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A Former RTC Staff Member Speaks Out

March 22, 2010

I urge everyone to read Janela Webster’s story, just posted on Steve Hall’s website,

I knew Janela at the Int Base. Her story of her forced separation from her daughter is a tragic one. She was also witness to much of the abuse and human rights violations at the Int Base.  Janela’s courage in speaking out is commendable.

As more and more people speak out about their experiences, it becomes transparently ridiculous for the Church to continue to insist that “they’re all lying.”

  1. Rebecca-Tribecca permalink
    March 22, 2010 4:38 am

    Wow, thanks Jeff.
    Another INT BASE horror story.

    “While I have my own personal experiences of being thrown in the lake; sleep deprivation; being incarcerated on the Int base and forced to sleep on a cot in my office for 7 months; starved on a diet of rice and beans for weeks; the most destructive and painful of all was the forced disconnection from my daughter in 2001. My experience is one that rings of violation of parental rights, human trafficking, and labor code violations. ”

    You know for years and years the Church more or less gave the word that it was the Evil psychs that were enemies of the Church. Eli Lilli, Time Magazine, Nightline/ABC TV, 60 minutes/CBS and so on. The psychiatric camp, Government Agencies and News Media. All Church problems came from them, so they said.

    But now we have veteran after veteran SO members, even RTC SO members like Janella, folk like Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder others like you (EDITOR) and Steve Hall with decades in the Church all revealing the horror up there.


    This is not Eli Lilli fabricating animosity on the Church. These are long term SO members, one after another after another telling it like it is.

    Sleep deprivation, thrown in the Lake, forcing someone to go 7 days without sleep, forced to sleep in the office, not allowed to see own daughter who is on the streets in Hollywood because Janella was needed for slave labor.

    How can this “Head of a Religion” stay on the job when his conduct is barbaric and unconscionable ?

    There must be some loophole in the law that permits an Employer to treat employees like this.
    Perhaps its as simple as Labor Laws very slack for a religion vs Labor Laws for a business.
    This loophole must get fixed and perhaps it is these extreme violations that will cause the laws to be changed.

    The other scenario is that the atrocities occur and SO members are too overwhelmed and cannot escape INT BASE to report it to authorities.

    Is it the religious cloaking that makes this conduct legal in the 21st century ?

    • March 22, 2010 8:42 pm

      It’s because his conduct is fully validated and approved by his “friends” in Government.

      The “Secret Closing Agreement” pretty much allows Miscavige who is not only the Chairman of the (non-existent) Board RTC but also the Church Tax Compliance Committee to do what he wants under cover of religious recognition and tax exemption.

      In fact the only support he has right now is from the Government who support him in his jihad against critics and independent Scientologists and the elite deviants still remaining who fund his suppressive acts.

      This is why that despite the mountain of evidence of crimes perpetrated by Miscavige and his claque, there has been no effort to intervene.

      He operates pretty much like a crime boss and since the Church of Scientology is pretty much an international organization or a “global conspiracy” (depending on how you look at it) he and the Church are currently considered an intelligence asset by the IC.

      However the bright side is that if Miscavige continues in path he’s going. He’ll eventually end up like Manuel Noriega.

      • Editor permalink*
        March 22, 2010 9:56 pm

        RJ, I have no evidence that the government is working with Miscavige, or even knows that he exists, frankly. He is the leader of a tiny religious cult that does not generate a lot of income for the government. My own feeling is that positing a vast C of S/government conspiracy gives the Church far more importance in the larger scheme of things than they actually have.

      • March 23, 2010 2:37 am


        It’s my observation and you are welcome to disagree with me if you chose.

        Just as I disagree with your personal assessment of the scene.

        Personally, I don’t feel Miscavige is capable and intelligent enough to do what he is doing without some kind of juice.

        You claim:

        “He is the leader of a tiny religious cult that does not generate a lot of income for the government.”

        Well I never mentioned anything about income. Only access. Orgs as cover like any operation used for cover whether it is the ‘Congress for Cultural Freedom’, ‘National Students Association’, ‘World Vision’ or the ‘Church of Scientology’ give access to intelligence agencies and cover to their operatives.

        Also saying:

        “My own feeling is that positing a vast C of S/government conspiracy gives the Church far more importance in the larger scheme of things than they actually have.”

        Well to counter that:

        Saying that Miscavige acting on his own is solely responsible for the scene is actually the same thing in reverse i.e. giving him more importance in the larger scheme of things than then he actually has.

        Jeff do you want other points of view or do you just want others to agree with you?

        I remember you correctly raking me over the coals for doing the same thing on ‘The Bridge to Nowhere’.

      • Editor permalink*
        March 23, 2010 3:02 am

        RJ, your opinions and viewpoints are always welcome. And I think we can agree to disagree on this one.

      • March 23, 2010 3:41 am

        Thanks Jeff,

        On that point we can agree 🙂

  2. March 22, 2010 9:14 am

    Class action. Class action. Class action.

    That could be one of getting Miscavige out. He doesn’t seem to know how to stop himself.

  3. Fidelio permalink
    March 22, 2010 10:45 am

    Thank you, Jeff, for providing the photo to the story. What a joy to know them out and safe and hopefully well. My heart goes out to Janela, to her daughter and to you, too, for all what you are doing.
    Love, Fidelio

  4. March 22, 2010 12:21 pm

    Yes, as you say, it is ridiculous for the Church to continue to insist that “they’re all lying.” And the more people who speak up using their real names the more untenable that line will become.


  5. lunamoth. permalink
    March 22, 2010 5:12 pm

    We need to coin a new word for this particular class of miscavige’s crimes :


    This madman is trying to wipe out an entire dynamic. Enforced suppression of procreation, Forced abortions. Forced divorces. Forced abandonment of children by their parents. Forced disconnection throughout entire families.

    Dynamicide=Miscavige.=Church of Scientology.

    I hope that was clear enough.

  6. Martin permalink
    March 23, 2010 9:19 am

    Janela is a heroine in my eyes, as are the great folk who stood up tall and loud before her, and those who have yet to do so but will. For me who was mere public at a local Org with no family ties it was not so difficult. But those who were at the very top levels and are now naming names with time/place/form/event, I have the utmost respect and admiration. Only those who have been there know what deep wells of courage are needed to do this.

    It is my opinion that this madness will only get resolved when enough people with Janela’s integrity and courage stand up themselves and say quietly and firmly “enough”. The gains already made in terms of SP Hall being closed, F/L bills being cancelled etc while good are really window dressing. The tipping point may not be far away now: the excellent recent media, and what is to follow shortly will be explosive, and may well be the beginning of the end (of the psychosis that is the current set-up). The real madness is well hidden from public who won’t look.

    The way to support Janela and her forbears is to educate any and all who haven’t confronted the situation, or just won’t look. I have go t a 6 month track record of this now, and the truth DOES impinge. Even with those who at first don’t seem to get it. The number of people locally who attended the March 13th event who were looking at the propoganda through very different/educated eyes compared to say a year ago is definitely in affluence!

    • VaD permalink
      March 23, 2010 8:01 pm


      Let me not agree with you on: “The real madness is well hidden from public”.
      It’s not hidden. It’s here. It’s available all over the Internet. Not from public, not from staff.

      The problem is they (public or staff) WON’T LOOK.
      In that you are right.

      “See for yourself”, “think for yourself”, “overcome the first obstacle to study” (“I know all about it”).
      I think those “buttons” should be pushed hard to get them into lokking and seeing the OBJECTIVE scene.

      They WON’T look. Unless they are told to do it with LRH’s words.

      And once they SEE, they won’t be the same.
      “the truth DOES impinge”, as you said.

      P.S. Love and compassion helps the truth to be accepted.

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