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3. The Scientology Bosses
Spies, Burglars and Thieves
Early on the morning of July 8, 1977, one hundred thirty-four FBI agents held a raid on the Scientology offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, where they confiscated hundreds of pounds of documents. The sect reacted, as usual, with recriminations, described the operation as fascistic and applied for damages in the amount of $750 million. Some one had an understanding of the the complaints of the sect about the aggressive operation; without that, the FBI would have gotten some bad press.
The recovered material was summarized in a 42 page indictment which had taken on a whole new meaning: the court process was over in the least amount of time since the accused pled guilty, and therefore the charge specifications did not have to be dealt with individually.
Mary Sue Hubbard, wife of the sect founder, and 9 other sect bosses were charged. The charge: conspiracy. The actions constituting the conspiracy were those one would read of in a spy novel. Mary Sue Hubbard was (and probably still is) the Chief of the Guardians Office, which is the security office of the sect. One now knows that the title of this office is meant absolutely seriously.
It began in 1973: the order was given to obtain all Interpol reports which made reference to Scientology or Hubbard. In 1974, the decision was made to insert a covert agent. He was at first assigned to the Internal Revenue Service. He was not completely trusted: as a preventative measure an eavesdropping device was installed in the conference room of the Internal Revenue Service. (In the chapter on "Sect Founder Hubbard's Finances" it is described why he had an interest in the Internal Revenue offices.)
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With the help of this device, various conferences concerning Scientology and tax issues were overheard. Practically at the same time, Scientology agent Gerald Bennett Wolfe was inserted into the Internal Revenue office as a staff member. In only 14 days contact was made: the agent had been able to remove files. After that a regular series of thefts were able to take place. Agent Wolf crept into numerous offices and swiped their files.
The contents of the files must have been threatening, because in December, 1975, an "early warning system" was called into being in order to guarantee the "personal security" of sect founder Hubbard. The mission: to infiltrate all government offices which had the capability of bringing charges against Hubbard or initiating criminal procedures against him. Just 10 days later Sharon Thomas was selected: she was to be inserted into the federal Department of Justice. Sharon Thomas succeeded by the end of February, 1979 in obtaining a position as a secretary in the Justice Department. In the meantime, agent Wolfe continued his series of thefts. He had to have gotten into just about all the offices.
A special coup occurred in mid March: agent Wolfe succeeded in inserting Michael J. Meisner into the finance offices. In a special room they prepared the official written credentials of this finance office for themselves. At the same time, Sharon Thomas began her series of thefts in the Treasury Department and sent her take to the Scientology bosses.
In May the court was visited in order to case the locality and a little later a key was stolen and copied. Meisner and Wolfe eagerly used this key to steal numerous files. However, they had some bad luck on June 11, 1976: FBI agents were in the building. Apparently the loss of numerous files had been detected.
Scientology was not phased. At the end of 1976, it was decided to install eavesdropping devices in important rooms of the Internal Revenue in order to hear what was said on the issue of whether the Scientology sect had to pay taxes or not.
Wolfe and Meisner were arrested in 1976, judicial proceedings followed and the Scientologists had apparently lied to high heaven. Legal proceedings ensued for false testimony and perjury. Agent Wolfe was sentenced on June 6, 1977 and his statement was apparently cause for the search warrant and the mobilization of 134 FBI agents.
However Wolfe's sentence was not the end of the story: a new conspiracy was hatched
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by the Scientologists. In German criminal law it is comparable to the establishment and maintenance of a criminal association. At first Meisner had been kept hidden. Then an attempt was made, using a criminal method, to put all the blame on Meisner and Wolfe.
The Cover-Up: Have the Traitor disappear
Hubbard's wife personally took the matter in hand. A cover up was devised in which everything was supposed to appear as if Wolfe and Meisner had been the only ones involved. Mary Sue Hubbard gave Richard Weigand the order that he should see to it that everything appear as though Meisner had been hiding in Canada. Actually Meisner had been hidden in Los Angeles. In April, 1977, Meisner had wanted to turn himself in. Instructions had immediately been given to prevent him from doing that, if necessary. A new hiding place was being searched for and Meisner was placed under the care of two "body guards." The precautionary measures were to gag and handcuff Meisner to prevent his escape from the Scientology hiding place, if need be.
On July 3, 1997, the sect founder's wife, Mary Sue Hubbard, wrote a letter of betrayal to Henning Heldt. She gave him the instruction that "Have Meisner disappear in case he should turn traitor."
These have been excerpts from a criminal case which so far has only been an isolated incident. The accused sect bosses pled guilty as charged. The extent of the punishment was decided by the court. The sect founder's wife would have to spend a few years behind bars.
German Telephones Tapped?
As the examples have shown, the sect is not exactly timid with its methods in Germany, either.
In Germany, the sect also apparently uses methods out of spy stories. An example:
The highly renowned Evangelical Academy of Tutzing (guest of a short round of discussion which included the Federal President, the Federal Chancellor, President of the Federal Constitutional Court, a book: dtv: "The Future of our Democracy") has long since been holding meetings on the theme of youth religions. So that the meetings would not be disrupted by the usual Scientology demonstrations, the preliminary discussions were held over the telephone. Nothing of a public nature was discussed. However, on November 10, 1979, members of the Scientology sect appeared in New Abbey of the small village of Heislbronn near Nurnberg and loudly demanded entrance. When entrance was refused, they distributed a leaflet
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with the title "Final Solution Conference." As usual it contained wild charges against psychiatrists. Apart from that: the leaflet contained a series of names. Since this list of names did not exist anywhere else and because these names were only listed over the telephone, the conclusion can be drawn that a telephone was tapped someplace.
Two of the sect bosses turned up missing at the legal procedures: Jane Kember and Morris Budlong. Both were holed up in the sect center in England. Budlong is an American, he will undoubtedly be extradited. However, Jane Kember is English.
The US administration has already requested extradition. No action has yet been taken on it.
Breaking the Law
Scientology is an international business. Multi-national businesses sometimes have difficulty with respecting national laws. Scientology makes it simple for itself: numerous laws are simply ignored.
For Scientologists, Hubbard's instructions are the law. They are also distributed as laws, with required corrections and revisions. It has been sufficiently proven that Scientologists, in the attainment of their goals, and in the persecution of those they do not like, will take action which sometimes includes criminal acts.
For instance, an official of the German Defense Force almost fell victim to a well worked-out plan. This official dealt with applications for military exemption in the Defense Force. Among these were applications from Scientologists who wanted to claim privileges of the clergy. The official turned these applications down.
An excerpt from the warrant made out against a Swiss Scientologist (case AZ 24 JS 3728/ 75 served per Munich-Stadelheim) and since then confirmed by sentence.
"On November 7, 1974, similarly written letters were sent to the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior, the Military District VI and to the police in Munich, in which it was asserted that on the administrative board of Military District VI in Munich, "H.W." had been receiving money from various people by postal order for quite some time.
Along with that, these payments had been declared to be "intallments." Since board member "H.W." was employed with Military District VI, this could only deal with the equivalent of illicit exemption from military service.
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As proof of his assertions the anonymous writer attached to his letter of November 11, 1976 two photocopies, one of a payment stub and one of a receipt stub of a postal money order to "H.W."
The anonymous writer described himself as an employee of the German Postal Service and claimed to have discovered the illicit dealings of administrative board member "H.W." in the course of his duties. That is how it would have been possible for him to make photocopies of the original money orders which were send to "H.W."
It was determined that administrative board member "H.W." had been intentionally falsely accused of bribery in the anonymous letter. "H.W." had allegedly been sent an amount in the order of 200 DM several times from the author of the anonymous letter of Nov. 7 1974.
The sending of these amounts was supposed to have proved the alleged bribing of "H.W." The photocopies which were sent as proof were counterfeit. The counterfeits were produced with the aid of a photo montage, which was the result of both a delivery slip of the original document to "H.W." and also of a receipt slip of a money order which was used on the same day and issued from the same counter of the same post office to the accused (the Swiss Scientologist ... ed.), and on which a non-existent person was given as payer.
The abetment of the accused consisted of having received an amount of 10 DM on October 18, 1974 and have passed the receipt slip to another person for the creation of forged proof (the photo montage).
The accused knew that the name on the money order which was given to him was that of a non-existent person and that the amount was manipulated. The accused was also aware that his abetment was supposed to help prove that council member "H.W." would be put under suspicion of bribery.
Council member "H.W." had immediately handed over the money to his office when he had received it."
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The Scientologist who had been assigned to falsely accuse council member "H.W." had already been sitting in a detention cell for 3 weeks, and was sentenced to a fine of 20 DM per day for 100 days. That was taking into consideration that he was earning only 600 DM per month as an employee of the Scientology sect. A reduction of punishment was considered since the accused was only a small cog in a much larger plan. The accused as one of several perpetrators wanted to get an official fired from his post in order to assure that future applications of sect members for exemption from military service would be approved.
The plan was essentially much more refined than was presented here. The documents of the post office had been destroyed after a certain amount of time, and it had taken considerable technical assistance and required a huge expense in order to uncover the plot.
This case can not be viewed as atypical.
Church, Sect or Youth Religion?
The Scientology association never passes up a chance to disagree with the terms "sect" or "youth religion" in favor of the word "church" in reference to itself. In doing so it always quotes the definitions out of the dictionary for the words "youth" and "sect." It forgets, however, to look up the word "church."
The word "church" is undoubtedly of Christian origin, derived from the late Greek "Kyrikon" which means "house of God." Theologians can prove that it is only the "house of God of the Christians" which is meant. Accordingly, the dictionary also defines "church" as "Christian house of God." ["christliches Gotteshaus"].
However - and this should be made clear - nobody wants to prohibit the Scientology sect from calling itself a church. It is just that the literal meaning of the word does not match that which Scientology uses it for, because the Scientology sect does not have any actual similarity to a Christian church.
Theoretically, "sect" would not be the correct term to use, either, because "sect" is used to describe a splinter group of a previously existing religious group. However, nobody is obligated to use the German language in the etymological sense: the colloquial use of the word "sect" serves quite well. In this meaning "sect" stands for all possible small groups.
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Hubbard himself asserts, moreover, that Scientology contains elements taken from various schools of religion, so that one could even refer to it as a "sect" in the strict theoretical sense. Once again: any organization can call itself a church. The word is not protected in any way. Hubbard has recently had "Scientology" registered as a trademark.
The term "youth religion" was first used by the evangelical sect commissioner in Bavaria, Reverend Haack, as a catch-all term for religious organizations who barely had a congregation and whose membership were recruited mainly from youth. In Scientology, it is not youth in the sense of being under legal age. Colloquial speech here is also much more forgiving, so that one can be a member of youth organizations of the political parties up until the age of 35. Youth is also not uniquely defined in law: juvenile criminal law is not only applicable to all people up to the age of 21, but also to those whose condition of development corresponds to that of a youth.
As is the custom with Scientology, one could always use an American term to cover the concept: there one names all these organizations "destructive cults."
Of course the Scientology sect may also assert that the contents of the belief which they spread is a religion: nobody has a copyright on that word, either. A completely different question is whether Scientology should have all the advantages reserved for a classic religious congregation. More on this elsewhere.
To what extent does the sect actually concern itself with matters of belief? One is reminded once again of Hubbard's memorable quote on the occasion of an author's conference in 1949:
"<It would be crazy to write even one word for only a penny a word. If somebody really wanted to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion.>"
Hubbard appears to have reached this goal some time ago: he has to be a multi-millionaire. That has something to do with the Scientologists' description of themselves as a "church," primarily for tax reasons. Hubbard wrote, for instance:
"So we're getting all straight now, it seems. And good news! As all auditors will be ministers, ministers have in many places special privileges including tax and housing allowances."
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"Of course anything is a religion that treats the human spirit. And also parliaments don't attack religions. But that isn't our real reason - it's been a long hard task to make a good corporate structure in the UK and Commonwealth so the assets could be transferred."
-- HCO Executive Letter OF 12 March 1966, "Corporate Status"
Hubbard fooled himself in some respects. The Internal Revenue Service did not acknowledge Scientology as tax-exempt. A number of parliaments have conducted investigations, for instance the English parliament ("Bluebook" or Foster Report), which led to all foreign Scientologists being banned from the country and Hubbard having to leave the island posthaste.
Content of Belief: Thetan, engram and a magic box
The Scientologists believe in an all-knowing, immortal "Thetan." So far, so good. The belief in immortality is widespread. Scientologists also believe that the Thetan, in the course of his never-ending journey through the universe is psychically charged with "engrams." One can no doubt believe that, also. There have always been points in common between psychology and religion.
However, the Scientologists go much further. They not only assert that they "know" all these things (knowing as differentiated from belief), but also that they are able to prove them. That with the help of their magic box, the E-meter. That is where the charlatanism begins, because their assertion cannot be proved with their device.
The Scientologists produce lots of documents. The "Technical Bulletins" and the "Organization Executive Course" alone consist of 21 large, thick volumes. And then there is this little book, "The Background and the Ceremonies of the Scientology Church," 70 pages in all, bound with two thick covers, not an entire centimeter thick [under 1/2 inch thick including covers]. This booklet contains, among other things, information about Buddhism, Hinduism, Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas and the Bible.
Religion is generally defined as the belief in a supernatural power and a cultic worship of that power. That was probably the definition the English judge had in mind in making a decision about the complaint of the English sect: there the sect had applied to have the chapel of the sect center in Saint Hill Manor registered as a "<location for meeting in religious worship.>" By doing that the sect would be raised to the status of a quasi-religion, and anybody who disturbed their "divine service" would be subject to punishment by law.
The English law of 1855 about the registration of a location for worship
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was not very stringent: prayer had to be taking place. The sect could not prove this.
The proceeding took place in the court for criminal issues, the complaint was dismissed. The judge stated:
"<The least one should be able to expect is that some kind of opportunity for worship is provided for, either in the form of spoken praise or in silent meditation. I can find nothing of the sort.>"
The sect made an appeal which was heard on July 6, 1970, the year in which the sect got a foothold in Germany. One may not assume that the sect had presented all available means of proof. For that reason the argument of the court is highly interesting:
"<Religious adoration means paying reverence or respect to God or to an almighty ... I find nothing of the sort in the creed of the Church of Scientology . . . I find nothing here of a nature which corresponds to worship.>"
So much for Lord Denning. The Lord Judge Winn agreed with him and stated that it appeared to him as though the Scientologists "<were far more concerned with the training and development of the Thetans than with God in one form or another.>". This kind of acknowledgment process for religion does not exist in Germany. Cases are decided on an individual basis here. One of them involved the Scientologist Walter Fiedler, active member of the Frankfurt College for Applied Philosophy. Fiedler applied to be exempted from obligatory military service as a clergyman. The administrative court of Darmstadt granted his application. It could do nothing else, since the only proof offered was the little "Background and Ceremonies" book. This happened even though other federal defense offices had presented extensive proof in other such cases. Although the judgment by no means has the force of law, the Scientologists have already, as expected, mercilessly exploited it for commercial purposes.
We would like to bring up a principle in connection with this: when a religious creed is the only means by which non-religious goals and purposes are pursued, then one still does not have a religious congregation. That is what the case is here.
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"Many destructive religious groups would be less dangerous for young people if something like a presentation summary of the teachings and organization were to be given right from the start."
(From: "Youth in destructive religious Groups." Report of the State Administration of Rheinland-Pfalz on the so-call "new youth religions.")
"Much is perceived as absurd and has a deterring effect."
The Scientology sect is absurd and deterring in the highest degree once one has been able to get an overview. As a rule, no outsider is going to be able to get an overview. The member is "initiated" step by step, only to the extent as is unconditionally necessary. Each member receives only that information which has to be given to him in order to convince him that registration for further courses is necessary.
This principle of planned disinformation applies especially to the staff of the Scientology sect. What one does not know cannot be bandied about.
Example: the German headquarters of the sect got a new press officer, Kurt Weiland (as successor to Andreas Ostertag). A press officer naturally has to know which court hearings are and have been pending. What would be more apparent than his being informed either by the former press officer or by other staff members?
Actually, Kurt Weiland of the GUARDIANS OFFICE of the English sect headquarters is not extensively informed. The Guardians Office (security office) is a type of superior organization which operates independently of the current local Scientology organization. The Guardians Office appears to see the press primarily as a security problem. As a result, information is heavily filtered, then it must still be translated. The press officer can then arrange this information according to his own taste.
For example, if the letter from the Guardians Office contains no information about lawsuits, then Scientology, as a result of this, can not have lost any lawsuits.
If Press Officer Weiland himself is only selectively, not comprehensively, informed, then this goes all the more so for all other staff and members, who are hardly in the embarrassing position of having to answer concrete questions.
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"Many destructive religious groups ... never completely show their cards, but have developed steps of initiation and enlightenment. These steps then are often also the steps for the destruction of the ability to think critically, with the result that everything is believed, no matter what it may be."
(Report of the State Administration of Rheinland-Pfalz)
This fitting estimate of the situation goes especially for Scientology. The "communications course" is offered as bait. That kind of course is also offered by public high schools and numerous other organizations. Therefore, the applicant believes that he will be taking part in a completely normal arrangement. It may appear unusual to him that people sit staring at each other's eyes for periods of minutes. But that is accepted as unavoidable.
At this stage the participant is, for the most part, unaware that he has entered a sect or a church. Most may be just as unaware that they have been labelled "pre-clears" - uncleared or unknowing people. Neither do they know that a long and expensive road stands before them - laid out by the sect - in which a "clear" or knowing person is only the first step.
At first the participant takes note of the vocabulary. It is mostly American or borrowed from American. Since hardly anybody speaks fluent American, it seems only natural that one must learn vocabulary.
This is the point at which the "study packet" is offered. The reasons for it seem plausible: the "student" should not just memorize vocabulary when he can learn much more at the same time, he can learn what the vocabulary means. "Word Clearing" is what the Scientology sect calls this.
So that there is no misunderstanding: it makes sense to reassure oneself of the original meaning of a certain word. But this is where the manipulation begins: as a rule, the participant is not told whether the word in question is an American slang word or if it is an artificial Scientology word. Even less is said as to whether the explained meaning is the usual meaning or if it is the one which Scientology has assigned to the word.
That starts right off the bat with the words "Scientology" and "Dianetics." It is painstakingly explained that the word is formed from Latin and Greek parts, so that this appears similar to the way words are used in the dictionary. However, not a thing is said about this being an artificial word. This artificial word was not discovered by sect founder Hubbard, since the German, A. Norderholz, had already written a book with the title "Scientologie" in Munich in 1934. This book was also translated into the American, in which "ie" automatically becomes "y", out of "Scientologie" comes "Scientology" as used by Hubbard. This would be the real history of the word, of which, however, no mention is made.
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To further facilitate its word clearing, Scientology offers its very own dictionary, at a price of about 100 DM. It also does not contain a very understandable indication that it is actually a book of Scientology artificial words. An artificial Scientology word, of course, has a meaning which is different from that of colloquial speech and from that of foreign speech.
Word Clearing and the Re-definition of Words
"Word Clearing" is the name of the process which is given to the participant. Internally, however, the concept of "redefinition of words" is used. This shows how Scientology proceeds with the meanings of words, and is therefore exemplary of the manipulatory effect of "word clearing." Because of this the full text of the appropriate management instruction by sect founder Hubbard is provided:
"<Hubbard Communications Office (abbreviated: HCO)
Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex
HCO Policy Letter of 5 October 1971
POLITICS THROUGH REDEFINITION OF WORDS
A long-time technology of propaganda which has been used by the Socialists (Communists and Nazis alike) is of significance to the PR practitioner (comment: PR: Public Relations, also propaganda). I know of no place in PR literature in which it is mentioned. But the details circulate by word of mouth in intelligence circles and they are constantly being used.
The trick is - to re-define words so that they mean something else which is of advantage to the propagandist.
An important example is the word CAPITALIST. Previously it meant "someone who makes his income by lending others money." In popular economics teachings that is still the definition today. Through the redefinition of propaganda it has turned into a person with wealth invested in business (whereby he becomes owner and not the banker), and currently it is someone who exploits others, plots wars and tramples workers! In a short time the meaning of the word has changed through the effort of those who, under the mask of being the workers' friends, seek to bring everything in the country into their possession. Totalitarian socialism must exterminate private owners with the mission of seizing ownership for itself.
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Consequently an intensive concentration on the redefinition of the words "capitalist" and "capitalism."
There are many such examples. They are in no way "natural" alterations of language. They are alterations through propaganda, meticulously planned and brought about by an advertisement campaign with the mission of attaining, from the public opinion, an advantage for the group which is carrying out the propaganda.
If the redefinition is repeated often enough, then public opinion can be altered by altering the meaning of a word.
"Psychiatry" and "psychiatrists" are easily redefined to mean "an anti-social enemy of the people." By doing this the crazy and killing psychiatrists can disappear from the list of advantaged professions. This is a good use of this technique, because the psychiatrists, for a century, have beat the record for all time for their inhumanity to man.
The redefinition of words will cause people to associate feelings and symbols with them other than what one would expect.
The American Medical Association (AMA) and the National Association for Mental Health in England and South Africa and the "British Psychological Association" in Australia have been very hard at work in trying to redefine Scientology in the public consciousness.
For this reason two things have occurred: the Scientologists redefine "doctor," "psychiatry" and "psychology" to mean "undesirable anti-social elements" and they try to stabilize the actual meaning of "Scientology." The AMA even managed to get US dictionaries published which redefined "Dianetics" as "pseudo-science of science fiction."
The reports of the mass media were fortunately neither respected by the public, nor did they agree with them. The mass media believes it is steering public opinion, but the opposite can occur.
"The capitalistic AMA tries to deny the population the benefit of new discoveries such as Scientology because they would wipe out the large profit which the AMA is making with the psychosomatic illnesses of the people." - That is how an explanation could read by which the reverse of a meaning could be brought into effect. One must find, bombard and publicly ridicule the propagandists in order to make progress against such an attempt of redefinition. One has to stigmatize the propagandists and spur on the efforts of redefinition in which one carries out constant PR campaigns.
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One can also use redefinitions to expose the attempt at redefinition.
A typical case is the word "psychology."
Websters International Dictionary of the English Language - 1829 - defines "psychology: a scientific treatment of or a monograph on the human spirit; the teachings of the nature and the goods of the soul."
Websters High School Dictionary - 1892 - "psychology: the forces and functions of the soul."
Merriam Websters 3rd International Dictionary of 1961: "psychology: the science of the mind or mental phenomena or activities; the study of the biological organism of the person and the physical and social environment."
Somewhere on this path man has lost his soul.
We look at that point in time and find Professor Wundt, 1879, who was commissioned by Bismarck, in the era of Germany's greatest militarism, to try to find a philosophy which would bring his soldiers to kill people. And we find Hegel, the "great" German philosopher, the idol of the super-socialists, who emphasized that WAR IS OF CRUCIAL SIGNIFICANCE for the mental health of the population.
Along those lines, we could redefine modern psychology as a German military system which is used to get men in shape for war and which is supported in American and other universities with public money in times in which governments have difficulties with the induction of soldiers. An understandable essay on why "they" have advertised for psychology would be a perfectly natural way of redefining a word which was already redefined, namely "psychology."
The way to redefine a word consists of repeating the new definition as often as possible. Accordingly it is necessary to redefine medicine, psychiatry and psychology downwards and Dianetics and Scientology upwards.
As far as words are concerned, the battle over public opinion is that your definition will be believed and not that of the opposition.
Constant and repetitive effort is the key to every success with this propaganda technology. One must know how to go about it.L. RON HUBBARD Founder LRH: mesrd Copyright 1971 by L. Ron Hubbard, All Rights reserved">
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There are a total of 20 comprehensive full-sized volumes of this type of "policy letter" in the English language. Besides that they cost far more than DM 2,000 -- for which reason they are not accessible to every participant.
On the lowest steps of the Scientology ladder - of which there are numerous variations - it is not yet said that doctors are undesirable, asocial elements. It has already been pointed out on these steps, however, that the majority of illnesses are of psychosomatic, therefore spiritual, origins. From there it can be effortlessly concluded that a good mental state - which Scientology will see to - will also make one free of all possible illnesses. Then one no longer needs any health insurance, and the final step to absurdity is no longer a long stretch. The mother of a career Scientologists staff member was completely justified in asking her son about health insurance and a retirement plan. His answer reflected the logic of the Scientologists:
A SCIENTOLOGIST GETS NEITHER SICK NOR OLD.
The "Justice Office" of the sect central wrote the ABI on May 14, 1979, after the ABI had described ABLE ("ZIEL") as one of the cover companies of the Scientology sect:
"Now, we presume that you are making this impossible claim only to divert attention from the possible fact that ABI itself is a cover company which pursues decidedly socialist-fascistic goals. Your presentation and your type of hateful campaign against constructive and socially valuable institutions is very reminiscent of the former APO or of the cover groups for the dissemination of the Nazi ideology in the Third Reich."
"We respect your possible desire to make a contribution to the 'creation of order' in our country, however, we point out that we have more the impression that you are not doing this in the sense of constitutional democratic order, but that your activity is inclined in the direction of a socialistic-fascistic totalitarianism.
The National Socialists also used the will of the people 'to create order' as a pretext for pursuing your totalitarian and inhuman goals.
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Those diversionary letters were in no way accidental or of a transient nature. On September 19, 1977, the sect central published a press release:
"Scientology answers False Reports
The years-long dispute with the elements of society who oppose social improvement has apparently produced a common denominator which lies at the bottom of all their operations:
- they protect some kind of hidden interests which appear to be endangered by exposure to the public countenance.
- These elements maintain close connections with psychiatrists and repeatedly make use of "authoritative" psychiatric expressions.
- Their most offensive weapon includes the spread of false reports.
- They carry out propaganda through the redefinition of words (degradation of important words and continual repetition of these terms until the "new" meaning is unconsciously and extensively accepted)."
This was followed by polemic statements about the TV magazine "Report," which had written about the Scientology sect on September 12, 1977. The Scientologists were particularly concerned with the following:
"Kleinmann is the chairman of the 'Aktion Bildungsinformation.' Just as Maes and Haack, Kleinmann also comes from the 'DDR' [Deutsch Democratik Republik: East Germany] and went to school there. For years he has been involved with spreading false reports about the Scientology Church. (At the moment a charge against him and his "ABI" is pending, which accuses him of violations against three laws of the criminal code.)
What is noticeable about this is that the readers of this press release would normally not be familiar with Hubbard's policies nor with the way Scientology deals with its opponents, nor with his (above printed) policy about the redefinition of words.
Therefore here are more short excerpts from Hubbard's policy about how to deal with opponents:
"<We have never found a critic of Scientology without a criminal past, we have proved this time and time again.>"
"<Groups who attack us are, mildly put, not healthy.>"
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"<It is very lucky for us that we are only attacked by crazy groups, since people in this condition (1) unquestioningly have chosen the wrong goal and (2) have no capability of endurance. Therefore they are not difficult to beat because one (A) obtains a look into their hidden crimes and (B) himself leads a blameless lifestyle.>"
"<These people who attack have secrets and hidden crimes.>"
"<When we investigate, all this falls back on the attacker. He pulls back too quickly for his withdrawal to be able to proceed orderly.>"
"<An attacker is like a housewife who talks in the town hall about how poorly her neighbor keeps her house. But when one opens her door, the buckets and dirty diapers fall out onto the porch.>"
"<I can enumerate several serious attacks that fell apart after we had begun a loud investigation into the attacker.>"
"<Those who criticize someone because he is a Scientologist could not withstand a personal investigation of prior motives and conduct. That is coincidentally a happy fact for us. The criminal abhors the daylight, and we are the daylight.>"
"<The Cold War incessantly carried out by the Russians has made several elements of western governments into Fascists under pressure.>"
"<Communists don't attack us, they incite fascistic elements so they they will attack us.>"
Therefore the information that Kleinmann, Maes and Haack had gone to school in the DDR [East Germany] is significant.
And what about the charge that was mentioned, which accused Kleinman "of violations against three laws of the criminal code"?
At first glance, nothing concerning this type of charge could be detected going back years. The ABI later found out that a charge of "instigation" is said to have been made. As expected, the investigation was dropped.
It can be mentioned that anybody can initiate an investigation through making a charge. It is only making an willful false charge which is punishable, not making the wrong legal judgement, no matter how absurd this may be. Naturally that goes especially for such abstract misdeeds as that of instigation.
Heinemann 1979 : "The Scientology Sect ..." Page 37
Brainwashing and Psycho-mutation
The organizational principle of disinformation is: each person must only know as much as he absolutely has to. At the same time the meaning of the knowledge is altered through "word clearing" and "redefinition of words." A type of mental vacuum forms because the prior concepts of values are disappearing. This vacuum is filled with Scientology "knowledge." This process is called "studying", which seemingly justifies it, because "studying" in today's usual sense of the word means the attainment of a professional career with the goal of being able to make a livelihood from it. It is completely different with the Scientologists: what they learn has no commercial value outside of a Scientology organization. Not infrequently, the result is mental and economic dependence.
This process is often described as brainwashing, more recently, also as psychomutation, and the modification of the psyche. We believe these type of terms are completely adequate, because at the end of this process the Scientology adherent is ready to believe the impossible, the E-meter con game and the "clear" charlatanry.