Leaked Scientology video: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes front and center for 'psych busting'! - 2015-12-08
Our video source has come through for us once again. Cast your mind, Scientology watcher, back to October 2006. This was a year after Tom Cruise had made his weird splash as Scientology's awkward ambassador on Today with Matt Lauer and as a human jumping bean on Oprah's couch.
Although those events had resulted in major pieces by the Los Angeles Times and Rolling Stone, this was not the major media storm Scientology would experience later. For now, things had calmed down, and events like the black turtleneck video and the rise of Anonymous were still more than a year away.
You could forgive David Miscavige for thinking he was just about at the height of his power. It was the annual meeting of the International Association of Scientologists in East Grinstead, England under the big top of the IAS tent, there were thousands in attendance, and Tom Cruise with the comically large "Freedom Medal of Valor" he received two years earlier was front and center in the first row.