Feb 11, 2008

IO Planetary Calm

In a subtitled video that popped up in a few places on the Internet earlier this week -- Glosslip.com found it, and it was later picked up by Gawker.com and other sites -- Scientology leader David Miscavige is shown speaking to an audience about both the religion's multipronged campaign for the "global obliteration of psychiatry" and its international effort to disseminate a booklet, authored by Church founder L. Ron Hubbard, that the organization uses for outreach. The video appears to have been made in 2006.

In describing the workings of what he called "the 2006 campaign for the global elimination of psychiatry," Miscavige boasts of a coordinated international public relations attack meant to damage and discredit the psychiatric profession, its revenues and the drugs it employs.

"That campaign was expressly, maybe even diabolically, engineered to ignite both government action and media blizzard," says Miscavige from a lectern. "Our Mental Health Adjustment Kit essentially works like a 'smart' bomb in that it sniffs out 'psych' fuel lines and blows the funding mechanism."

"To put it bluntly," he continues, a moment before receiving rousing cheers from a large audience, "we booby-trap the whole psychiatric ecosystem."

Miscavige also goes into detail about a program he refers to as Operation Planetary Calm, whose goal is the worldwide distribution of Hubbard's "The Way to Happiness," a text the Church of Scientology refers to as a nonreligious "common-sense guide to happier living," according to a website registered under the address of the church. At one point, a computer animation depicts a giant grenade, labeled "Psych Buster," exploding near a building labeled "government" and another building, perhaps a bank, with a large dollar sign on its side. Miscavige repeatedly invokes end-times biblical tropes such as "plagues," "parting seas" and "apocalyspe," and cites the goal of breaking "the dark spell cast across Earth by psychiatry."

As of this writing, at least three copies of the video had been posted on YouTube, the most-watched of which had fewer than 10,000 views.

Read the entire transcript here.


Adrian said...

Scientology fascinates me. It's actually socially acceptable to look at them and wonder aloud "those people really believe that?" which of course is what I wonder about other religions as well, but could never say that out loud.

Plus that guy just spoke absolute gibberish for 10 minutes. It was incredible. All of the words were in English and had meaning attached to them, but when he combined them, it became total nonsense. It was like I was high and struggling to read an economics textbook (much more readable while high). Mr. Miscavige truly is a talented individual. Although it's a shame they hate psychiatrists, they clearly all need visits. Their most easily diagnosed symptoms would be "delusions of grandeur" and "paranoia."

Meatball One said...

...wonder aloud "those people really believe that?" which of course is what I wonder about other religions as well...

Amen, brother.

...and yes, schizoidal constructs the lot of 'em, imho.