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The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 6: The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

 There have been many startling disclosures about what actually happens inside Scientology over the years. But one of the results of several former top Sea Org officials coming forward around the year 2009 — people like Mike Rinder, Marc and Claire Headley, and Tom Devocht, for example — was the greater appreciation we all gained []


The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 7: The litigators

[David Miscavige knows he can count on attorneys like Bert Deixler]

We still consider it one of the most revolting things an attorney has done in the service of the Church of []

The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 8: The ghost private eyes

 One of the hallmarks of Scientology harassment is the “noisy” nature of it. Usually, when you’re the target of a Scientology “Fair Game” campaign (and your proprietor can confirm this from personal experience) you know very well that it’s happening. Scientology wants you to know that your friends and family are being called and visited []

The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 9: The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office

 Where is []

The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 10: Political shills

[Ideal shills: Karen Bass, Brad Sherman, and Charlie Rangel]

No US politician has ever paid a price for speaking at a Scientology event like Karen Bass did this []

The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 11: Gary Soter

[Soter is always the tall one in a Scientology lawyer scrum]

Calabasas, California attorney Gary Soter has turned up numerous times in our stories as a legal water carrier for Scientology. We couldn’t help picking him out in the New Braunfels, Texas courtroom when he was the tallest attorney in the room, towering over the rest []

The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 12: The city of Clearwater, Florida

 It was one of the most popular scenes from Leah Remini’s three seasons of ‘Scientology and the Aftermath’ on the A&E network. She and Mike Rinder had accompanied Mark Bunker to a small park owned by the Church of Scientology in the downtown of Clearwater, Florida. []

The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 13: Google and other tech titans

 On September 6, 2014 — six years ago, an eternity in Internet time — Sea Org lifer Brandy Harrison, the “Building Expansion Director Int,” got up in front of a crowd of Scientologists in the San Fernando Valley who had paid $100 each to be there and told them that their church had already received []

The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 14: The Los Angeles Times

 What happened to the Los Angeles Times?

That’s a question we’ve asked ourselves often in recent years as we’ve watched what was once one of the best investigators of Scientology’s controversies become almost completely incurious about stories unfolding right in the newspaper’s own []

The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 15: Jeffrey Riffer

 In 2011 we spent the month of August counting down a list of the “Top 25 People Crippling Scientology.” Nine years later, Scientology is still hurting, but church leader David Miscavige learned long ago that paid membership was only one resource that kept him in business. He also relies on a small army of enablers, []