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What Scientology doesn’t tell you about its ‘Bridge’ of courses until it’s far too late

For some time now former Scientologist Doug Kramer has been making some very interesting videos about his experience in the church and posting them at his YouTube channel, “Dazed but not Confuzed.”

We told him we’d like to premiere his newest video, and he sent it over to us last night. Here’s his quick description:

I was raised up in Scientology after my folks became involved when I was around 9 years of age. I have been out for over a decade now, and for the last 9 months have been creating a series of vids describing my experience. The purpose has been to both heal and hopefully to help educate and warn others.

In this latest episode, we discuss Scientology’s “Bridge to Total Freedom,” and what an unsuspecting victim isn’t told up-front when they first become enticed into ascending Scientology’s ‘Bridge.’


We were particularly struck by a scene Doug paints about trying to convince his parents to come out of Scientology with him. It’s vivid stuff, and we think a lot of our Bunker readers are going to relate to it.


Jon Atack also has a new video today, “Scientology: Deception, delusion, and cognitive dissonance.”


And Luke Catton has a short video with a fun anecdote about when Tom Cruise came to Narconon.



Source Code


“Some fellow by the name of Snitz, or Smutty, or something out in some state or another has written a book called, ‘What Happened To The Tens of Thousands.’ I’ve never read this book, but I think this is probably a very interesting piece of slander if I know anything else of this young commie. But, I didn’t say he was a commie, he said so. He said he left the party a long time ago, though, last October….What happened to the tens of thousands, he wants to know. What happened to the tens of thousands of people who were in there in Dianetics. Well I can tell you what happened to the tens of thousands of people, is Hubbard didn’t hypnotize them. He told them the truth….Everybody knew everything was being run at sixes and sevens. This wouldn’t be news to anybody. It wouldn’t have anything to do with whether or not there was horrible scandal, or upset, or good jobs of processing or bad jobs of processing. Just nobody started out to make a large cult composed of numerous people. Somebody set out to inform people of everything he knew that was true. And of course it didn’t make a population heavy game. And then a few of us kept on going because we weren’t satisfied that all the answers were in sight. We weren’t satisfied that we knew all the procedures which could be best employed. And we have actually invented a bunch of brand new games on top of games, in some cases. But we’re not aware of these, we’ve just learned how to teach somebody, seven years after Dianetics. What happened to the tens of thousands? They weren’t hypnotized. If those had been tens of thousands of people in psychology they would not now we a hundred million. This is for sure. When you start out to set people free then you have to inform them.” — L. Ron Hubbard, March 20, 1957


Avast, Ye Mateys

“For using incorrect ethics action, for damaging another and for failure to take any action to ensure MO or auditor action to correct, PAUL PRESTON is declared in a Condition of STUPID.” — Capt. Mary Sue Hubbard, March 20, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Past-life Nazis took over the Church of Scientology with David Miscavige.”


Past is Prologue

2000: Mark Bunker reported on a court hearing in Chicago this week, in which he was charged in connection with an attack by Chicago Police officers outside the org during filming. “I was surprised to see that this little misdemeanor trespassing charge was big enough to merit the appearance of Elliot Abelson. I am very fortunate to have as my attorney, Stephen Komie. He is highly regarded and a Board Member of the Illinois State Bar Association: A bailiff walked by us in court and said to me of Komie, ‘You have the best attorney in the city.’ The state asked for an increase in bail. The judge denied this motion saying that I appeared in court for this appearance and I didn’t seem at risk of jumping bail. He also granted my motion to allow me to travel freely between my home in Florida and Chicago. Then the prosecutor really shocked me by saying they were adding three charges against me: creating a public disturbance, resisting arrest battery against a police officer. These charges are completely false and while I expected this behavior from the Scientologists, I was surprised to see that they could convince the state to press these lies. My video camera was rolling through the entire event and you could have seen and heard exactly what happened but that tape has gone missing while in the custody of the police. My attorney then entered a protective order for the videotape, demanding that the evidence be preserved. The prosecutor claimed there was never any videotape in the camera. With that, a court date was set for April 4th where I believe I am to be arraigned. I have every faith that I will prevail since I am completely innocent.”



Random Howdy

“I’m surprised Gary Glitter didn’t become a Scientologist. It would have been the perfect cover for his degraded beingness.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Masterson arraigned Jan 20. Next conf to set prelim, March 24.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay’s sentencing delayed to April 13.
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Trial scheduled for May 20 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Charged in Brooklyn federal court on Feb 4. Arraigned on Feb 9. Pretrial conference set for Apr 29.

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Oral arguments were heard on July 30 at the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Petition for writ of mandate denied Oct 22 by Cal 2nd Appellate District. Petition for review by state supreme court denied Dec 11.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Dec 30, Judge Kleifield granted Scientology’s motions to compel arbitration. June 7: Status conference.
Matt and Kathy Feschbach tax debt: Eleventh Circuit ruled on Sept 9 that Feshbachs can’t discharge IRS debt in bankruptcy. Dec 17: Feshbachs sign court judgment obliging them to pay entire $3.674 million tax debt, plus interest from Nov 19.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Second amended complaint filed, trial set for Nov 9, 2021.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, Cannane victorious, awarded court costs. Case appealed on Dec 24.

Concluded litigation:
Dennis Nobbe, Medicare fraud, PPP loan fraud: Charged July 29. Bond revoked Sep 14. Nobbe dead, Sep 14.
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.


SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks

The Australian Seven News network cancelled a 10-part investigation of Scientology and its history of dirty tricks. Read the transcripts of the episodes and judge for yourself why Tom Cruise and Tommy Davis might not have wanted viewers to see this hard-hitting series by journalist Bryan Seymour.


After the success of their double-Emmy-winning, three-season A&E series ‘Scientology and the Aftermath,’ Leah Remini and Mike Rinder continue the conversation on their podcast, ‘Scientology: Fair Game.’ We’ve created a landing page where you can hear all of the episodes so far.


An episode-by-episode guide to Leah Remini’s three-season, double-Emmy winning series that changed everything for Scientology watching. Originally aired from 2016 to 2019 on the A&E network, and now on Netflix.


Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Other links: Scientology’s Ideal Orgs, from one end of the planet to the other. 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 a weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] Brian Statler’s daughter joins lawsuit over his police shooting death at Scientology church
[TWO years ago] An eyewitness report from Scientology’s LRH Birthday Event Saturday in Los Angeles
[THREE years ago] Ginger Sugerman is facing enormous challenges — and here’s how you can help
[FOUR years ago] Judge: Testimony about Scientology’s abuses so bad, it should get kicked out of the country
[FIVE years ago] Got a war wound? Scientology can help you with that, and more in our social media review
[SIX years ago] ‘Going Clear’: Jason Beghe, the actor who left Scientology and made a stink about it
[SEVEN years ago] What will you do with your Scientology E-meter tchotchkes?
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Ordered to Turn Over Confidential Files in Forced-Abortion Lawsuit
[NINE years ago] Jonny Jacobsen: A Q&A with Europe’s Premier Scientology Blogger


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 2,246 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,750 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,270 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,290 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,181 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,488 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,356 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,130 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,934 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,250 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,816 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,735 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,903 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,484 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,745 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,783 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,496 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,021 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 376 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,551 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,102 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,251 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,571 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,426 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,545 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,901 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,204 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,310 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,712 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,584 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,167 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,662 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,916 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,025 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 20, 2021 at 07:00

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