'Going Clear' subject Tom DeVocht gets a lesson in Scientology's social media surveillance - 2015-03-15
Tom DeVocht We've been telling you that Scientology's reaction to Alex Gibney's film Going Clear has been a burst of "Fair Game" activity that's affecting numerous people involved with the film. This is behind-the-scenes stuff that isn't obvious from what's getting more attention from the press — the silly letters and videos Scientology has been posting to its Freedom magazine website.
One of the people feeling the heat has been Tom DeVocht, who is featured prominently in the film. Sure, he's getting smeared at the Freedom website, but they're the same old slanders that have been thrown at him for years, some of it aimed at him previously on anonymous attack websites that we always assumed the church was secretly running.
What isn't so obvious is that he's been dealing with an increase in the usual private eye nonsense that he and Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder and the other former high-ranking church executives regularly put up with. DeVocht told us details about that harassment that we agreed not to share for privacy reasons, but it's mostly the stuff you'd expect from Scientology — attempts to disrupt DeVocht's livelihood and relationships, a constant reminder that he's still a target merely for speaking out.