Stern: Undercover at the Scientology-Church Berlin
Luring Them In
HEFT 21, 15.5.2008
Scientology: Undercover in der Berliner Zentrale
English translation from enturbulation.org
While the sun sets behind the Berlin scenery, Scientologists are
celebrating a birthday. The 97th of their founder L. Ron Hubbard, died
in 1986. Torches line the red carpet leading into the
Scientology-Residency in Charlottenburg. The building at the
Otto-Suhr-Allee is a complex of glass and steel, the Scientology-cross
above the entrance. The Scientologists – dark suits, dresses – are
jolly laughing in the foyer. Berlin, so is the internal saying,
allegedly works ten times better than planned. And: Berlin is meant to
grow even further...
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Village Voice: Jason Beghe to Scientology Mouthpiece Tommy Davis: 'You're Losing Your Soul'
Last week, John Roberts of CNN grilled Tommy Davis, a Scientology spokesman, who was predictably evasive
about what L. Ron Hubbard’s wacky minions are up to. ‘Disconnection,’
the church policy of splitting up families in order to shun critics of
Never happens, Davis claimed. And as for that high-priced
stuff about removing alien souls with lie detector machines? “It’s
unrecognizable to me,” Davis told Roberts.
But it was Davis himself who was practically unrecognizable, Jason Beghe tells the Voice.
Beghe is Scientology’s most notorious recent defector,
a veteran film and television actor who, after twelve years and
approximately $1 million spent on the religion, defected in spectacular
manner with a web video in which he denounced Scientology as “destructive and a rip-off.”
“On the day I was getting married, I was waiting in my house with David
Duchovny, my best man, and everything was fine. Then about an hour
before I had to go, I started to get nervous. I don’t drink much, so I
don’t have much to drink in the house. So I called Tommy Davis and he
brought me a cold six-pack.”
Davis, meanwhile, is the son of another Scientology celebrity, actress
Anne Archer. He’s a longtime Hubbardite himself, and helped to run the
Celebrity Centre in Los Angeles. Davis told Rolling Stone
in 2006 that L. Ron Hubbard was “the coolest guy ever.” Davis is also
well known for provoking BBC journalist John Sweeney into a temper
tantrum that became a YouTube hit last year.
Beghe, however, has more personal memories of the man.
And there was also this: “I had a terrible car accident,” Beghe
“I was in a coma for three and a half weeks. Either Tommy or
someone else from Celebrity Centre was with me for that entire time.”
“I know this guy,” Beghe says.
And that’s why Davis’s appearance on CNN was so troubling, Beghe explains.
“He was saying there’s no Disconnection. That’s a fucking lie. I’m not
even a declared suppressive person, and they’ve all disconnected from
me,” Beghe says about his former friends in the church. “They kicked my
four-year-old son out of a fucking Scientology school. There’s your church.”
Full article: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/...
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The Daily Herald: Freewinds hides information about presence of asbestos
The Purification Angle
Freewinds (Photo: Wikipedia)
WILLEMSTAD: During refurbishing and reparatory work, which involved removing the ceiling and panelling on cruise ship Freewinds , blue asbestos was released and ended up in the ventilation system. Freewinds' captain did not report this when it's own personnel were working on the ship on the Mathey warf in Otrobanda.
The Curacao Drydock Company (CDM), where the ship was taken for
reparatory work on the hull, heard from the surveyor that there may be
asbestos on the ship. The captain acknowledged the incident and said
that after the incident Freewinds
had some investigation done.
Keeping the incident quiet became more noticeable when it turned out
that the 40-year-old ship contatined blue asbestos.
is whether or not the blue asbestos dust, which can cause cancer, can
be removed from the ship. The CDM has stopped all work on the ship. The
ship was sealed and isolated and experts will investigate and measure
the presence of asbestos dust in the hull and surrounding areas.
Commissioners Eugene Rhuggenaath (Economic Affairs) and Humphrey Davelaar (Public Health) said on Friday.
CDM interim director Frank Esser, deputy head of the Department of
Labour Affairs Christiene van der Biezen were accompanied by two
inspectors and head of the health Department Tico Ras. Samples taken
from the panelling last week by inspectors that were sent to the
Netherlands showed that they contained significant amounts of blue
asbestos. After an extraordinary meeting, the Executive Council decided
to inform the public in general about the incident to avoid remours and
The CDM personnel were also informed via the media because it was
impossible to gather all the workers Friday evening to personally give
them the information.
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