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 MARTY OC

You're part of a stalking that's been going on for 90 days, boy. Do you hear me?

 

SQUIRREL BUSTER OC

The squirrel himself, how you doing Mr Squirrel?

 

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Scientology is one of the world's most mysterious and controversial organisations. Now, it could be facing one if it's biggest challenges yet, as Marty Rathburn, a senior member of the church, has escaped.

 

MARTY OC

I'm the amble that can break all hammers.

 

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He lifts the lid on the inner secrets of Scientology, as the tactics he once helped devise are used against him.

 

SQUIRREL BUSTER OC

Come on Marty, got anything to say? His actions clearly show that he is anti-scientology.

 

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He's perceived as a danger to Scientology, not just for his insider knowledge, but because he's become a rallying point for other dissidents around the world.

 

SQUIRREL BUSTER OC

That little rat is trapped in that house.

 

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Can he survive and set up an independent version of Scientology as the weight of the church comes down on him and his wife?

 

MOSEY OC

What if they kidnap me or something like that? To get him to stop what he's doing.

 

MARTY OC

What is the thing with these guys, they just keep cranking it up.

 

VO

Or will he be destroyed by the very organization he helped build?

 

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SCIENTOLOGISTS AT WAR

 

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ARCHIVE - ADVERTISEMENT FROM CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY

 

 

 

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INTERNATIONAL SCIENTOLOGY BRIEFING ARCHIVE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCIENTOLOGY LEAFLET - IMPACT MAGAZINE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scientology was born on the 1950s when science-fiction writer L Ron Hubbard wrote a self-help book he claimed could save mankind. Dianetics was advertised as a powerful alternative to psychotherapy.

 

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In 1977, college drop-out Marty Rathbun became interested in Hubbard's Church of Scientology. With a family history of mental illness, he'd just discovered his brother had been sectioned.

 

MARTY OC

My brother was a diagnosed schizophrenic. I had left college, I was gonna travel around the world and write novels, and books, and find answers, and my father called me at the end of the first summer I was out, and told me my brother got institutionalized. And I encountered scientology during that ordeal. I took a communications course which I think really helped me.

 

VO

Marty was audited, a key part of scientology which involves being questioned whilst being hooked up to an e-meter, a sort of lie detector, to uncover past trauma.

 

MARTY VO

I signed a billion year contract to make it my life's work, and I spent 27 years in the Sea Organisation, that's how I got into Scientology.

 

VO

A dedicated member, Marty joined the church's elite sea organization, which had adopted a naval style uniform and hierarchy. He quickly rose up its ranks, working in founder L Ron Hubbard's personal service. He also worked closely with David Miscavige, a rising young power in the organization, and was displayed as his right hand man. One night, in January 1986, Hubbard's church would change forever.

 

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VO

It was 25-year old David Miscavige who delivered the news of Hubbard's death, presenting himself as his natural successor.

 

DAVID MISCAVIGE OC

Hello.  My name is David Miscavige, and I'm very happy that you could all make it to this important briefing this evening.

 

MARTY VO

He was short tempered, ruthlessly loyal to Hubbard and that was in that culture at that time, was the winning hand.

 

DAVID MISCAVIGE OC

In 1980, LRH moved off the lines so that he could continue his writings and researches without any distractions.

 

MARTY VO

Being a messenger he had a leg up and he became accomplished at the art of the politics of scientology.

 

DAVID MISCAVIGE OC

At 2000 hours, Friday, the 24th January, in AD 36, L Ron Hubbard discarded the body he had used in this lifetime.

 

MARTY  OC

L Ron Hubbard is now god, and he's appointed Jesus, and so he's Jesus Christ to Scientologists, and it's a matter of belief.

 

DAVID MISCAVIGE OC

We wanna make sure that all of us encircle on this completely, so we can get on with the job that is ahead of us.

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Within a year, Miscavige had taken control. He had promoted Marty to one of the most powerful positions in scientology. As this church publication reveals, Marty was tasked with keeping Scientology free from subversion. He ruthlessly defended Miscavige's regime, and protected it's innermost secrets. To progress spiritually in Scientology, you must go through a number of stages, that can cost thousands of dollars, and take many years. Only the most dedicated are told the secrets of level 3, in which Scientology's history of mankind is finally revealed. 75 million years ago, a tyrant named Xenu ruled the galactic confederation, a coalition of 76 planets. One of these planets, Teegeeack, which we now call Earth. The confederation was suffering from an over-population problem, so Xenu had billions of people drugged and sent to Earth. He placed their paralysed bodies around volcanoes, in which he dropped hydrogen bombs. With the bodies now blown up, only the souls, or as Hubbard calls them, Thetans. So they wouldn't try to return, Xenu captured these Thetans and implanted them with ideas like religion. The souls were left disorientated and clustered together. The Thetans entered whatever human bodies they could still find, according to Hubbard, these Thetans remain in our bodies and are the source of all human woes. Scientology aims to completely clear an individual of their body Thetans.

 

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TONY ORTEGA

Former Editor

Village Voice

 

TONY OC

I just find that such a deception that it's not until you've given them 100,000 dollars they say oh, by the way, your body's infested with hundreds of thousands of invisible alien beings. How many people would join Scientology if they were told that on day one?

 

VO

In church pictures, Miscavige is positioned at the very heart of operations, with the spirit of L Ron Hubbard in the background. Marty was in charge of punishing anyone who questioned either of them.

 

MARTY OC

We put them on the RPF, which is a prison camp  essentially; it's a behavior modification camp. I didn't think twice about quelling opposition or silencing critics, or punishing someone who had an irrelevant thought about David Miscavige or L Ron Hubbard.

 

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Mike Laws

Former Scientologist

MIKE OC

I had apparently very thoroughly insulted David Miscavige personally. I walked into a room and Marty was sitting on the other side of the table, with his full sea org, navy uniform, and hat, and ‘sit down', ‘pick up the cans'. So I'm sitting there and I don't know what to tell him. I'm thinking, I'm not real, I just wanna get the hell out of here. And he moves and he says ‘that'. And I'm saying ‘I'm not gonna tell him I wanna get the hell out of here'. We're going back and forth, and he's pushing, pushing pushing. And them he slams his hand on the desk and says ‘stop fucking around with me'.

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Karen was married to the faith's spokesman, Heber Jentzsch.

 

KAREN OC

That's our wedding picture, he was the figure head of scientology. This is John Travolta and Heber.

 

INTERVIEWER OC

So they went out quite a lot, then? Were they good friends?

 

KAREN OC

Oh yes, early days.

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Marty was a key architect of the office of special affairs, or OSA, the legal and public relations arm of the church, who take an active interest in defectors.

 

KAREN OC

When I exited the sea org, I did a wonderful thing.

 

CAPTION

KAREN DE LA CARRIERE

Independent Scientologist

Class XII Auditor

 

KAREN OC

I took all my Class XII certificates, these were glorious with all the gold emblems, and I shredded them in my big shredder called Jaws.

 

VO

Karen immediately found herself cut off from her church friends and family.

 

KAREN OC

The vengeance was incredible. Within one week of me stepping out, the FBI were called anonymously to say I was trafficking underage children for sex. 35 years of the church and 1 week out of the church I've become a child trafficker. Just like that, bam. And then within 12 days of coming out, Alexander called me up, and said, Mom, never text me, never email me, never phone me, until you get yourself squared away with OSA. Those are his exact verbatim words. There were voices in the background, I'm positive it was a 3 way where OSA were listening in.

 

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The church has denied having anything to do with the FBI investigation of Karen, or any suggestion of OSA forcibly disconnecting families.

 

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9th Anniversary Celebration of the International Association of Scientologists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TONY VO

My name is Tony Ortega, I'm a journalist who's been writing about the church of scientology for 17 years.

 

VO

Tony left his editorship at the Village Voice newspaper, and now reports on scientology full time.

 

TONY OC

Reporting on Scientology, they do their best to try and creep you out, and I've definitely had some creepy moments. It's just part of the job. Can I ask you who you're filming for?

 

FILMER OC

I'm just documenting all the crazy stuff going on.

 

TONY OC

For your own, or for OSA, or for?

 

FILMER OC

Somebody.

 

TONY OC

You don't wanna say who?

 

FILMER OC

Naa.

 

VO

From L Ron Hubbard's writings, Marty and Miscavige had guidelines on how to maintain order in the church, and silence dissenters.

 

TONY OC

L Ron Hubbard, he expelled out how to treat somebody who is criticizing scientology, particularly reporters, he created this game plan, saying that you can say anything, or harm people in any way.

 

MARTY OC

Journalists, who investigate and do noisy investigations.

 

TONY OC

They put one of their private investigators out to interview every person that person knows, former colleagues.

 

MARTY OC

They try to shun them into silence.

 

VO

But church leaders had bigger problems. Unless Scientology could be recognized as a religion, they'd have to pay the IRS a billion dollar tax bill.

 

MARTY OC

We probably had one quarter of that in total assets, so yeah it was a life or death scenario. We had hundreds if not thousands of lawsuits going, and I was coordinating all of them, and every one of the intelligence guys, and every one of the PR guys.

 

TONY OC 

It was a coordinated harassment campaign to wear down the IRS, and it had its effect.

 

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After 25 years of campaigning, Miscavige was able to announce one of the Church's greatest victories, Marking the occasion with all the glitz and glamour of a Hollywood awards ceremony, Miscavige took the opportunity to namecheck Marty, and his pivotal role in the win.

 

DAVID OC

Marty Rathbun and me were in Washington DC. Off we proceeded to 1111 Constitution Avenue where we presented ourselves to security at the front door, and informed them we were there to see the commissioner of the IRS. Is he expecting you, they asked? No, was our response, but if you phone him on the intercom, and tell him we are from the Church of Scientology, I am sure he'd love to see us.

 

MARTY VO

We essentially told him, look, it's draining a tremendous amount of your money, it's draining a tremendous amount of ours. Why don't we see whether cooler heads can prevail.

 

DAVID OC

There will be no billion dollar tax bill which we can't pay. There will be no more discrimination, there will be no more nothing.

 

TONY OC

The commissioner was just exhausted of all the constant attacks, I've talked to previous IRS commissioner who went through the same thing, and they would call him in the middle of the night, I mean it was just constant harassment that the church just finally brought, the IRS, one of America's most legendary organisations, to its knees.

 

DAVID OC

The IRS issued letters recognizing Scientology and every one of it's organisations as fully tax exempt, so the war is over.

 

VO

Marty's next big mission was to pull off the ultimate PR coup, finding a poster boy for scientology. His target? Tom Cruise.

                                                   

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The church of Scientology works hard to attract big names, even creating special centres for celebrities.  Tom Cruise had become interested in scientology after marrying actress Mimi Rogers, a second generation scientologist. When they broke up, he married Nicole Kidman and drifted away. Now the biggest movie star in the world, and his marriage to Nicole failing, the time was right to make him the new church's poster boy.

 

 

MARTY OC

Cruise started making some noises about getting some help. Miscavige had me drop everything and that became number one priority. I helped them on his divorce with Nicole, and then I was auditing him and helping him get Penelope auditing, and I was helping him in all aspects of his life.

 

INTERVIEWER VO

And that won him back over to the church?

 

MARTY OC

Yeah.

 

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Miscavige's blossoming friendship with the star was to signal the end of Marty.

 

MARTY OC

When Miscavige was beginning to hobnob with Cruise again, he was done with me, and he began to denigrate me a bit in Tom's eyes, because I was his biggest opinion leader having salvaged his marriage, his kids, his family life, even his career. It was crazy. So Miscavige really had to start undermining me, in front of Cruise.

 

VO

Marty was now out of favour, and in February 2004 found himself in a behavioral modification facility he knows as the hole. The church denies the existence of any such place, but confirms at the end of 2003, he was assigned for correction and re-posting,

 

MARTY OC

People would take their turns, they'd go up and they'd have to confess all these various intentions against David Miscavige, and they would sit up there for hours and people would interrogate them, and throw water bottles at them, punch them, kick them, or whatever, until they would get these confessions out.

 

VO

Marty was put with a group of other senior executives.

 

MARTY OC

The minute he was briefing everybody about me coming to join them, I looked at the people and I saw their glassy eyes, and I went, this guy is going to turn me into one of them.

 

VO

All of them were facing their biggest fear, being expelled from the church that had become their home, friends and family.

 

MARTY OC

So Miscavige walks in with a boom box and a queen tape, Bohemian rhapsody, and he tells them all ‘we're all gonna play musical chairs'. Whoever's missing from the chair, you are gonna be offloaded from the base, you are gonna be sent off with 50 dollars, no way you're ever gonna be in Scientology again. Then he told everybody that the song was all about them, that they have committed such horrendous crimes that it really doesn't matter anymore. Like it says in the song. So most of the people fought pretty strenuously, you know, they got to the point where they were tearing chairs apart, throwing each other up against walls, the fewer the people there were that got involved as the game went on, and Miscavige would keep pimping them on. The further they got into it, I went out two rounds.

 

INTERVIEWER VO

What did you make of it?

 

MARTY OC

That Miscavige is stark staring mad, and people had gotten so conditioned to it that this whole place is mad.

 

VO

The church described the game as an educational exercise and say that Marty's version of events is exaggerated, and there was no violence then or in confessionals. But for Marty, the game marked a major turning point.

 

MARTY OC

I'm not the type to be imprisoned, and I'm not going to be in prison. I decided to get out of there, and as the whole group was being led to the hall I got to the very back of the line and as they were ushering people in I slipped behind some bushes and I went and found my motorcycle which was in a different part of the property, and I moved it to where the back gate is, and you've gotta phone the security gate which is 300 yards up the road and have a reason and have an ok to go before they'll open the gate for you, so I waited patiently in the bushes until somebody came along who was in a delivery truck who had an ok to go. I started up the engine, I was like 50 yards away, and I timed it perfectly so the guy was out the gate, and the gate was coming back closing, and I just punched the gas, thread the needle and got out before it closed, and just took off down the highway.

 

VO

But alone and away from the world he'd known for 27 years, Marty was soon persuaded to return and discuss his issues with the Church. He was put to work in a scientology carpentry mill, stripped entirely of his status and standing.

 

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CAPTION

IAS Freedom Medal of Valor Winner

The Church of Scientology

 

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Meanwhile, Miscavige celebrated Tom Cruise by rewarding the Mission Impossible star with the new honour, in yet another lavish ceremony, topped with action movie music and military salutes.

 

TOM CRUISE OC

I have never met a more competent, a more intelligent, a more tolerant, a more compassionate being. We are lucky to have you and thank you very much.

 

VO

Soon after, Marty packed a bag, and walked away from Scientology for good.

 

 

 

 

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He went into hiding in Texas, and let rumours grow that he was dead. He now had to rebuild his life.

 

MOSEY OC

We met on match.com and he said on the phone, if you wanna find out anything about me, you know, don't look me up on the internet. Just ask me, and I'll tell you. And I'm like ok, as I'm on the phone, and I'm looking him up, you know. I'm reading this thing and it says he's dead, and I'm like ok, I'm on the phone with him and he's dead! You know, whatever. That was out first telephone conversation.

 

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Marty hated the church, but still loved Scientology. With the use of the e-meter and auditing banned outside the church, he had no way of practicing the faith he'd dedicated his life to.

 

MARTY OC

You think you're saving not only the world but the entire universe. For 30 years, then how do you find a purpose that even then has any meaning.

 

VO

Mosey felt hopeless seeing the man she loved lost without his faith.

 

MOSEY OC

He really was struggling, he'd been out the church for about a year and a half, it felt like he didn't want to get out of bed, and he wouldn't eat, and he just was laying there and I was like something isn't right here, like what the hell! I mean I had created this little world with him, and it was going, and there was nothing I could do because I knew that I couldn't give him what he was looking for, like I didn't understand any of that, I didn't even speak his language. I thought ok, he had these trunks in the garage that his books, his scientology books, and I'm like hmm I wonder if there's something in there that I can find out, that I can read, that I can use to help him get better.

 

MARTY OC

We're just going to do an interview, ok, to see if we can find something of interest.

 

VO

Marty had been a top auditor, Scientology's version of therapy, auditors ask questions, and measure the emotional response of the participant on the e-meter, to pinpoint the underlying causes of unhappiness. Once the problem is found, the auditor helps to unburden the sufferer. Seeing how much he liked to help people, Mosey persuaded him to start again.

 

MOSEY OC

I had been with him for 3 and a half years at that point, and had never seen him so excited about being alive, he just was so wow, and I was like whatever you're doing, you need to keep doing, because this is really cool! So yeah, I did encourage him to keep going.

 

VO

Marty had found his place in the world and was now sure it wasn't his beliefs at fault, but the church. He started to blog, telling people he was practicing Scientology independently. He'd been well known as a celebrity auditor, and people began flying in all over the world for sessions. His blog about independent Scientology took off, and has become a rallying point for disaffected Scientologists all around the world.

 

MARTY OC

So you can see on here that I've got 8, 145, 663.

 

TONY OC

When I write a story, or the Tampa bay times writes a story, the general public learns more about scientology, but church members are trained very well to ignore anything critical that shows up in the press. When Marty Rathbun writes something critical of Miscavige or the church on his blog, it reaches deep into the membership of Scientology. Now they're suddenly saying I still believe in Hubbard, I still believe in the technology, but I don't want to have anything to do with the Church of Scientology anymore, I'm now an independent. I often tell people that there's no bigger threat to the existence of the church of Scientology than Marty Rathbun's blog.

MARTY AT AIRPORT

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VO

Before long, former high level Scientologists were visiting Marty to talk about creating a new movement.

 

SCIENTOLOGIST OC

You can't go on as a field auditor and create a demand into an environment that's been so polluted.

 

SCIENTOLOGIST 2 OC

Most people I have met who have heard bad things about Scientology, the moment you say, I'm a Scientologist their face drops, they look, you know, ‘oh no'. The moment you say, but I'm not a member of the church of Scientology, I'm independent of Scientology they brighten up again. And they're interested. I think it's eminently solvable.

 

MARTY OC

Interestingly, more and more people are practicing
Scientology in the comfort of their homes. People are doing it- it's beginning to burgeon. The future aint coming from the Church- I mean nobody.. I mean the Church has become a butt of jokes. The future is coming from us.

 

VO

Marty was about to attract unwanted attention from people who objected very strongly to what he was doing.

MARTY'S HOME VIDEOS

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10:23:48:10

 

 

 

10:24:02:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:24:08:14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:24:33:00

 

 

 

10:24:36:00

 

 

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10:24:39:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10:24:45:00

 

 

10:24:47:00

 

 

10:24:51:00

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VO

Marty was about to attract unwanted attention from people who objected very strongly to what he was doing.

 

MARTY VO

Alright I've got you guys now. Now leave. Good. And don't come back.

 

VO

A group calling themselves the ‘Squirrel Busters' have descended on Marty Rathbun's sleepy seaside town. They tell locals they are producing a documentary expose that will reveal who Marty really is.

 

TONY OC

The whole basis of Scientology is that you follow L Ron Hubbard's processes to the letter. And it was L Ron Hubbard who grew this organization. So to leave that organization, and say you're gonna practice Scientology away from it, the church just considers anybody who does that a heretic, or a squirrel.

Music Out

SQUIRRELL BUSTER OC

Come on Marty, you got anything to say? You can't even defend yourself on this, can you?

 

MARTY OC

What's your name?

 

SQUIRRELL BUSTER OC

I gave you my name Marty

 

MARTY OC

What's your name?

 

S BUSTER OC

Marty I gave you my name, now lets go take a look at a folder

 

MARTY OC

What's your name?

 

S BUSTER 2 OC

Why don't you answer his question?

 

MARTY OC

What's your name?

 

S BUSTER 1 OC

You can't touch him

 

S BUSTER OC

Come on Marty, go get me your meter. You're squirrelling, and we'd like you to

INTERVIEW WITH MARTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARTY HOME VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARTY INTERVIEW

 

 

 

 

HOME VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERVIEW

 

 

 

 

 

HOME VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOSEY INTERVIEW

 

 

 

MARTY'S HOME VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOSEY INTERVIEW

 

 

 

HOME VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 10:24:56:10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:25:13:00

 

 

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MARTY OC

The Squirrel Busters were trusted, high level Scientology members, organized by the office of special affairs, the propaganda and dirty tricks arm of the Church of Scientology. Sent down to get in my face and to make my life a living hell.

 

MARTY OC

You're interrupting the delivery of Scientology

 

S BUSTER 2 OC

Marty you don't deliver Scientology and you haven't for years. I've been reading your blogs Marty. There's just no way you're what you're doing is Scientology.

 

MARTY OC

Alright I've got you guys now. Now leave and don't come back.

 

MARTY OC

They have a whole camera crew, people dressed up with shirts with my face, emblazoned on it with a international strike-out symbol across it

 

MARTY OC

Beat it. Now. Now who's busting who?

 

S BUSTER 2

Marty you're the one who is busted because you're the squirrel.

 

MARTY OC

I said get off my property boy.

 

MARTY OC

And they told me they were going to be there for as long as it takes. I know exactly what that means- in David Miscavige language. That means until I am busted financially and penniless.

 

MARTY OC

You guys going to stick around here?

 

S BUSTER OC

Yeah Marty we're here for weeks. Weeks and weeks. As long as it takes.

 

MOSEY OC

And then after that day it was just every day for almost 200 days. They were just always in our face.

 

MARTY OC

There's one. There's two. There's 3..

 

MARTY OC

They were telling people they were making a documentary as a cover. But they would go out there and say the most salacious things about myself and my wife.

 

S BUSTER OC

Marty is known...

 

MOSEY OC

They've sent sex toys to my job, they've sent PIs to my dad's house, to my ex-husband. To all my ex co-workers, my ex boss. You name it, they've done it.

 

MARTY OC

Fuck off. Get off the cart Karl.

 

MARTY OC

The endgame is not, you know, having your throat slit in your sleep. The endgame is you thinking those things are a possibility because of the creepy stuff they do do. And then, you get so tired of living with that fear, that you fold up your tent and you go home.

 

JO OC

And what's it going to take to make you go home Marty?

 

MARTY OC

Take? There's nothing they can do. They can't do anything.

Music Out

 

SQUIRELL BUSTER OC

Hey, what are you doing there Marty? Why would you be touching our stuff - we're not on your property touching your stuff.

 

 

JUDY OR INTERVIEW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECONSTRUCTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARTY'S HOME VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERVIEWS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:27:25:00

 

 

 

 

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10:30:30:00

VO

Marty's insider knowledge allows him to withstand the Squirrel Buster's daily presence, forcing them to try another route- turning his neighbors against him.

 

JUDY ORE OC

We found out that they were Scientologists and there were a lot of people that did not like them and giving all this propaganda stuff, you know. This is Texas. I don't know if it's Redneck or whatever but we take up for people.

Music in

We ended up getting these long sprinklers that shoot out about eighty feet. We put them in all around the homes in the cul de sac. When they came the next time, we turned on the sprinklers full force.

 

SQUIRELL BUSTER OC

We called the national weather service to report this phenomenon.

 

MARTY OC

Hey Ralph, I'm just giving you a warning. It's perfect conditions now that we water down the street because of the dust. You got about one minute to get out of here.

 

MOSEY OC

But they came down anyway with stupid Ponchos on - it's 100 degrees out there with these plastic things on. I was like you guys are idiots

 

SQUIRELL BUSTER LADY OC

I'm Joanne, and this is Steve. We're the Squirrel Busters. Behind us is the squirrel himself, Marty Rathbun. Take a good look at the squirrel Marty.

 

Music Out

MOSEY OC

I passed the message onto my wife that you had for me? That you were going to kick my ass? She had one question. You and what army? 

 

SQUIRELL BUSTER LADY OC

It's like all things Marty! We can't even make that go right.
Welldone Marty! Come on get wet! We love it. Woohoo! This is all things Marty. Moo. The Squirrel himself- how you doing Mr. Squirrel? How are you doing Mr. Squirrel?

 

VO

With Marty seemingly under attack from the church, for many of his readers there was an obvious question.

 

JO OC

How do you feel now that you had those tricks used against you? Well you see, I don't... the question doesn't. I don't get the question. It's not like I went out and then it happened to me and then I went ‘Oh! Jeez, that's not alright'. I mean I knew it wasn't alright. That's why I left.

 

MOSEY OC

You know, does he sit all day wrong saying you know ‘I regret'... you can't! Are you going to regret your whole life? He spent his whole life there.

 

JO OC

Is there something on the internet calling for you to be more apologetic? I mean what's your reaction to that?

 

MARTY OC

I don't read that stuff

MARTY'S HOME VIDEO

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10:13:03:03

MARTY OC

Rich you came through 3000 miles to get to my house and you want me to get out of your way now. What else do you want me to get you a cold drink of water? 

 

RICH SB OC

I'm fine, thank you. I appreciate your help.

 

VO

Marty's blog has caught the attention of anti-scientologists in Germany. Where the organization is particularly under scrutiny.

 

RICH SB OC

Why are you going to Germany?

 

MARTY OC

I'm going to Germany to clean up David Miscavige's mess that he has created over three decades and hundreds of millions of dollars. And I'm doing it free of charge Rich.

 

RICH OC

Hell Rich would be turning in his grave I know that.

 

MARTY OC

You guys are not listening to me- I'll say it again. I am going to handle misconceptions about the philosophy of Scientology in our age. Exactly what I do on my blog - day in and day out, over 600 posts. Over 20,000 pages of text.

 

ARCHIVE FOOTAGE IN GERMANY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERVIEW WITH MARTY

 

 

 

 

 

INTERVIEW WITH MOSEY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARTY HOME VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARTY HOME VIDEO

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10:33:43:00

VO

He's seen here at a press conference in Hamburg, sat alongside former adversaries. Making the case for independent Scientology.

 

MARTY OC

Everyone you find outside of the Church who continues to use Scientology, left Scientology because they don't agree with people being forcefully disconnected from their families. They don't agree with people being put into extremely painful financial situations. They don't agree with people having a different opinion being attacked, being harassed and being hounded.

 

MARTY OC

You know, I mean it's a huge mission to sort of undo 30 years of this type of activity. And now they intensify it on the guy who is trying to, you know, clean that up.

Music in

 

MOSEY OC

He was their favorite to send. He had already come to the house twice while Marty was gone and I was never able to get a picture of him, because they would always catch me off guard. So he looks at me, and I go- stop looking at me you sleaze ball. Like that. And he wouldn't stop, he's still like... Gawking at me like this sleazy thing right. So I'm like ‘Stop looking at me' and he still wouldn't stop.

 

MARTY OC

Did you hear here? She said don't look at her. Do you understand that?

 

MOSEY OC

So Marty goes and knocks his glasses off and says did you hear her? She told you to stop. So apparently when he did that, he got scratched.

 

TONY OC

The Squirrel Busters got in his face day after day after day and the point is to get the person so frustrated that they take a swing.

 

MOSEY OC

We get ready to take Chiquita for a walk, and as we're walking down the stairs, one of the sheriffs, one of the ones we know pulls up and says hey Mart, I've got a warrant we need to issue.

 

MARTY OC

And we don't know what I'm being arrested for?

 

POLICE OFFICER OC

A class A assault warrant. A Class A is a class A misdemeanor. You get class C, class B, class A. Class A means somebody suffered a bodily injury as a result.

 

MARTY OC

Somebody suffered a bodily injury from what I did?

 

POLICE OFFICER OC

Marty I'm just telling you what the warrant says.

 

TONY OC

Often, the Church of Scientology relies on law enforcement officials and judges who just don't know the whole picture. I mean they've convinced law enforcement officers to raid people's homes and confiscate their computers, jail people. And I always wonder if those people knew the whole story would they do that?

 

MARTY OC

Mosey did you ever see me hurt anybody?

 

MOSEY OC

No

MOSEY INTERVIEW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCIENTOLOGY FILM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:33:45:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10:34:15:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:34:29:00

 

 

 

 

 

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10:3:56:00

 

 

10:35:00:00

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MOSEY OC

I guess for the fact that they got what they wanted, you know in terms of him being in handcuffs. It's all it's ever been it's just for them to make into their little videos and magazines you know. It's so dumb that people in the church don't see that.

 

CAPTION

Marty Rathbun: Violent Psychopath, Cult Militia Leader, Squirrel Buster Productions

 

FILM VO

Even when he's being arrested, handcuffed and booked for assault with bodily harm, this king pin Rathbun is sticking to the well-known story that no, he wouldn't even hurt a fly.

 

VO

Marty was released shortly after he'd been arrested. But he'd finally given the Squirrel Busters the PR victory they had wanted. They released their documentary online under the name ‘Marty Rathbun, violent psychopath, cult militia leader'.

 

FILM VO

Rathbun likes to think of himself as a good man. A kind man, a tolerant man, who grants the freedom of speech to all. Unless of course it's the free speech of a documentary crew covering him.

 

SB OC

You can't do that! Marty! That's my personal property Marty.

 

TONY OC

Anybody with a brain would watch that and just laugh. It's just such an attack on him in ways that are childish.

 

FILM VO

Or, asking him for an interview

 

Music in

VO

The church is used to winning PR wars, but their plan backfires, as their actions catch the attention of Tony Ortega.

INTERVIEW WITH TONY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERVIEW WITH MARTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 10:35:09:01

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:35:27:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:35:44:00

TONY OC

I immediately realized that it was a bizarre story that deserved coverage so I put together this story- when Scientologists Attack. It just got a huge reaction and NBC finally made this a national story. Really, you got to be fairly impressed that in the history of American religion.

Music Out

MARTY OC

This guy was the first guy that really I think understood and framed the issue of these Squirrel Busters as being a religious freedom issue. He's probably done more to expose them than any other journalist over at least the last ten years

 

Music in

VO

After two hundred days, and with growing media criticism the Squirrel Busters disappeared from Ingleside.

CONFERENCE WITH MISCAVIGE IN ENGLAND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFERENCE

 

 

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10:37:08:00

 

 

 

 

10:37:14:00

VO

The battle for the future of Scientology appears to be going global. Independent Scientologists are joining protests with other groups against the church. David Miscavige is in England, at Hubbard's former home - the Mecca of Scientology, for one of their biggest annual events.

 

MARTY OC

I don't think he can put the Genie back in the bottle at this point. I've been overtly practicing for three years and dozens upon dozens of people have followed my lead around the world. You can read about them on my blog every day.

 

VO

The protestors caused a disturbance aiming to reach church members inside.

 

Music in

POLICE OC

As soon as these gentlemen come, they're going to ask you to leave. Because you are trespassing I told you that, I showed you the map. And as you are aware, there is an event going on and we are here to make sure that you don't make any entrance on there. And for some reason you seemed to express particular interest to this event and not on the cycle path.  

 

VO

The protestors and the independents hold a joint press conference and the message gets through to the British press.

 

Music Out

SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE OC

Marty Rathbun was the number 2 in the Church. His blog has become a rallying point for people like myself, perhaps who still believe in a lot of the aspects of Scientology and believe in its efficacy. The initial target is probably to break the monopoly and allow people to practice freely whatever they want.

INTERVIEW WITH MARTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



FOOTAGE FROM PROTESTS

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MARTY OC

Miscavige has put all of his resources intelligence, PR, legal onto discrediting me and trying to silence me. And I've been saying it too, overtly and publicly, that while he's so obsessed and fixated on me, y'all should start practicing Scientology and getting busy with it. People have been so, it's now being practiced all around the globe and independently and overtly.

 

VO

Marty seems to be winning the battles, but can he win the war?

Music Out

 

INGLESIDE

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VO

With the Squirrel Busters gone, Ingleside is a quiet coastal town once again. But is it the calm before the storm?

 

MARTY OC

Hey! There's a car at that house and he just pulled back in. 

 

VO

Marty spots a man acting suspiciously at the vacant house on the corner of his street.

 

MARTY OC

There it is. See that car underneath? Let me just get that plate.

 

JOE OC

Do you want to go and knock on the door?

 

MARTY OC

Yeah I think I'm going to.

 

VO

He goes to see if anyone is at home.

 

Mosey checks out the number plate.  It's registered to a private investigator. Marty discovers high powered surveillance cameras trained on his house.

 

MARTY OC

That little rat is trapped in that house. They put the car in the garage and no one is answering at it's all barren in there.

 

MOSEY OC

Same address

 

MARTY OC

Boy the idiots didn't even bother to get a rental car, huh?

 

VO

Marty can't be sure who is behind what he perceives to be a new threat. But the effect on Mosey makes him reconsider his past.

 

MARTY OC

If you look at the window that's facing us. You see at the bottom left hand corner there's a couple of cut outs. I thought that it was a little bit strange that they would rent a house which serves no other purpose than to have some kind of electronic up-feed on us every time we come and go.

 

JO OC

In some ways are they using your own tactics back on you?

 

MARTY OC

Yes, my own tactics back on me in terms of the surveillance. In a way it's my karma, you know. I've done it to others, and so in a way it's... you reap what you sow.

 

MOSEY OC

You can hear it and someone can tell you, and kind of... but until you actually see it... it became real at that point. I don't know.. it's. I'm still taking it all in I think. 

JERUSALEM

 

 

 

 

 

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10:40:31:14

VO

Things are tough in Texas. But elsewhere, more and more Scientologists are turning independent. In Israel for the first time and entire mission has announced that it is defecting, and joining the independent movement.

 

Music Out

DANI OC

We have a lot of new people coming, we're expanding rapidly, and we have people coming who were in the church of Scientology and have left and are now with us. Even some people who knew us before, but refused to come in when we were associated with the church.  Now they are free, they are happy they are eager. So a lot of new people are coming.

INGLESIDE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERVIEW WITH MARTY

10:40:58:00

 

 

 

10:41:02:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:41:17:00

 

 

 

 

10:41:29:00

 

 

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Music in

VO

But back in Texas, things are getting worse

 

MARTY OC

I recently exposed the surveillance cameras that have been trained on my home. And what did they do- is they put up reflective shields on the window so I can't see inside. The message being, I suppose, we'll just make you wonder what's behind these windows now.

 

MOSEY OC

What is it that we're doing that's so interesting? You know. We don't try and hide what we're doing at our house. They know who comes to our house.

 

MARTY OC

There's a PI out in front of my house right now.

 

MOSEY OC

They are patrolling you know with their PI's in the cars, you know, taking pictures of the license plates in our house. So is it necessary to watch 24/7? So if they're trying to see what's going on inside the house, that's kind of a little bit creepy.

 

 

VO

The situation is becoming a little bit unbearable for Marty and Mosey.

 

JO OC

To what level would they escalate to do you think?

 

MARTY OC

I don't know. You have to ask them.

 

VO

But Marty has always fought fire, with fire.

 

JO OC

You must know him better than anyone. So what do you think he would have been like in the church?

 

MOSEY OC

He'd have been one tough dude. Um,

 

JO OC

Because he was known as an enforcer wasn't he?

 

MOSEY OC

He would be someone who, you know, when something was happening, he would get it done, and he'd get it done, And you know. If that included slamming somebody on the frickin bookcase then yeah, that's what he would have happened.

 

MARTY OC

People are conditioned to accept that, you know. I was conditioned to accept that and participate in that.  I think I recognize how, Scientology at the upper levels does that to people.

 

VO

Yet he doesn't want to return to being the sort of man that he was in the church. 

 

MARTY OC

That fanaticism leads to all other evils. My goals have - I've readjusted them radically since I got out of the church of Scientology.

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INTERVIEW WITH TONY

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VO

Marty has decided to start a new chapter in his life.

 

MARTY OC

One of the problems of Scientology is, is that it becomes so religious that you no longer have a life. So, there's nothing to improve. I told Money early on, that, you know, the moment I start giving up our life, you know, you gotta wake me up because no matter how important I think this is, it's not important if we don't have a life.

 

VO

All his adult life, Marty has been defined by the Scientology teaching that attack is the best form of defense. Now, for the first time, he's chosen not the fight back, and is retreating to a remote location, out of the reach of the church and the Squirrel Busters.

 

MARTY OC

I'm looking forward to, you know, carrying on from a much more peaceful location.

 

TONY OC

Has Marty Rathbun fully come to terms with what he did in the church- I think it's a process he's going through.

 

MARTY OC

It fulfilled my obligation in terms of making up for my activities that made Scientology what it is today.

 

MOSEY OC

I don't think he wants to be defined as Marty Rathbun, you know, the number 2 guy in the church of Scientology. Like, because that's not who he is anymore.

 

MARTY OC

We own our pasts. It's the one thing that nobody can take away from us. And the question is, you know, how do you process that and learn from that. We were just kids back then. And we grew up and Miscavige never did. I just do what I do. I use my blog to educate people, I write books to educate people. I audit for a living, I learn more about the technology.

 

MOSEY OC

Yeah, when we first showed up we were like ‘woah' because you just can't see the house from the streets. But we were just like ‘that's the ticket'. That's what we want. In order for them to do what they did they'd have to trespass on our property.

 

MARTY OC

It's the kind of place where it doesn't really matter if they know where I am. I mean really, a helicopter isn't going to help them anymore.

 

MOSEY OC

We don't back down. Backing down to me would mean him folding up tent and saying ‘I'm going to sell real estate or something'. That's backing down to me. Changing your strategy, and your approach. That's not backing down.

 

MARTY OC

Look at little Chiquita, look how her ears are!

 

MOSEY OC

I mean one of the things that the church has not been able to do is to drive a wedge between him and I. And they haven't done that, as a matter of fact they've only made it stronger. It was very nice this morning, we got up and it was dark still. And we just stood out in the driveway and just looked up at the stars. It was so peaceful and quiet.

 

VO

Marty is still auditing and writing his blog, but has now rejected the label of scientologist. The independent Scientology movement continues.

 

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10:46:55:00

CAPTION/ VO

The Church of Scientology States that Marty Rathbun has never been a part of its ecclesiastical management and although he has been publicly attacking the Church for four years, his claims have had no discernible effect whatsoever.

 

It says there is no evidence of a global independent movement and the Israeli mission in Haifa only ever numbered a few people and that some have since rejoined the Church.

 

The church of Scientology states there is nothing inappropriate about using sustained legal pressure to obtain legal redress and tha the idea harassment was used to achieve tax-exempt status is "obvious nonsense".

 

It also denies sending the Squirrel Busters. While acknowledging that some were Scientologists, Squirrel Buster Productions is a wholly separate organisation.

 

The Church of Scientology denies putting Marty under surveillance but admits conducting a legal investigation into him "in furtherance of potential litigation".

 

 

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PETE GOLD

 

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