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Videos capture Scientology’s bizarre ideas about Clearwater election and Mark Bunker

[Mark Bunker and Ryan Prescott]

Clearwater is holding an election on March 17 for mayor and two city council seats. Scientology is worried that critic Mark Bunker might win seat 2 on the council and is supporting his opponent Eliseo Santana Jr., an army veteran and retired worker for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Santana is not affiliated with the church.

Enter Ryan Prescott to help ensure Bunker doesn’t win. The California native is now based in Portland and works as a Volunteer Minister on Scientology’s disaster response efforts. He’s a second generation Scientologist whose name is on self-published books that attack former members Mike Rinder, Leah Remini, Amy Scobee and others. From their tables of contents it is clear that Prescott has merely re-written Scientology’s “dead agent” packs on these individuals.



In this video Prescott announces his coming to Clearwater to help mayoral candidate Frank Hibbard and to defeat Mark Bunker. Sadly for him, Hibbard and Bunker are running in separate races. Prescott also attacks mayoral candidate Elizabeth “Sea Turtle” Drayer, a retired attorney and former EPA employee. Attempts to reach Drayer were unsuccessful, but we received a response from Mark Bunker on the video.


It is so good to see he has the true data on me. In 1970 when I was disguised as a tubby 14 year old kid in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the FBI and CIA enlisted me to infiltrate Scientology and caused what I assume were the crimes that sent Hubbard’s wife and other top officials to be sent to prison in years to come for what would appear to be the covert operations discovered when my FBI masters raided Scientology’s headquarters in L.A. and Washington D.C. in the late 70’s.

I was such a devious 14-year-old that I predicted Hubbard would leave the safety of international waters and sneak into Clearwater five years before Hubbard even thought of doing it There was nothing for me to do but lay low for another 49 years until I surfaced to run for city council to put into motion my truly evil purpose of destroying all religion in Clearwater to harm the very city itself.

I think Ryan has shown me the error of my ways and I need to turn myself around and atone. I may not be welcomed into Scientology but I would offer myself to help with Ryan’s four-day mission here. I will happily speak at his rallies and join him for any events he’d like.

Together I know we can get Hibbard elected to seat 2 on the council which will likely piss him off because he is running for mayor which is seat 1 but I don’t want to invalidate Ryan. After all, what is true for him is true. As for being an alien, well truth be told so is Sea Turtle. That is a mere Marcabian guise that she has adopted to lead me on our cosmic quest in this sector of the galaxy.


In the promised part 2 of this briefing Prescott attacks former mayor Gabe Cazares for taking over the Guardian’s Office and being behind their infiltration of U.S. Government offices. This is untrue and did not happen. He then spins a tale of L. Ron Hubbard coming to a near-abandoned city of Clearwater to bring life back to the area.



The truth is that the 1970s were a period of expansion in Clearwater. It was not until the 2000s that population growth slowed, an era in which Scientology has dominated the downtown area. Prescott takes shots at the Tampa Bay Times and reporter Tracey McManus for allegedly discriminating against Scientology. It’s a rambling 27 minute mess of a briefing, but it is the line that Scientology is feeding its membership about Clearwater in general and the city elections later this month. There is every indication that they believe it.

— Rod Keller



Source Code

“A radio ad in the Los Angeles area in l950 was pulling in 125 new people a night. They came in, they were given cards, they were given a very bright lecture, they were very interested, they were given these cards to fill out as to whether or not they wanted training and processing, and what was their home address and phone number. The cards were handed out to them. The organization left them on the chairs, they fell off the chairs and on the floor, and eventually an old showman, the janitor, sort of got the idea maybe he shouldn’t be burning up all this trash and started turning them into me directly…That was the operating line of PE, l950. The organization was making a fortune, until it all just went bong bang crash thud bong on just too much Dev-T, out-ethics, dishonesty, various things. Somebody decided he’d like to cut himself a whole piece of the organization, things of this character. But the organization could be put back together again to run at that high rate of speed anytime, any minute. We have found out it doesn’t matter what the papers say, it doesn’t matter what Time Magazine says, it doesn’t matter what the psychiatrists say, the word of mouth in the streets, it doesn’t matter one bit at all. It doesn’t matter how many football matches, it doesn’t matter how many this, how many that and so forth. An effective, efficient organization which is viably running and so forth, makes a mint.” — L. Ron Hubbard, March 1, 1972


Overheard in the FreeZone

“LRH admits in the OT2 materials that Clear is unstable. I have also noticed heavy deterioration in people who just scratch the surface of OT3/NOTs and stop for whatever reason. A lot of Clears + OTs have left the body but none seem to have returned with good recall, LRH included. I see living on this planet as a continual pulling down of the individual making regular auditing a necessity just to stay level.”


Random Howdy

“Crowley adherents take the man at his word just like you-know-who do. They don’t understand he was a showman B.S.-artist and it was all about the sex and drugs. They believe in ‘magick’.”



Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Jay Spina: Sentencing set for April 3 in White Plains
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members: Trial set for April 14 in Los Angeles

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Waiting for an appellate decision from the Eleventh Circuit
— Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ (Valerie’s options.)
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology: March 11 (plaintiff attorneys pro hac vice, defense motions to quash), March 20 (demurrers by Masterson and Scientology), March 27 (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe’s attorneys have asked for discovery, April 20 hearing set (motion to compel arbitration)
Matt and Kathy Feschbach bankruptcy appeal: Oral arguments on March 11 in Jacksonville
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Complaint filed.


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Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

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Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

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[SEVEN years ago] Is The L.A. Cyclist Who Was Nearly Killed in Hit-and-Run a Scientology “Sea Org” Worker?
[EIGHT years ago] When Scientologists Talk To Each Other About Scientology


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,864 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,368 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,888 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 908 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 799 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,106 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,974 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,748 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,522 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,868 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,434 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,353 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,521 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,102 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,363 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,401 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,114 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,639 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,166 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,729 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,869 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,189 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,044 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,164 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,519 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,822 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,928 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,330 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,202 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,785 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,280 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,534 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,643 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 1, 2020 at 07:00

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