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Still haven't fully regained your sense of self after Scn.?Read on and discover...."Messiah or Madman? - The Brainwashing Manual" by Bent CorydonThis is an excerpt (chapter 9) from Bent Corydon's book L. Ron Hubbard - Messiah or Madman.Chapter 9. The Brainwashing ManualIn my opinion psychiatry has been guilty of abusive practices — for example, brain mutilation and pre-frontal lobotomy, and also electro-convulsive shock "therapy." In the Soviet Union, where human rights are for all practical purposes nonexistent — or, more exactly, existent to the extent they serve the well-being of the State — opportunity for psychiatric abuse is virtually unlimited. It's well known that the policy "disagree with the State and you're mentally ill" is often used to quiet dissidents. The Church of Scientology has an identical policy. To be a critic of the Church or its Founder is to be insane. Simple as that. To be unswervingly delighted with every word that L. Ron Hubbard ever uttered or wrote, and to be pleased as can be with the actions and policies of the Church hierarchy — well, this means you must be quite sane indeed!ELENA LORRELL:The Church of Scientology is truly a fulfillment of Orwell's 1984. That it has gained such support among Americans is testimony to the unawareness of so many who don't want to hear about the accounts of Soviet dissidents such as Soltzhenitzin and others. Life in the Sea Organization is parallel to living behind the iron curtain. The types of censorship that are imposed on Sea Org members, the selective truth, the priorities and the emphasis on "the group above all" under the guise of "the greatest good for the greatest number" so closely parallel Communism.In 1976 I was ordered to go to Paris to receive an honor on behalf of LRH as a writer. At the same place there was a showing of some paintings by a Soviet dissident, who had recently come over to the West. I had a series of meetings with him and some other dissidents. That was the first time I realized the degree to which I was intellectually disaffected with the Sea Org, yet for various reasons I stayed on for some time. I began to understand this man's life and why he was exiled to Siberia. It all sounded so similar to LRH's Rehabilitation Project Force. And I really realized the degree to which my lifestyle was parallel to what theirs had been in Russia.After hearing Elena's story, I began searching through Hubbard's writings and other Church (and Church-sponsored) publications with the purpose of gaining a greater understanding of what he was really doing on the flagship (and, to a slightly lesser extent, in his land based organizations). I came across a little known but very revealing text: The Brainwashing Manual. A little research brought to light that it had first appeared in 1955. The propaganda line on it (originating from Hubbard) was that it was found on the doorstep. Some concerned somebody had "slipped it under the door of a Scientology org." It consisted, according to the manual's foreword, of a transcribed lecture by the dreaded Beria, head of Stalin's Secret Police, given to students of psychopolitics at Leningrad University around 1950. Thereafter it was used as a textbook on how to wage psychological warfare on Western democracies. This psychological assault was to be followed by an eventual takeover of the West. This takeover would be achieved by first taking over the psychiatric professions, and the psychiatric and mental health organizations. Supposedly, this step was already well under way. The message was that psychiatry is solely a commie operation. Hubbard had long wanted control of the field of "mental health," and anything he could do to spoil the image of a competitor (in this case psychiatry) was a worthwhile action. (The manual was later actually being distributed by such groups as the John Birch Society — who believed wrongly that it was indeed a transcribed lecture by Beria.)RON JR.:Dad wrote every word of it. Barbara Bryan and my wife typed the manuscript off his dictation. And then we took it up to New York and tried to get them to do a program on it with Charles Collingwood at CBS. Dad also tried to sell it to the FBI. Years later they snuck it into the Library of Congress, and somebody else came by and said, "Oh lookee, it was found in the Library of Congress!" which is a lot of baloney.Of course, in the book Hubbard plugs Dianetics by having "Beria" mention Dianetics as a key target of "Russian psychopolitics." "Beria" calls Dianetics a threat to "his" program of implementing "Russian" psychopolitical brainwashing techniques to undermine the West.HUBBARD/"BERIA":The psychopolitical operative should also spare no expense in smashing out of existence, by whatever means, any actual healing group, such as that of acupuncture in China, such as Christian Science and Dianetics in the United States; such as Catholicism in Italy and Spain; and the practical psychology groups of England.RON JR.:If you want to see how LRH really worked things org-wise, especially from the mid-sixties on, you just have to read the brainwashing manual.John Sanborne, who had been the editor of Hubbard's books since the early fifties, was there in 1955 at the manual's inception:I suggested it. Just kidding around on his front porch. Slygo Avenue in Silver Springs, Maryland. Talking about how are we going to get these psychiatrists. I said, "What we need to do is take over their subject. What we need to put out is a manual of psych-military something or other...as coming from the communists and then put a lot of psychiatry in it." And we're sitting there, with our chairs tipped back on the front porch, tipped against the house, with our feet up on the railing, and all of a sudden he came down on his chair and he grabs me. And I thought, "I've had it!" And he said, "That's it!" Then he disappeared into the little front room which was sort of a bedroom and study, and you could hear him in there dictating this book.The brainwashing techniques revealed in the manual reflect a startling similarity with the control mechanisms so apparent on the flagship and in Scientology orgs. However, having been out of print for well over twenty years, its existence is unknown to most Scientologists. From Brian Ambry's critique on Scientology:While "white Scientology" (techniques and data which have the potential to assist an individual to become more independent and self-determined) is promoted by the Church as the Entirety of the subject, there is also a dark side to Scientology. A dark side which makes individuals permanently dependent upon the Church, and, instead of self-determined, "Ron-determined...." The marriage of potentially liberating methodologies with enslaving ones, the mixing of truth with lies, and love with hate: that is the strange story of L. Ron Hubbard and his Church. Hubbard was a "user." He used freedom. He used goodness. Helping others feel better, understand more, communicate better — this was all fine, so long as he considered that it increased his power. He helped others so as to own them; to create gratitude and trust and give himself authority or "altitude." He set up people to be manipulated by first assisting them to feel better to have "wins" and so forth.There are those who insist that all "gains" and "wins" in Scientology are delusory — that all the counseling is brainwashing. That's nonsense. The trap is much more sophisticated than that. He was a man of many methods.The following material, written by Hubbard, was presented as from a speech by the murderous Beria. All bracketed words in the following quotes have been inserted by me as an illustration of how the techniques described can be applied exactly to what was occurring aboard the ship under Hubbard's command, and emulated in his many organizations. From the Brainwashing Manual (Hubbard/"Beria"):The populace [Scientologists] must be brought into the belief that every individual within it who rebels in any way, shape, or form against efforts or activities to enslave [Scientologize] the whole, must be considered to be a deranged person whose eccentricities are neurotic or insane...Labelling any dissident "psychotic" is commonplace in Scientology. This is mandated by Hubbard's written policies. For instance in his Introduction to Scientology Ethics, written in 1966, Hubbard states under the category of "suppressive acts" (i.e., "high crimes" against Scientology):DISAVOWAL, SPLINTERING, DIVERGENCE
1. Public disavowal of Scientology or Scientologists in good standing with Scientology Organizations.2. Announcing departure from Scientology...3. Seeking to resign or leave courses or sessions and refusing to return despite normal ebrts...8. Dependency on mental or philosophic procedures other than Scientology...To commit any of the above (or dozens of other similar) "high crimes" is to be, per Scientology "ethics," a "suppressive person", and to officially be announced in a "declare" as such. To a Scientologist any one "declared S.P." is immediately and unquestioningly considered insane. Of these "suppressive persons" Hubbard wrote in the book Science of Survival: "Such people should be taken from society as rapidly as possible and uniformly institutionalized...."HUBBARD/"BERIA":Entirely by bringing about public conviction that the sanity of a person is in question, it is possible to discount and eradicate all the goals and activities of that person. It is important to know that the entire subject of loyalty is thus as easily handled as it is. One of the first and foremost missions of the psychopolitician ["Ethics" Officer, Church of Scientology] is to make an attack upon communism [Scientology] and insanity synonymous.On a radio show in Portland, Oregon, I was described in 1985 by Los Angeles Church of Scientology president Ken Hoden as "a lone psychotic screaming into the wind"HUBBARD/"BERIA":No laymen [Scientologists] would dare adventure to place judgment upon the state of sanity of an individual whom the psychiatrist [Church of Scientology] has already declared insane [S.P.]. Should any whisper, or pamphlets, against psychopolitical activities [Scientology] be published, it should be laughed into scorn, branded an immediate hoax, and its perpetrator or publisher should be, at the first opportunity, branded as insane...(See Paulette Cooper story in Chapter 13. After she wrote an anti-Scientology book Hubbard's Guardian's Office initiated a near successful frame-up to have her institutionalized.) The idea that anyone who doesn't see eye to eye with Hubbard is insane goes back, really, to the very earliest days of Dianetics and Scientology. However, it wasn't made official written policy and the "standard ethics action" until one day in 1965. John Sanborn, recalls the first "S.P. Declare":Hubbard had Marilyn Routsong, who was the World Wide Ethics Officer at St. Hill Manor, deliver the first Suppressive Person Declare. He had written this system up and now he was going to use it. Hubbard said declare so and so. And she put out the order. Boy, in those days being declared was like a death sentence. [It still is considered so for those still inside Scientology.] He said, "As soon as you give him the order come back." And when she did he said, "How did he act? What did he say? Did he say anything?" And so forth. He was thrilled like a kid to see how his new dictatorial system was going to work!THE "BRAINWASHING MANUAL":Particularly in Capitalistic countries, an insane person has no rights under law. No person who is insane may hold property. No person who is insane may testify. Thus we have an excellent road along which we can travel toward our certain goal and destiny.Wrote Hubbard in the book Science of Survival:In any event, any person from 2.0 down on the tone scale should not have, in any thinking society, any civil rights of any kind... (Emphasis added)(The Tone Scale is a scale of emotional states. See Part II, Chapter 2: those chronically below "2.0" are regarded as insane.) According to Hubbard a person's reaction to Scientology is a direct indicator of where they are on the "Tone Scale" — a negative reaction indicating LOU'. If this were the "Scientology Planet," so yearned for by the rank and file of the movement, allcritics of Hubbard and his Church would, by this standard, be without rights of any kind. Perhaps, if we were not exterminated, the Church, in its benevolence, might offer us a chance to make a "reality adjustment" in some rehabilitation camp.HUBBARD/"BERIA":It is not enough for the State [Sea Org/Scientology] to have goals. These goals, once put forward, depend for their completion upon the loyalty and obedience of the workers [Sea Org crew and staff members]. These engaged for the most part in hard labors, have little time for idle speculation, which is good." ...Hypnosis is induced by acute fear. They discovered it could also be induced by shock of an emotional nature, and also by extreme privation, as well as by blows...." Belief is engendered by a certain amount of fear and terror from an authoritative level, and this will be followed by obedience. The body is less able to resist a stimulus if it has insufficient food and is weary....Refusal to let them sleep over many days, denying them adequate food, then brings about an optimum state for the receipt of a stimulus. Degradation and conquest are companions. By lowering the endurance of a person...and by constant degradation and defamation, it is possible to induce, thus, a state of shock which will receive adequately any command given. Any organization which has the spirit and courage to display inhumanity, savageness, brutality, and uncompromising lack of humanity, will be obeyed. Such a use of force is, itself, the essential ingredient of greatness.... As an example of this, we find an individual refusing to obey and being struck. His refusal to obey is now less vociferous. He is struck again and his resistance is lessened once more. He is hammered and pounded again and again until, at length, his only thought is direct and implicit obedience to that person from whom the force has emanated. This is a proven principle....For it is to our benefit that an individual who is struck again and again from a certain source will, at length, hypnotically believe anything he is told by the source of the blows.... Only when a person has been beaten, punished, and mercilessly hammered can hypnotism on him be guaranteed in its effectiveness. The psychopolitical dupe [ideal Scientologist] is a well-trained individual who serves in complete obedience to the psychopolitical operative [L. Ron Hubbard or the Church hierarchy].... The cleverness of our attack in the field of psychopolitics [the human mind and spirit] is adequate to avoid the understanding of the layman and the usual stupid official [Scientologist and Scientology staff member], and by operating entirely under the banner of authority, with the oft-repeated statement that the principles of psychotherapy [the ever-present next mysterious upper level of auditing] are too devious for common understanding an entire revolution can be affected [the creation of obedient converts].... In rearranging loyalties we must have command of their values. In the animal the first loyalty is to himself. This is destroyed by demonstrating errors in him....The second loyalty is to his family unit.... This is destroyed...by lessening the value of marriage, by making an easiness of divorce and by raising the children whenever possible by the State. The next loyalty is to his friends and local environment. This is destroyed by lowering his trust and bringing about reportings upon him allegedly by his fellows or the town or village authorities. The next is to the State [the Church of Scientology] and this, for the purposes of Communism [Scientology] is the only loyalty [sic] which should exist...In Scientology Organizations "Parent time" is a short period of an hour or so per day for the parents to visit with their children, if their "statistics are up." Children are otherwise watched as a group by full-time sitters. The child-care conditions in the past have been described as scandalous.Marriages among staff in Scientology, especially in the Sea Org, have a very high incidence of failure. Strong sexual and family loyalties, such as that developing between Hana Eltringham and John O'Keefe, were routinely undermined, in one way or another.HUBBARD/"BERIA":The field of the mind must be sufficiently dominated by the psycho-political operative [Scientology], so that wherever tenets of the mind are taught they will be hypnotically received.From "Hubbard Communications Office Policy" Letter of 14 January 1969:Thus in the case of Scientology Orgs one should attack with the end in view of taking over the whole field of mental health.Could it be that Hubbard wanted to become the authority on the mind and spirit so that whole populations would hypnotically follow what he said? Certainly for the membership, he is the final authority; speaking from on high; his infallibility never doubted. According to Ron Jr., his father "believed he would achieve enormous personal power from taking over the field of mental health."HUBBARD/"BERIA":The tenets of rugged individualism, personal determinism, self-will, imagination, and personal creativeness are alike in the masses antipathetic to the good of the Greater State [the Church of Scientology]. These willful and unaligned are no more than illnesses which will bring about disaffection, disunity, and at length the collapse of the group to which the individual is attached. The constitution of man lends itself easily and thoroughly to certain and positive regulation from without of all of its functions, including those of thinkingness [sic], obedience, and loyalty, and these things must be controlled if the greater State [Church of Scientology] is to ensue. The end thoroughly justifies the means.THE LANGUAGE OF SCIENTOLOGYSome of the nomenclature of Scientology is innovative and, in a positive sense, useful. In fact, probably the best method for someone to get an overview understanding of the subject is to scan through a Scientology Dictionary. There is also, however, a negative side. Much of the nomenclature is "loaded language." Says Robert J. Lifton in Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism:The language of the totalist environment is characterized by the thought-terminating cliché. The most far-reaching and complex of human problems are compressed into brief, highly reductive, definitive-sounding phrases, easily memorized and easily expressed. These become the start and finish of any ideological analysis. In thought reform, for instance, the phrase "bourgeois mentality" is used to encompass and critically dismiss ordinarily troublesome concerns like the quest for individual expression, the exploration of alternative ideas, and the search of perspective and balance... [loaded language is] the "language of non-thought."By using loaded language such as "the open-minded case" as a term of abuse, and "other practices" as a term of utmost scorn, Hubbard shut off (for his followers) all competitive ideas and practices in the fields of the mind and spirit. In one of the numerous examples of this in Scientology, Hubbard declared "middle-class mentality" suppressive, period! Lifton continues:Also involved is an underlying assumption that language — like all other human products — can be owned and operated by the movement ...the effect of the language...can be summed up in one word: constriction. The individual is, so to speak, linguistically deprived; and since language is so central to all human experience his capacities for thinking and feeling are immensely narrowed.There have been a lot of studies done in medical journals on what were the breaking points of Korean prisoners of war. During the Sea Org era, especially, Hubbard was able to test each crew member for breaking points. He honed this to where he had it down to a fine art.I have come to the conclusion that L. Ron Hubbard, Jr. was used as one of Hubbard's guinea pigs to test this premise of blows and obedience; that many of the lessons Hubbard learned from his experiments on his son were further implemented on the ship. Ron Jr. was, in essence, a life-long "prisoner of war"; a prisoner of Hubbard and his organization's machinations. Hubbard trained his troops to find a person's breaking point, in order to bend him or her to his will. He had done this with his own son, early and continuously. While Ron Jr. was not physically struck by his father, his weaknesses were exploited. When he virtually fled the organization in 1959, according to his account, he was hounded. Although he was out of the organization, his father retained the ability to manipulate him, even into changing his name. It is obvious to anyone who knows Ron Jr. that he spent his whole life attempting to escape from the mental "prison" that his father had created for him. The pressures of being a "number one son" of the "Savior of Mankind," were perhaps reflected in what appears to have been the suicide — by an overdose of drugs — of Quentin, Hubbard's oldest son by Mary Sue (Ron Jr.'s half brother). Quentin's body was found in a car near McCurran Airport in Las Vegas in early 1977. He went into a coma and died in a hospital after 14 days. He was 22 years of age. Some 18 months prior to that time, my wife — while taking a Scientology course in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1975 — observed Quentin running away from his father, who was coming down on an elevator. She describes his reaction upon discovering that Hubbard was on the elevator: "He paled dramatically and exclaimed, 'Oh shit, it's Dad, I've got to get out of here!'" He sprinted up several flights of stairs. He had previously confided in her that he desperately needed help regarding his problems with his father. She says his emotion was "terror." She observed him again in early 1977, in Florida at the "Flag Land Base," not long before his death, looking devastated, having again been placed in a "lowered ethics condition." It does not appear to have been a wonderful gift of fate to have been born the oldest son of L. Ron Hubbard. For a more detailed look at this bizarre state of affairs, see Chapters 12, Part I, Souls Turned Inside Out, and Chapter 10, Part II, Clay in the Master's Hands. My wife and I and my closest associates were initially declared suppressive persons, or "S.P.s" (psychotic) in late 1982 after we announced our departure from the Church of Scientology. Some 600 others, mostly experienced, long-time Scientologists, had also been declared "insane" by the Church during the previous 18 months or so. Scientologists believe that their survival as spiritual beings is totally dependent upon remaining in good graces with the Church. To not report a fellow Scientologist who is seen violating one of Hubbard's numerous rules is a major crime. This policy gives a strong incentive to report even on close friends and family. Stories of husbands or wives "writing their partners up" regarding. intimate conversations are not uncommon. (Laurell Sullivan, Hubbard's personal public relations officer who left in 1980, burst into tears in court upon recounting such an incident.) Please keep in mind that I am not implying that the Church of Scientology is a communist operation. The IRS case against the Church would appear to indicate that it has been a "capitalistic" money making operation, while at the same time utilizing practices with which any late 1960s fanatical Chinese Head Guard would feel quite at home. Hubbard often added "ness" to the ends of verbs, transforming them to nouns. For example: "beingness," "doingness," "havingness," "eatingness," "sexingness," etc.
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