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The best TV show on Scientology you never got to see, Episode 2: Derek Bloch

In 2016, the A&E Network had filmed and edited an eight-episode series about Scientology that has never aired.

We have always been curious about this show produced by Sirens Media and the person who was meant to be its presenter and star, Jamie DeWolf. So, in this limited podcast series, we’re talking to some of the people who were involved in it.

Last week, we talked to Phil Jones about the episode that was going to feature him and his wife Willie as they attempted to see their two children in Scientology’s Sea Org.

Today, we’re talking to Derek Bloch about how the Sirens Media series tried to help him see his mother, who had not seen him for several years because of Scientology’s harsh disconnection policy.


We are producing this special series as a thank-you to our paid subscribers, who have been so generous to help us out with our new Substack experiment. If you’re not a paid subscriber, we still have other podcast episodes that you can listen to for free. All of the podcast episodes can be found here.


Bonus items from our tipsters

Some come-ons sent to celebrity Scientologists this week.


Technology Cocktail

“Directors of Processing must-must-must be alert for departures from standard level processing and stamp it out quickly. If they do not do so they will have case trouble. The Levels are designed for all cases from psycho to OT. It now does not matter what condition a case is in. You just start at the lowest process of the lowest level on all cases begun. Flatten that. Go to the next process of the level. Flatten that. When all processes of that level are flat the pc is examined and given a GRADE CERTIFICATE for the level completed and may go to the next level. And the first process of that level is flattened and so on….I am putting strong tools in your hands. Don’t play about with them. They might explode on you. Give them the respect they deserve and every case will come up bright and progress rapidly. Something new is here. Just follow the new map even dully and the pc will arrive. Louse it up and it will get awful.” – L. Ron Hubbard, 1965



Now available: Bonus for our supporters

Episode 8 of the Underground Bunker podcast has been sent out to paid subscribers, and it’s a conversation with Patty Moher about her amazing career as a Scientology spy and then her years leaking great info about the church. Meanwhile, we’ve made episodes 1 through 7 available to everyone, with Geoff Levin on Scientology’s celebrities, Pete Griffiths on running a mission, Sunny Pereira dishing secrets of Scientology’s Hollywood Celebrity Centre, Bruce Hines on the crazy life in the Sea Org, Jeffrey Augustine on recent Scientology court cases, Claire Headley exposing Tom Cruise, and Marc Headley on what it must be like for David Miscavige living in Clearwater, Florida.. Go here to get the episodes!


Source Code

“I’ve been working on a clear cut statement of what are the beliefs of Scientology. It will be under survey. I am working on the Scientologists Hat. Without such a statement it is hard to get word of mouth. We are well into a Messianic period on Earth. Progress has been made on this. I can write, I think, a ‘Book of Fate.’ I have also made an advance in research on the character and handling of mental mass. Some weeks ago I conceived we did not know all there was to know about high and lo TAs and have suddenly made big progress. The answer was unexpectedly simple and includes auditing over out suppressed ruds that one doesn’t suspect are out! We just don’t pay enough attention to it. Big answers are very basic. So I feel cheerful.” — L. Ron Hubbard, August 17, 1971


Avast, Ye Mateys

“US DOLLAR: The Socialist planning for crashed finance goes along apace. Nixon has just announced the forthcoming devaluation of the dollar. Means it will buy less. We are safe enough at the moment. But this rapid deterioration of the existing US cultural scene pushes us. We have to get Europe viable fast fast fast. That means translations more and faster. That means a beefed up EULO. A special action is needed for AF. UK needs picking up quickly.” — The Commodore, August 17, 1971


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Who cares about these newbies if they buy such things as Justin Craig? Scientology was for the intelligent, not for tweety sweeties.”



Past is Prologue

1996: Ted Mayett posted a picket report from his ongoing attempt to get an SP declare. “Janne would not even make eye contact for the first 30 minutes. I walk very close to the windows and usually look in at them. The day was completely uneventful until Laska came out to talk to me. We said a lot but basically I was talking to a wall. I was at a point where I was explaining that I would rather not destroy the church when Janne came out to get her for a phone call. She smiled and said ‘you can’t destroy the church.’ ‘My declare Laska, why don’t I have a declare?’ she stopped smiling. You’ll have one soon. ‘No L, it has been a year and no declare, why?’ By this time I am not smiling also and have been moving in on her. ‘Why not Laska, you know I got the refund, you know I picket’ ‘well you’ll get it’ ‘No Laska, not good enough, you know I place Xenu ads Do you know about Xenu ‘No’ I let her know I saw her twitch, I let it sink in, and all this time I’ve been moving in on her, I stop when I am within arm’s reach. ‘ask yourself why Laska, what is wrong, why no declare’ ‘and I put information on the Internet, I haven’t put your names and addresses there, but you know I know things.’ This part really got to her. She had taken out a cigarette and her hands were shaking badly, lighting it was out of the question. She was badly shaken by now. And all the while I am going on and on with ‘why Laska why’ in a low deep voice and I’m leaning into her and she is trapped and I don’t let it go I just keep on saying ‘where is the declare, why no declare, why are they afraid to declare me'”


Random Howdy

“Hubbardese was definitely inspired by ‘Newspeak,’ in my opinion. All cults engage in it to some degree.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Trial scheduled for October 11, pretrial conference August 17.
‘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: Readiness hearing scheduled for August 22 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, Scientology moving to compel arbitration. Plaintiffs filing amended complaint on August 2.
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Selection of arbitrators underway. Next court hearing: February 2, 2023.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Appellate court removes requirement of arbitration on January 19, case remanded back to Superior Court. Stay in place, next status hearing October 25. Scientology petitioning US Supreme Court over appellate ruling.
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] Danny Masterson accusers answer Scientology’s salvo at California appeals court
[TWO years ago] Brian Statler’s family wins right to police report and Scientology surveillance footage
[THREE years ago] ‘Scientology and the Aftermath’ participants send in their tributes as series is set to end
[FOUR years ago] The Garcias won’t go down without a fight: Filing appeal of Scientology’s ‘arbitration’ farce
[FIVE years ago] Celebrity battle lines: Michael Peña’s wife asks Scientologists to ‘Stand with Daniel Masterson’
[SIX years ago] A rare gem from 1968: When the Daily Mail tracked down L. Ron Hubbard in Tunisia
[SEVEN years ago] Once shy about the Internet, Scientology is now oversharing on social media
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: The apocalypse is here, and it is ideal
[TEN years ago] The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology — 2012 Edition!
[ELEVEN years ago] The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 20: Trey Parker and Matt Stone


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 2,759 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,264 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,814 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,804 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,695 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,000 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,870 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,644 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,975 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,448 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,764 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,330 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,249 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,417 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,997 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,259 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,295 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,010 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,535 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 890 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,065 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,616 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,747 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,085 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,940 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,059 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,415 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,718 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,824 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,222 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,098 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,681 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,176 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,430 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,539 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on August 17, 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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