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A new group comes forward, saying it’s going to spill secrets of Scientology’s abuses

[The Portland Ideal Org]

Recently, we heard from a former Scientologist who said that they represent a group of former Sea Org and staff who are determined to make public new stories of abuse in the church.

They tell us that they’re going to be creating a website where they will be posting stories of abuse, and sexual abuse of minors in particular.

For now, they gave us an initial account by one of their participants, and we’re going to publish it here for you to see.

“Our time served ranges from the 90’s to 2018 and a couple of us were on staff at different Ideal Orgs and were part of GAT and GAT 2,” says our source.

Their aim, they tell us, is to motivate former Scientologists to come forward in what they hope will become a class action lawsuit against Scientology over sexual abuse claims. And they have identified a law firm that is working with them.


Jeff Anderson & Associates is well known nationally for handling child sexual abuse claims. The group urges former Scientologists with sexual abuse claims to contact the law firm before new laws dropping statutes of limitations change again.

Here’s the account we received from this new group from one of their members.

I recently watched a show on Netflix called “Don’t F**k with cats!” about a very narcissistic man who ended up killing people on YouTube, and some people on the Internet helped find out who he was.

Well, in Portland there was a guy named [redacted].

I don’t recall if he was on staff or we wanted him on staff or if he was helping with the Ideal Org.

He was a hard worker. He was polite. He seemed smart enough. He moved around a lot. He changed jobs often. He went from city to city. He is very narcissistic.

It was about a decade ago that I was looking through his file.

He had written up his O/W’s and admitted to torturing and mutilating small animals. Frogs, mice, birds etc. Interspersed through his file there were different reports from different people who were kind enough to let him live in their house or rent a room and then their family cat or dog went missing when they were away at Flag or wherever. In later O/W write ups he had admitted to nailing a person’s pet cat to a board and keeping it in a closet, cutting and torturing it over a period of days. I’ll save you the rest of the gory details, but it was more than one family’s pet that this was done to.

At that point, I didn’t need to continue reading his file (and did not want to) because he was not qualified for the reason I had the file in the first place.

My mindset at the time was that he had “aberrations” that needed to be handled, that this data was from his own written confession and that he needed auditing.

After more than a decade of “de-programming” after leaving staff, the layers keep peeling off. I didn’t see how brainwashed my views were on this point until I watched that Netflix show and realized that this guy should be in jail.

He was on his way and may have turned into a serial killer by now and none of us did anything about it.

Do you have a story of Scientology abuse that needs to be exposed? Please drop us a line.



Ron Miscavige memorial

Ron’s wife Becky sent over this moving video of the memorial service for her husband. We greatly miss Ron and wish we could have attended this event.



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Source Code

“We’re not trying to make superman here, because after you’ve done that is when you start to work to really make superman. Now you really have to get clever. Of course, a thetan in real good operating condition can make himself visible. It would be the shock of somebody’s life to suddenly realize that he was visible. And it would ruin this whole society and put us squarely in the hands of Bishop Shenanigan if you were to start doing this. Because you as a MEST body would never be able to explain fast enough to tell him you really weren’t Christ. They’ve been looking for him to come back — with blood in their eyes. You know, they only got a few nails in that guy last time.” — L. Ron Hubbard, November 4, 1953



Avast, Ye Mateys

“WINDS OF CHANGE: Advance indicators from the UK point to a change of government attitude and a better future for Scn there.” — The Commodore, November 4, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Outside of Dianetics and Scientology, there’s no actual tech capable of as-ising mental mass and shedding our own ball-chains and handcuffs. It is just fantastic to me that people on this planet have fallen for the falsehood of material existence, what they call Reality; and any slightest clue that there is anything else triggers a vast field of booby-traps — all of which are self-imposed. Who would believe that?”


Past is Prologue

1997: The New York Times reported that a German Scientologist has been granted asylum in the United States. “A federal immigration court judge has granted asylum to a German member of the Church of Scientology who claimed that she would be subjected to religious persecution had she been required to return to her homeland, the woman’s lawyer and a Scientology official said Friday. While few details of the case were available, it is believed to be the first time the United States has given asylum protection to a Scientologist. The Church of Scientology has been waging a highly public international campaign against what it considers discrimination against its members by the German government. Officials at the German Embassy in Washington said Friday that they had not heard of the asylum decision and would have no reaction until it was confirmed. An immigration court judge decided to approve the woman’s application to remain in this country after a hearing last February. Officials at the State Department and the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Washington said they were unaware of the case.”



Random Howdy

“The way things are going evidence-wise and if DM is required to appear in court, I think Monique could demand an 8-figure deal without an NDA, without any contention.”


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 held November 2, awaiting a ruling.
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] L. Ron Hubbard’s stolen valor: A new breakdown of his bogus medals by a military veteran
[TWO years ago] David Miscavige and a slate of local shills welcomed the new Kansas City ‘Ideal Org’
[THREE years ago] Scientology is pulling out all the stops for its next gleaming Clearwater landmark
[FOUR years ago] Read the police report for the 17-year-old injured at Scientology’s ‘Flag’ building
[FIVE years ago] Trouble for Scientology in 1966: When the Daily Mail called L. Ron Hubbard’s degrees ‘bogus’
[SIX years ago] Hey, Mark Bunker, what’s taking that film of yours — ‘Knowledge Report’ — so long?
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology’s own plans show it paid $37 million for a building to serve only 87 people
[EIGHT years ago] Claire Headley Takes Us OT! Here We Go with Scientology’s Operating Thetan Level ONE!
[NINE years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: The Road to Clear!
[TWELVE years ago] ‘Tom Cruise Told Me to Talk to a Bottle’: Life at Scientology’s Secret Headquarters


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 2,474 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,979 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,499 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,519 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,410 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,717 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,585 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,359 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,689 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,163 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,479 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,045 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,964 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,132 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,713 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,974 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,010 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,725 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,250 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 605 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,780 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,331 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,480 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,800 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,655 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,774 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,130 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,433 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,539 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,937 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,813 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,396 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,891 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,145 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,254 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on November 4, 2021 at 07:00

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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)

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