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For those interested in knowing before taking a stance

Posted by hobbled on June 20, 2005 at 11:36:48

Some may have noticed that a Chilean cult was recently busted.

Some may have even noticed that:

"Government officials said the discovery of the arms would strengthen their case against Mr. Schäfer and associates who are also in jail by giving prosecutors grounds to invoke a racketeering statute. "Colonia Dignidad was an illicit association dedicated to committing sexual, tax and economic crimes and had a paramilitary purpose," Mr. Correa Sutil said.""

Sound familiar?

Even the US has racketeering statutes. I wonder why EP was so quick to quote his MO friends who had no expertise on the matter of "illicit association."

FYI, this is the story I'm talking about:

"RIO DE JANEIRO, June 16 - The authorities in Chile searching for victims of Gen. Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship who are said to be buried at the enclave of a secretive, apocalyptic religious cult of German émigrés have unearthed a large cache of weapons and intelligence files.


The enclave, Colonia Dignidad, was founded in southern Chile in 1961 by Paul Schäfer, a former Nazi Luftwaffe medic turned fundamentalist preacher. He fled around 1997 after being charged with the sexual abuse of more than two dozen boys in his care. He was convicted in absentia of pedophilia, arrested in Argentina in March and sent back to Chile, where he is now in prison, facing charges of kidnapping, forced labor, fraud and tax evasion."