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Kirstie Alley goes OT 8, celebrates her ‘confront’ level on Scientology’s cruise ship ‘Freewinds’

[Finally, she’s ready to blast off!]

Kirstie Alley has finally gone OT 8!

Wow, this is big news. We learned about it from a tipster who sent us pages from the newest issue of Scientology’s “Freewinds” magazine, about its private cruise ship of the same name.

In the magazine, there’s an article about Kirstie making her first-ever trip on the vessel, which the church has been operating since 1988. The Freewinds sails the Caribbean, and it’s the only place where wealthy Scientologists can reach the ultimate step on the “Bridge to Total Freedom,” an auditing level known as Operating Thetan Level Eight or OT 8.

In recent years, in a sign that not enough people are signing up for the OT 8 cruise, we’ve seen the church advertise a lot of other “seminars” and course packages that church members can purchase for a week or two on the ship. But what it’s really known for is that OT 8 experience, which culminates with a special “graduation” featuring the new Operating Thetans giving a speech.

We’ve seen what those speeches are like — not long ago we showed you one from 1989 which was recently dug up — and we sure wish we could see what Kirstie had to say at her event. But the article gives us a hint of it.


Calling herself a “Scientology Freedom Fighter,” she celebrated her “confront” with her fellow OT 8 graduates.

Confront basically means having a person look at what is in front of them, not shy away or blank out or pretend they are seeing something else. To face it,” says Sunny Pereira, one of our tech experts.

Former Sea Org official Marc Headley has estimated that it costs a typical Scientologist between $500,000 and $2 million to get all the way up the Bridge and through OT 8 — which accounts not only for course fees and auditing prices, but also for accommodations at Scientology facilities and for the constant pressure of fundraising.

But what a result! Scientologists yearn to get all the way to OT 8 because that’s when the superhuman powers are really supposed to kick in. Kirstie Alley should now be able to leave her body at will and travel anywhere she wants as an invisible thetan while experiencing “full perception.” She should also have the power to affect matter only by thinking about it, as well as the benefits of total recall, perfect vision, and raised IQ, just to name some of her hard-won abilities.

Does this mean her acting career might get back on track? Shouldn’t that be within the power of an OT 8?

Hey, so what’s actually in OT 8? Well, when it first came out back in May 1988, it was truly bizarre, but that version only lasted a few months. What Kirstie just went through is known as “New OT 8,” and it’s less strange in some ways, but on the other hand, it’s quite a slap in the face for the Scientologists who experience it, as Leah Remini helped expose on her A&E show’s last season.

Well, we sure hope Kirstie gets asked about becoming a superhuman Scientologist by the next reporter she talks to. Or to Howard Stern. Whatever. We can hardly wait to see what she can tell us about the life of an Operating Thetan!

“I think the most exciting thing about her completing the level is she is now a perfect example of the product of Scientology. She represents everything that can be accomplished in Scientology. It’s worth celebrating!” Sunny says.

And wow, that’s a great point. Kirstie Alley, at OT 8, is now the pinnacle of Scientology perfection. Let’s see what she does with it, shall we?

Here’s the article…


The Freewinds is the only place in the universe where you can reach the top of the Bridge — New OT VIII. But regardless of your case level, when you set sail you are setting your course for the top of the Bridge. Traveling on a ship filled with like-minded souls, far from the cares of the outside world, immersed in an OT atmosphere, not only offers inspiration but also instruction on how to progress in every area of your life. And nowhere is that more on display than at our weekly graduations.

Recently, acclaimed actress Kirstie Alley embarked on her first voyage on the Freewinds. “This was a magical journey from the moment I stepped on the Ship,” she said.

In the weeks leading up to the culmination of her journey — when she attested to New OT VIII — she took to heart the words of those who reached the pinnacle of the Bridge. As she recalled from the stage after receiving her certificate: “I’ve seen many New OT VIIIs attest at graduation. How new and shiny they felt and how their desire to help others had taken huge strides. I wanted to be like them! I wanted to feel shiny and new too!”

Her trademark humor was on display as she told her fellow passengers and crew, “I feel so eternally sorry for each of you having to handle a drama queen such as myself, I owe you all big time!”

Rising to the top of the Bridge was a challenge, she said, one that required her to raise her confront to a whole new level. No surprise to us, she was more than up for the challenge. “Now here I stand a New OT VIII shiny, fresh and calm… well, as calm as a thetan like me can be. I am more confident than ever before. And here’s the big news. I now fully have the confront that puts me right up that damn confront scale with other Scientology Freedom Fighters!”

Congratulations, Kirstie!

UPDATE: Hey, what about Tom? We’re already getting questions about whether this puts Kirstie ahead of Tom Cruise on the Bridge. That’s a good question.

In 2004, when Cruise was celebrated with a 35-minute video and then a “Freedom Medal of Valor” by his buddy, Scientology leader David Miscavige, during that video the narrator refers to Cruise as “OT 7.”

We have found no evidence in Scientology publications that Cruise has gone on to complete OT 8. However, Aaron Smith-Levin once insisted to us that if Cruise finished OT 7 (which is actually the toughest level to complete) then he would have been required to immediately begin the process of starting OT 8.

Sunny Pereira, on the other hand, says that isn’t necessarily true: “It is recommended (for the pocket-book aspect) to go straight onto OT 8 from OT 7, but it is not required.”

We had evidence that Kirstie completed OT 7 in 2015, and it’s taken her that long to get around to finishing the relatively easier OT 8. With Cruise, we just don’t know for sure that he also has taken the cruise on the Freewinds, as it were.


Helping Ginger Sugerman

In case you missed it yesterday, a GoFundMe website is raising money for former Scientologist Ginger Sugerman, who is recovering from being shot in the face. Last night, the amount raised largely by readers here at the Underground Bunker surpassed $3,000.

She had a message for the Bunker: “Anything is helpful at this point, and I just feel very grateful that you guys have helped me out. You are angels.”


SMERSH Madness 2018

Today we’re continuing with the second round of our big dance featuring the people we think are working hardest to defend Scientology against its enemies. These are not only Scientologists, but also the people who enable the church as it works against its foes. Which of them do you think deserves the most recognition for Keeping Scientology Working, spreading disconnection, and litigating former Scientologists into the ground?

Well, it seems a little unfair, but it just so happens that today’s match features our #4 seed, actress Kirstie Alley! And now that she’s gone OT 8, Kirstie not only can talk smack on Twitter all day, but she can actually go exterior, travel through the Intertubes, emerge invisibly from your smartphone, and kick your ass if you disagree with her! Kirstie has emerged over the last couple of years as one of the most outspoken celebrities, and we think it has definitely been a result of her being taken aback at the defection of her former friend, actress Leah Remini. Kirstie’s been badmouthing Leah ever since, but she often ends up putting her Twitter foot in her mouth. Now that she’s reached the top of the Bridge, will she become even more of a “Scientology Freedom Fighter”? We can hardly wait to find out.

Kirstie’s taking on our #20 seed, Scientology attorney Kendrick Moxon, who defeated private investigator Dave Lubow in the first round. Moxon’s credentials as a Scientology henchman go way back — he was even an unindicted co-conspirator in the Snow White prosecutions of the late 1970s that sent 11 top church officials to prison for taking part in the country’s largest domestic espionage scheme. Years later, Moxon really didn’t appreciate it when we discovered that he was still doing questionable things with documents on behalf of the church in our story about his battle with lawyer Graham Berry. And of course, Moxon was intimately involved in Scientology’s sneaky operation that resulted in the church taking over one of its most bitter enemies, the Cult Awareness Network. This guy sure gets around.


[Kirstie Alley and Kendrick Moxon]

Who deserves to move on as champions of Scientology? Who has done more to perpetuate the church’s reputation in this time of crisis? Cast your votes!


Yesterday’s winner: Monique Yingling crushed Bodhi Elfman!


Make your plans now!

Head over to our HowdyCon 2018 website to start making your travel plans!



Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,060 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,663 days
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 206 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,269 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,043 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,817 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,163 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,657 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,697 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,409 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 935 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,024 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,164 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,484 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,459 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 815 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,117 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,223 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,626 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,498 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,080 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,585 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,829 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,938 days.


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