Marc is the author of a wonderful book, Blown For Good, a whistleblower and an activist. He has a phenomenal memory and a great sense of humor. We cover a lot of ground with him from the Int Base and David Miscavige to the Aftermath Foundation and the Rinder bobblehead.
Marc Headley’s brilliant book about his life and escape from the international headquarters of scientology.
We traveled to Denver to talk to the Headleys and had a run in with some PI’s
The Headleys helped us understand the international base of scientology
Home page of the Aftermath Foundation which helps people who want to or have left scientology
The SP bracelet — available for Special People — also raises money for the Aftermath Foundation
Leah and Mike talk with Tony, who over his decades of reporting on scientology has become the most expert reporter in the world on the subject. He has a daily blog about scientology, wrote an excellent book about Paulette Cooper, the poster child for scientology Fair Game. Tony and his family have been subjected to Fair Game campaigns by scientology since the 90’s.
If you have not yet read this book, do so. It is the remarkable account of the most outrageous Fair Game campaign against a Holocaust survivor and journalist.
Tony published a chapter that did not appear in Leah’s book about Tom Cruise
The latest in a series of articles about scientology “religious arbitration” — it contains links to the earlier articles.
Leah and Mike talk to Ford, the former Moonie who became a lawyer to fight cults. He has participated in some of the most important anti-cult litigation. The discussion covers the Fair Game assaults he has endured, the army of high-priced lawyers he fought and how best to deal with scientology in the legal arena.
“The state clearly has a compelling interest in preventing its citizens from being deceived into submitting unknowingly to such a potentially dangerous process.”
“…should any church seek to resurrect the inquisition in this country under a claim of free religious expression, can anyone doubt the constitutional authority of an American government to halt the torture and executions? And can anyone seriously question the right of the victims of our hypothetical modern day inquisition to sue their tormentors for any injuries—physical or psychological—they sustained?”
“When one party to a lawsuit continuously and unsuccessfully uses the litigation process to bludgeon the opponent into submission, those actions must be closely scrutinized for constitutional implications.”
Leah and Mike talk all things scientology and Fair Game with one of the most well-informed former scientologist whistleblowers. Jon has spent decades studying and exposing scientology brainwashing and abuse and has fascinating insights on so much.
Contains many interviews Jon has done, including 3 fairly recent ones with Mike
Phil Jones (and his charming wife Willie) created the “Call Me” billboards after trying to reach their disconnected children, Mike and Emily. We cover a lot of ground — what happened that caused them to leave scientology, their efforts to reach their children, the LAPD, scientology’s Fair Game intimidation tactics, how scientology made them an offer that couldn’t refuse — but they did, and the realities of family life in scientology.
We talk to long term whistleblower Valeska Guider Paris about being raised in scientology, the abuses she suffered as a child in the Sea Org, being held prisoner on the scientology ship Freewinds, the RPF and much more
Some of the “High Crimes” of scientology covering reporting to the police
The final chapter of Hubbard’s “Intro to Scientology Ethics” book laying out his views of police, FBI, Courts and justice in society
Leah and Mike talk with author, actor, activist and icon Kate Bornstein about homophobia and transphobia in scientology, how she lost her family to disconnection, Fair Game and how scientology seeks to “pray the gay away.”
An earlier article on Mike Rinder’s blog with all the details on Hubbard and scientology beliefs and practices
Hubbard lauding a Venezuelan dictator for “collecting and destroying all the beggars…”
Leah and Mike talk to Stefani — never a scientologist — about her effective advocacy against scientology abuses and her example of what anyone can do to take an active role in ending the pain and suffering that scientology causes so many.
Geoff’s band had a hit record before scientology disconnection policy destroyed it
Leah and Mike answer a wide variety of questions from listeners.
Scientology leader offers his views on dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic
An earlier blog post concerning scientology beliefs about illness and disease
Lynne Patton, who worked in the White House, claimed Donald Trump was going to rescind scientology’s tax exempt status
Leah and Mike talk to Mike’s wife, Christie, about being raised in scientology, disconnection, Fair Game and what life is like today.
Christie was featured on the front page of the Sunday New York Times in a story about her disconnection.
AC 360 Part 4 of his History of Violence series. Christie’s segment begins at about 6:35
Lynch in action at LAX — go to my blog mikerindersblog.org for an understanding of the 3 videos about Lynch
Lynch ambush outside restaurant in Tarpon Springs — go to my blog mikerindersblog.org for an understanding of the 3 videos about Lynch
Lynch following us in Los Angeles — go to my blog mikerindersblog.org for an understanding of the 3 videos about Lynch
Hire videographer Bert Leahy comes clean about scientology’s Fair Game practices
Leah and Mike welcome Mary Kahn to talk about her experience reaching the top of the scientology “Bridge to Total Freedom,” disconnection, scientology’s view of psychiatry and much more.
Former fundraiser Hy Levy spills the beans on what life as a full time SO “registrar” is like
Hubbard’s bizarre statement in Dianetics that a 7 year old should not find anything wrong with a passionate kiss from a man
Former senior scientology executive describes the penultimate level on the scientology Bridge
The Hubbard “technology” of how your memories of previous lifetimes are erased
The Ex-RTC executive talks about life at scientology’s international headquarters and working with David Miscavige, why scientologists lie, Fair Game and much, much more.
The almost all female, all white, hand-selected representatives of David Miscavige
Scientology no longer publishes these SP declare orders, they are now kept hidden from view.
President RTC, Warren McShane, makes damaging admissions to RCSO while trying to get them to pursue a blown SO member
Marty Rathbun’s post about Warren McShane the professional liar
The report following the attempt to hunt down Marc Headley after his escape from Gold.
Excerpts from the 2009 FBI Investigation summary
Excerpt from the DOJ Sentencing Memorandum in US v. Mary Sue Hubbard et al
Leah and Mike talk to Lloyd about the similarities between scientology and the JW’s and how the JW’s have grown more scientology-like in their Fair Game-style attacks on those who expose their abuses.
Leah and Mike cover a wide range of topics related to Narconon: including scientology’s involvement, the effectiveness of the program and the Fair Gaming Luke has been subjected to.
Hubbard telling scientology to infiltrate groups in society to create “goodwill”
Wikipedia entry, though it omits Freedom Ethics Watch, STAND, Freedom Magazine, Youth for Human Rights and Drug Free Marshalls.
Article from Mikerindersblog.org concerning the Purification program and use of large doses of niacin
David Miscavige’s diagram showing the relationship between a local scientology org and Narconon
Luke with David Miscavige at Narconon Arrowhead. Also in the picture between him and Miscavige are Rena Weinberg (former President of ABLE Int), Laurie Zurn (former head of ABLE Int) as well as Gary Smith, head of Narconon Arrowhead.
The questions this week include: Why is scientology popular with dentists? What happened to Pat and Annie Broeker? And much more.
Leah and Mike answer questions from listeners: from scientology beliefs to the 411 on Leah’s nails, we cover a lot of ground.
Mark Bunker has been a lightning rod for scientology Fair Game for more than 20 years. Now he is elected to the City Council of scientology’s spiritual headquarters.
Tracey McManus updates her earlier story about the scientology properties remaining empty
I analyze the propaganda put out by scientology about their economic and political clout in Clearwater
Leah and Mike talk to Mark Vicente about the HBO documentary series, The Vow, the similarities with Scientology and common themes of high control groups.
Steve Cannane joins Leah and Mike to talk about his book, Fair Game and his experiences reporting on scientology and tracing the history of scientology’s most notorious policies.
Steve Cannane on Australian national TV show Lateline reporting on the abuses of Scarlett Hanna, daughter of Australian scientology president Vicki Hanna
“People attack scientology: I never forget it, always even the score.” L. Ron Hubbard
Hubbard describes finding “buttons” and what people are seeking to protect and using that for restraint.
Hubbard describes costing “enemies” their jobs.
Scientology smear sites on Karen de la Carriere — financed by tax exempt money
Scientology placed an ad decrying the documentary before they had even seen it.
This is a small selection of the smears on Alex Gibney by scientology
Leader of Scientology’s father, Ron Miscavige, talks to Leah and Mike about how he has been Fair Gamed. Nobody is immune from Hubbard’s tactics and policies.
Leah and Mike discuss the origins of Fair Game and what prompted L. Ron Hubbard to seek to “utterly destroy” those he named as enemies. They cover what they have experienced and continue to experience, despite Scientology claiming Fair Game has been canceled.
The L. Ron Hubbard documents that detail Fair Game
Hubbard’s plan which ultimately resulted in the conviction of 11 senior scientologists for espionage against the US Govt
Excerpts from the legal filing in the criminal prosecution case
Excerpts from the legal filing in the criminal prosecution case
A second posting concerning the “Doctor Parking Lot Incident” and subsequent lies about the “assault”
Jeffrey Augustine’s blog post dissecting the lies in scientology’s claims about the “assault” on Mike Rinder’s ex-wife
THese PI’s were paid in excess of $10 million over a decade to conduct covert surveilance
Leah and Mike talk with Paulette Cooper, a journalist who became the object of the single largest Fair Game campaign in history. She was framed, sued, smeared, spied on and harassed. And ultimately vindicated when the FBI raided scientology and uncovered their secret operations.
The blog post that goes with this podcast contains numerous links to articles that expand upon the discussion with Paulette
Hubbard’s directive to use R2-45 (shooting someone in the head with a .45 pistol)
One of the scientology “operations” that was carried out against Paulette Cooper with the objective of getting her incarcerated in a mental institution.
Award-winning investigative journalist Richard Behar — author of Time magazine’s shocking cover story, “The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power,” which ignited scientology’s 10 year Fair Game assault on him — talks about Fair Game and the recent controversy over VP hopeful Karen Bass’ statements about scientology.
The first article from the scientology conspiracy theory booklet
When a family member who was never a scientologist attempted to conduct a welfare check on her uncle, the former scientology President, Heber Jentzsch —
who reports say is sick, being tortured and has not been seen in public for over 10 years — she immediately became the target of Fair Game. She tells the story to Leah and Mike.
What does scientology teach about illness, disease, depression and death. No surprise, it’s unconventional.
See this blog post for an analysis and more detail about scientology beliefs and practices
See this blog post for more detail.
Hubbard’s claims for curing disease and preventing colds in Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.
Hubbard claims “at least 8 cases” had been treated with Dianetics after medicine “gave up.”
Hubbard equates “medicos” with monkeys who “monkey around” and make things worse.
Leah and Mike describe Fair Game, update on things that have happened since the end of the Aftermath Series and what will be covered in future episodes.
Hubbard’s policy dictating how scientologists are to treat those declared “SP”.
The “cancellation” is the use of the term because it causes “bad public relations” but NO CHANGE in how enemies are to be treated.
Hubbard directing the use of process R2-45 (shooting in the head with a .45 caliber revolver) on Suppressive Persons (SP’s). These people are “enemies of mankind, the planet and all life.”
Hubbard decrees anyone who criticizes scientology has crimes — “Embezzled funds, moral lapses, a thirst for young boys — sordid stuff.”