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TODAY: Scientology wants you to make a resolution to fork over every penny in 2022

This new flier from Scientology was just too good not to share with you all this New Year’s weekend.

Leader David Miscavige clearly wants to get things off on the right foot in 2022, so today every org, according to the flier, will be streaming yet another hype session from the Ideal Org team as it tries to convince already beleaguered Scientologists that this year they’ll be asked to fork over more donations than ever before.

They have a lot of Ideal Orgs to get completed, people! Get those checkbooks out!



Some additional Scientology mail that came in while we were busy with our year-end review.








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Source Code

“As I used to be president of the American Fiction Guild author’s league up in New York, when I was a kid — that’s right, I was a kid — it was very funny to me, I used to laugh myself silly, all of the confession stories written in America are written by unmarried ladies who have reached 40 or 50. Now, there’s nothing wrong with being an unmarried lady reaching 40 or 50. This is perfectly fine. But how come all these confession stories? Yeah, that’s interesting. Because it was out of the current lifetime’s field of experience. I realize now they were writing about past lives, that they were picking it up Whole Track and just putting it in modern dress. But they didn’t know what they were writing about, basically, in this lifetime.” — L. Ron Hubbard, January 2, 1960


Avast, Ye Mateys

“This very nice tribute and list was sent me by Lt. Cmdr. Joan Robertson:
Dear Sir, Like you, I am burying the old year not praising it. YET — Thank you for the wild and wonderful year we have just finished
for restoring all Tech
for restoring Power


for OT VII
for the Sanity Tech Breakthrough
for Ext Intensive
for the C/S Series
for the EP’s
for revitalizing training
for all the other Brilliant Tech Breakthroughs.
And thank you for the Tech of Admin —
for restoring all Policy
for the Bureaux
for the FEBC, HC, OEC —
Supervisor Courses
for Exec Dirs
the Org Boards


for the Aides Conferences
the personal Conferences
the Data Series
the Personnel Series
the Org Series
the PR Series
this Brilliant Management system
the Org and Product Officer System.
Your help on ship lines and to me as an Aide, an officer, a Con, and as a Being.
And for your trust in me in letting me help.
I pledge again my love, loyalty, devotion and work.
A very Happy New Year — Sir!” — The Commodore, January 2, 1971



Overheard in the FreeZone

“The evil intention of Pelosi and her Democrat followers is there to be as-is and vanished by the Indie OTs and scientologists/ex-scientologists.”


Past is Prologue

2000: “Anti-Reg” posted a letter he received in response to his request for a refund from Scientology. “I heard from [deleted] that you sent in a letter requesting a return of payments from the Church. Naturally this was a bit of a shock to me and it is a terrible loss. I consider you a friend and I have a lot of ARC for you and it would be quite a loss to have you no longer in the Church and not be able to stay in comm. I could tell from your letter that you have run into some SP’s who have coached you on how to write this letter. I am sure that you are feeling a lot of pressure about this or you would never do it. I also know that you have been PTS before and I want to remind you how overwhelming it felt then. It is my overt of omission that I never insisted that you do the PTS/SP course. All that is happening is that you have gone PTS again. If you have gotten some squirrels or SPs on your lines then there is PTSness there too. This can cause roller coaster — a slump in gains. The door is not shut. And I would still like to help you. You are important to me.”


Random Howdy

“Alex Jones and L. Ron both became millionaires by selling people crazy. The $64,000 question is whether it was (A) a cynical scam (B) they’re both insane (C) all of the above.”


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 January 18.
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 January 22 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.
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.
Chiropractors Steve Peyroux and Brent Detelich, stem cell fraud: Lawsuit filed by the FTC and state of Georgia in August, now in discovery phase.



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] Worst part in the Scientology ‘arbitration’ ruling? Danny Masterson can participate.
[TWO years ago] Graham Berry shares a Scientology secret with us that might explain everything
[THREE years ago] Scientology smears ‘Aftermath’ guest with info from his supposedly confidential files
[FOUR years ago] Scientology’s original case of ‘disconnection’ — L. Ron Hubbard and his doting mom and dad
[FIVE years ago] David Miscavige has plenty of new Scientology buildings set to open in 2017
[SIX years ago] Scientology’s 2016: CNN plans to give L. Ron Hubbard his best press in decades
[SEVEN years ago] LEAKED RENDERINGS: What Scientology’s (post-KCET) new media center will look like
[EIGHT years ago] THE TOMMY DAVIS DEPOSITION: Scientology asks judge to reconsider forcing Miscavige deposition
[NINE years ago] Scientology Giving this “Internet” Thing a Whirl
[TEN years ago] Scientology in 2012: Mark Bunker and Mike Rinder Give Us a Preview of Enturbulation To Come


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 2,533 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,038 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,558 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,578 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,469 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,776 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,644 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,418 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,749 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,222 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,538 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,104 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,023 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,191 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,772 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,033 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,069 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,784 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,309 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 664 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,839 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,390 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,539 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,859 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,714 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,833 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,189 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,492 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,598 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,996 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,872 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,455 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,950 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,204 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,313 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on January 2, 2022 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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