On Psychiatric Subversion

I  n discussing the root source of twentieth-century decay, LRH is touching upon a very grim and tangled story of psychiatry. To cite a few telling episodes: At the outset of the Second World War, and the psychiatric advance into allied military circles under a banner of “combat conditioning,” British Colonel and psychiatric head of the Tavistock experimentation clinic, John Rawlings Rees delivered this crucial message to colleagues:

     “We have made a useful attack upon a number of professions. The two easiest of them naturally are the teaching profession and the Church: the two most difficult are law and medicine. ...If we are to infiltrate the professional and social activities of other people I think we must imitate the Totalitarians and organize some kind of fifth column activity!...Let us all, therefore, very secretly be ‘fifth columnists.*’”

     To cite the next critical move: Having spent a profitable war advising on the destruction of enemy morale (and only recently returned from early biological warfare testing), Canadian Army General and cofounder of the World Federation of Mental Health, Brock Chisholm effectively added this to the Rees “Fifth Column” Plan:

     “Reinterpretation and eventually eradication of the concept of right and wrong,” he declared, was the key object for “practically all effective psychotherapy.”

     Finally, and bearing in mind the combined thrust of both the Rees and Chisholm message, we inevitably come to what had been dubbed the Alaskan Mental Health Act, but is best remembered today as the Siberia Bill. The final extension of a decade-long psychiatric effort to simplify commitment procedures, the bill specifically called for the establishment of a remote Alaskan mental health facility and radically streamlined means of incarcerating inmates—hence the moniker Siberia Bill to evoke precisely what the plan comprised, i.e., an American Gulag. Eventually described by Superior Court Judge Joseph M. Call as representing, “totalitarian government at its best” the bill proposed that “any health, welfare or police officer who has reason to believe that an individual is mentally ill and therefore likely to injure himself or others if not immediately restrained” may transport that individual to a mental asylum for professional evaluation. There, “the prisoner” could be detained five days, or if judged mentally incompetent, “for the rest of his natural life.” No statement of probable cause was required, no issue of warrant was necessary, and no hearing. Moreover, while an American press was fast asleep and a general public utterly oblivious, architects of that bill enjoyed a clean and straight road to those Alaskan wastes... or at least until LRH and fellow Scientologists received word of the matter.

On Psychiatric Subversion continued...

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