The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 6: The Riverside County Sheriff's Department - 2020-12-30
There have been many startling disclosures about what actually happens inside Scientology over the years. But one of the results of several former top Sea Org officials coming forward around the year 2009 — people like Mike Rinder, Marc and Claire Headley, and Tom Devocht, for example — was the greater appreciation we all gained of the horrors going on at Gold Base.
Also known as Int Base, Scientology's secretive 500-acre international management compound in San Jacinto, California was not only home to Scientology leader David Miscavige, it was also where he put a concentration camp for his top lieutenants, known as "The Hole," beginning in 2004.
In FBI documents and in many articles and documentaries, we learned about how Scientologists at Gold Base were treated as indentured servants at best, and were subjected not only to confinement like in the Hole, but were literally thrown into piles of shit, as Marc Headley once related. And how many stories have been told — and documented — of people having to escape the base with creative strategems, including Valerie Haney in the trunk of a car, or the way Ron Miscavige mailed his belongings out in packages disguised as gifts.