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Discussion in 'Important documents' started by Lohan2008, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. Lohan2008

    Lohan2008 Gold Meritorious Patron

    Astroturfing is a word in English describing formal political, advertising, or public relations campaigns seeking to create the impression of being spontaneous "grassroots" behavior. Purports to be from a source on one side of a conflict, but is actually from the opposing side.

    The Church of Scientology uses front groups either to promote their interests in politics or to make their group seem more legitimate. The FBI's July 7, 1977 raids on the Church's offices (following discovery of the Church's Operation Snow White) turned up, among other documents, an undated memo entitled "PR General Categories of Data Needing Coding". This memo listed what it called "Secret PR Front Groups," which included the group APRL, "Alliance for the Preservation of Religious Liberty" (later renamed "Americans Preserving Religious Liberty").[6] The Cult Awareness Network (CAN) is considered by many to now be a front group for the Church of Scientology, which took the group over financially after bankrupting it in a series of lawsuits.[7][8][9]

    Time identified several other fronts for Scientology, including: the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), The Way to Happiness Foundation, Applied Scholastics, the Concerned Businessmen's Association of America, and HealthMed Clinic.[10] Seven years later the Boston Herald showed how Narconon and World Literacy Crusade are also fronting for Scientology.[11] Other Scientology groups include Downtown Medical, Criminon and the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE).
  2. Tim Skog

    Tim Skog Silver Meritorious Patron

    Astroturfing perfectly explains APRL. I helped set up one of the first chapters in the US. It was set up in Tucson, because of a situation there that involved a local Pima County asst. dist. attorney who was promoting the creation of a deprogramming center called the Freedom of Thought Foundation.

    If it had actually gotten wings it could have legitimized deprogramming, much to the fear of Cof$.
  3. TheSneakster

    TheSneakster Guest

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