Sunday, 19 August 2007

The Scandal of the Scandal of Scientology

This is the story of Paulette Cooper, who wrote the first expose of scientology in the USA:
You may not believe this, but you can write something that someone doesn’t approve of and then—with the help of the government—be bankrupted and have a quarter of your life almost ruined. And you don’t have to live in China or Russia. It can happen right here in New York. I know because it happened to me. I haven’t previously written about this from beginning to end because it’s still painful, but here goes
The rest of her article is well worth and sad reading for the dangers of at least one new age religion. The original book they tried to stifle is available free online. Spread the word!


Anonymous said...

Paulette Cooper settled with Scientology for cash and recanted everything she said. Then went back on the deal. She can't be believed.

Anonymous said...

"I would slip into Hubbard's 'Dissemination drill' ... dealing with any negative response by attacking the person's source of information ... This trained tactic underlies Scientology's self-defense: divert the critic, attack the source not the information." Jon Atack, _A Piece of Blue Sky_.

Nice try, 23:44. Paulette Cooper can be believed, and in fact can be believed a lot more easily than the Church of Scientology, the so-called most "ethical"* organization on Earth, which framed Cooper for bomb threats with the aim of getting her "incarcerated in a mental institution or jail".

Oh, what's that? I hear you say "Oh, you're just taking Cooper's word that she was framed for those bomb threats!" Oh, no, no, my friend. I am going by the documents seized from the offices of Scientology by the FBI which spell out Scientology's premeditated and planned harassment of Cooper in loathsome detail -- they gave it the cute little name "Operation Freakout", isn't that just too precious? Oh, and of course, those just joining us will wonder why the FBI was raiding the offices of Scientology; was it over Scientology's campaign to -- in Terry Milner's words -- "attack [Cooper] in as many ways as possible"? No, they were actually after evidence of Scientology's "Operation Snow White" -- their massive espionage operation against the United States government and other governments around the world. They sure as heck found that evidence, too, which is why eleven of Scientology's top leaders -- including L. Ron Hubbard's own wife, Mary Sue Hubbard -- went to federal prison for their participation in those crimes.

So decide for yourself, folks: is it Paulette Cooper on the subject of Scientology who can't be believed? Or is it 23:44, clearly a Scientologist, on the subject of Paulette Cooper?

* "ethical", that is, only according to the private redefinition of the word taught by Hubbard to his followers. Scientology ethics generally has nothing to do with real ethics.