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Underground Bunker readers assemble, and Scientology spies freak out

[Willie and Pan]

Willie and I drove into the city yesterday to meet up with some good friends at the Toronto Scientology Org at 696 Yonge St. Aside from meeting with some awesome people I wanted to have a look to see if Scientology had finally, after years of raising millions of dollars, even gotten started with renovations.

We got there a bit early and took a few pictures. There was no change to the building and no evidence at all of any improvements being done. I don’t know how all those Toronto area Scientologists feel about having all their money sent into a black hole with no result of any kind. You’d think some of them would start to get a bit irritated about it.

When we went around the building along the side street on the north side there were 3 vehicles parked there. Each one had a single person in it or beside it, and all watching us. And, low and behold, one of them was my old friend (from the 80s), Scientologist Blaire. I walked over to talk to him but he jumped back in his vehicle and shut the door. He waved me away and went on his phone. “Hello OSA?”

 

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I found out a bit later that when Pan was checking out the building along the side, before meeting up with us, Blaire had gone up to him and said, “what’s your interest in this building?”.

I don’t know if Scientology knew we were coming or if it was just a coincidence that they were there but I’m really glad they were. I like to interact with them, or at least try to interact.

After Willie and I went back around to the front of the building and went across the street Blaire came around and pretended to be painting by the south side of the front.

 

 
I saw him just running a brush up and down but nothing was happening. He was just doing it to watch us and trying to be nonchalant. It was embarrassingly obvious and after a minute or so he seemed to realize the same, at which time he gave up the pretend painting and went back to his truck.

We took some group shots of all of us in front of the Org, then went for lunch around the corner at a nice little outdoor cafe.

 

[Phil and Korgo]

It was a fun day and so good to get together with some Bunker friends.

Hey Toronto DSA, I’m sure you’re reading this. Don’t you wonder where all your money went? It sure didn’t go into fixing your rotting building.

— Phil Jones

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Source Code

“Some prenatal engrams (you find this out when you are clearing a case) will have slumbered 20 or 30 years with no reactivation, yet will be vicious engrams. For instance, in one case there must have been about 110 engrams, each one of which called for an enormously powerful migraine headache, and not one of them reactivated until the person was 22 years of age. Then, chain fashion, they all reactivated. The mysterious cause of the migraine headache was evidently an airplane crash where the person got a headache. Actually there was not even a head injury in the airplane crash, but there were about three words spoken while the person was unconscious which reactivated the chain.” — L. Ron Hubbard, August 15, 1950

 
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Avast, Ye Mateys

“The recovery of personnel sent out is a primary duty of the Action Bureau. It is not true that the US and Europe are full of unrecalled missionaires but they sure leave their missions out long enough. Now our Brian Charlton is trying to set an all time record. A 2 day hat check out of Athena on PR became weeks. Recall at once and assign Mission Ineligible.” — The Commodore, August 15, 1970

 
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Overheard in the FreeZone

“This planet was created for the reason to control thetans in meat bodies. If you listen through the tapes especially in the good old 50’s you’ll get the idea about the big picture. ‘Thetans were convinced a long time ago to pick up a body,’ LRH said in a lecture. If you would go to the ‘end of all things’ as I would call it, and you assumed the critical mass of the population would go up the Tone Scale and would be really stable, we would all agree to get rid of the ‘need of body’ thing and would just ‘go home’ in our native Universe where we don’t have feelings like hunger or the need to make money to survive.”

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Past is Prologue

2000: Jeff Jacobsen spoke before Clearwater’s City Council this week. “I didn’t know how far Scientology’s influence has spread in this community just from visiting once a year. But I’ve seen the influence now. Scientology gets away scot-free after the death of Lisa McPherson, while critics of Scientology are enjoined from even walking on certain sidewalks in Clearwater. A Scientologist hits a critic’s video camera with a hammer and the police do nothing. A picketer is assaulted not once but twice by a Scientologist, and despite the assaults being on video tape from different angles, the Scientologist is not arrested. Just a few weeks ago a German official from Hamburg came to town. I was at the airport when about 30 Scientologists greeted her with shouts of ‘Nazi Go Home!’ and attempted to manhandle her. I was there when the Scientology attorney came demanding that she be deposed in a case she has nothing to do with at the exact time she had already scheduled a news conference. Ms. Ursula Caberta has gone home after having been viciously treated by Scientology, and let me assure you that the European media, starting with Der Spiegel, have already begun to paint Clearwater as German-hating and nuts. I suspect you are going to be seeing fewer German tourists around here now, thanks to the actions of Scientologists. Maybe when Europe’s tourists boycott our wonderful community, the hit in your pocketbooks might wake you up to reality.”

 
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Random Howdy

“Oops, sounds like Marty had what they call in A.A. a ‘slip.’ Hopefully it doesn’t turn into a full blown relapse.”

 
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Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Next hearing set for November 10. Trial tentatively scheduled for February.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay sentenced to 9 years in prison. Jeff’s sentencing to be scheduled.

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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.

 
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THE PROSECUTION OF DANNY MASTERSON

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.

SCIENTOLOGY: FAIR GAME

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.

LEAH REMINI: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE AFTERMATH

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.

SCIENTOLOGY’S CELEBRITIES, from A to Z

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?

 
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THE WHOLE TRACK

[ONE year ago] The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 22: Graham Norton and other celebrity strokers
[TWO years ago] ‘Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath’ will end with a 2-hour special August 26
[THREE years ago] A life connected to some of our biggest Scientology stories ends in a terrible way
[FOUR years ago] Leah Remini goes there: Child molestation in Scientology for tonight’s ‘Aftermath’ premiere
[FIVE years ago] Former Scientology mouthpiece Tommy Davis is settling into his new role as Hollywood exec
[SIX years ago] Why no one should ever join Scientology’s ‘Sea Org’
[SEVEN years ago] Ryan Hamilton files 19th lawsuit against Scientology’s drug rehab network
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology is Obsessed with Getting Books in Libraries — Here Are the Real Stats!
[TEN years ago] The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 21: Kendrick Moxon

 
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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 2,393 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,898 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,418 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,438 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,329 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,636 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,504 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,278 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,608 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,082 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,398 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,964 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,883 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,051 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,632 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,893 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,931 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,644 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,169 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 524 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,699 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,250 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,399 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,719 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,574 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,693 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,049 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,352 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,458 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,856 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,732 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,315 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,810 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,064 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,173 days.

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Posted by Tony Ortega on August 15, 2021 at 07:00

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