Back when A&E cancelled Leah Remini and Mike Rinder’s Emmy winning, yet milquetoast and sappy, “Scientology The Aftermath” TV show, Mike Rinder claimed that “the limits of commercial television” stopped him from revealing the things necessary to get a federal investigation into Scientology, or a review of Scientology’s tax exempt status.
These were their stated, yet failed, goals.
But were they really?
Throughout their TV series, they deceived us: Mike Rinder was not just the ‘former spokesman’ for the Church of Scientology, he was the Commanding Officer of the Office of Specials Affairs International, reporting directly to David Miscavige every day on fair game projects that Rinder micromanaged against critics and squirrels through his OSA for 22 years.
So the fact that Rinder and Remini distracted us from this, and that they never revealed a crime of any kind on their show – nothing that would ever put David Miscavige, or any other officer of the Church of Scientology into criminal jeopardy – is what made many long time critics of Scientology roll their eyes at the hype and hysteria these two used to claim to be such “crimebusters”.
For the government to act against Scientology, there must be evidence of a crime.
As one of the heads of L Ron Hubbard’s “All Clear Unit” in the 70’s and early 80’s, Mike Rinder knows this better than anyone around today. He knows that the only thing that could ever be dangerous to a cult leader is an illegal act – a crime – not a sad story, nor a morally outrageous act, or an “abuse”.
It has to be a criminal act – violating a criminal statute – for the government to act.
Not something civil, or outrageous yet legal, or something creepy.
Save the final episode, which Leah and Mike were forced to air, nothing criminally actionable was ever presented on Scientology and the Aftermath which would put David Miscavige, or any other officer of the Church of Scientology into criminal jeopardy.
But now Mike Rinder and Leah Remini say ‘the gloves are off’.
The restraints of commercial TV are no longer upon them!
Now – FINALLY – they can say what they’ve always REALLY wanted to say!
I’m very excited about the launch of this podcast.
I am going to be listening carefully and blogging about each episode.
I really hope that Mike Rinder will finally reveal the answers to so many questions that critics of Scientology have had because Mike Rinder himself fair gamed them for asking those questions for 22 years.
After 12 years of being “out” of Scientology, writing a blog post every day for 7 years, and appearing on 3 seasons of a TV Show – Mike Rinder is finally going to come clean!
Stay tuned to AlanzosBlog for detailed and reasoned commentary on each episode of Mike and Leah’s Scientology: Fair Game podcast.