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Take Scientology’s quiz to see if you qualify for the Sea Org and its billion-year contract!

Remember Jasper? We featured his Sea Org advertisement the other day, but we noticed later that it was a mailer from the New York org that encouraged Scientologists to fill out a questionnaire to test their interest in joining that most theta of Scientology initiatives, the Sea Organization.

We thought you’d want to see the questionnaire, and tell us what your answers would be, without actually, you know, giving Scientology itself your personal information.

And for those Bunker readers who spent time in this outfit, we’d really like to hear what sort of recruitment you went through to convince you to sign the billion-year contract and work to clear the planet.

OK, pencils ready!



Meanwhile, Scientology continues to send out a vast number of emails and mailers trying to convince members to come to Aruba to spend time (and lots of money) at the church’s private cruise ship which has been tied up to the dock for more than a year and is going nowhere, the Freewinds.

Here’s just one example, sent out this week…



Source Code

“It’s very funny, you know: bodies have machinery laid into them from other times. It’s quite interesting. You’ll find some preclear wallowing around one time or another: ‘Well, look what I have done to this body. Look at the horrible machinery and things I have set up.’ Then he wonders why it runs much faster and gets much more solid. Well, some thetan that had the thing on the genetic line way back when has already installed a tremendous number of items. You didn’t install everything that’s wrong with your body.” — L. Ron Hubbard, July 5, 1957


Avast, Ye Mateys


“MOVIES AND BOOKS: I have a movie to rewrite and some book work to do. I wish all hands would get the orgs off my desk. One blessing: I am not having to stir the crew’s soup. Thank you Service Div FSO. I think you’re great! The FAO has no top brass yet. That would help.” — The Commodore, July 5, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“From December 3, 1995, to January 7, 1996, I recovered the memories of several in-between lives incidents. I was a free being. I spent most of my time just being a free being without being in a body at all. There were times, however, when I was temporarily placed in a body at implant stations. In these cases I would eventually get free of the body and continue on my merry way as a free being. As you will see, the difference here on Earth is that there is a SYSTEM to create amnesia and keep a being trapped in a seemingly endless, revolving door CYCLE of re-embodiments. Free beings are invisible to the naked eye. However, they can create and project a visible form or energy, which can be seen by the naked eye. This sometimes occurs in the ‘ghost’ phenomenon. It is not difficult to locate the position of a ‘ghost’ (i.e., a being without a body) in a room, and one can even communicate with it. I have personally experienced this phenomenon. Cats — as you may already have observed — are very good at spotting beings.”


Past is Prologue

2001: The St. Petersburg Times reported that Clearwater officials are considering ending the hire of off-duty police officers by Scientology. “‘I think we have reached a point where it would be prudent for our removal of off-duty officers from (Watterson) Alley,’ [Chief Sidney] Klein wrote in an e-mail to [City Manager Bill] Horne last week. Horne says that he is ‘obviously receptive’ to that idea, because he understands ‘there is a sensitivity to the level of police presence, even if they’re off duty’ at Scientology facilities. The Lisa McPherson Trust, a group critical of the church, has accused police officers of becoming biased as a result of their financial relationship with the church. The church has paid off-duty police officers more than $150,000 since January 2000 for providing security daily on Watterson, city records show.”


Random Howdy

“It’s 10:30 and I’m enjoying a fine bottle of rot gut vodka so I’m in no mood for deciphering new Scientology acronyms.”



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] ‘Scientology is dead’ says the ex-con claiming he’s the reincarnated L. Ron Hubbard
[TWO years ago] More rich donors propping up Scientology are revealed in a church magazine
[THREE years ago] Shocking molestation claims inside Scientology leaking out before ‘Aftermath’ episode
[FOUR years ago] Scientology’s all-hands-on-deck gathering in the Valley caught in pics
[FIVE years ago] Battle for a Scientology soul: Kazakh 20-year-old ‘prisoner’ is back home, but will she stay?
[SIX years ago] LIVE REPORTS: Scientology leader David Miscavige opens “Ideal Org” in Colombia today
[SEVEN years ago] John Joseph, 1955-2014: A Scientologist, and a friend to the Underground Bunker
[EIGHT years ago] Has Leah Remini Left the Church of Scientology?


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 2,352 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,857 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,377 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,397 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,288 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,595 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,463 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,237 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,567 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,041 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,357 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,923 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,842 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,010 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,591 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,852 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,890 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,603 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,128 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 483 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,658 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,209 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,358 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,678 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,533 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,652 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,008 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,311 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,417 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,819 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,691 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,274 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,769 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,023 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,132 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 5, 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)

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