Australian Independent Senator Nick Xenophon takes on Scientology. He said the following under parliamentary privilege, which means that he cannot be sued by the organisation for defamation.
”The letters received by me which were written by former followers in Australia contain extensive allegations of crimes and abuses that are truly shocking – crimes against them and crimes they say they were coerced into committing.
Senator Xenophon said their correspondence implicated the organisation in a range of crimes, including forced imprisonment, coerced abortions, embezzlement of church funds, physical violence, intimidation and blackmail.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
There’s a full transcript of a report on Radio National’s AM program [link] where Sabra Lane speaks to a CoS spokesman.
CYRUS BROOKS: It’s an outrageous abuse of parliamentary privilege from a Senator who would not even meet with us several months ago to discuss his concerns.
SABRA LANE: I’ve spoken with the Senator’s office this morning, and the office says that offer has never been made.
For more information on some of the strategies commonly used by Scientology in response to negative press, and the persecutions documented against people who have been declared Suppressive Persons (betcha Xenophon’s on the list) check out Operation Clambake.