Post Game #3 – Getting the Story Straight
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything”
One of the accusations that Tommy Davis leveled against the whistleblowers was that we had all gotten together somehow and coordinated our stories. How we did that is a mystery, considering that we live thousands of miles apart. Presumably there was a big meeting somewhere and big storyboards and timelines were pasted up on the wall and we all had to memorize the details. Unfortunately, I must have missed that meeting, so I just say what happened. And amazingly, it is consistent with the stories told by Marty, Amy, Tom, Steve Hall and many others. What a coincidence.
But the question really isn’t how we managed to coordinate all of our stories and keep them consistent, but why the Church can’t. After all, they all work in the same tiny compound in San Jacinto, their desks are close to one another’s, and they meet all the time. So why can’t they keep their stories straight?
Their current story is that it was Marty who beat up Mike Rinder, not David Miscavige. But then why does Cathy Rinder swear up and down that there was never, ever a mark on her husband’s body? What’s the truth, was he beaten or not?
In June, Int Base Executive David Bloomberg floated a bizarre story to the St. Petersburg Times telling how I had assaulted David Miscavige during a meeting in 2002, not the other way around. In his current affidavit to CNN, he changed his story, and now states that nothing violent at all happened in that 2002 meeting I had with Miscavige. But now Guillaume Lesevre and Norman Starkey state emphatically that Miscavige wasn’t even there at the Base in 2002! Yet Bloomberg says I met with him! So which is it?
The Church has painted itself into a corner with the admission that there was rampant violence at the Int Base. Davis now states that Marty Rathbun assaulted 22 people between 2001 and 2004, for a total of 50 assaults. They claim that Mike Rinder and Tom deVocht also assaulted people. So from their description, they admit a culture that was rife with unchecked violence.
Well, Anderson Cooper asked a very astute question. Why didn’t anyone call the police? Why didn’t anyone file charges? Why was this tolerated?
Guillaume Lesevre and Norman Starkey claim it was because “David Miscavige wasn’t there.”
Well, why didn’t Guillaume or Norman stop it? Guillaume was ED Int at the time, the top Church management official. Norman was a top executive in RTC, supposed to police the proper use of Scientology. Why didn’t they stop what they have described as Marty’s four year “reign of terror?”
The only thing that would make sense is if Marty was the de facto leader of the Church in Miscavige’s “absence.” Not so – Guillaume states that Marty was not in a position of power. Well, OK, if he wasn’t in a position of power, then why didn’t they, Norman and Guillaume, as senior executives in the Church of Scientology, handle it?
And why didn’t they inform David Miscavige? After all, if someone is carrying out an abusive reign of terror at Scientology’s International Base, don’t you think that would merit a mention in a dispatch or report or phone call, sometime during the four-year period during which this was going on? Wouldn’t that be of prime importance to the leader of the Church of Scientology?
No, say Guillaume and Norman, we didn’t think we should bother him with such a petty matter involving an insignificant staff member. Well, which was it? Was it a four year “reign of terror” that you were powerless to stop, or was it a minor matter not deserving of a slot in Miscavige’s packed schedule?
And why didn’t anyone call the police, or file charges? “We decided to handle it internally,” said Church Lawyer Monique Yingling. Oh really? The Church consulted their lawyer and then decided to “handle it internally.”
And by the way, everyone knows, in the wake of the Catholic child abuse scandals, that “handle it internally” is synonymous with “cover-up,”
So why would the Church cover it up? Why wouldn’t they bring in the authorities to handle what amounts to felony assault?
As Anderson Cooper pointed out, the only thing that explains all these contradictions is if the leader of the Church of Scientology was the one carrying out this physical abuse. Why else would no one be able to handle or stop it, even top Church executives? Why else would the entire Church executive, PR and legal structure insist that it be “handled internally.”
People aren’t stupid. And when your story has that many holes in it, they know you’re not being straight.