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Scientology’s obsession with City Councilman Mark Bunker is truly off the charts

It probably would not surprise you to learn that once Mark Bunker was elected to the Clearwater city council in March, Scientology began obsessively submitting records requests to the city to get copies of every single communication Bunker has made either on his public or private devices and social media accounts.

As a journalist, we’re very much in favor of public officials having to turn over public documents. But Scientology has always used public records requests as a weapon in its obsessive Fair Game campaigns against enemies. Indeed, Scientology’s most famous espionage and infiltration scheme, the Snow White Project of the 1970s, began in part as a public records search that extended into illegal activities.

As part of its obsessive interest in Mark Bunker, it asked for his postings here at the Underground Bunker, and so Mark sent us an email about his Disqus postings and asked for help retrieving them. In that email, he attached Scientology’s most recent request from Flag Service Organization secretary Glen Stilo.

So we thought we’d share it with you to see how Scientology is literally going nuts over everything Mark Bunker says or writes.


Stilo takes some shots at people, including your Proprietor, whom he says “operated” the website Because Scientology has nothing else they can throw at us, they repeat this lie over and over. We operated the Village Voice. Backpage was a separate company and a separate website we had nothing to do with, but that doesn’t stop Scientology from pretending that we did.

Anyway, we think you’ll find the letter and its attachment pretty interesting as Stilo pores over texts and emails that Bunker has already turned over, including private conversations with Leah Remini, Mike Rinder, and US Weekly reporter Jen Heger.

Mark Parry-Maddocks will likely be intrigued to find that one of his pieces of artwork has been memorialized by the church.

But it’s not all fun and games. At one point Bunker said in a social media comment that since he was elected he’s been receiving messages from Sea Org family members asking him if he can find out whether their loved ones have been affected by the coronavirus.

Make no mistake, Scientology wants those messages to Bunker so they can learn which Sea Org member families are making these requests. And not for good reasons.

Pore through these documents and let us know what you think.


Stilo Letter by Tony Ortega on Scribd

Here’s the letter’s attachment…

Stilo Attachment by Tony Ortega on Scribd



Source Code

“I notice now that there’s a lot of doubt and wonder about ethics and so on, here and there and so forth. What is ethics? I just heard one from Chicago, just before I came to the lecture and so forth. ‘Scientology is to help, not to punish people.’ How the hell would he know? He’s never been helped by it. He’d made a lot of dough with it, but he’s never had any tone arm action I’ve ever been able to find out. Suppressive. So we are developing, simply, systems by which to handle the public at large, is all we are doing. And right now it goes in with a thud against some staff members and so forth and students collide with it and that sort of thing. Good. Get used to it. Because the action is actually intended for the public, don’t you see? But until you have a familiarity with law and order amongst yourselves and some experience with how it works and what seems unjust and what seems just and that sort of thing, you never can grab ahold of it. Now, you can’t go nonchalantly knocking off the United States government or something like that without at least issuing an HCO suppressive order, you know?” — L. Ron Hubbard, June 8, 1965


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Please read or listen to LRH taped lecture ‘THE FREE BEING.’ In it LRH explains how OTs must work ORGANIZED. Otherwise the individualistic OTs will lose the war when facing super organized Meat bodies, entities and BTs (‘lesser beings,’ the taped lecture actual words). An OT Committee is organization, management.”


Random Howdy

“Tom Cruise is royalty and royalty can’t just marry whoever they like. They have obligations to king and subjects alike.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Jay Spina: Sentencing was set for April 3 in White Plains
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members: Trial set for October 7 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.’ Hearing on motion for reconsideration set for August 11
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: July 8 (plaintiff attorneys pro hac vice), August 31-Sept 1 (CSI/RTC demurrer against Riales, Masterson demurrer), Oct 7-19 (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe dismissed the lawsuit on May 15 after the Clearwater Police dropped their criminal investigation of her allegations.
Matt and Kathy Feschbach bankruptcy appeal: Oral arguments were heard on March 11 in Jacksonville
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Amended complaint filed.


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

[Alanna Masterson, Terry Jastrow, and Marisol Nichols]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

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

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard on nuclear radiation: It’s a state of mind
[TWO years ago] Here’s proof that Scientology members have to be forced to watch Scientology TV
[THREE years ago] Federal judge urged to ignore Scientology whining and get on with arbitration disaster
[FOUR years ago] More signs of the apocalypse for the Church of Scientology’s bitter-enders
[FIVE years ago] Westward, Ho! Hey, Bunkerites, we need your help, and fast
[SIX years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: The Tom Cruise history lesson edition!
[SEVEN years ago] Jon Atack on Why It’s So Hard To Recover From Scientology
[EIGHT years ago] It’s a Scientology Book Avalanche! RUN FOR COVER!
[NINE years ago] Scientology’s Anti-Commie, Space Opera Beginnings, and Other Nuggets From New Academic Book


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 1,962 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,466 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,986 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,006 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 897 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,204 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,072 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,846 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,620 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,966 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,532 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,451 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,619 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,200 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,461 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,499 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,212 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,737 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,267 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,827 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,967 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,287 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,142 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,262 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,617 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,920 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,026 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,428 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,300 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,883 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,378 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,632 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,741 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on June 8, 2020 at 07:00

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