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And now a word from Scientology’s very own church ladies — Valley chapter

One of the things that makes Scientology so unique is the way it’s caught between two very different concepts of itself.

On the one hand, it has traditionally appealed to some people because of its more mysterious, odd side, the side that appeals to the sojourning spirit who is swept up in the idea that they’re living a trillion-year narrative of galactic proportions, and that the mystical Commodore, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, can help them recover their lost godlike powers with the mysteries of his hypnotic “technology.” We have long said that this is Scientology’s most fun aspect, and it’s a pity that it doesn’t let it all hang out.

The church tries to keep all of that under wraps and present itself not as a Space Age past-life commune but instead as a church-like social betterment group that even has its own Church Ladies.

As in, the Women’ Auxiliary of the Church of Scientology, or WACS!


Now this is a precious notion, and we’re so glad that one of our readers forwarded on to us the latest newsletter of WACS-Valley. With this much good-works propaganda, how can Scientology not take over the world and reclaim it from the Marcabian invader forces!

Please, dive in and give us your impressions of all the neat things the WACS ladies are doing.



Bonus items from our tipsters

Now’s the time, Freedom Fighters!


Hello my Friends and Freedom Fighters!

This is Sheri Hamilton, OT Ambassador I/C for the East US.

I would like to personally ask you, if you would please lend your theta to our All-Ideal USA virtual event coming up Sunday, March 6th at 3pm.

I would not be asking for your time unless it was truly vital and important. In my opinion, it is crucial that we rally our Spiritual Thetan Troops to tip the theta/entheta ratio on our planet right now.


It is a fact that no entity, no other group, can do it. As LRH said, “In all the broad universe there is no other hope for Man than ourselves.”

Fortunately, International Management has a plan. All they need is our theta and energy to reverse this spiral.

The men and women in power and in control of the world today have absolutely failed in the face of recent challenges.

It is up to us, my friends.

Please lend your theta to this event. We can change things. So we must.

You can register for the event at

See you there!

Sheri Hamilton
OT Ambassador I/C EUS


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Source Code

“A man decides to smoke. He therefore becomes an identity known as a smoker. You’ve seen them in the ads. They look very placid. If they smoke cigarettes, they chase pretty girls. And if they smoke pipes they chase fireplaces. You know? And we’ve seen this. Whatever this identity was, he’s assumed this identity and then he gets married and his wife objects to his being a smoker; so now he has an opposition known as a wife. So he assumes a new identity which is ‘a dominating husband’ in order to handle the identity ‘wife.’ But now we have a new identity show up. We have something called the Ladies’ Aide Society, and his wife has joined that. And their combined forces are going to cause him to stop smoking. So now he has to become a wealthy self-determined individual. You see that? And the Ladies’ Aide Societies then get a bunch of quacks — members of the AMA — together and they say that if you smoke it produces cancer. They don’t know what produces cancer but they say that smoking does. They, you see that’s the ghost-shirt messianic thing. They have no solution to it, they can’t cure it so they pick on something and they say, ‘Well, everybody spits in the water so that’s what causes typhoid fever.’ They don’t know. You see? So now he has a counter-identity called the American Medical Association. You see? And that’s an identity. So, this fellow now in desperation to handle this situation becomes a political genius, you see. Because you have to be a political genius these days to handle the AMA. That’s the only place where they operate effectively. Don’t operate effectively in the operating room anymore, only in Congress. So here he is now a genius, you see, a political genius. Now, the political genius runs into an opposition party. So, you have an opposition party — the Democrats. You see, that’s the next oppterm. And that’s about the high tide of the whole thing.” — L. Ron Hubbard, February 28, 1963


Avast, Ye Mateys

“The Sea Org flotilla is close to a fleet now with six vessels all (except Flag) in excellent operating condition. Only Apollo is slightly unready, needing completions on safety work and Lloyds Survey, and a bit below standard in appearance and training. Her divisional officers all say they need more men but as other vessels improved on less crew than over. I think the opinion should be revised.” — The Commodore, February 28, 1969


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Personally speaking I have no doubt whatsoever on the validity and precision of Original LRH Precepts and the practical reality of such states as Clear, Theta Clear, Cleared Theta Clear, Native State and OT per definition, having seen them demonstrated in session and practical life by people I have known and worked with.”



Past is Prologue

2002: Mark Ebner reported that Scientology critics were confronted this week while attempting to visit the public golf course on the grounds of Gold Base in Hemet, California. “There’s the Golden Era golf course, a sweet looking, well-groomed 9-hole track down the road from Gold. An ‘Open To The Public’ sign invites back-road travelers. There’s even a restaurant on the premises. A Scieno-goon screeched up in his black Nissan Pathfinder, yelling, ‘Tory! You’re trespassing! Leave the premises.’ As I walked over to his passenger side, offering press credentials, he barked into his cell phone, ‘They refuse to leave. Call the authorities.’ Tory asked guy for his name, and he pulled away – about 500 ft. He got out of his vehicle and monitored us, calling in his reports. We approached a gentle, elderly man, fresh off the course, and asked him if he saw what happened. He replied, ‘What was that all about?’ Tory explained her status, and he quickly informed us that ‘Scientology had leased the property to a private company,’ and ‘It was no longer run by Scientology.’ He winced by the severity of our greeting by the un-named Scientology goon.”


Random Howdy

“Who would have thunk back in the 90s that Tom Cruise and ‘batshit crazy’ would become synonymous thanks to a bunch of juvenile delinquents calling themselves ‘Anonymous.’ Thank Xenu I lived long enough to see it.”


Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Next pretrial conference May 31. 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 March 25 in Los Angeles

David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for April 8.
Joseph ‘Ben’ Barton, Medicare fraud: Pleaded guilty, awaiting sentencing.
Yanti Mike Greene, Scientology private eye accused of contempt of court: Hearing held on February 15, awaiting ruling.

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.’ Valerie asks for March 15 hearing on motion for reconsideration.
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] Scientology social media: Things really couldn’t be better in Miscavigeland
[TWO years ago] What do billion-year-contracted Scientology Sea Org workers do all day?
[THREE years ago] Scientology’s founder L. Ron Hubbard on the ‘God trick,’ Christ implants, and Muslims
[FOUR years ago] Scientologist ‘Dapper CEO’ Vick Tipnes wins victory against discrimination lawsuit in Tampa
[FIVE years ago] The most Scientology-involved movie ever made? Here comes Nancy’s baby!
[SIX years ago] Erika Christensen goes psychbuster as we launch Rod Keller’s Scientology Social Media Review!
[SEVEN years ago] LEAK: Scientology celebrities are stepping up their involvement behind the scenes
[EIGHT years ago] AOLA’s grand re-opening — a look at the last time Scientology cut the ribbon at Big Blue!
[NINE years ago] Blogging Dianetics, Part 9: Hubbard and Perversion!
[TEN years ago] How Scientology Drives Your Local Librarian Nuts


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 2,589 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,094 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,614 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,634 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,525 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,832 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,700 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,474 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,805 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,278 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,594 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,160 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,079 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,247 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,828 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,089 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,125 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,840 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,365 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 720 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,895 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,446 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,595 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,915 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,770 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,889 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,245 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,548 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,654 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,052 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,928 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,511 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,006 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,260 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,369 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on February 28, 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, 1995-2021 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…

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