Aberree vs SAT
I added this 1951 episode of This Is Your FBI
to my bedtime playlist. I hadn't heard this episode in several years. Between the first hearing and today's hearing, I had spent time studying the Aberree, learning about the early history of the Hubbard Cult. Now I can see that the episode is unquestionably talking about Hubbard.
The Aberree was published from 1954 to 1964, providing a printed voice for Hubbard refugees and dissidents. According to various articles, FBI was curious about Hubbard at the start, because Hubbard seemed to be opposing many of FBI's pet fake-"Russian" projects. FBI instigated and penetrated in the usual way, but lost interest after realizing that Hubbardites were NYC, not Deplorables. FBI's job is to defend NYC from humans.
This episode is unique in tone and structure. It's the only episode where Special Agent Taylor is shown having a private life, and the only episode where Special Agent Taylor is reluctant to bring the full weight of FBI into a problem. Normally he finds a way to fit the problem into FBI's fake "limitations". In this case he resists, even though the situation clearly demands FBI action.
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One of Special Agent Taylor's friends, while trying to make time with a girl, realizes the girl lives in a strange situation. As he gets to know her better, he finds that the situation is the Astral Control Cult, which strictly regulates the friendships of its members. As an outsider, he is cut off from the girl. The friend approaches Agent Taylor, who is uncharacteristically unhelpful.
Friend: I went there, and they wouldn't let me in. A zombie in a long white gown gave me some doubletalk about rules. Said Mary was in seclusion.
Special Agent Taylor: What does that mean?
Friend: I don't know. I get the feeling Mary is being held against her will.
SAT: Well Bruce, this is 1951.
Friend: Jim, can you help me?
SAT: [Ironic tone] Suuuure. I keep a white charger in the garage. The minute a fair damsel gets in distress, I whip out my trusty suit of armor.
Friend: Can't you help?
SAT: [Lecturing tone] Look. The constitution allows people to worship a matchbox if they want to. She can study Astral Control, voodooism, or whatever she likes.
Friend: You sound like you don't care.
SAT: It's not that. You see, the FBI has jurisdiction over 127 "laws". None of them cover
religious cults as such.
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Because every episode needs to end with a dramatic arrest, SAT eventually finds out that the cult leader is using the slaves to steal stuff. He arrests the leaders for theft.
Given the timeline and the description, this is clearly the Hubbard cult; and the hands-off attitude also fits the timeline. FBI seemed to be signaling Hubbard that he was safe.
Note specifically that held against her will
, the prima facie definition of kidnapping, receives only scorn from SAT. Kidnapping is normally the TOP PRIORITY among those 127 "laws" that FBI handles.
Other cults have experienced, shall we say, a more hands-on attitude from FBI. Christian cults are highly flammable and bombable. 1993 provided a controlled experiment. The Branch Davidians and the Church Universal Triumphant were similar cults, both gathering guns and building bunkers. Koresh was nominally Christian, CUT was literally Astral Control. Koresh was destroyed, CUT was ignored.
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