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Even in Mexico, Scientology bullies people with hired muscle — but for now strikes out

Rod Keller continues to keep an eye on things going on south of the border for us…

Last week we reported that local officials in the greater Mexico City neighborhood of Lomas del Olivo had shut down renovations being done on Scientology’s new Advanced Org Saint Hill LATAM facility because of an expired permit. This week Scientology played a cat and mouse game with officials as it attempted to continue work despite the ban. The banners announcing the closure that had been torn by unknown parties were taped back together, but trucks and workers continued to use the gates.



In an interview with news site La Silla Rota entitled “Scientologists have documents in order,” Scientology spokesperson and Sea Org member Jonathan Rico said “I do not see that there is anything wrong, there must be an administrative confusion because we have our papers in order, and if there is anything that needs to be remedied, we will be carrying out the necessary administrative resources and clarifying the confusion.”


Neighbors questioned officials about the permit status, leading them to issue a statement that renovations were still on hold, and that anybody at the site are not workers, but security guards. The alleged security guards came with trucks, construction materials, tools, and were photographed on the scaffolding on the exterior of the building.


On Thursday the police visited the site to examine the permits. Valid permits were not presented, and work was stopped for a second time in as many weeks.


Despite the battle over permits, the AOSH LATAM facility is among the most likely of Scientology’s many empty buildings to open in the near future.

— Rod Keller


Aaron Smith-Levin talks Clearwater

Says Aaron: “My thoughts & comments on Scientology’s boycott of businesses in downtown Clearwater, and how Ben Shaw inadvertently admitted that it’s real.”



Bonus items from our tipsters

Rod Keller also spotted this tattoo on Facebook…


Meanwhile, on eBay, this Ray Bradbury title page signed to Mark “Marty” Rathbun in 1984 is on sale from a seller in Sacramento. We have no idea.



Countdown to Denver!


HowdyCon 2017: Denver, June 23-25 at the Residence Inn Denver City Center. Go here to start making your plans, and book your room soon!


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,743 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,846 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,340 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,380 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy in 1,092 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 618 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,707 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,847 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,167 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,142 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 498 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin in 4,800 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 907 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,309 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,182 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 763 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike in 1,268 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,512 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,621 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on May 7, 2017 at 07:00

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Our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, is on sale at Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook versions. We’ve posted photographs of Paulette and scenes from her life at a separate location. Reader Sookie put together a complete index. More information about the book, and our 2015 book tour, can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

The Best of the Underground Bunker, 1995-2016 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Undergound Bunker (2012-2016), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of L.A. attorney and former church member Vance Woodward
UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists
GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice
SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts

Other links: Shelly Miscavige, ten years gone | The Lisa McPherson story told in real time | The Cathriona White stories | The Leah Remini ‘Knowledge Reports’ | Hear audio of a Scientology excommunication | Scientology’s little day care of horrors | Whatever happened to Steve Fishman? | Felony charges for Scientology’s drug rehab scam | Why Scientology digs bomb-proof vaults in the desert | PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | Scientology’s Private Dancer | The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill | Scientology boasts about assistance from Google | The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

Our Guide to Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear,’ and our pages about its principal figures…
Jason Beghe | Tom DeVocht | Sara Goldberg | Paul Haggis | Mark “Marty” Rathbun | Mike Rinder | Spanky Taylor | Hana Whitfield


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