German TV on Scientology’s Secret Police – The Office of Special Affairs (OSA)

the eye of Scientology2012 |Arte Magazin| OSA – Das Auge Von Scientology (OSA – The Eye of Scientology) View Online

Download video file (.mp4) | Download subtitle file (.srt) (see* below)

After the German people’s encounter with totalitarianism, their new constitution was specifically designed to prevent such a calamity ever happening again. Consequently, German culture has a unique take on the Church of Scientology. For example, this German television programme characterises Scientology as a totalitarian organisation.

This programme focusses on the “Office of Special Affairs”(OSA)  which is Scientology’s secret police /espionage department. Like many organisations engaged in espionage the OSA is not its original Name. In L Ron Hubbard’s time its predecessor, the “Guardians Office”, organised  “Operation Snow White” which was,

[…] the Church of Scientology’s internal name for a major criminal conspiracy during the 1970s to purge unfavourable records about Scientology and its founder L. Ron Hubbard. This project included a series of infiltrations and thefts from 136 government agencies, foreign embassies and consulates, as well as private organizations critical of Scientology, carried out by Church members, in more than 30 countries. It was the single largest infiltration of the United States government in history with up to 5,000 covert agents

The OSA is also active in the persecution of critics and defectors. As you might expect, neither German culture (nor this TV programme) are receptive to the idea that a religion needs its own secret police force.

This 90-minute programme is a comprehensive overview of Scientology and the OSA from a German perspective, and well worth the time. View it in the video window after the break

To view the subtitles click on the icon in the bottom left of the video window- the one that looks like an addressed envelope.

At 35:55 the programme covers Marty Rathburn’s trip to Germany, where he meeds Ursula Caberta a German government official, once commissioner for the Scientology Task Force of the Hamburg Interior Authority.

This is not an isolated incident, but part of a campaign of persecution and intimidation that has been pursued since Rathburn left the Church of Scientology.

Their meeting in the airport is watched (and recorded by cellphones and compact cameras) by at least four individuals. The programme makers turn the tables by recording these activities – and confronting one of the operatives.


*To view your own copy (with subtitles)

  1. Create a new folder on your desktop
  2. Download the .mp4 (video) file and the .srt (subtitle file)
  3. Move both files to the new folder
  4. Download and install the VLC Video Player
  5. Use VLC to play the .mp4 (video) file. It will play complete with subtitles

You can also use these files to upload the film to video sharing sites.

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