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This is your brain on Scientology: Watch woman express euphoria after brutal interrogation

We want to thank our reader who sent in this video. It’s such a good example of the kind of euphoria that Scientologists express after a new completion.

Former Scientologists tell us that they are under a lot of pressure to provide “success stories” after every service they get while on the “Bridge to Total Freedom.” But rarely have we seen that process so vividly illustrated as we do here.

And what a completion! This woman is doing her best to convince us that she’s had a wonderful time on “Grade 2,” but as Claire Headley explained for us in our series about the steps on the Bridge, it’s on Grade 2 when you are subjected to the most brutal of Scientology “sec checks” (“security checks,” jargon for interrogations), the infamous “Joburg”!

Yes, this woman just endured hours and hours of being questioned about crimes she might have committed, with questions such as these…


6. Have you ever blackmailed anybody?
16. Have you ever told lies in Court?
20. Have you ever peddled Dope?
23. Have you ever raped anyone?
24. Have you ever been involved in an abortion?
27. Have you ever practised Homosexuality?
28. Have you ever had intercourse with a member of your family?
32. Have you ever slept with a member of a race of another colour?
37. Have you ever done any illicit Diamond buying?
38. Have you ever betrayed anyone for money?
43. Have you ever been a spy for an Organization?
44. Have you ever had anything to do with Communism or been a Communist?
45. Have you ever been a newspaper reporter?
46. Have you ever had intercourse while under the influence of drugs?

52. Have you ever had anything to do with a baby farm?
53. Have you ever been a spy for the Police?
57. Have you ever done anything your Mother would be ashamed to find out?
78. Do you feel Communism has some good points?
81. Do you know any Communist personally?
82. Have you ever injured Dianetics or Scientology?
86. Have you ever had unkind thoughts about LRH?
88. Have you ever had any unkind thoughts about Mary Sue?
94. Have you ever used Dianetics or Scientology to force sex upon someone?
95. Do you know of any plans to injure a Scientology Organization?
96. Are you upset about this Security Check?

And she had to pay about $30,000 for the privilege! But as with any other step on the Bridge, she has to make it sound like she’s never experienced something more effective.

We are really looking forward to hearing from our readers who are ex-Scientologists: How does this woman’s performance compare to what you remember of your own completion of Grade 2? And how long does this euphoria last?




Source Code

“Evolution: there’s no such thing. Bodies don’t evolve. They deteriorate, but they don’t evolve. You can trace all kinds of reasons how they evolve, and why they evolve, and you can figure it all out, but the truth of the matter is when you get horses on a planet, somebody came along and mocked up some horses! Now, they also mocked up these horses with the capability of growing hair or not growing hair. You’ve got adjustment factors, but not evolution factors. So you confuse the adjustment factors and prove the whole theory of evolution. And now you know man came from mud, and you can write a book like Pavlov and get the whole world poisoned. You see how this one goes. All of this is based on what? It’s based on errors in time.” — L. Ron Hubbard, July 18, 1963


Avast, Ye Mateys

“Promotion and Sales and the Tech Divs have to get together. For instance not the tiniest whisper of what we do with Dn and Lower Grades in the SO ever appears in any promotion. And Org staffs in SO or Scn Orgs haven’t a clue what is meant by the ‘FEBC’ Courses they pay for for their execs. On the broad front of the world there isn’t even a ghost of an idea of what we produce in Scn. That’s because PR hasn’t really found out either. This is a real breakdown! We’re working like mad to repair it. We’re also working to get out an ARC Brk and Letter Reg program to heal up ARC Brks caused by non-delivery and cash demands. And we’re working to get Div VIs to get in new people.” — The Commodore, July 18, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone


“Where are we going to get PCs and Pre OTs for the Bridge? Apparently from extraterrestrials coming to Earth for services.”


Past is Prologue

2000: The Lisa McPherson Trust issued a press release this week on the visit of Ursula Caberta to Clearwater for a press conference. “The Lisa McPherson Trust will host a reception and press conference for Ursula Caberta, head of the Task Force on Scientology of the Hamburg, Germany, government, at 10 a.m. on July 25, at the LMT offices located at 33 N. Ft. Harrison Ave. in Clearwater. Mrs. Caberta will discuss recent revelations that German Scientologist Antje Victore submitted fraudulent documents to a Tampa, Florida, judge to obtain political asylum in the United States. Mrs. Caberta will highlight the activities of her task force and the harassment to which she has been subjected at the hands of the Scientology organization in Germany. Mrs. Caberta will also discuss the case of a German former Scientologist who has brought suit against Scientology in Clearwater, Berlin, and Copenhagen for lost wages and imprisonment. The suit claims he was held prisoner for two weeks in a six-foot square, windowless room in Clearwater, and that he was subjected to ‘psychological torture.’ A live audio stream will be available on the LMT website during the conference.”


Random Howdy

“I use Hubbardese all the time IRL because it’s fun.”


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: Next pretrial conference set for Sept 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. Oral arguments scheduled for Oct 5.
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] Paulette Cooper tells us she’s been interviewed for Leah Remini’s new Scientology podcast
[TWO years ago] Miss New York organization changes course, ditches Scientology front group
[THREE years ago] Is this case of Scientology draining a senior of his savings the one police are looking for?
[FOUR years ago] Our man in Ireland ponders Scientology’s big plans for the Emerald Isle
[FIVE years ago] Joey Chait’s sentencing memo: Abused in Scientology’s Sea Org and in fear of wealthy dad
[SIX years ago] Do Scientologists consider L. Ron Hubbard God? Part Two of the Aaron Smith-Levin podcast
[SEVEN years ago] Ryan Hamilton files his 18th lawsuit against Scientology’s embattled drug rehab network
[EIGHT years ago] LEAH REMINI’S SISTER NICOLE: How We Got Into Scientology, And How Leah Got Out
[NINE years ago] Scientology and Forced Abortion: Laura DeCrescenzo’s Three-Year Legal Odyssey
[TEN years ago] Janet Reitman: Unflappable as Scientologists Question Her Motives


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 2,365 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,870 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,390 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,410 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,301 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,608 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,476 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,250 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,580 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,054 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,370 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,936 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,855 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,023 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,604 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,865 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,903 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,616 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,141 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 496 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,671 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,222 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,371 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,691 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,546 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,665 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,021 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,324 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,430 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,832 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,704 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,287 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,782 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,036 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,145 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 18, 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.

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