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Scientology secrets in government docs: Did the feds have a chance to stop ‘Snow White’?

Wow, it’s been fun to hang out at the Sundance Film Festival and be a part of the Going Clear screenings. We’re certain there will be plenty more to come about the movie and Scientology’s hamfisted attempts to smear it.

But for now we need to get back to the regular work of this […]

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Scientology hits back at Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear’ with predictable smears

Yesterday morning, we told you which eight former Scientologists we guessed were interviewed for Alex Gibney’s documentary Going Clear, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival later that day.

Turns out we went eight for eight.

How’d the church do?

A sad one for six.

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First time in full: 1997 interview of Barbara Klowden, L. Ron Hubbard’s PR agent and lover

Here’s the second leak of raw footage from the excellent 1997 Channel 4 documentary, Secret Lives — L. Ron Hubbard. The film was made up of numerous interviews from people who had known Hubbard personally. But only a few minutes of each made it into the final documentary.

Jon Atack hooked us up with […]

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How Scientology responds to adversity: A classic example from its golden era

With just days to go until the beginning of what may turn out to be the biggest challenge the Church of Scientology has ever faced, we’re watching in awe as the organization fires back on several different fronts.

With Alex Gibney’s documentary “Going Clear” opening Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival and then airing […]

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Scientology’s first ‘Clear': L. Ron Hubbard intended to return as his daughter Diana’s son

John McMaster

We have more fascinating documents recently unearthed by a researcher who is a friend to the Underground Bunker as well as a mainstay at As we said on Friday, her Freedom of Information Act request with the Food and Drug Administration (made with the help of the MuckRock website) is yielding some […]

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L. Ron Hubbard fisticuffs! Scientology secrets unearthed in a new government disclosure

A friend of the Underground Bunker who is also a researcher at hit a small jackpot this week when a Freedom of Information Act request she made through the MuckRock website yielded fascinating new disclosures about Scientology in its early decades.

In the early 1960s, the Food and Drug Administration was concerned enough about […]

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Full Forrest Ackerman interview from 1997 ‘Secret Lives’ film released for first time

Wow, this is a fun leak, which was brought to our attention by Jon Atack.

In 1997, Channel 4 in the UK aired an hour long documentary titled Secret Lives – L. Ron Hubbard. We’ve posted it here at the Underground Bunker in the past, and it’s long been considered one of the better […]

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Jefferson Hawkins provides Scientology a way to happiness that actually works

Jefferson Hawkins is a man who is very well known to our readership. We’re big fans of his terrific book about his experiences as a Scientologist, Counterfeit Dreams. We learn in that book how Jeff was Scientology’s top marketing expert, and was responsible for the famous “volcano” television commercials of the 1980s that helped the […]

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Former spokesman Mike Rinder describes Scientology’s dismal options in 2015

Over the past year and a half, former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder has made himself into the best expert on the current health of the organization. At his great blog, Mike leaks internal data (some of it very arcane and inside) in order to document what many of us have been saying for several years […]

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First look at Louis Theroux’s BBC film on Scientology: ‘Stairway to Heaven’

Filming was still going on just a few weeks ago on the Louis Theroux BBC feature about Scientology, so we don’t expect it to be in theaters for some time yet. But now we do have a glimpse, at least, of what BBC Films says its movie is going to be about.

In an online […]

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