Revealed: Secret war on the Scientologist 'mafia' launched by Wilson government in 1970s - 2011-08-06

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F19.png Revealed: Secret war on the Scientologist 'mafia' launched by Wilson government in 1970s August 6, 2011, Marc Horne, Daily Mail

The Church of Scientology was considered such a threat to the UK that in 1975 the Government put its members under secret surveillance, according to newly released files.

Previously classified documents reveal that Ministers wanted to undermine and discredit the group because it was said to be 'mafia-like' and its activities 'harmful and evil'.

They believed senior Scientologists were inflicting 'barbaric' punishments on followers and drove them away from their families.

The papers show the Government held clandestine meetings to discuss how to reduce the activities of Scientologists in the UK, which included moves to tax the church's income and turn down visa applications from foreign members.


{{cite news | first = Marc | last = Horne | title = Revealed: Secret war on the Scientologist 'mafia' launched by Wilson government in 1970s | url = http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2023220/Secret-war-Scientologist-mafia-launched-Harold-Wilson-government-1970s.html | work = Daily Mail | date = August 6, 2011 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}