Jesse Prince was referring to around ten years ago.
27 years ago was 1985. I'm sure you've seen the Mike Wallace CBS TV '60 Minutes' videos from 1980 and 1985. That was a widely viewed USA national television program. And there were newspapers and magazines, and Scientology was a topic addressed, especially after the 1977 FBI raids, and the conviction of Hubbard's wife for the commission of federal felonies and her being sent to federal prison. Shortly thereafter, came Armstrong vs Church of Scientology, and then two books that presented numerous interviews with those who had worked directly with Hubbard. There was no Internet but, for those interested, there was plenty of information floating around.
Was all information available? No. Is it now? No. And I think it's a mistake to assume that because of the Internet that all, or virtually all, information, regarding Scientology, is available. Scientology still has plenty of dark seedy shadows, and there are still people unable to speak freely because they were litigated into debt and coerced into signing gag agreements.
The Internet has been a wonderful development, and a nightmare for Scientology, but I don't think that some guys in squirrel buster t-shirts are distracting Marty Rathbun from pulling out the big guns. Rathbun is refraining from broaching certain areas, by choice. Rathbun's on a "mission" to rescue the reputation of Hubbard and Hubbard's Scientology from ridicule and infamy and, when ya' think about it, that "mission" and telling the whole truth about Hubbard and Scientology are mutually exclusive.
Still, I remember when I first got in, if anyone had heard about it, it was sketchy at best. I don't think we're having the same argument.
There is a different, more transparent environment now vs then. I think Miscavige has to watch it way more and tread lighter than Ron did.
There is now notoriety via the celebs, Cruise especially, and Anonymous watching their every move and able to outsmart the once "Fabian" slicksters.
I wasn't assuming, nor commenting, that because of the Internet that all information about Scientology is known but simply that the Internet is an instantaneous magnifying glass that Miscavige cannot escape.
Even if some info escapes disclosure, DM can never be sure of that and has to live in constant awareness that others are watching his every move, with the technology and wherewithal to spread the information across the entire globe almost as it occurs.
Certainly we can all acknowledge that difference.
I also wasn't saying that Squirrel Buster goons were distracting Marty in reality but possibly that ineffective ploy is all Miscavige can muster up under such scrutiny. I didn't say it was effective. It's obviously not.
That's all I was saying.