Scientology’s Plan To Infiltrate And Spy On ‘South Park’

The Village Voice’s Tony Ortega reveals the extent to which the “church” of Scientology will go to try to protect its (not too solid) reputation:

Yesterday, we reported that former Scientology executive Marty Rathbun had revealed at his blog that in 2006, Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs — the church’s intelligence and covert operations wing — was actively investigating creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone by looking for vulnerabilities among their close friends.

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Screen shot of the South Park “scientology” episode, “Trapped in the Closet” (2005)

Today, we have more leaked OSA documents which give some idea of the extent of the spying operation on the  offices and the people who worked there.

They suggest that after traditional approaches with private investigators had stalled, OSA turned to film consultant Eric Sherman, a Scientologist, to help them find a young filmmaker who would make an effective mole at the South Park offices.

For decades, Scientology has earned a reputation for severe…

what if, like, snoke wiped kylo ren’s mind so he thought he was Matt

and Rey has to infilitrate the First Order. and she meets Matt. and she’s like, “you know, this Matt guy is pretty okay. Maybe Finn isn’t the only potential defector.”

and Matt is like “yeah, I could see myself leaving with Rey, she’s pretty neat”

but as they’re leaving snoke is like SURPRISE BITCHES GUESS WHO


and Matt Kylo is like “I THOUGHT I WAS YOUR FRIEND TOO OK”

anyway yeah

anonymous asked:

Do you mind explaining the moral problem in ospreyarcher's Reciprocity regarding the brainwashing of Hydra operatives? After all, they are the bad guys responsible for murder and torture of people (and tried to kill many more).

I am confused as to why you’d ask me this and not @ospreyarcher, but sure, I’ll try and cover at least why I have a problem with it.

First of all, SHIELD within the Reciprocity series has no authority to be doing any of these things.  They’re no longer a part of the government; instead they’re a group of outlaws who actively shunned the idea of any government oversight.  As in, SHIELD was discovered to be completely infilitrated by Hydra, and rather than working with the military to try and improve things, Coulson and his team were repulsed that anyone could EVER think of them as the bad guys and ran off to do their own thing without answering to anyone.  So that right there is a massive red flag.  All of the brainwashed Hydra agents in Reciprocity are American citizens, but instead of handing them over to the government to be tried and sentenced, as is the right of all Americans, they were instead placed within solitary confinement indefinitely (which the Geneva Conventions defines as torture), interrogated without legal counsel, and eventually brainwashed.

Sure, the argument can be made that the Hydra agents are dangerous criminals incapable of reform or remorse, and brainwashing was the only humane way to deal with them.  But SHIELD still has no authority to make that call, and is still actively denyng against the rights guaranteed within the US constitution by imprisoning and mind-wiping the Hydra agents.

Also, SHIELD gets it wrong.  They wiped Joyce, who was brainwashed by Hydra like Agent 33 had been.  The SHIELD operatives knew that “Your compliance will be rewarded” was a trigger phrase, but apparently never bothered to test if any of their captives were brainwashed.  If the Avengers hadn’t stopped SHIELD when they did, who knows how many other innocent brainwashing victims could have been mindwiped?  And one of the actual Hydra agents brainwashed, Isaac Murphy, had no idea about Project Insight.  I know that for sure because he’s my OC.  That doesn’t mean he was blameless, not by a long shot, but I’m sure there were many in Hydra who didn’t have the clearance to learn about Insight, and who weren’t aware of the worst things Hydra was up to.  Hell, I’m sure there were SHIELD agents doing Hydra’s work without even knowing about Hydra.  These people deserve to be tried.  SHIELD never gave them that chance.

And personally, for me, there can’t ever be a justification for the mind-wipes because I don’t believe there’s ever justification for the death penalty.  Which may not seem connected, but a person is basically the sum of their experiences, memories, and beliefs, and if a mind-wipe removes all of that, then it’s tantamount to murdering the person.  Now, Rumlow, Joyce, and Murphy eventually regained their memories, but that’s still an attempted murder by my view.

I suppose the argument could be made that the Hydra agents agreed to the wipes, but Sanderson was already brain-damaged at the time he signed the papers.  There’s no way he could give informed consent, and SHIELD had to know that.  They just didn’t care.