Sauna cure for radiation sickness

Scientologist to receive lead job in nuclear energy installation

by Frank Nordhausen

Paris/Hamburg, January. Nuclear engineer Pierre Denis from Lyon does not have difficulties with radioactivity. Radiating particles in the human body are primarily a mental problem, he stated on the internet in 1996. He thought the deadly particles, since they are soluble in water, can be "sweated out" with a sauna cure. "That is what we do in a nuclear energy plant: we wash things."

The Frenchman's explanation was labeled "public brainwashing" by nuclear biologist Wolfgang Koehnlein from Muenster. Actually, it could be passed off as a curiosity if Denis were not in line for one of the most important jobs in the French nuclear energy industry. On January 1, the 29 year old engineer is supposed to have been promoted to the operations manager of two of the four 900 megawatt nuclear energy plants in Gravelines near Lille. Shortly before the takeover of operations, the "Libération" newspaper asked its readers the question, "Can a recognized Scientology member be entrusted with the responsibility of the largest nuclear power plant in the country?"

Warnings taken to heart

Since then the case of the Scientologist, Pierre Denis, has caused some publicity among the French, has put the state-owned power company "Electricité de France" (EDF) in a dilemma, and will possibly soon involve the courts. An "Anti-Scientology Collective" broke the story to the press two weeks ago and warned the EDF of a "media scandal" in case the company should not revise its personnel decision. Trade union officials and sect experts voiced the fear that Scientology could come into possession of operating secrets or even nuclear material. "What this is about is perfectly clear," said Claire Champollion of the ADFI Paris sect council. "One would want to obtain positions of influence as instructed in the internal Scientology instructions."

However, the company management has stated that Pierre Denis is a good, qualified engineer, and that Scientology is not prohibited. Nevertheless, there has been discussion of the man being placed in a "post of less strategic significance" with comparable pay. "Naturally I have concerns as to security," stated Jean Casier, the Director of the Gravelines power plant. However, Pierre Denis will not accept any transfer, which he would have to "understand as punishment," and he has threatened to sue the EDF.

Immune against Radiation

While the publicity in France has so far revolved exclusively around the political danger, Ursula Caberta, the Hamburg Scientology Commissioner, warned about the casual dealing of the adherents of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard with radioactive material. "Anybody who believes in Hubbard's theories is lacking in awareness of reality - he would present an enormous risk in a high security area of the nuclear industry." Scientologists actually believe that contamination can simply be "washed away." As regards atom-splitting, the former science fiction author Hubbard maintained that he was "one of the first nuclear physicists of America." In his book, "All About Radiation," he stated in 1957 that the greatest danger resulting from radioactivity was hysteria. Scientologists believe that they can immunize themselves from any radiation, even from the atom bombs of the Third World War, by "auditing" and their self-discovered "purification rundown" - excessive time in the sauna with high intake of vitamins. Along these same lines, nuclear engineer Pierre Denis, who described Hubbard's book as "absolutely true, wrote on the internet, "Scientologists can withstand radiation better if they have done the purification rundown, because they then begin from zero."

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Does the Scientology sect have a grip on atomic power?

From: "Vienna Online" Austria
Monday, December 21, 1998

Nuclear plant operators startled by Scientologist's reach for nuclear energy

From our correspondent

PARIS. Can a known follower of the Scientology sect be given responsibility for the largest nuclear energy plant in the country? This question stirred the French public and put the state energy provider, "Electricité de France" (EdF) in a dilemma. In Gravelines on the English Channel near Dunkirk, there are six 900 megawatt nuclear stations. Beginning in February, Engineer Pierre D., 29, a Scientologist, is supposed to take over their command.

"Everybody knows that Scientologists have the mission to take over positions of power in society. Who knows what they can do with them?" said Gerard Mirou, personnel representative of Gravelines AKW ["Atomkraftwerk": Nuclear Power Plant]. However the management at the power plant have so far said that they want to deal with a good, qualified engineer. At first it was mentioned that the sectarian engineer may be posted to a less strategic position.

The purpose, however, remains, and the affected Scientologist has let his employer, the EdF know, "I will not accept reassignment, which I would have to understand as punishment." With the support of the French division of the Scientology sect, he has even threatened to sue. On the other hand, the "Anti-Scientology Committee" of the EdF promises a "gigantic scandal" if a decision against the sect member is not immediately reached.

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