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When L. Ron Hubbard’s Scientology followers put him on the spot about space opera

While we were tracking down a few L. Ron Hubbard references to put some finishing touches on last week’s piece about Scientology and astronomy, we ran into something kind of unusual that we thought we’d share with you.

We’ve pored through hundreds of L. Ron Hubbard’s Scientology lectures in the 1950s and 1960s, and we’ve shared many of them with you, including audio segments. And, judging by your comments, you are often struck by something that also makes us very curious: What were these giggling, applauding audiences thinking as Hubbard spun one tall tale after another?

On occasion, particularly in the early years, Hubbard did take questions from the audience, and in this case we found a rather stunning example of that from 1952. We found this particular session interesting because it turns out Hubbard’s fans had really been soaking up his space opera, which featured free-floating thetans inhabiting meat bodies and traveling around the solar system, and they were anxious to press him for more details.

You tell us, but Hubbard seems kind of uncomfortable about some of the questions, and his answers seem even more pulled off the top of his head than usual.


We’ve cut down the full transcript to make it a more manageable size, but we think you’ll find this back and forth pretty great.

And to our oldtimers, please help out by explaining some of the bizarre concepts that are flying back and forth between Ron and his admirers.

From “Technique 88: Questions and Answers,” recorded on June 28, 1952…

Hubbard: Well, this afternoon, this afternoon I’m going to let you fire at me, see if you’ve got any questions, anything I can answer that might aid and assist your confusion. (audience laughter)

Female voice: Are there theta doubles on the Earth like you said they’ve got on Mars?

Hubbard: Oh, you mean here, down here on Earth?

Female voice: Yeah.

Hubbard: Yeah, we’ve run into a couple. In fact, I know a boy that used to run a bucket shops over in the Pyrenees. And there’s somebody else ran into something out in the Western Hills of China.

Female voice: Well, what, what’s the relationship? Is one of them cause or are they co-cause?

Hubbard: Are they what?

Female voice: Are they co-cause or is only one of them remaining in the center, with the other just . . .

Hubbard: Well, you can be someplace and believe you’re someplace else, too, at the same time. And if you have ever run into anybody’s reality, if you’ve ever examined most people’s reality, it’s a cinch they’re someplace else! In other words, yes, there are, that theta-double action happens here on Earth. But there’s only one theta body in one place at one time. And, however, you can get a hookup. You can get a hookup between an individual here and somebody out on the, somewhere in the galaxy or the solar system. You can actually get a crossover so that this individual right here. And you will find this, as you audit, quite common, particularly girls…

Female voice: Would you elaborate a little bit on implants and how they will appear. Where and how?


Hubbard: On implants. The way they discovered what an implant was on the track was by empirical observation. They didn’t have to know anything about the mechanics of thought, actually, how to take it apart or what to do with it, in order to figure out what an implant and what a key-in was, because they had people around them all the time who were, well, they had theta beings, they had visible experience all the way around them. What happened? They found out if somebody got shot with a weapon or something of the sort, that just the sight of the weapon afterwards, or maybe a little vibration off of this weapon afterwards, would make them appear as though they’d been shot. And they observed this and observed this…

They had planets way out, and satellites, and some court of law, the Supreme Court of Arcturus, Third Planet, or something of the sort is meeting, and they want a witness or something of the sort, and well, they don’t want to send space wagons and everything else out for him. So they thought, This is a wonderful idea. This is the way we get fellows in here to be witnesses, to be tried, to be executed, to be fined, to be taxed, to be everything else. All we do is shoot him with a fear wave, a dispersal wave, and we just give him a good, solid shot and we say to him, at the same time we do that, “Every time you are sent for and your name or number is called, you will report.” And boy, that’s just in there over and over and over…

Male voice: If you are auditing a preclear and they’re not before you suddenly, can you continue auditing?

Hubbard: The MEST body is going to continue to be there, don’t make this mistake. Many people make the mistake: they think if you clear up a theta body the MEST body disappears or the MEST body goes away, or your goal is the disappearance of a MEST body. No, it isn’t. Now, in auditing your pc and so on, if you want to just put in your time and make sure he gets his money’s worth, go on and audit the genetic line. Because you’ve got him there.

Now, if he disappeared on you suddenly, it’d be very perplexing. What would be actually upsetting to you as an auditor, if he really did depart and let his body kick off. And that would be upsetting, because the police object to motionless bodies. (audience laughter) They’d come around and they’d want to know why. And you’d say, “Well, this fellow went up to Arcturus.” And you’d have to take off and leave your MEST body there!

Male voice: Well, apart from that, you might have difficulty in explaining to society what happened.

Hubbard: That’s right. That’s right. Yes.

Female voice: You spoke of a theta body coming down over the MEST body of a little boy. Where is the theta body of the little boy?

Hubbard: Yeah. Well, that’s what the theta body very often neglects to establish. “Does this little boy have a theta body already?” And so he neglects this and he looks at the little boy and he doesn’t take a good look at all, and he comes down and he does this trick: this trick is known as nipping. Tippling is drinking, but nipping is something else. (audience laughter)

Now, nipping is sort of closing down, you’ll find nearly every preclear has got this one. Now, I, you close down over the head of some MEST body and you go bap! And you really shoot the horsepower to him — the voltage — for just a split instant, see? Bang! You close right down over his ears and jawlines. You make his ears ring like mad, and so forth. And that’s a nip. You don’t intend to hurt him much. And very often you’ll cut his head right straight in half. Bloods, brains and everything spurt out in various directions.

Now if you were just knocking off a MEST body with this nip, that would be one thing. But what’s, people have miscalculated, and why they became so respectful toward MEST bodies in the first place and thought MEST bodies were alive and got a lot of stuff that wasn’t true about MEST bodies, is because there was a theta body on it. And what they were watching was a theta-being reaction to having its body’s — MEST body’s — head split in half, something like that…

And by the way, when the visio and perceptic on this gets good, some of those are really spectacular. They look like Fourth of July and some of them are very spectacular — the blood and brains fly all over the place. It’s interesting. But you say, “Where is the theta being?” Well, the theta being was there and you said, “Well, here was just a MEST body.” You thought it was just a MEST body. And you didn’t notice any theta being there at all. And the second you tackled it, it was suddenly very alive. And it kicked back terribly. And all of a sudden you said to yourself, “You know, these MEST bodies…” And this is a big mistake which nobody’s found out about. It’s a big mistake. “This MEST body is really something. It’s very powerful. We better bow down to these MEST bodies.” What you’re doing is operating with theta beings.

Male voice: Are there any MEST bodies that don’t have a theta body?

Hubbard: Are there any MEST bodies don’t have theta bodies? Well, why don’t we answer that next year. Let’s make a few experiments on the line, find out what is the survival value of a MEST body that doesn’t have a theta body. I would not really be prepared to answer that very thoroughly. I mean, I’d hate to go out on a limb. Believe it or not, I’m very cautious about what I say.


Male voice: How about these screens that are outside the Earth? Who installed them and how can we identify them?

Hubbard: The screens outside the Earth. Well, of course, that is a guess. It’s based upon numbers of incidents which I’ve run in individuals who have tried to leave Earth theta-beingwise, and they all of a sudden get this tremendous impact. And one just guesses that this is possibly it. And one guesses because of this strange thing called the aurora borealis.

By the way, it’s beautifully described in lots of books, but nobody says why or what it is. And here’s this strange aurora borealis. And actually, it’ll comb its fingers clear down to as far south as thirty-eight or thirty-five north latitude. And it’s a sort of a glowing field. And boy, it really looks like a field, too. And because of the behavior of lines of variation on compasses and so on, which are shifting, and the whole thing is very regular and it looks very strange, one merely suspects that. I don’t say that’s it, but it’ll be something like that.

Now, you’ll run it where preclears have tried to leave Earth and all of a sudden they come up against a field or something that just goes crash! and it just knocks them out. And they try to get out of that and there they are. So there’s probably a route through a screen if there is a screen. And that’s all I can tell you about the screens out there…

Female voice: How about something about sex and pain and the aesthetics?

Hubbard: Oh, yeah, aesthetics are, very easy to cross up aesthetics with sex.

Female voice: That was an incident was it?

Hubbard: Oh, yes. One of the incidents like that is called the Chute. You win a prize or something and they give you a reward. And you walk up to the top of this chute and you go down it. It’s just a series of fields. And you can’t stop once you start down. And there’s a terrific ARC break right on the beginning of it because you feel that this is real betrayal. And you start down the chute and you go right through these fields, one right after the other. And they just install the emotions in sequence. That’s why the Tone Scale looks so natural to people. It’s a picture of this chute. And it’s drawn that way, actually. When you get down the line, the fellow finishes up at the end, he’s never going to be the same again.

But sex is on that installation line. What they do is take the upper harmonic up here of aesthetics and reinforce it like mad down here in the lower emotional bracket. And the Halver and the Chute and three or four other incidents on the track install sex as a pointed-up intensity, which is very, very easy for a person to reach. And you will be amazed at some preclear who has never really experienced anything sexual, but they thought they did, but they never really did and you start running them through some of these incidents where they’re blanketing a couple or something of the sort or one of these installation incidents and, boy, their temperature goes right on roaring up the line. And they say, “My God! Could there be this much sensation?” Because sensation is pointed up to be, this is the thing for it to be. Also pain is accentuated. Also sadism is accentuated in the same way. This is the way. You just fix it so a person, when he starts up and down in his emotions, will hang up on those particular points. Yes.

Male voice: Some preclears, they come up with the data that sex is installed in Fac One as part of the . . .

Hubbard: Yes, it’s one of the routines. But, of course, Fac One has many, been many times duplicated and there are many of same type of implant. It doesn’t specialize in sex. Fac One, I would think that Fac One was a religious installation, if you want to categorize it, more than a sexual installation…

Female voice: Would you mind talking more about races — where they are before they come here?

Hubbard: Races?

Female voice: Yeah, the First, Second and Third races.


Hubbard: Oh, invader races.

Female voice: Yeah.

Hubbard: Yeah, there’s another one somebody’s got to solve sometime — I haven’t had time to go into it very thoroughly — is where do the various colors come from here on Earth and what is different about their track, if any. I am afraid that we will find out there isn’t much difference. I think the difference is in the MEST body line, as it comes up, and then the theta bodies come down and take it as, or leave it. Although I haven’t found too many people crossing races, but some of them do. The invader races — you just call them invader races merely because they seem to have assumed the number and they answer up on an E-Meter to these numbers. And you say, “Are you the Third Invader Force?” And he says, “No, I’m . . .” There’s no action on the meter. And you say, “Are you the Twenty-eighth?” No action on the meter. And you get down into what you know to be the proper number and you say here, “Well, are you the Second?” No action. “First Invader Force?” — bang! And you get a very positive reaction on this. Well, that’s about all I can tell you about these invader forces beyond this point.

Female voice: If the Fifth are most recent, where have they been until now?…Where have they been to have come so recently?

Hubbard: Well, if you get, in sixty trillion years, the Fifth is just turning up now. It gives you some kind of an idea of how long a race is top dog.

Female voice: But where have they been?…Has it been in this universe?

Hubbard: No.

Female voice: No?

Hubbard: No.

Female voice: It only came into this universe.

Hubbard: Yeah, that’s right.

Male voice: What was the pattern?

Hubbard: Oh, you get the pattern of the First there in the track map. The first force that came in and they had what they call their “home universe.” And that’s all they answer up to: home universe. They were all happy and everything was fine, and so forth. The next thing you know, bang! Everything went to the devils and they were in the MEST universe and they had a bad time, and they finally got up and got things going and finally developed into an invader force of their own and started mopping up the old boys, whoever was there first. But, you see, the oldest race that we have track of here on Earth knows themselves to be the first race. They don’t, they consider these other races minor ones…

Male voice: What would you say was the normal scanning area outside of the body from its theta body? Does it vary with the individual?


Hubbard: Yes. You’ll find individuals who are terribly introverted will start out by being able to scan an area. . . Let’s take an axis through the MEST body from the top of the head to a point between the heels. And let’s just take this as one line. And they can run facsimiles, if they’re very bad off, very introverted, they can run theta-body facsimiles maybe an inch from that line, clear inside their physical being. In other words, their theta body is really narrowed down. Actually, in such a case, the MEST body is on the outside to some degree. Person is really pretty psycho to have his MEST body on the outside in any way. And don’t think that at this time he could take his theta body out, because it hasn’t got enough horsepower to do anything. And, actually, he hasn’t enough horsepower to do anything….

Male voice: If an individual was being aware of being aware of being aware, and all he were being was being aware of nothing that you had been aware of before, what kind of being is such?

Hubbard: That’s a nice question. That’s a nice question.

Male voice: Because some people will come to this point.

Hubbard: Well, if their target, if the target and goal was simply to be aware, I’m afraid we wouldn’t get many answers. But the awareness of awareness which you’re trying to reach: What is your awareness of awareness unit? What are you aware of being aware with? Well, that’s been a big puzzle. They’ve called it all kinds of things. Oh, they flubbed around: unconscious mind, that might have something. And then there might be a human soul; there might be this and there might be that. Numbers of descriptions for lack of something that would tell you what it was. Well, you get a MEST body which has hidden itself so beautifully. And, of course, it is aware; it’s also aware that it’s aware, but it’s pretending that it’s only aware that the body is aware. So you get physical awareness as being the thing which is registered, whereas physical awareness actually doesn’t very directly occur. What you get is theta awareness twice

Male voice: What is the possibility of the existing equipment putting thoughts on a television screen?

Hubbard: Very good. In fact, it’s too stupidly simple. Don’t suggest it to the TV people, please. I can see it now. I can see it now: here you are sitting in front of your television screen, and all of a sudden you get this terrible impulse to go down and buy Chlorodent. Hmm. You say, “I’ve just got to buy Chlorodent. I’ve just got to buy Chlorodent.” And the next thing you know, you go buy the Chlorodent. You say, “What the devil am I doing with this stuff?” The machine’s off by that time, you see. Next time you turn it on, why, you’re all set.

As a matter of fact, as a matter of fact, you could take a motion picture screen or a television set and you could back it up with an emotional output emanator. And you could make the audience have the emotion called for on the screen or in the script. They would just have that emotion, that’s all. And it’d sure save wear and tear on the writers. And as a matter of fact, they’re so worn and torn at this time that I expect that will be next.

I can tell you that any wave along that level is so short, it’s very easily deflected. Why, we were just going into this a little while ago. I’ll tell you a protector for it. Evidently there’s a protector along this line, I know there’s a protector along this line, but I’ll be nice, is a metallic cloth. Any cloth with some metal in it, possibly tinfoil. Tinfoil isn’t any good because you couldn’t wear it as a shirt. But you could take any cloth and weave it in and you could protect yourself from such waves.

So if you find yourself going to movies or sitting in front of television screens or something of the sort and all of a sudden start emoting with everything you see and so forth, well, go down and dip your shirt in rust or something of the sort. Got to get something rusty — and wear a shirt that’s been dipped in something metallic, and it’ll — you’ll get a deflection on the wave. But it’s not ridiculous, by the way. That is the preventer. That’s a buckler. There’s nothing much to this. OK….

Female voice: How about love, how about total cause on the theta level?

Second female voice: You’re talking about theta engrams; that isn’t all sex is.

Hubbard: Well, I’m not trying to undersell sex. I’m talking about blanketing incidents. Which, by the way, I have never found a blanket incident which was high on the Tone Scale.


Female voice: Yeah, but can’t you be theta if somebody — you intend to be theta at total cause?

Hubbard: Oh, sure.

Female voice: That’s love. I mean, it’s . . .

Hubbard: Sure. Sure.

Female voice: It’s not always a tone drop — sex.

Hubbard: Yeah, that’s true. That’s true. You’re talking now about a relatively unaberrated sexual relationship, whereas I’m talking very specifically about blanketings. And you won’t find any of those high on the Tone Scale. They’re but low. You’ll find some people actually get a tone lift from it….

Male voice: Can you move the range expander from one setting to the other and still keep the needle on the dial with the tone lever? Or do you have to move the range expander a little bit at a time?

Hubbard: Oh! Oh! Read that book, Electropsychometric Auditing. Elementary. Elementary, my dear Watson. You never put this anyplace but minus, N and plus. Never. Otherwise, you’ll get so fouled up in what you’re, interpreting the machine. This has three positions only. Actually, these could be click positions. Really, there could be click positions here, here, here and here, so that your machine would always set exactly at zero — pardon me, exactly straight up on the sensitivity knob, exactly minus, exactly neutral, exactly plus, with this the only gradient scale. And that’s the way the machine is designed to read right now. Right?

Male voice: Uh-huh.

Hubbard: You got it. Yes?

Male voice: Stations on the moon that my preclear mentions occasionally.

Hubbard: Oh, your preclears mention that occasionally? Well, there’s stations on the moon, all right — but on the other side of the moon. There’s also a colony back there on the other side of the moon. You’ll occasionally find a between-lives track. There’s an asylum up there. You’ll occasionally find a girl who has a MEST body up there on the other side of the moon. That moon — other side of the moon is Space Station 33. Yes.

Male voice: Is there supposed to be atmosphere up there, Ron?

Hubbard: On the moon? Well, there’s two things. You take beings who are not too far down the Tone Scale that, so that they need a carbon-oxygen MEST body and they don’t need air. The other thing is that there’s nothing easier than to throw a bubble of silica up and have an atmosphere-contained bubble. And you’ve actually got each; these two conditions obtain on the moon. Furthermore, there’s a gypsum up there, and you can always make water if you’ve got gypsum. So it’s a very simple problem. Yes?


Male voice: Well, if these beings that seem to want to control or who, I mean, the ones that are in control, are so close to us, it looks like they wouldn’t appreciate our coming up the Tone Scale now.

Second male voice: When are they going to catch on?

Hubbard: When they going to catch on . . . When? Don’t you think things have been kind of rough around here lately? Haven’t you noticed? No, they don’t mind anybody going up the Tone Scale, just as long as people go up the Tone Scale. They don’t care what happens to Earth anyhow. Their complete lack of physical overtness about Earth is one of the things that tells you that that force screen is pretty effective.

If you sent a space can up through and so forth, and you started to cruise around the system, you’d probably go a short distance. You might even get somewhere in the vicinity of Mars. You might even be able to go around the moon a couple of times. But then there would be a small flash in the sky, and you’d never hear from them. I’m sure that a space vessel moving out of Earth at any time would be shot down with great speed.

The saucers which are coming in here and so forth, are — they mostly just come in here. And they just say, “Well, let’s come in here.” They skim along, and so forth. They almost never land. And they shoot down through the atmosphere and they’re not even curious. They have no mission here. That’s what people can’t get through their heads on Earth. The people on Earth are so egocentric. They think they’re important. They think this is an important planet. They think this amounts to something, that people would want to come and see them and so forth. And they can’t understand the fact that somebody would use Earth just as a gravity bounce.

He’s on his way to Venus or something of the sort, and he’s from some other area someplace. And so he comes down on—toward a sphere here to deflect his course. Nothing to it. He’s coming in toward Earth and he just does a bounce off of the thing. Carom shot. I suppose if you were to take, to sit down with a big council and you were to ask the boys on the space station, if you, anybody ever did any consulting with them, and you were to ask them, “Say, fellows, what do we do about Earth?” And we got somebody over from Mars and somebody from Venus and, “How about blowing up Earth? Shall we blow up Earth or shall we save Earth?”

And they’d say, “Huh?” And you’d say, “Yes. What’ll we do about Earth?” “Well, suit yourself.” That would be about the reaction. It’s just not important. The only thing they can use Earth for and the only reason they mess around with Earth at all is — you see, you can get into Venus, actually, from Mars, by transportation of theta beings via Earth. You can also influence other activities elsewhere by using Earth as a way station. Now, if you were to have a planet that had a population — you’d like to make up an intelligence pool, let’s say. What’s going on someplace else? Well, you could — might be able to tell what’s going on someplace else by monitoring the people on it…

Female voice: How about a cat race? Isn’t there another race that’s trapped in a body like this?

Hubbard: The what?

Female voice: The cats, domestic cats?

Hubbard: Oh, the cat people? Yeah, there’s the cat people and there’s the snake people.

Female voice: I’m sure they’re quite theta, aren’t they?

Hubbard: Sure, sure, sure. High theta. They get unstabilized easily, because all this is a little bit too raw in its reality for them. The snake people, there are quite a few snake people around. They’re unmistakable. You take a look at them, you know them.

Female voice: Can we help them? Can we help the cat people?


Hubbard: Sure. Sure.

Female voice: How?

Hubbard: Oh, mop them up so they can go on their way. The last thing that evidently happened to the cat people is they were just knocked absolutely silly. Somebody just shot them to pieces before they came in here. And it’s very interesting. They possess this characteristic. Yes.

…Well, I’d better cut this off. It’s 6 o’clock here and I’ve been shooting my face off. Now, I wasn’t joking. I wasn’t joking about any of these lines, but particularly wasn’t joking about the Third Battalion.

If any of you find any of those people, please ask them to write me. Thank you.


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Source Code

“The fellow who says, ‘Well, all right, all right, so they’re fighting in M-ghanistan. I can’t do anything about it.’ You’ve suddenly — you’ve suddenly had him admit that he couldn’t, he couldn’t have the space of M-ghanistan. And now, this is the biggest trick that your real entheta boys use. They get people to go around admitting they can’t have any — can’t do anything about things.” — L. Ron Hubbard, October 16, 1953



Avast, Ye Mateys

“Command Intention for the ship at this time is TO HAVE A FULLY OPERATIONAL SHIP, SMART COMPETENT CREW AND A POSH YACHT ATMOSPHERE AND APPEARANCE FOR SHIP AND CREW. Command Intention for the Flag Org at this time is TO COPE AND CONTINUE AT HIGH SPEED THOSE ACTIONS ALREADY IN PROGRESS AND PROVING SO WORTHWHILE IN Station Ships, AOs and orgs. Flag personnel, attention to the external affairs of the SO and improve those down stats.” — The Commodore October 16, 1969


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Something else is operating the matrix and it can all be re-arranged in a moment — so it wouldn’t matter then, what one did, would it? That is the intention of the Time implants — the most basic on the track and always the most insidious of modern-day psychological operations. To drive one into apathy and plant the seeds of defeat before even moving into implanted suggestions, which depend on this confusion to even take hold. I think Hubbard was one of those who made the greatest strides in seriously breaking that mystery down.”


Past is Prologue

1999: “Fier” reported a protest this week at the Canberra, Australia org. “A small and quiet picket outside the Canberra Org today, from 12:30 til 1:45pm. We handed out around 90 flyers (space alien scam and insane cult). Goombaj and I took control of the street corner with our signs and flyers. My mum and sister came along again, and gave out flyers, and waved the signs around. There were NO handlers for the very first time. I was talking to a nice young lady whom I knew from within the cult, she agreed that all they want is your money, and said she hadn’t been into the org for a long time. Her parents are scientologists. I was just explaining the space cooties to her incredulous and interested self and friends, when a clam came out to say ‘Hemi is guilty of more than enough crimes to put him behind bars for a very long time’ to me. I quickly demanded him name just one, which he couldn’t do. Canberra is a small city, no more than 400,000 people, and the word is spreading quickly. More and more people at the recent pickets are saying ‘I have already read that one’ as we offer flyers, and many flyers are being showed to their friends, or talked about.”


Random Howdy


“The only sexual magick Crowley had came from an opium pipe or a syringe loaded with smack that let him keep it up all night. In street parlance it’s called ‘dope dick’.”


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, 2020 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.



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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 ‘accidentally’ outs Jane Doe accuser after judge told him not to
[TWO years ago] Tom Cruise at the IAS gala with his kids Connor and Isabella? We think it’s likely.
[THREE years ago] Growing up in Scientology, and growing together outside of it: An appeal
[FOUR years ago] Crashing a ‘Mace-Kingsley’ event in Pasadena to get some answers about Scientology and kids
[FIVE years ago] Our story last week about Narconon deaths kicked up a fuss — and news of two more deaths
[SIX years ago] Scientology on trial in Belgium: An update from our man in Europe
[SEVEN years ago] The Garcias answer Scientology’s ‘International Justice Chief’ with an affidavit by Mike Rinder
[NINE years ago] Rumors That Tom Cruise is Breaking with Scientology: “Bullshit With a Capital B”


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 2,455 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,960 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,480 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,500 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,391 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,698 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,566 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,340 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,670 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,144 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,460 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,026 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,945 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,113 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,694 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,955 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,991 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,706 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,231 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 586 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,761 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,312 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,461 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,781 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,636 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,755 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,111 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,414 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,520 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,918 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,794 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,377 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,872 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,126 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,235 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on October 16, 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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