Scientology’s Propaganda Response to the 1977 FBI Raid

Press View The FBI Raid Download as .pdf (Download link will appear in a new tab) |Church of Scientology | 1977

When they were first presented, L Ron Hubbard quite explicitly asserted, in writing, that both Dianetics and Scientology were scientific enterprises – not religious in any way.

The problem with that approach was that dianetics and Scientology organisations had to pay tax, and Hubbard’s wild claims were subject to objective examination in the courts, where they could easily be refuted by real experts.

His eventual response was to reverse himself and register Scientology as a religion. This made it tax-exempt, and transformed easily falsifiable ‘scientific’ claims into religious doctrines protected by the US first amendment.

However, Hubbard made it clear to Scientologists that status as a ‘Church’ would not, “upset in any way the usual activities of any organization. It is entirely a matter for accountants and solicitors”. In other words, it was a convenient pretence

Scientology’s ‘religious cloaking’ was seriously  deployed in the aftermath of an FBI raid on ‘Guardian’ offices in Los Angeles and Washington, and today’s 31-page document shows it in action.

The Guardian’s Office was at that time Scientology’s secret police (subsequently replaced by the Office of Special Affairs or OSA). It had tasked two Scientologists with infiltrating the IRS. When they were apprehended by FBI agents,  raids were mounted to seize documentary evidence of suspicions that the Church of Scientology was running a systematic espionage operation.  It subsequently emerged that scientologists had been  illegally gathering information on an astonishing scale, stealing records from the offices of not only government agencies but also, bizarrely, psychiatrists. The operation was codenamed “Snow White

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Scientology Propaganda: The Books of Omar V Garrison

In the closing years of L Ron Hubbard’s life, critical books about Scientology kept appearing despite strenuous efforts by the Church’s ‘department of dirty tricks’ to suppress them. Hubbard’s response to this was to hire an outsider to write two books which which were designed to look like serious journalism, put were actually propaganda for The Church of Scientology.

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playing dirty backPlaying Dirty1980 | Playing Dirty: The Secret War Against Beliefs
Omar V Garrison
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ISBN-10: 093111604X
ISBN-13: 978-0931116049

 

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hidden story1974 | The Hidden Story of Scientology
Omar V Garrison
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ISBN-10: 0806504404
ISBN-13: 978-0806504407

Garrison also wrote an official biography of L Ron Hubbard, which was never published. Continue reading

Big League Sales Closing Techniques – Scientology’s Ecclesiastical Sales Manual

bigleaguesales1971| Big League Sales Closing Techniques | Les Dane |

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ISBN-10: 0130761257
ISBN-13: 978-0130761255

Later versions of the “Hard Sell Pack” (which I have described in the previous post) contained copies of “Big League Sales Closing Techniques” (1971). Hubbard made it required reading for “Registrars” – those Scientologists who are tasked with selling Scientology courses.

It should be noted that whenever a Church member completes a course, one of the first places they are taken (before the euphoria wears off) is the registrar, who is specifically instructed not to let that person leave until they have committed to taking  (and paying for) the next one.

In Scientology, the person who persuades a believer to pay a substantial sum of money for their next Church ‘service’  was trained by a car salesman whose particular expertise was not letting a potential customer leave the lot without buying something.

This book was written by Les Dane, a car salesman who occasionally delivered training at Scientology Orgs. It is one of the very few books that Scientologists are told to read which was not created by Hubbard. Continue reading

“The Hard Sell Pack” – From the Works of a Greedy Monkey

hard sell1987 | The Hard Sell Pack | From the Works of L Ron Hubbard
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Scientologists called “Registrars” are tasked with selling “Scientology Services” – the various courses that constitute the practice of Scientology. Before they can begin this work, they are required to study a number of documents written by Hubbard including, “The Hard Sell Pack”.

This is a work of truly astonishing self-serving sophistry and misdirection. Like the previous post,  “The Ship’s Org Book”  the actual document is a loose connection of Hubbard directives, this time on the subject of selling Scientology services. Later packs contained required reading – a book by a car salesman purporting to teach “Big League Sales Closing Techniques“,

Hubbard’s  basic argument throughout is that Scientology is on a vital, time-critical, mission to save the planet. It is (supposedly) opposed by an organised conspiracy of corrupt bankers, tax-seeking governments and psychiatrists. Consequently, Scientology desperately needs to make money to defend itself and swell its ranks with new recruits. Its mission is so important, that normal ethical restraints do not apply –  the ends justify the means. Continue reading

What the Moonies Have to Teach Us about Scientology

220px-Unification_Church_symbol.svgThe Church of Scientology is a difficult organisation to study. It is secretive, and typically responds to requests from academics to observe its activities with refusal, suspicion and hostility.

However, all New Religious Movements are not like this. In its early days, the Unification Church (AKA ‘the Moonies’) allowed sociologists free access to its activities.

Two classic studies of the Unification Church were made during this period. Both closely examined the process of  ‘conversion’  – that is, how outsiders are persuaded to think of themselves as believers.

Both studies made interesting observations about the process of ‘conversion’ and collected reliable figures about the success rates of Unification Church Missionaries. These insights can help to make good estimates of how successful Scientology’s recruitment efforts are  – something Scientology keeps strictly secret.

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Bad (Social) Science – The Book”Scientology” and James R Lewis vs ‘Private Eye’

Scientology_by_James_R._Lewis  2009 | Scientology | Edited by James R Lewis

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ISBN-10: 0195331494
ISBN-13: 978-0195331493

Academics are not activists. Their job is to present an objective account of their object of study – to provide the truth. This makes the work of people like James R Lewis particularly galling.

Lewis edited this book, which is a compilation of articles about the Church of Scientology –  supposedly from a Sociological perspective. However, it suffers from a number of fatal flaws, any one of which is sufficient to bring its objectivity and the editors’ professional standards into serious question. These shortcomings are clearly laid out in a book review by Terra Manca (quoted below)  Read Online | Download as .pdf

(Edit: and addressed in detail by Stephen A Kent – in this later post)

This book was so bad, it attracted not only the disapproval of the academic community, but also the astonished attention of “Private Eye”, a popular UK satirical magazine.

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The Sad Tale of Scientology

the sad tale of scientologyTitle: The Sad Tale of Scientology: A Short history, 1980-85

Author: Eric Townsend

ISBN-10: 0951047108
ISBN-13: 978-0951047101

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The period 1980 -85 covers the transfer of power in the Church of Scientology from the deceased founder, L Ron Hubbard, to the new ‘leader’ David Miscavige.  It was marked by dislocation and conflict, during which many Scientologists left the organisation, but continued to practice.  Eric Townsend was one such ‘Independent Scientologist’. Continue reading