Episode 34: Journalist and Author John Sweeney

March 30 Episode 34: Journalist and Author John Sweeney

Our friend — and scientology nemesis — journalist, author and podcaster John Sweeney talks about making his BBC programs on scientology and compares his experiences to his reporting in N. Korea, Russia, Serbia and other places. He is an entertaining and well-informed observer of scientology.

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BBC Panorama: Scientology and Me

John Sweeney’s 2007 Panorama expose on scientology

BBC Panorama: Secrets of Scientology

John’s follow up 2010 Panorama program that told the behind the scenes story of the 2007 episode

The Church of Fear

John’s excellent book on scientology

Hunting Ghislaine

John’s podcast on Ghislaine Maxwell

Audio of the Parking Lot Incident
The Sheriff Report from the Parking Lot

The Sheriff report concluding “incidental contact” as Mike was trying to leave their assault

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Blog Post about the Incident
Scientology Money Project blog

The Endless Lies of Scientology Operatives Taryn Teutsch & Cathy Bernardini

Letter from Cathy "Fuck Off"

Mike’s ex-=wife responds to his attempt to reach out to her after he escaped

"Damaged for life"

One of numerous videos with the shifting stories of damage — this one a message of love for Valentine’s Day…

Judges on Scientology

Look for the statements from 1984 by Judge Latey in the UK and Judge Breckenridge in Los Angeles

"Justice4Mom" website

The smear website created and run by OSA

9 Comments

  • Kathy Williams says:

    I would like an entire episode dedicated to Mike Rinder’s story in scientology particularly his experiences working directly with David M.

  • J says:

    To Production Staff:

    Someone needs to link this site on the I-Heart landing page and YT individual podcast landing pages and L & M should mention the name of the website as well.

    So we can easily find the Linked Documents they always talk about and post here.

    The only link I found was on the YT main page under About. You tell us about the Documents which are infinitely interesting and an extension of the podcast but don’t tell where to find them besides the website.

    This is standard practice for any podcaster or YTer. You could add L & M’s other social media links but maybe they want to make this about scn and not them individually.

  • Future Mike says:

    Excellent Episode. Who is going to take over leadership when COB transcends? Who or how is it decided.? Are there internal power plays going on. Question for Mike: As an Executive did you have to “fight” off others looking to take your position? I dont just mean the musical chairs incident.

  • Gracie says:

    Hi Mike
    Why does Taryn say on one video that you and your exwife had three children, and then on another video that you had two children?

  • Kathy Herman says:

    Not a Scientologist and I count myself luck. I was thinking of moving down to the Clearwater area when I was at very difficult period of my life and I could see myself getting sucked in. Things didn’t work out and I didn’t move down there. Although there is a Scientology “church” in a neighboring community, I never see cars in the parking lot. Have never seen anyone there.

    One of the things I wanted to ask you is about current politics and Scientology. I know Mike said before that it wasn’t entangled in politics, but after the money it got from Trump last year during the pandemic and some of the same sort of tactics I’ve seen various politicians using that seem so similar to what you’ve talked about with Scientology, I wonder if They are trying to infiltrate. I especially wonder after the connection Leah related about Louis Farrakhan and this latest attack on the Capitol from one of his followers. I don’t mean to see that he ordered it, but ….. Could it be that Scientology wants to expand it’s role?

  • Najda Sarfaraz says:

    One of my favourite episodes so far. The laughter and respect that connects the three of you today was wonderful to listen to.
    Much love and continued success! XX

  • Joel says:

    I love your podcast and never miss an episode. But when are we gonna hear from Mark Ebner?

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