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Hanging out with Scientologists going door-to-door in ‘Volunteer Minister’ hazmat suits

A big thanks to the reader who sent in the video he shot this week as he came across a couple of Scientologists near the Valley Org in Los Angeles.

In recent weeks we’ve received a lot of reports from readers in places around the world about Scientologists in their pandemic cosplay outfits going door-to-door delivering copies of Scientology’s “Keep Yourself and Others Well” booklet of basic advice about the coronavirus, or offering to sanitize offices and police stations with something called “Decon 7.” It has to be one of the strangest responses to the pandemic as Scientology tries to cash in with some good publicity. So it was interesting to get this close up view.

Our videographer decided not to say a word to the Scientologists, which we think was a smart decision and made the video even more unsettling.

For months we’ve all been inundated with the information that’s in the booklet — wash your hands and keep your distance — and it’s long been obvious that Scientology thinks it can get a public relations bump by giving the impression that it’s some kind of official response to the health crisis.


It isn’t. This is just creepy Scientology, being creepy again.


After it becomes obvious that our correspondent isn’t going away, the two Scientologists gave up giving out booklets and headed back to the Valley Org.

“If they’re going to homes trying to recruit more people for abuse, coerced labor, destruction of families, criminal behavior and all the other destruction that goes with their ‘religion’ then they should expect to be recorded,” says our reader.

Also, thanks to Rod Keller, here’s your bonus video of Volunteer Minister spirituality…



Mark Bunker fights fire with fire

On Monday we posted a copy of an official records request that Scientology’s FSO secretary Glen Stilo submitted to the city of Clearwater, complaining that it wasn’t returning every utterance new city councilman Mark Bunker was making on his various social media accounts, and even in his private emails.


The request not only appeared to be harassing, but it also sought the identities of families that were desperately reaching out to Bunker for help getting information about their loved ones who were sequestered in Scientology’s bizarre Sea Organization.

Then, on Thursday Bunker posted video from the Downtown Development Board showing that the Scientologists who make up a majority on the board were apparently trying to take advantage of the recent Black Lives Matter protests by proposing that nothing “discriminatory” be allowed to be discussed at those board meetings, and Bunker assumed it would be an attempt to shut down Bunker’s questions about Scientology’s grip on downtown.

So, yesterday Bunker decided to fight fire with fire and submitted his own records request to the Downtown Development Board, asking for any communications by board president Paris Morfopoulos and member Ray Cassano, from all of their social media accounts and private email, that might regard Scientology. Here’s what it looks like…


We’d certainly be interested in seeing any records this might require Morfopoulos and Cassano to turn over. We have a feeling, however, that they will object on the grounds that private discussions about their “religion” is not discoverable, even if they are public officials as members of the development board. What do you think?


Source Code

“If the child has suffered a great deal of restimulation such as a recent death on the case, and you know that the emotional content of the prenatal bank is very heavy, you could try to get that death out. But you are liable to find yourself back in the prenatal area, into material that the child can’t handle. The best thing to do is just keep a child from getting restimulated. Limit therapy on a child to picking up little odds and ends. Make them happy, give it to them when you think they need it, stay as late in the case as possible, and above all don’t get the case stirred up to a point where it will swamp the child with anything you suspect may be there. Any prenatal bank is full of infamy. It is extremely embarrassing to try to run some little girl back into the coitus chain who doesn’t know what on earth is going on. She only knows that she is uncomfortable. The words and actions are a complete mystery to her. She is flabbergasted. She will get it off by syllables.” — L. Ron Hubbard, June 14, 1950


Overheard in the FreeZone


“A KR from you is a validation per ‘Signs of Success’ PL. They aren’t KRs to the field. KRs were never intended to be broadly published. What you do is natter in the guise of a Scientology concept, and nothing more. You have incredible misunderstood on what KRs are, what they are for, and ethics itself. You’re no ethics officer. You’re a lonely old man with far too much time on his hands who wants to feel powerful by attempts at making other people feel small under threat of defamation. We know WHO you ARE and WHAT you are doing.”


Random Howdy

“My dad grew up dirt poor during the Depression and he would eat a jar of pig’s knuckles in one sitting as well as all kinds of other ungodly shit.”


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!

[Catherine Bell, Chick Corea, and Nancy Cartwright]

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 trots out new propaganda ploy: Pretending to support journalists
[TWO years ago] DOX: Quebec church owes other Scientology orgs heaps, pays its workers peanuts
[THREE years ago] Marty Rathbun tries to rewrite the record on Scientology spying. But we have the dox.
[FOUR years ago] Scientology claims L. Ron Hubbard chose David Miscavige to succeed him, proving he didn’t
[FIVE years ago] Good morning, New York! Paulette Cooper is dishing on Scientology in the Big Apple today
[SIX years ago] L. Ron Hubbard’s mesmerizing lore, and tales of Scientology’s secretive Int Base
[SEVEN years ago] The Fair-Gaming of ESMB’s Michelle “Emma” Sterling
[NINE years ago] Scientology Spy List Exposed? Marty Rathbun Ups the Ante on David Miscavige’s Secretive Crew


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 1,968 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,472 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,992 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,012 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 903 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,210 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,078 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,852 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,626 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,972 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,538 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,457 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,625 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,206 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,467 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,505 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,218 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,743 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,273 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,833 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,973 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,293 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,148 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,268 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,623 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,926 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,032 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,434 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,306 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,889 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,384 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,638 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,747 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on June 14, 2020 at 07:00

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Our new book with Paulette Cooper, Battlefield Scientology: Exposing L. Ron Hubbard’s dangerous ‘religion’ is now on sale at Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. Our book about Paulette, 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, 1995-2019 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Underground Bunker (2012-2019), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

Other links: BLOGGING DIANETICS: Reading Scientology’s founding text cover to cover | 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 | Shelly Miscavige, 14 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

Watch our short videos that explain Scientology’s controversies in three minutes or less…

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