Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Mark Rathbun explained
There has been another furious post at the blog named after senior Sea Org member Mark or Marty Rathbun:
Based on the writing style, the blog post was mostly written by him with OSA guidance.
In this post he makes it seem like Tony Ortega, Mike Rinder, and others are some of the most sinister and malicious individuals on this planet. These guys are truly devious conspirators, though he never actually says what they did wrong. It's mostly meaningless word salad with some factoids.
Rathbun also never hints about why he dropped his wife's lawsuit against Scientology and returned to work for them, or why he gave them confidential information from victims.
Cult watch experts suspect the purpose of his blog and videos is to eliminate his credibility as a witness against Scientology in future court proceedings.
Except this time he DID drop a hint about what happened to end the Monique Rathbun lawsuit.
It's speculated he bought his new home after January 2016 with money funneled his way by Scientology to get him to drop the lawsuit, and especially to stiff and discourage his lawyers, who took the case on a contingency basis.
Rathbun mentions in passing "I have been continuously employed in a self-employed capacity" during the lawsuit, and that he bought the home with money from this source. He never explains the nature of his self-employment activities, but he doesn't have to.
He writes it "had no connection whatsoever with anything even remotely related to Scientology", but he was working as a paid Free Zone auditor during that time. That did not pay well, since most auditing is generally ineffective therapy (some auditing has been reported to work for some people, especially at the beginning).
Rathbun was hired and derived most of his income as some sort of "consultant" for a front group not "even remotely related to Scientology" in its stated purpose, but fully funded by them. It has some nebulous mission statement like "the pursuit of truth". Expect high-priced lawyers to be involved.
Not one cent came directly from Scientology, as that would count as a settlement of the lawsuit, a percentage of which would be claimed by his fired attorneys. So everything was legal, if immoral.
At least they seem to have stopped paying him to make videos condemning cult critics, the most recent of which was posted in December 2017:
"Sea Org life" https://old.reddit.com/r/scientology/comments/klti98/sea_org_life/
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