Tom Cruises for converts using 9/11

The New York Daily News/January 18, 2008

The latest wacky video starring Tom Cruise features cameo by city paramedic Israel Miranda, below.

Tom Cruise's latest kooky Internet video includes a cameo appearance by a city paramedic linked to a post-9/11 treatment center funded by Scientologists.

The Hollywood superstar rails against the federal government's response to health problems associated with the World Trade Center collapse in the video, which was made to recruit converts.

"The [Environmental Protection Agency] came out and said the air was clean," Cruise says. "Of course, as a Scientologist, you go, 'That's a lie.'"

"Outpoint lie," Cruise adds. "You go, 'Liar.'"

The video includes footage of Israel (Izzy) Miranda, a health and safety coordinator for the Uniformed EMTs and Paramedics union. Miranda insists on the video there was little sign of government help for first responders after the attacks.

"All they were doing was med screening," he says in the undated footage. "Nobody was aggressively treating these people to give them a better quality of life."

After 9/11, Miranda, who could not be reached yesterday, praised a Scientology-run clinic bankrolled by Cruise. The center, Downtown Medical in lower Manhattan, offered firefighters, paramedics and others a regimen of exercise, vitamins and saunas to remove toxins from their body.

FDNY officials expressed concern about the treatments saying they had seen no "objective evidence" to support Downtown Medical's claims.

The Cruise videos emerged on the Internet in recent days just as a new unauthorized biography of the actor hits bookstores.

In one clip, he salutes a portrait of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, makes references to obscure Scientology writings and uses jargon associated with the sect.

The video highlights Cruise's high-profile attempts to help first responders after 9/11 showing him shaking hands with them. "Why ask permission?" the actor asks cryptically, repeating a mantra of Scientology. "We are the authorities."

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