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Scientology wants your money coming & going: Two new hype videos to loosen up your wallet!

Our thanks to the tipster who smuggled out two new hype videos from Scientology for us. Are you ready to pony up as the church begs for your cash?

On January 1, 2019, Scientology leader David Miscavige was on the scene to celebrate the grand opening of a new “Advanced Org” in South Africa, joining the other AOs in Copenhagen, Sydney, Los Angeles, Clearwater (Florida) and East Grinstead (England).

It’s here that you can get higher level auditing before heading off to Clearwater for the really arcane stuff. But with the pandemic and all, we haven’t heard a lot from that AO in Africa. How’s it going there, and can we still dump a truckload of cash there for upper-level auditing?

Turns out, we can! Let us know if you think this new advertisement for the South Africa AO gets you salivating for some auditing.


Our second video also features South Africa, but for a very different reason. You may remember that shortly before the pandemic we witnessed David Miscavige making a big change to the Ideal Org program. Since 2003, fundraising and construction of new cathedrals was a targeted affair, with a few cities at a time going through the lengthy process. But then Miscavige threw that approach out the window and asked every city on Earth with a non-Ideal org to begin full-time fundraising: Everywhere was going Ideal and NOW.

Well, the pandemic had other plans, and everything was put on hold in 2020. But now, we’ve been seeing the Ideal fundraising ramp back up, with an “All-Ideal USA” effort going and South Africa doesn’t want to be left behind.

Three Ideal Orgs have already opened in that country (two in Johannesburg and one in Pretoria), and now Scientologists there are being asked to “unite” and raise the cash necessary for three more Ideal locations: Cape Town, Durban, and Port Elizabeth!

Can you feel the excitement!


Leah Remini podcast: The Bridge part 3, with Vicki Marshall

Says Mike: “This week we are joined by Leah’s mother, Vicki, to discuss the OT levels. Vicki achieved the very pinnacle of Scientology auditing, doing OT 8 on the Scientology cruise ship Freewinds. We talk about the earlier OT levels and our experiences on them and then Vicki’s recollections of OT VIII. Suffice to say, it was underwhelming.” Listen to the episode right here…



Bonus items from our tipsters

Here’s another OT 8 testimonial!

Juergen Suplit: New OT VIII Completion, Germany

New OT VIII is a great and unique OT level. It is the first OT level. The amount of free theta, the calm feeling in my universe, the amount of newly generated theta is hard to describe.

It is so personal, only for you. I had so many wins. It started with my very first auditing aboard, where I was able to as-is a lot of charge that I didn’t even realize was there. It gave me answers to questions I still had concerning my life.

I am more complete than ever. My position as a being is totally different than before. My understanding of life, my ARC for myself and others has increased to a new high level. Additionally, I feel a tremendous amount of power.

The permanent feeling of happiness, without any obvious reason, is something which has increased to a new high level.

I’ve increased my tone level and things, which stopped me before, are no longer here.

The results I perceived have cause fundamental changes in my universe. They touched me very deeply.

My endless admiration belongs to the man who helped me find my way back to myself. Because of his brilliant work, mankind has a chance to survive. I will do what I can to exchange for this incredible gift by applying the tech to help others. Thanks to LRH!



Source Code

“If you ever want to see tiredness overwhelm the PC, run him into the area of the whole track called Arslycus. And there thetans were actively producing matter, you see. And they were hanging off walls, making walls and making tilework and mocking everything up and smoothing it out and you couldn’t get away….How about the fellow who ran Arslycus? How about the overt, man? Look at that level of overt. Thetans by the ton, all around, working like mad to build walls and build this and build that and finally, through some mysterious circumstance that nobody has ever been able to trace, Arslycus fell apart and everybody fell and fell and fell. It, by the way, wasn’t on a planet. It was, of course, just a construction out in space as itself. Nobody had invented planets yet and planets undoubtedly were invented to cure things happening that happened at Arslycus because they had walls and roads and courts and houses and towering buildings and everything. And of course they just ran without foundation, Uninfluenced with gravity or anything else. And one fine day it all fell apart.” — L. Ron Hubbard, August 3, 1961


Avast, Ye Mateys

“Suzette Hubbard, Ann Tidman and Terri Gillham are confined to the ship for a week for staying on liberty till after midnight without my permission, and for leaving the ship again after midnight, without my permission. QMs, please note.” — LRH Pers Comm, August 3, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“The motherland of my body is Canopus sector 9, which is located at a distance of 300 light years from the Earth. This is a green agrarian planet (the name sounds like Lania), where my ancestors spent more than 100,000 lives. These are ordinary thin people who love nature and work on agriculture. In total, there are more than 28 planets in the system. Approximately 3 million years ago, the thetan who ruled the body of my ancestor (genetic line) was adopted in the detachment of volunteers to restore the Earth after nuclear destruction 75 million years ago. He left the planet and was making preparations on a huge spacecraft for the mission, then my ancestor with a group of volunteers came to the planet. The first few lives of the genetic line in the form of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were extremely effective, highly organized and had many abilities, but gradually the struggle of creatures for the body won up. Instead of one thetan, thousands and millions appeared in the body. Intellect began to fall as the control of the body was now exerted by a huge number of contradictory, tortured and implanted beings. Save your race, nothing will be forgotten and nothing will be in vain for the present and coming generations. It is necessary to concentrate and flourish in life so that the light of truth wins over the darkness of earthly ignorance. May the sun never set on Scientology.”


Past is Prologue


1995: Ted Mayett, former Scientologist, has been attempting to get a refund from the Las Vegas org, and has taken the unusual step of attempting to picket their location. “When I arrived at the building there were 5 cars parked there. I park across the street and through the glass storefront I look at them and they look at me as I approach. And now I’m right in front of the glass, on the property, as I proceed to unsling and untie the picket. Before I get off the property. You may find this hard to believe. The door opens and one of them comes flying out. And it’s the DSA Las Vegas. She happened to be there. Well, the picket never happened. We stood in the heat for an hour, this woman and I. I do not mention her name because I am not sure of the legality of it. Ted, what is the problem? ______ you are being fed lies, this entire church is built on lies. She wants to know what lies. These people are truly brain dead. I tell her the people in this building alone have lied to me five times regarding this money. One of the boys comes out with a check for $500.00. I had already declined another partial payment, told them it was no big deal. That when they had the full amount I would be right out here and they could give it to me. Now I have two of them asking me to take the five hundred and not picket. I said yes and that I would be back Tue. for the balance. They said they would not have the balance by then. I said no problem, five hundred a day would keep me from picketing. But not less.”


Random Howdy

“Hubbard went after anyone like a honey badger who tried to make one thin dime off of his con. If he remotely suspected you had plagiarized his plagiarizing he would declare you and sic the GO/OSA on your ass. He did this to the crazy couple who started the the Process Church and he also notoriously went after Werner Erhard, the conman who created EST. Erhard claimed that LRH had put out a contract on him.”


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, 2020 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 23. Appeal hearing scheduled for Aug 23-27.

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] Karen Bass says she attended Scientology event because it was in her district. But it wasn’t.
[TWO years ago] Out of sight, out of MIND: How Scientology tried & failed to destroy psychiatry in the UK
[THREE years ago] The two-wheeled spy who loves Blighty: An action report
[FOUR years ago] ‘Going Clear’ author Lawrence Wright celebrates a milestone with a different kind of keyboard
[FIVE years ago] Scientology appeals $1 million loss to Florida supreme court, and Ken Dandar gets canny
[SIX years ago] Scientology’s Freedom magazine congratulates itself for going ‘Ideal’
[SEVEN years ago] Sunday Funnies: More Scientology fliers than you can shake a stick at
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology’s Crumbling: Can Gerry Armstrong Begin to Think of Crossing the Border?
[NINE years ago] Mimi Faust’s Mother, Olaiya Odufunke: Her Life in Scientology’s Secret Service
[TEN years ago] Scientology Uses Its Movie Stars to Woo Politicians, Says Former Top Exec (OR: Tom Cruise Loves Coconut Cake!)


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 2,381 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,886 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,406 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,426 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,317 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,624 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,492 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,266 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,596 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,070 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,386 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,952 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,871 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,039 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,620 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,881 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,919 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,632 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,157 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 512 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,687 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,238 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,387 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,707 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,562 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,681 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,037 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,340 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,446 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,848 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,720 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,303 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,798 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,052 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,161 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 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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