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.
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 C.I.A.-trained WatchTower operative, or was Carne a WatchTower-trained C.I.A. operative? And, if either the former or latter is true, in how many other "enemy countries" over the decades has the C.I.A. actively promoted and furthered the WatchTower Society - Jehovah's Witness religion as one of its multiple avenues of weakening the governments and social systems of enemy governments?
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 trained missionary whom had been assigned to the "politically volatile" Guatamala in 1977. However, a spokesperson from the WatchTower Society Branch in Guatamala City told reporters that Waagan had "stopped preaching" for the Jehovah's Witnesses in 1983, but 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, rather than 45, as reported, which would have made her 38 years old when she was first sent to Guatamala. The news article simply stated that Waagan was from Tacoma, Washington. Google indicates that she likely grew up in Rosemead, California.
UNITED STATES v. HAROLD LOUIS ZIMMERMAN. First generation Jehovah's Witness and Founder of the NEW HOLLAND MACHINERY COMPANY Abraham Zimmerman's son, Ivan, married into a "Jehovah's Witness" family, and had two sons. In 1942, Abe's youngest grandson, Harold Zimmerman, was living in a frat house on the campus of Penn State, where Harold was BMOC as the nation's champion collegiate gymnast. It was not until Harold received his draft notice that Harold took his parent's religion seriously. Harold was eventually convicted of draft evasion and given a five year sentence -- of which he served 44 months. Abram Zimmerman died while Harold was in "special training" (federal prison) in Ohio. Fortunately, the WatchTower Society saw to it that Harold was regularly visited in prison by WatchTower legend Alexander H. Macmillan. (It was Mac's visits with Harold Zimmerman from which Mac drew his later tales about imprisoned JWs and "draft-dodging".) It was like money in the bank for the WatchTower Cult! After his release, curiously, Harold Zimmerman and his by-then widowed mother relocated to and "pioneered" in that "isolated territory" known as Washington D.C. In 1951, Harold Zimmerman and his new wife were "invited to Gilead".
INTERESTINGLY, the Zimmermans were sent to Ethiopia (see early 1950s Ethiopia history re United States), where, rather than preach the WatchTower gospel like all other WatchTower Gilead Missionaries, the Zimmermans were sent to TEACH SCHOOL. 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.
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.
WATCHTOWER CULT USES
MULTI-LEVEL MARKETING AND OTHER DIRECT SALES BUSINESSES
AS "FRONTS" FOR THEIR PROSELYTIZING OPERATIONS
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.
JEHOVAH'S WITNESS "AVON" LADIES KIDNAPPED -- HUSBANDS BEHEADED
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.
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".
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.
In 1991, Noel Steensen, then age 43, who described himself as an "independent businessman" from Brisbane, Australia, was DEPORTED from Shanghai after Chinese authorities discovered that his "home", where lived Steensen, his wife, and their three children, was actually being used as an illegal "Kingdom Hall". Typically, after Steensen was deported, WatchTower HQ put foreign media outlets in touch with Steensen, who interestingly knew a little too much about the ILLEGAL activities of Jehovah's Witnesses in China. This "independent Australian businessman" has since worked from Hong Kong for the WatchTower Society overseeing many of the Cult's "business" interests in China. Google his name.
An added feature was that periodically the [WatchTower] Society asked me to make trips to the Dominican Republic where the work of Jehovah's Witnesses had been banned by the government of dictator Rafael Trujillo. The purpose was primarily to smuggle in copies of Watch Tower literature. I did so a number of times and then, in 1955, was asked to try to deliver a petition personally to the dictator. Knowing that people who incurred his disfavor had a way of simply disappearing, I accepted the assignment with a measure of apprehension. Arriving in Ciudad Trujillo ... , I sent a telegram to the Generalissimo presenting myself solely as a "North American educator with information of great importance to you and your country." The interview was granted at the National Palace and I was able to deliver the petition into his hands. ... The Generalissimo received me in full uniform with all his medals on ... . When he found out what my mission actually was, the interview ended fairly soon. ... To my surprise I was not expelled and [I] continued to make my periodic "smuggling" trips without being apprehended.
Then in 1957 all the [illegal, clandestine] American [WatchTower] missionaries ... were expelled from the Dominican Republic ... . ... The [WatchTower] Society asked me to go in and check on the conditions of the native Dominican Witnesses. I had been in [to the DR] just shortly before to deliver instructions to the [secret American WatchTower] missionaries and had brought out detailed accounts of the harsh persecution and [the WatchTower Society made certain] these were prominently featured in Puerto Rican newspapers. As we learned from a source close to him, this adverse publicity enraged Trujillo. Feeling like a marked man, I recall that my first night at a hotel in Ciudad Trujillo I was given a room on the ground floor with French windows right next to the bed. My sense of real danger was strong enough to move me to rig up the appearance of a form on the bed while I slept on the floor behind it. Again, however, I was able to make it in and out without incident and [I] made other trips in the following years.
There is an increase in the use of "western" tourists to make house visits in Sri Lanka, to spread the teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses, a Christian sect. ... Increasingly "western" tourists are being used for this purpose in breach of local immigration rules. Tourist visas are issued by the Department of Immigration and Emigration to bona-fide tourists who want to enter Sri Lanka for sightseeing, excursions, relaxation, visit relatives, or yoga training, for a short period of time. Engaging in door-to-door evangelizing work is a breach of these visa conditions.
During our stay in Colombo in July and August this year we were visited on two occasions by young British tourists handing out their evangelical [WatchTower] literature and inviting us to attend [Jehovah's Witness] meetings. ... Others have also commented on a rise of such activity.
On the second occasion, we inquired from the young British couple about their work and they confirmed that they were on a tourist visa. They seem quite naive. When we inquired from them if they were aware that they were breaching immigration rules by engaging in evangelical work, while on a tourist visa, they seem shocked and quite frightened. ...
These tourists are not engaging in evangelical work on their own. They are directed and organised by the local Jehovah's Witnesses organisation and their officials. One would expect the local organisation to be aware that by using "western" tourists for such activity, they are in breach of immigration rules and are placing the young naive tourists in danger of being arrested and prosecuted.
One could not help but wonder if this is a deliberate strategy by the local Jehovah's witnesses organisation to "exploit" western tourists, as "white" visitors may be more successful in evangelical work in convincing the "locals" of their need for a "saviour". When contacted for comment, an official based at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at Wattala, who identified himself as David, promised to [reply] via email after consulting the organization's president. However, no response was received and neither did he call back to clarify the position.
Expectedly, the WatchTower Society selected as the location for its new "Branch Office" a smaller city which was located as far away as possible from that dispersed country's largest city and capital, but a city which was still large enough to have an international airport. Maybe unexpectedly, the WatchTower Society did NOT seek to purchase a low-profile property outside that city which would be located away from as many nosy neighbors as possible. Instead, the widely experienced WatchTower Society selected an expensive multi-building compound located right in the middle of that city which already was completely surrounded by a high wall that would keep out prying eyes and ears. More interestingly, and most importantly, the WatchTower Society had its new expensive property titled and registered in a common name found in that southeast Asian Muslim country which just so happened to be the same name as that of a rich and politically powerful man in that country who conveniently lived far away in that country's capital city.
Typically, as with all WatchTower Society real estate properties, after that southeast Asian "Branch Office" property was completely renovated, the WatchTower Society sent representatives from WatchTower HQ in Brooklyn, New York, to conduct the "Dedication" ceremony. Before making the next point, readers are again reminded that this was a Muslim country in which the WatchTower Society was an ILLEGAL entity, and it was ILLEGAL for the WatchTower Society or any of its representatives to be conducting business in that country. When the WatchTower Society's Caucasian-American representatives arrived at that Muslim city's airport, they were met by a MOTORCADE escorted by that city's police department. The limousine full of WatchTower Society "criminals" LAUGHED THEIR ARSES OFF all the way from the airport to their new "Branch Office" as the city's motorcycle police dangerously rushed the motorcade through heavy city traffic with lights and sirens blasting -- never stopping once for anybody or anything until the motorcade pealed away from its police escort through the quickly opening and closing gates at the WatchTower Society's new "Branch Office". It is a reasonable speculation that the WatchTower Society's local "agents" at its new "Branch Office" were "trading" and would continue to "trade" on the "name" of the rich and powerful man which they used to title and register their property in order to trick and deceive local law enforcement.
Obviously, there is much more to this story than the scattered details to which we are privy. Hopefully, readers doing business with the WatchTower Society and its subsidiaries will still be able to take from this sparsely detailed account that you should NEVER EVER underestimate the "capability" of the WatchTower Society. Specifically, the WatchTower Society has an uncanny expertise at manipulating otherwise despised local government officials to do not only what WatchTower Society Officials want them to do, but often even to lead the fight for them.
A former WatchTower Society Brooklyn Bethelite publicly reports that during the 1980s-90s that the WatchTower Society maintained a clandestine Branch Office in Istanbul, Turkey, (secular Muslim government) despite the fact that that 5-person Branch Office was not registered as a religious organization with the Turkish government. The "Branch Overseer" reportedly was a Jehovah's Witness businessman from Germany, who operated a small business out of the Istanbul premises as the "cover". Former Bethelite relates that in 1989, when two Brooklyn Bethelite Couples decided to travel to Istanbul on vacation, that WatchTower World HQ officials requested that those four Bethelites carry with them smuggled WatchTower Society materials for the Turkish WatchTower Branch Office. One Bethelite couple carried through Turkish customs a packet of WatchTower Society documents, while the other Bethelite couple carried a specially loaded laptop computer.
In her autobiography, Awakening Of A Jehovah's Witness, Diane Wilson related that she had once attended an extracurricular slide-show presentation at the home of a common Jehovah's Witness Friend in California which was conducted by a vacationing WatchTower Branch Office official from Israel whom had been sent to Israel by the WatchTower Cult to oversee the secret construction of the WatchTower Cult's new Branch Office in Israel. Wilson uniquely recalled the part of his tale regarding how the Israeli citizens in that residential neighborhood had eventually become suspicious of the large residential "mansion" which had so many small rooms, which all had their own bath facilities. The WatchTower Branch Office official had cutely claimed that he had posed to the nosey, inquiring Israeli-Jewish neighbors as the mansion's "eccentric millionaire owner", who admittedly was OCD about "cleanliness".
See Israeli newspaper article: JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES GROW BY DEVIOUS METHODS in Israel.
Further documenting the establishing of foreign "Branch Offices" in foreign countries where the WatchTower Society had officially been denied legal permission to do business, or even had been formally "banned", Raymond Franz noted in his book, Crisis of Conscience, that while serving as a member of the Cult's "Governing Body", in 1979, he was sent to perform "zone visits" at multiple Branch Offices located in western Africa, which were located in countries where the WatchTower Society had officially been "banned" by those country's governments. The WatchTower "secret agents" entering/exiting those countries obviously were not being truthful with immigration officials in multiple countries.
"... a Russian branch of Jehovah's Witnesses has used secret transmitting equipment to broadcast religious appeals in the Kazakh Republic." -- John Chamberlain, in 1963.
The 2016 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses discloses much about the WatchTower Cult's "undercover" capabilities even half-way around the world -- within the hostile Muslim country of Indonesia, which had banned the WatchTower Cult in 1976. As you read the WatchTower Cult's own sanitized boastful account, keep in mind the time periods; and keep in mind that the WatchTower Cult has cherry-picked what they would tell us, including the filtered verbiage used to do so:
When the brothers at the branch learned of the ban , they swung into action. "We moved our confidential records, literature supplies, and branch funds to safe houses throughout Jakarta. ... We then moved the branch office to a secret location, and quietly sold the previous branch office buildings."
Most of the local brothers remained active and unafraid. ... A few elders became fearful and signed statements agreeing to stop preaching. Others revealed the names of congregation members. The branch office sent mature brothers to fortify the congregations and to
help[disfellowship] those who had compromised. John Booth, a member of the Governing Body, also visited Indonesia and passed on some much-needed fatherlyadvice [on running an illegal underground BUSINESS operation. (He probably also brought along a suitcase of much needed "cash", which could not be legally transferred after the ban: EDITOR.)]
... the "publishers" found new and discreet ways to preach. ... Many brothers bought copies of a modern, affordable Bible from the Indonesian Bible Society and offered [to sell] them to householders, tactfully including the Kingdom message where possible. Others removed the copyright page from [WatchTower] publications and distributed [sold] them to interested people. Many "pioneers" continued to preach while posing as door-to-door salespeople, ...
During the ban, most congregations continued to meet together for worship in private homes. To avoid attracting undue attention, however, many congregations did not sing Kingdom songs. ...
The brothers often used family reunions or wedding celebrations as
occasions[cover] to hold larger assemblies. "Couples typically registered their marriage and obtained a police permit to hold a large wedding reception. ... During the reception, the bridal party sat on the platform while brothers presented a series of Bible talks."
"Most weddings last only two or three hours. Why do your weddings last from morning to evening?" [one] policeman asked. "Some brides and grooms have many troubles and need lots of helpful counsel from God's Word," [a JW leader] replied. ...
Under the cover of a multiple wedding, brothers presented part of the 1983 [WatchTower] District Convention at a large Jakarta sports stadium. ... nearly 4000 ... attended the convention, and 125 people were baptized privately before the program. Later, when the ban was less rigidly enforced, the brothers held even larger conventions, including one attended by over 15,000 people. ...
In 1990, ... a new branch office [began construction] near Bogor, a small city about 25 miles (40 km) south of Jakarta. ... The Brooklyn Construction Office and the Regional Engineering Office in Australia supplied the architectural plans. Some 100 international volunteers provided the needed expertise during the two-year project.
Hosea Mansur, an Indonesian brother who acted as a liaison with various local officials, related: "When Muslim officials saw my initials, H.M., on my hard hat, they assumed that the letter H stood for "Hajji", a highly esteemed title claimed by those who make pilgrimages to Mecca. They thus treated me with great respect. This simple misunderstanding made it easier to organize the work."
[EDITOR: What a load of bull manure!!! How does a BANNED so-called "christian" religion in an avowed Muslim country have a "liaison" with Muslim government officials? And, do all Indonesians automatically assume that everyone with the initials "H.M." on their construction hardhat is a devout Muslim who had pilgrimaged to Mecca? Bullcrap!!! There was lots more and lots different to this BS story. "Someone" has told so many LIES that they don't know when they should stop.]
The new branch facilities were dedicated on July 19, 1996. John Barr, a member of the Governing Body, delivered the dedication talk. The 285 people in the audience included 118 branch representatives and former missionaries from many countries, and the 59 members of the Indonesia Bethel family. In the two days that followed the dedication program, 8793 delegates attended the "Messengers of Godly Peace" District Convention in Jakarta.
[EDITOR: That now makes TWO Governing Body members who visited WatchTower Cult facilities in Indonesia since they had been BANNED. Those two jokers would never have set a foot inside Muslim Indonesia unless they knew for an absolute certainty that there was ZERO POSSIBILTY that they might be arrested and imprisoned. Again, the "rest of the story" is being withheld. The following may give readers a hint.]
While visiting New York in 2001, the Indonesian Secretary of State ... toured [WatchTower Cult World Headquarters] and met with three members of the Governing Body. ... [He] favored lifting the ban, ...
[EDITOR: That was likely due to all the free books and magazines that were being sent to him for his pickup during his stopover in Zurich or Nassau.]
The [Indonesian] Attorney General also favored lifting the ban, but hostile officials in his department kept stalling ...
[EDITOR: Apparently, the Indonesian AG had not shared with his underlings some of the free books and magazines that he too had received.]
... On June 1, 2001, ... the Attorney General .. revok[ed] the ban. ... On March 22, 2002, the organization of Jehovah's Witnesses in Indonesia was officially registered by the Department of Religious Affairs. ...
Not all WatchTower "secret agents" originated from the United States, Great Britain, or Europe. The WatchTower Cult is a thoroughly experienced international organization, and the Cult uses background-appropriate personnel depending on the target country. Note the following 1998 media report about a RUSSIAN WatchTower operative sent to Azerbaijan to headup its underground activities in that country. This scenario also discloses the FACT that the WatchTower Cult has long used its "secret agents" to BRIBE government officials to accomplish its goals.
Back around the 1980s-90s that the WatchTower Society publicly admitted to its membership (in either literature or convention sermon) that it had long had a policy of BRIBING FOREIGN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS in order to "get things done". (WatchTower insiders know that the Cult never makes such public admissions unless first there has already been a widespread disclosure of the "sin" to the public, which we do not now recall or to which we simply were not then privy.) We recall the WatchTower Cult's "rationalization" being that most foreign governments and government officials were already "corrupt", and that BRIBERY had become such a ingrained, normal way of doing business in foreign countries, that if the Cult never paid bribes to foreign government officials then the Cult would never be able to carry on its business in those foreign countries. The Cult proclaimed BRIBERY OF FOREIGN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS to be a required, necessary evil in"this system of things", which they had come to consider to be no different from paying any other legally imposed GOVERNMENT TAX or FEE.
"In November 1997, after the Jehovah's Witnesses had been trying unsuccessfully to gain registration with the [Azerbaijan] Ministry of Justice for two years, a Ministry official appeared to indicate that registration would become possible on payment of a bribe. The Jehovah's Witness representative, ALEKSANDR USENKO, handed over a $2000.00 BRIBE, and was immediately arrested. Tried in February 1998, Usenko - a Russian citizen - was given a suspended sentence of three years' imprisonment on charges of bribery under Article 171 of the Criminal Code. He was freed and [instructed] to leave Azerbaijan." (Edited for clarity.) -- KESTON NEWS SERVICE.
If the WatchTower Cult can rationalize that paying BRIBES to government officials in third-world countries is nothing more than paying required "additional taxes or fees", then there is no reason to believe that that same rationalization has not since made its way into the Cult's dealings with government officials in the United States and other first-world countries.
Here are edited excerpts from Amber Scorah's published essay about her early life as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Amber Scorah grew up as a Jehovah's Witness in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where she became a full-time "Pioneer" in Vancouver the day she graduated from high school. In 2003, Scorah started attending night classes at her local Kingdom Hall in order to learn Mandarin Chinese, so that she could proselytize Chinese immigrants living in Vancouver. By the time Scorah had finished that class in 2004, she had decided that she wanted to go to China as a "secret agent" missionary for the WatchTower Society. Although Scorah does not provide the details of her eventual journey to Shanghai, China (such as, did she attend the WatchTower Bible School of Gilead, or did she receive specialized training somewhere else), Amber Scorah does provide these informative snippets of her covert activities after arriving in Shanghai:
When I got to China, things were really different, by necessity. Proselytizing is illegal. Religious meetings are banned. The preaching work and congregation meetings have to be conducted underground. This means that the handful of [Jehovah's] Witnesses in Shanghai can meet only covertly, which makes seeing each other more than once a week next to impossible. Preaching in the usual structured, door-to-door fashion is also, obviously, out of the question. For me, a [Jehovah's] Witness accustomed to a life of uniform routine, this seemed like an unprecedented adventure.
A couple of weeks after I arrived in Shanghai, I received a cryptic text message from a man who called himself James (some of us used fake names; we knew the Chinese government monitored electronic correspondence). He proposed meeting in a noisy local restaurant in the French Concession. I called his number when I got to the restaurant and he waved so I would know him. We chatted a few minutes, then he immediately got down to business. With a practiced manner, he explained the instructions from the branch office of Jehovah's Witnesses as to how to conduct my missionary work. I was to find a job, perhaps teaching English, as a cover. Then I was to start cultivating relationships with worldly people, both Chinese and Westerners. These friendships were to be made with the sole purpose of religious conversion. ... ...
And so, in this fashion -- slowly, inadvertently -- I began to infiltrate this new world. ... I began taking Mandarin classes every day with foreigners from all over the world, none of whom knew my religious affiliation. My teacher was delighted by my progress, ... After class, I would go out with my fellow students, all of whom had different motives for learning Chinese. ... I continued to make vague excuses about why I was learning Chinese. James, a nervous sort, had hammered it into my brain: reveal nothing. And I, trained to be obedient, stuck to my story of being an English teacher with an inexplicable interest in Chinese people.
When I hung out with these worldly people, it was hard to shake the feeling that I was doing something wrong. They swore, they smoked, some of them drank a lot. They often made references to things I didn't get. I didn't understand their innuendos, and I hadn't read their books or seen their movies. But I was a quick study. I had to play along; I didn't want to blow my cover, and besides, it was interesting to learn about their lives. I was following my orders to a tee, and all of this could be done guilt-free.
In addition to my new school friends, I scheduled time each day to look for Chinese people to talk to. I'd sit in restaurants, hang out in Huaihai Park, read books in public squares, or hop on subways and buses, offering fast friendship to anyone patient or chatty enough to put up with my broken Chinese. I prayed for God's help, but it was easy to find people who were interested in a foreigner, especially one who knew some Chinese.
Brother James recommended that before bringing up anything about the Bible with one of our new friends, we find out if that person or their family was affiliated with the Communist Party. Anyone who was a party member posed a potential danger, and contact was to be cut off immediately; a party member might turn in a [Jehovah's] Witness out of loyalty to the regime. ... ...
I still had to be careful. I wasn't supposed to tell her where I lived. At first we would meet for our study sessions in public parks, until one humid day when I noticed two men in polyester suits vigorously snapping photos of us. We separated, and I took the subway in the wrong direction home, just to be safe. After that, I treated Jean to coffee at various Western cafes, but never the same one two weeks in a row. I taped gift wrap over the covers of our Watchtower publications so people couldn't see what they were. ... ...
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