The latest edition of Freedom magazine has hit the interwebs and it is doozy.
The front cover features the scarehead SURVEILLANCE – SECRECY AND YOU. And a subhead reads: The scope of private information now being swept up from all Americans is daunting — and the vast majority are kept in the dark
Now, whether you believe this is something all citizens should be worried about, or whether you think it is an overblown scare tactic is not the point of this posting.
The point is that scientology gathers more information about people than any government agency or corporation. Period.
The paid outside writers that turn out this yellow rag apparently know no bounds when it comes to hypocrisy. If there is one thing scientology is infamous for, it is gathering information on people, conducting surveillance and even hacking email accounts. Yet, from the tone of this magazine, and especially its “editorial” one would never know scientology is a proud and dedicated practitioner of virtually everything they claim to be “exposing.”
Here are some key passages from the editorial:
How to watch everyone without being watched—that’s the lust of every dictator, authoritarian, totalitarian, social manipulator and corporate voyeur. Many despotic endeavors have ascended and collapsed based mostly on their ability to spy on citizens.
The Church of Scientology, since its founding in the mid-twentieth century, has been a champion of civil rights, privacy and open government.
Freedom, the voice of the Church since 1968, has carried forward this mission.
In this issue, we pursue the dual quests for openness in government and the rights of citizens to be safe from all forms of official and corporate spying.
Well, that’s a good start. Change the word “citizens” to “members” in the first sentence and you have pretty much nailed it when it comes to scientology.
Scientology HAS railed against the government and extensively used the Freedom of Information Act. Decades ago. It was at it’s height AFTER the FBI raided the church and got thousands of pages of horribly incriminating documents. Scientology went on a roll with FOIA to attempt to prove the government was guilty of similar misdeeds as scientology (“Always attack, never defend.”). Since scientology gained tax exemption in 1993 there has been virtually no activity litigating Freedom of Information requests. When it was beneficial to scientology it was cloaked as an altruistic endeavor “on behalf of all citizens” but as soon as there was no direct benefit to scientology: crickets.
As for the “quests for openness in government and the rights of citizens to be safe from all forms of official and corporate spying” where was Freedom when scientology was being exposed for the following?
Eric Saldarriaga convicted in Federal Court in NY for attempting to hack Tony Ortega and my computers on behalf of David Lubow and the church of scientology. Read all about it here.
Scientology setting up a camera in birdhouse at the end of my street to surveil our home. And buying my trash. See story here.
Scientology sending “Squirrel Busters” to spy on and harass Marty and Monique Rathbun. Just one of dozens of stories here.
Following and spying on David Miscavige’s own father. See story here.
Employing private detectives and paying them more than $10 million to follow a single man for more than 20 YEARS. See story here.
And plenty more that I won’t bother to cite because they only repeat the point.
Even their fellow media have not been immune — watch John Sweeney’s Scientology and Me and Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie for a couple of examples…
There is an enormous amount of evidence to support these facts. In fact, too much for a hired propagandist like John Suggs not to be aware of. So one can only assume his journalistic “integrity” has a price. The term most often used to describe someone who surrenders their dignity and integrity for a price is whore. I prefer to stick with hypocrite.
The editorial goes on:
Technology has moved far beyond 1984—in both Orwellian and real time. The ever-watching eye of Big Brother is now encoded in gazillions of zeros and ones. Your computer, the ubiquitous cell phones and tablets, those Google ads that seem to know exactly what you were thinking of buying, the closed-circuit TV, the feeds from the camera on that drone you gave your kids for the holidays, the cop drones that will soon buzz across our cities’ skies (if they already aren’t doing so)—all information is everywhere all the time.
And someone is perusing that data. Sifting them. Combing them. Deciding if you might be a terrorist, a run-of-the-mill crook, or—what officialdom fears most—someone suspected of, as Orwell intoned, “thought crime.”
Hmmm, wonder how these lofty sounding editors feel about the fact that auditing sessions are recorded steno graphically and audio/visually? Every single session. And that these things are “perused” and “sifted through” extensively.
Wonder if anyone has ever even informed Suggs of this? Or that if he has been coerced into picking up the cans, that he too was recorded? Or is he just another Monique “Muffins” Yingling who takes their money, is sent out to defend their insanities, but has NO personal conviction about how they are in fact saving the world and every man, woman and child in it and refuses to participate in what he so ardently supports?
And his final stab at positioning scientology as the champions of all citizens comes with this wonderful bit of newspeak:
You are told that if you’re not doing anything wrong, don’t worry about the snooping. And if you believe that, you have no understanding of history. American officials have used such surveillance to undermine and subvert the legitimate activities of citizens. From the dossiers on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to the criminal activities of agent provocateurs to disrupt peaceful protests, to the illegal spying on law-abiding citizens for no reason other than officials’ prurient curiosity, the government’s intelligence masters have used their apparatus in ways that would horrify the men who crafted the U.S. Constitution.
And would horrify the average member of scientology if they really understood what was happening with them.
There are too many accounts of how once the apparatus of scientology has decided you are unacceptable, the information is pulled out of the massive and detailed files and used to try to influence you not to leave the fold, or if you do, not to speak out, or if you speak out, to try to discredit you.
So much for the champions of everyone’s rights not to be spied upon…