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Behind the Facade

Discussion in 'Scientology Front Groups and Alliances' started by Chris Shugart, Jul 4, 2018.

  1. Chris Shugart

    Chris Shugart Patron


    You’ve got to hand it to them. The Church of Scientology loves to play-act. Last week the COS staged another one of their “worldwide events” showcasing their Foundation for a Drug-Free World. They claim it was a coordinated global happening to coincide with the United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse. As they described it, it was a “record-breaking day of drug education” In reality it was just another day of photo ops and an occasion to trumpet their spurious statistics that represent virtually no actual accomplishments.

    In their press release, the Church went on to describe their activities, which they said consisted of “community drug prevention open house events and forums” supposedly taking place all around the world. And they claimed that Drug Free World chapters had set up drug education booths, marches and parades, and sports events. But at the end of the day, all they had were a handful of pictures, and a few random anecdotes about the “success” of their program.

    The Drug Free World Foundation tries their best to create the appearance that they’re on the front lines of worldwide drug prevention, working alongside reputable non-government organizations that have legitimate track records and genuine achievements. Groups like D.A.R.E, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, and many others like them are real organizations engaged in real activities.

    On the other hand, this Scientology PR façade can barely call itself an organization. If you take a look at the more bona fide drug prevention non-profit groups you’ll find organizations with boards of directors, advisory boards, and corporate sponsors—just the sorts of things one would expect from an accredited non-profit group. The Foundation has none of that. On their website they don’t even list any kind of organization structure to let you know who’s in charge. Just a nameless phone number.

    Like everything the COS does, their front group leadership and staff operate in the shadows of anonymity. It’s a splendid irony that with all of their PR huffing and puffing, Scientology is unwilling to acknowledge their association with their own front groups. Guilt by association perhaps.

    To be fair, the Foundation for a Drug-Free World provides free booklets and online courses on the prevention of drug abuse. But here’s the kicker: All of their material has been gleaned and reassembled from the works of L. Ron Hubbard. And make no mistake, Scientologists try their best to keep that fact under wraps. It would seem that they’d rather you not know what they’re actually trying to do.

    And what are they trying to do? The answer is not only simple, it’s Church policy. Absolutely everything they do contains a single bottom line: the expansion of Scientology. Of course, they would tell you that’s a good thing. Many others might differ. But that’s not the point. Any group that covertly promotes their belief system and tries to conceal their true motives with deceptive pretensions is worthy of suspicion.
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  2. Dave B.

    Dave B. Maximus Ultimus Mostimus

    Others here could state it far better than me - but, I think the idea originally was for the front groups to pose as spontaneous "gung-ho" up-risings of people (non-$cientologists) who found Hubbard's stuff and thought it was so wonnerful that they had to create independent groups and share it with the marks..... err, I mean other people. But we all know that said groups were created by $cientology and are micromanaged by the cult, specifically the mighty midget miscabbage.

    Now days the $cientology cult has such a crappy reputation worldwide they've had to put a new slant on it and hide the $cientology/Hubbard connection as best they can.
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  3. Chris Shugart

    Chris Shugart Patron

    Gung Ho Groups were part of the COS org board, as were Field Auditors and Dianetics Counseling Groups. Sort of the COS version of NGOs. Though they weren't staff per se, their activities were covered by LRH policies just like contracted and non-contracted staff members.
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  4. Dave B.

    Dave B. Maximus Ultimus Mostimus

    Probably the wrong word to use, I didn't mean it in the $cientological sense. I meant raw meat that get a taste of $cn. get all jazzed by it and want to proselytize.
  5. TheOriginalBigBlue

    TheOriginalBigBlue Gold Meritorious Patron

    Scientology - The Cult That Came in from the Cold.

    In John le Carré's 1963 novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, an intelligence officer named Alec Leamas is thrown out of MI6, takes a job at a library, loses himself in drink and is sent to prison for assaulting a shopkeeper. When he emerges from jail, he is approached by a member of the East German intelligence service, the Abteilung, and travels to Holland, where he agrees to work as a double agent.
    Le Carré's precision-engineered story is rightly regarded as a masterpiece, but it would have been almost impossible to construct had the author been writing in the age of the internet, or if the cold warriors of the 1960s had been armed with tablets, laptops and smartphones. Why? Because Leamas's apparent fall from grace is an elaborate MI6 ruse. His behaviour is designed to attract the attention of the Abteilung and to make him look ripe for recruitment. An East German computer and telecommunications whizz would have analysed Leamas's digital trail and inevitably found a flaw in his backstory.
    It is no exaggeration to say that technology has transformed the spy novel as comprehensively as the discovery of fingerprinting changed the detective story. Once upon a time, spies like Alec Leamas could move across borders with ease. Passports were not biometric, photographs were not sealed under laminate, and there were no retinal scanners at airports (which, incidentally, can't be fooled by fitting a glass eye or wearing contact lenses manufactured by 'Q' branch). With computers in their infancy, cover stories would stand up to considerable scrutiny. Typically, an MI6 "backstop" would sit beside a telephone in London, waiting to answer calls from suspicious officials overseas, or reply to letters requesting information about an officer's false identity.
    Nowadays, travelling "under alias" has become all but impossible.
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  6. Steven

    Steven My name is Chris, and I was a Scientologist

    Damn. I wish I had a picture from the CCHR binder to share. It clearly shows that CCHR is intended to redirect unsuspecting public (not scio public) to the Org for services. I assume there’s an identical diagram in the Drug Free World binder.

    Funny thing was that someone from div 6 sent the binder home with me but texted me later that night to say she shouldn’t have given it to me. Now it all makes sense.
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  7. Enthetan

    Enthetan Master of Disaster

    The purpose of all the front groups is to get new people into the Orgs. They are NOT grass root, but are tightly controlled by the hierarchy.
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  8. PirateAndBum

    PirateAndBum Gold Meritorious Patron

    CCHR is the scilon's vehicle to "destroy the psychs". If you think the elimination of the mental health profession and replacing it with scn is "balance" then I suggest you rethink things a bit.

    Seriously? You are naive if you think anything substantial was done. It's all about PR. Period.
  9. Chris Shugart

    Chris Shugart Patron

    I seriously doubt that charles has read any such thing, unless it came from Freedom mag or one of the Church's front group mouth pieces. One has to wonder where this dude gets his info.
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  10. Steven

    Steven My name is Chris, and I was a Scientologist

    I may have talked about this in my introduction post, but I had a bad experience attempting to utilize CCHR for its professed purpose. It was one of those experiences in Scientology that accumulated, building the pressure that caused me to blow.

    I'm a former attorney. (Scientology was my last ditch attempt to change myself to conform to a profession that was always wrong for me. Maybe I'll tell the full story someday.) Although I practiced elder law, I had one younger client in her early 30s who was the beneficiary of a trust. I got a call from her one day from a psychiatric hospital. She'd been involuntarily committed.

    As a quick background, I have little faith in psychiatry (predating my involvement in Scientology by at least a decade). I'm not 100% anti-psych, but the mental health system is a joke and should be approached with extreme caution.

    This client was my only client who knew about my involvement in Scientology, and knowing how anti-psych we were, I was a logical first call. Immediately after doing a quick review of Ohio law regarding commitment, I immediately pulled up the CCHR site and called the closest chapter, Tennessee. There was no answer and I never received a call back. In sum, I called every single CCHR chapter in the US and reached 1! A few numbers were defunct. There was an answer at one, Saint Louis, if I remember correctly: "Saint Louis Dianetics and Scientology" (or something similar) was the greeting. Even as a Scientologist I was floored by that one! I knew Scientology's reputation and couldn't fathom how anyone thought it'd be a good idea to route CCHR calls to the Org without using a separate line! A VOIP line would cost them $9/month.

    So this anti-psych powerhouse that we'd heard so much about during the idiotic events doesn't even have working numbers in the US? Here I am, a Scientologist attorney trying to ACTUALLY fight corrupt psychiatrists who wrongfully committed my client, and Scientology is nowhere to be found. My next call was to the Org, but they tried to route me to CCHR. I let my displeasure be known (kindly), noting that I was out here doing something believing that CCHR had my back but unable to contact them.

    I did eventually reach someone in LA, but she had NOTHING to offer except bullshit talk about Scientology's victories over the psychs. It was an extremely demoralizing experience, to say the least.

    In the end, I wrote a KR about the experience, but I'd wager it got shredded.

    CCHR is 100% bullshit. They're only interested in battles that are going to bring press to CCHR, and by extension, Scientology. They don't actually care about the myriad abuses and absurdities that plague mental health treatment in the US, and presumably, across the globe.
  11. TheOriginalBigBlue

    TheOriginalBigBlue Gold Meritorious Patron

    Suggest you watch Tory's stuff. She used to troll for OSA with stuff like this before she figured things out.

    CCHR separate from COS? Does anyone really think that is realistic?
  12. guanoloco

    guanoloco As-Wased

    Actually, CCHR is a vehicle to get the sheeple to donate to "destroy the psychs". It's really just a chaos merchant with the world about to end because of the psychs and another roaring stat in affluence and power that's somewhere far away from your local scene where they're busting the psychs.

    I doubt CCHR has done anything to a psych, ever. Just my guess. They roll it out to scare the scilons into donation mode and then it moves on.
  13. Enthetan

    Enthetan Master of Disaster

    As far as I know, CCHR has no real existence outside the OSA org board, in their PR dept. As others have noted, they would have no interest in actually helping anyone unless they were certain that the action would result in good PR for Scientology (which is the stat of OSA PR dept), and that the good PR would happen by Thursday at 2:00.