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Scientology is trying extra hard to get you to fork over more money, you pesky thetan!

We always enjoy the Scientology propaganda that our readers forward to us, and over the years it has helped give us a sense of how things are going in David Miscavige’s bouncy castle he calls a church.

Since the pandemic cancelled all of the international events, online fundraising has become the thing that members tend to be emailed about. And judging by the tone of these recent notices, tomorrow’s All-Ideal USA event is a high-pressure affair. Here’s some of what has come over the transom in recent days.




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

Dear fellow All-Ideal USA teammates,

We are just days from the next All-Ideal USA Event. In March we celebrate our Founder’s Birthday with stats so high they go up the wall, across the ceiling and down the other side. That is what he asked us for! What we need in order to accomplish this birthday wish from LRH is a massively successful All-Ideal USA Event with every Scientologist in attendance!
I want to just talk about why we do these events and why they have been so successful and why we need to get every public in each of our areas and each of our Alliance Teams to attend this event on 6 March.
This crusade for an All-Ideal USA is just that — a crusade. It is a key vital target in the strategy to Clear Earth.
Where would you be, or your family and friends be, if the beings who were opening Orgs and Missions at the time you got into Scientology had decided it was “not a priority”?
When we come and participate in the All-Ideal USA Events, we are doing what the folks did for us and that is making sure that NO THETAN IS LEFT BEHIND in the dark, lost and with no future. We are the group ensuring we all make it.
Honestly, if you have gotten yourself and others up the Bridge and trained, hats off to you! But you know LRH didn’t just create the Bridge only for us. The Bridge is for every being. I think LRH would be heartbroken if we stopped or we didn’t take the extra effort to attend every event that our Org holds, plus get the highest attendance at every event and the All-Ideal USA Event!
This is an amazing platform for us to come together and be the strongest team across the planet creating Ideal Orgs. In a time where we have very few opportunities to be together, the All-Ideal USA Events are a very special time to unite with like-minded Scientologists and make a difference!
We laugh, we cry, we sing, we dance, we root for our individual Org and we root for each other’s Orgs, we make a ton of theta and we change the course of this planet’s trajectory from spinning off its axis to spinning toward survival for every being and for every life form here on this beautiful globe we call home.
Come one, come all and join us in the Greatest Crusade we have EVER seen on this planet….the Crusade for an Ideal World beginning with AN ALL-IDEAL USA!!!
In the words of one of the finest Ideal Org Heroes, Jim Bridgeforth, “Be the difference. You are the difference and I am the difference”!!! I say to each of you: Come join us and BE MORE, DO MORE, BE CAUSE in Clearing this Planet. Be part of the solution for your area and for this planet and get others to do it with you!
Thank you for everything you do everyday to create an Ideal USA. I am in this with you, a shoulder-to-shoulder drive to the finish line!

I look forward to seeing all of you and all your fields on Sunday 6 March, 3pm EST — START!!!!

Your Ideal Org Teammate, Sara Baxter
OT Ambassador

Dear Ideal Org builders and citizens of the USA!!!

This comm is to your heart. No rah-rah. Just laser comm from my heart to yours.
March 6th will see an All-Ideal USA Event that will yet again make history!
If you have been watching this game for a long time, or just started to hear news about the Ideal Orgs in they USA, you DON’T WANT TO MISS THE MARCH 6TH EVENT!
The speed of progress is jaw-dropping and will bring you hope. The inspiration of the players and Orgs will fill your heart and fun, laughs and sheer joy during the event will lighten your eternity.
I ask that you join the event! Give yourself a HUGE PLEASURE MOMENT and be a part of this movement! You are seeing the promo, so register yourself and confirm:
We all need each other. Now more than ever. There is no “they” in Scientology. “THEY” won’t handle it all. It’s you and me. Attending this event DOES make a difference.
Show up! Be part of the best game in the universe. YOU make the difference.
I’ll see you there.



Karen Berg
OT Ambassador I/C of the Americas
OT Committee Chairman DC

Three separate appeals mailed out on the same event? That’s unusual from what we’re used to seeing.

Meanwhile, we’ve started receiving some notices about a series of webinars that Scientology is putting on for members. Is this the usual stuff about give money now because it’s more vital than ever or something nuttier?


Dear Friends,

Last year, a friend of mine from California kept mentioning THE BIGGER PICTURE, which are series of events put on by the Sea Org from time to time. They are promoted to people in the West US, but anyone can watch them! My friend raved and raved about these, and I couldn’t wait till there were more. This last Tuesday, she emailed me about the first event of a new series, but I didn’t see her email until it was over! I was SO BUMMED!!! And I vowed I wouldn’t miss any more of them! I even tried to get a hold of Matt McCloskey, who puts them on, but I didn’t have the right address. I actually CSWed him to run the first one again! Now I have his correct address, so we’ll see what he says.

In the mean time, I’m alerting you all to the times of these, so you can avail yourself of this incredible information. Even if there’s no way to see the first one, there are 13 more! There’s one a week, and they’re only an hour long.

As you may have noticed, during this time when the world is so divided, the members of our Church have become divided, as well! That’s been one of the most upsetting things for me. It would be great if we could all be on the same page!

From what I’ve heard about these events, they are getting people on the same page by aligning what’s going on in the world to key LRH data. I very much want everyone to see these, so please get on board yourself, and also, share this with all your Scn. friends!

As you can see below, Part 1 was called “Freedom.” The next one is entitled “2022.” I can’t WAIT to hear this presentation! Again, there are 14 in all, one each week, and they’re only an hour long. Each week, you have 3 viewing times to choose from: Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday. You can even see each one more than once if you like! Below are the links to the 3 days coming up. DON’T MISS THIS!! The description of the event is also below.



Jon Atack and Karen de la Carriere



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Source Code

“There’s a population explosion going on and I wish to Christ somebody would inform me how men are far scarcer in l972 than I ever found them in 325 B.C. How could they expend them back then? I remember around the turn of the millennia and so on, there were just mobs unemployed. Well, right now they keep them all that way with relief and dough and this and that and the other thing, and they’ve got some workable scheme or another. One of the silly ones which you hear, we did a survey, we did a survey on people, what they liked and so on, just a general survey in the Scandinavian area, and we found what they liked best was welfare and what they hated most was taxes. Oh, brother. Outpoint to end all outpoints.” — L. Ron Hubbard, March 5, 1972



Avast, Ye Mateys

“INCOME: As Income at Flag in actual money not just credit is creeping steadily up, I think we should get alert to fully establishing org form and appearances of all three orgs especially the FSO. A mission just concluded shows the FSO in need of improvement in form and appearance, both of ship and FSO members. The basic and reasonable recommendation is that an LRH Comm FSO be appointed so that LRH orders and projects will get compliance by the senior officers as these orders and projects have built what was there. With rising Flag income potential, real meaning is given to this recommendation.” — The Commodore, March 5, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“We are still in kindergarten. The US government doesn’t believe in theta traps and we have no OTs so far. It is a work in progress. The ‘Free Being’ OTs of the 50s all collapsed within months without any aid from the US government. LRH observed that instant OTs collapsed rapidly and thus the decision to educate. It is a far longer path than he envisioned and it was only near the end of his life that he realized that it was much longer and even then he underestimated the work involved.”


Past is Prologue

2000: The judge’s decision to bar Jesse Prince, Mark Bunker and Grady Ward from a strip of Waterson St. in Clearwater, Florida was posted to a.r.s this week. Some highlights: “We’re just concerned about the feeding hall and unloading those buses. And in this particular law review article, 85 Cornell Law Review, 271, they get into the requirements for areas where you limit an entity or individuals first amendment rights. It must be very carefully drawn. It must be narrow not broad. The interests protected must be very clear. When I looked at this and I considered what we have here, and I also consider the fact that this safety zone, or the United States Supreme Court refers to it as a buffer zone, referred to in the cases, I’m impressed by the fact that the zone we have here was in essence more or less negotiated. I think that it is narrow enough. It is needed for safety. It is very small when you consider the number of individuals on a daily basis that get on and off those buses and proceed directly into the, as we refer to it in the documents, as the Bank of Clearwater. There is ample opportunity for the respondents to be heard or to exercise their first amendment rights without this being over restrictive or creating a problem. So I am going to adopt that. And it is the finding of this Court that from the evidence presented here, at least for the purposes of joining a party defendant, and then setting forth some sort of allegations I will add as party defendants Jessie Prince, Mark Bunker, and Grady Ward, and that is all.”


Random Howdy


“Seeing as how Scientology is the only ‘religion’ that doesn’t have theologians, there’s no worry about theological inconsistency. As far as plot-holes in the story go, the one thing that keeps them in is this steadfast assertion that they have observed auditing and the rest of the tech to actually work. If they can’t get past this and realize they have been tricking themselves, then at best they’ll be indies/FZ for the rest of their lives.”


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] Danny Masterson: They called me an ‘agent’ of Scientology, so I get to sit in on arbitration
[TWO years ago] Naturally, shady Scientology operators are drawn to the gold rush of stem cell therapy
[THREE years ago] What’s creepier than a Scientology street fair? Apparently, not much.
[FOUR years ago] Scientology turning to focus groups in anticipation of its TV ‘network’ premiering
[FIVE years ago] Scientology’s Narconon rehabs haven’t changed in the least, even after dozens of lawsuits
[SIX years ago] Outfront Media rescinds contract for Scientology ‘disconnection’ billboard in Hollywood
[SEVEN years ago] ‘Will Smith is not a Scientologist’ — we elaborate on our quote the press went wild for yesterday
[EIGHT years ago] Larry Anderson: Scientology’s pitchman becomes a Bunker regular
[NINE years ago] Today, You Begin Your Training as a Scientologist
[TEN years ago] Paulette Cooper, With Help From the Voice, Discovers Her Heartrending Past


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 2,594 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,099 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,619 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,639 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,530 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,837 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,705 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,479 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,810 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,283 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,599 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,165 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,084 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,252 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,833 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,094 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,130 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,845 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,370 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 725 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,900 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,451 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,600 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,920 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,775 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,894 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,250 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,553 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,659 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,057 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,933 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,516 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,011 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,265 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,374 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 5, 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…

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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