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Scientology’s evangelist is coming to town, and he wants to discuss your origin, thetan

Michael Chan, live! Is there anything more thrilling, Scientology pilgrims?

One of our great tipsters forwarded to us the latest Scientology mailer about church barnstormer Michael Chan coming to the San Fernando Valley “Ideal Org” for more of his promotions of Scientology’s expensive seances, with the added treat that “cultural destruction” makes Scientology more relevant than ever.



We’re sure it will be a gas, and we can only imagine that two full days of Michael Chan is something not to be missed.

It reminded us, however, that a video leaked to us of an actual Chan lecture remains one of the most remarkable things we’ve ever seen that was sneaked out of the Church of Scientology.

That was three years ago, however, and we know that’s an eternity in Internet time. We wanted to make sure that some of our newer readers got a chance to see why we speak so highly of this leak.

It’s one of the very, very few times that we obtained video evidence of Scientology’s wacky cosmology being taught to church members, backing up what we’ve been saying was spelled out in founder L. Ron Hubbard’s lectures and that defectors have confirmed remains the ultimate goal of Scientology.

Please take a little time and watch Chan explain the origin story of thetans and this universe. And also how Ideal Orgs are nearly dead, but that they need to bring in many, many more people in order to find the truly great thetans walking the earth on a par with Obi-Wan Kenobi.



Bonus items from our tipsters

When is that grand opening, Austin?




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Source Code

“Little boy is a kick. My little girl requires interest to be kind of generated by the vicinity. You know? It’s got to be heavy matter and that sort of thing. She’d get interested. Yes, she’s very alert and very interested. But this little boy, her brother, is practically an Operating Thetan. And he is a fabulous little character — not just because he’s my son, of course — but he’s a fabulous character in that he’s always exteriorized. You walk past his room — his door is closed, you see — in the middle of the night and he’ll do a flip-flop on his bunk, bang! and he’ll be right up there scratching on the door saying, ‘Hey, say hello,’ you know, that sort of thing. You open the door and say, ‘Hello, Quentin,’ and he’s real happy.” — L. Ron Hubbard, October 6, 1954


Avast, Ye Mateys

“FAN MAIL: Items which bring in nice comments and congratulations lately have been Expanded Lower Grades and the Data Series. Numerous pleased comments came in on Expanded Lower Grades with no adverse ones. The Data Series gets good comment and is well liked. It has run into only a couple of adverse where the Out-points restimed some out-points but by auditing them straight it came out great. Hymn of Asia is also very popular.” — The Commodore, October 6, 1970



Overheard in the FreeZone

“I know that Jewish DNA tends to produce more 1.1s, but that doesn’t mean we are going to single out a whole group of people as being 1.1 and that we should be racist or anything. The free zone is open to all and sadly the Atlantean/Aryan race is full of bad bodies too. I think it’s better than other bodies but sadly here on Earth all bodies are bad for the thetan and we need to empower the thetan and ignore the corrupted bodies.”


Past is Prologue

1996: It was reported this week that a Scientologist killed two children of a Canadian couple, also Scientologists. The murder was committed in Copenhagen, Denmark. Excerpts from news reports, including the Toronto Sun. “A woman drowned a pair of one-year-old Canadian twins while bathing them, then dressed the bodies, put them in a stroller and pushed them to a police station, police said Monday. A Russian-born nanny turned herself in to police and was taken into custody for a psychological examination and questioning. She was not identified. The one-year-old boy and girl were drowned on Saturday, police said. They said the children’s bodies were mutilated. The twins’ mother was identified as Deborrah Helen Hiver, of Canada, and the father as Paul Maurice Hiver of France. The couple had met the nanny at a Scientology church where they are all members, church officials said. While Debbie and Aime Hiver were at work at a cleaning company Saturday, police say, their 47-year-old nanny, Ludmila Vassilieva, appeared at a local police station with a stroller bearing the bodies of their daughter, Lauren, and son, Herve. Vassilieva, like the Hivers, is a member of the Church of Scientology, and in a public letter the parents laid the blame for their nanny’s behavior on psychiatric treatment, ‘which not only does not help but can influence a person to kill.'”


Random Howdy

“Man, my groovy shark vid got no votes, but my simple-minded off-the-cuff remark got top vote. You people are weird.”



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 November 2.
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 June 28, 2022.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, Cannane victorious, awarded court costs. Case appealed on Dec 23. Appeal hearing held Aug 23-27. Awaiting a ruling.



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] Danny Masterson’s attempt to get out of rape accusers’ lawsuit to be heard today
[TWO years ago] For you doubters, here’s proof of Scientology miracles that demonstrate the power of ‘OT’!
[THREE years ago] In the Sea Org, under suspicion: ‘I accepted that I was, in Scientology terms, an ethics particle’
[FOUR years ago] This new image of David Miscavige makes years of Scientology Watching all worth it
[FIVE years ago] Chris Shelton dives into Scientology culture with the Larisa Smith story, part two
[SEVEN years ago] A Bunker Exclusive: Jonny Jacobsen’s 2008 book introduction describing Scientology
[EIGHT years ago] Sunday Funnies: Scientology’s Shiny New Freedom Magazine!
[NINE years ago] Another Narconon Lawsuit, Oregon Dentist to Fight Order, and More Scientology Links
[TEN years ago] Scientology Raided, Smacked Down in Court, and Accused of Killing Trees


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 2,445 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,950 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,470 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,490 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,381 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,688 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,556 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,330 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,660 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,134 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,450 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,016 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,935 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,103 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,684 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,945 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,982 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,696 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,221 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 576 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,751 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,302 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,451 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,771 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,626 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,745 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,101 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,404 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,510 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,908 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,784 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,367 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,862 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,116 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,225 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on October 6, 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

Watch our short videos that explain Scientology’s controversies in three minutes or less…

Check your whale level at our dedicated page for status updates, or join us at the Underground Bunker’s Facebook discussion group for more frivolity.

Our non-Scientology stories: Robert Burnham Jr., the man who inscribed the universe | Notorious alt-right inspiration Kevin MacDonald and his theories about Jewish DNA | The selling of the “Phoenix Lights” | Astronomer Harlow Shapley‘s FBI file | Sex, spies, and local TV news | Battling Babe-Hounds: Ross Jeffries v. R. Don Steele


Tony Ortega at The Daily Beast


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