Anatomy of a Footbullet

(Update: Some of the Squrrel Squad’s video has been posted here (action starts at 0:56, and the microphone grab looks better in Marty’s video.)

Sooo, the latest buzz on Marty’s site is that David Miscavige sent the Squirrel Squad to Marty’s house in retaliation for his “King of Squirrels” posts. Mike proposed the theory in a comment:

mrinder | April 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Reply

Based on experience, I dont think there is that much thought in this.

I think Dave went on a vein-popper: “Did you see what that c***sucker Rathbun is saying now? Doesnt anyone care about defending me? You all just sit around and spectate while I do ALL the work. […SNIP…] I remember when VA was here and she at least DID something to deal with Mayo. They used to have Squirrel Busters that went up and harassed him. You assholes are all less competent than that SP VA. Or that piece of shit MSH. You can’t originate anything, so as usual, I have to think up what to do.” From there, Jenny Linson issued orders to Lnda Hamel who then called the DSA Stevens Creek who went and got this moron and had him and his 3 Stooges fly to Corpus Christi.

And into the mix, someone pulled out another transcript of one of Dave’s rants where he said “Someone should go do a tech inspection at Rathbun’s — how can he accuse ME of being a squirrel. I BET he is worse than me.” And in the literal world of Miscavigeland, Francois or Tori (some of his typist/compliance getters) demanded “compliance” to that order [“No, COB was NOT joking when he said that. He would not have said it if he didnt mean it to be done.”] So, Warren McShane or Linda Hamel then added that into the “Mission Orders” for the Ghostbusters and off they went.

martyrathbun09 | April 18, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Reply

Mike ain’t kidding. This is about as accurate a scenario as imaginable, knowing the players.

Marty followed up with a blog entry titled Macho Super Ponzi that talks about “Miscavige coming unglued and sending OTAs to their slaughter in Corpus Christi.” (Slaughter? Really?) It also includes more half-decade-old unverifiable docs and the phrase “Ponzi scheme,” which Marty seems determined never to look up in a dictionary.

Anyway… I don’t think Mike and Marty’s theory about this holds water. One of the sites I read regularly is martyrathbunblog.com, a pro-Church, anti-Marty site (and an attempt by the Church to cyber-sit on any URLs that Marty might use). For months, they’ve been waging a campaign against Marty, attempting to discredit him in the eyes of other Scientologists. Their primary argument, besides the saying that Marty is a bad dude who hates LRH and Scientology – y’know, the same stuff Marty says about David Miscavige – is that Marty cannot deliver Scientology because he lacks the proper tools and processes. Without enough staff and proper equipment, they say, he can’t possibly deliver Scientology. The whole Squirrel Squad stunt – the shirts, the logos, and the request to “inspect” Marty’s delivery facilities – fits right in with what they’ve been writing about all this time.

So no, I don’t think this was a knee-jerk reaction by David Miscavige. I think it was a carefully planned operation by the Church and part of a larger project to shoot a video that “investigates” and “exposes” Marty Rathbun. After all, from a Scientology perspective, what Marty is doing is very dangerous – he is delivering sub-standard Scientology and endangering people’s eternal freedom. (Which is the same thing that Marty… oh, you know.)

Never mind that what the Church has actually done is to help re-build the base of support that Marty lost with his David Mayo series. They might be too stupid to see that – and frankly I'm not 100% sure that Marty or Mike see it either – but more likely they have target dates to achieve certain goals. Telling your boss "I think we should wait a couple of weeks to get a better reaction" seems perfectly reasonable. In fact, it is reasonable – and in Scientology, “reasonable” means “coming up with reasons that something can’t be done.” It’s a bad thing. So, better to go ahead and do it and write “Done!” on your battle plan. (Again, crap like this is why Scientology rarely accomplishes anything significant.)

So, that’s my take – but what do I know? I’m just a pathetic one-lifer wog who takes all things into consideration. If I had the laser-like focus of a Scientologist, I might see things differently.

ML,
Caliwog

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6 responses to “Anatomy of a Footbullet

  1. William Johnson

    On the face of it, it looks like a grade-school prank, or something a bunch of drunk college kids would think up in a bar. On the other hand, I would bet that each of those idiots paid their own way, bought their own t-shirts/cameras/etc. in order to insulate the cult from any blame. If anything had come of this incident, these idiots would be thrown under a bus by the cult in a New York minute. Hilarity all around. Marty’s lack of ‘confront’, the head cameras, all are reminiscent of a Monty Python skit.
    The incident did serve to divert attention away from Marty’s Mayo debacle, which can keep those of us with tinfoil hats firmly entrenched. Hell, Marty may have financed and thought up the whole thing! (He Does have a history).

  2. Heh. “Focus” indeed. I wonder if anyone has done a basic (or lengthy, which might be better but far more nauseatingly dull for non-Scns) list/research project on LRH’s musings on specific terms or concepts which are the primary “ass-backwards items” for Scns… insane like what did LRH say about focus, skepticism, research, etc…? Hmmm..
    “Focus”, hah.

  3. lurker(not the mostly)

    I think this scene is a problem… We wogs out number the scientologists that for them this is very serious business… We think they are both nuts, so its hard to take them seriously… Marty (and a lot of the people out of scientology but still indoctrinated) tend NOT to call the police, first. They tend to open doors, let people in. Making it easy for the cult to harass them…
    If they had shown up at my door, I would have called the police before I opened the door, or if I accidently opened it, I would have laughed hysterically at their stupid shirts and camera heads, closed the door and called the police…

  4. Anonymous, y'all

    Shouldn’t Marty’s OT abilities have shown him the freaksquad heading his way, or at least who it was at the door? Then he could’ve had his camera rolling as he opened the door, increasing the lulz exponentially.

    Seriously, it sounds like they’re stalking that woman, and I hope she does something about it (besides “auditing it away”, that is.)

  5. I agree with you – I don’t think the “Squirrel Busters” had anything to do with that post. I am curious to find out (if we ever do) whether or not the timing of their little visit was deliberate to coincide with that lady’s visit, though.

    As for what they’re saying on the other blog you referenced about his technical “squirreling”, there are non-CofS meters in use by a lot of the Indies and I’m betting Marty has those. Some of them actually perform better from the specs and test results than the standard issue churchie meters. There are also CofS meters (meaning Mark VIs and VIIs) available in the FZ that can be repaired and kept in good order by FZers, so he could very well be using the “standard” meters. As far as I know, all the relevant materials for the things he’s delivering are available online, so that argument is flat. As for his training, he’s a Grad V/ Cl IX which is the same training level for the majority of auditors that the public are getting IN the Church for those upper levels. Can’t comment on the C/Sing other than to say even when I was in it was common practice to fax worksheets to C/S’s in another location and get a fax back with the session grade, comments and next C/S. Happened a lot. So he could have a C/S.

  6. Ugh. The centerpiece of Scientology’s supposed efficacy and “action-based” system (as opposed to faith-based; if you refer to it as faith based to a Scn, you will be corrected if they’re doing as they’re supposed to) is also its most easily invalidated component: its “science and technology”. It’s awesome for critics as well, since these areas are completely belief-free, so carpet-bombing Scn’s/Hubbub’s bullshit claims aren’t a matter of opinion or interpretation.

    Meters have to be sent in every 6 months to get “validated”, “certified”,or some other term (kind of like their OTs go in for oil changes every 6 months …) by sending it to Int. I assume it gets checked for corrosion, make sure things are calibrated, etc. The argument is that Mahty may be using real Scn-brand E-Meters, but they aren’t Gold/Int certified. In Scn logic, no certification = potential misreads = potential oh noez I’z going to implant stationz when I diez!

    The laughable part is the meter is but one of many “scientific” aspects of Scn which just goes down in flames with the slightest bit of scrutiny; heavy scrutiny causes Scn’s claims for its emeter to not have time to go down in flames, but super-heat to a point where the atmosphere around it vapourizes in an instant.

    Some have made their own E-meters and/or computer interfaces for them (or completely computerized versions of them). While this starts to take care of some of the major issues with the strict scientific bullshit of the original meters, it still is essentially measuring an as-yet-unmeasured item, “a thought” or whatever the word of the day is.

    And yeah, I’ve always wondered about the whole C/S thing and all that. Sounds like it’s a full-time job for Mahty, but I’m also assuming none of these PCs have their PC folders, so he’s starting from scratch on that.

    Whatever. I laughed at the video and just thought back to schoolyard bullies calling each others’ mothers fat.

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