BRAINWASHING IN SCIENTOLOGY'SREHABILITATION PROJECT FORCE (RPF)
Revised Version of a Presentation at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, San Diego , California November 7, 1997by Dr Stephen Kent University of Alberta , CanadaDecember 3, 1997
AbstractThis study examines the confinement programs and camps thatScientology operates as supposedly rehabilitative facilities for"deviant" members of its "elite" Sea Organization. These programs, known collectively as the Rehabilitation Project Force(RPF), put coerced participants through regimes of harsh physical punishment, forced self-confessions, social isolation,hard labour, and intense doctrinal study, all as part ofleadership-designed efforts to regain members' ideologicalcommitment. The confinement that participants experience,combined with forms of physical maltreatment, intensiveideological study, and forced confessions, allows socialscientists to speak of the RPF as a "brainwashing" program.