Daily Notifications
Sign up for free emails to receive the feature story every morning in your inbox at


What’s happening right now in Scientology’s independent ‘Freezone’

Yesterday, Chris Shelton gave us another interesting look at what “new religious movement” academics are up to in regards to Scientology. And this time, he looked at a professor who, according to his own bio, has made a bit of a name for himself examining the “freezone.”

Readers know that we also have an interest in the freezone, which generally describes former Church of Scientology members who have left the organization and are practicing Scientology independently.

There have always been splinter groups and indie practitioners since the dawn of the Dianetics movement in the early 1950s, of course, but for some reason the freezone gets “rediscovered” every few years and tends to be painted as a revelation. Perhaps the biggest publicity the freezone received was Reza Aslan’s short-lived “Believer” series on CNN, when he claimed that independent Scientology could some day become a major world religion.

In reality, the freezone is even tinier than Scientology itself, and has a thin online presence now compared to just a few years ago. But we still keep an eye on what the indies are up to, and readers have enjoyed our daily “Overheard in the Freezone” feature.


Every once in a while, however, we find a lengthier piece written by independents, and in this case we ran across a couple of things this week we thought you might want to see. They give a flavor for what’s up at the indie forums these days. These two pieces were written by two different people, the first from a person in Europe, the second from a person in the US. They appeared in two different freezone web locations.

Scientology and the pandemic

It’s a funny thing this so-called ‘pandemic.’ This man-concocted feature of this world’s theatre, in this place that we in passing call planet Earth.

If people said, “No!,” refused to abide to government ruling (civil disobedience), the ‘pandemic’ would be over today! There is no excess death on this planet, official statistics are very clear about that, meaning that Covid is nothing worse than the flu. Statistics (forwarded by FDA) show that 5-6 people are sacrificed to save one life (vaxxes, postponed surgery/other treatment, restrictions etc.). Approximately 75 percent of persons that have tested positive for Covid have had two jabs. But you have to dig for the information as the media hides it. Today the media is utterly unreliable on a global scale. Today we also understand how Nazi Germany could do what it did and wasn’t stopped. It is happening all over again at a time that the last victims of WWII are dying out. “Never again!” it was shouted through the years after WWII, but we are there once again…

This time around it is done globally! Some have called it medical apartheid. Josef Mengele has been invited to join the party (ref. Nuremberg Code 1947). Australia has already turned into a fascist state, fining people $5,000 to $20,000 if they don’t get their jabs. Fascism’s mother country Italy surely isn’t much better.

The fate of Scientology also has become clear. To make it ineffective they only had to invalidate and wipe out the Scientology Clear, which plan was met with complete success! The tool used was David Mayo (first poisoning the Church of Scientology, next poisoning the ‘independent field’). Scientology groups kick me out (try to silence, invalidate, or ignore me in various ways) because I point that out and can prove it with undeníable fact. People like Michael Moore, Jonathan Burke, Dave LaCroix and various others got duped or are simply part of this theatre. Particularly Dave LaCroix has shown himself to be rather aggressive about it. Also Dan Koon nor Pierre Ethier have been helpful. They are all promoting a false Bridge. Then when I say something about that, I am accused of dividing.

What am I dividing? Did I create this division? I only point out it is there! When are people going to wake up?! This day this world shows openly how mad man really is. Still people bought the tale as if L. Ron Hubbard would be returning? Returning to this asylum?! That’s rather nutty to think that, nonetheless David Mayo claimed it. Said he had a long letter from L. Ron Hubbard, but never made it public. Later he even completely abandoned Scientology, this after agreeing to a financial deal with the Church of Scientology (wakey, wakey…).

In spite of all that people are still sleeping. Nothing changed since L. Ron Hubbard on camera (1966) pointed out that “Man IS asleep!”, man just continues sleeping…

Keeping Scientology Working is wholly ignored. We don’t even have #1 in place. L. Ron Hubbard warned, warned and warned, time after time after time again, but people are just not listening, not looking. It doesn’t matter if you present cold hard evidence, you will be ignored, you will be jumped at, because you may not step out of line. That is considered bad, bad, bad if you do. The common ‘Scientologist’ is so very very pleased to get crumbs, he demands no more.

Once again it would appear as if man is wasting this little chance where L. Ron Hubbard talks about. To save this world, it needs an awakening, people need to stand up and stop being silent and being onlookers. They have to start to say, “No, enough of this madness!” If we will not, this world’s done for, Scientology will be done for…

There are only a handful of persons around that have understood a Bridge that has been interfered with, Andreas Gross is one of those persons, Max Hauri is another of those persons.

Scientology and String Theory


I woke up this morning in total awe of the Technology of Scientology. L. Ron Hubbard had said in the 1950’s that it was a science, and people then especially scientists, laughed. It couldn’t be a science: it didn’t use the technology that science uses, you know, double blind studies, that sort of thing. Yet this morning I gently shifted from dreamland to the awake state and happened to catch bits of knowledge that hadn’t been fully revealed earlier.

Know that I was trained early on to believe Ron when he said that Scientology was senior to other sciences because a Scientologist could use what he learns in Scientology to understand other sciences and practices. I’m paraphrasing this; this is not a quote. It was knowledge gained before “if it isn’t written it isn’t true” and before case supervisors, auditor’s admin, and word clearing. I learned it when a majority of Scientologists had “never taken drugs.” But I meander. I hope you notice this isn’t my usual writing style.

So back to the subject, at the moment of awakening this day I gained an understanding of Scientology in relation to “string” theory. Not bad for someone who has never studied any type of string theory, so be sure to beat me up if it doesn’t match up with your personal knowledge.

I’d previously heard of “string” in relation to DNA, and in relation to computers. Apparently a “string” is an agreed upon code using a sequence of letters and numbers that has to do with its function. It is a kind of “mind” that makes things happen. So I’m now communicating this as I see it, and then I will go to the dictionary and double check my understanding.

Scientology, as you probably know by now even if the upper sections are confidential, deals with spirits which impinge on the body mostly from the inside, and there had been one particular one that I freed a couple of years ago along with a pain in the back. This morning I happened to glance at the same area of the body where that spirit had been residing. He had been no bigger than a dot when I first had encountered him on my lower spine, but he had been sitting on a string… I even caught 5 of the numbers of the string before my copy of this matter disappeared.

This bit of a dot spirit, which, incidentally, grew to two feet in size as it left the body, had been sitting on the string and inhibiting it from doing its job, that is, carrying out its body function whatever that particular string’s function was. With the spirit gone, and any mental image picture copy of it I made gone, the string could now do what it had to do. In other word, to my computer friends, I removed the “bug.”

Last night I finished up the OT X written by Vasily Efimenko.

Yes, I had gotten some little cogs out of it, but discovered I had as-ised (vanished) interest in it without getting any major EP… Oh, yes, I checked for ARC breaks etc. Perhaps I should have checked for overrun and protest but I didn’t because I hadn’t had a really major cognition. I just said, “I’m done” and left it at that. Now I’m beginning to realize I just have had a delayed cognition, with the little fixed bits of “me” now removed I’m recognizing knowledge in areas I didn’t know before, and I’m having a bit of fun writing “out of character” going all over the place then back to the subject. Ron did that in his lectures and tapes — thought I’d try my hand at it.

Along with the realization of the awesomeness of Scientology Tech I remembered that when L. Ron Hubbard Incorporated the Church of Scientology in 1953 in N.J. he also incorporated the Church of American Science in the same year. I suspect, suspect only, that the CoAS was first, given that the alteration of any subject tends to stick. Anyone know which came first? I really would like to know; this isn’t the chicken or the egg question.

One last word to nay-sayers who object to any use of “otherisms”, i.e. if it wasn’t written by Ron it is not Scientology, please remember that there are two parts of auditing, “how to audit” and “what to audit.” LOL, I’m having a big blow-down here…of course you audit spirits, but what to audit them on? I want to thank Vasily Efimenko for creating some usable tech for the upper levels that does not violate any of Hubbard’s teachings. Thank you.


Leah Remini podcast: Nora Ames

Says Mike: “This week we welcome Nora Ames, former SO member and outspoken whistleblower concerning the hypocrisy of Scientology’s rampant homophobia. She has one of the most incredible and harrowing escape from the Sea Org stories. We cover it in some detail, as well as what she did to get her mother out of Scientology. Both her father and mother were scientology Guardian Office workers.” Listen to the episode right here!



Sign up for a daily email when we post a new story on Scientology.

Did you know you can get an email every morning when we post our daily Scientology story? We know some of the folks who come to the Underground Bunker aren’t here to talk about the politics of the day, and that’s why we created a daily politics feature over at our other blog, The Lowdown, and we ask readers to take their political discussions over there. And if you drop us a line at tonyo94 AT gmail, we’ll put you on the list so you get a morning reminder that a new Scientology story has been posted — and only for our Scientology stories.


Source Code

“Now, you will find that a rape or sexual attack may result in glasses, because this is refusal to communicate. And after all, what is a dental operation but a sort of rape, if you really think about it that way? Somebody is trying to take something away from an only partially reasoning individual who is under drugs. And what does the patient want? He wants to get away — not communicate. Do you get the idea? ‘Don’t communicate with me, don’t touch me, don’t hurt me.’ So you start up and down the track and you will find incidents here and there, and particularly locks are what you want; you don’t want to process a thousand engrams just to get off a pair of glasses. You get the times when the individual didn’t want to touch, feel, see, hear, or any of the rest of the package of communication, because that is what you are looking for.” — L. Ron Hubbard, October 26, 1951


Avast, Ye Mateys

“FAIR GAME for the current week for NO REPORT of stats are: Dave James, Gilbert Black, Donna Tidman, John Stevens, Adele Vonnie, Doreen Smith, Murdock McBride.” — Lt. Jeff Walker, I&R, October 26, 1970



Overheard in the FreeZone

“I don’t believe at our current rate of disenturbulation, we will be able to recover this empire. But the goal of auditing isn’t to preserve the American or European way of life. It is to ultimately create a ‘race’ of beings who are no longer subject to the insanities of the past, and can proceed to build a society without war, insanity and criminality. And as such beings would remain that way into the indefinite future, any efforts along this line would be worthwhile. As I see it, we’ve been on this downward spiralling track of repeating the same mistakes over and over for trillions of years. Our individual lives, each one of them, have been full of needless pain and dramatization because of this. Imagine lives without all this! That is the promise of the Bridge and the Tech.”


Past is Prologue

1995: Kim Baker this week resigned as a Director of FACTNet. She also signed a 17 page declaration against Joe Harrington, Larry Wollersheim, Bob Penny and others. “I told some of you, in private, that I had been subjected to some extreme measures by OSA. This was not true. I lied. I did have an ethics handling, I was questioned about people like Old Timer, Homer, and Dennis, but not in any coercive manner. At this stage, I was operating in fear and paranoia, interpreting every statement and utterance by anyone in the Church as having sinister implications. What FACTNET is doing is wrong, and what I was doing in supporting it was wrong. This is a different kind of violence we were advocating – attack the copyrights themselves, take away from them that which they hold sacred. An eye for an eye makes the world blind, and so, EVEN IF the Church is making a lot of money from them, EVEN if the Church has been provocative, THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO DO IT. Scientology HAS helped people. To the degree it helps people, they will continue to support it, and to the degree that it helps people, it DESERVES to expand. To the degree that it fails to help people, it will not expand, or get any support – my evidence is here at the Local Org, where they do not deliver a very good service – and so, they stay small. And so, if Scientology is not genuinely helping people, it won’t expand. The only justification for attacking the Church the way I and FACTNET have been is if they are using mind-control to expand, artificially. Based on my research, my personal knowledge, and a personal reassessment of myself, I say they do not.”


Random Howdy

“Seeing as how the Church of Scientology has publicly stated that they are not a turn-the-other-cheek religion, how is any of this a shock to anyone?”


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.



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] Scientology continues its ‘Fair Game’ of Gerry Armstrong with court hearing today
[TWO years ago] Full court press: Scientologists have been busy in the halls of justice lately
[THREE years ago] What the Australian press can’t say about James Packer and his Scientology adventure
[FOUR years ago] Mirriam Francis: Picturing Scientology parents who abandon their children to abuse
[FIVE years ago] Trump supporter arrested for threatening to kill Muslims at L.A. Islamic center is a Scientologist
[SIX years ago] Scientology cries religious discrimination in appeal brief filed in Maryland zoning fight
[SEVEN years ago] Sunday Funnies: Scientology needs your money more than ever!
[EIGHT years ago] Jon Atack Considers L. Ron Hubbard’s Tangled Relationship With Mind-Altering Substances
[NINE years ago] Scientology on the High Seas: Vixie, Vitamins, and Satan Worshippers
[TEN years ago] Lloyd Kaufman on Scientology and South Park: Eric Sherman Did Ask Me about Trey Parker and Matt Stone


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 2,465 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,970 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,490 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,510 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,401 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,708 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,576 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,350 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,680 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,154 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,470 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,036 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,955 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,123 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,704 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,965 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,001 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,716 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,241 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 596 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,771 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,322 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,471 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,791 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,646 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,765 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,121 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,424 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,530 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,928 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,804 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,387 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,882 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,136 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,245 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on October 26, 2021 at 07:00

E-mail tips to tonyo94 AT gmail DOT com or follow us on Twitter. We also post updates at our Facebook author page. After every new story we send out an alert to our e-mail list and our FB page.

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


Share Button
Print Friendly, PDF & Email