FBI har sluppet 300 sider fra sin etterforskning av menneskehandel i Scientologikirken


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I 2009 startet FBI en omfattende gransking av påstandene om menneskehandel i Scientologikirken. Etterforskningen tok brått slutt året etter, uten noen offisiell forklaring. Scientologikirken, på sin side, sa de ikke hadde kjennskap til noen etterforskning overhodet.

Utsnitt fra FBI-dokumentet. Foto: TonyOrtega.org/Radar Online.

Nå, sju år senere, har FBI sluppet 300 sider med materiale fra etterforskningen. Dokumentet åpner med å klargjøre for hvilke lover som hjemler undersøkelsen, for deretter å gjøre rede for hvilke deler av organisasjonen som skal granskes, nemlig organisasjonens ørkenbase i Hemet i California og PAC Base, også kalt “Big Blue”, i Los Angeles.

FBI så etter bevis for at scientologiorganisasjonen gjorde det umulig for arbeiderne å gjøre opprør. Organisasjonen oppnådde dette ved å:

  • betale mindre enn 50 dollar i uka, slik at et liv utenfor er umlig
  • overvåke telefonsamtaler og e-post
  • begrense tilgang til legehjelp, samt tvinge kvinner til å ta abort
  • innføre 16 timer lange arbeidsdager, uten fridager
  • begrense arbeidernes bevegelsesfrihet, ved å bruke gjerder, kameraer og vakter
  • innføre strenge dalige rutiner
  • benytte inhumane avstraffelser
  • beslaglegge pass
  • true med “disconnection”, at en må bryte med “undertrykkende” venner, familie eller bekjente
  • true med en såkalt “freeloader’s bill”, en regning man får om en forlater basen og organisasjonen

Drone-bilde av “Int Base”. Foto: TonyOrtega.org

FBI estimerer at det kan være over 1000 ofre for menneskehandel i de to aktuelle basene. Under intervjuer med eks-medlemmer kom det frem at:

  • en lokal legeklinikk ble bekymret over det store antallet aborter foretatt på medlemmer
  • en av de mest inhumane avstraffelsene var å tvinge medlemmer til å stupe ned i dammer av avføring, uten noen form for beskyttelse
  • fysiske og verbale angrep var vanlige
  • medlemmer ble ydmyket ved å få skilt plassert rundt halsen, med tekster som “jeg er en hore”
  • medlemmer på det meste sov fire timer om natten
  • medlemmene var konstant klar over at de ble overvåket, og at flykt var så godt som umulig eller utenkelig

Men hvorfor er ikke slike vitnemål nok til at går videre? Årsaken til skrinleggingen av etterforskningen er ikke inkludert i FBI-dokumentet, skriver journalist Tony Ortega i en artikkel om det nylig slupne dokumentet. Han avslutter med følgende hypotese:

In the movie Going Clear, Lawrence Wright and Alex Gibney promoted the theory that when Marc and Claire Headley lost their civil lawsuit against the church for labor trafficking, it put a chilling effect on the government investigation. “The church is protected,” Wright said in the film, referring to the vast protections of the First Amendment.

But Marc Headley, Mike Rinder, and Marty Rathbun told us that they believed the FBI backed off for other reasons. It’s a complex story that we’ve told at length before, about an FBI agent who had tried to help the Headleys in their lawsuit by giving their attorneys a law enforcement document that was not public. They believe that Scientology would have seized on this and used its connections in Washington — at this time, Gerald Feffer was still alive and was Scientology’s heavyweight lawyer in DC.

Scientology managed somehow to shut down the probe. But even though charges weren’t filed, it’s still powerful to see the records of FBI agents who were obviously very deeply immersed in the subject.

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  1. http://radaronline.com/videos/scientology-fbi-investigation-human-trafficking-claims-probe/
  2. http://tonyortega.org/2017/05/03/confirmation-of-the-2009-fbi-trafficking-probe-of-scientology-that-the-church-denied/
  3. http://tonyortega.org/2017/05/04/forced-abortions-beatings-and-sleep-deprivation-the-fbi-on-scientologys-sea-org/

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Nazanin Boniadis FBI-vitnemål: fikk rollen som Tom Cruises kjæreste

I dokumentaren Going Clear fra 2015 fikk vi høre historien om skuespilleren Nazanin Boniadi. Hun ble håndplukket av Scientologikirken i 2004 til et ganske spesielt prosjekt: nemlig å være kjæresten til Tom Cruise! Denne påstanden ble, ifølge dokumentaren, bekreftet av FBI.

Nå er dette FBI-vitnemålet tilgjengelig.

Utdrag fra FBI-dokumentene. Foto: TonyOrtega.org

Vitnemålet samsvarer med et lengre intervju Boniadi gjorde med Vanity Fair i 2012.

I 2004 jobbet Boniadi som frivillig for scientologiorganisasjonens “etterretningstjenste”, Office of Special Affairs (OSA). Hun fikk et spesialoppdrag av OSA, som blant annet involverte å angripe psykiatrien, en av organisasjonens største “fiender”.

Hun reiste også til East Grinstead i England, for å være med på den årlige gallaen, The International Association of Scientologists (IAS), hvor Tom Cruise ble tildelt den fjonge “Freedom Medal of Valor” for sitt arbeide for scientologiorganisasjonen.

Tom Cruise under IAS-gallaen, hvor han fikk medalje for arbeidet sitt. Foto: TonyOrtega.org

Over den neste måneden ble hun forberedt på et nytt prosjekt, men det var først i november at hun fikk vite hva det egentlig gikk ut på ⸺ å bli Tom Cruises kjæreste! Hun gratulerte ham med medaljen, men dette likte han visst ikke så godt, da hennes “etiske nivå” i kirka ikke var så høyt. Likevel, til tross for en mindre vellykket introduksjon, utviklet de et forhold: “At the beginning of the relationship [redacted] was very romantic but as the relationship progressed [Cruise] began to have temper tantrums. [Cruise] began to show violent tendencies,” kan vi lese i FBI-dokumentene.

Forholdet tok slutt i starten av 2005. Boniadi var foreståelig nok frustrert, og fortalte dette til en venn ⸺ noe hun ble straffet for av organisasjonen. Hun måtte blant annet grave grøfter på natta og skrubbe gulvene på både herre- og kvinne-toalettene. Hun ble også plassert under husarreset. Og ikke nok med det, hun måtte også gjennomgå en lang rekke sikkerhetskontroller, samt ha med seg eskorte uansett hvor hun gikk.

Boniadi fikk nok og forlot Scientologikirken. Etterpå nådde karriereren hennes nye høyder, med en rolle i Showtime-serien Homeland. Hun har aldri snakket ut offentlig om opplevelsene sine i Scientologikirken, eller om forholdet til Tom Cruise.

Journalisten Tony Ortega gjengir de aktuelle passasjene i FBI-dokumentene:

Give the file a look and let us know what you think about it. (In some of the redacted portions we’ve filled in the names of Boniadi — “Naz” — or Cruise because the number of letters and context make it obvious who’s being referred to.)

On January 8, 2010 [redacted] date of birth [redacted] residence address [redacted] Driver’s License number [redacted] was interviewed in Los Angeles. After being advised of the identity of the interviewing agents and the nature of the interview, [Naz] provided the following information:

[Naz] joined Scientology in [redacted] is a Scientologist. In [redacted] the [redacted] and was in the process of applying to [redacted] at the time also joined Scientology.

By the age of [redacted] had risen to the [redacted] status in Scientology and was working with the Office of Special Affairs (OSA). One of her duties while working with OSA was [redacted] was tasked by OSA to [redacted] She was specifically tasked with [redacted] also tasked by OSA [redacted]
In Scientology, psychiatrists are thought to be evil people. [Redacted] Church was so against psychology. [Naz] was going to be applying to [redacted]

In [redacted] traveled to the United Kingdom (U.K.) to see [Tom Cruise] receive the Medal of Valour from the Church. The medal is one of the highest achievements a Scientologist can receive. [Redacted] other Scientologists asking where she was. [Redacted] go to the Celebrity Center in Los Angeles. When [Naz] returned to the U.S., [redacted] He told her she was being considered for a special project where she would be considered a [redacted] help Scientology. She was chosen because she was [redacted] was not allowed to know any specifics about the project and was not allowed to tell anyone.

[Naz] was put through a month of security checks (“sec checks”), auditing and interviews. The interviews were often video recorded. The church wanted to make sure there was nothing unfavorable in her background. [Redacted] said everything was looking well except for the fact [redacted] said [redacted] in order to continue with the project. [Naz] disagreed and said she was not going to [redacted] asked what would be the one thing that would make [redacted] stated that if [redacted] Several days later [redacted] The [redacted] Within the [redacted] that the Church violated her [redacted paragraph]

Once [redacted] continued her preparations for the special project. [Redacted] and another Scientologist named [redacted] LNU [redacted] took her [redacted] At the time [redacted] in Celebrity Center. [Redacted] outside communications were always monitored.

One day [redacted] went over the “Admin Scale,” which is a scale that covers the ideal status of any Scientologist’s life. Status “2” covers relationships. [Redacted] asked [redacted paragraph]

After one month, [Naz] was told her preparation was complete and she now had to [redacted paragraph] going to [redacted] because it was considered to be an [redacted] When she arrived [redacted] noticed people began to leave the building. In a short time, she noticed that she was alone in the building with [redacted] then heard [redacted] coming toward them. At that point, she realized the special project had been to [redacted] Having never met [Tom Cruise] congratulated him on his recent award by saying, [redacted] seemed upset by her comment but did not respond. That evening [redacted] began to see what the purpose of her last month of interviews and preparation were for. From that day on she [redacted]

After the first night, [redacted] did not understand how she had [redacted] but was told that because her ethics level in the Church was not as high [redacted] she should have not told him [redacted] also warned [redacted] then presented [Naz] with a confidentiality agreement and told her if she did not sign then she would never see [redacted] did sign the agreement and [redacted] After that conversation she was then “sec checked” for her mistakes.
Throughout the [redacted] If she had any relationship problems she should go directly [redacted] and her entire purpose was to make [Cruise] happy. [Naz] was given [redacted] allowance and cell phone while she was living with [Cruise.]

[Redacted paragraph]

At the beginning of the relationship [redacted] was very romantic but as the relationship progressed [Cruise] began to have temper tantrums. [Cruise] began to show violent tendencies. On a trip to [redacted paragraph]

[Redacted paragraph]

Soon after the trip to [redacted] was over. To make amends [redacted] in Clearwater, Florida. While she was in Clearwater, a friend kept asking [Naz] why she was so upset. At first [Naz] kept the reason to herself but in frustration admitted she was upset because of her [redacted] Her friend wrote a knowledge report about [redacted] NAZ was yelled at and reprimanded for having mentioned her.

[Naz] began writing a story based on her experience with [redacted] As a result of her story, [Naz] was placed on the Rehabilitaion Project Force (RPF) even though [Naz] was not a member of the Sea Org. [Naz] was had to dig ditches at midnight and scrub floor tiles in both the men’s and women’s bathrooms. She was placed on a curfew, sec checked and escorted everywhere she went. [Naz] was no longer allowed to speak to anyone. [Naz] began to feel as if she were a criminal. [Redacted] was also being sec checked. [Naz] had the opportunity to leave the base, but was always threatened with being declared a suppressive person and banned from speaking to her parents again. [Redacted] called her at one point and said [redacted] After that conversation, [Naz] felt she had no choice but to stay and finish the RPF.

After she finished the RPF she returned to Los Angeles. Members of the Church went to [redacted] feels she was a victim of white slavery because she traveled across state lines under false pretenses. [Naz] wrote a letter to the Church of Scientology to highlight what happened to her and to highlight the broken confidential agreements between the Church and its parishioners. [Naz] never received a reply from the Church. [Naz] believes the Church is using what L. Ron Hubbard wrote for illegal purposes.

[Redacted] intends to separate from the Church of Scientology.

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