"Psychiatry: An Industry of Death" is a multi-million dollar museum and visitor center that the Citizens Commission on Human Rights set up in Los Angeles. CCHR is an organization cofounded by the Church of Scientology. The descision to keep their name out of CCHR's title makes it less likely people will say "lol, shut up, Scientology" when they visit the museum.
When you enter the building signs instruct you not to take photos, and they take your bag away, so this post is gonna be picture-less. My original plan was to go in with a hidden camera and take covert photos, but I was told by our legal people that this would lead to the Church of Scientology literally suing me to death. Soz. But, if you're interested, the museum looks like this inside.
Anyway, below are some things I learned about psychiatrists and psychologists at the museum that I totally didn't realize before. Prepare to have your EYES OPENED.
THE DEATH OF GEORGE WASHINGTON
This is the first truth-bomb the museum unleashes on you. Did you know that Benjamin Rush (the first person to write a book on psychiatry in America) was the person who suggested they use blood-letting on George Washington, causing Washington to bleed to death?
According to the text on the exhibit, "The father of American psychology killed the father of the United States of America." Not off to a great start there, psychology.
THE 9/11 TERRORIST ATTACKS
Under a giant photo of the exploding towers, text explains how evil psychiatrists were responsible for 9/11:
"Osama bin Laden and his terrorist group, al-Qaeda, perpetrated the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. One of Bin Laden's top aides is Egyptian psychiatrist Ayman al-Zawahiri, known as "Bin Laden's brain."
Wait, psychiatrists were responsible for 9/11? Why would they do such a thing?
"Within days of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, psychiatrists were predicting that as many as 30% of people affected initially by the attacks would develop 'post traumatic stress disorder' and demanded $3 billion in funding to deliver treatments. Antidepressant sales in New York soared immediately afterwards."
Ohhhhhhhh, got it!
ALL OTHER TERRORISM
But it's not just 9/11 these guys masterminded:
"Research into the engineers of terror atrocities show a dominance of psychiatric and psychological practicing and the typical tools of their trade: drugs and coercive methods."
For instance, did you know that the Egyptian psychiatrist who was bros with bin Laden also once released a statement about the 7/7 bombings? Did you also know that there's a psychiatrist somewhere in the Middle East who once said that suicide bombers considered their behavior to be normal? Or that the Unabomber came into contact with psychiatric professionals on SEVERAL occasions? Or that the leader of the cult that did the nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway was a psychiatrist? Or that kamikaze pilots often took amphetamines, a drug that is often prescribed BY PSYCHIATRISTS?
K, so here's a history lesson: Back in 1879, a German psychologist named Willhelm Wundt claimed that the soul didn't exist, and that people were like any other animal. Which, according to one of the boards in the museum, can be easily disproven:
"Dogs do not drive cars, horses will never paint masterpieces and concertos have yet to be performed by an orchestra of monkeys."
Obviously, this isn't true anymore... dogs DO drive cars. However, the other two points stand. Despite this, psychologists decided to try and change people's behavior in the same way they would with animals—by using aversion therapy. As the museum tells it: "this belief that force can monitor thinking laid the foundation for one of the most destructive eras in man's history."
Cut to: The 40s, and there's this dude called Hitler, who, thanks to Willhelm saying people were animals, thought it was TOTALLY OK to do all kinds of shitty stuff to the Jewish/gay/disabled/gypsy populations of Europe. Oh, and do you know why Hitler was so down on Jews n' stuff? Because of his interest in a little thing called "eugenics," which is a form of (you guessed it) PSYCHIATRY. And this is how the holocaust happened. Or as this museum calls it, "a psychiatric movement that would cause the deaths of millions."
PS 40% of German psychiatrists VOLUNTARILY joined the SS. Because their "beliefs were so similar."
This part of the museum is a little jumbled and confusing, but the gist of it is: every single act of racism in the last couple of hundred years has been the result of a secret plot by a global gang of psychologists and psychiatrists. Including, but not limited to: The KKK ("bizarre psychological theories like eugenics inspired the resurrection of the Ku Klux Klan"), apartheid ("the so-called scientific basis for apartheid in South Africa came from racially biased IQ testing"), slavery (psychiatrists claimed that runaway slaves were suffering from a condition known as Drapetomania), and segregation ("By 1922, American eugenicist Paul Popenoe had added his racist theory that intelligence was determined by blood").
THE DEATH OF ART
There's a room in the museum dedicated to showing how "psychiatry infiltrated Hollywood" and ruined EVERYTHING. This is shown using the very subtle visual metaphor of a giant gravestone that says "CREATIVITY" on it.
Surrounding the gravestone are headshots of famous creatives whose bright, shining lights were prematurely extinguished by psychiatrists. People like Kurt Cobain ("Cobain was prescribed Ritalin, a drug known to lead to illegal drug abuse"), Marilyn Monroe ("On her last day, she saw psychiatrist Ralph Greenson for 6 hours before succumbing to a drug overdose"), Judy Garland ("she was subjected to the violence and degredation of electroshock"), and Stevie Nicks ("Stevie saw a psychiatrist after kicking cocaine to ensure she would stay off drugs").
Did you know that Eric Harris was on anti-depressants when Columbine happened? Or that Kip Kinkel was on Prozac when he went on a shooting spree? In fact, if you look into it, almost every perpetrator of a school shooting was on some kind of psychiatric medication at the time of their crime. I can think of no other common thread that might link teenage spree-killers and psychiatric drugs than evil, child murdering, psychiatric mind-controllers.
THE DESTRUCTION OF THE FUTURE
Oh, and as if high school massacres weren't enough of a bummer, the psychiatric industry is also making America's kids stoopid:
"...the USA fell from 9th to 26th in worldwide academic standing, in that time ADHD drug sales have multiplied 118 fold."
This is only a small selection of things they claim psychologists/psychiatrists are responsible for. There's also sections on rape and mind control and torture and Bosnia and labotomies and Big Pharma which I'm not gonna go into, because eughhhhhhhhhhh.
If you're thinking "meh, who's gonna listen to what some Scientologists say?" there's a sign in sheet when you arrive at the hospital where you have to write down your name and profession. Over half of the people who had signed in on the day I arrived were some kind of medical industry proffessional. I also heard a teenage boy on the phone say to his friend, "The holocaust had to do with a psychiatrist who messed with people's brains or some shit. I never knew that."