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Why it's so hard to beat Scientology

"Going Clear," the Alex Gibney documentary about Scientology that aired on HBO Sunday night, doesn't contain much that's new to anyone who has read the Tampa Bay Times's investigations of the organization or Lawrence Wright's masterful history of it. But however accidentally, "Going Clear" is an interesting illustration of just how hard it is to pursue the two-pronged strategy that's necessary to dismantle any powerful, dangerous group: stripping it of its finances and power, and freeing its members of its influence.

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