Germans Spy on Scientologists

They're wiretapping followers. Will Tom Cruise swoop in to save the day?
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2007 8:06 AM CDT
Scientology Church Opens In Berlin    (Getty Images (by Event))

(Newser) – Celeb church-of-choice Scientology is under surveillance from German intelligence officials, alarmed at the recent opening of its new chapel in Berlin, just blocks from the Reichstag. Leaders' phones have been tapped. "This is a dangerous group… that wants to break the will of each of its members. That's why we have to take massive counter-action,” says one German intelligence official.

The response may not be as paranoid as it looks: "If we are to implement our planetary campaigns for salvation, "a Scientology document states, "then we have to reach the top levels of the German government in Berlin," adding that the Berlin headquarters is responsible for "building the necessary in-roads to the German parliament, in order to ensure that our solutions are genuinely introduced to the whole of German society."