Jason Beghe


Jason and me August 2008

Jason Beghe was just written up by Village Voice editor in chief Tony Ortega for his important role in “crippling Scientology”, http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/09/jason_beghe_top_25_crippling_scientology.php

While I respect Tony for his ability to confront the cult and his intelligence in understanding the goals and purposes of Independent Scientology vs those of Radical Corporate Scientology, I don’t see eye to eye with him on what Jason Beghe’s products and intentions are.  The video interview Jason did with Mark Bunker in early 2008 accurately captured the raw, painful truth that was Jason’s shortly after he made the lonely and courageous step through the wall of fire that is cutting ties with Miscavige’s cult.   But, to define Jason by that moment does him a tremendous injustice in my view.

Jason is one of my closest friends.  He spent a week at our home in August 2008.   We spent dozens of hours together on the deck overlooking the bay grappling with the subject of Scientology.   By the end of the week we had synthesized a vision.  That vision was to help Scientologists heal and to heal Scientology itself by means, primarily, of letting the truth be known.  Though the church, and apparently Scientology haters too, will never believe it, Jason and I concurred that to waste much time “fighting” or “taking down” Miscavige would be counter-productive.   Jason – who is one of the most intelligent and well educated people (and Scientology trained to boot) I have had the privilege to know as a good friend – understood when I demonstrated that Miscavige has sucked the church into a nightmare GPM (Goal/Problem/Mass – the positive/negative, resistance trap that makes one becomes what one resists) that now routinely produces the precise opposite (Problem) of what it postulates (Goal) resulting the in the destructive cult (Mass) it has become.

Jason is not out to “cripple” or even harm in any way “Scientology.”   Jason is all about the truth.  I’ll provide two examples to demonstrate that fact.

Jason went through ten years of the most vicious Black Dianetics within RCS (Radical Corporate Scientology).   It began in 1996.  Jason had completed training through Class V at Celebrity Center International (CCI).  Jason was such an effective auditor during his internship that a number of people began requesting that he by name deliver their Grades and NED.   CCI, as is the church’s wont, of course extended his internship because they were making beau coup bucks off their star auditor.

Then Miscavige decided overnight to destroy the training line up that L Ron Hubbard spent three decades perfecting.   Jason was told that he had to re-train because Miscavige had determined some unnamed people had messed up the tech.  Jason said “ok, let’s get started.”   He was told he had to go to the reg.  Jason, being Jason, then uttered the now famous words (paraphrase), “let me get this straight, you screwed up the tech, and you want me to pay for it? Get the fuck out of here!”

That began a ten year “repair”from hell for Jason.   At a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars to himself, Jason was put through endless Ls repairs, NOTs repairs, FPRD, sec checking, and the most reverse, evaluative “ethics” imaginable. I know that for a fact because in 2002 while I was at CCI auditing Tom Cruise, Miscavige ordered that I check out the endless drama that had become the Jason Beghe cycle while I was there.   While Jason claims our couple of weeks together was the one bright light during that decade in hell, I too was making him wrong for his “counter intention” to “Golden Age of Tech” (Miscavige’s 1996 cancellation of the training line up of L Ron Hubbard).  Unfortunately, I was ordered to Flag to handle the McPherson case the moment I completed Cruise on NOTS (OT V, higher Scientology auditing level) and to drop Jason like a hot potato.  Had we stuck it out together perhaps we both would have walked in ’02.

Having met Jason six years later and having the opportunity to talk frankly with no censors or fixed ideas, I came to understand this:

Jason Beghe was persecuted and tortured for ten years because he had the integrity to stand up and say what probably 97.5% of Scientologists thought (but suppressed out of fear) in May 1996.
Second Example.  In April 2009 when the church learned that Mike Rinder was considering corroborating my story with the St Pete Times, Miscavige’s response was to send six cult members and two attorneys to Denver (where Mike then lived) to ambush him, threaten him and attempt to purchase his silence to prevent the truth from seeing the light of day.  The afternoon we learned of the plot, Jason hopped on an airplane immediately on his own dime, and we descended upon Denver from opposite directions as reinforcement for Mike.  The rest is history.

As to the assault case referred to in Tony Ortega’s article, again more context is warranted.  Within a couple of days of Jason returning home from the successful Denver mission, a RCS process server walked more than a hundred yards into Jason’s property.  The process server’s contact was handwritten on the subpoena he was there to serve. The contact was not a lawyer.  It was Greg Schulman, a former Guardian’s Office member and three decade OSA “Intelligence” veteran.   The process server applied many of the tactics to provoke Jason that we are all now familiar with being applied to me daily and to Mike Rinder for nearly a year.

Unfortunately, Jason was not as schooled in OSA’s tactics as Mike and I were and so his reaction was exploited.  Knowing all the circumstances I am proud to this day that Jason used as little force as he did in dealing with the situation.

OSA used teams of lawyers to work the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office and the Los Angeles D/A’s office to bring a case against Jason.   They used the process to harrass him and cost him a lot of  time and money over two years.   Had we had more resources back then, we would have taken it to trial – I advocated for it from the beginning but we just did not have the resources back then to finance such an adventure.

I have had 11 (eleven) criminal cases brought against me by the RCS because of various restrained ways and means I dealt with people getting into my face constantly over time.  They have hired four law firms in Texas (including the largest one in South Texas) to lobby local officials to prosecute me in my own back yard alone.  Unsuccessful to date, and (knock on wood), in the future.

But I will tell you right now who kept me out of jail.  Jason Beghe.  Had it not been for the two years of hell RCS put him through, and the remarkable poise with which he handled it, there is no doubt but that by now I would have done something far more serious than the light open handed taps Jason used to usher a creepy lurker away from his then 4 and 6 year old sons and his wife.

Jason is a man’s man.

And for the benefit of David Miscavige and his thirty some odd anti-me web pages, I’ll make it crystal clear, something you can quote:

I love Jason Beghe.





211 responses to “Jason Beghe

  1. Who wouldn’t love Jason Beghe? Who wouldn’t love all of you guys? The cream of Scientology is floating at the top of the Independent movement. Something must be right. It’s pretty obvious when you look at the high volume of theta in the Independent movement which end has the Power. All you guys are irrepressible! That’s what it’s going to take too to make a better world where Scientology can be in it. Thanks to all you guys for what you have done, who you are!

  2. Jason, it is on my dream list to meet you someday.

    When you look up the definition of “Integrity” ,you get a photo of
    Jason Beghe.

  3. What stands out most for me on this post is the gorgeous photo of 2 friends. The love and uptoneness just jumps out. It also shows 2 people happily out of suppression and madness. No matter how much money little dm has, I know he ain’t got no friend.

    • Ingrid, I doubt that DM is even friends with himself. What kind of image does he present as a Sea Org member/Scientologist to people? “I am DM. Love me, or I punch you!” That his more like his demeanor I think. Friends don’t need to throw each other over tables and through plate glass windows to make sure their TR’s are in. I really regret I guess that I graduated student of the week on my TR’s course without throwing one person over a table as 100% standard DM might suggest. I guess that would make me an out-tech person now wouldn’t it in his frame of mind? :) Right on Ingrid.

    • Truefax, Ingrid. And that’s the first time I’ve ever actually felt a pang of sadness for POB. How lonely he must be.


    • I agree. The photo says it all.

  4. Jason, thank you. I love the picture of you two mugs! What a great adventure this is.

  5. Let’s have some fun: Tons…………….

  6. A beautifully heartfelt write-up, Marty! I did not know all these data about JB. This restores my admiration for him: Great Job, Jason! You are the man! Viva Integrity and Courage!!!

  7. One thing that sets Jason Beghe apart from almost all the celebs that have been in Scientology is that he became an accomplished auditor – a fact which has earned my admiration and respect. Marty, you bring up a very important point in your post, something that I’ve been considering now for many months. That is, when you pinpoint the start of Jason’s “troubles” as the point where he voiced his disagreement. To me, THIS is the crucial factor that identifies what today’s COS is. You cannot – not allowed to – say “no.” Now I happen to feel this was true in the early 70s as well and can provide numerous specific examples, BUT…Miscavige&Co have taken this to the extreme…to the painful and terrible extreme. For example, I was threatened with expulsion, when on an ethics cycle, I VERY respecfully declined to borrow $31,000 to buy basics books to hawk. In my opinion, Jason’s mistake (which was the same one I made about 5 years ago) is that he did in fact cough up some cash for a “handling.” I thought that by giving SOME money, I would “satisfy” the MAA. EXACT OPPOSITE. It only marked me as a “mark” – someone who could be squeezed for more and more and more, and like Jason, there came a point ……well, y’all can imagine…….Keep communicating Jason. Your comm is valuable and much appreciated by many people.

  8. You are a true friend, Jason B.

  9. Thank you Jason!!! I love the whole Black Box Warning thing. I have had the same thoughts myself. And I love the whole Homo Novis thing–it is so true, so true and so insidious.

    You laid it out beautifully–how a person can beome so mislead. It is mind boggling. But I think you made it understandable.

    Thank you for spelling it out so beautifully.

  10. Jason, I wanted to thank you too, for your videos. I had hit a tipping point of too many crazy realities coming from the Church, and I wanted to know what was really going on…yet, per the Church enforcers, there was no turning back once one looked on the net. But I made the plunge anyway, and there you were, just tellin it like it was… just pure, unfiltered communication. And that was just what I needed. So, thank you for being brave and having the integrity to speak your mind in an effort to help others. It is much appreciated.

  11. Marty,

    A thousand thanks to you for honoring Jason on your blog.


    A thousand thanks to you for helping me to move on up a little higher.

    And thank you both for doing what you do.


  12. If the process server came 100 yards onto his property, couldn’t he have been charged with trespassing?

    Did Jason have any “No trespassing” signs on his property?

  13. I agree with Marty that an interview with Mark B. was taken at the critical moment. It communicates a confusion about Scientology to a degree, as I could clearly see alive VGIs when Jason talks about some of his wins, true warmth when he mentions Scientology friends and SO members devoting their lives to Scientology. At the same time it shows a lot of charge and upsets with screwed up altered processes and pseudo-scientology church terminals.
    When I found that interview I was touched to the bottom of my heart by its bold honesty – it actually hurts watching you, Jason. All I could think about was how to help you out of that state of mind, though I understand now that you are way ahead of me in seeing a bigger picture.
    I suggest or wish or beg you, Jason to take an action adequate to your position of the opinion leader and clear up the confusion effect of the first interview by making a new one.
    Here is my program for you to make it go right.
    1) get the DofP interview from Marty.
    2) handle and complete the bogged church auditing.
    3) make a new video-interview, maybe this time answering the Marty’s questions, that will show your progress in the Independent field Scientology.

  14. Sorry, I just have to take a moment to throw a dog a bone. I reckon DM is reading this daily via his staff who uh theT.A. has to be sky high if they are human. Probably they don’t see themselves as human which is why they are ina fix. I know y’all think of yourselves as infinitely superior Gods with super science on human culture and behavior, and I am glad you have self esteem. Just passing on a little streewise in the here and now. I really do hope it makes a difference. You are out of communication with the streets. And you are all one step from the streets. Get real simple for a minute and this will make some sense:

    • This is a real simple human situation. People will get flat on suppression and abuse. It’s a button that gets flat. And when it gets flat, they fight back.

      • I mean, you guys can go pull out the books on suppression and your O.S.A. checksheets and your admin volumes and whatever you have, to move from your own intelligence and integrity, to be a successful operative but let’s get real for just one split second. When you start to abuse people you have to live with the fact they could be holding something inside that could really really hurt you someday.

        • Thank you theoracle,

          Yeah, and the thing is — the moment a Church staff member, a representation of Scientology itself — the moment he or she steps away from using the philosophic fundamentals that LRH laid out in the first decade of Scientology, i.e. insisting 1) each individual observe what is true for him or her, and 2) accepting responsibility for that person having the courage to say what he or she has observed… the moment one steps away from living by the philosophic principles that make Scientology what it is, guess what — it’s not Scientology anymore. So yeah, it IS a thin line between love and hate. That line is personal integrity.

          No one is perfect and we all make mistakes, even LRH (naturally). But the expectation is that one strive to live by understanding. And LRH passed that test in the every profound way.

          After the conflagration that destroyed the old GO, LRH saw the Church had made horrible mistakes and he ordered that the Church NEVER again cross that line into hate. But David Miscavige got rid of the old guard and then, in the name of “Keeping Scientology Working,” tricked the OSA newbies into continuing the mistakes of the GO by restoring all the earlier canceled policy of the Guardian’s Office and even restored disconnection, which LRH also canceled years before.

          Today, when a person says, “I am a Scientologist” it means they aspire to live by a philosophy that eschews blindness and that he or she strives toward understanding. It means they eschew hate and strive toward love. The only thing separating the two is a thin line of personal integrity.

          Jason Beghe is not out to “cripple Scientology” but has worked consistently to cripple hate.

          JASON BEGHE is a great example of a man who lives on love’s side of the line.


          • Thanks, Steve. You sure can make them words sound pretty!

          • Boy Steve, your writings make me think how awful the timing of our lives has been.

            The old GO did books, sort of promoting the religiousity of Scientology, and those books could have had better thinking through.

            In hindsight, I’m so glad you “came out” Steve. You’re one that should have been MORE on the wordsmith team doing a sortout of the “message.”

            Steve, you should have been in Exec Strata, and I’d have kept you there, were I the God of Scientology, and I’d have given you PLENTY of time to study widely, and work out the long range messages that would best suit the movement.

            In hindsight, I just wished there were people in Exec Strata with the hearts of the people I see posting on this site, and you Steve, you SHOULD have been one of the Exec Strata “think tank” dreamers, longrange top minds.

            I hope someday, that the young in official Scientology, are allowed the leeway to read your writings Steve.

            I hope you have a long life too, Steve!

            I hope this all leads to some enlightened reform of Scientology!


          • Well said Thoughtful and SO true. Of course Jason isn’t crippling Scientology, he is using it! He is fighting back, saying what is true, and protesting against injustice. That is his right. He paid for the ability to confront better and communicate to anyone about anything and solve the problems. And that is exactly what he is doing.

            I posted my blurb after wandering through the boulevards of anti anti anti forum abuse. I biggest fanatics have turned into domestic terrorists via the internet! Unbelievable! Some of them have wandered from from the ability to be civilized. I guess that is an ability gained on your own.

  15. Come on OSA staff, have a heart. It is havingness.

  16. The bottom line is this, you are all being bypassed because you did not have the ability to care about the guy in front of you.

  17. I don’t know ou from Adam, Jason, but when you took in Daniel, your stock went right out the roof and told me you are a real mensch. Thanks for being there man.

    ML Tom

  18. Hi Marty, Hi Jason – Marty, for the record, as I was Jason’s Ethics Officer for much of this, I can attest that what you say is true. It was very, very tough trying to keep integrity in and follow the instructions on how Jason was supposed to be dealt with. I tried, but got an RTC Comm Ev as a result of what are said to be the result of my actions. As Jason was truly my friend and someone I admired, it was the start of my really looking at what was happening. Later, when my husband and I left, one of the first things that was asked of my by “the Church” was when was I taking Jason off of my Facebook friends list – I said NEVER and NEVER WOULD I BE TOLD AGAIN WHO I COULD OR COULD NOT BE FRIENDS WITH. PERIOD. The response was our ridiculous SP Declare. Enuf said. Love you guys. Lisa

    • Lisa,
      Well done on your RTC Comm Ev and your declare. Given the “charges” both indictments ought to be worn as badges of honor.

    • I like Lisa Hamilton.

    • Lisa, thank you so much for telling us this. I admire you very much and appreciate what you tried to do for Jason. Thank you for keeping your integrity in with your friends.
      Much love,
      Catherine Von Ach

    • LISA: My one constant ray of light while I was in that dark tunnel.

    • That was really suppressive to keep your code of honor in. And WHO were you suppressing by keeping your code of honor in? Aren’t you supposed to be suppressing SOMEONE if you are a suppressive? That is what is ridiculous about these SP declares. There is never a mention of who the f&*k was suppressed. Isn’t this supposed to be a crime with a victim? Like, didn’t you ever wonder, “Who got suppressed?”

      • You get a guy called into the MAA and she slides 30 pages of golden rod across the desk with all his suppressive crimes and NOT ONE NAME of an ACTUAL PERSON suppressed or complaining they were suppressed.
        That is as abberrated as it gets. Guilty but no named victims. There has to be a f^*&%$g for there to be a crime. Show me one person who ever got declared suppressive where one name of an actual person was given and a complainer that got suppressed. There are no people named as suppressed on these declares did you ever notice that? That is real mind f^(*$@g shit!

        • Bitchslapping volunteers is suppressive! Someone gets the shit smacked out of them by a little guy surrounded with body guards is suppressive.
          Someone a REAL person is getting suppressed. That is your suppressive person right there!

  19. Marty,

    Thanks. I chuckle when I think of the look on the face of the PAC RTC Rep – Lauren(?) Southworth (not sure of the first name, as she was “Mr” or “Sir” to us at the time), when I told her that her Comm Ev Bil had lies in it after she handed it to me to read. She promptly kicked me out of her office and I was put on “alert status”… :)


    • Lisa,
      What is “alert status”? Is that confined to the base and restricted?

    • Lisa — The only qualification to be an “RTC Rep” is to chant in the mirror 2 hours a day: “I love COB.” If they are young, good looking and have been raised in the RCS and can do the “I love COB” drill flawlessly, they are IN. No brains required.

  20. If the amigos pictured at the top of this post were guitarists, they might sound like this together:

  21. I had the realization after listening to some of what Jason said on these videos here posted, that Scientology is ridden with arbitraries imposed by David Miscarriage. It is right from te Logics what LR explains the concept of arbitraries. I do not have a book to quote from but one of the Logics says something o the effect that:
    “The factors introduced into a problem or solution which do not derive from natural law but from authoritarian command aberrate that problem or solution.”

  22. If it makes anyone feel better, Radical Scientology has once again hit the main line news in Australia, and it ain’t looking pretty for the scroundrels. Some great background work done by some very able people is paying off- thanks to all those who fight the good fight.
    Doesn’t fresh air feel good?


  23. Village Voice:
    Marty Rathbun, Ex-Scientology Exec, Back from Germany: “The U.S. Media Has No Balls” http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/09/marty_rathbun_e.php

  24. Sinar, To answer your question – “Alert Status” meant that the PAC Security Force put an “alert” on my security card. We all had cards and passwords that you would punch in when you went into certain doors in PAC. They also showed up inside Security where your movements could be tracked. Inside Security there is a consol of over 100 security cameras in hallways (some visible and some not) where two Security Guards sat 24 hours a day and watched the staff and public movement through the PAC Base. Overnight there was sometimes only one Guard. There are also cameras on the streets. So, unless you knew where the cameras were and knew how to avoid them, your ever movement would be tracked. In addition, my access to the Parking Structure was turned off – you have to use your security card to get in AND out of the parking structure. How do I know all this? PAC Security was under me as Senior I&R and Senior HAS PAC. So, my own juniors were ordered by RTC to watch me. Lisa

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  27. Hello Mark — or “Marty” — and Jason,

    Thank you both — and others — for helping bring awareness concerning the true evils of the “religion” discussed here in your blog. Thank you, Marty, for supporting Jason Beghe. I don’t know him, other than liking him and “knowing” him as an actor. I know you’re both taking risks by opening the eyes of many who don’t understand it.

    To be honest, *I* don’t know all about it. I’ll admit in reading Jason’s article (and watching his videos), I wasn’t clear about a lot of the things he discussed as they’re obviousy “codes” or abbreviations for levels/things/whatever within that cult. I’d like to understand it better — NOT in order to join! Heavens no; just to understand, in MASSIVE part because I was actively courted by them sometime ago when I was heading toward a career in film.

    I’m not a very trusting person, therefore, I wasn’t particularly interested in all of the “wonderful promises!” they made me. Eventually they gave up on me, thankfully. Besides, I would have never had the kind of money, property, etc., to make them happy.

    I can only stay how much I admire both of you — and anyone else (including the videographer of Jason’s interviews) — who has it in them to peel away the layers of that “religion” and show it for what it is.

    Jason — I met your old buddy, David Duchovny, last year in NYC at his play, “Break of Noon”. I had some interesting conversations with him. He wouldn’t know me from a hole in the wall, but, nevertheless, it was great to see him on stage, and see NYC again.

    By the way, every time I see the name “Miscavige”, I misread it as “Miscarriage.” I don’t know if it’s because of my growing cataracts or something a little more … questionable … from my rather odd sense of humor. (I know miscarriage is NOT a funny thing in reality; so please don’t come down on me… somehow, though, it seemed oddly appropriate in this case.)

    God bless you, Marty and Jason — and everyone else who went through all of this and came out the other side SANE!

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