A small contingent of brave souls has come to Seattle to save us from an evil group that, they say, has popped up throughout history to invent racism, kick off the Holocaust, and kill our most beloved celebrities. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights has temporarily opened a museum in the University District to save us from... psychiatrists?

Psychiatry: An Industry of Death (PAID)which was founded by the Church of Scientology, the religion created by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard—set up shop in the heart of the University District early this month, across the street from the University Book Store, for a two-week exhibition.

Scientologists have been vocal critics of psychiatry, claiming that "brutal, inhumane psychiatric treatments" stand in the way of creating a "world without war... insanity...[or] criminality."

On November 7, a tall, gray-haired man dressed like a funeral-home director stood on the rainy street politely shouting at passers-by. "Psychiatry is the industry of death," he yelled. As the man caught the attention of a handful of young UW students, he coaxed them into a dark, exposed-brick room, formerly inhabited by Tower Records and a second-hand clothing shop.

The room was lined with large flat-screen TVs playing flashy, incomprehensible videos—and was filled with wall-sized collages featuring images of Hitler, Columbine, Kurt Cobain, and indecipherable statistics (psychiatry: $2 trillion industry; cures: zero!).

After sitting in front of one video for a few minutes, a young man with his backpack over his shoulder stood up. "Do you know who's behind all this?" he asked. "This is all very dodgy."

According to the videos, more people have died in psychiatric hospitals than in all U.S. wars; 40 percent of German psychiatrists had joined the Nazi SS by 1943; and psychiatry ruined/killed/sucked the life out of Billie Holiday, Kurt Cobain, Judy Garland, and about a dozen other celebrities.

Several of the talking heads in the videos later told the Tampa Tribune they were not aware of the film's message when they were interviewed.

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A handful of UW students milled around for a few minutes, looking quizzically at the displays before leaving. "The first video made sense," one woman said. When asked about the rest of the videos, she gave an apathetic shrug. recommended

jonah@thestranger.com