Leah Remini TV series about how Scientology rips families apart

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    Days before jumping to his death, actor Brad Bufanda credited Scientology with saving his life

    By Tony Ortega, November 17, 2017


    In August, Brad Bufanda, a 34-year-old actor and chiseled gym instructor, showed up for an initial table reading of an independent film he’d landed a role for.

    Bufanda is primarily remembered for appearing as the biker gang character “Felix Toombs” in two seasons of the 2004-2006 UPN/CW teen mystery series, Veronica Mars. But his career had been in a bit of a slump since then, and this year he was trying a comeback.

    In February, he acted in a forthcoming Vivica Fox and Michael Madsen end-of-the-world mob comedy. That film, Garlic and Gunpowder, was based on an original story by a man named Steven Chase, who also had an acting role in it. And now, in August, Chase was directing a romantic comedy titled Stan the Man, and he’d given two of the lead roles to actors who had played smaller parts in the February movie.

    They were Brad Bufanda and Angelo Pagan.

    In February, being on the same cast didn’t seem to present a problem for either of them, even though for more than a decade Bufanda had been involved in Scientology, and Pagan is a former Church of Scientology member married to Leah Remini, Scientology’s most famous defector. Remini’s second season of A&E’s Scientology and the Aftermath had aired its first episode five days before the August table reading was held.

    The trouble didn’t start until another actor showed up and was seated directly across the table from Pagan.

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    Tonight: Leah Remini and Mike Rinder wrap up their 2nd season with questions from viewers

    By Tony Ortega, November 21, 2017


    Our favorite duo is back tonight at 8 pm to wrap up their second season with a clips show to answer questions submitted by viewers. And so while you wait for tonight’s episode to air, we’re going to take a look back at the this season from Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath and ask you once again to tell us which chapter was your favorite.

    The questions that Leah Remini and Mike Rinder take on tonight are generally pretty standard. They’re the sorts of questions we see over and over again at places like Facebook and Twitter: What was life like in the Sea Org? How does the church recruit? Why hasn’t law enforcement stepped in? And the like.

    But why at 8 pm? Well, you know A&E wouldn’t pass up one last opportunity confuse viewers. It’s just how they roll.

    So let’s look back at season two, which in many ways was stronger than the first season. But it also had its challenges, and A&E never got to air as many episodes as it planned. We know that A&E shot 10 “regular” episodes, 4 “special” episodes, and tonight’s Reddit AMA. Only nine of the regular episodes aired, however, because one of them featured three women who are accusing Danny Masterson of rape, and as we revealed earlier, the Los Angeles District Attorney asked Leah to hold off on airing that show as long as they are still trying to decide whether to charge the Scientologist actor. Will that episode ever air? We don’t know. But here’s what was put on the air.

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    KID CORPS: When a disease outbreak brought Scientology unwanted attention

    By Tony Ortega, November 24, 2017


    The Bunker: Sunny, today we have another 1979 document, this time about an outbreak of hepatitis at Scientology’s Los Angeles headquarters, known as Pacific Area Command, or PAC base.

    Sunny: I’ve been able to confirm that when this outbreak occurred, there were approximately 600 Sea Org members at PAC, and of those 600, at least 240 adults were infected with hepatitis A. The document doesn’t reveal what caused the outbreak. But one floor of one wing at PAC base was closed down and became off limits to everyone except those with confirmed cases. That’s 45 percent of the staff, a very high percentage, and that doesn’t include the children who were infected.

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    Don’t give short shrift to one of Scientology’s most defining qualities – its arrogance

    By Tony Ortega, November 27, 2017


    You can’t really begin to understand why it’s so difficult for Scientologists to rejoin the outside world unless you keep in mind that throughout their time in the church, they’ve had it pounded into their heads that Scientologists are superior to the rest of us, who are considered “degraded beings.”

    Founder L. Ron Hubbard promised his followers that his ideas would literally transform them into a new, superior species which he called homo novi, or “new man.” And along with that came a sneering disregard for what he called “wogs,” Hubbard’s word for non-Scientologists which has racist origins in British slang.

    The promise of “evolving” to a new sort of creature is a common feature of New Age charlatanism, of course, but Scientology takes it to the extreme. Not only do Scientologists believe that they go to a higher, superhuman state as “Operating Thetans,” but they are led to believe they will eventually reach a godlike state giving them the power to crush whole planets between their thumb and forefinger.

    Imagine, then, the disappointment of learning that we’re all just wogs and there are no homo novi, and you begin to understand why some former Scientologists can be a bit cranky.

    Anyway, we were reminded of Scientology’s inherent arrogance when we noticed this particularly obnoxious statement at Scientology’s official website recently…


    This comes directly from Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, of course, and you can hear him use virtually these same words in a 1966 television interview talking about Scientology as a “religion of religions.”

    The presumption of superiority here is off the charts – the website is saying that other religions may be false, but they can achieve salvation if they really want to by going through Scientology. Wow.

    We thought it would be interesting to ask a couple of Christian pastors what they thought about that statement.

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    EXCLUSIVE: Former Scientology officer reveals the church tried to recruit A-list celebs such as Brad Pitt, Demi Moore and Sean Penn - and leader David Miscavige deems Tom Cruise his 'biggest trophy'
    • Karen Schless Pressley, 65, has told DailyMailTV that she served as the Commanding Officer of the Church of Scientology's Celebrity Centre Network
    • She claims celebrities are called 'raw meat,' and lists of desirable 'quarry' included Juliette Lewis, Sean Penn, Demi Moore and more
    • Brad Pitt was another name on their lists and Karen recalled he came in for 'a few courses but fell away'
    • L Ron Hubbard's wrote up his personal 'wish list' in 1965 which included: Pablo Picasso, Walt Disney, Ed Sullivan, Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway
    • He viewed celebrities as a special breed, higher beings who could raise the 'tone' of the planet and he preached they should be treated as such,' Karen says
    • One name that usually gets erased from the church's list of actual conquests, Karen noted, is Charles Manson
    • Concerted efforts were also made to ensure that celebrities did not leave and the church encouraged A-listers who were 'fading' to attend an 'auditing session'
    • Karen left the church in 1998 and never saw her husband again after he chose to remain a member
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    Leah Remini Rediscovers Her Faith In Scientology After Going Through Difficult Point In Life

    The Onion, December 1, 2017


    Saying she had never felt more complete and was “so grateful to be home,” Kevin Can Wait actress Leah Remini told reporters Thursday that she has rediscovered her faith in Scientology after going through a difficult point in her life.

    “I was really lost for the last few years, and it wasn’t until recently that I reached for my copy of Dianetics and understood how desperately I wanted to reconnect with my faith, that I was Clear once and could be again,” said Remini, adding that as soon as she realized how unhealthy it was to repress thousands of years of traumatic memories from past lives, she was ready to fully recommit to unshackling herself from her reactive mind.

    “The folks at my church welcomed me back with open arms and started auditing me like I never left—they’re just that kind of people. And now that I’m back on track and focusing on reaching OT Level 8, the past three years seem like a terrible dream.”

    At press time, Remini was reportedly struggling with her faith again and was deeply thankful for the opportunity to rehabilitate in a labor camp.

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    Sensibly Speaking Podcast #124: Scientology Exposure ft. Karen Pressley | Chris Shelton


    Former Sea Org member Karen Pressley and I discuss the 80+ books that have been written since the 1950s about Scientology. Karen has put together a PDF presentation of all of these (link below) and we talk about the history of Scientology, how these books and other events have shaped that history and which ones we think are the most important to check out.

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    ‘It was my job to get Mike Rinder’s trash’ — A former Scientology spy begins to spill her guts

    By Tony Ortega, January 9, 2018


    Yesterday, former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder posted a chilling account by his wife Christie Collbran about a Scientology spy who worked to become a part of their lives.

    Christie wrote that beginning in January 2012, a woman named Heather living on their street in Tarpon Springs, Florida began approaching her about spending time together. When Mike and Christie moved the next month to another nearby town, Heather, an unemployed single mom, somehow had the money to move into an expensive home not far from their new place.

    Heather was so persistent about wanting to become a part of their lives, Mike and Christie eventually figured out that she was working to gather intelligence on them for the Church of Scientology. The woman, who identified herself as Heather McAdoo, ended up apologizing to Mike and Christie, and admitted that she had been working for her then boyfriend, Scientology spy Dwayne Powell.

    It’s a great tale, and Christie tells it in all its creepy detail. And we’re very well acquainted with Dwayne Powell here in the Bunker. It was Dwayne and his son Daniel Powell who were arrested and questioned by the West Allis, Wisconsin police and admitted to following Scientology leader David Miscavige’s father, Ron Miscavige, in a spying operation. (You can hear tapes of those interviews here.)

    And now, we wanted to let you in on another interesting development that’s been going on for a little while. Several weeks ago, we were approached by another woman who was recruited by Dwayne Powell to work as a Scientology spy, and who kept an eye on Mike Rinder and Christie Collbran, off and on, for three full years.

    This woman — for now we’re going to refer to her as Jane — has been working with us to spill a lot of secrets about the work of Dwayne Powell and the Church of Scientology, and we expect that she may be going on the record soon.

    But because of Christie Collbran’s remarkable account that was put online yesterday, we thought we would give you a small preview of what Jane has been telling us, since it is so closely related to Christie’s story.

    Jane preceded Heather as Dwayne Powell’s operative to keep tabs on Mike and Christie. Like Heather, she was Dwayne’s girlfriend, and she even had a child with him. But unlike Heather, she wasn’t tasked with becoming friends with Mike and Christie. Instead, Jane’s job was to gather their trash and identify people who visited their home.

    “We had to pay the trash people to keep Mike’s trash off to the side. And I had to go through it. My job was to save any receipts, any alcohol bottles, any paperwork. Anything that would tell us something about them. What they were doing, and what they were buying,” Jane says.

    She also gathered the trash for another former Scientologist who lived in the area, Haydn James, but she says what the church wanted most of all was information on Rinder.

    “Mike was the number one that they always wanted. And the trash people got fired because they weren’t supposed to do that,” she says.

    Jane ended her surveillance of Mike and Christie in August 2011, a few months before Heather took over and then reached out to Christie in January 2012. And later in 2012, Rinder actually filmed his trash being taken away by Scientology operatives — but by then Jane had moved away.

    She tells us she met Dwayne Powell at a Florida community college that was a recruiting site for Scientology operatives — even the faculty was involved, she says — and we’ll be going into more detail about that later.

    She came out of school in 2008 and began her work for the church, and besides keeping tabs on Rinder, she was also assigned to infiltrate the Anonymous movement, which was holding large rallies and protests that year.

    “I went on raids with the Anons,” she says. “I would go to the protests. At one point I was filming them with one of their own cameras.”

    When Anonymous held its pirate-themed “Sea Arrrrgh” rally in Clearwater in June 2008, Jane was in the crowd, chanting along with the other protesters.

    “I even rode around with one of the top Anons in Clearwater in their car, holding a sign out the window.”

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    In Scientology’s backyard, Baptist preacher ‘takes a stand’

    By Tracey McManus, Tampa Bay Times


    The Baptist preacher stepped to the stage, his image projected on two mega screens behind him, and looked out at nearly 2,000 parishioners filling his worship center.

    "Scientology is a cult," Calvary Church Pastor Willy Rice said into his microphone Wednesday evening.

    "Scientology is dangerous. It is dangerous to those within and without, and Scientology should be exposed and opposed, not only by committed Christians but by moral, law abiding citizens who care about human rights and human justice everywhere."

    Since Scientology settled in Clearwater in 1975 under a false name, then later declared the city its international spiritual headquarters, there is still distrust within the community. As allegations of human trafficking, physical and emotional abuse, and financial exploitation abounds, Scientology has continued to buy more land, becoming downtown’s largest property owner with more than $200 million worth of known real estate.

    Because the 152-year-old Calvary shares this city with Scientology’s headquarters, because reports of abuse and secrecy continue, Rice said it is his obligation "to take a stand."

    On Wednesday he dedicated his quarterly pastor’s forum to discussing Scientology, a relatively unprecedented public condemnation by a local religious leader.

    In a statement to the Tampa Bay Times, Scientology spokesman Ben Shaw called Rice’s "uninformed tirade" un-Christian and un-American.

    "Where Christianity teaches love, the only message of his divisive and provocative rhetoric about Scientology and Scientologists is hate," Shaw said. "Why seek to provoke harm to your neighbors just because you do not understand what they believe?"


    Rice closed his lecture by asking his congregation to pray for their "Scientology friends" and for a spiritual awakening. For kindness and understanding. For telling the truth.

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    Scientology’s ‘scripture’ includes a thoroughly debunked mammoth-meat hoax

    By Tony Ortega, January 11, 2018


    David Miscavige and the Church of Scientology are doing their ecclesiastical best to play up the “religion” thing as much as possible these days. As their organization shrinks and comes under heavy fire from the media, they hold up their holy double-cross and proclaim that they are the victims of religious persecution.

    It’s a cynical strategy that actually works for them among a certain set of the public. Even some intelligent folk, who ought to know better, come to Scientology’s defense, asking why it should be singled out from “other religions.”

    Sadly, this farce will continue into the future, we have no doubt.

    But in the meantime, we like to remind people what Scientology is really all about, and it’s not about David Miscavige’s popish fakery, it’s about L. Ron Hubbard’s space opera!

    Scientologists, behind closed doors, are not doing catechisms hoping to get to heaven, they are doing what they believe is actual science that will unlock the secrets of the universe and grant them godlike superhuman powers, right out of science fiction.

    We thought we’d bring you another reminder of that today, which was inspired by something a former church member mentioned recently over at Facebook. Her citation of a lecture sent us searching for it, and yeah, it’s fun stuff.

    And it comes out of a lecture we’ve previously excerpted, when we looked at how Hubbard expressed pity for Christians who don’t realize they shouldn’t be praying to God when they ought to understand that they are god. And Hubbard talked about Scientologists with “OT” super powers being able to crush whole planets between their thumb and forefinger.

    That lecture was 1963’s “The Free Being,” part of the vaunted “Saint Hill Special Briefing Course” which Hubbard spun together while he was in residence at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, England.

    David Miscavige may be playing down the SHSBC these days, but there’s no doubt its lectures are central to Hubbard’s vision of Scientology and are considered “scripture” by Scientologists.

    So please keep that in mind as we take another plunge into “The Free Being.”

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    Producers Guild Awards 2018 Winners: List in Full | Hollywood Reporter

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    Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath claimed the award for outstanding producer of non-fiction television. In her acceptance, Remini, an outspoken critic of Scientology, called Scientology “an organization that uses its power and money to try to intimidate and silence its critics, but as evidenced tonight, they have not succeeded.”

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    Evidence, finally, of how Scientology obsessively tracks down its former members

    By Tony Ortega, February 13, 2018


    One of the most-well known things about Scientology is that once you get on their mailing list, it’s very difficult to get taken off of it.

    On social media, you often see people speak of being tracked down by the church decades after they bought a single book or took a single course. We talked to a man who was still getting calls and mailers more than forty years after he’d left Scientology and had moved multiple times.

    We’re often asked by people how the church tracks them down when they’ve moved, or when they have an unlisted telephone number. We’ve told them that we have to believe Scientology has a fairly sophisticated database that is constantly being updated, and that it must use fairly sophisticated tools.

    Well, now we may have finally have obtained some proof of that.

    This week we obtained a really fascinating internal Scientology document which goes a long way to explaining how thorough the church is about tracking people.

    In order to protect our source, we can’t tell you a lot about how we obtained the document. But we think for the most part it speaks for itself.

    So what is the document? It’s a one-page record of a particular person whose involvement in Scientology appears to have ended around the year 2005. We have blocked out the person’s name, as well as the numerous listings of their addresses and phone numbers. But even so, the document has a lot of information we wanted you to see.

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    ‘Aftermath’ non profit launching in Clearwater

    By Tony Ortega, March 5, 2018


    Former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder tells us that he’ll have a big announcement at his website today about a new organization he’s helped create. Dubbed the Aftermath Foundation after the title of Leah Remini’s A&E series Scientology and the Aftermath, the new entity has been given non-profit status and will be raising funds in order to aid former members as they leave the Church of Scientology.

    Besides Rinder himself, the Foundation’s board includes his wife Christie Collbran, Luis Garcia, Aaron Smith-Levin, Marc and Claire Headley, and Texas attorney Ray Jeffrey.

    One of the most frequent questions we see at Aftermath discussion groups on social media is how to help people leaving the Sea Org who often rejoin modern society at a distinct disadvantage. Sea Org members may have spent their entire lives in the church and come out of it without proper documentation, bank accounts, insurance coverage, and facing poor job prospects and abandonment by their families. Helping Scientology refugees has been a generally haphazard affair accomplished by a loose network of former members. Now, the new foundation hopes it can get word deep into the church that there’s a path out to make leaving less painful.

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    The Aftermath Foundation

    By Mike Rinder, March 5, 2018


    As scientology prepares to launch SuMP TV, we are launching something we believe will be far more beneficial and hopefully grow to have even greater impact.

    Scientology and the Aftermath has exposed many abuses commonplace in scientology. Harsh punishment, child and sexual abuse, enforced disconnection from family members and much more.

    Were it not for the fact that they are able to hide behind the cloak of First Amendment law, they would likely already have been dismantled.

    There is not a great deal the general public can do. I have often answered the question “how can we help” by telling people to contact their elected representatives and tell them they need to take action. And this is still something everyone should do. Repeatedly.

    But the abuses of scientology also generates victims. Often, they are ensnared in a web that is difficult to escape. Family members, jobs and social circles all entwined with scientologists and no outside support system. And even beyond that for Sea Org members trying to escape — often with no money, no resume, some without even a driver’s license or bank account, let alone a credit card. Outside the circle of Scientologists they know, who would help them? These factors prevent many from leaving. They wish they could, but how would they survive?

    Something can be done to help people leave.

    Inspired by the outpouring of support for the contributors of the series from people who have never been scientologists, a few of us decided to create a foundation, a structure in which we can unite, organize, and offer help to those leaving Scientology.

    Today, we launch The Aftermath Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to helping those who want to leave scientology and the Sea Organization but lack a support system they can rely on while getting on their feet in the real world.

    The Aftermath Foundation is devoted to providing resources, support and advocacy addressing both immediate and longer-term needs of former and current scientologists, while raising public awareness of the abuses perpetrated by the cult.

    Some of the types of help the Foundation plans to offer:

    • Assistance connecting with the appropriate local government services:
      • Social workers, welfare, unemployment, food stamps, whatever is needed.
    • Assistance finding housing:
      • Connecting victims with volunteers who offer temporary housing assistance.
      • Financial assistance
    • Assistance with vocational training and career counseling.
      • Assistance preparing resumes
      • Assistance finding schools, registration, etc.
    • Assistance getting therapy if desired.
    • Connecting volunteers who offer specific types of help with those who need it.
    We invite you to visit our website. The Foundation is raising funds and organizing volunteers.
    Donations can be made through the website.

    Hundreds of Aftermath viewers around the world have already volunteered to help in various ways if and when needed. If you would also like to volunteer, please email your name, contact details and what types of help you’d like to provide to Your information will be kept confidential and will never be shared without your express written approval.

    Those who feel they might qualify for assistance from the Foundation can contact us through the website.

    You can follow The Aftermath Foundation on social media here:

    With this Foundation, we hope to create a bridge, a different kind of bridge than scientology’s, one where people will actually walk on to a new beginning.

    This bridge will exist because of you and what you do.

    Thank you,

    The Aftermath Foundation Board of Directors

    Luis Garcia, President and Chairman
    Aaron Smith-Levin, Vice President
    Claire Headley, Treasurer
    Christie Collbran, Secretary
    Mike Rinder, Board Member
    Marc Headley, Board Member
    Ray Jeffrey, Board Member

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    Mike Rinder answers questions about the new ‘Aftermath Foundation’

    By Tony Ortega, March 10, 2018


    Last week, former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder announced the formation of a new foundation set up to help out people as they leave the Church of Scientology. He tells us the response was almost overwhelming.

    Tonight, some of the people who appeared in Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath series will be celebrating at Clay Irwin’s Lucky Anchor pub in downtown Clearwater, in part to mark the start of the foundation (and, no doubt, to make David Miscavige nervous as he’s hosting the LRH Birthday Event at the same time across town at Ruth Eckerd Hall!).

    We sent over some questions about the new non-profit organization to Rinder, and here’s what he sent us:

    1. Great idea, and the name is smart — and it makes us think of Leah. Is she going to be involved?

    Leah is already involved — she is the biggest supporter of the Foundation and her tweet and Instagram post generated a ton of interest.

    2. Is there going to be a GoFundMe soon, or is there another method that the foundation will use to raise money?

    No plans for a GoFundMe. We already have it set up for people to be able to donate on the website and so far there have been nearly 100 people who have made contributions to the Aftermath Foundation. We have plans for other activities to generate further interest and resources.

    3. You said a lot of volunteers have already signed up to help. How do you plan to make use of their help?

    So far, more than 400 people have offered to volunteer or assist in various ways. We have generated a database by geographic location and type of assistance available (from housing, to job offers to counseling). We plan to marry up the needs with the available resources.

    4. You were once on your own, walking away from Scientology with nothing. What help did you need most at that point, and how can the foundation meet those needs?

    I needed somewhere to live and I needed a way to get on my feet financially with a job, though I had no resume. This is exactly what we hope to be able to help people with.

    5. What do you think it will take to get news of the Foundation to the people that could need it most, those deep in the Sea Organization? Any strategies you can share with us?

    My view is that information about the outside world seeps into the Scientology bubble through friends and relatives and also through the “handlings” Scientology does with OSA and Ethics Officers. Numerous people have found out about Going Clear and Scientology and the Aftermath though “handlings” done because Scientology fears people are hearing about things and trying to pre-empt them. Freedom Magazine has been an amazing vehicle for informing people inside the Scientology bubble and making them aware of what is going on. Family members asking questions. People in stores asking Sea Org members if they have seen or heard things.

    6. Some of the people you featured on the Aftermath series had been out of the church for a long time but still needed help in various ways. Can you talk about any specific people and the foundation might help them out?

    No, we have adopted a policy from the outset that we will not disclose details about anyone who is helped unless they seek to publicize it themselves.

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    What do you want to see in Leah Remini’s third season of ‘Scientology and the Aftermath’?

    By Tony Ortega, March 15, 2018


    So the news became official yesterday and there will be a third season later this year for A&E’s Emmy-winning docu-series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.

    And judging by what we’ve heard behind the scenes, there’s still time to develop the specific subjects of the upcoming episodes. Since that’s the case, this could be your chance to influence Leah Remini and Mike Rinder about what to include in the new season.

    Leah’s first season was characterized by bringing to television the stories of individual former Scientologists who had been harmed by Scientology’s harsh and exploitative policies. The world got to know people like Mary Kahn and Brandon Reisdorf, and couples like Amy Scobee and Mat Pesch in Washington and Claire and Marc Headley in Colorado.

    The second season brought more individual stories, but Leah dove deeper into Scientology’s darkest corners, with episodes on the cover-up of child molestation, worker suicide, and child neglect at places like the Mace-Kingsley ranches.

    Also in the second season, Leah went harder at Scientology’s beliefs and history after previously saying that she wasn’t going to do that. We got terrific episodes in the second season about “OT 3” and “OT 8” and Scientology’s ludicrous ideas about past lives, and L. Ron Hubbard came in for a severe drubbing at the hands of biographer Russell Miller.

    So, after all that, where can Leah and Mike go next? A&E executive vice president Elaine Frontain Bryant told Deadline, “I would say it’s certainly staying within Scientology, and I think there’s hope that there can be a little bit more action that can be taken, that it’s a little bit more active. That’s probably all I should say at this point.”

    Get a little bit more active? Interesting.

    Where would you like to see the third season go? Which stories still need to be given the Leah Remini touch? In what ways could the show be “more active”?

    Leah and Mike are listening. Let them hear your ideas!

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    Stop interacting with Scientology’s Internet trolls. Here’s proof it can backfire on you badly.

    By Tony Ortega, March 23, 2018


    Please believe us when we say that we really, really never wanted to write a single word about the pathetic Internet trolls known as John Alex Wood and Gemma Harris.

    Numerous times, we have warned people — practically begged them, actually — not to take the bait and interact with these two on Twitter, where they carry on intentionally misleading “debates” about Scientology, which is clearly their full-time jobs.

    The only reason we’re breaking our personal rule to ignore them is to provide a cautionary tale.

    The family of Jill, a nurse in Ohio, is reeling after she became the target of Wood’s blog, which included private information about her, her husband, and their family.

    For writing some tweets about Scientology in debates with Harris, Wood “doxxed” Jill.

    Jill has 14 children, 11 of whom are adopted. “They’re so upset and terrified they’ve shut down all social media,” she says.

    She tells us that things started when she saw the episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath that featured Nathan Rich and Tara Reile talking about degrading conditions at the Scientologist-run Mace-Kingsley ranches.

    “I was mad, sad, and disgusted. I got on Twitter to ask Leah and Mike questions, and they responded. So did Nathan and Tara.”

    Then, she came across something Harris said about a Scientology offshoot. As ever, Harris was carrying on a running commentary with numerous Scientology ex-members and critics. Jill says these other critics began to contact her as she joined the fray, and she says it was “a nice diversion from stressors of the day.”

    When Harris began quizzing Jill directly — about whether she had read L. Ron Hubbard’s book Dianetics — Jill says she didn’t take it very seriously. “I’d read or at least flipped through Dianetics in my 20s. So I made some sarcastic comments about it. To me, it was playful banter.”

    She also got encouragement from some others to ask certain questions of Harris, and she did so, treating it more like a game than anything else.

    “I had no damn idea she would dox me and put my physical address on Twitter.”

    Harris has pulled that address down, but then things got much worse.


    Please, please, stop trying to “debate” John Alex Wood and Gemma Harris about Scientology. You are just adding to their weekly “stats,” and completely wasting your own time.

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    Leah Remini talks ‘Aftermath,’ developing a new show, and more with Chris Shelton

    By Tony Ortega, March 24, 2018


    Chris Shelton has a treat for us today — he talks with Leah Remini!

    Here’s the intro he sent for today’s podcast:

    My “Sensibly Speaking Podcast” has featured a number of former Scientologists, exit counselors, therapists, and professionals from other interesting fields, but this week I was proud to host Leah Remini, co-creator of Scientology and the Aftermath and star of King of Queens and Kevin Can Wait. She actually agreed to come on a couple of months ago and we were finally able to arrange the time to do our phone interview this last week.

    In Scientology and the Aftermath and on many major media outlets and shows, Leah has described the abuses of Scientology in grim detail and why she has brought the fight back to the Church of Scientology’s doorstep. In this podcast, I wanted to try to dive into some topics not often discussed in as much detail, such as Leah’s own personal transition out of the bubble world of Scientology and recovery from it. We also briefly discuss the other potential new show under development to help survivors and former members of other destructive cults, as well as her thoughts on the new Aftermath Foundation.

    While some of this podcast won’t be new information for many Scientology watchers and those familiar with her show, this podcast will give anyone who is interested in this topic and in Leah something new to learn and hopefully generate assistance in our cause to end the Church of Scientology’s abuses forever. Enjoy!

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    Leah Remini on Scientology’s stalking — nothing is going to stop her third season of ‘Aftermath’

    By Jeffrey Augustine, March 29, 2018


    Leah talks about her upcoming third season of Scientology and the Aftermath. She also talks about Scientology’s Fair Game policy, the church’s new television network, and Scientology as a business. She also has kind things to say about this website and its community.

    Given Leah’s extensive background in television, I asked her how she would characterize Scientology TV. She said that David Miscavige has spent something like $100 million for an infomercial that endlessly cycles through the same content — in other words, a glorified YouTube channel.

    As for Fair Game, Leah says the contributors to her show have been subjected to Scientology’s usual tactics of character assassination. But she says that no amount of Fair Game will stop her or anyone else who works to expose the brutality, lies, and greed of the Church of Scientology.

    Leah describes her ongoing process of unlearning and undoing what Scientology did to her. This work is helping her regain what Scientology took from her and everyone else who has been harmed by Scientology. This unlearning, which so many former Scientologists are familiar with, allows the restoration of one’s humanity, compassion, and caring.

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    Mike Rinder: Scientology is ‘disappearing at a consistent unchanging unwavering rate’

    By Tony Ortega, April 2, 2018


    After having a conversation with Leah Remini last week, Jeffrey Augustine has a new podcast of his discussion with her co-star, former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder.

    Jeffrey tells us that he and Mike talked about Scientology and the Aftermath‘s upcoming third season, which appears to be the reason for a new wave of Fair Game harassment from Scientology’s hired goons — at the same time that the church is trying to project a very different image with its new television network.

    “Mike describes how David Miscavige orders his Office of Special Affairs minions to do something about Leah’s show, and how this results in actions that are irrational and actually harm Scientology by exposing its sleazy Fair Game tactics,” Jeffrey tells us.

    Rinder also recounts the series of events that led him to escape from the Church of Scientology in 2007. “This leads to Mike describing the internal justice system of Scientology and why the church covers up sexual molestation and the other crimes and misdeeds committed by Scientologists,” Jeffrey says.

    Mike also discusses the new Aftermath Foundation and how it exists to help Scientologists get started again in life after fleeing Scientology with literally nothing, just as he did a decade ago.

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    Scientology cranks up its ‘noisy’ investigation of Leah Remini, and she fires back

    By Tony Ortega, April 4, 2018


    Last week, we told you that Leah Remini has come under a new round of what appears to be a Scientology “noisy” investigation. Since then, we are learning that the operation has kicked into high gear.

    Following the playboook Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard set down decades ago, the church targets people it considers enemies by sending private investigators to pretend that they are law enforcement officers or reporters seeking information in order to spread rumors about a target.

    On March 26, we revealed that a former NYPD detective had boasted about being hired to tail Remini while she was filming a movie with Jennifer Lopez in Manhattan and Brooklyn. We also learned that a woman who called herself Valerie Morgan had showed up at the home of one of the sons of Angelo Pagan to ask if the young man had been mistreated by his stepmother, Remini.

    Since then, we’ve learned that “Valerie” is on quite a tear. She visited the homes of Pagan’s two other sons (all three are in the SF Bay Area), she showed up at the house of a waitress who works for Pagan at his Studio City restaurant, Vivian’s Millennium Cafe, and then she approached Remini’s younger sister Shannon at the restaurant.

    Morgan claimed to be a reporter working for a German magazine, but couldn’t name it when she was asked.

    We called the number on Morgan’s business card, but were unable to leave a message because the voice mailbox had not been set up.

    This seems a strange oversight for a reporter to make.

    Morgan claimed that the German magazine was doing a “fact check” on Remini’s book, Troublemaker, which came out more than two years ago.

    Yeah, sure.

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    ‘Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath’ Season 3 Digs Deeper Into The Abusive Practices Of The Religion | Deadline


    The first season of A&E’s award-winning docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath explored the disconnection and breaking up of families stemming from the controversial religion. In the forthcoming third season, Remini and her co-host Mike Rinder continue to dive into the religion they were once part of to explore other abusive practices. The pair were joined on the Contenders stage with Co-Editor-in-chief Mike Fleming, Jr. to talk about how the new season of the series continues to expose details about the religion that have affected them and many others.

    “You’re never a victim of Scientology — you’re not allowed to be a victim,” said Remini. “You don’t hear these stories when you’re in it — they keep these kinds of abuses very confidential. And members don’t tell other members for fear of being retaliated against.”

    Rinder also points out that they have opened the door to the Church of Scientology to be interviewed, but none have accepted.

    She adds that there’s a policy in Scientology when you’re not allowed to go to the police and turning over to the authorities would do more damage. This would explain why there haven’t been many people coming forward before the A&E series. “If you’re raised in it, you don’t question it — you believe it because you want to believe it,” said Remini.

    She adds, “If we are going to expose true evil in the world we have to come together and do something about it.”

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    Leah Remini joins Realscreen West for keynote conversation

    By Realscreen Staff May 7, 2018
    The upcoming 10th anniversary edition of Realscreen West will feature a special one-on-one keynote conversation with Leah Remini — New York Times best-selling author, creator, executive producer and star of A&E Network’s hit non-fiction series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.
    The series examines the controversial church through the experiences of Remini and other former members. In 2017, the show won an Emmy award in the category of “Outstanding Informational Series or Special,” a Television Critics Association Award in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming,” and a Producers Guild Award in the category of “Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television.” Season three of the hit series will premiere this fall.

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