The church said the Times is relying on sources who, before they left Scientology, admitted in sworn declarations, affidavits and confessions that all responsibility was theirs and they held the church blameless. For every person but one (Sinar Parman), Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis provided documents from church files, including confessions, ethics orders and Suppressive Person declarations.
SINAR PARMAN AND JACKIE WOLFF
FROM SCIENTOLOGY FILES:
•The church said that after Parman and Wolff left without permission on Jan. 27, 1981, Parman "willingly returned'' and he described leaving this way:
"Due to my own out-Ethics & overts, I caved myself in and deserted my post and the Sea Org in late January. I returned in early February and since then have undergone a very thorough correction program which addressed any and all Ethics, Tech & Admin points which were out.''
He took off twice more. "Every time he came back ... it was because he wanted to and was welcomed. He is evidently now using the fact that he cooked for prominent people as his claim to fame.''
• Jackie Wolff messed up on her job in purchasing. In 1996, instead of paying the general contractor for work done on Scientology property, she paid subcontractors, costing the church more than $240,000, which had to be recovered through litigation.
• In the four times Wolff ran, the church never pressured her to return. "The story which she is now telling is embellished and alleges duress which never occurred; she was welcomed back in an effort to assist her to redeem herself.''
She signed a "declaration'' Jan. 12, 2004: "I know that what I have done violated Church policy and caused harm. I do not blame anyone else but myself for the condition in which I now find myself.''
The document says she does not blame Scientology, "or any staff members or parishioners thereof, for any of my problems or actions. The past transgressions that I have committed were done of my own volition and for my own purposes.''
The church says Wolff was "dismissed" from the Sea Org.
WHAT PARMAN AND WOLFF SAY NOW:
• Wolff says she was not dismissed. She says she "routed out" and followed church procedure, as indicated in her affidavit.
• Wolff brought up the contractor issue in her first interview with the Times. She said she was new to her post in the church's purchasing department and the experience taught her lessons on how to deal with contractors and subcontractors. She wrote the checks, but said someone else approved the expenditure.
"I never denied my accountability for it. I tried to make up for it."
• Wolff and Parman say each time they left, the church pressured them to return.
They said the church sent seven people to recover them the first time, including two private investigators. The church sent a recovery party after them the second time, and after Wolff when she left her third time, and after Parman when he left for good in 2001.
Both said each time they returned to the church they intended to follow protocol and "route out," but stayed after undergoing correction programs that took months.
Wolff: "What do you mean that's not pressure?"
She added: "I just wanted to be done with it; that's why I left."
Parman: "To say that I came back willingly is a little bit of a lie.''
• Rathbun's posting on the Internet show him to be "a card-carrying member of the lunatic fringe ... He maligns Scientology ministers as a 'priesthood of Reverse Dianeticists' because they deliver Scientology religious services purely as Mr. Hubbard intended but not as Mr. Rathbun would like. He accuses the highest trained ministers in ecclesiastical management of 'warped interpretations' of Scientology, stating that he would not let them 'audit my dog.' ''
• "Rathbun lives for battle, is abusive, is violent, is a liar and, in his own words, was the cause of major catastrophes within the Church. That he is directing his attacks at Mr. Miscavige is just part of his attempt to cause the most damage to the Church.''
• Rinder and Rathbun "are complaining about a blow drill that was only conducted by them. They are speaking of their own efforts to keep individuals on staff who were unfortunately destructive and/or suppressive. Marty admitted this was his operating basis ...''
WHAT RATHBUN SAYS NOW:
• On his Internet postings: "The only thing I would object to is Tommy Davis's characterization of the lunatic fringe. I think what I'm speaking for is the silent majority. I think that there are five to 10 times as many people who have experienced Scientology to some extent and have left and are gone and don't ever intend to come back as there are active, card-carrying members of Miscavige's clan. ... It actually ought to be characterized as a card-carrying member of the silent majority.''
• On him being an abusive, violent liar. "They drew first blood. I never said a single word about the other executives of the church until Miscavige put them in a room and had them write 250 pages of perjured — and I mean perjured — declarations about me.''
• On him, not Miscavige, running a blow drill to keep people on staff. "I wouldn't have done a single one of the things I told you guys about — not a single one of them — had Miscavige not been in my face to get it done.''
FROM SCIENTOLOGY FILES:
The church provided the 11-page affidavit Morehead signed March 31, 1997, as he "routed out" of the Sea Org. It says his Scientology career was permeated by a "thread of negligence." The affidavit says he never saw the church mistreat or abridge the rights of staff members.
"I have seen others leave the Sea Organization and I have heard talk that a few have complained about the leaving process. I do not understand or believe such talk. I have seen people leave and they were free to do so. I am now doing so myself."
• His affidavit says he lied to his supervisors and his staff about his work; fell asleep on the job; and stole a piece of jewelry that had been turned in to the security department.
• He misdiagnosed a car accident victim while responding for the local volunteer fire department, and he had "premarital sexual activity" with a woman he later married.
• The affidavit Morehead signed described him as someone of "quite junior" rank. "I was a simple security guard."
WHAT MOREHEAD SAYS NOW:
• "I didn't write a word of this. Nobody does." The church crafts such affidavits, using information from a person's ethics files. "Someone else typed it up and it was presented to me." He wanted out; he signed.
• He disputed that Sea Org members can go when they want. "They're free to leave, once you adhere to their requirements. For every effort (to leave) there's a counter effort. They just keep standing in your way and being persistent. ... If you resisted, they were on you and on you and on you."
• Information on his transgressions was gleaned from confessions in which he was pressed to dig deeper for the evil intent behind his actions. Minor things became major.
For example, he was asked how long a task would take and he would say two hours but it took six. That turned into an admission of "false reporting" about his job production.
• He did fall asleep on the job, after days of long hours with little or no sleep.
• The stolen jewelry was a ring that belonged to a former Sea Org member who left it behind. He tried to reach her and couldn't, and he and a superior agreed it was church property. He sold it to cover the cost of fixing a church-owned car he damaged.
• On mishandling an accident victim, another church staffer handled the patient. He questioned why the church would release a document detailing sexual information about him. "That's something you just don't talk about."
• He was not "a simple security guard." The same affidavit refers to him as the "security chief" of the base. "I was in an extreme position of trust.''
He has a reference letter on church stationery signed by Heber C. Jentzsch, president of the Church of Scientology International. Jentzsch called him a "dedicated young man" who "saved lives" as a volunteer firefighter after he left the Sea Org.
• Scientology helped him. He still considers it valuable.
• "The Church will not keep people on staff who want to leave. Mike Rinder is the best illustration of this policy. As he well knows, nobody attempted to bring him back.'' The church is glad he is gone.
• He should "stop whining. The real source of his bitterness is his realization, now that no one made any attempt to keep him in the Church, that he was despised in the Sea Organization. He is arrogant and contemptuous of everyone. ... He is not the head of the Office of Special Affairs anymore; he does not fly around the world anymore; he does not 'run with the big dogs in the tall grass' anymore; he is resentful and seeking vengeance.''
WHAT RINDER SAYS NOW:
• On policy not to keep people who don't want to be there. "That 'policy' is disproved by hundreds of people who can recount their experiences of what happened to them when they did want to leave.
"And the fact that they didn't try and get me or Marty back is only because they were afraid of the information that we had. And that's proven by the fact that when they heard that we were speaking to the media, they did send a delegation of five people, including Miscavige's personal lawyer, to try to keep me from breaking their code of silence.''
• On him being resentful that he's no longer a "big dog." "My encapsulated response to that is: I don't want to run with those dogs in the toxic grass because they are rabid.''
FROM SCIENTOLOGY FILES:
• He made a sexual advance on a parishioner he was "ministering'' as an auditor.
• The church included a declaration from his ex-wife, Mary Chris Hines, dated Oct. 15, 2009, two weeks ago. She said her ex-husband told her he "liked to look through windows at women while wandering through the city. He would go out at night to see women naked in their homes.'' Once in 1994, he left the bathroom door open while showering "so the other woman who shared the apartment with us could come upon him nude.''
WHAT HINES SAYS NOW:
• He made no sexual advance on a parishioner he was auditing. "That is false, it definitely did not happen.'' The church did not confront him with the allegation until after he left.
• His ex-wife's accounts: Out of context, exaggerated and irrelevant. "It has nothing to do with the issues I've talked about.''
He did peer into an uncurtained window at the staff residences in the early 1980s while walking past. Years later, a woman that shared his and his wife's apartment walked in while he was showering. He cited these incidents during his confessionals on the RPF, trying to get back in good graces. He had to find the "evil purpose'' in himself, so he said he exaggerated the accounts of voyeurism and exhibitionism.
"Before I started talking to the media, I anticipated they would bring this subject up. ... It's an attempt to discredit me.''