The book on Scientology by the former scientologist, Jon Atack, has a world-wide reputation of having rendered a faithful and thorough picture of the quasi-religious cult of Scientology. The extent of the author's sources are quite simply overwhelmingly large: He has drawn on official Scientology memoranda, publications, bulletins, court records and correspondence. In addition, the book recounts Atack's personal experiences, not only as a devout Scientologist for nine years but also his numerous interviews with hundreds of Scientologists, many of whom he has helped escape the Church's most insidious practices.
The book is divided into nine main chapters: chapter two, for instance, is concerned with the time before Dianetics, i.e. 1911-1949. Here Atack discloses the facts about what Scientologists maintain is the "truth" about Hubbard's travellings in the East, Hubbard as an "explorer", and Hubbard as a "hero".
In 1934, Hubbard was living in a New York hotel, trying to earn a living as a pulp fiction writer using such stirring pen names as Kurt von Rachen and Winchester Remington Colt. Here he met Frank Gruber, also an aspiring pulp writer. Gruber is said to have characterized Hubbard as having an extremely vivid imagination, for which the following story, reproduced by Atack from Gruber's book The Pulp Jungle, is a good example.
In 1950, Hubbard introduces Dianetics in his book of the same name, subtitled The Modern Science of Mental Health.
In promoting Dianetics, Hubbard also addressed President Kennedy
Further, Atack tells about Hubbard who, in 1967, fled to Las Palmas where he created the Sea Organization. Hubbard was adding the final touches to his OT3 Course (OT means Operating Thetan). Atack has explained that Sea Organization members were put into pseudo-naval uniform, adopted naval ranks and signed a billion year contract to serve "command intention". All Sea Org members are expected to receive martial arts and weapons training. They work long hours, usually devoting over 90 hours per week to Scientology, for derisory pay. They often spend weeks or months restricted to a diet consisting entirely of rice, beans and porridge. Discipline is harsh (taken from Atack's 1992 paper entitled The Total Freedom Trap, p.23 (available from The Dialog Center International).
Among several other fascinating revelations, Atack reveals the facts concerning the infiltration schemes of Scientology. One of the tasks of the Guardian Office, whose purpose Hubbard gave in a March 1, 1966 Policy Letter was "TO HELP LRH ENFORCE AND ISSUE POLICY, TO SAFEGUARD SCIENTOLOGY ORGS, SCIENTOLOGISTS AND SCIENTOLOGY AND TO ENGAGE IN LONG TERM PROMOTION", was to place "plants" in organizations perceived to be hostile. Atack explains, for instance, that in 1972 the American Medical Association was infiltrated; in 1973, the Interpol Bureau in Washington; and in 1974, the Internal Revenue Service (pp. 226-7). The way Atack describes such matters is, quite simply, riveting.
In 1984, judges in both England and America condemned both Hubbard and Scientology. The following is extracts from a child custody case in London (taken from pp.338-9)
Justice Latey went on to describe Scientology as he saw it, and added:
He then quoted the evidence given by American psychiatrist Dr. John Gordon Clark, during the trial:
Justice Latey further wrote that "In blunt language 'auditing' is a process of conditioning, brainwashing and indoctrination."
Justice Latey compared the truth about Hubbard with Scientology's published claims:
To promote himself and the cult he has made these, among other false claims:
There is no dispute about any of this. The evidence is unchallenged.
Hubbard has described himself as "Dr. Hubbard." The only doctorate he has held is a self-bestowed "doctorate" in Scientology.
Mr. Hubbard is a charlatan and worse, as is his wife Mary Sue Hubbard ... and the clique at the top privy to the Cult's activities.
Further on Justice Latey spoke of "Confessional auditing" like this: