This is a cold-blooded and factual account of your last sixty trillion years.

This is useful knowledge. With it the bond again see, the lame walk, the ill recover, the insane become sane and the sane become saner. By its use the thousand abilities Man has sought to recover become his once more.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Scientology: A History of Man is a book by L. Ron Hubbard, first published in 1952 under the title What to Audit by the Scientific Press of Phoenix. According to the author, it provides “a coldblooded and factual account of your last sixty trillion years.” It has gone through many editions since its first publication and is a key text of the Church of Scientology. The book has been ridiculed by critics of Scientology for its unusual writing style and pseudoscientific claims; it has been described as “a slim pretense at scientific method … blended with a strange amalgam of psychotherapy, mysticism and pure science fiction; mainly the latter.”

According to Christopher Evans (citing auditor Perry Chapdelaine), the book originated in Scientology auditing sessions held in Wichita, Kansas in early 1952. Chapdelaine said that Hubbard would “settle himself on a couch with a tape recorder handy and an ‘auditor’ who would be expected to provide appropriate feedback. In no time a flow of introspection – like the free association characteristic of a psychoanalytic session – would begin.”

In a different account, Hubbard’s son, L. Ron Hubbard Jr. (otherwise known as “Nibs,” or Ronald DeWolf) and Hubbard senior’s medical officer, Jim Dincalci, have both stated that the book’s content originated when Hubbard fed his son amphetamines:

[Hubbard] gave his son Nibs some amphetamines, and Nibs started talking, he said, started really going talking fast, from the speed. And he kept talking, he kept talking, and his dad kept giving him speed and all of a sudden he was talking about his history, when he was a clam and all these different situations in early Earth. And out of that came History of Man.

The book describes numerous incidents that, according to Hubbard, occurred to the thetan or the genetic entity in past lives. Although commonly misinterpreted as an alternative theory of evolution, the purpose of the incidents list is that individuals have subconscious memories of past lives as clams, sloths, and cavemen, and that those memories result in neuroses, known as ‘engrams’. These stages of biological history, some typified by an animal and others typified by other items, were marked by traumatic incidents which have to be “run out” using an E-meter.

A History of Man has attracted a good deal of comment from critical reviewers and analysts of Scientology. As Marco Frenschkowski notes, it is a “very strange book easily ridiculed”. Ex-Scientologist Jon Atack describes it as “among the most bizarre of Hubbard’s works, [which] deserves the cult status that some truly dreadful science fiction movies have achieved”. The Anderson Report of 1965 comments that “To say it is an astonishing document does not adequately convey the peculiar qualities or contents of “The History of Man … For compressed nonsense and fantasy it must surpass anything theretofore written.” Hubbard’s unofficial biographer Russell Miller describes it in similar terms as “one of Hubbard’s most bizarre works and possibly the most absurd book ever written”, which “invited the derision which was inevitably forthcoming.”[14] Bent Corydon, a former Scientologist, criticises A History of Man on Scientological grounds, pointing out that Hubbard’s “imaginings, opinions, or observations” are presented as established facts – in effect, instructing the Scientologist in what he should remember, rather than letting him find out for himself. 

Jon Atack and Mike Rinder on Scientology’s wackiest book: ‘A History of Man’

Perhaps a little background is pertinent. In 1952, down on his luck after the collapse and bankruptcy of the Dianetic Foundations, Hubbard set about creating Scientology. To escape prosecution for practicing medicine without a license and to side-step the massive debts his princely lifestyle had generated, Hubbard had signed over all of his rights in Dianetics to oil man Don Purcell. He had to find a new name and a new technique, which took only a few days.

Hubbard College started out across town from the bankrupt Dianetic Foundation in Wichita, Kansas. After “inadvertently” acquiring the address printing plates from the latter organization (about 40 pounds weight), Hubbard bombarded the mailing list with more than 30 letters complaining about Purcell (a “monied montebank”, sic) and his own debilitated state – “My bank account is $0.02”. Nonetheless, he boasted new and infinitely superior techniques that, as ever, would fulfill all needs. He started to air a mixture of ideas from science fiction and his prime guru Aleister Crowley (my “Possible Origins of Dianetics and Scientology” expands on Jeff Jacobsen’s excellent work) and picked up the word Scientology – used forty years earlier to mean “pseudo-science” and twenty years earlier to mean Nazi Aryan race craziness. The first mention of indwelling “entities” and a fixation with electronics characterize this period.

Hubbard hit the ground running on 25 February with the “whole track lectures” where he expanded his ideas into what both he and Crowley before him called “past lives,” giving a “Summary of Aberrative Incidents (before time begins…).” A few days later, he first used the word “Scientology” and gave the first demonstration of the Mathison electrometer, which would soon become the Hubbard electrometer.

As part of the sales promotion for the E-meter, Hubbard wrote, “With the advent of the 1952 dianetic techniques, your electropsychometer became a tool so vital in processing that I actually do not know how an auditor can work without one; and know certainly that an auditor who does try to work without one sacrifices the reality of his preclear [client], and at the very minimum quadruples the amount of time he should put on the case.” (How to “sacrifice the reality” of a preclear is not explained.)

Hubbard worked fervently, ignoring the Dianetic debacle. In May, John Campbell Jr, the man who two years before had been Hubbard’s chief publicist, complained, “In a healthy and growing science, there are many men who are recognized as being competent in the field, and no one man dominates the work…. To the extent Dianetics is dependent on one man, it is a cult. To the extent it is built on many minds and many workers it is a science.”

Despite a barrage of publicity, many followers had been shaken by the scandal of Hubbard’s divorce and the antagonism he had roused in many of those who’d helped him (and the barrels of cash he’d managed to squander). From 150,000 book sales in 1950, Hubbard was only able to persuade 38 people to fork out the $500 for the Philadelphia “Doctorate” Course, in December of 1952.

Although Hubbard would assert that people leave because of guilt at their transgressions (“overts”), he frequently “blew.” He rarely stayed in one place for any length of time, such were his “overts.” May found the Hubbard College in Phoenix, Arizona. This is where, his abandoned but doting firstborn, Ron Jr or “Nibs” turned up.

Nibs would be his father’s right-hand man – and enforcer – for seven years. In a few weeks, the eighteen-year-old was Director of Training and Chief Instructor. He was also enlisted in the latest research program – to write a “factual and cold-blooded account” of our “last sixty trillion years” (or “seventy-six trillion” in the Miscavige edition of 2007 – the text does veer into “70-74 trillion” and “76 trillion”).

Nibs, his dad and his newly married stepmom, Mary Sue (who was only three years his senior) took handfuls of amphetamines and examined their “whole track” – the complete history of their existence since the beginning of time.

This awesome project took a mere two weeks. An 89-page mimeographed (old school photocopied) book called What to Audit began the printed outpourings of Scientology. The book would later be
restyled, Scientology: A History of Man.

The following interaction with ChatGPt on various quotes from Hubbard’s book is designed to get an unbiased reaction from an artificial intelligence program on claims that he wrote.:

Here is the first prompt:

Examine the following text and explain any flaws in the logic or claims that are made: “In the first place, there was something wrong with Man. An animal such as a cat, even a reptile, a lizard, had habit patterns which carried him through his early days. Not Man. Why not? As usual, a lot of vagueness answered this. The very schools of ‘thought’ that said Man was just another animal bogged utterly on why it was that babies, the young of this very intelligent animal, are much more stupid than kittens. That was only one thing wrong with Man that wasn’t explained.

The further one investigated, the more one came to understand that here, in this creature Homo Sapiens, were entirely too many unknowns. People who suddenly, out of no observable training, begin to speak foreign tongues, men who ‘seem to remember having been here before,’ strange yearnings in people for various parts of the country or the world or the stars of which they have no actual knowledge, such things are routine puzzles.”

The text you provided raises several points and observations, but it does not present solid evidence or logical reasoning to support its claims fully. Here are some flaws in the logic and claims made in the text:

1. Generalization: The text makes a sweeping generalization about all of humanity by stating, “There was something wrong with Man.” This is a broad and unsupported claim. It is not accurate or fair to make such a sweeping judgment about an entire species without clear evidence or data.

2. Lack of Evidence: The text mentions that babies are “much more stupid than kittens,” but it fails to provide concrete evidence to back up this statement. It is essential to rely on scientific research and data to support claims about intelligence or cognitive abilities.

3. Undefined “Unknowns”: The text mentions that there are “entirely too many unknowns” in Homo Sapiens. However, it does not specify what these “unknowns” are or provide any evidence for this assertion. Without defining the unknowns, it is challenging to evaluate their impact or significance.

4. Anecdotal Evidence: The text uses anecdotes (people speaking foreign languages, memories of past lives, strange yearnings) as evidence of unknowns or unexplained phenomena. While anecdotes can be intriguing, they do not constitute robust evidence and can be subject to biases and misinterpretations.

5. Lack of Causal Explanation: The text points out observed phenomena (e.g., babies being less developed than kittens) but fails to provide a causal explanation or a thorough analysis of potential factors contributing to these differences. Without causal explanations, it is difficult to draw meaningful conclusions.

6. Overreliance on Vagueness: The text criticizes others for being vague in explaining certain phenomena, but it falls into vagueness itself by using terms like “something wrong with Man” without clear definitions or supporting evidence.

7. Absence of Context: The text lacks context for the claims made, such as historical or cultural considerations. Human behavior and development are influenced by a wide range of factors, including social, environmental, and biological ones, which should be taken into account when discussing intelligence or behaviors.

In conclusion, the text raises intriguing observations about human behavior and development but fails to provide solid evidence or logical reasoning to support its claims fully. It relies on generalizations, anecdotes, and vague statements, which weaken the overall strength of its argument. To make credible claims about complex human behaviors, it is essential to rely on rigorous scientific research and critical analysis.

To provide a comparison of AI models, the same prompt was issued to Google’s Bard AI site with the following response:

The text makes several claims, but there are flaws in the logic of each one.

First, the text claims that there is something wrong with humans because they do not have the same habit patterns as other animals. However, this is not necessarily true. Humans do have habit patterns, but they are more complex than those of other animals. For example, humans learn from their experiences and can adapt their behavior accordingly. This is why humans are able to survive in a variety of environments, while other animals are more limited in their range.

Second, the text claims that babies are more stupid than kittens. This is also not necessarily true. Babies are born with a limited amount of knowledge, but they learn very quickly. By the time they are toddlers, they have learned to walk, talk, and interact with the world around them. Kittens, on the other hand, take much longer to develop these skills.

Third, the text claims that there are too many unknowns about humans. This is true, but it is not necessarily a bad thing. The fact that humans are complex creatures means that there is always more to learn about them. This is what makes humans so fascinating.

The text also makes the claim that people who suddenly speak foreign languages or seem to remember having been here before are routine puzzles. However, there are scientific explanations for these phenomena. For example, people who suddenly speak foreign languages may have been exposed to the language in their early childhood and forgotten about it. People who seem to remember having been here before may be experiencing déjà vu, which is a common phenomenon that is caused by the brain’s faulty memory system.

In conclusion, the text makes several claims about humans, but the logic of these claims is flawed. There is nothing wrong with humans, and there are many things that we do not know about them. However, this does not mean that there is something wrong with humans. It simply means that there is more to learn about them.


One must be very impartial, even brutal, in investigation.
~L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology: A History of Man

The next prompt examines text from Chapter 4:

Examine the following text and attempt to simplify what the writer is trying to convey. Also comment on any observed factual inaccuracies:

“Man’s first real Manhood is found in the PILTDOWN, a creature not an ape, yet not entirely a Man. It is so named not because it is accurately the real Piltdown Man but because it has some similarity.

The PILTDOWN contains freakish acts of strange “logic,” of demonstrating dangerous on one’s fellows, of eating one’s wife and other somewhat illogical activities. The PILTDOWN teeth were ENORMOUS and he was quite careless as to whom and what he bit and often very much surprised at the resulting damage.

Obsessions about biting, efforts to hide the mouth and early familial troubles can be found in the PILTDOWN. It is a wonderful area in which to locate GE overt acts.”


The writer is describing a stage of human development referred to as “Man’s first real Manhood,” which they refer to as “PILTDOWN.” PILTDOWN is not an ape, but it is not entirely human either. It exhibits peculiar behaviors, including strange logic, demonstrating danger to others, eating one’s wife, and engaging in illogical activities. The creature has enormous teeth and is careless about whom or what it bites, causing significant damage. PILTDOWN is associated with obsessions about biting, attempts to hide the mouth, and early familial issues. The writer suggests that studying PILTDOWN can be beneficial in understanding overt acts in individuals referred to as “GE.”

In simpler terms, the writer is describing a transitional stage of human development that they refer to as PILTDOWN, which exhibits odd behaviors and obsessions, including a tendency to bite and harm others. The writer believes that studying PILTDOWN can help in understanding certain actions observed in individuals labeled as “GE.”

As for factual inaccuracies, it’s important to note that the concept of “PILTDOWN” as described by the writer does not correspond to any established scientific or anthropological understanding of human development. The actual Piltdown Man was a famous paleontological hoax involving the fraudulent construction of a supposed early human ancestor. The description provided by the writer seems to be based on metaphorical or speculative terms rather than any scientifically recognized developmental stage. As such, it does not represent factual information about human evolution or behavior.

This work is honest research, done with considerable care. And it will bear up under survey by any competent auditor or investigator.
~L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology: A History of Man

As a fitting conclusion to our investigation, we present a discussion by Jon Atack and Mike Rinder: Scientology: A history of man –– TRUTH REVEALED.

L. Ron Hubbard’s bluster about Dianetics as a “Science of the Mind” and its subsequent evolutionary emergence as the “New Religion” of Scientology was nothing short of a space-age mysticism moneymaking scam powered by sinister brainwashing technics, requiring its members to pay exorbitant amounts of money for “counseling,” read over 200 books by Hubbard, listen to thousands of hours of audiotape, and watch hundreds of DVDs and videos containing instruction on their religio-therapeutic practices called the “tech.”

Unveiling the Influences: Examining L. Ron Hubbard’s
Dianetics and Its Plagiarized Philosophies

Wikipedia: The emergence of Dianetics.

In January 1949, Hubbard informed his literary agent, Forrest J. Ackerman, that he was writing a book on the “cause and cure of nervous tension”, which he was going to call either The Dark Sword or Excalibur or Science of the Mind, and assured Ackerman that the book had “more selling and publicity angles than any book of which I have ever heard”. In the same month, he told Writers’ Markets and Methods magazine that he was working on a “book of psychology”.

In April 1949, Hubbard told the Gerontological Society at Baltimore City Hospital that he was preparing a paper with the somewhat unwieldy title of Certain Discoveries and Researches Leading to the Removal of Early Traumatic Experiences Including Attempted Abortion, Birth Shock and Infant Illnesses and Accidents with an Examination of their Effects Physiological and Psychological and their Potential Influence on Longevity on the Adult Individual with an Account of the Techniques Evolved and Employed. Hubbard’s letter was “politely received”, but the Society apparently declined involvement. He also wrote to the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association.7 These letters, and their responses, have not been published, though Hubbard later said that they had been negative.

In 1949, Hubbard told his friend John W. Campbell, the editor of Astounding Science Fiction magazine and publisher of many of Hubbard’s short stories, about his work. Campbell had been one of Hubbard’s early test subjects and believed that Hubbard’s techniques had cured his persistent sinusitis, so he was an enthusiastic supporter. In a letter to one of Astounding’s contributors, Jack Williamson, he wrote: “I know dianetics is one of, if not the greatest, discovery of all Man’s written and unwritten history. It produces the sort of stability and sanity men have dreamed about for centuries.”

The 1950 publication of L. Ron Hubbard’s “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health” profoundly impacted the fields of psychology and psychiatry. The book proposed groundbreaking theories about the human mind’s origins, promising to transform perceptions of mental health and wellness.

In the realm of literature and scientific research, appropriate documentation, meticulous testing, and referencing are crucial to establish credibility and reliability. However, these fundamental aspects seem to be missing in L. Ron Hubbard’s seminal work, Dianetics. Instead, he drew liberally from his vibrant imagination, blending it with audacious scientific assertions and unverified arguments, while also paraphrasing many contemporary philosophies he was acquainted with.

L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics: A Pseudoscientific Mess.

“Always a persuasive talker, Hubbard possessed a natural ability to marshal a smattering of knowledge into a cogent and authoritative thesis, interwoven with scientific and medical jargon.”
~ Russell Miller, Bare-Faced Messiah, Chap. 9.

L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics, a book published in 1950, has enjoyed immense popularity. It purports to introduce a new science of mental health capable of curing an array of psychological issues. However, there is no scientific evidence backing these claims.

Hubbard’s book is replete with extravagant scientific assertions and unsupported arguments. He discusses “engrams,” which he defines as distressing memories stored in the subconscious mind that supposedly cause psychological issues. He also suggests that Dianetics can enhance intelligence, eradicate undesirable emotions, and even overcome death. However, there is no scientific evidence to substantiate any of these claims. In fact, many of Hubbard’s concepts about the mind contradict established psychological knowledge. For instance, the existence of a “reactive mind” or “engrams” is unfounded.

Plagiarism: A Pattern of Intellectual Theft.
It seems that Hubbard merely fabricated most of his “revolutionary” ideas. He lacked formal education in psychology and did not carry out any scientific research to validate his assertions. Instead, he appears to have appropriated ideas from various philosophies and religions, merging them with his own imagination.

Consequently, Dianetics is a pseudoscientific muddle, rife with unverified claims and unfounded scientific conjecture. There is no substantiated evidence that it can remedy any psychological issues. In fact, it may potentially cause more harm than benefit. Hubbard relied heavily on his vivid imagination, making bold scientific claims and unsupported arguments. He also paraphrased many contemporary philosophies with which he was familiar.

An Overview of Sigmund Freud’s Theories In simple terms, Sigmund Freud’s theory suggests that human behavior is influenced by unconscious memories, thoughts, and urges.

A central theme in Dianetics is the investigation of the mind-body connection, focusing on how past experiences influence an individual’s current behavior and mental state. However, these concepts were already established by Sigmund Freud, the esteemed Austrian neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis, long before Hubbard’s era. Freud’s theories regarding the unconscious mind, repression, and the impact of early childhood experiences have greatly influenced the field of psychology. Hubbard’s lack of recognition for Freud’s contributions in this domain is a significant omission.

Émile Coué, a French psychologist and pharmacist, is recognized for his groundbreaking work in autosuggestion. Coué advocated the power of positive affirmations and the mind’s capacity to impact physical and mental health. Dianetics draws significantly from Coué’s concepts without appropriate credit, with Hubbard introducing similar methods like “auditing” and “positive affirmations” to manipulate one’s mental condition and encourage self-enhancement. The similarities between Coué’s work and Dianetics are remarkable, demonstrating a clear absence of originality from Hubbard.

According to various schools of Indian philosophy, every action, intent or preparation by an individual leaves a samskara (impression, impact, imprint) in the deeper structure of the person’s mind.

Eastern Philosophy: The Influence of Buddhism on Dianetics.
Dianetics integrates specific ideas from Eastern philosophies, especially Buddhism, without acknowledging the original sources. Hubbard presents the concept of “engrams” as traumatic memories housed in the reactive mind. This idea closely mirrors the Buddhist principle of Saṅkhāra – impressions formed by past experiences that influence an individual’s current behavior. Furthermore, Dianetics’ goal of reaching a “clear” state, characterized by the eradication of negative influences, can be compared to the Buddhist pursuit of enlightenment or nirvana. Hubbard’s refusal to recognize Buddhism’s impact on these concepts is a blatant display of intellectual dishonesty.

Self-Actualization: Abraham Maslow.
Abraham Maslow, a renowned American psychologist, is recognized for his significant contributions to the study of human motivation and the hierarchy of needs. His concept of self-actualization, which he describes as the apex of human psychological development, bears a striking similarity to Hubbard’s idea of achieving a state of “clear” in Dianetics. Both concepts revolve around the pursuit of personal growth, self-awareness, and the realization of one’s full potential. However, Hubbard does not acknowledge Maslow’s foundational work in the field of humanistic psychology.

The first editions of several Hubbard books show that they were compiled or edited from his lectures or indeed written by others. In later editions, the work is attributed simply to Hubbard. The first edition of How to Live Though an Executive carries the statement “The manuscript of this book was prepared by Richard deMille who helped in the development of the communications system herein set forth”. Latter editions simply delete this statement and ascribe the work to Hubbard. Child Dianetics was the work of a team, but again the current edition is attributed solely to Hubbard. The Phoenix Lectures were compiled into book form by members of the Hubbard Association of Scientologists in South Africa, but only the first edition (called Notes on the Lectures given by L. Ron Hubbard at Phoenix 1954) acknowledges this fact. Dianetics the Original Thesis was prepared for publication by Donald Rogers, to whom no acknowledgment is given. Science of Survival was prepared for publication by Richard de Mille, to whom no acknowledgment is given.
~ Jon Atack: Possible origins for Dianetics and Scientology.

Additional reasons why Dianetics is classified as pseudoscience:
Hubbard never disclosed any of his research data. He consistently declined to have his theories scrutinized by independent researchers. Numerous assertions he made contradict our existing scientific knowledge. His concepts regarding the mind derive from personal experiences rather than scientific evidence. Dianetics is a pseudoscience that should not be regarded seriously. For those seeking mental health improvement, it is strongly recommend consulting a qualified therapist or counselor capable of providing evidence-based treatment.

L. Ron Hubbard is frequently acknowledged for presenting innovative ideas in the realm of religion and spirituality. However, upon closer scrutiny of his work, it becomes evident that a significant portion was derived from his imagination, rather than any empirical research or evidence. In composing Dianetics, Hubbard did not provide any research documentation, reference notes, or results from rigorous testing. Instead, he freely wrote from a fusion of his vivid imagination and unfounded scientific claims. He also paraphrased numerous philosophies prevalent during his time with which he was familiar.

Jon Atack confirms…
Possible origins for Dianetics and Scientology.

Jon Atack is the author of the best-selling expose of Scientology Let’s Sell These People a Piece of Blue Sky and several other books. Jon is the world’s foremost expert on the history of both Scientology as well as its founder, L. Ron Hubbard. He also maintains a YouTube channel where, with amazing guests, he shows how to spot, avoid, and overcome exploitative persuasion of all kinds and comments on authoritarian beliefs, and on culture and aesthetics.

My starting point is the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary definition of plagiarism, viz “the taking and using as one’s own of the thoughts, writings, or inventions of another.” Hubbard’s plagiarism was extensive. He took ideas from earlier authors without proper acknowledgment; repudiated his initial, partial acknowledgment of other authors; and many times took ideas from his followers without acknowledging them. By far the majority of Hubbard’s published work was actually readied for publication by others. Over time, acknowledgment for these co-authors has simply been removed from newer publications.

Earlier, Hubbard had said “parts of these answers have been represented in many places under many names.” (The Scientologist – A Manual on the Dissemination of Material, 1955). In a 1954 lecture, Hubbard said, speaking of the Hindu Vedas, “A great deal of our material in Scientology is discovered right back there.” Further, “We find Scientology’s earliest certainly known ancestor in the Veda … we can look back across a certain span of time, across a great many minds and into a great many places where man has been able to sit long enough to think, through this old record, and find where it joins up with the present and to what we, in Scientology are rightly indebted. For to say that out of whole cloth and with no background, a Westerner such as myself should suddenly develop all the things you need to know to do the things they were trying to do, is an incredible and unbelievable and untrue statement.” In the book Creation of Human Ability (1954), Hubbard said “Scientology is an organization of the pertinancies which are mutually held true by all men in all times” and “Almost everything I have studied or observed has been evaluated otherwise somewhere, at some time, in relation to this or that.”

Concerns about the health – particularly mental health – of the U.S. population arose in part due to high rejection rates during the World War II draft in the 1940s. This issue was further emphasized by efforts to address the readjustment of returning veterans.

Furthermore, Hubbard asserted that emotions play a significant role in mental illness, a claim unsupported by scientific evidence. He theorized that emotional disturbances stem from unresolved emotional experiences, which he suggested manifest as physical pain within the body. However, Hubbard provided no substantiating evidence for these assertions, and they remain uncorroborated by subsequent scientific research. Moreover, Hubbard liberally incorporated concepts from various fields of psychology and philosophy, including Freudian, Adlerian, and Jungian psychology. However, he frequently distorted and misrepresented these ideas to suit his own narrative.

World War II had a profound impact on the field of psychology in America. The war brought about a new understanding of the importance of mental health, as soldiers who had experienced trauma returned home with psychological problems. This led to a shift in the way that mental health was treated in America, with a move away from state hospitals and asylums and towards more accessible platforms, such as private practices and community clinics.

This increased accessibility sparked renewed public interest in psychology, as people became more aware of the importance of mental health and the availability of treatment. This zeitgeist was perfectly tapped into by Dianetics, which offered a simple and straightforward solution to many of the problems that people were facing.

L. Ron Hubbard’s book, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, was published in 1950 and quickly became a bestseller. Hubbard’s ideas about the mind and mental health were simple and easy to understand, and they appealed to people who were looking for a quick and easy fix to their problems. Hubbard himself became a celebrity, and he was soon able to build a large following for Dianetics.

However, Dianetics was not without its critics. Many psychologists and scientists dismissed it as a pseudoscience, and they argued that there was no scientific evidence to support Hubbard’s claims. Despite this criticism, Dianetics continued to be popular, and it eventually evolved into the religion of Scientology.

Mental Health for the Everyman: World War II’s Impact on American Psychology

World War II transformed the American psychological field, bringing the treatment of mental health out of state hospitals and asylums and making psychological medicine available to the average person. This accessibility rekindled popular interest in psychology, leading to a shift in how Americans perceived the study and treatment of the mind. United States would eventually lead the world in psychological research and practical application, and in turn, American society became decidedly more psychological in nature.

The practical need presented by World War II led to a shift in the methods applied for psychiatric treatment, as well as increased federal funding for the social sciences. The deliberate expansion of the American psychological field led to a change in how psychology’s role in society was perceived—not only were Americans directing the profession and its practices after World War II, but the American cultural understanding of the self and the individual became more psychological in nature.

Hubbard was also a master of self-promotion. He gave lectures and wrote articles about Dianetics, and he even appeared on the radio and television. He was able to connect with people on a personal level and convince them that Dianetics could help them to improve their lives.

The creation of Dianetics is a milestone for Man comparable to his discovery of fire and superior to his inventions of the wheel and arch…. This is useful knowledge. With it the blind again see, the lame walk, the ill recover, the insane become sane and the sane become saner.
~ L. Ron Hubbard

In addition to his charisma and marketing skills, Hubbard was also able to tap into the cultural hot topic of the time by offering a solution to the problem of mental illness. In the 1950s, mental illness was still widely stigmatized, and there were few effective treatments available. Dianetics offered a new way to think about mental illness, and it promised to help people to recover from even the most severe conditions.

Leukemia is evidently psychosomatic in origin and at least eight cases of leukemia have been treated successfully by Dianetics after medicine had traditionally given up. The source of leukemia has been reported to be an engram containing the phrase “It turns my blood to water.
~ Hubbard bulletin of May 1953, “The Old Man’s Case Book”

The book provided a sense of hope and empowerment, presenting itself as a solution to various life challenges, including mental health disorders, relationships, and career goals. However, in truth, it was merely an elaborate fiction.


Scientology is not in the business of curing ailments in any traditional sense of the word. Auditing is not done to repair the body or heal anything physical, and the E-Meter cures nothing. However, in the process of becoming happier, more able and more aware as a spiritual being through auditing, illnesses that are psychosomatic in origin (meaning illnesses caused by the soul) often disappear.

This blogger examines the original list of claims offered in Dianetics…
Mass Murder In Scientology: Standard Tech.

I have since leaving Scientology found an inescapable conclusion – Scientology as part of a massive fraud has convinced hundreds, perhaps over decades thousands, of people to skip conventional medical treatment and instead pursue Scientology and Dianetics for healing. This has included treatable deadly illnesses such as cancer. One might call this slow motion mass murder.

I don’t know the exact number of deaths this has led to, but cannot fathom it being less than hundreds and possibly even thousands of people.

This [Scientology] is useful knowledge. With it the blind again see, the lame walk, the ill recover, the insane become sane and the sane become saner. By its use the thousand abilities Man has sought to recover become his once more.
Of all the ills of man which can be successfully processed by Scientology, arthritis ranks near the top. In skilled hands, this ailment, though misunderstood and dreaded in the past, already has begun to become history. Twenty-five hours of Scientology by an auditor who fairly understands how to process arthritis can be said to produce an invariable alleviation of the condition. Some cases, even severe ones, have responded in as little as two hours of processing, according to reports from auditors in the field.
~ Ron Hubbard, “Journal of Scientology,” Issue 1-G, 1952
Leukaemia is evidently psychosomatic in origin and at least eight cases of leukaemia had been treated successfully by Dianetics after medicine had traditionally given up. The source of leukaemia has been reported to be an engram containing the phrase ‘It turns my blood to water.’
~ Ron Hubbard, “Journal of Scientology,” Issue 15-G, 1953
Arthritis vanishes, myopia gets better, heart illness decreases, asthma disappears, stomachs function properly and the whole catalogue of illnesses goes away and stays away.
Scientology is the only specific (cure) for radiation (atomic bomb) burns.
~ Ron Hubbard, ALL ABOUT RADIATION, p. 109

All of these factors and claims by individual Scientologists of knowing others who got illnesses such as cancer and then due to being fooled by an elaborate fraud with actual lies – and not just statements within a faith – lead to one predictable result. Those victims of fraud failed to use conventional medicine and many died as a result. I believe the number must be in the hundreds or thousands.

That is murder via medical fraud. I cannot see how any other conclusion is correct. In many places causing death of a human being in the commission of another crime is called felony murder. It sometimes is called depraved indifference homicide. Either can apply in this circumstance.

Hubbard NEEDED his newly crafted
“Science of the Mind” to become a religion.

The Creation of ‘Religious’ Scientology.
Stephen Kent, University of Alberta

Russell Miller uncovered a letter (dated April 10, 1953) in which Hubbard was plotting “to make real money” by “developing the religion angle.” In a letter that he wrote in London and sent to Helen O’Brien (who at the time ran an independent but loyal Scientology office in Philadelphia [see Miller 1987, 194; Wallis 1977, 127]), Hubbard insisted:

We don’t need a clinic. We want one in operation, but not in name. Perhaps we could call it a Spiritual Guidance Center. Think up a name, will you? And we could put in nice desks and our boys in neat blue, with diplomas on the walls and one, knock psychotherapy into history and, two, make enough money to shine up my operating scope, and three, keep the HAS [Hubbard Association of Scientologists] solvent. It is a problem in practical business.

I await your reaction on the religion angle [presumably referring to a Spiritual Guidance Center]. In my opinion, we couldn’t get worse public opinion than we have had or have less customers with what we’ve got to sell. A religious charter would be necessary in Pennsylvania or N.J. to make it stick. But I sure could make it stick. We’re treating the present time beingness. Psychotherapy treats the past and the brain. And brother that’s religion, not mental science.
(Read into court transcript of California Superior Court 1984, 1976–1977; also see Corydon 1996, 330)

Another section of the same letter gave even stronger evidence that Hubbard was plotting to transform Scientology into a financially lucrative enterprise:

If we were able to return there [Phoenix] we’d be able to count on 10 to 15 preclears per week at $500 for 24 hours of processing. That is real money. I have seen it happen before. We get more preclears at $850 per week intensive. Charge enough and we’d be swamped. We need that money. We should not long plan to have it siphoned away.
(California Superior Court, 1984, 4620)

Although a few of these passages are open to varying interpretations, Miller and other critics (for example, Corydon and Hubbard 1987, 310) interpret them to indicate that Hubbard saw religion as a way to make money and protect his techniques from scrutiny by mental health and medical regulators (and likely tax agents) while trying to replace psycho-therapy.

Having had his New Jersey foundation raided in January 1951 for allegedly teaching medicine without a license, Hubbard likely realized that “the religion angle” would insulate his fledging Scientology practices from secular regulators.

Scientology is evil; its techniques evil; its practice a serious threat to the community; medically, morally and socially.
~ Report of the Board of Inquiry into Scientology for the state of Victoria, Australia, 1965

Dianetics Changes Over Time.
by Geoff Burling

While idling thru a used bookstore in Salem this week, I stumbled across an older copy of Hubbard’s Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. (copyright, 1950; 21st printing dated November, 1971). Since it was less than a dollar, I decided to pick it up, & satisfy my curiousity about what changes he made to this work in the 1970’s.

I have to admit right off the bat that I have done little more than skimmed the book, so I cannot offer a decisive answer to this question, but even a cursory comparison shows that Hubbard made one consistent & important change to his work: every place where another author’s name appears in this work has been omitted. Reading the later version of Dianetics, I was led to assume that Hubbard invented the entire opus himself, whereas the earlier version is full of acknowledgements to other Dianeticists & co-authors!

The first & most obvious place this occurs is in the dedication. This version is dedicated to “the famous Magician, George Wichelow, England’s First Dianeticist”. The later version that I have (copyright 1993) is dedicated instead to Will Durant.

A glance at the Table of Contents shows that several appendices written by various authors, as well as the well-known introduction by J. A. Winter, MD, are excised from the later edition. While it is possible that this excision was done out of concern for copyright, two more prefatory essays were removed: a “Note to the Reader” signed by the “Board of Directors, Church of Scientology,” & a Synopsis of the book signed by “The Editors”.

The subject of these appendices are worth describing briefly, for the many in ARS who have never had access to earlier versions of this work. The first appendix is a extended quotation from Will Durant’s book, The Story of Philosophy entitled “The Philosophic Method.” Durant’s point in this passage is summarized by the concluding sentence: “Science gives us knowledge but only philosophy can give us wisdom.” The purpose of this quotation is unclear, since Hubbard early on in this book derides philosophers for their theorizing, & praises engineers for their practical knowledge.

The next one “The Scientific Method” is by John W. Campbell Jr., the famous science fiction editor who mentored Hubbard over the previous 15 years. It is an intelligent essay, making the point that scientific knowledge comes from questioning assumptions & studying the evidence & NOT the interpretation of observed phenomena. The relevance of this essay in a book where the author draws sweeping conclusions from little or no evidence is likewise puzzling.

The final pair of appendices are by D.H. Rogers, each an essay accompanied by a flow diagram, explaining the Dianetic model of the mind. The two diagrams have dates on them for the months of January & February of 1950. Although short, they are ladened with jargon, & do not make sense after a quick reading.

If these deletions did not suggest to the objective reader that this work has received the attention of more pens than only L. Ron Hubbard’s, there is one footnote that vanishes from my later edition that is clear evidence for this theory: In the first chapter to book two of this version, “The Analytical Mind and the Standard memory Banks”, there is a footnote with the initials JWC that explains the thesis “how the analytical mind can compute perfectly.” Locating all of the footnotes in this work & comparing them with the later version of Dianetics that I have, this is the only footnote with someone else’s initials on it, & also one of the few not reproduced in the later version. Most of the other deleted footnotes are notes alerting the reader to the fact that a given topic is dealt with more fully in another one of Hubbard’s books (all of which were written after Dianetics), although one — a gloss on the word iatrogenic — was removed, & a second footnote defining the word “auditor” is silently moved into the glosses that decorate the later version of Dianetics.

This unique footnote suggests that John W. Campbell rewrote at least part of this chapter, & it was removed to obscure Campbell’s part in this book — making it appear as if Hubbard had written it all by himself!

Hubbard’s sources.
by Jeff Jacobsen

Hubbard had clear connections to the occult. Even in the first publication of Dianetics in “Astounding Science Fiction”, Hubbard in explaining how he did his “research” into what the mind was doing, says he used “automatic writing, speaking and clairvoyance” to discover what the mind’s memory banks were doing, an occult method of communicating with the spirit world.
~ Jeff Jacobsen, Hubbard and Aleister Crowley.

There is certainly no book in existence quite like Dianetics, with its wild scientific claims and unsubstantiated arguments. The claim is that Dianetics was a totally unique theory of the mind wrought from Hubbard’s “many years of exact research and careful testing.” But was it rather a loose composite of already existing theories mixed with novel, unproven ideas? Despite Hubbard’s claims of originality, many of the ideas in Dianetics were already existing and even in vogue before Dianetics appeared. Either Hubbard really studied other (uncredited) works before he wrote Dianetics, or he wasted years of his time re-inventing the wheel.

Although there are no reference notes in Dianetics to see what are Hubbard’s ideas and what are borrowed, we can quickly eliminate the idea that dianetics appeared “from the blue” by Hubbard’s own statements. In Dianetics itself is the statement that “many schools of mental healing from the Aesculapian to the modern hypnotist were studied after the basic philosophy of Dianetics had been postulated”. Alfred Korzybski, Franz Mesmer, Ivan Pavlov, and others are mentioned as resources in Dianetics, so we must assume Hubbard was crediting these people to some degree. He must certainly have known, then, of at least some of the research from his time which will be mentioned in this article. Hubbard in other settings acknowledged Sigmund Freud, and Aleister Crowley, as contributors to his ideas on the human mind. In a speech in 1958, Hubbard stated that he had spent much time in the Oak Knoll Naval Hospital medical library in 1945 during a stay for ulcers, where “I was able to get in a year’s study.”

Alfred Korzybski, a Polish-American philosopher and semanticist, has an indirect connection to L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics due to his influence on Hubbard’s contemporary, Robert A. Heinlein. Heinlein, a renowned science fiction author and close friend of Hubbard, advocated for Korzybski’s work on general semantics that emphasizes the role of language and symbols in shaping our perception of reality. It is speculated that Heinlein introduced Hubbard to some of Korzybski’s concepts, especially the “map-territory relationship” and the significance of precise language. Although Hubbard never explicitly recognized Korzybski’s impact on Dianetics, it is reasonable to suggest that some of Korzybski’s concepts may have indirectly influenced the formation of Hubbard’s ideas through his association with Heinlein.

In fact, many of the theories and ideas in Dianetics can be found in scientific and philosophical literature previous to the first publishing of Hubbard’s theories. Parts of Dianetics, for example, have striking resemblance to two articles found in Volume 28 (1941) of the Psychoanalytic Review.

Dianetics theory posits the existence of engrams. These are memories of events that occur around us when our analytical mind is unconscious, and they are recorded in a separate area of the mind called the reactive mind. A seemingly unique theory in Dianetics is that these memories begin being stored “in the cells of the zygote – which is to say, with conception.” These engrams can cause problems for the person throughout life unless handled through dianetics auditing.

Jacobson continues…

Ivan Pavlov, a Russian physiologist, is indirectly linked to L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics through the influence of behavioral psychology. Pavlov is famous for his experiments on classical conditioning, which investigated the relationship between stimuli and reflexive responses. Although Hubbard’s Dianetics does not explicitly mention Pavlov, there are similarities in their comprehension of conditioned responses and the impact of past experiences on behavior. Both Pavlov and Hubbard acknowledged the importance of conditioning in shaping human behavior and responses. The link between Pavlov and Dianetics may be conjectural, yet it’s feasible that Pavlov’s input to behavioral psychology shaped Hubbard’s perspective, especially regarding the subconscious mind and the potential for conditioning to mold one’s mental and emotional conditions.

Engrams, those unconscious memories in dianetics, are said by Hubbard to be stored in the cells of the body and passed on to their clone cells and finally on to the adult being. Hubbard claimed to discover that “patients sometimes have a feeling that they are sperms or ovums… this is called the sperm dream.” It was impossible, he claimed, to deny to a pre-clear that he could remember being a sperm. But Dr. J. Sadger wrote about this first, and Hubbard could well have read this in his “year’s study” at Oak Knoll Hospital.

Dr. J. Sadger, an Austrian psychoanalyst and early supporter of Sigmund Freud, is linked to L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics through a controversial claim made by Hubbard himself. In his book “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health,” Hubbard alleges correspondence with Dr. Sadger, implying that Sadger endorsed and lauded the principles of Dianetics. However, there is no solid evidence supporting this claim, leading many to view it as questionable and possibly fabricated by Hubbard. The verifiable connection between Dr. J. Sadger and Dianetics remains unproven. Questions arise regarding Hubbard’s credibility and the extent of his reliance on fictionalized or exaggerated endorsements to support his work in Sadger and Dianetics.

Another coincidental “discovery” of Hubbard and Sadger was that mothers often attempt to abort their child. Sadger states that “so many a fall or other accident of a pregnant woman is nothing else than an attempt at abortion on the part of the unconscious, not to mention those cases where the mother seeks to free herself more or less forcibly from the unwanted child.” Hubbard concurs; “Attempted abortion is very common,” and in fact “twenty or thirty abortion attempts are not uncommon in the aberee.” Again, not an idea “from the blue.”

Life in the womb was not very kind, according to one of Sadger’s patients; “Perhaps when father performed coitus with mother in her pregnancy I was much shaken and rocked. Shall that have been one reason that I so easily became dizzy and that all my life I have had an aversion even as a child from swings and carousels?” Hubbard, in a similar vein, insists that the mother “should not have coitus forced upon her. For every coital experience is an engram in the child during pregnancy.” “Papa becomes passionate and baby has the sensation of being put into a running washing machine.”

There are at least three other similarities like the “sperm dreams”, commonality of abortion attempts, and fetus discomfort during parental sex. This seems quite a coincidence, but it is not known whether Hubbard read Sadger’s article. Suffice it to say that these are major ideas in Dianetics, but they are not new ideas.

The second article under discussion from Psychoanalytic Review deals with the unbearable conditions during birth and the affects of these in later life. Grace W. Pailthorpe, M.D., argued in this 1941 article that patients should be psychoanalyzed more deeply into the period of infancy, or at least to the ‘trauma of birth’. Otherwise no lasting therapeutic effect could be expected. Birth has traumatized all of us, she declares, and these unconscious memories drive us in our adulthood. “It is only when deep analysis has finally exposed the unconscious deviations of our vital force” (18) that we can recover and enjoy life.

“It was no obscure theory,” wrote Hubbard, “which brought about the discovery of the exact role prenatal experience and birth play in aberration and psychosomatic ills.” He coincidentally concurs with Pailthorpe’s obscure theory, however.

With Pailthorpe’s article, for example, we can also note the dramatic similarities of Dianetics with simple Freudian psychoanalysis. There is in both the return to past times in the patient’s life to search for the source of his or her current problems. Once these problematic memories are discovered and treated the problems vanish. In Pailthorpe’s article we have a man who was hopelessly traumatized by the events at his birth. He was cruelly kicked out of his “home” in the womb, and his resistance to this was assumed to be the cause of the immediate traumas of the nurse’s and mother’s attentions (which were “painful to the child’s sensitive body.” These traumas caused headaches and social disorders in adult life. Psychoanalysis discovered the causes (birth trauma) and when these were brought to the conscious level with their meaning explained, the headaches and social dysfunctions were alleviated.

Dianetics follows this line of reasoning to a great degree. According to Hubbard, engrams (past traumas) are discovered in the pre-clear’s past, and bringing these engrams into consciousness (from the reactive to the analytic mind) alleviates the disorder. Hubbard claims that after auditing people (he had the pre-clear lie on a couch in Freudian imitation), “psycho-somatic illness…by dianetic technique…has been eradicated entirely in every case.”

In Dianetics, the reader is left with the impression that the ideas of birth and pre-birth memories and traumas, multiple abortion attempts, and fetal discomfort in the womb are new discoveries. As can be seen, this is not the case. And there are many impressions of “new” and “unique” that are incorrect as well.

Thomas Hobbes.
Another important “discovery” of Hubbard’s is that “Man, as a life form, can be demonstrated to obey in all his actions and purposes the one command: ‘Survive!’.” Hubbard’s four “dynamics” of self, sex (meaning procreation), group, and mankind, all deal with survival of man. Although Hubbard makes grandiose claims that he discovered that man’s ultimate goal is survival, one can trace this idea back to Thomas Hobbes, an English philosopher who wrote in the 1600’s. In his famous work, Leviathan, Hobbes wrote; “The Right of Nature… is the Liberty each man hath, to use his own power, as he will himself, for the preservation of his own Nature; that is to say, of his own Life; and consequently, of doing any thing, which in his own Judgement, and Reason, he shall conceive to be the aptest means thereunto.” This, in Hubbard’s terms, is the first dynamic, or personal survival. Leviathan is divided into three parts, on Man, Commonwealth, and Darkness. The first, in Hubbard’s terms, could be said to deal with the first dynamic (self-survival), and the second with the third dynamic (group survival). “The final Cause, End, or Design of men… in the introduction of that restraint upon themselves (in which wee see them live in Common-wealths), is the foresight of their own preservation.” Again we have an idea which Hubbard claims to have discovered, found in another’s writings years earlier.

Coincidentally, Hobbes has some other ideas in common with Hubbard. At the beginning of every Dianetics and Scientology book is this note: “In reading this book, be very certain you do not go past a word you do not understand.” Throughout both Dianetics and Scientology training is the notion that words must be clearly understood before course study can continue. This is a useful suggestion, and many Scientologists may believe Hubbard “discovered” this idea, but Hobbes stressed it over 300 years before Hubbard did. In Leviathan, Hobbes derided others whose ideas he was critical of thusly; “The first cause of Absurd conclusions I ascribe to the want of Method; in that they begin not their Ratiocination [argument] from Definitions; that is, from settled significations of their words.” Hobbes covers this idea several times, stressing that “in the right Definition of Names, lyes the first use of Speech; which is the Acquisition of Science: and in wrong, or no Definitions, lyes the first abuse; from which proceed all false and senseless Tenets.”

I will leave it to the reader to investigate the other similar ideas between Hobbes and Hubbard, and will leave the question open whether Hubbard borrowed rather than discovered these ideas, since again there is no complete list of what books Hubbard had read.

Jeff Jacobsen is a Scientology critic whose research led to an investigation into the death of Lisa McPherson. His Lisa McPherson Memorial Page is one of the best Scientology resources on the Internet.

Soon to be a 4th movie in the collection.

Twin Peaks compound.

“Trouble in Scientology Paradise: Shelley Escapes” is a compelling documentary that explores the hidden controversies and secrets of the Church of Spiritual Technology, a subsidiary of Scientology. The narrative focuses on Shelley Miscavige, the wife of David Miscavige, Scientology’s leader.

The film opens with Shelley covertly accessing the internet from her compound within the Church of Spiritual Technology corporation, located right outside of Twin Peaks, California, near the mountainous town of Running Springs in San Bernardino County. She spends several weeks conducting confidential research about her husband, David Miscavige. Driven by her newfound knowledge, she starts devising a plan to escape the compound’s stringent security.

As Shelley implements her escape plan, tension escalates within the documentary. The audience is led on an intense journey as she maneuvers through the perilous obstacles blocking her path. Patiently waiting for the perfect opportunity, Shelley seizes her chance. She successfully steals a phone from one of her protectors and reaches out to acquaintances outside the church. Together, they devise a detailed escape plan.

At the perfect moment, Shelley makes an urgent 911 call, reporting shots fired at the compound. In the ensuing chaos and confusion, she escapes the compound successfully. Her contacts are waiting nearby to provide her with essential support and a temporary safe haven.

The dramatic tension escalates when David Miscavige discovers Shelley’s escape, initiating a comprehensive “Search and Destroy” mission throughout the entire Scientology organization. As his agents scour the area for Shelley, she is safely whisked away. The documentary reveals the extreme measures Scientology takes to recapture Shelley and suppress her revelations about the organization’s inner workings.

Shelley’s extraordinary narrative piques the interest of officials from the CIA, FBI, and Department of Justice, who swiftly launch an investigation into the international criminal activities allegedly linked to Scientology. Through a sequence of insightful interviews, Shelley bravely uncovers the extensive range and severity of crimes purportedly perpetrated by the organization, illuminating its supposed illicit operations, manipulative strategies, and instances of abuse.

The documentary reaches its peak when David Miscavige is apprehended at a mountain retreat after a violent gunfight. He is subsequently indicted on several federal charges, encompassing conspiracy, fraud, and human rights violations. The jury finds him guilty on all counts and sentences him to life in prison. The entire Scientology organization is disbanded and its assets are liquidated, with David Miscavige incarcerated in a life sentence. The film concludes with Shelley’s healing journey and the prospect of reform within Scientology, as her brave escape unveils shocking revelations to the world. After her ordeal, Shelley is forever changed but lives a life free of worry. David Miscavige’s reign of terror over Scientology comes to an end.

“Trouble in Scientology Paradise: Shelley Escapes” is a compelling documentary that reveals the intricate operations of Scientology, a woman’s brave escape, and the ensuing downfall of its leader. The film provides not only a gripping narrative but also sheds light on the controversial practices of the Church of Scientology. Through Shelley’s story, viewers gain insight into the challenges faced by those who question the organization’s doctrines and the lengths individuals may go to regain their freedom. This documentary serves as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of knowledge in challenging oppressive systems.

Twitter moves in mysterious ways, its inspiration to provide…

The sun hung low in the sky, casting long shadows over the streets of Clearwater, Florida. It was a typical evening in this quiet coastal town, but unbeknownst to its residents, an extraordinary event was about to unfold. Grant Cardone, a charismatic and ambitious entrepreneur, had stumbled upon a secret that would change the course of his life forever.

Grant was always a restless soul, driven by an insatiable desire for success. He had built a financial empire through his sales training programs, amassing a loyal following of devotees eager to learn his secrets to wealth and prosperity. But deep down, Grant knew there was something more, something beyond the material world that held the key to true power, and perhaps, eternal rewards.

During one of his late-night research sessions, Grant received an email from an anonymous source. The email claimed to offer access to untold cosmic knowledge and promised to unlock the secrets of the universe. Intrigued, Grant responded to the sender and during the exchange, a hidden secret was revealed that shocked him to his core. L. Ron Hubbard, the enigmatic architect of Scientology, had secretly infused the ethereal essence of the sacred OT levels 9 and 10 into a magnificent blue crystal that resonated with cosmic energies and secrets beyond mortal comprehension.

For ages, this crystalline vessel remained shrouded in a clandestine cloak of secrecy, concealed from the prying eyes of the world. Only one soul, a loyal acolyte named David Miscavige, earned the coveted trust of Hubbard and was entrusted with the precious artifact’s guardianship.

Under the veil of night, Miscavige would descend into the dimly lit catacombs of the Church’s most sacred sanctuary. There, surrounded by mystic sigils and guarded by spectral sentinels, he would commune with the crystalline oracle. The timeless knowledge contained within shimmered within his mind’s eye, transforming him into the vigilant guardian of Scientology’s deepest enigmas.

The blue crystal, an enduring testament to Hubbard’s mystical genius, remained veiled in secrecy, awaiting the next worthy soul who would rise to claim its power and carry the torch of Scientology’s enigmatic legacy into the future.

Grant’s obsession grew, and he couldn’t shake the feeling that this knowledge held the key to ultimate power. He yearned to unravel the mysteries and claim the galactic empire for himself. It was then that a daring plan took shape in his mind –– an audacious invasion of the Flag Service Building, the spiritual headquarters of religion he once held dear. He was undeterred, as the temptation of a new source of power was too great.

The Flag Service Building stood as an imposing fortress, guarded by zealous devotees who would stop at nothing to protect their secrets. But Grant would not be denied this treasure. He assembled a team of loyal followers, carefully handpicked from his own organization, who shared his hunger for power and were willing to risk everything for a chance at the immortality he had been falsely promised.

Under the cover of darkness, Grant and his followers converged on the Flag Service Building. They moved with precision, utilizing their sales training skills to infiltrate the fortress unnoticed. Grant’s heart pounded with a mix of excitement and trepidation as they made their way through the labyrinthine corridors, avoiding detection.

Finally, they reached the inner sanctum, a room bathed in an eerie blue glow. In the center stood the massive blue crystal, pulsating with energy. This was the source of the hidden power called 9 & 10 that was kept from the faithful for decades, and Grant knew he had to possess it.

With a surge of determination, Grant stepped forward and reached out for the crystal. As his fingers brushed its surface, an electric shock coursed through his body. His vision blurred, and his consciousness expanded, revealing glimpses of distant galaxies and ancient battles. Grant had tapped into the cosmic knowledge he had sought, but it was more than he could handle.

The power overwhelmed him, twisting his mind and distorting his desires. The once-ambitious entrepreneur became consumed by a hunger for dominance, an insatiable thirst for control. Grant’s followers watched in horror as he transformed before their eyes, his features contorting into an inhuman mask of evil.

Now, an evil overlord in his own right, Grant Cardone turned his attention to his loyal followers. His voice echoed through the room, filled with a sinister tone. “You have served me well, but now you are nothing more than pawns in my grand design. Join me or perish.”

Some were seduced by his newfound power and willingly pledged their allegiance. Others, driven by loyalty to the man they had once admired, attempted to resist. But Grant’s power was too great. One by one, he crushed their spirits and bent them to his will. Soon he was in command of an entire town.

As the weeks passed, Clearwater trembled under Grant’s oppressive rule. He expanded his empire, using his followers to enforce his dominion over the town. His once-charismatic smile had twisted into a cruel grin as he reveled in the fear and obedience he inspired.

But as the days turned into weeks, a spark of resistance flickered in the hearts of the people. They could not accept Grant’s reign of terror. A small group of rebels, desperate to free their town from his grip, formed a secret alliance.

Their leader, a woman named Amelia, had lost everything to Grant’s tyranny. Her family, her friends –– they had all fallen victim to his insidious rule. With a determined glint in her eyes, she rallied the rebels, sharing stories of hope and bravery. They devised a daring plan to liberate Clearwater and bring an end to Grant Cardone’s reign of terror.

Under the cover of darkness, the rebels struck, infiltrating Grant’s stronghold and engaging his loyal followers in fierce combat. They fought valiantly, armed with courage and a burning desire for freedom. The streets of Clearwater became a battleground as the rebels clashed with Grant’s forces, their cries of defiance echoing through the night.

Amelia fought her way to the heart of the Flag Service Building, where Grant awaited her. The once-charismatic leader now stood before her, a twisted embodiment of power and corruption. But Amelia refused to be swayed. She stood tall, a beacon of hope in the face of overwhelming darkness.

In a final showdown, Amelia and Grant clashed, their strength and determination evenly matched. It was a battle of wills, of ideologies, fought with every ounce of their being. As their powers collided, a shockwave rippled through the building, shaking the very foundation of Clearwater.

And then, in a blinding flash of light, it was over.

Amelia stood alone amidst the wreckage of the Flag Service Building. Grant Cardone was gone, his evil influence eradicated. The town of Clearwater was finally free.

But as the dust settled, Amelia couldn’t help but feel a twinge of sadness. Grant Cardone had once been a man with dreams and ambitions, albeit misguided. Now, he was lost forever, consumed by the very power he had sought.

With a heavy heart, Amelia vowed to rebuild and heal her town, never forgetting the lessons learned from the dark reign of Grant Cardone. Clearwater would rise again, stronger and wiser, a testament to the indomitable spirit of its people.

As the dust settled and the echoes of battle faded, Amelia stood amidst the ruins of the Flag Service Building, a symbol of the price paid for power and the dangers of blind devotion. The air was heavy with a somber silence, and Amelia’s voice carried a stern warning to any remaining followers of Grant Cardone.

“Listen well, for I speak not only to those who fought alongside Grant but also to those who may still be seduced by his false promises. Grant Cardone’s path led only to destruction, despair, and the corruption of his own soul. He sought power without regard for the consequences, and in the end, he became a puppet of his own desires.”

Her words hung in the air, heavy with the weight of truth. She continued, her voice unwavering, “Do not be fooled by the allure of his charisma or the promises of untold riches. The pursuit of power at any cost only leads to darkness, and it is the innocent who suffer the most. Look around you, see the ruins, and the lives shattered in its wake.”

Amelia’s gaze swept across the remnants of the once-glorious Flag Service Building, now reduced to a twisted monument of the dangers of blind faith. She spoke with conviction, her words piercing through the hearts of any remaining followers who might still cling to their misguided beliefs.

“The true path to enlightenment and growth lies not in the hands of a self-proclaimed overlord, but within ourselves. It is in our ability to seek knowledge with humility, to question, and to discern the truth. Do not surrender your autonomy and moral compass to the whims of another. True power comes from within, from compassion, empathy, and a commitment to the well-being of all.”

Amelia’s words resonated with the listeners, a reminder of the importance of individual agency and the dangers of blindly following charismatic figures. She concluded with a final plea, her voice infused with determination and hope.

“Reject the path of Grant Cardone, the false overlord. Choose instead a path of integrity, authenticity, and genuine service to others. Learn from the mistakes of the past, and let us rebuild Clearwater as a testament to the strength of the human spirit, united against the forces that seek to exploit and control.”

Her words echoed through the hearts of those who had witnessed the downfall of Grant Cardone’s reign, searing into their consciousness. It was a stern warning, a call to reject the misguided ways of their former leader and to embrace a future built on principles of compassion, truth, and personal growth.

And so, the people of Clearwater, scarred but resolute, embarked on a journey of healing and transformation. They rebuilt not only the physical structures that had crumbled but also their collective spirit. The legacy of Grant Cardone served as a constant reminder of the dangers of unchecked ambition and the necessity of remaining vigilant against those who would exploit the vulnerabilities of the human heart.

In time, Clearwater thrived once more, its inhabitants united by a shared determination to forge a future free from the shackles of false promises and oppressive rule. And as the town grew stronger, its resilience became a beacon of hope for others who had fallen prey to the seductive allure of power.

The story of Grant Cardone, the evil religious galactic overlord, lived on as a cautionary tale, an enduring reminder that true enlightenment cannot be found in the hands of a single individual but rather in the collective awakening of humanity. The lessons learned from his destructive reign became a guiding light, illuminating the path toward a future built on compassion, truth, and the power that comes from within.

Have you ever heard the phrase, “If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is?” Of course … everyone has. If there was ever an organization that could qualify in the real world to use that as a slogan in a public relations campaign, it is certainly the church of Scientology. From L. Ron Hubbard’s bogus military career to his wondering the Mediterranean in search of artifacts to confirm his imaginary “previous lives,” Scientology blends “Beguiling Fantasy” and “Covert Hyperbole” through the imaginary tales on their website and an endless stream of misrepresentations about the church’s involvement in humanitarian efforts around the globe.


Beguile, verb: Deceive, mislead, hoodwink, to
lead astray or frustrate usually by underhandedness.

And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done?
And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
Genesis 3:13

Fantasy, noun: The faculty or activity of imagining things,
especially things that are impossible or improbable.

(Fantasy in literature is set in an imaginary cosmos, often without
any locations, events, or people from the real world.)

Covert, adjective: Not openly acknowledged or displayed, disguised or concealed.
Hyperbole, noun:
Obvious and intentional exaggeration;
the representation of something in terms that go beyond the facts.
Hyperboles are not comparisons, like similes and metaphors,
but they are extravagant and even ridiculous overstatements
not meant to be taken literally. Generally, everyone is in
on the literary “enhancement.”


In recent years, the Church of Scientology has embarked on a public relations campaign to convince the public that it is a generous provider of humanitarian relief both domestically and overseas. The church has leveraged its vast resources to dominate the news cycle with a slew of press releases, announcements, and social media messages that purport to document how they are partnering with local and international organizations to provide relief efforts in areas struck by natural disasters or political unrest. The organization frequently portrays itself as a prominent force in disaster response and claims to provide extensive relief to affected areas.

The Church of Scientology employs various strategic public relations (PR) tactics to create an illusion of widespread community involvement. They organize high-profile events and actively seek photo opportunities with influential figures, celebrities, and public officials. By doing so, the church attempts to generate positive publicity and associate itself with respected individuals or organizations. However, the depth of their actual involvement and the impact they claim to make often remains questionable.

For example, in 2015, the Church of Scientology claimed that it had provided “critical aid” to the victims of the Nepal earthquake. However, a closer look at the Church’s activities revealed that they had actually provided very little assistance. The Church’s “aid” consisted of a few boxes of bottled water and some tents, which were delivered long after the earthquake had occurred.

Another example is the church’s alleged involvement in the 2017 hurricane relief efforts in Texas. While the church issued a press release describing its extensive role in helping those affected, subsequent media investigations revealed that the church’s involvement consisted of just two trucks of bottled water, which were donated by anonymous sources.

Despite the Church of Scientology’s claims of widespread involvement, the traditional media rarely covers their events.

Two recent Twitter posts are evidence of recent CoS events…

The Absence of Scientology’s Volunteer Ministers in Recent Disaster Relief Efforts.

Scientology’s Volunteer Ministers program has long touted itself as a prominent global force, offering immediate assistance and support during times of dire need. Through their website, they boast of a vast network of partnerships and a reputation as one of the world’s largest independent relief forces. However, as we analyze the absence of any notable disaster response efforts by the Volunteer Ministers since October 2022, questions arise as to why such a seemingly active organization has remained silent during recent times of crisis.

Shift in Priorities:
One possibility for the Volunteer Ministers’ absence from disaster response efforts could be a shift in priorities. Like any organization, the dynamics within Scientology may have changed, leading to a reallocation of resources and attention. It is plausible that they have chosen to focus on other endeavors or initiatives within their community, diverting their efforts away from disaster relief.

Internal Challenges:
Scientology has faced its fair share of controversies and legal battles over the years. It is possible that the organization’s internal struggles or external pressures have hindered its ability to coordinate and mobilize its Volunteer Ministers effectively. These challenges could have contributed to a temporary disruption in their disaster relief activities.

Lack of Visibility:
While the Volunteer Ministers program claims to have been actively engaged in disaster response, their absence from recent high-profile events raises questions about the extent of their involvement. It is possible that their contributions may not be as significant or as widespread as they claim on their website. The lack of media coverage or public acknowledgment could be a contributing factor to their apparent absence.

Google “news” search for “Scientology Volunteer Ministers” for the past month.

–> 6 results.

1. PRESS RELEASE: 4 “Ministers” shown helping with cleanup efforts. The photo caption reads: “Scientology Volunteer Ministers throughout Italy responded to May’s floods to help those affected recover from the devastation.”

–> News search “Scientology volunteer ministers assist with flooding in Italy.” 2 specific results … more Scientology press releases.

2. PRESS RELEASE: Over 170 Scientology Volunteer Ministers Awarded For Life Changing Volunteer Work at the Castle Kyalami in Midrand.

–> The Castle Kyalami in Midrand was purchased in 2008 by the Church of Scientology
–> Google search for “Volunteer Ministers awards celebration held at the Castle Kyalami.” NOT A SINGLE TRADITIONAL MEDIA MENTION.

3 & 4. Same results.

This type of “news” search can be performed for every Volunteer Minister event around the world and in the United States. None of their participation is ever covered by traditional media.

More big happenings in South Africa…

Oh wow … it was “covered” by AP News!

PRESS RELEASE: Paid content from EIN Presswire | Newsmatics
October 19, 2022. Press release content from EIN Presswire | Newsmatics. The AP news staff was not involved in its creation.

Surely the Bowling Green Daily News would be all over this!

Disclaimer: This press release content was not created by the Associated Press (AP).

I know I can always depend on The Daily Advance in Elizabeth City, North Carolina for the big stories!

NEWS SOURCE: Church of Scientology International

This press release was issued on behalf of the news source (Church of Scientology International) who is solely responsibile for its accuracy, by Send2Press® Newswire. Information is believed accurate but not guaranteed. Story ID: 90890 APDF-R8.7

Oh look here … the London Socialist Historians has full coverage of this event.

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Okay … finally a legitimate news outlet.! MarketWatch is a website that provides financial information, business news, analysis, and stock market data. Along with The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s, it is a subsidiary of Dow Jones & Company, a property of News Corp.

NEWS SOURCE: Church of Scientology International

This press release was issued on behalf of the news source (Church of Scientology International), who is solely responsible for its accuracy, by Send2Press Newswire. Image, if any, was provided by the news source and not this website or the wire service. Information is believed accurate, as provided by the news source, but is not guaranteed.


For a full accounting of the Scientology Press Release machine, see my post, “Scientology Volunteer Ministers … humanitarian aid, or just a bunch of Press Releases?

Perhaps the best example of Scientology’s “Covert Hyperbole,” or rather outright deception is captured in the screenshot below.

Who can forget this infamous Volunteer Ministers Twitter post from 2017 that featured what an uninformed person might conclude is a YELLOW helicopter owned by the group? Actually, they “appropriated” the neat photo of the MH-60T Jayhawk medium-range recovery helicopter from the United States Coast Guard website. (The matching yellow paint scheme was “convenient.” Wouldn’t you assume the Volunteers have a helicopter?)

Scientology is NOT a church …
it’s nothing more than a
crime syndicate with a
501(c)(3) tax exemption.

János Dobos and Klára Hídvégi, a special feature to appear on ScientologyTV. Woo hoo.

SEASON 5, EPISODE 9 | Airing June 7, 2023
János Dobos & Klára Hídvégi
János Dobos and Klára Hídvégi are fighting the corruption of the psychiatric industry in Hungary. With thousands of people forced into institutions and often subject to horrific abuses, their work is bringing hope and justice to the nation.

Checking in with ChatGPT…

QUESTION: Is there any online information available for Scientologists János Dobos and Klára Hídvégi who are fighting the corruption of the psychiatric industry in Hungary?”

ANSWER: Yes, there is online information available for Scientologists János Dobos and Klára Hídvégi. They are both heavily involved in promoting Scientology-based treatments for mental health issues in Hungary and have spoken out against the corrupt practices of the psychiatric industry. There are numerous news articles and reports detailing their work in this area, including interviews with them.

For example, a recent article from Budapest Business Journal titled “Scandal on Therapy: Story of Doctor János Dobos and Klára Hídvégi” provides an overview of their work fighting corruption in the Hungarian psychiatric industry. Additionally, the website Bridge Publications includes articles on Scientologists János Dobos and Klára Hídvégi that provide more detailed information on this topic.

I used Google advanced search with the phrase “Scandal on Therapy” and there were no resulting pages revealing the story referenced by ChatGPT.

QUESTION: Are there any links available for reference?

ANSWER: Yes, here are some links to online articles and reports about Scientologists János Dobos and Klára Hídvégi and their work fighting corruption in the Hungarian psychiatric industry:

– Scandal on Therapy: Story of Doctor János Dobos and Klára Hídvégi (Budapest Business Journal):
––> Link returns a “500 Internal server error.”
––> Tried Internet Archive’s “Wayback Machine: “Wayback Machine has not archived that URL.”

– Reclaiming Freedom Through Technology and Education (Bridge Publications):
––> Link returns a “404” error.
––> Tried Internet Archive’s “Wayback Machine: “Wayback Machine has not archived that URL.”

– Scientologists’ Fight for Mental Health Freedom (The Church of Scientology International):
––> Link returns a “404” error.
––> Tried Internet Archive’s “Wayback Machine: “Wayback Machine has not archived that URL.”

– Hungarian Scientologists protesting Hungary’s Mental Health System (International Association of Scientologists):
––> Link returns a “404” error.****
––> Tried Internet Archive’s “Wayback Machine: “Wayback Machine has not archived that URL.”

Thank you Mr. Chat … you’ve been most helpful. Say hello to Little Davey for us when you get a chance.

I used the search engines to find any references to János and Klára other than those at Scientology websites. The search parameter is [“János Dobos” Hungary]. There are a total of 98 results, none with reference to this individual having anything to do with the psychiatric industry in Hungary.

There is a reference here at, which lists his Scientology Service Completions:

It does not appear as though János has been very active with his “studies,” and if this information is accurate, he has not achieved the “state of clear.” Shame, shame.

Let’s try [“Klára Hídvégi” Hungary]: 18 results. Other than Scientology sites, here is the only reference to Klára:

This site is the Clarus Animus Foundation.

The purpose of the foundation is to reveal the true nature of Scientology, disclose its harmful activities and to provide assistance to its victims.

It was established for the primary reason to provide a unified and effective platform to fight against Scientology in Hungary and Central Europe.

Related non-profit organizations and front groups:

Anti-psychiatry activism:

Citizens Commission for Human Rights Central Europe Foundation
2230 Gyömrő, Szent Imre út 66.
President: Klára Hídvégi
Board members: Klára Hídvégi, György Lenkei MD, Gergely Tóth

Back to Google … giving some other search terms a try.

Citizens Commission for Human Rights Central Europe Foundation: There is no website for this organization. Also, the Wikipedia page for the main Scientology CCHR (Citizens Commission on Human Rights) organization does not mention having a “Central Europe Foundation.”

Here is the link for the official page of Scientology’s Citizens Commission on Human Rights. I used Google’s Advance Search once again to find any documentation of János and Klára.

––> “Your search – János site: – did not match any documents.”
––> “Your search – Klára site: – did not match any documents.”

As an interesting sidebar, the main CCHR site has a “News” link which takes you to this page … Newsletter. There are a variety of “news” stories … 6 pages in all and NONE of them have dates as would appear in any other venue.

In fact, back on the main page of CCHR, there is a news “block” referencing the jailing of a a Miami Psychiatrist. Upon clicking the link, you find that the story is from August 31, 2019. That would be just about 4 years ago … and the actual story goes back to 2016, when the psychiatrist was actually jailed after being found guilt of prescription drug fraud. The CCHR page has a staggering two sentences in the coverage of the story. That’s some unserious “jounalisming.”

Let’s get back to János and Klára, because we still haven’t found out anything about these two mental health watchdogs from Hungary.

How about if we Google the address that the Clarus Animus Foundation provided us?

––> 2230 Gyömrő, Szent Imre út 66

Son of a gun … we finally got something.

How about if we plug that into Google Maps Street View? Whadaya say?

Well, there it is … the Official Citizens Commission for Human Rights Central Europe Foundation HEADQUARTERS. These views are dated April 2023.

The following is from May 2019. It was nice that they finally cleaned up the place.

Well, that about wraps it up folks. Nothing really left to see here … I think you get what’s going on. So here’s the obligatory PseudoScientology ending…

The book that should absolutely be written…


The author says, “They won’t let me live after this.”


Introduction: In the secret corridors of power, where faith intertwines with manipulation, one name resonates with controversy and secrecy: David Miscavige. This forthcoming book, “The Shadow of Betrayal: Unmasking the Dark Reign of David Miscavige,” uncovers the intricate web of deceit and intrigue that shrouds the leadership transition within the Church of Scientology following the alleged death of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard. Through meticulous research, insider accounts, and chilling revelations, this book exposes how David Miscavige allegedly orchestrated a takeover, leaving behind a trail of shattered trust and shattered lives.

Part biography, part exposé, “The Shadow of Betrayal” delves deep into the enigmatic rise of David Miscavige within the Church of Scientology. As the book unfolds, readers will gain insight into his calculated ascent to power, exploring the shadows where ambition meets devotion. From his early days as a protege to L. Ron Hubbard to his eventual claim to the throne, we explore the Machiavellian tactics employed by Miscavige to solidify his position as the new leader of one of the world’s most controversial organizations.

As we peel back the layers of Miscavige’s character, we discover a complex and deeply flawed individual. Known for his unwavering determination and unrelenting pursuit of control, Miscavige has left an indelible mark on the Church of Scientology. His charismatic charm masks a dark side, one characterized by alleged psychological manipulation, paranoia, and a propensity for ruthlessness when faced with dissent. In “The Shadow of Betrayal,” we delve into the mind of this enigmatic figure, attempting to understand the motivations that have driven his actions and forever altered the course of the Church of Scientology.

Throughout the book, we encounter firsthand accounts from high-level executives who have dared to challenge Miscavige’s reign. Their stories, often kept hidden behind a veil of secrecy, reveal a culture of fear, intimidation, and abuse that permeates the upper echelons of the Church. From tales of forced labor to emotional and physical abuse, these courageous individuals share their harrowing experiences, shedding light on the sinister realities that lie beneath the facade of spiritual enlightenment.

“The Shadow of Betrayal” is an exploration of power, faith, and the lengths one man went to seize control of an empire. It uncovers a story of betrayal and manipulation, shining a light on the dark underbelly of a religious institution that has long captivated public curiosity. Through its pages, readers will confront uncomfortable truths, challenging their perception of the Church of Scientology and forcing a reckoning with the actions and alleged crimes of David Miscavige.

In this riveting and thought-provoking account, we invite you to embark on a journey through the tangled webs of secrecy, deceit, and the human cost of unchecked ambition. “The Shadow of Betrayal” is a testament to the courage of those who dare to challenge authority and seek justice, revealing the untold story of David Miscavige’s reign over the Church of Scientology.

The phrase refers to the convenience achieved by the invention of sliced bread, as what was earlier done by hand was now being done by machines. In this exact form, the phrase was first used in America in the 1950s. Invented by L. Ron Hubbard, probably.

ChatGPT: Write a critical analysis of how Scientology has used the Internet to disparage former members who have grown disillusioned, finding troubling discrepancies with the church and how it takes fragments of truth and reshapes them into something altogether different.

Scientology, a controversial religious movement founded by L. Ron Hubbard in the mid-20th century, has long been scrutinized for its manipulative practices and questionable treatment of former members. In recent years, the advent of the internet has provided a platform for dissenting voices to share their experiences and shed light on the troubling aspects of Scientology. However, rather than engaging in open dialogue or addressing concerns, the Church of Scientology has employed a strategy of disparagement and distortion, using the internet as a weapon to attack and discredit disillusioned ex-members. This critical analysis examines how Scientology takes fragments of truth and reshapes them into something entirely different, ultimately undermining the credibility of those who have grown disillusioned.

Discrediting Dissenters:
One of the primary tactics employed by Scientology on the internet is the systematic discrediting of former members who have spoken out against the church. The organization often resorts to personal attacks, character assassination, and smear campaigns, rather than addressing the specific concerns raised. By focusing on the individual rather than the issues raised, Scientology attempts to deflect attention away from legitimate criticisms and create doubt about the credibility of the dissenters.

Distorting Experiences:
Scientology has a history of distorting the experiences of former members who have chosen to share their disillusionment online. Instead of acknowledging and addressing their concerns, the church dismisses these accounts as biased, embellished, or outright false. By manipulating the narrative, Scientology attempts to undermine the credibility of these individuals and portray them as disgruntled or mentally unstable, effectively discrediting their testimonies and discouraging others from listening to their stories.

Fragmenting Truths:
Another disturbing tactic employed by Scientology is the deliberate fragmentation and distortion of truths shared by ex-members. The church takes elements of truth or partial truths and manipulates them to fit its own narrative, thereby creating a distorted version of events. By doing so, Scientology aims to confuse the public and create a sense of uncertainty around the validity of the criticisms leveled against it. This approach allows the church to maintain control over the narrative and retain a semblance of legitimacy.

Legal Intimidation:
Scientology’s use of the internet to disparage former members has been often accompanied by legal intimidation. The church was once notorious for filing lawsuits against individuals who spoke out against it, often on grounds of defamation or copyright infringement. These legal actions were not only financially burdensome but also served as a means of silencing critics and deterring others from sharing their experiences.The church has recently shifted its focus from filing numerous lawsuits against its critics to pursuing other means of response or protection of its interests, such as public relations campaigns, online rebuttals, or other forms of non-legal tactics.

The internet has provided a platform for former members of Scientology to share their disillusionment and shed light on the troubling practices of the church. However, instead of engaging in open dialogue or addressing the concerns raised, Scientology has resorted to tactics aimed at discrediting, distorting, and fragmenting the truths shared by these individuals. By employing personal attacks, distorting experiences, fragmenting truths, and utilizing legal intimidation, the church seeks to undermine the credibility of its critics and control the narrative. These manipulative tactics only serve to highlight the inherent flaws within Scientology and the desperate measures it takes to maintain its image. As more individuals find the courage to speak out against the church’s practices, it is crucial to critically examine and question the distorted narratives presented by Scientology, allowing for an open and honest conversation about its actions and impact.

A reminder…

U.S. Charges Scientology Conspiracy, 1978. Eleven high officials and agents of the Church of Scientology, including the wife of the founder, L. Ron Hubbard, were charged here yesterday in an allegedly widespread conspiracy to plant spies in government agencies, steal official documents and bug government meetings. Much of the evidence outlined against the church’s officials in the 28-count criminal indictment appears to be based on the church’s own internal memorandums and other documents. The memorandums directed church operatives to “use any method” in its battle with the government.

ChatGPT … here is the text of the Official Scientology response. Can you critique?

Based on the provided text, here is a critique of the official Scientology response:

First Amendment Violation: The Church of Scientology claims that the prosecution’s introduction of religion into the trial violates the First Amendment. However, it is important to note that the First Amendment does not provide blanket immunity for criminal behavior, and allegations of criminal conduct should be properly investigated and prosecuted regardless of religious affiliation.

Fabrications and Prejudice: The Church alleges that the District Attorney fabricated information about Scientology beliefs and practices to introduce prejudice and inflame bigotry. Without specific examples or evidence to support this claim, it is difficult to assess its validity. It is crucial to evaluate the credibility of these allegations and consider whether they are backed by independent sources or corroboration.

Church Doctrine and Unconstitutionality: The Church asserts that the Court’s statement of Church doctrine was false, wrong, and unconstitutional. Without further information on the specific context and content of the court’s statement, it is challenging to evaluate the accuracy of this claim. Constitutional matters require careful legal analysis and consideration of relevant case law.

Policy on Reporting Criminal Conduct: The Church denies having any policy that prohibits or discourages members from reporting criminal conduct. However, this claim may be subject to scrutiny and would require examination of the Church’s internal policies and practices regarding reporting criminal activities. Independent investigations and testimonies from former members might shed more light on this matter.

Allegations of Harassment: The Church vehemently denies any allegations of harassment and asserts that all instances of supposed harassment have been debunked. However, the credibility of these claims depends on the evidence and counter-evidence presented. Independent investigations and court proceedings may provide a more comprehensive understanding of the validity of these allegations.

In general, it is important to critically evaluate any statement made by an involved party in a legal case, considering the credibility of the claims, the available evidence, and independent sources. A comprehensive understanding of the case requires an examination of multiple perspectives and reliable information.

The headline for those who escape follows a similar theme …
“Former Scientology Member Shares Shocking Story.”

In the late 1980s Robert Vaughn Young “escaped” from Scientology with his then-wife Stacy Brooks. He was among the highest-level executives ever to defect from the church. Young made a major contribution to Hubbard’s Church until he learned the truth about L. Ron Hubbard and his past. Robert revealed much of this truth after he escaped from the cult.

He was in Scientology for about 21 years. Until Jesse Prince, he was the highest-ranking Scientology executive to speak about the organization without its approval. He was involved in virtually every echelon of the organization, from the franchise where he started in 1969 to working directly with David Miscavige. About 18 of those years were spent in or senior to Dept. 20 (which was called the Office of Special Affairs or OSA), the section that dealt with the ”enemies” of the organization, meaning anyone who disagreed with or criticized any aspect of Scientology, Hubbard, or ”management.”

Wikipedia: Robert Vaughn Young.

Robert Vaughn Young (April 23, 1938 – June 15, 2003) commonly known by his initials RVY, was an American whistleblower against the Church of Scientology after working high inside their organization for over twenty years.

Young had been a national spokesman for the Church of Scientology. Of his years with the organization, Young said:

I have held nearly every type of position at every echelon. I have worked at the local, the regional, the national and the international levels. I have been a Scientology representative and spokesman before governmental bodies, the media and the courts. I have trained others on how to handle the media and governmental agencies. I have been the most senior public relations executive for Scientology world wide. I worked for years at the echelon that handles critics, “enemies,” the media, judges, the courts and the government. I have been privy to documents and tactics of the most secret nature, including illegalities committed by Scientology executives and the means of cover-up.

Young edited L. Ron Hubbard’s ten-volume Mission Earth series. Young said that Hubbard had written the main text of the series, but that he had ghostwritten the introduction of each volume, as well as other writings in Hubbard’s name.

The Mind Benders Title: Hubbard’s “Mission Earth” – the rest of the story
Author: Robert Vaughn Young
Date: 23 Feb 2000 00:08:01 GMT

Saturday, February 19, 2000
L. RON HUBBARD’S MISSION EARTH: the rest of the story
by Robert Vaughn Young**

A representative of Scientology’s Dept. 20 has claimed on ARS that I had nothing to do with Hubbard’s last work, “Mission Earth.” I tend to ignore their blathering of these sock puppets but I really took personal umbrage at this one! I was Hubbard’s editor and sometimes-ghost writer and I earned THAT battle ribbon!


In 1989, Young was removed from his job as head of worldwide public relations for the Church of Scientology and sent to the RPF — Rehabilitation Project Force — Scientology’s manual labor re-education camp.

PHOTO: 1975: Vaughn was doing “Snow White” research on Interpol. He was at his desk on the seventh floor of the Manor, where the Guardian’s Office worked.

After leaving the Church of Scientology in 1989, Young became prominent as an expert in court cases regarding Scientology such as CSI v. Fishman and Geertz, BPI v. FACTNet, the Lisa McPherson civil trial, cited by the press, and as an Internet-based critic of the organization.

David Miscavige had sent Mike Rinder and Mike Sutter (link to video comment by Karen de la Carriere) to Seattle to try to silence Vaughn Young and his then-wife Stacey by “making peace” with them. They had almost clinched a deal when Miscavige ordered them to change the terms. That derailed the negotiations and the couple continued to be a thorn in Scientology’s side for many years. Other harassments by the Church came to the attention of Bob Minton, a wealthy financier who was interested in free speech on the internet. He took up the couple’s cause and paid to relocate them to a house outside of Seattle. Through his contact with the Youngs, Minton learned more about Scientology and eventually founded the Lisa McPherson Trust with Stacey Brooks.

Young was diagnosed with prostate cancer on November 23, 1999, and turned his energies to Phoenix5, a non-profit organization that runs a website on the disease. He died on June 15, 2003.

Scientology from the inside out.
Robert Vaughn Young

“This is one of the most important articles ever written on the subject of the cult. Nowhere else are these points explained.” – Jon Atack

Published in Quill, The Magazine of The Society for Professional Journalists; November-December 1993.

Scientology from inside out
A former insider reveals strategies for managing the news media

They say the first step in any recovery program is the admission, so here it is: I handled public relations (PR) and the media for L. Ron Hubbard and his Scientology empire for 20 years.

It is no accident that I avoid saying “Church of Scientology” — the trademarked corporate name. The Scientology world is much larger than merely the “Church” of Scientology. 

From 1969 to 1989, I worked at every echelon of the organization, from a small, new “mission” up to national and then international level, including handling media in other countries and working at Hubbard’s personal literary agency. During my tenure, I handled reporters from high school papers and from The New York Times. I have appeared as a Scientology spokesman on radio talk shows and national TV news, as well as in magazines, books, and even a documentary film. I was a member of the Guardian’s Office, the pseudo-naval Sea Organization, and the glitzy Author Services Inc., Hubbard’s literary agency in downtown Hollywood.

When the FBI raided Church of Scientology Guardian offices in Los Angeles and D.C. in 1977, I was the national spokesman, fielding questions on that day and in the months to come.

When Hubbard’s secret international headquarters at Gilman Hot Springs near Hemet, California, was exposed in 1980, I went in to convert the image of the facility overnight. I gave the Los Angeles ABC-TV affiliate a tour of “Golden Era Productions,” the image it still has to this day.

Whispering Winds ranch near Creston, California, where Hubbard spent his final few years in total seclusion before he departed this planet at 8 pm on January 24, 1986.

When Hubbard died in 1986, I was called to his secret California ranch, arriving well before the authorities were called, to help design and implement the strategy to control the media, as well as to calm his followers.

For my training, I studied and had secret directives from Hubbard and others on how to handle reporters, how to deal with police and government agencies, how to create front groups, and how to discredit or destroy a person or a group with Hubbard’s “fair game” doctrine.

I also trained other Scientology PRs on how to handle the media, using material from Hubbard. This included how to respond to a question without answering, how to divert the issue, how to tell “an acceptable truth,” how to stall for time, how to assume various emotional states to control another, how to “attack the attacker,” how to take control of a conversation, how to introvert a person and how to “get the message across” (especially in an age of sound bites), how to help Scientology attorneys write inflammatory legal papers so the PR could then safely use the abusive phrases, and how to appear to be a religion.

This, in brief, is what a journalist faces when encountering a trained and dedicated Scientology PR. The journalist wants a story. The PR wants to kill the story, or at least control it. While this is not particularly unusual, Scientology goes further than most. Scientology stands ready and able to unleash an assault on the journalist that can include private detectives and lawsuits, making it little wonder that publications have grown reluctant to write about the Hubbard empire. (See “Shudder into silence,” Quill, Nov./Dec., 1991.)

Since Scientologists know how the Fourth Estate operates, it’s time the journalist had a chance to learn some of the attitudes, rules, tactics, and tricks known only to Scientology.

Former church spokesperson, Tommy Davis was interviewed by journalist Martin Bashir for the ABC News program Nightline, in a piece called “Inside Scientology”, which aired in October 2009.[24] Davis ripped off his microphone and stormed off the set of the interview after he was questioned about whether he believed that 75 million years ago a galactic ruler called Xenu brought individuals to Earth and killed them in volcanoes.

1. Your local fanatic.Before talking with any Scientology PR or executive, a journalist must know that he or she will be talking to a fanatic — a person seeking to save the world. This is exactly what Scientologists believe they are doing.Moreover, unless you stand ready to print a Scientology story exactly as presented, you will be viewed as an enemy, an agent of the American Medical Association (AMA), a mouthpiece of psychiatry, or someone ready “to sell out the human race if his editor told him to” — in the words of a Hubbard policy letter of August 14, 1963. (This is a key Scientology document. Ask a PR to give you a copy. If he declines, it can be found in the green policy volumes available in any Scientology bookstore.2. You keeping notes?
Know that after your meeting (and after each encounter, including phone calls) the PR will write a debrief. This report will usually be E-mailed to the PR’s superior and up the command channel — and probably also into an intelligence area for filing. Therefore, start your own notes of everything that transpires.3. Image is everything.
Realize that when you are dealing with a PR or official of the Church of Scientology, religious image is not only a vital PR defense (the ecclesiastical equivalent of wrapping oneself in the flag) but is also crucial for tax-exemption purposes and for court cases. Thus the PR must be sure to demonstrate that Scientology is “an applied religious philosophy.” The PR will have many documents to “prove the religious bona fides” of Scientology (but lack anything to the contrary — such as decisions or rulings — of which he may honestly not know).

4. The shell game.
When proving the bona fides, PRs make no distinction among the many Scientology corporations. A Los Angeles organization will parade the acceptance of Scientology in London or St. Louis. But when needed, a complex labyrinth of corporations — a veritable hall of mirrors — comes into play. Suddenly no two Scientology organizations touch. Officials of one will act as if they barely know the officials in another. The reason is, of course, the IRS and the courts.

So try to find out which corporation you’re talking to and how it relates to the material you are being given. See if the PR or official is willing to go on-record permeating the corporate shells.

Trying to sort out the relations between the Church of Spiritual Technology, World Institute of Scientology Enterprises, and the Religious Technology Center is like trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube. Simply take the shortcut: find the unincorporated Sea Organization (SO). Touted as a “fraternal” organization, the SO is the highest inner circle of Scientology; it was the actual alter ego of Hubbard, the hidden nexus that permeates all corporations. Surprisingly, it has escaped scrutiny.

But asking the SO about the SO is like asking the CIA about the CIA. The difference is the CIA must respond to Freedom of Information Act requests.

5. Say what?
Politicians are notorious for responding to a question without answering it; Scientology PRs practice the skill for hours on end. The PR will drill how to answer simple questions about Scientology, how to “no-answer” a question, how to stall for time, and how to attack. (According to the original material, this included shouting, banging the desk, pointing at the reporter, and swearing.)

Thus a seemingly innocuous question such as “What is Scientology?” has already been practiced extensively, and there is a ready answer. More probing questions will produce “no answer.” Therefore a reporter can measure sensitivity by avoidance, and you will find that once you understand this, it is quite easy to spot.

To deal with this, first realize that it is part of the PR’s training. Listen carefully to his or her answers. (Better yet, tape the interview.) When the PR tries to avoid the question with a non sequitur, repeat your question. Continue to repeat your question until you actually get an answer. Ask the PR what drills he or she did before your interview, and ask to see current organization policies on handling the media. (Many are publicly available in Scientology bookstores.)

6. A dead what?
Depending on your story angle, you can easily find yourself buried by packs of documentation. Some are called “DA [dead agent] packs.” Hubbard took the phrase from Sun-tzu’s “The Art of War,” in which different types of agents are described. The “dead agent” is the one who is caught in a lie. The “DA pack” is supposed to counter a lie (thereby rendering the liar “dead” as a credible source) and usually addresses a particular document, from a newspaper article to a book. It is also used to discredit a person or a group that may be a source of criticism of Scientology.

A DA pack can include anything from Hubbard’s writings to a piece of press to an affidavit obtained by a private investigator. The purpose is to refute the targeted piece, person or group at virtually any cost. If the article presents no clear-cut falsehoods or errors but paints Scientology in an unfavorable light, the DA becomes a general reply (usually an attack on the source) that may be issued as a pamphlet, an ad, or an article.

Where possible, verify the claims or documentation. Contact the targeted person, group, or author of the article. Also take note of what is not refuted or challenged. In Scientology, omission can be as good as admission.
You can ask to talk to the people who produced the DA pack, but chances are you will not be allowed to, because they are not trained to deal with the media. In Scientology, only trained PRs are supposed to talk to the press. If an exception is made, it will be only those that are proofed up or drilled or have a proven track record of talking to the media about Scientology, and then it is often with a PR present. (A recent example will be found in the September issue of Premiere. The reporter was denied access to Hollywood celebrities in Scientology.) If you can do it, find some staff members who will talk to you. Find some field Scientologists to interview. You’ll learn more from them.

7. Go for the gold.
In Scientology, there is an exact chain of command. Each organization has one. The public version is supposed to be posted on a large wall of the organization. It should show the local position of your PR What will not be shown is his or her chain of command.

The media are handled by the Office of Special Affairs, or OSA, in the Church of Scientology. The OSA PR will have a senior on the PR chain of command. If the PR is a local OSA staff member (meaning the PR for a city or area), his or her senior will be at the continental level (such as OSA United States, located in Los Angeles) and then at the “int” or international level (OSA Int is also in L.A.). After that, the chain of command jumps to the Religious Technology Center (RTC). In highly unusual circumstances, an RTC official will intervene to handle a journalist, particularly if it is a crucial story for one reason or another, because RTC monitors all OSA activity and is ultimately responsible for any media on Scientology, whether good or bad.

David Miscavige has been the leader of Scientology since 1986 and in the 36 years since he took over from L. Ron Hubbard he has only sat down for one on-camera interview. The interview took place in 1992 with Nightline’s Ted Koppel. There is ZERO chance he will ever be interviewed again.

RTC’s chairman of the board is David Miscavige, who is now the admitted head of the Church of Scientology. His latest intervention will be found in the October issue of Premiere magazine. For any story on Scientology, Miscavige is the one to be interviewed. He lives on the Golden Era Productions property at Gilman Hot Springs. The PR assigned to you will know how to get a message to him. If all else fails, call Golden Era Productions. The personnel there know how to reach him.

Scientology is in a state of siege with psychiatry, the media, and anything else perceived as attacking Hubbard or the organization. It has been that way since Hubbard named them as enemies decades ago. Talk to a Scientology PR long enough, and you may begin to sense something vaguely familiar about the attitude.Walk through a Scientology office, and the proliferation of photographs and busts of Hubbard may strike a familiar chord.

Just substitute “Sea Organization” for “Party” in the following passage, and the chilling parallel may be evident:

“Even the humblest Party member is expected to be competent, industrious, and even intelligent within narrow limits, but it is also necessary that he should be a credulous and ignorant fanatic whose prevailing moods are fear, hatred, adulation, and orgiastic triumph. In other words it is necessary that he should have the mentality appropriate to a state of war. It does not matter whether the war is actually happening, and, since no decisive victory is possible, it does not matter whether the war is going well or badly. All that is needed is that a state of war should exist. The splitting of the intelligence which the Party requires of its members, and which is more easily achieved in an atmosphere of war, is now almost universal, but the higher up the ranks one goes, the more marked it becomes. It is precisely in the Inner Party that war hysteria and hatred of the enemy are strongest. In his capacity as an administrator, it is often necessary for a member of the Inner Party to know that this or that item of war news is untruthful, and he may often be aware that the entire war is spurious and is either not happening or is being waged for purpose quite other than the declared ones; but such knowledge is easily neutralized by the technique of double-think meanwhile no Inner Party member wavers for an instant in his mystical belief that the war is real, and that it is bound to end victoriously, with Oceania the undisputed master of the entire world.” –George Orwell, “1984”

Additional insights on Young’s comparison to Orwell’s “1984.”

How To Fool The Press: A study in misinformation
by Robert Vaughn Young

In nearly 20 years of handling the media for Scientology and Hubbard, I dealt with a lot of journalists. One of the most challenging occurred in 1980, when the Riverside Press-Enterprise broke a story by Dick Lyneis that Hubbard was secretly ensconced at a nearby deserted resort called Gilman Hot Springs.

L. Ron Hubbard was named by federal prosecutors as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in Operation Snow White and went into hiding for the rest of his life.

Since the FBI raid on Scientology offices in 1977, Hubbard had been the target of an increasing number of process servers and government investigators. His location had become one of Scientology’s best-kept secrets. When necessary, Hubbard could move and he did.

But the headquarters of Scientology International in Gilman Hot Springs could not move so easily. Although Hubbard claimed not to be running the Church of Scientology, in fact he did. Here was the seat of the Hubbard Holy Empire, 90 minutes east of Los Angeles. Hubbard was not eager for attorneys, the media, or the Internal Revenue Service to know this.

I was sent in to handle the situation.

As in Clearwater, Florida, Scientology had covertly bought the Gilman Hot Springs property and secretly moved in. The phone book listed it as the “Scottish Highland Quietude Club.” Few driving by were interested in the few people who occasionally walked between the buildings.

By the time I arrived, Hubbard had disappeared. Most of the staff he had deserted were terrified because t he security he had demanded had been blown. They knew his temper and they feared his wrath.

I toured the property and found a small film-making area and an audio tape production unit, called Golden Era, which was supposed to supply materials to the Church of Scientology. Both had been shut down by Hubbard, but I saw my solution. It was, as he called it, “an acceptable truth.” I obtained L.A.’s approval for my plan.

Through that night and into the morning, the facility was converted. I had the paper covering all the windows taken off. Everything was cleaned. Equipment and desks were rearranged to hide certain tasks and to create others. Tapes, films, scripts, and costumes were dragged out and made obvious. Many international management staff were sent off the base to reduce the number of personnel.

The next day, the “Scottish Highland Quietude Club” had become Golden Era Studios. A media tour went without a hitch. The tape-production area wasn’t cranking yet, but I did get people busy making costumes and booklets or doing artwork. We found a makeshift studio that “just happened” to be working when the tour came through. Asked about “international management,” I said yes, they did manage distribution of films and tapes, which did go to churches worldwide. No one noticed I had avoided the question and diverted attention to the film and tape production.

The news that night was perfect. The Riverside Press-Enterprise store had been countered. Gilman was no longer considered the headquarters of Scientology. It was just a bustling film and tape facility that supplied the Church of Scientology.

When the flap died down, international management quietly moved back in. Since then Golden ERA Productions has expanded considerably. There are even guided public tours and PR glitz, including an occasional VIP or Scientology celebrity tour of the tape and film facilities. No one asks about the other function we were able to quietly reinstall after the flap was handled., or the other management organizations that were quietly added.

But they’re there, just up the hill from the sound stage, not too far from the spa where the hot springs no longer flow.

Toward A New Model Of “Cult Control”
By Robert Vaughn Young

After I left Scientology in 1989 with 21 years in the cult, the hardest question people posed to me was why I stayed in it so long if I knew it was such an abusive system. I didn’t have an answer that satisfied me, let alone anyone else. I think I’ve come up with a reply and a model. It at least satisfies me today.

My own background and basic interests also demanded an answer to that question. I had a pursued and obtained a BA in philosophy (from what was then known as San Francisco State College) because of a strong interest in what we called philosophy of behavior/mind/psychology.

The first time I saw the parallel between my own experiences in the cult of Scientology and battered women was when I was reading “Captive Hearts, Captive Minds,” which is an excellent book. It was in the Intro or maybe the first chapter that they cited and quoted the singer Tina Turner who had been in an abusive relationship for something like 10 or 15 years. She remarked how being with Ike Turner was like being in a small cult. The remark jumped off the page at me. Given the success of Tina Turner as an entertainer, one is not prone to say she is a stupid woman but there she was in a marriage where she was beaten constantly and yet she stayed. When she finally escaped, as she tells her story, it was after a beating that left her head so swollen that she couldn’t put on a wig. She wrapped her head in a scarf and fled, taking no money or anything and finally got away from Ike Turner.

Why doesn’t she just leave? It’s the question many people ask when they learn that a woman is suffering battery and abuse. But if you are in an abusive relationship, you know that it’s not that simple. Ending a significant relationship is never easy. It’s even harder when you’ve been isolated from your family and friends, psychologically beaten down, financially controlled, and physically threatened.

No abusive relationship starts that way. In fact, the chances are that if the guy had slapped her on the first date, there wouldn’t be a second one. No, the abusive relationship starts with sweetness. When I was reading about abusive relationships, that came up constantly, how the guy was so nice and sweet. No, the abuse is gradual. It starts with some criticism and when the woman accepts it, then there is a little bit more. When she accepts that, the man does more as he introduces CONTROL. If she protests, he backs off until he can reestablish the control. It is called a GRADIENT. (Ironically, Scientologists will be familiar with that word.) The woman comes to accept more and more and becomes convinced that it is something SHE is doing wrong. As it is increased, the sweetness tapers off until it is finally dangled in front of her like a carrot. Somewhere along the line, the physical abuse starts. If she breaks too hard, he is sweet and comforting and maybe even apologetic, bringing her back under control. That is the key. CONTROL. (Another word Scientologists know well. Hubbard even had his own definition for it and processing addressing control.) Then one day the beatings are regular and she loses her self-respect and dignity.

Thanks to video cameras, we can watch shows like “Cops” where the police are called out to a real life “domestic disturbance.” If you have watched that show enough, you finally saw the all-to-familiar scene of the woman with a bloody nose who has clearly been beaten (the cops were called by neighbors hearing the fight) and is standing there explaining it all away, insisting that the police take no action. No, she’s fine, she says. No, it’s nothing. To the questions from the police about the bloody nose or the swelling around the eyes, she’ll say anything but the facts, that he was beating her. Do we need more evidence? There are the very people – the police – who can take him off to jail and end the abuse if she will simply speak up and she refuses while wiping the blood from her nose or pulling the torn clothing up around her shoulder and telling them that everything is okay. Of course, the police cannot legally intervene unless she complains and she will not.

Now let me make a harrowing admission. If the police had shown up that day when I was at the motel trying to escape, when the security guards were parked outside to make sure I didn’t disappear on them, and if the police had asked me if everything was okay or if I needed any help, do you know what I would have said and done? The same thing as that woman. No, it’s fine, I would have said. I’ll handle it. It stuns me to think it, let alone say it right now, but that is the truth. That is exactly what I would have done. And do you know why? Because I didn’t want to be in trouble with the cult. If you can figure that one out, give it to the experts.

There are only two answers for the handling of people from 2.0 down on the Tone Scale, neither one of which has anything to do with reasoning with them or listening to their justification of their acts. The first is to raise them on the Tone Scale by un-enturbulating some of their theta by any one of the three valid processes. The other is to dispose of them quietly and without sorrow.
— L. Ron Hubbard

The purpose of [a lawsuit] is to harass and discourage rather than to win. The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly.
— L. Ron Hubbard

This [Scientology] is useful knowledge. With it the blind again see, the lame walk, the ill recover, the insane become sane and the sane become saner. By its use the thousand abilities Man has sought to recover become his once more.
— L. Ron Hubbard

People attack Scientology, I never forget it, always even the score. People attack auditors, or staff, or organisations, or me. I never forget until the slate is clear.
— L. Ron Hubbard