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London: Police Officers Accepted CO$ "Gifts" 11/21/06

Post by Tigger » Wed Nov 22, 2006 3:46 am

Police officers accepted gifts from Church of Scientology | News | This is London
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London, Tuesday 21.11.06

POLICE OFFICERS ACCEPTED GIFTS FROM CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY
21.11.06

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Cruise control: Officers have received sought-after free invitations to film premieres and £500-a-head charity dinners

Dozens of police officers have accepted film premiere tickets, banquet invitations and the use of a jazz band from the controversial Church of Scientology, it has emerged.

The wealthy religious movement has spent thousands of pounds cultivating contacts in the City of London police.
Officers have received sought-after free invitations to film premieres and £500-a-head charity dinners where the guest of honour is Hollywood superstar and renowned Scientologist, Tom Cruise.
They have even been provided with the free use of a £5,000-a-night jazz band to play for officers and guests at a police station function.

As a result of the revelations, an internal review of the force's hospitality policy has been launched.

The officers who have accepted freebies from the church - which has been accused of "brainwashing" their converts - range in rank from constable to chief superintendent. It is understood they include a member of the force's Special Branch.

The details were obtained by a Freedom of Information request made by the Daily Mail - requesting details of all hospitality accepted by officers since July last year. Many more officers are said to have turned down the offers.

Sources inside the City of London Police have described the church as "grooming" selected officers in the hope of winning powerful influence inside the force. But nearly all the offers received official approval from senior officers at the City of London - which has just fought off government plans to merge it with the Metropolitan Police.

Other forces in Britain have banned their staff from having any contact with the church - which holds that humans are descended from an exiled race of aliens called Thetans.

The church openly targeted the force in the run-up to the opening of a £24 million centre in the City which was unveiled in a blaze of publicity last month.

During the ceremony, the force was criticised for sending one of its most senior officers to welcome the scientologists to their new home.
Chief Superintendent Kevin Hurley told the audience that the church, which has been the subjected of repeated investigations by the FBI since it was founded in the 1954 by science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard, was a "force for good" and was "raising the spiritual wealth of society".

His presence at the ceremony was later explained away by the force who said he was their lead officer on "faith issues" and indeed there is no suggestion that Mr Hurley has personally benefited from any hospitality.

But sources within the force say that the church began targeting officers in the aftermath of the July 7 bombings last year when it provided free refreshments to officers manning the police cordon at the scene of the Aldgate blast.

Since then, the Daily Mail can reveal, officers have accepted at least nine offers of formal hospitality. They include a trip for two constables and a sergeant to the premiere of Mission Impossible 3 in London's Leicester Square earlier this year.

The film's star, Tom Cruise, was present at the screening although it is unclear whether the City trio met the Hollywood actor.

Six months later, a further four officers attended a lavish charity dinner at the scientologists' British base in East Grinstead, East Sussex. They included Chief Superintendent Ken Stewart, a Special Branch detective, a constable and a detective constable.

Again, Cruise was present and he and his fellow diners feasted on foie gras, Aberdeen Angus beef and a dessert of chocolate, passion fruit and papaya tart.
The price per head that evening started at £500 and went up to £1,500 for VIP guests, who were able to sit near Cruise.

Three days later, another four officers - including two sergeants - enjoyed a 'Jive Aces' concert, courtesy of the church.
The same band, who music industry sources say can charge up to £5,000 a night, had previously given their services free to a concert at Bishopsgate police station for a fund raising event.

In addition, the scientologists have made donations of £6,250 to the City of London Children's Charity.

Last night Audrey Chaytor, of the Family Action Information Resource Centre, which works with families who have been indoctrinated into cults, said: 'This is appalling. Police officers should not be accepting these kind of invitations.

'The scientologists have one motive when they are doing this and that is to gain influence in the corridors of power.

"I cannot believe the police have been so naive."

A City of London Police spokesman said: "We are conducting a review to ensure that all members of staff are aware of the force policy on accepting hospitality an to assess whether clarification or amendment of this policy is necessary."
 
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Post by Sponge » Wed Nov 22, 2006 5:53 am

Great article. It didn't hold back did it. :)
Them footbullets just keep getting bigger and better.
How on earth did the Co$ think they could keep that one quiet here in the UK.

Thanks for posting that. Good find.

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Post by Pippi_le_peu » Wed Nov 22, 2006 9:21 am

The Manchester Guardian reports also:
Gala dinners, jive bands and Tom Cruise: how the Scientologists woo City police
Mark Salter, a London-based psychiatrist said the scientologists were trying to replicate their ideology by disseminating it as widely as possible.
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"They are a cult who are trying to maximise their influence by putting feelers out and using spin to make contacts and network in quite dangerous ways."

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Post by Sponge » Wed Nov 22, 2006 5:05 pm

Yup. It's getting reported all over and its top of google news.
Kinda nice to nullify the $10,000,000 Cruise wedding news.
Quite a "PR flap" will be going on I expect.

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Post by hartley » Wed Nov 22, 2006 6:47 pm

Just for background:

The Guardian started this one rolling when their reporter at the Grand Opening of the new London Org picked up on some over the top remarks by a senior police officer.

It seems to have occurred to both The Guardian and the Daily Mail that an inquiry under the UK Freedom of Information Act might be interesting. Indeed it was. Both ran stories (Tigger's link was actually the Mail one). Nothing like a bit of healthy competition to get journalists motivated!

Reuters news agency has picked the story up, hence it will be popping up wordwide as all newspapers have 'Scientology' flagged right now thanks to our honeymooners.

This is not, to avoid confusion, the Metropolitan Police of Scotland Yard fame. The City of London police only cover the Square Mile inside the old walls. The Met will not be leaping to their defense, they'd rather like to take them over.
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Post by Sponge » Wed Nov 22, 2006 9:26 pm

Thanks Hartley.

and just for future reference, here is the link to the Guardian newspaper article...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uklatest/stor ... 87,00.html
the Reuters article....
http://today.reuters.co.uk/News/newsArt ... Business-5
and a short bbc article....
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/6171948.stm

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Post by dragonwoman » Wed Nov 22, 2006 11:22 pm

Where was their heads at?!! I mean come on!!! You are a cop, you aren't suppose to take any gifts of ANY KIND!! Taking gifts is big no-no, it makes you look like you are giving preference. Bad, cops! No donuts for you!! :evil:
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Post by juju » Thu Nov 23, 2006 9:38 am

well,


this is old news. And it's not like the Church tried to hide any of these things. I could have told you this last year!

The appearance of the police at the Scientology Patrons Ball was purely to accept a substantial charitable donation to a charity of the choice of the police force.

A £20 meal ticket (yawn) the use of the Jive Aces (only there to hammer in the anti-drugs message).

The Guardian newspaper in fact, is far more suspect than the Church- if it has to go to this low to find a 'story'. It is very quickly becoming more like a tabloid newspaper.

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Post by chipgallo » Thu Nov 23, 2006 6:32 pm

Juju, it is good to know that you are a source for this kind of information. What other Scientology bribes can you tell us about before they break in the media?

Remember, they may appear trivial or unsubstantial to you, but represent a significant amount when viewed as a global pattern.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Post by Sponge » Thu Nov 23, 2006 9:05 pm

juju wrote:well,


this is old news. And it's not like the Church tried to hide any of these things. I could have told you this last year!

The appearance of the police at the Scientology Patrons Ball was purely to accept a substantial charitable donation to a charity of the choice of the police force.

A £20 meal ticket (yawn) the use of the Jive Aces (only there to hammer in the anti-drugs message).

The Guardian newspaper in fact, is far more suspect than the Church- if it has to go to this low to find a 'story'. It is very quickly becoming more like a tabloid newspaper.

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Juju
Juju. It must be so awful being so indoctrinated into cult-think that you really don't know the difference between right and wrong.

The actual amount of the "bribe" is of course largely irrelevant and you conveniently pick the smallest value bribe in order to trivialise and prop up your wobbly argument. Go back the news article and total it all up (you might have to estimate the value of 3 premier tickets for MI:3). Its a big bribe for a very small police force.


The funny thing is, this charitable donation you mention was only £6,250. Pretty damn small compared to the £23million they lavished on the London org plus the expense of the IAS event. As has been pointed out many times before, the Co$ are not ones for donating great amounts of cash and it is this utter lack of benefit to the community which is one of the things that prevents them from ever being recognised as a religion in the UK (that's if you conveniently happened to forget about all the disgusting scams and abuses too). Trouble is that the Co$ is so bad that they would have diffculty in giving money away directly because nobody wants it from a cult (unless you buy off intermediaries who are in position to help make you look good - and help you with your annoying picketers problem).
Also, you know what all this Co$ anti-drugs malarky is all about by now - Narconon. So they get their money back anyway, through cost of "rehabilitaion" plus indoctrination of those customers into the mother scam cult.

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Post by neil c » Thu Nov 30, 2006 12:15 am

POLICE IN REVIEW OVER SCIENTOLOGY GIFT CLAIMS

23 November 2006


The City of London police confirmed yesterday (Wednesday) that they
were conducting a review to make sure all members of staff were aware
of force policy on hospitality.


The review had been triggered by press inquiries after details of gifts
and invitations to officers from the Church of Scientology UK
headquarters at East Grinstead were obtained under the Freedom of
Information Act.


Pc Ian Sales confirmed that Chief Supt Ken Stewart and three others
were at the glittering £500 a head charity dinner at Saint Hill Manor,
East Grinstead, on October 21.


He also confirmed that among other hospitality outings, officers were
invited to the premiere of Mission: Impossible 3 in April where the
scientologist star Tom Cruise was also present.


But the police were not prepared to comment on a suggestion that the
force was being "wooed" by scientology gifts in order to win influence.


Church of Scientoloty spokesman Graeme Wilson, said there were always
people who wanted to make snide comments and stir things up but the
truth was its hospitality extended to all their associates including
Sussex Police.


In 2005 at its annual gala charity concert at Saint Hill cheques of
£5,000 were presented to both the British Transport Police Federation
and the City of London Police for the City Kids Charity plus £10,000
to the Royal Commonwealth Society.


Mr Wilson said: "It's been picked up and blown out of proportion - we
get involved with different organisations because we want to help
people.


"This all came about after the London bombings when we asked the
emergency services if they needed support or back up. They asked for
cups of tea and it grew. People will twist these things but the aim of
scientology is for a world without crime.


"We have been working with the police for 50 years on drug campaigns
and tackling crime. New religions have always been attacked over the
years. We have taken a strong stance over human rights and you get
those with vested interests who start smear campaigns," he said.

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