GOOD NEWS ****DSA GOOD NEWS BRIEFING OF THE WEEK: 6-18-2000**** Dear everybody, We were gone for a long time, but now the renowned, notorious GOOD NEWS is back in business. We will soon expand this service even further and occasionally have some information delivered to you per "Hard Cover" which you can then distribute to your "publics."
The peace and quiet at the OSA office doesn't mean a thing because sometimes things run hot here.
For instance, in the last two months we have produced 4 entire "Freiheit" magazines in order to make it more clear than usual to "our friends" that we are DA!
Probably the most interesting discovery was that Ursula Caberta, who is entitled "human rights violator" per the decision of the Hamburg Superior State Court, has catapulted herself in a roundabout way and through a newly created front organization of Sect-Reverend Thomas Gandow into a home-made jury for human rights award.
This is the way things came off: Reverend Thomas Gandow was an old friend of the long-term fanatic Friedrich Wilhelm Haack, the Weltanschauungs Commissioner of the Evangelical Church in Bavaria.
Thomas Gandow worked in Berlin all the time and soon expanded his contacts into the East and other parts of the world. Similar to his goal-father Haack, Gandow always liked to get involved with the founding of some front organizations, in this case the "Eltern- und Betroffenen Initiative Berlin" (EBI) ["Parents and People affected Initiative"]. These type of parents' associations have been around since the 1970s all over Germany, almost all of them were founded and directed by Evangelical ministers. As you know, these parents' initiatives were not particularly effective, so people fell back to citizens' initiatives in the early 1990s. The advantage of citizens' initiatives was that they did not need any people who had been affected [by cults] (which there were hardly any of), just angry citizens. In order to get them worked up, it was necessary to have a "victim," who moved from citizens' initiative to citizens' initiative. An old trick.
Probably to attain ["erhalben" sp.] more subsidies, Reverend Gandow then founded not only EBI's, but also "Berliner Dialog" publishing (really should have been called the Berlin Monologue, but enough said), and two more front associations - all at the same address as Gandow, Evangelical Weltanschauungs Office, EBI's and the Berliner Dialog. Now the efforts of the Scientology Church, particularly in the area 1 -- of human rights, were a special thorn in the side of our opponents. Over 25 human rights reports from various international committees have appeared since 1993. As Gandow and Caberta carefully considered - those reports had to be effectively counteracted.
Therefore, sometime after the "Open Letter to Chancellor Kohl," - that was in 1997 - Reverend Gandow brought an association to life special for the occasion, not only that, it was called the "German-American Citizens Committee for Human Rights and Religious Freedom in the USA." Try saying that one fast a few times.
But it gets even better. Gandow and Caberta are especially upset with Bill Clinton because Scientology achieved fame and honor in the USA during his term in office - according to their logic, naturally. Clinton was said to have met with Travolta and Cruise, with Kidman and Corea. During his term in office, people criticized Germany and so on and so on and so on. Therefore it would be absolutely unbelievable that the President of the United States, who, by the way, also wrote for "Freiheit" magazine in the USA, would receive the "International Charlemagne Award of Aachen" for his services in matters of peace and human rights - so judged Gandow and Caberta. While Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder formulated the Laudatio (commendation speech) for Clinton, our human rights violator was creating the "Alternative Charlemagne Award" for a shady multi-millionaire from the USA, Robert Minton.
Robert Minton made his fortune with the help of fraudulent buy-back deals for the corrupt military dictator of Nigeria. With his help, countless banks were ripped off, and let their promissory notes from the country of Nigeria (who had gotten loans from them) for billions of dollars be sold to Minton for a song, who put one over on them by deliberately lying that Nigeria was without means to pay. In fact, Nigeria is at place number 13 on the list of the poorest countries in the world. But there are about 2.5% of the population of the country who are not starving like the suppressed remainder.
There is no plumbing, no electricity and little to eat. Only the government lives in splendor and glory. In reality, though, Nigeria is anything but poor, because it possess rich oil reserves and came into a lot of money in the 1990s. That was not used to pay back their loans, though, but to make some people rich. That was the Minton, who made his fortune of millions from over 100 million starving bodies of the Nigerian population, who should be distinguished - as intended by Gandow and Caberta - with a human rights award - the "Alternate Charlemagne Award"; and at the same time to get one over on Bill Clinton, who received the "International Charlemagne Award" one day prior.
Gandow's motives are particularly transparent. Because his "Parents and People affected Initiative" in Berlin is doing very poorly financially. It could use the help of a rich benefactor with a shot of money. And who keeps a tight hold on his check book when he has just received such a distinction. Swindlers and con-men among themselves.
Nevertheless, the story seems to be exploding more and more. Because the Nigeria Affair is pulling in more international crises. It was recently discussed in the U.S.
Congress and Minton rushed back to the USA after the award in order to save what he could. In doing so, however, he now has to admit that his business partner was anything but trustworthy. In any case, things are getting hotter for Gandow and Caberta.
2 -- Otherwise why would they have hooked an alleged major criminal who can pull them all into oblivion rather than deal with little criminals like the Hartwigs and Armstrongs and Jesse Princes, dealers, rip-off artists, con-men and slickers.
What Minton brought to the theme of Scientology, in any case, was money. After the tragic death of a Scientologist woman at Flag, her name was Lisa McPherson, he was brimming with money. With his help, a distant relative of Lisa McPherson filed a lawsuit for damages against the Church in the amount of 80 million dollars. Minton financed her. What percentage he receives or has calculated, we can only guess. But even that dream seems to be crashing. Just last week, the state attorney's office in Clearwater put in for the proceedings to be suspended - in short, the case died.
However, our Unimprovables can always try it in a civil suit - and as crazy as they are, that's what they'll do - but the basis of the case has been withdrawn, the prospects of success are zero. "Human rights activist"
Minton will have to make a business out of the tragic death of a Scientologist himself.
The whole anti-religion campaign is slowly slipping out of the hands of those who are causing it ....
Because absolutely all the proof for all their assertions and their witness are quite obviously getting more and more dubious and untrustworthy, the Gandows and Cabertas are being left hanging out as time goes by.
Even the personal dynamic, to which such a fanatic campaign is suited, is going completely out of control.
Like, for example, in the matter of MICROSOFT.
For about six years the Executive Software company has been working together with the PC giant, Microsoft.
The owner of Executive Software is Scientologist Craig Jensen, professed member and generous donor. With the help of the Evangelical and Catholic computer freaks, a rumor is being circulated that the "Diskeeper"
program from Executive Software could possibly be in the position to copy data, unnoticed, from the users' hardware. Of course that is sheer fabrication and no tests could cause this suspicion to materialize in any way. But that is all the same to the instigators. What they are primarily concerned about is using Scientology-free computers and software systems. As said though, the shoe is now on the other foot. That is because the Americans are very very very very sensitive to their products being boycotted based on religious membership of any producer or provider. In this regard, Microsoft is even cooler than the U.S. government itself.
Specifically, they, represented by the U.S. Trade Representative direct from the White House, have placed Germany on a "Watch List" of countries which take discriminatory measures against American firms.
The reason - the Microsoft case, even though that is not openly stated.
So far, so good. At first Germany did not react to the Watch List. Things changed, though, last week.
Wednesday, when before the Committee of Foreign Affairs in the U.S. Congress a hearing was held on religious discrimination in west Europe focusing on Germany and France, in which 20 concerned Scientologists from the USA, France and Germany, took part, including Craig Jensen, who gave an impassioned speech in the House of Representatives which did not leave a dry eye in the house. The Berlin "Tagesspiegel"
3 -- was the only newspaper in Germany to make it into a title story, and wrote:
"Last Wednesday, the latest hearing on the theme of the "treatment of religious minorities" in west Europe took place in the U.S. Congress. Once again Germany was put on trial because of its dealing with Scientology. ...
'The federal government is not even trying to keep their embargo from being based on religious discrimination,"
said Jensen on Wednesday to the foreign affairs committee. 'I am not appearing here today to complain about a commercial boycott or about religious discrimination, but bring to your attention to interplay of both - an embargo which is being justified with official government religious discrimination.' He called upon the U.S. Congress to pass a resolution critical of Germany."
"Old hat? It depends. It is known that one or the other official position in Washington bends to the cleverly launched pressure from Scientology when it comes to Germany's dealing with the alleged Church. What's new is that the scandal moves in wider circles. ..."
"On Wednesday, Juergen Chrobob [sp.], the German Ambassador in Washington, reacted to the Congressional hearing on the Microsoft boycott with an explanation which is typical of how the German government replies to U.S. accusations. While the victims told their stories in the House of Representatives, Chrobog pointed out paragraphs in the Constitution. ..."
Finally it continued in a commentary:
"Hamburg's agencies are on thin ice. Stopping a computer program from being installed because it comes from the company of a high-ranking Scientologist is objectionable. ... The fact that Scientology is the object of justified suspicions is NOT sufficient for official disapproval. It would have to be duly legally explained that it was dealing with a psycho-business with anti-Constitutional objectives. That is exactly what has not happened. Further, the objections to the computer program in question would have to be proved. But there, too, only suspicions are in the air. ...That fact that even computer experts cannot agree on the ranking of the program does not contribute to one's peace of mind.
Waki Zoellner, who took part in the hearing in Washington along with Pablo Roehrig and other Scientologists, was completely overwhelmed by the American's hearty encouragement. His summary:
nobody left the hearing early and we won a whole lot of new friends. Those who were against us before are for us now. Many have finally grasped what is really going on in Germany.
Those who make wind will harvest a storm. The Gandows and Caberta should dress warmly while we tell more and more people what Scientology really is.
In this sense ...
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