Daily Notifications
Sign up for free emails to receive the feature story every morning in your inbox at


Is this the greatest (and most disturbing) Scientology recruitment video ever?

On Wednesday, we showed you a rather voluminous set of mailers that Scientology’s Orlando Ideal Org sent out to church members, hoping to convince some of them to pull up stakes and join the staff at the forlorn facility.

Our tipster who forwarded that recruitment campaign also sent over a video that the Orlando org put together and, um, wow.

We’ve seen a lot of Scientology videos in our day, but this one seems to be in a category of its own.

After some dramatic music and a Scientology logo to set the tone, the video begins with an image of some fighter jets flying, and then, we are not kidding, a quote supposedly from Adolf Hitler.


What the actual fuck?


There’s then a brief shot of what appears to be some face-recognition software zeroing in on people on the street, and then this next quote:


Is this still supposed to be Hitler talking?

Then there’s this crowd shot of recent unrest somewhere…


Followed by this LRH quote:



Then comes the more conventional pitch, a slick presentation of Scientologists at work, saving the world.

And we’ve seen enough of Scientologists on social media to get the message: Asking people to wear masks and get vaccinated against a lethal virus is like Hitler overrunning Europe with tanks, and you better join L. Ron Hubbard’s team before the world comes to an end.

Whew, OK, this video makes sense now.

Why would anyone not want to join this dynamic team saving the world?

Here’s the video. Please let us know if it compels you to sign a 5-year contract at your local org.




Meanwhile, over at Twitter, this happened last night…




Sign up for a daily email when we post a new story on Scientology.

Did you know you can get an email every morning when we post our daily Scientology story? We know some of the folks who come to the Underground Bunker aren’t here to talk about the politics of the day, and that’s why we created a daily politics feature over at our other blog, The Lowdown, and we ask readers to take their political discussions over there. And if you drop us a line at tonyo94 AT gmail, we’ll put you on the list so you get a morning reminder that a new Scientology story has been posted — and only for our Scientology stories.


Source Code

“Parents are supposed to raise children so that children can grow up and become parents; there is a basic law in operation. So one day this little kid is standing there and his parent turns around, picks him up by the heels and bashes his brains out against a tree. This is unexpected, unusual. If you don’t think that incident is on record — anybody here want a headache? You have had your brains dashed out one way or the other. But we don’t necessarily have to turn these things on, because you are handling that. After all, what is getting one’s brains dashed out? But getting one’s brains dashed out by a parent would be some kind of a problem; that would be a bit of a problem, wouldn’t it? A parent is supposed to raise you and take care of you; you are supposed to be nice to the parent and yet the parent kills you. Well, it would be very upsetting. But of course, the funny part of it was the parent thought you were a wild animal and you rushed out from behind the rock, and you never got this equation at all because your brains were dashed out at the time. Sounds pretty wild, doesn’t it?” — L. Ron Hubbard, January 28, 1952


Avast, Ye Mateys

“The only trouble with Scn orgs is that they are not promoting, selling and delivering. Seems so elementary. Possibly they think we are asking for something strange or fantastic when we say ‘Raise your GDSes.’ Possibly org boarding and hatting does not seem complicated enough to produce a result. Possibly raising GDSes does not seem to be the result of recruiting, org boarding and hatting. Whatever it is the task is so simple that one gapes when it is not done. Although New York is doing better, its troubles are just failures to recruit, org bd and hat and then promote, sell and deliver. In NY they actually think they have an HGC but are only selling ‘Interiorization Rundowns and Life Repairs.’ That’s like walking up to a candy bar and asking to buy some candy and being told ‘Oh, we just sell the wrappers.’ Student training is going better. But I never was able to run an academy where students were co-auditing without selling and delivering an awful lot of Reviews and grades. It’s best to stress training in an org but not to the extent of not running a busy HGC. NY has ‘low pay.’ They probably lose about $20,000 a week in unpromoted unsold undelivered potential. That’s the loss in an org, not the wasted paper clips. The answer is recruiting org boarding hatting and thus promoting selling and delivering. I trust our FEBCs going back there learn this lesson well. That’s why they’re here.” — The Commodore, January 28, 1971



Overheard in the FreeZone

“For those who say the Purif is not LRH, I want to ask them: What is their solution for surviving the current End Game of food contamination that is currently reducing the population? If it were not for Cal-Mag, vitamins, minerals and oil, several of us would be in very poor shape and others gone.”

Past is Prologue

1999: Jesse Prince posted his memories of actress Juliette Lewis while she was a child. “I remember Juliette and one of her step mothers from the mid seventies. Scientology needed slaves to do the renovations work on what is now known as the ‘Complex’ in LA. They created an RPF of over 180 people and kept them working for 21 hours a day for a time. The basement is where I met one of Juliette’s step mothers. Her name was Tracy Lewis and she had been on staff at Celebrity Center. As an infant Juliette spent time in the pre ‘Cadet Org’ which was located on Melrose St in LA. This place was filthy and roach infested. The infants were often looked hungry and cried a lot. El Ron’s law was to feed the infants barley water and lock them up alone in room if they cried to much. There came a time when Tracy was about to have a psychotic episode and demanded to see her infant child. I was in the Scientology slave labor camp at the time as well and I ended up with the job of driving infants and other children in a Van with no seats but the driver seat from the Melrose building to the Complex. I carried Juliette as well as other children to the basement of the complex to see their imprisoned parents.”


Random Howdy

“Sometimes people in official positions ask me if I have any living relatives and I’m yeah, but…then I feel sad.”


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 27 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. 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 in Russia, a series by historian Chris Owen, part 2: The Putin years
[TWO years ago] Scientology TV premieres episode about legendary Saint Hill Manor to… total silence
[THREE years ago] Scientology wants you to bring your kids to its creepy ‘mecca’ in Florida — it’s an adventure!
[FOUR years ago] Sunday Scientology sermon: L. Ron Hubbard on freeing kids from their bodies
[FIVE years ago] Move over, Xenu: Scientology’s other great space opera figure, the Duke of Chug
[SIX years ago] Scientology, in forced-abortion case: We treat people no worse than the Catholic Church does
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology secrets in government docs: Did the feds have a chance to stop ‘Snow White’?
[EIGHT years ago] Drug flashbacks from one million years B.C.? It’s time for Scientology’s New OT 4!
[NINE years ago] Lawrence Wright’s Scientology Book Gets Some Thrashing from Cult Expert Steven Hassan
[TEN years ago] Scientology Half-Cocked: 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 2,558 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,063 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,583 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,603 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,494 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,801 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,669 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,443 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,774 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,247 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,563 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,129 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,048 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,216 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,797 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,058 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,094 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,809 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,334 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 689 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,864 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,415 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,564 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,884 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,739 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,858 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,214 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,517 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,623 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,021 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,897 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,480 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,975 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,229 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,338 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on January 28, 2022 at 07:00

E-mail tips to tonyo94 AT gmail DOT com or follow us on Twitter. We also post updates at our Facebook author page. After every new story we send out an alert to our e-mail list and our FB page.

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, 1995-2021 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Underground Bunker (2012-2021), 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


Share Button
Print Friendly, PDF & Email