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Tonight on ‘Leah Remini’: Once again, Scientology’s a horror show for the mentally ill

 
Tonight, A&E airs the “season finale” of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, the eighth episode (including a “Reddit AMA” special) but actually not the final installment of what has turned out to be an extraordinary hit for the cable network.

A week from tonight another Reddit special will air, and like the last time Leah will have some special guests with her. We know who they are, but we figure they’ll be teased at the end of tonight’s show, so we’ll just hang on until then.

As for tonight’s excitement, the episode opens with Leah reading from a letter sent by Scientology’s Karin Pouw on September 9 that blames her, among other things, for inciting a “hate crime” committed by a young man named Brandon Reisdorf.

(That’s the same letter we made public on November 22, and that Leah reacted to by hiring an attorney and making a demand of $1.5 million for defaming her. The church ignored her demand, which she made as a shot across the bow of the litigious organization.)

Leah and Mike are in Los Angeles to meet with Brandon’s parents, Lois and Gary Reisdorf.

If you’ve been reading Lois’s interesting series about her days in the Sea Org at Mike Rinder’s website, you know that she has been out of Scientology a long time, but kept herself away from the church’s controversies and wasn’t really aware of the major defections by top former executives and other things that have been happening in recent years. She and Gary had tried to keep “low profile,” in order to stay connected to Lois’s South African Scientology family. But that low profile approach made the family vulnerable: Two of their three sons, Brandon and Craig, got sucked into Scientology and joined staff at the San Diego org.

Brandon, the family reveals, had mental health issues. He had an undiagnosed bipolar condition, and the family handled it by putting him through Scientology’s Introspection Rundown. Yes, the notorious crackpot procedure that L. Ron Hubbard came up with in the 1970s, and which has produced numerous disasters since then, including the death of Lisa McPherson in 1995, and a more recent case of the shocking mistreatment of a woman in Arkansas.

“Brandon came back worse than when he went in,” Gary tells Leah.

Meanwhile, Lois and Gary were connected to some of Gary’s family, who were declared. And they were turned in by their own son Craig, which resulted in Lois and Gary getting declared. That forced a big decision on their sons Craig and Brandon.

Brandon decided to stay with his family, but Craig chose the church. Craig followed policy and cut off all contact with the rest of his family.

Brandon took it hard — and his undiagnosed bipolar condition got worse.

In a manic episode, Brandon drove to Los Angeles and threw a hammer through a window at the Los Angeles Org. He drove away in his mother’s car, but he was soon stopped by police.

As Gary Reisdorf points out, if this were a legitimate religious organization, it would probably be happy just to be made whole with enough money to cover the damages, and would probably try to find a way to help the troubled young man who had thrown a hammer through their window.

But this is Scientology. Instead of trying to help Brandon (after it was Scientology that had misdiagnosed him, Leah points out) the church pressed for felony charges against Brandon instead. (Meanwhile, Brandon finally got the mental health care he needed.)

Oh, and it gets worse, of course. Scientology pressed charges under hate crime legislation that makes it a felony to throw a hammer through the window of “a place of worship.” We doubt anyone was around to ask prosecutors who they thought was being “worshipped” at the Scientology Los Angeles org.

In his interview with Leah and Mike, Brandon talks about how hard it was for him to get through his jail stay and then find his way as a person with a felony on his record. Brandon’s interview is a strong capper to this segment.

The episode then shifts to some fine footage of John Sweeney and Mark Bunker talking about how filming Scientology comes with risks and some odd rewards, too. And speaking of odd, the show also has on a reporter we think you’ll recognize.

 

 
Once again, we look forward to joining you tonight as we live-blog the show in the comments section. Let’s have fun!

 
UPDATE: In response to this story, Lois Reisdorf sent over this interesting account…

There have been a number of comments questioning, in a kind way, why did we send Brandon back to Scientology rather than to psychiatric professionals. That is a very good question and one that both Gary and I struggle with. I think there were a number of contributing factors.

— We were both indoctrinated into Scientology beliefs since birth about how great Scientology was and at the same time how horrible psychiatry was. Yes, we quit actively participating in Scientology 35 years ago. Although we knew this spiritual “mecca” would never be obtained thru Scientology, we did feel that the lower levels had some basis of spiritual betterment. With neither one of us ever suffering from mental issues and didn’t even have any friends with issues, psychiatry or even the medications used were never a part of our lives.

— Lois’ father was a highly trained Scientologist and practiced it until he passed away in 2007. Gary’s father was also highly trained and also kept auditing until he passed in 1992. We had great respect for our parents and their choices even though Scientology was not for us. In hindsight, it should have been questioned, not given respect.

— Even though we did not participate in Scientology, it was more of “there are some good things, but something is wrong with the upper levels”.

— Neither Gary nor I were tech trained and just considered the Introspection R/D was a simple, good, lower level where the person was given healthy food, vitamins, and had a chance to remove themselves from the tensions of everyday life. We should have researched it but just accepted that it wasn’t harmful. We did not actually know that he would be put on this rundown, it was in the hands of the case supervisor. But at the time we would not have questioned it and to be honest, at the time we did not know what was involved in that rundown, neither of us were tech trained and had never experienced someone in it before.

— We were completely unaware of any of the evils of Scientology, only of David Miscavige kicking us out and taking over. We had never heard of Ortega, didn’t know Mike or Marty had a blog. Never heard of Lisa McPherson or the other atrocities of the church. It was the last thing on our minds. There wasn’t an Internet when we left in 1982 and we just tried to keep it out of our lives. Only when we were under the threat of losing our children unless we got with their program, did we start to research, online and in books, what went on in Scientology for the past 35 years.

— If we were to have gone to psychiatry as the solution for Brandon originally, we would have been declared then and there and lost Craig back then. Again, in hindsight that would have been an excellent outcome.

But to address the big elephant in the room, I don’t think we can adequately put a finger on why? We made mistakes but as someone commented, love of our children was our total motivation. Would we do things differently with the knowledge we have now? A hundred percent, yes.

The good thing is that we have Brandon, Brett and Jessie in our lives and Brandon is doing great now. Brett and Jessie are in the process of adopting a child who we love dearly. We are doing our utmost to get our lost son Craig back in our lives.

 
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HowdyCon2017

Go here to start making your plans.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on January 10, 2017 at 07:00

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Our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, is on sale at Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook versions. We’ve posted photographs of Paulette and scenes from her life at a separate location. Reader Sookie put together a complete index. More information about the book, and our 2015 book tour, can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

The Best of the Underground Bunker, 1995-2016 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Undergound Bunker (2012-2016), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of L.A. attorney and former church member Vance Woodward
UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists
GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice
SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts

Other links: Shelly Miscavige, ten years gone | The Lisa McPherson story told in real time | The Cathriona White stories | The Leah Remini ‘Knowledge Reports’ | Hear audio of a Scientology excommunication | Scientology’s little day care of horrors | Whatever happened to Steve Fishman? | Felony charges for Scientology’s drug rehab scam | Why Scientology digs bomb-proof vaults in the desert | PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | Scientology’s Private Dancer | The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill | Scientology boasts about assistance from Google | The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

Our Guide to Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear,’ and our pages about its principal figures…
Jason Beghe | Tom DeVocht | Sara Goldberg | Paul Haggis | Mark “Marty” Rathbun | Mike Rinder | Spanky Taylor | Hana Whitfield

 

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  • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

    Sweeney not letting either Leah or Mike off the hook that easily. Good on him.

  • TexasBroad

    Leah going through letters from the church.
    Tony – everyone gets letters…some productions did not get aired. It won’t scare you.

  • SarahDB

    they are being wronged and blah blah, Tony, knows that some productions have been shut down due to those letters

  • SarahDB

    Leah, it doesn’t matter to me if they smear me, I’m just going to say bullshit and not going to stop

  • salin

    Kudos and thanks to those live blogging. This is whiplash fast. Impressive job. Many thanks.

  • SarahDB

    Ad for Reddit show next week

  • MaxSpaceman

    “… AND I’M NOT GOING TO STOP.”

    Leah Remini

    • ReallyMGM

      I love her. I loved her Bridezilla show, and love her more now. Upward and onward to more dramatic roles for this terrific actress! She deserves much success!

  • TexasBroad

    Leah – I am not going to be intimidated. The church will get exposed. And I’m not going to stop.

  • SarahDB

    commercial

  • Joe

    Can we talk about how incredible it is that Leah’s show has had TWO AMA specials? Like when is the last time any other show has generated this much interest?

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Not to mention Leah, Rinder, TO, and more recently Aaron Smith-Levin working overtime on Twitter. The public’s got a lot of catching up to do.

  • Kim O’Brien

    disques is verklempt

  • SLIM

    Two words…Fucking awesome…

  • Liberated

    Every episode I see, I think…wow this is the best!
    This one really is.

  • Under the Radar

    Scientology’s Twitter account has been infiltrated by SP’s watching A&E – Scientology; Aftermath – Leah Remini.

    Go there and post – shut this fucker down!

  • PerpetualOutflow

    Wow, this one went so fast. Definitely will have to watch it again to catch everything. Really great episode.

  • stillgrace2
  • madame duran

    Tony…expect a big surge of newbies tonight and for the next few days…

    • thetastic

      Hee, and we choose tonight to bring back the fucking bad language!

  • SarahDB

    lots and lots of commercials

    • Bernie Headley

      But that is actually good for A&E. All major advertisers too.

      • SarahDB

        You are right, I get spoiled by taping things and fast forwarding through them.

  • Len Zinberg

    Leah just said the four words Scientology most hates: “Google Scientology and Disconnection.”
    (And, “To be continued…)

  • Under the Radar

    Scientology is finally ON THE CANS and their needle is ROCK SLAMMING!

    Ohhhh Poor Scientology….

    Do we have an ARC BREAK?

  • TexasBroad

    JLo on Loreal commercial. Gawd, she’s gorgeous.
    No one ever asks me where I get my glow.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Hahaha!

  • SarahDB

    New York

  • SarahDB

    Meeting with lawyers! Mike and Leah

  • Panopea Abrupta

    End Scientology Disconnection

    The 2017 Call Me Billboard Campaign is off to a bright start.
    It’s at $6,187 already and a mere $ 3,763 to go
    Let’s get this sucker done.
    A pernicious evil can be challenged in a practical efficient way.
    109 of us are already in.
    Please contribute in any way you can.
    Thank you.

    https://www.gofundme.com/stopscientologydisconnection

    A huge Thank You, Phil and Willie.
    Thank you to all who have contributed.

    Oh, yeah, and Disqus – YSCOHB
    If you see DM,
    tell him TICK TOCK

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bb8c5d2014e655d89c3d8ed4e1aeb839e6e657cb9ac033ede38a88c08b72fd8c.jpg

    • chukicita

      Paulette!

  • SarahDB

    Leah hoping that they say you guys have found a way to help people, a path forward to take action

  • stillgrace2
    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      JWs better look out. People are watching. And learning. They might be next.

  • Juicer77

    LeAh and Mike meeting w attorneys about possible legal action.

  • SarahDB

    Mike, hoping we know what to do now at the end of the meeting

  • Under the Radar

    Oh – I pray to Holy Xenu that we can start suing the crap out of Scientology

  • Chocolate Velvet

    Woohoo, made it home for the last fifteen minutes! In time to see the handsome mug of Tony Ortega, our Dear Leader here in our beloved and insane Anti-Scientology Cult… er, uh, I mean — our proprietor. (Tee-hee) 😉

    Seriously, I wish I could have joined you all for the live blog, but my kid’s school had a game and he is in the pep-band, so… I’ll be here next week, for the AMA part 2. See you then! ❤ 🙂

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Frame this motherfucker.

  • madame duran
  • MaxSpaceman

    SEASON 2

    Now- This Is What Can Be Done About It.

    After the upcoming meeting with the lawyers.

  • BabySmurfette

    There’s a Mrs Tony????

    • MaxSpaceman

      And the cats and, and, and

      Yes.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      How could there not be? 🙂

    • Kim O’Brien

      you are missing the bigger picture …Brad Pitt is single . Try to keep up 😉

    • thetastic

      He’s been leading us on.

  • SarahDB

    Leah suggests lighting a candle in the St. Patricks across the street

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    I’ve been in St Patrick’s cathedral in New York.

  • PerpetualOutflow

    Leah and Mike go into St. Patrick’s Cathedral to light a candle before their meeting with lawyers to find out what they can do legally against $cientology.

  • Juicer77

    Is that st John the divine nyc

    • PerpetualOutflow

      St. Patricks

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    Leah: “Scientology taught me to attack my critics. And now I am attacking my critics. My critics are Scientology.”

  • TexasBroad

    Leah – The church of Scientology taught me everything in my life. They taught me how to go after critics. And now I’m going after my critics.

  • SarahDB

    Leah: church taught me to attack my critics and I am, now they are scientologists, my fight to defend within the church is now a fight against the church, I can’t allow them to abuse people and take their money and their lives

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    Flashing on all the faces of those Leah has interviewed over the entirely of the series.

  • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

    Excellent episode. Thanks to Lois and family for sharing their stories. To our Merchants of Chaos: We adore you. 🙂

    Twitter was on fire tonight. A&E has a major hit on their hands. See you all in the AM. ❤️

    • chukicita

      Sweet dreams, and puppy sleep to you!

  • TexasBroad

    Mike and Leah go to church across the street to light a candle in advance of meeting with attorneys.

  • SarahDB

    nervous, Leah doesn’t want them to get away with shit

  • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

    Did Leah just use, “Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!” as an expression of awe or exasperation?! Welcome to my childhood. Nice to see you again, grandma. ; )

    • gtsix

      Jesus, Mary, Joseph 5 feet!

      Jesus H. Christ (what is the H?!?)

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        Hubert? Henry? I dunno. You only find out once you get to “The Truth Revealed.”

  • SarahDB

    can’t bring cameras into the lawyer meeting

  • Juicer77

    Photos of the people she’s talked to in the series. Leah talking about how she works through all this in her head.

    • beauty for ashes

      Oh look Karen de la Carriere is in the credits there! <3

  • SarahDB

    To be continued…

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    To be continued…

    • SarahDB

      great minds type alike

  • SarahDB

    that’s all folks!

  • madame duran

    And I’m out. Goodbye everyone! Keep posting tweets if you can!

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Great job as always!

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Get some rest, sweet pea. We need you feeling in top form!

  • TexasBroad

    Can’t reveal content of meeting with attorneys.

  • Juicer77

    And cliffhanger!

  • SarahDB

    except more disclaimers of course

  • Under the Radar

    A cliff hanger….

    Can’t wait until the next show.

    I wish it was on 24/7

  • SarahDB

    whew!

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Thanks for keeping up, Sarah!

    • pluvo

      Thank you for all!

  • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

    Fucking epic cliffhanger! Oh man, I would hate to be anywhere within arm’s length of DM right now.

  • Under the Radar

    Mike Rinder said it a few years ago and now his POSTULATE has come true…

    Yes…

    SOMETHING CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT!

  • Newiga

    Hear that sound? It’s DM popping a vein… or pissing his pants.

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      Both.

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        At the same time.

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          Ha ha, what a d!ckweed he is.

  • Juicer77

    I cut off Tom Cruise In mid-speech about DM. And it felt. so. Good.

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      Lol.

  • chukicita

    I’ll just be hanging off the side of this cliff here til next Tuesday.

    • MaxLuvsDaBunk

      maybe actually 2 tuesdays – next week is the 2nd reddit

  • FredEX2

    …to be continued!!! YES! …there’s more to come!

  • TexasBroad

    Disqus, Fuck you!

    Thank you, Tony.

  • Chocolate Velvet

    Leah’s blunt honesty is one of the most effective parts of this series. Listening to her talk about her feelings regarding her previous support and current criticism of scientology is moving, and gratifying. I hated it when she was spouting the cult’s talking points, and I am so glad that is behind her. I love her for her choice to fight the good fight now that she knows the truth.

    • TexasBroad

      It’s very compelling. And very effective!

  • Tony Ortega

    Annie Sprinkle tweeted me. My life is complete.

    • Tony Ortega

      (We have a mutual friend in Kate Bornstein, and I think Annie rocks.)

    • Chocolate Velvet

      OMG, so jealous of you right now! Annie is a warrior-artist of the highest caliber. If you have earned attention from her, that is saying something. Dag, Tony O…

    • BobbyTolberto aka TDA

      Lucky &@$?!=€£#%{ ©🎱😇❤️🚊

    • You. Lucky. Son. Of. A. Gun!

  • Juicer77

    Goodnight all. Much love to you.

    • SarahDB

      nighty night!

      • Juicer77

        Great job on the live blogging, in spite of Disqus! 😉

  • EDN/laineybin

    Stupid disqus – Good night everyone

  • PerpetualOutflow

    Way too short. Tonight was jammed with so much that left viewers wanting to know more…more about Lois and Brandon and their brothers, more about Tony, Mark and John and what they’ve gone through to report on $cientology, and definitely more about the meeting with the lawyers. Thank you to everyone who appeared tonight. Without exception, you were all magnificent–authentic, articulate, compelling.

    • PerpetualOutflow

      Gary, you were terrific, too!

  • MaxSpaceman

    Jeff Hawkins on now 23:07/11:07pm Eastern Standard Time

  • RexAinsfree

    To be continued …
    Yay! There’s hope!
    I’m stoked.

  • Leslie Stipe

    I was so caught up in watching that I forgot to post!

  • show is over… now is a good time to deliver tweets to the hashtag #scientologytheaftermath… people will check them all out now! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c1f5e7852b893194e674bb0098ac4e3924df851ddb2f9bddeed26360a470ad3d.png

  • Disqus has thrown a wobbler! Lots of screenshots were missing or delayed… Oh well.

    • Juicer77

      I suspect GoogleAds’ coming and going has given her indigestion. Lousy timing on that.

    • Juicer77

      But thank you, they are great!!

    • Qbird

      No worries, they’ll come thru in about an hour.

    • Qbird

      you did great… hard to follow on account of Disqus, but I got the gist.
      Thanks Eivol

    • Did good… think i got most of them

    • PerpetualOutflow

      But they were really great to see. Thank you for doing that!

    • Illinoisian

      Thank you (belated somewhat) for last nights screenshots. Disqus *was* going nuts, but the shots were still marvelous to see. They help a lot for those of us who are ‘seeing’ the episode via comments.

  • Newiga

    Thank you for the updates and comments, Bunkeroos! You make this so much fun. I’m gonna take a short nap before I have to get ready for work. Or watch Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey with Neil deGrasse Tyson if the caffeine kicks in.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Uncle Neil! I love him. But you should grab some shut-eye. Hang in there, Newie…

      • Newiga

        Thanks. It’s almost morning. Coffee tastes so good. x

        • That was a quick nap!

          • Newiga

            I’m just laying down. I couldn’t sleep. 😀

            • I know the feeling. I tried to sleep I think I got an hour before waking up for work. It felt like 5 minutes.

            • Newiga

              and what a work day it is. Busy as a little bee. Taking a short break now. Having a cup of coffee and some fruit.

  • Bernie Headley

    Another awesome episode. I’m gonna need more tissues.

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      ((((hugs))))

    • beauty for ashes

      Get the good kind, it’s always worth it!

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        Mistakenly bought some single ply tp recently. Awful experience.

        • beauty for ashes

          I’m so sorry. Get the flushable kind, you can always say I made you do it, but you’ll be happy when you need them.:)

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Group Bunker hug with Bernie. Remember to leave room for Willie 🙂

  • gtsix

    Thank you Leah, Mike, and all guests. Fabulous series (yes, 2 more, hush now).

    Covered many different generations of defections, harassment, disconnection and fair game. Not to mention slavery, imprisonment and practicing “medicine” that kills people. As recently as 2016. This isn’t old apostates bitching, this is currently occurring organizational behavior.

    Recognize this press and law.enforcement!

  • BunchOfFives

    I’m struck by how well put together this series is. There has been a great flow from each episode’s focus point to the next, and a palpable build in the feel of paranoia that being Fair Game brings. Bravo to Leah and Mike, and all the incredibly brave people sharing their stories and pain.

  • beauty for ashes

    they just did an amazing job as producers, as interviewers, as humans. WOW

    • pluvo

      Whoever does the editing is great too.

      • beauty for ashes

        And Leah’s makeup and hair. And the natural lighting~ and the sound.

        • chukicita

          Leah is gorgeous with or without makeup and hair.

          • beauty for ashes

            Is it okay if I noticed Mike Rinder’s hair and makeup too? cause they were good! lol

            • chukicita

              Of course! I think the hair and makeup artists did a fantastic job on everyone! I might not think Mike is as gorgeous as Leah without them, though. ;D

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          And wardrobe. Whomever’s in charge of shoes needs an award.

          • beauty for ashes

            Did you see her bag in New York? And Leah, when your done I want the army green jumpsuit!

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              Oh, I dig that jumpsuit, Byoot! I’m in line for it behind you.

            • Jerseygram

              That bag, yes!

        • BobbyTolberto aka TDA

          One of these days, she’ll be as famous as Rula Lenska:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-SJoIpTPk8

    • Bobbysue Fontaine de la Tour

      The neighbor lady who did not disconnect from the dog was
      HI-LAR-ious and so was Leah’s reaction when she heard that it was trwooo.

  • ExCult.Jan

    Please tweet for the west coast viewers. (I ain’t got no tweet).

    https://www.gofundme.com/stopscientologydisconnection

    Currently at $6,197
    of $9,950 goal

    • Legion

      The shortened URL for the GoFundMe is https://t.co/bU9yy4RRg8
      Throw in a @LeahRemini @tonyortega94 @MikeRinder @BlownForGood @XENUTV @AmyScobee and hope for RTs

  • MaxSpaceman

    “It was like, ‘Lord of the Flies’ ” in there. (in the Hole, the 1st some-odd years)

    The Hole Does Exist.

  • chukicita

    Sweeney laid it out, that is how it feels, like you are going crazy. Mark Bunker has zero afraids. It was so cool to see he and Mike at the same table. Mark said he never needed an apology. Mike helps us understand that it was never personal. I find myself in tears. Mark is right.

    • Juicer77

      Wise beard man gets it.

  • PickAnotherID

    No idea what Mike & Leah came away from the lawyers with but, after the discussions here the other day, my gut says $cientology is most vulnerable on the Human Trafficking issue. Especially since there is NO STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Good. Let’s get ’em.

    • ExCult.Jan

      And past the deadline with no public reply from LAPD on ‘Where’s Shelley?’

  • Mick Roberts

    To be continued…..hope that means A&E picks up this show for another season or ten, or until CoS comes crashing down and people can reconnect to their families……and hopefully liquidate those massive, beautiful (and empty) Ideal Orgs and can pay folks back who lost everything….

  • Aslan’s Own

    Tom Cruise’s rant on psychiatry with Matt Lauer was the impetus for me to start investigating scientology. I’ve mentioned this before but I have a sister with schizophrenia who doesn’t stay on her meds, and I was practically yelling at the TV. In googling their views on psychiatry I found Tony’s blog and the rest is history.

    • beauty for ashes

      I’m so sorry, that must be hard. We have a lot of depression and bipolar in our large family, it’s not always easy even with meds. (((Hugs)))) PS~ TC is a poopie head.

      • Aslan’s Own

        Thank you. It has been a real nightmare for our family for over 30 years. And yes, TC is a poopie head!

    • BunchOfFives

      I’ve been trying to remember what it was that kicked off my interest and led me here. I think it most likely started when Jason Beghe made his videos.

      • Aslan’s Own

        That would certainly do it!

        • BunchOfFives

          Oh yes, and then I found Jenna’s book and that was the end of me!

  • PickAnotherID

    Stop $cientology Disconnection 2017 right now: $6,297 of $9,950 goal Raised by 112 people in 5 days
    https://www.gofundme.com/stopscientologydisconnection

    Don’t forget to mention the site in your “Aftermath” tweets!

  • Bernie Headley

    It has been a Leah marathon tonight. I watched Marc and Claire’s episode when I first turned on the TV and it will be on again in little more than a half hour. Now I really need more tissues!

    • chukicita

      *hugs*

  • Mick Roberts

    From the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign website talking about Indicators of Human Trafficking at https://www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign/indicators-human-trafficking

    Some of the indicators are as follows…..see if you can figure out the correct answer for which one applies to CoS:

    A) Does the person appear disconnected from family, friends, community organizations, or houses of worship?
    B) Has a child stopped attending school?
    C) Has the person had a sudden or dramatic change in behavior?
    D) Is the person disoriented or confused, or showing signs of mental or physical abuse?
    E) Is the person fearful, timid, or submissive?
    F) Does the person show signs of having been denied food, water, sleep, or medical care?
    G) Is the person often in the company of someone to whom he or she defers? Or someone who seems to be in control of the situation, e.g., where they go or who they talk to?
    H) Does the person appear to be coached on what to say?
    I) Is the person living in unsuitable conditions?
    J) Does the person lack personal possessions and appear not to have a stable living situation?
    K) Does the person have freedom of movement? Can the person freely leave where they live? Are there unreasonable security measures?
    L) All of the Above

    DHS, as a tax-paying citizen (for the record, this so-called “church” pays no taxes, so you don’t work for them), I think you have quite a few indicators from many, many, many American citizens (and others around the world). Do your job and investigate this, will ya?

    ETA: No statute of limitations on human trafficking by the way. This at the very least warrants an investigation.

  • SarahDB

    Night everyone, why is it that the fancy 20/20 with the major network and more money puts out a jumbled, mess of a show while A & E has a show that is sharp and polished? Interesting…

    • outraged

      That’s life, right? It takes courage and guts not money and power, to tell the truth.

  • Tony Ortega

    Whew. Exhausted. Need to step away form Twitter for a while. Back later.

    • amarie

      I don’t know how you keep up! Your mentions had to be out of control 🙂 (I’m only responsible for two!)

    • chukicita

      Can’t thank you and Mark and Mr. Sweeney enough. I am still blowing my nose from that scene with Mike and y’all at the table with Leah.

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    Good night everyone. Thanks for another great evening. Thank you to the Reisdorfs, especially Brandon, and to Leah, Mike and the Bearded Journos. Everyone was terrific and bursting with courage.