(Second section of “Determining the Value of Internet Data”)
The Truth Rundown (as used here) is the name of a series of articles and long interviews, on video, conducted by news reporters of the St Petersburg Times. Those interviewed were a panel of former Int Management executices. The interviews were published in late 2009 and Sindy and I read them in February 2010. The names of the former Int execs, whom I considered most impinging, were Marty Rathbun, Amy Scobee, Jeff Hawkins and Steve Hall.
The Truth Rundown was NOT, by far, the only source of information that led to my decision to leave the church, but it was the first. The stories these people had to tell were horrific. They had to do with physical and mental abuses the likes of which you would never, ever, have associated with the church, especially its management. The actions they described and alleged to have been committed by David Miscavige were sadistic, cruel and extremely suppressive.
I have deferred the details of these stories of abuses, that had most influenced me, to the last section of this story. I think the stories are too hard to believe until you get the whole picture of what I had to look at in order to know whether I could believe these stories or not.
I knew that if the stuff that was being said by the former church execs were true, that this organization was not something that I wanted to continue to be part of and support. BUT how was I supposed to know? It was their word against the church’s.
Yes, there was definitely some doubt on my part as to the truth of what they were saying. And maybe you have heard of some of these people and believe they are SPs. That is certainly the church’s claim, or at least that they are all lying.
But consider this: Marty Rathbun, Mike Rinder, Jeff Hawkins and Amy Scobee were all Int Execs, each for (in the area of) 25-30 years. Didn’t you think that the qualifications of being at the Int Base were the most stringent qualifications in terms of ethics record and production record? That was always what I thought. And my understanding was that there were special FPRD lists which they were required to receive before they could be allowed to be posted at Int Management, to handle evil purposes in order to better do their jobs. When two facts contradict each other, the thing to do is find out more about it, not justify it. The church’s claims that these are SPs who never amounted to anything even though they were given 25-30 years worth of chances, does not make sense.
Either it is untrue that Int Management executives, in order to be posted, must have the highest possible ethics standards (with evil purposes addressed and handled), OR it is untrue that these guys were SPs. Or both are untrue. But both of those can’t be true. Either one of them or both must be false.
When something doesn’t make sense, and it’s something that’s important to you, what do you do? Do you believe what you are told? Do you ignore it? No, you find out for yourself. You look into it. I’m not saying that your conclusions need to be the same as mine. I haven’t given you enough information here to prove that COB is an SP or that these former Int execs are telling the truth. All I’m really trying to do, here, is point out some major outpoints and illustrate that it is your responsibility to know what’s going on in your church. When there are outpoints, it is up to you to find out what’s up and, if necessary, take action. Don’t just explain them away.