Scientology Goon Squads Face Fines After Texas Town Rallies To Marty Rathbun's Cause

Last week we reported that Marty Rathbun, former high official in Scientology, had written an open letter to his neighbors in little Ingleside on the Bay, Texas, explaining that he's under constant surveillance by Scientology goon squads. That was punctuated by a sad and hilarious video Rathbun took of Scientology's klutzy crew filming his house from a listing paddle boat in the canal behind his backyard.

Yesterday, the Ingleside Index reported that Ingleside's mayor proposed a ban on film crews filming in the city without the city's permission, and the rest of the council passed it unanimously. Talk about quick government action!

Now, whether it's enforceable or not, we'll have to see. Scientology historically loves nothing more than a legal fight...

Rathbun himself told the Index that the $500 fine imposed by the ordinance would be "chump change" to the Scientology squads. But still, if it was at least some validation he was looking for, Rathbun certainly has that now, knowing that his Texas neighbors don't look kindly on outsiders carrying cameras pestering people on their own property.

Said Rathbun to the paper: "It really is heartening to me. Throughout the years, I haven't been close to many people because of what I was involved in. In the last weeks, I've made lots of friends by having to educate people about who I am and what I was involved in, and they have been very supportive."


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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
When Scientologists Attack -- The Marty Rathbun Intimidation
A Scientologist Excommunicated -- The Michael Fairman SP Declaration
The Richard Leiby Operation -- Investigating a reporter's divorce to shut him up
The Hugh Urban Investigation -- An academic takes a harsh look at Scientology's past
Giovanni Ribisi as David Koresh -- A precedent for a Scientology-Branch Davidian link
Janet Reitman's Inside Scientology -- A masterful telling of Scientology's history
The Western Spy Network Revealed? -- Marty Rathbun ups the ante on David Miscavige
Scientology's Enemies List -- Are You On It?
Inside Inside Scientology -- An interview with author Janet Reitman



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Yap Yaphank
Yap Yaphank

The Texas State Film Commission should hear about this. The Film Office wants to make Texas a film-friendly environment and having production take place in the State is excellent for the local economy. So, now, here comes some out-of-state alleged production company creating havoc and upsetting local residents; this makes the industry look bad and could have negative economic consequences for the State and local cities and towns. 

Marty and others from the City should contact the Film Office and let them know this renegade, out-of-state "Production Company" is misbehaving and thus making the industry look bad by upsetting local residents with its unprofessional practices. The Texas Film Commission's website can be found with a simple web search.

Yap Yaphank
Yap Yaphank

Marty should get in touch with the Texas State Film Commission and tell them that some unprofessional, out-of-state group is making the film making business look bad in Ingelside. Texas' Film Commission (http://governor.state.tx.us/fi... wants to help communities attract production to the State and create a friendly climate for the business. 

figaro
figaro

Maybe because Operating Thetan doesn't really work that Operating Goon appears more effective. Always get back at such goons for harrassment of the political including religious freedom of individuals that they seek to destroy. 

Sid
Sid

I really really really hope that some news crew has been filming these shenanigans for the past months and is about to do an expose on this whole sorry episode.

It should be titled "Where your donations go".

Another Surfer
Another Surfer

There is a lot of static in the replies here that might  take away from the point of this report.

 

This story is about how a small town rallied around itscitizens (of which Marty and his wife are two), who have been experiencing harassment twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week from a group of people claiming to be filming a documentary.

 

This harassment is not limited to Marty and his wife.  I know that if I lived near those two and hadto put up with these goofball camera-heads skulking around in golf carts andpaddle boats, I would be pretty creeped out, uncomfortable, and downright angryat my rights to the sanctuary of my own friggin home and neighborhood being soflagrantly (and, yes, hilariously) violated.

 

Have these doofus “squirrel busters” gone door-to-doorasking for permission to film and asked for neighbors to sign release forms forthe documentary?  Have they asked Martyor his wife to sign releases for it? 

 

Hah.

 

And what about the lies employed to acquire rental propertyas close to Marty as possible? 

 

What kind of “religion” employs these tactics?

 

The  former policeofficer (Gomez) brings up “religious discrimination” – this is disingenuous atbest.  The Cult of Scientology isdiscriminating against Marty, his wife, and their friends and fellow adherentsbased on their choice to practice scientology as they see fit, outside theconfines of this money-grubbing and terrifyingly controlling cult.

I just don't get what the Cult of Scientology thinks it is gaining by behaving in this manner.  It's actually indicative of a serious disconnection with reality, and how it is perceived by the rest of us who live share the planet with them.

Guest
Guest

Okay, my last and final in-depth comment.  Those shorts are revealing.  That's all I have to say about that.

Guest
Guest

Does this mean that Russia will ban paddle boats, since they banned scientology today?

Brent
Brent

I hear that Hubbard is alive and well on his very own paddle boat.  By the way he commanded one during the war and was responsible for single-handedly saving Pearl Harbor from a Japanese sneak attack that was planned to take place at the end of 1941.  Thank you, Ron!

Jonathon Barbera
Jonathon Barbera

Please stop comparing Marty Rathbun to Martin Luther. For the 27 years Marty was in the Sea Org, he did nothing to reform the Church of Scientology or help others trapped in the cult.

In fact, when given the task of reforming the GO into OSA, Marty Rathbun was expected to kick out the former GO crew and cancel the GO's activities. Instead, Marty had the GO crew transferred to other orgs and all GO policies were updated to become OSA policies. There was no real reform.

None of us wants to see the Church of Scientology's OSA stalking and harassing people. However, if they must harass anyone, it is entirely appropriate for them to target their founder and former leader, Marty Rathbun. It's Karma.

Jack
Jack

Is every teen with a cell phone now a criminal film crew? Dumb law.

Jonathan Spiegl
Jonathan Spiegl

I was wondering about what kind of woman would go to Texas and make a laughing stock pathetic fool of herself floating in a clumsy tiny overloaded kiddie boat to spy on a former church member.

Found this:  One of the "Squirrel Busters"  (fraudulent "documentary crew" caught in their own lies) is Joanne Wheaton, widow of a former plane pilot, both were ardent Scientologists before he crashed his plane on a bridge in Washington DC. 

Larry Wheaton's plane crashed Jan.

13, 1982, onto a crowded bridge in Wash-

ington, D.C., and then into the Potomac

River. Only five of the 79 people aboard

survived.

- Wheaton and his wife were ardent Sci-

entologists and had made sizable contri-

butions to the sect before the crash.

Wheaton, 34, who was earning $72,000 a

year as an Air Florida pilot, left no will.

His wife inherited their house in south-

west Miami and a $142,000 life insurance

policy.

The life insurance money was Joanne

Wheaton's to spend as she saw fit. But

not so with the workers' compensation

benefits, a probate judge says.

"I was flabbergasted," Dade Probate

Judge Francis Christie said of learning

that the workers' compensation money

had been spent.

Christie told The Miami Herald in a

story published Thursday that the money

was supposed to go into Wheaton's estate

to pay off any debts and at least part

was supposed to be safeguarded until the

couple's two sons, Eli, 2, and Joshua, 8,

turn 18.

Court records show Mrs. Wheaton got

$300,000 on June 8, 1982, and the next day

spent $299,400 this way:

- $80,000 went to the Church of Sci-

entology for church expansion. .

- $42,000 to the sect's Library Dona-

tion Service, which places books about

Scientology in public libraries. ;

- $8,000 to the building fund of the

(Please see * WIDOW, next page).

(from page 1A)

Learning Academy, a Scientology school

in Miami.

- $5,000 in gifts to Church of Scientolo-

gy ministers.

- $150,000 invested with MSR Inc., a

Dade County firm owned by a Scientolog-

ist named Robert Almblad.

- $10,000 in a certificate of deposit

- $4,000 for credit card debts left by

her husband.

Sandra Gortez
Sandra Gortez

First, check your YouTube and MR blog history, who started filming who first? Who started trouncing upon the privacy of others through blog postings first? It was Marty Rathbun who posted private conversations on his blog first, and it was Marty Rathbun that harassed Scientologists on camera first. Where is your outrage towards Marty Rathbun for that? Secondly, FYI, Marty Rathbun is providing Scientology auditing to independent Scientologists in a manner that is harmful to them. It's that simple. It seems to me that the church cares about this, as they should, it's negative and harmful affect on independent Scientologists and is attempting to persuade him to improve or, if no improvement is possible, stop the process, simply, because as is, it is harming independent Scientologists.

Tilman
Tilman

This ordinance is silly. It would also mean that Marty can't film these wackos.

MarkStark
MarkStark

On national TV, in a segment about Scientology or in an interview with Janet Reitman, pulling out this footage would be ratings gold, if it were presented properly and incorporated with some of the Squirrel Busters camera-hat footage.

Bryan Seymour! Do it!

sizzle8
sizzle8

You can say it 'til you're blue in the face, but scientologists just don't get it that they create their own bad PR and their own enemies.

Guest
Guest

And for yet another decade and year, the IRS continues to hide the secret details of their agreement with Scientology Executives and continues to allow special tax deals that no one and no other group gets.  Which leads me to the burning question of the day ...

Are paddle boats a bonafide religious tax exemption? 

Jeff Lebowski
Jeff Lebowski

Paddle boats!!!  Hahaha.  What I'd give to see that thing capsize...

Gary Lee-Nova
Gary Lee-Nova

We don't often get visitors from the Karma Police 'round these parts. 

G'day, Officer Jonathon. Problem Officer?

Guest4
Guest4

No, it's illegal.  Not to mention hilarious. 

Guest
Guest

Stunning. Nauseating.  Creepy.  I wonder what happened to her poor children.  That money could have helped pay for college. 

$cientology at its finest.

guest
guest

Louanne,Why is there no evidence of this so called harassment by Marty?  But assuming there was, guess what police and lawyers are for?  You certainly know how to use lawyers.  How come you don't sue him?  Possibly then he might really release the goods that he has.

Guess what? You don't have the right to determine who someone goes to or how they practice.  It isn't up to you or to Scientology, it's up to the individuals.  

Old OT7
Old OT7

Absolute 100% BULLSHIT!  He's providing auditing and your cult is not making a dime off of it, Sandra.  That's what it's all about.  Since being in scientology is like being Jim Cary in the "Truman Show,"  you have no idea of just how toxic your reputation is.  And your cults actions just reinforce it.

Guest
Guest

Harmful in what respect?  Are you practicing medicine without a license?  Tell me, doctor, what harms are being inflicted by your previous high ranking church leader?

If you are talking about "spiritual harm" than, by a twist of karma, you have no recourse!!

candace6
candace6

" is providing Scientology auditing to independent Scientologists in a manner that is harmful to them"

What a hoot!  As if anyone in your "church" gives a rat's ass if someone is being hurt.  Seriously, do you really expect anyone to believe it's something other than greed that has Miscavige and co. so bothered by Rathbun providing services?  And as per usual, you end up looking like total buffoons in your squirrel buster shirts, cranium cams, and now the paddleboat fiasco.  Even managed to turn an entire town against you.  Nice going scientology!

Ooops - Caught Again
Ooops - Caught Again

Sandra Gortez, what you say is plausible and sounds true. ☞ Except☜   there is one thing that blows your argument apart. What? you might ask.   Simple:   You are not only attacking Mark Rathbun and his wife, Monique.  ***get this****  You are stalking and calumniating the poor flock that goes to see Mr. Rathbun. 

If you were sincerely doing this, as you claim, out of concern for your "parishioners", wouldn't you be rounding them up with loving kindness?   Instead,  you  (OSA, the Office of Special Affairs, directed by David Miscavige)  create vicious, dishonest, lying libelous ✇ blogs about the people you pretend to care about.  When you are forced to remove them by a web host, you put them up again.The OSA defamation blogs are evil ☠ malice that does not scream "hey, we care about you, we don't want you getting hurt by M. Rathbun." 

You target and attack and stalk anyone who has talked to Mark Rathbun.

Additionally, you are harassing and being obnoxious and arrogant to the citizens of Ingleside. And you ✇ lied to several of them, about the leased house you impersonated (Ralph S. Gomez pretended) being hurricane season insurance agents (liars!)  You lie about people. You lie about the very people you say you are trying to "protect" in the most vicious, injurious and sneaky ways possible!

So you see, your ACTIONS (lies, libel, intimidation, dishonesty, deception, malice) speak way louder than  words.

SFF
SFF

Too bad you weren't around to make sure Scientologists weren't being harmed when Lisa McPherson needed help.

MarkStark
MarkStark

How about Marty provides auditing that is cheaper, with less pressure to buy up the bridge or donate, and it makes his Ron-believers happier?

How about no RPFs, no Security Checking, no DISCONNECTION from family members?

As far as the who did what first, that's not always the most significant aspect, compared to what they did to whom. A so-called "church" shouldn't be spying on ex-members, following them around with PIs.

Guest
Guest

"YI, Marty Rathbun is providing Scientology auditing to independent Scientologists in a manner that is harmful to them. It's that simple."

 You got any proof of that harm, Louanne? S when you and your OSA cohorts persecute these independant Scientologists, which you've done for decades, you're trying to help them?

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

The "Squirrel Busters" have rented property by saying they're a film crew making a documentary. So I think the town is just taking them at their own word, see?

MarkStark
MarkStark

Marty isn't a film crew. He's just one person.

Guest
Guest

The wealth country club of Scientologists won't see this video.  They won't see any of the wasteful ways their money is spent.  This is 1950's money scam  turned into Orwell's 1984 novel that defies every advancement of the 21st Century. 

There is no category of people or organizations that are Not enemies of Scientology.  Why would they care about ignorant humans and their laws, all beneath them?

The persons that make up this harrassment team all get some kind of reward for their actions. Some will get a good night's sleep, or a decent meal, maybe even a few hours liberty.  Others will get extra tickets on the merry-go-round for another chance at that Golden Ring of god-like powers.  Oh yeah, some will get in on the lottery for immortaility.

You don't even want to know what happens to those who refuse to paddle up shit's creek.

Ghost of Charlie
Ghost of Charlie

thank Xenuthe Failure is built into the Hubbard Policystraying from them is verbotenchanging,altering or eliminating them is tantamount to a high crimeto do so Is the act of a Squirrel!

Hide your nuts..Scientology

thanks for the footbullets

guest
guest

Ah Guest, that was a nice one!

Jeff Lebowski
Jeff Lebowski

That's the question I've been asking for years.

MarkStark
MarkStark

Tommy Davis would explain that paddle boats are sacred ecclesiastical watercraft, necessary for the worship of his religion as he sees fit in accordance with the sacred scriptures of L. Ron Hubbard. They will defend themselves from land and sea, from the likes of Marty and his non ecclesiastically calibrated emeter.

Whether at sea or on land, or even on the toilet, Scientology will be there watching you.

Just imagine this on National TV, with Martin Barshir asking Tommy Davis what a Private Eye and two Church members in "squirrel busters" T-shirts are doing outside of former member Marty Rathbun's house.

Xenu and his DC8s. Squirrel Busters and their paddle boat.

"Now Tommy, tell us what Mr. Hubbard said about squirrels..."

"Did David Miscavige hire these so-called "Squirrel Busters" or is it some renegade vigilante spy group from your 'Church?'"

"If so, who hired the PI?"

"How many OTs are aboard, and are any of them using what you'd call Operating Thetan super powers?"

"Tommy, would you care to divulge the secret location of the mountain prison where Xenu is held captive?"

Old OT7
Old OT7

As the saying goes, "Don't Mess With Texas."  I hope the good people of IOB goes after them with torches and pitchforks.  These clams are going to stir up a hornets nest if they keep this stupid shit up.   StupidScientology!

Gary Lee-Nova
Gary Lee-Nova

I'd give 9000 Internets and a used e-meter to see the Squirrel Busters go ass-over-tea-kettle into the drink!

 Comedy Platinum!

MarkStark
MarkStark

Scientology should pay the  $500 fine on the spot, or citizens can sink their ship.

Jonathon Barbera
Jonathon Barbera

It's only illegal if Marty Rathbun isn't in on it. He blew from the Sea Org in 2004 but didn't begin making public statements about the church until 2009. Why wait so long? Was he waiting for the statute of limitations to run out on his own crimes while in the Church of Scientology?

It's ridiculous for Marty to be playing the victim. Not only is it contrary to the philosophy of Scientology, but we should all observe Marty's lack of concern from 2004 to 2009 for anyone other than himself. Others were harassed while Marty said and did nothing. He was the guy who founded OSA and might know more about their inner workings than anyone, yet he doles out little tidbits of information to people merely to string them along rather than actually help those who have been harmed by the cult.

Guest4
Guest4

Well, I'ma re-reopen the thread.  Who died and made you, Ms. Sandra Gortex, The Thread Closer?  (Makes me feel like I'm 14 talkin' like this.  I like it!)

Sandra Gortez
Sandra Gortez

Wow. At this point I will post an appropriate quote and close this thread: "Who's crazier?  The crazy person, or the person that tries to argue with the crazy person." LOLNR

Ann J.
Ann J.

It's worse, Ralph S Gomez said he was a resident of Corpus Christi, Texas (which he is) and he owned an insurance company and wanted to be there for hurricane season!  That's plain old creepy fraudulent lying!  And he works in law enforcement?

Rabid Miscarriage
Rabid Miscarriage

The "Squirrel Busters" should be chased out of town with pitch forks.  They don't care about paying fines, it's just money they fleece from their followers.  They need to get them varmints the hell out of Dodge.  America is alive and well in the heart of Texas!! Go INGLESIDE ON THE BAY!!

Jonathon Barbera
Jonathon Barbera

What level of Scientologist is Marty Rathbun that he'd need five years before speaking out about abuses he'd witnessed?

I was formally excommunicated by the Church of Scientology in 1994. Within two years I was speaking out about what I believed to be bad church policies:

http://groups.google.com/group...

I was one of the first to post a complete Command Channels Chart as used by the Church of Scientology to the Internet back in 1996. What internal data has Marty provided? A few outdated lists of names? He's still withholding too much.

Guest
Guest

It's no surprise an ex-scientologist would wait a while to stark speaking out about the church's abuses.  There have been several more books published since 2004 about the abuses of scientology, and now the press and every other intelligent person is on the band wagon to make the abuse stop. 

Guest
Guest

Anyone touched by Scientology is harmed by Scientology.  Some harmed, some destroyed, in some way, some will never be the same.

I think that's all that anyone ever needs to know about Scientology.   It's bad.  Stay Away.

Old OT7
Old OT7

Who's crazier?   The brainwashed recruit who hands over his life savings, his kids college fund, his home, his investments to a cult who's founder lied about his entire life, abused drugs, and called for the destruction of families and individuals.  Seriously, the world is on to you.  The internet is your downfall.

Arielle
Arielle

In Louanne's defence - she has used Sandra Gortez before.  She was also Vicki once.

Annie Too Bad
Annie Too Bad

Maybe she identifies with Ralph S. Gomez, private investigator extraordinaire who skulks in the back channel canals of Texas like a big Baby Huey in a listing paddle boat.

Rabid Miscarriage
Rabid Miscarriage

She's talking to herself again. Louanne, who is crazier, you? Or the other you? Sorry we can't help you with that.    But remember one simple thing: Cause & Effect.  WHO "caused" the global awakening about OSA malice, calumny, dishonesty, lying tactics? 

MarkStark
MarkStark

I'm reopening the thread. And Louanne, just post as Louanne. What's with the "Sandra Gortez" shtick?

Guest
Guest

 Who is Nelly Fortuna, one of your new sock-puppets?

Annie
Annie

Ralph S. Gomez leased the house under that lie. 

Rabid Miscarriage
Rabid Miscarriage

..and the movie Ghost Busters should SUE THE CULT for COPYRIGHT infringement, tarnishing a good movie with insanity like the cult perpetrates. Sheesh

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