On June 20, 2007, a press conference was held in the Berlin Parliament House involving speakers Ursula Caberta, Thomas Gandow, and Mr. Schiemann, member of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (German domestic intelligence).
A surprise guest was a man who claimed to be a former long-time Scientologist from the Church of Scientology of Buffalo, New York – Christian Markert. Markert was touted as having information about internal Church matters.
In view of the fact that renowned hate mongers Ursula Cabertaand David Touretzky were connected to Markert’s sudden appearance on the anti-religious scene, Religious Freedom Watch investigated the matter.
We began with “Who is Christian J. Markert?” since only a handful of people in Buffalo had ever heard of him. Markert claims that he was born in Dinslaken, Germany. He also claims that he attended Robert Kennedy University in Los Angeles, California, from 1989 to 1993 and obtained an MBA degree. No such university exists.
Markert claimed he attended a private Junior High School in Los Angeles from 1980 to 1989, called Abitur. However, he also claimed that he attended Gymnasium Voerde in Germany from 1980 to 1989. How could he possibly attend both schools in the same time period in two different parts of the world? These are only a few of the inconsistencies that appear as one gathers up the countless stories Markert told to various people after he landed on Scientology’s doorstep in March of 2007 – stories that smack of a hastily rehearsed background fabricated by someone with something to hide.
Markert had come from overseas and boasted to several people in Buffalo that he was a successful businessman in Ireland, where he managed a company called Creaventure Consulting. To bolster this story, Markert claimed that one of his company’s clients had deposited 3 million Euros into their account to secure his company’s services, but that the Irish Revenue Service thought it was profit, which triggered, according to Markert, a tax investigation into Creaventure Consulting. Markert claimed that Creaventure Consulting went from 200,000 Euros in income to 22 million Euros in just three years, which also prompted a full audit of his company. Markert explained that there were 25 agents from the Irish Revenue Service doing the audit. But when Religious Freedom Watch had their correspondent in Ireland look into Creaventure Consulting, including official public records, there was no such company in existence or previously operating in Ireland.
The only evidence that could be found of Creaventure Consulting was the domain name, creaventure.com, which was registered on the internet in January of 2007, just a few weeks beforeChristian Markert began his brief involvement in Scientology which ended in June of 2007.
Does Creaventure Consulting only exist in the mind of Christian Markert? Or was it created for him by a few bungling individuals who hoped to place him as a “plant” within a Church for just a few months in the hope of gaining information that could be later spun into something that appeared incriminating? It certainly wouldn’t be the first time such a ploy has been used by would-be extortionists and their like.
Markert made many claims to Buffalo church personnel to try to appear as though he had a history in Scientology. He claimed that he was a member of a Church of Scientology in Ireland but, when inquires were made, not a single record could be found to support Markert’s claim. Markert also claimed that he had donated an exorbitant amount of money to the Church in Ireland. That also proved to be a complete fabrication. In fact, no one in Ireland had ever heard his name.
It appears that, in order to gain acceptance by Church members during his brief few months in Buffalo, Markert gave several entirely fabricated versions of having a history in Scientology. He told some people he was a Scientologist for 15 years, others for 10 years, still others for 7 years. The fact of the matter is that Christian Markert was never a Scientologist, he just infiltrated the Church under false pretenses and he was sent in with specific marching orders.
Who are the “handlers” of this wannabe spy?
Consider the timeline: Markert’s company name “Creaventure” first appears on the internet as a domain name registered on January 21, 2007. Five weeks later, on March 1st, Markert makes his first contact with Scientology at the Buffalo, New York, church. A mere four months after that, German nativeChristian Markert appears in Berlin at a press conference conveniently arranged by government official,Ursula Caberta, in support of her long-time campaign of slander against the Church of Scientology.
Concurrent with the end of Markert’s “career” as a bookseller in Scientology, a couple of extremists chronicled in the Anti-Religious Extremists section of Religious Freedom Watch began making claims about some dramatic event that was going to occur involving a former Scientology staff member.
Prior to the press conference in Berlin, David Touretzky announced from Carnegie Mellon University, that he was in contact with “an anonymous source” within the Church. Some days later Chuck Beatty, an apostate of Scientology, tried to tell a “dramatic” story of how he helped Christian Markert to “escape” from Buffalo and hid him away at his sister, Linda Kirkhart’s house in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, while arrangements were being made to fly him back to Germany.
In fact this was a pre-planned infiltration designed to create a sensational story at that 20th of June 2007 press conference in Berlin – and the perpetrator needed a lift to the airport.
The “imagineers” of this attempted drama are extremists who spend most of their waking hours slandering the Church in the most vicious of terms with a devotion that only paid agent provocateurs can muster. Unfortunately for them, Markert, their wannabe spy, whom they spirited off to Berlin for this dramatic press conference, had nothing to show for his efforts except Scientology news that any staff member in the world could provide, even though Market did his level best to put an anti-religious spin on it.
“I drove from Pittsburgh to Buffalo, last Wednesday morning, picked up Christian [Markert], who had blown Buffalo staff and I picked him up and we went up to Niagra Falls for a late lunch, saw the American Falls at least, then came back to Pittsburgh, and he stayed here at my sister’s place for a couple days, then I got him to JFK, and then he got to Germany and to Ursula’s [Caberta] competent hands, etc.” – Chuck Beatty
In the attempt to make their amateurish spy operation seem successful, Chuck Beatty also broadcasted the following statement on the Internet, “Christian [Markert] was already a high level successful consultant (making hundreds of thousands of Euros per year)…He [Markert] became a Scientologist, helped the Dublin Mission, joined Mission staff there, donated tons of money for Dublin to get their building, then he volunteered to even help out at higher levels of staff …”.
It seems Beatty really wanted to ensure that people out there believed the prefabricated story about Markert being a successful businessman who became a Scientologist, doing it in such a way as to leave little doubt in our minds that he and other extremists had a hand in its manufacture.
But let’s go back a couple of months and specifically to April 2007 when Chuck Beatty met with Ursula Caberta in Hamburg, Germany. What was the purpose of the meeting between these extremists and what did Beatty and Caberta plan? It is of interest that Markert infiltrated the Church only a month prior and would soon be in need of someone to help orchestrate his “dramatic” exit from Scientology – or at least give him a ride to the airport just in time for Caberta’s press conference in Berlin. The Church of Scientology there is expanding in greater numbers than ever before, an expansion that Germany’s OPC (Office for the Protection of the Constitution) has worked hard to thwart for decades. Whatever the plan, it seems Beatty, Caberta and Touretzky didn’t think it all the way through. As is usual with a story strung together by lies, eventually it backfires on the perpetrators: David Touretzky, Ursula Caberta and their go-for, Chuck Beatty, used a convicted criminal to infiltrate the Church.
A simple search for Christian Markert on the worldwide web reveals that Markert was convicted in France for fraud and was also extradited to Germany for crimes he committed in that country.
Markert’s Criminal History
Here is a glimpse of Christian Markert’s fraudulent activities in both France and Germany:
12 June 1997, the Trial Court of Meaux (Paris, France) convicts Christian Markert of fraud and sentences him to 18 months in jail.
February 1997, German authorities issue an arrest warrant against Christian Markert, based on a 9 April and 29 November 1996 warrant issued by the court in Essen, Germany. The first warrant cites five instances of Markert’s illegal activities. The second, expanded warrant includes eight counts for various forms of fraud.
18 June 1997, Christian Markert is officially notified of the various outstanding arrest warrants in Germany.
10 July 1997, the German court issues an extradition request against Christian Markert.
June 1998, Christian Markert brings a case before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) against France. His case was not accepted by the European Court.
13 August 1998, Christian Markert is officially notified of the extradition request.
3 May 1999, Christian Markert is extradited to Germany.
This is just scratching the surface of the documents easily available on the internet that evidence Markert’s history of fraud and criminality. If Religious Freedom Watch could find this evidence, so could computer expert David Touretzky and government official, Ursula Caberta. One must assume that they did.
It would be hard to believe that Ursula Caberta, with all her government intelligence contacts, did not know Markert was a criminal. Both Ursula Caberta and the OPC are very well aware that it is illegal to spy on a foreign country or a foreign organization. David Touretzky is employed by Carnegie Mellon University and receives US Government funds to supposedly study and experiment on rat brains. Instead he may have used resources funded by taxpayers to aid and abet a German government official and a convicted criminal in their efforts to spy on a US based Church. Chuck Beatty, is an accessory to all this, although he is motivated by hatred for his former religion. It is not known if Linda Kirkhart, Beatty’s sister, played any role in this operation besides innocent host her brother and Markert.
Was Markert promised some sort of a deal by Caberta and/or by the German government in exchange for infiltrating the Church of Scientology in Buffalo, New York, and causing havoc? Is this why Chuck Beatty traveled to Hamburg in the midst of this operation and then had to personally drive Markert from Buffalo to Pittsburgh and hide him away at Linda Kirkhart’s house until he flew off to decorate Caberta’s press conference?