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Let’s help the new Scientology ‘Ideal Org’ in Austin get staffed up!

We understand that a lot of our liberal friends are unhappy with the state of Texas right now, thanks to its insane new law that aims to turn the state’s residents into anti-abortion bounty hunters. But Scientology has a new “Ideal Org” that needs opening in the hippie-liberal blue island of Austin, and we’re here to help!

You see, our tipsters tell us that they’ve been inundated with mailings from the Austin org as it prepares for its grand opening, which has been delayed by the pandemic. And the latest thing that came over the transom is a questionnaire to see if you’re staff material.

We’re really interested in your answers to these questions.



Have you considered joining staff? Fill out the following survey for more information about the upcoming Ideal Org of Austin.

Case Level:
Training Level:

1. What is your current profession?

2. For you specifically, what qualities would be the most appealing in a career?

3. What would be the least desirable qualities in a career?

4. When making a difficult decision, who do you normally go to for advice?

5. What do you think needs to be handled on the most immediate basis on this planet?

6. What do you think needs to be done to handle this?

7. Are you interested in joining staff either now or in the future?

8. Do you live in Austin? If not, would you be willing to relocate there?


9. Do you think you qualify for staff?

10. Do you want more information about the positions available in Austin?

Fun facts about Austin

With over 100 venues that feature live music every night, Austin is is known as the “LIVE MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.”


After Seattle, Austin is America’s top city for tech startups, earning it the nickname “SILICON HILLS”


Its schools rank amongst the best in Texas.

Austin features one of the most beautiful (and evolving) skylines in the country.

Austin is filled with little pockets of incredible places to visit and explore.

And please, don’t limit yourself to staff. Remember that there’s always the billion-year contract of the Sea Org to consider!




Bonus items from our tipsters

Meanwhile, in Sacramento…


“Our veteran executive just completed new OT VI and is now auditing on OT VII!! Larrianne has been on staff over 40 years!! Well done Larrianne!”


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Source Code

“Oh, Scientology. Oh, oh, yes, Scientology, all right. That’s, that’s fine. Well, they’ll make you an Operating Thetan there, and you’ll be nine feet tall, and you’ll be able to beat up on the local government, and you’ll be able to throw your wife in the Pacific Ocean, you won’t have to bother with her anymore. And you’ll just be all-powerful and so forth. Well, it probably wouldn’t be very real to the individual, even if he believed it. I can assure you it’s going to take him several years to make it and by the time he makes it he won’t have any interest in throwing his wife in the local ocean or beating up the local council.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 9, 1965


Avast, Ye Mateys

“Jerry McLarty went off post to Chief Engineer of Bolivar and is reported by the new chief to have left things in beautiful order — ‘a piece of cake.’ I was thinking maybe we should award this type of action. It is usually the reverse. Joe Blow leaves and the incomer spends the next few weeks just trying to find the comm basket under that mess. So a guy leaving a post in good order and running well with a grooved in relief deserves an inspection and a reward. Any suggestions of how to get such a thing in and what award should be given?” — The Commodore, September 9, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“I accept that our pursuit is a spiritual one, but I would expect to see many more people make loads of money along the levels made by aberrated wogs. Something is not right and that is why I am not against new tech as long as the existing, standard tech is not just abandoned.”


Past is Prologue


1997: In response to last week’s article in the St. Petersburg Times about Lisa McPherson, Scientology attorney Elliot Abelson wrote a letter to the editor, which was published this week. The letter attempted to cash in on the distrust of tabloid media following Lady Diana’s death in an auto accident. “While many tabloid media are currently undergoing some responsible self-examination, reporter Tom Tobin and the Times continue to exploit the tragic death of Lisa McPherson with relentless and sensational reporting of non-news. Lisa’s many friends and those who knew her and loved her would rather not have the last days of her life exploited and sensationalized by media. Unfortunately, the Times has no such scruples. It is intrusive and unnecessary reporting such as the Times has displayed that is the reason the reputation of the media is currently at a low ebb.”


Random Howdy

“After my dad’s POS father had abandoned him and my grandma in a one-room shack in the Arizona desert, and my dad, grandma, and his two sisters ended up in Northern California, I guess my grandfather ended up being one of the biggest contractors in the Tempe/Phoenix area. When he died he was worth millions and my dad and his two sisters never saw a dime. His new wife was a Mormon and all the money went to her and the cult.”


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.
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Pretrial conference October 7 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 held 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] The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 15: Jeffrey Riffer
[TWO years ago] Thorn in Scientology’s side, Michelle ‘Emma’ Ryan, says ESMB will go still on Sep 30
[THREE years ago] By any means necessary: Scientology’s bizarre war against psychiatry
[FOUR years ago] Supporting Leah Remini and her show — what’s the risk for viewers who expose Scientology?
[FIVE years ago] Scientology’s ‘disconnection’ policy gets sacrificed on the Burning Man altar
[SIX years ago] David Miscavige: Scientology saved the universe from its ‘reverse point’ in 2006
[SEVEN years ago] Longtime Scientologist Jim Jackson remembers Lyman Spurlock, 1945-2014
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology and Nation Of Islam Education Hucksters Marching on Sacramento!
[NINE years ago] Voice Readers Raise Thousands For Couple That Refused to Spy for Scientology
[TEN years ago] The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 10: Lisa McPherson


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 2,418 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,923 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,443 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,463 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,354 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,661 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,529 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,303 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,633 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,107 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,423 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,989 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,908 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,076 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,657 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,918 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,956 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,669 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,194 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 549 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,724 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,275 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,424 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,744 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,599 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,718 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,074 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,377 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,483 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,881 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,757 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,340 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,835 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,089 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,198 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 9, 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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