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The Church of dirty tricks // Lifting the lid on the ruthless Scientology 'slave cult' that brainwashes its recruits

Title: The Church of dirty tricks // Lifting the lid on the ruthless Scientology 'slave cult' that brainwashes its recruits
Date: Tuesday, 24 July 1984
Publisher: Daily Express (UK)
Author: Maureen Knight
Main source: link (126 KiB)

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THE "sinister" Church of Scientology was dammed by its own undisputed evidence in yesterday's High Court case.

Evidence from memos, letters, directives and bulletins presented to the court by a young mother desperate to win her children back from its clutches.

The church, according to Mr Justice Latey . . .

* USED sex to seduce people high in Government to the Scientology viewpoint, and

* PERSECUTED and destroyed opponents by campaign of lies, court action—and even threat of physical injury.

One victim of their "Dirty Tricks Department" gave evidence of being falsely accused of theft, harassed by paid bullies, threatened with death and struck by a car. . . .

Yesterday's judgment also revealed a general church directive on keeping "sensitive" files in a Red Box system, and a drill practice for removing from its premises in the event of a raid.

The documents put to the court, said the judge, revealed recruiting methods, where potential members were cynically referred to as "raw meat," the cult jargon which conceals sinister training techniques, and the ruthless discipline which keeps members toeing the line.


The documents also showed the frightening, disgraceful, and illegal lengths to which it is prepared to go.

Unsuspecting fish tempted by the promotional offer by the church of a free Personal Efficiency Test, "can find themselves [?]oked."

A bulletin issued in 1959 by L. Ron Hubbard advised:

"Never let a student leave or quit — introvert him like a bullet and get him to get audited. . ."

Auditing is bluntly translated as conditioning, brainwashing and indoctrination, during which a recruit reveals his innermost thoughts to his auditor under the assurance of confidentiality.

And what is said ends up in the sect's intelligence files and used, if necessary to exact obedience or silence.

Hubbard said the judge, had proclaimed in his public writings that the law of the country must be obeyed and no illegal activities undertaken. But directives and policy letters revealed this to be a cynical lie.

One document recommended seducing Government high-ups—referred to as Second Dynamics—to win them to the side of Scientology, finding evidence of a crime and pressing charges against traitors to the sect and character assassination as successful actions used by their intelligence department.

Another revealed the ruthless disciplinary measures taken against members declared Suppressive Persons.

Punishments recommended by Hubbard in a 1967 letter ranged from suspended of pay and day and night confinement to the premises to being "Fair Game".

He defined this as "may be deprived of property or injured by any Scientologist or tricked, sued, lied to or destroyed."

"Deprival of property, injury by any means, trickery, suing, lying or destruction have been pursued throughout and to this day with the fullest possible vigour," said the judge.

Yesterday's judgment further highlighted a Scientology programme that required:

* Thought-control techniques to be used to produce "willing slaves" and children processed from the time they learned to speak;


* A policy on Finance that urged Scientologists to "make money . . . make more money and make other people produce so as to make money."

* The Church charging its members highly for "services" and course's that often cost them thousands of pounds.

All services had to be paid for.

"Regging" is sect jargon for extorting money.

People had been persuaded to hand over accident compensation, sell their homes or their stocks and shares for the church said the judge.

And he added — the methods used to harangue members to "get more money in or else was grimly reminiscent of the rantings and bullying of Hitler and his henchmen."