The Church of Scientology is known for attacking and intimidating it’s critics, and one of the most notable victims of their harassment was Paulette Cooper. Cooper’s story of being followed, sued, and even captured by the Church after she exposed them in 1971 is told by journalist Tony Ortega. The dark secrets and real human cost of going to battle with Scientology is laid bare in this uncensored interview on Media Mayhem, hosted by Allison Hope Weiner.
GUEST BIO: Tony Ortega is executive editor of The Raw Story and is formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He's written about Scientology since 1995, and has a forthcoming book about the subject.
EPISODE BREAKDOWN: 00:01 Welcome to Media Mayhem. 00:20 Introducing Tony Ortega. 00:30 Paulette Cooper exposes Scientology in 1971. 10:00 Cooper harassed and sued by Scientologists. 14:00 Cooper trapped by Scientologists again in 1980. 15:10 Scientology surveillance and intelligence gathering methods. 18:00 Scientologists using the legal system against Cooper and interfering with her work. 25:30 Did Cooper ever think about backing out due to threats on her and her family? 34:00 Thanks and goodbye.