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Tom Cruise, looking puffy again between movie shoots, gets booed at SF game

The San Francisco Giants put Tom Cruise on the Jumbotron last night during Game 2 of the division series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. This set off a storm on Twitter, with lots of jokes about how puffy Tom looked (again) and wondering if he was preparing to play recently deceased SNL comedian Norm MacDonald in a biopic. Hardy har har.

Whatever makes his face blow up between movies is certainly not Scientology, but whatever he’s doing, it doesn’t keep him from going out in public. In this case he was out with his son Connor at his side, and as Intergalactic Walrus pointed out last night, that’s his nephew Aden Darmody (his sister Cass’s son) on his left.

According to SFGate, “When the ‘Mission Impossible’ star was put up on the videoboard, boos could be heard.” Was this the result of Giants fans perceiving that Hollywood Tom was there to root for the Dodgers? Or could it be that Tom’s years of shilling for a destructive totalitarian organization is finally starting to catch up with him?

We were glad to see that some folks at Twitter are paying attention.



Now, for more nonsense.


Plan your November on the Freewinds!




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Source Code

“Have you ever run a sperm sequence? It doesn’t have any energy in it either but it has all the energy there is in it. Have you ever seen anybody lying on the couch in the sperm sequence, and seen his feet start to swing sideways in an impossible motion? He says, ‘What am I doing?’ The energy which is generating that was of the magnitude necessary to wiggle the tail of something which is only visible in a microscope. And yet this fellow is wiggling his whole body on this tiny, tiny amount of energy.” — L. Ron Hubbard, October 10, 1951


Avast, Ye Mateys

“The Sea Org proper was begun with Flag Order No. 1, 12 August 1967. On about that date the ‘Avon River’ was launched in Las Palmas. FO 639 gives 9 Oct 67 as the ‘proper’ beginning as it then had a function. But 12 Aug would be its real birthday.” — The Commodore, October 10, 1970



Overheard in the FreeZone

“LRH’s Data Series was used in 1990 by Captain Bill Robertson to evaluate the situation inside the planet and outside in the intergalactic scenario. He found inside the planet the agenda of the One Worlders to create a World Government, reduce the population and control the remaining humans with mind control technology. This data series finding from 1990 has been confirmed to be true and accurate now in the year 2021. We could assume then, that the findings of this data series investigation in 1990, as regards the intergalactic scenario, are also correct. That includes the findings about the participation of extraterrestrials to create a One World Government as well as the Free Zone Decrees from Galactic Central.”


Past is Prologue

2000: The Salt Lake City Tribune reported that U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch made comments in favor of Scientology’s efforts to discredit European countries for their efforts against cults. “Hatch told delegates from 36 countries, including China, Mongolia and Iran, that the job of ensuring religious freedoms is far from done — even in industrialized countries such as France. ‘Developments in France have been particularly troubling because one would expect France to be one of the leaders on a human-rights issue,’ Hatch said. But in ‘June of 1995, the French National Assembly established a parliamentary inquiry commission charged with ‘studying the sect phenomenon’ in the country. The French Senate will soon consider legislation that would ‘create a dangerously broad weapon for fighting unpopular religious groups,’ he said. Germany has also limited religious freedom, Hatch said. In Germany, the controversial Church of Scientology, founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard and embraced by a number of Hollywood celebrities, has endured discrimination by the government.”


Random Howdy

“I lived through 70’s Punk, early 80’s hardcore, late 80’s alternative, and whatever passed for a scene in the first half of the 90’s, and most of my friends from those time periods are dead. But at least they had some really good times before their number came up. I don’t think Scientologists can say the same.”


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 December 17 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.’ US Supreme Court denied Valerie’s petition Oct 4.
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] Read the prosecution’s smackdown of Danny Masterson’s attempt to get out of rape charges
[TWO years ago] Nancy Cartwright tops $17 million as Scientology celebrates its whales
[THREE years ago] Scientology’s cruise ship the Freewinds: Why OT 8 needed to be delivered off-shore
[FOUR years ago] Here’s how Scientology tried to keep you from seeing tonight’s episode of ‘Leah Remini’
[FIVE years ago] One of Scientology’s new Narconons got inspected — and turned up one surprising result
[SIX years ago] Another minor omen of the coming Scientology apocalypse appears in Florida
[SEVEN years ago] Vance Woodward’s lawsuit dismissed as judge grants Scientology’s anti-SLAPP motion
[EIGHT years ago] OOPS: Government Shutdown Stalls EEOC Lawsuit Against Miami Scientology Chiropractor
[NINE years ago] Why Tom Cruise Can’t Quit 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 2,449 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,954 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,474 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,494 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,385 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,692 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,560 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,334 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,664 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,138 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,454 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,020 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,939 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,107 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,688 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,949 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,986 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,700 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,225 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 580 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,755 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,306 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,455 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,775 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,630 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,749 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,105 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,408 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,514 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,912 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,788 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,371 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,866 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,120 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,229 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on October 10, 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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