All of them, those in power, and those who want the power, would pamper us, if we agreed to overlook their crookedness by wilfully restricting our activities.
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|WASHINGTON —(AP)— The Church of
Scientology accused Treasury agents Friday of falsely
arresting an innocent church member. A church official
asked Attorney General Edward H. Levi to investigate the
The church official, the Rev. Christian Volz, called the incident part of "a calculated conspiracy" of harassment by the Treasury Department.
"We are appealing to Attorney General Levi to intervene in this vendetta. Terror tactics such as these must be stopped before they affect others," Volz said in a written statement.
THE STATEMENT said church member Greg Taylor, 25, was arrested by 17 Treasury agents outside the children's nursery in a Washington, D.C., Scientology church building about 11 p.m. Sept. 10. Two police dogs accompanied the agents, the statement said.
"The agents seized and identified Taylor as a subject they were seeking on charges of forgery of a government document," the statement continued. "Though Taylor produced extensive and bona fide identification proving that he was not the individual sought, he was forcibly taken to jail. He was not released until the next day when members of the church testified as to his identity. Subsequently, Justice Department attorneys admitted they had the wrong man."
A Treasury Department spokesman said he was not familiar with the incident. Justice Department spokesman Robert Havel said, "I don't know that we have the letter from Volz yet but I'm sure we will respond to it when we get it."
In the letter to the attorney general, Volz asserted that Treasury agencies have been harassing the church for 18 years. He said the arrest of Taylor came 10 days after the church petitioned Treasury Secretary William Simon to investigate the past harassment.
The church has been sharply critical of Interpol, the international police organization whose U.S. branch is administered by the Treasury Department. Interpol's main function is channeling information about crimes and suspected criminals to police agencies around the world.