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A Brief Chronology of Monumental Disasters; The Career of “Kingpin” Rathbun by Doc
August 22, 2011, 9:10 pm
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“I have proven a proclivity for creating some of the greatest catastrophes in Church history when allowed to have some leash.”
—Marty Rathbun

Contrary to his public utterances to an uninformed media who know nothing about the Scientology religion or Church (and aren’t expected to know, since they are the media and not part of the religion), Rathbun never served in an ecclesiastical management capacity. Rather, his entire Church career was in external affairs, responsible for legal matters. Here follows a sampling of his malfeasance, covered up for years.

1) 1986: The Church’s Founder had passed away in January. As with any Church, the transitive years from a living Founder are the most critical to the religion determining its future survival. As part of this transition, all past legal disputes against the Church were directed to be amicably settled. Unfortunately, however, a civil trial in one case had already been scheduled. Nevertheless and even after the plaintiff had presented his case, a court-supervised nuisance-value settlement had been agreed to.

However, after the check was delivered to the court, by Rathbun, he returned and reported it “fell through.” Consequently, due to the religious prejudice of what was then a new religion, the trial ended in a staggering $30 million judgment. On appeal, the courts reduced this figure to less than a tenth, but still far greater than the agreed-upon nuisance settlement. For more than 15 years, Rathbun blamed the botched settlement on an attorney who had suddenly passed away from a diabetic seizure. Meaning, this attorney was not there to defend himself. Either way, Rathbun next refused to pay the greatly reduced judgment following appeal and by the time all was said and done, between legal fees and interest, the matter cost the Church more than 100 times the original settlement.

It was not until 2003 that Rathbun admitted he had torpedoed the 1986 settlement, as he felt the Church should only engage in wars and he could not imagine a cessation of fighting battles. In his own words:

“On external lines my operation is the same—it consists of the [suppressive] characteristic of only restimulating and never destimulating.” —Marty Rathbun

Attached to that confession he listed the monetary costs:

Judgment $8 million.

Legal fees $7.5 million.

That’s $15.5 million. In fact, his math is conservative, but for the sake of his amends, the $15.5 million of losses caused by him will be accepted. That he never came clean for 15 years, and the mental anguish this mystery caused others, is noted as incalculable damage.

2) 1988: Pursuant to his “fight, no matter what” mentality, he next launched a legal war against Church counsel. He was upset over a disputed $50,000 in legal fees—a paltry sum in terms of legal expenses for a global organization. In his own words:

“… when there is a threatening situation or suit, I get the [external affairs] staff and attorneys wound up toward ‘destroying the threat.’” —Marty Rathbun

Why he felt the Church’s own attorney was an “enemy” can only be explained by him. What is not in question is that the civil case he insisted on bringing to recover these fees was lost. Instead, he wasted $3 million in attempting to recover the disputed $50,000 and was further ordered to pay the party $199,000 in additional fees.

In total, $3,199,000 of wasted parishioner funds because Rathbun was upset over a disputed $50,000 that he wanted returned.

3) 1988: The Church had successfully prosecuted a case to prevent a violation of the Church’s intellectual property rights. Having already been granted a federal injunction against the offending party, Rathbun was not satisfied, as said party had not screamed “Uncle!” Whereupon, he snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by:


Refusing to provide documents the court requested so that the judge could calculate the amount of monetary damages the offending party owed to the Church.


Throwing a fit in a courtroom and verbally abusing the federal judge until he had to be escorted from the courtroom.

Result? Court-ordered sanctions against the Church of $2.9 million in a case in which the Church had been victorious. And $600,000 in legal fees wasted on his post-victory “crush the enemy mercilessly” strategy AFTER the Church had won.

4) 1992: A person who had served on staff for years, but was now employed in the private sector, approached the Church for charity—having fallen on hard times and now indigent. A severance of $50,000 was ordered by Rathbun’s superiors, which the indigent would have gratefully accepted. Rathbun, in his “I hate everybody and nobody should be shown compassion or charity” mode, covertly torpedoed the payment. This individual descended into the economic status of welfare case. As this person would later state—he couldn’t pay his grocery bills and so turned to what he never imagined. Specifically, selling stories to the tabloids and personal injury attorneys, whereupon he was next accusing the religion’s ecclesiastical leader of killing the religion’s Founder, killing his mother-in-law… Well, why go on. All allegations were, of course, untrue, scandalous and promptly dismissed by the courts. But the mere cost of doing so reached millions of dollars. Rathbun only admitted a decade after the fact his role in torpedoing the charity payment.

5) 1984-1995: The Church had been viciously attacked and wrongly accused by the government of Canada—accusations for which the Church was vindicated in the courts. However, before the vindication, Rathbun insisted on Church lawyers making a statement, on the courthouse steps, accusing Canadian officials of complicity in obstruction of justice for which Rathbun assured Church lawyers he had evidence. Factually, he later discovered he had the wrong identity and accused the wrong individual. Rather than retracting the statement, he covered up his discovery (that he had the wrong identity) and had counsel continue to defend a libel case brought against the Church. That case was ultimately lost after 10 years of litigation at a cost of $10 million in legal fees and court-ordered judgment. He did not confess to his cover-up for another eight years (after the lost judgment), which was in fact 19 years since he had become aware of his blunder in accusing the wrong party.

6) 1993: Notwithstanding Rathbun’s irrational and psychotic desire to fight, fight and fight some more—preferably until the end of eternity—the leader of the religion managed to bring to an end a 40-year conflict with the IRS, resulting in the recognition of the Church and all its related social betterment organizations as fully tax-exempt. So protracted had been this battle that its genesis preceded the birth of most Scientologists. Consequently, it was no overstatement when the victory was announced as “The War is Over!” live before 10,000 Scientologists at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, with satellite replays to congregations in hundreds of cities world over.

While Scientologists celebrated this monumental accomplishment as the history-making event it was, to be looked back upon by generations of Scientologists to come, Rathbun blew in the middle of the night—without so much as a word to his colleagues, friends or even his wife. When he contacted the Church a week later, it was assumed the pressures of the external battles had taken their toll on him and he was granted a two-year sabbatical. Meanwhile, his superiors had to clean up the remaining legal skirmishes he had created and left behind. (Rathbun would not confess for another decade that his departure was not due to external pressures but, rather, because the war was over and he was prevented from realizing his desire—to start a new one.)

7) 1995-2004: Having completed his sabbatical but a few weeks earlier, Rathbun was placed on a training program in Florida. Church staff and executives at these facilities were unaware that he had lost all authority, since his blow had not been broadly publicized. This was done as an act of kindness so as to not utterly destroy any reputation he had. As it turns out, failure to make known his mental breakdown was an epic mistake. Because no sooner was he once again provided a work position than he set in motion a new disaster to give him the legal battles he so desired. In contravention of longstanding policy by the religion’s Founder, he allowed a psychotic individual on Church premises—overriding objections of all then Church staffers. When investigations were ordered by Rathbun’s superiors to see who had allowed this to occur, he was the person charged with investigating. Rather than admitting his guilt, he named more than a dozen innocent parties—all of whom were then subsequently removed or dismissed. Also undisclosed at the time was his participation in suborning perjury to law enforcement. In a misguided attempt to “defend the Church” and the reputation of the psychotic against a biased police force (who were, in fact, biased), he ordered staff to not disclose the circumstances of the individual’s psychosis (even though the psychotic was violent and physically harmed the staff attempting to care for her). The real reason for Rathbun’s cover-up was the knowledge that he himself would be dismissed from the Church for violating Church policy on allowing psychotics on Church premises. All this quite in addition to the matter of a potential 10 years in jail—the length of two five-year sentences for suborning perjury and obstruction of justice. (See A Liar is a Coward. A Perjurer is a Criminal.)

It was not for another decade plus that the Church would finally discover his familial history of insanity—never revealed by him although required on his application for Church staff—which caused him to act irrationally in allowing psychotics on Church premises. In particular, he was acting in a misguided effort to attempt more than was done to help his institutionalized mother and two brothers.

The consequences of his actions resulted in criminal charges. While the Church was ultimately vindicated, it was not before Rathbun’s criminal conduct spun out of control and the ecclesiastical leader was accused of the very conduct Rathbun had engaged in. Of course, the religion’s leader was unaware of Rathbun’s involvement, as Rathbun had manipulated himself into the position of “defending” the leader against these “scurrilous allegations,” and never once mentioned or confessed that the charges would have been true had they been leveled against Rathbun himself. He kept this secret for eight years. It was only once all charges had been dropped and internal investigations to find the actual perpetrators narrowed in on him that he blew. He still was not to confess to his suborning perjury and obstructing justice for five more years—a full 14 years after he’d committed the crime. By then, the legal ramifications to the Church had long since been settled. But not before expending millions in legal fees defending itself.

“The motivations for these acts are a psychotic computation for self-preservation: keep enough chaos and threat stirred up in the environment, make myself appear to be a solution to it instead of the instigator of it, and lots of people go down and remain in turmoil while I go unrecognized as the source of it and survive.” —Marty Rathbun

8) Summary: By Rathbun’s own calculation on September 29, 2003, the total amount of harm visited upon Scientology due to his “reign of war” and secret misconduct was $43,799,000.

He was being very conservative and the damage is far higher. For by engaging in his own psychotically motivated war, he also distracted Church leaders who ultimately had to clean up his mess. Then, too, he diverted Church funds from humanitarian programs to help Mankind, not to mention the creation of new Church facilities to service the greater community of Scientologists and the communities in which they work.

Since the discovery and removal of Rathbun, the endless series of “unexplainable” external battles and legal cases has “magically” ended. Indeed, the Church has emerged victorious in country after country with religious recognitions as well as precedent-setting decisions in the European Court of Human Rights. Moreover, with the Church’s resources now dedicated to the religion itself, in the last decade the size of the Church has doubled what it had achieved in its first 55 years of existence.


All of which answers the question as to how Rathbun could lose all touch with reality in the full-blown psychotic break that is now his daily existence. The answer is simple. Sometimes one can easily make amends for misconduct. By way of example, a low-level staff member or executive could be responsible for foul-ups that cost the organization thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of work to undo the damage caused. However, what does one do when the damage caused is so great that it’s in the tens of millions and required hundreds of thousands of hours of combined work by others to undo the destruction? For the individual who wishes to atone for such misconduct, it’s a long road back. One either travels that road to redemption or, instead, one of delusion.

It’s a well-known mental phenomenon, mostly seen in institutions for the criminally insane or maximum-security prisons. That is, unable to come to grips with the depths of evil one has engaged in, one instead has an “epiphany.” One “realizes” one day that “None of it was my fault! Those were the cards I was dealt and I was just a victim of fate!” At which point one has a euphoric resurgence, losing touch with all reality of one’s past, and reinvents oneself as what they wish they were. They blame their failures on somebody else (No Responsibility For Anything) and when they look in the mirror they see a “warm and fuzzy guy,” while the rest of the world sees someone in need of an exorcism.

That’s Marty Rathbun. Because while he paints himself as a lovey-dovey, pop-psychology guru to the indigent, his actions belie his self-proclaimed façade. Worse, he seems utterly unaware of the turmoil that is his life. He could have kept fishing from his used trawler like the Old Man and the Sea. But all he sees is an endless battle to be picked and imaginary war to be fought.

The Church is at peace. Indeed, the only battles today are the rantings of Rathbun and his “Posse.” No longer able to create and then fight wars for the Church at Church expense, he now attacks the Church itself for no other reason than its refusal to let him continue to fight his psychotic war against what he imagines are the enemy—the entire world and anybody who doesn’t see it his way.

As L. Ron Hubbard discovered in researching psychosis and describing the insane:

“They are involved in warfare, with conflicts around them which are invisible to others. One wonders how they can be so involved or get so involved in so much hostility.”
— L. Ron Hubbard

NOTE: This above listing only includes external affairs misconduct. His technical crimes in the malpractice of Scientology auditing are kept in confidence, pursuant to priest-penitent privilege, and will only be provided Rathbun for atonement once he has made amends for the cost of the above misconduct and has demonstrated he can be trusted by anybody in any way.


Freedom Magazine Reveals Another Side of Marty Rathbun by Footloose

An article published on the Freedom Magazine website titled “A Brief Chronology Of Monumental Disasters” paints a stark picture of the former Scientology “kingpin,” Marty (Mark) Rathbun.

Using Rathbun’s own words to illustrate his mindset, the piece depicts a troubled, conflicted yet dangerous man, who acidulously lied to protect his image, perjuring himself not only to his associates but in court as well (only revealed once the statute had run).

Quoted as saying, “I have proven a proclivity for creating some of the greatest catastrophes in Church history when allowed to have some leash,” the article begs the question—how come so-called reputable media have used this former-Scientologist as a source of information on his erstwhile fellow-staffers?

This “crush the enemy” attitude, pervading his career with the church as it appears to have done, is certainly at variance with the baseball-capped, “just folks” persona Rathbun presents to Cooper et. al.

It certainly calls into question granting any credence to Rathbun. If even part of Freedom’s claims are true, no reputable journalist could use him as a source again.

When Did Marty Rathbun Actually Start to Attack Scientology?

An article in Freedom Magazine, which lists out Marty Rathbun’s “accomplishments” while a church staffer, paints such a stark history of destruction, one posits–when did he actually start to fight Scientology—was this actually his agenda all along?

Although the magazine never suggests this possibility, Freedom accuses Rathbun of “throwing a fit in a courtroom and verbally abusing the federal judge until Rathbun had to be escorted from the courtroom,” resulting in “Court-ordered sanctions against the Church of $2.9 million in a case in which the Church had been victorious. And $600,000 in legal fees wasted on his post-victory ‘crush the enemy mercilessly’ strategy AFTER the Church had won.”

Rathbun is quoted as computing he cost Scientology $43,799,000 to dig the Church out of the hole he dug in legal disasters.

Hence, my question–could this really have been ineffectiveness?

Worth reading: Freedom Magazine

Mike Rinder: A Liar then or a Liar now? by Doc

“Rinderama” Exposed

Was Mike Rinder lying then, or is he lying now—regarding the anti-Scientology drivel he now funnels to the tabloid media?

You be the judge after reading the following verbatim quotes from Rinder when he served the Church as spokesperson.

… Look, there is a string of these people…that goes back 25 years. Most of them you will never see again. They have their moment of glory where they make their wild allegations. They get coverage in the media. And then, they disappear. Their claims are proven to be untrue, and they’re gone.”

Mike Rinder to BBC Panorama in 2007


People make up outrageous, outlandish allegations. There is a reason that they make them up. The reason is because they attract attention of people like you [tabloid media]. Because they’re sensational. Because they sound very sexy. They sound very interesting.”


The sheer volume of despicable allegations made about [the leader of the religion] are intended to create a false impression that where there is smoke there is fire. These ‘witnesses’ know only too well from their experience in the Church that the tactic of telling bigger and bolder lies has been a strategy employed against the Church in litigation for years. Tell enough lies, and make enough allegations, and an impression will be created which accomplishes the end of destroying a reputation no matter how untrue the allegations are. Public figures are especially susceptible to this fraud as any study of history shows. Jesus Christ was crucified based on the false accusations of Judas Iscariot and the prejudice of the Romans.”


There isn’t a person in the world who disagrees with our [Scientologists’] stance on human rights, our stance on education, our stance on drugs except the drug dealers, our stance on and the positions that we take with respect to things and the work we do in the world.”


We end up getting crapped on by the media because those things aren’t controversial, so the 99 percent of what we do, nobody talks about because it’s not controversial, the 1 percent, that gets talked about.”


In a 2007 letter to the BBC, Rinder again set the record straight:

[W]e repeatedly requested the name of any source alleging ‘bullying’ and ‘beating.’ The only individual you name is (B.H.). You must find it at least a little strange that [he] has appeared in various media in the United States, France and the UK over the last two years and has never made this allegation before. In each case he has told stories that the media at the time wanted to hear. You are just the latest, and obviously this is what you wanted to hear from him, so he manufactured a tale.”

And finally, when Rinder was interviewed on ABC 20/20 he was asked to explain why the statements of hostile Scientologists all sounded so similar. His response explains precisely his own statements and those of the “Posse” today:

They sat in a room, they figured out what they were going to say, they wrote their bits, they passed them around, they made sure they were consistent.”

Slapping Party: Mike Rinder vs. Marty Rathbun by Doc

For anyone familiar with the personal interplay between Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder since they left the Church of Scientology, you would think the two cohorts were the best of pals. Flying to each other’s homes, wooing media outlets and staging outrageous stunts in an attempt to harass Scientologists—the duo seems all but inseparable.

But it wasn’t always that way, leaving you to wonder whether Marty and Mike subscribe to that gem of dark wisdom from The Godfather, Part II: “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” Because here’s what they thought of each other while still in the Church:


  • “The problem with you is that you are arrogant. Let’s face facts—you come across that way and you communicate that way. You communicate and write as if your viewpoint means something special above the viewpoints of all else on planet Earth. Frankly, you really do turn me off by your tone and tenor and come across arrogant. You won’t convince anybody of anything.”
  • “The problem is you…are just apparently allergic to work.”
  • “You haven’t done your homework, you are lazy. You are going to get the Church in deep s**t if you don’t change your ways.”_________


  • “Marty Rathbun belongs in a mental institution. In fact, he belongs in an electric chair, full on.”
  • “Rathbun is a psychopath. He’s a real nut case. He’s a mental case on the loose.”

And as one further reflection of their mutual hatred:

Rathbun to Rinder: “Are you ever going to get off your fat ass, or just be a c***?”

Rinder’s defiant answer: “I guess I’m just a c***.”

Mike Rinder: Why bother attacking a guy when you can slap women around? by Doc

“Mike then came directly over to me, grabbed me by both arms and shoved me which nearly knocked me down.

The above is exceedingly telling. Because it doesn’t come from Rinder’s wife, Cathy, whom he recently abused in exactly the above-stated manner. (See Mike Rinder: A Walking “Hate Crime.”) No, it came years earlier, from Amy Scobee—then a Church staffer, now part of the apostate “posse” Rinder rides with. She is also one of Anderson Cooper’s hand-picked sources—one of those who corroborate each other’s stories. Then again, it’s even more telling in light of the fact that brutally grabbing women by the arms (which Rinder had done to his wife and then lied about to the police and press) is a standard Rinder M.O.

When Mike Rinder’s physical attacks became public knowledge, a veil was lifted on a well-hidden history of violence directed at women.

While Scobee appeared on AC360 to “corroborate” tales of Rinder being the target of abuse, she neglected—willfully—to tell Cooper that she, herself, had been attacked by none other than Rinder. While if only to compound lie upon lie, Cooper was provided with all pertinent details, but he too neglected—willfully—to ask about it.

Nonetheless, following stories in the S.P. Times, when Mike Rinder’s physical attacks became public knowledge, a veil was lifted on a well-hidden history of violence directed at women. Consequently, those who had suffered his abuse in the past suddenly came forward to tell their stories. Here are but a few.

“I knew he was going to hit me, so I put my hands over my face. He grabbed me by the shoulders in a very strong, tight and painful grip (squeezing my shoulders very hard) and began shaking me violently, toward him and away from him, back and forth rapidly… He kept on shoving me back and forth and then, on a back shove, threw me against the wall hard enough that it hurt my rib cage, knocked the breath out of me and I bounced off the wall.”

Some years later, and well away from witnesses, another incident occurred:

He placed both his hands on an 8-by-11-inch wooden clipboard he was carrying, did a half turn, swung and hit me on the side of my face with the clipboard, using the full force of his body… I developed a severe toothache. The pain became quite excruciating. The dentist…found that it had been cracked and had to be removed.”

Then there was the case of a woman who inexplicably left the Sea Org some years ago, much to the dismay and surprise of those with whom she worked. Today, her reason is abundantly clear, as the following was submitted to the Church after she had read of Rinder’s other transgressions:

“I needed financial approval to purchase something, but I was worried as I had been told in the past that Mike Rinder would not approve this type of purchase. I mentioned my concern to a colleague as to whether or not Rinder would approve the request, but I was advised to make the request and turn it into Rinder anyway, which I did…

He came out into the hallway, walked right up to me and physically slammed me against the wall. He used his right forearm up against my chest and moved toward my throat in a choking position, my head was pinned against the wall and I was desperately trying to get him to move his arm down by pulling down on his forearm with my two hands… Rinder never apologized for that incident, for slamming me against the wall, for upsetting me or anything. That was the beginning of my thinking about leaving…”

Rubbing salt into the wound, when asked by a tabloid reporter from the S.P. Times to comment on the aforementioned abuse, the newspaper nonchalantly published his non-denial which consisted of Rinder simply stating he didn’t “recall” the incident.

What would one expect from Rinder? It takes a man to admit when he’s done something wrong.

More in Freedom Magazine

Anti-Scientologist Twins in Destruction: Mike Rinder and Marty Rathbun by Doc

“Individuals with criminal minds tend to band together since the presence of other criminals about them tends to prove their own distorted ideas of man in general.”

—L. Ron Hubbard

As is well known, liars are cowards and cowards are liars. In fact, it’s a specific part of the Scientology Scripture as contained in its ethics and justice codes.

So it is that while lying is despised in society as a whole, it’s actually considered criminal within the religion of Scientology.

However, there is a type of lie that is considered criminal by everybody, because it represents conduct that tears at the very fabric of justice and civilized society.

By definition, a lie is “a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive.” When one lies, it has consequences. When one is known to be a liar, one soon finds himself shunned by friends and associates.

But perjury is much more serious. It means “the willful giving of false testimony under oath.” It’s a criminal offense. And when one is caught committing perjury, one goes to jail. In fact the penalty is intentionally harsh so as to serve as a deterrent for those who may not possess the moral integrity to be honest or truthful. Those convicted of perjury serve up to five years in prison doing hard time.

But actually, there is an even worse type of criminal liar. That’s the person who not only tells untruths to law enforcement and the courts, but also gets others to do so as well. It’s called suborning perjury and it means “to induce a witness to give false testimony.”

People who are suborners of perjury are much rarer than the cowardly liar or criminal perjurer. That’s because it takes a great deal of persuasion to get another to lie to authorities. One typically hears of this sort of crime—suborning perjury—perpetrated by thugs, since it’s always an attempt to get others to lie to protect the real criminal. That’s why it also carries a sentence of five years in jail.

Here is the person who not only intimidates others to lie, but who looks at evidence of the truth and, as if out of an old gangster movie, tells his posse to “lose ‘em”—that is,  get rid of it.

All of which begs the question: Is there any greater form of dishonesty? Actually, there is. It’s called obstruction of justice, which means “an attempt to interfere with the administration of the courts, the judicial system or law enforcement officers, including threatening witnesses, hiding or destroying evidence.”

Here is the person who not only intimidates others to lie, but who looks at evidence of the truth and, as if out of an old gangster movie, tells his posse to “lose ‘em”—that is, get rid of it. Of course, this too is a crime, yet another five years in jail, but by now what does it matter to the criminal who has long since passed the point of any self-respect and considers laws are written for “suckers.” Meaning, honest people.

More to the point here: A person who would commit perjury, who would suborn perjury and who would obstruct justice is a person with the ethics of a gutter rat—a person who could tell a lie with a straight face to his “friends” and feel no remorse “unless I was caught,” a person who could see others being falsely accused of what he had done and keep silent while “lots of people go down and remain in turmoil while I go unrecognized as the source of it and survive.”

If you’ve never seen this face of evil and have
no desire to do so in the future, then be forewarned to avoid the self-proclaimed “Posse”: Marty “Kingpin” Rathbun, Mike “Corroborator” Rinder, and Tom “Con Man” DeVocht.

And if you’ve never seen this face of evil and have no desire to do so in the future, then be forewarned to avoid the self-proclaimed “Posse”: Marty “Kingpin” Rathbun, Mike “Corroborator” Rinder, and Tom “Con Man” DeVocht. Because all you’ve just read is their case history, the statements in quotes are their exact words.

And here’s what they did:

  • 1993: The Church is at peace, having ended its 40-year conflict with the IRS, been exonerated and recognized as a fully tax-exempt religious institution. With this and other external conflicts ended, the Church turns its attention to religious and humanitarian programs.
  • One month later, while the Church and its parishioners were still celebrating victory, Rathbun has a mental breakdown. It is assumed the years of external battles took their toll on him emotionally. He is given a two-year sabbatical in the Caribbean, with no work responsibilities whatsoever.

(Not for another decade, when he had his second mental breakdown, would he admit that the first breakdown wasn’t owing to the “stresses of war” but, rather, because the war was over when he actually had no desire for peace. As he himself phrased it, he only knew how to fight and was a “fish out of water” when it came to any constructive activity. But, as noted, that Rathbun confession wouldn’t come for another 10 years—in 2003.)

  • 1995: The Church continues at peace and has entered a new era of expansion. But then, an accidental tragedy occurs. All concerned witnesses are interviewed by the police and the investigation discovers no wrongdoing.
  • 1997: It is discovered that the witnesses interviewed by police were not truthful. Specifically, they had failed to inform authorities that the individual in question was actually psychotic. Moreover, the records detailing the psychosis were either lost or destroyed.
  • Longstanding policy by the religion’s Founder expressly prohibits psychotics from being allowed on Church premises. Immediate internal investigations are ordered to find out:
    • Who had allowed the psychotic on Church premises.
    • Who had coordinated the witnesses to lie, since they had all told the same untruthful story.
    • And who had lost or destroyed the missing evidence.
    • Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder are assigned to investigate, and report their findings. Consequently:
    • More than a dozen staff members are removed or dismissed, for allowing a psychotic on Church premises.
    • Two senior executives are removed and assigned janitorial duties for allowing the psychotic onto Church premises.
    • Two additional Church executives are removed and dismissed for destroying evidence.
    • Church Counsel representing the witnesses is fired for supposedly coaching those witnesses to lie.(These findings are not what really happened, nor were those removed the actual perpetrators. Not for 10 years would the real truth concerning the above events be discovered.)
  • 1997: New Church Counsel are hired and all witnesses are reinterviewed by law enforcement to provide truthful testimony. They are granted immunity from prosecution.
  • 1997–1998: The local newspaper, the S.P. Times, has long held a vendetta against the Scientology religion, and waged a decades-long campaign to not only drive the Church out of town, but also destroy it entirely. With the revelations that witnesses had been untruthful, the S.P. Times has a field day.

All of this is made possible for the fact that once one tells a lie, nothing one says is believed.

And so ensued 129 articles and 15 editorials, totaling some 30 newspaper pages and more than 4,000 column inches, urging criminal charges against the Church. The Times’ allegations are bizarre in the extreme.

All articles are authored by reporter Tom Tobin and his editor Joe Childs.

The Church spokesman responsible for answering S.P. Times enquiries is Mike Rinder.

  • 1998: The S.P. Times coverage reaches a fever pitch. The Times makes a mockery of Rinder’s responses. Finally, the Times reaches out to interview the ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, Mr. David Miscavige. Rinder recommends he not grant the interview, but Mr. Miscavige nonetheless consents anyway. Moreover, he offers the Times complete and open access to the Church in Clearwater, Los Angeles and International Headquarters. It’s his first interview in six years and results in a fair and balanced Sunday edition cover story profiling him. Accordingly, after years of contentious relationship, open channels with the S.P. Times and Scientology are established for the first time in history if for no other reason (unbeknownst to Mr. Miscavige at this time) that all previous communications with the S.P. Times by Rinder and Rathbun were the opposite of “open” and cordial.
  • 1998: Notwithstanding the foregoing, the one-year barrage of S.P. Times editorializing has had its effect, and the State brings criminal charges against the Church itself. Such charges are unprecedented and inexplicable. Moreover, it sets off an international wave of anti-Scientology press.
  • 1998–2000: Due to the serious ramifications of these charges to the Church, Mr. Miscavige is forced to relocate from Los Angeles to Clearwater and personally handle the matter. The tragedy is finally ruled an accident and the State drops all charges against the Church.
  • 2000–2002: Notwithstanding dismissal of criminal charges, a civil action proceeds.

In addition to the Church itself, an attempt is made to make Rathbun, Rinder and Mr. Miscavige defendants. Mr. Miscavige is in Los Angeles attending to preparations for the Church’s Millennium (2000) New Year’s celebration. Rathbun and Rinder are the legal affairs staff responsible for handling the hearing. They attend to court arguments, whereupon they are dismissed from the case, but Mr. Miscavige is not, becoming a defendant.

  • 2002: In a two-month hearing, an anti-Scientologist testifies against Mr. Miscavige. He accuses him of:
    • Personally destroying missing evidence in the case.
    • Coaching the witness to lie.
    • Destroying evidence ordered produced by the Court.

He points to a previous court ruling in another case Rinder had defended, ruling that Mr. Miscavige had destroyed evidence. While that decision had been overturned, the same charge of destruction of that very evidence was once again being made. Moreover, this anti-Scientologist claimed that he witnessed the destruction of evidence by the ecclesiastical leader.

The anti-Scientologist argument was simple. Since Mr. Miscavige had destroyed evidence in another case, he would have been the one to destroy it in this case.

The hearing drags on for months. Mr. Miscavige repeatedly tells Rinder and Rathbun that he knows nothing of the missing evidence and certainly never ordered it destroyed (even if somebody else did).

Rinder and Rathbun are smug and do nothing about it. Their excuse is that the evidence is gone, no matter who did it, and how could they possibly have a way of responding to the charges?

Mr. Miscavige becomes convinced that Rinder and Rathbun must have destroyed the evidence. He orders an investigation by others to get to the bottom of it.

Rathbun was upset because the final remaining case was over and there were no more battles to fight. As he stated, “I only know how to fight. It’s all I’ve ever done.”

As it turns out, Rinder and Rathbun had not destroyed the evidence Mr. Miscavige had long been accused of destroying. In fact, all allegedly destroyed evidence—seven feet of it—was found, within one hour of the request, in pristine condition, in Rinder’s storage in Los Angeles.

Rinder was in possession of the evidence the whole time and had sat on it to the point of court rulings holding Mr. Miscavige responsible for ordering the evidence destroyed when, in fact, said evidence was sitting right in Rinder’s office. Rinder’s only excuse: He “didn’t know” the evidence was there. However, it was also clear: He never even looked.

  • 2002: It’s the beginning of the end for Rinder and Rathbun. Mr. Miscavige orders further investigation for the missing evidence in the current case. He has all storage in Clearwater searched, literally millions of linear feet of paper. It’s not found. Rinder and Rathbun quickly blame another staff member. Who knows? At this point nobody cares about their excuses.
  • 2002: With the hearing concluded, both Rinder and Rathbun are removed, for incompetence. Mr. Miscavige tells them he’s getting to the bottom of this case one way or the other—and their involvement in it. More to the point, from 2002 onward, neither was to ever serve in an executive capacity again.
  • 2003: With Mr. Miscavige opening new Churches around the world, Rinder, Rathbun and—mysteriously at the time—DeVocht team up and begin what is later described as a “reign of terror” in Miscavige’s absence.

Upon his return, Mr. Miscavige takes immediate disciplinary action, dismissing Rathbun entirely and posting him in a lower-level Church.

  • 2004: With Rinder and Rathbun now posted in low-level positions, in lower-level Churches, Mr. Miscavige orders their peers to get to the bottom of their conspiracy. As he points out, both men had botched every legal case they had handled and for some reason had become so derelict of duty they were too lazy to even look for evidence. It made no sense.
  • 2004: No sooner had Mr. Miscavige departed again than Rathbun had a complete breakdown, beating Rinder to a pulp before five men rushed in to stop Rathbun from killing Rinder.
  • 2004: Rathbun promptly blows and is next discovered drunk in a ditch. Once again it is assumed (erroneously) that external wars had caused his mental breakdown.

He would finally admit that in both 1993 (his first blow) and now, he was upset because the final remaining case was over and there were no more battles to fight. As he stated, “I only know how to fight. It’s all I’ve ever done.”

Rathbun had a complete breakdown, beating Rinder to a pulp before five men rushed in to stop Rathbun from killing Rinder.

Rathbun claims he’s a “warrior” and that he’ll be back when the next war starts. He’s informed there won’t be any further wars.

He swears he’ll prove his competence by helping people, whereupon he’s next heard, literally, asking where his 9mm gun is. He is written off as the psychotic he is.

  • 2005: Tom DeVocht, in charge of Church construction projects, is discovered to have signed millions of dollars in unauthorized work orders. He too, with this discovery, promptly blows. The only person he speaks to before leaving is Rinder, who later tells colleagues that he shook DeVocht’s hand as a parting message. Shook his hand? Leaving staff and the Church’s religious order is not only despised by all Scientologists, it’s cause for automatic expulsion from the religion.

Why would Rinder shake DeVocht’s hand? Rinder provided no answer. But it remained a mystery nobody forgot, repeatedly probing to get to the bottom of it.

  • 2006–2007: With the Church once again at peace, and all external legal battles having long since been terminated, investigations have dead-ended as to how the last case concerning the accidental tragedy could have even occurred. That’s when another legal staffer involved in defending the case confesses something he must get off his chest. Namely, that every time Mr. Miscavige would ask Rathbun and Rinder to investigate why witnesses had lied, and why evidence had gone missing, Rinder and Rathbun would wink at each other as soon as Mr. Miscavige left the room. Rathbun has long since been gone, but Rinder is confronted with the report.

He finally admits that both he and Rathbun knew the entire time what happened to the evidence discovered in Los Angeles. In fact, he and Rathbun were the ones who put it there—and said nothing about it while Mr. Miscavige was being accused of having destroyed it.

Rinder makes another stunning admission: that it was Rathbun himself who had violated Church policy and ordered the psychotic onto Church premises, overriding all other staff who had refused to do so, since it was an obvious violation of the Church Founder’s policy.

Finally Rinder admits that he had conspired with Rathbun to point the finger at others who, once dismissed for their supposed misconduct, would no longer be around to expose Rathbun as the culprit. Rinder and Rathbun had let dozens go down or be dismissed—ordering their dismissal—to cover up that they, Rinder and Rathbun, were the actual perpetrators.

(As for the real reason they covered up who had allowed a psychotic on Church premises, it was because both Rinder and Rathbun knew they would be dismissed from the Church for violating the Founder’s policy on psychotics not being allowed on Church premises. And that was all in addition to a possible 10 years in jail for destroying evidence and suborning perjury, in forcing every witness to not be truthful. As for why Rathbun would allow a psychotic on Church premises, in contravention of the Founder’s specific policies, that would only be discovered years later. Specifically, it was Rathbun’s familial history of insanity—never revealed by him, although required on his application for Church staff—which prompted him to act irrationally in allowing a psychotic on Church premises in a misguided effort to attempt more than was done during his upbringing when his mother and both brothers were institutionalized.)

This was all Rinder admitted to in 2007—although, two years later, both he and Rathbun would finally confess to something even more startling.

For Rinder was a man who lived for the glory of walking in the shadow of power, and his fall in disgrace was more than he could tolerate.

Nevertheless, Rinder’s fate was sealed and he knew it. He would never again hold an executive position in any capacity and should he not complete an ecclesiastic ethics program, he would be transferred to a local Church parish to service parishioners and regain a sense of the Church’s religious mission.

  • 2007: Rinder is in England, serving in an assistant capacity to Church spokespersons. Having completed a particular media assignment, he requests approval to return to the Church’s International Headquarters. He is told to remain in England for the time being and is reminded his “services” are not needed and maybe he can do something in England that would demonstrate his value should he be allowed to return. He says he will do so. Whereupon, he blows without so much as a word.

For here was a man who lived for the glory of walking in the shadow of power, and his fall in disgrace was more than he could tolerate. Over the preceding five years, he’d been given dozens of opportunities to reform and always thought he’d be given another. Finally realizing he’d have to earn his own way back up, he instead left his colleagues, his wife of 35 years, his children.