Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Watch Scientology's Response Documentary to Panorama, 14th May, "BBC Panorama Exposed", in full, here

John Sweeney

When Panorama Editor, Sandy Smith, commissioned his favourite reporter to do a programme on the Church of Scientology, he made a grave error.

John Sweeney, his pit-bull of choice, lacks the dignity and tact required for a story that would, at least on its surface, address the activities and practices of a religion. As Sweeney himself explains, his tactics have nothing to do with intelligent reporting:

"There are three rules in journalism. First, find a crocodile. Two, poke it in the eye with a stick. Three, stand back and report what happens next."

Sweeney teamed up with his aptly named producer, Sarah Mole, who had previously done Sweeney's bidding as an undercover "mole" in a religious organisation for an earlier "Sweeney Investigates" programme. Together, they set about putting together a programme that follows the classic pattern of lazy journalists.

  • Find a few naysayers on the Internet, interview them for some juicy, if unsubstantiated allegations.
  • Take the claims that can now be attributed to a source and then repeatedly ask "questions" of your "target" prefaced with "Some people say…."
  • It's a job made easy when the topic is something people aren't familiar with, but would be merely ridiculous otherwise.

A simple example proves the point: look up an anti-semitic website, interview the people who make the outrageous claims and then seek out Je
ws to ask each one "some people say you control all the commerce and banking in the world", or "some people say you are the messengers of the devil," or "some people say all Jews are greedy, selfish criminals." Don't bother to look at the practices or activities of the Jews, just fire away with the accusations. Of course, the vast majority of the population seeing this would dismiss it as the most vile sort of propaganda.

Yet, this is precisely what Sweeney and Mole did with the Scientology programme. They did get a reaction. What they didn't get was a story that enlightened anyone.

To watch "BBC Panorama Exposed", click here. You can also order your own free copy of the documentary on DVD by clicking here.

By the way, here's the original YouTube clip that caused all the trouble in the first place:

(Yes! That's on my YouTube account - johnalexwood! It's become one of the most viewed videos on YouTube in the world

Is this the true face of the British Broadcasting Corporation?

And for a good laugh, click here!


And here - yes, now's there's even a John Sweeney ringtone!

For more information, please contact:

Graeme Wilson
Public Affairs Director
Tel: 01342 318229

See also:
Freedom Magazine: Panorama - The Sinking of a Flagship
Panorama rant boosts ratings
Scientology takes on BBC reporter with YouTube clips
BBC Reporter, Scientology Air Dispute
Controversy Erupts as BBC Battles Scientology
ABC Australia Video Report: "Panorama losing it"

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Dianetics Volcano Still Erupting!

Church of Scientology of London is holding a Dianetics Workshop on Sunday 20th May 2007 to mark the 57th anniversary of the book's publication

Churches of Scientology around the world are currently celebrating the publication of "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health", originally published on 9th May 1950. A best-selling book by L. Ron Hubbard, it is now available in 53 languages with sales exceeding 21 million copies.

The Dianetics phenomena started in May 1950 when author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard's visionary work on the human mind, its problems and their resolution, first hit the bookstores.

The book rocketed onto the New York Times bestseller list and has appeared on dozens of bestseller lists since. Its huge popularity is due to the workable methods it provides, enabling people to come to grips with the fears, upsets and negative emotions that adversely affect their lives and relationships.

Although the year 2007 is dramatically different from 1950, the need for Dianetics technology has not changed. Instead of a "cold war", there is the peril and uncertainty of the "war on terror," and man’s inhumanity to man continues unabated, manifested by racism, hatred and violence. On a personal level, there has been little improvement, with day-to-day worries and stress about jobs, economic security, and the emotional “roller-coaster” most people experience from problems with their families and interpersonal relationships gone bad.

The Dianetics Symbol

With Dianetics, emotional pain and anguish are replaced by relief and joy, and worries and upsets become a thing of the past.

One individual who recently used Dianetics techniques told of a problem he had at the end of a relationship: “We broke up and I was trying to get her out of my heart. Dianetics helped me relieve all that tension, all that pain and all that hurt."

Another spoke of how he overcame feelings that were really holding him back in life: “I was upset, worried. Some people would call it depression. That changed. After Dianetics counseling I became a much happier person. I could really go after what I wanted in life.”

Still another person explained how his whole attitude toward life improved: “I can go outside and if it’s a great day I can feel it––I mean I can really feel it; the way I felt it when I was a kid. I can enjoy the sunshine the way I could thirty years ago.”

Countless others have experienced similar improvements.

As Mr. Hubbard wrote in the book's introduction: "Dianetics is an adventure. It is an exploration into terra incognita, the human mind, that vast and hitherto unknown realm half an inch back of our foreheads. Some of the things you will find may astonish you....And may you never be the same again."

Several Dianetics auditing sessions in progress at a Dianetics Workshop.

The Church of Scientology of London is holding a Dianetics Workshop on Sunday 20th May 2007 to mark the anniversary of the book's publication. The workshop includes a live demonstration of Dianetics procedures and it is where attendees can personally experience its results for the first time and where they can get all their questions answered. Attendees will also gain personal insight into why people react the way they do and have the opportunity to meet and make friends with people just like themselves - people seeking a way to improve their lives.

The Church of Scientology of London also gives free introductory lectures on Dianetics and Scientology every Thursday at 8pm - open to all. The evening includes live music, food and refreshments.

For more information about the events, call 0207 246 2700 or for more information on Dianetics, visit www.dianetics.org. See also:

The Church of Scientology of London
146 Queen Victoria Street
London, EC4V 4BY
0207 246 2700


About the Church of Scientology of London
The Church of Scientology of London is open 7 days a week from 10.00am to 10.00pm. Within the building, there is a permanent free state-of-the-art multimedia exhibition that covers the basic principles of Dianetics and Scientology, and takes you through the life and works of American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Scientology religion. Also on display are practical solutions to drugs, crime, illiteracy and moral decline in society as well as an expose on the psychiatric profession and its harmful treatments.

The Church of Scientology of London is there to help anyone with any situation in their life they want to improve, with counselling and a range of life improvement courses.

Trademark information: http://www.scientology-london.org/feature/legal/trademark.html

Monday, May 07, 2007

Studies Reveal Lack of Science Behind Mental Health Industry

More Funding, Screening and “Treatment” Will Not Solve Inherent Problems in Psychiatric Field

Two studies have come out recently in the U.S. and the UK, which found that large numbers of people are erroneously being classified with a mental disorder. People suffering from normal sadness, divorce, rejection and economic misfortune are diagnosed with “depression” after answering simplistic questions such as, “During the past month have you been bothered by feeling down, depressed or hopeless?” Despite grossly inept diagnostic criteria—one study admits a 60% misdiagnosis rate, the other 25%—and without the use of any objective, physical tests such as blood tests, brain scans or x-rays, the person diagnosed will more often than not be prescribed powerful, mind-altering drugs.

With pharmaceutical companies spending $4 billion a year on direct-to-consumer marketing, psychiatric illnesses, and the drugs used to “treat” them, are literally marketed to the public in an advertising campaign. As a result, the psychiatric/pharmaceutical industry earns more than $80 billion annually for psychotropic drugs, including stimulants, antipsychotics and antidepressants.

International regulatory bodies have issued 24 warnings in the last two years on the serious side effects of psychiatric drugs, including heart attack, stroke, suicidal behavior, mania, psychosis, hostility and “homicidal ideation.” On Wednesday, The New York Times published yet another article about how Eli Lilly’s top-selling antipsychotic, Zyprexa, leads to diabetes, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. Lilly has agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle 28,500 lawsuits contending that Zyprexa caused diabetes and other diseases, with at least 1,200 lawsuits still pending. A USA Today study of adverse events reported to the FDA between 2000-2004 found at least 45 child deaths in which antipsychotics were listed as the "primary suspect," in addition to 1,328 reports of serious, even life-threatening, side effects.

Another current controversy is the link between psychiatric drugs and school shooters. If toxicology results determine Virginia Tech shooter Seung Hui Cho to be the 9th recent school shooter under the influence of psychiatric drugs—a list which includes Eric Harris at Columbine, Kip Kinkel at Springfield, Oregon and Jeff Weise at Red Lake Indian Reservation—this would account for 77 wounded and 61 killed in less than a decade by school shooters on psychiatric drugs.

Despite this national crisis, there has been no official call for an investigation into the link between school shooters and psychiatric drugs. This gross oversight is a reflection of how much control the psychiatric/pharmaceutical industry has over the media and governmental bodies. The Virginia State Medical Examiner’s Office now states that Seung Hui Cho’s autopsy report and toxicology results will not be publicly released, which is a great injustice to the American people who are desperately seeking answers to what has caused the recent spate of school shootings, and how they can be prevented.

According to psychiatrist Peter Breggin, "The violence unleashed on the Virginia Tech campus should not lead to calls for more mental health screening, more mental health interventions, or more drugs. Instead, the violent rampage should confirm that psychiatric interventions don't prevent violence and instead they can cause it….Reliance on the whole range of this system from counseling to involuntary treatment failed."

With no standard diagnostic criteria, millions of dollars in lawsuits pending and drugs prescribed to children resulting in a running death toll, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a psychiatric watchdog group, says that the psychiatric industry should not be permitted to use the Virginia Tech tragedy to garner more funding and push for more mental health “screening” and “treatment” (i.e. drugs). Instead, the U.S. should be questioning the psychiatric treatment that the Virginia Tech shooter did get.

See also: Psychiatry: An Industry of Death

Visit CCHR’s website at www.cchr.org.uk for more information.

You can contact CCHR on 01342 313926 or email: info@cchr.org.uk