Originally Posted by Gerry Armstrong
Critics and Criticism in Scientology
A few words first about Hamburg’s Scientology Working Group.
I am in touch, mostly by Internet, with people around the world who know of the work being done here by Ms. Caberta and her staff. It is perhaps as well known as Hamburg’s famous „Miniatur Wunderland,“ the world’s largest model railroad. The Scientology Working Group is, of course, known by different people, not happy, model railroad-loving children and other visitors to Hamburg, but survivors and victims of the Scientology cult, and other people involved in the opposition to to the cult’s fraud, abuses and criminality. Ms. Caberta and her group are also well known to Scientology’s leaders who perpetrate that fraud, abuse and crime.
I am a survivor, victim and target of Scientology. I was inside the cult for 12 ½ years, and was terribly abused – defrauded, enslaved and imprisoned. On December 12, I will have been out of the cult for 28 years. All those years, I have been a target of Scientology’s aggressive and criminal policy and practice known as „Fair Game.“ There are thousands of people who are victims and targets just like me. We all, some more than others of course, look to Hamburg and derive strength and even some safety and security from the Working Group, and from the knowledge that the State and people of Hamburg support it.
People too who were never Scientologists but who stand up to the cult on behalf of its victims – attorneys, government officials, clergy, educators – also look to Hamburg.
The working Group is quite unique in the world. My country of Canada has no such group, and one is truly needed. Not every city in Germany perhaps needs such a group, because Hamburg’s group has done so well. But Germany needs a group, and the world needs a group, and Hamburg – thanks be to God – is that group. It is knowledgeable, accessible and human.
Because people everywhere know about the Miniatur Wunderland, and know about model railroads, is not a good reason to shrink or eliminate the Miniatur Wunderland. Because Ms. Caberta’s group has been effective in educating people about Scientology’s dangers is not a good reason to curtail the group’s activities.
Scientology’s membership might be declining slightly, but it is still dangerous – to society and to its own members. The recent revelations of physical assaults and other abuse by cult leader David Miscavige, and long, unlawful incarcerations of his Scientologist juniors show that it’s actually more dangerous than ever inside.
Because Scientology under Miscavige is abusing people terribly, we have no choice but to keep up the pressure against him and his cult – with media, legal processes, protests, etc. But, as history with other destructive cults has shown, with such pressure comes increased possibilities of tragedies and mass exoduses of members, all of whom are victims, who will need help. We pray and work, of course, for no such tragedy, but we must be prepared for it. For that reason too, we in this conflict look to Hamburg, and pray that this group keeps working.
If Hamburg hosted World Cup football, the security needs would be enormous. If security was successful, no catastrophe would happen. If no catastrophe happened in the event’s first weeks, it would make no sense to withdraw security in the final week to save money, or because security had been so effective or had done such a good job. No, security would be maintained until the event was complete. For the same reason, we who understand Scientology and its dangers to security ask that the Hamburg Working Group be kept working.
This would also, of course, send a clear message to Scientology’s leaders and deny them the „big win“ they seek against Ms. Caberta and Hamburg.
To understand Scientology’s treatment and handling of critics and criticism, internally and externally, it is necessary to understand that the cult is a dictatorship and at war.
Scientology’s enemies in its war are a class of people called „Suppressive Persons“ or „SPs.“ Anyone who criticizes Scientology, or its dictator David Miscavige is an SP. Scientology says that SPs are completely evil and cause all illness and every other problem in the world. In truth, SPs are simply good people with the courage to stand up to Scientology and criticize it.
Scientology’s rules of criticism and dealing with critics are complex, often extremely rigid, and at times totally arbitrary.
The rules of criticism are very different for Dictator Miscavige than they are for other Scientologists. When I was inside, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard ran the cult and the rules were very different for him than for the rest of us.
Hubbard could, and Miscavige can criticize anyone , and no one can criticize them. Anyone who dared to criticize them would be severely punished. If they even suspected that someone harbored a critical thought that person would be punished. There are credible reports coming out of Scientology recently of Miscavige physically beating juniors just because he felt they were thinking critical thoughts about him.
The leader’s „criticisms“ of his juniors can be nasty, defamatory black propaganda. The juniors cannot even tell the truth about the leader.
For Scientologists generally, there are certain things that are always beyond critcism, and any criticism of them is punished. E.g.,
1. Scientology works;
2. Hubbard is right;
3. Miscavige is right;
4. Management is right;
5. Scientology is the most ethical group on the planet.
These assertions are complete lies, and of course, deserve a great deal of criticism.
1. Scientology does not work as it claims, but is a criminal fraud;
2. Hubbard was a monstrous liar, in fact he was declared a pathological liar in the first case in which Scientology sued me;
3. Miscavige is an equally big liar, and a sociopath;
4. Scientology management is dishonest and criminal;
5. Scientology is arguably the most unethical group in the world.
Scientology indoctrinates its members with the idea (which cannot be questioned or criticized) that people who criticize it, or criticize Hubbard, Miscavige or Mangement are criminals with crimes in their past for which they can be imprisoned. Because of this, Scientologists learn to suppress any reasonable criticism they could have of these things – which deserve obvious criticism – and don’t even bring their criticisms up to consciousness.
Scientology subjects its members to „security checks“ using the E-meter as a lie detector to find any disagreements or criticisms they might have. These sec checks can even be „gang bang“ style in which a person is locked in a room, put on the meter and multiple people interrogate him, scream accusations at him, and attempt to break him down to confess to criticisms he had.
For people who do criticize Scientology, Hubbard, Miscavige, etc., Scientology’s intelligence or security personnel are instructed to find or manufacture evidence of their crimes. Scientologists and their agents have attempted several times to have me criminally prosecuted on manufactured evidence – in the US, including with the FBI, and even in Russia.
Just as there are things in Scientology that may not be criticized, there are things that must be critricized. E.g.,
3. The whole wog world and all wogs (what Scientologists call us, human beings);
4. Anyone who leaves Scientology;
5. All critics or SPs.
If a Scientologist even „grants credence“ to an SP – which could be as little as acknowledging that something about the SP, or something the SP is saying, is okay – the Scientologist can be declared an SP and made „Fair Game.“
Being declared an SP is a terrifying experience for most Scientologists, and they will do almost anything to avoid it. The threat of being declared an SP is used constantly inside to control the members.
Being declared an SP means that the person is disconnected from friends and family members who remain „in good standing“ in Scientology. The cult denies that disconnection, or Fair Game exist, but these are simply lies, which to these practices’ victims are very cruel.
My wife Caroline was declared an SP for criticizing Scientology and Hubbard, and the cult’s leadership disconnected her daughter from her, and she has not communicated to Caroline in over 8 years.
Caroline was inside Scientology and a devoted member for 24 years. She paid over $60 thousand, and worked many years for slave wages. Yet the leadership would turn on her, black PR her, destroy her relationship with her only child, Fair Game her in the US, Canada and even in Germany, just because she dared criticize the cult and it creator.
Because I criticized Scientology and Hubbard, current cult head Miscavige has had me physically assaulted six times, spied on, sued six times, and relentlessly black PRed. Scientology agents have run covert intelligence operations on me and my family, bankrupted me, broken into my car and stolen my possessions, caused trouble for me with my employers, and caused potential employers to not employ me.
All these Fair Game actions have, of course, given me even more to criticize Scientology for. In fact they have made criticizing Scientology even more necessary for my health,sanity and safety, and the safety of my family and fellow SPs.
When everyone is free to criticize what in Scientology needs criticism, and when Scientologists are free to criticize and are no longer in fear of punishment if they criticize their organization’s evils, then the war will be over. Then the Hamburg Working Group can declare „Mission Accomplished“ and we can all go off to other careers, crusades or callings.
Originally Posted by Graham Berry
How the Scientology Organization deals with external criticism, illustrated by the example of the Anonymous Movement in the U.S.A.
I wish to thank the State of Hamburg and Ursula Caberta for inviting me to deliver my opinions on how the Church of Scientology handles its external critics. The brief answer is that Scientology handles critical messages by attacking and trying to destroy the messenger with denials, deception, distraction and defamation. However, the messenger must first be personally identified before the messenger is personally destroyed. The great success of Anonymous has been anonymity. The Anonymous mask has become the external critic’s free-speech foil against the cult.
The Anonymous movement against the criminal and abusive behavior of the Scientology enterprise began in mid January 2008 with the publication of the Andrew Morton book on Tom Cruise and the Anonymous Internet release of a 2004 Scientology recruiting video featuring Tom Cruise. Anonymous criticized the Scientology racketeering enterprise for many of the same reasons that were recently stated in the Australian Parliament by Federal Senator Xenophon. He called the Church of Scientology “a criminal organization.” In my opinion and experience Senator Xenophon and the Anonymous Movement are correct. The Church of Scientology is an international criminal, psycho-terror and hate group.
When Anonymous made public statements that criticized the Scientology enterprise and its totalitarian tyrant David Miscavige it committed what Scientology calls “a suppressive act” and Anonymous became Suppressive Persons or SPs. Scientology teaches that real SPs are “monsters” and “utterly nuts.” Hubbard also wrote that SPs are about 2.5% of the population and they are to be eliminated, exterminated quietly and without sorrow.”
The Scientology enterprise may be unique among criminal organizations in that it has written copyrighted Suppressive Person policies and practices on how to destroy and eliminate anyone who dares to publicly criticize its real activities and agenda. The Suppressive Person policy letters are part criminal manifesto and conspiracy, part psycho-terror manifesto, and part treason and sedition. There are dozens of such copyrighted documents. Today I only focus upon a few that are identified in the endnotes to this paper.
In the 1996 Scientology policy letter “Attacks on Scientology” Scientologists are instructed upon the correct procedure for handling criticism. There are six major commands. First, identify the attacker. Second, investigate the attacker. Third, suggest others investigate the attacker. Fourth, and I quote, “Start feeding lurid, blood sex crime evidence on the attackers to the press.” Fifth, and again I partially quote, “make it rough on the attackers. Sixth, forget about being sued for defamation. “We investigate and expose-the attack ceases,” wrote L. Ron Hubbard. However, Hubbard did not envision the emergence of anonymous protests against the Scientology’s religious and political mafia. The brilliance of the Anonymous matrix is that it short circuits the Scientology Suppressive Person policies and practices. Scientology cannot investigate, attack, and destroy what it cannot first identify.
Within the closed Scientology society the task of handling outside criticism is the responsibility of the Church of Scientology International Office of Special Affairs or “OSA.” OSA is divided into three main divisions: public relations, investigations and legal. The copyrighted policies and practices of the investigation section are horrifying, particularly for a tax exempt group claiming to be a church. You can read the 1991 Investigations Officer training course (or “hat pack”) of Frank Oliver on the Internet. The training course (“hat pack”) for the President of the Church of Scientology International is even more horrific. It includes many of the same policies and practices of the old Guardian’s Office; the B1-B2 hat pack.
When the Anonymous Movement burst upon the world Scientology scene in early 2008, with over 9,000 masked protestors on the streets of over forty nations, OSA was ambushed and flailing. Where did the thousands of new protestors come from? They had to be identified, investigated, sued in the courts and “utterly destroyed,” as a warning to others not to stand in the way of Scientology’s agenda for total world wide domination and the extermination of all critics, “quietly and without sorrow.” In 1945 Europe pledged never to let such a thing happen again. In 1993 the United States Treasury Department was extorted into granting Scientology tax-free status to finance such activities and the United States Department of State was directed to pressure all foreign governments to do the same. The United States government also assumed contractual responsibility for blocking any international police (or Interpol) activity against the Scientology enterprise.
The United States Departments of Treasury and State continue to advance the Scientology agenda around the world while the FBI and the INS have been neutered and sit impotently upon the sidelines, ignoring all manner of blatant illegality, civil rights breaches and human rights violations. The United States official blind-eye to Scientology crime, abuse and psycho-terror has filtered down to the States where police departments and local governments have been compromised by Scientology lies, deception and corruption. Strangely, the record demonstrates that United States government officials are willing to fight Islamic extremism and terror abroad but they are terrified and unwilling to fight Scientology extremism and psycho-terror at home. Anonymous now has to do it for them and they do it daily in over 110 cities and 42 countries. One can read the daily breaking news on the battle against Scientology extremism on Home - Why We Protest, Operation Clambake - The Inner Secrets Of Scientology or the Ex-Scientologist message board (Ex Scientologist Message Board) to name but three of perhaps hundreds of relevant Internet sites. Scientology had never confronted such a phenomenon before and it has been overwhelmed.
The Scientology enterprise responded to the Anonymous exposure of damaging information, condemnation and protest demonstrations as it always does, by hiring lawyers, private investigators and covert agents. A former senior United States Department of Justice prosecutor at one of the world’s largest law firms, Latham & Watkins, was hired to work with the Scientology in-house lawyers. A large number of other law firms were also hired for the same work. Many dozens, some estimated hundreds, of private detectives were hired. One private investigation firm in particular stood out. According to its website, it specializes in electronic and computer surveillance and is staffed by former CIA and FBI agents, one who still claims top secret security clearances. David Miscavige and his Scientology enterprise spent many millions of tax-exempt dollars in this attempt to destroy the civil rights and lives of thousands of young citizens, many of them high school or college students. This outrageous abuse of religious tax-exempt status continues in the United States and around the world to this very day.
Scientology staff and private investigators stalked these young people as best they could. The young protestors were followed to their cars and local law enforcement, such as the Los Angeles Police Department, were induced to engage in spurious traffic stops of some of these young people to obtain their identities and then pass the information onto Church of Scientology staff and private investigators. Other L.A.P.D officers requested protestors’ identification while standing beneath fixed Scientology surveillance cameras so that OSA could simultaneously read the same information. Then Latham & Watkins, and other law firms, used private investigators to deliver threatening “cease and desist” letters, full of false accusations, to these young patriots, their parents and employers. In this despicable manner, the mighty Latham & Watkins law firm was responsible for intimidating many of these young Americans out of the exercise of their civil rights. Reportedly, one Anonymous participant was visited by Scientology uber attorney Kendrick Moxon who reportedly threatened to destroy the career of the father of the Anonymous participant unless he stopped protesting against Scientology crime and abuses. Hubbard declared that “those who attack Scientology are provenly suppressive … These persons can always lose their jobs.”
This massive and tax-exempt harassment of the Anonymous movement continues as OSA tries to identify, investigate, and silence these young critics. “When we want someone haunted we investigate,” said Hubbard. “The defense of anything is untenable. “The only way to defend anything is to attack,” Scientology teaches.
A Scientology OSA investigation also involves invading the targets’ privacy. It involves telling lies. “The only way you can control someone is to lie to them,” wrote L. Ron Hubbard. Intelligence gathering is part and parcel of Scientology investigations and litigation. According to Hubbard, intelligence gathering can include: “infiltration, bribery, buying information, robbery and black mail. The last two are of course illegal.” Scientology requires its documents evidencing illegal activity to be stored in easily transferred “Red Boxes.”
Then there is “Black Propaganda,” which Scientology/OSA Network Order 15 defines as “a covert communication of false data intended to injure, impede or destroy the life of another person.” This overlaps with the Scientology document PR Series 18 in which Church of Scientology staffers are ordered to invent whatever they wish to allege.” Elsewhere, Hubbard ordered his church to “manufacture enough threat against” critics to cause them to sue for peace.” This is part of the policy of “Dead Agenting” or neutralizing external critics such as Anonymous. “Dead Agenting” often includes a “Noisy Investigation.” In Scientology’s “Manual of Justice” it is stated, “tell the detective we don’t care if they know you’re investigating them for us. In fact, the louder the better. … Scientology punishment is gruesome to see.” In fact, Scientology rewards and punishes it staff according to weekly statistics consisting of “the number of cases successfully investigated and the number of derogatory new stories … related to enemies of Scientology.”
To many people, Scientology is synonymous with the phrase “Fair Game.” Scientology teaches that “all people who oppose Scientology are criminals and Suppressive Persons.” Under the Fair Game Law critics of Scientology are to be destroyed by any means possible without punishment of the Scientologist. Scientology falsely claims it cancelled the Fair Game Law. However, it was expressly preserved for the handling of Suppressive Persons. In 1980, leading Scientology executives admitted in court that the “Fair Game Law” had never really been done away with. In 1990, in the Wollersheim case, Scientology argued unsuccessfully that the Fair Game Law should be deemed a protected religious practice. For example, in the Policy Letter on “Penalties for Lower Conditions it actually states, “SP Order. (comment: ‘Suppressive Person Declaration’) Fair Game. May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed.” Furthermore, a substantial number of United States court decisions, some relatively recent, hold that Fair Game continues as the underlying, often unspoken theme, which motivates the demonstrably despicable and often criminal behavior of the Scientology enterprise. The Church of Scientology was the first church ever convicted of criminal conduct in Canada. Recently, it was convicted of fraud in France and a major criminal prosecution is pending in Belgium. New Zealand and New South Wales in Australia have just announced criminal investigations and an Australian Federal Government criminal investigation is under consideration.
If the external critic of Scientology is not “shuddered into silence” by Scientology identification, investigation and harassment then OSA will try litigation as a weapon of intimidation. Scientology copyrighted policy and practice also involves the use of litigation to harass and destroy people rather than to win. “The purpose of the [law] suit is to harass and discourage rather than to win,” wrote L. Ron Hubbard. He also wrote that there is no other animal in the world like a Scientology law suit.
In the Allard case, the court opined that Scientology believed it “had carte blanche to violate the rights of others, frame critics in order to destroy them, burglarize public and private offices and steal documents outlining the strategy of individuals and organizations that the church had sued. These suits were filed by the church for the sole purpose of financially bankrupting its critics and in order to create an atmosphere of fear so that critics would shy away from First Amendment rights secured them by the Constitution. … Anyone who did not agree with [Scientology] was considered an enemy against whom the so-called ‘Fair Game’ doctrine could be invoked.” The Allard court further held that Hubbard had defined “truth is what is true for you, and illegal is what is contrary to Scientology and not pursuant to Scientology’s approved program. … they could commit crimes so long as it was in the interests of Scientology.”
The Scientology enterprise also pollutes and corrupts the legal process with additional copyrighted and written policies and practices. These include TR-L (Training Routine-Lying), Hatting the Witness, and Addendum to Hatting the Witness, How to tell an Acceptable Truth and the Religion policy letter which provides that “what is true for you is what you have observed for yourself.” Because Scientology is a totalitarian, closed, compartmentalized organization, where Scientology staff only operate in discreet sectors, they believe they can claim that anything they have not personally observed is untrue.
Scientology further corrupts the court process by punishing Scientologists who testify against another Scientologist or the interests of Scientology. The impact of punishing a Scientologist as a Suppressive Person for adverse testimony in court is to coerce the use of perjury in litigation and to commit repeated frauds upon the courts.
Then there is the use of Black Dianetics in litigation. Black Dianetics is also known in Scientology as “reverse processing. Hubbard wrote that Black Dianetics can be used to drive person into any kind of insanity that is wanted. Scientology lawyers do not hesitate to use this in court proceedings and only an appropriately trained Scientologist can see it happening. I saw it being used in the FactNet case against Robert Vaughn Young. Scientology lawyers used “reverse processing” to re-stimulate Mr. Young’s experience of a Scientology “gang bang security check” he had endured in 1987. Mr. Young was reduced to tears and begged me to interrupt the subtle abuse. When I did, to protect the witness from further abuse, I was sanctioned by the court.
Scientology has used all these Suppressive Person handling policies to deal with the Anonymous movement and its criticism of the Scientology enterprise. In the United States there have been too many examples to even mention in this paper. I have already discussed the mammoth expenditure of tax-exempt moneys to try and “utterly destroy” the messages and lives of many thousands of American citizens for exercising their First Amendment rights to speak out against Scientology crime, abuse, civil rights violations and human rights violations. Scientology alleged in public statements, police complaints and the so-called Anti-Anonymous DVD that the participants in the Anonymous movement had engaged in the world’s biggest terrorist attack upon a religion, threatened to detonate nuclear bombs in Scientology facilities, mailed suspected Anthrax packages to 24 Scientology facilities and fired bullets into Scientology properties. The F.B.I. and L.A.P.D. investigated the serious allegations and no action was taken. Scientology used the Anti-Anonymous DVD in Clearwater, Florida in an unsuccessful request for a court injunction to stop the Anonymous movement protesting Scientology crime and abuse. The judge commented that there was not a shred of evidence to support the Scientology allegations of potential violence against Scientologists. Ironically, over the past 18 months Anonymous is not known to have engaged in any physical attack upon a Scientologist while there have been numerous physical attacks by Scientologists upon Anonymous protestors.
The civil rights violations have involved repeated street closures to prevent Anonymous protestors from picketing outside Scientology offices and facilities, stopping critics from using a charter bus, a Subway Restaurant and the restaurants of the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Scientology attorney Kendrick Moxon had protestor Sean Carasov falsely arrested at an anti-Scientology picket in Los Angeles. I represented him and the case was dismissed. Donald Myers (also known as the Angry Gay Pope) was then sued at attorney Moxon’s behest. I represented Myers, we won half the case but Scientology still obtained a restraining order preventing him from picketing outside a Scientology office building. Another protestor known as Anonymous Orange was arrested multiple times for protesting Scientology abuse. I represented him too and the case was dismissed. In Las Vegas Moxon submitted a deceptive affidavit alleging terrorist activity by a young man known as Camera Anonymous. Two Las Vegas Police Department SWAT teams took this young man down at 3 a.m. one night. Scientology and the Las Vegas Police Department then requested a six month delay in court proceedings to develop a case against the young man. The judge gave them three months. The use of such massive police force should have required firm evidence before the two SWAT teams swooped. Local police in other communities have also been deceived by Scientology’s OSA into violating the civil rights of the Anonymous Protestors. As the St. Petersburg Times has written, “Scientology does not want to be criticized or harassed, but it does not hesitate to harass and intimidate others. … it will spend virtually unlimited time and money on pursuing, setting up and bringing down its critics. That’s not like any church we know.”
I am in awe of the tens of thousands of young Anonymous participants who have withstood the unlawful and unethical attacks of Scientology’s litigation juggernaut with its wars of attrition and vexatious lawsuits. Ironically, L. Ron Hubbard himself sets forth the Scientology policy that “the criminal accuses others of what he himself is doing … the criminal mind relentlessly seeks to destroy anyone it imagines might expose it.”
Anonymous and the others who fight Scientology totalitarian extremism act out of frustration with the governments and their law enforcement agencies that have failed us by not fighting Scientology’s psycho-terror, criminal conduct and human rights abuses. In the view of so many around the world, the Scientology problem is one for the United States Federal and State governments to take the lead in handling. It is the United States government that was deceived, extorted and over-whelmed into granting Scientology a unique tax status to be expressly denied all other religions. It is the United States Departments of State and Treasury which actively promote the Scientology agenda around the world. The individual citizens of the United States are subsidizing this Scientology reign of domestic “psycho-terror,” crime and abuse through the 1993 grant of tax-exempt status to over 166 Scientology corporate entities.
Consequently, it has fallen to the State of Hamburg Working Group on Scientology, led by Ursula Caberta, other German state governments, other European governments, Anonymous and many other brave citizens, to oppose the Scientology juggernaut's world wide totalitarian take-over plans. Europe has seen how totalitarian groups deceptively insinuate themselves into power and tyranny. Scientology must be stopped from destroying more lives and dreams, and from creating an Orwellian-like future for our planet. Apathy and inaction are not the solution. Anonymous action, government investigations, police prosecutions and the revocation of Scientology’s tax-free status are among the answers.