Scientology: Inside the Cult

Scientology: Inside the Cult

1995, Religion  -   48 Comments
Ratings: 7.36/10 from 55 users.

Scientology: Inside the CultCarlton TV got a scoop when reporter Ali Braund went undercover with a hidden camera in the Poole organization. They also used other sources in making this landmark documentary about the The Church of Scientology. The cult tried to sue the documentary makers, but it was dismissed as an abuse of the courts.

The documentary discusses: Conway and Siegelman survey; security checking (Sec Check); deceptive recruitment; L. Ron Hubbard; Robert Vaughn Young; plan to eradicate Suppressive Persons from the Earth; myths about L. Ron Hubbard's life; beginnings of the Sea Org; David Miscavige; personality test; emotional manipulation; Key To Life course; controlling an ashtray; Training Routine 0 (staring); Gary Fry signing over £21,000; auditing; emotional high induced by auditing; hard sell techniques; claims of improved memory; Adam Bird paying £34,000.

Further more: Gary Fry leaving and getting refund; Saint Hill castle and the Sea Org; the billion-year contract; goal of "clearing" the planet; Jon Atack; OT3 and Xenu; OT levels and Body Thetans; security checking; use of "confidential" confessional materials for blackmail; arrest of Ali Braund; Scientology's refusal to co-operate with the programme; the Fair Game policy; author Russell Miller and the attempt to frame him for murder; Fair Gaming of Jon Atack; suicidal thoughts upon leaving; death of John Buchanan in Germany.

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48 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Me

    Someone please teach the s**t weasels to kill themselves, just so they get to go to heaven, which is Hell for all those disgusting little s**t eaters from Pasadena lead by the director of eating s**t... Tom Cruise : A MENACE TO SOCIETY of the very worst kind!! Just shut it down and make improvements aiming towards humanly behavior.
    Just grow the fu=k up!! Learn how to respect human rights!!

  2. Tina

    When I was at University many years ago at a very vulnerable and emotionally unstable time in my life they targeted me and hounded me, phoning my Halls of Residence to go back to get help from them. All I can say is thank goodness my friends who initially attended with me but did not get the same attention because they were not vulnerable told them to get lost. Evil, pernicious cult. Scary how much money they have managed to acquire and the Tax they ave avoided! A real eye opener. I did not realise it was so serious. Please never take one of their personality tests because that is how they target people.

  3. Ex Landmarker

    Scientology is a dangerous and despicable cult. It clearly meets the guidelines and definitions of what a cult is. One (of many) bad things that cults do, is drive a wedge between the participant and their family. This is so they can extort and siphon off all of the money they possibly can from the family and participant and any other unsuspecting people such as walk-in traffic.

    Before he wrote his incredibly bad science fiction, he was sharpening his huckster/fraudster/scam artist skill set by dreaming up crazy ideas, some of which got funneled into this fraudulent 'religion'. And for all their faults, various other religions are not cults and operate in better ways (usually). Anyway, if you hate religion, feel free, but there are those of us who know the difference here. To each their own on that.

    But If CoS is a 'religion', then Michael Jordan is David Spade's twin brother. CoS needs to get its tax exempt status revoked, NOW.

    I'd like to know more about L. Ron Fraudster and Werner Erhard who founded EST which later became Landmark Education. Landmark has in the past used some techniques that are very questionable, in order to wield power over its participants. I would not call it a cult per se, but I would say there are definitely some things to watch out for. And Landmark does not in any way call itself a religion. Like scientology, Landmark uses a ton of volunteers who have been indoctrinated in some way.

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  5. citalotus8

    While we are talking about cults lets not forget a CULT operating for the last 2,000 years. Christianity!

  6. Drdocwilmot

    Scientology is an International scam. Period.

  7. Joël Cuerrier

    Nothing wrong with freedom of religion, especially those you hate. If you want to go after a crazy cult, try Islam. Much worst than Scientology.

    1. faisa

      Wow you really shouldn't comment on things you have no idea about. Islam is a peaceful religion. Even our greeting means may there be peace be upon you. Don't listen to the media and the extremists that make Islam look bad. Oh and by the way every religion has extremists take Hitler or the KKK for instance.

    2. Hollis Evon Ramsey

      "islam" means "submission" and "jihad" means "self-struggle" -- you mentioned hitler; i seem to recall that he too wrote a book, "Mein Kampf" which ALSO means "my struggle". the majority of muslims may be peaceful, but the words of the qur'an and hadith run with blood, betrayal, and vengeance.

  8. Vanilacreame

    horrible,,,,the devil,,,,,,kick them out of our country

  9. michael ludwig

    The church of Satan was exposed by the san fransicso chronicle for one week straight in I believe 1972,later moved to san jose,ca.and changed their name to scientology. Should be able to look up on microfisch.

    1. Ann Rhodes

      The Church of Scientology was incorporated in December 1953 in Camden, New Jersey by L. Ron Hubbard. They've never been headquartered in San Jose. The original center of operations was in England (London and Sussex specifically), and the first real involvement in America was in Clearwater, Florida. It doesn't make them any less a bunch of raving loonies, but at least attempt to get your statements in tune with reality.

      The Church of Satan was created in San Francisco in 1966 by Anton LaVey, and remained headquartered there until 2001 when it moved to New York City.

    2. Me

      " I love satan more than anything in the world" - Tom CRuise

      Since when has a satanic cult ever done anything other than something very bad? It's time to enter hell and make the changes that they are not doing themselves. Im tired of the moronic and criminally insane behavior that law enforcement is looking the other way at for a little bit of butt hole and hot pockets on the house....

  10. Robert Fairhurst

    A typical ITV documentary, very poorly made and over dramatised. I agree with the principle behind the docu, but it is a little bit too American Sensationalism. BBC would have made it much better

  11. kelamuni

    interesting. the cosmological and eschatological underpinnings of this group have got to be among the oddest of any religion. no stranger than those of david icke or alex jones though.

  12. David T

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  13. Guest

    The group displays excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment to its leader and (whether he is alive or dead) regards his belief system, ideology, and practices as the Truth, as law.

    ? Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished.

    ? Mind-altering practices (such as meditation, chanting, speaking in tongues, denunciation sessions, and debilitating work routines) are used in excess and serve to suppress doubts about the group and its leader(s).

    ? The leadership dictates, sometimes in great detail, how members should think, act, and feel (for example, members must get permission to date, change jobs, marry—or leaders prescribe what types of clothes to wear, where to live, whether or not to have children, how to discipline children, and so forth).

    ? The group is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leader(s) and members (for example, the leader is considered the Messiah, a special being, an avatar—or the group and/or the leader is on a special mission to save humanity).

    ? The group has a polarized us-versus-them mentality, which may cause conflict with the wider society.

    ? The leader is not accountable to any authorities (unlike, for example, teachers, military commanders or ministers, priests, monks, and rabbis of mainstream religious denominations).

    ? The group teaches or implies that its supposedly exalted ends justify whatever means it deems necessary. This may result in members' participating in behaviors or activities they would have considered reprehensible or unethical before joining the group (for example, lying to family or friends, or collecting money for bogus charities).

    ? The leadership induces feelings of shame and/or guilt iin order to influence and/or control members. Often, this is done through peer pressure and subtle forms of persuasion.

    ? Subservience to the leader or group requires members to cut ties with family and friends, and radically alter the personal goals and activities they had before joining the group.

    ? The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members.

    ? The group is preoccupied with making money.

    ? Members are expected to devote inordinate amounts of time to the group and group-related activities.

    ? Members are encouraged or required to live and/or socialize only with other group members.

    ? The most loyal members (the “true believers”) feel there can be no life outside the context of the group. They believe there is no other way to be, and often fear reprisals to themselves or others if they leave (or even consider leaving) the group.

    Check,check,check... all the way down the line!! Scientology is a cult.

    ***This checklist has been published in the new book, Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships by Janja Lalich and Madeleine Tobias (Berkeley: Bay Tree Publishing, 2006). It was adapted from a checklist originally developed by Michael Langone Phd****

  14. Guest

    its a cult

  15. Insomnio

    The problem is: Religion and State are separated but these people are thieves...if they're judged for their scams, what to do with the other religions? ...and, since all the others have done worse things...
    There is no way out, just education.

  16. Lary Nine

    This is why I've lived in a cave and eaten nothing but Snickers bars for over 20 years. I've connected to The Timeless Inner Self-God, Zvorkney, who sees all and forgets at least half of that. Zvorkney is my great Rock and Restorer. Without Him, I'd never have known true peace. Anyone ready to start a new religious movement?
    You know what they say---one man in a cave without a change of underwear is a homeless hermit---two men are a new religion. All I need is one more disciple...

    1. You Do Not See Me

      EXCELLENT ... LMAO! That was great and quite sums this mess up!

    2. Evelina Williams

      Religion (Cults) = Manipulation, Brain Washing, Fear, Loss of Freedom. There's nothing else to it. The sad part is that it's effecting more than half of the world's population.

  17. Phil

    "So is scientology a harmless fringe religion, or is it a sinister sect that controls the mind of its members?"

    Religion, if defined as a system of beliefs based on blind faith, cannot be harmless.

    But perhaps this is not the best way to define religion.

  18. Sharon

    @Mike-I wonder how many know the movie your quote came from ;) For those of you who haven't researched Scientology in depth, you may like to know that Hubbard himself has said that the easiest way to get rich is to invent a religion, or words to that effect. Being he had been a writer of science fiction, he turned to that field for material with which to forge a new "modern" type of belief system.

  19. Mike

    It rubs the lotion on it's skin or else it gets the hose again...

  20. Sharon

    All religions are bunk, but some are more dangerous than others.

    @Mark: Of course Scientology scours the internet and places posts supporting it. Islam is also famous for doing this. It is a widespread practice.

    I look forward to the day when mankind outgrows its need for superstition and magical thinking. It is only than that we will truly "reach for the stars".

  21. Dodgy

    Replace god with space alien, Gotcha. Sort of an abrupt ending to this doc huh. It needed more 007 type spy equipment. I want infiltration to include shoes that squirt oil at the floor of your attackers so that you can make your fishing line rope exit and extend the story, possibly returning in disguise like eyeliner.

  22. Randy

    *Randy touches his nose and then points at mark*

    You really said something, there, my friend.

  23. mark

    Here is an interessting thought: It seems that Scientology goes through enormeous lenghts to investigate and follow the people that dare to critizise them openly. Is it perceivable that they have people that skim the internet for diskussions on the topic to try manipulating it in favour of Scientology? What do you think alex & robert?

  24. Robert

    I have researched Scientology extensively and can say that this is a very poor documentary as it is so obviously one sided that even if I was not clued up on the subject, I would dismiss it due to it's obvious tone. A write up about a film "The Marketing of Madness" is described by this site as one sided and manipulative. This is too.

  25. alex

    this is simply not true, i took some courses in scientology and they helped me a lot, courses per se are great, but are often performed by unqualified staff and only then they can pose some danger... i am not in favor of scientology church, but that does not mean that the knowledge they utilize is evil

  26. Galloway Grumblefield

    I thought dianetics were special drugs that make you pee.

  27. steve

    All scientologists are pedophiles!!! maybe even worse!

    1. J-F D

      not pedophiles just plain stupid

  28. david

    the dianetics ad on this page is scientology. wayt to go website!

  29. Lori

    My dad almost got into Scientology back before I was born. He told me years later about the staring exercise and how it made the other person look like a devil. He was still disconcerted by it. I laughed when he told me, because my sister and I used to do that sometimes when we were kids, and it really is just a hallucination.

  30. rink-a-fink

    By the way, the advert on this website for 'a drug free world' is from scientologists!

  31. Riley

    this cabal is, truly, an evil, manipulative, exploitative lot

    its great that docs and sites like this exist, so those who have been approached by the marketing tools of scientology in the malls, on the campuses, can come here for a clearer picture.

    they prey upon the impressionable. the leaders are thoroughly evil. their beliefs are nonsense, but that's just the con for the money and power.

    tom cruse and travolta are just the uber-tools. too dumb & malleable to have figured out, after all these years, that the stuff is nonsense. the leaders know better.

    when you see all the lame-brained notions (e.g. vaccination is bad for you, kabbala/scientology/hemp/enemas are good for you) championed by various celebrities, that's the clue to take their nostrums with a grain of salt.

  32. BJ


    I'm an atheist. Perhaps I missed your scripture and Scientologies.

  33. randy layhe

    Anyone that signs a billion year contract and then gives all there money to these wackos desires to lose there hard earned money. I am sorry but in my mind there is no difference between Scientology and a weight loss commercial. These people may be getting used but if there to stupid to get f**** then f*** them.

  34. Randy


    Vlatko knows I have to be very careful about what I say here, (for legal reasons only binding to me, not him), but I will say this. The documentary is no joke and only skims the surface.

    The other caution is that Scientology owns and operates many other organizations that seem to have no affiliation with them... and so you must be careful, as you can be a member of the Church and contribute to it, and not even be aware of it...

    I think that may be vague enough... and that is all I will say on the subject.

  35. Bryan

    I truly feel so very, very sorry for lady at the end of this documentary whose son took his own life. Most certainly there must be a special place in Hell for these evil people. It is written, '"You have freely received the Gospel, freely give."' They must have missed that scripture!

  36. & Real.ity

    There is only one rule....

    You may go but you will never leave or become a victim of the ultimate silence..

    (quote by: & Real.ity 2010)

  37. charlesovery

    These short Docs piss me off! They are never long enough to include information that can be or should be researched. Instead it is this type of garbage that always implies and speculates the information. What hogwash....seriously get me something real on this or just stop posting about all together!

  38. Ssikpie

    Whoa as a comment on the comment before you, or a comment on the film? ;P

  39. sam


  40. WaDe

    dont know much about scientology, but it seems evil and corrupt, abit like all cults, i mean..... religon :D

  41. eyepopping

    whoa.. scary stuff from the 1980's how long has scientology been around?? makes me wanna join haha