The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 16: Marc Headley

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On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the world. Some of that was self-inflicted, and some of it has come from outside. Join us now as we continue on our investigation of those people most responsible...


The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

#16: Marc and Claire Headley


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Marc Headley
Marc Headley and his wife Claire come up several times in the pages of Janet Reitman's book, Inside Scientology. The young couple met while working in the Sea Org at Scientology's secretive desert headquarters near Hemet, California. They were not Even though they achieved high-ranking positions in the organization, they endured stark and primitive conditons as two of the many nameless Sea Org drones who work so very hard. Reitman captures the drama of their meeting and marriage, the dread Claire felt when she realized she was pregnant even though Sea Org members were not allowed to have children, and the devastation Claire felt as she aborted two pregnancies knowing that not to do so would mean she'd be separated from her husband.

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Claire Headley
Eventually, they escaped from that life, and Marc went on to start a lucrative business in Los Angeles (which he recently sold -- the couple now lives with their two children in Colorado). But what really puts Marc on this list is what he did once he got out of Scientology -- he didn't let well enough alone. Headley knew that he possessed crucial, damning information about Scientology: he'd worked directly with Tom Cruise as the actor's guinea pig while Cruise learned how to audit. Headley had also worked closely with Scientology leader David Miscavige and had witnessed the violence and chaos on the base. Headley began leaking his observations under the name "Blown for Good" on the Internet. What BFG had to say alarmed Scientology so much, we know now that the church expended enormous resources to confirm that it was Headley leaking that information.

But Headley didn't stop at Internet posts. He wrote a book, also called Blown For Good, and he and Claire filed lawsuits against Scientology for years of sub-minimum wage pay. The lawsuits were dismissed, but not after becoming another resource-suck for the church, and there's still a chance that the lawsuits may be revived.

The book, however, didn't miss. It's easily the best self-published book I've ever run across, and its escape scenes seem ready to film. What I wrote about the book when it was first released:

Headley's story provides a damning account of life working for Scientology leader David Miscavige at the secretive desert base, where young people who sign billion-year contracts work 100-hour weeks for little or no pay with the ever-present threat that they may be pulled into hellish disciplinary drills, or separated permanently from friends and family members for the slightest perceived infraction.

The experience of the Sea Org is so alien to life for the rest of us, it can be difficult even for former members to really communicate what that life is like. And that's one of the reasons I found Headley's book so useful:

Perhaps the best service that Headley provides with Blown for Good is giving non-Scientologists the sense of what it's really like to work, day in and day out, in such a strange organization, from the lowliest laborer mucking out excrement in a Gold Base pond (Headley says shit was coming out of his ears and pores for days) to what kind of luxuries the celebrities and high-ranking members enjoy.

Even with their lawsuits stalled, the book done, and their new life going well in Colorado, Marc is not finished getting the word out about Scientology's abuses. Just last month, he shared leaked Scientology spying documents with the Voice, showing that the church's method for retaliating against his outspoken views was to turn his friends into spies.

Headley shared something else with us as that we've been working on for some time. We're finally going to give you a look at it next week. For now, you can be sure that Marc Headley continues to do what he can to expose what his former employer is all about. Now, for some videos...

Marc was part of a group that traveled to Germany in 2008 to speak at a conference about Scientology's abuses. Here's one of the videos of Marc's talk:

Claire talks about her forced abortions to the St. Petersburg Times, in 2010:

I asked Janet Reitman about the Headleys this week. She told me this:

"I'd call the Headleys' story tragic but enlightening... I would say that Claire Headley in particular is extraordinarily brave."



The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology
#1: L. Ron Hubbard
#2: David Miscavige
#3: Marty Rathbun
#4: Tom Cruise
#5: Joe Childs and Tom Tobin
#6: Anonymous
#7: Mark Bunker
#8: Mike Rinder
#9: Jason Beghe
#10: Lisa McPherson
#11: Nick Xenophon (and other public servants)
#12: Tommy Davis (and other hapless church executives)
#13: Janet Reitman (and other journalists)
#14: Tory Christman (and other noisy ex-Scientologists)
#15: Andreas Heldal-Lund (and other old time church critics)
#16: Marc and Claire Headley, escapees of the church's HQ
#17: Jefferson Hawkins, the man behind the TV volcano
#18: Amy Scobee, former Sea Org executive
#19: The Squirrel Busters (and the church's other thugs and goons)
#20: Trey Parker and Matt Stone (and other media figures)
#21: Kendrick Moxon, attorney for the church
#22: Jamie DeWolf (and other L. Ron Hubbard family members)
#23: Ken Dandar (and other attorneys who litigate against the church)
#24: David Touretzky (and other academics)
#25: Xenu, galactic overlord


Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications.

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redhead
redhead

INTIMIDATING, FRAUDULANT, BLACKMAILING, BRAINWASHING, MONEYMAKING,CONTROLLING, ABUSING, KIDNAPPING, and ENTRAPMENT to name a few thats Scientology for you.

 Join today and be part of an organisation that really want s to clear the planet. Make way for scientology , tell lies to your friends, abuse your friends, we will do anything to clear the planet and assimilate everyone who stands in our way.  We are beyond the law, why ? you may ask. The reason being we the collective write our own, we found loopholes . We are unstoppable and will pay millions to ensure our goals are met. We have friends in high places , working alongside goverment officials, even Big film stars have joined us in our quest to save the planet. We are a money making organisation. We are able to pay millions in court cases, because what we Tax exempt !!  Be part of a criminal activity , even better become a criminal yourself, go against your own concience.  On a last note, influence your friends and family , talk about it to strangers, let them know your a loving person, how much youve changed for the better, how your life has improved .

redhead
redhead

Scientology is not a religeon, its an intiminating organisation which is criminal in its intention and acts. It is fraudulant, and infiltrates the goverment and officialdom . Its main interest is control, and to spread LRH and DM brainwashing activities. Its about time a new law was written to ensure that the loop holes within the Law are now filled in. To STOP the activites of such a corrupt organisation called Scientology, and that the testimonies of ex-members are investigated fully , without fear of incrimination.

They should be declassified. They are not a religion , all goverment s should look into this , and set about New Laws to ensure this Mafia type organisation, is renamed for what it really is Criminal .  Also that those responsible,  should get the justice they truly deserve.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

What I am struck by is how stupid the beliefs of Scientologists are, how obvious LRH's rip-offs are. Xenu is a watered down version of Chuthlu, OT 8b is straight out of Crowley's "Book of Lies," all of the super-expensive Scientology programs are borrowings from other systems that you can find out for yourself and for a whole lot less money. If you know anything about Aleister Crowley then you know that LRH borrowed plenty from the O.T.O. If you are familiar with fellow O.T.O. member Robert Heinlein then it's obvious that the thuggish Fosterites of "Stranger in a Strange Land" are Scientologists.

L. Ron Hubbard was a bad writer of pulp fiction, a bad thinker and a total drug addict. Anyone following his path is going to get what they deserve.

http://www.spaink.net/fishman/...

Guest
Guest

Haha, yes!  Hubbard was a "bad thinker" !!! 

And apparently the scilons become bad thinkers when they follow this psychobabble.  They certainly become terrible writers.  

Certainly, there have been school dropouts that were brilliant, but created works of genius to establish their status.  Hubbard did the opposite.  He left an uninterrupted chain of steaming crap that doesn't stand up to the slightest scrutiny,  and most often clearly declares itself as blatant lying.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Be sure to read the link—it's the "smoking gun".

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

No, I'm not kidding. You probably know more than me, you've been following this story much longer than me, I'm sure. So I'll allow you to explain what's wrong with the link. Here's a quote from "The Fishman Affidavit"—

"Note: the Church claims that the OT VIII documents are forgeries. This has for some time been the official CoS-statement; probably because OT8 includes some very strange theories about Jesus and many real churches were outraged because of it."

http://www.spaink.net/fishman/...

Farther along from the same page:

"So now CoS has a severe problem. There are two possible answers:- OT8 is a fake. In which case Moxon overstepped the judge's rules for the search on Lerma's files big time - he designated and impounded it - and also doesn't know his OT's from a forgery (and didn't the cult claim that their technologies improve memory?)- OT8 is not a fake. In which case Hubbard did refer to Jesus as 'a lover of young boys' and CoS's lawyer Cooley was lying in court when he said that OT8 was a forgery."

It certainly helps explain South Park's "Return of Chef" episode:

http://www.southparkstudios.co...

paolo
paolo

But "....the other face of the coin" in the Topix Scientology forum says something different about Marc Headley.

And why you seem to get very angry with someone who is looking at both sides of the story?

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

There really is no point in looking at both sides of the mirror. Try looking at yourself for once. 

Just as reality has a liberal bias, Spirituality has an anti-Scientology bias. Beyond issues of cult control, Scientology is an extraordinarily shitty religion. Aleister Crowley may have the copyright on the title "Book of Lies" but it applies better to the collected works of L. Ron. Hubbard. As regards the aesthetics of religion, LRH will always be a D student, a college reject, a military reject, a clown, a poseur, an EPIC FAIL. This isn't religious bigotry, it's having some semblance of taste. As Jubal Harshaw said about the Fosterites—Robert Heinlein's vicious parody of Scientology in "Stranger in a Strange Land"—

"A devout agnostic, Jubal rated all religions, from the animism of Kalahari Bushmen to the most intellectualized faith, as equal. But emotionally he disliked some more than others and the Church of the New Revelation set his teeth on edge. The Fosterites' flat-footed claim to gnosis through a direct line to Heaven, their arrogant intolerance, their football-rally and sales-convention services—these depressed him. If people must go to church, why the devil couldn't they be dignified, like Catholics, Christian Scientists or Quakers?"

That's your mirror. Now deal with it.

Guest
Guest

Dear robinlandseadel,

This is an epic post!  I'm going to go back and read Stranger in a Strange Land!

Please post here more often!!

Thank you!

 

Joe_Lynn
Joe_Lynn

Marcotai; you *are* both sides of that particular story.  Is that the Scientology version of 'Pan Determinism'?  You pretend to be two people so you can finally win?

candace6
candace6

Give it up paolo, no one believes your rants from "Religious" Freedumb Watch.  Marc and Claire didn't just escape from your nefarious cult, they speak out so others won't have to go through the same horror they did.  That makes them heroes, and you an ineffective, laughable cult shill.

John
John

Paolo,

What evidence can you present?  Would you consider making a post here, with some evidence?  Or would you rather just keep us hanging, talking about a Scientology website that no reasonable person would consider visiting?

Dox or it didn't happen.

BTW, the majority of us DO look at both sides of the story.   And you are in the minority.

Sanddancer
Sanddancer

There's just one person by the name of Marcotai trying to post dead agenting materials over there, and he's getting right properly run through the wringer over it. Same scientologist shit as ever, baseless accusations of lying, theft, etc.

DuckBenway
DuckBenway

So who is angry, Paolo? I don't perceive any anger here. I know that Tony Ortega's Blog "Runnin' Scared" makes $cilons angry as they fail to shatter the suppression. That what you trying to do, Paolo? Shatter suppression? If so, FLUNK!

MarkStark
MarkStark

I just wanted to say that it is great to hear Marc did well enough to sell his business, get out of California, move to Colorado to start a new life, yet still remains active in exposing and fighting the cult.

robert
robert

Thanks Mark, both sound fascinating.

If that happens in Australia, they are well and truly done there, as they cannot afford to do that there based on the resources in country.

If anyone was the designated successor, it was Pat Broeker and not the tiny one.  His ex wife is still in, and actually commented on one article I saw once.  Such a video would indeed be instructive.

robert
robert

There is an old one from the death of LRH announcement that has been out for a long time, is it that one?

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

For me, one of the most disturbing revelations in ' Blown For Good ' was Marc discussing how he and other Sea Org members were made to go outside to the on-base sewage pond and clean out all the dried up sewerage dust that had accumulated, doing so for many hours without refreshment and any protective gear. I get chills just remembering having read about this modern day Gulag in Hemet. I gave my copy of the book to a non-ex- scientologist I don't have mine to refer to but I believe that Marc wrote that he suffered permanent respiratory problems because of this. I am sure he was not the only Sea Org member to suffer so.

Le Stat
Le Stat

Mark Headley's Mom - Trudy (who's ex SO) - DISCONNECTED from her son and subsequently her grand children (on her own determinism, of course, it's complicated/hard to explain to normal people). She is in Cincinnati now, married to IAS I/C, staff member. Both Trudy and TJ (her husband) are really cool people, but heavy kool-aid drinkers. I hope Trudy will realize some day soon that her family is more important then "bridge to total freedom" and will spend some time with her real family. Tony Ortega - thank you for what you are doing. You should be on "The Top 25" yourself, Sir, but I know that would be awkward. You are a good man.

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

Anyone who practices Scientology Disconnection is NOT cool.

Sheriff Buford T. Justice
Sheriff Buford T. Justice

                         

Youtube "Angry Gay Pope Twin Peaks" series of videos, and then, if you have a brain, you would realize why they are so frantically running and hiding form the camera; because they know whats up..

Why would a church need to hide so much propane?

Why would a church need to hide propane in the first place?

How much more propane do they hide and where is it?

What are their business interests in the hydro-carbon market? (i have found some)

How much explosives do they have at their private gold mine; they got hauling ore from?

Who controls these scientology owned explosives?

Where are the smaller tanks used for making bombs hidden at?

When you see the video, you should keep in mind that this is anything but normal. These are tanks used by entire counties for farms for weeks. These are "distribution-center" sized tanks.

Scientology has already very publicly declared to harm any American who protests them.

They have demonstrated this, at several protests in the US; in a very organized method, played loud music meant to harm the ears of the young and old alike who protested them. (youtube scientology loudspeaker/death organ). This was an act of organized terrorism by a group already called dangerous by an American judge. 

These acts of terrorism do not go overlooked by the Americans who protest them.

Personally, I feel, that the act of sending over 9,000 legal letters to the American protesters house, after stalking them home from protests, was an act of terrorism, meant to terrorize their families into not protesting. And for some families it worked, because their child was stalked home from a protest, then a scruffy private investigator shows us to warn the family that their child is in some sort of danger by being involved with this protest group. An act of douchebaggery for sure, and what I consider to be an very organized terrorization effort meant to achieve only one thing. To instill fear into their families.

The propane is nothing less than a potential weapon for a church to use against the American people who protest them. If it is loudspeakers this time, why not propane the next?

Do your part and call the Department of Homeland Security and report the propane.

                           

John
John

I would beg you to please stop plastering the internet with your posts about propane.  I know (and can clearly see) you are very passionate about the propane issue.  But I'm not sure most of us are quite on the same page about the immediate urgency/truth of the propane stockpiling of which you speak. If you have evidence, talk to the appropriate authorities.  This is not the place for it.

Chuck Beatty Xenu simplified
Chuck Beatty Xenu simplified

CST has to be self-sfficient, so most likely the propane is to keep ALL of the various original manuscripts of Hubbard's in the best condition they can, for as long as they can.   I worked at the Int Base computer facility, and we had diesel generators seperate and standalone (as does the Scientology LA "complex" computer sub unit with their millions of dollars of computer equipment), the Sea Org (lifetime staffers who do the top projects and run the whole Scientology movement), believe me, the CST (Twin Peaks archives facility that keeps Hubbard's originals and other projects) HAVE to be standalone for stretches of time if the local electrical power goes OUT!    All the far flung church "archives" underground bunker sites are made to be standalone, and survive lengthy periods of no electricity.   Where the Hubbard "originals" of tapes lectures, and his actual penned and typed writings, those rooms where those originals are kept, have to be air conditioned, etc, etc, or burried appropriately to remain cool.   The propane tanks are just part of their "thinking big" to be standalone for times of electrical outages, etc.   - Chuck Beatty, ex ASI (I interacted with some of the far flung CST (Archives) sites personnel and have chatted with them), ex Sea Org, 1975-2003, Pittsburgh. 

Joe_Lynn
Joe_Lynn

CST/Twin Peaks is up in the mountains, certainly isn't on city gas and, so I've heard at least, has *heated* paths between the buildings (to keep the mountain snow/ice off).  So, I'd expect them to have some pretty hefty propane tanks.

And, a propane bomb doesn't seem like Scientology's style.  If anything, I'd worry more about them keeping a 'dirty bomb' in some compliant clam's pool house in the Hollywood Hills.  You know; just in case they needed some leverage to threaten with if the long-overdue raids ever start...

Jacob
Jacob

Harassment is condoned by the Church of Scientology. This is religious "policy" -- it's part of their religious scripture to harass critics. Their religious scripture condones lying, cheating, and "destroying" their critics. This includes family disconnection. This is easy to prove with minimal research. The official Church policy is to harass and destroy critics, even destroying families. 

sizzle8
sizzle8

Congrats Marc and Claire.You are true heroes.

LoyalOfficer
LoyalOfficer

They don't have any sources to back up their B.S.. They are liars. You are a liar.

SFF
SFF

Is there an ethics penalty for impersonating a Loyal Officer of the Galactic Confederacy? Something tells me you were not given that title by Ron.

robert
robert

Actually they have lots of evidence.

Not the least of which is the police record of Marc's escape on a motocycle from Int, and the CoS's attempt to run him off the road.  Then, after the police saved him, put him in their car and were escorting him back to town, the police became afraid because they were being followed by the crazies still.  

You can easily google Marc Headley and police report, to see the police account.  But I'm sure that you don't dare.  

At what point do you actually "look for yourself"?  Or don't you believe in LRH anymore?

DuckBenway
DuckBenway

Retarded Thug, From Outer Space Alert!

Diana Etics
Diana Etics

 Would you care to elaborate? 

It might help the rest of us who aren't telepathic.  Thanksbye.

Scientia
Scientia

Marc's book is truly exceptional and a must-read for anyone who is interested in the CoS, whether inside or out. The first of the ex-Int books I dared to read, it is a fascinating and often horrifying glimpse into the world of Miscavige, as well as a beautiful love story against unimaginable odds. Reading it on the Tube to and from work, I'd occasionally get looks from other passengers who'd see a dude in a suit snorting and sniffling whilst wiping away the odd tear. (It was obvious it wasn't hay fever). Claire too, what an unbelievably courageous and brilliant woman. I find it impossible to watch her interviews without my heart shattering into tiny pieces and a burning rage to beat that SeeYouNextTuesday Miscavige, into a bloody pulp.

Marc and Claire, thank you so much for all that you do. You are incredible human beings.

Chuck Beatty
Chuck Beatty

Marc Headley's book is a must read book, and if one is an expert on Scientology, the map, and  building descriptions in Marc's, and also Jeff Hawkins' and Amy Scobee's books, but particularly Marc's "Blownforgood" book, the MAPS of the Int Base buildings, in Marc's book, are extremely historically important!   Hopefully all this truth about Int Base life will change Scientology history.   Thanks Marc, Claire, and all the ex Int Base staffers who've spoken up and leaked anonymously or publicly, it's something that can't been applauded and acknowledged enough!     I hope each Int Base staffer someday compiles their writings, so their writings can be collected at some internet sites, so after we're all dead and gone, your firsthand histories are NOT wiped out of the history books by official Scientology's re-writing of history.    - Chuck Beatty, 866-XSEAORG, toll free free advice line.

paolo
paolo

There is a thread on Topix news Scientology forum which is following this Top 25...It's called "The Top 25 People "Crippling" Scientology, The Other True Face Of The Coin"

It's reporting further interesting info regarding the individuals on Ortega list.From "the other side of the coin" prospective, it looks like Tony is admiring the wrong people.Or at least for me, the other side looks more truthful.

choocho
choocho

Hi Louanne, new nickname? At least for me, some OSA internet astroturfers look gender-conflicted.

robert
robert

Hey Paolo,

You wouldn't happen to be Frank Paolo, would you?  The man that sat on Jenna Miscavige when she was trying to escape, like Marc and Claire? Yes Jenna Miscavige, niece of David Miscavige.  She also escaped and has been speaking out-she was on Nightline.  Feel free to google her name and Nightline to hear her story.  Of course there are a couple of thousand similar stories.  Are they all lying, Paolo?Sometimes, I think we should just start listing names here that you will recognize so that you wake up and know what is happening.

Joe_Lynn
Joe_Lynn

Looks like the only person posting the 'other side of the story' hogwash is 'marcotai', well known Scientology internet stooge for years now.  And, the sole source of his 'evidence' is Scientology's 'freedumbwatch' website.  Which, by the way, is so ashamed of itself that the people running it are afraid to even publish their own names, and, are very careful to attempt to disguise any Scientology connection. 

SFF
SFF

Had a quick look at the first page and the sole source for most of the info seems to be Religious Freedom Watch which itself never provides a source for anything.

Those quotes attributed to Touretsky were brought up in the interview linked from his entry on this list. He asked the Scientologists to point out where he said them and they could not.

What is your basis for thinking the other side "looks more truthful" other than confirmation bias?

Guest
Guest

Oh, you mean like the parts where innocent children of sci parents were raped by scientology staff pedophiles,   and now these "true faces" are trying to paint these children (now adults) as wanton, sexual objects, you know  "they really wanted it" coins?

Thanks for pointing out that scientology is not backing off protecting and promoting criminals, and in fact,  have people like you to advertise it. 

Curious
Curious

Paolo, I have a few questions, since you seem to have a fresh take on things: 1) What is the "Office of Special Affairs" and what role do they play in the Church of Scientology ? 2) Who was Lisa Mcphereson ? 3) Who is responsible for hiring and paying the documentary crew of "Squirrel Busters" ?4) What was "Operation Snow White" ? I look forward to your prompt and hopefully informative response !

Schockenawd
Schockenawd

Nice try, Curious, but of course Scientology doesn't ever defend itself -- the "defense of anything is untenable," after all.  To respond to your questions would be to defend, and per LRH, we simply can't have that.  So, instead, best just label the folks who bring up the dirty little facts as proponents of "hate propaganda" (right, Paolo?), and we're all good to go. 

Guest
Guest

Speaking of which, anyone who has family or friends who are scientology staff in the U.S. Northeast,  please try to check in with them Now, try to make contact before elec and phone lines down.  For those families "disconnected" this might be an opportunity to get through to them. Sci management/polices  have this thing about never, ever shutting down.  Also, they might not have any or all of the required emergency materials at hand in the event it gets as bad as forecast, not just during, but the week or so after when conditions may be very harsh. 

tronner
tronner

Forgive if this has been asked/answered already, but what's with the Guy Fawkes masks in the video?

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Dingo Dongo

When a loose-knit group of Internet troublemakers and goofballs decided to start an anti-Scientology project in 2008, they made use of a lot of inside jokes. One of these jokes ("Epic Fail Guy") involved the Guy Fawkes mask, and since the group calls itself "Anonymous" and since Scientology tries to identify its critics in order to harass them, people starting wearing these masks when protesting Scientology buildings.

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