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Scientology ‘Hogwarts’ in Oregon has Covid outbreak: 43 students, 8 staff

[Illustration by Observer]

The Oregon Health Authority in May reported that Delphian School in Sheridan had one of the biggest school-based Covid outbreaks in the state: 43 students and 8 staff were infected.

That’s the third-largest outbreak at schools listed in the most recent weekly report from the OHA, with only Summit High School (76 students, 2 staff) and Bend High School (56 students, 5 staff) with higher numbers than Delphian.

Delphian is Scientology’s expensive boarding prep school that has been called the church’s “Hogwarts,” a place that not only caters to the kids of wealthy Scientologists, but also subjects them to heavy recruitment for the Sea Organization.

We sent a message to the Delphian staff person listed on the school’s website as responsible for their Covd response, and we’ll let you know if they get back to us.

Delphian’s outbreak is embarrassing for Scientology leader David Miscavige, who has tried to use the Covid pandemic as a public relations opportunity for the church. (See our many stories about this at this bookmark.)


After lockdowns started in March 2020, Miscavige put out an angry response meant only for Scientologists to read, calling the pandemic a “planetary bullbait” — Scientology jargon for a hoax that will test Scientology’s ability not to flinch.

Miscavige then called for a huge response from the church, with members donning hazmat suits and offering to disinfect police stations and businesses, and with lots of cameras to capture the scene. Even before the pandemic began to recede, Scientology was preparing to congratulate Miscavige for Scientology’s response to the health crisis.

But even though Scientology has put on a big show about being part of the solution to the disease outbreak, Scientology actually has a dim view of the medical profession and teaches that illnesses are the result not of bacteria or viruses but instead is psychosomatic and can be handled through Scientology’s version of counseling, which is called auditing.

As a result, Scientologists are often anti-vaccination and seek alternatives to standard medicine. We’ve documented how Scientologists have been a big part of the anti-mask, anti-vaccination movements, including Orange County attorney Leigh Dundas.

We asked the Delphian staffer whether there was a low occurrence of vaccination at the school. We’ll post her response if she gets back to us.


Derek Lambert talks with Karen de la Carriere

Scientology’s bait-and-switch!



Tom Cruise at 59: Still avoiding the important questions



Besides our recent question about whether Tom has been notified that his Freewinds bandleader recently died, we will also repeat what we asked last year on Cruise’s birthday…

We now know that in late August or early September 2005, Shelly Miscavige was vanished by her husband, and she hasn’t been seen at a Scientology event since, except for when she was allowed to attend the funeral of her father in the summer of 2007. For the last 16 years, she’s been kept out of sight, and we’ve written many times why we think we know where Miscavige banished her, to a small secretive Scientology mountain compound northeast of Los Angeles.

Why is Tom Cruise never asked the obvious question, what he thinks about the woman who at one time he trusted enough to find him a date with Nazanin Boniadi, and had been married to his best friend, has been kept out of sight for 16 years?

Tom Cruise cannot possibly believe the Church of Scientology’s flimsy cover story that Shelly is working diligently at a special project and is too busy to make public appearances. As Dave’s bosom buddy, Tom must know that his best man has simply banished his troublesome wife and will keep her in isolation until she dies.

How is Cruise never asked about this?

Probably for the same reason reporters never ask him how he could simply walk away from his daughter Suri a couple of years after he and Holmes split up in 2012. We guarantee you that there is not a reporter who meets him who doesn’t know that Cruise chose Scientology over his own daughter. But Cruise knows that reporters won’t ask about that because Tom is a Great Guy, a movie star who does all his own stunts, and if your publication ever wants access to him again you won’t bring up such things.

So Tom today reaches a new milestone at 59, and he’s still looking ageless. And he starts another orbit around the sun as Scientology’s most useful ornament. Isn’t life grand?




Source Code

“We had a gentleman who was suffering from Buerger’s disease, which has to do with one’s legs rotting off. The case was merely opened, not diagnosed. Had the case been diagnosed, it would have been discovered rather rapidly that nobody could help him. That was one of the computations, and it would have become apparent the moment work was started on the case because the person would have run in auto. This preclear had a self-control mechanism of ‘I can handle this myself,’ or ‘I have to handle this myself.’ So he would not have worked well. But you could have discovered this right at the outset by asking him questions in present time about his parents, about what they used to do, what they used to say, what kind of people they were and so on. It must have been a very difficult case to get up and down the track because a case which runs in auto always will be difficult. The next step that should have been discovered about this case was the reason why his legs had to come off. One would have discovered then the fact that Papa died in a railroad accident where both his legs had been cut off!” — L. Ron Hubbard, July 3, 1950


Avast, Ye Mateys

“QUAL: 175 auditing hours a week is now expected from Processing Section. Quentin being gone exposed that he mainly with the help of Liese and Tommy do the larger share of the Ship’s Auditing.” — The Commodore, July 3, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“I’ve done the Original OT Levels along with NOTs and Excalibur and more, as have many of our public, so take any of the Grade Chart listed abilities from the Church of Scientology and add to that telepathy, perception into time yet to be, time paths and outcomes yet to be, perception and communication with other universe versions of self, and a host of others, many of which wouldn’t be real to anyone not having done the levels themselves. Remote viewing isn’t part of the subject. That’s false data. Exteriorization with full perception is. They are two different subjects. Remote viewing is a term created by criminals posing as public stealing the data from Scientology to use in government covert operations. They are not anything alike.”


Past is Prologue


1999: Mark Bunker posted descriptions of his attempts to film a Scientology event on L. Ron Hubbard Way this week. “As you know, it’s a big weekend on Hubbard Way in L.A. as they have the street blocked off for a carnival. I tried to attend tonight but was blocked the moment I arrived. The rented cop lied to me saying it was a private street. The local precinct has no idea who Officer Leonard is as this ‘cop’ does not work in that jurisdiction. I was then surrounded by my old friend, Dan Murnan who had picketed my home, plus Mark Perkins and another whose name I didn’t know. They tried to be at cause over me by yelling at me and accusing me of crimes. I was greatly amused. I believe you will be too when you see the video.”


Random Howdy

“Can any Scientologist point specifically as to how Scientology or Dianetics has improved world conditions in its 60 years?”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Next hearing set for August 9. Trial tentatively scheduled for early November.
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: Pretrial conference August 21 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: June 18 pretrial conference delayed until July 9.

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 to US Supreme Court submitted on May 26. Scientology responded on June 25.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: California Supreme Court granted review on May 26 and asked the Second Appellate Division to direct Judge Steven Kleifield to show cause why he granted Scientology’s motion for arbitration.
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: Third 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.



We first broke the news of the LAPD’s investigation of Scientology celebrity Danny Masterson on rape allegations in 2017, and we’ve been covering the story every step of the way since then. At this page we’ve collected our most important links, including our four days in Los Angeles covering the preliminary hearing and its ruling, which has Danny facing trial and the potential sentence of 45 years to life in prison.


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 BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks. 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] Tom Cruise at 58: Scientology’s biggest asset continues to avoid the tough questions
[TWO years ago] Scientology’s answer to Garcias’ appeal sets a new record in cynicism and legal depravity
[THREE years ago] When Scientology’s toxic policy of disconnection is forever: Saying goodbye to Angela Paris
[FOUR years ago] Five years ago: Scientology’s ‘disconnection’ and the death of Alexander Jentzsch
[FIVE years ago] Scientology has a plan to rescue the U.S. military, and it involves ‘Battlefield Earth’
[SIX years ago] Scientology’s billion-dollar slush fund, its slick operators, and how it gets around regulation
[SEVEN years ago] German media: Scientology is essentially dead in Berlin
[EIGHT years ago] Will Smith-Backed School That Used Scientology Materials Closes Its Doors
[NINE years ago] Tom Cruise is 50: It’s Time To Grow Up
[TEN years ago] Scientology’s Cover Story for Harassment: ‘We’re Making a Documentary!’


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 2,350 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,855 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,375 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,395 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,286 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,593 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,461 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,235 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,565 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,039 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,355 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,921 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,840 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,008 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,589 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,850 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,888 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,601 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,126 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 481 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,656 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,207 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,356 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,676 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,531 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,650 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,006 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,309 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,415 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,817 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,689 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,272 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,767 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,021 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,130 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 3, 2021 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, 1995-2020 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Underground Bunker (2012-2020), 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, 15 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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