Why is it so hard for governments to crack down on the Church of Scientology? - 2017-12-06
Yesterday, historian Chris Owen reminded us of a government raid on Scientology that has largely been forgotten. Today, he discusses the lessons to be learned when, after that raid, Scientology once again beat the rap. (Also, make sure you didn't miss our second story yesterday, about the latest Danny Masterson news.)
Since last year, Hungarian police and data protection officials have carried out three raids or no-notice inspections of Scientology's Budapest branch. They found indications of privacy breaches and are reported to be investigating violations of corporate regulations and evidence of what is being described as "espionage," presumably carried out by Scientology's secret police, the Office of Special Affairs (OSA).
In 1995, the Greek police carried out three raids against Scientology's Athens branch. They found indications of privacy breaches, violations of corporate regulations, and evidence of what they called "espionage" that was carried out by OSA. Sound familiar?