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An insider’s report on David Miscavige at Scientology founder’s birthday event 2022

[Dave on New Year’s: Hubbard’s birthday event was held in the same place.]

We told you earlier that Scientology used its magazines to celebrate leader David Miscavige for presiding over the New Year’s event held at that Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, Florida to bring in the year 2022.

Now, we have an account of Dave presiding over the L. Ron Hubbard Birthday Event in the same venue.

Before the pandemic, of course, the New Year’s and LRH Birthday events were major international Scientology shindigs: New Year’s was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and LRH Birthday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, with wealthy Scientologists flying in from around the world for both.

But with Dave still mindful of the virus, he’s been holding smaller events in the ballroom of the Fort Harrison, and now we have some notes about Dave’s performance at the LRH event last week from someone who attended. This description was sent in an email that got forwarded our way, and we want to thank our tipster for thinking of the Bunker.


As is typical for a communication between Scientologists, it’s filled with jargon. So we’ll do our best to explain what’s being described.


On Sunday March 13th Flag held live LRH B Day celebration event! It is available at Flag to see it in full, but here is a flavor of it:

COB walked on to endless cheering, whistling and a LONG standing ovation that must have been heard for miles around!!

“Flag” is short for the Flag Land Base, what Scientology calls its campus in Clearwater, which is the spiritual mecca where wealthy Scientologists fly in for upper-level processing. “COB” is short for “Chairman of the Board,” what Scientologists call Miscavige, who is also Captain of the Sea Org.

Great to be back! Actually. let me rephrase that – GREAT to SEE you! Was always nice to see your smiling eyes before, but … Good to SEE your SMILING FACES!! (NO masks in the auditorium, everyone has passed 2 PCR tests).

That Dave, what a card! So everyone in the audience had to pass two tests and could go maskless, but Dave was still separated from them by being on the stage.

He joked about “same old. same old” in reference to the current scene out there, and brought up something NEW that will always be NEW – Dianetics and Scientolgy – there is nothing more relevant and that is why we are gathered here. Along the length and breadth of this country, there is nothing more important than Source.

He then launched into LRH recognitions which you would have to see – he showed us visuals on these from around the world – including New York, Phoenix, St Hill, now and forever Rons home – it was all beautiful and incredible acknowledgements to LRH for improving the lives of everyone everywhere! And this is just a glimpse of tributes flooding in!

Visuals from around the world, including Saint Hill. This sounds like what Sunny Pereira was talking about in her piece that started off our own tribute to Ron’s 111th birthday.

He covered the BRIEF BREATH IN ETERNITY events, joked about alpha, beta, delta, gamma and imicron etc, and despite all we kept our Orgs open and the show on the road, and kept delivering! Communiteis came flooding in to find out what we know that they didn’t! And we have had 32 X’d VIPS’s and opinion leaders come across our thresholds as a result!

This is unclear. Are they saying that Miscavige claimed the number of “VIP’s” and “opinion leaders” has increased 32 times as a result of the pandemic?

He then went into THINK BIG – DO BIG! (all with visuals) International “wake up call” – showed us feedback from twitter on the Superbowl Ad – RISE! Rave success’s from new Scns as a result, some funny too, such as “Anyone seen this new Scn Ad? Bro’ they can make you a Jedi!”

Wait, so we’re not the only ones who look for funny reactions to the Super Bowl ad on Twitter? Did they think that the person saying Scientology creates Jedis was serious?


6X more new public walk in’s from this alone!

DOUBLE the viewership of Scn TV!!

You mean four people are watching it on a given night instead of two?

We are driving people in and up the Bridge, – went into all the services that covers. The expansion of all the AO’s : AOSH UK has had public from over 40 Nations, 50K more WDAH than previous HE’s, EU 4X’d their training, AO ANZO made a Clear or OT every 4 hours! 5X Comps in the Acad. AFRIC AO the same! HE Auds made, WDAD’s, Solo hours, in fact HE’s accross the boards! Freewinds making a new OT VIII’s every week, and they have a ‘Monument of Hope” a sculpture representing the first 4 dynamics, in honour of LRH in the Caribeann! Flag: talk about 5.4X (the original Birthday game) move a decimal point – they have 54X’d their expansion!!

“AO” = Advanced Orgs. The UK’s advanced org (AOSH UK) is Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead. “WDAH” = well done auditing hours, more than previous “Highest Evers” (HE). “EU” is the advanced org for Europe, in Copenhagen. “AO ANZO” is the advanced org in Sydney, for Australia-New Zealand-Oceania. Africa’s AO is in South Africa.

In other words, this planet will be cleared in no time.

A lot more was covered as event was 2,5 hrs long!

David Miscavige talked for two and a half hours straight to a captive audience? You don’t say.

But of course to see it in full you have to arrive to Flag!

This is considered an incentive?


Countdown 2022!

924To Go!

With another 9 New OT V arrivals last week and 6 OT III Comps (see below) now handled to stay we are at 924 arrivals needed to complete the First 10,000 Target!


By the end of this month we will be down into the 800s left for the campaign! Those who want to be in the First 10,000 had better arrive soon!

Target Date For The First 10,000: Dec 31st 2022!


Next Target: 150 more by Maiden Voyage Anniversary June 6th 2022:

With those already confirmed, we need 84 more to be ADDED to make the 150 June 6th target. NOTE: These must be added to those already ticketed.


In the last 3 weeks we have completed 11 public on OT III! 2 weeks ago 6 public completed this level all in the same week and 3 of those came from Denver, Colorado, all moving up The Bridge together.

Just in the past year we have completed 80 public on OT III with 83% of those getting onto Solo NOTs!

Yes, your Flag AO will get your people up to the top of the Bridge!


We get magnificent wins from stalled OT Vs returning to get through the NOTs Advance Program. Here is the latest one from last week:

“To be honest this was not an action that I was anxious to do. But after finishing my First Dynamic FPRD, and with the strong encouragement of staff who deal with people on NOTS every day, I decided to stay and get this done. That was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

“The FPRD had set me up perfectly for the OT Eligibility, which went very well. Then, after way, way too many years (I see this now in hindsight) we started to take a look at my NOTs case.

“The indoctrinations that go with the NOTs steps showed me that I had never really had a good grasp of what was audited on this level. Once I duplicated it and started working with my auditor to blow the case I couldn’t believe how much lighter my whole space became.


“There were extra bonuses in the physical universe from scar tissue disappearing to regaining the ability to walk, sleep and live without pain in my legs. Amazing, amazing, amazing!

“Each step that I did cleaned up and handled years of bypassed charge that was ruining my life. Hey, I just thought that was how life was. It is not. It is not!!!

“I also realized a huge mistake the first time on NOTS was looking at it as ‘just another action.’ It is not. Look at the Bridge to Total Freedom. It is a mistake to not factor in the whole of the NOTS area in planning. Now I have. Now I have a plan and can get going on what is next for me to finally arrive at Solo NOTS and continue with the Bridge and handle fully this area of case.

“I am so very appreciative of the whole HGC staff for helping me get through this program. My C/S and my auditor are simply the best of the best. My thanks go to RTC and COB for cleaning up this level so that I could finally get the gains that I should have had the first time out. Thank you!

“To LRH, Sir you are a TOTAL genius. I don’t know how you figured this level out in your research but I am very, very thankful that you did.” TE

QUOTE: “If we don’t do something about this now, we’ll have to come back at a less optimum time without adequately organized data and organizations and somehow muck through once more. Personally, I don’t believe we could in the next few hundred thousand years and I believe this is a rare opportunity to break the chain and start walking upward into the sunlight.” –L. Ron Hubbard, (Ability magazine issue, October 1958, NEW HUBBARD CERTIFIED AUDITOR COURSE YOU CAN BEGIN AT HOME)

ARC, Irina Dedova
Flag Service Consultant Office East US
Flag Service Organization

We almost feel like we were there. Dave sure puts on a good show.


Bonus items from our tipsters


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Source Code

“I’m not down on religion. I believe in religion, except I don’t believe in limited religion. If we’re going to have two gods let’s worship two gods, that’s all. If we’ve got to have worship of gods, let’s at least worship the minimum number allowable in this universe. Now, let’s not fool around with this religion, tell people what they can’t do with religion and what they can do with religion. We’ve just got religion — if we’re going to have religion, then let’s be honest with it and look and see and find this to be the case: that everybody who starts worshiping one god and one god only, and shaping his pathway straight toward one god and only one god and good, and it’s good, and that’s all we can have anything to do with is good, winds up bad. Ever know any minister’s sons?” — L. Ron Hubbard, March 23, 1953



Avast, Ye Mateys

“Had a good break today on Research. Cracked why one can’t be audited after exteriorization so one can. Will push OT ability up out of sight. I do get my own hats worn despite randomity!” — The Commodore, March 23, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“It was LRH’s mistake that he failed to perceive that each major triangle was actually two triangles: a white one and a black one. He should have perceived it because he knew Magick, and must have known very well that when summoning any basic universal force that the negative side of that force must be bound FIRST, in order to receive only the positive. (All primal forces in the universe are arranged in a dichotomy with part at or near the top of the tone scale and the other part at or near the bottom.) He failed to bind the black triangles (the KRC also), and they devoured him. To say it in Scientology terms, he failed to confront the lower scale ‘R’ of the ARC triangle, therefore it persisted. The more he failed to confront it, the bigger it became, and after some years the white triangle vanished under a wave of SO force: ‘What does your material state?,’ ‘Make it go right!’ and other black ARC.”


Past is Prologue

1997: The Inside Edition TV show aired another segment, with new evidence in the Lisa McPherson case and video of the vigil held in Clearwater in Lisa’s memory. Martin Hunt provided a summary. “Several familiar faces of Scientology observers were in the footage of the picket; I’m sure I saw Dave Touretzky, Ron Newman, Rod Keller, and others in it. The show mentioned something I hadn’t heard before, the name of a different medical officer, a former doctor who lost her license, who was there at the time of Lisa’s death, in contradiction to Ableson’s proclamations about the ignorance of all involved.”


Random Howdy

“I remember growing up in the 60’s, and this idea that all of our problems were due to suppressed subconscious desires or traumatic incidents we had ‘forgotten,’ and if some psych could make us remember we would be miraculously whole and normal again like Liz Taylor, was the concept that was being pushed on everyone. Hubbard just took the bullshit and ran with 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. 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] Danny Masterson accusers take Scientology ‘arbitration’ to California Supreme Court
[TWO years ago] The wealthy donors keeping Scientology in business, New Year’s 2020 edition
[THREE years ago] Carol Es on 20 years in Scientology: ‘You’re programmed to think emotions are weak’
[FOUR years ago] Stop interacting with Scientology’s Internet trolls. Here’s proof it can backfire on you badly.
[FIVE years ago] State investigators fired for blowing the whistle on Scientology’s rehabs get hearing in Denver
[SIX years ago] Scientology attorney Bert Deixler takes another swing at Karen de la Carriere
[SEVEN years ago] ‘Going Clear’: Mike Rinder helps us understand a Scientology document that will creep you out
[EIGHT years ago] Three weeks out of Scientology: Fresh information from a ‘blown’ Sea Org member
[NINE years ago] Blood Brother Ron: Starting Out Life on the Wrong Blackfoot
[TEN years ago] Scientology on the High Seas: Posing as Archaeology Students for the Sardinians


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 2,612 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,117 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,637 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,657 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,548 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,855 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,723 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,497 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,828 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,301 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,617 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,183 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,102 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,270 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,851 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,112 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,148 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,863 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,388 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 743 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,918 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,469 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,618 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,938 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,793 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,912 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,268 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,571 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,677 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,075 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,951 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,534 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,029 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,283 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,392 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 23, 2022 at 07:00

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