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Free Heber!

April 5, 2010 by  
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Over at Marty Rathbun’s blog, Mike Rinder has written a very detailed account of how David Miscavige has brutalized the former chief spokeman for Scientology, Heber Jentzsch.

…Where is Heber? Why isn’t he out there representing the C of M?

The answer is simple: Miscavige hates Heber. He has said many times that Heber portrays the wrong image of “his” Church. Heber is too old (but not too old to send to the Hole….). Heber doesn’t feel the need to dress like a window mannequin for Barney’s. Heber is “stupid”. And Heber knows too much. Unlike Teflon Tommy, who was never at Int, Heber has not only witnessed Miscavige brand physical and mental abuse ™, he has experienced it firsthand. Miscavige cannot afford to put Heber front and center because he might just tell the truth. And I know how that goes – me having to lie to the BBC about Miscavige beating people was the straw that broke the camel’s back and I walked out while in London. (So much for me being removed from all positions of authority and kicked out by Miscavige when he found out all the terrible things I had done – I was the International Spokesperson for the Church and on the Board of CSI when I blew. It is true, I didn’t have a post – but then again NOBODY in management did, and it appears to be that way still as Guillaume Lesevre was presented at the “Barnum and Bailey” March 13th spectacle as “from International Management” rather than “ED International” because he hasn’t been on post for at least 5 years!).

Heber bore the brunt of much of Miscavige’s ire over the years. I have seen Miscavige strike Heber on at least 10 occasions. Miscavige had dolls made in the likeness of Heber (and me). These were very elaborate reproductions that looked like ventriloquists dolls. Miscavige would make Heber sit with the doll on his lap and Miscavige would address himself to the doll instead of talking to Heber directly. This was to demonstrate the “fact” that Miscavige thought Heber “wooden” and “unresponsive.” (Anyone who knows Heber can attest to how ridiculous this is). It is all part of Miscavige’s Joking & Degrading and constant denigration of people around him, especially those he considered were some form of threat (and Heber’s popularity with staff and public was a very real threat in Miscavige’s eyes).

The dolls were even flown to the UK for the IAS event where Heber endured endless cruel bullbaiting at the hands of Miscavige. I only saw Heber snap once, when after hours of Miscavige brand taunting and belittling ™, Miscavige squirted Heber’s face and glasses with contact lense fluid and then blew powdered coffee creamer into his face. This is the level of behavior of the so called “leader” of Scientology.

But that wasn’t all that happened at IAS event time. Heber, along with myself and Guillaume Lesevre were assigned to MEST work. It was surreal, donning a tuxedo to do an international event and then a boilersuit to do MEST work in the woods next to the Saint Hill Manor lake. And then being thrown fully clothed in the lake (in November). Miscavige then decided it wasn’t good enough to be “hidden” by the lake and moving us to do MEST work next to the Stables where all Saint Hill staff walked to eat their meals. It was there that Heber slipped on a log, fell and quite badly injured himself. Of course, Miscavige blamed that on Heber’s “out ethics”. (And just a final note on the UK, not really on topic – Guillaume Lesevre and I were assigned to clean the toilets and sweep the halls in AOSHUK , watched over by Security Guards – plenty of public witnessed this).

Heber is banned by Miscavige from making any public appearances and isn’t allowed to be in Int events any longer. So, he has become a “non-person” and is kept out of sight at the Int base.

Heber was the first person from outside the Int base to be sentenced to the Hole. He was there when I left in March 2007, and for all I know, is still there. I do know NOBODY has heard from him for years. And while he was in the Hole, regardless of his years of service and his progressing age, he was treated like everyone else: living in the CMO Int trailer along with 100 others, sleeping on the floor, eating standing up in an office with no tables and chairs and only leaving for 20 minutes once a day for a communal shower in the garage (unless DM was around, in which case some days there were no showers as nobody wanted to risk DM seeing the SPs in the Hole being frog-marched by security to the garage because it would “enturbulate” him – though he demanded daily reports to keep track of “juicy” admissions coerced out of people). Heber was stood in front of the 100 people and “forced” to confess (an activity which I am ashamed to say I took part in) and then derided about his Mormon upbringing and his relationships with other religious leaders (he was labeled a squirrel). Heber never complained though he was the most senior person in the Hole and the living conditions took a greater toll on him than anyone.

Read Mike Rinder’s full account for more grisly details.  I’ve never met Heber.  We may have spent years on opposite sides of this “fight” but no one deserves to be treated the way corporate Scientology has allegedly treated these executives and staff members in the Sea Org.  I would hope the media worldwide would question what has happened to Heber and demand a welfare check be done promptly.

For those who may be new to this, Heber once was the main voice of Scientology.  Those were the glory days when Heber’s rants would fill us all with glee.  Here’s a couple highlights.  Heber tries to control a live interview with Bryant Gumbel on CBS:

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And Heber tries to silence Dennis Erlich and Priscilla Coates on an L.A. radio talk show.

Plus, here’s a 1996 appearance on the BBC I have never before seen.   Heber is joined by Ian Howarth of the Cult Information Centre, David Mellor MP and John Wadham of Liberty.


56 Responses to “Free Heber!”
  1. Wait, I thought Heber was in prison for 30 years in Spain?

  2. Astrid says:

    This is a open letter from Gerry Armstrong to Mike Rinder about his FREE HEBER posting.

    It is very long but worth reading. Gerry is such a deep-thinking ex, and one of the exes who can bridge understanding for the wog like myself, right through to the Hubbard years.

    Gerry notices an important difference in the last few years. The wogs, and media in particular, are onto Scientology. They are catching Tommy on his contradictions, just as Paul Haggis did on Disconnection, and they aren’t going to let it go. They are pulling back the curtain on how Scientology uses coercion, on something like having an abortion, and then lies about it if ever asked, and forces their employees to lie about it.

    All Scilons are trained to lie to others and themselves, but the spokesman for the Church of Lies has special pressure, and is always going to be a breaking point. The lie-tech worked when people, including journalists, were not fully informed, but now with all the ex members out and talking (and writing books), and information on the internet, the lie tech is failing.

    Mike and Marty both want to be rewarded because they lied for LRH and did all the dirty work unquestioningly, and then they got burnt. Gerry, like most of us, is also interested in what created DM, and what system allowed him to flourish.

  3. marcehole says:

    I remember last year being initially mildly shocked at Gerry Armstrong’s ‘minimizing’ of the Rathbun/Rinder ‘blowdown’. But having been myself IN/THRU/OUT, I hold ‘special’ respect for veterans like Gerry who hold no punches when it comes to addressing every last drop of the Scientology ‘phenomenon’… so I tend to listen to him very carefully, even when he is rocking my boat. This letter to Rinder is probably best understood by ‘full-patch’ ex-scientologists… less so by ex-miscavigists who still swallow LRH Sea Orgasms… yet, there seems to be enough meat in Gerry’s archives (like his letter to Rinder) to eventually shake down all half-patch members… :-)

  4. Anonymous says:

    As an ex-Scientologist, it is hilarious to picture the tuxed dudes i saw at events doing shit work right afterwards. I knew it was going to be this ridiculous.

    It’s sad to see someone so not in control of their brain.

  5. Robert Biasotti says:

    I respect your opinions and your thought processes. I respect, also, that you know Rinder and Rathbun, personally, and have known them for a long time.
    All of that makes this difficult, but, I have to side with Caliwog on this one. He has voiced my deep fears.
    Do you know the parable of “The Scorpion and the Frog”? Beware!

  6. Caliwog says:


    This is a must-must-must read for every Scientology protester. It’s a great reminder that when it comes to the abuses of the Church of Scientology, the true “why” is not DM — it’s LRH.

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