-with Anderson Cooper
In the video “Scientology: A History of Violence,” Anderson Cooper delves into the controversial and secretive world of Scientology, shedding light on its dark and violent past. Cooper begins by recounting the allegations of physical abuse and intimidation made by former high-ranking members of the church, including Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder. These individuals, who were once staunch supporters of Scientology, reveal shocking details of their involvement in the organization’s aggressive tactics and the lengths to which they went to silence dissenters. Cooper also interviews other former members who claim to have witnessed or experienced physical violence, forced labor, and psychological manipulation within the church. Through his investigative reporting, Cooper exposes the disturbing pattern of violence that has plagued Scientology, raising important questions about its practices and the treatment of its members.
Throughout the video, Cooper provides a historical context to Scientology’s violent history, delving into the life of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard. He explores Hubbard’s own documented acts of aggression and paranoia, as well as the organization’s “Fair Game” policy, which sanctioned aggressive actions against perceived enemies of the church. Cooper uncovers evidence of harassment, surveillance, and smear campaigns targeting individuals who spoke out against Scientology, further solidifying the allegations of violence within the organization. By examining personal testimonies, historical records, and legal battles, Cooper presents a comprehensive and disturbing account of the dark side of Scientology, leaving viewers with a chilling glimpse into a world marred by fear, control, and abuse.