Scientologists deny attempt to import lie detector

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Scientologists deny attempt to import lie detector

Post by UrbanoAlonsoGalan » Thu Sep 22, 2005 5:36 pm

http://www.budapesttimes.hu/index.php?art=1079

Scientologists deny attempt to import lie detector, cite media bias

A spokesman for the Hungarian Church of Scientology last Friday denied that his church had attempted to import a lie detector into Hungary.


“This is just a stupid lie,� Lajos Fritzlauf told The Budapest Times and Budapester Zeitung. “Hungarian media like to create black propaganda against us and they are using this as an excuse for an attack.�

News website Index.hu made the allegation last Tuesday, after Parliament’s Defence Committee discussed a request by an unnamed church to import the detector during a closed session. The committee refused to answer questions about the issue and referred all queries to the Ministry of Economics and Transport.

Viktória Kokics, a spokeswoman for the ministry, confirmed that the import licensing office had refused to rubber-stamp the import. “Under licensing office regulations, permission to import lie detectors can only be given under certain conditions,� she told The Budapest Times and Budapester Zeitung.

The regulation cited by Kokics, under which the licensing office refused to allow the import, covers military equipment, and the ministry interpreted the lie detector as belonging to this category.

The Church of Scientology tends not to use advanced lie detector technology, but instead uses a basic lie detector, known as the E-meter, to examine a person’s mental state. The device was brought into use by the group’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and Scientologists believe that their trained “auditors� can use this device to detect people’s emotions and thoughts by measuring the electrical response of their bodies. The Hungarian branch of the church currently employs such devices.
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Post by UrbanoAlonsoGalan » Fri Sep 23, 2005 7:32 am

The outspoken version of the story.

http://www.pestiside.hu/archives/parlia ... 001474.php

Parliament Goes Bonkers Over Famous Scientologist Brainteaser


The celebrity-studded but controversial Church of Scientology is apparently having a bad week in Hungary. Index.hu reports that the government has blocked the importation of the electronic device used by the money-grubbing but lawyered-up psycho cult church to creepily brainwash conduct so-called "auditing" sessions on its victims adherents. The lie-detector-like gizmos (left), which are called "E-Meters" (short for "Electro-psychometer"), were judged by the authorities to be a "secret service tool," and so the Economy ministry denied the church's request to import them.

According to index, Parliament's National Safety Committee was discussing a draft proposal on the manufacturing of military items on Tuesday when it was revealed that a small church had asked for permission to acquire lie detectors, and the ministry said no. Fidesz MP Csaba Hende asked which church had asked, but his question wasn't answered until a closed meeting was called by the committee. Index contacted the Scientologists, but their local representative, Lajos Fritzlauf, denied that they had been the ones to ask for permission from the ministry, or of using lie-detectors.
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