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Scientology claims its UK headquarters made 873 ‘OTs’ in 2021

Our man in Italy, Richard, forwarded us a new brochure put out by Scientology there which claims that at its UK Headquarters, Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, England, the ‘Advanced Org’ created 873 new “OTs” this year.

This planet will be cleared in no time!

Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard relocated from Washington DC to Saint Hill in 1959, and then through the mid-1960s turned it into a roaring success. In fact, so many young people from the US, Europe, and South Africa were coming to England to experience Scientology at Saint Hill, it was debated in Parliament and Scientology was briefly banned. Hubbard then felt so much heat from both the US and UK, he took to sea in 1967 and ran his worldwide organization from a ship for the next eight years, finally and permanently settling back in the US in 1975.

To this day, Saint Hill still represents for Scientologists those roaring days in the first half of the 1960s when Hubbard was at his height and Scientology was attracting so many young members it caused a freakout in Parliament.


Today, not so much. But 873 new “OTs” is nothing to sneeze at, we suppose, particularly under pandemic restrictions. Reaching the expensive “Operating Thetan” or “OT” auditing levels is the highest ambition on the processing side of the “Bridge to Total Freedom,” and it supposedly comes with promised superhuman abilities. There are eight OT levels, and the ultimate level, OT 8, can only be achieved on Scientology’s private cruise ship, the Freewinds, in the Caribbean.

The brochure celebrating Saint Hill’s new OTs came with a couple of testimonials, which Richard translated for us.


Daniela OT 3
And now I have passed through the first Wall of Fire. OT 3 is truly a spiritual level. It’s as if Ron entrusted me with an important assignment, a mission so special that being able to fulfill it makes me honoured. It’s unlike any other level that I have done before and it certainly concerns all the dynamics! At a certain point, during an auditing session, I felt as if a sky full of clouds suddenly cleared up, becoming completely blue with the sun shining. I could see far away. I realized that my space is in reality much larger than I thought! I can’t wait for other people to discover this with their own eyes, it’s beautiful.


Umberto OT 3
I did OT 1 and OT 2 at Saint Hill and now I have finished OT 3. The levels so far have been like an unparalleled brush stroke inspired by Ron, the greatest of artists. The precision, the simplicity and the aesthetics in everything he created is extraordinary! OTIII has been a continual rediscovering of myself. I recovered power and stability that I never before imagined were possible. There is no better gift. Now I have certainty, absolute certainty. Not a certainty coming from someone else, but a self-created certainty. We are the creators of our future and we can create the greatest work of art that has ever been created.

Meanwhile, back in the US, the recent “All-Ideal” Thanksgiving event extracted more big donations from Zooming church members. Isn’t life grand?


Please note: “Humanitarian” = $100,000. And “New Civilization Builder” = $1 million.



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Source Code

“I have a book which proves absolutely the presence of demons and demon exorcism and proves completely a priori — oh, the most fascinating reasoning is the bulk of this book. You just feel your brains go creak as you read this thing…They go on and prove absolutely that the word of the church is law. And then they prove the fact there was a demon present. Just as I say, you, just, brains go kind of creak. It’s got one of these things in practically every column, two columns to the page, quarto-size volume, for about three or four hundred pages. It’s a very old book and was printed way way back when. Fascinating volume. Well, I want to prove pan-determinism to you on this line now. Now, a thetan can see what he can be; he can be what he can see. Now, have any of you ever seen God? Well, come on, come on, have any of you ever seen God? All right. You’ve never seen God, huh? OK. If you have never seen God, this proves conclusively that God is the Supreme Being at the eighth dynamic. Isn’t that right? Oh, yes it does! Because you’ve never seen God and you’re being self-determined, which is the first dynamic. So this merely demonstrates to you that individuals are not pan-determinism. You follow this?” — L. Ron Hubbard, December 16, 1954


Avast, Ye Mateys


“Lt. Cmmdr. Irene Dunleavy is reprimanded for rudeness and violation of F.O. 38 to a senior officer. The next occurrance will result in something more than a reprimand. She is to re-check out on this F.O. within one week.” — MarySue Hubbard, Captain, December 16, 1968


Overheard in the FreeZone

“There’s an LRH lecture in The Philadelphia Doctorate Course where LRH describes the several races of ETs on Earth. One of those races of ETs is what he calls the ‘Snake Man.’ The first broad public exposure of reptilians was done in the mid 90’s by researcher abductee Karla Turner in her books and lectures. Using hypnotic memory retrieval techniques to peel off layers of false memories, she uncovered that reptilians can disguise as ‘angels’ or ‘ancestors.’ She also discovered that reptilians feed on human bodies.”


Past is Prologue

1997: Bob Minton has received additional harassment from Scientology and press publicity from his efforts to fund Scientology-reform causes. One piece of harassment arrived at his New Hampshire home. “My wife arrived at our house in NH a few moments ago to find a dead, but otherwise healthy looking, cat on our doorstep. Who do you suppose deposited this cat there?” Bob has agreed to become a memeber of the FACTNet board. “Bob became concerned with the activities of cult groups through the Internet, and has become increasingly active in exposing cults’ tactics. FACTNet hopes to provide Bob ample opportunity to continue these activities by joining efforts with us, and welcomes him as an exceptional addition to the organization!” Scientology served him a subpoena in Grady Ward’s bankruptcy case to produce documents and conversations with a number of Internet critics and lawyers on other cases. None of the requested documents seem to be related to Grady Ward’s bankruptcy.


Random Howdy

“If communication is the universal solvent, why is it that in Scientology you can’t communicate with other Scientologists or non-Scientologists about how the tech works and what it’s done for you? Is it because it will make their heads explode like the guy in Scanners? Why are there no theologians in Scientology? Why can’t you ask a course supervisor what they think Hubbard really meant by a certain passage? Why is it that Scientologists are only able to respond to non-Scientolgists with rote responses?”



Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Next hearing set for February 8. Trial scheduled for August 29, 2022.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), false imprisonment, aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Next hearing scheduled for December 21.
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 February 11.
Joseph ‘Ben’ Barton, Medicare fraud: Pleaded guilty, awaiting sentencing.

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Eleventh Circuit affirmed ruling granting Scientology’s motion for arbitration. Garcias considering next move.
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] EXCLUSIVE: Leah Remini on Tom Cruise’s Covid rant in its Scientology context
[TWO years ago] Scientology celebrated New Year’s Eve on Saturday, and once again we had someone there
[THREE years ago] Where in the U.S. the next set of Scientology ‘Ideal Orgs’ will be popping up next
[FOUR years ago] L. Ron Hubbard’s son was troubled, but don’t discount him entirely: few knew his father better
[FIVE years ago] Some churches take care of the old — Scientology instead works them to death
[SIX years ago] Australian media outs Scientologist behind ‘super city’ plans near Melbourne
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology attorneys ask Garcia judge — Keep Mike Rinder away from us!
[EIGHT years ago] EXCLUSIVE: Roslyn Cohn’s one-woman show skewering Scientology — complete!
[NINE years ago] Sunday Funnies: Scientology Sets Its Worldwide New Year’s Party!
[TEN years ago] Writing OT VIII, a Pot Bust, and More From L. Ron Hubbard: Sailing the Apollo Dec 11 – 17


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 2,516 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,021 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,541 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,561 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,452 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,759 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,627 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,401 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,732 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,205 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,521 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,087 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,006 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,174 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,755 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,016 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,052 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,767 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,292 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 647 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,822 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,373 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,522 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,842 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,697 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,816 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,172 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,475 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,581 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,979 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,855 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,438 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,933 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,187 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,296 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on December 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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