Bad news: Bob Kaufman died
I am sorry to come here to a.r.s. today with bad news. Bob
Kaufman, author of "Inside
" died. He was 63 years old.
Bob was the first person courageous enough to reveal the
upper level materials. For this, he was terribly harassed
and his dreams of a concert piano career shattered.
Scientology/Dianetics: How I Joined Dianetics/Scientology and
In the late '60s I was involved in Scientology, for about one
year on the fringes of the group, then for several months in
Great Britain at two Scientology headquarters to receive the
"secret processes." My account of the involvement was published
in 1972 under the title Inside Scientology (Olympia
Press). I wrote the first drafts to cure myself of the sickness and confusion I
suffered from the experience, in effect deprogramming myself before
"deprogramming" became part of the language of defection from cults, or new
religions. The present volume is essentially the same story, what I believe to
be the first disclosure of the secret Scientology processes, including
"clearing" and the "Upper Levels."
Inside Scientology/Dianetics: PART 1: The Franchise
There was a muted note of sexual excitement in
the prospect of being audited by Felicia. I was to take the
passive role in a game of "doctor-and-patient" -- in this case
an attractive female doctor -- the feeling of childlike
conspiracy heightened by my anticipation of unusual happenings
during the sessions. It would be a piquant, novel form of
intimacy, with Felicia acting as ringleader. I had no naive
hopes of working out my life, solving problems and gaining
abilities through auditing, no intention of going beyond the one
initial "release." Primarily, I wanted to be a good sport. It
would be a lark.
It was April, 1967, perhaps two years after I
had first heard of Scientology on a subway platform, that I
agreed to let Felicia audit me privately, a harmless little
pact that set me apart, I imagined, from those whose
involvement with Scientology had been swift and total.
Inside Scientology/Dianetics: PART 2: The Hill
"Look, Ann," I said, "Scientology has always
gotten a rotten press in England. These stories are based on rumors. I can probably piece together what really happened and
give you a very good explanation for it. Now, this girl who
`disappeared' probably left her parents to join what's known as
the Sea Org, the crew on Ron Hubbard's yacht. During her
training, her parents were found to be `suppressive' to her --
that is, they held her back from her own goals -- and she
disconnected from them. They haven't heard from her since, and
they're naturally worried. Simple enough, isn't it?"
don't know," Ann replied. "I think it's awful -- taking
children away from their parents. There's something sinister
going on. This Scientology sounds dreadfully like
brainwashing. Bob, I think they're trying to snatch your
brain. I'm very frightened about what's happening to you."
Inside Scientology/Dianetics: PART 3: The AOUK
I awoke the next morning with the thought
that I would have to kill myself. Dim light outside the
window told me it was dawn in Edinburgh. I pondered the
matter of my death carefully as Nash lay snoring a few feet
away. Where had the thought come from? I'd never had it
before. But I had damaged myself beyond repair on OT III,
and even the Sea Org with their Search and Discoveries
couldn't help me. The next step was suicide. I could jump
off the bridge into the Edinburgh railroad yards. But by so
doing I would invalidate Scientology. My name would go up on
the bulletin board. I couldn't bear the shame of knowing
what would happen after my death.
Inside Scientology/Dianetics: PART 4: In the Wog World
Once the raw meat makes his initial mistake
of trying a beginning stage, the gradual impingement on his
mind of Scientology concepts, terminology, auditing control
methods and group pressure draw him as far into Hubbard's
world as his finances will permit.
Inside Scientology/Dianetics: The High Cost of Infinity
The total cost of these 25 items is
$172,342, averaging $6,893.68 per item.
Winnipeg Free Press (Jun. 1974): "Libraries Face Libel
The Church of Scientology of Canada has advised some
libraries that they may be cited as party defendants
in a libel suit unless they
remove certain books from their shelves, Steven
Horn, council member of the Canadian Library
Association said Wednesday. [...]
Mr. Horn said
the church has told members of the association that
actions for libel have been begun by the church
against the authors, publishers and distributors of
three books before the Supreme Court of Ontario.
The libraries were advised that if they did not
remove the works from circulation until the courts
had settled the actions, they could be cited as
party defendants and be liable for damages.
The books are:
Scientology: the now religion, by
Inside Scientology by
The Mind Benders by
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