Who is Steve Hall - Mike Rinder http://whoisstevehall.com/tag/mike-rinder.html en The Violence of Marty Rathbun & His Cult Militia http://whoisstevehall.com/articles/marty-rathbun-militia.html <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Where chaos reigns violent anti-Scientologist Marty Rathbun is there.</p><p>Modeled after religious cult militias which make their home bases across the rural Midwest and desert Southwest, Rathbun makes his base in Texas.</p><p>And, like the cult militia whose members the FBI arrested in Michigan in 2010, Rathbun fancies himself&nbsp; "born again" in his messianic zeal and rage against his former, established religion.</p><p>A look at one close-up photo is all anyone needs to discover that Rat bun’s eyes glow with an evil and psychotic gleam - one that is a perversion of anything considered religious.&nbsp;</p><p>As was Rathbun's habit before being expelled from the Church of Scientology, when there is no chaos he is there to create it.</p><p>Indeed, that was his modus operandi when still in the Church as an external affairs officer. Rathbun would go out of his way to start a war, pick a fight, or, find the next enemy.</p><p>Even when those enemies were imaginary, or, seen only by him.</p><p>His psychosis reaching stratospheric levels, Rathbun - unable to exist in peace - turned his hatred inward, found new enemies within the Church, and, behind closed doors, cowardly attacked them.</p><p><img style="float: left; margin: 2px 5px;" title="" src="http://whoismichaelrinder.com/sites/default/files/militia-blog-rathbun1_0.jpg" alt="" width="200" /></p><p>Now bitter and in exile, he seeks revenge from those who gave him every chance to repent and reform.</p><p>Those who offered him comfort - and solace - over and over again.</p><p>Those who Rathbun now attacks.&nbsp;</p><p>At every turn, Rathbun sows violence and seeds chaos.</p><p>Sometimes he's pushing, shoving and spitting - as his demonic face takes on the fire of incandescent rage.</p><p>Other times, his features contorted, Rathbun is slamming a car door on an investigative reporter, knocking him down with a packed suitcase, and, gouging welts on the face of a documentary filmmaker.</p><p>And - on even other occasions - he's drunk and trying to storm his way past a Bourbon Street bouncer, or, being cited for trespassing after butting into a security guard.</p><p>To the casual observer Rathbun's violence seems to erupt from nowhere - always unprovoked.</p><p>But to the practiced eye, to those who know Marty Rathbun, there is a dark pattern to his psychotic behavior. Just as there exists a pattern to other religious militia cults whose members usually endorse violence while billing themselves as "soldiers" in pursuit of some unseen enemy.&nbsp;</p><p>"Rathbun is a classic bully and a coward," says a source who knows him well. "He has a repeated history of being violent and he always blames it on the people he victimizes."</p><p>The source explained how the rage boils up - and over - in Rathbun:</p><p>"You can see him slowly burn as he puffs up his chest and his eyes start to roll back in his head," the source said. "When those eyes start to go, that's when Rathbun goes physical."</p><p>And, just over the span of the last two years, Rathbun or one of his cult surrogates has done precisely that - "going physical" on 13 separate occasions on a violence-filled spree that has crisscrossed the country.</p><p>Rathbun is the subject of a criminal investigation in California, has been arrested in Texas, has spent the night in a New Orleans holding cell, and, has been cited for trespassing in Florida.</p><p>The cult and militia leader wrote his own &nbsp;travelogue of terror that included:</p><p><strong>THREATENING AND BUTTING</strong></p><p>April 2010: In what would become a signature Rathbun moment, the disgraced anti-Scientologist and his partner in crime, fellow apostate Mike Rinder, turned up at the Church's Fort Harrison Hotel.</p><p><img style="float: left; margin-top: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="http://whoismichaelrinder.com/sites/default/files/militia-blog-rathbun2.jpg" alt="" width="200" />The purpose of the visit was as pathetic as was it cruel - the duo came with video equipment to film Rinder in a vain and craven attempt to see the son he had neglected for the past 3 years, who worked at the hotel. That son, Benjamin, was recuperating after cancer treatment and had no intention of seeing his father, partly because Rinder had been living a half-hour's drive away for the past nine months and had never been in contact with him when he was in the hospital at the height of his cancer battle.</p><p>Establishing what would soon become a pattern, Rathbun - a toothpick dangling out of his mouth - took the lead and immediately lashed into security guard Grady Snyder. Butting his thrust-out chest into Snyder, Rathbun was at his most brutish as he wagged his finger while yelling in the guard's face: "Show me the line, boy."</p><p>The derogatory and patently offensive use of the term "boy" would not be Rathbun's last.</p><p>Only the quick arrival of the Clearwater Police Department stopped Snyder from having to defend himself against the threatening Rathbun who, along with Rinder, was cited for trespassing.</p><p>The incident at the Fort Harrison Hotel was, for Rathbun and Rinder, the first of many run-ins with the police.</p><p><strong>BUMPING AND STRIKING</strong></p><p>May 2010: It was a chance encounter at an airport with a former associate that set Rathbun into his next paroxysm of rage.</p><p>The camera catches Rathbun's face in the throes of a dark fury - the skin is stretched taut, the teeth are clenched. Rathbun has lost any last grip on rationality as he repeatedly bumps and pokes the former associate, screaming at him all the while.</p><p>Luckily, as is often the case with a bully, Rathbun - who had started the confrontation - backed off.</p><p>And, why? For what reason did Rathbun explode?</p><p>Simply because the former associate had the temerity to inquire about Rathbun's current activities.</p><p><strong>BUSTED IN NEW ORLEANS</strong></p><p><img style="float: left; margin-top: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="http://whoismichaelrinder.com/sites/default/files/militia-blog-rathbun3.jpg" alt="" width="200" />July 2010: In a classic escalation of violence, Rathbun had his second encounter with police in less than three months.</p><p>The scene was a dank and seedy bar on the corner of Toulouse and Bourbon Streets in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans.</p><p>This was the foul-smelling pig sty of a bar - called the Funky 544 - that Rathbun picked to celebrate his wedding to wife Mosey. The two were in the Big Easy on their honeymoon.</p><p>Rathbun and his bride downed shots in the bar until the wee hours and the next day would have to be told of the evening's festivities since each was suffering a blackout.</p><p>As Mosey danced provocatively for the crowd, reportedly groped by fellow drunkards, her new husband was outside on the street, shirtless, "harassing other tourists," as the police report reads.</p><p>It was when Rathbun physically tried to get past a bouncer and back into the Bourbon Street dive that mounted officers made their move - pinning the noisy, and nasty, drunk to the pavement.</p><p>He was taken to jail, photographed and booked on charges of disturbing the peace and public drunkenness.</p><p>According to one of the arresting officers, a handcuffed Rathbun cried like a baby in the back of a police cruiser.</p><p>It was fitting that Rathbun would be bailed out of jail by anti-Scientologist Jason Beghe, who has his own criminal record for hate-fueled assault.</p><p><strong>DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY</strong></p><p>April 2011: Eyebrows arched and his eyes rolling into the back of his head, Rathbun next went berserk on two filmmakers, peaceably filming a documentary.</p><p>The setting was outside the cult leader's house in Ingleside by the Bay, Texas.</p><p>The filmmakers' offense: Asking a few simple questions.</p><p>And, again, law enforcement was on the scene. By this time, a police presence was synonymous with Rathbun's rage.</p><p>This occasion of violence marked the first time that Rathbun destroyed personal property, as he viciously ripped a microphone out of the hands of filmmaker John Allender, rendering it useless.</p><p>Just prior he had used the brute force of his beefy 220-pound-body to violently push Allender's colleague, Rich Hirst, out of the way.</p><p>When a Sheriff's deputy arrived, the filmmakers decided not to press charges.</p><p><strong>ASSAULT IN SANTA MONICA</strong></p><p>May 2011:&nbsp; It was a Memorial Day when investigative reporter Jim Lynch experienced Marty Rathbun's violence firsthand.</p><p>The assault took place on a quiet residential street in Santa Monica, California.</p><p>And all he did was ask Rathbun a simple question.</p><p>It was a balmy spring evening, after the dinner hour, when Lynch chanced on Rathbun who was waiting for a car to pick him up.</p><p>After establishing that there had been stories of his cult practicing violence and indulging in illegal drugs, Lynch wanted to get his side of the story.</p><p>When Lynch posed the question, Rathbun looked at him - his eyes cold as ice - and robotically chanted: "What time is it, what time is it."</p><p>As Lynch met his gaze, surprised, only a second or two passed before Rathbun brushed past him. His car and driver, Mike Rinder, had arrived.</p><p>As he got into the vehicle, Lynch carefully leaned forward and posed his question.</p><p>Rathbun didn't respond.</p><p>Then, in rapid-fire succession, the enraged Rathbun slammed the passenger-side door three times on Lynch’s shoulder, just before the car sped away.</p><p>A few hours later - after being treated for a bruised shoulder in the emergency room of St. John's hospital in Santa Monica - Lynch was filing assault charges with the city's police.</p><p>The case is pending.</p><p>But, it would not be Lynch’s last meeting with Rathbun.</p><p><strong>'DON'T TOUCH ME, BOY'</strong></p><p><img style="float: left; margin-top: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="http://whoismichaelrinder.com/sites/default/files/militia-blog-rathbun4.jpg" alt="" width="200" />June 2011: A few days later Lynch saw Rathbun up close again. It was not a pretty sight.</p><p>The location was a parking lot in Hollywood, California. And, Lynch was asking a simple yes- or-no question.</p><p>This time Rathbun aimed his barely-contained rage at a colleague.</p><p>It was then, in the afternoon daylight, that Lynch saw Rathbun's simmering anger and penchant for out-of-control violence boil up like unspent lava from a volcano.</p><p>As he fixed his gaze on Lynch’s colleague while uttering his signature - and offensive - line, "Boy...," his facial skin tightened into a mask, his pupils rolled back, showing only the whites in his eyes, and his seething chest swelled up.</p><p>It was a moment when Lynch thought Rathbun would burst from his seams - into an all-out physical attack - as he brushed in a threatening manner into Lynch’s colleague.</p><p>But, as is typical with a bully and a coward, Rathbun backed down.</p><p>Out of fear...for himself.</p><p><strong>ANOTHER CAR DOOR SLAMS</strong></p><p>June 2011: This time it was Rathbun's lackey, the simplistic and clueless Mike Rinder, who took a page from his idol's playbook.</p><p>Given his lack of initiative, imagination and spine, in retrospect it was not unusual that Rinder would play copycat to Rathbun. Just as it is not unusual for religious cult militia members to deify and even worship their fanatical leaders.</p><p>Rinder, in fact, had once stated that he "emulated" Rathbun to the extent that he considered himself&nbsp; Rathbun's "clone."</p><p>So, again Jim Lynch saw Rathbun's violence on display - from yet another surrogate, or, "clone" Rinder.</p><p>That's the same Rinder who, a little more than a year ago, had attacked his ex-wife outside a doctor's office in Florida. In that assault he gouged and stripped the flesh from his wife's arms so savagely that she required surgery to repair nerve damage.</p><p>It was the lunch hour in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Lynch’s investigation into the questionable business practices of Robert Almblad was in full throttle.</p><p>Seeking a response from Almblad, Lynch decided to pose a question to Rinder, his "public relations" executive.</p><p>However, as he climbed into the backseat of an SUV in the parking lot of a fish house, the rattled Rinder was in no mood to talk.</p><p>His eyes hidden behind black sun glasses, the seething resentment that - like Rathbun's - that coursed through Rinder's body was palpable.</p><p>And, he responded much like Rathbun had just 10 days before.</p><p>As Lynch asked a question through the half-open door of the SUV, Rinder ignored it and snidely baited him.</p><p>"Jim, you know what, I think you should stick your arm in the car again."</p><p>And, suddenly, he slammed the door hard...just as Lynch backed away.</p><p>For Rinder, it was the poor man's Marty Rathbun response.</p><p><strong>THIS GUN FOR HIRE</strong></p><p><img style="float: left; margin-top: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="http://whoismichaelrinder.com/sites/default/files/militia-blog-rathbun5.jpg" alt="" width="200" />June 2011: Even when Rathbun is not physically present, he still manages to spread his toxic mix of hatred and violence.</p><p>And, in another mark of a coward, he does so through his cult surrogates.</p><p>Again, this investigative reporter found himself on the receiving end.</p><p>It was in a residential neighborhood of Palm Harbor, Florida where Lynch had what could have been a deadly encounter with Rathbun associate Stephen Reynolds.</p><p>Reynolds works with Rathbun's crony and fellow anti-Scientologist Mike Rinder. Their paymaster is Robert Amblad, another subject of Lynch’s investigation. Almblad is an “inventor” who manages to convince naïve investors to fund his projects. He also is a financier of hate crimes and a virulent anti-Scientologist who&nbsp; keeps Rinder afloat and funds Rathbun’s cult as well.</p><p>When Lynch approached Reynolds in the driveway of his Florida home, he met Lynch’s questions with a string of obscenities, before disappearing into the open garage of the house.</p><p>Out on the street, Lynch had just gotten back in the car when a colleague shouted a warning.</p><p>It was Reynolds, who had reappeared and was standing on the driveway, both hands holding, and pointing, a .45 caliber hand gun directly at Lynch's back.</p><p>Later, the reporter reviewed the video footage which showed the brazen act, complete with Reynolds clearing the chamber of the weapon, as Lynch and his colleagues drove away.</p><p>Reynolds - who serves to show that Rathbun's violence has reached a new level of menace - is charged in Pinellas County, Florida.</p><p><strong>SPITTING, SCREAMING, THREATENING</strong></p><p><img style="float: left; margin-top: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="http://whoismichaelrinder.com/sites/default/files/militia-blog-rathbun6.jpg" alt="" width="200" />July 2011: A blistering sun marked the day when Rathbun seemingly self-imploded with violent thoughts cascading into violent action.</p><p>And, it took place - on two separate occasions no less - where one would think the anti-Scientologist would be most relaxed: outside his Texas home.</p><p>But relaxation is nowhere to be found in the shrinking universe of Marty Rathbun.</p><p>Again the target of his wrath was some nearby documentary filmmakers standing on public property some 30 feet away.</p><p>The unprovoked Rathbun appeared to be baiting the filmmakers, trying to pick a fight with them.</p><p>Resorting to his limited vocabulary's two favorite words, a wildly-gesticulating Rathbun threatened them with shouts of "boy" and "punks."</p><p>At one stage, the hulking Rathbun, dressed in a black muscle shirt and matching shorts and spewing profanities, putting his hand on one of the filmmaker’s chest while furiously pointing a finger at another.</p><p>"Listen to me....I'm telling you something...do you hear me?" the enraged Rathbun barks at the cameramen.</p><p>And, later in the day, Rathbun mounts a bicycle, and on a public street as the documentary makers sit and rest, when he is passing them, savagely spits at them.</p><p>As one observer who was there said: "Marty looked and acted like he was insane that day.”<strong> <br /></strong></p><p><strong>ATTACKING A SENIOR CITIZEN</strong></p><p><img style="float: left; margin-top: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="http://whoismichaelrinder.com/sites/default/files/militia-blog-rathbun7.jpg" alt="" width="200" />August 2011: Ten days after his encounter with Jim Lynch, Mike Rinder was still seething when he turned up with his boss, Robert Almblad, at the Miami Beach Convention Center for a trade show.</p><p>They were there to exhibit Almblad's so-called "safe ice machine."</p><p>Again Lynch was there in pursuit of Almblad who has gone to great lengths to avoid being interviewed regarding how he gets investors to put their money in various inventions that don’t always turn out well.</p><p>That day the "clone"-like Rinder - "emulating" cohort Rathbun - had a very short fuse.</p><p>As Lynch approached to ask him a question inside the convention hall Rinder suddenly lunged at him, striking his chest in a futile effort to rip his name tag away.</p><p>And, this time, Rinder had no sunglasses to shield his eyes. Eyes burning with rage and hatred.</p><p>For the next two hours Rinder shadowed Lynch’s every move as he visited other vendors at the trade show.</p><p>Tailing Lynch and filming his every step seemed to be a strange way to discharge his "public relation" duties.</p><p>But it was near the end of the day when the unstable Rinder suddenly attacked a convention visitor.</p><p>And at 71 years of age, visitor Ed Bryan was no match for Rinder who grabbed him by his shirt collar and, physically, hauled him through the convention hall, until a fireman put an end to the abuse.</p><p>It was the same type of violence as practiced by Rathbun - the violence employed by a psychotic coward who bullies imagined enemies. It would be only 24-hours later that Rathbun would unleash his garden hose, as if it was a weapon in hand, to spray it full force into the face of filmmaker.</p><p><strong>THE SUITCASE ATTACK</strong></p><p>September 2011: The first day of the month was a clear day in Arizona and at 7.30 a.m. the temperature was still in the 90s.</p><p>That was the time Jim Lynch arrived at Phoenix's Skyharbor Airport to ask Marty Rathbun a simple question concerning his so-called counseling sessions. The erratic cult leader was catching a flight back to his Texas home.</p><p>As Rathbun and his wife exited a pick-up truck at the curb-side check-in, Lynch politely approached.</p><p>But now, in what seemed to be habit, Rathbun erupted when he saw Lynch.</p><p>Standing at the back of the truck with his back to Lynch as he unloaded luggage, Rathbun suddenly pivoted, swinging a large suitcase with all his might.</p><p>When it smashed into Lynch’s chest he was momentarily stunned and, having lost his balance, wound up sprawled on the sidewalk.</p><p>But, Lynch remembered the unhinged look on Rathbun as he went down.</p><p>As well as the hysterical - and psychotic - taunts and insults he screamed.</p><p>This was Rathbun with all his demons unleashed - his similarity to other religious militia groups exposed.</p><p><strong>RATHBUN DRAWS BLOOD</strong></p><p><img style="float: left; margin-top: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="http://whoismichaelrinder.com/sites/default/files/video_arrest.jpg" alt="" width="230" height="130" />September&nbsp; 2011: The suitcase attack that morning at the airport in Phoenix was a prelude to a more sinister - and serious - attack that Rathbun would launch later in the day.</p><p>With his resentments doing a slow burn on the flight back to Texas, Rathbun - always ready to pick a fight - wasted no time after returning to his Ingleside on the Bay home.</p><p>And, yet again, for one last time (until the next time) the innocent documentary filmmakers were his target.</p><p>As they did a shoot on the public street near his house, Rathbun - dressed as usual in shorts and muscle shirt - burst directly into their midst.</p><p>Exploding into a tirade inches from the face of filmmaker Jim Moore, Rathbun suddenly shot out his hand and grabbed Moore's eyeglasses.</p><p>In the process, Rathbun's claw-like grab inflicted two bloody gouges on Moore's forehead.</p><p>As one witness who was there later said: "Rathbun was like an angry gorilla that day."&nbsp;</p><p>Only this time...Marty Rathbun drew blood - and the attention of the Texas authorities who placed him in handcuffs.</p><p>The clock is ticking on militia leader Marty Rathbun and his cult.</p><p><em>TO BE CONTINUED</em></p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/tag/marty-rathbun.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Marty Rathbun</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-1"><a href="/tag/mike-rinder.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Mike Rinder</a></li></ul></div><div class="field field-name-field-page-type field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Page Type: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Article</a></li></ul></div> Sun, 09 Oct 2011 01:56:33 +0000 siteadmin 54 at http://whoisstevehall.com The Violence of Marty Rathbun & His Cult Militia http://whoisstevehall.com/home2-continued.html <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>(continued from <a href="home2.html">page 1</a>)</p><p>Other times, his features contorted, Rathbun is slamming a car door on an investigative reporter, knocking him down with a packed suitcase, and, gouging welts on the face of a documentary filmmaker.</p><p>And - on even other occasions - he's drunk and trying to storm his way past a Bourbon Street bouncer, or, being cited for trespassing after butting into a security guard.</p><p>To the casual observer Rathbun's violence seems to erupt from nowhere - always unprovoked.</p><p>But to the practiced eye, to those who know Marty Rathbun, there is a dark pattern to his psychotic behavior. Just as there exists a pattern to other religious militia cults whose members usually endorse violence while billing themselves as "soldiers" in pursuit of some unseen enemy.&nbsp;</p><p>"Rathbun is a classic bully and a coward," says a source who knows him well. "He has a repeated history of being violent and he always blames it on the people he victimizes."</p><p>The source explained how the rage boils up - and over - in Rathbun:</p><p>"You can see him slowly burn as he puffs up his chest and his eyes start to roll back in his head," the source said. "When those eyes start to go, that's when Rathbun goes physical."</p><p>And, just over the span of the last two years, Rathbun or one of his cult surrogates has done precisely that - "going physical" on 13 separate occasions on a violence-filled spree that has crisscrossed the country.</p><p>Rathbun is the subject of a criminal investigation in California, has been arrested in Texas, has spent the night in a New Orleans holding cell, and, has been cited for trespassing in Florida.</p><p>The cult and militia leader wrote his own &nbsp;travelogue of terror that included:</p><p><strong>THREATENING AND BUTTING</strong></p><p>April 2010: In what would become a signature Rathbun moment, the disgraced anti-Scientologist and his partner in crime, fellow apostate Mike Rinder, turned up at the Church's Fort Harrison Hotel.</p><p><img style="float: left; margin-top: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="http://whoismichaelrinder.com/sites/default/files/militia-blog-rathbun2.jpg" alt="" width="200" />The purpose of the visit was as pathetic as was it cruel - the duo came with video equipment to film Rinder in a vain and craven attempt to see the son he had neglected for the past 3 years, who worked at the hotel. That son, Benjamin, was recuperating after cancer treatment and had no intention of seeing his father, partly because Rinder had been living a half-hour's drive away for the past nine months and had never been in contact with him when he was in the hospital at the height of his cancer battle.</p><p>Establishing what would soon become a pattern, Rathbun - a toothpick dangling out of his mouth - took the lead and immediately lashed into security guard Grady Snyder. Butting his thrust-out chest into Snyder, Rathbun was at his most brutish as he wagged his finger while yelling in the guard's face: "Show me the line, boy."</p><p>The derogatory and patently offensive use of the term "boy" would not be Rathbun's last.</p><p>Only the quick arrival of the Clearwater Police Department stopped Snyder from having to defend himself against the threatening Rathbun who, along with Rinder, was cited for trespassing.</p><p>The incident at the Fort Harrison Hotel was, for Rathbun and Rinder, the first of many run-ins with the police.</p><p><strong>BUMPING AND STRIKING</strong></p><p>May 2010: It was a chance encounter at an airport with a former associate that set Rathbun into his next paroxysm of rage.</p><p>The camera catches Rathbun's face in the throes of a dark fury - the skin is stretched taut, the teeth are clenched. Rathbun has lost any last grip on rationality as he repeatedly bumps and pokes the former associate, screaming at him all the while.</p><p>Luckily, as is often the case with a bully, Rathbun - who had started the confrontation - backed off.</p><p>And, why? For what reason did Rathbun explode?</p><p>Simply because the former associate had the temerity to inquire about Rathbun's current activities.</p><p><strong>BUSTED IN NEW ORLEANS</strong></p><p><img style="float: left; margin-top: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="http://whoismichaelrinder.com/sites/default/files/militia-blog-rathbun3.jpg" alt="" width="200" />July 2010: In a classic escalation of violence, Rathbun had his second encounter with police in less than three months.</p><p>The scene was a dank and seedy bar on the corner of Toulouse and Bourbon Streets in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans.</p><p>This was the foul-smelling pig sty of a bar - called the Funky 544 - that Rathbun picked to celebrate his wedding to wife Mosey. The two were in the Big Easy on their honeymoon.</p><p>Rathbun and his bride downed shots in the bar until the wee hours and the next day would have to be told of the evening's festivities since each was suffering a blackout.</p><p>As Mosey danced provocatively for the crowd, reportedly groped by fellow drunkards, her new husband was outside on the street, shirtless, "harassing other tourists," as the police report reads.</p><p>It was when Rathbun physically tried to get past a bouncer and back into the Bourbon Street dive that mounted officers made their move - pinning the noisy, and nasty, drunk to the pavement.</p><p>He was taken to jail, photographed and booked on charges of disturbing the peace and public drunkenness.</p><p>According to one of the arresting officers, a handcuffed Rathbun cried like a baby in the back of a police cruiser.</p><p>It was fitting that Rathbun would be bailed out of jail by anti-Scientologist Jason Beghe, who has his own criminal record for hate-fueled assault.</p><p><strong>DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY</strong></p><p>April 2011: Eyebrows arched and his eyes rolling into the back of his head, Rathbun next went berserk on two filmmakers, peaceably filming a documentary.</p><p>The setting was outside the cult leader's house in Ingleside by the Bay, Texas.</p><p>The filmmakers' offense: Asking a few simple questions.</p><p>And, again, law enforcement was on the scene. By this time, a police presence was synonymous with Rathbun's rage.</p><p>This occasion of violence marked the first time that Rathbun destroyed personal property, as he viciously ripped a microphone out of the hands of filmmaker John Allender, rendering it useless.</p><p>Just prior he had used the brute force of his beefy 220-pound-body to violently push Allender's colleague, Rich Hirst, out of the way.</p><p>When a Sheriff's deputy arrived, the filmmakers decided not to press charges.</p><p><strong>ASSAULT IN SANTA MONICA</strong></p><p>May 2011:&nbsp; It was a Memorial Day when investigative reporter Jim Lynch experienced Marty Rathbun's violence firsthand.</p><p>The assault took place on a quiet residential street in Santa Monica, California.</p><p>And all he did was ask Rathbun a simple question.</p><p>It was a balmy spring evening, after the dinner hour, when Lynch chanced on Rathbun who was waiting for a car to pick him up.</p><p>After establishing that there had been stories of his cult practicing violence and indulging in illegal drugs, Lynch wanted to get his side of the story.</p><p>When Lynch posed the question, Rathbun looked at him - his eyes cold as ice - and robotically chanted: "What time is it, what time is it."</p><p>As Lynch met his gaze, surprised, only a second or two passed before Rathbun brushed past him. His car and driver, Mike Rinder, had arrived.</p><p>As he got into the vehicle, Lynch carefully leaned forward and posed his question.</p><p>Rathbun didn't respond.</p><p>Then, in rapid-fire succession, the enraged Rathbun slammed the passenger-side door three times on Lynch’s shoulder, just before the car sped away.</p><p>A few hours later - after being treated for a bruised shoulder in the emergency room of St. John's hospital in Santa Monica - Lynch was filing assault charges with the city's police.</p><p>The case is pending.</p><p>But, it would not be Lynch’s last meeting with Rathbun.</p><p><strong>'DON'T TOUCH ME, BOY'</strong></p><p><img style="float: left; margin-top: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="http://whoismichaelrinder.com/sites/default/files/militia-blog-rathbun4.jpg" alt="" width="200" />June 2011: A few days later Lynch saw Rathbun up close again. It was not a pretty sight.</p><p>The location was a parking lot in Hollywood, California. And, Lynch was asking a simple yes- or-no question.</p><p>This time Rathbun aimed his barely-contained rage at a colleague.</p><p>It was then, in the afternoon daylight, that Lynch saw Rathbun's simmering anger and penchant for out-of-control violence boil up like unspent lava from a volcano.</p><p>As he fixed his gaze on Lynch’s colleague while uttering his signature - and offensive - line, "Boy...," his facial skin tightened into a mask, his pupils rolled back, showing only the whites in his eyes, and his seething chest swelled up.</p><p>It was a moment when Lynch thought Rathbun would burst from his seams - into an all-out physical attack - as he brushed in a threatening manner into Lynch’s colleague.</p><p>But, as is typical with a bully and a coward, Rathbun backed down.</p><p>Out of fear...for himself.</p><p><strong>ANOTHER CAR DOOR SLAMS</strong></p><p>June 2011: This time it was Rathbun's lackey, the simplistic and clueless Mike Rinder, who took a page from his idol's playbook.</p><p>Given his lack of initiative, imagination and spine, in retrospect it was not unusual that Rinder would play copycat to Rathbun. Just as it is not unusual for religious cult militia members to deify and even worship their fanatical leaders.</p><p>Rinder, in fact, had once stated that he "emulated" Rathbun to the extent that he considered himself&nbsp; Rathbun's "clone."</p><p>So, again Jim Lynch saw Rathbun's violence on display - from yet another surrogate, or, "clone" Rinder.</p><p>That's the same Rinder who, a little more than a year ago, had attacked his ex-wife outside a doctor's office in Florida. In that assault he gouged and stripped the flesh from his wife's arms so savagely that she required surgery to repair nerve damage.</p><p>It was the lunch hour in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Lynch’s investigation into the questionable business practices of Robert Almblad was in full throttle.</p><p>Seeking a response from Almblad, Lynch decided to pose a question to Rinder, his "public relations" executive.</p><p>However, as he climbed into the backseat of an SUV in the parking lot of a fish house, the rattled Rinder was in no mood to talk.</p><p>His eyes hidden behind black sun glasses, the seething resentment that - like Rathbun's - that coursed through Rinder's body was palpable.</p><p>And, he responded much like Rathbun had just 10 days before.</p><p>As Lynch asked a question through the half-open door of the SUV, Rinder ignored it and snidely baited him.</p><p>"Jim, you know what, I think you should stick your arm in the car again."</p><p>And, suddenly, he slammed the door hard...just as Lynch backed away.</p><p>For Rinder, it was the poor man's Marty Rathbun response.</p><p><strong>THIS GUN FOR HIRE</strong></p><p><img style="float: left; margin-top: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="http://whoismichaelrinder.com/sites/default/files/militia-blog-rathbun5.jpg" alt="" width="200" />June 2011: Even when Rathbun is not physically present, he still manages to spread his toxic mix of hatred and violence.</p><p>And, in another mark of a coward, he does so through his cult surrogates.</p><p>Again, this investigative reporter found himself on the receiving end.</p><p>It was in a residential neighborhood of Palm Harbor, Florida where Lynch had what could have been a deadly encounter with Rathbun associate Stephen Reynolds.</p><p>Reynolds works with Rathbun's crony and fellow anti-Scientologist Mike Rinder. Their paymaster is Robert Amblad, another subject of Lynch’s investigation. Almblad is an “inventor” who manages to convince naïve investors to fund his projects. He also is a financier of hate crimes and a virulent anti-Scientologist who&nbsp; keeps Rinder afloat and funds Rathbun’s cult as well.</p><p>When Lynch approached Reynolds in the driveway of his Florida home, he met Lynch’s questions with a string of obscenities, before disappearing into the open garage of the house.</p><p>Out on the street, Lynch had just gotten back in the car when a colleague shouted a warning.</p><p>It was Reynolds, who had reappeared and was standing on the driveway, both hands holding, and pointing, a .45 caliber hand gun directly at Lynch's back.</p><p>Later, the reporter reviewed the video footage which showed the brazen act, complete with Reynolds clearing the chamber of the weapon, as Lynch and his colleagues drove away.</p><p>Reynolds - who serves to show that Rathbun's violence has reached a new level of menace - is charged in Pinellas County, Florida.</p><p><strong>SPITTING, SCREAMING, THREATENING</strong></p><p><img style="float: left; margin-top: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="http://whoismichaelrinder.com/sites/default/files/militia-blog-rathbun6.jpg" alt="" width="200" />July 2011: A blistering sun marked the day when Rathbun seemingly self-imploded with violent thoughts cascading into violent action.</p><p>And, it took place - on two separate occasions no less - where one would think the anti-Scientologist would be most relaxed: outside his Texas home.</p><p>But relaxation is nowhere to be found in the shrinking universe of Marty Rathbun.</p><p>Again the target of his wrath was some nearby documentary filmmakers standing on public property some 30 feet away.</p><p>The unprovoked Rathbun appeared to be baiting the filmmakers, trying to pick a fight with them.</p><p>Resorting to his limited vocabulary's two favorite words, a wildly-gesticulating Rathbun threatened them with shouts of "boy" and "punks."</p><p>At one stage, the hulking Rathbun, dressed in a black muscle shirt and matching shorts and spewing profanities, putting his hand on one of the filmmaker’s chest while furiously pointing a finger at another.</p><p>"Listen to me....I'm telling you something...do you hear me?" the enraged Rathbun barks at the cameramen.</p><p>And, later in the day, Rathbun mounts a bicycle, and on a public street as the documentary makers sit and rest, when he is passing them, savagely spits at them.</p><p>As one observer who was there said: "Marty looked and acted like he was insane that day.”<strong> <br /></strong></p><p><strong>ATTACKING A SENIOR CITIZEN</strong></p><p><img style="float: left; margin-top: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="http://whoismichaelrinder.com/sites/default/files/militia-blog-rathbun7.jpg" alt="" width="200" />August 2011: Ten days after his encounter with Jim Lynch, Mike Rinder was still seething when he turned up with his boss, Robert Almblad, at the Miami Beach Convention Center for a trade show.</p><p>They were there to exhibit Almblad's so-called "safe ice machine."</p><p>Again Lynch was there in pursuit of Almblad who has gone to great lengths to avoid being interviewed regarding how he gets investors to put their money in various inventions that don’t always turn out well.</p><p>That day the "clone"-like Rinder - "emulating" cohort Rathbun - had a very short fuse.</p><p>As Lynch approached to ask him a question inside the convention hall Rinder suddenly lunged at him, striking his chest in a futile effort to rip his name tag away.</p><p>And, this time, Rinder had no sunglasses to shield his eyes. Eyes burning with rage and hatred.</p><p>For the next two hours Rinder shadowed Lynch’s every move as he visited other vendors at the trade show.</p><p>Tailing Lynch and filming his every step seemed to be a strange way to discharge his "public relation" duties.</p><p>But it was near the end of the day when the unstable Rinder suddenly attacked a convention visitor.</p><p>And at 71 years of age, visitor Ed Bryan was no match for Rinder who grabbed him by his shirt collar and, physically, hauled him through the convention hall, until a fireman put an end to the abuse.</p><p>It was the same type of violence as practiced by Rathbun - the violence employed by a psychotic coward who bullies imagined enemies. It would be only 24-hours later that Rathbun would unleash his garden hose, as if it was a weapon in hand, to spray it full force into the face of filmmaker.</p><p><strong>THE SUITCASE ATTACK</strong></p><p>September 2011: The first day of the month was a clear day in Arizona and at 7.30 a.m. the temperature was still in the 90s.</p><p>That was the time Jim Lynch arrived at Phoenix's Skyharbor Airport to ask Marty Rathbun a simple question concerning his so-called counseling sessions. The erratic cult leader was catching a flight back to his Texas home.</p><p>As Rathbun and his wife exited a pick-up truck at the curb-side check-in, Lynch politely approached.</p><p>But now, in what seemed to be habit, Rathbun erupted when he saw Lynch.</p><p>Standing at the back of the truck with his back to Lynch as he unloaded luggage, Rathbun suddenly pivoted, swinging a large suitcase with all his might.</p><p>When it smashed into Lynch’s chest he was momentarily stunned and, having lost his balance, wound up sprawled on the sidewalk.</p><p>But, Lynch remembered the unhinged look on Rathbun as he went down.</p><p>As well as the hysterical - and psychotic - taunts and insults he screamed.</p><p>This was Rathbun with all his demons unleashed - his similarity to other religious militia groups exposed.</p><p><strong>RATHBUN DRAWS BLOOD</strong></p><p><img style="float: left; margin-top: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="http://whoismichaelrinder.com/sites/default/files/video_arrest.jpg" alt="" width="230" height="130" />September&nbsp; 2011: The suitcase attack that morning at the airport in Phoenix was a prelude to a more sinister - and serious - attack that Rathbun would launch later in the day.</p><p>With his resentments doing a slow burn on the flight back to Texas, Rathbun - always ready to pick a fight - wasted no time after returning to his Ingleside on the Bay home.</p><p>And, yet again, for one last time (until the next time) the innocent documentary filmmakers were his target.</p><p>As they did a shoot on the public street near his house, Rathbun - dressed as usual in shorts and muscle shirt - burst directly into their midst.</p><p>Exploding into a tirade inches from the face of filmmaker Jim Moore, Rathbun suddenly shot out his hand and grabbed Moore's eyeglasses.</p><p>In the process, Rathbun's claw-like grab inflicted two bloody gouges on Moore's forehead.</p><p>As one witness who was there later said: "Rathbun was like an angry gorilla that day."&nbsp;</p><p>Only this time...Marty Rathbun drew blood - and the attention of the Texas authorities who placed him in handcuffs.</p><p>The clock is ticking on militia leader Marty Rathbun and his cult.</p><p><em>TO BE CONTINUED</em></p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/tag/steve-hall.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Steve Hall</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-1"><a href="/tag/marty-rathbun.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Marty Rathbun</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-2"><a href="/tag/mike-rinder.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Mike Rinder</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-3"><a href="/tag/videos.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Videos</a></li></ul></div><div class="field field-name-field-page-type field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Page Type: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/taxonomy/term/13" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Generic</a></li></ul></div> Sun, 09 Oct 2011 01:54:44 +0000 siteadmin 53 at http://whoisstevehall.com The Violent Duo-Rathbun & Mike Rinder http://whoisstevehall.com/videos/violent-duo-rathbun-rinder.html <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DHI-3o3qimU?rel=0&amp;autoplay=1" frameborder="0" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/tag/marty-rathbun.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Marty Rathbun</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-1"><a href="/tag/mike-rinder.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Mike Rinder</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-2"><a href="/tag/videos.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Videos</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-3"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Timeline</a></li></ul></div><div class="field field-name-field-page-type field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Page Type: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Video</a></li></ul></div> Sun, 09 Oct 2011 01:45:58 +0000 siteadmin 52 at http://whoisstevehall.com Another violent outburst by Rathbun ends in jail time http://whoisstevehall.com/journal/marty-rathbun-jailtime.html <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>What's worse than having a nasty confrontation with someone first thing in the morning?</p><p>If you're violent anti-Scientologist Marty Rathbun, how about having another confrontation later in the day - and 2000 miles away from the first one.</p><p>That's how Rathbun started the month of September - like a crazed maniac.</p><p>The first target of his wrath was investigative reporter Jim Lynch. As Rathbun arrived at the Phoenix airport for a flight back to Texas early on the morning of Sept. 1, Lynch was there to ask Rathbun a question.</p><p>Instead of a no-comment, or, just silence (something that Rathbun is incapable of), the burly anti-Scientologist responded by madly swinging a large suitcase square into Lynch, who fell to the sidewalk.</p><p>As is usual with Rathbun, law enforcement turned up in the shape of TSA agents and officers of the Phoenix police department. Somehow, the hulking Rathbun was allowed to board his flight.</p><p>And while no one knows what he ingested on the flight to Texas, Rathbun was primed for more violence when he arrived home late that day.</p><p>Documentary filmmaker Jim Moore bore the brunt of this attack - as Rathbun lunged at him, pulling his glasses off Moore's head - and - in the process gouging two bloody claw marks on Moore's forehead.</p><p>Moore's offense - going about his business on a public street. Why it drew Rathbun's paranoia and white-hot anger remains a mystery.</p><p>The filmmaker filed a police report, but, it wasn't his first brush with the violent Rathbun.&nbsp; In another earlier incident, Rathbun hosed down Moore's cameraman’s equipment - causing extensive and expensive damage.</p><p>For Rathbun, it might have been a first - starting and ending his day with out-of-control violence.</p><p>Later, he reaped the rewards of his physical outburst – a brand new shiny pair of bracelets (handcuffs) – as he was arrested and carted off to jail by a Sheriff’s deputy.</p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/tag/marty-rathbun.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Marty Rathbun</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-1"><a href="/tag/mike-rinder.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Mike Rinder</a></li></ul></div><div class="field field-name-field-page-type field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Page Type: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/taxonomy/term/24" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">journal</a></li></ul></div> Sat, 08 Oct 2011 07:00:00 +0000 siteadmin 49 at http://whoisstevehall.com Shielding Her Violence-Prone Husband http://whoisstevehall.com/journal/violence-rathbun.html <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Marty Rathbun's wife has been stepping in to shield her violence-prone husband lately.</p><p>That's the conclusion of observers who, recently, have seen a bolder and more determined "Mosey" at her husband's side.</p><p>Or, possibly, a wearying Rathbun is fronting his wife as a deflector to questions he is trying to dodge, or, unable to handle.</p><p>One prevalent theory has Mosey concerned that her husband is going to literally burst a gasket with rage, given the out-of-control manner in which he has been dealing with routine reporter queries.</p><p><img style="float: left; margin-top: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" title="" src="http://whoismichaelrinder.com/sites/default/files/mosey-shielding.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="113" /></p><p>As one videographer who has been on the scene when Rathbun blew up says:&nbsp; "Marty is really losing it quickly when he's asked the simplest of questions. The veins in his temple start throbbing and his agitation is obvious - and intense."</p><p>A source traces the none-too-subtle change to a recent encounter in Phoenix, where a reporter's query to Rathbun was met by an outburst of physical violence.</p><p>After losing control, the source says Rathbun stopped for a minute in a distinct pause as if he was reflecting that he could not, physically, stop his own actions any longer.</p><p>That's when Mosey stepped in to deflect any more questions aimed at her husband who, silently and sheepishly, slipped inside the airline terminal.</p><p>The dynamic marks a distinct change in the couple - as if Rathbun is looking for his younger wife to protect him - strange behavior for the 6-foot, 220-pound cult leader who has always relied on his physical presence to intimidate critics and lash out with force at subordinates.</p><p>But, now, the question also must be answered: How long will Mosey be able - or even willing - to soldier on after her husband's imaginary enemies?</p><p>We'll be watching.</p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/tag/marty-rathbun.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Marty Rathbun</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-1"><a href="/tag/mike-rinder.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Mike Rinder</a></li></ul></div><div class="field field-name-field-page-type field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Page Type: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/taxonomy/term/24" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">journal</a></li></ul></div> Tue, 04 Oct 2011 07:00:00 +0000 siteadmin 50 at http://whoisstevehall.com New talking head for Hamburg hatemonger http://whoisstevehall.com/journal/marty-rathbun-caberta-hatemonger-in-hamburg.html <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>It was a strange sight to see Marty Rathbun out of his usual work-out gear and sans baseball hat - the one that he wears backward.</p><p>That's the outfit he's usually wearing when he's going psycho on someone or screaming in a person's face.</p><p>This time Rathbun was in a suit, dressed up for his "hosts" who awarded him an all-expenses-paid trip to Hamburg, Germany, in return for his appearance at a staged press - make that propaganda - conference.</p><p>One wonders wh<img style="float: left; margin-top: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" title="" src="http://whoismichaelrinder.com/sites/default/files/hatemonger.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="164" />at Rathbun's "counseling" clients think about their "counselor" making the rounds with the hate-mongering Ursula Caberta, who has devoted her career to attempting to destroy their religion.</p><p>And, what do they think about Rathbun hanging out - at the same propaganda conference - with the Hamburg chapter of the cyber terrorist group Anonymous? That's the same group that has waged a crusade to destroy their religion. The same group that has members in US prisons for hate crimes.</p><p>But, in Hamburg, there was Marty Rathbun extending his meaty paw to the group's leader Gambit, who, by the way, makes his living on the Reeperbahn - Hamburg's notorious red light district.</p><p>The only one who seemed to be missing was Josef Goebbels.</p><p>Rathbun - either knowingly, or not (it's hard to say which is worst), was no more than a stooge, a tool, a cardboard cutout to be used by Caberta, sleazy lawyer Graham Berry and Anonymous for their vile, hate-filled religious attacks.</p><p>Yes, indeed, what would Rathbun's counseling clients think about that - and how would they feel about Marty and wife Monique sashaying around on a freebie visit to Berlin? It was all paid for by Caberta and her hate-mongering ilk.</p><p>Anything for a price - for Rathbun it sure beats hanging around Texas in a backward baseball cap.</p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/tag/marty-rathbun.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Marty Rathbun</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-1"><a href="/tag/mike-rinder.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Mike Rinder</a></li></ul></div><div class="field field-name-field-page-type field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Page Type: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/taxonomy/term/24" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">journal</a></li></ul></div> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 07:00:00 +0000 siteadmin 51 at http://whoisstevehall.com The New Yorker: Tabloid of Record http://whoisstevehall.com/videos/tabloid-new-yorker.html <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href="http://www.freedommag.org/special-reports/new-yorker/video-new-yorker-tabloid-masquerating-as-literature.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://whoismartyrathbun.com/sites/default/files/tabloid_of_record.jpg" alt="" /></a></p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/tag/amy-scobee.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Amy Scobee</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-1"><a href="/tag/marc-and-claire-headley.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Headleys</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-2"><a href="/tag/jason-beghe.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Jason Beghe</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-3"><a href="/tag/steve-hall.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Steve Hall</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-4"><a href="/tag/marty-rathbun.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Marty Rathbun</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-5"><a href="/tag/mike-rinder.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Mike Rinder</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-6"><a href="/tag/videos.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Videos</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-7"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Timeline</a></li></ul></div><div class="field field-name-field-page-type field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Page Type: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Video</a></li></ul></div> Sat, 13 Aug 2011 04:29:43 +0000 siteadmin 41 at http://whoisstevehall.com Defrocked Apostates: THE ROAD TO REDEMPTION http://whoisstevehall.com/articles/road-to-redemption.html <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><img style="float: left; margin: 5px;" title="" src="http://whoisstevehall.com/sites/default/files/invitation-to-freedom_0_1.jpg" alt="" width="250" />Does the Scientology Justice system include any mechanism for one to atone for criminal misconduct when it is of such biblical proportions? The answer is yes.</p><p>An integral technology of the Scientology religion is the Ethics and Justice system designed by Church Founder L.&nbsp;Ron Hubbard. Unlike criminal court systems, where one is represented by counsel and where the guilty can stand behind a creative defense, Scientology's Justice codes are premised on the individual's <em>honesty&nbsp;</em>in <em>admitting </em>transgressions.</p><p>Similarly, rehabilitation is premised on the individual taking responsibility for the harm one has caused by making amends for the magnitude of harm caused. As can be seen in their own words, the Scientology apostates who call themselves "the Posse" know full well that the magnitude of their misconduct and crimes—as well as the amends required by them in exact accordance with the Founder's writings—is immense.</p><p>The lies they spread to the media have been disproved with documentary evidence in this publication and elsewhere. That their bitter, delusional rantings receive any media attention can only be attributed to the fact that the Scientology religion is well-known and good "ratings" for the press, who live on stirring up controversy.</p><p>Moreover, if these apostates had any <em>valid </em>complaints about the Church, they would take those complaints to the Church—again, as <em>mandated </em>by the Founder's Justice system. The reason they haven't done so is because they know, unlike the media, that no Scientologist would sympathize with them for the very reason they are liars and that Scientology teachings even include the reason people lie in covering up their own misconduct.</p><p>Far beyond the dishonesty of their sensationalistic tabloid&shy;like allegations that have since been entirely discredited, there remains the BIG LIE. Namely, that they won't return to their previous Church and that they won't do so as a matter <em>of their personal choice. </em>Actually, they aren't <em>allowed </em>to return to their Church until they have made sufficient amends, and their misconduct even precludes them from claiming to be a member of the religion or saying they are a "Scientologist."</p><p>Indeed, according to the Church Founder's policy, they may only call themselves an "anti-Scientologist," an "apostate" or a "squirrel."</p><p>As given here, their cumulative harm to tlie religion for which they owe amends is immense. And until they have made amends and followed the exact procedures laid down by the Founder, they are <em>prohibited </em>any entry into any Scientology Church.</p><p>Of course, this also raises the question of whether the Scientology Justice system includes any mechanism for one to atone for criminal misconduct when it is of such biblical proportions. The answer is yes. The majority of these apostates were members of the Scientology religious order, the Sea Organization. Sea Organization members commit themselves to the religion for the next <em>billion years, </em>reflecting an eternal commitment. When the misconduct of "the Posse" was discovered, each was removed from their positions. But, consistent with the saint-like compassion the Founder's Justice system demands, all were given an opportunity to work in low-level positions so they might have the opportunity to once again be members in good standing. That they would remain in low-level positions for several, possibly scores of lifetimes, was only a reflection of the magnitude of their damage and the number of lifetimes depending on their dedication in making full amends for their misconduct.</p><p>So what is their gripe? It's quite simple. When their misconduct was discovered, when their conspiracy was discovered, they requested all of the Founder's justice policies be ignored, due to the personal embarrassment they would face when Scientologists became aware of their crimes against the religion and its parishioners—an inevitability as they would be seen performing very low-level functions in the present and the future.</p><p>But as every religion teaches, humility is the First step to redemption.</p><p>Could we suggest they look in the mirror each morning? The steadily deteriorating state they see, the horrible mental state they feel and which is the inevitable result of a life now motivated by hatred—it could all go away.</p><p>They only need to face up to what they've done and take responsibility. For if one can't be honest with oneself, then there is truly no hope. Then they may begin the next step, should they choose, to make amends. It's a long road, no doubt. But at least they are fortunate in knowing they will live many lifetimes again and so will have the centuries necessary to atone for their sins.</p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/tag/mike-rinder.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Mike Rinder</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-1"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Timeline</a></li></ul></div><div class="field field-name-field-page-type field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Page Type: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Article</a></li></ul></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://whoisstevehall.com/sites/default/files/invitation-to-freedom_0_1.jpg" alt="" /></div></div></div> Tue, 12 Apr 2011 07:00:00 +0000 siteadmin 39 at http://whoisstevehall.com Recommended Reading http://whoisstevehall.com/links.html <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><strong>&gt;&gt; Marty Rathbun:</strong> A former external affairs officer, removed from authority within the Church of Scientology eight years ago for gross malfeasance. His mug shot is courtesy of the New Orleans Police who supplied it after Rathbun was arrested for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct on July 10, 2010. Rathbun has previously admitted to obstruction of justice, suborning perjury and, for good measure, assault. The latter was inflicted on his now “best good buddy” and fellow apostate <a href="http://whoismichaelrinder.com/" target="_blank">Mike Rinder </a>who he nearly killed with his bare hands. It took five grown men to pry him off Rinder.&nbsp; And Rathbun is quick to confess his crimes, as in admitting to the obstruction of justice in a protracted legal case to an interviewer from a regional tabloid. Rathbun admitted to destroying evidence and coaching witnesses to lie to authorities. During the interview, Rathbun implicated fellow apostate <a href="http://whoistomdevocht.com" target="_self">Tom DeVocht</a> in the same crime. All of it conveniently copped to after the statute of limitations had run out and none of it revealed to Church officials until his online revelation.&nbsp;</p><p>When a TV journalist called him on his behavior and asked whether he should be taking responsibility for what he now admits doing rather than blaming others, Rathbun’s response was simply, “No.”</p><p><strong>More about MARTY RATHBUN &gt;&gt; </strong><a href="http://whoismartyrathbun.com/" target="_blank">WhoIsMartyRathbun.com</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>&gt;&gt; Mike Rinder:</strong> An erstwhile external affairs officer for the Church of Scientology removed from post for gross malfeasance. Rinder walked away from his Church, his wife and two children. When Rinder’s wife, daughter and brother, who flew in from Australia, went to see him, Rinder’s “welcome” was an attack that left his brother injured and the mother of his children in the care of paramedics. She sustained nerve damage to her arm still healing almost a year later and a dislocated shoulder requiring surgery to repair.&nbsp;</p><p>Then, to show he’s a real family man, he went on a paid anti-Scientology media junket to Australia and tricked his way into his elderly mother’s retirement home while she was away on vacation. He rifled through her belongings, snapping photos as trophies.</p><p>And with that he chalked up another abuse for his résumé, as the senior Mrs. Rinder is a founding member of Scientology in Australia going back five decades and wants nothing to do with her estranged son, owing to his vicious attacks on the Church she helped establish in Australia.</p><p>Rinder can now be seen in online videos fishing with his “best good buddy” <a href="http://whoismartyrathbun.com/" target="_blank">Marty Rathbun</a>—the man who almost killed him with his bare hands. When asked about the violent incident by a reporter and if it was in fact true Rathbun had nearly choked Rinder to death requiring five grown men to pull Rathbun off him, Rinder’s response was, in all seriousness, “I think it was four guys, not five.”&nbsp;</p><p>Yet it was later discovered that this was not Rinder and Rathbun’s only collaboration. That is, they had both conspired for years to hide from the Church’s ecclesiastical leader their roles in the conspiracy to conceal Rathbun and DeVocht’s suborning of perjury and obstruction of justice. (See <em>A Liar is a Coward; A Perjurer is a Criminal </em>at <a href="http://whoismichaelrinder.com/">whoismichaelrinder.com</a>.)</p><p><strong>More about MIKE RINDER &gt;&gt;</strong> <a href="http://whoismichaelrinder.com/" target="_blank">WhoIsMichaelRinder.com</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>&gt;&gt; Amy Scobee:</strong> She was dismissed from the Church of Scientology in 2005 for sexual misconduct. According to her own sworn affidavits, while a member of the Church’s religious order, a then-married Scobee pursued extramarital affairs on at least five occasions. In the process, she committed one of the gravest offenses of Church ecclesiastical law. In her own words, “I committed a severe violation of Church scriptures and engaged in an affair; in fact with the person whom I was supposedly helping. … I was also this person’s auditor [counselor], and my actions were a serious violation of the Auditor’s Code, a sacred ethics code that governs the conduct of auditors.”</p><p>Prior to that, in 2003, she had been removed from any position in Church management for gross incompetence. Now reveling in her apostate role, she’s a well-practiced “source” whose services are open to all and sundry. In particular, she willingly renders said services to her cohorts in the cyberterrorist organization Anonymous, a group currently under investigation by the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Attorneys’ Office, Department of Justice Hate Crimes division and other local and international law enforcement agencies with 40 arrested in the UK, Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Turkey so far, not to mention 16 just recently arrested in the U.S..</p><p><strong>More about AMY SCOBEE &gt;&gt;</strong> <a href="http://whoisamyscobee.com/">WhoisAmyScobee.com</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>&gt;&gt; Tom Devocht:</strong> A former Church of Scientology construction manager. By his own admission, he is an unrepentant liar and is proud of it. Indeed, he boasts there is nothing wrong with lying for financial gain, so long as “you don’t get caught.” After having already been given multiple chances to redeem himself for past failings and work related mess-ups, he was caught making unauthorized expenditures of large sums of Church funds on failed construction projects. He was immediately removed from any position of authority. This pathological liar then left the Church in 2005, never to return.</p><p>Uncovered after his departure, courtesy of <a href="http://whoismartyrathbun.com/">Marty Rathbun</a>, was that Rathbun and DeVocht had coached witnesses to lie in a protracted legal case in Florida. DeVocht had kept this from everyone while he was in the Church, even his wife. Yet again, keeping things from his wife wasn’t new for DeVocht who admitted to having sold two of his wife’s cars while she was out of town, then pocketing and spending the money. He also frittered away over $100,000 of her inheritance and shortly before he left the Church forever, admitted to having stolen cash from his now ex-wife’s grandmother on their wedding day.</p><p><strong>More about TOM DEVOCHT &gt;&gt; </strong><a href="http://WhoisTomDeVocht.com">WhoisTomDeVocht.com</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><span class="leader">&gt;</span>&gt; Jeff Hawkins:</strong> A former Church of Scientology copywriter who was dismissed in 2005 for sordid misconduct. Hawkins holds the dubious distinction of not only lying to his wife and colleagues about said aberrant conduct, he also blatantly lied about his execution of the directions of Scientology Founder L.&nbsp;Ron&nbsp;Hubbard. When that most egregious act came to light, together with his generally dismal performance, it led to his removal from the Church altogether.</p><p>He is now a member of the cyberterrorist organization known as Anonymous. The group is under federal investigation for hate crimes against the Church of Scientology—with two of its members serving time in federal prison for destruction of Church property—not to mention 40 of its members arrested in Europe while 16 were recently arrested during a one-day raid by the FBI in the U.S. Despite this fact, Hawkins continues to be a regular fixture at the group’s attempts to harass Scientologists at their place of worship.</p><p><strong>More about JEFF HAWKINS &gt;&gt;</strong> <a href="http://whoisjeffhawkins.com/" target="_blank">WhoIsJeffHawkins.com</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><span class="leader">&gt;</span>&gt; Marc and Claire Headley:</strong> The apostate husband-and-wife team and card carrying members of Anonymous. The Headleys have not only attended gatherings of Anonymous, but Marc regularly posts on their sites (often scatological hate-filled rants), helps organize and participates in their events and proudly carries on posing for photos at Anonymous get togethers.</p><p>Not satisfied with just being party to hate crimes against their former religion, the apostate couple recently filed suit against the Church of Scientology. The only problem, their suits were resoundingly dismissed by a federal judge. The Headleys were further required to pay the Church $40,000.</p><p>Moreover, during the case Headley was forced under oath to reveal his sideline career as paid “tabloid source.” From the stand he had to name the publications and the payments he’d received. Among them was a $10,000 payday with the lowest of them all, the now defunct <em>News of the World</em>.</p><p>Despite his Internet-based fantasy tales about his departure from the Church, the real story is Headley took off on the eve of an internal investigation into his selling Church-owned property on eBay. The scheme ultimately netted over $15,000 in Church funds, all of which landed in his personal bank account.</p><p>Unwilling to face the ramifications of his crime, Headley took off, without a word.</p><p><strong>More about MARC AND CLAIRE HEADLEY &gt;&gt;</strong> <a href="http://whoismarcheadley.com/" target="_blank">WhoIsMarcHeadley.com</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><span class="leader">&gt;</span>&gt; Jason Beghe:</strong> No stranger to law enforcement, here is apostate Beghe after being convicted of battery on an officer of the court, to whom he was ordered to pay $11,625.37 in medical costs. Beghe pled no contest and now has a criminal record. He was sentenced to a year of probation and restitution of all damages. If he violates any of the court-ordered conditions, it’s off to the slammer.</p><p>Yet even the threat of jail time hasn’t curbed Beghe’s violent tendencies. He’s reportedly under investigation, again for alleged assault—this time against a handyman who Beghe felt had mishandled a weed-whacker while working on his property.</p><p>That Beghe is now running with the Anonymous criminal terrorist group makes perfect sense. As if to prove himself worthy of the group’s company, he posted an Internet video rant in which he used a certain expletive more than 300 times. He further described himself in these terms: “I was a drug indulger,” and “You know what I do, you know, Internet porn. ...” Given all of the above, there is little question as to why Rathbun decided to use a photo of him and Beghe arm in arm to launch his website, announcing Beghe as his poster boy. Cut from the same violent and perverted cloth, they are a perfect match.</p><p><strong>More about JASON BEGHE &gt;&gt;</strong> <a href="http://whoisjasonbeghe.com/" target="_blank">WhoIsJasonBeghe.com</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>&gt;&gt; Paul Haggis:</strong> A status-driven screenwriter who exploited a tenuous connection with Scientology to grab headlines via a publicity stunt whereby he “resigned” from the Church—when he had not been an active parishioner for decades.&nbsp; Haggis, whose betrayals include accepting millions for scripts that he never delivered, was himself exploited by the New Yorker’s Lawrence Wright, who approached him for a “profile” that simply used Haggis to tell a slanted story about the Church of Scientology.</p><p><strong>More about PAUL HAGGIS &gt;&gt;</strong> <a href="http://whoispaulhaggis.com/">WhoisPaulHaggis.com</a></p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/tag/amy-scobee.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Amy Scobee</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-1"><a href="/tag/marc-and-claire-headley.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Headleys</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-2"><a href="/tag/jason-beghe.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Jason Beghe</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-3"><a href="/tag/paul-haggis.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Paul Haggis</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-4"><a href="/tag/tom-devocht.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Tom DeVocht</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-5"><a href="/tag/jeff-hawkins.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Jeff Hawkins</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-6"><a href="/tag/marty-rathbun.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Marty Rathbun</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-7"><a href="/tag/mike-rinder.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Mike Rinder</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-8"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Timeline</a></li></ul></div><div class="field field-name-field-page-type field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Page Type: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/taxonomy/term/13" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">Generic</a></li></ul></div> Sat, 09 Apr 2011 03:51:46 +0000 admin 8 at http://whoisstevehall.com