"We will have won the war with Smersh in a year or two."

Discussion in 'Martin Ottmann' started by Martin Ottmann, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. ... thus speaks the Commodore in 1971. We are happy to learn that the enemies of Scientology (and therefore of mankind) are sitting in East-Germany. Who would have thought of that! Here are the first two pages of this historic document. The complete file is attached.

    OODs-Smersh-1.jpg OODs-Smersh-2.jpg

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  2. jensting Member

    "Robin Hubbard" - who that?
  3. That's the Welsh corgi of Mary Sue Hubbard. I am kidding. Seriously, I think the two, Robin and Lafayette, are not related.
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  4. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology’s L. Ron Hubbard considered James Bond’s nemesis SMERSH his biggest enemy

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, March 17, 2018


    We’re getting into round two of SMERSH Madness today, and by now we’ve heard from some newer readers who have asked us, what the heck are you talking about?

    Well, fair enough. We named our “March Madness”-style bracket game after some pretty obscure and very nutty stuff. You see, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard was a deeply paranoid control freak who by 1967 had decided the only way he could get away from government interference in the United States and United Kingdom was to take his movement to sea. That year, he took a few hundred of his most dedicated (and mostly younger) followers as he sailed three recently-acquired ships, including his flagship, the Royal Scotman, which later he rechristened as the Apollo.

    As the Apollo plied the Mediterranean and the Atlantic (and then later the Caribbean), Hubbard would put out a daily report for all the crew to read. These reports were known as his “Orders of the Day,” or OODs for short. There are hundreds and hundreds of them, and we have a partial collection of them that were issued from 1968 to 1971.

    There’s a lot of tedious detail in a typical OOD, which tended to run a couple of pages. But what we really enjoyed about them, as we excerpted them for a year while we were at the Village Voice, were the mini-essays Hubbard would sometimes include about what was happening in the world at large.

    Talk about a captive audience, Hubbard was telling a few hundred E-meter cadets about a world that for years they’d almost entirely been cut off from. How were they to know if Hubbard knew what he was talking about as he ranted about world banking, American politics, and the like.

    And who were they to object when Hubbard began telling them that one of the biggest obstacles Scientology faced in its ultimate goal to “clear the planet” was a shadowy secret world government named SMERSH.

    We’re serious. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, L. Ron Hubbard genuinely believed that the world was secretly being controlled by the bad guys in Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels. The actual SMERSH was a Soviet military intelligence force that Joseph Stalin assembled in 1942 or 1943, and that existed until 1946 when it was absorbed by what became the country’s Ministry for State Security. The word “SMERSH” is a shortening of a phrase meaning “death to spies,” and its task was to bring down or co-opt German espionage during the war.

    Fleming had some fun with the idea of SMERSH for his books, but in order to avoid offending Eastern European filmgoers, SMERSH was changed to SPECTRE for the James Bond movies.

    Hubbard went much further, and saw SMERSH’s influence everywhere.

    Here, we’ll give you a taste of it. This is from an OOD that was issued to the crew on November 11, 1971:

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