Although Sarah Palin has strong appeal among “Christian conservatives,” it turns out that John Coale, Palin’s key political tactician and fundraising specialist, has long-standing high-level professional connections to a controversial “new religion” known as the Church of Scientology.
Coale — who also happens to follow Scientology’s teachings — is joined in his enthusiasm for both Scientology and for Palin by his wife, Fox News correspondent Greta Van Susteren, who has emerged as a not-so-subtle Palin promoter in her own right.
Not only did Coale establish the Alaska Fund Trust, which has helped pay Palin’s legal bills resulting from a variety of ethics investigations that have swirled around Palin relating to her activities as governor of Alaska, but he has also been a prime mover behind Palin’s political action committee known as Sarah PAC. Coale is, in short, the “brains” behind Palin’s national efforts.
But more than a few critics are suggesting that Coale is linking to Palin to promote the political influence of Scientology. This claim is based on the fact that some years ago Coale actually authored a secret memorandum — later leaked by a whistleblower — that outlined a plan by the Church of Scientology to advance its own political influence. As the Internet’s lively blogger known as “Gawker” described Scientology’s plan for power:
The idea was to launch a political action committee that would attract donations from Scientologists but could be plausibly distanced from the cult, whichclaims to be a church and therefore barred from engaging directly in political activities.
The PAC was to be called FLAGG PAC, whichstood for “Freedom, Liberty, and Good GovernmentPolitical Action Committee,” but would act as a sortof dog whistle for Scientologists, who would hear an echo of “Flag Land Base,” the group’s international headquarters in Clearwater, Florida.
In January 1986, Coale spoke at a Scientology “government awareness seminar” in Washington, D.C., to pitch parishioners on the idea and begin raising money.
Attendees were given detailed surveys from the church’s Office of Special Affairs —the arm that handles public affairs and conducts covert operations — asking for personal data on any powerful political, media, or financial figures they may know so that the OSA could “better coordinate our activities.”
The documents identify Coale as the force behind the PAC idea, and as the point man for people interested in contributing.
So why are Coale’s ties to Scientology worth mentioning in the context of Sarah Palin’s affairs?
While most people consider Scientology nothing more than “just another weird cult” that happens to have some big name Hollywood supporters — such as actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta, among others — there’s much more to Scientology than meets the eye.
The truth is that the Church of Scientology is actually a quietly influential (and very rich) political institution with worldwide financial operations and a secret intelligence network that reaches far and wide.
But, more significantly, an array of evidence suggests, in fact, that it may well be connected, financially and politically, to some of the powerful interests that actually helped place Sarah Palin on the GOP ticket in the year 2008 in the first place.
In this respect, Scientology is much like the equally “unusual” Unification Church — the organization of Korean cult leader Sun Myung Moon — which, during the last 25 years — through publication of the daily “conservative” Washington Times and bankrolling “conservative” organizations — became immensely powerful in GOP ranks in Washington. Moon’s Washington Times network helped fund the pro-Israel circles that are promoting Sarah Palin in, ironically, the same fashion as the Times’ “liberal” rival in the nation’s capital, The Washington Post (see accompanying stories).
In short, both big name “liberal” and “conservative” forces — at the very highest levels — can come together for particular political aims on behalf of their behind-the-scenes controllers: in this case, building up Sarah Palin (for whatever their ultimate goal).
That a major Scientology figure is working closely with Sarah Palin is not surprising, considering the tragic history of the Church of Scientology.
Founded by the classically eccentric and eclectic and highly brilliant philosopher, L. Ron Hubbard, who built Scientology into one of the fastest-growing “alternative” religions, Scientology underwent major internal changes after Hubbard was forced out of his leadership role and died, under strange circumstances, not long afterward.
Setting up new “public faces” to run Scientology, a handful of mostly Jewish lawyers, all non-Scientologists — including, notably, one Lawrence Heller — took over the church and through a new set-up of holding companies — such as the Church of Spiritual Technology and the Religious Technology Center — which now dominate Scientology. Reports indicate Heller has deposited Scientology money in at least one Israeli bank even though Israel discriminates against Scientology.
But here’s where it really gets quite strange and links back to the elements promoting Sarah Palin…
A former American diplomat, the late Stephen J. Koczak (stationed for many years in Israel), charged that the group that took over Scientology were operatives for Israel’s intelligence service, the Mossad, which has al ways had an interest in “Manchurian Candidate”-style mind control of the very type in which our own CIA and the former Soviet KGB are known to have dabbled.
Critics contend that those who control Scientology now have in their hands a virtual spy network of devoted cult members who will do what they are told.
Other investigators say it was World Jewish Congress chief Edgar Bronfman — of the Jewish crime syndicate group that bankrolled John McCain’s mobster father-in-law — who financed the covert group of Jewish lawyers who grabbed control of the Church of Scientology.
Sarah Palin’s close advisor John Coale has been such a big figure in the “new” Scientology that he even served as lawyer for one of Scientology’s biggest names, Lisa Marie Presley (daughter of Elvis Presley), when she divorced now-deceased entertainer Michael Jackson.
According to a new Jackson biography, Scientologists long hoped to snare Jackson as a member and fiancial benefactor — reportedly a primary church project — but Jackson vocally scorned Scientology (later converting to Islam) and his marriage with Miss Presley went asunder. In that regard it is interesting to note that in the April 2003 issue of Vanity Fair fervent Jackson critic Maureen Orth complained that close friends of Jackson were telling people “the child abuse allegations [against him] were the work of an American religious sect enacting revenge for his refusal to sign up,” obviously referring to Scientology.
So the evidence suggests Scientology is now a powerful part of an elite high-level network beyond the control of Scientology’s grassroots believers. And that a top Scientologist, John Coale, has been deployed to advance Sarah Palin’s aspirations of becoming a national figure is — if truth be told — really no big surprise at all. #
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