More proof that Scientology used the 'R2-45' method to intimidate enemies - 2015-03-17
We're back with more documents that have been released recently by the FDA that illuminate Scientology's early years. Thanks to a researcher who is a friend to the Underground Bunker and her work with the Muckrock website, we have yet more investigative records that have never before been online.
In this case, we're looking at an early Dianeticist and Scientologist who was among the first to be targeted by the "ethics" procedures that L. Ron Hubbard put into place in 1965 as he became more concerned about splinter groups. After 1965, Hubbard and Scientology became much more openly about control and interrogation, declaring enemies "suppressive" and subjecting former members and critics to "Fair Game."
Before he became subjected to all that, however, Charles Berner (pictured) had been one of L. Ron Hubbard's most enthusiastic early followers. From 1954 to 1957, he was even president of the Church of Scientology of California, the "mother church" of the organization. According to some oldtimers, Berner and his wife, Ava, were responsible for coming up with the concepts of "Study Tech" which Hubbard later co-opted as his own. By 1965, Hubbard "declared" Berner, and made him the church's first "enemy number one."