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Spend enough on Scientology, and you too can bend the universe to your will!

[It’s a steering wheel and an OT symbol. Clever!]

We know you, like us, can’t get enough of Scientology’s “OT Phenomena.” These are the ghost stories that Scientologists submit to Advance! magazine which prove that their promised Scientology super-powers have arrived with the secret (and very expensive) upper level “OT” auditing levels.

A new copy of the magazine has arrived, and we are thrilled to find out what Scientologists are doing with their hard-won powers after dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars!



It was a fine, sunny day, and I was in my van with my two young kids, cruising along at a fast clip on the freeway, with two other cars ahead of me. Suddenly a thought — a perception of the future — struck me. “What if a car jumped off the road, onto the median strip and into oncoming traffic?” As I pushed that thought aside, the car ahead went off the road and onto the median. At that moment, I stopped time. I disagreed completely that anything bad would happen — not here, not with my kids. Like magic, the car moved slowly off the median, back toward the road and stopped on the shoulder. I pulled over to check on the elderly gentleman who was driving. He was hearing-impaired and stunned by what had happened. He didn’t want any help and was ready to get back on the busy highway. With good control, I got his attention, gave him a Locational Assist until he was reoriented and in present time, and let him go when it was safe. We happily resumed our trip. Being an OT and a trained auditor does come in handy. — E.D.




Since starting on my OT Levels, I have gained a much deeper understanding of why Clears are at risk and need to move up the Bridge right away, rather than rest on their laurels.

Right after I started OT III, someone told me a mutual friend had gone Clear, but hadn’t yet started on the Solo levels — life was getting in the way. When I heard that, I decided I needed to talk to him right away.

The next day, I was driving to an appointment and had a few minutes to spare, so I pulled over into a random parking lot. As I was sitting there, about to give him a call, I saw him pull into the lot in his van. I went over to talk to him about immediately doing his next Bridge step. He listened and then said he appreciated what I said, and that he would work it out to start. That’s what OT intention can do. — J.K.



In a recent session, I ran out an incident from childhood, and afterward, I had a desire to get back on a bike. I debated whether to restore my 40-year-old bicycle or buy a new one. The lockdown had ended, but I still wasn’t comfortable going out shopping, and I wasn’t sure that my old one could be fixed. Still, I had a longing to get back in the saddle, but no logical plan for getting a bicycle. The next day, I went outside and there, in my neighbour’s yard, was a brand-new bike with a sign reading, “Free.” Ah, that postulate stuck so easily! — M.A.



When I first learnt about postulates, I was fascinated. One day I decided to put it to the test, to see if I could make something happen with a postulate.


I’d lived in California for a few years and had heard that you could sometimes see whales from the shore, so I decided to go to the beach and postulated seeing a whale.

With a few hours to spare, I drove to Malibu and parked at the beach. It was cloudy and cold — but I got out of the car and started scanning the ocean, looking for a whale. I kept repeating my postulate, but still no whale. I climbed up onto some big rocks for a better view, waiting and looking for about 20 minutes. Still nothing.

I went a little downtone and decided to just give up and go home. As I walked to my car, I had the thought that maybe I just didn’t have a knack for this postulating stuff. “Wait a minute,” I thought. “I postulated I’d see a whale here today, so that’s it! Whale, show yourself, right now!” Within a second, a huge whale appeared 30 feet from shore. It stuck its spout out of the water and held it there for about five seconds, then disappeared. OMG. The whale had shown up when I commanded it from Tone 40. Seconds later, it surfaced, giving me a look at the expanse of its body. Then it flapped its tail in thew water in my direction, almost as if to wave and say, “Hi.” How cool is that! — P.G.



I loaned a fried a necklace that had belonged to my grandmother. My friend didn’t return it right away and then lost it when she moved. She called me, upset because she knew the necklace was irreplaceable. I told her not to worry, we’d find it. Months passed and she reiterated how bad she felt about losing the necklace. I told her I had decided it would turn up. Two weeks later, I was on an errand in an unfamiliar part of the city. Nearing my destination, I stopped at a red light and looked to my right. There in a pawnshop window I spotted a familiar-looking piece of jewellery. I parked and went in. It was my necklace! The owner and I agreed on the price, and I walked out with the precious piece, the result of my OT postulate. — L.N.


Australian school’s sneaky tricks

Ben Schneiders has a great new piece as he follows up an earlier report about a Scientology school in Australia trying to camouflage itself as a Montessori school. After his initial report, the school has scrambled to make some changes, but it’s still very dodgy.


Derek Lambert and Karen de la Carriere




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Source Code

“The United States is having an awful happy time right now pouring billions into foreign aid so these dirty, filthy, fly-ridden grass huts in Balooga-uga-uga-stan can all be torn down and they can put in nice seven-bedroom ranch houses with hot and cold running politicians throughout. And they’re just having a ball. And nobody is more surprised or will be more surprised than the United States government at the end of a period of time to find out that the exact proportion of ‘hate the United States government’ and ‘love the United States government’ exists as before. They might even have gone over toward ‘hate it’ before, to the degree that they actually enforced people to live in these seven-bedroom ranch houses, see. Because you talk to a boy in Blooga-uga-uga-uga-stan and he’s liable to tell you something on this order: ‘Ah, nice house, yeah, nice house. Yeah, reeds, reeds, nice reeds, side of a river, nice reeds. Wife there to raise some yams and so forth, and nice reeds, very thin walls.’ So you say, ‘What do you mean, very thin walls?’ He’s kept crooning over this idea of these thin reeds, you know. And it doesn’t sound like this guy’s very smart. And he looks at you like you’re crazy.” — L. Ron Hubbard, June 12, 1963


Avast, Ye Mateys

“Your bonus and wherewithal to work depends on the arrival and departure of students. Flag expense is up to three and a half times to five times what it was last year, mostly in the FAO. Two recent weeks were only around three thousand and six thousand. Such an average would be just about a tenth of the total cost. The income of Flag must be such that 20 percent of the gross covers bonuses. If it does not, then there are no bonuses.” — The Commodore, June 12, 1971



Overheard in the FreeZone

“More and more, it’s becoming apparent that the whole thing is being held together by a miniscule army of hard core true believers who are desperately trying to keep the roof from caving in on them. The orgs are empty. There are no new customers. Existing customers are slipping away in the night, and those who remain have been bled completely dry. Meanwhile, the news media is reporting on all the church’s dirty laundry – driving the church’s already wobbly public relations to unprecedented lows. The thing is now feeding on itself and shrinking by the day. At some point, only the Sea Org will be left – manning empty mausoleums and listening to pins drop.”


Past is Prologue

2000: Criminal charges against Scientology in the death of Lisa McPherson were dropped by the prosecutor this week due to fears of the credibility of the Medical Examiner. From Reuters: “A Florida prosecutor dropped criminal charges on Monday against the Church of Scientology’s Clearwater headquarters in the 1995 death of a woman member. In 1998, Pinellas County State Attorney Bernie McCabe charged the church with two felonies, practicing medicine without a license and criminal neglect of a disabled adult in McPherson’s death. In February this year, Pinellas Medical Examiner Joan Wood changed her finding in the cause of McPherson’s death from undetermined to accidental after experts hired by the church challenged her original finding. McCabe said because of the change in the autopsy finding, he did not have enough evidence to proceed with the case. ‘We’re very happy. We think that was the appropriate thing to do,’
Scientology spokesman Mark Rinder said. The church has said it was not responsible for McPherson’s death. A separate civil wrongful death suit by McPherson’s estate against the church is still pending. No trial date has been set.”


Random Howdy

“As long as you’re not a boo-hoo or a grim weeper, you’re all right in my book.”



Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Next pretrial conference June 30. Trial scheduled for October 11.
‘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 June 9 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for September 19.
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] What’s going on at the compound where Scientology is keeping Shelly Miscavige?
[THREE years ago] Scientology’s new strategy for ex-members ignoring its letters: Sending out invoices
[FOUR years ago] How to get fired from a Scientology job the easy way — a real-world example
[FIVE years ago] Scientology and kids: L. Ron Hubbard talks about small children as ancient beings
[SIX years ago] Scientology’s ‘Battlefield Earth’ campaign, featuring Frank Frazetta and a crashed saucer
[SEVEN years ago] Jon Atack: Scientology’s early history is something most members don’t actually know
[EIGHT years ago] APPEAL BRIEF: Scientology argues that our coverage of them legitimates their spying
[NINE years ago] Scientology Doesn’t Want You to See Documents in Laura DeCrescenzo’s Forced-Abortion Lawsuit


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 2,693 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,198 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,748 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,738 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,629 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,935 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,804 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,578 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,909 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,382 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,698 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,264 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,183 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,351 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,931 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,193 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,229 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,944 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,469 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 824 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,999 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,550 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,699 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,019 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,874 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,993 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,349 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,652 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,758 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,156 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,032 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,615 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,110 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,364 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,473 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on June 12, 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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