Интересные вещи происходят в последнее время в российском сектоведении. На днях, в Москве побывал Джеральд Армстронг. Личность в определенных кругах очень известная, если не легендарная. Но чтобы понять, кто это и почему так важен его визит, следует начать совсем не с него, а с учения о дианетике и саентологии, Лафайета Рональда Хаббарда, и того, почему культ саентологии в таких справочниках, как «Религии и секты в современной России» Новосибирского апологетического центра и «Сектоведение. Тоталитарные секты» А. Л. Дворкина обозначен, как тоталитарно-деструктивная секта.
Translation of this article follows.
Scientology and the “Democratic GULAG”
by Alexander Chaussov
June 4, 2011
Interesting things have been happening lately concerning cults in Russia. Gerald Armstrong recently visited Moscow. He is very well known, if not a legend, in certain circles. However, to understand who he is and why his visit is so important, we must begin not with him, but with the teachings of Dianetics and Scientology, with Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, and why the Scientology cult is called a totalitarian and destructive sect on reference websites such as “Religions and Sects in Russia Today” by the Novosibirsk Center for Apologetics Research and Alexander L. Dvorkin’s “Sectarian Studies: Totalitarian Sects”.
The Scientology cult has been operating in Russia since the 1990s. It is essentially a network of ramified organizations which offer techniques to become no more, no less than a superhuman, or an “Operating Thetan” (OT). Of course, this is not for free. According to reference materials published by the St. Irenaeus of Lyon Center, the method for becoming a superman devised by Hubbard (the founder of Scientology) is based on telling the organization every detail about oneself, even the most intimate ones. A closer look at the information on “Sectarian Studies: Totalitarian Sects” shows that the cult has its own intelligence gathering structures and that the goal of this organization is money and power. Moreover, this power should preferably be worldwide and total.
In the 1990s, Russia became a “field of experimentation” for Scientologists. They conducted experiments on children affected by the Chernobyl accident (documentary film: Svoboda ot sovesti [“Freedom of Conscience”]). They conducted experiments in business with lethal results at the Moscow ventilator factory. At one time, even Sergei Kiriyenko was recruited into Scientology, and we shall tactfully pass over in silence a great number of Russian regional officials.
Up to the 1990s, Scientology was also a problem for authorities in the U.S., who waged a campaign against it. It is true that this campaign ended, in actual fact, in victory for Scientology, with full legal recognition as a religious community, this despite the fact that cult’s founder, the late Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, once said: “If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion.” In other words, even the father/founder of Scientology understood very well how much his “religion” had to do with religion.
In Russia, there is now a complete network of Scientology centers. They are not as actively involved in the social and political life of the country as during the “dashing nineties”, but, nevertheless, the public has has no insurance against getting caught up with this sect and parting with a substantial amount of money and property in the name of total personal progress.
This is precisely why the visit of Gerald Armstrong and his public appearances in the media are so important. It’s because Armstrong rose through the ranks of the Scientology cult to the post of legal officer for the organization, so he witnessed from the inside how everything happens. He left several years later, after he realized that Scientology is a totalitarian sect.
Armstrong has already given an interview about his life in the cult to the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper. Information has it that a detailed interview with him will air on VGTRK [All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company] early this summer. In principle, everything about him should appear in the Yandex search engine for anyone who wishes to look him up, but I would like to draw attention to one interesting feature of “American democracy”. In an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda, Mr. Armstrong said, among other things, that “The RPF (Rehabilitation Project Force) is a Scientology prison … It was created in 1974. People are sent there if, for example, the movement’s leaders think people aren’t working as hard as they should. Or for some other arbitrary reason. When I was there, a man was punished simply because of a smell that Hubbard didn’t like. The duration of the sentences is not specified and the ‘convicts’ get only a quarter of their salary. When they move about, they always have to run. They are fed leftovers. They are not allowed to talk, except to answer questions … The purpose of this ‘gulag’ is to break a person’s will. Moreover, for repeated violation of rules, there is an even more brutal prison, the ‘RPF’s RPF’, where a person is generally kept under 24-hour surveillance.
“… a U.S. court even decided last year that Scientologists have the right to hold people captive, to track them down and to forcibly bring them back and lock them up, because this is based on doctrine.”
This is what happens when democracy and the rights of religious minorities are implemented in a liberal manner. If we believe the words of Gerald Armstrong, one year has already passed since the U.S. permitted religious concentration camps. It seems to me that, even if we have “an insufficient level of democracy”, taking it to that level would make it possible to democratize everything, even complete “Hitlerization” or “Hubbardization”, whichever is deemed more practical.
Translation of an article posted on May 24, 2011 on the portal-credo.ru, a website dedicated to news about religion: http://portal-credo.ru/site/?act=authority&id=1636
Church of Scientology of Moscow spokesman and editor-in-chief of “Right to Freedom”, Alexei Danchenkov: “Armstrong was invited to Russia as an expert on Scientology, but he left the church 30 years ago”
Interview by Valery Stepanov
Gerald Armstrong spoke a few days ago at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University in Moscow and he was presented as a former senior official of the Church of Scientology. Is his name familiar to you?
Aleksei Danchenkov: Actually, Gerald Armstrong was a former clerk of the Church of Scientology of California.
Well yes, haven’t we all been clerks at one time or another?
It’s like saying, for example, that Aleksei Danchenkov is a former child, or a former room-cleaner, or a former bed-wetter.
The problem, however, is that Mr. Danchenkov implies that during my twelve plus years inside Scientology all I did was be a clerk. I’m already aware, of course, that this is a long term, planet-wide “attack line” on me by Scientology agents. See, for example, this June 1983 article in Penthouse containing an interview the magazine conducted with Heber Jentzsch, the clerical President of the cult:
Jentzsch: Mr. Armstrong is my step-son-in-law. I know him quite well. He was a clerk, and he also drove a car. And that’s all he ever did. When he left, he sort of tried to raise his status. If he thinks he’s been hounded by Scientologists, I’ll offer this: he says he’s getting phone calls? We’ll go to the police and put a tap on the phone. You know what a tap is, right? It just traces the phone call. So let’s find out where the phone calls are coming from, because it isn’t coming from our people. And I want to know. So to every guy who’s screaming that, that’s the thing I offer. http://www.rickross.com/reference/scientology/scien240.html
It seems reasonable that Mr. Danchenkov as well as being a former clerk or child also also drove a car. Although we have never, to my knowledge, met, his name is somewhat familiar to me because of news reports such as:
Mr. Danchenkov and his Scientologist accomplices are further implying, of course, that “clerk” is some unimportant, degraded position in Scientology, and that the Scientologists filling that position are necessarily prevented from acquiring any experiences or knowledge that could conceivably make them experts in anything.
The truth is that I successfully held several positions during my years in Scientology, and none were termed or described as “clerk.” Another truth is that in those actual positions and years I acquired a great deal of experience and knowledge. I have also acquired a great deal of experience and knowledge in the almost thirty years since I left Scientology. Throughout these post-Scientology years, I also was in many positions and had functions different from clerk; for example, as a Scientology target, victim and opponent, and as a witness, writer, speaker and researcher.
Along with certain God-given abilities, and the necessary willingness, of course, my honestly acquired, now forty-two years of experience and knowledge have, in fact, made me an expert on Scientology. My experience, knowledge and testimony is particularly expert regarding Scientology’s “Suppressive Person” doctrine, or “SP” doctrine, and regarding the doctrine’s application, which is commonly called “fair game.”
Mr. Danchenkov’s black propaganda statement about me to portal-credo.ru is his fair game assignment, his visible application of the antisocial and dangerous SP doctrine. The operators of portal-credo.ru, Valery Stepanov, et al., also, of course, facilitate and forward fair game. They share the agreement that I am a legitimate target for attack and pursuit. Black propaganda or black PR is the policy and practice and facet of fair game provided by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbbard of manufacturing and disseminating false and defamatory information about a person to destroy his reputation, credibility, relationships, opportunities and livelihood.
I’m a very accessible person, and no one attempted to check any of Mr. Danchenkov’s charges with me. The reasons for not checking what are presented as statements of fact are obvious and further explained in my response.
I have been recognized in legal proceedings as an expert on Scientology, and have testified in several legal proceedings as an expert. I have written and executed many expert declarations for use in legal proceedings relating to Scientology, written and published considerable material on Scientology, and, as the interviewer notes, I have spoken publicly on the subject in different places.
I am willing to engage Mr. Danchenkov in a debate concerning Scientology, founder Hubbard, their claims, activities, products, intentions, history and nature. Since I left Scientology, I have never found a Scientologist willing to engage in a debate on these important issues, and I believe that this universal refusal to engage in a debate is because the Scientologists, virtually universally, recognize that I am the expert they say I am not.
He left the church in 1981, stealing more than 10,000 pages of documentation.
Now, Mr. Danchenkov is lying, and libeling me.
It is true that Scientology and Scientologists attempted to have me convicted of theft of documents. It is true that they filed a lawsuit against me alleging that I stole documents. It is also true that Scientologists like Mr. Danchenkov and their collaborators have been telling the lie that I stole documents since I escaped from their cult. But they are all simply lying.
The law enforcement authorities that Scientology and Scientologists pressured to bring criminal charges against me refused. The civil case that the Scientologists brought against me was decided in my favor, and the Court stated in the judgment:
“The court finds that while working for L. R. Hubbard. . . [I] . . . had permission and authority from plaintiffs and LRH to provide [contracted writer] Omar Garrison with every document or object that was made available to Mr. Garrison, and further, had permission from Omar Garrison to take and deliver to [my] attorneys the documents and materials.”
The Court also ruled that because I was subject to “fair game,” by which Scientology “harassed and abused” people “it perceives as enemies,” the “reasons and justification” for my actions were “manifest.”
This judgment was affirmed in 1991 in the California Court of Appeal.
Despite these judicial rulings and their affirmance on appeal, because of the relevant Scientologists’ seemingly conscienceless condition, they have continued to falsely assert, as Mr. Danchenkov is doing, that I stole documents.
He is currently wanted by the police of the United States on a number of charges for which he could face imprisonment and be required to pay fines for contempt of court.
If it is true that I am wanted by the police of the United States on a number of charges, it would be yet another instance and operation of fair game Scientology and Scientologists are perpetrating. It is my belief, however, that Mr. Danchenkov is not correct, that I am not wanted by the police of the US, and that he knows I am not wanted by these police.
It is true that Scientology has been successful in obtaining a series of unlawful jail sentences against me for lawful violations of an unlawful injunction that the cult obtained against me in Marin County, California Superior Court in 1995.
Scientology’s injunction unlawfully prohibits me from discussing Scientology, Hubbard, Scientology organizations, and even Scientologists such as Mr. Danchenkov, who is a Scientology employee. The injunction also unlawfully prohibits me from helping Scientology or Scientologists’ victims, or people adverse to Scientology or Scientologists. Such persons all comprise the “Suppressive Person” class, which is identified as a hated and persecuted religious class by Scientology “scripture.”
Scientology’s injunction is unlawful and lawfully judicially unenforceable, and no person has a duty to comply with unlawful orders. Nevertheless, Scientology has been successful in having certain California courts unlawfully enforce its unlawful injunction and issue unlawful orders to fine, jail and financially ruin me.
Since Scientology is considered a religion in all US states, Scientology’s injunction is equivalent to a secular court order that prohibited a person from discussing Christianity, Jesus Christ, Christian Churches, and Christians, and prohibited the person from helping anyone adverse to, or for that matter not adverse to, some named church or religion. The jail sentences Scientology has been able to obtain against me are as unlawful as jailing people for discussing Christianity, Jesus Christ, Christian Churches, and Christians, or for helping or not helping anyone adverse or not to Christianity or any other religion.
It is both ironic and fully understandable that Mr. Danchenkov has for many years been involved in the effort to portray Scientology and its members as defenders and advocates for religious freedoms around the world. See, for example, this comment I happened to include in a letter in 2004 to Scientology collaborator Joseph K. Grieboski:
Your research associate Kyle Ballard writes this about his project “The Study of Religious Freedoms in Russia:
In modern democracies, religious freedoms are fundamental. Thus, as Russia is shedding its Communist ideology and emerging as a democratic state, religious freedoms have become essential. With this in mind, I traveled to Moscow and Nizhniy-Novgorod to attend the Experts Conference on Religious Freedoms in Russia and to study the position of religious minorities in Russian society.
My assistant was Alexei Danchenkov, Russian national and a legal analyst and spokesman for the Church of Scientology. In attendance at the conference were academics, journalists, state servants, political advisers, and religious freedoms advocates from both Russia and the United States. The conference provided an open forum to discuss the state of religious freedoms in the Russian Federation and allowed U.S. experts to share the American experience. Moreover, because the Church of Scientology works extremely hard on religious freedom issues, I was provided with much information the struggles of religious groups around the world.
Scientology is a global, well-documented suppressor and destroyer of basic human rights, including, most egregiously, freedom of religion. To cloak this antisocial reality, Scientology has people make ridiculous claims, such as, for example, that Scientologists are “religious freedom advocates,” or that “Scientology works extremely hard on religious freedom issues.”
Very relevantly, Mr. Danchenkov, as “Church of Scientology of Moscow Spokesman” and “Editor-in-Chief of “Right to Freedom,” is a contracted “beneficiary” in Scientology’s injunction that unlawfully and unarguably suppresses and destroys my basic freedoms including my religious freedom. He is also a contracted beneficiary in Scientology and Scientologists’ unlawful efforts to enforce their unlawful injunction. He benefits personally by having me jailed and fined.
The injunction’s unlawful prohibitions, moreover, also apply to “persons acting in concert” with me. There are, of course, many people around the world, indeed many in Russia, who act in concert with me, in defiance of Scientology and Scientologists’ injunction. Consequently, the conspiracy against human rights, particularly religious freedom, in which Mr. Danchenkov is a beneficiary and participant, is truly monstrous.
I was in Russia, in fact, on this occasion, to discuss my amazing Scientology-related legal situation, and specifically how it applies to persons and groups acting in concert with me. I was also helping to organize the class of Russian citizens who act in concert with me, in order to oppose Scientology’s injunction and have it declared unlawful and unenforceable.
The class of people acting in concert with me, as considered by Scientology’s injunction, have never had an opportunity to be heard or even to appear in the Court that made them subject to that Court’s orders. The same Court issued its unlawful orders against me without giving me a fair trial, or even an unfair trial, but at least I got to make an appearance in the case. The whole class of persons acting in concert with me has never had the opportunity to appear in Court, and had no notice that the Court would or might issue such an order that directly, adversely, and unlawfully, affects the class. I was in Russia because it is time that this grotesque injustice is ended.
– Is Mr. Armstrong really an expert on Scientology?
I am not, however, claiming or suggesting that this is in some way an enviable status. Indeed, experts on Scientology, that is, those who tell the truth, tend to be victimized and their lives made as miserable as Scientologists can make them. It is simply a statement of fact, no matter how unenviable, that I am such an expert.
For me to deny this fact, in order, for example, to get Scientologists to stop victimizing me, is pointless because, as indicated above, they know that I am the expert they say I am not. The Scientologists would clearly still know this, and accordingly still fair game me, even if I said as they say that I’m not the expert they say I’m not.
I do not believe that being an expert on Scientology is a unique or rare ability or station. In fact, I believe that virtually anyone who learns and communicates the truth about Scientology can be an expert. My goal is to have as many other people as possible have the same expertise I now have, because, the more people that have that expertise, the safer for all of us.
– In 1984, Gerald Armstrong was preparing a plot to seize the assets of the Church of Scientology.
This is false. There was no such plot.
The truth is that Scientology’s intelligence personnel, operated at that time by L. Ron Hubbard and his successor David Miscavige, concocted a plot to make it appear that I was plotting to do things I wasn’t plotting to do. They were the plotters. I was the mark. The cult’s covert operatives sent to contact me – Dan Sherman, David Kluge and Mike Rinder – claimed they were members of a group of Scientologists who wanted to take control of Scientology from Miscavige, end his era of criminality, and in fact have him jailed for his crimes. The operatives insisted on meeting in secret because, they said, everybody in their group was afraid for their lives.
This group of “ethical” Scientologists approached me with the come-on that they wanted my help against their criminal bosses because, they said, I had successfully stood up to them and their criminal cult. Scientology leaders and intelligence personnel know that I’m a person who is often very willing to help people, and they have used this “help button” many times to get close to me, run intelligence operations on me, and try to entrap me. Sherman, Kluge and Rinder and their operators attempted to inveigle me into unethical or criminal activities, but were unsuccessful.
When the circumstances of this crime were uncovered, an investigation was conducted concerning Armstrong’s plans.
This is false. I committed no crime. The videotapes Scientology made were illegal, and what the cult has done with the illegal videos is tortious and illegal. Since the whole “Armstrong Operation” was schemed, programmed, manned, drilled and executed by Scientology and its agents, the idea of Scientology and its agents uncovering the operation and conducting an investigation into the operation is blackly funny.
For more details regarding the Armstrong Operation, see this declaration of February 20, 1994: http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/legal/decl-1994-02-20.html
Also see this related declaration of February 22, 1994: http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/legal/decl-1994-02-22.html
During this investigation, he was recorded on videotape stating that he intends to fabricate and plant incriminating documents on Church premises, where they would be discovered during a subsequent raid.
This is false. What I suggested is that if these people, who were asking for my help, and who were claiming to want to reform Scientology and end its criminal activities, really meant it, they should document what they knew of their cult’s criminal activities so that there was an accurate record no matter what happened.
As an action in their fair game campaign, Scientology and Scientologists pervert what I was suggesting, as Mr. Danchenkov is doing here, to assert that I wanted to “fabricate” documents or evidence. All I was doing, however, was attempting to lawfully help and encourage the people who came to me for help to stand up against a dangerous evil. These people, of course, were fakes, who didn’t want to reform Scientology, but were, like Mr. Danchenkov, working for that dangerous evil.
Armstrong admitted that his goal was to overthrow the supreme leader of the Church, using sexual enticement in a scheme which Armstrong named “Operation Long Prong”.
As stated above, the removal of Scientology head David Miscavige and prosecuting him for crimes were the goals that the “reformers,” the cult’s own covert operatives, claimed were theirs. Those goals would not prevent me from helping these people as reformers, because Miscavige is a clear sociopath and has committed crimes for which he should be prosecuted. Those were not specifically my goals, however, in agreeing to help his agents who were claiming to be his victims.
What are relevant at this time, since this “interview” for portal-credo.ru is all about me, are my actual and current goals regarding Scientology and Scientologists. I stated these five easy goals in a letter to Miscavige in 2008.
I’ve also communicated them publicly on numerous occasions for other Scientologists and for normal people over the past few years.
1. Release everyone from any restraint that prohibits them from speaking freely about their experiences and knowledge.
2. Repudiate the “Suppressive Person” doctrine.
3. Pay reparations to everyone harmed by Scientology or Scientologists or their agents’ application of the SP doctrine.
4. Pay back Scientology’s fraud victims.
5. Tell the truth.
When I reflect on my state of mind back in 1984, my goal then was to have Scientologists stop their war on me, my family, friends, and everyone. That’s essentially what Scientology and Scientologists promised in a group settlement with their victims in December 1986. Scientology and Scientologists, however, have never stopped their war on us, so that goal has not been attained. The five easier goals are reasonable steps or requirements to show that the war has been stopped.
“Operation Long Prong” was a thoughtlessly scribbled, tasteless note of a joke I wrote, actually to ridicule Scientology and Scientologists’ spy mentality. Ultimately, the joke may have been what Scientology’s intelligence personnel and leaders estimated was enough to destroy my reputation or my ability to continue to oppose their aggression and abuses. Their estimate was wrong, however, and my bad jokes have not destroyed me. I wrote in my February 20, 1994 declaration:
It has not ceased to be embarrassing to me whenever the organization trots out the Armstrong videotapes, because I do say some silly and raunchy things. But the organization has never been able to embarrass me into silence and it won’t now.
Some of Armstrong’s actions are quite revealing. For example, he posted a message on the internet about his letter to Saddam Hussein during the Gulf War. In the letter, he offered himself to Hussein as a hostage in the Iraqi war. The letter ends with the words: “If either side failed to perform any part of the agreement, the other side could execute me.”
Mr. Danchenkov implies that what is quite revealed by my November 1,1990 letter to Saddam Hussein is something deranged or nefarious about me.
Elsewhere Scientologists or their agents make more explicit claims about the letter; for example that it shows my “mental stability is questionable,” or evidences a “personality disorder.” See, for example, Scientology’s US-based website: http://www.religiousfreedomwatch.org/anti-religious-extremists/gerald-armstrong/
In addition to his unlawful activities, Armstrong’s mental stability is questionable. Armstrong once posted a message on the Internet concerning a letter he sent to Saddam Hussein during the Gulf War. In the letter, he offered himself to Hussein as a hostage in the Iraqi war. “If either side failed to perform any part of the agreement, the other side could execute me,” he concluded. Armstrong makes clear in his posting that he did not think the letter to Hussein was a joke, but was deadly serious. He quite proudly republishes it and other similar writings from time to time. To further demonstrate how out of touch he is with reality, Armstrong had himself photographed by a newspaper naked while holding a globe to promote his theories of destroying all money.
Also see Scientology’s Russia-based site: http://religiousfreedomwatch-ru.org/religious-extremists/gerald-armstrong
В дополнение к его незаконной деятельности, душевное здоровье Армстронга находится под вопросом. Однажды Армстронг в одном из своих сообщений в интернете привел письмо, которое он послал Саддаму Хусейну во время войны в Персидском заливе. В этом письме он предлагал самого себя в качестве заложника для Хусейна во время войны в Ираке. «Если какая-либо из сторон не выполнит какую-то часть соглашения, вторая сторона будет вправе казнить меня» — написал он в заключение. Армстронг четко заявляет в своем сообщении, что он не рассматривал письмо к Хусейну как шутку, наоборот — это было в высшей степени серьезно. Он с достаточной гордостью публикут это и другие похожие послания время от времени. Для большей демонстрации того, насколько он потерял связь с реальностью, Армстронг сфотографировался для одной из газет, будучи голым и держа Землю, для продвижения своих теорий уничтожения всех денег.
Importantly, also consider Scientology and Scientologists’ submission to the US’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on which its many entities in 1993 were granted tax exemption, and consequently US Federal Government protection and promotion.
There are several pages of black propaganda on me in Scientology’s submission, which its leaders and the people preparing the submission knew to be false. Such false statements to the IRS are grounds to have Scientology’s tax exemption withdrawn, if the US Government had the will. The statements also evidence the importance the IRS had placed on the Scientology v. Armstrong case in previous denials of the cult’s demands for tax exemption. See, for example:
Church of Scientology v. Gerald Armstrong:
We have included some background information here and an epilogue to the decision in question. That is because the Service has continuously thrust the Armstrong case at us, demanding an explanation. The Armstrong case decision was so inflammatory and intemperate that it was used to stigmatize the Church in the legal arena and make other outrageous decisions possible. As we shall demonstrate below, all this decision ever involved was Armstrong’s state of mind, which subsequently obtained evidence proved conclusively to be one sordid, sado-masochistic nightmare.
Our consistent view has been that the civil litigants are solely motivated by greed. The exception is Armstrong who we truly believe to be psychotic. During the 1980’s, the IRS used every single civil litigant against Scientology as an IRS witness. The government, however, has no business in taking sides in a religious or civil dispute. It is indeed ironic to note that once the Flynn civil litigation in the 80’s was settled, with the exception of Armstrong, we hear no more of their “horror stories” from these paragons of virtue claiming to be interested only in “principle” and “what is right.”
Scientology and Scientologists are driven to use whatever exists and whatever can be manufactured therefrom to show that their thoughts, words and actions against me are right, and completely justified, indeed necessary and honorable. One of their most important and often repeated pieces of “evidence” that I’m truly psychotic is my 1990 letter to Saddam.
The letter, obviously, is unrelated to Scientology. It could stand alone for consideration without reference to Scientology. Anyone could have written it without my history and present relationship with Scientology. The cult made the letter “relevant” in a lawsuit it filed and prosecuted improperly against me in the 1990’s. Once it obtained the letter in the legal proceeding, Scientology has used it in its black PR campaign.
I’ve just re-read the letter. It is grammatically solid, philosophically consistent, literary, and sincere. I was, of course, aware that there was little likelihood that Saddam would pay any attention, or even hear of my offer. I was, nevertheless, willing to make my life available if called for to avert or in relation to the coming war. Doubtlessly my offer on behalf of people who don’t participate in national negotiations could have been preferable to the wars that have since happened in Iraq.
The letter does not, however, evidence a personality disorder, legally, medically or societally, any more than any other understandable and sincere offer within a person’s capability in a tense situation evidences a personality disorder. Scientology’s leaders do not truly believe I’m psychotic, but clearly believe that their survival depends on getting others to believe I’m psychotic so that what I say won’t be believed.
In addition to black PRing me for writing Saddam Hussein to try to prevent war, Scientology also black PRs me for my writings about my plan for peacefully resolving the world’s economic problems. Scientologists have demonstrated that no matter what I say or do, no matter how unrelated to Scientology, no matter how enlightened, beneficial or even holy, they will attack it to attack me.
Yet, the attacks on me, and my associates, besides being hurtful, are irrelevant. It would not matter if I was truly psychotic, or truly evil, or the evilest person on earth, it is not right or lawful to try silence me about the Scientology religion and its religionists, by court order, by threat, or by any other means. And I am not such a person.
Armstrong had himself photographed by a newspaper naked while covering himself with a globe, which, according to him, symbolizes the idea of refusing any money.
This is false, and Scientologists know it’s false. They know I was wearing running shorts, which was completely appropriate apparel for the occasion.
President Jentzsch’s 1993 letter to Entertainment Television: http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/cult/jentzsch-ltr-1993-08-05.html
Former international chief spokesperson Mike Rinder’s 1994 letter to the Mirror Newspaper Group: http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/cult/rinder-ltr-1994-05-09.html
Current international chief spokesperson Tommy Davis recently made the same naked claim as reported in Lawrence Wright’s profile of Paul Haggis, “Apostate,” in the February 14, 2011 issue of The New Yorker.
Davis passed around a photograph of Armstrong, which, he said, showed Armstrong “sitting naked” with a giant globe in his lap. “This was a photo that was in a newspaper article he did where he said that all people should give up money,” Davis said. “He’s not a very sane person.”
Armstrong told me that, in the photo, he is actually wearing running shorts under the globe.
This photo, which was published in Runners World in the February 1995 edition, shows me wearing the same pair of shorts while running. http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/media/rat/runners-world-1995-02.html
– Why then was this man, who has been outside more than 30 years since he was a member of the Church, invited into the country and called one of the leading experts on Scientology by the chairman of the Expert Council of the Russian Ministry of Justice?
The real reason, ironically, is just because of what Scientology and Scientologists like Mr. Danchenkov have done during those almost 30 years to unlawfully silence me, in knowing violation of international human rights charters, and even US Federal criminal statutes.
I was in Russia in fact to offer my legal case and situation with Scientology to the Russian Ministry of Justice and to other Ministries and officials who must deal with the cult’s fraud, abuses and criminality.
That Scientology can get and has gotten people to conspire to suppress and destroy human and legal rights, and allow themselves to be contracted beneficiaries in that illegal conspiracy, is enough reason for Russia and every country to act to properly warn its citizens about Scientology and its conspiracy against rights.
The Chairman of the Expert Council of the Ministry of Justice Dr. Alexander L. Dvorkin, St.Tikhon’s Orthodox University, and other Russian institutions and Russian citizens deserve gratitude and respect for their courage in inviting me speak and for daring to act in concert with me.
– I believe that more qualified experts have a different point of view.
I would very much like to find out who these more qualified experts are. I am already certain that Scientology’s less qualified experts, for example Gordon Melton, James R. Lewis, Massimo Introvigne or Eileen Barker, have a point of view that is radically different from mine, simply because they’re Scientology’s experts, or its collaborators. I have never found, however, a more qualified expert whose point of view is radically different from mine. And neither Mr. Danchenkov nor portal-credo.ru, unfortunately, identifies who these more qualified experts are.
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Translation of an article published in Russian on June 1, 2011 on the website of Komsomolskaya Pravda: http://msk.kp.ru/print/article/25695/897953
Ex-legal officer of the Scientology organization Gerald Armstrong: “I landed in a jail for cult members because I got into an argument with the secretary of Hubbard’s third wife”
In the U.S., his former coreligionists long ago declared him an outlaw
by Alexey Ovchinnikov
Photo: Marina Volosevicha and AP
June 1, 2011
According to their rules, they can now hunt him down and, without qualms, take his life. All the sins of Canadian Gerald Armstrong stem from the fact that he left the so-called “Church of Scientology”, where he was a personal assistant to the organization’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard. He travels the world describing what goes on behind the scenes in this organization which he openly brands as a cult. Gerald Armstrong was recently in Moscow and, following a conference with students at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University, he answered questions from Komsomolskaya Pravda.
THE SMARTS TO ESCAPE
– Mr. Armstrong, how did you get into this cult?
– I became involved in Vancouver in 1969. I, like many people, was attracted by the idea of improving my intelligence through Scientology.
– Did it improve?
– (Laughs). Actually, yes: I acquired enough smarts to escape from the cult, but I spent twelve and a half years there.
– Did you personally know the founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard?
– Indeed. I rose to the post of legal officer. I was responsible for contacting customs officials and police in the countries at whose ports we stopped. Later, I became the public relations officer and then the intelligence officer on board the “Apollo”, the ship on which Hubbard sailed with his admirers, hiding from the taxation authorities of various countries. The ship was the headquarters of Scientology’s elite order, the “Sea Organization”, the nerve center of the entire Scientology organization. I was Hubbard’s personal archivist. But I twice did time in the “Rehabilitation Project Force” or RPF.
- Church of Scientology
A PRIVATE GULAG IN THE U.S. IS LEGAL
– What is the RPF?
– The RPF is a Scientology prison, similar to a gulag. It was created in 1974. People are sent there if, for example, the movement’s leaders think people aren’t working as hard as they should. Or for some other arbitrary reason. When I was there, a man was punished simply because of a smell that Hubbard didn’t like. The duration of the sentences is not specified and the “convicts” get only a quarter of their salary. When they move about, they always have to run. They are fed leftovers. They are not allowed to talk, except to answer questions … The purpose of this “gulag” is to break a person’s will. Moreover, for repeated violation of rules, there is an even more brutal prison, the “RPF’s RPF”, where a person is generally kept under 24-hour surveillance.
– What offense did you commit?
– I dared to talk back to the secretary of Hubbard’s third wife. The second time I went to the RPF was because Hubbard thought I was joking about how he was making films.
– Does the RPF exist today, after the U.S. recognized Scientology as a religion?
– Oh, yes! In fact, a U.S. court even decided last year that Scientologists have the right to hold people captive, to track them down and to forcibly bring them back and lock them up, because this is based on doctrine. They declared me an SP …
THE MOST FAMOUS SCIENTOLOGIST: TOM CRUISE
– What is an SP?
– A Suppressive Person. According to Scientology, these are the people who are responsible for every evil on earth. Myself, for example (laughs). In reality, SP’s are ordinary people who are not afraid to tell the truth about Scientology. This doctrine by itself makes the organization criminal. Every new Scientologist is told at the very first encounter that Scientology is continually at war.
– With whom?
– With the SP’s. SP’s are subject to the so-called “Fair Game” policy. According to the rules laid down by Hubbard, any Scientologist may take away the possessions and even the life of an SP. If you are declared an SP, other Scientologists are not allowed to communicate with you. On the internet, there is a video in which perhaps the best known Scientologist today, Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, at a ceremony to award him a special Scientology medal, expresses the hope that before long there won’t be any SP’s left in the world.
– This sounds like Nazism …
– This is the closest parallel that comes to mind. Hitler’s “Untermensch” doctrine really is similar to a number of Scientology doctrines.
– Have they tried to kill you?
– They don’t seem to have tried outright, but there have been six assaults. I was once hit by a car. In Southern California, agents of the “church” tried to run me off the freeway at high speed. They would go further, I’m sure, but they are afraid they would go to jail. There have been countless threats and lawsuits. In the U.S., they fabricated a case against me and, as a result, I have no right to utter the words “Scientology”, “Dianetics”, “Hubbard”, and so on. For each utterance, I am to be fined fifty thousand dollars. So I’ve already spent a couple of millions speaking with you (laughs). The court allowed them to say anything they please about me. That’s justice, American-style …
– How did this happen?
– As I’ve already said, the case was fabricated. Without corruption and blackmail, they couldn’t have gotten away with this. According to my information, they have spent about five million dollars in legal fees on me.
CONDOLEEZZA RICE PROTECTED SCIENTOLOGY
– Mr. Armstrong, at one time, several U.S. federal agencies declared that Hubbard was wanted and they were searching for him all over the planet. Then suddenly, it was peace and harmony; they even recognized Scientology as a religion …
– In my opinion, it’s all obvious. At first, the U.S. federal government genuinely and very strongly opposed Scientology. In 1977, FBI agents searched the organization’s offices in Washington and Los Angeles, and they found hundreds of documents that had been stolen from government agencies. The then head of the FBI later told reporters that “Scientology has one of the most effective intelligence services in the U.S., on par with even the FBI.” Beginning in 1993, the process suddenly went in the opposite direction: Scientology was recognized as a religion …
– Bill Clinton came to power in 1993 …
– Yes, and he also sympathized with Scientologists. Madeleine Albright and then Condoleezza Rice openly defended the organization. They actually made it their ally. Since that time, they have been protecting Scientology around the world. I think this decision was made on the advice of the intelligence services.
A MATTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY
– What did that accomplish?
– Scientology itself is a highly developed intelligence agency. I’ll elaborate a little about how it works. According to Hubbard’s doctrine, every Scientologist must continually raise their intelligence and seek self-improvement through a procedure called auditing. During this process, which on the surface looks beneficial (and is conducted using a primitive lie detector called an E-Meter), all of a person’s secrets are divulged: details concerning the family, complexes, grudges, sexual experiences, and every personal story. Scientology claims that this is a kind of confession, but it is not. All of the information is recorded and forwarded to the organization’s intelligence department. This information can then be used to blackmail the relatives or friends about whom information was confided during auditing.
– A powerful tool to gain leverage …
– Exactly! Moreover, the Hubbard-style intelligence department itself searches for people who take an interest in it, but it collects embarrassing information about them first. This includes politicians, officials of international organizations, police, FBI agents …
Likewise for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the IRS. My information is that, when the IRS declared that Hubbard was wanted, Scientologists collected information on all top IRS officials and paid for any information which could embarrass them. It is highly probable that they found something against the then director of the IRS, because the IRS suddenly formed a friendly relationship with Scientology. The same goes for the U.S. intelligence services, as I said earlier. So the presence of Scientology in any country is a danger not just to individuals and to public order. It is also a matter of national security. I spoke about this recently with your Justice Ministry …
A MONIED CULT
– What did you discuss, if it’s not a secret?
– I reiterated to them what I know about Scientology, and I talked about my legal predicament and how this can help Russia with your country’s position in relation to Scientology. After all, Scientologists have on several occasions filed lawsuits against Russia in the European Court of Human Rights for refusing to re-register the “church”. However, my own situation (and not only mine) clearly shows that Scientology is organized so as to violate human rights. Any member of this organization is a direct participant in an all-out effort to suppress human rights.
– But recently, a huge Scientology center opened right in the middle of Moscow on Taganskaya Square …
– Yes, I saw that building. I saw posts by your bloggers who went in and took a lot of pictures there. It’s all very opulent, and this is evidence that, in Russia, they have a lot of money. It’s also evidence that Scientologists in Russia are, unfortunately, quite at ease. Your government has already shut down several active schools, but sadly, it has not yet issued a single warning to Russia’s citizens about the dangers of this cult. In Germany, for example, the government regularly talks about this on its websites and in its publications and brochures. I would strongly recommend that Russia do the same if, of course, you want to preserve Christian morals in society, including the institution of the family.
THE GURU LIED ABOUT EVERYTHING
– Why did you leave the organization?
– One day, an order came to destroy all documents showing Hubbard’s involvement in Scientology and its finances. It was feared that the FBI would find them. While riffling through old papers, we found about twenty boxes of Hubbard’s personal documents. I asked for permission to read them, to later compile an updated version of his biography, and I began to study them. I discovered that Hubbard lied to everyone about everything. For example, he said that he was an engineer and a nuclear physicist, that during wartime he was crippled and blinded, that he was awarded 27 combat decorations …
– And in reality?
– He was expelled during his second year of university. He spent the entire war on the home front, and so he was not injured, he was not blinded, and he did not receive 27 decorations. And then Scientology completely fell apart for me. I knew that my IQ had not increased one point and that I had not acquired any superpowers … I had wasted twelve and a half years of my life … I read his notes: “Every man is my slave.” He programmed himself to have limitless power. To do this, he even used psychotropic substances.
IN RUSSIA, SCIENTOLOGY AROUSED THE INTEREST OF ENTERTAINERS AND PROFESSORS
– Tom Cruise and John Travolta are the most famous Scientologists in the U.S. Do you know of any Russian celebrities who are involved in this organization?
– There are some, of course, but I do not know their names.
– “I can’t name them at the moment,” interjects Alexander Dvorkin, a leading Russian expert on sectarian studies, “But when the Scientologists had just arrived in Russia, many of our stage celebrities and even university professors were actively interested. One of these professors even opened an L. Ron Hubbard reading room at his department and posthumously awarded Hubbard an honorary doctorate.”
– Are celebrities recruited with their knowledge or by trickery?
– In Hollywood, many understand that a connection with Scientology can give their career a big boost. When a movie starring Tom Cruise comes out, every cult member is obliged to buy 30 tickets to see the movie or to purchase DVD’s. Scientology has a very powerful intelligence gathering appartus, so when a reporter wants to meet with Cruise himself, the actor is provided a complete file on the reporter, including all of the person’s weak spots.
FROM KOMSOMOLSKAYA PRAVDA‘S FILES
“If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion!”
Lafayette Ronald Hubbard was an American science fiction writer and the founder of the “Church of Scientology”. He was born in 1911, in Nebraska.
Hubbard initially wanted to become a nuclear physicist, but he was unable to pass the exams for the introductory course. Being in need of money, he began to write science fiction stories.
At the start of World War II, he was drafted into the Navy, but he sat out the war on the home front. He “distinguished himself” only once: by lying that he had located a Japanese submarine, alerting commanding officers, and firing at the submarine for several hours. When it was discovered that the submarine was a figment of his imagination, he became very upset and, for some reason, he fired all his ship’s guns at an island belonging to Mexico, a U.S. ally. Rear Admiral Braisted noted in Hubbard’s fitness report after the incident: “Consider this officer lacking in the essential qualities of judgement, leadership and cooperation. He acts without forethought as to probable results.”
Hubbard was then assigned ashore due to illness (ulcers). After his discharge, he bombarded the FBI and the CIA with letters in which he proclaimed his desire to destroy the communists. These agencies quickly stopped paying attention, deeming him mentally unstable.
In 1945, Hubbard met John Whiteside Parsons, a devotee of Aleister Crowley (one of the most well-known Satanists of the twentieth century), and he regularly frequented occult circles.
In the late 1940s, he invented his own religion and, according to the recollections of friends, he did not stop using drugs.
It is reported that in 1949, at a science fiction writers convention in New Jersey, Hubbard said: “Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion.” In 1950, he published his bible, entitled “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health”. Four years later, the “International Church of Scientology” was born. Since then, Hubbard’s teachings have made their way around the world.
In some countries, Hubbard was declared persona non grata. From 1977 to 1981, Hubbard lived on a yacht in international waters, a fugitive from the justice system of different countries. Shortly after his return to the United States, he went into hiding and remained in the U.S. until his death in 1986. In 1996, the State Duma adopted a resolution classifying the “Church of Scientology” as a destructive religious organization.
According to some accounts, Hubbard’s dream of making a fortune by inventing his own religion came true: at the time of his death, his wealth reached 640 million dollars …
Translation of a Russian article posted on May 19, 2011 on the website of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University: http://pstgu.ru/news/tech_notice/2011/05/24/29993/
Gerry Armstrong: “A U.S. court has authorized the Scientology cult to forcibly retain its recalcitrant members”
by Stanislav Kolotvin
Photos by Alisa Merkulova
May 19, 2011
Gerry Armstrong is in Russia for what is already the fourth time. He has previously traveled to cities such as Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and Nizhny Novgorod. Each of his visits has, like the past 30 years of his life, been devoted to exposing the true nature of the Scientology sect, a task for which Mr. Armstrong uses the documents he has preserved concerning the activities of L. Ron Hubbard.
The central theme of Mr. Armstrong’s lecture, which was translated by his longtime friend, Professor Alexander Dvorkin, head of sectarian studies at Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox University, was Scientology’s doctrine regarding “suppressive persons” – the evildoers and psychopaths who are to blame for all the troubles on earth. However, among the people that Scientologists have put on this list, there are no criminals or even mentally ill persons. All “suppressive persons” are critics of Scientology, such as Mr. Armstrong. According to the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard, whose word, for Scientologists, is sacred and requires compliance, “suppressive persons” are subject to the doctrine of “Fair Game”, according to which any suppressive person becomes a “legitimate prey” for Scientologists. It is incumbent on followers of the sect to strive to seize the person’s property and, if necessary, to physically destroy an opponent. The “suppressive person” doctrine is highly reminiscent of the Nazi theory regarding “subhumans”.
After he left the sect, Gerry Armstrong was declared a “suppressive person” and there have been six attempts on his life in the U.S. and in Germany. In addition, a campaign of “black PR” has been waged against him for many years on the internet, and Scientologists brought lawsuits against him in the U.S. and complained about him to the FBI and even to courts in Yekaterinburg. Five million dollars were spent over 30 years for the services of lawyers around the world whose sole concern was to send Mr. Armstrong to jail on fabricated charges!
The reason for which Scientologists have no scruples about the means they use to fight against Gerry Armstrong becomes clear when one considers his biography. Mr. Armstrong became involved with the sect in 1969 and he began working in a low-paid post as a dishwasher. However, he quickly rose through Scientology’s ranks of Scientology and he was soon accepted into the “Sea Organization”, which united the members of the sect who were close to Hubbard. In 1972, he became head of legal services, and, in 1974, he was the head of Scientology’s own intelligence service. Throughout this time, Armstrong was on Hubbard’s personal ship, the “Apollo”, as the sect’s founder sailed along the European coast (with the exception of 1973, when Hubbard was convicted of fraud in France). Armstrong was soon entrusted with a mission to go to Los Angeles and establish a central Scientology base there, but he got into an argument with the secretary of Hubbard’s third wife and was sent to the so-called “Rehabilitation Project Force” (RPF), a kind of Scientology gulag.
The RPF is designed to break a person’s will. Offending Scientologists are assigned the dirtiest and heaviest labor, and they are forbidden to speak to other sect members, except to answer questions. He literally had to eat the food left in plates by others after their meals. He did not have the right to walk normally; he could only run. His already low Scientology wages were reduced and, during his 17 months in the RPF, Mr. Armstrong received 4 U.S. dollars and 30 cents a week. For the slightest offense, RPF inmates were forced to run to exhaustion up and down stairs. The duration of stay in the RPF was not specified at all, but only depended on the mood of the sect’s leaders.
At the end of his first assignment to the RPF, Armstrong was entrusted with organizing the shooting of films about Hubbard, but the sect’s founder soon thought that Armstrong was allowing himself to refer jokingly to these films, so Hubbard again ordered the offender to the RPF. After 8 months of confinement, Armstrong oversaw the creation of Scientology’s current headquarters in California.
During searches in 1977, American police uncovered documents that resulted in jail sentences for 11 high-ranking Scientologists, led by Hubbard’s third wife. When it became known in 1979 that a new search was imminent, Armstrong was ordered to destroy all documents that compromised L. Ron Hubbard. He faithfully executed the order, until he found about 20 boxes of various old documents, including Hubbard’s personal diaries. He did not destroy them because he felt they had historical value, and he requested that he be assigned to the drafting of a new autobiography of the sect’s founder. It is at this point that the total deception on which Scientology is built was unveiled to Armstrong.
He had previously admired Hubbard as a nuclear physicist, as a recipient of 27 senior military awards that he supposedly earned at the sacrifice of his health (including his eyesight, which was miraculously restored), as the author of numerous scientific studies, as an exemplary family man. Now he had before him evidence that Hubbard sat out the war on the home front, was expelled from his second year of university, and abducted his own children from different marriages. Armstrong realized that he had wasted 12 years of his life, that after a thousand hours of Scientology “auditing” procedures, his IQ had not increased at the promised rate of 1 point per hour, and that he had not received the promised super-powers.
Armstrong thought about everything and he fled from the sect in 1982. He immediately became the target of lawsuits. Scientology lost the first case, but then came a series of absurd court rulings, one of which allows Mr. Armstrong to be fined fifty thousand dollars for each utterance of the word “Scientology” or for mentioning any of the members of the sect or any organization that cooperates with Scientology. The same fine, according to the court order, applies to all individuals and organizations that cooperate and are in agreement with Mr. Armstrong, for example the Russian Orthodox Church and the police of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Mr. Armstrong explained why the U.S. federal government, which had previously opposed Scientology, decided in 1993 to make it an ally. One reason was the activities of the Scientologists to undermine the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and its upper management. After 1993, the IRS began providing help to Scientologists, a complete reversal. But the main reason for U.S. cooperation with Scientology is the sect’s mode of operation. During the “auditing” procedure (for which each session costs a considerable amount of money), all members of the sect have to give an account of themselves to their seniors and to disclose the most secret and embarrassing aspects of their lives and of the lives of their relatives and friends. Their revelations are recorded on audio and in writing and then transferred to the sect’s headquarters in California. Scientologists thus possess intelligence from around the world. Since Scientologists primarily try to attract influential persons – intelligence specialists, famous actors, business people and politicians – it becomes clear why the U.S. government has so zealously been trying to aid the spread of Scientology.
However, by working with Scientologists, the United States is betraying its own citizens. In 2010, a U.S. court handed down a ruling according to which Scientologists may legally hold recalcitrant members of their sect in custody and forcibly take them back if they escape! In addition, U.S. authorities support a number of committees established by Scientologists which supposedly fight for human rights and even help … victims of Scientology!
During Mr. Armstrong’s conference at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University, the lecture hall was full and people were standing in the aisles. The main part of his talk ended with a long round of applause and the speaker was then bombarded with questions. Responding to one question, for example, Mr. Armstrong explained how Scientology is dangerous to sect members themselves – it is dangerous for their mental health, it destroys their families, their financial savings disappear with the ever-growing number of costly hypnotic procedures, and cult members mobilize to fight against “suppressive persons”.
When asked about the number of people fleeing the sect, the lecturer said that the scale is difficult to evaluate because Scientologists have many levers to force these people to remain silent: the compromising information collected during their time in the sect, death threats, restricting contact with relatives who remain in the sect. News of senior members leaving the sect resonates more loudly. Books have recently been published by four persons who not very long ago belonged to Scientology’s elite. True information about Scientology is the best way to prevent its spread in Europe and Russia, but Scientologists are now directing their efforts toward third world countries where knowledge of the cult’s sad reputation has not yet gotten through.
The university’s guest also mentioned that, during this visit, he will meet with officials of Russia’s Ministry of Justice to offer advice in connection with complaints against Russia filed at the Strasbourg court by Scientologists.
Summing up the evening, the Vice-Rector of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University, Archpriest Georgiy Orekhanov, said that all those assembled are, of course, Mr. Armstrong’s friends, with all the judicial consequences this entails, and that the university’s administration would be glad to have him as a guest whenever he decides to come back to Russia.
Translation of a Russian article posted on May 20, 2011 on the Russian Orthodox website pravmir.ru: http://www.pravmir.ru/pravda-dzherri-armstronga-o-saentologii/
Gerry Armstrong’s Truth about Scientology
by Alexander Filippov
May 20, 2011
Gerry Armstrong, former personal secretary to L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology, spoke on May 18 at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University. The meeting was attended by clergy, professors, university staff and many guests.
The university lecture room was completely filled with people and those for whom there weren’t enough seats stood in the aisle. The meeting lasted over two hours and translation was provided by Alexander Dvorkin, a scholar at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University who specializes in nontraditional religious movements and sects.
The Scientology sect has spread throughout the world and the organization collects information about its members which it uses to totally control all aspects of their lives, leaving them no possibility of privacy.
Mr. Armstrong’s testimony and analysis are very important for gaining a true understanding of the Scientology organization, its development, its doctrine, its crimes, the scale of its expansion and the ways to combat it because, having been secretary to Hubbard for many years, he possesses full and accurate information.
Gerry Armstrong spoke about the doctrine and the history of the “Church of Scientology”, one of the most dangerous cults in the world today, about the threat the sect poses for private individuals and for society as a whole, and about his work in this organization, his personal impressions of his encounters with Hubbard, the contents of Hubbard’s personal documents, his escape from the totalitarian organization, and the fight that ensued.
Biography of Mr. Armstrong, former personal secretary to L. Ron Hubbard
“I got into the Scientology cult in 1969 and, in 1971, I joined the “Sea Organization” (which runs the sect around the world). I was sent to the ship which Hubbard was on and there I became a dishwasher, then a storesman, and the ship’s driver for a little car we had on board. In 1972, I became the legal officer. Then I became responsible for public relations and for the organization’s intelligence department.
“But sometime later I was locked up in a secret prison and ‘sentenced’ to confinement in the ‘Rehabilitation Project Force’ (RPF), which is like a reeducation camp (the very existence of the RPF should be grounds for citizens of all countries to recognize the threat the cult poses to human rights). When the punishment was over, I was again working with Hubbard”, said Armstrong.
The cult’s reeducation camps
Hubbard created Scientology’s reeducation camps in 1974. People could be sent there if he thought they weren’t working hard enough, if someone looked the wrong way or laughed at him, or for a simple movement of the needle on an electropsychometer (E-meter). The electro-psychometer was “invented” by Hubbard and is a primitive lie detector; it has a display with a needle and two tin can electrodes through which a current passes.
Persons subjected to punishment were not allowed to speak, except to answer questions. They wore a special black outfit. For any “crime”, they had to run up and down stairs or perform other physical punishment. They were fed leftovers from the plates of Sea Organization members. The purpose of the camp was to break the will of the inmate. A person who objected to anything during the punishment would be kept under surveillance 24 hours a day. Victims were generally forbidden to speak and the duration of confinement was not specified at all.
“When Hubbard thought I was joking about how he made films, I was again sent to the RPF. This time I spent 8 months there. Then I started working at the Scientology headquarters in California.”
During searches, U.S. police found documents that resulted in jail sentences for certain Scientologists, so when it became known in 1979 that a new search was imminent, Armstrong was ordered to destroy all of L. Ron Hubbard’s documents.
At that time, all members of the sect were afraid the FBI would search the headquarters. Hubbard gave orders to destroy all personal documents that incriminated him. Armstrong and his subordinates faithfully searched for documents and destroyed them, until one of his juniors found about 20 boxes of various documents relating to Hubbard’s youth, including personal diaries. Armstrong said the documents were very valuable and should not be destroyed. He petitioned Hubbard to authorize the preparation of a new biography.
Ironically, Hubbard approved the petition, and Mr. Armstrong spent two years collecting documents. During this work, Armstrong said, “I actually deprogrammed myself, realizing that the leader’s every word was a lie.” It turned out that he was not a hero, he spent the entire war on the home front, evading military service, he was not a nuclear physicist, he was not injured and he did not receive 27 medals for bravery.
The truth about L. Ron Hubbard
Gerry Armstrong described his impressions about working with L. Ron Hubbard and the reasons for which he decided to escape from the sect. “When I realized that Hubbard was a pathological liar,” said Armstrong, “Scientology fell apart for me.””The diaries I had with me after escaping and which I used in the courts against the cult show the connection between Hubbard and occultism. There were also documents called ‘affirmations’ that Hubbard used to program himself with a certain emotional momentum, for example, by reciting the phrase: ‘All people are my slaves.’
“The diaries also document his connection with Parsons and describe his sexual perversions. In addition, Hubbard was a drug addict and he pumped himself up with testosterone, which further increased his aggressiveness. All this is laid out in the documents. He gave the impression of a man strung out on hormones,” confided Armstrong.
According to Armstrong, Hubbard was a narcissist and a sociopath: “He certainly had a certain charm, when he wanted to, but he constantly kept everyone under pressure and, if something wasn’t to his liking, he would throw a terrible tantrum. Hubbard was ruthless with anyone who said anything contrary to his opinion. He was a pathological liar on a gargantuan scale, a classic sociopath.”
What influenced Hubbard more: delusions or Satanism? In response to this question, Armstrong said that Hubbard wrote a lot of fiction; he was not connected with the Masons. The real source of Scientology is a direct relationship with occultism and Satanism, which he picked up from Parsons, a devotee of European Satanist Aleister Crowley.
From the sect to Christianity
Having decided to act against the terrifying Scientology machine, Armstrong realized that all the anger of this aggressive organization would be unleashed against him. “Because I knew too much, I would have been locked up again and I would not have come out alive. I thought of escaping and I managed to escape,” said Mr. Armstrong.
As expected, the organization began its fight against the escapee. The first lawsuit was initiated in 1984 and, since then, the organization has considered Gerry Armstrong its number one enemy. There have been six attempts on his life in the U.S. and in Germany. A campaign of “black PR” is being waged against him on the internet.
Armstrong said that, after he left the sect, he became a Christian and found the truth: “God is truth. I thank God for this experience, which allowed me to appreciate the value of freedom. My task is to do my utmost so that other people do not lose this freedom.”
Mr. Armstrong described how the cult prosecuted him in America. A U.S. court handed down an absurd decision that stipulates Mr. Armstrong has no right to even utter the word “Scientology”, and that whenever he pronounces the word “Scientology”, he has to pay a fifty thousand dollar fine. “So our meeting today is very valuable,” joked Armstrong. This decision also applies to individuals and legal entities “who act in concert with Mr. Armstrong”, for example, said Armstrong: St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University, which invited him to Russia, the St. Irenaeus of Lyon Center and the entire Russian Orthodox Church. While he is not allowed to speak, the cult is allowed to say whatever it wishes about Mr. Armstrong.
Father Georgiy Orekhanov asked how American democracy could produce such a wild court decision.
The guest speaker replied: “Due to corruption and pressure on the court, with the help of embarrassing material gathered by the cult’s intelligence agents.”
How is Scientology a threat to individuals and to the world?
Speaking about the dangers of Scientology, Armstrong said that Scientology destroys the morals and the psyche of an individual, replacing human principles by Hubbard’s system of values. It destroys families and can ruin businesses. It is a threat to the societies and to the countries in which it operates. The cult’s methods violate laws and human rights at all levels: from total espionage to direct crimes such as kidnapping people, holding them in Scientology prisons, and even murder.
“Scientology continues to be incredibly dangerous, but we – those who fight the cult – are not going away. However, it would be wrong to think that our victory is near. They have not yet won, but they haven’t lost,” warned Armstrong.
The organization is in a state of war with the entire world: “The first thing a new Scientologist learns is that Scientology is at war.”
One of the elements of Scientology doctrine is the policy concerning “suppressive persons” – people who are supposedly to blame for all the troubles on earth. Scientologists are supposed to subject them to “Fair Game”, whereby cult members must strive to inflict maximum damage to “suppressive persons”, to seize their property and, if necessary, to kill them. The list of people that Scientologists believe are the cause of all misfortunes includes, for example, critics of Scientology such as Gerry Armstrong and Alexander Dvorkin.
Answering a question from the pravmir.ru correspondent about how Scientology obtained its tax exemption from the U.S. government, Armstrong cited four factors.
First factor. Scientologists filed more than two thousand lawsuits against the U.S. government. For each of these claims, the U.S. Department of Justice had to appoint a lawyer. These lawsuits were costing the government a great deal of money. When tax-exempt status was granted, Scientology withdrew the lawsuits.
Second factor. Scientologists researched the biographies of all high officials of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), they hired former IRS personnel and they paid for any information that could undermine the IRS, hiring private investigators to follow the officials. “I have no information concerning exactly what they learned about the officials, but they probably found compromising evidence.”
Third factor. In Armstrong’s opinion, the decision was influenced by America’s intelligence agencies (FBI and CIA), who considered that the information the sect could provide the government might be useful. This would not be a historical first. It is possible for the government to make agreements with dictators and even with socially dangerous organizations.
Fourth factor. On paper, the decision was made by the director of the IRS. However, it is known that then U.S. President Bill Clinton had friendly relations with the cult and that his Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was actively defending its interests. The decision to cooperate with the Scientology cult was so important that it would be absolutely unbelievable to assume that the President, the Secretary of State, and the heads of the intelligence agencies did not know about it. We must assume that they knew about it and agreed with it.
Scientologists hire experts in the field of internet technologies and they use the personal data that trusting account holders share in social networks such as Facebook or vkontakte.ru: “I don’t think they operate their own social networks, but they use all the available ones.”
In 2010, a court handed down a ruling which said that Scientologists have the right to forcibly hold people and, if they escape, to pursue and capture them. The basis for this decision is that this “is a matter of religious doctrine”.
“It is clear why Scientology chooses to be called a religion. In America, this allows it to bully people and violate human rights, if it is written in religious scripture,” explained Armstrong. “I will also speak about this with the Ministry of Justice of Russia,” said Gerry Armstrong, elaborating on the plans for his visit to Russia.
Russia and Scientology – Who will win?
Despite all the power of this totalitarian sect, the Scientology “church” can be defeated. Gerry Armstrong sees the proof of this in what he has witnessed during his lifetime: “More and more people today know the truth about this organization.” Armstrong came to Russia to help prevent the spread of Scientology in our country.
Link to a complete audio recording of Gerry Armstrong’s May 18, 2011 conference at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University:
Duration: 2 hours 11 min. 57 sec.