On Tue, 19 Jan 1999 02:24:48 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Bob Minton) wrote:
>Think about it: who has the most to gain from creating a mob mentality that
>will cause the critics on ars to turn against critics and FACTNet, the only
>counter cult group willing to confront scientology?
I think it is extremely important for all of us to realize that scientology does consider this a war, and they are utilizing all of the tactics of warfare that they have learned from their policies and the books they are assigned to read as part of their intelligence training. The booklist that we were all required to read included Sun Tzu's The Art of War, Clausewitz's On War, and Sefton Delmar's Black Boomerang, a book which was included because it was about successful black PR operations during World War II.
This attack on FACTNet has all the earmarks of an OSA black PR operation, and so far it has been working very well.
Let me give you a quote from a scientology bulletin titled The Third Party Law, 26 December 1968:
"I have for a long time studied the causes of violence and conflict amongst individuals and nations.
"If Chaldea could vanish, if Babylon could turn to dust, if Egypt could become a badlands, if Sicily could have 160 prosperous cities and be a looted ruin before the year zero and a near desert ever since - and all this in SPITE of all the work and wisdom and good wishes and intent of human beings, then it must follow as the dark follows sunset that something must be unknown to Man concerning all his works and ways. And that this something must be so deadly and so pervasive as to destroy all his ambitions and his chances long before their time.
"Such a thing would have to be some natural law unguessed at by himself.
"And there is such a law, apparently, that answers these conditions of being deadly, unknown and embracing all activities.
"The law would seem to be:
"A THIRD PARTY MUST BE PRESENT AND UNKNOWN IN EVERY QUARREL FOR A CONFLICT TO EXIST.
"FOR A QUARREL TO OCCUR, AN UNKOWN THIRD PARTY MUST BE ACTIVE IN PRODUCING IT BETWEEN TWO POTENTIAL OPPONENTS.
"WHILE IT IS COMMONLY BELIEVED TO TAKE TWO TO MAKE A FIGHT, A THIRD PARTY MUST EXIST AND MUST DEVELOP IT FOR ACTUAL CONFLICT TO OCCUR.
"It is very easy to see that two in conflict are fighting. They are very visible. What is harder to see or suspect is that a third party existed and actively promoted the quarrel…."
The point is not whether this is true or not, or whether Hubbard was delusional or whether his hyperbolic writing style was even worth the paper it was printed on. The point is that scientologists believe this Third Party Law to be utterly and unfailingly true. And what they call "Third Party tech" is one of the main intelligence tools they use to break up any organized resistance against them.
This is what is being done on ars. For those who remember COINTELPRO, this is how the FBI broke up organizations like the Black Panther Party. They used agents provocateurs. They created rifts between the leaders. They got them at each other's throats, and then let them destroy their own organization. The FBI just sat back and watched them destroy themselves.
What I am trying to say is that scientology has a new strategy. It is to use ars to destroy FACTNet so that FACTNet will be powerless to help anyone coming out of scientology. Please don't assist them in this srategy.
If you have a disagreement with something FACTNet has done, or something that an associate of FACTNet has done, we should get together to discuss our differences. But don't let scientology manipulate us into becoming enemies. We aren't enemies. We have common goals.
Don't let scientology drive a wedge between us. We should be working together.