Scientology Former Public Enemy No. 1 Is Still Spooked, 40 Years Later - 2015-03-29

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F375.png Scientology Former Public Enemy No. 1 Is Still Spooked, 40 Years Later March 29, 2015, M.L. Nestel, Daily Beast

When Paulette Cooper was the church's only public critic, she says she faced a 'campaign of intimidation and destruction.' Four decades later, despite the church's denials, she tells The Daily Beast it's not over.

Forty years after skewering Scientology as a "mental health cult" in her historic exposé, author Paulette Cooper is convinced the church is still keeping tabs on her. She sees the church planting operatives in the nail salon. She believes Scientologists are scrambling her travel plans. They approach as college students writing research papers, she says.

Cooper was the first and for years the only public critic of Scientology. Then she became the church's Public Enemy No. 1. Ultimately, she was joined by defectors‚ many of whom will appear in Sunday's HBO documentary based on Lawrence Wright's book Going Clear.


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