Did They Come From?
So the mysterious anonymous mailings
are no longer a mystery. What still is a mystery is where they came from.
If OSA had any independent proof that the mailings actually did come from
Stephen Mitchell, Lisa Precious, Kathleen Carey, and/or Randall McDonald,
they certainly didn't present it in "Public Warning." In fact, a close
reading of the brochure reveals that OSA was quite careful in its wording
to never actually point a finger directly at any of the four: by the time
"Public Warning" gets around to the subject of the anonymous mailings,
it is only talking in broad generalities about "tax protesters" and "these
people," leaving the question about the actual senders of the anonymous
mailings specifically vague. "Public Warning" desperately tries to create
the impression that the four are the purveyors of the anonymous mailings,
but it never comes right out and says so. And it certainly offers not the
least crumb of evidence to support even the suggestion. It looks like they
were just guessing.
So whodunnit? That's still a mystery
in this saga. Veritas is working to find out, so check in periodically.
But if The Squirrel Watcher, Volume Two,
Issue One, is any indication, it's beginning to look as though OSA
(and Miscavige?), in taking potshots at Mitchell, Precious, Carey, and
McDonald, have scored another direct hit in their long-running Operation
Footbullet, with a $190 million libel suit as the gaping, open wound.
With what divine inspiration did
Shakespeare write, "Methinks the lady doeth protest too much." Miscavige
is no lady; neither is OSA. But doeth they ever protest too much, too long,
too loudly, too inanely.
Looking at these anonymous mailings,
anyone can easily surmise what happened. The mailings are concise, incisive,
and evidenciary. None of them are generalized rants or unsupported accusations:
they provide actual, factual information, most of which would stand up
even in a court of law, and all of which can be independently verified.
"Public Warning," on the other hand,
is like a spittle-flecked rage, like the wild flailings of a prize fighter
who has been hit and hurt--hurt bad.
If the information in the postcards
and The Squirrel Watcher is as true as it appears to be, that would mean
that Miscavige and OSA would never be able to address any of the facts
that are presented in the mailings. Not surprisingly, they don't. So what's
left for them to do? Only one thing we can think of--defame and discredit
the source of the information. But, problem: how do you smear the source
of mailings that are anonymous? Solution: pick some people you believe
might be behind the mailings, your most likely candidates, and villify
them in any way possible.
So was "Public Warning" simply some
sort of emergency damage control gone terribly wrong? The libel case will
certainly decide that issue one way or another. If it was, why were Mitchell,
Precious, Carey, and McDonald the selected targets? Those and a lot of
other questions present themselves, and the answers are yet to be found.
We'll continue working this story, and add to this investigation as we
find out more facts. We've already uncovered some intriguing information
that we're verifying, including stories of PIs plaguing the four, "SP Declares"
that read like a Hollywood scandal sheet, little-known biographical information
on some of the players, and hints of a shadowy figure behind the scenes,
someone not even named so far, who may prove to be pivotal to the whole
issue. When we know, you'll know. Veritas.