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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 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- From news.interserv.net!news.sprintlink.net!demon!user Mon Jul 17 09:49:45 1995 Path: news.interserv.net!news.sprintlink.net!demon!user From: peter@petermc.demon.co.uk (Peter McDermott) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: The Big Story: A review Date: Fri, 14 Jul 1995 14:07:07 +0000 Organization: Nefarious Enterprises Inc. Lines: 98 Distribution: world Message-ID: NNTP-Posting-Host: petermc.demon.co.uk X-NNTP-Posting-Host: petermc.demon.co.uk The Big Story Well, ITV aired Twenty/Twenty's documentary on the Scientologists last night, which might explain Woody's flurry of posting yesterday after weeks of indolence. Perhaps he thought we would be so interested in reading his posts, we'd forget to watch the show? Well, for a half hour show, the production team did an excellent job. They focussed on the fact that the real goal of Scientology, 'clearing the planet' was simply a cover for taking over the world by ridding it of all opponents to Scientology -- a point that was admirably expounded by Vaughn Young. (And I must say that contrary to what the scieno's posted re. Mrs. Vaughn Young's appearance on MTV, she looked in pretty good shape to me. Mrs. Young talked about the fanatical Poodleboy, how he got off on bullying the staff and how anyone who didn't think it funny was automatically suspect.) Both Vaughn and Jon Atack talked a little bit about Xenu and the Marcabs and the material in the higher OT levels, while Russell Miller and Atack spoke about their experiences of the Scientological policy of attempting to silence critics by intimidation. Yup, the show featured a veritable battalion of famous critics. It was particularly pleasing to see that Jon Atack was shown reading ARS. Yes folks, it looks more BIG WINS for ARS while the nut cult is ridiculed and humilated and exposed once again. A central strand of the show was an attempt to show how the cult operates by having a journalist get recruited. First, she was trained in tricking the e-meter to get through the sec-check. Then, she went to Poole and was accosted on the street by a clam, who pretended he was doing some market research for a book and who duped her into going back to the org. It was 90 mins before he mentioned he worked for the nut-cult, but he obviously thought he had a big win when she agreed to do a personality test. Surprise, surprise, the test showed that she had all sorts of failings and she was pressured by a registrar to sign up for a comm-course. She was also tested by a real psychologist though, using a validated scientific personality test, that showed the clam test to be another cultie scam aimed at suckering dupes. She _didn't_ have the personality problems that the cult claimed -- but then we knew that anyway. So, off she goes to do her cure-all course -- having sneaked in a camera to film what goes on. There were some _fine_ scenes. Like the guy giving instructions to an ashtray. Or the other one who was pretending to be a baby who had shit his pants. The mission was full of kids who were also doing courses. Poor little clamettes -- brainwashed from childhood. And of course, during this process, she underwent a form of hypnosis during an auditing that was shown very clearly for what it was. She talked about how the routines _had_ produced changes in consciousness -- especially staring into someones eyes without blinking for over an hour, and being audited on painful events -- a process that reduced her to tears, but was followed by a rush of euphoria. As soon as this happened, they had her straight back up in the registrars office, selling her more courses and enquiring into her financial situation. The mercenary tactics that the clams use were highlighted to great effect, as was the control techniques. At one point, her car overran it's time on the parking meter and not only did a clam accompany her to her car, but actually got in while she moved it. Apparently, they aren't about to allow you to get out of their influence once they've got you. So, after her final session at the org, the registrar has her up in his office for a few hours, late at night, trying to sell her on a course at Saint Hill. So then she goes on there. The first person she meets is a Sea Org member who tries to recruit her. Then she gets a gang-bang sec-check, which consisted of very detailed questions about her sex life. Jon Atack pointed out how these would be used to blackmail and silence critics. While she was there, she saw a document on Atack, and snuck off to read it in the toilet. When she came back, the clams had her arrested -- and did their usual shit with cameras and camcorders. The Crown Prosecution Service has declined to press charges. Fortunately, we don't kow-tow to clams here in the UK. The program closed with people talking about how much money the cult had suckered them out of, and ended with the story of a Scottish boy who had borrowed thousands and thousands of pounds from banks in Munich, and committed suicide because of the debt. In his note to his mother, he said that she shouldn't worry, as he would, of course, be coming back. As she wept at his grave, she didn't look convinced. A fine piece of clam bashing. Two ARShole thumbs up! -- peter@petermc.demon.co.uk cool as fuck! "Have you ever been a dishonest policeman?" "Have you ever been a pimp?" "Would you like a job that pays $700,000 a year?"

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