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Scientology’s Los Angeles center is rumbling again, and we’re here for it!

It’s been a bit since we heard from the Los Angeles Ideal Org, so we thought we’d help Scientology get the word out on these new completions.

The LA Org is a bit overshadowed, sitting amid the “Big Blue” campus in Los Angeles, just a part of the “Pacific Area Command,” the headquarters compound anchored by what was once the Cedars of Lebanon hospital. The Advanced Org is here, where OTs come for enlightenment, and it’s also the location of the American Saint Hill Organization, which used to be where the SHSBC was delivered, do we have that right? What are they using ASHO for now that leader David Miscavige has reduced the Special Briefing Course in importance?

Well, whatever. The point is, LA Org is surrounded by this other stuff, and so maybe doesn’t get the attention it deserves, especially since it’s supposed to be the “model” Ideal Org for the rest of the world, and was taken over by the Sea Org a few years ago to make sure those standards are kept up.

And now, they’re getting out the word that the org is open again (Really? No omicron worries?) and so we’re happy to help spread the message. As usual, we’re looking forward to your thoughts on these success stories.




Leah Remini podcast: Stefani Hutchison

Says Mike: “In this episode, we cover some of the sleuth work Stefani has done, investigating the claims made by Scientology and their front groups. It is pretty conclusive evidence that when Scientology claims they are ‘working with the Red Cross’ or had a ‘partnership with…’ or ‘they handed out…’ it is a lie.” Listen to the episode right here!


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Source Code

“And this is what? Eleventh of Jan. The mystic month. And we are finding ourselves in the middle of — no, it’s at the beginning — What cycle are you in? Well, anyhow, it’s on a planet, on a twelfth-rate sun, and it’s the beginning of the, it’s shortly after the winter solstice. Saint Hill Special Briefing Course. Well, if you lived right and if you knew what you were doing and many other unlikely activities, you have it made. But we have to assume, we have to assume that if none of you have grown wings in the last 24 hours and you actually have had a PC on an E-Meter as an auditor and the PC hasn’t grown wings in the last 24 hours with all the tools which you’ve got, we must assume that there is some faint disconnection between what I am trying to teach you and what you are doing. I would say there’s some small gap. Maybe not a large gap. Maybe only a light year or two.” — L. Ron Hubbard, January 11, 1962


Avast, Ye Mateys

“The Auditing Completions are starting to roll in. With a wow and a hurrah! Some important people have gotten some lovely gains lately. At the other end of it, 2 of those leaving came through it. We have the planet by the tail.” — The Commodore, January 11, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“It’s a choice or at least a potential choice to introvert or interiorise into an alternative theta line at a particular point in time, or to view the past from the future, future from the past and to zone in on a specific concurrent moment in an alternative universe. Perhaps if the person is OT 30, then OT1 — when they are actually trying to get their case handled — acts like an interiorisation. As far as I am concerned the entire phenomena reduces to unresolved theta programming as Static which is only aligned with the rehabilitation of Spiritual Reality and Native State. If instead the person chooses to plummet back into MEST, that’s their choice. In doing so they also plummet back into MEST case factors and automaticities which are only resolved at a theta level exterior to both MEST and Static.”


Past is Prologue

1996: Jeff Jacobsen announced a protest against the harassment of cult critics, to be held March 9 in Clearwater, FL. “This demonstration will be a peaceful public protest against Scientology’s written and practiced policy of harassment of critics, and those it judges internally to be ‘suppressive persons,’ whether they are members or not. Many internet users know about the church’s attacks on the newsgroup alt.religion.scientology (a.r.s.) and against church critics there, such as attempting to rmgroup (close down) a.r.s., church attorneys sending threatening mail after critics post fair use quotes from Scientology scripture, private investigators being sent out to harass and ‘dead agent’ (smear the reputation of) critics, and many other actions. The demonstration is not attacking the religion of Scientology, but rather it is to protest and expose the church’s consistent and harmful use of harassment as a tool to silence its critics.”



Random Howdy

“If Scientology could, then based solely on the words of L Ron Hubbard they would be gladly killing ‘infidels’ who refused to convert.”


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.

Yanti Mike Greene, Scientology private eye accused of contempt of court: Next hearing February 15.

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.
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] Scientology celebrates even more wealthy donors, and we’re happy to lend a helping hand
[TWO years ago] Sonya Bianchi, 1927-2020: Hubbard’s first ‘Clear’ who vanished from Scientology history
[THREE years ago] Kansas City: Don’t panic. Your skyline is screwed, but Scientology isn’t taking over.
[FOUR years ago] Scientology’s ‘scripture’ includes a thoroughly debunked mammoth-meat hoax
[FIVE years ago] Last night’s family on ‘Leah Remini’ found themselves targeted by Scientology attack site
[SIX years ago] David Bowie, 1947-2016
[EIGHT years ago] Yes, that was a Scientology ad you saw during the football game — we told you it was coming!
[NINE years ago] Blogging Dianetics, Part 2: The State of Clear!
[TEN years ago] Scientology’s “Super Power Rundown:” What is it, Anyway?


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 2,542 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,047 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,567 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,587 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,478 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,785 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,653 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,427 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,758 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,231 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,547 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,113 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,032 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,200 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,781 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,042 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,078 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,793 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,318 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 673 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,848 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,399 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,548 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,868 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,723 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,842 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,198 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,501 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,607 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,005 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,881 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,464 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,959 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,213 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,322 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on January 11, 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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