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Scientology is begging members to download the new Freewinds app, and we’re green with envy

We’ve been hearing from several of our sources who tell us they’re getting sent these slick come-ons for the new Freewinds app. How exciting!

Who needs a new ship to replace the bucket of bolts that spends (almost) all of its time tied to a dock in Aruba when you can repackage it with a sweet looking smartphone app!

Our sources find that if they click on a link from the email sent them from the church, it takes them to a website with the following images. We only wish we had an IAS identification number so we could download the app and dig into this great content!



According to the email, the app will feature exclusive profiles of new OT 8 completions, the highest achievement on the “Bridge to Total Freedom.” These are the new masters of the universe, having attained promised superpowers from Scientology that make them “cause over matter, energy, space and time.” We’d like to see those profiles!

If you can access the app, send us some screenshots!


Derek Lambert and Karen de la Carriere



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Source Code

“Authorship of the universe is something which has been in question for many years. People have been arguing about this for a long time. Even in ancient times the Christian argument with the conservative, status quo religion of Rome involved the creation of the universe. Who created the universe? In the early days of Greece, you found the various factions fighting over this fact of the actual creator of the universe. People have a tendency to run it backwards and try to find an earlier creator or a master creator, or this and that. What are they looking for? They’re looking for you! You’re hunted! To that degree, you’re hunted. Fascinating.” — L. Ron Hubbard, January 22, 1957


Avast, Ye Mateys

“SMERSH: We have heard directly from the head of Smersh ‘Ban the Bomb Carstairs’ whose contempt for anyone else’s intelligence leads him to state he knows nothing about any attacks on Scientology. Ding, ding, ding, here comes the wagon! Plans for Ship Operation. I haven’t got any. Have you? Nice warm sun.” — The Commodore, January 22, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Ron was taken out of the game in 1972 and later just ‘mocked up’ to explain all the alter-is of the tech in the next 14 years till his alleged death. In this wise the global enslavers took not only control over the church, but they destroyed the workable technology, the Bridge and made sure, that no one can go Clear and OT any more. Neither in the Church nor in the Freezone. As long as the people believe in all the revisions by the new management since about 1973, especially since 1978.”



Past is Prologue

2000: From Steve Carmichael-Timson: “The picket in London went very well and thanks to some well placed disinformation the OSA and the heavies were in Brighton waiting for us there. We got loads of leaflets passed out including a hovering helicopter with POLICE written on the side. They took loads of piccies and we took lots of video to be passed on and I even got my own DA leaflet. I was called a ‘Gun for Hire’ who has threatened to assassinate Tony Blair who wants to fire bomb churches. I got followed by some of them and managed to escape into a police car who kindly drove me to the train station.”


Random Howdy

“Scientology doesn’t have to murder people. It just drives them crazy and they end up murdering others or they kill themselves. Scientology may have murdered someone in the past, but there’s no conclusive proof — and critics talking like it’s a fact just makes them look kinda obsessed and a little bit nuts to outsiders.”


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.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Last hearing was on January 18, referred to grand jury.
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: Appellate court removes requirement of arbitration on January 19, case remanded back to Superior Court. Scientology has said it will file an anti-SLAPP motion.
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. 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] As Kevin Trudeau’s prison stint nears end, his pitch sounds more like Scientology than ever
[TWO years ago] Cedric Bixler-Zavala blames Scientology for poisoned dog he had to put down yesterday
[THREE years ago] Tonight, Leah Remini takes us into the incredible story of Scientology’s Clearwater takeover
[FOUR years ago] Scientology relies heavily on Russian immigrants — and ‘disconnection’ doesn’t spare them
[FIVE years ago] National civil rights museum knows it’s harboring Scientology front group, shrugs it off
[SIX years ago] Here’s your chance to meet the Sea Org at Scientology’s open house next week
[SEVEN years ago] Las Vegas attorney files 27th suit against Scientology rehab, Michigan attorney files 2nd
[EIGHT years ago] Monique Rathbun seeks sanctions, Scientology tries to kill Miscavige deposition in court today
[NINE years ago] Scientology Scrambling to Deal with Bad Publicity
[TEN years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: The “Thrill” of Fundraising!


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 2,553 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,058 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,578 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,598 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,489 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,796 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,664 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,438 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,769 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,242 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,558 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,124 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,043 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,211 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,792 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,053 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,089 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,804 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,329 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 684 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,859 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,410 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,559 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,879 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,734 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,853 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,209 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,512 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,618 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,016 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,892 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,475 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,970 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,224 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,333 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on January 22, 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.

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