Author and former Scientologist Marc Headley joined Ian Punnett to reveal some of the behind-the-scenes secrets of the controversial religion. Headley said he was indoctrinated into Scientology from a young age, and eventually recruited by the elite Sea Organization to work at the church's international headquarters, known as Gold Base, in the California desert. Headley likened the working conditions there to slavery, noting that he worked every day, 100 hours a week, and often received no payment for his services. "In the 15 years that I worked there... I earned $29,000," he added.
According to Headley, several times a year a fixed amount was deducted from the small weekly checks he and other Sea Org members earned in order to purchase lavish gifts (suits, cars, motorcycles) for David Miscavige, the leader of the Church of Scientology. Such perks were also allegedly showered upon renowned Scientologist Tom Cruise. A recent article in The New Yorker asserts the famous actor received numerous free services from the organization on a series of extravagant projects, including customizing his Ford Excursion SUV and renovating his airport hangar in Burbank.
Headley reviewed some of the basic beliefs and practices of Scientology, explaining that at its core is the idea that people are spiritual beings, In order to 'clear' oneself of spiritual impediments the adherent must submit to extensive training courses, counseling (auditing), and E-meter sessions, Headley continued. One would have to pay several hundred thousand dollars to learn the church's upper-level doctrines, he added. Headley also talked about the night he escaped from Gold Base and the organization's policy of disconnection, noting that since he left in 2005 he has not spoken to his mother, brother and sister.
Beatles Exhibit & Super Bowl Update
In the first-half hour, Ian was joined by May Pang, who spoke briefly about her relationship with John Lennon and her new Beatles exhibit running now through February 15th at the National Arts Club in New York. Then, sports conspiracist Brian Tuohy commented on his Super Bowl XLV prediction, noting how the game was "geared to make sure that the Packers won."