WOW Chrizze, this is real synchronicity!!! Today I joined a Facebook group, and my latestt post was EXACTLY about this subject, and I will cope the question and my reply word for word: this was the guy's post to me:
Scientology, love them or hate them, have taken on the psychiatric establishment and government mind control such as MK-Ultra--kind of defeating arguments they are in league with some of these institutions. I worked with a member doing a lot of research on the MK programs, and they have huge files of documents. They got into a battle with Louis J. West MD who has a long record as a govt. spook, he is an expert on cults, hallucinogens and wanted to do psychosurgery on violent minorities. "The enemy of my enemy is my friend..." http://www.cchr.org/
Citizens Commission on Human Rights, CCHR - Nonprofit Mental Health Watchdog
and this was my reply:
I have had problems with them--ie their involvement. And I believe Thomas Szasz said that quote. Every time I brought up this subject I was accused of being part of the scientology cult lol. So I then went on this search for someone who agreed with me that they also are a bunch of control freaks, and I found Robert Whittaker author of Mad in America. The thing with ANY cult is they want to draw you into THEIR control freakery. Though I can understand Szasz comparing the two and Scientology coming of lightly lol
See, thing is Chrizzy, I really struggled with the fact that some of the important people in revealing the mental illness myth would accept help from Scientology. And when I was researching to do a blog all about this, I was determined to find someone who knew about the mental illness myth but also disagreed with the Scientology control freaks. Bob Whittaker is one of the nicest guys I know. Very approachable, and encouraging. But also like I say, as much as I feel like you about Scientology, when you find out the VERY oppressive history of psychiatry, in a way it is understandable that Thomas Szasz and others would accept their help. But I personally am against Scientology like you. So please don't think all people who are against myth of mental illness are Scientology or willing to support their cult. Another guy who isn't is Seth Farber who has written a book (in which he acknowledges me! Very first experience) titled Spiritual Gift of Madness: The Failure of Psychiatry and the Rise of the Mad Pride Movement
I have many many other contacts who never mention Scientology so please Chrizze let me know if you want me to share this info with you?