do elders spy as evidence?

by mraimondi 11 Replies latest jw experiences

  • mraimondi

    is this spying?

    2 elders come into my apartment building

    dont knock on my individual door

    hear me and my gf having sex


    bring it up later (at the judicial commitee)

    This happened a long time ago hehe, i had already admitted i had done it, after an elder's wife (pioneer) decided to look through my emails whilst the elder and i were talking in another room. they had already known the truth, so it was hard for me to lie to them... but that gave 2 nice little witnesses to my admission... how convenient.

    does this happen often?

  • minimus

    It does happen.

  • quietlyleaving

    one elder, who is now a CO, used to do it regularly for deciding whether or not an individual was worthy of privileges and appointments in the congregation

    I hope he stopped after he was confronted

  • Open mind
    Open mind

    "bring it up later"

    So don't keep us hanging! What was your response?

    If you haven't replied yet, you could say you were watching an "R"-rated movie.


  • undercover

    Yes, spying happens...It depends on the situation.

    The only cases I know of as facts (two seperate incidents) was when someone claimed that an ex-spouse was engaged in immoral activity but wouldn't freely admit it. To gain "evidence" in order to allow the other spouse the freedom to remarry (if you're not familiar with JW rules on divorce and remarrying this can be confusing) the elders pulled a Jim Rockford and sat in a parked car and watched the person's house at night until they saw someone arrive and remain all night. To them, this was proof positive that immoral activity was taking place at the residence.

  • StAnn

    Tell them they're wrong, you weren't having sex. You were just watching porn.

    St. Ann

  • asilentone

    St Ann, good one!

  • Happier than ever! (HTE)
    Happier than ever! (HTE)

    Some Elders use a more secretive method of spying...they use their followers! And it starts at an early age. When I was in the 3rd grade, yep thats right 3rd grade, I was pulled aside by one of the Elders after a book study. He proceeded to tell me that I should stop using bad language and that it was not suitable for a follower of Jehovah. Evidendtly one of my fellow JW's also in the 3rd grade heard me say "shit" one day at recess (I was probably mad because I didn't kick a homerun in kickball or lost at tag). Anyway, she knarked on me to one of the Elders! Can you believe that! Spies all over that so called religion!

  • asilentone

    Welcome to the board, HTE!

  • compound complex
    compound complex


    In the "Cradle of Democracy"

    Perhaps few cases illustrate more clearly the extremes to which the zeal to spy out and deal summarily with any disagreement or disaffection can go than the events that took place in the past decade in the land of Greece, called "the cradle of democracy."

    About 1986, the branch office of the Watch Tower Society, located in the Athens area, began applying intense pressure on Witnesses who gave any indication of not being in total agreement with organizational teachings and policies. The number of those disfellowshiped evidently reached more than a hundred. Others simply ceased association quietly. In an interest to maintain spirituality, some of these began to meet with others for Bible reading and discussion in private homes. This, too, was done quietly and without fanfare. The Greek branch office, however, manifested an extreme concern to seek out and take action against any doing so. This in time introduced some remarkable measures and led to a court case described in the portions of an Athens newspaper shown above. This is what happened:

    On Tuesday, April 6, 1987, a group of about 50 persons gathered at the home of Nick and Eftihia Bozartzis for Bible discussion. From his balcony Nick noticed two men standing across the street watching the individuals entering his home, some of whom had not formally withdrawn from the organization. Recognizing one of the two observers as a Witness, he went down to speak to them, but as soon as he appeared on the street level they literally ran off. Within days, three of those attending the gathering were disfellowshiped by elders in judicial hearings.

    On Friday, others normally went to the home of Voula Kalokerinou, a former Witness, but since they planned to gather for the celebration of the Lord's evening meal on Sunday, their gathering on Friday, April 9, was canceled. That Friday evening, however, Voula noticed a car with five persons inside parked across the road from her house, and the car and its occupants remained there for hours. The next evening the same.

    One might think that to assign any sinister motive to such circumstances, viewing them as evidence of "spying" designed to identify "defectors" and supply grounds for judicial action against them, would be the product of imagination, even manifest a degree of paranoia. Later events demonstrate otherwise.

    The following Sunday, April 11, a number of persons went to Voula's home to commemorate the death of God's Son on behalf of all mankind. She noticed an unfamiliar car parked across the road on one corner and a van parked on the other corner. The rear window of the van was covered over with paper but with a hole cut in the center of the covering material. The occupants of the car crossed over to the van several times, talking with those inside it. Voula asked one of those who had come to her home to find out why the cars were parked there.

    When he approached the car, those inside quickly drove off. He then went to the rear of the van and looked in through the hole of the material covering the rear window. Inside he saw video camera equipment being used by two Witnesses, an elder named Nikolas Antoniou, and a member of the Athens Watch Tower branch office staff, Dimetre Zerdes. A number of others from Voula's home came over to the van and a policeman stationed at the nearby Italian Embassy also appeared to find out what the problem was. The Witnesses in the van managed to drive through the surrounding group and drove to a nearby park where they began quickly unloading their video equipment. They were interrupted by the arrival of two police cars and were arrested on charges of invasion of privacy. The video equipment was confiscated. The film in it showed Mrs. Kalokerinou's home and zoom shots of the front entrance with closeups of all those entering.

    Before the district attorney, the two man stated that they were only there to film a relative of Dimetre Zerdes, the Watch Tower branch office member. His cousin, Eftihia Bozartzis, mentioned earlier, had disassociated herself two years before. As a "loyal" Witness, branch office member Dimitre [sic] should have had no interest in her, certainly should not have had any reason for wanting to film her secretively two years after her disassociation.

    The case eventually came to trial. In his presentation at the close of the trial, the district attorney, Mr. Kontaxis, stated:

    "I don't think there is any Christian organization that tells its members to tell lies, but when the defendent and his organization does so, I would want them to accept the responsibility and say, "Yes, we did spy." And if an organization did such a thing then how can it expect others to follow it? They had and used special equipment with witnesses seeing them filming, and yet the defendent comes along and says he didn't do it to spy but just to film. All this doesn't honor either the defendent or the organization to which he belongs.

    "We are all free to belong to any organization we want, but we are also free to leave that organization and do whatever we want within the bounds of the law.... Does a person's leaving, abandoning the organization, give it the right to follow and spy on its members? One is protected by law against cassettes, tape recorders, filming, when such are used to pry into one's personal life and personality. This comes under CONFIDENTIALITY and is protected by it in such cases, and that includes one's private convictions. This is very serious. Obviously the defendents were trying to cryptograph the private life of the plaintiffs by using video equipment, and this purposely, not by chance.

    "The Watch Tower Society, by teaching it is the "ark," and that one must enter it to be saved, by teaching it is God's channel, creates tremendous dependency on its members and thus [they] are directed to do everything to threaten and trample all that we call human rights."

    In the course of the trial, one of the judges asked the Witness elder, the owner of the van, how long he and the other Witness had been stationed in the van that day. The answer was, six hours. When asked if the windows of the van were clear, the elder said, No, that the back window was covered with paper with a hole in the center through which they had done filming with the video cassette camera. He claimed that all this was solely to film his companion's relative. The confiscated film showed zoom shots of many persons at the house's front entrance and on its balcony. But the relative did not appear anywhere on the film. Actually she could not have appeared - for the simple reason that she was never at the gathering! The court rendered a guilty verdict in the case.

  • primitivegenius

    well people i know personally of one elder who used to laugh about doing it. he said that there was a brother who had a problem watching porn and that every so often they would show up at his house and knock on the front door pretending to be there to "encourage" him............ but in reality they would send another brother or two to the back door. mind you they would drop them off down the street and wait for them to walk all the way to the nextdoor neighboors back yard and get into positon first........... THEN they would pull up and knock on the door.

    said brother would run out the back of the house with all of his adult material ........ right into the arms of the other brothers who so "lovingly were there waiting on him".

    the elder who told me this used to think it was normal behavior for them to be entitled to attempt to entrap anyone at their leisure..... back then i laughed with him but thought......... thats kinda fked up.

    i have had many other examples where i was told personally, or heard others told personally to spy on certain people in school. hell they were probably telling the ones that we were told to watch to watch us and spy on us. i was like....... dude thats not my job, something i kept quitely to myself.

  • mindmelda

    Gee, I hope no one spies on me. I tend to not wear a lot of clothes when I'm home alone writing apostate material on my blog. *G*

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