On August 13, 2010, Marty Rathbun, former high-ranking official of the Church of Scientology, in answer to Jesse Prince, wrote the following as a comment on his blog:

As you know I felt degraded for participating in that set up of you.

It’s not clear to me what “set up” Marty Rathbun is referring to with regard to Jesse Prince. It might be related to Jesse Prince’s indictment over possession of a marijuana plant in August 2000, in which Scientology was a “key player.”

But really, I can’t tell: No details are shared regarding this “set up” for which Marty Rathbun “felt degraded for participating” in it.

I believe that all the details of whatever “set up” Marty Rathbun participated in on behalf of the Church of Scientology, whether the target was Jesse Prince or whoever else, should be made public.

No matter how often I try to convince myself that this is private matter between Marty Rathbun and Jesse Prince, I always come to the same conclusion: All the details of that set up need to be brought to public light.

The “set up” obviously has been very damaging to Jesse Prince, and he sure deserves heart felt apologies over it, from whoever participated in it.

Society, the public in general, also deserve an apology, because the “set up” of Jesse Prince inflicted injuries upon every element of society, to borrow Raymond Banoun’s statement regarding the Church of Scientology’s Operation Snow White.

Jesse Prince was the obvious victim, but not the only one. Any and all “set up” performed on behalf of the Church of Scientology inflict injuries upon society.

Any and all “set up” performed on behalf of the Church of Scientology discourage elements of society who might have contributed to expose the dangerous nature of the Church of Scientology from doing so.

These “set ups” to silence people created a chilling effect on many who might have contributed to further expose Scientology. These “set ups” also had a chilling effects on those former Scientologists who might have otherwise asked accountability and reparation from the Church of Scientology, as well as further expose it.

By discouraging scrutiny through Hubbard’s “head on a pike,” these “set ups” have helped (and quite possibly still help) prolong the campaign of abuse of basic human rights by the Church of Scientology. Society as a whole has, and still suffer from this lack of scrutiny into the operations of the Church of Scientology.

Jesse Prince was the visible victim, but such “set up” also victimize all those unseen and unnamed who chose to shy away from further exposing and further bringing accountability to the Church of Scientology.

The right thing to do is to come out clean and provide all the details of what wrongs were done in the name of the Church of Scientology.

Not doing so benefit handsomely the Church of Scientology, it is the one which has to gain the most from not adding to its historical track record, by exposing the dirty tricks performed in its name.

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