Big Brother – Part One in a Series

JOHNSON, POPE, BOKOR, RUPPEL & BURNS, LLP
ATTORNEYS AND COUNSELLORS AT LAW
911 Chestnut St, Clearwater, Florida 33756

June 22, 2009

Marty Rathbun
P.O. Box 269
Ingleside, TX 78362

Re: McPherson Confidential Settlement Agreement

Dear Marty:

Following the article published in the St. Petersburg Times yesterday in which you were extensively quoted regarding the McPherson matter, the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, Inc. (the “Church”, “Flag”) has asked me to write to you regarding the ongoing obligations of confidentiality imposed upon on all present and former officers, employees and agents of the Church regarding the McPherson confidential settlement agreement.

As you know, on May 26, 2004, the Church entered into a confidential settlement agreement.  The Agreement binds the “Scientology Parties,” which includes the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, Inc., Religious Technology Center, and the three individual defendants.  All officers, employees and agents of the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, Inc. and Religious Technology Center are bound by the settlement agreement to say nothing about the McPherson matter except

“The case has been settled, the terms are confidential.”  This language binds you as a former agent of both Flag and RTC.

The purpose of this letter is simply to remind you of your ongoing obligation of complete confidentiality with respect to the McPherson case and its settlement.

Very truly yours,

F. Wallace Pope, Jr.

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7 responses to “Big Brother – Part One in a Series

  1. I’m sure Marty didn’t actually sign anything that would bind him to confidentiality or any of the other million members of scientology excuse me I mean 5,000 members. Spill it all Marty. Bring the church down.

  2. Such “binding agreements” do NOT hold when crimes have been committed. NO organization can hide criminal actions with the use of such “agreements”. Their lawyers surely know this.

    This is, undoubtedly, why the letter contains no threats of action — none is possible.

  3. Roberta Smithers

    Do not bring Scientology down. DM should retire. Scientology is great. He is not.

  4. Thanks for sharing that with your readers, Mark.

    It’s worth noting that the statute of limitations never runs out on murder. And, those confidentiality agreements can’t get in the way of the state finding out what happened. Otherwise the Mafia would be using confidentiality agreements!

  5. Looks like another OSA footbullet.

  6. “DM should retire.”

    Got to disagree with you there, Roberta; if only because retirement implies pension, and Miscavige has had quite enough money out of the group. It implies he gets to slip away quietly and the organisation just rolls on.

    Really, Miscavige should be shaken down for every penny he’s leeched out of all those poor suckers who spent money hand over fist on subsidising his lifestyle, and then he should be prevented from exploiting anyone else.

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