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Scientology front group targets unwitting indigenous people to spread its propaganda

Rod Keller has a disturbing report about Scientology using indigenous people in Canada to help spread its misinformation through one of its sneaky front groups.

Scientology opened an anti-Psychiatry exhibit this week in the Vancouver, BC neighborhood known as Downtown Eastside. The familiar “Psychiatry – Industry of Death” exhibit by CCHR, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, is being promoted to expose “Labeling, Drugging and Oppressing First Nations.” We have leaked video footage of the exhibit opening.

First Nations refers to the indigenous people of Canada below the Arctic Circle and is the prefered term to “Indians,” which is considered offensive. There are 634 recognized governments, and First Nations are a protected class under Canadian employment laws. Poverty, unemployment and crime are higher among First Nations, while life expectancy, quality of education and health care are worse than the general population. Fortunately, Scientology has somebody to blame for hundreds of years of inequality in Canadian society – Psychiatrists.



Sharon Werner is a staff member at the Vancouver Scientology org and in the opening event she described her heritage as a member of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. She is listed as “owner/manager” of the org by the Better Business Bureau, and we think she is the Director of Special Affairs, which is the head of the Office of Special Affairs (OSA). OSA acts as Scientology’s secret police, but is also in charge of all of the front groups, such as CCHR, The Way to Happiness, and the Foundation for a Drug-Free World.


[First Nations activists Gary Olver and Gunargie O’Sullivan offer a tour of the Industry of Death exhibits]

The exhibit is the traveling version of the more famous CCHR museum on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. The panel “Betraying and Drugging Children” blames tragedies such as the school shooting in Columbine, Colorado on the prescription of psychiatric drugs. “Inventing Disorders to Sell Drugs” accuses the pharmaceutical industry of inventing mental health diseases in order to profit from medication to treat them. The “Psychiatric Crime and Fraud” panel highlights patients who committed violent offenses after taking psychiatric medicines.


[CCHR Museum in Hollywood, California]


[CCHR Exhibit in Mexico City in 2015]


[Kiev, Ukraine Exhibit in June, 2017]

“Destroying Creativity” blames psychiatric medicines for the deaths of celebrities such as Ernest Hemingway, Billie Holiday, Frances Farmer, and Don Simpson. Scientology believes drugs cause a loss of creativity, offering the examples of members of Fleetwood Mac Stevie Nicks and Peter Green. Other panels are entitled “Asylums: the ‘Therapeutic’ Assault,” “Hooking the World on Drugs,” “Oppressing Blacks and Minorities,” “Controlling Man as an Animal,” “Origins of Psychiatry” and more. One panel blames the Holocaust during World War II on Psychiatrists.

In 1950 Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard published Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, also known to Scientologists as “Book One.” In response the American Psychiatric Association issued a statement about Hubbard’s theories.

In view of the sweeping generalizations and claims regarding psychology and psychotherapy made by L. Ron Hubbard in his recent book, Dianetics, the American Psychological Association adopts the following resolution:

While suspending judgement concerning the eventual validity of the claims made by the author of Dianetics, the American Psychological Association calls attention to the fact that these claims are not supported by empirical evidence of the sort required for the establishment of scientific generalizations. In the public interest, the Association, in the absence of such evidence, recommends to its members that the use of the techniques peculiar to Dianetics be limited to scientific investigations designed to test the validity of its claims.

This rejection of Dianetics sparked the decades-long war against the “Psychs” as they are known among Scientologists. In 1969 Hubbard issued the policy “Targets, Defense” in which he describes the strategy to “Depopularizing the enemy to a point of total obliteration,” which is the policy followed today in promoting the Industry of Death museums and exhibits. In the policy he listed the targets of the campaign.

[Targets, Defense HCO POLICY LETTER OF 16 FEBRUARY, 1969]

1. Psychiatry and psychology (not medicine).
2. The heads of news media who are also directors of psychiatric front groups.
3. A few key political figures in the fields of “mental health” and education.
4. A decline of monetary stability caused by the current planning of bankers who are also directors of psychiatric front organizations would make us unable to function.
5. The cold war is being fought on home ground and has an apparent target of degrading western society to a point where we are finding it difficult to operate; a degraded society can be swallowed up easily by an enemy.
6. The public is somewhat sympathetic already but in a democracy trials are by public opinion. To win all the way, the bulk of public opinion must be at the level of love us — hate the enemy.
7. Many groups exist with similar aims. They need organizing and uniting.

Scientology in Vancouver sees the First Nations as a group with similar aims to be united in opposition to Psychiatry. Efforts to destroy Psychiatry are integral to Scientology. Psychs are seen as more than competition in the field of mental health, they are the enemy to be obliterated. A future without this entire field of medicine is one of the key goals, and the Industry of Death exhibits will continue as long as Scientology exists.

— Rod Keller


Ten years ago today — Anonymous puts Scientology on notice

A week after the infamous Tom Cruise interview video first appeared online and Scientology tried to get it yanked down, the Anonymous movement posted its response to the church on January 21, 2008. It’s still fun to watch a decade later.



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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

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