Guess who is running Barack Obama’s South Texas campaign branch?

2 09 2008

Mark, also known as Marty, Rathbun.  Who is this guy, you might ask.  Marty Rathbun used to be a high ranking member of the Church of Scientology, the pernicious criminal cult that passes itself off as a religion.  Here is his blog page at SouthTexasforObama.

Rathbun has been responsible for many slimy attacks on critics of Scientology during the time he was in. Why, just take a look at this timeline of Marty Rathbun’s career in the ranks of corporate Scientology. Here is entry from the Rathbun timeline:

November, 1985

Position: Unknown post, Author Services Inc (ASI)
Notable activities:
During a meeting at ASI, Rathbun participates in the decision to file Wollersheim II case

From the declaration of lawyer Graham Berry in Wollersheim case (May, 1997)

Although RTC and CSI would be its plaintiffs, the decision to file the
Wollersheim II case was made by, among others, Sea Org officers David
Miscavige, Norman Starkey, and Marty Rathbun — all of whom were then
associated with ASI, a purportedly separate corporation! SS-50, 58. Also
participating in this decision was RTC officer Vicki Aznaran. SS-58.

From Fishman Affidavit, November 3, 1993:

During that meeting, I overheard Deborah Truax tell John Stachelrodt that the Office of Special Affairs had assigned an agent to work in the law office of Charles O’Reilly as a typist/clerk/receptionist, The typist, whose name I do not recall or may not have been privy to, was placed there by OSA for two purposes, or major operating targets. I do, however, recall what these targets were. I was then informed by Mark Rathbun, then Miscavige’s legal executive in ASI that Ingram bribed Tamimi in order to get Michael Flynn charged crim Affairs.

Another one:

September, 1993 – Going Hollywood

Position: IG Ethics for RTC, President of RTC
Notable activities
Rathbun participated in the fair-gaming of Hana Eltringham, who came under fire for her association with magazine writer John Richardson, who wrote an article about scientology for Premiere Magazine.

From the declaration of Hana Eltringham Whittfield, April 4, 1994

In September 1993, I learned of further “Fair Game” and harassing tactics
initiated by CSI and RTC against me because I am a Scientology critic. John
Richardson (“Richardson”) of Premiere Magazine, wrote that Marty Rathbun, RTC
Inspector General for Ethics, and Heber Jentzsch, CSI President, claimed I was
an accomplice in the tragic murder of my father 30 years ago, attached hereto
as Exhibit 52 of September 1993, page 91. This is blatantly and completely

Catch a Rising Star, news article by John Richardson, Premiere Magazine,
September 1993:

The current leaders of Scientology insist that the acts of Mary Hubbard and
her coconspirators represent a dark side of Scientology that is all in the
past. They dismantled the unit that was responsible for these activities, and
attack a reporter as “a bigot” for raising the issue. But they admit without
hesitation that they still use private detectives to investigate their
enemies, including Bowers – they even provided documentation of
Scientology detectives videotaping a sting operation against a hostile former
church member. “I have no problem with that,” says Martin Rathbun, president
of the church’s Religious Technology Center.

Rathbun is also quoted as a spokesman for “Scientology California” (possibly the Church of Scientology of California) in a New York Times article on IRS agreement published in September, 1993

There are no entries from 2000 onwards because around that time, he fell out of favor with Scientology’s top leader David Miscavige and left the church altogether. At least that is what members of the message board Operation Clambake have said. Recently, actor Jason Beghe, who started speaking out against the cult of Scientology this year, posted that Marty Rathbun is out and doing well (LINK), and from there, Operation Clambake members found that he is now a local organizer for the Obama presidential campaign.

Now, from the looks of it, he’s only a local organizer. But the possibility remains that he could use his small position to get closer to Barack Obama and influence him in a bad way. Some people say Marty Rathbun has left the cult, but others say he hasn’t. This article for the new site We the People shows that he is still a Scientologist: Associated Content-Simple Ways For Improving Relationships. Now, he could be what is called a Freezone Scientologist, meaning a Scientologist who follows L. Ron Hubbard’s teachings but is sick of the cult’s heavy-handed leaders. But no one knows that.

Marty Rathbun has also not gone to federal agents regarding the cult of Scientology’s illegal practices over the years, so that also casts a cloud of suspicion over him. Barack Obama should demand accountability from each campaign office he has around the country. And with his own list of dubious associations, like Rev. Jeremiah Wright, former Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers, and Chicago slumlord Tony Rezko, he really doesn’t need this one.

This is definitely something to look into.

Further reading and intel gathering:

Scientologists for Obama? (Enturbulation)
In B4 Corruption-Presidential Candidates (Enturbulation)
Marty Rathbun is alive! (Operation Clambake)