Since some of the materials which describe the $cientology cult could be
considered to be copywritten materials, I have censored myself and The
Skeptic Tank by deleting any and all possible text files which describes
the cult's hidden mythologies. I have elected to quote just a bit of the
questionable text according to the "Fair Use" legal findings afforded to
those who report. - Fredric L. Rice, The Skeptic Tank, 09/Sep/95
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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Huw Morris)
Subject: The Big Story
Date: 14 Jul 1995 09:24:34 GMT
Organization: The Custard Appreciation Society (RAL)
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The Big Story was broadcast as planned at 7:30 last night, despite the
clams' best efforts.
First off, they showed how easy it is to get involved with Scientology, as
they sent a journalist undercover. They showed various auditing techniques
(including the infamous e-meter) and training methods. The most spooky was
where victims had to stare into someone's eyes for 60-90 minutes until they
started halucinating. At that point, at their most vunerable people are sold
more courses which they are told they need. One man gave them his bank
account number which allowed the clams to withdraw money when they wanted.
There were several interviews, including ex-Scientologists, such as Robert
Vaughan and Stacey Young, and prominent critics, such as Robert Miller and
John Atack. It was interesting to note that Atack actually reads this group,
which was something I didn't realise. The Scientology creed was mentioned
at this point, including OT3.
The undercover reporter was taken to Saint Hill, where she attempted to enter
the Sea Org. She made an unfortunate mistake at this point. While left alone
in an office, she saw a document referring to the harrassment of Atack. She
slipped it into her bag in order to readit in private. What she didn't know
was that she had been filmed doing this. The clams called the police and the
reporter was escorted off the premises. They also attempted (and failed)
to have her charged with theft.
It seems to me that she was the victim of a set up. In order to see whether
she was a journalist, they left her alone with a juicy document to see
whether she took the bait. Why else would they have been filming her there?
And even if they were filming, it seems odd for someone to have been
monitoring the camera.
It finished with the tragic case of a Scientologist who got into such
debt that he comitted suicide. The mother clearly blamed the Church
for his death.
Overall, a good programme. It didn't pull any punches, and if things seemed
a little rushed, that was because they tried to fit a great deal of material
into only 30 minutes. Another BIG WIN!!
Only SP 1 :-(