Marty and Warren's Excellent Adventure
(CoS former official image)
(CoS former official image)
Mark C. "Marty" Rathbun's name comes up as an executive of various arms of the Church of Scientology over the past 25 years or more. At least, it used to.
Starting in September, 2005, Marty's erasure from Scientology began. His name and image, indeed any reference to him, has begun to be systematically removed from Scientology websites all over the world.
It's as if he never existed: Never served as David Miscavige's legal executive in ASI; was never Deputy Director of Intelligence for Scientology's secret policing arm, the Office of Special Affairs (previously known as the Guardian's Office), or OSA. Was never a Church of Scientology International (CSI) executive.
It's like he never moved from ASI to Scientology's Religioius Technology Center (RTC) as Inspector General for Ethics in 1987, at the time David Miscavige became head of RTC, the organizational arm in charge of protecting the copyrights and trademarks associated with Dianetics and Scientology.
It's as if he never attended the infamous meeting with the IRS in 1991 that led to Scn's unprecedented tax exemption; never responded angrily to the outing of the secret meetings by Tax Analysts in their Tax Notes newsletter in 1993; never pimped John Travolta in the NY Times in 1998.
It's as if he was never on Elaine Seigel's Snow White International Dissemination List. Never cut the ribbon on the new Scientology building at AOLA.
But could Marty have seen it coming? In December of 2004, Marty's wife Anne filed for divorce.
According to a 1998 post to a.r.s. by Jesse Prince, it is common practice for Scientology, Inc. to attempt to turn Scientology wives against so-called "criminal" husbands. (Interestingly, Jesse Prince was himself 'erased', as well as David Mayo. Both were formerly high-ranking Scientology administrators. This speaks to the possibility that such revisionism is policy within the many-tentacled organization)
Marty's vanishing is not unprecedented. In February of 1994, Marty and fellow exec Greg Wilhere were removed from their posts, and we didn't hear about Marty again until 1996.
Speculation arose as to Marty's whereabouts, and it was suggested that he was being held outside the US, perhaps on the Freewinds, or in the RPF, or doing some other kind of Ethics or Amends program to get back into good graces in his church.
Currently, it has been suggested by a former Int Base staffer (reported by Chuck Beatty on the USEnet newsgroup alt.religion.scientology) that Marty was "busted", at least briefly demoted to Flag Crew Org, and may be working in the Carpenter's Shop in the mill building down the street from the Fort Harrison in Clearwater.
It only adds to the strangeness that Marty's fellow RTC executive, Director of Legal Affairs Warren McShane, has also evidently vanished, and is being scrubbed from Scientology websites.
Warren's wife Marcella (Marcy) also filed for divorce from Warren in April, 2005.
Warren McShane had also been a Scientology administrator for around three decades. His scrubbed bio used to indicate that he joined Scientology in 1973, and was an officer in RTC when it was created in 1982.
The virtual vanishing of two high-level RTC executives -- among the very few who had intimate, inside knowledge of David Miscavige and his family's finances and projects -- is cause for concern, especially since there have been no replacements announced, or job openings posted, and it appears Mr. Miscavige now has nearly sole control of Scientology's enforcement arm.
Mark C."Marty" Rathbun and Warren McShane's names cannot be erased from the plethora of affadavits in which they are mentioned that have been presented at various times and courts, such as those affadavits of Joseph Yanny (July, 1998), Vicky Aznaran, Jesse Prince, and Steven Fishman, or Warren's own deposition on May 22, 1997, when he was deposed by Grady Ward.
Their names cannot be purged from numerous newspaper and magazine articles (at least, those published outside of Scientology-owned publishing houses, such as the St. Petersburg Times).
What did Marty and Warren do to earn the wrath of David Miscavige? Are they okay? Are they alive? Why are they being erased? Is this really a good PR strategy in the age of the Internet?
Update, September 29, 2005: