Scientology Mythbusting with Jon Atack: Fair Game! - 2013-02-23
ALSO IN TODAY'S POST: Is there a subliminal message from Lisa Marie Presley on the back of this T-Shirt? See below! In 1990, author Jon Atack published what is still one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology, A Piece of Blue Sky. Atack now has a new edition of the book out, and it reminded us what an encyclopedic resource he is. So we had an idea. In the world of Scientology watching, we noticed that there seem to be some legends, myths, and contested facts that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet. With Atack's help, we're going to tackle these issues one by one, drawing on Jon's deep knowledge and sharp sense of humor.
Jon, this week we wanted to ask you about one of Scientology's most hurtful and notorious legacies — its history of going after people with what it calls "Fair Game."
For decades, there is quite a well documented pattern of Scientology hiring thugs to harass, intimidate, and attempt to destroy people for so much as criticizing the church publicly. Where did this ruthless, cloak-and-dagger practice originate in Scientology?