D. You don’t need a goddamn diatribe, just allege.
Danny Oates, a newly minted member of the ATOC, attributes to Gerry Armstrong, without quotes or citation, the statement “You don’t have to prove a god damn thing! You just allege…”
From Black’s Law Dictionary:
Allegation: The assertion, claim, declaration, or statement of a party to an action, made in a pleading, setting out what he intends to prove.
The Scientologists and their collaborators have been using this statement out of context for black PR purposes for over thirty years. They have used it into the US Congress, into the US Intelligence Community, into the IRS to get their unlawful and undeserved tax exemption, into court cases, into media, into governments around the world. They still use it.
The person I was talking to when the “allege it” words were used was Mike Rinder. Below are excerpts from two declarations I wrote in 1994 to provide the context and facts.
Just like Rathbun, Rinder has never told the truth about this covert operation, known as the Armstrong Op.1 Just like Rathbun, Rinder has never come clean or told the truth about what he did in service of Hubbard and Miscavige to victimize good people who stood up to his cult’s lies and predations. Just like Rathbun, Rinder has never corrected the vicious black propaganda he generated and disseminated, and had others disseminate.
Just like Rathbun, Rinder’s black PR continues. They are both black propagandists. Rinder was Rathbun’s editor for his 2013 book that continues the criminal framing of my attorney Michael Flynn and me.
Just like Rathbun, Rinder has shown zero remorse for the evil he did in service of Hubbard and Miscavige. Instead, just like Rathbun, Rinder has carried on bullying. Just like Rathbun, Rinder has tried to become the opposition to Scientology, just as he claimed to be during the Armstrong Op. He and his co-conspirators claimed they knew Miscavige is a criminal and they wanted to get him jailed and Scientology reformed.
All the support and kudos Rinder has received as a whistleblower and as someone “bringing down the cult” is disgusting. If he really wanted to bring it down, or correct injustices, or confront Miscavige, he would tell the truth about all the victimizing he did or knows about, all the lies he told, all the injustices he perpetrated. Just like Rathbun, he hasn’t.
From my declaration of February 22, 19942, originally written for the Scientology v. Fishman and Geertz case:
- Mr. Miscavige states that I advise one of his covert operatives to accuse the organization of various criminal acts and when I am told that no evidence exists to support those charges I respond to “just allege it.” (Miscavige Dec. p. 32, l. 5 – l. 8) “Better Basket” describes something of the context in which I make a statement differentiating between “allegations” and “proof.” The operative I’m talking to is Mike Rinder. Before this meeting I had already, on request of the “Loyalists,” provided them with a “bare bones” draft of a complaint. Complaints contain allegations. Complaints do not contain proof. Rinder, who had been represented to me as the Loyalists’ ” best legal mind” couldn’t seem to get the distinction between allegations and proof in the complaint, and I was frustrated in our conversation because he seemed so dense. Now, of course, his denseness is fully understandable. He had to appear stupid and had to deny that there was any “proof” of the sort of allegations that would be made in a complaint because he knew he was being recorded on a videotape which was going to be used to attack, and if possible destroy me. Even what the organization has done to me alone (see, e.g., crimes listed by Judge Breckenridge and the list in paragraph 7 above) is enough for actual true-hearted reformers to bring a lawsuit to take control of the organization from the criminals now in charge.
From my declaration of February 20, 19943, also originally written for the Scientology v. Fishman and Geertz case:
- There were many times during this period when I considered the possibility that I was walking into a trap. The thought arose in all my meetings with Kluge, and later with Mike Rinder, the second Loyalist I would meet. Their communications often didn’t jibe with what they or Sherman had said on earlier occasions, and sometimes they said things which were downright stupid. I had no way of originating a communication to them, had no telephone numbers, no locations, no names, and no idea what any of them did. They had my address, phone number, knew exactly what I did, and could call me any time they wanted. They told me almost nothing, and wanted to know everything I knew. They claimed I had to be kept in the dark because of their fear for their lives, and for that reason I went along with their, even to me, strange behavior.
- Because of their fear for their lives they depended on secrecy, duplicity and intelligence procedures and goals. Although I had been in intelligence in the organization and had the essential quality for the field; i.e., native intelligence, I had, after leaving the organization, come to the conclusion that Scientology’s brand of intelligence; i.e., the secret world of data, duplicity, stealth, hidden intentions and hidden identities, was ineffective, unhealthy, unholy, and not my choice for how I would make my way through life and deal with my problems. Even inside the organization, which is an intelligence-based group, I had urged those who were in positions to do something about it to open up, stop lying, disclose its leaders, divulge its secrets; because I felt that its lies, secrets, and secret orders from its secret leaders would only bring upon it more problems. After leaving the organization, a factor in my life which led to my faith in openness and freedom as opposed to secrecy and leverage, was all the testifying I did, in trial in Armstrong I and in B & G Wards, and in many days of depositions in several more Scientology-related cases. Also I knew that the organization’s leaders, who had an undeniable determination to harm me, possessed my pc folders which contained every embarrassing incident or thought in my life, and my lives back umpteen impossibillion years. These facts had resulted in a tendency in me at times during this period to not care what happened to me and to act a little wild and silly.
- While claiming that the Loyalists wanted to take legal action to bring about a safe transfer of power, both Sherman and Kluge also claimed that they didn’t know anything about legal matters, nor any of the organization’s litigations, and that there were other people higher up in the Loyalist network who were trained in legal, stayed abreast of the organization’s litigation battles, and had an understanding of the Loyalists’ legal options and an overview of their plan which Sherman and Kluge didn’t have. Coupled with their claimed need to keep me in the dark for fear of their lives, their assertions of ignorance of legal matters caused considerable frustration in me and in our communications. As a result, I requested in a number of communications to speak to their “best legal mind.”
- Finally the Loyalists said that their legal expert would meet me and a rendezvous was set up, again in Griffith Park. The “legal expert” turned out to be Mike Rinder, a person I had known in the organization, who had held various lower level administrative posts. Rinder, it turned out, also professed ignorance of legal concepts, and my meetings and communications with him were even more frustrating.
- Initially the presiding judge in the Christofferson trial Donald F. Londer refused to admit the tapes because they had been obtained illegally. Then he viewed them in chambers and when he returned to the bench stated that “the tapes are devastating, very devastating to the church.” Then he admitted them into evidence.
- Despite Judge Londer’s ruling and comments, and despite Chief Gates’ repudiation of the Rodriguez “authorization,” the organization has continued in press and courts around the world to claim that the videotape operation was “police-sanctioned.” The organization has continued to claim that I originated the “plot to overthrow ” church” management” and that I initiated the contact with the organization members, who merely played along with my plan while remaining “loyal” to the organization. It also has continued to claim that the videotapes show me plotting to forge documents and seed them in organization files to be found in a raid, show me creating “sham lawsuits,” show me urging the Loyalists to not prove anything but “just allege it,” and show me seeking to take control of the organization. The videotapes show none of those things. The tapes show that in the fall of 1984, during the reign of the organization’s present supreme leader David Miscavige (DM), the fair game doctrine was alive and as unfair as ever. The tapes show a mean-spirited, mendacious and malevolent organization using well-drilled operatives and electronic gadgetry to attempt, unsuccessfully, to set up an unwitting, funny, sometimes silly, clearly helpful, at times foul-mouthed, but otherwise ordinary human male.