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Louis Jolyon West

M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine.

The Wog Blog (2007): "The Scientology Wars"

This speech was given at a CAN conference in 1992, before CAN was taken over by Scientology.  Jolly West talks about the battles Scientology has engaged in against anyone who speaks out about the group.

Louis Jolyon (”Jolly”) West was an American psychiatrist, human rights activist and expert on brainwashing, mind control, torture, substance abuse, post traumatic stress disorder and violence.

Former Scientologist Hannah Whitfield introduces Jolly West in Part 1.

UCLA Today (1997): "Cults can be hazardous to your health"

Seventeen years ago I wrote in an article about cults that the venture usually is launched by a self-proclaimed leader "who claims to have been chosen by a higher power to lead such a group or to have discovered some great cosmic secret justifying his leadership. For example, leaders of outer-space cults often claim flying saucers and UFO personnel assigned them their mission."

The Southern California Psychiatrist (1991): "Scientology III"

Dr. and Mrs. Robert Geary, a dentist and his wife from Ohio, claim that during a five month period in 1988 they paid Scientology $200,000. Under constant pressure in the context of a Sterling program, the couple was unable to resist signing checks and arranging for loans to pay for additional seminars. When Dr. Geary tried to break away, Scientologists allegedly kidnapped his wife and held her for two weeks while supposedly helping her to become a "Clear" (a Scientology term for someone without any remaining "engrams" or psychological problems). When Scientology officials refused to give Dr. Geary information about his wife or her whereabouts, he contacted the family lawyer, who promptly called the FBI in Ohio and California. Within a day Mrs. Geary was returned home, but she was "a physical and emotional wreck:" The Gearys are now warning fellow professionals to stay away from Sterling and Scientology.

The Southern California Psychiatrist (1990):  "Psychiatry and Scientology"

Scientology portrays itself as a victim of persecution by a conspiracy involving the media, the U.S. government, various medical organizations (including the World Federation of Mental Health and the National Association of Mental Health in Great Britain), and a number of individuals including government officials, some traditional clergy, certain physicians and others who have openly criticized their practices. It has filed hundreds of lawsuits over the years, taking on the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Internal Revenue Service, and endlessly harassing a number of individual critics. On August 15, 1978 a federal grand jury in Washington, DC indicted 11 top leaders of he Church of Scientology for conducting a wide range of illegal activities including the infiltration, bugging and burglary of the Justice Department, the IRS, and other federal agencies. Scientology also conducts sophisticated intelligence and propaganda operations against private organizations and individual critics who are classified as enemies or "suppressive persons." A special branch created by Hubbard in 1966 performs dirty tricks," such as calling in anonymous death threats, smearing individual enemies, sending out phoney compromising letters on the "suppressive person's" letterhead, making anonymous phone calls to the IRS accusing enemies of cheating on heir taxes, etc. "Dirty tricks," like more formal public relations campaigns and spurious lawsuits, seem primarily intended by Scientology to destroy the individual enemy's reputation, to harass, discourage and intimidate. All this is justified by Hubbard's policy declaring "suppressive persons" to be "fair game."

Los Angeles Times (June 1990): "The Scientology Story: On the Offensive Against an Array of Suspected Foes"

[...] On the opposite coast, psychiatrist Louis (Jolly) West, who formerly directed UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute, said he also has felt the wrath of Scientology.

West, an expert on thought control techniques, said his problems began in 1980 after he published a psychiatric textbook that called Scientology a cult.

West said Scientology attempted to get him fired by writing letters to university officials suggesting that he is a CIA-backed fascist who has advocated genocide and castration of minorities to curb crime.

He said Scientologists once managed to get inside a downtown Los Angeles banquet room before guests arrived for a dinner celebrating the Neuropsychiatric Institute's 25th anniversary. On each plate, West said, was placed "an obscenely vicious diatribe" against him and the institute--neatly tied with a pink ribbon. [...]

Wikipedia: Louis Jolyon West

Louis Jolyon ("Jolly") West (1924 in Brooklyn, New York - January 2, 1999 in Los Angeles) was an American psychiatrist, human rights activist and expert on brainwashing, mind control, torture, substance abuse, post traumatic stress disorder and violence. [...]

West was not a man to be easily silenced: On one APA panel on cults where every speaker had received a long letter threatening a lawsuit if Scientology would be mentioned, no one mentioned Scientology except West, who was the last speaker: "I read parts of the letter to the 1,000-plus psychiatrists and then told any Scientologists in the crowd to pay attention. I said I would like to advise my colleagues that I consider Scientology a cult and L. Ron Hubbard a quack and a fake. I wasn't about to let them intimidate me." (Psychiatric Times, 1991)

Scientologists continued to harass him with smear campaigns. His antiapartheid trips to South Africa were being twisted to pro-apartheid by Scientology's Freedom magazine. (Psychiatric Times, 1991)

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