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Suppressed CBS News 60 Minutes on Landmark cult leader Werner Erhard, 3 Mar 1991

Released August 26, 2009

The ZIP archive presents the video and transcript of an investigative report into "est" (Erhard Seminars Training) guru Werner Erhard by CBS News, originally broadcast on the program 60 Minutes on March 3, 1991.

Both, video and transcript, have been published at various points in time, but are not publically available anymore due to legal threats against publishers from Werner Erhard.

The material contains interviews with friends, business associates and family of Werner Erhard making serious claims against him. Erhard is accused by family members of beating his wife and children, and raping a daughter, while still giving seminars on how to have relationships that work. The story also includes interviews with two former staff members of Werner Erhard: Wendy Drucker (a senior manager) and Dr. Bob Larzelere (head of Erhard's counseling staff).

The current incarnation of the est training is now known as Landmark Education, with its course the Landmark Forum. Landmark Education is run by CEO Harry Rosenberg, who is Werner Erhard's brother, and General Counsel and Chairman of the Board of Directors Art Schreiber, who has acted as Werner Erhard's lawyer. Werner Erhard's sister Joan Rosenberg also sits on the Board of Directors of Landmark Education.

The likely audience for this material includes researchers of the "est" and Landmark Education / Landmark Forum movement - including psychotherapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists, as well as those researching the controversial life of Werner Erhard. The audience also includes potential clients/customers of the company Landmark Education - whose course the Landmark Forum was originally developed by Werner Erhard as the "est training".

The material can be verified as the original CBS broadcast on 60 Minutes of March 3, 1991. The episode of 60 Minutes is Program # 2325.

Additionally, Cult expert Rick Ross of The Ross Institute Internet Archives for the Study of Destructive Cults, Controversial Groups and Movements maintains a large database on Landmark Education[1], est[2], and The Forum[3], and his attorneys are also quite educated as to the organization's methods[4].


Part 2:
US Department of Labor investigation into Landmark Education, 2006

This should be under a new category titled "EST / Werner Erhard & Associates (WE&A) / Landmark Education". This is a 2006 investigative report by the U.S. Department of Labor on Landmark Education. Landmark Education is an international cult, with 55 offices worldwide, that offers seminars and has widely been described by journalists and participants as a cult. Landmark is the direct decendant of EST, which was created in the 1970's using "technology" heavily borrowed from Scientology.

Thousands of reports form journalists and "participants", stretching back three decades, have established some basic facts about a standard Landmark experience. Landmark puts groups of people in a room for three days and subjects them to various psychological brainwashing techniques that make them feel great about themselves and Landmark. Landmark then manipulates these victims into signing up for more expensive courses and volunteering for Landmark's for-profit business. Landmark's intent is to keep people "hooked" and constantly involved. Landmark victims will then forgo and forsake their own best interests in order to continue participating with and volunteering for Landmark, which often results in permanent, lasting damage to the victim's personal life.

Landmark's continued operation depends on their ability to find and recruit new victims. To ensure this, they have developed a highly effective censorship and propaganda program that suppresses negative information through lawsuits and threats, while issuing false or manipulated positive propaganda about the organization.


(1) This file has previously been released in the public domain as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request, however, Landmark has suppressed all original PDF copies from the internet. Only typed transcripts of the original document can be found online.

(2) This document directly refutes a key point of Landmark's propaganda by documenting that their exploitation of volunteers is in fact unquestionably a violation of U.S. labor laws. It also documents that Landmark's General Counsel and Chairman was directly told to stop these practices in 2006, and that Landmark simply refused to comply.

(3) Former, current, potential future victims of Landmark Education, and their family members and loved ones. Landmark claims that over 200,000 people participate in their programs every year. Also, other grassroot organizers and/or government authorities around the world who are interested in organizing, responding to and stopping Landmark's spreading abuse.

(4) Submit a Freedom of Information Act request to the U.S. Department of Labor. Also, transcribed copies of the contents can be found on web sites (just not the original PDF source material)

(5) Landmark has effectively suppressed original copies of this document from the internet. Landmark has sued people who have hosted this document online, and has succeeded in having the PDF of this document pulled from websites.
(6) Landmark's ongoing censorship and propaganda efforts include a campaign against Wikipedia, where Landmark is removing critical information and replacing it with propaganda. Wikipedia editors are meeting to consider the Landmark Education entry, and we need this document published so we can cite and refer to it in our efforts to restore the truth about Landmark to Wikipedia. Landmark is also appears to be preparing to change its name again in response to accumulated negative publicity, so this should be published promptly.

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