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PODCAST: Paulette Cooper has been exposing Scientology’s abuses for more than 50 years

[Paulette Cooper in 1967, before all the trouble started]

This week at the podcast, we’re coming back around to why we created the Underground Bunker to begin with. In 2012, we began working on a book that eventually gained the title The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, and we created our website in order to make sure the book had an audience when it came out in 2015.

That book, of course, was about Paulette Cooper and the incredible lengths Scientology’s “Guardian’s Office” went to in its attempts to try to destroy her career and ruin her life. Why? Well, because Paulette was a journalist who had dared to write one of the first books exposing L. Ron Hubbard and his dangerous organization (1971’s The Scandal of Scientology). She endured years of harassment and dirty tricks operations that became legendary in the field, and at one point Scientology’s spy wing had her facing 15 years in federal prison for a crime she didn’t commit.

All of that you can read about not only in our book about Paulette, but now she has published a memoir of her own that you should read, and we wanted to talk to her about it here at the podcast.

Today, we’re releasing the twelfth episode of The Underground Bunker Podcast to our paid subscribers at Substack. You should receive it presently at your email inbox if you’re on the list.

Not a paid subscriber? Well, we have something for you, too. Last week’s episode was with Michelle “Emma” Ryan, who for more than a decade provided a landing place online for people fleeing Scientology. In the weeks before, we talked to Jefferson Hawkins, Marc Headley, Patty Moher, Geoff Levin, Pete Griffiths, Sunny Pereira, Jeffrey Augustine, and Claire Headley.


Those first eleven episodes are now free to all of our subscribers, paid and unpaid. All of our podcast episodes can be found here.


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Technology Cocktail

“Past lives as a subject is made distasteful, possibly purposely, by some who, by fearing to have been a nobody and seeking status, talk loudly to others about having been Napoleon, Julius Caesar and Brutus all at the same time. In a society which tries to hide in the current identity or seeks to mortalize everyone and make people only animals the subject of past lives can be a difficult one socially. The truth in auditing is, IF YOU DON’T RUN THE INCIDENTS GIVEN BY THE PC HE DOESN’T GET WELL. One spectacular recovery of an insane woman occurred when she ran an incident as a lion who ate her keeper. Freudian work hadn’t been able to crack the case. The alienist at the sanitarium kept her in with trying to explain how it was all delusion (the current technique pre-Dianetics). A Dianetic Auditor found and ran it and she became sane at once and stayed so.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1969


Source Code

“You’ll find the artists and musicians of this particular planet always have some schnook alongside of them to cave them in. They always marry the wrong girl, you know, and get the wrong agent, and, because they’re creating. The industrialist, the manufacturer, that sort of thing, these boys, it’s not because of any deep-seated communist plot, it’s just they are in trouble, that’s all. They haven’t got enough force to protect their own creativeness, and as a result, why, people attack them. Elementary. Basic answer on the whole track, if you had never had anybody create anything, you would have no trouble. Nothing had ever been created, why, of course you wouldn’t have any universe to be in trouble with. This is all very elementary.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 10, 1963



Avast, Ye Mateys

“Did you notice ashore how the native pesetas have inflated??? Wow. We better start getting our stats up. World inflation is ZOOMING. That would eat up all our reserves in a minute. So Hi Ho for the open sea. Farewell and adieu to you Spanish ladies. Farewell and adieu to you ladies of Spain. Until we strike soundings in the Channel of Old England. But we hope in a short time to see you again.” — The Commodore, September 10, 1969


Overheard in the FreeZone

“What puzzles me is that there is so much opportunity for lawsuits, because none of the shut down laws, social distancing laws, mask laws are legal. They are all arbitrary laws. They are not based on facts. They are only held in place by media lies and fear mongering and arguments. Arbitrary laws are not legally binding. WTF is wrong with all the effing lawyers in America? The most litigious country in the world. This is unbelievably insane! There are 8 billion stupid people on earth. There is no intelligent life on earth. Anthony Fauci is the biggest criminal on earth, along with Bill Gates and company.”


Past is Prologue

1999: Court files in a criminal case against Scientologists in Marseilles have been destroyed, leading to speculation that Scientology was involved in the operation. From the Associated Press: “France’s Justice Ministry opened an investigation Wednesday into the destruction of evidence against the Church of Scientology in a Marseilles court. ‘I will shed light on this malfunction,’ said Justice Minister Elisabeth Guigou. ‘It’s serious that this evidence has disappeared.’ Marseilles court officials alerted the Justice Ministry to the removal of more than three tons of evidence in August, saying the destruction appeared to be accidental. The Marseilles prosecutor’s office said in a statement that the disposal of certain sealed files was a result of ‘negligence’ by a court clerk and not an intentional act.”



Random Howdy

“After all these years a Scientologist is trying to dox me? I gave vaLLarrr more than enough clues to dox me but OSA was too incompetent to pick up on it. Actually it’s probably just Flunk looking for revenge.”


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, pre-trial hearing on September 14.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Grand jury indictments include charges from an assault while in custody. Arraigned on August 29.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay sentenced to 9 years in prison. Jeff’s sentencing to be scheduled.
Rizza Islam, Medi-Cal fraud: Trial scheduled for October 24 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 filed 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] After Scientology’s 9-11 fakery, a Sea Org slave makes his dicey run for freedom
[TWO years ago] Scientology’s ‘Super Power’ couple slammed down by appeals court over tax debt
[THREE years ago] Scientology: So much effort and heartache, for such little effect
[FOUR years ago] A dispatch from the front: Protesting Scientology’s anti-psych quackery
[FIVE years ago] Ideal and Ideal-er: England org coming soon will be Scientology to the max
[SIX years ago] Laying to rest the obfuscations of L. Fletcher Prouty, Scientology’s conspiracist-for-hire
[SEVEN years ago] Another trial ordered against Narconon as Scientology derail attempt mostly fails
[EIGHT years ago] Finally! Scientology begins selling its mysterious ‘OT’ levels more openly with slick new videos!
[ELEVEN years ago] Scientology Schweinehund: Commenters of the Week!


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 2,783 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,288 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,838 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,828 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,719 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,024 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,894 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,999 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,472 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,788 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,354 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,273 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,441 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,021 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,283 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,319 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,034 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,559 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 914 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,089 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,640 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,771 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,109 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,964 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,083 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,439 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,742 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,848 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,246 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,122 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,705 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,200 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,454 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,563 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 10, 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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