5. Given how over the top and awful the writing in Freedumb magazine is, these guys seem to have found a way to amuse themselves and fuck over Scientology while forced to make a living this way: They're consciously making fun of Scientology and treating these Freedumb writing assignments like the writers at The Onion and The New Yorker's Andy Borowitz do.
6. I say, leave 'em to it. They're doing a damned good job!
I wonder if the people who are their targets feel the same way? I'm sure at least a few of them don't.
It's too bad I no longer have that stack of old Freedom newspapers from the late 1960s and 1970s. Every issue featured an editorial cartoon characterizing psychiatrists as killers, Nazis, etc. Later in the 1970s and early 1980s, after the FBI raids of 1977, and large scale defections and former Scientology insiders beginning to speak out, it featured attacks on those perceived as key enemies, both "wogs" and ex-Scientologists.
It was the same over the top, nasty, vicious, smear job "journalism."
And then there were magazines produced specifically to attack David Mayo's "squirrel" group. One particularly cruel and sadistic attack on a former Commodore's Messenger comes to mind. As a little girl she had always wanted to be a ballerina but, of course, she couldn't study ballet since she was a full time servant/slave/extension of the Commodore, L. Ron Hubbard. Finally, years later, when she left Scientology, as a grown woman, she decided she would take up ballet.
Not professionally of course, since her body had not had the physical conditioning and she had not had the necessary training, but just to have a taste of what had been her dream as a little girl held captive in a cult.
Her body didn't resemble a ballerina's but rather resembled an ordinary - slightly plump - female body for her age. So what did Scientology do? It produced a series of photographs featuring an obese older woman, prancing about in ballerina tights, which it featured in one of the attack magazines directed at David Mayo's group.
It was meant to be hurtful and it was.
The same pattern - the pattern established by Hubbard in his attacks on his perceived enemies, and his instructions to Scientologists on how to attack - is used today.
Has it been confirmed that none of these people are Scientologists?
Even "wog" Private Investigators are given meter checks, and are briefed, and also - from accounts I have - sometimes drilled.
It would seem likely that - even if "wogs" - these people have had similar preparation.
They would also be monitored and everything they write or create for Scientology would be checked, and approved or disapproved.
Leave 'em to it?
Well, we can't stop them can we? But why not know who they are?
Currently, there are two audiences for this sort of smear garbage: the Scientologists, many of whom see it and do take it seriously and remain in Scientology, at least partly, because of it. (It's hard to believe, as we all know, but there are such people.) The other audience is non Scientologists. Here the results are mixed. Sometimes the results are along the lines of "mutually assured destruction," where those seeing it are turned off by both Scientology and those attacked by Scientology.
Scientology damages its own image but, at the same time, discredits, or taints, its perceived enemies. The attitude of an uninformed person seeing this sort of thing is that he or she doesn't want anything to do with any of these people. Here, Scientology has the edge, since it's an institution - a corporation - and the others are just individuals.
The idea is that corporate Scientology has more resources, and will out last any of its individual critics or perceived attackers.
It can then, at a later date, do PR damage control.
Oh, and, of course, the Scientology corporation has religious cloaking.
What seems absurd to us who know better doesn't always produce the same reaction in others. Look at the crowds cheering John Travolta. The same folks will be there cheering Tom Cruise if he ever reappears. They're not likely to join Scientology but, in various ways, they are vulnerable to being influenced by Scientology and its agents.
So, I'd like to know more about the people currently helping David Miscavige.
There's an entire "industry," and network, which supports the cult: lawyers, PIs, writers, electronic surveillance specialists, politicians, "scholars," etc..
Some are amoral and just in it for the money or for the connections. Some are well meaning but are duped.
IMO, the more information available, about this Scientology support network, the merrier.