World Literacy Crusade, Narconon og Nation of Islam/Scientologikirken

Det har lenge vært kjent at Scientologikirken har forsøkt å utnytte en del amerikanske støtteordninger til vanskeligstilte områder og folkegrupper i USA. Nå ser det ut til at myndighetene har fått nok av at enkelte av Scientologikirken og deres støttespillere Nation of Islam har sugerøret ned i en statskasse der de ikke hører hjemme.

De føderale myndighetene har gått målrettet til verks og begynt med å arrestere og straffe småfisk og derved jobbe seg oppover næringskjeden. Så langt er det Nation of Islam og Hanan Islam og Ronnie “Rizza” Islam som har siktelser hengende over seg, mens Alfreddie Johnson (som i sin tid rekrutterte Isaac Hayes inn i kulten) så langt har gått fri.

Bedrageriet har i stor grad gått ut på å sende unger fra fattige områder på spesielle kurs på den californiske staten (Medi-Cal) forsikringsselskapenes regning. I praksis har de blitt sent til Narconon (som jo igjen er scientologi), selv om småskolebarn stort sett ikke har narkotikaproblemer. Nå er flere arresterte, og World Literacy Crusade har mistet status som skattefri.

Tony Ortega:
http://tonyortega.org/2015/12/17/felony-raps-for-scientologists-running-la-rehab-scam-with-corrupt-educators/

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Det ser ut til at både World Literacy Crusade og Hanan Islams American Health and Education Clinics har gått under jorden, er oppløst eller på andre måter har opphørt og eksisterer som åpne juridiske enheter. Lokalene der de har holt til er tomme, og nettsiden til American Health and Education Clinics er borte. Dette hindrer naturligvis ikke Scientologikirken i å skryte av arbeidet de gjør…

Alfreddie Johnsen ser ut til å ha satt opp sitt egent lille selskap der han er “konsulent” for selskaper som vil inn i De Forente Arabiske Emirater. I følge John P. Capitalist er dette en ikke uvanlig form for svindel, der man lover innpass i en forretningsverdenen som småbedrifter ikke vet så mye om og derved heller ikke har noen mulighet til å evaluere om tjenestene Johnsen selger er reelle.

Tony Ortega:
http://tonyortega.org/2015/12/20/augustine-compton-scam-rehab-and-literacy-crusade-have-vanished-since-raid/

John Ps analyse:

There are other similarly vague and inane promises about “infrastructur”, tourism, entertainment, and “Disneyland.” Wonder how Disney feels about these idiots announcing that they’re going to be building a theme park for “Big Mouse” in the Middle East. Disney has repeatedly been rumored in the business press to be building a theme park somewhere in the Middle East but squelched the rumors each time. The political environment, corruption, lack of rule of law, etc. even in a place like Dubai make that unlikely – Disney is not going to go into a place, invest billions, and risk having the project delayed or collapsed by last-second extortion from politically connected investors who want a bigger piece of the action.

The comically bad spelling on the web site looks like it was thrown together by a native English speaker in a hurry, not by some Middle Easterners with less-than-perfect fluency in English. So it’s pretty reasonable to guess that they are still making it up as they go along and haven’t figured out exactly how they are going to make money.

Given that “our sole purpose is to make the best of American culture accessible to the people of the world,” it’s not even clear that they need to use any Scientology “tech” to fleece their victims. They just need to convince people that they have some magical connections in the area. I’m not saying that this means Alfreddie has loosened his commitment to Scientology. I’m just saying that he probably figures that the addressable market of people who won’t walk out when anything to do with Scientology comes up is shrinking rapidly, and he wants to work one last big scam before he retires.

How does this play out? My guess is that they start by selling to Scientologists but keep the Scientology content on the down low to make sure that they can rope in just about anybody. They’re probably counting on lax attention from the authorities and the reputation for freewheeling financial markets to make it unlikely that they’ll get prosecuted by people who complain. However, while Dubai seems open to any kind of foreign business activity, things can get ugly when you cross someone who’s powerfully connected. And the “rule of law” are merely suggestions when you piss off someone in power.

It will be interesting to see what happens to Alfreddie if these guys attract attention and have the local authorities come crashing down on them. I’m going to suspect that his local partners will find it fairly easy to convince the authorities that it was all his idea and they have been gulled as badly as any of the real victims, and Alfreddie will be taking all the heat for the scheme by himself, finding himself with dozens of cell-mates from all over the world, none of whom have any interest in Scientology tech or even Baptist “tech.”