Dead Agent Post Mortem: Why Did David Miscavige Burn Marty Rathbun?

dead agent“Knowledge of the enemy’s dispositions can only be obtained from other men. Hence the use of spies, of whom there are five classes: (1) Local spies; (2) inward spies; (3) converted spies; (4) doomed spies; (5) surviving spies. When these five kinds of spy are all at work, none can discover the secret system. This is called “divine manipulation of the threads.” It is the sovereign’s most precious faculty.

“Having local spies means employing the services of the inhabitants of a district. Having inward spies, making use of officials of the enemy. Having converted spies, getting hold of the enemy’s spies and using them for our own purposes. “Having doomed spies, doing certain things openly for purposes of deception, and allowing our own spies to know of them and report them to the enemy. Surviving spies, finally, are those who bring back news from the enemy’s camp.

“Hence it is that with none in the whole army are more intimate relations to be maintained than with spies. None should be more liberally rewarded. In no other business should greater secrecy be preserved.”

– Sun Tzu Chapter 13 The Art of War
“The Use of Spies”


It might be lost on some people that having a Church attorney read an email from Marty Rathbun in open court to try to discredit a critic during a trail is not only an exposure of Marty Rathbun as a spy. It is also, more importantly, an action of killing Marty Rathbun’s credibility and burning him, rendering him useless for any Church intelligence work.

Whether he was working for David Miscavige and whether he was not working for David Miscavige, it was not a friendly act. If he was working for DM, it made him an expendable pawn. If he was not working for DM, it made Marty lose all of his friends and resources in the Ex-Scientology community, and proved him to be an enemy to be reviled.

It was an action to make Marty Rathbun into a Dead Agent – to ensure that no one in the Ex and Indie communities will ever trust him and come to his aid for anything ever again.

And David Miscavige used Tony Ortega to do it.

I quoted this from Sun Tzu because L Ron Hubbard made all OSA Agents read and clay demo every verse of this book. Along with following L Ron Hubbard Advices, The Art of War is the basis for everything that OSA, David Miscavige, Marty Rathbun, and Mike Rinder, do.


The day after Tony Ortega posted his first broadside against Monique Rathbun for dropping her lawsuit, I received an email from Marty, with his phone number, asking me to call him.

It was 7:00am. I’d just received his email in my inbox, so I knew he was up. I called him.

He picked up right away, whispering into the phone while walking outside to talk to me because the rest of his family was still asleep. He told me that he appreciated what I’d written defending his wife in the comments section of Tony’s blog. I told him that there was no need to thank me, I was saying something I thought somebody needed to say.

He then started talking in a way that made my ears perk up.

He started talking to me about being a screenwriter.

Before this, I’d never talked to Marty Rathbun in my life. I’d sent and received maybe one or two emails from him during his time as King of the Indies, but those were nasty, brutish, and short. The idea that he was bringing up screenwriting to me, and pushing it as a “button”, was very intriguing. I know that no one is going to believe me when I say this, because after all, Tony Ortega has just proven that I have been duped by Marty Rathbun, but I did know in that instant that Marty Rathbun was recruiting me, and that he was using OSA intelligence material on me to do it.

Over the 17 years that I have been a critic of Scientology, certain items have come up in my conversations with other “critics” that let me know that they are either OSA, or they have been briefed by someone who is working for OSA, about me.

One of those items is “You’re unimportant”.

The very first time I was ever put on an Emeter in Scientology was in the course room of the Champaign, IL mission in 1984. The course supervisor called me up to check what I had been reading. Obviously he spotted some kind of misunderstood word phenomena on me. After asking me a few definitions of words from my course, he placed my Ups and Down in Life Course pack on the meter shield on his desk in front of me, opened to the essay I was reading. He had me hold the cans while reading a passage by L Ron Hubbard.

As I read, he said “That! What did you just read?”

I said that it was a sentence about how “unimportant people” should not be shown any undue attention. His direction of my attention to this term made me realize that I had a very big disagreement about the attitude being displayed here by L Ron Hubbard. In fact, I began to get quite pissed off that Hubbard was talking about “unimportant people”. I protested and disagreed that anyone was “unimportant”. I really did not like the fascist and authoritarian tone that Hubbard was displaying here.

So we looked up the word “unimportant” in a dictionary and as I used the word “unimportant” in a few sentences, I started to calm down. My supervisor asked me to give him examples of “unimportant people”. As distasteful as it was for me, as I gave him examples, I began to see that – for a given purpose – a person might not be important – even though no one is actually an “unimportant person”.

I was sent back to my table to keep studying and pretty soon I realized that I felt pretty good. I mean really good. I blurted out to the Course Supervisor, “Hey! That really helped! I feel so much better now!”

It was my first win in Scientology.

And it was very clearly written and filed, from top to bottom, as the first few worksheets of my preclear folders.

Many years later, in the early 2000s, after I was already out of Scientology and being a critic of them on the internet, I had an occasion where I was in the same room as a real live person who worked for the Office of Special Affairs. As he was in the middle of a conversation with me which clearly belied the words that were about to come out of his mouth, he looked right into my eyes and said unto me “…because you are so unimportant.”

When he left the room, that phrase stood out to me like a raw buffalo. It was very odd. It was forced. And it was inapropos of the very conversation that we were having. And yet he said it with an almost “Tone 40” intention, straight into my face.

Over the next few months, I remembered that word-clearing session I had in Champaign, and I realized that “you’re unimportant” was their interpretation of a “button” of personal emotional turmoil that is written into my pc folders. Since then, whenever it has been used on me, I’ve known that it was being used as an OSA op. Either the person himself was OSA, or he had been briefed on me, unwittingly, by OSA.

The next time it was used with me was by Mike Rinder on the Internet, while he was still working with Marty Rathbun as leaders of the Indies. I knew at that time where Mike Rinder got the intelligence to use that phrase on me, and what he was doing when he used it.

These are the kinds of things that make OSA agents really clown-like and buffoonish. A real spy, whose very life depends on the deft use of this technology, would never be this ham-handed.

But here was Marty, talking to me about something on the phone that he could not possibly know about me, but which was strewn all through my pc folders from the time I lived in LA.

To be continued….

22 thoughts on “Dead Agent Post Mortem: Why Did David Miscavige Burn Marty Rathbun?”

  1. Off topic (again) Alanzo, but you would be an interesting guest on the Aftermath series if they got into Post Internet Scientology Critics. There’s lot’s of juicy intrigue going on there.

    BTW – your earlier blog had a recent posts section. This one doesn’t support it?

  2. “To be continued?? “When? Alanzo, I love your site here. I just found it yesterday as I am obsessed with Scientology. I like read your words. They are simple and appear to be well grounded. I have been reading for two days!

    • Well thanks, Sky!

      There appears to be some things going on behind the scenes here – maybe, maybe not – and I’ll continue that story after a few things shake out.

      I have a review of Louis Theroux’s “My Scientology Movie” coming this week, and maybe a post on some boring epistemology. I think after that it might be good timing to continue my story with Marty. But I’ll see.

      Thanks for your encouragement.


          • You make an very interesting point when you question why Miscavige would reveal Marty’s ‘OSA status’ on something like the Lemberger case.
            (Note I don’t think Marty is working for OSA, hence the quotation marks)
            It’s not like what was revealed in that case was a ‘smoking gun’. It was just a comment Dani made about Miscavige, big whup.
            If I were in Miscavige’s tiny John Lobbs, I would hold Marty close to the vest and use him to infiltrate something much bigger, like the Leah Remini series.

            Excellent observation. One I had not thought of to be honest.

            I am curious as to your opinions as to why Marty asked you about screenwriting.
            This has Bowfinger written all over it!

            • LOL! I love that movie!

              He was playing me. People do it in LA all the time. They take the thing you “wannabe” and play it up like you are very talented and successful at it already. Then they keep using it on you to string you along to do something they want you to do for them.

              I could tell that Marty was doing this with me. It was a big blaring horn.

              But I went along with it because I believed in supporting him. I still do. The guy has been one of the most effective critics of scientology in its entire history. And, like I said elsewhere, I recognized a “decompression as an Ex” level that was similar to mine.

              • Maybe he thought he needed to in order to try and establish some sort of rapport with you. Normal people will do that too, but I do understand your alertness to the use of OSA buttons.

                Marty strikes me though, as someone who could figure out what someone’s interests or “points of liveliness and interest” are, on his own.

                It’s a conversational skill that I know a number of people are capable of, and I know you know that not all of which are con artists, devious OSA personnel looking for an “in” or sociopaths looking to “glitter” the person, but there are certainly some like that though, and some of us get a rather disproportionate preponderance of on our lines. (ahem)

              • Alanzo,
                I agree with you 100%. Marty was probably the most effective critic for a while there.
                This may surprise you, but I think many people at the Bunker still support him, myself included.
                They just don’t understand why he is acting the way he has been acting the past year.

                Do you think Marty read your PC folder for ‘talking points’ (for lack of a better word) with you? If that is the case, how would he have had access to your folders since he has been out so long?

                And why bring it (screenwriting) with you now? What an odd thing to bring up out of the blue…..I mean, I could see if you were at a cocktail party with him and you guys were just chatting.
                But to bring it up the way he did.
                Plus he is smart enough to figure out that you would be able to put the pieces together. He has to know that you would find it odd to bring up screenwriting with you, especially under the circumstances.
                “Hey, thanks for defending me and my wife……by the way, how is the screenwriting going?”
                Talk about non-sequiturs!
                Unless…..he is thinking about turning his life story into a movie!

                • You have to remember, I have been out of Scientology and being a critic of it on the Internet since 1999-2000. Back when I first got out and started criticizing Scientology, you would routinely get fair-gamed just for using the word “Scientology”. It is only a possibility that he got that from my PC folders. But, Karen DLC was working at OSA Int, as well, and Mike was certainly running OSA in the late 90’s early 2000s.

                  When Marty and Mike first got out with Karen, they were Indies fighting a 2 front war. On one side was David Miscavige, and on the other were all the critics and squirrels that they had been fighting in the Church from their positions in OSA and RTC. OSA – Mike – fought critics, and RTC – Marty – fought squirrels. This is what I refer to as “Indy OSA”. There is much evidence that Marty, Mike, and Karen ran all kinds of “Ops” against old guard critics when they were trying to be Indies in order to discredit them – just as they had done for decades from inside the Church.

                  So, it could all be me and my imagination. But OSA trained personnel specialize in combing through peoples’ folders and using the information out of them in various ways to destroy their enemies and to basically put them where Marty Rathbun is right now – everyone thinking he is crazy or a traitor never to be believed or taken seriously again.

                  That outcome is their stock-in-trade. They did it to critics and squirrels, and they even do it to each other.

                  Remember – Dave was one of them, too.

                  Live by the sword, die by the sword.

                • Maybe Karen had told Marty about the screenwriting. And I agree, he’d know Alanzo would notice that, so perhaps if Alanzo had asked him he would have said here he knew about it from.

                  Or not. Just conjecturing here.

    • Hey Good People! On a comment I made on Marty’s last blog topic which is still “awaiting moderation” and probably will never show up, I explained that I was taking on a totally pro Trump position mainly to be contrary to Marty’s strong position. Got to be “fair and balanced”, right? I know I irked you with a couple of my “Go Trump!” comments – laughter.


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