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By any means necessary: Scientology’s bizarre war against psychiatry

[Elena Cardone]

Rod Keller has a new look at one of Scientology’s most notorious couples, and one of its longest-running campaigns.

A new petition at We The People calls for the U.S. Government to investigate whether mass killings are caused by people taking psychiatric medicine. This online petition system is hosted by the White House and was created in 2011 under Barack Obama. In 2017 President Trump called for it to be eliminated, but it still operates today. The idea is that petitions that reach a certain number of signatures would receive a reply from the administration, providing transparency and a means for Americans to have their voices heard on matters of public interest.

The petition is signed “E.C.” as all petitions use the initials of their creators.



With increasing acts of violence and mass murder being committed by individuals under the influence of legally prescribed psychotropic drugs, we are calling for a federal investigation into the drugs being prescribed and what role they play in mass killings. All too often one common denominator has surfaced in hundreds of cases — prescribed psychiatric drugs. 27 international drug regulatory agency warnings confirm these drugs can cause side effects of mania, psychosis, violence, suicide and homicidal ideation. Individuals under the influence of these drugs have used planes, guns, bombs and swords in inexplicable acts of mass murder. We ask the federal government to put people over profit & launch a federal investigation into this issue. #InvestigatePsychDrugs

“E.C.” in this case is Elena Cardone, a Miami-area Scientologist and partner with her husband, real estate investor and sales training advisor Grant Cardone. In a Youtube video encouraging signatures to the petition, Elena describes the motivation for her request – to protect gun ownership in the United States.


In the months since the February shooting that killed 17 at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida the #NeverAgain movement has renewed the debate over gun ownership and assault rifles in particular. Florida has passed some modest reforms and a boycott of the National Rifle Association has had some effect on that organization’s lobbying abilities.

[Grant and Elena Cardone at a Miami Ideal Org fundraiser, in costume as drug smugglers]

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is Scientology’s front group charged with the elimination of psychiatry and all forms of mental health treatments other than what’s described in L. Ron Hubbard’s book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. The Cardones are certainly major contributors to CCHR, but the petition and video don’t mention the group. For years CCHR has attempted to enlist those concerned with school shootings in their fight against psychiatry with little success. Scientologists are taught that the primary source of suppression on Earth are psychiatrists, or “psychs.” Hubbard wrote frequently about his eternal enemy, but never more clearly as in May 1982 in “The Cause of Crime.”

So what IS the cause of crime? The treatment, of course! Electric shocks, behavior modification, abuse of the soul. These are the causes of crime. There would be no criminals at all if the psychs had not begun to oppress beings into vengeance against society. There’s only one remedy for crime — get rid of the psychs! They are causing it! Ah yes, it’s true. Cases and cases of research on criminals. And what’s it all go back to? The psychs!

The psychs should not be let to get away with “treatments” which amount to criminal acts, mayhem and murder. They are not above the law. In fact, there are no laws at all which protect them, for what sane society would sanction crimes against its citizens even as “science?” They should be handled like any other criminals. They are at best dramatizing psychotics and dangerous, but more dangerous to society at large than the psychotics they keep in their offices and loony bins because they lie and are treacherous. Why the government funds them I do not know. They are the last ones that should be let loose to handle children.


In other words, Elena Cardone’s petition isn’t entirely honest: As a Scientologist, she’s not really interested in an investigation to find a possible connection between psychiatric medicine and mass shootings, the writings of L. Ron Hubbard alone are enough to put that beyond doubt. What she is trying to do is to address and enlist those on the other side of the mass shooting debate – those against any new gun controls. Their argument that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” is losing traction in public discourse, and so Cardone offers a new target to blame in the form of psychiatric medicines.


[The Cardones are Platinum Meritorious contributors to the IAS, representing a donation of over $2.5 million to Scientology]

Cardone is no doubt sincere in her belief in the evils of psychiatry, but becoming the face of a social reform movement has two possible benefits to her personally as a Scientologist. The first is that she may be invited to start her next step on the Scientology “Bridge.” Members are expected to contribute with time and/or money to some of Scientology’s front groups in addition to passing an “Eligibility” security investigation and “Set-ups” to see if all previous auditing steps are complete before starting the next OT level. The second is that she may be aiming at a Freedom Medal, the award given to members who have contributed significantly to global clearing and the spread of Scientology.

As of this writing there are 7,790 signatures on the Cardone petition. The original intent of the site was that petitions reaching 100,000 signatures would receive a response from the administration. The Trump administration has yet to respond to any of the petitions, and we see no reason they would break that streak now. If Elena Cardone is intent on earning a Freedom Medal, we think this is the first of many attacks by her on the mental health profession.

— Rod Keller


Helping hands

Your Proprietor is making a personal appeal. We wrote about Marie Bilheimer in December 2016 in what was one of the most gut-wrenching stories we’ve done here. Marie was subsequently profiled on Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, talking about dealing with her young husband’s suicide in the Sea Org and her other ordeals. Recently, Marie was laid off from her job, and she’s been struggling to find a new one. If you can spare a little to help her get through this rough patch, we’d be personally grateful. Please visit her GoFundMe page.





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