Wednesday, 9 December 2015

'Herbalife (HLF),' Bill Ackman, Aaron Smith-Levin and 'Scientology.'

Yesterday, the name Aaron Smith-Levin re-appeared in the media linked to 'Herbalife,' Bill Ackman and Pershing Square Capital, but this time there was no mention of 'Scientology.'

'In a FOX Business Network Exclusive, Charlie Gasparino has learned Herbalife's (HLF) legal team is upping the pressure against hedge fund activist Bill Ackman.

The company's legal counsel sent a letter to Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Investment's outside research firm, OTG Research Group, demanding that they stop soliciting confidential, proprietary and privileged information from both current and former Herbalife employees. The letter cites Ackman and his campaign against Herbalife describing his research tactics as troubling and improper. 

OTG Research Group is run by Aaron Smith-Levin who is noted among the investment community for his ability to conduct deep corporate research. 

Ackman and Smith-Levin declined to comment.'

Aaron Smith-Levin
Aaron Smith-Levin

Two years ago, it was reported that Bill Ackman had employed a 'Scientologist,' Aaron Smith-Levin, to investigate 'Herbalife.'

At first, I wondered if this Forbes article could possibly be an April Fool's joke, but, sadly, it was for real.

Aaron Smith-Levin was, in fact, brought into 'Scientology' by his mother in 1986, when he was a mere 5 years old, but now he is no longer under the influence of the organization.

Judging by his recent statements, Aaron Smith-Levin apparently now realises that (what he refers to as) 'fundamentalist' or 'hard-core Scientology' is an absurd, but nonetheless dangerous, mind-bending, criminal racket of which he was an unwitting participant and collateral victim. He even compares the paranoid model of reality of core-'Scientologists' to that of Islamist terrorists. However, in 2014, I sent some common-sense questions to Bill Ackman, but I never got a reply:

  • How exactly did you come into contact with Aaron Smith-Levin?
  • Have you given any confidential information to Mr. Smith-Levin or his 'OTG' associates?
  • Do you still have contact with Mr. Smith-Levin or his 'OTG' associates?
  • Do you have any understanding of the comic-book story of 'Good vs Evil' which controls the minds and behaviour of core-'Scientology' adherents, and which has been used as the false-justification for a catalogue of crimes?
  • At the time you employed 'OTG Research Group,' were you aware of: 'Scientology's' previous links to 'Herbalife' in Europe? 'Scientology's' history of using agents to infiltrate and destroy its perceived 'evil enemies?' 'Scientology's' involvement in the vast Ponzi scheme fronted by Reed Elliot Slatkin?

Right now, I'm not absolutely sure what to make of former 'Scientology Sea Org' member, Aaron Smith-Levin. It would probably take days thoroughly to study all the confusing evidence which has recently appeared on the Net - revealing his current state of mind and his insider knowledge of the clandestine criminal objectives of the 'Scientology' leadership. 

What I don't understand is how Aaron Smith-Levin can have failed to spot the glaringly-obvious similarities between the 'Herbalife' and 'Scientology' rackets. Perhaps he has spotted them, but failed to speak out?

There are now a growing number of persons, like Mike Rinder, who have claimed to have participated in criminal activities, and to have lied for years, before coming out of the 'Scientology' organization (because it has become corrupt under the wicked leadership of David Miscavige), but who have illogically continued to insist that they remain faithful adherents of L. Ron Hubbard's 'Scientology religion.'

I have described these confused, and confusing, former 'Scientology' pawns as being the equivalent of the early Protestants who refused the authority of the corrupt heads of their Roman Catholic Church, but who kept their faith in 'Jesus' and and who brought about the 'Reformation.'

That said, I would contend that 'Scientology' is self-evidently a criminogenic organization, which, by its very nature, cannot be reformed.


The following extract comes from 'Les Sectes en Belgique et au Luxembourg' ('Cults in Belgium and Luxembourg') a book (published in 1994) written by Alain Lallemand, a journalist on the popular, Franco-Belgian Newspaper, 'Le Soir.'

'What is the connection between Herbalife and Scientology? According to Jean Albert Fisch of the Circle for the Defence of the Individual and the Family (CDIF), it was a German Scientologist, the main donor on the list of the International Association of Scientologists (IAS), who launched the sale of Herbalife in Germany. A few adherents of the Church of Scientology control a share of the (Herbalife) sales networks in France, wrote Le Monde in July 1993. The question even appeared in the Luxembourg Parliament in April 1993, when a member, John Schummer, asked the Minister for Health about collusion between recruiters from Herbalife and Scientology; in the meantime the German television station Sat 1, had been a lot more explicit: an ex-Scientologist had explained how he had been advised to use Herbalife products during Hubbard/Dianetics training courses. Otherwise, almost all other Scientologists are taking them, he declared.' 


David Brear (copyright 2015)


  1. Aaron Smith Levin is doing a good job exposing Scientology.

    1. Anonymous - That's as may be, but what interests me is the fact that, after exiting 'Scientology,' Mr. Smith-Levin then embarked on a business career which has enabled him to become involved in the investigation of an essentially-identical cultic racket to 'Scientology', 'Herbalife.'

      Perhaps this is just a coincidence?

      One would have thought that Mr. Smith-Levin's life experience would have given him a distinct advantage when it comes to identifying totalistic cults running frauds.

  2. Hundreds Scientologists have been into shorting stocks. Making money out of thin air fits right into the belief that they know more than the rest of us.

    1. Anonymous - Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Mr. Smith-Levin first begin investigating an MLM cult, 'NuSkin,' when he was still under the influence of the leadership of 'Scientology,' and when he was working for Wall St. 'Scientologists?'

      I am reliably informed that his experience examining 'NuSkin' in China is what first drew the attention of Bill Ackman's own researchers to Mr. Smith-Levin.

  3. To all persons following this thread - I have now spoken at length with Aaron Smith-Levin and discovered that he actually has a very clear understanding of 'MLM' as a form of cultism. If nothing else, this article has served to put me in direct contact with Mr. Smith-Levin.

    1. Did ASL answer your questions?

    2. Anonymous - Yes Mr. Smith-Levin spoke very frankly and he even condoned my ultra-skeptical attitude towards his previous involvement with 'Scientology.'

  4. I would pass the realm of ultra-skepticism and delve right into shunning active 'Scientologists' and you know what, Dave I will go a step further and shun Google spellcheck for not calling me out on the spelling of 'Scientologist.' -does not belong in the Google dictionary.

    1. You will observe Jonathan, that I never post the thought-stopping jargon of any cultic racket without clearly indicating that this is a non-traditional use of language. I'm very pleased to see that you apply the same level of intellectual-rigour, even if few other people bother.