Scientology's "Documentary" of Marty Rathbun Revealed! (UPDATED -- The Squirrel Busters Respond!)

AFTER THE JUMP: The Squirrel Busters respond to the Voice!

Brace yourself, Scientology watchers. This is jaw-dropping territory.

You'll remember that former church executive Marty Rathbun complained to local government in his Corpus Christi-area town of Ingleside on the Bay, Texas, that he was being surveilled and harassed by a goon squad sent to watch him by Scientology, which considers him an arch-nemesis.

The town rallied to Rathbun's defense, and the goons with their cameras fended off criticism by saying they were renting property nearby and even filming him from a paddle boat because they were making a "documentary." Yeah, a "documentary" in the style of an SNL music spoof, complete with high-level Scientologists dancing on boats. (Seriously. Click the video already.)

At his blog, Rathbun commented that the video's sense of humor was consistent with past work by Scientology leader David Miscavige. There's no obvious evidence that Miscavige had a hand in it. We're trying to reach the "Squirrel Busters" themselves to see how they describe the work.

I guess they deserve some points for playing around with SNL's footage and somewhat laughing at their own people in the listing paddle boat that has already been a hit here at Runnin' Scared.

But the Squirrel* Busters themselves prancing on a boat? Not so funny when you keep in mind that these people are following Rathbun and his wife constantly wherever they go.

I don't know. Our commenters will no doubt score this video on their own. A hit? Or a miss, folks?

Update: For those wondering about the source of the video, please feel free to peruse "The Squirrel Zone," where the Squirrel Busters have been posting all of their anti-Rathbun and anti-Rinder videos. You'll see that it's quite consistent with the others.

*What's a squirrel? If you haven't been keeping up with our previous posts about what's happening in South Texas, here's a primer: Marty Rathbun was once one of the top executives in Scientology. He left in 2004, and since 2009 has been operating a blog that is highly critical of Scientology's current leader, David Miscavige. In retaliation, Scientologists from around the country have been traveling to Rathbun's Corpus Christi-area home to surveil him constantly. They call themselves "Squirrel Busters" because Scientology derisively calls people "squirrels" who leave the church but continue to practice founder L. Ron Hubbard's philosophies (which Rathbun does). There have been several such splinter groups, or independence movements in the past, but Rathbun is a particularly dangerous "squirrel" to a shrinking Scientology. That's why they have created the logo you will see of Rathbun's head on a squirrel's body. It's also on their shirts. Keep an eye on Runnin' Scared for more updates on the strange latest twists in this and other Scientology stories. We post items just about every day.


SECOND UPDATE!: We've received a response from the Squirrel Busters themselves and wanted to share it with you.

Yesterday, I called Ralph Gomez, the member of the Squirrel Busters who is actually a local and not a Scientologist from California or Florida or elsewhere, and told him I wanted to ask about the "I'm On a Boat" video. I especially wanted to talk to Ed Bryan, the Scientologist who dances on a boat in the short film. (Bryan is reportedly OT VIII, the highest level of training in the church and, by church teachings, nearly a superhuman.) Gomez told me he was feeling ill and asked me to call back on Friday morning. When I got to work this morning, however, I found the following e-mail waiting for me:

Mr. Ortega,

We received your message and want to thank you for your words of encouragement regarding our latest video. Mr. Bryan is actually fielding more offers for music video appearances and is in contact with an agent due to the overwhelming positive responses we have received!

I wanted to make sure you understand though that the clips you have seen so far are just teasers for our longer project. But more on that later.

We were glad that you contacted us as we had planned to interview you on camera next time we are in New York to hear your thoughts on the suit filed against Village Voice Media by the victim of child pornography and prostitution. (The victim's pimp was using the Village Voice site to post child pornography and ads for prostituting a minor.)

As this is possibly a larger situation in your newspaper, any other comments on the subject of the ethics of a newspaper taking ads for child prostitution would be helpful to help clear the record.

For speed sake, you may be able to arrange for us to interview Rathbun to speak on your behalf about your company's ethics in this matter since you have such an intimate relationship with him and run ads for his hate site on your blog so frequently.

Thank you very much for your interest and your fairness in reporting both sides of the story and issues concerning Marty Rathbun.
Sincerely.
The Squirrel Busters Production team.

PERSONAL INFO:
Squirrel Busters Productions

sqbproductions@gmail.com
(408) 599-5141


As Corpus Christi's newspaper, the Caller-Times and its excellent reporter, Mark Collette, already divined, SQB Productions and that 408 telephone number are associated with a San Jose Scientologist named John Allender. In our story "When Scientologists Attack!" which showed the Squirrel Busters goon squad trying to intimidate Rathbun on his porch, it was Allender who was front and center and doing the talking. I called that number and Allender's home this morning, but didn't reach him.

Will it be Allender who comes to New York with a camera strapped to his head looking for an interview with me? I wonder.

Yes, we take 30 million ads a year from users at our Backpage.com website, and we have about 100 employees who moderate 20,000 ads a day. Recently, we've come under attack because a small number of those ads involve underage users who violate our terms of use. We've actually been quite open about this issue -- so open, some people wish we'd shut up about it -- and I myself wrote a column addressing it a couple of weeks ago.

The Village Voice has long taken ads for things that other newspapers won't, which is part of the reason we have so much freedom to write things that other newspapers won't. And that's also why its editor in chief can satisfy his own curiosity about an odd church that acts in such mysterious ways. (Also, it's just so fun.)


tortega@villagevoice.com | @VoiceTonyO

Click here to see all recent Scientology coverage at the Voice

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
Scientology and the Nation of Islam -- Holy Doctrinal Mashup, Batman!
Scientologists -- How Many of Them Are There, Anyway?
Roger Weller's Wild Ride -- Scientology When it was Hip
The Marc Headley Infiltration -- A Scientology Spying Operation Revealed
Placido Domingo Jr: Scientology's Retaliation is "Scary and Pathetic"



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plumbing supplies

Four boaters were hurt, two seriously, on the Sacramento River at Miller Park this afternoon when their powerboat struck a wake, flipping the boat and sending the four overboard.

Karen de la Carriere
Karen de la Carriere

THEN and NOW.

How far have they fallen ?2005 Tom Cruise “OT 7″ jumping on a sofa on Oprah.2011 Ed Bryan “OT8″ dancing on a boat on a canal in Texas.

2005 Mike Rinder, International Spokesman

2011 Squirrel Buster Productions take the stage as International Spokesmen as the NEW Face of Scientology.

Whacko, Lunatic-fringe, stalking, creepy in a hallucinatory and illusory world.What wall ?What universe do they live in ?

Schockenawd
Schockenawd

Hmm.  Let's see.  Scientologists deflecting inquiries about their low-rent, ridiculously embarrassing boat video by drawing attention to an entirely unrelated controversy.  What does that remind me of?  Oh, wait, I know!  It was that great religious scholar, LRH, who taught us all that it is important to "Never defend.  Always attack."  And let's not forget the sacred importance of harassment, since "enough harassment on someone who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing he is not authorized, is usually enough to cause his professional decease."  (Also an LRHism.)  Tony, I'm just guessing, but I'd bet that any "interview" you give those guys will end up feeling a whole lot like harassment.   

Scilonschools
Scilonschools

"And that's also why its editor in chief can satisfy his own curiosity"

And that of every SANE law abiding individual (and Thetan :) ) who truly cares about the well being of all  men. women & CHILDREN.

TheGuest
TheGuest

Hey, just a minute now.  They're using blah blah from a CNN reporter?  Wot!!  Scientology, OSAbots and Dm's mouthpiece, Freedumb Magazine, went to great, long insane lengths to convince (who?) to never, Evah! believe any blah blah from Any CNN reporter.  Ever. hahahah

Nothing says Scientology like Sick and/or Sexual Propaganda schmearing.

Scilonschools
Scilonschools

Mr Ortega as you have a direct line to the SQB and they quite rightly are cocearned about Paedophile activity, can you ask them if Senior Scientologists Jan Eastgate(Head of CCHR intl) has prepared her defence of intimidation of a child to conceal Corporate Paedophilia on behalf of the Church of Scientology, or is she just going to forfeit the 10K bail and fail to return to trial in Australia?

dagobarbz
dagobarbz

A few years ago, I reviewed 'Ai, Pedrito,' a collaboration between dead L. Ron and fellow hack, Kevin J. Anderson. It was promoted as comedic, which it never was. The SBP video reminded me of something I wrote in my review.

"Comedy? There is often a fine line between comedic and stupid, and thistext crosses that line with wincing frequency."

So does this video. It is so awesomely and stupidly out of touch and so not cool despite its attempt to perhaps, "appeal to da yout."

Well, yout, what say you? Are not old fucks capering on a rental boat to hip hop cool?Or are they so embarrassing you want to cut off your own head?

Maryr62798
Maryr62798

I bet Gomez is ill. Not being a scion and brainwashed I bet he is sick that he sold himself out to these douchebags.

TheGuest
TheGuest

Hoo Boy!  Couple things highly suggest you have on hand for any New York meeting:1) New York food (it will make them sluggish, sleepy, and suggestible)2) Boat Hats (like we used to make in school, but make with foil instead of paper)3) 8 cameramen, 3 lawyers, 2 translators that speak fluent street sci, 1 bug exterminator4) Tablet or Android with app for keeping score of Invest stats.

wait, #4?  Yes, you could turn this seemingly arduous event into a fun game for all!

Whether you know it or not,  you, my man, are worth all kinds of stats (points) in scientology's intelligence wing, OSA.  There's all kinds of variations and possible ways to score and lose points.  The above respose shows me you are back in Upper League Defense games.Here's a sample of OSA's Invesigations "Enemy" Point System.  (loads of lulzy fun)

http://www.anti-scientologie.c...

dagobarbz
dagobarbz

O lawd, they're gonna turn this into an attack on VV ad policies. Along with the San Diego Reader and Craigs List, these advertising venues can be problematic. However, if the culties are going to bring up child abuse, I'd bring up Jan Eastgate.

If they want to talk about cheating spouses, let's ask where David Miscavige's wife is. And why is DM hanging around with the ex-wife of a dead RPF victim who died a slow, horrible death from a wasting disease like MS. DM ordered their divorce, and now this poor dead guy's wife is DM's little slavey.

I wouldn't be so quick to yawp about prostitution. Those clowns have all sold their lives to a destructive cult. That, too, is a form of prostitution.

Keep 'em on target, Tony! If you need guidance (which I doubt) reading anon sparrow's court transcripts are enlightening. Their tactics are so obvious when written out!

Tony, /r/ you meet the Squirrel Busters in a custom shirt, and a clip on hatcam. Pleasepleaseplease! And also, dance on a boat for us.

Tilman
Tilman

Germans can't watch the video: "Leider ist dieses Video, das Musik von UMG beinhaltet, in Deutschland nicht verfügbar, da die GEMA die Verlagsrechte hieran nicht eingeräumt hat" 

because they're using music that they don't have the rights.

MarkStark
MarkStark

This video is to "documentary" as Scientology is to "research." 

LastOneStanding
LastOneStanding

whats the matter Mahrtay?cant take what you yourself dished out not that long ago?where are all the docs linking scientology to Lisa McPherson's death?until you can answer that question you will keep pulling them in.

Kubrick
Kubrick

I can't tell from the video itself if this was done by you, Rathbun or Miscavige. It is pointless and stupid.

mirele
mirele

Why is it that I wish a landshark would come along and get these guys?

Old OT7
Old OT7

They're  like evil clowns.  The tiny tyrant has not done an interview since the very early 90s when Ted Koppel made him look like a crazed dwarf.  Just how many time can they shoot themselves in the foot?

scilonschools
scilonschools

This so reminds me of Captain Willards jouney up the river from "Apocalypse Now", the surreal Insanity increases the closer he gets to his objective!!The human mind is strange at best and truely bizzare when it becomes 'unhinged'!!

dagobarbz
dagobarbz

Here's something a bit elronic...years ago, Scientology tried to shut down a Usenet group, alt.religion.scientology, because of the use of their trademarked name.

Suddenly, criticism of Scientology got an influx of free speech activists who happily jumped into the fray. Many of them are still active.

Comes now the Tom Cruise video. Scientology tried to get that yanked off the web due to copyright infringement. This resulted in a new influx of Scientology watchers, the amorphous blob that calls itself Anonymous.

Given that Scientology howls about copyright infringement at the drop of a hat, why do they think it's okay to steal artist's music for their videos?

Sid
Sid

A very transparent attempt at injecting humor into a serious situation.

The "church" knows that straight-faced guys in suits with dark glasses who refuse to communicate with those being trailed is just designed to scare and intimidate. It looks creepy and gives people an insight into the evil at the very heart of the CoS.

Guys dancing on boats however....well what's to be scared about that???

It reminds me of the bully at school who has been warned that if he hits you again he will be kicked out of the school. Of course the bully can't help himself, he is desperate to make you look small and him look big. So what does he do? He goes psychological. He makes little comments, he jokes about you, he tries to make everyone laugh at you. YOU know he's still bullying you, HE knows he's still bullying you, but this time there are no scratches, there's no bruises, just the continued relentless pursuit of your unhappiness.

This is no church. This is no group for the betterment of mankind. This is a bullying corporate who are making more and more people hate them and L Ron Hubbard with every passing day.

To the Scientology parishioner lurkers....this is where your donations go.

Ferdinandy
Ferdinandy

Is this the Karen de la Carriere who has that website with all the soft focus glamor pictures?  Did you used to model when you were a young woman or what's the deal?  I'm trying to figure out how those photos tie in to counseling which is what you do now right?

TheGuest
TheGuest

Indeed, but let's not forget the standard religious process known as "deflect tech".

The promise of more to come is no surprise.  On the horizon, long term exposure of who and what scientology is outed by the likes of numerous court cases now, Headley possible appeal,  Brian Mandigo (Anonsparrow) civil (criminal cases Not guilty), huge flap  of Jan Eastgate (Janice Meyer) President of CCHR Intl arrested for alledged coverup of child molestation and threatening child of losing family, and Australia's Senator Xenophon clamping down on it all.

Then there's Hugh Ubran's book in the wings, we got your Lawrence Wright, and later movie that is of course not about Scientology coming from Hoffman corners and oh yes,the media coverage just isn't quitting anytime soon on Janet Reitman's indepth book "Inside Scientology", and I know there's more but you get the idea.

So now scientology wants to use Tony Ortega to get some media coverage that Isn't about any of the above because that will fool everyone, and we'll all just forget about all that other "entheta".  Sure, that'll work!  

TrademarkThis
TrademarkThis

The "response" encapsulates The Scientology Way.  It is not genuine nor sincere communication.   It is snide and contrived manipulation of attack & outrageous knowing alteration to take the attention OFF themselves. 

It's class, BRAND Scientology right there.   Sniveling covert dishonest insincere and malicious.

Gary Lee-Nova
Gary Lee-Nova

After viewing the 'documentary,' I wanted to gouge out my eyes. 

If we're going to allow retards to have unlimited access to power-tools, this 'documentary' is an example of some of the consequences. 

Leo Ryan
Leo Ryan

Good point, Tilman.  Aren't they violating copyright?  I thought CoS was so adamant about people not violating their "copyrights".  Why are they violating the copyrights of others?

Arielle
Arielle

I think this video is as much a documentary as Scientology is a religion.

Scientia
Scientia

Would you rather he kept quiet then?

Ian McEllen
Ian McEllen

has anyone asked the artists about that? I posted that question to their twitter, but no reply just yet. But I wonder if they're aware that their video is being used in a stalking campaign? They just might object to that...

Fake Tommy Davis
Fake Tommy Davis

Because we are better than you. When we steal, we are saving the planet. When you steal, you are...well not even stealing, but ...hrppphhh! Don't ask me that again or I'm leaving!

MarkStark
MarkStark

I agree with your comment Sid.

Scientology hit an iceberg called the Internet. This is just Miscavige keeping the band playing while it goes down.

He's trying to push Marty's "button," and he'd probably like Marty to make a big mistake, like haul off and slug someone, but Marty knows the game. He's not going to do that.

One difference from a school bully situation is that this is a symbiotic relationship. While I don't think Marty hired the Squirrel Busters, he benefits from this situation. Also, Marty used to be an enforcer for the cult, a bully himself.

I also think it is annoying and disturbing for Marty and his wife, and his followers. They don't know what MIscavige or one of his cult members will do when the ship is going down. Will they look to Marty as the "who" to blame?

This is where Miscavige makes a mistake, by drawing too much attention to Marty. The "public" cult members are used to being self-absorbed, and not getting drawn into these outside (external to their own "case") dramas, whether it is what Marty is doing, thinking about what happened to Lisa, or wondering why fellow cult members leave, get disconnected or kill themselves.. If any of them read Reitman's book, they are going to be thrown for a loop, especially by the section on DM's takeover.

Karen de la Carriere
Karen de la Carriere

Fernandy  ~~

Internet images are irrelevant and a derail to the thread.We are discussing the CULT of Scientology.

Here's what you need to know about me.

+++++I was a Cult member and served them for 35 years.But as soon as I connected up with declared SPs, I became abn overnight SP.The cult created a hate web site on with malicious lies and tabloid fantasy but also some trutth out of my pc confessionals.

Priest/penitent privilege indeed !

++++++My son Alexander was used a Office of Special Affairs tool and pawn and coached to guide me to this tabloid web site  !

+++++My son was manipulated to disconnect from me.  He is in their grasp.  He works for a Scientology company, he is well paid and would lose his job overnight if he talked to me.   His wife who is in an embedded Scientology family would disconnect from me, so he would lose his job and wife.

++++++A 40 year old woman called Marie Warren was having sex with  Alexander was 12/13 years old.  He was doing slave labor for the cult, cleaning toilets and grimy back staircases with no schooling.  He was born in the cult and did not know any other life.This was in Clearwater, Florida ~~ I lived in Los Angeles.  His father Heber Jentzsch was on sadistic punishments by David Miscavige at INT base.   Neither Heber or myself were informed of the statutory rape and Alexander was forbidden to ever talk about it with very firm iron clad orders.    Multiple reports of those were there at the time (Sea Org members who have now fled) sent me reports to corroborate this.

++++++You can do Google research to find out how many times the Church has covered up Molestation and rape, the most notorious one involves Jan Eastgate in Australia.

    PLEASE KEEP ON TOPIC.   WE ARE DISCUSSING THE CULT OF SCIENTOLOGY AND ITS CRIMINAL ACTS.

     THANK YOU.

Leo Ryan
Leo Ryan

At what point will the CoS understand that you can no longer shudder people into silence?  IT DOES NOT WORK. 

Why did you send people to Karen's house?  Can you explain that to me?How is Karen expressing her opinion threatening to you? 

If what you were doing were right, why would you feel threatened by anyone? The fact that you feel threatened tends to show your weakness.

TheGuest
TheGuest

"Sniveling, covert, dishonest, insincere and malicious"  and yet, according to the IRS,  so religious!

Adriana
Adriana

I guess we have to see this for what it really is: Secterian infighting between two branches of a small and marginal "religion" (in the very loosest sence of the word). Marty Rathbun is fishing in David Miscaviges pond, and when Miscavige touts "freedom of religion" this is not the freedom he was thinging of.

dagobarbz
dagobarbz

He is keeping quiet about a lot of things that matter, but will reflect poorly on him. As if that's something he needs to worry about. We know what kind of person he is. His record speaks for itself.

dagobarbz
dagobarbz

"This is just Miscavige keeping the band playing while it goes down."

What are they playing? 'Thank you for listening?' 'We stand tall?''the Galactic Patrol Marching Song?'

Sid
Sid

Hmmm, not sure symbiosis is the word I would use to describe this situation.

For a start, one party (Miscavige) does not benefit from the ongoing criticism from Rathbun. Miscavige hates the fact that Rathbun is delivering Scientology, hates the little factoids that Marty from time to time reveals, and hates the fact that Marty is enticing some out from under the radar. Miscavige is well and truly enterbulated.

Secondly, although you are right that Rathbun gets some benefit from the publicity, and also the bizarre and creepy behavior could drive more under-the-radar traffic to his website and hence to his auditing practice, the constant presence of the "Squirrel-Busters" is probably designed more to harass and dissuade Marty's clientele than Marty himself.

Marty is a big boy and is able to handle himself I expect, and you are right he was once on the other side of the fence delivering the bullying.

However, regardless of what he has or has not done in the past he has left the CoS and is entitled to live without them camping outside his front door.

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

"Ferdinandy" does ask some strange questions here. Let's try to keep things focused on the subject at hand and not get personal. There's plenty to discuss without getting shitty.

Guest
Guest

Tony,

Did you read this?  Very disturbing.

Thanks

Leo Ryan
Leo Ryan

Thanks for staying on topic and for your courage, Karen.

Leo Ryan
Leo Ryan

Whether you get it or not, your comments are exactly the kind of thing that OSA does. If you aren't a Scientologist, then take a step back and rethink what you are trying  to say, and ask yourself if you were making a serious point about something and someone asked if you posed in a picture like "sex kitten", would you find that offensive? Wouldn't you believe someone was trying to attack you(none too subtly either)? 

Ferdinandy
Ferdinandy

Leo...I'm not a Scientologist!   How would that question shudder anyone ?? the many photos of Karen de la Carriere are soft-focus "glamor" shots and it's confusing  ... check it out on her website.  It's like she's trying to look like a vixen, I don't get the Ambassador's Daughter and Socialite stuff with the big hair!?!?!  sheesh I don't blame y'all for being on edge ...but look before you shoot. If I was a Scientologese OSA person I would be saying she was a criminal or something!!  I really want to know.

Scientia
Scientia

The brilliance of not being in the cult of DM is that I can interpret LRH as I see fit, and speak my mind freely. So we disagree on a few things, barbz. Get over it.

dagobarbz
dagobarbz

Why do Scientologists say such dumb things? I never know if you people are trying to be funny or if it's a symptom of Cult Induced Insanity.

Why would I want DM's shoes? Hanging shit like that off your rear view mirror is just a distraction.

Scientia
Scientia

Are you sure you're not after DM's wee shoes? ;)

dagobarbz
dagobarbz

Now you're trying to finely split what Hubbard said.He said "free."He didn't say "free from being used destructively."

Don't add stuff. Hubbard is Source, and you are squirreling.

Scientia
Scientia

Free from being used destructively, or to enslave. (Feel free to read the full ref). That is the future. Actually, it's already happening. :)

dagobarbz
dagobarbz

The work was never free. Just more smokescreen from Hubbard, like the high sounding 'Creed of a Scientologist' which, given Scientology's history, is nothing more than puffery that sounds good to wogs.

Scientia
Scientia

I don't blame people for their mistakes. But what I see is a guy who is certainly paying for them, and doing what he can to make amends. I also believe in the goodness of man and that an individual can change and help put right previous wrongs.

As far as MR stepping into DM's shoes, I don't really understand. Independent Scientology is exactly that. Independent. There is not, nor will there ever be, a "mother church" or another (ugh) COB RTC (I won't be involved if there is, that's for sure). The future is free market Scientology. No corporate HQ. No dictatorship. No monopoly. Just a network of practitioners and groups helping others through delivery of standard LRH tech. :)

"You won't always be here. But before you go, whisper this to your sons and their sons - 'The work was free. Keep it so.'" -- LRH, Clearing Procedure, 1957.

dagobarbz
dagobarbz

Drawing people away from Scientology, Inc. is a Good Thing.But that doesn't negate the bad things Marty & Co. have done to good, honest people who spoke out against Scientology in the past.

Would you want a man of his character stepping into DM's wee shoes? Because really, Marty is no better than Miscavige, no matter how he's justified his past behavior in his own mind.

Scientia
Scientia

I have a number of questions too, don't get me wrong. But I also know that a blog is not necessarily an appropriate platform for providing some of those answers at this time. I don't blame you for having such a viewpoint. I'm sure he doesn't either, to be fair. No doubt there are things going down you and I have no knowledge of, so I'll refrain from making judgements for now. But hey, I don't know the guy. I see the effects of the work he is doing and I like it. What he is doing to salvage the good and workable aspects of Scientology and help bring about a safe, DM/CoS-free environment for Scientologists is also, for me, a pretty big deal. Maybe not for you, but then you can't win them all. :)

MarkStark
MarkStark

Here's what Miscavige gets out of Marty. He was able to deflect his own problem with violence onto Marty and Mike, who both ADMITTED they hit underlings. Except for the people closest to Miscavige, much of the membership accepted that as the truth, just as they would accept that Hubbard's own wife was a bad apple.

Marty and Mike were blamed for holding the organization back, and since they've left, it has soared, having gotten rid of the problem. Again, a lie, but Scientology itself makes people in this group so gullible. It is what they WANT to believe.

According to the Reitman book, Miscavige was a major influence in branding Mary Sue a "criminal," handling her, and doing the restructuring/rebranding they had to do after Snow White.

Because of the 1992 tax exemption, Miscavige is regarded as a hero by most of the membership. One of his primary functions is to deify Hubbard, and he's done well with that.

The paranoia Scientology engenders in ALL their members, the trust it inspires in the leadership (whether Hubbard, Miscavige, or for the Indies, Marty), makes them need common enemies, and Marty made a convenient enemy, a nemesis. I wouldn't be surprised if it has energized Miscavige, but it also shows his limits.

Marty is the David, and the cult/Miscavige the Goliath. Hubbard mandated all squirrels be handled and destroyed.

Poor cult. Now that everyone has cameras, and most people have the web to see what is going on, they just can't ruin, intimidate, and destroy people like they used to.

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