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This is a pamphlet written by Metropolitan Seraphim of the Greek Orthodox Church. It's a warning directed to the Christians about the dangers surrounding the Schengen Agreement and the ID cards citizens of the E.U. are required to take. This was written in the late 90's.
[Translated from a Greek Orthodox Christian leaflet regarding the Schengen Agreement.] The Real Face of the Shengen Agreement Holy Metropolis of Stagon and Meteora Holy Monastery of Meteora Prologue of Metropolitan Seraphim With deep feelings of concern in the last days we witnessed political and governmental decisions and legislative actions with great importance and consequences for the principles and the hypostasis of the Orthodox Hellenes (Greeks). From the ratification of the Schengen Treaty by the Hellenic parliament arise many dangers for the country and its people, since this treaty brings painful wounds to the body of our constitution, the Orthodox Christian Church and our tradition. Connecting all these consequences with the impending issuance of electronic ID's and use of the number 666 in them, which is the number of the "beast" of the Apocalypse, renders a minatory danger to our faith and our salvation. In our demanding days, our vigilance and the informing of our faithful people is essential. For this reason our Holy Metropolis proceeded to proportional actions by calling a meeting with its guided monasteries and priests. The result of these meetings was the issuance of a resolution in order to inform and support our Christian people. For the greater analysis on this subject, the Holy Monasteries of Meteora undertook the publication of this informative brochure that I, as a bishop and Metropolitan of this province, support, encourage, and bless. Quotes In the last days, with a number of decisions and actions of the Hellenic government, the demanding procedure for the submission of our country to the regime of the Schengen Treaty and its corresponding electronic information system was fulfilled. The procedure of configuring the essential legislative grid started on the 6th November of 1992 with the accession of Hellas (Greece) to the agreement for the enforcement of the Schengen Treaty, and it ended on 11 June of 1997 with its ratification by the Hellenic government. The process to the ratification of the treaty was deeply marked by the action of the government to accede to it without informing the Hellenic people, and despite the various reactions that existed. Something similar happened with the passage of the bill "Protection of the Person from the Processing of Private Information." The text of the Schengen Agreement is one of the most blatant blows against our God- given freedom and democracy. It is a phenomenal violation of the sovereign rights of the private and social lives of men. Struggles and conquests over centuries for the foundation and protection of freedom, the principle and right of personal autonomy and self- definition of the citizen are being passed over and abolished. In the name of a pretending regard for the safety of border transfers, a police-state climate of suspiciousness is being cultivated and enforced with the form of an unalloyed protectionism that crushes the citizen, abolishes the person, and subtends and judges citizens with totalitarian criteria that undermine the human substance. The treaty operates in the same destructive way against the national, religious, and cultural character of the people because the criteria that are being legislated in order to judge the citizens are completely ambiguous and subjective, adapted each time to the will and the purposes of those that define them. Therefore, it evokes a dominant ideology that obtains universal power and is being enforced within a system of controls and limitations. The ability for the survival of Hellenism is therefore nonexistent. In a Europe of disjunctions and supplantations, where ideas and behaviors are being judged and specified, the Hellenic uniqueness, the national, religious, and cultural hypostasis are being eroded, corrupted, and condemned. Europe, being heterodox in its majority and tending to sanction the religious syncretism and new ecumenism, Orthodoxy is endangered to be a controlled minority, tied to the control of Anti-Hellenic and Anti-Orthodox centers. Of the same importance is the danger of misquote and forgetting Orthodox principles within this confusion and disorientation. The electronic information system Schengen, the vehicle to implement the treaty, becomes a powerful central system of supplying and processing data, capable of controlling, judging, defining and misguiding human decisions and actions. The weakening of institutions, with the undermining and infraction of vital principles of our democratic constitution, guide us political captives bond of modern electronic dictatorship. The combination of the operation of the electronic system Schengen and the issuance of the appropriate electronic ID's reduces our freedom further. The use of the number 666 (number of the Antichrist) in the new ID's transfers us to the sayings and the environment of the Apocalypse. The descriptions in the Scriptures about the universal dominion of the Antichrist and the threat of economic embargo are brought to life in our days and give to the modern events eschatological dimensions since there appear matters related to our faith and salvation. By not accepting the new electronic ID's, we refuse to endanger our values of our faith and our country. We refuse to voluntarily surrender our freedom and give it to foreign control and power centers that enforce a totalitarian and disaffected climate. On the opposite side of this climate, in the roots of our civilization and our tradition, in the heart of the meaning of life and of our existence, the Hellenic Christian Orthodox experience expresses the value of mankind’s freedom. In the Orthodox Church a man is promoted to a person. He takes meaning and individuality and is raised from the level of selfness to the level of consecration and theosis. As receivers and conveyors of such a tradition, the monks of the Holy Monasteries of Holy Meteora feel the oppression that the Schengen Treaty imposes even more, and we refuse to resign under the pressure of orders of a foreign center, endangering the integrity of our principles and beliefs. We consider it a duty to inform the faithful of the Hellenic Orthodox tradition what is happening against them. The Chronicle of the Agreement The "Schengen Treaty" was contracted on the 14th of June, 1985, in the town of Schengen, Luxemburg with the greatest possible secrecy. The countries that signed were France, Germany, Luxemburg and the Netherlands. The signing of this agreement was revealed three years later by the French Senator P. Masson in November of 1988. The signing of some other secret agreements had preceded this, such as the one at the European session in the Fontenebleau of France, the 17th of June, 1984. One month later on the 13th of July, an agreement called "Experimental Agreement Saarerbruck" was signed that, according to it, all the street control between France and Germany ended. The chronicle of the other E.U. countries accession’s are: *27th of November, 1990, Italy accedes *25th of June, 1991, Spain and Portugal accede *6th of November, 1992, Hellas(Greece) accedes *March of 1994 Denmark accedes as an observer *June of 1994 Austria accedes as an observer *Britain and Ireland declined to accede The sanction of the agreement from Hellas premised the adoption of the bill "Protection of the Person from the Processing of Private Data." The reactions that caused the deposal of this bill have lead to continuous postponements until its adoption in March 1997. The Real Face of the Agreement By signing the Maastricht Agreement and with the creation of the E.U. without borders, the need for regulating border transfers arose. The Schengen Agreement determines the control and transfer procedures of the citizens for the countries that have signed it. The operation of the agreement is being made with the use of an electronic information system and the collection and processing of the private data of citizens. An enormous electronic filing system is established with the ability to process the data of millions of citizens. The operation of the system is based on the connection of local national networks with the central computer of Strasburg. At any moment, the control headquarters can know anything about the private life of each citizen. This means that the various nations are left forceless in front of the reality that enforces the totalitarian spirit of the European superpower. It is a full counterfeiting of the principles and values of a united Europe. The vision of the citizens for peace among the nations is crushed by the creation of a police state of controls and separations. A powerful electronic dictator undertakes the regulation of men’s lives and keeps a database of their history. And this nightmare remains, despite the adoption of supposed protection bills. The various reactions that have been caused show exactly the will of the citizens of Europe who do not want to exchange their personal freedom with their political and economic prosperity. The Violation of Principles and Rights With the Schengen Treaty, citizens’ sovereign rights are being violated and abolished, and it is an assault on fundamental personal freedom. The Schengen Agreement itself, in its spirit and substance, is illiberal, anti-democratic and anti-constitutional. Specifically the Schengen Agreement induces: *Legalization of electronic filing with the institution and operation of a specific information system (p.92-118) *Reduction of the human factor, overlooking of the individuality and variety, and also vitiation of the concept of the person, and conversion to a subject-object for information collecting. *Abolition of the secrecy of private life and the right of the person to insulation and anonymity with the collecting and processing of private character data. *Abolition of the right to free reformation of the personality since the constant ability to access personal data of a person constrains the free will and its activation. *No possibility for the citizens to be informed of the personal data that has been processed (p.109, 114.2). *Subversion of the innocence presumption. In case of the incrimination of citizens, it rests on their shoulders to prove their innocence! (p.25, 40, 96, 99). *Cultivation of a climate of suspiciousness and incrimination of the citizens and even of their intentions! (p.5.1d, e, 25, 40, 96.2b). *Cultivation of a climate of social racism by characterizing the citizens and sorting them into catalogs of non-wanted with subjective criteria (p.5, 25). *Violation of the regulation regarding the granting of asylum and protecting the refugees with ambiguous terms, violation of the Geneva Treaty (p.29-38). *Assignment to the proper mediums of the right to surveillance within the borders of a country without its prior approval (p.40.1,2). *Lack of limpidness and democratic control with the inefficient legal protection of the citizens. *Contrast to the constitutions of the countries and to the international declaration of human rights. *Creation of a national threat with the use and processing of data by third parties with a possible hostile attitude against our country, now or in the future, can endanger our security and our territorial integrity. In this spirit is placed the bill regarding "Protection of the Person from the Processing of Private Data." It is a law that doesn't assure the protection of the Hellenic citizen. Its provisions are characterized by an intense obscurity of principles and measures that are self-contradictory. A range of intentional legal leaks leave the citizen unprotected and compromised towards the control of the central control system. The voting of this bill was the essential precondition for the validation of the Schengen Treaty from the Hellenic parliament. Its connection with the activation of the law (1599/1986) for the issuance of electronic ID's renders it even more dangerous for the freedom of the Hellenic (Greek) citizens and therefore its immediate recall is needed. Electronic ID's For the effective operation of the Schengen Information System (SIS) the use of electronic ID's is needed. Because only with these the immediate and easy access to the information for each citizen is possible. The electronic ID's have two serious "advantages" for the information system: *The first "advantage" is the ability of the new ID to provide thousands of pieces of information on its owner. This information will be encrypted in a proper medium and will be possible to be read from a computer or some other electronic device. *The second "advantage" is the use of one unified coded number for each citizen. This unified number will be useful for the crossing and recovery of information. The ability of crossing information with the use of one unified number is the most powerful ability of the electronic Schengen Information System. One question is aroused: "haven't we already been filed", "Don't the organizations that hold electronic database files know everything about us?" The crossing of all this data is what is added in the new information system. This means that collecting from many files (police, services, clubs, hospitals) will be possible so that a "profile" of the person is made, and as much as possible, a clear view of the person's principles, attitude and activities. Regarding the collection of private character information, the concept of coincidence remains undefined. The time, the motives, the purpose, and the condition under which somebody did something is diverse, and should be taken into account. Other data collected is information regarding the religious or political action of a person. This data could get in the hands of a foreign religious medium or the employers or the police. The characterization of the citizen according their beliefs is accommodated! Legislative Regulations In this direction, a range of legislative regulations of the Hellenic government during the last decade have determined and adjusted the new type of ID's based on the criteria of the information system. By reading the related bills, one can clearly see a careful attempt to cover-up the purposes of the treaty and to disorientate the Hellenic people. Obscure to the common citizen’s terminology combined with a number of legislative leaks, they provoke confusion. Apart from the continuous fall backs of the government and the various legal covers, reality remains the same. This new reality that tends to be created is related to the sanction of electronic ID's as our control mediums from the central electronic information system. The legislative adventure began in the summer of 1986 with the election of the law 1599/1986 "The Sanction of New Type ID's." With this law (article 1) a "unified coded record number" is established, while article 3 says that this "number will be formed from 13 digits and symbols." This means a bar code system will be used. <SNIPIT> The problem that exists in this remarkable technology are the three limit posts that are in those types of lined barcodes. They correspond to the numbers 6-6-6. They are three limit posts that guide the scanner. The two at the edges are named guard bars, and the central one, central pattern. Special studies have shown that these three limit posts indeed show the image of 666. And we ask: *Why was a central axis placed there since it could be recognized by two safety bars, or with none, as it is in the bar code Interleaved 2 or 5 type that contains 40 numbers, but does not need any limit posts? *Why is it separated from the limit posts in 6 digit levels? *Why in EAN-13 is the first digit of the country code (for Hellas 520) placed outside the symbols? Maybe in order not to destroy the 6 digit levels between the 666? *Why so much insistence on the number 666 since there exist technical possibilities for the use of another arithmetic combination? This reminds us of the computer manufacturing company Apple that sold the first 299 P.C. Apple I computers at $666.66 (Wall Street Journal 11-11-81). Another confirmation of the deliberate use of this number is the fact that there exist perspectives that this marking will be done with the forehead or hand techniques in order to solve problems of stealing the card. Mr. Klotsonis-a legal counselor of the European Committee that is based in Luxemburg-told us that at the primary discussion for the Schengen Agreement it had been proposed that the citizens would be marked on the hand or the forehead. This proposal had been made and is perhaps reconsidered. <SNIPIT> But even if the number or the bar code is not visible, there exist many possibilities that the number 666 is placed invisibly into a magnetic strip (that exist in many cards today) or in SMD microchips, as these that are being used in phone cards and other smart cards. Something similar has happen in the USA in 1980 when some citizens of the USA returned their credit cards because in them existed the number 666 as a prefix. It was said to them that after 1982 it won't exist. Indeed, it disappeared from the one side of the credit card but was placed on the magnetic strip that was on the back side, and read only by the computer, invisible to the human eye. <SNIPIT> Conclusion The Schengen Treaty, that enforces its limitless protectionism, converts Europe into a police state based on the control and suspiciousness characterizing and charging citizens and their intentions. *The electronic Schengen Information System (SIS) becomes a powerful center of information processing and provision, and enforces a regime of "electronic dictatorship" and hard totalitarianism. *The ability of collection and processing of information on a European range, this enormous electronic filing system, nullifies the human factor, degrading the citizen into a simple information object, abandoned to the estimations and will of those who collect them. *The connection of the treaty with the issuance of new electronic ID's enhances the danger of a central and universal control. Each citizen will carry evidence about his beliefs and actions, and these will be written on the new ID's. *The existence of the number 666, number of the "beast" of the Apocalypse on them proves the connection of this control system with the impending global dominion of the Antichrist. For these reasons, the Orthodox Christians, as free citizens of this country, declare flatly our opposition to the ratification of the Schengen Treaty by our country, and the issuance of electronic ID's. We request: *The immediate recall of the ratification of the treaty from the Hellenic parliament. *The immediate recall of the law 2472/1997 for the supposed "Protection of the Citizen from Private Data Processing." *The canceling of the issuance of electronic ID's, and especially of those with the number 666. *The preservation of the old ID's. *The correct and full informing of the Hellenic (Greek) people for these topics. *The carrying out of a referendum in order that the Hellenic people themselves decide about such a vital subject. We want to make clear that if the government, despite the intense reactions of the people, proceeds to the operation of its decisions, it will find us opponents as conscientious objectors. We deny flatly taking the new electronic ID's if they contain the number 666, and any other that will serve the same illiberal plans of the Schengen Treaty. The use of the number 666 in the new electronic ID's constitutes the last step before the mark on the hand or the forehead. Therefore, receiving them by Christians means denial of Jesus Christ and the accession to the front of Satan and spiritual death. But even with the use of another number other than 666 (for example 444,858 etc.), we refuse taking them, because those ID's put us in a regime that is illiberal, inhuman, dictatorial, anti-democratic, and totalitarian. They banish us to a powerful economic rule and control system, and guide us as political and spiritual captives to an electronic dictatorship. They disaffect the national, cultural structure by introducing principles and ideas foreign to our long tradition, corroding our Hellenic-Christian Orthodox substance and undermining our ecclesiastic consciousness.
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