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Leaked Video: Scientology’s anti-psychiatry front talks strategy with psych professor

Meet one of Scientology’s long time allies in their war against psychiatry, Lisa Cain, who talks with the church’s anti-psych front group, Citizens Commission on Human Rights, in a new leaked video.

Internet outages caused our source to lose part of this CCHR briefing with staff members Eitan Celender, Fred Shaw, and Cain, a Professor of Psychology in the Los Angeles Community College District, but we have most of it. We’re accustomed to CCHR’s allegations of abuse by mental health professionals but the involvement of Cain is something we haven’t seen before.

She’s been associated with Scientology and CCHR since at least 2012. Cain recounts how she visited CCHR’s Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum in Los Angeles after seeing an advertisement in a college newspaper. Her beliefs about the state of the mental health profession are very much in line with Scientology. She denies the validity of the biomedical model of mental illness in which some conditions can be treated with prescription drugs.



I began to teach from the perspective of researching and looking at what the research was funded, most of it from big pharma. And then looking for other people that were able to really see the perspective for what it was. When you see a person who has symptoms that create things like hallucinations and delusions and to within 10 or 15 minutes to put them on an unfounded or unproven medication and tell them they have a chemical imbalance – that’s criminal. And I didn’t want to be a part of that.

So I started trying to figure out what could I do and the thing that I felt was really beneficial was teach students that there are other ways to look at things even though it’s not mentioned in the textbook. So that’s what I’ve been doing for the past 15 years. And I have found that it’s really starting to pick up momentum and people are starting to recognize that this doesn’t work. Because people take the drugs and they don’t get better. The ones that survive they don’t get better.

Cain also describes how her students are assigned to write a paper on the CCHR museum, many times bringing their family members with them.

Scientology considers psychiatry to be the most evil force in the universe, and founder L. Ron Hubbard claimed that mental implants keeping people from reaching their full potential were put in place by psychiatrists trillions of years ago. At an annual event, church leader David Miscavige once said that Scientology was seeking to “booby-trap” the psychiatric profession, and showed images of bombs going off.

— Rod Keller


Bonus items from our tipsters

Meanwhile, in London…



Another one through the Wall of Fire!


Yo, baby!



Source Code

“Ninth of August? What planet? Nine August, AD 12….You are Scientologists. You are scientists. You are people who can do things with the human mind. You practically — this small confine here — practically all the people on Earth who are experts on the subject are confined at this moment in this very small area. See? All right. The trick is from my viewpoint, to get somebody who can clear somebody else while being cleared, see, that’s the stunt. Otherwise nothing else works. Not on this planet, you see.” — L. Ron Hubbard, August 9, 1962



Overheard in the FreeZone

“Don’t think for a minute that the tech of Scientology and Dianetics doesn’t work. Too much energy was used by the US Government to stop it, so it must have worked its miracles as advertised. Imagine the meeting at the AMA. ‘So Doctor Scalpel, you read this book by Hubbard, do we have anything to worry about?’ The doctor replies, ‘I see a great danger with this book and we need to suppress it now, while we have a chance. I used some of its technology and it does rid people of illnesses with simple applications. This will cost us hundreds of millions of dollars.’ And so it went. Why else would the government spend so much energy on stopping us?”


Random Howdy

“The ultimate goal of becoming an Operating Thetan is that you would no longer need a MEST body and you could return to being an all powerful, immortal non-corporeal being. OT 8 is actually the first ‘real’ Operating Thetan level. Hubbard croaked, so everybody’s screwed. Thetans are immortal. Mesty meat bodies, no.”


Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Arraignment scheduled for September 18.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay’s sentencing is set for August 27 in White Plains, NY
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Next pretrial conference set for Jan 12 in Los Angeles
Dennis Nobbe, Medicare fraud, PPP loan fraud: Charged July 29

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Oral arguments were heard on July 30 at the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Hearing on motion for reconsideration set for August 11
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Sept 4 (CSI/RTC demurrer against Riales, Masterson demurrer), Oct 7-19 (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe dismissed the lawsuit on May 15 after the Clearwater Police dropped their criminal investigation of her allegations.
Matt and Kathy Feschbach bankruptcy appeal: Oral arguments were heard on March 11 in Jacksonville
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Amended complaint filed, trial set for Nov 9, 2021


Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Catherine Bell, Chick Corea, and Nancy Cartwright]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] TOM CRUISE CAUGHT ON TAPE: Saving face after a Scientology disaster
[TWO years ago] Why Scientology is a haven for sexual abusers — it’s the way L. Ron Hubbard designed it
[THREE years ago] Hey, moneybags, Scientology has a bridge to sell you. Here’s the new price list!
[FOUR years ago] The dapper CEO’s detailed response: Scientology wasn’t forced on disgruntled employee
[FIVE years ago] Why no one should ever believe anything said by Scientology Sea Org or staff members
[SIX years ago] Jon Atack: Escaping the trap Scientology sets for the mind
[SEVEN years ago] PZ Myers Helps Us Plunder the Riches of L. Ron Hubbard’s Book of Scientology Evolution!
[NINE years ago] The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 24: David Touretzky


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 2,024 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,528 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,048 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,068 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 959 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,266 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,134 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,908 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,712 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,028 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,594 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,513 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,681 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,262 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,523 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,561 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,274 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,799 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,329 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,889 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,029 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,349 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,204 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,323 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,679 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,982 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,088 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,490 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,362 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,945 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,440 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,694 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,803 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 9, 2020 at 07:00

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