'Scientology anti-drug program: Fabricated court orders suggest attempt to silence critics' - 2017-08-10

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F43.png 'Scientology anti-drug program: Fabricated court orders suggest attempt to silence critics' August 10, 2017, Eugene Volokh, Washington Post

Gary Baum (Hollywood Reporter), who has written a lot about Scientology, has the story:

Someone appears to be trying to scrub warnings about the church's controversial Narconon program from the internet.

Nearly a decade after Scientology prompted a high-profile internet protest movement — sparked when the church attempted to remove a damaging YouTube video of member Tom Cruise speaking about the religion — comes the discovery of a new covert campaign to subvert online criticism of the organization's social work. A series of forged court orders were submitted to Google … in 2016 in an attempt to convince the search giant to expunge links to written objections to Scientology's controversial anti-drug program Narconon….

Collectively, the material seeks to mend the standing of unbranded Narconon facilities in Michigan and their owner, a prominent Scientologist named Per Wickstrom, whose reputations have been battered by statements on a number of dedicated websites and message boards critical of the church and the program, including WhyWeProtest.net and Exscn.net, as well as the general consumer watchdog service RipoffReport.com….


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