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These three WATCHTOWER SOCIETY SPIES & SECRET AGENTS webpages will give visitors to our TWO SISTER WEBSITES a better understanding of the "behind the scenes" workings of the WatchTower Cult and its local Congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses, as well as a greater appreciation for certain posted court cases and other cases -- particularly those cases posted on our BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY webpage, which includes incidents of SPYING by Jehovah's Witnesses not included on this page.

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The original name was "Watchtower Bible College of Gilead" in the WatchTower Cult's routine modus operandi of exaggeration. In 1947/48, the WatchTower Cult was forced to change "College" to "School" because "Gilead" did not meet the New York Department of Education's standards for use of the label, "College". The name should have been changed to "The WatchTower Spy School of Gilead", as we show below:
Over the decades, there have been a smattering of media articles reporting various deportations of foreign WatchTower Society Missionaries from countries whose U.S.A.-opposed governments had claimed that such foreign Jehovah's Witness Missionaries had been discovered to have been connected with and were working with the C.I.A. Nearly everyone has always dismissed such claims as ludicrous given the Jehovah's Witnesses own well-publicized issues with the Government of the United States, and the widespread impression that Jehovah's Witnesses would never ever partner with any governmental entity to further its own goals.

However, given that the WatchTower Society was only recently discovered to have officially affiliated itself in 1992 with the United Nations***, an organization which Jehovah's Witnesses had strongly condemned for decades as one of God's main enemies on planet earth, the details of a 1983 deportation of a Jehovah's Witness from the U.S.S.R. may indicate that such previous assessments should not have been made so hastily.

***FOOTNOTE: In 2001, it was discovered that back in 1991 the WatchTower Society itself had SECRETLY applied for and had been granted official affiliation as an "ASSOCIATED NGO" (NGO is simply the abbreviation for "Non-Governmental Organization") with the United Nations in 1992.

("Associated NGO" Status required BIENNIAL submission of a Renewal Application signed by a WatchTower Society Corporate Officer, plus submission of PROOF of the renewal applicant's ACTIVE SUPPORT of the United Nations during the previous two-year affiliation period. Governing Body Member Lloyd Barry signed the original application and successive renewals until the last renewal was signed by WatchTower Society President Don Adams.) 

"Associated NGO" status sounds harmless unless the reader has been a Jehovah's Witness for decades, who understands that the WatchTower Society has for decades taught that the United Nations is the biggest enemy that "Jehovah" has on planet Earth. Plus, the WatchTower Society has for decades condemned as "THE GREAT HARLOT" of Revelation all religious organizations which maintained a formalized relationship with the United Nations -- which is EXACTLY what the WatchTower Society itself did SECRETLY from 1992 until CAUGHT in 2001.

In July 2008, THE GOVERNING BODY OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES, the unincorporated spiritual leaders of the worldwide "religion" of Jehovah's Witnesses once again chose to secretly "pray" to Satan for his aid and assistance, rather than the deity they publicly claim to worship. Writing under its own letterhead, a personal request for "Help!!!" was made to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon by GOVERNING BODY member John Barr. Scroll to bottom.



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".

In 1952, the Zimmermans were sent to Ethiopia (see early 1950s Ethiopia history re United States), DISGUISED AS SCHOOL TEACHERS. When the Zimmermans' 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 Zimmerman to constantly travel from one end of Ethiopia to the other.

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, Harold Zimmerman would travel around Columbia while "substituting" as a WatchTower Circuit Overseer, District Overseer, etc. for the WatchTower Society.




The WatchTower Society admits that it first began sending official missionaries to Laos in December 1958, when two unidentified missionaries were sent to the capital -- Vientiane. By March 1959, those first two WatchTower missionaries had been joined by four additional unidentified WatchTower missionaries. Then, at the end of 1960, six newly graduated Watchtower Bible School of Gilead graduates arrived in Laos, and a second missionary home was opened in Savannakhet. (See THAILAND.)

Two missionary homes in two cities, staffed by 12 trained missionaries, sounds like a good start. BUT, SOMETHING JUST WAS NOT RIGHT. The WatchTower Society admits as much, but is careful not to disclose the specifics. By mid 1961, all six of the first six WatchTower missionaries had left Laos "for one reason or another". The WatchTower Society claims that it did not know that there was a problem in Laos until January 1965, and even with that admission, Cult HQ fails to disclose specifics.

In July 1975, NYC's communist newspaper, THE GUARDIAN, published an article authored by it's southeast Asia correspondent, Wilfred Burchett, in which WB supplies a few pieces to the WatchTower puzzle.

WB reported that an Australian "Jehovah's Witness Minister", named Gregory Rogers, was a C.I.A. operative, who by 1963 was running an opium and marijuana processing operation in Vientiane, under the guise of the VIENTIANE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND (and later Vientiane's INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL). Supported by multiple other CIA operatives and employees, Gregory Rogers and his employees processed raw opium and marijuana grown by the CIA's Hmong hilltribe partners, and hid the manufactured heroin and hashish inside hollow Laotian artwork (also manufactured by Rogers' employees), which were then flown out of Laos by the CIA's "Air America". "Some" of the proceeds were used to help finance the CIA's clandestine operations in Laos. Gregory Rogers and other CIA remnants managed to stay in Laos until the Communists' victory in early 1975, when Rogers fled to Bangkok, where he presumably planned to continue to work with the CIA. There, shortly before the publication of THE GUARDIAN article, the 37 years-old Greg C. Rogers supposedly died of heart failure.

In fact, the 1961 YEARBOOK OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES lists "Gregory C. Rogers" as one of the graduates of the WatchTower Society's 35th Class of GILEAD, in July 1960. Gregory Rogers had been reared as a Jehovah's Witness in Melbourne, Australia, and had dropped out of school at age 15 to "full-time pioneer", in 1953. However, in Fall 1958, "someone" had sent Greg Rogers all the way to Canada, to the University of Ottawa, to study "languages", presumably as preparation for his pending assignment to Laos. Like Sue Carne below, an even better question is whether Gregory Rogers was a CIA-trained WatchTower operative, or was Rogers a WatchTower-trained C.I.A. operative?

Gregory Rogers and the WatchTower Society probably parted company around 1965, which explains why we leave out the details of his high society life in Laos from 1965 until 1975 -- including Rogers having been deported for having an affair with a 14 year-old Laotian Royal Princess, and thereafter slipping back into the country using a new identity, new wife, new look, etc. Despite Rogers' disfellowshipping around 1965 -- whether official or not -- Rogers probably continued to claim to be a JW Missionary to Laotians, with JW missionaries probably too afraid of Rogers to object.



In June 1986, a UPI news article reported the death of a 45 year-old foreign Jehovah's Witness Missionary, named Norma Jean Waagan, who lived in Guatamala City, Guatamala. Norma Waagan was killed on a festive Saturday evening when her automobile EXPLODED so violently that she did not have the ability nor time to even attempt an escape 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 guess at the identity of the driver, and they did so only after finding remnants of WatchTower Society literature, and then questioning local Jehovah's Witnesses.

Norma J. Waagan was a WatchTower Bible School of Gilead (1967) trained missionary whom had been assigned to the "politically volatile" Guatamala in 1977 -- obviously after having served elsewhere. 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 had continued to attend their "meetings". Norma Waagan spent her time "teaching English". The WatchTower Society 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 actually happened.

There was no mention of a spouse, nor mention of any family for this middle-aged female, whom was probably age 47/48, rather than 45, as reported, which would have made her around 39 years old when she was first sent to Guatamala. The news article simply stated that Waagan was from Tacoma, Washington. Norma Waagan likely grew up in Rosemead, California, where she graduated high school in 1956, and lived with sister Tillie Waagan Woolridge and brother David Waagan (see People v. Padilla).



In 1981, a young "inexperienced" American Jehovah's Witness female, named Sue Pamela Carne, described as "in her 20s", arrived at the American Embassy in Moscow, Russia, to work as a "governess" for an unidentified "American Diplomat". In 1982, Sue P. Carne was assigned to work for William G. Plunkert, who may have replaced the Embassy official to whom Sue Carne originally had been assigned. Plunkert has been identified as the then Second Secretary of the Political Section at the American Embassy, which 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 Jehovah's Witnesses with banned WatchTower Society literature, typewriters, tape recorders, and other duplicating equipment, along with sufficient funds to construct a headquarters building -- all of which may indicate that the Kalinin "cell" may have been more significant than just a mere local operation.

If someone 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 relocating to a 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 American diplomatic "security clearances" required for her to be hired and sent to an enemy foreign country to live with and work for high level C.I.A. operatives. In all likelihood, simply being a "Jehovah's Witness" would normally have been an automatic disqualifier.

SIDEBAR: This Editor personally knows a MalePatriot who was reared by an "Anointed" Jehovah's Witness Mother and non-JW Father. That MalePatriot consistently rejected his JWMother's attempts to brainwash him in favor of the WatchTower Cult. Supported by his non-JW father, MalePatriot was his high school's star athlete. After high school, MalePatriot volunteered for the U.S. Army, where he then volunteered to become a member of an elite fighting unit. After military service, under the GI Bill, MalePatriot earned a college degree following a course of study recommended for F.B.I. recruits. MalePatriot's aspirations to become a F.B.I. agent were dashed when he was rejected by the required security clearances. MalePatriot even offered to volunteer to become an undercover infiltrator of the WatchTower Cult, but the F.B.I. wasn't even interested. Apparently, the F.B.I. already had more of such than they needed.

Then, there are numerous unanswered questions as to how a "simple 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 have needed special training in multiple unrelated but coordinated areas that neither the C.I.A. nor the WatchTower Society could have provided individually. Sue Carne's quick accomplishments also would have required the support and cooperation of quite a pre-established network of co-conspirators 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 CIA-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 Society - Jehovah's Witness religion as one of its multiple avenues of weakening the governments and social systems of enemy governments?



IN RE BE was a November 2022 New Zealand Immigration and Protection Tribunal appellate court reversal of the decision made by a refugee and protection officer to refuse to grant refugee status or protected person status to this Russian Jehovah's Witness Couple, who had spent decades moving from country to country showing little if any respect for the immigration or other laws of the countries where they entered and/or lived. A suspiciously dimwitted Kiwi Judge named "L. MOOR" granted the two JWs "refuge status" -- all while ignoring or minimizing the on-record evidence that these two Russian JWs had historically been as crooked as the letter "W". Here are pertinent edited excerpts:

The husband was born in ... 1973. ... completed military service between 1991 and 1993, ... He was reluctant to engage in any form of violence or handle arms during his military service. [Bullsh!t] ... in 1991, they married. The couple had two children, their son born in August 1993, and their daughter born in September 1999. The daughter is a citizen of the USA, after having been born there. The son is a citizen of Russia, and was born there. He currently lives in Mexico and is married to a Mexican [JW] citizen.

... in September 1996, the appellants relocated to the USA [where miraculously they were separately approached the exact same day by JWs, and instantly began "studying"] . They ... sought a permanent immigration status through a fraudulent marriage of the husband with an American citizen. The appellants themselves legally divorced, but remained a couple. ... In April 2003, the appellants were baptised at a Jehovah's Witness convention in New York. The children were present, but were not baptised. ...

In 2007, the husband was taken into immigration detention, ... The wife and children were not detained. ... The Jehovah's Witness community, including AA, an elder in their group, ... provided food, money and assistance with immigration matters. After the husband was deported to Russia in September 2007, his wife and children followed, one week later. They had overstayed their visas, ...

In 2012, the appellants sold their apartment in Russia and moved to Spain. They obtained student visas, ... In Spain, they found it difficult to attend  Jehovah's Witness meetings. They could not understand Spanish properly and were trying to survive by working many hours. [Bullsh!t] The son set up a business providing immigration consulting, ... He was assisted by the husband, ... They charged clients wishing to relocate to Spain, EU1000. ... [for exactly what the] government ... charged very little [if anything]. ... disgruntled client reported them to the Spanish authorities. As a result, the son and husband were taken in for questioning by the police. They were held overnight. They did not understand the process due to their limited language skills and did not understand they were in fact arrested. [Bullsh!t] On 29 September 2013, they appeared in court and were released without bail after representations from their Russian-speaking lawyer.

As their visas were expiring, ... and to avoid being detained regularly if anyone made a false complaint against them, they decided to leave Spain and travel through Europe. ... The couple ... travelled, with their children to Italy, France and Germany. They were supported by  Jehovah's Witnesses in each place. They decided to remain living in Germany for approximately six months, to properly experience life there. In 2014, the family returned to Russia. ...

The RSU file contains information from Interpol Madrid that confirmed he was detained in Barcelona on 27 September 2013 for fraud, and on 22 October 2013, for fraud and falsification of a public, official, or commercial documentFurther, information from Interpol Madrid indicated that because he did not appear before the indicated court, a summons and search and arrest warrant was issued for the husband with a validity of five years.

Judicial Decree from Spain (2 March 2018) ... stating that an arrest warrant was issued by the Badalona Investigating Magistrate's Court on 23 March 2015 against the husband and the son, on the basis of their unknown whereabouts. It ordered a "provisional dismissal" of proceedings against them, until they had been located. ...

The Tribunal does not accept that the husband was unaware he still had legal proceedings to address in Spain. The family's sudden departure from Spain, including leaving belongings behind, indicates an exit was made in a rush. ...

The daughter was born [in the USA] into the Jehovah's Witness faith. ... She was baptised in Russia ... in February 2015, ... A year later, she and her brother travelled to Israel to continue their Jehovah's Witness studies. After returning to Russia, she relocated to the USA aged 16 years. She made return visits to Russia, during which she attended secret meetings held in her parents' apartment. While it was scary meeting covertly, ... The daughter then spent two to three months in the United Kingdom, where she was invited to stay with Jehovah's Witnesses.

In July 2016, the son was baptised in Italy. In November 2016, the son travelled to Mexico. He was still avoiding military service and decided to remain living in that country after meeting his [JW] wife there. ... He works remotely for a USA-based company. ... During 2017 to 2018, the son and his [Mexican JW] wife spent six months living in Russia. During this time, they witnessed and attended Jehovah's Witness meetings held secretly in their parents' apartment.

In April 2017, the Russian authorities closed the Kingdom Hall that the appellants attended. Following this, the congregation broke into smaller groups who would meet secretly in people's homes. One such group met in the appellants' apartment after May 2017. They would also connect with other groups online.

In February 2018, the husband was called to appear at the local police station. He went with his wife. He was advised that a customer had made a complaint ... saying they were involved in a scam. In July 2018, the appellants travelled to London by car via Belarus, Poland, Germany and France. After approximately one week, they returned by car via France, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland and Belarus. They did not claim refugee status at the time, as they were just taking a holiday to have time away from the stressful situation in Russia. ... In late March 2019, the appellants' neighbour, who was a member of a different Jehovah's Witness group, was holding a meeting in his apartment, when it was raided by the police. He and the group's members were arrested and taken away.

... in March 2019, the appellants, ... decided to book a holiday to Australia and New Zealand. They intended to remain outside of Russia ... moving between countries until they could obtain permanent residence in the USA under family reunification based on the daughter's American citizenship. She was entitled to sponsor them when she turned 21 years old. The appellants applied for visitor visas for New Zealand and Australia. The New Zealand visas were approved. In May 2019, the appellants departed Russia, without difficulties. In New Zealand, the appellants were met by Jehovah's Witnesses. Prior to their arrival in New Zealand, they had made contact with Russian-speaking Jehovah's Witnesses based here. ... 



JEHOVAH'S WITNESS IMMIGRANT v. AUSTRALIA DEPT OF IMMIGRATION was a 1996 Australia appellate decision which sheds much light on the repeated and continuing claims by various foreign governments hostile to the United States and its allies that "Jehovah's Witnesses" have for decades acted as spies and anti-government agitators within their countries. Readers are fortunate that JW Immigrant's testimony was submitted while she was still young and naive, and it had not yet dawned on her that she had been "used" by her SPY MASTER JWMother, other JW relatives, and probably the Hong Kong Branch of the WatchTower Society.

JWFemale, age 19, arrived in Australia on a student visa from Beijing, China, in 1991. JWFemale applied for "refugee" status in November 1993, but was denied in April 1994. Her appeal of that denial was affirmed in July 1996.

Because JWFemale's grandfather had been an "officer" in U. S. ally Chiang Kai-shek's defeated National Revolutionary Army, JWFemale's family had been under government scrutiny since the 1940s. During the 5-6 years preceding her birth in 1972, the family's two-story home had been searched three times between 1966 and 1971 by the Red Guard. Thereafter, the family home was confiscated, and the family lived under the Red Guard's supervision. The Father was sent away to work at an aircraft manufacturing plant. (Given two months vacation at home each year.) The Mother was also sent to work in a factory for four years. Other relatives were sent to the countryside or imprisoned during Red China's "Cultural Revolution".

JWFemale testified that her Mother became a Jehovah's Witness in 1977, when JWF was five years-old, and that after ten years of Bible study, both at home and at clandestine meetings, JWFemale also was "accepted" as a Jehovah's Witness in 1987, when she was 15 years-old. (JWF claimed that she was never "baptized". Being able to pinpoint a date possibly indicates that JWFemale had been granted the status of "unbaptized publisher" by local WatchTower Cult leaders.) JWFemale related that older JWBrother had become a "Jehovah's Witness" a few years before she, but that he too had never been baptized. (Both JWFemale and her JWBrother had been interrogated numerous times during their teen years by both security and school officials. Having never been "baptized" allowed JWFemale and JWBrother to DENY that they were "Jehovah's Witnesses".)

Interestingly, it was also in 1987 that JWMother, who by then was employed as a schoolteacher, began anti-government agitating both at the school where she taught, amongst her students and fellow teachers, and within the local teacher's union. JWMother was fired in 1989. Chinese authorities also discovered that JWMother was financially supporting the anti-government agitating of her children -- JWFemale and JWBrother, and required JWMother to file continuing financial disclosures. Those Chinese authorities probably noted that JWFemale and JWBrother were spending more money than they could have been receiving from their JWMother. JWFemale testified that after JWMother was fired that all of her income came from the wife of one of JWMother's brothers, who then lived in Hong Kong (see "HK" on SPIES), but thereafter relocated to Canada.

JWFemale testified that, in July 1988, she organized a local association of High School students "for them to study the Bible and discuss God". JWFemale further claimed that her group also "arranged for students to go to people's homes to tell them about the good news of God". The association supposedly had fifty-two core members from 21 local high schools, and 15,000 general members. The 52 core members met every two weeks at different member's homes. JWFemale testified that JWMother provided money for her group to print leaflets, brochures, and newsletters. JWMother also bought cakes and cookies, or cooked food for the meeting held in their home. All of JWFemale's and JWBrother's money came from  JWMother -- THE SPY MASTER.

JWFemale testified that the Student Association's "main objective was to explore the communist party's history to see how it could be diminished" in China, but such was known only by the 52 core members. JWFemale testified that she organized three student demonstrations with 2000 students "to demonstrate on the street to support the Beijing students", in 1988-89. Late in 1988, JWFemale organized a student fundraiser and collected $1500 ($1000 of which was "donated" by JWBrother.) INTERESTINGLY, JWFemale supposedly gave that money to the son of one of JWMother's "friends", who was a member of the People's University Student Union, to take the money to Beijing. In mid-1989, JWMother's friend's son returned from Tianamen Square without his legs (blocking a tank?).

In 1988-89, JWFemale received two or more warning from her High School that if she did not stop her anti-government activities that she would not be permitted to take the national university exams. Despite receiving high scores, JWFemale ended up at a small university in Beijing in Fall 1989, and she was told that she had to study accounting. In 1990, JWFemale organized "Jehovah's Witnesses" at her university in Beijing.  JWFemale and seventeen students met at a Beijing apartment supposedly paid for by the "Aunt" in Hong Kong mentioned above.

After the Chinese authorities learned about such, JWFemale's passport was cancelled and taken away in late 1989. From late 1989 to late 1990, JWFemale had to attend weekly meetings to report her thinking, and submit monthly reports about her activities to university officials. From early 1991 to mid-1991, JWFemale was sent to a military base for three months together with students from different universities who had been involved in political activity. They had to train, and work hard, and attend meetings to study government policy. JWFemale was not able to visit home during her university enrollment, thus the specifics of JWBrother's anti-government activities were unknown to JWFemale. JWBrother was imprisoned for 2-3 years in the early 1990s.

In 1991, JWFemale was able to obtain a passport and the proper visas from the mysterious "Aunt" living in Hong Kong, who supposedly knew many high ranking Chinese government officials who would accept the Aunt's bribes. JWFemale thereafter relocated to Australia.

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In 1991, inside Communist Red China, 41 year-old ChineseFemale saw advertised in a newspaper an employment opportunity which involved direct selling which could be done on a part time, casual basis. The products to be sold included health, sanitary, and cleaning products. ChineseFemale called the advertised telephone number, and arranged to be interviewed. The business was owned by a Chinese family who supposedly resided in Hong Kong, but maintained an apartment in Red China from which the family ran their direct sales business -- recruiting hundreds of direct salespersons and distributing to them the "western" household and personal use products. ChineseFemale decided to become involved in this direct marketing business, and subsequently sold products to friends and family members. Ultimately, ChineseFemale was not very successful because the prices of the products were beyond the means of most Chinese citizens.

One day while ChineseFemale was doing business at the apartment of the business owners, she was handed a copy of a magazine called THE WATCHTOWER, and was told to browse through it. ChineseFemale had never had any contact with Christianity before, nor did she know any Christians, but she knew enough from her education and life experience to realize that the magazine was about the Bible and about God. The business owners "felt out" ChineseFemale by asking her what she thought about the magazine and briefly discussing the magazine's content. ChineseFemale was given permission to take the magazine home so that she could read it thoroughly -- if CF would take care that the obviously banned magazine would not be discovered by the Chinese authorities.

ChineseFemale took home that Chinese language copy of THE WATCHTOWER, read it, and was thoroughly intrigued by its "forbidden" content. As a result of her interest expressed to the business owners, ChineseFemale was invited to attend secret "Bible studies" conducted at this same apartment, which also was attended by other salespersons. Precautions were taken to ensure that the Bible study meetings were kept secret, such as having a "lookout" outside who would tipoff the group if someone approached -- at which time the group would change the topic of conversation from religion to product selling. Attendees of the Bible study group were warned about maintaining secrecy, and were told that special care had to be taken with WatchTower literature to prevent its discovery by the Chinese authorities. ChineseFemale eventually learned that WatchTower literature was regularly being smuggled into the country from Hong Kong mixed in with the company's regular inventory of products.

Typically, ChineseFemale eventually attempted to recruit others whom she knew intimately, including her husband, who was a government employee and member of the Communist Party. Husband immediately rejected ChineseFemale's attempts, and warned ChineseFemale that she was engaged in multiple illegal activities. Typically, ChineseFemale and Husband separated within a few months, and divorced six months thereafter. The couple's only child remained with Husband. -- EXTRACTED FROM 1999 NEW ZEALAND IMMIGRATION CASE.



In 2002, in the Philippines, the Muslim guerrilla group Abu Sayyaf kidnapped six Jehovah's Witnesses PRETENDING to be "Avon" salespersons, and later beheaded the two males for proselytizing local Muslims. These "Avon" salespersons were going HUT-TO-HUT in remote jungle villages located on a remote southern Philippines island where even law enforcement and the military were afraid to tred. Afterwards, a LYING Philippine WatchTower Cult spokesman denied that the six Jehovah's Witnesses were engaging in proselytizing the Muslim inhabitants. Hell, I know plenty of people here in the United States who can't afford to purchase AVON products.


In June 1941, at a meeting of the Montreal - Ottawa Conference of the United Church of Canada, prominent Minister Narcisse McLaren reported that, in the rurals of Ontario, the recently outlawed Jehovah's Witnesses continued to sell large quantities of WatchTower literature to naive rural residents by claiming to be UCC ministers distributing UCC literature.

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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 January 1963, the Cuban government reported that during anti-CIA operations in the eastern Oriente Province "a large quantity of buried weapons and explosives was seized, along with 36,000 Cuban pesos and some Jehovah's Witness" literature. In another 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"

Associated Press

June 30, 1950

50 Members Of Sect Face Spy Charges. 

Jehovah Witnesses Rounded Up by Poles In Espionage Sweep.

WARSAW, (AP) -- Polish security officials announced today they have arrested 50 members of the Jehovah's Witnesses sect on spy charges. A Maj. Dziemidok said a large quantity of "compromising material" had been seized. Dziemidok said investigation showed that members of the sect used religious propaganda in espionage and what he called "diversionist activities among ignorant believers." ....

The security police charged that, under the guise of religious work, the sect obtained plans of military and industrial projects, maps showing details of railways, water, and electrical installations, locations and plans of Polish ports, and other state secrets. ...

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.

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Over the decades, the WatchTower Bible & Tract Society has ILLEGALLY sent SECRET AGENTS into multiple foreign countries in intentional and purposeful violation of the immigration laws of those foreign countries. A number of intentional and purposeful ruses were employed to accomplish such:
1. In some foreign countries, the WatchTower Society obtained residence visas for its specially-trained WatchTower Bible School of Gilead Missionaries by submitting falsified paperwork to "immigration" authorities which both falsely CLAIMED and provided fabricated PROOF (such as "employment contracts") that WatchTower Missionaries legally were "employees" of that WatchTower foreign subsidiary.
2. In other foreign countries, the WatchTower Society obtained residence visas for its specially-trained WatchTower Bible School of Gilead Missionaries by conspiring with Jehovah's Witness Business Owners in those countries to submit falsified paperwork to "immigration" authorities which both falsely CLAIMED and provided fabricated PROOF (such as "employment contracts") that the WatchTower Missionaries legally were "employees" of that citizen Jehovah's Witness Business owner.
3. In some foreign countries, the WatchTower Society obtained residence visas for its specially-trained WatchTower Bible School of Gilead Missionaries by conspiring with American, European, or other foreign Jehovah's Witness Business owners who are involved in international trade, to submit falsified paperwork to those country's "immigration" authorities which both falsely CLAIMED and provided fabricated PROOF that that American, Canadian, European, or Australian company wanted to send one of their Sales/Purchasing Representatives to that foreign country to establish an office to conduct business operations within that country.
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, Penny Steensen, and their three children, was actually being used as an illegal "Kingdom Hall". Typically, after the Steensen Family was deported, WatchTower HQ put foreign media outlets in touch with Noel Steensen, who interestingly knew a little too much about the ILLEGAL activities of Jehovah's Witnesses in China. Thereafter, this "independent Australian businessman" began working from Hong Kong for the WatchTower Society overseeing the Cult's "business" activities and interests in China. In recent years, Noel Steensen has been replaced in Hong Kong by Danny Steensen, presumably his son.
4. In some foreign countries, WatchTower Bible School of Gilead Missionaries and even experienced WatchTower Branch Office personnel have obtained residence visas by obtaining legitimate "needed" part-time employment which leaves those WatchTower Agents with plenty of time to either work full-time during the day at the WatchTower's local Branch office or door-to-door as WatchTower missionaries.

Teaching "English" for a couple hours or so two or three nights a week has been a favorite "cover" for decades. (See "Norma Jean Waagan" and "Amber Scorah" cases on this page.) In 1985, Turkey arrested two illegal foreign Jehovah's Witness Missionaries. Andrew James Baldwin, from Great Britain, was employed as an English teacher at a local university, while a Canadian named Richard Kirkwood was employed as a translator at a local electronics manufacturer. In 2019, Chinese authorities discovered that a young Australian female hired to teach at a Wuhan school actually was in China to work for the WatchTower Cult as its recruitment leader in Hubei Province.

In its 2015 YEARBOOK OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES, under the section, Missionaries Carry On The Work Underground, it is revealed that teaching "English classes" historically is one of the most frequent "covers" for illegal missionary activity. Their English students quickly become targets for conversion. This article also describes how to covertly mimeograph and transport outlawed WatchTower literature, and how to covertly prepare monthly activity reports which will eventually be transmitted to USA.
5. In some foreign countries, WatchTower Bible School of Gilead Missionaries and even experienced WatchTower Branch Office personnel have obtained student visas, and thereafter enrolled only for the required minimal number of classes at local universities, which left those WatchTower Agents with plenty of time to either work full-time during the day at the WatchTower's local Branch office or door-to-door as WatchTower missionaries.
Onetime WatchTower Cult "Governing Body" member, Raymond Franz, specifically mentions in his book, Crisis of Conscience, that 1958 WatchTower Bible School of Gilead graduates, Rene Vasquez and his wife Elsie Vazquez, who were both American citizens, were assigned for seven long years as the "District Overseer" couple of SPAIN, which at that time had formally "banned" the WatchTower Cult from operating in that country. Franz noted that while traveling all those years all over Spain performing "underground activity", that the Vasquez's had "to be on constant watch for the police and conscious of the danger of being discovered and arrested or deported. All meetings held were clandestine."
Ray Franz was himself a 1944 graduate of the WatchTower SPY School of Gilead. In 1946, Franz was officially assigned as the "Branch Overseer" of Puerto Rico. In his autobiography, Crisis of Conscience, Franz relates his own foreign SPYING and SECRET AGENT activities performed from his base in Puerto Rico (edited):

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.

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In October 2014, the WatchTower Society sent Letters to all of its Congregations in the United States, Canada, and possibly other countries, in which hardcore Jehovah's Witnesses in those countries were solicited to travel to Israel in early 2015 to work as door-to-door proselytizers for the WatchTower Cult from February 2015 through April 2015. Insiders allege that Jehovah's Witnesses accepted into this recruitment program were instructed to apply for tourist visas without informing Israeli or other government authorities of the real purpose of their trip to Israel. No WatchTower literature was to be carried through customs, but would be supplied to those proselytizers after arrival in Israel. Interestingly, "unmarried" single females were especially encouraged to apply -- possibly so that they would meet and marry Israeli "citizens", and thus open further "legal" doors for WatchTower proselytizing inside Israel.


The following information can be found "buried" in the 2020 Supreme Court of British Columbia decision, HAILEY DORTHEA CARLETON v. IRENE MAE WARNER.

In August 2016, unmarried sisters Hailey Carleton, age 26, and Carrie Anne Carleton, age 31, were longtime Jehovah's Witness PIONEERS (fulltime proselytizers) in British Columbia, Canada. They, along with two other similarly situated local female JW PIONEERS, named Rebecca Munz and Hannah Schurko, had been planning for two years to travel to Europe "primarily" to conduct proselytizing activities in Spain in behalf of, and undoubtedly, with the assistance of the WATCHTOWER SOCIETY.

This trip not only required Hailey Carleton to give up her then regular employment, but three of the four Canadian JW PIONEERS had been injured in an automobile accident in late July 2016, while proselytizing in their home city of Maple Ridge. However, such did not prevent the four females from fulfilling their commitments to the WATCHTOWER SOCIETY.

The well-planned trip began with one month of sight-seeing in London, Rome, and Paris before the four JW PIONEERS than traveled to Spain, where they spent two months proselytizing a rural section of the country. Spain has historically forbade entry to known foreigner proselytizers.


The Coconuts Podcast
April 2, 2015

Five foreigners to be deported, allegedly for spreading Jehovah's Witness religion.

Five foreign nationals will reportedly be deported by immigration for abusing their visas while in Bali. Holding tourist visas, they allegedly were caught disseminating the Jehovah's Witness "message", a message that is infamous for its delivery via door-to-door preaching.

"Apparently this organization has received [registration] from the Director General of Christian Guidance as a 'social organization', but the permissions granted to [conduct] community [service] are not supposed to be carried out by [foreigners]. They are visiting [Bali] residents, [and distributing WatchTower literature], which is troubling," Head of Supervision and Enforcement in Immigration at Ngurah Rai Airport Mohammad Saleh ...

Among the five to be deported are two Americans named [Michael] Alexander Martinez [California] and Derrick Gary Leonard [California], two Australians named James Rua Ropiha and Brayden James Bevan, and one French citizen named Steven Gerard Felix Otal ...

Their last activity was on March 11, 2015. ...They handed out flyers [from door-to-door advertising] a Jehovah's Witness [meeting] to be held in Bali on April 2, Saleh said.

Reports say the foreigners will be directly deported and not detained, and there is still one female foreign national at large who is also thought to conduct the same sort of activities. 

The following is an [edited] excerpt from an article published in a Sri Lankan newspaper in September 2015 entitled, "Jehovah's Witnesses breaching immigration rules", which was authored by Dushy Ranetunge:

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.

The WatchTower Cult demands that it get it way -- either by hook, or by crook.
In 1982, Nicaragua rounded up and DEPORTED 19 foreign WatchTower Cult Missionaries (including 11 Americans) who had entered the country using 30-day "tourist visas", and then ILLEGALLY overstayed those visas. Typically, WatchTower HQ in Brooklyn put foreign media outlets in touch with those Jehovah's Witness CRIMINALS, who had the audacity to complain and point fingers at the Nicaraguan government. Included among the 19 JWs were Ian Hunter of Scotland; Kenneth Brian and Sharon Brian of Canada, along with 4 other Canadians; Elfide Urban of West Germany; Reiner Thompson and Jean Thompson of California; Kevin and Ruby Block of Minnesota and Canada; Margaret Foster of Iowa, and Vernon McDaniel and Nola McDaniel of Nebraska. Curiously, the group's spokesperson, Vern McDaniel, via repeated media interviews, kept feeding the Nicaraguan government specific info about the WatchTower Cult's "secret agents' secret" activities, including naming William Roberts and his wife Mavis Roberts as being two British JWs who still remained in Nicaragua, and even specifying their residence and preaching territory???
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An excellent example of the audacity and deviousness of the internationally-experienced WatchTower Society occurred in the early 1990s in a southeast Asian Muslim country which had refused to officially-legally "recognize" the WatchTower Society as a religious organization in that country, which meant that the WatchTower Society had not been granted all the "legalities" which were necessary for the WatchTower Society to conduct business as an organization in that country. The WatchTower Society did not allow nitpicky "legalities" to stop it from covertly establishing a "Branch Office" in that Muslim country.

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 [1976], 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 fatherly advice [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. ... ...

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A 2009 Australian immigration court case revealed the following about how daily "field service" is performed in China. As background, the then age 60s immigrant "Applicant" was a widow who had converted to the WatchTower Cult in China soon after she had been widowed in 1995. Her eldest son, who already had joined the Jehovah's Witnesses after having immigrated to Australia, began tearing apart Chinese language WatchTower publications, and mailing such in bits and pieces to his recently widowed mother then still living in China.

"The applicant described to the Tribunal the way that she proselytised when she was in China. She told the Tribunal that some of the Jehovah's Witnesses would gather at a [public] place, for example, a public [bus or train] ... station. They would then be arranged by an elder into groups of two. She said, in the pairs of two, they would walk along shops and ask people discreetly if they were interested in ... various religious ideas, and in this way they would talk to people and spread the message. Some people were not interested and they didn't listen, but others would be engaged in discussion. ... She said she feared arrest by the [People's Security Bureau] when she was walking amongst the shopping strips, and told the Tribunal that she always kept an eye out for the PSB. She indicated that the people who ran the shops were friendly and helpful in this regard. She said it was risky and that she had to be careful. ...The applicant told the Tribunal that she had to be careful who she approached when proselytising. ... [Immigrant's son] said that, in Australia when proselytising for the Jehovah's Witnesses, he would always wear a tie and suit. He said ... in China it is not possible to dress ... in this way. He said that proselytising is done wearing shirts and jeans."


[Illegal] Jehovah's Witnesses [Foreign Missionaries] Hunted down and Deported

(edited to remove most pro-cult bias and improve overall composition/translation)

The exact number of Jehovah's Witnesses in China is difficult to ascertain ... , but their activities are regarded as illegal. Missionaries from abroad are considered "hostile forces" and often deported, as part of China's campaigns to crack down on foreign religious infiltration.

On December 26, 2018, two police officers from a city in eastern China's Shandong Province [went to] the home of two [ILLEGAL] Spanish Jehovah's Witnesses missionaries, asking them about work they did, and why they were staying there while earning so little. The officers then ordered them to leave China within two weeks on the grounds that "foreigners are not allowed to do missionary work".

As for the foreign [WatchTower Cult] missionaries who have not yet been arrested or deported, they're still facing a difficult time. Worried about being followed by the police, one [ILLEGAL] South Korean [WatchTower Cult] missionary told Bitter Winter that she is extremely careful every time she goes out. Another [ILLEGAL] South Korean [WatchTower Cult] missionary has suffered multiple recurrences of gastric illness as a result of being under too much pressure, and is planning to return to South Korea in the near future.

To prevent being discovered by the police when they hold [ILLEGAL] gatherings, Jehovah's Witnesses have not only installed a thickened security door at the meeting venues, but have also used a foam board, measuring two meters high and ten centimeters thick, to keep sounds from carrying. Still, [attendees at the illegal gatherings] don't dare to sing loudly.

They also specially arrange for [WatchTower Cult leaders] to keep watch at the meeting venue's entrance. If any danger is detected, they'll immediately notify others to end the gathering. They also use hand gestures to signal each other to turn off the lights.

In May 2018, a Jehovah's Witnesses meeting venue in Shandong's Linyi city was raided by the police. Without presenting any credentials, [ONCE AGAIN, POT CALLING KETTLE BLACK] eight [ILLEGAL FOREIGN WATCHTOWER CULT MISSIONARIES] were summoned to the local police station. The visas of four [ILLEGAL] Japanese missionaries were annulled, and the police ordered them to leave China within ten days, prohibiting them from returning to China to do missionary work.

On May 5, [Chinese superior authorities] carried out a concentrated operation in which seven meeting venues were raided and shut down. One [ILLEGAL] Japanese [WatchTower Cult] missionary was detained for 15 days, fined 20,000 RMB (about $2,857), and ordered to leave the country.

In mid-October 2018, a Jehovah's Witnesses meeting venue in Harbin city of northeastern China's Heilongjiang Province was also raided by the police. ... Three [ILLEGAL] South Korean missionaries were taken to the local police station for questioning and were deported later that month.


***In December 2019, CESNUR reported that just in May 2019, China deported illegal WatchTower Cult missionaries from the countries of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, Africa, Sweden, and the USA. 


Accused of "Foreign Infiltration",
[Illegal] Japanese Jehovah's Witnesses [Missionaries] Deported from China as "Foreign Agents"

(edited to remove most pro-cult bias and improve overall composition/translation)

The arrest of the two [ILLEGAL Japanese WatchTower Cult] missionaries has been part of a unified operation targeting [ILLEGAL] foreign religious groups, which has been implemented in other parts of China, including the provinces of Guangdong and Hunan [by God's duly appointed "superior authorities"].

In mid-May, after returning to Japan [SUPPOSEDLY] to obtain visas, two [ILLEGAL] female Japanese Jehovah's Witnesses missionaries came back to Harbin city in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang. The next day, the police arrested the two women as soon as they left their residence. The police told the [two ILLEGAL Japanese WatchTower Cult] missionaries that they had been surveilling them for a long time. The officers then gave the [two Japanese Jehovah's Witness missionaries] statements to sign promising not to return to China for preaching. The two [female Japanese Jehovah's Witness] missionaries refused to sign it ... .

[A male Chinese WatchTower Cult spokesperson,] who requested anonymity, revealed that after the interrogation that lasted for over ten hours, one of the [ILLEGAL WatchTower Cult missionaries] was taken to the airport and deported to Japan; she wasn't even allowed to pack up her daily necessities [WHICH WAS PROBABLY REPORTED INTERNATIONALLY AS "TORTURE"]. The other [ILLEGAL] missionary was released, but deported only three days later.

[The anonymous male Chinese WatchTower Cult spokesperson] explained the police's reasoning allowing one of the two [ILLEGAL] missionaries to stay three days longer, "The police kept watching the missionary for three days. Had she contacted other [ILLEGAL] foreign missionaries, they all would have been arrested." The CCP [Chinese Communist Party] often employs this tactic of constant surveillance of one [criminal] to lead to a larger group [of criminals]. He added that more than a dozen other Jehovah's Witnesses were also arrested, including one Elder.

[The anonymous male Chinese WatchTower Cult spokesperson further explained,] "China is a one-party dictatorship. Foreigners aren't allowed to come to China to preach. The CCP is afraid that foreign religious [CULT] ideas will influence Chinese Christians. The Communist Party is afraid that Jehovah's Witnesses will pose a threat to its rule, so it stubbornly insists on publicly declaring that we are holding 'illegal gatherings' [whenever they catch us holding illegal gatherings]."

As the CCP continues to intensify its crackdown on [ILLEGAL] foreign churches, [ILLEGAL] foreign missionaries have adopted a variety of [evasive] measures, like disguising their meeting venues, or being extremely careful what they say and do, or even how they dress in public.

According to [another anonymous illegal female Japanese] Jehovah's Witnesses missionary who lives in the eastern province of Shandong, to evade the CCP, their Congregation has been holding their gatherings in multiple small groups since May. One of their meeting venues is hidden in a residential building, disguised as a business operation. A surveillance camera has been installed at the entrance to see who is outside the door. This is a vital measure in case of a government inspection.

[This illegal female Japanese Jehovah's Witness] missionary said, "It isn't a good situation right now. The government is exerting tight pressure. There cannot be too many people at our gatherings; we have to split up into small groups. When holding gatherings, we prepare fruits, snacks, and all kinds of food in advance. If someone knocks on the door, we don't open it right away. We first put away our Bibles and other religious books, put out these foods, and then open the door. If someone asks what we are doing, we say that we are just watching TV and chatting."

[The illegal female Japanese Jehovah's Witness] missionary added that when attendees come to WatchTower Cult gatherings, attendees must knock on the door a certain number of times as agreed upon in advance, but they must not knock too loudly. Whether holding a gathering in the daytime or at nighttime, the Jehovah's Witnesses always draw closed the curtains and turn on the lights. They play music softly during gatherings, and attendees can only hum along in a whisper. When meetings are over, attendees leave separately, not in groups. They always use code words when talking on the phone with each other. When attendees arrange a gathering over the telephone, they use coded language such as "Let's go shopping together," or, "Let's go out to eat," etc.

[The illegal female Japanese Jehovah's Witness missionary] said that it is also imperative to prevent CCP spies [POT CALLING KETTLE BLACK] from infiltrating the [multiple local WatchTower Cult groups]. When newcomers ask to attend [WatchTower Cult meetings] they are not accepted immediately. The congregation must first observe a new person for about six months. Only after determining that the newcomer's faith is real will they be brought to the ["Kingdom Hall"] to participate in gatherings.



Here are two excerpts from two different biographies published in the 1960s in the WATCHTOWER magazine. Both of these authors knew the Jehovah's Witnesses terms, "theocratic warfare", or "theocratic war strategy". Given that neither JW author bothered to define the terms for their JW readers, they must have automatically assumed that all Jehovah's Witnesses were familiar with the terms and their definition. So much for all those JWs who have sat on courtroom witness stands after swearing to tell the truth, and then proceeded to testify that they had never heard the terms before, and they had no idea what the terms meant or entailed. But, lying on the witness stand is "theocratic warfare". Although, this first Jehovah's Witness at least admitted using "theocratic war strategy", in hindsight, he apparently was so embarrassed that he refused to provide the interviewer with specific examples.


"Saturday, I had been beaten by the Gestapo, and on the following Monday I was to be interrogated by them again. ... I knew this meant the use of "theocratic war strategy" for the sake of the Kingdom work and the protection of my Christian brothers. -- Life story of German WatchTower leader, Robert Winkler, Watchtower, 3/15/1967, edited. Winkler's use of "theocratic war strategy" approvingly repeated in Watchtower, May 15, 1988.


When Denmark and Norway were occupied by the Nazis in April of 1940, Sweden remained a neutral ... So it became my job to gather information and reports, bring them to Brother Dey in Copenhagen, [Denmark], and then return to Sweden to mail them ... to Brooklyn. However, when I arrived in Copenhagen one morning late in 1940, instead of being met by someone from the branch office, two Danish police officers and [several Gestapo] were waiting for me. They took all my papers and told me they would return them at my hotel. During the day I learned that Brother Dey had been seized, and was in prison. That evening one of the [Gestapo] called at the hotel to return my papers. ...

It now became necessary to use "theocratic war strategy" [aka LYING and DECEIT] in order to maintain desired contact with occupied countries. In order to get a visa to visit Norway, I [claimed to be a salesman] representing a [Jehovah's Witness] who was a wholesale dealer in guts! We solved the problem of getting [current WATCHTOWER literature] into Norway by regularly sending them food packages, especially eggs, with each individual egg wrapped [with pages from the most recent WATCHTOWER magazines]. When this was finally discovered by the Germans, we found another way.

During my visits to Norway, I had [met a local businessman likely married to a Jehovah's Witness Wife], who was forced to lodge a couple of German officers in his house. When these Germans asked him to have some extra foodstuffs brought from Denmark, this [businessman] said that he would arrange it, if he could have a package for himself included in their shipments of food. They agreed, and so [WATCHTOWER LITERATURE was] always included in the foodstuffs that were taken to the military airport at ... Denmark, and carried by Hitler's own aircraft into Norway!

[WATCHTOWER m]agazines were taken into Denmark from Sweden in an equally unusual way. A young [single female] Danish [Jehovah's Witness] was employed as a nurse in the home of an [Nazi official] in Copenhagen, and this man was very willing to bring "gift packages" back to her from Sweden. ...

Another example of where worldly authorities were "outmaneuvered" occurred in Finland. There, our literature was banned, [so] the WatchTower [Society's] printing plant in Helsinki had nothing to do, ... But, since the Finnish government was eager to get Swedish currency into the country, they agreed to let the plant print books and booklets to be exported to Sweden. As a result, not only was [WATCHTOWER] literature supplied for Sweden, but was brought into Finland! -- Life story of Scandanavian WatchTower leader Johan Henrik Eneroth (b1893), Watchtower, 2/1/1965, edited.

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The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah's Kingdom
May 1, 1957

Use Theocratic War Strategy

A WITNESS of Jehovah was going from house to house in Eastern Germany when she met a violent opposer. Knowing at once what to expect she changed her red blouse for a green one in the very next hallway. No sooner had she appeared on the street than a Communist officer asked her if she had seen a woman with a red blouse. No, she replied, and went on her way. Did she tell a lie? No, she did not. She was not a liar. Rather, she was using theocratic war strategy, hiding the truth by action and word for the sake of the ministry.

In this she had good Scriptural precedent. Did not *Rahab* hide the Israelite spies by both action and word? Did not Abraham, Isaac, David and others likewise hide the truth at times when faced with a hostile enemy? They certainly did, and never do we read a word of censure for their doing so. Rather, we read of their being termed exemplary servants of Jehovah. Their actions were in line with Jesus' wise counsel: "Look! I am sending you forth as sheep amidst wolves; therefore prove yourselves cautious as serpents and yet innocent as doves." -- Matt. 10:16, NW.

Perhaps some will wonder as to where the line is to be drawn between use of theocratic war strategy in hiding the truth and the telling of lies. First of all, let it be noted that whenever one takes an oath to tell the truth he is obligated to do so. By dedicating himself to do God's will each Christian has taken a vow or made an oath to do God's will and to be faithful to him. To this oath he certainly must be true. Likewise, when a Christian is placed on a witness stand he is obligated to speak the truth if he speaks at all. At times he may prefer to refuse to speak and suffer the consequences rather than betray his brothers or the interests of God's work. And, of course, there is no occasion for use of war strategy when dealing with our Christian brothers. In dealing with them we tell the truth or tactfully remind them that what they seek to know does not concern them.

Lies are untruths told for selfish reasons and which work injury to others. Satan told a lie to Eve that worked great harm to her and all the human race. Ananias and Sapphira told lies for selfish reasons. But hiding the truth, which he is not entitled to know, from an enemy does not harm him, especially when he would use such information to harm others who are innocent.

A great work is being done by the witnesses even in lands where their activity is banned. The only way they can fulfill the command to preach the good news of God's kingdom is by use oftheocratic war strategy. By underground methods the literature is brought into the country and distributed. Would it make sense to hide this literature by one's actions and then reveal its whereabouts by one's words when queried? Of course not! So in time of spiritual warfare it is proper to misdirect the enemy by hiding the truth. It is done unselfishly; it does not harm anyone; on the contrary, it does much good.

Today God's servants are engaged in a warfare, a spiritual, theocratic warfare, a warfare ordered by God against wicked spirit forces and against false teachings. God's servants are sent forth as sheep among wolves and therefore need to exercise the extreme caution of serpents so as to protect properly the interests of God's kingdom committed to them. At all times they must be very careful not to divulge any information to the enemy that he could use to hamper the preaching work.

EDITOR'S COMMENTARY: This 1957 WATCHTOWER magazine article uses the synonymous terms: "theocratic warfare", "theocratic war strategy", "spiritual warfare", and "war strategy", to identify the same concept -- lying and deceit used to accomplish the goals of the WatchTower Cult. In decades past, the term "Rahab technique" (*see above*) has also been used by Jehovah's Witnesses to describe the same conduct/actions.

Initially, some readers may tend to agree with the WatchTower Cult that use of "theocratic warfare" makes sense under certain circumstances. Those readers should understand that the WatchTower Cult claims to be the only true Christian religion on planet earth, and claims that they have been hand-selected by Jesus Christ as His sole earthly representatives. As the only true followers of Jesus Christ, Jehovah's Witnesses should be able to point to at least one clear and unquestionable example set by their Lord proactively LYING to another human and/or wrongfully DECEIVING (not simply manipulating) another human in order to accomplish His goals.

IF, Jehovah's Witnesses actually ARE who they profess to be, they should be ready to admit such to anyone who so inquires, at any time, OR, they should simply remain silent. In either case, JWs should be ready to suffer any consequences. If you do the crime, you should be willing to do the time.

The WatchTower Cult should STOP glorifying JWs in fascist and communist countries who by their own bad choices and incompetence tell lies and/or use wrongful deception to avoid arrest and/or confiscation of literature, because those same JWs were sufficiently stupid to secret Watchtower literature on their person, or sufficiently stupid to hide WatchTower literature in their homes, or elsewhere on their property, or were sufficiently stupid in the manner/mode of activity/conduct which brought them to the attention of the authorities.

Lastly, the entire "drawing the line" paragraph in the WatchTower article above is complete horse manure. JWs routinely break "oaths"; regularly lie on the witness stand; and regularly lie to their fellow Jehovah's Witnesses. This EDITOR regularly communicated for decades with a "Super-Elder" whom I assumed was maintaining other's "confidentiality" by only telling me partial and filtered bits and pieces of stories, BUT, when I finally figured out that he was simply "making sh!t up", I was able to put together many of the previously indiscernible tales by simply discarding half or more of what he had told. Other XJWs can relate hours of instances of being lied to by JW Elders over periods of decades. Non-JWs should be wary that JW Elders are lying any time their mouths are moving -- just like their "spiritual father", Satan the Devil.

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Short BIBLE TOPIC Readings Selected For Those With Jehovah's Witnesses Backgrounds

Wifely Subjection: Mental Health Issues in Jehovah's Witness Women

Jehovah's Witnesses and the Problem of Mental Illness

The Theocratic War Doctrine: Why Jehovah's Witnesses Lie In Court

Blood Transfusions: A History and Evaluation of the Religious, Biblical, and Medical Objections (Jehovah's Witnesses perspective)

Blood, Medicine, and the Jehovah's Witnesses: The Hidden History of the Watchtower's Position on the Blood Issue






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