I mentioned in my post on Sunday that I would let Leah respond to the latest bs about her from Ed Parkin. He should know by now not to poke the bear. Here is what Leah has to say. As only Leah can say it.
Scientology uses a practice called Fair Game, these are directives and activities that seek to discredit and destroy anyone and anything Scientology considers a threat to their vile, illegal, and criminal practices.
The practice of Fair Game by Scientology, its employees and parishioners is nothing new. It has gone on for decades.
Here are some of the “Operations” carried out by the Church Of Scientology’s Guardians Office, (now renamed The Office Of Special Affairs — OSA) available on Wikipedia.
List of Guardains’ Office Operations
Scientology practiced and executed Fair Game activities on me, on Mike, on A&E and all our contributors on The Aftermath, as it has done to journalists, government agencies, the creators of South Park, HBO, Time magazine and many others. The list is endless, and the list of targets will go on.
Here is one example headline of Scientology’s Fair Game on Alex Gibney after his Going Clear documentary on HBO.
Scientology Creates Twitter Account to Discredit New Movie
On top of these organized attacks on Alex Gibney, HBO and Lawrence Wright, Scientology also coordinated attack websites on EVERY person who has spoken out against Scientology or simply just told their story, or simply asked the wrong question.
They have taken to social media with these Twitter Accounts. It is reported over 70 million fake Twitter accounts have been deleted since May in Twitter’s crackdown. As the fake accounts come down, Taryn Teutsch, Ed Parkin, and Scientology Stand league accounts have not even been addressed by Twitter. See Tony Ortega’s article here.
These are some of their accounts:
They took a break from targeting Mike and me (as they so proudly boasted on their social media accounts) when we wrapped The Aftermath claiming they were the reason the show ended. They were not. But this of course sends a message to Scientologists that Fair Game practices work. They kept the websites they created for me up here and here.
And for Mike, here and here and his daughter has created a false narrative for herself directed by Scientology here.
Here is the real story on Mike’s blog, Tony Ortega’s Underground Bunker and Jeffrey Augustine’s blog.
And yet, Taryn continues to show up to Denim Day events pretending to be an advocate for her mother. Both are employees of Scientology. Scientology will go this far in attempting to discredit Mike. But lying that your mother was a victim of abuse is beyond my comprehension.
Mike and I now have a podcast called Scientology: Fair Game where we finally get to fully expose the activities carried out by scientology employees (Sea Org members who work full time and live in church facilities and sign a billion year contract), their operatives and handpicked civilian Scientologists who are approved to bully, attack and attempt to silence those who are speaking out about the truth of Scientology.
Recently, Edward Parkin tweeted a photo of me. Here is the headline and picture from director of the Scientology Stand league
Ed Parkin, STAND LEAGUE director, and self-proclaimed “reverend” tweets out from his verified Twitter Account… @EPStandLeague
King of Queens actress LEAH REMINI has packed on some extra pounds!”
Hate doesn’t wear well.
Ed Parkin claims to be a “minister” of scientology. He gathers together other fringe religious leaders under the guise of promoting “religious freedom” but really only uses them to try to give himself and his organization some credibility.
And this was then tweeted by another Scientology employee: @epdirectorstand — a female:
Whether it is me yesterday, me doctored, me from 16 years ago, isn’t relevant and if I take the bait, it will be giving Scientology exactly what they want; for me not to focus on the true intention for doing so. They are bullies and this is just the lowest form of bullying: Body Shaming.
“Appearance bullying is the most common kind of bullying”
Here is an article from Psychology Today on the subject: Be Ashamed Body Shaming.
And this is an article from Healthline “Body Shaming in an Age of Social Media” that quotes Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer:
“Body shaming is humiliating, with often painful, long-term consequences,” he said. “It mocks and stigmatizes its victims, tearing down self-respect and perpetuating the harmful idea that our unique physical appearances should be compared to air-brushed notions of ‘perfect.’ What really matters is our character and humanity.
While body shaming, in itself, is not a crime, there are circumstances in which invading one’s privacy to accomplish it can be. And we shouldn’t tolerate that.”
You see the purpose of Fair Game is to bully, intimidate and ultimately destroy anyone who is speaking out against Scientology. They would love it, if from the many years of Fair Gaming, I would just commit suicide or die from a car accident or illness. Scientology does not believe their enemies deserve to live. They believe (because this is taught to them in Scientology) that we, those who expose Scientology abuses, are the truest evil of the world, and if we didn’t exist, the world would be a much better place
If this were a picture taken by a National Enquirer type to just sell magazines, or just a person putting such a picture up with that headline, fine. We get the purpose of why it would be printed, to sell magazines and if it was was just a person on Twitter, it would just lead me to think the person was an asshole with low self-esteem who wanted my attention or more followers.
But this isn’t either.
This tweet is sent out with the purpose of trying to drive me insane, to “get me”, to ridicule me, to tear me down, for me to know that they are following me daily and have been, (tax exempt money by the way) all in an effort to cause me to do things where I couldn’t make a living, and would have no means to speak about the abusive practices of Scientology.
Ed Parkin is a Sea Org member who works in OSA International. OSA stands for The Office Of Special Affairs and that is the department of Scientology that is dedicated to going after and destroying the lives of those who speak out.
He has been a low-level “PR” person for many years. He was at one time Heber Jentzsch’s administrative assistant. Heber was the former president of Scientology who has not been seen in public in many years.
Edward Parkin is now the head of STAND (“Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination”) which is an OSA propaganda front group that presents itself as champions of free speech and religious freedom — but that is simply window-dressing to try to give legitimacy to its REAL purpose which is to be an outlet to “Dead Agent” (Dead Agent: Used as a verb, “dead agenting” is described by Hubbard as a technique for countering negative accusations against Scientology by diverting the critical statements and making counter-accusations against the accuser; in other words, to “attack the attacker”) and destroy “enemies” of scientology.
Parkin reports to the Public Relations Aide OSA International (presumably still Karin Pouw — the official “spokesperson” for scientology who is never seen by anyone).
Edward Parkin has no latitude to speak without approval. He cannot post on Twitter without clearing his Tweets first. No doubt, many of them are written for him and are simply put out in his name (like the statements from Karin Pouw). His sole job is to do anything he can to destroy “enemies” of scientology.
Tweeting an unflattering picture of me, does not destroy my life, in any way. But it should at the very least grab the attention of Twitter and Instagram who have allowed this account and dozens of Stand League accounts to post thousands of hate filled tweets about me and all of us speaking out. We have on several occasions sent packets of twitter violations to the twitter legal department via mail and have reported these tweets daily. Twitter has not even responded.
Ed Parkin is even verified by twitter. He is listed as: @EPStandLeague with a blue check mark.
This implies Ed Parkin is what he says he is. That he is there as a representative of Scientology’s right to defend of freedom of speech freedom of religion, and that it is an organization that defends human rights, fights for human rights. But really this is just a front group pretending to appear as something benign. And that is why Scientology sprinkles their Dead Agenting with a few tweets about real issues and real organizations, only to throw you all off the scent of their real purpose and the real purpose of OSA: To stalk, to harass, embarrass, discredit, and destroy anyone who exercises their first amendment rights against Scientology.
Why this is this so troubling to me?
Other than the obvious, this particular tweet of childlike vitriol coming from Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs and the director of the Stand League is an attempt to not only body shame me, but the many like me who do deal with body issues. I wish I could say this is all they have done. This is just their most recent attempt to harass me, following the Fair Game doctrine of L. Ron Hubbard.
Scientology Fair Game Policy Confidential Public Relations Series 24 of 30 May 1974 Handling Hostile Contacts/Dead Agenting contains this quote from L. Ron Hubbard:
“If there will be a long-term threat, you are to immediately evaluate and originate a black PR campaign to destroy the person’s repute and to discredit them so thoroughly that they will be ostracized.”
Scientology is so out of touch, they believe that if I am exposed for being fat, I will somehow be thrown out of this business. They are following the directive to ostracize me, sending out the “Bat signal” to other Scientologists who are also Stand league operatives to do the same.
I have worked in this world that sees a size 6 as obese. That is this business. I have struggled with my weight most of my life, but it is exacerbated by an unhealthy standard. Most female entertainers are held to a standard that is just not normal. And yet, we try to achieve it. We have been shamed for being “normal” and “healthy.” And then try to achieve an unhealthy, skinnier weight to be accepted.
I have been on every diet known to man throughout my career, I have resorted to taking diet pills that made me angry and violent, but I did not care. I did not want to be called fat anymore. I didn’t leave my house at times in fear that a well-intentioned fan would get an unflattering (but accurate) picture of me and post it, or a paparazzi would capture me in a way that would cause an outpouring of negative comments. I have taken anti-anxiety meds just to get to sleep when this has happened to me over my career.
But times have changed, and body shaming is not looked upon kindly today. It leads people to depression, to drink, to do drugs to go to extreme measures to “fix” what magazines have written about them. For some, it is debilitating. It has led to depression and attempted suicide and sadly, people taking their own lives.
I am 50 years old, it’s not so easy to keep the weight off anymore. Sure I have issues with my body and as I get older, it’s harder to maintain, but I simply refuse to focus on it as I did when I was younger. I am more focused on the well-being of my daughter as she gets older, and I am more focused on doing the work that I love and being a better person and trying to do my small part in making the world a better place. And thankfully I have a husband who loves me “thick.” But it wouldn’t matter if he didn’t. My body is my body. Period.
I have a 16-year-old daughter who struggles with her weight. She, unlike me, is growing up with Instagram, fake asses, fake waistlines, fake everything and this generation is dealing with some serious issues as how they see themselves.
What message does this send to my daughter, young women, older women who see this, post? Coming from an organization calling itself a church…. It says a lot that that leads to nothing good, which is Scientology’s purpose in doing so.
People ask me what they can do. This is something you can do. It is unacceptable for these accounts to be verified by Twitter, accounts that exist to bully and harass. These websites and social media accounts smear and attempt to silence former Scientologists who were molested, raped, and abused. These accounts exist solely to bully and silence those who bravely speak out and to discourage any further victims from coming forward. As if it isn’t enough that they were raped, molested and abused and received no retribution for it, they spoke. And continue to speak. To have a 3-billion-dollar cult with unlimited funds and resources go after them day in and day out with intent to harm, is unspeakable under any circumstances. Let alone coming from an organization calling itself a church, with tax exemption.
If you ever want to see the scope of the millions of dollars they put into smearing people, pick a name of someone who has spoken out and look it up. Scientology’s accounts are usually “who is…” (fill in the name) dot com. This on top of the millions they spend on Private Investigators. This is NOT what tax exempt funds should be spent on, and yet they have been getting away it.
They are doing this today with the Danny Masterson victims, they are doing this with those who spoke out about being molested by Scientologists, they have done this with those who were beaten by the hands of church leader David Miscavige. And they will continue to do it if they continue to have the platform to do it
When you are an enemy to Scientology, you are labeled an SP. An SP is Suppressive Person. And SP’s to Scientology and Scientologists are to be destroyed by Scientology.
Here is what Hubbard wrote:
“SP Order: Fair Game. May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without discipline to of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued, or lied to or destroyed.”
This means Scientology, its employees and practitioners can DO anything to an SP and not get in trouble. That could and has included, bullying, stalking, destroying evidence, making up evidence and lying to authorities to protect Scientology.
Here is another Scientology Fair Game directive. It reads:
RIGHTS OF A SUPPRESSIVE PERSON OR GROUP
A truly Suppressive Person or group has no rights of any kind and any actions taken against them are not punishable.
Once again, in the world of Scientology, anything can and should be done to silence those speaking out as they believe SP’s have no rights.
In addition to the social media bullying, Scientology uses their hate-filled Freedom Magazine to bully those who have spoken out.
This cover is a depiction of all former Scientologist whistleblowers who were brave enough to speak to the media and authorities and reported the physical abuse they experienced at the hands of David Miscavige:
But their Fair Gaming, does not end with former Scientologist. They also Fair Gamed Anderson Cooper by dedicating a Freedom cover to him as well as giving him his own website on their “Freedom Media Ethics” website. Why? Anderson Cooper did a 5-part series about the abuse members received at the Gold Base at the hands of David Miscavige.
And the Fair Gaming began:
“Scientologists Made An Anti-Anderson Cooper Mag And Handed It Out At CNN”
And here is an article in The Atlantic about going after reporters.
And when HBO greenlighted Alex Gibney’s Going Clear, Scientology launched their Fair Game campaign against him.
They even got civilian scientologists to cry religious bigotry:
These are just a few examples of the thousands of Fair Game tactics Scientology has employed over 5 decades.
Here are some more Scientology Fair Game directives (all quotes from L. Ron Hubbard) that you can expect Scientology and Scientologists to employ where they are suing you or you engage Scientology in the legal arena:
“The purpose of the suit is not harass and discourage rather than to win
“The law can be easily used to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly.”
And this is a secret document authored by Hubbard entitled Counter Attack Tactics. It is the bible of the Office of Special Affairs:
28 March 1972
COUNTER ATTACK TACTICS
PRINCIPLE: When PR and Legal find themselves engaged in handling attacks, Intelligence has failed.
SITUATION: Those who attack Scientology as proven by Oxford Capacity Analysis graphs, criminal or shady record, personal lives etc., are provenly suppressive. When such people, as is currently common, ascend into the heights of governments or public or private organizations, or the press, they are able to exert the fullest dramatization against anything which might benefit others and usually do.
Being suppressive (a kind word for insane) their aims are destructive.
This is not limited to their fancied enemies. They are
destructive to themselves and their own government or institution.
This is well known to us. But there IS a situation in it which has not been solved.
WHEN YOU THREATEN TO UPSET THINGS WITH A COUNTERATTACK THIS IS PLEASING TO SUCH PEOPLE AND THEY GO ON ATTACKING AS THEY WANT THEIR OWN GOVT OR INSTITUTION ACTIVITY ATTACKED.
In other words, one plays into their hands. They WANT riot and civil commotion.
Also, by the laws of insanity (see HCO B 29 Nov 70, C/S Series 22, PSYCHOSIS) they also want themselves destroyed.
This is also known as “being selected as somebody’s executioner.”
The more you attack, the more such people goad one.
This is the true principle behind Clausewitz’s “laws of war” in which attack gets counterattack.
Such people are suicidal.
Investigation discloses, for instance, that certain persons in the US govt continually alienate OPINION LEADERS so they attack the govt. Upward of 2000 army sergeants in Defense Intelligence were engaged in just this in recent years.
IRS picks a celebrity a year to attack and degrade “as an example”.
The powers that be sometimes remove such persons. Robinson, Minister of Health, Goodrich, former FDA chief amongst others were removed by other seniors at Scientology insistence but they themselves left on post would have gone on attacking harder and harder until the resulting counter-commotion had practically destroyed their agencies.
WHY: An attacker who is attacking out of his own dramatization will go on attacking until his government or agency is destroyed by the counterattack because he is generally destructive.
STATS: The UK attacks tapered off and successful recovery was begun when Robinson was removed. The FDA agency attack began to cool down when Goodrich was forced to resign. The AMA attack apparently continues via various channels and nobody has been removed.
IDEAL SCENE: (For Information Bureau) Attackers against Scientology located and removed from their positions of power so that Scientology can get on with it. And any threat of attack restrained, leaving Scientology a clear field.
- These persons can always lose their jobs. These jobs, permitting them power to destroy, are valuable to them. This is A POINT OF VULNERABILITY.
- If the person’s job is also not valuable to him or if he cannot be made to cost his job, something can be found which he is seeking to protect, and it can be threatened.
EVOLVED OPERATING PRINCIPLES:
A. COUNTER ATTACK TO OBTAIN THE REMOVAL OF THE PERSON with a product of DISMISSED ATTACKER.
B. If on test, A is not feasible, SURVEY TO FIND WHAT THE PERSON CONSIDERS VALUABLE AND USE IT FOR RESTRAINT.
C. AVOID WHERE POSSIBLE THE COMMOTION AND WASTED ENERGY OF PARALLELING AN ATTACKER’S OWN EVIL PURPOSE OF DESTROYING HIS OWN GOVT, AGENCY OR INSTITUTION AND INSTEAD DISCOVER THE ATTACKER AND OPERATE TO COST HIM HIS JOB.
D. Where A and C fail, use B.
(a) Wherever an attack is in progress (and even when being held off by counter-propaganda from PR or actions from Legal) at once swiftly draw up a precise program using Intelligence principles and cross filing to isolate the attacker.
(b) Identify the instigator.
(c) When identified or even suspected as the instigator, draw up a project which includes at least three channels to cost him his job.
(d) Draw up a second project at once to survey and discover what the person really is defending and threaten it effectively.
(e) Execute the projects rapidly.
(f) On achieving success inform PR so that PR can call off the PR counterattack and capitalize on any information gained if it does not expose Intelligence.
(g) Inform legal so Legal can replan and utilize the information also gained to mop up.
NOTE: Intelligence in these regards is not feeding PR and Legal as the only fruit of its endeavors. It is OPERATING INDEPENDENTLY of these two functions with ITS OWN PRODUCT: I.E. A DISMISSED ATTACKER or its secondary product: a totally restrained and muzzled attacker.
Note: A small unit operating with superior technology can triumph over the most gigantic but vulnerable enemy and render him pleasant.
And here are some more quotes from Hubbard:
A MANUAL ON THE DISSEMINATION OF MATERIAL, 1955
“If attacked on some vulnerable point by anyone or anything or any organization, always find or manufacture enough threat against them to cause them to sue for peace.”
HCO MANUAL OF JUSTICE, 1959
“When we need somebody haunted we investigate…When we investigate we do so noisily always.”
“People attack Scientology, I never forget it, always even the score. People attack auditors, or staff, or organisations, or me. I never forget until the slate is clear.”
Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 7 November 1962
“This is the correct procedure: Spot who is attacking us. Start investigating them promptly for felonies or worse using our own professionals, not outside agencies. Double curve our reply by saying we welcome an investigation of them. Start feeding lurid, blood sex crime actual evidence on the attackers to the press. Don’t ever tamely submit to an investigation of us. Make it rough, rough on attackers all the way.”
“We’re playing for blood, the stake is EARTH.”
HCO Policy Letter of 15 August 1960 Department of Government Affairs –
“If attacked on some vulnerable point by anyone… always find or manufacture enough threat against them to cause them to sue for peace. Don’t ever defend. Always attack”.
“Ability” magazine March 1955
This is correct procedure:
(1) Spot who is attacking us.
(2) Start investigating them promptly for FELONIES or worse…
(4) Start feeding lurid, blood, sex, crime actual evidence on the attackers to the press.
Make it rough, rough on attackers all the way. There has never been an attacker who was not reeking with crime.”
HCO Policy Letter 16 February 1969 Battle Tactics –
If you uniformly apply the tactics and strategy of battle to the rows we get into, press or legal or public confrontation, you will win.
If we and they are considered as two hostile and opposing nations at war, then a huge array of tactics and strategy become visible.
We must ourselves fight on a basis of total attrition of the enemy. Just go all the way in and obliterate him.
One cuts off enemy communications, funds, connections. He takes over enemy territory. He raids and harasses.
The only safe public opinion to head for is they love us and are in a frenzy of hate against the enemy, this means standard wartime propaganda is what one is doing…
You preserve the image or increase it of your own troops and degrade the image of the enemy to beast level.
Treat all skirmishes like wars.
People who leave the official Church of Scientology and start their own group that practices pure Scientology or an altered version of Scientology, are also labeled as Suppressive Persons and are viciously attacked as Fair Game targets.
HCO Executive Letter 27 September 1965 AMPRINISTICS –
Over the past 15 years we have seen a lot of groups splinter off from Scientology…
We call them “squirrels”…
They are each fair game, can be sued or harassed.
Any meeting held by them should be torn up. Harass these persons in any possible way.
Under freedom of religion, people have a right to practice the religion of their choice. They have a right to practice pure Scientology or to mix it with their own ideas, and they do not need sanction from any “official Church” to do so.
But the people who started their own Scientology group have been treated as Fair Game.
And finally, sworn testimony from two senior officials in David Miscavige’s organization (Religious Technology Center) who he banished for refusing to accept his authority:
Former Sea Org member Vicki Aznaran affidavit dated 27 January 1992
I, Vicki J. Aznaran, of Mesquite, Texas, do herewith depose and swear:
- That from the approximate dates of 1984 until 1987 I held the positions of President and Chairman of the Board of Directors in the Scientology organization called the Religious Technology Center (RTC) …
- That also, to my certain knowledge, David Miscavige conceived, planned and ordered the implementation of the basic strategic and tactical actions of the church against those whom he considered to be causing legal or public relations conflicts against any church or against his personal and absolute control of Scientology. He also ordered the allocation of and made available funding for the financing of these actions, which included the declaring of those whom he considered to be his “enemies’ as Suppressive Persons, the implementation of the policies known as “Fair Game” against these persons once so declared, the infiltration of private and governmental environments which he deemed hostile to his absolute control over Scientology, the organization of vigilante groups within the organizations of Scientology to be used against those individuals whom he deemed to be his enemies.
- That following Miscaviges’ orders, I transferred monies to Spain, and witnessed briefings by Miscavige …concerning covert operations taking place in Spain against former Scientologists…
- That during this same period and as part of these same operations, a plan was formulated to destroy the reform movement in europe by completely eliminating the leaders of this reform movement, William Robertson, John Caban and others, by any means possible.
- That additional orders were given to institute any action necessary including false denunciations, assaults by covert agents apparently in bad standing with the church, to infiltrate, offset and attack those leaders of the reform movement…
- That the policies known as “Fair Game” are, as described in the writings of L. Ron Hubbard, ethics policies, and other organizational policies are in fact continued as originally written by Hubbard, and that it is the purpose of the RTC to see that all of his policies are followed exactly as intended.
- That the organization known as the Guardian’s Office, while apparently abandoned, in fact was moved from the position as a separate organization or network, and incorporated within the organizational structure of Scientology, and all of the purposes and most of the Guardian personnel have remained the same.
Jesse Prince, another former RTC executive stated:
Under orders from Miscavige, he would order others to engage in illegal activities against perceived enemies of Scientology. These activities included, but are not limited to, wire-tapping, planting illegal drugs on enemies to set them up to be arrested, and destruction of documents that contained evidence of illegal activities. They also commonly went through parishioner’s confessional records looking for confessional material that could be used for blackmail or extortion. 1
1985 – A black operation was begun to physically attack witnesses for government litigation against the Church, and other “enemies.” The operatives had the code name “The Minutemen.”
In 1986, one such vigilante was sent to attack expelled Scientologist, Bent Corydon. A big man went to where Corydon was working, and failing to find Corydon, he beat up one of Corydon’s assistants. The assailant said – “Since Corydon is not here, you’ll do.” He then yelled “You are standing in the way of Ron’s bridge!” and proceeded to punch the assistant in the face and knock him around.
In addition, obscene and threatening phone calls were often made to Corydon’s wife.
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This is just to give you a small window into what Scientology has been engaged in for 5 decades.
Wendi Walton says
I cannot even begin to tell you how much respect I have for you, Leah and all those who speak out against Scientology. I watched Aftermath, read Going Clear, listened to your podcast and watched videos on the Scientology website. For them to profess to be a religious organization is the biggest farce. No credible religious organization uses Fair Game, private investigators and the other tactics they use to discredit those who disagree with their views. I have often wondered how those private investigators would feel if their families were followed and targeted by Scientology. Would the money they get paid really be worth it for their families to feel unsafe in their own home? I hope enough pressure is being placed on the government and IRS to make Scientology a thing of the past. The government should tax the heck out of them…with their money it could help to close the deficit!
Loosing my Religion says
Leah we love you. Eddy “the Gonzo” has to say what they say he has to say. A straw man. People must know why they should run away from the cult. Thank you.
Straight out of the Mafia’s Handbook — an operating guide for Mobsters and Hitmen.
You don’t even need to be a declared SP to be “tricked” – dozens of weekly phone calls from the CO$ requesting people to come in for a “Special Briefing” which then turns out to be yet another locked-door hard-core reging money extraction-fest. Miscavige “lies” to parishioners every time he opens his mouth at any given event gathering. The elderly are routinely “destroyed” (bankrupted) by the IAS. The CO$ “sues” those who have exposed their internal abuses citing breach of laughable confidentiality agreements.
No matter which way the deck is cut, the Church of Scientology is an organized crime syndicate operating under the pretense of a religion.
Leah, honey, Creepy Ed’s pathetic attempt at body shaming was so deluded that I can’t even. FIRST OF ALL – you don’t look fat at all in that photo. And while I think you look fabulous all the time, and I love seeing you all glammed up, I see nothing wrong with a photo of you, or any other celebrity, looking like a normal person sometimes. I am about your age and have struggled with my weight all my adult life as well. So I totally empathize with you. But, to most of us regular folks, you look fantastic ALL THE TIME, no matter what your weight or what you are wearing. And that’s because you are lovely on the inside and it radiates out of you!!
Wendi Walton says
Couldn’t agree more! I love Leah’s response to their bs too! They can body shame the heck out of her, but when she helps to shut them down, she’ll get the last laugh!
Leah Remini, you are beautiful inside and out. You always have been and now I see that you always will be. Back in the day I didn’t know you or anything about you but just from your pictures I always considered you the prettiest of all the female Scientology celebs, for whatever that’s worth to you. But you were and are so much better than being merely very pretty. You exude vitality and talent, warmth and humor, fearlessness, sincerity and truth. You’re all about truth. That’s what draws people in, that’s what makes you truly beautiful to people, that spontaneous, real-ness enfusing the physical attractiveness. Don’t let the bastards get you down. They’re trying to – oh, boy, are they going for the jugular, the Hollywood Jugular, attacking your looks, thinking they can shred your self esteem that way. What a joke. A joke on them. Its not going to work. You’ve got the looks, you’ve got the brains, you’ve got the heart. They’re UGLY inside and out. You are on the right side of truth and justice. They are not. Like the Picture of Dorian Grey they are doomed to becoming more and more ugly while you are going to get more and more beautiful. Sad for them, actually. They can’t fight you, and they know it. The game is over for them, and they know it. They just need to pretend they can in order to save face, but its over for them. It was over years ago when they lied to your face and abused your good will and trust. They know that. And now they’re in the unhappy position of having to mess with Brooklyn. They won’t win.
Jens TINGLEFF says
I was going to say that, but you said it earlier 🙂
The criminal organisation known as the “church” of $cientology wants to remake everyone in the image of L Ron Hubbard – certainly hideous on the inside, and the results on the outside are a little variable…
New cult will start soon says
Wow. What a great job.
As I am preparing to open up a new cult, I will use your knowledge to control and hypnotize my new followers and squeeze them into real knowing upper world beings. So called RKUWs.
Until this happens, I make a contract with the US government, that I get for every head, I pull off the streets and change him to an fanatic believer, some nice money.
I guarantee, that this folks will be 24 7 365 days completely absorbed in my writings, so that they cannot kill people whilst they are on the road to total cool excitements.
To Leah, That must have been exhausting to write and I appreciate your willingness to keep on fighting. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Peace to you and your family.
That photo of Leah isn’t bad at all. I don’t think she has ever had a bad photo.
The camera loves certain people and Leah Remini is definitely one of them. LRH, on the other hand…
Just a thought says
Yeah, body shaming is a really awful thing to do to someone… so I would really like you to be consistent in that.
On your post from July 26, 2020 ‘Let the Fair Gaming Begin (Again)’, you did a pretty great job of body shaming Eddie Parkin at the end there.
As nasty as Ed Parkin is, you cant decide to complain about appearance shaming and then appearance shame someone else.
It is not the first time you have been guilty of this.
It is just not right.
Weather Watcher says
Mike didn’t make any comments about Parkin’s physical appearence. In fact, the actor he compared photos to would be a compliment for old Ed. It’s ironic that Ed chooses to body shame someone who, at her supposed “worst” after having borne a child, is still far more attractive than he could ever hope to be. Is creepy Ed trying to make a statement about women who have given birth? What Ed is doing and what Mike is doing are two entirely different things. Ed is a disaster of stupidity and hatred, Mike is not.
Regarding body shaming, I noticed that in Hollywood women are discriminated against regarding what is and isn’t acceptable regarding looks and bodies. For example, Her costar on King of Queens was Kevin James who was always fat. No one in Hollywood teased him or commented about him being fat, yet women were expected to be super skinny like Leah is on that show. (weren’t we all skinny and good looking in our young days?) Men can be fat and bald and old looking in Hollywood and still get lots of jobs. Women not so much. So she is battling the Hollywood stereotype where, as Leah says, size 6 is considered obese, yet men walk with impunity on weight issues. Also if you are short, any weight can’t be distributed over a great distance like with tall people. So short people look fat even at lower weights than their taller counterparts.
Leah, we all love and respect you and the work you’re doing and you look fine to us.
Oh just thought of another: When a woman gets older and has grey hair, she is said to be frousy, frumpy, grey, old. When a man gets older and gets grey hair he is called “distinguished.”
“Creepy Ed” is punching around, trying to find ANYTHING he can say so as to carve away something of Leah Remini’s self esteem.
He has a tough row to hoe.
She’s a stunning woman – beautiful face, an amazing figure. She’s a talented and well esteemed actor and comedienne with the Emmys and Emmy nominations to prove it. She is a good writer in her own spontaneous, honest, very readable style with the best-selling book to prove it. She’s an activist who cares about justice, not only for herself and her family but for the many well-intentioned people who have suffered and been destroyed, financially and emotionally because of the Church of Scientology’s cruel policies – and she has the Emmy Award to show for THAT.
(The mind of Ed Parkin)
“Hmm…got my orders, gotta attack her, but for crying out loud, how? She’s good looking, talented, popular, respected and acknowledged by the industry with all these freakin’ Emmies…I’ve got nothing!..nothing at all…what the f**k am I gonna do…must comply though, must comply….wait, there might be something…looks like she might have put on a few pounds…hmmm…nah, that won’t fly, its no big deal, that won’t work, its kinda pathetic and could backfire, attacking her that way… forget it!…but then, ORDERS…oh, shit… gotta get SOMETHING up on the blog, FAST…well, here goes….What else can I do?
Seriously! is t
THIS the best you can do?
Sad for you.
We feel your pain.
The Gang At Mike’s.
Just a thought says
Wow… from the replies, this went in a completely different direction than my original comment intended.
Yes, Leah looks fine in that photo. Yes, Hollywood and the press treat women awfully compared to men.
Neither of those factors have anything to do with my comment.
And if, for one second, you didn’t know what Mike was trying to do in those comparison photos you are either lying or deluded.
All I was trying to say is that “What is good for the goose is good for the gander”.
Come on… I didn’t really think my comment was that complicated.
Don’t become like those you are criticising.
Yes, Ed looks like hell… probably with good reason. But to shame him on those looks and then to posit that ‘appearance shaming’ is bad? Well, that is just hypocritical at best and deliberately nasty at worst.
Great job Mike Rinder and Leah Remini!! We love the work you are doing exposing this evil destructive cult that destroys lives. Scientology is disguised as a religion therefore has no accountability to the laws of the land when it commits its daily crimes of fraud, money laundering, deceit, human trafficking, racketeering and extortion .
The World learned what Scientology really is due to your work. No one is going into these empty Orgs.
May this evil cult be shut down forever thanks to you both and all of the people that spoke out.
We love you Mike and Leah. Thank you for all you do.
As a never-in, I wonder how much of what is thrown at you in the Fair Gaming process is culled from one’s PC folders, as if something that might have bothered someone as a teen and revealed in session might be resurfacing years later in carefully crafted barbs based on those insecurities and forced confidences.
I also wonder if there aren’t written directives somewhere instructing Scientologists to do that.
Mike Rinder says
This is absolutely a “thing” in scientology. In fact, Hubbard laid out precisely how to do this in order to win a lawsuit filed by a woman named Goodrich. Finding “buttons” and insecurities is absolutely a way of controlling and intimidating “enemies.”
These Hubbard references are so welcome and the links to old GO Operations done, all on Wikipedia, all for interested researchers to see.
Hubbard’s writings are what even keeps OSA nasty branch alive today. If no such nasty writings from Hubbard, then no nasty OSA branch today.
And no controversies, and no backlash from the “Fair Game” Hubbard.
It all goes back to those still stuck carrying L. Ron Hubbard’s bad water.
Turmoil all created by Hubbard.
Hubbard’s words cause all this commotion.
If only the durned dupes still carrying Hubbard’s water would realize this, and skip out from team Xenu OSA Scientology and join real world people.
Quit team Hubbard’s bad script-followers.
I wish LInda Hamel would collect all her hottest paper files and drive over to the Federal Building and speak to some US Prosecutors and admit to any felonies, do any needed jail time, and bring down the walls of OSA and Miscavige’s behind the scenes criminal activities.
Or Lynn Farney do this, or Warren McShane do this.
Hey Mike, do you think Miscavige is reading your blog and the Underground Bunker daily, out of necessity? I bet he is. He’s not getting the full scene from his reports from McShane or Hamel that’s for sure.
I sure hope the Feds have some people onto nailing top OSA persons right now.
CYNTHIA HOLDEN says
First question : what does he think when he looks at himself in the mirror -does he see the pathetic feeble bully he is ? Second question : when will he – or anyone – post a photo of Shelley?
jim rowles says
Fantastic reply Ms. Remini.
You have 47X the intention of either Parkin or Miscavige.
You have 470X the presence and command of the space of either Parkin or Miscavige.
You have 4700X the emotions of either Pakin or Miscavige.
And you have 47000X the passion of either Parkin or Miscavige.
Your candidness about yourself is infinitely greater than that of Parkin or Miscavige.
In short you win by a double knockout 00.1 seconds into the first round.
Jeffrey Augustine says
Scientologist Danny Masterson being charged with three felony counts of rape is due, in part, to the tenacity of Leah Remini, Mike Rinder, and The Aftermath. Leah and Mike brought needed attention to the case of alleged serial rapist Danny Masterson and the ways in which the Church of Scientology, OSA, and David Miscavige tried to silence and destroy Masterson’s victims. There is now Fair Game revenge going on over this.
Ed Parkin and Taryn Teutsch have been assigned to “handle” Mike and Leah. Leah was just nominated for another Emmy and so Ed and Taryn have failed. Now it looks like Ed Parkin has gone to body-shaming.
Ed Parkin once used a stock photo of a very young girl in an attempt to attack Mike and Leah. I found Ed’s usage of a young girl to be quite disturbing as it appears to speak to his psyche: https://scientologymoneyproject.com/2019/06/25/creepy-scientology-pervert-ed-parkin-uses-a-young-girl-in-his-ongoing-social-media-fraud/
OSA has used “fat photos” of other women. OSA has attacked women in vicious ways. This is David Miscavige at work per LRH policy.
At trial, Debbie Cook recounted how David Miscavige made her wear a sign around her neck which read “LESBO.” Debbie had to stand in a barrel while people threw water at her and humiliated her for being a lesbian which she is not.
OSA’s attacks, and that of its stooges, are part of Scientology Fair Game. I can’t comment on two law enforcement investigations going on at present. These are open cases.
With the Leah & Mike podcast, they have real time capabilities to report on what’s going on and to have guests. A periodic feature could be “Fair Game Update.”
“Ed Parkin and Taryn Teutsch have been assigned to “handle” Mike and Leah. Leah was just nominated for another Emmy and so Ed and Taryn have failed. Now it looks like Ed Parkin has gone to body-shaming.”
Well said, Jefferey.
When the enemy has no real proof or substance to his allegations against someone, the last thing they resort to in desperation is an ad hominem attack such as “and your mother wears army boots!” In this case it is Ed calling Leah fat. Really Ed? Is that the best you can do? If she sank to your level she would call you a bald crome dome old man.
Thank you for the testimony of Debbie Cook, Jessie Prince, Vickie Aznaran and others. And for publishing OSA’s playbook. Great job of exposing them, Mike and Leah!
Jerry Hack says
Wow Leah! You have this harangue thing down pat. Well done and well said! We are behind you 100%! Please come to Canada and run for Prime Minister. Ours is stupid.
She needs to stay here and fix our government first!! We are broken!!
I like this recent new approach. Shine a light on the practices of this false religion. Maybe the governing powers will finally take notice
Angry Gay Pope says
Those massive full page anti-GOING CLEAR ads in the NYT and LA Times were really all about paying off those papers to SHUT UP. It worked! They were almost the only ads in both papers at the time and neither has mentioned Scientology almost at all.
Dead Men Tell No Tales Bill Straass ( who else would make a comment like this). says
Dave? Yeah Dave.
Dave’s not here man. Acknowledgement made to Cheech and Chong for this comment.
Toke Toke toke it up Dave.
Zee Moo says
Poked bears bite. All of mankind needs a recent escapee from OSA to out current operations. I’d kick in a few bucks for a reward. Anyone else ready to float that boat?
Hail Zee Moo,
Agreed. Linda Hamel or Warren McShane, anyone with recent operational knowledge of criminal stuff OSA’s condoning and sitting on and trying to hide, obstruction of justice, boy, I sure wish LInda Hamel would just collect up her hottest files and drive over to the Federal Building and turn herself in to do some jail time, and bring all the evidence, and bring down the walls of OSA and incriminate Miscavige.
Per Mike, it’s Linda who gives the OSA briefing to Miscavige.
I also bet Miscavige is out of necessity reading Mike’s blog daily and listening to the podcast with Leah, no question of that.
Ah, if that’s true, if COB reads this blog every day – and I can see why it would make sense for him to do so – then, Oh, the irony! The irony of this extremely important Ecclesiastical Leader of The World’s Fasting Growing and somehow at the same time Shrinking Religion reading every word out of the mouths of Little Us, out here on the Fringes of the Internet. What an honor for us SPs and PTSs, us DBs and Bitter DeFrocked Types to be listened to by such a Big Being! I don’t know about the rest of you but I for one am overcome at the concept of my slightest utterance being absorbed by Mr.David Miscavige. Especially, in view of the fact that back when I was an obedient little Koolaid Drinker in his cult He wouldn’t have given me the time of day. Yes, the irony!
Forever Lurker says
Mike, is there a place to post a list of questions and/or topics that you and Leah might delve into during future episodes of the podcast? I know with other podcasts I follow about unrelated topics, many times I can sent off a list of questions I’m curious about to the podcaster. They usually welcome them.
I have a ton. I know in the past I’ve posted some questions here, and you told me they were good but the answers would be too long and deep for the written blog format. I agreed.
Think about creating a mechanism to receive listener feedback like this, if you plan to do your podcast for years to come.
Mike Rinder says
Go to the fairgamepodcast.com site and leave a comment there…
Mary Kahn says
Way to go Leah!
Dead Men Tell No Tales Bill Straass ( who else would make a comment like this). says
Leah: Thank you for your stand against this cult.
I too was targeted for termination by the cult. After writing several standard Knowledge Reports decrying the deliberate off-policy actions of the Freewinds of which I was the Mechanics Chief for it’s 1st 16 years I was sent off to die after the cult (from this day I will no longer call it a Church) after getting HIV from blood products in Curacao, it’s home port. They held my wife a prisoner for 6 months while they waited for me to die while ensuring my death by sending me to a chiropractor who had, by his own statement, never treated anyone with AIDS.
6 doctors and the Captain Freewinds, who made a point of letting me know that he was the only Right Arm Captain in the Sea Org and that no-one could tell him what to do; That one person (DM) could “But he would never do it”.
There is much more but my post is likely to vanish if it gets any longer. I just would like to say that I am glad to have survived long enough too see your Emmy triumph.
Dead Men Tell No Tales Bill Straass ( who else would make a comment like this). says
You know Leah: I actually pity those poor bastards you are going against.
Those fuckers have no slightest agreement with truth; only with what will put more money in David Miscaviage’s hands before he has to make a run for it; and run for it he will. He will be getting off easy; a lot of people, some friends of mine won’t be doin much runnin cause they are already dead.
Now, I have one correction to your post; It say’s that everyone who has spoken out against Scn has a hate website against them. I am still waiting for mine.
Oh, I understand Dave, it tough getting your juniors to complete a cycle of action. If it was not, I would already be dead and you would not be bothered about it
Dave, you are a fucking cockaroach (but I’m sure you already knew that.
You might try an idea that I had:
Go into the Control Room of the Freewinds Engine Room . Go behind the panels with the guages on them. See the doors on the back side of the panel and open one.
You will see copper bars running up from the deck. Grab on to any 2 bars. The full output of a generator
Dead Men Tell No Tales Bill Straass ( who else would make a comment like this). says
(Continued) will go through your carcass and you will be cooked just like Old Sparkey.
I would never tell someone to do something I would not do myself; I was fully ready to do it. Try it out, buddy , you may like it
I don’t care about those stupid pictures. There is nothing wrong with the way you look. You are a beautiful lady and I would love to look like you.
Take Em Down says
L Ron never did his own dirty work. He had his followers to do it. Then why do his followers think that they are like L Ron, when they are not?
Sarb Sandhu says
I learnt alot from this monumental article. It has motivated me to do much more speaking out and I hope it inspires others.
I feel a powerful urge to strike back at Mr. Ed with some body shaming that would make the body shaming he tried to use look like nothing. After all, just take a look at his face and …. enough said.
It would be wrong for me to engage in body shaming after he tried to use that same technique to shame Leah. It would be ridiculous to criticize him for using body shaming and then turn around and use that same approach to counter him.
I think that when all is said and done, the facts will speak for themselves and I should just say nothing further.
Skyler, I agree about not body shaming but – his mouth bothers me, just like Hubtard’s does. Same loose lipped mouth. If you study physiognomy (which I have, but not in depth) his mouth tells some stories about his personality.
I’ll stop there.
You’re a good guy, Skyler. Whoever has you as a friend is lucky 🙂
Gordon Weir says
$ci knows no boundaries and no expense is to great when it comes to fair gaming. Trying to frame Clearwaters mayor, Paulette Cooper, fair gaming the coroner into changing her findings on the death of Lisa McPhereson, PIs following Pat Broeker for over 20 years, almost destroying Bob Minton, fair gaming the IRS into submission and getting tax exemption and of course allegedly poisoning people’s dogs. $ci is an ongoing criminal organization. I wonder how many millions they have spent buying people’s silence?
Go Leah!!! That was an amazing comeback. The way you took the “high road” just shows how classy, and empathetic you are. Keep up the good fight with Mike. We are all behind you guys trying to get the word out (about the cult) and help you both as best we can!! You guys are doing work for those that don’t have a voice and it is appreciated. Thank you.
Michael Crosby says
Leah, to the vast majority who know you, you are a most beautiful woman. In many more ways than one. Standing up to this evil cult and David Miscavige, history will look kindly on you.
Now totally off-topic, what I think is the greatest ever book written about nutrition–“The Pleasure Trap” by Doug Lisle and Alan Goldhamer.
You might want to consider not linking to the COS hate sites, or take care the link doesn’t work.
If e.g. you use
https :// www .w hoism ikerinder .com / (remove spaces to go to the site)
people who want to take a look at the site know what to do, and the spiders for the various search engines will not assume that your site (with lots of traffics, so a valuable source) seems to endorse them.
I know you don’t – just make sure Google etcetera also knows.
(And there may be people here who have better advice! 🙂 )
Never met Karin Pouw but I did know her half sister Marion Pouw when she was a missionaire at CCNashville in 2009. Very nice lady. We had a great working relationship.
Mike Rinder says
Marion is her sister-in-law. Karin was married to Marion’s brother, Anthony.
Peggy L says
Atta girl Leah!
I had to laugh when I read Mike’s comment about how the cult should know better than to poke the bear. I have had that same thought several times, about several of those they chose as the flavor of the day. Not smart, but that’s the beauty of stupidity and arrogance. It’s sort of like a boomerang, or herpes. Just comes back at ya.
Better get ready to pull a few all nighters good buddy. Yep, we know that is usually left to yer underlings but ya gotta realize that when the job needs to git done there is really only one man (I use the word loosely) who can ‘git er done’ ……………. and that would be You.
So git off yer ass and see who needs a good beating taday and see if ya’ll can get a grip on the siteration. The good news it it’s only gonna git worse.
And by the way Dave, it’s been ten years since you sent yer goon squad to my office. Marion Pouw, Mike Sutter and Hansuli Stahli were actually quite impressive although I actually never met Hansuli as he was running interference on other would be whistleblowers. They made it quite clear that I either ‘tow the line’ or my family would be gone.
Yep, and the meeting I had with yer good buddy Ed Parkin the year before was a real smoke blowing operation as well. Ya know, I realized that as difficult as it was to consider the black Pee Are campaign against me would be, it was even worse to consider spending the rest of my life supporting a fake cherch and the lies of good will that ya’ll promote.
So if ya git a chance, go ahead and show this memo to my daughter who works on the floor below You in the HGB as proof of my having gone to the dark side good buddy. Why not? After all this proves it!
OK Dave, take the rest of the day off and smell the covid wafting around yer compound. And say hi to Mike Sutter. For whatever reason I kinda liked him. We had some good conversation.
Oh sorry Mike, that’ll likely cause a beating. Go easy on em Dave …………..
The thing about your post that interests me the most is that true scumbags never seem to realize the bad behavior they seek out is amply demonstrated by themselves.
So, when you say, “So git off yer ass and see who needs a good beating taday …”, he will likely never recognize that behavior is indeed his own. That bastard has a beam in his eye!”
He sure does Skyler. And what a fine example He is of the worst of the worst example of a $cientologist. Meet the ‘Homocrappo’, evolved from the Homo Novis with the superior technology as laid out by the great El Con Retard.
The next great horror will be committed by people who believe they are good people doing good things. Those people are not in the habit of mentally stepping back and examining their own beliefs along with the actions derived from those beliefs.
The thing I find most fascinating is those people cannot seem to recognize that they use the very same approach themselves that they find fault with in others. I know there is some passage from the New Testament that speaks to this. Something about a “beam in someone’s eye”?
This intrigued me so I looked it up, since I don’t know the Bible well at all:
“Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” The World English Bible translates the passage as: You hypocrite!
Unfortunately, I don’t think the Scilons in question are really “hypocrites.” They are brainwashed to the point where they have lost the power to think rationally – to think and reason for themselves. If not for the terrible damage they do, I could be sorry for them. But as it is – no.
Oh Yes! That is the passage. Thank you Briget.
The NSDAP had positive PR too. Zklon-B was actually developed as an insecticide, which tells us what the NSDAP really thought of their victims.