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Tom Cruise’s Scientology superpowers, No. 13: Communicating with anyone on any subject

UPDATE: Subpoenas by Danny Masterson quashed in court. See below.

On Friday we began our countdown of Scientology superpowers that Tom Cruise can expect as an OT Scientologist and million-dollar donor.

Today, we’re looking at a “superpower” that all Scientologists are supposed to gain as they move up the “Bridge to Total Freedom,” and that’s the ability to communicate with anyone on any subject. And with the global reach of a guy like Tom Cruise, his communication skills ought to make him an amazing ambassador for the Church of Scientology, shouldn’t it?

For some perspective on that, we’re turning to another former member of the Church of Scientology and someone our readers are very familiar with, Phil Jones. Here’s what Phil sent us.


Scientology boasts constantly that communication is a huge part of what they handle in people’s lives. Hubbard has said it’s a “World out of Comm,” with the implied meaning that Scientology is better at communicating than the rest of planet.

Here’s how Hubbard defined communication:

1. The consideration and action of impelling an impulse or particle from source point across a distance to receipt point with the intention of bringing into being at the receipt point a duplication and understanding of that which emanated from the source point. (HCOB 5 Apr 73)

2. Any ritual by which effects can be produced and perceived. Thus a letter, a bullet, the output of theta “flitter” are all, to us, communication. (PAB 4)

Clear as a bell, right?

When Tom Cruise did the 2005 Today show interview with Matt Lauer, he wasn’t trying to “exchange ideas or information,” he was delivering Scientology’s talking points in an attempt to overwhelm and kill off Lauer’s ideas. “You’re glib!” “You don’t know the history of psychiatry, I do.” There was no attempt by Tom to accept any communication from Lauer. He’s not even really trying to get Lauer to “understand.” He’s just trying to overwhelm. Tom is just shooting his bullets and hoping to hit something, but never does.

And look at Tom’s recent rant to his movie crew about a few crew members who apparently stood a bit too close to each other. In a tirade that Leah Remini likened to a Miscavige-like screaming scenario, Tom scattershot a machine-gun burst of shouting to the whole crew, rather than “communicate” to the two who had gotten a bit lax on their Covid safety.

Tom’s communication is mostly one way and often scattered. He’ll start one sentence, then change up to say something else halfway through it.

As an OT, Tom long ago passed Grade 0, which delivers an EP (End Phenomenon) of the “Ability to communicate freely with anyone on any subject.”

We’ve seen “lesser” Scientologists run away from communicating, and even lock doors and hide behind window blinds, but Tom, the third-highest being in Scientology (next to Hubbard and Miscavige) should be able to do better.

We’re just not seeing it, Tom. Call me and we’ll talk.

— Phil Jones

Tom Cruise’s Scientology superpowers


1. Shattering the suppression from a 15-year-old
2. Achieving godhood
3. Resisting between-life amnesia
4. Destroying a planet with the touch of a finger
5. Leaving his body with full perception
6. Resuscitating the recently deceased
7. Pulling in objects with tractor beams
8. Recovering unspeakable acts from the past
9. Mocking up an automobile out of thin air
10. Drying out from space coke
11. Levitating an ashtray
12. Resisting illnesses with his mind alone
13. Communicating with anyone on any subject
14. Helping at the scene of a car accident

15. Always finding the best parking spot


A note from Ireland


We received this note from Pete Griffiths, who goes way back with us, and we thought you’d want to see it…

As the Bunker has been very supportive of me in many ways over the years I feel it incumbent of me to provide an update on my current situation.

In 2019 I began training for a diploma as a Health Care Assistant and before the year was out I not only qualified but also began working in that field. Then a pandemic came along.

Since then I have been pretty busy. My schedule is alternate weekends off and working the rest of the time, seeing 12 or more clients every day and on the go from 8am to 8pm.

Then it hit me. I probably do more to help people in need in a single day than the entire Church of Scientology does in a year.

Hats off to everyone working in healthcare especially these days. Our day beats a Church of Scientology year because we actually care.

— Pete Griffiths



Today in Los Angeles: Danny Masterson’s subpoenas

Today in Los Angeles, Judge Charlaine Olmedo’s courtroom on the ninth floor of the criminal courts building of the Los Angeles Superior Court will hear arguments about subpoenas that Danny Masterson’s defense attorney Tom Mesereau served on a number of people, including your proprietor and the production company that made Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.

We’re on a family trip, but our attorneys will be taking part in the hearing, and as soon as we get some word about how things went, we’ll relay it to you.

UPDATE: Judge Charlaine Olmedo has ruled in your proprietor’s favor and quashed the subpoena that was asking for our communications as a reporter on the Danny Masterson story.

Although we’re currently not in California, we were given a link to attend the hearing electronically, and so we were present virtually and watched our attorney Scott Pilutik argue our motion.

Judge Olmedo also quashed the subpoenas asking for footage or other records from the production companies that made “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” and on the same basis, that it would violate California’s reporter’s shield law.

She also quashed the subpoenas that had been served on the three victims, as well as a couple of witnesses.

Much more happened during the hearing — even Shelly Miscavige’s name came up at one point — and we’ll have a full report tomorrow morning.


Bonus items from our tipsters

More all-USA goodness.




Source Code

“Ninth of August? What planet? Nine August, AD 12….You are Scientologists. You are scientists. You are people who can do things with the human mind. You practically — this small confine here — practically all the people on Earth who are experts on the subject are confined at this moment in this very small area. See? All right. The trick is from my viewpoint, to get somebody who can clear somebody else while being cleared, see, that’s the stunt. Otherwise nothing else works. Not on this planet, you see.” — L. Ron Hubbard, August 9, 1962


Avast, Ye Mateys

“The UK ban is about to come off we hear by rumour. The Adelaide Aust ban bill is cancelled. The GPO lets us mail at bulk rates again in the US. I think we’ve even found the bug in the TR Course length! So here on Flag the few of us, on long, long lines, are working like mad, short-handed but rolling it out. We ARE very upstat. When you feel critical, just realize it’s a wish to do more better faster. For these 3 small orgs to handle what they’re handling is itself an epic. The thing legends are made of. The lowest downstat amongst us would be a king in any other culture than Flag.” — The Commodore, August 9, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“There were already human beings and advanced civilization at the same time as the T-Rex and other dinosaurs. And there were then – just like today – corrupt politicians who wanted to establish a dictatorship and who would kill in the process. They wanted to reduce ‘overpopulation’ and committed genocide. The iridium layer found worldwide in 1978 is evidence of the catastrophe that Hubbard described in detail as early as 1967. Memories of it can also be found in the Vedas. The film series ‘Star Wars’ describes the same event from a different perspective. Had George Lukas been commissioned by Hubbard to make it? The similarity is too striking.”



Past is Prologue

2001: Class 12 auditor Claire Reppen passed away this week. Scientology announced a memorial service. “There will be a Memorial Service for Claire Reppen on Saturday morning at 11 am, outside the Sandcastle restaurant in the back. Claire (Class XII) passed away a few days ago from cancer. She has many, many friends and PCs in the local community and was an awesome example of Class XII ability.”


Random Howdy

“The ultimate goal of becoming an Operating Thetan is that you would no longer need a MEST body and you could return to being an all powerful, immortal non-corporeal being. OT 8 is actually the first ‘real’ Operating Thetan level. Hubbard croaked, so everybody’s screwed. Thetans are immortal. Mesty meat bodies, no.”


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] Leaked Video: Scientology’s anti-psychiatry front talks strategy with psych professor
[TWO years ago] TOM CRUISE CAUGHT ON TAPE: Saving face after a Scientology disaster
[THREE years ago] Why Scientology is a haven for sexual abusers — it’s the way L. Ron Hubbard designed it
[FOUR years ago] Hey, moneybags, Scientology has a bridge to sell you. Here’s the new price list!
[FIVE years ago] The dapper CEO’s detailed response: Scientology wasn’t forced on disgruntled employee
[SIX years ago] Why no one should ever believe anything said by Scientology Sea Org or staff members
[SEVEN years ago] Jon Atack: Escaping the trap Scientology sets for the mind
[EIGHT years ago] PZ Myers Helps Us Plunder the Riches of L. Ron Hubbard’s Book of Scientology Evolution!
[TEN years ago] The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 24: David Touretzky


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 2,387 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,892 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,412 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,432 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,323 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,630 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,498 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,272 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,602 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,076 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,392 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,958 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,877 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,045 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,626 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,887 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,925 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,638 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,163 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 518 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,693 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,244 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,393 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,713 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,568 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,687 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,043 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,346 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,452 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,850 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,726 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,309 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,804 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,058 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,167 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 9, 2021 at 07:00

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