Scientology, Greta van Susteren and John Coale
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Media articles about Greta's move from CNN to FOXNews and her surgery:
Media articles about Greta van Susteren, John Coale and Sarah Palin:
Greta "before" and "after", see also here
van Susteren once said in the Washington Post that she is a Scientologist
("I like the ethics") and in People ("I'm a strong advocate of their ethics").
Ethics in Scientology is not the same as in the real world. It means to
"remove counter-intentions from the environment", i.e. to get the job done
and apply Scientology. Greta has done this for many years at CNN and before,
although she has tried to keep a rather low profile on the Scientology
angle of these activities.
For years, Greta van Susteren was CNN's inhouse Scientologist and legal
talker and co-hosted the show Burden of Proof until December 2001,
when the show was cancelled and her co-host Roger Cossack fired. She then
hosted The Point with Greta Van Susteren, a news and analysis show,
until the end of 2001, when she resigned and signed up at FOXnews. At the
end of January 2002, she had cosmetic surgery, which is why people nicknamed
her Greta van Surgery. The "new, improved" FOXNews Greta looks quite
different from the old "no frills" CNN Greta.
The St. Petersburg Times about Greta and John: High
profile couple never pairs church and state
The National Law Journal about John's failed RITALIN litigation:
Class Actions: Fast Start, Big Stumble
Her lawfirm got in trouble twice for active soliciting, commonly
known as "ambulance chasing". The second time was after the ValuJet
disaster. She showed her arrogant attitude in her CNN show (read the transcript).
In other reactions, the argument brought by her lawfirm was mostly that
"other lawyers are just jealous".
After the Heaven's gate mass suicide, she discussed suing the drug company
that manufactured the product used for suicide. This is closely related
to the viewpoint of scientology, that psychiatry and drug companies is
responsible for every bad thing that happens anywhere.
She represented Amy Frith in her lawsuit against Wellspring,
a cult recovery institution. She was not only unsuccessful, but it was
also embarassing for her, as she had to admit to an opposing lawyer that
she was scared of Amy's abusive husband.
On 12.6.1998 she agreed to represent the Southern Baptist Convention against
lawsuits filed by women against discrimination. Greta's
argument: she is distressed by outside people who criticize
the way a religion wants to run itself, and she would also leave the KKK
alone if it was a religion.
According to Graham Berry,
Greta van Susteren helped convince CNN to cancel an
exposé about the Scientology front Applied Scholastics.
Greta and her husband John P. Coale were investors in the Ponzi scheme
of Scientologist Reed Slatkin;
they invested $2.1 million and received $2.7 million in payments according
report by the court-appointed trustee. When being told that even innocent
parties (i.e. participants who didn't know it was a Ponzi scheme) are required
to return the extra money, John Coale said: "I'll fight this thing for
100 years" because "Most of that money went to the IRS." (Source: The
Los Angeles Times from 21.12.2001)
The 100 years
fight is already over. John and Greta are settling
the case and will pay back $705,000 to the estate in seven semi-annual
It is unknown to me what influence she had in CNN, and what her responsibility
is for CNN's support of scientology was (e.g. cancelling
the interview of Richard Behar after TIME won). She donated at least
$40,000 to the "war chest" of the IAS (IMPACT #25; donation no longer mentioned
on later editions), which is responsible for hate propaganda.
Her sister Dr.
Lise Van Susteren is a psychiatrist in Washington, DC. Altough Scientologists
cultivate a strong hatred for the mental health profession ("Psychiatry
kills") and claim that it is a huge scam, Scientologist John Coale even
called Lise to get the name of a cosmetic surgeon. (Update 2009: Read also this gawker.com article about Lise)
The weird clothing from her CNN days can be explained: it's her husband.
He buys her clothes. (An important Scientology concept is not to "invalidate"
another scientologists opinion).
Learn more about Greta and her husband, and their "ethics" in the Scientology
Xenu presents: The Greta Gallery
(images located on CNN's site!)
Roger Cossack waiting, Greta staring
an ad for toothpaste
fell out of her bed
"what 'ya looking at, surfa?"
clueless, as if she had just seen Xenu!
Photographs from the year 2000:
"It is a religion! Get used to it!"
"I know nothing..."
"We know your crimes"
"beans... never again!"
"Well, doctor, if you really think
a new face is the answer..."
Photograph from the year 2001:
"I will do it!"
"new, improved" Greta at FOXnews
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Look! Xenu found Greta's Hubby!
So Greta doesn't feel lonely :-)
"That old guy behind me just called Mom a MILF!
What dossat mean?"
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