Dangerous Persuasions: Scientology – My Eternal Contract

dangerous_persuasions

2013 | Discovery Channel (US)

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This is a docu-drama version of Nancy Many’s 2009 memoir “My Billion-Year Contract“, a book in which she describes her 27-year involvement with the Church of Scientology.

Many worked directly with L Ron Hubbard and participated in an official programme which detailed Scientologists to infiltrate  the offices of perceived enemies where they gathered intelligence and interfered with records (planting counterfeit documents and stealing existing records).

Many actively participated in this program, infiltrating a psychiatrist’s office and stealing patient’s records.  The dramatised scenes are interspersed with excerpts from interviews with Many, in which she explains Scientology’s rationale for directing these illegal acts and her motivations for following those orders.

It emerges that the Church of Scientology was  intent on gathering &/or planting material that it could use against perceived enemies should the need arise. It was prepared to do this by any means necessary. For example, ‘agents’ like Many were told that they were protecting innocents from abuse by psychiatrists (Hubbard taught that psychiatry is an evil conspiracy devoted to suppressing Scientology).

After moving on to run the Los Angeles Celebrity Centre (an organisation dedicated to promoting the cause by attracting high profile individuals –  principally entertainers) she fell out of favour with management. Despite the fact she was  5 months pregnant, she was incarcerated in the ‘Rehabilitation Project Force‘ (RPF) in Florida – a Scientology labour camp, where inmates perform largely manual labour under harsh conditions.

Many’s website includes the following endorsement for the book:

“Nancy Many’s book is the first full-length study to provide insight into how some of Scientology’s techniques and policies may cause or contribute to severe mental health problems among members.”

Stephen A. Kent
Professor, Department of Sociology,
Adjunct Professor, Department of
Religious Studies, University of Alberta

 

 

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