Tony Orterga finally reviews Marty's book

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That's the best article I've ever seen from you on the subject, Tony. A little review of the history of Hubbard and $cientologists might be in order.

1. Hubbard's own family history is horrific. All his children ended up, more or less, either dead or a mess. His last wife went to prison for him over breaking into government offices, which was his idea. Then he abandoned her. LRH Jr. revealed the real "Ron" on drugs, constantly plotting, crazy - until $cientology bought him off to shut him up.

2. He aimed to take over psychiatrist with Dianetics. The national association rejected it and thereafter, he turned them into the greatest enemy of mankind - in his mind - throughout endless millennia of imagined space opera history.

3. He aimed to convince the Buddhists he was the reincarnated Buddha arrived in the west with his "Hymn of Asia." When they rejected it, he set it aside, only to have it revived in the 70s by Bruce Bishop, a very talented artist, and turned into a book that revived the "Ron was Buddha" notion yet again. This was propagated quietly by Yvonne Jentzsch, who had some people (like Christopher Keogh, who put on plays at Celebrity Centre on 8th Street) thinking Yvonne had been Bodhidharma in a past life (the originator of Zen). Oh, what a tangled web, but not of the gems Buddha envisioned. Bruce and his wife Bonnie started Apple School, which many current $cientologists attended. Their reward? Declared Suppressive and lost the school. Yvonne's reward? Abandoned by Hubbard, died of a brain tumor. Very "OT" stuff.

4. Hubbard was ready to sell out the entire "OT3" Xenu story for the price of $666,000 in the early 80s, again chasing his failed Hollywood dream in the wake of "Star Wars" success. His script "Revolt in the Stars" was filled with illustrations that depicted Xenu as a blatant ripoff of "Ming the Merciless" from Flash Gordon. The script was likely not even written by Hubbard but by Janice Gillham (Yvonne's daughter) and others Sea Orgers. It was rumored he didn't even sign the contract. I read it and thus know the price he would have been paid had the movie gone into production by "A Brilliant Film Company" - bunch of $cientologists whose funding initially came from the spoiled wastrel grandchildren of the Coleman lantern fortune, Bob, Cooper, and Becky Rounds. In short, had the movie been made, Hubbard would've sold out his biggest "prize" for Hollywood glory and (he hoped) George Lucas-like profits.

5. If the state of OT is so wonderful, how is it you get unbelievable human tragedies one right after another? No one was more highly trained than Karen de la Carriere (Jentzsch) and she the last one by Hubbard apparently, and look how her life ended up, and that of her husband and son. Look at the endless trail of human wreckage - so many women OTs who die of cancer including the first OT7, Bettie Filisky of Dallas. My own long-time friend Rose Goss, who got into $cientology believing she was a reincarnated horse, BFF with Nancy "Bart Simpson" Cartwright, dies at age 53 of a heart attack. That's an OT8? No, thanks. I was at a party on Saturday night (Karen was there) and there were people who spent a lot more time getting auditing than I did who are fighting cancer. Is there a connection? I think so, but that's a subject for another discussion. The fact is - OT should stand for Over the Top - like diving in a volcano filled with glycol way over.

6. The state of Clear - Hardly anyone ever brings up that at some point you're told (actually, you cognite - realize) that you're simply "mocking up" (mentally creating) your own reactive mind. Gee, thanks, Ron, why didn't you say that earlier? I don't know if they still do the Sunshine Rundown just as you're becoming Clear, but here's what it consists of - walking around and looking at stuff. Seriously, that's it. I remember doing it and the world seemed peaceful and glowing. I got the very same, even better, much better actually, in one morning's practice of qi gong exercises out of a book I read.

7. Hubbard's biggest tool - other than lunatic bullshit - was hypnotism. Marty apparently doesn't realize that or - my guess - he ignores it, because his ultimate goal is a flanking movement to wrest the "church" away from the clever evil dwarf and be seen as the Martin Luther of $cientology. Lot of money in that, if anyone could pull it off.

8. And there is it - Dianetic$ and $cientology was only ever all about money for Hubbard, and that's what it's all about right now for Miscavige - other than the vicious smug satisfaction that evil people like them get, thinking they have absolute control over other's lives.

9. And one final note - Hubbard sold for a long time in $cientology a pamphlet called "Brainwashing" by Beria - supposedly the secrets of communist Russia mind control. A warning to mankind, you see, good ole beneficient Ron just helping out, doncha know. Except "Beria" (sounds like, bury ya) was none other than Hubbard himself, and those techniques didn't come from Russia. Get a clue, $cientologists, wherever you are.

"Revolt in the Stars" is told in retrospect. Someone finds an alien machine in Caribbean waters and they end up in D.C. (the White House, as I recall) trying to decipher the code on the metal casing. Some guy figures it out, punches some knobs, and a TV screen appears and the whole story plays out, told newsreel style with a Loyal Officer starting off narrating. At the end, back to present time (cute, huh, Hubbard, present time, just like a Dianetics session, yuck yuck). They put the machine in a warehouse ala the first Indiana Jones. Now, was Indiana written and Hubbard stole that scene? Maybe, because a self-important $cientologist named Lon Tinney was a production manager on Star Wars. If the Indy script was written then and floating around Lucas he might've gotten his hands on it. Or maybe Tinney could've taken Revolt to Lucas, who dismissed it but stole the last scene - which would be like him, frankly, and hilarious.

Hubbard also invented the "new way" of writing screenplays with Revolt (which I still don't think he wrote), legal pages turned length-wise with all the set description, sound cues, etc. all written out along with the scenes and dialogue. I was told this was going to revolutionize Hollywood by the guy who showed it to me. I'm still waiting for the takeover announcement - maybe soon as they give us the wonders of the $cientology network via the revamped KCET building and revolutionary shows like John Travolta's Dating Secrets or Tom Cruise's Making Marriage Work, Even for Wogs.


Gosh - I almost thought it would never happen, Now that TomKat's dust is settling and Karen's son has been put to rest, Marty's off the back burner and into the fire....

Two posts re. the review from the 'MartyWorld Tech' thread:

Rathbun and his Independents are now promoting their new Xenu-as-metaphor PR handling or "acceptable truth." Here's an excerpt from Tony Ortega's review of Rathbun's book.

The elephant in this room: With or without the "Xenu-as-metaphor" handling, Hubbard's underlying theory about Body Thetans, and the entire premise of his advanced technology STILL FAILS. There is no way that Scientologists can treat BTs as metaphors. If BTs are metaphors, then thetans and even Operating Thetans are metaphors.

Related ESMB thread: Body thetans

"Incidents" on the (or a) "time track," per Scientology "tech," are not metaphors either, of course, but literal "time, place, form, and event," duration, etc.

Metaphors don't "as-is."

J. Gordon Melton, then an employee of Scientology, first used the OT3/metaphor angle, and that was years ago, as I recall.

Has Tony Ortega fallen for Marty Rathbun's PR handling?

IMO, to no small extent, it was for people like Tony Ortega that Rathbun wrote this book, and for Independent Scientologists, so they would know what to say to annoying, excessively curious, "wogs."

Similar ploys have long been used by Scientology PRs. For example, this is what David Gaiman, then Public Relations Director for Scientology in England, told Paulette Cooper, in 1971, when asked about the billion year Sea Org contract:

From question/answer #19, in the 'Appendix' of Cooper's book:


(From Gaiman) "Never make an allegoric joke near literal minded humorless reporters."

Right now it's unclear to me whether or not Tony Ortega has been duped by the "Incident 2 is a metaphor"-angle.


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From a 1981 Clearwater Sun Article by none other than Richard Leiby, now of the Washington Post.



From United States District Judge Leonie Brinkema from RTC vs Lerma LINK

" Scientologists believe that most human problems can be traced to lingering spirits of an extraterrestrial people massacred by their ruler, Xenu, over 75 million years ago. These spirits attach themselves by "clusters" to individuals in the contemporary world, causing spiritual harm and negatively influencing the lives of their hosts ".

arnie lerma

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities
Voltaire (1694 - 1778)


I just read the entire review and, IMO, it was an pretty insightful review.

A few comments (some minor):

It was Hubbard who initiated the "rhythmic swing" of the needle (3 swings in other words) as the only valid definition for an FN. That was 1978. There's an entire thread on ESMB about this.

Sec Checks began in 1961 not 1965, and were used abusively by Hubbard, not only to make "round ball bearings" out of Scientologists, but to collect black-mailable information.

Rathbun really had no choice but to address the "Xenu problem" in the book, and Ortega, I think, does not fall for Rathbun's attempted PR "handling" of it. (At least not entirely.)

Ortega sees that Marty is "tap dancing" and - in effect - double talking, but is impressed with some of the book, in that, as he sees it, the book will be a breakthrough for about-to-be-out CofS Scientologists, etc.

Unfortunately, the book contains enough ambiguity and weasel-wording to create even more confusion in the minds of recent escapees from the CofS - and one more important point:

IMO, this book was also written to influence people like Tony Ortega, with, for example, such nonsense as "Incident 1" of OT 3 is a "metaphor."

I hope Ortega realizes that he, also, has been "targeted" for "handling."

Fortunately, I think Rathbun's "handling" of Ortega has been only slightly effective - but not completely ineffective. I would say it's about 80% ineffective. However, that 20% effective is a bit worrisome. (But not too worrisome. :))

As we know, Scientology fights long wars of attrition.

A 20% "handling" (of a "wog opinion leader") is still a "handling."

I wonder if Rathbun will publish this review on his blog?

And, to be optimistic, maybe Ortega's review will affect Rathbun in a way that Rathbun doesn't expect. Maybe it will nudge along his (stalled) "deprogramming."

Or, maybe Rathbun will simply become more clever, more slick, sneakier, and sharpen his use of angles and ploys. If so that would be a disappointment.

Time will tell.


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And then, of course, there is The South Park Episode about XENU and Tom Cruise in the Closet..

Click above to load a 36 Meg Real Media version, or put full url below into browser, enjoy!


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Skip Press weighs in:

Thanks a bunch for puttin' this up, Mimsey. :thumbsup:

I read TO's Review today and, as usual, it's a well crafted, thoughtful and first class professional piece of work.:clap:

I also read some of the comments and was gonna make a comment here once someone put up a Thread about it that folks should read what Skip had to say.:yes:

I knew Skip in passing...a sure enough fine feller...and IMHO he's sure enough tellin' like it was and is.

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Excellent Review

The entire body of Hubbard's material on Dianetics and Scientology from day one until present time, can be summed up in six words

"Let me see a motherfucking Clear."