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Scientology propaganda even more tone deaf than usual with trial going on

We want to thank the reader who sent us the latest mailer she received from Scientology along with this note for us: “In light of recent revelations in court, what genius thought now would be a good time to market Chaplain services? In all my years of receiving mailings, I don’t remember ever seeing this before. (Or maybe I just wasn’t paying attention).”

Oh wow, Scientology, this is pretty badly timed.

First, let’s take a look at the mailer, which also featured the dreamy image of someone holding cans of an E-meter that you see above.



Well, isn’t that special.

Now, here’s what we also learned that a Scientology chaplain does, as described in the testimony of Jane Doe 3, one of three women Scientology celebrity Danny Masterson is on trial for forcibly raping.

Jane Doe 3 testified last week that when she was sodomized by Masterson in December 2001, the second sexual assault in two months, she decided to go to the Scientology Hollywood Celebrity Centre to report him. She first spoke to an ethics officer, Miranda Scoggins.

“When I told her what happened, she stopped me and she told me not use the word ‘rape.’ She explained you cannot rape someone you’re in a relationship with,” Jane Doe 3 testified. And because she was young and a dedicated Scientologist, Jane Doe 3 said that she believed Scoggins. Why would an ethics officer say something that wasn’t right?

Later, she also spoke with Miranda’s husband, Chris Scoggins, who was a chaplain. Here’s her testimony, with a few lines redacted for clarity…

Deputy DA Mueller: And how did he respond?
Jane Doe 3: I remember he made me read something and then he explained to me that was my job as his girlfriend. Basically if I didn’t say no it wouldn’t happen.
Mueller: What did he make you read?
Jane Doe 3: I can’t remember the name of the book, it wasn’t a book I had ever read before. I believe it was Dianetics on the Second Dynamic. I believe that’s what it was, Dianetics for the Second Dynamic…
Mueller: So he directed you to read that?
Jane Doe 3: That’s what they do.
Mueller: And this was after you told him what happened to you?

Jane Doe 3: Yes, sir.
Mueller: Did you tell Mr. Scoggins that you had been raped? Did you use that word?
Jane Doe 3: No. Miranda had told me not to use that word.
Mueller: After you were directed by Mr. Scoggins to this particular portion, what was your understanding of what you read?
Jane Doe 3: That you can go PTS — not suppressive — to your partner in a relationship. I didn’t say the “r” word but I told him what he would do to me, and I could not say no to me. He explained to me what my “hat” was as his 2D.

[After the morning break]

Mueller: With regard to Chris Scoggins, he had directed you to read something.
Jane Doe 3: Yes sir.
Mueller: What was your understanding what that was?
Jane Doe 3: What my “hat” or job was as his girlfriend. I was not fulfilling my duties.
Mueller: When you say hat, you mean h-a-t?
Jane Doe 3: Yes sir. It’s a term that Scientologists use.
Mueller: What did that mean to you?
Jane Doe 3: Your job.

Mueller: And what did he tell you was your job.
Jane Doe 3: To give him sex whenever he wanted.
Mueller: What was your understanding of why?
Jane Doe 3: To keep my exchange in.
Mueller: What did that mean?
Jane Doe 3: He provides for me, and so I had to match that exchange. Kind of like a currency.
Mueller: And that was something you were taught as part of a Scientology program?
Jane Doe 3: Yes, sir.
Mueller: How did you feel about that?
Jane Doe 3: At that point, I had almost completed my ethics program that Miranda put me on.
Mueller: So before you saw Mr. Scoggins, Miranda had put you on a program for reporting?
Jane Doe 3: Yes sir. When I reported it to her, she explained to me that there was no crime committed. And she told me that I had done something or was doing something to “pull it in.” She had me read some things and then put me on an ethics program in order to get my ethics in, is how they say it.
Mueller: What did she have you read?
Jane Doe 3: “High crimes and suppressive acts.” I remember reading what suppressive acts were.
Mueller: Had you heard that before?
Jane Doe 3: Oh yes.
Mueller: Did that have an effect on you?
Jane Doe 3: Yes, sir. I understood that it almost put me in a state of terror and I just needed to do what I was told to do and not to tell anybody.
Mueller: What was your concern?
Jane Doe 3: The handling for suppressive persons was what I had been living with him for six years (getting emotional).
Mueller: What were you worried would happen if you didn’t follow the program?
Jane Doe 3: They would destroy me.
Mueller: For you what did that mean?
Jane Doe 3: At the time he scared me. So I just did as I was told and I did the ethics program. (Shaking, trembling.)
Mueller: If you were to have been declared a suppressive person, what impact would that have on you?
Jane Doe 3: I’m afraid I would not have survived that at the time.
Mueller: Why is that?
Jane Doe 3: After what my husband and babies have been through the last six years, I would not have survived that then.
Mueller: You OK?
Jane Doe 3: (Trembling.) I’m trying to control my panic.
Judge Charlaine Olmedo: You want a break?
Jane Doe 3: I don’t want to go out there. I don’t want to go out there.

[Judge Olmedo asked the jury to go into the jury room.]

At that point, Jane Doe 3 had gone into a full panic attack. She was crying, shaking, and said she was having trouble breathing. Her advocate came to help her out, and it was some time before she was ready to testify again.

It’s a moment we figure none of us in the courtroom will forget.

But sure, Scientology, now is a great time to send out mailers advertising your chaplain services. Genius move.

The Danny Masterson trial resumes this morning, and we’ll have reports heading your way at every break. We suspect that Jane Doe 2 will be taking the witness stand today. Expect it to be a bumpy ride.


Technology Cocktail

“The complete and entire reduction of arthritis, so as to inhibit its return at any time in the future, depends on the running of electronic incidents by Technique 80, in particular its famous black and white process.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1952




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 as trial begins and Danny faces a potential sentence of 45 years to life in prison.


THE PODCAST: How many have you heard?

— The Underground Bunker Podcast

[1] Marc Headley [2] Claire Headley [3] Jeffrey Augustine [4] Bruce Hines [5] Sunny Pereira [6] Pete Griffiths [7] Geoff Levin [8] Patty Moher [9] Marc Headley [10] Jefferson Hawkins [11] Michelle ‘Emma’ Ryan [12] Paulette Cooper [13] Jesse Prince [14] Mark Bunker [15] Jon Atack [16] Mirriam Francis [17] Bruce Hines on MSH

— SPECIAL: The best TV show on Scientology you never got to see

[1] Phil Jones [2] Derek Bloch [3] Carol Nyburg [4] Katrina Reyes [5] Jamie DeWolf

— SPECIAL: Your Proprietor’s updates on the Danny Masterson trial

[1] Sep 21 [2] Sep 28 [3] Oct 4 [4] Oct 10 [5] Oct 11: Day One [6] Oct 12: Day Two [7] Oct 13: Day Three [8] Oct 17: Day Four [9] Oct 18: Day Five [10] Oct 19: Day Six [11] Special interview with Chris Shelton, Oct 19 [12] Oct 20: Day Seven [13] Oct 21: Day Eight [14] First week in review, with Jeffrey Augustine [15] Oct 24: Day Nine [16] Oct 25: Day Ten [17] Oct 27: Day Eleven [18] Oct 28: Day Twelve [19] Second week in review, with Jeffrey Augustine

— The Underground Bunker Podcast on YouTube


[1] Marc Headley [2] Claire Headley [3] Jeffrey Augustine [4] Bruce Hines [5] Sunny Pereira [6] Pete Griffiths [7] Geoff Levin [8] Patty Moher [9] Marc Headley [10] Jefferson Hawkins [11] Michelle ‘Emma’ Ryan [12] Paulette Cooper [13] Jesse Prince [14] Mark Bunker [15] Jon Atack


Source Code

“I, one time, asked a bunch of mothers why they didn’t shorten the school hours and so forth and make it a little bit easier on the kids and so forth. And they were shocked. And I very carefully cross-questioned them and discovered that uniformly these ladies had no idea whatsoever of their child being educated — that there was any advantage whatsoever in learning how to read or write or do things in school, but boy, you sure had a lot of free time there with no kids underfoot! Now, that’s a brutal statement, but that’s why they put the kids in school; school is a wonderful method. These people, by the way, had children in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth grades. And they were — they were flabbergasted that I would be interested in whether or, what the child was being taught and what good it was doing the child.” — L. Ron Hubbard, November 2, 1953


Avast, Ye Mateys

“WEATHER: It was a lovely day yesterday. It was quite warm and sunny. A cable, however, came in from ‘Sublime Headquarters,’ very garbled. ‘You were supposed to move SOUTH not to the south SIDE of the island. On the (illegible) of (illegible) spread (blank) jellybeans.’ I put this through our code machine but could make nothing of it at all. It is very aggravating to be hit when we have already obeyed the order. Miscommunication or something. They haven’t got all the facts. On the other hand our own intelligence agents have uncovered a conspiracy campaign put out by Nelson Killafeller, Head Vulture of Smersh to knock out all the Duck beams and disrupt the entire migration. Killafeller originated the ‘Vultures for World Conquest’ movement. This evidently requires, according to a long, long report that came in on lines that all other birds must be stockaded and implanted to make the world safe for vultures. I don’t know but I don’t think Webspread ought to be off post at this time.” — The Commodore, November 2, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“The answer you’re looking for is Incident 2 programming. This planet dodged a future of unimaginable darkness when that Whole Track SP Clinton lost to Trump. It was literally the only chance for a miracle. Now the satanists who have controlled Earth for millennia are totally fucked. Be thankful you are here to witness this event, the liberation of a prison planet.”



Past is Prologue

1996: Golden Era Productions set off a bomb this week during the shooting of their new movie “Man the Unfathomable”. From the San Bernardino Sun: “The Church of Scientology blew up a replica of a downtown Los Angeles building early Tuesday at the former Norton Air Force Base, shaking people awake as far away as Redlands and Highland. The movie is about misunderstandings between people that ultimately turn violent, said Hilary Dezotell, a Golden Era spokeswoman. The scene with the explosion is about an agent who infiltrates a group and winds up blowing up a building. The explosion occurred just after 1 A.M. Tuesday, several hours after it was scheduled, said city fire Inspector Laurie Sawhill, who was overseeing the explosion for the Fire Department.”


Random Howdy

“Miscavige became Emperor through the Hubbard-approved Roman rules of ascension, which he achieved by his control of the Praetorian guard of the Sea Org, the CMO. Once becoming Caesar, how could he smash his name into the history books of his hermit kingdom? He can’t add to the ‘tech’ so all that is left for him to do is BUILD BUILD BUILD. It’s all about the ruinous runt’s ego.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Trial began October 11 in Los Angeles.
‘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 scheduled to be sentenced on Oct 28.
Rizza Islam, Medi-Cal fraud: Trial scheduled for March 1 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. Hearing scheduled November 17 to argue the arbitration motions.
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 at least through December 13.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Case settled ahead of scheduled Dec 6 trial.
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.



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?


[TWO years ago] Can Danny Masterson’s attorneys delay his arraignment on rape charges again today?
[THREE years ago] VIDEO LEAK: Late-stage Scientology is even more depressing than we thought
[FOUR years ago] Freewinds, part 3: How the cruise ship fits Scientology’s methods of obfuscation and lies
[FIVE years ago] Read the threatening letter Danny Masterson’s attorney Marty Singer sent a victim’s husband
[SIX years ago] What the first trailer for Leah Remini’s Scientology series tells us about her show
[SEVEN years ago] Chapter by chapter, the best parts of Leah Remini’s book ‘Troublemaker’
[EIGHT years ago] Sunday Funnies: Scientology is finger lickin’ good!
[NINE years ago] Jon Atack Answers The Question: How Do Smart People Fall for Scientology?
[TEN years ago] Scientology on the High Seas: The Final Dispatches
[ELEVEN years ago] Scientology Leader David Miscavige Fed Gourmet Meals Every Few Hours: Australian TV


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 2,836 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,341 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,891 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,881 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,772 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,077 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,947 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 2,052 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,525 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,841 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,407 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,326 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,494 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,074 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,336 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,372 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,087 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,652 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 967 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,142 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,693 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,824 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,162 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,017 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,136 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,492 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,795 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,901 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,299 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,175 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,758 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,253 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,507 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,616 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on November 2, 2022 at 09:00

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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.

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