“Mind Games: Scientology versus Psychiatry” from BBC Radio Five Live

Scientology 'Volunteer Minister' with professional camera

A Scientology ‘relief worker’ equipped to exploit photo opportunities

2006 | BBC Radio 5 Live | Mind Games: Scientology verses Psychiatry
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On September the eleventh 2001, the world changed. A coordinated terrorist operation hijacked four passenger aircraft. Two of these were flown into the World Trade Centre in New York City. Another was used to attack the Pentagon building. The forth plane crashed into a field, after the passengers courageously attempted to overcome their hijackers. The terrorists killed 2,996 people and injured many more.

On July the seventh 2005  there was a coordinated suicide attack in London. Four fanatical Islamists detonated rucksack bombs on three underground trains and one double-decker bus. 52 people were killed, and 700 physically injured. These events are sometimes referred to as ‘7/7’.

On both of these occasions, emergency services were hampered by Scientologists wearing bright yellow T-shirts bearing the legend  “Volunteer Minister”. They claimed to be there to help by performing  ‘locationals’ and  ‘touch assists’ (a species of faith healing’ which is described in this Scientology handbook) on injured and traumatised people.

Critics respond that the ‘Volunteer Ministers’ are present during these disasters (and many others) so that they can insert themselves into news coverage, alongside the emergency services and disaster relief personnel. They also take photographs of their activities and distribute leaflets to promote the Church of Scientology.

This BBC radio programme was made one year after the London bombings, and uses recordings made by an undercover journalist to reveal another motive – Scientology ‘Volunteer Minsters’ attempt to prevent victims from receiving psychological counselling, and recruit them into Scientology instead. Their rationale is that:

  • Psychiatry is an evil conspiracy
  • There is no such thing as mental illness
  • Psychiatric drugs are all harmful, all of the time

If find these points unbelievable, please listen to this programme. Both the undercover recordings, and discussions with two people speaking officially for the Church, demonstrate them all.


“Ruthless Adventure” – How Scientology Played the British Broadcasting Corporation

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Radio 4 is a UK national radio station operated by the BBC. It broadcasts news, current affairs, drama, comedy, documentaries discussion programmes – and more.

In 1987  (shortly after Hubbard’s death) Radio 4 transmitted, “Ruthless Adventure: The Lives of L Ron Hubbard” in the UK. This was a biography of Hubbard, informed by interviews with many of prominent individuals involved in Dianetics and Scientology.

1987 | Ruthless Adventure: The Lives of L Ron Hubbard
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This radio programme is Seriously Flawed. It tries to be fair and balanced, but frequently loses perspective and often sounds like an apologist text written by the Church itself.  To be fair to the programme makers, at this time Hubbard’s life was terra incognita.

However, it is worth listening to for the interviews with early practitioners of Dianetics and Scientology – and shows how times have changed.

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