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Breaking News: Scientology Seeks to Make Money Off the Dead High School Students in Texas

Less than twelve hours ago ten high school students were murdered by 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the gunman in the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. An additional ten students were wounded.

As the tweet above shows, Scientology’s front group Concerned Citizens for Human Rights (CCHR) is already on social media seeking to raise money on the backs of the ten dead students. This shocking act of depravity shows just how predatory and greedy and callous the Church of Scientology actually is. This is one of the most obscene acts ever engaged in by Scientology. Teenagers have been murdered in cold blood and Scientology is asking for money.

Scientology breaks up families; bankrupts and enslaves it own members; covers up rape and child sexual abuses; and now seeks to raise money off dead high school students. Scientology did the exact same thing following the Virginia Tech mass shooting.

The Church of Scientology has an estimated $1.5 billion in cash in its IAS slush fund. Why does Scientology need to raise money any at all? If Scientology believes so strongly in its message it could spend $100 million on the problem it believes is the cause of mass shootings. But Scientology never puts its money where its mouth is. Instead, it sticks its hand out and uses every mass shooting and natural disaster to raise money. This is because Scientology is a lying, greedy, psychopathic, and malicious Cult whose God is money.

The IRS needs to step in and revoke Scientology’s tax exemption.

Scientology Meddling into Shastina Sandman’s US Congressional Campaign

Shastina Sandman is running in the GOP primary to nominate the Republican candidate for Congress in the 48th District of California. As part of her platform, Shastina opposes the widespread psychiatric drugging of children.

Upon learning of her position on psychiatric medications, Scientology sent in an operative from its notorious front group Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR). The operative made it a point to attend a political event he knew Shastina would be attending. There, he gave her a CCHR package of materials.

The CCHR operative never disclosed to he that he was a Scientologist or that CCHR was a part of Scientology. Shastina thereafter discussed and supported CCHR on her podcast. Scientology’s goal is to surreptitiously infiltrate itself into various sectors of society through its front groups.

More information on Scientology’s nefarious front groups is contained in our articles:

How Scientology hooks public officials on its addictive anti-drug front

What Scientology “Social Betterment” Groups are Really All About

It was only when Shastina pressed the CCHR operative about the group’s sources of funding that she learned CCHR was a part of the Church of Scientology. Outraged that she had been misled and lied to by the Church of Scientology, she broke off relations with CCHR.

In the podcast, Shastina also discusses Scientologist Joy Villa and Joy’s foray into politics. Of note is Joy Villa’s insistence that she is a Christian and a Scientologist when, in fact, Scientology does not allow its members to engage in other practices and considers all other religions to be implants. Jeffrey and Shastina also discuss Dr. Sebastian Gorka’s very dim view of Joy Villa.

Shastina Sandman and Jeffrey Augustine at the IE event.

The CCHR agent who meddled in Shastina’s campaign efforts is a long-time Scientologist named Clay Bock. In his 2016 story, VIDEO: City council candidate exposed as Scientology spy in live public hearing, Tony Ortega described how former Scientologist Pauline Lombard outed Clay Bock as a Scientologist who stalked and harassed a Scientology critic. This occured during a Garden Grove City Council meeting. At the time Bock was running for Garden Grove City Council. In the video below we see Pauline describing the harassment she and Bock engaged in at the behest of the Church of Scientology:

In this next video we see Clay Bock stammering and stuttering in reply. Rather than admit he engaged in his harassment, Bock — in typical Scientology style — plays the martyr and claims that his “religion” is being attacked:

Scientology Television on YouTube: Statistics & Predictions

The Church of Scientology has launched its cable channel. It has done so by purchasing time on a 24/7/365 basis on channel 320 on Direct TV. However, for all intents and purposes Scientology Television appears to be depending upon being live-streamed on YouTube.

Thus, we can use existing YouTube statistics to predict Scientology Television’s potential for success on YouTube.

Our only caveat is that Scientology’s published numbers are notoriously unreliable and often completely false. For example, Scientology has variously claimed it has eight million members, twelve million members, or simply millions of members.

Absent any independent third party audit, we must take Scientology’s numbers to be both inflated and unverifiable. Moreover, Scientology’s STAND League on Twitter was caught using stock photos and claiming these were actual Scientologists. These fake “stock photo Scientologists” were exposed as such. Scientology has also been suspected of using click farms to boost ratings. With these factors in mind, we proceed with our analysis of Scientology’s performance on YouTube.

We begin with Scientology’s main YouTube channel. We learn there that this channel began on September 19, 2006 and claims 30,521,562 views as of March 14, 2018:

We note that Scientology refuses to disclose the number of subscribers to its channel. Drilling down, we use the YouTube feature that allows us to sort videos from the most popular to the least popular. Here are the ten most popular videos by rank on Scientology’s YouTube channel:

This data shows us that Scientology’s top ten videos have a total of 11,182,000 views. This is 36.6% of the total views claimed for the channel. Of note is Scientology’s 2018 Super Bowl ad with a claimed 2.9 million views. This means that one 2018 Super Bowl commercial accounts for 10% of all views since the channel opened in 2006.

What this tells us is that Scientology spent millions of dollars on a one-time Super Bowl ad in early 2018 to gain 10% of its total YouTube traffic since 2006. This does not bode well for Scientology Television as the channel is not tied to advertising on high profile televised network events such as the Super Bowl, the World Cup, the Academy Awards, or major television franchises like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, or The Big Bang Theory.

Once we deduct the numbers for Scientology’s top ten YouTube videos, we are left with 19,339,562 views since the channel began 135 months ago in September 2006. Less the top ten videos, then, Scientology YouTube has averaged a paltry 143,256 views per month since its inception.

Scientology’s ten lowest ranking YouTube videos produced a pathetic 143,000 views; four of these videos were “The Way to Happiness” themed:

By way of contrast, the top 20 Scientology channels and videos on YouTube that are not favorable to Scientology have a total 72,850,000 views:

Name YT Channel Name Total Views in millions
Tom Cruise  – Leaked Go to Guns Video Aleteuk 12.3
Karen de la Carriere Surviving Scientology Channel 7.4
Mark Bunker Xenu TV Channel 7.1
Some crazy scientology stuff hashmanis 5.7
Message to Scientology Anonymous 5.3
Tom Cruise’s Heated Interview With Matt Lauer Today 5.3
Angry Gay Pope Angry Gay Pope Channel 5
Tory Christman ToryMagoo44! 4
Chris Shelton Critical Thinker at Large Channel 3.6
Joe Rogan Interviews Leah Remini Joe Rogan Experience 2.3
Scientology in 100 Seconds AllHailXenuFilm 2
Steven Mango Steven Mango Channel 1.78
Chelsea – Netflix Leah Remini Explains Scientology’s Scam 1.67
The Master: How Scientology Works Nerdwriter1 1.6
Aaron Smith-Levin Growing Up in Scientology Channel 1.5
Leah Remini on the Cult of Scientology Real Time with Bill Maher 1.3
Joe Rogan Interviews Ron Miscavige Joe Rogan Experience 1.3
Scientology – Louis Theroux Joe Rogan Experience 1.3
Matthew Santoro 10 Insane Facts About Scientology 1.3
Shocking Facts About Scientology TheRichest 1.1
Total Views 72.85

The conclusion here is that a highly active group of former Scientologists, critics, and media outlets can easily outpace the three billion dollar Scientology Cult on social media without multi-million dollar Super Bowl ads; 24/7/365 live streaming on YouTube; or spending $4 million dollars per year on carriage fees on Direct TV as Lloyd Grove stated in his recent Daily Beast article David Miscavige Comes Out of the Shadows on the First Night of Scientology’s TV Network. Further, we are restricting our analysis in this article to YouTube; we do not take into account books, movies, and televisions shows. Hence, Going Clear, the book and the film, Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath, CNN’s A History of Violence, the Tampa Bay Times’ The Truth Rundown, Tony Ortega’s Underground Bunker and the other leading exposes of Scientology are not factored into our discussion at hand.

In terms of strategy and content, the playlists on Scientology’s YouTube channel suggest that  we can expect to see more of the same content from Scientology Television:

Based on the foregoing, my prediction is that this will be the exact content we can expect to see repeated endlessly on Scientology Television:

  1. Ideal Org grand openings
  2. Volunteer Ministers
  3. Meet a Scientologist videos
  4. A focus on Latin America
  5. Scientologists making a difference in their communities videos
  6. CCHR anti-drug and anti-psychiatry videos
  7. Pseudo-ecumenical efforts using the usual Scientology shills, e.g. Dr. J. Gordon Melton
  8. Speeches at Ideal Org grand openings by low-ranking functionaries, for example Captain John Galindo, Operations Director National Circle of Aid Technicians of Colombia

What stood out to me in my review of Scientology’s YouTube website for this article is that Scientologist skateboarder Aaron has the largest number of views for an individual Scientologist. With 809,524 views, this  young man’s ratings far and away eclipse the ratings for any video featuring Scientology leader David Miscavige. VWD Aaron!

The least popular Scientologist in the “Meet a Scientologist” series of videos appears to be Omar, an expeditionary pilot. Poor Omar has only 1,010 views since his video was released on October 28, 2010:

Bottom Line: My prediction is that Scientology Television will follow the same trajectory as an Ideal Org – which is to say that it will have a shelf life of three weeks and then it will die on the vine.

With an Ideal Org there is excitement the week before the grand opening and David Miscavige’s rope pull. Then there is excitement the two weeks after the grand opening. Thereafter, it is business as usual with the demands for stats, more money, and to get bodies into the shop. Apathy sets in and soon the glory of the grand opening gives way to the punishing and cruel grind of everyday life in Scientology.

The initial burst of interest in Scientology Television will quickly collapse once people see that it is a 24/7/365 cycling of the same content ad nauseum. L. Ron Hubbard’s pedantic lectures and Scientology hyperbole wears thin very quickly; particularly when Netflix beckons.

Scientology: Save the Planet with Monthly Installment Payments!


The Scientology Cult has long peddled the falsehood that it is the “fastest growing religion in the world.” However, the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) ad shown above is clear evidence that large single donations are drying up. Hence the IAS is now begging for Scientologists to make smaller regular monthly payments. In yet another Scientology absurdity, we are told that the planet is on the brink of extinction due to the specter of Psychiatry, nuclear weapons, British bankers, Marcabs, etc. However, rest assured that your small monthly donations to the IAS can stave off the Apocalypse.

In a further sign of Scientology desperation, we find the bloated and scammy Scientology slush fund known as the IAS has set its default monthly donation to a meager $100 USD:

Back when Scientology was on its high horse, any Scientologist offering a paltry $100 donation would have been hauled into Ethics for not sacrificing their big assets to Scientology. After all, as L. Ron Hubbard had written nothing is more important than Scientology:

“Advanced Courses [in Scientology] are the most valuable service on the planet. Life insurance, houses, cars, stocks, bonds, college savings, all are transitory and impermanent… There is nothing to compare with Advanced Courses. They are infinitely valuable and transcend time itself.” – L. Ron Hubbard, Flag Mission Order 375

The IAS asking for small monthly donations suggests that middle class Scientologists have been stripped of their “life insurance, houses, cars, stocks, bonds, college savings” in previous Scientology reg cycles. The IAS is now reduced to bargaining.

If one keeps up on religious blogs relating to church finance and tax law — and I do — an increasing number churches over the past five years have been turning to fixed monthly payment programs that draft the parishioner’s bank account, PayPal account, or charge their credit card. This arrangement allows churches to have a stable monthly cash flow while avoiding the sharp seasonal fluctuations in income due to the winter holidays and summer vacations. Thus, the IAS asking for monthly donations seems to be an attempt to stabilize cash flow by encouraging Scientologists to donate smaller monthly amounts as opposed to giving bankrupting and credit-destroying massive single donations.

Nevertheless, as the IAS is believed to have cash reserves of $1.5 billion, asking for $100 per month can be seen as David Miscavige digging under the cushions on the couches of Scientologists for loose change. The IAS is truly obscene as it sits on massive cash reserves and still squeezes Scientologists like a dishrag. The IAS does not need $100 a month from anyone. If anything, the IAS needs to become financially transparent and tell Scientologists how much money it has and how much money it gives out in the form of grants, payments for real estate, etc.

There is another data point in the form above to note. The form says “Join the thousands of Scientologists who have signed up to make automatic monthly contributions to the IAS.” Again, we were led to believe that Scientology has millions of members. However, the IAS informs us that only thousands of Scientologists are donating monthly. And notice the language: Not “hundreds of thousands” or “tens of thousands” but rather only “thousands of Scientologists.”

Other facts to be gleaned from the IAS website:

1. There are new membership fees:

2. IAS uses Scientologist as commissioned salespeople. As such, they can earn 5% or 10% commissions of what they rake in from other Scientologists. What other “religion” has commission salespeople?

3. The IAS has what it calls “Honor Balls” and sells tickets to these garish events. The keynote speaker at the IAS balls is, you guessed it, David Miscavige. COB has had a lock on this gig since the 1980’s. What we want to know if he gets 10% commission as an IAS registrar. He would be entitled to 10% as a Professional IAS Field Disemminator per the rules shown above.  We believe this is where David Miscavige has raked in his personal fortune.

4. Per the contract Scientologists must sign when donating to the IAS, all donations to the IAS are nonrefundable:


5. The IAS Honor Balls are one of the few places one can see David Miscavige in his fullblown lunatic attacks on Psychiatry and his orgies of self-love:

Kirstie Alley, Scientology, and the Las Vegas Shootings

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As the world mourns the death of the 58 people killed and the 515 people wounded in the Las Vegas shooting, the real questions being asked are about gun control, private ownership of assault weapons, the screening of luggage at hotels, and other serious questions.

In a series of bizarre tweets, however, Scientologist Kirstie Alley, however, jumped on the mass shootings and used them to attack Psychiatry and psychiatric drugs. Without a shred of evidence whatsoever, Kirstie Alley blamed the actions of shooter Stephen Paddock on psychiatric medications. Alley did this before the Coroner had done any blood tests on Paddock’s body. As of this writing, there is no evidence of what, if any, drugs Paddock had in his body. One would think Alley would have shown restraint in her comments. However, Kirstie Alley assumed that psychiatric drugs were involved and then asserted that all mass shootings are caused by psychiatric medications.

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What Kirstie Alley utterly fails to see — and this because she is a Scientology cultist indoctrinated by Scientology — is that millions of people in England, Australia, and many other countries take psychiatric medications and there are no mass shootings in these countries because there are not millions of assault weapons in the hands of private citizens.

A mass shooting requires assault weapons and a large cache of ammunition. Kirstie Alley cannot see the causal relationship between assault weapons and mass shootings. Rather, because Alley is a Scientology cult member she must reflexively attribute all evils to Psychiatry and psychiatric drugs. This is what Scientology tells her to do. Tom Cruise did the same thing in 2005 during his bizarre outburst during his interview with Matt Lauer:

Psychs.HitlerThe Church of Scientology falsely attributes the Holocaust to Psychiatry and psychiatric drugs.

Left: The standard propaganda text used by Scientology to prove that Psychiatrists were behind Hitler. This absurd text is akin to the spurious Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

When the Church of Scientology is exposed as a violent, greedy, and antisocial group Scientologists outrageously claim to be just like Jews being persecuted in the Holocaust. Scientologist Bodhi Elfman plays the Holocaust victim even as he and his wife Jenna are wealthy and live a life of luxury. Such are the hypocrisy and lies of Bodhi Elfman.

As for assault weapons and silencers, the two private investigators hired by Scientology dictator David Miscavige to follow his own father for two years, had an assault weapon and a silencer, numerous other weapons, thousands of rounds of ammo, and fake police badges when they were arrested by police. Kirstie Alley remained silent on the assault rifle and silencer, and the $10,000 per week in Church monies David Miscavige spent to have two PI’s follow his own father for two years. Kirstie Alley needs to clean up her own Church before preaching to anyone about anything.

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Kirstie Alley’s fellow OTVIII Rex Fowler shot and killed his business partner in cold blood and was sentenced to life in prison. Kirstie remained silent about Rex Fowler.

Likewise, Kirstie Alley has remained silent about Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s call for a genocide against 2.5% of the world’s population Hubbard deemed to be Suppressive Persons.

The Church of Scientology embodies a call for a genocide even as it condemns Psychiatry and psychiatric drugs for mass shootings and the Holocaust.

The Church of Scientology is dangerous, schizophrenic, and contradictory. For these reasons, the IRS needs to revoke the tax exemption of this very deranged Cult. Please sign and share the petition demanding that the IRS open an investigation into Scientology’s tax exemption.

The Church of Scientology Increasingly Embraces Big Pharmaceutical Companies

CCHR.JAWThe Church of Scientology is infamous for its rabid attacks on Psychiatry and what it calls “Big Pharma.” In the tweet above we see Scientologist and OSA operative John Alex Wood going straight for the jugular by candidly and publicly admitting that the true purpose of Scientology’s lunatic Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is, “the total ANNIHILATION of psychiatry world wide.”

Scientology is opposed to psychiatric drugs in particular and all pharmaceuticals in general. This opposition is driven by Scientology’s belief that drugs “mask the symptoms” of the underlying spiritual distress that is actually responsible for illnesses.

Scientology does not believe that mental illness exists. Scientology utterly dismisses Psychiatry as a fraudulent science and claims that “psych drugs” are part of a money-making racket designed to enslave and destroy people by drugging them into a crippled and helpless state solely for the profit of drug companies.

Scientology’s alternative to Western medicine is its own $360,000+ program of systematically exorcising one’s body thetans. However, as Scientology considers its OT levels a “trade secret” — an odd term for a so-called religion — Scientology cannot publicly discuss its OT levels. Thus, Scientology is left in an odd position of negating Psychiatry while being completely unable to discuss its trade secrets which purport to hold the key to solving all of the existential problems of human life.

Given this context, it was quite surprising for me to see Tony Ortega’s story today in which the Scientology father-daughter team of Bernard and Meghan Fialkoff opened the NASDAQ trading session. I say this because the Fialkoff’s are prominent leaders in Scientology’s front group the Foundation for a Drug-Free World. The Fialkoff’s are front and center of this NASDAQ PR photo:

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The Scientology Cult takes the NASDAQ open by the the Fialkoff’s as a big PR win. However, 325 major pharmaceutical firms are listed on the NASDAQ. Many of these firms make Psychiatric medications. Over against this, the Fialkoff’s are advocating that people live drug free lives and belong to a Cult whose avowed purpose is to destroy Psychiatry and Psychiatry drugs.

Bernard and Meghan Fialkoff opening the NASDAQ trading day is like fervent anti-gun advocates opening a gun show. That Scientology Freedom of Medal winners Meghan and Bernard Fialkoff must literally go into a Big Pharma stronghold like NASDAQ in order to get Scientology some PR drips with both irony and Xanax.

This is exactly like Scientology billionaire Bob Duggan who donated $72 million in Big Pharma stock (AbbVie Inc) to his private foundation and earmarked the dividends of ~$2.9 million per year to fund Scientology and its phony front groups.

Here are 50 of 325 major pharmaceutical firms listed on NASDAQ. This is what Meghan and Bernard Fialkoff essentially endorsed today when they opened NASDAQ trading:

AC Immune SAACIU
ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc.ACAD
Acasti Pharma, Inc.ACST
AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.ACRX
Achaogen, Inc.AKAO
Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.ACHN
Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc.ACRS
Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc.ACUR
Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Inc.ADMS
Adamis Pharmaceuticals CorporationADMP
Aduro Biotech, Inc.ADRO
Advanced Accelerator Applications S.A.AAAP
Advaxis, Inc.ADXS
Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc.AGLE
AEterna Zentaris Inc.AEZS
Affimed N.V.AFMD
Agile Therapeutics, Inc.AGRX
Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc.AGIO
Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc.AIMT
Akari Therapeutics PlcAKTX
Akebia Therapeutics, Inc.AKBA
Akorn, Inc.AKRX
Albireo Pharma, Inc.ALBO
Alcobra Ltd.ADHD
Alder BioPharmaceuticals, Inc.ALDR
Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc.ALDX
Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.ALXN
Alimera Sciences, Inc.ALIM
Alkermes plcALKS
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc.ALNY
AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc.AMAG
Amarin Corporation plcAMRN
Amicus Therapeutics, Inc.FOLD
Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc.AMPH
ANI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.ANIP
Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.ANTH
Apricus Biosciences, Inc.APRI
Aptevo Therapeutics Inc.APVO
Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc.AQXP
Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc.ARLZ
Aratana Therapeutics, Inc.PETX
Arbutus Biopharma CorporationABUS
Ardelyx, Inc.ARDX
Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.ARNA
Argos Therapeutics, Inc.ARGS
ArQule, Inc.ARQL
Array BioPharma Inc.ARRY
Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Inc.ARWR
Ascendis Pharma A/SASND

Scientologist on Twitter Admits Scientology’s Purpose to Annihilate Psychiatry

While Scientology’s phony STAND group screams about discrimination, Scientologist and OSA operative John Alex Wood skipped the religion angle and went straight for the jugular on Twitter when he candidly and publicly admitted the true purpose of Scientology’s Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR):


This tweet is important to expose as it shows Scientology’s naked fascist aggression and actual intent to destroy psychiatry on a global basis.

There are law enforcement agencies that distribute literature from Scientology’s front group Foundation for a Drug Free World. These agencies need to be informed that whenever they distribute this literature they are, unwittingly, aiding and abetting Scientology’s goal to annihilate to psychiatry on a global basis.

For more information on Scientology’s infiltration into police departments, see our previous article How Scientology hooks public officials on its addictive anti-drug front.

These are the books Scientology gets into the hands of police departments:

The Church of Scientology then uses photos of police officers distributing these booklets in its PR. Scientology’s overt goal is to get smiling cops holding Scientology literature. But behind these photos ops we find a more sinister and covert purpose: Police agencies are being unknowingly used as part of Scientology’s war to destroy psychiatry. Moreover, police agencies are also being used to steer drug addicts to Scientology’s bogus $35,000+ drug treatment program Narconon.

See our previous article: The Real Truth of Scientology’s Narconon Drug Treatment Program is Body Thetans

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The most incredible lie Scientology attorney Monique Yingling told ABC ’20/20′


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Preface: My article below originally appeared on Tony Ortega’s Underground Bunker. It is reprinted here with additional material added. I republish the article here because the Church of Scientology has used tens of millions of tax exempt dollars, or more, to pay Monique Yingling (and the law firm for which she works) for her four decades of legal services to Scientology. And yet Yingling had the shamelessness on her recent interview with ABC 20/20’s Dan Harris to criticize Leah Remini  for making money to produce and appear in the A&E show Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. Monique Yingling’s hypocrisy is staggering: She is a financial beneficiary of the human suffering that occurs in Scientology, and, Yingling helps to enable that suffering by defending it as an attorney for Scientology. Yingling also made a point to ABC’s Dan Harris that she raised her children in the Catholic faith; it is unfortunate that none of the love, compassion, or mercy of the Catholic faith seems to have affected Monique Yingling in her professional work.


Following the sudden departure of Tommy Davis as the Church of Scientology’s spokesman in 2011, the organization no longer has an actual Scientologist to represent it on television or in documentaries. Seemingly by default, Scientology leader David Miscavige’s attorney Monique Yingling — a non-Scientologist – has found herself cast in the unlikely role as the international spokeswoman for the church.

During ABC 20/20’s recent episode, “Scientology: A War Without Guns,” Yingling appeared to speak on behalf of Miscavige at the last minute. Like her previous appearance in April in an episode about Ron Miscavige’s book Ruthless, Yingling was given a lot of airtime to present the church’s side of things. And this time, at one point ABC’s Dan Harris asked her a very straightforward question, and her reply was stunning:

Harris: Scientology has described psychiatry as an “industry of death.” Why is that?

Yingling: Well, I think that’s a catchphrase. But what Scientology has worked hard against are abusive practices of psychiatry. Not psychiatry in general.

Harris: You say, “not psychiatry in general,” but an “industry of death” sounds pretty general.

Yingling: Well because unfortunately there have been a lot of abuses, and psychiatry has caused a lot of deaths.

Right there on national television, this was a pretty spectacular lie.

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ABC 20/20’s Dan Harris interviewing Monique Yingling

If you know much about Scientology at all, you know that founder L. Ron Hubbard considered all of psychiatry an abomination that has plagued mankind for trillions — yes trillions of years. Hubbard even claimed that the “evil psychs” were a special race, traceable to the planet “Farsec.” The goal of the psychs, according to Hubbard, is to implant, enslave, and kill humans.

From 1950 until his death in 1986, Hubbard created, expanded, and sustained Scientology’s attack upon psychiatry that continues to this day.

As part of Hubbard’s efforts to expose psychiatry, Scientology created the Citizens Commission on Human Rights in 1969 as a “mental health industry watchdog whose mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health.” But what does CCHR actually do? One thing CCHR does is work to get psychiatrists arrested, tried, and imprisoned for abuses.

CCHR’s Psychiatric Crime Database, yet another typically exaggerated and bizarre Scientology PR effort, puts the lie to Monique Yingling’s claims that “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death” is merely a catchphrase:

CCHR also markets and sells the book “Psychiatrists – the Men Behind Hitler” on its website. This tawdry book blames psychiatry for the Holocaust:

In 2005, CCHR opened its “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum” in Hollywood. This was the same year Tom Cruise launched into his hostile attack against psychiatry and psychiatric drugs during his interview with Matt Lauer. And then at the 2007 New Year’s event at the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles, David Miscavige infamously used animated exploding hand grenades to call for the global obliteration of Psychiatry:

I was in the audience that night and was appalled to see the way in which the gathered Scientologists jumped to their feet to scream wildly and applaud Miscavige’s violent call for the global obliteration of Psychiatry and the mass arrest and imprisonment of psychiatrists. Miscavige further bragged at this event that CCHR had a “smart bomb” that “sniffs out Psych fuel lines and blows the funding mechanism. And in that way, to put it bluntly, we booby-trapped the whole psychiatric ecosystem.”

David Miscavige’s violent 2007 rant against psychiatry was nothing new. In October 1995, Miscavige promised Scientologists that psychiatry would be destroyed in five years:

“There are a lot of opinions out there as to what is wrong with Earth, 1995. But if you really want to eliminate those problems all you have to do is work for the objectives that we, as members of the IAS, have set for the year 2000: Objective One – place Scientology at the absolute forefront of Society. Objective Two – eliminate psychiatry in all its forms. Let’s get rid of psychiatry, and let’s bring Scientology to every man, woman and child on this planet.”

Finally, and here we arrive at the crux of the matter, L. Ron Hubbard was infuriated that psychiatry had obtained what he thought was a fraudulent monopoly on mental health treatment. To Hubbard’s way of thinking, psychiatry was rigged because it required an eight-year medical degree plus a four-year psychiatric residency to become a psychiatrist. This conspiracy to require medical degrees and residencies effectively locked Hubbard and his e-meter out of the tens of billions dollars per year in government funding spent on mental health treatment.

Hubbard wanted that money. He wanted Scientology to have an exclusive global monopoly on mental health treatment and the billions of government dollars pouring into psychiatric and mental health programs. As Hubbard wrote in his confidential 1969 memo Intelligence Actions:

Our war has been forced to become to take over absolutely the field of mental healing on this planet in all forms… Our total victory will come when we run his (the enemy’s) organization, perform his functions and obtain his financing and appropriations.

Monique Yingling was prevaricating when she told Dan Harris that “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death” was a catchphrase. Yingling knows that, per its own policies, Scientology will not accept anyone as a member who has been suicidal or has been treated with psychiatric drugs. In a paradoxical coda to this article, we note that these two prohibitions disqualify L. Ron Hubbard from Scientology.

In 1947, L. Ron Hubbard wrote to the US Veterans Administration complaining of suicidal ideations and moroseness, or what we would today call depression. Hubbard asked the Veterans Administration to provide him with psychiatric treatment.

And at the end of his life, in January 1986, L. Ron Hubbard suffered a stroke and was treated with the psychiatric tranquilizer Vistaril.

Hubbard’s intense hatred of psychiatry was most curiously book-ended between his request for psychiatric help in 1947 and his use of a doctor-prescribed psychiatric tranquilizer at the end of his life. I wonder how Monique Yingling would spin that?

— Jeffrey Augustine


When I was doing research for this article I thoroughly examined many CCHR websites. While it feels like internet dumpster diving, the fact is that one has to study Scientology websites in detail in order to be a good researcher. Scientology websites are a gold mine of the Cult’s paranoid mindset and CCHR has the most gruesome and weird of all Scientology websites.

As to “Industry of Death” being a catchphrase, one CCHR website has a CGI reproduction of the actual Industry of Death museum in Hollywood. I toured the museum after it opened many years ago. The decor reminded me of a Marie Calender’s restaurant, sort of a French farmhouse motif, festooned with photos of Nazis and ghastly photos of lobotomies and ECT. There are also psychiatric appliances. The net effect led me to conclude that CCHR itself is in dire need of psychiatric treatment.

On one wall there is a big sign that reads: Psychiatry. Torture & Death Sold as Miracle Cure. When I saw this, I realized Scientology was projecting what it does onto Psychiatry:

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There is also a Eugenics display. Curiously, it has never occured to Scientology that its goal to create a master race of Homo Novis and to “dispose of quietly and without sorrow” all those 2.0 or below on the Tone Scale is a form of both Scientology eugenics and genocide.

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The Industry of Death museum has a strange display that features a collage of images that are weird and creepy:

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On a final note, one CCHR website has a Mr. Lage Vitus correctly condemning the South African philosopher, psychologist, and Prime Minister Dr. Hendrik Verwoerd (1901-1966) as the architect of apartheid. However, Scientology then engages in a leap of logic to blame Dr. Verwoerd’s work in psychology — and by extension psychiatry — for apartheid. Scientology is incorrect for apartheid was rooted in racism, segregation, and the goal to keep Black South Africans in a perpetual state of poverty and illiteracy. Apartheid was a function of racism and not psychiatry. That Scientology also blames the Holocaust on psychiatry shows its deeply flawed Cultic ideology in which psychiatry must be to blame for all the evils of the world.

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Moreover, as the Daily Mail noted, L. Ron Hubbard wrote to Prime Minister Verwoerd to praise Verwoerd’s slum clearance projects. In doing so, Hubbard effectively praised and condoned apartheid.

In a letter written in November 1960 to Hendrik Verwoerd, a former president considered the architect of apartheid, Hubbard praises the devastating practice of forced resettlement of non-white South Africans.

‘Having viewed slum clearance projects in most major cities of the world may I state that you have conceived and created in the Johannesburg townships what is probably the most impressive and adequate resettlement activity in existence,’ says the letter, which was brought up during South Africa’s 1972 Commission of Inquiry into Scientology.

While in South Africa, Hubbard developed Scientology’s toughest test: a confessional-style list of probing questions, asked of followers while they hold the tin can electrodes of a lie detector-type device known as an ‘e-meter.’

The Wiki page on Verwoerd describes the brutal tactics he used against opponents of his apartheid policies. If one substitutes “Scientology” for “apartheid” in this quote, the parallels between L. Ron Hubbard and Verwoerd are eerie:

Verwoerd rigidly enforced Apartheid policies through further introducing oppressive laws, which diminished the rights of ordinary individuals… Verwoerd empowered the police, Secret Police and Army to extraordinary levels. During his time in office he ordered a secret all-out offensive against those opposed to apartheid policies….

L. Ron Hubbard created a fascist system of Scientology apartheid in which, if he had his way, only Scientologists would have rights. As Hubbard wrote in Science of Survival:

…any person from 2.0 down on the Tone Scale should not have, in any thinking society, any civil rights of any kind, because by abusing those rights he brings into being arduous and strenuous laws which are oppressive to those who need no such restraints.

What Scientology “Social Betterment” Groups are Really All About

At Scientology.org, the Church’s “social betterment & humanitarian” programs, the so-called “secular programs” are listed:

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These eight secular groups are:
1. The Way to Happiness
2. Applied Scholastics
3. Criminon
4. Narconon
5. The Truth About Drugs Education Campaign
6. United for Human Rights
7. Citizens Commission for Human Rights (CCHR)
8. Freedom Magazine

In this article we briefly examine each of these groups and show what they are actually about. The first thing to know is that the Church’s so-called secular social betterment groups is that they are all licensed by the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE). The Church says of ABLE and its relationship to the social betterment groups:

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Where is ABLE in the Church of Scientology International (CSI) food chain? According to a diagram the Church gave the IRS, ABLE is one of the ten core “sectors” of CSI. I have placed a red star next to ABLE in the CSI sector diagram:

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To digress, we note that the legally nonexistent Sea Org is also shown as one the core sectors of Scientology. We leave this discrepancy for another time and place. The point is that ABLE is a core sector of CSI whose purpose is to license and manage Scientology’s secular social betterment groups.

The ostensible purpose of the secular social betterment groups is to put LRH technology into the world. In actual practice, these groups have five main purposes:

• To serve as additional Church profit centers charged with selling Scientology products and services into nonreligious markets.

• To make highly irresponsible and grossly exaggerated claims of the efficacy of Scientology’s technology.

• To recruit new members into the Church of Scientology.

• To generate PSA’s, photo ops, and PR value for the Church.

• To sell incredibly overpriced booklets, DVD’s, and courses.

The social betterment groups are nonprofit licensees of ABLE, and, ABLE is licensed by CSI. Thus, whatever monies these groups collect is tax-free and a percentage is paid each week uplines to CSI, RTC, and CST.

Narconon is the big moneymaker in the social betterment groups. While some disagree with my figures, my estimate of Narconon’s gross income is $100,000,000 based upon 2012 numbers. Of course, it is easy to project this figure to decrease significantly based upon lawsuits and increasing public exposure of the direct connection between Scientology and Narconon. For instance, Dr. Hanan Islam’s American Health and Education Clinics LLC of Compton, California operated under license from Narconon and we can now see how this worked out for the good doctor.

The Foundation for a Drug Free World is a Scientology nonprofit that gives out free educational kits to educators. However there is a catch: Educators must agree to allow the Church of Scientology to use their classrooms and students for PR purposes. Educators must also track statistics and report them to the Foundation for a Drug Free World.

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Critics have said that the Foundation for a Drug Free World is a crypto-Narconon recruiting vehicle. This allegation arises because the Foundation’s materials present Hubbard’s theories that drugs are stored in fat cells. I agree with these criticisms because the Foundation for a Drug Free World is operated by Scientologists whose task is to target educators in public schools who teach to children eleven years of age and older. The goal of the Foundation is to get into public schools and make presentations to teachers and students. Once these Scientologists are close to at risk youth they can easily target kids and troubled parents with the message of Narconon and its astounding success rate.

Narconon is well-known and well documented. The remaining entities in the social betterment groups are not. Nevertheless, once one examines the respective websites of each of these lesser known social betterment groups it readily becomes clear that their sole purpose is to sell booklets and DVD’s that have a gigantic profit margin.

We begin with Youth for Human Rights (YHRI). This group was founded in 2001 by Scientologist Mary Shuttleworth in coordination with the CSI’s so-called Human Rights Office. In 2008, YHRI was subsumed into a parent group called United for Human Rights (UHR). The purpose of UHR, YHRI, and their dozen or so spin-offs are to promote public awareness of the UN’s 1947 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The extraordinary hypocrisy of a Scientology group promoting human rights aside, UHR is a non-statistically significant factor in Scientology given its 2013 gross receipts of $84,345.00. The headquarters of United for Human Rights/Youth for Human Rights is a post office box in a shipping and postage retail store in Los Feliz, California.

Let us assume a hypothetical Youth for Human Rights event where 2,000 booklets and 200 DVD’s are distributed. What would that cost us? The shopping cart informs us of the prices:

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The Way to Happiness has the same pricing structure:

• Sell booklets for $1.50 each
• Sell DVD’s for $15.00 each

Keep in mind that Scientology is a commission-based sales organization so many people are taking a cut of the action when social betterment booklets and DVD’s are sold. Seen from this perspective, Scientology is just Amway with engrams.

The Way to Happiness sells its booklets – which likely cost less than fifteen cents each to produce – in bundles of twelve for $18.00. Let us suppose you were an OT in a lower ethics condition. OSA might suggest that you donate for 1,000 bundles for a total of 12,000 booklets plus 200 DVD’s. In this scenario, you would be looking at a wallet-destroying bill for $15,700:

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Applied Scholastics International sells Hubbard-based learning materials that emphasize phonics and the use of dictionaries. This is how I learned to read in Los Angeles public schools way back in the Mesozoic era. Indeed, Noah Webster published his first dictionary to help people “word clear” in 1828. But let us allow Applied Scholastics its conceit that we are all hopelessly stupid and cannot “learn how to learn” without its help. Based upon this premise, it is going to cost money to learn how to learn. Applied Scholastics is associated with Scientology-based private schools, or “academies” as the Church fancies them. Gross receipts were about four million dollars for Applied Scholastics in 2013.

Just for the sake of talking, let us suppose you were a Scientology-friendly movie star who opened a Scientology “academy” and needed to buy 100 copies each of eight of the many books offered by Applied Scholastics. This would be a $42,285.00 bite:

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In addition to the shopping list above, your academy would need to shell out more money to ABLE to pay for licensing fees, teacher training, and far more books and dictionaries than shown in the shopping list above. And the parents of the students have to pay tuition. It is easy to see how you, as a movie star, would pull the plug on your money-losing academy after your kids became fully and mystically self-actualized and no longer needed, say, a conventional wog college education.

The Reverend Doctor Alfreddie Johnson’s now defunct World Literacy Crusade operated under license to Applied Scholastics and we can also now see how this worked out for him.

Oddly enough, Galaxy Press – which sells Hubbard’s fictional works – has its own literacy campaign and offers a literacy book for $1.00. In a future story I will reveal how a prominent WISE group also sponsors a literacy campaign, inveigles its members into donating funds for this program, and the uses this program for disingenuous, misleading, and self-serving PR. It is all very cynical and Alfreddie Johnson is in the mix.

We next enter Crazy Town aka the viciously anti-psychiatry Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights. CCHR basically produces and sells DVD’s that expose the menace of psychiatry and Big Pharma. In my next hypothetical example, I am a high-minded Scientology whale who wants my staff to do a mass-mailer to 1,200 opinion leaders in in Congress, the arts, education, and private industry. I order 1,200 copies of the my three favorite CCHR DVD’s and write a check for $113,940.00:

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Criminon, a Scientology group that appears to be on the wane and receives virtually no coverage even with the Church, sells $85.00 courses to inmates. If one were to donate 100 courses it would be $8500:

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Referring back to an earlier point, the social betterment programs also make highly irresponsible and grossly exaggerated claims of the efficacy of Scientology’s technology. A collage of such claims:

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Clockwise from top left: The Way to Happiness, Narconon Fresh Start, World Literacy Crusade, Applied Scholastics, Applied Scholastics

The irony of these claims is that if any of them were true then no one would actually need Scientology auditing because the much less expensive social betterment programs could handle the major problems of drugs, crime, violence, and illiteracy by simply having people read booklets or watch DVD’s. There would be no need for the $360,000 per person Church cure.

If, as World Literacy Crusade claimed, 87% of participants gave up gangs and drugs after learning how to read, then the world’s answer to street crime would be to have courts order gang members and drug users into the World Literacy Crusade franchises after they were arrested. There, they would read books, clear up misunderstood words, and then give up their lives of drugs and gang-banging. This is patently absurd to the point of derision. Likewise, The Way to Happiness’ claim that it reduced crime in Colombia by 50% is an outright lie.

Scientology’s social betterment programs often simplistic and Scientology-centered solutions to complex problems – and they do so in order to make obscene profit margins from booklets, DVD’s, and courses. As with everything in the Church of Scientology system, it is all deceptive and misleading.

The actual “End Phenomenon” of Scientology’s social betterment programs is simply a series of online shopping carts where one purchases incredibly overpriced products that have little or no efficacy.