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Scientology: ‘A State within All States’ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany)

How dangerous is the Church of Scientology? How influential is it and how much about it do we really know? According to this review of a recent documentary from Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Scientology – a cult with a ‘Nazi-like’ Office of Special Affairs with an annual budget of $1 billion, has infiltrated and undermined nations around the world – particularly the U.S. State Department.

For the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, reporter Michael Hanfeld starts off this way:

The Office of Special Affairs is to Scientology “what the Stasi was to the German Democratic Republic,” says CSU politician and former Bavarian Prime Minister Günther Beckstein. Anyone who sees the documentary by Frank Nordhausen and Markus Thöss, which airs today on Channel One, will realize how this is not an exaggeration. For the Office of Special Affairs – OSA for short – operates worldwide, has an annual budget of perhaps $1 billion – according to one former Scientologist – and employs all possible means for combating critics, bringing about global domination, and convincing followers of L. Ron Hubbard’s crude doctrine. Attacks on life and limb are becoming more commonplace, says one former cult member, who spoke with the two Southwest Broadcasting (Südwest-Rundfunk) documentarians on camera.

Frank Nordhausen and Markus Thöss have thoroughly researched their topic. Their journey takes them from Germany to France, Greece, Russia, and of course the United States – to Hollywood and to the once-tranquil town of Clearwater, Florida, where Scientologists are now calling the shots. It is amazing to see how far-reaching the sect’s power is. In France, the OSA was able to place a bodyguard and elite agent (code name “F-10”) in the immediate vicinity of former President Mitterrand. In Greece, Scientology’s influence must be interpreted as an attack on the state. It is no different in Russia, considering that the “Church,” with it “Centers for Dianetics,” has placed particular emphasis on defense contractors and secret nuclear installations. In the United States, on the other hand, as is shown by Nordhausen and Thöss, Scientology has broken through any resistance and (this is known) has long-since secured the support of leading figures in the entertainment industry (Tom Cruise, John Travolta) and – above all – in the highest political circles, including the State Department.

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  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

    S’s 45,000 foot center just opened in denver, taking over one of the landmark buildings near Coors Field. Ostensibly ‘saving’ a historic building. But there too are where the homeless gather. It remains to be seen whether the S’s will take them in and care for the homeless. In Colorado, the S’s have come to legislature under other names than S to lobby against mental health services for the homeless, suicidal and homicidal manifestations of schizophrenia and onward. It would be honest to not use subtrefuge. It was only revealed in the testifier when one of the Senators asked the origin of the group, who funded it, etc.

  • zephyr

    I was a voracious consumer of science fiction during my teens and twenties – and there were a LOT of great writers providing material during that time. I always considered L. Ron Hubbard to be one of the less talented writers. That he would be the basis of any religion is a commentary on mental and spiritual mediocrity – and naivete. Of course there is no direct correlation between true value and money and/or power.

  • ShannonLeee

    Germany considers them a dangerous cult and keeps a close eye on their activities.

    and if anyone should know what a dangerous cult looks like, well…..

  • slamfu

    Scientology taught me that people have something in them that just needs to believe. In anything. I mean, good grief Hubbard made a religion in our lifetime that basically involves space aliens and there are LOTS of people that actually believe it. SPACE ALIENS!! I think of all the energy I’ve wasted trying to justify myself as an atheist, and it wasn’t until I learned about scientology that I realized what an uphill battle getting people to not believe in something just because there is no proof. I mean, if you can get millions of people, and not all of the stupid either, to believe in a religion based on aliens written by a sci-fi writer, I mean, wow. There is just a blind spot in the human psyche for needed to believe in something that boils down this complicated world we live in to digestable chunks.

  • The_Ohioan

    Germany has had a long running battle with Scientology and tried to ban them in 2007 but it didn’t happen. They consider them as ubiquitous as the Nazis in gaining power through subversion. Where they stand in the US, I don’t know. They have a mean retaliation machine rather like Westboro Baptist Church and use it in every instance they feel threatened. Salon did a piece in 1997. The US has granted them non-profit status as a church!?!?!

  • ShannonLeee

    slam…I think the draw to scientology has to do more with needing to believe that you are special… better than everyone else… enlightened….

    typical cult stuff

  • The_Ohioan

    Speaking of Michael Savage, yes again, 🙂 – Germany banned him, also.

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