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Leah Remini Retaliation? Suddenly, Scientology “Fair Gaming” Of Critics Is Way Up

Claire Headley and the boys: Are these kids so threatening, they deserve to be stalked by Scientology's private eyes?

Claire Headley and the boys: Are these kids so threatening, they deserve to be stalked by Scientology’s private eyes?

Since it was revealed that Leah Remini was breaking away from the Church of Scientology, her family has been anticipating that Scientology will do its thing and go on the warpath.

Now, we have evidence that a massive campaign of Scientology “Fair Game” has begun — aimed not at Remini and her family, but at longtime critics who have in the past couple of weeks seen a huge increase in harassment.

Karen de la Carriere was pranked by someone who called the Los Angeles City Health Department on her. Marc and Claire Headley are being stalked by private investigators again, but this time it was so brazen, their children were targeted with surveillance while out playing. Mike Rinder, meanwhile, has undergone a sleazy new round of online targeting and in-real-life snooping. And we know of several others who are also suddenly being watched and harassed.

What’s going on? We’ve asked Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw for a comment, wondering if she’ll respond to our question: Is church leader David Miscavige responding to Remini’s bombshell defection by targeting easier prey?


Karen, in front of some of her rescued birds.

Karen, in front of some of her rescued birds.

Karen de la Carriere

Karen is well known to our longtime readers. Formerly married to the president of the Church of Scientology International, Heber Jentzsch, she was a Class XII auditor trained personally by L. Ron Hubbard in the 1970s. In 2010, she was expelled from the church (“declared a suppressive person”) when she dared to complain publicly that her ex-husband, Heber, had spent years as a kind of non-person at Scientology’s bizarre office-prison for fallen executives, “The Hole.” She says her son Alex, a church member, was then forced to “disconnect” from her, and when he died last summer, she was prevented from seeing his body or from attending his memorial.

Karen lives in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz, and we can personally vouch that she has a lovely home that in part serves as a studio for her fine-art business. She also rescues birds, and as you enter her front patio, you see dozens of birds living in clean conditions. Inside her home, she also has several exotic birds who are treated as well or better than house guests (as we can attest).

In recent weeks, however, Scientology private investigators have begun a classic “noisy investigation,” going door to door in her neighborhood to ask if people had noticed anything illegal or “immoral” going on at Karen’s house. This is textbook Scientology shenanigans, intended to disrupt the neighborhood. Then, a little more than a week ago, inspectors from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department showed up, saying they were acting on a tip that her house was infested with rat droppings and refuse piled so high that Karen could hardly walk around.

Karen says it was immediately obvious who was behind the prank. With the help of her attorney, Ray Jeffrey, she put together a letter that was delivered to the city attorney, county public health department, and the county district attorney. Here’s the wording…

Dear Counsel,

We need your help. We find ourselves in a bizarre and unfair predicament because we are considered as “enemies” by the Church of Scientology, which has targeted us with a campaign of harassment. This would be of no official concern to you, except for the fact that Scientology is misusing our local government agenies as unwitting participants in the harassment. We are sure that you would not approve of such activity.

We are former Scientologists who have spoken out about what we consider to be abuses within Scientology. More importantly, however, we are solid, law-abiding, tax-paying citizens of Los Angeles. We have a successful fine-art dealership and we live in a lovely home in a respected neighborhood.

By any objective measure, we should be of no concern to our local authorities. We obey the law and want to be left in peace. To our distress, the Scientologists are wasting the time and resources of local law enforcement personnel with completely false reports of illegal activity at our home. We receive unexpected, unnerving visits from inspectors, who find absolutely nothing wrong and that their time has been wasted. We want to stress that these officials have behaved politely and sympathetically in their dealings with us, and we do not blame them for being misused by the Scientologists.

As strange as it sounds, Scientology operatives have gone door-to-door in our neighborhood, asking our neighbors if they are aware of any illegal or immoral activity going on at our home. This ploy has failed because our neighbors know that we are good people, and that these inquiries are so sleazy. Having failed to dig up any “dirt” on us, the Scientologists have begun making completely false reports to our local agencies such as:

— A false report to the Los Angeles City Clerk’s office, accusing us of operating an illegal “boarding house.” We live in a nice, single-family home. We do not have boarders or operate a boarding house. This would be no different than if you were accused of such a thing.

— A false report to the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, claiming that our home is infested with vermin and filled with animal droppings — rats scurrying around our house, and pet birds depositing their waste everywhere! Aside from being false, this allegation is embarrassing and insulting.

— A false report to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles, alleging mistreatment of our valuable exotic birds. As the uniformed officer saw, our birds are cherished pets kept in excellent conditions.

As citizens, and as the innocent victims of these malicious reports, we are outraged at the Scientologists’ misuse of our local government. Of course, you will ask how we know that these reports came from Scientology operatives. The easiest proof is to compare the false report with the following “attack website” sponsored by the Church of Scientology:

Sadly, these are all classic Scientology harassment tactics that waste taxpayer dollars and the time of City and County employees.

We are most anxious to put an end to his harassment and we are fully prepared to cooperate with our offices and participate in any way in the investigation of this matter.

We would be most appreciative if you could notify your various City and County departments with law enforcement obligations that complaints received concerning either of us, Karen de la Carriere or Jeffrey Augustine, or our residence at 1935 N. Serrano Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027, are suspect and may be part of a pattern and practice of harassment fostered by the Church of Scientology. Anything you can do to help us would be appreciated.

MarcClaireHeadleyMarc and Claire Headley

The Headleys left Scientology in 2005, then sued the church unsuccessfully. Marc described their experiences working at Scientology’s International Base in his 2009 book, Blown for Good. Last October, we showed that Scientology’s private eyes were photographing the Headley home and tried to make the case (on an anonymous smear site) that they were spending lavishly on a new roof. (Actually, hail damage to their roof was covered in their homeowner’s policy.)

Such surveillance quieted down, but then, just recently, it picked up again. Marc and Claire noticed more “drive-bys” in their cul-de-sac as men in cars came by to look at their house.

Then, on July 19, with Marc out of town on a job, Claire and her three boys joined other former church members Cindy Plahuta and Chrissie Weightman and a couple of other moms with their young kids for a trip to Tiny Town.

In Morrison, Colorado, the attraction features a miniature village. And a fun time was had by all. At the end of the little town, there’s a playground with some picnic tables, Claire tells us. The kids frolicked as the moms relaxed. Then, something strange happened, Claire says.

“Chrissie and I were facing the road. And we thought, wow, weird. There was a minivan, driving along at normal speed, but its side door was wide open. And there were these two middle-aged, large people inside, one with a professional-looking camera with a big lens aimed at us, taking pictures,” she says.

She looked around, wondering what the camera was aimed at, but behind them was just playground. The photographer seemed to be focused on them and the kids. “As we looked at them, they shut the door and took off.”

As unusual as the incident was, Claire says it was also depressingly familiar.

“It really pisses me off that they do this when I’m with my kids and Marc is out of town. They’ve done it so many times,” she says. “It’s just utterly pathetic. We’ve been gone eight years, and they will not leave us alone.”

“They always do this when I’m out of town,” Marc says. “There’s no intelligence-gathering going on at Tiny Town. This is obviously an attempt to intimidate. But it’s comedy at this point. They’re spending money and time, and they’re showing how desperate they are right now.”

MikeRinderChristieCollbranMike Rinder and Christie Collbran

Meanwhile, in Florida, Scientology’s former top spokesman has seen a sudden surge in surveillance by private investigators. But Mike Rinder also has been targeted by his own daughter.

At an anonymous smear site, “Who Is Mike Rinder?” a statement recently appeared written as an open letter to Rinder from his daughter, Taryn. Like other former Scientologists, when Rinder defected, his family was ripped apart by the church’s policy of “disconnection.” Taryn chose to remain in the church and cut off all ties with her father.

Now, Taryn has been convinced to write a letter: “As your daughter I naturally would rather not be writing this. But I have no choice given your continued actions against the Church you and my mother raised me in,” it begins. It then feigns concern for Rinder’s new family (he recently married Christie Collbran, who has a son from a previous relationship, and Mike and Christie have a toddler).

The letter is a gut-wrenching mixture of false concern and accusations that Rinder was a bad father. But it lacks any specifics — except for Taryn’s repeated claim that Rinder drove too fast at times, endangering the family.

Seriously, that’s the worst that she alleges. The document is both pathetically weak and devastatingly cruel at the same time.

We asked Rinder about the increased attacks he’s experienced in recent days…

The attempted intimidation tactics have ratcheted up over the last few weeks.

“Anonymous” hate mail (that then shows up on the hate sites the church now admits they provide content for). Private investigators back in force to follow us everywhere. Visits to people who have had the temerity to “associate” with me, making veiled threats that it is not going to be good for them. Serving Christie with a subpoena to produce documents and appear as a witness in the Garcia case.

It’s just the normal knee-jerk that happens when David Miscavige blows a gasket about the “attacks” on him and demands that “something be done to make their life as miserable as you are making mine by failing to handle them.” And as a result, RTC [the Religious Technology Center, Scientology’s controlling entity] and OSA [the Office of Special Affairs, Scientology’s spy wing] swing into action with ill-considered acts that will ultimately blow up in their faces. Miscavige has ridden on celebrity coattails for years. It is driving him insane that it is now celebrity mud that is hitting him in the face every day and he is powerless to stop it.

I think there is another point of note here — how is it that after disconnecting are they “communicating” to me? Only when it seems to serve the purpose of the church to be able to use for a smear. It’s the random application of this stuff that is bizarre. Tom Cruise’s kids are still connected to Nicole Kidman…. But people are being declared for refusal to disconnect from their own children who remain “friends” with people who are friends with “SP’s”…..

We are tracking other examples of retaliation going on around the country. We’ll let you know what else we can about them. And of course, if Karin Pouw gets back to us, we’ll let you know.


Karen de la Carriere Gives David Miscavige More Reason to Harass Her

Karen de la Carriere, J. Swift, and Angry Gay Pope have really outdone themselves this time as they take us into the world of Scientology nuttiness.



Posted by Tony Ortega on August 1, 2013 at 07:00

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  • Jean

    The irony of the Church of Scientology applying its “fair game” tactics in full view of the media and the internet, is that any victims of the their “fair gaming” merely need to point their friends and family to the the media and the internet for a comprehensive explanation of what is happening. Which ends up being another footbullet for Miscavige.

  • Captain Howdy

    I’d say we took care of business today.

    • WhereIsSHE

      love your Flipper presence!!

      • Captain Howdy

        I was looking at yesterdays comments and much to my amazement I discovered you’re a Flipper fan.

        I’m from Frisco and Flipper is one of my all time favs, Me and my wife knew them well and my wife was name fagged in one of their songs. Greatest live band of all time.

        • WhereIsSHE

          Lucky Duck.
          I was here in Philly. We had a pretty decent all-ages scene.
          The basement of “KDU” (WKDU), the basements of some pretty cool churches… the basement of some guy in West Phillly…Abe’s Steaks… the Opera House (or whatever it was really called).
          F.O.D., T.S.O.L., the Dead Milkmen… Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Circle Jerks..
          Black Flag, DK, FLIPPER, Feederz..Husker Du (who f-ing broke up in a parking lot in Philly BEFORE the show)…

          Generic Flipper was one of my favorite albums when I was in highschool. I quoted them on my yearbook page (went to a very small school- got our own entire page).
          Others quoted Emerson… and Thoreau…
          Mine was: “Life is the Only Thing Worth Living For.” Flipper
          (left out the part about, “I, too, have sung death’s praises….But ..I’m..not… gonna sing that song anymore, cause…I’ve…found… out what living is all about…”)

          • Captain Howdy

            You’re my hardcore lawyer..yippee!

  • TonyOrtega


    • Douglas D. Douglas


    • sugarplumfairy

      mmm.. Now I’m hungry..

    • Captain Howdy

      I’ll keep clam as long as you’re buying.

      • Sherbet

        Meet you there in 20 minutes, Howdy. (Oh, OK, not really.)

        • Captain Howdy

          Afterwards we can go to The Cove.

    • DodoTheLaser



      • Bella Legosi

        Been waiting to pull this out! Everytime I hear this song, I DO think of my show!

  • Larry Moore

    Off topic…..but I just had a thought I wanted to share (with you) ……

    …In a thousand years from today when scientology is dead and gone, as are you and I, no one ‘then’ will resent its appearance of today. Any more than we today resent (or even question) the appearance of dinosaurs on earth eons ago.

    Now if you think from the point of view of being a human you will miss the point. And if not, you will not.



    ps: no wonder Buddha is always smiling…. (at some deep level in You)….

    carry on…..

    • Captain Howdy

      You honestly think civilization will be around a thousand years from now the way things are going ecologically? Try a hundred or less.

    • Artoo45

      Word salad. Your point is . . . What?

  • Proud to be an SP

    Did you see this?–director-Paul-Haggis-comes-support.html ‘Everything that’s taboo will be in it:’ Leah Remini to pen Scientology memoir… as director Paul Haggis comes out in support

    • Robert Eckert

      Yes we saw it. Earlier there was a confused report by “Enty” that Tony is writing a book with Leah, which Tony said was “news to him” and must simply have been a misunderstanding from the fact that Tony is indeed writing a book; this Daily Fail might be a second-order misunderstanding if their reporters read “Enty”.

      • Proud to be an SP

        Thank you, I need to get caught up! I’m afraid I have been working not lurking…

        • Robert Eckert

          I couldn’t even tell you which thread of 500+ comments the info is buried in.

      • ThetaBara

        It is also possible that the Fail is indulging in MSU tech (Making Shit Up) because that People story has been covered elsewhere and I am sure that if Leah had said she was writing a book, it would have been mentioned last week when People initially ran it (and Celebitchy for sure would have been all over it – they have no love for the scilons).

    • ThetaBara

      I just popped over to the People item that the DF lifted all its quotes from and there is nothing about writing a book. It’s either sloppy reporting or made up out of whole cloth.

  • DodoTheLaser

    Thank you Tony for your continuous, courageous objective reporting!
    It means so much to me and many, many others! It is a public service.
    And public will always support you for that. I know I will.

    Thank you Mike Rinder for your thoughtful comment and for what you do!
    I read your blog daily and appreciate you keeping your readers up to date.

    Marc, Claire, Karen, J.Swift and everyone’s significant other who’s always there for you

    to provide a comfort – thank you so much! I admire you all! Each of you are a star!

    Thank you Scott Pilutik for all you do.

    Everyone be safe and feel loved.

    Happy Friday!

  • DodoTheLaser

    Mike Rinder’s comment got 294 up votes and 1 down vote in 20 hours.
    I haven’t seen anything like that on the fringes of the internet, ever.
    Most of them are guests. Is something brewing?

  • dbloch7986

    Down voting Scientologists… A picture is truly worth a thousand words.

    • Bleuler

      Downvote-confronting is a surefire way to vertical expansion.

  • Simon

    Ariel Castro detained, beat, tortured and psychologically manipulated innocent people for over a decade. During his rambling and bizarre court statement before sentencing, he said he was a good person and blamed everyone else except himself for what had happened.

    Damn, the Sciloons missed a trick not recruiting that guy.

  • DodoTheLaser
  • chuckbeattyexseaorg75to03

    Brilliantly spoof humor by Karen and Jay Swift, and normal citizen translation by Angry Gay Pope.

    This is great topical history of what top paying Scientologists say to one another, showing the parameters of “good” top Scientologist behavior,

    It’s like a in house TV spoof show!

    Just hilarious, and this is history entertainment!

    GREAT work!

  • chuckbeattyexseaorg75to03

    Mike Rinder I’m so glad he’s non-plussed and takes Scientology’s fair gaming kind of reminds me of Rodney Dangerfield’s reaction to bad things that happen.

    I a couple of years ago, when John Connoly (who Marty Rathbun exposed as working as an info source for OSA) was pumping me for info, I asked John about the actual parameters of what the PIs were doing to Tisiano Lugli, the car chase stuff in Hollywood, when John Brousseau escaped.

    John Connolly even said that PIs normally will NOT cross the lines too much into illegal stuff.

    I asked a local PI here in Pittsburgh, for their professional opinion of just how illegal PIs will go, like into breaking and entering, and got that PIs will still do “B & E”, but my guess is the PIs sort of will do one thing, and then say another, even to their OSA “handler” people.

    Meaning the PIs fib on just how much “fair gaming” they do, just to pump up how much they do, just to please Miscavige.

    I wish we had some PIs who done the Sci-No fair gaiming work, and they tell us more.

    I’m sure, like all walks of life, the PIs are varying degrees of personalities, and go to different lengths of lying about what they do, and fibbing to their clients about their great deeds that suit what their clients wish to hear.

    As well as some really bad illegal stuff, but stuff that they know they can get away with, since they as former police officers that many of them are, they know the further lines they are not supposed to cross, otherwise the police will get on their cases for what they do in their PI work for the money bags OSA “handler” people trying to please Miscavige’s sense of adequate amount of fair gaiming against these Scientology “enemies.”

    It’s a sub industry, all these years, from the Guardian’s Office days, to now, this PI work for Scientology, to satisfy the fair gaming polices of L. Ron Hubbard!

    it should get it’s own chapter or book, and I wish a retired PI would write of this, or a journalist would look all the way more deeper into this PI sub niche world of working for Scientology’s OSA “handlers” over the past couple decades!

    Mike Rinder’s YouTube videos of Mike checking out the bird feeder with the camera in it, at the end of Mike’s block; and Mike’s following the PI who was paying the garbage truck man for Mike’s bags of trash, which Mike caught on video, are priceless video justice videos for all time PI work in line with Scientology’s OSA’s fair gaming that still goes on!

  • Larry Moore

    When the love of integrity (and truth) is greater than the fear of embarrassment (and attack), one leaves practicing the theory of scientology. Period. It’s been that way since the 1950’s and remains that way to this day.

    Sure, the church has every confession of every ‘parishoner’, (read that ‘human’) that ‘every scientologist’ has ever made. Which of course every scientoloist ‘is required’ to make. And they ‘scientology’ (called a church) use it. And they have been using it for years (google tony ortega dot org for education). That’s part of their power. Hubbard taught it. And lived it (until he died in hiding, with drugs in his blood, afraid to face what he created in the world). Google L. Ron Hubbard’s life and or lies and or death for clarity (for your own sake).

    L. Ron Hubbard was certifiably insane. Read up and come to your own conclusions. Only scientologists disagree. As they have to and must disagree. Imagine someone having audio tapes and video tapes of ‘you’ confessing all of your deepest & darkest secrets throughout your whole life. Every single one. Well that is exactly what the so called ‘church’ of scientology has. And they use it baby. Evil parading itself as Good.

    Bottom line, Leah is a Spiritual Giant. And ditto her family and friends.

  • jinx46

    I am a fascinated “lurker”. I became intrigued during
    the Tom / Katie debacle and began googling and researching Scientology.
    I wanted to understand how intelligent people could so easily succumb
    to a cult. As I did my research I learned of Dianetics and was FLOORED
    to realize that I actually walked through the doors of the cult. When I
    was 18 I received an offer for a free personality test.I had never even
    heard of Scientology. Must have been a mailer. Being extremely insecure
    and lacking ANY sense of self worth I wanted to learn “how to be happy”.
    I went to my appointment and completed the test and remember being so
    distraught with my results and the fact that I could not in fact
    continue on the path to happiness because I had no job, no money and no
    credit card. To realize now that it was merely a recruiting station for a
    cult completely unnerves me! And I realized that I was a prime
    candidate for recruitment, having been so shy and lacking in confidence.
    No money = bullet DODGED! Thank you for everyone who is working to
    expose this sham! I could have easily been a victim as you were.

  • TheObnox

    I hate to admit this, but I would love to own an orange e-meter as exhibit A in an impromptu museum of human idiocy. It’s very attractive and oddly hilarious. Alas, I don’t have $20,000, but I haven’t yet sold my soul, and it’s only slightly used.

  • MominAmarillo

    I think you should “monetize the hate.” Several years ago, dooce did it. She put every vile, stupid and hilariously funny message her detractors sent to her on a page with about 100 blinking ads. I clicked EVERY ad just to keep her posting them. I KNOW I wasn’t the only one. LOL

  • kickingit101

    I started a hashtag on twitter to show support for Leah since they are threatening to release her secrets. I am encouraging her fans and true friends to share one of their own. The hashtag is #tellmysecret. I also tweeted to Leah my story about having my faith shook at the core and my decision to turn my back on the Catholic Church so she could see she is not alone. Please join in and spread the word.

  • Eddie Vroom

    “Is David Miscavige responding to Remini’s bombshell defection by targeting easier prey?”

    It does seem to be a pattern. This is essentially what brought about Scientology vs. Internet in the first place.

    This may be a good time to see over 9000 cavalry coming over the hill.

    • Bella Legosi

      IS that Bruce Campbell dawning Guy Fawkes make up??????
      πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      That man is a B-movie and TV legend!

  • Nancy Dan

    How can they call it a religion if you have to ‘escape’ to get away ? Why are the members ‘forced’ to follow their strict rules ? Even at the cost of some of their lives ? I know there are other cults and sick people out there that love the ‘control’. It’s a shame there are so many sheep that will follow just about anyone or anything….

    It is heartening to know there are people out there fighting to shut them down.

  • chara

    mark and Claire have been blogging and making claims that I some sort of OSA (whatver that means) they repeatedly make UNFOUNDED claims that I am in some way affiliate with COS. they insist I am connected and yet have ZERO proof. I am involved in NO organized religion. I am still waiting to see proof I am in even the most tiniest of ways involved in the scientology church.. they blog and smear and post fake Twitter pages I DID NOT OWN. all because I despise Leah Remini . Ive had a falling out with her via DM in twitter over 2 yrs ago. I don’t care if she left church or didn’t. shes a mean hateful bully who during her COS times hurt a young grieving mother very badly..hence my disdain for her. so please back your bogus claims about me up wth documentation of my so called connection to COS..oh that cant happen..there is NONE Sheila marie