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Endorsed by the Oregonian, Scientology school is full steam ahead with its real purpose

Remember not too long ago we said that Scientology’s expensive boarding school, the Delphian, was named best small employer in the state of Oregon by the state’s largest newspaper, the Oregonian?

Well, here’s the heartwarming follow up to that. With the endorsement of the local press (which also included an award for the school’s values), the Delphian continues its grand tradition, which is to prepare young Scientologists for enrollment in the church’s indentured servitude, the Sea Organization.

We received this message from a reader, along with the Facebook item, which we have redacted.

I’m a longtime reader, second-gen ex-Scientologist, and a Delphi graduate who thankfully escaped the mental trap of the church. I wanted to forward these posts from the Scientology Facebook group, as I think they illustrate something awful that is still happening at Delphi.


This post shows a student who was very recently recruited to the Sea Org, who I believe was close to graduating. The two Sea Org members shown in a photo with him were both recruited to the Sea Org immediately after graduating Delphi themselves about 10 to 12 years ago. It’s true that this student does have a staff member mom at Portland Org and was probably more susceptible than most to recruitment, and I don’t think Delphi allows recruiting on campus anymore, but it is shocking to see kids who haven’t even graduated signing billion-year contracts. This post was deleted shortly after it was posted, I was able to get screenshots because I suspected that they’d take it down.


Just to be clear, this Scientologist mother is thanking the predatory Sea Org recruiters for helping to “drive this home” to her youngest child that he should end his schooling early, sign a billion-year contract, and give up the rest of his adult life as an abject slave to Scientology, working 365 days a year for about 50 cents an hour.

The Oregonian must be so proud.


Valeska Paris couldn’t get help from police

Tracey McManus has a great new piece this morning at the Tampa Bay Times. She points out that before filing the new labor trafficking lawsuit a few weeks ago, Valeska Paris had filed a lengthy affidavit about her mistreatment as a child in Scientology with the Clearwater Police, who were unable to get anything meaningful out of Scientology itself about her allegations.

This, McManus points out, despite the fact that Scientology keeps very detailed records about any parishioner.

“The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office denied the department’s request for a subpoena in Paris’ case in June 2020 because the justification did not meet the criteria to compel records, according to the police report. But when police Det. Eliad Glenn requested the church provide Paris’ records without a subpoena, Scientology legal director Sarah Heller responded that ‘notwithstanding any religious or privacy issues’ she found no documents.”

In other words, Scientology says it has no records, and law enforcement doesn’t press the issue.

Once the police dropped the ball, Valeska sued.



Bonus items from our tipsters

Aspiring superhuman, here’s your invite!


NED, Clears and all the way through OT Vs who are not yet on OT VII!

Flag OT Committee is hosting our next Clear to Eternity event on June 5th at the home of Lorianne Isaacson and Tibor Baranyai in Clearwater.

The event will feature Mr. Clive Rabey, Deputy Captain Flag AO and April Mellor, Solo D of P. Also hear From the Power Couple Lorianne and Tibor on their successful actions.

At 11:15 am there will be a brunch prepared fully by Master Chef Tibor Baranyai.

The event starts at 11:45am and will go for one hour.

You can attend LIVE or on Zoom.


If attending LIVE, reply here for address.
If attending via Zoom, reply here for Zoom link.


Please respond ASAP!

Much Love,
Evelyn Bueno
Clear In-Charge, Flag OT Committee


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Source Code

“We are the only science of mind that has ever come up the line and sat back on its haunches and proved itself across the board, we can also undo that. If we want to take enough trouble we can also save Gracey Zilch. One auditor sits on her head and the other straps the cans to her feet and a third, as she’s being held down, locates what she has been doing on an E-Meter, you see something like a Joburg or something like this, you see, and actually gets the thing taped out and then finally says, ‘Well, Gracey, we’ve got the goods on you. And now why don’t you go off someplace and realize that if you don’t do something decent about this, you’re sunk.’ And I don’t care it might take two hours, two years or two lifetimes; sooner or later she’s going to come in and tell all. Fascinating, huh? We can undo it. So, in a little, tiny, microscopic way, not accepting a half a million dollars from the Communist Party of America to do in a Central Organization; that of course killed a man. I bet you right now he’s tagging around in a schoolroom someplace or another, wondering what is wrong with him and why he feels so spinny. Fellow by the name of Don Purcell. He died. He did this, and for three years he just went on a toboggan and died. One of the reasons was is nobody was interested enough to even try to do anything for him. And the other thing was he had made it impossible to arrive at that data earlier by causing such a tremendous disturbance that he slowed up research.” — L. Ron Hubbard, May 19, 1961



Avast, Ye Mateys

“The technical material I developed from ’68 to ’71 on Flag is published here, trained on here and applied here. We have the best auditors in the world. They are very few. While the Flag Ship Org keeps a ship here, keeps ports here and services those abroad, so that these activities can take place. The Flag Bureaux pushes the Administrative planning and programming which forms up the Continental Liaison Offices which hold the orgs there for FEBCs to return to. Everyone on Flag contributes to these successes, no matter what his post is. We are all operating directly on the VFP of a Cleared Planet. Sometimes this may not be as visible as it might be to someone with his head down into some routine job. But you can measure the success of what you’re doing. Look at the sky-rocketing rise of stats over the world. That’s my stat and Yours. It is in Power.” — The Commodore, May 19, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Running anything other than composite case after Clear — utilizing New Era Scientology processing and NOT (NOTS) — which only leads one to endlessly run circuits and entities without a subjective reality on actual case factors. Doing so has been shown to be almost fatal at times to one’s health and sanity — and the probable reason why so many have passed away from cancer after having run NOTS.”


Past is Prologue

1997: Rod Proctor reported that Scientology sent a letter to his editor in response to a posting to a.r.s. “I received not long ago a three-page letter from Scientology’s Public Affairs Director, Karin Pouw, taking issue with opinions that I — acting off-duty and as a private citizen — had expressed in the alt.religion.scientology newsgroup some weeks back. It was jarring enough that Scientology had gone to the effort to discover both where I work and my specific job title. But something even more chilling was included at the end of that letter: A CC notice to the editor of my newspaper — my top boss. Their intent was quite clear: Let his boss know what he’s writing (in his off time as a private citizen) and he’ll choose to shut up. [I]t seems to me that the ongoing tactics of Scientology pose a greater threat to that free exchange than anything Congress has dreamed up. The tactics of Scientology — aimed personally and individually at our very livelihoods — can be far more effective at silencing dissent than anything government could possibly come up with.”


Random Howdy

“Thank god I didn’t have to go to confession. It would have taken a team of priests working in shifts to cover my multitude of sins.”



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 June 2.
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:
Baxter, Baxter, and Paris v. Scientology, alleging labor trafficking: Complaint filed April 28 in Tampa federal court.
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 December 6.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: New trial ordered after appeals court overturned prior 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] Day two of the Danny Masterson prelim: Jane Doe 1’s cross-examination continues
[TWO years ago] Mark Bunker wants to get the FBI looking at Scientology in Clearwater
[THREE years ago] Free of measles, Scientology’s cruise ship gets back to separating OTs from their money
[FOUR years ago] When Scientology leader David Miscavige targets you for a beatdown: A Jefferson Hawkins classic
[FIVE years ago] Elisabeth Moss in this week’s ‘Handmaid’ sure sounded like FBI testimony about Scientology
[SIX years ago] Here are the instructions Scientologists are getting for the May 28 media center opening!
[SEVEN years ago] Leah Remini helps us celebrate our book in Los Angeles with a gang of Scientology ‘SPs’
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology’s drug rehab network sued for conspiring to misuse counseling credentials
[NINE years ago] How Not to Protest Scientology
[ELEVEN years ago] Scientology Deathwatch: Kenickie Edition


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 2,669 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,174 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,724 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,714 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,605 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,911 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,780 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,554 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,885 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,358 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,674 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,240 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,159 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,327 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,907 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,169 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,205 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,920 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,445 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 800 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,975 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,526 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,675 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,995 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,850 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,969 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,325 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,628 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,734 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,132 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,008 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,591 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,086 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,340 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,449 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on May 19, 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…

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