GOVERNMENT and HOSPITAL OFFICIALS AROUND THE WORLD CONSPIRE WITH
THE WATCHTOWER CULT'S "HOSPITAL LIAISON COMMITTEES" TO SURVEIL and INTIMIDATE
SICK and INJURED JEHOVAH'S WITNESS PATIENTS, THEIR FAMILIES, and TREATING PHYSICIANS
For decades, escapees from the WatchTower Cult have FUTILELY warned government officials and the health care industry that the WatchTower Cult started forming local HOSPITAL LIAISON COMMITTEES (HLCs) around the world, in 1979, for the primary purpose of SURVEILING hospitalized Jehovah's Witness Patients and their Families in order to COERCE them to refuse physician recommended blood transfusions. Secondarily, members of the WatchTower Cult's local HOSPITAL LIAISON COMMITTEES (HLCs) were inserted into hospitals to SURVEIL and COERCE attending physicians, nurses, and hospital administration personnel.
"Safeguarding Your Children From Misuse of Blood. ... When there is a crisis, elders may consider it advisable to arrange a 24-hour watch at the hospital, preferably by an elder with the patient's parent or another close family member. Blood transfusions often are given when all relatives and friends have gone home for the night. In the United States, there are over a hundred Hospital Liaison Committees located in major cities. All congregations are assigned to a committee made up of trained brothers who are available to assist. Call on them, through your elders, when they are needed." -- OUR KINGDOM MINISTRY, September 1992.
Rather than heeding those warnings, some American state governments have effectively MADE IT STATE LAW that the WatchTower Cult's local HOSPITAL LIAISON COMMITTEES (HLCs) be present at certain hospital emergency scenarios. Note the following webpage from Connecticut's Department of Children and Families. In scenarios where a Connecticut hospital is requesting judicial intervention to save the life of a child of Jehovah's Witness Parents who are refusing to give their consent for a life-saving blood transfusion, Connecticut's Department of Children and Families REQUIRES its investigators to make certain that the WatchTower Cult's local HOSPITAL LIAISON COMMITTEE (HLC) has been notified of the emergency situation. Such state agency policy and policing effectively grants the WatchTower Cult with certain undefined legal status over the lives of its Jehovah's Witness members and their children. Readers can be certain that if the WatchTower Cult has managed to pull off this legal maneuver in one state, then they have done the same in most other states. (Did you also notice that the WatchTower Cult even has persuaded Connecticut's Department of Children and Families to REQUIRE its investigators to make certain that the attending PROFESSIONAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS have considered the use of "non-blood medical alternatives and treatment" -- which are medically USELESS in the given emergency situation. One can't help but wonder if Connecticut's DCF officials lined up and kissed the arses of the WatchTower Cult's attorneys and HLC members before they exited that meeting.)
Click this link to read a July 2014 "Directive" from the federal Veterans Health Administration regarding treatment of military veterans who are Jehovah's Witnesses wanting the VA to perform surgery on them without using blood transfusions. Note that this"Directive", which appears to effectively have been authored by WatchTower Society officials (see federal lawsuit CLINTON v. BROWN), REQUIRES the pertinent VA department "Chief" to contact the WatchTower Cult's "Hospital Information Services" at WatchTower World Headquarters in New York, in the event that the WatchTower Cult's local Hospital Liaison Committee has not already been summoned by the JW Patient or their family. Curiously, this same "Directive" also requires VA staff to maintain the confidentiality of their JW Patient's decision to refuse blood transfusions. Once again, the WatchTower Society effectively is granted certain undefined legal status over its Jehovah's Witness members by a government agency -- this one being FEDERAL.
The Argus (UK)
June 10, 2008
Hospitals Must Stop the Blood Martyrs
Nine years ago former Jehovah's Witness Rachel Underhill was forced to refuse a lifesaving blood transfusion while giving birth to her twins. Rachel and her daughters Kira and Zoe survived to tell the tale -- and left the faith a few years later. ... When Rachel Underhill saw media reports about yet another Jehovah's Witness who lay dying in hospital, the bitter memories came flooding back.
John Edwards, 58, from London, needed a blood transfusion after a hit and run accident last week, but his wife Sheila insisted that he would not want the life-saving procedure, which is against their religious beliefs. As a result the couple's sons, who are not Jehovah's Witnesses, would have to watch their father die.
It was an all too familiar situation for Rachel Underhill who walked away from the faith after 30 years. ...
Seven years ago Rachel's case made headlines in The Argus when she rejected a blood transfusion during a Caesarean section. Rachel, of Telscombe Cliffs, later revealed the decision was taken out of her hands by the WatchTower Society's Hospital Liaison Committee.
"Jehovah's Witnesses need protecting from their own religion, and from themselves on this issue. I believe the law should be changed so that hospitals automatically have the power to give Jehovah's Witnesses blood against their wishes.
"Simply saying we can't change the law, because we all have a right to choose our own medical treatment, fails to take adequate consideration of all the behind-the-scenes machinations forcing Jehovah's Witnesses to refuse blood. Theirs is not a truly freewill choice, but one made under enormous pressure from their Jehovah's Witness family and friends, from Kingdom Hall Elders, and from the WatchTower Society's Hospital Liaison Committee.
"Jehovah's Witnesses know that they will be shunned by all their Jehovah's Witness family and friends if they publicly accept a blood transfusion. The Hospital Liaison Committee members -- the Jehovah's Witness Leaders who liaise with hospital staff when cases such as this arise -- campout at their hospital bedside reminding them of the prospect of eternal annihilation should they fail to comply with the WatchTower Cult's particular interpretation of the Bible.
"Because Jehovah's Witness Patients will have had these ideas so drummed into them -- often since childhood -- you have to ask whether or not they, or their next of kin, are actually of sound enough mind to make the decision to refuse a transfusion.
"Worse still, Jehovah's Witness Leaders seem to treat as martyrs those Jehovah's Witnesses who die refusing transfusions. The whole policy itself, and the thinking and teaching around it is, quite simply, sick.
"The Jehovah's Witnesses have changed their policy on similar matters in the past, such as when they began to allow vaccinations, and then later organ transplants, due to practical neccessity. I beg them to change this one to prevent further loss of life."
Although the WatchTower Society started prohibiting its Jehovah's Witness members from accepting blood transfusions in 1945, those typically obedient members did not immediately snap to attention on this matter -- given that this new prohibition could result in immediate death. In 1949, multiple members of one of the Cult's most prominent extended families blatantly donated blood for the transfusion of one of their "anointed" elderly family members who was dying from leukemia. Into the early 1950s, the "correctness" of the blood transfusion prohibition was occasionally still being debated by some members of the Service and Editorial Departments at WatchTower HQ.
Then, in the January 15, 1961 issue of the WATCHTOWER magazine, WatchTower HQ sent out a firm message that it would no longer tolerate the ignoring of its blanket prohibition against blood transfusions by Jehovah's Witnesses who were quietly treating blood transfusions as "a matter of conscience".
[Receiving a blood transfusion] is a violation of God's command to Christians, the seriousness of which should not be minimized by any passing over it lightly as being an optional matter for the conscience of any individual to decide upon. ... Hence a Christian who deliberately receives a blood transfusion ... must be cut off from God's people by excommunication or disfellowshipping. If the taking of a blood transfusion is the first offense of a dedicated, baptized Christian due to his immaturity or lack of Christian stability and he sees the error of his action and grieves and repents over it and begs divine forgiveness and forgiveness of God's congregation on earth, then mercy should be extended to him and he need not be disfellowshipped. He needs to be put under surveillance and to be instructed thoroughly according to the Scriptures upon this subject, and thereby be helped to acquire strength to make decisions according to the Christian standard in any future cases. If, however, he refuses to acknowledge his nonconformity to the required Christian standard and makes the matter an issue in the Christian congregation and endeavors to influence others therein to his support; or, if in the future he persists in accepting blood transfusions or donating blood ... he must be cut off ... by disfellowshipping.
The following [edited] excerpt is taken from a 2015 article entitled "Patient Autonomy is Held to be Sacrosanct. A Doctor Reconsiders This View", in which an anonymous Medical Doctor advocates that the health care industry and its governmental regulators reevaluate the almost unfettered access to Patients given in hospitals to WatchTower Cult SPIES and SECRET AGENTS:
"A 21-year-old male of African-American descent, a Jehovah's Witness, with a history of sickle cell anemia presents with diffuse pain and weakness. His admission hemoglobin is 6. ... His blood counts continue to fall.He is asked if he would accept transfusion. He seems uncertain, until his mother indicates the entire family are Jehovah's witnesses and under no circumstances would any of the family accept blood. The patient quietly refuses transfusion. [WATCHTOWER HLC] Church officials start to spend a considerable amount of time in the room and waiting area. They approach multiple health professionals and attempt to hand them literature with recommendations for care of patients without [resorting to] transfusion. The president of the hospital is called when the recommendations are not hewed to. ... . ...
"I have witnessed [WATCHTOWER HLC] church officials residing at the bedside of our ICU patients with the stated purpose of ensuring no blood products are administered. ... What is the role of these [WATCHTOWER HLC] church officials? Is their presence to guard the patient against unwanted medical care, or does their presence serve to intimidate the patient? ... Blood cannot be given quickly and inauspiciously. Might the more realistic fear of [WATCHTOWER HLC] church officials be [that] consent [for a blood transfusion be] given freely [by the JW Patient], not [that a] blood [transfusion is] given without [that patient's] consent? ...
Sometime in 1981, an American Jehovah's Witness, named Sue Pamela Carne, described as "in her 20s", arrived in Moscow, Russia, to work as a "governess" for an unidentified "American Diplomat". In 1982, Sue P. Carne was assigned by the American Embassy to work for William G. Plunkert, who may have replaced the person to whom Carne had previously been assigned. Plunkert has been identified as the then Second Secretary of the Political Section at the American Embassy, which in turn supposedly identifies Plunkert as a C.I.A. operative. By only May 1983, possibly in less than two years, the Russian K.G.B. had already gathered enough intelligence on Sue Carne sufficient to arrest and deport her out of the country.
According to Associated Press reports, Sue Carne was accused of organizing and training a "cell" of Jehovah's Witnesses in the city of Kalinin, which is about 90 miles northwest of Moscow. (Clint Eastwood's 1982 movie FIREFOX will give readers a good feel for what life and travel was like in and around Moscow during this time period.) Soviet officials claimed that Carne had organized, trained, and funded the "cell" while using the alias "Paula Combs". "Paula Combs" had posed in Kalinin as a Russian-language student studying at Moscow's Pushkin Institute. Carne/Combs supposedly supplied the Kalinin group of JWs with banned WatchTower literature, typewriters, tape recorders, and other duplicating equipment, along with funds used to construct a headquarters building -- all of which may indicate that the Kalinin group may have been more than just a local operation.
If one wants to pursue the theory that Sue Pamela Carne was simply a young, single American female who was coincidentally an extremely devout Jehovah's Witness, who wanted the adventure of moving to a then despotic communist country where practicing her own WatchTower religion was outlawed, in order to eek out a living as a "governess", then one must first explain how Carne obtained the necessary diplomatic "security clearances" required for her to be hired and sent to an enemy foreign country to live with and work for a high level C.I.A. operative. In all likelihood, simply being a "Jehovah's Witness" would normally have been an automatic disqualifier.
Then there are questions as to how a "governess" was able to accomplish so much, in so short a period of time, seemingly indicating that Carne had hit the Russian ground running. Her quick accomplishments would seem to indicate that Carne was not only an extraordinary individual with extraordinary intelligence and abilities, but she also would seem to have needed special training in multiple unrelated but coordinated areas that neither the C.I.A. nor the WatchTower Society could have provided individually. It also would seem that Carne's quick accomplishments would have required the support and cooperation of quite a pre-established network both inside and outside the American Embassy. And, if the K.G.B.'s accusations pointed in the right direction, the even better question is whether Carne was a C.I.A.-trained WatchTower operative, or was Carne a WatchTower-trained C.I.A. operative? And, if either the former or latter is true, in how many other "enemy countries" over the decades has the C.I.A. actively promoted and furthered the WatchTower religion as one of its multiple avenues of weakening those countries' governments and social systems?
In June 1986, a UPI news article reported the death of a 45 year-old Jehovah's Witness Missionary, named Norma Jean Waagan, in Guatamala City, Guatamala. Norma Waagan was killed on a Saturday night when her automobile EXPLODED so violently that she did not have the ability nor time to even attempt escaping from the vehicle. Her corpse was burned beyond recognition. The explosion apparently occurred at a location somewhere other than near her residence or workplace given that it took police approximately 24 hours to identify her, and they did so only after finding remnants of WatchTower literature, and then questioning local JWs.
Norma J. Waagan apparently was a WatchTower Bible School of Gilead trained missionary whom had been assigned to the "politically volatile" Guatamala in 1977. However, a spokesperson from the WatchTower Society Branch in Guatamala City told reporters that Waagan had "stopped preaching" for the Jehovah's Witnesses in 1983, but continued to attend "meetings". Waagan spent her time "teaching English". The Branch spokesperson made the point to reporters that he did not believe that Waagan's car had been deliberately blown up, which is the best evidence that such was a good possibility.
There was no mention of a spouse, nor mention of any family, for this middle-aged female, whom was probably age 47, rather than 45, as reported, which would have made her 38 years old when she was first sent to Guatamala. The news article simply stated that Waagan was from Tacoma, Washington. Google indicates that she likely grew up in Rosemead, California.
UNITED STATES v. HAROLD LOUIS ZIMMERMAN. First generation Jehovah's Witness and Founder of the NEW HOLLAND MACHINERY COMPANY Abraham Zimmerman's son, Ivan, married into a "Jehovah's Witness" family, and had two sons. In 1942, Abe's youngest grandson, Harold Zimmerman, was living in a frat house on the campus of Penn State, where Harold was BMOC as the nation's champion collegiate gymnast. It was not until Harold received his draft notice that Harold took his parent's religion seriously. Harold was eventually convicted of draft evasion and given a five year sentence -- of which he served 44 months. Abram Zimmerman died while Harold was in "special training" (federal prison) in Ohio. Fortunately, the WatchTower Society saw to it that Harold was regularly visited in prison by WatchTower legend Alexander H. Macmillan. (It was Mac's visits with Harold Zimmerman from which Mac drew his later tales about imprisoned JWs and "draft-dodging".) It was like money in the bank for the WatchTower Cult! After his release, curiously, Harold Zimmerman and his by-then widowed mother relocated to and "pioneered" in that "isolated territory" known as Washington D.C. In 1951, Harold Zimmerman and his new wife were "invited to Gilead".
INTERESTINGLY, the Zimmermans were sent to Ethiopia (see early 1950s Ethiopia history re United States), where, rather than preach the WatchTower gospel like all other WatchTower Gilead Missionaries, they were sent to TEACH SCHOOL. When the couple's first child was born, which all JWs know gets "regular" WatchTower Missionaries sent back to the United States, Harold Zimmerman instead somehow wound up with an exceptional job with the Ethiopian government -- INTERESTINGLY, a job with the Department of Highways which required Harold to travel all over the country, but took little time to actually perform.
The Zimmermans returned to the United States in 1955, where Harold worked for an "undisclosed company" until 1959. In 1959, the Zimmermans, along with their FOUR CHILDREN (a newborn and three others under age five), decided to go to COLUMBIA as WatchTower Missionaries -- a third-world country where a CIVIL WAR was ongoing. There, once again, instead of preaching the WatchTower gospel, Harold Zimmerman began working for an unnamed "international firm". Occasionally, Zimmerman would travel around Columbia while "substituting" as a WatchTower Circuit Overseer, District Overseer, etc. for the WatchTower Society.
Government officials, cross-examining attorneys, media reporters, and others need to understand that Jehovah's Witnesses, particularly WatchTower Society officials, are TRAINED and EXPERIENCED LIARS. It would be easier to extract a full confession from Bill Clinton that he did in fact screw Monica Lewinski, than it would be to get a WatchTower official to publicly admit that the WatchTower Society is guilty of some legal, moral, or ethical wrong.
Readers can access the various Newspaper Archives Search Engines to discover multiple media reports from the 1950s through the 1980s reporting instances of Jehovah's Witness "Spies" and "Secret Agents" being convicted of spying, espionage, foreign currency violations, smuggling, etc. in the USSR and its eastern European satellites, and in various communist or dictatorial countries in Africa, Asia, Central America, and South America. Some of those convicted Jehovah's Witness "Spies" and "Secret Agents" were citizens of those countries, but many were foreigners. In one media report, Russian authorities smartly noted that smuggled WatchTower literature distributed by Russian Jehovah's Witnesses had "political" content rather than "religious"content. USSR officials further noted that the Jehovah's Witnesses conducted themselves as did "political" organizations, rather than as a "religion". Communists were not the only governments who had issues with the content of WatchTower Cult literature. In 1953, even the government of France banned the WATCHTOWER magazine in France and its territories around the world. Interestingly, the French WATCHTOWER was not even being printed in France, but rather was already being "imported" into France from Switzerland.
The point of this section is that in nearly every one of the media reports covering those criminal convictions that those media reports included a BLANKET DENIAL issued by WatchTower HQ in Brooklyn that the named Jehovah's Witnesses were guilty of ANY of the charges for which they had been convicted. Not only were those multiple repeated DENIALS blatant LIES, the WatchTower Cult spokesperson stating such KNEW THAT HE WAS LYING as he spoke. Although few Jehovah's Witnesses will admit to recognizing the term, "theocratic warfare", the WatchTower Cult has twisted various biblical incidents to "prove" to its Jehovah's Witness members that it is not a sin to LIE in certain circumstances -- particularly that it okay to LIE to and MISLEAD enemies of the Jehovah's Witnesses and the WatchTower Society.
WatchTower Cult officials will even LIE in instances when there is no need to lie, but when all that is needed is an honest explanation. For example, in 1960, in the Belgian Congo, nine Irish United Nations "peacekeepers" were ambushed and killed by a group of native revolutionaries called Kitiwats -- a Congolese term which means "watchtower". When media reporters investigated the massacre, they also learned that the Kitiwats had roots that could be traced back to the WatchTower Society's first missionary efforts in southwestern Africa back in the early 1900s -- which was obviously a nice bit of trivia to make their media report more interesting for readers in America and Europe.
Instead of "owning" and admitting to the decades-old and by then meaningless connection, and simply explaining that there had been several offshoots from its early 1900s missionary efforts which had misappropriated the WatchTower Cult's anti-societal and anti-government teachings, and which had evolved over the decades into religious and political groups which were now nothing like the then current WatchTower Society, the future WatchTower Society President, Milton Henschel, issued a public statement full of lies and misdirection, which also falsely denied that a religious group called "Kitawala", another African term meaning"watchtower", was a WatchTower Cult offshoot:
"In the first place, Jehovah's Witnesses have never had any missionaries working in the territory formerly called the Belgian Congo, now the Republic of the Congo. (LIES: Notice the purposefully chosen verbiage which plays on the definition of the terms "Jehovah's Witnesses", "missionary", "Belgian Congo", and "Republic of the Congo".) Over the years we made efforts to obtain visas for our missionaries, but approval was never granted. (Misdirection which again plays on the definition of "missionary".) ... 'Kitiwats' [may have been confused with] the fanatic group in that part of Africa called Kitawala. Some missionaries and persons of other religious groups have many times circulated rumors designed to link Jehovah's Witnesses and the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society with the Kitawala and we have given evidence time and again to prove that there is no connection between our work and the Kitawala. (LIE -- notice his choice of verbiage.) There are congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses in the vicinity of Leopoldville and they are people well-known to the authorities as the most law-abiding persons in the Congo (Really!!). Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe in killing men in any part of the world, for that would be contrary to the principles of loving our neighbor and loving our brothers which were taught by Jesus Christ. (All misdirection having nothing to do with whether the Kitiwats had historical roots tracing back to the WatchTower Society.)
Questioners of WatchTower Cult officials and other Jehovah's Witnesses need to understand that these trained and experienced LIARS purposefully pick and choose the specific verbiage used by them. When a JW states that "Jehovah's Witnesses" have or have not done something, that does NOT mean that the "Watchtower Society", or the "Watch Tower Society", or the"International Bible Students Association", or one of the other countless subsidiaries, did or did not do whatever that JW indicated. A questioner literally would need to ask the JW user how strictly or broadly that they are using the name of one of the above listed corporate entities.
It is also essential that the precise meaning of chosen verbiage used by WatchTower officials and other JWs be specifically defined. When a WatchTower Cult official speaks about "missionaries", he may be referring strictly to Jehovah's Witnesses who are graduates of the WatchTower Bible School of Gilead. That excludes native proselytizers and even foreign Jehovah's Witnesses who have moved to that country for any number of "other" reasons, such as for employment, business, adventure, etc. The JW speaker could also be excluding Jehovah's Witnesses "unofficially" sent as "missionaries" to foreign countries, who are "unofficially" known as "needgreaters". A questioner literally would need to ask the JW speaker how they are defining the term "missionary".
Frankly, this Editor admittedly would have an extremely difficult time adequately cross-examining a top WatchTower Cult official who has had the time to perfect his selected verbiage in anticipation of being questioned on a particular topic. If Henschel had made this statement during a cross-examination, I doubt whether I would have caught Henschel's denial that "our work" is not"connected" to the Kitawala if I was not already aware of the historical ties between the WatchTower Society and the Kitawala group. This example even shows how common words such as "our", "work", and "connected" would need to be defined by the JW speaker to uncover what he is attempting to hide.
In 1991, Noel Steensen, then age 43, who described himself as an "independent businessman" from Brisbane, Australia, was DEPORTED from Shanghai after Chinese authorities discovered that his "home", where lived Steensen, his wife, and their three children, was actually being used as an illegal "Kingdom Hall". Typically, after Steensen was deported, WatchTower HQ put foreign media outlets in touch with Steensen, who interestingly knew a little too much about the ILLEGAL activities of Jehovah's Witnesses in China. This "independent Australian businessman" has since worked from Hong Kong for the WatchTower Society overseeing many of the Cult's "business" interests in China. Google his name.
An added feature was that periodically the [WatchTower] Society asked me to make trips to the Dominican Republic where the work of Jehovah's Witnesses had been banned by the government of dictator Rafael Trujillo. The purpose was primarily to smuggle in copies of Watch Tower literature. I did so a number of times and then, in 1955, was asked to try to deliver a petition personally to the dictator. Knowing that people who incurred his disfavor had a way of simply disappearing, I accepted the assignment with a measure of apprehension. Arriving in Ciudad Trujillo ... , I sent a telegram to the Generalissimo presenting myself solely as a "North American educator with information of great importance to you and your country." The interview was granted at the National Palace and I was able to deliver the petition into his hands. ... The Generalissimo received me in full uniform with all his medals on ... . When he found out what my mission actually was, the interview ended fairly soon. ... To my surprise I was not expelled and [I] continued to make my periodic "smuggling" trips without being apprehended.
Then in 1957 all the [illegal, clandestine] American [WatchTower] missionaries ... were expelled from the Dominican Republic ... . ... The [WatchTower] Society asked me to go in and check on the conditions of the native Dominican Witnesses. I had been in [to the DR] just shortly before to deliver instructions to the [secret American WatchTower] missionaries and had brought out detailed accounts of the harsh persecution and [the WatchTower Society made certain] these were prominently featured in Puerto Rican newspapers. As we learned from a source close to him, this adverse publicity enraged Trujillo. Feeling like a marked man, I recall that my first night at a hotel in Ciudad Trujillo I was given a room on the ground floor with French windows right next to the bed. My sense of real danger was strong enough to move me to rig up the appearance of a form on the bed while I slept on the floor behind it. Again, however, I was able to make it in and out without incident and [I] made other trips in the following years.
There is an increase in the use of "western" tourists to make house visits in Sri Lanka, to spread the teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses, a Christian sect. ... Increasingly "western" tourists are being used for this purpose in breach of local immigration rules. Tourist visas are issued by the Department of Immigration and Emigration to bona-fide tourists who want to enter Sri Lanka for sightseeing, excursions, relaxation, visit relatives, or yoga training, for a short period of time. Engaging in door-to-door evangelizing work is a breach of these visa conditions.
During our stay in Colombo in July and August this year we were visited on two occasions by young British tourists handing out their evangelical [WatchTower] literature and inviting us to attend [Jehovah's Witness] meetings. ... Others have also commented on a rise of such activity.
On the second occasion, we inquired from the young British couple about their work and they confirmed that they were on a tourist visa. They seem quite naive. When we inquired from them if they were aware that they were breaching immigration rules by engaging in evangelical work, while on a tourist visa, they seem shocked and quite frightened. ...
These tourists are not engaging in evangelical work on their own. They are directed and organised by the local Jehovah's Witnesses organisation and their officials. One would expect the local organisation to be aware that by using "western" tourists for such activity, they are in breach of immigration rules and are placing the young naive tourists in danger of being arrested and prosecuted.
One could not help but wonder if this is a deliberate strategy by the local Jehovah's witnesses organisation to "exploit" western tourists, as "white" visitors may be more successful in evangelical work in convincing the "locals" of their need for a "saviour". When contacted for comment, an official based at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at Wattala, who identified himself as David, promised to [reply] via email after consulting the organization's president. However, no response was received and neither did he call back to clarify the position.
Expectedly, the WatchTower Society selected as the location for its new "Branch Office" a smaller city which was located as far away as possible from that dispersed country's largest city and capital, but a city which was still large enough to have an international airport. Maybe unexpectedly, the WatchTower Society did NOT seek to purchase a low-profile property outside that city which would be located away from as many nosy neighbors as possible. Instead, the widely experienced WatchTower Society selected an expensive multi-building compound located right in the middle of that city which already was completely surrounded by a high wall that would keep out prying eyes and ears. More interestingly, and most importantly, the WatchTower Society had its new expensive property titled and registered in a common name found in that southeast Asian Muslim country which just so happened to be the same name as that of a rich and politically powerful man in that country who conveniently lived far away in that country's capital city.
Typically, as with all WatchTower Society real estate properties, after that southeast Asian "Branch Office" property was completely renovated, the WatchTower Society sent representatives from WatchTower HQ in Brooklyn, New York, to conduct the "Dedication" ceremony. Before making the next point, readers are again reminded that this was a Muslim country in which the WatchTower Society was an ILLEGAL entity, and it was ILLEGAL for the WatchTower Society or any of its representatives to be conducting business in that country. When the WatchTower Society's Caucasian-American representatives arrived at that Muslim city's airport, they were met by a MOTORCADE escorted by that city's police department. The limousine full of WatchTower Society "criminals" LAUGHED THEIR ARSES OFF all the way from the airport to their new "Branch Office" as the city's motorcycle police dangerously rushed the motorcade through heavy city traffic with lights and sirens blasting -- never stopping once for anybody or anything until the motorcade pealed away from its police escort through the quickly opening and closing gates at the WatchTower Society's new "Branch Office". It is a reasonable speculation that the WatchTower Society's local "agents" at its new "Branch Office" were "trading" and would continue to "trade" on the "name" of the rich and powerful man which they used to title and register their property in order to trick and deceive local law enforcement.
Obviously, there is much more to this story than the scattered details to which we are privy. Hopefully, readers doing business with the WatchTower Society and its subsidiaries will still be able to take from this sparsely detailed account that you should NEVER EVER underestimate the "capability" of the WatchTower Society. Specifically, the WatchTower Society has an uncanny expertise at manipulating otherwise despised local government officials to do not only what WatchTower Society Officials want them to do, but often even to lead the fight for them.
A former WatchTower Society Brooklyn Bethelite publicly reports that during the 1980s-90s that the WatchTower Society maintained a clandestine Branch Office in Istanbul, Turkey, (secular Muslim government) despite the fact that that 5-person Branch Office was not registered as a religious organization with the Turkish government. The "Branch Overseer" reportedly was a Jehovah's Witness businessman from Germany, who operated a small business out of the Istanbul premises as the "cover". Former Bethelite relates that in 1989, when two Brooklyn Bethelite Couples decided to travel to Istanbul on vacation, that WatchTower World HQ officials requested that those four Bethelites carry with them smuggled WatchTower Society materials for the Turkish WatchTower Branch Office. One Bethelite couple carried through Turkish customs a packet of WatchTower Society documents, while the other Bethelite couple carried a specially loaded laptop computer.
In her autobiography, Awakening Of A Jehovah's Witness, Diane Wilson related that she had once attended an extracurricular slide-show presentation at the home of a common Jehovah's Witness Friend in California which was conducted by a vacationing WatchTower Branch Office official from Israel whom had been sent to Israel by the WatchTower Cult to oversee the secret construction of the WatchTower Cult's new Branch Office in Israel. Wilson uniquely recalled the part of his tale regarding how the Israeli citizens in that residential neighborhood had eventually become suspicious of the large residential "mansion" which had so many small rooms, which all had their own bath facilities. The WatchTower Branch Office official had cutely claimed that he had posed to the nosey, inquiring Israeli-Jewish neighbors as the mansion's "eccentric millionaire owner", who admittedly was OCD about "cleanliness".
See Israeli newspaper article: JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES GROW BY DEVIOUS METHODS in Israel.
Further documenting the establishing of foreign "Branch Offices" in foreign countries where the WatchTower Society had officially been denied legal permission to do business, or even had been formally "banned", Raymond Franz noted in his book, Crisis of Conscience, that while serving as a member of the Cult's "Governing Body", in 1979, he was sent to perform "zone visits" at multiple Branch Offices located in western Africa, which were located in countries where the WatchTower Society had officially been "banned" by those country's governments. The WatchTower "secret agents" entering/exiting those countries obviously were not being truthful with immigration officials in multiple countries.
"... a Russian branch of Jehovah's Witnesses has used secret transmitting equipment to broadcast religious appeals in the Kazakh Republic." -- John Chamberlain, in 1963.
The 2016 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses discloses much about the WatchTower Cult's "undercover" capabilities even half-way around the world -- within the hostile Muslim country of Indonesia, which had banned the WatchTower Cult in 1976. As you read the WatchTower Cult's own sanitized boastful account, keep in mind the time periods; and keep in mind that the WatchTower Cult has cherry-picked what they would tell us, including the filtered verbiage used to do so:
When the brothers at the branch learned of the ban , they swung into action. "We moved our confidential records, literature supplies, and branch funds to safe houses throughout Jakarta. ... We then moved the branch office to a secret location, and quietly sold the previous branch office buildings."
Most of the local brothers remained active and unafraid. ... A few elders became fearful and signed statements agreeing to stop preaching. Others revealed the names of congregation members. The branch office sent mature brothers to fortify the congregations and to
help[disfellowship] those who had compromised. John Booth, a member of the Governing Body, also visited Indonesia and passed on some much-needed fatherlyadvice [on running an illegal underground BUSINESS operation. (He probably also brought along a suitcase of much needed "cash", which could not be legally transferred after the ban: EDITOR.)]
... the "publishers" found new and discreet ways to preach. ... Many brothers bought copies of a modern, affordable Bible from the Indonesian Bible Society and offered [to sell] them to householders, tactfully including the Kingdom message where possible. Others removed the copyright page from [WatchTower] publications and distributed [sold] them to interested people. Many "pioneers" continued to preach while posing as door-to-door salespeople, ...
During the ban, most congregations continued to meet together for worship in private homes. To avoid attracting undue attention, however, many congregations did not sing Kingdom songs. ...
The brothers often used family reunions or wedding celebrations as
occasions[cover] to hold larger assemblies. "Couples typically registered their marriage and obtained a police permit to hold a large wedding reception. ... During the reception, the bridal party sat on the platform while brothers presented a series of Bible talks."
"Most weddings last only two or three hours. Why do your weddings last from morning to evening?" [one] policeman asked. "Some brides and grooms have many troubles and need lots of helpful counsel from God's Word," [a JW leader] replied. ...
Under the cover of a multiple wedding, brothers presented part of the 1983 [WatchTower] District Convention at a large Jakarta sports stadium. ... nearly 4000 ... attended the convention, and 125 people were baptized privately before the program. Later, when the ban was less rigidly enforced, the brothers held even larger conventions, including one attended by over 15,000 people. ...
In 1990, ... a new branch office [began construction] near Bogor, a small city about 25 miles (40 km) south of Jakarta. ... The Brooklyn Construction Office and the Regional Engineering Office in Australia supplied the architectural plans. Some 100 international volunteers provided the needed expertise during the two-year project.
Hosea Mansur, an Indonesian brother who acted as a liaison with various local officials, related: "When Muslim officials saw my initials, H.M., on my hard hat, they assumed that the letter H stood for "Hajji", a highly esteemed title claimed by those who make pilgrimages to Mecca. They thus treated me with great respect. This simple misunderstanding made it easier to organize the work."
[EDITOR: What a load of bull manure!!! How does a BANNED so-called "christian" religion in an avowed Muslim country have a "liaison" with Muslim government officials? And, do all Indonesians automatically assume that everyone with the initials "H.M." on their construction hardhat is a devout Muslim who had pilgrimaged to Mecca? Bullcrap!!! There was lots more and lots different to this BS story. "Someone" has told so many LIES that they don't know when they should stop.]
The new branch facilities were dedicated on July 19, 1996. John Barr, a member of the Governing Body, delivered the dedication talk. The 285 people in the audience included 118 branch representatives and former missionaries from many countries, and the 59 members of the Indonesia Bethel family. In the two days that followed the dedication program, 8793 delegates attended the "Messengers of Godly Peace" District Convention in Jakarta.
[EDITOR: That now makes TWO Governing Body members who visited WatchTower Cult facilities in Indonesia since they had been BANNED. Those two jokers would never have set a foot inside Muslim Indonesia unless they knew for an absolute certainty that there was ZERO POSSIBILTY that they might be arrested and imprisoned. Again, the "rest of the story" is being withheld. The following may give readers a hint.]
While visiting New York in 2001, the Indonesian Secretary of State ... toured [WatchTower Cult World Headquarters] and met with three members of the Governing Body. ... [He] favored lifting the ban, ...
[EDITOR: That was likely due to all the free books and magazines that were being sent to him for his pickup during his stopover in Zurich or Nassau.]
The [Indonesian] Attorney General also favored lifting the ban, but hostile officials in his department kept stalling ...
[EDITOR: Apparently, the Indonesian AG had not shared with his underlings some of the free books and magazines that he too had received.]
... On June 1, 2001, ... the Attorney General .. revok[ed] the ban. ... On March 22, 2002, the organization of Jehovah's Witnesses in Indonesia was officially registered by the Department of Religious Affairs. ...
Not all WatchTower "secret agents" originated from the United States, Great Britain, or Europe. The WatchTower Cult is a thoroughly experienced international organization, and the Cult uses background-appropriate personnel depending on the target country. Note the following 1998 media report about a RUSSIAN WatchTower operative sent to Azerbaijan to headup its underground activities in that country. This scenario also discloses the FACT that the WatchTower Cult has long used its "secret agents" to BRIBE government officials to accomplish its goals.
Back around the 1980s-90s that the WatchTower Society publicly admitted to its membership (in either literature or convention sermon) that it had long had a policy of BRIBING FOREIGN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS in order to "get things done". (WatchTower insiders know that the Cult never makes such public admissions unless first there has already been a widespread disclosure of the "sin" to the public, which we do not now recall or to which we simply were not then privy.) We recall the WatchTower Cult's "rationalization" being that most foreign governments and government officials were already "corrupt", and that BRIBERY had become such a ingrained, normal way of doing business in foreign countries, that if the Cult never paid bribes to foreign government officials then the Cult would never be able to carry on its business in those foreign countries. The Cult proclaimed BRIBERY OF FOREIGN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS to be a required, necessary evil in"this system of things", which they had come to consider to be no different from paying any other legally imposed GOVERNMENT TAX or FEE.
"In November 1997, after the Jehovah's Witnesses had been trying unsuccessfully to gain registration with the [Azerbaijan] Ministry of Justice for two years, a Ministry official appeared to indicate that registration would become possible on payment of a bribe. The Jehovah's Witness representative, ALEKSANDR USENKO, handed over a $2000.00 BRIBE, and was immediately arrested. Tried in February 1998, Usenko - a Russian citizen - was given a suspended sentence of three years' imprisonment on charges of bribery under Article 171 of the Criminal Code. He was freed and [instructed] to leave Azerbaijan." (Edited for clarity.) -- KESTON NEWS SERVICE.
If the WatchTower Cult can rationalize that paying BRIBES to government officials in third-world countries is nothing more than paying required "additional taxes or fees", then there is no reason to believe that that same rationalization has not since made its way into the Cult's dealings with government officials in the United States and other first-world countries.
Here are edited excerpts from Amber Scorah's published essay about her early life as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Amber Scorah grew up as a Jehovah's Witness in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where she became a full-time "Pioneer" in Vancouver the day she graduated from high school. In 2003, Scorah started attending night classes at her local Kingdom Hall in order to learn Mandarin Chinese, so that she could proselytize Chinese immigrants living in Vancouver. By the time Scorah had finished that class in 2004, she had decided that she wanted to go to China as a "secret agent" missionary for the WatchTower Society. Although Scorah does not provide the details of her eventual journey to Shanghai, China (such as, did she attend the WatchTower Bible School of Gilead, or did she receive specialized training somewhere else), Amber Scorah does provide these informative snippets of her covert activities after arriving in Shanghai:
When I got to China, things were really different, by necessity. Proselytizing is illegal. Religious meetings are banned. The preaching work and congregation meetings have to be conducted underground. This means that the handful of [Jehovah's] Witnesses in Shanghai can meet only covertly, which makes seeing each other more than once a week next to impossible. Preaching in the usual structured, door-to-door fashion is also, obviously, out of the question. For me, a [Jehovah's] Witness accustomed to a life of uniform routine, this seemed like an unprecedented adventure.
A couple of weeks after I arrived in Shanghai, I received a cryptic text message from a man who called himself James (some of us used fake names; we knew the Chinese government monitored electronic correspondence). He proposed meeting in a noisy local restaurant in the French Concession. I called his number when I got to the restaurant and he waved so I would know him. We chatted a few minutes, then he immediately got down to business. With a practiced manner, he explained the instructions from the branch office of Jehovah's Witnesses as to how to conduct my missionary work. I was to find a job, perhaps teaching English, as a cover. Then I was to start cultivating relationships with worldly people, both Chinese and Westerners. These friendships were to be made with the sole purpose of religious conversion. ... ...
And so, in this fashion -- slowly, inadvertently -- I began to infiltrate this new world. ... I began taking Mandarin classes every day with foreigners from all over the world, none of whom knew my religious affiliation. My teacher was delighted by my progress, ... After class, I would go out with my fellow students, all of whom had different motives for learning Chinese. ... I continued to make vague excuses about why I was learning Chinese. James, a nervous sort, had hammered it into my brain: reveal nothing. And I, trained to be obedient, stuck to my story of being an English teacher with an inexplicable interest in Chinese people.
When I hung out with these worldly people, it was hard to shake the feeling that I was doing something wrong. They swore, they smoked, some of them drank a lot. They often made references to things I didn't get. I didn't understand their innuendos, and I hadn't read their books or seen their movies. But I was a quick study. I had to play along; I didn't want to blow my cover, and besides, it was interesting to learn about their lives. I was following my orders to a tee, and all of this could be done guilt-free.
In addition to my new school friends, I scheduled time each day to look for Chinese people to talk to. I'd sit in restaurants, hang out in Huaihai Park, read books in public squares, or hop on subways and buses, offering fast friendship to anyone patient or chatty enough to put up with my broken Chinese. I prayed for God's help, but it was easy to find people who were interested in a foreigner, especially one who knew some Chinese.
Brother James recommended that before bringing up anything about the Bible with one of our new friends, we find out if that person or their family was affiliated with the Communist Party. Anyone who was a party member posed a potential danger, and contact was to be cut off immediately; a party member might turn in a [Jehovah's] Witness out of loyalty to the regime. ... ...
I still had to be careful. I wasn't supposed to tell her where I lived. At first we would meet for our study sessions in public parks, until one humid day when I noticed two men in polyester suits vigorously snapping photos of us. We separated, and I took the subway in the wrong direction home, just to be safe. After that, I treated Jean to coffee at various Western cafes, but never the same one two weeks in a row. I taped gift wrap over the covers of our Watchtower publications so people couldn't see what they were. ... ...
We assume that readers fully understand the significance of the Post Office to Russell's religion business. Pastor Russell was likely the most hated person at the Pittsburgh Post Office. Almost from the start of his religion business, Pastor Russell and the Post Office began a running battle over rates, and Russell almost always WON -- but Russell did so "by hook or by crook".
When Russell's complaints to the Pittsburgh Postmaster did not get Russell whatever decision that Russell wanted, Russell went over the head of the Pittsburgh Postmaster to the Postmaster-General in Washington D.C. When Russell did not get the decision that he wanted form the Postmaster-General, Russell started mail campaigns in the pages of the WATCHTOWER magazine, in which Russell would provide multiple sample letters for his Russellite followers to copy and mail to the Postmaster-General, then later to their Congressmen and Senators, and eventually even to the President of the United States. When these honest methods failed Russell, Pastor Russell simply CHEATED the Post Office.
Few people familiar with the OLD THEOLOGY QUARTERLY "magazines" actually understand why they were what they were -- tracts, pamphlets, and booklets of widely varying sizes. What OTQs were -- was a POSTAL RATE SCAM. OTQs were miscellaneous WatchTower literature published in the "disguise" of a regular quarterly "magazine", so that the hoped-for later small quantity orders of such could be mailed out at the CHEAPER/CHEAPEST second-class regular periodical rate, rather than at the higher third-class rate. While the initial mailing of one copy to a subscriber could rightfully be mailed using second-class postage, later mailings of small bulk quantities of original printings and any quantities of later reprints should have been mailed at the higher third-class rate, but they were not.
Pastor Russell pulled the same SCAM with soft-cover DIVINE PLANs and THY KINGDOM COMEs -- despite being repeatedly caught by the Pittsburgh Post Office. Pastor Russell and the Post Officel went back and forth on both these two softcovers and the OTQs, with there being time periods that Russell won out and could legally mail such as second-class matter. However, Pastor Russell continued doing so even during the time periods when such was not legal. Years later, when the Post Office finally permanently stopped mailing these softcover BOOKS out at the cheaper periodical rate, Russell simply stopped publishing the two books as softcovers, and started publishing them in magazine format. That still violated the rules for second-class matter, because such were not part of a regular periodical series, but since the books "looked" like then semi-monthly WATCHTOWER magazines, postal workers never caught on to what Russell was pulling. By then, Pastor Russell had his own personal "secret agent" inside the Pittsburgh Post Office, who would either allow through the improperly classified mailings or warn/tip Russell as how to get such by other Pittsburgh postal employees.
Back in February 1896, the U.S. Attorney General's office had issued this response to an inquiry from the Postmaster-General's office, which was responding to yet another "Appeal" from Pastor Russell of the Pittsburgh Postmaster's refusal to mail certain literature at second-class rates:
"I think you were clearly right in excluding from the mails as second-class matter volumes 1 and 3 of the "Millennial Dawn Series," published by the Tower Publishing Company at Allegheny, Pa., under the title of "Zion's Watch Tower." Those volumes have all the insignia of "books" and not numbers in the series of a periodical publication. Here is a plain attempt to evade the law. Calling these volumes "Special issues of Zion's Watch Tower, representing Nos. 3, 4, 5, vol. 1886, and No. 6, vol. 12, 1891," respectively, does not change their character. They are "books" in every sense of the word, and hence chargeable with the third-class rate of postage. ...
"The company has issued, also, and claims the right to send through the mails at the pound rate what it terms "Extra No. 31, November 1, 1895," of the "Old Theology Quarterly;" ... which is beyond question a circular only, and should be charged with the third-class rate of postage. This is a more palpable evasion of the law than the volumes above mentioned. This circular calls these volumes "books," and is manifestly intended to advertise them to the public. ... ."
We don't know what happened, but after receiving this Advisory Opinion from the U.S. Attorney General's office, the Postmaster-General ignored such and granted Russell his Appeal. However, there were unknown events which years later caused this decision to be reversed. Russell eventually stopped his Appeals and his Letter writing campaigns, and instead, Russell initiated "industrial espionage" -- first with his own out-of-town Postmaster, and then more conveniently, with his own local Postal Clerk. After all, the"Faithful and Discreet Slave" ALWAYS got his way -- either by HOOK, or by CROOK. (See our RUSSELL FINANCIAL BIOGRAPHY and our RUSSELL DIVORCE.)
SECRET DEVELOPMENT OF THE PHOTO-DRAMA OF CREATION
JW ESPIONAGE AGAINST U.S. GOVERNMENT
Blood Transfusions: A History and Evaluation of the Religious, Biblical, and Medical Objections (Jehovah's Witnesses perspective)