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Scientology’s new campaign to get you to sign its billion-year contract is here!

[Jasper has company!]

We started seeing new ads for Scientology’s Sea Org a few weeks ago, and now it’s coming in a flood.

Thanks to our helpful tipsters, we’ve learned that Scientology has started sending out an entire campaign to beef up the Sea Org, the hardcore elite of the organization, made up of lifers who have signed billion-year contracts and work 365 days a year, for pennies an hour.

On Friday, we read a very dramatic and well-told narrative about what it’s like in the Sea Org and how difficult it is to get out as Bruce Hines spun his gripping escape tale.

And with the conditions he wrote about fresh in our minds, it seems like readers will have a good opportunity to judge just how honest this new ad campaign is.

Let’s take a look, shall we?



Plus the two ads we had already seen, Jasper and C.S….


So what do you think? Sea Org recruiting is mainly aimed at the children of serious Scientologists. Are these ads pitched to that audience well?

We’re sure Scientology would like to hear your suggestions for how to improve their marketing of the Sea Org. Let’s hear your suggestions!



Derek Lambert in conversation with Karen de la Carriere



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Source Code

“As you look over the history of Dianetics and Scientology you’ll see a cycle is in operation. We get more and more complicated, more and more complicated, more and more complicated and then suddenly we get to a new, higher level of simplicity. And then this simplicity gets complicated and more complicated and more complicated and then we get to a new, higher level of simplicity. That’s just a history of me outguessing you.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 12, 1961



Avast, Ye Mateys

“DAVID MURDOCK McBRIDE is assigned to Div IV as deckhand. He is to be grooved in on his post by John Wilson. His buddy is Arthur Hubbard. DAVID LEE FARRELL is assigned to Division III as to be Stores In Training. He is to be grooved in by Jay Hurwitz. His buddy is Paul Preston. DEKKI LE MOATE is assigned to Org Bureau Mimeo Files to be grooved in by Mimeo I/C R. Stone. Her buddy is Liz Ausley. HUGH HARRISON is assigned to Div III, Steward. He is to be grooved in by Linda Cusworth. His buddy is Bertie van Hoecke. ROBERT WILLIAMSON is assigned to Org Bu Mimeo Files. He is to be grooved in by Mimeo I/C R. Stone. His buddy is changed to David Ziff. RON STRAUS is assigned to Mimeo Files. He is to be grooved in by Mimeo I/C R. STone. His buddy is Ens. Des Popham.” — The Commodore, September 12, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Many things have happened throughout time which have landed us here, many civilizations have crashed and been condensed, implanters are here on Earth implanting people every day. The way out is to handle Earth. Many people feel that there has to be a techno-space expansion for things to go right, but statistically on the track these civilizations are very degraded and they collapse, only ethical expansion is correct.”


Past is Prologue

2000: Mark Bunker posted an update on the Scientologist who attacked him with a hammer during a video assignment in Clearwater, Florida. “Richard Barnard is now serving a one year jail term in Key West for skipping bail on a cocaine trafficking charge. He lied about his identity to the police at the scene and later when Sgt. Zegzdren went to do a follow up report. The first officer at the scene of the attack, Terrance Kelly, was ordered to do an investigation of the hammer incident but he never even asked Barnard for an I.D. When Sgt. Zegzdren arrested Barnard weeks later, Barnard told him that Scientology had offered to provide him an attorney. A friend of Barnard’s also assured him that he had nothing to worry about since 85 percent of the Clearwater police force are Scientologists. Zegzdren told him he thought that number was a little high. Barnard was working for Joe Duncanson, a member of the OT Committee.”


Random Howdy

“The trick for recognizing an Aussie accent is that they always sound like they’re asking a question.”



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 November 19.
Joseph ‘Ben’ Barton, Medicare fraud: Pleaded guilty, awaiting sentencing.

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] RIFFER: David Miscavige too busy saving Scientology from Covid to be served lawsuit
[TWO years ago] Hey, kids! It’s open mic night at your local Scientology spaceport!
[THREE years ago] FLORIDA IS IDEAL: Scientology ushers in glorious new civilization in country’s wang
[FOUR years ago] Tonight on ‘Leah Remini’: Two witnesses detail David Miscavige’s ruthless Scientology takeover
[FIVE years ago] Steve Cannane’s Oz-flavored Scientology history ‘Fair Game’ gets a UK-US-Canada publisher
[SIX years ago] ‘Going Clear’ wins Outstanding Documentary Emmy, also for writing, directing
[SEVEN years ago] Escaping from a Scientology drug rehab center: A transcript
[EIGHT years ago] LIVE FROM TEXAS: The Monique Rathbun vs. Scientology Temporary Injunction Hearing
[NINE years ago] Scientology Chooses an Odd Time to Open a “National Affairs” Office in DC
[TEN years ago] The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 9: Jason Beghe


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 2,421 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,926 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,446 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,466 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,357 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,664 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,532 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,306 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,636 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,110 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,426 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,992 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,911 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,079 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,660 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,921 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,959 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,672 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,197 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 552 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,727 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,278 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,427 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,747 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,602 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,721 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,077 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,380 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,486 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,884 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,760 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,343 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,838 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,092 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,201 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 12, 2021 at 07:00

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