Ursula Caberta

Scientology Commissioner Under Suspicion


Hamburg, Germany
September 30, 2001
Die Welt am Sonntag
http://www.welt.de

by Thilo Boss

Sect specialist being investigated by Hamburg Senate for accepting favors. Moreover she may be giving Ron Hubbard's adherents an excuse for suing Germany

Hamburg - Ursula Caberta's reputation precedes her: as director of the Task Force on Scientology of the Hamburg Interior Agency, she has been regarded as the psycho-sect's toughest opponent since 1992. She issues written material and lectures about the machinations of the adherents of science fiction writer Ron Hubbard (1911-1986). In the fight with the organization, which has tax-exemption in the USA but which is under surveillance by German homeland security, Ursula Caberta has earned accolades across the nation.

Yet now Ursula Caberta has run into heavy criticism herself. In Hamburg she is under investigation for "accepting favors on duty," and the state attorney in Dusseldorf is reviewing case AZ 810 AR 12901 as to whether she has brought discredit upon a German opponent of Scientology.

Further investigation brought sworn testimony to the attention of WELT am SONNTAG which Caberta gave to a Florida court on October 9, 2000 in the USA. This testimony leaves the question open of whether the best known official German investigator of Scientology has not herself been manipulated by the sect.

In the testimony under oath (case number 8:00 CV-1528-T-27C) there is also discussion about the "security declaration" used by German businesses by which employees and business partners verify that they do not operate in accordance with the methods of Scientology founder Hubbard. In the document signed by Caberta on 9 October 2000 and which she even imprinted with the official seal which she apparently brought with her to America, it says under number 10: The Scientology Security Statement "was developed as a result of inquiries by companies which inquired about infiltration by Scientologists."

In the best case this admission is misleading. For the Scientologists it could even be the long sought basis for which they sue German government agencies and companies before the European Court in Luxemburg for violation of human rights. "Germany is threatened by a wave of lawsuits," Scientology critic and best-seller writer Renate Hartwig ("Ich klage an") fears. Alienation of Scientologists fuels the suspicion that the Hubbard adherents are being discriminated against here at home.

This would be a clear violation of the European Human Rights Convention, according to which "every person has a right to freedom of religion, conscience and thought." "In the US court, Caberta did not use the possibility to make it clear that the security statement is not discrimination, but is solely a rejection of Hubbard's methods," said Hartwig.

Caberta's testimony could be laden with consequences for the Federal Republic and for German business. Germany is playing a central role in the plans of world domination which the sect is credited with. For example, the Scientology intelligence service, OSA, worked out scenarios under the code names of "Snow White - Project Looking Glass," as to how the commercial sect could overcome resistance here at home: it says that Scientologists should get a conviction against the Federal Republic in Luxemburg whereby it produced legal evidence that its members are discriminated against.

But it is not only Caberta's testimony in the US court in Florida that puts her in an unfavorable light, but also the way the sworn testimony came up. That is because although the sect investigator was well-versed with the strategy by which the Scientologists planned to get established in Germany, at least twice in the past year did she voluntarily enter the lion's den (the USA).

A house of horror was already waiting for her in her first visit to Clearwater, the world's biggest training center for the Scientologists, in July 2000, as she said: just as she was arriving she was called a Nazi by outraged Scientologists, moreover she was called into a five-hour deposition by lawyers of the sect because a German employee of an American software company had sued her for damages. Allegedly he had lost a deal with a German company because of the "security statement" on Scientology.  When a second summons to a hearing was shoved under Caberta's hotel door, she left the USA ahead of schedule.

But it wasn't three months later that, in spite of this, she again traveled to Florida and let herself be questioned by Scientology attorneys anyway. And on that occasion the director of the Hamburg agency to observe Scientology gave the controversial sworn testimony - fully in the sense of sect founder Hubbard, who said: Confuse, so that you conquer.

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