Daily Archives: May 31, 2011

The Big Lie

“…in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation… more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.

“Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.”

— Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

And so it goes with the Independent Scientology movement, or at least those who follow Marty Rathbun.

In his latest blog entry, Obstruction of Justice – which, by the way, has nothing to do with actual obstruction of actual justice – Marty Rathbun once again tries to blame the harassment leveled against him by the Church on David Miscavige. This time, they are apparently aware of his travel plans, and are both tracking him and trying to bug his wife when he is out of town.

Marty’s accusations are most likely true*; as we all know, the Church of Scientology really is that slimy.

(* Except for one little detail that one of you guys pointed out: Marty says they sent his wife a dildo at her “work address,” but last month Marty told us that April 29th was her last day of “outside work.” Hmm…)

The problem I have is when Marty treats all of this as if its something new – and as if he never had any hand in this sort of harassment.

May I present Exhibit A: this video by Mark Bunker of Xenu TV. Mark was in Clearwater, Florida, on a trip for the Lisa McPherson trust. The evening before he was scheduled to leave, he got a call in his hotel room from a man saying he worked at the front desk, asking if Mark was leaving the next day and offering to arrange a cab. But when Mark went down to the front desk a few minutes later, the desk clerks were all female. One of them confirmed that she’d had a phone call about a cab from someone who knew Mark’s hotel room number.

This happened in 1999, when Marty Rathbun was Inspector General and a member of the Board of Directors of the Religious Technology Center – a member of David Miscavige’s senior staff. At the same time, Mike Rinder was Executive Director of Scientology’s dreaded Office of Special Affairs.

In other words, Mike was the head spy and Marty was the assistant head thug. (“Assistant to the head thug” if you’re a fan of The Office.)

Now, maybe it’s me, but I think that’s a rather important detail, don’t you think? No question, given the roles they have admitted having in the Church, both Marty and Mike would have at least been aware of the campaign against Mark Bunker. Marty goes so far as to allege that the Church has people who can access airline records – how would he know that?

And yet, whenever he talks about how the Church harasses him and his wife, he stops short of talking about his own participation in such activities.

I believe that is commonly known as “a lie of omission.”

Frankly, I don’t see why Marty and Mike won’t be open and frank about this. They could say they’ve changed. They could say they were wrong and were only going along with what Miscavige told them to do, and that they now think it was wrong. Why don’t they?

Probably because they don’t think it’s wrong. After all, this sort of behavior wasn’t invented by Miscavige; it was dictated by L. Ron Hubbard.

But Marty and Mike have decided that the outside world doesn’t need to know that. After all, they’re just trying to sell auditing, and revealing the truth about Hubbard – as both Rathbun and Miscavige know – is bad for business. Better to just blame everything on Miscavige, leave out their own role, and hope that Hitler was right, and that people who trust you are willing to swallow immense amounts of bullshit.

Judging from the comments on Marty’s site – at least the ones he allows to be published – that seems to be working.

Heil Marty! Heil Hubbard!