Karen and Heber

Miscavige orders Heber to divorce me

Karen and Heber's wedding day

From early 1982 to 1987 I worked at OSA International. I had married Heber in 1978 and when he became President CSI in 1982 and was located in Los Angeles I transferred there to be with him. I had the grandiose title of “Presidential Aide” (Heber’s Assistant) One day I was summoned with Heber to INT base and it did not sound good. Upon arrival, Mike Sutter (then CO OSA Int) who had the previous week presented me with OSA “Staff Member of the Week” award, questioned me about a sentence I had told someone in FSO about Vicki Aznaran and Jesse Prince’s removal from RTC (Vicki was Inspector General). Even though this fact was Broad Public Issue a few days later, distributed in everyone’s in-basket, I paid for that goof dearly. I had committed out-security and this was used as a justification to destroy our marriage.

I was confined to the Int base and not allowed to return to Los Angeles to pick up a change of clothes. I did heavy deck work in the same underwear and dress for 10 days. It was humiliating. One sweats on the decks. It is HOT in Gilman Hot Springs. I was not ”trusted” to return to Los Angeles to pick up clothes and toiletries.

At this point, I spoke up. I went to Jackson, Security Chief (who posts here — Greetings Jackson!) and announced that nobody had the right to keep me against my will. I called it kidnap. I said they were breaking the laws of the land. I tend to speak up and meet things head on — I am not the silent suffering type. Well, that caused an explosion. My car keys were promptly taken away and I was put on increased hours of sec checking. And no surprise, that sec checking became wilder and wilder. Was I a psychiatric case? Had I been institutionalized? (LOL I had been in the Church since I was a teenager) Had I been implanted? Was I sent in by the FBI? Was I an IRS agent or plant? ROFL! Yes, I can laugh now. But it is not funny when this is run on you for hours, days, weeks and you cannot leave the base. It was 6 months of hell. Someone wrote on another site: “Under the totalitarian regime in Russia those that objected to the program were by definition ‘mentally ill’ as only a person who was mentally ill would be against the people’s paradise.” What a great quote. I was not “with the program,” therefore I must be psychiatric…….whoa. This is DM’s “Church.”

The years of performance, the stellar products, the Auditor of the Year awards year in and year out, all wiped out in one nanosecond. I did not agree to be kidnapped against my will at Int Base, therefore I must be psychiatric — even though I was one of 6 people on planet Earth that trained to Class XII CS. On reflection, those 6 months of kidnap and being imprisoned against my will at Int Base should have been reported to Law Enforcement at that time. But it would not occur to an SO member to do that. You just could not think that way when you are in, even though kidnap is a felony. I know now that was an overt because the same brutality has been repeated and even expanded in the 23 years since; witness the horrors of “the Hole” where Heber still resides.

Karen, recovering from Int and succeeding in the business world

I later learned from other sources that the whole 6 months incident was carrying out the DM order to get Heber to divorce me. Either get the evidence through sec checks that could be used to show him I was a plant or a psych case, or break me and make me act in a psychotic fashion that would prove it to him that way. Heber was sent to Germany and I was forbidden to use the phone, talk to Heber or talk to anyone other than my “handlers.” Lockdown.

Eventually the strategy worked. There was no way of fighting it.

Now, this was more than 20 years ago and DM has gotten progressively worse since. The Hole is a reflection of the insane deterioration of DM’s ability to see the value of a Staff Member. Especially a dedicated SO member.

In 1990 I routed out of the Sea Org. I endured months of Sec Checking but did all the right things on the route out. In 20 years it never occurred to me to be hostile towards the Church. I remained a “good” Scientologist, funding libraries, buying all the new releases, showing up at events, giving AOLA $250,000 in the space of 3 years, and even embroiling myself in things of a more confidential nature to support the Church. I’ve had 20 years since my departure from the Sea Org to step out of line. I never did. And when the inevitable doubts crept in, I would think of my time track with LRH and just keep on going.

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