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Another records request from Scientology shows how Mark Bunker drives them nuts

[Mark Bunker is amused, Glen]

We know you find these Glen Stilo records requests with the city of Clearwater as entertaining as we do, so we thought we’d share the latest one.

As many of you have pointed out, this is mostly just an exercise in harassment. Bunker is clearly doing his best to turn over copies of his utterances, but Scientology obsesses over even the most mundane texts and emails as if they were state secrets.

The result is simply a lot of make-work for the city and for Bunker, designed to make him think it wasn’t worth becoming a city councilman in Scientology’s sacred city of Clearwater, Florida.

After getting a copy of Glen’s latest letter, we decided to call up Commissioner Bunker on the hotline, our super-secret communication device that produces no records that Glen Stilo can access.



We asked Bunker what he thinks about these repeated requests.

“They’re digging through everything to see if there’s any reason why they could take me to court, I suppose,” he said.

And after a year of this kind of obsessive stalking by Scientology, has he seen them actually do anything with the many records he’s turned over?

“Nothing,” Bunker answered.

We had to agree. We haven’t seen a new Scientology smear site or anything else. Again, it’s the harassing nature of the requests that seems to be the point.

Well, here it is. Give it a look and let us know what you think of Glen’s newest whine…


Glen Stilo Letter March 23,… by Tony Ortega


A public’s story


A new video from Trevor Heasley.



Source Code

“The possession of an object is necessary to its handling and control. The ability to have something is necessary to its nullification. In other words, if you want to take the danger out of something, you’d better be able to have it. Don’t try to stretch away and run away to the other end of Earth because some machine is going whirr-clang. Because there’s a guillotine somewhere that is going whirr-clang is no reason that you have to go to south Borneo. It might be if you’re trying to play the game of preserve the body, preserve the body, preserve the body, to take the body there. But I assure you, that if you run away from a guillotine, the next time you get beheaded it’ll hurt like hell. But if you didn’t run away from the guillotine there’s a distinct possibility that the guillotine wouldn’t clang. If it did it wouldn’t hurt. First, if it did clang it wouldn’t hurt, or it wouldn’t even drop, or it would disappear, or you probably have the ability to simply mock up a body someplace else. In other words, you could vanish if you could be there. But not if you ran away.” — L. Ron Hubbard, March 25, 1957


Avast, Ye Mateys

“WEDDING: The Wedding of Diana Hubbard and Jon Horwich went off beautifully. The reception at the hotel was extremely nice. They will go on a honeymoon to the states on April 15. It is planned to have a second ceremony at Jon Horwich’s home. PARTY: There will be a party with the same band aboard on the evening of 3 April for those who did not attend the reception yesterday evening.” — The Commodore, March 25, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone


“Scientology was created for the most part by one person, and it’s the first technology of its kind and only one to truly make people’s lives better. Any other form of therapy or knowledge is limited in its application whereas Scientology has few limits. When one tries to accept changes to the tech, we’re dealing then with other people’s realities and cases dependent on where they are on the Tone Scale and how much training they themselves have had. LRH spent thirty years developing, trying, and testing Scientology. It is a study of the human mind. Altering it means changing that which works to that which MIGHT work. It’s not practical when we have the answers in front of us.”


Past is Prologue

1998: “Wynot” reported that following the Atlanta picket last week, he received a disconnection letter from a Scientologist friend of 20 years: “The morning after the March 13 picket in Atlanta, I received the following in the mail. It was dated the 11th, postmarked the 13th. I do not know if it was mailed before or after the picket. ‘I am writing to you to make it clear and certain that I don’t wish to have anything more to do with you. I don’t wish to talk with you, see you or hear from you. I am doing this because you have decided to denigrate my church in public and with it myself and the people I work with and for whom I have the greatest respect. You do this based on information from a one-sided attack without apparently even questioning the motives and intents of the people forwarding the attack. You do this without questioning me, supposedly your friend, for opposing information. And out of a city of millions, my supposed friend is one of three people publicly attacking my church. This is outrageous to me. I won’t have it and I don’t need it.'”


Random Howdy

“You know, I actually try not to swear on here. And If I’m in mixed company I try to do the same. Even though I’m an old punk I do have fairly good manners, and I have the scars from my mother’s fingernails digging into the fleshy part of my arm when I didn’t to prove it.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Masterson arraigned Jan 20. Discovery hearing on April 20, prelim set for May 18.

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] The million-dollar donors keeping Scientology flush, New Year’s 2020 edition
[TWO years ago] Scientology, naturally, is trying to capitalize on the New Zealand mosque massacre
[THREE years ago] The Ideal Org grift isn’t complete until Scientology’s ‘Birthday Game’ is won
[FOUR years ago] ‘God of Pop’ Kuba Ka on meeting Scientology’s David Miscavige: ‘Like an emperor or the Pope’
[FIVE years ago] Attorney for Scientology’s drug rehab centers threatens lawyer running anti-Narconon website
[SIX years ago] ‘Going Clear’: Marty Rathbun on what he was thinking during his key moment in Gibney’s film
[SEVEN years ago] Lawyer Vance Woodward sues Scientology over his time in the church — here’s the complaint
[EIGHT years ago] A SMERSH Madness Update: Time for the Bracket Finals to Begin!
[NINE years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: RON the Encyclopedia — THE VIDEO!


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 2,251 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,755 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,275 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,295 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,186 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,493 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,361 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,135 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,465 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,939 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,255 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,821 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,740 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,908 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,489 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,750 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,788 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,501 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,026 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 381 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,556 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,107 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,256 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,576 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,431 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,550 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,906 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,209 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,315 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,717 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,589 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,172 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,667 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,921 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,030 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 25, 2021 at 07:00

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