Archive for Juni, 2007

International Herald Tribune: Tom Cruise’s role as anti-Nazi hero riles some in Germany

Samstag, Juni 30th, 2007

By Michael Cieply and Mark Landler
Friday, June 29, 2007

LOS ANGELES: When the director Bryan Singer decided to cast Tom Cruise as Colonel Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, the German Army officer who
unsuccessfully tried to blow up Hitler toward the end of World War II, he thought he had dealt with all the possible pitfalls.

There was the knotty matter of accents, but the director figured Cruise and everybody else in the movie “Valkyrie” would do fine if they spoke unaffected English. The cost of affording the high-wattage Cruise could also be problematic, but the star took the job for a nominal salary, agreeing to get his cut after the tickets were sold – a deal helped by his part-ownership of United Artists, the studio behind the picture.

What Singer did not reckon with is Germany’s extreme wariness of, even hostility toward, Cruise’s religion.

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“Scientology is a totalitarian ideology,” said Berthold Graf von Stauffenberg, the eldest son of Count von Stauffenberg and a retired West German army general. “The fact that an avowed Scientologist like Cruise is supposed to play the victim of a totalitarian regime is purely sick.”

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“In Europe, but in Germany especially, we are more sensitive to totalitarian ideologies,” said Ursula Caberta, the head of a government task force in Hamburg that opposes Scientology’s expansion in Germany.

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“Tom Cruise is not just an actor who is a Scientologist,” Caberta said.  “He is an ambassador for Scientology. All totalitarian systems have their celebrities to open doors for them.”

Full article: http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/06/29/news/cruise.php 

Tom Cruise Letter to US Deputy Secretary of State

Freitag, Juni 29th, 2007

May 31, 2003

Richard Lee Armitage
Deputy Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Mr. Armitage:

I would like to start by thanking you for the State Department’s annual human rights and religious freedom reports, which do an indispensable job of highlighting human rights abuses around the world.

I understand from Helen Ellis in your office that unfortunately our schedules will not coincide while I am in Washington in mid June. Given current world circumstances and particularly with the President and Secretary Powell being abroad, I can appreciate the incredible pressures that must exist on your time and availability.

As you may already know, for some time I have been concerned about human rights and religious freedom in Europe. Members of my Church, including American artists, continue to be discriminated against, especially in Germany, France and Belgium. I have taken it upon myself to become somewhat educated in these matters and to stay abreast of what continues to occur.

Therefore, I can fully appreciate your recommendation of meeting with Ambassador Hanford and while I am sure my speaking with him would be helpful, I am frankly most interested in speaking with you. I am familiar with your history and your duties as the Deputy Secretary and I am certain that I can, in a brief amount of time, communicate to you what is on my mind. I feel that we might do well to work together on this matter.

You must know from your Ambassadors that last year I did a series of visits to the U.S. Embassies in Germany, France and Spain and spoke to each Ambassador abou the problems of religious intolerance in those countries. I was very grateful for the assistance given by Ambassador Argyros in Madrid, and I am happy to say that the situation I discussed with him is now fully resolved.

Ambassador Coats and his staff have continued to be very helpful, and I have also appreciated the efforts of the U.S. Embassy staff in Paris.

I do keep a close watch on the situations in these countries and within the last month, I learned of attempts to sabotage the performance of two American artists solely because they are members of the Church of Scientology. I would be happy to give you the details of these situations, but incidents such as these in Germany and France have been recorded in the State Departments Human Rights reports for nearly a decade.

Scientology is fully recognized as a tax-exempt, bona fide religion in the United States, yet these actions by German officials are unfortunately representative of intolerance that members of my religion and other minority religions face in Germany.

Religious freedom is very important to me as it is to every true American. I know you share thse values, and I appreciate the invaluable assistance the State Department has given members of my Church in protecting their rights, especially in Europe.

Lastly, I am scheduled to travel to Europe in January to promote my next film and am planning on again meeting with our Ambassadors in France, Germany and possibly Belgium to work with them on pressing these nations for more dialogue and action to resolve these matters.

However, despite the circumstances of my visits to Europe, this situation is by no means a publicity activity for me. This is a metter that is both important and personal, and that is why I am looking to my government’s assistance in the hopes of finding a resolution to what has becoming a very saddening and unneccessary human rights situation.

As you already know, I expect to be in Washington, D.C., around June 11-13. I know you are not available on those dates but I am interested to know when else you would be available.

I am also endeavoring to meet with Vice President Cheney on this matter while I am in Washington. Should you or your office need to reach me, I can be contacted through my associate, Tom Davis at [xxx-xxx-xxxx] or through my assistant, Michael Doven, at [xxx-xxx-xxxx].

Sincerely,
[signed] Tom

Source: http://indiana.typepad.com/fwob/files/tom_cruises_letter.pdf

Ottawa Citizen: Blacklisting actor is overkill

Freitag, Juni 29th, 2007

Friday, June 29, 2007

Tom Cruise might be strange and even annoying, but as much as anyone else he has the right not be discriminated against on account of his religion.

The Germans aren’t so sure, however. Cruise, like several other actors, is a member of the Church of Scientology, a sect of which the German government is highly suspicious. The Germans apparently feel that it has totalitarian tendencies, and so they are preventing Cruise from filming a movie in or around the country’s military sites.

In the movie, Cruise is to play Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, who led an attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler during the Second World War. Stauffenberg is something of a hero in Germany, because he is proof that not all Germans supported the Nazi project. The Germans have suggested that Cruise, owing to his Scientologist affiliation, cannot be trusted to honour properly the story of Stauffenberg.
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Full article: http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/…

Open Letter Re: Finding an American von Stauffenberg

Freitag, Juni 29th, 2007

June 26, 2003

U.S. President George W. Bush
Members of the U.S. National Security Council
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell
U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft
U.S. Senators
U.S. Representatives
U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
U.S. Internal Revenue Service
Clearwater, Florida Police Department
Los Angeles, California Police Department
All other interested U.S., State and City Government Officials

From: Caroline Letkeman
Germany

Re: Finding an American von Stauffenberg

I am writing you to protest the support being given to the Scientology cult by U.S. Government agencies, by certain lawmakers, and by law enforcement departments. Scientology is a criminal enterprise, and the U.S.’s support of this criminal enterprise is revolting. I ask you instead to support the victims of Scientology fraud, human rights abuses and criminality.

I was a Scientologist for 24 years. I was in the Sea Organization, the pseudo-military corps that runs Scientology, and I attained the “training” level of “Class IX Auditor,” and the “processing” level of “OT 5.” When I discovered that the cult had stolen from my credit card, I left. Since leaving, I have been researching the history, actions and intentions of Scientology, its founder L. Ron Hubbard, its present leader David Miscavige, and Miscavige’s henchman. When I concluded that I had been defrauded out of all those years, and out of all the money I paid to obtain Scientology’s promised results — promises that are utterly false — I requested a refund of my money (over $61,500) pursuant to the cult’s own refund policy and promise.

The promises Scientology makes, and the services it sells, are completely secular — promised results like “cause over matter, energy, space and time,” and an increase in Intelligence Quotient of a point per hour of its “processing.” Scientology lures in its customers with the claim that it is a “science,” based on Hubbard’s “scientific research.” And the cult promises a money-back guarantee if a customer is not “satisfied.” The subsequent claim that the promised results, for which the cult charges enormous sums, are “religious” or “spiritual” is just to avoid legal liability for secular fraud. I was lured into Scientology by a promise of “career advancement,” and then was kept trapped and slaving for the cult by a web of lies, brainwashing and threats. I had a thousand hours of Scientology’s “processing,” and my IQ did not go up even one point.

Miscavige’s response to my request for a refund was to have me declared a “Suppressive Person,” or “SP.” That makes me an “enemy,” and a target of Scientology’s notorious and judicially condemned “fair game” doctrine.

“ENEMY – SP Order. Fair game. May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed.” See, e.g., http://www.xenu.net/fairgame-e.html

Miscavige also ordered that my only daughter, Ann Reinertsen, now Ann Haney, disconnect from me. Threats from Scientology made me leave the U.S. in 2001 and go to Canada. More threats from Scientology made me leave Canada last year and come to Germany, along with my fiancé Gerry Armstrong, who is himself a major target of Miscavige “fair game.”

Just this month I came into possession of a Scientology “checksheet,” or program, by which the organization is training its intelligence personnel to obliterate “enemies.” This discovery made me physically ill.

By “enemies,” Scientology means good people – the good people who oppose its fraud, abuses and its criminal activities, such as its plan for obliterating good people. The cult declared me to be an “enemy” in 2002. I believe it is not possible to obliterate people without violence, in fact without murder.

Just consider how the following directive in some cult’s intelligence training manual would be viewed?

“Never get reasonable about George Bush. Just go all the way in and obliterate him.”

Or how about this?

“Never get reasonable about the Jews. Just go all the way in and obliterate them.”

Would the Secret Service or the Anti-Defamation League believe that no crime is intended? No. And neither do I. The good people Scientology targets for obliteration are as religious a class of people as the Jewish people. And they are just as good, and just as deserving of governmental protection, as President Bush. Perhaps they are even more deserving of protection because, unlike Mr. Bush, they stand up to and do not support Scientology fraud, abuse and criminality.

On June 6, I wrote a letter of protest to Miscavige, because he is responsible for the organization’s criminality, for the creation of this “checksheet”, and for training and directing Scientologist agents to obliterate people like me. Since Scientology is a dictatorship, Miscavige is also the one person inside the cult who can issue the necessary orders to stop the obliteration training, stop the fair game, stop breaking up families with disconnection, and refund the money his cult stole from me.

I think that fighting back against Miscavige’s cult and doing what I can to end the threat of obliteration by his thugs will help me recover. I certainly must fight the Miscavige cultists to end the enforced disconnection from my daughter. Typical of dictator Miscavige, who is also a coward, he has not responded to my letter.

As is well known, eleven Scientology intelligence personnel were imprisoned in the U.S. for crimes against the Federal Government, which were discovered in a massive FBI raid on the cult’s intelligence bureau in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. in 1977.

Miscavige has claimed that he disbanded the intelligence bureau, threw all the “criminals” out of the Scientology organization, and stopped all illegal activities in 1981. The “checksheet” I have shows that he was in fact training Scientologists in the same espionage materials, and worse — the obliteration of good people — a decade later.

As is also well known, in 1993, following the conviction and imprisonment of the Scientology Eleven, and after decades of refusal to give the cult tax exemption because of its lies and criminality, including crimes against the IRS, the U.S. Government suddenly reversed itself. The U.S. declared Scientology a “religion” and made it tax exempt. Subsequently, the State Department, Justice Department, IRS and a number of Congressmen have been supporting and promoting the cult, including by condemning other countries that have continued to oppose Scientology for its excesses, abuses, criminal tendencies and anti-democratic totalitarianism.

Since I left Scientology and have been targeted as fair game for asking for my money back, I have had to confront the shocking fact that the U.S. Government and officials, by supporting this cult as “religion,” are supporting the defrauding and fair gaming of its victims like me. My discovery, just over three weeks ago, of this clear intention by Miscavige’s intelligence apparatus to obliterate people, shows me unequivocally that what the U.S. has been supporting is a criminal conspiracy. This obliteration plan also shows that those countries that have opposed Scientology — notably Germany, France, Belgium and Greece — were fully justified in their opposition, and that the U.S.’s condemnation of those countries’ opposition is ignominious.

Scientology stated in its submission to the IRS, on which the cult’s tax exemption was granted, that it is organized solely for religious purposes. By this statement, Scientology makes fair game, indeed the obliteration of good people, its “religious” activity, and its “religious purpose.” But the reality is even more diabolical than this. On Scientology’s “checksheet,” the cult identifies the obliteration of people as its “stable datum,” that is, its central “truth,” on which all other data and activities in the subject depend. Obliteration of good people — people like me, whose only “crime” may be demanding the return of money ripped off from them — is Scientology’s key “religious” datum and activity.

As I wrote to Miscavige, and as must be known by the U.S. officials involved in this issue, Time Magazine, in its May 6, 1991 cover story, “Scientology – the Cult of Greed and Power” stated: “Scientology is quite likely the most ruthless, the most classically terroristic, the most litigious and the most lucrative cult the country has ever seen.” Scientology sued Time for libel, and, although the defense cost the magazine some eight million dollars, the organization lost. Scientology is indeed a ruthless, classically terroristic cult.

Why does the U.S. Government support it, and condemn those countries that oppose it? I believe that it is because Scientology is a ruthless, classically terroristic cult, and because it is the U.S.’s own ruthless, terroristic cult. It serves the U.S. Government’s purpose. If having an international, ruthless, classically terroristic cult headquartered on its soil — a cult that defrauds good people, fair games them and obliterates them — did not serve the U.S.’s purpose, the government would oppose and not support this cult.

It is often stated that the aim of terrorism is to induce fear and anxiety, and to destroy our way of life. We are just as often admonished to not let terrorists undermine our ability to pursue our normal activities. See, e.g., http://www.brandeis.edu/humanresources/hres-local/Coping_With_Terrorism.pdf
Because Scientology is organized to induce fear and anxiety in its “enemies,” and destroy our way of life, the cult is, beyond argument, a terrorist organization. The question is, since the U.S. Government and its agencies do nothing to protect good people from this terrorist organization, and in fact support its terrorism with tax exemption and with attacks on its critics, what must we, Scientology’s “enemy” targets, ourselves do to prevent these terrorists from obliterating our way of life — or worse, obliterating us?

Scientology’s classic methods for inducing fear and anxiety and destroying the way of life of its “enemies” are “black propaganda” and financial ruin. Black propaganda or black PR is the name Hubbard gave to his cult’s policy and practice of destroying “enemies’” reputations by the broad, relentless and often covert dissemination of lies and scandals about them. In a “confidential” Policy Letter entitled “Battle Tactics,” from which the “obliteration-of-enemies” idea also comes, Hubbard ordered Scientologists to “degrade the image of the enemy to beast level.” Once a good person is degraded to beast level, it becomes easy, in fact laudable to obliterate him — or her.

Miscavige’s declaring me to be a “suppressive person,” which, to Scientologists means that I am a “criminal,” a “psychotic,” and one of the most evil people on earth, is pursuant to the cult’s black PR beastification doctrine, and a necessary step toward my obliteration.

In laying down what has been Scientology’s basic litigation strategy for almost fifty years, Hubbard wrote:

“The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather than to win. The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody … will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly.”

Such a policy and practice of using U.S. law for purposes of harassment and utterly ruining one’s targeted “enemies” is, by the law itself, unlawful. It is a sad commentary on the U.S. Justice system that, in violation of its own law, it has permitted itself to be used by this cult for these unlawful purposes. But the shame on Justice is nothing compared with the suffering of the victims of Scientology’s use of the system to harass and ruin them.

It is certain that people do not commit suicide out of fear that Islamic terrorists will bomb them. But many suicides are rooted in a loss of reputation or financial ruin. In the west, the threat of reputational or financial ruination generates far more fear and anxiety, and undermines far more people’s ability to pursue normal activities, than the threat of being bombed. Since Scientology has policies and practices of destroying the reputations of its “enemies,” ruining them utterly, as well as threatening them physically, is organized for these criminal activities, and is training its personnel to carry out these crimes, this cult is more terroristic to its “enemies” than are Islamic bombers. The U.S. Government, disgracefully, has ignored the fact that Scientology’s “enemies,” whom the cult targets for obliteration, are the same class of citizens that the Islamic bombers target – utterly innocent good people.

Since Scientology is a terrorist organization, why then is Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge meeting with this cult’s PR representatives, and participating in a photo shoot? Homeland Security should be making citizens secure at home, not schmoozing with the cultists who terrorize them.

Since the cult is involved in criminal fraud and a criminal conspiracy to destroy good people, why is a Florida police department “coming very dangerously close to becoming a private security force for … Scientology?” And why did California police officers declare the cult to be “Organization of the Year?” Police everywhere should be fighting the Scientology fraudsters and criminal conspirators, and protecting citizens, the good people whom the cult victimizes and targets.

Since Scientology’s “study technology” is being used, as this checksheet shows, to train Scientologists to obliterate good people, why are “senior Bush administration officials at the Department of Education,” including Education Secretary Rod Paige, meeting with cult actor Tom Cruise to listen to him promote this “tech?” Since Scientology is a criminal enterprise that terrorizes good people, why does the White House invite in Cruise to lobby “on Scientology-related issues?”

Since a person who is lured into Scientology will be lied to, defrauded and abused, and can be targeted as an “SP” and fair gamed by the cultists just for leaving the cult, why is the Bush Administration putting its seal of approval on this enterprise? Does the Administration invite in other mafias and validate other criminal rackets? The fact that the U.S. Government allows the Scientology fraud to persist gives the appearance of endorsement. But Government’s approval is very wrong. Scientology is a criminal fraud. If Tom Cruise does not know about his cult’s criminal intentions and activities, his information is worse than worthless. If he does know what he’s shilling for, he is a criminal just like his cult’s leadership.

Why has Congress and other official committees held hearings to condemn other countries for opposing the classically terroristic Scientology cult? And why has Congress and the Administration listened attentively to Scientologists lie about how they are discriminated against in those countries, but has never dared to listen to this cult’s victims? Why has the U.S. State Department published annual human rights reports criticizing those countries – the ones wise and courageous enough to oppose this terroristic cult — for “religious discrimination?” And why has the State Department said nothing in its reports about Scientology’s history of criminality, its exceedingly well-known antisocial and anti-democratic policies and practices, and its unholy beastification of good people, including U.S. citizens?

Why do U.S. Government officials support the Scientology cult in its “human rights” campaign, when the cult is in truth a destroyer of human rights? The U.S. has an obligation to its citizens and to the world community to oppose the destruction of human rights, not support the destroyers. That Scientology’s true aim is the destruction of basic human rights, and not the defense and promotion of human rights, is clear to anyone with eyes to see. What the cult is doing with Gerry Armstrong is all the proof any thinking person could possibly need to know that this cult is no respecter of human rights, but a lying, vicious destroyer of our precious rights.

The U.S. Government officials cannot help but know that Scientology is a human rights destroyer. Why then do these officials pretend to be fooled by the Scientologists’ protestations that their human rights are being threatened by the good people and good nations that oppose the cult’s criminality? Why do these officials pretend to be fooled by the cult calling one of its offensive arms its “Human Rights Office” and calling L. Ron Hubbard a “humanitarian?” The “Human Rights Office” is part of the cult’s notorious Office of Special Affairs that trains its personnel in the obliteration of good people. And Hubbard was a misanthrope, a hater of mankind, who wrote that men were his slaves, and who advocated the quiet, sorrowless disposal of people who wouldn’t submit to Scientology processing. The “human rights” that Scientologists lobby, lie and attack for, and the “religious freedoms” they march, protest and beastify their opponents for, are rights and freedoms that no organization should be given. What Scientology and its cultists seek are the rights and freedoms to defraud customers, to degrade good people to beast level, and to fair game and obliterate them.

Terrible history has shown that the Jewish people in Europe were justified in taking up arms against the Nazis long before a few courageous remnants imprisoned and starving in ghettos did so. Almost certainly, the Jews would have even been too late to successfully defend themselves if they had taken up arms when the Nazis came to power in 1933. I believe that the Jews were justified in arming themselves and preparing for war when Gottfried Feder and Adolph Hitler articulated the NSDAP’s infamous twenty-five points, which included the intention of depriving the Jews of their human rights. And the Jews were justified in shooting Nazis when the government did not rapidly prohibit such a plan and punish the planners. If the Jews had waited, which they did, until the Nazis executed the plan and “legally” deprived them of their human rights, including self-defense, it was too late to fight back.

Scientology’s “enemies,” the “SPs,” are in the same position, relative to the Miscavige cult, as the Nazis’ “enemies,” the Jews, were in, relative to the Hitler cult. Scientology beastifies SPs just as the Nazis beastified the Jews. Scientology uses its pseudo-science to “prove” Scientologists’ superiority and SPs’ inferiority, just as the Nazis “proved” their own superiority and Jewish inferiority with their Aryan pseudo-science. Scientology teaches that SPs should be denied citizenship and deprived of human rights, just as the Nazis taught that Jews were not citizens and had no rights. Scientology has, and obviously the Nazis had, a policy of depriving their “enemies” of property, of injuring them, tricking them, lying to them and destroying them, without any discipline of the Scientologist or Nazi perpetrator. Both Scientology and the Nazis concluded that the final solution to the “enemies” problem — SPs and Jews– was their disposal, quietly and without sorrow. Obliteration!

It is foolishness to believe that Scientology is a “religious cult” and not a political cult and therefore can never come to power and be in a position to exterminate people as the Nazis did. Scientology’s goals are political, and the power the cult seeks is political power. The checksheet I recently obtained states unambiguously that Scientology’s goal is political power and requires that the Scientologist trainees demonstrate this goal and their cult’s methodology for attaining the goal with modeling clay.

“CLAY DEMO: “The goal of the department is to bring the government and hostile philosophies or societies into a state of complete compliance with the goals of Scientology. This is done by high level ability to control and in its absence by low level ability to overwhelm. Introvert such agencies. Control such agencies. Scientology is the only game on Earth where everybody wins. There is no overt in bringing good order.””

An “overt” in Scientology’s argot is a “crime.” The “goals of Scientology” referred to in this checksheet step include the beastification of the cult’s “enemies,” the demolition of their reputations, their financial ruin, destruction of their families, deprivation of their property, and their quiet, sorrowless obliteration.

Scientology’s claim of being a “religion” organized solely for “religious purposes” provides the cult with a cover, and a justification, for its frightful political goals. Its “religious” status is a weapon that facilitates the beastification and obliteration of its opponents. The cult generates the illusion that it occupies a moral high ground from which it can black PR the good people who oppose being beastified and obliterated as “religious bigots,” or “anti-religious extremists.”

But Scientology’s assertions of its religiosity should make no difference whatsoever in judging and taking action against its anti-human rights intentions, agenda and crimes. What if the Nazis had declared National Socialism to be a religion? Would the U.S. then have accepted the beastification, incarceration and extermination of the Jews as protected religious expression? Would the U.S. have condemned the U.K. and the Commonwealth countries for attempting to restrain the Nazi Religion practitioners’ religious liberties?

Since Scientology’s directives — which, of course, the cultists call “scriptures” — call for crimes against SPs, including the deprivation of their human rights and their obliteration, are not the SPs justified by history and by present societal conditions and standards in arming themselves to fight back? Are not the SPs justified in organizing and training an army to obliterate the obliterators? Since the U.S. Government refuses to enforce its own law to prohibit and punish Scientology’s human rights violations, are not the SPs justified in shooting down Scientologists, as Miscavige gloats of shooting down SPs?

What the Scientologists are doing to SPs is a violation of U.S.Code Title 18, Chapter 13 (Civil Rights), Section 241 (Conspiracy Against Rights), which states:

“If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; [ … ]
“They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both;” http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/18/241.html

Yet instead of prosecuting Scientology’s conspiracy to destroy the rights of their SP “enemies,” — the U.S.’s own good citizens — the Government has rewarded the cult with religious status and tax exemption. The U.S. gave Scientology an ideal cover for its criminal activities and a billion more dollars to destroy more human rights of more SPs, to terrorize more good people, and to train more Scientologists in their cult’s obliteration “technology.” The U.S. also rewards Scientology’s violation of Federal Civil Rights law by condemning other countries that oppose the cult’s destruction of their citizens’ human rights.

It is generally accepted that a key reason that the Jews did not take up arms and fight back to prevent their being enslaved and obliterated was because they could not believe that such atrocities could happen to them. After all, they were German citizens, and contributing members of society — good people. And the Nazis denied and hid from them their real and murderous intentions and ran a successful disinformation campaign. But we SPs have the Jews’ tragic history to learn from, and we have access to Scientology’s own documents that order our obliteration. And some of us believe that such atrocities can happen. In fact, Scientologists’ denials of their murderous intentions toward us merely reinforce our belief, as the Nazis’ denials of their murderous intentions should have helped the Jews to believe.

Why does no U.S. Government official speak out against the evil that is Scientology? Why does no official speak up for the cult’s victims? I believe it is because of the fear and anxiety that Scientology generates with the threat of black PR and financial ruin. Every U.S. Government official is willing to speak out against Islamic terrorists who might bomb them, but none speak out against Scientology and its operatives that might destroy their reputations or their finances. I believe that this is because, among western politicians and government officials, the threat of reputational or financial ruination generates far more fear and anxiety, and undermines their ability to pursue normal activities far more than the threat of being bombed. Scientology thus is more of a ruthless, classically terroristic threat to democracy, justice and an open, free society than Islamic terrorists. And that is precisely why U.S. Government officials, Congress and Law Enforcement must do something, must stand up to Scientology, and must start to protect and make whole this cult’s victims.

If no one in the U.S. Government will stand up to Scientology terrorism, if no one has the courage to enforce existing federal laws against this criminal organization, what options do we SPs, the cult’s “enemies,” have? If there is no one in the U.S. Government courageous enough to risk being beastified and obliterated to do something to stop the war between the Scientologists and the SPs what can we do but fight back, even if that necessitates fighting back against the government that supports this cult? It is too late to prevent the war, because, as Hubbard’s Policy Letter “Battle Tactics” shows, Scientologists have been waging a dirty, largely covert war on the good people who comprise its “enemies” for decades. But it might not be too late to stop the war before it becomes terribly deadly, since we SPs have really not yet begun to fight.

It may be too late for justice, for safety, for security, or even for survival. It may be that Scientology has indeed brought every U.S. Government official into a state of complete compliance with the cult’s goals. But I am writing in the hope that there are still some officials in the U.S. with the courage necessary to stand up to Scientology and its government collaborators, and to speak out for its victims. I am hoping that some courageous officials will speak out against the cult’s secular fraud by which it extorts and impoverishes its marks, against “disconnection” by which the cult destroys families, and against fair game by which it terrorizes good people. I am hoping that in the U.S. there are some new von Stauffenbergs, some courageous persons who will risk reputation, finances, career and life to try to end this evil, as the original von Stauffenberg did to try to end a similar evil a lifetime ago.

If there are any courageous persons in government or law enforcement in the U.S. who will stand up for Scientology’s SP targets please, I pray, do so now. If there is even one courageous person, please, I pray, let us hear from you. Let us know that we, the people who are Scientology’s SPs, have hope for a future free of this cult’s terrorism.

In God we trust.

Caroline Letkeman
Caroline Letkeman
Please direct any reply or requests for further information to:

Gerry Armstrong
[former German address]
gerry@gerryarmstrong.org

Open Letter to Joseph K. Grieboski Institute on Religion and Public Policy

Freitag, Juni 29th, 2007

October 25, 2004

Joseph K. Grieboski
Institute on Religion and Public Policy
1101 15th Street NW
Suite 115
Washington, DC 20005

Dear Mr. Grieboski:

I have webbed the statement of Professor Alexander Dvorkin made at the recent forum you and he attended at Rhodes, Greece. Dr. Dvorkin, who devoted part of his time to responding to a statement made by you, cites to and challenges you about the Gerry Armstrong case. I am that Armstrong, and I also challenge you and your organization about my case.

Dr. Dvorkin says:

Mr. Grieboski says that without freedom of conscience, freedom of speech and other freedoms cannot exist. But totalitarian cults deny freedom of speech. After all, religious criticism is also an inalienable component of freedom of speech and freedom of religion. We see how totalitarian cults silence criticism of themselves with endless, grueling court proceedings, so that today in the USA it is extremely rare that one can encounter in the open press criticism of totalitarian cults or statements defending their victims. Indicative of this is the well-known case of Gerry Armstrong, who lost eleven years of his life in Scientology, for whom a court judgment of a California court now not only prohibits to speak about his experience in this cult, but even to pronounce in public words like “Scientology,” “Hubbard,” Dianetics” and so forth. For each violation of this prohibition he is supposed to pay 50,000 dollars. If for a moment one concurs with Scientology’s assertion that it is a religion, then such a prohibition could be compared to a court order prohibiting a former Muslim from uttering the word “Mohammed,” “Koran” or “Islam.” But if we were to say in this case that Scientology is an international intelligence organization that uses criminal methods, then the prohibition is the equivalent of prohibiting the victim of organized crime group from saying the word “Mafia” or “godfather.” And this abominable judgment was made by an American court and is upheld by American law enforcement agencies. Is this called freedom of speech?

At the same time, in the annual reports of the US Congress, publications by other countries that are critical of one or another cult are viewed and cited as violations of freedom of conscience.
http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/media/dvorkin-speech-2004-09-29.html

You and your organization clearly support Scientology, and criticize those countries that oppose Scientology fraud, abuses, criminality and human rights violations. Scientology, as is also clear, portrays itself as a courageous defender and promoter of human rights, when the Armstrong case shows that Scientology is anything but.

Your research associate Kyle Ballard writes this about his project “The Study of Religious Freedoms in Russia:”

In modern democracies, religious freedoms are fundamental. Thus, as Russia is shedding its Communist ideology and emerging as a democratic state, religious freedoms have become essential. With this in mind, I traveled to Moscow and Nizhniy-Novgorod to attend the Experts Conference on Religious Freedoms in Russia and to study the position of religious minorities in Russian society.

My assistant was Alexei Danchenkov, Russian national and a legal analyst and spokesman for the Church of Scientology. In attendance at the conference were academics, journalists, state servants, political advisers, and religious freedoms advocates from both Russia and the United States. The conference provided an open forum to discuss the state of religious freedoms in the Russian Federation and allowed U.S. experts to share the American experience. Moreover, because the Church of Scientology works extremely hard on religious freedom issues, I was provided with much information the struggles of religious groups around the world. — Kyle Ballard

Your board member Lynsey Bartilson, who is identified on your web site as a “human rights activist,” is a Scientologist. She describes herself on her own web site as “the International Spokesperson for Youth for Human Rights.” She says that the purpose of this Scientology group is: “To teach youth around the globe about human rights, thus helping them to become valuable advocates for the promotion of tolerance and peace.” http://www.lynseybartilson.com/

The Gerry Armstrong case demonstrates beyond any doubt that Scientology is not seeking religious freedom, and not defending and promoting human rights, as the organization publicly claims, but is a wholesale suppressor and destroyer of religious freedom and basic human rights.

Scientology seeks to have me jailed, fined and assessed the obscene amount of $50,000 in “damages” for every religious expression of my religious experiences, or my religious knowledge, or my religious beliefs concerning this organization, which insists that it is a religion.

Virtually all of my religious expressions of my religious experiences, knowledge, or beliefs for which Scientology wants me jailed, fined and ruined utterly have occurred in Canada or Europe. What Scientology seeks is in direct and flagrant violation of international human rights declarations and charters, which the U.S. lists in its own “International Religious Freedom Act of 1998:”

(2) Freedom of religious belief and practice is a universal human right and fundamental freedom articulated in numerous international instruments, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Helsinki Accords, the Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief, the United Nations Charter, and the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/laws/majorlaw/intlrel.htm

This same U.S. law, H.R. 2431, states as U.S. policy:

(b) POLICY- It shall be the policy of the United States, as follows:

(1) To condemn violations of religious freedom, and to promote, and to assist other governments in the promotion of, the fundamental right to freedom of religion.

Pursuant to its own law, the U.S. Government should be condemning what the Scientology organization is attempting to do with me, especially because Scientology is seeking to deprive me of my religious liberty and other rights and privileges secured to me by the U.S.’s own Constitution and the U.S.’s own Laws under color of the U.S.’s own law.

Instead, the U.S. Government supports Scientology in its drive to suppress and destroy basic human rights, including by condemning those sovereign nations who oppose Scientology’s suppression and destruction of human rights. Your organization apparently does the same, in alignment with the U.S. Government’s anti-human rights position and activities.

As Kyle Ballard observed, Scientology works extremely hard on religious freedom issues. The Gerry Armstrong case shows, however, that this “religious freedom” Scientology works so extremely hard on is the “religious freedom” to suppress, punish and destroy religious freedom.

Scientology has paid millions of tax-exempt dollars to attorneys, private investigators and other agents, and organization directors, officers, employees and volunteers to achieve the criminal and condemnable goal of suppressing, punishing and destroying religious freedom. Scientology has paid millions to achieve that shameful goal in the Armstrong case alone.

Every Scientology or Scientology-affiliated corporation, organization or entity, and all of their directors, officers, employees, volunteers, lawyers and agents sign on to the Armstrong contract to suppress, punish and destroy religious freedom.

People like Ms. Bartilson, who probably have good hearts, but certainly have celebrity, are used by Scientology as spokespersons for its “human rights” front groups. As long as she remains under the domination of the Scientology organization, with its well known cultic policy and practice of attacking opponents, and even critics, will she really teach about real human rights, real tolerance and real peace? As a Scientology representative, Ms. Bartilson is contracted to suppress and destroy human rights.

Scientology’s ideal for peace is a state in which Scientology and every Scientology or Scientology-affiliated corporation, organization or entity, and all of their directors, officers, employees, volunteers, lawyers and agents can attack, defame, silence, jail, fine, impoverish and destroy a designated target and he cannot respond. The Scientology organization even claims that all of those organizations and individuals have monetarily purchased such a state of “peace,” and use the U.S. courts and the organization’s infamous “Fair Game” machinery, to collect on and enforce such “purchase.”

Ms. Bartilson’s mother Laurie Bartilson was attorney of record for a number of years in Scientology’s several litigations – all using the U.S.’s courts – to deprive me of my basic rights.

Alexei Danchenkov, elsewhere called a spokesperson for Scientology, or as the organization so ironically calls its Russian operation, the “Hubbard Humanitarian Center,” is obviously a member of Scientology’s notorious Office of Special Affairs. OSA has the specific function in the Scientology enterprise, as directed by enterprise leader David Miscavige, of suppressing and destroying the religious and other human rights of the organization’s designated targets.

Mr. Danchenkov is a signatory to your letter of July 24, 2003 to the US House Appropriations Committee Washington, D,C., and is identified as “Chief Editor, Freedom Magazine in CIS.”

Scientology uses its magazine “Freedom” to attack, defame and eliminate any opposition to its fraud, abuses and criminality. See, e.g., these scandalous black PR attacks on me in “Freedom” that I’ve saved over the past twenty years. “Freedom” publishes typical hate literature of a typical rights-destroying totalitarian cult.
http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/cult/freedom-1985-04-1.html
http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/cult/scientology-da-docs.html

I’m sure you can easily see why thinking people would think that you’re irresponsibly shilling for Scientology, and cults of its ilk. I still retain a hope, however, that you would attempt to do what is right, and to speak out against Scientology, which is the religious persecutor in this paradigm.

I’ll send a copy of this letter to Dr. Dvorkin, Mr. Ballard, Ms. Bartilson, Mr. Danchenkov, Mr. Miscavige, and to the IRPP general address. According to Scientology, this would amount to $350,000 in “damage” penalties for the organization. I’ll also post the letter to Usenet and web on my site, so if, for example, another seventy thousand people read the letter, that would be another $3,500,000,000. Do you think there is any decency, sense or worth whatsoever in the U.S. courts being used to silence a person whose slightest utterances of his religious beliefs have such galactic value?

Is this letter not the writer’s religious expressions about a religion? Is there anyone at IRPP who would come forward to argue that this letter is not my religious expression of my religious experiences, religious knowledge and religious beliefs, or indeed could not constitute religious scripture?

Scientology, after all, pronounces this Hubbard policy letter called “Battle Tactics” to be “religious scripture.” Are not the words of the victims and targets of these shocking and criminal war tactics of Scientology just as holy, just as religious, and just as needful of protection as the “scripture” that makes good people victims and targets and then victimizes them?

My suggestion is that you and your organization investigate the nature of Scientology, and that you publicly cease support for Scientology until you know the nature of what you’re supporting. I suggest that you locate and engage people who are actual victims of Scientology’s “Suppressive Person” doctrine, and that you fully and openly investigate this doctrine, which is key to Scientology’s nature.

If you are satisfied that, having investigated Scientology’s nature, you and your organization still wish to support this organization, then shilling or collaboration is understandable.

I look forward to hearing from you, I look forward to your thoughts about the Armstrong case, and I look forward to a really good debate about Scientology’s nature.

Yours sincerely,

Gerry Armstrong

[old address]
604-703-1373

E-mail to: Joseph K. Grieboski
Dr. Alexander Dvorkin
IRPP@ReligionAndPolicy.org
Kyle Ballard
Lynsey Bartilson
Alexei Danchenkov
David Miscavige