When Scientologists Attack!

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"A paranoid midget sent us. This won't hurt a bit."
After the jump, an update: Marty Rathbun tells the Voice about his strange encounter.

SECOND UPDATE: The Video from the other side.

The saga of Marty Rathbun just keeps getting stranger and stranger.

At one time, Rathbun was one of the highest ranking members of Scientology, privy to its innermost secrets, a man who "audited" (counseled) members as important as Tom Cruise, and a key figure in the organization's efforts to fend off curious reporters.

Since Rathbun "blew" a few years ago (Scientology's word for defecting), it's been fascinating to watch him become the organization's biggest problem.

That was never more clear than this week, when Scientology sent a bizarre goon squad to intimidate Rathbun at his Corpus Christi home.

After the jump: We are from Scientology, and we have cameras attached to our heads!

Even if you're somewhat familiar with Scientology and all of its wackiness, the video posted Monday by Marty at his blog, "Moving On Up a Little Higher" may seem disorienting and bizarre.

Who are these morons at Rathbun's front door? Why do they have cameras in their hands or strapped to their heads? Why are they all wearing goofy blue T-shirts that bear a likeness of Marty's head on the body of a squirrel?

And what in Xenu's name does any of this have to do with religion?

Well, as in anything having to do with Scientology, the answer to that last question is always the same -- not much, if anything -- but let's back up a little and try to make sense of what happened on Rathbun's porch.

First, it's important to understand why a single ex-member of Scientology living in Texas has become such a threat to a globe-spanning organization headquartered in Los Angeles and Clearwater, Florida.

Rathbun scares the bejeezus out of Scientology leader David Miscavige for an important reason: unlike many other disaffected former members who have bolted from Scientology over the years, Rathbun still remains a firm believer in L. Ron Hubbard and his "technology."

Rathbun has attracted a dedicated following at his blog by attacking Miscavige's leadership of Scientology but not the underlying beliefs of Scientologists themselves. Rathbun writes repeatedly that Miscavige and his paranoia is the problem, not Scientology itself, and he encourages longtime members to ditch the organization and practice Scientology independent of the "church" itself.

There has long been an "independent" Scientology movement of sorts, and traditionally, the church has referred to these outsiders as "squirrels."

(And no wonder Scientology demonizes "squirrel tech" and its practitioners. Auditing done outside the church means a loss of income, which, critics will tell you, is really the primary "religion" of Miscavige's money-grubbing empire.)

And Rathbun is not just talking about practicing Scientology outside of Miscavige's control -- he's doing it quite openly. And that's what he was doing -- auditing another former member -- when Scientology's strange delegation knocked on Rathbun's front door.

What ensues is pure comedy, as the two sides videotape each other while Rathbun orders the Scientologists off his porch:


As you'll see, at one point Rathbun loses his temper and grabs what appears to be a microphone from one of his interrogators, who identifies himself as John Allender. (Marty, Marty, you should know not to give them that kind of advantage.)

Rathbun then calls the local sheriff's office, and he indicated on his blog that the sheriff may be treating it as seriously as it deserves:

After the Sheriff got done interviewing me and Allender and co separately, the Sheriff told me Miscavige's boys wanted to make a deal. If I did not bring CRIMINAL TRESPASSING, STALKING, AND CRIMINAL HARASSMENT charges, Allender and co would not bring "assault" and "criminal mischief" charges (the latter for having took the microphone Allender shoved in my face out of his hand and off its cord - the former for a 250 pound guy who looks like Sonny Barger on a bender sticking his stomach into my path of progress in the doorway of my own home).

Whatever the legal outcome, the visitation of Scientology's intimidation squad is a sure sign of one thing: Rathbun must really be getting to Miscavige.

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UPDATE: Just got off the phone with Rathbun, who explained what set him off during the encounter, leading to his grabbing the microphone from Allender.

The auditing he was doing that day was with Lori Hodgson, who left Scientology in August. Like many other defectors, she experienced harassment by the organization after she left it, as she explains in a public declaration about her defection.

In particular, she felt harassed by an agent of the Office of Special Affairs (Scientology's covert operations wing) named John Allender:

That same day while leaving work, I saw John Allender, (an undercover OSA operative of the COS and the husband of my C/S through Grades and into NED). He showed up in my parking lot and came toward me as I headed to my car. He said, "You did some squirreling over the weekend." This indicates he knew my whereabouts and has either been following me or stalking me for a few days, since I returned from town only the day before and not even my own son knew where I'd been. Then he got closer, within 3 to 5 feet of me, and blocked my access to my car and confronted me saying, "Do you enjoy beatings?" I looked at him and said "NO" and was thinking to myself is he threatening to beat me up or giving me a warning? The comm was crazy! Then he said, "How did he know how to audit you with no PC folders?" He said other things but I cut his comm. I said "I'm not having this conversation with you!" and I turned to go back into my office where I felt safe. My heart was racing and I could not run due to my knee replacement surgery.

The San Jose Police Department are aware of the incident on Thursday December 9th and I will continue to expose and report any harassment I encounter from the COS because I am not going to be threatened by anyone.

Rathbun says that when one of the four men on his porch identified himself as Allender, he realized that it was the same man who Hodgson says had harassed her. Allender had apparently traveled from San Jose, California to Rathbun's house in Corpus Christi for the intimidation tactics.

"It was the same guy," Rathbun says. "That's one of the reasons I reacted the way I did."

He says he learned the identities of the other three men -- who may have come from as far away as Seattle and Florida -- with the help of the many commenters on his blog.

I asked him if he was certain that it was Scientology leader David Miscavige who would have been behind assembling a scare tactic made up Scientologists from around the country.

"I know he's behind it. I worked with him for 23 years. I know him better than he does," Rathbun said. "You don't send four people dressed like that without orders from the top."

But why? What was the point of sending them to his porch?

"It's clearly an intimidation tactic. It seems like something out of a Stanley Kubrick movie, doesn't it?" he asked. "I think they wanted me to shove that guy down the stairs. I think that's what they were trying to accomplish."

Rathbun says he hasn't heard if charges will be made against him, but he says he is determined to have his four visitors prosecuted.

UPDATE 2: The same event, filmed from the other side.

So what did the intimidation crew see from their perspective during the encounter? Turns out the Scientologists put together their own movie of the event, posted it briefly, but then thought better of it and took it down -- but not before eagle-eyed members of Anonymous could mirror it in numerous locations.

Watch the movie. I have a few observations to make below.

Three observations...

1. The Scientologists preface their video with a scene of Rathbun jawboning with employees at the Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, Florida, a Scientology headquarters. The point here is to suggest that if Rathbun can show up and demand information at the doorstep of a major Scientology installation, then Scientology is in its rights to do the same to him. But that hardly explains why a church would send a goon squad to intimidate a former member at his home as a way to disrupt his private religious practices.

2. The video is consistent with what Rathbun had told me earlier. When Allender gives his name, you can see a look of recognition wash over Rathbun's face. It dawns on him that Allender has traveled all the way from California to disrupt Rathbun's auditing of Lori Hodgson, who had told him that Allender, while still in San Jose, had intimidated her about leaving Scientology. Enraged, Rathbun then pulls the microphone from Allender's hand.

3. To me, the creepiest part of this video comes near the beginning, and is not seen or heard on Rathbun's version. You hear Allender telling Rathbun that the reason the group is there is to check his equipment. It's a taunt, meant to rattle Rathbun about the fact that he is not allowed by official Scientology rules to deliver Scientology auditing using Scientology equipment (an e-meter) outside of the purview of the "church."

To understand how chilling that is, let me give you an analogy. Imagine that Rathbun had been a high-level member of a Baptist organization who has left over a doctrinal dispute. And say that individual Baptists who share his views also shun the organization and instead join him at his house to hold Bible study or prayer.

Can you imagine the spurned Baptist organization sending a goon squad of four camera-wielding men taunting Rathbun that he shouldn't be holding Bible study without first making sure his "equipment" -- his Bible, say -- had been checked out and approved by the goons?

The mind boggles, doesn't it?

And here's today's bombshell, courtesy of Richard Johnson at The Daily: Is Tom Cruise losing his kids over Scientology?


Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications. Among his other stories about L. Ron Hubbard's organization:

The Larry Wollersheim Saga -- Scientology Finally Pays For Its Fraud
The Tory Bezazian (Christman) Story -- How the Internet Saved A Scientologist From Herself
The Jason Beghe Defection -- A Scientology Celebrity Goes Rogue
The Robert Cipriano Case -- A Hellacious Example of Fair Game
The Paul Haggis Ultimatum -- The 'Crash' Director Tells Scientology to Shove It
The Marc Headley Escape -- 'Tom Cruise Told Me to Talk to a Bottle'
The Aaron Saxton Accusation -- Australia turns up the heat on Scientology
The Jefferson Hawkins Stipulation -- Scientology's former PR genius comes clean
The Daniel Montalvo Double-Cross -- Scientology lures a young defector into a trap
A Church Myth Debunked -- Scientology and Proposition 8
Daniel Montalvo Strikes Back -- Scientology Hit with Stunning Child-Labor Lawsuits


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mark.rosen.usa
mark.rosen.usa

This Leader of the Church of Scientology David Miscavige needs to be locked up. He obviously thinks he is above the law and is willing to do anything to quiet his detractors. It is obvious that Marty Rathbun is a little bit smarter, and a little bit tougher than Miscavige. I think most people that look at the facts involved would agree. 


Eclipse
Eclipse

Seriously!!, what a bunch of idiotic childish freaks, get a life!!.

johnjuster
johnjuster

Beaming a laser into a video camera interrupts it. 

Go (beyond scientology), Marty! Go!

tron23
tron23

GO MARTY!!!!!!!!

dannydelamare
dannydelamare

what a bunch of fruit nuts, they need to start taking medication

malasangre
malasangre

reminds me of the circle of gunmen that circled the people in Jonestown and murdered the unwilling.  same attitude.  should have invited them in to check his meter then call in a home invasion.  then drown himself for carrying on this bullshit.  how pitiful do you have to be to need "friends" this bad.

Edgarstoy
Edgarstoy

What amazes me most is the ability for grown adults to behave like idiots in the name of the Church? or a so called semblance of one. Or is that all a part of the masquerade? The man has a right to his privacy squirrels.

BHPReject
BHPReject

Oh OSA, give it up. You're nothing more than a bunch of ass-kissing brown shirt wogs that follow a useless philosophy.

Tell ya what. You explain the philosophical grounds of why it's a religion with a comparison to Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, or Christianity and I'll give you the recognition of it as a religion. Until then it's a cult.

John Brown
John Brown

Give it up Anons, you have no standing. You anons are incapable of rational thought

Jygfdytd
Jygfdytd

Did David Miscavige kill his wife Shelly? She hasn't been seen alive for 4 years - and don't forget her mom died after being shot FOUR TIMES with a rifle.

FBI need to have a close look at Miscavige and his dirty secrets.

Lothar
Lothar

Christ, this shit's weird. I'm gonna have to double up on the Risperdal tonight.

Gringe
Gringe

Also, too bad that Marty's auditing session was interupted. The woman might have control, knowingly and at will over MEST by now, if not for the interuption.

Gringe
Gringe

The strange thing is the psychos at the door are enough to turn anyone away from the cult. I suppose that they were there to be helping the cult.

Erikhuf
Erikhuf

Cock suckers are censering me

Erikhuf
Erikhuf

The Church of Scientology=Money loving cult

Erikhuf
Erikhuf

I do not want to join the church or cult !Is there any way I can be a squirrel hunter?These fools are as crappy as Tom Cruises last 5 movies.Talk about a crappy religion that only rich or well off people can join.The Church of Scientology=Money hungry bitches

Bitty_M
Bitty_M

Obviously Scientology doesn't have the ability to detect "clueless" executives (Rathbun, Rinder, etc).It's a story that keeps repeating itself over and over again.In fact they assign these executives to the most senior positions and keep them there for decades.Either the technology doesn't work, or the managers who oversaw these executives are idiots, or both.

choocho
choocho

ROLF, Scientology is such a freakshow and a trainwreck that you can't help but watch and follow it. L Ron really needed to develop an "LESS OBVIOUS TECH" for the Osa-bots.

Louanne
Louanne

Squirrel: You know what a squirrel is? A squirrel is somebody — you know, the medical profession since time immemorial and all these various professions have had on their coattails, squirrels. Every one of them. There hasn’t been a single branch of human endeavor that doesn’t have its lunatic fringe. (L. Ron Hubbard, 5 December 1952, Lecture “ARC/Cycles: Theory and Automaticity

Anon A
Anon A

Marty's definitely getting a little taste of his own medicine here, since he used to authorize scare-tactics like this against critics and ex-members back when he was still a higher-up in the 'church' of Scientology.But that being said, the complete idiocy and lack of logic inherent in current Scientology leadership is on full display in these videos, and I can't help but wonder what any still-active Scientologists who see it might feel about their church "donations" being spent on this kind of ridiculousness. This is part of why Scientology is losing members and credibility faster than ever before.

MarkStark
MarkStark

Who ya gonna call, [if you're a high school dropout dictator of a nutty cult, like David Miscavige]? Squirrel Busters! Like all of Scientology's members, the S-busters are there just to help. They just wanted to make sure Marty's e-meter was adjusted properly to maximize unauthorized dead space alien soul cluster removal.

Jygfdytd
Jygfdytd

In front is John Allender, OT VIII from San Jose; to his right is Richard Hirst, who owns a tech company with offices in Clearwater, FL & Seattle, WA where he currently works with OSA; the young punk behind John is Tyler Van Hoomissen, a failed band musician whose software company also failed. At the bottom of stairs is Mark Gibbs Warlick of Los Gatos.

They all work for OSA (cults internal security) under Darlene Bright.

And they have been named and shamed for a billion years - all internet search engines will lead to this video of them being typical cowardly scientologists, just like drug addict Hubbard was.

Peggy
Peggy

I love Scientology. It has helped me. And why all this BS on my leader? I frickin' love David Miscavige.I also love Hitler and Satan.Marty Rathun, meh.... how dare someone think he can run his OWN life? He swore to us that he would be in our club forever. Fuck that.And IM the crazy one?

+mc
+mc

If one were to take the Spanish Inquisition as the most realized and unforgiving form of religiously motivated violence and suppression, what would one say about the SquirrelBusters?

IsabellaY
IsabellaY

What a shock that people believe Marty Rathbun has had some kind of revelation. He teaches the Scientology cult's so called religion. He does the whole e-meter thing. He takes money from people. They take courses and I'm just guessing here - but I'll bet the more a person pays Rathbun, the higher level courses they are encouraged to take. And the more courses they take - well, they can be "clear."

Rathbun teaches Scientology. He says he was a victim of Miscavige and that is why he physically beat people - he had to do what Miscavige said.

I could understand if Rathbun got out of the cult, denounced Scientology for being the joke that it is, and then dedicated his efforts to helping the true victims of cults. But he, and so many other of these so called Scientology whistle blowers, are a huge disappointment. Marty is taking in the bucks doing the exact same thing that all Scientology auditors do and if he hasn't already, he will hire other auditors, and so on and so on.

The Squirrel Buster video was a great way for Rathbun to stay in the news.

Silvia Kusada
Silvia Kusada

Marty you rock!! Thank you for all the great work you are doing on setting people free from the psychiological violence from the Church of $cientology!!

RonL
RonL

I heard the founder of scientology was not only the youngest eagle scout, but also a naval hero and a barn-storming daredevil

johnjuster
johnjuster

>>> When the newspaper published the story with a Photoshopped picture of Scientology's West Sussex property, the church sent a letter of complaint, requesting an apology.

The Sun duly published it's apology yesterday:

"In an article on Saturday headline 'Flying Saucers over British Scientology HQ', we stated 'two flat silver discs' were seen 'above the Church of Scientology HQ'.

Following a letter from lawyers for the Church, we apologise to any alien life forms for linking them to Scientologists".

Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet
Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet

I forgot . Squirrels are the Hoarders of nuts. So the Scientologists are frightened they'll be stuffed in a tree.

Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet

Carolina
Carolina

Oh hi Louanne , Barry, Jeanne, and any other socks you're currently hiding behind. Been back to the God discussion forum since you were hilariously exposed as one person posting under several different names?

You know "Louanne", David Miscavige is the biggest squirrel of all. He completely squirreled Hubbard tech. And you let him.

By the way, where is David Miscavige's missing wife, Shelley? She hasn't been seen in 3 years and her family is worried. Do you know what's happened to her?

Nospamspam11
Nospamspam11

OH! I love LRH quotations too

"People attack Scientology, I never forget it, always even the score. People attack auditors, or staff, or organisations, or me. I never forget until the slate is clear." - L. Ron Hubbard, MANUAL OF JUSTICE, 1959

"If attacked on some vulnerable point by anyone or anything or any organization, always find or manufacture enough threat against them to cause them to sue for peace."- L. Ron Hubbard, HCOP, 15 August 1960, Dept. of Govt. Affairs

"The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather than to win. The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly."

- L. Ron Hubbard, A MANUAL ON THE DISSEMINATION OF MATERIAL, 1955

OttoZ
OttoZ

In the old days, when Hubbard was running things, Scientology mostly attacked people covertly, and it was done with some degree of skill. The idea, per Hubbard's instructions, was to "ruin" and "destroy." For some reason Marty Rathbun is getting only the silly treatment and escaping the harsher "handlings" that Scientology is known for.

OttoZ
OttoZ

Hubbard's favorite drugs were: Nicotine, Alcohol, Benzedrine and (injected) Cocaine. Use seems to have continued until around the age of sixty when Hubbard developed some physical problems. That the Scientology "scriptures" were written by Hubbard at four in the morning while buzzed on booze and drugs is too much for the Scientologists.

According to one old timer, Hubbard smoked pot with her at the Phoenix "org" in 1953, but didn't like the flavor - Hubbard chain smoked filterless mentholated KOOL cigarettes, so the non-mentholated marijuana would have had a displeasing taste to him.

In any event, Hubbard didn't need it since, according to insiders, Hubbard had a huge drug chest that had "everything." The guy was his own personal pharmacist.

In the Armstrong vs Church of Scientology trial it was revealed that he was using drugs even while he was the "Commodore" of the "Sea Organization" in the late 1960s.

It's interesting that Hubbard - even in the1950s - hid his drug use from the more straight laced members, while relaxing about it around those he felt could be trusted to keep a secret.

Keep in mind that Scientology - especially from the 1960s forward - is vehemently anti-drug, and wants its brainwashed followers drug free.

johnny d (one pnt. one)
johnny d (one pnt. one)

Lets see the Spanish Inquisition happened when?? Oh yea !! HUNDREDS of years ago, you pathetic $cion, we as a society have learned allot since then, to bad $cientology is trying to drag us back into the dark ages.

OttoZ
OttoZ

Compared to what Scientology's founder did to the minds of thousands (mind f**k), and what he did to author Paulette Cooper, and to many others, or to the small children placed in the chain locker of his "flagship' for punishment, while he strode about as the "Commodore" followed around by 13 year old girls carry his ashtray, this is just fun and games. Marty Rathbun and David Miscavige are like two old buddies pulling pranks on each other.

I suggest doing a google search on Marty Rathbun, Gerry Armstrong.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

PamEllis
PamEllis

Marty LOOOVES scientology....just not the current management.

(As the real Silvia Kusada also loves scientology and Hubbard...interesting nickname for you to have chosen)

Wu Kapauw
Wu Kapauw

And a master martial artist and a particle physicists and a rock musician and a brain surgeon and . . .

Whoops, sorry - that would be BUCKAROO BANZAI

Guest
Guest

The BSA wasn't keeping records of the ages of their Eagle Scouts. You'll have to take Hubbards word for that. Considering he was a pathological liar, maybe not such a good idea. As far as Naval hero and barn storming daredevil go, those are easily refuted lies. The truth is laughably contrary. Nice attempt at distraction though. KSW!

Now, lets say we get back to discussing those ass hat OT's down in Texas the other day, shall we?

Katie
Katie

Tommy Davis says he knows where she is. Can we say subpoena, children? Yes,I knew we could.

billstewart2...
billstewart2...

There's nothing we've learned since then about how to treat people decently that we didn't already know millennia before. The Squirrel Busters aren't like the Spanish Inquisition, though nobody would have expected them either - they're too crazy for non-Scientology-connected people to have made up.

What they really look like is a bunch of teenage street gang members trying to intimidate an ex-member into rejoining them, except they're a bunch of middle-aged overweight geezers trying to make up for the thug experience they must have missed as kids. Certainly they're a demonstration of what a fine religion all of them have been involved in, and how a cult of personality really doesn't work well when The Personality has gone and died on them.

Mike Hobson
Mike Hobson

@Your remark about Silvia Kusada using '$cientology' being strange only shows you don't know what's going on with the Independents. We believe that the so-called 'Church of Scientology' is neither - neither a 'Church', nor 'of Scientology'. So, to distinguish those of us who actually do practice Scientology outside of the fake church that does not, you may see us refer to them as '$cientology', 'Miscavology', 'Church of Miscavology' and similar.

Watcher
Watcher

Considering she's linked to her own weblog in her username, i think it might really be her...Eh. Que sera sera.

billstewart2...
billstewart2...

Hey, hey, hey — don't be mean. We don't have to be mean. 'Cause, remember: no matter where you go... there you are.

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

Oh, that's all kinds of hilarious. I am going to have to blatantly steal that from you, Wu Kapauw.

OttoZ
OttoZ

But the Scientology "Independents" are almost as nutty as the $cientologists. I know you can't see it but, trust me, others can.

PamEllis
PamEllis

You would degrade a word created by the great L Ron Hubbard? Now I have heard everything!

PamEllis
PamEllis

Would be odd for a true believer to write $cientology rather than Scientology.When the independents want to degrade the current leadership, they are more likely to call it CoM (Church if Miscavology) or similar.

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