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Newsletter February, 1998

FACTNet Newsletter FEBRUARY 1998

This month at FACTNet

A number of things have happened since FACTNet's first full newsletter was sent out last month. A great deal of news has surfaced surrounding Scientology, harassment against FACTNet's directors and staff has escalated, and use of the FACTNet web site reached its highest levels ever.

Through the help of our webmaster, a number of changes have been made to the FACTNet web site which are helping the site become more expansive, more navigable, and more aesthetic. This past week, the site received more hits than ever - 34,680! Be sure to visit at .

Unfortunately it seems that our good work comes with the price of harassment. FACTNet director Bob Mintoncontinues to be barraged by an onslaught of Scientology private investigators, lawyers, and operatives handing out false or misleading flyers in his neighborhood.

More big Scientology news has appeared than we can fit in this newsletter. Scientology's secret 1993 deal with the IRS was highly publicized, a deal which gave Scientology a billion-dollar tax break and a religious education tax deduction not given to any other organization, religious or otherwise [See FACTNet article at give-away.htm].

Scientology's Munich organization was raided by German police, and Scientology in the United States may have defaulted on a $190 million lawsuit [See FACTNet's Headlines for details ].

FACTNet has received a number of offers from potential volunteers, who we hope will make their own contributions to FACTNet's important cause - anonymously or not - through interesting and meaningful projects. Thanks to all volunteers!

At this point, subscriptions to the newsletter are still free of charge (and will remain so unless our production costs get too high). If you would like to sign up a friend to receive a free subscription, just fill out the printed form at the end of the newsletter and remit it to FACTNet, or email manage@factnet.org.

Once again, I hope you enjoy the newsletter. Please send FACTNet any suggestions or ideas.

Justine Janette, Executive Director


Attorney needed

A Denver woman is suing her former employer, a dentist. She says she was fired because she refused to continue to take Scientology-based "training" courses. Dental offices are widely known as targets for Scientology-based "consulting" firms, which charge dentists huge amounts of money and recruit cult members from them. The Denver woman has already received a right-to-sue from the Denver federal court, and now needs an attorney to continue her case. Please send any attorney recommendations to manage@factnet.org, or write to FACTNet. Thanks for any help!

Tactics of mind control

Mind control is best understood as a coordinated system of influence and behavior control designed to deceptively manipulate individuals, usually in a group setting, for the financial, political, or other profit of the manipulator. The implementation of some or all of the following seven tactics may comprise a mind control system.

TACTIC 1. The individual is prepared for thought reform through increased suggestibility or "softening up" through hypnotic techniques such as: extended audio, visual, or verbal fixation drills; excessive repetition of routine activities; sleep deprivation; and food deprivation.

TACTIC 2. Using punishments and rewards, efforts are made to establish considerable control over the person's social environment, time, and sources of social support. Isolation is promoted. Contact with family and friends is abridged, as is contact with persons who do not share group-approved attitudes. Economic and other dependence on the group is fostered. (In mind control's forerunner, brainwashing, simple imprisonment was used for this.)

TACTIC 3. Communication is highly controlled. An "in-group" language is usually constructed. Disconfirming information and non-supporting opinions are prohibited in group communication. Rules exist about permissible topics to discuss with outsiders.

TACTIC 4. Frequent, intense attempts are made to cause a person to re-evaluate the most central aspects of his or her experience of self and prior conduct in negative ways. Efforts are designed to destabilize and undermine the subject's basic consciousness, reality awareness, world view, and emotional control.

TACTIC 5. Frequent, intense attempts are made to undermine one's confidence in one's judgment and oneself, to create a sense of powerlessness.

TACTIC 6. Nonphysical punishments are used such as intense humiliation, loss of privilege, social isolation, social status changes, intense guilt, and anxiety, and creating strong aversive emotional arousal.

TACTIC 7. Psychological threats are used: failure to adopt the approved attitude, belief, or behavior will lead to severe punishment or dire consequence, such as the appearance or reappearance of physical or mental illness, drug dependence, economic collapse, social failure, divorce, disintegration, failure to find a mate, etc.


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