Operation Psychout Kickoff!!! Okay folks, I keep hearing that May's theme is going to be 'Operation Psychout.' I've talked with a number of people about it, and I'm prepared to go along with it, but I have a few objections I feel must be aired first. April's 'Operation Reconnect' is brilliant - it's Friendly, Loving, Compassionate Anons vs. Cold, Heartless, Homewrecker Scientology. We've already won that battle in the court of public opinion. When we make it 'Anon vs. CCHR', we take a BIG risk. First, people who don't know the CCHR is a CoS front organization may percieve it (by default) as 'Human Rights Advocates vs. Anonymous.' That's not good. Further, if we make it 'Psychiatry Advocates vs. Psychiatry Reformists', we'll be facing steep odds. There is a prejudice against psychology in our society, and people do feel that our children are over-medicated. Finally, the CCHR, despite being a force for evil in our society, *does* know its facts about the history of psychology. Early psychology *was* involved in eugenics programs. Early psychologists did invent brutal 'treatment' methods like electroshock therapy and lobotomies. This does not, however, mean that we should concede that part of the war. Rather, I propose a number of projects. First and foremost, however, I have to say: If you do not have specific knowledge or skills that will contribute to operations, stay away. The CCHR is ready for war here, don't go getting in a debate with them. If you are unsure of your ability to frame this debate in a way that avoids the pitfalls described in the previous paragraph, please participate in an alternative project for May. I've heard a few proposals - one thing you can do to assist without getting involved in Operation Psychout is to simply keep shining the light on the numerous CoS Front Organizations (*including* CCHR). So I propose the following parts to Operation Psychout: 1)If Psychiatry has had a positive impact on your life, and you're willing to speak out about your treatment and how it helped you, you may be useful to us. I'm not sure how just yet, but please keep in touch. 2)If you are a college student taking any psych classes, if you are a psychology major, if you are a member of your school's Psychology Club or if you have a degree in psychology, please consider e-mailing your profs. Explain what the CCHR does, explain that they are a CoS front organization, explain who Anon is, and what we're doing to help. Ask them to pass that information along to people they know. Academia is all about networking, so it should spread easily. These letters should be informal, and written to people who know you. They would not be anonymous letters. 3) Write letters to Psychiatrists, APA big-wigs, and Directors of Mental Health Facilities in your area. These letters should relate the same information you wrote to your professors, but they'll be more formal in tone. They can be written anonymously or not anonymously. 4) If you have read any books by prominent psychologists, neurologists, philosophers, physiologists, or even self-help gurus, write a letter to the author. The letter should demonstrate an understanding of the topic, and relate it to Anonymous. It should also explain how the CCHR is working against the education and betterment of society. This is something many of us have talked about since the beginning. I for one really look forward to relating the Anonymous phenomenon to Dennett's work on consciousness, to Malcom Gladwell's 'The Tipping Point', and other such books and ideas. 5) We need to be prepared to counter-protest anywhere the CCHR goes, but we need such protestors to be educated on the history of Psychiatry. Having bodies is good, but the need for educated 'spokespersons' at such protests is significantly more important than at our anti-CoS protests. 6) We will be issuing a 'Call for Papers' on the issue of Psychiatric reform. Rather than be pro-psychiatry, we're going to present ourselves as an alternative to the CCHR - we are psychology-friendly advocates of psychiatric reform. We are looking to open an honest dialogue, free of angry accusations or prejudices, on the efficacy of psychiatric drugs, therapies, and so on. We want to HELP the field of Psychiatry to improve its public image by being more effective and better understood. Our goal is to sponsor an online journal or an academic conference at some later date. In this way, we will pull the chair out from under the CCHR, and we will shed light on the fact that they *aren't* advocates for psychiatric reform, but rather, they are advocates of a 'final solution' to eliminate psychiatry and psychology from the planet. Maybe if we're lucky, some CCHR reps will even submit papers proposing such a worldview. 7) Work to better understand the Scientific method; to understand how it applies to psychology, psychotherapy and psychiatry (and how Scientology fails to employ it at all). Work to learn the history of psychology. Work to educate others on what you've learned. Work to understand the claims the CCHR make about psychiatry, and be prepared to refute them. A lot of their claims have elements of truth, we need people skilled at hearing them out, explaining what's true, what's false, and how their worldview fails. If you have other ideas, submit them here. If you have a relevent skill or education, volunteer here. If you want to kick off any one of these projects, feel free to post a thread in this sub-forum. As always, I am not a leader or authority. I'm not demanding anybody participate in this, and I encourage people playing 'devil's advocate' or offering alternative ideas. I cannot take credit for the ideas in this thread, but I do believe they are the best ideas I've heard thus far, when it comes to 'Operation Psychout.'