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Badische Neueste Nachrichten
Saturday, 24 / Sunday 25, May 2003

Former lead member fled to Germany

Canadian seeks protection from Scientology
Controversial organization uses any means to get "apostate"

Karlsruhe. Gerry Armstrong has not lost hope. His will to survive has not given out on him either -- amazing, with several lawsuits, imminent threats from the antagonistic lawyers at his throat, Gerry is impressed, but he has a clear message, "From Germany I will and must convince the authorities in my Canadian homeland and also in the USA, that Scientology is neither a religion nor even a church, and certainly not a human rights organization, either,"he says.

Scientology -- the organization has affected his life since he ran into it in Vancouver at age 23. Gerry got on the fast track with them back in the 1970s. He went along with L. Ron Hubbard, the Founder of Scientology, on board his ship, "Apollo," and was a member of the "Sea Org, " the elite organization of Scientology. On the ship he worked as legal and intelligence officer, he was involved in the formation of the Scientology secret service, which today still gathers inconceivable amounts of information from targetted areas both here at home and overseas about persons, organizations and governments. On 12 December 1981, after twelve years of Scientology, he departed under dramatic circumstances. The reason for this occurred during the last assignment of the adherent to the Scientology founder, who died in 1986. Armstrong was supposed to use authentic documents to organize Hubbard's biography, during which time he stumbled into a huge stack of lies. Hubbard was not the person his adherents thought he was. No brilliant school work, no career in the Navy, instead there was only vanity, dogmatism and, with the increasing size of the organization at the time, unlimited authority that would tolerate no dissent.

Armstrong had already experienced his first doubts about Scientology's promises. He had spent a total of 25 months in the organization's punitive camp, called the Rehabilitative Project Force, or RPF. This camp is feared. Robbed of free time, obligated to undergo hours of psycho-like interrogations, and hard labor on top of that. Since 1981 Armstrong has been on the run. That is because Scientology persecutes its opponents all the more ruthlessly the more they know about the internal life of the organization. Armstrong was the target of five lawsuits, he was spied upon, robbed, involved in an intentionally staged accident, literally attacked and targeted with "Black Propaganda." He was offered a "fair game." Not one word more about Scientology and he would be left in peace. Nothing came of that, though. Armstrong still has no peace today. In the meantime he is living in Germany. But even here he soon was experiencing "incidents." Again he's experienced a staged accident, and informants. A package (with cookies) addressed to him was supposedly to let him know that Scientology knew where he was staying.

Since January this year he's been living in southwest Germany in a place known only to a few. Back in 1997 he left the USA to return to Canada. The long arm of Scientology had reached too far through the American justice system, then Canada, too. "I would like to live once and for all in Canada again," says Armstrong. He is afraid of more measures by Scientologists, such as those that led to a court order banning him from making negative statements about the organization or to assert that it is not a religion.

He would incur a 50,000 dollars liability for each time he did that on the other side of the Atlantic. Six warrants are outstanding against him, the last to the tune of ten million dollars. Because something like that would be inconceivable in Germany with its completely different justice system, Armstrong is secure here -- in a type of political asylum. Armstrong says he is relieved knowing that Scientology is under surveillance by German homeland security [Verfassungsschutz]. Five or six thousand people in Germany belong to Scientology, according to the latest Verfassungsschutz estimates. And they are in no way involved, according to documented findings by the surveillance authorities, with religious rites or defending human rights. "Scientology is involved with spying upon persons, firms and organizations by the OSA (Office for Special Affairs, the Scientology secret service) foreign spy agency All data is assembled in the USA."

"Anyone who reads the scriptures of Scientology will know that the organization wants power, power over people, businesses, states and finally, over the entire world," he states, and Armstrong knows very well what he is talking about. "They say they are active on behalf of human rights. In doing so they serioiusly transgress these rights every day," says Armstrong. As long as Scientology's power is strong enough to influence the US justice system to preclude Gerry Armstrong from going back to Canada without risk, his human rights are limited. Therefore he stays here from necessity for the purpose of getting the Scientology discussion going in the USA from Germany. Information on the Internet: www.gerryarmstrong.org Achim Winkel



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