Spyentology: For Scientology, operating as an intelligence agency is a religious mandate - 2019-04-17
Chris Owen is back with another insightful dive into Scientology history...
There's so much going on with Scientology — from missing wives to dubious financial dealings, broken families and allegations of abuse — that it sometimes seems like it has distilled every type of dysfunction and mismanagement into one rackety organisation. Scientology's controversies aren't unique; many other faith groups have their own scandals, as the Catholics, Baptists and Jehovah's Witnesses can testify. But there is one aspect of Scientology that is genuinely close to being unique.
In my research, I've identified only three contemporary faith groups which have a dedicated covert intelligence organisation. (By this I mean an internal organisation which is explictly modelled on a state intelligence agency, using specially trained staff as professional intelligence officers who carry out intelligence practices and procedures against external targets.)