Scrutiny of former Church of Scientology official has Ingleside on the Bay on edge - 2011-07-02
Rathbun said the Squirrel Busters are targeting him and his wife, Monique Rathbun, because of his defection from the Church of Scientology in 2004. Rathbun said that since his defection, he has talked to the FBI about mental and physical abuse happening at the highest levels of the church. Rathbun, 54, was in the organization for 27 years. He joined when he was 21.
The surveillance began, he said, after he participated in a St. Petersburg Times investigation of the church in 2009. The newspaper's series of reports detailed, among other things, what church defectors described as "bizarre behavior and physical beatings inflicted by Scientology leader David Miscavige."