I was looking through old scientology shows and came across this one from 2010.
I had not watched it in many years, but found it fascinating.
Obviously, my views about scientology have changed.
But I have a much greater appreciation for the show now having worked on 3 seasons of Scientology and The Aftermath. This is a terrific piece of investigative reporting and a finely crafted show that contains a LOT of information.
John Sweeney and his brilliant producer Sarah Mole did a masterful job of putting this together. They battled with the legal constraints imposed on them by the BBC and were unable to include things they had wanted to appear (most notably David Miscavige beatings), but all-in-all this a damning indictment of scientology.
I count both John and Sarah as valued friends to this day. Frankly, even when working with them on the first show in 2007 when I was still representing scientology, I secretly enjoyed their sense of humor and self-deprecating good nature. This might surprise some given John’s “exploding tomato” moment, but as you will see that was deliberately created. When not being provoked he is a polite and very British gentleman. Sarah is one of the nicest people I have ever met.
Take some time to watch this. If you haven’t seen it, you are in for a treat. If you have, it bears watching again. And as you do, think about the fact that scientology’s activities are brought to you by your tax dollars.