It was a good one hour show, with two commercial breaks. Tanja talked very convincing about her hard Sea Org life in England and mentioned her Billion Year Contract. Norbert Blüm (former Labor Minister) was forceful and funny, citing from Hubbard's "Ethics" and naming people who had been chased by Scientology around the globe. Minton was very much the gentleman, low key and smiling at the black propaganda by the Swiss CoS spoksman present ("his mother is on welfare while his spends 4 million - money from his Nigeria deal - against Scientology"). Minton should have gotten more time, but he couldn't follow the discussion as closely as the others, for translation reasons. But he managed to throw in that Scientology's roots are in satanism, when Sabine Weber (German CoS spokswoman) elaborated on their spiritual affinity to Hinduism and Buddhism. In the CoS-trio there was also a lawyer (ca. 50), who said, he had done several month of "studying" at the England Sea Org from which he did benefit a lot. And he explained briefly that auditing helps you to finally come up with the right answer to an auditor's question.
At the end of the show, Sabine Weber announced to the public that Scientolgy was having an information-exibition that was touring Germany, so anyone could get his own picture. To which Hans Meiser, the moderator, said: "I tried to go there but I weren't let in".
Viewers had sent in faxes and some were read by Hans Meiser. Meiser said that all the faxes they received had been critical of Scientology. They had not gotten one fax by a Scientologist, "didn't their fax-machines work?", he asked. End.
The bottom line was that the Scientology spokespeople were very much on the defensive because their main reply to what Tanya and Minton said was: "You can't prove what you say, it's a lie". At one point in the end, Hans Meiser said that he usually does not invite liars to his show.
Klaus Bloemker Frankfurt