The raid on Scientology you probably haven't heard about - and how the church beat the rap - 2017-12-05
Historian Chris Owen is back with a stunning and detailed look at how Scientology beat the rap in a government crackdown you probably haven't heard of. Today, he dives into the spying and sabotage that Scientology is so well known for, and tomorrow, the lessons learned in this experience which help explain why governments have a hard time tackling the Scientology problem.
October's news that the Hungarian police are investigating Scientology for 'espionage' is a strong indication that – as I had predicted earlier – the Hungarian authorities' ongoing investigation into Scientology's data protection practices would collide with the work of Scientology's secret police, the Office of Special Affairs (OSA).
Greece's experiences with Scientology 20 years ago illustrate what the Hungarian police might have found during their raids on the Budapest Scientology org. During a series of raids in 1995 against the Athens org, Greek police found and seized numerous internal documents which provided an unprecedented insight into OSA's activities.