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James Redmond Shot Secret Footage Of Sai Baba

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 9, 2007

James Redmond (U.S.A.) is a professional film maker, and renowned throughout the Sai Baba devotee world as Sai Baba’s official videographer. His films have long been available for sale in countless Sai Baba centers around the world.

Sai Baba’s Official Videographer Shoots Frauds in Secret

For many years, James Redmond had unique rights to cover Sai Baba and his public events, and was sometimes permitted to film interviews. However, after satisfying himself first hand of the truth of accounts that Sai Baba has long been a serial sexual molester of boys and young men, James Redmond, informing a small number of former Sai Baba devotee activists – among whom were the late Glen Meloy of Palm Desert California and me – of what he was doing, continued to film Sai Baba. Now primed precisely to train his cameras on Sai Baba’s sleight-of-hand tricks when ostensibly materializing objects, Redmond obtained ever more damning footage.

After a few months, James Redmond sent out a letter to the large mailing list for his videos, mentioning convincing first-hand reports to him of Sai Baba’s sexual molestation of boys and young men and associated frauds as reasons for ceasing his attachment to Sai Baba.

Exposing Sai Baba. Like Mother Like Sons 

James Redmond’s professional filming colleagues Mike Ward and Jason Ward (Australians resident in Canada), who likewise had first-hand contact with alleging victims, also quitted. Judy Ward, Mother of the Ward brothers, was once prominent in Australian Sai Baba circles. She was an earlier voice raised, calling for the allegations to be properly investigated. As elsewhere thoughout the Sathya Sai Organization worldwide, there was and is, however, an absolute prohibition on all investigation of the allegations. This is yet another mark of its cult status, and yet it would represent itself to many governments, politicians and mainstream religious and civic institutions with whom it attempts to link, as a responsible organization. With extreme untruthfulness, core leaders tell rank-and-file members that the allegations come from a handful of disgruntled trouble-makers.

Those Australian young males Judy Ward believed to be Sai Baba victims with compelling testimonies given to her personally were (unlike other some other courageous Australians ready to share their abuse accounts with the The Age, ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), BBC and other major media) too afraid to go public with their accounts. Judy Ward wrote a report to the Australian Federal Police, the case number of which she supplied to me. Like other law enforcement agencies in various countries to which former devotees have given their testimony, the AFP said that the best they could do was inform the Indian police authorities but otherwise were powerless to act in cases of offenses committed in another country. 

Further Resource:

James Redmond’s videos made when he was a devotee contained material unwittingly caught on footage that has gone around the world. It is immensely damaging to Sai Baba’s credibility. See some examples, inescapable except for blinded devotees, from a Sai Baba discourse which, unlike those highly edited hard copy versions carefully edited with damage control in mind, have escaped into the wide outdoors, see my article (click on article title):  Huge Sai Baba Gaffes

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British Labour and Tory Whips Suppressed Motion On Sai Baba

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 9, 2007

British House of Commons: “Sai Baba and sexual abuse of children” Early Day Motion No. 886 November 2000

In November 2000, a petition signed by over fifty cross party Members of Parliament, was made by Hon. Tony Colman, (then) MP for Putney (Labour):

“That this House, mindful of the many accounts and witness statements of the sexual abuse of the male children of devotees by the Indian guru, Sai Baba, calls upon the Foreign Secretary to use the Travel Advice for India page of the Foreign Office Website to issue guidance to British families intending to visit the Ashram of Sai Baba about the possible danger to their male children of individual audiences with the guru.”

For information about how this Motion was suppressed (primary sources of which can be revealed to responsible media, academic investigators, etc), see my article: ‘Flag Follows Trade. Abetting Indian Government Corruption’ 

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Sai Baba Head Michael Goldstein’s Extreme Statement on 9/11

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 9, 2007

During the making of the television documentary The Secret Swami, the BBC confirmed but did not use (amid 80+ hours of its investigative film footage, a significant amount shot in the USA) the document in which Sai Baba’s U.S. head – who is now world Chairman of the Sathya Sai Organization, Dr Michael Goldstein of Corvina, southern California – in an email to devotees, made the following statements about 9/11: 

“A number of reports have been received from (Sai Baba) devotees indicating that our Beloved Swami prevented many of his devotees from being injured or killed in the World Trade Center where they are employed or had meetings scheduled. His Miraculous Intervention on behalf of His devotees is clearly evident… They were either late or never arrived…” 

In a public meeting in Buenos Aires, attended by some 1500 Sai Baba devotees, October 20, 2001, Goldstein also said:

“There are many (Sai Baba) devotees that worked in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon… And none of them went to work that day, or they arrived late…all the New York and Washington devotees are safe…”

Too bad for the thousands of non-devotees of Sai Baba who were killed or maimed in those catastrophes, and all who were left behind to grieve – Hindus, Moslems, Buddhists, Jews, Christians, and those of other faiths and of none)!

Further Reading:

The English translation from Spanish of “Gatapado” journal article by a top Argentinean investigative journalist and Azul TV presenter Alejandro Agostinelli is at:  

http://www.saiguru.net/english/media/020201divine_sin.htm

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Sai Baba. IHEU Presentation to United Nations

Posted by Barry Pittard on April 9, 2007

International Humanist and Ethical Union Presentation to United Nations

Extract from statement by Mr Roy BROWN, Tuesday 6th April 2004,
Commission on Human Rights: 60th session. Chair: Mike Smith (15 March – 23 April 2004), Item 13. Rights of the Child. Abuse of Children in the name of Religion.
Source: http://www.iheu.org/node/1305

…”We are equally appalled that even though widely reported allegations of paedophilia against the highly successful and powerful Indian god man Satya Sai Baba have led UNESCO to withdraw in 2000 from a proposed joint event with the Institute for Satya Sai Education (see UNESCO Media advisory below), despite the matter being raised in the UK Parliament (early day motion by MP Tony Coleman), and despite the issuing by the US State Department of a Travel advisory in 2001 (see US State Department Travel Advisory below), the disturbing allegations have not received the appropriate attention of the Government of India which is a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We are hopeful that international attention, scrutiny and pressure will lead to a full scale investigation into the activities of this so-called god man and ensure the protection of children who come into contact with him.”

 

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