For many years FAIR has endeavoured to achieve charitable status in the UK. This  was realized in November 2007 when charitable status was granted under the new name of The Family Survival Trust.

FAIR News, which did not qualify for charitable status, was registered as a separate limited company with the Department of Trade and Industry. There is no noticeable difference in the appearance of Fair News which will continue to be published as usual.

The Family Survival Trust has evolved from FAIR. The Family Survival Trust is now

working to continue the pastoral work previously carried out by FAIR. This includes listening to the problems of families and advising them how to deal with their concerns. These concerns include health, mental health and legal problems which can arise as a result of cult involvement.

The policy of The Family Survival Trust, as with FAIR,  is to care for and advise the troubled families for us long as they need help. Sometimes help is required for many years.

You will see from this explanation that there is no difference between the work as it has been done since 1976 and the work now. The only two differences are in the names: The Charity – The Family Survival Trust and the limited company – FAIR News Publishing Limited.

Audrey Chaytor

Trustee and Chief Executive: The Family Survival Trust



A One Day International Conference

Scientology – Deception and Infiltration

15 April 2009 at the Women’s University Club

2 Audley Square, Mayfair, London W1K 1DB

Nearest Underground stations: Green Park (Piccadilly, Jubilee and Victoria lines) and Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly line)


  1. 10.00am

Registration and coffee

  1. 10.30am

Tom Sackville,

Chairman, The Family Survival Trust

Introduction and Welcome

“The UK – a Safe Haven for Cults?”

Tom Sackville worked in financial services until 1983 when he was elected as MP for Bolton West. He founded the All Party Committee on Drug Misuse, served as a government whip, and then as a minister in the Department of Health. He subsequently occupied a similar role in the Home Office. He is an advisor to various healthcare enterprises, including a hospital IT service provider. He is Chairman of The Family Survival Trust, a charity supporting families affected by cult membership.


Ursula Caberta

Commissioner, Scientology Task Force of the Hamburg Interior Authority (Behörde für Inneres – Arbeitsgruppe Scientology)

“Scientology in Germany”

Ursula Caberta y Diaz is a State of Hamburg government official and the Commissioner for the Scientology Task Force of the Hamburg Interior Authority. She graduated in political economy. She is an expert on the subject of Scientology (see Deutsche Welle &c), and has been observing the organization since 1992. Her book Schwarzbuch Scientology (The Black Book of Scientology) was published in 2007.


Christophe Heroufosse

Analyst, CIAOSN: Centre for Information and Advice on Harmful Cultic Organisations (Centre d’information et d’avis sur les organisations sectaires nuisibles)

“Scientology in Belgium”

Christophe Héroufosse is an analyst at CIAOSN (Centre for Information and Advice on Harmful Cultic Organisations) and the Belgian Department of Justice.


Dr John Butler

Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, King’s College, London

“Mind Manipulation in Cultist Groups: Results and Evidence”

Dr. John Butler PhD (Lond.), MBSH, CHT, MA, BA (Hons.), BSc (Hons.), DHP, Dip. A.T., FNRHP taught has lectured in medical psychology, medical neuroscience and other subjects in medical schools and university departments and holds a doctorate from the University of London.  He was a key figure in the development of the UK profession of clinical hypnotherapy. He has made an intensive study of many healing systems and has taught mental development and mind therapy systems for many years.  He has studied mental influence and persuasion techniques and investigated the uses and abuses of mental programming.




Peter Martinelli, Member of the Common Council for the Corporation of the City of London

John Duignan, former Sea Org officer, author of “The Complex: An Insider Exposes the Covert World of the Church of Scientology”

“Scientology and Infiltration in the United Kingdom”

Peter Martinelli is a Deputy of the Common Council for the Corporation of the City of London, one of the world’s oldest democratic authorities.

John Duignan, a former Sea Org officer, is the author of “The Complex: An Insider Exposes the Covert World of the Church of Scientology”, a book which records his experiences before, during and after his membership of that organisation.


A member of ANONYMOUS

“Anonymous versus Scientology: Why We Protest”

These individuals or individuals will speak about their recent experiences of protesting against Scientology. Anonymous is a label and Internet meme adopted within Internet culture to represent the actions of many online community users acting anonymously, usually toward a loosely agreed-upon goal.


Ursula Caberta

“Children and Scientology”


Audrey Chaytor

Trustee, The Family Survival Trust

“Deception and Control”

Audrey Chaytor has been helping and advising victims of cults and their families for thirty years, first with Family Advice Information Resource (FAIR), with which she was Chair and General Secretary and later with The Family Survival Trust, of which she is a Trustee and Chief Executive.


Discussion – Conclusion and Thanks

Ursula Caberta

Head of the Working Group Scientology

Office for Domestic Affairs, Hamburg

Scientology in Germany

Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends,

First of all I would like to outline my own remit and that of the section that I lead in Hamburg. This section has been in existence since 1992 and it has the title of: Working Group Scientology. Since 2000 we have also been the Youth Agency for the Federal State of Hamburg for problems of protecting children and young persons in all so-called sects or psychogroups. So our remit is extensive.

The section headed by me is the only one of this kind, with the particular tasks assigned to it, in Germany. In the early 90s the politicians in Hamburg decided to concern themselves intensively with the Scientology Organisation and deemed this Organisation to present a danger to internal security. That is why my section comes under the auspices of the Office for Domestic Affairs. When it comes to Scientology we are not talking about some kind of group that seems a bit weird and exercises undue influence over people who are already somewhat unstable; we are talking about an organisation operating worldwide and representing a danger both to individuals and to free, democratic societies.

Let me also say at the start that our research into the Scientology Organisation soon revealed that, since its inception, there has been not a single moment when it has not been the subject of criticism. There has not been a time in any country in the world when members of the public and politicians have not been engaged in critical discussions concerning this issue.

The Organisation has been in Germany since the late 60s and, as in other countries of the world, conflicts ensued relatively quickly. Political reactions soon occurred in Germany as well and, as is normal for Scientology, were followed by court proceedings lasting many years.  The background to this first lengthy dispute was a decree issued by the German Minister of the Interior at the time who, in 1972, I repeat: in 1972, instructed the Federal Bureau of Criminal Investigation to disclose information it had gathered on the Scientology Organisation to the top person in charge, the Minister of the Interior. At the time Scientology in Germany was still in its infancy. The first associations had been founded, but they had not yet gained a strong foothold in German reality. However, it was already enough to call the Federal Government into action. Since the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, understandably, had not been able to do much research of its own at that stage, it sought information from other countries. This meant that the report submitted by the Bureau was based on investigations carried out by Interpol. The foundations for the statements made were largely taken from a report written by New Scotland Yard in 1969.

So we are now in the very country that supplied the first relevant, critical information to the German Government. It could almost be described as the historic site of the political struggle against the Scientology Organisation.

Perhaps today I might be able to reciprocate somewhat by describing how the Organisation is currently regarded in Germany.

There are a few decisions by the highest courts in Germany which – as usual – involved many years of legal battles. For instance, Scientology as a whole, which styles itself a “Church”, has been classified by the courts as a “commercial enterprise operated for profit”. In other words, these are businesses and not some kind of charitable providers easing people’s lives. Furthermore, Germany’s supreme labour court had already ruled in 1995 that the members working in the so-called “churches” are in fact employees and, as such, entitled to be paid, just like in any other business. But that is not all. Within the scope of this ruling, the German Federal Labour Court also shed light on the ideological contents of Scientology, concluding that this Organisation is not a religious or ideological community.

The decisive political qualification in Germany took place two years later. In 1997 the Conference of Ministers of the Interior of the German States and Federal Government decided that the Scientology Organisation constituted a new form of political extremism and should therefore be monitored by the intelligence services.

The Organisation of course took legal action against surveillance by the intelligence services. However, the final judgments were devastating for Scientology. The courts unreservedly confirmed the legality of the intelligence services’ activities since, according to the courts, there were real indications that Scientology was pursuing goals that were aimed against the free and democratic constitutional system of the German Federal Republic. In particular, again according to the courts, the Organisation’s activities are directed against human rights, the people’s right to choose its government by elections and ballots. The courts also stated quite plainly that this Organisation denies human dignity to anyone who criticises it.

This is the current situation in Germany: an ideology operating under the name of Scientology and aimed against the freedom of individuals and society as a whole.

Of course this insight that has been reinforced the various court judgments does not apply to Germany alone. The Organisation employs the same operating method in every country in the world. Consequently Scientologists are actively seeking to make their ideology socially acceptable in every country in the world. In my opinion there is only one way to combat this: we must finally develop a common strategy, at least in Europe, against the totalitarian system of Scientology. We should all be clear about one thing: there is the great danger that the strategy devised by Hubbard, the founder, will succeed wherever it does not meet resistance – and that strategy is, under the cloak of religious cherubs, to introduce a political system that has no regard for human rights.

Ursula Caberta

Head of Working Group Scientology, Office for Domestic Affairs, Hamburg

Supreme State Juvenile Welfare Authority Hamburg – for the protection of children and young persons in neo-religious, ideological communities and psychogroups



Quote: “I remember one particular situation. I was having problems at school and at home. I was feeling abandoned and unloved. I even thought about suicide. I longed for my father to take me in his arms and tell me he loved me. He didn’t do it – and I didn’t want to ask him. Finally I asked him what he would do if I killed myself. He replied: That is solely your responsibility, Tanya.”

This was the statement made by a 15-year-old who, after she left the Scientology Organisation, was trying to describe her relationship with her Scientologist father. The tragedy of a child whose father had brought her up in accordance with the Hubbard method: “A child is not a special kind of animal that is distinct from human beings. A child is a man or a woman who has not yet reached his or her full size. Any law that applies to the behaviour of men and women also applies to children” (Child Dianetics, L. Ron Hubbard).

The 15-year-old had practically fled from the Sea Org at Saint Hill Manor in the English town of East Grinstead to Hamburg.  We accompanied her for years as she made her way outside the Organisation. We were able to give her support, but the yearning for her father’s affection was something no one else could replace. She had been robbed of her childhood.

The children of this world: Reports about real-life stories of children are attracting a great deal of attention. Anyone who harms children not only attracts criticism, but is frequently shunned and ostracised. Everyone feels regularly called upon to voice their opinion in the defence of children. Manipulating children, using them for purposes that they are unable to understand, subjecting them to physical abuse quite justifiably leads to political discussions as well. We then repeatedly hear of intentions to take greater measures in protecting children against all kinds of assault.

However, it should be mentioned that not enough attention is paid whenever the behaviour of parents and therefore the children or young persons is inconspicuous as perceived by our society.

Children who grow up in parallel worlds, in so-called sects or psychogroups, do not generally come to our attention. This also applies to the parallel world of Scientology. Parents and children appear to function, they look tidy, they are friendly and perhaps only conspicuous in that they live in seclusion. Every time a person who has already reached adulthood – and in such cases it is generally an adult – manages to break away from the organisation, it emerges that the requirements set out in the writings of the founder, L. Ron Hubbard, always apply to the children as well. It then becomes known that the children helplessly born into the system did not and do not have a chance. The children display none of the usual symptoms that cause public uproar: they do not have any visible, external signs of physical abuse, no bruises, no fractured ribs. Perhaps the eyes might reveal their plight, but who wants to take such a close look?

So where is the problem – why are we not aware of the distress experienced by these children? The mentally programmed parents, and therefore the employees functioning within the organisation, behave in a way that appears, on the outside, to be in conformity with the system. They cannot help doing so, as they have internalised L. Ron Hubbard’s ideology. As they have completed course after course, they have become part of the system. From a particular moment onwards they no longer ask questions, they merely function in all respects, including with regard to their own children.

In the Scientology organisation an ideologically closed model of thought and action is conveyed. This also includes the thesis that there are no children in this thought construct:

“(…) A child is not a special kind of animal that is distinct from human beings. A child is a man or a woman who has not yet reached her or his full size. Any law that applies to the behaviour of men and women also applies to children“ (L. Ron Hubbard, Child Dianetics, Copenhagen 1983).

This is reflected in the education within the Scientology system. The child has to function appropriately, so he or she has to be familiarised with Hubbard’s teachings as soon as possible.  Like the adults, the child has to learn that everything outside his world, a world that carries the name of Scientology, is bad, along the lines of: anything that is not for us is against us and either has to be made to think like us or has to be fought. That is what the parents have internalised and the ideas with which the children grow up.

The effects of the kind of brain training practised by the Scientology organisation are difficult for outsiders to appreciate and above all to recognise as a problem or a danger in adults, let alone children, who have no chance of escaping the training, which teaches them to be a cog within the Scientology system.

The sentence penned by the founder that all laws that apply to adults also apply to children needs to be understood in the same way. It means that even the youngest are exposed to various processes. These extend from so-called communication training to so-called auditing and security checks, which are used to monitor strict toeing of the line. But all this also applies to the offspring of Scientologists. Also and in particular the interrogation rituals using the Hubbard E-meter (a kind of primitive lie detector) instil respect and possibly fear even in adults, according to all known reports. How then can a child deal with this? A child that is not even able to turn to its parents if it is afraid, if it is unsure? After all, the maxim is: you are responsible for what happens, whatever your age!

If we create a parallel world where children are brought up to function in that world, it is also logical that this world has an “educational system” that fits in with those ideas. Consequently the Scientology organisation tries to set up its own schools in areas where it is active, schools in which the younger generation can be educated unhindered, based on the methods of Scientology. It will be clear to everyone that these teaching institutes are not comparable to normal schools. The organisation has not yet managed to open a private school in the Federal Republic of Germany. So they have sidestepped the problem and gone to a neighbouring country, Denmark, instead. All-day schools and a boarding school, just beyond the German border, are responsible for looking after the new generation. The extent of the problem becomes evident when parents and their children leave the organisation. The children have problems when they attend a normal school. It is not just the learned and internalised special language that causes problems when talking to other students, the curriculum is also new. So not only do these children experience the problems of breaking away from the Scientology system, they also encounter the problem of integrating in the previously rejected outside world – a problem that should not be underestimated. It is therefore not surprising that many of them probably ask to be taken back, back to the system that has led them on the so-called bridge to freedom to a system characterised by a lack of freedom of thought and action.

What are the consequences? The consequences are that these children growing up are unable to get their heads around the civil rights that apply in free and constitutional democracies, and worse, they even classify these civil rights as hostile. This is because “the prevalent drill at Scientology, Scientology’s image of people, which is concerned with breeding a kind of “superhuman” race, the destructive attitude to the family, which means that children are neglected, rejected or even aborted, can only lead to one conclusion: the children’s rights to life, to natural development and to growing up in a proper environment, to education, are disregarded completely.

The Scientological idea of human beings therefore contradicts the basic values of our society in several points. (…) An organisation that, when all is said and done, wants to train and develop a new dominant clique, is no longer in keeping with our free and democratic constitutional system.” (Quoted from: Kurt-Helmuth Eimuth: Die Sektenkinder [The Sect Children], Freiburg 1996)

This formulation for the Federal Republic of Germany applies to all free and constitutional, democratic states. That is why we are at long last taking serious note of these parallel developments throughout Europe and are finally starting to take European action to help the children in Scientology, as well as other children in many destructive cults. Providing information about what is happening with children is an important part of this, but faster state intervention – even with regard to parental rights – must be made possible. It is not only the children who have clearly endured physical torture who are entitled to protection – those tortured by mental training must now, finally, be seen for what they really are: children who need protection, who need help.

So let us start to inform people and to bring our influence to bear on politics and the society in our countries, so that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child can apply to all children, as the Convention states that children should be prepared to live an individual life in society and be brought up in the spirit of the ideals proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations, in particular in the spirit of peace, dignity, tolerance, freedom, equality and solidarity. For the children who grow up in the Scientology organisation or other destructive cults, let us demand that the signatory states to the Convention on the Rights of the Child do what they have pledged to do, in other words to take all suitable legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect children against any kind of physical or psychological use of force.

Let us not tire in our efforts until we have achieved this goal – until it has been implemented throughout Europe.

Thank you very much for your attention.



Deception and Control

“The only way to control people is to lie to them.” **

An extremely brutish statement, which in a few seconds, tells us all we need to know about L.Ron Hubbard and Scientology. Any normal person on hearing such a statement would simply walk away. However L.Ron Hubbard was safe in the knowledge that he had a captive audience. What kind of man would invent such a doctrine?

In November 2006, during our London conference, these words were brought to my attention. Consider the serious implications of this statement and how it has effected many thousands of Scientologists who, without doubt, believe everything that Hubbard has said. Most of his teachings have been discussed, written about and broadcast but I believe that this statement is seldom referred to. Lying, as taught by him, is accepted and encouraged and therefore is undoubtedly at the root of all the evils within Scientology. It is a vitally important point for any study on Scientology.

The destruction of the lives of the young combined with the suffering of their families, is one of the great risks in the world today. It is impossible to find reasons or excuses, for prominent figures in society,  when they accept overtures of friendship from Scientology without exploring what they might be getting into. Their behaviour is mistaken and extremely damaging to their own lives, to extended families and friends, also to any one who might be unfortunate enough to find their behaviour credible. It is seriously damaging to young people who by admiration of celebrities are influenced by example.

It is disquieting that many individuals, some scholars, some important and high ranking people, even the police not so long ago, allow themselves to be so charmed by Scientology that the basic facts of Hubbard’s teachings escape them. They are flattered by offers of friendship and invitations to “come and see how wonderful Scientology is?” and they do not even pause to find out if there is anything they should know before accepting hospitality.

Just think for a moment “The only way to control people is to lie to them” and now insert the police into that niche. Before accepting entertainment and visits to East Grinstead, for example, should not at least one of them have done some detective work and, perhaps, discovered what Scientology actually is?

Who says that Scientology is a religion?  Hubbard claimed it as a religion when he invented it. However we know, without doubt, that he was a self-proclaimed liar who said “The only way to control people is to lie to them.” So there we have a superb anomaly. Scientology as a religion has spread throughout the world and thousands of individuals are enslaved by their beliefs. Many families of converts to Scientology do accept, that in some obscure way, it is a religion. But if those people had first heard the statement “That the only way to control people is to lie to them” they would immediately be able to challenge the conscept of Scientology as a religion. There can be no sensible explanation or defence of any religion which is based on lies.

It would seem likely that “The only way to control people is to lie to them” was first aired in private to a safe audience. Had it been said in public, I think it could have been his “Waterloo” which would have, effectively, shot him in the foot. It is tragic to think of young intelligent people, being so besotted, that they can accept such teaching.

Hubbard, a self confessed liar, was and is even now after his death, an ever present danger in the world. Many young people who, unfortunately have heeded his lying tongue, have never reverted to normality and many who have learned his techniques of abuse and lying have gone on to abuse others.

Hubbard was, I believe, deranged! To his converts during his lifetime he was their god and ultimately powerful. He was of course charming enough to be believable, for a period just long enough, for him to take control of their lives and for their families to enter a state of terror in which they fear to take any action, or say anything which might just make things worse.  His legacy of fear and lies is successfully carried on every day by the believers of his lies.

His great ability to lie was all he needed in the building of his Church of Scientology. With the support of a few, who came under his spell, everything fell into place and deceit became his armour. Lying and the teaching of lying, rapidly followed by power, has made Scientology the scourge it is today. It is the lying which creates the power, which alienates the young from their nearest and dearest, causing grief and chaos within good families.

The initial period of deception and control is one aspect which should be recognised and feared by everyone within our education system. The subject (not only of

Scientology) should be part of a new school curriculum, which would make it impossible for anyone to be ignorant of dangers posed by Pseudo religions. Sadly at present, by the time families are made aware, that crucial time when something might have been done, will have passed. That of course is absolutely deliberate, making it always too late for families to discover the truth, before their children are destroyed.

Most parents are, at first, confused and have difficulty trying to understand what has happened. In most cases they can not imagine that they are being lied to. I was one of those parents. I would never have believed  that my children were indoctrinated by lies. But they were!

Many academics and students of cults have produced books, essays, scholarly statements on various “faiths” and forms of cult involvement. I appreciate those works, or should I say, I appreciate some of those works. However I do believe that some scholars, in this field, have concealed (perhaps not deliberately) the salient and valuable facts over the years. Only occasionaly, have I heard it boldly stated that LRH was a liar, and that lying and deception is the ground base of Scientology.

I do believe that the cult apologists of this world, who persist in recognising “faith”, in whatever form it is promoted, have been and are responsible for much of the misery within families. Many, not all, scholars of cultism, have managed to convey a mystique of religion and scholarship and they have been complimented for it. This has created a false base for study which is an insult to common intelligence.

You as taxpayers in the UK, are supporting a Government sponsored body which in a forthcoming conference, features Graeme Wilson as one of the speakers. This body has been paid, over many years, thousands perhaps millions of taxpayers money, FOR WHAT? To promote cults in the UK and perhaps in other countries?

I once stated in conversation, that a certain academic’s work, in my opinion, did not serve any useful purpose. The response to that was that my opinions were not important and that I must primarily admire the scholarship. Well, I don’t!  Lives have been and are being ruined and much of the scholarship has done nothing to ease the continuing tragedy of lives being wasted. I must say at this point that there are, as you all know, scholars who have tried to be objective and helpful and those I do admire.

It would have helped me greatly during one of the worst periods of my life, had I first been told that “Scientology is a group which first and foremost promotes lying”. Instead of which I was given books, papers, telephone numbers of many people. All useful contacts but none gave me the one thing which I should have been told immediately, which was, “The leader of Scientology teaches and promotes lying AND he teaches that skill to his recruits”.

Had I known that, I would have been better equipped to deal with our problem.

I was told what not to say, what not to do, and “do be careful not to criticise Scientology, you might offend your daughters and make things worse”.  What a joke! Things could not have been worse. When families are in the grip of deception it CAN NOT BE WORSE!

Some things continually trouble me. First; the realization that the cult problem has escalated almost unhindered during the past 30 odd years. Also that it has acted as a job creation scheme for many, who have managed to make things even more dangerous than they already are. Second; I still grapple with the enigma that so many cult leaders, have been allowed to stride around the free world and create havoc, ill health and, in some cases, death.

To return to the original statement “The only way to control people is to lie to them”. From the earliest years most normal people recognise the fact that to lie is wrong. If you tell one lie you then have to tell another and this axiom needs no explanation.Yet here we have lies which have been used to inculcate, enslave and achieve success for what can only be described as a bogus organisation. Hubbard such a powerful person, with the ability to captivate and control very intelligent people who can remain so for many years. He brought misery to the world and caused it to be a much more risky place than it was before his entered it. Unfortunately he is not alone in that.

Many reasons exist to explain how and why Hubbard has endangered the world but one fact remains, that young people, who leave home as free citizens and are eager to listen and learn, can be approached and rapidly processed before anyone can help them. They are then changed from bright young things into the slaves of a liar.The greater tragedy is that they then become liars, live in a false illusion and are strangers to reality.  What price freedom of religion!

Any parents who are under the illusion that all they need to do is to point out the wrongs of this organisation, or perhaps give their children books to read, are living within a trap which has been deliberately set for them. Scientology (and the other cults), watching from afar, want parents to do this. The first goal must be to tackle the web of lies which protects their children from them.



Related subject:

How the Scientology Organization uses and exploits the United States’ legal system for its own ends.

How the Scientology Organization uses and exploits the United States’ legal system for its own ends.

Graham Berry, Esq.

Link: (select “Articles” on the left border, then select Graham Berry’s article)

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