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Scientology’s founder said Mars was inhabited, & now a Scientologist helps run Perseverance!

[JPL’s Robert Hogg and Perseverance]

Yesterday, NASA reported that Ingenuity, the helicopter carried by Perseverance to Mars, will have to put off its maiden flight until at least next week.

Well that’s a bummer. On the plus side, with their down time perhaps the folks at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory might answer some emails we sent them.

Here, we’ll show you.

Email sent April 9:


Dear Mr. Hogg,

I was looking through a 1963 L. Ron Hubbard lecture, “Between Lives Implants,” and ran across this description of the planet Mars:

“Now we notice that Mars doesn’t have any atmosphere either and won’t support life. In spite of the fact that it turns green and red and purple with the seasons, it doesn’t support life. We understand – there’s lots of things we understand about this system – heh-heh! Isn’t it? But this is a carefully maintained station. And a space-opera, meat-body type society maintains it very carefully. They have a hospital, there’s space craft hanging around there, dispatcher stations, landing platforms, this type of thing. It’s all highly civilized, but they carefully maintain this one. And it’s very interesting, they maintain this one. They’ve maintained it for thousands of years without any change. Why, it’s fascinating. Why are they maintaining this thing? Why? Why is it so important to them?”

In other lectures, which I assume you are familiar with, he talks about “implant stations” where the thetans of human beings from Earth are taken to receive processing between their lifetimes. These implant stations are run by an invader force from the Marcabian civilization, which has been erasing the memories of thetans in this solar system for tens of thousands of years.

As an OT Scientologist and IAS “Crusader” are you disappointed that so far the Perseverance mission has turned up no evidence of Hubbard’s version of Mars?

And if Hubbard was wrong about Mars, does it shake your faith in the efficacy of his ‘technology,’ including the training as an auditor that you were doing as recently as 2019 with the professional metering course?

These seem like interesting questions for someone in your position as the Perseverance deputy mission manager.

I look forward to your reply.


Tony Ortega

Email sent April 12 to JPL/NASA media relations specialist DC Agle:

Mr. Agle,

One of the more interesting claims about Mars by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard (1911-1986) is that an “invader force” from the Marcabian civilization operates “implant stations” on the planet where the souls of humans that have perished on the Earth are brought for mind-wiping before being sent back.


The reason I’m bringing that up is that as a journalist who has investigated the abuses and controversies of the Church of Scientology for more than 25 years, I was intrigued to learn that a lifelong, second-generation Scientologist who has an extensive history with the “Operating Thetan” auditing levels as well as training as an auditor — some of which, Scientology records show, he paid for as recently as 2019 — is Robert Hogg, deputy mission manager for the Perseverance mission.

I have sent Mr. Hogg an email asking him about L. Ron Hubbard’s statements about Mars, but he has not responded.

I am asking JPL/Nasa to provide me a statement about Mr. Hogg’s involvement in the mission: Is the Perseverance mission, with an OT Scientologist like Mr. Hogg running things, looking for evidence of Mr. Hubbard’s assertions about the planet?


Tony Ortega

Email received from Adam Pires on April 11:

Last I remember Robert was working towards doing OT IV and Super Power. His mother finished OT 7 back in like the 80’s or 90’s. His dad was part way through OT 7 but never finished. They ended up running out of money like most Scientologists. And at this point they need to redo the Purif and SRD and possibly some of their OT levels because they didn’t do them on GAT II. They own a school nearby LA in La Cañada. It used to be a complete grade school but now is only a preschool and kindergarten called Hogg’s Hollow. By now Robert is more than likely on OT 7, but I can’t confirm that. Surprisingly, we’re still friends on Facebook.

From an article dated 2002 at the JPL website:

“Hogg’s Hollow” to “Hogg Heaven”

Hogg credits his dad, a technologist and educator, with sparking his interest in computers at the early age of 5, when he brought home a used computer for $5,500. The huge system is archaic now, but at the time it was revolutionary.

In exchange for helping his dad lug the monstrosity to school and back, Hogg was able to play computer games and test brand-new programs.

Hogg’s parents were so interested in educating their only son that they established their own preschool called Hogg’s Hollow, at which Hogg was the first attendee. The school grew and branched off to form a comprehensive elementary, middle and high school, called Pinewood Academy, located right around the corner from JPL in La Canada. Hogg attended Pinewood Academy for more than 14 years, often visiting JPL as a child, listening to engineers and scientists discuss various missions and programs.


Hogg is grateful for how his parents ran Pinewood Academy.

Meanwhile, over at Facebook, Hogg celebrated the opening of the Inglewood “Ideal Org” in 2011.


In 2010 he spent time at the Freewinds and posted numerous photos of his experience, including this one.


More recently, Hogg posted propaganda for Scientology’s most unhinged front group, anti-psychiatry agitator Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR).



And let’s tie it all together in a bow.

From Atlas Obscura:

ON HALLOWEEN DAY IN 1936, a group of five young men known as the “rocket boys” gathered in the Arroyo Seco and attempted to test fire a self-built rocket motor there on the dusty flood plain. They failed, but the group from that day — including notorious occultist Jack Parsons — succeeded in November of the same year. This modest experiment would eventually lead to the formation of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and from there to the Apollo missions, the Space Shuttle, and the Mars rovers that now roam the surface of the red planet…

Parsons, a devoted Thelemite, was one of the earliest American devotees of Aleister Crowley, the notorious British occultist who was denounced by the popular press as “The Wickedest Man in the World.” In 1942, Crowley chose Parsons to lead the Agape Lodge of the secret society, Thelemic Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), in California.

During this time Parsons performed a ritual known as Babylon Working, while his friend and Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard took notes. These rituals were a series of sexual magick ceremonies that, in effect, would produce a living Goddess who would help Parsons, playing the Anti-Christ, to change the course of history. It is said that after completing the first phase of Babylon Working, Parsons immediately met a woman, Marjorie Cameron, in his own home.

Parsons and Hubbard believed that Cameron was the living incarnation of the divine feminine Babylon, or the Scarlet Woman, who Crowley had often written about in his texts. Despite dating Sara Northrup at the time, Parsons began a series of sexual magick workings with Cameron in an attempt to conceive a Moonchild. Though a child was never conceived, Cameron and Parsons eventually married, and Hubbard ran away with Northrup.

Note: They actually spelled it “Babalon Working.”

Wherever they are, Crowley and Hubbard must be enjoying the show.


If we hear back from JPL or NASA, we’ll let you know.



Source Code

“In the Western world there’s not even a Tradition of philosophy. There’s no Tradition of — what equivalent Western word is there for a guru? There isn’t, and yet an Indian wouldn’t know how to go through his day without knowing this word, guru, somehow or another. You get the idea, see? We did a survey in Washington, DC about 1955 which was a very intriguing survey. Because I wanted to know, I thought these birds would realize that the psychiatrists were — let’s put it in a more elegant sense than it deserves — that the psychiatrists were cutting into their racket. So we got ahold of all the ministers in Washington, DC on the idea that they might have some sensibility with regard to all this and asked them if they thought this was the case. No, No. Any time one of their congregation showed the least signs of becoming nervous, they instantly rushed him to the electric shock machine. Seventeen hundred and eight ministers out of seventeen hundred and ten were wildly in favor of the mental hospital and the electric shock machine as soon as possible. Why, the poor dopes! They didn’t realize that that religious ecstasy was the only thing which kept them whizzing. If anybody had suddenly stood up in their congregation and said, ‘I embrace the Lord,’ or something like that, they would have said, ‘Dr. Sparks, would you please send a wagon over right away, quick.’ See? In other words, the whole field of religion had been eaten up in this particular direction which I thought was rather amazing.” — L. Ron Hubbard, April 14, 1964


Avast, Ye Mateys

“Several people are nominated to the Never-be-a-smuggler Club. Turning on bright lights, flashing flashlights toward the beach, opening up unnecessarily on the radio all disqualify one from being an Expert Smuggler. Such club members wind up in calabogos (jail) on suspicion. Pausing off the port as we did is not very good practise. Thanks to the guys who opened the cattledoor. They should however use lifelines when working so. And please can’t we oil all these reluctant hinges some calm day? Anyway our telex traffic was all good news. You can get off mail you see.” — The Commodore, April 14, 1969


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Just a couple of days before I completed New OT V, I was amazed on how I reacted on a person who decided to totally invalidate and degrade me in a status meeting. I was totally exterior, not being affected at all and actually seeing that the other members weren’t even really listening to him. I just gave him an acknowledgement and he sat down. And the meeting continued as if nothing happened. Normally this would have been dramatic and I wouldn’t sleep for days wondering what the others thought. Now, as a New OT V, I can attest that that event actually never happened; it just died and faded away. It is not part of any universe or any track. It is erased.”


Past is Prologue

1997: Los Angeles’ Berendo St. was officially renamed L. Ron Hubbard Way this week, and a.r.s poster “Roger” provided a first hand account of the event. “My guess would be that the crowd was easily 5,000 people. I was very surprised by the strong support of Hubbard and Scientology demonstrated by the political types who spoke. (Head of the LA City council, someone from public works, and reps of the Governor and Mayor). After the ribbon cutting and the speeches, the politicians, the President of Scientology, Travolta, Kirstie Alley and David Miscavige linked arms and walked the length of the street as the band played on. I’m not particularly a ‘star-struck’ type, but it was a kick to see Travolta and Kirstie close-up. (Could have reached out and touched them) The power of celebrity is very real.”



Random Howdy

“Brand new account created just for this idiotic hit and run. These people couldn’t troll if their lives depended on 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 sentenced to 9 years in prison. Jeff’s sentencing to be scheduled.
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] Scientology logic: Blame the media for fake virus news while promising superhuman powers
[TWO years ago] L. Ron Hubbard defines religion for you skeptical non-Xenu believers
[THREE years ago] Another Scientologist runs for office in Nevada — but her campaign says she’s not a member
[FOUR years ago] Scientology invited local business owners to its Clearwater celeb party. Well, except one.
[SIX years ago] Announcing a new video series — The stories of young Scientologists not told in ‘Going Clear’
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology litigation always has surprises: A new wrinkle from Narconon’s attorneys
[EIGHT years ago] Writers of the Future Live-Blogging! Black Tie Not Required


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 2,271 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,775 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,295 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,315 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,206 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,513 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,381 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,155 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,485 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,959 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,275 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,841 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,760 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,928 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,509 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,770 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,808 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,521 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,046 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 401 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,576 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,127 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,276 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,596 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,451 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,570 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,926 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,229 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,335 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,737 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,609 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,192 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,687 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,941 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,050 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on April 14, 2021 at 07:00

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