SENATOR INVESTIGATES CoS ANZO!!!!!!!!

Sir Facer

Patron with Honors
Hi All,

This story was aired on today tonight & the Senator mentioned that he will investigate ANZO!!!!! Yahoo read on!!!

Scientology Fraud

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Reporter: Bryan Seymour
Broadcast Date: May 29, 2009
The church of Scientology is fighting one of the biggest battles in its 50-year history.

Forget Xenu the alien overlord and Tom Cruise's bizarre outbursts, this time they're in court facing serious fraud charges.

A woman in France alleges she was manipulated into handing over her life savings.

Bryan Seymour reports the case has ignited questions here about how Scientology minds its own business.

Scientology is under siege.

"Well in Germany Scientology isn't recognised as a religion and in France it's leaders are facing fraud charges," said Nick Xenophon, the Independent Federal Senator from South Australia.

In Paris a court will decide if Scientology fraudulently manipulated a woman into handing over $36,000.

"The only purpose of Scientology is to take money from people," said the French prosecutor in the case. He is seeking to have Scientology's leaders found guilty and fined over ten million dollars and to have the group banned from France altogether.

The French spokeswoman for Scientology was blunt in her assessment of the case: "�it's nothing really, it's bullshit really."

She added that the judge may have been influenced "by the media and the climate" to allow the trial to proceed, which is a serious and unfounded allegation.

Originally four people were accusing Scientology of fraud but two of them came to a financial settlement with the organisation.

The woman at the centre of the trial says she was walking past Scientology headquarters in Paris in 1998. She was approached in the street and offered a free personality test.

"She was humiliated and defrauded for a long time, she bought cases full of expensive books and cassettes all cloaked in this goal of self-improvement to become this incredible person," said the French Prosecutor trying the case

Not surprisingly, the test revealed she had shortfalls. She says she was told Scientology had the cure and was then scammed into buying books, courses, vitamins and even an electrometer, which is supposedly able to measure mental energy.

Scientology says the case is one of religious discrimination rather than the alleged fraud leading to members handing over their life savings.

"There's no witch-hunt, France respects freedom but even with religious freedom France can't ignore people breaking the law, if you have religious freedom if you can't do things that are above the law," said a French Government official.

After a nine year inquiry into the group, a French judge declared Scientology "...is first and foremost a commercial business."

Prosecutors allege the director of Scientology in France, Alain Rosenberg, and six other top officials preyed on vulnerable would-be followers "...with the goal of seizing their fortune by exerting a psychological hold."

Today Tonight were contacted by a woman who claimed she had been recruited into Scientology as a child and manipulated into handing over a vast sum of money. When Today Tonight approached Scientology to respond to her claims, they said the woman had signed a confidentiality contract with them and they sent their lawyers scurrying to court seeking an injunction on the story.

But that's not why Today Tonight decided not to show the interview. Her family asked that the the interview not be aired - and Today Tonight agree... her best interests should come first.

Federal senator Nick Xenophon says it's time to re-examine Scientology's claims as a religion and to change the laws to force the group to start paying tax.

"We need to have a close look at those laws because I think there's a lot of community concern that an organisation such as Scientology gets the huge benefits of having the tax exempt status as a religion," Senator Xenophon said.

Historically Scientology brands anyone who questions their organisation a religious bigot.

"This is not about religious bigotry, this is about accountability and I think it's pretty cowardly of an organisation to start accusing those that just want to question they way they operate, to make sure what they do is transparent, accountable and fair," Senator Xenophon said.

As always, the church of Scientology declined a request to be interviewed.

No doubt they'll be closely watching what happens in France.

"I think there is a role for regulators, for governments to have a very close look at these tactics because if they don't we'll continue to see more and more of these cases emerging where people's lives are being destroyed because they've handed over their life savings, they've handed over their inheritances to Scientology," Senator Xenophon said.

The cult information and family support network has branded Scientology a cult, not a religion and say ex-members can contact them for help and advice.

Further informationCult information and Family Support Network
www.cifs.org.au

Contact CIFS NSW:
[email protected]
Ph: 0423-332-766

Contact CIFS QLD:
[email protected]
Ph: 0413-082-344

Hear Scientology Founder L Ron Hubbard talk about Xenu the alien overlord here

Scientology fraud

To contact Senator Nick Xenophon:
http://www.nickxenophon.com.au/campaigns.php?id=9
 

Carmel

Crusader
This is great news for us in Oz and Kiwi lands, and could/would potentially lead to other things.

Bryan Semour (Channel 7) has been doing great work (along with those who have been in contact with him on the backlines). Good on all! :thumbsup:

With our govt here, Labour doesn't have the majority of seats in the Senate and rely on the Independants, so the Independants like Nick Xenophon can and do have political leverage with government at this time.

All good and encouraging! Communication of facts to the Senator would count for something and contribute to bringing about some changes, I'd imagine.
 

Carmel

Crusader
In my letter to the Senator, I supported the proposed investigation of the CofS, gave a brief account of my history in Scn, and made short points of the various abuses and cover-ups which I've witnessed or been subjected to by the CofS.
 

Sir Facer

Patron with Honors
Go Carmel Go!!!!!!!

In my letter to the Senator, I supported the proposed investigation of the CofS, gave a brief account of my history in Scn, and made short points of the various abuses and cover-ups which I've witnessed or been subjected to by the CofS.

Excellent Carmel, Support from your self is exactly what is needed:hattip:

Im off to bed now for some much needed:sleepy:

Love ya babes:smoochy:
 

outtech

Patron with Honors
Here's a video of TT's report that aired this evening:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lbByKVj_20

In addition to contacting Sen. Nick Xenophon it would probably be a good idea to send Brian Seymour some love as he and Today Tonight have been airing exposes on CoS for over a year now (including airing a report on child labour at the Melbourne org). Also if you have any info on ANZO CoS abuses now would be a time to speak out as the media and politicians seem to be listening.
 
Excellent posting!!

Here's a video of TT's report that aired this evening:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lbByKVj_20

In addition to contacting Sen. Nick Xenophon it would probably be a good idea to send Brian Seymour some love as he and Today Tonight have been airing exposes on CoS for over a year now (including airing a report on child labour at the Melbourne org). Also if you have any info on ANZO CoS abuses now would be a time to speak out as the media and politicians seem to be listening.

Well thanks outtech!!! Yes I aggree lets all praise Brian Seymour, he is a legend!!!!:coolwink:
 

Zinjifar

Silver Meritorious Sponsor
Well, this is all good news, but, I have to admit to feeling a little disappointment.

I read the thread title as 'Senator Investigates CoS Alanzo!!!!!'

I guess we can't have everything :(

Zinj
 

mate

Patron Meritorious
I suspect that this investigation will be too late. I believe the CofS in Australia will collapse completely before the investigation is finished.

I too have sent an email to Senator Nick Zenophon, addressing the CofS abuse of their tax exempt status. I would not be surprised to see their tax concession removed in the next few months. This means that the CofS will have to pay capital gains tax on the sale of their Castlereagh Street property which was purchased for around $780,000 in the late '70s and is now worth some $75m.

David.
 
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