Germany to place Scientology under counter-intelligence surveillance - 1997-06-06
BONN, GERMANY BONN, Germany (AP) _ The German government decided Friday to put the Church of Scientology under nationwide surveillance by counterintelligence agents because it contends the church is a threat to democracy.
"All means available to the state" will be used to observe Scientology's members in Germany, Interior Minister Manfred Kanther said. He refused to say exactly how the church's 30,000 German members would be monitored.
Friday's decision marks the first nationwide action against Scientology, although individual German states, political parties and Cabinet ministers have spoken out against the group and organized boycotts against its members.