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Why don’t Scientologists go to authorities about the abuses they have seen or experienced?

We hear it all the time — why can’t law enforcement do something about the abuses in Scientology? There are a number of ways to answer that question, but one of the simplest is that Scientologists themselves know they cannot report the abuses they see to police.

It’s against the rules that founder L. Ron Hubbard laid down decades ago. He listed reporting Scientology as one of the “suppressive acts” that could get you excommunicated from the organization — and alienated from your own family: “Reporting or threatening to report Scientology or Scientologists to civil authorities in an effort to suppress Scientology or Scientologists from practicing or receiving standard Scientology.”

With that hanging over their heads, Scientologists will do anything other than report crimes they see to authorities. They’re terrified of doing the right thing, in other words.

Karen de la Carriere let us know that she’s put together a short video about this very subject, and we thought you’d want to see it. She chooses some interesting examples to illustrate this point. Please let us know your thoughts on this in the comments.




Scientology TV — on your next sec check?

On Saturday, we were fortunate enough to be in the neighborhood and so we gladly accepted Dani Lemberger’s invitation to attend his birthday party in Haifa.

Dani’s story, about leading a Scientology mission to break away from the church en masse in 2012, is one of our favorites. And we always enjoy visiting with him.

He brought up something we thought you’d want to hear. The subject of Scientology TV came up, and Dani says he figures for Scientologists, it’s no joke — they’re probably being interrogated about it on their sec checks!

Are you watching Scientology TV?
If not — why not?
Which shows are you watching?
What cognitions did you have while watching C.O.B. give his opening speech?

Oh, we can definitely see church members being sweated over the propaganda airing 24 hours a day on Scientology’s DirecTV venture. We look forward to hearing that from a future defector. Ha.



Make your plans now!


Hey, we’re only a few weeks away from this year’s HowdyCon in Chicago, June 21-23. As in past years, we’re looking forward to meeting readers of the Bunker, culminating in Saturday night’s main event.

The biggest difference this year is that our Saturday night event is separate from that evening’s dinner. Chee Chalker is setting up an inexpensive pizza dinner that you don’t need to pay for ahead of time, after which we’ll walk over to the theater where our event, hosted by Chicago Fire star Christian Stolte, will take place. Because it’s a separate event, we’re asking that you pay $10 each to get into the Saturday night event, which will help us recoup what the Bunker paid for the venue. (We have never made a penny on our HowdyCon meetups, we only try to break even.)

Please email your proprietor (tonyo94 AT gmail) in order to reserve your spot for Saturday night’s main event. Seating is limited, and we’re going to have some really interesting people on stage and they may make a few announcements that you don’t want to miss.



Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,135 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,738 days
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 281 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 169 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,344 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,118 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,892 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,238 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 10,804 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,472 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,732 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,772 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,484 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,010 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,099 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,239 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,559 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,534 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 890 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,192 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,298 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,701 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,573 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,155 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,660 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,904 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,013 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on June 4, 2018 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 can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

The Best of the Underground Bunker, 1995-2017 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Undergound Bunker (2012-2017), 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 | The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill | The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

Our non-Scientology stories: Robert Burnham Jr., the man who inscribed the universe | Notorious alt-right inspiration Kevin MacDonald and his theories about Jewish DNA | The selling of the “Phoenix Lights” | Astronomer Harlow Shapley‘s FBI file | Sex, spies, and local TV news


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