Los Angeles County is a big place with
big problems. Scientology is a big cult with deep pockets. With
a stated goal of remaking the world into a Scientology-run planet, it
makes good sense to cultivate politicians and other people in
positions of influence.
L. Ron Hubbard made it quite clear that his intention was to control
society. In a lecture entitled "Future Org Trends" given January 9th
1962, L. Ron Hubbard said: "You want to know what happens when you
everybody in that neighbourhood, the only thing that
[Scientology] center can become used for is a political
center. Because by the time you've done all this, you are the
"Once the world is Clear - a nation, a state, a city or a village -
the Scientology-organization in the area becomes its government! And
once this has taken place the only policy accepted as valid is
'1984' by George Orwell is a classic novel of life under a
totalitarian regime. Here's Hubbard's vision of a Scientology-run
"Did you ever read poor old George Orwell's uh... 1984? Yes, yes,
that's wonderful. That would be, could be, the palest imagined shadow
of what a world would be like under the rule of the secret use of
Scientology with no remedy in existence."
-L. Ron Hubbard PDC Lecture #20
A quick look around the United States will demonstrate what happens
when Scientology is able to influence politics and politicians.
Scientology's attempt to groom and cultivate politicians is nothing
new. It has been working at this ever since it moved into Clearwater,
Florida under an assumed name, 'United Churches of Florida.' Hubbard
well knew that, if the community knew the new neighbor was Scientology,
it could derail his plan to make Clearwater the first Scientology-run
city. This ongoing effort is reflected today by this website, which
attempts to identify all Scientology-influenced politicians in Florida.
There are obvious benefits for the cult, as a pet politican can not
only promote Scientology programs, but also funnel public money to them.
There are many cases in which Scientology agendas, such as its insane
opposition to psychiatry and the mental health industry, have been
supported by cult-friendly politicians.
Florida State Representative Gus Barreiro of Miami worked to
insert Scientology beliefs into Florida's law and to fund Scientology
programs in prisons.
Barreiro promoted a provision to spend $500,000.00 on
Scientology's Criminon program, which was vetoed by Governor Bush.
Legislation dealing with mental health issues and how children
are prescribed psychotropic drugs was sharply limited, but had it been
enacted as it was presented by Representative Barreiro, would have
mirrored Scientology beliefs on psychiatry and drugs used to treat
Representative Gus Barreiro has
coincidentally received significant campaign funds from very prominent
Also in 2005, was the case of Margarita Lopez, a New York City councilwoman
running for Manhattan borough president. She got to meet Tom Cruise,
Scientology celebrity, at the grand opening of the New York Rescue
Workers Detoxification Project. This Scientology-based program uses the
Purification Rundown, a confabulation of L. Ron Hubbard's uninformed
"theories," which administers toxic doses of vitamins coupled with
dangerously long sauna sessions. This
is the same program at the heart of Narconon's "detox" program, which
was debunked by the California review board and educators !
In February, 2005, Lopez, serving as chair of the Council Committee on
Mental Health, heard testimony from Scientologist doctors.
And she apparently believed them.
"This is a program that should be funded," Lopez said, adding, "Who are
the stupid people who are criticizing it?"
Indeed...who are the stupid people who
are supporting it?
Lopez's campaign collected nearly $115,000 in contributions, more than
one quarter of the total amount of money raised from sources that the
N.Y.Post said were linked to Scientology, including $38,000 garnered at
a Florida fund-raiser in January hosted by a Church of Scientology
affiliate, just one month after the first half of the city's
appropriation was secured by the detoxification center.
The New York Post's Stefan C. Friedman unearthed an e-mail suggesting
strongly that the cultists have been soliciting their friends to kick
in to the Lower East Side lawmaker's campaign kitty, on the grounds
that doing so, "WILL DEFINITELY PAY
- or so the e-mail reads. Quid Pro Cult, or
business as usual for Scientology and its "friends" in politics.
Apparently, it worked in Scientology's favor.
(However, despite Scientology support, Ms. Lopez lost her bid for the
Manhattan Borough President position.) Despite
all the solid information available on the
Purification Rundown suggesting that it's nothing more than an
ill-conceived, dangerous fraud, Margarita Lopez funneled at least
$630,000 in public money to the 'New York Rescue Workers Detoxification
This incarnation of the same old Purification Rundown was hastily
created following the 9-11 tragedy, in a bald-faced attempt to profit
from this disaster.
This was one of several attempts to use this event as a PR and
recruitment tool by Scientology. This page features internal
Scientology emails reporting their interference with rescue work at
Ground Zero. Indeed, they boast about disrupting counselling volunteers
and sneaking in under barricades!
In the early years of 2000, there were efforts in the Four Corners
states to place Scientology front group programs into prisons at
taxpayer's expense. Sharron Angle, a Nevada legislator, worked very
hard to convince her fellows on the legislature that a Scientology
front group called Second Chance would be a good program for Nevada
prisons. Second Chance is another Scientology entity which sells the
dangerous Purification Rundown. After an email campaign to inform the
legislators of the truth behind Second Chance, it was nearly
unanimously decided that public money could be better spend
elsewhere. Only Sharron Angle was still supporting it, expressing her
bewielderment at the Legislature's refusal to adopt it into their
state prisons. Had Ms. Angle done any research outside of listening
to Scientology representatives, her confusion would have been easily
Interestingly enough, Ms. Angle is a member of the National Foundation
of Women Legislators, an organization which has been around since the
1930s. However, the NFWL's current treasurer is Bruce Wiseman, a
Scientologist and president of the Citizen's Commission on Human
Rights, a Scientology front group aimed at discrediting and destroying
psychiatry and mental health programs. Also on a NFWL board is Joy
Westrum, Scientologist, and president of Second Chance.
It is no coincidence that Scientologists are on the board of the NFWL.
It gives them an opportunity to connect with legislators from all over
the country. The NFWL claims to have several thousand members
nationwide, and some of them wind up supporting and endorsing
Scientology's fraudulent programs.
SO, WHAT'S UP WITH SHERIFF BACA?
possible reason could he give for supporting Scientology and its
provenly fraudulent front groups such as Narconon?
Is it the opportunity to schmooze with
Could it be financial support for his
campaign for reelection?
Or is it simply that he believes
everything Scientology representatives tell him, without making any
effort to verify what they're telling him is true?
With all the documentation on
Scientology abuses, fraud and criminality available on the web, such
wilfull ignorance of the subject is not a valid excuse. Certainly, a
sheriff of LA County is a very busy man. That's why they have assistants.
Somebody in the Sheriff's Office needs to start doing some research.
Here are some useful links for further research
:overview of Narconon's programs
:NFWL, Scientology and politics