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When Scientology says it will ‘Clear the Planet,’ here’s what it means

One of the more common questions we get from people learning about Scientology is the phrase you often hear from the church about “clearing the planet.”

What does that mean? Is it as ominous as it sounds?

Oh yes. It very much is.

On Friday, we took you back in time to what we called “peak Scientology,” a video from 2005 showing fundraising for the Super Power Building at that time. (The video was a new leak, taken from a trove of things from that era given to us by a former large donor to Scientology who has left the organization.)


Today, we have another slice of Scientology from that collection, which includes Scientology leader David Miscavige giving perhaps the best ever, and most revealing, explanation of what he means by “clearing the planet.”

The occasion was the L. Ron Hubbard Birthday Event of March 13, 2004, when Miscavige for the first time laid out in detail his vision of an “Ideal Org” program that would consume the church for the next couple of decades. It would be Miscavige’s attempt to replace middling older “orgs” (Scientology’s word for churches) with gleaming and very expensive new cathedrals.

In 2004, the first few Ideal Orgs had been built in places like Johannesburg, Buffalo, and Tampa, and Miscavige was anxious to convince the flock that his new Ideal Orgs would change everything for Scientology and make it possible, finally, to achieve L. Ron Hubbard’s dreams of expansion.

We’ve taken just a few minutes out of Miscavige’s 90-minute presentation (and yes, you’re welcome) so you can see Dave explain what he means by “planetary clearing.”

The excerpt begins at the tail end of a lengthy segment on the new Tampa org, and includes some testimonials of the locals, which we always find entertaining. Then the narrator (Jeff Pomerantz?) wraps up the segment about what a great thing the new church is.

Then we come back to Miscavige, and he says, OK, so where do we go from here?

And it’s at this moment that he lays out Scientology’s real plans, what he calls planetary clearing, and it includes a pretty stunning animation of Scientology orgs spreading across the globe like an infection.


We can’t remember seeing this laid out so plainly. By “clearing the planet,” Miscavige means total planetary takeover by Scientology. Here, watch it for yourself.


So there you have the proof — it can be done anywhere and everywhere, because this is only the beginning.


For a start, every one of those new central orgs were space-planned and built to precisely mirror the Org Board and even accommodate much more that is right on the horizon.

And while I could list every other continent and then all the orgs there the point is this: It must be every org. And since we now know what it takes, it only requires Scientologists everywhere to follow in those same footsteps.

Which brings us to the inevitable question: Where does it go from there, the end result of this public phase?

Well, it is obvious. For as orgs advance, so too will come the exponential advance of every other activity. And as all organizations in a single country achieve Saint Hill Size, we will then open a new Advanced Org for that country, and that in turn will generate even more new central orgs, and so we’ll continue with AOs in all continents and countries, and yes, that is planetary clearing.

And as long as we’re experiencing peak Scientology self-aggrandizing and ambition, we thought we’d throw in this bonus segment, also from the LRH Birthday Event in 2004. It’s a piece about another of the first wave of Ideal Orgs, the one in San Francisco.

Again, it includes testimonials, which is one of our favorite Scientology things, and it really ends with a bang. You’ll see what we mean.



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Source Code

“I could read in this life when I was about three and a half years old. And then I went to school and they kept insisting that I learn how to read. And you know, I never learned how to read in school. I could read, only nobody ever heard that…You can read so then if anybody tries to teach you how to read and you won’t learn how to read and you can read, why nobody ever finds out about that. See? So you’ve had it. So, let’s say we were teaching a course on how to be a rocket jockey. How to fly a Mark 14 interplanetary scout ship. See, and we’re running a course on this. And we’ve got somebody and they had Mark 18s in their system and he knows all about flying one of these things, you know. Well, that’s fine you know. Here’s this, here’s that, and the instructor keeps saying, ‘Now just a minute. Hold it down now. Now, that is your circumlocutor.’ And the fellow says, ‘Yes, I know. And you pull it like this, and you go like this, and so forth; and it’s for vertical takeoff, see. Yeah, well now, what I do want to know is, you’ve got a couple of dials here that were taken off the later?’ And the instructor says, ‘Now just a minute, just a minute, that’s the circumlocutor.’ See. That guy has a hell of a time, see.” — L. Ron Hubbard, May 22, 1962


Avast, Ye Mateys

“Annabelle Buchanan is ordered back to the FSO Service Dept to properly turn over her desserts hat and regain the standard. This will assist already improved meals.” — The Commodore, May 22, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“The problem is that ‘thetans’ are more than ‘single viewpoint in space’ beings. The Time Track of Theta tapes speak of that. Buddhists are more aware of those issues. They must be laughing at us over this ‘Hunt for the Reincarnated LRH.’ In short, they know that there can be several reincarnated LRHs.”


Past is Prologue


2000: The St. Petersburg Times reported that Scientology continues to request the criminal charges resulting from the death of Lisa McPherson be dismissed. “Medical Examiner Joan Wood’s investigation into the death of Scientologist Lisa McPherson was so flawed and biased that criminal charges against the Church of Scientology should be dismissed, the church argues in a new motion. Wood violated her own policies and failed to preserve evidence that might vindicate Scientology, the church alleges. She also compromised the objectivity required of her by state law, the document says, displaying ‘an all-consuming passion to prosecute the church by inventing new creative medical theories’ in McPherson’s death. The judge says she has yet to collect her thoughts and seriously consider the motion. That would be a waste of time if State Attorney Bernie McCabe were to drop the case on his own because of problems with Wood’s testimony, Schaeffer said in a recent interview. McCabe’s office began to review its case against the church in February after Wood officially changed the manner of McPherson’s death to ‘accident.’ Previously, she had called it ‘undetermined’ and blamed the death on ‘bed rest and severe dehydration,’ but those words no longer appear on the death certificate. Though Wood did not explain the change, it appeared to support the notion that Scientology was not at fault in the death. Not so, say prosecutors, who have since talked to Wood and contend the veteran medical examiner maintains McPherson died of ‘medical neglect,’ in part because of dehydration. McCabe’s office may decide as early as next week whether to continue prosecuting the case.”


Random Howdy

“I was attacked by an angry goose once. I still have that engram.”


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] Holy Xenu, even we didn’t expect Scientology to be this big in Danny Masterson’s hearing
[TWO years ago] Even more filmmakers who are helping out Scientology with its TV network
[THREE years ago] Scientology loses a whale: Major donor Michael Baybak dead at 77
[FOUR years ago] Jack Parsons is getting his star-turn next month, but we’ll have to wait for L. Ron Hubbard
[FIVE years ago] Google helps Scientology censor two more of our stories — maybe you can help us figure out why
[SIX years ago] Scientology makes you a god who can heal this horse just with your finger
[SEVEN years ago] DOX: How Scientology ensnares the unsuspecting in a series of binding contracts
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Hip Hop: Is there anything better in the world?
[NINE years ago] Meet Dennis Nobbe, Miami Chiropractor and Scientologist!
[TEN years ago] L. Ron Hubbard in his Own Words: Mr. Charisma?


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 2,672 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,177 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,727 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,717 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,608 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,914 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,783 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,557 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,888 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,361 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,677 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,243 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,162 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,330 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,910 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,172 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,208 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,923 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,448 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 803 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,978 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,529 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,678 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,998 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,853 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,972 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,328 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,631 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,737 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,135 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,011 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,594 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,089 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,343 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,452 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on May 22, 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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