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AUDIO LEAK: Scientology leader David Miscavige announces ‘Golden Age of Admin’

[David Miscavige in Clearwater on New Year’s Eve, also site of the Birthday Event on March 12]

We have another exclusive for you today at the Underground Bunker: We’ve been leaked audio of David Miscavige’s presentation at the L. Ron Hubbard Birthday Event that was held on Saturday, March 12 at the Fort Harrison Hotel ballroom in Clearwater, Florida.

Our audio recording contains about 33 minutes from a much longer event, but what it does contain is the first recording of Miscavige at a live event in some years.

You will find his boasts about Scientology’s “expansion” (even during a pandemic) familiar, but we are especially excited to get this leak because it contains Miscavige’s announcement of his latest major initiative, “The Golden Age of Admin.”

Here at the Bunker and over at Mike Rinder’s blog, you’ve been hearing for some months that this new initiative is coming. Late last year, our new “Insider” source described it as a desperate move by Miscavige to come up with a new “technology” release in order to counter the tough effects of the pandemic on Scientology.

Throughout Miscavige’s reign since he took over after the death of founder L. Ron Hubbard in 1986, he has repackaged Hubbard’s “technology” in new ways. Hubbard’s millions of words are considered “scripture” by Scientology and aren’t supposed to be altered. But Miscavige has found ways to re-edit and re-publish material in order to require Scientologists to pay huge sums to acquire new libraries and re-take their courses and auditing.


In 1996, Miscavige announced the “Golden Age of Technology” and required major re-training and course do-overs, then in 2007 he republished Hubbard’s Scientology books and lectures and called it “The Basics,” requiring church members to buy multiple sets of material they already owned for about $3,000 per set. Then in 2013 it was the “Golden Age of Tech Phase 2.”

What else could Miscavige reissue? The Insider told us that things have become so bad, with dwindling membership and the restrictions during the pandemic, that Miscavige was desperate enough to repackage the dullest of L. Ron Hubbard’s writings: His policies on business administration.

In this audio of the March 12 announcement, you’ll first hear Miscavige telling his followers that somehow, during all of the lockdowns and empty Ideal Orgs, Scientology “expansion” is going better than ever. Then, he gradually gets ready to announce the initiative by going over his greatest hits: Golden Age of Tech, The Basics, and Golden Age of Tech mach 2.

Then, he does his best to get his audience excited about a whole new issue of business instructions. Imagine your boss trying to thrill you about your employee manual getting a new cover or something, and you’ll see what an uphill battle Dave has ahead of him.

Does he pull it off? Well, we’ve personally never heard Miscavige resort to such turgid prose and wordy examples, and we’ve been watching him for decades. But we’ll let you decide for yourself.


This was our favorite line from Miscavige, about why Ideal Orgs need to be so complex: “We’re not a religion with a single preacher preaching to an entire congregation and where all they need is one big room and a microphone. Then again, those other religions can’t Clear anybody either.”

Catty, Dave. Very catty.

We contacted the Insider to let them know that their predictions turned out to be so close, sending them a transcript of the audio. This was the message they sent to us:

Although my prediction was close, truthfully it’s far worse than I thought. In the past, the obvious lies and ridiculous claims of expansion were well concealed in ambiguity, the excitability of the viewers, and the fact that rarely does anyone watch the event more than once; and hardly with a critical eye.

Miscavige’s claim that over the last two years, there were 32 times greater number of new people walking into an org than ever before in history, or any of the other supposed statistics, are so easily disproven by casual observation, that even all the self-imposed thought control mechanisms aren’t going to be enough to stop Scientologists from questioning it.

If he had admitted the protocols caused problems and that the Church – as everyone else on the planet had – suffered and struggled as a result of this pandemic, it would have endeared those public losing certainty, but not yet out, to him further. Then he could have saved face with the release.


Instead, he claims that Scientology alone, under his leadership of course, was the only organization on the planet not to have been affected. Not only that, but they did better than ever.

Once again, his ego and patent inability to admit wrongdoing is on full display to his own detriment. This will likely result in more people leaving Scientology more quickly than ever. Which fortunately, seems to be a statistic Miscavige is actually capable of making go “straight up and vertical.”


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Source Code

“That which men fear, they become. That’s a cinch. That which men resist, they become. Now, you know the Christian idea of turn the other cheek? Well, let’s get a comparable idea in Scientology. Not comparing Scientology to Christianity, but let’s get the comparable idea. The Christian idea of turn the other cheek had a little truth in it. Let’s get the comparable idea, and that is assume the other viewpoint. No more vicious and horrible person could possibly be alive than one who is willing to assume any viewpoint whatsoever. The MEST universe has rigged up more fairy tales to condemn people who would do this….You see, the MEST universe really wouldn’t be here at all unless people didn’t object to shifting viewpoints. People insist continually on a persistent viewpoint. They say you must have the same viewpoint over and over, day after day, year after year, century after century, and if they could enforce it they would put you into solid concrete and give you just the one viewpoint at the center of the solid concrete and say, ‘There you are and you had certainly better stay there or we’ll get impatient with you.’ You can’t control anybody who won’t assume the same viewpoint continuously.” — L. Ron Hubbard, April 26, 1954


Avast, Ye Mateys

“GOOD NEWS: With the return of 3 Missionaires a flood of good news was brought. The US Court of Appeals fired back and refused the FDA petition for a re-hearing in the meter case. So that is definitely ended. John McMasters has been touring with huge successes in the Western US and Hawaii and has been seeing many wigs in higher favourable interviews and has been on many national TV shows in the US all very well done. He has been highly commended and his mission ordered to be reinforced. We have a lovely new base all bought. We have been invited to participate in a beachhead. Plans are afoot from a new active group to open up Latin America. They already have a fine beachhead secured.” — The Commodore, April 26, 1969



Overheard in the FreeZone

“There’s no one on Mars. They’re long gone. This planet isn’t worth the gas it takes to get here. At least, not more than once every few thousand years. (Mars the observation outpost was mostly automated anyway.)”


Past is Prologue

1995: Mojo Nixon has included a song ridiculing L. Ron Hubbard on his latest album, Whereabouts Unknown, on the Ripe & Ready label.


Random Howdy

“If it weren’t for the celebrities, David Miscavige would have less name recognition than Marshall Applewhite or whoever is running the Raelians.”



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.
Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Pretrial conference May 20 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for May 5.
Joseph ‘Ben’ Barton, Medicare fraud: Pleaded guilty, awaiting sentencing.
Yanti Mike Greene, Scientology private eye accused of contempt of court: Found guilty of criminal and civil contempt.

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. Next hearing scheduled for June 29.
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 is not a cult: The reasoning of an OT 3 Scientologist
[TWO years ago] Scientology shows that if government gives it even an inch, it tries to take over like a virus
[THREE years ago] Scientology, breaking bad: Signs of desperation here and abroad
[FOUR years ago] Kim Poff, finally free to speak: ‘I want this story out. I want people to know what Narconon did.’
[FIVE years ago] Scientology retaliates against Clearwater land deal by trying to shiv a beloved dolphin
[SEVEN years ago] EXCLUSIVE: Secretly taped briefing uncovers precarious state of Scientology right now
[EIGHT years ago] Selling out, and other strange side-effects of Scientology watching
[NINE years ago] Dianetics is Not Hypnosis — Well, Except For That “You Are Feeling Sleepy” Part
[ELEVEN years ago] Is Tom Cruise Worthy of a Simon Wiesenthal Award? Also: Scientology’s Building Spree


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 2,646 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,151 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,701 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,691 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,582 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,889 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,757 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,531 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,862 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,335 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,651 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,217 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,136 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,304 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,884 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,146 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,182 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,897 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,422 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 777 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,952 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,503 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,652 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,972 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,827 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,946 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,302 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,605 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,711 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,109 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,985 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,568 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,063 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,317 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,426 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on April 26, 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

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