Today I want to talk to you about the Church of Scientology’s legal and covert operations division, the Office of Special Affairs. This is the part of the Church tasked with dealing with critics and those who speak out publicly against Scientology.
News came out recently that they have been working overtime in an effort to fulfill L. Ron Hubbard’s orders to rain fire and brimstone down on critics and ruin them utterly.
Hubbard made it clear in numerous places that he did not take criticism well, going all the way back to his days in the university. He tells many stories in his lectures of times when his professors or fellow writers or editors were critical of his work and how he blasted them with his fiery temper and quick wit, making sure they would never come at him again.
Once Scientology actually got going in the 1950s, Hubbard wrote policies to ensure that anyone who criticized the Church would be very sorry for doing so. In March of 1955, he wrote in Ability Magazine number one:
“The DEFENSE of anything is untenable. The only way to defend anything is to ATTACK, and if you ever forget that then you will lose every battle you are ever engaged in, whether it is in terms of personal conversation, public debate or court of law.”
And make no mistake. when it comes to critics, Scientology does think that they are in a war. Now mind you, this is a delusional viewpoint. These are people who truly believe that free speech and the free expression of opinion are dangerous and need to be stopped.
They carry on Hubbard’s tradition of being completely unable to accept that not everyone is going to agree with them. Moreover, when someone actively disagrees publicly, they feel they have to take it upon themselves to destroy that person, regardless of whatever human rights or constitutional guarantees that person has.
If you think I’m being extreme, listen to this from Hubbard, also from that 1955 issue:
“The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway…will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly.”
There is currently an anti-harassment lawsuit ongoing in the state of Texas, where the current leader of Scientology, David Miscavige, and his OSA minions are being called on the carpet because of their overt harassment techniques.
Because of this, OSA cannot afford to be as upfront and open about their attacks. But that doesn’t mean that they’ve actually learned any lessons from this or turned over a new leaf. On the contrary, they have no choice but to continue to attack because that’s what Hubbard and Miscavige demand they do. So they are now resorting to more shady and underhanded tactics.
I have reports of some very interesting covert activities which OSA has been engaged in lately, such as executing Denial of Service Attacks on critic websites, spamming critics with phony emails designed to distract or get them in legal trouble, and much worse.
Starting at the end of May 2014, Jeffrey Augustine and Karen Delacarriere’s YouTube channels have been subjected to a relatively new form of cyber terrorism, one which specifically tries to take advantage of a YouTube term of use policy so as to get specific videos deleted.
It works like this: if you click on a YouTube video and watch it for about 20 seconds, that will count as one “view” on the video. So the simplicity of this kind of attack is to hit play on a YouTube video every 20 seconds, over and over and over again. And if you write a computer program to do this or pay a large group of people to do it, then you can artifically drive up the number of views significantly in a very short time.
This is known as a blackhat internet practice because it’s the kind of thing bad people or stupid companies do in order to inflate the popularity of their YouTube videos. So YouTube has now set up means of identifying this kind of activity and deletes the offending videos. Where this is done to someone who is purposefully inflating their video views, it’s a correct move to discipline them.
But what about when you are a good guy, like a Scientology critic expressing your First Amendment free speech rights, and OSA can’t seem to get at you any other way? What do they do? Attack you by artifically inflating your video views, thereby trying to get YouTube to delete the videos for them. It’s a form of cyber-bullying and harassment, pure and simple.
YouTube keeps a lot of analytics information on each video. So in the case Karen’s Surviving Scientology channel, we know that these inflated views are coming from remote regions such as India, Pakistan and similar countries. Since there is only one group in the world who has a vested interest in seeing that Karen’s videos come down, it’s not hard to narrow the list of suspects down as to who would be behind this attack, and it’s not anyone in India or Pakistan.
Eight of Karen’s videos were targeted, apparently at random since the videos do not all have any common theme or subject. Except, of course, to point out that Scientology is a corrupt and evil organization which is bent on only one thing: soaking as much money out of its parishioners as it can before it implodes.
Unable to compete in the arena of ideas and rational discourse, OSA has no choice but to attack using the most insidious and underhanded methods they have available to them. Jeffrey Augustine this morning issued an open challenge to the Church to debate any church representative at any place and time. I echo that challenge. I will be more than happy to meet anywhere and debate any Scientologist on the merits of the Church and its policies.
And just to be crystal clear, none of this activity is going to stop any of us critics from continuing to speak out. If anything, it just reinforces our reasons for doing this in the first place.
Former OSA staffers have come out as whisteblowers and told some of the most amazing stories as to how low they will go to find out information, stalk and harass church critics and engage in all sorts of other activities unbecoming any group which calls itself a church. I’ve included links at the end of this video to some of these whistleblowers who have given a lot more information about their dirty tricks.
Anyone with any common sense would realize that if you were on the side of truth and justice, you would not have to engage in these kind of terrorist-like covert ops in order to accomplish your ends. But that’s exactly where OSA seems to get it wrong time and time again. Maybe that’s because they really aren’t on the side of truth and justice. Maybe OSA draws the types of individuals to it who prefer to work under the cover of dark, who can’t stand it when the light of truth is shone on them.
Now I have a request of you, the person who is watching this right now. Let’s get busy exposing these activities. Please take the time to reach out to YouTube and let them know that you are aware of this kind of cyberattack, and demand that they do something for those who are being victimized. Let them know that their policy of automatic deletion of any offending videos has an unintended consequence of hurting the good guys too, and that they need to do something more effective to protect the innocent as well as punish the guilty.
Send an email to this address on the screen, as YouTube does not have any direct means of contact other than email. Any phone calls are a waste of your time. Just send them an email, explain the situation and demand they solve it.
This is important. Your voice does count and if enough people act on this, YouTube will listen.
The email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for watching.