Just when we thought we’d reached rock bottom with the Church of Scientology’s desperate fundraising activities from its ever diminishing pond of gullible public, we received the following communication from an Under The Radar reader showing that things have gotten way weirder than we ever suspected.
In reading the commentary below always bear in mind the ‘fundraise’ prospect has no connection with Scientology whatsoever:
“I had an interesting conversation yesterday afternoon.
I have an acquaintance with whom I have never discussed scientology or even mentioned my connection. Late Saturday afternoon, I have my feet up, a glass of wine within easy reach and I’m listening to arguably the greatest rock song of all time, The Who’s ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ (geddit?) when this acquaintance hoves into view with an aggrieved look on his face.
“Do you know a George or a Natalia (from Hungary) of the church of scientology?” he demands. “Yes, I know a George and I know a Natalia,” I respond, “but what of it?”
It transpires that over the past month he had been bombarded with phone call requests for a substantial donation from these individuals. [Editor: note, no emails with their embarrassing paper trails].
These calls take the form of suggestions that he agree to be picked up by George and Natalia, escorted to RCS Joburg to be briefed on scientology’s activities and thereafter to discuss the size of his donation. At this time the only George I knew of (and therefore acknowledged) was George Yiangou, but it appears the George mentioned is the senior of Natalia – both I understand are in WISE. Whether Natalia is from Hungary I don’t know but she’s certainly East European.
To me, this definitely had the hallmark of RCS and the ring of truth, but the mystery was how come RCS made the connection with somebody who has no links to scientology other than a very tenuous and never announced one via me, and got his phone number? As some of the under-mentioned details will explain, he keeps his phone details very private for business reasons.
I probed, but first some background on this chap.
He trades Bitcoin and apparently has something in the order of 5-million British sterling in it, most of which he can’t access as it’s not yet legal tender in most jurisdictions. He is one of a handful of people apparently with the right to open accounts, and to effect transactions literally at the click of a mouse/key. For this reason, nobody is given his phone details as with it apparently a hacker could access, well, everything. Furthermore, developed countries are beginning to clamp down on Bitcoin trading (and other digital currencies of which there are now a large number) for tax purposes and apparently the UK taxman is claiming 3-million sterling from him. He’s therefore always shifting the moolah around and looking for homes to hide it away until that happy day comes when local banks will recognise it and cash it.
This activity sounds pretty borderline in terms of legality, though which side of the border I’m not sure. Regulation of this industry is apparently imminent within the year, though not I think in BRICS countries like South Africa [Editor: BRICS – acronym for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa]
Meantime, what he gets up to apparently leaves some kind of a recognisable internet trail that authorities and those in the know could follow, and he explained to me that in his personal opinion this is what RCS has done to identify him and try get him to part with some of his Bitcoin. This guy, who is part genius and part nutter (but isn’t every genius?) then goes on to tell me some interesting stuff:
He knows a lot more about scientology than I had ever suspected: none of the tech, only the political, organisational side – and salubrious details of LRH’s murky history with Alistair Crowley, celebrities and the Freemasons, etc. Make of that what you will. He tells me wealthy people have always used churches to hide their wealth from the taxman, and scientology has simply cottoned on to this.
Apparently RCS has a big footprint in the international music industry for precisely this reason – people with more money than they know what to do with stash their money temporarily in the RCS (or any church) coffers. He then went into a Who’s Who of the British music industry. This is a guy who has a strong music industry background – he also tells me he has the publishing rights to Syd Barrett’s final recoding (Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd fame). He claims the supposed affiliation of stars like Tom Cruise is for this reason only and nothing to do with the Bridge to Everlasting Servitude.
I don’t know. Any thoughts?”
Under the Radar
This revelation comes in the light of increasing demands for RCS’s tax exemption to be reviewed.
This past Sunday’s release of the HBO documentary ‘Going Clear’ at the Sundance Film Festival is certainly going to give renewed impetus to these calls.
We quote from Tony Ortego’s Sunday blog regarding ‘Going Clear’:
“All in all, a devastating portrayal of a totalitarian organization whose tax exemption should be under question, and whose celebrities need to be called out for their complicity. This will hit hard when it plays on HBO. We can hardly wait.”
And this from “The Scientology Money Project” blog:
“The documentary is a broadside against the controversial religion. It argues that Scientology exploits its tax exempt status to amass millions of dollars in property and donations, behaving more like a business than a charity.”
At BIC, we doubt if Scientology in South Africa has the expertise to do what is claimed in this article in terms of tracking his internet trail – but the likely alternative is potentially even more disturbing.
We think it likely that someone knowing the acquaintance’s activities and our exe’s past affiliation with RCS (who knows, maybe names were mentioned in passing – as Winston Churchill once said: “the walls have ears”) joined some dots and informed RCS of this individual’s murky (but private and confidential!) activities, and vindictively set the RCS onto his trail in what would essentially be a money-laundering scam.
Given all the details now emerging about how RCS uses confidential material from the ethics and even PC folders of reg prospects, the above cycle seems less off the wall and totally in line with today’s RCS regging modus operandi.
So if any of you South African Apostates and Esspees out there suddenly get dirty looks from your wealthy friends, try asking:
‘Do you know a George or Natalia?’