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What's This All About?
- FACTNet Director Arnaldo P. Lerma's Call for Action
- Arnie Lerma's response to Scientology's shocking raid of his home
and seizure of his business computer equipment? Six action items
you can safely undertake to fight for free speech and against
coercive tactics. A good starting place for understanding the issues.
Kim Baker's "Coercive Tactics Series"
- If you are new to the "Scientology v. the Net"
controversy, this series is your best starting place. Written clearly
and movingly for the non-Scientologist audience, Ex-Director Baker
explains the issues, the tactics, and the dangers to free speech
presented by the Church of Scientology. As Kim points out, we at FACTNET are
NOT opposed to any system of beliefs,
religious views - but we are very concerned with the methods used to
INDUCE people to accept a set of beliefs - we are opposed to coercive
tactics, or any form of manipulation, overt or covert.
You can read Kim's own
journey into, through, and out of Scientology.
- Coercive Tactics #1: Interesting a Person
- The specific techniques employed to interest a person in
Scientology, including L. Ron Hubbard's 1981, "How to sell Scientology to
- Coercive Tactics #2: Hard Sell
- Once you enter a Scientology "org" you find unremitting
pressure to buy services.
Tactics #3: Never Ask the Public to Decide or Choose
- How Scientology herds new recruits into ever more courses.
- Coercive Tactics #4: No Verbal Tech
- Once a new recruit begins more advanced courses
they learn that they may not interpret, analyse, or discuss any of
the writings of L. Ron Hubbard in any way.
- Coercive Tactics #5: Scientology Is the Only Workable System
- Scientology convinces new recruits that is is the only workable road to freedom on the planet.
- Coercive Tactics #6: Doubt Is Non-Survival
- Doubts about Scientology are either the mistake of the recruit -- or an "Ethics matter".
- Coercive Tactics #7: If You Attack Scientology, Bad Things Will Happen....
- The penalties for going "out-ethics" -- in other words, attacking the Church.
- Coercive Tactics #8: Enemies, Enemies, Enemies
- Devout Scientologists learn if they get sick, have accidents, or becomes moody, they are connected to an evil, suppressive person or influence. Often, it turns out to
be a parent, a spouse, a child, a boss, or a social contact.
- Coercive Tactics #9: Only Counterattack Handles
- What to do with suppressive persons (SPs)? According to Church doctrine one must attack.
"Any other course is death."
- Coercive Tactics #10: We Can Investigate You, But You Can't Investigate Us
- Scientology believes it has the right to
investigate critics, but they don't allow any
investigation of themselves!
- Scientology's Enemies List
- Competitive movements, religions, groups, and individuals that Scientology has declared "suppressives"
-- eligible for no-holds-barred "dead agent" tactics.
The "Capricorn" Documents
- "Capricorn" is a pseudonym for a well-known poster on alt.religion.scientology The
Church is reportedly desperate to discover the true identity of
Capricorn. Along with "Rogue Agent", "Capricorn" is
said to be one of the keywords that Scientology technicians are
searching for on the computers seized from F.A.C.T.Net 8/22/95.
In the Capricorn #1, the pseudonymous
poster discusses Scientology's legal strategy, allegedly from a Church
insider's perspective. Capricorn #2
alleges that the main motive of the Church's raids is not
to enforce copyright infringement penalties, but to gather information
on Church critics -- and silence them through harassing law suits.
Links to More Information
- Although F.A.C.T.Net, Inc., can take no responsibility for the content of these links,
these articles and sites have been recommended by numerous knowledgable sources
on alt.religion.scientology. Many of the
abstracts below are adapted from Dean Benjamin.
Please advise us of any links that are no longer current.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
- A full archive of important documents, including links to the Dennis Ehrlich defense fund
and other important sites.
- CNN's Scientology Page
- According to Scientology critic Rogue Agent, this "isn't the most glamorous or informative web page, but it is CNN -- go
check out." Rogue Agent should know whereof he speaks. According to Rocky Mountain News, 8/27/95, page 4A: "In a lawyer's office, computer experts are searching Wollersheim's
computer files 24 hours a day, looking for key words that include the
names of Wollersheim's lawyers and the phrase "rogue agent."
- Ron Newman's Extraordinary
Scientology Web Site
- An excellent and ever-growing resource on the entire
"Scientology vs. the Net" controversy.
- Bob "Da Sloth"
Bingham's Web site
- Another introduction to the skeptic's view of the Church of Scientology. He also has a site
that's more organized
and has many more documents.
- The Road to
Xenu by Margery Wakefield
- Author's first-person account of security checks, bullbaiting,
living conditions of Sea Org children, the OT3 "wall of fire,"
the consequences of an Ethics condition, the RPF, having to disconnect
from her father. Also of particular interest
is the Time magazine cover article from 5/6/91:
"Thriving Cult of Greed and Power." Excellent archive
developed by Dave Touretzky.
- Social Control within Scientology by
FACTNet Director Bob Penny
- Ever wonder how people get trapped by a cult like Scientology? A companion to
Wakefield's Road to Xenu above, the ex-Scientologist author explains the mechanisms,
explicit and subtle, by which Scientology subverts the independence of its members.
- Anthology of stories by "ordinary"
- In particular, read FACTNet Director Kim Baker's moving account of her induction into,
involvement with, and escape from a South African Org.
- An Essay on Scientology by
- An overview of Scientology's doctrine and "ethical" worldview, written for the outsider.
- Affidavit of Andre Tabayoyon Filed in
the Fishman/Geertz Case
- Longtime, high-ranking Scientologist explains how the Church deals with critics and apostates:
humiliation, starvation, imprisonment, and worse.
- The Scandal of Scientology by Paulette Cooper
- According to FBI documents, the Church of Scientology launched "Operation Freakout" against
Ms. Cooper after her book was published. Among other "dead-agenting" tactics, they forged a
bomb threat on letterhead stolen from her office, which led to her criminal indictment in 1973
(charges dismissed, 1975). Her reputation was not cleared,
however, until an FBI raid in 1977 uncovered Church documents detailing the campaign against her.
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