That is how the Corpus Christi Caller Times put it. Since Miscavige folded his tent by Corpus Christi bay in early November, apparently they have hibernated for the winter elsewhere. While in the scheme of things the Corporate Scientology operation had little impact on the Coastal Bend (several counties surrounding Corpus – the Times’ beat) in general, Miscavige’s antics earned a place on the ballot in the Caller Times reader’s poll top stories of the year in the region:
Squirrel Busters hibernate by the bay
Mark Rathbun moved to Ingleside on the Bay to start a new life away from the Church of Scientology. But as he, his wife and residents of the small community soon found out, a place away from the church doesn’t really exist.
Not when a documentary film crew is following your every move, that is.
“Squirrel” is church jargon for a heretic, and the Squirrel Busters — though the Church of Scientology has said they are not directly affiliated with the church — set out on a mission to make a movie about Rathbun defecting from the church, at any cost.Whether the film is now or will ever be in production, the group of Californians who followed Rathbun around South Texas managed to produce a lot of controversy.
One hundred and ninety nine (199) days these bozos stayed in town. Their departure is a story in itself.
The final overt visit by the busters was the day I was arrested, 16 September. They stuck around another six weeks, literally hiding in the home they had leased less than 200 yards from ours.
They snuck out of town by cover of night while Mosey and I were on the east coast in the beginning of November. The lease of their squirrel headquarters down the street ran til mid-November. But they left on 2 November. That happened to be two days after our one-year lease ran out on our home. In my estimation, Miscavige had them stick around to get footage of us moving out of our home intending to post it as the accomplishment of their stated intention, to run us out of house and home town. By the first they could plainly see there was no sign of moving going on, and poof, they were gone the next day.
Here is SQB’s final overt encounter with me on the afternoon of 16 September 2011:
Mosey and I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who helped us out through encouragement, energy, and friendship during the siege. This was no minor defeat you handed the little dictator.