Is Scientology as dangerous today as it was in past years, many ask, or is all the hype simply ex-members and critics fueling the fire?
Perhaps a quote from Scientology’s author and dictator, explains his passion for control:
“Remember one thing, we are not running a business, we are running a government. We are in direct control of people’s lives.” — L. Ron Hubbard, Policy letter of 5 August 1959.
Reports from 3 locations in the USA trickled in today from people expressing concerns that Scientology is up to their age old harassing and intimidation tactics. Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs (OSA), intelligence unit is well known for their decades of criminal behaviour, including prison terms for high ranking officials.
With the nearly 30 lawsuits and investigations against Scientology/Narconon right now, the cult appears to once again, be at war with their ‘attackers’.
“Don’t ever defend, always attack,” he wrote. “If attacked on some vulnerable point by anyone or anything or any organization, always find or manufacture enough threat against them to cause them to sue for peace….”
Just how paranoid and ‘mental’ was L. Ron Hubbard?
“On 11 July 1955, he [Hubbard] wrote a maundering three-page letter, about Communists and wicked accountants conspiring with renegade IRS agents to destroy him, so inane that the recipient at the FBI scribbled on it a notation ‘appears mental’.”
Hubbard was a petty thief; a wife beater; and sociopath; a drug-addicted, rum besotted schizophrenic who once begged the United States government for psychiatric help but was ignored, to the detriment of his many victims.
L. Ron Hubbard was addicted to psychiatric drugs from an early age until the day he died. Until he “invented” Dianetics he had no money for psychiatric help and so he once wrote to the Veteran’s Administration and begged for psychiatric help. In a letter dated October 15, 1957, Hubbard states:
“This is a request for treatment.
I was placed on certain medication back east and have continued it at my own expense.
After trying and failing for two years to regain my equilibrium in civil life, I am utterly unable to approach anything like my own competence. My last physician informed me that it might be very helpful if I were to be examined and perhaps treated psychiatrically or even by a psycho-analyst. Toward the end of my service I avoided out of pride any mental examinations, hoping that time would balance a mind which I had every reason to suppose was seriously affected. I cannot account for nor rise above long periods of moroseness and suicidal inclinations, and have newly come to realize that I must first triumph above this before I can hope to rehabilitate myself at all. I cannot leave school or what little work I am doing for hospitalization due to many obligations, but I feel I might be treated outside, possibly with success. I cannot, myself, afford such treatment.
Would you please help me? Sincerely, L. Ron Hubbard”
L. Ron Hubbard’s wife, Sara, left Hubbard early in 1951, accusing him of being “paranoid schizophrenic.” Hubbard, perhaps having a legitimate worry in this regard, retaliated by first kidnapping Alexis from the Hubbard Dianetics Foundation premises in Los Angeles, and then by kidnapping Sara and trying to have her declared insane in order to prevent her from doing same to him.
Sara Hubbard, in her divorce complaint, alleged that Hubbard had “repeatedly subjected her to systematic torture, including loss of sleep, beatings, and strangulations and scientific torture experiments.” According to Sara, when Hubbard realized that a divorce was inevitable, he asked Sara to kill herself, fearing that a divorce would ruin his reputation.
She said that Hubbard kept her from sleeping for four days, and then gave her sleeping pills, nearly killing her. And that once when he nearly strangled her, he ruptured the eustachian tube in her ear, permanently impairing her hearing.
There were other allegations as well, and the conclusion reached in the divorce complaint was that Hubbard was “hopelessly insane.”
So far gone was Hubbard’s mental state, he “claimed that a group of twelve men associated with the World Bank had set up psychiatry and the mental health movement as a vehicle to undermine and destroy the West. And this twelve-man conspiracy was the real source of all opposition to Scientology.”
Hubbard’s paranoia progressed into creating the Public Investigation Section — the “Guardian’s Office,” a separate and unique agency within Scientology which became Hubbard’s private intelligence bureau, a private CIA within the Church.
Illegal as well as legal means of obtaining information were sanctioned. In a Scientology policy called Re: Intelligence, the following are given as possibilities for collecting data: INFILTRATION – BRIBERY – BUYING INFORMATION – ROBBERY – BLACKMAIL
To a Scientologist, Scientology is the elite organization on this planet, superior to all other earth organizations. The Scientology system of ethics, based on the “greatest good for the greatest number of dynamics,” is therefore superior to any system of “wog” law.
Just how far Scientology will go to further their own survival is incredible!
In 1973, Hubbard authored a plan for the G.O. called “Snow White,” instructing the G.O. to gain access to all federal agencies to obtain their files on Scientology. The name of this operation derived from Hubbard’s opinion that once these agencies had their files “cleaned,” they would be “snow white.”
Infiltrating, or “penetrating,” these agencies was achieved by having a Scientology agent obtain employment at an agency, then use his credentials to gain access to desired materials in the agency’s files.
These operations resulted in some 30,000 government documents being either copied or stolen. Unfortunately for the Scientologists, they also resulted in the arrest and imprisonment of eleven Scientologists, including Hubbard’s wife.
Hubbard devised another policy to thwart further FBI raids that has to do with disposing of incriminating documents quickly should the org be raided by the FBI or other government agency.
One such policy describes a system known in the G.O. as the “Red Box.” This policy gives instructions for keeping all G.O. documents related to incriminating activities in a special folder or briefcase called the “red box” that can be quickly destroyed in case of a raid.
Another policy called Basic and Essential Security instructs the G.O. staff member to be able destroy all such incriminating material within 30-60 seconds. “Destruction by fire is usually most thorough and practical. Probably the easiest and least expensive method is to purchase a metal container, some lighter fluid and have matches on hand….”
When one reads the criminal history of Hubbard’s cult and reviews what insane, criminal acts the followers were capable of in past decades, it’s not hard to imagine what they might do today.
Scientology’s new dictator, David Miscavige, has been accused of coercive fundraising practices, harassment of journalists and church critics, and humiliation of church staff members, including physical assaults upon them by Miscavige.
A 1991 Time magazine cover story on the church described Miscavige as “ringleader” of a “hugely profitable global racket that survives by intimidating members and critics in a Mafia-like manner.
Except for new Ideal ORG openings, David Miscavige is rarely seen and many ex-members claim he is a sociopath and fanatical abusive bully, and as paranoid and dangerous as his ‘dead master’, L. Ron Hubbard.
David Edgar Love