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Would you purchase a Scientology E-meter from this man?

David Miscavige wants to sell all Scientologists his official RTC-approved and CST-patented Scientology Mark Ultra VIII E-meter.

And for only $5,000.

While E-meters are primarily purchased by Scientology’s field auditors in training and by members on the penultimate auditing level, “OT 7,” Miscavige wants to sell all Scientologists E-meters by convincing them that they will eventually need it. Owning an E-meter is also a prestigious thing in the Church. Owning an E-meter means you’re in the club. You’ve made it into the ranks of the most elite and most ethical group on the planet.

But as with all things Scientology, there are contracts to sign before you get your E-meter.


And there’s also a policy requiring Scientologists to buy two of the expensive machines in case one of them breaks down. This requirement to purchase two E-meters is quite serious — particularly for Scientologists on OT 7 who are solo auditing their body thetans.

OT 7s do four to five short solo sessions each day where they telepathically audit their BTs and BT clusters. OT 7s are required to solo audit in secret. They have to lock themselves into a spare bedroom or another locked and safe space. This is a very serious rule in Scientology.

So what happens if an OT 7 is deep into his or her Whole Track, a few trillion years back, handling a virulent BT cluster with evil purposes to destroy planets and civilizations when the E-meter suddenly fails?


This is why the Commodore wanted Scientologists to buy two of the devices. An OT 7 is going to want a backup when they are traversing the Wall of Fire laden with implants, weepers, boo hoos, and so forth. You definitely don’t want to key in a deadly clam-jaw implant and suddenly need an emergency root canal because you failed to have the lifeboat that is a second E-meter.


OK, so you fork over 10 grand for two of the things. What is it you’re getting?

When David Miscavige released the latest meter, the Mark Ultra VIII, he had a score to settle with the Internet. For years former Scientologists had been selling their old Mark VII E-meters and earlier models on eBay and other online marketplaces. In the year 2000, Church lawyers had tried to shut down Internet sales of E-meters by making DMCA claims.

Specifically, Church attorneys argued that the terms “Scientology” and “Hubbard E-meter” were copyrighted and therefore could not be used online. This claim went down in flames. The US “First Sale Doctrine” holds that a manufacturer makes their money on the first sale and the buyer is allowed to resell the item. So for example if you want to sell your used Ford pickup truck or Gucci bag online, Ford and Gucci cannot stop you from using their trade names to sell used goods you purchased from them. They were both made whole financially on the first sale. The First Sale doctrine stopped Scientology’s rampage.

Miscavige needed another way to foil resales and keep the precious new meters out of the hands of infidels. This is why he ordered his wog lawyers and electronic designers to create a system to prevent E-meter resales when the Mark Ultra VIII was designed and launched.

In 2014, Mike Rinder posted copies of the two contracts that Scientologists sign when they purchase an Mark Ultra VIII E-Meter a/k/a “Pastoral Counseling Device.”

Miscavige’s electronic designers created a simple lock-and-key system. When a Scientologist purchases a new Mark Ultra VIII, a clock chip inside the meter limits the meter to work for only one year of date of purchase. After one year, a circuit shuts the meter off and it becomes useless.


When their Mark Ultra VIII times out at one year, the Scientologist is required to plug it into their computer and log on to a special Church website. The Scientologist enters their IAS membership number. An RTC computer checks the Ethics files and other reports to see if the Scientologist is in good standing with the Church of Scientology International. If the Scientologist has been a good thetan, the Church computer resets the clock chip and reauthorizes the E-meter for one more year of operation.

If the Scientologist is found to be unworthy in any way, the purchase contract requires the Scientologist to stop using the E-meter and return it to the Church:

The Church does check Knowledge Reports to see if a Scientologist has been reading entheta websites such as, say, the Underground Bunker, Mike Rinder’s blog, or that damned Scientology Money Project. If this is found to be the case, all of the Scientologist’s certs are cancelled and they, per contract, must return the E-meters they own to the Church.

There is a clause in the contract wherein the Church agrees to refund the purchase amount less the cost of any damage beyond normal wear and tear. We have no idea as to what constitutes “normal wear and tear” on an E-meter.

So there you have it: Sign the contracts, pay the money, and you are essentially leasing an E-meter on a year-to-year basis. As always, the contracts give the Church all of the power and removes any power from the Scientologist. Scientology: Bad faith, contracts of adhesion, and a culture of snitching.

— Jeffrey Augustine

Scientology Mark Ultra VIII… by Tony Ortega


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Source Code

“Now, we are not in conflict with the customs and philosophy of the planet or the universe. Quite the contrary. It’s not a case of everybody is out of step but Jim. It’s a case of others want people badly out of step. And they’re getting them pretty badly out of step. But if you can talk to and communicate with anybody on the subject of Scientology, he agrees with what you’d say. He agrees very rapidly with what you say, unless he misses a word. If he misses a word then he won’t agree with what you’ve said, but you are actually talking to him about things which have been with him as customs, far, far, far longer than any Johnny-come-lately psychology or mental science that has been foisted off on him in recent times.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 15, 1964


Avast, Ye Mateys

“With a lot of fireworks of all kinds the Great Word Clearing Festival got off to a start. There was a small amount of excitement when two lions escaped and rushed to the galley. But instead of eating the cook, he put them to work washing dishes. That’s why you had paw prints on your plates this morning.” — The Commodore, September 15, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“People of Jewish race are the almost sole promoters of 1.1 stuff like Feminism, Gay Agenda, Communism, Freemasonry, and others, though the real creators of that are a small number of Illuminati. Illuminati create them, Jews promote them.”


Past is Prologue


1996: Worldwide protests were held last weekend outside Scientology locations, and many of the protesters posted picket reports. Lance Buckley, London: “Immediately the clam band ‘Jive Aces’ (Who oddly enough are all Sea Org members, not CC) started playing. They wouldn’t stop for the rest of our visit there. Constantly pounding out ragtime to drown out the voices of picketers and hardly a 5 second break between numbers. It was exactly the same stuff as they played last time, but at least it was in a different order today. This was in conjunction with the usual ‘Say No To Drugs’ campaign they trot out to make us look pro-drug whenever we turn up. What they fail to realise is that their reputation is so bad that few people were falling for it. I’m happy to report that Scientology’s reputation is now so bad, and so well known, that the drug campaign has little effect on the public perception of our protest. Our banner consisted of photocopied headlines of the recent suicide of Richard Collins, UK scientologist, Nora Lottick, who also died recently under similar circumstances. A colour printout of the infamous ‘Cult of Greed’ Time cover, and things of that nature.”


Random Howdy

“Jeez, does everybody around here have a sock except me?”


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] Scientologist chiro Nobbe: There’s an innocent explanation, judge. Prosecutors: No there isn’t.
[TWO years ago] Scientology reels in politicians and gets photo ops out of Hurricane Dorian
[THREE years ago] Sharp new memoir digs into Scientology’s toxic cruelty experienced by those who grow up in it
[FOUR years ago] Scientology’s newest infiltration — Rebecca Minkoff and Meghan Fialkoff at Nasdaq!
[FIVE years ago] SCIENTOLOGY DENIED: California Supreme Court rejects appeal in forced-abortion lawsuit
[SIX years ago] Back where it all started: Hoping to see you in Phoenix to talk Scientology then and now
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology’s secret plans for world domination — even better than the last time!
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: Texas Memories, Valley Whales, and Top Secret Plans!
[TEN years ago] Hugh Urban: An Interview With the Professor Who Took on Scientology


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 2,424 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,929 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,449 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,469 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,360 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,667 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,535 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,309 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,639 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,113 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,429 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,995 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,914 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,082 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,663 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,924 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,961 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,675 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,200 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 555 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,730 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,281 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,430 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,750 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,605 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,724 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,080 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,383 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,489 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,887 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,763 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,346 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,841 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,095 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,204 days.


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

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