect After a survey of 48 groups, Conway and Siegelman reported that former Scientologists had the highest
rate of violent outbursts, hallucinations, sexual dysfunction
and suicidal tendencies.
They estimated that full recovery from
Scientology averaged at 12.5 years.
Members are entirely saturated with Hubbard's delusional and
unscientific view of the universe. They come to see themselves
as part of a small elite, harassed on all sides by a gigantic
conspiracy. Scientologists speak and think in an elaborate
language created by Hubbard (Scientology dictionaries run to
over 1,000 pages of definitions). They are drilled to present a
calm, cheerful appearance, whatever their real feelings. Most
become "auditing junkies", unable to face life without regular
"sessions". All aspects of the individual's life are invaded, as
Hubbard held forth on almost every subject from business
management to child rearing.
Scientology induces a phobic reaction towards mental
health practitioners, so ex-members are usually unwilling to
seek professional help in untangling themselves. This
situation is compounded by the inability of most mental
health practitioners to understand the cult experience. So
most former Scientologists drift into other cult groups, or
derivatives of Scientology such as est (the Forum or
Landmark), Avatar, Dianasis, Re-Evaluation Co-Counselling,
Hubbard and the
Having stolen Parsons' girl and his money, Hubbard carried on with magical
practices of his own devising. Scientology attempted to reclaim documents which
recorded these practices in its case against former Hubbard archivist
. Some $280,000 was paid to publishers Ralston Pilot to
prevent publication of Omar Garrison's authorised biography of Hubbard. However,
Garrison retained copies of thousands of Hubbard's documents and showed me one
which had been referred to in the Armstrong trial. The Blood Ritual is an
invokation of the Egyptian goddess Hathor, performed by Hubbard during the late
1940's. As the name suggests, the ritual involved the use of
blood. Hubbard mingled his own blood with that of his then
wife (the girlfriend he had stolen from Parsons and with
whom Hubbard contracted a bigamous marriage.)
Declaration of Jonathan Caven-Atack (9 April 1995)
48. The techniques of Dianetics and
Scientology induce uncritical euphoria and heighten
suggestibility. Scientologists are forbidden criticism of Hubbard, his organizations, his
techniques, and of other Scientologists except in written reports to those
[JCA-112], [JCA-113]. Such "ethics reports" are encouraged.
To even attempt to discuss the processing techniques is
termed "verbal tech[nology]" and forbidden [JCA-114].
Offenders are subjected to a "Committee of Evidence", a
Scientology tribunal, for the commission of a "Suppressive
Act" or "High Crime". Such "High Crimes" are considered the
equivalent of murder [JCA-115].
Anyone who thinks that the Communist regimes
of Central Europe are exclusively the work of criminals is
overlooking a basic truth: the criminal regimes were made not by
criminals but by enthusiasts convinced they had discovered the
only road to paradise. They defended that road so valiantly that
they were forced to execute many people. Later it became clear
that there was no paradise, that the enthusiasts were therefore
The Road to Paradise? Hmm.
(1995) "Scientology: Religion or Intelligence Agency? The view
from the lion's den"
I was a member of the Scientology cult for
nine years. During that time I undertook many courses and by the
time I left was in the middle of the 24th of the 27 available
"levels" of Scientology - the fifth section of the Operating Thetan course. I left when I began to find out about the hidden agenda and activities of
Scientology which I describe in this paper.
Along with most
scientologists, I had no idea of these disgraceful, immoral and
criminal activities. I believed that I was a member of a vital,
world-saving group which would lead to a world without
"criminals, insanity or war", as Scientology leader Ron Hubbard
I resigned from the Church of Scientology in 1983, and
began to interview other former members and collect court
documents and testimony relating to Scientology. Seven years
later, my book
A Piece of Blue Sky
was published, after a court battle
in New York. Former Hubbard aide, Robert Vaughn Young whose excellent article was published
in a recent Spiegel magazine has called my book the definitive work on
I have spoken with literally hundreds of former members, and
read tens of thousands of pages of records and court
documents, ranging from Hubbard's college and navy records
through to the revelations of high-ranking defectors as
recorded in sworn testimony. I have endeavoured to make this
information a matter for urgent public debate.
Sunday Times (Jul. 1990): "Scientologists in dirty tricks
campaign" by Richard Palmer and Richard Caseby
The files name several other investigators
employed in the operation to discredit Miller. One, who
identified himself as Doug Reynolds, hired a yellow
Rolls-Royce and posed as a wealthy benefactor willing to
publish critical books about scientology in an attempt to
extract information from Jon Atack
a former member of the cult and adviser to Miller.
was unsure about Reynolds but gave him a draft of a
book he was preparing about scientology. He has spent
the last year fighting legal battles with the cult over the
book, which he expects to be published in she United
States next month.
Hausherr: Research by Jon Atack on Scientology, Dianetics and L.
Server über Jon Atack (Server on Jon Atack)
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