Guest View: Mike Rinder Has No Secrets to Bring Down Scientology & ‘Fair Game’

Originally, the term, “fair game” meant wild animals that are legal, ethical, appropriate, and sportsmanlike for hunters to chase in the field and kill. The modern, common usage is an acceptable target to criticize or attack, usually because of the way they behave.

According to the Church of Scientology, the term, if not the practice of, “fair game” was canceled in 1968 and all the term meant was that “those expelled from the Church could no longer take advantage of the internal ecclesiastical support and justice procedures Churches of Scientology provide to resolve disputes and upsets among parishioners. They would have to make their own way, unaided, with the justice procedures of the society as their only recourse.”

They were “fair game,” just like any other person in the world who is not a Scientologist. However, it is best to go to the founder of a religion.

L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology, was not shy about hunting fair game, or going after enemies, whom he categorized as “Suppressive Persons” (SPs), and defined these as “anti-social people who want to destroy anything that benefits humanity.”

Hubbard liked to employ lawsuits “to harass and discourage rather than to win.”

Hubbard said, “The law can be used easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway…  will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly”.

L Ron Hubbard wrote in 1959, “People attack Scientology. I never forget it, always even the score.”

In dealing with enemies, Hubbard advised to “always find or manufacture enough threat against them to cause them to sue for peace. Don’t ever defend. Always attack.”

He advised to “destroy reputation or public belief in persons, companies or nations.”

In 1965, Hubbard formulated the “Fair Game Law,” saying, “The homes, property, places and abodes of persons who have been active in attempting to: suppress Scientology or Scientologists are all beyond any protection of Scientology Ethics.”

In 1967, Hubbard wrote that opponents who are “fair game” may be “deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed.”

In 1968, Hubbard said an enemy “May be restrained or imprisoned.” That same year he decided the term “Fair Game” would no longer be used, because “it causes bad public relations.”

However, non-use of the name “does not cancel any policy on the treatment or handling of an SP.”

Does the present leader of Scientology, David Miscavige, permit the practice of ‘Fair Game’ as originally conceived by L. Ron Hubbard?

BBC Reporter John Sweeney’s “The Church of Fear” documents minute-by-minute coverage of Mike Rinder’s whereabouts and activities working directly for David Miscavige at the top of OSA ‘fairgaming’ critics of Scientology during the months surrounding Kyle Brennan’s death.

Fair Game at Frank Report

Frank Report began its publishing life by making Keith Raniere and Clare Bronfman “Fair Game” and it resulted in their arrest along with four others who were not targeted but happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Keith Raniere – Sentenced to 120 years in federal prison plus 5 years of probation


Clare Bronfman – Sentenced to 81 months in federal prison plus 3 years of probation


Allison Mack – Sentenced to 36 months in federal prison plus 3 years of probation


Nancy Salzman – Yet to be sentenced


Lauren Salzman – Yet to be sentenced
Kathy Russell – Yet to be sentenced


Frank Report’s Fair Game policy is, if one can dish it out, one should be able to take it.

Attacks are limited to words only, however.


Allen Alanzo Stanfield is fair game?

The following fair game attack was written anonymously and submitted to Frank Report.  It provides some insights into some of the hardball players in the world of Scientology and anti-Scientology. It targets Allen Alanzo Stanfield, ironically, a critic of both.

The following is written by someone who chose not to identify him or herself.

By Anonymous 

I suppose in those 16 years,  the good Alanzo never saw a Scientology crime or abuse committed.

[Ed. note: Alanzo left Scientology around the turn of the century and unless he saw murder, any crimes he saw would likely be time-barred. Of course, that would not prevent him from telling about these crimes and perhaps he has.]

Or maybe he just doesn’t want to come clean? Lots of maybes, but just like his theories about Mike Rinder, Gerry Armstrong, and Leah Remini, it’s all bunk.

Rinder has no secrets to tell that would convict anyone – but Alanzo (and to some extent Armstrong) would love to believe Mike could bring the whole house of cards down with a word to law enforcement. Sorry, that’s not reality. The FBI acted on reports of human trafficking, but could not find a single person within the Scientology compound raided to complain.

Only those who have left – and left for some years – seem to be able to get past L. Ron Hubbard’s extensive years of programming to speak out about church abuses. Members are taught that they are not to cooperate with law enforcement in any way, and taught to lie as much as necessary “for the greater good”, meaning the good of Scientology, and today, the good of David Miscavige.

Gerry Armstrong

I have to laugh at Gerry Armstrong. He once received $800,000 as his part of a class action court settlement for wrongs done to him and others by the Church of Scientology. At that time, it was enough money to retire on in small comfort if invested even halfway wisely.

Gerry, for his own reasons, chose to not take advantage of his good fortune. Few people during that era were able to wrestle a dime from the Church no matter how badly they were treated, yet Gerry received a substantial sum. He continued to pick at the Church, even foolishly violating the terms of the settlement because his lawyer said those terms were unenforceable. Today, he still lives over the border in Canada, where he fled to when another court fined him tens of thousands and issued warrants for violating the exact terms his lawyer said were unenforceable. Whoops. Today, he still demands that certain individuals owe him apologies, despite the 800 grand the court had him paid by way of apology for the harm done to him. I used to be an Armstrong supporter, until I came to realize that he will never be satisfied by anything anyone does concerning his experiences in or out of Scientology.

I am not surprised the good Alanzo took a swipe at Debbie Cook. She did something he never had the courage to do, and that was communicating openly to the widest possible church membership about abuses within the church *while she was still a member in good standing.”

Needless to say, she was not “in good standing” with boss man Miscavige for long after that. She received some sort of settlement, but the good Alanzo is just guessing at an amount. That has not been released by the court nor revealed by any party. Debbie knew something Gerry Armstrong failed to recognize – that when an apology comes through a court case, the only amends is the coin of the realm, dollars in this case. In accepting such a monetary “apology”, the terms usually have a gag order of some sort. If the recipient of the monetary award complies with the terms agreed upon by all parties, life goes on, with only the restrictions specified in the terms.

If the recipient fails to comply, as Armstrong failed to comply, the recipient is liable for the consequences specified in the agreement. As for Debbie Cook, she received monetary amends from Scientology, and has complied with the (probable) gag order in the settlement agreement.

Cook should have given up that money so, what, so Alanzo and a few others could point to her as a shining example of a Don Quixote tilting at windmills? Don’t be silly. Don’t be stupid. The oddity is that Scientology sued her, then when it realized the dirt that would come out by the testimony under oath by the very believable Debbie Cook, the Church then paid her off to allow them to back out of the civil suit the Church itself had filed. It was one of the most backward retreats in civil suit history.

Mike Rinder and Leah Remini are former members of the Church of Scientology and are high-profile critics.

The silliest thing Alanzo contends is that Mike Rinder is somehow still working for, not against, David Miscavige. Apparently, Alanzo is so taken up with his own conspiracy theories that he can’t see evidence presented day in and day out that he, Alanzo, is wrong on so many counts. Maybe he’s upset because he wasted 16 years in a cult-like setting, a tool used and used up, unable to see it was all a money scam by Hubbard since before the day Alanzo was born. Apparently with his thinking about all the good he got out of Scientology he is yet to reach the point of acceptance that he was scammed by a guy smarter (about scams, at least) than him.

My good Alanzo, you were scammed out of a huge chunk of the only life you will ever have for sure. No amount of carping about what you may think others are doing wrong, or should have done in the distant past (Rinder left Scientology way back in 2007) will change that.

Accept it and get on with life, instead of being that strangest of animals, a guy who criticizes critics of Scientology, while himself wearing two or three faces – a critic of Scientology’s critics, a lukewarm critic of Scientology, and a guy who claims Scientology was good for him.

BTW, no matter what you think your blog efforts are accomplishing, at best you are a laughing stock within the genuine run of people fighting against the abuses of the Church of Scientology. Yep, there goes the good Alanzo again, spouting his warmed-over nonsense, ho-hum, how’s the weather today?


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2 years ago

Frank, You cheapen yourself every day. This article is a perfect example of how

Jim Davenport
Jim Davenport
2 years ago

Pretty spot on analysis of Alanzo and his tired tactics. Bravo to whoever wrote this “Fair Game” piece! Although it’s hardly Fair Game, more like a bio of his blog and exposure of his condescending personality and jealousy of critics more successful than him.

2 years ago

I am surprised Alanzo doesn’t get along better with Mike. After all, they ultimately have the same goal – remove Miscavige from power and “restore” Scientology to what it was meant to be.

Many Scientologists that leave still believe in the religious aspect, they just don’t how it’s run. It’s an important distinction. It’s not much different than a Christian switching churches because they don’t like the pastor/priest.

Rinder, on more than one occasion, admitted this was his goal and nothing Alanzo has written has given me the impression he does think about the same lines. He seems to want Miscavige gone. Rinder was not involved in choosing the successor and the religion itself to remain intact and strong. I could be wrong, time may tell.

2 years ago

—Accept it and get on with life, instead of being that strangest of animals, a guy who criticizes critics of Scientology, while himself wearing two or three faces – a critic of Scientology’s critics, a lukewarm critic of Scientology, and a guy who claims Scientology was good for him.

Best Advice Ever!

Tisha (@Tisha94805287)

Even the cult’s dead agent packs have sources other than anonymous.

2 years ago

“Rinder has no secrets to tell that would convict anyone.

This one is actually new as stated.

But it’s also a lie.

On a recent Scientology Fair Game podcast, Mike Rinder said this to Leah Remini – this is after their TV show, Scientology and the Aftermath had already been taken off the air. Rinder never admitted this during the whole 3 seasons of the TV Show. And I’ll bet Leah Remini didn’t even know it during the TV show, either This is how secretive Mike Rinder is:

It wasn’t until the podcast – a couple of years ago – that Leah and Mike finally admitted that Mike Rinder was not just “a former spokesman”. He ran all fairgame against all Scientology critics and squirrels, and reported progress to David Miscavige daily.

“But Mike, you’re saying that David Miscavige knows everything that’s being done. And, and we should talk about that for a moment because Mike used to tell me that every morning, you would be received by David Miscavige when you were in the Sea Org. And he would be sitting there in his robe being served his coffee and his breakfast and his his fresh juice or whatever. And he would ask you what’s happening
right now?”

“The first question was actually. “Has anyone blown?” Right. That was literally the first question. Every morning, as he sat down with his camel and his coffee. Has anyone blown? as they went along, and then “What are the flaps?” One of the websites out there, and it would be me and Marty Rathbun who would have to gather together everything that might have happened in the last 12 hours.”

“What’s a flap?”

A flap is a situation that is out of control, or something that requires attention because it’ll be a public relations or a legal problem”.

Here is the daily meeting procedure with David Miscavige as reported by Marty Rathbun in a sworn affidavit:

2 years ago

They say the same things over and over again. This post has been on my blog for at least 6 years. It’s a line these guys run about how Gerry Armstrong “wants an apology” from Mike Rinder. Rinder himself said this as late as last year. It’s a complete lie designed to distract you off of the real issue:

2 years ago

Alanzo crash-landed here after boring everybody to death everywhere else. He’s just another Cultist who can’t move on. He is neither in nor out, neither a critic nor anti critic, he’s just an obsessive Scientology head.

2 years ago

As you can see, they seek to make “Alanzo” the problem, the focus of attention. And also now Gerry Armstrong, who is the most fair-gamed person in Scientology history.

Listen to 5 minutes of this interview with Victoria Britton about the night her son Kyle Brennan died.

Ask how 14 pieces of evidence could be wiped clean of blood and fingerprints at the crime scene, the bullet that killed Kyle never found, and gun residue tests for all of the people at the apartment that night “missing”.

Don’t be fooled by these guys.

None of this has anything to do with “Alanzo”. Or Gerry Armstrong.

It has to do with

Kyle Brennan
Flo Barnett
Shawn Lonsdale
Ken Ogger

and others.

Thank you for posting this Frank.


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