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This is what it’s like to become a super being at Scientology’s Florida ‘mecca’

[Adrian Caligiuri, super being]

Thanks to one of our great readers, we have the new issue of Source magazine, the propaganda organ for Scientology’s “Flag Land Base,” its spiritual mecca in Clearwater, Florida.

Flag is a truly special place in the Scientology universe. It’s where Scientologists from around the world are told they must make a pilgrimage to in order to attain certain high-level processes they can get no other location.

And so each issue of Source does its best to entice far-flung wealthy Scientologists to put their lives on hold for a few months, fly to Florida, and spend tens of thousands of dollars for things like “the L Rundowns” or the OT levels up to OT 7, or that most special Flag experience of all, Super Power!

We thought you’d like to see a couple of great Super Power success stories, but first, it’s charming that this issue contains a brief genuflection to the Chairman of the Board for his New Year’s Eve appearance. Let’s give it a look.



The Flag Auditorium was aglitter on New Year’s Eve. Glittering chandeliers. Glittering table settings. Glittering masks.

And when Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center, Mr. David Miscavige, took center stage, well, the audience rocked the room with applause. The worldwide buzz of anticipation about this event culminated in an energy so electrifying it could power the state. After acknowledging the first of many standing ovations, Mr. Miscavige rang in the New Year with a global tour of accomplishments and acknowledgments and a litany of highest evers. In response to the doom and gloom of the outside world, we’ve crushed it. As Mr. Miscavige said, “We not only kept the show on the road, but we laid the ground for our greatest future yet.”

With heartfelt and personal acknowledgments, Mr. Miscavige paid tribute to those who’ve helped ensure that future, the record number of IAS Patrons who stepped up this year. The collective sense of optimism and pride was palpable.

Mr. Miscavige wrapped up the evening with a preview of what’s ahead for the new year, and the watchword is unequivocally expansion — on a global scale.

When you come to Flag, you can watch a replay of this epic event and catch up on all of Mr. Miscavige’s Flag-exclusive briefings, once again underscoring the fact that this is the center of our universe and Flag is always the place to be.

Glittering masks? Hip, hip, hooray.

Now, let’s see those Super Power attestations. We can never get enough of them.



On Super Power, Adrian Caligiuri experiences an explosion of theta.

After descending into the drug-fueled party scene I realized I needed to turn my life around. I reached out to my dad, who got me back on track with ethics conditions. From there, I quickly moved up from Purif to New OT V. Then one day I asked my dad, “How could things possibly get any better?” His answer: “Super Power.” And he was right.


On the first rundown, I spotted the exact cause for my descent. I realized that for my whole life I had a complete and utter blind spot, and when I blew this, a lurking feeling of distrust in myself totally vanished.

On the Personal Revival Rundown, it was as if I had been energized with a million volts of electricity. I felt like a theta supernova. I had awakened as a being.

One of the biggest effects of Super Power was that it stripped away each and every point of irrationality in my thinking, so my thoughts became clear and crisp. Now my intention just cuts straight through the physical universe, and I move into immediate action.

On the Perception Rundown, I got up close with every single one of my 57 perceptics. Super Power gave me my power, supercharged it and sent me on my way, able to think, operate and decide to take the most pro-survival actions at high speed. I’m operating efficiently and effectively and getting a whole lot more out of life. I really don’t know how I lived without it.


Launched into a New Realm

Gabriel and Kathie Ladd celebrated their new life together by restoring their abilities and perceptions.

KATHIE: Not long ago, I went on a date with a man who told me he was a Scientologist, and I had no idea what that was. He recommended an LRH book which I loved and I wanted more. So, while the rest of the world was on pause, I had the best year of my life. I moved from Vermont to Clearwater, started my own business, married that man and started flying up the Bridge.

Then I did Super Power and holy cow! I am now completely unrestricted in using my abilities. Doing the Perceptics Drills made me realize just how aware and able I am. Though I’ve been in Scientology for less than two years, I know I have been working toward this state for my entire existence. I recently attested to Clear, and now I’m on my way to the OT Levels!

GABRIEL: My wife, Kathie, told me she was going to do Super Power, and I was thrilled for her. Then she said we would be doing it together, and what an adventure it’s been!

I’ve always held high standards for myself, but had to work hard to be the person I wanted to be. Now I know I am that person. On the Ethics and Justice Rundown, I realized I actually am the ethical person I always strived to be. On the Bright Think Rundown, I found an inner strength, like steel in my spine and certainly about myself. And I realized my problems had gone from being massive mountains to mundane molehills I could handle with a little attention. I am now a source-point, creating on all dynamics and living up to the high standards I set for myself. I finally understand what positive case gain is, and I’m not stopping. It’s full speed ahead to the OT Levels!

We’ll remind you that we revealed the actual contents of the “Bright Think Rundown” a decade ago while we were still at the Village Voice. Dan Koon explained to us that the rundown consists of a single question, asked hundreds of times:

“Where do you feel safe?”


Yes, at hundreds of dollars an hour, you too could have a young Super Power auditor asking you that question for days straight until you start to hallucinate all sorts of creative answers. Isn’t Scientology fun!


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Source Code

“With governments leaning all over Scientology and looking down our throats, for instance, the probability — Mary Sue was always curious. She always said, ‘The government wants something out of Scientology.’ She’s always saying this. ‘The government wants something. There’s some reason for this.’ And we finally found it. They want the E-Meter for front-line combat troops. I thought that was very interesting. Yeah, it’s pretty crazy, isn’t it? Typical. You see, they get so much infiltration — this is serious — they get so much infiltration in modern warfare of the type that is being fought, that they can’t tell friend from foe. So they’re going to equip front-line combat troops with portable lie detectors. And, of course, there’s only one portable lie detector in the world, the E-Meter. I knowed something was getting those chilluns, you see? But apparently they have some kind of an interest in it. And you would — a thief or a criminal never can ask you for something. They’ve got to steal it. And I wasn’t saying all the governments are thieves or criminals. Don’t get me wrong. I think there’s one or two that aren’t. I know this is about the wildest curve you ever heard of and it’s completely unbelievable. You can see a soldier walking around carrying an E-Meter. Before he shoots the guy, you see, he puts the electrodes in his hands, you know? Bunch of psychotics. I know, it doesn’t sound right. But it sounds just exactly what a government would do.” — L. Ron Hubbard, March 17, 1964


Avast, Ye Mateys

“Norman Starkey is welcomed to the post of Deputy CS-2. Student riots are really tearing the ground up. The Office in the Capitol is now acting to help the government. Things are cool on lines. ASHO is down again, measures are being taken. London has some out Ethics. DK needed help — they had 3 minor blows and a stat drop for 2 weeks — and are getting it. Their stats are now up again.” — The Commodore, March 17, 1970



Overheard in the FreeZone

“This whole planet belongs to Marcab. And they are not ‘evil.’ The games are not about good-vs-evil, but just about domination. Since various Invaders come from older universe to this one, and seeks to expand their space empires, the nearby space empires like Marcab are just defending themselves. Any intelligent and or spiritual beings are staying away from conflicts, they do not care who is in charge. I believe that Ron and Captain Bill have nothing to do with any conflicts, except that while alive they tried to ‘make themselves and other people free,’ and thus got removed and reimplanted and recycled back to weak human state. They may arise again, I hope so. If you wonder what this non-free planet has to do with any of this, it is that Marcab is implanting us and preparing us to become all space soldiers and fight against the next incoming Invader waves. Nice science fiction? Look better, watch for clues, some are too obvious.”


Past is Prologue

1998: Andreas Heldal-Lund reported that Scientology’s lawyers have contacted him regarding copyrighted documents on the web. “Today my lawyer in Oslo had a meeting with the lawyers Kendrick L. Moxon and William M. Hart from USA, and Kjersti Dorstad and Lars Erik Alfheim from the cult’s Norwegian law firm. My lawyer made it absolutely clear that both of us would continue our fight against their cult until they were thrown out of Norway. The impression was that the cult wanted to settle this out of court. My lawyer gave them my statement that I hosted none of the claimed secret scriptures on my web pages, only quotes well within the right of fair use. The cult lawyers said this was not true and has now presented a list of files they wanted me to remove. Problem is; this account is not mine! They’ve wasted a trip to Norway, a meeting with 5 lawyers – ON THE BASIS OF AN ERROR! I don’t think Moxon liked the fact that my lawyer did all this pro bono, knowing that he is dedicated to fight them at any cost.”


Random Howdy

“Capt. Howdy swears by some Dr Pepper and Jim Beam Black at the end of another lackadaisical day.”


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. Additional charges also referred to grand jury after January 5 assault while in jail.
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’s motion for reconsideration denied on March 15.
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] ‘Cult City’ Ted takes a body blow from the Tampa Bay Times, but says it won’t slow him down
[TWO years ago] Clearwater takes a stand against Scientology: MARK BUNKER WINS!
[THREE years ago] Scientology pitches a fit about sensible mental health reform in wake of Parkland shooting
[FOUR years ago] Scientology’s L. Ron Hubbard considered James Bond’s nemesis SMERSH his biggest enemy
[FIVE years ago] A HowdyCon 2017 announcement: Special guests and performances!
[SIX years ago] Scientology’s ‘personality test’ taken apart like never before, and by a former member
[SEVEN years ago] More proof that Scientology used the ‘R2-45’ method to intimidate enemies
[EIGHT years ago] Here are the wealthy people keeping Scientology alive
[NINE years ago] ABC finally takes on Scientology…with General Hospital
[TEN years ago] Why Irish (Ex-Scientologist) Eyes are Smiling


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 2,606 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,111 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,631 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,651 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,542 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,849 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,717 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,491 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,822 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,295 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,611 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,177 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,096 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,264 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,845 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,106 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,142 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,857 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,382 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 737 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,912 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,463 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,612 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,932 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,787 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,906 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,262 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,565 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,671 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,069 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,945 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,528 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,023 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,277 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,386 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 17, 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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