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Scientology celebrates the sheer competence of a superpower OT 8, and so will we

When someone reaches the pinnacle of Scientology achievement — completing the auditing level of Operating Thetan Level Eight — it’s really a big deal. This is someone who has dedicated years to the pursuit, has spent something like half a million to two million dollars to get there, has completed the level itself while aboard Scientology’s private cruise ship the Freewinds, and now has the superhuman powers of cause over matter, energy, space, and time.

Even with those incredible abilities, an OT 8 might still want to become even more ultra. And in this particular case, the OT 8 took the additional step of enrolling in Scientology’s “Competence and Leadership Course” at the ship. Naturally, Scientology wants to get the word out about it, and we figured the least we can do is help in that endeavor.

Please consider the wins described here. The same ensuring of your eternity could be yours!



Meanwhile, are you in total alignment with command intention?



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Source Code

“There is nothing more simple than for a fellow to duplicate himself any place in the universe because he isn’t any place in the universe because he is every place in the universe. Any one of you immediately, any one of you immediately answers up to the definition that has been given the anthropomorphic itself entitled God. Any one of you, because you’re everywhere on omniscient and omnipresent, and on the bus, and everything.” — L. Ron Hubbard, January 7, 1954



Avast, Ye Mateys

“ETHICS: JOHN and DORA HANNIDES are assigned a Condition of Treason for leaving the SO under false pretenses. They may not be audited or trained until they have fully applied the formula. They may not be communicated with. Their only terminal is an Ethics Officer in a Continental Liaison Office or S.O. ship.” — Flag 3rd Mate for L. Ron Hubbard, Commodore, January 7, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“If people think Jesus is God, (he is, but who isn’t), is he the only God? If you want to go the shortest most direct route to God itself, then contact your higher self. There is no route shorter or more direct. But this golden ball is a creation of God that is outside this physical universe, that is YOU. If you contact the golden ball, that is not you, that is a creation of you that is more or less the eyes of YOU, (the you is the you outside of the physical MEST universe). That creation of you has been heavily damaged and filled with endless millennium of lies, misinterpreted painful experiences hidden to the body itself, disinformation, implants of other entities who are not you and histories that are not you to keep you so disoriented you can never find out who you are. If you want to go direct to source, contact the YOU that is outside this physical MEST universe.”


Past is Prologue

1999: Gerry Armstrong posted an open letter to Scientology leader David Miscavige this week, describing new evidence of Scientology’s harassment of him. “You will recall that a cult operative broke into the trunk of my car in 1984 and stole my briefcase which contained about 300 original pages of my art, almost all handwritten or drawn. You will recall that my attorney Julia Dragojevic wrote to the org demanding return, and that your org attorney John Peterson answered, denying the theft and possession of my things. Recently I had the happy opportunity to talk with Jesse Prince about all this. Jesse stated that while inside he too was told by both you and Mark Rathbun about your agent’s theft of my things from the trunk of my car and your having possession of them. Jesse recalled you describing my work as weird writing. You stole them, you know were they are and you can put your hands on them. Now get them back to me, and be known thereuntil as a thief.”


Random Howdy


“Phew, I’m just getting back after sitting in the alley for 2 hours with the cats after some asshole in the building tried to set some other guy’s door on fire. The firemen said we were very lucky the ornament that the asshole tried to start the fire with went out otherwise we would have all been toast. Isn’t life grand?”


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] Eyewitness: David Miscavige presided at New Year’s Eve party at Scientology’s Flag Land Base
[TWO years ago] Henning Heldt, 1945-2020: Scientology’s 1970s spymaster went to prison for L. Ron Hubbard
[THREE years ago] A Scientologist on trial for double murder: A story the church is very nervous about
[FOUR years ago] When two political longshots spar over Joy Villa and Scientology, everyone wins
[FIVE years ago] Phil and Willie Jones launch a new effort for billboard about Scientology disconnection
[SIX years ago] AUDIO: Hear Scientology boast about the $5.7 million it got from Google in free ads
[SEVEN years ago] The new Scientology ad running on TV — and maybe for the Super Bowl
[EIGHT years ago] See Scientology’s new TV ad before it’s released — and more IAS gala video!
[NINE years ago] John Sweeney Talks The Church of Fear, Which Comes Out Today
[TEN years ago] Scientology, Cooked: Commenters of the Week!


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 2,538 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,043 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,563 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,583 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,474 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,781 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,649 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,423 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,754 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,227 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,543 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,109 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,028 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,196 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,777 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,038 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,074 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,789 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,314 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 669 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,844 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,395 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,544 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,864 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,719 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,838 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,194 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,497 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,603 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,001 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,877 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,460 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,955 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,209 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,318 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on January 7, 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

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


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