Dr. Roy Wallis
Sociologist, author of a study: "The Road to Total Freedom: A
sociological analysis of scientology"
«Professor Roy Wallis
. Department of Sociology at Queen's
University, Belfast; he was the sociologist whose research project
on Scientology was published under the title The Road to Total Freedom.
He was targeted by the Guardians Office with an undercover agent
sent to Stirling University where Wallis taught. Posing as a student,
he attempted to get Wallis to tell him if he was involved in the
drug scene, then likely forged letters to the university, colleagues
and others, implicating him in a variety of acts from a homosexual
love affair to spying for the drug squad. — Lamont.» [Source: "Who's
Who in Scientology
" by Martin Hunt
Steward Lamont (1986):
Inc.: the Church of Scientology - Ch. 4 Gods Admiralty"
In the early 1970s, sociologist Roy Wallis was
completing his research project on Scientology eventually published
under the title The Road to Total Freedom when he became
the victim of the Guardians' paranoia. Ironically the book
is now accepted by the Public Affairs office of the Church of Scientology
as reasonable and fair (they even loaned me a copy) but at the time
an undercover agent was sent to Stirling University where Wallis
then taught. Posing as a student, he attempted to get Wallis to
tell him if he was involved in the drug scene. Wallis recognized
him from Saint Hill, so the student then changed his story, claiming
to be a defector from the Church of Scientology. In 'The Moral Career
of a Research Project' (published within Doing Sociological Research
in 1977) Wallis describes what happened next: 'In the weeks following
his visit a number of forged letters came to light, some of which
were supposedly written by me. These letters sent to my university
employers, colleagues and others, implicated me in a variety of
acts from a homosexual love affair to spying for the drug squad.
Because I had few enemies and because this attention followed so
closely upon the receipt of my paper by the Church of Scientology
organization, it did not seem too difficult to infer the source
of these attempts to inconvenience me.'
The Guardian (Feb.
1980): "Scientology's bizarre manual of dirty tricks"
The attack on the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims
of the Paranormal was ordered shortly after its publication, Zetetic,
had carried an article by a British sociologist,
Dr Roy Wallis
, on dianetics — the pseudo-scientific philosophy
which was the forerunner to Scientology.
A lengthy document headed
Programme Humanist Humiliation sets out Scientology's planned attack
on the committee on a 23-point basis. The "major target" is described
as: "To handle terminatedly the Humanist publication Zetetic and
the Committee (or Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal
so that they never attack Scientology or Dianetics again."
The attack plan includes proposals to spread rumours that the
committee was a front group for the Central Intelligence Agency
set up "to discredit any and all psychic phenomena in order to keep
this subject under CIA control and in order to squash paranormal
research outside the CIA." [...]
Roy Wallis (1976): "The Road to Total Freedom: A sociological analysis
Scientology has been notable for the extent to which is has come
into conflict with the state, medical agencies, and individuals
critical of its practices. The author turns to the sociology of
deviance to provide a model to account for the development of a
'moral crusade' against Scientology and to explain the way in which
the movement reacted and adapted to a hostile environment.
New Society Magazine (1973):
"Religious sects and the fear of publicity"
My own experiences, while less dramatic, follow a similar pattern.
As a product of research for a doctoral thesis on Scientology, I
wrote a paper called "The sectarianism of Scientology,
I sent to the leaders of the movement in East Grinstead for comments,
before publication. The comments I received clearly indicated that
they did not view the paper favourably, and a very useful body of
documentation was supplied to support their views, resulting in
slight modifications to the paper.
Shortly after this, a young
man arrived at the University of Stirling representing himself as
a graduate of Bristol and claiming an interest in Scottish religion.
On being sent to see me he asked if he might attend my lectures
and tutorials, and also if I could put him up for a few days. This
I declined to do, having realised that I had last seen him wearing
a staff member's uniform at the Scientology headquarters. I did
not reveal my suspicions, being unsure how to react, until the following
day, when I learned that he had visited my home in my absence, seeking
to gain entry.
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