One Year Ago Today: Did the Squirrel Busters Mark the Beginning of the End of Scientology? - 2012-04-18

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F11.png One Year Ago Today: Did the Squirrel Busters Mark the Beginning of the End of Scientology? April 18, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice

On April 18 last year, a man named Marty Rathbun opened his door at the sound of knocking and was presented with the sight you see here. Three men on his porch holding video cameras, and with backup cameras strapped to their foreheads. They were each wearing sky blue T-shirts that featured the same image: a squirrel whose head had been replaced with a photo of Rathbun's face.

Calling themselves "Squirrel Busters," the team of camera-wielding men were Scientologists on a strange mission.

As we look back today on what turned into a five-month siege in a little South Texas town, we have a special treat -- an interview with the man, Bert Leahy, who helped confirm that the Squirrel Busters was indeed a church operation. And after talking to him, we have to ask -- was the Squirrel Busters not only one of the most spectacular failures in Scientology's history, but also a turning point, a mile marker, a sign that the church's days are numbered?

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = One Year Ago Today: Did the Squirrel Busters Mark the Beginning of the End of Scientology? | url = http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/04/scientology_squirrel_busters_bert_leahy.php | work = Runnin' Scared | publisher = Village Voice | date = April 18, 2012 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}