Former Scientologist Gives Account of Group's Anti-Psychiatry Activities - 2011-05-18
Protests by members of the Church of Scientology outside APA annual meetings are the latest manifestations of a veritable war that the organization declared against psychiatry over a half century ago. Inside the Honolulu Convention Center during this week's annual meeting in Honolulu, a panel discussed the war's origins and tactics.
"War" is no mere metaphor, said Nancy Many, a former Scientology member who addressed a packed meeting room. Many belonged to the "paramilitary wing" of the organization and ran an espionage operation that placed agents in every psychiatric hospital in the Boston area, for instance. Other agents broke into psychiatrists' offices to steal and photocopy patient records, and infiltrated local professional psychiatric societies, she said.