US Army catches Scientology 'detox' study rigging results, government document shows - 2015-09-11
As the Daily Beast reported recently in an excellent piece, a government-funded study has been going on for several years in Maryland that is measuring the effect of Scientology's "detoxification" regimen on veterans with Gulf War Syndrome. The study isn't actually testing L. Ron Hubbard's quack theories for how his sauna-and-niacin plan is actually supposed to work (as Jeffrey Augustine recently laid out in all of its goofiness). Instead of putting Hubbard's way-out ideas to the test, the study is only asking its subjects if they feel better after getting some exercise and the sauna treatment.
But even with that low bar to get over, Scientology, it turned out, tried to rig things in its favor.
We learned this after the tireless document hound and friend to the Underground Bunker, R.M. Seibert, made another successful records request with the help of the Muckrock website. The documents she managed to get her hands on provide a narrative of how the years-long study ran into numerous problems with funding and bureaucracy. But our favorite item was the record of a site visit made this March by the Army to inspect how its money was being spent.