More about the goons Scientology sent to intimidate Marty Rathbun and Louis Theroux - 2014-12-15
We had to scramble yesterday evening to bring you some information about the latest Scientology ambush video that former church official Mark "Marty" Rathbun posted to the Internet.
Now, some hours later, a more complete — and more depressing — picture of what happened Saturday in Los Angeles is emerging, thanks to the eagle-eyed researchers at ESMB and our own sources in the church itself.
Marty Rathbun spent 27 years in Scientology and was at one time the second-most powerful executive in the worldwide organization. But he left in 2004 and vanished, then resurfaced in 2009 with a blog that was highly critical of his old boss, Scientology leader David Miscavige. Rathbun has been subjected to intense surveillance and dirty tricks ever since, which is entirely consistent with Scientology's treatment of defectors throughout its history. Founder L. Ron Hubbard established in Scientology "scripture" that he wanted people who left and then criticized the church hunted down with the use of private investigators and attorneys and other operatives, and, if possible, to destroy their lives utterly.