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The reason for their query is, according to the human rights activists: "Important U.S. citizens - members of the Church of Scientology - who represent several thousand foreign companies" had contacted the committee because of the "continuing discrimination" of Scientologists. The U.S. citizens wanted to prevent support of this discrimination by economical means. The letter sounds similar to recent Scientology attacks against Germany. This is no surprise: the head of the committee, Dan Viggo Bergtun, is mentioned in an article of the Scientology magazine "Impact" as Norwegian "lifetime member". The Scientology newspaper "Good News" commends Bergun's work as "Honorary PRO" - i.e. honorary public relations officer.
Especially impudent: in the letter Bergtun claims to be "holder of the peace nobel price medal". However, according to the nobel committee, neither he nor his organization have received this honor. When asked by FOCUS, Bergtun declared that, as a former member of the UN peace corps which received the prize in 1988, he had received the medal "honorary". The nobel committee comment: "Bullshit".
The Scientology expert of the senate of Hamburg, Ursula Caberta, views the letter from Oslo as an "infamous strategy" to get at information which then could be used by Scientology against Germany. She suggests to all companies: "Just ignore it."