Former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder (left) received a frightening threat of violence which he posted to his blog this morning. The anonymous sender of the message said Rinder was under surveillance “twenty four seven,” and told Rinder he wanted to “cut your fuckin balls off.”
Besides Rinder’s threat, we’ve known about several incidents of in-person harassment that have been occurring in recent days, but we haven’t been in a position to talk about them. Often, when people are targeted by Scientology’s private investigator operations, they don’t want to discuss it, which is one of the things the church counts on.
Meanwhile, film director Paul Haggis (right), Marty Rathbun, Tom Devocht, and others in the film have long been targets of Scientology’s online efforts to harm their reputations. That activity has increased greatly in the weeks leading up to the Going Clear theatrical premiere this week.
It’s almost like Scientology doesn’t want you to go to the theater this Friday.
We don’t know if we’ll be allowed to say more about the private investigator visits that have been occurring or other hallmarks of Fair Game. Just be sure that Scientology has never stopped its old tricks.
Bonus photos from our tipsters
A naming ceremony in Las Vegas for Ryan. Aaaaw.
On a Clear day in New York, you can see your infinity…
Youth for Human Rights doing kind of a YMCA thing in Nayarit, Mexico.
Foundation for a Drug-Free World is out in force at a street event in Taiwan.
In Denmark, someone is no longer messing around…
Scientologists are using social media more than ever. Drop us a line if you spot them posting images to Instagram or Facebook!
Posted by Tony Ortega on March 9, 2015 at 08:00
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