A letter to Mike Rinder: Your victim speaks up (Part 8) (February 28, 2018)

To Hubbard, you, Rathbun, Miscavige and the rest of you conspirators, persecuting your targets, silencing or destroying us, ruining us utterly is a game. You are “high-toned,” and enjoy creating that game, even if it is by wog standards evil and by wog law criminal. Through all your years persecuting us, committing crimes against us, you had to display good indicators (“GIs”). You had to be GIs. You had to be uptone, “winning on post,” cheerfully lying, enthusiastically tormenting us, aesthetically plotting our demise, exhilarated as you silenced us, in action destroying us, serenely driving us crazy. You could never have exhibited bad indicators (“BIs”) – a shred of sincere sympathy for your victims, a scintilla of unfaked credence granted us, real regret, a hint of conscience, an inkling of unhappiness about what you were doing — or you would not have lasted twenty years as CO of your conspiracy’s SP persecution department.

In 1994, just before you tried to extort me with the in-my-face threat that you and your coconspirators were going to keep on black PRing me until I stopped telling the truth, you executed and filed a declaration in the Scientology v. Steven Fishman and Uwe Geertz case in US District Court in Los Angeles falsely accusing me of, among other things, perjury and extortion. Dramatizing the beingness Hubbard assigned in his scriptures to criminals, as Scientologists standardly do, you were accusing me, and other individuals in the SP class, of what you yourself were doing.1

The Scientologists have continued to use your declaration as truth and continued to use you as a truthful witness of the experiences and knowledge you falsely swear to. The Scientologists use your declaration for the same purpose you had when you signed and filed it in 1994: to smear your conspiracy’s SP truth-telling victims. I have never seen where you actually recant the lies in this declaration or any other sworn statement you executed for your conspiracy.2

You know a lot about recanting, Mike, which means, per Merriam-Webster:

to withdraw or repudiate (a statement or belief) formally and publicly; to take back or disavow an opinion, declaration, or course of action; make an open confession of error

What you called recanting, however, was forcing your victims, the people you tried your nastiest to silence or destroy, to sign affidavits retracting what they knew to be true. You got them to lie in affidavits, and attack other victims of yours with lies, and you called that recanting. But you know what the truth is. You knew what the truth was every time you lied. And you have never recanted your lies.

Recently, as you know, the Scientologists used a paragraph from this declaration in a black PR smear of Hana Whitfield, who had contributed to the Aftermath series.

In 1994, when Whitfield was at the peak of her “deprogramming” activity, Remini’s co-host Mike Rinder wrote a declaration under penalty of perjury describing the anti-Scientologists she was part of (and that he has since joined). What he wrote then perfectly describes Rinder today, Remini and the parade of guests like Whitfield they trot out each week for her reality TV show:

“These people have gathered around them a few others who are bitter and harbor an unabiding[sic] resentment of Scientology and what it stands for and for their own failures in the Church. They view the Church as their ‘lottery ticket’ and pursue their jackpot with lies and threats at the expense of the millions of happy and satisfied members who support the Church with their time and donations. The Aznarans and Youngs are joined in that pursuit by the likes of Hana Whitfield, Andre and Mary Tabayoyon, Larry Wollersheim, Steve Fishman and Gerry Armstrong. Though they either do not know David Miscavige, or had some remote contact with him many years ago, they are willing to make vindictive allegations, not based on personal knowledge or the truth, and defame him personally and as the leader of the religion. The tactic is as transparent as it is unconscionable—spread venom in the hope that the victims of the hate campaign will eventually be forced to buy their silence so the Church can get on with its real purpose of expanding the Scientology religion and helping more people.”3

You swear in your declaration, which, as the Scientologists point out, is under penalty of perjury, that you have personal knowledge of the facts you set forth, including details about Jesus Christ, specifically the causes of his crucifixion and the actions of Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate, other Romans in Judea, and the coeval Christians. You equate Scientology head David Miscavige with Jesus, and present yourself as an apostle, proclaiming Miscavige’s Christ-like qualities.

You adduce for the court, and announce to the world, the “good news” that you know Miscavige’s “compassion from personal experience;” that Miscavige twice personally took care of your healing from illness; that Miscavige is “completely honest, and sincerely dedicated to helping people;” that he “never sought personal power or aggrandizement;” that he constantly demonstrated “integrity and selfless willingness to serve for the good of others;” that “he works … without respite for only one reason–his sincere dedication to bettering the lives of others;” that in response to “a virtually unending history of personal attacks against him… [he] didn’t change;” that he “took no credit” for his enormous accomplishments when “the credit he so graciously gave to others, in fact, belonged to him;” that he “made the tax exemption by the IRS possible;” that he “is very approachable and friendly;” that he even “eats with the rest of the staff in the communal dining room.”

You equate the testimony of Exscientologists, including me, about Miscavige with “the false accusations” and “the lies,” which, you say, incited Jesus’ crucifiers to crucify him. You declare, knowingly falsely, that we “targeted Mr. Miscavige with … spite and malevolence;” that we “harbored” “blind hatred;” that we “are willing to make vindictive allegations, not based on personal knowledge or the truth, and defame him personally;” that we “rail against Mr. Miscavige and unleash the foulest lies about him [our] imaginations can concoct;” that “none of the accusations made about him were true;” that we “spread venom in the hope that the victims of the hate campaign will eventually be forced to buy [our] silence;” that we are being used “as a threat to extort funds;” and that we are “paid witnesses, “mercenary witnesses” in Scientology’s case against Fishman and Geertz.

Although some of the Exscientologists you name in your declaration were paid for their expert testimony and expert participation in the case, and although some of my evidence and certain of my sworn statements were used in the case, I was not paid anything. As for any hopes or efforts of mine, which you say have been to force whomever or whatever to buy my silence, I think it is evident that I have worked uncompromisingly to demonstrate that my silence is unbuyable, and what I might say could be as valuable as God’s Own Words.

Your declaration still sits in the US Federal Court files, available to everyone. The Scientology conspirators still use your declaration, testimony and other OSA work product to vilify the individuals you vilify in it, and to incite hatred and violence against us. You have never corrected the gross lies you told in it. Both your false witnessing when you were officially in the SO, and your refusal to correct your lies and perjury from that period, unquestionably still serve your conspiracy’s malign purposes. Whatever pretext you used for your lies and perjury, and whatever pretext you use now for not correcting your false witnessing, your basic motivation that underlies your excuses, I conclude, is cowardice.

In your declaration, you present yourself as a Bible expositor, qualified to instruct the US Federal Court on Christian scripture and thought. You present as qualified to assert a holy equivalence between Miscavige and Jesus Christ, and an unholy equivalence between Miscavige’s critics and Jesus’ crucifers. In a 2013 documentary Scientologists at War, Rathbun corroborated your equating Miscavige with Jesus Christ:

  1. Ron Hubbard [after his death in January 1986] is now God, and [Miscavige is] appointed Jesus. And so he’s Jesus Christ to Scientologists.4

In providing your credentials, Mike, that qualify you to testify as you did, you state that you are a “Director of the Church of Scientology International (CSI).” More importantly, but not in your declaration, you were at that date the Commanding Officer OSA International. The Court and other readers of your declaration would probably be predisposed to understand that a director of an international church would possess deep knowledge of scripture. I mention your discourse on these bogus biblical parallels because it permits, in fact evokes, a comment on Hubbard, Miscavige, Rathbun, you and your coconspirators’ actual biblical roles.

Notes

A letter to Mike Rinder: Your victim speaks up (Part 5) (February 25, 2018)

Remini and you recently published a joint statement in the Paul Haggis sexual assault matter stating: “the fear of consequences for speaking our truth has not held us back in the past and isn’t about to start now.”1

If you mean by “our truth,” what you learned in Scientology was “the truth” — “the exact time, place, form and event” — then you are lying. You have not spoken the truth, and you serve the Scientology conspirators’ purposes by not speaking the truth. Whether Remini actually believes you have been speaking the truth, I do not know, but it sounds incredible. You could be conning her just as you conned her when you both were admittedly in the Scientology sect. You could be using her just as you have used so many people over so many years. Or Remini could be jointly lying with you. Regardless of what she knows, however, you know you are lying when you say, or convey the message, that you are speaking the truth.

The day after you published your joint statement in the Haggis matter, you also posted about the Scientologists’ response, and mentioned the Scientologists’ semantic trickery and dishonesty.

As with everything in scientology’s PR denial closet, you have to read it closely and parse its terminology carefully. Scientology mastered the technique of “depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is” long before Bill Clinton came along.2

I have observed, parsed and dealt with Scientologists and their high-priced collaborators’ willful, drilled semantic slippery, spin doctoring, obfuscating, out-pointing and outright lying, including yours, ever since I left Scientology. Here, you and Remini are not clear what “our truth” means. Using Scientology religious communication “tech,” “our truth,” truly, can mean a lie, or a stream of lies, or a mix of lies and truth, or whatever is true for us. The truth is, whether or not fear of consequences held you back, you have never spoken the truth about important matters where truth from you would right wrongs and do good.

In your joint statement, you and Remini say:

We have supported victims of sexual abuse who have reached out to us and have worked with them and law enforcement to ensure justice is done for both victims and the accused.3

Presumably you and Remini were not the sexual abusers whose victims reached out to you and you supported. You, Mike, are, however, the person who abused me. You conspired to deprive me of my basic human rights. You had the job for more than twenty years of criminally silencing or destroying me. I have reached out to you, and you know I have reached out to you. I have wanted you to tell the truth to correct ongoing injustices, and ensure justice is done. You have cruelly refused. You brag about helping other people’s victims, and you won’t help your own.

You write in answer to the Scientologists’ response:

The problem is that scientology has a documented history of engaging in frame-ups of its enemies, and a doctrine that dictates they continue to do so as the gospel according to L. Ron Hubbard. It’s hard to ignore that once you know. Scientology tries to pretend it doesn’t exist for that very reason.

We want ALL the facts to be known.2

You framed me, Mike. Because you refuse to tell the truth about it, you continue the frame-up. You framed me and testified falsely about me in court cases, to law enforcement, to the IRS, and into the tops of governments. You cannot honestly claim, and have not claimed that I have seen, that you are now still driven by Hubbard’s scriptures or dictates, or Miscavige’s dictates. Your refusal to tell the truth, while pretending you are telling it, while malicious, I believe is a product of cowardice. It is possible you really want ALL the facts to be known, and your cowardice prevents you from making known the facts you have. Or you are just lying about wanting ALL the facts known, and cowardice keeps you from telling the truth that you do not want the relevant facts known, and you really do fear the consequences for speaking the truth.

Among your other promotional actions, you and Remini used psychologist Steve Hassan on your Aftermath series to publicly position and extol you as a model for people who have left Scientology, indeed “modeling for ex-members of thousands of other cults.” Hassan distinguishes himself as “one of the foremost authorities on undue influence (mind control) and destructive, authoritarian people and cults,” and I believe he is. Before the Hassan interview, you include a title page identifying him as a “Cult Expert” and “Licensed Mental Health Counselor,” and I am sure that is accurate.

When Hassan said you were modeling for people, for ex-members of thousands of cults, he had to be referring to your words and actions since leaving the corporate cult, not your spiffy attire. Words and actions, it can be seen, are governed by character. Since you are actually modeling cowardice, and faking courage, as shown by your actual post-Sea Org words and actions, it was professionally improper of Hassan to commend and recommend you for modeling. You are still victimizing, as I have shown, the very people you victimized for your conspiracy you profess to have left. We are also the very people Hassan says he is an authority about, and claims he is helping. I will copy this to him in the hope he would correct his message that you are, or were at the time he said it, a model for people; or, since we all model for people, that you are a desirable or endorsable model for people.

You and Remini used Hassan’s modeling statement about you, knowing it was false, to help you and your collaborators like Remini manufacture the false impression that you have told the truth, that you have reached out to your victims, that you have done what you could to help us, and that therefore you are the model of courage for the millions of ex-members of myriad cults. In your case, the truth and real help, where such is sought and could benefit so many people, has to be what would merit recognition as modeling. An Exscientologist who criminally conspired to silence or destroy many people over many years, who then publicly left the conspiracy and claimed to be regenerate, to be telling the truth about his victimizing, and to be helping his victims, and who refused in fact to tell such truth or help such victims, is not modeling for people. He is conning people. And he is continuing to persecute his victims, which is more anti-modeling.

It is easy to determine that you have not told the truth about your persecution of the SP class or about your conspiracy’s actions against citizens, simply because you have not done so and there is no record of you doing so. Unquestionably, I have not remained silent concerning my observation of your continuing refusal to tell the truth about your conspiracy against the SP class, your continuing persecution of SPs like me, and your continuing, — in important matters — to serve the Miscavige sect’s antisocial purposes. My criticism of these actions and inactions is well known, and I certainly would have provided what relevant facts I had if Hassan had contacted me. I have made my own legal cases and my own facts and documented history with you easily publicly available, and presented these as constituting a categorical example of where the truth and help you willfully withhold would make a pro-survival difference.

My legal cases, history and documents comprise a dividing enterprise or challenge you can meet with either cowardice or courage. You cannot courageously sidestep or ignore it. You can cowardly ignore it, as so far you have, forever. You can fake courage, as you have been doing, also forever. You and your collaborators can get others to support your cowardice, and even to attack your victims for pointing it out or for asking you to have courage and tell the truth. Acquiring such courage might be as simple for you as asking for it.

Criticizing you for mismodeling, when people almost everywhere mismodel their heads off, is called for because of the numbers and natures of the persons and groups for whom, as Hassan says, you are modeling; or mismodeling. Telling the truth about what makes your words and actions mismodeling is especially important because there is such an obvious agenda to portray you as a model – for character, or virtue, but certainly courage – when you are not such a model. The legal issues that link you and me are not me seeing things, as you say, but profound and far-reaching: conspiracy against rights, deprivation of rights under color of law, religious freedom, the IRS villainy, as examples. For avoiding me and these issues, from what has been reported, there is no excuse but cowardice, and cowardice is no excuse at all.

Notes

A letter to Mike Rinder: Your victim speaks up (Part 2) (February 20, 2018)

Black PR only begins when the black propagandist finishes communicating it. In time, it does not end. You never believed the black PR you spread and made others spread. You have “confessed” that doing the evil you did was your conspiracy’s policy. Executing the conspiracy’s policy, which was, where it mattered, secret and hidden from Scientologists outside the conspiracy, had always been policy. That has always been the case, and has been known publicly to be the case at least since I left Scientology and spoke up and exposed what I experienced or knew of the cult’s hidden, criminal and actual policies.

Undoubtedly there were ex-staff before me who told what they understood about your conspiracy’s actual policies. Michael Meisner comes to mind. Many of your actual operating policies violated what your conspiracy ordered publicly published as Scientology policy, as the scriptural organizational “law on which orders are authorized and originated.” Your orders from your sect’s heads to silence or destroy people and your orders to your juniors or hired agents to silence or destroy people were all authorized and originated in compliance with your actual, secret and criminal policies. You kept your actual operating policies secret just because they are criminal. The persons operating on these criminal policies comprise your criminal conspiracy.

Your actual policy has always included pretending or acting as if you believed your lies and black PR. A few months ago, in response to an Allen Stanfield article, I wrote about the endlessness of black propaganda and the permanence of the black propagandist identity.

[Mark Rathbun and Mike Rinder] have not corrected their lies and black propaganda. Because of black PR’s nature, they remain black propagandists for the Miscavige conspiracy. I have noted this in a number of published communications. Black PR does not end when the black propagandist stops talking or hits “send.” It goes on theoretically forever. What black propagandists like Rathbun and Rinder must do is denounce and correct or remedy their black PR. Then they become repentant black propagandists. Right now, they remain unrepentant black propagandists. They spread years and reams of black PR in service of Hubbard, Miscavige and Scientology, in service of their criminal conspiracy.

Being a black propagandist is comparable to being a murderer. When a murderer stops murdering, he or she remains a murderer. There is no such thing as an ex-murderer. There can be an ex-hitman if he leaves the hitman trade. But he’s still a murderer. He can be a repentant murderer or an unrepentant murderer.

Repentance is fairly straightforward. Wikipedia says:

“This typically includes an admission of guilt, a promise or resolve not to repeat the offense; an attempt to make restitution for the wrong, or in some way to reverse the harmful effects of the wrong where possible.”

Rathbun and Rinder have taken none of the actions indicating or involved in repentance concerning the black propaganda they originated, disseminated and made others disseminate to destroy the reputations, credibility, livingness, “ARC,” or “theta” of their black PR targets, like me. Rathbun and Rinder remain unrepentant black propagandists. And their black PR serves the same malevolent interests they started serving decades ago. It would be beneficial for everyone if they were to become repentant black propagandists.

By not correcting their black propaganda — while pretending they have made amends and corrected the wrongs they perpetrated — they now attempt to generate an illusion that their lies were not lies and their black PR was not black PR, and their most fair gamed victim deserved it. What I deserved, they communicate, is an illegal, conscienceless, filthy rich, criminal conspiracy depriving me of my rights, and even my person.

If I didn’t deserve their victimization, it would reason — now that they present themselves as truth-tellers, as whistle-blowers, as understanding, compassionate, courageous and capable — they would have said my victimization was undeserved, and they would have acted to undo the undeserved victimization.

Beyond argument, they both know, but will not admit, that what they did and made others do to silence or destroy me was undeserved. It was undeserved by common human social and legal standards, by the Scientologists’ own published public scriptures, and by God.

After leaving the Sea Org, Rathbun and Rinder did not just step away from the black PR they had propagated for their conspiracy, and leave their black PR to continue to work its evil. They have actively originated and disseminated more black propaganda targeting me since claiming, post-Sea Org, to be telling the truth. They have actively continued criminal frame-ups they know are criminal frame-ups. They have continued to apply the same PR tech they learned from Hubbard and applied all their years in the SO. There has been no moral U-Turn.

I’ve written and spoken several times about a 1994 face-to-face confrontation you and I had, in which you threatened that until I shut up — meaning until I stopped telling the truth – you and your coconspirators were going to keep on black PRing me — meaning you were going to keep on lying about me, vilifying me, and destroying my credibility, relationships, opportunities and life. I even mentioned this incident in a letter to you soon after you started claiming and pretending you were no longer serving your conspiracy’s purposes:

I wanted to communicate civilly, because it is important to me that something be done about the Scientology v. Armstrong, et al. war. Lies maintain the war. You remember, I’m sure, when I spoke to you about your black PR, saying to me that you — meaning you, Miscavige, Scientology, the attorneys, the PIs, et al. — were going to keep right on black PRing me until I shut up. 1

Your statement has stuck with me all these years because it was so brazenly threatening. In fact, it was blackmail, a threat to my person to defame me and destroy my reputation and life, unless I complied with your demand, here that I stop telling the truth. Obviously I have not stopped telling the truth, and, true to your threat, you kept right on black PRing me. Because you remain an unrepentant black propagandist for your Scientology conspiracy, and because your black PR is intended to shudder me into silence or destroy me, you also remain a blackmailer, indeed an unrepentant blackmailer. What greater motivation for repentance?

In your “Merchants of Fear” special episode from the Scientology and the Aftermath reality show, Len Zinberg pinpointed why for thirty-five years, even after leaving Scientology, he did not speak up about his fair gaming of Paulette Cooper: cowardice! He’s right, of course. It’s a why, an item I urge you to take to heart. If it is why you do not now tell the truth about the criminal and cruel things you did while admittedly in your conspiracy, it could also be why you stayed in Scientology doing all those criminal and cruel things for over twenty years and why in all that time you never told your seniors and your other coconspirators to stick it in their ears.

Wikipedia has a useful definition for cowardice:

a trait wherein fear and excessive self-concern override doing or saying what is right, good, and of help to others or oneself in a time of need—it is the opposite of courage. As a label, “cowardice” indicates a failure of character in the face of a challenge. One who succumbs to cowardice is known as a coward, or informally a chicken.2

Zinberg said:

I had left Scientology. I was under the radar. I had put Scientology out of my life. But there’s no way for me to, to escape that that was what happened.

And so I e-mailed Paulette and I told her what I had done. I said something along the lines of, “I’m a 67 year old man and I have two children and I want your forgiveness, but I realize that I’m totally undeserving of it. Because I’ve been a coward for the last 35 years. I haven’t spoken the truth. I haven’t, I haven’t told you what I did.” 3

Notes

A letter to Mike Rinder: Your victim speaks up (Part 2) (February 20, 2018)

https://youtu.be/tF1y8Q4kfw0

Black PR only begins when the black propagandist finishes communicating it. In time, it does not end. You never believed the black PR you spread and made others spread. You have “confessed” that doing the evil you did was your conspiracy’s policy. Executing the conspiracy’s policy, which was, where it mattered, secret and hidden from Scientologists outside the conspiracy, had always been policy. That has always been the case, and has been known publicly to be the case at least since I left Scientology and spoke up and exposed what I experienced or knew of the cult’s hidden, criminal and actual policies.

Undoubtedly there were ex-staff before me who told what they understood about your conspiracy’s actual policies. Michael Meisner comes to mind. Many of your actual operating policies violated what your conspiracy ordered publicly published as Scientology policy, as the scriptural organizational “law on which orders are authorized and originated.” Your orders from your sect’s heads to silence or destroy people and your orders to your juniors or hired agents to silence or destroy people were all authorized and originated in compliance with your actual, secret and criminal policies. You kept your actual operating policies secret just because they are criminal. The persons operating on these criminal policies comprise your criminal conspiracy.

Your actual policy has always included pretending or acting as if you believed your lies and black PR. A few months ago, in response to an Allen Stanfield article, I wrote about the endlessness of black propaganda and the permanence of the black propagandist identity.

[Mark Rathbun and Mike Rinder] have not corrected their lies and black propaganda. Because of black PR’s nature, they remain black propagandists for the Miscavige conspiracy. I have noted this in a number of published communications. Black PR does not end when the black propagandist stops talking or hits “send.” It goes on theoretically forever. What black propagandists like Rathbun and Rinder must do is denounce and correct or remedy their black PR. Then they become repentant black propagandists. Right now, they remain unrepentant black propagandists. They spread years and reams of black PR in service of Hubbard, Miscavige and Scientology, in service of their criminal conspiracy.

Being a black propagandist is comparable to being a murderer. When a murderer stops murdering, he or she remains a murderer. There is no such thing as an ex-murderer. There can be an ex-hitman if he leaves the hitman trade. But he’s still a murderer. He can be a repentant murderer or an unrepentant murderer.

Repentance is fairly straightforward. Wikipedia says:

“This typically includes an admission of guilt, a promise or resolve not to repeat the offense; an attempt to make restitution for the wrong, or in some way to reverse the harmful effects of the wrong where possible.”1

Rathbun and Rinder have taken none of the actions indicating or involved in repentance concerning the black propaganda they originated, disseminated and made others disseminate to destroy the reputations, credibility, livingness, “ARC,” or “theta” of their black PR targets, like me. Rathbun and Rinder remain unrepentant black propagandists. And their black PR serves the same malevolent interests they started serving decades ago. It would be beneficial for everyone if they were to become repentant black propagandists.

By not correcting their black PR — while pretending they have made amends and corrected the wrongs they perpetrated — they now attempt to generate an illusion that their lies were not lies and their black PR was not black PR, and their most fair gamed victim deserved it. What I deserved, they communicate, is an illegal, conscienceless, filthy rich, criminal conspiracy depriving me of my rights, and even my person.

If I didn’t deserve their victimization, it would reason — now that they present themselves as truth-tellers, as whistle-blowers, as understanding, compassionate, courageous and capable — they would have said my victimization was undeserved, and they would have acted to undo the undeserved victimization.

Beyond argument, they both know, but will not admit, that what they did and made others do to silence or destroy me was undeserved. It was undeserved by common human social and legal standards, by the Scientologists’ own published public scriptures, and by God.

After leaving the Sea Org, Rathbun and Rinder did not just step away from the black PR they had propagated for their conspiracy, and leave their black PR to continue to work its evil. They have actively originated and disseminated more black propaganda targeting me since claiming, post-Sea Org, to be telling the truth. They have actively continued criminal frame-ups they know are criminal frame-ups. They have continued to apply the same PR tech they learned from Hubbard and applied all their years in the SO. There has been no moral U-Turn.

I’ve written and spoken several times about a 1994 face-to-face confrontation you and I had, in which you threatened that until I shut up — meaning until I stopped telling the truth – you and your coconspirators were going to keep on black PRing me — meaning you were going to keep on lying about me, vilifying me, and destroying my credibility, relationships, opportunities and life. I even mentioned this incident in a letter to you soon after you started claiming and pretending you were no longer serving your conspiracy’s purposes:

I wanted to communicate civilly, because it is important to me that something be done about the Scientology v. Armstrong, et al. war. Lies maintain the war. You remember, I’m sure, when I spoke to you about your black PR, saying to me that you — meaning you, Miscavige, Scientology, the attorneys, the PIs, et al. — were going to keep right on black PRing me until I shut up. 2

Your statement has stuck with me all these years because it was so brazenly threatening. In fact, it was blackmail, a threat to my person to defame me and destroy my reputation and life, unless I complied with your demand, here that I stop telling the truth. Obviously I have not stopped telling the truth, and, true to your threat, you kept right on black PRing me. Because you remain an unrepentant black propagandist for your Scientology conspiracy, and because your black PR is intended to shudder me into silence or destroy me, you also remain a blackmailer, indeed an unrepentant blackmailer. What greater motivation for repentance?

In your “Merchants of Fear” special episode from the Scientology and the Aftermath reality show, Len Zinberg pinpointed why for thirty-five years, even after leaving Scientology, he did not speak up about his fair gaming of Paulette Cooper: cowardice! He’s right, of course. It’s a why, an item I urge you to take to heart. If it is why you do not now tell the truth about the criminal and cruel things you did while admittedly in your conspiracy, it could also be why you stayed in Scientology doing all those criminal and cruel things for over twenty years and why in all that time you never told your seniors and your other coconspirators to stick it in their ears.

Wikipedia has a useful definition for cowardice:

a trait wherein fear and excessive self-concern override doing or saying what is right, good, and of help to others or oneself in a time of need—it is the opposite of courage. As a label, “cowardice” indicates a failure of character in the face of a challenge. One who succumbs to cowardice is known as a coward, or informally a chicken.3

Zinberg said:

I had left Scientology. I was under the radar. I had put Scientology out of my life. But there’s no way for me to, to escape that that was what happened.

And so I e-mailed Paulette and I told her what I had done. I said something along the lines of, “I’m a 67 year old man and I have two children and I want your forgiveness, but I realize that I’m totally undeserving of it. Because I’ve been a coward for the last 35 years. I haven’t spoken the truth. I haven’t, I haven’t told you what I did.”4

Notes

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repentance
  2. http://gerryarmstrong.ca/to-mike-rinder/
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowardice
  4. Unofficial transcript. Scientology and the Aftermath Season 1, Episode 9. “Merchants of Fear.” IMDB