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John P. Coale, OT 6 Scientologist, among attorneys suing Big Tech for Trump

[Greta and John]

Back in 2015, we had a lot of fun writing about attorney John P. Coale and his wife, former Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren, who were not only both longtime Scientologists but who had both also completed Scientology’s bizarre auditing level “OT 4,” which helps a person put the invisible alien entities sticking to them through drug rehab.

Think we’re kidding about that? No way. And now, we can report two new fun facts about Mr. Coale, who never responded to our requests for an interview for that 2015 article.

First, we can tell you that Scientology’s own publications show that in 2017 Coale also completed “OT 6,” a sign that he is still a dedicated church member and continues to move up the “Bridge to Total Freedom.”

The other piece of news you might have already heard: Coale is one of eight attorneys who signed on to help former President Trump with the class action lawsuits he announced yesterday that are aimed at tech giants Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for “censoring” him and other Americans.

There was something of a feeding frenzy in the news yesterday and on social media about those lawsuits and the attorneys who are helping Trump. Coale was ridiculed by various pundits because he is still apparently using an AOL email address. And also because Trump referred to him as a “tobacco lawyer” and so the president’s critics assumed that Trump meant that Coale had worked for the big tobacco companies.


In fact, Coale made a fortune in the 1990s as one of the attorneys opposing the tobacco companies in litigation that resulted in massive settlements from the tobacco firms.

That knee-jerk criticism of Coale — that he was somehow on the side of Big Tobacco — was dead wrong. And besides, Coale and his wife Van Susteren are far more interesting for their decades of devotion to L. Ron Hubbard and their achievement of Scientology’s OT auditing levels.

These are superior beings, people.

As we pointed out in our 2015 article, Coale has a fascinating history, not only as a DC political player, and for his work in the tobacco wars, but also for his advocacy for Scientology. Here’s what we said in 2015:

Back in 2009, Gawker’s John Cook wrote a great piece about Coale, who at that point was running Sarah Palin’s political action committee. Cook had dug up a 1986 Scientology document which showed that Coale had proposed a really clever and somewhat underhanded way for Scientology to increase its influence in Washington….

The name for the group Coale came up with was pretty clever: Freedom, Liberty And Good Government Political Action Committee, or FLAGG PAC.

Non-Scientologists would see a patriotic name, but Scientologists would hear an echo of the organization’s headquarters in Clearwater, Florida, known as “Flag.”

Although the previous level, “Operating Thetan Level Three,” or “OT III,” gets a lot more attention with its story about Xenu the galactic overlord made famous in a 2005 South Park episode, we think it’s a shame that OT IV doesn’t have its own notoriety.

You see, on OT III you might learn that you are not just one being but actually a collection of many, perhaps thousands, of unseen souls clustered together after being marooned on Earth in a genocidal act 75 million years ago, but on OT IV, you learn that there’s even more work than simply chasing away these “body thetans” or “BTs.” It turns out that your unseen body thetans also have drug histories, and it’s your job to get them all to go through some kind of rehab to dry out…

And Hubbard is ready for your objection that you may not have used any drugs in this lifetime: “Maybe the guy has never taken LSD or Pheno-barbitol in his lifetime and doesn’t have any of that drug actually in his body. But the BT or cluster freewheeling through an incident containing the drug mocks up the apparency of the drug in the body, making the guy feel that he is on that drug.”

Hubbard’s jargon is a bit thick, but you get the idea — your current life is going to be affected by your unseen spirits re-experiencing their drug binges from millions or billions of years ago until you take care of it.

And, he spells out, your body thetans may be carrying around drug residues that we haven’t even invented in this solar system, so be prepared to restimulate the mother of all flashbacks.

Why, we have to wonder, is it not OK to ask John P. Coale, legal champion, stadium executive, jet travel supplier to presidential candidates, about his work putting his invisible space entities through drug rehab? Shouldn’t he have amazing stories to tell about it?


Alas, Coale’s attempt at a stealth Scientology PAC failed, but he’s remained loyal to the church, despite Greta’s playing footsie with Christian preacher Franklin Graham in recent years.

As for the former president’s lawsuits against Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, media outlets were quick yesterday to label them “ridiculous” and “fantasy.”

But hey, Trump has set himself up with an OT 6 lawyer. Just wait until Coale’s postulates kick in. Zuckerberg will never know what hit him.


Jeffrey Augustine and your proprietor on the PIs stalking Leah Remini

Jeffrey Augustine had us on his latest podcast to get into some more specifics about the shocking revelations we found in a private investigator’s texts which became part of a bizarre lawsuit, which was the subject of a piece we wrote recently for The Daily Beast.

There’s new stuff here that you haven’t seen anywhere else, so tune in if you can.



Regarding today’s ‘Past is Prologue’: Despite protests in 1997 (1,500 people!), 24 years later Odhran Fortune is still in.




Source Code

“One patient, who all morning, every morning, had to be kept in an institution in a wet pack, promptly at noon with a smile would jump out of bed, after having been in a fetal position all morning, very happily get dressed, go around and talk to everybody, as sane as anyone you wanted to meet. But the attendants would come around the next morning and there she would be curled up in a fetal position, so they would again put her in a wet pack until noon. This went on every day, and had been going on for five years — an interesting example of a time clock running on an engram.” — L. Ron Hubbard, July 8, 1950


Avast, Ye Mateys

“TREATMENT: I have been reading a book in which water and bathing is covered as a cure for everything from hangnails to leprosy. It began in 1829. In 1850 Dr. John Bell of Philadelphia brought this treatment to a fine art. His book was called ‘Dietical and Medical Hydrology: A Treatise on Baths; including Cold, Sea, Warm, Hot, Vapour, Gas and Mud Baths…All this has nothing to do with soap or getting clean. It’s how the MDs treated various diseases in the 19th Century — soaking, boiling chilling patients. (The psychiatrist is still stuck in that period and still uses wet packs and shocks, namely an ‘Electric Bath’.) It’s all very funny. So you see, throwing people overboard is NOT disciplinary at all. It’s the practice of Hydropathy (water treatment) guaranteed to cure them of anything they have. As the medicos did it for nearly a century and psychiatry still does it, then of course, it is the thing to do. Thus we should immediately get in a Hydropathic Registrar and Invoice line for all flubbing students or recruits and sign them up for ‘A Hydropathological Treatment’ and throw them overboard. Who are we to go against a century and a half of solemn medical tradition?” — The Commodore, July 8, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“I see the possibility of a renaissance of Scientology. It can be big again. A second opportunity. An opportunity to make it go right. To learn from past mistakes and not commit it again. However, currently the group is going through a process of dying and in my opinion the process must be carried through to its end. The place looks like a ghost town. It’s hard to see it, but to deny won’t help it. We must make an honest review, see what went wrong and do it again. The death of the Scientology group must probably be completed and at the same time we can try again. What were the worst mistakes of us? Give your opinion. Mine is: promising states that were never achievable. Pretension of having attained such states.”



Past is Prologue

1997: The family of Odhran Fortune organized a massive demonstration in Gorey this week. Odhran is the Irish Scientologist whose family is attempting to get him released from Scientology. “An international day of protest against the Church of Scientology provoked a march in Gorey which brought the Co. Wexford town to a standstill at the weekend. Up to 1,500 marchers paraded through Gorey in a massive display of community solidarity with the Wexford family, the Fortunes, who believe their son, Odhran, has been brainwashed by the Scientologists. A delegation from the town marched through Dublin city centre on Saturday morning but could not protest outside the organisation’s offices in Abbey Street because of a court injunction. Anti-Church of Scientology supporters joined in similar marches in England, Australia, Switzerland, and various cities in the United States.”


Random Howdy

“Why does any henchman remain loyal to a corrupt leader? It’s because they are reaping some of the rewards also, whether it be money or power, or in Mary Sue’s case, both.”


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 celebrity Catherine Bell’s July 4th was on fire!
[TWO years ago] David Miscavige misses out on $30 billion building project proposed by Scientologists
[THREE years ago] Masterson witness fears for safety as investigation drags on and on
[FOUR years ago] Scientology and the Spoonbenders: Jon Atack on a previously unpublished Ingo Swann essay
[FIVE years ago] Our money man takes another look at new (and grim) Scientology financial disclosures
[SIX years ago] NYTimes reports link between Scientology and hack of two who appeared in ‘Going Clear’
[SEVEN years ago] Ryan Hamilton files lawsuit 16 against Scientology’s drug rehab network
[EIGHT years ago] SCIENTOLOGY CELEBRITY REBELLION: Leah Remini Dared to Ask, “Where’s Shelly?”
[NINE years ago] Prehistoric Aggression: More Reasons Katie Holmes Was Smart to Avoid Scientology Marriage Counseling
[TEN years ago] Tom Cruise Not a Kook! Pfizer Protest Linked to Scientology, But Don’t Tell the Protesters That


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 2,355 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,860 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,380 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,400 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,291 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,598 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,466 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,240 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,570 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,044 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,360 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,926 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,845 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,013 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,594 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,855 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,893 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,606 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,131 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 486 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,661 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,212 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,361 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,681 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,536 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,655 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,011 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,314 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,420 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,822 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,694 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,277 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,772 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,026 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,135 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 8, 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

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