I agree with your comment. However, as I alude to in my parting words to Marty, his blog has become the semi-official organ of the "independent movement". He has encouraged that by his, basically, making it the "paper of record", as it were, for coming-out notices. I think, for that reason, his responsibility to the community to allow relatively free and open communication goes beyond that of a personal blog. My comment did not reflect on Marty, it was not related to confidential materials, it was simply an "err, excuse me". There was no reason it should have been offered to the community. I expected to be bashed, I was disappointed to be silenced.
Marty encourages the exact sort of atmosphere that led to the abuses he, supposedly, decries. An atmosphere where only the sycophants have a voice; where any small dissenting voice is quickly stifled. Why did no-one ever say "err, excuse me" when Marty or Miscavige (take your pick) got physical with a junior (though a loud "WHAT THE FUCK" would have been more appropriate)? Because of the exact atmosphere that Marty seems to prefer. For all their warts, I'll take anonymous over that.
Apart from your remark re the 'independent movement', I don't disagree with your post. Your prior post, though ironically amusing, just wasn't quite a 'gotcha' that so many might rush to make it out to be. Hence my reply.
As regards the 'independent movement', that was alive and kicking nearly 30 years ago when Rathbun was a dedicated SO member. His attempt to develop a network of support among those still loyal to the 'Ideals of the Sea Org' are transparent. In that effort he has adopted the language of the 'Independent Scientologist' to characterize his followers. Not all independent scientologists would accept that characterization.
Language is important. In public discussions I don't see any value in conceding a single point to Rathbun unnecessarily. Rather than calling his people 'Independent Scientologists', I prefer the term 'Rathbunite'. It's more precise. It also allows for the dicta: Beware the Rathbunnies! .
Mark A. Baker