An Informal American Review
of German-language Media
in matters of Scientology

Joe Cisar
July 22, 2000

Table of Contents

I. Background on Scientology's position towards Germany

II. Germany's dealing with Scientology as:

  1. A personal problem - 1952-1984
  2. A national problem - 1985-1996
  3. An international problem - 1997- present

III. Reviewer's Comments

I. Background on Scientology's position towards Germany

Due to American propaganda efforts which continued well past the end of the Second World War, anti-German sentiment has found fertile ground in the American mindset. Although this residual war mentality has been capitalized upon mainly by the American entertainment industry [1], it is also in place for non-mainstream media to use to any one group's own particular advantage.

One organization which uses this deeply ingrained resentment as an asset is the Scientology Church. The anti-German mindset is valued in the second of the following two equations which Scientology has broadcast repeatedly since the IRS granted it tax-exemption for religious purposes in 1993:

1) Negative reaction, in general, to the Scientology Church 
   discrimination against a minority religion, and

2) Germany's negative reaction to Scientology 
   the onset of a new Holocaust.

This vision of a new Holocaust is, in fact, based on history, but not on that of Germany. On May 6, 1971, L. Ron Hubbard, Founder of Scientology, wrote a "working theory" in a secret Guardian Order [2]. In this order, Hubbard postulated for his elite defense force (the Guardian Office) that the Nazis who got away were the ones keeping him from making earth into a saner planet. Hubbard wrote:

"When Nazi Germany was militarily defeated, the intelligence operatives and files were left 'in place' in other countries, the Nazi Chemists were left in the seized drug firms abroad, the psychiatric 'empire' still existed overseas. At the defeat of Germany these three networks were not wiped out abroad but left [...] in place. ... To make even further headway on making a saner planet, we should test out this new theory and see if it doesn't lead to a new origin point for world distress. We may even be looking at the real 3rd party of East-West tension that gives us the threat of atomic war. Needless to say, police usually side with Fascists and would tend to be blind to this theory. So it may very well be up to only us."

Several operating procedures were changed in the Guardian Office (GO) after the FBI raided their offices and found documents damaging to Scientology, similar to the above. One operational change was that documents which proved Scientology's involvement in criminal activity would no longer be kept in the offices where raids were likely to take place. There was another superficial change, the "Guardian Office" became the "Office of Special Affairs" (OSA). The defense goals and plans of OSA are the same as the GO. OSA's main function is to clear counter-intentions from Scientology's environment so that Scientology can expand. Whenever an outsider contacts a Scientology organization for information, he or she is operating on a defense stage set by OSA.

II. Germany's dealing with Scientology

This section, divided into three segments by time, is a summary of German press articles about Scientology. It is meant to be a rough outline of Scientology's history in Germany, the purpose of which is to provide a better understanding of the relationship between Scientology and Germany today.

II. Germany's dealing with Scientology as:
1. A personal problem - 1952-1984

The early days: consumer protection and investigations

In the early 1950s, L. Ron Hubbard's "Dianetics" movement, the precursor to the Scientology Church, made an impression upon the German press similar to the one it made upon the U.S. American press [3]. Hubbard was described as a "gifted charlatan," and his mental processing was described as "assembly-line psychotherapy." The German language also allows for the the word "psycho-quackery." Today that term has evolved into "psycho-corporation," i.e., a company which makes money by having people perform mental processes upon themselves.

Scientology lands in Germany

In Germany, Scientology set up its first public center in Munich in the early 1970s [4]. That was about the time L. Ron Hubbard wrote his "working theory" on Naziism as a world threat as mentioned above.

Soon after Scientology's arrival, a Protestant minister by the name of Friedrich-W. Haack started getting visits from people who asked him for help with problems associated with Scientology. Because of the number of inquiries and because of the persistent "psycho-terrorism" (psychological terrorism) to which the Scientology organization was subjecting its critics, Haack looked more deeply into the situation [5].

Haack found that English Crown Attorney Sir John G. Foster had produced a report which cited a whole series of Hubbard's instructions on how to deal with enemies and critics of Scientology. Some of these sample instructions, from Hubbard's "Policy Letter" of February 15, 1966, as cited from Foster's report:

"NEVER agree to an investigation of Scientology. ONLY agree to an investigation of the attackers. ...

  1. Spot who is attacking us.
  2. Start investigating them promptly for FELONIES or worse using own professionals, not outside agencies.
  3. Double curve our reply by saying we welcome an investigation of them.
  4. Start feeding lurid, blood sex crime actual evidence on the attackers to the press.

Don't ever tamely submit to an investigation of us. Make it rough, rough on attackers all the way. [6][5]"

After Reverend Haack held several meetings to inform people about Scientology, Scientology struck back using practices similar to those mentioned above. For instance, one leaflet targeting Haack started off with a unflattering caricature of him and the text "For Unlimited Power, contact Friedrich W. Haack, who is very proud of himself and his Total Solution" (That is a reference to the Nazi Total Solution for the Jews). The flyer also included a cartoon of Haack as a father about to beat his son with a stick, saying "This will hurt me much more than it will you."

Scientology expanding in Germany

Several years after arriving in Munich, Scientology recruiters showed up on the streets of Stuttgart, in southwestern Germany [7], where they ran into more problems. The Scientology recruiters wanted to sell Hubbard's books on the open street. As they were informed, a permit was needed to do so. The Scientologists would obtain a permit, stating that the documentation would be submitted at a later time, but then never deliver the promised documentation. One of the groups which noticed this was the ABI consumer protection agency.

Up to that point, things had been relatively quiet for ABI. ABI was a group that gave advice mostly about companies which provided educational books and training. Many of their complaints up to that time had been about unscrupulous book club salesmen. When ABI made its findings about Scientology public, however, Scientology responded unlike any book club.

About ten Scientologists staged what was probably the first public demonstration in Germany against a consumer protection agency. The large banners they carried read, "ABI = Religious Persecution Campaign" and "ABI = False Information Campaign" (Heinemann's 1979 book [7] contains photographs of that event).

Unfortunately, Scientology's campaign against Reverend Haack, consumer advocate Heinemann and other critics did not stop at leaflets and demonstrations.

II. Germany's dealing with Scientology as:
2. A national problem - 1985-1996

Upon Scientology's arrival in Germany, it was first categorized with other movements as a new "Youth Religion." That changed in 1984. In 1984, a couple of years after eleven top Scientologists were convicted of stealing shelf-feet of documents from the I.R.S. in Washington, D.C., the Scientology center in Munich was raided by the state attorney's office for suspicion of fraud, usury and tax evasion [8]. Just as documents of other illegal activity were found in the U.S. raids, the Munich raid also yielded evidence of other wrongdoing.

It was revealed that Scientology was engaged in a practice widespread in the United States and also in former East Germany, that of using informants. Scientology carried it one step further, though. "We have never found critics," Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard was quoted as saying, "who did not have a criminal past." Therefore Scientology used informants or "plants" to look for real or imagined crimes, which, according to doctrine, must have been committed by critics of Scientology.

Thick reports of Scientology's investigations of its critics were confiscated in the Munich raid. The reports included the handiwork of Munich private detective Karl Wunderer. His job was to track down dirt - who had run afoul of the law, who was using prostitutes, etc. One disturbing factor was that the subjects of Scientology's surveillance included not only private citizens like Haack and Heinemann, mentioned above, but government officials as well.

It was also found from seized documents that hiring outside agents was the exception, not the rule. Scientology even conducted its own intelligence and infiltration training. Course literature included "The Spy and His Master" (Intelligence service methods) by Christopher Felix, especially the chapter on "The Art of Camouflage," and two Sefton-Delmer books on disinformation ("Black Boomerang" and "Trail Sinister").

Scientology also had agent handlers to run its covert operatives. A quote from the Scientology "Investigation Secretary, Munich" memo of December 13, 1983, seized in Munich:

"I gave him [the agent] a summary to read which I had written about the situation we have all over Germany as well as where and when it began and who the main men are that should be investigated for us. Heinemann, Kleinmann, ABI, Karbe, Haack, Mucha, in which this Heinemann is the first target, and that we want facts and crimes about him in order to bring him to court and really discredit him. [9]"

Just as alarming as the discovery that the "church" of Scientology ran undercover investigations, it was also found that Scientologists worked in sensitive government positions. These sensitive areas included the state attorney's office (Cologne), federal criminal investigations office (Stuttgart), police (Hamburg), Culture Ministry (Munich), Science (Berlin), and Scientologists were quite widely involved in business, especially in business consulting.

The Germans already had experience in dealing with hostile organizations which worked to infiltrate these sensitive areas. For example, there were the "Unofficial Staff Members" of the former East German State Security (Stasi). Perception of similarities between the East German Ministry for State Security "Unofficial Staff Members" and Scientology's Office of Special Affairs "Field Staff Members" could not be avoided [10]. This type of activity fell under the jurisdiction of German domestic intelligence surveillance, specifically, the Interior Ministries' Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

Negative Public Reaction to Scientology

Due partly to the discovery of its private undercover work which targeted private citizens as well as government officials, and partly to to its own unyielding aggressiveness in dealing with outsiders, Scientology's reputation suffered at the hands of the media. At about the same time "Scientology: The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power" by Richard Behar [11] appeared in Time magazine in the United States, a television documentary appeared in 1991 in Germany called "Brainwashing," with Egmont R. Koch. That show depicted Scientology psychotherapy as a sort of brainwashing and Scientology's overall strategy as "Clearing Germany" of counter-intentions. Ample footage of the military side of Scientology was shown in the team's visit to Scientology's "Flag" headquarters in Clearwater, Florida, where the camera team found no lack of brown- and blue-uniformed Scientology staff.

In the meantime, based on statements from former Scientologists and on Scientology's own documentation of its objectives, the Hamburg Interior Agency established the first official Work Group on Scientology in 1992 [12]. The work group was set up to research the practices of Scientology and to perform public information work.

Scientology becomes a "bona fide" religion


On October 8, 1993, cheering Scientologists in Los Angeles listened to Scientology boss David Miscavige say, "The war is over" [13]. By that he meant the Scientology Church's all-out war against the American Internal Revenue Service was over. This announcement marked a turning point in Scientology's attitude towards Europe.


Strangely enough, Germany was not impressed with Scientology's victory in the USA. Instead, the German Interior Ministers had found that the Scientology organization used "elements of white collar crime and psycho-terrorism against its members in commercial activities and cult-like practices" [14].

The Campaign against Germany began in earnest

Within a year of having been granted tax-exemption, Scientology started taking out full-page anti-Germany advertisements in The New York Times and the Washington Post [15]. The readers of these papers were told not to "ignore warning signals from a country which had unleashed two World Wars in this century." Pictures of Nazis and pictures of Scientology artists adjacent to inflammatory text were presented as evidence of a new Holocaust [16].

At the bottom of these advertisements was the statement "This message was made possible by a grant from the International Association of Scientologists" (IAS). This, however, was not the first time the name of the IAS had come up. Top Scientology money-makers had been solicited to make "donations" to the IAS "war chest" on behalf of the effort against Germany. According to Scientology lists, there were about 1,000 "Patrons," 180 Germans among them, who had donated at least $40,000 apiece to the "war chest" [12]. That meant German Scientologists had contributed the money which had made Scientology's obscenely anti-German advertisements possible. This was one reason Germans started looking at what their money was being used for as a result of doing business with Scientologists.

In 1995 a report came out from Dr. Hans-Gerd Jaschke, commissioned by an Office for the Protection of the Constitution at a state level [17]. Jaschke found that Scientology, on the surface, consisted of a commercial operation which kept its political endeavors compartmented from its other efforts. He analyzed Scientology's political endeavors in relationship to Germany's "liberal democracy." Jaschke observed Scientology as a closed movement with a totalitarian structure, the end product of which would not be compatible with democracy. Evidence of "anti-Constitutional endeavors" are important in Germany, as that country, like other European nations, practices "affirmative action" democracy, i.e., positive measures are taken to ensure the continued existence of a democratic standard of values. This is part of a national strategy developed after World War II to prevent government takeover by a seemingly insignificant, cult-like group, as happened in the 1930s.

Boycott the Scientologists

Another reason for aversion to doing business with Scientologists was explained in detail by former Scientologists, including a Swiss man, Tom Voltz. Voltz published a book in 1995 called "Scientology with(out) an End." In his book, he explained operating procedures of Scientology's department of commerce, called WISE, the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises [18]. Scientology, through WISE, gets 10 - 15 percent of gross (not net) sales for "licensing fees." That means a huge portion of money going to Scientologist business does not go to furthering business and competition, but to spreading the "Founder's" teachings, which are viewed as anti-democratic (see the paragraph on the Jaschke report).

Much of Scientology's money from usage fees came from the real estate market in Germany, Hamburg in particular. The Scientologists found that money could be made quickly by buying apartment buildings, renovating them and selling them as condominiums. That sounds fair, but complications existed.

Profit is not actually realized until the apartment is vacated and sold to someone else (not the tenant) at a higher price. Apartment tenants in Hamburg, however, legally have a 10 year grace period to vacate their apartments [19]. Instead of informing tenants of their rights, Scientologist real estate companies had agents give tenants "counseling" which would lead them to believe their best course of action lie in leaving their apartments. The tenants, who had an interest in staying where they were, should have had first purchase options. Instead they were being shown the door. Even though this practice is not illegal in Germany, it was perceived as less than honest, especially by the tenants.

Because business practices such as the above were in common use by some Scientologist companies, because wealthy Scientologists were donating huge sums of money to finance an anti-German campaign, and because a large portion of money going to Scientologist business went to spreading Hubbard's totalitarian ideology, boycotts against Scientology were called for. The idea of a boycott was validated in March of 1995, when the federal labor court in Cassel decided that Scientology was not a church, but a commercial business [14].

Politics and Surveillance

II. Germany's dealing with Scientology as:
3. An international problem - 1997 - present

Scientology struck back in December, 1996 by escalating the problem. About three dozen American celebrities signed an open letter to German Federal Chancellor Kohl condemning alleged persecution of Scientologists in Germany [20]. The gimmick in this letter, again published as an advertisement in world newspapers, was that none of the signers was a Scientologist. The German media expressed mixed reaction, from introspection [21] to shock. For instance, it was reported that "USA Today" repeated a sentence from the open letter, as follows: "In the 1930's it was the Jews, today it is the Scientologists" without comment. The unqualified statement indicated to the German readers that the comparison of Scientologists to Jews had been accepted by USA Today, a respected newspaper, as fact without question.

The Scientologist offensive continued to gain steam until November 9, 1997, when the U.S. Congress actually discussed and voted upon the "German government's discrimination" against "members of minority religions" in what was known as "the Scientology Bill" [22]. The vote was approximately 3 to 1 against the bill. That is considered an extraordinary loss because, normally, any bill "for" freedom of religion passes through Congress by a wide margin.

Religion Asylum as a tactical measure

Two days before the vote on the "Scientology Bill" was to take place in the U.S. Congress, the New York Times dropped a bombshell: for the first time in history, a Scientologist from Germany had received political asylum in the USA. The reason given was "religious persecution" [23]. This particular case, however, has just recently (July 2000) taken an interesting turn. The Scientologist, to win her asylum application, had presented the U.S. immigration court with letters of rejection from employers in Germany. The letters stated that, based on her membership in Scientology, her outlook for a job in Germany was hopeless. As it has now turned out, a number of the letters of rejection she presented were from Scientologists themselves [24]. Ex-Scientologists in Germany have given testimony under oath that they were the ones who wrote some of the letters at the asylum-seeker's request [25]. The letters of rejection were even written in English, so the immigration judge could understand what was written [26].

Keeping Scientology Under Surveillance

Since 1997, Scientology has been mentioned repeatedly in the annual State Department report on religious freedom and human rights, not only in regards to Germany, but to other countries as well. An excerpt from the State Department's 1998 report on Human Rights in Switzerland [27], for example:

"Due to increasing public concern over certain groups, especially Scientology, the Government in 1997 asked an advisory commission to examine Scientology. The commission published its findings in August. According to the report, there is no basis at present for special monitoring of Scientology, since it does not represent any direct or immediate threat to the security of the country. However, the report stated that Scientology had characteristics of a totalitarian organization and had its own intelligence network. The commission also warned of the significant financial burden imposed on Scientology members and recommended reexamining the issue at a later date."

The reason Scientology was found not be be an immediate threat in Switzerland was that there was no publicly available proof that Scientology was carrying out undercover operations within the geographic boundaries of Switzerland [28]. However, the Chief of the Swiss Federal Police did find that Scientology papers captured in Greece - Project 558 - were "wholly compatible with the documents seized in the United States during 'Operation Snow White' in the 1970's." "Operation Snow White" was the name of Scientology's worldwide strategy under which the offices of the IRS were broken into and documents stolen [29].

One of the references in Scientology's Project 558 [30] cited by the Swiss Federal Police Chief is a Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter of August 15, 1960, entitled, "The Department of Government Affairs." That policy, written by Hubbard, states in part:

"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 [crime] in bringing good order."

Because that policy was cited as a reference in the current operating procedures of Project 558, the Swiss federal police concluded that the older Scientology policies seized in previous raids are still valid and are in use within Scientology. The date on Project 558 is September 2, 1995, almost two years after Scientology had become a "bona-fide" religion in the United States.

In the meantime, Scientology has been under surveillance by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution in Germany for the past several years. While it has been acknowledged that there are religious aspects to parts of Scientology's belief system, various German offices have published booklets about the intelligence aspects of the Scientology organization [31] [32].

No Phone-tapping

Although Scientology has been under surveillance in Germany since 1997, German surveillance law does not allow for phone-tapping and opening mail of non-violent groups [33]. Scientologists regularly march openly and hold rallies in Germany, protected by the police [34][35][36][37]. Scientologists' views are presented by the media, and articles by Scientologists are published in newspapers [38]. Juerg Stettler of Scientology Switzerland regularly has pieces appearing in the Zurich "Tages-Anzeiger" warning of government hysteria about his organization [39][40]. Scientologists have not been fired for being Scientologists.

Even in Bavaria, which rates high on Scientology's list of places which allegedly discriminate against Scientology, no one lost a job, was denied employment, or suffered any infringement of rights by public officials or entities solely because of association with Scientology. Bavarian officials also stated that a Scientologist was teaching in a Munich public school and that another Scientologist was a member of the Bavarian Ministry of Culture [41].

German media monitoring American support of Scientology

The German media has recorded U.S. governmental support of Scientology. For instance, in late October last year, pro-Scientology, anti-German U.S. representatives held a press conference to voice their views. It was noted by members of the German press that questions were not taken [42].

Earlier, on June 18, 1999, three U.S. Representatives, Tom Lantos, Benjamin Gilman and Chistopher H. Smith, wrote to the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. In their letter, they explained to the President that European sect information centers would spread "disinformation" and so should be avoided. Despite the letter from the three Congressmen, the 41 countries of the Council of Europe voted unanimously that information centers were necessary for the protection of sect victims, especially children. A side note: U.S. Congressional letterhead reads "CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES," so most European newspapers mistakenly reported that "the U.S. Congress" had written to ask for a vote against sect information centers [43].

Most recently, Executive Software Scientologist Craig Jensen has been testifying at Congressional hearings, backed up by Clinton's Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky [44].

This latest round centers around what the United States and Scientology call a "sect filter" distributed by German government officials and in use by German companies. "Neither I nor my company work according to the technology of L. Ron Hubbard" is how one version of the 3-question security clause starts out.

The background of the form is that Scientologist Hubbard wrote volumes of material which is not religious in nature, such as Scientology's business "management technology." It is OK for companies to choose with whom they want to do business based on business practices, according to German courts [45][46][47]. And Scientology's management technologies, such as giving Scientology 10 percent of gross sales for licensing fees, are not something all German companies want to be associated with. Therefore there is a form provided which companies can make use of if they do not want their money going to support what they consider to be a totalitarian ideology.

Craig Jensen has entered into the picture in that he is a public Scientologist who owns Executive Software, which provides Microsoft with a disk defragmentation program. This has provided a topic of discussion in Germany [48].

In her "Annual Report on Discrimination in Foreign Government Procurement," U.S. Trade Representative Barshefsky censured the "sect filter"/security clause on Scientology as an impermissible non-tariff trade restriction: "At least one (1) major U.S. provider has been subjected to a qualification process which far exceeds that which was demanded from its competitors," said the report. [These are non-literal quotes which have been translated from English to German back to English... trans.] And continued, "The executive office of the Trade Representative, after the requirements of the sect filter were brought to its attention, made the German government aware of its objection and is continuing to put pressure on the Germans to lift this discriminatory politic."

Even though no official, actual damage or harm has been reported as a result of alleged discrimination against Scientologists in Germany, there has been talk that Scientology will join the ranks of bananas and genetically altered beef in the trade disagreements between the U.S. and the European Union [49]. The German government has noted there is no requirement for companies to do or not do business with any particular group; corporations are free to do business with whom they please.

Finally, charges of discrimination by Scientologists against Germany have been ruled inadmissible by The European Commission/Court of Human Rights [50][51]. Vital pieces of evidence of discrimination, such as date, time and place, are often missing from actual Scientology specifications of misconduct [52].

III. Reviewer's Comments

The discussion about Scientology in Germany is not about religion, it is about politics. The Scientologists are not praying to God to save the Germans' souls. They are lobbying the United States government to tell Germans how to act in Germany.

Germany, like the USA, is a wealthy country. This makes it attractive to a corporation which puts high financial demands upon its members, such as Scientology. Another advantage of Germany is that it is centrally located in Europe, an ideal staging point for excursions into the newly liberated east European countries [29]. From Scientology's viewpoint, however, one of the disadvantages of Germany are the cult information centers. Those function as consumer protection agencies, which means that not only do they warn people of potentially risky situations, but they also serve to keep false rumors from spreading.

German courts have decided that Scientology is more of a commercial corporation than it is a religious operation. Those decisions have been written down and are available to the public, whereas the IRS decision about Scientology's tax-exemption was made behind behind closed doors and the background documents are secret [13].

Finally, the decision by some German companies not to do business based on an aversion to Scientology's totalitarian ideology can be compared to the Boy Scouts of America deciding not to employ homosexual scout leaders [53]. It may be that people cannot be required to perform actions which are fundamentally against their own basic convictions.


[1] For instance a program, set in World War II called "Combat!", 
  was regularly scheduled on U.S. television from 1962-1967.  
  In "Combat!" the solutions to all problems, whether obtaining 
  medicine for a dying girl or getting food for a needy family, 
  usually depended on one thing - whether the Germans could 
  killed or not.  
  (page down a couple of times to see excerpt.)
  Der Spiegel, "Superman in two Lessons", January 9, 1952
  Der Spiegel 36/1972, "Expensive Freedom," 
     approximately September 9, 1972
[5] Friedrich-W. Haack, "Scientology - Magie des 20. Jahrhunderts," 
  first published 1982 by the Claudius Verlag, Munich
  This is the 3rd edition of the book, 1995.
[6] "Enquiry into the Practice and Effects of Scientology" by  
  Sir John Foster K.B.E., Q.C., M.P.
  Ordered by The House of Commons to be printed 21st December 1971
  "SCIENTOLOGY and its Cover Companies" 1979, 
    a book by Ingo Heinemann
  "Psycho-Sects: Use their Blood"
  Der Spiegel, Nr. 48, approx. December 2, 1984
  Attachment 18 to Munich State Attorney 115 Js 4298/84
  Suspension Order of April 24, 1986
  "Helnwein and Scientology: Lies and Treason," 1997 
  a book by Peter Reichelt, see p. 149, 206
  "The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power" by Richard Behar, 
  Time magazine, 6 May 1991
[12] "Their Goal is World Domination," Stern magazine, February 25, 1993
[13] "Scientology's Puzzling Journey from Tax Rebel to Tax Exempt"
  by Dounglas Frantz.  The New York Times, March 9, 1997
  "Scientology: The Profit-Sect" "Die Woche" May 12, 1995 
  See Part 1 by Norbert Bluem
  "Scientology Sacrificial Lamb"
  TAZ, October 12, 1994 
  for pictures in Scientology's 1994 full page ads
  Unofficial translation of "The Jaschke Report" from North 
  Rhein-Westphalia Office of Constitutional Protection Dusseldorf, 
  January 15, 1995 
  "Scientology With(out) an End," 1995
  a book by Tom Voltz
  "Concerted Action against the Sect: Boycott the Scientologists!"
  May 11, 1995, Hamburger Morgenpost
  "Masquerade Ball for Scientologists"
  January 17, 1997,  Die Zeit, Nr. 4
[21] Sueddeutsche Zeitung, January 10, 1997
  "U.S. Celebrities support Scientology" by Josef Joffe
  Congressional Record
  (House of Representatives - November 09, 1997) 
  "Refuge: Florida,"  November 17, 1997 FOCUS 47/1997
  "The Big Bluff," June 29, 2000, Stern magazine
  The Sworn Affirmation, by Jens Billerbeck, ex-Scientologist
  Page down until you see the English.  Right click on the page 
  graphic to view or save scanned copies of the fake asylum letters.  
  One of them is:
  U.S. Department of State 
  Switzerland Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 1998 
  SCIENTOLOGY in Switzerland
  Unofficial Translation of the Report by the 
  State Security Advisory Commission, July 1998
  "Code Name: Snow White" by Robert Vaughn Young
   Der Spiegel magazine,  September 25, 1995
  Look for OSA: Executive Directive, 2 Sep 1995, Project 558.
  Scientology's Intelligence Service
  - Principles, Missions, Structures, Methods and Goals - 
  by the Hamburg State Office for the Protection of the Constitution
  "Measures undertaken by the Government of the
   State of Bavaria against Scientology"
[33] Suedestfunk: REPORT Baden-Baden, "Scientology und Verfassungsschutz"
  October 27, 1997
  "Tapping telephones and monitoring mail, the so-called G-10 
    measures are out of the question with Scientology.  The
    prerequisite danger has not been demonstrated."
  "Perfidious Propaganda: The Scientology March in Berlin"
  October 27, 1997, REPORT from Suedwestfunk in Baden-Baden
  page down to the events surrounding the 1998 march in Frankfurt
  "Jogging for Scientology"
  October 22, 1999, Hamburger Morgenpost
  "Building on Dom Street becomes 'new home in the heart of Hamburg' -
   Opening end of November - Scientology sect moves toward assembly
   building" October 26, 1999, Hamburger MORGENPOST
[38] downloaded from
  Metropolis Berlin in English "Scientologists Storm Berlin"
  Interview with Chick Corea
  "Hysteria"  October 13, 1999
  Tages-Anzeiger Letter to the editor
[40] For articles for or about Juerg Stettler:
  (The 'S' index is approximately 300k)
  U.S. Department of State 
  Germany Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 1998 
  "U.S. Congressmen criticize the current dealings with the sect 
    using fantasies of German domination"
    Der Tagesspiegel, October 23, 1999
  "Unanimous decision by Council of Europe:
    Aid organizations for sect victims"
    June 23, 1999, Neue Zuercher Zeitung, Tagesausgabe, Nr. 142
    (Also has a copy of U.S. Congressional letter)
  "Crusade or Shadowboxing?  A new round in the 
    'Scientology vs. the Federal Republic of Germany' conflict
    July 7, 2000, c't 14/2000, p. 18: Scientology
  "Hamburg Security Declaration against Scientology legally permissible"
  April 8, 2000, Die Welt
  "Scientology loses their case -
   Sect's complaint dismissed - they smile nevertheless
  April 8, 2000, Hamburger Morgenpost Online
  "Administrative Court: Scientology defeated by Interior Agency"
  taz, April 8, 2000
  This page also contains a version of the "sect filter" at the bottom.
  "Scientology Bug in Windows 2000"
   December 3, 1999, Der Spiegel
  "Much contested in USA-EU relations -
  Conflicts of interest overshadow partnership" 
  by Nikolaus Blome and Andreas Middel
  March 10, 2000, Die Welt
  Wolfgang, Ingrid, Maya and Iris KELLER against Germany 
  See the cited "Opinion of the Federal Republic of Germany in 
  the complaints in accordance with ECOSOC decision Nr. 1503 
  concerning alleged discrimination by members of the "Church of 
  Scientology" in the Federal Republic of Germany of April 22, 1994. 
  "Court Says Boy Scouts Can Expel Gay Leader"
  By Edward Walsh and Hanna Rosin, Washington Post Staff Writers
  Thursday , June 29, 2000 ; The Washington Post

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