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I continue to hold out the hope that Season 2 of Scientology: the Aftermath will feature an episode with Leah, Mike, and Gerry. In Chilliwack, of course.
I agree. If I were the Church it would be much more preferable to have them at odds against each other instead of forming any kind of alliance. I think they could accomplish much more through a coordinated effort than pushing a reparation agenda.
Scientology makes people sacrifice a lot. When does the sacrificing end? There are things that would have people want me to fall on my sword also. Do I drag my family, employees, friends and business associates into this by declaring my sins publicly? Maybe, but not without weighing the risks and setting the groundwork carefully. Leah is a game changer because she has the resources, talent and resolve to get broad exposure before intimidation or legal maneuvering can bog a person down. If Mike released information too early and unprepared or not timed well with public interest then the effort would not have the maximum effect and could be wasted. Part of that timing is establishing a support network. Leah is having maximum effect because the collective efforts of people and the collaborations they created over the last 10+ years have reached a critical mass. The continued expansion and power of social media and the internet as alternative avenues for information that are faster, more effective and more difficult to suppress is a major part of the timing. All of Leah's programs are available online within 24 hours. It can't even be limited or stopped due to TV programming schedules. If YouTube blocks it Russia will have it - it's a Scientology nightmare.
This goes beyond Mike and Gerry also. There are other people who played central roles in this who probably would not consider getting involved as long as this adversarial relationship continued. Imagine the heads exploding at INT if Gerry was able to tell his story on national TV with the support and confirmation of not just Mike but several very high ranking people who were directly involved with that Church operation.