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SPOTLIGHT, May 10, 1999

The behind-the-scenes coup d’etat that ousted the first family of the Church of Scientology laid the groundwork for yet another coup inside the fractured Institute for Historical Review (MR).


On March 4, 1996, The SPOTLIGHT published the details regarding the connection between the Church of Scientology and Lawrence Heller, the former attorney for IHR critic Mel Mermelstein (see below). At that time, IHR employee Tom Marcellus and Greg Raven (both Scientologists), Mark Weber and others who had staged the coup at the IHR tried to ridicule the idea that this pointed to any involvement by Scientology in the IHR affair.

However, not only had Heller been associated with the Church of Scientology since at least 1982 — some nine years prior to his role in Mermelstein’s ADL-backed assault on Liberty Lobby and the IHR — but, in fact, Heller was part of a clique that secretly took command of Scientology upon the disappearance of church founder L. Ron Hubbard and which now directs the church’s affairs from behind the scenes.

In May 1981, shortly after Hubbard disappeared from public view, Heller’s law partner, Sherman Lenske, popped up and claimed to be Hubbard’s personal attorney. Less than two months later, Hubbard’s wife, Mary Sue, was overthrown from her position as controller, where she held control over the corporate structure of Scientology, as well as over the copyrights of her husband’s voluminous writings and various trademarks relating to the conduct of church affairs.

In the months that followed, the entire corporate empire governing Scientology was restructured.

The most significant of the changes took place on May 28, 1983, when Lenske and his inner circle (including Heller) set up the Church of Spiritual Technology (CST) which, ultimately, came into control of all intellectual property that L. Ron Hubbard and Mary Sue Hubbard had ever owned or controlled.

(In a 1992 U.S. Court of Claims ruling, Lenske was named as one of the special directors of the CST, along with his brother, Stephen, and Heller.)

One of Lenske’s other partners in the founding of the CST was Meade Emory, who served from 1975 to 1977 as assistant to the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.

During that time an IRS employee named Gerald Wolfe was stealing IRS documents and passing them on to Scientology’s Guardian Office that was under the control of Mrs. Mary Sue Hubbard.

Then, several years later, when the theft of the documents was unveiled, it played a major part in the overthrow of Mrs. Hubbard, who was prosecuted and held responsible. This led to the ultimate power grab by Emory, Lenske, Heller and the others in the CST inner circle. Former high-ranking American diplomat Stephen Koczak (who had been stationed in Israel) told The SPOTLIGHT in 1994 that, according to his sources, Scientology had been taken over by Israel’s Mossad, in conjunction with elements of the CIA.

The hard facts show that Lawrence Heller and his group were those who were the front men who took over Scientology.

Also interesting is that the Washington, D.C. jurist who issued the search warrant for Scientology headquarters, leading to the prosecution of Mrs. Hubbard and her overthrow, was Henry H. Kennedy, Jr.

On April 13, 1999, Kennedy dismissed Liberty Lobby’s racketeering suit against the Scientology operatives and others who played a part in the destruction of the IHR and who then used that as a springboard in their effort to destroy Liberty Lobby. Thus, upon Hubbard’s disappearance (and reported death in 1986) coupled with Mrs. Hubbard’s overthrow following a tenacious Justice Department prosecution, the Church of Scientology fell victim to a coup d’etat orchestrated by outside forces with an interest in gaining control of Scientology, its vast wealth and its mind-control technology.

Then, as is now clear, Scientologists (including Tom Marcellus and Greg Raven and globe-trotting Scientology operative Matthew Peter Balic) were manipulated by their new controllers (including Heller) into playing a part in the subsequent coup at the IHR.

Before Balic’s deep-cover Scientology role was exposed, one member of Congress — whom Balic had been schmoozing — privately told The SPOTLIGHT that he actually suspected the enigmatic Balic of being a Mossad operative.