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Paulette Cooper writes her own story: Her struggle against Scientology and so much more

You’ve probably (hopefully) read Tony’s book The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, and perhaps you’ve seen me on Leah’s great show, or you know my story from another source. But I have finally finished writing up the story of me and Scientology along with several other interesting tales about my life. It’s all in my new just-out memoir.

The Perils of Paulette: My life as a Stowaway, Tabloid Reporter, Travel Writer, Scientology-Basher, Holocaust Survivor & More

As you can see, there’s much more than just Scientology in there, which is about a quarter of the book, or 60 pages. The Scientology section has a lot of stories you haven’t heard. But you probably don’t know about most of the rest of what’s happened in my very unusual life and I hope you will buy the book – which has 55 color photos – and learn about it.

You can buy it on Amazon (put in “The Perils of Paulette”) as a paperback for $24.95 (plus tax).


You can also buy it as an e-book for $9.95

Or, you can buy the paperback directly from me [PauletteC AT aol] for the same $24.95 as Amazon and I’ll autograph it and send it to you. (Cash, checks, Paypal, and credit cards accepted.) It will take you a couple of weeks to receive it.

Enjoy the book! (You will, I promise.)

— Paulette Cooper



Jane Doe 1’s new attorney paperwork comes through

A month ago we told you the surprising news that Jane Doe 1, one of the women who are suing Danny Masterson and Scientology in civil court and testifying against Masterson in his criminal case, had hired a new attorney to represent her.

She was dropping the vaunted Philly crew that had brought three lawsuits against Scientology in 2019 which subsequently ran into rough waters. One of the lawsuits was dropped outright, and the other two were derailed by successful motions for “arbitration” by Scientology. But then the lawsuit filed by Jane Doe 1 and four others against Scientology and Danny Masterson was revived by a stunning appellate decision in January. With the case back on track, Jane Doe 1 sought new representation.

We reported that she had hired a real heavy hitter: Bradley Edwards (pictured), a Fort Lauderdale attorney who represented some of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims and helped bring down the predator financier.


Unlike the Philly team, Edwards’ firm, Edwards Pottinger, is licensed to practice in California and won’t need to hire a local stringer to file briefs. Edwards’ law partner, J. Stanley Pottinger, filed the paperwork this week to represent Jane Doe 1.

We emailed Edwards to ask about the case. We’d like to know if he’ll need to file pro hac vice to be formally admitted to the court in Los Angeles.

We expect, of course, that Scientology will oppose this, and it will be interesting to see what justification they come up with.


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Source Code

“Way back here at origin, you get the first separation from theta. And that actually would be Incident One…It’s very patterned, and you can run it without much trouble. It simply consists of this: The race, with its bodies and so forth, inhabiting a place in THIS universe, a planet in this universe, was hit by, infiltrated by, an incoming race…This invader race came in and says – with a lot of electronics and said, ‘Boys, all you’ve got to do is take this little jim-dandy whizzer, and you know, you will be twice as thetesque as before.’ They sold you all a bill of goods…They knocked us off with a very simple apparatus, and that simple apparatus consisted of something that went around your head and across the top of your head and under your chin — under your throat — and back of your head. And everything pointed at the pineal. They turned on the juice…and your mystic powers more or less went by the boards…Long time later, maybe even a million years later, you eventually wound up before another crew. And this other crew said, ‘We don’t want you around anymore, and we’re going to send you to jail.’ And so they packaged you up and shipped you off, and that is an incident we call Before Earth — B.E….But there’s a race existing right now out in outer space, and this race is not very interested in you, not very interested. And some of you, by the way, without much trouble, can do a contact across, because some of your theta line stayed out there….I’m sorry if it stretches your credulity. I do hope, however, that it doesn’t stretch it to the point where you won’t operate on it.” — L. Ron Hubbard, March 10, 1952


Avast, Ye Mateys


“Margo Clarke is to work 48 hours in the Income Dept preparing statements to become familiar with the rundown. INCOME IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN DISBURSEMENT. Liz Ausley is to act as Temporary Purser, check out on the new P/L on org boards and do a proper org board for Div III FAO. The WHY of any FAO disorganization or slow forming has been traced to lack of knowledge on how to post an org bd as covered by the new P/L.” — The Commodore, March 10, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“People have arrived at different times on Earth ranging from the initial invasion of this part of the universe 4 billion to 5 billion years ago to the last 10,000 years up to PT. All the neighbouring civilisations including Markab, the Pleiades and Orion through Aldebaran to Sirius and countless more have been conquered, mined, cloned, implanted and programmed from 5 billion years ago up to the present date. As far as ETs go in this vicinity, there are only heirarchies of power based upon technology and OT Programming. There is no help, except from ourselves. OTIII is a recent effect-point incident which may be classed as a basic lock at Unwilling Effect. There is an 8 point Effect to Cause sequence from Unwilling Effect to Knowing Cause. When this Cause-Effect Sequence is resolved to basic, the natural EP originated is ‘Cause over Life.’ This is below the level of resolution of Right/Wrong Assignments, Substitutes, Reversals, Inversions and Compromised Theta Principles which resolve the subjective level of address.”


Past is Prologue

1998: A German news crew flew a helicopter over Scientology’s Hemet, California base. From the Presse-Enterprise: “Federal aviation officials are investigating a complaint filed by the Church of Scientology alleging that a helicopter hired by two Germans flew too close to its school behind the Soboba Indian Reservation. The Germans, who authorities said were television reporters, later were involved in a confrontation with Scientology officials outside the school in which both sides arrested each other. Ken Hoden, general manager of the church’s Golden Era Productions, said Monday’s incident was related to the problems Scientologists have in Germany. He described the helicopter’s action as ‘a total disregard’ for the privacy and safety of the children who attend the Castile Canyon School. Scientologists believe two passengers in the helicopter were the same people who posed as German vacationers during a public tour of the church’s complex in Gilman Hot Springs on Sunday, Hoden said. They left after Hoden said he started questioning their motives because they matched the description of a couple who earlier had been ‘harassing’ the church’s headquarters in Los Angeles. Pilot Steve DeJesus said the Germans originally said they wanted to rent the helicopter to take photographs of the Soboba Indian Reservation east of San Jacinto. He said he flew within a safe distance of 300 to 500 feet above the school, disputing Scientologists’ claims that he came within 50 to 150 feet. ‘We didn’t fly over any people or over any buildings,’ DeJesus said. The children went into the buildings as soon as the helicopter appeared, he said. Arrested on trespassing charges were Ina Brockmann, 33, and Peter Reichelt, 40, both of Mannheim, Germany. Arrested on false imprisonment charges were Hoden, 51, Scientologist cameraman Francois Dejust, 35, school security guard Uwe Stuckenbrock, 34, and church employee Henry Batterton, 39.”


Random Howdy

“I think right now Katie’s main goal is to get Suri acclimated to the real world and to not give Tom and Bert any ammo for a new custody suit. Can you imagine if Katie got caught smoking pot or something else fairly innocuous to most sane people?”



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] If Danny Masterson’s accusers take lawsuit to Calif. supreme court, they will have issues
[TWO years ago] Scientology mail contract worth $5 million a year says firm suing a former employee
[THREE years ago] A new drug shows promise for depression, so naturally Scientology is fighting it
[FOUR years ago] Mike Rinder answers questions about the new ‘Aftermath Foundation’
[FIVE years ago] Louis Farrakhan, Leah Remini, and a document that helps explain the Scientology-NOI pact
[SIX years ago] Reporter’s notebook: Scientology’s latest intimidation attempt is sadly familiar
[SEVEN years ago] Scenes from a ‘Going Clear’ screening — Alex Gibney at the True/False Festival
[EIGHT years ago] ‘Mad Men’ actress Elisabeth Moss’s record in Scientology is actually easy to obtain
[NINE years ago] Hurry, Scientology Needs Your PR Help!
[TEN years ago] Scientology Intervention: 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 2,599 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,104 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,624 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,644 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,535 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,842 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,710 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,484 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,815 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,288 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,604 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,170 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,089 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,257 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,838 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,099 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,135 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,850 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,375 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 730 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,905 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,456 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,605 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,925 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,780 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,899 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,255 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,558 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,664 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,062 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,938 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,521 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,016 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,270 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,379 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 10, 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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